By Robert L. Chakar, Jr., Ed.D.,


In early November the Andes Central School Drama Club presented the musical “Mary Poppins.” Judging by the comments we have heard, the show was a huge hit. Andes is extremely lucky and proud to have many very talented students as well as many staff and community members who are willing to give up so much of their own time and talents. A huge thank you goes to Elaine Peck, John Bernhardt, Lisa Valkavich and Jonathan Andrews for all the time that they gave to direct this amazing performance, and we also thank Sharon Tucker, who was responsible for most of the props and costumes, and Tom and Susie Little who helped by building some of our sets.

Once again, our students have merged with South Kortright Central School for girls and boys varsity soccer. Both teams were very successful this year, making it to the regional championship game; the boys advanced to the NYS Soccer Final Tournament. Congratulations to Noah Dougherty and Russell Storey for making the Delaware League 2nd Team All-Stars.

On November 18th and 19th, Serena Bacon, Montana Damone, Alexis Redden and Winnie Richards attended the Area All-State music festival. In order to participate in Area All-State, students perform solos at NYSSMA. Students who receive the best scores on the highest levels of NYSSMA solos are selected to participate in Area All-State. Students from all over Zone 8 of New York then come together and perform in large ensembles. Congratulations to our Area All-State students!

We will once again be hosting our senior citizens for a holiday dinner on Friday, December 2nd at 1 pm for any Andes resident age 55 or older. This is a way for us to show our appreciation of all of your support through the years. If you would like to attend the dinner, please call the school and leave us your name so we can be sure and prepare enough food.

On Tuesday, December 20th our elementary and high school students will present their winter concert at 6 pm.

Lastly, as the first academic quarter of the 2016-2017 school year came to a close, I am happy to share that most of the children in grades 5-12 earned either a Superintendent’s list, high honor or honor roll designation.~