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Design project pulls many skills

hands holding packaging box with student-designed logo

When students in Kreig Heroth’s Technology and Design class at Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School were challenged to design a product to assist individuals with operating a zipper, their project pulled in a lot more skills than the device itself.

The central task was to design and fabricate a product that makes it easier to pull a zipper for individuals affected by arthritis or other factors that could make using a standard zipper difficult. The students created their assistive zipper pulls from wood, wire, and even a magnetic hook and handle design.

Then they went further. Considering their potential customers and their needs, the students named their products, created logos and branding, and designed packaging to hold and market their creations, using recycled computer boxes. A student also crafted a wooden display box for his product.

“They had a lot of creative ideas, not only for their zipper pulls, but for their product packaging and marketing,” Heroth said. “The class is really enjoying this project.”

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student building wooden display box

2 students holding zipper pull prototype

hand holding zipper pull in package

 

Surveying grade 7-12 students

Now that students have returned to school for full in-person learning, we would like to see how they are acclimating and allow them to share any concerns, needs or ideas by responding to a brief survey focusing on the social-emotional needs of grades 7-12 students. You may recall a similar survey was sent last year.

The survey will be administered the week of Oct. 12 during the school day, and it will help us continue to provide our students with the supports, services and resources they may need. Last year’s survey provided much useful information, and the district appreciates all who participated.

Parents or guardians who do not want their child to participate in this year’s survey, or who have questions, should please contact the guidance office at 518-993-4000, ext. #2131, by Oct. 6. Thank you.

Students roll out Hilltoppers Coffee Cart and it’s a hit

students serving staff from their coffee cart

They like to brew it, serve it, sell it, and some like to drink it. Coffee is a hit with Dorene Goodwin’s Life Skills class at Fort Plain High School, where the students officially rolled out their Hilltoppers Coffee Cart business on Friday, Sept. 24.

Under the tutelage of Ms. Goodwin and teacher aides Kim Phillips, Brittney McIntosh and Brittney Allen, the students started on the first floor of their building on their first day of business. Each Friday, they will be serving up coffee, tea and hot chocolate, after preparing the beverages in their classroom’s kitchen and stocking their cart with sweeteners, creamers, flavors, cups and lids. On their first Friday in business, the students also offered free blueberry muffins to customers.

Throughout the week, the students take orders from school faculty and staff, prepare their products and build skills beneficial not only to the success of their business, but to school and life in general. “They are learning about dealing with people, taking orders and handling money, among other skills,” Ms. Goodwin said.

When asked about their favorite part of the business, the students gave a variety of responses. “It was good; I liked it. My favorite part of it is we are all working together,” said Page, who worked as a cashier on day one. “In my old school, I collected money in our grocery shop, where we also sold school supplies.”

Dustin said his favorite part is “putting the lids on the cups.”

Raul “likes to do the checklist,” checking off teachers’ names when the students delivered coffee orders to classrooms.

Zach said he likes “to push the cart and work together” with his classmates. “He was captain of the ship,” Ms. Goodwin noted.

The best sales people love their products. Zach said he likes coffee, as does fellow student Liberty. “I wanted some coffee because it looked so good!” she said.

As the year continues, the class will be growing their business and bringing the Hilltoppers Coffee Cart to more sections of their school. While the venture is a new one, it is already a hit in the hallways of Fort Plain High School.

“This is a wonderful learning experience for them, and they are having fun!” said High School Principal Dr. Deborah Larrabee.

students standing in their classroom's kitchen area behind the coffee cart

 

Update October 13, 2021:

The students are now serving their whole school

The students’ venture is such a success that they have expanded to serve the entire high school building. They are enjoying running their new business and their new customers, like Mr. Elliott on the third floor, are very happy as well.

Mr. Elliott smiling with Ms. Goodwin and Life Skills students at their Coffee Cart

 

Congratulations All-Star golfers!

Congratulations to the following golfers for being chosen as Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All Stars:

Girls—1st Team: Jordan Brown
Boys—1st Team: Austin VanGorder
2nd Team: Seth Rivkowich and Owin Landry

Great job, Hilltoppers!

Well-worn t-shirts tell a tale of forensics

3 students holding up their well-worn t-shirts

What can you learn from a t-shirt that has been worn every day for a week without being washed? Plenty!

Students in the Forensics and Criminology class at Fort Plain H.S. recently conducted a lab involving the Locard Principle. “The principle is a famous forensics fundamental idea that when two objects come into contact with each other they exchange material,” explained Kevin Bogus, who teaches the class with Dale Smith.

Mr. Bogus and Mr. Smith ran an experiment where their students wore white t-shirts, which they designed themselves, for an entire week. The students first made predictions of what kind of fibers, materials or substances they would find on their shirts. Then they examined  the shirts with hand lenses and microscopes to identify, as Mr. Bogus said, “what fun and interesting things they picked up all week.”

Check out their Facebook photo album for more photos.

3 students looking at shirts, one through a microscope

A student holds a fiber and looks at it

Welcome new staff!

Fort Plain Central School welcomes the following new staff to our campuses this school year.

  • Jenna Barhydt, Teacher Aide, High School
  • Stephanie Boyer, Elementary Teacher, 1st Grade, Harry Hoag School
  • Shannon Cechnicki, Special Education Teacher, Harry Hoag School
  • Tariyka Chaulk, Library Media Specialist, District-wide
  • Samuel Cruger, Cleaner, Buildings & Grounds
  • Miranda Dornburgh, Music Teacher, District-wide
  • Kevin Florian, Bus Driver
  • Kayleigh Grimm, Jr./Sr. High School ELA Teacher, High School
  • Rachel Heroth, Educational Technology Specialist, High School
  • Mark Hitchcock, Physical Education Teacher
  • Tim Liebing, Cleaner, Buildings & Grounds
  • Brittney McIntosh, Teacher Aide, High School
  • Bradley Nichols, Bus Driver
  • Eliza Putman, Bus Driver
  • Allison Ramsey, Teacher Aide, High School
  • Ashley Searles, Elementary Teacher, 1st Grade, Harry Hoag School
  • Kimberly Skramko, Teacher Aide, Harry Hoag School
  • Morgan VanAvery, Cleaner, Buildings & Grounds

Some of the staff joined our district during June and July. Additional staff members will be on the agenda for approval at the September Board of Education meeting. Welcome to all!

Virtual 7th grade orientation is real fun – check it out!

As last school year came to a close, Fort Plain’s fall 2021 7th graders toured and talked, met their teachers and got to know their new school routine at the jr./sr. high school campus.

Our 7th grade orientation continues, virtually, via the links below:

AND: Be sure to check back on this webpage as we may be adding more links!

We are looking forward to having you back, Hilltoppers! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

 

Welcome to Fort Plain and ParentSquare

A warm welcome to families who are new to our school district this fall. Fort Plain Central School uses a program called ParentSquare to communicate with our students’ parents and guardians. It’s easy to use and keeps our families posted about district and school news, classroom updates and happenings. ParentSquare uses contact information provided by parents and guardians, gives them a choice of when and how to receive messages, and can be easily downloaded as an app.  Read more about ParentSquare.

 

 

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School Supply Lists

Updated Aug. 11, 2021 7th Grade Supplies Science (Mr. Smith) 1-subject notebook, 1 pocket folder, loose leaf paper Spanish (Dr. Pombrio) No supplies needed ELA (Mrs. Clute) Lined paper, 2 two-pocket folders, pens/pencils, composition notebook HC 7 (Mrs. Cooley) Pencils/pens Keyboarding (Mrs. Stokna) No supplies needed Art (Mr. Snyder) Pencils, 9×12 sketchbook (dollar store variety) … Continue reading “Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School Supply Lists”

Updated Aug. 11, 2021

7th Grade Supplies

Science (Mr. Smith)

1-subject notebook, 1 pocket folder, loose leaf paper

Spanish (Dr. Pombrio)

No supplies needed

ELA (Mrs. Clute)

Lined paper, 2 two-pocket folders, pens/pencils, composition notebook

HC 7 (Mrs. Cooley)

Pencils/pens

Keyboarding (Mrs. Stokna)

No supplies needed

Art (Mr. Snyder)

Pencils, 9×12 sketchbook (dollar store variety)

Social Studies (Mr. Niles)

Folder, lined paper, writing utensils

Math (Ms. Capece)

(1) 1-subject spiral notebook, (2) two-pocket folders, pencils, optional: TI-34 Multiview Scientific Calculator


8th Grade Supplies

Science (Mrs. Quick)

1 pocket folder, loose leaf paper, writing utensils

Spanish (Dr. Pombrio)

No supplies needed

ELA (Mrs. Yurkewecz)

Pens, pencils, highlighters, one-subject notebook OR one package of loose leaf paper and a 1” binder

Technology (Mr. Heroth)

No supplies needed

Health (Miss Swing)

1/2 inch three-ring binder, loose leaf paper, one three-hole punched folder, pens and pencils

Social Studies (Mrs. Gray)

Four pocket folders, lined paper, highlighters, writing utensils

Math (Mrs. Summerfield)

  • All Students: Pocket folder, pencils, lined notebook paper
  • Algebra: Optional: TI 84 graphing calculator
  • Math 8: Optional: TI 34 Multiview calculator

Mr. Arndt

4 spiral bound notebooks (100-page, wide ruled), 1 pack of pencils, 1 large pack of pens (blue or black ink only)

Mr. Bogus

No supplies needed


9th -12th Grade Supplies

Mrs. Clute – 9th Grade English

1 package of lined paper/pens (black or blue)/pencils, 2 pocket folders, composition notebook

Mr. Elliott – Earth Science

8 pocket folders, pens and pencils, four-function calculator (minimum), however a scientific calculator is better, but not required

Room 101 (formerly Mrs. Goodwin’s)

Pencils, pens, cap erasers, loose leaf paper, four folders

Ms. Goodwin (Life Skills)

No supplies needed

Mrs. Gray – Social Studies

  • Sociology: Folder, lined paper and writing utensils
  • American History I & II: Four folders, lined paper, highlighters, writing utensils

Ms. Grimm – English

  • 10th Grade – Regents and Honors:
    Daily planner, binder with college-ruled paper AND dividers, 2 pocket folders, pens (blue and black ink), pencils, extra pencil erasers, 4 different colored highlighters, sticky notes (3 inches x 3 inches). Optional: Hand sanitizer and tissues
  • Film Studies:
    Daily planner, notebook, college-ruled paper, 1 folder with pockets, pens (blue and black ink) and pencils, sticky notes (3 inches x 3). Optional: Hand sanitizer and tissues

Mr. Heroth – Technology

No supplies needed

Mr. Jarabek – Science

  • Living Environment: 1/2″ binder, calculator, pens and pencils
  • Chemistry: 1/2″ binder, calculator, pens and pencils (if taking both A.P. and Chemistry, 1 binder can be used for both)
  • A.P. Biology: 1/2″ binder, calculator, pens and pencils (if taking both A.P. and Chemistry, 1 binder can be used for both)

Mrs. Jarabek – Spanish

Binder OR folder, and highlighters

Mr. Niles – Social Studies

9th grade Global Honors: 3-ring binder, lined paper, writing utensils.

Mrs. Quick – Science

Physics: Folder, loose leaf paper, writing utensils

Mr. Ryan – Social Studies

For US History 11, Psychology, Global History 10 & Global 10 Honors:
3-ring binder, highlighters, pen/pencils

Mrs. Sacco – Social Studies

  • Global 9: 3-ring binder, lined paper, writing utensils
  • Government & Economics: Folder, lined paper, writing utensils

Mr. Santiago – Math

  • Geometry: 10 folders OR 2” binder, compass, ruler
  • PreCalculus and Calculus: 5-subject notebook and folder
  • Calculator Math: Folder

Mr. Smith – Science

  • Living Environment: 1/2″ binder, calculator, pens and pencils
  • Forensics & Criminology: Pencils

Mrs. Smith – APEX

  • Academic Coaching: Pens and pencils
  • Apex: Pens, pencils, pocket folder

Mr. Snyder – Art

No supplies needed

Mr. Stemmle – Art

No supplies needed

Mrs. Stokna – Business

No supplies needed

Mrs. Summerfield – Math

Algebra: Pocket folder, pencils, lined notebook paper (Optional: TI 84 graphing calculator)

Ms. Swing – Health

1/2 inch three-ring binder, loose leaf paper, one three-hole punched folder, pens and pencils

Mrs. Trembley – English

  • 11th Grade Regents: Blue/black ink pens, loose leaf paper, and a folder or binder
  • English 12R/Senior English: Blue/black ink pens, loose leaf paper, folder or binder
  • ENG 103/104: Blue or black ink pens, loose leaf paper, folder or binder, highlighters (recommended), post-it notes (recommended)

Mrs. Waner – Math

Algebra and Trigonometry: 3-ring binder(or a section in a 3-ring binder for another class) or sturdy folder, loose leaf paper, pens, pencils & erasers
Optional: TI84 graphing calculator

Mrs. Yurkewecz – English

9th Grade Honors: Pens, pencils, highlighters, one subject notebook OR one package of loose leaf paper and a one inch binder

 

 

 

 

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