If you find a painted rock that made you feel good…

Over the past few months, Ted Arndt’s class had been engaged in a community service project to paint rocks with inspirational words and then leave them around the community.

Iyanna Gilot found the rocks for the class to paint.

Each rock said, “If this rock made you smile, please email, Mr. Arndt.”

Well, the rocks have been placed and people have started to send in notes!

If you find one of the rocks email Arndt!

Nine from Jr./Sr. High School represent nations from 1791 at United Nations Simulation

Nine Fort Plain Junior/Senior High school students represented nations, empires, and kingdoms from 1791 at a United Nations Simulation at the Carey Institute for Global Good on Nov. 14.

Quinn Jones represents Fort Plain at the Model UN.Fort Plain’s Quinn Jones was the President of the simulation, while Bryce Thibodeau created and presented a slavery and slave trade resolution on behalf of Abyssinia. His resolution passed, 15-9.

Each student conducted extensive background research to portray their nation accurately.

Bryce Thibodeau delivers his resolution at the Model UNThe complete list of Fort Plain students included:

Quinn Jones – President

Michael D’Arcangelis – Iroquois League

Bryce Thibodeau – Abyssinia

Patrick Murphy – Russia

Jenna Reese – Portugal

Michaela Stockwell – Sardinia

Brady Fureno – Denmark

Nate Beam – Maratha Confederacy

Taylor Gifford – Siam

Spooky science comes to life for sixth graders

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Dry ice experiments at Fort Plain
Dry ice experiments at Fort Plain

The trick was a treat for the students in Pat Hanifin’s sixth grade science classes on Halloween.

Student filled cylinders with colored tap water and then added dry ice, otherwise known as frozen carbon dioxide, to create creeping fog as part of their “Spooky Science” lesson for the day.

Students learned about handling dry ice safely. Even though the fog created by the ice and water is harmless, dry ice itself cannot be touched by bare skin or eaten. The extremely low temperature will cause frost bite very quickly.

Dry ice may look like the cubes from the freezer at home, but it stands at -109 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dry ice experiments at Fort Plain
Dry ice experiments at Fort Plain

Dry ice doesn’t melt like water cubes either, as the dry ice the students used bubbled into a grey mist when they added it to the colored water. After they added a few drops of dish soap to the “cauldrons” bubbles formed and held the fog in place until the bubbles popped.

The room looked much more like Dr. Frankenstein’s lab instead of Mr. Hanifin’s regular classroom.

Beyond the hands-on experiments, students learned how dry ice is made, its properties and some of its common industrial uses.

Household income disclosure forms available

Household Income Form (Word Doc – Fill out, Print)

Household Income Form (Printable PDF)

Our school participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program.  Under CEP, all students receive a free breakfast and lunch each day, for the entire school year.

However, to determine eligibility to receive additional benefits, such as assistance with college course and other school program fees, families need to complete a Household Income Form.  This form also helps the school to qualify for special grants and funds.

  • Do I need to fill out a form for each child? No. Use one Household Income Form for all students living in your household.
  • My child(ren) already receive free meals at school, why should I complete this form? Many state and federal programs use household income information to determine eligibility for programs. By completing this form, our school is able to determine eligibility for additional programs that benefit everyone.
  • Who should I include as members of my household? You must include all people living in your household, related or not, who share income and expenses.  You must include yourself and all children living with you.  You do not have to include other people living with you who are financially independent.
  • What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include overtime if you only get it occasionally.
  • What do I do with the form, once it’s complete? Return the form to the main office of either building – by dropping it off, sending it with a student, or mailing. Elementary students may return it to their classroom teacher.

If you have any questions about this Household Income Eligibility Form, please contact Lauri Broady at 518-993-4000 #1003 or lauri.broady@fortplain.org

Sixth grade class raises $233.60 for hurricane relief

The Fort Plain sixth grade class recently finished a fund raiser for the victims of hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

The “Harry Hoag Hurricane Heroes” campaign raised a total of $233.60 by collecting spare change in jars in classrooms throughout the Harry Hoag Elementary School every Monday for weeks.

The money will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Elementary talented, gifted programs coming up

Elementary students with a interests in Math, ELA, community service, or drama can explore each in the new talented and gifted programs at Harry Hoag Elementary School this year.

Each program meets once a month on Thursdays after school.

Information was recently sent home with students in grades 2-6, but if families would like more information they are encouraged to call the main office, (518) 993-4000, ext. #3072.

The programs

“Fun with Math” is for students with an interest in math who are looking for a challenge. Students will focus on mental math skills, and developing speed while working with math facts.

“Challenging Minds” is for students who enjoy puzzles, word games, riddles, reading challenges and spelling.

“Caring Kids” focuses on local public service projects. Students can make placements, bookmarks, and cards for local senior citizens, veterans, and nursing home residents. They also support food pantries and animal shelters with collections and donations.

“Elementary Drama Club” gives students a chance to learn acting skills and try out being in the spotlight. They also learn about script fundamentals, how to select sets and costumes, and behind-the-scenes jobs in the theatre.