NEWS HEADLINES [NEWS ARCHIVE] 


POSTED 2/2/2016

Ski Club Cancelled for Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Due to the weather, OESJ Ski Club is cancelled for Wednesday, February 3, 2016.



POSTED 1/31/2016


OESJ Class of 2016 to Host Circus

The circus is coming Saturday, February 6, 2016, to the OESJ Junior/Senior High School. There are three show times to choose from: 1 P.M., 4 P.M., and 7 P.M. Get your tickets before the presale ends at www.getcircustickets.com, by turning in the presale order form (right) into any OESJ school office, or at Kinneys Drugs in Saint Johnsville starting on Tuesday.





POSTED 1/31/2016
Freshman Class Elects 2015 - 2016 Class Officers
Elections for the Class of 2019 Officers were recently held at the OESJ Junior/Senior High School  The following four students will serve as class officers for the freshman class for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year.  Congratulations officers!  Pictured from left to right:  Chris Swartz, President;  Abigail Countryman, Vice President; Mariah Hurteau, Secretary; Joseph Smith, Treasurer.



POSTED 1/30/2016
Kenya Comes to Life in the Classroom Sixth grade students at OESJ Elementary School had the privilege of having teaching assistant, Karen Jones, speak to them about her trips to Kenya.  Read the entire article and see more pictures here.




POSTED 1/30/2016

OESJ High School Art Students Announce Community Service Project

The OESJ HS art students will be creating Barn Quilts as part of a community service project  for  spring  2016.  Barn quilts are wooden squares painted to look like quilts and positioned on a garage, barn, house, shed, business or free standing  post, and are based on traditional patterns painted to make them unique to each property and community.  A limited number will be made, and orders will be taken on a first come first serve basis.  See the flyer here for more information, and the order form here.


POSTED 1/30/2016

Board of Education Regular Meeting Scheduled for February 3, 2016

The OESJ Board of Education will hold their regular meeting on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at 6:30 P.M. in the Junior/Senior High School Auditorium.  The agenda cane be seen here.


POSTED 1/28/2016

Veterinary Science Students Gain Hands-On Experience

The agriculture shop at the OESJ high school has had a visitor for the past couple of weeks. A crossbred dairy heifer calf was loaned to the agriculture classes from Rock-View Farm in Saint Johnsville. Read more about this amazing opportunity here.

POSTED 1/26/2016

Boys’ Varsity Basketball Wins Western Athletic Conference League Championship

The OESJ Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team secured the Western Athletic Conference League Championship on Friday night with their 64 - 41 point win against Canajoharie.  Read the entire story here, including pictures of their post-game celebration.


POSTED 1/26/2016

Two Hour Delay for Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The OESJ Central School District will be on a two hour delay today, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, due to freezing rain conditions.


POSTED 1/24/2016

Girls’ Varsity Basketball Player Lands on Three Point Field Goals List

Alexis Romeyn made 7 three point field goals during the Varsity Girl's basketball game on January 23, 2016.  This accomplishment places her on the Section 2 Girls Basketball list for Three Point Field Goals in a single game.  Congratulations Lexi!








POSTED 1/23/2016

Mohawk Valley FFA Members Complete Hallway Murals

Mohawk Valley FFA members begin planning murals for the ag and tech hallways in the Spring of 2015.  Members spent the end of the 2014 - 2015 school year, much of their summer, and this fall painting the murals.  See the complete story, and more pictures, here.







POSTED 1/22/2016

Middle School Students Participate in Cross Curricular Project

Seventh grade students in Ms. Post’s classes recently read the book The Color of my Words by Lynn Joseph about a girl growing up  in the Dominican Republic.  Because the book was full of Spanish vocabulary, the students previewed the words in Mrs. Elliott's Spanish class to help their understanding.  This tied in nicely as they learned color words and personality traits in Spanish.  At the end of the unit, students completed a personality project where they chose a color that best fit their behaviors.  They then designed mini-posters including both Spanish and English vocabulary words describing who they are as a person.  Students Ashley Johnson, Ashley Engle, Sierra Smith, Zoe Grenert, Avery Cheyne, Connor Clark, Jesse Watson, and Joseph LeMoine can be seen in the photo holding up their projects.


POSTED 1/22/2016

OESJ CSD BOE Meetings Scheduled

The OESJ Board of Education has scheduled their monthly committee meetings for Tuesday, January 26, 2015, and Wednesday, January 25, 2016.  Agendas, locations, and times can be seen here.


POSTED 1/21/2016

Spelling Bee Winner Moves on to Capital Region Spelling Bee

On Friday, January 15, 2016, the grades four through eight Spelling Bee took place in the Marge Curtis Junior/Senior High School Auditorium. Seventh grade student Josh Montes placed fourth, eighth grade student Chad Gallt placed third, and eighth grade student Cameron Sharp placed second (pictured to the right starting from the right).  Eighth grade student Dylan Corapi placed first (also pictured to the right), and as our local champion, will  participate in the Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctor's Theater on February 2, 2016, starting at 1 P.M.  Congratulations to all contestants, and good luck to Dylan!

Right: 2016 Spelling Bee Contestants


POSTED 1/18/2016
Varsity Girls' Basketball Game Cancelled Monday, January 18, 2016

The Varsity Girls' Basketball Game scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2016, has been cancelled.  It will be rescheduled for a later date.


POSTED 1/12/2016; UPDATED 1/17/2016

March Associates Presents Preliminary Capital Project Plans to OESJ BOE

March Associates Architects and Planners presented preliminary drawings to the OESJ Board of Education at the December monthly meeting to commence dialogue on a capital project referendum tentatively scheduled for October 2016.  Obtaining feedback over the past several months from faculty, staff, administration and the BOE Building and Grounds Committee, March Associates architects have created drawings of what possible renovations and improvements could like like at both the Jr/Sr High School and Elementary School buildings.  The Board of Education intends to engage the community throughout the planning phase of the capital project and looks forward to hearing feedback.  Please click here to view the presentation, including preliminary drawings.


POSTED 1/17/2016
Modified Basketball Games Cancelled Monday, January 18, 2016

The modified basketball games scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2016 have been cancelled.  They have been rescheduled for February 11.


POSTED 1/14/2016; UPDATED 1/16/2016
OESJ Board of Education to Hold Special Meeting

The OESJ Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at 6:30 P.M. in the Elementary School Cafeteria.  The agenda for the meeting can be seen here.


POSTED 1/16/2016
Modified Basketball Games Cancelled Saturday, January 16, 2016

Today's modified basketball games against Mayfield have been cancelled.


POSTED 1/15/2016
No School Monday, January 18, 2016

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, OESJ CSD will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016.


POSTED 1/14/2016

Spelling Bee Rescheduled for Friday, January 15, 2016

The Spelling Bee originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, 2016, for grades four through eight will take place on Friday, January 15, 2016, at 9 A.M. in the Marge Curtis Junior/Senior High School Auditorium. Our local champion will then participate in the Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctor's Theater on February 2, 2016, starting at 1 P.M.


POSTED 1/13/2016

OESJ CSD Closed for Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The OESJ Central School District is now closed for today, Wednesday, January 13, 2016, due to inclement weather.  



POSTED 1/13/2016

Two Hour Delay for Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The OESJ Central School District will be on a two hour delay today, Wednesday, January 13, 2016, due to inclement weather.  



POSTED 1/12/2016

March Associates Presents Preliminary Capital Project Plans to OESJ BOE

March Associates Architects and Planners presented preliminary drawings to the OESJ Board of Education at the December monthly meeting to commence dialogue on a capital project referendum tentatively scheduled for October 2016.  Obtaining feedback over the past several months from faculty, staff, administration and the BOE Building and Grounds Committee, March Associates architects have created drawings of what possible renovations and improvements could like like at both the Jr/Sr High School and Elementary School buildings.  The Board of Education intends to engage the community throughout the planning phase of the capital project and looks forward to hearing feedback.  Please click here to view the preliminary drawings. If it appears sideways on your screen when opening, please use the rotate command on the top right to orient it correctly.



POSTED 1/12/2016

The 6th Grade School Store is open for business!

The Sixth Grade School Store is open every day from 2 to 2:30 in the sixth grade wing.  Proceeds go to the Nature's Classroom Trip Fund.  Read more about the school store and their fundraising here.




POSTED 1/11/2016
OESJ Board of Education to Hold Special Meeting

The OESJ Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 6:30 P.M. in the Elementary School Media Center. The only agenda item is executive session.


POSTED 1/11/2016
Half Day Scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2016

As a reminder, the OESJ CSD will be having a half day for students on Thursday, January 14, 2016. The Elementary School will dismiss at 11:30, and the Junior/Senior High School will dismiss at 12:00. All students will have a lunch period before going home.


POSTED 1/2/2016
Technology Education Students Utilize 3D Printer

High School Technology Education students in Kristy Shafer’s Computer Aided Drawing course recently begin experimenting with 3D printing using AutoDesk Inventor Software to print projects they created.  Read the entire story, including more pictures, here.



 


POSTED 1/1/2016
REMINDER: Ski Club for Grades K - 12 Set to Kick Off January 6

OESJ Ski Club is set to kick off on January 6th, 2016, at Royal Mountain.  Ski Club is open to any students in grades 3 - 12, with all paperwork due back by January 5, 2016.  See the flyer for more information on how to sign up.


POSTED 1/1/2016
OESJ BOE Regular Meeting Scheduled

   The OESJ Board of Education will hold their regular, monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 6:30 P.M. in the Elementary School Cafeteria. The agenda can be seen here.


POSTED 12/28/2015
Eighth Grade Math Students Step Up Their Independent/Guided Review

Mr. Crowe and Mrs. Jenkins have been busy as Christmas elves for a couple weeks now making video "gifts" for their eighth grade math students. Students now have have access to lesson review videos posted on Google Classroom. The treasure in the "gift" is that the students can have access to help even when they are outside of the classroom or even outside of school!  Videos had started out slow without sound, but have moved on to audio accompaniment.  The videos bridge the gap between school and home by giving parents the ability to help their students and giving students the ability to reference the videos for help at any time.  Check out a sample video here.


POSTED 12/28/2015
Distance Learning Class Celebrates End of 2015

The Advanced Placement Calculus AB class celebrated the end of 2015 with group calculus t-shirts. Advanced Placement Calculus AB is a distance learning class, where other schools remotely join in and interact with our students. OESJ hosts two high school distance learning classes: Advanced Placement Calculus AB, instructed by Mr. Battisti, and Exploring Agriscience, instructed by Mr. Smith. OESJ students also remotely connect to other schools to receive an array of classes from Psychology to Advanced Placement United States History.

Advanced Placement Calculus AB is the highest level math course offered at OESJ, equivalent to Calculus 1 in college. Students can earn college credit for the class. Two students from Tech Valley High School in Albany, and one student from Fort Edward are members of the class, joining in remotely. Pictured are the students and staff from all three schools.



POSTED 12/26/2015

Elementary School Holds Annual H.C. Smith Benefit Club Raffle Assembly

Wednesday morning the elementary school building was brimming with fun and cheer as the entire school was welcomed to attend the H.C. Smith Benefit Club Raffle Assembly.  Teachers and staff members of the OESJ Elementary School Building, along with family donations, began donating toys, games, stuffed animals and much much more over the past few weeks for this annual event.  Read the entire story here, including great pictures, here.



POSTED 12/23/2015
Junior/Senior High School Holds Annual Holiday Door Decorating

Contest

For the third year, the OESJ Junior/Senior High School held their Annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest.  Each classroom was invited to enter, with the theme for the entire building this year being “Winter Wonderland.”  The doors (and halls) were better than ever, but the winner this year was Mrs. Poltynski’s Spanish class!  See all of the amazing doors here.


POSTED 12/23/2015
Board of Education Committee Meetings Scheduled

The OESJ Board of Education will hold their monthly committee meetings on Tuesday, December 29 and Wednesday, December 30, 2015. See the meeting agendas and more information here.


POSTED 12/22/2015
First Grade Class Donates to Local Animal Shelter

In the spirit of generosity, first graders collected supplies for the Ayers Animal Shelter instead of exchanging gifts for Christmas in their classrooms.  The students learned about the Ayers Animal Shelter from a presentation by Lorraine Fredericks.  Students were very excited to help out the animals!



POSTED 12/22/2015
Coach Rich Johns Pays a Visit to the Varsity Basketball Team

During the 2014 - 2015 school year, Coach Rich Johns from Act with Respect Always came to speak with the OESJ students and spread his message.  He stopped by the OESJ Junior/Senior High School on Monday to drop off new 99 t-shirts for the Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team. Coach Johns was impressed with the community service the boys have been doing this season. The shirts will be worn during warm up before all boys basketball games.




POSTED 12/22/2015
OESJ Staff Joins in the Holiday Spirit

Director of Pupil Services, Jeanine Kawryga, found an elf in her office today!  Colleague Tricia Caponera was participating in today’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!








POSTED 12/21/2015
Ski Club for Grades K - 12 Set to Kick Off January 6

OESJ Ski Club is set to kick off on January 6th, 2016, at Royal Mountain.  Ski Club is open to any students in grades 3 - 12, with all paperwork due back by January 5, 2016.  See the flyer for more information on how to sign up.



POSTED 12/21/2015

Mohawk Valley FFA Donates Their Time

Th Mohawk Valley FFA of OESJ CSD donated their time today, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive in front of Kinney Drugs.






POSTED 12/21/2015
OESJ Elementary Teacher Featured on Elaine Houston’s Blog

OESJ Teacher Heidi Sprouse was again featured for her work as an author on Elaine Houston from WNYT Channel 13’s blog She Speaks.  You can see it here, just be sure to scroll down a bit! There is, indeed, an author among us!!!


POSTED 12/19/2015
Holiday Vacation Scheduled

As a reminder, OESJ CSD students will be on Holiday Vacation starting Thursday, December 24, 2015, through Friday, January 1, 2016.  Classes for students will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016.


POSTED 12/19/2015

Elementary School Students Send Cards to Safyre  
In the spirit of giving, the students of OESJ Elementary School have made cards to send to Safyre, the little girl in Schenectady who asked for nothing but Christmas cards for Christmas this year. See pictures of the students with their cards here.



POSTED 12/17/2015

Local FFA member receives $1,000 grant from National FFA Foundation

A $1,000 grant has been awarded to FFA member Liam Sammons of St Johnsville, NY, by the National FFA Foundation.   Read more here.

POSTED 12/16/2015

OESJ Animal Science Class Makes Their Own “Animals”

While learning about genetics and selective breeding, Mr. Smith’s high school Animal Science students have constructed “Rebops,” creatures made from marshmallows, toothpicks, pipe cleaners, and push pins.  Read more on the activity here, including more Rebop pictures!





POSTED 12/15/2015

OESJ Elementary Teacher and Students Give Their Time

Mrs. Hudyncia and students Adara and Liam are generous with their time, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive in front of Kinneys Monday.












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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.

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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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