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A welcome message from Superintendent Lauren Crisman

Fort Plain Central School District Superintendent Lauren Crisman, who has long blond hair and is wearing a printed short sleeved black blouse, sits at a wooden table in an office space and is looking at and smiling for the camera.
Fort Plain Central School District Superintendent Lauren Crisman

Dear Fort Plain Central School District Community Members,

I wish to take this opportunity to warmly welcome everyone back to school for the 2023-2024 school year!

The first day of school for students kindergarten through grade 12 is Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

While you were away, the summer teams remained busy preparing for your return.  I extend a deep notion of gratitude to all summer employees.

In addition, many stakeholder groups including administrators, teachers, parents and community leaders spent time identifying the types of skills and knowledge that we believe will best prepare our students for success beyond graduation.  The summer conversations helped begin our process of long term planning. As adults, we passionately agreed that school should be a safe place where students can explore their interests and aspirations, thoroughly enjoy their school day experience, and be held accountable to display self worth and good character.  During the fall, student stakeholder groups will be consulted to learn more about their very important perspectives on these topics and more.

Last year, the Board of Education identified five enduring goals:

  • Improve safety in our schools.
  • Improve student learning outcomes.
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with students and their families.
  • Support social and emotional wellness for all school community members.
  • Ensure responsible and strategic use of fiscal and human resources to best support the needs of our students.

In alignment with our enduring goals, the leadership team has prioritized the development of a comprehensive, Multi Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Plan as a necessary project for the upcoming year.  When completed, the plan will be a resource for both professionals and parents that can be used to address questions related to academic and social-emotional intervention services.

A second priority for both buildings will be to ensure that every student attends school regularly.  We will do a comprehensive review of our local attendance policy and delve deeply into attendance data to analyze the excuses associated with high rates of absenteeism specific to Fort Plain CSD.  Students who miss more than 10 days of school are at risk for failure related to learning milestones and often become disengaged with the school process in general.  Our teachers and leaders believe in the promise of education and we feel strongly that being in school daily guarantees each student the opportunity to get what they need from us in order to pursue a life filled with success and enduring happiness.

I’m excited for what’s to come and, again, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your children’s education and well being.

Take good care and see you soon,

Lauren Crisman

Superintendent of Schools


Free school backpacks available at Harry Hoag

Harry Hoag Elementary school teachers, who are looking at and smiling for the camera, hold and stand in front of a row of colorful backpacks.
Back-to-school packs filled with supplies are available at Harry Hoag Elementary again this school year.

Again this school year, free backpacks filled with school supplies are available for Fort Plain students.

The packs are available at the main office of Harry Hoag Elementary School, Monday, Aug. 28 through Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Thank you to area business Hill & Markes for their generous donation of these colorful packs and supplies.

2023-24 Fifth and Sixth Grade Welcome Letters

Fifth and Sixth Grade Welcome Letters

We look forward to the return of our students and start of school for the 2023-24 year on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023.

Fifth and sixth grades at Harry Hoag Elementary use a departmentalized model to provide instruction. Homeroom groups travel to different classrooms to receive instruction in the core subjects each school day. 

The following welcome letters from Harry Hoag Elementary School Principal Jodi Coppolo include grade-level information for fifth and sixth grade:

View the Fifth Grade Welcome Letter from Principal Coppolo

View the Sixth Grade Welcome Letter from Principal Coppolo

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