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David Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339



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Reminder to parents: Students will be released 15 minutes early today, Nov. 24, in order for the district to conduct its annual Emergency Release Drill.

Class of 2016 sponsoring Brooks BBQ today, Nov. 24

The Fort Plain Class of 2016 will host a Brooks BBQ on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 3:00 p.m. until they are sold out. Located in the True Value Parking Lot. Cost is $6.00 for chicken, $8.00 for ribs.

Family Reading Night coming up

The second Family Reading Night of this school year will be held on Dec. 2 in the Harry Hoag Elementary Library. Books written by Iza Trapani will be the theme.

Board appoints principal for Harry Hoag Elementary

The Fort Plain Board of Education appointed Lauren Haus Crisman as Harry Hoag Elementary Principal during the Nov. 18 regular meeting.

Mrs. Crisman is an experienced educator with a strong background in literacy and a proven track record of leading and supporting teachers in their efforts to improve student achievement.

Mrs. Crisman has spent the past five years as Elementary Principal/District ELA Coordinator in the Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District. Prior to becoming principal Lauren served as a literacy coach and teacher at Cherry-Valley Springfield and also taught in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District.

Mrs. Crisman's official start date is January 19, 2016.

*Shown in photo, left to right: Ms. Deborah Larrabee, Jr. Sr. High School Principal; Mrs. Jennifer Schwabrow, CSE Director; Mr. David W. Ziskin, Superintendent of Schools; and Mrs. Lauren Crisman, newly appointed Harry Hoag Elementary Principal.

Let's go walking!

The Fort Plain Pacers program began Monday, Nov. 2, and runs through Mar. 31. Those wishing to walk in the school building will be able to from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on school days.

The cost is a one time fee of $5.00 for your access card. To sign up, see Becky in the District Office between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Congratulations Jr./Sr. HS Students of the Month

Congratulations to: Senior Desiree Suits, Junior Kierra Reid, Sophomore Kendall Kennedy, Freshman Dawson Nore, Eighth-grader Caelan Germond, and Seventh-grader Sarah Paradiso. Read More


Congratulations Harry Hoag Students of the Month

Congratulations to the Harry Hoag Elementary Students of the Month: Elijah Smith (K),  Klayton Bailey (1), Valentine Reed-Smith (2), Jordan Brown (3), Katie LeRoy (3), Austin VanGorder (4), Michel Quiroz-Romero (5), and Caitlynn Lawyer (6), shown here with Interim Principal Beth Donovan.


Fort Plain launches Facebook Page

As part of its ongoing effort to enhance communications within the community, Fort Plain Central School District has officially joined Facebook.

“We will continue to use the district website and more traditional communications tools,” said Superintendent David Ziskin. “Every day there are great stories happening in our schools. Facebook is just another way to share those stories and connect with the community.”

The district's Facebook page, which is located here, provides another avenue to communicate to teachers, parents, students and community stakeholders about upcoming events, news, achievements and time-sensitive issues. Read More

Help prevent the spread of Head Lice

The Montgomery County Public Health Department recently issued a news release reminding parents that with the new school year comes an increased concern for the spread of head lice among children.

According to the health department, infestation of head lice is most common among pre-school children in daycare settings, elementary school children and household members of children who are infested.

Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Head lice and nits, which are the lice eggs that are laid at the base of the hair shaft, are found almost exclusively on the scalp. Read More

November Newsletter now available

The Fort Plain Central School District newsletter for October is available on the right hand sidebar. Click it to find out what's happening in our district.

Under the lights

For the second year, Fort Plain soccer teams were able to play "under the lights" thanks to a grant from the Muscle Milk company for equipment, uniforms, camps, etc. This grant freed up money in the budget and allowed the school to rent 8 portable lights from the NES rental company. For seven nights, both girls and boys teams were able to play5-6 games using the lights. The community also reaped the benefits by allowing the Fort Plain Youth Soccer to play under the lights as well.

"It's a huge success," said Coach Matt Heiser. "We are able to raise money from concessions and get the students at Fort Plain excited about soccer."

Fort Plain CSD wants to connect with you

The administration at Fort Plain Central School Districts wants to connect to parents and students via Remind. Remind is a free, safe, and simple messaging tool that helps schools share important updates and reminders. All personal information is kept private.

It's simple to sign up: Using your cell phone, just send a text message to 81010 and enter @fpcsd1 in the message box.


Welcome back, Hilltoppers!! Click here to view the 2015-16 calendar at a glance. Click here for the detailed district calendar being mailed home to residents.

New special education director in place

 Jennifer Schwabrow

The boards of education in Fort Plain and Canajoharie have named Jennifer Schwabrow as the new director of special education for both districts. Read More

Harry Hoag welcomes new interim principal

When students returned to Harry Hoag Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 8, they were greeted by a new interim principal.

Elizabeth Donovan was named interim principal recently by the Fort Plain Board of Education. She is expected to serve until the end of January, while the board searches for a permanent replacement for Mr. Hutchinson. Read more

All Fort Plain elementary students will receive free breakfast and lunch during 2015-16 school year

There is big news in the food service department: All students in the elementary school
(grades Pk-6) will eat both breakfast and lunch for FREE this year.

With the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the National School Lunch Program now includes a universal meal program that eliminates the need for household applications for free/reduced meals in high-poverty schools. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). To be eligible for this program, schools must meet a minimum level of “identified students” for free meals in the school year prior.

We are pleased to announce that the HARRY HOAG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL has been approved for this CEP program for the 2015-2016 school year. This grant means that ALL STUDENTS IN THE ELEMENTARY BUILDING, regardless of their family income, will receive FREE BREAKFAST AND FREE LUNCH.  Read more

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