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APW Board selects Eric Knuth as Superintendent of Schools The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District Board of Education announced that they have voted to hire Mr. Eric Knuth as the new Superintendent of APW Schools.   Knuth is currently the principal at Cazenovia High School. He holds a B.A. in English from Siena College, a Master’s in education from the College of St. Rose and a C.A.S. from Cortland State University.   The search began nearly six months ago following the resignation of Anita Murphy, who took a position at Capital Region BOCES. Dr. Jeffrey Bryant agreed to serve as interim superintendent at APW until the district could find a replacement. The Board of Education has moved through the process carefully, looking at multiple candidates before narrowing the search to the final two.   “The ... more >>
First Marking Period Academic Honor Roll at APW Announced Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior/Senior High School Principal Joe Olsen has announced the marking period one academic honor roll.   The following students received the Principal’s Award: Julliana Phillips, Makayla Cobb, Alexander Wejko, Lilly Sweeney, Leanne Hilton, Trevor Johst, Avery Oakes, Allison Lenhart, Joseph Salazar, Kaitlyn Egolf, Ryder Ault, Harley West, Kathryn Trumble, Amelia Auringer, Ainsley Brouse, John Curcie, John Pluff III, Helaina Hale, Mikayla Mattison, Miranda Hamilton, Hailey Bradshaw and Gabe Casato.   The following students were receive the High Honor Academic designation: Alivia Turk, Jillian Mueller, Michael Kinney, Kolby Robinson, Laura Kinney, Jordan Ostrander, Paige Pitre, Autumn Baum, Charley Skellington-Bice, Damian Gall, Jasmyn Trumble, ... more >>
OCAY League explores Greek Life Classical Greece is said to be the start of Western Civilization. From language to art, theater to geometry, the Greeks left a lasting legacy. Students from eight school districts across Oswego County came together to test their knowledge of “Greek life.” Students were tested on their knowledge of Greek history and mythology in a series of six quizzes, memorized and recited a poem from the Iliad or the Odyssey .   In addition, the student teams created a ‘modern’ god or goddess to reflect the modern era, while keeping to the Greek tradition of helping to explain one of the big questions in society. They created a poster of their god/goddess, wrote a children’s book about him or her and performed a skit to illustrate their principal belief on why or ... more >>
Make Sense Shop Hosts Thanksgiving Feast Students and staff at the Make Sense Shop held their annual Thanksgiving Feast to say ‘thank you’ to the districts and their staff who support the program and to provide students an opportunity to showcase their shop and café to district personnel and invited guests. The Make Sense Shop is a learning center operated by the Pulaski Academy and Central Schools, in cooperation with the Camden Central, Sandy Creek Central and APW Central School Districts.  The shop, located in the business district of the Village of Pulaski, offers a life skills job-training program for students. It features a small café and a gift shop where students learn many aspects of operating the business from cooking and serving in the café to running the cash register, ... more >>
JSHS Celebrates #apwstarswars The APW Junior-Senior High School celebrates a star wars theme for Halloween! Using  #apwstarwars , students can share if they join the light side or the dark side! more >>
STEM-based project focuses on problem solving In a project based learning activity, students in Stephanie Huebner’s fifth grade class worked with district technology specialist Chad Bigelow on a project that involved creativity, problem solving, ingenuity and lots of thought.   Using little other than scraps of common items, the students needed to devise a way to get paperclips from the floor to the ceiling. They were provided with a box of items such as straws, tape, baggies, a balloon, string and paper clips and left to problem solve their way to a solution. In the beginning, many tried to use the balloon taped to a straw to raise the paper clip to the ceiling, but found that not enough force was generated and balloons popped easily when tape was removed from their surface.   The students worked together in small ... more >>
Meteorologist Jim Teske talks weather with APW ES students Students at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School talked weather with meteorologist Jim Teske from News Channel 9 WSYR in Syracuse. The meteorologist shared information on how weather forecasters use data to determine projected changes in weather and predict what residents should expect for weather in their area. In addition, Teske talked about how meteorologists use satellites and radar to track weather as it develops.   He talked about the unique weather phenomenon known as lake effect snow that residents of the APW district are quite familiar with. He showed students how winds that blow across the relatively warm waters of Lake Ontario picks up moisture and then when it comes across the colder land drops the moisture in the form of snow.   Teske showed students ... more >>
APW JSHS Hosts Open House Parents and students filled the hallways during the recent APW Junior-Senior High School Open House, where teachers greeted students and their families and answered questions regarding class projects and schoolwork.   Principal Joe Olsen walked from class to class welcoming the community to the school and said he is excited to see what this school year will bring. APW seventh-grader Rebecca Engler smiles excitedly with her family outside of the APW Junior-Senior High School, about to go in and introduce her teachers. Tenth-grader Katelin Castor discusses chemistry with her teacher Mr. Sanders at the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior-Senior High School Open House. She says she loves science and hopes to pursue physics next school year. more >>
APW Schools ‘Don’t Duck Out On Safety’ With increased concern regarding climate and culture for students and staff of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (APW) Central School District, their transportation and maintenance departments teamed up to create a campaign for safety that would deviate from the routine every-year messages.    “In one of our brainstorming meetings someone said, ‘Don’t Duck Out on Safety,’ shared APW Assistant Transportation Supervisor Mary Gracey. “It stuck with us, and we decided to run with it.   Students and staff throughout the year will receive messages from “The Duck” regarding safety concerns and general information regarding safety. Both the maintenance and transportation department will continue to let “The Duck” speak out, as the ... more >>
APW students selected for NYSSMA Area All State Four students from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School have been selected to participate in the prestigious New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 5 Area All-State 2017 on Nov. 17-18 at Indian River Theatre of the Performing Arts.   Students are selected to participate based on their NYSSMA Solo Evaluation and are nominated by their choral/band teacher before selection by the NYSSMA Selection Committee. They join top performers from around the area under the direction of an elite conductor/director. After a day of rehearsals, students will perform as a group for the public at a concert the following day.   The concert, which is open to the public, begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 18 th . Admission is $3.00 per person. Concert order is: Orchestra, Chorus ... more >>
Local resident provides insight into the history and culture of Indigenous Peoples Students from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior/Senior High School received a first-person account of what life is, and was, like for Indigenous People in North America. Katrina Big Mountain, a resident from Altmar is a Cree Indian originally from Saskatchewan, Canada. She brought with her to the school a full size teepee and hundreds of historical artifacts and documents to show students what life was like for the 19 th century plains Indians.   Big Mountain brought many examples of handiwork including intricate beadwork, hides, tools and photos that told about the culture and history of the Indigenous People. The hands-on presentation served as a history museum right at the school. Students from APW Junior/Senior High School were treated to a hands-on experience to learn ... more >>
New traffic pattern for drop off of students at Elementary Building A new student drop off loop is available for use by parents at the elementary school.   Completed over the summer, the new traffic pattern was developed to address concerns about student safety when transported to school by parents at the beginning of the school day. Before the new lot was constructed, students and parents were required to cross the bus circle from the parking area during a time of high bus traffic in order to enter the school building.   To address these concerns, APW Elementary Principal Julie Woolson worked with Director of Facilities David Poore and Transportation Supervisor Nathan Metcalf to design the loop which in addition to the drop off lane, also provides additional parking for parents who need to come into the school to sign their child out at ... more >>
Did you receive an incorrect calendar? It has come to our attention that some of the APW District calendars may have some duplication of pages. If you have received one of the erroneous calendars, please bring your copy to the district office or your child's school main office and we will exchange it for a correct copy. The district will receive reimbursement for those calendars printed in error. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and as always, you may refer to the district website at for updated and current events and information. Thank you!   more >>
APW Stuff-A-Bus Distribution Helps Hundreds The annual Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District Stuff-A-Bus school supply distribution day handed out 216 book bags full of supplies to students in the APW District.   According to Nathan Metcalf, transportation supervisor for the APW District and one of the coordinators for the event, much of the success lies with the many partners and volunteers who help make the school supply distribution a success. “This event would not have been successful without the help of our partners, the APW PTSA (Parent/Teacher/Student Association). I also want to thank Oswego County Mutual Insurance, Dunkin’ Donuts of Parish, and the Ford family from Altmar” [for their support].   There are limited supplies left over and those will be made available to anyone new ... more >>
ESY Carnival caps off summer with fun After weeks of hitting the books and study, the extended school year (ESY) program at APW celebrated with a carnival. The games and fun featured several water-themed events and the weather certainly cooperated with lots of sun and warmth. Staff and students competed against each other and in teams in games like ring toss, water balloon toss, tic-tac-toe, sponge races, and so many more. The ESY program helps students who need some extra help over the summer as well as reduce the summer learning loss typically associated with the break from school. more >>
Bring your “Stuff-A-Bus” donations to APW’s Bus Garage through August 18th Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District will be hosting their annual “Stuff-A-Bus” school supply distribution at the APW Transportation Facility on August 22nd from 9 am to noon.   “Stuff-A-Bus” aims to provide the necessary school supplies every student needs for academic success. Community members have the opportunity to donate back to school supplies by bringing their donations to the APW transportation Facility Monday-Fridays through August 18th.   For more information, call 315-625-5241.    more >>
APW Board names new junior/senior high school principal The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Board of Education approved the appointment of Joseph T. Olsen as APW Junior/Senior High School Principal. Olsen will replace Michelle Crisafulli who resigned at the close of the school year to take an administrative position in another district.   Olsen has worked in education for more than 10 years. He began his career as a Business and Marketing Teacher at Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square and for the past two years has served at the Career and Technical Education Assistant Principal at the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation.   “I was very interested in the position at APW, in part, because of the positive interactions I have had with APW students and staff through my position at CiTi,” he said. “The ... more >>
APW Buildings Off Limits Over Summer Buildings in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District will have limited or no use over the summer months this year due to site work and maintenance to the facilities.   The elementary building, including the fields and playground will be closed from June 24 th until August 30 th . Roof work on the building as well as site work for the grounds will be done during this time.   In addition, the Junior/Senior High School gymnasium will undergo gym floor maintenance and will be closed from June 24 th until August 1 st . Request for use by organizations, community members and coaches, after August 1 st , can be done by submitting a building use form request at least 2 weeks in advance for use of the facility.   The athletic fields at the JSHS will be available ... more >>
Nearly Half a Million Dollars in Scholarships Awarded to APW Seniors Senior students of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (APW) Central School District were awarded nearly half a million dollars in scholarships collectively during their Senior Awards Ceremony.   Among the many awards distributed were: the Class of 1967 Memorial Award given to descendants of the members of the Class of 1967 in memory of class members lost; numerous Dollars for Scholars Scholarships; and the APW Honor Graduate Award distributed to students who earned a 90 grade point average or above all four years of high school. This year’s graduating class has more than 15 honor graduates, and each will wear a special medal during their graduation ceremony in recognition of their efforts.   It is customary for the student awardees to request a favorite teacher or an inspirational ... more >>
APW Recognizes Writing Contest Winners Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (APW) Central School District recognized several students as winners of a recent writing contest at an “Author’s Tea Awards Ceremony.”   The topic for the writing assignment was “The Best of Me.” First, second and third place awards were distributed to the following: Spencer Ault (1 st ), Kellen Bettinger (3 rd ), Norah Bettinger (2 nd ), Parker  Bigelow (3 rd ),  Zoey Chybinski (2 nd ), Hailey Comstock (3 rd ),Cassiana Cross (3 rd ), Willie Daniels (3 rd ), Olivia Degraw (2 nd ), Betty Deyo (2 nd ), Daphne Fanning (3 rd ), David Holst (1 st ), Jonathan Jaynes (2 nd ), Emma Millerschin (1 st ), Christina Morse (1 st ), Aubrey  Shaffer (1 st ), Eleanor  Woods (2 nd ) and Mason  Woolson (1 st )   ... more >>

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