It is so nice to see the community rally together both in good times and in difficult times.  This is prevalent in our small community located in the center of Lewis County.  Through teachings at home and in school, our students continue to support each other on a daily basis.  It’s the unwritten curriculum at Lowville Academy.  There’s not a test score or a performance level tied to it . . . you just know it when you see it.
On a broad spectrum, the outpouring of support for our student athletes has been a constant for many years.  We’ve been fortunate to put together many successful teams that have brought home league titles, Sectional championships and individual competitors who have garnered State titles.  Those are the easy ones to rally behind as a community, but we’ve also been as supportive when wins were not so plentiful . . . we cheer because we are Raiders!
When individuals or families have been stricken with illness, loss of home, or loss of a loved one we have been and will be there.  Our students, your children, are always asking, “What can I do?”  “What can we do?”  They’ve offered help at benefit dinners, organized food and clothing drives, and continue to give money without hesitation. 
Why do they do this?  They do this because this is what they’ve learned through your gracious gestures and acts of kindness.
As we enter the holiday season, I pause to reflect on what a special place Lowville is to all of us.
Happy Holidays,

Brian E. Finn
High School Principal

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LACS Distinguished Senior Portfolios
Selected For Class Of 2017

The LACS Portfolio Committee would like to congratulate several members of the Class of 2017 for achieving a Distinguished rating on their Career Portfolios.

These seniors scored between 33 and 36 points out of a possible 36 points.  Their portfolios included items such as resume, references, career plan, career research project, and examples of academic work, community service, and extracurricular activities.  The portfolios are created electronically using Google Sites.  The students will be recognized at a special breakfast in May and at graduation.  A job well done!!


(In memory of Marcia Dean)

ALL MONTH: Classes labeled in French, Spanish and Latin
D. Trick banner on display
International flags displayed in Foreign Language hallways
Posters with foreign language and culture trivia in hallways

3/6-3/10 Foreign language speakers on High School announcements Lunch menu will have an “international flavor”
QR code activity found in hallways
TVs in Cafeteria and Gym Lobby showing videos related to foreign languages and foreign cultures

Thursday 3/9 Upper level students in Spanish IV and V (and possibly III) will speak Spanish all day in all classes (They’ll wear pins and teachers will have a list of their names)

Friday 3/10 Coffee, scones, and croissants for all staff in the cafeteria sponsored by Music Dept. and Foreign Language Dept.
Button, pin, sticker, slogan, t-shirt and bracelet day

Monday 3/13 Exchange students talk to Foreign Language classes in the LGI

3/13-3/17 Foreign language speakers on Middle School announcements

Thu.  Mar 16th International Smorgasbord- students need to bring a dish to pass, serving utensils, and a willingness to try new foods.
(5:30 - 6:30)   Sangria and paella will be provided.

Sat, Mar 18th (2-6 pm) “America the Melting Pot” Cultural Fair - LACS

Fri, Mar 31st Latin Dance lessons for all foreign language students

Spring Sport Sign-Ups

Spring Sport Sign-Ups will begin February 6, 2017.  Sports available for boys in the spring include: Baseball (varsity, JV, and modified), Lacrosse (varsity, JV, and modified), Golf, and Tennis.  Sports available for girls in the spring are: Softball (varsity, JV, and modified), Track (varsity and modified) and Golf.

New York State requires a health update be completed within 30 days of the start of each sport season.  Athletes will need to pick up a Health Update form to be completed (front and back) and signed by a parent/guardian.  These forms should be returned to the health office no later than March 3, as practice begins March 6 for varsity and JV athletes, and March 20 for modified athletes.  These forms are also available on the school’s website (Health Office Forms).

Only students with up to date physicals will be allowed to begin practice - the sooner you turn in your health update form, the sooner you will know if your physical is up to date.  Both of the school’s doctors will be here multiple times for physicals before the spring sports start.  Please contact the health office at (315) 376-9007 if you’d like to clarify your student’s physical examination status.

Lowville Academy Art Students Compete in Scholastic Art Awards

Each year, students in grades 7-12 from Central and Northern New York are eligible to participate in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The mission of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
is too “identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world.” Through the awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. This is a highly competitive show with approximately just 20% of entries chosen for the exhibit. There were close to 5,200 entries this year while only 1,659 pieces got awarded. Our Middle and High School art programs were well represented this year with major award winners in several categories.

High School Gold Key Award winners include Vanessa Foulke, grade 12, three golds for three separate categories including Drawing and Illustration, Photography, and Painting; Aleah Young, grade 12, in Painting; Zachary Heise, grade 10, in Drawing and Illustration, and Hattie Steele, grade 10, in Drawing and Illustration.

Silver Key Award winners include 12th grade students Vanessa Foulke for her Art Portfolio entitled “Individuality”, as well as three additional entries, and Grace Metzler, who received two Silver Key Awards in the Painting and Drawing/Illustration categories.  10th grade students Brittany Beyer, Elizabeth Mallette, Janelle Valentine, and Maria Young also received Silver Key Awards for individual pieces.

Students who received Honorable Mention include 12th grade students Brianna Berrus, William Beyer, Vanessa Foulke, Grace Metzler, and Aleah Young, and 10th grade students Craig Brooke, Austin Goodheart, Zachary Heise, Anna Metzler, and Martha Roes.

Middle School student Meredith Lovenduski, grade 7, received a Gold Key Award, while Jenna Freeman, Kiley Zicari, and Colden Pike received Silver Key Awards. Additionally, several more 7th grade students received Honorable Mention, including Olivia Baker, Erica Coffin, Faith Froehlich, and Madison Houppert.

The student art exhibit is on display at Onondaga Community College in the Whitney Applied Technology Building. The show is open to the public and runs through March 3, 2017. Congratulations to all of this year’s participants and winners!

2016-17 Yearbook

Purchase your 2017 Lowacadian today by going onto HYPERLINK "" If you order online before February 27 the pre-order price is $46.00.  Personalization can ONLY be done online. There will be a very limited number of yearbooks available for purchase for $48 in May.  Your student will be given a flier with all of this information as a reminder.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Victoria Myers at HYPERLINK ""

LACS High School
2nd Quarter Honor Roll Information

Lowville Academy high school students did very well during the second academic quarter as 230 students made one of the school’s honor rolls. 
HIGH HONOR ROLL (95 - 100)

Grade 9:  Chad Bach, Chloe Beehm, Alyssa Brower, Sydney Brown, Aaron Coffin, Hailey Flanagan, Marlee Fowler, Hannah Freeman, Nicole Freeman, Matthew Garrison, Mia Green, Charlotte Hammock, Abigail Kaban, Jonathan Lehmann, Briona Mahoney, Matthew McIntosh, Kirstin Moshier, Cooper Myers, Cassandra Neddo, Rachel Van Buren, Elizabeth Western, Anna Wood, Sara Wood and Caitlynn Woodward

Grade 10:  Aliegha Allen, May Buckingham, Joel Cavanagh, Jeremy Dening, Brianna Finn, Sarah Haggett, Alyssa Hamburg, Emma Hellinger, Jordynn Hellinger, Sarah Hurley, Maryam Kirch, Emily Kogut, Shayna Laribee, Madeline Lehman, Emily Lyndaker, Daniel Mayer, Leanna McDonald, Anna Metzler, Kaylee Nortz, Madison Nortz, Melissa Nortz, Jenna Ortlieb, Ryan Reed, Abigail Rockwood, Martha Roes, Tess Smith, Caroline St. Croix, Hattie Steele, MaKenna Thisse, Alex Thomas, Brett Tiffany, Janelle Valentine, Hudson White, Jessica Willis and Bailey Zicari

Grade 11:  Hannah Bonbrest, Audrey Clements, Kaitlynn Coates, Kyra Hardy, Sierra Laribee, Michael Peebles, Mckenna Souva, Jennifer Steele and Storm Turck

Grade 12:
Alexis Bach,  William Beyer, Alison Cecconi, Vanessa Foulke, Caden Laribee, Anna Lyndaker, McKailey Lyndaker, Sarah Lyndaker, Jared Malone, Caleb Mayer, Cory Mellnitz, Grace Metzler, Olivia Moyer, Chelsea Munger, Hannah Rockwood, Evan Rubenzahl, Michaela Thomas and Tyler Widrick

HONOR ROLL (90 - 94)

Grade 9:   Morgan Aubel, Ariana Beller, Jared Beyer, Lakeisha Caballero, Elizabeth Compo, George Cornell II, Nicholas Franchini, Gabriella Frappier, Bryanna Hoppel, Caleb Judd, Abygayl Lee, Danielle Lehman, Isaac Lyndaker, Hannah Martin, Peyton Myers, Romeyn Noftsier, Devin Runner and Courtney Schneider

Grade 10:  Masie Allen, Jordan Bergen, Madison Bodle, Cierra Cannan, Brooke Craig, Leslie Damuth, Gabrielle Hanno, Madison Hellinger, Ashton Houppert, Jared Houppert, Elizabeth LaClaire, Chase Lyndaker, Elizabeth Mallette, Emilee Muncy, Gabriel Rivers, Hanna Sellick, Erin Shelton, Noah Stoddard, Kaylee Tabolt, Sophia Virkler, Casey Woods and Cory Woodward

Grade 11:
  Lydia Beyer, Angelina Burgy, Gianna Carbonaro, Haley Dekin, Jacob Duncan, Taylor Haggerty, Mackenzie Judd, Matthew Lehman, Fabian Patzer, Tyler Rook, Wyatt Scoville, Madison Smith, Brittany Snyder, Joshua Sponaugle, Lauryn Tabolt, Athena Thomas, Danielle Thomas, Rebekah Widrick, Eli Wood, Collin Zehr and Zachary Zubrzycki

Grade 12:  Daniel Bates, Brianna Berrus, Caleb Bonbrest, Hunter Hardy, Trevor Lehman, Ella Malone, Elyse Merrell, Cassandra Rapave, Rebecca Snyder, Joshua West, Bryce Woolschlager, Andre Young and Kalani Zehr

MERIT ROLL (85 - 89)

Grade 9:  Gabriel Brown, Katie Cecconi, Gavin Cherry, Joshua Dennee, Ashley Eves, Alisha Hardy, Kendyl Hardy, Nicholas Houppert, Damon Krop, Colin McManus, Connor Nicol, Alyssa O’Connor, Jared Ortlieb, Brandon Phelps and Dylan Shaw

Grade 10Dameon Barley, Brittany Beyer, Alexander Caterham, Dillon Christman, Austin Goodheart, Zachary Heise, Joshua Myers, Jack Samsa and Melika Zehr

Grade 11Jacen Baldwin, Keitha Brown, Haley Cole, Rachel Curry, Margaret Fayle, Makayla Franks, Aksel Halvorsen, Elana Hoppel, Francesco Lopez, Ivory Mathieu, Teryn McClelland, Dawson Mead, Brent Millard, Creigh Myers, Brandon Prusinowski, Cassandra Rhubart, Isaiah Roes, Ryan Sauer, Brenden Sawler, Richard Sullivan, Haliegh Szablewski, Andrew Turck, Paige Ward and Noah Watson

Grade 12:  Taylor Allen, Selena Beller, Kaleb Brouty, Trevor Brouty, Clarence Case, Lillian Christman, Caleb Clintsman, Shiloah Denney, Desiree Ebersol, Morgan Giver, Devin Heise, Olivia Houppert, Joshua Lehman, Jordon Mack, Valerie Miller, Nathan Morris, Cameron O’Connor, Shawn Pridell, Luke Rubar, Adam Schaab, Isaac Tanis and Madison Wallack

Lowville Academy 209th Commencement Program Announced For June 24th      

Lowville Academy’s 209th Commencement exercise honoring the Class of 2017 will occur on Saturday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the main gymnasium.

The senior Graduating Planning Committee has planned the Board of Education supported program along with High School Principal, Mr. Brian Finn.  The seniors involved in the graduation planning committee are:  Alexis Bach, Daniel Bates, Brianna Berrus, Vanessa Foulke, Caden Laribee, Caleb Mayer, Elyse Merrell, Grace Metzler, Chelsea Munger, Anna Lyndaker, Sarah Lyndaker and Evan Rubenzahl.

A traditional procession of 93 graduates, led by military service bound seniors, Bryan Costella, Noah Dennee, Nathan Morris, Adrien Smith and Taijlea Whitcher, who will enter to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” played by Mrs. Penny Jay, LACS Music Department Chair. 

Mrs. Cheryl Steckly, Superintendent of Schools, will open the Class of 2017 commencement exercise with a brief welcome just before the National Anthem sung by senior Sarah Lyndaker
Senior, Chelsea Munger will give the traditional student perspective followed by Alexis Bach, Anna Lyndaker, Sarah Lyndaker and Grace Metzler doing special recognitions.  Senior, Evan Rubenzahl, will then offer a charge to the class prior to the select chorus and senior chorus members singing “For Good” arg. by Mac Huff and directed by Mrs. Jan Lyndaker.  Next, Daniel Bates and Caden Laribee will introduce the 209th commencement speaker, Mr. Jackson Hyde, Lowville Academy High School Librarian and Class of 2017 Advisor.    

Selected Class of 2017 graduates will receive graduation prizes and memorial awards from High School Principal, Mr. Brian Finn, followed by scholarship presentations by Superintendent, Mrs. Cheryl Steckly.    The New York State High School Diplomas will be handed out by Lowville Board of Education President, Mr. Thomas Schneeberger.  After the diploma granting, senior class members, Brianna Berrus and Elyse Merrell , will recognize contributions of alumni.  Lastly, the Class of 2017 graduates will sing the traditional Lowville Academy Alma Mater.  A recessional will conclude the 209th ceremony.  A reception will follow on the front lawn of Lowville Academy (weather permitting) sponsored by the Board of Education.

Each graduate may invite family to the ceremony on June 24th, but space is limited.  Reserved parking will be available this day for special guests to the Lowville Academy ceremony.  Special seating for handicapped individuals needing wheelchair access wishing to attend can also be arranged by each graduate ahead for family members needing such consideration. Parking is limited on the campus so families should plan accordingly to use available street parking off campus as needed.  The court house parking lot will be available for overflow parking as well.

Various diploma winners, including those earning an Advanced Regents and Regents, are noted in the graduation program along with students earning special designations in addition to students earning mastery in math and/or science.  Recognition of National Honor Society members are noted on diplomas as well.  The program insert lists the many prizes, memorials and scholarships that will be given to members of the Class of 2017!  Some were previously awarded and noted on the back of the program insert.  The insert also identifies the 25 distinguished senior portfolio winners for 2017, and recognizes students who earned AP Scholar designation by the College Board.

Lowville Academy National Honor Society members will be noticeable by the wearing of their traditional gold cord which signifies their good standing as a member of the Russell R. Zeller Chapter.  Additional students have earned a graduation cord or sash in the following organizations:  National Technical Honor Society,  FFA, FBLA, FCCLA and American Red Cross. 

Each graduate will receive a symbolic rose after the recessional for their family.  Taping of the ceremony will be done, and a DVD can be purchased for $10.00 by arrangement.  Students will receive order forms at graduation rehearsal practice.  Also, live computer streaming of the ceremony is planned, and the link for accessing this will be available on graduation day on the district website at and the Lowville Academy face book page.  Special thanks to incoming NHS members in the Class of 2018 under direction of advisor, Ms. Karen White, for their assistance at graduation.

A glimpse of the academic accomplishments of the Class of 2017 include:

73 will attend post-secondary education (78% of the class)
• 50 will receive N.Y.S. Advanced Regents Diplomas (42% of the class)
• 39 will receive N.Y.S. Regents Diplomas (36% of the class)
• 4 will receive local diplomas (4% of the class)
• 5 will enter the military
• 1 will graduate with Skills/Achievement Credential

Congratulations to all the graduates in the Class of 2017 and their families!

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