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On Friday, Nov. 17, 15 student athletes from the Webutuck varsity girls soccer team volunteered their time to helping the local community by assembling food packages for the Thanksgiving holidays. Beginning at 10 a.m., the girls worked together as a team to pack up boxes of food inside the First Presbyterian Church in Millerton. “I try to get the whole team to do it because it’s nice to get food out to people in the community,” said senior Laura Mendez, who has participated in the program for all four years of her high school career. “It’s nice to be...

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Regents results and summer review classes announced

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Central School District has released the results from its June 2011 New York State Regents Exams.
The results were discussed during the Board of Education meeting held on Monday, June 27.
Ken Sauer, Webutuck High School principal, noted that the results often tell more about the test than about the teachers who taught the class. That might be the case with the earth science exam, which Sauer said many have called unusually difficult this year.

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Webutuck seniors graduate into adulthood

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WEBUTUCK — The school district took its chances that Mother Nature would hold back the rain on Saturday, June 25, and held the 57th annual commencement ceremony for Webutuck High School on its front lawn. It was a wise decision in the final analysis as it remained dry through to the end.

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Flags wave at Webutuck

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WEBUTUCK — Throughout the school year, students in grades four to six participated in a Reading Around the World program that encouraged reading and created excitement around what the teachers claim to be one of the least popular school subjects. The program concluded Wednesday, June 15, with a flag ceremony held in partnership with the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic.

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Webutuck choral group gets top rating at state music festival

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WEBUTUCK — After working hard throughout the school year, the Webutuck High School chorus performed in front of two judges at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Majors Festival and received a gold rating, the highest rating available.
This was the choral group’s third consecutive year competing at NYSSMA.
After receiving a bronze rating during last year’s festival, the group, led by Choral Director Lee Stowe, practiced and drilled diligently, paying close attention to the remarks they received on their previous year’s performance.

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Teaching methods at Webutuck set to change

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WEBUTUCK — The staff at the Eugene Brooks (Webutuck) Intermediate School is working tirelessly to plan for a curriculum change that will be implemented beginning in the 2011-12 school year.
The school wants to strengthen the “vertical alignment” of the academic instruction for the fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
The vertical alignment, or the planning and coordination across grade levels, is done in two areas: the curricula and the teaching methods.

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Propane buses proposed at Webutuck

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WEBUTUCK — Now that voters have approved the North East (Webutuck) Central School District’s request to purchase two additional 65-passenger school buses, talks have begun regarding whether to purchase propane-fueled buses or the more traditional diesel-fueled buses.
“Propane is the way of the future,” said Jerry Heiser, Webutuck’s bus garage supervisor. “The biggest benefit of switching to propane is the cleaner emissions. The second biggest benefit would be the lower long-run maintenance expenses.”

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2011-12 Webutuck school district budgets approved

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WEBUTUCK — Area residents voted to pass all propositions and a $20 million-plus budget with the North East Central School District (Webutuck) vote on Tuesday, May 17.
The vote does the following:
• Passes the 2011-12 school budget.
• Gives the Board of Education (BOE) permission to purchase two 65-passenger school buses.
• Allows the BOE to donate the Millerton Elementary School (MES) building to a public entity for public use.
• Establishes a Bus Purchase Reserve Fund.

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Arts in Education program ends on a jazzy note

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck’s year-long Arts in Education assembly series ended on Friday, May 6, with an educational jazz performance.
Organized in a joint effort by art instructor Samuel FitzGerald, physical education instructor Doug Winslow and choral instructor Lee Stowe, the program, which was revived this year, is “infusing culture into the curriculum to build a school that’s deep in the arts,” according to FitzGerald.

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Webutuck BOE approves time change for the intermediate school

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WEBUTUCK — At the May 9 meeting, the Board of Education (BOE) of the North East Central School District (commonly known as Webutuck) unanimously approved the change in arrival and dismissal time for the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS).
The time schedule change was part of a larger proposal that also included a new program to be implemented in the district. That portion of the proposal was not approved.
As it stands now, fourth- through sixth-graders arrive at the middle school by 8:30 a.m. and leave at 3:15 p.m. Students who stay after school take the 5 p.m. bus home.

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Sauer’s return receives praise

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WEBUTUCK — Rehiring former Webutuck High School principal Ken Sauer was perhaps the most controversial move the North East Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) made this year.
Following a flurry of criticism from teachers, parents and students shortly before the 2010-11 school year started, the board voted 6-1 to rehire a principal who, even by the accounts of board members who voted in favor of rehiring him, had issues regarding an aggressive management style toward staff and students.

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