Category Archives: Our Schools

Students complete medical assistant program at Oswego County BOCES


The Adult Education Department at Oswego County BOCES honored the following students for completing the 690-hour medical assistant program: Tonya Burrows, Corina Canfield, Brandi LeBeau, Sarah Liers, and Courtney Niver. The five students were recognized, during a special ceremony in their honor, for their academic achievements in the classroom as well as clinical internships in local medical practices that prepare them for future careers in the healthcare industry. Pictured above, left to right, are: Courtney Niver; Shelly Spencer, Medical Assistant Instructor; Brandi LeBeau; Tonya Burrows; Corina Canfield; Paul Gugel, Director of Adult Education; Sarah Liers; and John Shelmidine, OCB Board of Education President. For more information about the Medical Assistant program or other health, trades or technology course offerings at Oswego County BOCES, contact the Adult Education Department at 963-4256 or visit

Former Oswego school superintendent will lead Syracuse Catholic schools

William W. Crist, former superintendent of the Oswego City School District, has been named the new superintendent of the Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Syracuse, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham announced.

The Diocese of Syracuse consists of 22 schools in its seven-county area with more than 5,000 students Pre-K-12.

Crist comes to the diocese with a career history in education of thirty-one years. Since August, he has been the interim superintendent of Schools for the Massena Central School District.

Prior to that, Crist was superintendent for the Oswego City School District since 2008, and assistant superintendent prior to that time, since 2004.
Crist is a graduate of Ithaca College with a master of music education degree; the State University of New York with a certificate of advanced study – educational administration; Cornell University with a certificate in labor relations and the State University of New York having completed the Superintendent Development Program of Studies.

Crist and his family are active Catholics and members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Minetto.

“I eagerly anticipate the challenges and experiences associated with transitioning to the Roman Catholic educational program and sharing my instructional leadership and Catholic faith with professionals, parishioners, parents and children,” Crist said.

“I am most pleased to welcome Bill Crist as our new superintendent of Catholic Schools and am very happy that he has accepted our invitation to join us,” said Bishop Cunningham. “I am also most grateful to the search committee who prayerfully and professionally considered each of the 12 applicants.”

Crist will begin his new post March 10 in order to complete his current responsibilities. For more information, call Danielle E. Cumming, assistant chancellor/director of communications at 470-1476.

Oswego County BOCES remembers 9/11

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day that most people can remember exactly what they were doing when the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.

Many, including Oswego County BOCES District Superintendent Christopher Todd, call it a “day that forever changed my life.”

Students in the Public Safety and Justice morning and afternoon programs at BOCEs held remembrance ceremonies to mark the date and to pay tribute to those first responders, who ran toward the danger rather than away from it. Students and staff members from Oswego County BOCES were silent as they watched the Public Safety students and color guard raise the flag and then lower it to half-staff.

Guest New York State Trooper Elizabeth Fallon sang the National Anthem before Todd spoke about that eventful day back in 2001.

He called on those gathered to respect and recognize the sense of duty possessed by those men and women who did not hesitate to go into the danger zone to help others. “Thank those who volunteer, thank your family and support systems and never forget what happened on 9/11,” Todd said.

Hannibal school district transportation department perfect in recent inspection

Hannibal TransportationGetting students to and from school and school-related events is the Transportation Department’s business at the Hannibal Central School District.

More than 30 vehicles are responsible for the district’s more than 1,400 student-body population.

Twice in a fiscal year the state Department of Transportation performs a multi-point inspection on each bus and vehicle commissioned in a school district’s fleet for student transportation. A DOT representative inspects each vehicle top to bottom, inside and out to ensure a vehicle meets a strict level of standards.

Following the most recent inspection, the Hannibal school district transportation department received a perfect score — an inspection rate of 100 percent. Superintendent Donna J. Fountain recognized the department for its achievement during opening-day activities and said, “The department’s performance on the inspection is a testament of the staff’s strong dedication to safety and commitment to sound maintenance standards and practices.”

Tempers flare at Fulton school board meeting

446 people sign petition opposing changes brought about by conflict of interest policy; Egan appointed Volney principal

By Tracy Kinne

The Fulton board of education Tuesday night appointed a former superintendent as interim principal at Volney Elementary School, a few hours after a petition with 446 signatures was presented to the district saying, “We want our principal back!”

The petition, which makes reference to  the Volney school, says former Principal Jeff Hendrickson was forced into switching to a different school and that students are devastated by the change.

It suggests that teachers be moved instead of principals, says the switch in administrators is a change that the signers do  not want and says, “Save our principal.”

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 14 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Several Phoenix fall sports rosters

Phoenix girls varsity soccer 

Player Grade Position

Haley Besaw 12 Defense

Megan Brown 11 Defense

Caitlyn Connolly 08 Midfield

Brooke Dolbear 11 Forward

Marisa Dona 10 Defense

Samantha Doupe 08 Forward

Brooke Ensby 09 Defense

Paige Ensby 11 Defense

Alyssa Froio 09 Midfield

Alexis Gabriele 09 Forward

Isabella Garofalo 08 Defns/Goalie

Kaitlyn Greer 09 Midfield

Emilie Hilliard 07 Midfield

Alexandra Hoag 08 Midfield

Sarah Hoag 10 Midfield

Briana Neiss 09 Defense

Nicole Noreault 09 Defense

Isabella Perez 08 Midfield

Brianna Squier 08 Goalie

Coach  is William Conklin

Phoenix varsity boys cross country

Grade, Player

10th grade, Kellen Arnold

12th grade, Anthony Brienza

10th grade, Alexander Brutcher

Ninth grade, Ryan Chesbro

Ninth grade, Elias Clark

10th grade, Joshua Dievendorf

10th grade, Christopher Fisk

10th grade, Tyler Gabriele

12th grade, Michael Girard

12th grade, Eric Hillpot

Ninth grade, Daniel Knowlton

Ninth grade, Jacob Lawless

Ninth grade, Eric Leach

12th grade, Michael Leach

10th grade, Hunter Nerber

10th grade, Brendan Nichols

12th grade, Jason Nipper

12th grade, Brian Stafford

10th grade, Joshua Stopher

12th grade, Dylan Switzer

10th grade, Austin Wilson

Coach is Andy Lewis

Phoenix varsity girls cross country

Grade, Player

10th grade, Alexis Bowering

11th grade, Emma Brunnell

10th grade, Sydnie Colbert

Ninth grade, Amanda Deryke

10th grade, Brandi Gates

Ninth grade, Chloe Goodnow

Ninth grade, Nicole Hetko

12th grade, Meghan Lentz

12th grade, Nichole Marr

11th grade, Emilie Schneider

Ninth grade, Septima Stobart

Ninth grade, Carolanne Switzer

12th grade, Destiny Teel

12th grade, Haylie Virginia

Coach is Andy Lewis

Phoenix varsity boys golf

Grade, Player

12th grade, Kyle Andrews

12th grade, Dylan Borza

10th grade, Chase Cavanaugh

11th grade, Walker Connolly

12th grade, Codie Corso

12th grade, Sebastian Czyz

10th grade, Ryley Doupe

12th grade, Austin Dristle

Ninth grade, Spencer Evans

10th grade, Mike Germaine

11th grade, Conner Haney

10th grade, William Hilliard

Eighth grade, James Lynch

10th grade, Jonathan Schmidt

Head coach is Gene Mills

Assistant coach is Brock Matlock

Phoenix Varsity Volleyball Team

Name Position Jersey # Grade

Hannah Lees Outside 2 11

Kaitlyn Clapp D/S 3 12

Meghan Lees Middle 4 10

Paige Recore ** Outside 6 12

Katelynn McDonald D/S 7 11

Delaine May Outside 8 11

Amber Crews Setter 9 11

Maria Musumeci Middle 10 11

MacKenzie Young** Right Side 11 11

Jessica Jones Middle 15 10

Taylor Chesbro Right Side 17 11

Fia Campanino Libero 21 11


**Team captain


Head coach is  Michelle Goodfellow

Athletic director is Jim Drancsak

Asst. coach is  Anna Turner

JV coach is Mendie Tutt




Phoenix Junior varsity volleyball

Name Position Jersey # Grade

Kristin Clapp D/S 1 9

Mattison Thrall O/H 2 10

Hayleigh Ladd O/H 3 9

Samantha Zerbinos Right Side 4 10

Morgan Bajish D/S, Right 5 9

Aleah Adamo Libero 6 9

Lauren Porter Setter 7 10

Kaitlyn Trudell O/H 8 10

Mattingly Gleason O/H 10 10

Kaitlyn McArthur Middle 11 9

Sydney Young Setter 12 9

Gabrielle Crain Middle 14 10

Meghan Rowe Middle 15 10



Junior varsity coach is Mendie Tutt

Athletic director is Jim Drancsak

Varsity coach is Michelle Goodfellow

Assistant varsity coach is Anna Turner


Fulton debuts tough offense in season opening win over Fowler

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity football team came away with a memorable win in its season opening game against Fowler Sept. 6.

Despite facing numerous challenges throughout the game, the Red Raiders never backed down. Trailing by 7 points during the fourth quarter, Fulton forced a pivotal turnover which allowed them to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation.

After stopping Fowler during the first possession of overtime, Sophomore Quarterback Cody Green threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chris Jones to cap off the 34-28 win.

The Red Raiders began their season by receiving the opening kickoff. However, four plays into Fulton’s first drive of the season, Fowler caught a break. Fulton fumbled the ball at midfield with 10:36 left in the first quarter. Fowler took over with solid field position in what proved to be an opportunity they would capitalize on.

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 11 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Fairley greets kindergarteners with ice cream social


Kindergarteners at Fairley Elementary recently had the opportunity to tour the building and eat ice cream with their classmates, all before school started.

The Kindergarten Ice-cream Social is an annual event. It is spearheaded by Hannibal Home and School, which funds, organizes and makes invitations for the evening.

This year, Hannibal welcomed 105 kindergarten students. Twenty-five to 30 percent of the incoming kindergarteners are new to the district; they had either just moved or had not attended pre-kindergarten at the school.

During the event, kindergarteners met their teachers, were given name tags and shown their cubbyholes. They also had the chance to travel through the lunchroom line while getting their ice-cream, and sat in the cafeteria to enjoy their treat.