Baseball videoconference hits homer for learning math skills

Minetto Elementary students Joshua King and Makensie Sinclair stand in front of a display in the school library depicting all the places students have connected with during videoconferences this school year.
Minetto Elementary students Joshua King and Makensie Sinclair stand in front of a display in the school library depicting all the places students have connected with during videoconferences this school year.

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Fifth-grade students at Minetto Elementary School took a virtual trip to Cooperstown on Monday, where they got a glimpse of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and learned how basic mathematics skills are applied on the diamond. Continue reading

K9 officers show off their skills for Oswego County BOCES students

Trained to search for narcotics, K9 Mandin signals to his partner, New York State Trooper Mark Bender, that he has found such a substance in the filing cabinet. The demonstration was coordinated for students in the Oswego County BOCES Public Safety and Justice program, giving them an opportunity to learn about the New York State Police K9 Unit.
Trained to search for narcotics, K9 Mandin signals to his partner, New York State Trooper Mark Bender, that he has found such a substance in the filing cabinet. The demonstration was coordinated for students in the Oswego County BOCES Public Safety and Justice program, giving them an opportunity to learn about the New York State Police K9 Unit.

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Students enrolled in the Public Safety and Justice Program at Oswego County BOCES met two very special four-legged members of the New York State Police K9 Unit and learned that the phrase, “man’s best friend” is no cliché.

Mark Bender, the students’ instructor and a full-time New York State Trooper, brought his canine partner, Mandin, into the class. They were joined by fellow Trooper Kevin Conners, who brought his canine partner, Lynde.

Mandin, a Czech shepherd, is a patrol dog trained to search for narcotics and trained in handler protection, criminal tracking and apprehension.

Lynde is part of the New York State Police Bloodhound Team and is a trained scent-specific trailing dog.

Troopers Bender and Conners talked to students about the training program they completed with their respective K9 partners and how their K9 partner assists them in various on-the-job situations.

The two troopers and their partners staged a few typical scenarios, giving students an opportunity to see how K9s assisted in trailing and apprehending a criminal.

Instructors for the Public Safety and Justice Program are highly-trained professionals currently working in the field, allowing the program to stay current and better prepare its students for today’s workforce.

Bender is in his 12th year at Oswego County BOCES and his 20th year with the New York State Police.

BOCES students hit a home run in Central Square

Oswego County BOCES (OCB) Heavy Equipment Repair and Operations students and BOCES District Superintendent Christopher Todd during a baseball diamond refurbish project at A A. Cole Elementary School. Shown left to right are Robert Strong, Garret Lewin, Nicholas Bell, Todd, Dan Sigle, Ed Lauricella, Andrew Dashnaw and Cullynn orley. The six students are all from the Central School school district.
Oswego County BOCES (OCB) Heavy Equipment Repair and Operations students and BOCES District Superintendent Christopher Todd during a baseball diamond refurbish project at A A. Cole Elementary School. Shown left to right are Robert Strong, Garret Lewin, Nicholas Bell, Todd, Dan Sigle, Ed Lauricella, Andrew Dashnaw and Cullynn orley. The six students are all from the Central School school district.

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School is a walk in the park; just ask students enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Repair and Operations Program at Oswego County BOCES.  Continue reading

Oswego High School helps alumnus

The Oswego High School Student Council raised $2,500 organizing a faculty dodge ball tournament in which all proceeds went to Cooper Levine, an Oswego High graduate who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Sept. 9, 2013 at the age of 18 and during his first year at Ithaca College. Gathering for the check presentation were, in front (left to right), Cooper’s mother Trish Levine, Student Council Secretary Allison Smith and Cooper’s father Al Levine. In back were Student Council Co-Aadviser Holley D’Angelo, Treasurer Evan Davis and Co-Adviser Kimberly Nihoff. The Levine family said, ”The support of our community has been overwhelming. The continued kindness and generosity of Cooper’s former teachers, fellow students and friends in the Oswego City School District has lifted our spirits during this time. We thank the students, advisors and participants for the OHS student council dodge ball tournament for keeping Cooper in their thoughts.”
The Oswego High School Student Council raised $2,500 organizing a faculty dodge ball tournament in which all proceeds went to Cooper Levine, an Oswego High graduate who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Sept. 9, 2013 at the age of 18 and during his first year at Ithaca College. Gathering for the check presentation were, in front (left to right), Cooper’s mother Trish Levine, Student Council Secretary Allison Smith and Cooper’s father Al Levine. In back were Student Council Co-Aadviser Holley D’Angelo, Treasurer Evan Davis and Co-Adviser Kimberly Nihoff. The Levine family said, ”The support of our community has been overwhelming. The continued kindness and generosity of Cooper’s former teachers, fellow students and friends in the Oswego City School District has lifted our spirits during this time. We thank the students, advisors and participants for the OHS student council dodge ball tournament for keeping Cooper in their thoughts.”

Fairgrieve artwork available for all the world to see

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Now parents of students at Fulton’s Fairgrieve Elementary don’t have to wait until a special school event to see their children’s artwork.

Kelly Allen, Fairgrieve art teacher, has teamed with Artsonia, artsonia.com — the world’s largest online kids’ art museum — to display the students’ artwork.  Continue reading

Jerry’s Journal: More school memories, Goldberg’s softball team, and the Fulton Memoir Project

By Jerry Hogan Kasperek 

One of the nicest things about writing my column is hearing from old friends and classmates, the most recent of which is Jane Rasmussen Wilcox via a surprise phone call to say how much she enjoyed reading my last couple of columns about Walradt Street and Phillip Street Schools.

“It brought back so many memories,” she said. Continue reading

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