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Aquatics

Discover Scuba Diving

NHS Pool-  12-2:50 p.m.
One Saturday: Please choose – January 27, February 3, 10, 17
Instructor: Mike Rogan
Fee: $100
Ages: 10 and up

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. You can try scuba close to home or while you’re on vacation at a dive destination. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. You will learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health. Note: You can apply the DSD towards open water if you like it we can roll you right into an open water course.

Scuba Diving

NHS Old Café 10-12 p.m.
NHS Pool 12-2:50pm
January 27, February 3, 10, 17
Instructor: Mike Rogan
Fee: $475
Ages: 10 and up (kids 10-14 years old earn a Junior Open Water rating)

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to find take the plunge into a PADI Open Water certification course. The PADI Open Water course is the first step into the wondrous and fascinating world that is scuba diving. Most people who scuba dive don’t just like it they love it… Your PADI Open Water course won’t just be a course, it will be an experience, an adventure and will open up a whole new world! Learning to Scuba dive requires both knowledge development – including facts, principles, and, concepts – and dive skills including techniques and methods. PADI Open Water Diver online uses videos, audio, graphics, and reading to help you learn, as well as short quizzes that let you gauge your progress. It also offers a review of anything you happen to miss. You develop dive skills during actual dives with a PADA instructor at your local pool and open water. By completing knowledge development online, you’re ready to meet with your instructor and start having fun in the water. Requirements: bathing suit and towel, mask, snorkel, fins, Neoprene boots, weight belt which we can help you purchase (remainder of equipment provided by Rog Scuba).

Scuba Diving – Give it a Try!

NHS Pool 12-2:50 p.m .
Choose one: January 27, February 3, 10, 17 – half hour increments (instructor will set up)
Instructor: Mike Rogan
Fee: No Charge, but you must pre-register
Age: 10 and up

Interested in trying Scuba out? All you need is a towel and your suit. Try something new!

Learn to Swim Sundays

Dates: January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25
Fee: $80 ($60 for additional family members taking LTS classes)

The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program provides instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. It is designed to give students a positive learning experience. Learn-to Swim teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. Participants progress from one level to the next based on successful demonstration of the skills and knowledge of each level. All participants are screened at the first class to determine if they are in the appropriate level. If not, they are given the opportunity to move to the correct level and, if unable to do so, a full refund is provided. Before completing your registration, review the guidelines at the Red Cross website and then select the most appropriate level.

Levels:

  • Parent/Child Class: 11 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Preschool 1 & 2- Noon – 12:30 p.m.
  •  Preschool 3- 12:30 – 1 p.m.
  • Level 1-  1 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Level 2- 1:30 – 2 p.m.
  • Level 3- 2 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Level 4- 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
  • Level 5/6- 2:15 – 3 p.m.

Learn to Swim Private Lessons

NHS Pool, 8 Sundays
January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 (Half hour lessons between 11 a.m. -3 p.m.)
Instructor: Varies
Fee: $185

A limited number of half hour private lessons will be offered. Classes will follow the Red Cross guidelines and be tailored to fit the needs of individuals. Siblings taking lessons together will be given a discount. Students must sign up and pre-pay for the entire eight week session. If class is cancelled, there will be a make-up scheduled. Make-ups are not guaranteed if a student misses a class for personal reasons.

Art

Paint with Peggy!

NHS F123, 6-9:30 p.m.
February 13 or March 13
Instructor: Peggy Porter
Fee: $25
Materials Fee: $25 to be collected in class

Have you ever wanted to try oil painting? Are you afraid you can’t paint because you can’t draw? WELCOME to “Paint with Peggy”! Peggy is a certified Alexander Art Instructor and Wilson Bickford Painting Partner. Each evening the student creates a complete oil painting. These classes do not require drawing skills, and they are also NOT paint-by-number. At the beginning of class every student is provided with a blank canvas, brushes, palette of paints, etc. Then, through classroom instruction, each person creates their own, unique oil painting. Any level of painter will enjoy the classes. The following Wilson Bickford paintings are taught by Peggy. Check out paintings at Peggy’s fabulous website. Questions? Peggy can be contacted by phone at (518) 925 2238 or email at paintwithpeggy@gmail.com.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018: “Moonrise at the Lake” – This painting is created using only black and white (acrylic and oil paints), so color value, contrast and perspective are emphasized. The result is always dramatic, and students tell me this is their family’s favorite!
  • Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018: “Cabin at Dusk” – This striking Wilson Bickford painting contrasts a cabin against a glowing sky. You could make up a story about the cabin, because there is light in the windows and smoke coming from the chimney! Additional interest is added with a few leafless trees.

Silversmithing: Design & Fabrication

NHS F125, 6 Tuesdays
February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Matt Balint
Fee: $100
Materials Fee: $35 due to the instructor the first night of class

Learn the basic skills necessary to create an original piece of jewelry in Sterling silver. In this class students will learn to make a bezel, solder, piercing, lamination, granulation, embossing, and stone setting. Students have the option to create a ring, a pendant, or pair of earrings. All tools are provided. Matt Balint is a local Silversmith who has been working professionally in the field for over 20 years. He holds a BA and MST in Education.

Watercolor Techniques

NHS F125
Monday, March 19
7-9 p.m.
Instructor: Karen JF Cooper
Fee: $20

This one night workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about watercolor in a relaxed atmosphere. Design, color mixing, and painting techniques will be covered. All supplies are included. If you have never painted before, if you just want a review, or if you are interested in the process of watercolor, this class may inspire you. Ages ten and up. Cooper has been painting with watercolor for over three decades and is a long time member of the Oakroom Artists, the only membership-by-invitation art association in the Albany area.

Community Programs

Community Chorus

VA Auditorium or Choir Room
5:30-7 p.m., ongoing Thursdays

Do you enjoy singing? Join the GE/Niskayuna Community Chorus! We sing SATB music. High school aged singers and above are welcome. No audition necessary! Contact Mary Anne Gauger for more information

Telugu- Language and Culture for Children

NHS C251/253/257
6:30-8 p.m., ongoing Fridays
Instructor: Telugu Badi Team
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $60 per term

Explore the culture and one of the languages of a fascinating country – India. Through interactive hands-on learning, children will develop reading, writing, and speaking skills in Telugu language. To register and for more information, contact Telugu_Badi @yahoo.com.

Exercise Classes

Aerobic Dance Classes

Rosendale Elementary School Gym
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.
Session I: Jan. 22, 24, 29, 31, Feb. 5, (no class 2/7), 12, (no class 2/14), 26, 28, Mar. 5
Session II: Mar. 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, Apr. 9, 11
Instructor: Carol Baldwin
Fee: $60 / Seniors: $50
Both Sessions: $110 / Seniors: $90
Note: Students may sign up for one night per week. If interested, please email Continuing Ed coordinator Pam Ober at pober@niskyschools.org.

This is a progressive, safe, and effective course that is choreographed for those who want to work on their activity level, fitness and energy. It is a Get-It All-Together approach to fitness class that monitors heart rates, uses muscle toning and strengthening techniques, increases flexibility and balance, and is a great cardiovascular workout. Sway, swing, stretch, crunch, squat, cha-cha, waltz, and samba yourself into total body fitness while enjoying music from the top 100, adult contemporary, Latin, rock and roll, hip hop, country, and more! It’s everything you need to be fit. A great functional workout, individually paced, and FUN! Hand and ankle weights are optional. The instructor is a retired Niskayuna Physical Education Teacher with over 25 years of commitment to health and wellness for adults and youth. Please bring a mat for floor work.

Boot Camp — Strength

NHS Blatnick Gym & Fitness Center / Outside
8 Saturdays, 7:15-8:15 a.m.
January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, March 3, 10, 17, 24
Instructor: John Furey
Fee: $75

This is a steel pumping workout using the strength training equipment at the Niskayuna High School. We will work upper, lower, and core to the MAX. This program will help you achieve the stronger, leaner, and younger body you desire!

Boot Camp — Cardio

Craig Elementary School Gym
8 Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.
January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, March 6, 13, 20, 27
Instructor: John Furey
Fee: $75

This is a heart-pounding, sweat-dripping workout using a combination of calisthenics and body resistance strength exercises in a circuit format. Come ready to work; this is a total body workout session designed to amp up the cardio and burn calories.

Co-Ed Intermediate Volleyball

Van Antwerp Middle School Gym
10 Mondays, 7-9 p.m.
January 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 9, 16
Instructor: Jackie Fiore
Fee: $50

This class is a combination of instruction, skills practice, drills and play in a fun and moderately competitive environment.  Participants are expected to have a mastery of basic volleyball skills and hands-on knowledge of offensive and defensive strategies using designated hitters, setters, blockers, etc. Play will be conducted in accordance with USVBA rules and regulations. This class is not for beginners.

Country Line Dancing – Intro to Improver

Glencliff Elementary School Gym
8 Mondays,  6:30-7:45 p.m.
January 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Instructor: Robin Melanson
Fee: $65

Learn some popular country line dances that you can do to today’s country hits! These are the same dances that are being done at country dance events all over our area. You will learn a few beginner dances that can be done to several different songs, and a few improver level dances toward the end of the session. Dancing is great exercise and is fun for all ages! Questions? Contact Robin at robinkaryl@gmail.com.

Gentle Flow Yoga

Iroquois Middle School Cafeteria
7 Mondays, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Instructor: Bridget Miner
Fee: $55 per session

All size, shape, age, and fitness levels are welcome in this relaxing and meditative gentle yoga practice. We will be creating overall balance by developing strength and flexibility, enhancing mental focus, and reducing stress. Please bring your own mat.

Pilates

Niskayuna High School New Café
10 Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
January 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 9, 16
Instructor: Shannon Wolfort
Fee: $80

Pilates is a total body exercise program that focuses on sculpting and strengthening the “core” muscles — resulting in a workout for the entire body. The unique system strives to make strong mind-body connections for its students while helping to achieve increased stability, strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance for the entire body. People who do Pilates regularly feel they have better posture, are less prone to injury, and experience better overall health. This is an open level mat class taught by certified Pilates instructor Shannon Wolfort. Please bring a mat and water bottle!

Vinyasa Yoga

Iroquois Middle School Cafeteria
7 Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Instructor: Bridget Miner
Fee: $55 per session

Introducing a 60 minute Vinyasa flow class  for all levels that focuses on developing strength, flexibility, and balance. Explore the body and rest the mind through dynamic movement linked with breath, leaving you feeling centered, relaxed, refreshed, and ready for your week. Please bring a mat.

Zumba®

Craig Elementary School Gym
Mondays, 7-8 p.m.
January 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Instructor: Lora Hyde
Fee: $55

We take the “work” out of workout by mixing low and high intensity moves for a calorie-burning dance fitness party. Featuring Latin and World rhythms, it’s both effective and FUN! All ages and abilities welcome.

Finances

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefit

NHS C257
Wednesday, March 14, 6:15-8 p.m.
Instructor: Frank Finch
Fee: $10 / Seniors: $5

A few key decisions can make a big difference in the amount of your social security benefit. Attend our hands-on workshop and learn strategies to get the most money from Social Security and other retirement sources. Learn how to plan for and minimize taxes and other costs during retirement, as well as how to wisely grow and protect your retirement income. This session will cover key Social Security choices, such as individual and spousal options and when to take your benefit, as we explore simple steps to maximize your money. We will also give limited attention to Medicare and health care costs and choices. Join us before you make final decisions that may not be able to be reversed. Presented by Frank Finch, Principal of Life Stages Financial Group and Adviser with Halliday Financial.

Retirement Today

NHS C244/246
Session I: February 1 & 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Session II: February 6 & 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Instructors: Doug Brady CRPC & Steven Hipsley CFP
Fee: $10 / Seniors: $5
Materials Fee: $35 payable first night

In this comprehensive course you will learn to manage investment risks, use new tax laws to your advantage, make informed decisions about your company retirement plan, how to correctly plan retirement distributions in retirement, and adjust your estate plan to function properly under the new laws. However, money is only one aspect of retirement planning. This course blends financial education with life planning to help you build wealth, align your money with your values and achieve your retirement lifestyle goals. The $35 materials fee will provide you with a 225-page illustrated textbook (one per couple) designed to assist you with your retirement lifestyle planning and provide you with the tools necessary to achieve your goals. Couples are encouraged to attend. Instructors are registered investment advisors and partners at Champlain Wealth Management.

Socially Responsible Investing: Aligning Your Investments with Your Values

NHS C257
Tuesday, February 27, 6-7 p.m.
Instructor: Darren Leader
Fee: $10 / Seniors: $5

Your values are important to you. Whether you feel strongly about protecting the environment, staying true to your religious beliefs, or fighting human rights violations, investors are increasingly concerned about whether their investments line up with their values and beliefs. Socially Responsible/Impact Investing is a rapidly growing area of the investment world, as investors seek to simultaneously generate competitive financial returns, and a positive impact on society. This class is designed to give you an educational insight into what Impact Investing is, trends in the investment industry towards socially responsible investing, and practical ways in which you can go about aligning your investments more closely with your values and beliefs.

General Interest

College Application Success without the Stress

NHS C248
Monday, February 5,  7-8:15 p.m.
Instructor: Kelly Linehan
Fee: $15 per family

HS Juniors, and Sophomores (and Freshmen too!): Get your college application process moving now so you can enjoy your senior year! The right steps and pacing make all the difference. In this one-session workshop we will work on detailed steps that students can take to immediately jump-start their college application process and become stronger candidates for acceptances and merit aid consideration. Ideal for families with children in high school. Students are encouraged to attend with their parent/guardian. The instructor is a College Admissions Counselor and National Board Certified Teacher.

Getting Paid to Talk

CVDG Studio, 26 Vly Road, Albany
Monday, March 19, 6:30-9 p.m.
Instructor: Voice Coaches
Fee: $20 / Seniors: $10

Ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials, and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice over. Learn what the pros look for, how to prepare, and where to find work in your area! We’ll discuss industry pros and cons and play samples from working voice professionals. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of our teacher. This class is lots of fun, realistic, and a great first step for anyone interested in the voice over field. For more info please visit the Getting Paid to Talk website.

Hogwarts Night School

NHS D262
6 Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 15
Ages: Children in Kindergarten through 6th grade
Instructor: Pam Ober
Fee: $60

This magical class is for children who, like Headmistress Ober, just cannot get enough of J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter series! Witches and wizards of all ages will make wands, concoct potions, and play a variety of games including Basilisk Tag, Bertie Bott’s Beans Bingo, Transfiguration, and Where’s Scabbers? Although our focus will be on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we will talk about the other books (no spoilers, promise). Only fun excerpts will be shared in class.

Horseback Riding for Kids

New Horizon Stables, Pearse Road
5 Mondays, 4-5 p.m.
February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12
Ages: 6 – 12
Instructor: New Horizon Stables
Fee: $125

Get into a saddle at New Horizon Stables! Beginners, or those returning to the saddle, will feel success as they learn to walk and trot their horse around the indoor arena. Because horse safety, care and handling are so important, we strive to make our students feel comfortable around our equine friends. Wear shoes/boots with a small heel and bring a bike helmet. If you don’t have a helmet, one can be provided by our stable. Become a team with your horse, make new friends, and have fun. Classes will be limited to six kids. Contact Laurie at 698-3391 for more information.

SAT Preparation Classes

English: January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28
NHS D107 & Computer Lab, 6:30-8 p.m.
Instructor: Kristin Richard
Fee: $85

Math: January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26
NHS F309, 6-7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Shana DeRocco
Fee: $85

These subject-specific courses are designed as a series of workshops that will help students gain confidence in their knowledge and ability to succeed with the new SAT exams. Classes include a general review for content, practice with specific problem solving, and strategy approaches to taking the exam. English classes will concentrate on essay writing and passage-based readings.

Note: We will be using The Official SAT Study Guide  (2018 Edition ISBN #9781457309281) for both Math and English. Please purchase before the first night of class.