A message from Superintendent Ziskin regarding a person walking on school property

This is David Ziskin, superintendent of schools. I am posting to alleviate any  alarm created by a report that was heard by civilians over a police scanner today. This morning, the administration at our High School communicated with the Fort Plain Police, as they often do, because it had been reported that an individual, who was unfamiliar to a teacher and that teacher’s class, was observed walking on school grounds shortly after school started. This individual left school property and was seen walking toward the village shortly after.  We are pleased that our students and staff again chose to say something when they saw something. We are also very fortunate to have such a strong responsive, relationship with local law enforcement who have assured us our schools remain safe and secure.

Hand-knitted mittens, Happy Faces!

Anne Hoteling of Little Falls – the aunt of Harry Hoag Elementary School teacher Joan Dise – donated over 25 pair of beautifully hand-knitted mittens, in a wide variety of colors to Fort Plain Elementary students this winter.

The mittens have brought big smiles to many.

Beyond the comfort that the mittens have given students, the gift provided an opportunity for students to learn as they wrote thank you notes to Hoteling on cards donated by Jean Ronan Photography.

Students composed messages and wrote neatly enough for the Post Office to deliver the notes and so the messages could be read when they arrived.

“It is amazing what motivation to write there is when the purpose is real, and meaningful,” Dise said. “Joy and happiness was felt by the students, not only because of their comfy mittens – one student actually wore his to bed – but they also felt pride in their completed work. Mrs. Hoteling’s felt the same way when she received the ‘priceless’ letters. It was a great job by our students and I want to give a huge thank you to Mrs. Hoteling. She is, as one student said, a ‘very nice knitter!’”

Events coming up at Harry Hoag Elementary School

There are a number of events coming up over the next few weeks at Harry Hoag Elementary school.

Students will graduate from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program on Thursday, Jan 18 starting at 3 p.m.

There are also a pair of school dances coming up including a “Welcome 2018” dance on Jan. 23 at 2:45 p.m. and then a “Valentine’s Day” dance on Feb. 13 also starting at 2:45 p.m.

To stay up to date on everything going on in the Fort Plain School district make sure to follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/FortPlainCentralSchoolDistrict

Jan. 5 a Superintendent’s Conference Day, Students do NOT report, Athletics events canceled

UPDATE 10:15 a.m., Jan. 5, 2018: All Fort Plain athletic events and practices for Jan. 5 AND Jan. 6, 2018 are CANCELED.

This includes Biddy basketball.
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Due to forecasted low temperatures, Jan. 5 will be a Superintendent’s Conference Day for the Fort Plain Central School District. STUDENTS WILL NOT ATTEND SCHOOL.

Teachers report by 10 a.m. Aides and food service staff do not report. Faculty and staff should check their email for further details.

Water has been restored to the Fort Plain school buildings, but there is a boil water order in effect for the time being.

Athletic contests have yet to be determined.

March 14 will now be a regular day of instruction (reminders will be sent).

Water main issue closes Fort Plain schools for Jan. 4, 2018 (Update – 8:25 p.m., Jan. 3)

WATER MAIN BREAK UPDATE (8:25 p.m.): The Fort Plain Schools and Office will be CLOSED for January 4, 2018 due to the water main break near Harry Hoag Elementary School.

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UPDATE (8 p.m.): Crews are still working on fixing the pipes near Harry Hoag Elementary School and a decision about tomorrow’s school day has not been made yet.

We aim to have a decision made as soon as possible. We understand the concern and need for this information.

Keeping students safe and comfortable in the classroom is our top priority.

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UPDATE (5 p.m.) No hard updates yet about tomorrow, but a great thank you to the Fort Plain DPW for working on a cold night like this one.

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WATER MAIN ISSUE UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): We would like to thank all of the students, teachers, and staff for productively working through today’s issues.

School officials are speaking with town workers shortly about the status of the main break and what the best plan for tomorrow will be.

We encourage everyone to continue to follow us here or on our free messaging app (Remind) to stay up to date on tomorrow’s school day.

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UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): Regular dismissal is still planned at both Harry Hoag and the Jr./Sr. High School.

Both the modified and JV girls basketball game have been postponed.

All after-school activities in Fort Plain buildings are canceled.

The bowling match vs. Middleburgh is still on at Iroquois Lanes

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There has been a water main break outside the entrance of Harry Hoag Elementary school.

Students, faculty, and staff are safe. Running water to both the elementary school and the high school buildings has been shut off at this time while local public works departments and the facilities staff work on the problem.

Portable restrooms are on the way to both schools to handle restroom needs and hand sanitizer is being distributed throughout both building for those that need it.

Further updates about both the water and dismissal will be given as soon as possible.