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Upcoming December events & important dates

Please note the following upcoming events and important dates:

  • December 9: Yearbook Dance for the High School, 7 p.m.
  • December 19: DARE Graduation, 2 p.m. at Harry Hoag
  • December 20: Winter Concert, 6 p.m. at the Jr./Sr. High School
  • December 22: Special Visitors at Morning Program at Harry Hoag
    *Note: Morning Program will be held on Thursday, Dec. 22, for the last week of December.
  • December 23, 26-30: No school – vacation
    *Offices will be closed on December 26 in observance of Christmas.
  • Athletic Events can be found on the athletics webpage.

93 Harry Hoag students achieve 1st Q Honor Roll or Principal’s List

Harry Hoag School is proud to announce the 2022-23 first quarter Honor Roll, to which 25 students were named, and Principal’s List, to which 68 students were named. The Honor Roll and Principal’s List recognize outstanding achievement and effort.

Congratulations to the following students:

Honor Roll

Grade 6
Rylee Stone
Aiden Cruger
Hattie Hogan
Issac Tompkins
Cameron Cristman
Alexzandriah Clapper
Carl Reese III
Dylan Salerno
Sterling Edick
Christopher Compton Jr.
Brian Madden

Grade 5
Kayden Rouse
Joseph Sweet II
Christopher Cook
Elijah Shostek
Carl Morrell
Jaxon Best
Aubree Childs
Dohnivan Dodson
Kendrik Thackrah
Maicee Thomas
Angela Abe-Callan
Rosabella Smith
Tahli Davis
Olivia Jones

Principal’s List

Grade 6:
Justin Hisert
Lainie McDuffee
Asher Barber
Alyvia Castellano
Conner Hearn
Alexandra Hinkle
Khloe Hisert
McKenna Hisert
Madden Lathers
Joshua LaQuee
Jazmain Leonard
Aishwarya Murray
Hailee Moore
Isaac Passero
Zoe Paul
Mary Pomatto
Braddock Putnam
Trent Richards
Sequoia Robarge
Molly Shults
Jaymes Smith
Makenna Sweet
Kiana Tyler
Jordan Williams II
Anna-Belle Snyder
Gavin Souza
Karson Rhodes
Giavanna Suiter
Lexis Downes
Jack Parkinson
Anthony Polidori
Kinley Trumbull
Halleli Brackett
Connor Lochner
Summer Crandall
Jessie Fink
Kenyan Leverock
Lilly St. Pierre
Gabriella Peters
Isabella McGuire
Dillan Harris Jr

Grade 5
Ethan Shostek
Fiona Brown
Brantlee Brownell
Bently Dodson
Sienna Dean
Laura Flynn
Raelynn Fournier
Laylah Hardnett
Isabella Hearn
Amarha Herring
Timothy Keane
Piper Kretser
Jacob LaQuee
Isabella Palmeri
Mara Poultney
Claudia Maring
Noah Smith
Gavin Smith
Booker Tarica
Adalay Webb
McKenzie Jones
Milo Clark
Arianna Eells
Alana Candido
Russhell Leverock
Jake Fountain
Owen Charboneau


Honoring our veterans

Veterans Day artwork that says "Although my hands are very small I made this flag to fly for all. I might be too young to understand, but I know these colors are something grand. The red, the white, the blue forever stand! Thank you for your service!

Fort Plain Central School recognized those who served our country in honor of Veterans Day during the week of the holiday, with an assembly and special classroom activities.

students standing with police officer

In Sonja Purinton’s class at Harry Hoag Elementary, students honored veterans by making handprint flags with a poem and a handwritten “Thank You.”

They presented Fort Plain Detective Mereness with one of the projects they made, to honor him and thank him for his service.

On Thursday, Harry Hoag students and staff gathered for an assembly to honor those who’ve served in observance of Veterans Day.

Adult and students at veterans assembly in the gym

Adult and students at veterans assembly in the gym

Harry Hoag’s annual Halloween celebrations

Harry Hoag Elementary School has scheduled some great Halloween celebrations for our students and their families:

Pre-K – 3rd Grade Students: Halloween Parade

When: The Annual Halloween Parade will be held on Monday, October 31st, at 1:30 p.m.
Where: The FPCSD Track
In the event of inclement weather, students will parade through the hallways of the building.
Arrival: Guests may arrive starting at 1:15 p.m., not before.
Parking: Guests must park in marked parking spots or in Wiles Park.
Expectations for participation: All students in Grades Pre-K-3 may wear a costume of their choosing for the parade. Costumes should be school appropriate, please no gore. The end of October can be chilly; please make sure that layers of clothing can be worn under the costumes.

4th – 6th Grade Students: Halloween Dance

When: The Annual Halloween Dance will be held on Monday, October 31st.
Where: The dance will be held in the gym so that all students in grades 4-6 may attend for an hour.
In the event of inclement weather, the dance will be held in the cafeteria. Grades 4 & 5 will be held from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. and Grade 6 will attend from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Expectations for participation: All students in Grades 4-6 may wear a costume of their choosing for the dance. Costumes should be school appropriate, please no gore.

Please note

Students will NOT be dismissed early on this day. Students must return to their classroom after the parade and/or dance for a typical school day dismissal.

We look forward to celebrating the spirit of Halloween with our students!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at (518) 993-4000. If you do not want your child to participate in the parade, please notify your child’s teacher. We will gladly make special accommodations for any students who do not participate.

Proud to be your Principal,
Mrs. Coppolo

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Posted 10/18 & 10/24


Village Board meeting provides authentic learning for Student Council

4 students with 3 board members and the mayor

Members of Harry Hoag Elementary School’s Student Council experienced local government operations in real time, outside their school, on Oct. 18, when they participated in a meeting of the Fort Plain Village Board.

“FPCSD thanks Mr. Hanifin and the Village Board for extending an invitation for the elementary student government leaders to attend their most recent meeting,” said Fort Plain Superintendent Lauren Crisman. “This authentic learning opportunity provided them with a chance to see how a local governance team functions, and I know that they each felt very special to be personally invited to attend the meeting. We appreciate the village support to help us grow future leaders!”

“Our Student Council members met their local officials, led the Pledge of Allegiance, and observed the Village Board meeting. They received an excellent introduction to government and school and community partnership,” said Student Council Advisor Michelle Hext. “We thank the Village Board for welcoming our group.”

After the Oct. 18 meeting, Fort Plain Mayor and Harry Hoag Elementary Teacher Patrick Hanifin said, “At tonight’s Village Board meeting, we were visited by the newly elected Fort Plain Elementary School Student Council members. They had the opportunity to meet many of the Village officials and take part in the meeting. Thank you to Student Council Advisor Michelle Looman Hext for helping to coordinate their participation tonight.”

4 students and Ms. Hext

In the photo above: Student Council members with Mrs. Hext. 
In the photo at the top of the page: Student Council members with Village Board members and Mayor Hanifin.

Thank you to our Fort Plain Fire Department heroes

firefighters and children stand in front of fire truck

Harry Hoag students learned valuable lessons about fire safety when the Fort Plain Fire Department visited their school on Oct. 12, during Fire Prevention Week.

They learned that firefighters are helpers who keep them safe, what to do if a smoke detector sounds, and what to do in the event of a fire. The students also got to turn on and hold a working fire hose and ride in a fire truck, and at the end of the presentations, each received their own fire hat.

Thank you to our local heroes – and school community members – who visited with our students and staff and shared their knowledge, including Fort Plain Fire Chief Bill Ehrenreich, Captain and Fort Plain Central School Transportation Supervisor Gary Ruszkowski, President Joe Hanifan, Vice President and Fort Plain Board of Education Member Jeff Jones, and Firefighters and Fort Plain High School Class of 2022 Alumni Jayden Sackett and Jonathan Williams.

Fire Prevention Week comes once a year, but the lessons learned last a lifetime.

firefighters and students

firefighter and student holding fire hose

student wearing a fire helmet

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Welcome new faculty and staff

Fort Plain Central School welcomes new faculty and staff to our campuses this school year. Some started in their new positions with the district during the summer, while others came aboard this month.

Welcome to:

  • Amanda Battisti, food service
  • David Bertram, director of student engagement and athletics
  • Dalton Burrello, music
  • Lisa Clement-Adams, speech language pathologist
  • Elliott Cohen, school counselor
  • Carol Connelly, special education
  • Jodi Coppolo, Pre K-6 principal
  • Lauren Crisman, superintendent of schools
  • Madison Crouse, long term substitute
  • Colleen Cushing, new position: K-12 mental health counselor
  • Emma DiDonna, English
  • Abigail Gorinshek, Grade 5
  • Andrew Hanifin, long term substitute
  • Jessica Hecht, aide
  • Matthew Holden, English
  • Heather Hubbard, special education
  • Lisa Lamphere, bus driver
  • Rusty Mento, bus driver
  • Jamie MacDougall, RN, elementary nurse
  • Courtney Momberger, special education
  • McKay Nare, physical education
  • Sonja Purinton, special education
  • Charles Schermerhorn, cleaner
  • Kelly Thomas, aide
  • Adam Wilson, math

All were recognized at the Sept. 1  Superintendent’s Conference Day, along with current faculty and staff, including many who have served the district  for decades and continue to do so this school year.

Thank you to all!






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