PHS Upcoming Events

Week of January 13th, 2020

Dear PHS Families,

There will be an early dismissal (10:40 am) next Friday, January 17th, in order for staff to participate in professional development activities. School will also be closed on Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

On Tuesday, January 21st, Potsdam High School will not be holding classes, as we will be administering the English Regents Exam (11th grade students) beginning at 8:00 am in the gymnasium. Additionally, several students have registered to retake the Living Environment Regents Exam at 12:00 pm. Only students participating in these exams need to report to school on January 21st. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 22nd (Day 6).

During the month of January, Ms. White, Ms. Hewlett, and Mr. Dinan will be meeting individually with 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students to complete preliminary course registration for the 2020-2021 school year. Getting accurate numbers for classes based on actual student interests and intentions helps tremendously with the schedule planning process for both students and staff at PHS and ensures that selections are appropriate for an individual student’s graduation pathway. Parents and students will then have access to the student’s course selections in Schooltool and will be able to discuss and make changes with their counselor on an individual basis as usual through the spring.

In preparation for those conversations with students, it would be helpful if students and parents could discuss preliminary plans for classes and options after graduation also. Below are links to the course offerings for next year, this year's course catalog, and an overview of the current graduation requirements and options. Counselors will be discussing all of this with you and your student, but you may find it helpful to be informed in advance. Please don't hesitate to contact your student's counselor with any questions.

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.
Seaway 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.

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.

Next Week at PHS:

Monday, January 13 (Day 6)

  • 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)
  • Pre-licensing Course (7:00-9:30 pm at PHS)

Tuesday, January 14 (Day 1)

  • 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)
  • Board of Education Meeting (6:30 pm in the AAK LGIR)
  • Pre-licensing Course (7:00-9:30 pm at PHS)

Wednesday, January 15 (Day 2)

  • 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 16 (Day 3)

  • 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 17 (Day 4)

  • Early dismissal (10:30 am)

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


Mark Bennett

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