Fort Plain Faculty/Staff Hoops set for Mar. 9

Harry Hoag School Gym will host the 2018 Faculty/Staff Basketball game on Friday, Mar. 9.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. when students in grades 4-6 take the court for biddy basketball.  At 6 p.m., eight teams made up of a teacher, a junior or senior, and a sixth grader take the court for a skills challenge. The teams race to hit a free throw, a three-pointer, and a half-court shot. The main event, a coed faculty/staff basketball game, tips off at 7 p.m.

The annual event will pit Team Crisman against Team Larrabee. The game promises to be exciting and fun. Everyone is invited to come and cheer on their favorite teachers and school employees.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for students in grades 7-12, and free for students PK-6. All students must be accompanied by an adult. There will be a full concession stand.

Half-time of the adult game will feature a half-court shooting challenge. One dollar buys a chance to hit a half-court shot to win five dollars. Hit two shots and win an iTune card.

All proceeds go to the PTA, which underwrites educational and extracurricular activities not funded in the school budget.

Lauri Broady honored as Friend to Education

Woman in black dress wearing a white corsage standing next to a man in a dark suit.
Mrs. Broady and Fort Plain Superintendent Dr. David Ziskin share a happy moment at a CASDA luncheon where Mrs. Broady received the association’s Friend of Education award.

On Feb. 16, Fort Plain CSD’s Lauri Broady was honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award.

CASDA presents this award to recognize the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving students and the school community.

Although Mrs. Broady is the school’s food service manager, she is much more.

Many people do not realize that she serves both Fort Plain and Canajoharie. She works together with the cafeteria staffs to ensure students receive appetizing and highly nutritional meals. To make certain that all students had access to those meals, so Mrs. Broady led successful applications to the USDA Community Eligibility Program. Under this grant, all students in both districts receive a free nutritious breakfast and lunch each school day. Her shared responsibilities extend beyond the cafeteria. She co-directs plays and musicals for Canajoharie-Fort Plain Drama Club and coordinates the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Health and Wellness Fair.

Her efforts don’t stop there.

In Fort Plain, she teaches four Talented and Gifted groups. She is the advisor for the Harry Hoag student council and produces the district newsletter that runs in the Pennysaver.

Mrs. Broady is truly a Friend of Education.

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.