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Minetto in motion: fitness fun Minetto in motion: fitness fun: Minetto Elementary students are on the move to create increased strength, attention and focus.   A fun, physical break from a student’s day is welcomed at the new Minetto Way course, which offers both physical challenges and positive affirmations to enable participants to refocus their day and remain in a calm place. Spearheaded by the building’s occupational therapists and physical therapists, the course directs students and teachers alike to hop, complete wall push-ups, walk a winding path, crab walk, do jumping jacks and planks before it ends with participants looking in the mirror and reading out loud how they can be respectful, responsible and problem-solvers.   Physical therapist Amy Jo Battles said the movement also helps the students organize directions, ...
Kindergartners enjoy monster videoconference Kindergartners enjoy monster videoconference: Nothing was scary about a recent monster lesson for Jack Schirtz’s kindergarten class at Leighton Elementary School.   The young students were thrilled to participate in the 2018 Monster Match, a distance learning project facilitated by NYS Distance Learning Consortium members. Schirtz’s class was paired up with a class at DeRuyter Elementary School to create their own monster using a variety of crafting materials. They also wrote directions, so their partner class could create an identical monster.   Library media specialist Beth McCrobie first had the students practice giving her specific directions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. After some trial and error, she said, the students learned they needed to be precise in both giving and following ...
Oswego schools accept STEM kits for supplemental learning Oswego schools accept STEM kits for supplemental learning: Several of Oswego City School District’s youngest students have been gifted increased opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering and math.   Thanks to the generosity of Exelon Generation’s Nine Mile Point and James A. FitzPatrick stations, 34 “The ABC’s of S.T.E.M.” educational kits have been delivered to kindergarten through second-grade teachers to supplement students’ learning with take-home lessons. The kits are the brainchild of Karyn Burns-Gerling, a Central New York resident who wanted children to better understand skills they’re good at, career awareness and other highlights related to STEM fields.   OCSD Superintendent Dean Goewey extended his appreciation to Exelon, on behalf of the school district, because ...
Minetto students unite against bullying Minetto students unite against bullying: A wave of orange sailed along the upstairs hallway at Minetto Elementary School as part of a unity chain celebration, which commemorated October as Bullying Prevention Month.   Held on Oct. 24, Minetto students lined up outside classrooms, where they took their own orange strips of paper with anti-bullying messages and linked them together to create one large symbol of strength, togetherness and kindness. Several students also wrote messages of how they are unique. Students and staff members alike were also dressed from head to toe in orange, a color which represented solidarity.   Alexandra Kesselring, school counselor, coordinated the event to promote inclusion, something engrained in each school day at Minetto Elementary. Second-grader Austin Avalos wrote that a student ...
KPS students celebrate kindness KPS students celebrate kindness: Kingsford Park Elementary School students were honored during a recent school assembly because they exhibited kindness throughout the month of October.   A total of 31 students were recognized by their classroom or special area teachers in the school gymnasium, where they each received a certificate, cheers and applause in front of the entire student body. First-grade teacher Ashley Malchoff emceed the event and made sure every KPS student knew that they, too, were special and everyone should show love and kindness.   United in kindness, a paper chain displayed 400 acts of kindness observed by classmates that were written on strips of colored paper and then linked to one another. Patience with others, hugs and friendships were a few of the many examples of kindness.   ...
Leighton Elementary celebrates Read-a-Thon Leighton Elementary celebrates Read-a-Thon: Leighton loves literacy.   That was apparent during the elementary school’s annual Read-a-Thon celebration, hosted by the Leighton Home & School Association on Oct. 12. The event has sought to promote literacy and a love of reading in the school’s students because reading is as an integral part of educational success.   With the support of family and friends, students in kindergarten through grade six were challenged to read a total of 240 minutes in a 10-daytime span. They could read with those supporters or read alone. The top three readers for students in kindergarten through grade three were Lauren Jorgensen, Phiona Buck and Megan Campbell. The same honors for students in grades four to six were: Grace St. Onge, Olivia Emmons and Rhilynn Rudgick.  A ...
OHS Drama Club focus on women’s movement OHS Drama Club focus on women’s movement: The Oswego High School Drama Club will feature the global and evolving representation of women during its upcoming 2018-2019 school year productions.   “Picnic,” by William Inge, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 in OHS’ Robinson-Faust Center for the Performing Arts with a remarkable cast which will bring the smoldering, Pulitzer prize-winning play to life. OHS students will help tell the story of a young drifter whose charisma and attractiveness disrupts the quiet lives of the women in a small Kansas town. The production will be directed by Garrett Heater and produced by Robert Dumas, both of which are Drama Club co-chairmen.    “Throughout rehearsals for “Picnic,” I have encouraged discussions among the student actors ...
Leighton students spread kindness Leighton students spread kindness: Once a Buc, always a Buc.   That sentiment has remained true for former Oswego City School District student Riley Delles who was diagnosed with leukemia over the summer, three weeks after moving out of state. Her former Leighton Elementary School community, which she was a part of from pre-kindergarten through grade four, has rallied around their friend to support both her and her family through Riley’s health struggles.   Fourth-grade teacher Jessica Leonard described her former student as “an amazingly smart, kind, intelligent, funny little girl who was a friend to all” who also has embodied kindness and compassion. Leonard said Riley was thrilled to find colorfully painted kindness rocks throughout the community and enjoyed visiting Leighton’s kindness ...
KPS students fall into fitness KPS students fall into fitness: All students at Kingsford Park Elementary will ride along the healthy highway throughout the 2018-2019 school year, thanks to supportive staff members who have committed to encouraging positive habits.   The school’s recent Fall into Fitness event served as a kick-off for the building’s implementation of the county-wide Healthy Highways program. Supported by the Oswego City School District, Healthy Highways is a collaborative effort amongst local agencies to offer information and resources to children about making healthy choices. KPS physical education teacher Jeffrey Gordon and fifth-grade teacher Jessica Burridge spearheaded Fall into Fitness, an afternoon of fun.   “We’re trying to show kids it’s more than just exercise,” Gordon said. ...
Chinese professors learn from Leighton students Chinese professors learn from Leighton students: Oswego City School District students have expanded their learning to include teaching professors from across the world.   Small groups of students at both Leighton and Minetto elementary schools provided insight to Chinese professors who recently spent two weeks in the Oswego community, as a first-of-its-kind component of a partnership of SUNY Oswego.   At Leighton, students Alicia Cantu, Maggie O’Leary and Leah McRae participated in a panel discussion, in which the Chinese professors received information and asked questions on the cultural differences between student academics and social activities. A few of those professors were impressed with O’Leary’s description of Battle of the Books and quickly wrote down a description of the friendly, competitive ...
OCSD honors August graduates OCSD honors August graduates: The Oswego City School District recently celebrated six August graduates.   Recognized at a Board of Education meeting, Lateisha Rose Colon, Frederick A. Gonzalez, Seth Michael Partridge, Jordyn Sanders and Hunter Smith received their diplomas from OHS Principal Patrick Wallace. Congratulatory remarks and handshakes were also offered by BOE president Aimee Callen, OCSD Superintendent Dean Goewey and OCSD Executive Director of Secondary Education and Personnel Heidi Sweeney.   Absent from the meeting was graduate Kaylee Won Polmanteer.   Following much applause, cheers and photographs, the graduates and their families joined Oswego City School District staff members, students and community members in celebration with light refreshments. Oswego City ...
Morning Meetings a success at Leighton Morning Meetings a success at Leighton: Community culture has been the foundation of each Leighton Elementary School classroom since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.   To create a sense of acceptance and belonging, Leighton teachers have implemented Morning Meetings each day, following a responsive classroom training workshop during the summer. Third-grade teacher Michelle McManus said several of her students have latched onto the routine and have blossomed socially, emotionally and therefore, academically.   “I want them to know that the classroom is a safe place and we are a family,” she said.   Despite the struggles children may have at home and outside of school, McManus said, Morning Meeting is designed to bring everyone together and provide comfort. She said the natural outcome ...
OHS students bring the pep OHS students bring the pep: Oswego High School students showed off their school spirit by wearing shades of Buc blue and cheering on their peers during fall sports team announcements and other activities, as part of the recent fall pep rally.  While the seniors remained victorious in several games, students from grades nine through 12 and their teachers supported everyone as Buc pride filled the Leighton Elementary gymnasium.             
KPS drop-off changes promotes safety KPS drop-off changes promotes safety: New drop-off procedures at Kingsford Park Elementary School have resulted in consistently happy and safe morning of the 2018-2019 school year.   Before the start of each school day, a few orange cones have been lined up to create a drop-off lane on West Fifth Street in front of the KPS. Principal Mary Volkomer said she has been thrilled with the results of the new procedures, after a few communications about the changes were sent to parents.   Traffic congestion and potential safety hazards have been eliminated, thanks to the school opening both West Fifth Street side doors to the school. Volkomer said the convenience of using both entrances enable multiple vehicles at one time let children off the sidewalk side of their vehicles. Vehicles should pull into the lane and drive ...
New KPS playground a community effort New KPS playground a community effort: The harder the effort, the harder the play.   Two years after Kingsford Park Elementary School students helped rally the community behind a need for a new playground, children have again enjoyed recess—this time with more friends, activities and safety. A large group of students who are now fourth-graders, advocated then at City Hall for a new playground. Their efforts quickly gained support of 5 th Ward Councilman John Gosek, City of Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow, Oswego City School District administration, the KPS Home and School Association and an abundance of community members.   Students utilized skills learned in the classroom and through the district’s Leader in Me initiative to work together toward a common goal and see through it until success was achieved. ...
Collaboration leads to hovercraft rides Collaboration leads to hovercraft rides: A combination of science, math and life skills brought Oswego City School District sixth-graders together for successful hovercraft rides.   A full day’s work was put in by teams of students, whose members were assigned designated roles of leadership, measurement and data recording, among others. Periods of trial and error brought the teams closer together as they learned collaboration, teamwork, listening and problem-solving skills. Each OCSD elementary building participated in the Hovercraft Project, which enabled students – and their teachers – to ride hovercrafts from one side of a gymnasium to the other.   Led by Matthew Chase of Chase Educational Consulting, the project taught students that failure is about lessons learned to improve issues to make ...
FPS open house attracts hundreds FPS open house attracts hundreds: Open House at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School brought students, their families, teachers and other supporters together to synergize about the 2018-2019 school year.   A crowd gathered into the gymnasium where students and their guests were greeted by Principal Donna Simmons who emphasized the importance of the school’s Leader in Me program, shared information on what it means to be a Title I school and reiterated the commitment of FPS staff to ensuring they “go above and beyond to make sure every student is fully -prepared and life-ready.” A focus of the school year, she said, is for staff members to guide students along with the advancement of their academic skills and practice mindfulness to help share strategies to increase s student’s abilities to focus. ...
Congressman Katko celebrates OHS students' efforts Congressman Katko celebrates OHS students' efforts: Fort Ontario is one step closer to becoming national park, thanks to hundreds of Oswego City School District students who aimed to see their community’s history stand on a national platform.   Officers from Oswego High School’s National Honor Society chapter were invited to a special ceremony on Sept. 21 at the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum, where U.S. Rep. John Katko helped the students and Oswego community celebrate the passage of the Fort Ontario Study Act. The legislation has aimed to put both Fort Ontario and the museum well on its way to becoming a national park, a fete the high schoolers said has been joyous to see from beginning to near end.   OHS graduate Danielle DelConte led the effort during the 2017-2018 school year where hundreds of ...
OMS Open House attracts hundreds of families OMS Open House attracts hundreds of families: Oswego Middle School’s recent Open House was a huge success.   Several hundred families attended the annual event, which gave Oswego City School District seventh- and eighth-graders the opportunity to showcase their initial 2018-2018 school year progress, artwork and goals. The middle schoolers also introduced their parents or guardians to their teachers and helped their families navigate the school hallways. The students and their guests were invited to dine together in the school cafeteria where they enjoyed salad, pizza, breadsticks, brownies and a drink.   OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro said Open House is an engaging event for student and their families who communicate there about current school events, important reminders, schoolwork, extracurricular opportunities ...
OHS hosts Meet the Teacher night OHS hosts Meet the Teacher night: Parents and guardians of Oswego High School students stepped into their child’s shoes as they experienced a mock day in their life during the building’s recent Meet the Teacher night.   Families first visited the cafeteria where they received pertinent community information to help students achieve success both inside and outside of school. Debra Kasmer, OHS administrative intern, said that inaugural portion of the evening aimed to improve school-to-home relations. Students and their families enjoyed refreshments before they walked the hallways and visited classrooms together. At left, OHS junior Kathleen McGreevy introduces her mother, Amanda Plasse, to English teacher Gretchen Fronk during the high school’s recent Meet the Teacher night.  



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