From the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Community Members:
Fall is here! School is well underway as the last leaves fall from the trees and we prepare for the longest season of the year. The beginning of the Winter sports season will soon arrive and our first snow has yet to make an appearance. These two annual events remind us of the great changes coming to the North Country over the next few months that cause us to become more cautious in our day-to-day activities.
I would like to express our sincere thanks to the DeKalb Junction and Hermon Fire Departments who coordinated our Fire Prevention Day at the Hermon Fire Station on Thursday, October 10. Our PK-5 students enjoyed seeing and hearing about fire safety and the equipment used to fight fires.
Capital Project Update: Our project was submitted to the State Education Department for review in early September. We hope to get it approved by late November so it can go out to bid in December. We hope to have the first construction start in select locations in April to ensure areas will be available for the start of school. We will be posting weekly pictures on our website and Facebook page.
By working together I know we will have a successful school year. Please encourage your child to take their education seriously. Education opens doors and makes the impossible happen. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Let’s have a great year!
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 to 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.