From the Superintendent
News From the Superintendent…..
I would like to express our sincere thanks to the Hermon and DeKalb Junction Fire Departments who coordinated our Fire Prevention Day at Hermon Fire Station on Thursday, October 11. Our elementary students enjoyed this trip to see where they keep the trucks and reminders on fire safety.
Upcoming dates to remember:
- Our annual elementary Halloween Parade will be held in the gym at 2 PM Wednesday, October 31st. Please remember that there will be no after school on that day.
- On Friday, November 2, the school will hold its annual “Emergency Go Home Drill.” Students will be released 15 minutes early on that day, and all students must leave school at that time.
- There will also be no school on Monday, November 12 in honor of Veterans Day and Tuesday, November 13 due to a staff development day.
- There is also half day on Friday, December 15 for Staff
- Fall parent teacher conferences will be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20. (noon dismissal both days) A form is included with the newsletter to help you sign up for conferences. You may call the main office with any questions.
- Thanksgiving Vacation is scheduled for Wednesday - Friday, November 21- 23.
Also included in this newsletter is an overview of our capital project. Please visit our website for complete details on this project. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
From the Principal
News from the Principal….
As the temperatures get cooler and the days grow shorter we are reminded that winter is right around the corner. This change in the weather also means an increase in the responsibility for students, parents and the school to ensure safety in and out of the building.
Dress for the Season
One of the best ways to prepare for emergencies is to have the proper clothing. As road conditions change there is always a possibility of the bus becoming stuck or not able to operate correctly. Please have students wear a coat, a hat and gloves on the bus. This will provide them warmth as a new bus is sent to their aid or if they are transferred to another bus.
Attendance, Every Day Counts
As we near the end of the first quarter marking period it is important to remember the school’s policy on attendance. Being present is one of the biggest factors in student success.
Hermon-DeKalb Central believes that regular attendance by its students is necessary for them to obtain an adequate understanding of the instructions and materials presented by its teachers and the programs of study. Regular attendance also provides for effective continuity within each classroom and for the effective daily operation of the school. In addition, each student acquires social skills, a strong work ethic, and daily living skills through regular attendance.
If a student is to receive credit for a course offered at HDCS, it is essential that the student maintain an attendance record of minimal absences. Minimum attendance for each class is required as a condition for receiving course credit or for permission to take a final examination and/or Regents exam. For this reason, the following guidelines have been established to help students be successful. The maximum number of absences allowed will be as follows:
- Full Credit Courses (those meeting every day of the week all year)
6 total absences per quarter
- Half Credit Courses (those meeting 2-3 days a week all year or every day for only 1 semester)
3 total absences per quarter
Any student with absenteeism in excess of the limits above will have to make up seat time within two weeks of the new quarter beginning. The student will also be placed on the ineligible list and serve detention until seat time is made up. Should seat time not be made up, the student will be unable to sit for the final exam and/or complete the course for credit. All absences, legal, illegal, excused or unexcused, will be included in the total number of absences that account for a loss of credit.
Please feel free to contact me at school if you have any concerns or questions.