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Minetto Students Perform Holiday Concert Minetto Students Perform Holiday Concert: Sounds of the season filled the Oswego High School’s Faust Theater for the performing arts recently as Minetto Elementary students took the stage during a holiday concert. Under the direction of Cameron Edele, Elizabeth Hollers and Heather Sweeting, more than 100 student musicians played and sang a variety of tunes for the audience of friends and family. Vocalists sang seasonal songs such as “Carol of the Bells,” and instrumentalists performed songs like “Jingle Bells” and “Rock the Halls.” Additional Oswego City School District concerts are slated throughout the month of December to usher in the holiday season. For a calendar of upcoming events, please check out the calendar on our website.  
OCSD Board of Education to meet 12/6/2022 OCSD Board of Education to meet 12/6/2022: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be conducting its regularly scheduled meeting on December 6, 2022  at 5:00 PM. This meeting will be held in the high school library. The public is welcome to attend.     Meeting attendees should use the high school entrance to enter the building.  This meeting will be recorded and live-streamed.     The agenda for this meeting will be available on BoardDocs ( https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/oswego/Board.nsf/Private?open&login ) after 4:00 PM Friday, December 2, 2022.  
OMS announces 1st quarter honor roll for 2022-23 school year OMS announces 1st quarter honor roll for 2022-23 school year: 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 1st marking period of the 2022-23 school year:     7th Grade Honor Roll: Deven Aikens, Sarah Anderson, Jayla Atkinson, Olivia Babcock, James Baker, Logan Barbera, Justin Barker, Khloe Bletch, Bella Boehmer, Lilymay Bonnell, Logan Bort, Carlene Brockett, Izaiah Brown, Raven Budd, Tawnee Burns, Kayleen Canales-Reyes, Natalya Capozzi, Maddon Carr, Max Clarke, Kiara Cudebec, Evan Davis, Dominic Falcetti, Noah Farrell, Ethan Ferguson, Kennedy Fountain, Nola Freeman, Kylie Ganoung, Brookelyn Geer, Emma Genier, Andrea Gills, Jaydin Greene, Noah Harris, Koston Hawkins, Ava Hodges, Aiden Hollister, ...
KPS students participate in long-lost WWII-era operetta about Safe Haven refugees KPS students participate in long-lost WWII-era operetta about Safe Haven refugees: In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the War Refugee Board, tasked with encouraging countries to help refugees fleeing Nazi persecution. Believing that the United States should take in some of the refugees to encourage other countries to participate in safe haven efforts, the United States - under Roosevelt’s leadership - would ultimately accept 982 refugees from 18 countries, nearly all of whom were Jewish.   To house these refugees, Roosevelt announced the establishment of an emergency “safe haven” refugee shelter at Fort Ontario in Oswego, on the shores of Lake Ontario.   These refugees feared that as soon as the war was over, they would be forced to return to their homelands in Europe. The vacant army post at Fort Ontario was the only ...
OCSD Board of Education to meet Nov. 1 OCSD Board of Education to meet Nov. 1: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be conducting the following meetings: Policy Committee Meeting - November 1, 2022 - 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM Regular Board of Education Meeting - November 1, 2022 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Both meetings will be held in the high school library and will be live-streamed and recorded.  The public is welcome to attend, please use the high school's main entrance located at 1 Buccaneer Blvd. to enter the building.  The agenda for both of these meetings will be available on BoardDocs after 4:00 PM on Friday, October 28, 2022.
OCSD Community Focus Group meeting to be held Oct. 29 OCSD Community Focus Group meeting to be held Oct. 29: October 25, 2022 Dear Oswego City School District community, I am writing to remind you that this Saturday, October 29, the district will be hosting a Community Focus Group from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Oswego High School Cafeteria.  This focus group involves community members coming together to discuss the possibility of repurposing Frederick Leighton Elementary School and other recommendations which were put forth by study consultants. The goal of the focus group is to allow for community members to share their thoughts on these recommendations.   Information garnered from community stakeholders from this focus group will be shared with the BOE and the community at an upcoming November board meeting. It should be noted, in an effort to ensure transparency, ...
Mero shares story to inspire, empower OMS Students Mero shares story to inspire, empower OMS Students: A powerful message of tragedy, triumph and perseverance was delivered to Oswego Middle School seventh-graders Oct. 24 as former professional wrestler Marc Mero shared his life story. Mero, who rose to fame as a WCW and WWE wrestler, talked about the highlights of his life and his career. He urged them to set goals, write them down, and work toward them. “When I was 10 years old, I started writing down my dreams and goals,” Mero said as he showed the audience the journal he has held onto for decades. “I wrote that I wanted to be a pro athlete. I wrote it into existence, and I worked to make it happen.” While he achieved many of the goals he wrote down, he noted that he also made poor choices along the way that led to rock bottom. He talked about how addiction changed ...
NYSSBA presents OCSD with Champions of Change award for Focus Forward partnership program NYSSBA presents OCSD with Champions of Change award for Focus Forward partnership program: At a recent BOE meeting, the New York School Board Association (NYSSBA) presented OCSD with a Champions of Change award for the success and structure of our district's Focus Forward program, coordinated by Jennifer Joyce. NYSSBA Area 5 Director William L. Miller had the honor of presenting board members with a “Champions of Change” banner showcasing their effort in encouraging student academic and social-emotional success through OCSD’s partnership with SUNY Oswego’s Focus Forward Program. "You’re involved with a college and you make that college feel like they’re part of your community, and you make the kids see what college life is like or what a college student does. I think this type of program that you guys are putting out there has ...
OCSD Celebrates White Cane Awareness OCSD Celebrates White Cane Awareness: OCSD Celebrates White Cane Awareness  For the visually impaired, the white cane is an essential tool that gives the ability to achieve a free and independent life; that’s why AnaLeigh Babcock’s White Cane Celebration at Minetto Elementary School meant so much to her.  The National Federation of the Blind celebrates White Cane Awareness Day every year on October 15. Falling on a Saturday this year, Babcock’s class at Oswego City School District celebrated the day before.   Babcock kicked off the celebration leading her peers in a song about canes while the children danced and sang along. Following the fun, the second-grader sat at the front of the class and answered questions that the students had, such as “where do you use your cane?” ...
OCSD BOE to meet 10/18/22 OCSD BOE to meet 10/18/22: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be conducting the October 18, 2022 regular meeting at 5:00 p.m.  This meeting will be held in the high school library and the public is welcome to attend. To attend the meeting, use the high school main office.  The meeting will also be recorded and live-streamed.  The agenda for this meeting will be available on BoardDocs ( https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/oswego/Board.nsf/Private?open&login ) after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14.    
OHS Drama Club presents CLUE: On Stage OHS Drama Club presents CLUE: On Stage: This November, the Oswego High School Drama Club proudly presents "Clue: On Stage" by Sandy Rusting and Johnathan Lynn. This comedy whodunit will leave both cult fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT! "Clue" is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie inspired by the classic Hasbro board game. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. ...
Non-Credible Threat at Oswego High School Non-Credible Threat at Oswego High School: October 11, 2022 Dear Oswego CSD Community, I am writing to share that earlier today the district was informed by several of our students that there was information circulating on social media that could be considered to be a threat to the district. As a result, local authorities were immediately contacted and began to investigate this concern. After doing so, it was determined that the threat was not credible and the posted information was removed from social media. However, given the content of the posted information, local police arrested the individual who posted it. The district appreciates the support of our students who reported this information to school officials and the response that was provided by local authorities. We are also thankful for the support the Oswego ...
OCSD Audit Committee, BOE to meet 10/3/22, 10/4/22 OCSD Audit Committee, BOE to meet 10/3/22, 10/4/22: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be conducting the following meetings: Audit Committee Meeting - October 3, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. Regular Board Meeting - October 4, 2022 - 5:00 p.m.   Both meetings will be held in the high school library and will be live-streamed and recorded.  The public is welcome to attend. Please use the high school main entrance located at 1 Buccaneer Blvd.  The agenda for the meetings will be available on BoardDocs after 4:00 p.m. on September 30, 2022.    
OHS students participate in Rachel's Challenge Chain Reaction activity OHS students participate in Rachel's Challenge Chain Reaction activity: Oswego High School students in grades 9-12 recently had the opportunity to participate in the Chain Reaction Program provided by Rachel’s Challenge. Chain Reaction is a transformational day of fun, leadership, and power that can change the way people view one another. The goal of Chain Reaction is to help stop bullying, violence and alienation that are parts of the school experience for millions of young people every day.  Through a variety of games, trust-building activities, and presentations, OCSD students were given a unique opportunity to see themselves and the people around them “through a new set of eyes.”   Rachel’s Challenge is a nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping and empowering students and adults to sustain a positive culture ...
Community Focus Group and Thought Exchange Community Focus Group and Thought Exchange: Community Focus Group and Thought Exchange: Follow–Up Communication September 27, 2022 Dear Oswego City School District Community, I am writing to follow up about a Thought Exchange community survey and a Community Focus Group that were initiated as a result of the district’s recently completed four-part comprehensive efficiency study. Thought Exchange This week, the district will be sending out the Thought Exchange survey to solicit anonymous feedback from the community about the recent study and its findings. This portion of the study recommends that the district consider repurposing Frederick Leighton Elementary School. To gain as much information as we can from our community, we are requesting that all parents and/or guardians participate in ...
OCSD hopes to create ‘daily habit’ of reading with Read to Them initiative OCSD hopes to create ‘daily habit’ of reading with Read to Them initiative: Reposted from The Palladium-Times ,  click here to view the story. by ANNICKA WICKHAM, The Palladium-Times OSWEGO — The Oswego City School District elementary and middle schools will start the “Read to Them” initiative on Monday as a way to encourage parents to read to their children. “The whole idea of the program is to have kids and families reading together,” said Carin Reeve, the director of literacy for OCSD. “We do a lot of reading in school, but we really want to encourage this idea of reading with your kids as a daily habit.” Reeve said the program will supply each student with the same book for free through a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. The elementary school students will receive a copy of, ...
OCSD celebrates 2022-23 Open House season OCSD celebrates 2022-23 Open House season: The Oswego City School District kicked off its 2022-23 fall Open House season on Thursday evening with building open houses at Frederick Leighton Elementary, Kingsford Park Elementary, and Charles E. Riley Elementary. Families and students toured classrooms and building facilities and participated in informational sessions and family-friendly activities such as scavenger hunts and various arts and crafts. Oswego High School will celebrate a building-wide Open House on Monday, September 26 from 5-7 p.m., followed by Fitzhugh Park on Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. Oswego Middle School will host their "Meet the Teacher, See the School" Open House on Wednesday, September 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Minetto Elementary will conduct its Open House on Thursday, September ...
Fitzhugh Park school community and local leaders to cut ribbon on new playground Fitzhugh Park school community and local leaders to cut ribbon on new playground: Fitzhugh Park school community and local leaders to cut ribbon on new playground   A brand-new playground awaits smiling faces, eager minds and energetic spirits for the 2022-2023 school year at Fitzhugh Park School in the Oswego City School District.   Fitzhugh Park School Principal Amy Molloy-Behnke and Dr. Lisa Glidden, president of the OCSD Board of Education, have invited Fitzhugh Park School faculty, students and local dignitaries to be on hand to celebrate the completion of the school’s new playground with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 16.   Funding for the school playground was provided by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, in a $250,000 heritage grant to the Research Foundation of SUNY for the Oswego ...
OCSD BOE to meet 8/24/22 OCSD BOE to meet 8/24/22: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will conduct a virtual Special Board of Education meeting on August 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.  The meeting will be live-streamed and recorded.  The Board of Education members consist of President - Dr. Lisa Glidden, Vice President - Mr. Tom Ciappa , Mr. David Crisafulli, Mrs. Pamela Dowd, Dr. Lisa Glidden, Dr. Jim MacKenzie, Mr. Sean Ohnmacht, Dr. Heidi Sweeney and Student Representative Maura Dempsey.  The agenda is available on Board Docs at  https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/oswego/Board.nsf/Private?open&login#    
Four-Part Efficiency Study Four-Part Efficiency Study: Please visit our website dedicated to information surrounding the Four-Part Efficiency Study.



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