January 19th, 2017

Daily Bulletin

Thursday, January 19th

DAY: B day


Today’s Lunch: Cheese Pizza or Buffalo Chicken, Garden Salad, Apple Slices, Assorted Low-fat milk


Friday’s Lunch: Cheese Tortellini, Garlic Bread, Green Beans, Mixed Fruit, Pudding cup, Assorted Low-fat milk





Spring Driver’s Education:


Applications for the Spring Driver’s Education Course will be available in the East Office (C256) through FridayJanuary 20th.  Application deadline is 12 Noon on January 20th Late submissions will not be accepted. Students must be in possession of a valid Learner’s Permit before the course begins. The course will begin the week of January 30th and run through the end of April.


Attn: Seniors and Juniors: Are you presently volunteering or otherwise involved in the YMCA?  If so… please stop into the Counseling Center (thru Jan. 20th) to see your Counselor or Mr. Bianchi.  We would like to know your volunteer activity and your involvement with the “Y” is all about.  You may be eligible to be recognized by the YMCA at their annual Student Recognition Breakfast in April.



Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Niskayuna Class of 2018.  Come in to the Chipotle at 441 Balltown Road in Schenectady on Monday, January 23rd between 5:00 PM and 9:00PM and tell the cashier you are supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Niskayuna Class of 2018.







Please Donate:


ADL and SAPE Clubs are collecting scarves for the homeless.  A group of students from Niskayuna and Schenectady School District will be tying the scarves to the trees that connect the two communities during the week of January 30th.  Your contributions are GREATLY appreciated.  There is a collection box at Crossroads or you may give the scarves to Monica DiCocco.




SAT Classes:


The Department of Continuing Education is pleased to offer the following SAT Preparation Courses


ENGLISH: January 25th, February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8

NHS D107    6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Kristin Richard

Fee $85


MATH: January 23rd, 30th, February 6, 13, 27, March 6

NHS F309   6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Shana DeRocco

Fee: $85


To register for either class send registration form to Niskayuna School District to Pam Ober at the District office. Registration forms available at niskyschools.org – Continuing Education




The Niskayuna School District libraries are switching to a new catalog system very soon.  In order to prepare for this transition, please return all library materials by Wednesday, January 25.  If you need a book or other library item for a class, please stop by the library to let us know.  We will keep track of your loan so that you can use it for class.  THANK YOU for helping us make this a smooth transition to a new system.





Check out www.studentscholarships.org – This site periodically posts scholarship opportunities that may be interest to you.  Deadlines vary.



Attention seniors:


  NEW YORK STATE 2017 MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – New York State has announced the 2017 Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The awards will be $1500 and $500 and are renewable for up to 5 years of undergraduate study.  They can be used only at colleges and universities located in New York State.  Each high school in the state will have at least one winner of a $1,500 award.  Niskayuna High School has been allotted two (2) of the $1500 awards and (8) of the $500 awards.  Deadline: January 31, 2017 (all applicants MUST sign up with Mrs. McDonald in counseling BEFORE 3PM on this day).



SENIOR GIRLS:  Zonta International of Schenectady is offering two $500.00 scholarships.  The Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award is based on volunteerism and leadership, experience in local or student government, awareness of international affairs and evidence of dedication to advancing the status of women.  If you think you qualify for either of these opportunities, see Mr. Bianchi for application.  Deadline is February 15th, 2017.



New York Water Environment Association. Inc. Scholarships

If you are planning to pursue a career with a focus on environmental issues,

you may be eligible for scholarships offered from this organization.  Typical

Career plans could include but are not limited to:

Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering with and

Environmental minor, Hydrogeology with an environmental emphasis. 


There are two major scholarships: one for $10,000 paid over 4 years and one

lump sum payment of $5,000.  There are also up to four $2,500 awards

designated for children of NYWEA members and two more are open to all

students pursuing an environmentally related program.

   You must apply online at nywea. org/scholarship. Application deadline is February 28th, 2017.



                            ATTENTION SENIORS!!


Phi Delta Kappa International Scholarship Grants for Prospective Educators


If you are planning a career in education, this might be for you!

Phi Delta Kappa International offers a number of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to major in Education.  The application form also includes alternative scholarship opportunities for specific eligibility that may be useful to you.

Selection is based on academic standing, written essay, letters of recommendation, and leadership activities.  See Mr. Bianchi in the Counseling Center for an application.  Deadline to apply is March 1st, 2017.




Laziali Nel Mondo of the Capital District Scholarships


This organization is offering two scholarships at $1,000 each to a graduating high school senior of Italian Descent who is currently enrolled in or has completed a class or course dealing with the Italian language, history, or culture including the study of Latin. Student should also demonstrate a strong sense of pride in the culture, language and traditions of Italy. Applications are available from Mr. Bianchi in the Counseling Center. Deadline to apply is March 1st, 2017.




First New York Federal Credit Union – Offering four $1,000.00 (one time) scholarships to any member (student must be a member of credit union) meeting the criteria:


*Completed and signed application form

*Essay of 250 words or less describing what motivates you to succeed and why

* Letter of Reference

* Transcript

*A resume detailing honors/awards received leadership roles and activities. 

Application available from Mr. Bianchi in Counseling Center, at any First New York office or at www.firstnewyork.org  Deadline to apply is March 10, 2017





Black Women’s Association of Albany is offering Marian I. Hughes Scholarships to minority women in the Capital District Community


Award amount varies.  To be eligible you must have a GPA of 80% or higher, demonstrate involvement in school, athletic, community service, work and/or church activities and indicate financial need. This opportunity is for Minority Girls Only.


Deadline to apply is March15, 2017

See Mr. Bianchi for application.




Firemen’s Association of New York (FASNY) is offering twenty scholarships worth $1,500 each. Student must be a member of FASNY or be a child of a member. Student must be serving as a junior firefighter, Explorer, RAM, or volunteer in an EMS Unit. Application available from Mr. Bianchi.  Deadline to apply is March 15th, 2017


The Schenectady Foundation is offering the ANNA HUDSON  ERBACHER SCHOLARSHIP  $2, 500 per year for up to four years to a senior attending a Schenectady County High School and pursuing a career in teaching. Awarded based on scholarship, financial need, character and extracurricular activities. Applications available online at www.schenectadyfoundation.org

POSTMARK Deadline: March 17th, 2017 Contact Jean Churchill (518) 393-9500 if you have questions.



Please see Mr. Bianchi in counseling for additional information regarding scholarships. 



Niskayuna Educational Support Personnel Association Scholarships

Two (2) $500.00 Awards Offered by N. E.S P. A.


Available to:

·        A graduating NHS senior with plans for a higher education

·        One of student’s parents must be a current enrolled member of N.E. S. P. A as of the beginning of the school year.


·        Proof of need

·        Evidence of Academic Scholarship

·        Good Citizenship/Volunteerism

Applications are available through Mr. Bianchi in the Counseling Center. 


Deadline to apply: March 16th, 2017


Berkshire Bank Scholarships

The Berkshire Bank foundation is offering 10 scholarships each worth $1,500.00.  

Eligibility Criteria are: minimum GPA of 3.0, High School Senior, Plan to attend a 2 or 4 college or technical school. Gross Family income MUST be under $75,000.00.  Please contact Mr. Bianchi or your counselor for how to apply. Deadline is March 22, 2017 by 4:00 PM EDT.


Did you know?

Today is National Popcorn Day!!

It’s hard to think of a more purely American food than popcorn. And we’re far from the world’s first popcorn fans: Archeologists have found traces of popcorn in 1,000-year-old Peruvian tombs. It’s been said that popcorn was part of the first Thanksgiving feast, in Plymouth Colony in 1621.

The majority of Americans now get their popcorn from a microwave. The first patent for a microwave popcorn bag was issued to General Mills in 1981, and home popcorn consumption increased by tens of thousands of pounds in the years following. Today, Americans eat about a million pounds worth of (unpopped) popcorn a year.