Last Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:45:13 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Canajoharie High School Principal David E. Barnes has announced he will be retiring at the end of August.
The principal at CHS since the beginning of the 2009-10 school year, Barnes’s career in education began as a high school English teacher in Schoharie, where he taught for 19 and a half years and was also the English department chairman. Prior to coming to Canajoharie, he was the assistant principal at the Schoharie Junior-Senior High School for three years. Before teachi ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:38:09 AM
By WINNIE BLACKWOOD
For the C-S-E
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- After 30 years of devoted service at St. Johnsville Central School District, and two years at the merged Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville CSD, Margaret Curtis is retiring at the end of the academic year.
Curtis received her Bachelor's degree in Musical Education at SUNY Fredonia and her Master's in Musical Education at the College of Saint Rose, and for 30 years, the band director and music teacher taught fourth through twelfth grades.
As a r ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:04:53 AM
FORT PLAIN -- Brianna Swartz, a junior at Fort Plain High School, has been selected to attend American Legion Auxiliary Girl's State.
Empire Girl's State is a week long, hands-on workshop focusing on government, the political process and leadership, taking place at the State University of New York at Brockport from June 27 to July 3.
It is a non-partisan school of government that educates young women in the duties, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. The experience is an integ ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:59:38 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Canajoharie High School graduating seniors and soccer standouts Ariannah and Jordyn Logan will attend the Sage Colleges next year.
Announcing plans to study and play soccer at Sage, the sisters signed a NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Celebratory Signing Form last week at the high school with district administrators, family members and Canajoharie Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Ellee Fichthorn in attendance.
At Sage, both Ariannah and Jordyn said they will study physical therapy.
Last Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:58:02 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Morgan Koelbl was selected as the recipient of a $500 award given by the Pi Chapter Scholarship Committee of the Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for Women Educators. Koelbl was chosen from numerous exceptional applicants.
This award is given annually to a high school senior entering the field of education. Selection is based on high school transcripts, SAT scores, an essay stating educational goals, participation in community and extra-curricular activities and a letter of reco ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:44:43 AM
SUNY Potsdam recognizes local graduates
POTSDAM -- The State University of New York at Potsdam recognized more than 1,000 candidates for graduation during the College's 2015 Commencement celebrations on May 16 and 17, including locals: Adam Barnes, of Fort Plain, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Biology; Ross Hisert, of Fort Plain, who graduated with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Chemistry; Zachary Hudson, of Fort Plain, wh ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:36:06 AM
Voters approve school budgets, turn down propositions, elect new BOE members
Voters in all three local school districts approved 2015-16 budgets during a vote Tuesday, May 19, also electing new members to the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education.
A proposition to fund the Canajoharie Library to the tune of $100,000 was turned down, as was a proposition establishing a Capital Reserve Fund at OESJ.
Voters in the Canajoharie Central School District approved t ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:34:36 AM
FORT PLAIN -- Fort Plain Central School District students celebrated their prom with the theme "Midnight Masquerade" Saturday, the Harry Hoag Elementary School gymnasium where the early evening coronation took place decorated with large glowing masks.
Each masked couple emerged from one end of the gym and met behind an orange-lit, mysterious sculpture, then moving to the front of it to remove their masks, proceeding down the center aisle of the packed space, and back around to permanent seats.
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:43:31 AM
-- Aldi graduates from Nazareth College
ROCHESTER -- Kelsey Aldi, of Palatine Bridge, received an undergraduate degree during the College's 88th Commencement Exercises held on Sunday, May 10.
Aldi graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences leading to a doctorate in Physical Therapy.
-- Parker graduates from University of New Hampshire
DURHAM, NH -- Ashton Parker, of Fort Plain, graduated from the University of New Hampshire during the Commencement Ceremony he ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:41:29 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- DiAnne Mott has been student nominated, and is now a quarterfinalist for the Grammys Music Educator Award. Out of 4,500 nominations in the country, 213 music educators have been selected as quarterfinalists.
This multi-step process includes student nomination, submission of written essays, second round screening and lesson plan ideas. The next and final process will include numerous video essays featuring our students and school community.
The winner of this award will at ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:39:49 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- The Canajoharie High School Concert Band earned a first place finish in their division during the May 16 Music in the Parks Competition in Sandusky, Ohio.
In addition to winning their division, the band had the highest score of all the performing ensembles at the national competition, which featured high school bands and choirs from Ohio, New York, Massachusetts and Michigan.
“I could not be more proud of my students,” Canajoharie Band Director Tim Field said. “N ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:38:14 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Canajoharie fifth graders had the opportunity to learn about different dance styles and the history behind them during a special program Wednesday, May 13 presented by dancers from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Organized by East Hill Music Teacher Susan Crua, the annual visit by SPAC’s Classical Kids Dance Program introduces students to different dance styles such as modern and classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tap and gave the students the chance to perform dance m ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:35:24 AM
FORT PLAIN -- Fort Plain Junior/ Senior High School students have been named to the Principal's List and Honor Roll as follows:
Grade 7: Nathaniel Beam, Meagan Behan, Elizabeth Cernik, Brady Fureno, Taylor Gifford, Gabriella Jenks, Willow MacGinnis, Joshua Nellis, Jasmine Rouse, Ethan Schoch, Crystal Smith, Michaela Stockwell, Lauren Weinberger
Grade 8: Emily Abrams, Baileigh Behan, Michael D’Arcangelis, Autumn Dodson, Madison Dunbar, Sherry Huang, Quinn Jones, Call ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:34:27 AM
FORT PLAIN -- On Friday, June 5, Harry Hoag Elementary School will be hosting an Author and Literacy Event thanks to a grant from the New York Newspapers Foundation. During the day, students will enjoy presentations by Chris Grabenstein and Iza Trapani.
In the evening, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the event will be open to the community, and will feature presentations by Grabenstein and Trapani. There will be local authors to meet and greet, book signings, and representatives from Fort Plain ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:16:44 AM
Canajoharie Central School District residents will vote on a proposed $21 million 2015-2016 budget that, if approved, would increase spending by 3.2 percent over the current year, resulting in a tax levy increase of 1.63 percent, or $111,686.
The budget, which totals $21,060,000, includes funding for programs that focus on greater student success and professional development for teachers.
Initiatives in the budget that support student success include the beginning of an agriculture busines ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:26:41 AM
-- OESJ Class of 2016 barbecue May 19
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The OESJ Class of 2016 will hold a chicken barbecue on May 19, at D.H. Robbins Elementary School, from 4-7 p.m. or until sold out. $9 dinners include potato, vegetable, dessert, and a half chicken. The event will also feature basket raffles and a 50/50 raffle.
-- Ponytail drive at OESJ May 19
OPPENHEIM -- This year’s Ponytail Drive will be held on Tuesday, May 19, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. in the Oppenheim-Ephratah Middle School cafeteria. ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:18:57 AM
-- HMCC announces local graduation candidates
HERKIMER -- Herkimer County Community College announces candidates for the College's 47th annual commencement to be held Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. in the Gymnasium of the Physical Education Building.
Local students include: Kayla Atkins, of Palatine Bridge, majoring in Travel and Events Management A.A.S.; Jaden Mary Clapper, of Fort Plain, majoring in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Science A.S.; Cara Lynn Clouthier, of Canajoharie, majoring in Business: S ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 10:16:44 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Following a late afternoon coronation, during which the 91 kids attending this year's 2015 OESJ Prom paraded across a stage featuring a masquerade-themed set constructed by technology students, the 26 juniors and 65 seniors attended their prom at Belvedere Lake Campground and Resort.
The facility is a resort-style spot in Roseboom, where prom attendees shared a buffet dinner of chicken marsala, ziti, salads, hors d'oeuvres -- and for dessert, a ch ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 3:40:18 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- On Friday, East Hill Elementary School students revived a long-dead local tradition, and celebrated the first of May with a sing-a-long in the Village Green. The event began with students singing while decorating the tree at the center of the park -- in the absence of a May pole -- with colorful paper streamers, then taking to the lawn to perform a selection of upbeat, bouncy spring-like songs under the direction of Susan Crua.
After the conclusion of the short performance, which ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 2:53:35 AM
February through March Students of the Month
FORT PLAIN -- Junior/Senior High School Principal Deborah Larrabee has announced February, March and April Students of the Month for grades 7-12. Students were nominated for this honor by teachers or other staff and selected by a vote of a committee of teachers.
Last Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 2:50:48 AM
FORT PLAIN -- A continuing arrangement between the Fort Plain Senior Center and the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School recently resulted in some of the district's students sharing a Life Skills Luncheon with 11 seniors at the school.
The project started when Fort Plain Special Education Teacher Lisa Petty reached out to center Director Maggie Ahrens, arranging for students to visit once a month to play BINGO with seniors. The interactions not only bridged the gap between generations, but built socia ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 2:48:41 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Canajoharie High School Principal David Barnes has announced the Top 10 students of the Class of 2015.
The students are Gracie Adams, Madeline Cole, Grace Corrigan, Nathan Ferguson, Alexis Kane, Morgan Koelbl, Paige Shovelton, Christina Towse, Gordon Trahan and Dainara Veeder.
Last Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 2:46:48 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- The Canajoharie High School Band will be competing against other school bands from across the country during the Music in the Parks Competition in Sandusky, Ohio on May 16.
Band members have been preparing all year for the festival, where bands will compete against each other for awards and have their performances evaluated by college music professors.
In addition to competing at the festival, band members will also visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland during the week ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 2:45:16 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Students in Dwayne Heroth’s Drawing and Design for Production class at Canajoharie High School are helping third graders stay organized.
To help keep their papers in order this year, the third grade classes of Chad Eggelston, Christa Giarrizzo, Michele Nare and Sharon Towse turned to the high school technology students for help in correcting a design flaw on the classroom chairs.
Students routinely place folders and papers under their chairs on a wire shelf that’s encl ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 2:29:42 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The OESJ High School and D.H. Robbins Elementary Music Department present their Spring Concert Wednesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Featured in the program will be the DHR Elementary Choir, DHR Elementary Band, High School Band, High School Choir, Select Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Handbell Choir. Each group will be performing a variety of musical selections. The concert is free and open to the public.