Eighth graders tour Fort Plain cemetery, learn of immigration

As part of an interdisciplinary unit on immigration in English Language Arts and Social Studies classes, Fort Plain eighth grade students participated in a guided tour of the Fort Plain cemetery on November 21.

The tour was hosted by village historian Eileen Chambers.

Chambers shared knowledge and stories about early immigration to Fort Plain and the early residents that shaped the village into what it is today.

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Nine from Jr./Sr. High School represent nations from 1791 at United Nations Simulation

Nine Fort Plain Junior/Senior High school students represented nations, empires, and kingdoms from 1791 at a United Nations Simulation at the Carey Institute for Global Good on Nov. 14.

Quinn Jones represents Fort Plain at the Model UN.Fort Plain’s Quinn Jones was the President of the simulation, while Bryce Thibodeau created and presented a slavery and slave trade resolution on behalf of Abyssinia. His resolution passed, 15-9.

Each student conducted extensive background research to portray their nation accurately.

Bryce Thibodeau delivers his resolution at the Model UNThe complete list of Fort Plain students included:

Quinn Jones – President

Michael D’Arcangelis – Iroquois League

Bryce Thibodeau – Abyssinia

Patrick Murphy – Russia

Jenna Reese – Portugal

Michaela Stockwell – Sardinia

Brady Fureno – Denmark

Nate Beam – Maratha Confederacy

Taylor Gifford – Siam

College Financial Aid Night – Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.

The process of planning and paying for college can be daunting.

For help filling out Federal and State forms that directly affect grants, loans and scholarships the Counseling Center in the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School is here!

Parents and students are invited to attend Financial Aid Night in the Jr./Sr. High School on October 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The night will begin with a presentation in the Auditorium from Fulton-Montgomery Community College Financial Aid Coordinator Rebecca Cozzocrea who will provide an overview of the financial aid process, including how to access New York State’s Excelsior (“free tuition”) Scholarship.

A member of the Fort Plain Scholarship Association will also be on hand to explain their scholarship application requirements.

Attendees will then move to the Library Computer Lab where they will get assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) applications.

In order to fill out FAFSA forms it is a good idea to register for a Federal Student Aid ID before October 11. This can be done at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid. If there are issues connecting to the site then an ID can be made at the workshop.

Other needed information for the night includes:

  • Student and Parents social security numbers (Have cards to ensure number is correct.)
  • Parents’ dates of birth
  • Student’s driver’s license number (if they have one)
  • Student’s Permanent Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Copy of student’s 2016 Federal Income Tax Return. (or W-2 Wage statements)
  • Copy of parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (or W-2 Wage statements)
  • Records of student’s un-taxed income for:
    • Child support received in the student’s name
    • Child support received for any of the student’s children
    • Interest income
    • Veterans non-education benefits
    • Disability benefits
    • Money received by or paid on the student’s behalf
  • Records of parents’ un-taxed income for:
    • Child support received for all children
    • Interest income
    • Veterans non-education benefits
    • Un-taxed portion of pension benefits
    • Un-taxed portion of IRA deductions
    • Un-taxed portion of IRA distributions
    • Workers’ compensation benefits
    • Disability benefits
  • Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) (if created, see above)
  • Valid email address

Questions about Financial Aid Night can be sent to 10-12 School Counselor Colleen Cushing at colleen.cushing@fortplain.org or 518-993-4000, #2129.

Jr./Sr. Student Council Officers Elected, Students of the Month

The Student Council elections at the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School concluded in September and the following students will serve for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • President: Michael D’Arcangelis
  • Vice President: Cameron Suits
  • Vice President: Tyler Swartz
  • Treasurer: Bryce Thibodeau
  • Secretary: Quinn Jones
  • Public Relations: Louis Calbet

The Jr./Sr. High School Students of the Month for September are:

  • Michael Hoffman Grade 12
  • Faith-Araya Rende Grade 11
  • Caelan Germond Grade 10
  • Sarah Paradiso Grade 9
  • Seth Rivkowich Grade 8
  • Andra Fuhs Grade 7

Fort Plain wins $500 grant from Walmart

The Fort Plain Central School District won a $500 grant from Walmart earlier this week.

The funds will be used by social studies teacher Katie Sacco to purchase books for a classroom resource library to help seventh-grade students become familiar with concepts in early American history, including such terms as conquistador and mercantilism.

The grant was written by Laura Whalen from Capital Region BOCES. The grant team has won over $52 million for its associated school districts.

Start times announced for fall varsity sports

The 2017 fall athletics season is set to begin on August 14.

Here are the start times and places from Fort Plain Athletic Director
Charlie Karker, (518) 993-4000, ext. #2134, charlie.karker@fortplain.org.

For assistance accessing PDF files, contact the Communications Office or benjamin.meyers@neric.org.

More documents and information can be found on the athletics website.

  • Golf – 9:00 am. at Canajoharie Country Club
  • Volleyball – Varsity & JV – 8:00-11:00 am. at the High School gym
  • Girls Soccer – Varsity & JV – 9:00-11:00 am. at the Sports Complex
  • Boys Soccer – Varsity 8:30 am. at the Sports Complex
  • Football- Varsity & JV – 8:30 am. at Canajoharie HS
  • Cross Country – Varsity – 8:30 am. at the Canajoharie Track & 5:30 pm. at Fort Plain High School

Emory Sammons, Team USA Junior Men’s Quadruple Sculls finish 7th in World Championships

Emory Sammons was already one of the best rowers in New York State.

Now he is among the elite in the world.

Sammons and the Team USA Junior Men’s Quadruple Sculls won the B Final (06:17.890) at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships on August 6 in Traka, Lithuania. With that finish, the team is No. 7 in the world.

“I think the best part of this experience has been the ability to train and get to know some high caliber athletes,” Sammons said. “Something that I learned was how much time and effort needs to be put in to become a competitive athlete at such a high level. I have been told it’s a lot of work but I never truly understood until I was shown it.”

Switzerland won the event overall.

Team USA was sixth in its semifinals race (06:13.230), third in Repechage 2 (06:09.200), and finished fourth in its first heat (06:19.780).

“These are some things that we have worked out previously, but when the heats came we didn’t really make it happen, so we were able to make the changes,” Sammons said to Row2K.com about the 10-second improvement between the opening heat and the repechage that qualified the Americans for the semifinal.

Before the international competition, Sammons finished second in single sculls at the annual Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championship regatta in Pennsauken, NJ by 8/1000ths of a second (05:26.737) in late May. He won the Scholastic Rowing Association of New York State a few week prior by 1.8 seconds (5:44.5) earlier that month.

Fort Plain wins $2,000 grant from Walmart

The Fort Plain Central School District won a $2,000 grant from Walmart earlier this week.

The grant will fund “Smarter Social Studies,” and create a Resource Library of more than 120 new books to be used by 60 seventh-grade students. The books will be selected to help students become familiar with early American history concepts.

The grant was written by Laura Whalen from Capital Region BOCES. The grant team has won a total of $52,187,655 for its associated school districts.