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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Teachers’ Association (WTA) and the Webutuck Athletic Department inspired incoming and returning athletes by inviting ISI Elite Training founder Adam Rice to speak on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

By hosting the motivational assembly, the Athletic Department encouraged positivity and enthusiasm among the students and showed “just how easy it is to come together and be not the challenging person, but the person who engages others to come together,” said Coach Mark Moren.

Webutuck Athletic Director Kathleen Howard added that the department...

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Public speaks out against Webutuck budget cuts

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Approximately 80 people attended the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, April 1, many of whom spoke up against proposed cuts to the 2013-14 budget. The board moved its first public comment session to after the budget presentation.

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Webutuck BOE addresses budget rumors and cuts

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The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, April 1, was moved to the high school auditorium to accommodate the approximately 80 people who attended. At the meeting, the board outlined a proposed 2013-14 budget of $20,587,269, which includes a 1.47 percent tax levy increase.
Superintendent James Gratto updated the proposed budget at a meeting in the high school auditorium on Monday, April 8. Click here for an article on the updated proposed budget.

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Rocking laser light show a hit at Math & Science Night

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It was a night of education, learning, lasers and fun at the annual Webutuck Math & Science Night on Thursday, March 21.

The hallways of the Webutuck middle/high school building were lined with the Scholastic Book Fair and tables from local community organizations and school groups offering a variety of interactive entertainment.

“We were asked to participate, and at our meeting everyone thought it was a good idea. We do fire prevention 365 days a year, but it’s always good to emphasize it here in the school,” said Keith Roger, assistant fire chief of the Millerton Fire Company.

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Empty Bowls fight hunger

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Teachers and staff got a treat at Webutuck High School as the seventh annual Empty Bowls fundraiser came around again.
From Monday, March 18, through Friday, March 22, students in the North East Community Center after-school program were busy throughout the week preparing soup to fill handmade bowls which teachers could buy during lunch. The proceeds will go to benefit Doctors Without Borders.
“This year we’re making lentil soup and potato soup from the Moosewood Cookbook,” said student Kasey O’Brien.

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Webutuck settles on CSEA contracts

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The North East (Webutuck) Central School District has settled on six-year contracts with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).
The employees have been without contracts for approximately two-and-a-half years prior to this agreement, according to Webutuck’s CSEA President Barbara Riley.
“Finally we sat at a table and said ‘what do we have to do to get this done?’” she said.
The six-year contract will work retroactively, giving employees a zero percent raise for 2010-11 (year one) and a cash payout for 2011-12 (year two).

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Webutuck celebrates district diversity with potluck dinner

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WEBUTUCK — Families from a variety of cultural backgrounds came together in the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) cafeteria on Thursday, March 14, for food, music and a night of fun.
“This is a night for all families. It’s a chance for our ESL (English as a Second Language) families to join together and for all of us to bridge the gap that sometimes comes from being from different cultures,” said Kathleen McEnroe, EBIS principal.
Families from Egypt, China, Mexico, Guatemala and more brought dishes from their native countries to share with everyone who came.

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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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