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Fort Plain schools reopened on Monday, Sept. 14 under the hybrid instruction model. View our Back-to-School Information Guides: Harry Hoag Elementary SchoolJr./Sr. High School

Superintendent’s message about COVID-19 case

January 20, 2021

Dear Members of the Fort Plain Schools Community:

We learned on Wednesday, January 20, that a member of our school community at Fort Plain Jr-Sr High School has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The district is working closely with the Montgomery County Public Health Department, and they are advising on any necessary quarantine. Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

We will continue to work closely with the health department and keep you advised of any further information. Our goal remains to keep our schools open and safe for students and staff alike.

Please contact my office with any questions. Thank you.

Sincerely,
John Bishop
Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent’s message about COVID-19 case

January 18, 2021

Dear Members of the Fort Plain Schools Community:

We learned on Monday, January 18, that three members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19. There is one case at the high school and two at Harry Hoag. All those impacted for contact tracing have been contacted directly.

The district is working closely with the Montgomery County Public Health Department, and they are advising on any necessary quarantine. Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

We will continue to work closely with the health department and keep you advised of any further information. Our goal remains to keep our schools open and safe for students and staff alike. Please contact my office with any questions. Thank you.

Sincerely,
John Bishop
Superintendent of Schools

FPHS science teacher blasts off into new career

Patrick wearing a space suit, holding helmet

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School science teacher Patrick Petty will blast off into a new career later this month, after accepting a position as an education specialist with NASA. Petty, a Fort Plain Class of 2007 alumnus who’s taught Hilltoppers since fall 2018, will help develop projects in NASA’s NSPACE program. He’ll work remotely at first, due to the pandemic, and in time will relocate to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Petty’s new position is a dream job for an individual who is as much a dedicated, lifelong learner as an energetic and innovative educator. “I’ve always been interested in learning new things, in what’s on the cutting edge in research and knowledge at NASA,” he said.

“I’ve attended a number of NSPACE curriculum conferences in Houston, and last February, I was a presenter at a Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) through NASA and Space Center Houston (the Johnson Space Center Visitor’s Center).” In June 2019, Petty was one 50 educators nationwide to attended the LiftOff Summer Institute.

“As an education specialist with NASA’s NSPACE program,” Petty said, “I’ll work with college and high school students to develop real-world projects with real-world applications that can ultimately be used on the International Space Station.”

Past NSPACE projects have included the design and testing of hardware to be used on the Space Station, such as tools, and fabric that could be used for seat covers.

Petty speaks highly of his Fort Plain education. “My teachers instilled in us the power of dreams and the belief that with hard work and a dream, you can accomplish anything,” he said. “Fort Plain truly is a special place; the community and the educators are top-notch.

“The passion, dedication and belief in their students create a learning environment where students can dare mighty things and accomplish even greater things,” Petty continued. “For such a small town, we have had numerous individuals go on to accomplish amazing feats. There is talent in every zip code, and it is the job of educators to harness the talent and let it shine. In my mind, Fort Plain Central School does a wonderful job with that!”

“While we are sad to see him leave, we could not be more thrilled for Patrick,” said Fort Plain High School Principal Dr. Deborah Larrabee. “He has brought back so much information from conferences and infused it into our classrooms. I am incredibly proud of him for securing his dream job!”

“What a great opportunity for Patrick!” said Fort Plain Superintendent of Schools John Bishop. “We are grateful for the years he spent serving the students of the Fort Plain school community. NASA is lucky to have him. Congratulations!”

During his time at Fort Plain, Petty frequently shared his experiences and knowledge with students beyond those in his own classroom. After attending the LiftOff Summer Institute, he arranged a video chat for 8th grade students with NASA engineer Jerry Woodfill. He also taught students in Lisa Petty’s Life Skills class how to launch rockets outdoors as part of a science lesson.

“Patrick has always included my class in lessons, and he really connects with students at all levels,” said Lisa Petty (who is also Patrick’s mother). “I have gone to conferences with him, and he is so passionate about what he does. Our students definitely want to keep in touch!”

Judging from the past, space won’t be the final frontier for NASA-related learning for Fort Plain students. Patrick Petty does indeed plan to stay connected with his alma mater to share learning opportunities and inspire local students. When asked for parting advice for them, Petty said, “Dream big, and don’t be afraid to take a big leap. The world doesn’t end at the four corners of town.”

In the photo at top of page: Patrick Petty donned a space suit during a NASA conference for educators. His last day at Fort Plain is Jan. 15, but he’ll continue to educate and inspire students in his new position with NASA’s NSPACE program.  

Living Environment students work on an asteroid project

In the photo above, students in Patrick Petty and Dorene Goodwin’s Living Environment class were challenged to design a shield to protect Earth from an asteroid. They are working with students in Indiana on the project.

In the photo below, Patrick Petty teaches Living Environment students  about the anatomy of a sheep’s eye.

Patrick Petty teaches Living Environment students about a sheep eye

 

Superintendent’s message about COVID-19 case

January 10, 2021

Dear Members of the Fort Plain Schools Community:

We learned on Saturday, January 9, that an individual in our school community has tested positive for COVID-19. All those impacted for contact tracing have been contacted.

The district is working closely with the Montgomery County Public Health Department, and they are advising on any necessary quarantine. Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

We will continue to work closely with the health department and keep you advised of any further information. Our goal remains to keep our schools open and safe for students and staff alike. Please contact my office with any questions. Thank you.

Sincerely,
John Bishop
Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent’s message about COVID-19 case

January 5, 2021

Dear Members of the Fort Plain Schools Community:

We learned late in the afternoon of January 4 that a member of the Jr./Sr. High School community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has not been in school since before the holiday break. The district continues to work closely with the Montgomery County Public Health Department, who will advise the individual on any further steps.

Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

While there is no action that Fort Plain students or staff need to take at this time, we will keep you informed of any further developments and continue to work with the health department to ensure the safety of our school community.

Please contact my office with any questions. Thank you.

Sincerely,
John Bishop
Superintendent of Schools

Challenges inspire creativity and thrift in the kitchen

They’re getting creative in the kitchen, dining on a dime and working on wellness-worthy meals. Students in Cory Cooley’s 7th grade, Food and Nutrition, and Life On Your Own classes have been meeting their teacher’s challenges with tasty results.

For their Eating on a Dime lesson, 7th grade students were challenged to use ingredients limited to what’s already at home, or using just a few ingredients, to make a breakfast egg bake.

Starting with just biscuits and eggs, the students generated many tasty recipes. They added bacon, ham, sausage, spinach and cheese. Some students scrambled the eggs, while others left them whole. Others added various spices, and some added leftovers such as potatoes and roasted vegetables to their breakfast egg bakes.

The class was also challenged to create an apple pie dessert using a recipe with just two ingredients, plus what they found around the kitchen. The students then got to enjoy their sweet results.

For the Grilled Cheese Challenge, 7th grade and Food and Nutrition students were tasked with taking what they would ordinarily have at home and fit within their budget and making it a bit more healthful. They got creative and scored awards for the Best Plated, Most Creative and Best grilled cheese sandwiches.

Students in the Life On Your Own classes were not to be outdone. A three-day Holiday on a Dime challenge tasked them with making a gingerbread house -or something else – using minimal ingredients and what they had on hand in their classroom.

“Plan, paste and present!” Cory Cooley said about the challenge. “As you can see, the students are very hands-on and were comfortable in that arena. Jose created a peppermint roof house, Briana a blue icing house, Cam a jacked-up pickup and Tyler a truck with green trim and gifts in its bed. Spirits were high!”

View the students creations below and more photos of the recent challenges on our Facebook  page.

Teacher showing student how to use pastry bag, graham cracker gingerbread creations, student holding grilled cheese sandwich

 

Celebrating Pythagorean Theorem Day 21st Century

four math teachers wearing t-shirts about Pythagorean Theorem Day

They were there: FPHS math teachers Mr. Santiago, Mrs. Capece, Mrs. Summerfield and Mrs. Waner recently sported bright pink Pythagorean Theorem Day 21st Century t-shirts. 12/16/20 was a Pythagorean Triple, which means that 12 squared + 16 squared = 20 squared.

The next two Pythagorean Theorem Days will be 7/24/25 and 10/24/26. Their shirts also show the dates of previous such days. Math is cool and so are our teachers.

Job opening: Regular Run Bus Driver

The Fort Plain Central School District has an opening for a Regular Run Bus Driver. This is a 10-month position with benefits. Starting rate is $23.17 per hour. The work of employees in this class involves, but is not limited to, the responsibilities of the safety of students while operating a school bus on a regular schedule. Job description and duties will be further discussed during the interview.

Applicants must have a valid NYS Driver’s License, CDL-B with S endorsement.

Please submit your application, letter of interest, three letters of recommendation and copy of your driver’s license to Jessica Sanders, Director of Human Resources.

Schools reopen for learning January 4

January 3, 2021

Dear Members of the Fort Plain Schools Community:

Fort Plain Schools will welcome back our students and staff on Monday, January 4. It will be an A day at Harry Hoag, and grades 7, 8 and 9 are in-person at the Jr./Sr. High School.

COVID-19 remains a concern, with many regions including ours experiencing increased infection rates. However, data has shown a low rate of virus transmission in schools, which have been recognized by the governor for taking effective precautions. Your continued partnership in our efforts is most appreciated. Wearing masks, maintaining social distance, washing your hands, screening your own and your children’s health daily, and staying home when you or your children are sick are all vital to our continued ability to provide a safe learning environment.

As always, we will keep you apprised of any developments that impact our school schedule. We continue to work closely with the county health department and follow their guidance. During the holiday recess, when our schools were closed, the district was notified of three positive COVID-19 cases involving individuals in the Fort Plain Schools community. The health department is advising those individuals on testing and quarantine.

Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

We are looking forward to seeing our students and staff back in the classroom tomorrow and to a happy and healthy year ahead. Please contact my office with any questions.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
John Bishop
Superintendent of Schools

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