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Poet Makes Writing Poetry Fun In Minetto

MINETTO, NY – Poet Rachel Guido deVries has been a “guest” of the Oswego City School District for nearly 20 years.

However, when this “guest” leaves she leaves behind a gift for all students she came into contact with…a love of poetry.

Minetto fifth grader Connor Pratt reads his poetry piece to the gathering of other fifth graders, teachers, parents and grandparents.

Minetto fifth grader Connor Pratt reads his poetry piece to the gathering of other fifth graders, teachers, parents and grandparents.

Recently, the fifth grade students at the Minetto Elementary School had the opportunity to spend a week with the gifted writer. Her work with the students always culminates with a reading by the students.

Prior to the start of the final reading, Guido deVries told the gathered parents and grandparents, “You will be shocked by some of the ideas expressed by the students. However, this is a wonderful experience.”

Continuing she said, “The school district is committed and students and faculty are engaged in this program. Many schools that I attend won’t do the readings at the completion of the project. However, the support of Oswego parents, families, teachers and administration is amazing. I think Oswego has provided more poetry readings than any other community has.”

Minetto fifth graders were quite interested in the work of their classmates as Josh Clyne and Bella Thorpe were extremely interested in the poetry readings.

<p>Minetto fifth graders were quite interested in the work of their classmates as Josh Clyne and Bella Thorpe were extremely interested in the poetry readings.</p>

In preparation for the students’ presentation she warned, “You might want to take out your tissues now.”

The variety of poems are interesting and unique.

The Minetto fifth graders brought laughs telling about the tickle monster, big sisters, little brothers, best friends, the green bean monster or “how to be cool.”

However, emotions were stressed when reflecting on togetherness, an absent parent, grandparents who had passed away or a lost pet.

Some students expressed their inner self and presented in-depth poems about their personality, wishes, and desires.

Students who might have had little or no interest in poetry at the beginning of the week created memorable pieces of writing and discovered a new experience.

Rachel Guido deVries has been a regular fixture in Oswego schools for nearly two decades. She brings her love of poetry to schools throughout Central New York, but enjoys her visits to Oswego.

Rachel Guido deVries has been a regular fixture in Oswego schools for nearly two decades. She brings her love of poetry to schools throughout Central New York, but enjoys her visits to Oswego.

For youngsters who enjoyed writing it provided an outlet not only to write, but also to read their work to students and adults.

Guido deVries brings an eye-opening experience to Oswego’s youngsters. She is able to pass along her love of writing poetry. She always provides some of her own works about the classes she is working with and other outstanding pieces. However, her main purpose is to spark a love of writing poetry to school age children to provide them with an outlet for creativity and expression.

Fitzhugh Welcomes Kindergarteners

OSWEGO, NY – An orientation was held for kindergarten students at the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School.

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Principal Donna Simmons welcomes Benjamin Norton as he prepares to commence his academic career.

Connor Taylor discovered the dinosaurs in Mrs. Donovan’s classroom at the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School kindergarten orientation.

Connor Taylor discovered the dinosaurs in Mrs. Donovan’s classroom at the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School kindergarten orientation.

Kylie Stancliffe looks over a book as she is joined by her grandmother, Eileen Santoro, in preparation for entering kindergarten at the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School.

Kylie Stancliffe looks over a book as she is joined by her grandmother, Eileen Santoro, in preparation for entering kindergarten at the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School.

 

Kingford Park Alumni Receive Scholarship

OSWEGO, NY – Kingford Park Home and School Inc. awarded two scholarships in the amount of $500 each to KPS alumni Colin Morgan and Christopher Pike.

Pictured are: KPS Home and School co-president, Julie Chetney with Christopher Pike, Colin Morgan and KPS co-president, Lisa Roman.

Pictured are: KPS Home and School co-president, Julie Chetney with Christopher Pike, Colin Morgan and KPS co-president, Lisa Roman.

This is the second year that KPS Home and School has awarded scholarship dollars to students who attended grades K – 6 at the elementary school.

“Our organization is pleased to offer scholarships to Kingsford Park graduating seniors who are continuing their education,” noted scholarship chair, Lisa Roman.  “We wish Colin and Christopher the best and we extend our thanks to the community for supporting our organization so that we can give back to the students in our district.”

The scholarship dollars awarded are based on the success of the “Polar Express Pajama Party” that is organized by KPS Home and School in December. It is attended by all students in the Oswego City School District.

Morgan will attend Syracuse University this fall, while Pike will be attending Gannon University.

Minetto Recognizes Its Sixth Graders

MINETTO, NY – Minetto Elementary School sixth graders were in the spotlight at the annual honors program conducted before a cafeteria-packed with parents, friends, family and staff members.

Principal Dean Goewey presented certificates to each sixth grader and also recognized several other students with special awards.

The “Principal’s American Citizenship Award” was presented to Corey Stevens and Rachel Godden while the New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman Triple “C” Award was given to Hannah Strzelinski and Douglas Schneider.

Minetto Elementary School recently conducted its sixth grade honors program. Involved in the event were (in front) Corey Stevens (Principal’s Citizenship Award) and Douglas Schneider (Triple C) while in back are Principal Dean Goewey, Rachel Godden (Principal’s Citizenship Award), Minetto alum and OHS salutatorian Justine Harrington,  Hannah Strzelinski (Triple C) and Minetto alum and OHS senior David Caramella.

Minetto Elementary School recently conducted its sixth grade honors program. Involved in the event were (in front) Corey Stevens (Principal’s Citizenship Award) and Douglas Schneider (Triple C) while in back are Principal Dean Goewey, Rachel Godden (Principal’s Citizenship Award), Minetto alum and OHS salutatorian Justine Harrington, Hannah Strzelinski (Triple C) and Minetto alum and OHS senior David Caramella.

Several students were presented the “President Award for Educational Excellence” as they excelled academically and have exceeded proficiency on the New York State Test in English Language Arts and Math.

The recognized students included Nicholas Chalifoux, Julia Choate, Kyle Crossman, Kelsey Cullinan, Sarah Dahar, Rachel Godden, Jesse Hauser, Eleanor Page, Brianna Pfeiffer, Peyton Rowe, Douglas Schneider, Brian Shaw, Corey Stevens, Hannah Strzelinski and Tanner Wegzyn.

The “President Award for Academic Achievement” was also presented for outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment and intellectual development.

The honored students included Austin Attwood, Haley Boardway, Derek Carmella, Natalie Chubon, Trey Clark, Allyson Conner, Merritt Czerow, Chandler Davis, Spencer Davis, Jasmine Dingman, Natalie Griffin, Alexa Hardesty, Riley Jaquin, Katelynn Kelsey, Jack Malone, Nicholas Masuicca, Luke May, Alexander McRae, Madisyn Miller, Autumn Naramore, Samuel Spaulding and Kelsey Wilder.

Students also received awards for band, orchestra, vocal music, art, physical education, science, social studies, reading, writing and mathematics.

Joining Goewey for the presentation of certificates to the students were teachers Tracy Anderson, Amy Sullivan, Tanya Wadsworth and Nancy Zawisza.

Minetto sixth graders moving on to Oswego Middle School in September include Rianna Bartlett, Tyler Blackmar, John Burns, Derek Caramella, Noah Chappell-Lowe, Natalie Chubon, Kyle Crossman, Merritt Czerow, Natalie Griffin, Katelynn Kelsey, Caleb Lamb, Madisyn Miller, Stephen Neider, Kyle Roy, Angel Santillan, Cody Scruton, Kateri Senke, Brian Shaw and Hannah Strzelinski in Anderson and Sullivan’s class.

From Wadsworth’s class were Austin Attwood, Alexandra Benway, Haley Boardway, Nicholas Chalifoux, Julie Choate, Trey Clark, Allyson Conner, Kelsey Cullinan, Sarah Dahar, Spencer Davis, Benjamin Hansel, Montana Holmes, Riley Jaquin, Isabella-Marie Lamb, Eleanor Page, Brianna Pfeifer, Peyton Rowe, Corey Stevens and Tanner Wegzyn.

Zawisza’s class included Avery Croucher, Chandler Davis, Jasmine Dingman, Rachel Godden, Alexa Hardesty, Jesse Hauser, Sara Johnson, Jack Malone, Nicholas Masuicca, Luke May, Alexander McRae, Makayla Mesec, Jared Mills, Autumn Naramore, Madison Rahn, Kolin Rock, Douglas Schneider, Zachary Sheridan, Olivia Sliwa, Samuel Spaulding and Kelsey Wilder.

Leighton Sixth Graders Earn Recognition

OSWEGO, NY – The school year has ended at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School, but as the days wound down the administration and faculty took time to recognize the contributions of many students.

The New York State Comptroller’s Achievement Award was presented to Nathan Schultzkie for his hard work, dedication and success to academic excellence and civic commitment.

The Frederick Leighton Elementary School STARR Awards were presented recently. This year’s recipients were Desiree Myers and Lisa Kanbur and they were congratulated by guidance counselor Sarah Dodd, teacher Jennifer Symborski and FLS Principal Julie Burger.

The Frederick Leighton Elementary School STARR Awards were presented recently. This year’s recipients were Desiree Myers and Lisa Kanbur and they were congratulated by guidance counselor Sarah Dodd, teacher Jennifer Symborski and FLS Principal Julie Burger.

Two sixth grade students received the annual STARR Awards which are based on demonstrating qualities such as sharing, trustworthiness, respect and responsibility. This year the awards were presented to Desiree Myers and Lisa Kanbur.

In the area of academics Principal Julie Burger presented the “President Education Awards” the certificates for “Outstanding Educational Excellence’ were given to Raymond Casaletta, Aaric Celeste, Brandon Cheeley, Olivia DeLorenzo, Dominick Donabella, Patrick Dowdle, Celia Fitzgerald, Kyle Freberg, Lisa Kanbur, Kaleigh Laird, Tysne Ruggio, Nathan Schultzkie and Abigail Stewart.

The “Outstanding Education Achievement” certificates were given to Samuel Lafond, Keelan McGreevy, Desiree Myers and Elijah Restuccio.

Laurel Artz, Cathy Kelly and Carolyn Dehm were the sixth grade teachers this year at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School and they, along with Principal Burger, congratulated their students while at the same time wishing all of the future seventh graders good luck.

Sixth graders in Kelly’s class included Brianna Batchelor, Raymond Casaletta, Aaric Celeste, Brandon Cheeley, Dominick Donabella, William Hill Jr., Michelle Hudson, Sara Johnston, Joseph Keytack, Taylor Knopp, Timothy Mateer, Keelan McGreevy, Austin Medley, Alexander North, Chandler O’Shaughnessy, Alexandrea Orr, Martin Orta, Austin Ouderkirk, Katherine Pecora, Sophia Rangel, Elijah Restuccio, Sarah Reynolds, Cody Rowe and Jeffrey Vivlemore.

Dehm’s students were Crystal Brooks, Derrick Cahill, Chandler Compson, Zachary Eastman, Brandy Ermini, Celia Fitzgerald, Samuel Gilbert, Liam Hill, Lisa Kanbur, Wade McAllister, Desiree Myers, Alyssa Otis, Tysne Ruggio, Abigail Stewart, John Syrell IV, Paige Thomas, Tyler Tobin-Fantom, David Wise and Anthony Woolworth.

Artz’s students advancing to seventh grade were Brianna Abtey, James Carpentier, Christopher Crump, Mark Delong, Olivia DeLorenzo, Patrick Dowdle, Gabriel Favata, Kyle Freberg, Colin Glennen, Darian James, Mariah lee James, Samuel Lafond, Kaleigh Laird, Courtney McDermott, Autumn McHenry, Melissa Michael, Selena Rangel, James Roach, Nathan Schultzkie, Jacob Smith, Kyle Trokey, Britany Waldron, Tyler Washer and Zachary Wetzel.

Children, Seniors Meet After Months Of Letter Writing

Pictured are Patty Dixon’s third grade class with residents of Bishop’s Commons during the Pen Pal visit.

Pictured are Patty Dixon’s third grade class with residents of Bishop’s Commons during the Pen Pal visit.

OSWEGO, NY – In September of last year, Patty  Dixon’s third grade class at Kingsford Park School and residents of Bishop’s Commons met on paper.

The students and seniors have been writing to each other twice a month this school year getting to know each other, and talking about everything from hobbies to current events.

The pairs recently met face to face in the culmination of a year-long pen pal program called KPS Connections.

Students arrived by bus and were greeted by their resident pen pals where hugs and gifts were exchanged.

A barbecue luncheon was then served where students joined residents at their tables and shared in lunch and conversation.

Pictured are Pen Pals Evelyn Copps and Jake Chetney and Katie Fierro and Cecile O’Connell.

Pictured are Pen Pals Evelyn Copps and Jake Chetney and Katie Fierro and Cecile O’Connell.

“This is the second year that we have participated in this program and once again the outcome exceeded all expectations,” noted Julie Chetney, senior living coordinator.  “Everyone involved learned the value of friendship and the benefits of interaction and relationships across generations.”

Third graders also toured the residence, visited apartments, and stopped at the Resident Country Store to do some shopping where chocolate was the popular item.

The day ended with a friendly competition of the popular game show “Minute to Win It,” with students and their pen pal resident pairing up and competing against others.

Leighton Talent Show Huge Success

OSWEGO, NY – Once again the students of the Frederick Leighton Elementary School held a talent show to benefit the school wide PBIS effort as well as the Human Concern Center.

Leighton's got talent

Leighton's got talent

This year’s award winners and emcees included Sierra Ermini (3rd place – singing); Gillian Clark (1st place Irish Step dancing); Spencer Kielb; Aubrey Avery – honorable mention – dance; Jillian Dowdle (2nd place – dance); Jason Proud; Brandy Ermini (honorable mention – singing).

Nearly $180 was raised for PBIS.

And, two boxes of food were donated to Human Concerns.

Leighton School Observes Flag Day

OSWEGO, NY – The entire student body turned out Monday morning to salute the flag.

The flag symbolizes all the rights the students have, including the right to an education, Principal Julie Burger told them.

Leighton student Eli Restuccia reads a poem honoring those who served and died protecting the flag. Looking on are members of the Oswego Battle of the Bulge organization. From right to left are: Bill Hogan, Mile Becker (partially blocked), Len Lambert, Len Maniccia, Phil Pecora and John Canale.

Leighton student Eli Restuccia reads a poem honoring those who served and died protecting the flag. Looking on are members of the Oswego Battle of the Bulge organization. From right to left are: Bill Hogan, Mile Becker (partially blocked), Len Lambert, Len Maniccia, Phil Pecora and John Canale.

“You have two weeks left of school. Your teachers are doing many, many wonderful things in the classrooms,” she said. “So, it is your job to take advantage of that right and do your very best over the last two weeks of school.”

Leighton student Eli Restuccia read a special poem for the day honoring those who served and died protecting the flag.

The special guest for the program was John Canale, and some members of his Battle of the Bulge organization. Accompanying Canale Monday were Cpl. Bill Hogan, W.O.J.G Len Lambert (a former musical director at OHS), Pfc. Len Maniccia, SSgt. Phil Pecora (a crossing guard in the district), and Sgt. Miles Becker (Vietnam).

The Oswego County “Battle of the Bulge” Veterans is among the largest gathering of soldiers from a single engagement in the nation. Today, the group also includes veterans from Afghanistan, Korea and Vietnam.

The group has been named to the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame. They were nominated by Senator Patty Ritchie.

It’s the first time a group of veterans has been named collectively to the hall of fame, which was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.

Canale will be in Albany Tuesday to take part in a special Flag Day ceremony honoring the veterans.

He thanked the principal and Mary Lisk for the hard work she did in organizing the program.

Students and staff of Leighton Elementary School sing God Bless America.

Students and staff of Leighton Elementary School sing God Bless America.

The Oswego County Battle of the Bulge veterans helped beat back Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive during the winter of 1944-45, a campaign that Winston Churchill called “undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war,” Canale told the children.

He  urged the students  to use a map to locate the places these veterans fought.

The youngsters recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang God Bless America.

“What was extremely touching for me was the way these children came out and stood at attention to recite the Pledge and many of them stood with their hands over their hearts when we were singing God Bless America,” Lambert said. “They are just a terrific bunch of students.”

The New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, created in 2005, contains biographies of veterans across our state who have been nominated by their senators.

It can be viewed online by visiting http://www.nysenate.gov/veterans-hall-of-fame

Oswego Health Staff Takes Part In Fairgrieve Elementary Health/Science Fair

FULTON, NY – Students and their families attending the Health and Science Fair at Fulton’s Fairgrieve Elementary School got an up close look of the medical imaging and laboratory services offered by Oswego Health through some fun, hands-on demonstrations.

Oswego Health staff support school project

Oswego Health staff support school project

The fair participants could view actual medical images of various body parts and learn more about the department’s image gently program, which promotes parent awareness.

The students could also look through a microscope and see red and white blood cells, as well as look at bacteria growth.

Pictured looking at some medical images is Gavinlee Reynolds, a second grader.

Also pictured is Peggy Lipsett, medical imaging office assistant, of the Fulton location.

The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix.

For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org

FPS Freaky Friday Assists Disaster Relief

OSWEGO, NY – Fitzhugh Park School held “Freaky Friday” as a culmination to its annual March Madness month.

Fitzhugh students support Relief effort

Fitzhugh students support Relief effort

The day was designed to have the school show support for the Red Cross Japan Disaster Relief Fund.

Schools throughout the Oswego City School District held similar events to raise money for the same cause.

The Fitzhugh Park students and staff raised more than $225 by being allowed to dress up in their “freakiest” outfits.

Displaying their creations are (front left to right) Leah Taylor, Adrian Colvin and Breeann Smith.

In back are FPS Student Council advisor Ed Fayette, Elaina Broadwell, Mikayla Trapasso, Allie Rogers and Chris Colasurdo.

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