Welcome to Snowy Range Academy
Academic Excellence, Character Education, and Fairness for All
Snowy Range Academy (SRA) is a tuition-free kindergarten through 8th grade public charter school in Albany County School District #1. Our Core Knowledge charter school emphasizes academics, phonics-based Spalding Language Arts Instruction, accelerated Saxon Math, character education, and one of the most important, parental involvement.
A Message from Our Principal
Greetings Snowy Range Academy (SRA) Community,
Welcome to the holiday season! As I write this newsletter, I am excitedly anticipating all the joy this season brings. I would like to begin by wishing everyone a safe, happy holiday season. As this is the time of year to recognize all the good fortune in our lives, I would like to share some things for which I am grateful. Of course, I will start with those closest to me, my wonderful family. I will have the privilege of sharing this season with my family and our new grandchild. She has brought us all a great deal of joy. I would also like to share my thanks for the honor of being a part of SRA. I work with the best staff every day in the service of educating the finest group of students and parents I have encountered during my career. Snowy Range Academy is an amazing school and I am thankful for all the fine people- past and present- who strive to make SRA the school it is today.
As we move into December and January, I would like to encourage students to maintain as much focus as possible on school. We do understand there are many things to ponder and prepare for this time of year, but school is essential so we ask for parents’ support to keep the students engaged in their learning. I certainly remember the excitement this season brought me as a child, so I understand the temptations.
This fall has been very busy at SRA. In addition to our Fall Family Fun Night on November 1, SRA hosted a 5K Run/Walk to benefit one of our students on November 23. This was a very positive event for all and a great opportunity to support the family. On November 26, all SRA students joined multi-grade level groups for community and character-building activities. The purpose of this event was to build and foster positive, supportive relationships among all SRA students. Our Student Council will be decorating the holiday trees inside Studio City Theaters on December 2nd with ornaments made by SRA students. We appreciate this opportunity to highlight our school and share the artistic talents of SRA students with the local community. As a reward, Studio City will be providing our students with a private movie screening later in the year.
On the musical side of things, the SRA choirs will be performing at Spring Wind Assisted Living on December 19. Students in grades three through eight will have the opportunity to attend a performance featuring the LHS band, orchestra, and choirs. As a holiday finale, the SRA advanced orchestra and choirs will be performing for our students on December 20. It is always a pleasure to observe the many talents of our students.
As we return from winter break, we will have only ten days left in the first semester. For this reason, I encourage all students to remain diligent with their school work up to and through winter break. In closing, I would again like to wish all a very happy, safe, and fun holiday season!
John R. Cowper
John R. Cowper