Talking HF Tigers 5/12

The arrival of our kindergarteners – Class of 2036 – to register for the 2023-24 school year throughout the day Friday marked one of those annual milestones we all come to love in this community. It is truly a pleasure to know these students will have the next 13 years with us to become confident lifelong learners and successful, engaged members of the larger Tiger community. 

As our District mission further states: “For all students, we believe supportive relationships, broad opportunities, and high expectations pave the way for each individual to grow, reach their potential, and fulfill their purpose.” We thank you for giving us the opportunity to fulfill this mission.  

Annual Budget Vote May 16: Polls Open Noon to 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 16 the vote for the 2023-24 proposed budget will be conducted from noon to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium. The 2023-24 budget has a 0% tax levy increase. Also on the ballot are:

  • a $450,000 bus proposition for three school buses and three passenger vans;
  • a $150,000 capital reserve fund proposition;
  • an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) proposition;
  • and two Board of Education seats, each seeking a five-year term.

Households will have received a printed, postal-mailed newsletter with details, and can also visit our website for more information. 

Driven to Support Our Students: Showing Our Support in Return

On Saturday, May 13 please take an opportunity to swing by the HFHS cafeteria between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to show your support for our longtime school bus driver Ralph Shattuck (buses #139 & 145). Ralph was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. All proceeds from the 50/50 drawing, basket raffle, and bake sale will help with his medical expenses.

Let us also offer our gratitude to bus driver Cheryl Kay who is retiring after 34 years of service. Like most school districts across the state and country, there is a demand for qualified drivers to assume that crucial role in getting our students to and from their schools. Please consider serving in that capacity yourself or refer others to our transportation office for more information on our training program.

Meet the Board of Education Candidates

Bryan Steele and Megan Borlang are each seeking a five-year term on the Board of Education. Mr. Steele currently holds a seat on the BOE and is seeking a third term. Mrs. Borlang is seeking her first term, and the seat currently held by Mark Galough, who has opted to not seek re-election.

Our Students Salute to Moms for “Their Day”

First graders from Mrs. Brogdan’s class hosted Mothers and Grandmothers for a special brunch on Friday to kick off this special family weekend. I want to express my appreciation to all the individuals who celebrate and recognize Mother’s Day for their year-round efforts to support, love, and nurture our children. 

School, District & Community Calendar 

Monday, May 15 – Wednesday, May 17: UPK (Class of 2037) registration. Parents of incoming UPK students. Please come at your scheduled registration time. Questions? Please contact the Kindergarten Center main office at 518-681-4500. 

Saturday, May 20: Junior Prom, Coronation 4:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

Wednesday, May 24: 8th Annual Science Symposium featuring the Science Research Program. 6:00 p.m. at the Strand eTheatre 

Thursday, May 25: Middle School Choir and Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day. No Classes.

Saturday, June 3: In Memory of Johnny Barbieri Jr. – Flag Football/Pickleball Tournament (games begin at 10 a.m.) and Helicopter Ball Drop (2:30 p.m.) … Sign Up Now! Teams are still needed and it’s easy. Visit the registration page! All merchandise proceeds will benefit the Johnny Barbieri Memorial Fund:

Thursday, June 15: Summer Drivers Education sign ups 1 p.m. in the HFHS cafeteria.


Have a great weekend Tigers!


Dan Ward, Superintendent