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POSTED 5/16/2018

28th Annual Oppenheim Rock Ceremony

The OESJ Elementary will be hosting their Annual Rock Ceremony on Thursday, May 24th at 9:00 am. All Veterans and community members are invited. You can read the invitation here.

POSTED 5/16/2018

Herkimer Diamond Mines present:  ROCK & STEM Camp 2018

Please come and join the Herkimer Diamond Mines & KOA Resort in their inaugural year of a refined science and recreation summer camp.  Open to children ages 6-13 years of age, with both beginner and intermediate level camp experience. Camp will operate on a weekly basis from July 9th - August 15th.  Camp capacity is 40 campers per week. For more information and the enrollment application, please click on the link here.

POSTED 5/16/2018

Results from the Budget Vote and BOE Election

Budget Passed-   Yes= 198 No =120

Bus Proposition PassedYes = 200  No = 112

BOE Member Election Results- Neil Clark - 168 votes ( 1 year term) Chad Barnes - 174 votes (3 year term)

Shellie Walrath - 188 votes (3 year term) Jeremy Brundage - 172 votes (2 year term)

POSTED 5/15/2018

Annual Budget Vote and BOE Election

The Board of Education and Budget Vote will be today, Tuesday, May 15th, from 12-8 p.m. at the Jr/Sr HS Auditorium and OESJ Elementary gymnasium. Voters will be electing four BOE candidates, voting on $19.2 million proposed budget and consider bus purchases from the reserve account.

POSTED 5/12/2018

6th Graders Study Ancient Egypt

Sixth grade Social Studies students at OESJ recently ended their study of ancient Egypt with an “Egypt Fair.”  Students learned how to write a formal research paper, complete with bibliography. Students were able to choose topics of their interest to research.  They also produced an art project to display with their paper at the Egypt Fair. Mummies were made out of paper mache, paint, and even a Barbie wrapped in iodine stained bandages!  The Egyptian wall art was painted on a Plaster of Paris base and modeled after hieroglyphics and Egyptian tomb paintings. Materials for pyramids ranged from wood, clay, cardboard, sand, and paint, to the edible--Rice Krispies, chocolate, and marshmallows completed several step pyramids!

What is a Mummy’s Favorite Kind of Coffee?.............. De-coffin-ated!

Egypt- 6th grade

POSTED 5/7/2018

Mohawk Valley FFA Banquet Invitation

The Mohawk Valley FFA will be holding their yearly banquet on Tuesday, May 29th, in the OESJ Jr/Sr High School cafeteria. The banquet recognizes the accomplishments of our members for the 2017 - 2018 school year with the help of their family, friends, and supporters. The banquet is open to friends and supporters of the FFA. Click here to see the invitation.

POSTED 5/7/2018

Meet the Candidate Night Cancelled

The Meet the Candidate Night scheduled for May 8th has been cancelled due to lack of participation.

POSTED 5/4/2018

Augmented Reality

Students in grades K-6 learned about Augmented Reality in Technology Class. Students used the QuiverVision app on iPads to make their two dimensional drawings spring from the paper. Grades K-2 have been learning about animals and colored animals. Grade 3 and 4 have been studying the 7 continents and colored maps. Grade 5 discussed the meaning of the symbols on flags and then created a flag to represent themselves. Grade 6 has been studying animal and plant cells and colored parts of the cell.  After coloring their pictures, the students focused their ipads on their paper and their pictures seemed to come alive and become three dimensional. Students had a magical time using Quiver to create a 3D Augmented Reality. You can view more pictures here.

POSTED 5/2/2018

XtraMath Fact Master

Fifth Grader, Zachary Young is the second student at OESJ Elementary to ever complete the XtraMath program. XtraMath is an online program used to help students master their math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Zachary has mastered all his facts and was able to complete each fact in 1.5 seconds. Congratulations Zachary, our Fact Master!


Food Science Tours Beech-Nut

On Tuesday, April 24th the Food Science and Technology course taught by Chris Smith toured the Beech-Nut food processing facility in Amsterdam, New York. Students started the tour with food safety in mind. Students dressed with lab coats, safety glasses, ear plugs, hair nets, beard nets, and had to remove all of their jewelry before entering the facility. Students were then lead through the history of Beech-Nut from the beginning to its current operating state. The tour of the ¼ mile long building took students through the whole process of how butternut squash becomes baby food. To read more and see pictures click here.

POSTED 5/1/2018

Youth Serving Veterans Cleanup

Stephanie Austin, Ethan Lansing, and Joshua Villegas volunteered their time on Saturday, April 28th, to visit the homes of local veterans to rake leaves and clean up yards.  They did an excellent job and deserve recognition for giving up their day to help others along with Mr. Crowe.

POSTED 4/30/2018

Spirit Week at Elementary School

The Elementary School will be having Spirit Week starting May 7th.

May 7th - Hoodie Day

May 8th - Wear Blue Day

May 9th - Sneaker Day

May 10th - School Colors Day

May 11th - Dress for Success

POSTED 4/30/2018

Animal Research in First Grade

Students in First Grade learned so many interesting and cool facts about animals. The students did animal research online in Technology Class. In ELA, they wrote sentences using the facts they discovered about their animals. During their next Technology class, they created Google Slides with animals images and they typed in their sentences. Please check out their beautiful and informative Google Slides about animals here.

POSTED 4/22/2018

Kindergarten Turn Themselves into Caterpillars

In the library this week with Ms. Russo and Ms. Johnson, Kindergarten library classes read the classic Eric Carle book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. Students put together their own caterpillar costumes as a follow up activity to reading the book. They were very excited to turn themselves into caterpillars!


POSTED 4/18/2018

OESJ Jr/Sr High School Honor Roll & High Honor Roll Announced

Congratulations to the OESJ Jr/Sr High students that have made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the 2017-2018 third quarter. You can view the list here.

POSTED 4/17/2018

Class of 2021 Hosting a Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance

The OESJ Class of 2021 will be hosting this year's Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance for all PreK-6th grade students and families on May 11, 2018. The theme is "
A Night in Candyland."  If you have a smartphone you can sign up online using the QR code on the form. For more information see the attached flyer.

POSTED 4/17/2018

Pre-K Applications are Available for 2018-2019 School Year

Applications for Pre-K are now available. Students who live in the OESJ school district and will turn 4 years old on or before December 1, 2018 are eligible to attend. Contact Julie at 518-568-2014 ext. 117 for an application.

POSTED 4/17/2018

Parent Discussion Group

Catholic Charities is interested in starting a parenting discussion group in your community. The group will meet for 6 weeks and is meant to be a time where parents are able to offer support to one another as well as learn new skills for interacting with your children. By participating in this class, you are not identified as a “bad” parent, but rather as someone who is interested in growing your parenting skillset. You will leave this group with a supportive group of community members who can walk alongside of you during the journey of parenthood. This group is intended for parents and grandparents of teenagers or children about to be teenagers. However, all will be welcomed to attend. If interested in participating, please take this quick survey and we will contact you with more information.

POSTED 4/17/2018

Letter from Superintendent Halloran

Please see the letter from Superintendent Halloran concerning the National School Walkout. The letter can be viewed here.

POSTED 4/17/2018

OESJ Elementary Honor Roll & High Honor Roll Announced

Congratulations to the many OESJ Elementary students that have made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the 2017-2018 third quarter. To view students from the Elementary School, click here.

POSTED 4/15/2018

OESJ Elementary Wolf Awards

The March Wolf Award recipients are:

Kindergarten: Dylan Williams, Kahlan Crozier, Ryan Clifford

1st Grade: Magdalene Young, Kamryn VanValkenburgh, Penelope Clauson

2nd Grade: James Thomas, Brooke Foote, Kamirynn Guyer-Baker

3rd Grade: Rebecca Johnson, Kendall Christman

4th Grade: Karyn Castellano, Mira Norris, Jordan May

5th Grade: Andrea Manners, Maddison Simonds, Lily Johnson, Jahdia Austin

6th Grade: Zoe Eakin, Kendra Breton, Ashlyn Strobel

P.E.: Kale Brownell

Art: David Doxtader

Band: Elizabeth Wilmot

Music: Delton Keba, Mahala Pratt, Kenneth Calabrese

Library: Trenton Cook

POSTED 3/29/2018- UPDATED 4/13/2018

Save the Date- OESJ-AP Scholarship Games 

The OESJ-AP will be holding their Annual Scholarship games on Friday, April 20th. There will be raffles, food and fun! See the schedule of events here.

POSTED 4/13/2018

10th Graders Participate in “Stronger Than Hate” Project

Students from Miss. McAleese's 10th grade English class participated in project titled, "Stronger than Hate," after studying the Holocaust in their Global class and reading "Night," by Elie Wiesel. Students were asked to create and participate in their own community project geared toward combating hate in their communities. Many students created surveys to gather statistics on bullying and how to understand one another's differences, as well as creating posters throughout the building to encourage one another. One group of students visited the elementary school to present their project to younger students about "Standing up for yourself." They performed skits on how to handle social situations better, presented information and interacted with the younger students.

POSTED 4/10/2018

XtraMath Fact Master

Fifth Grader, Collin Eakin, is the first student at OESJ Elementary to ever complete the XtraMath program. XtraMath is an online program used to help students master their math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. First, Collin was able to complete all his math facts in 3 seconds. Next, he was put in the advanced level, and he was able to complete all his facts in 2 seconds. Collin was then put in the top level of XtraMath. Collin has mastered all his facts and was able to complete each fact in 1.5 seconds. Congratulations Collin, our Fact Master!

POSTED 4/9/2018

March Math Madness

Students in grades 1-6 competed in March Math Madness. On day 1 of the competition, all students took a timed addition test. Students with the highest scores continued in the competition.
Students who continued in the competition, were given fact tests with different operations and facts that were more difficult. We had an “Elite 8”, “Final 4”, and “Top 2” in each bracket. You can read more here.

POSTED 4/3/2018

Math & Movement Family Fun Night

On Wednesday, March 28th, the OESJ Elementary School sponsored a Math and Movement Family Fun Night. Math and Movement is a kinesthetic, multi-sensory approach to teaching math that incorporates physical exercise, stretching, cross-body movements and yoga. The program uses visually pleasing floor mats that allow children to practice basic skills while using visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning modalities. The floor mats allow children to jump and move as they learn. Math and Movement is unique because it shifts the normal teaching perspective by allowing the students to become the math manipulative on the floor mat! This large visual allows students to have fun "playing a game" while learning and practicing math and reading concepts. Find more information about the program by going to

This event and other enrichment activities were made possible by funding from the Capek Family Foundation.

Math & Movement

POSTED 3/29/2018

ELA and Math Testing Letter from Superintendent  

Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Halloran regarding the upcoming ELA and Math testing for grades 3-8. The letter can be viewed here.

POSTED 3/28/2018

Mohawk Valley FFA Celebrates FFA Week

The Mohawk Valley FFA celebrated National FFA Week from February 26th to March 2nd. The week consisted of many activities that made impacts on our school and community. Members helped to bring attention to agriculture and FFA through facts that were announced every morning, opening the eyes of students to show how important agriculture is! During the week the chapter also ran its elementary school coloring contest. Read more here.

POSTED 3/26/2018

Give the Gift of Blue

The Mohawk Valley FFA has created a new award that its members can apply for- their own FFA jacket. An FFA jacket is an article of faith, honor and pride that unifies members in a long-standing tradition, reminding them that they are part of something larger. One FFA jacket costs $55 and is embroidered with the state, chapter, and name of the member. A committee of Mohawk Valley FFA members created an application for any Mohawk Valley FFA member that is in sixth through ninth grade. From the applicants, members will be selected to receive their own FFA jacket at our annual banquet in May. If you are interested in supporting this award in any amount please feel free to contact Mohawk Valley FFA Advisor Chris Smith at (518) 568-2011 or

POSTED 3/24/2018

FFA Members Increase Ag Literacy During National Agriculture Literacy Week!

Laura Littrell, Madison Dunbar, and Josie Brundage helped to increase the agricultural knowledge of the second grade at the OESJ Elementary school on Wednesday, March 21st. The members read the book “Before We Eat: from farm to table” to the second grade classes of Mrs. Pedrick, Mrs. Blanc, and Mrs. Smith. The FFA members read the book to each class, and then led an activity discussing how an apple goes from the farm to the table. The second grade then snacked on apples! Each classroom received a copy of the book so students can continue to learn about agriculture. The Mohawk Valley FFA would like to thank the second grade for allowing us to visit their classroom and Fulton-Montgomery Cornell Cooperative Extension for sponsoring the books left with each classroom.

POSTED 3/24/2018

BOE Nominating Packets Are Now Available

The 2018 Board of Education Nominating Packets are now available. The annual Board of Education Election and Budget Vote scheduled for May 15, 2018. You can view and print the BOE Nomination packet here. Any questions contact District Clerk, Stephanie Bonk at or 518-568-2011 ext. 3149.

POSTED 3/23/2018

Letter to the Community from BOE President

Please see the letter from Board of Education President, Neil Clark, in regards to the recent announcement of Mr. Halloran’s resignation. The letter can be see here.

POSTED 3/23/2018

OESJ Jr/Sr Students Compete at GE

On Saturday March 17th, 15 students from the OESJ Jr/Sr High School competed in the KIDWIND competition at General Electric (GE) in Schenectady. Jolynn Cedeno, Kyara Nichols, Alex Ouderkirk, Rebekah Semple, Skylynn Sargeant, Shelby Groff, Mackenzie Barker, Emilie Peterson, Cadence Johnson, Magdelina Pellerito, Paetyn Logan-Dillenbeck, Jesse Walrath, Margaret Christensen, and Sebastian Ackernecht. This STEM Competition is meant to show students the different aspects of wind energy technology and how it can help our environment. You can read more here.

POSTED 3/23/2018

2nd & 3rd Graders Get a Visit from Fulton County Sheriff’s Dept.

Sgt. Stemmler, Deputy House, Deputy VanAlstine, K9 Sadie, and Deputy Stewart of the Fulton County Sheriff's department visited the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. The officers visited to follow up on stories that the classes have been reading about officers and their K9s. . The students were very excited to meet officer Sadie and see her demonstrate her listening skills and how she uses her nose to do her job.

POSTED 3/23/2018

Parenting Program to be Offered at MRML

A free parenting class will be taking place at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library starting on April 9th and running for 5 weeks. Classes will take place from 6:30-7:30 pm each evening. Participants will receive a workbook to take notes in and to take home with themselves.

POSTED 3/23/2018

Spirit Week at Elementary School

Below are the days for Spirit Week at the Elementary School.

Monday, 3/26 - Hat Day

Tuesday, 3/27 - Mismatch Day

Wednesday, 3/28 - Favorite Team Day

Thursday, 3/29 - Pajama Day

POSTED 3/22/2018

Officials Hold Discussion Detailing School, County Safety Procedures

Please see the article from The Recorder about the discussion that was held on March 13th with OESJ Administration, mental health professionals from OESJ and St. Mary’s Healthcare and law enforcement agencies. You can read the article here.

POSTED 3/22/2018
OESJ Wellness Day at the Jr/Sr HS

Wellness Day was held Friday, March 16th, and was put on by Mrs. Lape and the Wellness Team. Some of the topics were- Substance Abuse Prevention, Understanding Anxiety/Depression, Skin/Hair Care for Teens, Healthy Relationships, Crossfit Training, Dance-A-Thon and ALICE Safety Training. Presenters were set up in the cafeteria for students to visit during their lunch periods. They could get information on Teen Health Issues from the Montgomery County Public Health Nurse, dental care, Mental Health information, Reality Check and sample smoothies made by OESJ students. The students enjoyed themselves and learned valuable information. Thank you to Mrs. Lape and the Wellness Team for all your hard work. You can see pictures here.

POSTED 3/21/2018

Letter from Superintendent Halloran

Please read the letter from Mr. Halloran in regards to his resignation from OESJ effective July 1, 2018. Thank you to Mr. Halloran for his hard work and dedication at OESJ. His letter can be viewed here.

POSTED 3/21/2018

Guilty of Learning

Sergeant Barnes and Officer Pavlot of the Ilion Police Department visited OESJ sixth graders for a presentation on Forensic Science.  Students just finished their DNA and Crime Scene Unit in Mrs. Murcray’s Science class, so this was the perfect experience to bring everything together. Throughout the unit, students learned about the structure of DNA and how DNA can be used to solve a crime; however the interest and depth of questions from sixth graders begged for something more.  Sgt. Barnes, also father of sixth grader, Dylan Barnes, and Ofc. Pavlot provided a fabulous learning experience. Read more here.

POSTED 3/21/2018

Math & Movement Family Night

Families from OESJ Elementary will be  participating in a unique family event to bring movement and fun to learning  math and reading. The nationally acclaimed Math & Movement™ program is a kinesthetic, multi-sensory approach to teaching math and reading that incorporates physical activity with visual stimuli created to make learning fun, active, and memorable. You can read more here.

POSTED 3/20/2018

Save the Date- OESJ-AP Scholarship Games 

The OESJ-AP will be holding their Annual Scholarship games on Friday, April 20th. There will be raffles, food and fun! More information will be coming soon!

POSTED 3/19/2018

OESJ Board of Education Recognizes Student and Staff Members

At the March 7, 2018 Board of Education meeting, Mr. Tim Barnes and Mr. Dan Hart were recognized for organizing the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser which raised over $5200.00 for the American Heart Association. Read the resolution here.

Annette Johnson was recognized for her perseverance and determination in this year’s Jump Rope for Heart competition and being an exemplary role model for her peers. Read the resolution here.

Congratulations to all!

POSTED 3/16/2018

OESJ Odyssey of the Mind Teams Place 2nd and 3rd

Congratulations to the OESJ Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Teams.

Both teams competed in the regional competition held on March 10th

at Fonda Fultonville CSD.  They did an amazing job showing their creative

skills in teamwork building and “Thinking Out of the Box” for this competition.

You can read more and see picture here.

POSTED 3/14/2018

Ms. Thompson's class enters Writing Contest

As part of writing in January & February Ms. Thompson’s class entered different Scholastic Writing Contests. Katlyn Mosher, Brooklynn Smith, and Myracle Hart choose the “Monster Alarm Story” Starter Contest. The girls had to come up with an original story with text and illustrations, to show what happens after the monster alarm goes off. Liam Achzet choose to enter the “I Survived Idea Contest.” He acted as if he were the author and choose a natural disaster that he would write a book about. He had to write about the disaster and why he choose it.  Alexander Cook entered the “Setting the Scene” contest. He had to write the first two pages of an original story that focused on using words to create a very strong sense of place for the reader. Now, we eagerly await and our students are excited! We will keep you posted on the results!

POSTED 3/14/2018

OESJ Elementary Wolf Awards

The February Wolf Award recipients are:

Kindergarten: Lillian Egan, Lindsey Swick, Julia Sammons-Wilbur

1st Grade: Calvin Eakin, Thomas Cavanaugh, Anna Thayer

2nd Grade: EmmaLynn Moxham, Abigal Jasek

3rd Grade: Audrina McAdams, Devin Schell

4th Grade: Verne Turner, Delton Keba, Jada Pearl, Kaydan Moyer

5th Grade: Alyssa Clute, Gavin Dibble, Quintin Schaffer

6th Grade: Kaylee Breton, Mari-jayn Clifford

P.E.: Teddy Youker

Art: Sophia Bellen

Band: Ruby Hand

Music/Chorus: Sadie Snell, Tyler Barnes

Library: Blake Moore

POSTED 3/13/2018

OESJ Jr. High Semi Formal

On March 9th, students in grades 7 & 8 held a semi formal dance at the OESJ jr/sr high school.  Students in grade 8, led by their class advisor, Mrs. Kelly, sponsored this dance organizing every aspect from foods and drinks all the way to the playlist and DJ services.  Students really took ownership of this night and a good time was had by all --including chaperones Mrs. Brundage, Mrs. Jenkins, Ms. Rogers, and Mr. Battisti. Students in both grade levels truly enjoyed a night of positive socialization with their peers and school staff.  Thank you to all who helped make it a great night!

POSTED 3/13/2018

Ms. Jewett’s Class Creates a Documentary

Students in Ms. Jewett's Monsters, Mortals, and Myths class have been studying monster storytelling from ancient classical literature to modern tales of today. Drawing on their love for the popular Netflix show, Stranger Things, they created a documentary called, "Stranger Things is not so Strange". They worked in groups to research and explain the real historical events, science, and math concepts that are used by the creators of this modern monster tale. Many juniors and seniors were able to attend the first screening of their film.

POSTED 3/9/2018

Class of 2024 Hosts Successful Spaghetti Dinner

The OESJ sixth grade class held a Spaghetti Dinner on March 5th at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club to raise funds for their end of the year trip to Nature’s Classroom in Lake George this June.  The cost of the trip requires quite a bit of fundraising throughout the year. It is a 4 day interdisciplinary learning experience focusing on the outdoors, team building and ecology. This year’s dinner was a huge success thanks to the help of students, parents, teachers, and community members.  Of course this event could not have been made possible without the H.C. Smith Benefit Club, which gives our students a chance to be a part of serving the food, setting and clearing tables, taking ticket orders, boxing up to-go orders, and running a bake sale. To read more click here.

POSTED 3/6/2018

OESJ to Dismiss Early on March 7th Due to Snow

Due to the significant snow storm scheduled to impact our region tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7th, we are going to be closing early to ensure our students are home safe before the worst of the storm arrives. The Elementary school will dismiss at 11:15 am and the Jr/Sr school will dismiss at 11:40 am. Please plan accordingly.

There will be no transportation provided to, or from, out of district programs including BOCES and Jansen Ave PTech.

The BOE meeting scheduled for March 7th has been rescheduled. It will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 8th, in the Elementary cafeteria.

POSTED 3/6/2018

OESJ to Hold Panel Discussion

The OESJ CSD will be holding a panel discussion with district administrators and counselors, law enforcement personnel and regional mental health providers on Wednesday, March 14th at 6:00 pm in the Jr/Sr auditorium. The discussion will allow parents and guardians to  learn about OESJ safety enhancements, mental health concerns, and the role of social media and appropriate reporting of potential threats. Participants will also be able to screen the ALICE protocol. Parents and guardians of all grade levels are welcome to join us. To read the letter that was sent home to district parents and guardians click here.

POSTED 3/6/2018

H.C. Smith Benefit Club Thanks Students and Staff

The H.C. Smith Benefit Club sent a thank you letter to the students and staff for their generous donation to the Annual Give Away Program. To read the letter click here.

POSTED 3/6/2018

Free Narcan Training

A free Narcan Training will take place on Thursday, March 8 from 6:30-7:30pm at the St. Johnsville Community House. Narcan is the opioid overdose reversal drug. If interested in attending please email or call Jenna Mares so we know how many people to have materials for. Her contact information is: (p) 518-842-4202 x3121 or (e)

POSTED 3/6/2018

15 OESJ students to compete in regional KidWind competitions

Some students used foam cups as blades in the design of their unique wind turbines. Others used bottles. Or aluminum foil. Or cut up plastic Folger’s Coffee cans.

Among the 13 projects at the OESJ KidWind Challenge presentations in the cafeteria last Thursday, there were also different numbers of blades used on their creations: 3, 4, 6 and 12.

Both of those features – the number of blades and the material used for the blades – most likely had an impact on how quickly and smoothly the turbines turned.

The 50 or so eighth-grade students, who worked in teams along with one high school team, were there to show off their hand-made turbines and with hopes of moving on to the next level: a trip to regional competitions at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica on March 8 and GE in Schenectady on March 17. To read more click here.

POSTED 3/5/2018

OESJ Board of Education Recognizes Student and Staff Members

At the February 12, 2018 Board of Education meeting, Coach Jason Brundage was recognized for dedicating many years and countless hours to the OESJ Boys Basketball program. To read the resolution click here.


Paige Morrone, Mikaila Robarge, Jade Dygert and Jesse Walrath were recognized for placing in the annual Spelling Bee. To read the resolution click here. Congratulations to all!

POSTED 3/5/2018

PK and Kindergarten Sign Up

If you have a child that will be 4 by December 1st 2018 (PK) or 5 by Dec. 1st 2018 (K), please call Julie at 568-2014 ext. 117 to sign them up for PK or Kindergarten or download and print off the enrollment packet here and turn it into the Elementary School as soon as possible! Thank you!

POSTED 3/2/2018

OESJ Sectional Game Postponed

The Varsity Boys Sectional game against Whitehall has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 3rd at noon at the Cool Insuring Arena at Glens Falls. The boys play in the Section 2 Class D Sectional Finals. Good luck to Coach Brundage and his team!!

POSTED 3/1/2018

OESJ Elementary Adds Enrichment Opportunity to Beyond the Bell

A new enrichment opportunity has been added to the Beyond the Bell after school program! Hosted by Miss LaQuay and Miss VanValkenburgh, students in 3rd and 4th grade meet on Tuesdays, while 5th and 6th graders meet on Thursdays.
A month underway and the students have already been working hard creatively thinking and building. To read more click here.

POSTED 2/27/2018

OESJ Makes Student Safety a Top Priority

The tragic school shooting at  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in  Florida  has made all schools across the country reassess their best efforts to keep students and staff safe at all times.

OESJ takes that responsibility very seriously. We want to take this opportunity to review the safety precautions in place at OESJ schools and, as happens after an incident like the one in Florida, to examine what we can do better. To read more click here.

POSTED 2/26/2018

OESJ 6th Graders to Host a Spaghetti Supper

OESJ 6th graders will be hosting a Spaghetti Supper to raise

money for their class trip to Nature’s Classroom.

Please come show your support!

POSTED 2/20/2018

OESJ Board of Education Recognizes Student and Staff Members

At the January 4th, 2018 Board of Education meeting Mrs. Jackie Lape, Mrs. Cheryl Brown and Mrs. Kate Yoder were recognized for their work through the Salvation Army Holiday Assistance Program. To read the resolution click here.

Keagan Clemons was recognized for demonstrating excellent leadership qualities and school spirit this school year. To read the resolution click here.


POSTED 2/19/2018

OESJ HS Art Departments Annual Community Art Program

OESJ High School art students will be making 8 barn quilts. Orders will be taken on a first come first serve basis.  All quilts will be completed and ready for pick up by Friday, May 18th. Purchasers are responsible for pick up, installing/displaying their own quilt. Each 4 ft  x 4 ft  quilt is $65.00. Please note that this is a community service project and the price reflects the cost of materials.


Barn quilts are wooden squares painted to look like quilts and positioned on a garage, barn, house, shed, business or free standing post. Barn quilts are based on traditional patterns painted to make them unique to each property and community. Barn quilts will not have any logos or lettering on them, as they are art, not a sign.

To place an order, complete the attached order form here and return by March 16, 2018 to:

Sara Thibodeau

Art Teacher

OESJ High School

POSTED 2/8/2018- UPDATED 2/12/18

OESJ Elementary & Jr/Sr High School Honor Roll and High Honor Roll Announced

Congratulations to the many OESJ Elementary & Jr/Sr High students that have made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the 2017-2018 second quarter. To view students from the Elementary School, click here and the Jr/Sr High School click here.

POSTED 2/8/2018

OESJ Juniors Create a Documentary

OESJ Juniors in Ms. Jewett's English and Mr. Yvar's U.S. History class, worked with Special Ed. teacher Rose Sammons, Library Media Specialist Karen Johnson, and Bill Cooper in the Technology Dept. to create a documentary Titled: The American Civil Rights Movement. Students worked in small groups to research and then create a short film to tell the story of one part of the American struggle for equality and justice, which spans decades and continues today. The entire project was assembled from these pieces into one full length film. Students were treated to a pizza party where they viewed the final product, a Film "Wrap Party". Students and teachers all learned together that the film-making industry is tough and requires good communication skills, time-management, and a great deal of grit.

POSTED 2/3/2018

OESJ Elementary Wolf Awards

The January Wolf Award recipients are:

Kindergarten- Elliana Handy, Sarah Schoff, Rylie Williams

First Grade- Mya Countryman, Adam Rachon, Isabella Jasek

Second Grade- Ava Claus, Emmit Banick, Allison Mosher

Third Grade- Ryker Williams, Noah Pearl, Aaliyah Rachon

Fourth Grade- Alissa Banick, Jaklynn Gattman, Isabella Johnson, Jalyssa Langford, Anabel Morrison

Fifth Grade- Amber Hart, Peyton Winn, Elizabeth Wilmot, Abby Stewart, Miracle Hart

Sixth Grade- Jocelyn Simzer

Art- Ryan Achzet

Band- Mari-jay Clifford

Chorus- Brianna Battisti, McKayl Logan-Dillenbeck, Justin Stultz

Library- Jason Gilchrist

POSTED 2/1/2018

Flu Facts  

Below is information on the flu along with some tips.

POSTED 1/30/2018

​YC Biddy Cheerleaders Show Their Support  

The St. Johnsville Youth Center Biddy Cheerleaders showed their Wolfpack pride at the Boys JV basketball game last week. The girls cheered from the sidelines, performed at halftime and got to interact with the Varsity Cheerleaders. In turn, some of the biddy cheerleaders traveled to Schoharie to watch the Varsity team compete in the "Small Town Throwdown Competition" on Sunday.

POSTED 1/28/2018

​Fifth Graders Complete STEM Projects

Fifth graders recently completed STEM projects to separate different kinds of matter. They were presented with the task of building a matter separator with their partner. Students worked through the design model organizer and the engineering process. We had many great ideas and projects.

POSTED 1/18/2018

Governor Unveils Executive Budget

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented an executive state budget proposal that includes a $769 million increase in overall funding for school operations in the 2018-19 school year. To read the article click here.

POSTED 1/16/2018

​Warm Fuzzy or Cold Prickly

ABC Afternoon is focusing on caring as a quality character trait for January and February.  Showing someone you care is a good way to fill their virtual buckets.  Warm fuzzies are all the good feelings that we bring to someone’s day.  Helping a friend out when in need and doing a random act of kindness are both ways to fill a bucket with warm fuzzies. Cold pricklies are what happen when someone dips from your bucket or does something unkind.  This is also known as bucket dipping.  The K-2 students were challenged with an “at home project.”  The task was to create a warm fuzzy or cold prickly with their families and bring it to school to display.  The assignment was created to open a dialog between students and families and to bring awareness of how we treat others.  Penelope Clauson (pictured) and parents created their bucket duo over the weekend.

Our ABC Program welcomes families to attend our program on day 6 at 11:45 in the OESJ

Elementary Gym.  Stay up to date by following us at OESJ ABC Afternoon on Facebook.

POSTED 1/11/2018

OESJ Elementary Wolf Awards Postponed

The OESJ Elementary Wolf Awards are postponed until tomorrow, January 12th at 8:30.

POSTED 1/11/2018

​Fourth & Fifth Graders Give Instead of Receive During the Holidays

OESJ Elementary Fourth and Fifth Grade Students opted out of the usual gift exchange this past holiday season. Instead, they focused their efforts into donating to the local food pantry.  This change was received with overwhelming support from families .  Fourth and fifth graders collected multiple boxes of food that will help supply the shelves at the Helping Hands Food Pantry located in the DHR Building.  Helping Hands is open on the third Wednesday and the fourth Thursday from 3:30 - 6:00 PM.


POSTED 1/9/2018

Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Spelling Bee!! The winning word this year is ricochet.

Champion - Jade Dygert      

2nd - Jesse Walrath

3rd - Mikaila Robarge

4th - Paige Morrone


POSTED 1/6/2018

PTECH and AgPTECH visit OESJ 8th Graders

Eighth grade students at OESJ listened to a presentation about the PTECH and Ag PTECH programs through HFM BOCES on Thursday, January 4, 2017.  Any eighth grade student from OESJ who is interested in either of these programs can complete the online application at:

POSTED 1/5/2018

Hour of Code

Students in grades K-6 participated in the global event, “Hour of Code” during computer science education week. The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics. Every student had the opportunity to learn a little computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any career path. During the month of December, students in grades K-6 wrote lines of code using Blockly coding in Technology class. They programmed Pixel the Dog, Blue Fuzz, Angry Bird, and Minecraft. Each student earned a certificate and sticker for their participation in the Hour of Code. These skills will help them when                              they start coding robots after Christmas.

Hour of Code

POSTED 1/3/2018

Christmas Coding STEM Activity

Students in grades 4-6 learned about BINARY computer coding. Binary is a way of representing information using only 2 options. (For example 1 and 0 or black and white) The students used a binary decoder key to learn the code for each letter in the alphabet. The students made Christmas bracelets writing their name in binary code. They used the color red for black, white, and green to separate letters. Students had an awesome time learning more about computer science.

Christmas Bracelets

POSTED 1/3/2018

H.C. Smith Benefit Club Toy Raffle

Due to the snow day on December 22nd, the Toy Raffle was cancelled.

Please see the attached thank you letter and the list of winners. A total of

$1296.50 was raised and $341 was collected at Santa’s Breakfast for a total

of $1637.50 to donate to the Benefit Club. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. To read the letter click here.

POSTED 1/2/2018

Elementary Students attending Spelling Bee at the High School

On Tuesday, January 9th , students in grades 3 – 6 will be transported via bus to the Spelling Bee at the OESJ High School. Students will depart OESJ Elementary at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 11:30 a.m. If you have any questions or concerns please call the main office at 568-2014. Thank you!

POSTED 12/23/2017

Fuccillo of Nelliston Coloring Contest Winners

Fuccillo Autoplex of Nelliston has teamed up with the OESJ Elementary School for an opportunity to win a gift for a family member. The winners were: Case Stowell, Henry Schoff, EmmaLynn Moxham, Joey Morrison, Jenny Schmidtmann, Mallory Allen and Aleah Mastenbrook. To read the letter that went home to parents click here. Congratulations to all the winners!

POSTED 12/21/2017

OESJ HS Students visit the State Capitol

Junior and seniors went on a field trip to the New York State Capitol with their English, History, and Business Law classes. They enjoyed a guided tour of the Capitol Building, including some of the most beautiful architecture in America, The Hall of Governors, and got to sit in the legislative chambers, to get a better idea of where and how the work of our state government takes place. They also spent part of their day at New York State Museum, where they enjoyed exhibits on the women's suffrage movement, 9/11, and the Iroquois peoples, among many others highlighting the rich history of New York State resources and art.

POSTED 12/21/2017

Breakfast with Santa

PAWS (Parents Advocating With Support) hosted, “Breakfast with Santa.” on Saturday,  December 9th  at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club.  Several volunteers came  to  cook, serve, run stations,  and clean up.  The stations included reindeer food, letters to Santa, personalized ornament, and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus passed out candy canes as they listened to whispers of Christmas wishes.  We served over 250 people during this amazing breakfast.  This event was free to attend.   PAWS is grateful for the OESJ  community, the H. C. Smith Benefit Club, the OESJ Board of Education, and administration for supporting this joyful holiday event.

Santa's Breakfast

POSTED 12/21/2017

Elementary Students are Mastering Math Facts

Mrs. Parry is happy to announce the students that have mastered their math facts with XtraMath. A student has mastered a fact when you know the answer in 3 seconds or less.

Bryce Montana and Lily Arduini have mastered addition. Blake Moore, Justin Williams, Gavin Dibble, and Sydney Hazzard have mastered multiplication. Jeffrey Lillard and Kenneth Calabrese have mastered addition and multiplication. Baler Stowell and Paige Marrone have mastered addition, multiplication and division. William Brundage and Zachary Young have mastered all their facts and are working on the advanced 2 second level. Collin Eakin has mastered all of his facts on the 3 and 2 second level and is working on the 1.5 second level.

POSTED 12/21/2017

High School Students Collect Donations for Cat Rescue

The Business Law and Criminal Justice classes, led by Laura Bellinger and Emily Moore, took donations for the Second Chance Cat Rescue here in St. Johnsville.  Sherry Keough brought 6 adoptable kittens with her to play with their new toys.  The students helped her to her car with big bags of dry food, litter, and other items.  We hope to make this an annual community service event.

POSTED 12/19/2017

NYS Mentoring Program at OESJ Jr/Sr High School

The New York State Mentoring Program is currently underway at the Jr/Sr High School.  The group consists of several seventh grade mentees along with older students who have previously been selected and trained to be mentors.  The purpose of the program is to create and support mentor relationships.  Mrs. Stalteri and Mrs. VanWie coordinate the program with oversight from Brad DiPietro of the NYS Mentoring Program.

POSTED 12/19/2017

December Publication of the OESJ Good News

Please click here to read the December publication of the OESJ Good News. You can also find the link on the Jr/Sr High School page under quick links.

POSTED 12/13/2017

OESJ Board of Education Recognizes Students and Staff Members

Mrs. Danielle Schoff and EmmaJo Schmidtmann were recognized at the November 1st Board of Education meeting.  Mrs. Danielle Schoff was recognized for starting a recycling program in the district. To read the entire resolution click here.

EmmaJo Schmidtmann was recognized for organizing a bottle drive to raise money for

veterans receiving care at the Albany Stratton VA Center. To read the entire resolution click here.

Congratulations to Mrs. Schoff and EmmaJo!

Mr. Charles Berry and Christopher Abare were recognized at the December 6th Board of Education meeting.  Mr. Charles Berry was recognized for his strong desire to succeed in and around the workplace To read the entire resolution click here.

Christopher Abare was recognized for volunteering countless hours assisting the staff in the Technology office. To read the entire resolution click here.

Congratulations to Mr. Berry and Chris!

POSTED 12/11/2017

After School Activities Cancelled

All after school activities for Tuesday, December 12th are cancelled. This includes practices and games.

POSTED 12/11/2017

OESJ Elementary Wolf Awards

The November Wolf Award recipients are:

Kindergarten- Peyton Nemecek, Lilly Green, Benjamin Jones

First Grade- Ava Belcher, Abagail Leibowitz, Dylan Gray

Second Grade- Baize Wintermute, Ethan Pratt, Tyshawn Saunders

Third Grade- Chase Eakin, Aryana Bumbolo, Kayla Handy

Fourth Grade- Jim George, Landon Carpenter, Brooklynn Smith, Tyler Barnes, Lily Arduini

Fifth Grade- Justin Williams, Sara Brownell, Collin Eakin

Sixth Grade- Ryan Achzet, Mahala Pratt, Lillyanna O'Callaghan

Art- Samantha Darrow

PE- Tyler Barnes, Kendall Christman

Band- Jayson Humphrey

POSTED 12/11/2017

Spirit Week at OESJ Elementary School

The Elementary School will be having Spirit Week December 18-22. The schedule is attached. Happy Holidays!

POSTED 12/7/2017

12 Days of Christmas at OESJ Jr/Sr High School

To get in the Holiday Spirit the Class of 2018 will be having
the "12 Days of Christmas". Please see the schedule of the twelve days. Happy Holidays!

POSTED 12/7/2017

Dynasty Wrestling will be coming to OESJ

Dynasty Wrestling will be coming to the Jr/Sr High School on Saturday, December 9th. Doors open at 5:00 pm for Meet & Greet.  For more information contact Bryan Crowe at or to view the flyer click here.

POSTED 12/6/2017

Assemblyman Santabarbara’s Student Cabinet

Two of our 10th grade students are participating in Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s Student Cabinet for the 2017-2018 school year.  This cabinet was formed to give the youth that he represents a front row seat to the state legislative process. Meadow Arduini and Kenidee Oare took a trip to the Clarkson University, Schenectady Capital Region Campus, to work in groups with other students from the region, focusing on issues within New York State public education. They worked in groups to solve budgetary scenarios given to them, and were then challenged by their peers to defend their decisions. They will reconvene with these students at the State Capitol in the spring. To read the press release and see more pictures click here.

POSTED 12/6/2017

Elementary 1st Quarter Honor Roll & High Honor Roll

Attached is the list of students in the Elementary who made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll. Congratulations and keep up the good work. Click here to see the names of the students on the list.

POSTED 12/4/2017

Trout in the Classroom

Sixth graders at OESJ recently took a trip to SUNY Cobleskill for their spawning workshop.  Students are participating in the Trout in the Classroom program this year which is a year long multidisciplinary program following the year in the life of a brook trout.  Students brought back fertilized eggs, placed them in our tank, and will be observing them hatch at about Christmas time.  So far they are on the “Nice List.”  Several eggs have asked to hatch on Christmas Day.   In the spring, students will release the trout into a local stream. To see more pictures click here.

POSTED 11/30/2017

Do you know a student who is homeless?
Do you know a student in Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville who is experiencing homelessness? Do you know a student or family who is couchsurfing? They may be homeless, but there are resources available to help. Our school can help. 
Thanks to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, children are entitled to continue their education in a public school setting – including in their home district – if they are temporarily or permanently displaced from their homes. Contact our district McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act liaison: Ann Drummond  (518) 568-2014 ext. 103  #McKinneyVentoAct

POSTED 11/29/2017

Veterans Day Celebration

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, our pre-k through 6th grade students honored veterans with our annual Veterans Day Program. Attending were over 80 veterans representing every branch of service and every era since WWII. The veterans received cards, thank you letters, poems, and homemade poppies. Veterans proudly stood for the anthem of their branch of service while third graders belted out the Armed Forces Medley in their honor. Veterans lined the hallways as the students left the gymnasium to receive their final appreciation: a smile, and handshake and a heartfelt "Thank you." From the smallest kindergartener to the most senior staff members, our thanks was humbly given.

POSTED 11/22/2017

The Good News

The December Edition of The Good News is available to view here.

POSTED 11/22/2017

School Tax Relief (STAR) Credit

Any STAR-eligible homeowners who paid property taxes for the first time in 2016 or 2017 will receive a rebate check for their STAR savings. This is a change from past practice when having STAR meant seeing an exemption, or reduction, in a homeowner’s property tax bill. The change is for new homeowners only; it does not affect homeowners who currently receive a STAR exemption. To read more click here.

POSTED 11/21/2017

First Grade goes "Batty"

How do bats help us? Where do they live?  Can they hurt us?  These were some of the questions that first graders in Mrs. Heroth's, Mrs. Mang's and Mrs. VanValkenburgh's classrooms asked at the beginning of their Bat STEM unit.  The students learned the importance of bats in relation to the mosquito population through a fun game called "Bats to the rescue" where they were the bats eating mosquitoes.  Reading poems, books, measuring pictures and researching different species of bats helped answer many questions.  To read more click here.

POSTED 11/21/2017

Class of 2018 to hold Ham Dinner & Basket Bingo

The Class of 2018 will be having a Ham Dinner and Basket Bingo on Friday, December 1st.  The dinner will be from 4-7 pm and Bingo from 6-9 pm in the High School cafeteria.

POSTED 11/17/2017

Mrs. Smith’s Class tell how they are grateful for others.

Students in Mrs. Smith’s 2nd grade class were challenged with the “Snail-Mail” question at ABC Afternoon.   The question asked, “Who are you grateful for, and how do you show them you’re grateful.”  The class got to work right away.  They made beautiful illustrations of whom they are most grateful for, and talked about how they show their appreciation.  The students in this class are an inspiration to others.  They leave us thinking about who we are truly grateful for and why.

Mrs. Smith's ABC Afternoon.mp4

POSTED 11/17/2017

Second Grade Learns about Communities

The second grade classes learned all about the three different kinds of communities.  They worked hard to learn what each community looks like, the different characteristics, and about their transportation.  Each of the classrooms brainstormed and designed one community scene. All of the scenes hang in the hallway outside their classrooms to help show the similarities and differences between the different communities!  Great job working together second grade! To see more pictures click here.

POSTED 11/16/2017 UPDATED 12/4/2017

OESJ JR/SR High Honor Roll

Congratulations to all the High Honor and Honor Roll recipients. Click here to see the list of students. Keep up the good work!

POSTED 11/14/2017

Mr. Phil Schoff Inducted into The NYS Baseball Hall of Fame

On Sunday, November 12th, Mr. Phil Schoff was inducted into The NYS Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Schoff  graduated from St. Johnsville High School in 1961. He went to Syracuse University on a basketball scholarship from 1961-65 and also played baseball for those 4 years, compiling a pitching record of 15-4.  Mr. Schoff and his brothers played Town Team baseball in St. Johnsville from 1968-1993. To read more click here.

POSTED 11/14/2017

OESJ Elementary October Wolf Awards

The October Wolf Award recipients are-

Kindergarten- Sophia Barnes, Aleah Mastenbrook, Ella Baynad

First Grade- Gwynethth Fox, Timothy Mikalonis, Aleigha Cook

Second Grade- Jeremiah Schaffer, Logan Crannell, Lindsey Eagan

Third Grade- Makena Richards, Henry Schoff, Jordan Swick

Fourth Grade- Nehvada Mead, Myracle Hart, Dominic Douglass

Fifth Grade- Sydney Hazzard, Paige Morrone, Jeffrey Lillard

Sixth Grade- Georgia Bailey, Dylan Barnes, Jacob Walrath

Physical Education- Delton Keba

Art- Jade Bonneau

Band- Kaylee Breton

Music/Chorus- Raelyn Hershberger, EmmaJo Schmidtmann, Sydney Hazzard

POSTED 11/14/2017

Financial Aid Night held at OESJ

On Monday, October 30th the OESJ Guidance Office hosted their annual Financial Aid Night for seniors. After a brief financial aid presentation by Moira Samek and Rebecca Cozzocrea from the Financial Aid Office at Fulton Montgomery Community College, the FMCC staff along with Mrs. Van Wie were able to answer questions and facilitate the completion of not only the FAFSA application, but for some the TAP and PELL as well.

POSTED 11/7/2017

First Grade is Grateful

Mrs. Heroth's first grade performed their "I am grateful" rap today!  The class had received the snail-mail challenge at the ABC Afternoon program with the statement "I am grateful."  The class started the activity by breaking into small groups and listing ways they were grateful on posters.  Then they chose one statement from each poster and worked together during Writing Workshop to write their song.  Students had the opportunity to be singers, play an instrument or hold up a poster for the performance. To see more pictures and a video click here.

POSTED 11/6/2017

Print Literacy Rules!

Students in Mrs. Murcray’s Social Studies class are learning about world and local events and asking big questions.  Deep conversations are happening freely and naturally with teachers and peers.  After perusing an article on the KKK, students were asking, “Well how could this group even be around anymore?” or “Could we watch the interview about this story?” or “Why would anyone so young be in the KKK and show their face?” As the year unfolds, students will be reporting to the class about current events and using the newspaper to help make sense of the world.  They will be tracking their “big questions” on Google Classroom and embarking on their own research.  To read more click here.

POSTED 11/6/2017

What’s Lurking in Your Water

Sixth grade biologists recently learned how to prepare a wet mount slide and observe prepared slides of their choice.  Several students brought in water samples from various ponds, creeks, mud puddles, old fish tanks, and even some green pools!  Sixth grade scientists then observed the slides as part of their first lab using the microscope independently.  They drew what they saw and were elated when something swam across their field of view!
To see more pictures click here. 

POSTED 11/6/2017

Take Your Child to the Bookstore

Another great moment when writing and teaching came together! November 3rd was Take Your School Child to the Bookstore Day. The Pre-K children from OESJ went home with a bag of books and a tummy full of pizza from Vince's Pizza and Pasta, thanks to funding acquired by Senator George Amedore.  He joined us, along with author and grant writer, Daniel Barrett . To read more click here.

POSTED 11/3/2017

4th Graders & HS Music Theory Collaborate

4th Grade Band students and High School Music Theory students, under the direction of Mr. Bellinger and Mrs. Mott, combined efforts in a unique collaboration to kickoff the 4th Grader's first band experience. The student-driven project was initiated by the ambitious and insightful high school students who are currently studying the relationship and intricate details of the various instrument families. Upon hearing about the 4th Grade kickoff, the high school class requested to put their knowledge in action by being part of this day. To read more click here.

POSTED 10/30/2017

Second Publication of the OESJ Good News

Please click here to read the second publication of the OESJ Good News. You can also find the link on the Jr/Sr High School page under quick links.

POSTED 10/26/2017

FFA Members visit 6th Graders

On Friday, October 20th Mohawk Valley FFA Members Laura Littrell, Madison Dunbar, Josie Brundage, and Owen Feagles facilitated an activity for the sixth-grade students. During the time spent with the sixth graders, FFA members ran a leadership activity to teach students about being well rounded and making their circle bigger. To read more click here

POSTED 10/25/2017

Letter from Mr. Slater about Attendance

Please read the attached letter from Mr. Slater about student attendance, tardiness and course credit here. Also, click here to see the updated Comprehensive Attendance Policy. Any questions or concerns please call Mr. Slater or Mr. Heroth at 518-568-2011.

POSTED 10/24/2017

Boys Sectional Soccer Game

The Varsity Boys Soccer game has been changed to a home game on Wednesday, October 25th. They will play Loudonville Christian at 3:00 pm at the Cemetery Field. Good Luck Boys and Coach Snell.

POSTED 10/20/2017

Fire Safety Day at the OESJ Elementary

Our primary students enjoyed Fire Safety Day on October 12th at the elementary school.  They listened to fire safety tips, explored the equipment on the fire trucks, and visited the smoke house trailer.  The highlight of the day was of course spraying the fire hose!   Thank you to the local fire departments for volunteering their time and equipment! To see more pictures click here.

POSTED 10/20/2017

Mrs. Kelly’s 8th Grade Brainstorms on Giving Back

Students in Mrs. Kelly's English class recently read the novel A Long Walk to Water and completed a two week project on it.  In this novel, which is based upon true life events, a young man creates a non-profit organization "Water for Sudan" in order to improve and give back to his community.  Students were tasked with brainstorming what they could give back to their own community in our school district.  Their answers ranged from holding benefits and fundraisers for those affected by natural disasters to creating a variety of businesses in the village to starting a program for toddlers and the elderly to learn together.  Seen here are some students presenting on their projects in English class.

POSTED 10/18/2017

Cross Country Meet at RFA

Click the link here to view pictures and videos from the Cross Country Meet at RFA on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

POSTED 10/18/2017

Veterans Day Celebration

O.E.S.J. Elementary School Celebrates VETERANS!

Wednesday, November 8,  2 0 1 7

8:30 AM

Who is a Veteran?

Veterans are people who gave their time and effort to keep us safe and free serving in our armed forces.

Calling all Veterans!

We would like to invite any Veteran (parent, grandparent, neighbor, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend, brother, sister, etc.) to attend our celebration. ANY veteran, anyone who has served in the armed forces, during wartime or peace, reserves or active, is welcome to attend!

POSTED 10/18/2017

Trolls Bracelet Recalled

Please see the attached document regarding a bracelet recall. This could have been purchased at the book fair or through scholastic classroom orders

POSTED 10/18/2017

OESJ Student Raises Money for Veterans.

Nine year old EmmaJo Schmidtmann led a bottle drive and fundraiser to raise money for Veterans receiving care at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.

She collected the bottles on Saturdays and with the help of her local American Legion, returned them for money at the local supermarket. EmmaJo's mom Carrie also helped out and placed a donation jar at the Bridge Street Bakery & Cafe in Saint Johnsville. The bakery was very happy to see EmmaJo's efforts benefiting their favorite Veteran customers!

EmmaJo personally delivered the $144.91 donation to the VA Voluntary Service Office. She and her family were provided with a tour of Voluntary Service. She stated that she "was very grateful to those who have protected our country, our families and those who continue to do so."

KUDOS to EmmaJo, her family, American Legion and those who took part in the efforts on behalf of our Veterans!

POSTED 10/16/2017

OESJ Board of Education Recognizes Students and Staff

Ms. Phoebe Sitterly and members of the Mohawk Valley FFA were recognized at the October 4th Board of Education meeting.  The resolution reads, “Ms. Sitterly has been a tireless advocate throughout her career and always sought opportunities to expose her students to countless learning opportunities”.  To read the entire resolution click here.

The Mohawk Valley FFA was recognized for recently competing in the Big E Parliamentary Procedure Competition and/or volunteering their time to assist teachers and administrators for the OESJ Jr/Sr Open House. To read the entire resolution click here.

Congratulations to all!!

POSTED 10/13/2017

Picture Day at the Elementary School

Picture Day for the Elementary School will be Friday, October 27, 2017.  Any questions please call the school at 518-568-2014.

POSTED 10/12/2017

ABC Afternoon student’s in Mrs. Case’s Class have RESPECT!

On day 6, all K-2 students meet in the gymnasium to learn about good Attitude, Behavior, and Character.  During the program, one class gets randomly selected to work on a project for a week.  The problem or question is delivered in our  “Snail-Mail,” envelope. Students patiently wait for their class name to be drawn.  Mrs. Case’s class was first to create a project to teach the other K-2 students about respect.
To read more click here.

POSTED 10/12/2017

Board of Elections Visits OESJ HS

Mr. Yvars invited the Montgomery County Board of Elections to O.E.S.J. and its representative, Mr. Terrance Smith, explained the voting process to the seniors in the library. The seniors were also registered to vote, and a question and answer period ensued.

POSTED 10/10/2017- UPDATED 10/11/2017

OESJ Boys Soccer WAC Champions Shirt

Anyone interested in ordering a Boys Soccer WAC Champion shirt please use the attached form here. Orders must be in by Thursday, October 12th at 10:00 am. Congratulations to the Boys Soccer team and Coach Snell!

POSTED 10/10/2017

Red Cross Blood Drive

There will be a Blood Drive at the OESJ JR/SR High School on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 1:00-6:00 pm in the auditorium. To schedule an appointment please contact Ms. McAleese at

POSTED 10/10/2017

Spirit Week at Jr/Sr High School

The Jr/Sr High School will be having Spirit Week the week of October 10th.  

  • Tuesday, October 10th- Twin Day

  • Wednesday, October 11th- 70's Day

  • Thursday, October 12th- USA Day

  • Friday, October 13th- School Spirit Day (wear school colors)

POSTED 10/5/2017

Spirit Week at Elementary School

The Elementary School will be having Spirit Week the week of October 10th.  

  • Tuesday, October 10th- Hat Day

  • Wednesday, October 11th- Inside Out Day

  • Thursday, October 12th- Pajama Day

  • Friday, October 13th- School Spirit Day (wear school colors)  

POSTED 10/5/2017

4th & 5th Graders Visit the Lois McClure

On Monday October 2, the fifth graders visited the Lois McClure, a canal schooner, at the St. Johnsville Marina.  It is a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat.  The students learned about transporting of goods along the canal and how families lives aboard the boats. To see more pictures click here.

POSTED 10/4/2017

The Changing Times

The students in Ms. Bellinger's and Ms. Johnson's Good News Journalism class will be publishing a monthly newsletter emphasizing positive events taking place in our community and around the world. To read the first publication click here.

POSTED 10/4/2017

Mrs. Heroth’s First Grade works in the Garden

The O.E.S.J Elementary butterfly garden had some first grade gardeners in it today!  The students in Mrs. Heroth's class with the help of Mrs. Smirtic worked together to plant tulip bulbs.  The students were divided into groups  that had to  decide first where they wanted to plant their bulbs.  Then they had to measure the depth of the holes that were dug and make sure the bulbs were placed in correctly.  The students then drew diagrams of the garden and added labels to refer back to in the spring.  Observing the butterflies and bees in the garden may have been the highlight to their afternoon!
To see more pictures click here.


POSTED 9/26/2017

College Caravan Visits OESJ

On Monday September 25, OESJ hosted the CDCA Fall College Caravan. Twenty-five colleges/universities from New York, Massachusetts and Vermont were set up in the high school gym for this "mini college fair". OESJ high school students were able to speak with admissions counselors as well as gather information on college majors and career opportunities. To see more pictures and the colleges that attended click here.

POSTED 9/25/2017

OESJ Students Explore Different Careers

Students in Ms. Jewett's English Class spent the week exploring careers with the help of Business and Careers teacher Ms. Bellinger. They were given information on many options available in today's economy, including advanced manufacturing, and careers that address the "skills gap", all which could lead to promising careers and the revitalization of communities. To see more click here.

POSTED 9/25/2017

Mohawk Valley FFA Members Compete at The Big E

Six Mohawk Valley FFA Members participated in The Big E Parliamentary Procedure Competitions on Friday, Sept. 15th in Springfield Massachusetts. The Mohawk Valley FFA team qualified by placing second in the New York State Competition. The team competed against eight other teams from eight other states. In total there were thirteen states represented through the FFA competitions at The Big E. FFA Members Laura Littrell, Madison Dunbar, Jacob Battisti, Casey Watson, Jesse Watson, and Owen Feagles put their Parliamentary Procedure knowledge to the test and placed fifth in the competition! Thank you to all of our supporters who have helped us get this far!

POSTED 9/22/2017

First Grade Studies the Butterfly Life-Cycle

Mrs. Heroth's first grade had an exciting start to the school year with the arrival of a Monarch Butterfly chrysalis from one of their classmates.  The class was able study the butterfly life-cycle, learn about its habitat, and how to use a magnifying glass. They released the butterfly today and then observed what was left of the chrysalis. Click here to see more picture.

POSTED 9/21/2017

10th Grade Uses Murder Mystery in Classroom
10th Grade students in Miss McAleese's class are learning about how a text's point of view can help develop the central idea. Students are working on a "Point of View Clue" project, in which they have all been given new identities as suspects for a murder mystery in the classroom. Students have been given a story line in which they can draw conclusions and make a claim about who committed the murder and how they went about it. To read more click

POSTED 9/17/2017

Next Generation Learning Standards Approved

The Board of Regents P-12 Committee approved New York’s Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The State Education Department conducted a collaborative process over two years to revise the standards, which involved numerous educators, parents and stakeholders from across the State, and resulted in substantive changes while maintaining the academic rigor of the learning standards.

Click below for the entire story on the NYS Education Department website-

Click below for the story in the Times Union "Goodbye Common Core" -  

POSTED 9/15/2017

OESJ Elementary has “Golden” manners in the cafeteria!

The OESJ Elementary School has started a new program to award students using good manners during lunch.  Each week one student in each grades K-6 will receive a “Golden Fork and Spoon Award.” This award is given for students that display outstanding attitude, behavior, and character in the cafeteria during lunch.  Students are nominated by Mrs. Bradt, Ms. Stowell, and Mrs. Taylor.  Recipients are announced on Friday mornings by Mrs. Fredericks  during the announcements.  The following students were honored first;

K- Jacob Colorito (not pictured)

1- Laura Wright

2- Baize Wintermute

3- Aaliyah Rachon

4- Jada Pearl

5- Zachary Young

6- Ava Campione

POSTED 9/15/2017

Science is Fun

Fifth graders have been learning about various pieces of science equipment and how to use them. They made notes about experimentation and the scientific method, tools and how to use them, and how to be safe in a science classroom.  Students rotated through eight different stations which consisted of classifying, length,volume, hand lens,time,mass, temperature and safety where they got to use science equipment and practice important science skills. To read more click

POSTED 9/14/2017

The Fruits of Our Labor

Last year’s sixth grade class planted a “Seedfolks” garden in the spring.  While reading Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman, in Mrs. Battisti’s ELA class, students learned about diversity in a community. Seedfolks is full of colorful characters that come together and grow a beautiful garden.  At the same time, students learned about plant diversity in Mrs. Murcray’s science class. To read more click here.

POSTED 9/14/2017

Fifth Grade to Create a Positive Culture in the Classroom

During the first week of school, Mrs. Brundage’s fifth grade math students took time to begin creating a positive culture in the classroom. “Each kindness makes the world a little better,” was a powerful message heard after reading the book Each Kindness. And, students also enjoyed the wonderful book Ishi, a story about Ishi, an optimistic little rock that lives inside of all of us. To read more click

POSTED 9/12/2017

OESJ Golf Team Earns First Victory Ever

Von Baker finished with a 44 to lead Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville to a WAC victory over Northville-Mayfield at Sacandaga Golf Club. It was the first victory for OESJ, which is fielding a varsity golf team for the first time this season. Keagan Clemons posted a 52 for the Wolves, Austin Hayes had a 55 and Jeb Brundage carded a 69. Casey Watson and Jesse Watson each had rounds of 74 for OESJ.

POSTED 9/11/2017

OESJ Elementary Students have “Fun with Energy”

Whether he was propelling himself on skates across the gym, screaming at a pile of Rice Krispies on top of a can, creating smoke signals, tossing balls across the room with a sling shot or using a leaf blower to unravel rolls of toilet paper, Jeff Boyer knows how to keep everybody’s attention. To read more click here.

POSTED 9/9/2017

First Week of School for OESJ Students

It was a busy week for students at OESJ as they started their new school year. The hallways and classrooms were filled with excited students and faculty. To view more pictures click the links below.

Elementary pictures

Jr/Sr High School Pictures

POSTED 9/9/2017

Class of 2021 to hold Student & Parent Meeting

The Class of 2021 advisors will be having a student and parent meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 6pm in the High School Auditorium. They would like to introduce themselves, discuss the election of officers, fundraising and class finances.  You can email Jill Fredericks or Staci Battisti with any questions.

POSTED 9/9/2017

OESJ Third Grader Excited to Tell Her Story

Audrina McAdams, a third grader, started off the school year preparing a presentation about her recent diagnosis of Dystonia. Audrina wanted to share her challenges with her classmates to bring awareness to her condition. Not only did she want to share what it is like to have Dystonia but she also wanted to bring awareness to the idea that everyone is unique and we should embrace what makes us different. What an amazing little girl.  Audrina is the daughter of Vinnie & Becky McAdams.

POSTED 9/8/2017

Congratulations Mrs. Lape!

The Board of Education recognized Mrs. Lape for her 40th year with the school district at the BOE meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 2017. The resolution says, "Mrs. Lape is on of those rare compassionate, tireless employees who strives to bring the best out of herself, her colleagues and her students each and every day". Congratulations to Mrs. Lape. Click here to see the resolution.

POSTED 9/7/2017

Students Recognized at BOE Meeting
Shaiann Bouck and Zachary Mosher were recognized at the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 2017 for their outstanding character and work ethic as summer custodians. Click here to see the resolution.

POSTED 8/16/2017

7-12 Class Schedules

Schedules for grades 7-12 will be mailed out on Monday, August 21, 2017. Included in the mailing will be letters from Mr. Slater and the guidance department, along with a new home contact form.  Please fill out the home contact form and have your student return it to either the main office or their homeroom teacher.

POSTED 8/9/2017

Free Meals for all OESJ Students in 2017-2018
All students enrolled in OESJ District will receive both breakfast and lunch for FREE this year. This includes PTech programs. To read more, click here.

POSTED 7/11/2017 - UPDATED 8/9/2017

OESJ Elementary 2017-2018 Class Supply Lists

The OESJ Elementary 2017-2018 Class Supply Lists are available.  Please note that each Kindergarten class has their own list.  To view the updated supply list, please click here.

POSTED 7/18/2017 - UPDATED 8/9/2017

OESJ Middle School 2017-2018 Class Supply Lists

The OESJ Middle School 2017-2018 Class Supply Lists are available.  To view the supply list, please click here for the updated list.

POSTED 7/24/2017

Special Board of Education Meeting

The OESJ Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 5:30 PM in the Elementary Cafeteria.  The agenda can be viewed here.

POSTED 7/18/2017

OESJ Agriculture Teacher Teaches Workshop at the NYAAE 100 Years of Agriculture Education Inquiry Institute

Chris Smith, High School Agriculture Teacher at OESJ CSD, attended the New York Association of Agricultural Educators (NYAAE) Conference that celebrated 100 years of agriculture education. As part of the conference, Chris attended an Agriscience Inquiry Institute. The NYAAE Agriscience Inquiry Institute focused on improving agriscience teachers’ ability to incorporate scientific methodology, problem-solving, and inquiry-based learning into their existing agriscience curriculum. To read more about the conference and see additional pictures, please click here.

POSTED 5/26/2017 - UPDATED 6/30/2017

Free Summer Breakfast & Lunch

OESJ Junior Senior High School will be a Summer Meal Site. Free breakfast and lunch will be served beginning July 5th to anyone 18 years or younger. To see more information, click here. To view menus, click here.