Board of Education holds regular meeting on Sept. 13

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 September 13.

The board is expected to hear a presentation from Patrick Michel, the HFM BOCES Superintendent, titled “What is BOCES and How Does It Work?”

There are also presentations from district administrators scheduled along with reports on district enrollment, the new dismissal pattern, and grade 3-8 NYS English Language Arts and Math test results and trends.

The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is October 11 at 7 p.m.

Further dates, documents and previous meeting information can be found here.

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Three new teachers join Harry Hoag faculty

The school year isn’t new for just the students at the Fort Plain Central School District’s Harry Hoag Elementary School.

Four new teachers are entering their first year with the district across the school and they all come from a variety of backgrounds.

Ashley Smith

Photo of new teacher Ashley SmithSmith will teach kindergarten this year.

After getting her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the State University of New York at Cobleskill she earned her master’s from the College of St. Rose (Albany) also in Early Childhood Education.

“My favorite kind of ice cream is chocolate peanut butter cup from Stewarts,” she said. “I like to hang out with friends, go fishing, and spend time with my family. I am looking forward to working with my fellow kindergarten teachers, meeting all of my new students and their families, and fulfilling my dream of being a teacher.”

Smith grew up in Fort Plain and has always wanted to be a teacher in her hometown.

Denis DeRider

Photo of new teacher Denis DeRiderDeRider will be a 15:1 Special Education teacher this year.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Cortland where he majored in Sports Management and Marketing. He stayed on at Cortland to get his master’s degree.

“I am looking forward to meeting all of my new students,” Rider said. “I really enjoy coaching soccer, hiking, kayaking, and anything else outside.”

Incidentally, his favorite kind of ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food.

Elizabeth Bauer

Photo of new teacher Elizabeth BauerBauer joins the Harry Hoag team as a new speech and language teacher.

“I’m looking forward to helping students learn and grow their vocabulary and improve their verbal and written communication skills while doing things that are fun and interesting,” Bauer said.

She majored in Communication Disorders and Sciences at the State University of New York at Geneseo as an undergraduate and then earned a masters in Speech/Language Pathology from the College of St. Rose.

Bauer enjoys chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, hiking, camping, skiing, and playing with her sons.

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.

Backpacks delivered to Harry Hoag Elementary School for those in need

We would like to extend great thanks to the, “Smile Committee,” of Hill and Markes, Inc. who raised enough money to fund a donation of over 60 fully-stocked backpacks for students in Harry Hoag Elementary School this fall.

Also, specific thanks to Linda Vidulich and Yvonne Masi who dropped off the backpacks this morning to Principal Lauren Crisman.

Packs will be given to students in need at the start of the school year. However, even though supplies are limited, if you know a student that could benefit from the donation contact the Harry Hoag Elementary School Main Office at 518-993-4000 ext. #3013.

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.

Harry Hoag Elementary School instructional day to start at 8:05 a.m., end at 2:45 p.m.

The start of the instructional day at Harry Hoag Elementary School in the Fort Plain Central School District will move back seven minutes to 8:05 a.m. with the start of the 2017-18 academic year. Dismissal will also move back seven minutes to 2:45 p.m.

The new times will allow for a smoother dismissal process.

All buses will be present at the dismissal of elementary school students. As in the past, parents picking up students can do so outside of the kindergarten wing.

The current Junior/Senior High School bell schedule – 8 a.m.-2:38 p.m. – will remain the same.

For more information contact the district office at (518) 993-4000.

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.

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