Niskayuna SchoolsVan Antwerp

Luke Rakoczy, Principal
2253 Story Ave., Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 370-1243 Fax: (518) 370-4610
picture from the field trip to Empire State Plaza

supply lists for 2017-18 school year

School supply lists for the 2017-18 school year are now available. See what your child needs here


VA is on twitter! check us out for news, updates and great photos

Our Twitter Feed (@VanAntwerpadmin) is a great way to keep up with Van Antwerp happenings, scenes from our classrooms and school news. Find us on Twitter today at


Middle School summer reading information

Summer is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the time to read the books that you have a
personal interest and you choose. Students should be prepared to talk about one book they read over the summer when school opens in September. Summer reading suggestions and resources from the English Department [PDF]


Orientation events for current 5th grade students who will enter VA in Fall 2017

Welcome to VA! Van Antwerp will be hosting a variety of orientation events and activities to help 6th graders who will enter our school in 2017-18 and their families get acclimated to middle school. Please see this letter from the Principal and this list of events for details.


Van Antwerp to hold annual career day on Friday, May 5

​Any 7th grade parent who is willing to participate in Career Day should contact either Mr. McFerran at or Ms. Williams at or by telephone at 518-370-4425. READ MORE


An everning with author ben Mikaelsen scheduled for may 10

Acclaimed Author Ben Mikaelsen, whose writing has touched young people and families far and wide, is coming to Niskayuna for a special presentation for students and parents on Wednesday, May 10. This event is geared toward students in grade 5 and older, along with their parents. Read more


Seventh graders explore concepts through art

More than 95 seventh grade students from Iroquois and Van Antwerp Middle Schools attended a thought-provoking art field trip to Mass MoCA and The Clark Art Institute on Thursday, March 9. [read more]

March Concert Scheduling Note in light of recent snow days

Please note the following:

  • The concert scheduled for Thursday, March 16, will take place as planned at 7 p.m.

  • The concert scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 has been rescheduled to Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

Van Antwerp hosts No Place For Hate workshop

On Friday, Feb. 10, Van Antwerp hosted a diversity dance. The event included four workshops aimed at discussing shared values related to diversity and multiculturalism. Read more.

Presentation from 8th Grade Parent night at nhs, January 2017

An orientation program for the parents of students who will enter 9th grade in September 2017 was held at the High School on Thursday, Jan. 5. View the presentation from the orientation program [PDF]


Tech Valley High School Information for 8th Grade Students and Parents

Tech Valley High School, located on the campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, represents a high school option that current 8th grade students and families may wish to consider. Students and families who are interested in learning more about Tech Valley High School are encouraged to visit the school's website, attend an upcoming information session (see below), and talk with their middle school counselor.  Read more


Looking to buy gift cards this year for the holidays?

Van Antwerp PTO is participating again in a gift card program. The PTO buys gift cards at a discount and sells them at face value. There is no extra charge to you. You get full price for your card and the school still makes money! Learn how to order.


VA announces Spirit Wear order

Van Antwerp is announcing the availability of Niskayuna spirit wear. View the Order Form [PDF]


Van Antwerp MS Annual Ice Cream Social and Book Fair

Van Antwerp will be hosting their annual Ice Cream Social and Book Fair 6-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, in the Van Antrwep Cafeteria.

Ice cream and toppings will be served free of charge with our thanks to the Niskayuna CoOp market, Gillette Creamery and the VA PTO! Books are available for purchase as part of our Scholastic Book Fair.

No reservations needed. Come and join us for a great evening of friends, ice cream and books! This is a parent and student event. Please do not drop off children unattended.

Volunteers are needed to set up, scoop, serve, and clean up. Please contact Mr. Rakoczy at to sign up for a time or complete the form here and have your child drop it off to the Main Office.

Peanut and tree nut allergies

This year, Van Antwerp Middle School has a number of students with serious allergies to peanuts or tree nuts which require attention from the Van Antwerp school community, faculty, staff, students and families to facilitate lunch and snacks. The school is instituting building-wide procedures to help lessen the possibility of allergic reactions by those with peanut or tree nut allergies. [Read more]

2016-17 School Year Resources

Welcome back to school! Please use the links below for information and resources in preparation for the new school year. Most documents are PDFs.


Back-to-School Summer reading information

Middle school students will bring a copy of one book they read over the summer to school when they return in September. For more information, resources, and recommended titles, please see this letter [PDF].


parents asked to complete online returning student registration process

The school district's Parent/Student Portal is now open for parents to complete the new, online "Returning Student Registration" process that was announced last spring.
This online process is replacing the Emergency Contact Card that has been sent home at the start of the year in the past.  READ MORE | PARENT PORTAL LOG-IN PAGE