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Harry Hoag Elementary School Open House is Oct. 3

Open House at the Harry Hoag Elementary School is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5-6 p.m. The evening is designed to be an informal way for parents and guardians to meet teachers, see displays of academic work and view the building layout. Parents and guardians are encouraged to show support of their children in their “home away from home” by attending.  The teachers will be in their classrooms until 6 p.m.

There will be a Title 1 Parent Information Session at 4:30 p.m. in the library.  This session is for any parent who wants to learn more about academic intervention services for students.

Financial Aid Night is Wednesday, Oct. 9

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School is hosting a Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. If you come to this event, you can leave with your Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form completed! This is an important step in receiving money for college tuition, books, housing and other college expenses.

This is an excellent time for families to learn about the opportunities that are available for paying for college, and how to complete the FAFSA and the NYS Tuition Assistance Program applications. Completing these forms help you become eligible for grants, loans and the NYS Excelsior  Scholarship.

The event will feature a presentation in the auditorium by  Rebecca Cozzocrea, a college financial aid director, and a representative from the Fort Plain Scholarship Association.

Participants will then move to the library computer lab, where you will be assisted with the completion of your FAFSA and TAP applications.  Throughout the night, financial aid professionals will be available to provide assistance and answer questions.

Register for an FSA ID

In preparation for completing the FAFSA, it is a good idea to register for an FSA ID ahead of time.  The FSA ID allows you to electronically sign your FAFSA.  To create your FSA ID, go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. If you are unable to create your FSA ID before Oct. 9, you will be able to do so that evening at the event.

What to bring

  • Student and Parents social security numbers (Have cards to ensure number is correct.)
  • Parents’ dates of birth
  • Student’s driver’s license number (if they have one)
  • Student’s Permanent Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Copy of student’s 2018 Federal Income Tax Return. (or W-2 Wage statements)
  • Copy of parents’ 2018 Federal Income Tax Return (or W-2 Wage statements)
  • Valid email address
  • Records of student’s untaxed income for:
    • Child support received in the student’s name
    • Child support received for any of the student’s children interest income
    • Veterans non-education benefits
    • Disability benefits
    • Money received by or paid on the student’s behalf
  • Records of parents’ untaxed income for:
    • Child support received for all children
    • Interest income
    • Veterans non-education benefits
    • Untaxed portion of pension benefits
    • Untaxed portion of IRA deductions
    • Untaxed portion of IRA distributions
    • Workers’ compensation benefits
    • Disability benefits

More information

If you have questions or concerns, contact School Counselor Colleen Cushing at 518-993-4000 #2129 or colleen.cushing@fortplain.org.

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Jr./Sr. HS Open House is Thursday, Oct. 10

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School invites all of its students and their parents and guardians to attend Open House on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. Highlights of the events include:

  • A presentation will be held at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.
  • Meet-and-greets will be available with teachers in the gymnasium after the presentation. Teachers will be grouped at tables by departments. They will be available to meet one-on-one to talk about their classes, provide course information and answer general questions about their curriculum and expectations. Parents and guardians can sign up for individual conferences with their child’s teachers if they have specific concerns or questions.
  • A free raffle will be held so people can win baskets made especially for the event by staff members. To receive free raffle tickets, parents and guardians can meet with teachers in the gymnasium. Winners will be announced throughout the evening. You must be present to win.
  • An interactive display will be featured in the library at 7:15 p.m. A prevention specialist will take parents and guardians through a display bedroom to help identify signs of trouble for teens, and what parents can do.
  • Representatives from various community agencies and school-sponsored clubs will be available to provide information about resources and opportunities for students and their families. You can also sign up for the PTA.
  • Artwork completed by students can be admired in the upper lobby.
  • Refreshments will be available in the library.
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New visitor identification system in place at school offices

Safety and security has been bolstered at the Fort Plain school buildings with the installation of a new Raptor visitor identification system in the main offices. The system requires all visitors to be vetted by a background check before they are allowed to enter the rest of the building.

“The safety of our students is our highest priority, and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those who may present a danger to our students,” interim Superintendent of Schools Kathy Dougherty said.  “The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.”

When a visitor enters the main office, school staff will ask them for a government-issued ID (driver’s license or permit, military ID, etc.) and instruct them to insert the ID into the Raptor system. Raptor will scan the ID and use it to search local and government databases, including the sex offender registry. Office staff will be able to see the results from the scan on a computer before approving the creation of an ID badge that identifies the visitor, the date and the purpose of their visit.  A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

Visitor information will be stored locally, so returning visitors will not have to scan their ID each time they come to the school. Returning visitors will still have to give their name and wear a photo ID badge when they are in the schools.

The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system.  No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency.

Teacher attends prestigious NASA institute in Texas

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Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School science teacher Patrick Petty’s summer was out-of-this-world. He attended a prestigious professional development program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He was one of just 50 educators from across the nation who was selected for the opportunity.

Petty attended the LiftOff Summer Institute in late June. The theme of the institute was Legacy of Apollo, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. moon landing.

“I cannot speak highly enough of this outstanding opportunity,” Petty said. “In addition to meeting world-class educators from around the country, we had the opportunity to meet Apollo XIII astronauts, crew members and engineers, and countless other NASA employees.”

Petty said highlights of the experience included presentations by Fred Haise, who is one of the surviving Apollo XIII astronauts, and seven-time space walker Jerry Ross, who is NASA’s record-setting frequent flyer.

Petty also heard from several scientists and engineers, including retired NASA engineer Norm Chaffee. He was a propulsion specialist who worked with NASA for more than 50 years on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space shuttle projects.

“He was part of the team that designed the propulsion system for the Saturn V and gave us an in-depth tour of the rocket,” Petty said. “Listening to him was like listening to the people who made Columbus’ ships.”

Petty also increased his knowledge of working and living in space by touring various laboratories, and he toured the mock-up facility where astronauts do a majority of their training.

One of the exercises that Petty participated in stationed him in mission control of a simulated space mission.

“Our group was monitoring the status of the ‘spaceship’ and crew from the ground, while the other half of our team was in ‘space’ carrying out a mission,” he said.

The opportunity was sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, which selects teachers from across the U.S. who will increase their knowledge of space education through the professional development program.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m excited to incorporate it into my classroom instruction,” Petty said.

Fort Plain students have already benefited from Petty’s experience. He hosted a week-long space-themed day camp in July for elementary students, with his high school students serving as counselors.

Elementary School Supply List

Updated July 2019. Click a link to view the supply lists for your grade level, or scroll below:

Pre-Kindergarten

  • Backpack
  • Folder
  • Two complete changes of clothes in a labeled Ziploc bag (underwear, socks, pants, shirts)
  • Blanket (please no stuffed animals or pillows for nap)
  • 1 glue bottle

If anyone is interested, we are asking for OPTIONAL donations for the classroom:

  • Kleenex
  • Paper towels
  • Ziploc bags: gallon size
  • Ziploc bags: sandwich size

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Kindergarten

  • Backpack
  • Paint shirt
  • Sneakers
  • A change of clothes in a labeled Ziploc baggie
  • A snack for themselves every day

All other supplies (folders, notebooks, crayons, pencils) will be supplied by the school this year! You do NOT need a blanket. We will not be napping in kindergarten.

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K-12 Language Concepts Class

  • Backpack
  • Set of extra clothes (underwear, pants, socks shirt and light sweatshirt in a bag labeled with your child’s name).
  • Pencil box (hard plastic)
  • Sneakers for gym

We have crayons, markers, glue bottles, glue sticks, scissors, pencils and plastic go-home folders for each student in the classroom.

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First Grade

  • Backpack
  • Paint shirt
  • Sneakers
  • A change of clothes in a labeled Ziploc baggie
  • A snack for themselves every day

All other supplies (folders, notebooks, crayons, pencils) will be supplied by the school this year!

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Second Grade

  • Backpack
  • Paint shirt
  • Sneakers
  • A change of clothes in a labeled Ziploc baggie
  • A snack for themselves every day

All other supplies (folders, notebooks, crayons, pencils) will be supplied by the school this year!

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Third Grade

  • 3 composition notebooks – wide ruled (with name on them)
  • 1-inch binder
  • 5 pocket folders (with name on them)
  • Pencil box – please include the following:
    • Pencils
    • Erasers
    • Dry erase markers
    • Colored pencils
    • Scissors
    • Glue sticks
    • Small pencil sharpener

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Fourth Grade

English Language Arts (ELA)

  • 2 composition notebooks
  • 2 folders

Math

  • 1 composition notebook
  • 1 folder

Science

  • 1 folder
  • 1 composition notebook

Social Studies

  • 1 folder

General Supplies

  • 1 sturdy take-home folder (plastic)
  • 3 packages of 10-12 pencils (Ticonderoga brand if possible)
  • 1 pack of colored pencils
  • 1 pencil bag/small crayon bag
  • 1 package of cap erasers
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • At least 2 rolls of clear tape
  • Multiple colors of highlighters – 5 is ideal
  • 2-3 glue sticks
  • Loose-leaf paper, 1 pack (wide-ruled)
  • Scissors (child sized)
  • 1 box of tissues
  • Book Bag

Wish List Supplies – Optional but helpful!

  • An extra take-home folder
  • 1 pack of fine-tip dry erase markers
  • Extra tape
  • An empty shoe box for storage

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Fifth Grade

  • 4 single subject (one subject) spiral notebooks
  • 5 pocket folders
  • Pencils with erasers
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters

Sixth Grade

ELA

  • loose leaf paper
  • 3 pocket folders (red, blue and a yellow)
  • 3 composition notebooks

Social Studies/Science

  • 1 single subject (one subject) spiral notebook
  • 2 pocket folders

Math

  • 1 three ring binder – 2”
  • 1 set of dividers
  • 1 package of glue sticks to keep in the classroom
  • 1 package of pencils to keep in the classroom
  • 1 composition notebook
  • 1 package of loose leaf paper

    General supplies

    • 1 Pocket folder (for a take-home folder)
    • Pencils with erasers
    • Loose leaf paper
    • Colored pencils
    • Highlighters

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    Life Skills

    • 1 package of no. 2 Pencils
    • 2 large pink erasers

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    Ms. Hoos

    • Spiral notebook (communication log)
    • Box of crayons (24 or less)
    • Colored pencils (12 or less)
    • Zippered pencil pouch
    • 1″ binder (any design or color)
    • Backpack

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    High School Supply List

    Updated July 2019. Click a link to view the supply lists for your grade level, or scroll below:

    Grade 7

    • One (1) Texas Instrument TI-34 Multi-view calculator
    • Six (6) 1 1/2″ 3-ring Binder
    • Four (4) packs of Looseleaf Paper
    • One (1) Accordian Folder
    • Four (4) Pocket folders
    • Two (2) packs of Dividers w/Tabs (5-Tabs/pack)
    • One (1) pack of Dividers w/Tabs (12-Tabs/pack)
    • One (1) Composition Notebook
    • One (1) Sketchbook 9×12
    • (2) 2 pocket folders w/prongs in center
    • Highlighters (4), assorted colors
    • One (1) USB flash Drive (16G MAX;an 8G would be fine)
    • Pens (Blue or Black), Pencils, Erasers/Eraser Caps
    • FPCS Student Acceptable Use of Technology Form (once received)

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    Grade 8

    General
    Pens
    Pencils
    Erasers

    Music – Mrs. Sincavage
    3 ring binder
    Pencil

    Chorus – Mrs. Sincavage
    2 Pocket folder (sturdy)
    Pencil

    Technology – Mr. Heroth
    Composition notebook
    Folder

    English – Mrs. Yurkewecz
    3 ring binder
    Pens
    Pencils
    Paper
    2 packages of index cards (1 neon, 1 white)
    Report cover

    Math – Mrs. Summerfield
    3 ring binder
    Loose leaf paper
    Notebook paper
    Pencils
    Texas Instrument TI-34 Multi-view Calculator is optional

    Algebra – Mrs. Summerfield
    3 ring binder
    Loose leaf paper
    Notebook paper
    Pencils
    Texas Instrument TI-34 Multi-view Calculator is optional

    Science – Mr. Petty
    2” – 3 ring binder
    Pens
    Pencils

    Social Studies – Mrs. Gray
    2” 3 ring binder
    Highlighters
    Pens
    Pencils

    Spanish 8 – Dr. Pombrio
    Two (2) 2-pocket folders with prongs in center
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Health – Mr. Thibodeau
    1 spiral notebook
    1 pocket folder

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    Grade 9

    General
    Pens
    Pencils

    English 9 Honors – Mrs. McCall
    Notebook or looseleaf paper
    Folder or binder
    Pens
    Pencils

    Health – Mr. Thibodeau
    1 subject spiral notebook
    2 pocket folder

    English 9 – Mrs. Clute
    Composition notebook
    2 pocket folders
    Pens
    Pencils
    2″ 3 ring binder

    English 9R – Mrs. Yurkewecz
    3 ring binder
    2 packages of index cards – 1 white, 1 neon
    1 report cover (portfolio)
    Pens
    Paper
    Pencils

    Algebra  – Mrs. Summerfield
    3 ring binder
    Looseleaf paper
    Notebook paper
    Pencils
    Texas Instruments TI-34 graphing calculator is optional

    Algebra Year I – Mrs. Waner
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils
    Notebook
    3 ring binder
    Graphing calculator is optional

    Geometry – Mrs. DiBiase
    3 ring binder
    Looseleaf paper
    Writing utensils
    Graphing calculator suggested

    Earth Science 9R/9H – Mr. Elliott
    Check website
    Eight (8) 2-pocket folders

    Living Environment I – Mr. Petty
    2″ 3-ring binder
    Pen
    Pencil

    Global 9 – Mrs. Sacco
    3-ring binder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Spanish 2 – Mrs. Jarabek
    Binder
    Highlighters

    Spanish 1 – Dr. Pombrio
    1 1/2″ binder
    8 dividers
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Calculator Math – Mrs. Capece
    Pens
    Pencils
    Loose leaf paper
    3 ring binder

    Resource Room – Mrs. Bleichner
    Assignment Planner
    Flash drive

    Chorus – Mrs. Sincavage
    2 pocket folder (sturdy)
    Pencil

    Computer Music Tech – Mrs. Sincavage
    3 ring binder
    Pencil

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    Grade 10

    General 
    loose leaf paper
    pens
    pencils

    Chorus – Mrs. Sincavage
    2 pocket folders (sturdy)
    Pencil

    Computer Music Tech – Mrs. Sincavage
    3 ring binder
    Pencil

    English 10 R&H – Mrs. McCall
    Notebook or loose leaf paper
    Pens
    Thumb/flash drive

    Algebra Year II – Mrs. Waner
    Loose leaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils
    Notebook
    3 ring binder
    Graphing calculator is optional

    Geometry – Mrs. DiBiase
    3 ring binder
    Writing utensils
    Looseleaf paper
    Graphic calculator suggested

    Trigonometry – Mrs. Waner
    Loose leaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils
    Notebook
    3 ring binder
    Graphing calculator is optional

    Living Environment H – Mr. Jarabek
    1” 3 ring binder
    Pens

    Living Environment I – Mr. Petty
    2″ 3-ring binder

    Global 10 – Mrs. Goodwin
    Asignment notebook
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Global H – Mr. Ryan
    Binder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Highlighters

    Global R – Mr. Ryan
    Binder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Highlighters

    Spanish 3 – Mrs. Jarabek
    Binder
    Highlighters

    Spanish 1 – Dr. Pombrio
    1 ½” binder
    8 dividers
    Paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Health – Mr. Thibodeau
    1 subject spiral notebook
    2 pocket folder

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    Grade 11

    General
    Loose leaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Pre-Calculus – Mrs. DiBiase
    3 ring binder
    Writing utensils
    Looseleaf paper
    Graphic calculator sugested

    Trigonometry – Mrs. Waner
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils
    3 ring binder
    Graphing calculator is optional

    FMCC Math – Mrs. Waner
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils
    3 ring binder
    Graphing calculator is optional

    Chemistry R – Mr. Jarabek
    ½” 3 ring binder
    Calculator
    Pens

    Astronomy – Mr. Elliott
    Composition notebook (9 3/4×71/2) 100 sheets

    A.P. Bio – Mr. Jarabek
    ½” 3 ring binder
    Access to a computer
    Pens
    Paper

    SUNY Psychology – Mr. Ryan
    Binder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Highlighters

    US History R – Mr. Ryan
    Binder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Highlighters

    US History – Mrs. Goodwin
    Assignment notebooks
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Spanish 4 – Mrs. Jarabek
    Binder
    Highlighters

    Spanish 1 – Dr. Pombrio
    1 ½“ binder
    8 dividers
    Paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Geometry – Mrs. DiBiase
    3 ring binder
    Writing utensils
    Looseleaf paper

    Calculator Math – Mrs. Capece
    Pens
    Pencils
    Looseleaf paper
    3 ring binder

    US History – Mrs. Gray
    2″ 3 ring binder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Sociology – Mrs. Gray
    Folder
    Looseleaf Paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Health – Mr. Thibodeau
    1 subject spiral notebook
    2 pocket folder

    English 11 R – Mrs. Trembley
    3 ring binder
    Loose leaf paper
    Blue or black pens
    Highlighters
    Notecards

    English 11 H – Mrs. Trembley
    3 ring binder
    Loose leaf paper
    Blue or black pens
    Highlighters
    Notecards

    Chorus – Mrs. Sincavage
    2 pocket folder (sturdy)
    Pencil

    Computer Music Tech – Mrs. Sincavage
    3 ring binder
    Pencil

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    Grade 12

    General
    Pens
    Pencils 
    Loose leaf paper

    Chorus – Mrs. Sincavage
    2 pocket folder (sturdy)
    Pencil

    Computer Music Tech – Mrs. Sincavage
    3 ring binder
    Pencil

    Government – Mrs. Sacco
    2 pocket folder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Astronomy – Mr. Elliott
    Composition notebook (9 3/4×71/2) 100 sheets

    Sociology – Mrs. Gray
    Folder
    Looseleaf Paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    SUNY Psychology – Mr. Ryan
    Binder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Highlighters

    Travel thru MV – Mr. Niles
    3 ring binder (2” or bigger)
    Lined paper
    Pens
    Highlighters

    Economics – Mrs. Sacco
    2 pocket folder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Economics – Ms. Goodwin
    Assignment Notebooks
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Film Studies – Mrs. McCall
    Notebook or looseleaf paper
    Pens

    SUNY ENG – Mrs. McCall
    Notebook or Looseleaf paper
    Folder or binder
    Pens
    Pencils

    English 12R – Mrs. Trembley
    3 ring binder
    Looseleaf paper
    Blue or black pens
    Highlighters
    Notecards

    Geometry – Mrs. DiBiase
    3 ring binder
    Writing utensils
    Loose leaf paper

    Physics – Mrs. DiBiase
    3 ring binder
    Writing utensils
    Looseleaf paper
    Graphing calculator suggested

    Pre-Calculus – Mrs. DiBiase
    3 ring binder
    Writing utensils
    Looseleaf paper

    Calculus – Mrs. DiBiase
    3 ring binder
    Writing utensils
    Looseleaf paper
    Graphing calculator suggested

    Trigonometry – Mrs. Waner
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils
    3 ring binder
    Graphing calculator is optional

    FMCC – Mrs. Waner
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens
    Pencils
    3 ring binder
    Graphing calculator is optional

    Spanish 5 – Mrs. Jarabek
    Binder
    Highlighters

    Spanish 1 – Dr. Pombrio
    1 ½ “ binder
    8 dividers
    Paper
    Pens
    Pencils

    Calculator Math – Mrs. Capece
    Pens
    Pencils
    Looseleaf paper

    Algebra 9-12 – Mrs. Goodwin
    Texas Inst. Scientific Calculator
    Pens
    Pencils
    Looseleaf paper

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    Physical Education 7-12

    Mr. Stockwell
    Change of clothes: Sneakers, socks, shorts or windpants, shirt. May need sweatshirts for colder days.

    Food and Nutrition 7-12

    Mrs. Cooley
    Binder or folder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens/pencils

    Gourmet/Int. Foods 7-12

    Mrs. Cooley
    Binder or folder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens/pencils

    Food Science 7-12

    Mrs. Cooley
    Binder or folder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens/pencils

    Home Economics 7-12

    Mrs. Cooley
    Binder or folder
    Looseleaf paper
    Pens/pencils

    APEX 7-12

    Mrs. Smith
    Pocket folder
    Spiral notebook
    Pens/pencils

    Academic Coaching 7-12

    Mrs. Smith
    Pocket folder
    Pens/pencils

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    The Canajoharie-Fort Plain Drama Club Present Newsies

    The Canajoharie-Fort Plain Summer Drama Club will present the Broadway musical, “Newsies” on July 26th at 27th at the Fort Plain High School.

    Based loosely on the newsboys’ strike of 1899, “Newsies” tells the story of Jack Kelly and his gang of struggling newspaper hawkers in New York City, selling copies of the NY World on the streets of Manhattan. When Joe Pulitzer suddenly raises the price that the newsies must pay, Jack galvanizes the other boys and girls to go on strike.

    “Newsies” stars Christian Jones of Canajoharie in the role of Jack Kelly. His closest allies are Crutchie, played by Fort Plain’s Keagen Ford, Dacey who is portrayed by Alex Gyurik of Canajoharie, and Les who is played by Faith Clark of Fort Plain. They are joined by fellow newsies: Talia Narzymski, Chad Rogers, Jasmine Lapi, Payton Landry, Dawson Sweet, Michael Palmeri, Sadie Kersey, Nura Handy, Amelia Gallagher, Richard, Catarino, Vivian Nunez, Eliza Cechnicki, and Vienna Jackson.

    The newsie chorus features Avery Merchant, Country Hammond, Lilly Lapi, Quinlan Forrest, Caleigh Bartholomew, Aileen Germond, Emery Frew, Brooke Jones, Natashia Hammond, Isis Hammond, Grace McFee, Amelia Hoag, Adeline Handy, Angelina Kersey, and Reanna Germond.

    Along the way, Jack and his pals are helped out by their friend and theatre owner Medda (Jillian Rockefeller) and the reporter Katherine Plummer (Sarah Paradiso). They are up against the tough Joseph Pulitzer (Anthony Paradiso) and his office staff played by Jennifer Cechnicki, Kathryn McGowan, and Max Richtmyer. Having fun in the roles of “bad guys” are Kristy McFee (Snyder), Josh Cechnicki (Wiesel), Matt Ford & Michael Broady (The Delancey Brothers) and Matthew Summerfield (Cop). Filling out the remaining roles are Michael Hoffman (Nunzio/Stage Manager), Todd McFee (Mayor) and Mason Rogers (Roosevelt). The show also features guest dancers Samantha Barlow, Nathaniel Diamond, and Hailey Weaver.

    The cast of 49 is led by director Lauri Broady and musical director Norma Bowley. Mike Broady serves as the sound director, assisted by Parker Forrest. Catherine Twitchell is the lighting director, with Robbie Rogers on the spotlight. The stage manager is Michael Hoffman, heading a crew consisting of Autumn Dodson and Selena Dumond-Halse.

    “Newsies” will be performed at Fort Plain Jr/Sr High School on Friday night, July 26th at 7:00 p.m., with a matinee performance on Saturday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/children/students.

    Students play on Unified Basketball Team at the New York State Special Olympics Summer Games

    Isaiah Norton, Raul Rivera and Lisa Petty

    Isaiah Norton and Raul Rivera were selected from Fort Plain to participate in the New York State Special Olympics Summer Games by playing on the Unified Basketball team representing the Capital Region. The team was put together by Jess Verrigini, the coach of the Amsterdam Unified Basketball team.

    On Friday, June 14, the team traveled to Vassar College in Dutchess County for the games. On Friday night, they attended the opening ceremonies where the Olympic torch was brought into the stadium to begin the games by the New York State Troopers. The torch run started in Buffalo and was carried by community members throughout the state.

    Saturday, June 15, was competition day, and the team won a bronze medal.

    “I had a lot of fun that weekend,” Isaiah Norton said. “It was an experience I’ll never forget. I made friends with a lot of athletes. Most of all, I am excited about next year.”

    Also joining Norton and Raul was Fort Plain’s Jr./Sr. High School Teacher, Lisa Petty. Petty is a New York State Certified Special Olympic Coach.

    “I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Special Olympic experience,” Petty said.

    Fort Plain Board Appoints New Interim Superintendent

    Fort Plain's Interim Superintendent Kathy Dougherty
    Fort Plain’s Interim Superintendent, Kathy Dougherty

    The Fort Plain Board of Education appointed Kathy Dougherty as Interim Superintendent, effective July 15, at its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, June 12.

    Dougherty replaces Fort Plain Superintendent David Ziskin, who was named HFM BOCES District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer by the HFM BOCES Board of Education at its May 29 meeting

    “I am extremely honored to be asked to serve as Interim Superintendent of the Fort Plain Central School District for the 2019-20 school year,” Dougherty said. “My meetings with the board and administrative staff have confirmed the district’s strong core values that are driving the district’s work.”

    Dougherty is currently the Interim Superintendent of the Mayfield Central School District.

    “The Board of Education is excited to have Mrs. Dougherty join the Fort Plain Central School District as Interim Superintendent,” said Board President Ronald Kardash. “With her extensive educational experience, Mrs. Dougherty will serve us well while we begin our search for the district’s next leader.”

    Fort Plain will commence a search for a permanent superintendent in the fall, with a targeted start date for the spring or summer of 2020.

    Dougherty began her career as a music teacher in Gloversville, Johnstown and Oppenheim-Ephratah school districts. She was principal of the Pleasant Avenue Elementary School from 2000 to 2007, and then served as the superintendent of schools at Northville from 2007 until her retirement in 2012.

    Since retiring from Northville, she has served as interim principals at the Park Terrace Elementary School in Gloversville and the HFM BOCES Adirondack Academy. She was also an independent Danielson teacher evaluator for the Edinburg school district.

    Mrs. Dougherty is a graduate of Onondaga Community College with an associate of applied science degree in music. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of music degree from Syracuse University, and she earned her Master of Science degree in educational administration from the University at Albany. She completed the superintendent development program at SUNY Oswego in 2006.

    “It is a privilege to follow Dr. Ziskin in the superintendent’s seat, and I look forward to being a part of the tradition of excellence that is a hallmark of the Fort Plain Central School District and the community,” said Dougherty.

    Ziskin is set to begin his official duties with HFM BOCES on Aug. 5.

    Dougherty and her husband, Doug, live in Johnstown and have two children: a daughter, Erin, who lives in Ohio, and a son, Patrick, who lives in Maryland.

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