Dear Secondary School Families: 

With the first month of the school year in the rearview mirror, we are gearing up for a much anticipated October - Open House, School Pictures, and Homecoming weekend are on the road ahead. We begin the new month with our revised Grades 7-12 Open House program on Wednesday, October 5. Doors open at 5:30 pm for high school parents to pickup up a schedule in the main lobby (7th and 8th grade parents do not need a schedule - see memo below). The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library and there will be a National Honor Society bake sale. National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society students will be present to assist our families with questions and navigating the building. Attached is the schedule for both the middle and high school programs. We hope to see you on Wednesday! 


Tamarac Middle School Food Drive: We are kicking off our annual Tamarac Food Drive to support the Brunswick Cares Community Food Pantry. Please bring items in and give them to your Homeroom teacher. It is important to check expiration dates! Suitable items are canned veggies, canned or dry pastas, cold cereals etc. Please do not break-up the cartons of fruit in plastic cups. It makes it difficult for the pantry to store. This will run through October 28th. The homerooms that bring in the most food items in each grade level will participate in a make your own sundae Ice Cream Social on Thursday, November 10th in the HS Cafeteria.

Financial Aid Night: 6:00 pm on Monday, October 3:  A representative from RPI’s office of financial aid will host a virtual presentation for students and families. The rep will answer questions about the FAFSA and CSS profile. Juniors and seniors are invited to participate.


PSAT: We will be offering the PSAT on Wednesday, October 12. The PSAT serves as a preparatory exam for the SAT and as the test of entry for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. It is optional but all juniors (and sophomores who have completed or are currently enrolled in Algebra 2) are eligible to take the exam. Students must register in advance in the counseling center by October 5. A fee of $18.00 is required at the time of registration.  Please bring the exact cash amount or a check made payable to Brunswick Central School District. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor. 

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. 

Classroom Spotlight: Mrs. Perry’s period 1 High School Enrichment class recently learned how to make their way around the kitchen.  The students had fun making a delicious hot breakfast that everyone got to enjoy! 

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 from 5:30-7:30pm on 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