NYS GOVERNOR & LEGISLATORS
|Governor Andrew Cuomo
Albany, NY 12224
|Assemblywoman Claudia Tenny
5176 State Rte. 233
P.O. Box 597
Westmoreland, NY 13490
| Senator James Seward
41 S. Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Andes Central School is one of the State’s small rural K-12 public schools that think big. Students who attend small schools enjoy many benefits. In the fast paced world where we live, young people thrive in settings that promote “connectedness” or a sense of belonging. Relationships count. Andes provides a total school program in small, personal classes. Like members of the Andes community, students and staff at ACS establish close interpersonal connections where individuals know, share with, and care about each other.
At Andes no student is extraneous. We take great pride in the strong and varied participation of our students in extra-curricular activities. Travel opportunities are a valued part of the Andes experience. The District understands that learning extends beyond the four walls of the classroom. During the past six years, students have taken trips to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, New Hampshire, Boston, Virginia, California, New York City, Maine and various local destinations. Our sophomores and juniors who are members of our Travel Club have gone to Ojai, California; and their senior class went to Puerto Rico. In addition, our Arts in Education coordinator, Ms. Sharon Tucker, put together a school-wide trip to NYC for over 100 children and chaperones to the Broadway show “The Lion King” on December 21, 2016.
Our Drama Club put on its fall production of “Mary Poppins” on November 4th, November 5th and 6th; led by Ms. Elaine Peck, Mr. John Bernhardt, and Ms. Lisa Valkavich and Mr. Jonathan Andrews. This spring they will present “Into the Woods” on March 31st, April 1st and April 2nd.
Lastly, Andes is at the forefront in the Delaware County region when it comes to cutting edge instructional technology. All Andes classrooms are equipped with an interactive SMART Board. During the 2012-2013 school year Andes moved to Phase II of its technology initiatives by providing all students in grades 7-12 with a laptop that travels with them from school to home with parent permission. This year we have continued our technology growth by investing in replacing our Mac laptops with new cutting edge laptops for 2016-17 and investing in Google Crome books.
A study conducted by Barney M. Berlin and Robert Cienkus concluded,”… people seem to learn, to change, to grow, in situations in which they feel they have some control, some personal influence, some efficacy.” That’s Andes.