Six Fort Plain Central School faculty and administrative staff retire

Six Fort Plain Central School faculty and administrative staff are retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year, concluding more than 100 years of combined work in the education field.

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Those that are retiring are:

Donna Yerdon, Elementary Teacher, 30 Years
Judy King, Teacher Aide, 13 Years
Carl Rockefeller, Business Manager, 34 Years
Nancy Wilder, Science Teacher, 32 years
Meredith Yacobucci, Clerk/Typist, 40 Years
Linda Seeley, Clerk/Typist, 10 Years

Congratulations and best wishes to this group of individuals who have devoted their lives to supporting the children of Fort Plain.

Register now for Hilltopper Basketball Camp

Fort Plain Central School will host the 2018 Hilltoppers Basketball Camp for girls and boys entering second through eighth grade Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13. The camp is 9 a.m.-noon each day at the Harry Hoag Elementary and Junior-Senior High School gymnasiums. The cost is $50 per child if registered by June 21 and $75 per child after June 21 (price includes a t-shirt). Students do not need to attend Fort Plain Schools.

The camp will focus on skill development, improving understanding of the game, and learning Read & React® to improve individual and team play. Each day will also include a variety of contests and games with prizes awarded.

Instructors include Hilltopper coaches Casey Russom and Geoff Snyder with help from members of the school varsity and junior varsity basketball teams. Visit or stop by the Harry Hoag Main Office for registration forms. Completed forms and payment can be dropped off at Harry Hoag or mailed to the address listed at the bottom of the registration materials.

For more information, please contact Casey Russom ( or 518-993-4000 x 3018) or Geoff Snyder ( or 518-993-4000 x 2107).

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

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All area children are invited to receive free meals this summer at Harry Hoag Elementary School every day from June 28 until Aug. 4. Breakfast is served between 8:00-9:15 a.m. and lunch between 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Just stop in and get a free meal – open to all kids and teens ages 18 and under.

For our Summer Menu, visit our Food Services page.

There is also an open meal site at East Hill Elementary in Canajoharie that runs from July 9 – Aug. 17.

Elementary Honor Society inducts 10

Harry Hoag Elementary proudly inducted 10 new members into the Harry Hoag Chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society in a special ceremony for family and friends on Tuesday, June 5.

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2018 National Elementary Honor Society inductees.

Inducted were fifth graders Zachary Briggs, James Douglas, Kaylie Field, Hannah French, Andan Gomez, Ashlynn Hart, Serenity Johnson, Payton Landry, Jasmine Lapi, and Nevaeh Rivers.

Ian Zuppardi called the meeting to order. Arianna Souza led the Pledge of Allegiance. Harry Hoag Principal Lauren Crisman welcomed everyone.

Four members led the candle lighting ceremony, which reminds everyone of the core values of Honor Society. Emily Palmeri lit the Candle of Scholarship, representing high academic achievement and integrity. Arianna Souza lit the Candle of Leadership, representing leading by example in all areas of life. Brady Keane lit the Candle of Service, representing caring through selfless acts that school and community. Vandwane Tulabing lit the Candle of Responsibility, representing enthusiasm and hard work in school and life.

Mason Cook, Mrs. Crisman and advisers Amanda Souzaand Kathleen Jordan awarded certificates to the inductees. Austin VanGorder led the group in the National Elementary Honor Society Pledge.

The evening closed with photos and refreshments.

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Our current National Elementary Honor Society members.
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Our advisors


Students spruce up Harry Hoag

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On Wednesday, June 6, Mrs. Caponera’s and Ms. Slawienski’s study hall students planted four flower pots to brighten up the exterior of Harry Hoag for the upcoming end of the year events. The students will  water and maintain the plants until the end of the school year. Special thanks to Mrs. Broady and the student council for their donation towards this special beautification project.

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Harry Hoag Drama Club wraps up successful season

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2017-18 Elementary Drama Club All-Stars (front) Isis Hammond, McKenna Karker, (back) Rachel Kamp, Isaac Clark, and Gami Bracket.

The Harry Hoag Elementary Drama Club concluded its season on Thursday, May 31.  Throughout the year, students in grades 3-6 built their drama skills. They focused on acting skills, voice techniques, warm up exercises, expressing emotion, working with a partner, improvisation, monologues, and short skits.

“This younger generation will soon be those performing on stage with the Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club,” said club adviser Lauri Broady.

“These are all skills they will need if they choose to pursue drama in the future.”

Mrs. Broady also named the 2017-2018 Elementary Drama Club All-Stars.  They are third-grader Gami Brackett and fourth-graders Isaac Clark, McKenna Karker, Rachel Kamp, and Isis Hammond.

Annual Hilltopper Baseball Camp set for June 25-29

Fort Plain Central Schools will again host the Annual Fort Plain Hilltopper Baseball Camp 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily on July 25-29 at the Fort Plain Sports Complex.

Players 6 years old and older will learn from accomplished coaches Jadin Weaver of Hudson Valley Community College and Dale Smith, former Hilltopper coach. The camp will conclude on Friday with the Annual Rag Ball Tournament. Family and friends are encouraged to attend the tournament.

Cost is $100 per player. Additional family members are $90.

To register, download and complete the registration form (PDF) and return to Coach Craig J. Phillips, 1 Henry St. Fort Plain, NY 13339.

For more information, please contact Coach Phillips at 518-993-2564.

Yearbook honors Nancy Wilder

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Fort Plain yearbook editors (left to right) Eryka Swank, Kendall Kennedy, and Emily Marsh announce the 2018 yearbook is dedicated to Fort Plain science teacher Nancy Wilder (center), who is retiring after 32 years.

The 2018 Fort Plain Yearbook is dedicated to science teacher Nancy Wilder who is retiring after 32 years serving Fort Plain students. Also receiving thanks from the Class of 2018 were class advisers Paula Colvin and Laurie Capece and teachers Margaret DiBiase, Patrick Hanifin, Tara Hayes and Will Ryan.