“Unsung heroes” of OCSD recognized:
The Oswego City School District this week recognized members of its Buildings and Grounds and Technology Departments staff, citing their critically important service to the district and integral role in the move of the district’s Central Offices.
During the move in August of its Central Offices from the Education Center on East First Street to Leighton Elementary School, the district moved dozens of employees and a tremendous amount of infrastructure and equipment with the help of what Superintendent Dean Goewey said were often the “unsung heroes” of the district.
“Without our dedicated behind-the-scenes staff, our district simply would not be able to function on a day-to-day basis,” said Goewey. “From preparing buildings for the start ...
On October 19, 2017 at approximately 12:21 pm the Oswego City Police Department
was notified by the Oswego City School District Superintendent that he had placed all
seven of their school buildings on “lockout” do to a suspicious image having been
observed on social media that was reported to district officials.
The suspicious image was that of, what the district believed to be, an Oswego City
School District student making a suspicious and threatening statement.
The identified student was not in school today and Oswego Police worked with the
district to locate the student to assess the situation.
District officials knew that the student was not on-site at any of their schools. At no point
in time did the district believe ...
OMS Principal Fierro honored in Washington, D.C.:
Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro was honored last week at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., for her selection to the National Distinguished Principals Class of 2017.
Presented by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Fierro was one of 50 elementary and middle school principals from across the nation recognized for setting high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.
Fierro said her experience at the event in the nation’s capital left her “energized” and “humbled,” while heaping praise on her fellow OMS colleagues.
“Ultimately, I’m just a facilitator and coach as the principal ...
Leighton Elementary Celebrates Annual Read-A-Thon:
Frederick Leighton Elementary school celebrated their Annual Read-A-Thon on October 13, 2017. Leighon Home & School Association hosts the event each fall “to promote literacy and a love of reading in our students as reading is an integral part of educational success. The more our children read or are read to – the more success they will have in school!” With help from parents/guardians, family and friends, grades K-6 were challenged to read a total of 240 minutes for 10 days. This is a community event, kids can choose to read to their family members or if the kids cannot read on their own, families were encouraged to read to them.
This fall’s top readers for grades K-3rd were Reagan Wood, Megan Campbell, and Grace St. Onge. In grades 4-6, the top readers ...
OMS science students get first-hand experience around Lake Ontario:
Seventh and eighth graders from Oswego Middle School’s accelerated science program recently had the opportunity to experience first-hand the rigors and benefits of exploratory field work in a partnership with SUNY Oswego.
In a full-day field trip, students were able to interact with professors and undergraduates at the Rice Creek Field Station as well as tour the college’s chemistry department labs.
The culminating event of the adventure was a clean-up project of the shores of Lake Ontario bordering campus, where students collected and catalogued pollution.
“We’re in a really unique situation to live on a great lake and we want our students to be able to get out and be knowledgeable about the environment,” said teacher Elisa Davis. ...
OCSD students donate supplies for Puerto Rico relief:
In the wake of devastating hurricanes that have hit the United States and Puerto Rico, students in the Oswego City School District answered the call to service.
Students at several elementary schools have been collecting items in an effort to aid those affected by severe weather in recent weeks, stockpiling non-perishable food, personal hygiene items and bottled water for delivery to people in need.
At Minetto Elementary School, the project was spearheaded by fourth grader Ethan Leavens, who said he heard about the plight of the people of Puerto Rico on the news and was spurred into action.
“It’s a very caring community in here,” said teacher Sue Thompson, whose classroom serves as the staging ground for the donations. “The kids just ...
OHS' Allison Pasco honored as U.S. Army All-American:
Oswego High School Senior Allison Pasco on Tuesday was officially inducted into the United States Army All-American Marching Band, one of the highest national honors achievable for a high school student musician.
Pasco, who has been involved in the Oswego City School District’s music program since elementary school, received the recognition during a ceremony at OHS’s Robinson-Faust Theatre.
Each year just 125 students from all corners of the country are selected to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Pasco joins a long line of OHS All-Americans, becoming the sixteenth Marching Buccaneer selected since 2008.
In an address to the crowd of fellow Marching Bucs, family, friends, and school and U.S. Army officials, Pascoe said the opportunity ...
Exelon employees, OCSD partner to benefit students:
A partnership between the Oswego City School District and Exelon Corporation employees is making a large and positive impact in the lives of students with school officials saying recent contributions of school supplies, winter apparel and more are “more than a donation.”
“We want the community to understand that Exelon cares about the success of our kids and they know the students’ success matters to our community,” said Leighton Principal Kara Shore. “We wanted this to be public because they obviously took a lot of pride in their thoughtful donations which make a real difference for our students.”
Dozens of backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies and personal hygiene items were delivered at the beginning of the school ...
Time for taters!!!:
One potato, two potato, three potato, four, as the Leighton students dug, they kept finding more and more giant taters in the garden that was built way back in June. All the helpers that assisted with the project were a boon!
Day turned into night, turned into day, and round and round, as the little tater pieces did their growing in the ground. All throughout the summer while the kids played in the sun, the little taters did their growing, now the growing season’s done. You see
September is when students need to harvest up their crop since the longer colder nights make the growing season stop.
See upon their faces in the photos that were took, joy and pride, exhilaration, you can see it when you look because the lessons learned in books will last a bit and slowly fade but ...
National Walk to School Day celebrated at Riley:
Dozens of students took to the streets surrounding Charles E. Riley Elementary School on Wednesday morning, participating in National Walk to School Day to promote traffic and pedestrian safety and healthy habits.
The event was coordinated as a partnership between Riley staff and faculty, the Oswego City School District, the Oswego County Health Department, the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board and Tobacco Free CNY.
Walkers were assisted on their routes by members of the City of Oswego Police and Fire Departments, who helped direct traffic, hand out school supplies, and interact with a crowd that grew to more than 100 people eagerly awaiting the opening of the elementary school for the day.
Jessica McGiff of the Traffic Safety Board said the event was designed ...
OHS Drama Club casts newly-penned play:
The Oswego High School Drama Club has announced the cast and performance dates for its fall play entitled “Knight of Swords,” an original work by Fitzhugh Park Elementary School music teacher Garrett Heater.
The play follows Josh, played by Nolan Callahan, a high school student fascinated with serial killers as he hosts a Halloween party for his crush Emily, played by Abby Cook, in an infamous abandoned home.
Josh is aware that the serial killer Carl Harper, played by Jack Lee, murdered a family of five at the home in 1970 and brings a Ouji board, Tarot cards, and encourages his friends to dress like the original murder victims in order to agitate any ghosts.
As a horrifying series of events unfolds, a regretful Josh watches his friends fall victim ...
August graduates of Oswego High School recognized:
The Oswego City School District Board of Education on Tuesday recognized seven students who in August completed their degrees from Oswego High School.
Abigayle Christian, Mark Anthony Delong, Christian A. Gonzalez, Benjamin T. Hansel, Dolores Hernandez, Joseph Keytack and Kaitlynn Todd were honored at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.
“These graduates have shown their perseverance and love of learning through earning their diplomas and we could not be prouder of each of them,” said Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey. “We wish them the best as they leave our halls fully prepared and life-ready for the great things they’re sure to embark on.”
OCSD, CCC partnership thriving in second year:
Students in the Oswego City School District are continuing to find success and enhance their educational opportunities with expanded access to advanced courses as a result of a partnership with Cayuga Community College.
Nearly 100 students are set to earn a combined 330 credit hours this semester through the Cayuga Advantage Program, first instituted last year and expanded for the 2017-2018 school year.
Cayuga Community College and the Oswego City School District collaboratively operate the Cayuga Advantage Program for Oswego students at no cost.
“Programs like the Cayuga Advantage are helping our students develop the skills they need to become fully prepared and life ready for whatever path they choose after graduation,” said OCSD Superintendent ...
"Once a Buc, Always a Buc" - OMS shows its spirit:
Students, teachers and faculty at the Oswego Middle School donned their best Buc Blue on Friday for a thrilling conclusion to Spirit Week, celebrating and showing their OMS pride for another successful year.
With daily dress-up themes, including “Topsy Turvy Tuesday” and “Throwback Thursday” culminating in Friday’s raucous pep rally, the excitement of Spirit Week filled the OMS hallways and classrooms.
“There was tons of positive energy in the school all week,” said OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro.
The annual tradition gives the entire school a chance to express themselves and show what it means to be “Once a Buc, Always a Buc,” reminding students to always “take care of yourself, take care of others ...
WBUC prepares next generation of film and television creators:
Minutes before show time, Tyler Dohse, station manager at Oswego High School’s WBUC, has his hands full.
An interview subject has bailed at the last moment, throwing off a planned segment. The sports anchor is working through a proposed tagline to end his broadcast. Scripts are being loaded into the teleprompter.
Dohse has one last quick chat with his on-air talent then sits down just out of view of the three cameras pointed at the news desk.
“Quiet on set!” Dohse, a senior, yells to the production studio filled with more than a dozen of his OHS classmates.
At Dohse’s signal, the cameras roll. It’s Wednesday morning and WBUC is on the air.
Each day, the Oswego High School’s television and film ...
Oswego City School District opens doors to parents, families:
The Oswego City School District opened its doors to visitors this week, inviting parents and families to get a closer look at the learning environments in which students spend so much time and effort each day.
With the beginning of a new school year, OCSD administrators said it’s important for families to feel connected to and in touch with their students’ schools and teachers and this week’s events provided a glimpse into the everyday life of young Buccaneers from kindergarten through high school.
“We want to encourage parents and guardians to come and let the students show them all the things we’re so proud of,” said Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro, presiding over OMS’ “Meet the Teachers and See the School” ...
Buc Boosters honored:
The Oswego City School District on Tuesday honored two members of the Buc Boosters and recognized all “parents and advocates across the district” for their efforts to fund and support athletic and extracurricular activities.
OCSD Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey and Board of Education President Aimee Callen presented certificates of appreciation to Judy Queale-Dunsmoor and Lu Collins, former president and secretary of the Buc Boosters, respectively, at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Goewey said Queale-Dunsmoor and Collins were part of a “whole group who stepped up to the plate when the district really needed it during tough times.”
The Buc Boosters and other groups raised tens of thousands of dollars during the 2016-2017 school year to ...
Pageant of Champions this weekend to showcase Oswego Marching Bucs:
This Saturday, the Oswego City School District’s Marching Buccaneers will continue a tradition that has thrilled and delighted audiences for four decades as the hosts of the 39 th Annual Pageant of Champions.
As the sun goes down and bright lights illuminate Joe Wilber Field, spectators will have the opportunity to witness some of the premiere field bands in New York compete in a dazzling display of sight and sound in a performance wholly unique to Oswego.
“We’re at home for this show and the people in the community that don’t normally come out to see the marching band can come see what we’re all about,” said Oswego High School Senior Mary Bornheimer, who serves as Marching Bucs Drum Major, adding that the audience “can expect ...