Second year for science fellowship

Twelve science teachers in the Capital District will be participating in Questar III’s Summer Science Research Program this summer. This selective fellowship offers science teachers the opportunity to work in a science lab for two summers, four days a week, alongside a professional scientist or researcher.

Currently in its second year, the fellowship also provides professional development and an opportunity to collaborate with the group on lesson… Continue reading

Rensselaer Academy “In it to win it”

It’s no secret that the end of the year is a tough time for students to focus on their work, but students at Questar III’s Rensselaer Academy have a reason to make sure that excitement over the impending summer vacation doesn’t land them in trouble.

The initiative, called “In it to Win it,” is used as a motivator for students to maintain good behavior or improve on some behavior… Continue reading

Questar III welcomes new staff

Questar III welcomed the following new staff members in May:

1070 Warehouse
Justin V. Bopp, Fire Systems Laborer P/T

Catskill High School
Kelsey Hamm, Substitute Teaching Assistant

Red Mill Elementary
Emily Horton, Substitute Teaching Assistant

Sackett Educational Center
Chelsea Marshall, Teaching Assistant
Ayla Mertturk, School Psychologist

Central Office
Ryan Morash, Laborer P/T… Continue reading

Mentors & mentees honored

For over 10 years, the Questar III Mentor Program has paired veteran teachers with teachers new to the organization to help those new teachers grow professionally. Last fall, the Questar III board approved an expansion of the program to three years from its original one year.

Those mentors and mentees were honored at a recognition dinner at Moscatiello’s Family Restaurant in North Greenbush.

Program Coordinator Heather Silvernail set… Continue reading

Sackett and REC team up to dance

Sackett Educational Center students held a dance May 1st

Sackett Educational Center students held a dance May 1st

Students at Questar III’s Sackett Educational Center held a school dance in May, but it was far more than just music and dancing.

Earlier this year, the student council requested to have a dance for students. They decided to… Continue reading

Students present health research

High school seniors in Questar III’s New Visions: Scientific Research & World Health program held a Public Health Poster Session at University of Albany’s School of Public Health located at its East Campus in Rensselaer.

The Annual Student Poster Day is not only the culmination of a comprehensive 30 page research paper using at least 12 peer reviewed journal articles, but also an opportunity for the students… Continue reading

QIII staff compete to lose weight

During February and March, Questar III held an organization wide “Lose to Win” weight loss challenge.  This year, six teams competed and lost a total of 399.25 pounds. This spring marked the seventh time Questar III has worked with Blue Shield of Northeastern New York to hold the challenge. Two were held in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Winners for this year’s challenge were announced at the end of April… Continue reading

Students gather for PR/HYLI Reunion

PRHYLI Reunion-19On Tuesday, April 28th, student delegates from the Capital District gathered at Questar III BOCES for their Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI) reunion. During the reunion, elected officials, student delegates, parents, and trainers shared their experiences regarding the PR/HYLI local trainings and weekend Institute activities.