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Oswego Middle School- Capital Project Info Oswego Middle School- Capital Project Info: Please see the below information regarding proposed improvements as they relate to Oswego Middle School. For additional Capital Project Information please visit the  2018 Capital Project Webpage.   OHS WBUC TV student, Victoria Tripp recently visited with Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro to discuss how the proposed capital project addresses several components of the middle school facililty, and what the changes would mean for student opportunities while attending Oswego Middle School.  
OCSD launches “Leaders in Literacy” initiative OCSD launches “Leaders in Literacy” initiative: Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey is proud to unveil “Leaders in Literacy,” to promote skill-building and character education across all grade levels.   Each month, Dr. Goewey and several members of his administrative team will be invited into OCSD’s buildings to read aloud a book about kindness and discuss a literacy skill with students.   “Connecting with students, and subsequently hearing them connect with the message of the books has been inspiring,” he said. “There’s also added value in maximizing their learning potential with discussion of reading practices and exercises. Interacting with students is why we’re all here.”   Each month for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year, ...
OCSD launches new Instagram page OCSD launches new Instagram page: Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey is proud to announce the expansion of OCSD social media platforms to better connect with families and community members.   Dr. Goewey has invited OCSD students, staff members, community residents and other supporters of education to follow the new Instagram page. When logged onto the Instagram application, just search for OswegoCSD and click “Follow” to view OCSD’s digital footprint with a plethora of photos and videos from students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.   “There are many exciting events happening throughout the Oswego City School District,” Dr. Goewey said. “We hope to be a part of your Instagram feed, as we strive to continue to communicate in a variety of ways ...
OCSD to begin new photo/media permissions practices OCSD to begin new photo/media permissions practices: Here at the Oswego City School District, we like to celebrate the achievements of our students and staff members.   Throughout the year, the public relations department and district staff members may take photographs of students and school activities. These photographs may appear in various district materials, including: the district’s website (www.oswego.org), newsletters, yearbooks, brochures, social media pages and the district calendar, among any other additional avenues.   We, at times, may also publicize student work. If you DO NOT want your child’s name/photo/work publicized for the aforementioned purposes, we ask you to inform your child’s principal, in writing, prior to Nov. 30, 2018. A simple written and signed note stating: “Please do not ...
Capital Project FAQ Capital Project FAQ:   Below you will find several frequently asked questions pertaining to the December 2018 OCSD Capital Project. If you have additional questions please feel free to reach out to the superintendent's office at 315-341-2001. Remember the vote is on December 18, 2018.  Polls are open Noon- 9PM.  For additional Capital Project Information please visit the  2018 Capital Project Webpage.   Q. What day is the vote? A. Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Q. What time are the polls open? A. Polls are open noon – 9:00 p.m. Q. Where do I vote? A. Scriba Fire Station (Scriba and Volney Oswego City School District Residents)  St. Paul’s Church (East Side Oswego Residents)  Elim Grace Church (West ...
Minetto Elementary- Capital Project Info Minetto Elementary- Capital Project Info: Please see the below information regarding proposed improvements as they relate to Minetto Elementary School. For additional Capital Project Information please visit the  2018 Capital Project Webpage. Oswego High School student, Victoria Tripp is visiting each school, and discussing proposed changes with the building principals to get more insight on how these changes will impact student opportunties and the learning environment. Please see her tour of Minetto below.
Leighton hosts Veterans Day appreciation assembly Leighton hosts Veterans Day appreciation assembly: Students at Leighton Elementary showed their patriotism in action during a recent school assembly where they honored three dozen community veterans.   With the help of their teachers and Principal Kara Shore, the entire student body expressed gratitude to each veteran for sacrifices they have made to defend the nation and its people. Principal Shore, who also is a veteran, emceed the event alongside sixth-grade teacher and fellow veteran James Hartmann, who encouraged all students to thank all veterans.   Each guest marched into the school gymnasium to a crowd of cheers, thunderous applause and a sea of tiny American flags. Together, everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance before students performed “America the Beautiful.” Thanks to the technology department ...
One District, One Book a continued success at OCSD One District, One Book a continued success at OCSD: The Oswego City School District’s success of the One District, One Book initiative has been twofold: students have practiced reading skills and have begun to build their own library.   In the latest round of books, all elementary school students read “Friendship According to Humphrey” by Betty Birney, the second book for OCSD in the Humphrey series. Every student in grades kindergarten through six at Minetto, Kingsford Park, Charles E. Riley, Fitzhugh Park and Leighton elementary schools were provided a copy of the book for free, thanks to the state’s anti-poverty LIFT grant for the City of Oswego. Through that grant, another book selection may occur in the spring.   At Riley Elementary, students were invited to answer trivia questions upon reading ...
Election Day provides sweet lesson at Leighton Election Day provides sweet lesson at Leighton: Kindergarten students in Heather Wood’s Leighton Elementary School classroom made their vote count on Election Day.   The tight race over sweet treats excited the youngsters as they learned about the election process. Wood said she and the students brainstormed together to generate a list of questions they wanted to find answer to about the election process. She said students were excited to learn that once they reached the age of 18, in about another 13 years, that they would have the right and responsibility to vote.   After the kindergartners discussed with their teacher the importance of voting and how every vote counts, they soon realized that a majority vote wins. That practice was put to the test as every student in her classroom earned the right and responsibility ...
Riley 5th graders show culture, creativity in art Riley 5th graders show culture, creativity in art: Lessons in culture and creativity helped Riley Elementary School fifth-graders design paper sugar skulls to honor loved ones.   Art teacher Rebecca Woods taught the grade level about Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos, a Mexican holiday celebration from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. Students learned the multi-day holiday focused on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. The celebrations also support their spiritual journey.   The fifth-graders learned about traditions associated with the holiday, including the building of private altars called ofrendas and honoring of the deceased using calaveras (skulls), marigolds and favorite foods and beverages of the departed. The loved ones’ graves were adorned with those gifts and visitors were ...
Tie dye T-shirts a colorful lesson at Leighton Tie dye T-shirts a colorful lesson at Leighton: Splashes of color were displayed throughout the art room at Leighton Elementary as all students recently participated in a school-wide tie dye event.   Under the direction of art teacher Michele Gorham, students learned about the complete tie dying process. With three days of excitement, students spiraled their own T-shirts and used rubber bands to hold them in place. Primary students utilized primary colors, including yellow for kindergarten, red for first-grade and blue for second-grade. Intermediate students in grades three, four, and five created secondary colors, by mixing two primary colors. Orange, purple and green were the colors of the third-graders, fourth-graders and fifth-graders, respectively.   Meanwhile, Gorham challenged the sixth-graders to make rainbow shirts ...
Festive first-grade fun at Leighton Elementary Festive first-grade fun at Leighton Elementary: Sarah Hadcock’s first-grade classroom at Leighton Elementary School was full of treats, not tricks, during a recent academic activity all about pumpkins.   During Hadcock’s writing groups, students were fascinated with the combined literacy and science lesson when they learned the life cycle of a pumpkin: seed to sprout, vine and blossom, start out as tiny green pumpkin and as they grow they may change to shades of darker green, orange, white, red or blue.   Students took turns reading out loud excerpts from their Scholastic Weekly Reader to reveal components of pumpkins: flesh, pulp, seeds, shell and stem. The first-graders also were able to see, smell and touch each pumpkin part. “Eww, that’s disgusting!” one student said after she touched ...
History lives on at Leighton wax museum History lives on at Leighton wax museum: Leighton Elementary School recently transformed its fifth-grade classrooms into temporary wax museum exhibits, following students’ research efforts of historical figures. The fifth-graders’ peers, Leighton staff members and special guests toured the two classrooms as they were amazed by the life-like figures, portrayed by fifth-graders. Both classrooms were set-up like a real museum, complete with lighted walkways and displays. The famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the great inventor Nikola Tesla were just two of the many figures represented by the students. “They do a good job,” one guest said as he toured the 1950’s diner-themed classroom of fifth-grade teacher Tom Wiegand. Wiegand, dressed as a 1950s crooner, explained to visitors that each ...
Fitzhugh Park uses Halloween for fun lessons Fitzhugh Park uses Halloween for fun lessons: A little rain on Halloween didn’t wash out a fun time in the classrooms at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School.   The school’s annual Halloween parade moved from outside to an indoor event, where students in grades pre-kindergarten through two paraded throughout the building before they lined the hallways to see FPS’ intermediate students show off their costumes. FPS staff also participated in the fun, including one dressed as the grammar police.   In Bridgette Krawczyk’s second-grade classroom, students completed academic centers where they painted wooden pumpkin or Frankenstein creations, slime monsters, ghost stress balls and boxes where students had to feel what was inside and guess the item without looking.  
Tip-Line Tip-Line: The Oswego City School District considers the safety and success of all OCSD students as our top priorities. If you or your child are experiencing an issue or have witnessed an incident between other students, please find our "Tip-Line" link in the top right of the Oswego.org website.  The "Tip-Line" allows for the submission of an incident to administration anonymously. If you would like to have dialog, the link allows the entry of contact information. Please be sure to select the appropriate building, category, and enter the information you feel is pertinent to the situation. Please keep in mind, this is not an immediate report and if there is an emergency situation it is not a substitute for emergency services. 
Absentee Ballots Absentee Ballots: Individuals interested in obtaining an absentee ballot for the upcoming capital project vote on December 18, 2018 may do so at the Superintendent's Office/District Clerk Office during business hours, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Qualified district voters must request in advance, an application for an absentee ballot.  The voter must complete the application and state the reason he/she will not be able to appear the day of the election.  Requirements in order to obtain an absentee ballot are those involving an illness or physical disability, business responsibilities which require travel on the day of the vote, vacation, or students away at college. If mailed, all applications must reach the District Clerk in the District Office no later than ...
Capital Project Information Capital Project Information: The Oswego City School District is a beacon of light within the community, and we would like to share how important it is to ensure that light never dims. To protect our facilities, we are proposing a capital project- with minimal out-of-pocket cost to our taxpayers- which ensures safety, savings and success for all. Our top priority is to offer a safe environment which enables our students, staff members and visitors to thrive inside classrooms and elsewhere on school grounds. Some learning spaces and outdoor surfaces need repair or replacement to protect the health and well-being of all who occupy our buildings at any given point of time. The life cycle of several windows, doors, boiler systems, roofs and select outdoor space are nearing the end of their usability. Several additional improvements ...
OCSD Literacy OCSD Literacy: One of Superintendent Dean Goewey's goals for this year involves increased visits to schools and classrooms. Some of these events in the past have included breakfasts and lunches with students. As a new initiative this year, Dr. Goewey is going to be engaging with students in classrooms by not only reading a meaningful story, but discussing an age appropriate literacy skill with those classrooms. Each month a new book and literacy skill will be introduced on the "Dean and Dane" WBUC production. All central office administrators will be participating in this great opportunity to connect with all our students. Please see the clip below for additional information.  
Halloween fun for OMS 8th grade science lessons Halloween fun for OMS 8th grade science lessons: A witch’s brew made its way into Tiffany Ryan’s recent eighth-grade science lesson at Oswego Middle School.   For the recent lesson, students walked into their dark classroom where the black-light glow intrigued the budding scientists before they were asked to guess the substances in each illuminated beaker. Ryan explained that for one, tonic water contains quinine, which makes it glow.   Ryan’s witch’s brew concoction began with pumpkin oil in beakers placed in front of students. She placed a few drops of red food coloring in each beaker, followed by Frankenstein’s ear wax, also known as Alka-Seltzer tablets, and then her students observed the following chemical reaction: as the tablet fizzed the food coloring spread, bubbled to the surface ...
OMS 7th graders hear message of hope, survival OMS 7th graders hear message of hope, survival: The combination of hope and a positive attitude will propel Oswego Middle School seventh-graders toward success.   That was the message from guest presenter Gabriel Bol Deng, who detailed his account of both living through and escaping war in his home country of South Sudan in the late 1980s. During his four-month journey from South Sudan to a refugee camp in Ethopia, he told the captivated students he experienced fear, hunger and uncertainty. All of that however, were nothing in comparison to his family’s values.   “They said if I had hope I could move a mountain,” Bol Deng said.   Hope saved his life along the journey, he said, and eventually led him to becoming one of the 2,000-approved “Lost Boys of Sudan” to come to American to ...



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