Fitness Center in Fort Plain High School open from Jan. 2-April 30

The Fitness Center in Fort Plain High School will be open to the public from 5 a.m.-7 a.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on school days from January 2-April 30.

Students are not permitted to use the center during those times.

Memberships are available to adult district residents for $20 per month, non-district residents for $30 per month, while any senior over 65-years-old is free of charge. Payments are due on the first of each month.

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

Five fall athletic teams named Scholar-Athlete teams

Five of the Fort Plain Central School District’s six fall athletic teams were named Scholar-Athlete teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) last week.

In order to qualify for the honor at least 75 percent of a team’s rosters needs to hold an overall grade point average of 90 or higher.

The Fort Plain teams that qualified were:

  • Boys Cross Country – 95.11
  • Girls Cross Country – 94.79
  • Girls Soccer – 90..935
  • Volleyball – 90.908
  • Golf – 90.327

A full list of honored teams can be seen on the NYSPHSAA website.

December Newsletter available

December 2017 Pennysaver Newsletter

Highlights of the Newsletter

Harry Hoag “Fun With Math” Achievers

At the first session of “Fun With Math,” the following elementary students successfully completed 100 addition facts, with 100% accuracy.

Prior to the timed math fact race, students “warmed up” with math games, activities, and contests that used addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

  • 6 minutes: Bryellah D’Arcanglis, Summer Trumbull
  • 5 minutes: Larry Sanders, Payton Skiffington, and Caitlyn Stephens
  • 4 minutes: Dawson Tracki and Lexi Palmeri

“Frightening Fantasy” Workshop

Some seventh grade students attended a creative writing workshop at Arkell Hall in October, which was intended to teach them to write fantasy in a fun way.

The students gathered among mood-setting Halloween decorations to help set the mood and get their mind thinking about spooky topics.

Students reviewed the elements of fiction writing: setting, mood, suspense, conflict, and character development.

After creating mysterious characters and placing them in frightening settings, the students developed an exciting fantasy story. They shared their stories at the end of the day.

The students who participated in this Minds-On workshop were: Jakub Battisti, Cross Young, Amelia Gallagher, Alexis Euler, Natalie Thibodeau, Savonna Tyler, Rylee Herron, Anthony Paradiso, Ethan Kilmartin, and Kristin Sanders.

4th Graders Visit Mohawk River/Erie Canal

In preparation for their upcoming mosaic project, the fourth grade class recently explored some local Mohawk River and Erie Canal revitalization projects.

The day began with a stop at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge then the Riverlink Park in Amsterdam and then the Riverfront Park in Canajoharie.

Students heard information and stories about the Erie Canal’s history and about use of the Mohawk River today – both as a recreational and a commercial resource.

The visit was followed up with a video and photos of Mohawk River Lock 15 in Fort Plain.

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!

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

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.

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.”

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.