Students take up challenge to read

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Michael Spence, Justin Schumacher, Brianna Krutz, Mekayla Aney, Amber Dillenbeck, Iyanna Gilot, Braeden Mosher, Fred Hanford, Kendra Stone, Haylee Cook, and Jozalynn Lanier took up Mr. Arndt’s and Mr. Bogus’ challenge to read 10 books this year.

How do you convince students to read?

Junior/Senior High teachers Ted Arndt and Kevin Bogus found a great way. Last November, their class had read the first books in their immersive reading program. The class had done well, but Mr. Arndt wanted to  their exceptional work.

He challenged them saying, “If you keep up this pace, you’re on track to read maybe 10 novels before the end of the year. Tell you what; if you make it, McDonalds is on me!”

That challenge paid off. On June 4th, the students who participated in the reading program and completed their tenth novel of the school year collected their reward. They enjoyed lunch from the Golden Arches.

The lessons students learned extended beyond getting a free lunch.

Ninth grader Amber Dillenbeck said, “I always thought that school was nothing. I thought it had no meaning. Now I understand why it is so important…and I am really proud!”

Mr. Bogus and Mr. Arndt share that pride.

“We are extremely proud of the students in this class and of all the hard work they put into ‘turning the page’ and accomplishing so much. Now, lets see if they can top this next year,” they said.

The students read the following books during the 2017-18 school year:

  • “Freak the Mighty” by Rodman Philbrick
  • “Blackbriar” by William Sleator
  • “Agent Angus” by K.L. Donman
  • “Cheat” by Kristin Butcher
  • “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key” by Jack Gantos
  • “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • “Loser” by Jerry Spinelli
  • “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio
  • “Hannah’s Touch” by Laura Langston
  • “Bad Business” by Dianna Dakers

Elementary Honor Society inducts 10

Harry Hoag Elementary proudly inducted 10 new members into the Harry Hoag Chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society in a special ceremony for family and friends on Tuesday, June 5.

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2018 National Elementary Honor Society inductees.

Inducted were fifth graders Zachary Briggs, James Douglas, Kaylie Field, Hannah French, Andan Gomez, Ashlynn Hart, Serenity Johnson, Payton Landry, Jasmine Lapi, and Nevaeh Rivers.

Ian Zuppardi called the meeting to order. Arianna Souza led the Pledge of Allegiance. Harry Hoag Principal Lauren Crisman welcomed everyone.

Four members led the candle lighting ceremony, which reminds everyone of the core values of Honor Society. Emily Palmeri lit the Candle of Scholarship, representing high academic achievement and integrity. Arianna Souza lit the Candle of Leadership, representing leading by example in all areas of life. Brady Keane lit the Candle of Service, representing caring through selfless acts that school and community. Vandwane Tulabing lit the Candle of Responsibility, representing enthusiasm and hard work in school and life.

Mason Cook, Mrs. Crisman and advisers Amanda Souzaand Kathleen Jordan awarded certificates to the inductees. Austin VanGorder led the group in the National Elementary Honor Society Pledge.

The evening closed with photos and refreshments.

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Our current National Elementary Honor Society members.
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Our advisors


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Tech Club shines at 2018 Recyclable Boat Regatta

group of six students standing on grass holding various trophies and awardsThree Fort Plain Technology Club teams again demonstrated their skill, grabbing several top honors in the 2018 Recyclable Boat Regatta at Pangea Puddle in Canajoharie on Wednesday, June 6.

The Regatta challenges teams of middle and high school students to build and sail people-powered boats made from recyclable materials. This year’s competition included 17 teams from Fort Plain, Canajoharie, and OE-SJ schools.

Keith Burkhart and Austin Marx piloted their boat “Ding-e Jr.” in a dominating fashion, finishing first. They earned the “Fastest Boat” award.

9th grader Jacob Fuhs designed and built “Pier Pressure 2.” Together with Cameron Suits, they overcame an early race incident to finish the race. The boat earned the award for “Best Craftsmanship”

Middle schooler Tucker Jones built his boat and with help from Madeline Heroth paddled strongly to finish. This boat earned the award for “Best Overall Middle School Boat.”

“The results again demonstrate that our Fort Plain students put an extreme amount of passion and hard work into this event and have a continued reputation for arriving as strong entries,” said club adviser Kreig Heroth.

“These students are already excited and planning for next year!”

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boy and girl paddling a homemade boat

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two boys standing on shore with homemade boat

boy and girl paddling a homemade boat

Students spruce up Harry Hoag

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On Wednesday, June 6, Mrs. Caponera’s and Ms. Slawienski’s study hall students planted four flower pots to brighten up the exterior of Harry Hoag for the upcoming end of the year events. The students will  water and maintain the plants until the end of the school year. Special thanks to Mrs. Broady and the student council for their donation towards this special beautification project.

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Harry Hoag Drama Club wraps up successful season

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2017-18 Elementary Drama Club All-Stars (front) Isis Hammond, McKenna Karker, (back) Rachel Kamp, Isaac Clark, and Gami Bracket.

The Harry Hoag Elementary Drama Club concluded its season on Thursday, May 31.  Throughout the year, students in grades 3-6 built their drama skills. They focused on acting skills, voice techniques, warm up exercises, expressing emotion, working with a partner, improvisation, monologues, and short skits.

“This younger generation will soon be those performing on stage with the Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club,” said club adviser Lauri Broady.

“These are all skills they will need if they choose to pursue drama in the future.”

Mrs. Broady also named the 2017-2018 Elementary Drama Club All-Stars.  They are third-grader Gami Brackett and fourth-graders Isaac Clark, McKenna Karker, Rachel Kamp, and Isis Hammond.

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National Honor Society inducts nine

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This year’s NHS inductees are (front row) Sherry Huang, Mackenzie Wintermute (second row) Emily Abrams, Autumn Dodson, Quinn Jones, Michael D’Arcangelis, (back row) Bryce Thibodeau, Elijah Jordan, and Patrick Murphy.

The Fort Plain Central School National Honor Society inducted nine new members at its annual induction ceremony and banquet on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

The new members are Emily Abrams, Michael D’Arcangelis, Autumn Dodson, Sherry Huang, Quinn Jones, Elijah Jordan, Patrick Murphy, Bryce Thibodeau, and Mackenzie Wintermute.

Chapter president Michael Hoffman opened the ceremony by welcoming the attendees. He highlighted the four criteria to be considered for membership in NHS

  • Scholarship—a minimum GPA of 89.955
  • Service—volunteering at school or in the community
  • Leadership—in the classroom, athletics or extracurricular activities
  • Character—good citizenship, ethics, and conduct both in and outside of

He encouraged each inductee to exemplify the four pillars. He also reminded them that they have barely a year until left in high school.

“My advice to you, is to make the most of it before its gone,” he said.

NHS Vice President Ryhonn Ford led the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the quartet Harmony sang the “The Star Spangled Banner.”

National Honor Society Adviser Denise Smith then spoke, thanking the administration, faculty, and staff for their support of the Honor Society and the night’s event. She further thanked parents for supporting their children’s endeavors.

She offered NHS members advice collected over her years. Among the highlights were:

  • Embrace life’s opportunities; find a cause; be inspired to do the impossible.
  • Put down the technology when with other people—there is no app for meaningful eye contact.
  • Don’t just make a living; make a difference.
  • Making history means stepping outside your comfort zone and using your gifts and talents.
  • Never stop learning and exploring.
  • Live life with empathy, integrity, and class.
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Harmony sings the “Star Spangles Banner.”
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NHS members (front row) Eliza Cechnicki, Hannah Leonard, Emily Marsh, (backc row) Michael Hoffman, Rhyonn Ford, Jason Huang, and Victoria Wilday graduate this year.


Sign up for Driver’s Ed

Fort Plain students are invited to take Driver’s Education this summer. Participants must have their NYS learner’s permit by June 30 in order to take the class. Please contact Mrs. Linda Cole at or (518) 993-4000 by June 15 if you are interested. Class size is limited. 

Yearbook honors Nancy Wilder

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Fort Plain yearbook editors (left to right) Eryka Swank, Kendall Kennedy, and Emily Marsh announce the 2018 yearbook is dedicated to Fort Plain science teacher Nancy Wilder (center), who is retiring after 32 years.

The 2018 Fort Plain Yearbook is dedicated to science teacher Nancy Wilder who is retiring after 32 years serving Fort Plain students. Also receiving thanks from the Class of 2018 were class advisers Paula Colvin and Laurie Capece and teachers Margaret DiBiase, Patrick Hanifin, Tara Hayes and Will Ryan.

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