OHS' Allison Pasco honored as U.S. Army All-American:
Oswego High School Senior Allison Pasco on Tuesday was officially inducted into the United States Army All-American Marching Band, one of the highest national honors achievable for a high school student musician.
Pasco, who has been involved in the Oswego City School District’s music program since elementary school, received the recognition during a ceremony at OHS’s Robinson-Faust Theatre.
Each year just 125 students from all corners of the country are selected to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Pasco joins a long line of OHS All-Americans, becoming the sixteenth Marching Buccaneer selected since 2008.
In an address to the crowd of fellow Marching Bucs, family, friends, and school and U.S. Army officials, Pascoe said the opportunity ...
Exelon employees, OCSD partner to benefit students:
A partnership between the Oswego City School District and Exelon Corporation employees is making a large and positive impact in the lives of students with school officials saying recent contributions of school supplies, winter apparel and more are “more than a donation.”
“We want the community to understand that Exelon cares about the success of our kids and they know the students’ success matters to our community,” said Leighton Principal Kara Shore. “We wanted this to be public because they obviously took a lot of pride in their thoughtful donations which make a real difference for our students.”
Dozens of backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies and personal hygiene items were delivered at the beginning of the school ...
Time for taters!!!:
One potato, two potato, three potato, four, as the Leighton students dug, they kept finding more and more giant taters in the garden that was built way back in June. All the helpers that assisted with the project were a boon!
Day turned into night, turned into day, and round and round, as the little tater pieces did their growing in the ground. All throughout the summer while the kids played in the sun, the little taters did their growing, now the growing season’s done. You see
September is when students need to harvest up their crop since the longer colder nights make the growing season stop.
See upon their faces in the photos that were took, joy and pride, exhilaration, you can see it when you look because the lessons learned in books will last a bit and slowly fade but ...
National Walk to School Day celebrated at Riley:
Dozens of students took to the streets surrounding Charles E. Riley Elementary School on Wednesday morning, participating in National Walk to School Day to promote traffic and pedestrian safety and healthy habits.
The event was coordinated as a partnership between Riley staff and faculty, the Oswego City School District, the Oswego County Health Department, the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board and Tobacco Free CNY.
Walkers were assisted on their routes by members of the City of Oswego Police and Fire Departments, who helped direct traffic, hand out school supplies, and interact with a crowd that grew to more than 100 people eagerly awaiting the opening of the elementary school for the day.
Jessica McGiff of the Traffic Safety Board said the event was designed ...
OHS Drama Club casts newly-penned play:
The Oswego High School Drama Club has announced the cast and performance dates for its fall play entitled “Knight of Swords,” an original work by Fitzhugh Park Elementary School music teacher Garrett Heater.
The play follows Josh, played by Nolan Callahan, a high school student fascinated with serial killers as he hosts a Halloween party for his crush Emily, played by Abby Cook, in an infamous abandoned home.
Josh is aware that the serial killer Carl Harper, played by Jack Lee, murdered a family of five at the home in 1970 and brings a Ouji board, Tarot cards, and encourages his friends to dress like the original murder victims in order to agitate any ghosts.
As a horrifying series of events unfolds, a regretful Josh watches his friends fall victim ...
August graduates of Oswego High School recognized:
The Oswego City School District Board of Education on Tuesday recognized seven students who in August completed their degrees from Oswego High School.
Abigayle Christian, Mark Anthony Delong, Christian A. Gonzalez, Benjamin T. Hansel, Dolores Hernandez, Joseph Keytack and Kaitlynn Todd were honored at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.
“These graduates have shown their perseverance and love of learning through earning their diplomas and we could not be prouder of each of them,” said Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey. “We wish them the best as they leave our halls fully prepared and life-ready for the great things they’re sure to embark on.”
OCSD, CCC partnership thriving in second year:
Students in the Oswego City School District are continuing to find success and enhance their educational opportunities with expanded access to advanced courses as a result of a partnership with Cayuga Community College.
Nearly 100 students are set to earn a combined 330 credit hours this semester through the Cayuga Advantage Program, first instituted last year and expanded for the 2017-2018 school year.
Cayuga Community College and the Oswego City School District collaboratively operate the Cayuga Advantage Program for Oswego students at no cost.
“Programs like the Cayuga Advantage are helping our students develop the skills they need to become fully prepared and life ready for whatever path they choose after graduation,” said OCSD Superintendent ...
"Once a Buc, Always a Buc" - OMS shows its spirit:
Students, teachers and faculty at the Oswego Middle School donned their best Buc Blue on Friday for a thrilling conclusion to Spirit Week, celebrating and showing their OMS pride for another successful year.
With daily dress-up themes, including “Topsy Turvy Tuesday” and “Throwback Thursday” culminating in Friday’s raucous pep rally, the excitement of Spirit Week filled the OMS hallways and classrooms.
“There was tons of positive energy in the school all week,” said OMS Principal Mary Beth Fierro.
The annual tradition gives the entire school a chance to express themselves and show what it means to be “Once a Buc, Always a Buc,” reminding students to always “take care of yourself, take care of others ...
WBUC prepares next generation of film and television creators:
Minutes before show time, Tyler Dohse, station manager at Oswego High School’s WBUC, has his hands full.
An interview subject has bailed at the last moment, throwing off a planned segment. The sports anchor is working through a proposed tagline to end his broadcast. Scripts are being loaded into the teleprompter.
Dohse has one last quick chat with his on-air talent then sits down just out of view of the three cameras pointed at the news desk.
“Quiet on set!” Dohse, a senior, yells to the production studio filled with more than a dozen of his OHS classmates.
At Dohse’s signal, the cameras roll. It’s Wednesday morning and WBUC is on the air.
Each day, the Oswego High School’s television and film ...
Oswego City School District opens doors to parents, families:
The Oswego City School District opened its doors to visitors this week, inviting parents and families to get a closer look at the learning environments in which students spend so much time and effort each day.
With the beginning of a new school year, OCSD administrators said it’s important for families to feel connected to and in touch with their students’ schools and teachers and this week’s events provided a glimpse into the everyday life of young Buccaneers from kindergarten through high school.
“We want to encourage parents and guardians to come and let the students show them all the things we’re so proud of,” said Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro, presiding over OMS’ “Meet the Teachers and See the School” ...
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,