Key Club Members (left to right standing): Aubrey Weeks, Melissa Voerg, Olivia Prinz, Maddy Rothe, Kira Dellay, Jordan Gilleo, Devin Laurey, Jane Swart, Missy Greco (advisor); Left to Right (kneeling): Courtney Klausner, Mason Rothe
Star Party 2014!!!
The Saugerties High School Third Annual Star Party was held on October 27, 2014. There was a great turnout, with somewhere between 100 and 120 people showing up! The Science club "Science Alliance" was able to raise $150 in funds to put towards a possible field trip later this year to a planetarium.
Among those who attended were three members of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association including Ken Bailey (treasurer), Willie Yee (President) and Joe Macagne (Vice-President). These great astronomers were able to inspire in many students a greater passion for the stars!
Attendees were able to see the moon, of course, and Mars, Neptune, Albireo (the double star with one gold and one blue, also known as the Cub Scout Star), the Ring Nebula (aka M-57), Uranus, the Double Cluster in perseus, the Milky Way band, Altair and Deneb which form the Summer Triangle with Vega. Constellations that were located were Lyra, Cygnus, Aquila, Pegasus, the Big and Little Dippers which are in Ursa Major and Minor, Cetus, Pisces, Andromeda and Cassiopeia.
Facepainting at the 2014 Garlic Festival
On Thursday, May 22nd Cahill Elementary Student Council put on a carnival for students in grades K-4. Domino’s Pizza of Kingston, as well as many other local businesses in Saugerties (31—Amy Hopf, Stella and Dot—Jamie Monroe, Premier Jewelry –Genia Van Valkenburg, Sugar Me Sweet Bakers—Ginny Farris, Sawyer Chevrolet, McDonald’s, Rip Van Winkle Golf Club, Puttin’ Plus, Dallas Hot Wieners, Mirabella’s, Village Diner and Price Chopper) as well as businesses from Catskill (Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, Price Chopper) contributed to this cause, helping make it a huge success. Current Cahill Student Council students and their parents, Cahill 5th and 6th grade volunteers, former Student Council members, as well as former Cahill students who are now at the Jr. High and High School, assisted with the carnival as they sold tickets, operated stands (concession, photo, tattoo, face painting, cotton candy, snow cones) and ran the games throughout the night. Despite the rain, families came together and enjoyed themselves.
Feeding the Hungry
On March 22, 2014, teachers and staff at the Junior/Senior High School held a food drive to benefit the Christ Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Saugerties, NY. A total of 19 boxes of food were collected for the food pantry! Even though it was so cold, the spirit of generosity brought everyone out and we helped the community, and enjoyed some fellowship at the same time!
Student Council Pays It Forward
Recently, Cahill students made Rainbow Loom bracelets for the children at Albany Children’s Hospital! It was like a little valentine from all of us here at Cahill! We’re sure these put smiles on their faces! We would like to thank all of the students that contributed to our bracelet drive. This was a huge success!
Student Council also held a school wide Valentines for Vets Drive again this year! The students colored and wrote thoughtful valentines to the vets who are hospitalized in the VA Hospital in Albany, NY! Some of the cute messages were: “Thank you for protecting us.”, “Thank you for serving our country.”, “Hope you feel better.”, and many more! We would also like to thank all of the students who contributed to this event. This was also a huge success!
We hope we will do both of these events again next year!
By Cora Currey (President) and Sofia Williams (Secretary)
Cahill Book Club
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.
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!
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