Next Thursday we will welcome in a new year - 2009. Will it be a good year or a bad year, who can predict. Although much depends on all the national and world wide events, much of what happens individually depends on one's own choices and decisions. Here's wishing each of you a great new year.
Bolton Central resumes Jan 5
Academic classes from pre-k to grade 12 will resume on Monday, Jan. 5 after a two week vacation for the holiday season. The January extra-curricular activities also fill the calendar with clubs and sports predominating.
Book Club meets Jan 12
The Bolton Free Library Book Club will meet Monday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. 'Pillars of the Earth' sweeps through four decades of 12th Century England, drawing the listener into the raw, flamboyant middle ages. It is a shining saga of good and evil, treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty. Not-so-noble knights, righteous heroes, valiant heroines and both virtuous and immoral men of God highlight this story. They manipulate, and are in turn manipulated, by the political turmoil and unrest between the reigns of Henry I and Henry II.
Ken Follett, author of six #1 bestsellers, reaches beyond the expected to achieve his most brilliant and remarkable novel. The epic story of the building of a cathedral in 12th century England and the lives of the people entwined with it and with each other is a sensuous, enduring narrative, and a gripping tale of faith, ambition, bloodshed and betrayal.
BCS Students attend ACC
Thanks to an arrangement formed a few years back, BCS students are able to finish their twelfth grade at ACC in Glens Falls. The original agreement was done some years back and then re-negotiated by Supt Ray Ciccarelli a few years ago. A new regulation at the State Education Department level allowed this to occur. This arrangement opens the doors for students to attend ACC a year earlier than normal and take advantage of the courses and activities at ACC.
Any BCS Grade 12 student, who is in good academic standing and has a GPA in excess of specified percent can apply for early admission to ACC. They must enroll in equivalent courses at ACC to required courses at BCS for high school graduation. Generally, this includes English, Economics, Government and Physical Education. Because of the current BCS curriculum, Math and Science requirements for graduation are usually met by the end of Grade 11. Students are still BCS students and may participate in BCS extra or co curricular activities, unless they are enrolled in similar activities at the college level which, by NCAA regulations, prohibit them from any further high school athletic involvement.
The tuition is fully paid by the students if they are full time at ACC. This is not to be confused with students at BCS in grades 11 and 12 who can take 1 collegiate course on line while they remain full time students at BCS. Those courses do not require parents to pay any tuition. For more information, students should contact Mr. Showers or Mr. Cicarelli.
Biggest full moon on Dec. 12
Did you see the big full moon on Friday, Dec. 12? Perhaps you weren't sure if you were seeing things. It was seen as the biggest full moon of 2008. Earth, the moon and the sun are all bound together by gravity, which keeps us going around the sun and keeps the moon going around us as it goes through phases. It appeared 14 percent bigger in our sky and 30 percent brighter than other full moons during the past year, according to NASA.
On that Friday night it was just 221,560 miles away compared to a norm of 238,855 miles. Tides were higher that night, too. Earth's oceans are pulled by the gravity of the moon and the sun. So when the moon is closer, tides are pulled higher.
The Bolton Scholarship Association is currently receiving applications for their 2009 awards. Applications are available to all BCS graduates who are currently enrolled in an accredited post high school institution of higher education. Applicants must have a G.P.A. of 2.50 in order to qualify. Applications are available on the BCS website (www.boltoncsd.org) by clicking the "Community" link and going to the Bolton Scholarship Association link in the left side column.
Applications are also available in the Guidance and Main Offices at school. For more information, contact Mrs. Michelle Borgh, Association secretary, in the BCS Guidance Office at 644-2400, ext. 114 during regular school hours.