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Douglas C. Burton

Superintendent of Schools

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Fort Plain, NY 13339

518.993.4000

 

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Harry Hoag students learned about Native American life

Matt Heiser’s third graders and Meagan Kane’s fourth graders were treated to a visit from a Native Pride Dancer through the Bureau of Lectures Tuesday morning. This Arts in Education program taught students about the beauty, symbolism and skill of Native American music, dance, and dress. The performance included traditional stories, musical styles and insight into the history of Native American life. Read More

Students of the Month announced for January

The students are nominated for this honor by teachers or other staff and selected by a vote of a committee of teachers. A plaque which contains a group photo of all students of the month will be hung in the school lobby at the end of the school year. In addition, each student of the month receives two slices of pizza and a 20-ounce fountain drink donated by Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppe. (full story)

District Superintendent Doug Burton urges Senator Amedore and Assemblyman Santabarbara to sign a bill to end GEA

"The GEA has had devastating effects on the students of Fort Plain Central School District since it was introduced in 2010-2011," he states in his letter. "We have had to cut both staff and programs and that has continued to erode the educational opportunities for our children."  READ THE ENTIRE LETTER HERE.

Learn more about the impact of GEA in this YouTube video produced by Capital Region BOCES Communications Service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fiy1Woc4Vv4

Gov. Cuomo calls for $1.1 billion school aid increase and education reforms, with no mention of the GEA

According to language in the Governor’s proposed budget bill, if the Legislature does not enact the education reforms he outlined, districts will not see an increase in state aid next year or the year after.

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Update: No aid increase for next two years unless Legislature approves Cuomo’s proposal

According to language in Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget bill, if the Legislature does not enact the education reforms the Governor outlined in his budget address on Wednesday, Jan. 21, districts will not receive any aid greater than their 2014-15 amount for each of the next two years.  READ MORE

Congratulations to the Canajoharie- Fort Plain Girls Cross Country Team

They were 2014 Western Athletic Conference League Meet Champions, League Dual Meet Co-Champions, and finished 3rd at the Class "C" Sectional Meet (the patches they are holding).The girls were also New York State Scholar/Athlete Team Award winners which means the team's grade point average was over 90% for the first quarter.

Shown in photo: Emily Marsh; Back row from left to right:- Carolyn Adams, Lexi Kane, Breanna Hazzard, Gabby Bridgewater, and Lexi Veitch. Absent from the photo was Cheyenne Munson.

Students at FPHS learn coding

The Fort Plain Students Participate in “An Hour of CODE”

The ninth-grade students at Fort Plain High school were introduced to programming as part of An Hour of Code, an international program that teaches programming.

Mrs. DeKalb’s students enrolled in Key Essentials (keyboarding) participated in online programming interactive lessons available at code.org. Some students were actually able to code their own online game within the 43 minute class period. (full story)

Harry Hoag third graders learn about variety of creatures, up close and personal

Fort Plain third graders had some interesting visitors recently. The Utica Zoomobile stopped by with a variety of creatures for students to touch, see, and learn about including walking stick bugs and tree frogs. They also saw a large lizard, and finally they met an opossum. The kids were able to ask questions and touch some of the animals. The third grade is currently studying animal adaptations, specifically for frogs. (see more photos)

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara rallies together with Fort Plain and Amsterdam School Districts

Together, they ask for an end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment

Since its inception in 2011, the Gap Elimination Adjustment has cost over $4 million in lost revenue for Fort Plain. In a district with an annual budget of approximately $18 million, this loss of funding has translated into a 22 percent reduction in staff over the years along with program cut-backs.

“Public schools are being asked to do more and more but without funding to back it up,” said Superintendent Douglas Burton. “We don’t anticipate recovering the lost funds, but we do expect the unfair distribution of funding to end.” (full story)

Students of the Month announced

The students are nominated for this honor by teachers or other staff and selected by a vote of a committee of teachers. A plaque which contains a group photo of all students of the month will be hung in the school lobby at the end of the school year. In addition, each student of the month receives two slices of pizza and a 20-ounce fountain drink donated by Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppe. (full story)

Fort Plain utilizes grant money to Strengthen Teacher Leadership Roles in the District

Fort Plain teachers and administrators are aiming to improve instruction through The Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness 3 (STLE3) grant awarded by the New York State Education Department for the 201-15 school year.

The $100,000 grant advances professional development and instructional leadership in New York state school districts. Aspects of the grant program also allow teachers and principals to share what they’ve learned with educators in their home districts, building a network of peer professional development that can be sustained into the future. (full story)

Fort Plain CSD Fitness Center is open to residents

Fitness Center

The fitness center at the Jr. /Sr. High School will be open from 5:30-7:30 a.m. and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on school days until Mar. 31. Membership cost $20 a month.  (full story)

Test of emergency phone system conducted

Fort Plain Central School District recently conducted a test of the new emergency mass communication system through One Call Now. This phone-calling system will make it easy for school to quickly communicate with parents, teachers, staff and communities in the case of an emergency.

This system will only be used for snow days, school cancellations, an unplanned early release, or other such emergencies. The media will still be used as a primary source of information, as well.

The test resulted in a 92 percent success rate in contacting parents. Parents who were not able to be contacted through the phone system will be notified by mail. Parents are asked to update their emergency contact information by contacting their child’s school secretary.

The Canajoharie-Fort Plain Annual
Community Health & Wellness Fair

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The Canajoharie-Fort Plain Annual Community Health & Wellness Fair
will be held on Sat., April 18, 9:00 a.m. – noon, at the East Hill Elementary School in Canajoharie

Please join us for this exhibition of organizations and vendors working to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle. Plans include fitness demonstrations, massages, spinal screenings, cooking contest & demo, diabetic testing, facials, children’s activities, information & promotional booths for families, and more!

Contact schoolfoodservice@yahoo.com or call Lauri Broady at 993-4000 #1003 for more information

NYSED: 'Teach more, test less'

 The New York State Education Department is encouraging school districts and BOCES to review their Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans for opportunities to reduce testing at each grade level.

After two full years of APPR implementation, State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. directed the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness to review plans and issue a "Teach More, Test Less: Testing Transparency Report" for each district and BOCES to help identify ways to "ensure the minimum assessments necessary are used to inform effective decision making at the classroom, school, district and BOCES level."

The report addresses the use of pre-assessments, multiple assessments and ways testing may be reduced using school-wide, BOCES-wide, group or team measures. Districts may choose to modify their APPR plans to cut back on the number of assessments used for each subject based on the information in the report.

Download the Fort Plain Central School District Teach More Test Less Testing Transparency Report here. (pdf)

Special Education Department review

The New York State Education Department P-12: Office of Special Education has initiated a Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review in Fort Plain Central School District during the 2014-2015 school year. The purpose of this review is to assess the district's compliance with selected federal and State laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

The review will be conducted by the SEQA Eastern Regional Office and will include representatives from the school district. The review process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and interviews. In addition, meetings of the committee on special education will be observed. Further information may be obtained by contacting the SEQA Eastern Regional Office at (518) 686-6366 and/or by contacting Fort Plain Central School District at (518) 993-4000.

Is your emergency contact information up-to-date?

Fort Plain Central School District has contracted with Public School Notifications from One Call Now. This calling system will make it easy for school to quickly communicate with parents, teachers, staff and communities in the case of an emergency. Officials are still in the enrollment process and training, but parents are being asked to make sure their contact information is up-to-date with their most current telephone number. Please contact your child’s school secretary to make any necessary changes to your emergency contact information.

Congratulations to the Girls Varsity team

The Fort Plain Girls Varsity Volleyball team came in second place at the Voorheesville Tournament on Saturday, September 27.

 

Fort Plain CSD receives a $35,613 grant to manage school records

Fort Plain Fort Plain continues to seek alternative means for funding

Administrators were notified this week that Fort Plain Central School District has been awarded a $35,613 NYS Local Government Records Management grant. This grant will fund a more efficient way access to semi-active school files and a better way to handle requests for records.  (full story)

Health departments provide advice on preventing the spread of respiratory illness known as Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

As you may be aware from recent media coverage, several states in the Midwest reported clusters of a respiratory illness known as Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) affecting children and others over the last few weeks; more recently, cases of EV-D68 have been confirmed in New York. Fort Plain Central School District is providing information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to help parents and community members become better informed about the illness and to help prevent the spread of the illness. (full story)

BOCES-led consortium wins $393,966 to review assessments

Fort Plain CSD one of fourteen districts included

A consortium of 14 school districts led by Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES has won $393,966 to review and improve student assessment practices. (full story)

Fort Plain among state grant recipients for full-day pre-kindergarten program

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, Aug. 11, that Fort Plain Central School District will receive up to $327,730 in grant money to fund a full-day pre-kindergarten program that will begin this September in the Harry Hoag Elementary building. (full story)

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