Congratulations to everyone that made up the fourth quarter honor roll and Principal’s List at Harry Hoag Elementary School!
Calen Van Alstine
Congratulations to everyone that made up the fourth quarter honor roll and Principal’s List at the Jr./Sr. High School!
Jasmine Van Avery
Joshua Congdon Jr.
Manley Baker III
Landen Van Alstine
Brian Christman II
Krzysztof Kulczynski II
Michael Harris Jr.
Raul Rivera III
Joseph Stinebrickner III
Aleigha Van Alstine
Sophia Rodgers will spend her summer at the School of Choral Studies at the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) held at SUNY Fredonia.
Only 60 students throughout the state in grades 8-12 are chosen for this musical honor.
Rodgers audition for the camp included a solo performance of “I Feel Pretty” from the musical West Side Story. She received instruction from Mrs. Sincavage, along with a pre-recorded piano accompaniment of the piece courtesy of Norma Bowley.
For more information on the Schools of Visual Arts and Choral Studies, the faculty, a sample day schedule for students, and concert details you can click the link below.
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
Six Fort Plain Central School faculty and administrative staff are retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year, concluding more than 100 years of combined work in the education field.
Those that are retiring are:
Donna Yerdon, Elementary Teacher, 30 Years
Judy King, Teacher Aide, 13 Years
Carl Rockefeller, Business Manager, 34 Years
Nancy Wilder, Science Teacher, 32 years
Meredith Yacobucci, Clerk/Typist, 40 Years
Linda Seeley, Clerk/Typist, 10 Years
Congratulations and best wishes to this group of individuals who have devoted their lives to supporting the children of Fort Plain.
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 aor 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.
Harry Hoag is proud to again offer Summer Math and Literacy Camp this year to students currently in grades K-4. Contact the Main Office to register.
- Dates: July 9- August 2 (Mondays – Thursdays only)
- Hours: 8:30-11:30
- Place: Harry Hoag School
- 8:30-9:00 Arrival/ Free Breakfast available
- 9:00-11:00 Math and Literacy Camp experiences
- 11:00-11:30 Recess and/or Computer Lab
- 11:30 Dismissal/ Free Lunch is available
Fort Plain School District voters went to polls on Tuesday, May 15 and approved the district’s proposed 2018-19 school budget. The budget passed with 80.7 percent in favor.
The $20,500,000 budget increases spending 3.07 percent or $610,000 over the current year and carries nt tax levy increase.
The final count was:
- Yes— 167
- No— 40
Voter approved a proposition to purchase new school buses. The final count was:
- Yes— 163
- No— 43
Voters approved a proposition to increase funding $5,000 to $80,000 for the Fort Plain Free Library. The final count was:
- Yes— 134
- No— 72
Voters also elected Mary Beth Hudyncia and Kim Keane to the Board of Education. The final count for each candidate was:
- Mary Beth Hudyncia—180
- Kim Keane—177
Harry Hoag Elementary’s “Fun With Math” club held a Math Bee on Thursday, May 3. Congratulations to the Math King and Queen: Morgan Stock from Mrs. Arndt’s 4th grade class and Summer Trumbull from Mrs. Heiser’s 4th grade class!
Great job to Morgan and Summer, and to all of the “Fun With Math” kids!