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SHS Key Club fights hunger

SHS Key Club fights hunger

Members of the Saugerties High School Key Club will soon launch a new program to fight hunger, not in a faraway country, but right here at home. The club plans to begin a weekend backpack food program for district students by February. Established in hundreds of communities across the country in recent years, backpack programs...
Students recognized for raising awareness of cancer

Students recognized for raising awareness of cancer

The Town Board presents members of the Saugerties Junior/Senior High School junior varsity football team, varsity cheerleading squad and two town residents at the Dec. 17 town meeting with certificates of recognition for their efforts to promote cancer awareness.
Wake up Sawyers

Wake up Sawyers

Morning announcements made over the intercom are now a thing of the past at the junior and senior high school. Students now watch the daily announcements read live by their fellow students in a broadcast filmed in the high school’s own television studio. The student anchors say the experience has been educational and enjoyable. Senior...
Saugerties graduation rate increases

Saugerties graduation rate increases

Assistant Superintendent Laurence Mautone delivered good news to the Board of Education when it met on Dec. 18. The graduation rate has increased and the drop-out rate has decreased. Of the cohort of students who began at the high school in 2008, 80 percent graduated within six years, while 15 percent dropped out in that...
Riccardi restructuring going well, says principal

Riccardi restructuring going well, says principal

A little over two months have passed since students in grades three through six at Riccardi Elementary began attending classes in a way similar to middle-school students. At Riccardi, students in these grades move from classroom to classroom for each of the four major subject areas of English, math, science and social studies. Rather than...
Common Core perplexes parents

Common Core perplexes parents

Approximately 75 parents of K-8 students came to the high school on a rainy Monday evening hoping to get more information about Common Core. The session began with a video created by the federal School Improvement Network which explained the reasons that 43 states have implemented the standards. The video stated that only 25 percent...
Common Core information night in Saugerties

Common Core information night in Saugerties

The Saugerties School District will host a Common Core Parent Information Night for parents of students in grades K-8 on Monday, Nov. 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Saugerties High School auditorium. From 6:30–7:30 p.m. there will be four breakout sessions running concurrently, covering ELA K-5, ELA 6-8, math K-5, and math 6-8. The same...
Nobel Prize winner honored at Saugerties Veterans Day ceremony

Nobel Prize winner honored at Saugerties Veterans Day ceremony

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Saugerties High School alumnus Peter Zmiyarch was among more than 40 veterans honored Monday, Nov. 10 during Veterans Day ceremonies at Grant D. Morse Elementary School. Zmiyarch, a 1983 graduate of Saugerties High School, is the assistant head of operations security for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons...
Students can swap social studies for shop

Students can swap social studies for shop

By the end of this school year, high school students may be able to graduate without taking all of the Regents exams currently required. At present, students must pass five exams in order to receive a Regents diploma: one each in English, math, and science, and two in social studies. However in October, the New...
Is homework worthwhile?

Is homework worthwhile?

Generations of students have had not-so-nice things to say about the homework that keeps them at the kitchen table when they’d rather be out running and playing with friends. Perhaps, according to some recent science, they were on to something. A number of studies have found that homework, particularly at the elementary level, does not...
Saugerties School Board gives state an F

Saugerties School Board gives state an F

School Board trustees and administrators spoke out against the New York State Education Department at the October board meeting, accusing it of being unfair and negligent in the application of standardized testing and teacher evaluation. Superintendent Seth Turner, who recently heard Commissioner John King speak at a state superintendents’ conference, said he was disappointed at...
JV Football Team raises awareness for pancreatic cancer

JV Football Team raises awareness for pancreatic cancer

It all began with a JV football player’s wish to honor the memory of his favorite aunt, who recently died of pancreatic cancer. Soon, the whole team and cheerleading squad joined in. Vinny Incorvaia’s aunt, Joylynn Dalton Richman, died at the age of 53. “They were really close,” said his mom, and Richman’s sister, Marlane...