Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District

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  • With winter weather already arriving, it’s a good time for parents and students to remember how ELCS communicates weather-related announcements, including closings, delays and (potential) early dismissals.

    While snow is the reason for most school closings and delays, it’s not the only possible culprit. Especially during the winter months, the regular school schedule could be disrupted because of a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with snow: Extreme wind chills, boiler failures and water main breaks have all affected schools in upstate New York during recent winters.

    Superintendent Scott Osborne must make decisions about closing or delaying the start of the ELCS school day by 5:30 AM.  When school operates on its regular schedule, transportation personnel must report by 6:15 AM., and buses are on the road to begin their morning runs by 6:45 AM.

    "When considering the possibility of closing school or delaying its start, my top priority is always the safety of our students, the parents that may bring them to school, and our employees," Mr. Osborne said. "I consult with our transportation and buildings and grounds staff, and we look at road conditions, weather forecasts, temperatures and the operating conditions of our buses and school buildings when making these decisions.  We also consult with neighboring school districts and town highway personnel."

    Once the decision is made to close school or delay the start of the school day, that information is disseminated through a variety of means:

    • The district website;

    • Our automated RoboCall system; 

    • The district Facebook page;

    • The district Twitter feed;

    • and local TV and radio stations.  ELCS does not control when radio stations publicize school closings and delays.

    Mr. Osborne recommends that all parents make sure their contact information is up-to-date in our SchoolTool system. All parents with valid email addresses and cell phone numbers in SchoolTool are able to receive email messages for closings.  When in doubt, Mr. Osborne recommends parents check the district website, www.elcsd.org, for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

    Contact our school office at 873-6371 to provide ELCS any updated contact information you may have; this allows us to better communicate with and serve you!

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ELCS Hall of Fame

Nominations are open for the new ELCS Hall of Fame.HOF
The nomination window is open NOW until March 1, 2015. Visit our Hall of Fame webpage (see link below) to obtain the nomination form, or visit the Main Office to obtain a form.

Our inaugural Hall of Fame inductions will take place as part of Graduation on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

We've had so many significant individuals make a positive impact on our school, or community, or society - nominate them today!
Contact Superintendent Scott Osborne for more information. 


The League of Women Voters of the North Country, including Clinton and Essex Counties, sponsors a Meet Your State Legislators event. All students from area high schools are invited but only two students chosen by their respective schools are honored delegates.  This year the representative students chosen at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School were Cora Adams and Natalie Martin.
The event was held on Saturday, March 21st at Peru High School.  The fifth annual event began with our three State legislators who presented information on their current jobs, steps to getting elected, committees they are on, and advantages/disadvantages of being senator or assemblyperson.
The event is interactive and delegates ask questions. At the end of the program, two students' names are chosen by lottery (one from each county) to attend Students Inside Albany. Certificates are awarded by legislators to all of the high school chosen delegates.
Thank you Cora and Natalie for representing our school community in this prestigious event! 

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