Dear Secondary School Families: 

It’s been a really smooth start to September! Our health office plays an integral role in our building and has guided us through several challenging years. When your child comes to school each day, they are in good hands; we are fortunate to have not one, but two exceptional nurses. Ms. Carol Crucetti and Ms. MaryBeth Farley have over 80! combined years of hospital experience, including in emergency rooms. They are both moms and grandmothers with strong ties to the community. Ms. Crucetti and Ms. Farley are both excited to start their 4th year with the district and be able to return to more normal circumstances while providing care for students and supporting families. Should you have questions or if your child experiences serious illness, please call (518) 279-4600 ext. 2426. You can also email them: ccrucetti@brunswickcsd.org, mfarley@brunswickcsd.org. Keeping each of your children’s emergency cards updated on Family ID is one way families can help our nurses to provide the best care and fastest communication possible. We appreciate our nurses and all of the health care professionals in our community! https://www.familyid.com/organizations/brunswick-csd

The Brunswick CSD Cafeteria: With federal funding for free breakfast and lunch no longer available to all students, families must apply and meet qualifications. Breakfast costs $1.00 and lunch $2.85. The application for free meals can be found here:  https://brunswickcsdfoodservice.org/.  Please contact our Food Service Director, Joy Wright with any questions jwright@brunswickcsd.org

Character Education: Our annual Middle School Character Challenge, facilitated by Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, will be held Thursday September 22nd in the Multi Purpose Gym.  Students will have the opportunity to get reacquainted with their classmates while working together in teams to problem solve how to complete various tasks. The ultimate goal being not how well the task is completed but how well the team works together to solve the problem.

School Pictures: Adirondack School Portraits will be here on Tuesday, October 11 for the middle school and Wednesday, October 12 for the high school  Brochures with package options will be coming home with your child later this month.. You can also order and pay for your photos online by visiting  www.adirondackschoolportraits.com and use the school code 69TAMHSX22.  Completed paper forms should be handed directly to the photographer with payment. 

Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment: Steve LeBlanc, Rensselaer County Fire Safety Coordinator will be speaking with high school students on October 14 about what it means to volunteer in the community, the benefits of volunteering, potential future job opportunities, etc.. The presentations will coincide with The Battalion 2 Fire Depts. hoosting Fire Prevention Day at the Elementary School. 

HVCC Regional College Fair: September 29 from 6:30- 8:00. Check out the attached flyer and extensive list of schools that will be attending!  https://drive.google.com/file/d/19yPeLhPmeT8XVUSeSOjxAloIRvXWYC4J/view?usp=sharing

Parent Waiver For Photographs & Videos: Please send to the main office if you do not give permission.


PTSA: Please consider joining the Brittonkill/Tamarac PTSA. The first meeting of the year will be on Monday, September 19 at 6:30pm. This is an online event (link can be found on the PTSA Facebook page). 

Grades 7-12 Open House: The Secondary School’s Open House will be in-person on October 5 from 5:30-7:35pm. I am excited to announce that the Scholastic Book Fair will be held in our library. More to come! 

Scholastic Book Fair: Tamarac Secondary School Library is having a Scholastic Book Fair.  There are two ways to shop!

  1. In-person:The Book Fair will be in the middle school library from October 3rd - October 7th.  It will be open during lunch and study hall for browsing.   

  2. Open House: The bookfair will also be open for families during Open House on the evening of October 5th.  Visit the library as a family to check out some books. Students can bring cash, credit card or check (made out to Brunswick CSD).

Scholastic is  now offering a new, cash-free payment option called eWallet, making it easier for kids to buy books!  This is a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair. Simply create a free account, pre-authorize a spending limit, and have funds immediately available. https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/content/fairs/ewallet.html. You can also shop online - all orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Every purchase benefits our school and helps develop a love of reading! 

Visit https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/tamaracmiddleschool1.


Ken Rizzo

Secondary School Principal