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Area school officials gearing up for opening day for students

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PARISHVILLE - Most colleges across St. Lawrence County opened for classes last week, and this week students from pre-kindergarten to high school seniors will return to their classrooms.

School districts in St. Lawrence County open for classes on Thursday. Teachers returned to school on Tuesday for professional development work.

“On Thursday and Friday, it will be (the students’) first day of their regular schedules. During those days the principals will be meeting with them and going over the code of conduct and things of that nature,” Parishville-Hopkinton Central School Superintendent Darin P. Saiff said. “Hopefully we’ll be back up and running as usual.”

Teachers in the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District, as well as in Colton-Pierrepont, will be arriving at their buildings on Tuesday.

Many of them though have already been spending much time in their respective classrooms this summer.

“Our halls have been full with teachers getting ready and we had an unprecedented amount of professional development going on this summer, and we are trying to implement the Common Core to the fullest,” Colton-Pierrepont Central School Superintendent Joseph A. Kardash said. “Thursday morning we have our welcome back assembly and (Principal James Nee) will be running that at 8 a.m. We make a game out of it, and it is pretty fun.”

Mr. Saiff said that a new wireless system in the building is up and running already and that teachers will be arriving Tuesday for their annual pre-school work.

It has been a busy summer for many PHCS staff members, but Mr. Saiff said that the school does not feel whole until the students arrive.

“The teachers have been in the last couple of weeks setting up their classrooms, getting ready for their students return. The building crew is also prepping for the return of the students and making sure that everything is ready for them,” he said. “It’s always good to get the students and teachers back in the building, and they really bring it to life. We’re looking forward to getting started.”

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