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November 18, 2022

Board News & Notes

Equity action planning

On the evening of Nov. 9, a mix of school staff, administrators and school board members spent an evening with Dr. Luvelle Brown, current superintendent of Ithaca City School District and founder of Love2Achieve, LLC. Dr. Brown led the group through protocols for equity action planning. The framework can be applied at the board level, the school level, and the classroom level, empowering board members, administrators, and teachers to reflect upon practices and procedures with an eye towards equity for all.  
Dr. Brown remained in the North Country to continue guiding Heuvelton instructional staff through his Cultivating Equity & Excellence Program on the Nov. 10 staff development day.  Both events are part of ongoing equity work to support all students.

Michael Davis appointed to board seat

In other board news, at its Wednesday, Nov. 16, meeting, the Heuvelton Board of Education appointed retired board member Michael Davis to fill a vacant board seat and serve until the May 2023 election.

Davis served on the Heuvelton Board of Education for 15 years, from 2004-2019, during which time he was board president for three years. He also currently sits on the St. Lawrence BOCES Board of Education.  Our thanks to Mr. Davis for his willingness to serve the district once again!

Congratulations to the PTA Teachers of the Month!
This year, the PTA will be highlighting one elementary school and one middle school-high school teacher each month as part of its Teacher of the Month feature. Learn more about our November Teachers of the Month, Jen Gray and Aimee Flynn, on the district website.
Parent-teacher conferences Nov. 21 and 22

Please be reminded that Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22, are half days for parent-teacher conferences. Students will be dismissed at 12 p.m.

Financial Aid Night is Dec. 1
HCS hosts a Financial Aid Night at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Large Group Instruction Room (LGIR). The Financial Aid staff from St. Lawrence University will be available to assist students and families with their financial aid applications (FAFSA and TAP), as well as answer any general questions about paying for college.

To attend, both students and caregivers must create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) account by visiting Once you have created your account (or retrieved your login information for your previously created account), please register for this event by emailing Mr. Morse at by Monday, Nov. 28.

To ensure you can complete your financial aid applications, please bring:
  • A laptop or Chromebook
  • A copy of your 2021 W2s and tax filings
  • Your FSA ID and login information
Sophomore class holds flag fundraiser

The HCS Sophomore Class is currently selling large flags. Each flag is double-sided with the above graphic and will have two grommet holes to help secure it to your favorite flagpole. The flags measure 3-feet by 5-feet and are $70 each.  If you are interested in ordering a flag, please reach out to a member of the HCS Class of 2025.

Please note the class must sell 25 flags in order to place the order. If the minimum is not reached, your money will be refunded as soon as possible.

All orders are due by Friday, Dec. 2. Please return orders to Mrs. Gray.

Local musician Dan Duggan visits Heuvelton

Musician Dan Duggan recently visited the Heuvelton Music Department to teach some of our students how to play the lap dulcimer. What a cool experience it was!

The program was made possible through support from Creatives Rebuild New York’s Artist Employment Program. Photography by TAUNY/Gus Geraci.

Elementary students demonstrate creativity
Earlier this month, Heuvelton elementary students got creative for a good cause to create a "Protect the Pack" bulletin board. Students were really excited to participate in this group activity, and from the classic purple and yellow Heuvelton design, to a four bulldog Andy Warhol-inspired piece, we have some great bulldogs to display and show that bullying won't be tolerated in our school community!
Free 'Nutcracker' sensory-friendly performance 

Rochester City Ballet presents The Nutcracker: Sensory-Friendly Performance from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Fort Hill Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua. The performance is free. Reserve your general admission seats by visiting This special one-hour performance is designed for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivities, different abilities, or other individualized needs and their families.

Affordable Connectivity Program available
Access to reliable, high-speed internet can be an important tool in helping students complete schoolwork.

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) was created to help bridge the connectivity gap for students and families without reliable access to the internet.

The ACP provides eligible households up to $30/month toward their internet bills, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet.

Parents, you may be pre-qualified to participate. All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price school meals under the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, within the last 12 months, or children who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, are eligible for ACP benefits.

This benefit is not considered income for purposes of determining eligibility for free and reduced-price school meals. Families can check their eligibility, sign up, and find fully covered plans at or by calling 877-384-2575.

Reminders & Resources 

No school Wednesday, Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 25
due to the Thanksgiving recess.

The district has implemented a new notification system called ParentSquare. If you need assistance setting up your ParentSquare account, please email 

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