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OMS students analyze DNA in paternity lab OMS students analyze DNA in paternity lab: Oswego Middle School students recently performed a college-level science exercise where they analyzed DNA samples to determine paternity.   Under the direction of science teacher Catherine Celeste and math teacher Sarah Davis, the full-day, hands-on science lab served as a pre-cursor to the students’ modern genetics unit in February. Celeste said the DNA activity occurred in late fall because that is when the lending library kit from Cornell University was available.   OMS students in Celeste’s life science and accelerated science classes completed the activity. The deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) profiling lesson, she said, was complex, but her students “rocked it.” They first reviewed DNA information, terminology and necessary tools for the exercise ...
OCSD to offer mobile messaging service OCSD to offer mobile messaging service: The Oswego City School District will soon offer a text messaging service to alert primary guardians about important school information.   Jamie Sykut, district technology director, said primary guardians of students will receive a text message on their cellular phone from the district’s short-code number of 67587 on Jan. 11. To opt-in to the service, recipients will just need to reply with “Y” or “Yes.”   Sykut said utilization of the SchoolMessenger system will more quickly alert families to various happenings throughout the district, including: key messages, school closings or delays, events and safety information, among others. The optional service will be an addition to a handful of communication tools the district already uses, including: ...
FPS/KPS vermicomposting project has room to grow FPS/KPS vermicomposting project has room to grow: Small groups of students have aimed to create a continuum of composting throughout the Oswego City School District.   Fitzhugh Park Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Judith Osetek and Roger Sprague, a now retired OCSD teacher turned volunteer, began a vermicomposting program in their respective classrooms during the 2017-2018 school year. After one successful compost bin in each classroom, the pair then applied for, and was successful at obtaining, a grant to expand the program to include their entire schools.   Through the grant, Sprague said “green teams” of students will develop and implement a recycling program, lead the vermicomposting effort at their schools and use their experience to teach younger students about the process.   “What ...
FPS students enjoy Cuddle Up and Read FPS students enjoy Cuddle Up and Read: Fitzhugh Park Elementary students recently wore their best holiday pajamas to school for the building’s annual Cuddle Up and Read event.   Held on the last school day of 2018 just before their holiday break, students listened to guest readers share some of their favorite holiday or winter stories. Some classrooms saw familiar FPS faces, as a few staff members were guest readers to several classrooms throughout the building. Additional guests included Oswego police officer Tom Rupert, who read “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas” to Courtney Johnston’s kindergarten students; Oswego City School District Board of Education member Sam Tripp, who also was happy to answer questions from students in Bridgette Krawczyk’s second-grade class and Oswego Fire Department ...
OCSD elementary students enjoy coding opportunities OCSD elementary students enjoy coding opportunities: Coding and programming have become both challenging and fun for Oswego City School District elementary school students.   While the schools recently celebrated Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code, which is an educational activity for students to try coding, student interest and teacher support has expanded to include both daily opportunities for coding/programming lessons and the establishment of a club.   At Charles E. Riley Elementary School, all students learned basic coding skills during library time with their teachers and library media specialist Molly Clark. During a visit from Stacy Dawson’s third-grade class, students followed an Hour of Code lesson where they used coding blocks to create a virtual dance party. The third-graders followed directions ...
OMS girls’ volleyball team creates quilts OMS girls’ volleyball team creates quilts: The Oswego Middle School girls’ volleyball team has warmed hearts this holiday season.   As a teambuilding and community service activity, coach Ellen Dillon said lessons in collaboration and kindness transformed into actions of comfort and consideration for those under the care of Hospice and at Peaceful Remedies. From family members and friends, the seventh- and eighth-grade students collected funds to purchase colorful patterns of fabric to be made into quilts. Dillon said the girls worked in small groups to determine which fabrics to put together for the cover, border and backing of each quilt.   “They did a lion’s share of the work,” Dillon said. “We spent some time about once a week and before or after a game doing this.   She ...
FPS spelling bee had 29 participants FPS spelling bee had 29 participants: There was nothing m-i-n-i-a-t-u-r-e about the effort that Fitzhugh Park Elementary student Camden Atkinson put into his school spelling bee.   The sixth-grader won the FPS spelling bee with the word “miniature” and will join his peers Jude Johnson (fourth-grade) and Barbera (fifth-grade) at the Oswego City School District spelling bee in March. The trio earned first-, second- and third-place honors, respectively, after a total 29 finalists in grades four to six competed in the building-wide event.   FPS’ spelling bee went 10 rounds. Each competitor was required to say the word, spell it and then repeat the word during their turn. If needed, students could ask for the definition, origin or for the word to be used in a sentence.   Prior to the spelling ...
OHS orchestras perform winter concert OHS orchestras perform winter concert: Oswego High School’s concert and symphonic orchestras beautifully performed classic and holiday pieces during their winter concert.   Held recently in OHS’ Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts, the concert attracted several dozen families and community members who offered generous applause after each instrumental piece. Conducted by Lindsey Serrao, the concert orchestra performed “Daybreak,” “Finale from Symphony No. 10 in G Major,” “Christmas Bits n Pieces,” “Largo and Finale from the New World,” and “Finale from Symphony No. 2 in C Major.”   The symphonic orchestra then took the stage to perform the intriguing sounds of “Iditarod,” before “Kings of Orient” and “Brooke ...
OCSD Capital Project Passes OCSD Capital Project Passes: Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey was overjoyed with the positive results of the Dec. 18 capital project vote.   A total of 1,800 out of 2,733 voters fully supported the $63.1 million project, which provided the district with the supermajority needed to pass the referendum. Dr. Goewey said OCSD administration and staff members, along with the district’s many partners and community members, worked together to make their visions a reality.   “We worked tirelessly for the last two months; I knew the community would support our students,” he said.   He thanked everyone for their comments, concerns, feedback and advice, as they all have helped the district learn and grow. He said he is proud of everyone who promoted the project ...
KPS students earn gratefulness honors KPS students earn gratefulness honors: Kingsford Park Elementary is full of grateful children.   That was proven during the school’s monthly citizenship awards presentation in November where 30 students received certificates of recognition because they exhibited gratefulness throughout the month. One student from each classroom and special area were selected for the honor after they had shown appreciation of kindness.   Each awardee accepted their certificate in front of the entire student body, KPS staff members and select special guests. Honorees included: Allena Schloss, Roslyn Barry, Salvador Alejo, Sophia Waite, Savannah Thompson, Derek DeCarr, Lucas Shafner, Faith Giberson, Leah Sevigny, Sanuth Rupasinghe, Connor Kelly, Alex Farley, Jenna Jones, Brody Williams, Noah Whalen, Schyler Ives, Audrey Donovan, ...
Minetto Elementary spreads kindness Minetto Elementary spreads kindness: Minetto Elementary School students have sprinkled holiday cheer around their school with a 25 Acts of Kindness initiative.   School counselor Alexandra Kesselring organized the effort for Minetto staff members and students in pre-kindergarten through grade six to form stronger bonds, promote appreciation and spread smiles.   “It’s all about spreading kindness,” she said. “It’s the season of giving.”   While any act of kindness will do, Kesselring came up with the following 25 free-and-easy suggestions: hold the door open for someone, feed the birds, write a nice note for the school library media specialist, let someone go ahead of you in line, pick up litter, write a note to your mail carrier, tell someone why they are special ...
CER students advance to district spelling bee CER students advance to district spelling bee: Charles E. Riley Elementary fifth-grader Angela Lin took was recently named the school spelling bee champion.   Sixth-graders Kadae Hunley, Mackenzie Bennett and Lauren Isham will join Lin at the Oswego City School District -wide spelling bee in March, after they earned second-, third- and fourth-place respectively. Each of the finalists let out sighs of relief as they spelled words correctly during the final, challenging rounds.   “All of you who have competed so far have done amazing, absolutely amazing,” said fifth-grade teacher Nestor Aviles, who assisted with the event.   He and the judges: sixth-grade teacher Teanna Smith and fifth-grade teachers Pamela Hall and Mary Wilson, along with pronouncer and sixth-grade teacher Chris Trapasso, commended ...
OHS wrestlers show teamwork off the mat OHS wrestlers show teamwork off the mat: The Oswego High School boys’ varsity wrestling team learned that many hands make light work and a good team bonding experience.   At the Salvation Army in Oswego, the boys joined coach Michael Howard and Salvation Army Capt. Heather Odom to sort and pack nonperishable food items for the nonprofit’s annual holiday initiative. Capt. Odom said she was so impressed last holiday season with the students’ drive and willingness to help people in need that she invited them back again to expedite the packing process.   Each team member manned a table where they put canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, boxed side dishes and a treat for each family signed up for the program. Much like an assembly line, the process ran smoothly, effectively and efficiently. Howard ...
Leighton crowns spelling bee winners Leighton crowns spelling bee winners: Leighton Elementary students were abuzz with excitement during the annual school spelling bee.   After eight rounds of spelling words, such as balsam and chivalrous, competitors: fourth-grader Dania Algebory, fifth-grader Joseph Wall and fourth-grader Logan McRae placed first-, second and third, respectively. Open to Leighton students in grades three to six, 22 finalists made it to the school-wide competition where literacy specialist Amy Armet emceed the event.   Armet said the words were difficult on the qualifying test and she couldn’t be prouder of all participants. Throughout the competition, Armet read each word to the contestants, who were then required to repeat the word before they spelled it. Participants also were able to request the definition and for it ...
Leatherworking fun for Minetto 4th grade Leatherworking fun for Minetto 4th grade: Minetto Elementary School fourth-graders created leather bookmarks as a culmination activity to a recent Native American academic unit.   Following English language arts and social studies lessons, students easily answered questions asked by guest presenter Rebecca Johnston, store manager of the Syracuse-based Tandy Leather. The group of students learned that Native Americans used all components of animals for various purposes, such as: food, clothing and jewelry.   Each fourth-grader was invited to feel various animal hide, such as deer, rabbit, cow and snake. While most students in Susan Thompson’s class preferred the soft fur of a fox’s tail, some opted not to touch the scaly snake skin.   Furthering their knowledge of animals with leatherworking, ...
OCSD athletic teams give back for the holidays OCSD athletic teams give back for the holidays: Several Oswego City School District athletic teams have embraced the district’s student-centered mission and expanded their reach to include neighbors in need.   Ahead of the holiday season, the Oswego High School indoor track team, wrestling team and the girls’ basketball program all have committed to their teams’ sense of unity as each group offered its own charitable giving opportunity. During a recent Oswego State Men’s Ice Hockey game, members of the OHS indoor track team volunteered to help make the annual teddy bear toss an even greater success, as the high schoolers helped sell and then collect the stuffed animals after they were thrown on the ice once the Lakers’ scored their first goal.   A day later, OHS’s junior varsity and ...
OCSD students host holiday concerts OCSD students host holiday concerts: Students throughout the Oswego City School District have invited the greater Oswego community to attend their holiday concerts where they will showcase their vocal and instrumental talents.   Band, chorus and orchestra performances from each of the seven buildings have been designed to fill the theater at Oswego High School with holiday cheer as students from OCSD’s elementary, middle and high schools have prepared holiday classics and additional musical highlights.   While the Kingsford Park Elementary groups recently performed Dec. 4 and the Charles E. Riley Elementary School groups will perform tonight, Dec. 5, the following concerts are scheduled at OHS through month’s end:   Minetto band, chorus and orchestra: 7 p.m. Dec. 6 OHS band: 7:30 ...
OCSD students participate in Area All-State ensembles OCSD students participate in Area All-State ensembles: Some of Oswego City School District’s most talented high school musicians were selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association’s Zone 4 Area All-State Music Festival.   Held recently in Fulton, the festival served as a celebration of the vocal and instrumental success of each participant. OCSD students performed alongside some of the top high school musicians and singers from throughout Oswego, Herkimer, Oneida and Madison counties. Students were selected to perform based on their solo scores in the spring.   The following Oswego High School students were selected for the Area All-State Orchestra: Jesse Young (bassoon), Thomas Wallace (timpani), Elyse Maniccia (violin I), Kristen Bell and Ruhma Khawaja (violin II), Sonja Andrson (viola), ...
OHS NHS raises funds for American Cancer Society OHS NHS raises funds for American Cancer Society: The Oswego High School National Honor Society recently hosted a No Shave November fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Several teachers were joined by one student for the event, where participants collected pledges and donations totaling $297.84. Pictured are the following participants: Barney Johnson, Kirk Mulverhill, Benji Hall, Rob Talamo, Thom Caswell, BJ Galka, Shawn Caroccio, Shawn Nagel, Chris Mangano, Mike Wilson and OHS Junior Vinny Livich. Absent from the photo are: are Robert Dumas, Matt Bock and Steve Defren.  
Riley Captain’s Choir performs at college festival Riley Captain’s Choir performs at college festival: Some of Oswego City School District’s youngest and most talented singers recently performed at the LeMoyne College Jazz Festival.   The second annual event for Charles E. Riley Elementary School’s honor choir, now named Captain’s Choir, brought the elementary group to perform amongst some of the area’s most talented high school ensembles from throughout the state. CER Captain’s Choir Director Ceara Windhausen said the exciting opportunity also enabled the students to “work with famous jazz artists from all over the world.”   “That teaches them to work toward a common goal of success,” she said. “It lets them see what the possibilities are for them outside of Oswego and to then bring their experiences back to our ...



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