CER chorus students sing hits from popular movies:
An imaginary red carpet rolled out for all of the Charles E. Riley Elementary vocal stars during the school’s annual May concert: “A Night at the Movies,” at the Oswego High School theater.
Each tune from students in grades three through six, was from a popular movie. Under the direction of Ceara Windhausen, the concert began with the fifth- and sixth-grade cast of CER’s “Seussical the Musical” singing “Oh The Thinks You Can Think” before the third-grade chorus beautifully performed “Flip, Flop and Fly!” from “Chicken Run.”
The fourth-grade chorus sang “Lean on Me” as they performed hand choreography while they were accompanied by classmates Addison Britt, Dawson Kazayaka, Miley Sorendo ...
Leighton students shine in talent show:
Brooklyn Saternow tapped her way to a first-place finish in Leighton Elementary School’s annual show.
The fifth-grader danced to “Mr. Blue Skies,” to which one peer said, “She is so good!” Thrilled to receive a first-place certificate, Saternow also supported the 20 other acts during the day-time show for students and the evening performance for members of the public.
Mason Hall served as show emcee, as he introduced a variety of acts that sang, danced, did gymnastics, a cheer routine, played musical instruments and offered comedic acting. During the student show, classmates, staff members and guests applauded each ac, which encouraged them to always strive toward pursing their talents and interests.
For Saternow’s efforts, ...
Therapy dogs help 1st graders build reading confidence:
Pets can sometimes make the best reading partners.
That is what Minetto Elementary School first-graders have found, thanks to a partnership with PAWS of CNY, an organization dedicated to educating the community on benefits of animal-assisted therapy. Once per month, PAWS of CNY members and their service canine or feline have visited with the young students as they practiced improving their reading skills.
Teacher Pam Delfino said the program has boosted the children’s confidence, enjoyment of reading and their speaking skills since the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. During the program’s May visit, some students even felt comfortable asking the animal owners for help pronouncing big words. Hugs and kisses were also given to Gus, a Saint Bernard mix; ...
OMS Top 50 students earn recognition:
Academic success, hard work and dedication were in the spotlight during a recent Top 50 dinner honoring Oswego Middle School students.
The celebration, held at the Oswego Elks Lodge, honored 25 seventh-graders and 25 eighth-graders who achieved the highest grade-point averages in their respective grade level.
Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey and Board of Education President Aimee Callen lauded the honorees during opening remarks. OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro noted that she was proud of the students for their commitment to their schoolwork and beyond.
“The 50 seventh- and eighth-graders that we are recognizing this evening are leaders in all areas,” Fierro said. “These students have led their peers in the classroom, in musical performances … they ...
Oswego County Olympiad:
Hundreds of local student-athletes united for a day of fun, friendship and competition May during the Oswego County Olympiad Invitational.
Teams from the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation and all nine Oswego County school districts participated in the annual event, hosted by the Phoenix Central School District. Bagpipers, bands, cheerleaders and mascots cheered for the participants as opening ceremonies began with a parade around the Phoenix high school track.
“This is an incredible event and these athletes are so inspiring,” said PCSD physical education teacher and event committee member Angie Neiss. “The day is so much more than a competition … it’s about teamwork, friendship and courage.”
Those characteristics were on display ...
Oswego High School Welcomes 25 National Honor Society Inductees:
Twenty-five Oswego High School students were recently inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS).
The 2018 NHS Inductees were: Emma Alton, Madeline Armet, Kirsten Bell, Elizabeth Bush, Grayson Cary, Jake Chetney, Carson Colucci, Kaitlyn Czerow, Nicole DelConte, Alexandria Delfino, Megan DeLong, Sophia DeLorenzo, Katherine Fierro, Molly FitzGibbons, Miranda Gilbert, Hailey Guynup, Isabella Herrera, Leah Horn, Ruhma Khawaja, Colin Li, Morgan Mace, Abigail McPherson, Sofia Proano, Julia Roman and Nicholas Victory.
“You will each continue to make a difference here at Oswego High School, you will work with your peers, organize activities and events, provide a positive role model for the school community, challenge yourself daily, and do so because ...
Twenty-one New Members Inducted into the Oswego National Junior Honor Society:
Oswego Middle School recently welcomed 21 new members to the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS).
The 2018 NJHS Inductees were: Clara Back, Makayla Bell, Allyson Bruns, Lucas Bruns, Carolena Canale, Jordan Caroccio, Anna Cloonan, Brett Dykas, Mia Fierro, Michael Fierro, Piper Gosek, Sydney Hoefer, Alexander Kielb, Sean Metcalf, Miah Metott, Brayden Miller, Gavin Mills, Addyson St. Onge, Austin Symborski, Marisa Wallace and Kasey Wells.
“You are the future leaders of our schools and communities,” said Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro. “You should be very proud of all that you have accomplished.”
The ceremony included comments from Oswego High School (OHS) National Honor Society (NHS) members about what the organization ...
The Dean and Dane Show:
Dean and Dane discuss recent changes to sign in procedures within OCSD and other school security information in the latest episode.
2018-2019 Budget Information:
The 2018-2019 Oswego City School District budget vote is right around the corner. Please watch the video below of Tyler Dohse and Dr. Dean Goewey for more information onthe presented budget that the community will vote on next week, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Please visit our Polling Sites webpage for ward voting locations.
At rock garden, Leighton students sow and reap kindness:
How does the Frederick Leighton Elementary School rock garden grow?
With random acts of kindness.
Outside the Leighton library, hand-painted rocks adorn a simulated garden scene, complete with white picket fence and wildflowers. The stones were gathered and prepared by Leighton teachers, staff and students and each bears a simple message of encouragement.
“Be yourself.” “Be kind.” “Hope.”
Each morning, students gather and crowd around to find a particular message that speaks to them, sharing with each other and, hopefully, taking with them throughout the day.
The Random Acts of Kindness Rock Garden sprung from a simple, profound idea by Leighton Literacy Specialist Amy Armet.
"Sweeney Todd" cast and crew nominated for 9 awards:
The cast and crew of the Oswego High School production of "Sweeney Todd" has been nominated for a staggering NINE Syracuse High School Theatre Awards!
The macabre production, directed by Garrett Heater with musical direction by Robert Dumas, thrilled and chilled crowds at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts on February 9 and 10, 2018.
The nominees are as follow:
Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Large School
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role - Leah Mullen
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role - Nolan Callahan
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble/Chorus
Outstanding Production Number - "God That's Good"
Unified Basketball tips off season vs. Fulton:
The crowd roared for each made basket, cheerleaders performed during timeouts and coaches and teammates shouted encouragements to athletes on the court – but this is no ordinary game.
In the first contest of the inaugural Unified Basketball season, something much more important than determining the winning and losing teams was happening.
“As soon as I heard about this program, I said, ‘Oswego has to have this,’” said Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey, part of the contingent of Buccaneer faithful who packed the Leighton gymnasium on April 30 for the tilt between Oswego and Fulton.
With an assist from the Special Olympics and New York State Public High School Athletic Association, the Unified Basketball team is embarking on the season ...
OCTA, CSEA hold Board of Education Meet the Candidates forum:
The Oswego Classroom Teachers Association and CSEA on May 1 held a candidate forum for individuals seeking election the district Board of Education. Voters will select two board members in the Tuesday, May 15 election that also includes the 2018-2019 budget propositions.
A video of the forum, courtesy of WBUC, is now available to be viewed on YouTube.
Openings Still Available for 2018-19 Universal Pre-K Program:
Several Universal Pre-Kindergarten half-day programs in the Oswego City School District still have openings available for the 2018-19 school year.
Due to a lack of requests for the afternoon program at Leighton and feedback received regarding interest for an afternoon program at Minetto, the district has decided to cancel the PM class at Leighton and add a PM class at Minetto.
The following schools have openings available:
Charles E. Riley PM (12:45-3:15)
Fitzhugh Park AM (9:00-11:30)
Fitzhugh Park PM (12:45-3:15)
Kingsford Park PM (12:45-3:15)
Minetto PM (12:45-3:15)
Applications are available in the Registrar’s Office at the Education Center, located at Leighton School or on the district website at www.oswego.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=753 ...
Budget hearing and Meet the Candidates Night:
On Tuesday, May 1 the Oswego City School District will hold its Public Hearing on the 2018-19 Budget. The meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Oswego High School Cafeteria. Immediately following will be a regular board meeting.
Also that night OCTA and CSEA will be holding a "Meet the Candidate Night" to introduce community members that are running for the seat of board member. There will be two spots to fill for the position of board member.
The forum will be candidates asked of each candidate. Audience members may submit a written question posed to ALL candidates. We hope you can join us for this important event!
OCSD announces new school safety measures for visitors:
The Oswego City School District will soon implement a new and comprehensive district security management system and is urging community members to familiarize themselves with the new procedures to help keep all students safe at all times.
All buildings currently use single-point of entry access, with all doors locked during school hours. On Monday, May 7, 2018 all OCSD schools will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System to control visitor intake and strengthen campus safety for students and faculty.
“The safety and security of our students and staff is the district’s highest priority at all times and the implementation of the Raptor system is another step in our mission to constantly improve our security measures and take pro-active steps to meet ...
Bucs in the news: Unified Basketball tips off season:
The Unified Basketball team was recently featured in an outstanding article by the Palladium-Times on the tip-off to their season!
Brian Parrotte, a physical education teacher at the high school, stepped up to coach the Oswego team and said just like his players, he is having a blast.
“This is an absolute thrill for the kids. It’s an environment they weren’t used to, but they’ve adjusted and developed great communication amongst each other,” he said.
Parrotte said his style from the beginning was to emphasize communication, not winning.?
“We’ve developed our own language and it’s been a good learning environment for everyone to re-establish good communication,” he said.
Peyton Reese, a senior at Oswego ...
Leighton playground officially opens:
The new playground at Frederick Leighton Elementary School was officially opened recently as members of the Leighton Home and School Association, along with volunteers and supporters who made the project possible, joined school administration for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
For more information on the Leighton playground, check out Oswego County Today's recent story
Fitzhugh Career Day showcases wide array of local vocations:
Students at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School explored a vast variety of potential professional and vocational opportunities at the recent Career Day, a partnership between the school and more than a dozen local businesses, organizations and public service branches.
Held in the Fitzhugh gymnasium, students from Kindergarten to sixth grade eagerly crowded around demonstrations from Novelis, Oswego Health, the city of Oswego Police and Fire Departments, and many more participating presenters..
FPS Principal Donna Simmons said Career Day was an important component of connecting concepts students learn in school to real-world applications.
“Students are always asking, ‘why?’, ‘why are we learning this?’ and having the opportunity to talk with ...
"Seussical" musical takes Riley by storm:
Audiences at Charels E. Riley Elementary School were transported recently on a magical tour through the wonderful world of one of Children’s Literature’s towering figures with the premiere and run Seussical: The Musical.
Led by the iconic Cat in the Hat, the show tells the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos.
As Horton learns the value of friendship, loyalty, family and community, he crosses paths with dozens of recognizable character from the pantheon of Dr. Seuss’ immortal work.
“My heart is so full,” said Riley music teacher and Seussical director Ceara Windhausen. “Everyone worked so hard on this extremely difficult show and our students all ...