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OCSD announces new school safety measures for visitors OCSD announces new school safety measures for visitors: The Oswego City School District will soon implement a new and comprehensive district security management system and is urging community members to familiarize themselves with the new procedures to help keep all students safe at all times.   All buildings currently use single-point of entry access, with all doors locked during school hours. On Monday, May 7, 2018 all OCSD schools will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System to control visitor intake and strengthen campus safety for students and faculty.   “The safety and security of our students and staff is the district’s highest priority at all times and the implementation of the Raptor system is another step in our mission to constantly improve our security measures and take pro-active steps to meet ...
Bucs in the news: Unified Basketball tips off season Bucs in the news: Unified Basketball tips off season: The Unified Basketball team was recently featured in an outstanding article by the Palladium-Times on the tip-off to their season! Brian Parrotte, a physical education teacher at the high school, stepped up to coach the Oswego team and said just like his players, he is having a blast. “This is an absolute thrill for the kids. It’s an environment they weren’t used to, but they’ve adjusted and developed great communication amongst each other,” he said. Parrotte said his style from the beginning was to emphasize communication, not winning.? “We’ve developed our own language and it’s been a good learning environment for everyone to re-establish good communication,” he said. Peyton Reese, a senior at Oswego ...
Leighton playground officially opens Leighton playground officially opens: The new playground at Frederick Leighton Elementary School was officially opened recently as members of the Leighton Home and School Association, along with volunteers and supporters who made the project possible, joined school administration for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. For more information on the Leighton playground, check out Oswego County Today's recent story
Fitzhugh Career Day showcases wide array of local vocations Fitzhugh Career Day showcases wide array of local vocations: Students at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School explored a vast variety of potential professional and vocational opportunities at the recent Career Day, a partnership between the school and more than a dozen local businesses, organizations and public service branches. Held in the Fitzhugh gymnasium, students from Kindergarten to sixth grade eagerly crowded around demonstrations from Novelis, Oswego Health, the city of Oswego Police and Fire Departments, and many more participating presenters.. FPS Principal Donna Simmons said Career Day was an important component of connecting concepts students learn in school to real-world applications. “Students are always asking, ‘why?’, ‘why are we learning this?’ and having the opportunity to talk with ...
"Seussical" musical takes Riley by storm: Audiences at Charels E. Riley Elementary School were transported recently on a magical tour through the wonderful world of one of Children’s Literature’s towering figures with the premiere and run Seussical: The Musical.   Led by the iconic Cat in the Hat, the show tells the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos.   As Horton learns the value of friendship, loyalty, family and community, he crosses paths with dozens of recognizable character from the pantheon of Dr. Seuss’ immortal work.   “My heart is so full,” said Riley music teacher and Seussical director Ceara Windhausen. “Everyone worked so hard on this extremely difficult show and our students all ...
OMS celebrates School Pride Day OMS celebrates School Pride Day: It’s not every day you’ll find students at OMS practicing yoga and taekwondo, building birdhouses or spectating a derby of cockroach races but with dismissal at 10:55 a.m. today to allow for afternoon conferences, Oswego Middle School celebrated its long-standing tradition of School Pride Day, recognizing and rewarding all the hard work over the course of the school year with workshops and hands-on classes of nearly two dozen non-traditional topics led by faculty, staff and community members.  
Exceptional Leighton students earn Slime Time Exceptional Leighton students earn Slime Time: Leighton students earned the chance to make slime in the art room in April. Students can earn a creative coupon by following and exceeding the PBIS expectations in the art room. Students save these coupons for special projects offered at the end of the day.   Mrs. Gorham had over 50 students participate in slime making! Artists measured, mixed and created their own bowl of slime using glue, staflo starch and water. They mixed food coloring to make their own color as well. Students will continue to earn coupons in class to get a chance to make a clay project, tie dye t-shirts, more slime, sidewalk chalk and more! 
OHS Spring Play to showcase student writing, directing, acting OHS Spring Play to showcase student writing, directing, acting: The Oswego High School Drama Club will present an evening of student written, directed, and acted plays on April 6 & 7, 7:30 PM at the Robinson-Faust Theater at Oswego High School.   This evening of short, original plays closes a dynamic theatrical season for OHS, which began with the world premiere of “Knight of Swords,” written by drama club co-advisor Garrett Heater, followed by the musical thriller “Sweeney Todd” in February.    “For the spring show, co-advisor Robert Dumas and I wanted the students to experience all the aspects of creating a piece of theatre for the first time,” said Heater.   Heater started the process by leading workshops in directing, acting, and play writing. The students participated in several ...
OHS’ Chetney recognized by White House OHS’ Chetney recognized by White House: An Oswego High School student has been recognized by the White House for outstanding contributions to community service, one of the highest honors a high school student is eligible to receive from the United States federal government.   Claudia Chetney, a senior at OHS, was honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award at a recent Oswego City School District Board of Education meeting. The award is presented to students who complete an exceptional number of volunteer hours and receive a nomination from their school Principal.   “Volunteering and helping people for no particular reason really is a great satisfaction and can do wonders for your heart,” said Chetney, who will attend Le Moyne College in the fall. “I just don’t see myself ...
OHS students shine at SkillsUSA competition OHS students shine at SkillsUSA competition: Three Oswego High School students have earned top marks in the recent SkillsUSA competition administered through the Center for Technology, Innovation and Instruction (CiTi) and its Career and Technical Education program.   Robert Clark and Abigail Roy placed third in their categories of Information Technology Services and Commercial Baking, respectively.   In the Carpenter’s Assistant category, a first-place finish by Dylan Cohen punched his ticket to the upcoming New York State SkillsUSA Finals, to be held April 25-27 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.   SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. The program seeks to improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce ...
OHS Senior wins Harborfest poster design contest OHS Senior wins Harborfest poster design contest: The following is a press release from Harborfest Public Relations and Media Marketing Coordinator Amber Canbeck, OHS Class of 2015 . Visit www.oswegoharborfest.com for more details. Oswego Harborfest Reveals Winning Poster Design Oswego, NY (27 March, 2018) - Oswego Harborfest is pleased to announce that a winning design has been picked for the 2018 festival poster. The contest entries were collected in early November, and all entries were carefully deliberated. This year the festival staff sought a design that depicted many aspects of the festival, such as the fireworks and the music.  After much consideration, the team picked the design of Kristen Skinner, a senior at Oswego High School. Skinner worked under the guidance of art teacher Stacey VanCampen to create ...
Oswego legend Henrietta Know-It-All visits Leighton Oswego legend Henrietta Know-It-All visits Leighton: FLS students took part in a bus safety demonstration presented by volunteers from the OCSD bus garage. Students learned how to properly enter, ride, and exit a bus. They learned what to do in various types of emergencies.  The primary students got to interact with a miniature bus on loan from the East Syracuse Minoa School District. Special thanks to Michelle Mauro, Josh VanGorder, Chris Sharkey (AKA Henrietta) who volunteered their time to spend the day at FLS working with every grade level on bus safety.
High-tech wrestling mats provided through team, community partnership High-tech wrestling mats provided through team, community partnership: New, state-of-the-art wrestling mats have been installed at Oswego Middle School thanks to a partnership between the wrestling program, Buccaneer Boosters and district Athletics Department.   The drive to purchase the segmented mats – one-tenth the weight of traditional rubber mats – was years in the making, with students, parents and community members working to raise the substantial funds needed for such an investment.   “It was a great collaboration with a number of community partners to make a great experience for our student-athletes,” said Sean Callen, Buc Boosters President. “The team knew they couldn’t do it alone, the Boosters knew we couldn’t do it alone, the Athletic Department knew they couldn’t do it alone, so ...
In the news: appreciation of Fitzhugh Park's Beth Schickling In the news: appreciation of Fitzhugh Park's Beth Schickling: The following story appeared in the March 26 edition of The Palladium-Times newspaper by staff reporter Laine Griffin   OSWEGO — Long-time Fitzhugh Park Elementary first grade teacher, Beth Schickling, will be retiring July 1 after a successful and enjoyable career. There was never any doubt in Schickling’s mind that she wanted to be a teacher. Her inspiration first began as a child. Her father was a fourth grade teacher in Central Square, and he was her role model and inspiration. She decided to attend SUNY Oswego for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and from there on, spent her entire career teaching first grade at Fitzhugh Park Elementary. “It’s a demanding job because you’re not just the kids’ teacher, you ...
Riley Elementary celebrates World Down Syndrome Day Riley Elementary celebrates World Down Syndrome Day: The faculty and staff at Charles E. Riley Elementary School, along with Principal Dr. Linda Doty and Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey, marked the celebration of World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday with matching t-shirts, mismatched socks and a lot of love and support for families and children with Down syndrome.   World Down Syndrome Day works toward creating a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.  
McDonnell crowned Spelling Bee champ McDonnell crowned Spelling Bee champ: Oswego Middle Schooler Iris McDonnell took first place in the 2018 Oswego Regional Spelling Bee Final and punched her ticket to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, to be held in Washington, DC. The following article appeared in the March 19 edition of The Palladium-Times. Spelling Bee champion crowned By BRANDON WOOD bwood@palltimes.com OSWEGO — Iris McDonnell, an eighth-grader at Oswego Middle School, will head to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. after outlasting 25 other competitors Saturday in the 2018 Regional Spelling Bee Finals. It took 16 rounds to whittle the competition — held at Oswego High School — down to two spellers, McDonnell and eighth-grader Mary Kate Cloonan, who finished as runner-up for the second ...
OHS students challenge each other to “walk up, not walk out” OHS students challenge each other to “walk up, not walk out”: Oswego High School students on Thursday added their voices to a chorus of student activism growing across the nation this week with a student-led, collaborative assembly and discussion where Buccaneers challenged each other to “walk up, not walk out.”   In the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida that took 17 lives, emotion and passion from students has spurred protests and demonstrations but also conversation and dialogue.   A group of students, inspired by their peers but looking for an alternative to staging a school-wide walk-out, approached OHS Principal Patrick Wallace with an idea: bring the student body and administrators together to confront critical issues as collaborators, not adversaries.   “You’re ...
First place for Oswego OCAY team First place for Oswego OCAY team: Oswego County Academic Youth League students competed in a series of tests related to food on March 8, with the theme of “Chew on This.”   To succeed, students relied on skills in culinary arts, nutrition, language, biology, art, math and more.   In the food as art category, teams created a two-dimensional interpretation of a famous pop culture celebrity following artistic elements of style, color and texture.   In other challenges, students created their own salsa recipe as well as a marketing plan for it.   “We hope that you found this to be a unique and creative experience for you,” said OCAY League Coordinator Matt Goodnough.   Oswego City School District took first place with members Melissa Chun, Danielle DelConte, ...
Distance learning challenges OCSD students to “Read Around the Planet” Distance learning challenges OCSD students to “Read Around the Planet”: While the fifth grade classes at Oswego’s Kingsford Park and San Antonio, Texas’ Windcrest Elementary Schools may be thousands of miles apart, a collaborative distance learning program in the Oswego City School District is connecting students with peers anywhere in the world.   “Howdy, y’all!” was the enthusiastic greeting to Kelly Moxley’s KPS classroom from the Texas students, kicking off their session of “Read Around The Planet,” a year-round program that focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.   “This lets us take our kids and connect them globally, to show them that there are schools outside of Oswego County, outside of New York and it’s an opportunity ...
Board of Education petitions now available Board of Education petitions now available: Nominating petitions for the Oswego City School District Board of Education are now available at the District Clerk’s office.   Nominating petitions are necessary to secure placement on the ballot for the Board of Education election to be held Tuesday, May 15.   Candidates wishing to appear on the ballot must submit a minimum of 100 valid signatures from residents of the Oswego City School District.   Petitions can be obtained at the District Clerk’s Office, located within the new Education Center in the east wing of Frederick Leighton Elementary School.   Petitions are due back to the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on April 25.  



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