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Oswego school board handles appointment, retirements, BOCES board appointee

Submitted by the Oswego school district

The Oswego school board had its regular meeting Jan. 22.

Two Oswego High School students, Emily King and Cassandra Hondro, were recognized for their selection as the two lone high school musicians in New York state to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band in San Antonio.

They thanked the board members and superintendent for their support of a strong music program. They also talked about the tremendous life experience that was provided by the selection to this elite marching band.

In regular action the board approved an amended policy that would allow a non-sitting board member to represent the Oswego City School District on the BOCES Board of Education.

Under the “Instruction” area, two field trips were approved. The Oswego girls’ lacrosse team will travel to Orlando April 10-15. The board indicated that it authorized the trip, but that transportation would be provided by the girls’ lacrosse team.

The Paradox yearbook staff was approved to attend a conference at Columbia University in New York City March 18-23.

There was some concern over the supervision of students and discussion relating to the permission form that was being used for the trip. Oswego High School Principal Brian Hartwell indicated he would conduct research and report back to the Superintendent of Schools Ben Halsey.

Under “Personnel” items, two retirements were accepted by the board as veteran elementary teacher Mary Jane Battista will retire effective on March 1 and custodian George Walpole retired Dec. 28.

A leave of absence was granted for one year to Oswego High School English teacher Isaac Kain while Amy Bonoffski was appointed as a regular substitute for the remainder of the school year at the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School.

Chelsea Jones was approved as a half-time special education teacher through June 30 while both Amanda Sprague and Elizabeth Heckert were approved as temporary school psychologist interns for the 2014-15 school year.

The support team of the Oswego High School musical was approved, as was Paula McKenney-Myers as Leighton chorus director.

Gary Caprin Jr. was approved for a leave of absence.

Probationary appointments were made for Katherine Nalle as part-time library clerk and registered professional nurse Deborah Brookes-Bauer.

Permanent appoints included Riley Elementary custodian Diane Mitchelson, Education Center senior typist Annette Geers and Transportation account clerk-typist Michele Carter.

Temporary appointments included part-time teacher aides Shannon Harter and Amanda Peterson.

Under “Finance,” transfers of funds for music equipment repairs and supplies as well as travel expenses for a district administrator and payment of the Town of Minetto sewer and water bills were OKed.

Other resolutions passed included an agreement between Tyler Technologies and the district for training on routing and planning software, acceptance of a $3,500 donation from Walmart for the holiday assistance program, a three-year contract renewal for Verizon and the payment to King and King Architects for previous work conducted in relation to The Buc School.

In his “Superintendent’s Report,” Halsey said the budget process is moving forward and talked about the state report regarding “fiscal stress” relating to the Oswego school district.

The next regular school board meeting will be after the committee meetings Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The committee meetings are open to the public. Those meetings, covering personnel, finance and instruction begin at 5 p.m. in the Oswego High School Anthony J. Murabito Media Center.

SUNY Oswego honors December grads

Several local residents completed their baccalaureate studies at SUNY Oswego in December and were recognized Dec. 14 at graduation:

Brittany M. Hilton, Cato (childhood education)

Ivan E. Castro, Central Square (psychology, cum laude)

Jane M. Deforge, Central Square (childhood education)

Britnie M. West, Constantia (teaching English to speakers of other languages)

Nicholas A. Coyne, Fulton (history)

Chelsea V. Hans, Fulton (wellness management)

Brandon Hood, Fulton (wellness management, magna cum laude)

Christina L. Liddell, Fulton (human development, magna cum laude)

Donald C. O’Brien, Fulton (philosophy-psychology)

Michael S. Prime, Fulton (psychology)

Marissa N. St. Onge, Fulton (psychology)

Daisy L. Vasquez, Fulton (global and international studies)

Erin L. Wilcox, Fulton (public justice)

Cynthia L. DeWolf, Hannibal (business administration)

Donald A. Tyson, Hastings (English)

Shelby L. Rusaw, Mexico (childhood education)

Aliza J. Smith, Mexico (history)

Dustin H. Blodgett, Orwell (wellness management)

Kyle J. Dolan, Pennellville (broadcasting, mass communication)

Zachary Pentland, Phoenix (information science)

Jessica L. Schauer, Phoenix (accounting)

Brooke A. Radley, Pulaski (psychology)

Kelly Brodeur, Richland (graphic design, cum laude)

Holly A. Greenfield, Sandy Creek (adolescence education)

Joseph J. Ostrom, Sterling (art, cum laude)

Shay N. Sheldon, West Monroe (childhood education)

Granby students learn about bucket-filling

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students at Granby Elementary School in Fulton have made friends with a BFF — a Bucket Filling Fairy.

A BFF and a colorful cast of characters made a stop at the school last week to perform the character-building play “Have You Filled a Bucket Today.”

The play is based on Carol McCloud’s award-winning book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today,” which introduces young readers to the concepts of bucket-filling and bucket-dipping.

The play, like the book, is a modern twist to the golden rule — “Treat others the way you want to be treated” — using the idea of invisible buckets to reinforce how saying and doing nice things creates happiness and “fills” a person’s bucket.

Doing or saying hurtful things can “dip” into a person’s bucket and leave a person feeling sad.

The play’s characters acted out a variety of skits to illustrate the difference between bucket filling and bucket dipping at school, at home, in cyberspace and on the school bus.

Through humor and audience interaction with a rhyming and high-energy BFF, the students became empowered to fill buckets and pay kindness and respect forward to others.

Cold weather comes in handy for Oswego County BOCES students

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Oswego County BOCES Exceptional Education teacher Mary Ryan has been making the most out of the cold weather by conducting science experiments with her students.

After learning about the physical properties of water, and seeing a video on Reddit.com on how hot water freezes faster than cold water, Ryan’s class tested the theory.

When boiling water is tossed in the air, it creates a larger surface area, which then turns the water to cool droplets.

In extremely cold temperatures, these droplets freeze, and turn the boiling water into a cloud of ice crystals midair.

Sure enough, when the boiling water was tossed into the air, the water turned instantly into what looked like mist.

Students were able to see for themselves how hot water changes from a liquid to a solid as soon as it comes into contact with cold air.

Students have also been learning about air pressure, and conducted their own experiment using a Styrofoam cup.

When a Styrofoam cup is filled with water, and an index card is placed over the rim, the cup can be flipped upside down without water flowing out.

This is because the air pressure inside the cup keeps the index card in place.

Once the index card is removed, a force is felt as the air pushes the water from the cup.

Tickets available for St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” raffle

Tickets for the 10th annual St. Luke “Bundle of Bucks” Charity Raffle are on sale and now is the time to buy one to be part of the upcoming “Early Bird” drawing.

Everyone who purchases a “Bundle of Bucks” charity raffle ticket before Feb. 14 is entered in the “Early Bird” drawing when five – $100 prize winners will be selected from current raffle ticket holders.

“Bundle of Bucks” Raffle cash prizes totaling $25,000 will be paid out when the 1,000 tickets are sold by the time of the drawing on May 31.

If you already have your raffle ticket applications, send them in today. Raffle ticket applications are also available by calling St. Luke Health Services at 342-3166.

Ticket applications are online and can be downloaded at stlukehs.com. Or stop in at St. Luke Health Services, St. Francis Commons and Bishop’s Commons in Oswego or Michaud Health Services in Fulton and purchase tickets directly.

The entry fee for the raffle is $50 per ticket; only 1,000 tickets will be sold. The raffle features 15 cash prizes to be awarded with a top prize of $10,000.

Every raffle ticket is eligible for all of the cash prize drawings. Tickets can be purchased individually or consider purchasing a “group ticket” with family members, co-workers or friends.

Proceeds from the “Bundle of Bucks” Raffle benefit the St. Luke–John Foster Burden Fund, which provides resources for programs to help those served by the affiliate nonprofit community-based organizations comprising The St. Luke Family of Caring (St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence, Michaud Residential Health Services and St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence).

Each raffle ticket admits two adults to the “Bundle of Bucks” Raffle Drawing Party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the Elks Lodge in Oswego. The raffle drawing event features free food, beverages, live entertainment, games and prize drawings. You must be 18 years or older to participate.

You do not have to be present at the raffle drawing to win. For more information, call 342-3166.

Emergency Management Drill to be held Wednesday afternoon at Fulton Junior High

The Fulton Junior High School, as part of the School District’s half-day Collaboration Day Program, will conduct an Emergency Management Plan drill on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 29.

This is part of the Fulton City School District’s ongoing planning and practice of their Emergency Management Plan.

The drill is done in cooperation with the Fulton Police Department.