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POSTED 7/6/2017

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


POSTED 7/1/2017

OESJ Kindergarten Graduates

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On June 21, Fifty-eight Kindergarten Students from Mrs. Hazzard, Mrs. Gentile, Mrs. Hudyncia and Mrs. Case's rooms celebrated their Graduation Day. Thanks to Mrs. Parry for putting together some of the memorable moments of 2016/2017 in this animoto. Congratulations Kindergarten Graduates!!!


POSTED 6/28/2017

Congratulations Class of 2017!

On Friday, June 23, OESJ held its fourth commencement ceremony.  There were 47 graduates that crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and enter the world.  Liam Sammons, class Salutatorian, gave his speech entitled, “Let’s Live It,” were he thanked his peers, parents, faculty and staff, and reminisced on what the Class of 2017 has accomplished.  Class Valedictorian, Lyndsey Lynch, encouraged her classmates to “take risks– don’t be afraid to take that leap–, find your passion and work hard towards your goals, but most of all, make sure you’re happy along the way”.  Guest Speaker Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara spoke to the graduates and guests.  OESJ is extremely proud of its graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future.  To see additional pictures, click here.



POSTED 6/22/2017

Middle School Visits Boston

On Monday, June 19, OESJ 7th and 8th graders visited Boston, Massachusetts.  The Middle School worked all year long raising more than $6,000 to go on this trip.  The students were able to visit the New England Aquarium, watch the IMAX show Amazon Adventure,  take a Harbor walk to view Tall Ships, Quincy Market, and had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. A great time was had by all!  To view additional pictures, please click here.












POSTED 6/22/2017

Sixth Grade Graduates!

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OESJ sixth graders graduated today!  Their ceremony included a slide show presentation of their year complete with videos and a mannequin challenge.  This was directed by Mrs. Parry and students worked under her, editing the presentation.  Mrs. Brownell directed the entire 6th grade in the choral tear-jerker by Tim McGraw—“Humble and Kind.”  Mr. Bellinger led the 6th graders in a rocking instrumental number.  Superintendent, Mr. Halloran, and Mrs. Kawryga, principal, spoke to the students.  Their inspirational words will hopefully be carried with the new graduates onto 7th grade.  Sixth graders also had the treat of guest speaker, and soon to be graduate Jeff Baker.  Good luck new 7th graders! To view more videos, click here.


POSTED 6/21/2017

Robotics Culmination Presentation

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As a culmination to the Robotics Unit in Technology Class, NAO the humanoid robot came to the OESJ Elementary School. Mrs. Dee and Mr. Strange from Neric presented NAO to students in grades 3-6. NAO is a programmable robot that is personalizable and interactive. Mr. Strange discussed NAO’s capabilities and Mrs. Dee helped the students program NAO.  NAO talked to the students, sang and did a dance, and interacted with students. This program brought STEM to life.


POSTED 6/21/2017

Robotics and Coding in Elementary Technology


Students are very excited to learn Robotics and Coding in technology class. Grades 3-6 learned Blockly coding to program Dash and Dot Robots. Students measured distances and angles, used map and geography skills, and then used Blockly coding to program Dash to travel the world on a map.  Next, they programmed Dash to make his way through mazes, draw shapes and play the xylophone. Click here to check out the great Dash and Dot videos and pictures.






POSTED 6/19/2017

OESJ Middle Schoolers Learn Local History

Students in grades 7 & 8 celebrated the end of the school year this past week by spending 3 days exploring St. Johnsville's local history!  On Wednesday, June 14th, students in grade 8 traveled to the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library.  There they toured the library and museum.  On Thursday, June 15th, all student in grade 7 & 8 attended a day long field trip to Fort Klock.  Some of the activities students participated in were trying their hand at writing with ink and quills, helping out at the Blacksmith Shop, and watching musket and cannon demonstrations!  By working in small groups students and staff were able to see life in the 1700's & 1800's first hand!  To read more and see additional pictures, click here.

POSTED 6/17/2017

So Long, Finned Friends!

OESJ sixth graders released the brook trout they have been raising all year.  The trout started as fertilized eggs (which happened during our trip to SUNY Cobleskill) and developed into large fingerlings which were released into a local stream.  Mother and daughter team Mrs. Murcray, science teacher, and Mrs. Dopp, teaching assistant, led the release.  Mrs. Dopp instructed the students on how to find microinvertebrates in the stream bottom and guided the students on how to identify the trouts’ favorite snacks.  Mrs. Murcray made sure each student released a trout and then led the students in the “Bye Bye Trout” song.  This trip is symbolic; as our trout swim downstream, we wish our students the best as they go “down the hill” to 7th grade! To see additional pictures and video, click here.


POSTED 6/15/2017

5th Grade Tellagami Book Reports

The students in Mrs. Brundage’s, Mrs. Etherton’s and Mrs. Oppenheimer’s 5th grade classes created Tellagami videos in computer class. The students wrote wonderful book reviews, created characters, and made mini gami videos on iPads. The book reviews were excellent, they were written with such thought, feeling and expression. The 5th graders were so excited to create the characters and record their own voice for the Tellagami character. Their videos make you want to head to the library to read the books they reviewed. Click here to watch their Tellagami Book Reviews.


POSTED 6/14/2017

Students in OESJ Elementary Learn Robotics

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At the beginning of May, students in grades 3-5 were introduced to Robotics using Cubelets. Through discovery learning, the students built cubelet robots. Cubelets are magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots. The students built robots that drove around on a tabletop, responded to light, sound, and temperature. Every unique arrangement was a new robot. Check out their robots and watch their excitement.

Students in grades K-2 were introduced to programming using Blue-Bot Robots. The children used the directional and sequence buttons on the back of the Blue-Bots to program them to move across the mat and solve a problem. Students even programmed them to dance. The Robots excited the students to problem solve. To see additional pictures, please click here.






POSTED 6/14/2017

Let Nature be your Classroom

OESJ sixth grader’s just returned from the trip of a lifetime!  They attended a 3 night, 4 day trip to Nature’s Classroom at Silver Bay in Lake George.  Nature’s Classroom is an environmental education program offering 13 locations and the best in connecting the classroom to the outdoors for the past 40 years.

Students, parents, teachers, and administration start preparing for this trip in September.  There are fundraisers, including a spaghetti dinner and Nature’s Vision merchandise sale.  All profits from the 6th grade school store go to the trip as well. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.




POSTED 6/13/2017

Inaugural “Walk of the Wolves”

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On Monday, June 12th, the graduating Seniors of the OESJ Class of 2017 took a trip up to the Elementary School to walk the hallways for a final farewell. All of the students and teachers in the Elementary School lined the hallways to applaud the Seniors efforts and they even provided them with many “Thank You” Gifts and congratulatory send offs. The event was the first of its kind at OESJ and provided many of the Seniors a nostalgic send off with their former teachers. The younger students also got the opportunity to see how special this moment was and provided them with some motivation to strive to attain this opportunity for themselves.


POSTED 6/13/2017

OESJ Wolf Pack Band Takes First at the Violet Festival

The OESJ 7th-12th grade Marching Band took First Place Best High School Band in the Dolgeville Violet Festival Parade on Saturday, June 10th. The Parade also served as the Senior's Marching Farewell- as the class of 2017 Senior Musicians left their place of march and led the group from in front of the banner. The final straight away becomes their final honored march. It concludes with the band encircling them, and paying tribute to the seniors accomplishments. Thank you Senior Musicians, for being the first HS Class to complete all four years at OESJ HS Band! You have set a great path to follow!


POSTED 6/12/2017

OESJ Wolf Pack Bands Place at Sherburne

The 7-12th grade OESJ Wolf Pack Bands Placed in 9 categories recently at the Sherburne Pageant of Bands in highly competitive Competition. Although scores and trophies don't define our kids, the fact that they were consistent across so many categories demonstrates the skills of these well rounded musicians.  The OESJ Band placed as follows: JH Small Ensemble placed 1st; JH Drumline placed 2nd; JH Concert Band placed 4th; HS Small Ensemble 3rd; HS Jazz Ensemble 3rd; HS Concert Band 3rd; HS Drumline 2nd; 7-12th grade Marching Band 4th; 7-12th grade Color Guard 3rd.  Congratulations OESJ!


POSTED 6/12/2017

2017 Regents Schedule

The 2017 Regents Schedule is available.  Please click here to view.


POSTED 6/12/2017

Fulton County 2017 Lead By Example Recognition Dinner


On Thursday, June 8, 2017 the Fulton County Lead by Example Recognition Dinner was held at the Johnstown Senior Center in Johnstown, New York. Students from all the school districts in Fulton County were honored for their leadership in their schools and communities. Jeffrey Baker was our student representative from OESJ. He was the recipient of the Fulton County Lead By Example Award for 2017. To read more about Jeffrey, click here.



POSTED 6/9/2017

Elementary End of the Year Schedule

There will be full days of school June 19th - 22nd for OESJ Elementary. There will be early dismissal at 11:30 on Friday, June 16th.  Please see the schedule below:

 

June 16th - early dismissal (11:30)

June 19th - full day

June 20th - full day

June 21st - full day

June 22nd - full day (last day of school)


POSTED 6/9/2017

OESJ Students Perform at Poetry Slam in Utica

On Thursday night, OESJ High School Students from Ms. Jewett's Poetry and Creative Writing classes attended an open mic poetry slam in Utica, at the Tramontane Cafe.  Stepping out of their comfort zone, the students were both nervous and excited.  In front of a packed and cheering crowd, they performed their original works of poetry, and everyone in the room was blown away by their talent, performance skills, and their bravery.  It was such a thrilling success, that the students have plans to attend this open mic again, which is held every Thursday. Congratulations to: Helene Blair, Kyleigh Hayner, Realey Ickles, Devyn Jones, Keagan Clemons, Coby Cover, Kyara Nichols, Abby Countryman, and Faith McFarland.



POSTED 6/8/2017

2017 FMCC/HFM BOCES Student Recognition Dinner

On June 6, 2017 students from around the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Region came together at HFM BOCES for the 2nd annual Student Recognition Dinner. Dustin Swanger, ED. D, President of FMCC wrote; “Among our honorees are students who have travelled abroad to perform missionary work, climbed all the Adirondack High Peaks, championed opportunities for the disabled, participated on championship teams and in award-winning music groups and helped educate fellow students about diversity in their communities and in the world. We also honor a student tonight who overcame  traumatic injuries suffered in a car accident. She’ll still graduate on time with her class later this month.”
These students have been recognized for their academic and extracurricular excellence along with their devotion to their communities and be able to preserve to be successful. The following OESJ students were among the honorees. Congratulations to Lyndsey Lynch, Liam Sammons, Aidan Eggleston, Tyler Clark and Georgia Schaffer.To read more, please click here.


POSTED 6/8/2017

Addie Brundage named Fulton County Female Athlete of the Year

On Wednesday, June 7th, senior Adelina Brundage was named the 2016-2017 Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Female Athlete of the Year at the 30th Annual Sports Award Banquet held at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown. Addie was chosen for her outstanding athletic achievements as a 3 sport athlete, participating in Soccer, Basketball, and Track & Field. In soccer, Addie was a 1st team WAC All Star, a Section 2 All Star, she was named a 4th team New York State All Star, and scored over 50 career goals as a 4 year Varsity starter. In Basketball, she was named a 2nd Team WAC All Star and was a member of this years Track & Field team with Fort Plain where she ran the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, the 4 x 100 meter relay, the 4 x 400 meter relay and participated in the triple jump.  To read more, click here.









POSTED 6/5/2017

OESJ Students Honored at “Made of Something Stronger” Event

On May 19th the inaugural Made of Something Stronger event was held at the Winner’s Circle in Fonda.  Four OESJ students along with an OESJ teacher were honored for being made of something stronger. The event was established to shine a light on students  who possess a strong work ethic and character along with high academic accomplishments, have been involved in extracurricular activities and have who served the community. Four students and one teacher from each school in the county were invited to participate.  Abby Mosher, Adelina Brundage, Aidan Eggleston and Liam Sammons represented the OESJ students and Sarah Jewett was the teacher representative. To read more about each student, click here.





POSTED 6/2/2017

Sixth Grade Attends Conservation Day

OESJ sixth graders attended the annual Conservation Day held at Herkimer KOA Campgrounds.  Students walked to different stations and learned about human-environment interactions, ecology, and had hands on experience letting trout go in the West Canada Creek.  One of the highlights was a bee presentation by Mrs. Murcray’s dad, Mr. Jeff Rutkowski.  Mr. Rutkowski is a beekeeper and loved sharing his knowledge.  Students enjoyed learning that the female bees kick the male bees out of the hive when they are no longer physically able to do the work needed to keep the bee hive going! To see additional pictures, click here.








POSTED 6/2/2017

From Turkey to Stream

Joe Alberico visited the OESJ sixth grade to help continue students’ knowledge of the brook trout.  This presentation is part of the Trout in the Classroom program; students have been raising brook trout all year and are set to release them next week.  Joe is a fly fishing specialist, Trout in the Classroom coordinator, and entomologist (we call him the “insect guy”). Joe taught sixth graders how to identify all stages of the stonefly, mayfly, and caddisfly—the brook trout’s favorite snacks. To more about what the sixth grade class did and see additional pictures, please click here.





POSTED 6/2/2017

START YOUR ENGINES! Ready…...Set…..Go!

PAWS is holding its 2nd annual Cardboard Car Cruise-in for PreK-6th grade.  This is a family event. Parents are encouraged to help children design their vehicle. Paper boxes or small moving boxes work great!  Drive your car to the drive -in on June 14, 2017 by 6PM and sign in to be eligible for prizes.  Each child must be chaperoned by an adult.  We will have special racing visitors at this event. There will be several stations to visit this year.  Please have your child wear old clothes. It may be a little messy. This is a free event. There will be lots of fun that we need to plan for. Please return the name  of the students and number of chaperones that will attend.  This will help us plan for everyone to have a good time. Please contact Mrs. Fredericks if you have any questions at 568-2014 or jill.fredericks@oesj.org.


POSTED 6/1/2017

31st Annual Scholars' Recognition Program


Each year, CASDA honors a graduating senior and a dedicated teacher from each high school in the capital district. Scholars are selected by their schools on the basis of scholarship, achievement, leadership and service to their school and community. Each student scholar invites a teacher who has significantly influenced their education to join them at the dinner. This year the dinner was held on May 17th at the Albany Marriott.  Congratulations to Liam Sammons and Matthew Battisti.

















POSTED 6/1/2017

7th Grade Girls Attend Girls STEM Conference


On Tuesday, May 23, Mrs. Sitterly and Ms. Dopp took 15 seventh grade girls to the Future Women of STEM Conference. This all day event  was aimed to encourage young people to consider a future career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  The conference took place at the Fulton Montgomery Community College campus in Johnstown.  After a yummy breakfast, girls moved onto 3 workshops given by local professors and professionals.  To see additional pictures and read more about the workshops, click here.














POSTED 5/25/2017

OESJ Elementary Got Funny For Money

On May 25th, each grade had one teacher volunteer to dress up and be silly for Red Nose Day.  Our goal was to raise money through donations at each grade level.  Each $10 increment added another layer of crazy apparel for our teacher volunteers to wear. The students competed against other grades to raise the most money and have that teacher look the most entertaining.  We had an incredible response and raised over $400. To be donated to the Red Nose Day Fund. To read more and see additional pictures, click here.









POSTED 5/26/2017

From Field to Table

Sixth graders at OESJ had the true “Field to Table” experience on May 4th and 5th.  Students were given
the opportunity to observe a wild turkey dissection.  Mr. Jordan, sixth grade Math teacher and veteran turkey hunter, was able to bring in the turkey he got on the morning of May 4th.  Mrs. Murcray, sixth grade Science teacher, led the class in the dissection.  Since students were studying the human body, this was the perfect hands on experience for the kids.  The turkey’s organs were then sampled to be examined under the microscope.  Students had the choice not to participate; however, all 6th graders wanted to! To read more, click here.






POSTED 5/25/2017

9th Annual Ponytail Drive a Success


The 9th annual OESJ Ponytail Drive ended with 19 people donating their hair to be made into free wigs for people battling cancer. That is enough hair for about 3 wigs. It was difficult for many participants to part with their hair, but so uplifting to watch their selflessness.


Congratulations to all those with a new haircut today, and keep this event in mind for next May. To see additional pictures, please click here.











POSTED 5/25/2017

OESJ Wedded Bliss


On Friday, May 19, 2017 Mr. Q and Miss U were joined in holy matrimony during a ceremony hosted by Mrs. Yoder’s Pre-K class.  Guests were welcomed by the ushers, Kahlan Crozier and Kayne Hart, who passed out programs with a smile.  The ceremony began with the entrance of the very special photographers, Bryce Sweet and Nathan Illsley.  Daniel Schmidtmann, Benjamin Jones, Leighton Hogan, Dylan Williams, and Hayden Buck stood up as groomsmen with Mr. Q, who was assisted by Chase Szymanski.  Lindsey Swick, Lillian Egan, and Morgan Merwin were beautiful bridesmaids for Miss U.  Aleah Mastenbrook and Jenisa Bacon did a wonderful job tossing flower petals before the bride, assisted by Rylie Williams, made her way down the aisle. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.


POSTED 5/24/2017

PAWS Hosts Hollywood Gala

On Friday, May 19, Parents Advocating With Support (PAWS) hosted a formal mother/son father/daughter dance at the OESJ elementary school.  VIP guests were welcomed with a walk down the red carpet into the gymnasium.  Upon entering the gym, families could choose a table to sit and enjoy finger foods such as fruit, vegetables, chips, crackers, cheese, cupcakes, and punch. To read more about the Hollywood Gala and see additional pictures, please click here.







POSTED 5/24/2017

OESJ Jr/Sr High Art Show Results & Barn Quilts

Faculty and staff in the Jr/Sr High building voted, sharing the name of the artist they thought created the best work.  The votes were tallied to determine prizes.  The awards are as follows:


Kyleigh Hayner   -----1st prize, $30.00

Megan Hart  -----2nd prize, $25.00

Alexis Romeyn ------3rd prize, $20.00


Congratulations to the winners.  

The completed 2017 Barn Quilts were also on display. To see the finished barn quilts, please click here.










POSTED 5/24/2017

Precision Agriculture Class Visits SUNY Cobleskill


On Friday, May 19, students from Mr. Smith’s Precision Agriculture course visited SUNY Cobleskill to get hands-on experience in the world of precision agriculture. Bruce Wright, a professor at SUNY Cobleskill for 40 years, provided the students with an overview of how precision technologies work in precision agriculture. Professor Wright explained how GPS signals are corrected to make them more accurate. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.










POSTED 5/19/2017

Memorial Day Rock Ceremony Scheduled

Please join us at the OESJ Elementary School to honor and remember those that have served in the armed forces on Thursday, May 25 at 9 AM.  Please have your child dress in red, white and blue.  Parents are welcome to attend!


POSTED 5/17/2017

OESJ Election Results

Thanks OESJ!  Thanks to the voters who participated in the annual community vote yesterday.

  • The 2017-18 budget was APPROVED by a vote of 305-115, a 72.6 percent margin.

  • The bus purchase proposal was APPROVED by a vote of 309-105, a 74.6 percent margin.

  • The library levy proposal was APPROVED by a vote of 276-140, a 66.3 percent margin.

  • The voter registration proposal was APPROVED by a vote of 270-130, a 67.5 percent margin.

In the election for two seats on the Board of Education, newcomers Randall Snell received 288 votes and Sarah Barnes received 262 votes. Incumbent board member Stephanie Dye received 155 votes. Joanne Capek had one write-in vote.  Thanks again for coming out to vote!


POSTED 5/15/2017

Superintendent Halloran sends informational letter on Blue Whale Challenge

OESJ Superintendent David Halloran has sent an email to all Staff, Students, Parents and Guardians addressing this new and potentially life-threatening online game.  You can view the entire letter by clicking on the link above or here.

POSTED 5/15/2017

OESJ Junior & Senior High Art Show

During May 15th - May 19th, student artwork will be on display in the hallways surrounding the Gym and in the lobby adjacent to the distance learning room. Open daily during regular school hours as well as until 8 pm on May 16 during the school BOE vote.  Also on display will be the Annual  Community Art Project Barn quilts.


POSTED 5/15/2017

OESJ Ponytail Drive Tomorrow, May 16

There is still time to sign up for the 9th annual OESJ Ponytail Drive.  We are up to 18 people who have committed to donating their hair during this event on Tuesday.  Contact Ms. Jewett at the high school with any questions and to book your time slot with one of the talented hair stylists at the event.  Remember, you aren’t only helping create free wigs for The American Cancer Society, it’s a FREE professional haircut for you. The event is held at the elementary school from 3:30-8:00. To see additional information, click here.


POSTED 5/15/2017

OESJ Jr/Sr High School Music Concert Change

After surveying Parents and Students about the best date for our Spring Concert the OESJ 7-12th Concert has been moved to Wednesday, May 31st at 6:00 PM to accommodate scheduling conflicts of highly active and achieving students in our District!


POSTED 5/9/2017

OESJ Outstanding Business Education Student

Business education instructor, Laura Bellinger, asks you to join her in congratulating Nicholas Papura for being recognized as the OESJ 2016-17 Outstanding Business Education Student.  Nick participated in such classes as:  Business Math, Career & College Prep, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship.  Nick was awarded for academic achievement in business classes as well as for his positive attitude.  Nick’s parents, Stephanie and Bruce Dye, and Ms. Bellinger attended an awards dinner Thursday, May 4, in Albany, where Nick was recognized, along with students from 18 other schools.  The guest speaker was Ashley Miller, sports photojournalist for News Channel 13, WNYT.  Ms. Miller suggested that the students intern, network, and “do what you love”.  This event is sponsored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District.  Honorees received gift bags, plaques, and two scholarships were awarded.  Congratulations to Nick from the Business Department!  Pictured: Ashley Miller, WNYT CH. 13 sports journalist with Nicholas Papura, OESJ Outstanding Business Student, and Brad Boyles, Business and Marketing Educators' Association of the Capital District.







POSTED 5/8/2017

OESJ Red Wolves Compete in Regional Envirothon

On Wednesday May 3, the OESJ “Red Wolves” Envirothon team participated in the regional competition at Saratoga Spa State Park.  They competed against eleven other teams in the areas of Forestry, Aquatics, Soils and Land Use, Current Events and Wildlife.  The team tied for second place in the areas of Forestry and Aquatics and look forward to participating again next year. Pictured from left to right are team members Robert Snell, Christopher Swartz, Christopher Abare and Team Advisor Mr. Scott Harris.

POSTED 5/8/2017

OESJ Student Groups Assist with Canal Clean Sweep

Helmont Mills Purchasing and Human Resource Manager, Marty Callahan organized this year’s Canal Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 29th, at the St. Johnsville Marina.  He reached out to OESJ student organizations, including the OESJ FFA and National Honor Society, to assist with the clean up.  The volunteers also planted trees in the area.  Marty stated that they had volunteers from the community and the student groups for a successful clean up and thanked sponsors Lombardo’s and the Little M.  To see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 5/4/2017

OESJ Agriculture Teacher Selected as NYAAE’s Outstanding Young Member

Chris Smith, Oppenheim-Ephratah-Saint Johnsville’s High School Agriculture Teacher, has been selected to receive the 2017 New York Association of Agricultural Educators (NYAAE) Outstanding Young Member Award. This award is given to agriculture teachers that have been teaching between three and five years. The award is established to promote qualified teachers remaining in the agriculture teaching profession due to the shortage of teachers. The award is based on experiential learning, involvement and utilization of student organizations, professional growth, and the ability of the teacher to create partnerships, and market the program. The application will be submitted to the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Region where it will be judged on the national level. If selected as the NAAE Region VI winner, Chris would attend the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, TN with all travel and conference expense paid for by John Deere. Good luck, Mr. Smith!


POSTED 5/4/2017

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


POSTED 5/4/2017

2017 Regents Review

Regents Review has started at the OESJ Junior/Senior High School.  Please click here to view the review schedule and periodically to check for check for changes.


POSTED 5/4/2017

OESJ Elementary Art Students Recognized

On March 14th, collaborative works of art from schools all over became displayed as part of the Herkimer County 9th annual Art Show.  It was an honor and privilege to have some of our creative young artists recognized this year at such a well-attended art exhibition.  OESJ Student’s Natalie Brelinski, Kendra Breton, Chloe Callahan Brittian, Alyse Cannon, Arielle Hughes, Emileigh Moore, James Schoff, Angelina Soulle and Jacob Walrath had their art work selected to be displayed.  We are so proud of all of our artists at OESJ!!!!  Great Job!


POSTED 5/4/2017

OESJ Students attend Forum at SCCC

On April 26, business teacher, Ms. Bellinger and four students:  Austin Valleau, Tiffany Groff, Emily Zeidner, and Raymond Cheney attended a forum at Schenectady County Community College.  A panel of two human resources managers and three employees from different businesses spoke and took questions.  The goal of the forum was to help young people who are exploring getting into the workplace to build their interview skills and confidence. To read more about the forum, click here.


POSTED 5/1/2017

Mohawk Valley FFA Member as a Candidate for NY FFA District V President

On April 18th, 2017, Madison Dunbar, the 2016-2017 Mohawk Valley FFA Reporter, went through the NY FFA District President Selection Process. This process consisted of an agriculture knowledge test, a stand and delivered speech, and a personal interview where Madison was scored on a rubric. Madison was scored on her ability to show many things in her interviews like character, communication, critical thinking, passion for success, and influence just to name a few. To read more about Madison and the FFA, click here.


POSTED 4/30/2017

Will Your Child Turn 4 Before December?

If so, you may want to consider enrolling him or her in the OESJ Universal Pre-K program located at the OESJ Elementary School.  The school is now enrolling children who live in the district and will turn 4 years old before December 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.  The UPK program is a dynamic program designed to help your child transition into kindergarten.  The program provides educational learning through play, instruction, practice, and activities.  It also gives students the opportunity to develop and practice their social skills among peers and adults.  Finally, the program offers every child a free breakfast, lunch, and snack daily as well as encore classes in physical education, art, music, and library.  Please contact Mrs. Taylor at 568-2014 to register your child and receive an enrollment packet.  We look forward to having your child in our school next year!  Screening begins in June, so register now!


POSTED 4/30/2017

Sixth Grade Visits Kenya…..Again!

OESJ sixth graders had the privilege of learning about life in Kenya.  Mrs. Karen Jones, teaching assistant, shared her travels to Kenya for the second year in a row with students.  She shared her experience staying in a compound in Kenya, and brought in many beautiful African relics for students to get a closer look at this amazing culture.  Mrs. Jones also wore her authentic Kenyan dress, which was hand tailored to her.  OESJ students were surprised to hear that Kenyan students live at their school and are responsible for taking care of their own clothes, preparing themselves for the day, and that school is in session for 2 months on and 2 months off.  When asked if there is Wi-fi in Kenya, Mrs. Jones smiled and said, “Oh yes, you will see Kenyan natives all on their smartphones.”


POSTED 4/29/2017

Budget and Prepositions Public Hearing

The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Elementary School prior to the Regular meeting. The public is invited to discuss the proposed Budget and Propositions.


POSTED 4/25/2017 / UPDATED 4/26/2017

Voter Registration and Voting Locations

OESJ Central School District will be holding a Board of Education Vote on May 16, 2017.  To see if you are registered to vote, please click here.  To find out where your voter location is located, please click here. Unregistered community members can register to vote at the District Office from 8:00 am -3:00 pm, Monday - Friday until May 9. There will also be a registration day at the OESJ Elementary School on May 3 from 2 pm - 6 pm.


POSTED 4/20/2017

First Graders Study American Symbols

First grade has been studying the symbols of America.  During the week of April 10, Mrs. Mang’s class read about Mount Rushmore.  They looked at pictures of the monument and discussed the four presidents on the mountain.  They further talked about why each president was chosen and even watched videos of the workers sculpting the monument.  As a culminating activity, students were given the choice of painting or sculpting their own Mount Rushmore.  Sculptors were given a hunk of Model Magic to create their own monuments.  Painters were given oil pastels and water colors.  To see some finished projects, click here.


POSTED 4/10/2017

Born 2B Viral Event at OESJ High School

OESJ High School will be hosting the event “Born 2B Viral,”  at the High School Auditorium on  Thursday, April 27, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Please join St. Mary's Healthcare and the Behavioral Health Implementation Committee for a FREE community-wide event focusing on the importance of cyber safety. Hear from speakers and families who have experienced first-hand what it means to be vigilant about teen safety, whether over the internet, through a gaming system or live in-person. There will be a O&A session with our panel, and community resources will be available for more information.  Light refreshments will be served.














POSTED 4/10/2017

Grand Opening of Helping Hands Food Pantry

Thanks to the help of MANY helping hands, the food pantry at DHR school will have it's grand opening on Wednesday, April 12, at 4:00pm. All are invited to join the celebration! As pictured - Mr. Lynch's Varsity Baseball team pitched in to help the pantry become a reality by putting donated shelving units together and then stocking the shelves with all the donations brought in by the elementary school's
helping hands who collected food donations as part of the popular Parents As Reading Partners program. Following the grand opening the food pantry will be open to the public each month on the third Wednesday and the fourth Thursday from 3:30-6pm. Food pantry clients will need to complete an application and have with them 3 items: 1)  ID for each member of their household, 2) proof of address, and 3) proof of income. Applications will be good for one year. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Lape, OESJ District Health Coordinator at 568-2013 or Mrs. M-C, School Social Worker at 568-2011.


POSTED 4/6/2017

16th Annual FFA Farm Toy Show a Success

On Saturday, April 1st, unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating, but that did not stop the vendors and the members of the Mohawk Valley FFA. The show hit its largest vendor turnout in the last five years! In addition, we reached a record number of people in attendance reaching over 150, which was over an additional 50 people compared to previous years. This number may not seem to be as large as other shows bring in, but the vendors in attendance have always been happy and able to move toys! This year the toy show featured many activities for children. To read more about the Toy Show and see additional pictures, click here.


POSTED 4/6/2017

OESJ  Elementary Internet Safety Poster Contest

The students in grades 4 through 6 created posters in Technology Class to help teach others how to be safe online. Mrs. Parry had a poster contest and would like to announce the winners. In grade 6, the 1st Place winner is Jade Dygert, 2nd place winner is Abigail Miller, the 3rd Place winner is Sherri Dixon, the 4th Place winner is Carolyn Littrell, and the Honorable Mentions are Olivia Chromczak, Michael Green, and Hannah Pestillo. In grade 5, the 1st Place winner is Lillie Smith, the 2nd Place winner is Jacob Walrath, the 3rd Place winner is Autumn Souza, the 4th Place winner is Mallory Miles, the Honorable Mentions are Annette Johnson and  Aylaa Pellerito. In 4th Grade, the 1st Place winner is Kenneth Calabrese, the 2nd Place winner is Amber Hart, the 3rd Place winner is Andrea Manners, the 4th Place winner is Alyse Cannon, and the honorable mentions are Jeremy Vickery and Ruby Hand. Everyone please make sure to read their great posters to learn how to be safe online by clicking here.


POSTED 4/6/2017

OESJ Class of 2019 Hosts Spaghetti Dinner

The Class of 2019 is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at the HC Smith Benefit Club on Monday, April 24th from 4-8 pm.  There will also be a bake sale that evening. Please consider buying a ticket and taking a night off from cooking!  Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.50 for children 12 and under.  Take out meals are available.  Tickets will be available at the door for purchase or you can email bryan.crowe@oesj.org.


POSTED 3/31/2017

OESJ Elementary Hosts March Math Madness

IMG_2253.JPGStudents in grades 1-6 competed in March Math Madness. On day 1 of the competition, all students took a 5-minute timed addition test.  In the next competition, students took a subtraction test.  In the third competition, the students in grades 1-2 took a harder addition fact test and students in grades 3-6 took a multiplication test.  In the fourth competition students in grades 1-2 took a harder subtraction fact test and students in grades 3-6 took a division test.  In the last competition students took a mixed fact test, grades 1-2 addition and subtraction, students in grades 3-6 all operations.  To read all winners during the competition, please click here.


POSTED 3/31/2017

OESJ 7th and 8th Grade Spring Fling Scheduled

The OESJ 7th and 8th Grade Spring Fling Semi-Formal has been scheduled for Saturday, April 29.  This will be hosted at Iroquois Lanes and cost $20 per student.  Enjoy dancing, food, and a DJ  from 7 pm - 10 pm.  Glow Bowling will follow from 10 pm - 12 am.


POSTED 3/30/2017

Mohawk Valley FFA Members Headed to State Competition


The competition season started on March 4th for the Mohawk Valley FFA as they headed to Hamilton, NY for the District V Leadership Development Competitions. Nine members competed that day in many different competitions. Owen Feagles a seventh-grade member competed in the junior creed speaking contest. Carolyn Littrell a sixth-grade member competed in junior extemporaneous public speaking and placed third and will move on to the substate competition. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.








POSTED 3/30/2017

Animal, Plant, or Fungus?

None of the above!  Sixth graders just finished presenting their protist projects in science class.  Students had to make a model of a plant-like protist, an animal-like protist, and a fungus like protist.  They had to choose a protist from each category that they were interested in, research the protist, and then figure out how to model each one within the confines of a 6x8 inch piece of cardboard with their partner. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.










POSTED 3/30/2017

OESJ National Honor Society Induction

The OESJ National Junior and Senior Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held on March 28, 2017 in the Jr/Sr High school auditorium.  The new inductees and the active members entered the ceremony under the musical selections performed by Mrs. Mott, Mrs. Brownell and Mrs. Thayer. Adelina Brundage and Liam Sammons carried candles that they used to light the center candle that represents knowledge.  Von Baker led the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mrs. Sitterly was the guest speaker. To see additional photos and to read more, please click here.










POSTED 3/29/2017

Board of Education Candidate Petitions Available

Nominating petitions are currently available for OESJ residents interested in running for one of the two board of education seats that will be up for election May 16. Click here to download a petition or pick one up at the OESJ District Clerk's office in St. Johnsville during regular school hours. Completed petitions must be returned to the clerk's office no later than April 17 by 3:00 pm. If you have any questions, contact OESJ District Clerk Elizabeth Brown at (518) 568-2011 ext. 3149.


POSTED 3/29/2017

National FFA Week

National FFA week was February 18th-25th and as usual, the OESJ CSD was on winter break for most of that week. That did not stop Mohawk Valley FFA members from having multiple events that week to celebrate National FFA Week. On Tuesday, February 21st the Mohawk Valley FFA had two events to celebrate. The first event was at the Tractor Supply Company in Herkimer. At this event, we were not only promoting Tractor Supply’s campaign to support FFA but also to educate the community members on our vertical hydroponic system. To read more and see additional pictures, click here.










POSTED 3/28/2017

OESJ-AP Scholarship Games

The OESJ-AP scholarship games are scheduled for Thursday, March 30 at the High School. Doors open at 4:15, and costs $2.00 for adults (grade 9 and up) $1.00 for children. There's a family max charge of $10.00. Come join in the fun!


POSTED 3/28/2017

National Agriculture Day at OESJ

March 21st was National Agriculture Day. Students in the FFA organization from PTECH came to OESJ elementary to read to the second grade classes. This year's theme was about grapes. The FFA students read a book titled,  
The Grapes Grow Sweet and then students were able to sample two different types of grape juice.


POSTED 3/26/2017

P.A.W.S. Animaland Fun!

OESJ’s parent/teacher organization, called P.A.W.S., recently hosted “Animaland”  - an event for students to adopt a furry stuffed pet. Children were able to choose their own pet from a large selection  such as puppies, dragons, horses, penguins, kangaroos, and the like.  Upon purchase of their animal, each child received a star and made their way to the stuffing station where they were able to help with the stuffing process and insert their star before finishing. To read more and see additional pictures, click here.





POSTED 3/26/2017

National Honor Society

The OESJ Junior and Senior High National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on March 28, 2017 beginning at 6 pm in the High School Auditorium.  All are welcome to attend.




POSTED 3/21/2017

OESJ First Graders Complete STEM Activity


Mrs. Heroth's first grade STEM groups were given the challenge to build a habitat for an assigned animal.  This was a culminating activity of their study of habitats in science.  Along with learning about habitats, students also studied the plants and animals that may live there. The STEM groups were provided with various building materials to create the habitats of a given animal.  Students used the knowledge they learned to build an appropriate habitat for their animal.  The activity concluded with a presentation by each group discussing the animal, habitat, and what they were representing. To see additional pictures, click here.



POSTED 3/17/2017

OESJ 7th Grade Hosts Gallery Walk

On Thursday, March 9th, students in grade 7 hosted a Gallery Walk in the OESJ high school gymnasium from 3pm-4pm.  These students presented their building project proposals for the upcoming school building project.  Students worked in groups of approximately four students per group to create what they believed to be needed in the upcoming building project. To read more and see additional pictures, please click here.










POSTED 3/14/2017/UPDATED 3/15/2017

OESJ CSD Closed

OESJ Central School District will be closed Wednesday, March 15, 2017 due to hazardous driving conditions.


POSTED 3/13/2017

OESJ CSD Closed Tomorrow

OESJ Central School District will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 due to inclement weather. Wednesday, March 15, 2017 will be a regular instructional day for all students and staff.


POSTED 3/13/2017

OESJ-AP Scholarship Games Rescheduled

The OESJ-AP scholarship games have been rescheduled for Thursday, March 30 at the High School due to possible weather conditions.


POSTED 3/12/2017

PAWS Animaland Night

On March 16, 2017, OESJ PAWS will host an Animaland Activity from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Elementary Gymnasium. Come and enjoy the fun of choosing and stuffing your own stuffed animal. To see more about the event, please click here.


POSTED 3/5/2017

OESJ School Report Card Information

Please click here to get OESJ School Report Card information from the New York State Education Department.


POSTED 3/5/2017

PARP Inspired Milky Way Ice Castle

During the month of February, the 6th graders created an amazing "Milky Way Ice Castle" as part of the PARP Polar theme. They built the igloo out of over 500 gallon milk jugs. Thank you to all the families that donated them. Their creativity and hard work made the igloo project a beautiful success. During the last week of PARP and during the PARP family night, the 6th graders read to students in grades K-5 in the igloo. Everyone was excited to read and enjoy the igloo. To see additional pictures, click here.














POSTED 3/5/2017

OESJ-AP Scholarship Games

The OESJ-AP scholarship games will be Tuesday, March 14th at the high school.  This event raises money for the OESJ-AP scholarship fund.  All proceeds from this event are given as scholarships to seniors. There are games for every grade level pre-K through 12, basket raffles, large item raffles, concessions, a bake sale and the evening ends with a staff vs. seniors volleyball match. Doors open at 4:15, and costs $2.00 for adults (grade 9 and up) $1.00 for children. There's a family max charge of $10.00.




POSTED 3/1/2017

Spaghetti Dinner to Support Nature’s Classroom

The OESJ 6th Grade class is hosting a spaghetti dinner on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 4-7pm at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club.  The proceeds will help fundraise a field trip to Nature’s Classroom in June.  Tickets are available at the door.  You can dine in or take outs are available.  Adult dinners are $8, children under 12 meals are $5.50.




POSTED 3/1/2017

OESJ Board of Education President Resigns

The OESJ Board of Education President, Mary Weaver, sends her resignation effective March 1, 2017.  Superintendent, Mr. David Halloran, states that Mary’s "intelligence, wit and integrity will be sorely missed by the district".  To read her resignation letter, please click here.




POSTED 2/21/2017

OESJ Graphic Arts Class Taking Barn Quilt Orders

The OESJ high school  Graphic Arts students will be creating 16,  4' x4' barn quilts as part of the OESJ Annual Community Art project.  Community members can select a quilt block pattern and colors on the order form.  Orders will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  Any orders received after the limit will be returned.  Paid orders must be returned to the OESJ high school Art dept., by March 17th, 2017.  To download an order form, please click here.  To see examples of previous barn quilts from the 2016 project, please click here.


POSTED 2/2/2017

Mohawk Valley FFA Member Selected for the District V Member Spotlight

Madison Dunbar, a sophomore at the OESJ high school was selected as the District V NY FFA Member Spotlight in the January edition of NY FFA Speaks. This year Madison serves as the chapter reporter and is active in soccer and cheerleading. Please click here to check out the article that she was highlighted in!

 

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

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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!




POSTED 1/18/2017/UPDATED

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.


UPDATED POSTED 12/12/2016

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

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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.












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.








POSTED 8/11/2016

OESJ Board of Education Schedules Special Board of Education Meeting

The OESJ CSD Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at 6:00 P.M. in the Junior / Senior High School Auditorium.  The agenda can be seen here and the board packet can be viewed here.



POSTED 8/6/2016

OESJ Girls Summer Soccer Takes First Place

The OESJ girls summer league soccer team took first place in the Herkimer County Community College summer league with a 2-1 victory in the championship finals at the college. The team went into the championship

tournament with a 6-2-1 record and was seeded second. The girls beat Little Falls in the semi-finals, 4-2. They then went on to avenge last week's loss to undefeated Dolgeville by beating them in the finals. The team is comprised of girls in grades 8-12 who played all summer to prepare for the upcoming season. Congratulations!
Kneeling: Addie Brundage, Lexi Romeyn,  Carolyn Fitzpatrick, Abby Mosher, Jessica Benton (assistant coach) ,  Bella Masi. Standing: Trinity Rathbun, Fontana LaCoppola, Sam Weaver, Cait Handy, Emilie Engle, Rebecca Trumble, Sydney Eggleston,  Ashley Engle, Abby Johnson, Kam Battisti, Mariah Hurteau.


POSTED 8/3/2016

Fall Sports Parent Meeting Scheduled

The OESJ Athletic Department will hold its mandatory Fall Sports Parent Meeting & Meet the Coaches night in the High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15. Every participating 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.

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • Meet the coaches who will be working with your son or daughter.

  • Go over the athletic policies (schedules, eligibility, expectations, etc...)

  • Develop an understanding of sportsmanship expectations for student athletes, parents, and spectators.

  • Discuss information on physicals, health history forms, FamilyID and concussion management.

  • Complete any paperwork that still needs to be completed for the Fall season.

  • Ask questions. (Athletic Director, High School Principal, School Nurse will be in attendance)

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on August 15th at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.


POSTED 7/29/2016

Fall Sports Physicals Scheduled

Physicals for Fall sports will be held on August 2nd & August 10th from 1:00 - 3:00 in the nurse's office at the Jr./Sr. High School. Any student athlete planning to participate in a Fall sport must have a physical completed by either their private medical provider or the school district medical provider prior to the first day of practice. They must also fill out a health history form prior to the first day of practice. The links to the forms are listed below. Please bring the completed health history form with you to your physical.


You are encouraged to schedule an appointment during these time slots using the scheduler link below in order to avoid extended wait times. A maximum of 3 participants may sign up for each time slot.


Appointment Time Slots for Physicals:

August 2nd Sports Physicals Appointment Slots


August 10th Sports Physicals Appointment Slots


Health History Forms:

Private Medical Provider Health History Form


School District Provider Health History Form


Please complete the remaining information by accessing the FamilyID link on the right side of the screen.

POSTED 7/28/2016 Board of Education Schedules Regular Meeting for Wednesday The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Board of Education will hold their regular meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at 6:00 PM in the Junior/Senior High School Auditorium.  The agenda can be seen here.


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.


POSTED 7/15/2016

OESJ Board of Education Schedules Special Board of Education Meeting

The OESJ CSD Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at 6:00 P.M. in the Elementary Cafeteria. You can view the agenda here.


POSTED 7/13/2016

Board Meeting Scheduled for Tonight

There will be a Board of Education Meeting held this evening, July 13, at the Elementary Cafeteria.  Executive Session will be held at 5:00 pm, followed by a reorganizational meeting at 6:30 pm.  The agenda can be seen here.


POSTED 7/7/2016

2016-2017 OESJ CSD Calendar

The calendar for the 2016 - 2017 school year was approved by the Board of Education at their March meeting. View it here.



POSTED 7/7/2016

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 second quarter.  View the Elementary School list here and the Junior / Senior High School list here.  Congratulations to all students on your accomplishments!

Avid Elementary Readers Given Awards

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Mrs. Parry presented Accelerated Reader awards at the end of the year assembly on June 20th. Click here to read more.






OESJ Kindergarten Graduates


The OESJ Elementary School celebrated the Graduation of 59 Kindergarten Students on June 22. Click here for pictures and more.



POSTED 7/7/2016

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 second quarter.  View the Elementary School list here and the Junior / Senior High School list here.  Congratulations to all students on your accomplishments!




POSTED 6/27/2016

OESJ Pre-Kindergarten Graduate

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


POSTED 6/28/2016




2016-2017 Immunization Information Released

Parents and guardians are asked to take a moment to review the following important immunization information here.


POSTED 6/23/2016

PAWS Hosts Cardboard Car Cruise-In

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

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




POSTED 6/23/2016

OESJ Sixth Graders Graduate

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


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

Free Summer Meals Available at OESJ CSD

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



POSTED 7/5/2016

Superintendent’s Message Regarding Staff Member Passing

It is with a heavy heart that we inform our OESJ school community of the untimely passing of Secondary Special Education teacher, Ms. Dale Boudry.   Ms. Boudry tragically died as a result of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident on Friday, July 1.  


Dale served the Oppenheim-Ephratah and Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville School District for the past eighteen and a half years.   Prior to working for the district, Dale was a Case Manager and Service Coordinator at the Herkimer Resource Center for nine years and served in the United States Army as an Electronic Warfare Voice Interpreter for six years. Dale is survived by her sons, Arthur and Patrick Parmer, granddaughter Emerson Parmer, mother Patricia Couchman, and brother William Boudry.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Dale and her loved ones during this very difficult time.  


Services are being arranged through the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home located at 100 Otsego Street in Ilion, NY.  Calling hours have been set for 4:00 to 7:00 PM, with a service to follow at 7:00 PM. Ms. Boudry's obituary and further details regarding the service can be seen here. Dale’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association and Herkimer Humane Society.  


We have arranged for counseling services through the Family Counseling Center at the Junior/Senior High School for anyone needing assistance coping with this loss.  Please contact Mrs. Jackie Lape in the nurse's office at 568-2013 for more information. I encourage parents and guardians to discuss this matter with your children if you determine they are age appropriate, as it may be difficult for them to process this tragedy in isolation.  Please be mindful this may be very upsetting for our children, regardless of whether or not they knew Ms. Boudry.  


Ms. Dale Boudry was well liked and respected by all who knew her.  OESJ mourns the loss of such a good friend and dedicated educator.



POSTED 6/28/2016

OESJ CSD Graduates Class of 2016

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

POSTED 6/28/2016

PAWS Hosts Cardboard Car Cruise-In


On Thursday, June 16, 2016, PAWS hosted a cardboard car cruise-in for all OESJ Elementary students.  Read the entire story and see more pictures here.


2017 Senior Yearbook Information Announced

Attention 2016-2017 OESJ Seniors - check out important information regarding senior yearbook pictures and other information here.

POSTED 6/28/2016

2016-2017 Immunization Information Released

Parents and guardians are asked to take a moment to review the following important immunization information here.


POSTED 6/28/2016

Class of 2016 Celebrates Baccalaureate

The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville senior class celebrated baccalaureate on

Thursday, June 23. at the St. Johnsville United Methodist Church.  Read the entire story, including more pictures, here.



POSTED 6/27/2016

OESJ Pre-Kindergarten Graduate

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


































 





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













POSTED 6/23/2016

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



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

Free Summer Meals Available at OESJ CSD

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










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