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Leighton Students Battle It Out with Books Leighton Students Battle It Out with Books: Student book lovers at Leighton Elementary School recently enjoyed some friendly competition over intricate details about literary selections a part of the annual Battle of the Books event.   Third- and fourth-grade teams first battled one another, followed by the fifth- and sixth-grade teams. All participants read 10 books cover-to-cover and spent months studying finite information to prepare themselves for any possible question about each book. Teams had 30 seconds to answer a total of 16 questions during their competition, where eight points were awarded for a correct oral and written response or five points were awarded for the correct title only. The event was organized by library media specialist Elizabeth Russell.   Cheers, applause and expressions of excitement filled ...
OHS NHS Announces New Inductees OHS NHS Announces New Inductees: The Oswego High School Owl’s Head Chapter of the National Honor Society has accepted 44 students into the prestigious group.   Honorees were recently notified via mail due to the recent closure of schools, but NHS advisor Kayley Morse said the inductees will continue to be celebrated until an induction ceremony is held. A selection committee reviewed each applicant, evaluated their merits and were thrilled to honor the near four dozen OHS students. All applicants were required to have at least a 90 percent unweighted grade point average, complete 20 hours of community service, fill out an application and complete an essay about their exemplification of NHS’ four pillars: scholarship, leadership, service and character.   Morse said the Owl’s Head chapter ...
Riley Elementary Hosts Family Wellness Night Riley Elementary Hosts Family Wellness Night: The 2020 Charles E. Riley Elementary Family Wellness Night was a huge hit amongst students and their families, as they worked through a group scavenger hunt and learned tips and tricks to remain healthy.   Families visited stations in the all-purpose room and gymnasium to soak up information about CER’s physical education program, overall safety from the Oswego Police Department, fitness fun from the Oswego YMCA, oral hygiene from Dr. Kearns’ dental office, green-light food and drink from Oswego County Health, strength and fitness from Burger Karate, mindfulness of art instruction with CER art teacher Rebecca Woods, nutritional health from Oswego County WIC and overall health and wellness from Oswego Health.   OPD officer Charlie Searor had completed several dozen ...
OHS NHS Chapter Raises $ for St. Jude's OHS NHS Chapter Raises $ for St. Jude's: Several Oswego High School students are taking one of the main pillars of the National Honor Society to heart as they help raise funds to provide medical care for sick children.   The local NHS chapter has continued its partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee, to help treat childhood cancer, as well as to fund necessary research in hopes of finding cures. Chapter members recently welcomed guest presenter Jake Marshall, a former St. Jude’s patient and current SUNY Oswego student, to talk about the positive impact the hospital had on his health and childhood. After being treated there for a brain tumor, the cutting-edge treatment allowed for him to have limited cognitive side effects.   Kayley Morse, NHS advisor and OHS social studies ...
CER Students Welcome “Emotion into Art” CER Students Welcome “Emotion into Art”: Finding passion through painting has been a powerful tool in which Charles E. Riley Elementary School guest presenter Tom Varano shared with students during his recent “Emotion into Art” program.   Students in grades pre-kindergarten through six quietly sat as they remained captivated as they listened to music and spoken words while Varano painted upside-down canvases using his fingertips and paint brushes. Once mostly finished, he flipped the paintings over to reveal the important figures in history who have changed lives through sharing their own passions.   He provided stories and subsequent multi-colored paintings of Rosa Parks and her unwillingness to be treated badly, Malala Yousafzai and her dream of equal educational opportunities for girls and the Statue ...
OMS Honors February Character All-Stars OMS Honors February Character All-Stars: Oswego Middle School students were recently honored for showing love to their peers throughout the month of February.   One student from each of the six OMS teams were recognized by their classroom teachers because they exhibited the character trait of love in school and beyond. The students were identified as role models for their continued display of interest and compassion for others. For their efforts, each awardee received a certificate of recognition and a gift card.   OMS February love character all-stars include Leah Murphy from the 7 East team. Murphy was identified by her teachers as an asset to her classrooms and as a compassionate, kind and respectful to her classmates daily. AJ Burns is the 7 West honoree, after his teachers noted his general love of learning, ...
Health Information Health Information:   Dear Parents & Guardians,   The District has been carefully watching and listening to multiple sources (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Oswego County Health Department, New York State Education Department, etc.) regarding the new 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).  The situation is rapidly evolving.  Please continue to monitor district communications sent home and this page for additional updates as they become available.   March 10, 2020     Based on current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Oswego County Health Department, New York State Education Department, Oswego City School District does ...
Minetto 6th Graders Host Kindness Assembly Minetto 6th Graders Host Kindness Assembly: To help promote character education throughout the entire building at Minetto Elementary, the school recently began hosting monthly assemblies to increase efforts in unifying the school community and promoting positive culture.   Throughout the month of February, students familiarized themselves more with the trait of kindness. Kindness pledges were read, students and staff members completed random acts of kindness and utilization of The Minetto Way helped propel students into being more kind to others. To summarize all those efforts, sixth-graders Joseph Smith, Billy Laird, Johnathan Budd, Jr., Lucas Wallace, Noah Ireland and Elvis Henderson felt empowered to lead the school-wide assembly. Each student took turns sharing their thoughts on kindness, including Budd who said kindness ...
Minetto Students Perform Seussical JR Minetto Students Perform Seussical JR: Snippets of the stories by renowned author Dr. Seuss came to life during Minetto Elementary’s spring musical, “Seussical JR.”   Fifth- and sixth-grade cast members delighted an audience full of their peers as a dress rehearsal performance prior to a recent night show, open to the greater Oswego community. The students worked hard to study their spoken and sung lines, as well as choreography as they brought the audience on a journey with Dr. Seuss characters Horton the elephant, the Cat in the Hat and Gertrude McFuzz among several others.   The whimsical and colorful performance was directed by Minetto music teacher Susan Olinsky. “Seussical JR.” cast members included: Grace Dawson (child/JoJo), Lana Hsu, Lucas Wallace and Emily Hooper (cats 1,2, ...
OCSD Collab. Project is Music to Students' Ears OCSD Collab. Project is Music to Students' Ears: The Oswego City School District has prided itself on being a collaborative community to help complete its district-wide mission of being student-centered and its vision of having students be fully prepared and life ready when they graduate from Oswego High School.   One way this has been achieved is through a mutual love of music and collaborative approach to learning songs and larger ensemble performance. That was proven during the first-ever combined pep band performance of the traditional OHS band students, who effortlessly worked alongside sixth-grade band students from Charles E. Riley, Fitzhugh Park and Minetto elementary schools. The brainchild of OHS band teacher Steve Defren, the collaborative effort during a recent OHS girls’ varsity basketball game was a way for the ...
OMS Students Excel in School Spelling Bee OMS Students Excel in School Spelling Bee: Three Oswego Middle School students have advanced to a regional spelling bee after having successfully earned the top three spots in their school-wide spelling bee. After hundreds of OMS students took a written test, seventh-grader Maggie Jerred earned the top speller honors, while fellow seventh-grader Mackenzie Bennett achieved second-place in the contest and eighth-grader Alyssa Larrabee earned third-place. Pictured, from left to right, are: eighth-grade English teacher Sandee Brown, Bennett, Larrabee, Jerred and seventh-grade English teacher Jim Livingston. The regional bee will take place at 10 a.m. March 7 in Oswego High School’s auditorium.  
OMS Students Excel in Echoes Writing Contest OMS Students Excel in Echoes Writing Contest: Several Oswego Middle School students were recently recognized because they exceled in a nationwide writing competition.   The Echoes program enabled OMS students in grades seven and eight to utilize their creativity and passion to write a variety of poems, songs, stories and skits, which were then selected to be performed by Merry-Go-Round Playhouse actors in front of their peers. Showcased Author awards were presented to eight-grader Cheyenne Galt for her piece, “I Fell,” and then eighth-graders: Arianna Lopez, Kiana Brownell and Vanessa Cornelius for their work, “Untitled.”   Excellence in Writing certificates were presented to the following seventh-graders for their stellar work: Luis Colon- “The Kid of the Street,” Roman Pierce- “The ...
OHS Drama Club to Present “Pride and Prejudice” OHS Drama Club to Present “Pride and Prejudice”: The Oswego High School Drama Club will present Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” later this spring. Several OHS students will help the wit and romance of the classic 1813 novel come to life with the adaption by Jon Jory. As character Elizabeth Bennet is not out to find a husband, the snobbish Mr. Darcy certainly wouldn't be her first choice. Characters will learn first impressions are not always what they seem, as both Elizabeth and Darcy must look beyond their pride to discover their true feelings. The cast includes: Mitchell Hudson as Mr. Bennet, Zeida Olson as Mrs. Bennet, Rhiannon Brown as Jane, Kat McGreevy as Elizabeth, Abby McPherson as Mary, Lexie Reith as Kitty, Hayley Bandla as Lydia, Jon Tsutsumishita as Mr. Darcy, Alix Pauldine as Mr. Bingley, ...
Leighton K Students Host Sweetheart Breakfast Leighton K Students Host Sweetheart Breakfast: Students in Heather Wood’s kindergarten class at Leighton Elementary School recently shared and celebrated love with their classmates and special guests during a sweetheart breakfast.   Held in the classroom on Valentine’s Day, the breakfast served as another opportunity for families to engage with their child at school, while promoting love, understanding and compassion. As students, classroom staff members and guests enjoyed breakfast pizza, fruit, donuts and muffins, they also experienced conversation, book reading, and a picture frame craft for students to give to their sweethearts at home. Wood said she read Valentine’s Day-themed books to her class throughout the week leading up to the fun event, and students also completed writing activities all about the ...
FPS 2nd Graders Celebrate 100 Days of School FPS 2nd Graders Celebrate 100 Days of School: Second-grade students in Nicole Freebern’s classroom at Fitzhugh Park Elementary celebrated their 100 th day of school with math challenges and fun activities via videoconference with a partner school in Spencerport.   Freebern’s students collaborated to create a “I Wish I had 100…” poem, where each of them read a line they wrote, expressing their wish of 100 items. The second-graders also applauded their partner classroom, whose students created a rhyming poem about 100 items they wished for as well. The children in both classrooms were excited to share their multi-step math problems, which utilized both addition and subtraction in order to achieve the result of 100.   During a brief question-and-answer period, the students also shared other ...
Worm composting a fun, hands-on lesson at FPS Worm composting a fun, hands-on lesson at FPS: Fourth-grade students in Nick Little’s fourth-grade classroom at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School have gotten their hands dirty for future clean-eating fun.   Little recently wrote a successful grant and received funds from the Terra Science and Education nonprofit to begin an in-classroom worm composting project. The grant money will fund the worm composting bin, materials for a greenhouse and other related necessities.   While Little will offer guidance on the project, it will be student-run, after they had learned about sustainability and conservation. Those lessons align with the Next Generation science standards. Worm composting, Little said, also has related to the school’s practice of the 7 Habits, particularly the one about being proactive.   Prior ...
OCSD Kindergarten Registration to Begin Next Month OCSD Kindergarten Registration to Begin Next Month: The Oswego City School District will host open kindergarten registration next month for the 2020-2021 school year.   Registration packets will be ready for pick up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 to 6 at the central registration office, located in the OCSD education center at the playground entrance of Leighton Elementary School, 1 Buccaneer Blvd. Packets will also be available via mail upon request by calling the central registration office at 315-341-2045. That information also is available on the district website at www.oswego.org .   Incoming kindergarteners must turn five years old on, or before Dec. 1, 2020. To register, parents or guardians must supply the following documentation: the registration packet, birth certificate, proof of immunization, proof of residency ...
OCSD Gears Up For Next School Year’s UPK Class OCSD Gears Up For Next School Year’s UPK Class: Applications for the Oswego City School District’s 2020-2021 Universal Pre-kindergarten program are now available.   The UPK program is offered at no cost to families and is designed for children who were born between Dec. 2, 2015 and Dec. 1, 2016. Children are selected for the program by lottery.   In coordination with First Step UPK, the OCSD’s UPK program has thrived on its teachers and support staff who strive to create a warm and nurturing environment for all four-year old students. The goals of the program are to meet the individual needs of children in the following areas: social, academic, language, emotional and physical development. Collectively, those skills will help prepare the young learners for success as they enter kindergarten the following year. ...
OMS Announces January Character All-Stars OMS Announces January Character All-Stars: One student from each team at the Oswego Middle School was recently honored for being a character all-star due to their leadership abilities.   For their efforts, the honorees each received a $10 gift card, courtesy of NBT Bank.   From the 7 East Team is honoree Molly Wells, whom her teachers described her as passionate, strong, committed and enthusiastic in her work and relationships. She has demonstrated emotional intelligence through her confidence and her demeanor, which has inspired others around her. Staff on the 7 East Team noted that Wells is not only a leader amongst her peers but will be a leader in whichever path she chooses.   Caleb Cunningham is recognized as a leader on the 7 South Team, as he has been observed as hardworking and focused in the classroom. ...
Leighton first-graders have out-of-this-world lesson Leighton first-graders have out-of-this-world lesson: Students in Sandy McCann’s first-grade classroom at Leighton Elementary School were over-the-moon with a recent hands-on learning activity.   As a culmination activity to the students’ academic unit on astronomy, they created moons with craters out of handmade clay and a rocket that launches using student power. During the first grade Listening and Learning domain of astronomy, the students learned that gravity keeps them on Earth while in outer space gravity varies. The young, aspiring astronomers also studied the phases of the moon, all about astronauts, the first moon landing, and the space race between the United States of American and the country formerly known as the USSR.   McCann said her students were thrilled to learn about the various constellations, ...



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