Monthly Message                        
June 3, 2018

Dear SLHS Families,

It’s hard to believe that June is here and I’m writing the last newsletter for the 2017-2018 school year! As we approach the last few days of instruction and upcoming Regents/Final Exams, I encourage you to speak with your child about the importance of studying hard, seeking assistance if necessary, and finishing the year strong. 

As part of the upcoming capital project, the high school will be getting some updates. If you have been on campus lately, you will see they have already begun the process of updating the upper parking lot. We will also be updating the Library, the entryway, the main offices, the nurse’s office and we will be connecting the auto shop to the main building. Because of all the work that has to be done, they are planning to start work inside the building starting on Monday, June 4th. Since door #1 will not be accessible, our temporary main entrance will be door #20, which is under the bridge. The door will monitored all day and someone will be there to assist you if you need to enter the building from now until the end of the school year. As always, we ask for your patience and understanding during these times as we will do our best to keep things consistent and as normal as possible. 

On Tuesday, June 5th at 6:00pm in the High School Auditorium, the Athletic Department will be hosting their annual end of the year sports awards night. They will also be recognizing this year’s hall of fame inductees. On Thursday, June 7th, at 7:00 in the High School Auditorium, the High School Music Department will present their Spring Concert. The performance will feature all of the performing groups at the High School: Festival Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Women's Ensemble, Men's Ensemble, Concert Choir, and Concert Band. Special recognition will be given to our Seniors as well. The concert is free and open to the public.

Regents/ Final Exams will be administered from June 12th-20th. The exam schedule will be posted in each classroom, outside the main office and on the SLHS website. Regents/Final Exams can count as much as one-sixth of the final grade, so it has a major impact on the student’s overall grade. The time allowance for each exam is three hours and exams will begin at 7:50am and 11:50am. When students are given permission to leave the exam location, they have some options. They can leave the building, report to the LGI, cafeteria or outside. Students will not be allowed to hang out in the halls or near the doorways.

During the exam period, the buses will arrive at the regular time in the morning. From June 12th through June 19th, buses are scheduled to take students home at 11:15am and 2:50pm. On June 20th, there will only be one bus at 11:15am. On the last day of school, Friday, June 22nd students will be dismissed at 9:30am. The last day for lunch will be Tuesday, June 19th and the last day for breakfast is Tuesday, June 20th. Students who do not have exams are not required to attend school.

The use of any cell phones or communication devices are strictly prohibited when taking Regents/Final Exams. Students who are found using a communication device during an exam, no matter how briefly, will have the exam invalidated and a zero score will be given. This guideline comes directly from the State Education Department.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Mrs. Carol Baker, Ms. Melissa DeVit, Mrs. Kathleen Peer, Mrs. Sally Plumb & Mrs. Patricia Preston, who will all be retiring at the end of this school year. I want to thank all of them for their outstanding service and dedication to the students at the SLHS. I would like to wish them the best in this exciting new chapter. You will be missed.

I want to thank our incredible students, caring families, and dedicated staff for a wonderful school year. Graduation will be at 7:00pm on Friday, June 22nd at the Saranac Lake Civic Center. From all of us at SLHS, enjoy a safe and relaxing summer vacation. 

Please visit the SLHS website to stay up to date on school activities, assignments and important dates. As always, feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or comments at or by calling 891-4450.

Joshua Dann, Principal