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From Your Board of Education …

At its meeting on December 3, the Sackets Harbor Board of Education appointed Frederick E. Hall, Jr. as the next superintendent.

Mr. Hall is currently principal of Knickerbocker Elementary School in the Watertown School District, a position he has held since 2000. Prior to that appointment he was a Supervisor for Programs for Exceptional Students at BOCES for a year. He taught first and third grades in Watertown for 13 years.

Mr. Hall holds a B.A. in Geography and an M.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Potsdam and a C.A.S. in Education Administration from SUNY Oswego.

The Board of Education thanks all of the people who participated in the selection of the new uperintendent through the stakeholder groups – students, teachers, non-instructional staff, and community members. Your time, commitment, and insight were very much appreciated by the Board as we worked together to make this very important decision.

Mr. Hall will begin his duties on January 14, 2013. He is eager to learn about the school and the community, and we know you will welcome him to Sackets Harbor.

James L. Lawrence, Jr.
President, Sackets Harbor Board of



"Break the Ice" at the Winter Ball.
January 12, 2012
7:00 –10:00 PM
$10 per person
Photos available:
$15.00 2-5X7 and 8 wallets



Videoconferencing News

Videoconferencing is cutting edge technology that allows our students to connect with resources anywhere in the world. Students can interact with people in real time and journey to places they have never had the opportunity to visit. This year the teachers at Sackets Harbor have taken on the task to increase the use of this technology. A special thanks to the
PTO who has donated $750 to help pay for the cost of these conferences.

The following conferences are scheduled for the month of January:

January 9th: Ancient Egypt Albany Institute (Mr. Jacobs)
January 14th and 16th: Ancient Egypt Albany Institute (Mrs. Sylvester)
January 15th: Bronx Zoo (Mrs. Allan and Mrs. Stephens)
January 17th: Bronx Zoo (Mr. Robbins and Mrs. Berger)
January 29th: D-Day Museum (Mr. Wekar)
January 31st: Milwaukee Public Museum (Mrs. Butler)

If you would like more information on any of these conferences, please contact Jeff Wekar at 646-3575 or at



Once again this winter, community members may walk inside the building from 7:00-8:00 PM when school is in session beginning January 2. You must register with Mrs. Rose and sign in on the clipboard near the door each time you enter. Participants must wear sneakers or walking shoes.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2013-2009 will be available online starting January 1, 2013.  You can apply for financial aid by going first to so that parents and students can get a PIN (an electronic signature) and then go to to actually apply. 

At the end of the FAFSA application, you can click on the link to apply for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).  Students may be eligible for this grant if they are New York State residents and are planning to attend college in New York State. 

Some colleges require that CSS Profile to be completed in addition to the FAFSA.  Be sure to check with the college financial aid office to determine if you have competed everything required and if there are deadlines.


Spark Junior

Spark Jr.Spark Jr. Students in grades 4-6 have participated in weekly activities to promote physical fitness and hobbies! Walking, running, and seasonal crafts have been offered. Now that winter has arrived we will offer crosscountry skiing, kickball, chess club, yoga, and dancing!


   Casual for a Cause

For many years the Sackets Harbor Central School faculty has taken part of Casual for a Cause. You may have noticed on Fridays the faculty “dresses down” casually. We thought the community might like to know what the day means and how one day of a small donation benefits many in our local community.

Casual for a Cause is a day when the faculty can opt to wear jeans. By doing this we agree to donate a minimum of $1.00. The collection each Friday is ear-marked for various organizations and even local families in need.

So far we have collected for 10 weeks (through November.) The monies donated were used as follows:

The first three weeks were donated to NYSUT for a “making strides against breast cancer” promotion. The check was for $186.00.

The following two weeks were collected for a race called the 1000 Island Silver Express. Paul Gibbs, our Transportation Director, ran this race to promote awareness of prostate cancer. The funds collected went to the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation to be used for local men in need of diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. We sent a check for $91.00.

The next two collections were for a Sackets family in need. We gave them a check for $285.00 to use to help pay unfortunate medical expenses they have incurred within their family.

We collected $164.00 over two weeks to donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation for the cure of breast cancer. The donation was made on behalf of a Sackets family going through a tough time with the disease.

Lastly we collected Friday November 30th to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). This foundation supports local families with children in special need. They also donate medical necessities and machines to local hospitals. We sent them a check for $62.00.

We have some other great causes lined up for December, so look for the “Casual for a Cause” monthly updates in our newsletter.



If you need to speak to anyone in the following offices, please call these numbers directly:

Elementary Office: 646-1029
Ms. Jennifer Gaffney, Mrs. Cheryl Crandall, and Mrs. Brenda Scordo.

Main Office: 646-3575
Mrs. Suzanne Tingley, Mrs. Sheri Rose, Mrs. Julie Gayne, and Mrs. Kathy Revelle

Guidance Office: 646-3329
Mr. Ryan Tastor and Mrs. Eileen Townsend

Nurse’s Office: 646-3419
Mrs. Sue Smith

Bus Garage: 646-1032
Mr. Paul Gibbs

Psychologist Office: 646-3575
Ms. Carol Barkley and Mrs. Marlene Lennox

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