Home of the Wolves

POSTED 2/18/2017

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 second quarter. Click here to view students of the Junior/Senior High School. To view students from the Elementary School, click here.

POSTED 2/18/2017

Montgomery County Presents Food Pantry Donations

On select Friday’s, Montgomery County has held “Jeans Day” for its employees. The ability to wear jeans to work is a deviation from the county’s dress code. Employees are required make a $5 donation in order to do so.  The donations have been used to help raise money for worthy causes in our area.  For the jeans day that benefited the Food Pantry at DHR, donations of clothing and food items were also accepted.  Pictured, Andrew Santillo, Communications Specialist, Montgomery County, Sara Boerenko, Director of COmmunity Mental Hygiene Services, Montgomery County, Jackie Lape, RN, District Health Coordinator, OESJ, Darlene Marchand-Clifford, Social Worker, OESJ, and David Halloran, Superintendent, OESJ. Thank you, Montgomery County!

POSTED 2/18/2017

OESJ to Host Two Sectional Basketball Games

The OESJ Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams will be participating in first round sectional contests next Tuesday, February 21st, at the Jr./Sr. High School gym. The girls will be taking on Loudonville Christian at 6pm, followed by the boys taking on Salem at 7:30. Per Section 2 policy, hosting a sectional doubleheader requires us to charge admission to the games. Children 8 and under are free and the entry fee for all other spectators will be $3. There are no pre-sale tickets, as they will all be sold at the door the night of the games. Please come support our Varsity Basketball Teams!

POSTED 2/8/2017

Boys' Basketball Senior Night Rescheduled

Boys' Varsity Basketball Senior Night has been rescheduled to tonight, February 8, 2017 against Fort Plain. Please come support our Varsity Wolves!

POSTED 2/1/2017

OESJ Pre-K Visits Mysteries on Main Street

On January 13, Take Your School Child to the Bookstore continues as an annual event for the Pre-K classes at OESJ. Thanks to funding from Senator Amedore’s office in the State Senate, the Pre-K classes received a book from Mysteries on Main Street, met with Ms. Milchman, and did other activities as they experienced the wonders of a bookstore. The children finished the day with pizza at Vince’s Pizzeria, making this trip to the bookstore a truly exciting and memorable day in January! Best of all, when we put a book in the hands of our youngest students and they have an adventure in a bookstore, we set the stage for a lifetime of literacy! To watch the video, please click here.

POSTED 2/1/2017

IMPORTANT: Yearbook Orders for Grades 7-12

Important message regarding 2017 grade 7-12 yearbook orders:

Since our yearbook is something that holds memories for you to have forever, and since it is an expensive purchase......we have an idea that we hope will help more students be able to have one!  Instead of paying the whole $30 at once, we are offering an easier 3 payment plan of $10 each! If you are interested in setting up a payment plan, please see Mrs. Lape or email her at jackie.lape@oesj.org.  The $10 payments will be due: February 17, March 17, and April 13.  The deadline to take advantage of this offer is February 17.  The 2016-2017 yearbook will surely be a treasure that you will be glad to have!

POSTED 1/30/2017

P.A.R.P. Begins!

Polar winds have blown into the OESJ Elementary School with the arrival of P.A.R.P. (Parents as Reading Partners).  P.A.R.P. officially kicked off on Monday, January 23rd with a visit from PETER Penguin of Antarctica.  PETER is here to Prepare Everyone to Enjoy Reading!  He will accompany the children on a polar expedition to Antarctica and the Arctic Circle as they learn about the regions and wildlife through books, presentations, author visits, and assemblies.  To read more about P.A.R.P. at the OESJ Elementary and see additional pictures, click here.

POSTED 1/27/2017

OESJ Band presented with Proclamation from Mayor

The OESJ Band was presented with a Proclamation from St. Johnsville Mayor Bernie Barnes.  The Proclamation is to honor and recognize the Oppenheim-Ephratah St. Johnsville Band on their recent trip to Washington, D.C.  To see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 1/27/2017

Smart Schools Public Hearing

On February 1, 2017, there will be a Public Hearing on Smart Schools beginning at 5:30 PM.  A Board of Education meeting will follow at 6 PM.  Both meetings will be held at DHR.

POSTED 1/26/2017

Taking the Next Generation Science Standards by Storm

Sixth grade scientists at OESJ recently embarked on a new kind of challenge:  How can we model mitosis in our own way?  The Next Generation Science Standards are asking students to advance their thinking in three key ways: Scientific and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. To read more about this story and see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 1/24/2017

Regents Exams Rescheduled

Regents exams will be rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. The Living Environment and Global Studies Regents exams will be offered during the AM session. The ELA Regents exam will be offered during the PM session.

POSTED 1/24/2017

OESJ Central School Closed

OESJ is closed due to inclement weather. Regents exams will be rescheduled for tomorrow.

POSTED 1/21/2017

OESJ Community Gives a Warm Welcome Back to Band

On Friday, January 20, 2017, the OESJ community gave their band a warm welcome home.  The band had performed in Washington, D.C. at three locations.  Seven fire departments and two police agencies escorted the band back into St. Johnsville.  To see additional pictures and video, please click here.

POSTED 1/19/2017

OESJ Band Performs in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, OESJ Band performed in Washington, D.C.  Students appeared at Fort McHenry, the Jefferson Memorial, and the National Cathedral. Congressman John Faso presented Band Teacher, Dianne Mott, with a flag that was flown over the capitol in honor of the band. To see additional pictures, news coverage, and video, please click here.

POSTED 1/20/2017

ABC Afternoon Focuses on Responsibility


Our K-2 ABC Afternoon students have been working on some amazing things!  Each time ABC Afternoon gets together, we start our program off with positive shares derived from our student’s life experiences.  We then slide into "at home," challenges and Facebook shout-outs.  Our current character focus this month is Responsibility.  Students and families are asked to come up with projects using art, technology, or literacy using our theme to teach others about good character. After the students finish sharing their projects, the class with the  "Snail-mail," problem of the week gets to share a project that answers questions.  Mrs. VanValkenburgh’s class created a clever video to answer such problems.  Their question was, "How can someone show that they are responsible?"  They did a fantastic job creating their video!

POSTED 1/19/2017

High School HAVOC Fundraiser

The Dynasty proudly presents High School HAVOC to be held as a fundraiser at OESJ High School.  The event will be held on Saturday, February 18 beginning with a “Meet & Greet” at 5:00 PM.  Profits will go towards the OESJ 7th and 8th Grade Field Trip to visit Boston this spring.  Boston is the sear of our nation’s early history.  Students will explore parts of the Freedom Trail and work in some science with a trip to the New England Aquarium!


OESJ Central School Closed

OESJ is closed due to hazardous road conditions in the higher elevations of our district.

POSTED 1/17/2017

OESJ Dismissing Early

OESJ will be dismissing early on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 11:30 AM due to inclement weather.

POSTED 1/13/2017

OESJ Spelling Bee 2017

Twenty-eight, 4th – 6th grade students, stepped onto the stage of the Marge Curtis Auditorium to compete in the Annual OESJ District Spelling Bee.  They did an amazing job spelling in front of their peers, teachers and families. The 2017 Spelling Bee for OESJ Central School District took place on Tuesday, January 10.  To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 1/11/2016

OESJ Two-Hour Delay

OESJ is on a two-hour delay due to secondary road conditions.

POSTED 1/4/2017

OESJ Elementary Ski Club

The OESJ Elementary Ski Club will be making their first trip to Royal Mountain today. They will be returning to the High School around 7:20 PM this evening and to the Elementary School around 7:35. Please make sure all students are picked up promptly.

POSTED 12/29/2016

OESJ Basketball Schedule Change

The OESJ boys and girls basketball games have been postponed for tonight due to the inclement weather.  The boys home game in the Coach Cutspec Classic has been moved to tomorrow, Friday, December 30th. The JV boys will play at 1 pm with the Varsity boys to follow at 2:30 against Bainbridge-Guilford.  The girls away game in the Little Falls Tournament has also been moved to tomorrow, Friday December 30th. The Varsity girls will play West Canada Valley at 5 pm at Little Falls High School and the JV Girls will play WCV at 7 pm at Little Falls Middle School. The second round of the tournament is still TBD and the schedule will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.

POSTED 12/23/2016

The Polar Express at OESJ Elementary

On Thursday, December 22, all of K-3 students were treated with hot chocolate and popcorn provided by PAWS (Parents Advocating With Support). Pictured are students of the entire kindergarten class in their pajamas enjoying their treats and watching “The Polar Express”. Students were delighted to share this experience with their friends from other classes.  Thank you to our parent volunteers; this event was a big success! ​

POSTED 12/23/2016

May 2016 OESJ Culture Survey Results Released

POSTED 12/22/2016

OESJ is Georgia Strong

On November 23, a benefit for OESJ Senior Georgia Schaffer was held at the OESJ High School.  “Georgia Strong” t-shirts were sold to support the benefit.  Pictured standing left to right are Melissa Eagles, Pam Tuner, Denise Sherman, Sue Pedrick, Alma Getman, and Shelli Miller.

POSTED 12/22/2016

7th & 8th Grade Pie Sale

Pies will be at the High School for pick up starting Thursday, December 22, anytime after 3:00. They also can be picked up during the High School Concert.

Thank you to all who support the Pie Sale!

POSTED 12/9/2016/ UPDATED 12/19/2016

OESJ 2016 Updated Christmas Concert Schedule

4-6 Elementary Christmas Concert

Wednesday, December 21st 6:00 PM Elementary School

7-12th Grade Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 22nd 6:30 PM HS Auditorium

POSTED 12/14/2016

OESJ Elementary Spirit Week

The OESJ Elementary School will have a spirit week during next week, December 19-23. To view more details, click here.

POSTED 12/13/2016

OESJ Announces Official Capital Project Results

On Tuesday, December 13, voters in the Oppenheim-Ephratah - St. Johnsville Central School District approved the proposed Capital Building Project with a vote of 273 to 154.  Additional information regarding the proposed capital project can be seen below.

POSTED 12/8/2016

Capital Project Specifics
Capital Project Specifics Information

For additional detail capital project specifics, please click here or any image.

POSTED 12/1/2016

Detailed Capital Project Information

Capital Project Specifics
The OESJ school community will consider a capital project on December 13, 2016 that will propel the school district well into the 21st century. The project includes improvements at both school buildings that will strengthen learning for thousands of students today and in the future. For detailed project information, please click here. To view the district information packet, click here.

POSTED 11/16/2016

OESJ Building Project Vote Timeline & Information

The Vote for the Capital Project referendum is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

To read more about the Capital Project, click here.

To get more information on Voter Registration, click here.

POSTED 12/13/2016

OESJ Jr/Sr Academic Extravaganza

OESJ is holding an Academic Extravaganza, December 13, 2016 from 5:30-7:30. To read more, click here.


OESJ School Closed

OESJ is closed due to weather conditions.

POSTED 12/7/2016

OESJ Elementary November Wolf Awards

On December 4, 2016, OESJ Elementary students exhibiting good character were selected and celebrated during the school’s monthly Wolf Awards Ceremony.  Congratulations to the students who earned this award.  1st row: K. Herringshaw, A. Polidori, B. Wintermute, O. Achzet, B. Brown, K. VanValkenburgh, M. Young, K. Handy  2nd row: K. Swartz, S. Ryan, M. Thomas, L. Snell, L. Klock, K. Koloski, J. Polidori, H. Schoff  3rd row: J. Dygert, S. Schell, B. Case, D. Douglass, B. Smith, D. Barnes, G. Bailey, J. Walrath, B. Stowell, L. Miller, H. Steele.

POSTED 12/7/2016

OESJ Elementary Music Concerts Scheduled

The Elementary Christmas Concert is just around the corner!  The Music Survey revealed that a large majority of you would like this concert to be held on two different nights.  Thank you for voicing your opinions.  On December 14th, 2016, the K-3 Music Classrooms will be featured at a Christmas concert beginning at 6:00 PM.  On December 15th, 2016, the 4-6 Music Classrooms as well as the 5-6 Concert Band and 4-6 Chorus will be featured at a Christmas concert beginning at 6:00 PM.  To read more information about the concert, please click here.

POSTED 12/6/2016

Update Your Information in SchoolMessenger

Oppenheim-Ephratah St. Johnsville Central School District uses SchoolMessenger as our notifications provider.  Parents and Guardians are encouraged to

check out SchoolMessenger's InfoCenter, a tool that allows you to personalize how you receive communications from your school or district.  Starting December 7th, those who are eligible will receive information on how they can Opt-in to receive text alerts/messages from School Messenger.   To read more about SchoolMessenger or how to update InfoCenter, please click here or visit their website by clicking here.

POSTED 12/6/2016

PAWS Hosts Successful Breakfast with Santa

Parents Advocating With Support (PAWS)  hosted a Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday December 3, at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club in Saint Johnsville.  The event was very well attended with over 275 people participating. To read more about this event and see additional pictures, click here.

POSTED 12/5/2016

Patatas Bravas & Guacamole

Eighth grade students in Mrs. Hayes’ Home and Career Skills classes and Mrs. Elliott’s Spanish classes have been learning about different foods. In Spanish class, students read and interpreted a traditional Mexican recipe for guacamole and also a traditional dish from Spain called, “patatas bravas”. To see additional pictures and read more, click here.

POSTED 12/5/2016

OESJ Two-Hour Delay

OESJ is on a two-hour delay due to weather conditions.

POSTED 12/2/2016

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 first quarter. Click here to view students of the Junior/Senior High School. To view students from the Elementary School, click here.

POSTED 11/29/2016

DHR Building Water Results

DHR lead in water levels have been made available. Please click here to see the Certificate of Analysis for DHR Elementary water lead testing conducted by Fulmont Laboratory & Consultants.  

POSTED 11/29/2016

Agriculture Education Students Tour Power Distributors Warehouse and Learn about Fuel Injection

On Wednesday, November 16th students from the OESJ CSD Agriculture Education program visited the Power Distributors regional warehouse. Students of the Small Engine Repair, Agriculture Engineering, and Advanced Welding courses took the day to learn more about the small engine industry. The day started in the shop at the facility where the students observed the assembly of an engine from start to finish.  Click here to see additional pictures and to read more.

POSTED 11/21/2016

OESJ Sixth Graders Get Fishy


Sixth grade students at OESJ Elementary traveled to SUNY Cobleskill College on October 21, 2016 for their Trout in the Classroom field trip. Brent Lehman, the fish hatchery manager, introduced students to the college hatchery and taught students how to spawn the brook trout. To read more about this story, click here.

POSTED 11/21/2016

OESJ Student Performs in Area All State Concert

Jeff “Dutch” Baker exceptionally represented OESJ at the Zone 8 Area All State Concert Band performance on Friday and Saturday, November 18-19 at SUNY Oneonta. Jeff was selected for this elite group 3 years in a row- based on his NYSSMA scores at various Solo Festivals. The trumpeter and his director set the goal of achieving Area All State status when he was in 7th grade. Through much work and talent, Jeff’s achievements have well surpassed his original destination!   Jeff Baker, congratulations on living the dream! Way to “Shine On”!

POSTED 11/17/2016

Red Cross Blood Drive at OESJ Jr./Sr. High School

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, there will be a Red Cross Blood Drive at the OESJ Junior Senior High School Auditorium from 1:00- 6:00 pm. To schedule an appointment call Mrs. Jackie Lape RN School Nurse/District Health Coordinator at (518) 568-2013.

POSTED 11/15/2016

OESJ Pre-K Visits Wyoming!

On Tuesday, November 15th Mrs. Yoder’s and Mrs. Sprouse’s pre-k classes visited the Big Horn Basin Foundation at the Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, Wyoming.  Such a long trip only took 20 minutes thanks to the Microsoft Educator Community and Skype.  Through Skype in the Classroom the 29 students were able to view the assembled remains of dinosaurs such as allosaurus, stegosaurus, and ichthyosaurus. Click here to read more about the virtual trip and see additional pictures.

POSTED 11/14/2016

Fundraiser for OESJ Senior

On Wednesday, November 23, the OESJ Class of 2017 and the OESJ All Sports Booster Club will sponsor a fundraiser for OESJ senior, Georgia Schaffer. Georgia was involved in a car accident almost a month ago and suffered a traumatic brain injury. To read more, please click here.

POSTED 11/11/2016

OESJ Elementary Celebrates Local Veterans

On Thursday, November 10 the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St.Johnsville Elementary School held its annual Veterans Day Celebration. Over 70 Area veterans were in attendance. Members of the local American Legion were represented as well as other area veterans groups. Many student's family members who have served and are presently serving enjoyed being honored by the many projects, presentations, songs and letters. Principal, Mrs. Kawyrga, led the hour long celebration, with Charlie Weaver speaking on behalf of the veterans and Superintendent Halloran closing the program. The thankful voices of the children spoke for all in attendance. Veterans lined up as students dismissed, walking through the assembled veterans, shaking hands and saying "Thank you." As Mr. Weaver told the Veterans, "We'll see you same time, day before Veterans Day, next year," and until then...thank you for your service.

Click here to see additional pictures.

POSTED 11/10/2016

OESJ 4th Graders Complete STEM project

OESJ 4th Graders completed a STEM project on Weathering and Air.  Students selected a topic to research and present to their classmates.  The choices ranged from weather instruments, such as a barometer, hygrometer, or anemometer, to various types of storms, such as a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or tropical storm.  To see additional pictures and read more, please click here.

POSTED 11/3/2016 - UPDATED 11/9/2016

Helping Hands Food Pantry- Opening at D.H.R. Building

This is to notify all families and residents in the OESJ school district about a wonderful and very much needed community service project that is finally about to become a reality. The Helping Hands food pantry will soon be available for those in need. Click here to read more about the food pantry that will be open at the D.H.R. building.

POSTED 11/9/2016

Mrs. Case’s Kindergartners Vote!

It may be thirteen more years before the Kindergartners in Mrs. Case's class can legally vote, but that did not stop them from practicing. After reading Duck For President by Doreen Cronin, Mrs. Case and her students discussed the voting process and its importance. After some discussion, the polls opened in the classroom.  Click here to read more and see additional pictures.

POSTED 11/4/2016

Winter Sports Parent & Meet the Coaches Meeting Scheduled

The OESJ Athletic Department will hold its mandatory Winter Sports Parent Meeting & Meet the Coaches night in the High School Auditorium at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday November 9th. Every participating Modified, J.V. and Varsity athlete must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. We strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend this program to assure that all the necessary paperwork has been filled out and to receive other important information about OESJ athletics. Further information can be found on the athletic portion of the district website.

The purpose of this meeting is to:

  • Meet the Athletic Director and coaches who will be working with your son or daughter

  • Go over schedules and expectations.

  • Review OESJ's Athletic policies and expectations.

  • Fill out all paperwork necessary for participation for the Winter Sports Season.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:15 pm in the High School Auditorium.

POSTED 11/5/2016

Class of 2017 Hosts Spaghetti Dinner & Basket BINGO

The Class of 2017 will host a Spaghetti Dinner and Basket BINGO on November 10, 2016.  For more information, please click here.

POSTED 11/4/2016

OESJ 7th & 8th Graders celebrate Día de los Muertos

Seventh and eighth grade students in Mrs. Hayes’ Home and Career Skills classes and Mrs. Elliott’s Spanish classes have been learning about a popular Mexican holiday called Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. In Spanish class students have read closely and completed a word web about the history, customs, and traditions surrounding Day of the Dead. Click here to read more about the celebration and see additional pictures.

POSTED 11/1/2016

Notice of Public Hearing

The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, December 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Jr/Sr High School. The public is invited to discuss the proposed Capital Project.

POSTED 10/31/2016

Volunteer Poll Workers Needed for December 13, 2016

The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District is seeking volunteer poll workers for the December 13th Capital Project vote. Volunteers are needed to staff four shifts the day of the vote (12 to 2 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.) at both polling locations – the Elementary School and the Jr/Sr High School. Volunteers must be residents of the district and at least 17 years old. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact OESJ District Clerk Betsy Brown at (518) 568- 2011 x 3149 or via email at elizabeth.brown@oesj.org. The OESJ Capital Project vote is set for Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Residents of the former St. Johnsville district will vote at Jr/Sr High School, and residents of the former Oppenheim-Ephratah district will vote at the OESJ Elementary School.

POSTED 10/31/2016

OESJ ABC Afternoon

ABC Stands for Attitude, Behavior, and Character. Our OESJ Elementary Students are working on their character development during this day 6 program. On day 6, at 2PM Kindergarten through grade 2 students get together in the gym and learn about ABC. To read more about this program and see additional photos, click here.

POSTED 10/26/2016

OESJ Sets Date for Capital Project

On Monday October 24th, The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville School District Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution authorizing a public vote on a proposed capital project.  To read more about the Capital Project, click here.  

POSTED 10/26/2016

Montgomery County Free "Healthy Me!" Mobile App

Montgomery County just released it's free "Healthy Me!" mobile app available for smart phones and tablets. To read more about the app and on how to download, click here.

POSTED 10/21/2016

OESJ Boy’s Soccer Team Advances in Sectionals

OESJ won their quarterfinal soccer game, beating the #3 seeded Hartford Tanagers by the score of 2-1.  Jack Brundage tied the game in the first half off a corner kick by Jeff Baker and Zack Mosher scored the game winner with an assist by Trent Barker.  AJ Hayes had 15 saves and Mike Smith, Bob Snell, Seth Myers and Nick Grant played great defense to hold Hartford scoreless for the final 76 minutes of the game.  OESJ will play Wednesday at 5:00 pm vs. the winner of Germantown and North Warren, at Mohanasen High School.

POSTED 10/19/2016 - UPDATED 10/21/2016

OESJ Board of Education Schedule a Special Meeting

The OESJ CSD Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. at the Junior Senior High School Auditorium.   There will be a vote to set the Capital Project Vote for December 13, 2016.  On Monday, October 24, 2016 the Curriculum and Instruction Committee will meet at 5:00 P.M., and the Policy Committee will meet at 5:30 P.M.  On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 the Finance Committee will meet at 5:00 P.M., and the Building and Grounds Committee will meet at 5:30 P.M.  All Committee Meetings will be held in the Superintendent’s Office. To view the agenda, please click here.

POSTED 10/19/2016

OESJ Homecoming Recap Video

Copy of HOMECOMING Revised.mp4

During Homecoming weekend, OESJ held various events to celebrate their student athletes.  A pep rally was held at the Junior Senior High School.  The first Annual Homecoming Parade was marched down St. Johnsville’s Main Street, followed by a Meet & Greet with athletes. OESJ athletes and alumni also participated in Soccer and Volleyball games.

POSTED 10/18/2016

OESJ Elementary Upcoming Events

The OESJ Elementary is cordially inviting parents to attend two events in the month of November.  On November 1, 2016, we will be having our first Character Education meeting at 6:00 p.m.  On November 9, 2016, we will be having our Parent Connection meeting at 6:00 p.m.  A memo went home to all students and can be viewed here.

POSTED 10/13/2016

OESJ Elementary School to Honor Veterans

The OESJ Elementary School will be honoring Veterans on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.  Veterans are encouraged to attend. To view the invite, click here.

POSTED 10/13/2016

The Love of Reading in the Library Learning Commons

Mr. Liberatore’s 7th and 9th period classes are taking advantage of the new library furniture to make themselves comfortable every Wednesday afternoon. Students pick any book they want to immerse themselves in and indulge in 40 minutes of reading for the joy of it.

POSTED 10/12/2016

OESJ Elementary Water Results

Mr. Halloran, Superintendent of Schools, sent a letter to all parents and guardians regarding the results of our OESJ Elementary School water testing results.  Click here to read the memo.  In addition, please click here to see the Certificate of Analysis for OESJ Elementary water lead testing conducted by Fulmont Laboratory & Consultants. The state threshold is 15 parts per billion.  All faucets that tested high are out of service until test results register within the acceptable range.

POSTED 10/8/2016

OESJ Students Explore Career Opportunities

The Career and Technical Education Center located at HFM BOCES offers several career exploration opportunities for juniors and seniors at OESJ. Students enrolled in these programs get hands on practical experience in the career of their choice. Click here to read more and see additional pictures.

POSTED 10/6/2016

Junior Senior High School Welcomes Spanish Exchange Students

The OESJ Jr./Sr. high school and community recently hosted 9 exchange students from Spain. Students from Spain came through a program called Global Friendships with a desire to learn more about our culture and what school life is like in the USA. Click here to read more and see more pictures.

POSTED 10/4/16

OESJ Students Participate in H.O.P.E. Event

On September 27, the OESJ Jr./Sr. HS had twenty-three students from the CHOICES Program and the general student community attend the H.O.P.E Educational Event at the Paul Nigra Center in Gloversville, N.Y.  Our school district was well represented and the students participated in many wellness activities like drumming, aerobics, inspirational crafting, listening to music by Flame, watching an educational film "More Than Sad," and getting information from educational booths. The students did a wonderful job and were active learners! Click here to see more pictures.

POSTED 10/4/2016

Pre-K Has a Heart… and a brain and lungs

Mrs. Yoder’s Pre-K class is working on an “All About Me” theme as part of reading, social studies, and science.  The emphasis of the unit is to “be you-nique”.  Students are learning how special the human body is as part of the science focus. To read more and see additional pictures, click here.

POSTED 10/1/2016

OESJ High School Library Transformation:

Moving from a traditional library space towards a learning commons.

Students were very excited to find that the high school library had all new furniture to start the 2016-17 school year. The traditional wooden library furniture was replaced by tables and chairs on casters, upholstered chairs, and a variety of low tables and ottomans. The old furniture has been re-purposed in classrooms throughout the building.  To read more and see additional pictures click here.

POSTED 9/30/2016

OESJ ABC Afternoon Highlights Respect

Our ABC Afternoon sponsored  a photo booth for our upcoming "Respect," theme. To read more and see additional pictures click here.

POSTED 9/30/2016

9th Grade Honors English Class Present Argument to Panel

9th Graders in Miss McAleese's Honors English class were given project guidelines in which they had to chose a side, based on textual evidence, whether or not vending machines containing unhealthy snacks and beverages should be removed from schools. To read more and see additional pictures click here.


   2016 Homecoming Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 29

  • 4:30 - Modified Volleyball vs. Canajoharie at the Elementary School

  • 4:30 - Modified Boys Soccer vs. Galway at the Village Park

  • 4:30 - Modified Girls Soccer vs. Galway at the High School

  • 7:00 - Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Fonda at the Village Park    


Friday, September 30

  • 4:30 - 1st Annual Homecoming Parade - Main Street - American Legion to Village Park.

    • Please join the OESJ Athletic Department as we recognize our Fall athletes in a parade down main street.This parade will include all levels of our Fall sports teams, as well as the OESJ Band, the OESJ FFA, local Fire Departments, youth soccer, the American Legion and others. Lets line the streets between the American Legion and the Village Park to show our support for all the hard work and dedication put forth by OESJ Athletes and the OESJ Community.

  • OESJ Athletics Meet & Greet - Immediately Following the Parade

    • Please join the OESJ Athletic Department immediately following the parade on the baseball/soccer field for a meet and greet with our student athletes and coaches. A captain from each sports team will be giving a short speech about their life as an athlete and how much their sport and athletics in general mean to them. Following these brief speeches, parents, youngsters, and community members will have a chance to meet the athletes and coaches and ask any questions about their sport or athletics at OESJ in general. This will be a very informative time to get to know the athletes and coaches or to get information about how to get involved in OESJ Athletics.

  • 7:00 - Varsity Girls Soccer game vs. Northville at the Village Park

  • Homecoming Bonfire - Immediately Following the Game

Saturday, October 1

  • 7:00 - 4th Annual OESJ Alumni Soccer Game at the Village Park

POSTED 9/29/2016

10th graders writing their first Thematic Essay in Global Studies

Students have been learning about changes in Europe such as the Protestant Reformation.  Pictured are students using their Chromebooks to write a thematic essay about Martin Luther's 95 Theses.

POSTED 9/29/2016

Advanced Welding Class Utilizes Chromebooks

Advanced welding students are pictured using their Chromebooks to review wire feed welder safety before heading into the shop for the semester. The review is using an online resource called Kahoot. Kahoot allows the students to review while keeping score.  Advanced welding is a new course at the high school this year. Students must have completed the Metal Fabrication and Welding course before enrolling in the Advanced Welding course. Advanced Welding will explore topics like TIG welding, oxyfuel cutting, and students will spend a lot of time in the shop completing welding projects.

POSTED 9/29/2016

OESJ Elementary Holds Open House

The OESJ Elementary School Open House was held on Tuesday, September 27th starting at 6:30. Parents and families visited classrooms, browsed the book fair, sponsored by PAWS and stopped off at the photo booth which was sponsored by ABC Afternoon Character Education Program. Ice cream was served in the cafeteria with many Board of Education members there to help with the scooping. Pictured from left are BOE members: Stephanie Dye, Linda Hart, Susie Sammons and Dean Handy. Not pictured are Neil Clark and Superintendent Halloran who rounded out the group. Thank you all for your support!

POSTED 9/28/2016

A Message from Senator Amedore

Are you prepared if an emergency strikes? Residents throughout the 46th Senate District - and all of New York - have been devastated by natural disasters, including flooding from Irene and Lee and extreme winter conditions. To read more click here.

POSTED 9/27/2016

OESJ Class of 2019 Officers Elected

The Class of 2019 held their class election on September 21, 2016.  Congratulations to the officers elected.  From left to right: Jack Brundage - Vice President, Robert Snell - President, Adan Vasquez - Treasurer and

Cayla Corlew - Secretary.

POSTED 9/26/2016

OESJ Elementary Students Learn to “Make a Good Choice”

The students and teachers started the school year with a very positive message: Make a Good Choice! The message was presented in a very entertaining way by guest storyteller, actor, and singer, Lou Del Bianco. Lou shared many stories from his childhood and inter
acted with the children, getting them to think about what choices they would make if they were in his shoes. Students joined Lou in his lively original songs and raps. Throughout the presentation, Lou taught about tolerance, respect, responsibility, kindness, honesty, responsibility, cooperation, and more! We hope that right from the start, students at OESJ will remember Mr. Del Bianco’s stories, make good choices daily, and have a safe, successful school year!

POSTED 9/26/2016

Heimlich Maneuver Training for Students

After an incident in the High School Cafeteria, Mr. Slater requested Safety Specialist Jessica Kirby-Barnes provide training on how to effectively use the  Heimlich maneuver during student lunch times. Due to this informative session, both students and cafeteria staff are more aware of how to react and what to do during a choking episode thanks to Mrs. Kirby-Barnes! Job well done!  This photo shows Alexis Sanguine practicing under the direction of Mr. Slater and Mrs. Kirby-Barnes.

POSTED 9/23/2016

OESJ Seniors Awarded RIT Scholarships

The Rochester Institute of Technology recognizes students who have distinguished themselves academically, are active and involved members of their school and community, and demonstrate interest and ability in higher education. Liam Sammons and Abby Mosher have been recognized for the Innovation and Creativity Award Program and are eligible for a $28,000 RIT Innovation & Creativity Scholarship. Jeffrey Baker and Lyndsey Lynch were recognized for the Computing Medal Program and are eligible for a $28,000 RIT Computing Medal Scholarship. Congratulations to Abby, Liam, Jeff and Lyndsey who have proven that hard work and dedication do earn you recognition and academic scholarships.

POSTED 9/22/2016

9th Graders Experience Interdisciplinary Learning in ELA and Social Studies

9th graders have been learning how to write an argumentative essay in Miss McAleese's ELA class.  ​In Global studies students have been learning about the Paleolithic Era and Neolithic Revolution. Pictured are 9th grade students applying their ELA knowledge in Miss Collins' Global studies class answering the question, "Were people better off before or after the Neolithic Revolution?"

POSTED 9/12/2016

Elementary Student Handbook Available

The 2016-2017 OESJ Elementary Student Handbook is available. The handbook can be viewed here.

POSTED 9/8/2016

OESJ Alumni Soccer Game Scheduled

The OESJ Alumni Soccer game is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.  The game will be held at the Soldiers and Sailors Park and the cost to play is $15.  This year will feature a new shirt design! Proceeds with benefit the OESJ Baseball Booster Club.

POSTED 9/2/2016 - UPDATED 9/6/2016

Committees to meet Prior to Regularly Scheduled BOE Meeting

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, the Board of Education will hold a Regular Meeting at 6:30 P.M. at the Elementary School Cafeteria.  The Audit Committee will meet prior to the meeting at 6:00 P.M.  The board packet can be viewed here and the agenda can be viewed here. The Building and Grounds Committee with meet in the Elementary Media Center at 5:30 P.M.

POSTED 9/1/2016

September 2nd Modified Practice Times

Modified Boys Soccer (10:00 am - 12:00 at the HS)

Modified Girls Soccer (3:30 - 5:00 at the HS)

Modified Volleyball (3:00 - 5:00 pm at the ES)

POSTED 8/31/2016

September 1st Modified Practice Times

Modified Boys Soccer (4:00 - 5:30 at the HS)

Modified Girls Soccer (3:30 - 5:00 at the HS)

Modified Volleyball (4:00 - 5:30 at the Elementary School)

POSTED 8/24/2016 - REPOSTED 8/29/2016

Fall 2016 Sports Schedules

The Fall 2016 Sports Schedules are now available online.  To access the schedules click here.

POSTED 8/25/2016

OESJ Jr/Sr High School Completes Chromebook Boot Camp

During the month of August, the Technology department along with administration were busy with “Boot Camps”, where students and parents gathered to hear why the deployment of Chromebooks for all students was important. Read the entire story here.

POSTED 8/25/2016

Connect to OESJ Jr/Sr High School via Remind

Want to stay connected to the OESJ Jr/Sr high school and receive important updates from the administration? Remind is a free, safe, and simple messaging system that helps schools share information with students and parents. All personal information is kept private and it’s easy to sign up! This is not a replacement for our phone message system; it’s just another way to stay connected.  To sign up, simply send a text message to 81010 and enter the following message: @oesjcsd1 in the message box. Instructions can also be found at Remind.

POSTED 7/13/2016 - UPDATED 7/28/2016

Elementary & Junior High School Supply Lists

School Supply Lists for the 2016 - 2017 school year are available for the Elementary School and the Junior/Senior High School.  Please click here to view your child’s supply list for the Elementary School. Please click here to view your child's supply list for the Junior High School.  Check back frequently for any updates.

For past news stories, visit the NEWS ARCHIVE.


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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