Fort Plain wins $2,000 grant from Walmart

The Fort Plain Central School District won a $2,000 grant from Walmart earlier this week.

The grant will fund “Smarter Social Studies,” and create a Resource Library of more than 120 new books to be used by 60 seventh-grade students. The books will be selected to help students become familiar with early American history concepts.

The grant was written by Laura Whalen from Capital Region BOCES. The grant team has won a total of $52,187,655 for its associated school districts.

Area children, ages 18 and under, can eat free this summer at Harry Hoag Elementary

Parks, Libraries, Schools, and More. Find Summer Meals link.

All area children are invited to receive free meals this summer at Harry Hoag Elementary School every day until Aug. 4. Breakfast is served between 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Just stop in and get a free meal – open to all kids and teens ages 18 and under.

There is also an open meal site at East Hill Elementary in Canajoharie that runs from July 10 – Aug. 18.

Class of 2017 Top 10

Congratulations to the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. HS Class of 2017 Top Ten

Valedictorian Lexi Veitch

Salutatorian Zoe D’Arcangelis

Julia Stockwell

Andrew Fureno

Sarah Hoffman

Isaiah Cechnicki

Allie Schuyler

Izzy Lambert

Spencer Mang

Sierra Logan

Class of 2017 dedicate yearbook to Mrs. Michelle Hext

The Class of 2017 yearbook editor Kierra Reid presented a yearbook to Mrs. Hext on Friday, June 2, during a special ceremony.

The class has known Mrs. Hext since they were in elementary school. She was their class advisor until she was diagnosed with cancer, at which time she handed over the reins to others. Mrs. Hext has always been supportive of the class and they wanted to show their appreciation of all she has done for them.

Other staff members who were thanked include: Mrs. Susan Summerfield, Mrs. Deb Waner, Mrs. Lisa Trembley, Mrs. Charlene Denofrio, Mr. Lance Elliott and Mrs. Laurie Capece.

FP Jr./Sr. HS students get up close look at deadly DWI crash memorial

Throughout the day on Tuesday, May 16, students had the opportunity to view The Stop DWI Amy Stock Memorial Trailer which was parked outside the high school.

48-year old Amy Stock was killed by a drunk driver in June 2015. The memorial was created in an effort to preserve the car, tell Stock’s story and educate the public on the dangers of drinking and driving. Members of SADD were on hand to answer any questions.

The enclosed trailer with glass sides shows her crumpled vehicle and tells the story of Stock’s life and her untimely death. The memorial features video monitors playing a video about Stock and the incident, the police report and death certificate, personal photos and some of her belongings.
The trailer travels throughout the state, particularly to high schools and colleges via STOP DWI coordinators and county sheriff offices.

For more information on Stop DWI Amy Stock memorial trailer, visit:

Listen the audio the students heard today here:

Fort Plain Junior Emory Sammons takes First Place at the State Finals Rowing Championship

Fort Plain Junior Emory Sammons recently finished First at the State Finals of the Scholastic Rowing Association of New York State. Featuring competitive rowing for athletes in grades 7-12, the SRA is one of the largest and strongest rowing programs in the country. Emory rows for the Saratoga Rowing Association, traveling to Fish Creek in Saratoga for regular practices and training.

Emory and his teammates recently competed in the state championships on May 12 and May 14. He came away the 1500m Varsity Men’s Singles Champion with a time of 5:44.5, which was 1.8 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Amadeuzs Rowing Academy in Long Island. There were 8 boats in the finals, with 4 from Amadeusz, 1 from Long Island Rowing Club, 1 from Rye HS, and 1 from F.D.R. HS.
Emory then competed with his rowing partner Mike Newell, from Cohoes, in the 1500m Varsity Men’s Doubles finals and came away a champion again! They finished with a time of 5:03.4, almost a full 6 seconds ahead of the second place team from Shenendehowa. Other teams represented included Saratoga HS, Sagamore HS and Canisius HS, along with several teams from Amadeusz.

Emory will now move on to the Northeast Championships in Worcester, MA. This will be followed by the Scholastic Rowing Association Nationals in Camden, NJ. In addition, Emory has also qualified to represent New York State at the Youth Nationals in Sarasota, FL on June 9th-11th. He has also been asked to participate in training with the US National Team in San Diego, CA this summer! Emory is the son of Victor and Amy Sammons.

Voters approve 2017-18 Fort Plain budget on May 16, 2017

Fort Plain Central School District residents voted in support of the district’s 2017-18 school budget May 16, by a vote of 159 to 48.

The approved $19,890,000 budget plan calls for a 2 percent spending increase over the current year’s budget with a 1.95 percent tax levy increase.

Voters also approved a second proposal on the ballot which authorizes the use of $270,000 from the District’s Bus Purchase Reserve Fund for the purchase of new school vehicles with 155 yes votes. Expenditures of reserve funds require voter approval; however, since 100 percent of the cost is paid from the fund, there will be no impact on the tax levy.

In addition to voting on the budget, residents re-elected three members of the Board of Education to three-year terms commencing on July 1, 2017 and expiring on June 30, 2020.

David Przestrzelski received 161 votes, Todd McFee received 179 votes, and Jeffrey L. Jones received 173 votes.

Unified Basketball comes to Fort Plain School District

Playing basketball for the school team is something some students never get to experience, whether it’s because of an intellectual or physical disability, or simply a lack of nerves to try out. But thanks to a new program, all students at Fort Plain will now have that opportunity.

The first unified basketball league at Fort Plain CSD kicks off on Thursday at the Harry Hoag Elementary School at 4:15 p.m. The league is put on by the Special Olympics and Section V, which runs school sports in the region.

A unified league means anyone can play including someone with a mental or physical disability. “The end goal is to include everyone and hopefully build friendships that last off the court,” said Linda Cole, Special Education teacher and advisor to the Youth Activation Committee.

Thirteen athletes are participating in grades 9-12. The team will play six games throughout the month of May. Home games begin at 4:15 p.m. and are played in the Harry Hoag Gymnasium.

Come on out and cheer on the team:
Thursday, 5/11, Home vs. Gloversville
Monday, 5/15, Home vs. Amsterdam
Thursday, 5/18, Away at Glens Falls
Wednesday, 5/24, Home vs. South Glens Falls
Wednesday, 5/31, Away at Queensbury