I can not wait to have all of our students back in the building in September! I look forward to beginning a new chapter here at Parishville-Hopkinton in my new role as Superintendent. Though I’ve moved offices, my work and commitment to creating the best possible learning experiences and opportunities for our students remain unchanged.
To make these experiences and opportunities possible we need students back in school. Student attendance is a key indicator in academic performance and student engagement. Like many schools in the North Country and across the nation, student absenteeism has been on the rise over the last several years. This has affected student participation and engagement in educational programming and extracurricular activities across all grade levels. Even with the hardships of the last few years, our District has been able to maintain and grow all of our academic curricula, BOCES selections, extracurricular offerings, and athletics for Grades 7-12. We have also been able to grow and maintain our All Paws after-school program for the primary grades. PHCS has the opportunities; please help us get our students actively involved and consistently back to school.
Reestablishing positive community communications is also going to be a top priority this year. Be on the lookout for monthly community check-ins. These community check-ins will be opportunities for anyone in the District to come and ask questions about the school or learn a little bit more about what we are up to. The first community check-in will be on October 11th. Please feel free to come to share your thoughts and learn more about what’s happening here at PHCS.
Here are some important dates for the start of the year:
Back to School Event - August 25th from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Parishville Fire Hall
Fall Sports Meeting - August 30th at 5:30 P.M. in the Auditorium
First Day of School! - September 6th
I hope everyone enjoys the last few days of summer. I look forward to the return of staff and students.
Steven G. Coffin