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OHS artists earn awards for creativity OHS artists earn awards for creativity: Some of Oswego High School’s most artistic students were recently named 2019 Scholastic art honorees after their work was chosen among 5,500 pieces throughout Central New York to be displayed in a student gallery.   Selections from a handful of OHS juniors and seniors will be displayed from Jan. 23 to March 1 in the Whitney Applied Technology Center at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. OHS junior Nicole DelConte and seniors Madison Bouchard and Anthony Nisbett each received the highest level of achievement with Gold Keys for some of their works of art. The trio will be honored alongside a few of their peers during a Jan. 22 ceremony in the SRC Arena at OCC.   OHS winners include the following students: Nicole DelConte: Gold Key for “Leather Gecko” ...
OCSD students perform in All-County Band OCSD students perform in All-County Band: The Oswego City School District recently hosted the Oswego County Music Educators’ Association All-County Band Festival for both junior and senior high bands.   The 2019 festival brought talented OCSD students from seventh- through 12 th -grade together with other top high school instrumentalists throughout Oswego County. The following Oswego Middle School students performed in the Junior High ensemble: London Jones, Anna Cloonan, Sophie Nevue, Brandon Sobrino, Lucas Maniccia, Leon Lin and Anthony Jock.   Senior High Band ensemble performers included the following OHS students: Megan Albright, Joseph Alfieri, Jr., Randy Bills, Andrew Bornheimer, Nicholas Brown, Josh Chun, Airyona Croci, Nicholaus DeSacia, Jack Dodds, Daniel Emmons, Sasha Loayza, Elizabeth Martin, Justin ...
OHS students to join All-County Orchestra OHS students to join All-County Orchestra: Nearly 40 Oswego High School students will showcase their instrumental talents during the 2019 All-County Orchestra Festival performance March 23 in Fulton.   Taking place during Music in Our Schools Month, the festival concert will feature OHS students in grades nine through 12 who have succeeded in their musical studies and performance. The following freshman now have two months to practice their music: Mary Kate Cloonan (violin), Sydney DeLapp (violin), Elizabeth Gosselin (viola), Zachary Kinney-Steinberg (violin), Thomas May (cello), Brennan Tynan (bass), Preston Wilkinson (viola) and Grace Wing (violin).   Sophomores selected to perform include: Sonja Anderson (viola), Matthew Chubon (cello), Gretchen Dowd (violin), Eve Hibbert (violin), Audrey Hinman (violin), Ethan ...
Kindness Blossoms at Leighton Elementary Kindness Blossoms at Leighton Elementary: Born from a classroom discussion about character, Leighton Elementary School sixth-graders began spreading acts of kindness through their writing.   Sixth-grade teacher Kate Bowman said her classroom community has become tight-knit since she has implemented strategies for students to use which promote the practice of social skills, as well as emotional and academic lessons. Since Leighton staff members attended a Responsive Classroom training last summer, Bowman said she and her colleagues have implemented Morning Meetings where those practices are explored daily. Because of these efforts, Bowman said, classrooms throughout the building have become stronger units.   “Our students are more caring and empathetic and are much more intentional about being kind,” ...
KPS top spellers advance to regional spelling bee KPS top spellers advance to regional spelling bee: Three Kingsford Park Elementary School students have advanced to the Oswego City School District’s spelling bee in March. Sixth-grader Audrey Donovan, fourth-grader Addison Norfleet and fifth-grader Danny Buske successfully spelled the most words correctly on a written test, recently given at KPS. KPS Spelling Bee advisor Brian Steffen said all students in grades three through six were eligible to participate in the school spelling bee, in which they were asked to spell 100 words from a first-grade level up to an eighth-grade level. Donovan, Norfleet and Buske received a new packet of study words to review before the regional spelling bee, to be held March 16 at Oswego High School.  
OHS students to star in OHS students to star in "Kiss Me, Kate!" performances: The Oswego High School production of “Kiss Me Kate!” will take place Feb. 8 and 9 in OHS’ Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.   Originally a hit Broadway show, Kiss Me, Kate! will feature student actors, actresses and a production crew who will help share the story of the auditions of a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” whose stars are ex-lovers. Dramatic characters with big personalities will shine throughout the show and highlight how they are connected to one another.   The musical script was written by Bella and Sam Spewack, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Kiss Me, Kate! is directed by Garrett Heater, with music direction by Robert Dumas, choreography by Amanda Kurey, and technical direction ...
OHS Students Attend NYSSMA Conference All-State OHS Students Attend NYSSMA Conference All-State: Some of Oswego High School’s most musically-gifted students recently showed off their talent during the New York State School Music Association’s Annual Conference All-State ensembles.   Shameeka LaLiveres, Daniel Emmons, Liam Tovey, Jack Dodds, Alyssa Adner and Andrew Bornheimer represented the Buccaneers’ music program throughout the Winter Conference, held Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at the Rochester Convention Center. Accompanied by Robert Dumas, Oswego City School District music department team leader, the OHS students rehearsed and performed with some of the top high school musicians and vocalists from throughout the state.   Out of the approximately 850 students selected to perform in various ensembles, LaLiveres and Adner performed in the treble chorus, while ...
Less than a minute: bus safety Less than a minute: bus safety: Less than a minute.   Oswego City School District administrators and transportation staff members have encouraged motorists to simply pause for less than 60 seconds, on average, to give students enough time to safely enter or exit their school bus. Thomas Gunn, OCSD transportation director, said while school bus tragedies have been on the rise nation-wide, there also have been several instances locally where motorists have knowingly passed stopped school buses.   “Passing the (bus) red lights is a daily occurrence here,” Gunn said, as he showed a stack of reports to be sent to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. “I’d like to heighten (motorists) awareness; they should respect the red lights and stop.”   When a school bus ...
OMS, OPD graduate students from D.A.R.E. OMS, OPD graduate students from D.A.R.E.: Over 100 Oswego Middle School students recently graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, hosted in-school by the City of Oswego Police Department.   Health and safety lessons learned from the 10-week D.A.R.E. curriculum in the first part of the 2018-2019 school year at OMS followed a similar D.A.R.E. program the students completed in fifth-grade throughout the Oswego City School District. Students were reminded, and taught additional information about, how to resist peer pressure and live free of high-risk behaviors. Throughout the program, OPD officer Thomas Grover gave the students tools to make the best health and safety decisions.   The overall goal of the middle school D.A.R.E. program is to reduce and stop substance use. Also based on social-emotional ...
OMS students analyze DNA in paternity lab OMS students analyze DNA in paternity lab: Oswego Middle School students recently performed a college-level science exercise where they analyzed DNA samples to determine paternity.   Under the direction of science teacher Catherine Celeste and math teacher Sarah Davis, the full-day, hands-on science lab served as a pre-cursor to the students’ modern genetics unit in February. Celeste said the DNA activity occurred in late fall because that is when the lending library kit from Cornell University was available.   OMS students in Celeste’s life science and accelerated science classes completed the activity. The deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) profiling lesson, she said, was complex, but her students “rocked it.” They first reviewed DNA information, terminology and necessary tools for the exercise ...
OCSD to offer mobile messaging service OCSD to offer mobile messaging service: The Oswego City School District will soon offer a text messaging service to alert primary guardians about important school information.   Jamie Sykut, district technology director, said primary guardians of students will receive a text message on their cellular phone from the district’s short-code number of 67587 on Jan. 11. To opt-in to the service, recipients will just need to reply with “Y” or “Yes.”   Sykut said utilization of the SchoolMessenger system will more quickly alert families to various happenings throughout the district, including: key messages, school closings or delays, events and safety information, among others. The optional service will be an addition to a handful of communication tools the district already uses, including: ...
FPS/KPS vermicomposting project has room to grow FPS/KPS vermicomposting project has room to grow: Small groups of students have aimed to create a continuum of composting throughout the Oswego City School District.   Fitzhugh Park Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Judith Osetek and Roger Sprague, a now retired OCSD teacher turned volunteer, began a vermicomposting program in their respective classrooms during the 2017-2018 school year. After one successful compost bin in each classroom, the pair then applied for, and was successful at obtaining, a grant to expand the program to include their entire schools.   Through the grant, Sprague said “green teams” of students will develop and implement a recycling program, lead the vermicomposting effort at their schools and use their experience to teach younger students about the process.   “What ...
FPS students enjoy Cuddle Up and Read FPS students enjoy Cuddle Up and Read: Fitzhugh Park Elementary students recently wore their best holiday pajamas to school for the building’s annual Cuddle Up and Read event.   Held on the last school day of 2018 just before their holiday break, students listened to guest readers share some of their favorite holiday or winter stories. Some classrooms saw familiar FPS faces, as a few staff members were guest readers to several classrooms throughout the building. Additional guests included Oswego police officer Tom Rupert, who read “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas” to Courtney Johnston’s kindergarten students; Oswego City School District Board of Education member Sam Tripp, who also was happy to answer questions from students in Bridgette Krawczyk’s second-grade class and Oswego Fire Department ...
OCSD elementary students enjoy coding opportunities OCSD elementary students enjoy coding opportunities: Coding and programming have become both challenging and fun for Oswego City School District elementary school students.   While the schools recently celebrated Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code, which is an educational activity for students to try coding, student interest and teacher support has expanded to include both daily opportunities for coding/programming lessons and the establishment of a club.   At Charles E. Riley Elementary School, all students learned basic coding skills during library time with their teachers and library media specialist Molly Clark. During a visit from Stacy Dawson’s third-grade class, students followed an Hour of Code lesson where they used coding blocks to create a virtual dance party. The third-graders followed directions ...
OMS girls’ volleyball team creates quilts OMS girls’ volleyball team creates quilts: The Oswego Middle School girls’ volleyball team has warmed hearts this holiday season.   As a teambuilding and community service activity, coach Ellen Dillon said lessons in collaboration and kindness transformed into actions of comfort and consideration for those under the care of Hospice and at Peaceful Remedies. From family members and friends, the seventh- and eighth-grade students collected funds to purchase colorful patterns of fabric to be made into quilts. Dillon said the girls worked in small groups to determine which fabrics to put together for the cover, border and backing of each quilt.   “They did a lion’s share of the work,” Dillon said. “We spent some time about once a week and before or after a game doing this.   She ...
FPS spelling bee had 29 participants FPS spelling bee had 29 participants: There was nothing m-i-n-i-a-t-u-r-e about the effort that Fitzhugh Park Elementary student Camden Atkinson put into his school spelling bee.   The sixth-grader won the FPS spelling bee with the word “miniature” and will join his peers Jude Johnson (fourth-grade) and Barbera (fifth-grade) at the Oswego City School District spelling bee in March. The trio earned first-, second- and third-place honors, respectively, after a total 29 finalists in grades four to six competed in the building-wide event.   FPS’ spelling bee went 10 rounds. Each competitor was required to say the word, spell it and then repeat the word during their turn. If needed, students could ask for the definition, origin or for the word to be used in a sentence.   Prior to the spelling ...
OHS orchestras perform winter concert OHS orchestras perform winter concert: Oswego High School’s concert and symphonic orchestras beautifully performed classic and holiday pieces during their winter concert.   Held recently in OHS’ Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts, the concert attracted several dozen families and community members who offered generous applause after each instrumental piece. Conducted by Lindsey Serrao, the concert orchestra performed “Daybreak,” “Finale from Symphony No. 10 in G Major,” “Christmas Bits n Pieces,” “Largo and Finale from the New World,” and “Finale from Symphony No. 2 in C Major.”   The symphonic orchestra then took the stage to perform the intriguing sounds of “Iditarod,” before “Kings of Orient” and “Brooke ...
OCSD Capital Project Passes OCSD Capital Project Passes: Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey was overjoyed with the positive results of the Dec. 18 capital project vote.   A total of 1,800 out of 2,733 voters fully supported the $63.1 million project, which provided the district with the supermajority needed to pass the referendum. Dr. Goewey said OCSD administration and staff members, along with the district’s many partners and community members, worked together to make their visions a reality.   “We worked tirelessly for the last two months; I knew the community would support our students,” he said.   He thanked everyone for their comments, concerns, feedback and advice, as they all have helped the district learn and grow. He said he is proud of everyone who promoted the project ...
KPS students earn gratefulness honors KPS students earn gratefulness honors: Kingsford Park Elementary is full of grateful children.   That was proven during the school’s monthly citizenship awards presentation in November where 30 students received certificates of recognition because they exhibited gratefulness throughout the month. One student from each classroom and special area were selected for the honor after they had shown appreciation of kindness.   Each awardee accepted their certificate in front of the entire student body, KPS staff members and select special guests. Honorees included: Allena Schloss, Roslyn Barry, Salvador Alejo, Sophia Waite, Savannah Thompson, Derek DeCarr, Lucas Shafner, Faith Giberson, Leah Sevigny, Sanuth Rupasinghe, Connor Kelly, Alex Farley, Jenna Jones, Brody Williams, Noah Whalen, Schyler Ives, Audrey Donovan, ...
Minetto Elementary spreads kindness Minetto Elementary spreads kindness: Minetto Elementary School students have sprinkled holiday cheer around their school with a 25 Acts of Kindness initiative.   School counselor Alexandra Kesselring organized the effort for Minetto staff members and students in pre-kindergarten through grade six to form stronger bonds, promote appreciation and spread smiles.   “It’s all about spreading kindness,” she said. “It’s the season of giving.”   While any act of kindness will do, Kesselring came up with the following 25 free-and-easy suggestions: hold the door open for someone, feed the birds, write a nice note for the school library media specialist, let someone go ahead of you in line, pick up litter, write a note to your mail carrier, tell someone why they are special ...



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