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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Teachers’ Association (WTA) dedicated Thursday night, April 11, to celebrating the community’s diversity by inviting Webutuck families to its International Potluck Dinner. With live music setting the tone for an evening around the world and the Webutuck Elementary School gym decorated like different countries, families brought homemade dishes that represented their cultural backgrounds. In addition to sampling tastes both exotic and local, students danced the night away to a live band and took part in arts and crafts activities. Using the Nearpod...

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Learning to live with one’s differences

Schools provide outlet to address student issues
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WEBUTUCK — Jesse Saperstein, local author of a memoir about Asperger’s syndrome, spoke to Webutuck middle and high school students on Tuesday, Nov. 22, about ending bullying and replacing it with respect, dignity and understanding.
“Try to find your own way to end bullying and be heroes,” he urged the audience.
Whether it was through sky diving, raising $19,000 for kids with HIV/AIDS by walking the entire Appalachian Trail or by writing a book, Saperstein did just that.

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Webutuck food drive

WEBUTUCK — Middle and high school students at Webutuck Central School District held a successful food drive before Thanskgiving; they will hold a second collection that will run through Friday, Dec. 16.
“Usually we only do one, but this year we’re doing two due to the needs of the community,” said Mari-Ann Hoke, one of the organizers of the collection.
The elementary students, meanwhile, will collect hats, gloves and mittens. The community is encouraged to bring nonperishable food items and winter clothes to the Webutuck schools for the collections.

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A TEAM-themed Thanksgiving

Webutuck High School students belonging to the Teens Encouraging Athletes to be Mentors (TEAM) program, gathered at the Millerton First Presbyterian Church on Monday, Nov. 21, to make Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. It’s been a long-standing TEAM tradition for Webutuck students.

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Giving Thanks

Seventeen members of Webutuck’s Teens Encouraging Athletes to be Mentors (TEAM) visited the Millerton First Presbyterian Church on Monday, Nov. 21, to help put together 43 holiday food baskets. This is the group’s 12th year in existence and its 10th year helping with Thanksgiving baskets. Food for the baskets was collected and donated by the Sunday in the Country Food Drive, Thriftique, the Millerton Farmers Market and members of the community. TEAM organizer Mark Moren said that the student athletes help out with the food baskets as a way of giving back to the community.

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Webutuck plans to raise minimum dropout age

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WEBUTUCK — During the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) meeting held on Monday, Oct. 17, the board gave the first reading of a new policy that will raise the dropout age in the district from 16 to 17 years old.
“It needs to happen,” BOE President Dale Culver said. “I believe if we’re serious about developing excellence at Webutuck, we need to take action.”

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Students learn firsthand about veterans’ history

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WEBUTUCK — There are few better ways to study history than from those who have experienced it. That’s exactly why Eugene Brooks Intermediate School and Webutuck High School English Language Arts teacher Henry Pollinger said he was so excited to involve his students in the National Veterans History Project.

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French Club fundraiser

WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck French Club will travel to the French island of Guadeloupe in November. The group will include 26 students, staff and parent chaperones who will spend eight days immersed in the French island culture. The group will converse in French, experience the art, history, dance and culinary specialties and explore the island’s rainforest, volcano, underwater habitat and mangroves.

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BOE calls for more planning to reach district’s goal

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck High School Principal Ken Sauer and his team of instructors are determined to become the top performing district in the county.
“We’re in this for the long haul,” Sauer told the Board of Education (BOE) at its meeting Sept. 19.
Sauer said eight committees have already been formed and have begun to develop a plan to achieve improvement goals.
Several BOE members wondered about evaluation methods and the need for benchmarks to chart the district’s progress.

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Community Day a success despite homecoming cancellation

WEBUTUCK — The halls of Webutuck High School were bursting with energy on Saturday, Oct. 1, as the school hosted its annual Community Day celebrations.
“By all reports, the Community Day was a huge success,” said high school principal Ken Sauer.
He said that the event’s attendance was the highest it has been in four years.
Community Day was part of the week-long festivities that were to lead up to the homecoming soccer game later that afternoon, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather.

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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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