Both OESJ schools deemed ‘Schools in Good Standing’ under the new federal ESSA law

The 2019 ESSA accountability designations for NYS schools have now been released and Superintendent Joseph Natale is proud to announce that both the OESJ Elementary School and Jr/Sr High School have been deemed “in good standing” by the state. A school identified as “in good standing” under the newly enacted federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds …

Governor proposes education aid increases in 2019-20

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $956 million school aid increase for 2019-20. Under the governor’s proposal, total school aid would be $27.7 billion, which represents a statewide increase of 3.6 percent. The executive budget proposal is the formal beginning of budget negotiations …

December and January BOE Recognitions

Mr. Russ Bellinger, Mr. Dan Hart and Brandon Hulten were recognized at the December Board of Education meeting for their bravery in helping a person in a motor vehicle accident. You can read the resolution for Mr. Bellinger and Mr. Hart here. Brandon’s can be read here.     Ms. Jill Fredericks and Ms. Amanda Schwasnick …

Spelling Bee held for Grades 4-8

On Friday January 4th, the top 30 spellers in grades 4-8 competed in the 2019 School Spelling Bee in the Marge Curtis Auditorium. After 17 rounds of intense spelling, seventh grader Annette Johnson was crowned champion.  The runner up was sixth grader Paige Morrone.  Third place was earned by eighth grader Jaslynn Leach.  The fourth …

Changes are coming to the state’s Enhanced STAR program for seniors

Because of changes New York state made to the Enhanced STAR tax exemption earlier this year, all residents age 65+ enrolled in Enhanced STAR now need to also be enrolled in the state’s Income Verification Program (IVP) to continue receiving their Enhanced STAR benefit. In most communities, the deadline to enroll in IVP is March …

OESJ students hear from survivor of Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz camp

OESJ students participated in a teleconference over Distance Learning with Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor on Wednesday, December 19. Mrs. Kor is a survivor of the Mengele twin experiments at Auschwitz. Here is what Wikipedia says about Mrs. Kor “Eva Mozes Kor (born January 31, 1934) is a Holocaust survivor. Along with her twin sister Miriam, Kor was subjected to human experimentation under Josef …

Construction humming along at both schools

Construction is humming along at both the Jr./Sr. High School and the Elementary School as part of the $24 million renovation/capital project approved by the community in December 2016. Construction is expected to be done over two years, ending by the spring of 2020. Here’s an overview of the project: demolition of the maintenance building …

Students from four area school districts, including OESJ, hear from Holocaust survivor Ivan Vamos

On Friday, November 30, AP U.S. History, AP Psychology and History of the Holocaust students from Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville , Mayfield, Fonda-Fultonville and Galway and attended a Holocaust Survivor Presentation in Albany. Mr. Ivan Vamos shared his story of survival as a young boy in Budapest, Hungary, just as Adolph Hitler’s Germany was invading Austria.  “Every day …

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