Dear Sackets Harbor Central School Community,

As I write this article, it’s hard to believe that spring is two days from now.  Temperatures are still at or below freezing for most of this upcoming week.  However, the sun is shining and I have noticed small signs of what’s to come.  I am so looking forward to green grass and warm sunshine!      

I would like to thank you all for your flexibility and understanding as we worked through the disruptions to our daily schedules this past winter.  Mother Nature certainly kept us on our toes!  As always, a huge and heartfelt thank you goes to the Town of Hounsfield and to the Village of Sackets Harbor Road Crews and Highway Departments for their assistance during the winter months.  Our own Sackets Harbor maintenance and transportation staff should be commended for their diligence this past winter ensuring our students could get to and from school safely.     

It is always important to share a reminder about school safety.  School safety is the responsibility of everyone in our school community.  If you hear or see something that is concerning in anyway, please keep the school informed.  Whether it is on social media, an overheard conversation, or an observation, if you see/hear something disturbing, say something!  Don’t forget, our school uses the anonymous tip line  Simply, select New York State and then select Sackets Harbor and you can submit tips without ever having to call or visit the school.  All we ask is that you communicate so we can prevent small problems from becoming larger problems.  If any member of our community has any ideas to improve school safety and security, you are encouraged to reach out to Mrs. Horack or me.   

Relating to school safety, I am pleased to share that the Northern New York Community Foundation (NNYCF) recently awarded Sackets Harbor Central School funding to purchase additional security cameras.  Those cameras will soon be installed in high-traffic areas around our school building.  All of us here at SHCS appreciate the NNYCF’s dedication in helping to keep our students safe. 

What an exciting year for Odyssey of the Mind at Sackets Harbor Central!  We had six teams compete and all amazed audiences with their creativity at the local competition in Watertown, NY.  Five Sackets Harbor teams will be heading to the State Competition in Binghamton to represent our small school.  It is quite an accomplishment for a school to have one team make it that far and we are sending five teams!  More information is included within this newsletter on the success of our teams.  We are so very proud of all of the students who have elected to challenge themselves to go beyond the conventional way of thinking to collaboratively and creatively problem-solve while learning.  I also want to take a moment to recognize the parental and coach support which makes this opportunity possible for our children.  It is because of your dedication, nurturing, and encouragement that our students are finding their way to excellence.        

The remaining months of school will be busy.  You can always see the complete list of upcoming events within this newsletter and on our website.  I am sharing some important dates you will want to mark your calendars for with hopes you will join us.  The School District will be holding our Annual Budget Hearing on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) to review our proposed budget.  The public vote will be held on Tuesday, May 21 from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Gymnasium Lobby.  That same evening will feature the Sentinel’s Marching Band showcasing a preview of what’s to come this spring.  Please join us if you are able to help us kick-off our marching season!   

Members of the Class of 2019 will be walking across our stage on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10:30 AM.  The night prior on Friday, June 28th, these students will be recognized by Sackets Harbor CSD Alumni at their Annual Alumni Banquet.  If you are a graduate of Sackets Harbor CSD, please consider reaching out to the Alumni Association to request a seat at the Banquet.  It is always a very special evening and it’s so much fun to see members of each graduating class be recognized.

Phase II of the Capital Project will be starting this spring with the majority of the work to be completed during the summer of 2019.  It is important for the school community to know that access to our building and grounds will be limited during the summer months because of the work which will be done.  We will keep the public apprised of how and where we can be reached on our school website and Facebook page.  Because both Phase I and Phase II bids came in under budget, we are moving forward with a Phase III portion of the project to address some of the outstanding work which was initially removed from the Project.  For a month-by-month breakdown of capital project work and related details, visit our school website.

Please continue to follow our school activities by visiting our website at or “like” us on Facebook and follow all the news from the Sackets Harbor Central School District.  I would like to thank you for sharing your child/ren with us each day.  They making coming to work every day a wonderful experience!


Your Partner in Education,


Jennifer Gaffney












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