PSHS Update (7/26/21)
Dear Bulldogs Families,
We hope everyone is enjoying their summer with family and friends. As we move closer to the start of another Bulldog school year, we know this is a unique one and want to share as much information as we can for our families grades 7 -12 . We want to first welcome our grade 7, 8 and 9 families to Poland Seminary. We know this will be a new experience and hope you take comfort that our teachers, support staff, administration, and our incredible high school students will work to ensure it is a great experience.
We wanted to let everyone know that the construction and renovations are moving along and are on schedule.
Specifically, we know this is the beginning of school shopping season, so we wanted to share the Personal Appearance Guidelines (dress code). Our Poland Seminary students have done an incredible job with the “Dress for Success” rules, and have earned dress down/Spirit Fridays to wear sweatpants and their Bulldog team gear if they choose.
We also wanted to inform everyone that schedule pick up and orientation dates are set. Please see below for each grade level.
Aug. 12 Grades 7 and 8 schedule pick up at 10:15 followed by orientation in the auditorium at 11:00 am
*7th and 8th Grade Supply Lists will be shared in the near future on the school website and via email.
Aug. 12 Grade 9 schedule pick up at 1:00 pm followed by orientation in the auditorium at 1:30 pm
Following our orientations, students will be permitted to walk the halls to follow their daily schedule. Guidance and administration will be available to provide assistance. There may be certain areas with limited access due to construction, painting, cleaning, etc. but students should be able to get a good idea of where all classes are located throughout the day.
Aug. 13 Grade 12: 9:00 am
Grade 11: 10:30 am
Grade 10: 1:00 pm
Poland Seminary will be sharing more information in the near future. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. We will do our best to respond promptly. Please enjoy the rest of the summer and know we are honored to be able to educate your students for the 2021 - 22 school year as well as into the future.
Kevin Snyder, Principal
Michael Daley, Assistant Principal
Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members of the Poland Local School District:
I hope this greeting finds you well and enjoying your time with family and friends this summer.
I am honored and excited to be your Superintendent of Schools. Poland is one of the finest school districts in the state and I’m learning every day that it is because of the tradition of excellence that exists due to the wonderful people of this community and the tireless work of our students and staff.
Although, I do not officially begin my tenure until the first day of August, I have had the chance to meet numerous people in this community and district. I cannot thank each of you enough for your kindness and support during this transition.
For those I have not yet met, I will tell you that I am first and foremost a husband and father. My wife Erin and I have three children—two boys and a girl—ranging in ages from 12 to 18. My daughter, Vivian, is a senior, is involved in fine arts and is passionate about theater and ensemble. My sons, Gino and Rocco, are both football and basketball players and Rocco plays baseball. I am proud that while all three are far from perfect, they each work hard in the classroom and are respectful young citizens.
My wife Erin has been my rock since our wedding day almost 22 years ago. For all my kids’ good qualities, Erin gets the credit. Besides being an amazing mother, she has worked full-time at her family upholstery business for over 30 years. She is supportive of my career, and you will see her around Poland quite a bit.
I believe deeply in building relationships with students, staff, and community members and at the same time being engaged in the community. This is the primary reason I am currently living in Poland.
The Poland district has a distinguished record of academic success and stellar extracurricular programs. I look forward to supporting all of you and becoming part of this successful district. I take it quite seriously that you have entrusted me with the young people of this community and with the faculty and staff that work with them every day. Hold me to the highest of expectations and demand nothing less. I will work hard to meet these expectations each and every day.
Lastly, allow me to congratulate Mr. David Janofa for his leadership at Poland over the past several years as well as Dr. Edwin Holland. These past few years have been difficult and challenging at times. Both contributed their utmost. I wish them well in their retirement. Also, allow me to thank Principal Mike Masucci and Mr. Mark Zura for their leadership and dedication to Poland. Education is a small world; I’m certain our paths will cross often and we will work together for years to come.
Please stay tuned for my soon-coming formal introduction of some of the new members of the Poland leadership team and more information about the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.
With Great Bulldog Pride,
Craig D. Hockenberry,
Superintendent of Poland
Meet Dr. Edwin Holland, Interim Superintendent Poland Local Schools
Dr. Edwin Holland has three decades of experience in suburban and rural education. For 13 years of his career he served as a superintendent in three school districts in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties. Dr. Holland was named Interim Superintendent by the Poland Board of Education in October.
“My experience as a superintendent with school funding and improving student achievement gives me the experience that I need, and the community will be able to use it to help improve and build upon the level of excellence that Poland Schools has been known for,” said Dr. Holland.” I want to be able to help maintain this transition for the board and community, while we build upon getting a new superintendent.”
Dr. Holland will work with the Board of Education to develop a search plan to hire the next superintendent. Dr. Holland has worked on several searches to fill key executive positions of superintendent and treasurer for school districts, and has also participated as a candidate in several searches. Dr. Holland also plans on working with staff and the community to find out what’s important in the search for Poland’s next superintendent. Dr. Holland hopes the Board of Education will be able to hire a new superintendent in the spring/summer of 2021.
When it comes to transparency and accountability, both will be critical factors in the superintendent search. The district will provide transparent communication to the community about the superintendent search, and how the district is being maintained throughout the transition.
“The role of increasing accountability is taking responsibility for what needs to be done with integrity, but also the need for transparency is communication,” said Holland. “Communicating to the community how the distinct operates, how decisions are made and how it’s going to impact and create change within the community.”
Dr. Holland started his career in education as a social studies teacher and was a head track coach and football coach. He also served as a high school principal in a Division 1 school.
“Academic, athletics and the arts are extremely important to me in education,” said Holland.