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Ballston Spa Schools to Host Qualifying FLL Tournament
BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 3044 will be hosting a Hudson Valley FLL Qualifying tournament on December 14, 2019. There will be nine FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams representing area schools competing in the tournament. The top teams have the opportunity to advance on to a Championship Tournament at Dutchess Community College on February 8, 2020. This year’s FLL challenge, City Shaper, requires students to design a LEGO robot that can be programmed to operate independently on the competition table and accomplish several space-related tasks. The teams will be judged based on the robot’s performance, design, core values and on a project. The theme of this year’s project asks students to think like architects, engineers, and construction workers to identify a problem with a building or public space in their community and design a solution to the problem. Through the donations of corporate sponsors, the Ballston Spa Central School District has fielded five FLL teams for the 2019 season. Teams from Gordon Creek Elementary, Milton Terrace Elementary, Wood Road Elementary and the Ballston Spa Middle School will be participating in the competition. The tournament is funded by Hudson Valley FLL, Dutchess Community College and their Foundation, IBM, and NY Tech Valley FIRST. FIRST programs are growing in New York Tech Valley as a result of the overwhelming support of industry sponsors to engage more students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and develop the needed workforce to support their businesses. Sponsors for New York Tech Valley include GLOBALFOUNDRIES, GE, ASML, National Grid, KLATencor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lam Research, Applied Materials, AMD, Turner Construction, SCREEN USA, infrastructure, Edwards, Regeneron, Pickett Family Foundation, Acumetra, Tokyo Electron and Westerwood Global.
Fun for All Ages at Galway's Hour of Code
GALWAY — Galway Central School District invites the entire Galway School Community to its second annual Hour of Code on Monday, December 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Participants can expect to have fun and learn about computer coding, play with robots and drones and experience Virtual Reality travels, and more! The Robotics Club will be selling food and baked goods in the High School Cafeteria.
Children's Programs at Saratoga Arts are Back!
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Arts is again offering art programs for kids during school breaks. There will be varying programs for ages five through 14. Imagination Rules for five to seven-year-old children, and Camp Creativity for eight to 14-year olds. Both programs will run December 26-27 and January 2-3. To learn more or register, visit www. saratoga-arts.org/education/ school-break-summer-camp.
Essay Contest for Capital Region High School Students
The Kindness Closet
“The Kindness Closet is a perfect example of the lessons we are trying to teach our children on a regular basis.
Ballston Spa Students Present Annual Winter Concerts
BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District Music Department is presenting several winter concerts during the upcoming weeks. The concerts are free, and members of the community are welcome at all venues. The High School Winter Concert series began with performances by the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra on Thursday, Dec. 5. The series continues with performances by the Concert Band and Orchestra on Monday, Dec. 9. The final concert features the High School Choirs and Jazz Bands and will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19. All performances begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium at 220 Ballston Ave. The Middle School Winter Concerts will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 3, featuring the 7th Grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 8th Grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra will perform. The middle school concerts conclude with the 6th Grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra performing on Monday, Dec. 16. All middle school concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the High School Auditorium. The Milton Terrace Elementary School will host a Winter Concert featuring the Orchestra, Band and Chorus on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Cafetorium, 200 Wood Rd. The Gordon Creek Elementary School will host their annual Winter Concert featuring the Orchestra, Band and Chorus in the Gymatorium, 50 Wood Rd. on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. The Wood Road Elementary School will host a Winter Concert featuring the Orchestra, Band and Chorus on Jan. 9, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the school’s Cafetorium, 300 Wood Rd. The students from Malta Avenue Elementary School will present a Winter Concert on Jan. 14, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the Malta Ave. Auditorium at 70 Malta Ave.
Parent University Programs at Saratoga Springs CSD
Thursday, January 23: “Being the Grownup: Love, Limits, and the Natural Authority of Parenthood” with Author Adelia Moore. In partnership with Northshire Bookstore, Clinical Psychologist and author Adelia Moore will discuss her book Being the Grownup in the Maple Avenue Middle School Large Group Instruction room at 6:30 p.m. If you are a parent, it is your job to provide shelter and safety, to make decisions about education, childcare, health and nourishment, and to create the habitat that is the context of family life. The book helps parents translate their determination to care for and Photo provided. protect their children into the clarity they need to communicate authority with a firm confidence, whether for bedtime, screen-time or mealtime. Just as she would in a clinical conversation, the author shifts the focus away from disciplinary strategies and back to the core of parenthood, the relationship between parents and children as it evolves, moment to-moment, from the dependence of infancy to the autonomy of young adulthood.
Monday, February 3: Managing Technology: presented by Dr. Randy Cale.
Thursday, March 5: "Battling an Eating Disorder: An 11 Year Old’s Journey to Recovery" with Flutters of Hope Inc. This program will be held in the Maple Avenue Middle School Large Group Instruction room at 6:30 p.m. A current SSCSD student will share her journey through an eating disorder, how she recovered, and the tools she used to do it. Her mother will discuss the myths of eating disorders and the tools she used as a parent. Both speakers will share how hard it was to overcome, but that recovery is possible and that there is hope.
Tuesday, March 31: A Discussion about Anxiety and Depression with Jaimen McMillan. This program will be held in the Maple Avenue Middle School Large Group Instruction room at 7 p.m. Depression is not about being sad. Depression paralyzes the will. Sufferers feel powerless…hopeless…and see no possibility of moving on. Anxiety is gripping a growing number of children who instead of joy and wonder, experience unfounded fear and trepidation. Among the many factors involved in depression and anxiety, perhaps the most overlooked component is the element of space. The prevailing definition of the human being is so narrow and confining that its delineation is a likely cause of depression. This lecture on Depression and Anxiety will expand this constricting concept. We will experiment with Spacial Dynamics® exercises and experience that the human being is meant to be a free individual who can learn to live in many different spaces. Each space allows for opportunities and possibilities that the others do not. Depression and anxiety do not know age-barriers. Children, teens, and adults all suffer from these afflictions. They share the complaint of feeling trapped. It is for those who want to create and establish new spaces and dynamics that allow for healthy choice, wholesome human interaction, and ultimately, to unrestricted use of their own wills.
Tuesday, April 28: "Talking about Consent" presented by Wellspring. This program will be held in the Saratoga Springs High School Library from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. This program is designed for parents and guardians of graduating seniors going to college on how to talk to them about consent. The program provides participants with an understanding of consent as a concept and provides context as to why having discussions with young people about consent is crucial. Facilitators will provide information on when and how to have these discussions.
Ballston Spa National Bank announced Tuesday that support of $36,000 has been awarded to local Capital Region organizations, including more than $10,000 in donations from the Bank and its customers to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
“Today’s donations are estimated to provide more than 40,000 meals to those in need. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our customers,” said Christopher R. Dowd, president and CEO. “We’re also incredibly proud of the BSNB staff members that rallied their communities to address the need.”
The remaining $26,000 in Bank donations is provided to 31 additional organizations, including but not limited to, those that provide support for addiction recovery, veterans and active-duty soldiers, children and youth programs, and programs addressing poverty, hunger and homelessness.
BALLSTON SPA – A season that kicked off with the largest attendance for tryouts, and four players injured, Coach Brian Retersdorf is confident this self – driven group of athletes will achieve great success this upcoming season.
This is Coach Retersdorf’s ninth season coaching soccer at the school, and with each year he notices the team grows whether it be in participation or skill. This year’s team has 16 seniors, a majority of whom were players in preceding years.
"Last year we made it to the semifinals in sectionals. I would like to see a sectional final game and honestly, I would like to have a sectional final win,” said Coach Retersdorf. “We were one-off from being the Grey Division Suburban council leaders."
The Scotties are making their way through the season currently with a 4 – 2 League standing and a 6 – 2 overall standing.
With ambitious goals for the upcoming season with two starting players out for the season, one would think that would create some worry, but Coach Retersdorf believes that this group of athletes is adaptable and can power through a less than ideal circumstance.
“What's been amazing about this group of girls is that they all step up. And with the amount of depth and talent that they have - yes we miss those girls and yes those girls play a critical role to our program…I think yes, it's a big loss but we have such an amazing group of girls that we can make up for it."
Coach Retersdorf is sure to stress each year at tryouts that school comes first. The girls are keeping up with their high standards off the field as well. Each year Coach Retersdorf’s team has made the Scholar – All – Athlete Program and received recognitions for their academic achievement.
The support he and the team receive from the community, the administration and family, are part of what coach Retersdorf attributes his team’s fortunate success to. But alongside that, he states that his athletes are the driving force of the direction the team is going.
“I think that one of our biggest team successes is how the girls interact with each other on and off the field, and I think their team chemistry is one of our biggest strengths. Especially with our team captains,” said Coach Retersdorf. “And that I think is why we've had such success early on, and why I think we will continue to have success throughout the season.”
The girls take on Saratoga Springs at home Tuesday, October 1.
BALLSTON SPA — Coach Amanda Fifield heads into her 7th season coaching a sisterhood of varsity softball players.
In 2016 the Scotties softball team won their first ever section championships. That win solidified Fifield’s new approach to selecting her team each season. Uniquely her team tryouts are open to all softball athletes from grades nine through twelve, and the best players, regardless of age, will play on her varsity team. She makes sure her team knows that it’s not about age, but about talent and attitude.
Having a flexible attitude is important for Fifield as each year her athletes may not play the same position they did the prior year or a position they play on their travel team.
One player that comes to Fifield’s mind as an example of a positive attitude is her senior first baseman and co-captain, Megan McMahon.
“I tell anybody, I’m looking for people like Megan McMann,” said Fifield. “She’s the first person in a practice, last one to leave.”
Off the field, she holds her athletes to a high academic standard with a goal of having a 95 average grade point average for her team.
“I tell them we are student-athletes. Student comes first,” said Fifield.
In order to achieve her athletic goals for her team, she teaches her players accountability for not only themselves but for the team. At the beginning of the season Fifield asked her players to find a personal goal, and a team goal and to figure out how their personal goals can help the team achieve the team goal – which is to win another championship.
“The biggest focus for our team is to be able to communicate and be united like a family,” said Fifield. “If we can do those things one pitch at a time, we should be able to achieve our goal.”
BALLSTON SPA STUDENTS BEGIN ANNUAL PENNY HARVEST
BALLSTON SPA — Students in the Ballston Spa Central School District have started the annual district wide penny harvest in each of the six schools. The schools will hold various activities in the coming weeks to gather up pennies which will be collected by the SEFCU mobile branch on December 4, 2018. During the last ten years students have collected and successfully donated $89,747 to local nonprofit organizations through participation in the annual SEFCU Penny Harvest program. The Penny Harvest student leaders in each school are responsible for researching local community issues and the non-profit organizations before deciding how their funds could be used to further support these non-profits. The annual SEFCU Penny Harvest is implemented in grades K-12 and has proven to be successful in educating students in service learning and financial literacy. This program teaches students about the importance of philanthropy and service as well as teaching math, communication, and team building skills. The program is implemented in the fall of each school year and monetary awards will be presented to the local charities in May. Students collected over $9,400 in pennies during the fall 2017 harvest and donated the funds to eight local non-profit organizations. The district is very grateful to SEFCU for sponsoring the program and processing over 940,000 pennies.
The awards for 2019 will be presented at a ceremony on May 21, 2019 at the Ballston Spa High School. For more information,
please visit the individual school websites or contact the BSCSD Office of District Advancement at 518-884-7195.
Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect Visits Ballston Spa Middle School
BALLSTON SPA — Over 100 Ballston Spa 7th grade Orchestra, Band and Choir students recently attended an interactive presentation with visiting musicians from Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect program. Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional musicians in the country, designed to develop the artistic values and skills necessary for careers that combine musical excellence with education, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership. The program reflects the belief that today’s artists require both the ability to perform at the highest level and the capacity to give back to the community, inspiring the next generation of quality musicians and music lovers. The visiting musicians included the students in their presentation and provided minilessons about their musical performance. They also provided all students with free tickets to their concert on October 19, 2018 at Skidmore.
Ensemble Connect musicians are in residence at Skidmore for one week each October and February working with Skidmore students in classes, lessons, and coaching, presenting world premiere performances, and also offering interactive visits to local schools and human service organizations that involve student engaged performance. For additional information, please contact the Ballston Spa Music Department at 518-884-7150.
Suburban Field Hockey
Columbia at Saratoga
Saratoga 2 v. Columbia 0
Hunter Yourch- 2 goals assisted by Molly Russell and Lindsey Frank
Haley Waghorn assisted by Molly Russell
Olivia Vukelic assisted by Molly Russell
Molly Russell assisted by Kylie Folts
Final Score: Saratoga 5 v. Columbia 0
Corners: Saratoga - 17 | Columbia - 4
Shots: Saratoga 27 | Columbia - 0
Saratoga Goalies: Kristen Rodecker and Emma Piccirillo - 0 saves
Columbia Goalie: Maddy Hogan - 9 saves Saratoga 7-2
Spa Catholic Volleyball
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Central Catholic hosted Waterford Halfmoon on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Saints won 3-0.
Scores 25-10, 25-22, 25-23.
Highlights for the Saints 6-0 league and overall: Elise Browell 9 service points 16 assist; Kennedy Murphy 8 kills; MaryClare Pikus 2 kills 2 blocks; Emy Murray 6 service points; Molly O’Reilly 18 service points 6 aces.
Highlights for the Fordians 3-3 record: Nikki Lajeunesse 10 points, 5 digs; 1 assist Ashley Formosa 7 serves, 8 digs, 1 assist; Ayden Richards 8 serves, 3 digs, 15 assists.
Ballston Spa Boys Soccer
BALLSTON SPA — Guilderland visited Ballston Spa on Saturday, September 22. Griffen Leggieri scored the first goal for Ballston Spa, assisted by Jeffery Matthews. For the remaining 30 minutes of the first half, Guilderland couldn’t get a goal off. To start the second half, Guilderland’s Friquietto scored. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of the regular play. In overtime, Guilderland’s Tynan scored on a corner kick to finish the game 2-1 Guilderland.
Suburban Council Cross Country Dual Meet Results
Tuesday, September 25 — Ballston Spa/ Niskayuna/ Shaker at Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake
Course: Saratoga State Park | Distance: 3.05 miles
Girls Team Scores:
Ballston Spa - 27 Niskayuna - 28
BH – BL - 28 Ballston Spa - 29
Niskayuna - 20 Shaker - 26
BH – BL - 35 Ballston Spa - 33
Shaker - 18 Shaker - 21
BH – BL - 41 Niskayuna - 37
1. F. Demars, Ballston Spa - 18:43
2. K. Higgins, Shaker - 18:49
3. L. Griffin, Shaker - 19:09
4. R. Graham, BH – BL - 19:13
5. O. Skylstad, Ballston Spa - 19:33
6. C. Kokernak, Niskayuna -19:42
7. K. Hesler, Niskayuna - 19:44
8. R. Bashant, Ballston Spa - 20:02
9. O. Miles, Shaker - 0:03
10. M. Miles, Shaker - 20:23
Boys Team Scores:
BH – BL - 18 Ballston Spa - 25
Ballston Spa - 40 Niskayuna - 34
BH – BL - 21 Ballston Spa - 22
Niskayuna - 39 Shaker - 33
BH – BL - 15 Shaker - 25
Shaker - 44 Niskayuna - 34
1. E. Brennan, BH – BL - 15:43
2. T. Berg, BH – BL - 15:43
3. T. Ragone, Niskayuna - 15:50
4. M. Dolan, Niskayuna - 15:52
5. B. Guerin, Ballston Spa - 15:58
6. A. Gillooley, BH – BL - 16:22
7. N. Hunziker, BH – BL - 16:22
8. D. Metacarpa, BH – BL - 16:28
9. TJ Randall, Shaker - 16:36
10. B. Fletcher, Ballston Spa - 16:4
Ballston Spa Boys Soccer
BALLSTON SPA — On September 4, Niskayuna visited Ballston Spa on a hot, sunny Tuesday afternoon. Jeff Matthews scored for BSpa, assisted by Ethan Cook, in the first two minutes of play. But BSpa wasn’t able to put another point on the board and Niskayuna came away with a 5-1 win, with a hat trick by Ozisik, and goals by Mesbahi and Viggiano.
Suburban Field Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga at Columbia
First Half: Toga 5 v. Columbia 0
Haley Waghorn assisted by Kylie Folts
Jane Ginley assisted by Olivia Vukelic
Danielle Geils assisted by Maddie Messitt
Hunter Yourch-1, Molly Russell- 1, Katelyn Ginley- 1
Final Score: Toga 8 v. Columbia 0
Corners: Toga -12 | Columbia - 0
Shots: Toga 27 | Columbia 3
Toga Goalies: Kristen Rodecker and Emma Piccirillo - 3 saves
Col Goalie: Maddy Hogan - 16 saves
Toga 3-0 | Columbia 0-3
SRYMCA Over 50 Basketball League 2018-2019: Announcement
Saratoga Regional YMCA Over 50 Basketball League will begin its 13th season. Signups are now open at the Membership Desk of any SRYMCA Branch, or online for YMCA Members at srymca.org. New Player Evaluation will be October 17, First Game schedule for October 31. Games are played Wednesday nights. Dues are $130 for members and $260 for non-members. Sponsors and Team Captains are needed. For additional info call Paige Minear at 518-583–YMCA (9622), ext 120.
St. Michael’s College Women’s Volleyball at Union Invitational
SARATOGA COUNTY — In Friday's opening match against Skidmore, first-year Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs/ Saratoga Central Catholic) led the team with six kills on 11 attempts, finishing with a .455 hitting percentage. Fornabia and Statile also contributed five kills. In the final match of the weekend against Williams, Fornabia again led the Purple Knight with five kills and a .625 hitting percentage.
Wasaren League Saratoga Central Catholic Volleyball
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Central Catholic hosted Cambridge on Monday, September 10. Saratoga Catholic Saints beat the Cambridge Indians 3-1.
Scores: 25-17, 22-25, 25-13, 25-14
Highlights for the Saints: 2-0 overall and league Elise Browell (senior) 19 service points, 2 aces 23 assist Kennedy Murphy (senior), 9 kills Emy Murray (Junior), 9 service points Grace O'Reilly (Junior), 10 service points, 6 aces 5 kills Molly O'Reilly (Sophomore), 11 service points 5 kills.
Highlights for the Indians: Keana Sherwin 6 kills 7 blocks, Katie Simon 5 service points, JoJo Griffith 7 service points 1 kills.
Ballston Spa Boys Soccer
BALLSTON SPA — Utica-Proctor visited Ballston Spa on Friday, August 31. The first goal was scored by Utica-Proctors Somow. Ballston came back with a goal by Brayden Box assisted by Ethan Waters to tie it 1-1. In the second half Ethan Cook scored to make it 2-1. Final score 2-1 Ballston. Whitesboro visited Ballston Spa on Saturday, September 1. Whitesboro scored two goals in the first half by Stuhlman and Gorgas. Ballston scored one goal by Ethan Waters. In the second half Whitesboro scored with a goal by Williams. Final score 3-1 Whitesboro.
Shaker at Saratoga Field Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Shaker at Saratoga (at the Dome) First Half: Toga 2 v. Shaker 0 Lindsey Frank-1 Olivia Vukelic from Dani Geils Second Half: Lindsey Frank-2 goals Kylie Folts from Lindsey Frank Grace Sablich from Lindsey Frank Final Score Toga 6 v. Shaker 0 Corners: Toga-24 | Shaker -2 Shots: Toga 28 | Shaker 2 Toga Goalies: Kristen Rodecker and Emma Piccirillo - 2 saves Shaker Goalies: Kassie Egan and Davin Testo - 13 saves Toga 1-0 | Shaker 0-1
SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Summer Youth Basketball League
Cudney’s Launderers 33 v. PJ’s BAR-B-QSA 24
After falling behind in the first half, the Cudney’s Launderers Team got a scoring burst and pulled away from the PJ’s BAR-B-QSA for a 33 to 24 win in the 2018 championship game. Cudney’s was led by Channing Adriance with 10 points, teammates Bryant Savage had eight points, Antone Robbens, Nick Scalo and Ian O’Rourke rounded out the scoring with five points apiece. PJ’s got 11 points from Christian Mello along with five points from Sam Chaucer, four points from Jacob Bader and three points from Jacob Hernandez.
Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors 46 – Saratoga PBA 44
This game lived up to the hype and we got the championship game we had all hoped for, a twopoint victory. The game was nip and tuck the whole time with many leader changes throughout the game. The Realtors finished their season undefeated but had their hands full with PBA. The victors got scoring from Niko VanValis 15 points, Logan Bevan 11 points, Tom Villano and Stephen Bebee eight points apiece, four points Jacob Armer and Gabe Berube with two points. PBA was led by Aiden Dunn, Alex Cutler and Trey Stanislowski 11 points each, Connor Johnson had eight points, Alexander Savage two points and Neil Graber with one point.