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April Newsletter

Save the Date: Budget Vote on May 21st

On Tuesday, May 21, Hammond Central School District residents will vote on the proposed budget for the 2024-25 school year. You can find more information about the proposed budget on this webpage. There will be two seats on our Board of Education up for election.
You can vote in our school cafeteria, located at 51 S. Main St., Hammond, NY, between 1:30 pm and 8:00 pm. Make a plan to vote today! Click here to learn more about the upcoming vote here.

Lauren Morley Steps into Superintendent Role

On May 1st, Mrs. Morley officially became the Superintendent of the Hammond Central School District. Previously serving as the UPK-12 Principal in the district, Mrs. Morley has spent the past few months as our Assistant Superintendent learning the role under Superintendent McQueer before his retirement.

We would like to take a moment to congratulate Superintendent McQueer on his retirement! Mr. McQueer has served the Hammond Central School District for a total of 23 years, his last day with us was April 30th, 2024. We thank you for all that you have done for our district!

Upcoming Events

UPK and Kindergarten Registration

UPK & Kindergarten Registration is now open. If you live in the Hammond School District and have a child who turns 4 or 5 on or before December 1, 2024 they are eligible to start school this fall!
UPK & Kindergarten Registration. If you live in the Hammond School District and have a child who turns 4 or 5 on or before December 1, 2024 they are eligible to start school this fall! Contact us for more information: (315) 324-5931 x 26100

May Madness

Our students and Mr. Whitcombe’s Sports Marketing and Entertainment Class are proud to present May Madness on Friday, May 17th! The event will feature 1v1, 3v3, and 5v5 basketball games for students in Grades 7-12. The class will be holding various raffles for all students throughout the day to benefit the Hammond Athletic Association.
Tickets for the raffle will start being sold on Thursday, May 9th and these raffle tickets are open to all, students, staff, and community members. Donations have been collected from places including Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, homework passes from teachers, and treats from the Cafeteria. If you are interested in supporting this special event with a donation of funds or materials please contact Erik Whitcombe, [email protected]. We can not wait for this special event!
May Madness Basketball Tournament. Starting at 8am. May 17th free to join. 1 vs 1 16 team double elimination. 5 vs 5 drafted teams 4 teams single elimination. 3 vs 3 pick your own 8 team double elimination. Raffles begin May 9th

Schedule Change: Unused Snow Days

Since we did not use all of our emergency/snow days this school year, we will be returning them to the school community! Hammond Central School will be closed on Friday, May 10th, Friday, May 24th, and Wednesday, June 26th. In the event of an emergency being needed, we will adjust these dates accordingly.
Unused Emergency / Snow Days. Friday, May 10th. Friday, May 24th. Wednesday, June 26th. Will be a snow day givebacks. we will not have school. In the event of an emergency day being needed we will adjust these dates accordingly

Around Campus

April Students of the Month

Congratulations to our April Students of the Month! These outstanding Red Devils have been honored by their teachers for their hard work, friendship in the classroom, positivity, and enthusiasm for learning. We are so proud of you, keep up the great work!
UPK: Adelaide Simons
Kindergarten: Brayson Ceresoli
1st Grade: Ayden Lipinsky
2nd Grade: Lennon Evans
3rd Grade: Declan Sola
4th Grade: Hailey Cowher
5th Grade: Isaiah Neuroth
6th Grade: Paige Gallagher
7-9th Grade: Oliver Pease
10-12th Grade: Summer June
Students of the month with their certificates

Champion Red Devils Honored in Albany

In April, our Girls’ Varsity Basketball team was honored in Albany for their win at the Class D Championship. The team met with the NYS Assembly and Senate as they were recognized on the floor of both houses. Afterward, we toured around the Capital of New York State. Thank you for having us, this was an incredible honor for our Red Devils. Congratulations again to our coaching staff and these wonderful student-athletes!
Proclamation from the NYS Assembly Student-athletes with their certificate from the state Proclamation from the NYS Senate

Red Devils in the News: Landree Kenyon and Ava Howie

Landree Kenyon, a senior on the Girls Varsity Basketball team, was highlighted by NNY360 for her performance throughout her career in high school basketball. Landree was named as the 2023 Class D Player of the Year, Northern Athletics Conference MYS for the Times’ All-North girls basketball team, and MVP of the NAC West. Off the court, Landree is a National Honor Society student, the treasurer for the senior class, active in several school clubs, and a mentor in the youth sports program. Click here to read the full article. 

We are proud to share that junior Ava Howie was recognized as 7 News Watertown Savings Bank North Country Athlete of the Week for the week of April 5, 2024! Ava has been a member of our Varsity Girls basketball team and helped to lead them to back-to-back state titles. Click here to read more about Ava and her accomplishments!

Author and Poet Kalli Dakos Visits Hammond

Our Red Devils were blessed with a visit from author and poet Kalli Dakos!  Her love of reading and storytelling was enjoyed by all during her time with us. Dakos is the best-selling author of over 3,000 poems about elementary school life. She has six ILA/CBC Children's Choice Selections that include If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand, The Bug in Teacher's Coffee, Don't Read This Book, Whatever You Do!, and A Funeral in the Bathroom. Thank you to Mrs. Slate for inviting Ms. Dakos to come spend the day with us!
Students listen to the author read students play with shiny ribbons Photos of students and teachers

Hammond CSD Presents: Beauty and the Beast

Our Drama Club performed Beauty and the Beast for families and the community. Congratulations to Mrs. Sherman, the cast, crew and countless volunteers on a terrific opening night! Your hard work, dedication and perseverance shined through!
photo of cast and crew

Sports Event Marketing Class Visits Syracuse University

Mr. Whitcombe’s Sports Event Marketing class had a wonderful opportunity to visit Syracuse University yesterday. Students met with Carter Lincoln, the assistant coach for men’s soccer, who gave them a tour of the practice facilities and weight room for soccer, football, softball and volleyball. They toured the fields that host home games for the university. The class also met with Taylor Faye Tsatsis, who is a Facility and Event Coordinator at SU.  They were able to explore the main hallway where student-athletes hang out, see all of the national championship trophies, and the practice facility for Men’s and Women’s Basketball.
Finally, Mr. Whitcombe and his class were able to see the coaching offices and the student study lounge where the student-athletes have mandatory study hall hours and work with tutors. Taylor explained her job position and how heavily she is involved with athletics but also with major events like Graduation for 3,000 people and some concerts that happen on campus. Thank you to Syracuse University for having us!
Hammond Students on one of the Syracuse University fields

School Community

2024 Swimming Registration Form: Morristown Recreation Committee

The Morristown Recreation Committee has shared the permission slip for students looking to take swimming lessons over the summer. The swimming lessons are for students ages 5-12. Lessons are being offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting on July 9th and going until August 1st. Click the link below to fill out the form and learn more.

2024 Seaway Festival Queen Pageant

Applications for the Seaway Festival Queen Pageant are now available. You can register here. The Pageant will take place on June 15, 2024, in Ogdensburg. Those eligible are young women who are completing 3rd-12th grades this June in St. Lawrence County. Contestants will need to complete the application with a parent. The $10 application fee must be received by May 15 in order for the application to be considered complete. Fees can be paid by cash, check made out to Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival, or Paypal (@SeawayQueens).

Applicants must EMAIL a photo, and in the Queen (9th-12th) division must also send a reference letter. This letter should be written by an unrelated adult - teacher, neighbor, employer, coach, etc. - and speak briefly on the applicant’s character and why she would make a great winner! If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

It's going to be out of this world! Seaway Festival Queen Pageant Saturday, June 15, 2024. Ogdensburg Free Academy's George Hall Auditorium

2024 Free Rabies Clinic Schedule

See the below chart for the free rabies clinics that will be held in the coming months. All clinics require pre-registration. Be sure to register 1 week before your clinic time.
Clinic Schedule
4-H Agricultural Clinic
Sustenance & Science Join us at CCE's learning farm for an evening of kitchen experiments and pizza making. Tuesday, May 21st at 4pm. Registration is required. Details at
  Upcoming Events
May 6-9 Community Health Center School Based Dental Program Grades PK -3
May 7 K Field Trip: Hammond Free Library
May 7-8 3-6 Math New York State Computer Based Testing
May 9 Kindergarten Mother’s Day Event, 1PM at the Library
May 10 Snow Giveback Day - NO SCHOOL
May 11 NYSSMA Solos, 7:45AM at the 44 Pierrepont Ave, Potsdam
May 14 BOE Meeting and Budget Hearing, 7:00PM
May 14-15 7-8 Math New York State Computer Based Testing
May 16 Grades 5 & 8 Science New York State Computer Based Testing
May 21 Budget Vote, 1:30PM - 8:00PM
May 21 BOE Meeting, 8:00PM
May 23 Elementary Spring Concert, 1:00PM
May 23 8th Grade Field Trip: Career Jam Trip
May 24 Snow Giveback Day - NO SCHOOL
May 27 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
May 29 High School Spring Concert