Buc Boosters honored:
The Oswego City School District on Tuesday honored two members of the Buc Boosters and recognized all “parents and advocates across the district” for their efforts to fund and support athletic and extracurricular activities.
OCSD Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey and Board of Education President Aimee Callen presented certificates of appreciation to Judy Queale-Dunsmoor and Lu Collins, former president and secretary of the Buc Boosters, respectively, at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Goewey said Queale-Dunsmoor and Collins were part of a “whole group who stepped up to the plate when the district really needed it during tough times.”
The Buc Boosters and other groups raised tens of thousands of dollars during the 2016-2017 school year to ...
Pageant of Champions this weekend to showcase Oswego Marching Bucs:
This Saturday, the Oswego City School District’s Marching Buccaneers will continue a tradition that has thrilled and delighted audiences for four decades as the hosts of the 39 th Annual Pageant of Champions.
As the sun goes down and bright lights illuminate Joe Wilber Field, spectators will have the opportunity to witness some of the premiere field bands in New York compete in a dazzling display of sight and sound in a performance wholly unique to Oswego.
“We’re at home for this show and the people in the community that don’t normally come out to see the marching band can come see what we’re all about,” said Oswego High School Senior Mary Bornheimer, who serves as Marching Bucs Drum Major, adding that the audience “can expect ...
OCSD Welcomes a new Athletic Director:
As the newly appointed director of physical education and athletics for the Oswego City
School District, Rhonda Bullard brings years of educational and administrative
experience as well as a personal connection to the Buccaneer program.
A Minetto native and graduate of Oswego High School, Bullard returns to her alma mater
this year with the passionate goal of “building pride back into being a Buccaneer.”
“We’re going to create great relationships with people and establish open communication
so we can all come together and build a unified community,” Bullard said, noting that the
acronym “BUC” -- Build a Unified Community -- will be central to her mission in
overseeing the department.
Bullard said she wants to home-in on promoting ...
Entering its second year, FitzHugh Park’s “The Leader In Me” program promotes positive change, habits and community:
Fitzhugh Park Elementary School embarked last week on its second year of participating in an innovative and groundbreaking whole-school transformation program that gives educators, administrators and students the tools and encouragement to create positive change in their communities and fully recognize the power of leadership.
The Leader In Me program, first instituted in the 2016-2017 school year and made possible by a grant from Oswego’s Richard S. Shineman Foundation, has taken hold at Fitzhugh by tapping into Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and building on the premise that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader.
The Seven Habits guide educators and students at Fitzhugh in many of the important ...
OCSD welcomes in 2017-2018 school year with “Freshman First” day at OHS:
As the Oswego City School District opened its doors Wednesday for the 2017-2018 school year, Oswego High School welcomed the newest members of its student population for the second annual “Freshman First” day.
Designed to ease ninth grade Buccaneers into the rigors of high school, Freshman First day gives members of the Class of 2021 the campus of OHS to themselves one day before the rest of the students arrive.
OCSD Executive Director of Secondary Education and Personnel Heidi Sweeney, who presided over last year’s inaugural Freshman First day as OHS Principal, said students and parents “can look forward to another great start at Oswego High School” and the district is “student centered in every decision we make and every action we ...
New Minetto Principal:
Set to begin her first year as the principal of Minetto Elementary School, Jennifer
Sullivan says she wants every student and family walking through the doors to know
they’re entering a “true community of learners” who are connected to, and responsible
for, one another.
“Every child can learn in a different way on a different day,” Sullivan said. “Every
student is different and unique but all of them want to learn and we just have to figure out
how to reach them and help them be their best.”
A native of Clay, Sullivan was appointed to lead Minetto Elementary School in July after
previously serving with the North Syracuse Central School District.
Sullivan and her team at Minetto have been busy preparing for her inaugural year,
OCSD relocates Central Offices to Leighton Elementary School:
The Oswego City School District has completed the majority of the work involved in moving its central offices to Frederick Leighton Elementary School and district officials say it’s “business as usual” following the effort.
The offices of Curriculum, Personnel, Special Education and Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey are now operational within Leighton’s east wing. The Business Office is expected to complete its move in the coming weeks.
Goewey said the relocation went “very smoothly and was completed ahead of schedule” and made possible by the hard work of the district’s Facilities and Grounds staff.
“It was a huge move and when we’re so close to the beginning of school, people are being pulled in every direction, ...
School bus drop-off and pick up procedure, traffic patterns at OHS to change this year:
The Oswego City School District has announced major changes to its Oswego High School bus loading and unloading procedure for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
Beginning September 6, OHS buses will be loaded and unloaded in the parking lot east of the high school between OHS and Liberty Street. In previous years buses were loaded and unloaded on Buccaneer Boulevard.
Vehicles will no longer be able to enter the Liberty Street parking lot from Utica Street as that route is now one-way and reserved for traffic exiting the parking lot. Vehicles will only be able to enter the Liberty Street parking lot from Buc Boulevard.
Additionally, Buc Boulevard between OHS and Liberty Street will be changed to a two-way street. Previously, Buc Boulevard had only allowed ...
OCSD announces changes to school lunch pricing:
The Oswego City School District announced today changes to its school lunch pricing for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
Pending Board of Education approval, the price of elementary, middle and high school lunches will increase by $.10 each, effective September 6.
The price for an elementary school lunch will increase from $2.00 to $2.10 and the price of a middle and high school lunch will increase from $2.10 to $2.20. There will be no change in the cost of reduced-price meals.
District officials said the price increases are necessary due to rising production and labor costs, fewer students buying meals and federal mandates.
Under federal guidelines, the cost of full-price lunches must be equitable to what the district is reimbursed by the federal ...
OCSD announces free and reduced price meals and milk guidelines:
The Oswego City School District has announced its 2017-2018 income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced price meals and milk.
As part of the National School Lunch Program, OCSD offers nutritionally balanced meals to students at no cost or a reduced cost based on a household’s income.
Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals.
For example, free lunch, breakfast and milk are available to a household of four with an income below $31,980. Reduced price lunch and breakfast are available to a household of four with an income below $45,510.
The full eligibility scale ...
New Teacher Institute welcomes first-year faculty to OCSD:
More than two dozen Oswego City School District faculty members took part in the district’s New Teacher Institute this week, giving the teachers essential information on the district’s operation, mission and vision.
The two-day seminar saw presentations by district officials, including Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey, to instill the district’s vision of making students fully prepared and life ready while focusing on a student-centered mission.
“You’re coming to Oswego at a great and exciting time,” Goewey told the teachers. “Always be on your best game, work really hard and be all-in at Oswego.”
To accomplish the goal of making all students fully prepared and life ready, teachers in the Oswego City School District ...
Students and Families Get the Scoop on Reading and Leadership at Team Fitzhugh Ice Cream Social:
“Upon reopening on Monday , parking for the Central Offices will be located in the angled parking spots immediately adjacent to Leighton and across from Oswego High School on Buccaneer Boulevard.
Members of the public will be able to enter the Central Offices from Leighton’s east entrance near the tennis courts. While visitors are welcome, be advised that new security measures have been installed to restrict access to the rest of the building for student safety.”
OCSD “icon” Henrietta Know-It-All continues four-decade mission to enhance bus safety:
For nearly four decades, the Oswego City School District has kicked off each school year with a lesson for new students on bus safety – but this is no ordinary classroom or run-of-the-mill teacher.
In a neon t-shirt, oversized red glasses, hot pink sneakers and a party hat, the loud, lively and legendary character of Henrietta Know-It-All walks OCSD students entering kindergarten and pre-kindergarten through the basic steps to stay safe while using school transportation.
“She’s colorful, she brings a little humor and a loud voice and the students are learning through entertainment,” said Chris Sharkey, Henrietta’s alter-ego, who served the district for 36 years as a bus driver and trainer. “Things change and this program have evolved ...
Freshman First Day:
On Wednesday September 6 , we are holding our Freshmen First Opening Day. As a way to provide a smoother transition for our incoming 9th grade students, only those OHS students entering 9th grade will report to school on Wednesday . Students in grades K-8 will report to school, as normal, on 9/6. All OHS students will report to school on Thursday September 7 th .
More information will be sent home shortly, describing the day’s activities and a brief agenda. We look forward to seeing our new students, the Class of 2021!
Marion Blumenthal OMS Visit:
Oswego Middle School recently welcomed Marion Blumenthal Lazan back to Oswego for her third visit. Marion spoke to a packed gymnasium of 7th and 8th Graders and the Faculty and Staff of OMS about her experiences as a holocaust survivor.
Marion is the author of the book 'Four Perfect Pebbles'. She travels the country regularly speaking to groups of students about her struggles and subsequent successes. Marion eloquently speaks of her early childhood struggles during WWII in order to help preserve history for future generations.
Oswego Middle School 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony 2017:
The Oswego Middle School (OMS) recently held the 8 th Grade Recognition Ceremony. The Ceremony is held annually to recognize the 8 th Grade Class for all of their hard work over the course of the two years of Middle School. Each student is presented with a Certificate with their name on it in recognition of them completing OMS.
As part of the ceremony the annual OMS Yearbook Dedication was presented to Mr. John Canale; long-time educator and substitute teacher in the Oswego City School District.
Achievement awards are presented to students in all areas including: Math, Science, Social Studies, English and Foreign Language. Additionally, all special area classes at OMS recognize students for their outstanding efforts.