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Pi Day: a sweet lesson for OMS math students Pi Day: a sweet lesson for OMS math students: Students in Sarah Davis’ math classes at the Oswego Middle School recently learned education can be fun and delicious.   Throughout the day, seventh- and eighth-grade students celebrated Pi Day, which is held on March 14 (3.14) in recognition of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, rounded at 3.14159. While Pi represents a constant, its true number “has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point,” according to PiDay.org.   Several OMS students took on the challenge to recite as many numbers in Pi as they could, and the following students finished in first-, second- and third-place, respectively: eighth-grader Anna Cloonan with 203 digits, seventh-grader David Pearson with 111 digits and eighth-grader Miah ...
Minetto students read, learn around the planet Minetto students read, learn around the planet: Several Minetto Elementary School teachers took advantage of pairing up with classrooms from throughout the country, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ recent birthday.   The Read Around the Planet connections brought Minetto classes together with new places and people, all while sharing a love of literacy. Library media specialist Kimberly LeRoy said the experiences also were an opportunity for students familiarize themselves with different parts of the country.   Students in Stacie Roberts’ fourth-grade classroom learned similarities and differences between communities near San Antonio and Houston, Texas versus Puerto Rico. One of the Texas students also read excerpts from a poetry book one of their teachers wrote to help raise money for recent hurricane victims ...
“Science on the Go” program excites KPS 6th graders “Science on the Go” program excites KPS 6th graders: At the tail end of their academic unit on Newton’s Laws of Motion, Kingsford Park Elementary School sixth-graders enjoyed an interactive visit from the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology’s “Science on the Go” program.   Sixth-grade teacher Kristyn Frost said the “Ready, Set, Go” component helped students gain an even better understanding of the science unit, as they prepare for a culmination project where they will create their own object and show how it uses Newton’s Laws of Motion.   Several student helpers were thrilled to partake in experiments alongside Matt Fagan, MOST science educator. Before the fun activities commenced, the students shared with Fagan what they already learned about: Newton’s first ...
KPS 5th graders enjoy pen pal connections KPS 5th graders enjoy pen pal connections: Kingsford Park Elementary students in Kelly Moxley’s fifth-grade classroom recently enjoyed making connections and a traditional Irish meal with some of their community pen pals.   Because Sharon Figiera and June Tryon, both residents of Springside at Seneca Hill, enjoyed corresponding with students in Moxley’s classroom, they were invited to help with the class St. Patrick’s Day meal preparation. Both pen pals led their groups with direction and focus and were ecstatic for the added company and conversation.   With the help of a couple classroom parents, the students were able to prepare the following dishes for their feast: pratie oaten, pistachio bundt cake, corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, potato soup and a mixture of mashed potatoes and green ...
Minetto 4th graders study historical figures Minetto 4th graders study historical figures: Minetto Elementary School fourth-graders were excited to bring historical figures to life with their recent biography projects.   Lessons from both their classroom and the library media center prepared them for their solo research project, which included studying their subject, preparing a biography poster and crafting a character, among other tasks. With more information learned, the students’ excitement around their historical figure grew.   Jade Scheg said she was thrilled to research Thomas Jefferson, after having recently visited the namesake memorial. She said the biography project made her delighted to learn more about what, how and why Jefferson accomplished what he did. A favorite fact she found out was Jefferson thoroughly enjoyed science and math, just as ...
Students, families to hear info on substance abuse Students, families to hear info on substance abuse: The Oswego City School District will host an informational session on Juuls, vapes and opioids for students and their families from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22 in the Oswego High School auditorium.   After an introduction by OCSD Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey, an expert panel will commence with Sandra Waldron of Farnham Family Services, Lee Livermore of Upstate Poison Control, Steve Gleason of the County  of  Oswego  Council on Alcoholism & Addictions, and a representative of the Tobacco Free Network of CNY. Students and their parental guardians will hear important information in the interactive forum on both the myths and facts of adolescent substance abuse.  
CER band concert shows progress, perseverance CER band concert shows progress, perseverance: Charles E. Riley Elementary School band students’ commitment to learning their March concert music outside of the school was proven during their recent community performance.   The fifth-grade band hadn’t practiced together from Jan. 24 to about a week before the March 14 show, due to several instances of inclement weather and mid-winter break, but band director Kris Jorgensen said she could not be prouder of their dedication and perseverance.   “The amount of effort, focus and concentration they put in is incredible,” she said. “Talent is a myth; what you see in front of you is hard work.”   Jorgensen said that sentiment also rang true for the fourth-grade beginning band students who went from learning how to put their instruments ...
CER family math night a hit CER family math night a hit: (Students + family) x fun = Charles E. Riley Elementary School’s recent Family Math Night.   That perfect equation was woven into each session across all grade levels, from kindergarten to grade six, as teachers worked on educating attendees about how math lessons are taught in each classroom and the various ways they engage students in learning math.   Kathryn McCrobie, Riley’s academic intervention service math teacher, said while the school hadn’t hosted a math night in a few years, the building staff members wanted to capitalize on an opportunity to share with families how much fun learning math material is at Riley. Students and their families were welcomed to two sessions, one ideally at their grade level and another grade level of their choosing. ...
OHS unveils new main office space OHS unveils new main office space: The Oswego High School’s main office relocation project grand opening showcased the new space as welcoming and secure.   OHS Principal Patrick Wallace joined Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey, Board of Education members, OCSD staff members and community members in exploring the fresh location, complete with the Buccaneer blue and white color scheme. The suite features windows for natural light, private offices, a conference room, teacher mail boxes, an inviting reception area and a single-point-of-entry from the outside.   Wallace commended all attendees for their support and offered much gratitude to those who realized the necessity of the project and made the construction efforts possible. He thanked Dr. Goewey for his vision of transforming ...
OHS athletes commit to play college sports OHS athletes commit to play college sports: Several Oswego High School student athletes are well on their way to becoming fully prepared and life ready, thanks to the Oswego City School District’s academic and athletic programs.   Seniors Jordan Hare, Vanessa Flint, Sam Allen and Monica Cahill each have committed to playing college sports after their upcoming June graduation from OHS. Stars inside the classroom and on the fields or courts, each student athlete has excelled throughout their time as a member of the school district.   Hare, who has committed to playing lacrosse at Barton College, is a three-sport athlete who has focused on lacrosse, soccer and bowling at OHS, while Flint is a two-sport athlete, having played soccer and volleyball. Flint has committed to playing soccer at Adelphi University. Meanwhile, ...
OHS Festival of Winds a hit with students OHS Festival of Winds a hit with students: Several Oswego High School students in various ensembles recently had the opportunity to work under the direction of guest conductor William Davern during the annual Oswego High School Music Department Festival of Winds band concert.   Davern brought his musical expertise as director of fine arts for the West Genesee Central School District to OHS’ concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble. After he had worked with dozens of students throughout the day on March 8, each musical group showcased their learning during a public concert the evening of March 9.   OHS music teacher Scott Ciesla said the concert’s intent was to bring in outside artists, master educators and exceptional musicians to work with OHS students.   “The festival dates back ...
OHS play festival to feature “American Girl” theme OHS play festival to feature “American Girl” theme: The Oswego High School Drama Club will present an evening of student-written, directed and acted plays at 7:30 p.m. April 26 and 27 in the Robinson-Faust Theater at Oswego High School.   The new play festival touts an “American Girl” theme and aims to explore the emotional, intellectual and political aspects of being a young woman in 2019. A similar play festival presented last spring was embraced by a community of supporters of the arts.   “It is important for the students to gain experience in the areas of playwriting and directing, not just acting,” said Garrett Heater, OHS Drama club co-advisor.   Former SUNY Oswego Theatre Department Chairman Mark Cole will host a workshop for the student directors and actors, while Heater will provide ...
Elem. students join All-County Orchestra Fest Elem. students join All-County Orchestra Fest: When the Oswego City School District sends its students to the March 22 and 23 All-County Orchestra Festival at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, the district will be represented by a considerable number of elementary musicians.   Beginner orchestra students from each of OCSD’s elementary buildings: Minetto, Riley, Leighton, Kingsford Park and Fitzhugh Park will join other top elementary orchestra enthusiasts from throughout Oswego County. Each student has studied their music and practiced under the guidance of Brian McIlroy at both Kingsford and Riley, as well as Cameron Edele from Fitzhugh, Minetto and Leighton schools.   Representatives from Riley include: Caitlyn Colasurdo and Angela Lin (violin 1), Madelyn Christ and Lillee Thompson (violin 2), Mackenzie Bennett, ...
Patrick Bond, OMS phys. ed. teacher, earns recognition Patrick Bond, OMS phys. ed. teacher, earns recognition: Oswego Middle School Physical Education teacher Patrick Bond was recently named middle school physical education teacher of the year for the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Central North Zone.   Bond’s commitment to students, bringing new ideas to OMS and providing a fun, welcoming and encouraging physical education environment earned him the top recognition amongst his colleagues throughout the Central North Zone’s Section 3 area, including: Oswego, Northern Cayuga, Lewis, Jefferson, Onondaga, Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties.   “It’s very humbling,” he said, of the anonymous nomination. “I love this level here at OMS; I see the growth of the kids. I come to work every day and work ...
OHS Music Students Earn Recognition OHS Music Students Earn Recognition: The recent accomplishments of several Oswego High School students were music to the ears of Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey and members of the Board of Education.   Participants in the recent New York State School Music Association’s Annual Conference All-State ensembles were recognized by Dr. Goewey and the BOE because their musical gifts continue to bring forth increased opportunities for growth. Because those working in the district’s music department have strived to guide students with its student-centered mission, the talents of the six honorees have blossomed with each lesson, added practice time and invitation to special performances, such as NYSSMA Conference All-State.   Certificates of recognition were distributed by Board ...
OHS Student Council Accepts SUNY Club Donation OHS Student Council Accepts SUNY Club Donation: The Oswego City School District Board of Education and members of the OCSD administrative team welcomed members of the SUNY Oswego Enactus Club during the March 5 board meeting at Oswego High School. Club members presented OHS student council officers with a check for $516.33. The funds were collected during a recent SUNY Oswego Men's Ice Hockey Team home game, thanks to a partnership with Chelle's Bake Shop. What a great way for both groups of students to work together!  
OCSD Celebrates Music in Our Schools Month OCSD Celebrates Music in Our Schools Month: The Oswego City School District is thrilled to offer a variety of musical performances throughout the month of March, in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month.   Students from each of the district’s elementary buildings to Oswego Middle School and Oswego High School will showcase their talents during each vocal and instrumental performance.   Between concerts, music festivals and additional entertainment, there are plenty of options for the community to experience a part of the thriving arts programs OCSD has to offer. The following Music in Our Schools Month performances are open to the public: March 5: CER orchestra concert, 6:30 p.m. @ CER March 5: FPS band concert, 6:30 p.m. @ FPS March 6: CER band concert, 6:30 p.m. @ CER March 6: MIN chorus ...
OMS students receive Q2 honors OMS students receive Q2 honors: Hundreds of Oswego Middle School students were recently awarded honor roll or high honor roll status after completion of the second marking period.   OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro, along with the middle school staff members, commended each student for their academic achievement. Seventh-graders who achieved honor roll status are: Jeremiah Alton, Clayton Andrews, Ariel Baldwin, Nicholas Besaw, Caylin Birmingham, Jennah Bovay, Bella Brown, Anthony Burke Jr., Lisa Cantu, Mathew Carr, Nala-Rose Checksfield, Racheal Crane, Caydence Davies, Skyler Davis, Brian DeSantis, Madison Dingman, Jack Donovan, Aidan Evans, Mariah Farmer, Maelynn Freeman, Jackson Garcia, Savannah Geer, Noah Gibson, Olivia Godfrey, Remi Gosek, Makenna Grant, Corbin Hare, Mason Haynes, Dawson Heins-Manwaring, ...
KPS students honored for exhibiting courage KPS students honored for exhibiting courage: Kingsford Park Elementary School students were recently honored in front of their peers, school staff members and special guests during an assembly because they exhibited courage throughout the month of February.   One student from each classroom and special area received a certificate of recognition after they were honored because they were able to face challenges with bravery. Honorees include: Aidan Greenwood, William VanHorn III, Tucker Smith, Liam Wilbur, Brayden Bello, Alexia Pelfrey, Peyton Tynan, Hannah Shortslef, Attalie Anderson, Nora Newell, Vinny Pezzlo, Christian Thompson, Sahyma Isbell, Cedric Brown, Adam Greene, Jamer Stepien, Emery O’Brien, Robin Monette, AlainaDiBlasi, Daniel Buske, Chunyang (Kent) Yu, Robin Monette, Elly LeRoy, Jivana Chetney, Madison Waters, ...
Reading Proficiency Displayed at OCSD Battle of the Books Reading Proficiency Displayed at OCSD Battle of the Books: Oswego City School District students displayed their reading proficiency at the district-wide Battle of the Books competition.   Teams from Fitzhugh Park, Kingsford Park, Frederick Leighton, Minetto and Charles E. Riley competed at the third and fourth grade level (primary) as well as the fifth and sixth grade level (intermediate). Each round contained a series of 16 questions relating to books that the students read previously.   Kingsford Park primary and intermediate teams proved victorious and will continue to represent OCSD at the Oswego County Battle of the Books that will be held March 12 at Sandy Creek High School.   Primary team winners were Nora Newell, Sienna Spencer and Lucy Woodruff. Intermediate team winners were Alaina DiBlasi and Audrey Donovan. ...



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