Get Smart With Shopping!

Kindergarten through third grade piloted a reward based incentive program created by Mrs. Jill Fredericks. The Shopping Cart Monday Program was created to help engage students with their own learning paths in iReady.  Each child met with their teacher to create personal goals in iReady Math and iReady Reading. Each week students and teachers kept …

Capital Project Update at Jr/Sr High School

Current construction as part of the ongoing Captial Project at the Jr./Sr. High School will cause important changes to the building that will take effect starting tomorrow, Monday, April 29th. The following are the important changes you need to be aware of: 1. There will be NO through traffic. Morning drop-off procedures will remain the …

Skyrocketing health care costs impacting 2019-20 school budget

Tax levy would rise by 3% under the budget proposal; spending plan includes academic initiatives Faced with a crushing increase in health insurance costs for OESJ’s 157 staff members, the Board of Education has developed a budget that will increase the tax levy, add new programs and eliminate some staff positions. The spending plan going …

Board of Education plans to search for a new superintendent next year; hopes to keep current interim in place

The Board of Education is pleased with the direction that Interim Superintendent, Dr.Joseph Natale, has positioned the district in while serving as the chief administrative officer these last nine months. For that reason, board members have decided to extend their search for a new superintendent into the 2019-2020 school year and open discussion with Dr. …

Nearly 60 students create scientific sensations during Elementary Science Fair

Years ago, science fairs were pretty basic: papers about dissecting a beetle, the effects of music on plants or a hamster running on a wheel. The first OESJ Elementary Science Fair was much more involved – students did their research before creating their projects. Each science fair exhibition included an hypothesis (they answer their project’s …

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 …

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 …

OESJ sets targets for 2018-19 testing results

With the goal of ensuring that more students reach proficiency on the NYS grades 3-8 ELA and math tests, as well as Regents exams, OESJ administrators have committed to targets for student performance on the spring exams. Interim Superintendent Joseph Natale suggested the targets as a way of sparking creative solutions to the test results. …

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