POSTED 6/28/2016

OESJ Class of 2016

On Friday June 24, 2016 OESJ graduated 55 seniors!  High School Principal Mr. David Slater welcomed the graduates, friends, and families to commencement.  OESJ Salutatorian, Cynthia Smith, gave an encouraging speech on succeeding in life entitled, “I Love Turtles,” although she assured that the speech had nothing to do with turtles.   OESJ Superintendent Mr. David Halloran addressed the graduates by congratulating them on their achievements and wishing them the best of luck in their future endeavors.  Valedictorian, Samantha Lamphere reminisced about the many memories the senior class has made and the many more yet to come.  Diplomas were presented by Mr. Halloran and the Board of Education President Mrs. Mary Weaver.

POSTED 6/27/2016

OESJ Pre-Kindergarten Graduate

On Tuesday, June 21st at 8:30, thirty eight pre-kindergarten students graduated
at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary School.  Read the entire story and see more pictures here.

POSTED 6/23/2016

PAWS Hosts Cardboard Car Cruise-In

On Thursday, June 16, 2016, PAWS hosted a cardboard car cruise-in for all OESJ

Elementary students.  Read the entire story and see more pictures here.

POSTED 6/23/2016

OESJ Sixth Graders Graduate

On Thursday June 23, 2016 OESJ sixth graders graduated!  This was the students last year in the Elementary Building; next year they will enter Junior High at the OESJ Senior Campus.  Mrs. Kawryga handed out diplomas and Mrs. Parry put together a beautiful set of presentations of pictures from the entire school year, which can be seen here.  Awards presented were: Highest Science Average: Margaret Christensen, Highest Math Average: Kyle Hall, Highest ELA Average: Kyle Hall, Highest Average Overall: Kyle Hall, Citizenship Awards: Tavia Schaffer, Owen Dunderdale, Perfect Attendance: Mason Snell, Isaiah Handy, Matthew Steele.

POSTED 6/23/2016

OESJ BOE Schedules Special Meeting
There will be a brief executive session meeting of the OESJ CSD Board of Education on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 4:45 p.m. in the District Office.  The agenda can be seen here.

POSTED 6/21/2016; UPDATED 6/22/2016

Free Summer Meals Available at OESJ CSD

Made possible by a USDA Grant, the OESJ CSD is excited to announce that there will be free breakfast and lunch for kids and teens this summer at the OESJ Junior/Senior High School.  In addition, the OESJ Elementary School will be providing free breakfast and a snack to summer school attendees.  Click on the flyer for more details!

POSTED 6/20/2016

The Swim Home
OESJ 6th graders released the brook trout they have been raising all year into a

local stream.  Read the entire story, including more pictures, here.

POSTED 6/17/2016

Middle School Students Embark on PBL Journey

For their final week of classes, the OESJ middle school students spent the week engaged in project based learning, better known as PBL, activities.  In addition to a walking field trip to Erie Canal Mindenville Lock 16, student spent the week working on in groups on a PBL activity regarding social awareness topics, ending in presentations on the work they did.

POSTED 6/11/2016; UDPATED 6/17/2016

OESJ Board of Education Schedules Special Board of Education Meeting

The OESJ CSD Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 5:30 P.M. in the Junior / Senior High School Auditorium.  The agenda can be seen here.

POSTED 6/15/2016

OESJ Elementary Dedicates Field Days

On June 14th the OESJ elementary school dedicated the annual field days to two pillars of the community in Niceta Mueller and Jim Carter.  These two individuals exemplified the philosophies of physical education and lifelong fitness. Both individuals have demonstrated commitment to children and fitness.

Mrs. Mueller was a physical education teacher and coach for over 30 years in the Oppenheim district. She touched many children's lives and inspired many of her students to go on and become physical education teachers.

Mr. Carter was active in the St. Johnsville community coaching youth sports as well as being on the board of the St. Johnsville youth center. His focus and drive was on helping every kid, no matter where they came from, to be a better person. Mr. Carter passed away this past winter and his family accepted the honor on his behalf.

The students later in the afternoon participated in a fun afternoon of water field days.

POSTED 6/14/2016

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Held

The OESJ National Senior Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society held their Induction Ceremony on June 8, 2016.  Seven National Honor Society and two Junior Honor Society members were inducted.  The members newly inducted into the NHS were:  Lauren Fitzpatrick, Benjamin Grant, Amanda Cummings, Caitlin Handy, Coby Cover, Lauren Littrell, and Madison Richardson.  The newly inducted members into the NJHS were: Cassandra Abare and Joseph LeMoine.  The new inductees experienced the candle lighting ceremony and took a pledge of loyalty.  The pillars of Service, Character, Leadership and Scholarship were explained to all in attendance.  Superintendent Halloran and Principal Slater were guest speakers.  The graduating Senior members were recognized with flowers.  A sincere congratulations is wished to each of you.

POSTED 6/14/2016

STEM Aluminum Foil Boat Project

Mrs. Blanc's and Mrs. Karen Jones' STEM group just completed an Aluminum Foil boat unit. The object of the unit was to build a boat out of aluminum foil to hold as many pennies as possible. During this unit, students researched what makes a boat float and what factors go into a boat being able to carry cargo. Students were introduced to vocabulary such as- density, mass, buoyancy, cargo, and grams. Students were then given a 6x6 inch piece of aluminum foil. Students designed a boat that they thought would hold the most pennies. After the first trial, students were able to redesign their boat for a second trial. Students then graphed their data and discovered that square shaped boats with the "cargo" weight evenly distributed held the most pennies. On Friday, June 10th the STEM group presented their boats and information to their class. Bailie Richardson's boat held 90 pennies on the day of the presentation! STEM group members: Kali Hazard, Lily Arduini, Bailie Richardson, Delton Keba, Dominic Douglass, and Aidyn Macri.

POSTED 6/13/2016

Third Grade Students Study Butterfly Development

This quarter, the third grade students in Mr. Smith's room have been studying life cycles of living things in Science class. During this study, the students had the opportunity to watch Painted Lady Butterfly larva go through most of their life cycle. As these butterflies went through this metamorphosis to become adult butterflies, the students logged observations they made of this process. The students then made a paper mache model of the adult Painted Lady Butterfly. They are ending this study by writing a six paragraph research paper of the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly.

POSTED 6/11/2016

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Sixth grade students at OESJ recently finished the novel Seedfolks by Paul

Fleischman in Mrs. Battisti’s ELA class.  In the story, a community garden is planted in Cleveland in a vacant lot.  Read about how the students turned their reading into a great project here!

POSTED 6/11/2016

OESJ Junior/Senior High School End of Year Events Scheduled

The OESJ Junior/Senior High School has scheduled the following end of the year events:

  • Tues., June 14 to Fri., June 17 - Middle School students report to DHR for a regular day of school

  • Tuesday, June 21 - Career & Technical Education Student Recognition Program at 6 PM

  • Wednesday, June 22 - Grades 7-11 Awards Night at 6 PM

  • Thursday, June 23 - Baccalaureate Service and BBQ at St. Johnsville Methodist Church (5 East Main Street) at 6 PM

  • Friday, June 24 - Graduation at 6 PM

If you have any questions about the above events, please contact the Elementary School Main Office at (518) 568-2011.

POSTED 5/25/2016; UPDATED 6/11/216

Regents Exam and Review Sessions Scheduled OESJ Senior High School teachers are still holding Regents Exam Review Sessions. View the schedule here. In addition, you can see the Regents Exam schedule here.

POSTED 6/11/2016

OESJ PAWS to Hold Cardboard Car Cruise-in

The OESJ CSD PAWS Organization is hosting a Cardboard Car Cruise-in Competition for students in grades PreKindergarten through Six.  Students are encouraged to work with their family to design a cardboard car they can wear or it in, and come to the OESJ Elementary School Drive-In on June 16 at 6 PM.  The event is free, and prizes will be awarded.  For more information, click on the flyer to the left!

POSTED 6/9/2016

OESJ Elementary School End of Year Events Scheduled

The OESJ Elementary School has scheduled the following end of the year events:

  • Tuesday, June 14 -  Field Days (June 15 rain date)

  • Thursday, June 16 at 6 PM - PAWS Cardboard Car Cruise-In (more information to follow)

  • Tuesday, June 21 at 8:30 - PreKindergarten Graduation

  • Wednesday, June 22 at 8:30 - Kindergarten Graduation

  • Thursday, June 23 at 8:30 - Sixth Grade Graduation

If you have any questions about the above events, please contact the Elementary School Main Office at (518) 568-2014.

POSTED 6/2/2016; UPDATED 6/7/16

June Board of Education Meeting Date Change

At the May meeting, the OESJ CSD Board of Education changed their June meeting from June 1, 2016 to June 9, 2016.  The revised agenda and board packet can be seen here.

POSTED 6/6/2016

OESJ Junior and Senior Bands Bring Home Eight Trophies

The OESJ Junior and Senior High School bands participated in the Sherburne Pageant of Bands on Saturday, June 4.  The groups received a total of eight trophies. Read the details and see pictures here.

POSTED 6/5/2016

OESJ Students and Staff Participate in Memorial Day Parade

In addition to the singing of the National Anthem, the OESJ Central School District students and staff participated in this year’s St. Johnsville Memorial Day Parade in a wide variety of ways.  See more pictures and read the full story here.

POSTED 6/4/2016

OESJ Students and Staff Participate in Memorial Day Ceremony

OESJ Seniors Dave Rackmyre and Aron Frasier sang the National Anthem with OESJ Junior/Senior High School Principal David Slater as part of a ceremony at the Saint Johnsville Park on Memorial Day.

POSTED 6/4/2016

OESJ Elementary Student Receives Recognition for Sharing Her Heritage

Elliana Fox in Mrs. Eakin's second grade class is part Choctaw.  She gave a presentation to the class on her heritage and received recognition from the Choctaw Chief and Choctaw Nation.  Pictured below is the card Elliana recently received from the Chief about the presentation she did in class in December about the tribe.

POSTED 6/3/2016

OESJ Athletic Banquet to be held June 8th

The OESJ Athletic Banquet will be held on Wednesday, June 8th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Benefit Club. Students and family members who are attending the National Honor Society ceremony the same evening at 5:30 should still plan to attend the sports banquet.

POSTED 6/2/2016

Third Grade Students Release Over 50 Butterflies

The third grade students at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St.Johnsville CSD learned about

the amazing life cycle (metamorphosis) of the butterfly for the last month. Read the entire story and see more pics here.

POSTED 6/2/2016

OESJ Athlete Named Fulton County Athlete of the Year

On Wednesday, June 1, senior Dylan Klock was chosen as the 2015-2016 Fulton County Athlete of the Year, an annual award given by the Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Dylan was chosen from among the many athletes in Fulton County for his outstanding performance and participation in soccer, basketball and baseball for 5 years. For more information on Dylan, please click here.  Pictured with Dylan are his parents Janelle Farina and Tom Klock.

Other OESJ athletes that were honored at the chamber dinner were Brad Smith, Devan Battisti, Gabby DiPiazza, Emily Weaver, Hannah Taylor, Hunter Jones, Ezra Lynch, David Anselmo and Ben Grant.

POSTED 5/31/2016

Class of 2017 to Hold Fundraiser The OESJ CSD Class of 2017 will hold an Ice Cream Social and Penny Auction
fundraiser on Thursday, June 2 from 5:30 to 8 P.M. in the Junior / Senior High School Gymnasium. The cost for the event is $3.50 and includes a cookie and ice cream. See the flyer to the right for more information.

POSTED 5/26/2016

Students Create 90% Banner for World No Tobacco Day

For World No Tobacco Day on May 30th, two sixth grade students, Karis Montana and Kyle Hall, helped to display a 90% banner.  The 90% represents the number of adult smokers who started smoking before the age of 18.  The hope is they will take advertising out of stores and stop the tobacco industry from marketing to youth.

POSTED 5/25/2016

School Closed Monday, May 30, 2016 As a reminder, OESJ CSD will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day. School will be in session on Friday, May 27, 2016.

POSTED 5/25/2016

Regents Exam Review Sessions Scheduled OESJ Senior High School teachers will be holding Regents Exam review sessions in the upcoming weeks. View the schedule here.

POSTED 5/23/2016

Wedded Bliss in the Prekindergarten

Mrs. Yoder’s Pre-K class recently hosted a wedding! After 25 weeks of meeting the
Letter People from Abrams Learning Trends, Mr. Q was the final letter to make an appearance in the Pre-K classroom.  Read more about how Mr. Q’s appearance resulted in a wedding, including more pictures, here.

POSTED 5/23/2016

OESJ Junior/Senior High School Yearbooks On Sale

The 2015-2016 Junior/Senior High School Wolfpack Yearbook is now available for sale. Each yearbook costs $35, and can be purchased through Mrs. Lape.

POSTED 5/22/2016

Local Students Attend State FFA Convention

On May 5 to 7, eight Mohawk Valley FFA members attended the New York State

FFA Convention held at the OnCenter in Syracuse, NY. Read more about their experiences here.

POSTED 5/20/2016

OESJ Student Receives Award from Fulton County Youth Bureau

Cynthia Smith received the “Lead by Example Award” Thursday, May 19, 2016, from the Fulton County Youth Bureau. Cynthia was recognized for her outstanding community service. She has been a year long student assistant with Mr. Battisti’s Math 7 class, a Red Cross blood drive volunteer, helped serve the Little Falls Thanksgiving dinner for multiple years, helped with highway cleanup, has been very active in her faith community, and is an outstanding caregiver. Cynthia definitely “Leads By Example!” Congratulations!

POSTED 5/20/2016

OESJ Junior/Senior High School Art Show Winners Announced

The winners of the OESJ Junior/Senior Art Show Winners have been announced.  See the results below.

Best Upcycling Awards    

  • First prize $5.00 Stewart's Card ---- Kirk Dannible

  • Second prize Ice cream sundae card ---- Cayla Corlew

Best in show awards          

  • First prize  $30.00 ----- Megan Hart

  • Second prize  $20.00 ----- Rebecca Bruce

  • Third prize  $10.00 ----- Savannah McFarland

Barn Quilt Raffle Winner ----- Barbara Susi

POSTED 5/20/2016

OESJ Board of Education Announces Special Meeting

A special Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 5:30 P.M. at the OESJ Junior/Senior High School.  An agenda can be seen here.

POSTED 5/20/2016

OESJ Baseball Team Moves On In Sectional Play

The OESJ Baseball team will play Ft. Ann at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 21 in a Section II Semifinal game . The game will be played at East Field in Glens Falls.

POSTED 5/19/2016

Project Based Learning in Prekindergarten

Eighteen Prekindergarten students in Mrs. Yoder’s class recently completed a study

of medieval castles.  Using multiple resources, the class spent two days studying the parts of a castle and the purpose of each, including thick walls, towers, gatehouse, keep, entrance, and moat.  Click here to learn more about the final work they did, and see pictures of each group’s work!

POSTED 5/17/2016; UPDATED 5/18/2016

OESJ Announces Official Voting Results

On Tuesday, May 17, voters in the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District approved the proposed 2016-17 budget, and also both propositions one and two.

Elected to fill the three open Board of Education seats were Susanne Sammons, Dean Handy, and Linda Hart.

Official vote tallies for the budget, propositions, and Board of Education seats can be seen here.

POSTED 5/17/2016

Sixth Grade Biologists Teach Microscope Skills

Mrs. Pedrick’s second graders had a chance to learn about microscopes during a

sixth grade science class.  Sixth graders Kyle Hall, Owen Feagles, Cadence Johnson, and Jesse Walrath taught the anatomy and functions of the microscope to the eager young scientists for the first part of the lesson.  “Safety Sayge” Ruffino-Mosher and Isaiah Handy taught science safety, and Liam Callahan-Brittain and Maggie Christensen taught students how to prepare a wet slide versus viewing a dry slide.  Then second graders were able to prepare their own slides of pond water and observe various microorganisms.  Sixth graders felt proud to show off their lab skills and second graders loved learning from their sixth grade buddies.  

POSTED 5/16/2016
Don’t Tell My Mummy!

Well….she’s been dead since 3,000 BC, so I guess you don’t have to worry about it!  Sixth graders recently constructed paper mache mummies after learning about ancient Egypt.  Students learned about the mummification process, hieroglyphics and why this was so crucial to an Egyptian’s afterlife.  Students folded newspaper into a mummy shape, added paper mache, let it dry and then painted them.

POSTED 5/16/2016

Elementary School Celebrates Third Quarter Honor and High Honor Roll Students

The OESJ Elementary School recently awarded their students certificates for Third Quarter Honor Roll and High Honor Roll recipients.  See their pictures and names 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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