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Fort Plain High School Unified Basketball Team

Fort Plains Unified Basketball Game

Applause and cheers from a very enthusiastic audience filled the gym on May 9th, as the Fort Plain High School Unified Basketball team took on Gloversville for the annual in-school game.

The Unified Sports League is sponsored by the NYS High School Sports Section V and the Special Olympics. The Unified League combines students with disabilities and student-athletes of similar age and ability.

The program aims to provide a competitive high school sports experience for students with various disabilities to be able to participate in.

The Unified League goal of “teaching sports skills to students with different abilities in a friendly, supportive, and competitive environment” was evident as the student audience was fully appreciative of the game, while both teams competing supported one another’s players while still maintaining a healthy spirit of competition.

The game is the third season for the Fort Plain High School Unified Basketball team, and they will face off against several local schools in both home and away games. The teams coached by Adam Cutspec, Geoff Snyder, Lisa Petty, and Linda Cole.

Student Council Plaque in Recognition of the over 1,000 cans they Donated


teacher receiving award

On Monday, May 6, 2019, Willow MaGinnis, Secretary for the Student Council, and Lisa Trembley, one of the advisers for Student Council, attended a recognition ceremony hosted by the Fulmont Community Action Center. After some delicious hor d’oeuvres, the Student Council was one of the community groups who received a plaque in recognition of the over 1000 cans they donated in December to the Fulmont Community Center in Fort Plain that was valued at over $1000 to help residents in need in our area. The Student Council was honored to be recognized by this agency that helps so many on a day to day basis.

Harry Hoag Literacy and Math Camp

Harry Hoag is excited to offer a Literacy and Math Camp to support our learners who are currently in Grades K-4. Students who attend our camp will have the opportunity to engage with literacy and math activities that are fun to enhance their knowledge of core grade level concepts, thus supporting their transition back to school in September.

Camp Details
Dates: July 8- August 1 (Mondays – Thursdays only)
Hours: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
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

If you are interested in having your child attend our Literacy and Math Camp, please fill out the form below and return to the Main Office by Friday, May 31st.

You will receive an enrollment confirmation letter in early June.

I encourage you to take advantage of this free opportunity to enrich your child’s summer vacation. Students who participate in our morning camp will be able to sign in to the Fort Plain Summer Recreation Program in the afternoon. Registration for Summer Recreation is a separate process.

If you have any questions, please call me at 993-4000 ext. 3059.

Proud to be your Principal,
Lauren Crisman

Harry Hoag Math and Literacy Camp Form

PreK & Kindergarten Applications

FP Prek & Kindergarten photo for registration
On Monday, April 8th, PreK and Kindergarten applications will be available for pick up at the Harry Hoag Elementary School!
If your child turns four on or before December 1, 2019, he or she is eligible to enroll in one of our school-age primary programs.
Please contact Courtney Fowler at 518-993-4000 ext #3072 for more information!

Jr./Sr. High School Library Hosts “MakerSpace”

high school student making a quilt

Three seniors are putting the finishing touches on patchwork quilts that they have designed, pieced and sewed right in the Jr./Sr. High School library. A MakerSpace is a collaborative workspace inside of a school or library, where students use tools for making, learning, sharing and exploring projects. This winter, the Jr./Sr. High School library has been hosting a MakerSpace for students to work on a quilting project. After selecting a quilt pattern, the students chose fabrics and colors to enhance that style. Library Media Specialist, Mary VanPatten, is also a quilter in her spare time. She worked with the students on the techniques they needed and assisted them with learning to sew the pieces together correctly, with different types of stitches.

Graduating seniors Kevin Staples, Sherry Huang and Cara Porter have each created a full-size quilt, which they plan to take to college with them in the fall.

Battle of the Books 2019

battle of the books competition

Both the Jr./Sr. High Battle of the Books teams traveled to Albany on April 11th for regional and state competition.

To participate, students on the team had to read books from a pre-set list and be prepared to answer questions about the books. Each region held its own competition in the morning, with the state finals between the North Region and South Region taking place after lunch. While teams were in between competitions, they had an opportunity to take a building tour of the New York State Museum and Archives. While touring, they met several people from many key areas of the museum, learning about history, exhibit, and archive jobs and what type of education and experience are needed for each career. It was an excellent chance for students to see “behind-the-scenes” of the large museum, and find out what it takes to bring all of the essential facts and exhibits to the public. Following the final competition, all of the students enjoyed an author talk by Jennifer Roy.

Members of this year’s Senior High team included: Sherry Huang, Quinn Jones, Bryce Thibodeau, Pat Murphy, Cara Porter, Kevin Staples, and Caleb Cochran. Junior High team members were: Marionna Stephens, Delana Tracki, Sadie Mollel, Nura Handy, Natalie Thibodeau, Luke Staples, Rob Rogers, Amber Chrisman, Brady Keane, Monika Kulczynski, Ian Zuppardi, and Mariah Aney.

Legal Notice of Budget Hearing, Budget Vote, and Election



To the qualified voters of the Fort Plain Central School District, Fort Plain, NY: NOTICE is hereby given that the Public Hearing on the School District Budget for the 2019-2020 school year will be held in the Harry Hoag District Office Conference Room on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual District Meeting and Election of the qualified voters of the Fort Plain Central School District will be held in the Harry Hoag School Gymnasium in said District on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at which time said vote and election will be held between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time at which time the polls will be opened to vote by voting machine upon the following items:

Proposition 1: To adopt the annual budget of the School District for the fiscal year 2019-2020 and to authorize the requisite portion thereof to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the District.

Proposition 2: Authorization to Purchase Buses: Shall the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District be authorized to: (a) acquire school vehicles at a maximum aggregate cost of $377,000.00; (b) expend such sums for such purpose; (c) expend from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund an amount not to exceed $377,000.00 for such purpose; (d) levy the necessary tax therefore, to be levied and collected in such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Education taking into account state aid received and amounts disbursed from the reserve fund; and (e) in anticipation of the collection of such tax, to issue bonds and notes of the District at one time or from time to time in the principal amount not to exceed $377,000.00 and to levy a tax to pay the interest on such obligations when due?

Proposition 3: Authorization for Increase in the Library Tax Levy: Shall the annual appropriation to support and maintain the Fort Plain Free Library be increased by $5,000 to $85,000, which sum shall be separate and apart from the Fort Plain Central School District annual school district budget and be raised annually by a tax upon the taxable property of the school district, and which appropriation shall be the annual appropriation for the library until changed by further vote of the electors of the school district, and such tax shall be levied and collected yearly as are other general taxes and such monies paid over to the trustees of the Library?

To elect two (2) members of the Board of Education to a three (3) year term commencing on July 1, 2019, and expiring on June 30, 2022, to succeed Ronald Kardash and Joseph Bartholomew whose terms expire on June 30, 2019.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education shall be filed with the Clerk of said School District at her office in the Harry Hoag School not later than April 22, 2019, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Each petition shall be directed to the Clerk of the District and shall be signed by at least 25 voters of the District, and must state the name and residence of the candidate.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that applications for absentee ballots will be obtainable between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, from the District Clerk. The District Clerk must receive completed applications at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk not later than 4:00 p.m., prevailing time, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

A list of persons to whom absentee ballots are issued will be available for inspection to qualified voters of the District in the office of the District Clerk on and after May 15, 2019 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays prior to the day set for the annual election and on May 21, 2019, the day set for the election. Any qualified voter present in the polling place may object to the voting of the ballot upon appropriate grounds by making his/her challenge and the reasons therefore known to the Inspector of Election before the close of the polls.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the qualified voters of the School District shall be entitled to vote at said annual vote and election. A qualified voter is one who is (1) a citizen of the United States of America, (2) eighteen years of age or older, and (3) a resident within the School District for a period of thirty (30) days immediately preceding the annual election. The School District may require all persons offering to vote at the budget vote and election to provide one form of proof of residency pursuant to Education Law Section 2018-c. Such form may include a driver’s license, a non-driver identification card, a utility bill or a voter registration card. Upon offer of proof of residency, the School District may also require all persons offering to vote to provide their signature, printed name, and address.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to a rule adopted by the Board
of Education in accordance with Sections 2035 and 2008 of the Education Law, any referenda or propositions to amend the budget, or otherwise to be submitted for voting at said vote and election, must be filed with the Board of Education at the Fort Plain Central School District on or before April 22, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., prevailing time; must be typed or printed in the English language; must be directed to the Clerk of the School District; must be signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified voters, or five percent (5%) of the registered voters of the District who voted in the previous annual election of Board members, whichever is greater; and must state the name and residence of each signer. However, the School Board will not entertain or place before the voters any proposition if its purpose is beyond the power of the voters or is illegal, or any proposition requiring the expenditure of money which fails to include specific appropriations for all such expenditures required by the proposition.

Amsterdam Recorder
Please publish April 5, 2019; April 17, 2019; May 8, 2019; and May 20, 2019

Courier Standard Enterprise
Please publish April 12, 2019; April 26, 2019; May 10, 2019; and May 17, 2019

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. Prom May 18

The Fort Plain Jr/Sr High School Prom will be held on Saturday, May 18.

Tickets will be on sale April 29 – May 7.

The theme of this year’s prom is “A Night Under the Stars” and will be held at Hales Mills Country Club in Johnstown. Coronation will be at 6:00 in the Jr/Sr High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased from Mrs. Cole at the school. Ticket includes dinner and transportation. No limousines are allowed this year. Please contact Mrs. Cole with any questions.

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