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WEBUTUCK — Forever trying to keep students safe, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District has asked both local and county officials to create a law holding motorists who pass stopped school buses accountable.

About four years ago, Webutuck installed cameras on its school buses to photograph the license plates of vehicles that passed stopped school buses. Before installing the cameras, Webutuck Superintendent of Schools Raymond Castellani said the district turned to local law enforcement with its concerns, only to be told they didn’t have “enough...

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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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High schoolers learn the risks of distracted driving

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Bob Green, director of SurvivetheDrive, an “upbeat but deadly serious, social approach to ‘automotive violence’ prevention,” according to the organization, visited Webutuck High School, Thursday, May 15, for a presentation on safe driving.
Green walked students through the dangers of drinking and driving, texting and driving and other careless driving habits, sharing personal experiences and tragic tales of accidents that could have been easily prevented.

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Students rally for guidance counselor

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At the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, May 12, Guidance Counselor Kristen Gil’s resignation — which she said she was “really upset about having to have put in” — was the topic of discussion during public comment.
Gil’s resignation was approved by unanimous vote at the BOE’s April 22 meeting, excluding John Perotti, who was absent.
Webutuck High School seniors Andrew Coon and Prachi Patel spoke first.
Coon is the student council president and class salutatorian; Patel is valedictorian.

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PTA hosts BOE candidate forum

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The Webutuck PTA held a meet the candidates night at the the high school library, Thursday, May 8.
The candidates are incumbents Judy Moran and Kristen Panzer.
A third open seat was left vacant after the resignation of Robert Trotta earlier this year. The district is encouraging any interested individuals to run a write-in campaign for the third opening.
PTA president and event moderator Ella Stevens posed the question: “What made you decide to run again?”
Panzer admitted that she initially had doubts on whether she would rerun.

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Principal’s suspension discussed at PTA forum

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The Webutuck PTA’s meet the candidates night on Thursday, May 8, addressed more than just those running for office. The subject of tenured Webutuck High School Principal Kenneth Sauer and the case filed by the district against him was also raised, as was his subsequent suspension — which will take place during the summertime.

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Webutuck Honor rolls

WEBUTUCK — The following students were listed on the Webutuck High School honor rolls for the third marking period:
High honor roll
Ninth grade
David Andrighetti, Conor Brady, Julia Butts, Mariana Cedillo, Elizabeth Cullinan, Fernanda Fox, Abbygail Hoke, Kaylie Johnson, Ethan Lounsbury, Caroline Markonic, Liam Sinclair, James Wheeler.
10th grade

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