Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national competition that is held every year in April. There is usually a local and a district competition before a student reaches the national competition. This year, if there is just 1 - 2 students from the North Country Homeschoolers that would like to participate, they would not have to do a local competition. They would compete at the district competition at CCC in February. However, if there are more than 2 students, then a local competition would be held to determine the two contestants that would represent the North Country Homeschoolers. 

Due to low statewide enrollment for this year's competition, POL is allowing groups to sign up through November 30th. The sign up is just to say the person/group is interested in competing (poems would not be needed until Jan). 

If anyone who has competed in the past wanted to compete again this year, they could.

Here is the website for anyone interested in learning more about the program poetryoutloud.org. The section under “Rules” will explain the competition. 
Anyone interested in the program may contact Carey Goyette directly. 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Carey L. Goyette , Professor
English Department Chair
History & Political Science Department Chair
Clinton Community College

Homeschool Skiing

It's getting to be that time of year again!  I have received the homeschool skiing forms from Titus Mountain.  We will be skiing Friday's 9:30am-4pm starting January 19th- February 16th.  

This year pricing is as follows:

Lift, Lesson, & Rentals** $165 (student)/ $315 (adult)
Lift & Lesson  $105 (student)/ $180 (adult)
Lesson & Rental $105 (student)/$180 (adult)
Lesson Only $55 (both student & adult)

**Rentals included boots & skis (or snowboard)

Titus asked me to remind parents of proper attire: layers, hat/helmet, mittens/gloves and no jeans. Jeans tend to soak in water making a skier/snowboarder cold and wet 😊

Please email me for forms and with any questions!  Also, please feel free to pass the information to anyone who is interested in joining us!  The more the merrier 😊.  Forms and payment will be due December 10th.

Thanks and hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall!

Dawn-Marie Hall

Annual Marocco November Reading Challenge

How it works:

Keep track of how many books you read in the month of November using a printout of the attached reading log. Ask your parents and/or grandparents (or anyone else you would like to ask) to pledge a small donation amount per book. At the end of the month, tally the amount of money earned and donate this amount to your local library. If you read more than 20 books, additional book titles can be written on the back of the sheet and/or additional pages. Parents and kids give their donation directly to their library of choice.

Please email Samantha at smarocco@gmail.com with your total number of books read and donation amount, as in past years a newspaper article was written announcing the total number of books read and amount of money earned.

You can include books read with, to, or by the child, as well as audiobooks. Fiction, non fiction, poetry- it all counts! (Videos or movies are excluded.) Books can be of any length that you decide is appropriate for your child's age and reading ability. You can also do a family challenge and add up the books read by every member of the family or do the challenge as individuals. Just be sure to have fun!

Wilderness First Aid Class in the ADKs

The classes are Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder, They are certifications that really help get jobs at summer camps or as a travel guide, or just to keep day-hikers safe in the High Peaks.

Our minimum age is 16, and it is a hands-on immersive educational experience that homeschooled students might really enjoy. It is also a great things for parents and their teenagers to do together.

NOLS Wilderness First Aid 
December 9-10, 2017 | $225 |
Meals and Lodging available Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center Willsboro, NY

• The WFA is an introductory class; no prior medical experience is needed. You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective treatments for common injuries and illnesses, and how to decide when it's time to evacuate your patient.

NOLS Wilderness First Responder 
December 15-23, 2017 | $725 |
Meals and Lodging available Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center Willsboro, NY

•The WFR is an in-depth look at patient assessment, traumatic injuries, environmental topics, and medical emergencies. A comprehensive class with far more hands-on practice than a WFA, the WFR includes CPR and epinephrine administration certifications. Graduation from a WFR turns an EMT into a Wilderness-EMT. Graduation from a WFR turns an EMT into a Wilderness-EMT.

More more information:

or contact the instructor: Allie Malonie: allie.maloney@gmail.com

High School Writing Retreat

You're invited!

High School
Writing Retreat

October 26, 27 at Paul Smith's College

Sign up now!
Three of the most experienced and exciting spoken word poets in the world are leading our twelfth annual High School Writing Retreat.

During this two-day event, students will enjoy poetry performances and learn how to make their writing gorgeous with workshop leaders and poetry legends Mahogany L. Browne, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands. High school students, classes, and homeschooled students are invited to join for a day of performances, workshops, and general awesomeness. 
Any student is welcome to join, no experience necessary! This event is free, lunch will be available for purchase on campus. If you or your class can only attend for one day, please plan to join on October 26. Any classes or individuals that are interested in joining should contact the Adirondack Center for Writing at info@adirondackcenterforwriting.org.
About our workshop leaders

Thanks to our sponsors.

This event is provided by Adirondack Foundation-Benght Ohman Fund, Adirondack Foundation-Evergreen Fund, Adirondack Foundation-Saranac Lake Public Education Fund, Charles R. Wood Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Saranac Lake Young Arts Association, and Stewart’s Holiday Match.
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Adirondack Center for Writing
PO Box 956
Saranac Lake, NY  12983

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Harvest Fest & Civil War Living History at the Wilder Farm

Attached is a link that will take you to our Website that has more information:
This link will take you to the schedule we have for the days' events:

Teen Night at the Corn Maze Saturday October 14

Saturday October 14, 2017

Welcome teens to the night corn maze. Come enjoy a bonfire and music. Bring a flashlight and a few bucks for snacks and cider (if you want). 13yrs and up, $7 each. 12 and under $5 and will need an adult. Teens can be dropped off and chaperoned by Kerri Lamarche from 7-9pm.


Free Dictionaries for Homeschool 3rd Graders

The Kiwanis Club offered free paperback dictionaries to all the area 3rd graders each year. 

Please email Melissa at stonebeckacademy@gmail.com if you have a 3rd grader who would like a dictionary. 

Thank you

YMCA Homeschool Gym & Swim

For ages 5-12

Classes run Tuesdays (Now through the end of October)
Gym time - 1:15 - 2:00
Swim time - 2:00 - 2:30
Fees per child:
$45 members
$65 nonmembers
Call 518-561-4290 to enroll or if you have any questions. 
Students have 40 min of gym time, mix of structured & free play, then a 30 min swim lesson. 

Summary of Fall Homeschool Events

Fall is a busy time of year for field trip opportunities and fun events for homeschoolers. I wanted to send out a reminder email for all of the different adventures that are planned! Please refer to the links below, previous emails, facebook postings or the blog for details.

Tri-Lakes Area Not Back to School Picnic at the Saranac Lake Carousel (All invited) Sept 6th

Adirondack Experience Homeschool Day (this is a link to Facebook ~ Homeschool Day at Adirondack Experience (Museum at Blue Mountain Lake ~ September 13th

Annual Homeschool History Day (Saranac Lake ~ All are invited) October 26th

Homeschool Camp 2018

We had another fabulous week at Camp Cherokee Homeschool Camp! We already have a date for 2018 camp ~ August 19th. Mark you calendars!  Some of the kids are already counting down. It really is an amazing week spent with other homeschool families. Please feel free to ask any questions. 

Here are some of the details...

Homeschool Camp Cherokee!
Location: Camp Cherokee (Lake Saranac: 433 Gilpin Bay)
Cost: For the week was $471/family (not person) (price to be determined for 2018)
          Note: If you are interested in bringing another adult with you for the week (Grandparent), it is approx. an additional $127.  Foster children are considered family children and included in the price.
Each family provides a meal for the group. In the past, we have had baked ziti, bean burgers, pizza, grilled cheese, etc... Camp is vegetarian. Kitchen has walk in fridge and commercial stove/oven which makes for easy meal prep. You are never alone in preparing your meal. You have a helper family and many times, there are numerous people jumping in and helping with set up, prep, and clean up. 
 Activities (all included in the cost):
Ø  Pool with lifeguard
Ø  Horseback riding
Ø  Archery or Knife throwing
Ø  Ping Pong
Ø  Vollyball/Sand area
Ø  Playground area, soccer and baseball field
Ø  Motorboats with almost everything imaginable behind them (staff drives the boats). Pontoon boat rides.
Ø  Boat Area - includes kayaks, canoes, paddle boats (this is open all day but we need an adult on land and everyone needs to sign the boats out)
Ø  Chapel

Sleeping arrangements:
There are multiple cabins to choose from. 
·        You bring your own bedding, towels, etc (beds and bunks are provide).

Please feel free to ask any questions!! Thanks! 
Contact Tammy Neureuther tamneureuther@yahoo.com).

Adirondack Youth Orchestra Association Fall Season

As the new school year approaches we are getting ready for the Fall Season.  Opening day for all five groups will be September 10th.  However, if your son/daughter was in the AYO or AYV last year, you will be receiving an additional email regarding a jump start on their season.
The registration fees are remaining the same again this year.  The AYO fee for the combined Fall and Spring Season is $100 and the fee for all the other groups is $60.  As in the past, if you submit your registration by August 25ththere will be a $10 early registration discount.  Additional discounts are available for multi-group participation and for having multiple children participating.  A copy of the registration form is attached.
Also attached please find a business advertising form for our concert programs.  The fees from this advertising are one of our sources of revenue that help us keep the registration fees low.  If you are able to contact any local businesses that may be interested in advertising in our program it would be a great benefit to the kids and the organization.   
Here is the current schedule for the Fall Season.
-For the AYO and AYV only  Three day “boot camp” on 8/27, 8/28 and 8/29. 
        The AYV will meet on all three days from 6pm – 7pm in the Plattsburgh High School Orchestra Room.
        The AYO will meet on all three days from 6pm – 8pm in the Plattsburgh High School Bank Room.
-Opening Day for all groups – 9/10.
        3:30pm -  Check in and registration at the Plattsburgh High School Auditorium.
        4:00pm – Parent meeting In the Auditorium.
        4:00pm – Student meeting in the Band Room (all groups).
Immediately following the student meeting, the band room will be used for audition warm-ups while the auditions (for those who have not submitted NYSMMA forms with their registrations) are taking place in the conference room (instrumental) and orchestra room (vocal). 
5:00pm – Rehearsals begin.
        AYO will be in the band room (7:00pm dismissal);
        AYM will be on the stage (6:00pm dismissal);
        AYS room TBA (6:00pm dismissal);
        AYV will be in the orchestra room (6:00pm dismissal);
        AYC room TBA (6:00pm dismissal).
-Regular Rehearsal Schedule (any changes during the year will be communicated by the conductors):
        AYO will meet from 5:00pm – 7:00pm;
        AYM will meet from 6:00pm – 7:00pm;
        AYS will meet from 5:00pm – 6:00pm;
        AYV will meet from 3:30pm – 4:30pm;
        AYC will meet from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
-Rehearsal Dates:
        9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 and 11/5.
-Dress Rehearsal (all groups may not need a dress rehearsal):
-The Fall Concert will be held at the Plattsburgh High School Auditorium on 11/12 at 2:00pm.
Additional information:
-Please feel free to share this email with fellow parents that have children that may be interested in participating in the AYOA. 
-For those of you that like to purchase items through Amazon, they will donate to the Adirondack Youth Orchestra Association if you make your purchases through their AmazonSmile website at:
Enjoy the remainder of your summer,
AYOA Board
“This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered locally by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.”

Annual Homeschool History Day

The Annual Homeschool History Day will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Saranac Village at Will Rogers in Saranac Lake from 9:30 am to about 2:30 pm. The kids will do their presentations (in costume!) on the historical person (or thing) that they chose to research. Because we're at Will Rogers this year, the seniors who live there will be able to attend the kids' presentations and maybe even weigh in on some of the history! Then we'll have our potluck lunch in the downstairs room (where Game Night happens and where there is a kitchen and fridge for our use), and then we will come back up to the Great Room to watch the amazing documentary, "Hotel Hope" about the original Will Roger's Sanitorium. I'll ask the Activities Director if she has some ideas of how we can fit in a scavenger hunt around the building and grounds that has an educational basis! This event is hosted in conjunction by Saranac Village at Will Rogers and Historic Saranac Lake. Please only RSVP if you are certain you can come because this event requires a lot of planning and a specific head count.

Sunita Halasz

REMINDER: Fall Soccer Sign Up

Here is the link to sign up ages 4-18 for the North Country Homeschool Soccer Team, which will practice at Kate Mountain Park in Vermontville on Saturdays in September and October 2017. All the details about the program are provided at this link, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Deadline to sign up: August 18, 2017

The cost will be less than $20 per child for the season, and I will make a discount for families with more than one child. I won't know the final cost until sign-ups are done, because the cost of field insurance varies with the number of kids participating. For this reason, please only sign your kids up if you are quite certain they will be participating. I need an accurate head count before I buy the insurance.

Sunita Halasz

Fall Homeschool Soccer Sign-Up

Here is the link to sign up ages 4-18 for the North Country Homeschool Soccer Team, which will practice at Kate Mountain Park in Vermontville on Saturdays in September and October 2017. All the details about the program are provided at this link, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Deadline to sign up: August 18, 2017

The cost will be less than $20 per child for the season, and I will make a discount for families with more than one child. I won't know the final cost until sign-ups are done, because the cost of field insurance varies with the number of kids participating. For this reason, please only sign your kids up if you are quite certain they will be participating. I need an accurate head count before I buy the insurance.

Tri Lakes Area Not Back-to-School picnic (Everyone invited)

The "Not Back-To-School Picnic" is on Wed. Sept. 6th at 10 am till noon or beyond at the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake.

Everyone brings their own lunch and any info, class ideas, field trip ideas, and questions they have to share for the coming year. 

We would love to know if you are interested in coming and hope to see you there. All are welcome, even if you live outside the Tri-Lakes area.

Enjoy Summer,


Ticonderoga Historical Society Essay Contest: Grades 10-12

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2017
Contact: William Dolback or Diane O’Connor, 518-585-7868 or tihistory@bridgepoint1.com

Cash prizes to be awarded
Historical Society Invites Students to Enter Essay Competition
Ticonderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society invites high school students in New York and Vermont to participate in its “Steamboats in the Champlain Valley” Essay Contest. This contest is designed to foster an understanding of the importance of steamboats in the development of the Champlain Valley as well as foster excellence in research and writing through the use of primary sources.
Participation is open to any student within Vermont or New York State who will be in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade (or equivalent for home schools or independent study) as of September 2017. Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded in both fiction and non-fiction categories. The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, October 1, 2017, 5 p.m. EST.
The essay topic should address steamboats and their impact on the Champlain Valley. The Champlain Valley includes Lake Champlain, Lake George and the Champlain Canal, as well as the shoreline communities that touch those bodies of water. Possible topics could include: How steamboats spurred economic development; Steamboats and their impact on tourism; the life of a steamboat captain, or; the challenges of women steamboat captains. Students, however, are encouraged to think creatively and choose a unique topic related to steamboats.
Additional information regarding the competition may be obtained at:
Funding for the project was made available in part by a grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership and sponsorship from the Lake George Steamboat Company.
Founded in 1897 and chartered in 1909, the Ticonderoga Historical Society advances the preservation and interpretation of history through its collections, programs and community outreach. The Historical Society makes area history an integral part of community life by connecting past and present.