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OCSD Reopening Plan OCSD Reopening Plan: Highlighting the importance of balancing safety and a meaningful education for all, the Oswego City School District administrative team unveiled its reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year at the Tuesday, Aug. 5 Board of Education meeting. Incoming Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III led the presentation, and laid out the district’s comprehensive plan for a successful year that ensures all students receive an education meeting state and federal guidelines while also having measures in place for a safe and healthy learning environment. Dr. Calvin said he was very impressed with the hard work and energy of the task force and community stakeholders as everyone came together to ensure student needs were met and addressed. “Watching the interactions of everyone ...
Male and Female Athlete of the Year Nominees Male and Female Athlete of the Year Nominees: The Oswego City School District Athletic Department has announced candidates for both Male and Female Athlete of the Year 2020.   Athletic Director Rhonda Bullard said each student athlete has embodied dedication, leadership, hard work, coachability and sportsmanship; all of which have “captured the attention of our coaches, making them all deserving of this title.” The Male and Female Athlete of the Year honors are sponsored by the Buc Boosters, and all candidates are determined by OCSD’s athletic coaches.   The Male and Female Athlete of the Year 2020 will be announced during the annual Senior Athlete Awards Ceremony, organized by the Buc Boosters. The event will be held at the Midway Drive-in, in Minetto.   Bullard said the district is proud ...
OCSD Celebrates Retirees OCSD Celebrates Retirees: The Oswego City School District has celebrated several employees who have retired, or will retire, by the end of the 2019-2020 school year with a collective 506 years of service.   Celebrated for their commitment to education and the success of each OCSD student, the 2020 retirees include teachers, teaching assistants, typists, maintenance workers, cooks, custodial staff members, bus drivers and OCSD Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey. The district honors the following retirees: Dr. Dean Goewey, superintendent, 29 years of service Kathleen Batchelor, TA, 18 years of service Mary Lou DiFabio, TA, 19 years of service Cynthia Herrman, TA, 21 years of service Michele Lloyd, math teacher, 28 years of service Deborah Mazurek, orchestra teacher, 33 years of service ...
OMS Hosts Annual Awards Ceremony, Virtually OMS Hosts Annual Awards Ceremony, Virtually: As a culmination event to mark the end of their Oswego Middle School career, all OMS eighth-graders were honored during the first-ever virtual completion ceremony.   The online event honored each OMS eighth-grader individually, with their name and photo to represent their certificate of completion. Several students also received additional honors because they had excelled in academics, attendance, character and other skills that helped them maximize their potential.   Academic excellence awards, sponsored by the OMS Home & School Association, were provided to students who had displayed outstanding academic excellence throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Those recipients include: Carter Guynn, Sebastian Rose, John (Jack) DelConte, lan MacKenzie, Stephanie Sprague and ...
OCSD Art Department Hosts Virtual Art Show OCSD Art Department Hosts Virtual Art Show: The artistic talent of Oswego City School District students in elementary, middle and high school may now be viewed through the first-ever Virtual District Art Fest.   An online gallery of work created by students is available for their peers, family, friends and greater Oswego community and beyond to see. Despite the coronavirus pandemic closing school buildings for the health and safety of all, students have continued to create artwork at home through lessons from OCSD art teachers and their own inspiration.   Stacey VanWaldick-Van Campen, OHS art teacher and OCSD art department co-team leader, said she and her art department colleagues are “so incredibly proud of all of our students, especially our seniors. The class of 2020 has been enduring the hardships of this ...
OMS Announces Scholar Athletes OMS Announces Scholar Athletes: The Oswego City School District Athletic Director Rhonda Bullard and Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro are proud to announce the 2020 OMS scholar athletes.   In it’s second year, the OMS scholar athlete program has recognized eighth-graders who have participated in either three or four interscholastic athletic teams throughout the 2019-2020 school year and have maintained either honor roll or high honor roll status.   At the middle school there are four sports seasons; fall, winter I, winter II and spring. If one an OMS student athlete played a sport at OHS during the winter, that covered two winter seasons and was counted as two sports.   Fierro commended each honoree for their hard work, dedication and commitment to both their academics and ...
OCSD Still Accepting UPK Applications OCSD Still Accepting UPK Applications: The Oswego City School District is still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Universal Pre-kindergarten classes.   The pre-k program is free to all children residing within the district who turn 4 years old by Dec. 1. There are eight half-day sessions remaining at Kingsford, Minetto, Fitzhugh and Riley elementary schools. Morning session will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m., while the afternoon session will run from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m.   Bussing is available by the district on their regular bus runs in both the morning and afternoon, however there is no bussing at midday.   Registration for the half-day sessions will continue through the fall. A birth certificate, proof of residency, immunization record and child’s recent physical is required for attendance. Parents ...
OMS Announces Top 50 Students OMS Announces Top 50 Students: Administrators at the Oswego Middle School, in conjunction with members of the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club, are proud to announce the top 25 seventh-graders and top 25 eighth-graders for the 2019-2020 school year.   The top 50 students recently received a letter from OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro, which congratulated them on their achievements and assured them the challenging times would not prevent the boys and girls from being honored. Selected students were recognized because of their academic successes from the first two traditional marking periods of the school year.   Families received an OMS Top 50 program as a keepsake and each top student received a certificate of recognition.   The following seventh-graders were named the top 25 students: Lauren  Adkins, ...
OCSD Details Absentee Ballot Information OCSD Details Absentee Ballot Information: Oswego City School District residents should have received a budget postcard with pertinent date information for the upcoming school budget vote. While a budget newsletter will be forthcoming with detailed budget vote information, district officials would like to remind OCSD residents that all voting will occur via absentee ballots. Those will be mailed out Friday, May 29, and they must be returned to the school district by 5 p.m. June 9. Absentee ballots may be returned one of two ways: mailed back in a stamped envelope provided with the ballot OR dropped off at the OCSD ballot box, which will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, from June 1 to June 9. The ballot box will be located outside of the OCSD education center offices, located at the Leighton Elementary School playground ...
Oswego High School Celebrates Top 100 Students Oswego High School Celebrates Top 100 Students: Oswego High School and the Oswego Rotary Club are proud to celebrate Oswego High School’s top 100 students of the 2019-2020 school year.   The top 25 of each class: freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, were recently honored for their academic achievements. Several of the top 100 students also have gone above and beyond throughout the school year to achieve greater success, including outside of the classroom with sports, music and the arts, and community service opportunities.   OHS Principal Patrick Wallace said he was elated to still be able to honor the hard-working students, despite not having the traditional dinner ceremony. Each student received a congratulatory letter and they will also receive a commemorative program and a certificate of recognition.   ...
Oswego High School Hosts Virtual NHS Induction Oswego High School Hosts Virtual NHS Induction: In a first-of-its-kind event, the Oswego High School National Honor Society Owl’s Head Chapter held a virtual induction ceremony to welcome its 44 new members.   The live-streamed ceremony, thanks to the help from WBUC advisor Matthew Bock, featured NHS advisor Kayley Morse’s opening remarks and praise of each honorees’ hard work and dedication it took to become accepted into the prestigious group. Although the induction was different than in years’ past, Morse said in many ways it had become more special.   “There was no way that I was going to let a pandemic stop us from celebrating these students,” she said. “This the largest group of Inductees in a great number of years. Although I know many of these students because I served ...
OCSD Capital Project Progresses OCSD Capital Project Progresses: At the end of every era comes new beginnings.   That is what the greater community has seen with the progression of the Oswego City School District capital project. As crews have been busy working inside OCSD buildings on a variety of health and safety measures, the most visible work in recent weeks has included changes to Joe Wilbur Field as the transition to a new stadium has begun.   “The most visible component is the change in the landscape of the main campus,” said OCSD Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey. “It’ll be so heavily constructed around there, but we’re excited because this provides a bright spot during these challenging times.”   To accommodate those changes adjacent to Leighton Elementary and Oswego High School, a portion ...
OCSD Announces Winter Scholar Athletes OCSD Announces Winter Scholar Athletes: The athletic department of the Oswego City School District recently announced several Oswego High School students who were honored as winter scholar athletes.   Honorees received the recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association because they achieved a grade point average of at least 90 as they remained dedicated to playing their sport.   The winter scholar athlete recognition was awarded to the following OHS boys’ basketball teammates: Ryan Bakos, Matthew Callen, Noah Rogers, Nathan Shannon and Jon Spaulding, while the same honors were awarded to the following girls’ basketball teammates: Megan Albright, Mary Culeton, Hannah Holland and Francesca Scanlon.   Boys’ bowling honorees are Joseph DelConte and Kyle Rice, ...
OCSD Celebrates All-County Orchestra Students OCSD Celebrates All-County Orchestra Students: While the 2020 All-County Orchestra Festival performance had been canceled to help protect the health and safety of students throughout Oswego County, the Oswego City School District has recognized each invitee for their dedication to the arts.   Several dozen students from the district’s elementary, middle and high school buildings were invited to perform at the originally scheduled March 21 concert based on their performing and musical capabilities. Their orchestra teachers noted their hard work, perseverance and dedication to learning each musical piece and growing their own orchestral personal skill sets.   Under the guidance of teacher Brian McILroy, the following Charles E. Riley students were honored: Dylan Eisner (sixth-grade, violin I), Angela Lin (sixth-grade, ...
Leighton Wellness Day Promotes Healthy Habits Leighton Wellness Day Promotes Healthy Habits: Lessons learned during Leighton Elementary’s annual Wellness Day will help keep students safe, healthy and active while they remain in their homes during the current global healthcare challenges.   The event, which occurred just before the temporary closure of schools, coincided with March as National Nutrition Month in hopes that students would take health and wellness information home to share and practice with their families. Students in grades pre-kindergarten to six visited various stations set up throughout the school, in which they received information, helpful hints and activities for their physical, mental, emotional, social and nutritional health.   Stations included: healthy snacks, taekwondo, various exercises from Oswego YMCA staff members and representatives ...
OCSD Extends UPK Application Deadline to May 30 OCSD Extends UPK Application Deadline to May 30: The deadline for Universal Pre-kindergarten registration for the Oswego City School District’s 2020-2021 school year has been extended to May 30.   The free program, which is offered in collaboration with First Step Universal Pre-k, is open to all children residing within the district’s boundaries who turn 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2020. UPK programming consists of one full-day class and eight half-day sessions. Applications for the full- and half-day components will be available and accepted from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mondays to Fridays in the district office, located at the playground entrance of Leighton Elementary School, 1 Buccaneer Blvd., Oswego.   One full-day session is offered within Leighton Elementary, while the remaining half-day sessions are offered within ...
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 ...



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