OESJ Backpacks for Kids program receives $17,000 donation from 100 Women Who Care

OESJ’s Backpacks for Kids Program, which provides meals on weekends to 35 children, has received a $17,000 donation from the 100 Women Who Care of the Adirondack Foothills. Jackie Lape, OESJ’s Jr. Sr. High School nurse who oversees the program, spoke to the nonprofit 100 Women Who Care group at the St. John’s Episcopal Church …

High School Art Students Creating Barn Quilts

The OESJ HS art students will be creating Barn Quilts as part of a community service project for spring 2019. Barn quilts are wooden squares painted to look like quilts and positioned on a garage, barn, house, shed, business or free standing post. Barn quilts are based on traditional patterns painted to make them unique …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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