OHS Music Students Earn Recognition:
The recent accomplishments of several Oswego High School students were music to the ears of Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey and members of the Board of Education.
Participants in the recent New York State School Music Association’s Annual Conference All-State ensembles were recognized by Dr. Goewey and the BOE because their musical gifts continue to bring forth increased opportunities for growth. Because those working in the district’s music department have strived to guide students with its student-centered mission, the talents of the six honorees have blossomed with each lesson, added practice time and invitation to special performances, such as NYSSMA Conference All-State.
Certificates of recognition were distributed by Board ...
OHS Student Council Accepts SUNY Club Donation:
The Oswego City School District Board of Education and members of the OCSD administrative team welcomed members of the SUNY Oswego Enactus Club during the March 5 board meeting at Oswego High School. Club members presented OHS student council officers with a check for $516.33. The funds were collected during a recent SUNY Oswego Men's Ice Hockey Team home game, thanks to a partnership with Chelle's Bake Shop. What a great way for both groups of students to work together!
OCSD Celebrates Music in Our Schools Month:
The Oswego City School District is thrilled to offer a variety of musical performances throughout the month of March, in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month.
Students from each of the district’s elementary buildings to Oswego Middle School and Oswego High School will showcase their talents during each vocal and instrumental performance.
Between concerts, music festivals and additional entertainment, there are plenty of options for the community to experience a part of the thriving arts programs OCSD has to offer. The following Music in Our Schools Month performances are open to the public:
March 5: CER orchestra concert, 6:30 p.m. @ CER
March 5: FPS band concert, 6:30 p.m. @ FPS
March 6: CER band concert, 6:30 p.m. @ CER
March 6: MIN chorus ...
OMS students receive Q2 honors:
Hundreds of Oswego Middle School students were recently awarded honor roll or high honor roll status after completion of the second marking period.
OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro, along with the middle school staff members, commended each student for their academic achievement. Seventh-graders who achieved honor roll status are: Jeremiah Alton, Clayton Andrews, Ariel Baldwin, Nicholas Besaw, Caylin Birmingham, Jennah
Bovay, Bella Brown, Anthony Burke Jr., Lisa Cantu, Mathew Carr, Nala-Rose Checksfield,
Racheal Crane, Caydence Davies, Skyler Davis, Brian DeSantis, Madison Dingman, Jack
Donovan, Aidan Evans, Mariah Farmer, Maelynn Freeman, Jackson Garcia, Savannah Geer,
Noah Gibson, Olivia Godfrey, Remi Gosek, Makenna Grant, Corbin Hare, Mason Haynes,
Dawson Heins-Manwaring, ...
KPS students honored for exhibiting courage:
Kingsford Park Elementary School students were recently honored in front of their peers, school staff members and special guests during an assembly because they exhibited courage throughout the month of February.
One student from each classroom and special area received a certificate of recognition after they were honored because they were able to face challenges with bravery. Honorees include: Aidan Greenwood, William VanHorn III, Tucker Smith, Liam Wilbur, Brayden Bello, Alexia Pelfrey, Peyton Tynan, Hannah Shortslef, Attalie Anderson, Nora Newell, Vinny Pezzlo, Christian Thompson, Sahyma Isbell, Cedric Brown, Adam Greene, Jamer Stepien, Emery O’Brien, Robin Monette, AlainaDiBlasi, Daniel Buske, Chunyang (Kent) Yu, Robin Monette, Elly LeRoy, Jivana Chetney, Madison Waters, ...
Reading Proficiency Displayed at OCSD Battle of the Books:
Oswego City School District students displayed their reading proficiency at the district-wide Battle of the Books competition.
Teams from Fitzhugh Park, Kingsford Park, Frederick Leighton, Minetto and Charles E. Riley competed at the third and fourth grade level (primary) as well as the fifth and sixth grade level (intermediate). Each round contained a series of 16 questions relating to books that the students read previously.
Kingsford Park primary and intermediate teams proved victorious and will continue to represent OCSD at the Oswego County Battle of the Books that will be held March 12 at Sandy Creek High School.
Primary team winners were Nora Newell, Sienna Spencer and Lucy Woodruff. Intermediate team winners were Alaina DiBlasi and Audrey Donovan.
Dean and Dane, February 2019:
Please be sure to watch the latest Dean and Dane show for some recent district news, and Dr. Goewey discusses the March Leaders with Literacy book.
OHS musical raises $500 for local charity:
Students and staff members involved with Oswego High School's recent production of the “Kiss Me, Kate!” recently capitalized on the musical comedy’s Shakespeare connection to raise $500 for the Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County.
Donations were collected at both the Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 performances in the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts at Oswego High School. A total 1,100 patrons were invited to contribute to the cause, in which the Oswego County Opportunities-based program assists local residents with improving their literacy skills. Robert Dumas, the musical’s stage director, commended the greater Oswego community for its generosity. Garrett Heater, the musical’s stage director, echoed that sentiment.
“We are ...
UPK applications now accepted for 2019-20:
The Oswego City School District has announced that applications are now available for its universal pre-kindergarten program.
Designed for children who were born between Dec. 2, 2014 and Dec. 1, 2015, the UPK program seeks to meet the individual needs of children in the following areas: academics, language, and social/emotional/physical development. All components will prepare the UPK students to successfully transition into kindergarten the following school year.
The program is offered at no cost, and children will be selected by a lottery system. OCSD has anticipated having one full-day session at Frederick Leighton Elementary School and half-day sessions at the following buildings: Charles E. Riley, Fitzhugh Park, Frederick Leighton, Kingsford Park and Minetto. The ...
OCSD unified sports now includes bowling:
The acceptance of students of all abilities has made the Oswego City School District’s unified sports program blossom, just one year after it began.
Unified sports for the district began last year with basketball and that has now grown to include bowling. Overseen by Kyle Brown and coach Kristina Taylor, the unified bowling team has attracted a couple dozen OHS students from all grade levels and abilities. Brown said the athletes, or students with disabilities, are paired up with general education students to help support, cheer and guide them one-on-one. Teaching assistants also are on hand to support students who utilize individualized education plans.
While the unified bowling season is short, Brown said much comradery, commitment and fun has been packed into ...
OCSD to begin accepting BOE petitions March 1:
The Oswego City School District will accept petitions for Board of Education members, beginning March 1.
The district will fill two three-year seats on the OCSD Board of Education during the May 21 election, which also is the 2019-2020 school budget vote date.
A candidate for the board must meet the following qualifications:
Be at least 18 years of age
Be able to read and write
Be a citizen of the United States of America
Be a qualified vote of the district
Be a resident of the school district for at lest one year prior to the election
Has not been removed from any school district office within the preceding year
Does not reside with another board member of the same school board
Is not a current employee of the school district
Leighton Elementary Begins Fitness Fridays:
Leighton Elementary students and teachers are committed to living healthier lives at school, thanks, in part, to the implementation of Fitness Fridays. Physical education teacher Frederick Donabella said now everyone can have more activity in school, via a quick workout that all classrooms follow each Friday. “The goal is 10 minutes of non-stop movement and we hope we can build on that,” he said. Fridays, Donabella said, were figured to be the best days to get students moving and get some energy out before the weekend.
At left, fourth-grade students in Jessica Leonard’s classroom practice various exercises, as part of Leighton Elementary’s new Fitness Fridays program.
CER teams advance to district book battle:
Two fifth- and sixth- grade Battle of the Books teams went head-to-head during the recent Charles E. Riley Elementary School building battle, but it was the “Riley Rocking Readers” that came out victorious.
The quick, friendly competition put the “Riley Rocking Readers” up against “The Fab Four.” Each team’s members worked together to discuss answers to 16 detailed questions asked about each of the 10 books required to be read as part of the Battle of the Books. The students did their best to answer questions about which book had a quest to live in all states and a character see grass for the first time, among others.
All competitors were stumped over just a couple of questions, all asked by library media specialist Molly Clark. ...
Leighton Elementary students celebrate Heart Month:
Leighton Elementary School students have committed to becoming heart heroes.
In celebration of American Heart Month, Leighton students welcomed Meg Gibbons, American Heart Association youth market director, to talk about how they can come together to save lives. Through participation in the upcoming Kids Heart Challenge, students may raise funds for research and treatment related to children who were born with heart issues.
Under the direction of physical education teacher Frederick Donabella, students will participate in an upcoming week of physical activities during their PE class. Students are invited to collect pledges and donations for the Kids Heart Challenge. While students have the chance to win various prizes, the most rewarding one involves Donabella. During ...
Minetto kindergartners become published authors:
One class at Minetto Elementary School recently turned into Perry’s Perfect Penguin Publishers.
Kindergarteners in Leeanne Perry’s classroom celebrated all the hard work that went into their very first group research project all about penguins. Together, the young students looked up penguin facts and organized their findings based on what penguins looked like, what they did, their body parts and other interesting facts.
After all information was compiled, the students hand-wrote their stories. The first four pages of each penguin-shaped book contained the information the whole group gathered, but the fifth and final page was left up to the budding authors. Perry said that provided the students an opportunity to individualize their story. Stories were then ...
OCSD readies for kindergarten registration:
Kindergarten registration for the Oswego City School District will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 through March 1 at the education center, 1 Buccaneer Blvd.
Incoming kindergartners do not need to attend the registration process, but the district has asked parents or guardians to bring the following required information with them:
Complete registration forms
Birth or baptismal certificate
Proof of child’s immunizations: Minimum dose required according to New York State guidelines. According to the district’s Policy #7511, children will be excluded from school after 14 calendar days if immunization requirements are not received.
Legal custody papers, if applicable
Proof of residence (mortgage, lease, bank statement, utility bill, etc.) ...
FPS 4th, 5th graders advance to district battle:
For the first time in a few years, the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School Battle of the Books third- and fourth-grade event required tie-breaker questions before a winning team was announced.
Fourth-graders Lily Braun, Braelyn Gallagher and Amalia Sloan of “The Reading Cheetahs” team edged out “The Reading Kittens” members of Lily Anzalone and Olivia Williams when both groups were asked “In which book does a character have a taste for chocolate cake?”
Each student read and studied detailed facts about 10 books, outside of their regular classwork, as part of the annual Battle of the Books friendly competition. Each team had 30 seconds to answer questions, with eight points earned for a correct title and author, or five points for a title ...
Leighton's book battles were close:
The excitement over Leighton Elementary’s 2019 Battle of the Books competition was apparent during the recent tight races at the school.
Tense moments filled the latter portion of the friendly battles, as both the third/fourth and fifth/sixth grade competitions were so close. First-place winners Reagan Wood, Grace St. Onge and Mike Waters edged out their competition by just three points to be declared the building’s third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Book champions. For their efforts, those team members received a gold medal and have advanced to the Oswego City School District battle, which will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Oswego High School.
The fifth- and sixth-grade battle had the crowd of students, teachers and special guests on the edge of their ...
OCSD recognizes fifth-grader for promoting literacy:
Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey recently joined members of the Board of Education in a renewed commitment to openly recognize district employees, students and community members who have embodied selflessness and achieved success.
During the Feb. 5 board meeting, Dr. Goewey and Board President Aimee Callen, on behalf of the entire BOE, presented Charles E. Riley Elementary School fifth-grader Brooke Trevett with a certificate of recognition because of her dedication and thoughtfulness associated with Brooke’s Books Project. Dr. Goewey commended the student for founding the project, while promoting literacy and kindness, much like the district has done throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
“Her mission is to share her love of reading, ...
KPS teacher models respect for others:
Kingsford Park Elementary students were recently celebrated because they have shown respectfulness throughout the month of January, but it was a generous display of respect outside of the classroom that made kindergarten teacher Robin Tryon a school hero.
In an unexpected twist to the school’s citizenship awards ceremony, Tryon’s kindergarten teammates organized a beautiful surprise. They welcomed her family members to acknowledge her efforts to save the life of her step-brother, Mark Swisher, by actively pursuing the possibility of donating one of her kidneys to him.
The tribute included a video message from Swisher, flowers, hugs, tears of joy, a framed photo of Tryon and Swisher, and several kidney stickers with positive and inspiring messages KPS colleagues ...