Winter 2019 Continuing Education Program

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Discover Scuba Diving

NHS Pool, 12-2:50 p.m.
One Saturday: Please choose – March 23, 30, April 6, 13
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, 12-2:50 p.m.
March 23, 30, April 6, 13
Instructor: Mike Rogan
Fee: $530
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).

Scuba Diving – Give it a Try!

NHS Pool, 12-2:50 p.m.
Choose one: March 23, 30, April 6, 13 – 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

Niskayuna High School Pool
8 Sundays
Dates: February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Instructors: Tammy Feenan, Jackson Feenan, Marina Angelopoulos
Fee: $80 ($60 for additional family members taking LTS group lessons)

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 on the Red Cross website and then select the most appropriate level.

  • Parent/Child Class, 11–11:30 a.m.
  • Preschool 1 & 2, 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Preschool 3, 12–12:30 p.m.
  • Level 1, 12:30–1 p.m.
  • Level 2, 1–1:30 p.m.
  • Level 3, 1:30–2 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
Dates: February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
(Half hour lessons between 11-3 pm)
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.


Paint with Peggy!

NHS F123, 6-9:30 p.m.
February 12 and/or March 12
Instructor: Peggy Porter
Fee: $25 per night
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

  • February 12 – “After the Snow” – Brrrr! You can almost hear the snow crunching underfoot. Using a limited color palette, you will create a cold winter scene that includes an old barn that is “snowed in.” This landscape includes distant and nearby snow covered evergreen trees as well as a broken down fence. It is great for beginners. Those who don’t paint very often will enjoy it too!
  • March 12 – “Night Watch – Owl in the Moon” — Using only black and white, Peggy will guide the students on how to use color value, color value and to create the scene of an owl in a tree silhouetted against distant mountains. This is a great painting for beginners. The result is always dramatic, and students tell me this is their family’s favorite!


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

Exercise Classes

Aerobic Dance Fitness

Rosendale Elementary School Gym
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.
January 23, 28, 30, February 4, (no classes – 6, 11, 13, 18, 20), 25, 27, March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, April 1, 3, 8, 10
Instructor: Carol Baldwin
Fee: $90 / Seniors: $80

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! A great functional workout, individually paced, and FUN! Hand and ankle weights are optional. The instructor is a retired Niskayuna PE 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
10 Saturdays, 7:15-8:15 a.m.
January 19, 26, February 2, 9, (no 16, 23), March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6
Instructor: John Furey
Fee: $90

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
10 Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.
January 22, 29, February 5, (no 12, 26), March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16
Instructor: John Furey
Fee: $90

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 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 19, 25, April 1, 8
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: Improver Lessons with Robin Melanson

Glencliff Elementary School Gym
8 Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
January 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 (April 3: make-up date)
Instructor: Robin Melanson
Fee: $65

If you have a little dance experience, or have taken line dance lessons with Robin or Kevin Richards of 100.9 The Cat, this is the class for you! These will be easy-to-learn improver level dances that are done to the latest country hits with some classics thrown in that are done in local clubs and line dance events. Line Dancing is great exercise for all ages and all levels! Hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Robin:


Niskayuna High School New Café
10 Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15
Instructor: Shannon Wolfort
Fee: $75

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 a Pilates instructor. Please bring a mat and water bottle.


Glencliff Elementary School Gym
9 Mondays, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
Instructor: Lora Hyde
Fee: $65

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.


Medicare 101

Niskayuna High School C257
Thursday, March 14, 7–8:15 p.m.
Instructor: Patrick Bender
Fee: $10 / Seniors: $5

Confused about Medicare? In this class, we will discuss the different components of Medicare as well as eligibility, enrollment periods, and potential penalties. This is an educational class that is focused on providing participants a thorough understanding of Medicare and how the different components work. This class is intended for individuals who are about to turn age 65 or for those who are over age 65 and looking to learn more about Medicare.

Patrick Bender has over 30 years of experience in working with Medicare and other insurance benefits. He retains a New York State Health, Life and Accident license and is AHIP certified (Medicare).

Retirement Today

Niskayuna High School, Rooms C244/246, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
1/31 & 2/7 and 2/4 & 2/11
Instructors: Doug Brady CRPC & Steven Hipsley CFP
Fee: $10 / Seniors: $5
Materials Fee: $35 payable to instructor 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. A $35 materials fee, payable to the instructor the night of class, 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,

General Interest

College Application Success without the Stress

NHS C248
Thursday, February 7, 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.

Green Screen

Rosendale Elementary School Library
4 Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m.
March 4, 11, 18, 25
Instructor: KristenRackliffe
Fee: $50
Ages: 4th through 8th grade

Everyone has heard of a green screen, but do you know how to make movies with this technology? Green screens are used in the movies to make it look like the actors are driving across the desert. It’s used on TV to make it look like your local news announcer is standing in front of an animated weather map. The instructor will guide students through the steps of movie creation. We will tackle idea conception, storyboarding, script writing and using the green screen to create high-quality final products. We will be using imovie, ipads, and green screen applications to teach students valuable problem solving and technology skills! Join us to create a movie of your own!

Horseback Riding for Kids

New Horizon Stables, Pearse Road
5 Mondays, 4-5 p.m.
February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11
Instructor: New Horizon Stables
Fee: $125
Ages: 6 – 12

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 (518) 698-3391 for more information or check out the New Horizons website.

SAT Prep Courses

English: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27
NHS D107 & Computer Lab, 6:30-8 p.m.
Instructor: Kristin Richard
Fee: $85

Math: January 22, 28, February 4, 11, 25
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 Critical Reading strategies. 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.