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Tech Team Students Interview Leader Herald Reporter

Harry Hoag Elementary’s ʺTeam Techʺ students, those that work on the school newspaper, interviewed Briana O’Hara, a reporter, from ʺThe Leader Heraldʺ newspaper. The kids spent around 45 minutes talking to Ms. O’Hara. She explained what the life of a reporter is like and how she got the job!

Harry Hoag Students tech team Reporter Briana O'Hara

First-grade students learn to code with Ozobots

Students in Mrs. Bargstedt and Ms. Karbowski’s first-grade class used Ozobots to help learn about our solar system. The students had to program “code” their Ozobots to travel in an orbit and add code that would make the Ozobots rotate modeling planets in space. Ozobots are tiny robots that introduce computer programming to young students. Their project was shown at Morning program on Friday, April 12 for parents and classmates!

April 12 morning program presenters april 12 morning program solar system

PreK & Kindergarten Applications

FP Prek & Kindergarten photo for registration
On Monday, April 8th, PreK and Kindergarten applications will be available for pick up at the Harry Hoag Elementary School!
 
If your child turns four on or before December 1, 2019, he or she is eligible to enroll in one of our school-age primary programs.
 
Please contact Courtney Fowler at 518-993-4000 ext #3072 for more information!

March Newsletter Available

March Newsletter

Volume 36 | Issue 7

Calendar Changes | Upcoming Events | Spaghetti Supper | Remembering ‘Jack’ Calbet | Elementary Students Have Heart | Students of the Month | Drama Club Sound of Music Musical | Health Fair 2019 | Leprechaun Auction | No Two Fingerprints are Alike | Young Architects

Calendar Changes:

Please take note of the following updates to the published district calendar:

  • June 25 – Baccalaureate Rehearsal 4:00
  • June 26 – Baccalaureate Service 7:00
  • June 27 – Senior Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
  • June 27 – Graduation Rehearsal 9:15
  • June 29 – Graduation 10:00 a.m.

Upcoming Events

  • March 29 – School Closed
  • April 10 – Budget Hearing – 7 pm
  • April 18 – Superintendent Conference Day – No School
  • April 19-26 – Spring Break – No School
  • May 8 – Budget Hearing
  • May 21 – Budget Vote – 1pm-9pm

Spaghetti Supper

The Class of 2021 will hold a take-out spaghetti supper at the Harry Hoag Elementary School on Wednesday, April 17th from 4:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner includes spaghetti, tossed salad, and Italian bread. There will also be a bake sale. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

Health Fair 2019

The Fort Plain District will join with the Canajoharie District to present their annual “Community Health and Wellness Fair” on Saturday, April 13th from 9:00-noon at the East Hill Elementary School in Canajoharie.

This year’s theme is “Super Snacking: The Power of Healthy Eating While Living Life on the Go.” The health fair will feature many free, healthy snacks such as homemade guacamole, fruit kabobs, make-your-own trail mix, and smoothies. Fitness activities will take place all morning long in the gym, and will include 9-minute home workouts, and free classes for both adults and children.

There will be a golf clinic and indoor family fun walk, along with many other children’s games and activities. As always, the health fair will feature many information booths about the wealth of health and wellness services available in our surrounding area.

Fair visitors can enjoy a massage, get a free health screening, participate in a cooking class, and take home many terrific giveaways. The health fair is completely free and open to the public of all ages.

Drama Club Presents: The Sound of Music

The Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club will present this year’s spring musical, “The Sound of Music” from March 29th-31st at the Canajoharie High School.

Taking place in Austria in 1938, the story follows Maria as she leaves the abbey, where she is studying to become a nun, and begins to serve as a governess to the seven children of military hero Captain vonTrapp. Maria soon discovers the hidden musical talents in the children, while also discovering that love comes in many different forms.

“The Sound of Music” stars Sophia Rogers (FP) as Maria, Connor Bowden (C) as Captain vonTrapp, Quinn Jones (FP) as Mother Abbess and Vicente Nunez (C) as Max. Also starring as the seven vonTrapp children are: Tori Rocas (C) as Liesl, Keagen Ford (FP) as Friedrich, Zianna Ellithorpe (C) as Louisa, Nura Handy (FP) as Brigitta, Vinnie DeCrescenzo (C) as Kurt, Caileigh Bartholomew (FP) as Marta and Faith Clark (FP) as Gretl. They are joined by Sarah Bowden as Elsa, Michael Barlow as Rolf, Rianna VanRenselaar at Frau Schmidt and Christian Jones as Franz. Completing the cast are Halle Nelson, Carlene Montanye, Sarah Paradiso, Anthony Paradiso, Steven Oeser, Joey Soto, Ashlin Tubbs, Chiarra Morris, Mathea Leonard, Max Richtmyer, Cassie Simpson, Amelia Gallagher, Jayden Bentz, Imani Haynes, Morgan Havilland, Richard Catarino, Dawson Sweet, and Emily Palmeri.

“The Sound of Music” is directed by Will Ryan and Lauri Broady. Musical direction is provided by Norma Bowley, and Lisa Hill serves as the costumer. Sets are being provided by set builders Mike Broady and Bruce Dingman, along with students artists Greg Post and Cassandra Harwood. Technical and stage crew includes Garrett Oeser, Willow MaGinnis, Phillip Wein, Mike Broady, Joey Soto, Ron Hill, Autumn Dodson, Catherine Twitchell, Jalen Hall, Vivian Hopkins, Aliza Hopkins, John Hopkins, and Tucker Jones.

“The Sound of Music” will be presented on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. All performances are held in the Arkell Performing Arts Theatre at Canajoharie High School. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/students. There will be an intermission with concessions.

Remembering ‘Jack’ Calbet

The Fort Plain school community mourns the loss of Jacques “Jack” Calbet, a devoted staff member of thirty-eight years, who passed away suddenly on February 18th. Jack will be remembered for his bright smile, cheerful attitude, and love for the faculty, staff, and students throughout the district. Jack was a joy to know and is greatly missed by all.

Elementary Students have Heart

The PE Department recently held the annual “Kids Heart Challenge”, to benefit the American Heart Association. Students learned about their hearts, and about how to develop heart-healthy habits that will benefit them as they grow. Everyone gained satisfaction from doing their part for the American Heart Association. The money that the students raised will help fund innovative research for new treatments, provide programs and services for survivors and their families, and help more of our loved ones lower their risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Students of the Month

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for February:

  • Connor Kelley Grade K
  • Hattie Hogan Grade 2
  • rent Marriott Grade 4
  • Tatyanna Washington Grade 4
  • Daniel Euler Grade 5
  • Vienna Jackson Grade 6
  • Joseph Montoya Grade 6
  • Kathrine Cheshire Grade 7
  • Isaac Nichols Grade 8
  • Tyrell Martin Grade 9
  • Justin Schumacher Grade 10
  • Willow MaGinnis Grade 11
  • Brianna Siegenthaler Grade 12

Leprechaun Auction

The members of the Elementary Student Council recently held their annual Leprechaun Auction.

Students in 4th – 6th grade worked throughout the winter to earn Topper Bucks. Bucks were earned for things like completing homework on time, doing good deeds for others, going above and beyond what is expected, and exhibiting excellent behaviors throughout the school building.

Student council members offered to be a leprechaun for a day, providing the winning student with a day full of service. Typical jobs included cleaning lockers and desks, carrying books from class to class, organizing folders and papers, and other small tasks.

The special auctioneer Mr. O’Hanifin joined elementary Student Council advisor Mrs. Hext. Each student council member wore green, with many of them sporting handmade t-shirts with slogans on the front and back. They told the crowd which jobs they felt were their best, and why they would make the perfect leprechaun.

Everyone had a great time, and there were a lot of lockers and desks that were clean and organized for a change!

No Two Fingerprints are Alike

The students in Mr. Hanifin’s 5th-grade science classes recently spent time learning about fingerprints. Fingerprints are the impressions made by the papillary ridges on the ends of our fingers. Because the ridges are unique to every human being and do not change with growth or age, they make an ideal form of identification. The students made prints of their own fingers and then worked to identify the major characteristics that they saw. They discovered that “loops” are the most common fingerprint feature, seen in about 65% of people. “Whorls” are the next most common, appearing about 30% of the time. The rarest feature is the “arch” or “tented arch”, which is only found in about 5% of fingerprints. With the assistance of Fort Plain P.D. Detective Sitterly, the students also learned about the technology used to locate and lift fingerprints at crime scenes, and about why certain surfaces hold better fingerprint traces than others. Finally, the students explored all of the ways in which technology allows us to use fingerprint identification to access doors, phones, and other secure areas and devices. They brainstormed some ideas for how fingerprint technology might be used even more in the future. The students had a good time discovering that their fingerprints are just as unique as they are!

Young Architects

Members of the 5th & 6th grade Talented and Gifted Program recently enjoyed a three-part unit called “Young Architects.” The students first talked about the different types of housing units that they have encountered – such as a single-family home, duplex, apartment building or mobile home. Each group decided which type of house that they wanted to plan – with most choosing either a single-family home or a mansion-style. Next, the students learned about floor plans and how they are a “birds-eye view” of that the interior of a house looks like. They worked together to decide what rooms their house should have and then added extras such as closets, laundry rooms, pet rooms, swimming pools, or a garage. Once the group had a list of what features their home would include, they used stencils to lay out the walls and label the rooms. Next, they added features such as appliances and furniture, by cutting and pasting pre-made objects or by free-drawing them in. Most of the groups decided that each person would get their own room, with whatever features and amenities that were most important to them. They then included common areas like living rooms, playrooms, a library, a music room, or a game room. The final step was to convert the floor plan into a model of the home. The students had to think about what rooms in the house they wanted to be accessible to each other, and where a hallway might be needed. They also looked at how many windows a home could reasonably have and where those windows would be best placed. Clear plastic walls were added, with stickers being used to mark where doors and windows should be located. The model homes were displayed in the library for the rest of the school to see. All in all, the “Young Architects” did a really great job!

Fifth-Graders Learn About Fingerprinting 101

fingerprint lesson

The students in Mr. Hanifin’s 5th-grade science classes recently spent time learning about fingerprints.

Fingerprint lesson

Fingerprints are the impressions made by the papillary ridges on the ends of our fingers. Because the ridges are unique to every human being and do not change with growth or age, they make an ideal form of identification.

The students made prints of their own fingers and then worked to identify the significant characteristics that they saw. They discovered that “loops” are the most common fingerprint feature, seen in about 65% of people. “Whorls” are the next most common, appearing about 30% of the time. The rarest feature is the “arch” or “tented arch,” is found only in about 5% of fingerprints.

With the assistance of Fort Plain P.D. Detective Sitterly, the students also learned about the technology used to locate and lift fingerprints at crime scenes, and about why certain surfaces hold better fingerprint traces than others. Finally, the students explored all of the ways technology allows us to use fingerprint identification to access doors, phones, and other secure areas and devices. They brainstormed some ideas for how fingerprint technology might be used even more in the future.

The students had a good time discovering that their fingerprints are just as unique as they are!

February Newsletter Available

February Newsletter

Volume 36 | Issue 6

Calendar Changes | Upcoming Events | Parent-Teacher Conferences | Health Fair 2019 | Drama Club: Sounds of Music | Fun with Math | Penny Wars | Students of the Month | Winter Sports All-Stars | Scholar-Athlete Teams Announced | Jaxson Yacowenia Achieves 1,000 Points | Elementary STEAM Project | Protect Your Family from the Flu

Calendar Changes:

Please take note of the following updates to the published district calendar:

  • June 25 – Baccalaureate Rehearsal 4:00
  • June 26 – Baccalaureate Service 7:00
  • June 27 – Senior Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
  • June 27 – Graduation Rehearsal 9:15
  • June 29 – Graduation 10:00 a.m.

Upcoming Events

  • March 6 – Public Hearing on Buildings & Grounds, Transportation with regular BOE meeting to follow, 6:00 p.m.
  • March 7 – Elementary School Spring Picture Day
  • March 8 – Elementary School Dismissed at Noon
  • March 13 – School Closed
  • March 29 – School Closed
  • March 29-31 – Sound of Music Musical
  • April 2 – April 4 – NYS Testing ELA 7th & 8th

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The elementary school will dismiss at 12 noon on Friday, March 8th, for parent-teacher conferences.

Health Fair 2019

The Fort Plain District will join with the Canajoharie District to present their annual “Community Health and Wellness Fair” on Saturday, April 13th from 9:00-noon at the East Hill Elementary School in Canajoharie.

This year’s theme is “Super Snacking: The Power of Healthy Eating While Living Life on the Go.” The health fair will feature many free, healthy snacks such as homemade guacamole, fruit kabobs, make-your-own trail mix and smoothies. Fitness activities will take place all morning long in the gym, and will include 9-minute home workouts, and free classes for both adults and children.

There will be a golf clinic and indoor family fun walk, along with many other children’s games and activities. As always, the health fair will feature many information booths about the wealth of health and wellness services available in our surrounding area.

Fair visitors can enjoy a massage, get a free health screening, participate in a cooking class, and take home many terrific giveaways. The health fair is completely free and open to the public of all ages.

Drama Club Presents: The Sound of Music

The Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club will present this year’s spring musical, “The Sound of Music” from March 29th-31st at the Canajoharie High School.

Taking place in Austria in 1938, the story follows Maria as she leaves the abbey, where she is studying to become a nun, and begins to serve as a governess to the seven children of military hero Captain vonTrapp. Maria soon discovers the hidden musical talents in the children, while also discovering that love comes in many different forms.

“The Sound of Music” stars Sophia Rogers (FP) as Maria, Connor Bowden (C) as Captain vonTrapp, Quinn Jones (FP) as Mother Abbess and Vicente Nunez (C) as Max. Also starring as the seven vonTrapp children are: Tori Rocas (C) as Liesl, Keagen Ford (FP) as Friedrich, Zianna Ellithorpe (C) as Louisa, Nura Handy (FP) as Brigitta, Vinnie DeCrescenzo (C) as Kurt, Caileigh Bartholomew (FP) as Marta and Faith Clark (FP) as Gretl. They are joined by Sarah Bowden as Elsa, Michael Barlow as Rolf, Rianna VanRenselaar at Frau Schmidt and Christian Jones as Franz. Completing the cast are Halle Nelson, Carlene Montanye, Sarah Paradiso, Anthony Paradiso, Steven Oeser, Joey Soto, Ashlin Tubbs, Chiarra Morris, Mathea Leonard, Max Richtmyer, Cassie Simpson, Amelia Gallagher, Jayden Bentz, Imani Haynes, Morgan Havilland, Richard Catarino, Dawson Sweet, and Emily Palmeri.

“The Sound of Music” is directed by Will Ryan and Lauri Broady. Musical direction is provided by Norma Bowley, and Lisa Hill serves as the costumer. Sets are being provided by set builders Mike Broady and Bruce Dingman, along with students artists Greg Post and Cassandra Harwood. Technical and stage crew includes Garrett Oeser, Willow MaGinnis, Phillip Wein, Mike Broady, Joey Soto, Ron Hill, Autumn Dodson, Catherine Twitchell, Jalen Hall, Vivian Hopkins, Aliza Hopkins, John Hopkins, and Tucker Jones.

“The Sound of Music” will be presented on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. All performances are held in the Arkell Performing Arts Theatre at Canajoharie High School. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/students. There will be an intermission with concessions.

Fun with Math

Members of the Elementary Talented & Gifted Group, “Fun With Math” recently met for an afternoon of math activities. They took mental math challenges, played a game of Mathelogical Liar, and participated in a Math Bee. Following the activities, students completed drills by solving 100 math facts in as short of time as possible. The following students successfully completed their facts in 6 minutes or less:

  • Jed Douglas 2 min 32 sec
  • Dawson Tracki 2 min 40 sec
  • Kimberly Kirby 3 min 34 sec
    Sebastian Wood 4 min 24 sec
  • Hailey Davis 4 min 35 sec
  • Isis Hammond 4 min 55 sec
  • Ian Burns 5 min 24 sec
  • Allyson Rathbun 5 min 34 sec

Honorable Mention

  • Grace McFee
  • Devon Lambert
  • Natashia Hammond

The students enjoyed coming together with other kids who like math, with one student noting “math gets a bad rap! It really is fun!” Great job, everyone!

Penny Wars

Members of the Library Club have hosted “Penny Wars” throughout the month of February. Students were encouraged to donate their spare change, to benefit students and their families who are recovering from devastating forest fires in Paradise, California. Points were given and the winning class will be treated to a pizza party!

Students of the Month

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for January:

  • Zachary Alkenburgh Grade K
  • Christian Jones Grade K
  • Fiona Brown Grade 1
  • Kassidee Dodson Grade 4
  • Country Hammond Grade 6
  • Payton Landry Grade 6
  • Jordan Hillsgrove Grade 7
  • Rylee Herron Grade 8
  • Emma Oldick Grade 9
  • Antonio Jefferson Grade 10
  • Juan Hernandez Grade 11
  • Bryce Thibodeau Grade 12

Winter Sports All-Stars

The Section 2 Western Athletic Conference recently honored two members of the C-FP wrestling team. Congratulations to Cody Haig and Jared Bentz, who received 2nd Team All-Star Honors.

The Section 2 Western Athletic Conference held it’s annual Bowling Tournament in mid-February, with the Fort Plain boys team finishing in 1st place in the boys’ tournament, and the Fort Plain girls team finishing 2nd place in the girl’s tournament. Great job to all!

Boys 2nd Team All-Stars: Brady Fureno and Anthony Paradiso Girls 2nd Team All-Star: Rachel Zuppardi Congratulations!

Scholar-Athlete Teams Announced

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has announced the winter scholar athlete teams. Fort Plain teams earning this honor included: Girls Bowling, Boys Bowling, Boys Basketball, and Swimming.

Jaxson Yacowenia Achieves 1,000 points

Fort Plain Student with his sports Team

In a February 11th game against Duanesburg, Fort Plain High School Senior, Jaxson Yacowenia, became the districts’ latest 1,000 point scorer in varsity basketball. Jaxson joins just six previous 1,000 point scorers, who include:

  • Dennis Smith (1978) 1,319 points
  • Roxanne Logan-Holtz (1979) 1,022 points
  • Kim Strait (1997) 1,222 points
  • Brad Strait (2000) 1,104 points
  • Erica Cutspec (2004) 1,243 points
  • Kelsey Logan (2011) 1,064 points

Congratulations to Jaxson on this impressive achievement!

Elementary STEAM Project

District Technology Coordinator, Mr. Matthew Heiser, recently worked with elementary students on their latest STEAM project.

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, arts, and math as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Students engage in experiential learning (hands-on), collaborating in pairs and teams to solve problems and walk through the creative process.

The student learners tackled a robotic snowplow project during the month of February. They participated in a week-long design process, creating their snowplow and determining the best ways in which to get it to work. Their goal was to successful move paper “snow” from one end of the table to the other.

All of the teams came up with creative designs, innovative solutions, and working models that performed their “snow removal” task admirably. Great job, students!

Protect Your Family From the Flu

Getting the flu vaccine can keep you and your child from getting sick. If you or your child are sick, avoid others as much as possible. Remember to regularly cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Contaminated surfaces that may have the flu viruses should be cleaned frequently. These everyday actions can help reduce your chances of getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others if you are sick.

Remembering Jacques “Jack” Calbet

Jack Calbet with Fort Plain's mascot Jack Calbet

Jacques “Jack” Calbet, a devoted FPCSD staff member for thirty-eight years, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 18, 2019. Jack loved Fort Plain and cared deeply about the FPCSD and our students. He was quick with a smile and a greeting for anyone he met throughout the day. Jack was a good man who will be remembered fondly by the faculty, staff, and students of Fort Plain.

Jack drove a school bus regularly for over eight years. During his early years of driving, someone presented him with the following poem that meant a lot to him.

The Treasure Carrier
by Riney Jordan

“What is it that you do?” I asked the man,
As we sat together that day.
You could tell from the way that his face lit up,
That he was going to enjoy what he had to say.

“I transport treasures,” he said with a smile.
“Their value you cannot measure.
Once in the morning, once in the eve,
I transport this priceless treasure.”

“My goodness, how important,”
I said as I turned to him.
“You must be quite a person,
To be entrusted with such a gem.”

“From one safe spot to another I carry
My cargo day after day,
And you should see what joy it brings,
As I carry them on their way.”

“Each treasure’s unique, no two alike,
Each radiant in some special way.
Some stand out, some more subdued,
But each needing some care today.”

“My treasures are different colors,
No two are alike you see.
Some are large, some are small,
Each one a mystery.”

“How many guards do you carry along,
As you go from place to place?
Do you carry a gun to protect these jewels?”
I asked as I studied his face.

“His eyes narrowed, a serious look
I noticed as he replied.
“I don’t carry a gun, there’s not a guard.
Thank God, no one has tried.”

“I can’t imagine the pressure.”
I responded with a voice of surprise.
“You must be quite a person
To be entrusted with such a prize.”

I take it very seriously,
It’s too important you see.
There are so many people out there
Who are really depending on me.”

By now I couldn’t imagine
A more important task
“Is it gold? Is it silver?”
I just had to ask.

“None of those,” he said with a smile.
“It’s boys and girls for me.
They are the treasures I transport.
America’s future, you see.”

“I have a most important job,
Important to each of us,
For I’m proud to say, with a world of pride,
I drive a yellow school bus.”

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