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Saugerties marching band gets kudos, donations

Saugerties marching band gets kudos, donations

The Saugerties Marching Band, which made its parade debut on the Fourth of July, received kudos from school staff, administration, and Board of Education trustees at the regular meeting on July 7. JoAnn Longendyke, president of the Saugerties Education Support Association, said it was “so nice” to see the students performing in the parade, and...
Saugerties students of note

Saugerties students of note

Local college graduation and dean's list honors.
Newcomers get top spots on Saugerties School Board

Newcomers get top spots on Saugerties School Board

The Board of Education elected new leaders at its organizational meeting on July 7. By a 5-4 vote, Bob Thomann was elected president and James Mooney was elected vice president. Voting against his presidency were Trustees Flo Hyatt, George Heidcamp, Angie Minew and Chuck Schirmer. Regarding the divided votes, Thomann referenced the quote “a house...
Teacher meet & greet: Jennifer Sauer

Teacher meet & greet: Jennifer Sauer

Jennifer Sauer has been a math teacher at Saugerties Senior High School for 11 years. She attended SHS (class of 2000) and excelled as an AP/honors student. She was also an exceptional athlete, making the 1,000-point club in basketball. When Sauer became a teacher, she coached modified volleyball and basketball for six years and varsity...
New school marching band debuts at July 4 parade

New school marching band debuts at July 4 parade

The drum line laid down a tight rhythm. The tuba player provided the bottom, the flautist the top, while the saxophones and French horn rounded out the middle. Saugerties once again has a marching band, something the district has not had in more than 20 years. The band is the brainchild of music instructor Bernard...
Saugerties High School graduates 236

Saugerties High School graduates 236

With diplomas in hand, the encouragement to live their dreams, and a reminder of their “star power,” the members of the Saugerties High School Class of 2015 celebrated their big moment on Saturday morning, June 27, becoming the school’s 119th graduating class. Wearing caps decorated with everything from helium balloons to symbols of their career...
Saugerties’ smartest three students honored

Saugerties’ smartest three students honored

The Saugerties High School Class of 2015 valedictorian is Danielle Frederickson, salutatorian is Audrey Trossen and Principal’s Award recipient is Phoebe DeFino. Frederickson will begin her studies in chemistry at Siena College in the fall. She aspires to be involved in research, pharmacy, or an education-related field in the future. She is a member of...
Saugerties High School graduation Saturday, June 27

Saugerties High School graduation Saturday, June 27

This year’s ceremony will be held Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m. at the High School on Washington Ave. In case of rain, the event will be held indoors. The ceremony will be streamed live on Channel 23 and online at http://lighthousetv.peg.tv
Minor works: The tenth annual Sawyer Film Festival

Minor works: The tenth annual Sawyer Film Festival

The Sawyer Film Festival is something students work toward all year long. It’s a night of celebration and glamour after a school year of nail-biting, hair-pulling and struggle. On Friday, June 5, approximately 400 people gathered in the high school auditorium to view the work of this year’s computer video production (CVP) and broadcast journalism...
Saugerties superintendent’s contract extended in controversial vote

Saugerties superintendent’s contract extended in controversial vote

Citing an alleged plan to remove the superintendent by the three new trustees elected May 18, the School Board voted to extend Seth Turner’s contract by five years, the maximum allowable term. The board had previously extended the contract in 2013 and it was not set to expire until 2018. Turner will earn $174,555 this coming...
Contract extension for Saugerties superintendent “cause for concern,” says trustee-elect

Contract extension for Saugerties superintendent “cause for concern,” says trustee-elect

A five-year contract extension for Superintendent Seth Turner is on the agenda for the June 9 School Board meeting. While contract extensions and renewals are standard business for the Board of Education, this one stands out because Turner’s contract is not expiring any time soon. He previously received a five-year extension in June 2013. The...
Saugerties Senior Prom

Saugerties Senior Prom

  The Saugerties Senior Prom was held Saturday, May 30 at Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club. Photos by Dion Ogust.