Letter: BOE approves some sports spectators:
March 3, 2021
Dear Oswego City School District students, families and community,
I am writing today with the exciting news from last night’s Board of Education meeting as a return for some spectators at OCSD sporting events has been approved! We know being able to root on our Buccaneer athletes is important to families and the community, and we look forward to the positivity and energy that a live crowd brings.
Starting with the upcoming “Fall 2” sports seasons of football, girls swimming and diving, cheerleading and volleyball, our district will follow the revised guidelines from the Oswego County Health Department allowing two spectators per athlete.
All spectators must maintain six feet of physical distance between individuals not in the same household, ...
BOE Meeting is 3/2 at 5 p.m.:
The Oswego City School District will be conducting a Board of Education meeting on March 2, 2021 at 5 p.m. This meeting will be livestreamed and will also be available on WBUC/Channel 16 after the meeting.
The agenda for this meeting will be available on Feb. 26, 2021 on Board Docs at 4 p.m.
Fitzhugh Park grateful for recent Exelon donation:
Fitzhugh Park Elementary School recently received a large donation of clothing from Exelon that directly benefitted its student body.
The variety of clothing included shirts, sweatpants, undergarments and gloves, and the donations will be distributed as the school year progresses.
“This donation means a lot to our students who are in need of these clothing items,” said Fitzhugh Park Principal Donna Simmons. “When these items are given out, our staff really teaches the student the value of kindness and what they are getting is a donation from people who care and want to help.”
Simmons added that students are taught that it’s nice when people in the community give back with the hope they are one day able to pay it forward if they are able to do so. ...
OCSD school board petitions available Monday, 3/1:
The Oswego City School District will begin Monday, March 1 accepting petitions for the Board of Education for the 2021-22 School Budget Vote and Board of Education election on May 18, 2021.
Oswego City School District will be filling two three-year seats on the Oswego City School District Board of Education during the May election.
A candidate for the Board of Education must meet the following qualifications:
Be at least eighteen years of age;
Be able to read and write;
Be a citizen of the United States;
Be a qualified voter of the district;
Be a resident of the school district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of a least one year immediately before the election:
Has not been removed from any school district office within the preceding year;
OMS students successfully return in-person:
Oswego Middle School successfully reopened its doors for in-person learning on Monday, Feb. 22.
Students remained masked and socially distant, but their glee to be back in the building was apparent and masks could not hide the numerous smiles from students and staff alike.
“Everything went really well with our safety protocols in place and it was just so great to have students in the building,” said OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro. “Even though it’s the middle of the school year it really felt like the first day all over again.”
The OMS hybrid model features students in the building either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday, and learning via livestream on the other days while Wednesday remains virtual for all students.
Students remain ...
OHS Interact Club donates blankets to maternity ward:
The Oswego High School Interact Club has still been finding ways to give back this year, even with social distancing.
The Interact Club works with the Oswego Rotary Club with the focus on “service above self,” and the goal of members is to be a part of something greater than themselves while being involved in projects to give back to the community.
In past years, the club worked together to make and donate baby blankets to the maternity ward at Oswego Hospital, and had to get creative with remote learning and COVID-19 protocols in place to fill the need this year.
The club purchased the needed materials and kits to make two blankets were dropped off to participating members. A total of 24 blankets were donated to the hospital.
On Feb. 5, a few of the club ...
Letter: County holding COVID testing at OHS:
Feb. 12, 2021
Dear Oswego City School District Community,
I am writing to share information about an upcoming free COVID-19 testing clinic. This clinic is being offered to 140 Oswego County community members (anyone who lives or works in the County) who pre-register. Registration is first come, first served.
When will this event take place?
This event will take place on next Tuesday, February 16, 2021, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Oswego High School parking lot.
What are the specifics on this event?
The Oswego County Department of Health will be setting up a rapid testing drive-through site in the OHS main parking lot.
Testing will take place between the hours of 8 AM and 4:00 PM.
Test results will be available within 15 minutes.
OMS honors students for Generosity:
At Oswego Middle School, the spotlight character trait for the month of December was generosity and the school honored a dozen students who showcased that trait and kindness toward others while making the OMS community a better place, even virtually.
“During these challenging times, your generosity is an inspiration to everyone,” said OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro of the recipients. “Congratulations and keep up the great work!”
OMS is proud of the following seventh- and eighth-grade students for showing gratitude in December and throughout the year: Brandon Waloven, Brooke Trevett, Cora Shiel, Elvis Henderson, Ethaniel Cliff, Garret Pickens, Grace Taylor, Hailey Barbera, Jadin McClendon, Joscelyn Coniski, Leah Norton and Noah Wilder.
REMINDER: BOE Meeting 2.9:
The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be conducting a board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be livestreamed and will be available on YouTube.com/WBUCNY and Channel 16 for viewing after the board meeting.
The agenda will be available after 4 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2021 on BoardDocs ( go.boarddocs.com/ny/oswego/Board.nsf/Public ).
The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be conducting an Executive Session at 4 p.m. before the regular session. The Executive Session will be for the purpose of discussions regarding proposed, pending, or current litigation, employment history of a particular person and negotiations.
OMS Honor and High Honor Roll Q2 2020-21:
Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro along with her faculty and staff have recognized the following students who earned Honor Roll and High Honor Roll status for the second marking period of the 2020-21 school year:
7th Grade Honor Roll: Gracie Adams, Owen Barnes, Kylie Beers, Kaylee Blauvelt, Parker Broadwell, Marquand Brown, Nya Buckalew, Nicholas Canale, Candace Clark, Cameron James Cooper, Kyle Cough, Marnie Crough, Makennah Daniels, Landen Daymon, Christian Ennist, Wyatt Florczyk, Benjamin Freer, Marion Freeth, Olivia Garafolo, Adam Greene, Joseph Haumann, Elvis Henderson, Nathan Hibbert, Emily Hooper, Hunter Hort, Noah Irland, Hollie Jermyn, Ethan King, Isaac Krul, Isabella LaGray, Gabriel LaPage, Dakota LeBeau, Rowan Miller, Clara O’Connor, Abagail ...
Letter: Varsity high-risk winter sports to start:
Feb. 3, 2021
Dear Parents and/or Guardians.
I am writing to share information concerning winter athletics which includes “high-risk” sports.
At the Board of Education meeting last night several items concerning winter athletics were discussed and approved. They are as follows:
The Board approved all “high risk” sports to begin effective today 2/3/21. All coaches will reach out to all student athletes and their families with practice and games schedules.
The districts shared information with the Board of Education about the newly required Oswego County Athletic Preparedness Plan, -- which was submitted to the County of Oswego Department of Health. A copy of this plan is now posted to the district’s ...
Letter: Reopening details for OMS, OHS:
Below are letters regarding reopening details for Oswego Middle School and Oswego High School, both dated Jan. 29, 2021. Please contact the principals with any questions after reading the letters.
Oswego Middle School:
Dear Members of the Oswego Community:
We have been very busy working on the Reopening Plan for the Oswego Middle School. We have put together a comprehensive team of stakeholders composed of OMS Administration, OMS Teachers and Teacher Assistants, OMS Custodians, the OMS Nurse, District Level Administrators, Parents/Guardians and Students.
The team has been meeting both as a full group and in Sub-committees for over one month. We meet multiple times per week. The following items will be part of our Reopening Plan that will be released to the public the ...
Applications available for pre-K registration:
Applications for the 2021-22 PreK Program are now available. This program is designed for children who were born between Dec. 2, 2016 and Dec. 1, 2017 and is offered at no cost. Children are selected by lottery.
The UPK teachers and staff strive to create a warm and nurturing environment for all our 4-year-olds. The goals of the program are to meet the individual needs of children in the areas of academic, language, social and emotional and physical development. This prepares them to successfully enter kindergarten the following year.
We anticipate having one full-day session at Frederick Leighton Elementary School and half-day sessions at Charles E. Riley, Fitzhugh Park, Frederick Leighton, Kingsford Park and Minetto schools. The program runs in conjunction with the ...
OCSD to launch livestream pilot program:
January 28, 2021
Dear Elementary Parents and/or Guardians,
I am writing to share that the district is going to be employing a new pilot – short term program for all of our elementary schools beginning Feb. 1. The goal of this pilot is to explore an option that we believe will allow for the district to provide more live instruction for our elementary students with their educational staff while also reducing the amount of asynchronous instruction that students are receiving.
The district is piloting this program because we feel that our students will benefit from more live instruction throughout the week from their assigned teachers as we move forward through this pandemic.
What is involved in this pilot?
Throughout each week, using technology, teachers ...
Special BOE Meeting Scheduled for 2/2:
The Oswego City School District will be conducting a Special Board of Education meeting on Feb. 2, 2021 at 5 p.m. for the purpose of athletic discussions. This meeting will be livestreamed via YouTube.com/WBUCNY and will also be available on WBUC/Channel 16 after the board meeting.
The agenda for this meeting will be available on Jan. 29, 2021 after 4 p.m. on Board Docs.
Letter: Update on 'high-risk' athletics:
Jan. 26, 2021
Dear Oswego City School District community,
I am writing to share information on "high-risk" athletics in our district. Late last Friday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo shared with the State that he will allow “high-risk” high school sports to begin play on Monday, Feb. 1 – with the provision that local health departments also give their approval.
It should be noted, this decision was shared without any conversation beforehand with health officials and/or health and safety guidance for school districts to follow. As a result, many health departments across the State were unprepared to respond to this information. To add to this, school districts found themselves awaiting important guidance ...
Reopening plans outlined for OMS, OHS:
Jan. 22, 2021
Dear Oswego City School District Community,
Earlier this week the district received information which indicates that several Facebook sites and different forms of media were asserting that we are not moving forward with our plans for reopening our middle and high schools and that we have no plans to do so.
In response to this misinformation, I am writing to provide clarity and updates to our community on our preliminary secondary reopening plans. Below is a list of facts for your review:
1. The Oswego Middle School and Oswego High School will be reopening soon – To be clear, in the near future (within the next 30-45 days) our Middle School and High School will be reopening. The district is diligently making ...
OMS honors students for Gratitude:
At Oswego Middle School, the spotlight character trait of the month was gratitude and the school honored a dozen students who showcased that trait and thankfulness toward others while making the OMS community a better place, even virtually.
“During these challenging times, your gratitude is an inspiration to everyone,” said OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro of the recipients. “Congratulations and keep up the great work!”
OMS is proud of the following seventh- and eighth-grade students for showing gratitude in November and throughout the year: Albert Burns, Alexis Galvin, Deena McDougall, Eli Belawske, Isaac Cuyler, Joseph Smith, Keegan Finch, Kennedy Porter, Maryann Cherchio, Olivia Kapuscinski, Skye Thompson and Tanner Defren.
Regular BOE Meeting set for Jan. 19:
The Oswego City School District will be holding a regular board meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 19. There will also be an executive session for the purpose of negotiations and the employment history of a certain person.
This meeting will be held virtually and can be viewed after the meeting on Channel 16 and at WBUC.
The agenda will be available after 4 p.m. Jan. 15.
OCSD extends fully remote model to Feb. 1:
Jan. 13, 2021
Dear Oswego City School District Community,
I am writing to share information about our school district’s remote – virtual learning emergency plan. As you are all aware, due to a higher-than-normal number of COVID-19 exposures within our schools and high numbers of students and staff who needed to be quarantined as a result, the district recently enacted its emergency plan and provided all instruction remotely – virtually. This plan was originally enacted in early December and was later extended until Jan. 18, 2021. While doing so, I shared with all of you that this plan could be extended if needed.
After careful consideration of:
· County and City COVID-19 data that demonstrates a continued rapid and higher than ...