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May 21, 2020

Dear APHS Students, Parents and Guardians,

Hang in there; we are on the “home stretch” of the school year!  The Underclass Awards and Career fair went well this week!  Thank you to all of the folks that helped behind the scenes and gave their time to make these events so successful!  We have lots of new information, so please see below.  Have a great long weekend!

Sincerely yours,

Mr. Quiles, Mrs. Mein and Mrs. Leach

A Message from the District Office

We would like to inform you that the last day of the 2019-2020 school year for Averill Park Central School District K-12 students, faculty, staff and 10-month employees is Friday, June 19. It was originally scheduled for Friday, June 26.  This new date marks our 180th day of school, which meets the requirement for state aid from the State Education Department.

Just a reminder that there are no classes on Friday, May 22nd as teachers will be preparing their classrooms for summer cleaning.  Also, there will be no classes on  Monday, May, 25th in observance of  Memorial Day.

Congratulations to A World of Difference-No Place for Hate

A World of Difference has worked hard this year to earn APHS No Place for Hate status, and are proud to say that the recognition has been achieved!  #noplaceforhate

A Message from Best Buddies

This Friday, 5/22, our Best Buddies club will be hosting a virtual BINGO game  on Google Meet from 3-4pm! You can find the link on our Best Buddies Google Classroom (code 2yxerkx).  We will play multiple rounds of Bingo, with lots of topics, not just numbers, and even have prizes. We would love for you to come, and also for your friends to come! The link will be posted that day. All you will need to play is a device that you can play from, which could be the same as where you login with Google Meet. The more the merrier, we hope to see you there!

Attention Students-Yearbooks are still available

We have a limited number of yearbooks still available.  Many spring events have been canceled but the yearbook is still being printed and will include a ton of great memories to capture and preserve this unique year.  Since the school schedule continues to change we ask that you please order your yearbook online at www.jostensyearbooks.com If you would like a yearbook, please don’t delay.

Here is the link for your school’s yearbook: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A05290700

Congratulations to APHS New Visions Medical Presenters

Students of the Questar III New Visions Medical program conducted a virtual Health Science Fair today.  Typically the Greenbush YMCA hosts this event in their lobby, but when education transitioned to the digital mode, the project did as well.  More than 60 guests turned out to visit students’ individual Zoom rooms to share in presentations and discussions about topics ranging from the very first steps of prenatal development to issues that typically affect those far later in life, such as stroke or cardiac arrest.   Each interactive presentation was the culmination of a ten-week project in which students selected a relevant topic of personal interest to  research in-depth and then share with the public in an accessible way.

Averill Park students Adam Balogh, Hannah Ryan, Gabby Skiba, and Lydia Ware shared their extensive understanding of Hydration, Autism,  Infant Development, and Food-Borne Illness, respectively. Their Questar III teacher Tammie Borland said, “These students worked tremendously hard, staying focused during a time of upheaval and uncertainty. I’m proud of their work ethic, perseverance, and results!  Thank you Averill Park for preparing them so well to take on this challenging academic program, and thank you to everyone who turned out to support our aspiring healthcare clinicians. Our future is in good hands!”

APHS Career Fair was a Success

Thank you to Mrs. Ashline and to all of the Industry Presenters at yesteday’s Virtual Career Fair!   Below are the names and businesses of the people that presented in case you want to reach out to any of them as a follow-up.

9-10 AM

  • Phil Stenglein – Sheet Metal Workers
  • Tim Coleman – Construction Trade Workers
  • Polly Karris – HVCC Admissions
  • Ken Klouse – Finishing Trades
  • Rebecca MaroncelliHVCC Manufacturing Rep
  • Dave Patnode –Frost insulators and allied workers union
  • Kellie Openshaw- YouScience and Precision Exams
  • Peter McAnearney – Carpenters

1-2 PM

  • Tim Colman – Construction Trades
  • Jennifer Olsen – Special Agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Polly Karris – HVCC Admissions
  • Daryl Lockrow – Canon Solutions
  • HVCC Automotive
  • Dave Patnode –Frost insulators and allied workers union
  • Kellie Openshaw- YouScience and Precision Exams

News for Students, Parents & Guardians

Students Stay Connected

  • Students, please check your APCSD email daily. Your teachers, counselors and administrators are using this as the primary means for communicating with you! Teachers have all established daily “office hours” that they are available to you. These hours are located within their folders on the Online Resources page: https://sites.google.com/apcsd.org/onlinelearning/home.  Take advantage of this time with your teachers to stay connected.
  • Speaking of staying connected, students, to stay connected with us, the APHS Leadership Team, by joining our Google Classroom “Averill Park High School Administration Connections”. All you need to join is the following code: whh5oj2  Many of you have already joined, our goal is to have ALL of you join to stay connected with us.  We have received some questions from parents about being able to join as well.  Please note due to privacy regulations, this Google Classroom is only open to students.  Parents, we encourage you to review the Google Classroom with your student(s) to see what Mr. Quiles, Mrs. Mein and Mrs. Leach have posted.
  • One way to not feel overwhelmed and to keep on a routine is to follow your regular schedule. To help you with this, here’s the A/B day line up for this week:  Monday, 5/11=B-day; Tuesday, 5/12=A-day; Wednesday 5/13=B-day; Thursday,   5/14=A-day (4th Qtr. Interims Due); Friday, 5/15=B-day.  Here is a weekly planning form you can use to help keep you organized and on top of assignments. 

Parents & guardians, please help support your child(ren) with their virtual learning by monitoring their online learning & assignments.  All teachers have set ‘office hours’ that they are available for students.  The Student Support Team (SST) is working collaboratively to monitor student connectivity and continue to be in touch with folks that the SST team determines to be needed.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything you need.  This can be done via email, or by calling the high school at 674-7002.  This line will be monitored daily, and you will receive a call back within one business day. 

Stay safe and be well!

Mr. Quiles, Mrs. Mein & Mrs. Leach  

Our emails are as follows:

Mr. Quiles (High School Principal)-  quilesh@apcsd.org

Mrs. Mein (Assistant Principal, Grades 9 and 11)- meinc@apcsd.org

Mrs. Leach (Assistant Principal Grades 10 and 12)- leachr@apcsd.org