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WEBUTUCK — Once deemed organized for the coming school year, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) listened to community concerns and complaints about recent issues reported in the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, at a board meeting on Monday, July 8.

Addressing recent reports of intolerance and other inappropriate student behaviors, Superintendent of Schools Raymond Castellani acknowledged that the last few weeks at Webutuck have been trying.

“That is a microcosm of what I believe is a polarized country right now,” he said.

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Math and Science Night set for March 21

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The Webutuck Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is preparing the halls of the high school and middle school building for the annual Math and Science Night on Thursday, March 21.
PTA President Grace Morrissey is proud to bring the family entertainment to the district.
“It’s an important event because we have been doing it for many years now and it really gives the students tons of exposure to new and interesting things,” she said.
This year’s big show, in the high school auditorium, will be Prismatic Magic.

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Webutuck celebrates the night with annual Theme Day

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck Elementary School opened its doors on Friday, March 1, to reveal an overnight transformation for its annual Theme Day.
The event is put on by the faculty and staff, along with parent volunteers, all who worked through Thursday evening to make this year’s theme, A Journey Into the Night, come alive. Hallways were transformed into snowy winter evenings and silhouetted city-scapes.
“It’s so cool to walk into the school being dark,” Librarian Beth Murphy said.

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Webutuck seniors plan for a cruise in New York City

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WEBUTUCK — Class of 2013 Advisor and French teacher Cheryl Benken told the Board of Education (BOE) on Tuesday, Feb. 19, about the upcoming senior class excursion.
Assisting Benken was senior Estefanie Reyes, who gave a PowerPoint presentation on the upcoming trip.
“We will be going through Spirit Cruises to take a cruise around New York City. We’ll see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, the new World Trade Center and more,” she said.
The students will be paying $150 each for the trip with the JTR Coach bus ride being paid for by the 2013 class fund.

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Still no principal for Eugene Brooks Intermediate School

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School district will re-advertise for the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School principal position, which was left vacant after the resignation of Jay Curtis in January due to family reasons.
David Paciencia re-joined the district as interim principal for Eugene Brooks Intermediate School. The school encompasses grades four through eight.

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Students go ‘Crazy For You’

The Webutuck Drama Society will present the Tony Award-winning musical “Crazy For You,” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 1 to 3. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and may be purchased at the box office or in advance by calling Barbara Riley in the high school guidance office at 845-373-4108.

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Septic problems at Webutuck High School

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The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) on Tuesday, Feb. 19, discussed standing water on the baseball field at the Webutuck High School, which is related to problems in the septic system.
Consultant Engineer Jeff Budrow of Weston and Sampson Environmental Infrastructure Consultants was hired by the district to investigate the cause of the standing water.
“Basically wastewater goes out of the school, into a septic tank and then out to a leech field. The problem is in the leech field,” Weston told the board.

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Webutuck unveils new website and Parent Portal

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District has officially begun transitioning to a new website that will offer more features for staff, students and parents.
The current website, www.webutuckschools.org, will remain open throughout the transition period.
The new site, www.edline.net/pages/webutuck_csd, is up and running, but according to Technology Director Craig Trachtenberg, nowhere near complete.

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Congratulations, class of 2012

Graduation caps flew in the air in Millbrook once the students transformed into graduates.

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Webutuck modified baseball brings home 14-0 win

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Boys modified baseball team won its game against Rhinebeck 14-0 on Friday, May 18.
The team had been previously rained out on several occasions and took the opportunity to bring home the victory.
Pitcher Chris Reed only gave up two hits and struck out 12 players.
Daniel Thomas was the “hitting star,” according to Coach Tim McEnroe.
Thomas went 3 for 4 with 6 RBIs.
Eddie Ferratto also shone with a double and two runs scored.
Players Chris Milano and Angus Edminson both had RBI singles in the first inning.

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Sauer drops hard truths about dropout rate

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WEBUTUCK — During the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, March 12, High School Principal Ken Sauer talked about the importance of offering many after-school options, as a tool to lower the dropout rate.
Webutuck recently instituted an Intramurals Sports program and has been finding alternatives to sports for students who need additional support. Sauer stressed the importance of reaching out to those students who are showing signs of having trouble in school.
“We’ve had good success with this personal approach and we’re looking to extend that next year,” he said.

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