Over the summer, teachers, Mrs. Clute, and Mrs. McFee wanted to spread more kindness in Fort Plain’s Jr./Sr. High School. With the approval of the school, they gave the girl’s and boy’s bathrooms a mini makeover. In vibrant colors, encouraging sayings such as, “You are brave,” and “You are strong,” stand tall above the girl’s second-floor bathroom sinks; positive quotes cover the bathroom stalls. The boy’s bathrooms have similar phrases and decorations.
“I just wanted to spread more kindness in the school,” Mrs. Clute said.
The kindness club began last school year. All grade levels participate in the group.
“We do a lot of positive messaging,” Mrs. Clute said. “We give out third party compliments (anonymously), thank you’s (small messages of thanks). We put positive notes on the lockers, and give out candy with positive words.”
This year the number of students in the club about doubled. Mrs. Clute has students coming in throughout the day, in the morning, during lunches, and study halls, to help with the projects.
“Since the club has started, students have participated in a school-wide anti-bullying program last March, had a table at the Harry Hoag School Health Fair in 2018, wore kindness shirts and hats, and made posters for each month of the school year. The students were busy and passionately involved.”
Mrs. Clute hopes to expand kindness with a mini makeover to the locker rooms in the next couple of years.
Highlights of the Newsletter
Harry Hoag Elementary Open House
Open House for the Harry Hoag Elementary School is scheduled for Thursday, October 4th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The evening is designed to be an informal way to meet the teachers, see displays of academic work, and view the building layout. The Open House provides families with a chance to visit their children’s classrooms and experience what their school day is like.
The event will include a Title I Parent Information Session at 5:15 p.m. in the library. Fort Plain Central School follows the NYS Education Department regulations to ensure appropriate provision of academic intervention to all students who are not making sufficient academic progress. Anyone wishing to know more about our academic intervention services should plan to attend this information session.
Mosaic Mural Completed
The fourth-grade mural project was completed in mid-June. This was the final year of a three-phase mosaic mural project, which produced three beautiful glass and tile mosaics, on display in the gym hallway of the Harry Hoag Elementary School.
The project was begun in 2014, with a depiction of famous landmarks of Fort Plain. Phase two consisted of a triptych of scenes of the Erie Canal in the Village of Fort Plain. After a field trip to the MVGO in Amsterdam and the Riverfront Pavilion in Canajoharie, the fourth graders finished out the project with their vision of the future of the waterfront here in Fort Plain.
The Mosaic Mural Project was made possible with an Arts Education Grant, funded by the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Local funding was provided by NYS grants offered through Saratoga Arts and a partnership with Micki Leiber and the Friends of Fort Plain, along with mosaic artist Linda Biggers.
Board of Education Meeting Schedule
The Board of Education has announced the following meetings for the 2018-2019 school year. Meetings are held in the conference room at the district office.
- Oct 17th at 7:00 p.m.
- Nov 14th at 7:00 p.m.
- Dec 12th at 6:00 p.m.
- Jan 16th at 6:00 p.m.
- Feb 13th at 6:00 p.m.
- March 6th at 6:00 p.m.
- April 10th at 7:00 p.m.
- May 8th at 7:00 p.m.
- May 21 at 7:00 p.m.
- June 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Open house for Harry Hoag Elementary is scheduled for Thursday, October 4th from 5:30-6:30 pm.
The evening is designed to be an informal way for you to meet the teachers, see displays of academic work and view the building layout. I hope you will take the time to show your children support in their “home away from home” by attending. The teachers will be in their classrooms to welcome you at your leisure until 6:30 pm.
There will be a Title 1 Parent Information Session at 5:15 pm in the library. Fort Plain Central School District follows the New York State Education Department regulations to ensure appropriate provision of academic interventions to all students who are not making sufficient academic progress. If you wish to know more about our intervention services, please plan to join me for this information session.
We hope to see on October 4th!
Proud to be your Principal,
The Fort Plain Central School District is looking for Substitute Teachers and Substitute Teacher Aide.
If you are interested, please submit your application to HFM BOCES by clicking here.
The Fort Plain Central School District has openings for Substitute Bus Drivers, Substitute Food Service, and Substitute Cleaners.
If you are interested, please submit an application, a letter of interest, a resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to David W. Ziskin, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, 25 High Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339.
You may drop them off to Rebecca Smith in the District Office or mail them to her attention.
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SCHEDULE OF BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS 2018-2019
Wednesday, September 12 – Regular Meeting (7:00PM)
Wednesday, October 17 – Regular Meeting (7:00PM)
Wednesday, November 14 – Regular Meeting (7:00PM)
Wednesday, December 12 – Regular Meeting (6:00 PM)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – Regular Meeting (6:00 PM)
Wednesday, February 13 – Regular Meeting (6:00 PM)
Wednesday, March 6 – Public Hearing (6:00 PM)
on Transportation, Building and Grounds Budgets Regular Meeting to Follow Public Hearing
Wednesday, April 10 – Public Hearing (7:00PM)
on Elementary and Secondary Programs Budgets Regular Meeting to Follow Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 8 – Public Hearing (7:00 PM) to Present Budget
Regular Meeting to Follow Pubic Hearing
Tuesday, May 21 – Budget and Board Candidate Vote, HHS Gym, 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21 – Regular Meeting (7:00 PM)
Wednesday, June 12 – Regular Meeting (7:00 PM)
All meetings are held in the Ronald H. Thibodeau Conference Room in the District Office.
The Canajoharie-Fort Plain Summer Drama Club will present Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka,” the stage musical on Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in Canajoharie High School’s Arkell Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for Senior Citizens and students.
Come with us on a journey into your imagination where candy and golden tickets and Oompa Loompas abound. Drama club veteran Vicente Nunez leads our cast as Willy Wonka. Calista Hardesty plays the sweet Charlie accompanied by her energetic Grandpa Joe, Connor Bowden. Angelo Fatta as Phineous Trout introduces the audience to each of the golden tickets winners and their parents who are played by Andan Gomez as Augustus with Sarah Bowden as Mrs. Gloop. The cast also includes Payton Landry as Veruca with Christian Jones as Mr. Salt, Tori Rocas as Violet with Rianna VanRensalaar as Mrs. Beauregarde, and Emily Palmeri as Mike Teavee with Bretton Scofield as Ms. Teavee. The rest of the Bucket family is played by Michael Barlow as Mr. Bucket, Kaylee Sanders as Mrs. Bucket, Catherine Twitchell as Grandma Georgina, Mathea Leonard as Grandma Josephine, and Connor Hill as Grandpa George. Add in our eight wonderful Oompa Loompas, fourteen of Charlie’s friends, six crew members, and a six-member pit orchestra, and you have quite a show!
Co-directors Norma Bowley, Allison Ramsey, and Mason Rivenburg invite you to come and see this summer’s drama production.
Save room for a Wonka sweet treat during intermission!
Fort Plain central school will have pre-screening for summer sports physicals on Tuesday, August 21st from 8:00- 10:00 am.
The pre-screening consists of height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, standard urine sample for kidney function and a health history. The pre-physical screening must be done before the doctor is able to do the actual physical.
Physicals will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd at 8:30 am. So arrive early and do not be late.
The student must report both days to have their physical done completely and approved by the chief school medical officer.
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