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WEBUTUCK— While  listening to the public’s concerns, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) reflected how the safety of the district’s current drop off and pick up location for students could be improved at the meeting on Monday, Sept. 24.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the first person to speak under the public comments section was local mother Eva Yuranich, who told the BOE that she was very thankful for all the changes taking place in the district this year. In light of how effective the new initiatives have been so far, she said it seemed that the district was...

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Sauer drops hard truths about dropout rate

kaylas@millertonnews.com

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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Drivers wanted

The North East (Webutuck) Central School District displayed a need for bus drivers outside of the campus on Haight Road, at the Route 22 entrance. For more information call 845-373-4105.

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Summer meals questions raised

kaylas@millertonnews.com

WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, March 5, to discuss several issues, including the use of school facilities by the North East Community Center (NECC) for their Summer Meals Program.
Board member Kristen Panzer quickly identified herself as a member of the NECC Board and explained that she was not able to comment as a result of her dual positions.
The Summer Meals Program is a state-funded Department of Education grant program that provides meals for children in need.

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Theme Day at Webutuck brings fairy tales alive

kaylas@millertonnews.com

WEBUTUCK — During Webutuck Elementary School’s annual Theme Day on Friday, March 2, the halls came alive as “Once Upon A Time,” with dragons, knights and princesses everywhere.
Every year the school kicks off the Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) program with a theme. PARP runs through March and encourages children to read every day.
“The Theme Day is a way to get kids excited about the stories and about reading,” said Librarian Beth Murphy, who was dressed as Cinderella.

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Close knit

Members of the Webutuck Knitting Club, with instructor Jean Roccanova, showed their works in progress. The students help each other with projects and monitor their work using a chart. This enables the girls to take initiative and help each other with projects based on their areas of expertise. The club members knit and crochet a variety of projects, including purses and scarves, and welcome students who love to knit or are looking to learn.

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Webutuck considers intramural sports

kaylas@millertonnews.com

WEBUTUCK — Athletic Director Jon Zenz gave a report at the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, to further discuss the modified sports program and proposed intramural program.
“We need to set the bar higher, and that starts with coaching. Kids should have a well-rounded experience, which means winning some games,” he said.
Zenz is looking to improve the modified teams by making sure the students involved are there for the right reasons.

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Intermediate program criticized by Webutuck BOE

kaylas@millertonnews.com

WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, Feb. 13, to approve tenure for two teachers and discuss the future of the current fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade programs.
The board acknowledged and welcomed speech and language teacher Christine Henderson and secondary biology teacher Michelle Nowak.
“It’s not really a welcome since they’ve been with us already, but [more of a] congratulations and we’re happy to have them joining us for what we hope is a long time,” said board member Judy Moran.

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Bonjour Guadeloupe!

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WEBUTUCK — Nearly 20 students from Webutuck High School French Class, one parent and a pair of teachers said au revoir to New York state to travel to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
Webutuck High School’s French language program has afforded students the opportunity to travel to France for 20 years, but recently students have been taking trips to the Caribbean to learn outside the classroom.

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Catch the spirit

Eleventh-graders Megan Bailey, left, and Kayla Kohl, decorated the halls of Webutuck High Shool on Thursday, Jan. 19, in preparation for the Spirit Week dance, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28. Both girls said Spirit Week is something they look forward to. “It’s just goofy,” said Kohl. “It’s a lot of fun and even the teachers get involved in it,” added Bailey.

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Webutuck uniforms under fire

darrylg@lakevillejournal.com

WEBUTUCK — The Board of Education (BOE) was surprised to learn at its Monday, Jan. 9, meeting that the high school’s cheerleading squad was seen wearing black uniforms at a recent event, which is a stark contrast to the district’s colors of green and white.
BOE Vice President William McGhee stated at the meeting that a member of the community had brought the issue to his attention.
New Athletic Director Jon Zenz was in the audience, and he made it clear that there are many organizational issues to fix within the district’s athletic department.

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