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WEBUTUCK— Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) students and faculty members honored local veterans at the annual Veterans Day Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The ceremony featured a color guard from Millerton’s American Legion Post 178 and a patriotic performance by the middle school chorus. Guest speaker Dr. Julian Strauss shared his experience working as a veterinarian in the United States Army and Webutuck Athletic Director Kathleen Howard organized an honor roll reading with a slide show of the veterans. Light refreshments were served and students were given a unique...

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Webutuck plans to raise minimum dropout age

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WEBUTUCK — During the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) meeting held on Monday, Oct. 17, the board gave the first reading of a new policy that will raise the dropout age in the district from 16 to 17 years old.
“It needs to happen,” BOE President Dale Culver said. “I believe if we’re serious about developing excellence at Webutuck, we need to take action.”

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Students learn firsthand about veterans’ history

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WEBUTUCK — There are few better ways to study history than from those who have experienced it. That’s exactly why Eugene Brooks Intermediate School and Webutuck High School English Language Arts teacher Henry Pollinger said he was so excited to involve his students in the National Veterans History Project.

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French Club fundraiser

WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck French Club will travel to the French island of Guadeloupe in November. The group will include 26 students, staff and parent chaperones who will spend eight days immersed in the French island culture. The group will converse in French, experience the art, history, dance and culinary specialties and explore the island’s rainforest, volcano, underwater habitat and mangroves.

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BOE calls for more planning to reach district’s goal

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck High School Principal Ken Sauer and his team of instructors are determined to become the top performing district in the county.
“We’re in this for the long haul,” Sauer told the Board of Education (BOE) at its meeting Sept. 19.
Sauer said eight committees have already been formed and have begun to develop a plan to achieve improvement goals.
Several BOE members wondered about evaluation methods and the need for benchmarks to chart the district’s progress.

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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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