Sixth graduating class from OESJ says farewell

The sixth commencement of the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District was held tonight, an annual event that sends graduates off to begin their future adventures to college, work or the armed services. 52 students received diplomas. Check out the commencement program here. The Class of 2019 received tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and …

NYS removes religious objection as a reason not to have children vaccinated

Here is the letter being sent to the parents of students who have had religious exemptions for vaccinations in the past as well as all entering pre-K and kindergarten students. *** FROM: OESJ Superintendent Joseph Natale TO: Parents and guardians DATE: June 20, 2019 RE: Removal of religious exemption from vaccination requirements With the worst …

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. …

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. …

Capital project groundbreaking kicks off two-year construction

$24 million capital project getting underway at both schools; spring 2020 completion goal Six construction bids came in 4 percent below budget The long-anticipated capital project has broken ground and will be going full steam ahead in the coming months. The $24.016 million project was approved by the community on Dec. 13, 2016. The state …

Ag classes enjoy the nice weather

Ms. Whalen’s Plant Science and Careers in Agriculture classes enjoyed the nice weather last week and took some class pictures.                Precision Ag class used a drone to fly over the athletic fields and take a picture of our class.

NYS testing shows solid results in most grades

The state Education Department has released the results of statewide testing in English Language Arts and mathematics from the spring. Read about OESJ’s test results. At OESJ, the results show that in most grades, the proficiency levels (levels 3 and 4), exceeded 40 percent and topped 50 percent in some cases. The proficiency result means …

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