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Webutuck third graders traveled back to the 1800s at the annual Immersion Day at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Friday, June 7. Students were given a hands-on exploration of life in the 1800s through a variety of activities, including grave rubbing, old-time games, stories, making butter and doing lessons in the Indian Rock Schoolhouse. Prior to the activities, students and teachers held a special dedication and tree planting ceremony for third grade teacher Glen White, pictured above, in honor of his retirement from the Webutuck Central School District this year.

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Webutuck to showcase scientific minds at student fair

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck will host its first Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Fair on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Students of all ages in the district will showcase independent projects in the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School cafeteria.
More than 70 students are participating in the fair, with 51 projects total, according to science teacher Patrick McKeever.
McKeever said he’s organized the fair “to excite the students about science” in the district.
“My self-professed goal is to bring out the inner science nerd in everybody,” he added.

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Webutuck school board takes care of regular business

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
The board approved minutes from its Jan. 5 meeting and accepted treasurer financial reports.
The BOE accepted the resignation of support staff employee Brenna Lape, effective Jan. 30. Lape was an athletic trainer and health office aide.
Shirley Ball was appointed as a substitute school monitor, effective on a back date of Jan. 6.

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Eugene Brooks Intermediate School hosts breakfast

WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District’s Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) has a special tradition the day before the winter break. For more than 25 years the school has hosted a breakfast that includes faculty, staff and students in grades fourth to eighth. Beautifully set tables, student-generated snowflakes, poems and decorations could be seen throughout the gym, which was transformed into a winter wonderland.

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BOE approves increase in BOCES staff hours

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met Monday, Jan. 5, for a regular business meeting.
District clerk’s report
The board approved the district clerk’s minutes from meetings on Dec. 3, Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 15 and Dec. 19.
Personnel
An increase in Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) was approved for two positions. Cynthia Hawthorne’s shared business official position was increased from .6 to .8 full-time equivalent (FTE), and Kenneth Marsh’s technology support staff position was increased from .4 to .6 FTE.

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New Webutuck interim superintendent named

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) appointed Ray Castellani as interim superintendent of schools by unanimous vote at a special meeting on Friday, Dec. 19.
The appointment is effective Jan. 12 through June 30.
Former Superintendent James Gratto’s resignation was unanimously accepted by the board on Dec. 8 and went into effect on Jan. 2.

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Gratto resigns, board prices MES

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Gratto, effective Jan. 2, 2015, at its regular meeting, Monday, Dec. 8.
The motion was made by BOE member Kristen Panzer and seconded by Christopher Mayville.
Gratto announced the resignation during his report before the vote was held.
“I just wanted to make sure I acknowledged the BOE and the community for their support and the good work you’ve done for the past three and a half years,” he said.

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Webutuck to sell MES building

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Webutuck — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) unanimously approved a motion to sell the Millerton Elementary School (MES) building at its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 17.
The motion was made by Chris Mayville and seconded by BOE Vice President Judy Moran. Erin Bailey was absent and Kristin Panzer recused herself.

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BOE welcomes new teachers

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Webutuck — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) welcomed and approved new staff and accepted funds, among other business, at its regular meeting, Monday, Nov. 3.
New staff members Kari Mahaffey, a full-time Academic Intervention Services (AIS) teacher at Webutuck Elementary School, and Lindsey Odell, a full-time special education teacher at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School, were introduced at the beginning of the meeting.

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Cablevision films veterans special at Webutuck

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Webutuck — The media and telecommunications company Cablevision filmed a segment of its “Meet the Leaders @ School” program at Webutuck High School on Monday, Nov. 10.
Falling a day before Veterans Day, the program focused on the recognition of military veterans.
Participating in the special were U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson (R-19), American Legion Post No. 178 Commander Robert Jenks, America’s VetDogs (an organization providing service dogs to veterans) representative Kent Phyfe and North East town Supervisor John Merwin.

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School brings towns together

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District hosted its annual Community Day on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The event was organized by the Student Council, PTA and district administration.
The class of 2015 held its annual car show outside. The class initiated the show as sophomores in 2012.
Spectators voted on their favorite cars, and 10 winners left with trophies.
A new class will have to take over the show next year as seniors will graduate in the spring.
A blood drive for Make a Difference Day also took place outside the building.

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