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Book program expands in Oswego schools Book program expands in Oswego schools: The Oswego City School District is building personal libraries for students one book at a time.   That fete is being accomplished through the district’s participation in the Read to Them program, which saw much success in its first round throughout each of the elementary buildings. Inspiring children and families to read together was the goal of the program’s One District, One Book initiative.   The month-long event was so successful that the district will offer the program twice during the 2018-2019 school year. OCSD’s goal is to increase student access and available resources to literature in order to continue to build foundational reading skills and promote family engagement.   The district’s introduction to One District, One Book began ...
2018 Graduation 2018 Graduation: Congratulations to this year's graduating class. Each year, graduation brings forward so many wonderful memories and anticipation for the future. Although our graduates are now leaving our schools, they will always be part of our community. Once a Buc, always a Buc! Thank you to all who make this monumentous event so wonderful, and to WBUC for capturing these memories for all our families.   
OMS receives grant for 30 bicycles, related equipment OMS receives grant for 30 bicycles, related equipment: The Oswego Middle School was recently awarded a grant to supply its physical education program with a fleet of up to 30 bicycles.   OMS is just one of two schools throughout New York State that received The Specialized Foundation’s 2018-2019 Riding for Focus program award, which also came with access to program curriculum, training, a starter maintenance kit and helmets to ensure the students’ utmost safety.   Physical education teacher Patrick Bond wrote the grant, with guidance from Principal Mary Beth Fierro, in hopes of enhancing the PE program with a unique twist. He and technology teacher Eric McCrobie produced a video for the foundation, which detailed how the program would be implemented.   The curriculum provides both physical and social fitness ...
Jan Knight leaves a literacy legacy at Minetto Jan Knight leaves a literacy legacy at Minetto: When Jan Knight will close her chapter at Minetto Elementary following the 2017-2018 school year, she will leave behind a legacy of love and literacy.   She has spent the majority of her life at Minetto, beginning in the mid-1960s as a seventh- and eighth-grade student. The last 41 years have been dedicated to teaching and inspiring nearly 1,500 children.   Her career began in second-grade, and after a brief stint in third-grade, she moved into her true passion: helping children learn to read and advance their literacy skill sets. The self-proclaimed lover of reading credited former Minetto Principal Bob Stone with giving her that first change at becoming a reading teacher. His guidance and encouragement has been forever imprinted on her heart, she said.   Knight ...
OHS students participate in graduation walk OHS students participate in graduation walk: Thank you messages to teachers, encouragement for students and extra practice for graduation filled each Oswego City School District elementary school as the Oswego High School Class of 2018 paraded through their respective elementary buildings in one, final walkthrough.   OHS’ Graduation Walk tradition also brought many hugs and tears of joy as teachers celebrated the brief return of several of their former students. Wearing their graduation caps and gowns, each senior also displayed their post-secondary education college or career choices. The event served as an inspirational visual for younger students to continue hard work with their academic, character development and other skills necessary to be educationally successful and one day graduate OHS.   Former ...
Fitzhugh 6th graders advance to OMS Fitzhugh 6th graders advance to OMS: Life skills and lessons learned at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School are tools for the outgoing sixth-graders to continue to be leaders as they enter the Oswego Middle School in the fall.   Fitzhugh Principal Donna Simmons implored the sixth-graders to move up from elementary to middle school with the Leader in Me principles and the 7 Habits learned throughout their time at Fitzhugh. Her heartfelt remarks provided reflection on the application of each habit and how to utilize them moving forward. Putting those lessons into practice of everyday life is the ultimate goal, she said.   “You are capable,” she told the future Oswego High School Class of 2024. “Make your education the best it can be.”   The recent sixth-grade promotion ceremony welcomed ...
OCSD to host free summer meals OCSD to host free summer meals: The Oswego City School District’s summer food service program will host free breakfast and lunch for children 18 and under throughout July and August. Breakfast will be provided from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations: Fitzhugh Park Elementary School from July 9 to Aug. 2 and Frederick Leighton Elementary School from July 2 to Aug. 10. Trinity UMC will host lunch only from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 2 to Aug. 10. For further information, the OCSD food service department may be reached at 315-341-2022.  
KPS hosts Kindergarten Celebration KPS hosts Kindergarten Celebration: Some of Kingsford Park Elementary School’s youngest students recently celebrated the end of their kindergarten school year, a mark that will forever be imprinted in their Oswego City School District education.   The recent “Play, Learn and Grow…Together!” event, held in the Oswego High School auditorium, showcased the character, academic and related lessons learned in the classroom throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Together, the 56 graduates led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance before they belted out a number of fun, friendly songs they had learned. “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!” about the alphabet, “Oh, When My Parents Give me a Hug,” “God Bless the U.S.A.,” and “A…B…Cya Later!” were some ...
Bookmobile visits Leighton Elementary Bookmobile visits Leighton Elementary: The Bookmobile recently visited Leighton Elementary School as it prepared to visit many Oswego children throughout the summer.   All Leighton students were able to check out the bus and see the possible books they can take home for the summer. Books may be kept or exchanged during a Bookmobile visit around the city throughout July and August. Students also learned about activities offered with the Libraries Rock summer reading theme and the Bookmobile schedule.   Students were encouraged to visit the Bookmobile this summer to select a free book, snack and fun activities which can be returned for prizes. In a show of appreciation, several children presented thank you notes and cards. Preschoolers at Leighton Elementary were excited to walk onto the Bookmobile ...
OHS Students Receive Accolades OHS Students Receive Accolades: Oswego High School students received accolades during a recent end-of-the-year award ceremony.   Students received achievement awards for academic success in specific classes and clubs. Many memorial and business scholarships were distributed to students for exhibiting certain traits, such as the Community Service Recognition Award given to Emily Bradshaw, Grace Bruns, Claudia Chetney, Gillian Clark, Danielle DelConte, Abigail Douglas, Rose Huang, Abby Lagoe, Amanda Lagoe, Cassandra Romeo, Dakota Sinclair, Kaitliyn Grant and Leanna Restani.   This year’s ceremony included a new recognition: the Michelle Wink Memorial Scholarship, in memory of OCSD Athletic Trainer Michele Wink who passed away unexpectedly in April. Selected by the family of Michelle Wink, the honor ...
Oswego City School District Honors Retirees Oswego City School District Honors Retirees: Oswego City School District honored twenty-one retirees from the 2017-18 school year at a recent board of education meeting.   Recognized were Robert Andres (School Bus Driver, 15 years), Carol Carroll (FPS Elementary Teacher/Literacy Specialist, 26 years), Joan Dain (KPS Literacy Specialist, 26 years), Gregory Geers (Senior Maintenance Worker, 35 years), Kris Johnston (Incarcerated Youth Teacher, 11 years), Janet Knight (MIN AIS/RTIM/Reading Teacher, 40 years), Lee Laurion (OHS Mathematics Teacher, 30 years), Deborah Lavner (FLS Physical Education Teacher, 32 years), James Liccardi (School Bus Driver, 2.5 years), Christine Marsh (School Bus Driver, 30 years), Sharon McCoy (Typist, 40 years), Anna Marie Natoli (Typist, 22 years), Russell Partridge (OHS Special Education Teacher, 28 ...
Sweeney Todd Represented at Syracuse High School Theatre Awards Sweeney Todd Represented at Syracuse High School Theatre Awards: The Oswego High School cast of Sweeney Todd represented their school mightily at June 3 rd ’s 4 th annual Syracuse High School Theatre Awards held at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse. With three additional wins this year, Oswego High School remains the most awarded program amongst the participating schools. Wins this year included: Best Ensemble/Chorus, Best Direction (Garrett Heater), and Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role (Nolan Callahan). Other nominations this year include: Rising Star (Matt Caraccioli), Best Stage Crew, Best Music Direction (Robert Dumas), Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role (Leah Mullen), Outstanding Production Number, and Best Overall Production.   Directors Heater and Dumas are especially excited for the Ensemble/Chorus award. “Theatre is ...
Team Fitzhugh hosts Leadership Day Team Fitzhugh hosts Leadership Day: Leadership can be defined in three words: Fitzhugh Park Elementary.   The school recently held its annual Leadership Day, a student-led and student-driven effort which showcased the building’s voluntary growth with the 7 habits: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win/win, seek first to understand, then to be understood, synergize and sharpen the saw.   Oswego City School District administrators, local dignitaries and community members were first welcomed by a crowd of students who cheered and clapped for them as they entered the building. A few students from the school’s Lighthouse Team provided various explanations of what it meant for them to be a leader at school and their favorite habit.   “I believe every ...
Leighton career fair offers insights for students Leighton career fair offers insights for students: It’s never too early to think about the future.   That was one message students in grades four through six at Leighton Elementary took away from the school’s second annual career fair. Possible college and career opportunities are abound after high school graduation and the path to get there may begin with an introduction of various employment fields, according to organizer Jessica Leonard.   Also a fourth-grade teacher, Leonard said the event helps expose the older students to more than the expectation that they have to go to college immediately following the end of their Oswego City School District education. Conversations about trade fairs and jobs that don’t necessarily require a college degree sparked the interest of students enough to want to hear ...
Minetto 5th graders graduate DARE program Minetto 5th graders graduate DARE program: The entire fifth-grade class at Minetto Elementary School recently graduated from the local DARE program after they were given the educational tools to make the best, safe decisions.   The recent celebration was a culmination of several weeks’ worth of hard work in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education initiative, which has encouraged students to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors. Because of the support of the program, combined with that of Oswego Police Chief Tory DeCaire, Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan, Principal Jennifer Sullivan and the fifth-grade teachers, some of Minetto’s most mature students are prepared to lead the healthiest lives possible.   Each student wrote an essay describing what participation ...
Leighton Elementary hosts blood drive Leighton Elementary hosts blood drive: Leighton Elementary School is full of pint-sized heroes.   The student body recently came together to host an American Red Cross Blood Drive, which involved child-led recruitment of blood donors. While all students in grades kindergarten through six were invited and encouraged to partake in the event, efforts of nine students were especially recognized when they were awarded the American Red Cross Blood Donor Recruiter Medal.   Not only did their work and subsequent blood donations from that help save lives, but each donor also received a special T-shirt. School nurse Jennifer Sharkey said there was a three-way tie for the classroom which sought the most donors; one of those rooms will be choose between a pizza, or fresh fruit, party.  
Annual CER Olympics games a hit Annual CER Olympics games a hit: Students at Charles E. Riley Elementary competed in the annual school Olympics celebration, after they learned about the countries their classes represented. While several classrooms studied the countries and incorporated related topics into academic lessons ahead of the games, CER students in grades kindergarten through six were even more thrilled to join the fun, competitive games as they cheered one another in a strong show of sportsmanship. All students wore CER Olympics T-shirts and were awarded medals for their participation. Chris Trapasso, Charles E. Riley Elementary School sixth- grade teacher, joins the Olympics celebration fun by participating in a sack race with his students. CER fourth-grader Brooke Trevett races back to her teammates after ...
Top 100 Students at Oswego High School Recognized Top 100 Students at Oswego High School Recognized: Oswego High School students earning the top grade point averages for their grade level were recognized at a Top 100 Dinner on June 3.   Seniors recognized were: Adeline Banjamin, Emily Bradshaw, Grace Bruns, Joel Caster, Claudia Chetney, Gillian Clark, Danielle DelConte, Abigail Douglas, Grace Hibbert, Nicklas Holland, Rose Huang, Lauren Jones, McKenzie LaDue, Matthew Liepke Jr., Eleanor Lisec, Matthew Mace, James May, Alaina McMahon, Benjamin McPherson, Leah Mullen, Jason Proud, Leanna Restani, Kristen Skinner, Katie Smith and Madelaine Taylor.   Juniors recognized were: Alyssa Adner, Jenna Bradshaw, Nicholas Brown, Joan Carroll, Allison Choate, Melissa Chun, Dakota Countryman, Lauren DeVinny, Anthony DiBlasi, Jillian Dowdle, Maria Foti, Kaitlyn Kelly, Willow Su Knapp, Alyssa ...
Talent Displayed at Oswego Spring Choral Concert Talent Displayed at Oswego Spring Choral Concert: The musical talents of Oswego High School students were on display at the spring choral concert.   The concert choir sang a piece entitled “Letter from a Girl to the World,” which featured spoken dialogue from nine female singers. OHS Director of Choirs Robert Dumas explained that the piece includes scripted statements, but the students instead chose their own personal messages of their hope for a brighter future.   “I want to find the beauty in everything, even in things I’ve been taught are ugly,” said student Sophia Griffiths.   The evening featured several instrumental accompaniments including senior band student Allison Pasco on the flute and piccolo and Oswego High School’s own Principal, Patrick Wallace, on the tuba.   ...
Oswego Middle School hosts safety summit Oswego Middle School hosts safety summit: While teachers, administrators and community members all rallied around the inaugural Oswego Middle School Safety Summit, it was a core group of students that served as the catalyst for change.   Following the February tragedy in Parkland, Florida, OMS eighth-graders Bella Koproski, Grace Stephens, Allyson VanBrocklin and Caitlin Munger approached Principal Mary Beth Fierro about addressing school safety at the middle school level. Up until then, much discussion about school safety around the country had centered on high schools so the girls wanted to be sure their young voices were heard.   Although student safety has always been a focus of the Oswego City School District, the student-inspired summit welcomed new ideas and conversation. A few dozen seventh- and eighth-graders ...



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