Board of Education meeting scheduled for October 11

The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education will hold its regular meeting in the Ronald  H. Thibodeau  Conference Room at the Harry Hoag Elementary  School at 7 p.m. on October 11.

The board is expected to hear a reports from administrators throughout the district along with a number of reports to accept and staffing appointments to approve.

A full agenda can be seen on the district’s website.

The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is November 8 at 7 p.m.

Further dates, documents and previous meeting information can be found on the district’s website, fortplain.org.

Students helping students: Jr./Sr. High Schoolers pack food for Harry Hoag students

Students in Lisa Petty’s Life Skills class at the Junior/Senior High School pack up bags once a week.

Life Skills students pack bags of food for Harry Hoag students to take home.The seventh graders through seniors aren’t packing up to go on a vacation every Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Instead, they stuff macaroni and cheese, Ramen noodles, oatmeal, granola bars, and fruit snacks into decorated paper bags for selected Harry Hoag Elementary School students to eat over the weekend.

“This is something that we started doing three years ago. It is a small gesture that, we hope, makes a big difference,” Petty said. “These kids love to help others. That is something we all need in our lives.”

The food items are purchased every week by Liberty ARC, the Montgomery County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., which is a statewide advocacy organization serving people with disabilities through 48 member Chapters. After all the food is packed the Life Skills students take it up the road to Harry Hoag to be distributed to elementary students on Fridays.

Life Skills students pack up food for Harry Hoag students.“One of the things I appreciate most about the Fort Plain Central School District is the emphasis we place on supporting our students in and out of the classroom,” said Harry Hoag Elementary School Principal Lauren Chrisman who coordinates which students receive packages. “This program provides children with comfort beyond the school day. From my interactions with students there is a sincere gratitude for these care packages.  Healthy students are happy learners and we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to help our students in this way.”

The Life Skills class is planning a roast beef dinner fundraiser at the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elk Lodge on Thursday, November 9 to support the efforts. People are invited to eat in or take out for $10 per adults and $5 per child.

Those interested in helping in anyway with the fundraiser or the food program can contact Petty at lisa.petty@fortplain.org.

“These [older] kids are always looking out for others and that is the kind of thing that really makes this all worthwhile,” Petty said. “We are all here to help each other.”

Faculty, Staff gather for first Superintendent’s Conference Day of the year

Even though students weren’t in classes, teachers and administrators in the Fort Plain Central School District still came together for the first Superintendent’s Conference Day of the 2017-18 academic year on October 6.

David Wallace delivers his presentation to Fort Plain faculty.The day was highlighted by a pair of presentations to all Fort Plain teachers and aides about the continuation of the district’s adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) training from David Wallace. Wallace is the Associate Executive Director for Program Development for the LaSalle School in Albany.

“These are the kind of days where we get to go beyond the day-to-day tasks that we have and explore areas that require deeper exploration,” said Fort Plain Superintendent David Ziskin. “Days like this give us a chance to focus our efforts on topics that we might not otherwise have a chance to think about.”

Faculty and administrators in each of the school’s buildings also had breakout sessions. The Junior/Senior High School staff worked on, “Grading Smarter, Not Harder,” to assess the values of what is graded and what those grades mean. While the Harry Hoag Elementary staff had sessions about Close Readers, student management support and motivational tools, and data-driven instruction among other things.

The conference day is one of four scheduled staff development days spread throughout the school year.

“I would like to extend a great, ‘Thank You,’ to our faculty and staff for their attention and participation in all of our activities. These are the kinds of meetings and discussions that will make our schools even stronger than they already are,” Ziskin said. “I would also like to thank David Wallace for coming and speaking with us. I think that some of the perspectives and thoughts he shared will help us in the future to continue to prepare Fort Plain students for success during their time here and after graduation.”

College Financial Aid Night – Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.

The process of planning and paying for college can be daunting.

For help filling out Federal and State forms that directly affect grants, loans and scholarships the Counseling Center in the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School is here!

Parents and students are invited to attend Financial Aid Night in the Jr./Sr. High School on October 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The night will begin with a presentation in the Auditorium from Fulton-Montgomery Community College Financial Aid Coordinator Rebecca Cozzocrea who will provide an overview of the financial aid process, including how to access New York State’s Excelsior (“free tuition”) Scholarship.

A member of the Fort Plain Scholarship Association will also be on hand to explain their scholarship application requirements.

Attendees will then move to the Library Computer Lab where they will get assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) applications.

In order to fill out FAFSA forms it is a good idea to register for a Federal Student Aid ID before October 11. This can be done at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid. If there are issues connecting to the site then an ID can be made at the workshop.

Other needed information for the night includes:

  • Student and Parents social security numbers (Have cards to ensure number is correct.)
  • Parents’ dates of birth
  • Student’s driver’s license number (if they have one)
  • Student’s Permanent Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Copy of student’s 2016 Federal Income Tax Return. (or W-2 Wage statements)
  • Copy of parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (or W-2 Wage statements)
  • Records of student’s un-taxed income for:
    • Child support received in the student’s name
    • Child support received for any of the student’s children
    • Interest income
    • Veterans non-education benefits
    • Disability benefits
    • Money received by or paid on the student’s behalf
  • Records of parents’ un-taxed income for:
    • Child support received for all children
    • Interest income
    • Veterans non-education benefits
    • Un-taxed portion of pension benefits
    • Un-taxed portion of IRA deductions
    • Un-taxed portion of IRA distributions
    • Workers’ compensation benefits
    • Disability benefits
  • Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) (if created, see above)
  • Valid email address

Questions about Financial Aid Night can be sent to 10-12 School Counselor Colleen Cushing at colleen.cushing@fortplain.org or 518-993-4000, #2129.

Jr./Sr. Student Council Officers Elected, Students of the Month

The Student Council elections at the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School concluded in September and the following students will serve for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • President: Michael D’Arcangelis
  • Vice President: Cameron Suits
  • Vice President: Tyler Swartz
  • Treasurer: Bryce Thibodeau
  • Secretary: Quinn Jones
  • Public Relations: Louis Calbet

The Jr./Sr. High School Students of the Month for September are:

  • Michael Hoffman Grade 12
  • Faith-Araya Rende Grade 11
  • Caelan Germond Grade 10
  • Sarah Paradiso Grade 9
  • Seth Rivkowich Grade 8
  • Andra Fuhs Grade 7

We need your help! Substitutes needed!

The Fort Plain Central School District is looking for substitute bus drivers and substitute cleaners!

Become a substitute in the Fort Plain School District!

Fill out the application on our Employment page, and include a letter of interest, a resume, and 3 letters of recommendation or call Rebecca Smith in the District Office at 518-993-4000 ext. #1000.

Send materials to:

David W. Ziskin, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
25 High Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339

Substitute teacher aides are also in demand!

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher aide, please contact HFM BOCES Substitute Services at 518-736-4390.

Emily Marsh and Jason Huang honored for academics, leadership

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School seniors Emily Marsh and Jason Huang were recognized for outstanding academic, school, and community leadership at the 30th annual University at Albany Multicultural High School Achievers Award Program on September 23.

Both Marsh and Huang have academic averages over 88 and were nominated by 10-12 School Counselor Colleen Cushing back in February.

The pair enjoyed a day-long event at the University at Albany’s uptown campus featuring campus tours, student panels, and a student services fair.

Overall, the program honors African American, Latino(a), Asian American, and Native American students throughout the Capital District and beyond.