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!  The 8th graders who visited the library the day before had a great preview of the information shared at Fort Klock.  The students wrapped up their last day of the year with a fun filled day back at the Jr/Sr High School!  The morning started off with a visit from some of this year's Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawg players who spoke about the importance of goal setting and staying focused on academics.  It was great to see the kids interact with local sports players.  In the afternoon Mr. Walther, a local NYS Canal operator (and Miss Walther's dad!) came to visit and spoke to the students about the history and use of the Erie Canal.  The knowledge he shared was seen first hand at Fort Klock the day before--it really was great to see the week tie together! Students and staff want to thank all who helped make this week a great success for our kids!