Jr./Sr. High School Students of the Month – January 2018

Congratulations to January’s students of the month for the Jr./Sr. High School (nominator in parentheses)!
  • Grade 12 – Emily Marsh (Mrs. Jarabek)
  • Grade 11 – Mackenzie Wintermute (Mr. Jarabek)
  • Grade 10 – Franklyn TenEyck (Mrs. Cooley and Mrs. Jarabek)
  • Grade 9 – Rachel Zuppardi (Mrs. Jarabek)
  • Grade 8 – Noah Norton (Mrs. Wilder and Mrs. Summerfield)
  • Grade 7 – Alex Rivkowich (Dr. Pombrio)

Legendary Fort Plain baseball coach wins national Coach of the Year honor

Legendary Fort Plain baseball coach Craig Phillips was named a 2017 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association last week.

Philips is the only baseball coach and one of just 23 high school coaches from across the country to be selected for the honor that the NFHS has awarded since 1982.

“To be honored with this award from our small school in upstate New York, I am just extremely honored. I hope I have made a difference, but most of all I am so proud that we have such great kids and such a great school and community that support the program and me,” said Phillips. “To be honored in this way is a great, great honor.”

“Coach Phillips’ selection as National Coach of the Year is a tremendous honor. It is also well-deserved,” Fort Plain Superintendent of Schools David Ziskin said. “Craig’s love of the game and his players has defined his career. He has made a unique and indelible imprint on the athletes he has coached, Fort Plain and on high school athletics in New York State.”

“I have known Craig for a very long time and seen him in action for a very long time and this kind of award recognizes not only the success of his teams, but also overcoming adversity,” Fort Plain Athletics Director Charlie Karker said. “This award recognizes the time, effort, and care that he has given to Fort Plain – not just the school or the team – all of Fort Plain.”

Phillips enters his 45th season this spring with more than 750 career wins – the most wins in the history of New York State high school baseball – and that success hasn’t waned over the last few years either.

Over the past two seasons, the Fort Plain baseball team was a combined 37-6, won the 2016 Class D New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) championship and reached the Section II final last year.

Phillips called the 2016 state title “improbable” at the time. The then-No. 3 seeded Hilltoppers beat top-seeded Fort Ann in eight innings, 2-1, in the Section II title game. Fort Plain then went on to beat Genesee Valley, 11-0, in the state semifinal and West Canada Valley in the state championship game, 11-6.

Always the coach, Philips said of his upcoming 2017 team, “We don’t have any seniors this year, but I expect us to still be pretty good.”

Overall, the Hilltoppers have won 24 league championships, 10 Section II titles and a pair of state championships during Philips’ tenure. The first sectional title was in 1981 and the first state crown came in 2007 in Class C. Including the 2016 run, Fort Plain has played in five NYSPHSAA state tournaments.

Even though Phillips tends to deflect his own accomplishments, he was named the NYSPHSAA Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2016. He has served on the Section II baseball committee for 35 consecutive years and was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. He was inducted into the Capital Region Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

“There is something so intriguing about the game of baseball. Every year, there is always a restart of the season. It is always fresh and new. Since we are a small district, we always have new players that are question marks, but they have to play. We are lucky enough that they respond to myself and my other coaches,” Philips said. “I have to thank all of my assistant coaches from over the years. I started out alone, but without them, in this day and age, there is no way we would be as successful without them. I also want to thank the community for supporting our program and the school for giving us, and maintaining, such a gorgeous facility that we get to use.”

Phillips has had dozens of league, section, and state all-stars on his rosters over the years including 2016 New York State Sportswriters Association Class D Player of the Year, and 2017 First-Team All-State selection, Drew Fureno. Former players have also followed in the coach’s footsteps into the dugout. Former Hilltopper Jabin Weaver was named the head baseball coach at Hudson Valley Community College this past fall.

“I have coached so many great kids from great families, but I have never coached a grandson yet,” Philips joked as he rattled off name after name he has put on roster cards over the years. “We have a saying here in Fort Plain, ‘tradition never graduates.’ I know I am a tough guy to play for, but the way that the players, school, and community have rallied around baseball they have made that saying remain true for many years and it will remain true for many more.”

Regents and testing week schedule for Jr./Sr. High School

It is that time of year where the tests are coming up. Here is the schedule for the week of Jan. 22-26.

Monday, January 22

8 a.m.

Gym

  • ELA Regents
  • English 10R (McCall)
  • English 10H (McCall)
  • SUNY English (McCall)

Room 103

Spanish II (Jarabek)

12 p.m. (noon)

Gym

  • Living Environment Regents
  • English 9 (Clute, Yurkewecz)
  • English 9H (McCall)
  • Living Environment (Jarabek, Smith)

Room 110

Foundations/Tech/Wood (Heroth)

Tuesday, January 23

8 a.m.

Gym

  • U.S. History and Government Regents
  • Geometry Regents
  • Freshman Seminar (Stokna)
  • Geometry (DiBiase)
  • Participation in Government (Sacco)
  • U.S. History (Ryan)

Room 103

Spanish I (Pombrio)

Room 101

A.P. U.S. History (Gray, Niles)

12 p.m. (noon)

  • Gym
  • Algebra I Regents
  • Algebra – Year 2 (Waner)
  • Earth Science (Elliot)
  • Forensics (Bogus, Smith)
  • SUNY Psychology (Ryan)

Room 103

Spanish III (Jarabek)

Wednesday, January 24

8 a.m.

Gym

  • Global History & Geography Regents
  • Physics Regents
  • Algebra (Summerfield)
  • Global 10 (Ryan)
  • Math 8 (Summerfield)
  • Physics (DiBiase)

Room 303

Earth Science I (Elliott)

12 p.m. (Noon)

  • Algebra II Regents
  • Calculator Math (Capece)
  • Global 9 (Niles)
  • Trigonometry (Waner)

Room 110

Foundations/Tech/Wood (Heroth)

Thursday, January 25

8 a.m.

Room 201

  • Earth Science Regents
  • Chemistry Regents

Room 110

Foundations/Tech/Wood (Heroth)

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.

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.