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Graduation Day

The 85th Annual Commencement was held at the Greenville High School on June 22nd at 10:00 am. The Class of 2013 proudly graduated with the support of their family, friends and staff. Congratulations and best wishes to all!

The Class of 2013 top ten:

Valedictorian, Sierra Goodfellow
val The Greenville Central School Faculty and Administration is proud to name Sierra Goodfellow as Valedictorian for the Class of 2013. Sierra is the daughter of Chad and Amy Goodfellow of Freehold. She will receive her New York State Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors on June 22, 2013, having earned a weighted grade point average of 97.93. Throughout her high school career she has challenged herself by taking classes such as Honors English, Global, Living Environment and Chemistry.  Sierra has also taken classes within our International Baccalaureate Programme including AP/IB History of the Americas HL, AP/IB English HL, IB Biology HL, Spanish SL and Math SL.  She is involved in many campus activities and well-liked by her peers and the Greenville faculty.  As a member of the Greenville Student Council, SADD, National Honor Society, and Captain of the varsity volleyball team, Sierra manages her academics, extra-curricular activities and personal life with great ease.  Through these activities she has assisted with our Post-Prom Party, Pep Rally, March of Dimes, the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk and volunteered at the local soup kitchen.  Outside of school Sierra has been an avid horseback rider/shower and works at a local horse farm.  Sierra has been on the Principal’s High Honor Roll all of high school and has been named to a number of Volleyball All-Tournament Teams at Schalmont, Voorheesville and Saratoga tournaments.  Sierra has applied to a number of prestigious colleges and has decided to attend Union College in the fall where she plans to study Biology.

Salutatorian, Subhrajit Debnathsal
Subhrajit Debnath has earned the status of Salutatorian for the class of 2013.  Subhrajit is the son of Surajit and Supriti Debnath of Greenville.  He will graduate with his New York State Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors on June 22, 2013, as well as his International Baccalaureate Diploma, having earned a weighted grade point average of 97.78.  Subhrajit is a very special student, in that he is only one of two students to be our first ever International Baccalaureate Full Diploma graduates.  He has been extremely successful in this program over the past two years, taking all six of the required IB classes.  Additionally, every summer Subhrajit has taken three college classes through Columbia Greene Community College, as well as worked on completing his summer work for the IB Diploma which include his service projects and extended essay.  He has challenged the SAT’s, multiple subject tests and the ACT’s and scored very well. Sam is currently a member of National Honor Society, our high school musical and the varsity tennis team.  He kept score for the volleyball team, volunteers at his Hindu temple and works at a local restaurant.  Because of Sam’s accomplishments he has won the University of Rochester’s George Eastman Young Leaders Award, the University at Albany Multicultural Achievement Award, the Greenville “G” Award and has been named to the Principal’s High Honor Roll for every quarter of his high school experience. Subhrajit has applied to a number of prestigious institutions and has decided to attend the University of Rochester in the fall where he plans to pursue a Pre-Med program. 

Ashley Rothe:  Ashley is the daughter of William and Danielle Rothe of Greenville.  Ashley will be attending Houghton College where she will be majoring in Education and Psychology.

Heather Carl:  Heather is the daughter of Robert and Diane Carl of Westerlo.  Heather will be attending SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where she will be pursuing a program in Environmental Science.

Mackenzie Kiefer:  Mackenzie is the daughter of William and Eileen Kiefer of East Durham.  Mackenzie will be attending Ithaca College where she will be pursuing a Physical Therapy program.

David Herbstritt:  David is the son of Eric Herbstritt and Ann Holstein of Greenville.  David will be attending Brandeis University where he will be pursuing Political Science & Economics.

Dylan Latham:  Dylan is the son of Brant and Amy Beth Latham of Greenville.  Dylan will be attending the University of Rochester where he will be studying Biomedical Engineering.

Conor Drossel:  Conor is the son of Kevin and Karen Drossel of Medusa.  Conor will be attending Clarkson University where he will be studying Civil Engineering.

Michael Schonning:  Michael is the son of Ann Marie Schonning of Greenville and Stephen Schonning of Rhode Island.  Michael will be attending SUNY Oneonta where he will be pursuing a Pre-Med program.

Joseph DeTillio:  Joseph is the son of  Patti Ann Mangold-DeTillio of Greenville and Salvatore DeTillio of Latham. Joseph will be attending The College of Saint Rose where he will be studying Music and Business.

For a complete list of graduates, please click here.

Please take a moment to view the attached list of Academic Awards awarded to high school seniors on June 6, 2013. We sincerely appreciate and thank the generous donors who support this program annually. They help give away approximately $5,000 in awards and scholarships to students. We thank them all for their support. Academic Awards

First Annual Father's Day Bowl-A-Thon Fundraiser

On June 16th the Greenville Educational Foundation hosted the first annual Bowl-a-thon fund raiser at the Hoe Bowl in Catskill. The event was held on Father's Day, so father's received a free t-shirt. Thank you to all who participated. The Greenville Educational Foundation was established to enhance the experience of Greenville students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Through a mini grant program, the Greenville Educational Foundation has been able to reach children of all ages. We have given books to incoming kindergarten students; subsidized the 3rd and 4th grade trip to Plimoth Plantation; offered scientific calculators for high school chemistry students to name a few mini grant awards. Contact Tracy Young at for more information about the Greenville Educational Foundation.

Meet the Candidates event sponsored by the PTA/PTSA available online

The Meet the Candidates event last night was recorded by radio station WGXC (90.7 FM).  If you were not able to attend, you can download an MP3 recording and listen to the event. Download MP3.

Meet the Candidates on May 16, 2013

The Greenville PTA/PTSA are inviting all Board of Education candidates to participate in a forum to let the community know why they are running for the Board. The format will consist of questions addressed to each of the candidates who will then have up to 2 minutes to respond. A representative from The League of Women Voters will be moderating the forum. Questions will be selected by the moderator. Each question will be addressed to all candidates. Additionally, members of the audience will be able to submit questions on the day of the forum for possible consideration. Representatives of the PTA and PTSA would be happy to meet with any of the candidates to answer any questions regarding the forum.

School Budget Information

We are going on the road to bring budget information to you. The Budget Bus information card was mailed on April 30, 2013. Read more

Community and Students working together for a safe prom

The Greenville Central School chapter of S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) has been working very hard to organize a Post Prom Party for May 11-12, 2013. The purpose of the all night party is to provide a safe, drug and alcohol free environment for students to “party till dawn.” Hopefully, this will help prevent any serious drug and alcohol related accidents from occurring after the Prom. Over 100 students attend each year. All GCS juniors and seniors are invited to attend, regardless of whether they go to the Prom. The following is a list of those who have demonstrated their support already this year:

Doreen’s Family Hair Care Salon and Spa, Hydroskill Water System Inc., Greenville Saw Service Inc., Van Auken Express Inc., B&B Forest Products LDT., Mr. and Mrs. Roy Davies, Greenville Faculty Association, Town Line Auto, Tip Top Furniture, Ciani & Morris Physical Therapy, Modern Metal Fabricators Inc., Country Square Wine and Liquor, Greenville Fire Auxiliary, Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company Inc., Eastern Mutual Insurance Company, Grapeville Agency Inc., Walenta and Clark Agency, National Bank of Coxsackie, and Kelly’s Pharmacy. Read more

Herbstritt participates in NYSBDA Honor Jazz Ensemble

Please congratulate David Herbstritt on his participation in the New York State Band Directors Association Honor Jazz Ensemble. This annual symposium took place on March 1-3, 2013 in Syracuse. The jazz ensemble was comprised of only 17 top jazz students from around the state. The director, Michael Titlebaum from Ithaca College, put together a unique program of seven arrangements that the students all learned by ear. There was no written music at all for the concert!


Career and Technical Education News

Twenty-four students from Questar III – Columbia Greene Education Center competed in the Regional Skills USA competition on March 13, 2013 at Schenectady Community College. They competed against other BOCES students in our region. The competition is long and arduous, requiring students to perform and be scored on several aspects of their CTE program. Congratulations to Kevin Kiefer who won First Place in Carpentry. The Carpentry competition includes cutting a rafter, laying out a stair stringer and mortise a hinge. Questar’s top 3 places, including Kevin will compete again in Syracuse in the State Competition in April.

Future Freshman Night

On Tuesday, March 5th, our Future Freshman event took place in the MS/HS Auditorium. This event was an excellent opportunity for our incoming freshman and their families to learn about our high school program, expectations and options. If you were not able to attend, please click here to view their presentation.

Scholar Athlete Team Award

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) recently announced the Scholar Athlete Teams for the 12/13 winter sports season.   NYSPHSAA honors those teams that excel in the classroom.   Congratulations to our Lady Spartan’s Basketball team who ranked 8th in the state and 1st in Section 2 with an average of 96.918.  This is indeed a very noteworthy honor. 

News from the PTA

The Greenville Elementary School PTA asks for your support by signing an online petition asking our elected officials to increase aid to schools. New York State schools are in the midst of a financial crisis. Inadequate funding has caused schools to cut teachers and important programming. Across the state, class sizes have increased, entire kindergarten programs have been eliminated, classes for high-achieving students are gone, valuable music, arts, and sports programs have been done away with – the list goes on. Schools are far beyond the point of eliminating inefficiencies and are now left with bare bones, mandated programs. New York’s children are already feeling the losses at their schools; their educations are already suffering. The funding for public schools proposed in this year’s New York State budget is inadequate and will continue the downward spiral of New York’s public schools toward insolvency. New York’s children deserve a strong education. The current proposed budget will short-change our children and our communities. It is time for the New York State Legislature to restore funding to our state’s schools for the sake of our children, our communities, and our state. Click here to be directed to the petition. Any registered voter in New York State is eligible to sign. Please pass it along.

Greenville Educational Foundation Annual Fund-raising Event

The annual fund raising event for the Greenville Educational Foundation is an afternoon of fine food, great conversation and exciting basket raffles. It will be held at the Mountain View Brasserie on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Please consider coming out to support the Foundation in our efforts to continue the mini grant program. Due to generous donations this year, via the mini grant program, the Greenville Educational Foundation has been able to provide the funds for 5 document cameras for the 1st -2nd team, 58 calculators for the High School Chemistry department, software programs for the Elementary School Speech Department, supporting funds for Nature’s Classroom, Pre-K night and the High School Band trip to Disney. Tickets are available from Chris Wegrzyn or any of the Foundation Trustees (Tracy Young, Cathleen Bobrick, Sara Statham, Sean Brennan, Karen Ingalls, Ann Holstein, Jennifer Benninger, Mark Cunnan). Thank you for your continued support. Details...

First Annual IB Recognition Ceremony

On January 9th, the first Annual International Baccalaureate Recognition Ceremony was held. Twenty six students received IB certificates; some students had completed multiple IB classes. Read more...

Greenville Rotary Exchange Students

Our exchange students, Grace Kudlack and Marie Charlotte Julien presented information on their respective student Rotary Youth Exchange experiences to the Greenville Rotary Club. Grace spent her exchange year in Taiwan and Marie, from France, described her home country, traditions, and customs. Rotarians Marc Wilcox and Wells Packard, past and current Rotary Exchange Coordinators have been instrumental in planning over the years for our Greenville students participation as well as to assist the foreign exchange students in the year at Greenville Central Schools. Rotary Youth Exchange students may spend up to a year living with a host family and attending school in a different country. Our students have the opportunity to experience a new way of living, learn a great deal about oneself, and perhaps learn a new language.  As ambassadors, teaching people they meet about our country, culture, and ideas our students can help bring the world closer and make some good friends in the process.  For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange.  More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.


Letter to Parents and Families

December 21, 2012: As the Greenville Central School District Safety Committee reviews our K-12 safety protocols, we will be implementing a series of changes to further provide a safe and orderly environment within our schools. Read more... 

December 17, 2012: In response to the recent tragic events in our nation, we would like parents to know that our building crisis teams met with faculty and staff this morning to plan for the safety and emotional security of our students.  We anticipated that our students would have had varied levels of awareness regarding the recent tragedy, depending on their developmental needs.  In order to support conversations at home, GCSD teachers and staff will monitor the needs of their students throughout the week, and offer support to individual students as needed.  Conversations will focus on safety, and not the details of the events.  Our purpose is to reassure students that they are safe at school and that there are adults around them at all times to ensure their protection.   In order to be respectful of all our students’ needs, especially our youngest students, we ask that parents remind children to avoid this topic on the bus, in the cafeteria, and at recess. Read more...

Lewis voted Patroon Conference Coach of the Year

GCS Student Council and Staff at Making Strides

Congratulations to Kevin Lewis on being voted Patroon Conference Coach of the Year.   The Patroon Senior All Stars played on Sunday, November 12, 2012 in Guilderland against the Colonial Conference.  Three of our seniors were part of this team.  Marcel Dupuis, who scored the first goal,  Logan O’Connor who also scored a goal, and David Johnson who played a fantastic game.  Once again our All Stars won 8-2.

GCS Student Council & Staff Make Strides against Breast Cancer

GCS Student Council members and staff participated in the “Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk” on October 21st at Albany’s Washington Park. Donations to the American Cancer Society from the group amounted to $1,125. Many thanks to everyone who participated!

Student Council Walk

N. Algozzine, W. Algozzine, U. Bhatia, H. Carl, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Geurtze, Mrs. Hynes, B. Johnson, B. Johnson, Mrs. Johnson, J. Jones, M. Kiefer, A. Lane, Mrs. Lochner, M. Masi, T. McGuinness, E. Mitchell, C. Sielaff, B. Statham, E. Statham, Mrs. Statham, Missing from picture: Mrs. Cusick, Mrs. Shultes and children.

Coach Kiefer Celebrates 300th Win

Congratulations to Spartan athletic coach Eileen Kiefer on her 300th win this fall soccer season. This past Saturday of Homecoming weekend, the Greenville Athletic community was pleased to honor Coach Kiefer with a banner celebrating this accomplishment. High School Principal, Michael Laster presented her with the banner after their successful win against Coxsackie-Athens in the first round of the Greene County Cup. Three hundred wins at any level is a difficult accomplishment for any coach. This milestone requires a high school coach to have patience, integrity, courage and persistence. Ms. Kiefer personifies all of these traits. We are very proud of her and wish her many more successful seasons in our Greenville Athletic program. Go Lady Spartans!

Coach Eileen Kiefer with Girls Soccer team.

First Annual “Run for Readers” at Scott M. Ellis Elementary School

Thanks to overwhelming community support, our first annual 5K run/walk was a huge success!  Participants enjoyed perfect running weather as they traversed the 5K course around Greenville.  Participants included all ages and ability levels. Many Spartan athletes, GCS employees and community supporters enjoyed the run/walk along neighborhood country roads. The one mile Spartan Sprint took place on the elementary school grounds prior to the 5K.  Many of our younger student participants and families enjoyed this shorter, more leisurely course.  
We offer congratulations for our first winners:

Women’s Tess Fitzmaurice 22:41
Men’s Stephen Siebrecht 18:15
Spartan Sprint    
First place Finn Kosich & Ben Reinhard  
Second place Victoria Bucci  
Third Place Liam Bowden & Evan Cotter  


We also thank our generous sponsors: 

Sponsors of Run for Readers: GNH Lumber, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Grand Union, Virginia Mangold Realty, Harold Finkle Jeweler, Round Top Knit and Screening, Four Star Realty Group, NBCoxsackie Bank

Special thanks to New York State Police, Greene County Sheriffs, Greene County Fire and EMS and the Town of Greenville.

Proceeds from this event will be used to support after-school clubs for elementary students and to purchase books for our elementary classrooms. 

Your participation and support are greatly appreciated!  We look forward to seeing you again next year.

2012 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Classes

Universal Pre-K is a program that provides free pre-kindergarten classes for families who live in the Greenville school district. The UPK program is available to children who are 4 years old by December 1, 2012. All families are welcome to apply, regardless of income. Read more...

First Annual Greene County Cup Soccer Tournament and Spartan Girls’ Volleyball Tournament

Please join us for two exciting days of Spartan athletics.  Beginning on Friday at 3 and going until sundown will be the first round of the Greene County Cup soccer tournament.  This tournament continues at 10 am on Saturday.  Greenville will host Catskill, Cairo-Durham, and Coxsackie-Athens for two exciting days of girls and boys soccer culminating in a championship match to determine the winner of the Greene County Cup.  This tournament is slated to be played annually on a rotating basis, and we are excited to host it in its inaugural year.

The Spartan girls’ volleyball team will host 7 other teams from around the region in a championship style tournament on Saturday beginning at 9 am.  This should be an exciting day of volleyball. Read more...

First Annual “Run for Readers” at Scott M. Ellis Elementary School

We welcome you to join the fun at our first annual 5K run/walk! Participants will enjoy a great time with family and friends as they travel a 5K course on the country roads that surround our lovely community. All ages and ability levels are welcome, but if a 5K is more than some young children are ready for, a Spartan Sprint is scheduled to take place on the elementary campus prior to the 5K. Read more...