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When people ask me how long I've been at Copenhagen Central School I am proud to say, "Since I was five." An unexpected retirement by a bus driver as I was entering high school prevented me from graduating from CCS. But, all except those four years of my education and career have been spent here. I believe in this little school. My mother and father are alumni of this school. My daughter is an alum of this school. I am honored and proud to be a staff member of this school.

BOCES Names "Students of the Quarter"

Howard G. Sackett and Bohlen Technical Centers have named their “Students of the Quarter.” Each instructor is allowed to select one student who has exhibited “outstanding qualities” in their program. This quarter Kaitlyn Goutermout was selected for her high academic achievement in Engineering & Design. Maxwell Larsen was selected for his great effort in Culinary Arts - Cooking. McKenzie McLane was honored for her high academic achievement and great effort in Nursing Assistant. Congratulations, Kaitlyn, Max and McKenzie!

Principally Speaking


According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is “the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress [which] can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.” Without resilience, one can not overcome the hard things in life. Our children need to learn how to be resilient, and in many ways that means they need to experience small hardships under our guidance so that they will know how to handle large hardships later in life. After all, it’s the struggle that makes us strong. Some tips to help your children develop resilience include:

1. Don’t accommodate every need.

2. Avoid eliminating all risk.

3. Teach them to problem solve.

4. Teach your kids concrete skills.

5. Avoid “why” questions. Instead, ask “how?”

6. Don’t provide all the answers.

7. Avoid talking in catastrophic terms.

8. Let your kids make mistakes.

9. Help them manage their emotions.

10. Model resiliency in your own daily behavior.

For more information about resilience, go to


Reducing Bias, Increasing Inclusion

As our communities become ever increasingly diverse it is imperative that we work with our youth to help them understand that differences among people are nothing to be feared, rather they should be celebrated. We need to learn about each other before forming opinions because we might learn something interesting or even fun. Some resources for helping your children combat bias:





Important Documents