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OCSD BOE Petitions Available March 1 OCSD BOE Petitions Available March 1: Oswego community members interested in running for the position of board member of the Oswego City School District may pick up petitions March 1 from district clerk Karen Canale. Petitions may be obtained during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays at the district office, located at the playground entrance of Leighton Elementary School, 1 Buccaneer Blvd. All petitions will be due back April 29. The school district budget vote and board member election will be held May 19. For more information, community members may call Canale at 315-341-2001. A complete list of what prospective school board members should know is available at: https://www.nyssba.org/member-services/running-for-the-school-board/ .  
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FPS Family Night Brings School Together FPS Family Night Brings School Together: Fitzhugh Park Elementary staff members are adding a little color to the school, thanks to the help of families engaged in the bonding power of art.   During the school’s recent monthly family night, nearly 30 families painted designs on ceiling tiles, reflective of one of the 7 Habits the Leader in Me Lighthouse School has continuously promoted. FPS teacher Jamie Brancato said this is the ceiling tile painting has become an annual event for families, who get to forever leave a piece of knowledge behind.   “The whole idea is you leave your legacy; a lot of families like to sign them when they are done,” she said.   Tiles painted at the most recent family night are now displayed in the school cafeteria, a space which sees the most traffic of students ...
Spring 2020 Capital Project Update Spring 2020 Capital Project Update: This April, the approved 2018 capital project officially breaks ground at two campuses. This highly visible construction work is part of phase two of the overall project and includes work to Frederick Leighton Elementary School and Oswego High School. Frederick Leighton Elementary School will undergo renovations and upgrades to several instructional spaces and athletic areas in need of improvement for student use. These upgrades include renovated locker rooms, officials rooms and several instructional spaces.  Other work at Leighton will include main lobby renovations which encompass restrooms and a concession area.  Classroom water systems, classroom doors and glass as well as carbon monoxide detectors will also be part of this project.   The Oswego ...
OMS Announces Second Quarter Honors OMS Announces Second Quarter Honors: Oswego Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade students were recently honored because they achieved either honor roll or high honor roll for the second marking period of the 2019-2020 school year.   Honorees were praised by OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro and the rest of the middle school faculty and staff for their academic recognitions, many of which were repeat awardees from the first marking period.   Seventh-graders who achieved honor roll status are: John Ackerman, Ethan Alnutt, Camden Atkinson, Savannah Atkinson, Yasmin Avalos, Latoria Blakeney, Gabrielle Budd, Noah Bwalya, Alicia Cantu, Cayden Carpenter, Aiden Chwalek, Luis Colon Molina, Maya Crane, Johnathon Crisafulli, Ryan Dawson, Tanner Defren, Makayla Demott, Gabrielle Elia, Gianna Ellingwood, Devin Enos, John ...
KPS 5th Graders Foster Rats to be Adopted KPS 5th Graders Foster Rats to be Adopted: Students in Kelly Moxley’s classroom at Kingsford Park Elementary School have learned more about research, community service and the importance of social-emotional learning thanks to connections with rats.   Two furry, long-tailed creatures recently joined the classroom space to help students be more mindful of themselves and their surroundings, while simultaneously socializing the domesticated rats as they were fostered to become adopted.   “We have rats in our class in case we’re stressed; they keep us calm,” said student Kiara Rose.   Moxley said the integration of daily social-emotional learning time with her students this year has improved both the environments for individual students, as well as the classroom culture. In the classroom, ...
Laker men's hockey team visits Minetto Elementary Laker men's hockey team visits Minetto Elementary: Smiles, laughter and joy were on display at Minetto Elementary School recently as the Oswego State men's hockey team stopped in to spend an afternoon with the students. Students from across all grade levels got to spend time with the Lakers, who in addition to taking questions about hockey spoke about the importance of education along with living an active and healthy lifestyle. "The students love when the Lakers come," said Minetto teacher Kathleen Shafer, who helped organize the visit. "Many students are already Laker fans and regularly attend the games. Some students are new friends because they come to school." More than a dozen players along with Assistant Coach Jon Whitelaw took part in various activities, including physical education games, arts ...
OMS, OHS Students Shine in All-County Band OMS, OHS Students Shine in All-County Band: Dozens of Oswego City School District students were honored for their instrumental talent during the recent performances for middle and high school all-county band performances.   Oswego Middle School band teacher James Peer was elated to share that six eighth-grade students and seven seventh-grade students were selected to perform in the recent all-county show, held in Fulton. Seventh-grade honorees include: Connor Albright (bassoon), Trevor Chamberlin (tenor saxophone), August McDonald (alto saxophone), Garret Pickens (baritone saxophone), Elizabeth Furlong (trumpet), Ethaniel Cliff (euphonium) and Evan Pond (euphonium). Eighth-grade participants include: Cole Puckett (tuba), Cheyanna Gordon (oboe), David Pearson (trombone), Sophia Brauckmann (French horn) and Emily Brown (flute). ...
OHS students earn Scholastic Art Honors OHS students earn Scholastic Art Honors: The artistic talent of a few Oswego City School District students was highlighted during the recent Central New York regional Scholastic Art Awards ceremony, held at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.   Ceramics and glass, digital art, design, art portfolio, and drawing and illustration were categories to which Oswego High School students were honored for their creative pieces. Six Oswego High School students and their 11 works of art were among the over 1,000 pieces selected for the regional honors.   OHS senior Nicole DelConte received multiple awards for her artistic talent, which included two Silver Keys for ceramics and glass pieces titled “Desert Mosaic” and “Raku Dog,” as well as honorable mentions for her drawing and illustration piece, ...
The “Minetto Way” is Another “Show of Love” The “Minetto Way” is Another “Show of Love”: Displays of kindness and being respectful to differences that make each person unique and special have been the “Minetto Way” of showing love to one another.   Minetto Elementary School Principal Jennifer Sullivan said those character traits are a part of the school culture students and staff members have embraced as part of the “Minetto Way” experience. To help bring some of that to life, motivational speaker Joe Trionfero was invited into the school to speak with students for his show, “Put Yourself in Their Shoes.”   Through his animated and vibrant style, Trionfero taught students that empathy, responsibility and communicating with one another can, and will, make a significant and positive impact on people’s lives. The key, he ...
OCSD Superintendent to Retire in August OCSD Superintendent to Retire in August: After being in school for 53 years, Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey is ready to graduate into retirement.   Following his tenure as a student and a 36-year career working in the field of education, Dr. Goewey’s retirement was bittersweetly approved by the district’s Board of Education during its Jan. 21 meeting.  Although Dr. Goewey’s contract runs through June of 2021, Dr. Goewey said that he will leave the post Aug. 31 through the same doors at Leighton Elementary he entered as a kindergarten student.   “There’s never a good time to go but at some point, you have to say, ‘I’m done,’ he said. “The Oswego City School District has been a part of my family for three generations; I grew up ...
Leighton Elem. Welcomes Griffin as New Principal Leighton Elem. Welcomes Griffin as New Principal: A new year has brought new opportunities and a new principal to Leighton Elementary School.   Staff members recently hosted a welcome back assembly for students to re-energize them for 2020, inspire greatness and introduce Stephanie Griffin as the new building principal. Emceed by third-grade teacher Michelle McManus, the assembly united all grade levels and reminded them that collectively they are a family. The new year, McManus said, is a time for reflection and growth, as she encouraged students to think about their goals and how they can make a difference at Leighton.   “Every person here cares about you,” she said.   Together, the students and staff members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Buc Pledge, which centers on being kind, respectful, ...
OMS Honors Students with Self-Control OMS Honors Students with Self-Control: Oswego Middle School teachers and administrators applauded select seventh- and eighth-grade students for their display of self-control throughout the month of December.   OMS Assistant Principal Rory Malone said each honoree has been an all-star for his or her commitment to self-control as a top character strength. Honored on the 7 East team was Gavin Ruggio, who had been observed by OMS staff members as having shown discipline and restraint and remained in control of his actions and emotions. 7 South honoree Kennysee Brockington was awarded with the honor because she maintained “a cool, calm and friendly personality” as difficult situations arose. Kevin Waters, 7 West awardee, has advocated for himself and his education, while he controlled his physical and mental well-being. ...
OHS Announces Fall 2019 Scholar Athletes OHS Announces Fall 2019 Scholar Athletes: The Oswego High School athletic department is proud to announce 90 students who have been named fall 2019 scholar athletes.   Honorees received the recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association because they achieved a grade point average of at least 90 throughout their time on the courts or fields. The following boys’ varsity golf team members received the scholar athlete nod: Cole Cullinan, John Hall, Jack O’Leary, Neil Roman, Alex Vescio and Kevin Waters.   Also honored were the following members of the girls’ varsity tennis team: Megan Albright, Sonja Anderson, Clara Back, Emily Blake, Victoria Crisafulli, Laura Cummings, Grace DeLand, Allie Delfino, Jenna Garcia, Erica Henderson, Ruhma Khawaja, Zoe Lisk, Kaila Loadwick, ...
OMS Collects Food for the Community OMS Collects Food for the Community: Oswego Middle School students and staff members turned holiday fun into feeding the community. The school’s annual door decorating contest not only brought fun, creative themes for all the seventh- and eighth-grade teachers, it also garnered 924 non-perishable food items for local families in need. OMS students and staff members were encouraged to vote for their favorite decorated door by bringing in boxed side dishes, canned protein, peanut butter and jelly, and canned fruits and vegetables, among a plethora of additional items. The contest was sponsored by the OMS student council. Advisor Elisa Davis said the 8 South team won and earned a team pizza party for its efforts. Pictured are some of the student council representatives with several collected items in the school’s library. ...
OMS Students Shine with Q1 Honors OMS Students Shine with Q1 Honors: Nearly 200 Oswego Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade students recently received Buc Pride recognition following their academic and personal achievements during the first marking period of the 2019-2020 school year.   Honorees were awarded certificates and were praised for their perfect attendance, outstanding behavior and passing all classes. This is the second school year OMS administrators have offered the recognition program, which includes having names read on morning announcements, publicity and a congratulatory letter to parents.   Seventh-grade honorees include: Lauren Adkins, Connor Albright, Lilly Allison, Camden Atkinson, Savannah Atkinson, Yasmin Avalos, Miles Bandla, Hailey Barbera, Jacob Barton, Laura Bennett, Torianne Blakeley, Shane Bond, Anthony Bouffard, ...
Girls’ JV, Varsity Basketball Teams Provide Holiday Help Girls’ JV, Varsity Basketball Teams Provide Holiday Help: The Oswego High School girls’ junior varsity and varsity basketball teams have learned that they’ll miss all shots they don’t take…to help others.   Both teams recently joined together for the program’s annual charity free-throw shoot-out, which provided the girls with an opportunity to both practice their skills and raise funds to help make local families’ holidays a little brighter. Each JV and varsity basketball player collected pledges for each free-throw made from 100 possible shots, or flat donations for the cause.   Under the guidance of JV coach Ryan Lavner, varsity coach Joe Babcock and assistant varsity coach Amanda Reno, the student athletes sank several free-throws and collected thousands of dollars for various holiday gifts ...
OHS NHS Collects Hygiene Products OHS NHS Collects Hygiene Products: Throughout the month of December, the Oswego High School National Honor Society collected donations for the Human Concerns Center, Inc., the community's local pantry. NHS members decided to collect toiletries, including: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products and laundry detergent to assist with many needs for several Oswego families. Over 300 items were collected. This is the third year the student group has completed this project, which has grown each year. The event exemplifies service, which is one of the main NHS pillars. Pictured are OHS Juniors Amelia Rastley and Madison Jones, who represented the OHS NHS chapter on drop-off day at the pantry, with a volunteer from the agency.  
FPS Students Advance to OCSD Spelling Bee FPS Students Advance to OCSD Spelling Bee: After 10 rounds of simple-to-tricky words, Fitzhugh Park Elementary student Evan Gessner was named the school spelling bee champion.   He will be joined in March at the Oswego City School District spelling bee by FPS peers Jude Johnson and Josie France who received second- and third-place, respectively. Gessner received a first-place finish after he correctly spelled the word ‘multiplication.’   Nearly 30 students participated in the school-wide spelling bee after they took a spelling test and were subsequently selected for the honor. At the conclusion of the bee, Principal Donna Simmons congratulated all participants for pursuing a goal outside of their regular classwork and she thanked the students for being brave enough to participate in the bee in front of ...
OCSD Celebrates Computer Science OCSD Celebrates Computer Science: Several Oswego City School District schools recently celebrated Computer Science Education Week by offering a plethora of activities to introduce students to computer science.   Throughout the week, students were able to develop and/or enhance their own computer programming and coding skills, using a variety of programs, applications and challenges to advance their understanding of the ever-changing languages. Charles E. Riley Elementary School library media specialist Molly Clark said age-appropriate activities were offered to students in grades kindergarten to six. During a visit to CER’s library media center from fourth-graders, students worked on coding their own hero, in which they utilized block coding to make their character move, fly over objects and add music, among ...



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