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8th Grade Midterm Schedule & Information

During this week, regular classes will not be held. However, students are expected to attend school during the times in which they have tests scheduled.

Mid-term/final testing will take place from Tuesday, Jan. 21 to Friday, Jan. 24.

During this week, regular classes will not be held. However, students are expected to attend school during the times in which they have tests scheduled. Tests for 8th grade students will be administered in the morning. If a student is sick on a test day, parents should notify the Attendance Office and make sure arrangements are made with the teacher to reschedule the test. The testing schedule is shown below.

ALL 8th grade students are expected to attend school during the times they have a test scheduled. If a student does not have a test scheduled for the 9:15–10:30 a.m. time frame, they may leave the building provided they have transportation (see below).  If a student does  not have to make up an exam on Friday, Jan. 24, they do not have to report to school.

Testing Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 21

  • English, 8-9:30 a.m., Rooms 203/204/205/202A/202
  • Social Studies, 9:45-10:30, Rooms 203/204/205/202A/202

Wednesday, Jan. 22

  • Science, 8-9:30 a.m., Rooms 203/204/205/202A/202
  • Spanish, 9:45-11:15 a.m., Room 103

Thursday Jan. 23

  • Algebra, 8-9:30 a.m., Gym
  • Health, 9:45-10:30, Rooms 203/204/205/202A/202

Friday, Jan. 24

  • Make-up Exams & Grading Day

Transportation will be provided by the district at regular times in the morning and afternoon. Students will need to provide their own transportation if they will be leaving school before 2:38 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available in the cafeteria during testing week.

7th Grade Midterm Schedule & Information

During this week, regular classes will not be held. However, students are expected to attend school during the times in which they have tests scheduled.

Mid-term/final testing will take place from Tuesday, Jan. 21 to Friday, Jan. 24.

During this week, regular classes will not be held. However, students are expected to attend school during the times in which they have tests scheduled. Tests for 7th grade students will be administered in the morning. If a student is sick on a test day, parents should notify the Attendance Office and make sure arrangements are made with the teacher to reschedule the test. The testing schedule is shown below.

ALL 7th grade students are expected to attend school during the times they have a test scheduled. If a student does not have a test scheduled for the 9:15–10:30 a.m. time frame, they may leave the building provided they have transportation (see below).  If a student does  not have to make up an exam on Friday, Jan. 24, they do not have to report to school.

Testing Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 21

  • English, 8-9 a.m., Room 210-211
  • Math, 9:15-10:30, Room 210-211

Wednesday, Jan. 22

  • Science, 8-9 a.m., Room 210-211
  • Social Studies, 9:15-10:30 a.m., Room 210-211

Thursday Jan. 23

  • Spanish, 8-10:30 a.m., Room 210-211
  • Make-up Exams

Friday, Jan. 24

  • Make-up Exams & Grading Day

Transportation will be provided by the district at regular times in the morning and afternoon. Students will need to provide their own transportation if they will be leaving school before 2:38 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available in the cafeteria during testing week.

January Regents Exam Schedule

Dates, times and locations

This schedule is additionally available on the district’s website calendar.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

  • English Language Arts, Gym/Room 103, 8 a.m.
  • Living Environment, Gym, Noon

Wednesday, Jan. 22

  • US History, Gym, 8 a.m.
  • Geometry, Gym, 8 a.m.
  • Algebra I, Gym, Noon
  • Physics, Gym, Noon

Thursday, Jan. 23

  • Global History, Gym, 8 a.m.
  • Algebra II, Gym/Room 103, Noon

Friday, Jan. 24

  • Earth Science, Room 201, 8 a.m.
  • Chemistry, Room 201, 8 a.m.
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Elective Fair helps high schoolers map out course schedules

Teachers had the opportunity to pitch their courses for next year.

teacher talks to a high school student at a table in a cafeteria
Teacher Wendy Stokna speaks to freshman Alex Rivkowich about business courses during a recent Elective Fair at the high school.

The Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School held an Elective Fair recently to help students decide which courses to take next school year.

Students in grades 8-11 were invited to participate in the fair. The event helps the faculty and staff gauge student interest in the course offerings. It also gives teachers an opportunity to pitch their courses to students.

A teacher from each department was available to answer questions and distribute informational materials. Students also received a “Classroom Classified” to take with them, which lists every course that was proposed, along with a brief course description.

teacher talks to a high school student at a table in a cafeteria
Junior Gage Poultney speaks to Family & Consumer Sciences teacher Cory Cooley.
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District piloting swipe card system on school bus

This pilot launch will involve one school bus, but the long-term goal is that the system will be implemented district-wide.

The Fort Plain CSD will launch a pilot program this month that is intended to enhance safety and improve the efficiency of the district’s school bus management system. Using a software system called Traversa on school buses, the district will be able to track student bus riders and the locations of all buses in real-time mode whenever they are on the road.

“The Fort Plain CSD administration and Board of Education take very seriously our charge to ensure the safety and security of our students,” interim Superintendent of Schools Kathy Dougherty said. “Adding this system to a transportation program that prioritizes extensive driver training and meticulous vehicle maintenance helps our district demonstrate safety as an unquestionable first priority.”

This pilot launch will involve one school bus, but the long-term goal is that the system will be implemented district-wide. Parents of children involved in the first phase of the pilot program were mailed a letter with detailed information. As more buses are included in the program, parents of those students will be notified accordingly.

Under the system, students will each be given a swipe card that is programmed with a student’s name, where they are picked up by the bus and where they are dropped off. Students will use their cards whenever they get on or off a school bus.

The system instantly alerts the driver if a student tries to get off the bus at an unassigned stop. Drivers can also receive messages from the school buildings if any student’s drop-off location changes over the course of the trip. Knowledge of where and when a student boarded or left a bus allows our district to proactively manage student safety and prevent errors such as students boarding the wrong bus.

The system has additional benefits for bus drivers to generate turn-by-turn directions to each stop on their bus routes.

“We are proud to launch a system that enhances our ability to bus our students to and from school in the safest way possible,” Fort Plain Transportation Supervisor Tom Hajczewski said. “The system makes it easier for our bus drivers to keep both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel.”

The swipe cards will be provided at no charge to the students or families. Students must have their cards with them at all times whenever riding the school bus to enable the system to run efficiently. Elementary students’ cards will have clips so they can be attached to their book bags or jackets. It is suggested that high school students keep their cards in their wallets or their purses.

Should the first card become lost or damaged, the district will issue a second card at no cost. If the second card is lost or damaged within a year, there will be a fee of $5 for a third or subsequent card.

If a student forgets their card, they will still be able to ride the bus. Their information will be entered manually into the system by the school bus driver.


Frequently Asked Questions

What does the swipe card system mean for students?

  • Each student gets a swipe card. Students will scan their cards into a card reader whenever they get on or off a school bus.
  • Students should bring their cards with them to school every day. It is suggested that elementary students clip their cards to their backpacks or jackets; high school students should carry them in their wallets or purses.

What happens if a student forgets their card?

  • If a student forgets their card, they can still ride the school bus. Their information will be entered manually into the system by the school bus driver.

Do I have to pay for my child’s card?

  • The swipe cards will be provided at no charge to the students or families.
  • Should the first card become lost or damaged, the district will issue a second card at no cost.
  • If the second card is lost or damaged within a year, there will be a fee of $5 for a third or subsequent card.

Parents who have questions should call the transportation department at 518-993-4000 ext. #4001.

Search launched for superintendent

The Board of Education’s goal is to have the next superintendent in place by summer.

The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education has officially launched the search for a new superintendent of schools.

The position is now posted on several education job boards with professional organizations including the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS), the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS), the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and OLAS, the On-line Application System for Educators, which serves school districts throughout the state.

The posting can also be found at: www.hfmboces.org/FortPlainSearch.

HFM BOCES District Superintendent David Ziskin, the former Fort Plain superintendent, is working with the Fort Plain Board of Education as a consultant during the search process. As part of their statutory duties, BOCES district superintendents may be asked by component school boards to act as consultants during superintendent searches. Dr. Ziskin will work with the board to create recruitment material and assist with the development of selection criteria and a process for interviews.

The deadline to apply for the position is Jan. 30, 2020. The Board of Education’s goal is to have the next superintendent in place by summer.

The Fort Plain Board of Education is seeking a new district leader to replace Ziskin, who left the district in July to assume the district superintendent’s position at BOCES. Fort Plain is currently under the direction of Interim Superintendent Kathy Dougherty.

Legal Notice – School budget vote and elections

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING, BUDGET VOTE AND ELECTION
FORT PLAIN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

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 2018-2019 school year will be held in the Harry Hoag District Office Conference Room on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 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 15, 2018 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 2018-2019 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 $230,000.00; (b) expend such sums for such purpose; (c) expend from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund an amount not to exceed $230,000.00 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 $230,000, 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 $80,000, 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, 2018 and expiring on June 30, 2021 to succeed Jami L. Stevens and Mary Beth Hudyncia whose terms expire on June 30, 2018.

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 his office in the Harry Hoag School not later than April 16, 2018 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 15, 2018.

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 14, 2018 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 15, 2018, 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 16, 2018 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 moneys which fails to include specific appropriations for all such expenditures required by the proposition.

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