Archive for Parents

VAST Activities: Vassar Women’s Soccer

On October 17th, VAST scholars and their parents were invited to attend a Vassar College Women’s Soccer game. VAST scholars were included in the pre-game huddle with the team, and ran the sidelines during the game as ball girls!
VAST thanks the Vassar Women’s Soccer and Basketball teams for this awesome invitation! We had a great afternoon!


Last Day of VAST (Spring 2014)

Sadly, the last day of the VAST program occurred on May 5. The VAST school year ends early because May 5 is the last day of classes for our Vassar student mentors.
To celebrate our last day, we had an 8th grade graduation ceremony at Poughkeepsie Middle School. At the end of our last day, we […]

Vassar Spring Break (Spring 2014)

VAST is on break right now as the Vassar students are on their 2-week spring vacation. The program will start back up again on Monday, March 24.
Last Monday before our vacation started, our scholars finished their homework early and got to play basketball in the school gym for the last half hour of VAST. Check […]

VAST Career Night

On Wednesday February 26, VAST scholars and families were invited to Vassar College to attend a Career Night panel. The panel featured community members from various professional careers, including Teaching, Art/Graphic Design, Construction, Restaurant Management, and IBM Engineering. Our panelists answered questions such as:
-What is your job? Describe your typical day at work.
-What education, if […]

Science Night at Vassar

On Tuesday November 12, VAST hosted a family event about the wonders of science. Vassar College Chemistry Professor Christopher Smart led a demonstration teaching chemistry concepts to the scholars. Professor Smart was very dynamic and fun to watch. The show ended with ice cream for the audience made from liquid nitrogen– very cool!

The VAST audience […]

First Week of VAST, 2013-14!

VAST started off on Monday, September 23 and was quite the success. All of our middle school scholars are divided into classroom groups. Each classroom has a Head Mentor, an experienced Vassar student who will supervise the scholars as they do homework with their mentors.
During the first week, Head Mentors led icebreaker games in their […]

VAST Ice Cream Social

VAST kicked off the school year with an ice cream social event at Vassar College for families to come learn about the program. We were lucky enough to get an ice cream donation from Stewart’s Shops for everyone to enjoy.
We had an incredible turnout- over 25 families came to sign up for VAST! Rachel and […]

Applications Available (2013-14)

Scholar and mentor applications are now available for the upcoming school year!
Everyone (including returning participants) must fill out an application to be a part of VAST. This is so I know you are committed and so I can be aware of any updated contact information.
PDF links to the applications are below. If you would like […]

VAST Family Orientation

VAST families attended a beginning of the year orientation dinner at the Poughkeepsie Middle School cafeteria on Friday, September 30th. Parents and guardians accompanied scholars to an orientation conducted by the VAST administration and select mentors. Changes such as the introduction of tutoring on Fridays were announced, the importance of open and constant communication was […]

Open House (Fall 2011)

Thursday, September 15 was Open House at Poughkeepsie Middle School! VAST Mentors spoke to excited parents and Scholars, both old and new!

Returning Scholar/Parent Information (Fall 2011)

Scholars and parents who are returning to the VAST program this fall can now download the information packet and application materials using the following link:  VAST 2011 – Returning Scholar Parent Packet.
As usually if you have any questions please do not hesistate to contact us at 845.437.5987 or email Francis Meyo at!

Summer Programs 2011

As the school year draws to a close, families are starting to wonder what to do with their students.
Here is your resource guide for local camps and summer programs.  If you know of a program not listed below, please leave a comment, or e-mail, and let us know!
Vassar College Summer Camps (athletic)
Vassar College Computer […]

Poughkeepsie Middle School and Vassar College working together!