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January 7, 2022

A Message from Dr. Collins Regarding Student At-Home COVID Test Kits

Dear Parishville-Hopkinton Families:

As has been reported in the media, New York State has made thousands of at-home COVID-19 test kits available to schools statewide. These test kits were delivered to our local BOCES over the weekend and are currently being distributed to each of our schools.

The purpose of these tests is to monitor the spread of COVID-19 within our community as part of the ongoing effort to keep our school buildings open for in-person instruction. Tests can be utilized whether or not a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

State and local health officials are providing these tests as a resource to schools and families. We are distributing these tests to students to bring home on Friday, January 7th. We strongly suggest that parents conduct one of these tests on their children prior to sending them to school on the morning of Monday, January 10th. You may utilize the second test at your discretion (for example, if your student begins showing symptoms of COVID-19).

Please note that any positive test results from an at-home test must be reported to the St. Lawrence County Public Health and to our school nurse. You do not need to report test results obtained elsewhere, and you do not need to report negative test results.

To report your results, Fill out the online form found on the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department (SLCPHD) website. For additional information on reporting positive at-home test results, see the attached document from St. Lawrence County Public Health.

Please remember that if your child has a symptom of COVID-19, they should be tested at home using a rapid test, or at a clinic, doctor’s office or a testing site. Anyone with a positive test result should isolate and contact St. Lawrence County Public Health. For more information on testing, quarantine and isolation please visit

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work to keep our students in school. If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 testing or other health and safety protocols, please do not hesitate to call Mrs. Jen Pierce, PHCS School Nurse at (315) 265-4642.

Wishing you a nice weekend.

Stay safe,

Dr. Collins

Important Dates to Remember

Friday, January 14 - Early Release Day for Students

Monday, January 15 - No School - Martin Luther King Day

ALL Upcoming District events may be found HERE

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Panthers in the News

Congratulations, Leland!

**This article was written by Bob Beckstead from the Watertown Daily Times**

A Parishville-Hopkinton Central School student is among 20 students from throughout the state who have been nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Leland Blevins was among the New York state high school seniors who were nominated for the Presidential Scholars Program, which is recognized as one of the nation’s highest honors programs for high school students.

State legislators nominate students from their districts, and state Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa, as chief state school officer, chooses 20 nominees to advance to the U.S. Department of Education for the general component. She also selects five students from Career and Technical Education programs.

“I am so proud of these hard-working, talented New York students and I am honored to nominate them for this prestigious program,” Ms. Rosa said in a statement. “They are truly among the best and brightest, and I join our legislators in congratulating all of them on this honor.”

Parishville-Hopkinton Guidance Counselor Melissa Scudder submitted Mr. Blevins’s name for consideration to state Sen. Daniel G. Stec, R-Queensbury.

“It’s pretty pleasing that they did accept him from the nomination for it. He’s a pretty great student,” Ms. Scudder said.

She said Mr. Blevins excels at analyzing problems, which is evident in both his school work and personal life.

Ms. Scudder said that, although the school doesn’t have programs like International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement, it does have several dual credit classes and Mr. Blevins participates in many of those.

“We’re very proud of him,” she said.

Sen. Stec was equally complimentary in forwarding the nomination on to the state Education Department.

“Leland Blevins is a high achiever, a class leader, athlete and all-around great young person who has distinguished himself in countless ways throughout his academic career. He is very deserving of this nomination and the chance to be considered for the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program next year,” Sen. Stec said in a statement. “I was honored to recommend him and the fact that Leland has already attended some weekend classes at my alma mater, Clarkson University, makes me even happier to support his bid. I join his family, friends and faculty in wishing him well!”

The U.S. Department of Education will issue invitations in late January from among those students nominated by their chief state school officers and from a pool based on scores on the SAT or ACT. Semifinalists will be notified in mid-April and scholars will be notified in May. Students who are selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a medallion.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Application is by invitation only.

Cool Stuff Happened This Week

Mask Protocol Reminders

As the Omicron variant of COVID continues to spread more rapidly throughout the North Country, we need your help reinforcing our mask-wearing expectations here at school:

  • All adults and children must wear masks which cover their nose and mouth at all times when on the school bus and while inside the school building.

  • Students are NOT required to wear masks when actively eating a meal, outside at recess, playing outdoor sports, etc.

With your help in conveying this important message to your child(ren) at home, we are hopeful to continue to minimize the number of school-contracted cases of COVID at PHCS.

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to keep everyone as safe as possible.

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PHCSD Website and Mobile App

Catch the latest lunch menu, student stories, events and news updates right at your fingertips! Download the PHCS mobile app on Android or iOS (Apple)

All of this information may also be accessed when you visit our new and improved school district WEBSITE.

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Important Links

SchoolTool Parent Portal

Remain up to date on your child(ren)'s grades and assignments.