McDonnell crowned Spelling Bee champ:
Oswego Middle Schooler Iris McDonnell took first place in the 2018 Oswego Regional Spelling Bee Final and punched her ticket to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, to be held in Washington, DC.
The following article appeared in the March 19 edition of The Palladium-Times.
Spelling Bee champion crowned
By BRANDON WOOD email@example.com
OSWEGO — Iris McDonnell, an eighth-grader at Oswego Middle School, will head to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. after outlasting 25 other competitors Saturday in the 2018 Regional Spelling Bee Finals.
It took 16 rounds to whittle the competition — held at Oswego High School — down to two spellers, McDonnell and eighth-grader Mary Kate Cloonan, who finished as runner-up for the second ...
OHS students challenge each other to “walk up, not walk out”:
Oswego High School students on Thursday added their voices to a chorus of student activism growing across the nation this week with a student-led, collaborative assembly and discussion where Buccaneers challenged each other to “walk up, not walk out.”
In the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida that took 17 lives, emotion and passion from students has spurred protests and demonstrations but also conversation and dialogue.
A group of students, inspired by their peers but looking for an alternative to staging a school-wide walk-out, approached OHS Principal Patrick Wallace with an idea: bring the student body and administrators together to confront critical issues as collaborators, not adversaries.
First place for Oswego OCAY team:
Oswego County Academic Youth League students competed in a series of tests related to food on March 8, with the theme of “Chew on This.”
To succeed, students relied on skills in culinary arts, nutrition, language, biology, art, math and more.
In the food as art category, teams created a two-dimensional interpretation of a famous pop culture celebrity following artistic elements of style, color and texture.
In other challenges, students created their own salsa recipe as well as a marketing plan for it.
“We hope that you found this to be a unique and creative experience for you,” said OCAY League Coordinator Matt Goodnough.
Oswego City School District took first place with members Melissa Chun, Danielle DelConte, ...
Distance learning challenges OCSD students to “Read Around the Planet”:
While the fifth grade classes at Oswego’s Kingsford Park and San Antonio, Texas’ Windcrest Elementary Schools may be thousands of miles apart, a collaborative distance learning program in the Oswego City School District is connecting students with peers anywhere in the world.
“Howdy, y’all!” was the enthusiastic greeting to Kelly Moxley’s KPS classroom from the Texas students, kicking off their session of “Read Around The Planet,” a year-round program that focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
“This lets us take our kids and connect them globally, to show them that there are schools outside of Oswego County, outside of New York and it’s an opportunity ...
Board of Education petitions now available:
Nominating petitions for the Oswego City School District Board of Education are now available at the District Clerk’s office.
Nominating petitions are necessary to secure placement on the ballot for the Board of Education election to be held Tuesday, May 15.
Candidates wishing to appear on the ballot must submit a minimum of 100 valid signatures from residents of the Oswego City School District.
Petitions can be obtained at the District Clerk’s Office, located within the new Education Center in the east wing of Frederick Leighton Elementary School.
Petitions are due back to the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on April 25.
“Kindness Rocks” at Leighton Elementary:
Not even a snowstorm could deter Frederick Leighton Elementary School from celebrating its recent Random Acts of Kindness day, which included a special hand-made surprise for students from an anonymous donor.
Originally scheduled for Friday, March 2, Leighton’s Random Act of Kindness Day was pushed to Monday, March 5 due to a snow day and students entering school for the new week found the gifts scattered around the school.
More than 300 painted rocks, bearing inspiration and motivational messages, appeared via the generosity of a member of the Leighton family who chose to remain anonymous.
“We want our children to be practicing kindness and looking out for one another every day,” said Leighton Principal Kara Shore. “It’s a great ...
Oswego Middle School crowns Battle of the Books winners:
Oswego Middle School has selected its school champions to represent the district at next week’s county-wide Battle of the Books.
Alexis Izyk-Treece, McKenzie Partlow and Aurora Lawton claimed the top spot at the recent OMS Battle of the Books competitions, which serves as a precursor to the final bout at John C. Birdlebough High School.
Battle of the Books challenges students to read a wide array of selected books and recall key plot or character details during sixteen 30-second rounds. Teams score points for providing correct answers and the highest scoring team moves on to the next round of competition.
KPS, Minetto teams advance to county Battle of the Books final:
The Oswego City School District has crowned its 2017-2018 Battle of the Books champions and the teams from Kingsford Park Elementary School and Minetto Elementary School will represent the district at the upcoming county-wide final competition.
KPS’ Aaron O’Brien, Evan Sanders and Grady Shanly took home the top prize in the Primary Team (grades 3 and 4) round while Minetto’s Jack DelConte and Cole Puckett punched their ticket in the Intermediate Team (grades 5 and 6) round.
The competition was moderated by OCSD Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey, with a panel of judges and scorekeepers featuring senior cabinet officials Dr. Heidi Sweeney, Carrie Plasse and Nancy Squairs.
Both the KPS and Minetto teams now look forward to the March 15 Oswego County ...
Music In Our Schools month schedule announced:
The Oswego City School District all month will celebrate March as “Music In Our Schools” month and invites all students, families and community members to support great our Buccaneer student musicians.
Organized by the National Association for Music Education, Music In Our Schools month engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.
Music In Our Schools Month began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.
The full schedule is below:
OHS Festival of Winds Band Concert
Leighton's Lavner named teacher of the year:
Huge congratulations to Leighton's own Debbie Lavner, named the 2018 Central North Zone Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The below article is from the Monday, Feb. 26 edition of The Palladium-Times. Photo credit to The Palladium-times.
Leighton teacher named elementary phys ed teacher of the year
By LAINE GRIFFIN
OSWEGO – A long-time Leighton Elementary teacher has been selected as the 2018 Central North Zone Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the New York State Association for Health, ...
Read Across America Week kicks off:
The Oswego City School District will kick off Read Across America Week today. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.
Leighton Elementary School will be celebrating all week with Dr. Seuss-themed days, leading up to Dr. Seuss Night on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. The party will feature games, crafts, photo opportunities and pizza and cake. If you are interested in attending, please fill out and return the attached registration slip.
Riley students advance to OCSD Battle of the Books:
The school’s annual Battle of the Books competition for third- and fourth-grade students drew a large crowd of classmates, teachers, family members and other supporters. Each team, comprised of three students, read the 10 Battle of the Books titles in addition to their regular school work and extracurricular activities.
Substitute librarian Amanda Johnson said the work alone to remember finite details from each book was worth a gold medal, but only one team came out on top and that was the ACE Readers of Addisson Britt, Caitlyn Colasurdo and Gabriella Warner. The team earned 77 points. After each question was read to all teams, students had 30 seconds to quietly discuss the answer before they wrote down a key word from the author and title. The team’s oratory response ...
Students make it count for 100th Day of School celebration:
How many ways can you count to 100?
Students at schools around the Oswego City School District met that challenge head-on recently as classrooms celebrated the 100 th day of school of the 2017-2018 school year.
At Frederick Leighton Elementary School, Principal Kara Shore read to kindergarten students from the book “Miss Bindergarten Celebrates 100 Days” and passed out certificates of accomplishment to students who successfully counted to 100.
“We’re working on concept development and combining counting to 100 with a reading piece, these are the things we want students to be working on each day,” said Shore.
Many schools gave students the chance to create a poster of their own representation of 100 and classrooms were ...
KPS Giving Project again a huge success:
The Students, Staff and Home and School Organization of Kingsford Park School pulled together again this year, with gifts of several generous donors, to provide a happy holiday for over 40 families in need, as part of the annual Kingsford Park Holiday Giving Project.
Fifth grade students, under the guidance of their teachers; Mrs. Jessica Burridge and Mrs. Kelly Moxley held a spell-a-thon to raise funds there were then used to purchase toys for students who needed assistance this holiday year.
Walmart provided buses for the shopping fieldtrip. Students selected gifts within their budgets and made the transactions themselves. Parent volunteers helped to guide the students in their decisions.
Riley students strike gold at Winter Math Olympics:
They’ve put in the hours of hard work, endured the stresses and sacrifices, and now, moments away from the start of the race, these young competitors are eager to get going.
It could be a scene from any of the venues at the XXIII Winter Olympic Games, currently underway in PyeongChang, South Korea but for a view of world-class competitive spirit closer to home, look no further than Charles E. Riley Elementary School, where the main event is mathematics.
The first Riley Math Olympics is underway and students from grades one through six will test their skills in math-related challenges all week, vying for a gold medal to be presented at an awards ceremony next month.
“The students have been training for the past few weeks and now they’re competing,” ...
Varsity wrestlers honored for sportsmanship:
The 2017-2018 Oswego Varsity Wrestling Team has been awarded the John Arcaro Sportsmanship Award presented by the Syracuse Wrestling Officials.
The award honors “exemplary programs” who schools, coaches, wrestlers and spectators display high levels of sportsmanship. It was presented to the team during the Section III Wrestling Finals held earlier this month.
The Oswego City School District Athletic Department would like to thank all the coaches, student-athletes, family members and fans who come out to every meet and hold the highest expectations.
“This award embodies the character of our program and I want to thank everyone involved for making this possible,” said Director of Physical Education and Athletics Rhonda Bullard. ...
Two Buc soccer stars commit to college programs:
It was signing day for two standout Buccaneer soccer players this week as Claudia Chetney and Lexi Sterio both signed their letters of intent to continue their careers into college.
Chetney will attend LeMoyne College in Syracuse, with Sterio heading to Wells College on the shores of Cayuga Lake.
The entire Oswego City School District community congratulates these two extraordinary young ladies. Best of luck at the next level!
OHS’ “Sweeney Todd” a scream for audiences, students:
The Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts at Oswego High School was transformed into the dingy streets and seedy back alleys of Victorian London this weekend as crowds packed for the OHS Music Department’s groundbreaking performance of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Led by Seniors Nolan Callahan and Leah Mullen playing the murderous Todd and his accomplice Mrs. Lovett, the cast of more than 60 Buccaneer actors and actresses earned standing ovations for their performances on Friday, Feb. 9 and Thursday, Feb. 10.
“We are incredibly proud of all the hard work our cast, crew, volunteers and families have put into making this show something show truly special,” said stage director Garrett Heater.
Oswego Middle School announces second marking period Honor Roll:
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 2 nd marking period of the 2017-18 school year:
7 th Grade Honor Roll:
Aliyah Alonso, Brianna Arens, Emma Armet, Aurora Baker, Sarah Ball, Tyler Beck, Maecyn Blackmer, Anthony Blakeley, Nathan Blum, Nola Blum, Judith Burns, Kaelyn Cisson, Tristan Clark, McKenna Clary, Sara Cruz, Mia Daily, Collin DeForge, Joah Defren, Maura Dempsey, Patience Douglas, Matthew Emond, Jordan Ferlito, Wyatt Fetterley, Riley Fitzgerald, Jodi Fragale, Sydny Frantz, Athena Gardner, Kaylyn Gibbs, Emily Glenn, Alberto Gonzalez Jr., Ayanna Gonzalez, Talbert Hall, Ethan Hart, Isaiah Henson, Nia Hernandez-Perez, ...
Dean and Dane 5:
In this episode of the Dean and Dane show more of the capital project is discussed. Dr. Goewey explains the need for the project, financial information, as well as the scope of the work involved. Later in the show Jenna Bradshaw and Tyler Dohse highlight more of the project including an upcoming student meeting with the superintendent that will be aired on the district's capital improvement project web page. They also explain how members of the public can use the web page to ask a question about the project. Finally see some exciting events happening at FPS and Minetto.