September 2019

    Administrative News

    From the Superintendent

    Dear Parents and Community Members:

    It is almost time to welcome everyone back to start the 2019-2020 school year.  The beginning of the school year is always full of excitement and new opportunities for our students.  Students are eager to meet their teacher, connect with friends and of course meet new friends.  The first day for students is Wednesday, September 4.  I would like to welcome new families to our district and ask them to contact the school at 315-347-3442 to register your students.

    We continue to work with our students and school programs moving our school forward in preparing our students to be college and career ready.  We hope to work with the community as a partner to offer our students a great school experience grounded in strong academics and meaningful collaboration.  We look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school!  Together we will make this a great school year for your child!


    The newsletter will be printed and mailed out to all residents three times during the school year.  The newsletter will also be posted to our website with monthly updates to our lunch menu, activities and athletic schedules. Our school website is www.hdcsk12.org

    This newsletter contains a copy of the bus routes around our district for this school year.  Please note that some minor changes have occurred in the routes since last year.  Please contact the bus garage at 347-3672 with any questions.

    Students will be provided with a handbook at the beginning of the school year.  Students in grades 6-12 will be meeting with Ms. Foster and Mrs. LaBarge during the first day of school to review the Code of Conduct and the Discipline Code.  These documents and other management plans are posted on our website and are available in hardcopy at the main office.

    Reminders as well as school delays and cancellations due to weather will be reported as early as possible and will be sent out through our district wide caller system to both local radio and TV stations.

    I welcome your thoughts and questions, and encourage you to contact me at any time through email at mwhite@hdcsk12.org or by phone at 315-347-3442.


    Mark White


    September 2019

    Administrative News

    From the Principal

    News from the Principal….

    Welcome Back! 

    I hope you and your family had a restful and exciting summer.  I am looking forward to many 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 include more smaller group activities to help all students in the classroom, increasing the use of technology including Chromebooks in lessons and learning new tips and tricks to help our students.  A big amount of time this year will continue to focus on switching from the Common Core Learning Standards to the new and improved Next Generation Learning Standards.  In addition we have added several new electives for students in grades 7-12.

    Although these initiatives weigh heavy on our minds, we want your child to be happy and successful at HDCS.  Working together as a team parents and staff both 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 with the classroom teacher.  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

    A Few Things to Remember

    • Parents that bring their students to school should park in the drop off circle near the elementary entrance. All students and parents must enter through the main entrance.  Please do not block the circle for through traffic.

    • Student drivers are reminded to register their vehicles during the first week of school in the main office with Mrs. Anson.
    • All parents are required to sign in and get a visitors pass when they enter the building. Parents and students should remain in the lobby until 8:00 a.m. or until the students are dismissed to the busses. 
    • Please note that we utilize video surveillance cameras on all busses with audio as well as video coverage here in the building.

    School Tool Parent Portal is available to monitor your student’s grades, attendance and discipline.  Please contact the Guidance Office to assist you in setting up an account.