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Eagle News 10/29/15


Contributed by Kathleen Moore of The Post Star:

Ian Palmateer of Hadley used to sing during his riding lessons. As a boy he (sic.) felt so happy that he would just burst into song. From the beginning, he said, he was aiming for the Special Olympics. “I had a big dream to be undefeated,” he said. Now he has competed many times. The undefeated part? “Sort of,” he said. He doesn’t sing during rides any more — he has to stay focused — but he still feels like a rock star while he competes. “Sometimes I get the feeling my favorite rock band is watching me,” he said as he waited to compete in the New York State Special Olympics Fall Games Saturday at Skidmore College’s riding center. “It feels kind of like being on the TV screen — famous!” He has been riding under Ms. Jean Pokrzywka’s watchful eye since he was about eight years old. “I’ve been doing this for 35 years,” Jean said. “I’ve seen it where it’s calmed people down, they’re less anxious.”Many riders also become more self-confident, she said, particularly if they struggle to walk. “We’ve had people in wheelchairs and we’ve helped them get on the horse. We have a ramp,” she said. “It’s such a great experience for them. They can’t believe they’re up there, controlling this big animal.” That’s one of the best parts, said athlete Brian Burnett, of Saratoga Springs. “Getting a sense of control and leadership,” he said. “You’re out there in the open, too.”Subtitles I



But the very best part for Palmateer has nothing to do with competing. He loves meeting new horses to ride. “It’s kind of like making a new friend in school,” he said. The Fall Games took place Saturday at venues in Glens Falls, Lake George, Queensbury and Saratoga Springs. Nearly 1,200 athletes and coaches attended. They competed in bocce, golf, softball, cycling, soccer, cross-country running and equestrian sports.

Congratulations Ian on winning 1st Place in the Equestrian Olympic event!



Board members contribute hundreds of hours each year leading our School District. Whether it is crafting policies, hiring administrators, listening to staff and student concerns, or recognizing outstanding programs, board members always keep their eyes on the goal of student achievement while being fiscally sound for our tax payers. The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hour’s school board members spend in leading our district. They also work hard at seminars and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities, and spend many hours at extracurricular events.  The school board works closely with parents, administrators, education professionals, and other local citizens to create the educational vision we want for our community. In a larger sense, the ultimate role of the local school board is to help preserve our nation’s liberty, prepare our economy for prosperity, and enrich the lives of our people. It is in the schools of each local community that real teaching and learning happen. Consequently, it is the local school board that can best bring together the entire community – parents, business and civic leaders, and all others concerned about the future of our children.

In recognition of this dedicated service, the week of October 26-30, 2015 is designated “School Board Recognition Week.” This is a time to show our appreciation and begin to better understand how local school board members work together to provide a better future for our children. Let us join Governor Cuomo in his Proclamation of School Board Recognition Week to salute the men and women of our Hadley-Luzerne School Board of Education who provide governance of our public school by showing appreciation to President – Mary Visscher, Vice President – Eddie Joe Moulton, Joseph Hanlon, Gregory Novotarski and Antoinette Lombardi.



For the past 8 years, Hadley Luzerne Elementary School now Stuart M. Townsend Elementary has participated in the Summer reading program offered by Senator Betty Little.   We started off with 50 participants and each year it has grown.  On October 8, 2015 Senator Little presented certificates to 140 students in the district.  Each year Senator Little has been a part of our recognition assembly for the summer reading.  Our school has been the top school for participation in Senator Little’s district.  For the past two years, Mr. Osborne has given each child who has completed the program a book for a reward for completing the Summer reading. The book comes from the Ben Osborne Memorial Fund that was set up in memory of his son.  We are so proud of the number of students that have participated in the program.  Each year we have been challenged to increase the number of participants and the students here at Stuart M. Townsend Elementary rise to the challenge.  Great job Stuart M. Townsend Elementary!



On Wednesday, October 14th the Hadley-Luzerne School District went PINK in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness!  The students and staff, Grades Pre-K ~ 12, participated in a Power of Pink Day wearing pink and donations were collected.  Out of the four years that the district has done this program, this year was the largest total we have ever had.  The total collected was $700 and was brought to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Albany on October 18th.  The donation was given in the name of the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District.  Once again the Hadley-Luzerne School District bonds together to show their support for a great cause!



The Saratoga-Warren County Music Educators’ Association was formed in order to provide enriched musical experiences for our music students in grades 5-12 and share in efforts to stimulate interest in the study of music and encourage a carryover of school music training into the musical, social, and home life of the community. SWCMEA sponsors several festivals each year for students involved in band, chorus, orchestra, and jazz ensemble programs in addition to sponsoring a scholarship competition each spring and graduation award for each member school district.  The Congratulations to the following HL students for their acceptance and recent participation in the SWCMEA All County Band Festival at Shenendehowa High School: 

Grades 10-12:  Rebecca Daniels, clarinet andMakenzie Gerome, trumpet   Grades 8-9:  Sean Brosnan, trumpet and Cody York, trumpet  Grade 6-7:  Isaiah Smead, percussion



Come enjoy an evening watching the senior class compete against the faculty in volleyball on Thursday, November 4th in the George Doherty Gymnasium at the high school, starting at 6:00 pm. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a suggested donation of $1 for entrance.  Donations will support the class of 2016.



Please join the PTSA at its next meeting on Thursday, November 5th at 6:00 pm in the SMTES LGI room.



On Friday, November 13th at 7:30 PM, there will be a comedy show in the high school auditorium, hosted by the class of 2017.  Come witness students, friends and neighbors hypnotized right before your eyes.  This is a show you don’t want to miss. Check out this guy is hilarious!  Be sure to get your ticket from any junior or in the high school office for a donation of $6.



The Holiday Vendor Fair is being held on Saturday, December 5th starting at 8:00 am in the Hadley-Luzerne High School George Doherty Gymnasium.   Vendors interested in renting space or a table(s), please contacts one of the main offices for a form/cost. This year the money received from the rental of the space/tables will benefit the Class of 2017. 


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