Half day for professional development on Dec. 15

The Fort Plain Central School District is scheduled to hold a half day for students on Dec. 15 as faculty and staff will attend the second professional development day of the school year.

Students will be released from the Junior/Senior High School at 10:30 a.m. and from Harry Hoag Elementary School at 10:40 a.m.

Comments and questions can be directed to the district office at (518) 993-4000 ext. #1000.

Eight families attend Family Math Night

Eight families attended Family Math Night at the Junior/Senior High School on Nov. 15.

It was a night of problem solving and games as parents got involved in their child’s math education.

Beyond the games at school each family went home with games and activities to reinforce the lessons learned.

The night was organized by eighth grade math teacher Sue Summerfield.

Family Math Night 2
Jayden Sackett and his father Mark, along with Bridgette England, work on a problem solving activity.
Family Math Night Fun
Eighth grader Kiley Gallt and her dad, Wayne, play a game of Shut the Box while Sarah Murphy and her family enjoy a game of checkers.

2017 Fort Plain Fall Sports Awards

From Athletic Director Charlie Karker and as announced at the annual Fall Sports Reception on Nov. 9.

New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Awards:

  • Volleyball
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Cross Country
  • Boys Cross Country
  • Golf

Team Awards


  • FPCS BOE 2nd Effort Award – Sarah Paradiso
  • WAC Mohawk Division 2nd Team All-Star- Lauren Weinberger
  • Senior Game Athletes- Victoria Wilday & Kaylee Atkins


  • FPCS BOE 2nd Effort Award – Brady Fureno
  • Coach’s Awards – Taylor Gifford & Jacob Hazlett
  • WAC Mohawk Division 1st Team All-Stars – Jacob Hazlett, Taylor Gifford & Brady Fureno

Girls Soccer

  • FPCS BOE 2nd Effort Award – Emily Abrams
  • D’Arcangelis Super-Sub Award – Hannah Leonard
  • Section 2 and WAC Mohawk Division 1st Team All-Stars – Emily Abrams & Gabriella Jenks
  • Section 2 and WAC Mohawk Division 2nd Team All-Stars – Kendall Kennedy & Maecee Lathers

Boys Soccer

  • FPCS BOE 2nd Effort Award – Ethan Spaulding
  • Hilltopper Award – Patrick Murphy
  • Captain’s Award- Bryce Thibodeau
  • Most Improved Award- Josh Nellis
  • WAC Mohawk Division 1st Team All-Star- Jaxson Yacowenia
  • WAC Mohawk Division 2nd Team All-Star- Adan Vasquez

Girls Cross Country

  • FPCS BOE 2nd Effort Award – Michaela Stockwell
  • Outstanding FP Runner – Eliza Cechnicki
  • 3-D Award for Desire, Determination & Dedication – Emily Marsh
  • WAC 1st Team All-Star- Eliza Cechnicki

Boys Cross Country

  • FPCS BOE 2nd Effort Award – Jason Huang
  • Outstanding FP Runner – Michael Hoffman
  • 3-D Award for Desire, Determination & Dedication – Sean Staples
  • Most Improved – Seth Wintermute
  • WAC 1st Team All-Star – Michael Hoffman

Eighth graders tour Fort Plain cemetery, learn of immigration

As part of an interdisciplinary unit on immigration in English Language Arts and Social Studies classes, Fort Plain eighth grade students participated in a guided tour of the Fort Plain cemetery on November 21.

The tour was hosted by village historian Eileen Chambers.

Chambers shared knowledge and stories about early immigration to Fort Plain and the early residents that shaped the village into what it is today.

Fort Plain cemetery tour 1 Fort Plain cemetery tour 2

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.