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WEBUTUCK — Through its Social Justice Committee and President Rebecca Garrard, the Webutuck Teachers’ Association (WTA) was recently presented with the prestigious Ken Kurzweil Social Justice Recognition Award.

The award is named after longtime educator Ken Kurzweil, known for his service and experience in supporting the New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) social justice agenda.

In the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, the WTA’s Social Justice Committee (SJC) focuses on issues like poverty. Through grants and programs like the annual...

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Community Day a success despite homecoming cancellation

WEBUTUCK — The halls of Webutuck High School were bursting with energy on Saturday, Oct. 1, as the school hosted its annual Community Day celebrations.
“By all reports, the Community Day was a huge success,” said high school principal Ken Sauer.
He said that the event’s attendance was the highest it has been in four years.
Community Day was part of the week-long festivities that were to lead up to the homecoming soccer game later that afternoon, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather.

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Rallying the crowds at Webutuck's homecoming

Maddie Trotter, Arianna Evans and Allison Flinn, members of the Webutuck girls soccer team, cheered on their fellow athletes while showing their school pride at a Webutuck High School pep rally on Friday, Sept. 30.

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Webutuck celebrates the community

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District will hold its annual Community Day and Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school.
Activities will be happening simultaneously around the campus throughout the day, including a school surplus tag sale, an apple pie baking contest, a book sale, a coat drive and a Red Cross blood drive.
The afternoon will feature a girls varsity soccer game against Dover, followed by a co-ed alumni soccer game. Spectators are encouraged to wear Webutuck green to support the players.

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Elementary principal kisses a pig in the name of reading

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WEBUTUCK — During the summer, Webutuck Elementary School students in kindergarten through sixth grade were diligently reading in an attempt to beat the reading goal set by the school in order to receive their promised reward: the opportunity to watch Webutuck Elementary School Principal Katy McEnroe kiss a pig.
The goal was to have at least 175 students participate in the summer reading program. The students surpassed that goal by a comfortable margin, with 245 students returning their summer reading packets.

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Pucker up!

Webutuck Elementary School Principal Katy McEnroe made good on her promise to her students to kiss a pig if they accomplished their reading assignment for the summer. The goal was to get 175 students to participate in the summer reading program. The goal was exceeded by more that 50 students. For more story, click here.

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Webutuck aims for the top

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck High School Principal Ken Sauer has helped launch a school-wide initiative to make Webutuck the highest performing district in Dutchess County.
“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be,” he said, citing favorable statistics, like the small size of the district. “We believe that we have the capacity to be the highest performing school in the county, [but] we’re not currently doing as well as we should be....This should be a perpetual goal for the future of Webutuck.”
Sauer said that the goal will be difficult to achieve but not impossible.

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Webutuck welcomes new super

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WEBUTUCK — James Gratto Jr. began his first day as the new superintendent of North East (Webutuck) Central School District on Thursday, Sept. 1.
David Paciencia has been serving as the interim superintendent since Friday, July 1, when the previous superintendent, Steven Schoonmaker, left his position.
Paciencia will stay on as a mentor to Gratto to ensure a smooth transition. Paciencia said that there is currently no set length for the mentorship and it will continue on a week-by-week basis.

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Webutuck hires new principal

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WEBUTUCK — During a special closed meeting of the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday, Aug. 17, board members unanimously voted to hire Jay Curtis as the new principal for grades four though eight.
Curtis, who until recently was the assistant principal at Myers Corners Elementary School in the Dutchess County district of Wappingers, will be joining the Webutuck team in September.

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French class dives right in, planning for trip abroad

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WEBUTUCK — Fifteen-year-old Patrick Hannon loves his French III class at Webutuck High School, where he is a sophomore. For starters, he enjoys the lessons; he also really likes his teacher, Madame Cheryl Benken. But what Patrick is most excited about is an upcoming class trip to the French-speaking island of Guadeloupe, for which he has spent many months preparing.
“I’ve always wanted to go explore the world and be in the Caribbean, because of the beautiful water and it’s so amazing down there and so peaceful,” he said.

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Former Webutuck super to be paid through October

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WEBUTUCK — The separation agreement signed by former Webutuck Superintendent of Schools Steven Schoonmaker and the district preserves Schoonmaker’s pay and benefits through the end of October.
According to the agreement, which The Millerton News obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District placed Schoonmaker on administrative leave beginning Friday, July 1, and ending Monday, Oct. 31, during which time he will continue to be paid. He stopped working at his post at the end of June.

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