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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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Rallying the crowds at Webutuck's homecoming

Maddie Trotter, Arianna Evans and Allison Flinn, members of the Webutuck girls soccer team, cheered on their fellow athletes while showing their school pride at a Webutuck High School pep rally on Friday, Sept. 30.

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Webutuck celebrates the community

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District will hold its annual Community Day and Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school.
Activities will be happening simultaneously around the campus throughout the day, including a school surplus tag sale, an apple pie baking contest, a book sale, a coat drive and a Red Cross blood drive.
The afternoon will feature a girls varsity soccer game against Dover, followed by a co-ed alumni soccer game. Spectators are encouraged to wear Webutuck green to support the players.

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Elementary principal kisses a pig in the name of reading

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WEBUTUCK — During the summer, Webutuck Elementary School students in kindergarten through sixth grade were diligently reading in an attempt to beat the reading goal set by the school in order to receive their promised reward: the opportunity to watch Webutuck Elementary School Principal Katy McEnroe kiss a pig.
The goal was to have at least 175 students participate in the summer reading program. The students surpassed that goal by a comfortable margin, with 245 students returning their summer reading packets.

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Pucker up!

Webutuck Elementary School Principal Katy McEnroe made good on her promise to her students to kiss a pig if they accomplished their reading assignment for the summer. The goal was to get 175 students to participate in the summer reading program. The goal was exceeded by more that 50 students. For more story, click here.

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Webutuck aims for the top

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck High School Principal Ken Sauer has helped launch a school-wide initiative to make Webutuck the highest performing district in Dutchess County.
“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be,” he said, citing favorable statistics, like the small size of the district. “We believe that we have the capacity to be the highest performing school in the county, [but] we’re not currently doing as well as we should be....This should be a perpetual goal for the future of Webutuck.”
Sauer said that the goal will be difficult to achieve but not impossible.

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Webutuck welcomes new super

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WEBUTUCK — James Gratto Jr. began his first day as the new superintendent of North East (Webutuck) Central School District on Thursday, Sept. 1.
David Paciencia has been serving as the interim superintendent since Friday, July 1, when the previous superintendent, Steven Schoonmaker, left his position.
Paciencia will stay on as a mentor to Gratto to ensure a smooth transition. Paciencia said that there is currently no set length for the mentorship and it will continue on a week-by-week basis.

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Webutuck hires new principal

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WEBUTUCK — During a special closed meeting of the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday, Aug. 17, board members unanimously voted to hire Jay Curtis as the new principal for grades four though eight.
Curtis, who until recently was the assistant principal at Myers Corners Elementary School in the Dutchess County district of Wappingers, will be joining the Webutuck team in September.

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French class dives right in, planning for trip abroad

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WEBUTUCK — Fifteen-year-old Patrick Hannon loves his French III class at Webutuck High School, where he is a sophomore. For starters, he enjoys the lessons; he also really likes his teacher, Madame Cheryl Benken. But what Patrick is most excited about is an upcoming class trip to the French-speaking island of Guadeloupe, for which he has spent many months preparing.
“I’ve always wanted to go explore the world and be in the Caribbean, because of the beautiful water and it’s so amazing down there and so peaceful,” he said.

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Former Webutuck super to be paid through October

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WEBUTUCK — The separation agreement signed by former Webutuck Superintendent of Schools Steven Schoonmaker and the district preserves Schoonmaker’s pay and benefits through the end of October.
According to the agreement, which The Millerton News obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District placed Schoonmaker on administrative leave beginning Friday, July 1, and ending Monday, Oct. 31, during which time he will continue to be paid. He stopped working at his post at the end of June.

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Superintendent steps down from Webutuck schools

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Central School District announced two administrative staffing updates during the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, June 27.
Superintendent Steven Schoonmaker has resigned and will be replaced with an interim superintendent. High school principal Ken Sauer has been granted tenure.
Schoonmaker has since moved from his previous place of residence and was unavailable for comment.
Schoonmaker began his position at Webutuck in July 2010. He was the sixth superintendent (including three interim superintendents) to work in the district in the last decade.

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