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

We would like to thank the Andes Fire Department for inviting students in grades PreK-6 to the Fire House on Friday, October 12th  for Fire Prevention Week.

We would also like to thank Alex Wilson and Irene Hussey of Wayside Cider for the fundraiser they held on September 22nd to raise money to provide local meat to the school through the Farm to Catskills program. Enough was raised to provide local beef, pork chicken and vegetables to our school cafeteria. Thank you to everyone who was involved in any way.

The 10th Annual Evening of Excellence was held on Thursday, October 4th. This is to recognize those students who maintained an average of 90% or higher during the 2017-18 school year. Those students honored this year were Michaela Valkavich, Britney Davila, Leandra Edelson, Mazzy Williams, Emily Andersen, Katie Edelson, Lila Green and Rylee Burton. We would like to congratulate these students on all their hard work and accomplishments.

Congratulations to Andes musicians Emily Andersen, James Camuti, Britney Davila, and Leandra Edelson on being selected to attend the Hartwick Honor Band on October 20th. These four students applied and were accepted along with other students from the surrounding counties. They were immersed in a daylong event practicing music, experiencing the campus, and working with the New Jersey Wind Symphony conductor Dr. Christian Wilhjelm. The day culminated in a free public concert on Hartwick campus at 7:30 pm featuring the honor band, the college wind ensemble and trombone soloist Professor  Paul Blake.

The ACS Drama Club will be presenting “Captain Louie, Jr.” on Friday, November 9th, and Saturday, November 10th at 7 pm. We invite you all to come out and enjoy the talents of our students.

On Tuesday, November 13th, at 1 pm, we would like to host a luncheon for Andes Veterans and their families, to thank them for their service. If you are a veteran and would like to attend, please call the school at 845-676-3166 x103 to let us know you will be attending.

On Thursday, November 15th, school will be dismissed at 12:25 for all students.  Elementary teachers will be holding parent-teacher  conferences in the afternoon and parents of 7-12 students can come to the school from 6:30 – 8 pm to meet with teachers of their children.~