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Oswego Students Return To The Classroom

Students head into Oswego Middle School to begin a new academic year on Thursday.

Students head into Oswego Middle School to begin a new academic year on Thursday.

OSWEGO – Thousands of students returned to the classroom Thursday in the Oswego City School District.

“Freshmen First Day (Thursday) has been going very well,” said Dr. Heidi Sweeney, Oswego High School principal. Friday (Sept. 9) is the regular opening day for all OHS students, she added.

Students head into Oswego Middle School to begin a new academic year on Thursday.
Students head into Oswego Middle School to begin a new academic year on Thursday.

“Grades 9-12 will report and follow their provided schedules. New students are allowed to leave a few minutes prior to the bell to give them a head start on finding their next class,” Dr. Sweeney explained. “We are excited to see everyone back in school!”

Things were going smoothly at Kingsford Park Elementary School, also.

Principal Mary Volkomer said she was visiting all the classrooms, welcoming the students back.

“Tomorrow (Sept. 9) is our big afternoon with an assembly at 2 p.m. and Joe Trionfero presenting his “Show of Love” in the gym and our culminating Rainbow picture (with students in each grade wearing a certain color shirt) done outside afterwards before dismissal routines are commenced,” she told Oswego County Today.

“It been a great day so far and we have a wonderful group of students and families here again at KPS. It’s going to be a fantastic year,” she added.

At the assembly, the principal will talk about the three Cs.

“Care for yourself, care for each other and care for this place.  They will also here about being a good role model for all of our new students, especially for kindergartners. We know they watch and do what other older peers say and do,” she said.

It was a great first day at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School.

“The students were so excited to return to FPS! There were a lot of smiling, happy faces,” Principal Donna Simmons said.

The theme at FPS is “Inspiring and Developing Student Leaders One Student at a Time!”

Caitlin and Chloe Seidel, a first grader and second grader, respectively, sit out front at Riley waiting for the school year to begin.
Caitlin and Chloe Seidel, a first grader and second grader, respectively, sit out front at Riley waiting for the school year to begin.

The teachers spent opening day building students’ connections and getting them into routines, Simmons said.

“We will have a kickoff assembly at 2:55 p.m. Friday to welcome students back and to focus on the habits of happy kids based on Steven Covey’s book. There are 7 habits and the assembly will review Habit 1 – Be Proactive, Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind, Habit 3 -Putting First Things First,” she said. “It is going to be a fantastic year at FPS!”

“We are having a wonderful first day at OMS,” Principal MaryBeth Fierro said. “The students and staff are happy to be back – and there is a lot of positive energy in the building. Our new seventh graders are getting the hang of opening their lockers and our eighth graders are ‘old pros’ at it.”

They held an extended first period opening day in order to answer student questions, review the student planner and handbook and give the students time to practice their lockers.

“Myself, my assistant principal and counselors visited all of the first period classes and lunch periods today in order to make those important first connections with our students,” Fierro said.

It was an emotional time for some parents leaving their child for the first day of school.

“There was one parent who was a little teary eyed. You could see she was choking it in,” said Dr. Linda Doty, Charles E. Riley Elementary, principal.

Every year, on the first day, all the students come out and surround the peace pole in the front of the school.

“It’s a tradition. We have a special pledge that we do,” the principal said.

They are also doing some landscaping at the school. It is phase one, the students will take over in the coming phases, Dr. Doty explained.

They will add some plants around the trees and sidewalks. And, later students will create a ‘community garden’ out behind the school.