Josh Biederstedt

Josh Biederstedt, Superintendent PhotoTo begin, I would like to thank our community for their continued support of our school district. Graduating senior Halle Shanks mentioned in her graduation speech that Patrick Henry is a “special place.” I truly agree with her, and our community support is a major part of that.  To our community, your commitment and support truly help make Patrick Henry Local Schools a special place for students.

The 2019-2020 school year is upon us. I am honored to be writing this welcome from the seat of the superintendent in the district. That means so much to me. It is with great passion and pride knowing I have been entrusted with leading our great school district.

Thanks to the dedication and support of our students, parents, staff, and community, great things continue to happen in the Patrick Henry Local School District. Last year, we continued our successful PALS program which connects our elementary students with many community partners. Additionally, we saw our Future Farmers of America chapter have many successe, including adding multiple State and American FFA degrees to their portfolio. In the middle school, we implemented a student-centered schedule that focused on the individual needs and likes of students.

Over the summer we have made some upgrades on the campus. Both our elementary and middle schools have undergone a lighting upgrade to all LED lights. This upgrade also took place in the middle school and high school gym. We have installed the HVAC upgrades to the high school gym and the adjacent locker rooms. The exterior part of the campus has undergone some changes, also. The athletic building was painted to match the auxiliary gym and fieldhouse. Not only will this provide continuity in the stand-alone buildings on campus but the paint will help to rust proof the building. Additionally, you will see some changes at the elementary with new playground covering and landscaping.

Thank you for visiting our website. Immediately, you will notice that the website looks different this year. We have been intentional in redesigning the website in a way that addresses the needs of those who use our website frequently. In research, we found that most people visit our website to look at cafeteria menus, athletic schedules, and to access Powerschool. In response to that, in our website redesign, we have made those links easily accessible. Additionally, you will see our three-pillar culture featured on the homepage of our website. Perseverance, Above and Beyond, and Family continue to be the three pillars our culture is built on at Patrick Henry Local Schools. Because of this, we felt it was important for these pillars to be featured on our website. If you have any feedback for us on the redesigned website, please feel free to provide that to us.

We live in a time that being connected is ever important. I would encourage you to stay connected with our school district. You can find the many ways to do that via our website under the “community” tab. In staying connected, I would ask that you, as our community, help to tell our story. Our community is encouraged to use the hashtag #PHStrong while sharing some of the great things that are happening at Patrick Henry. 

Again, thank you for your support of our school district. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Josh Biederstedt

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