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March 10, 2023

Save the Date: Open House on March 15

HCS will be hosting an open house from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15. The Heuvelton PTA and HCS also invite you to join us before the open house for a free school community dinner of pizza and chicken wings for parents and students from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

March 15 and 16 are early dismissal days;
there is no school on March 17

We will be dismissing at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 for Open House, and again on Thursday, March 16 for parent-teacher conferences. There will be no school on Friday, March 17, as it is a staff development day.

Interested in running for the school board? Petitions available!

Nominating petitions are currently available for individuals interested in serving on the Heuvelton Central School District Board of Education. Two seats will be up for election this year on Tuesday, May 16, which is the same day as the school budget vote.

Those interested in running for this important volunteer role in our community can pick up a petition between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from the district clerk at the District Office, 87 Washington Street, Heuvelton, NY. In order to appear on the ballot, a candidate must return a petition with the signatures of at least 25 qualified district voters by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17. District clerk Tessa Herron can be reached by phone at (315) 344-2414 ext. 28891, or by email at

Candidates must be a US citizen, be at least 18 years old, qualified voters in the school district, and have resided in the district continuously for at least one year before the election. For more detail about Board membership, please visit the Board of Education page on the district website. Of the two seats available, there is (1) five-year term and (1) one-year term.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration information

Heuvelton Central School Pre-Kindergarten Program:

HCS is presently accepting applications for the Pre-K program for the 2023-24 school year. There will be both an AM and PM session offered but space is limited to 18 students per session. Student placements will be mailed by June 30, 2023. Students must be residents of HCS and must be 4-years-old by Dec. 1, 2023.

Pre-K registration applications are available online and are due no later than Friday, May 5, 2023. Please contact Brenda Simmons, Elementary Secretary, at 344-2414 ext. 28871 or e-mail  


Heuvelton Central School Kindergarten Program:

HCS is presently registering students who are not currently enrolled in our PreK program and will be attending the Kindergarten Program during the 2023-24 school year. If you are a HCS resident and have a child who will be 5 years old by Dec. 1, 2023 that will be attending the HCS Kindergarten Program, please contact Elementary Secretary, Brenda Simmons at 344-2414 ext. 28871 or e-mail by Friday, May 5, 2023.

For full information, please visit the district website.

Candy Gram fundraiser nets nearly
$500 for Backpack Program

Thank you to all who contributed to the Valentine’s Day Candy Gram fundraiser. 

Thanks to community support $470 was raised, with all proceeds to benefit the district’s Backpack Program. Additionally, we would like to thank the Morning Grind Cafe for their recent donation of $500. We greatly appreciate their support, and the support of our community, throughout the year!

A look back at a fun and festive week

The week of Feb. 17 was an exciting one! Tuesday, Feb. 14 was the 100th day of school and Valentine’s Day…and it was Read Across America Week, which was celebrated with spirit days.

Activities! Crazy hair! PJ Day! Crafts and games by the 100s! We are so lucky to have a school community that knows how to make our students smile and find community at school through fun observances like this.

Congratulations to HCS seniors for passing their HVAC certification test!

HCS seniors Lucas Thornill and Brandon Pray passed their 608 Universal Certification for their HVAC class at Northwest Tech (below, photographed with their classmates). Congrats and thank you for representing your Bulldog family!

L-R, Adam Lynch, Lucas Thornhill, Brandon Pray, and Jack Mills.

Meet Emily Murdock, our new school nurse!

Hello Heuvelton! I'm Emily Murdock, the new school nurse. I will be working alongside Mrs. Patterson. Before joining HCS I was a full time RN case manager in home care.

In my spare time I enjoy being with family and friends, spending time outdoors and exploring new places. I look forward to supporting students and staff with a happy and healthy school year.

Grades 7-12: Registration for
spring sports now open

Parents, if your student (grades 7-12) is interested in participating in a spring sport, you can now register to do so.
Use this link to go to the Athletic Page to register:

Practices will begin on the following dates. (Times TBD):
  • March 13: Varsity Baseball, Varsity Softball and Varsity Lacrosse 
  • March 20: Modified Baseball and Modified Softball 
Merger sports athletes must sign up in the nurse's office.

Recognizing our senior athletes

at Senior Nights

We have been celebrating our seniors all February-long!

🎉 On Feb. 1,  we celebrated senior night for cheerleaders: Isabella Dietschweiler, Jailyn Lovely, and Payton McDevitt. Coach Basford spoke, and is also pictured with the students and parents.

 🏀 On Feb. 3, we celebrated the seniors of Boys Varsity Basketball: 
Chris Ashlaw, Nathan Mashaw, Connor Phillips, Lucas Thornhill, and Jake Venette. Coach Mcallister spoke, and is also pictured with parents and (Jake's brother) Hunter.

 🏀 On Feb. 6, we celebrated the senior Girls Varsity Basketball player Allison Trathen. Coach Powers spoke, and in the photo with parents is fellow senior and brother Collin, as well as Athletic Director David Steele.

Congratulations to all of our senior athletes!
More senior night snaps: HCS SRO Deputy Bleu participating in a halftime event; and guitarist Willem Gleeson playing the National Anthem prior to the senior night basketball games!

North Country Kids Expo on March 11

The Annual North Country KIDS EXPO will be a day of fun for families, with play zones, performances, demonstrations and vendors. Experts and representatives will be set up to share resources and information on area opportunities for families, from health care to after school activities, to regional attractions. Kick off the spring with this great event for your family!

Along with the educational opportunities and vendor booths, throughout the day, children can engage in various educational musical programming and activities. Each artist will invite kids and their families to join in to sing, play, and dance within a "workshop style performance". Everyone is welcome to join the band, feel the rhythm, get into the groove and dance to the beat!

Saturday March 11, 2023
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center
34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617

Kids 12 and under are free
$5 admission for 13 and older

For full event information, please visit

Bulldog Pride in action!

The following elementary students were awarded medals for personifying the February Character Trait of the Month: Forgiveness. These students accept that people make mistakes and forgive those who have done wrong.

Congratulations to Sage C., Eli F., Mia H., Alexandra P., Lorien K., Selena S., Leah B., Ari J., Cole P., Wyatt A., Liam C., Mazden L., Addison J., Sadie M., Elliott S., Braden G., Jakob T., Owen L., Blaire R., Alexis K., Addison W.

Strengthen social skills by
focusing on social awareness 

The following tips are from the February and March 2023 Parent Institute “Parents Make the Difference” newsletter: 

When students have the ability to understand and empathize with others, they can form solid connections with classmates, teachers and friends. They are also able to think about situations from different points of view. Social awareness allows children to feel compassion for others—even when their background and culture may be different. Families can help children develop their social skills so they can interact, cooperate and problem-solve positively and respectfully with people from a variety of backgrounds.

To develop and practice social awareness, teach your child to:
  • Consider the needs of others. Tell your child, “It’s great that you and your friends play tag together every afternoon. But what about the new neighborhood kids? How do you think they feel watching you guys play? Do you think they would like to be included?”
  • Understand that people may respond differently under similar circumstances. One child might be excited to meet a new friend, while another might be nervous and shy.
  • Respond appropriately. Your child could return a smile with a smile, offer to listen if the other person wants to talk, or suggest an activity to take the person’s mind off of worries. For example, your child could say, “Let’s get out of here and ride our bikes around the neighborhood.”

March weather activities can
teach your child science skills

According to the old saying, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Is this true where you live? In many parts of the country, March brings changeable weather—which makes it a great time to enjoy science and other weather-related activities. With your child: 
  • Keep a temperature graph. Have your child record and graph the temperature each day for a month. Or, use the online weather report for your area. Record whether the day was sunny, cloudy or rainy.
  • Measure the rain. You’ll need a plastic jar with straight sides and a flat bottom, a ruler and a marker. On the outside of the jar, use the ruler and marker to mark off each quarter inch. Have your child keep track of the amount of rainfall.  
  • Make wind chimes. You’ll need four clean, empty cans, some string and a coat hanger. Make sure the edges of the cans are not sharp. Help your child punch a hole in the bottom of each can. Tie a knot in one end of the string and thread the string through a can. Then tie the other end to your hanger. Repeat with each can. Each time the wind blows, the cans will make music! 
You and your child can also go online to learn more about weather. Check out these fun, age-appropriate websites: 

Budget Timeline

The Heuvelton Board of Education is preparing its budget for the upcoming school year and is committed to ongoing improvements in communication, responsible financial stewardship of community and district resources, and continued work in support of equity.
March 29: Regular Board of Education Budget meeting to review tentative 2023-2024 Budget with the Board of Education for review and comment, as needed. Approve budget if possible.
April 1: New York State Budget Adoption
April 18: Regular Board of Education meeting, vote on BOCES budget, and budget update to Board of Education
May 3: Public Budget Hearing
May 16: Budget Vote and Board of Education Member Election

Budget news will be posted on the district website at

The Board of Education and district administration invite members of the community to be heard and to have comments considered at regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings, related to the budget, or other relevant topics.  

To promote direct, open, and respectful communication and ensure that questions and concerns can be addressed in an effective manner, the District has developed this communication chain.  If your concerns or questions have not been addressed/resolved after following the appropriate steps in the communication protocol, you are invited to contact the Board of Education. The public is asked to submit questions for consideration to the Board in writing, since public forum is not a question and answer period. It is a time for public input to be considered as it relates to items on the agenda, or for future consideration.

To view the district’s public comment procedures and to learn more about communicating with the HCSD Board of Education, please visit You can access the Board of Education page through the “About Us” dropdown.

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