NCCS to host open house for community

CHAMPLAIN Northeastern Clinton Central School will open its doors to families and the general public to showcase some of the changes that have been made at the school over the summer. An open house will be held at the high school, located at 103 State Route 276, this Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5-7 p.m. High school principal Stephen Gratto said this will be the first open house at the high school in several years, giving parents and their children an opportunity to visit their childrens classrooms, meet their teachers and mingle with other parents. We want to develop some nice partnerships between the school and the community, said Gratto. Mostly, its a chance for the community to see the school and chat with the teachers in an informal atmosphere. Parents will have the opportunity to visit their childrens classrooms from 5-5:30 p.m., though time wont allow for one-on-one parent-teacher conferences. From 5:30-7 p.m., an ice cream social will be held, along with several games and activities as part of the school-wide Olympics that are being held throughout the week. A tug-of-war competition will be included, pitting class versus class, said Gratto. The open house will also include the unveiling of the schools newly-renovated courtyard, said Gratto, which hasnt been open for more than 20 years. The principal credited the volunteered efforts of school technology teacher Roy Howard and the generosity of the schools student council for making the reopening possible. The student council voted to give us $2,000 to renovate [the courtyard]. Mr. Howard donated his time over the summer to build a new deck, with seniors helping out the last few weeks so they would have some ownership in the project, said Gratto, who added estimates for the project were originally at $6,000. The courtyard has been open to seniors since the school year started, with those earning the privilege being able to play ping-pong or relax outdoors in their free time. The courtyard replaces the senior lounge that was set up in the front lobby of the high school, leading to less congestion in the main entrance and providing a more professional-looking atmosphere. Were very pleased with where it is now, added Gratto. Its improved the atmosphere of the whole school. Also new for the school this year will be a school store, which was recently approved. The store will be officially open by the date of the open house, said Gratto.

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