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Kingsford Park students earn spots in Spelling Bee Finals 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 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
Minetto students qualify for Spelling Bee Regional Finals Minetto students qualify for Spelling Bee Regional Finals: Four Minetto Elementary School students have earned a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Finals after a hard-run and narrowly-decided qualifying competition.   Fifth-grader Jaxson Golembeski took first place and will be joined by fellow Minetto students Mathew Carr, Jr. (sixth grade), Daniel Callen (fourth grade) and Zachary Munger (fifth grade) in the Regional Finals, to be held at Oswego High School on March 17.   The Minetto Bee went more than a dozen rounds, with the top four spellers knotted up for several rounds before Golembeski broke the stalemate with the word “paralysis.”   The winner of the March 17 Regional Finals will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held in Washington, D.C.  
Virtual field trips a real treat for Minetto students Virtual field trips a real treat for Minetto students: Mrs. Kent’s fifth grade class at Minetto Elementary School looks out over New York Harbor, with the city skyline to their left and the towering Statue of Liberty to their right.   After a tour of Liberty Island, the class moves on to the Ellis Island Immigration Station, getting an up-close view of the great halls and antechambers where more than 12 million immigrants entered the United States from the late 1800’s to 1950.   But how can Mrs. Kent’s students see the sights of the Big Apple and still be back in time for lunch?   Through Google Expeditions, an innovative apparatus combining virtual reality technology and school curriculum, students can take a simulated field trip to nearly anywhere in the world.   “Most of us might ...
Riley Elementary Student Council Fundraiser Riley Elementary Student Council Fundraiser: The students of Charles E. Riley Elementary School raised money this holiday season for the Oswego Salvation Army. The Riley School Student Council held a Santa hat fundraiser on December 15.   Students were invited to make a donation, and in return, they could wear a holiday hat of their choosing. Students donned hats ranging from the traditional Santa hat, to red/green elf hats, and a headbands with antlers or jingle bells.   Everyone looked very festive and the proceeds helped make the Christmas season a little brighter for Oswego families.  
2018 Capital Project Information 2018 Capital Project Information: On March 6, Oswego City School District residents will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed capital improvement project to reinvest in our district’s schools and campuses.  For information about the project history, scope and financial considerations please visit:  www.Oswego.org/capitalproject There is also a link to "Ask a Question" if you do not see it answered. Please understand it may take several days to get a response. A public informational meeting will be held Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Oswego High School Cafeteria. 
December- Around Oswego with Dean and Dane December- Around Oswego with Dean and Dane: In this episode of "Around Oswego" Dr. Goewey sits down with district Literacy Coach Cherie Beck and discusses the planning involved for the new Oswego Literacy Task Force. The Literacy Task Force will focus in on many issues district wide, including standardizing opportunities for all students, improving reading on grade level and taking a look at graduation rate.  In the second part of the show Tyler Dohse and Jenna Bradshaw highlight exciting events around the district, including FPS staring the New Year off right and the OHS combined band, orchestra and chorus holiday concert.    
What It Means to be a Buc at Leighton What It Means to be a Buc at Leighton: Students at Frederick Leighton Elementary School gathered together at a Welcome Back Assembly following the long holiday vacation to review expectations for being a Leighton Buc. Students in K-3 formed small groups with each grade represented. The third grader in each group, reading from an iPad, asked their group a question about behavior expectations and the group had to come up with the correct answer. Using the program called Kahoot! Each group locked in their answer which then appeared on a large screen at the front of the room for all to see. Answers were discussed and positive behaviors were reinforced in further detail as needed. Students in grades 4-6 had a very similar assembly separate from the younger students, one major difference being that each student had their ...
Oswego students honored as All County Band selections Oswego students honored as All County Band selections: Three dozen Buccaneers have been honored as selections to the All County Band, recognizing the top middle and high school musicians in Oswego County .   The All County Band is selected via audition by the Oswego County Music Educators’ Association. The Phoenix Central School District’s John C. Birdlebough High School hosted this year’s event.   The Oswego High School Band is directed by Scott Ciesla, Stephen Defren and James Peer.   SENIOR HIGH ALL COUNTY BAND   Flute: Allison Pasco, Elizabeth Martin   Bassoon: Jesse Young   Clarinet: Keegan Thompson, Ivy Perry, Tessa Smith   Alto Sax: Aidan Thompson   Tenor Sax: Daniel Emmons   Trumpet: Zach Sova   French Horn: Andrew Bornheimer, ...
OCSD student artwork featured at City Hall OCSD student artwork featured at City Hall: When art team leaders Becky Woods and Stacey VanCampen approached the mayor’s office about exhibiting student artwork, they were welcomed with open arms by Mayor Barlow. Talented K-12 students from the Oswego City School District have their work displayed on a large wall in the Mayor’s conference room in city hall. The team leaders and students are proud of the work and appreciate the opportunity to share their beautiful pieces with the community.  
Fitzhugh students qualify for Spelling Bee final Fitzhugh students qualify for Spelling Bee final: The Fitzhugh Park Elementary School Spelling Bee went the distance this week, completing a full 15 rounds before crowning its champion and sending two other qualifiers to the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Final in March   Sixth-grader Jaret Hoffman outlasted the competition to claim the title of Fitzhugh’s top speller with the word ‘grandiose” as hundreds of students, families and school staff packed the school’s cafeteria for the Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Jan. 10.   Sisters Hannah and Hailey Barbera took second and third place and will join Hoffman in the Regional Final to be held at Oswego High School on March 17. Students will then compete for a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee.   “We ...
Cast list released for “Sweeney Todd” coming to Oswego High School Cast list released for “Sweeney Todd” coming to Oswego High School: The Oswego High School Music Department is proud to present “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, Stephen Sondheim’s classic dark comedy musical.   Set in Victorian-era London, “Sweeney Todd” tells the tale of the mysterious and murderous Todd, played by OHS Senior Nolan Callahan, whose suspicious barber shop and unseemly meat pies have delighted and horrified audiences for decades.   Performances will be held Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson-Faust Theatre of the Performing Arts at Oswego High School.   The full list of cast and direction can be found below. Nolan Callahan - Sweeney Todd Leah Mullen - Mrs. Lovett Matt Caraccioli - Anthony Leah Taylor - Johanna Shameeka LaLiveres ...
Leighton Elves Spread Holiday Cheer Leighton Elves Spread Holiday Cheer: The Leighton School Holiday Elves had another successful giving season. This year 87 (27 families) children from birth - 12th grade were provided toys, books, clothing, socks, underwear, boots, sneakers, blankets, pillows, hygiene products, winter coats, hat and mittens. They were also provided Big M gift cards, large boxes of food and food bags from Big M. The Leighton School Christmas Project couldn’t have happened without the help of many current and former Leighton Employees. All the food, clothing, toys, and other gifts were gathered through donations from many local organizations, people and businesses. The Leighton Holiday Elves would like to thank St. Mary’s Church Parishioners, Business and Professional Women’s Group, Oswego City School District Education ...
4th graders complete holiday academic activity at CER Elementary 4th graders complete holiday academic activity at CER Elementary: Charles E. Riley Elementary fourth-graders hopped aboard “The Polar Express,” stopping at various holiday activity stations in the school cafeteria.   The activity brought students from classrooms of Morganne Atutis, Nestor Aviles and Ashli Deming together to pair the reinforcement of academic lessons learned in English language arts with fun, holiday creations. The students watched “The Polar Express” movie and read the book so they could write fourth-grade paragraphs, comparing and contrasting the two pieces. All students were tasked with ensuring their paragraphs had the following information: topic sentence, three details and explanations of those details and a concluding statement. A similar process was conducted with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” ...
OMS Backpack Program sends home holiday blessings, donations OMS Backpack Program sends home holiday blessings, donations: The Oswego Middle School’s Backpack Program, which sends packages of donated food home with students each weekend, reaches a crescendo each year during the holiday season and school officials are thanking supporters for their generosity.   “Without the support of people and local businesses, it would not be possible to help all the students that we do,” said OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro.   The Backpack Program supplies more than 20 families weekly with nutritious, healthy meals and snack supplies and Fierro said in cases like last week, when school breaks are longer than just a weekend, volunteers come through with flying colors in making sure no family at OMS goes hungry during the holidays.   “We would like to give a big thank-you to ...
OMS students claim spot in spelling bee final OMS students claim spot in spelling bee final: Four Oswego Middle School students have secured their spots in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Final with two familiar faces returning to the competition.   Iris McDonnell correctly spelled the word “ameliorate,” a verb defined as “to make something bad or unsatisfactory better” to punch her ticket and win first place at the OMS Spelling Bee.   McDonnell will be joined in the Regional Final by fellow OMS students Katrina Wallace and Anna and Mary Kate Cloonan. The March 17 th event will feature the best spellers from around the Oswego City School District, held at Oswego High School on March 17 at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.   It will be a reappearance for Anna and Mary Kate Cloonan, who placed second and ...
5th Grade Chapter Book Inspires Riley Students 5th Grade Chapter Book Inspires Riley Students: Fifth-graders at Charles E. Riley Elementary School placed themselves into the life and time of characters in “Esperanza Rising” to gain a better understanding of the Great Depression through the lenses of a Mexican farm worker family.   As a culmination activity to reading the book, the students were tasked with recording how samples of asparagus, cantaloupe, raw potatoes, raw onions, peaches and avocado looked, smelled and tasted. Teacher Mary Pisa said each of those produce samples were included in a title of the book’s chapters and represented a point in time in the main character’s life.   Some of the words used to describe the fruits and vegetables included: dirt, white snow, grass, orange and green, among several others. They favored the sweet ...
Oswego honors inaugural D.A.R.E. classes Oswego honors inaugural D.A.R.E. classes: The Oswego City School District is celebrating hundreds of students who have taken the challenge to live drug-free lives and make good decisions in school and at home as the recently-reintroduced D.A.R.E. program held its graduation ceremonies this week.   Students in elementary through middle school who completed the 10-week D.A.R.E. curriculum were presented with diplomas by members of the City of Oswego Police and Fire Departments and school officials at graduation events throughout the district between Dec. 18 and Dec. 22.   OPD Officer Thomas Grover teaches the D.A.R.E. program in classes throughout the district and said while he and his students “had a lot of fun this year,” he was optimistic about the staying power of the lessons he had shared with students ...
Fitzhugh Park luncheon welcomes civic leaders Fitzhugh Park luncheon welcomes civic leaders: Students at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School were visited by three civic VIPs last week at the school’s “All Hands on Deck” awards luncheon, a monthly schoolwide recognition and community event that celebrates students making responsible choices.   Students from all grades had an opportunity to share their holiday plans and requests to Santa Claus with Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow, Police Chief Tory DeCaire and Fire Department Chief Randy Griffin during the lunch event on Dec. 14.   “It’s great to meet the young people in our community, talk to them and get to know them,” said Griffin. “We want to build trust and rapport with children so they know they can turn to us for help any time.”   The “All Hands on Deck” ...
OHS Key Club transforms hallways for holiday surprise OHS Key Club transforms hallways for holiday surprise: It wasn’t easy for members of the Oswego High School Key Club to keep their secret holiday project under wraps but last week, the Key Club finally unveiled their schoolwide surprise for their faculty and staff.   Over one weekend, Key Club members decorated more than 70 classroom doors with a personalized touch for each occupant using information collected by students and the group’s advisor, Gretchen Fronk.   “It’s all about leadership and serving and a sense of giving back at the holidays,” said Fronk.   Key Club is the oldest and largest student-led service program for high school students in the nation and is a partner of the Oswego Kiwanis Club. Each year, the OHS Key Club sponsors charitable causes and efforts towards its mission ...



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