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WEBUTUCK— The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) highlighted a couple of programs taking place in the North East (Webutuck) Central School District this year at a meeting on Monday, Nov. 5.

The BOE received positive feedback about the academic programs at Webutuck High School (WHS). Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani explained on a later date that “it is the board’s intent to celebrate and recognize programs at each building this year.” 

Among some of the courses initiated this year, Castellani talked about the high school’s mural...

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Bonjour Guadeloupe!

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WEBUTUCK — Nearly 20 students from Webutuck High School French Class, one parent and a pair of teachers said au revoir to New York state to travel to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
Webutuck High School’s French language program has afforded students the opportunity to travel to France for 20 years, but recently students have been taking trips to the Caribbean to learn outside the classroom.

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Catch the spirit

Eleventh-graders Megan Bailey, left, and Kayla Kohl, decorated the halls of Webutuck High Shool on Thursday, Jan. 19, in preparation for the Spirit Week dance, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28. Both girls said Spirit Week is something they look forward to. “It’s just goofy,” said Kohl. “It’s a lot of fun and even the teachers get involved in it,” added Bailey.

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Webutuck uniforms under fire

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WEBUTUCK — The Board of Education (BOE) was surprised to learn at its Monday, Jan. 9, meeting that the high school’s cheerleading squad was seen wearing black uniforms at a recent event, which is a stark contrast to the district’s colors of green and white.
BOE Vice President William McGhee stated at the meeting that a member of the community had brought the issue to his attention.
New Athletic Director Jon Zenz was in the audience, and he made it clear that there are many organizational issues to fix within the district’s athletic department.

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BOE to seek community input

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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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