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WEBUTUCK— Community spirit was the theme of the day on Saturday, Oct. 14 as members of the North East (Webutuck) Central School District came together for another lively Community Day on campus.

Families and community members gathered behind Webutuck High School (WHS) to explore what the day had in store for them.

With the help of Paul Voorhees from Voorhees Event & Tent, a pair of bounce houses was at the high school. Before long, shrieks of excitement emerged from the houses as children jumped around with their friends.

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BOE to seek community input

darrylg@lakevillejournal.com

WEBUTUCK — The Board of Education plans to use a survey to reach out to students, staff, community members and recent graduates in an attempt to gain input that could ultimately improve the North East (Webutuck) Central School District.
Superintendent James Gratto asked the board members for their thoughts on the survey at the Monday, Jan. 9, Board of Education meeting. Before the discussion began, Gratto said he would try to have a draft of the survey completed by early February.
“What information do you want in the survey? Who should receive it?” Gratto asked the board.

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Webutuck receives grant for music education

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

WEBUTUCK — During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, Dec. 5, the Webutuck Central School District accepted a $1,000 grant from the Millbrook Friends of Music in the Schools fund, a Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation designated fund.
Webutuck was one of nine schools to receive a $1,000 grant. The other schools include the Millbrook School, Kildonan School, Maplebrook School, Dutchess Day School and St. Joseph’s Parochial School.

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Webutuck raises minimum dropout age to 17

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) voted to adopt a policy that officially raised the minimum student dropout age in the district to 17 years old.
The vote took place during the BOE meeting on Monday, Nov. 7.

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Webutuck receives only minor improvements in clean audit

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

WEBUTUCK — Webutuck Central School District’s annual independent audit gave the district’s bookkeeping practices a strong grade.
The audit, which was conducted by certified public accountants Sickler, Torchia, Allen & Churchill, looked at the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011. Victor Churchill presented the findings of the audit during the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, Oct. 3.
BOE President Dale Culver said that the audit showed that the district is “fiscally well-managed.”

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Learning to live with one’s differences

Schools provide outlet to address student issues
stefanieg@millertonnews.com

WEBUTUCK — Jesse Saperstein, local author of a memoir about Asperger’s syndrome, spoke to Webutuck middle and high school students on Tuesday, Nov. 22, about ending bullying and replacing it with respect, dignity and understanding.
“Try to find your own way to end bullying and be heroes,” he urged the audience.
Whether it was through sky diving, raising $19,000 for kids with HIV/AIDS by walking the entire Appalachian Trail or by writing a book, Saperstein did just that.

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Webutuck food drive

WEBUTUCK — Middle and high school students at Webutuck Central School District held a successful food drive before Thanskgiving; they will hold a second collection that will run through Friday, Dec. 16.
“Usually we only do one, but this year we’re doing two due to the needs of the community,” said Mari-Ann Hoke, one of the organizers of the collection.
The elementary students, meanwhile, will collect hats, gloves and mittens. The community is encouraged to bring nonperishable food items and winter clothes to the Webutuck schools for the collections.

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A TEAM-themed Thanksgiving

Webutuck High School students belonging to the Teens Encouraging Athletes to be Mentors (TEAM) program, gathered at the Millerton First Presbyterian Church on Monday, Nov. 21, to make Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. It’s been a long-standing TEAM tradition for Webutuck students.

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Giving Thanks

Seventeen members of Webutuck’s Teens Encouraging Athletes to be Mentors (TEAM) visited the Millerton First Presbyterian Church on Monday, Nov. 21, to help put together 43 holiday food baskets. This is the group’s 12th year in existence and its 10th year helping with Thanksgiving baskets. Food for the baskets was collected and donated by the Sunday in the Country Food Drive, Thriftique, the Millerton Farmers Market and members of the community. TEAM organizer Mark Moren said that the student athletes help out with the food baskets as a way of giving back to the community.

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Webutuck plans to raise minimum dropout age

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

WEBUTUCK — During the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) meeting held on Monday, Oct. 17, the board gave the first reading of a new policy that will raise the dropout age in the district from 16 to 17 years old.
“It needs to happen,” BOE President Dale Culver said. “I believe if we’re serious about developing excellence at Webutuck, we need to take action.”

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Students learn firsthand about veterans’ history

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WEBUTUCK — There are few better ways to study history than from those who have experienced it. That’s exactly why Eugene Brooks Intermediate School and Webutuck High School English Language Arts teacher Henry Pollinger said he was so excited to involve his students in the National Veterans History Project.

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