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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

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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
here.










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-http://www.nysed.gov/news/2017/board-regents-p-12-committee-approves-next-generation-learning-standards


Click below for the story in the Times Union "Goodbye Common Core" -            http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Goodbye-Common-Core-New-York-s-new-English-math-12188672.php





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
here.








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
here.





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

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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.