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WEBUTUCK — The following students received recognition on the North East (Webutuck) Central School District third marking period honor rolls.

Principal’s honor roll (overall average of 95 with no grade below 90)

Grade nine

Carrissa Whitehead, Karen Zempoalteca.

Grade 11

Dylan Johnson, Trent Morey, Disha Patel.

Grade 12

Chyanne Hairston, Hannah Lounsbury, Angela Zubradt.

High Honor Roll

Grade nine

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Webutuck bus drivers to the rescue

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Firefighters, police officers, EMTs — these are the roles many associate with the word “hero.” But what about bus drivers? A curious designation, perhaps, but not in Amenia.
Residents are probably familiar with the Webutuck bus drivers’ Fill the Bus program around the holidays, where the transportation department brings a small bus to the Freshtown Plaza for food and toy donations for families in need.
The drivers get to know the children and families through their jobs, Amenia town Supervisor Victoria Perotti said.

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DDS Pathogen Project

The seventh grade at Dutchess Day School recently gave a scholarly presentation to an audience of students and staff about common infectious diseases. The culmination of a month of work, the Pathogen Project looks at how various pathogens affect the human immune system.

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Empty Bowls serves for a good cause

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North East Community Center’s (NECC) After-School Connection carried out its eighth annual Empty Bowls program throughout the last full week of March.
The project, consisting of students from the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS), started with local artist Diane Shapira’s Pottery Club.
Finished products from that club were then donated to the Empty Bowls crew — supervised by Webutuck technology teacher John Roccanova — and brought to teachers’ lounge rooms on Monday for purchase.
Additional bowls are donated by Shapira and Paul Chaleff, a potter from Ancram.

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Webutuck receives first round of QUEST funds

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Last fall, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) and the North East (Webutuck) Central School District announced a grant program exclusive to the district called QUEST, or the Webutuck QUEST for Excellence Fund.
BTCF announced the first round of grants earlier this month, focusing on “language and literacy development in the youngest of grades,” President Jennifer Dowley said.

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WES Theme Day takes flight

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After Webutuck Elementary School (WES) students left for home last Thursday, teachers and staff worked through the night to transform the building for Theme Day, Friday, March 7.
According to Librarian Beth Murphy, Theme Day has been a tradition at the school for eight years. The event runs in conjunction with Parents as Reading Partners (PARP).

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Webutuck reviews the Common Core

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Webutuck — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District PTA organized and held a Common Core Learning Standards presentation for the school community, Monday, Feb. 10.
The presentation featured Superintendent James Gratto, Curriculum Coordinator Rosanna Hamm, district principals and teachers and New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-41).
A question-and-answer forum followed the presentation.

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AP bio gets a taste of college lab

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Webutuck High School’s advanced placement biology class visited SUNY New Paltz for its molecular genetics enrichment program, Monday, Jan. 13.
According to teacher Patrick McKeever, the field trip was a success.
Students enjoyed a full day working in one of the college’s labs completing various experiments and projects, McKeever said.

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Webutuck BOE prepares for Common Core presentation

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) gathered Wednesday, Jan. 22, for its regular business meeting.
Student’s report
Student Council President senior Andrew Coon reported a noticeable increase in field trips — an effort the board has recently talked about expanding.
Coon’s advanced placement (AP) biology class recently visited SUNY New Paltz for its molecular genetics enrichment program.
“Also for field trips, the Spanish and German classes are planning to see the [United Nations] building in New York City next week,” the student said.

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Learn about the Common Core

Parents and community members are invited to an overview and discussion of Common Core Learning Standards, student testing and what it all means on Monday, Feb. 3, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The discussion will be held at the Webutuck Middle High School library.
Administrator and teachers will provide information and answer questions.
Common Core Learning Standards were adopted by the New York State Board of Regents in January 2010 and have been being phased in since that time. School districts are required to ensure that all students are “college or career ready” when they graduate.

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Violet H. Simmons Summer Enrichment Scholarship Fund

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced that Saturday, Feb. 15, is the deadline for applications to the Barbara Thorlichen Riefle Summer Enrichment Scholarship of the Violet H. Simmons Summer Enrichment Scholarship Fund.
The fund offers grants of up to $5,000 to underwrite an “extraordinary summer experience” for graduates of North East (Webutuck) Central School who are enrolled in their second or third year at a four-year accredited college or in their first year at an accredited two-year college.

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