Oswego Middle School crowns Battle of the Books winners:
Oswego Middle School has selected its school champions to represent the district at next week’s county-wide Battle of the Books.
Alexis Izyk-Treece, McKenzie Partlow and Aurora Lawton claimed the top spot at the recent OMS Battle of the Books competitions, which serves as a precursor to the final bout at John C. Birdlebough High School.
Battle of the Books challenges students to read a wide array of selected books and recall key plot or character details during sixteen 30-second rounds. Teams score points for providing correct answers and the highest scoring team moves on to the next round of competition.
KPS, Minetto teams advance to county Battle of the Books final:
The Oswego City School District has crowned its 2017-2018 Battle of the Books champions and the teams from Kingsford Park Elementary School and Minetto Elementary School will represent the district at the upcoming county-wide final competition.
KPS’ Aaron O’Brien, Evan Sanders and Grady Shanly took home the top prize in the Primary Team (grades 3 and 4) round while Minetto’s Jack DelConte and Cole Puckett punched their ticket in the Intermediate Team (grades 5 and 6) round.
The competition was moderated by OCSD Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey, with a panel of judges and scorekeepers featuring senior cabinet officials Dr. Heidi Sweeney, Carrie Plasse and Nancy Squairs.
Both the KPS and Minetto teams now look forward to the March 15 Oswego County ...
Music In Our Schools month schedule announced:
The Oswego City School District all month will celebrate March as “Music In Our Schools” month and invites all students, families and community members to support great our Buccaneer student musicians.
Organized by the National Association for Music Education, Music In Our Schools month engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.
Music In Our Schools Month began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.
The full schedule is below:
OHS Festival of Winds Band Concert
Leighton's Lavner named teacher of the year:
Huge congratulations to Leighton's own Debbie Lavner, named the 2018 Central North Zone Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The below article is from the Monday, Feb. 26 edition of The Palladium-Times. Photo credit to The Palladium-times.
Leighton teacher named elementary phys ed teacher of the year
By LAINE GRIFFIN
OSWEGO – A long-time Leighton Elementary teacher has been selected as the 2018 Central North Zone Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the New York State Association for Health, ...
Read Across America Week kicks off:
The Oswego City School District will kick off Read Across America Week today. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.
Leighton Elementary School will be celebrating all week with Dr. Seuss-themed days, leading up to Dr. Seuss Night on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. The party will feature games, crafts, photo opportunities and pizza and cake. If you are interested in attending, please fill out and return the attached registration slip.
Riley students advance to OCSD Battle of the Books:
The school’s annual Battle of the Books competition for third- and fourth-grade students drew a large crowd of classmates, teachers, family members and other supporters. Each team, comprised of three students, read the 10 Battle of the Books titles in addition to their regular school work and extracurricular activities.
Substitute librarian Amanda Johnson said the work alone to remember finite details from each book was worth a gold medal, but only one team came out on top and that was the ACE Readers of Addisson Britt, Caitlyn Colasurdo and Gabriella Warner. The team earned 77 points. After each question was read to all teams, students had 30 seconds to quietly discuss the answer before they wrote down a key word from the author and title. The team’s oratory response ...
Students make it count for 100th Day of School celebration:
How many ways can you count to 100?
Students at schools around the Oswego City School District met that challenge head-on recently as classrooms celebrated the 100 th day of school of the 2017-2018 school year.
At Frederick Leighton Elementary School, Principal Kara Shore read to kindergarten students from the book “Miss Bindergarten Celebrates 100 Days” and passed out certificates of accomplishment to students who successfully counted to 100.
“We’re working on concept development and combining counting to 100 with a reading piece, these are the things we want students to be working on each day,” said Shore.
Many schools gave students the chance to create a poster of their own representation of 100 and classrooms were ...
KPS Giving Project again a huge success:
The Students, Staff and Home and School Organization of Kingsford Park School pulled together again this year, with gifts of several generous donors, to provide a happy holiday for over 40 families in need, as part of the annual Kingsford Park Holiday Giving Project.
Fifth grade students, under the guidance of their teachers; Mrs. Jessica Burridge and Mrs. Kelly Moxley held a spell-a-thon to raise funds there were then used to purchase toys for students who needed assistance this holiday year.
Walmart provided buses for the shopping fieldtrip. Students selected gifts within their budgets and made the transactions themselves. Parent volunteers helped to guide the students in their decisions.
Riley students strike gold at Winter Math Olympics:
They’ve put in the hours of hard work, endured the stresses and sacrifices, and now, moments away from the start of the race, these young competitors are eager to get going.
It could be a scene from any of the venues at the XXIII Winter Olympic Games, currently underway in PyeongChang, South Korea but for a view of world-class competitive spirit closer to home, look no further than Charles E. Riley Elementary School, where the main event is mathematics.
The first Riley Math Olympics is underway and students from grades one through six will test their skills in math-related challenges all week, vying for a gold medal to be presented at an awards ceremony next month.
“The students have been training for the past few weeks and now they’re competing,” ...
Varsity wrestlers honored for sportsmanship:
The 2017-2018 Oswego Varsity Wrestling Team has been awarded the John Arcaro Sportsmanship Award presented by the Syracuse Wrestling Officials.
The award honors “exemplary programs” who schools, coaches, wrestlers and spectators display high levels of sportsmanship. It was presented to the team during the Section III Wrestling Finals held earlier this month.
The Oswego City School District Athletic Department would like to thank all the coaches, student-athletes, family members and fans who come out to every meet and hold the highest expectations.
“This award embodies the character of our program and I want to thank everyone involved for making this possible,” said Director of Physical Education and Athletics Rhonda Bullard. ...
Two Buc soccer stars commit to college programs:
It was signing day for two standout Buccaneer soccer players this week as Claudia Chetney and Lexi Sterio both signed their letters of intent to continue their careers into college.
Chetney will attend LeMoyne College in Syracuse, with Sterio heading to Wells College on the shores of Cayuga Lake.
The entire Oswego City School District community congratulates these two extraordinary young ladies. Best of luck at the next level!
OHS’ “Sweeney Todd” a scream for audiences, students:
The Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts at Oswego High School was transformed into the dingy streets and seedy back alleys of Victorian London this weekend as crowds packed for the OHS Music Department’s groundbreaking performance of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Led by Seniors Nolan Callahan and Leah Mullen playing the murderous Todd and his accomplice Mrs. Lovett, the cast of more than 60 Buccaneer actors and actresses earned standing ovations for their performances on Friday, Feb. 9 and Thursday, Feb. 10.
“We are incredibly proud of all the hard work our cast, crew, volunteers and families have put into making this show something show truly special,” said stage director Garrett Heater.
Oswego Middle School announces second marking period Honor Roll:
The Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro along with her faculty and staff would like to recognize the following students who earned Honor Roll and/or High Honor Roll status for the 2 nd marking period of the 2017-18 school year:
7 th Grade Honor Roll:
Aliyah Alonso, Brianna Arens, Emma Armet, Aurora Baker, Sarah Ball, Tyler Beck, Maecyn Blackmer, Anthony Blakeley, Nathan Blum, Nola Blum, Judith Burns, Kaelyn Cisson, Tristan Clark, McKenna Clary, Sara Cruz, Mia Daily, Collin DeForge, Joah Defren, Maura Dempsey, Patience Douglas, Matthew Emond, Jordan Ferlito, Wyatt Fetterley, Riley Fitzgerald, Jodi Fragale, Sydny Frantz, Athena Gardner, Kaylyn Gibbs, Emily Glenn, Alberto Gonzalez Jr., Ayanna Gonzalez, Talbert Hall, Ethan Hart, Isaiah Henson, Nia Hernandez-Perez, ...
Dean and Dane 5:
In this episode of the Dean and Dane show more of the capital project is discussed. Dr. Goewey explains the need for the project, financial information, as well as the scope of the work involved. Later in the show Jenna Bradshaw and Tyler Dohse highlight more of the project including an upcoming student meeting with the superintendent that will be aired on the district's capital improvement project web page. They also explain how members of the public can use the web page to ask a question about the project. Finally see some exciting events happening at FPS and Minetto.
OHS Interact Club delivers infant blankets to Oswego Health:
Members of the Oswego High School Interact Club made a special delivery this week to the Maternity Center at Oswego Hospital, continuing one of the club’s longest-standing and best-loved traditions.
Students donated dozens of hand-crafted, pint-sized blankets to the Maternity Center for distribution to families in the first few hours after a newborn’s arrival.
Hospital officials said the annual shipment of blankets “serves a great need and purpose.”
“All of the blankets that were donated last year found homes and the entire program speaks so highly to the character of our local young men and women,” said Kimberly Spurling, Oswego Health’s OGBYN Director.
The Oswego High School Interact Club is sponsored ...
Family after-school program set to return to OCSD:
The Oswego City School District and County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addiction (COCOAA) are proud and excited to announce the return of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program, designed to help children succeed at school by building stronger relationships at home.
FAST is an eight-week partnership between families and schools, held once nightly each week and officials said the program offers a unique and valuable opportunity for both students and parents.
“We’ve seen that children who participate in FAST have a decrease in negative behaviors while participating more in school, have a better relationship with their parents and learn how to cope and communicate more effectively,” said Kelly Whitney, FAST Coordinator.
“Sweeney Todd” to open Friday at OHS:
The Oswego High School Music Department’s upcoming production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” opening this week, ranks among the most ambitious undertakings in the history of Buccaneer theatre.
With a mammoth set depicting three stories of vignettes within the macabre atmosphere of Victorian London and a cast exceeding 60 members, “Sweeney Todd” will take the stage on February 9 and 10.
“Everything is super-sized with this production,” said Director Garrett Heater.
The titular Todd is played by senior Nolan Callahan, with fellow senior Leah Mullen as his companion Mrs. Lovett.
Heater had high praise for his leading man and lady, both of whom have “developed within the program” ...
Riley students shine at Spelling Bee:
The Charles E. Riley Elementary School Spelling Bee rocked the house on January 12th, hosting 33 candidates competing for three qualifying spots to the Regional Spelling Bee in March- hosted by the Palladium Times. Parents, teachers, and fellow classmates filled the all-purpose room is support of the competitors.
Fourth-grader Mitchell Treasure spelled his way to success with the word C-L-A-N-D-E-S-T-I-N-E. Ending the Charles E. Riley Spelling Bee in an uproar of applause and cheer followed by hugs and high fives.
Fifth-grader Lauren Isham was a stuff competitor and fought for her spot as our second place winner. Madison Dawson, our fearless competitor came in third place as a third-grader representing Charles E. Riley. We also had a fourth runner up, ...
Kingsford Park students earn spots in Spelling Bee Finals:
Three students from Kingsford Park Elementary School have qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Finals and will compete with other top spellers from around the district for a trip to Washington, D.C.
Sixth-grader Victor Sabirianov claimed the top spot for the KPS spelling bee and will be joined by fourth-grader Daniel Buske and fifth-grader Audrey Donovan in the Regional Finals to be held March 17 at Oswego High School.
The winner of the Regional Finals will secure a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held in Washington, D.C. and televised nationally.
Leighton sixth graders, kindergarten students in harmony for music class:
A kindergarten music class at Leighton was treated to a special visit by several 6th grade musicians. Shania Haskins (flute), Hailiey Thompson (trumpet), Gabe Cook (piano), and Anthony Jock (tuba) demonstrated their instruments for the class to learn what the instruments sound like and identify their similarities and differences.
The class also tried to label which family of instruments each instrument belonged in. The 6th graders are members of the Concert Band at Leighton and are preparing for their upcoming concert on February 15