New principal at Harry Hoag Elementary
elementary principal offers fresh outlook for Harry Hoag community
Seasoned educator to build on
strengths of existing programs
Harry Hoag Elementary School’s new principal
wants school to be a place of joy.
Hutchinson, who was appointed principal by the Fort Plain Board of
Education on June 4, plans to “infuse joy back into learning” with a
variety of fun after-school activities such as monthly movie nights
and ice cream socials designed to help bring families together and
make the school the center of the community.
Hutchinson hopes that joy will also blossom
during the school day. He wants teachers to infuse that fun and
energy into their classroom lessons. “I believe we can embrace the
Common Core, be successful, and still enjoy the process at the same
His plans also include bringing back the
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program (PBIS) the
school previously embraced. This approach focuses on encouraging
positive behavior rather than solely disciplining the negative. This
should enhance the learning and joy that Mr. Hutchinson hopes will
at the Harry Hoag Elementary School.
“We are very fortunate to have Mr. Hutchinson
joining us at Fort Plain. His energy will bring a fresh outlook to
the school,” said Superintendent Douglas Burton. “He will embellish
the strong programs we already have. We’re also very pleased that he
has a strong literacy background, which we can draw on as we
continue to strengthen our learning opportunities.”
Mr. Hutchinson comes to Harry Hoag from the
Peekskill City School District where he had been serving as high
school principal. He has also taught English and served as the
director of Reading and Gifted and Talented program at Peekskill.
Prior to that, he taught reading and English at the Ichabod Crane
Central School District. Mr. Hutchinson holds certifications in
Literacy and English, School Building Leader, and School District
Mr. Hutchinson officially started his new post
July 1. An active member of his home community, Mr. Hutchinson is
looking forward to new opportunities in Fort Plain.
“I have been a board member where I live, a
coach, and a volunteer," Hutchinson said. “I look forward to
bringing that experience into this community. I want the school to
be the ‘cool’ place to be, the place where families come together to
learn and have fun.”
Hutchinson lives in the Chatham area with his
wife, who teaches elementary school, a son who just graduated high
school, his 9-year-old son and his 5-year-old son. He said he looks
forward to most of his family being in “elementary school together.
I really like this age group," he said.
The district will host a "Meet the principal
Night" on July 30 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the HHS gymnasium.
Refreshments will be provided.