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Selected stories:2011-12

Fifty graduate at 117th Commencement (June 2012)

Harry Hoag Elementary student wins Elks essay contest (May 2012)

No school May 24 and 25 because of unused emergency days  (May 2012)

Fort Plain students show off art work during budget vote (May 2012)

Fort Plain High School students collect tabs for Shriners (May 2012)

Teen dating violence speaker shares tragic story with Fort Plain students (April 2012)

Eighth grader has poem published in book (April 2012)

Fort Plain mock trial team competes in Fonda (April 2012)

Fort Plain Chapter of National Honor Society helps raise $1,000 for cancer camp (March 2012)

Presentation software helps Fort Plain students explain district’s computer policy (March 2012)

Survey helps gain insight into cell phone use at Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School (March 2012)

Author speaks to Fort Plain students about writing (March 2012)

Fort Plain seventh graders learn about French culture (Feb. 2012)

Fort Plain voters approve bus referendum and reject board of education term length proposal  (Feb. 2011)

Answers to some questions Fort Plain residents may have on Feb. 14 bus proposition (Feb. 2012)

Upcoming basketball games to benefit those with cancer (Feb. 2012)

Fort Plain participation in government class tackles policy making issues (Feb. 2012)

Fort Plain students create picture books from paint blots (Feb. 2012)

Bus and Board of Education term propositions to go before voters on Feb. 14 (Jan. 2012)

Images of Spirit Week (Jan. 2012)

Answers to questions residents may have on Board of Education seat term length referendum Feb. 14  (Jan. 2012)

Fort Plain High School combines two programs for college-bound seniors (Jan. 2012)

Seventh grade student earns praise from college professor (Jan. 2012)

Fort Plain students commended by ‘Minds On’ director (Dec. 2011)

Digital photography students utilize Photoshop for projects (Dec. 2011)

Fort Plain Board of Education appoints new member  (Dec. 2011)

Fort Plain seventh and eighth graders serve 45 meals to community at Manna House (Dec. 2011)

Can drive a precursor to Spirit Week events  (Dec. 2011)

Adopt an Angel campaign kicks off in Fort Plain  (Dec. 2011)

Fort Plain students participate in immersion workshops (Dec. 2011)

State legislators tour Fort Plain Schools and talk education issues  (Dec. 2011)

Students celebrate with Fall Ball (Nov. 2011)

Fort Plain moves to improve student performance at Harry Hoag Elementary (Nov. 2011)

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School group plans Anti-Bullying Week activities (Nov. 2011)

Kathleen DeKalb receives Outstanding Business Educator Award (Nov. 2011)

Fort Plain puts a Smart Board in every classroom  (Nov. 2011)

Blackboard technology lets teachers post lessons online (Nov. 2011)

The Future of Fort Plain is on the line by Superintendent Douglas C. Burton (Nov. 2011)

Superintendent speaks about Common Core Standards (Nov. 2011)

Pictures of Halloween at Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School  (Nov. 2011)

10 Facts about New York’s Property Tax Levy Cap  (Nov. 2011)

Detailed facts about New York's property tax levy cap as it relates to public schools (Oct. 2011)

Morning Program helps K-2 students in Fort Plain start day on positive note (Oct. 2011)

Fire Department members and African dancers visit Harry Hoag (Oct. 2011)

High school students learn welding skills (Oct. 2011)

New program in Fort Plain gives each seventh grade student core support (Sept. 2011)

Parent Portal now open to Fort Plain parents of students in grades 7-12 (Sept. 2011)

Fort Plain BOE reinstates music position (Sept. 2011)

Fort Plain to share food services with Canajoharie and St. Johnsville  (Sept. 2011)

Scenes from the first day of school (Sept. 2011)

New phone system among the changes at Fort Plain (Sept. 2011)

New York State to reinstate January Regents exams this school year (August 2011)

New teacher and principal evaluation system takes effect in 2011 (August 2011)

Check out the July 2011 newsletter. Page 1 (PDF) and  Page 2

Study group suggests district should consider sharing transportation facility (August 2011)

Fort Plain test results follow state trend (July 2011)

New York State property tax cap now official (July 2011)

BOE adhering to policy on public comments  (July 2011)

Meet the new principal of Harry Hoag Elementary (July 2011)

Fort Plain Transportation Department earns passing rating on New York State DOT school bus safety inspection (July 2011)

Sixty-one graduate at 116th Commencement (June 2011)

Mrs. DeKalb elected NYSCEA secretary  

Yearbook dedicated to Mrs. Channell

Stella, Johnson win regional dream job contest

Nine inducted into National Honor Society

Latin Kings entertain, educate Fort Plain students

Nolan Reese, Mary McCall honored  

Reese, Orsillo head this year's graduating class

First Spring Fling a hit  (May 2011)

Using Skype to enhance learning (April 2011)

District receives safety award from Utica National (March 2011)

What’s my bid? (March 2011)

Bowling team ends successful season (March 2011)

Mock trial a learning experience  (March 2011)

Helping our blue feathered friends (March 2011)

School board approves transportation study, financial plan update   (January)

Yearbook dedicated to Mrs. Sincavage

       The 2011 edition of the Harry Hoag Elementary School Yearbook was dedicated to music teacher Julianne Sincavage at a ceremony in the school gym. The dedication reads: Mrs. Sincavage is an awesome music teacher. She makes music fun and we learn so much from her – everything from music history to singing in other languages. She is always happy and excited for choir and brightens our day. Thank you, Mrs. Sincavage, for all you do.” Behind the honoree are some of the students who made the yearbook possible: Sierra Logan, Allison Ramsey, Tim Hazzard, and Nate Florian. Libby Arndt and Eileen Kretser are yearbook advisors.

Maisie Orsillo awarded Dell Scholarship ((May 2011)

      Senior Maisie Orsillo has been awarded a $20,000 Dell Scholars Program Scholarship funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The Dell Scholars Program is a unique college scholarship designed to identify and support college educations for determined, but financially underserved students. The Dell Scholars Program also provides an on-line community for mentoring and peer interaction. The scholarship covers a time period of up to six years. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Orsillo, Maise will be attending Cornell as a Bio-medical Sciences/Biology major. Among her school activities are National Honor Society president, Be the Change, Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council vice president, band, chorus, dance, 4H, and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Great news writing (May 2011)

Sixth grade student Julia Stockwell has won first place in the Student Gazette writing competition sponsored The Gazette newspapers, Schenectady. Julia won in the news/feature category for her story about a fire in Fort Plain teacher Patrick Hanifin’s garage. Contest winners, parents, grandparents, and teachers were invited to a reception at The Gazette on April 27 where prizes will be awarded. The Student Gazette which includes Julia’s story was inserted in The Daily Gazette of May 13.

Prom 2011 - "Northern Lights"

Vincenza's Banquet House in Gloversville was the scene for this year's prom, held May 14. Kelsey Logan was named prom queen and Sam Kirkpatrick was prom king. Their attendants were Chelsea Koch, Alex Carter, Anderson Briggs, Brittany Koch, Kris Downes, Ashton Parker, Dylan Pechtel, and Jack Ray. Prom Photos Page 1

Prom Photos Page 2 

SADD recognized (May 2011)

The high school's Students Against Destructive Decisions has been recognized by Project Action Tobacco-Free Coalition for “outstanding leadership in promoting tobacco-free healthy lifestyles” relating to the SADD chapter’s efforts against tobacco advertisements in the media. The award was presented at a recent Project Action event in Johnstown. From left are SADD advisors Charlene Denofrio and Lisa Petty and SADD President Nolan Reese.

Health Fair offered information / demonstrations (April 2011)

 The district's Child Nutrition Advisory Committee’s Health and Wellness Fair April 2 in the Jr./Sr. High School featured 30 vendors / information booths and a popular Zumba demonstration in the gymnasium. Health professionals provided basic screenings, and there were presentations designed to help the community become aware of the many health, wellness, and nutrition-related programs, services and providers located in the surrounding area. The fair also featured demonstrations at the new fitness center, which is open for public use. Photos show Fort Plain High School Seniors Maise Orsillo and Nolan Reese manning the diabetes information booth

Great essay writing (March 2011)

       Fort Plain students swept first, second, and third prizes in the sixth grade competition in the Yahnundahsis Scottish Rite Masons of Utica Family Life Essay Contest. Siera Nichols placed first, Austin Crouse was second, and Gracelynn Oldick was third. Students were asked to write about the importance of families in their lives. The students will receive savings bonds and, along with their families, were invited to a dinner in their honor at Roselawn Restaurant in New York Mills on March 27.

Fit for a king (Feb.)

       Students in Maria Burton’s Fascinating Foods class made Mardi Gras style “King’s Cakes” as part of their study of Creole foods from the Louisiana region. The cake, which is more like a yeast bread, is made with cinnamon, sugar, pecans and other ingredients and is shaped like a crown. It is decorated in purple, representing faith; gold, representing power, and green, representing justice.

Pennies for Patients drive (Feb.)

     Sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Pennies for Patients asks children to donate spare change in any amount possible to help support programs for leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood cancer patients and to fund research to find a cure for blood cancers. Beginning Feb. 1, students in kindergarten to grade six collected change in small boxes and brought it to school. The drive will conclude Feb. 18. As of Feb. 8, the $600 mark in change collected had been easily surpassed. Sarah Hoffman and Ryan Flannigan are just two of the many Harry Hoag students who have contributed their money and time for this cause.

WAC Champs! (Feb.)

Fort Plain High School  Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Western Athletic Conference John C. Woodward Memorial Cup Feb. 6 with a 52-40 win over previously unbeaten Schenectady Christian in the WAC crossover tournament at Fulton Montgomery Community College. Brent Baker led the way with 26 points. Seniors Jabin Weaver and Ashton Parker are shown holding the cup, which was also won by Fort Plain in 2001-02, the first year it was awarded. Fort Plain, ranked 9th in the state in Class C, heads into sectional play with a 15-2 record.