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

WELCOME to North Country West Area

We have 16 members!  Statewide we are over 700 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 2017 - 2018 school year.  Here is what we will offer:


November 16, 2017 - Make a Christmas Wreath, facilitator will be Katrina Moore, FACS teacher at Watertown Jr. High, Watertown, NY.  We will gather at her shop:  32573 US Rte. 11, Philadelphia, NY, at 4:30 p.m.  Also re-purpose those old Christmas cards that we save from year to year … into tiny boxes for Christmas treats - this will be taught by Betse Murphy, retired FACS teacher from Alexandria Bay, NY.  Come and learn new skills that you could teach to your students, while beginning the process of decorating your own home for the holidays. 

March 6 @ 4:30 - Become familiar with Google DOCS and Google Classroom - Forms, facilitator will be Suzanne Schwarting, FACS teacher at Lowville Academy, Lowville, NY.  The meeting will be held in her classroom at Lowville Academy.


First week of June - End-of-the-Year Dinner - location TBD.  Purpose to give Awards and honor retirees.


In late June / early July – before our summer vacation gets into full swing, we will meet to plan professional development for the following year.

ALREADY HAPPENED –  in past years …


Tour of the I ABC Corporation facility in Dexter, NY.  They make swimwear and accessories for Venus Fashions.  We were fascinated as we watched the different parts of the manufacturing process from the cutting, to the sewing, to the packaging.   

Facts vs. Fiction about GMO's, presented by Mike Hunter of Cornell Cooperative Extension.  There are many misconceptions out there, and Mike will share with us what’s fact and what’s fiction about the foods that contain them. 

Gunns Country Corner & Quilt Shop, north of Watertown, NY.  It features country primitive furnishings and décor.  BettyAnn McComber, the proprietor, recently added a variety of beautiful quilting fabrics.  She will teach us how to make a small project that we can teach our students. (Instead of a quilting project, we each painted a distressed small bench.)

 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.  The owners of the Florist/Pottery Shop, Rhonda Hall-Allen and her daughter Lori Allen gave many essential tips for starting a small business.  Lori is the florist and Rhonda runs the pottery part of the 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.  The one-of-a-kind scarves are fashioned from several different upcycled sweaters and adorned with vintage and reclaimed buttons to make them a wearable work of art!  Her slogan is:  Fun Green Fashion for a better world! 

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. Olive oil and balsamic vinegars have evolved much like wine tasting. We experienced a whole new world of “tasting”. 

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