PHS Upcoming Events

Week of September 16th, 2019

Dear PHS Families,

With the change in the weather, it's easy to believe that the official start of the Autumn season is quickly approaching. The first few days of the new school year have been filled with excitement, as students are learning new routines, expectations, and approaches to learning. It should be a great year at PHS!

Picture Day at PHS is Tuesday, September 17th. Order forms were sent home with students earlier this week. Families may also review packages and order online using the button below.

The Red Cross and Potsdam PTSA will be conducting a blood drive in the Blue Gym on Wednesday, Sept. 18th from Noon - 6 p.m. 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.”

On Tuesday, September 17th, at 7:00 pm in the high school auditorium, nationally-known speaker and youth advocate Collin Kartchner will be discussing, "the negative effects of social media and screen addiction, while showing how to use it for doing good." The program is free and open to the public. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Potsdam High School will dismiss at 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 18th, to allow faculty and staff to participate in professional development activities.

On September 20th, we'll have a presentation from six SUNY (State University of New York) schools called the SUNY Roadshow. They will talk about admissions, applications, financial aid, and what programs are available throughout the SUNY system. The presentation will be in the PHS auditorium and Juniors will be invited to all attend.

On October 1st, the guidance counselors will be taking interested Juniors and Seniors to the regional college fair in Ogdensburg. They will have the chance to talk individually with admissions representatives and military recruiters from all over the state and some from nearby states. Ms. White will be sending out information on how best to take advantage of a college fair when we get closer to the event. Students need to sign up in the Guidance Office to attend.

On October 1st, the Sophomore (10th grade) class will be participating in Canton-Potsdam Hospital's “Let’s Not Meet By Accident” program. This program is aimed at helping students understand the consequences of driving while impaired or distracted. Students will be working with a number of medical and law enforcement professionals and participate in a first responder simulation with the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad, a trauma simulation with CPH doctors and nurses, and a visit to the morgue with the county coroner. Students will also engage in discussions with members of the St. Lawrence County STOP DWI program and the St. Lawrence Country Sheriff's Department. "Let's Not Meet By Accident" is a very comprehensive program, and we are thankful to all of the agencies and individuals who coordinate it.

Consider sharing your time and talents with the Potsdam PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association) and help support the mission of Potsdam Central Schools. Please see the flyer below for more information on how you can become involved!

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.

Get your Sandstoner yearbook at the year's lowest price of $50.00 if you order by Friday, September 13th. You can order online using the button below or you can pick up an order form in the main office.

The following colleges will be visiting PHS:

  • September 17th at 9:30 am - Clarkson University
  • September 24th at 10:00 - SUNY Potsdam
  • September 24th at 12:30 pm - SUNY Canton
  • October 1st at 1:30 pm - Keuka College
  • October 1st at 1:45 pm - Lemoyne College
  • October 1st at 1:45 pm - Niagara University
  • October 2nd at 9:00 am - University of New Haven
  • October 16th at 1:30 pm - University of Vermont
  • October 17th at 11:30 am - Utica College
  • October 23rd at 8:00 am - Hartwick College
  • October 23rd at 9:30 am - SUNY Plattsburgh
  • October 28th at 10:00 am - Cazenovia College


When: Sunday, September 22

Time: 12pm-3pm

Where: High School Sugar Shack (behind the high school)

Who: All JUNIORS are expected to help.

What: BBQ, games, organizing bottles/cans for pick up

Questions: Contact the Junior Class Adviser: Danielle Wilson at

Athletics are in full swing; you can keep up to date on Potsdam team practices and games using the Section X Calendar. You also have the option of subscribing to the calendar and getting regular reminders and updates.

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, September 16 (Day 3)

  • Science Olympiad Interest Meeting (2:20-3:00 pm in Room 840)
  • Whiz Quiz Meeting (2:20-3:00 pm in Room 889)
  • Drama Club Meeting (2:20-3:00 pm in the Chorus Room)
  • Open Library (2:15-4:00 pm)
  • Jazz Band (7:30-8:30 pm in the PHS Band Room)

Tuesday, September 17 (Day 4)

  • PHS Picture Day
  • Yearbook Meeting (2:20 pm in the PHS Library)
  • Chess Club (2:20-3:45 pm in Room 869)
  • Open Library (2:15-4:00 pm)
  • Collin Kartchner Parent Night Presentation (7:00 pm in the PHS Auditorium)

Wednesday, September 18 (Day 5)

  • Positivity Club Meeting (6:45 am in the PHS Library)
  • Early Dismissal (10:40 am)
  • Blood Drive (12:00 - 6:00 pm in the Blue Gym)

Thursday, September 19 (Day 6)

  • Varsity Club (2:20-3:00 pm in the PHS Gymnasium)
  • Open Library (2:15-4:00 pm)

Friday, September 20 (Day 1)

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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