Cohoes City School District


Welcome Letter from CHS Principal Bryan Wood

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of our faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you back for what is sure to be a transformative year at Cohoes High School! I wanted to take a moment to inform you of the many exciting changes happening at our school. We have been extremely busy this summer hiring new staff, writing curriculum, and creating a supportive academic environment where all of our students are challenged and encouraged to reach their highest potential.

The mission of the Cohoes City School District, a partnership of schools, parents and the community, is to prepare its students for success in tomorrow’s world. To accomplish this, we need your help! Students must come prepared to learn, be willing to take risks and challenge themselves to step out of their comfort zone. Teachers must be knowledgeable and proficient in the latest instructional strategies for engaging students in dynamic learning—learning that includes collaboration with peers and the development of 21st Century skills to be college and career ready upon graduation. Parents must support their child’s learning by working together with us to reinforce the importance of work hard and regular attendance. Administrators must uphold our commitment to excellence, cultivate a culture of high expectations, and continue to improve upon a safe, supportive school climate at Cohoes High School. We all play a role in fulfilling this mission and we cannot succeed without these partnerships.

Highlights for the 2016-17 school year:

Google Apps for Education A new platform to vastly expand educational technology use for teachers and students.

New Courses and Electives AP Biology (start time 7:15 a.m.); SUNY American Politics; HVCC French and Spanish; 3D Design; Watercolor; Ceramics; Argue Like a Lawyer (English elective); Music in Our Lives; Business of Music; Creative Writing (English elective).

9th Grade Academy A new comprehensive transition program for incoming 9th graders.

“Every Minute Matters” The district-wide attendance initiative to reduce chronic absenteeism (missing 18 or more days of school a year) launches on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the High School auditorium.

Be sure to access the Code of Conduct and information on the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

I feel incredibly privileged to serve as principal of Cohoes High School. I am excited to work together as we look toward the future, overcome challenges and capitalize on the opportunities before us. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 237-9100 x1404. I look forward to seeing you at our Open House on September 22 at 6 p.m.


Bryan Wood