Welcome to Saranac Middle School

Please see pages 11 and 12  of our Student Handbook tab for the most updated Student Attire Guidelines for the 2014-2015 school year.  This was updated by our Middle School Shared-Decision Making Committee this spring.

  • The 6th grade band/chorus concert will be on December 8th at 7 p.m.
  • The 7th/8th grade band/chorus concert will be held on December 11th at 7 p.m.
  • Our next Cabin Fever Reliever will be on December 11th from 3-4 p.m. with Mrs. Shuman.  Students will have an opportunity to make their own fly fishing lure.  Busing is available.  Permission slips are available in the MS Office.
  • There will also be a Cabin Fever Reliever on December 16th from 3-4 p.m. with Mrs. Drucker.  Students will have the opportunity to make some beautiful holiday ornaments.  Busing is available.  Permission slips are available in the MS Office.
  • Our next MS dance will be held on December 12th from 7-9 p.m.  This will be a “Back To The 80’s” themed dance per student request.  Please plan to drop your child off no earlier than 6:45 p.m. and promptly pick them up at 9 p.m.  The cost of the dance is $5 and refreshments will be available to purchase.  Also, we need parent chaperones for the dance.  Please email Julie Evoy, FSO president, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 562-1510 if you are available. 
  • This month’s parent newsletters are attached discussing middle years topics, reading connections, and food and fitness.  Enjoy!
  • Our MS Spelling Bee will be held on December 19th at 8:30 a.m.  If your child is participating, you are welcome to attend.  If you have any questions about the spelling bee, please contact counselor, Amanda Carter for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 565-5648.
  • We will be hosting “Christmas Craze” during 9th period on December 19th.  Students will have an opportunity to participate in team-building activities and class completions in the gymnasium.  PBIS Chief Slips will be drawn for students to win a stocking full of goodies.
  • Students will be on break from December 22nd – January 2nd.  Classes will resume on January 5th.

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


Things to do at the Middle School!


This month's newsletters... Middle Years    Reading Connections    Teen Food & Fitness

For previous issues, go to the "Middle School" tab and scroll down to "Newsletters".

Middle grade children go through dramatic changes and desperately need their parents’ support. Many parents want to help, but aren’t sure what to do. Every issue offers practical ideas to:

  • Improve school success.
  • Strengthen the home and school partnership.<?LI>
  • Enhance parenting skills.
  • Strengthen family life.
  • Understand middle graders’ behavior.
  • Build positive character traits.


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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