POSTED 11/24/2015
OESJ BOE Regular Meeting Scheduled

   The OESJ Board of Education will hold their regular, monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 6:30 P.M. in the Junior / Senior High School Auditorium. The agenda can be seen here.

POSTED 11/23/2015
Thanksgiving Break Scheduled for November 25 to 27

   As a reminder, the OESJ CSD will have no school from Wednesday, November 25 to Friday, November 27, 2015. Classes will resume on Monday, November 30, 2015.

POSTED 11/23/2015
Honor and High Honor Roll Lists Announced

   The OESJ Elementary School and Junior / Senior High School have released their honor roll and high honor roll lists for the first quarter. View the Elementary School list here and the Junior / Senior High School list here. Congratulations to all students on your accomplishments!

POSTED 11/23/2015
Emergency Release Drill Scheduled for Tuesday, November 24

   The OESJ CSD will hold an Emergency Early Release Drill on Tuesday, November 24. As part of this drill, all students in both buildings will be released 15 minutes earlier than a normal day. Therefore, the Elementary building will dismiss at 2:30 and the high school building will release at 3:00.

POSTED 11/22/2015

OESJ Teacher Receives National Award

    OESJ Agriculture Education teacher Christopher Smith has been awarded the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Teacher Turn the Key Award.  This award is met to recognize participation in professional activities, and included a scholarship to attend the NAAE Conference, where he was able to engage in special programming during the convention that is designed to address the concerns of early career agricultural educators.  Congratulations to Chris Smith on this great achievement!

POSTED 11/22/2015

Monday, November 23, 2015 Deemed “Take the Survey Day”

    Schools in the HFM BOCES region have designated Monday, November 23, 2015, as “Take the Survey Day.”  Recently, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia released a survey regarding the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards that all community members are encouraged to take.  Read more on the survey here, including a link to the survey, in a letter from Dr. Michel, HFM BOCES District Superintendent.

POSTED 11/22/2015
Mohawk Valley FFA Attends 88th Annual National FFA Convention

   The Mohawk Valley FFA attended the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Nine Mohawk Valley FFA Members boarded a bus on the morning of October 25 with advisors Chris Smith and Kristy Shafer as well as 90 other NY FFA members advisors from chapters around New York State ready for their eight day trip. Read more their trip, including pictures, here.

POSTED 11/20/2015
BOE Committee Meetings Scheduled

The OESJ BOE Committees will hold their monthly meetings the week of November 23.  Agendas for each meeting, including the location, date and time, can be seen here.

POSTED 11/16/2015
Parent Teacher Conferences Scheduled for Thursday and Friday

    In order to allow scheduling of parent / teacher conferences, OESJ CSD students will have a half day on Thursday, November 19, 2015, and no school on Friday, November 20, 2015.  All students will be fed lunch on Thursday.  Any questions regarding conferences should be directed to your students’ school.

POSTED 11/16/2015
Donations Requested for Welding Project

    Chris Smith’s welding class is working on a project that involves reusing old circular saw blades, table saw blades, hand saws, shovel heads, etc.  Any donations would be greatly appreciated, and can be delivered to the Junior / Senior High School office during normal school hours.

POSTED 11/12/2015
Mohawk Valley FFA Begins Annual Fruit Sale

The Mohawk Valley FFA has begun their annual fruit sale, with orders due November 23.  See the flyer below for details. Clicking on the image will enlarge it. If you would like to order, please contact advisor Chris Smith at or (518) 568-2011.

POSTED 11/12/2015
OESJ AP Scholarship Games Scheduled for Friday

This Friday the OESJ AP Scholarship Games will be held starting at 5 P.M. at the Junior/Senior High School.  There will be games for each age level, as well as concessions, a bake sale, face painting, ice cream, and raffle baskets.  See the flyer below for a schedule of the night’s events.

POSTED 11/10/2015
Take Your School Child to a Bookstore Day Happening for the OESJ Pre-K Classes!

It all started when three authors met at a book signing event in late September. Jenny Milchman, a nationally established mystery and suspense novelist, Daniel Barrett, a grant writer from Troy and new author that has been published as well, and Heidi Sprouse, OESJ Pre-K teacher and author, were talking shop about writing when Ms. Milchman mentioned her Take a Child to a Bookstore Day and foundation that she began several years ago in her quest to encourage families to get their children out to the bookstore.   Read the entire story here about how this conversation has led to an amazing opportunity for our OESJ Prekindergarten students.

POSTED 11/10/2015

Senior Class Starts School Clothing Fundraiser

Here is your chance to show off you school spirit while supporting the Senior Class. Order forms have been sent home with each student, and can also be seen on the right.  Samples are available to view in each main office.

POSTED 11/9/2015

OESJ High School Student Chosen for Area Allstate

Jeff Baker, a Junior band member at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School,  has been chosen to perform in the Area Allstate concert band for Zone Eight in Oneonta on November 21. This will be the trumpet player’s second year performing in this ensemble. Jeff is the son of Jeffrey and Barb Baker of Lassellsville, NY.

POSTED 11/9/2015
Winter Sports Meeting Scheduled

There is a meeting scheduled for all 7 - 12 grade students interested in playing winter sports and their parents for Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 6 P.M. in the Junior/Senior High School Auditorium.

POSTED 11/9/2015
OESJ Teacher Authors New Book to Debut Soon

PreKindergarten teacher Heidi Sprouse is also a published author, with works including “Adirondack Sundown” and “All the Little Things.”  She will debut a new book soon, and sat down to talk with WNYT about it.  See the clip here.

POSTED 11/9/2015
OESJ Lady Wolves Set to Play in State SemiFinals

After beating Eldred for the Section D Regional Championship 2 - 1 in overtime, the OESJ Lady Wolves soccer team will go on to play Wheatland-Chili Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 12 P.M. at SUNY Cortland in the state semi-finals.  Tickets to the event are $6, and a student spectator bus for grades 7-12 is being offered.  30 students are needed for the bus to travel, and students can sign up in the Junior / Senior High School Main Office.  Come support the Lady Wolves!

POSTED 11/8/2015
School Closed Wednesday, November 11, 2015

As a reminder, OESJ CSD will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, in observance of Veterans’ Day.

POSTED 11/8/2015
Spanish Club to Host Movie Night for Grades 7 - 12

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Spanish Club will be hosting a “Movie Night” from 3:30 to 5:30 in the auditorium of the Junior/Senior High School. The movie “The Book of Life” will be played. The Book of Life is an animated film rated PG that includes details about the customs surrounding a holiday called Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead is most commonly celebrated in Mexico on November 1 and 2. It is a celebration to remember family and friends who have passed. A synopsis of the movie by is as follows,  “Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.”  Common Sense Media describes the film as “Beautifully animated film has some scary imagery” and appropriate for children seven years and older. (

Students in grades 7-12 are welcome to attend.  The permission slip can be seen here, or picked up in the Junior/Senior High School Main Office. Spanish Club is asking for a $1 donation to attend. Popcorn will be served.

POSTED 11/6/2015
Gloversville Veterans’ Day Parade Scheduled for Saturday, November 7, Cancelled

The Parade Committee for the Gloversville Veterans’ Day Parade originally scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2015, has cancelled the parade.  As a result, the OESJ Wolfpack Band will not be marching on Saturday.  Notices were sent home with students last week.

POSTED 11/5/2015
    Our elementary school is interested in working with our parents who pick their children up at the end of the day to make the pick up process more safe and efficient.

    Due to a recent incident in the parking lot where a car was hit, we are re-evaluating the process to be sure our students are safe.

    We have had a meeting where we discussed a plan to improve safety of students and traffic flow during dismissal. Our plan is to move staff parking out of the side of the cafeteria lot nearest to the cafeteria starting on November 6th so that parents may park there. We will continue to have two to three traffic attendants out there to help with student safety and traffic flow.

    We are open to helpful ideas that will help us arrive at the best possible solution to our problem. Please be sure to stay on the sidewalks as much as possible when walking to and from the building.

    In the future, please refer to both Facebook and our school's web page for breaking news.

POSTED 11/2/2015

Sixth Grade Students Attend Trout in the Classroom Field Trip

Sixth grade students traveled to SUNY Cobleskill College on October 23, 2015 for their Trout in the Classroom field trip.  Read the entire story and see more pictures here.

POSTED 10/30/2015; UPDATED 11/2/2015
OESJ BOE Regular Meeting Rescheduled

The OESJ Board of Education will be changing their regular meeting to Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 6:30 P.M. in the Elementary School Cafeteria. The change is being made in order to allow anyone who wishes to attend the Girls' Varsity Soccer game on Wednesday the ability to do so. The agenda for the meeting can be seen here.

POSTED 10/28/2015
Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team to Play in Sectional Semifinals Game Friday

The Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team will play Fort Plain on Friday, October 30, 2015, at 7 PM in Lansingburgh.  Entry fee into the game is $6.  If enough students are interested, a student spectator bus will travel to the game as well.  Students should stop in to the Junior/Senior High School Main Office on Thursday for more information if interested.


POSTED 10/28/2015
Winter Sports Registration Available

Family ID for Winter Sports is now open for registration here. If you have registered for a fall sport, registration for a winter sport will be a snap.

As always, if you have any questions or need help, please call 518-568-2014 ext. 104.

POSTED 10/26/2015
BOE Committee Meetings Scheduled

The OESJ BOE Committees will hold their monthly meetings the week of October 26.  Agendas for each meeting, including the location, date and time, can be seen here.

POSTED 10/26/2015
Varsity Girls’ Soccer Sectional Game Site Changed. October 26, 2015

The Varsity Girls' Sectional game between Spa Catholic originally scheduled to be played at the OESJ Junior/Senior High School field has been moved to the Broadalbin Perth Central School. Playing fields are too wet to assure the safety of both players and spectators. The game starts at 3:00 pm, as originally scheduled.


OESJ Junior/Senior High Goes Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The OESJ Junior/Senior High School hosted a "Pink-Out Day" on Friday, October 23. Students and staff wore pink shirts as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and formed a human ribbon.


POSTED 10/21/2015
Junior/Senior High School Concert Scheduled for October 22

The OESJ Junior/Senior High School Concert will be held Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 6:30 P.M. in the Auditorium. Students should report by 6:00 P.M. in red shirts and black pants.

POSTED 10/20/2015
Save the Date: Annual Scholarship Games Scheduled for November 13

The OESJ Association of Professionals will be hosting the The Scholarship Games again this year on Friday, November 13, 2015, from 5 - 9 PM.  There will be games for each grade level, free ice cream, concessions, silent auction baskets, raffles, more!  The admissions fee for the event is only $2 for adults and $1 for children, with a family maximum charge of $10.  More information will be released as the event gets closer!

POSTED 10/20/2015
OESJ Senior Class to Host Chili Cook Off

The OESJ Senior Class will host a Chili Competition on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club.  It is open to anyone who thinks they have a great chili, and all proceeds will benefit their senior trip planned for Universal Studios, Florida.  See the flyer here for more information on how to enter or attend this event.

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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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