The Kindness Club has made its mark in Fort Plain’s Jr./Sr. High School

Over the summer, teachers, Mrs. Clute, and Mrs. McFee wanted to spread more kindness in Fort Plain’s Jr./Sr. High School. With the approval of the school, they gave the girl’s and boy’s bathrooms a mini makeover. In vibrant colors, encouraging sayings such as, “You are brave,” and “You are strong,” stand tall above the girl’s second-floor bathroom sinks; positive quotes cover the bathroom stalls. The boy’s bathrooms have similar phrases and decorations.

“I just wanted to spread more kindness in the school,” Mrs. Clute said.

The kindness club began last school year.  All grade levels participate in the group.

“We do a lot of positive messaging,” Mrs. Clute said. “We give out third party compliments (anonymously), thank you’s (small messages of thanks). We put positive notes on the lockers, and give out candy with positive words.”

This year the number of students in the club about doubled.  Mrs. Clute has students coming in throughout the day, in the morning, during lunches, and study halls, to help with the projects.

“Since the club has started, students have participated in a school-wide anti-bullying program last March, had a table at the Harry Hoag School Health Fair in 2018, wore kindness shirts and hats, and made posters for each month of the school year.  The students were busy and passionately involved.”

Mrs. Clute hopes to expand kindness with a mini makeover to the locker rooms in the next couple of years.

Click here to view photos of the redecorated bathrooms

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September 2018 Pennysaver Newsletter

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Harry Hoag Elementary Open House

Open House for the Harry Hoag Elementary School is scheduled for Thursday, October 4th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The evening is designed to be an informal way to meet the teachers, see displays of academic work, and view the building layout. The Open House provides families with a chance to visit their children’s classrooms and experience what their school day is like.

The event will include a Title I Parent Information Session at 5:15 p.m. in the library. Fort Plain Central School follows the NYS Education Department regulations to ensure appropriate provision of academic intervention to all students who are not making sufficient academic progress. Anyone wishing to know more about our academic intervention services should plan to attend this information session.

Mosaic Mural Completed

The fourth-grade mural project was completed in mid-June. This was the final year of a three-phase mosaic mural project, which produced three beautiful glass and tile mosaics, on display in the gym hallway of the Harry Hoag Elementary School.

The project was begun in 2014, with a depiction of famous landmarks of Fort Plain. Phase two consisted of a triptych of scenes of the Erie Canal in the Village of Fort Plain. After a field trip to the MVGO in Amsterdam and the Riverfront Pavilion in Canajoharie, the fourth graders finished out the project with their vision of the future of the waterfront here in Fort Plain.

The Mosaic Mural Project was made possible with an Arts Education Grant, funded by the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Local funding was provided by NYS grants offered through Saratoga Arts and a partnership with Micki Leiber and the Friends of Fort Plain, along with mosaic artist Linda Biggers.

Board of Education Meeting Schedule

The Board of Education has announced the following meetings for the 2018-2019 school year. Meetings are held in the conference room at the district office.

  • Oct 17th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Nov 14th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Dec 12th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Jan 16th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Feb 13th at 6:00 p.m.
  • March 6th at 6:00 p.m.
  • April 10th at 7:00 p.m.
  • May 8th at 7:00 p.m.
  • May 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • June 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Openings for Substitute Bus Drivers, Substitute Food Service and Substitute Cleaners

The Fort Plain Central School District has openings for Substitute Bus Drivers, Substitute Food Service, and Substitute Cleaners.

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.

Fort Plain Board of Education Adopts “Next Generation” Board Management Technology

BoardDocs Solution Enables Organization to Save Time, Money and Dramatically Increase Effectiveness

Fort Plain, NY — The Fort Plain Central School Board of Education is leveraging Cloud-based technology to radically improve the governance process while saving staff time and taxpayer dollars. The remarkably easy-to-use service will allow the organization to maximize the effectiveness of their board meetings with increased transparency, providing a basis for better and more open communication with the public, while dramatically improving productivity and saving thousands of dollars annually.

The board management solution, called BoardDocs Pro, is the fastest, easiest and most powerful paperless agenda solution on the market. Leveraging state-of-the-art technology, BoardDocs Pro does things no other board management solution can, for a price no other solution can match. BoardDocs Pro adds the most powerful board management tools ever created, including Comprehensive Meeting Management, Policy Management, and a Multi-purpose Library, plus powerful and intuitive Workflow.

BoardDocs Pro uses a structured, collaborative Workflow that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs and legal requirements of public school boards, county commissions, municipal governments and a wide variety of other types of governing bodies. Additionally, through the MetaSearch feature, members of the governing body will also have access to best practices from other organizations that are using the system, allowing them to gain important knowledge about initiatives other governing bodies have considered and implemented.

Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide unprecedented public access via the Fort Plain Central School’s Website to agenda items and other board-related information. This process will allow interested parties to review information prior to meetings. After the meeting, individuals can review the agenda items and see what action the board took, complete with voting results. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by date or by using the system’s comprehensive Search feature.

The new board management features can be accessed via the organization’s Web site by clicking here. For questions regarding the governance initiative, contact Rebecca J. Smith, District Clerk.

For more information about BoardDocs Pro, call (800) 407-0141 or visit to experience the premier board management solution firsthand.

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Wednesday, September 12 – Regular Meeting (7:00PM)
Wednesday, October 17 – Regular Meeting (7:00PM)
Wednesday, November 14 – Regular Meeting (7:00PM)
Wednesday, December 12 – Regular Meeting (6:00 PM)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – Regular Meeting (6:00 PM)
Wednesday, February 13 – Regular Meeting (6:00 PM)
Wednesday, March 6 – Public Hearing (6:00 PM)
on Transportation, Building and Grounds Budgets Regular Meeting to Follow Public Hearing
Wednesday, April 10 – Public Hearing (7:00PM)
on Elementary and Secondary Programs Budgets Regular Meeting to Follow Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 8 – Public Hearing (7:00 PM) to Present Budget
Regular Meeting to Follow Pubic Hearing
Tuesday, May 21 – Budget and Board Candidate Vote, HHS Gym, 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21 – Regular Meeting (7:00 PM)
Wednesday, June 12 – Regular Meeting (7:00 PM)

All meetings are held in the Ronald H. Thibodeau Conference Room in the District Office.

Summer Sports Physicals

Fort Plain central school will have pre-screening for summer sports physicals on Tuesday, August 21st from 8:00- 10:00 am.

The pre-screening consists of height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, standard urine sample for kidney function and a health history. The pre-physical screening must be done before the doctor is able to do the actual physical.

Physicals will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd at 8:30 am. So arrive early and do not be late.

The student must report both days to have their physical done completely and approved by the chief school medical officer.

Fourth Quarter Honor Roll and Principal’s List Jr./Sr. High School

Congratulations to everyone that made up the fourth quarter honor roll and Principal’s List at the Jr./Sr. High School!

Principal’s List

Grade 12

Louis Calbet
Eliza Cechnicki
Samantha Crouse
Gabryela Dillenbeck
Rhyonn Ford
Michael Hoffman
Jason Huang
Kendall Kennedy
Maecee Lathers
Emily Marsh
Allysa Nellis
Emory Sammons
Sean Staples
Eryka Swank
Jasmine Van Avery
Victoria Wilday

Grade 11

Emily Abrams
Jenaya Aponte
Joshua Congdon Jr.
Michael D’Arcangelis
Autumn Dodson
Dayton Handy
Sherry Huang
Quinn Jones
Elijah Jordan
Daniel Kilmartin
Janae Leonard
Calli Logan
Patrick Murphy
Dawson Nare
Isaiah Norton
Kendra Przestrzelski
Michelle Reese
Jordan Ryder
Victoria Schultz
Shyanne Smith
Bryce Thibodeau
Jordan Waner
Mackenzie Wintermute

Grade 10

Nathaniel Beam
Mackenzie Boyer
Selyna DuMond-Halse
Brady Fureno
Taylor Gifford
Ashlyn Hill
Gabriella Jenks
Jasmine Livingston
Willow MaGinnis
Joshua Nellis
Jenna Reese
Ethan Schoch
Crystal Smith
Michaela Stockwell
Lauren Weinberger

Grade 9

Zavia Allen
Manley Baker III
Molli Bates
Troy Butler
Kristopher Clapper
Evan Crouse
Jacob Fuhs
Grace Hoffman
Howie Kelley
Olivia Kennedy
Joseph LeMoine
Sarah Paradiso
Jose Pipero
Sierra Smith
Megan Telfer
Matthew Travis
Landen Van Alstine
Josh Wilder
Seth Wintermute
Rachel Zuppardi

Grade 8

Bryce Anderson
Erin Crouse
Brandon Dygert
Sarah Florian
Keagen Ford
Hailey Hogan
Kerri Johnson
Tucker Jones
Robert Jordan
Emma Karker
Owin Landry
Griffin MaGinnis
Sarah Murphy
Noah Norton
Emma Oldick
Seth Rivkowich
Sophia Rogers
Lawrence Sinisi
Estee Smith
Levi Thomas
Cheyanne Wahl

Grade 7

Cameron David
Madiso Delgado
Caden Douglas
Alexis Euler
Andra Fuhs
Stephen Gray
Ryleigh Hart
Madeline Heroth
Rylee Herron
Ethan Kilmartin
Anthony Paradiso
Alex Rivkowich
Rob Rogers
Alexandria Rouse
Kristin Sanders
Corbin Sardina
Luke Staples
Natalie Thibodeau
Savonna Tyler
Jeffrey Wilday

Honor Roll

Grade 12

Nickolas Barringer
Brian Christman II
Jenna Dillenbeck
Alexis Douglas
Jacob Hisert
Mykayla Hutchins
Hannah Leonard
Brandon Lewis
Charles Schermerhorn
Cameron Suits
Emile Swank
Tyler Swartz
Jacob Thomas

Grade 11

Abigail Burkhart
Caleb Cochran
Dawson Frenyea
Kaleb Horning
Amber Kleitgen
Hunter Logan
Amber Oldick
Cara Porter
Faith-Araya Rende
Nathan Smith
Megan Snyder
Joseph Soto
Kevin Staples
Jocelyn VanBuren

Grade 10

Dakota Dingman
Caelan Germond
Cassandra Harwood
Cassandra Herron
Justine Kirby
Isabella Page
Justice Snyder
Franklyn TenEyck
Gabriel Travis

Grade 9

Autumn Bagley
Christopher Burgess
Jenna Conley
Amber Dillenbeck
Cassandra Etherton
Fredrick Hanford
Tiffany Hazzard
Krzysztof Kulczynski II
Sarah LaComb
Ethan Leach
Reyna Mojica
Gage Poultney
Kaylee Sanders
Justin Schumacher
Eja VanDycke
Damien Young

Grade 8

Laura Chambers
Jacob Curtis
Joseph Failing
Kiley Gallt
Michael Harris Jr.
Zachary Hayner
Noah Horning
Patrick LeMoine
Ella Logan
Tyrell Martin
Braeden Mosher
Isaac Paul
Derek Prevost
Jayden Sackett
Michael Spence
Elizabeth VanDycke
Clayton Welch
Johnathan Williams

Grade 7

Mekayla Aney
Jakub Battisti
Amelia Gallagher
Iyanna Gilot
Alexandra Handy
Mathea Leonard
Isaac Nichols
Mayreni Quiroz-Romero
Gavin Richards
Raul Rivera III
Emily Russell
Amani Santana
Joseph Stinebrickner III
Aleigha Van Alstine
Phoebe Wagner-Gollinger
Naomi Warn

A Fort Plain freshman accepted into a prestigious choral camp this summer

teenager singing a song from a musical

Sophia Rodgers will spend her summer at the School of Choral Studies at the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) held at SUNY Fredonia.

Only 60 students throughout the state in grades 8-12 are chosen for this musical honor.

Rodgers audition for the camp included a solo performance of “I Feel Pretty” from the musical West Side Story. She received instruction from Mrs. Sincavage, along with a pre-recorded piano accompaniment of the piece courtesy of Norma Bowley.

For more information on the Schools of Visual Arts and Choral Studies, the faculty, a sample day schedule for students, and concert details you can click the link below.

School of Choral Studies

Fort Plain Central School Spring Sports Reception & Varsity Awards

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, Fort Plain Central School had their spring sports reception and varsity awards.

Two students holding up an award they won

Here is a list of the winners:


WAC Mohawk Division & Team MVP and Section 2 Class D All-Star- Michaela Stockwell

WAC Mohawk Division 1st Team All-Stars- Kendall Kennedy, Maecee Lathers, Jenna Reese

Mohawk Division 2nd Team All-Star- Emily Marsh

D’Arcangelis Super-Sub Award- Olivia Kennedy

2nd Effort Award- Eryka Swank


WAC Mohawk Division All-Stars- Jaxson Yacowenia, Bryce Thibodeau, John Cortese, Brady Fureno, Troy Butler

Cy Young Award- Troy Butler

Rookie of the Year- Nate Buley

Defensive Player- Jaxson Yacowenia

Shannon Fureno Players Award- Dawson Nare

D’Arcangelis Super-Sub Award- Ethan Schoch

2nd Effort Award- Josh Nellis

Girls Track & Field:

Track- Eliza Cechnicki

Field- Rhyonn Ford

Track & Field- Emily Abrams

2nd Effort- Quinn Jones

Boys Track & Field:

Track- Mekhi Lanier

Field- Hunter Logan

Track & Field- Sean Staples

2nd Effort- Louis Calbet

Memorial & Special Awards:

Western Athletic Conference Mohawk Division Boy Scholar-Athlete- Michael Hoffman

Western Athletic Conference Mohawk Division Co-Girl Scholar Athlete- Eliza Cechnicki

Jane Karker Memorial Cheerleading Award- Quinn Jones

Carol Christie Mancini Memorial Cheerleading Award- Emily Marsh

Shannon Fureno Memorial Baseball Award– Dawson Nare

Rich Bower Memorial Baseball Awards– Bryce Thibodeau, Brady Fureno & John Cortese

Bo Baker Memorial Baseball Award-Highest Batting Average– Bryce Thibodeau

Noah Fredericks Senior Girl’s Track Award- Jasmine Van Avery

Noah Fredericks Senior Boy’s Track Award- Sean Staples

Rich Bower Memorial Cross Country and Track Awards– Eliza Cechnicki, Louis Calbet, Michael Hoffman, Jason Huang & Sean Staples

Roland Littrell Jr. Memorial “For the Love of Running” Award– Eliza Cechnicki & Michael Hoffman

FPCS Board of Education “Underclassman of the Year” Awards– Emily Abrams & Brady Fureno

FPCS Coaches Awards- “Most Improved- Grades 9-12”- Gabriella Jenks & Jaxson Yacowenia

FPCS Board of Education Senior Sportsmanship Awards– Rhyonn Ford & Michael Hoffman

William Doerrer & Son Jewelers “Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year” Awards- Kendall Kennedy & Jason Huang

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