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Effective immediately, all children ages 12-15 are eligible to receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, meaning all state residents ages 12 and up can now be protected against COVID-19. The Rensselaer County Health Department will be hosting a Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for 12 to 15 year olds at the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College on Friday, May 14 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent and bring proof of age. This is a walk-in clinic. No appointment is necessary.

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No Place for Hate advisors

No Place for Hate club advisors (L to R) Ms. Knudsen, Deputy Russo and Ms. Omecinsky holding the NPFH banner.

The students and staff at Howard L. Goff Middle School are proud to announce that they have received designation as a No Place for Hate School for the 2019-2020 school year. While this information was unofficially announced last spring, the school received and displayed its official banner last week, celebrating a successful initiative to create and sustain a culture of positivity and tolerance in school.

No Place for Hate club

No Place for Hate club members at a recent meeting.

The work of the No Place for Hate Club continues this school year with the annual Goff signing of the Resolution of Respect (below) this week.

Please get in touch with Ms. Carrie Knudsen at or Ms. Alexandra Omecinsky at if you are a community member who wishes to become involved.

Resolution of Respect

  • I will seek to gain understanding of those who are different from myself.
  • I will speak out against prejudice and discrimination.
  • I will reach out to support those who are targets of hate.
  • I will promote respect for people and help foster a prejudice-free school.
  • I believe that one person can make a difference – no person can be an “innocent” bystander when it comes to opposing hate.
  • I recognize that respecting individual dignity and promoting intergroup harmony are the responsibilities of all students.