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Zachary Ribert

Several changes have been made to the 2023-24 school year district calendar.

Friday, April 19

On Friday, April 19, school will now be in session for a full day. It was originally scheduled to be a half-staff development day, but this will no longer be occurring.

Snow Day Give Back Days

As you are aware, this winter has been an easier one when it comes to inclement weather. Therefore, there are several snow days available to give back since there was no need to utilize them during the winter months. At its April 8 meeting, the Hermon-DeKalb Board of Education approved the use of three give back days.

Therefore, there will be no school on the following days:

  • Friday, May 10
  • Friday, May 17
  • Friday, May 24
Zachary Ribert
Image of fourteen students standing on stage together

After a brief hiatus, Hermon-DeKalb's favorite talent show has returned to the district.

HD's Got Talent was held on Wednesday, March 13, allowing students to share their many talents with their classmates! The event also serves as a fundraiser for Hermon-DeKalb's fine-arts department.

A total of 14 students participated in the talent show, putting on 11 acts.

Violet Corbine won the first place prize, Hanna Foster won second place and Allyson Deleel won third place. Honorable mentions include Harrison Trudell, AJ DeLorme and Nicole DeLorme.

Zachary Ribert

Below is a message from St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, which the Hermon-DeKalb Board of Education elected to work with to select a new district leader:

The Hermon-DeKalb Central School Board of Education has selected the district’s principal as its final candidate for the position of Superintendent of Schools.

Recently, current Superintendent of Schools, Mark White, announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2024.

“It’s is no secret that Hermon-DeKalb Central School is truly a special place,” White said “I consider myself lucky to have formed such close bonds with our school community. I am truly honored to have had the privilege to lead this school district.”

Earlier this month, the board conducted preliminary interviews with three candidates, and then selected two finalists for community and stakeholder group interviews. Following the interviews, one finalist withdrew from consideration.

Ms. Foster, who has served at the district’s K-12 principal since July 2015, will present to community and stakeholder groups on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

SLL BOCES District Superintendent Thomas Burns assisted the Hermon-DeKalb board during the superintendent search process. As part of their statutory duties, BOCES district superintendents often serve as consultants during superintendent searches for school districts.

Before serving as the Hermon-DeKalb principal, Ms. Foster worked as a Reading Specialist and Pre-K teacher at Colton-Pierrepont Central School, after which she served as the Director of Migrant Education for the Research Foundation and as an adjunct professor for the Literacy Department at SUNY Potsdam. Ms. Foster received a masters and a Bachelors of Science in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh and earned her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence University.

Zachary Ribert

News from the Superintendent

Image of Superintendent Mark White

Dear Hermon-DeKalb Community,

Happy New Year and winter has finally arrived. We received our first snowfall in early January and by the time this newsletter is out we will be settled in to consistent cold weather. The school is busy this time of the year with consistent activities in the evenings and on the weekends. Our Girls’ Varsity Basketball team has had a great first half of the season and has been leading the section.

We are currently working on next year’s school budget and evaluating the upcoming needs of the district.  We will have our first draft completed by early March.

Solar Eclipse of 2024

We're thrilled to announce an upcoming celestial event that promises to be both awe-inspiring and educational – the Solar Eclipse of 2024! This rare occurrence will be visible from our location, and we want to make sure our students, teachers, and families are prepared to make the most of this extraordinary experience.

Date and Time

Mark your calendars for April 8, when the total solar eclipse will occur at 3:23 p.m. This is on a Monday immediately following spring break. All planning for this event will occur prior to break to get the students ready for the experience. The school day will be shifted that day beginning with a 10 a.m. start and dismissal sometime after 4 p.m.

Safety First

Observing a solar eclipse requires special precautions to protect your eyes. We remind everyone to use certified solar viewing glasses or shields. The school will provide these glasses to all students and staff, ensuring a safe and enjoyable viewing experience. Lessons on sun safety will be taught and emphasized leading up to the event.

Educational Opportunities

Our teachers are planning exciting and educational lessons and activities related to the solar eclipse. Students will learn about the science behind this phenomenon, and how various civilizations throughout history have interpreted eclipses. We encourage parents to engage in discussions with their children about the eclipse and its significance.

HD Family Event

To make the solar eclipse a family event, we invite families to join us on the school grounds for a special viewing gathering near the start of the eclipse. Both the elementary and the secondary will have a variety of eclipse activities to engage in leading up to the eclipse. Our goal is to have our students and families enjoy the eclipse together.

Weather Contingency Plans

A spectacular eclipse is dependent on one thing, clear weather. While we hope for clear skies, it's essential to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Indoor activities will be planned and we will still participate in the darkness that will occur with or without clouds. 

Stay tuned for more details and updates as we approach this cosmic event.

Sincerely,

Mark White
Superintendent
 


News from the Principal

Image of Principal Megan Foster

As winter wears on this is often a time when students need to be reminded of the importance of school and completing their work. Most often grades will drop during the 3rd quarter and we see an increase in students missing school. There are many reasons for this possible drop in grades and attendance. As parents and educators it is important for us to continue to encourage our kids to keep working and keep coming to school. If you are concerned with your child’s grades or attendance, please contact me to discuss what we can do to help.  

We invite you to join us for in-person spring parent-teacher conferences. If you would like to request a conference with your child’s teacher or team of teachers, please feel free to contact Angela Fenlong to set up a conference for students in grades PreK-6 and the Guidance Office for any students in grades 7-12.  

We look forward to seeing warmer temperatures. Please reach out with any questions or concerns you have so we can work together to make the best school experience for students.

View the full February, March & April newsletter