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School Board seats open

School Board seats open

Will enough candidates step forward for next month’s School Board race? As of April 11, only two candidates had applied for petitions to run for the four seats up for election May 20. Petitions are available at the superintendent’s office in the Hildebrandt Building behind the Junior Senior High School on Washington Ave. between 8...
Opting out of Common Core tests

Opting out of Common Core tests

This past week marked the beginning of Common Core state testing, the first set of standardized tests since the implementation of the curriculum at the beginning of this academic year. Students in grades three through eight took a three-part English Language Arts test. The test spanned 210 minutes over three days for third and fourth...
Helping students find their place

Helping students find their place

The transition from elementary school to junior high school can be daunting for many students. These adolescents are faced with a new building and bus route, lockers, and switching classes for the first time. There are programs in place to help ease the transition, such as the moving up search party that allows sixth graders...
Averill and Creen: Top of the class

Averill and Creen: Top of the class

Shannon Averill has been named valedictorian and Meghan Creen salutatorian of the Saugerties Senior High School Class of 2014. Shannon and Meghan will be the featured speakers at the 118th commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m. at the high school. Shannon is the daughter of Thomas and Catherine Averill. Shannon’s...
State aid yields school budget surplus

State aid yields school budget surplus

After adjustments to both the revenue and expenditure sides, the proposed 2014-2015 school budget now includes a surplus of just over $99,000. The school board had initially anticipated receiving just over $19.3 million in state aid, but when the state budget was issued last week, Saugerties learned it would receive over $19.6 million. Additional savings...
High school’s “Little Shop of Horrors” hits the stage April 4

High school’s “Little Shop of Horrors” hits the stage April 4

Photos by Alen Fetahi According to director John Wells, the high school spring production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical with student actors from grades 9-12, is “a dawn of a new era for performing arts at Saugerties High School.” The show is darkly comedic, featuring a giant plant known as Audrey II who...
Friendly Saugerties: The next generation

Friendly Saugerties: The next generation

The Saugerties Community Youth Awards is a program that honors young people in the community who do the right thing. That can include the sort of thing that would make the papers, like saving a life, as well as small acts of heroism and charity that might otherwise go unnoticed. Four young citizens received awards...
Boys’ State candidates named

Boys’ State candidates named

This year’s candidates for the American Legion’s New York Boys’ State Program are Nicholas Skalla, son of Dennis Skalla and Jennifer Polcari; Robert Cologero, son of Robert and MaryEllen Cologero; and Curtis Jorgensen, son of John and Kim Jorgensen. The alternate is Emlyn Ellerby, son of Ian and Lisa Ellerby. Boys’ State is a leadership...
Morse students use science to snare leprechauns

Morse students use science to snare leprechauns

  Using recycled materials and enough imagination to fill a pot o’ gold, Grade 4 students at Grant D. Morse Elementary School celebrated National Engineer’s Month and St. Patrick’s Day simultaneously with their annual Leprechaun Trap Museum. The culmination of a month-long science unit on simple machines, the museum offered a colorful display of devices...
A first for Catholic youth basketball in Saugerties

A first for Catholic youth basketball in Saugerties

In a first for Saugerties CYO, the St. John The Evangelist girls’ Catholic Youth Organization fourth and fifth grade girls basketball team, won the Ulster County CYO championship. As a result, the team moves on to the Archdiocesan playoff games. The team is coached by the father-daughter team of Jack Breen (assistant) and Heather Fanelli,...
Riccardi’s new student council a big success

Riccardi’s new student council a big success

The inaugural year of the Riccardi Elementary School Student Council has had a positive impact on its members and the school community at large, say co-advisors Sue Rinaldi and Stephanie Pettit. When the two went to classrooms at the beginning of the year, advertising the Student Council and looking for volunteers to run for office,...
School tax break for Saugerties vets

School tax break for Saugerties vets

The Saugerties Board of Education voted 8-0 to grant a break on school taxes to veterans at the Feb. 25 board meeting, becoming the first local district to do so following state authorization of the program last December. Here’s how it works: Starting next year, veterans will be eligible for a reduction in the taxable...