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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.