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WEBUTUCK — As part of its ongoing mission to ensure student safety through all the changes and challenges to come, the Webutuck Central School District has launched a new communications tool, Anonymous Alerts, which will provide students an outlet to anonymously report their concerns.

The idea of introducing the app into the district started when Matthew Pascale, the assistant principal at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School and Webutuck High School, learned about Anonymous Alerts through a school safety brochure that he receives each month. After conducting research and...

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WES Theme Day takes flight

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After Webutuck Elementary School (WES) students left for home last Thursday, teachers and staff worked through the night to transform the building for Theme Day, Friday, March 7.
According to Librarian Beth Murphy, Theme Day has been a tradition at the school for eight years. The event runs in conjunction with Parents as Reading Partners (PARP).

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Webutuck reviews the Common Core

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Webutuck — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District PTA organized and held a Common Core Learning Standards presentation for the school community, Monday, Feb. 10.
The presentation featured Superintendent James Gratto, Curriculum Coordinator Rosanna Hamm, district principals and teachers and New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D-41).
A question-and-answer forum followed the presentation.

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AP bio gets a taste of college lab

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Webutuck High School’s advanced placement biology class visited SUNY New Paltz for its molecular genetics enrichment program, Monday, Jan. 13.
According to teacher Patrick McKeever, the field trip was a success.
Students enjoyed a full day working in one of the college’s labs completing various experiments and projects, McKeever said.

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Webutuck BOE prepares for Common Core presentation

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) gathered Wednesday, Jan. 22, for its regular business meeting.
Student’s report
Student Council President senior Andrew Coon reported a noticeable increase in field trips — an effort the board has recently talked about expanding.
Coon’s advanced placement (AP) biology class recently visited SUNY New Paltz for its molecular genetics enrichment program.
“Also for field trips, the Spanish and German classes are planning to see the [United Nations] building in New York City next week,” the student said.

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Learn about the Common Core

Parents and community members are invited to an overview and discussion of Common Core Learning Standards, student testing and what it all means on Monday, Feb. 3, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The discussion will be held at the Webutuck Middle High School library.
Administrator and teachers will provide information and answer questions.
Common Core Learning Standards were adopted by the New York State Board of Regents in January 2010 and have been being phased in since that time. School districts are required to ensure that all students are “college or career ready” when they graduate.

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Violet H. Simmons Summer Enrichment Scholarship Fund

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced that Saturday, Feb. 15, is the deadline for applications to the Barbara Thorlichen Riefle Summer Enrichment Scholarship of the Violet H. Simmons Summer Enrichment Scholarship Fund.
The fund offers grants of up to $5,000 to underwrite an “extraordinary summer experience” for graduates of North East (Webutuck) Central School who are enrolled in their second or third year at a four-year accredited college or in their first year at an accredited two-year college.

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BOE talks device policy

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met Monday, Jan. 6, for its first time in the new year.
Superintendent James Gratto reported an update regarding the district’s septic project. Ray Jurkowski, an engineer contracted by the district, submitted data to the Dutchess County Department of Health and is waiting to hear back, Gratto said. “Everything is on schedule.”

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Webutuck warms up with music

Webutuck High School held its holiday concert, Wednesday, Dec. 11. Clarinetists, from left, LeAnn Biscoglio, Michelle Haviland and Courtney Whitehead.

Above, the school chorus.

Jazz chorus singers, from left, Bryandt Stevens, Deanna Koski and James Wheeler.

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Heroin, a growing concern in the Harlem Valley

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By whitney joseph
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WEBUTUCK — Drugs. They are a constant concern among parents and school personnel caring for impressionable children and teenagers in today’s fast-paced world. Because the North East (Webutuck) Central School District and the communities it serves (namely Millerton and Amenia) are so easily reached by the Metro-North Railroad, the Taconic State Parkway, routes 22, 44 and 343 and the Hudson River, and that the region is equidistant between New York City and Albany, drugs are now more available than ever before.

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Berkshire Taconic’s ‘Quest for Excellence’

Webutuck — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) is offering grants specifically for the North East (Webutuck) Central School District community through the launch of its Webutuck Quest for Excellence Fund (Quest) program.
Now accepting applications through Friday, Jan. 3, Quest will administer grants to projects that “enhance literacy and language development for Webutuck Elementary School students in pre-kindergarten through third grade,” according to a BTCF press release.

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