Full and Part-Time Job Openings

The Fort Plain Central School District has openings for Part Time Teacher Aides, Part-Time Food Service Workers, and a Full Time one on one aide.

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.

Part Time Teacher Aides Job Openings

The Fort Plain Central School District has openings for Part Time Teacher Aides. If you are interested, please submit an application, a letter of interest, a resume, and three 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. Applications can be found on our website, or you may pick one up at the District Office. Thank you!

Fourth Quarter Honor Roll and Principal’s List Harry Hoag Elementary School

Congratulations to everyone that made up the fourth quarter honor roll and Principal’s List at Harry Hoag Elementary School!

Principal’s List

Grade 6

Mariah Aney
Carter Baldwin
Ezekiel Brown
Kelsey Buley
Danaisha Cail
Kathrine Cheshire
Mason Cook
Amelia Cruger
Kaeden David
Jasmine Fonda
Aidan Guile
Ethan Hanna
Ryan Hazlett
Kierstan Horender
Ethan Hubbard
Brady Keane
Payton Kretser
Monika Kulczynski
Sadie Mollel
Emily Palmeri
Matthew Paul
Devan Sanders
Chloe Sickler
Payton Skiffington
Alex Smith
Arianna Souza
Marionna Stephens
Delana Tracki
Vandwane Tulabing
Austin VanGorder
Adrianna Vertucci
Ian Zuppardi

Grade 5

Alissa Boettcher
Zachary Briggs
Jordan Brown
Gabriella Calhoun
Kaedence David
Dakota Dodson
James Douglas
Kaylie Field
Hannah French
Andan Gomez
Country Hammond
Ashlynn Hart
Taylor Hayes
Vienna Jackson
Serenity Johnson
JulieAnn Kirby
Payton Landry
Jasmine Lapi
Jorge Medina
Asaiah Muha
Addison Parsons
Nevaeh Rivers
Liam Rockwell
Chad Rogers
Ian Smith
Chase Tyler
Dustin Welch

Honor Roll

Grade 6

Sofia-Lily Bates
Sebastian Baxter
Sarena Conley
Victoria DuMond-Hall
Courtney Euler
Paul Grassel
Preston Paratore
Darius Priddle
Anand Ragoo
Heaven Robinson
Zachary Sanders
Sarinda Sardina
Breanna Steinhauer
Deven Stilson
Allison Voght
Shawn Whitehill
Marissa Wilder

Grade 5

Dakota Cooper
Hailey Davis
Mariah Deese
Alexander Ellis
Cris-John Fuhs
Caleb Hanna
Beonika Hernandez
Morgan McArthur
Joseph Montoya
Tristen Morey
Ashton Neff
Brandon Schuyler
Taven Tamsett
Calen Van Alstine

Six Fort Plain Central School faculty and administrative staff retire

Six Fort Plain Central School faculty and administrative staff are retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year, concluding more than 100 years of combined work in the education field.

Three colleagues laughing at a retirement party

Those that are retiring are:

Donna Yerdon, Elementary Teacher, 30 Years
Judy King, Teacher Aide, 13 Years
Carl Rockefeller, Business Manager, 34 Years
Nancy Wilder, Science Teacher, 32 years
Meredith Yacobucci, Clerk/Typist, 40 Years
Linda Seeley, Clerk/Typist, 10 Years

Congratulations and best wishes to this group of individuals who have devoted their lives to supporting the children of Fort Plain.

Yearbook honors Nancy Wilder

Three high school girls flank woman in school hallway.
Fort Plain yearbook editors (left to right) Eryka Swank, Kendall Kennedy, and Emily Marsh announce the 2018 yearbook is dedicated to Fort Plain science teacher Nancy Wilder (center), who is retiring after 32 years.

The 2018 Fort Plain Yearbook is dedicated to science teacher Nancy Wilder who is retiring after 32 years serving Fort Plain students. Also receiving thanks from the Class of 2018 were class advisers Paula Colvin and Laurie Capece and teachers Margaret DiBiase, Patrick Hanifin, Tara Hayes and Will Ryan.

Voters approve 2018-19 budget

Fort Plain School District voters went to polls on Tuesday, May 15 and approved the district’s proposed 2018-19 school budget. The budget passed with 80.7 percent in favor.

The $20,500,000 budget increases spending 3.07 percent or $610,000 over the current year and carries nt tax levy increase.

The final count was:

  • Yes— 167
  • No— 40

Voter approved a proposition to purchase new  school buses. The final count was:

  • Yes— 163
  • No— 43

Voters approved a proposition to increase funding  $5,000 to $80,000 for the Fort Plain Free Library. The final count was:

  • Yes— 134
  • No— 72

Voters also elected Mary Beth Hudyncia and Kim Keane to the Board of Education. The final count for each candidate was:

  • Mary Beth Hudyncia—180
  • Kim Keane—177

Harry Hoag food drive is a huge success

Harry Hoag students showed they truly care by donating more than 1,000 items during a three-week food drive in March. Students in Ms. Slawienski’s and Mrs. Caponera’s study hall organized, advertised, sorted, and packed. After spring recess, they delivered all of the donations to the Helping Hands food pantry at the DH Robbins School in St. Johnsville.

NYS Regent gives Fort Plain school a big thumbs-up

closeup of woman listening intently to young girl“This place is looking forward,” said New York State Regent Beverly Ouderkirk as she ended her half-day visit to Fort Plain Central Schools on Apr. 24.

“I see so much good happening; I am so high afterward,” she added.

Ms. Ouderkirk is the Regent who represents much of Northeastern New York on the state’s Board of Regents. The board works with the Commissioner of Education to establish the policies that guide education throughout the state. Her region includes six BOCES and more than 100 school districts.

She said she is just a normal human being and gets down when she hears the negativism about schools and students. But when she comes into schools such as Fort Plain and speaks to educators and students she sees enthusiasm, hard work, and great ideas.

“There is so much good happening. After these visits, I know things are going to be okay,” she said.

On her visit, she stopped in at both the Junior/Senior High school and Harry Hoag Elementary. She spoke with administrators, teachers, and students about their programs and their learning.

Man in technology classroom talks to womanHer first stop was to the Academic Coaching Center. This was a first for her as few districts offer anything like this credit recovery and support system. She moved on to enjoy  lunch prepared by Lisa Petty’s life skills class. Her last stop was Craig Heroth’s technology classroom where she marveled at students’ hands-on projects. She listened intently as he described the school’s new technology pathway to graduation that begins next year.

At Harry Hoag, she dropped into several third and fourth grade classrooms. She observed the teachers, but was most interested to speak with students. Sitting by their desks she asked questions about what they were learning and how they were tackling the high level assignments. The children excitedly described their work.

Man and woman standing at bookshelf in library watching“As a K-12 educator, Regent Ouderkirk brings a unique perspective to the Board of Regents,” said Superintendent David Ziskin.

“Her passion for students is at the forefront of everything she does.”

Ms. Ouderkirk praised Fort Plain for its efforts to tackle the challenges of student behavior, poverty, and student achievement. She was especially impressed by the mindfulness program that teaches children to way to collect themselves in stressful moments.

two woman lean over desk watching as two girls explain their workShe admitted that people from cities and larger schools do not realize the great things taking place in small, rural schools.

“I plan to carry what I have learned back to Albany,” she said.

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