Update from the Superintendent 10-14-21 10/14/2021
Update 10-14-21: Please go to the link below for a parent/guardian update from Superintendent Tom Douglas.
September/October District Newsletter 10/07/2021
Please go to the link below to read the September October district newsletter. This newsletter is also being mailed to residents because it includes certain policies that are required to be shared with the community. Questions? Email email@example.com.
2021-22 Opening Plan/Health and Safety Guide 09/02/2021
Please go to the link below for the 2021-22 Opening Plan/Health and Safety Guide. School begins Wednesday, September 8. If you have questions, please contact your child's school.
Update from the Superintendent 08/26/2021
Update 8-26-21: Please go to the link below for an update from Superintendent Tom Douglas. More information will be sent as soon as we receive further guidance from the state regarding safety protocols for the new school year.
Free/Reduced Meals Application 08/23/2021
Please click the link below for the 2021-22 Free and Reduced Meals Application. Questions? Contact the Food Service Office at 607-739-5601, x3671.
Update from the Superintendent 08/06/2021
8-6-21: Please go to the link below for an update from Superintendent Tom Douglas.
2021-22 District and School Events Online 08/03/2021
To see district and school events in 2021-22 - and print the calendar pages - please go to the link below, or go to the Calendar link in our main menu. The district will not be printing a multi-page calendar this year. Our online calendar allows us to update events throughout the year.
The Class of 2021 graduated under sunny skies Wednesday, June 23. To view the recording of our graduation ceremony, click the link below. Congratulations to this very special class. #raiderpride
Budget Vote/Board of Education Election results 05/20/2021
Following are the results of the May 18 Budget Vote/Board Election: Proposition 1 - 2021-22 Budget: Yes - 999, No - 287; Proposition 2 - Purchase of Buses: Yes - 1014, No - 274; Board of Education Election - Voters elected three candidates to serve three year terms beginning in July: Kristine Dale, Kevin Adams, Doug Johnson. We thank everyone who voted.
Budget Vote May 18 05/12/2021
The district Budget Vote/Board of Education Election is Tuesday, May 18, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Horseheads High School South Gym. Absentee ballots available are available. Questions? Call (607) 739-5601, x4260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is at link below.
Visions and Voices 2021 03/30/2021
Please see the link below for Visions and Voices, our celebration of student art 2020-21. We are so proud of our students!
2021-22 Budget Information 03/25/2021
Please click the link below for more information on the development of the 2021-22 Budget. The Budget Vote/Board of Education Election is Tuesday, May 18, from 7am-9pm, in the Horseheads High School South Gym.
Senator Gillibrand visits Center Street 03/16/2021
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Center Street Elementary School Monday, March 15 to talk about a bill expanding community schools aid. Center Street would be eligible for these funds, which would be included in the next federal stimulus package. Read more at the link below.
Senior Kudva earns National Merit finalist status 02/09/2021
Congratulations to Neha Kudva '21 on advancing to finalist status in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program. Announcements on which finalists are awarded scholarships will begin in March. #raiderpride
Seniors selected to All-Eastern music ensembles 01/21/2021
Seniors Kateri Condon (voice), Neha Kudva (tuba), and Reese Thompson (trumpet) on being selected to the prestigious All-Eastern ensembles to be held virtually in the spring. Such a high honor - congratulations to this talented trio!
Board of Education Meetings 01/19/2021
Our Board of Education meetings are live streamed during the pandemic. The link below is the live stream link. It becomes active when the meeting begins. For more information, visit https://horseheadsdistrict.com/BOE.cfm
Visions and Voices 2020 11/18/2020
Please go to the link below to view Visions and Voices 2020, a celebration of student art in Horseheads.
A message for the Class of 2021 11/17/2020
Click the link below for a video message for the Class of 2021. #raiderpride #raiderstrong
Visions and Voices accepting submissions 11/09/2020
Visions and Voices is now accepting submissions. Students and parents/guardians can submit student drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture photos, poetry, short stories, comics, etc. Send to email@example.com by March 5 and include student’s full name, school, and grade. View a video at the link below.
New York State Parent Dashboard 10/29/2020
The New York State Education Department has developed a Parent Dashboard for parents/guardians and the public to access information about schools. Click the link below for more information.
Do you have a child who will be four or five by December 1, 2021 and have not yet informed the district? Please contact us so that we may send you information on prekindergarten and kindergarten registrations. Send the child’s name, date of birth, parent(s)’ name(s), address, and phone to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Fight Flu 10/15/2020
Click the link below for information from the New York State Department of Health on flu prevention.
Parent/guardian newsletter 09/13/2020
Please go to the link below for our back to school parent/guardian newsletter.
District Plan 2020-21 08/03/2020
Please go to the link below to read the district's plan for 2020-21. If you have questions, please contact your school principal or email us at email@example.com.
Please click the link below for a video tribute to the Class of 2020.
Budget Vote/Board of Education Election results 06/15/2020
Following are the results from the 2020 Budget Vote/Board of Education Election: Budget - Yes 1064, No 442, passes; Bus Purchase - Yes 1111, No 390, passes; Board of Education: Tom Casey, Warren Conklin, Brian Lynch elected to three-year terms; Najeeb Rehman elected to a one-year term, filling a vacancy due to a resignation.
Parent/guardian newsletter 06/09/2020
Please click the link below for our end-of-year newsletter for parents and guardians. If you have questions, please contact your building principal. Thank you!
Budget Vote by Absentee Ballot due to Pandemic 05/15/2020
The Budget Vote/Board Election will be conducted by absentee ballot in 2020 due to the global pandemic and stay-at-home order. Ballots must be received by the district by 5pm June 9. We will provide more information on how to get a ballot in the coming days. Preliminary budget information may be found at the link below.
A message from the Transportation Department 04/24/2020
Please click the link below for a message to students from our bus drivers and Transportation Department staff during this extended dismissal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Take care, everyone!
An update from the superintendent regarding COVID-19 04/21/2020
Please go to the link below for a letter from Superintendent Tom Douglas, updating the community on the district during this extended student dismissal due to the global health pandemic.
All school grounds are closed for health/safety 03/17/2020
For your health, and for the health of everyone in our community, please be aware that our school grounds are closed. This includes playgrounds, sports fields, courts, and all outside areas. We must do this to protect the health of everyone in our community, and get back to more normal operations that much sooner. Thank you.
COVID-19 Information 03/16/2020
Please go to the link below for updates on the global COVID-19 health pandemic and district planning efforts. If you have immediate concerns, please contact the Chemung County Health Department at (607) 737-2028.
A message from the superintendent regarding COVID-19 03/13/2020
Please go to the link below for an updated message from Superintendent Tom Douglas regarding COVID-19. If you have further questions, please contact your school nurse or the Chemung County Health Department at (607) 737-2028.
High School Greenroom Players' Spring Musical March 5-7 02/19/2020
The Horseheads High School Greenroom Players proudly present 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' March 5-7. Curtain is 7pm each evening, with an additional 2pm matinee March 7. Tickets are $12 adults; $10 students/seniors. Purchase tickets online at the link below ($1.50/ticket fee) or at the Box Office the week of the show.
Great job, cast and crew of 'Mary Poppins Jr.' 02/03/2020
Middle School students presented 'Mary Poppins Jr. February 1 and 2, giving audiences a wonderful experience. Their first performance was canceled due to the cancellation of school Thursday, so they added a Saturday matinee. Great job, students!
Thank you for the dictionaries, Horseheads Elks! 02/01/2020
We thank the Horseheads Elks BPOE 2297 for once again donating dictionaries to all of the third-graders in the district. The Elks have donated these wonderful dictionaries for many years, and we are so grateful. The students get so much use out of them. Thank you, Horseheads Elks, for helping our students #ExploreEmpowerExcel!
A health message from the superintendent 01/28/2020
Please go to the link below for a health message from Superintendent Tom Douglas.
Letter from the superintendent 01/18/2020
Please go to the link below to read a letter from the superintendent to High School parents/guardians regarding a motor vehicle accident in our community January 17. Our thoughts are with our students and families during this difficult time. Our counselors are available for those who need assistance.
Middle/High School students shine in Scholastic Art Awards 01/13/2020
Congratulations to our students who won awards in the regional 2020 Scholastic Art Awards program, coordinated by the Arnot Art Museum. Our students won 38 awards, including seven Gold Keys, nine Silver Keys, and 22 Honorable Mentions. Gold Key-winning art goes on to the national competition. Click below for a full list and images of the Gold and Silver Keys.
Reading buddies 01/07/2020
Kindergartners and fourth-graders make great reading buddies at Gardner Road. The buddies read together regularly.
Kelli French, Nextgen Award Winner 01/06/2020
Congratulations to Kelli French, grade 3 teacher at Center St Elementary School, on being named the 2019 Nextgen Leader in Education. Sponsored by First Heritage Federal Credit Union, the Nextgen Awards honor young professionals in several categories. Seven members of our staff were nominated in the Educator category.
First-Graders visit Bethany Village 12/20/2019
First-graders at Ridge Road visited Bethany Village in December to sing, color, do crafts, and talk with residents.
Spirit of Giving 12/18/2019
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.
Vape/E-Cigarette Information 12/12/2019
Please click the link below to view the presentation from the Vape/E-Cigarette Information Session at the High School December 3. Questions? Please contact your principal or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Visions 12/11/2019
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.
Thank you, first responders, students, parents, bus driver, coach 12/11/2019
On December 9, one of our buses was in an accident while returning to school from a sports contest. We would like to thank our area’s first responders for being on scene so quickly to take care of our students and driver, and to protect their safety. We also thank the students and families for being so patient and understanding following the incident, and the bus driver and coach.
Mad City Money 12/04/2019
On December 4, HHS business students participated in Mad City Money. Students are given careers and must secure housing, transportation, furnishings, phone service, and daycare based on their salaries. They must also factor in unexpected costs and savings. Corning Credit Union, the Career Development Council, and several volunteers made the program possible. Thank you!
A message regarding vaping/e-cigarettes 11/14/2019
Please click the link below for an important message from Superintendent Tom Douglas regarding vaping/e-cigarettes.
State Champion Marching Ensemble 10/28/2019
Congratulations to the Horseheads High School Blue Raider Marching Ensemble - 2019 New York State Champions, Large School 2 Division. Big #raiderpride
National Merit Finalists 09/13/2019
Congratulations to Alexander Peterson and Matthew Sovik on earning Finalist status in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship competition. What a wonderful achievement by these two outstanding students. Big #raiderpride.
2019 Swim Lesson Information 09/04/2019
Please click the link below for information on 2019 Swim Lessons. Questions? Contact Jared Zembek at email@example.com.
Happy New School Year! 09/04/2019
The 2019-20 school year has begun! We wish everyone a wonderful year. Click the link below for the 2019-20 school calendar.
Staff Milestones 09/03/2019
At our opening day presentation for staff September 3, we honored staff members marking 25 years, 30 years, and 35 years of of service to the district. Congratulations and thank you!
Required physicals 09/01/2019
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. We also require physicals for all new students and athletes. If you have questions, please contact your school nurse.
On this Teacher Appreciation Week and all year long, we are grateful for our teachers and for all they do for our students, schools, families, and community. Thank you, teachers!
Catriona Huber wins writing award for novel 04/30/2019
Congratulations to senior Senior Catriona Huber on winning Honorable Mention in the Northeast region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her novel 'Shadow of the Sun', which follows the stories of different characters who are driven by their bonds to others and who desire to discover their place in their own lives. #raiderpride
District and Career Development Council win award 04/05/2019
We are proud and honored to have received the Chemung County Youth Bureau Program Excellence Award with our partner Career Development Council. In the photo are Superintendent Tom Douglas and Deb Lynch, our CDC representative at Horseheads. We also received a proclamation signed by our state representatives. #raiderpride
A new softball field for the Blue Raiders 04/04/2019
In 2015, voters approved construction of a new softball field at our Middle/Interm complex. The district had sold the Broad St facility, where the former field was located. On May 10, the team played their first game on the field, a win against Binghamton.
Students perform with Dallas Brass 03/25/2019
Our grades 6-12 instrumental music students had the opportunity to work with members of the Dallas Brass and perform in a sold-out concert with the world-famous group March 21. We thank Dallas Brass for giving so much time to working with our students, and for sharing your music with our community.
National School Breakfast Week 03/06/2019
It's National School Breakfast Week! Our cafeterias are serving special breakfast items including a delicious and nutritious cocoa and creme bar and a banana split parfait. At the Intermediate School, guest servers are helping serve breakfast.
Read Across America Day March 1 03/01/2019
Our elementary schools celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday March 1 on "Read Across America Day." At Gardner Road, every classroom in the school had a guest reader at 9:30am sharing their favorite Dr. Seuss book. Superintendent Tom Douglas, board of education members, first responders, Chemung County Executive Chris Moss, and four-legged friends were among the guests.
An important message from the superintendent 02/27/2019
Please go to the link below for an important message from Superintendent Thomas J. Douglas regarding Internet safety.
Thank you, Williams Auto 02/06/2019
Williams Auto Group has donated $300 to our High School Varsity H Club. Employees donated the funds through their dress-down program. Our Varsity H Club was one of two programs to benefit. Thank you!
17th lowest per pupil spending 12/03/2018
‘Buffalo Business First’ magazine reports Horseheads has the 17th lowest per pupil spending in the Upstate region, which includes 431 districts in 48 counties. Read more at the Visit website link below.
Thank you, veterans 11/05/2018
On behalf of the staff and students of the Horseheads Central School District, thank you, veterans, for your service and sacrifice. Our schools are honoring veterans in a variety of ways. On November 2, Center Street held their 11th annual tribute, with a parade of veterans and active military. If you're on Facebook, click the link below to see photos.
Art students make bowls for fundraiser 10/18/2018
This year, students in Ms. Cratsley's clay classes at the High School made 100 ceramic bowls to donate to the "Empty Bowls" luncheon sponsored by Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler Counties October 16 at Elmira College. The fundraiser benefits the organization's Samaritan Center. Thank you, students!
A health message from the superintendent 09/26/2018
Please go to the link below for a message from Superintendent Tom Douglas about pertussis.
Horseheads named Outstanding Clinical Site 09/20/2018
The district has been selected as an Outstanding Clinical Site by the New York New Jersey Clinical Education Consortium. Ithaca College nominated the district for its continued record of providing excellent learning opportunities for their students through internships with our physical therapists Marcia Dickinson and Alisha Tenbus.
Thank you for your generosity, Charlee and Heather! 09/07/2018
Heather and Charlee held a Labor Day lemonade stand and raised nearly $1,000. They used the money to purchase backpacks and school supplies for students in our schools. Gardner Road Principal Patrick Patterson and Superintendent Tom Douglas accepted the donations on behalf of the district. Thank you, Charlee and Heather!
Parent Portal URL 09/04/2018
Use the "Visit website" link below to get the Parent Portal on your smartphone or tablet.
Capital project update 08/27/2018
Click the link below to read an update on our capital project, approved by voters in October 2017. The project totals $94.6 million, and includes work at all of our district schools and Transportation Department.
Thank you, Rose Apgar 08/24/2018
Our board recently honored graduate and devoted community member Rose Apgar. Rose was a member of our Board for nearly 20 years, a member of the BOCES Board, an advocate for students through Girls' and Boys' State, and more. We wish Rose the best as she moves to the Albany area with her family. Thank you, Rose, for all you've done for our district and community.
Please go to the "Read more" link below for a letter from Superintendent Tom Douglas regarding safety at our Middle/Intermediate school complex.
Parents/Guardians: Opt In for Text Messaging 06/01/2018
We will use the text-message feature through our autocall system for school closings/delays and safety alerts. Parents must opt-in to receive texts. To opt-in, text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587. Note that your standard text/data rates apply. Click below for more information.
Senior wins congressional art competition 06/01/2018
Congressman Tom Reed, a Horseheads alum, visited the High School June 1 to present senior Sydney Gaul with a certificate for her first-place win in his 11-county congressional district art competition. Sydney's painting will hang in the Capitol for the next year. Congratulations, Sydney!
Correct! Great job, Kris 05/29/2018
Sixth-grader Kris Patel correctly spelled ‘myelopathy’ in the first round of the national Scripps Spelling Bee on May 26 in Washington DC. His classmates in Miss Miller’s were able to take time out from their activity to watch.
Please click on the link below for a message from Superintendent Tom Douglas regarding pertussis. If you have questions, please contact your health care provider or the Chemung County Health Department at (607) 737-2028.
Teaching excellence 05/09/2018
Intermediate School Grade 6 Teacher Kim Malone is the recipient of a 2018 New York State Excellence in Teaching Award. Phil Rumsey from the governor's office surprised her with the announcement at the school's faculty meeting on May 9. Congratulations!
Congratulations, Brayden and Nate 05/03/2018
On May 3, Horseheads High School honored seniors Brayden O'Connell (US Merchant Marines) and Nate Gee (US Coast Guard) for their commissions to military academies. Congratulations and thank you for serving our country!
Guthrie provides health resource to students 05/02/2018
Thank you, Guthrie Clinic, for providing free access to GoNoodle, an online healthy movement resource, to our PreK-6 students. Guthrie has partnered with GoNoodle to provide this resource to 185 schools in the region.
Thank you, Guthrie! 04/30/2018
Guthrie has partnered with GoNoodle, an online healthy movement resource, to provide free access to the program for our PreK-6 students for three years. Thank you, Guthrie, for helping our students be healthy!
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.
Unified Raiders 04/09/2018
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.
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-led memorial March 14 03/14/2018
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.
A message about school safety 03/10/2018
Please click on the link below for a message from Superintendent Tom Douglas regarding safety in our schools. Thank you.
Congratulations, Mrs. Thompson 12/05/2017
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.
Harmony Bridge 11/28/2017
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.
Capital Project passes 10/18/2017
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.
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.
Thank you, Senator O'Mara - UPDATED 10/02/2017
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. Work is expected to begin in Summer 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Intermediate School Drop-off/Pick-Up Procedures
Middle School Drop-off/Pick-Up Procedures
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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: www.horseheadsdistrict.com. 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.