What It Means to be a Buc at Leighton:
Students at Frederick Leighton Elementary School gathered together at a Welcome Back Assembly following the long holiday vacation to review expectations for being a Leighton Buc.
Students in K-3 formed small groups with each grade represented. The third grader in each group, reading from an iPad, asked their group a question about behavior expectations and the group had to come up with the correct answer. Using the program called Kahoot! Each group locked in their answer which then appeared on a large screen at the front of the room for all to see.
Answers were discussed and positive behaviors were reinforced in further detail as needed. Students in grades 4-6 had a very similar assembly separate from the younger students, one major difference being that each student had their ...
Oswego students honored as All County Band selections:
Three dozen Buccaneers have been honored as selections to the All County Band, recognizing the top middle and high school musicians in Oswego County .
The All County Band is selected via audition by the Oswego County Music Educators’ Association. The Phoenix Central School District’s John C. Birdlebough High School hosted this year’s event.
The Oswego High School Band is directed by Scott Ciesla, Stephen Defren and James Peer.
SENIOR HIGH ALL COUNTY BAND
Flute: Allison Pasco, Elizabeth Martin
Bassoon: Jesse Young
Clarinet: Keegan Thompson, Ivy Perry, Tessa Smith
Alto Sax: Aidan Thompson
Tenor Sax: Daniel Emmons
Trumpet: Zach Sova
French Horn: Andrew Bornheimer, ...
OCSD student artwork featured at City Hall:
When art team leaders Becky Woods and Stacey VanCampen approached the mayor’s office about exhibiting student artwork, they were welcomed with open arms by Mayor Barlow. Talented K-12 students from the Oswego City School District have their work displayed on a large wall in the Mayor’s conference room in city hall. The team leaders and students are proud of the work and appreciate the opportunity to share their beautiful pieces with the community.
Fitzhugh students qualify for Spelling Bee final:
The Fitzhugh Park Elementary School Spelling Bee went the distance this week, completing a full 15 rounds before crowning its champion and sending two other qualifiers to the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Final in March
Sixth-grader Jaret Hoffman outlasted the competition to claim the title of Fitzhugh’s top speller with the word ‘grandiose” as hundreds of students, families and school staff packed the school’s cafeteria for the Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
Sisters Hannah and Hailey Barbera took second and third place and will join Hoffman in the Regional Final to be held at Oswego High School on March 17. Students will then compete for a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Cast list released for “Sweeney Todd” coming to Oswego High School:
The Oswego High School Music Department is proud to present “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, Stephen Sondheim’s classic dark comedy musical.
Set in Victorian-era London, “Sweeney Todd” tells the tale of the mysterious and murderous Todd, played by OHS Senior Nolan Callahan, whose suspicious barber shop and unseemly meat pies have delighted and horrified audiences for decades.
Performances will be held Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson-Faust Theatre of the Performing Arts at Oswego High School.
The full list of cast and direction can be found below.
Nolan Callahan - Sweeney Todd
Leah Mullen - Mrs. Lovett
Matt Caraccioli - Anthony
Leah Taylor - Johanna
Shameeka LaLiveres ...
Leighton Elves Spread Holiday Cheer:
The Leighton School Holiday Elves had another successful giving season. This year 87 (27 families) children from birth - 12th grade were provided toys, books, clothing, socks, underwear, boots, sneakers, blankets, pillows, hygiene products, winter coats, hat and mittens.
They were also provided Big M gift cards, large boxes of food and food bags from Big M. The Leighton School Christmas Project couldn’t have happened without the help of many current and former Leighton Employees. All the food, clothing, toys, and other gifts were gathered through donations from many local organizations, people and businesses.
The Leighton Holiday Elves would like to thank St. Mary’s Church Parishioners, Business and Professional Women’s Group, Oswego City School District Education ...
4th graders complete holiday academic activity at CER Elementary:
Charles E. Riley Elementary fourth-graders hopped aboard “The Polar Express,” stopping at various holiday activity stations in the school cafeteria.
The activity brought students from classrooms of Morganne Atutis, Nestor Aviles and Ashli Deming together to pair the reinforcement of academic lessons learned in English language arts with fun, holiday creations. The students watched “The Polar Express” movie and read the book so they could write fourth-grade paragraphs, comparing and contrasting the two pieces. All students were tasked with ensuring their paragraphs had the following information: topic sentence, three details and explanations of those details and a concluding statement. A similar process was conducted with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” ...
OMS Backpack Program sends home holiday blessings, donations:
The Oswego Middle School’s Backpack Program, which sends packages of donated food home with students each weekend, reaches a crescendo each year during the holiday season and school officials are thanking supporters for their generosity.
“Without the support of people and local businesses, it would not be possible to help all the students that we do,” said OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro.
The Backpack Program supplies more than 20 families weekly with nutritious, healthy meals and snack supplies and Fierro said in cases like last week, when school breaks are longer than just a weekend, volunteers come through with flying colors in making sure no family at OMS goes hungry during the holidays.
“We would like to give a big thank-you to ...
OMS students claim spot in spelling bee final:
Four Oswego Middle School students have secured their spots in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Final with two familiar faces returning to the competition.
Iris McDonnell correctly spelled the word “ameliorate,” a verb defined as “to make something bad or unsatisfactory better” to punch her ticket and win first place at the OMS Spelling Bee.
McDonnell will be joined in the Regional Final by fellow OMS students Katrina Wallace and Anna and Mary Kate Cloonan. The March 17 th event will feature the best spellers from around the Oswego City School District, held at Oswego High School on March 17 at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.
It will be a reappearance for Anna and Mary Kate Cloonan, who placed second and ...
5th Grade Chapter Book Inspires Riley Students:
Fifth-graders at Charles E. Riley Elementary School placed themselves into the life and time of characters in “Esperanza Rising” to gain a better understanding of the Great Depression through the lenses of a Mexican farm worker family.
As a culmination activity to reading the book, the students were tasked with recording how samples of asparagus, cantaloupe, raw potatoes, raw onions, peaches and avocado looked, smelled and tasted. Teacher Mary Pisa said each of those produce samples were included in a title of the book’s chapters and represented a point in time in the main character’s life.
Some of the words used to describe the fruits and vegetables included: dirt, white snow, grass, orange and green, among several others. They favored the sweet ...
Oswego honors inaugural D.A.R.E. classes:
The Oswego City School District is celebrating hundreds of students who have taken the challenge to live drug-free lives and make good decisions in school and at home as the recently-reintroduced D.A.R.E. program held its graduation ceremonies this week.
Students in elementary through middle school who completed the 10-week D.A.R.E. curriculum were presented with diplomas by members of the City of Oswego Police and Fire Departments and school officials at graduation events throughout the district between Dec. 18 and Dec. 22.
OPD Officer Thomas Grover teaches the D.A.R.E. program in classes throughout the district and said while he and his students “had a lot of fun this year,” he was optimistic about the staying power of the lessons he had shared with students ...
Fitzhugh Park luncheon welcomes civic leaders:
Students at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School were visited by three civic VIPs last week at the school’s “All Hands on Deck” awards luncheon, a monthly schoolwide recognition and community event that celebrates students making responsible choices.
Students from all grades had an opportunity to share their holiday plans and requests to Santa Claus with Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow, Police Chief Tory DeCaire and Fire Department Chief Randy Griffin during the lunch event on Dec. 14.
“It’s great to meet the young people in our community, talk to them and get to know them,” said Griffin. “We want to build trust and rapport with children so they know they can turn to us for help any time.”
The “All Hands on Deck” ...
OHS Key Club transforms hallways for holiday surprise:
It wasn’t easy for members of the Oswego High School Key Club to keep their secret holiday project under wraps but last week, the Key Club finally unveiled their schoolwide surprise for their faculty and staff.
Over one weekend, Key Club members decorated more than 70 classroom doors with a personalized touch for each occupant using information collected by students and the group’s advisor, Gretchen Fronk.
“It’s all about leadership and serving and a sense of giving back at the holidays,” said Fronk.
Key Club is the oldest and largest student-led service program for high school students in the nation and is a partner of the Oswego Kiwanis Club. Each year, the OHS Key Club sponsors charitable causes and efforts towards its mission ...
Worldwide computer programming challenge inspires OCSD students:
Students from all levels of the Oswego City School District recently took part in an event billed as the “largest learning event in history” with hundreds of Buccaneers joining millions of their peers around the globe to practice the skills used in creating the technology shaping our world.
Hour of Code, an international education movement with the goal of increasing the accessibility of computer science opportunities in schools, challenges students to spend at least one hour each year in December writing and studying programming code.
“Coding is going to be everything in the future,” said Oswego High School technology teacher Chris Wood. “We’d be doing our students a disservice if we didn’t get them some experience with these ...
Buc athletes put up big performances for service, charity:
Members of the Oswego City School District’s Athletics Department are making their impact felt outside the gym this holiday season as student-athletes and coaches are pitching on service and charity efforts throughout their community.
Bucs from all sports have been involved in the effort, said OCSD Director of Physical Education and Athletics Rhonda Bullard.
“We wanted to do this as an athletic program because all of our coaches and students-athletes are so invested in our community. We wanted to give back and everyone’s been really enjoying it,” said Bullard during Friday’s presentation of dozens of items for an “Adopt-A-Family” donation at Frederick Leighton Elementary School.
Members of the OHS Wrestling Team ...
OMS Student Council Celebrates Local First Responders, Officials:
The Oswego Middle School Student Council showed their appreciation to City of Oswego officials and employees last week with a hand-delivery of homemade baked goods.
Representatives of the Student Council made in-person stops to the Oswego Fire Department, Oswego Police Department and office of Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow, presenting police officers, firefighters and city hall staff with a tray of cookies and hand-written card.
“Our students recognize that these are the men and women who are working each day to make our community safer and we wanted to show them we appreciate them during the holiday time,” said OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro.
Leighton Spelling Bee Sends Three Qualifiers to Scripps Regionals:
Three students from Frederick Leighton Elementary School this week qualified for the the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Finals with sixth-grader Yavuz Damkaci as the top overall finisher.
Damkaci correctly spelled the word “cyclops” during the fourth round of the annual competition, which featured 21 of Leighton’s top spellers.
Fifth-grader Kevin Waters, who took second place, and third-grader Grace St. Onge, third place, will join Damkaci representing their school at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Finals, held at Oswego High School on March 17.
Spellers compete against students from the greater Oswego area with a chance to earn a trip to Washington, D.C. and enter the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee, broadcast ...
10 years of Pajama Party raises thousands for scholarships:
One of the Oswego City School District’s most anticipated holiday traditions, the Polar Express Pajama Party, celebrated its 10 th anniversary last week having raised a total of more than $10,000 for the Kingsford Park Home and School Scholarship Program.
The Pajama Party, held at Oswego High School on Dec. 1, welcomed hundreds of students, parents, families and community members to kick off the Christmas season with a screening of the film based on Chris Van Allsburg’s classic book.
Lisa Roman, Co-President of the KPS Home and School, said the idea for the Pajama Party came to her while looking to plan some holiday fun with her younger children – who, ten years later, now help out the event themselves.
“We’re thrilled,” ...
November-Around Oswego with Dean and Dane:
Welcome to Around Oswego, with Dean and Dane. This month, Dean and Dane discuss the comprehensive district plan that was developed last spring. Dean shares the purpose of the plan is to provide a long term framework for the district. Jenna Bradshaw and Jack Lee end the show with news from the Veterans Day celebration that occured at Frederick Leighton Elementary School. You'll get a chance to meet Steve Bradish, who is new to the Oswego Middle School faculty this year, get a tour of the hydroponics assignment Charles Rowlee's middle school students are actively studying, and an update on "Teal Night" that the Oswego Hockey Team worked on this year.
My School Bucks Information Alert:
Please be aware, as of December 11, 2017, My School Bucks will be raising their convenience fee from $1.95 per payment to $2.49 per payment.
This increase is a result of card scheme fees. As always your student may bring funds in the form of cash or check to the cafeteria at their school or to the Food Service Department office for deposit at no additional charge.