PHS Upcoming Events

Week of January 6th, 2020

Dear PHS Families,

It's been a quite a week at Potsdam High! Along with all of our normal academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities, we have been busy with concerts, guest speakers, class meetings, homeroom door decorating, and our annual "Roadkill Cafe." Student carollers even made their way around the building. I wish you a safe and wonderful holiday season and happy new year!

Potsdam Central Schools will be closed for the Holiday Break from Monday, December 23rd, through Friday, January 3rd. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6th, 2020 (Day 1).

Any 10th grade student who is interested in attending a St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Seaway Career & Technical Center Program next year needs to submit a completed enrollment application to the PHS Guidance Office no later than January 17th, 2020. Applications are available in the Guidance Office or you may download a copy using the button below. Please contact Mr. Dinan, sophomore counselor, with any questions.

Seway Career & Technical Center Enrollment Application

Return PHS Guidance Office by Friday, January 17th, 2020.

The Project Challenge program at Clarkson University provides Saturday morning enrichment courses to North Country high school students in grades 9 - 12 during the months of January and February. Classes run from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on January 11, January 18, January 25, February 1, and February 8 (snow date of February 15). The cost is $145. Students can get a registration form in the Guidance Office or online at Please contact Brenda Kozsan, Director of Project Challenge, at or call 315-268-4425 with any questions.

The St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES is offering the SAT/ACT Workshop to high school juniors who plan to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring. Classes will be at the SLL BOCES Educational Services Center, 40 W. Main St., on seven Saturdays or Sundays starting February 29th or March 1st. Classes are 2 1/2 hours. Registration materials are available at the guidance office and online at Students must register through their guidance counselors before February 6th. Our district participates in this BOCES service; therefore, it is FREE for Potsdam High School juniors.

The Red Cross and Potsdam National Honor Society will be conducting a blood drive in the Blue Gym on Wednesday, January 8th from Noon - 6:00 pm. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are always welcome. All presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt. If your blood type is O Negative, O Positive, A Negative, or B Negative, please consider a Power Red Cell donation. You can schedule an appointment by going to and typing 13676 in the Zip/Sponsor Code box and then selecting “Potsdam High School.”

There will be a pre-licensing course also known as “the 5-hour course,” on January 13th and 14th from 7:00 - 9:30 pm both nights. This is a DMV-designed classroom course that provides new drivers with information to help them drive safely. New drivers must complete this course (or a New York State approved Driver Education Course) before they can schedule their driving test for their driver’s license. To register, bring $40.00 and a valid driver’s permit to the main office by January 10th.

Please help support PHS! We can earn free school supplies and equipment through the Price Chopper “Tools for Schools” program. Please consider enrolling and linking your AdvantagEdge Card to PHS to help us earn points. You can enroll at Our school code is: 49833.

Can't make it to the game? All Potsdam Modified, JV, and Varsity athletic contests scheduled for the turf field or the high school gym are available through live video stream or video on demand on the NFHS Network. A subscription is required to watch the live stream or the VOD can be viewed for free a short time after the conclusion of the contest. Please contact Mr. Wilson ( in the Athletics Office with any questions.

The PHS Library is open Monday through Thursday each week from 2:15 to 4:00 pm for any students to get extra help on homework, to work on a group project, or just to take advantage of a quiet space.

When We Return to PHS:

Monday, January 6 (Day 1)

  • Science Olympiad (2:20-3:00 pm in Room 840)
  • Drama Club (2:20-3:00 pm in the Chorus Room)
  • Robotics Club (2:20-3:00 pm in Room 831)
  • Open Library (2:15-4:00 pm)
  • Jazz Band (7:30-8:30 pm in the PHS Band Room)

Tuesday, January 7 (Day 2)

  • Yearbook Meeting (2:20 pm in the PHS Library)
  • Chess Club (2:20-3:45 pm in Room 869)
  • Gaming Club (2:20 pm in the PHS Library)
  • Open Library (2:15-4:00 pm)

Wednesday, January 8 (Day 3)

  • Positivity Club Meeting (6:45 am in the PHS Library)
  • Model U.N. Meeting (2:20 pm in the PHS Library)
  • Agriculture Club (2:20-3:00 pm in Room 840)
  • Robotics Club (2:20-3:00 pm in Room 831)
  • Open Library (2:15-4:00 pm)

Thursday, January 9 (Day 4)

  • Business Club (2:30-3:00 pm in the Office Conference Room)
  • Varsity Club (2:20-3:00 pm in the PHS Gymnasium)
  • Speech & Debate (2:20-3:00 pm in Room 887)
  • Artistic Congress (2:20-3:00 pm in the Art Room)
  • Environmental Club (2:20-3:00 pm in Room 886)
  • Open Library (2:15-4:00 pm)

Friday, January 10 (Day 5)

  • All-County Music Festival (Crane School of Music)

If you ever have any concerns or questions, you can always contact me at 265-2000 x 811 or Have a wonderful Holiday Break!


Mark Bennett

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