Home of the Wolves

POSTED 5/26/2017 - UPDATED 6/30/2017

Free Summer Breakfast & Lunch

OESJ Junior Senior High School will be a Summer Meal Site. Free breakfast and lunch will be served beginning July 5th to anyone 18 years or younger. To see more information, click here. To view menus, click here.

POSTED 7/18/2017

OESJ Middle School 2017-2018 Class Supply Lists

The OESJ Middle School 2017-2018 Class Supply Lists are available.  To view the supply list, please click here.

POSTED 7/18/2017

OESJ Agriculture Teacher Teaches Workshop at the NYAAE 100 Years of Agriculture Education Inquiry Institute

Chris Smith, High School Agriculture Teacher at OESJ CSD, attended the New York Association of Agricultural Educators (NYAAE) Conference that celebrated 100 years of agriculture education. As part of the conference, Chris attended an Agriscience Inquiry Institute. The NYAAE Agriscience Inquiry Institute focused on improving agriscience teachers’ ability to incorporate scientific methodology, problem-solving, and inquiry-based learning into their existing agriscience curriculum. To read more about the conference and see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 7/11/2017

OESJ Elementary 2017-2018 Class Supply Lists

The OESJ Elementary 2017-2018 Class Supply Lists are available.  Please note that each Kindergarten class has their own list.  To view the supply list, please click here.

POSTED 7/6/2017

OESJ Honor Roll and High Honor Roll Announced

Congratulations to the many OESJ students that have made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the 2016-2017 fourth quarter. Click here to view students of the Junior/Senior High School. To view students from the Elementary School, click here.

POSTED 7/1/2017

OESJ Kindergarten Graduates


On June 21, Fifty-eight Kindergarten Students from Mrs. Hazzard, Mrs. Gentile, Mrs. Hudyncia and Mrs. Case's rooms celebrated their Graduation Day. Thanks to Mrs. Parry for putting together some of the memorable moments of 2016/2017 in this animoto. Congratulations Kindergarten Graduates!!!

POSTED 6/28/2017

Congratulations Class of 2017!

On Friday, June 23, OESJ held its fourth commencement ceremony.  There were 47 graduates that crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and enter the world.  Liam Sammons, class Salutatorian, gave his speech entitled, “Let’s Live It,” were he thanked his peers, parents, faculty and staff, and reminisced on what the Class of 2017 has accomplished.  Class Valedictorian, Lyndsey Lynch, encouraged her classmates to “take risks– don’t be afraid to take that leap–, find your passion and work hard towards your goals, but most of all, make sure you’re happy along the way”.  Guest Speaker Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara spoke to the graduates and guests.  OESJ is extremely proud of its graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future.  To see additional pictures, click here.

POSTED 6/22/2017

Middle School Visits Boston

On Monday, June 19, OESJ 7th and 8th graders visited Boston, Massachusetts.  The Middle School worked all year long raising more than $6,000 to go on this trip.  The students were able to visit the New England Aquarium, watch the IMAX show Amazon Adventure,  take a Harbor walk to view Tall Ships, Quincy Market, and had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. A great time was had by all!  To view additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 6/22/2017

Sixth Grade Graduates!

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OESJ sixth graders graduated today!  Their ceremony included a slide show presentation of their year complete with videos and a mannequin challenge.  This was directed by Mrs. Parry and students worked under her, editing the presentation.  Mrs. Brownell directed the entire 6th grade in the choral tear-jerker by Tim McGraw—“Humble and Kind.”  Mr. Bellinger led the 6th graders in a rocking instrumental number.  Superintendent, Mr. Halloran, and Mrs. Kawryga, principal, spoke to the students.  Their inspirational words will hopefully be carried with the new graduates onto 7th grade.  Sixth graders also had the treat of guest speaker, and soon to be graduate Jeff Baker.  Good luck new 7th graders! To view more videos, click here.

POSTED 6/21/2017

Robotics Culmination Presentation


As a culmination to the Robotics Unit in Technology Class, NAO the humanoid robot came to the OESJ Elementary School. Mrs. Dee and Mr. Strange from Neric presented NAO to students in grades 3-6. NAO is a programmable robot that is personalizable and interactive. Mr. Strange discussed NAO’s capabilities and Mrs. Dee helped the students program NAO.  NAO talked to the students, sang and did a dance, and interacted with students. This program brought STEM to life.

POSTED 6/21/2017

Robotics and Coding in Elementary Technology

Students are very excited to learn Robotics and Coding in technology class. Grades 3-6 learned Blockly coding to program Dash and Dot Robots. Students measured distances and angles, used map and geography skills, and then used Blockly coding to program Dash to travel the world on a map.  Next, they programmed Dash to make his way through mazes, draw shapes and play the xylophone. Click here to check out the great Dash and Dot videos and pictures.

POSTED 6/19/2017

OESJ Middle Schoolers Learn Local History

Students in grades 7 & 8 celebrated the end of the school year this past week by spending 3 days exploring St. Johnsville's local history!  On Wednesday, June 14th, students in grade 8 traveled to the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library.  There they toured the library and museum.  On Thursday, June 15th, all student in grade 7 & 8 attended a day long field trip to Fort Klock.  Some of the activities students participated in were trying their hand at writing with ink and quills, helping out at the Blacksmith Shop, and watching musket and cannon demonstrations!  By working in small groups students and staff were able to see life in the 1700's & 1800's first hand!  To read more and see additional pictures, click here.

POSTED 6/17/2017

So Long, Finned Friends!

OESJ sixth graders released the brook trout they have been raising all year.  The trout started as fertilized eggs (which happened during our trip to SUNY Cobleskill) and developed into large fingerlings which were released into a local stream.  Mother and daughter team Mrs. Murcray, science teacher, and Mrs. Dopp, teaching assistant, led the release.  Mrs. Dopp instructed the students on how to find microinvertebrates in the stream bottom and guided the students on how to identify the trouts’ favorite snacks.  Mrs. Murcray made sure each student released a trout and then led the students in the “Bye Bye Trout” song.  This trip is symbolic; as our trout swim downstream, we wish our students the best as they go “down the hill” to 7th grade! To see additional pictures and video, click here.

POSTED 6/15/2017

5th Grade Tellagami Book Reports

The students in Mrs. Brundage’s, Mrs. Etherton’s and Mrs. Oppenheimer’s 5th grade classes created Tellagami videos in computer class. The students wrote wonderful book reviews, created characters, and made mini gami videos on iPads. The book reviews were excellent, they were written with such thought, feeling and expression. The 5th graders were so excited to create the characters and record their own voice for the Tellagami character. Their videos make you want to head to the library to read the books they reviewed. Click here to watch their Tellagami Book Reviews.

POSTED 6/14/2017

Students in OESJ Elementary Learn Robotics


At the beginning of May, students in grades 3-5 were introduced to Robotics using Cubelets. Through discovery learning, the students built cubelet robots. Cubelets are magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots. The students built robots that drove around on a tabletop, responded to light, sound, and temperature. Every unique arrangement was a new robot. Check out their robots and watch their excitement.

Students in grades K-2 were introduced to programming using Blue-Bot Robots. The children used the directional and sequence buttons on the back of the Blue-Bots to program them to move across the mat and solve a problem. Students even programmed them to dance. The Robots excited the students to problem solve. To see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 6/14/2017

Let Nature be your Classroom

OESJ sixth grader’s just returned from the trip of a lifetime!  They attended a 3 night, 4 day trip to Nature’s Classroom at Silver Bay in Lake George.  Nature’s Classroom is an environmental education program offering 13 locations and the best in connecting the classroom to the outdoors for the past 40 years.

Students, parents, teachers, and administration start preparing for this trip in September.  There are fundraisers, including a spaghetti dinner and Nature’s Vision merchandise sale.  All profits from the 6th grade school store go to the trip as well. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.


POSTED 6/13/2017

Inaugural “Walk of the Wolves”


On Monday, June 12th, the graduating Seniors of the OESJ Class of 2017 took a trip up to the Elementary School to walk the hallways for a final farewell. All of the students and teachers in the Elementary School lined the hallways to applaud the Seniors efforts and they even provided them with many “Thank You” Gifts and congratulatory send offs. The event was the first of its kind at OESJ and provided many of the Seniors a nostalgic send off with their former teachers. The younger students also got the opportunity to see how special this moment was and provided them with some motivation to strive to attain this opportunity for themselves.

POSTED 6/13/2017

OESJ Wolf Pack Band Takes First at the Violet Festival

The OESJ 7th-12th grade Marching Band took First Place Best High School Band in the Dolgeville Violet Festival Parade on Saturday, June 10th. The Parade also served as the Senior's Marching Farewell- as the class of 2017 Senior Musicians left their place of march and led the group from in front of the banner. The final straight away becomes their final honored march. It concludes with the band encircling them, and paying tribute to the seniors accomplishments. Thank you Senior Musicians, for being the first HS Class to complete all four years at OESJ HS Band! You have set a great path to follow!

POSTED 6/12/2017

OESJ Wolf Pack Bands Place at Sherburne

The 7-12th grade OESJ Wolf Pack Bands Placed in 9 categories recently at the Sherburne Pageant of Bands in highly competitive Competition. Although scores and trophies don't define our kids, the fact that they were consistent across so many categories demonstrates the skills of these well rounded musicians.  The OESJ Band placed as follows: JH Small Ensemble placed 1st; JH Drumline placed 2nd; JH Concert Band placed 4th; HS Small Ensemble 3rd; HS Jazz Ensemble 3rd; HS Concert Band 3rd; HS Drumline 2nd; 7-12th grade Marching Band 4th; 7-12th grade Color Guard 3rd.  Congratulations OESJ!

POSTED 6/12/2017

2017 Regents Schedule

The 2017 Regents Schedule is available.  Please click here to view.

POSTED 6/12/2017

Fulton County 2017 Lead By Example Recognition Dinner

On Thursday, June 8, 2017 the Fulton County Lead by Example Recognition Dinner was held at the Johnstown Senior Center in Johnstown, New York. Students from all the school districts in Fulton County were honored for their leadership in their schools and communities. Jeffrey Baker was our student representative from OESJ. He was the recipient of the Fulton County Lead By Example Award for 2017. To read more about Jeffrey, click here.

POSTED 6/9/2017

Elementary End of the Year Schedule

There will be full days of school June 19th - 22nd for OESJ Elementary. There will be early dismissal at 11:30 on Friday, June 16th.  Please see the schedule below:


June 16th - early dismissal (11:30)

June 19th - full day

June 20th - full day

June 21st - full day

June 22nd - full day (last day of school)

POSTED 6/9/2017

OESJ Students Perform at Poetry Slam in Utica

On Thursday night, OESJ High School Students from Ms. Jewett's Poetry and Creative Writing classes attended an open mic poetry slam in Utica, at the Tramontane Cafe.  Stepping out of their comfort zone, the students were both nervous and excited.  In front of a packed and cheering crowd, they performed their original works of poetry, and everyone in the room was blown away by their talent, performance skills, and their bravery.  It was such a thrilling success, that the students have plans to attend this open mic again, which is held every Thursday. Congratulations to: Helene Blair, Kyleigh Hayner, Realey Ickles, Devyn Jones, Keagan Clemons, Coby Cover, Kyara Nichols, Abby Countryman, and Faith McFarland.

POSTED 6/8/2017

2017 FMCC/HFM BOCES Student Recognition Dinner

On June 6, 2017 students from around the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Region came together at HFM BOCES for the 2nd annual Student Recognition Dinner. Dustin Swanger, ED. D, President of FMCC wrote; “Among our honorees are students who have travelled abroad to perform missionary work, climbed all the Adirondack High Peaks, championed opportunities for the disabled, participated on championship teams and in award-winning music groups and helped educate fellow students about diversity in their communities and in the world. We also honor a student tonight who overcame  traumatic injuries suffered in a car accident. She’ll still graduate on time with her class later this month.”
These students have been recognized for their academic and extracurricular excellence along with their devotion to their communities and be able to preserve to be successful. The following OESJ students were among the honorees. Congratulations to Lyndsey Lynch, Liam Sammons, Aidan Eggleston, Tyler Clark and Georgia Schaffer.To read more, please click here.

POSTED 6/8/2017

Addie Brundage named Fulton County Female Athlete of the Year

On Wednesday, June 7th, senior Adelina Brundage was named the 2016-2017 Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Female Athlete of the Year at the 30th Annual Sports Award Banquet held at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown. Addie was chosen for her outstanding athletic achievements as a 3 sport athlete, participating in Soccer, Basketball, and Track & Field. In soccer, Addie was a 1st team WAC All Star, a Section 2 All Star, she was named a 4th team New York State All Star, and scored over 50 career goals as a 4 year Varsity starter. In Basketball, she was named a 2nd Team WAC All Star and was a member of this years Track & Field team with Fort Plain where she ran the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, the 4 x 100 meter relay, the 4 x 400 meter relay and participated in the triple jump.  To read more, click here.

POSTED 6/5/2017

OESJ Students Honored at “Made of Something Stronger” Event

On May 19th the inaugural Made of Something Stronger event was held at the Winner’s Circle in Fonda.  Four OESJ students along with an OESJ teacher were honored for being made of something stronger. The event was established to shine a light on students  who possess a strong work ethic and character along with high academic accomplishments, have been involved in extracurricular activities and have who served the community. Four students and one teacher from each school in the county were invited to participate.  Abby Mosher, Adelina Brundage, Aidan Eggleston and Liam Sammons represented the OESJ students and Sarah Jewett was the teacher representative. To read more about each student, click here.

POSTED 6/2/2017

Sixth Grade Attends Conservation Day

OESJ sixth graders attended the annual Conservation Day held at Herkimer KOA Campgrounds.  Students walked to different stations and learned about human-environment interactions, ecology, and had hands on experience letting trout go in the West Canada Creek.  One of the highlights was a bee presentation by Mrs. Murcray’s dad, Mr. Jeff Rutkowski.  Mr. Rutkowski is a beekeeper and loved sharing his knowledge.  Students enjoyed learning that the female bees kick the male bees out of the hive when they are no longer physically able to do the work needed to keep the bee hive going! To see additional pictures, click here.

POSTED 6/2/2017

From Turkey to Stream

Joe Alberico visited the OESJ sixth grade to help continue students’ knowledge of the brook trout.  This presentation is part of the Trout in the Classroom program; students have been raising brook trout all year and are set to release them next week.  Joe is a fly fishing specialist, Trout in the Classroom coordinator, and entomologist (we call him the “insect guy”). Joe taught sixth graders how to identify all stages of the stonefly, mayfly, and caddisfly—the brook trout’s favorite snacks. To more about what the sixth grade class did and see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 6/2/2017

START YOUR ENGINES! Ready…...Set…..Go!

PAWS is holding its 2nd annual Cardboard Car Cruise-in for PreK-6th grade.  This is a family event. Parents are encouraged to help children design their vehicle. Paper boxes or small moving boxes work great!  Drive your car to the drive -in on June 14, 2017 by 6PM and sign in to be eligible for prizes.  Each child must be chaperoned by an adult.  We will have special racing visitors at this event. There will be several stations to visit this year.  Please have your child wear old clothes. It may be a little messy. This is a free event. There will be lots of fun that we need to plan for. Please return the name  of the students and number of chaperones that will attend.  This will help us plan for everyone to have a good time. Please contact Mrs. Fredericks if you have any questions at 568-2014 or jill.fredericks@oesj.org.

POSTED 6/1/2017

31st Annual Scholars' Recognition Program

Each year, CASDA honors a graduating senior and a dedicated teacher from each high school in the capital district. Scholars are selected by their schools on the basis of scholarship, achievement, leadership and service to their school and community. Each student scholar invites a teacher who has significantly influenced their education to join them at the dinner. This year the dinner was held on May 17th at the Albany Marriott.  Congratulations to Liam Sammons and Matthew Battisti.

POSTED 6/1/2017

7th Grade Girls Attend Girls STEM Conference

On Tuesday, May 23, Mrs. Sitterly and Ms. Dopp took 15 seventh grade girls to the Future Women of STEM Conference. This all day event  was aimed to encourage young people to consider a future career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  The conference took place at the Fulton Montgomery Community College campus in Johnstown.  After a yummy breakfast, girls moved onto 3 workshops given by local professors and professionals.  To see additional pictures and read more about the workshops, click here.

POSTED 5/25/2017

OESJ Elementary Got Funny For Money

On May 25th, each grade had one teacher volunteer to dress up and be silly for Red Nose Day.  Our goal was to raise money through donations at each grade level.  Each $10 increment added another layer of crazy apparel for our teacher volunteers to wear. The students competed against other grades to raise the most money and have that teacher look the most entertaining.  We had an incredible response and raised over $400. To be donated to the Red Nose Day Fund. To read more and see additional pictures, click here.

POSTED 5/26/2017

From Field to Table

Sixth graders at OESJ had the true “Field to Table” experience on May 4th and 5th.  Students were given the opportunity to observe a wild turkey dissection.  Mr. Jordan, sixth grade Math teacher and veteran turkey hunter, was able to bring in the turkey he got on the morning of May 4th.  Mrs. Murcray, sixth grade Science teacher, led the class in the dissection.  Since students were studying the human body, this was the perfect hands on experience for the kids.  The turkey’s organs were then sampled to be examined under the microscope.  Students had the choice not to participate; however, all 6th graders wanted to! To read more, click here.

POSTED 5/25/2017

9th Annual Ponytail Drive a Success

The 9th annual OESJ Ponytail Drive ended with 19 people donating their hair to be made into free wigs for people battling cancer. That is enough hair for about 3 wigs. It was difficult for many participants to part with their hair, but so uplifting to watch their selflessness.

Congratulations to all those with a new haircut today, and keep this event in mind for next May. To see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 5/25/2017

OESJ Wedded Bliss

On Friday, May 19, 2017 Mr. Q and Miss U were joined in holy matrimony during a ceremony hosted by Mrs. Yoder’s Pre-K class.  Guests were welcomed by the ushers, Kahlan Crozier and Kayne Hart, who passed out programs with a smile.  The ceremony began with the entrance of the very special photographers, Bryce Sweet and Nathan Illsley.  Daniel Schmidtmann, Benjamin Jones, Leighton Hogan, Dylan Williams, and Hayden Buck stood up as groomsmen with Mr. Q, who was assisted by Chase Szymanski.  Lindsey Swick, Lillian Egan, and Morgan Merwin were beautiful bridesmaids for Miss U.  Aleah Mastenbrook and Jenisa Bacon did a wonderful job tossing flower petals before the bride, assisted by Rylie Williams, made her way down the aisle. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 5/24/2017

OESJ Jr/Sr High Art Show Results & Barn Quilts

Faculty and staff in the Jr/Sr High building voted, sharing the name of the artist they thought created the best work.  The votes were tallied to determine prizes.  The awards are as follows:

Kyleigh Hayner   -----1st prize, $30.00

Megan Hart  -----2nd prize, $25.00

Alexis Romeyn ------3rd prize, $20.00

Congratulations to the winners.  

The completed 2017 Barn Quilts were also on display. To see the finished barn quilts, please click here.

POSTED 5/24/2017

Precision Agriculture Class Visits SUNY Cobleskill

On Friday, May 19, students from Mr. Smith’s Precision Agriculture course visited SUNY Cobleskill to get hands-on experience in the world of precision agriculture. Bruce Wright, a professor at SUNY Cobleskill for 40 years, provided the students with an overview of how precision technologies work in precision agriculture. Professor Wright explained how GPS signals are corrected to make them more accurate. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 5/19/2017

Memorial Day Rock Ceremony Scheduled

Please join us at the OESJ Elementary School to honor and remember those that have served in the armed forces on Thursday, May 25 at 9 AM.  Please have your child dress in red, white and blue.  Parents are welcome to attend!

POSTED 5/19/2017

OESJ Elementary Celebrates Nurse Appreciation Day

For Nurse Appreciation day, students and staff celebrated our Elementary School Nurse,  Mrs. Brown. The second floor students and staff presented Mrs. Brown with a nurse coat with all their fingerprints. They clapped and cheered for her to thank her for all that she does for the students at OESJ. Thank you, Mrs. Brown!

POSTED 5/17/2017

OESJ Career & College Class Visits Local Businesses

Ms. Bellinger’s Career & College Prep class visited five local businesses this semester in order to gain information about different careers.  Ben Morley, Austin Swartz, Morgan Rockefeller, and Megan hart went to:  Sportee Designs, the Post Office, Judy King Insurance, Dannible's, and Lee Publishing.  All of the business owners were very welcoming, generous, and helpful.  To read more about their visits, please click here.

POSTED 5/17/2017

OESJ Election Results

Thanks OESJ!  Thanks to the voters who participated in the annual community vote yesterday.

  • The 2017-18 budget was APPROVED by a vote of 305-115, a 72.6 percent margin.

  • The bus purchase proposal was APPROVED by a vote of 309-105, a 74.6 percent margin.

  • The library levy proposal was APPROVED by a vote of 276-140, a 66.3 percent margin.

  • The voter registration proposal was APPROVED by a vote of 270-130, a 67.5 percent margin.

In the election for two seats on the Board of Education, newcomers Randall Snell received 288 votes and Sarah Barnes received 262 votes. Incumbent board member Stephanie Dye received 155 votes. Joanne Capek had one write-in vote.  Thanks again for coming out to vote!

POSTED 5/15/2017

Superintendent Halloran sends informational letter on Blue Whale Challenge

OESJ Superintendent David Halloran has sent an email to all Staff, Students, Parents and Guardians addressing this new and potentially life-threatening online game.  You can view the entire letter by clicking on the link above or here.

POSTED 5/15/2017

OESJ Junior & Senior High Art Show

During May 15th - May 19th, student artwork will be on display in the hallways surrounding the Gym and in the lobby adjacent to the distance learning room. Open daily during regular school hours as well as until 8 pm on May 16 during the school BOE vote.  Also on display will be the Annual  Community Art Project Barn quilts.

POSTED 5/15/2017

OESJ Ponytail Drive Tomorrow, May 16

There is still time to sign up for the 9th annual OESJ Ponytail Drive.  We are up to 18 people who have committed to donating their hair during this event on Tuesday.  Contact Ms. Jewett at the high school with any questions and to book your time slot with one of the talented hair stylists at the event.  Remember, you aren’t only helping create free wigs for The American Cancer Society, it’s a FREE professional haircut for you. The event is held at the elementary school from 3:30-8:00. To see additional information, click here.

POSTED 5/15/2017

OESJ Jr/Sr High School Music Concert Change

After surveying Parents and Students about the best date for our Spring Concert the OESJ 7-12th Concert has been moved to Wednesday, May 31st at 6:00 PM to accommodate scheduling conflicts of highly active and achieving students in our District!

POSTED 5/9/2017

OESJ Outstanding Business Education Student

Business education instructor, Laura Bellinger, asks you to join her in congratulating Nicholas Papura for being recognized as the OESJ 2016-17 Outstanding Business Education Student.  Nick participated in such classes as:  Business Math, Career & College Prep, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship.  Nick was awarded for academic achievement in business classes as well as for his positive attitude.  Nick’s parents, Stephanie and Bruce Dye, and Ms. Bellinger attended an awards dinner Thursday, May 4, in Albany, where Nick was recognized, along with students from 18 other schools.  The guest speaker was Ashley Miller, sports photojournalist for News Channel 13, WNYT.  Ms. Miller suggested that the students intern, network, and “do what you love”.  This event is sponsored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District.  Honorees received gift bags, plaques, and two scholarships were awarded.  Congratulations to Nick from the Business Department!  Pictured: Ashley Miller, WNYT CH. 13 sports journalist with Nicholas Papura, OESJ Outstanding Business Student, and Brad Boyles, Business and Marketing Educators' Association of the Capital District.

POSTED 5/8/2017

OESJ Red Wolves Compete in Regional Envirothon

On Wednesday May 3, the OESJ “Red Wolves” Envirothon team participated in the regional competition at Saratoga Spa State Park.  They competed against eleven other teams in the areas of Forestry, Aquatics, Soils and Land Use, Current Events and Wildlife.  The team tied for second place in the areas of Forestry and Aquatics and look forward to participating again next year. Pictured from left to right are team members Robert Snell, Christopher Swartz, Christopher Abare and Team Advisor Mr. Scott Harris.

POSTED 5/8/2017

OESJ Student Groups Assist with Canal Clean Sweep

Helmont Mills Purchasing and Human Resource Manager, Marty Callahan organized this year’s Canal Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 29th, at the St. Johnsville Marina.  He reached out to OESJ student organizations, including the OESJ FFA and National Honor Society, to assist with the clean up.  The volunteers also planted trees in the area.  Marty stated that they had volunteers from the community and the student groups for a successful clean up and thanked sponsors Lombardo’s and the Little M.  To see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 5/4/2017

OESJ Agriculture Teacher Selected as NYAAE’s Outstanding Young Member

Chris Smith, Oppenheim-Ephratah-Saint Johnsville’s High School Agriculture Teacher, has been selected to receive the 2017 New York Association of Agricultural Educators (NYAAE) Outstanding Young Member Award. This award is given to agriculture teachers that have been teaching between three and five years. The award is established to promote qualified teachers remaining in the agriculture teaching profession due to the shortage of teachers. The award is based on experiential learning, involvement and utilization of student organizations, professional growth, and the ability of the teacher to create partnerships, and market the program. The application will be submitted to the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Region where it will be judged on the national level. If selected as the NAAE Region VI winner, Chris would attend the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, TN with all travel and conference expense paid for by John Deere. Good luck, Mr. Smith!

POSTED 5/4/2017

OESJ Honor Roll and High Honor Roll Announced

Congratulations to the many OESJ students that have made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the 2016-2017 third quarter. Click here to view students of the Junior/Senior High School. To view students from the Elementary School, click here.

POSTED 5/4/2017

2017 Regents Review

Regents Review has started at the OESJ Junior/Senior High School.  Please click here to view the review schedule and periodically to check for check for changes.

POSTED 5/4/2017

OESJ Elementary Art Students Recognized

On March 14th, collaborative works of art from schools all over became displayed as part of the Herkimer County 9th annual Art Show.  It was an honor and privilege to have some of our creative young artists recognized this year at such a well-attended art exhibition.  OESJ Student’s Natalie Brelinski, Kendra Breton, Chloe Callahan Brittian, Alyse Cannon, Arielle Hughes, Emileigh Moore, James Schoff, Angelina Soulle and Jacob Walrath had their art work selected to be displayed.  We are so proud of all of our artists at OESJ!!!!  Great Job!

POSTED 5/4/2017

OESJ Students attend Forum at SCCC

On April 26, business teacher, Ms. Bellinger and four students:  Austin Valleau, Tiffany Groff, Emily Zeidner, and Raymond Cheney attended a forum at Schenectady County Community College.  A panel of two human resources managers and three employees from different businesses spoke and took questions.  The goal of the forum was to help young people who are exploring getting into the workplace to build their interview skills and confidence. To read more about the forum, click here.

POSTED 5/1/2017

Mohawk Valley FFA Member as a Candidate for NY FFA District V President

On April 18th, 2017, Madison Dunbar, the 2016-2017 Mohawk Valley FFA Reporter, went through the NY FFA District President Selection Process. This process consisted of an agriculture knowledge test, a stand and delivered speech, and a personal interview where Madison was scored on a rubric. Madison was scored on her ability to show many things in her interviews like character, communication, critical thinking, passion for success, and influence just to name a few. To read more about Madison and the FFA, click here.

POSTED 4/30/2017

Will Your Child Turn 4 Before December?

If so, you may want to consider enrolling him or her in the OESJ Universal Pre-K program located at the OESJ Elementary School.  The school is now enrolling children who live in the district and will turn 4 years old before December 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.  The UPK program is a dynamic program designed to help your child transition into kindergarten.  The program provides educational learning through play, instruction, practice, and activities.  It also gives students the opportunity to develop and practice their social skills among peers and adults.  Finally, the program offers every child a free breakfast, lunch, and snack daily as well as encore classes in physical education, art, music, and library.  Please contact Mrs. Taylor at 568-2014 to register your child and receive an enrollment packet.  We look forward to having your child in our school next year!  Screening begins in June, so register now!

POSTED 4/30/2017

Sixth Grade Visits Kenya…..Again!

OESJ sixth graders had the privilege of learning about life in Kenya.  Mrs. Karen Jones, teaching assistant, shared her travels to Kenya for the second year in a row with students.  She shared her experience staying in a compound in Kenya, and brought in many beautiful African relics for students to get a closer look at this amazing culture.  Mrs. Jones also wore her authentic Kenyan dress, which was hand tailored to her.  OESJ students were surprised to hear that Kenyan students live at their school and are responsible for taking care of their own clothes, preparing themselves for the day, and that school is in session for 2 months on and 2 months off.  When asked if there is Wi-fi in Kenya, Mrs. Jones smiled and said, “Oh yes, you will see Kenyan natives all on their smartphones.”

POSTED 4/29/2017

Budget and Prepositions Public Hearing

The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Elementary School prior to the Regular meeting. The public is invited to discuss the proposed Budget and Propositions.

POSTED 4/25/2017 / UPDATED 4/26/2017

Voter Registration and Voting Locations

OESJ Central School District will be holding a Board of Education Vote on May 16, 2017.  To see if you are registered to vote, please click here.  To find out where your voter location is located, please click here. Unregistered community members can register to vote at the District Office from 8:00 am -3:00 pm, Monday - Friday until May 9. There will also be a registration day at the OESJ Elementary School on May 3 from 2 pm - 6 pm.

POSTED 4/20/2017

First Graders Study American Symbols

First grade has been studying the symbols of America.  During the week of April 10, Mrs. Mang’s class read about Mount Rushmore.  They looked at pictures of the monument and discussed the four presidents on the mountain.  They further talked about why each president was chosen and even watched videos of the workers sculpting the monument.  As a culminating activity, students were given the choice of painting or sculpting their own Mount Rushmore.  Sculptors were given a hunk of Model Magic to create their own monuments.  Painters were given oil pastels and water colors.  To see some finished projects, click here.

POSTED 4/10/2017

Born 2B Viral Event at OESJ High School

OESJ High School will be hosting the event “Born 2B Viral,”  at the High School Auditorium on  Thursday, April 27, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Please join St. Mary's Healthcare and the Behavioral Health Implementation Committee for a FREE community-wide event focusing on the importance of cyber safety. Hear from speakers and families who have experienced first-hand what it means to be vigilant about teen safety, whether over the internet, through a gaming system or live in-person. There will be a O&A session with our panel, and community resources will be available for more information.  Light refreshments will be served.

POSTED 4/10/2017

Grand Opening of Helping Hands Food Pantry

Thanks to the help of MANY helping hands, the food pantry at DHR school will have it's grand opening on Wednesday, April 12, at 4:00pm. All are invited to join the celebration! As pictured - Mr. Lynch's Varsity Baseball team pitched in to help the pantry become a reality by putting donated shelving units together and then stocking the shelves with all the donations brought in by the elementary school's
helping hands who collected food donations as part of the popular Parents As Reading Partners program. Following the grand opening the food pantry will be open to the public each month on the third Wednesday and the fourth Thursday from 3:30-6pm. Food pantry clients will need to complete an application and have with them 3 items: 1)  ID for each member of their household, 2) proof of address, and 3) proof of income. Applications will be good for one year. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Lape, OESJ District Health Coordinator at 568-2013 or Mrs. M-C, School Social Worker at 568-2011.

POSTED 4/6/2017

16th Annual FFA Farm Toy Show a Success

On Saturday, April 1st, unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating, but that did not stop the vendors and the members of the Mohawk Valley FFA. The show hit its largest vendor turnout in the last five years! In addition, we reached a record number of people in attendance reaching over 150, which was over an additional 50 people compared to previous years. This number may not seem to be as large as other shows bring in, but the vendors in attendance have always been happy and able to move toys! This year the toy show featured many activities for children. To read more about the Toy Show and see additional pictures, click here.

POSTED 4/6/2017

OESJ  Elementary Internet Safety Poster Contest

The students in grades 4 through 6 created posters in Technology Class to help teach others how to be safe online. Mrs. Parry had a poster contest and would like to announce the winners. In grade 6, the 1st Place winner is Jade Dygert, 2nd place winner is Abigail Miller, the 3rd Place winner is Sherri Dixon, the 4th Place winner is Carolyn Littrell, and the Honorable Mentions are Olivia Chromczak, Michael Green, and Hannah Pestillo. In grade 5, the 1st Place winner is Lillie Smith, the 2nd Place winner is Jacob Walrath, the 3rd Place winner is Autumn Souza, the 4th Place winner is Mallory Miles, the Honorable Mentions are Annette Johnson and  Aylaa Pellerito. In 4th Grade, the 1st Place winner is Kenneth Calabrese, the 2nd Place winner is Amber Hart, the 3rd Place winner is Andrea Manners, the 4th Place winner is Alyse Cannon, and the honorable mentions are Jeremy Vickery and Ruby Hand. Everyone please make sure to read their great posters to learn how to be safe online by clicking here.

POSTED 4/6/2017

OESJ Class of 2019 Hosts Spaghetti Dinner

The Class of 2019 is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at the HC Smith Benefit Club on Monday, April 24th from 4-8 pm.  There will also be a bake sale that evening. Please consider buying a ticket and taking a night off from cooking!  Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.50 for children 12 and under.  Take out meals are available.  Tickets will be available at the door for purchase or you can email bryan.crowe@oesj.org.

POSTED 3/31/2017

OESJ Elementary Hosts March Math Madness

IMG_2253.JPGStudents in grades 1-6 competed in March Math Madness. On day 1 of the competition, all students took a 5-minute timed addition test.  In the next competition, students took a subtraction test.  In the third competition, the students in grades 1-2 took a harder addition fact test and students in grades 3-6 took a multiplication test.  In the fourth competition students in grades 1-2 took a harder subtraction fact test and students in grades 3-6 took a division test.  In the last competition students took a mixed fact test, grades 1-2 addition and subtraction, students in grades 3-6 all operations.  To read all winners during the competition, please click here.

POSTED 3/31/2017

OESJ 7th and 8th Grade Spring Fling Scheduled

The OESJ 7th and 8th Grade Spring Fling Semi-Formal has been scheduled for Saturday, April 29.  This will be hosted at Iroquois Lanes and cost $20 per student.  Enjoy dancing, food, and a DJ  from 7 pm - 10 pm.  Glow Bowling will follow from 10 pm - 12 am.

POSTED 3/30/2017

Mohawk Valley FFA Members Headed to State Competition

The competition season started on March 4th for the Mohawk Valley FFA as they headed to Hamilton, NY for the District V Leadership Development Competitions. Nine members competed that day in many different competitions. Owen Feagles a seventh-grade member competed in the junior creed speaking contest. Carolyn Littrell a sixth-grade member competed in junior extemporaneous public speaking and placed third and will move on to the substate competition. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 3/30/2017

Animal, Plant, or Fungus?

None of the above!  Sixth graders just finished presenting their protist projects in science class.  Students had to make a model of a plant-like protist, an animal-like protist, and a fungus like protist.  They had to choose a protist from each category that they were interested in, research the protist, and then figure out how to model each one within the confines of a 6x8 inch piece of cardboard with their partner. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.

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The OESJ School District seeks to provide the best possible education for every student. We strive to maintain an excellent learning environment to ensure every student graduates from high school prepared for college and career success.


The mission of the OESJ Central School District is for every student to experience an enriching environment where they will master the skills necessary for 21st century learning and reach their full potential for applying knowledge. All OESJ students will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful and authentic learning through teachers’ use of research based, innovative instructional practices. We will educate our students to become life-long learners, cooperative workers, quality producers and outstanding citizens.
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