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WEBUTUCK — Once deemed organized for the coming school year, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) listened to community concerns and complaints about recent issues reported in the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, at a board meeting on Monday, July 8.

Addressing recent reports of intolerance and other inappropriate student behaviors, Superintendent of Schools Raymond Castellani acknowledged that the last few weeks at Webutuck have been trying.

“That is a microcosm of what I believe is a polarized country right now,” he said.

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NED presentation at Webutuck Elementary

The Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best (NED) show came back to Webutuck Elementary School on Monday, Sept. 29. The NED presentation utilizes storytelling and yo-yo tricks to convey its message to the students. Students in grades pre-kindergarten to third enjoyed the show and its positive theme. The presenter, Keith Allen, left, brought volunteer Nathaniel Cook forward for an activity.

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BOE welcomes student reps

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education gathered for a regular meeting in the high school library on Monday, Sept. 22.
At the meeting’s open, Superintendent James Gratto welcomed new student representatives Jane Markonic and Andrew Hoke to the board.
“We’re always glad to see new faces on the board,” said President William McGhee.
Markonic and Hoke will alternate attendance at meetings to give a regular student reports. The representatives offered their first report together on Monday.

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Webutuck enjoys a smooth first day

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WEBUTUCK — Schools throughout the Harlem Valley opened their doors to students, teachers and staff last week for the 2014-15 academic year. The North East (Webutuck) Central School District was among those that welcomed returning and new students to its three schools on Thursday, Sept. 4, for the first day of classes.

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Board of Education approves emergency water repair

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WEBUTUCK — The Northeast (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) accepted a bid for an emergency water repair/replacement project at its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 25.
The project was deemed an emergency by the board at the May 12 meeting, and approved as such by the New York State Education Department.

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Webutuck BOE appoints new guidance counselor

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) appointed Yvonne Sternemann to a full-time guidance counselor position at its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 11.
Sternemann replaces high school counselor Kristen Gil, whose resignation was accepted by the board on April 22.
Gil’s resignation aroused some student opposition in the form of a petition, and the counselor herself stated she was “really upset about having to put in [her] resignation” at the board’s meeting on May 12.

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Straight from the Oval Office

Obama answers Webutuck student letters
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Not every person who pens a letter expects a response in the mail; certainly students in last year’s Participation in Government 121 class at Webutuck High School never imagined the president of the United States of America would respond to their letters complaining about the deadlock between Republicans and Democrats over the federal budget.

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Webutuck graduate now enjoys film festival circuit

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Penny Loeb moved to Smithfield Valley in Amenia in 1953 and graduated Webutuck High School in 1965.
There, Loeb was exposed to an English department and curriculum she said was the groundwork for her future in journalism and, eventually, the movie business.
This April, Loeb’s feature film “Moving Mountains” premiered at Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee, Okla., and is now in the midst of a continuing festival run.
In June, the film showed at Hoboken International Film Festival in Middletown, Orange County — not far from Loeb’s roots in Dutchess.

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Webutuck grows a Crop Mob

Community volunteers came together as a Crop Mob at the Webutuck School Garden on Thursday, July 24. Max Smith, left, and his father, Mike, helped weed between raised beds before putting in wood chip mulch donated by the Ancram Highway Department.

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Principal swap at Webutuck

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In a letter distributed via email by the North East (Webutuck) Central School District on Tuesday, July 22, the Board of Education (BOE) announced an administrative staff switch between the current high school and elementary school principals starting the 2014-15 school year.
Accordingly, Kenneth Sauer will move to Webutuck Elementary School (WES) and Katy McEnroe will go to Webutuck High School (WHS).
The letter is available in full at www.webutuckschools.org.

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BackPacks fight hunger

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Since the fall of 2012, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District has participated in the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York’s (Regional Food Bank of NENY) BackPack Program, a donation-based service that provides backpacks filled with food for students in times of need.
The greater program launched in 2007 with one partner school.
According to the Regional Food Bank of NENY’s website, www.regionalfoodbank.net, the BackPack Program has expanded to include 42 schools in 14 counties. In total, the program serves more than 1,000 students.

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