News Archive


Public budget hearing May 3   04/25/2018

There will be a public hearing on the proposed 2018-19 school budget Thursday, May 3, at 6pm in the High School Multi-Media Center. The Budget Vote/Board Election is Tuesday, May 15, 7am-9pm, in the High School South Gym.

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Unified Raiders   04/19/2018

Unified Raiders Basketball begins in May, and we're looking for fans in the stands! It's a program of Special Olympics where athletes come together for training, competition, and fun. Click the link below for the schedule.

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Schools will be closed April 23-27 for Spring Recess. If you need to visit a school or district office, please call ahead to confirm someone will be there. Schools will reopen April 30.


Using critical skills to unlock locks   04/10/2018

Students on the Game Changers Team at the Intermediate School worked to solve puzzles and crack codes to unlock a box with five locks, using the skills they'll need for the ELA state assessment this week.


Using skills to unlock locks and prepare for state tests   04/10/2018

Students on the Game Changers Team at the Intermediate School worked to solve puzzles and crack codes to unlock a box with five locks, using the skills they'll need for the ELA state assessment this week.


Required physicals   03/29/2018

Beginning July 1, New York State requires that all public school students have a physical when they enter grades pre-k, kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. If you have questions, please contact your school nurse.

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Chef Club   03/27/2018

Students at Elmira College brought the Chef Club to our Intermediate students Mondays after school. The last session was March 26. Teams of tudents participated in a friendly "Chopped"-like competition.


2018 Everyday Heroes   03/21/2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Everyday Heroes: Riley Burns, Jeremy Dale, Brewster Marshall, Lydia Pierce, and Halie Saunders. The program is sponsored by WENY and First Heritage Federal Credit Union.


Students shine at regional spelling bee   03/21/2018

Horseheads students dominated this year's regional Scripps Spelling Bee March 17. Congratulations to 6th-grader Kris Patel, 1st place; Nathan Zhou, 2nd; Nathan Kim, 3rd (tie); Bhavi Patel, 5th; Dominick Marino, 11th (tie); and all who participated.


Student shine at spelling bee   03/20/2018

Horseheads students dominated this year's regional Scripps Spelling Bee March 17. Congratulations to 6th-grader Kris Patel, 1st place; Nathan Zhou, 2nd; Nathan Kim, 3rd (tie); Bhavi Patel, 5th; Dominick Marino, 11th (tie); and all who participated.


Senior wins national art awards   03/15/2018

Senior Sydney Gaul has won a National Gold Medal and American Vision Medal for her drawing 'Grit' and a National Silver Medal Award for her painting 'Red Woman.' Congratulations!


Interested in running for the school board?   03/05/2018

Residents interested in running for the Board of Education may pick up petitions from the Business Office (south wing of the High School). The election is May 15. Questions? Click 'Visit website' below or call (607) 739-5601, x4260.

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A letter from the superintendent   01/31/2018

Please click the "Read More" link below to read a letter from our superintendent, Dr. Thomas J. Douglas, about our district's efforts to help stop the spread of the flu.

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Logan is headed to South Korea   01/23/2018

2017 grad and USA Paralympic World Cup Skier Logan Knowles will represent Team USA Paralympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea as an ambassador for the Adaptive Sports for Social Change March 5-13. Congratulations, Logan!

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Thank you, Williams Auto   01/17/2018

Williams Auto Group donated $300 to our High School Varsity H Club as a result of a staff fundraiser. Dalton Williams and Emily Osborne visited us January 17 to deliver the donation. Thank you!


High School Raider Remix   11/07/2017

High School students can take, swap, or donate at Raider Remix, open periodically throughout the school year. Dress clothes for proms and dances, casual clothes, coats, and more are available. Questions? Email us.


Capital Project passes   11/02/2017

Voters in the Horseheads Central School District approved a district-wide capital improvement project October 17: 1350 yes, 589 no. The project now moves from concept to design phase, with submissions to the State Education Department.


High School Greenroom Players seek patrons   10/26/2017

The Horseheads High School drama club, the Greenroom Players, seek patrons for the 2017-18 season. Click the link to find out how to become a patron. Thank you!

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Thank you, Senator O'Mara   10/18/2017

New York State Senator Thomas O'Mara has secured $230,000 in state funds for improvements on Sing Sing Road. The project will improve safety for students and motorists near the Middle/ Intermediate School complex.

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Senator O'Mara secures state funds for Sing Sing Road project   10/02/2017

We thank New York State Senator Thomas O'Mara for securing $230,000 in this year's state budget for a construction project on Sing Sing Road. The project will improve safety for motorists driving into our Middle/Intermediate School complex and to those driving on Sing Sing Road during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. Construction is expected to get underway in Spring 2018 and be completed during the summer of 2018.

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Make a Difference Day 2017   09/30/2017

Thank you to all of our students, family, staff, and community members who participated in our second annual district-wide Make a Difference Day October 28.


Girls Swimming and Diving hands Ithaca first dual meet loss in 28 years   09/20/2017

Congratulations to our Girls Swimming and Diving Team on their win against Ithaca September 19. The meet is Ithaca's first loss in a dual meet in 28 years and Horseheads' first win against this tough team since the 80s. Junior Maddy Rogan had four wins, including a pool record and state-qualifying time in the 100 Freestyle. Freshman Sophia Verkleeren had three wins, and senior Elise Keister had two wins. Big #raiderpride.


Our New Mission: Explore Empower Excel   09/20/2017

Last year, our Education Committee - parents, students, teachers, support staff, administrators, businesspeople, senior citizens - worked some 50+ hours to look at our district's mission and vision and update it to reflect our current work and what we want for our students, district, and entire school community. Our new mission is simple: Explore -- Empower -- Excel.


New accounts needed for Payschools   09/06/2017

The Horseheads district uses the PaySchools online meal payment program. The company has now created PaySchools Central and no longer supports the old platform. As a result, parents using PaySchools must now set up a brand new account in PaySchools Central. We apologize for this inconvenience, but we believe the new site has upgrades and improvements that will be useful to you. Any funds currently on your account will transfer to the new account. Please click the link below for information on how to create a new account. If you have questions, please call (607) 739-5601, x3671 or email

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New Drop-off/Pick-Up Procedures at Middle/Intermediate Schools   08/22/2017

We are working to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion in the Middle/Intermediate School parking lot and on Sing Sing Road. As a result, we have instituted changes to morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up procedures at the two schools. Parents, please click the links for a letter and maps outlining the changes at each school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience. If you have questions, please email us at

Intermediate School Drop-off/Pick-Up Procedures
Middle School Drop-off/Pick-Up Procedures


2017-18 School Calendar   04/17/2017

Please click the link below to view the 2017-18 School Calendar, approved by the Board of Education in March. The schedule for making up snow days is listed at the bottom right. Conference Days are listed at the bottom center. If you have questions, please email

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Seeking school bus drivers   02/03/2017

The district is seeking school bus drivers. We offer paid training, benefits package, no weekends/ holidays or summers. Applicants must be 21 years old. Fingerprint/ background check and drug testing are required. Apply at the Transportation Department, 601 Sayre Street (off Thorne St.), Horseheads; call 607-739-5601, x4505; or email


Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram   01/26/2017

Get up-to-date information about our district on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On Facebook, the district and each of our seven schools have pages. Please “like” them to get the information on your news feed. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @HhdsSchools. Thank you!


Students entering grades 7 and 12 must have meningococcal vaccine   03/02/2016

Parents...beginning in September, all students entering 7th and 12th grade) must have the meningococcal vaccine in order to attend school. Please click the link below for more information from the state regarding this new requirement.

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Substitutes Needed   09/17/2015

We are in need of substitutes in various areas, both instructional and non-instructional. Download substitute teacher or non-instructional substitute application at our website: Applications can also be obtained at our Human Resources Office (south wing of Horseheads High School), 1 Raider Lane, Horseheads, NY 14845. Questions? Call 739-5601, x4212, or e-mail


Thank you, Veterans   05/19/2014

On Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and every day, thank you, veterans. Please watch our video by pressing the 'click here' button below.

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Parent Portal   01/30/2014

Thank you for visiting our website. On a mobile device, the Parent Portal is available by clicking on the menu icon (bottom left of screen), then Featured Links. You can also access the Parent Portal by clicking below.

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Safe Schools Line   08/06/2013

To report a concern, rumor, or other safety issue anonymously and confidentially 24 hours a day, call




Congratulations, Winter Sports Teams! #raiderpride



Congratulations, wrestlers, on another strong season. The team finished second at the Sec IV Div I meet with 15 place-winners including four sectional championships: Chris Eames, Devin Woodworth Jesse Johnson, and Jacob Scibek.



Our Cheerleading Team is having a great competition season with two first place finishes in the last two weeks. They now host the STAC Competition this Saturday at the Middle School. Doors open at 10am; admission is $7. #raiderpride


A letter from the superintendent on a health matter   01/01/1900

Please click the "Read more" link below for a letter from our superintendent, Dr. Thomas J. Douglas, regarding a health matter.

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A message about school safety   01/01/1900

Please click on the link below for a message from Superintendent Tom Douglas regarding safety in our schools. Thank you.

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A surprise for parents   01/01/1900

With the help of volunteers, Mrs. Cady and Mrs. Bower's second-graders at Ridge Road are making a surprise for their parents/guardians using paint and their hands.


Changes to High School drop-off/pick-up   01/01/1900

Please click on the "Read more" link below to read a letter from Horseheads Police Chief Tom Stickler and High School Principal Karen Donahue regarding changes to drop-off and pick-up procedures at the High School effective April 3.

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College signings   01/01/1900

Congratulations to Elise Keister (Assumption College, swimming), Bryson Ballash (Wingate University, lacrosse), and Ali Richmond (Binghamton University, softball) on signing national letters of intent November 8. #raiderpride


Congratulations, Mrs. Thompson   01/01/1900

High School English Teacher Darby Thompson is the recipient of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education award for her work to create Raider Remix and her dedication to our students.

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Congratulations, Taysha!   01/01/1900

Taysha Smith has been selected as one of two Career and Technical Education Program Students of the Month for November at the GST BOCES Bush Education Center. Taysha is a junior in the Criminal Justice program.


First-Graders visit Bethany Village   01/01/1900

First-graders at Ridge Road visited Bethany Village in December to sing, color, do crafts, and talk with residents.


Football program wins sportsmanship award   01/01/1900

The Blue Raider football program has been awarded the 2017 Sportsmanship Award from the Elmira chapter of football officials. Congratulations!


Harmony Bridge   01/01/1900

Harmony Bridge brings music and conversation to area senior residences. A group of middle and high school students performed at Bethany Manor Nov 28. Our district was one of just five selected to pilot the national program two years ago.


Intermediate School receives $3,000 grant   01/01/1900

The Dollar General corporation has given $3,000 to Horseheads Intermediate School for the Leveled Literacy Book Room, helping student improve their reading skills.


Make a Difference Day   01/01/1900

We're proud to announce our second annual district-wide Make a Difference Day October 28. All are welcome to participate. Click the link below for more information. #raiderpride

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Middle School raises funds for Houston   01/01/1900

In September, the Middle School Student Council coordinated "Horseheads Helps Houston," raising $1,000 for Houston High School damaged by Hurricane Harvey.


New Visions   01/01/1900

Seniors in the GST BOCES New Visions Honor Academy talked to eligible juniors December 11 about their experiences in the health, education, and business programs. Qualifying juniors can apply for the program now.

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NextGen Leader in Education   01/01/1900

Gardner Road Grade 4 Teacher has been named the First Heritage Federal Credit NextGen Leader in Education. Big Flats' Chelsea Dykes and Center Street's Kate Williams were also nominated. Congratulations!


Parent Portal URL   01/01/1900

Use the "Visit website" link below to get the Parent Portal on your smartphone or tablet.

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Pro lax player visits Horseheads   01/01/1900

Professional lacrosse player Rob Pannell held a clinic for our boys lacrosse teams March 17. Rob plays for the New York Lizards and was a standout at Cornell University. It was a great experience for our teams. Thank you, Rob!


Reading buddies   01/01/1900

Kindergartners and fourth-graders make great reading buddies at Gardner Road. The buddies read together regularly.


Science Olympiad   01/01/1900

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad teams on a great performance at the regional competition in Maine-Endwell February 10. The Middle School team placed third out of seven teams; the High School team placed fourth out of 16. #raiderpride


Spirit of Giving   01/01/1900

Big Flats students are collecting items for soldiers and veterans for their Spirit of Giving project this year. In the past, our PTO has helped students make holiday gifts for their parents. This year, they decided to change the project to help our military.


Student-led memorial March 14   01/01/1900

On March 14, High School students presented a memorial to the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Every 30 seconds, a student read the biography of each victims. They also provided resources for students.

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Students donate bowls for fundraiser   01/01/1900

Ms. Cratsley's Design in Clay students have created 75 bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls luncheon October 19. Proceeds from the luncheon go to the Samaritan Center. #raiderpride


The Pauper Princess   01/01/1900

The Horseheads High School Greenroom Players presented 'The Pauper Princess,' a hilarious retelling of Mark Twain's 'The Prince and the Pauper' November 30-December 2.


'The Pauper Princess'   01/01/1900

The Greenroom Players present 'The Pauper Princess' Nov 30 - Dec 2, 7 p.m. High School Auditorium. $8 students/seniors; $10 adults. Call (607) 795-2500 x1780 for more info, or click below to purchase tickets online.

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Welcome to Horseheads!   01/01/1900

We're so pleased to welcome our friends from Horseheads' Sister City of Nakagawa, Japan this week.



Horseheads Central School District

One Raider Lane
Horseheads, NY 14845

Dr. Thomas J. Douglas
Superintendent of Schools


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