This is David Ziskin, superintendent of schools. I am posting to alleviate any alarm created by a report that was heard by civilians over a police scanner today. This morning, the administration at our High School communicated with the Fort Plain Police, as they often do, because it had been reported that an individual, who was unfamiliar to a teacher and that teacher’s class, was observed walking on school grounds shortly after school started. This individual left school property and was seen walking toward the village shortly after. We are pleased that our students and staff again chose to say something when they saw something. We are also very fortunate to have such a strong responsive, relationship with local law enforcement who have assured us our schools remain safe and secure.
The Fort Plain Central School District is CLOSED for Feb. 7, 2018 due to inclement weather.
The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education will hold its regular meeting in the Ronald H. Thibodeau Conference Room at the Harry Hoag Elementary School at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 12.
The Board’s regular monthly meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 7.
The Fort Plain Central School District is running under a 2-HOUR DELAY for Feb. 5, 2018.
There will be no A.M. BOCES.
- Grade 12 – Emily Marsh (Mrs. Jarabek)
- Grade 11 – Mackenzie Wintermute (Mr. Jarabek)
- Grade 10 – Franklyn TenEyck (Mrs. Cooley and Mrs. Jarabek)
- Grade 9 – Rachel Zuppardi (Mrs. Jarabek)
- Grade 8 – Noah Norton (Mrs. Wilder and Mrs. Summerfield)
- Grade 7 – Alex Rivkowich (Dr. Pombrio)
Just a friendly reminder to everyone!
Feb. 2 is HALF DAY.
High School dismissal is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Elementary dismissal is scheduled for 10:40 a.m.
Staff development after dismissal.
Legendary Fort Plain baseball coach Craig Phillips was named a 2017 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association last week.
Philips is the only baseball coach and one of just 23 high school coaches from across the country to be selected for the honor that the NFHS has awarded since 1982.
“To be honored with this award from our small school in upstate New York, I am just extremely honored. I hope I have made a difference, but most of all I am so proud that we have such great kids and such a great school and community that support the program and me,” said Phillips. “To be honored in this way is a great, great honor.”
“Coach Phillips’ selection as National Coach of the Year is a tremendous honor. It is also well-deserved,” Fort Plain Superintendent of Schools David Ziskin said. “Craig’s love of the game and his players has defined his career. He has made a unique and indelible imprint on the athletes he has coached, Fort Plain and on high school athletics in New York State.”
“I have known Craig for a very long time and seen him in action for a very long time and this kind of award recognizes not only the success of his teams, but also overcoming adversity,” Fort Plain Athletics Director Charlie Karker said. “This award recognizes the time, effort, and care that he has given to Fort Plain – not just the school or the team – all of Fort Plain.”
Phillips enters his 45th season this spring with more than 750 career wins – the most wins in the history of New York State high school baseball – and that success hasn’t waned over the last few years either.
Over the past two seasons, the Fort Plain baseball team was a combined 37-6, won the 2016 Class D New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) championship and reached the Section II final last year.
Phillips called the 2016 state title “improbable” at the time. The then-No. 3 seeded Hilltoppers beat top-seeded Fort Ann in eight innings, 2-1, in the Section II title game. Fort Plain then went on to beat Genesee Valley, 11-0, in the state semifinal and West Canada Valley in the state championship game, 11-6.
Always the coach, Philips said of his upcoming 2017 team, “We don’t have any seniors this year, but I expect us to still be pretty good.”
Overall, the Hilltoppers have won 24 league championships, 10 Section II titles and a pair of state championships during Philips’ tenure. The first sectional title was in 1981 and the first state crown came in 2007 in Class C. Including the 2016 run, Fort Plain has played in five NYSPHSAA state tournaments.
Even though Phillips tends to deflect his own accomplishments, he was named the NYSPHSAA Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2016. He has served on the Section II baseball committee for 35 consecutive years and was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. He was inducted into the Capital Region Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.
“There is something so intriguing about the game of baseball. Every year, there is always a restart of the season. It is always fresh and new. Since we are a small district, we always have new players that are question marks, but they have to play. We are lucky enough that they respond to myself and my other coaches,” Philips said. “I have to thank all of my assistant coaches from over the years. I started out alone, but without them, in this day and age, there is no way we would be as successful without them. I also want to thank the community for supporting our program and the school for giving us, and maintaining, such a gorgeous facility that we get to use.”
Phillips has had dozens of league, section, and state all-stars on his rosters over the years including 2016 New York State Sportswriters Association Class D Player of the Year, and 2017 First-Team All-State selection, Drew Fureno. Former players have also followed in the coach’s footsteps into the dugout. Former Hilltopper Jabin Weaver was named the head baseball coach at Hudson Valley Community College this past fall.
“I have coached so many great kids from great families, but I have never coached a grandson yet,” Philips joked as he rattled off name after name he has put on roster cards over the years. “We have a saying here in Fort Plain, ‘tradition never graduates.’ I know I am a tough guy to play for, but the way that the players, school, and community have rallied around baseball they have made that saying remain true for many years and it will remain true for many more.”
It is that time of year where the tests are coming up. Here is the schedule for the week of Jan. 22-26.
Monday, January 22
- ELA Regents
- English 10R (McCall)
- English 10H (McCall)
- SUNY English (McCall)
Spanish II (Jarabek)
12 p.m. (noon)
- Living Environment Regents
- English 9 (Clute, Yurkewecz)
- English 9H (McCall)
- Living Environment (Jarabek, Smith)
Tuesday, January 23
- U.S. History and Government Regents
- Geometry Regents
- Freshman Seminar (Stokna)
- Geometry (DiBiase)
- Participation in Government (Sacco)
- U.S. History (Ryan)
Spanish I (Pombrio)
A.P. U.S. History (Gray, Niles)
12 p.m. (noon)
- Algebra I Regents
- Algebra – Year 2 (Waner)
- Earth Science (Elliot)
- Forensics (Bogus, Smith)
- SUNY Psychology (Ryan)
Spanish III (Jarabek)
Wednesday, January 24
- Global History & Geography Regents
- Physics Regents
- Algebra (Summerfield)
- Global 10 (Ryan)
- Math 8 (Summerfield)
- Physics (DiBiase)
Earth Science I (Elliott)
12 p.m. (Noon)
- Algebra II Regents
- Calculator Math (Capece)
- Global 9 (Niles)
- Trigonometry (Waner)
Thursday, January 25
- Earth Science Regents
- Chemistry Regents
There are a number of events coming up over the next few weeks at Harry Hoag Elementary school.
Students will graduate from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program on Thursday, Jan 18 starting at 3 p.m.
There are also a pair of school dances coming up including a “Welcome 2018” dance on Jan. 23 at 2:45 p.m. and then a “Valentine’s Day” dance on Feb. 13 also starting at 2:45 p.m.
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Schools in the Fort Plain Central School district are under a 2-hour delay for Jan. 11, 2018.