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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

On Saturday, December 1st, nearly one-hundred Greenwich FFA, FBLA and NHS members in conjunction with the Greenwich Elks Club held a very successful Breakfast with Santa. Members of the Greenwich Elks Club volunteered to cook a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast that was served to those who attended the event by members of the National Honor Society. FFA and FBLA members assisted the children with the creation of multiple take-home crafts. In attendance were local craft vendors as well as Greenwich FBLA who sold Greenwich clothing, paraphernalia and Make-A-Wish stars that benefit the local Make a Wish children. Mr. Cliff Oliver snapped the perfect camera moments as children lined up to meet Santa and share with him their Christmas wish lists. Pooh’s Corner Singers treated the event attendees by singing Christmas carols.  The Greenwich Fire Department was instrumental in escorting Santa from an undisclosed location to the event. The department remained on standby to return Santa to his reindeer and sleigh at a moment’s notice should an emergency arise at the North Pole.

Thank you to Cliff Oliver, Steve Patrick, Stewart’s Shops, the Greenwich Elks, Pooh’s Corner Singers, the Greenwich Fire Department and of course, Santa, for making this year’s breakfast a huge success. All proceeds raised from this community event will benefit Greenwich’s Operation Santa along with many other community projects throughout the upcoming year.

November ‘Beyond the Call of Duty’ Award Announced

The faculty of the Junior High at Greenwich Central School is proud to announce this month’s winner’s of the BTCOD Award. The “Beyond the Call of Duty” recognition is given each month to students in the 7th and 8th grades who have demonstrated a keen enthusiasm, work ethic and desire to succeed…while being kind, patient and helpful to others. It is helping the school become a better place…by helping us in  “Cultivating the Future” for our valuable youth. This months’s honorees include:

Jennifer Barbur – 7th
Seth Boddery – 7th
Noah Davis – 7th
Kylie Lundberg – 7th
Nate Baker – 8th
Derek Bohley – 8th
Rhiley Sausville – 8th
Gabe Waite – 8th

Congratulations to these young people who’s citizenship is much valued and appreciated!

Greenwich Jr/Sr High School Announces
Fall 2018  Scholar Athlete Teams and Individuals

 Junior-Senior High School community is proud of our school’s long tradition of academic and athletic excellence.  During the just completed fall 2018 athletic season, three varsity teams fielded by the Greenwich Central School District were designated as Scholar Athlete Teams.  To achieve this designation, a team must have had 75% of the varsity players earn a grade point average of 90% or higher.

The Scholar Athlete Team designation demonstrates that the majority of the student athletes at GCS are fulfilling our school purpose of producing well rounded, active, healthy, and motivated young adults ready to achieve at the highest level when they move on from our school.  Congratulations to the students, coaches, and teachers whose hard work and commitment to excellence led to these honors!

Below are the teams that earned the NYSPHSAAA Scholar Athlete Team designation.

Fall Sports

Girls Cross Country

Boys Cross Country

Girls Soccer

In addition to the team recognition, the following student athletes earned individual designation as a New York State Scholar Athlete (had a GPA of 90% or better for the first marking period).

Scholar Athlete Teams and Scholar Athlete Individuals:

Varsity Girls Cross Country – Nadia Chincola, Quinn Collins, Tayler Cristaldi, Emma Cronin, Annabel Gregg, Ramona Jordan, Nina Sgambelluri, Emily Skiff, Brooke Wright, Brynne Wright, Teagan Wright, Haley Zanella

Varsity Boys Cross Country – Andrew Conlin, Peyton Howard, Peter Stone, Jacob Ziehm

Varsity Girls Soccer – Cate Abate, Molly Brophy, Mary Estramonte, Ashley Gwin, Faith Hewitt, Faith Inger, Katie Larmon, Antonia Levitas, Madison Loveland, Lauren Marci, Tess Merrill, Olivia Strope.

Scholar Athlete Individuals only:

Varsity Field Hockey – Mackenzie Dixson, Eliza Jordan, Sydney Loveland, Kylee Masse, Morgan Randall, Oliva Snell, Isabelle Solan, Arianna Spiezio, Carrissa Wardwell

Varsity Boys Golf – Reed Boduch, Bradley Brophy, Jake Owens, Connor Record, Tyler Ziehm

Varsity Girls Tennis – Madelyn Brophy, Shea Fortier, Callagh Mays, Brooke Smith, Katie Snell

Varsity Boys Soccer – Thomas Abate, Aidan Abernathy, Madigan Carner, Evan Carpenter, Hunter Dixson, Charles Gartner, Henry Gartner, Liam Kelleher, Liam Niesz, Andrew Rymph

Varsity Football – Gavin Blair, Colin Bouchard, Jackson Javurek, William Hamilton, Jesse Kuzmich, Aidan McPhail, John Walsh

Varsity Cheering – Kyra Balentine, Sydney Baptie, Sara Douglas, Kaitlyn Lavoo

Greenwich Central School 1 st Quarter Honor Roll 2018-2019

High Honors – 89.5 and above

Grade 7:

Molly Abate, Kiley Allen, Emilee Archer, Sydney Baptie, Jennifer Barbur, Seth Boddery, Sophia Boice, Noah Bosford, Nicholas Campbell, Matthew Conlin, Noah Davis, Sara Douglas, Jackson Fortier, Alexis Herbst, Brodie Hunt, Caroline Kelly, Keira Kirk, Honora LaRock, Marcus Littell, Hunter Logan, Kylie Lundberg, Elizabeth Marci, Allison McQueen, Evan Merrill, Esther Moore, James Perry, Joshua Poovey, Adrianna Rojas, Mia Sausville, Lexleigh Shaw, Kelsy Smith, Gwenyth Smyth, Eli Strasswimmer, Grant Traver, Turner Trombley, Dorothy Van Pelt, Simone Waters

Grade 8:

Catherine Abate, Reese Autiello, Bailey Bain, Alexander Baker, Nathaniel Baker, Kyra Balentine, Bradley Brophy, Kathryn Campbell, Keegan Collins, Megan Cross, Blake Demianenko, MacKenzie Dixson, Joshua Ginart, Ava Hamilton, Dutch Hamilton, Colin Hughes, Aidan Jones, Declan Kelleher, Maeve Kelleher, Christopher Kuzmich, Kaitlyn Lavoo, Antonia Levitas, Kadyn MacNeil, Mia Manera, McKenzie Manney, Grace McFarren, Carrie Mueller, Jessica Newell, Norah Niesz, Pablo Palacios, Zoe Perkins, Morgan Randall, Rhiley Sausville, Kathryn Snell, Jocelyn Spiezio, Roxy Vanderhoff, Christian VanDoren, Gabriel Waite, Brian Wells Jr., Matthew White, Teagan Wright, Jacob Ziehm

Grade 9:

Samuel Andrews, Gavin Blair, Danielle Boyea, Madigan Carner, Nadia Chincola, Lauren Chuhta, Andrew Conlin, Tayler Cristaldi, Lola Davidson, Luke Demianenko, Hunter Dixson, Mary Estramonte, Shea Fortier, Emma French, Ciarrah Hebert, Gareth Hill, Alexandra Holmes, Faith Ingber, Jackson Javurek, Jesse Kuzmich, Katie Larmon, Francesca Levitas, Kyra Littlecreek-Murphy, Lauren Marci, Nicholas Marci, Ellery Mays, Lily McCauliffe, Caitlyn McClay, Aidan McPhail, Molly Morse-Belcher, Jenna Olmert, Lilly Peck, Jordynn Perry, Emily Scieszka, Alexis Seacord, Nina Sgambelluri, Emily Skiff, Ryan Skiff, Madison Snell, Alyssa Spiezio, Peter Stone, Olivia Strope, Emily Talmadge, Garrett Wardwell, Zachary Wiss, Kylie Young, Haley Zanella

Grade 10:

Madeline Baker, Skyler Balentine, Molly Brophy, Cole Brown, George Denaker, Damien Dubois, David Gabriel, Charles Gartner, William Hamilton, Faith Hewitt, Ramona Jordan, Kyle Karp, Sydney Loveland, Tess Merrill, Dillon Niles, Jake Owens, Nicholas Rodd, Dylan Skiff, Austin Smith, Isabelle Solan, Abigail Sova, Sophia Traver, Tyler Ziehm

Grade 11:

Thomas Abate, Aidan Abernathy, Erin Armitage, Alyssa Bigness, Colin Bouchard, Madelyn Brophy, Damon Brownell, Quinn Collins, Emma Cronin, Joseph Dziewulski, Cody Fortin, Henry Gartner, Matthew Ginart, Dale Hayes, Callagh Mays, Liam Niesz, Connor Record, Andrew Rymph, Brooke Smith, Arianna Spiezio, Jaydah Talmadge, Jennifer Wilbur, Brooke Wright, Brynne Wright, Michael Wright, James Young

Grade 12:

Hope Billings, Reed Boduch, Ryan Brownell, Evan Carpenter, Yanary Champagnie, Lucia D’Acchille, Mary Gallaway, Annabel Gregg, Ashley Gwin, Peyton Howard, Eliza Jordan, Liam Kelleher, Madison Loveland, Jack Lundberg, Kylee Masse, Amber Mattison, Daniel Newell, Maggie O’Connor, Nicholas Pett, Emily Reiszel, Helen Smith, Olivia Snell, Jennifer Sprague, John Walsh, Carrissa Wardwell

Honors – 84.5 – 89.4

Grade 7:

Hudson Carnahan, Lauren Dixson, Jack Godfrey, Miguel Gonzalez, Lindsey Kurz, Allison Michel, Anthony Perry, Timothy Rouse, Lexleigh Shaw, Keera Shields, Paul Sievers, Lipsha Stark, Sophia Tomczak, Aidan Waite

Grade 8:

Aidan Armitage, Erica Bennett, Jasmine Brammer, Kaydance Brownell, Matthew Epstine, Graham Genevick, Maya Gobin, Anna Harrington, Benjamin Holmes, Reegan Mullen, Reece Saunders, Sarah Schmitt, Kiera Seney, Autumn Sequin, Sarah Todd

Grade 9:

Ethan Banfield, Finn Brletich, John Byrnes IV, Erik Cederstrom, Noah Grimmke, McKayla Gutasy, Patrick McFee, Sophia Record, Haylee Simmons, Clyde Van Pelt, Kevin Voelkner, Jamie Wheeler, Jaron Wolff

Grade 10:

Aydin Bain, Tristan Bass, Ashton Brodowsky, Madelyn Carney, Jazmine Ciccarone, Emily Conlin, Alexander Curtis, Zethra Davis-Barron, Caleb Hinton, Jenna Hogan, Ryan Jones, Andrew LeBarron, Allison Lundberg, Bryce Lynch, Maxwell Maguire, Julian Mattison, Destiney McKernon, Travis Michel, Elizabeth O'Konski, Ruby Pemrick, Hailey Perkins, Rebecca Schmitt, Isaac Sievers, Connor Smith, Benjamin Sova, Jackson Vanderhoff

Grade 11:

Christopher Albrecht, Faith Alheim, Liv Cederstrom, Maya Dean, Hannah Elsworth, Joshua Epstine, Samuel Howard, Daniel Lucia, Keilana MacNeil, Lauren Maines, Gabriel Mann, Adam Newell, James Ostrowski, Grant Peck, Luke Pemrick, Carly Rogers, Trinity Sanders, Ryan Sequin, Mollie Stalter, Emily Steltz, Shauna Wasielewski, Raffaele Wyss, Jeremy Zanella, Hannah Zeno

Grade 12:

Gabriel Anthony, Emma Brophy, Hunter Bullard, Penelope Crawford, Lauren DeSorbe, Maximus Dixson, Georgiana Douglas, Macy Fitzgerald, Maxwell Gobin, Philip Grimes, Marquita Gutasy, Sophia Manera, Tyler Murray, Jakob Niles, William Rosenblatt, Avery Smith, Robert Spear, Mason Williamson

State Champions!

The Greenwich Central School girl’s cross country team cruised to a 7th State Championship since its first, in 2006. The Witches placed four runners in the top ten, out of one hundred and thirty in the race. Brynne Wright, who was third in 19:12.7, led the way. Nina Sgambelluri was seventh (19:51.5), Teagan Wright was ninth (19:58.9) and Emma Cronin was tenth (20.00.1). Greenwich’s depth was evident as Brooke Wright was thirty-first (20:53.1), Emily Skiff was forty-third (21:15.6) and Quinn Collins was forty-seventh (21:21.3). Collins outran the fifth runner on every other team and the fourth runner on all but one of the opposing ten teams.

Greenwich entered the Class C race as the prohibitive favorite, so head coach Steve Patrick advised the team to run under control. There was no need for risky running on Sunken Meadow State Park’s hilly, challenging terrain. The wet, windy course produced times of approximately one minute and twenty seconds slower, per runner, than those at the Spa Park course. Assistant Coach Mike Sgambelluri stressed the transitions from downhill to uphill stretches and cautioned that flying down the hills would not lead to effective running on the steep inclines that followed. The Witches followed directions perfectly and waited for the last, flat mile to fully unwind, passing numerous opponents along the final stretch.

Greenwich finished with a decisive win and the lowest (best) score of any girls race of the day. GCS scored 38 points, well ahead of second place Bronxville (108 points). In the boys Class C race, GCS senior Peyton Howard had a strong effort, finishing twenty-ninth, well ahead of his projected finish. Howard is a newcomer to year-round running and is looking forward to the indoor and outdoor track seasons and running in

GCS State Champions celebrate on the beach at Sunken Meadow State Park

From left: Teagan Wright, Brooke Wright, Nina Sgambelluri, Emily Skiff, Emma Cronin, Quinn Collins, Brynne Wright, Annabelle Gregg

Peyton Howard off to a strong start in the Boys Class C State Championship xc meet

Beyond the Call of Duty

The faculty of the Junior High at Greenwich Central School is proud to announce this month’s winner’s of the BTCOD Award. The “Beyond the Call of Duty” recognition is given each month to students in the 7th and 8th grades who have demonstrated a keen enthusiasm, work ethic and desire to succeed…while being kind, patient and helpful to others. It is helping the school become a better place…by helping us in  “Cultivating the Future” for our valuable youth. This months’s honorees include:
l. to r. – Noah Bosford, Megan Cronin, Keira Kirk, Kiley Allen, Evan Smith, Gwenyth Smyth, Anthony Perry, James Perry

District III FFA Meeting and Rodeo

On Friday, November 2, 2018 over 325 District III FFA members attended the annual NYS FFA District III Meeting and Adirondack Stampede Charity Rodeo. Hartford FFA hosted the meeting organized and run by District President Erin Armitage.

The motivational keynote speech was presented by “Morning Ag Clips” President, Kate Ziehm. FFA members enjoyed the “picture this” game designed to allow members from other chapters to meet one another.

The meeting wrapped up with a bucking bronco contest where FFA members won beautiful Justin cowboy hats donated by Tractor Supply Company. Members then went to the 28h Annual Adirondack Stampede Charity Rodeo at the Cool Insuring Arena where FFA members occupied an entire corner of the arena. District III and Greenwich FFA President Erin Armitage and Northern Adirondack FFA member, Jeremyah Johnston were awarded scholarships in memory of local dairy farmer, the late Bill Liddle, as well as an additional $250 from a jackpot that the bull riders didn’t win.

Congratulations, Erin and Jeremyah! Greenwich FFA members will now spend their time preparing for the 6th Annual Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade!!

Annual Greenwich Breakfast with Santa

Santa is coming to Greenwich!! The Annual Greenwich Breakfast with Santa event will be held on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Greenwich Elks Club on Route 40 in Greenwich.

As always Santa is due to arrive by fire engine courtesy of the Greenwich Fire Department at approximately 8:00 a.m. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 10 – tickets are available at the door. The breakfast is a family style pancake breakfast cooked by the Greenwich
Elks Club.

Children will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Santa, make holiday crafts, create Christmas cards, and write Christmas Lists to Santa. The FFA, FBLA and local vendors will also have Holiday decorations, GCS Clothing and other craft items for sale. The Pooh’s Corner Preschool will also be on hand to spread some cheer as they sing some Christmas carols.

The event is sponsored by the Greenwich Women’s Service Club in association with the Greenwich Central School District’s FFA, FBLA and National Honor Society Clubs. The proceeds from the event go towards Operation Santa and local Community projects.

Witches To State Meet

Junior Brynne Wright led her Greenwich Central H.S. teammates to a fifteenth straight Section 2 title for head coach Steve Patrick. It was Wright’s fourth straight individual Sectional crown and she did it in spectacular fashion, posting her best time ever on the 3.04 mile course- 17:54.74.

But as always, the team championship was determined by collective strength and GCS placed seven runners in the top nine spots, out of one hundred and thirty seven runners. If a team sweeps the top five places in a cross country race, it produces a score of 15 points. Greenwich scored 17 points in the win, while Greenville was a distant second, with 149 points. Following Brynne Wright for the Witches, was freshman Nina Sgambelluri (2 nd in 18:30.21), junior Emma Cronin (3 rd in 18:30.94), eighth grader Teagan Wright (4 th in 18:49.68) and junior Quinn Collins (7 th in 19:39.95).

The stream of fine Greenwich performances did not stop after the top five. Ninth grader Emily Skiff was 8 th (19:16.42), senior Annabel Gregg was 9 th (19:48.98) and junior Brooke Wright was 13 th (20:17.06). The final two runners for GCS were sophomore Ramona Jordan and freshman Nadia Chincola. Senior Peyton Howard placed 4 th in the Class C boys race, with his best time at the Spa Park course- 16:36.24, also earning entry to the State Meet.

Coach Patrick was pleased with the team performance. “This meet sets us up well for the State Meet. The girls look sharp and ready to go.”

The State Championship will take place at Sunken Meadow Park, in Kings Park, Long Island, on Saturday, November 5 th .


2018 Class C Sectional Cross Country Champions
Row 1: Nina Sgambelluri, Teagan Wright, Haley Zanella, Emma Cronin, Emily Skiff.
Standing: Brooke Wright, Annabel Gregg, Nadia Chincola, Quinn Collins, Brynne
Wright, Tayler Cristaldi, Coach Steve Patrick. Not pictured: Ramona Jordan

Peyton Howard

JUST ONE National FFA Convention

Greenwich FFA members joined nearly 70,000 FFA members, advisors and guests at the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this past week. Tours on the way included Batavia Turf, Buckeye Hybrids, Wilson Football, Fair Oaks Farm Adventure and Wright State University.

The Dairy Evaluation team, consisting of Erin Armitage, Tyler Ziehm, Lauren DeSorbe and Jenna Wilbur earned a silver ranking, placing 16th in the nation. Erin Armitage earned a gold ranking individually and Tyler Ziehm earned a silver. FFA members, George Denaker and Travis Michel had the opportunity to tour Louisville Slugger.

Highlights of the convention included an enormous Expo including agricultural colleges and universities, agricultural businesses, and an FFA shopping extravaganza. Country Entertainer of the Year, Garth Brooks, performed a private concert for the FFA members and President Donald Trump spoke at the final session before the new National FFA Officers were announced. Every sitting President is offered an invitation to attend the National FFA Convention. President Trump is the first President in twenty-seven years to accept the invitation. The President spent more than an hour speaking to the FFA members. One of the key points he said was, “Your time in the FFA, in the field, on the farm, on the land and in the classroom has not only prepared you for a stellar, great career in something you love; it’s taught you essential truths about life and about
the world in which you live. You know that success only comes through hard work and perseverance.”

National Honor Society Inducts New Members

On Monday, October 15, 2018 the Greenwich chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 24 new members at a ceremony held in the auditorium at GCS.  Many family members and friends gathered in the audience as the four officers spoke about the four pillars of the National Honor Society: character, service, leadership and scholarship. Candles were lit and then the new members were tapped and escorted up on the stage by present members and helped to don a green robe. As the new members came to the stage, President Olivia Snell read short biographies of each new member, highlighting many of their accomplishments.  After all new members had reached the stage, the National Honor Society pledge was recited by all members, new and existing, and any former members seated in the audience.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, all members exited the stage and met family and friends in the Media Center for refreshments and photos.  Pictured below are the newly inducted members of the Greenwich chapter of the National Honor Society.

Front row, left to right: Lauren Maines, daughter of Debbie and Joshua Maines; Arianna Spiezio, daughter of Shayne and Jennifer Spiezio; Brynne Wright, daughter of Deborah and David Wright; Emma Cronin, daughter of Angela and Ben Cronin, Callagh Mays, daughter of Paul Mays and Lisa Hayes; Alyssa Bigness, daughter of Danny and Pamela Bigness. Second row: Chris Albrecht, son of Linda and Don Albrecht; Thomas Abate, son of Patrice and Sean Abate; Jeremy Zanella, son of John and Amy Zanella; Gabriel Mann, son of Jeanette and Scott Mann; Andrew Rymph, son of Eileen and Andy Rymph; Quinn Collins, daughter of Kevin and Jill Collins. Third row: Joseph Dziewulski, son of Melissa and Nicholas Bauer; Joshua Epstine, son of Joleen and Steve Meins; Emily Reiszel, daughter of John and Jennifer Reiszel; Liam Niesz, son of Maureen and George Niesz; Madelyn Brophy, daughter of Tim and Stacy Brophy; Matthew Ginart, son of Christopher and Michelle Ginart. Last row: Damon Brownell, son of Scott and Kym Brownell, Brooke Smith, daughter of Dawn and Gregory Smith; Henry Gartner, son of Rachel Gartner and Suzanne Seay; Erin Armitage, daughter of Kevin and Lee-Ann Armitage; Brooke Wright, daughter of Deborah and David Wright, and Aidan Abernathy, son of Brian and Renee Abernathy.


Greenwich FBLA Chapter Attends Fall District Meeting

Twenty Greenwich students traveled to the Lake George Holiday Inn on Wednesday, October 24th to participate in the FBLA District 5 Fall District Meeting for 2018.

The Chapter Role Call included 4 chapters and over 50 students from around the region, Lake George, Queensbury, and Greenwich Chapter and new chapters Schroon Lake and Westport. The Keynote Speaker for the meeting was Justin Smith owner of Prestige Hospitality which owns and operates 30 hotels (they purchase or build hotels). Mr Smith talked with the students about being a impact player in whatever market you are involved in. He also went over the risks and rewards of entrepreneurships and then encouraged students to get involved in school and later college activities.

The meeting next went into workshops. The chapters split into groups and attended workshop on “What is your Leadership Style-North, South, East or West” and Social Media-promoting your FBLA Chapter. All members attended both the workshops and participated in the groups. The Greenwich Chapter prepared and ran a “Kahoots!” game that took the group through FBLA trivia. The day ended with reviewing our next meeting and competitions, reviewing our state and national charities and discussing Chapters’ best practices including fundraising for
competitions which can be costly.

FBLA is an education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world. The Greenwich Chapter is advised by Christine Belden – if you have a student in grades 7 – 12 that would like to join they should contact her at the school. The Greenwich Chapter participates in the Chamber Halloween Parade, the Lighted Tractor Parade, Breakfast with Santa, Operation Rudolph, and the Whipple City Festival locally for community service and we compete in local, regional and state competitions and national conferences as well as numerous fundraisers to support our endeavors.

GCS FBLA Members that attended the conference:

Marquita Gutesy-Vice President
Alyssa Bigness-Treasurer
Madelyn Brophy-Historian

Emily Reizel -Parliamentarian
Finn Brietich
Liv Cederstrom
Nadia Chincola
Taylor Cristaldi
Lola Davidson
Mary Kate Estramonte
Shea Fortier
McKayla Gutasy
Madison Loveland
Lauren Marci
Molly Morse-Belcher
Mollie Stalder
Alyssa Spiezio
Arianna Spiezio
Jackson Vanderhoff
Abby Sova
Adam Newell
John Walsh

FBLA Volunteers at Halloween Parade

FBLA members passed out candy and participant ribbons yesterday at the Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Parade.

Pictured are Molly Morse Belcher, Arianna Spiezio, Jocelyn Spiezio, Maddy Brophy, Liv Cederstrom, Brooke Wright and Alyssa Spiezio

GCS FACS 8 Fire Prevention & Volunteering

The Greenwich Central School eighth Grade FACS (Family and Consumer Science) classes have been learning about Personal Environment Management which includes learning about housing choices, energy efficiency and home safety. On Monday, October 15th, Faith Alheim, Greenwich Junior, Volunteer Firefighter and President of the Explorer Post for the Greenwich Fire Department, presented not only
on fire safety in the home, but also about the opportunities and rewards of joining and volunteering with the local fire departments.

Pictured above left is GCS FACS 8 Class and Faith Alheim

New York Farm Bureau Conference – The Food and Farm Experience

We love our farmers here in Greenwich and surrounding Washington County. However, misconceptions and questions abound regarding the agriculture marketplace in our society.
Thus, the New York Farm Bureau held a three day conference in Poughkeepsie, New York in mid-October entitled, “Food and Agriculture.”The purpose was to expose and educate select school counselors and teachers/administrators to this thriving domain — and help them better understand the opportunities, requirements, and rewards of working in agricultural careers.
One of the school counselors who was in attendance was Richard Zwirn from Greenwich Central School, who had this to say about the conference, ” The opportunities that exist in this vibarant field are staggering. There are hundreds and hundreds of employment avenues one can take. Education levels can easily vary. Each invited guest speaker stressed that the most valued qualifications a young person can have include a willingness to learn, a strong work ethic, team orientation and passion for the work. technical skills and ‘soft’ skills. It was clear that all of these professionals loved their jobs — whether they were growing apples/grapes, bringing milk to market, operating a mill/brewery, practicing veterinary medicine, consulting, repairing equipment, and more.”
The speakers hailed from SUNY Morrisville, Cornell University (CALS), Farm Credit East, Nutrien Ag Solutions, , NYSVet Tech, NE Ag and Feed Alliance, Ochs Consulting, Dutchess County 4-H, Cornell Cooperative Extension and more.
The tour visits included Angry Orchards (Hard cider), Adams Fairacre Farm Market, Blue Chip horse farm, and the Mill House Brewery. Each proprietor went out of their way to provide useful information and answer every possible question. Each stressed the desire for motivated, tech savvy, hard working young employees. Prior work and educational experience is valued, but much can be learned on the job.
As Zwirn says, “Agriculture is here to stay. So many of our young people cannot only feel good about prospects in this vital sector, but also that they can create a fulfilling future in so many ways. The demand is, indeed, quite high.”
For further information about the New York Farm Bureau or for relevant resources/data/programs, please call it’s current managing director Sandra Prokop at (518) 431-5633.

Witches Take WASAREN Title

The Greenwich girls cross country team cruised to a 15 th straight league title, placing eight runners in the top eleven. Nina Sgambelluri, Brynne Wright, Teagan Wright and Emma Cronin took the top four places in the race. Quinn Collins was seventh, followed by Emily Skiff (9 th ), Brooke Wright (10 th ) and Annabel Gregg (11 th ). All eight were named Wasaren League All-Stars. Other GCS runners included Ramona Jordan (29 th ), Nadia Chincola (34 th ), Haley Zanella (37 th ) and Tayler Cristaldi (62 nd ). Coach Steve Patrick Was pleased with the performance. “We’re continuing to improve and I think we can still get a lot better.” Greenwich won the meet, scoring 17 points, while second place finisher, Hoosic Valley, scored 77 points.

Greenwich took the top spot in the boys race with Peyton Howard besting the second runner in the race by thirty-five seconds. The GCS boys team placed fourth, with Jacob Ziehm (20 th ), Matt Bink (24 th ), Peter Stone (34 th ) and Andrew Conlin (44 th ) following Howard to the finish.

GCS also won the girls modified league championship, with Bailey Bain, Caroline Kelly and Julianna Gonzales taking the first three places in the race. Rhiley Sausville (9 th ), Alexis Herbst (16 th ) and Fatima Reyes (26 th ) rounded out the places for the Witches.

In the boys modified race, Hudson Carnahan placed 11 th for the Witches.


Peyton Howard, 2018 Wasaren League Cross Country Championship

2018 Wasaren league girls team champions-
From left, Kneeling: Haley Zanella, Brynne Wright, Emma Cronin, Nina Sgambelluri, Tayler Cristaldi.
Standing: Ramona Jordan, Annabel Gregg, Brooke Wright, Emily Skiff, Quinn Collins, Teagan Wright, Nadia Chincola.

Witches Win Manhattan College Invite Race

The Greenwich girls cross country team ran away from the competition in the twenty-five team “C race” of the Manhattan College Invitational. GCS placed three runners in the top ten of 198 runners, scoring scoring 65 points. Bay Shore HS was second, with 142 points. Long time GCS nemesis, Bronxville, the State’s second ranked Class C team (behind Greenwich), was 5th in the race, with 195 points.

Leading Greenwich on the 2.5 mile course were Nina Sgambelluri (2nd- 15:03.2), Brynne Wright (4th- 15:10.6) and Teagan Wright (10th- 15:41.2). Close behind were Emma Cronin (21st- 15:58.1), Quinn Collins (28th- 16:25), Emily Skiff (35th-16:34) and Brooke Wright (55th-16:59.1).

Greenwich Golf – Reed Boduch and Jake Owens Play Well in Post-season

On Tuesday October 2nd, Reed Boduch and Jake Owens qualified at McGregor Links in the Class C/D tournament to compete in the Overall (A,B,C,D) Sectional golf tournament at Orchard Creek.  Jake fired a 77 and Reed 79.

Senior, Reed Boduch, who represented Greenwich Central School and Section 2 last year in June at the NY State Championship, shot 89 at Orchard Creek on day one of the overall sectional tournament.  Sophomore, Jake Owens shot 85, which earned him a chance to play off for the final spot in the New York State Qualifier. Jake defeated two other players, both from CBA, in the two extra holes with a par on the tenth hole, and a spectacular up and down from the greenside bunker for par on the eleventh hole.  The eleventh hole par earned him a spot in the 20 player field that will compete for nine spots on the Section 2 New York State Team.

The New York State Qualifier field consisted of the top 20 players from over 130 golfers who qualified for sectionals this season and more than 400 players total. The tournament was played Friday, in weather that was less than optimal. Temperatures were in the low 50’s with 20 plus mile an hour winds, but Jake managed to birdie the par 5 first hole and stay even par through the first six holes.  Eventually he would shoot 90 on the day. His two day total of 175 was not enough to earn him a spot on the NYS Section 2 team. The experience he gained from playing with the best players in Section 2, only added to the outstanding Sophomore season he had for the Witches. Nolan Crowley of Saratoga won the event with a two day total of 152. Two Wasaren League seniors, Matt Smith (158) and Ryan Bloomer (159), both of Hoosick Falls made the nine player team.

Congratulations to both Reed and Jake on their personal accomplishments at the sectional level and their role on the team that won a share of the Wasaren League Championship, and the Wasaren League invitational championship!

Greenwich Jr/Sr High School Holds 11th Annual Academic Awards Assembly

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Greenwich Junior-Senior High School held the 11th Annual Academic Awards assembly for students in grades 10-12 (a few accelerated 9th grade students attended).

During the assembly, students were recognized for academic excellence in the following areas:

1-Achieving Mastery (a grade of 85% or better) on a NYS Regents exam
2-Achieving the highest grade on a NYS Regents exam
3-Achieving the highest grade in a course
4-Achieving a score of 4 or 5 on an AP exam
5-Earning a grade point average of between 84.5% and 89.4% for all four marking periods of the 2016-2017 school year (this award is known as the Principal’s Honor Roll)
6- Earning a grade point average of between 89.5% and 100% during all four marking periods of the 2016-2017 school year (this award is know as the Principal’s High Honor Roll)
7-Earning the Ashlar Lodge Award for the highest grade on the NYS Geometry Regents exam
8-GCS senior high school teachers also presented individual awards to students for outstanding academic performance
9-A handful of students were recognized for earning very prestigious academic awards donated by various colleges, universities, and/or corporations including Xerox, RPI, University of Rochester and Bausch and Lomb.

Many of the students recognized during the assembly also received a gift certificate from Jay’s Pizza in Greenwich. The gift certificates were purchased using money donated by the Hannaford Corporation as part of the Hannaford Helping Hands program. Mr. Niesz thanked the Hannaford Corporation and Mrs. Joann Sloan-Haynes for her ward work and dedication in promoting the Hannaford Helping Hands program at Greenwich. Principal Niesz also recognized Mrs. Amy McPhail for her hard work in organizing the ceremony.

Altogether, 186 students were recognized at least once during the assembly (that is 69% of the students eligible to be recognized!). Below is a list of those students that were recognized during the ceremony.

Thomas Abate, Aidan Abernathy, Christopher Albrecht, Erin Armitage, Aydin Bain, Madeline Baker, Skyler Balentine, Alyssa Bigness, Hope Billings, Christian Bittel, Reed Boduch, Paige Boyce, Madelyn Brophy, Molly Brophy, Cole Brown, Damon Brownell, Ryan Brownell, Madelyn Carney, Evan Carpenter, Isabella Cary, Liv Cederstrom, Yanary Champagnie, Lauren Chuhta, Jazmine Ciccarone, Quinn Collins, Penelope Crawford, Emma Cronin, Lucia D’Acchille, Maya Dean, George Denaker, Lauren Desorbe, Georgiana Douglas, Damien Dubois, Joseph Dziewulski, Hannah Elsworth, Joshua Epstine, Macy Fitgerald, Shea Fortier, Cody Fortin, David Gabriel, Mary Gallaway, Charles Gartner, Henry Gartner, Matthew Ginart, Andres Gonzalez, Annabel Gregg, Philip Grimes, Ashley Gwin, William Hamilton, Faith Hewitt, Caleb Hinton, Jenna Hogan, Peyton Howard, Ryan Jones, Eliza Jordan, Ramona Jordan, Kyle Karp, Liam Kelleher, Kimberly Kirk, Madison Loveland, Sydney Loveland, Allison Lundberg, Jack Lundberg, Keilana MacNeil, Maxwell Maguire, Lauren Maines, Sophia Manera, Gabriel Mann, Julian Mattison, Callagh Mays, Caitlyn McClay, Tess Merrill, Travis Michel, Molly Morse Belcher, Carson Mosher, Rachel Mueller, Adam Newell, Liam Niesz, Dillon Niles, Jakob Niles, Christian O’Brien, Maggie O’Connor, Elizabeth O’Konski, Jake Owens, Grant Peck, Luke Pemrick, Hailey Perkins, Nicholas Pett, Connor Record, Emily Reiszel, Nicholas Rodd, Carly Rogers, Andrew Rymph, Nina Sgambelluri, Conor Showalter, Dylan Skiff, Austin Smith, Avery Smith, Brooke Smith, Connor Smith, Lillian Smith, Madison Snell, Olivia Snell, Isabelle Solan, Abigail Sova, Benjamin Sova, Robert Spear, Arianna Spiezio, Emily Steltz, Jaydah Tamadge, Sophia Traver, Jackson Vanderhoff, John Walsh, Carrissa Wardwell, Shauna Wasielewski, Jennifer Wilbur, Brooke Wright, Brynne Wright, Michael Wright, James Young, Jeremy Zanella, Tyler Ziehm.

Greenwich Golf Shares Wasaren League Championship

Greenwich Golf wins a share of the Wasaren League Championship for the second consecutive year, with a league record of 12-2.
They also won the WASAREN League Invitational Championship at Troy Country Club on Monday October 1st. (team photo)
Jake Owens, Reed Boduch, Mason Williamson, and Tyler Ziehm represented the Greenwich Team, which recorded a team score of 231.  Hoosick Falls was second with a score of 258.
Jake Owens (individual photo)
was medalist with a 2 over par 73, followed by Ryan Bloomer (Hoosick Falls), Mason Williamson 79 and Reed Boduch 79.  Tyler Ziehm playing in his first invitational shot 99.
On Tuesday October 2nd, Jake Owens, Reed Boduch and Mason Williamson competed in the class C/D sectional tournament at McGregor Links Golf Club.
Jake Owens shot 77, and Reed Boduch shot 79 to finish 3rd and 4th overall in the sectional tournament.  Both players advance to the overall class ABCD sectionals on Tuesday October 9th at Orchard Creek Golf Club.


Beyond the Call of Duty Recognition Announced

The faculty of the Junior High at Greenwich Central School is proud to announce this month’s winner’s of the BTCOD Award. The “Beyond the Call of Duty” recognition is given each month to students in the 7th and 8th grades who have demonstrated a keen enthusiasm, work ethic and desire to succeed…while being kind, patient and helpful to others. It is helping the school become a better place…by helping us in  “Cultivating the Future” for our valuable youth. This months’s honorees include:
– Bradley Brophy (8th)
– Hunter Logan (7th)
– McKenzie Manney (8th)
– Adrianna Rojas (7th)

Greenwich Girls XC Team Ranked #1 in NY State

10/1/18- Following Invitational Meet victories on Queensbury and East Greenwich, Rhode Island, the GCS girls cross country team has been ranked #1 in New York State by the prestigious running website, ( Although a number one ranking in class has been a common occurrence for the Witches for more than a decade, this is the first time Greenwich has been ranked first among all schools, big and small.

At Queensbury, the Witches placed five runners in the top twenty, in a race of 112 runners, led by Nina Sgambelluri (2 nd ) and Brynne Wright (4 th ). Following the leasers were Emma Cronin (11 th ), Teagan Wright (15 th ), Emily Skiff (20 th ), Quinn Collins (36 th )
and Annabel Gregg (49 th ).

At Rhode Island, Brynne Wright won the race of 203 runners, followed by Nina Sgambelluri (3 rd ), Teagan Wright (5 th ), Emily Skiff (10 th ), Emma Cronin (12 th ), Quinn Collins (18 th ) and Brooke Wright (26 th ).

On the boy’s side, Peyton Howard is developing into a State Meet prospect and finished at Rhode Island, finished 14 th of 262 runners.

The next invitational meet for the Witches will be in the Championship Division of the Grout Invitational, in Schenectady, on Saturday, October, 6th.

Row 1, from left: Emma Cronin, Teagan Wright, Nina Sgambelluri, Brynne Wright.
Standing: Peyton Howard, Quinn Collins, Emily Skiff and Brooke Wright.

Greenwich High School Earns Recognition
for Academic Excellence from Two Publications

US News and World Report recently identified Greenwich High School as one of the best High Schools in the United States.  US News designated Greenwich High School as a “Silver” award winner, ranking it 2,589 out of 20,500 public high schools in the fifty states and District of Columbia.  This ranking placed Greenwich in the top 13% of public high schools in the United States.  According to the US News web site, “schools were ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college” using four requirements.  The first requirement was that Greenwich high school students needed to exceed expectations for students in New York State on state assessments.  The second requirement was that underserved students in Greenwich High School (students from lower income families and/or minority students) needed to perform better than state average on New York State Regents exams.  Greenwich High School’s high graduation rate (88%) exceeded US News third requirement of 80%. The final requirement that US News used to rank Greenwich as a “Silver” high school was based on the school’s ability to graduate students that are ready for college level coursework.  According to the US News web site, “College Readiness” was calculated based on the percentages of each school’s students who took and passed AP exams.  This is the second time the Greenwich High School has earned this award in the last ten years (2014 was the previous year).

The Albany Business Review (ABR) also recently ranked Greenwich High School as the ninth best public high school in the Capital Region.  The ABR has been ranking school districts and elementary/high schools for decades.  In the ABR’s most recent rankings, published in June 2018, Greenwich High School was ranked ninth overall out of the 84 public high schools in the 11 county Capital Region.  Greenwich High School was also ranked third in terms of English rank, and eighth in terms of graduation rank.  The “Top 10” high schools were:

1-Bethlehem (Albany County)
2-Niskayuna (Schenectady County)
3-North Colonie-Shaker (Albany County)
4-Shenendehowa (Saratoga County)
5-Guilderland (Albany County)
6-Voorheesville (Albany County)
7-Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Saratoga County)
8-Saratoga (Saratoga County)
9-Greenwich (Washington County)
10-East Greenbush-Columbia (Rensselaer County)

Greenwich Central School – Class of 2018

Row one (bottom – left to right):
Gage Boddery, Samuel Grimmke, Luke Jordan, Jacob Drost, Colm Niesz, Daniel Brierley, Michael Gabriel

Row two (left to right):
Gabrielle Wiss, Megan Steindl, Danielle McFee, Olivia Hansen, Chloe Littell, Kandice Wilbur, Elizabeth Gregorek,
Chloe Spigner, Amanda Ennis, Samantha Boyea

Row three (left to right):
Noah Kapper, Marcus Tucker, Mackenzie Moy, Kierstyn Strasswimmer, Karah Wilbur, Shania Danio, Devin Drew,
Ciana Phillips, Destiny Bigelow, Matthew Roberts

Row four (left to right):
Jason Wilbur, Seth Batty, Danielle Keays, Justice White, Kelsey Carpenter, Bryanna Booth, Hannah Dauenhauer,
Sophie Clark, Chloe Stevens, Elijah Bruce, Jamie Haskell

Row five (left to right):
Dylan McPhail, Garrett Haynes, Reese Cristaldi, Jesse Tefft, Benjamin Steltz, Forrest Colby, Alec Watkins,
Trevor Strope, Immanuel Manera

Row six (left to right):
Sarah Mueller, Emily Demarest, Jolyssa Ross, Alice Aldrich, Jamie Voumard, Maria Rincon, Kassidy Kuzmich,
Brittany Dionne, Rosalind Maguire, Isabel Brice

Row seven (back – left to right):
Henry Hansen, Cole Burgess, Nicholas Brockway, Joshua James, Kallan Becker, Michael Casey, Connor Booth,
Ellis Pemrick, Brenden Rodd, Joseph Smith III


Flu Guidelines from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
has released the following informational brochures regarding the flu and 2009 H1N1 strain.

FBLA Fundraiser Offers Greenwich Pictures Online

Check out Greenwich Witch Pics!

This is the GCS FBLA’s latest fund raiser.

The site houses pictures of community photos generously donated by of local photographers.
At this site you can order photos and other photo items of your favorite student.
Visit this site today!  And, as always, thank you for your support!  Greenwich FBLA.