OSWEGO, NY – The student circus continues to be one of the highlights of the year for Frederick Leighton Elementary School sixth graders.
Recently, students once again received the opportunity to perform Ã¢â‚¬Å“under the big topÃ¢â‚¬Â in Powers Gymnasium.
This year, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Circus Kids Production ProgramÃ¢â‚¬Â visited the Oswego school and once again the thrill of accomplishing a circus style act was achieved by each and every sixth grader.
Several years ago this type of project was introduced to the west side Oswego school and ever since then the sixth graders have had the opportunity to entertain their classmates, the rest of the student body, parents and staff.
The supportive Frederick Leighton Elementary Home and School Association once again coordinated the appearance of this unique and entertaining program.
This yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appearance was also aided by a generous donation from Thomas Tesoriero Sr. as well Chris and Dale Bixler of Serendipity.
The week ending performance provided spotlight time for the Leighton sixth graders.
The ringmasters run the students through their paces with juggling, building human towers, devil sticks and diabolos, stilt walking, balancing and other exciting experiences.
Physical education teacher Debbie Lavner noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The sixth graders look forward to this experience. By the end of the week they are doing things that they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know they could accomplish. This is a tremendous event and I appreciate all that our home and school association does to provide this opportunity for our kids.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Students are learning and experiencing important aspects of physical education.
Balance, focus and agility are a few of the components that the students work on during the week.
This program goes hand-in-hand with the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Character EducationÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Ã¢â‚¬Å“effort.
The district is focusing on positive behavior and building character.
In order to be successful in the circus project the students had to cooperate, persevere, tolerate differences, respect each others skills and be responsible.
The performers were focused and determined to put on an entertaining and exciting show for students and family.
After watching students perform, it was obvious that concentration and focus, both needed in an educational and life-skills setting, were present and carried away by all involved.
The student body was extremely enthusiastic watching the performances of LeightonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sixth graders.
Everyone hopes that the tradition will continue and they will eventually perform before the Leighton Ã¢â‚¬Å“family.”