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Poetry Corner: Roadside Garden

Roadside Garden

By Jim Farfaglia

I stopped by today
to say “thank you”
for starting and ending
all those Monday thru Fridays
with so much joy:

your lilies opening like waterfalls,
your proud purple irises
rising above waves of green,
your fish-and-loaves sundrops,
your eager-to-please daisies.

Day after day –
my head in a whirlwind
with a mile long to-do list –
I would slow down
for the stop sign at your corner

and be shocked into the moment
by your brilliance,
by your way with color,
by the sense you always made
of a sometimes senseless world.

Eighth-graders at Dillon Middle receive awards

An Outstanding Academic Achievement Award was presented to 15 eighth-grade students at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School in recognition of earning Gold Star Honor Roll status during all four years at the school. Pictured are five of the honorees, left to right: Catherine Musumeci, Alisa Trudell, Haley Stellingwerf, Emily McDonald, and Hannah Grabowski.
An Outstanding Academic Achievement Award was presented to 15 eighth-grade students at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School in recognition of earning Gold Star Honor Roll status during all four years at the school. Pictured are five of the honorees, left to right: Catherine Musumeci, Alisa Trudell, Haley Stellingwerf, Emily McDonald, and Hannah Grabowski.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

An awards celebration on the final day of the 2013-14 school year honored eighth-grade students at Phoenix’s Emerson J. Dillon Middle School for various achievements and academic accomplishments.  Continue reading

BOCES Garden Club spruces up campus

Oswego County BOCES student Kyle Homer (front) stands with members of the middle school garden club after tidying up the grounds outside of the Stern building on campus. Joining Homer in the back row, from left, are Robert Burkett, teaching assistant Kathleen Woodmancy, Cheyanna Dorr and teacher Mary Ryan.
Oswego County BOCES student Kyle Homer (front) stands with members of the middle school garden club after tidying up the grounds outside of the Stern building on campus. Joining Homer in the back row, from left, are Robert Burkett, teaching assistant Kathleen Woodmancy, Cheyanna Dorr and teacher Mary Ryan.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

When Mother Nature finally released her grip on a relentless winter and a chilly spring, students in Mary Ryan’s class at Oswego County BOCES wanted to get outdoors and help beautify the grounds surrounding the Mexico campus. Continue reading

Birdlebough athletes recognized at special banquet

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Phoenix Central School District, in conjunction with the Phoenix Firebirds Sports Booster Club, honored athletes from the John C. Birdlebough Class of 2014 at the annual Senior Athlete Recognition Banquet.  Continue reading

Teacher taped to wall after students raise heart money

Minetto Elementary School (in the Oswego school district) conducted a “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser with students skipping rope for 40 minutes during their physical education class. This year, more than $2,200 was raised. As a result, students were able to duct tape teacher Don Fronk to the cafeteria wall. Brayden Miller prepares to place another piece of tape as school nurse Eileen Robinson looks on.
Minetto Elementary School (in the Oswego school district) conducted a “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser with students skipping rope for 40 minutes during their physical education class. This year, more than $2,200 was raised. As a result, students were able to duct tape teacher Don Fronk to the cafeteria wall. Brayden Miller prepares to place another piece of tape as school nurse Eileen Robinson looks on.

Nursing students graduate at BOCES

Oswego County BOCES Practical Nursing instructor Margaret Palmer (right) presents a pin and diploma to student Jennifer Lavallee during a program graduation ceremony Thursday (June 26) in Fulton.
Oswego County BOCES Practical Nursing instructor Margaret Palmer (right) presents a pin and diploma to student Jennifer Lavallee during a program graduation ceremony Thursday (June 26) in Fulton.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

After 40 weeks of classroom training and hands-on learning, 26 Oswego County BOCES Practical Nursing program students earned their diplomas Thursday (June 26) and are preparing to embark on medical careers in the near future.  Continue reading