September 2021

    Administrative News

    From the Superintendent

    Dear Parents and HD Community

    This summer has kept the staff at HD busy preparing for the new school year scheduled to start  Friday, September 3, 2021 for students.  All of us in the school community were hoping for a more normal start to the school year. This year's opening will again emphasize the safety of students, staff and families in our community.  In addition, we will be maximizing instruction this year with 5 days per week of in-school instruction.  Due to our county's current infection rate students and staff will be required to wear a mask in the building and on buses until further notice.  Parents are asked to screen students at home for signs of COVID prior to coming to school. Students may be dropped off between 7:45 and 7:58 am in the main circle and in the outer circle and parent pick-up location after that time. Parent pick-up will be between 2:45-3:00 in the parent circle.  Secondary students' dismissal will be at 3:00 pm this year.

    Currently, we are planning for a near normal start to the Fall soccer season without masks at this point. Our afterschool program will begin mid September.

    Other News

    Our Capital project is approximately 95% complete with just a few items left to finish-up. Contractors are working hard to complete the upper elementary and cafeteria areas prior to the start of school. The playground expansion will not be completed until the first week of October.  The district has received a significant lighting upgrade both in and out of the building in this project.

    Information will change right up to the last day before the students enter the building on September 3rd.  The two best qualities to start the school year are flexibility and positivity.  These two qualities are essential in getting through this pandemic and emerging even stronger in the future.  

    I would like to sincerely thank all parents for their patience and support of their students last year and working with the school as we begin the 2021-2022 school year.  Please call me at 315-347-3442 or email me with any questions at mwhite@hdcsk12.org.

    Mark White


    September 2021

    Administrative News

    From the Principal

    Welcome Back!

    This summer we have had a lot of activity in our building with the construction project, but the one thing we missed the most is our students.  We cannot wait to have them in our school again.   Although things will look and operate differently again this year, we are still the same Hermon-DeKalb Demons and we will make the best of all the situations that face us.   I am looking forward to new and returning smiling faces filling our halls in September!

    This year we will welcome some new staff members to HDCS, our staff will be focusing our instruction to increase the use of technology, including Chromebooks, in lessons and using new tips and tricks to help our students. 

    Although the changes to the way we operate to keep everyone safe weigh heavy on our minds, we want your child to be happy and successful at HDCS.  Working together as a team both parents and staff play a key role in helping to prepare students to be prepared for their future.  As parents you can continually support your children at home by talking to your child about their school experience every day, attending school events to help build a positive and supportive community and communicating regularly with the classroom teacher, counselors and administration.  Effective and open dialogue between home and school plays a key role in every child’s academic experience.

    I am excited for this new school year at Hermon-DeKalb and look forward to working with you as we partner to continue to offer our students a terrific school experience.  I welcome your thoughts and questions, and encourage you to contact me at any time through email at mfoster@hdcsk12.org or phone at 315-347-3442.

    Megan Foster

    PK-12 Principal