North County - West

Jefferson, Lewis

Kathy Curtis

NCW Area Coordinator – Jefferson and Lewis Counties
Thousand Islands Central School District - Retired

31778 County Route 18 

Theresa, NY  13691

[email protected]  
[email protected]

WELCOME to North Country West Area

We have 14 members!  Statewide we are over 500 members strong!

We need even more members so we can remain strong as an area and as a profession!  Here are some reasons why it would be a good idea to pay your dues and join NYSAFCSE:

·        You will receive Monday Memos with pertinent information that all FACS teachers should know!

·        Find out about Area meetings with networking and curriculum development opportunities!

·        Learn of State updates and current information on how to keep FACS going strong.

·        Be a part of the big picture in your profession – it gives a sense of connectedness.

NCW Area is going to have some exciting professional development opportunities available for the year 2018 - 2019 school year.  Here is what we will offer:

October 11, @ 4:30 p.m. @ General Brown HS, Brownville.  Featured topic:  Career Exploration   Readiness / Multiple Pathways / Job Shadow experiences.  Facilitator will be Hannah Cottrell, FACS Teacher at General Brown Central School.  Her students will make appetizers to serve.         

December 4th or 6th, @ 4:30 p.m. @ Sandy Creek Central, Sandy Creek.  Featured topic:  Mindfulness.  Marissa Paquin will contact the speaker.  Her students will make afternoon snacks to serve.

March 12th, 13th, or 14th @ 4:30 p.m. @ Lowville Academy, Lowville.  Featured topic:  Sewing Project ideas:  Triangle Zipper Pouch called Humbug Bags!  Suzanne Schwarting will each this class.  Her students will provide afternoon snacks.

June 6th  End-of-the-Year Dinner @ Riley’s in Alexandria Bay.  Retired teachers and award winners will be honored.

Last week of June - Planning meeting for the next school year - choose from Professional Development Topics list.

 Past Programs:

Make a Christmas Wreath, facilitator was Katrina Moore, FACS teacher at Watertown Jr. High, Watertown, NY.  We learned new skills that we could teach to our students, while beginning the process of decorating our own home for the holidays. 

Become familiar with Google DOCS and Google Classroom - Forms, facilitator will be Suzanne Schwarting, FACS teacher at Lowville Academy, Lowville, NY. 

Tour of the I ABC Corporation facility in Dexter, NY.  They make swimwear and accessories for Venus Fashions. 

Facts vs. Fiction about GMO's, presented by Mike Hunter of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Gunns Country Corner & Quilt Shop, north of Watertown, NY.  It features country primitive furnishings and décor. 

 Farm to School speaker was Steve LeDoux, from the Cooperative Extension, and he explained the relationships that are beginning to form between local farmers and the school cafeterias. 

Toured Allen's Florist & Pottery Shop in Watertown, NY.  We learned many essential tips for starting a small business.

Toured a Shared Use Kitchen in Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, NY.  It is a NYS licensed 20C kitchen rental facility, fully-equipped for small food artisans, commercial processors, specialty bakers, and set-schedule caterers. Sometimes referred to as a Kitchen Incubator or Community Supported Kitchen, they offer a professional venue where quality local food businesses can develop and grow. 

Hand Candy Mittens - new small business founded by Charlotte Besaw from Mannsville, NY.  She creates mittens, scarves and hats from recycled sweaters and then lines them with polar fleece.  

Toured the 1000 Islands Cruet for a taste of Clayton's first Gourmet Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar store, which opened in May of 2014. 


Marissa Paquin
NCW PD Team Representative
Sandy Creek Central School
P0 Box 248
Sandy Creek, NY  13145
(315) 387-3445
[email protected]