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BOCES students treated to trip to pet store

Exceptional Education students in Mary Ryan’s class recently were treated to an outing to the Pet Supply Store on Main Street in Mexico.

Students have been learning about animal classification, living environments, what foods different animals eat and how they survive in the wild. Ryan said that her students were particularly interested in the unit because they have pets of their own at home.

Ryan visited the Pet Supply Store prior to the outing to take photos for a paper scavenger hunt. Students unable to come on the trip were able to answer the questions from their classroom.

Sixth-grader Floyd Haywood fed the store’s bearded dragon kale and crickets. He also spent time playing with the store’s cat Romeo, and watching Petunia, the Netherland dwarf bunny, interact with the Guinea pigs.

Haywood also looked at the ingredients in dog treats, counted the number of aquariums in the store and learned how often fish should be fed.

The field trip has inspired a school-wide community service project of collecting animal supplies for the SPCA, Humane Society and Paws Across Oswego County. A collection box will be located in Room Six of the Stern Building during the months of November and December.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

I hope that everyone had a fun long weekend.

Much is going on at G. Ray Bodley before we head off on our Thanksgiving break.

Today a representative from the College at Saint Rose will be in the guidance office at 10 a.m. and tomorrow a representative from the Crouse College of Nursing will be visiting at 10:15 a.m.

Keep checking in with the guidance office to see if any colleges you are applying to or are interested in are coming to the high school.

Unfortunately, the varsity girls’ volleyball team’s season came to an end last Tuesday with a tough loss to Oswego. The girls had an awesome season, however, and we are very proud of them.

The concerts last week were a success. The audience was serenaded with a plethora of different pieces from the Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Orchestra.

The songs included themes centered on the music of Lady Gaga, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky from the orchestra and Batman, Les Miserables and Sesame Street by the band.

Talented guitar, bass, and drum players joined in on the fun and made for an exciting event.

Musicians who are interested in trying out for All-County should see their music teacher for the audition music. Many music teachers give extra credit for trying out, so it may be something you want to look into. Plus, it’s a ton of fun.

Students from the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus are also getting ready for the upcoming Area All-State concert.

The students will travel to Clinton in Oneida County Nov. 22 and will rehearse with other students selected from the area.

They will then stay the night and get up to practice again, and then finally will play their concert Saturday, Nov. 23. It’s a lot of work, as the students selected will have never played the music together until the day before the actual concert.

Don’t forget to get in the holiday spirit and donate to the Youth Advisory Council to support its orphanage and school in Colombia.

Boxes are distributed throughout the school in which to place your donations. Girls’ summer clothes, toiletries and small candies are all acceptable items.

Spaghetti dinner Nov. 21 to benefit Oswego High softball

A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Oswego High School Lady Buccaneer Softball Team will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Oswego High School cafeteria.

Tickets are available presale or at the door. Takeouts will be available. Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, butter, salad and a beverage.

This fundraising dinner is held annually in conjunction with the OHS fall open house.

“Stop down for dinner before you tour the high school for your parent-teacher conferences,” stated event chairperson Margie Malone of the Oswego High School Softball Club.

Proceeds from the dinner will help fund the Lady Buccaneers’ spring trip to Florida in April to compete at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.

For more information, call Malone at 532-0927 or any Lady Buccaneer softball player or parent.

‘Weighty’ learning at Fairley Elementary

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Using a scale to measure 1 kilogram of rice into Ziploc bags, students in Deb Kenney’s third-grade class at Fairley Elementary School learned about partitioning, decomposing and illustrating various problems during a lesson Nov. 7.

“This is one of many hands-on activities in the Common Core math modules that supports our students’ concrete understanding that will be the foundation of future learning,” said Lynnette DePoint, Hannibal school district’s kindergarten through eighth-grade mathematics coach.

Students were divided into small groups tasked with measuring 1 kilogram of rice. Once they completed that, they had to illustrate their thought process on a worksheet.

“When you’re illustrating your answers, you’re explaining it to somebody who wasn’t here to see what you did,” Kenney said. “You have to illustrate and explain every little step.”

As part of the project, students divided the bag into 10 equal parts using a 10-frame diagram so they could visually examine the weight and consider the impact that adding or subtracting a partition would have on the sum.

“(The lesson helps) solidify their understanding of metric weight and the relationship between a kilogram and a single gram,” DePoint said.

For students, Thursday’s hands-on activity proved to be effective, as third-grader Alexis Hull noted the biggest lesson she took away from the module.

“I learned that 1,000 grams equals 1 kilogram,” Hull explained, saying it was a bit difficult to get the bag to weigh exactly 1 kilogram.

Hull said the activity was a different way of learning and challenging at times, but “it was fun.”

Local students receive Clarkson scholarships

The following local students received scholarships at Clarkson University during the 2013-2014 academic year:

Brandon Teetsel of Fulton, a senior majoring in civil engineering, received the Elwyn J. Rodee Endowed Scholarship.

Daniel Wahl of Fulton, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering, received the John Ben Snow Foundation Endowed Scholarship and the Nancy E. and James F. ‘64 Wood Endowed Scholarship.

Tyler Loveless of Pennellville, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, received the A. Douglas Burrow ‘31 Endowed Scholarship.

Raymond Bielec of Constantia, a senior majoring in chemistry, received the Frank C. Goodrich Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the John Ben Snow Foundation Endowed Scholarship.

Thomas Haynes of Constantia, a senior majoring in civil engineering, received the Earle E. Towlson ‘27 Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

Joseph Dobiac of Pulaski, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, received the Steve Neely Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

Louis Arena of Mexico, a sophomore majoring in aeronautical engineeringand mechanical engineering, received the Elwyn J. Rodee Endowed Scholarship.

Tyler Virkler of Phoenix, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering, received the NYS Home Bureau-St. Lawrence County Endowed Scholarship and the John Ben Snow Foundation Endowed Scholarship.

Benjamin Ewald of Pennellville, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering, received the John F. Frazier ‘38 and L. K. Sillcox Endowed Scholarship.

Samantha Corcoran of Pulaski, a Clarkson School student majoring in engineering & management, received the Wallace H. Coulter Endowed Scholarship.


“Lizzie Borden” cast takes in opulence of Victorian age

Submitted by Oswego schools

Cast members of the upcoming Oswego High School Drama Club production of “Lizzie Borden Took an Axe” recently took in the splendor of the Victorian Age at the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St., Oswego.

Historical Society president Justin White and board of trustees member Peg McKinstry guided the student actors on a tour of the lavish home, tying in references to the world Lizzie Borden and her contemporaries populated in Fall River, MA circa 1892.

Drama Club adviser Robert Dumas and playwright-director Garrett Heater put the trip together to highlight various connections the two regions shared.

“Lizzie Borden’s father had the money to build a home like the Richardson-Bates House, but he was notoriously frugal with his money and instead resided with his two unmarried daughters, Emma and Lizzie, and his second wife, Abby, in a very modest home that was close to the heart of the city,” said Heater.

“Lizzie was friends with girls whose fathers built homes similar to the Richardson-Bates House in the fashionable part of town in Fall River, Mass., called ‘The Hill.’ Recorded testimonies cite how frustrated Emma and Lizzie were — being forced, they felt, to live beneath their station.”

To those interested in the unsolved hatchet murders of Andrew and Abigail Borden, for which Lizzie herself stood trial and received an acquittal, many point the finger at Andrew’s unwillingness to spend his money on conspicuous displays of wealth.

The architectural and fashionable aesthetics of Victorian society would have deemed excessive and foohardy by Andrew, who struggled his entire life to escape the poverty of his childhood.

Just as Oswego’s Kingsfords made the region synonymous with starch production, Andrew Borden’s savvy business dealings put him in control of three major textile mills in Fall River, once known to be the textile capital of America.

While Andrew’s colleagues ‘kept up appearances’ by building gorgeously embellished homes on “The Hill” and dressing their daughters in the latest fashionable attire, Andrew saw that his own daughters were comfortable without being ostentatious.

But the Borden girls surely did not understand why a potentially upper-class family such as theirs should have to settle for a middle-class existence.

“The Richardson-Bates House is stunning,” said Dumas. “There is so much artistic detail everywhere you look. What a remarkable asset to the Oswego community.”

Lizzie, whose friends’ homes would have resembled the Richardson-Bates House, certainly longed for a gilded mansion of her own.

“She eventually got it,” remarked trustee McKinstry, “but only after the murders occurred.” McKinstry said Lizzie bought a  sprawling home on French Street in Fall River once she and her sister Emma received deceased Andrew’s millions.

Lizzie decorated her new home with artistic precision, even installing decorative carved stone fireplaces featuring quotes from her favorite poet. She named the home Maplecroft.

The drama club actors also chatted with two members of the original cast. The play premiered in Syracuse in 2010 with Bernie Kaplan as Andrew Borden and Chuck Parsons as Lizzie’s maternal uncle John V. Morse.

“Lizzie Borden Took an Axe” will be presented at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts at Oswego High School at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16. Tickets are $10 at the door; call the Box Office at 341-2270 with any questions.

Harvest Festival at Fairgrieve Elementary

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Fairgrieve Elementary School Harvest Festival celebrates nature, the changing season, fall activities and interests, and of course the bountiful harvest that farmers and growers reap during this season.

The school has its annual Harvest Festival is held Oct. 31 each year. While rainy weather canceled some of the outdoor activities planned for the day, coordinators did not let the wet weather damper the spirit of the festival.

The harvest treasure hunt involved students traveling from station to station to pick a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs to be boxed and given to local food pantries and distributed to needy families. The students learned the valuable lessons of community service and helping those in need as well as proper nutrition and where food comes from.

Another presentation that is always a perennial favorite was the make your own birdseed station. Students harvested nature’s birdseed from plants and flowers that were grown in the nature garden behind the school and created a mix of seeds that will be used to feed birds during the winter months in the bird feeder in the school patio garden.

A pedestrian safety presentation by Billie Crandall Brady, Oswego County Traffic Safety education coordinator, included precautions that pedestrians should take when out after dark or walking on the roadway.

Native American lacrosse stick maker Alfred Jacques presented a program on the history of lacrosse and Native American culture and influences on the sport. He brought with him several of his world-class sticks and demonstrated their use and other Native American inspired stick games.

The Harvest Festival seeks to educate Fairgrieve students on a wide variety of topics, including the importance of community service and helping those in need.


BOCES students bring beauty to life

Students enrolled in the Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology program at Oswego County BOCES are sprucing up employees desks with their Bud Vase Club.

Members of the Bud Vase Club receive flowers biweekly, and are delivered on the main campus in Mexico as well as Cayuga Community College in Fulton. Every time a new arrangement is dropped off, the bud vase from the previous arrangement is collected.

The funds collected from the club, as well as funds generated in the flower shop, are used to buy flowers so students can work with the medium, and enhance their design skills and techniques.

The flowers come from two wholesalers, one in Liverpool and the other in Syracuse that deliver once a week.

Employees have the option of paying weekly or in advance, in five-week, 10-week or one-year increments. The program runs from October to May for 16 weeks. The vase also includes an attached card with a spot that identifies what the flowers are, as well as the name of the student who student arranged it.

Students complete each bud vase in about 20 minutes, a time instructor Margaret Rice said will quicken as students get more practice. Students are graded based on if they followed the correct “recipe” for the arrangement.

Because of the Bud Vase Club, students get to work with all different types of flowers. In the spring more delicate flowers such as roses, tulips and daffodils are used.

Employees can expect to see holiday flair in their bud vase creations in November and December. For Halloween, the arrangement included the spider mum.