Cahill Elementary had a 5 week book club for 3rd and 4th grade students. They read the book "The Chocolate Touch". There was a great turnout with 34 students attending! On the last day, there was a chocolate party. The teachers and staff who helped with the book club were Mrs. Hart, Mrs. DeAngelis, Mrs. DePoala, Mrs. Kluber, Mrs. Tiano, Ms. Gastman, and Mrs. Mullen.
Spreading the Love of Reading
Mrs. DeAngelis's third grade class with a guest, Chris Dennison of Kingson, NY. Chris spent last year working in Nala, Tanzania helping with a library project. He came to share his experiences and photos of the children as part of the Common Core Module 1 ELA - How People Access Books Around the World. The class is raising money to send to Room to Read to provide books for the library.
SHS Advanced Art classes go to Art Omi in Ghent NY
The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi in Ghent is a not for profit public exhibition space featuring over 80 contemporary sculptures. Open year-round, the park provides thousands of visitors the opportunity to experience the impact of important international contemporary sculpture in a striking natural setting. For Free!
Ms. Mooney’s students were taken on a tour of several sculptures and participated in a group activity where they were asked to create a large sculpture as group. Many students were impressed with the diversity and varying styles of sculpture. They had no idea there was such a great resource so close to home.
“I found the park inspirational, the staff welcoming and thorough in their presentations” says senior Korinna Ranyak. It was such a good trip I am glad I went.
“The landscape with its sculptures were so beautiful, I plan on going back.” says senior Olivia Bronson
Since its founding, Omi has been guided by the principle that artistic expression transcends economic, political, and cultural boundaries.
The Junior/Senior High School has a new club that students are excited about - the Bible Club. On Wednesday, December 4th Kate Salvione, who is a Christian recording artist, and is from Spirit and Life Ministries came to speak to the students. It was standing room only! Over 40 students were present and Mr. Averill, the High School Principal stopped by to listen.
Junior High Book Fair
The Junior High Library is having a book fair from December 9 through December 13. Students, parents, grandparents, and neighbors are welcome to attend!
Mount Marion brings Ancient Egypt to Saugerties!
The Mt. Marion Elementary School 6th Graders presented an Ancient Egyptian Museum as a culminating activity to their recent study of Ancient Egypt. The 6th graders also went on a field trip and visited The Albany Institute of History and Art where they witnessed The Albany Mummies exhibit. When they returned, they created projects consisting of Ancient Egyptian pyramids, pharaohs' tomb, weapons, jewelry, armor, clothing, irrigation methods, and even death masks. Terrific job, kids!
French teacher Lynn Gore helped introduce her French 1 students to the culture of France when they prepared delicious French food from various French regions. The students recipes were gathered in packets with pictures of the students with their foods. Everyone had a wonderful time! Bon appetit!
Random Acts of Kindness Week
The Senior High Student Council is hosting the 3rd annual Random Acts of Kindness Week from December 16-20. Members and teachers will be on the lookout for people doing "nice" things for others, and small rewards will be given each day. The grand prize will be given on Friday, December 20; which is a $50 gift card to the Hudson Valley Mall.
Junior/Senior High Tailgate Food Drive
On Friday, October 25, 2013, teachers and staff at the Junior/Senior High School held a tailgate food drive to help the Saugerties Food Pantry. The response was overwhelming by all of the faculty! In total, we filled five grocery/shopping bags, and filled 14 paper boxes, all of which were delivered to the Saugerties Food Pantry. The Food Pantry was extremely grateful (not to mention pretty surprised when more and more boxes of food kept coming in!). We make a difference...everyday!
The brand new Science club "Science Alliance" was able to raise over $150 in funds to put towards a possible field trip this year to a planetarium.
In attendance we had four members of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association including Ken and Karen Bailey, Willie Yee, (he is the President of the club) and Paul Granich. These great astronomers were able to inspire many students a greater passion for the stars!
We were able to view: Vega, Pleiades 7 sisters, the Milky Way band, Moon, Albireo, the Cub Scout star, Altair and Deneb which form the Summer Triangle with Vega, M-57, the Ring Nebula, and Neptune was in the viewfinder for a few minutes before it got covered. Plus, we did just look at some random stars that we didn't identify because everything near them was covered. Constellations that we located were Lyra, Cygnus, Aquila, Pegasus, the Big and Little Dippers which are in Ursa Major and Minor, Cetus, Pisces, Andromeda, and Cassiopeia.
The goal of the Star Party is and always will be to stir up a passion for the stars in the next generation. It's a way for students and parents to bond under the stars. We will definitely have another Star Party next year and several of the students want to have another one in the spring.
Mid-Hudson Astronomical Society members Ken Bailey, Willie Yee, and Karen Bailey
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Westchester Medical Center Now In Network
For those who use DEHIC Health Insurance, Empire BCBS has just notified DEHIC that they have reached an agreement with Westchester Medical Center, and they are returning to the netowrk as a participating provider as of April 1, 2012. Westchester Meidcal Center will not be in-network for all Empire commercial benefit plans, including HMO, POS, PPO, EPO and Total Blue plans. Westchester Medical Center will also be in-network for Empire's Child Health Plus and Healthy New York Plans starting April 1, 2012. Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Westchester Medical Center's existing agreement for Empire's Medicare benefit plans (Medicare Advantage HMO and Medicare Advantage PPO) continues as in the past. DEHIC users can find Empire doctors, pharmacies and hospitals at