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State aid for schools up 1.62 percent

State aid for schools up 1.62 percent

Like their colleagues across New York, Saugerties school officials listened intently to governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State last week, hoping to hear good news in the proposed 2016-17 budget and other educational initiatives. In Saugerties, there was a sense of tempered optimism. “It was far more positive than prior-year presentations, both in his...
Best of the best: The Saugerties Honor Roll

Best of the best: The Saugerties Honor Roll

Grade 7 High Honor Roll Jefferson Aguirre, McKenna Alberts, Isabella Armstrong, Marie Arrandale, Simon Baker, Donovan Barros, Kimberlee Bartells, Brooke Bode, Mia Bourguignon, Paige Brady, Madeline Bucci, Laurel Burch, Sierra Carlew, Jessica Carter, Liang Chu, Dominic Clark, Eva Cohan, Christie Collins, Isabel Cordero, Carmen Costello, Molly Daggett, Alana DePasquale, Devon Dickson, Robert Drost, John Dumont,...
Grant will fund farmstand and garden at Saugerties schools

Grant will fund farmstand and garden at Saugerties schools

Students with disabilities at Saugerties High School will sow the seeds of career success in the coming years, thanks to a $744,520 state grant. The “Program Grant to Prepare Students with Disabilities to Exit School with Work Readiness Skills” will fund the Saugerties Graduation Requirements through Occupational Work Study (Grows) program from the current school...
Saugerties Junior High’s Builder’s Club raises funds, has fun

Saugerties Junior High’s Builder’s Club raises funds, has fun

The Saugerties Junior High School Builder’s Club, advised by English teacher Hope Antonelli, had a busy fall. From Nov. 1–20, the club sponsored a Junior High Home Room contest for its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, offering a breakfast to the homeroom with the most donations. Ms. Carolyn Munoz’s home room enjoyed their breakfast the day...
Riccardi Drama Club comes to life

Riccardi Drama Club comes to life

“Angry!” “Mad!” “Upset!” The group of 34 fourth-through-sixth-graders who gathered for the first meeting of Riccardi’s Drama Club called out emotions, trying to guess the word that was being acted out. After picking a slip of paper out of a container, they each took a turn, encouraging one another to try the activity if they...
Student-designed app wins Saugerties Science Fair

Student-designed app wins Saugerties Science Fair

Sophomore Lula Rappaport presented the app she designed to the Board of Education when it met on Dec. 8. Rappaport’s app, which won the overall top prize at the science fair in November and netted her a $1,000 scholarship, is meant for high school students. It can be installed on any smart phone and includes...
Teachers: Saugerties students need more art education

Teachers: Saugerties students need more art education

A discussion of the newly approved elementary art curriculum at the December Board of Education meeting raised concerns about the amount of time allotted for art education. Art teacher Elisa Tucci, who presented the curriculum, the first approved since 1968, explained that since the letter-day cycle was implemented in the elementary schools, students only have...
Siracusano plans to make musical fundraiser an annual event

Siracusano plans to make musical fundraiser an annual event

Fresh off the heels of the successful musical fundraiser featuring a Franki Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band that benefited the newly reconstituted high school marching band, and the Holiday in the Village extravaganza in which he presided over the giving away of more than 100 bicycles and toys, Sawyer Motors owner Bob Siracusano...
Saugerties wrestling team is young but tough

Saugerties wrestling team is young but tough

It promises to be an interesting year for the Saugerties High School wrestling team as head coach Dominic Zarrella and his assistant coaches try to mold a group of freshmen and sophomores and one talented eighth-grader into a cohesive unit, and one senior goes for his 100th win. Last year’s team won its division in...
Upcycling at Mt. Marion

Upcycling at Mt. Marion

When you “up-cycle,” or turn discarded items into something new and useful, said Mt. Marion Elementary School Grade 3 student Jonathan MacNamara, you get to paint, “use stuff you had before, and add cool stuff.” And Jonathan would know. He recently crafted a “Snow Meter Bird Feeder Man” entirely out of recycled materials for the...
Spreading kindness at Riccardi Elementary

Spreading kindness at Riccardi Elementary

With the motto “Work Hard and Be Kind,” it is evident that the Riccardi staff and student body value kindness. Last spring, they took their enthusiasm for this virtue even further with a kindness campaign. The idea began with a sixth grade student, and together with support from Principal Sue Osterhoudt, a committee was formed...
Averill nets basketball scholarship

Averill nets basketball scholarship

Surrounded by her fellow players, coaches and family, Saugerties High School senior Kellyann Averill signed a letter of intent to attend St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County on a full basketball scholarship. Averill, a three-sport standout, has always loved playing basketball. “We’ve known this since she started playing Biddy Basketball here in Saugerties,” said...