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Homework Requests

It is recommended that parents request homework when they contact the school nurse to report a child’s absence.  If you plan to pick up homework at the end of the school day, please request it before 11 AM so that the teachers have time to compile the work.  It may not be possible to have the homework ready by the end of the day if the request is made after 11 AM.

Monthly Student Recognition

HES will focus on a different character trait each month. Classroom teachers will select student(s) who have exemplified this trait on a consistent basis at the end of each month. Students will be awarded a certificate and swag tag.

Open House

Open House is always held within the first few weeks of school and is a wonderful opportunity for parents/guardians to meet their child’s teacher and see their classroom. Please keep in mind this is a meet and greet event and teachers will not have time to conduct individual conferences at this time. Open House provides an opportunity for you to sign up for our November Parent/Teacher Conferences, when you will be able to conference with your child’s teacher individually.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are held in November. Parent Teacher Conferences provide feedback on your child’s educational progress. It is an opportune time to ask any questions regarding your child. First quarter report cards are also handed out at this time. Signup sheets for Parent Teacher Conferences will be located in your child’s classroom during Open House.


The object of the monthly school newsletter is to inform parents of upcoming events, the breakfast and lunch menus, A-E Calendar, Extra-Curricular Schedule, important dates, changes in any school routines, and classroom news. It is a great resource to refer to if you should have any questions about a particular month’s events. It is posted on the district’s website each month.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)

Herkimer is proud to offer its own UPK program for Herkimer residents. It provides social, emotional, developmental, and academic exposure to children who will be 4 years old by Dec. 1 of the year they enroll. The program is taught by a certified teacher with the assistance of a full-time LTA and follows HCSD’s school calendar.

Registration for the fall is typically held in the month of April and enrollment is based on a random selection process. Parents/guardians who are interested in taking advantage of this kindergarten readiness program should contact the main office for more information.

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