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Luke Rakoczy, Principal
2253 Story Ave., Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 370-1243 Fax: (518) 370-4610

Letter from Van antwerp principal Luke Rakoczy

May 2017 Orientation Programs for Incoming 6th Grade Students

Dear Grade 5 Craig/Hillside Families:

On behalf of our faculty and staff, welcome to Van Antwerp Middle School! We look forward to having you as part of our school community. There are a number of orientation activities planned between May and October to help students and families get acclimated to our middle school program.

There are two parent evenings scheduled in May. They are as follows...

  • Grade 5 Transition Night: May 24, 6:30 p.m., Van Antwerp MS Auditorium
    This evening is reserved for families of identified students receiving special education services in 6th grade. You will have received an invitation to this program.
  • Grade 5 Parent Orientation: May 30, 6 p.m., Van Antwerp MS Auditorium
    This evening is for all incoming VA families, including those who attended Transition Night. We will be providing optional tours of Van Antwerp at 6 p.m. with the evening's program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Additional transitional supports include student visits to VA, counselor and principal visits to Craig & Hillside, a summer orientation, a parent & student locker orientation and a 6th grade dance/social in September. Please visit this page on our website for a full list of orientation events and activities. This will be posted within the next week and will be
distributed at the May 30 Parent Night.

We look forward to working with you in the coming years. Best wishes for smooth, informed transition to middle school. Please feel free to contact me at or 370-1243 if I can be of help.


Luke Rakoczy, Princpal
Van Antwerp Middle School