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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

Harry Hoag holds student council elections

Students in grades 4-6 were recently elected by their classmates to serve on this year’s El­ementary Student Council.

Students completed applications about why they felt they would be a good student representative and outlined what they would like to accomplish as a Student Council member.

Each candidate made campaign posters and shared their platform with other students for one week.

The campaign culminated with sixth grade students making short speeches in the gym, introducing themselves and explaining why they felt that they would do a good job as an officer leading the Student Council.

After the paper ballots were counted, the 2017-2018 Elementary Student Council was announced:

President – Brady Keane

Vice President – Emily Palmeri

Treasurer – Sebastian Baxter

Secretary – Delana Tracki

Sixth Grade Representatives: Ethan Hubbard, Marionna Stephens

Fifth Grade Representatives: Payton Landry, Jed Douglas, Vienna Jackson, Jazzy Lapi

Fourth Grade Representatives: Owen Castellano, Anthony Chavarria, Dylan Keane, Josephia Carcasole, Dawson Tracki

Harry Hoag Students of the Month for November

Congratulations to the November 2017 Harry Hoag Elementary School students of the month!

Kindergarten – Isabella Hearn

Grade 1 – Lainie McDuffee

Grade 2 – Eliyhanna Brackett

Grade 3 – Robert Davis

Grade 4 – Dawson Tracki

Grade 5 – Zachary Briggs

Grade 6 – Marionna Stephens


Harry Hoag November 2017 Students of the Month

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.

Half day for professional development on Dec. 15

The Fort Plain Central School District is scheduled to hold a half day for students on Dec. 15 as faculty and staff will attend the second professional development day of the school year.

Students will be released from the Junior/Senior High School at 10:30 a.m. and from Harry Hoag Elementary School at 10:40 a.m.

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