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Regular BOE Meeting set for Jan. 19 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 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  This plan was originally enacted in early December and was later extended until Jan. 18, 2021.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 ...
Letter 01.08.2021: District furloughs anticipated Letter 01.08.2021: District furloughs anticipated: Jan. 8, 2021 Dear staff, I am writing to share that late this afternoon the Board of Education passed a resolution at its Board of Education meeting which involves authorizing the District where necessary, to furlough some district staff. As you are all aware, due to COVID-19 related concerns the district has had to temporarily shut down some of its operations. Given this reality and the fact that the district is legally obligated under the New York State Constitution to refrain from gifting public funds for any purpose, the district is now planning to implement furloughs wherever needed as we move forward throughout the remainder of this school year. Please know that if or when the District determines to make a furlough decision, all district staff who will ...
Special BOE Meeting scheduled for 1/8 Special BOE Meeting scheduled for 1/8: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be holding a Special Meeting on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 at 2 p.m. This meeting will be held for items listed under the personnel agenda. This meeting will be live streamed at YouTube.com/WBUCNY and will be available for viewing after the meeting on WBUC. The agenda will be available after 4 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2021.
OMS generosity project donates ornaments to Bishop’s Commons OMS generosity project donates ornaments to Bishop’s Commons: During its monthly character education, Oswego Middle School focused on generosity as its trait for the month and took part in a special generosity project.   Administrators said the students have taken notice of how hard the pandemic has been in places like nursing homes and assisted living facilities due to limited contact with their loved ones, and a special project helped spread some holiday cheer.   As part of their generosity project, OMS Student Council members and Mrs. Sally Kingsbury’s math class designed, created and donated ornaments with designs and messages to lift residents’ spirits and spread kindness at Bishop’s Commons in the city of Oswego.   “Among the most important things in life is to be kind and giving toward other people, ...
REMINDER: BOE Meeting 1.5 REMINDER: BOE Meeting 1.5: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be holding a meeting Jan. 5, 2021 at 5 p.m. This meeting will be live streamed and can be viewed after the meeting on WBUC/Channel 16. The agenda for this meeting will be available after 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. Also on Jan. 5, 2021 there will be an Audit Committee meeting starting at 4 p.m. to present the Extra Classroom Activity Funds Financial Report, Single Audit Report and an Independent Internal Audit Report Annual Risk Assessment to the Audit Committee.  
Remote learning extended through Jan. 15 Remote learning extended through Jan. 15: December 31, 2020   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. This plan was originally enacted in early December and was later extended until Jan. 8. 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-normal growth in cases; ...
Drama Club releases holiday 'OHS Old School Radio Theater' Drama Club releases holiday 'OHS Old School Radio Theater': The Oswego High School Drama Club is pleased to announce its second round of radio productions of the year, ‘OHS Old School Radio Theater.’ This holiday-themed release includes "'Twas," "Archie," and "Christmas Carol." Links for each show can be found below. 'Twas- https://youtu.be/jdy71D4ha1E Archie- https://youtu.be/P8MkdRsUjGI Christmas Carol- https://youtu.be/LTyHfOjeVqo
Aid money coming for OCSD soil remediation over one year instead of 15 Aid money coming for OCSD soil remediation over one year instead of 15: The state education department has agreed to provide aid for the ongoing Oswego City School District soil remediation project over the course of one year after completion instead of the previously expected 15, officials announced at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III provided the update, applauding the development as wonderful for the district as the 87.5 percent of the project funded by state aid will be sent to the district much sooner than expected. “This is really great news,” said Dr. Calvin. “It helps with the financing, we can get this done a lot quicker and I’m just really excited about the plan.” The superintendent added that the quicker turnaround means the district would not need ...
OMS educators publish books ahead of holiday season OMS educators publish books ahead of holiday season: Two books from authors who teach at Oswego Middle School recently have had their books published and they are available now to the public. The two books are “Talking Through Reading and Writing” by OMS eighth-grade teacher Dan Rose and local professor Christine Walsh, and “The World is Mine: A Message of Love and Loss” by OMS special education teacher Nikki VandenBerg, who writes under the pen name Everly Cade. OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro shared the big news with staff via email to announce the authors had been published and applauded them for their efforts. “They’ve worked very hard to get these books published and it serves as another example for students and staff alike that hard work pays off in the end,” said Fierro. “We ...
REMINDER: BOE Meeting 12.15 REMINDER: BOE Meeting 12.15: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will hold a regular board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 starting at 5 p.m. This meeting will be live streamed and can be viewed via YouTube.com/WBUCNY . The agenda will be available after 4 p.m on Friday, Dec. 11.
OCSD extends fully remote model into January OCSD extends fully remote model into January: Dec. 10, 2020   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 student 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 enacted until Dec. 14, 2020. While doing so, I shared with all of you that this plan could be extended.   After careful consideration of: County and City COVID-19 data that demonstrates a continued rapid and higher than normal growth in cases; District data that includes 5 additional COVID cases within ...
OMS Honor and High Honor Roll Q1 2020-21 OMS Honor and High Honor Roll Q1 2020-21: The Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro along with her faculty and staff would like to recognize the following students who earned Honor Roll and High Honor Roll status for the 1st marking period of the 2020-21 school year:   7th Grade Honor Roll Gracie Adams, Robert Arens, Cassandra Baker, Maggie Ball, Miley Bevacqua, Kai Boehmer, Sienayjah Boyde, Parker Broadwell, Marquand Brown, Adrin Buskey, Kevin Canales Rayes, Ireland Christman, Alexa Clardy, Candace Clark, Cameron Cooper, McKenzie Cooper, Marnie Crough, Edyn Darling, Landen Daymon, Ethan Diehl, Desmond Dunning, Emma duval, Christian Ennist, Wyatt Florczyk, Cayden France, Marion Freeth, Adam Greene, Ryan Greeney, Ella Harris, Kaleb Hart, Aiyanna Rose Haskins, Joseph Haumann, Nathan Hibbert, Sarah Hilts, ...
BOE Special Meeting on 12.4 BOE Special Meeting on 12.4: The Oswego City School District Board of Education is calling a special meeting for the purpose of a  Proposed Amendment to Emergency Resolution . This meeting will be held virtually on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at 4 p.m. This meeting will be live streamed on YouTube.com/WBUCNY .
OCSD extends fully remote model through Dec. 11 OCSD extends fully remote model through Dec. 11: Nov. 23, 2020 Dear Oswego City School District Community, I am writing to share that since our district stopped all in-person instruction last week, we have unfortunately continued to see a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases and students and staff being quarantined. To add to this, we’ve continued to evaluate the local COVID-19 data that is being provided each day by Oswego County. Much of this information indicates that Oswego County’s COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise at an “alarming – rampant rate” and that there is significant concern about additional exposures that could occur over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Given each of these concerns, and with an abundance of caution and a need to ensure the health and safety of our learning ...
Letter: COVID Update 11.23.20 Letter: COVID Update 11.23.20: Nov. 23, 2020 afternoon (OHS Staff Member tests positive for COVID) Dear Oswego CSD Community, I am writing to share that the district has confirmed one additional COVID-19 case. This case involves a district staff member who works at Oswego High School. The Department of Health is in the process of completing contact tracing activities. Due to confidentiality concerns the district is unable to provide more information on this matter. Please also know, the district will continue to be vigilant with ensuring our safety precautions. We are requesting that all of our students and staff continue to maintain COVID-19 safety precautions as well, which include: Maintaining social distancing (at least 6 feet) whenever possible. Wearing a mask when in the presence of other ...
OMS honors students for Kindness OMS honors students for Kindness: At Oswego Middle School, the spotlight character trait of the month was kindness and the school honored a dozen students who help make their community a better place, even virtually. “During these challenging times, your kindness is an inspiration to everyone,” said OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro said of the recipients. “Congratulations and keep up the great work!” OMS is proud to celebrate the following seventh- and eighth-grade students for showing kindness in October and throughout the year: Cadence Eiriksson, Zack Woodruff, Farrah Reed, Ethan Munger, Julia Pearson, Mikey Conzone, Jackson Hollenbeck, Seth Pagliaroli Miles Bandla, Harley Walpole, Madelyn Christ and Ian Partlow.
OCSD going fully remote 11/18-11/29 OCSD going fully remote 11/18-11/29: Below is a letter from OCSD Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III: Nov. 17, 2020 Dear Oswego CSD Community, Throughout the last week the district has experienced a higher than normal rise in COVID-19 cases. As a result, we now have a higher number of students and staff who have been quarantined. To add to this, the district also has a high number of students and/or staff who are also in the process of being tested for COVID-19 because they are demonstrating related symptoms. Out of an abundance of caution and given these health and safety concerns, I am writing to share that unfortunately the district will be enacting its emergency plan that is outlined in our reopening plan (Page 14 – Preparing for Shutdown ). This plan can be found on our website at the following ...
Letter: COVID Update 11.17.20 Letter: COVID Update 11.17.20: Nov. 17, 2020 Dear Oswego CSD Community, I am writing to share that the district has confirmed with the Oswego County Department of Health two additional COVID-19 cases.   The first case involves a student who attends school at Minetto Elementary School. The student last attended school on Nov. 6, 2020. The second case involves a Fitzhugh Park Elementary teacher. Due to confidentiality concerns the district is unable to provide more information on this matter. Please also know, the district will continue to be vigilant with ensuring our safety precautions. We are requesting that all of our students and staff continue to maintain COVID-19 safety precautions as well, which include: Maintaining social distancing (at least 6 feet) whenever possible. Wearing ...
Superintendent's Letter: COVID Updates 11.16.20 Superintendent's Letter: COVID Updates 11.16.20: November 16, 2020 Dear Oswego City School District Community, I am writing to share that the district has confirmed with the Oswego County Department of Health three additional COVID-19 cases. The first case involves a High School staff member. The second case involves a Fitzhugh Park Elementary teacher and the last case involves a Fitzhugh Park Elementary student. Please be advised, the Department of Health has completed all contact tracing activities. After doing so, it has been determined that the Oswego High School will continue to operate as it has since the start of the school year. Fitzhugh Park Elementary School is currently providing remote instruction for all of its students and will continue to do so through Nov. 20 Due to confidentiality concerns the district ...



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