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Every Person is Connected

A group of students in the EPIC program

“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story,” said Jr/Sr High School Counselor, Colleen Cushing, quoting the best-selling author, Josh Shipp. The quote was the mentality and motivation that brought the Every Person is Connected (EPIC) program to the Jr./Sr. High School this year.

EPIC is a program that seeks to ensure that every student in the school has at least one trusted adult that they can make a connection with. The EPIC committee met several times over the summer to lay out a framework for the program with a goal of improving student attendance and encouraging greater interest and participation in the school community as a whole.

Each EPIC team consists of one or two adults and no more than ten students from different grade levels. The teams will stay together year after year. They meet about once a month on a rotating basis that does not compromise the academic schedule. Each month features a program theme, such as connections, unity, gratitude, goal setting, good vibes, grit and learning to give yourself a hand. Each team leader is provided with a menu of suggested activities which they can feel free to expand upon – or even come up with their own. A typical session might include a team-building exercise to build trust, an artistic activity to spur creativity or a share-discussion aimed at exposing the students to new ideas, new activities, and new people.

The EPIC committee continues to meet and to gather both staff and student input as to what activities are working best and where they want to go in the future. They are finding that kids who didn’t know each other before being placed into an EPIC team together, are now greatly enjoying each other’s company and finding out about their shared interests and passions. The team leaders are making solid connections with their students which will help the students feel more secure and valued on a daily basis.

“So far it has been an EPIC year!” Said Mrs. Cushing.

January Examination Schedule

Here is the schedule for January’s upcoming exams.

7th-Grade Testing Schedule – January 21-25

Monday, January 21

No School

Tuesday, January 22

English
8:00 – 9:00 am
Room 210-211

Wednesday, January 23

Science
8:00 – 9:00 am
Room 210-211

Home & Careers
9:15 – 10:30 am
Room 213

Thursday, January 24

Social Studies
8:00 – 9:00 am
Room 210-211

Spanish
9:15 – 10:30 am
Room 210-211

Friday, January 25

Math
8:00 – 9:00 am
Room 210-211

8th-Grade Testing Schedule – January 21-25*

Monday, January 21

No School

Tuesday, January 22

Science 8
8:00 – 9:30 am

English
9:45 – 10:30 am

Wednesday, January 23

Social Studies
8:00 – 9:30 am

Spanish
9:45 – 11:15 am
Room 210-211

Thursday, January 24

Algebra – Math 8
8:00 – 9:30 AM
Gym

Technology
9:45 – 10:30 am

Friday, January 25*

No classes for 8th-grade students

9th-12th Grade Testing Schedule – January 21 – 25

January, 22:
8:00 AM
GYM

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
English 10R
(McCall)
English 10H
(McCall)
SUNY English
(McCall)
Film Studies
(McCall)
Room 103
Spanish II
(Jarabek)

January, 22:
12:00 PM
GYM

LIVING ENVIRONMENT
Global 9
(Niles)
Living Environment
(Jarabek, Petty, Smith)
Room 101
Living Environment I
(P. Petty)

January, 23:
8:00 AM
GYM

US HISTORY GEOMETRY
Fresh. Seminar
(Stokna)
Geometry
(DiBiase)
Partic. In Gov’t
(Sacco)
US History
(Ryan)
US History H
(Gray)
Room 103
Spanish I
(Pombrio)

January, 23:
12:00 PM
GYM

ALGEBRA I
Algebra Yr. 2
(Waner)
Calculator Math
(Waner)
Trigonometry
(Waner)
Earth Science
(Elliott)
SUNY Psych
(Ryan)

January, 24:
8:00 AM
GYM

GLOBAL HISTORY  PHYSICS
Algebra – 8th
(Summerfield)
Algebra Yr. 1
(Waner)
Global 10
(Ryan)
Math 8
(Summerfield)
Physics
(DiBiase)

January, 24:
12:00 PM
GYM

ALGEBRA II
English 9
(Clute)
English 9
(Yurkewecz)
English 9H
(McCall)
Room 103
Spanish III
(P. Jarabek)

January, 25:
8:00 AM
ROOM 201

PHYS SETTING: EARTH SCIENCE CHEMISTRY

Calendar Changes – Please Be Advised

The following dates have changed on our district calendar:

February 15, 2019

NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 4:00 pm

Baccalaureate Rehearsal

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 7:00 pm

Baccalaureate Service

Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 8:30 am

Senior Breakfast

Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 9:15 am

Graduation Rehearsal

Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 10 am

Graduation

Capital Project Vote Passed

Fort Plain voters passed a proposed capital project on Tuesday by a margin of 83 yes votes to 15 no votes.

 

The Fort Plain Community has once again demonstrated its strong support for our schools by approving the proposed Health, Safety, and Infrastructure Capital Project,” said District Superintendent David Ziskin. “The project is a wise long-term investment that will maintain our school facilities in the most fiscally advantageous manner for our local taxpayers. Thank you again to the taxpayers of the Fort Plain CSD for your continued support of the children of Fort Plain and their schools.

 

The $11,200,000 project will improve facilities at both the Jr./Sr. High School and Elementary school, and the district hopes to have the project completed by December 2021.

 

For more information on the project visit the Capital Project page on our website.

Fort Plain Seniors Accompany Santa at Harry Hoag

On Tuesday, December 18, Mrs. Trembley’s English 12 R class traveled with Santa to visit the Kindergarten classes at Harry Hoag.

The Kindergarten students wrote letters to Santa, and the seniors helped Santa write responses, created goody bags, ornaments, and treats for the classes.

Dressed as elves, the seniors accompanied Santa to the classes where students visited with Santa, got their letters and a treat, had their picture taken, received their picture ornaments, listened to a story, and had treats made by the class. This visit was a gratifying experience for all of the students.

Check out our Facebook page for photos!

Fort Plain High School Technology Students Visit Hudson Valley Community College

Students in a college class learning about different technical degrees

On Monday, November 26, Fort Plain high school technology students visited Hudson Valley Community College and got a taste of the Automotive Technology, Manufacturing Technology, and Electrical Technology programs.

The trip exposed students to options of Technical Degrees once they graduate. The students were able to see the three programs in the process as current students were working on projects in class.

Students were excited to see that there is an opportunity for higher education in the Automotive field somewhat close to home.

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