Welcome to Saranac Middle School

The Foundation of CVPH is sponsoring the parent workshop ”Raising Resilient Girls” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Hudson Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.  Topics of discussion will include “Healthy Eating for Busy Families on the Go,” “How to Talk to your Daughter About Her Body and Boys,” and “Social Media Awareness.”  Register at or just walk in on the day of the workshop.

Spring break will be from April 14-21. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 22nd .

The next dance will be held on April 25 from 8-10 p.m.  Doors will not open until 7:45 p.m. and students must be promptly picked up by 10 p.m.  The cost is $5 and refreshments can be purchased. 

State testing for Math is set for April 30-May 2, 2014.  The Grade 8 Science Performance exam is scheduled for May 22, 2014. The Grade 8 Science Written Exam is set for June 2, and the Regents Exam for accelerated students in Grade 8 is on June 19. 

Students who refuse (opt-out), or are absent for all or part of, a state assessment will be eligible for AIS services.  Such services will remain in place until they have demonstrated proficiency on the next state assessment.  For these students, the following will be considered for placement in either direct or indirect AIS services;

  • Student academic record
  • Teacher/counselor/administration recommendation
  • Previous state assessment results
  • Previous AIS services


Middle Years Newsletter (This month's.  For previous issues, click on the "Newsletters" icon.)

Reading Connections Newsletter (This month's.  For previous issues, click on the "Newsletters" icon.)

Food and Fitness Newsletter (This month's.  For previous issues, click on the "Newsletters" icon.) 

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Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

I hope you all had a lovely summer filled with fun adventures. My new adventure begins on September 23rd as the new principal at Saranac Middle School. It will be a privilege and honor to lead the Saranac Middle School community during a time of incredible change and tremendous possibilities in education. Our challenge is to embrace the future of 21st century learning by embracing the new Common Core Standards. This is the most significant change under way in middle schools across New York State. The Common Core Standards are intended to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help each child. The standards are designed to be rigorous and relevant to the real world, reflecting knowledge and skills that our young people need for academic success and to be college and career-ready. As the year progresses, we will be communicating with you on how these changes will affect you and your child and what you can do to help us achieve success with the Common Core Standards.

To all students, I ask that you create a personal goal and strive to do your best every day. Know that administration, faculty, and staff are here to support and encourage you as you explore different opportunities and grow as individuals. Remember that with these opportunities comes a personal and collective responsibility to be supportive of one another and our school. I will count on you to go beyond tolerance and treat all members of our community with respect.

I have high hopes for a successful school year. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you in the near future.

Educationally Yours,


Katie McNeil

Middle School Principal

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