2011-2012 School Year

SPORTS 2011-2012


Class of 2012 Sending 10 to the Military

Kneeling – Nolan Baker (Marines) – Aaron Clement (Navy)
Middle Row – Spencer Neaton (Air Force), Danielle Sinnigen (Coast Guard), Sabrina French (Air Force), Alanni Silkowski (Air Force)
Back Row – Brian Thomas (Army), Aaron Parent (Air Force), Dillon Smith (Air Force) Missing Jason Monast (Army)



Potsdam Announces Academic Leaders for the Class of 2012

Lee Buchanan Bonnie Smyth

Lee Buchanan
Valedictorian of Potsdam's Class of 2012

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Bonnie Smyth
Salutatorian for the Class of 2012

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Class of 2012 Academic Leaders Achieving 95+ GPA

Michael Chambers

Lawrence Hazen

Alexis Tischler
Potsdam High School is proud to recognize three additional seniors who have earned a seven semester GPA of 95 plus during their high school career.


NYC Music Trip


NYC - March 30 - April 1, 2012: Thirty-two students have returned from our whirlwind 48 1/2 hour trip to the big city! We saw a Broadway musical, "Nice Work if You Can Get It," which starred Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara. Matthew Broderick's wife (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their son were in the audience a few rows ahead of us, which was a rather big thrill! We also saw lots of sights (Central Park, MoMA, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Times Square, the NY Public Library, Bryant Park, etc.), rode the subway, and did a great deal of walking. Kudos to Tammy Madeja, who did the lion's share of the planning for the weekend!


Model UN Ogdensburg Conference

Once again the Potsdam Model UN has had a great conference in Ogdensburg on Wednesday March 28th. Due to the fact that this was Ogdensburg’s first conference, three of our own club members had the opportunity to Co-Chair alongside of two Ogdensburg club members in each committee. The Co-Chair in General Assembly was Katie Pierce, in Security Council Clifford Reilly was the Co-Chair and in Eco Soc the Co-Chair was Kaylee Peck. On top of that, Potsdam was able to once again bring home the most awards out of the other schools. In General Assembly Cosmo Islam brought home the Best Delegate Award while representing Bangladesh. In Security Council Spencer Neaton, representing Russian Federation, received Best Resolution and Ifem  Ononye, representing the United Kingdom, received the award of Best Delegate. In EcoSoc Deea Das, representing Bangladesh, received the Most Authentic Delegate award and Madi Dow, representing Zimbabwe, along with Ethan Vinson, representing Egypt, received Best Resolution.




Potsdam Drama Club Presents Aida

POTSDAM - The tragic love story Aida will be coming to the stage at Potsdam High School Friday and Saturday evening.

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Rural & Small City Schools Advocacy Day

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - Potsdam students meet with Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari to talk about the bleak financial picture being faced by our school. Seated on the left couch are Ben Puvis, Hans Kuno, Dan Cruikshank and Shannon Smith. On the back couch are Mallory Fisher, Lia Davis and Brittney Charleston. On the right couch are Jill Bellucci, Christina Firl, Elinor Pacific and Folake Ojo. Standing in the back are left to right former U.S. Congressman Mike McNulty, Mrs. Chiarenzelli, Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, Jacob Bellucci, Jeff Pignona, Sam Skufca,Nate Carey, Ryan Boldt and Joe Bartlett.



Potsdam Band Director Tops in NY


POTSDAM - When Theresa A. Witmer began her teaching career approximately 30 years ago at a small school outside of Rochester, she thought she was signing on for a job that would allow her to save up some money, return to school, earn a doctorate and become a collegiate saxophone instructor.

Now 30 years later, Ms. Witmer, who is teaching Potsdam High School students, is preparing to receive the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Richard H. Snook Outstanding Band Director Award.

According to middle school band director Jill Rubio, a friend and colleague of Ms. Witmer, the award is given to one band director in the entire state, Ms. Witmer was competing against college directors, as well as directors from schools much larger Potsdam.

Ms. Witmer said she was notified of the award about a month ago when she received a phone call at home from NYSBDA President David G. Wilber.

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Valentine's Day Cards for Home Meal Delivery

L to R: Jessica Buckley, Megan Fulton – Potsdam Red Cross, Molly Moniere, Kate Foster, Hailey Bonno, Emily Deon, Haylee Anderson, Breanna Anderson, Jessica Burns Front: BreAnna Stephenson – President, Nancy Robert – Director, Office For The Aging

Senior citizens who receive Home Meals got an extra special surprise on Valentine’s Day. The Potsdam High School Red Cross Club with the assistance of the Civics and U.S. History classes created personalized Valentine’s Day cards. According to Nancy Robert, Director, St. Lawrence County Office For The Aging, 138 meals are provided to homebound senior citizens and disabled. Areas served included Potsdam, Norwood/Norfolk, Madrid Waddington, Colton, Gouverneur, Degrass and Edwards. The Potsdam High School students wanted to let the homebound know the they were thinking about them.


Annual Ugly Sweater Contest
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winner: Garrett Sharp
BOCES Teaching Assistant


Holiday Door Contest 2011

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Potsdam High School Red Cross Club Supports Holiday Mail for Heroes

Jessica Burns, Katelyn Foster, BreAnna Stephenson, Megan Fulton (American Red Cross) Breeanna Anderson, Haylee Anderson, Hailey Bonno and Jessica Buckley in front
Designed by Marie Amell
The Potsdam High School Red Cross Club presented 200 Holiday Cards to Megan Fulton AmeriCorps Volunteer for the American Red Cross of Potsdam to be distributed to service members away from their families during the holiday season. The cards were unique this year because the club conducted a design contest. The cards were produced with the winning design by 9th grade student Marie Amell. Personal messages of appreciation were added by Civics, Government, U.S. History, Wind Ensemble and BOCES Special Education classes. This is Potsdam High School’s second year supporting this program.



Trip to Italy - 2011

Thanksgiving in Pompeii

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Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout is Thursday November 17th. In an effort to get tobacco users to quit Mrs. Cowen-Wilson's Health Classes did sidewalk grafiti. Students were assigned to one of fifteen different facts about the dangers of smoking. They then took a walk and wrote messages on the sidewalks. Most outlined a body and wrote facts around that. A few went off script such as CJ Rische with his "A Pack A Day Keeps Doctors Paid" message. One class went up Leroy St to the Museum and Rescue Squad, another class targeted CPH, and the last class targeted Market St.


Clarkson Chapter of Civil Engineering Society

November 17, 2011 From a late fall presentation by Clarkson's chapter of Civil Engineering as part of their Out-Reach program. This was with Mr. Allott's AP Bio class. The group will return this spring for a smiliar workshop. The group has been working closely with the High School Science Department over the past 5 years.




Canta Sera Chamber Singers
NYS American Choral Directors Association
Fall Conference
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Linehan Chapel
Nazareth College
Rochester, New York

Concert Program



Varsity Girls Volleyball "Spike It" for a Cure

The Varsity Girls Volleyball Team continued their annual fundraising campaign for Breast Cancer. They raised nearly $800 and donated it to the Gouverneur Business Women Breast Cancer Walk Fund. This organization uses the money to help women with breast cancer pay for expenses during their treatments as they fight, such as radiology, chemo, medications, etc. throughout St. Lawrence, Franklin, and Lewis Counties.




Air Force Bound

Dillon Smith-Fire Science

Sabrina French
Aviation Maintenance Technology

Alanni Silkowski-Logistics
October 13, 2011: SSgt Joshua Fountain, the local Airforce Recruiter presented three of the Class of 2012 seniors with their official certificate of acceptance into the United States Air Force. When some one meets the strenuous requirements to join the United States Air Force as a High School Junior, they join and get there job over the summer. Once anyone joins the Air Force they are automatically enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force and the program of study is whatever there job is. This Degree is an A.A.S. and most Airman complete this two year degree in about a year if they are motivated. The Air Force is the only branch with its own college. The college has regional accreditation, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Congratulations to our new recruits who will leave for basic training after graduation.



Kids Battle Germs With Scrubby Bear



POTSDAM - Sixteen teams of seniors from Potsdam Central School have been working with elementary students this week as part of the American Red Cross' 'Scrubby Bear' program.


"Scrubby Bear is designed to teach kids how to wash their hands and about germs," said Megan M. Fulton, an Americorps volunteer working with the Red Cross. "The goal is to prevent them from getting sick and help reduce absences in school."

Before becoming instructors for the program. each of the seniors in the district's civic's class went through a week a training,

"We were with the senior class for a whole week," Ms. Fulton said. "We taught them on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday then on Thursday and Friday we had them prepare lessons and teach us."

One team of students included Lia Davis, Liam Rice, Sam Bunstone, Ryan Boldt and Jesse Oakes. They were working with students in Kathleen Cruikshank's kindergarten class on Tuesday.

"We don't like bad germs. They make us sick," Ms. Davis said.

"Can anyone tell me what soap does to germs?" she asked, before students in the class replied, "It kills them!"

Mr. Boldt told students "Today we're going to show you what good germs looks like." He then walked around the class room with a bag of powder for each of the kids to dip their hands in.

After rubbing the powder into their hands, Mr. Rice walked around the room with a black light, shining it on each of the children's hands.

"Can everyone see the germs?" he asked.

Students were then split into groups to wash their hands, before Mr. Rice walked around the room with a black light one more time.

"Now we're going to show you that the germs are all gone," Ms. Davis said. "Remember washing your hands always kills germs. It's a good way to prevent sickness."

After washing their hands, students were then treated to some time with "Scrubby Bear," a teddy bear that was then passed around room.

"The kids love it," Ms. Fulton said. "It teaches them in a fun way and allows them to interact with high school students, whom they look up to."

Ms. Fulton said this is the second year for the program in Potsdam, which last year trained more than 350 students countywide.

Scrubby Bear Slideshow

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Senior Superlatives

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Senior Superlatives Class of 2012


Homecoming Court 2011

Countess Morgan Sutliff and Count Drew Brown

Duchess Jenny Tardelli and Duke Nick Vaccaro

Princess Katie Pierce and Prince Cliff Reilly

Queen Keely Rice and King AJ Landi


Spirit Week 2011

Monday - Class Color Day Slideshow

Tuesday - Twin Day Slideshow

Wednesday - Mismatched Day

Thursday - Red Neck Day Slideshow

Friday - Blue and Orange Day



Model UN International Peace Day 5K Walk/Run

The president and vice president of the Potsdam Model United Nations club, Katie Pierce and Clifford Reilly, are pleased to announce the club’s first annual 5k walk/run for peace in honor of International Peace Day was a success. All proceeds will go to the Amala Foundation, which is an international humanitarian service organization that promotes peace on a local and a global scale. Over 70 participants showed up including Model UN members, the Girls Varsity Swim team, the Boys JV Soccer team, the Boys and Girls Cross Country team, some JV Soccer girls and others. Mrs. Chiarenzelli challenged the runners to beat her, and for every runner that passed her she donated an extra dollar. Mrs. Chiarenzelli made the largest donation, followed by Michael Fritz, Sarah-Marie Choong and Mr. Wilson. The total funds raised for the Amala Foundation during the 5k for peace was $141.



SUNY Potsdam 9/11 Exhibit Part Of PHS History Lessons

POTSDAM — Students in Mr. Van Ells's history classes at Potsdam High School got a firsthand glimpse of history Friday as they visited the 9/11 memorial exhibit at SUNY Potsdam.

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Freshman Orientation 2011


Goulden Family Reunion, Lancaster CA, July 4, 2011
All are Potsdam Central High School Graduates

They are in order of Age: Bonnie Goulden Waters - Class of 1961, Sandra Goulden Oaks - Class of 1963, Mary Ellen Goulden Campbell- Class of 1968, Bette Goulden Baker- Class of 1974 (Lawrence Avenue Elementary School), Gary Goulden- Class of 1976, Melissa Campbell Day (Mary Ellen's Daughter)- Class of 1994

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Updated: Sunday, October 7, 2012 5:09 PM