Home of the Wolves

 POSTED 1/18/2018

Governor Unveils Executive Budget

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented an executive state budget proposal that includes a $769 million increase in overall funding for school operations in the 2018-19 school year. To read the article click here.

POSTED 1/16/2018

​Warm Fuzzy or Cold Prickly

ABC Afternoon is focusing on caring as a quality character trait for January and February.  Showing someone you care is a good way to fill their virtual buckets.  Warm fuzzies are all the good feelings that we bring to someone’s day.  Helping a friend out when in need and doing a random act of kindness are both ways to fill a bucket with warm fuzzies. Cold pricklies are what happen when someone dips from your bucket or does something unkind.  This is also known as bucket dipping.  The K-2 students were challenged with an “at home project.”  The task was to create a warm fuzzy or cold prickly with their families and bring it to school to display.  The assignment was created to open a dialog between students and families and to bring awareness of how we treat others.  Penelope Clauson (pictured) and parents created their bucket duo over the weekend.

Our ABC Program welcomes families to attend our program on day 6 at 11:45 in the OESJ

Elementary Gym.  Stay up to date by following us at OESJ ABC Afternoon on Facebook.

POSTED 1/11/2018

OESJ Elementary Wolf Awards Postponed

The OESJ Elementary Wolf Awards are postponed until tomorrow, January 12th at 8:30.

POSTED 1/11/2018

​Fourth & Fifth Graders Give Instead of Receive During the Holidays

OESJ Elementary Fourth and Fifth Grade Students opted out of the usual gift exchange this past holiday season. Instead, they focused their efforts into donating to the local food pantry.  This change was received with overwhelming support from families .  Fourth and fifth graders collected multiple boxes of food that will help supply the shelves at the Helping Hands Food Pantry located in the DHR Building.  Helping Hands is open on the third Wednesday and the fourth Thursday from 3:30 - 6:00 PM.


POSTED 1/9/2018

Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Spelling Bee!! The winning word this year is ricochet.

Champion - Jade Dygert      

2nd - Jesse Walrath

3rd - Mikaila Robarge

4th - Paige Morrone

POSTED 1/6/2018

PTECH and AgPTECH visit OESJ 8th Graders

Eighth grade students at OESJ listened to a presentation about the PTECH and Ag PTECH programs through HFM BOCES on Thursday, January 4, 2017.  Any eighth grade student from OESJ who is interested in either of these programs can complete the online application at:  hfmboces.org/applynow

POSTED 1/5/2018

Hour of Code

Students in grades K-6 participated in the global event, “Hour of Code” during computer science education week. The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics. Every student had the opportunity to learn a little computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any career path. During the month of December, students in grades K-6 wrote lines of code using Blockly coding in Technology class. They programmed Pixel the Dog, Blue Fuzz, Angry Bird, and Minecraft. Each student earned a certificate and sticker for their participation in the Hour of Code. These skills will help them when                              they start coding robots after Christmas.

Hour of Code

POSTED 1/3/2018

Christmas Coding STEM Activity

Students in grades 4-6 learned about BINARY computer coding. Binary is a way of representing information using only 2 options. (For example 1 and 0 or black and white) The students used a binary decoder key to learn the code for each letter in the alphabet. The students made Christmas bracelets writing their name in binary code. They used the color red for black, white, and green to separate letters. Students had an awesome time learning more about computer science.

Christmas Bracelets

POSTED 1/3/2018

H.C. Smith Benefit Club Toy Raffle

Due to the snow day on December 22nd, the Toy Raffle was cancelled.

Please see the attached thank you letter and the list of winners. A total of

$1296.50 was raised and $341 was collected at Santa’s Breakfast for a total

of $1637.50 to donate to the Benefit Club. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. To read the letter click here.

POSTED 1/2/2018

Elementary Students attending Spelling Bee at the High School

On Tuesday, January 9th , students in grades 3 – 6 will be transported via bus to the Spelling Bee at the OESJ High School. Students will depart OESJ Elementary at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 11:30 a.m. If you have any questions or concerns please call the main office at 568-2014. Thank you!

POSTED 12/23/2017

Fuccillo of Nelliston Coloring Contest Winners

Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston has teamed up with the OESJ Elementary School for an opportunity to win a gift for a family member. The winners were: Case Stowell, Henry Schoff, EmmaLynn Moxham, Joey Morrison, Jenny Schmidtmann, Mallory Allen and Aleah Mastenbrook. To read the letter that went home to parents click here. Congratulations to all the winners!

POSTED 12/21/2017

OESJ HS Students visit the State Capitol

Junior and seniors went on a field trip to the New York State Capitol with their English, History, and Business Law classes. They enjoyed a guided tour of the Capitol Building, including some of the most beautiful architecture in America, The Hall of Governors, and got to sit in the legislative chambers, to get a better idea of where and how the work of our state government takes place. They also spent part of their day at New York State Museum, where they enjoyed exhibits on the women's suffrage movement, 9/11, and the Iroquois peoples, among many others highlighting the rich history of New York State resources and art.

POSTED 12/21/2017

Breakfast with Santa

PAWS (Parents Advocating With Support) hosted, “Breakfast with Santa.” on Saturday,  December 9th  at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club.  Several volunteers came  to  cook, serve, run stations,  and clean up.  The stations included reindeer food, letters to Santa, personalized ornament, and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus passed out candy canes as they listened to whispers of Christmas wishes.  We served over 250 people during this amazing breakfast.  This event was free to attend.   PAWS is grateful for the OESJ  community, the H. C. Smith Benefit Club, the OESJ Board of Education, and administration for supporting this joyful holiday event.

Santa's Breakfast

POSTED 12/21/2017

Elementary Students are Mastering Math Facts

Mrs. Parry is happy to announce the students that have mastered their math facts with XtraMath. A student has mastered a fact when you know the answer in 3 seconds or less.

Bryce Montana and Lily Arduini have mastered addition. Blake Moore, Justin Williams, Gavin Dibble, and Sydney Hazzard have mastered multiplication. Jeffrey Lillard and Kenneth Calabrese have mastered addition and multiplication. Baler Stowell and Paige Marrone have mastered addition, multiplication and division. William Brundage and Zachary Young have mastered all their facts and are working on the advanced 2 second level. Collin Eakin has mastered all of his facts on the 3 and 2 second level and is working on the 1.5 second level.

POSTED 12/21/2017

High School Students Collect Donations for Cat Rescue

The Business Law and Criminal Justice classes, led by Laura Bellinger and Emily Moore, took donations for the Second Chance Cat Rescue here in St. Johnsville.  Sherry Keough brought 6 adoptable kittens with her to play with their new toys.  The students helped her to her car with big bags of dry food, litter, and other items.  We hope to make this an annual community service event.

POSTED 12/19/2017

NYS Mentoring Program at OESJ Jr/Sr High School

The New York State Mentoring Program is currently underway at the Jr/Sr High School.  The group consists of several seventh grade mentees along with older students who have previously been selected and trained to be mentors.  The purpose of the program is to create and support mentor relationships.  Mrs. Stalteri and Mrs. VanWie coordinate the program with oversight from Brad DiPietro of the NYS Mentoring Program.

POSTED 12/19/2017

December Publication of the OESJ Good News

Please click here to read the December publication of the OESJ Good News. You can also find the link on the Jr/Sr High School page under quick links.

POSTED 12/13/2017

OESJ Board of Education Recognizes Students and Staff Members

Mrs. Danielle Schoff and EmmaJo Schmidtmann were recognized at the November 1st Board of Education meeting.  Mrs. Danielle Schoff was recognized for starting a recycling program in the district. To read the entire resolution click here.

EmmaJo Schmidtmann was recognized for organizing a bottle drive to raise money for

veterans receiving care at the Albany Stratton VA Center. To read the entire resolution click here.

Congratulations to Mrs. Schoff and EmmaJo!

Mr. Charles Berry and Christopher Abare were recognized at the December 6th Board of Education meeting.  Mr. Charles Berry was recognized for his strong desire to succeed in and around the workplace To read the entire resolution click here.

Christopher Abare was recognized for volunteering countless hours assisting the staff in the Technology office. To read the entire resolution click here.

Congratulations to Mr. Berry and Chris!

POSTED 12/11/2017

After School Activities Cancelled

All after school activities for Tuesday, December 12th are cancelled. This includes practices and games.

POSTED 12/11/2017

OESJ Elementary Wolf Awards

The October Wolf Award recipients are:

Kindergarten- Peyton Nemecek, Lilly Green, Benjamin Jones

First Grade- Ava Belcher, Abagail Leibowitz, Dylan Gray

Second Grade- Baize Wintermute, Ethan Pratt, Tyshawn Saunders

Third Grade- Chase Eakin, Aryana Bumbolo, Kayla Handy

Fourth Grade- Jim George, Landon Carpenter, Brooklynn Smith, Tyler Barnes, Lily Arduini

Fifth Grade- Justin Williams, Sara Brownell, Collin Eakin

Sixth Grade- Ryan Achzet, Mahala Pratt, Lillyanna O'Callaghan

Art- Samantha Darrow

PE- Tyler Barnes, Kendall Christman

Band- Jayson Humphrey

POSTED 12/11/2017

Spirit Week at OESJ Elementary School

The Elementary School will be having Spirit Week December 18-22. The schedule is attached. Happy Holidays!

POSTED 12/7/2017

12 Days of Christmas at OESJ Jr/Sr High School

To get in the Holiday Spirit the Class of 2018 will be having
the "12 Days of Christmas". Please see the schedule of the twelve days. Happy Holidays!

POSTED 12/7/2017

Dynasty Wrestling will be coming to OESJ

Dynasty Wrestling will be coming to the Jr/Sr High School on Saturday, December 9th. Doors open at 5:00 pm for Meet & Greet.  For more information contact Bryan Crowe at bryan.crowe@oesj.org or to view the flyer click here.

POSTED 12/6/2017

Assemblyman Santabarbara’s Student Cabinet

Two of our 10th grade students are participating in Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s Student Cabinet for the 2017-2018 school year.  This cabinet was formed to give the youth that he represents a front row seat to the state legislative process. Meadow Arduini and Kenidee Oare took a trip to the Clarkson University, Schenectady Capital Region Campus, to work in groups with other students from the region, focusing on issues within New York State public education. They worked in groups to solve budgetary scenarios given to them, and were then challenged by their peers to defend their decisions. They will reconvene with these students at the State Capitol in the spring. To read the press release and see more pictures click here.

POSTED 12/6/2017

Elementary 1st Quarter Honor Roll & High Honor Roll

Attached is the list of students in the Elementary who made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll. Congratulations and keep up the good work. Click here to see the names of the students on the list.

POSTED 12/4/2017

Trout in the Classroom

Sixth graders at OESJ recently took a trip to SUNY Cobleskill for their spawning workshop.  Students are participating in the Trout in the Classroom program this year which is a year long multidisciplinary program following the year in the life of a brook trout.  Students brought back fertilized eggs, placed them in our tank, and will be observing them hatch at about Christmas time.  So far they are on the “Nice List.”  Several eggs have asked to hatch on Christmas Day.   In the spring, students will release the trout into a local stream. To see more pictures click here.

POSTED 11/30/2017

Do you know a student who is homeless?
Do you know a student in Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville who is experiencing homelessness? Do you know a student or family who is couchsurfing? They may be homeless, but there are resources available to help. Our school can help. 
Thanks to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, children are entitled to continue their education in a public school setting – including in their home district – if they are temporarily or permanently displaced from their homes. Contact our district McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act liaison: Ann Drummond  (518) 568-2014 ext. 103  #McKinneyVentoAct

POSTED 11/29/2017

Veterans Day Celebration

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, our pre-k through 6th grade students honored veterans with our annual Veterans Day Program. Attending were over 80 veterans representing every branch of service and every era since WWII. The veterans received cards, thank you letters, poems, and homemade poppies. Veterans proudly stood for the anthem of their branch of service while third graders belted out the Armed Forces Medley in their honor. Veterans lined the hallways as the students left the gymnasium to receive their final appreciation: a smile, and handshake and a heartfelt "Thank you." From the smallest kindergartener to the most senior staff members, our thanks was humbly given.

POSTED 11/22/2017

The Good News

The December Edition of The Good News is available to view here.

POSTED 11/22/2017

School Tax Relief (STAR) Credit

Any STAR-eligible homeowners who paid property taxes for the first time in 2016 or 2017 will receive a rebate check for their STAR savings. This is a change from past practice when having STAR meant seeing an exemption, or reduction, in a homeowner’s property tax bill. The change is for new homeowners only; it does not affect homeowners who currently receive a STAR exemption. To read more click here.

POSTED 11/21/2017

First Grade goes "Batty"

How do bats help us? Where do they live?  Can they hurt us?  These were some of the questions that first graders in Mrs. Heroth's, Mrs. Mang's and Mrs. VanValkenburgh's classrooms asked at the beginning of their Bat STEM unit.  The students learned the importance of bats in relation to the mosquito population through a fun game called "Bats to the rescue" where they were the bats eating mosquitoes.  Reading poems, books, measuring pictures and researching different species of bats helped answer many questions.  To read more click here.

POSTED 11/21/2017

Class of 2018 to hold Ham Dinner & Basket Bingo

The Class of 2018 will be having a Ham Dinner and Basket Bingo on Friday, December 1st.  The dinner will be from 4-7 pm and Bingo from 6-9 pm in the High School cafeteria.

POSTED 11/17/2017

Mrs. Smith’s Class tell how they are grateful for others.

Students in Mrs. Smith’s 2nd grade class were challenged with the “Snail-Mail” question at ABC Afternoon.   The question asked, “Who are you grateful for, and how do you show them you’re grateful.”  The class got to work right away.  They made beautiful illustrations of whom they are most grateful for, and talked about how they show their appreciation.  The students in this class are an inspiration to others.  They leave us thinking about who we are truly grateful for and why.

Mrs. Smith's ABC Afternoon.mp4

POSTED 11/17/2017

Second Grade Learns about Communities

The second grade classes learned all about the three different kinds of communities.  They worked hard to learn what each community looks like, the different characteristics, and about their transportation.  Each of the classrooms brainstormed and designed one community scene. All of the scenes hang in the hallway outside their classrooms to help show the similarities and differences between the different communities!  Great job working together second grade! To see more pictures click here.

POSTED 11/16/2017 UPDATED 12/4/2017

OESJ JR/SR High Honor Roll

Congratulations to all the High Honor and Honor Roll recipients. Click here to see the list of students. Keep up the good work!

POSTED 11/14/2017

Mr. Phil Schoff Inducted into The NYS Baseball Hall of Fame

On Sunday, November 12th, Mr. Phil Schoff was inducted into The NYS Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Schoff  graduated from St. Johnsville High School in 1961. He went to Syracuse University on a basketball scholarship from 1961-65 and also played baseball for those 4 years, compiling a pitching record of 15-4.  Mr. Schoff and his brothers played Town Team baseball in St. Johnsville from 1968-1993. To read more click here.

POSTED 11/14/2017

OESJ Elementary October Wolf Awards

The October Wolf Award recipients are-

Kindergarten- Sophia Barnes, Aleah Mastenbrook, Ella Baynad

First Grade- Gwynethth Fox, Timothy Mikalonis, Aleigha Cook

Second Grade- Jeremiah Schaffer, Logan Crannell, Lindsey Eagan

Third Grade- Makena Richards, Henry Schoff, Jordan Swick

Fourth Grade- Nehvada Mead, Myracle Hart, Dominic Douglass

Fifth Grade- Sydney Hazzard, Paige Morrone, Jeffrey Lillard

Sixth Grade- Georgia Bailey, Dylan Barnes, Jacob Walrath

Physical Education- Delton Keba

Art- Jade Bonneau

Band- Kaylee Breton

Music/Chorus- Raelyn Hershberger, EmmaJo Schmidtmann, Sydney Hazzard

POSTED 11/14/2017

Financial Aid Night held at OESJ

On Monday, October 30th the OESJ Guidance Office hosted their annual Financial Aid Night for seniors. After a brief financial aid presentation by Moira Samek and Rebecca Cozzocrea from the Financial Aid Office at Fulton Montgomery Community College, the FMCC staff along with Mrs. Van Wie were able to answer questions and facilitate the completion of not only the FAFSA application, but for some the TAP and PELL as well.

POSTED 11/7/2017

First Grade is Grateful

Mrs. Heroth's first grade performed their "I am grateful" rap today!  The class had received the snail-mail challenge at the ABC Afternoon program with the statement "I am grateful."  The class started the activity by breaking into small groups and listing ways they were grateful on posters.  Then they chose one statement from each poster and worked together during Writing Workshop to write their song.  Students had the opportunity to be singers, play an instrument or hold up a poster for the performance. To see more pictures and a video click here.

POSTED 11/6/2017

Print Literacy Rules!

Students in Mrs. Murcray’s Social Studies class are learning about world and local events and asking big questions.  Deep conversations are happening freely and naturally with teachers and peers.  After perusing an article on the KKK, students were asking, “Well how could this group even be around anymore?” or “Could we watch the interview about this story?” or “Why would anyone so young be in the KKK and show their face?” As the year unfolds, students will be reporting to the class about current events and using the newspaper to help make sense of the world.  They will be tracking their “big questions” on Google Classroom and embarking on their own research.  To read more click here.

POSTED 11/6/2017

What’s Lurking in Your Water

Sixth grade biologists recently learned how to prepare a wet mount slide and observe prepared slides of their choice.  Several students brought in water samples from various ponds, creeks, mud puddles, old fish tanks, and even some green pools!  Sixth grade scientists then observed the slides as part of their first lab using the microscope independently.  They drew what they saw and were elated when something swam across their field of view!
To see more pictures click here. 

POSTED 11/6/2017

Take Your Child to the Bookstore

Another great moment when writing and teaching came together! November 3rd was Take Your School Child to the Bookstore Day. The Pre-K children from OESJ went home with a bag of books and a tummy full of pizza from Vince's Pizza and Pasta, thanks to funding acquired by Senator George Amedore.  He joined us, along with author and grant writer, Daniel Barrett . To read more click here.

POSTED 11/3/2017

4th Graders & HS Music Theory Collaborate

4th Grade Band students and High School Music Theory students, under the direction of Mr. Bellinger and Mrs. Mott, combined efforts in a unique collaboration to kickoff the 4th Grader's first band experience. The student-driven project was initiated by the ambitious and insightful high school students who are currently studying the relationship and intricate details of the various instrument families. Upon hearing about the 4th Grade kickoff, the high school class requested to put their knowledge in action by being part of this day. To read more click here.

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