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Principal Jodi Coppolo’s letter to Harry Hoag families

Greetings Families of Harry Hoag Elementary,

As the new principal of Harry Hoag, it is my pleasure to welcome new and returning families to an exciting school year. We will continue to foster positive, productive relationships within our school. I look forward to getting to know the Fort Plain community, our students, our families, and the team of professionals who work tirelessly to create a learning environment that supports each student.

This year marks my 21st year in education. As a parent, I understand the aspiration of families: that their children are provided with a safe, equitable, and positive learning environment. As an educator, I understand the desire to ensure that every child makes academic and social-emotional growth. I was an elementary teacher for 19 years before I began my journey in administration. As a leader, collaboration and clear communication is essential. My goal is to continue to enhance the growth of all students and propel the school forward to increase long lasting achievement.

This letter includes updates regarding the schedule and school related procedures. Please take time to read it carefully.

Harry Hoag School Day
● 7:30-7:40 Bus Drop Off only
● 7:30-7:40 Parent Drop Off and Walkers are welcome
● 7:50-2:30 Instructional Day
● 2:30 Bus Dismissal only
● 2:35 Parent Pick Up begins

Use of School Transportation
Please be sure to review the Ride with Pride and Code of Conduct documents with your children before the first day of school. An electronic copy will be sent this year.

A traffic enforcer will manage traffic flow through the bus loop to the main entry. If you are early for Drop Off or Parent Pick Up, please park in Wiles Park. For Parent Drop Off and Pick Up, please remain in your car. A staff member will greet you at both times. If you pick up your child on foot, please report to the Main Entry.

Students in PK – Kindergarten will be offered an iPad to use for the school year. Students in Grades 1-6 will be offered a Chromebook to use for the school year. Older students will be able to bring their devices to and from school per their teacher’s directions. Caregivers and students (Gr 1 and above) will be asked to sign a Technology User Agreement.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Teachers will escort Parent Pick Up students to the library. All others will be escorted to the buses.

After the buses depart, Parent Pick Up will begin.


We kindly request that you update any forms related to your child’s residency and/or health needs. A form will be sent home with your child at the beginning of school. We appreciate any effort to return updated forms to the Main Office as soon as possible.

To stay abreast of all that is taking place at Harry Hoag, please be sure to have an updated cell phone number and email address to receive information via our ParentSquare messaging system. Also, remember to visit our website and social media platforms regularly for current news and upcoming events.

I am honored to serve as the new building principal. It is wonderful to be a part of a community where students, teachers, and families care for each other and strive to build meaningful relationships that support academic and social-emotional growth.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel to reach me in the Main Office at (518) 993-4000, ext. 3059 or via email at

Hilltoppers let’s make it a fantastic year!

Jodi Coppolo