The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education will hold its regular meeting in the Ronald H. Thibodeau Conference Room at the Harry Hoag Elementary School at 7 p.m. on October 11.
The board is expected to hear a reports from administrators throughout the district along with a number of reports to accept and staffing appointments to approve.
The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is November 8 at 7 p.m.
Students in Lisa Petty’s Life Skills class at the Junior/Senior High School pack up bags once a week.
The seventh graders through seniors aren’t packing up to go on a vacation every Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Instead, they stuff macaroni and cheese, Ramen noodles, oatmeal, granola bars, and fruit snacks into decorated paper bags for selected Harry Hoag Elementary School students to eat over the weekend.
“This is something that we started doing three years ago. It is a small gesture that, we hope, makes a big difference,” Petty said. “These kids love to help others. That is something we all need in our lives.”
The food items are purchased every week by Liberty ARC, the Montgomery County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., which is a statewide advocacy organization serving people with disabilities through 48 member Chapters. After all the food is packed the Life Skills students take it up the road to Harry Hoag to be distributed to elementary students on Fridays.
“One of the things I appreciate most about the Fort Plain Central School District is the emphasis we place on supporting our students in and out of the classroom,” said Harry Hoag Elementary School Principal Lauren Chrisman who coordinates which students receive packages. “This program provides children with comfort beyond the school day. From my interactions with students there is a sincere gratitude for these care packages. Healthy students are happy learners and we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to help our students in this way.”
The Life Skills class is planning a roast beef dinner fundraiser at the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Elk Lodge on Thursday, November 9 to support the efforts. People are invited to eat in or take out for $10 per adults and $5 per child.
Those interested in helping in anyway with the fundraiser or the food program can contact Petty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“These [older] kids are always looking out for others and that is the kind of thing that really makes this all worthwhile,” Petty said. “We are all here to help each other.”
Even though students weren’t in classes, teachers and administrators in the Fort Plain Central School District still came together for the first Superintendent’s Conference Day of the 2017-18 academic year on October 6.
The day was highlighted by a pair of presentations to all Fort Plain teachers and aides about the continuation of the district’s adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) training from David Wallace. Wallace is the Associate Executive Director for Program Development for the LaSalle School in Albany.
“These are the kind of days where we get to go beyond the day-to-day tasks that we have and explore areas that require deeper exploration,” said Fort Plain Superintendent David Ziskin. “Days like this give us a chance to focus our efforts on topics that we might not otherwise have a chance to think about.”
Faculty and administrators in each of the school’s buildings also had breakout sessions. The Junior/Senior High School staff worked on, “Grading Smarter, Not Harder,” to assess the values of what is graded and what those grades mean. While the Harry Hoag Elementary staff had sessions about Close Readers, student management support and motivational tools, and data-driven instruction among other things.
The conference day is one of four scheduled staff development days spread throughout the school year.
“I would like to extend a great, ‘Thank You,’ to our faculty and staff for their attention and participation in all of our activities. These are the kinds of meetings and discussions that will make our schools even stronger than they already are,” Ziskin said. “I would also like to thank David Wallace for coming and speaking with us. I think that some of the perspectives and thoughts he shared will help us in the future to continue to prepare Fort Plain students for success during their time here and after graduation.”
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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 email@example.com or 518-993-4000, #2129.
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
The Fort Plain Central School District has won a $2,500 Dollar General Youth Literacy grant.
The grant will benefit 40 readers in the Jr./Sr. High School in grades 8-9 who will participate in “LEGOS for Literacy.”
Instruction will take place during reading class and in the library, using LEGO WeDo 2.0 coding kits. The goal is for students to increase competency in reading fiction and functional passages. It is expected that participants will increase these reading skills by one grade level from September 2017 to May 2018.
The Canajoharie-Fort Plain boys cross country team won the boys small-school team title at the 40th annual Fort Plain Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, September 16.
C-FP finished tied Greenwich (114 points), but won on the sixth-runner tie breaker. Andrew Yacobucci was second overall for C-FP, Michael Hoffman was 17th (18:30.2), Michael D’Arcangelis was 31st (19:23.2), and Jason Huang was 32nd (19:29.9).
Voorheesville’s Evan Esslin won the individual boys small school title (16:26.0).
Greenwich won the the girls small-school title, while Arlington won both the boys and girls large school divisions.
Students throughout Fort Plain’s Harry Hoag Elementary School donned capes and masks and stood up for what was right in the gymnasium on Friday.
They stood up to play-acting bullies and conquered fears with self-confidence with the help of Tom Murphy, Rick Yarosh, and Amos (Yarosh’s black labrador assistant) from the Sweethearts and Heroes motivational speaking program.
“We aim to educate student not just in the traditional academics, but also in social and emotional settings. We want to help our student continue to grow into great people,” said Harry Hoag principal Lauren Chrisman. “Having Sweethearts and Heroes come in to speak with our students gives them a different perspective on the world and also the tools to be advocates for themselves and one another.”
The speaking duo and four-legged assistant are part of a group that bring a message to students around the country about the impact bullying has on schools, neighborhoods, and individuals. On Friday, they spoke about bystander empowerment, empathy and leadership to all of the elementary audiences.
“Through knowledge and communication, we are committed to bringing our message to communities — not only to help the victims, but especially to empower bystanders to make a difference,” the group’s website sweetheartsandheroes.com says. “We all have the potential to be someone’s hero. The message is so universal that it can help create climates of empathy, kindness and leadership in all settings.”
Murphy, who graduated from Cooperstown High School, was an academic and athletic star at the State University of New York at Brockport. With a variety of professional interests – he is a railroad control specialist, martial artist, and restaurateur – he brought passion and comedy along with his message of heroes having empathy and compassion for others.
Yarosh, who was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2006, delivered his own message about sweethearts giving him self-confidence and how Fort Plain students can do that for each other. He told a story about a five-year old girl accepting him despite the fact that he looks different due to his injuries.
“Sweethearts like her are unforgettable. A five-year old girl changed a 24-year old guy’s life,” he said. “You can do that too. You can do that everyday. You can help make another person’s life better.”