End of Year Letter from the QHS Principal

Dear QHS Parents/Guardians:

We are down to the final weeks of the school year! Thanks again for all you have done to help keep our schools open and safe.  This is a critical time for all of our students to maintain their academic focus and wellness to have a strong finish to the school year. Quarter #4 will be very important for the academic success of our students, and we all look forward to graduation at the Cool Insuring Arena on Friday, June 24.

All student recognition programs will continue as planned with in-person celebrations.  The Student Spotlight Awards ceremony for grades 9-11 is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 at 7pm in the high school auditorium.  The QHS Athletic Awards Ceremony will also take place in the Auditorium on Tuesday, June 7 at 7pm.  Mr. Keys will be sending out additional details about this program in early June.  Our Senior Scholarship and Recognition Program will be held on June 9 at 6:30pm.  Ms. Sprague will be sending a letter to all high school seniors and families in regards to this event. Students receiving recognition at the assembly will be notified through a personal invitation from the Counseling Center to let them know that their presence is required. If you have any questions, please call Ms. Sprague at 824-4613.

The last day of regular classes for students in grades 9-11 will be on Tuesday, June 14.  With the exception of the US History and Government Regents Exam on June 1, all local finals and Regents exams will begin on Wednesday, June 15 and continue through Thursday, June 23. The final exam and Regents schedule are included with this letter.  Please review this schedule with your student, and save it for future reference.  A transportation schedule will be posted in classrooms and on the high school webpage.  During exam weeks, only students who are scheduled for exams are permitted in the building.  No cell phones/electronic devices are permitted in the testing area and must be turned in to the head proctor.

During the last few days of instruction, it is vital that student behavior is appropriate and there are no distractions to our academic and testing climate.  In order to ensure the safety of our students, and to provide an appropriate testing atmosphere, the following procedures will be in place.  Locker clean-out will be completed by Friday, June 10th.  Prior to leaving school on Friday, all lockers must be empty and the doors left open.  Students will not have access to their lockers after the 10th.  No backpacks/bags will be allowed in the school building beginning on Monday, June 13th, nor during the entire examination period.  When students arrive for exams, they will report directly to the cafeteria.  An announcement will be made to dismiss students to their assigned examination rooms.  Once exams are over, students will be expected to leave the building immediately.  Students must wait in the cafeteria for their next exam or for a bus ride home.  These procedures are consistent with those outlined by the State Education Department, and our foremost concerns will continue to be the safety and academic success of our students.

In an effort to give students total ownership over their assigned Chromebook, once again, we will not be collecting Chromebooks from students in grades 9, 10 and 11 over the summer months. Once a student is assigned a Chromebook in 9th grade, they will possess that Chromebook every day until they graduate. If a student leaves the district over the summer, it will be the student and parent’s responsibility to return the Chromebook and charger to the assistant principal’s office. Additionally, if a student’s Chromebook is in need of repair, we will be offering a repair clinic in August. We will send out a school messenger regarding our summer repair clinic dates this summer. Senior Chromebooks will be collected during the month of June. There are two collection dates for Seniors: June 22 and June 23. Chromebooks and chargers must be turned in by Seniors on one of those two dates.

The Class of 2022 graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls. Graduating seniors are required to attend a one-hour rehearsal at 1 p.m. that afternoon in the Arena.  Students should arrive for rehearsal no later than 12:45 p.m.  No tickets are needed for the graduation ceremony.  Doors will be open for general seating one hour before the ceremony begins.

The strength and resilience of our Queensbury community has always been remarkable.  Our Spartan Pride is alive and well, and I’m confident that it will continue to be held in the highest regard.  In reflecting upon my future retirement on June 30th, serving as QHS Principal will always be one of the most important highlights of my career.  Thank you for an excellent school year and all of your support over the last ten years!


Damian Switzer
QHS Principal