Faith Christian Academy’s Jonathan Gilbert selected for All-State Symphony Band 

POUGHKEEPSIE (October 17) – Faith Christian Academy Senior and Highland resident Jonathan Gilbert has been informed by the New York State School of Music Education, a unit of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), that he has been selected to perform in this year’s All-State Symphony Band at the State Winter Conference which will be held November 30th through December 3rd at the Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York.

While completing his studies at Faith Christian Academy, Gilbert is also a student at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program for classical Alto and Bari Saxophones. Jonathan also performs with the Hudson Valley Jazz Orchestra where he alternates as first chair Alto Sax. At this year’s New York Summer Music Festival Jonathan studied under Paul Cohen who is one of the most sought-after saxophonists for orchestral and chamber concerts in America.

“Jonathan Gilbert is by far one of the most talented and gifted students in my 40 years of high school and college teaching,” said Paul Cohen. “Jonathan's range and versatility is astonishing. From week to week we could have a saxophone, piano, composition or violin lesson, all revealing great depth, thought and accomplishment. Simple amazing; limitless potential.”

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FCA's Drama Club Rocks to "High School Musical"

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Faith Christian Academy Drama Club Performs "High School Musical"

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Faith Christian Academy in Poughkeepsie presented a musical adaptation of the “A High School Musical” for their Spring performance.The upbeat adaptation was directed by FCA’s English Department Chair and Drama Teacher, Raylene Ackerbauer and combined segments from both the “High School Musical” movie and stage productions.

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Faith Christian Academy Wins "Be Tick Free!" Contest

Kathy Welsh  Kathy Welsh

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Tick Task Force, proclaimed May as Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month at the Dutchess County Legislature Board Meeting Monday night.

As part of awareness, The Dutchess County Tick Task Force, together with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, hosted the 2017 “Be Tick Free!” Media Contest.

Faith Christian Academy Eight Graders, DeAngelo Abadsidis (center front left) and David Leino, (center front right) were honored as winners of the 2017 Dutchess County “Be Tick Free” Video Competition. Standing with the students are members of the Dutchess County Legislature’s “Tick Task Force”, the students’ parents and FCA teachers and administrators. Photo provided

Donna Bolner, Legislator from District 13 and Chairwoman of the Tick Task Force, explains that the media contest is one way Dutchess County youth can become better aware of the dangers ticks pose to their families and pets.

Faith Christian Academy Eighth Graders, David Leino and DeAngelo Abadsidis were honored as winners of the “Be Tick Free” Video Competition at a recent meeting of the Legislature.  The goal of the contest was for students to learn how to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and then use their digital media skills to teach others what they have learned. Middle and High School students were asked to create a 30- or 60-second live action or computer animated public service announcement on how to prevent tick-borne disease.

School officials, family, and friends were on hand as Dutchess County Legislator and Tick Task Force Chair, Donna Bolner and the Tick Task Force presented the FCA students with a gift certificate courtesy of the Dutchess County Tick Task Force. They also received a “Be Tick Free!” backpack with tick-bite prevention materials, a tick removal kit, and hand sanitizer.

Legislator Donna Bolner and the Tick Task Force are committed to efforts in controlling the tick population. The mission of the Tick Task Force is to develop long term goals and make recommendations to the Legislature in the efforts of understanding and safely controlling ticks and reducing Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

To learn more about what Dutchess County has to offer, please visit the Dutchess County Tick Task Force site at:







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