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The Canajoharie-Fort Plain Drama Club Present Newsies

The Canajoharie-Fort Plain Summer Drama Club will present the Broadway musical, “Newsies” on July 26th at 27th at the Fort Plain High School.

Based loosely on the newsboys’ strike of 1899, “Newsies” tells the story of Jack Kelly and his gang of struggling newspaper hawkers in New York City, selling copies of the NY World on the streets of Manhattan. When Joe Pulitzer suddenly raises the price that the newsies must pay, Jack galvanizes the other boys and girls to go on strike.

“Newsies” stars Christian Jones of Canajoharie in the role of Jack Kelly. His closest allies are Crutchie, played by Fort Plain’s Keagen Ford, Dacey who is portrayed by Alex Gyurik of Canajoharie, and Les who is played by Faith Clark of Fort Plain. They are joined by fellow newsies: Talia Narzymski, Chad Rogers, Jasmine Lapi, Payton Landry, Dawson Sweet, Michael Palmeri, Sadie Kersey, Nura Handy, Amelia Gallagher, Richard, Catarino, Vivian Nunez, Eliza Cechnicki, and Vienna Jackson.

The newsie chorus features Avery Merchant, Country Hammond, Lilly Lapi, Quinlan Forrest, Caleigh Bartholomew, Aileen Germond, Emery Frew, Brooke Jones, Natashia Hammond, Isis Hammond, Grace McFee, Amelia Hoag, Adeline Handy, Angelina Kersey, and Reanna Germond.

Along the way, Jack and his pals are helped out by their friend and theatre owner Medda (Jillian Rockefeller) and the reporter Katherine Plummer (Sarah Paradiso). They are up against the tough Joseph Pulitzer (Anthony Paradiso) and his office staff played by Jennifer Cechnicki, Kathryn McGowan, and Max Richtmyer. Having fun in the roles of “bad guys” are Kristy McFee (Snyder), Josh Cechnicki (Wiesel), Matt Ford & Michael Broady (The Delancey Brothers) and Matthew Summerfield (Cop). Filling out the remaining roles are Michael Hoffman (Nunzio/Stage Manager), Todd McFee (Mayor) and Mason Rogers (Roosevelt). The show also features guest dancers Samantha Barlow, Nathaniel Diamond, and Hailey Weaver.

The cast of 49 is led by director Lauri Broady and musical director Norma Bowley. Mike Broady serves as the sound director, assisted by Parker Forrest. Catherine Twitchell is the lighting director, with Robbie Rogers on the spotlight. The stage manager is Michael Hoffman, heading a crew consisting of Autumn Dodson and Selena Dumond-Halse.

“Newsies” will be performed at Fort Plain Jr/Sr High School on Friday night, July 26th at 7:00 p.m., with a matinee performance on Saturday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/children/students.

June Newsletter Available

June Newsletter

Volume 35 | Issue 10

Upcoming Events | Free Summer Meals | Sports News | Students of the Month | Class of 2019 Top 10 Students | Dare Graduation | Grade 6-8 Summer Program | Schools Dedicate Yearbooks | National Honor Society Induction | Fourth-Graders Learn About Energy | Seventh-Graders Learn About Heart Surgery | Eighth-Grade Career Pathway Exploration | Fourth-Graders Present Fables | Team Tech Finishes Third in Competition | Fifth-Graders Down on the Farm

Upcoming Events

  • June 28 – Final Report Cards Mailed
  • June 29 – Graduation at 10 AM at Harry Hoag Elementary School Gym
  • July 3 – First Day of Summer Meal Program
  • July 4 – No School or Meal Program
  • July 8 – Harry Hoag Match and Literacy Program Begins
  • July 22 – Astro-Not-Yet-Camp Begins

Free Summer Meals

All kids and teens aged 18 and under are eligible for free breakfast and lunch this summer, at the Harry Hoag Elementary School. Breakfast will be served from 8:15-9:15 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. All meals must be eaten at school and supervision is provided. No registration is needed; to eat for free just show up! Meals begin on Wednesday, July 3rd and conclude with a picnic lunch on Friday, Aug 9th.

Sports News

Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Baseball Team, who finished their season as Class C Sectional Champions and Regional Runners-up. Further congratulations to the Unified Basketball Team for winning their Regional Championship – the highest honor in the league!

Students of the Month

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for May and June:

  • Daniel Kilmartin – Grade 12
  • Gabriella Jenks – Grade 11
  • Landen VanAlstine – Grade 10
  • Sophia Rogers – Grade 9
  • Alex Rivkowich – Grade 8
  • Amelia Cruger – Grade 7
  • Emily Abrams – Grade 12
  • Alanis Rogers – Grade 11
  • Sarah Paradiso – Grade 10
  • Levi Thomas – Grade 9
  • Sadie Kersey – Grade 8
  • Mason Cook – Grade 7

Class of 2019 Top 10 Students

The Jr/Sr High School is proud to announce the following top scholars:

  • Valedictorian: Bryce Thibodeau
  • Salutatorian: Sherry Huang
  • Quinn Jones
  • Emily Abrams
  • Patrick Murphy
  • Elijah Jordan
  • Mackenzie Wintermute
  • Kevin Staples
  • Caleb Cochran
  • Calli Logan

Congratulations to all!

Dare Graduation

The Jr/Sr High School Student Council was one of the community partners recently honored by the Fulmont Community Action Center. The Student Council was recognized for conducting a food drive in December and donating over 1000 cans of food valued at over $1,000. Pictured are Student Council advisor Mrs. Lisa Trembley and Student Council secretary Willow MaGinnis.

Grade 6-8 Summer Program

Students entering grades 6-8 are invited to participate in the Summer Enrichment Program from July 8th – 18th. The program will help students to be better prepared for high school while participating in fun activities such as writing, blogging, movie making, and coding robots. Classes will be held outdoors and inside the air-conditioned library at the Jr/Sr High School. To sign up, or for more information, contact teacher Kevin Bogus at

Schools Dedicate Yearbooks

Before heading out to Field Day on June 4th, elementary students and staff gathered in the gym for the 2018-2019 yearbook dedication ceremony. Elementary yearbook staff, and their advisors Mrs. Arndt and Mrs. Kretser announced to the group that this year’s yearbook features two honorees. The first was 6th-grade math teacher Amanda Souza. The students spoke of her ability to make math easier to understand, and her willingness to help any student at any time. The second dedication was to technology teacher and Team Tech leader Matthew Heiser. In their remarks about Mr. Heiser, the students mentioned how much fun they have with all of the technology projects and learning that takes place in the computer lab. Both teachers were thanked for the daily difference they make in the lives of their students. Congratulations!

The Jr/Sr High School yearbook committee held their dedication, in a ceremony in the auditorium on June 11th. Yearbook Editor Quinn Jones presented the 2019 yearbook dedication to Family & Consumer Science teacher Mrs. Cory Cooley. The students thanked Mrs. Cooley for her kind demeanor and the way that she always has a smile and uplifting comment for every student that she comes across. Mrs. Cooley is truly dedicated to the students and staff of the Fort Plain Jr/Sr High School and does her best each day to have a positive effect on everyone that she interacts with. Following the ceremony, the class of 2019 enjoyed their Senior Slide Show, featuring events, activities, and candid moments from their years at Fort Plain Central School.

National Honor Society Induction

The Fort Plain High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted nine new members on Saturday, May 11th. President Sherry Huang opened the ceremony by welcoming the attendees and making some remarks about one of the four pillars of the National Honor Society, character. Sherry noted that good character is harder to achieve than good grades because character is not a conscious decision. “Grades show what you are capable of. Character shows who you really are. Success shows both.” The other honor society criteria include scholarship (a GPA of 89.955 or higher), service (volunteering in the school or community) and leadership (in the classroom, athletics, or extracurricular activities). The new members inducted for the 2018-2019 school year were: Nathanial Beam, Gulum Demir, Brady Fureno, Taylor Gifford, Jasmine Livingston, Willow MaGinnis, Crystal Smith, Michaela Stockwell, and Lauren Weinberger. Congratulations to all of the members!

Fourth-Graders Learn About Energy

The district’s fourth-grade students have spent much of the spring learning about various types of energy – and following the path from energy generation through use. For the unit on solar energy power, the students learned about solar panels and how they take energy from the sun and transfer it into mechanical energy. They built and tested both a solar-powered model car and a solar-powered grasshopper. Next, students focused on wind energy, which is also popular in the Mohawk Valley area. They learned about wind turbines and wind farms while creating their own windmill generator. Once the different methods of generating electricity were learned, the classes studied electrical circuits, which are needed to transfer electrical energy into sound, movement or light. They took on the task of assembling a complete circuit, allowing the electrons to flow from the energy source to the various devices. To conclude the unit, the fourth-grade students constructed solar ovens, which were then used to enjoy some tasty s’ mores!

Seventh-Graders Learn About Heart Surgery

Students in Mr. Dale Smith’s seventh-grade Life Science classes took part in Bassett Hospital’s “Up Close Cardiac Surgery Program.” The interactive session helped students to understand how their choices can impact the development of heart disease. Students were taught cardiovascular concepts by other students from the New Visions program, and watched a recording of heart surgery, as narrated by a cardiac surgeon. The session brought home the importance of being heart-healthy, as well as encouraging students to think about careers in the field of cardiac medicine.

Eighth-Grade Career Pathway Exploration

A group of eighth-grade students recently visited the HFM BOCES Career and Technical Center (CTC) in Johnstown, to learn more about opportunities for educational pathways in the areas of engineering, skilled trades, construction, and environmental conservation. The session was designed to allow students the opportunity to explore different careers, and what path they may wish to take as they enter high school. The hands-on day included visits to the classrooms and labs, as well as time spent outdoors observing machinery and equipment. Each student got a chance to operate an excavator and construct a laser-pointer. It was a great chance for them to think about where their future career interests may lay.

Fourth-Graders Present Fables

This year’s fourth-grade students have recently spent time studying fables, to learn about their lessons, morals, and themes. In order to better understand the fables, the students were given the opportunity to bring them to life through the use of a “Readers’ Theatre.” The classes studied several elements of acting and dramatic presentation. They constructed a mini-stage to present their stories and integrated some simple props and costume pieces to enhance the viewers’ experiences. The students enjoyed presenting their live fable enactments to many families, friends, and fellow elementary school students.

Team Tech Finishes Third in Competition

Harry Hoag students in Mr. Heiser’s Team Tech group recently finished third in a state-wide technology contest! The groups were tasked with coming up with a solution to improve equity in education, through the use of technology. After brainstorming several ideas, Team Tech decided to tackle the issue of “Summer Slide.” “Summer Slide” occurs when children don’t participate in academic settings over the summer break, and regress in their learning, leaving them unprepared for the next school year. Team Tech created a website for students and families, which features information about free and low-cost educational programs right here in our own community. The students spent several days designing and creating the website. For the contest, they presented their idea and site, via SMARTboard, to principals and other administrators from across the state. Mr. Heiser was very proud of both the work that the students did and their fantastic third place finish. To view the students’ website visit

Fifth-Graders Down on the Farm

Fifth-graders recently took a field trip to the Montgomery County Farm & Home Safety Day at the Fonda Fairgrounds. The event was hosted by the Montgomery County Soil & Water Conservation District and was designed to create an awareness of home and farm hazards and how to avoid them. The students participated in a series of stations, with topics including bicycle safety, electrical safety, railroad safety, Lyme Disease, rabies in New York State, bees and stings, farm equipment safety procedures, and much more. At each station, the students met with career professionals. They were able to learn about how workers stay safe on the job, while also gaining valuable knowledge about keeping themselves safe all summer long.

Students play on Unified Basketball Team at the New York State Special Olympics Summer Games

Isaiah Norton, Raul Rivera and Lisa Petty

Isaiah Norton and Raul Rivera were selected from Fort Plain to participate in the New York State Special Olympics Summer Games by playing on the Unified Basketball team representing the Capital Region. The team was put together by Jess Verrigini, the coach of the Amsterdam Unified Basketball team.

On Friday, June 14, the team traveled to Vassar College in Dutchess County for the games. On Friday night, they attended the opening ceremonies where the Olympic torch was brought into the stadium to begin the games by the New York State Troopers. The torch run started in Buffalo and was carried by community members throughout the state.

Saturday, June 15, was competition day, and the team won a bronze medal.

“I had a lot of fun that weekend,” Isaiah Norton said. “It was an experience I’ll never forget. I made friends with a lot of athletes. Most of all, I am excited about next year.”

Also joining Norton and Raul was Fort Plain’s Jr./Sr. High School Teacher, Lisa Petty. Petty is a New York State Certified Special Olympic Coach.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Special Olympic experience,” Petty said.

Fort Plain Board Appoints New Interim Superintendent

Fort Plain's Interim Superintendent Kathy Dougherty
Fort Plain’s Interim Superintendent, Kathy Dougherty

The Fort Plain Board of Education appointed Kathy Dougherty as Interim Superintendent, effective July 15, at its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, June 12.

Dougherty replaces Fort Plain Superintendent David Ziskin, who was named HFM BOCES District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer by the HFM BOCES Board of Education at its May 29 meeting

“I am extremely honored to be asked to serve as Interim Superintendent of the Fort Plain Central School District for the 2019-20 school year,” Dougherty said. “My meetings with the board and administrative staff have confirmed the district’s strong core values that are driving the district’s work.”

Dougherty is currently the Interim Superintendent of the Mayfield Central School District.

“The Board of Education is excited to have Mrs. Dougherty join the Fort Plain Central School District as Interim Superintendent,” said Board President Ronald Kardash. “With her extensive educational experience, Mrs. Dougherty will serve us well while we begin our search for the district’s next leader.”

Fort Plain will commence a search for a permanent superintendent in the fall, with a targeted start date for the spring or summer of 2020.

Dougherty began her career as a music teacher in Gloversville, Johnstown and Oppenheim-Ephratah school districts. She was principal of the Pleasant Avenue Elementary School from 2000 to 2007, and then served as the superintendent of schools at Northville from 2007 until her retirement in 2012.

Since retiring from Northville, she has served as interim principals at the Park Terrace Elementary School in Gloversville and the HFM BOCES Adirondack Academy. She was also an independent Danielson teacher evaluator for the Edinburg school district.

Mrs. Dougherty is a graduate of Onondaga Community College with an associate of applied science degree in music. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of music degree from Syracuse University, and she earned her Master of Science degree in educational administration from the University at Albany. She completed the superintendent development program at SUNY Oswego in 2006.

“It is a privilege to follow Dr. Ziskin in the superintendent’s seat, and I look forward to being a part of the tradition of excellence that is a hallmark of the Fort Plain Central School District and the community,” said Dougherty.

Ziskin is set to begin his official duties with HFM BOCES on Aug. 5.

Dougherty and her husband, Doug, live in Johnstown and have two children: a daughter, Erin, who lives in Ohio, and a son, Patrick, who lives in Maryland.

2019 Summer Recreation Program

Harry Hoag Elementary School – 25 High St. Fort Plain, NY

Registration Dates:

  • Wednesday, June 26: 5 PM – 7 PM – Lobby
  • Thursday, June 27: 5 PM – 7 PM – Lobby
  • Monday, July 1: 9 AM – 12 PM – Lobby
  • Tuesday, July 2: 9 AM – 12 PM – Lobby

The program starts on Wednesday, July 3 from 9 AM to 12 NOON.

Closed Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5.

The program reopens on Monday, July 8 from 9 AM to 12 NOON and 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

The program ends on Friday, August 9 from 9 AM to 1 PM.

The NYS Dept. of Health requires current up-to-date immunization records for registration.

Elementary students will receive an information letter from the Summer staff by June 19.


$40 for one student and $10 more for an additional family member i.e. two students – $50, three students $60.

June’s Exam Schedule

Here is the schedule for June’s upcoming exams.

Tuesday, June 18

8:00 AM

US History & Gov.
English 9 (Clute)
English 9 (Yurkewecz)
English 9H

RM. 103
Spanish 3

12:00 PM

Living Environment

RM. 103
Spanish 2

RM. 110
Tech & Society
Tech Design
Adv. Material Proc.

Wednesday, June 19

8:00 AM

Global 9
English 10R

12:00 PM

Algebra I
Film Studies

Thursday, June 20

8:00 AM

Global (transition)
Freshman Seminar

12:00 PM

Earth Science

RM. 110
Tech & Society
Tech Design
Adv. Material Proc.

Friday, June 21

8:00 AM


RM. 110
Tech & Society
Tech Design
Adv. Material Proc.

12:00 PM

Algebra II

RM. 103
Spanish I

Tuesday, June 25

8:00 AM

RM. 201

12:00 PM

RM. 201

Wednesday, June 26

Rating Day

Mr. Heiser’s Team Tech Group Tackle ‘Summer Slide’

students working on creating a website

Students in Mr. Heiser’s Team Tech group participated in a State Wide Technology contest. Students were tasked with coming up with a solution to improve equity in education through the use of technology.

students working on a website

Team Tech tackled the issue of the ʺSummer Slideʺ. The ʺSummer Slideʺ is when students don’t participate in academic settings over the summer and regress in their learning and are often unprepared for the next school year. Team Tech created a website that gives all students information about free and low-cost programs that are educational right here in our community!

student writing

Kids stayed in Mr. Heiser’s computer lab for two days designing and creating the website and then presented via the SMARTBoard to principals, administrators from across the state. Their hard work and dedication granted Team Tech third place!

You can view their website here:

Fort Plain Spring Sports Reception and End of Year Awards

NYSPHSAA “School of Excellence”-  Sixteen (16) of seventeen (17)- Varsity Sports had a 90 average for 75% of the team members. Western Athletic Conference Mohawk Division Scholar Male Athlete- Bryce Thibodeau

Softball: WAC Mohawk Division MVP– Michaela Stockwell
WAC 1st Team All-Stars- Jenna Reese (OESJ- Fontana LaCoppla); 2nd Team- (OESJ-Abby Johnson)
Second Effort- Jenna Reese
Most Valuable Player – Michaela Stockwell
D’Arcangelis Super-Sub Award- Faith-Araya Rende

Girls Track & Field: Second Effort- Cheyanne Wahl
Outstanding Track- Molli Bates
Outstanding Field- Quinn Jones
Outstanding Track & Field- Sarah Florian
Noah Fredericks Memorial Senior Track Award– Quinn Jones
Roland Littrell Jr. Memorial “Love of Running” Award– Sherry Huang
Rich Bower Memorial Track & Cross Country Award– Sherry Huang

Boys Track & Field: Second Effort- Howie Kelley
Outstanding Track- Mekhi Lanier
Outstanding Field- Hunter Logan
Outstanding Track & Field- Joe Le Moine
Noah Fredericks Memorial Senior Track Award– Patrick Murphy
Roland Littrell Jr. Memorial “Love of Running” Award– Seth Wintermute

Baseball: WAC Mohawk Division Co-MVP– Troy Butler
WAC All-Stars– Bryce Thibodeau, John Cortese, Brady Fureno, Nate Buley, Josh Nellis
Second Effort- Dawson Nare
Outstanding Pitcher- John Cortese
Defensive Player- Jaxson Yacowenia
Most Improved- Taylor Gifford
D’Arcangelis Super-Sub Award- Jalen Hall
Shannon Fureno Memorial Baseball Award– Josh Nellis
Rich Bower Memorial Baseball Awards– Bryce Thibodeau & Brady Fureno
Bo Baker Memorial Award- Highest Batting Average– Troy Butler (.530)

Board of Education Senior Sportsmanship Awards– Quinn Jones & Jalen Hall

Carol Christie Mancini Memorial Cheerleading Award– Quinn Jones
Jane Karker Memorial Cheerleading Coach’s Award– Jasmin Rouse

Coaches Most Improved Girl Award (Gr. 9-12) – Cara Porter
Coaches Most Improved Boy Award (Gr. 9-12) – Troy Butler

Board of Education Outstanding Underclass Girl– Michaela Stockwell
Board of Education Outstanding Underclass Boy– Brady Fureno

William Doerrer & Son Outstanding Senior Girl– Emily Abrams
William Doerrer & Son Outstanding Senior Boy– Jaxson Yacowenia

Fort Plain’s Summer Enrichment Program

Fort Plain’s Summer Enrichment Program
Monday, July 8 – Thursday, July 18
High School Air-Conditioned Library

The program is for students in grades 6-8 to better prepare them for high school.

The program will cover topics like reading, writing, blogging, social studies, movie making, and coding robots!

Come join the fun as we will be conducting classes inside and outdoors.

To sign up, please contact Kevin Bogus via email at!

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