Groundbreaking performance for Riley Elementary Honor Choir:
In the fourteen-year history of the prestigious LeMoyne College Vocal Jazz Festival, never has an elementary school been invited to perform – until now.
Members of the Charles E. Riley Elementary School’s Honor Choir took the stage this past weekend alongside college and high school groups with a show-stopping performance that “really rose to the occasion,” according to Honor Choir advisor Ceara Windhausen.
An audition ensemble specializing in what Windhausen called “extremely high level elementary music,” the Honor Choir received a standing ovation for their renditions of Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got that Swing)” and Roger Emerson’s “Blue Skies.”
Fitzhugh students, families “gobble gobble” up Thanksgiving luncheon:
In one of the most beloved traditions of the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School community, hundreds of students and family members joined school faculty and staff this week for the annual Thanksgiving luncheon.
Staff and parent volunteers served up turkey, potatoes, vegetables and other Thanksgiving fare to eager children, some in Thanksgiving costumes, and their families amidst festive decorations and table centerpieces.
Fitzhugh Park leaders say the event is a great way to help “build the home and school connection.”
“We want parents to be invited in for this important holiday and we’re thankful that their children can come to school here every day and learn,” said Principal Donna Simmons.
“This event allows us ...
OMS Announces Honor Roll for First Marking Period:
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/or High Honor Roll status for the first marking period of the 2017-18 school year:
7th Grade Honor Roll:
Declan Aikens, Emma Armet, Aurora Baker, Diaz Batista, Tyler Beck, Maecyn Blackmer, Kamryn Bletch, Nathan Blum, Nola Blum, Kaelyn Cisson, Tristan Clark, McKenna Clary, Caleb Collins, Angel Croci, Courtney Crouch, Sara Cruz, Damien Currier, Maura Dempsey, Patience Douglas, Cassandra Earle, Jamee Ekman, Payton Elllingwood, Jordan Ferlito, Sydny Frantz, Nathan Frey, Athena Gardner, Emily Glenn, Alberto Gonzalez Jr., Blake Graves, Rieley Haresign, Ethan Hart, Daymon Hooper, Loghan Inch, Mariah Jock, Cassara Jones, ...
Mentor-Scholar Program going strong in seventh year:
The Oswego City School District, in partnership with SUNY Oswego, held its seventh annual Mentor-Scholar Community Dinner on Nov. 8 at Oswego High School as students from both the middle school and high school came together for a night of food, family fun and board games.
"The Community Dinner is a great opportunity for parents to meet the mentors as well as enjoy a relaxed evening with their families" said Andrew Buchmann, Assistant Coordinator for the Mentor-Scholar Program.
During the dinner mentors, mentees and families played board games and card games while they enjoyed their meals.
Missy Russell, middle school Literacy teacher and parent remarked, "It was nice to be able to connect with [student] ...
OHS STEM Night lets students “see, touch, learn and interact” with Novelis technology:
An eager crowd of students and parents packed the Oswego High School cafeteria on Thursday, Nov. 9 to get a first-hand look at some of the career opportunities awaiting them in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The STEM Career Exploration Night featured employees and hardware from Novelis, whose aluminum processing plant in Oswego employs more than 1,000 workers.
“It’s important for kids to explore, learn and get closer to these fields because the more research they can do, the more they’ll know what they want to do after high school and STEM is where the jobs are,” said OHS Counselor Rachel Henderson, who helped organize the event.
Numerous example of on-the-job technology were available for students ...
“Cool Schools Live” showcases Oswego High School:
Buccaneer excellence was on display and broadcast throughout Central New York on Thursday morning as WSYR NewsChannel 9’s “Cool Schools Live” featured Oswego High School.
Meteorologist Kate Thornton was on campus starting at 4:45 a.m. for a live weather update before heading inside to meet with some of OHS’ best and brightest for live segments during the NewsChannel 9 morning news.
Among Thorton’s interviews were members of the OHS Oswego County Academic Youth League (OCAY), who claimed the top ranking at last month’s first OCAY competition of the year.
The Varsity Girls Volleyball team also got a chance to shine coming off their Section III Championship last week. Thornton, a former volleyball player herself from ...
Leighton Elementary honors veterans:
Dozens of local veterans took center stage on Thursday to be honored by the students, staff and faculty of Frederick Leighton Elementary School.
The school had put out the call to any interested veterans to join the celebration, held in observance of Veterans Day on November 11, and the Leighton gymnasium was filled with representatives from the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard as the entire student body thanked them for their service.
“This is about all the hard work you do each day as a soldier or as a civilian and we deeply appreciate your commitment to our community,” said Leighton Principal Kara Shore, herself a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Students recognized their veteran loved ones with presentations ...
OCSD, Novelis partner to host STEM Night:
The Oswego City School District and Novelis will hold a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Career Exploration event this Thursday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Oswego High School cafeteria.
The goal for the evening is to help high school students and parents acquire a better understanding of career opportunities associated with STEM fields.
Professionals from Novelis will provide a short presentation, as well as fun activities and demonstrations and a question and answer session.
Station activities are set to include laser alignment testing and laser machine geometry, automation and electrical engineering, and electrical motor testing, among many others.
New York companies have more STEM jobs that there are qualified candidates ...
Leighton Elementary invites veterans for celebration:
Frederick Leighton Elementary School is inviting all veterans to join its Veterans Day Celebration to be held on Thursday, November 9 at 9 a.m.
The event will honor veterans from all branches of service and feature guest speakers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Oswego’s Team RWB.
“We’re hoping that many people will come to our special day for Veterans,” said Jennifer Cahill, RTI Math Specialist at Leighton.
Activities will include presentations of pins from students to veteran family members, presentations of gifts to community veterans, service songs performed by Leighton students, exhibits of an artifacts museum of military equipment and MRE (meals-ready-to-eat) demonstrations during lunch.
OHS Music Department to stage "Sweeney Todd":
The Oswego High School Music Department has announced the upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
The macabre and murderous Sweeney Todd, a Londontown barber with a penchant for pastry, has been frightening and delighting audiences for decades in this rollicking tale of revenge.
"After the two years of classic American Musical Comedies - Damn Yankees & Anything Goes - we were looking to give our audiences a 'taste' of something different and also challenge our incredibly talented students,” said OHS Drama Club advisor and music educator Robert Dumas.
Dumas will serve as Music Director for the performance with fellow Oswego City School District music ...
Exelon donates $10,000 to “second to none” Marching Bucs:
On the eve of taking the field this Sunday, October 29, for the New York State Field Band Championship, the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers received a huge boost this week from Exelon Generation in the form of a $10,000 donation.
In a ceremony Thursday night, the Oswego High School Band Parents’ Association was presented with the funds by Exelon Site Vice President Pete Orphanos.
“Exelon is tremendously committed to the well-being and success of all the communities we operate in,” said Orphanos. “So many businesses and citizens support us here in New York and we’re truly blessed by that support and the opportunity to give back.”
The Marching Bucs compete in field band contests and showcases in New York State and beyond, ...
For upcoming 10th show, OHS Drama Club director promises scares, humor:
When “Knight of Swords,” an original play by Oswego City School District music teacher Garrett Heater premieres next week, it will mark Heater’s 10 th production as a part of the Drama Club’s advisory staff since 2013 in a “darker”, yet “unexpectedly funny” show.
“Being so close to Halloween, it’s the perfect way to begin our 2017-2018 OHS theatre season,” said Heater. “The characters are thoroughly enjoyable, and there are plenty of scares built into the script to keep the audience on their toes.”
“Knight of Swords” centers on high schooler Josh, who, being obsessed with serial killers, puts his friends in harm’s way to entice a dead killer’s ghost.
Around Oswego featuring The Superintendent:
Now available, a new monthly program from WBUC, “Around Oswego” featuring Dane Richardson and Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey. The show is put together by WBUC students with assistance from staff at all other schools in the district. Thank you to Crystal Mason (Minetto), Jeremy Shanly (Kingsford Park), Nicholas Little (Fitzhugh Park), Tammy Reynolds (Leighton), Eric McCrobie (OMS), Mathew Bock and Kimberly Nelson (OHS) for working to highlight all the great things your schools do! Each school produces weekly news videos that are distributed for all classrooms to watch within the individual schools. WBUC then works with the schools to create a district wide show.
Going forward, Around Oswego will be a monthly production that Dr. Goewey will address pressing issues facing ...
Marc Mero challenges OMS students to be “champions of choices”:
Students at Oswego Middle School are frequently given encouragement about making good life choices, sustaining a positive attitude and the power of setting goals, but on Wednesday, former wrestling champion Marc Mero gave the packed gymnasium a show they’re not likely to forget.
“It’s not about your circumstances or your situation – it’s about your response to it. How big will you dream? How high will you aim? How hard will you work?” said Mero, who, at 57, can still ignite a crowd with the passion and intensity he brought to sold-out arenas and stadiums during his 10-plus year run as a professional wrestler.
His opponents these days are most formidable than any he faced in the ring as Mero now takes on bullying, substance abuse, ...
Gary Carpentier returns from NBC’s “The Voice” to OHS, “where it all started”:
From the Port City to Hollywood and back again, Oswego High School’s own Gary Carpentier visited with students on Wednesday morning, telling them to follow their passion and cherish their time as Buccaneers.
Carpentier, OHS Class of 2009, recently appeared as a finalist on NBC’s singing competition program “The Voice,” and said he “always wanted to give back” to his alma mater after “four great years and a defining portion of my life” involved in the music program.
“This is where it all started,” said Carpentier, speaking in music teacher Robert Dumas’ classroom on Wednesday to members of the OHS Chorale, Chamber Singers and Concert Choir ensembles. “If it wasn’t for the time spent in this ...
Leighton Elementary, Oswego communities band together for playground initiative:
Over the course of two days this weekend, dozens of Oswego City School District community members transformed the Frederick Leighton Elementary School playground in the culmination of a years-long effort spearheaded by a group of dedicated volunteers and generous local donors.
As the result of the effort that raised more than $55,000, the Leighton Home and School Association was able to install several new play apparatuses, landscape and overhaul the area surrounding the playground and refurbish the existing structures.
“We’ve been slowly and steadily raising support and to be able to do this is just phenomenal,” said Mary Ann Preston, who began looking into opportunities to improve the playground when her daughter was a Kindergarten student at Leighton. ...
“Once Upon A Time” Project Takes Oswego Middle School Students On A Journey Through History – Via The Lives of St. Francis Commons Residents:
A new intergenerational initiative between Oswego Middle School students and the residents at St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence has resulted in new collaboration, as a “Life Story” project is underway.
By interviewing residents, students in the project heard about many interesting life experiences ranging from the time Helen Yonkers had dinner with Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to Carl Knight’s story of a 102 – year old apple that has been in his family for generations. Diana Ostrow shared memories of her days with a Ballet company that performed at the finest theaters in London, to name a few.
Questions focused on topics ranging from military service, family life, educational background, and economics ...
“Unsung heroes” of OCSD recognized:
The Oswego City School District this week recognized members of its Buildings and Grounds and Technology Departments staff, citing their critically important service to the district and integral role in the move of the district’s Central Offices.
During the move in August of its Central Offices from the Education Center on East First Street to Leighton Elementary School, the district moved dozens of employees and a tremendous amount of infrastructure and equipment with the help of what Superintendent Dean Goewey said were often the “unsung heroes” of the district.
“Without our dedicated behind-the-scenes staff, our district simply would not be able to function on a day-to-day basis,” said Goewey. “From preparing buildings for the start ...
On October 19, 2017 at approximately 12:21 pm the Oswego City Police Department
was notified by the Oswego City School District Superintendent that he had placed all
seven of their school buildings on “lockout” do to a suspicious image having been
observed on social media that was reported to district officials.
The suspicious image was that of, what the district believed to be, an Oswego City
School District student making a suspicious and threatening statement.
The identified student was not in school today and Oswego Police worked with the
district to locate the student to assess the situation.
District officials knew that the student was not on-site at any of their schools. At no point
in time did the district believe ...
OMS Principal Fierro honored in Washington, D.C.:
Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro was honored last week at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., for her selection to the National Distinguished Principals Class of 2017.
Presented by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Fierro was one of 50 elementary and middle school principals from across the nation recognized for setting high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.
Fierro said her experience at the event in the nation’s capital left her “energized” and “humbled,” while heaping praise on her fellow OMS colleagues.
“Ultimately, I’m just a facilitator and coach as the principal ...