8-September, 2020


Dear Niskayuna Middle School Families,

We know you are patiently awaiting back to school information.  The planning for this year has been different than in years past and we are working hard to finalize the details.  You can expect to receive your Welcome Letter via email by the end of the day on Thursday, September 10. 

We are using a generic school supply list to begin the school year. We are asking students to have the following on the first day of school: 2 notebooks, 2 folders, 2 masks, pens, pencils, inexpensive headphones or earbuds and their fully charged school issued Chromebook (grades 7 & 8 only). 

Thank you for your understanding.  We look forward to working with you in the upcoming year.


Luke Rakoczy, Van Antwerp Principal

John Moskov, Van Antwerp Asst. Principal

Vicki Wyld, Iroquois Principal

Mike Kovall, Iroquois Asst. Principal



Dear Van Antwerp Families,

 VA Turkey Trot (photo from: Mrs. Godzwon)

We are reaching out to say THANK YOU! for all your patience, perseverance, and support as we navigate these uniquely challenging times. Our VA teachers and administrators have also done fantastic work to ramp up on-line learning and support to keep our students moving forward. While we all miss connecting with the VA community, we look ahead to the Fall and start of the next school year.


Although our school year has been cut short for some of the Spring activities and events, we are pleased to highlight some nice points of progress this year:

  1. a refreshed PTO website to include information about: events (and a few photos), meetings, fundraisers and regular updates

  2. a jam-packed Scholastic Book Fair and Ice Cream Social with enthusiastic support from the VA Library Team; we saw a more-than 50% growth in participation from past years, enabling the VA library and teachers to get a few new books

  3. socials were well-attended, including the Halloween Social with fun costumes, lots of Stranger Things. The Winter social was also well-received with a “Willy Wonka” theme

  4. we also did well with Dine-in fundraisers at Blaze Pizza and Chipotle. These are always a win-win for the PTO as well as area restaurants

  5. the PTO also provided a generous donation to NiskyNOW (Nutrition on Weekends) to support local families

Lastly, while we have a group of team members signing up to continue next year, we are in need of a few more volunteers. Please reach out if you’d like to participate.


Peter & Kim | Co-Presidents, VA PTO | vanantwerpmspto@gmail.com


VA PTO Mission

To promote the welfare and education of our children in the home, school and community, and to foster communication among parents, guardians, caregivers, teachers, and staff.



How can I help?


Attend PTO meetings -- Learn what is going on in the school and give input on PTO activities.

Get active --
 Sign-up to help out at an event, chair an activity or take on a recurring role, openings are listed in the "PTO" page along with contact information.  


Donate -- For those that haven't already contributed membership dues, these can be given by check or cash marked to the 'VA PTO' (your student can also give this to the homeroom teacher or main office).  You can also become a member and donate through this website.  

Participate in our fundraisers -- Throughout the year the PTO sponsors various fundraisers including the Apparel Sale, Dine Out evenings, and Mother’s Day Plant Sale.  Our largest fundraiser is the Donation Drive.



 You can start by registering for our website:


 Register or Login

 If you already have a Membership Toolkit account with another organization,
you can use the same log-in here.