Superintendent's Letter: COVID Update 11.15.20:
Nov. 15, 2020
Dear Oswego CSD Community,
I am writing to share that the district has confirmed with the Oswego County Health Department three additional COVID-19 cases.
The first case involves a High School student who attends an out-of-district program. The second case involves a Fitzhugh Park Elementary Teacher and the last case involves a non-instructional staff member who works at Oswego High School.
Please be advised, the Health Department has completed all contact tracing activities. After doing so, it has been determined that the Oswego High School will continue to operate as normal. Fitzhugh Park Elementary School is currently providing remote instruction for all its students and will continue to do so through Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.
Due to confidentiality ...
REMINDER: BOE Meeting 11.17:
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 the Oswego City School District Board of Education will hold a regular scheduled board meeting and a Policy Committee meeting. Both meetings will be held virtually and streamed live.
The policy committee will be held at 4 p.m. before the regular board meeting at 5 p.m. At the regular meeting there will be an executive session for the purpose of matters which will imperial the public safety if disclosed, the employment history of a particular person and negotiations.
The policy meeting and regular board meeting will be live-streamed on the WBUC YouTube and WBUC cable channel, and a recording will be available after the meeting.
The agendas for these meetings will be available on Board Docs after 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. ...
Superintendent's Letter: COVID Update 11.13.20:
Nov. 13, 2020 (Fitzhugh Park Update)
Dear Oswego City School District Community,
I am writing to provide an update on the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School temporary closure due to several COVID-19 exposures.
Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, the district has decided to continue to keep Fitzhugh Park Elementary closed for another week — through November 20, 2020. During this closure all students who attend Fitzhugh Park Elementary will continue to receive their instruction remotely – virtually during their normal scheduled days and hours.
To add to this, the district will continue to partner and monitor this matter along with the Oswego County Health Department. By no later than ...
Superintendent's Letter: COVID Updates 11.11.20:
November 11, 2020
Dear Oswego City School District Parents,
I am writing to share that the district has confirmed with the Oswego County Department of Health that two individuals, a staff member and a student, have tested positive for COVID-19 at Fitzhugh Elementary School.
Due to confidentiality concerns the district is unable to provide more information on this matter.
Please be advised, out of an abundance of caution, Fitzhugh Elementary will be closed tomorrow and Friday while the Health Department completes all contact tracing and the district completes deep cleaning in the school. Should there be a need to extend this closure, the district will notify parents as soon as possible.
Parents and guardians should know ...
Superintendent's Letter: COVID Update 11.9.20:
November 9, 2020
Dear Oswego CSD Community,
I am writing to share that recently the district was notified by the Oswego County Department of Health of several COVID 19 exposures in our district.
The first involves a non-staff member who visited the Oswego Middle School last Friday, November 6, 2020, who has tested positive for COVID-19. The Department of Health has completed contact tracing and has concluded that the school can continue to operate as normal.
The second concern involves a transportation employee who tested positive for COVID-19 on November 8, 2020. The Department of Health has completed all contact tracing. After doing so they’ve concluded that our transportation department should continue operating as normal.
The last matter involves ...
Dr. Calvin hosting 'Meet The Superintendent' sessions:
Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III is inviting the community to join him virtually during a number of Meet The Superintendent events.
A video invitation from Dr. Calvin, who was sworn in as the new Superintendent of Schools on Sept. 1, can be viewed at the following link: youtube.com/watch?v=LXpSMDBI1p4
A date has been scheduled for each school with all meetings starting at 6 p.m. (Dates listed below)
If you would like to participate and attend a virtual meeting, please fill out this survey to register. A virtual invitation with a link will be emailed to you before the meeting.
Riley – Nov. 9, 2020
Leighton – Nov. 10, 2020
Kingsford – Nov. 12, 2020
Fitzhugh – ...
Drama Club releases 'OHS Old School Radio Theater':
The Oswego High School Drama Club is pleased to announce its first production of the year, ‘OHS Old School Radio Theater.’
The first release is a series of horror and suspense tales times for the Halloween and late autumn season, including “The Black Cat,” “Dracula” and “Sorry Wrong Number.”
The OHS Drama Club is planning a second release of holiday-themed shows before the holiday break, so stay tuned!
Viewers can find the full recordings for the three released shows via links to WBUC’s YouTube page below.
THE BLACK CAT: Adapted from the Edgar Allen Poe classic story – Link: youtube.com/watch?v=2XTK7fRgsBM
Cast: CHARLES (LORRE) - John Tsushimita; THE VOICE (Morgan) / ANNOUNCER / COMMERCIALS ...
View our Virtual OMS Open House:
Open House is an annual tradition and even with the ongoing pandemic, Oswego Middle School has found a way to keep that tradition going.
The OMS team came together to create short videos with messages from departments and educators from all around the school.
“We’d like to welcome you to our 2020 fall Open House,” Principal Mrs. Mary Beth Fierro says in the introductory video. “It’s a meet the teacher and see the school night, and we’re doing it virtually/remotely this year!”
In total, around two dozen videos are now available on the OCSD website for OMS’s virtual Open House.
Mrs. Fierro thanked the whole OMS team for their hard work to put everything together and allow families to still experience an Open House.
Superintendent's Letter: COVID Update 10.27.20:
Oct. 27, 2020
Dear Oswego City School District community,
Late this afternoon (Oct. 27, 2020) the District was notified by the Onondaga and Oswego County Health Departments that our entire Boys Varsity Soccer Team is being placed into quarantine. This is because a student from the Baldwinsville CSD, who was involved in a recent competition with our athletes (held on Oct. 24, 2020), has tested positive for COVID-19.
Please know, both Health Departments are now enacting contact tracing activities. All parents of students who are involved in this matter are currently being contacted by these Health Departments. Per federal privacy laws, the district is legally unable to disclose any further details or personally identifiable information regarding ...
VIDEO: CER team comes together for 'Spooktacular' literacy:
Staff from an Oswego City School District elementary school is helping students get into the Halloween spirit by creating a short picture book on video as part of an initiative to boost literacy.
The team at Charles E. Riley (CER) Elementary School came together ahead of the spooky-themed holiday to sing and collaborate on a video that features artwork and the song “The Ghost of John,” an old, well-known round.
“Traditionally we sing this round in general music as it works on several different high level musical skills in a fun way,” said CER K-6 Choral/General Music teacher Ceara Windhausen, who came up with the idea for a collaborative video for the Elementary literacy initiative “Spooktacular.”
Windhausen wrote the musical arrangement for ...
Application: Oswego High School Principal Search:
The Oswego City School District is seeking an experienced and forward-thinking high school Principal to provide instructional leadership to students, staff, and community members. He/she will lead innovative programs that result in attainment of the district’s vision, achievement of school and district goals and improve student performance.
The final date to submit an application is Friday, Nov. 13 with a start date to be determined.
More details and the full application can be found at the below link.
Oswego High School Principal Application
Letter: Families should have backup plan in case illnesses prompt switch to fully remote:
Oct. 16, 2020
Dear Oswego City School District Community,
As we are now in the fall season and approaching winter, the district has continued to work on ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff since our reopening. While doing so, we have been working diligently to implement our reopening plan with integrity and to follow through with the evolving guidance and/or regulations received from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).
Late last week, I shared the latest NYSDOH toolkit with all of you. This toolkit is one of multiple guidance documents that we’ve received that illustrates the many changes to medical information and/or guidance that we are learning about.
As a result of the current ...
Shorter OCSD marching band season planned for spring 2021:
Noting a large volume of support for and inquiries about the Oswego City School District marching band season, Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III said Tuesday, Oct. 6 a shorter season would take place in the spring.
After discussions with staff and reviewing survey results from program members, the decision was made to move forward with plans to offer a spring season that could include socially distanced practices and a performance on the turf.
“They really want to do a performance out on the new turf,” said Dr. Calvin, adding the hope is things by spring will have calmed down with COVID-19 enough to grant the program, and importantly the outgoing seniors, their wish.
During his Superintendent’s Report at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Dr. Calvin ...
OCSD protocols to help streamline, clarify questions and concerns process:
District administrators at Tuesday, Oct. 6’s OCSD Board of Education meeting unveiled new protocols and a flowchart designed to help guide those with questions and concerns to the best resource, and ensure they’re resolved as quick as possible.
Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III presented the new Protocol For Resolving Concerns to Board of Education members and said the district would be contacting parents soon with the chart, which describes 20-plus question subjects and who to reach out to first, second and down the line if a problem hasn’t yet been resolved.
Areas listed include attendance, athletics, behavior and classroom procedures, budget, employment food service, health, registration, safety, technology, transportation and more. ...
Superintendent's Letter: Additional COVID update 10.06.20:
October 6, 2020
Dear Oswego CSD Parents, Guardians, and Community,
The District was notified late Monday night by the Oswego County Health Department that we have another student, who attends an out-of-district educational program, who has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon notification, District officials, in conjunction with the health department, immediately began to investigate and discuss the implications of this matter, which included, but was not limited to, protocols for contact tracing.
The student last attended the out-of-district program on Sept. 28, 2020, and tested positive on Oct. 5, 2020. To secure the health and safety of our students and staff, the Oswego County Health Department will continue to fully investigate this concern. Close ...
Superintendent's Letter: COVID Update 10.05.20:
October 5, 2020
Dear Oswego CSD Parents, Guardians, and Community,
The district was notified late this afternoon by the Onondaga and Oswego County Health Departments that we have a student who attends Fitzhugh Park Elementary School who has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon notification, District officials, in conjunction with both health departments, immediately began to investigate and discuss the implications of this matter, which included, but was not limited to, protocols for contact tracing.
The student impacted by this concern was last in attendance on Sept. 25, 2020. It is important to note the student tested positive on Oct. 3, 2020.
Given the time that has lapsed since the student was in attendance, additional health related factors were evaluated and ...
No spectators at home OCSD sporting events:
With safety of the community and students mind, the Oswego City School District Board of Education at Tuesday, Sept. 29's meeting decided to allow no spectators at home sporting events for the fall season.
After examining the guidelines laid out by the state and Section III officials, the Board concluded the safest and most cost-effective decision was to move forward without spectators.
Board members discussed the benefits and potential risks that come with spectators, and ultimately a majority decided fewer people reduces risk, logistical concerns and chances for community spread of COVID-19. If anything changes regarding the pandemic, these rules can be reviewed and updated, officials added.
“Safety is our number one goal and was the driving force behind this ...
2017 alum to perform alongside Broadway star at virtual concert:
A recent graduate from Oswego City School District will perform a virtual duet with a Broadway star during a free online concert through SUNY Oswego on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Rachel Leotta, who graduated from Oswego High School in 2017 and starred in several OHS Musical and Drama Club roles while earning a number of accolades, will perform with Broadway star and recording artist Mandy Gonzalez, the college announced.
"Always eager to participate in anything and everything theatre-related, Rachel was a hard-working student in high school who also excelled in music classes where she was a member of Chamber Singers,” said OHS vocal music teacher Robert Dumas. “Rachel was selected for participation in NYSSMA's Conference All-State Mixed Chorus in December ...
September 23, 2020
Dear Oswego CSD Community,
I am writing to share that earlier today I learned that four of our students (one who attended school in person recently and three others who haven’t attended school in person as of yet) were quarantined by the Oswego Department of Health.
Due to HIPPA and FERPA confidentiality regulations - restraints the district is prevented and limited with respect to providing identifying information. However, I can share with all of you that none of the students who are involved have tested COVID-19 positive.
Please also know, the health department and district staff have completed all contact tracing that was necessary and have made contact with all individuals ...