Science fair brings creativity, hypotheses to Leighton Elementary:
Leighton Elementary students showed off their academic skills and creativity as part of the school’s inaugural Science Fair.
Held recently throughout the building, students in grades kindergarten through six explained to classmates, teachers and special guests how the scientific method applied to their projects.
Sixth-grade teacher James Hartmann, who helped coordinate the effort, said the Science Fair would not have been possible without the vision of Principal Kara Shore and financial assistance from the Terra Foundation to cover the cost of materials and related supplies.
Primary grades worked on full-class projects, including observing how rain clouds work using shaving cream and colored water and creating sounds with vibration using rubber bands. ...
Updated Press Release
May 29, 2018
On 5/28/2018, at approximately 9:30 AM, the Oswego City Police Department received information that there was a suspicious picture on social media. The picture was of a juvenile holding a rifle that appeared to be real with a threat made towards an unspecified school. The Oswego Police department, immediately began an investigation. Within a
brief period, several juveniles, who were alleged to have been involved, were located, interviewed and the threat was determined to not be credible. The alleged weapon was located and it was determined to be a plastic toy gun. Oswego Police continued their investigation and ultimately charged one 13-year-old male with the offense, if committed by an adult, of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree. ...
OHS hosts mock DWI crash ahead of prom:
In a moment that seemed too real, a mock driving while intoxicated crash scene at Oswego High School brought attention to the dangers of drinking and driving.
Just a few days ahead of the recent OHS prom, the Oswego County Stop-DWI Program, along with the help of several OHS juniors and community emergency personnel, provided a visual of what may follow irresponsible decisions. The mock scene involved a two-vehicle, head-on crash. One driver portrayed to be in a drunken state as beer cans littered the pavement, while OHS junior Willow-Su Knapp played a deceased front passenger in the other vehicle.
“911, what’s your emergency?” were the words from a mock student witness that began a detailed, play-by-play account from Oswego Fire Department member Mark ...
CER spring band concert showcases progress:
Several students at Charles E. Riley Elementary School have musically matured into talented instrumentalists, according to band director Kristen Jorgensen.
During the recent spring concert, held at the Oswego High School theater, Jorgensen beamed with pride as she told guests how rewarding it has been to see students in both the beginner band and fifth-sixth grades band have grown since the fall. At the March concert, she said, it was a big accomplishment for the mostly fourth-graders in beginner band to play notes at the same time while staying in rhythm. During their May concert, they performed “March,” “Beethoven’s Ninth” and “Tyrannosaurus Rocks” with advanced techniques of different sections playing simultaneously.
Fitzhugh teacher receives excellence award:
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child and at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School, it takes a team of teachers to raise up students in academic and social achievement.
That work was recently reflected in fourth-grade teacher Nicholas Little, who received the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. The only Oswego County recipient this year to achieve such recognition, Little was selected based on several criteria, including: making a difference in children’s lives, holds high expectations for students, exemplifies dedication and inspires and motivates all children and makes learning exciting.
He said his plaque and accompanying $5,000 stipend, is truly a team effort. Team Fitzhugh, Little said, is comprised of both staff and student Lighthouse Teams, ...
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!