Board of Education holds regular meeting on Sept. 13

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 7 p.m. on September 13.

The board is expected to hear a presentation from Patrick Michel, the HFM BOCES Superintendent, titled “What is BOCES and How Does It Work?”

There are also presentations from district administrators scheduled along with reports on district enrollment, the new dismissal pattern, and grade 3-8 NYS English Language Arts and Math test results and trends.

The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is October 11 at 7 p.m.

Further dates, documents and previous meeting information can be found here.

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Three new teachers join Harry Hoag faculty

The school year isn’t new for just the students at the Fort Plain Central School District’s Harry Hoag Elementary School.

Four new teachers are entering their first year with the district across the school and they all come from a variety of backgrounds.

Ashley Smith

Photo of new teacher Ashley SmithSmith will teach kindergarten this year.

After getting her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the State University of New York at Cobleskill she earned her master’s from the College of St. Rose (Albany) also in Early Childhood Education.

“My favorite kind of ice cream is chocolate peanut butter cup from Stewarts,” she said. “I like to hang out with friends, go fishing, and spend time with my family. I am looking forward to working with my fellow kindergarten teachers, meeting all of my new students and their families, and fulfilling my dream of being a teacher.”

Smith grew up in Fort Plain and has always wanted to be a teacher in her hometown.

Denis DeRider

Photo of new teacher Denis DeRiderDeRider will be a 15:1 Special Education teacher this year.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Cortland where he majored in Sports Management and Marketing. He stayed on at Cortland to get his master’s degree.

“I am looking forward to meeting all of my new students,” Rider said. “I really enjoy coaching soccer, hiking, kayaking, and anything else outside.”

Incidentally, his favorite kind of ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food.

Elizabeth Bauer

Photo of new teacher Elizabeth BauerBauer joins the Harry Hoag team as a new speech and language teacher.

“I’m looking forward to helping students learn and grow their vocabulary and improve their verbal and written communication skills while doing things that are fun and interesting,” Bauer said.

She majored in Communication Disorders and Sciences at the State University of New York at Geneseo as an undergraduate and then earned a masters in Speech/Language Pathology from the College of St. Rose.

Bauer enjoys chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, hiking, camping, skiing, and playing with her sons.

Fort Plain wins $500 grant from Walmart

The Fort Plain Central School District won a $500 grant from Walmart earlier this week.

The funds will be used by social studies teacher Katie Sacco to purchase books for a classroom resource library to help seventh-grade students become familiar with concepts in early American history, including such terms as conquistador and mercantilism.

The grant was written by Laura Whalen from Capital Region BOCES. The grant team has won over $52 million for its associated school districts.

Harry Hoag Elementary School instructional day to start at 8:05 a.m., end at 2:45 p.m.

The start of the instructional day at Harry Hoag Elementary School in the Fort Plain Central School District will move back seven minutes to 8:05 a.m. with the start of the 2017-18 academic year. Dismissal will also move back seven minutes to 2:45 p.m.

The new times will allow for a smoother dismissal process.

All buses will be present at the dismissal of elementary school students. As in the past, parents picking up students can do so outside of the kindergarten wing.

The current Junior/Senior High School bell schedule – 8 a.m.-2:38 p.m. – will remain the same.

For more information contact the district office at (518) 993-4000.

Fort Plain wins $2,000 grant from Walmart

The Fort Plain Central School District won a $2,000 grant from Walmart earlier this week.

The grant will fund “Smarter Social Studies,” and create a Resource Library of more than 120 new books to be used by 60 seventh-grade students. The books will be selected to help students become familiar with early American history concepts.

The grant was written by Laura Whalen from Capital Region BOCES. The grant team has won a total of $52,187,655 for its associated school districts.

Fort Plain Junior Emory Sammons takes First Place at the State Finals Rowing Championship

Fort Plain Junior Emory Sammons recently finished First at the State Finals of the Scholastic Rowing Association of New York State. Featuring competitive rowing for athletes in grades 7-12, the SRA is one of the largest and strongest rowing programs in the country. Emory rows for the Saratoga Rowing Association, traveling to Fish Creek in Saratoga for regular practices and training.

Emory and his teammates recently competed in the state championships on May 12 and May 14. He came away the 1500m Varsity Men’s Singles Champion with a time of 5:44.5, which was 1.8 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Amadeuzs Rowing Academy in Long Island. There were 8 boats in the finals, with 4 from Amadeusz, 1 from Long Island Rowing Club, 1 from Rye HS, and 1 from F.D.R. HS.
Emory then competed with his rowing partner Mike Newell, from Cohoes, in the 1500m Varsity Men’s Doubles finals and came away a champion again! They finished with a time of 5:03.4, almost a full 6 seconds ahead of the second place team from Shenendehowa. Other teams represented included Saratoga HS, Sagamore HS and Canisius HS, along with several teams from Amadeusz.

Emory will now move on to the Northeast Championships in Worcester, MA. This will be followed by the Scholastic Rowing Association Nationals in Camden, NJ. In addition, Emory has also qualified to represent New York State at the Youth Nationals in Sarasota, FL on June 9th-11th. He has also been asked to participate in training with the US National Team in San Diego, CA this summer! Emory is the son of Victor and Amy Sammons.

Voters approve 2017-18 Fort Plain budget on May 16, 2017

Fort Plain Central School District residents voted in support of the district’s 2017-18 school budget May 16, by a vote of 159 to 48.

The approved $19,890,000 budget plan calls for a 2 percent spending increase over the current year’s budget with a 1.95 percent tax levy increase.

Voters also approved a second proposal on the ballot which authorizes the use of $270,000 from the District’s Bus Purchase Reserve Fund for the purchase of new school vehicles with 155 yes votes. Expenditures of reserve funds require voter approval; however, since 100 percent of the cost is paid from the fund, there will be no impact on the tax levy.

In addition to voting on the budget, residents re-elected three members of the Board of Education to three-year terms commencing on July 1, 2017 and expiring on June 30, 2020.

David Przestrzelski received 161 votes, Todd McFee received 179 votes, and Jeffrey L. Jones received 173 votes.

Unified Basketball comes to Fort Plain School District

Playing basketball for the school team is something some students never get to experience, whether it’s because of an intellectual or physical disability, or simply a lack of nerves to try out. But thanks to a new program, all students at Fort Plain will now have that opportunity.

The first unified basketball league at Fort Plain CSD kicks off on Thursday at the Harry Hoag Elementary School at 4:15 p.m. The league is put on by the Special Olympics and Section V, which runs school sports in the region.

A unified league means anyone can play including someone with a mental or physical disability. “The end goal is to include everyone and hopefully build friendships that last off the court,” said Linda Cole, Special Education teacher and advisor to the Youth Activation Committee.

Thirteen athletes are participating in grades 9-12. The team will play six games throughout the month of May. Home games begin at 4:15 p.m. and are played in the Harry Hoag Gymnasium.

Come on out and cheer on the team:
Thursday, 5/11, Home vs. Gloversville
Monday, 5/15, Home vs. Amsterdam
Thursday, 5/18, Away at Glens Falls
Wednesday, 5/24, Home vs. South Glens Falls
Wednesday, 5/31, Away at Queensbury

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