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OMS names third marking period honor roll, high honor roll students OMS names third marking period honor roll, high honor roll students: 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 3rd marking period of the 2021-22 school year:   7th Grade Honor Roll : Alex Albronda, Owen Bartlett, Mackenzie Battelle, Andrew Beauvais, Berlin Beglinger, Kendra Bittner, Alec Braun, Tylor Brown, Jack Canale Giberson, Charlee Carpenter, Ariah Champlin, Jordan Clark, Vanessa Cole, Luis Correa, Aundraya Crimmins, Kristiana Davis, Cooper Dawson, Taelon DeGroff, Austin Denmark, Aidan DeSantis, Dominick DeStevens, Tuker Fenske, Addison Frost, Carter Galletta, Tiernan Ganoung, Samuel Garcia, Derek Gibson, Olivia Gonzalez, Jayla Griffin, Gavin Guynn, Aubrie Hagan, Hudson Hare, Dawson Hawksby, ...
OHS drama club presents ‘Almost, Maine’ evenings of April 29, 30 OHS drama club presents ‘Almost, Maine’ evenings of April 29, 30: This year, the Oswego High School Drama Club proudly presents ‘Almost, Maine’ by John Cariani as their spring production. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midwinter night’s dream about romantic relationships. Overseeing the production are co-directors Norman Berlin III and Joshua DeLorenzo. The cast includes students in grades 9-12. The cast features Jake Barton, Jillian Bell, Rhiannon Brown, ...
OCSD BOE to meet 4/5 OCSD BOE to meet 4/5: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be conducting an Audit Committee meeting and a regular board meeting on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 starting at 4 p.m. Both of the meetings will be held in the high school cafeteria. Please use the high school main entrance to attend the meetings. Both meetings will be livestreamed at YouTube.com/WBUCNY and recorded. The agenda for these meetings will be available on BoardDocs after 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022. The Board of Education will also conduct an Executive Session immediately following the regular meeting.
OCHD Covid Clinic 3-30-22 OCHD Covid Clinic 3-30-22: The Oswego County Health Department will host the following COVID Vaccination/Booster clinic: Oswego County Health Department  70 Bunner Street, Oswego, N.Y. Wednesday, March 30, 2022 3:30 to 5:30 pm   Appointments can be made using the registration links below.  Walk-ins are also welcome.    Pfizer 1st Dose – ages 12 and up https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=D9A5BF52872A021EE0530A6C7C166F8F   Pfizer 2nd Dose – ages 12 and up https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=D9A5C0D0ED820104E0530A6C7C167D43   Pfizer Booster – ages 12 and up https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=D9A5C6F81B1D0162E0530A6C7C16F94E ...
OMS students compete in 2022 Battle of the Books OMS students compete in 2022 Battle of the Books: Six teams of Oswego Middle School students participated in this year's "Battle of the Books" competition.    The "Battle of the Books" is a reading program coordinated by Oswego Middle School's library media specialist, Mrs. Brennan-Steere, and is designed to encourage the reading of a variety of literature. Parents and faculty members served as coaches for the competing students. In this competition, 7th and 8th grade students read a group of eight titles and competed in teams of 2-4 to answer questions in a quiz show format. All questions began with the words, “In which book…?” Panelists for the event included Mrs. Mary Beth Fierro, OMS Principal; Mrs. Cherie Beck, Literacy Coach; and Mr. Chris VanGorder, ENL ...
Frederick Leighton,  Kingsford Park win OCSD's Battle of the Books Frederick Leighton, Kingsford Park win OCSD's Battle of the Books: Teams of  students from all five elementary schools in the Oswego City School District were represented in this year's "Battle of the Books" competition, held at Minetto Elementary School.    The "Battle of the Books" is a reading program coordinated by the Oswego City School District's library media specialists and is designed to encourage the reading of a variety of literature. Parents and faculty members served as coaches for the competing students. There were two competition levels in this year's battle: grades 3rd/4th and grades 5th/6th. In this competition, students recently read a group of eight titles and competed in teams of 2-4 to answer questions about those books in a quiz show format.  All questions began with ...
OHS senior wrestler receives Hawke-Pettinelli Scholarship Award OHS senior wrestler receives Hawke-Pettinelli Scholarship Award: At the conclusion of the 2021-2022 wrestling season, Oswego wrestling senior Wayne Earl Jr. received the Hawke-Pettinelli Scholarship Award, presented by the Syracuse Wrestling Officials Association. This scholarship is in recognition of the contribution to the central New York wrestling community from Reed Hawke and Lou Pettinelli. The award recognizes a senior who has been a member of a central New York wrestling program and been a positive reflection of the wrestling community.  Candidates must complete an application and go through an interview process to be selected for this award. Throughout his tenure at Oswego, Earl has placed fourth at the Class A Tournament, been selected as Oswego’s Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Akley and Rebel Duals and compiled a total ...
OHS National Honor Society chapter members sign letters for St. Jude’s OHS National Honor Society chapter members sign letters for St. Jude’s: The Oswego High School National Honor Society chapter has continued its partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee to help treat childhood cancer, as well as to fund necessary research in hopes of finding cures.    “The mission of St. Jude has continued to inspire chapter members to be called to service and raise funds for the hospital through a letter-writing campaign to friends and family,” NHS advisor and Oswego High School social studies teacher Kayley Morse said.   All 67 chapter members recently gathered in the school cafeteria to personally sign 25 letters each. Event chairwomen and juniors Allyson Bruns and Maura Dempsey said the meaningful event brought everyone together to help those in need. Since its partnership ...
BOE Meeting Set for March 15 BOE Meeting Set for March 15: The Oswego City School District will be conducting a board of education meeting on March 15, 2022 at 5 p.m.  This meeting will be held in the high school library, please use the high school main entrance to attend the meeting. The meeting will be livestreamed and recorded.  The agenda for this meeting will be available after 4 p.m. on March 11, 2022 on BoardDocs .  An executive session will be conducted immediately following the regular meeting.
OCSD now accepting Universal Pre-K applications for 2022-23 OCSD now accepting Universal Pre-K applications for 2022-23: The Oswego City School District is now accepting applications for Universal Pre-K (UPK) classes for the 2022-2023 school year.  The program is free to all children residing within the district who turn 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2022.     There are 8 half-day sessions and 1 full-day session. The half-day sessions are offered in the Kingsford, Minetto, Fitzhugh and Riley elementary schools.  Morning sessions are  9 to 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon sessions are 12:45 to 3:15 p.m.  The full-day session is 9 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Frederick Leighton Elementary School.  Busing is available, courtesy of district drivers, on their regular bus runs in the morning and afternoon. Please note that there is no mid-day busing. Registration for the half-day ...
OHS Boiler Repaired- Normal schedule to resume OHS Boiler Repaired- Normal schedule to resume: March 6, 2022 Dear Oswego High School Families, After discovering an issue with the boiler used to heat the high school last Sunday, crews have been working on repairs so our students and staff can return safely to the building. I am pleased to announce that, as of this afternoon, the boiler is back in operation and classes will resume in-person, as scheduled, tomorrow morning. We sincerely appreciate the flexibility of our families, students and staff members throughout the past week. As always, we thank you for your understanding during these challenging times, and we are looking forward to seeing our high school students back in the classroom tomorrow. Yours in Education, Mathis Calvin III, Ed. D. Superintendent of Schools
OHS Remote Schedule Thursday & Friday (3-3, 3-4) OHS Remote Schedule Thursday & Friday (3-3, 3-4): March 2, 2022 Dear Oswego High School families, While repair work is underway on external lines that support our boilers, repair crews are estimating that the heating issue may not be resolved until later this week. In order to allow families to make arrangements and give students some certainty around their schedule, we have decided to utilize our fully remote model for the remainder of this week. All Oswego High School students will report to class remotely per their regular schedule for Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4. CiTi BOCES students will still be picked up and transported per the schedule that has run the past couple of days. We plan to re-open the high school for in-person learning on Monday, March 7. Please reach out to the high school’s administrative ...
Masking Update/ Optional Masking Update/ Optional: March 1, 2022 Dear Oswego City School District families, I hope that everyone is settling back into their normal routine after a relaxing break. I am writing to provide an update on events this past weekend concerning masking in schools. On Sunday, Gov. Kathy Hochul held a press conference regarding mask requirements in schools. Citing continuous downward trends in COVID-19 positivity rates, hospitalizations and severe illness throughout the state coupled with increasing vaccination rates, Gov. Hochul announced the statewide mask requirement in schools for grades UPK through 12th will be lifted effective Wednesday, March 2. The governor’s announcement aligns well with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance released Friday. We ...
Letter 3/1: Masking to become optional in schools Letter 3/1: Masking to become optional in schools: March 1, 2022   Dear Oswego City School District families,   I hope that everyone is settling back into their normal routine after a relaxing break. I am writing to provide an update on events this past weekend concerning masking in schools.   On Sunday, Gov. Kathy Hochul held a press conference regarding mask requirements in schools. Citing continuous downward trends in COVID-19 positivity rates, hospitalizations and severe illness throughout the state coupled with increasing vaccination rates, Gov. Hochul announced the statewide mask requirement in schools for grades UPK through 12th will be lifted effective Wednesday, March 2.   The governor’s announcement aligns well with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance ...
OHS remote 3/2 and boiler update OHS remote 3/2 and boiler update: March 1, 2022 Dear Oswego High School families,   I am writing to inform you that due to the ongoing boiler issue causing heat problems, students at Oswego High School will learn remotely on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.   We do have good news to report, as the problem has been identified in lines leading to the boiler and repair work is underway to resolve the issue. It is estimated that the work will be complete by Wednesday evening, and we would aim to have students back in schools Thursday.   Should further problems arise, an extension of remote learning further into the week is possible. I will be in touch with more information Wednesday.   Once again, I apologize for this disruption to learning as we make these needed repairs due this unexpected ...
BOE to discuss masking rules 3/1 BOE to discuss masking rules 3/1: February 28, 2022 Good evening Oswego City School District families, The district has received a number of calls concerning the plan regarding masking when Gov. Kathy Hochul’s statewide mandate in schools expires on Wednesday. The Board of Education and I will be meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at 5 p.m. in the Leighton Elementary multipurpose room/cafeteria for one of our monthly business meetings, and we intend to discuss the issue of masks as it pertains to district policy and procedure.  Please also know that we have learned there will be additional official guidance released by the state pertaining to masking, and we intend to use this in our Board of Education discussion and present it to the community along with decisions that are made. I will ...
OHS remote 3/1 due to boiler issue OHS remote 3/1 due to boiler issue: February 28, 2022 Dear Oswego High School Families, As I wrote regarding yesterday, there is currently issues with the boiler used to heat the high school. While the hope was to return to school tomorrow, we now understand that the issue will require us to utilize our remote model on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 as well. Our plan is for students to utilize their normal instructional schedule beginning at 7:30 a.m. but in a remote capacity. Any students who attend CiTi BOCES programming in the morning will be picked up as normal. Afternoon CiTi students will be contacted by the transportation department with a home pick-up time.  We apologize for this disruption and will continue to keep you updated on the situation. Our hope is to return to the classroom as soon as possible. ...
OCSD Board of Education candidate petitions now available OCSD Board of Education candidate petitions now available: The Oswego City School District will begin Tuesday, March 1, accepting petitions for the Board of Education for the 2022-23 school budget vote and board of education election on May 17, 2022. Oswego City School District will be filling two three-year seats on board of education during the May election. A candidate for the board of education must meet the following qualifications:   1.  Be at least 18 years of age;   2.  Be able to read and write;   3.  Be a citizen of the United States;   4.  Be a qualified voter of the district;   5.  Be a resident of the school district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of a least one year immediately before the election;   6.  Has not been removed from any school ...
Superintendent News 2.27.22: OHS boiler issue Superintendent News 2.27.22: OHS boiler issue: Dear Oswego High School Families,   Earlier today, our district operations and maintenance team discovered issues with the boiler used to heat the high school. We are troubleshooting the heating problem and additional support will be on-site tomorrow (Monday, Feb. 28) for repairs.   As a result, due to insufficient heating, our high school will be operating on a two-hour delay and switching to remote learning tomorrow. Our high school administrative team will be sending out specific schedule information this evening.   We understand that not all our high school students have their remote learning materials at home. Staff will be available to distribute Chromebooks and other remote learning materials at the high school beginning at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. Materials may ...
Letter 2/25: Temp and health screenings update Letter 2/25: Temp and health screenings update: February 25, 2022   Dear Oswego City School District families, I hope that you have had a nice winter break even though it seems we have experienced every season throughout the course of the week. I am writing today to inform parents and guardians of an update to our COVID-19 procedures in all our schools.   Beginning Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, when we return from break, temperature checks as students enter buses and buildings will no longer be required. In addition, parents and students will no longer need to fill out and submit the district’s weekly health screening.   These changes are related to a large decrease in community spread and feedback regarding how the data is used.   Please continue to keep your children at home if ...



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