A mixture of students, parents, teachers and administrators filled the halls of John C. Birdlebough High School on Sept. 25 for the school’s open house.
Principal Gregory Molloy, who greeted students and parents as they entered the building, said the event allows parents to see what their students will be learning and get a feel for what their children experience every day.
Gabriele, Nicholas Bernard, Kea Corey (kneeling),
Briana Neiss (Kneeling), Olivia Uttamsigh, Ashley
Centner, Alyssa Froio and Mikaila Mills surround
Principal Gregory Molloy during the open house.
Molloy said the open house helps to create lines of communication between parents and teachers, which helps bridge the gap between what students learn in the classroom and what they’re able to retain at home.
“This certainly creates those lines of communication so parents can communicate and know how to get a hold of their teachers,” he said. “Then they kind of know what the protocol and expectations are, so they can reinforce those concepts at home.”
Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School kicked off the school year with an assembly that promoted positive behavioral traits.
The Show of Love, presented by Joe Trionfero, was an infusion of music with kindness as the overarching theme. Teachers, students and administrators joined forces during the character education program as they listened to songs and learned about respect, responsibility and friendship.
“This sets the stage for the entire year,” said MAM Principal Mary Stanton. “We renamed our hallways this year to reflect these important traits. It reinforces the idea of perseverance, respect, character and so many other important qualities.”
The cafeteria at Michael A. Maroun Elementary
School was abuzz with music, positivity and laughter
during Joe Trionfero’s recent character education
assembly. Above, students raise their hands to answer
questions about the behavioral expectations within
the school building.
Dozens of college representatives will be visiting John C. Birdlebough High School this fall to pitch their institutions to interested senior classmen.
The Guidance Department recently released a schedule of visits, and students will have an array of higher education officials to talk to during the coming months. According to JCB guidance counselors, the visits provide seniors with an opportunity to ask questions about a particular college or university. During the visit, representatives from each school will discuss the academic offerings, extracurricular activities, the admissions process and other important topics that may influence a student’s decision to attend a particular college.
Students are encouraged to view the schedule here and visit the guidance office to obtain a pass for the day of the visit.
teachers and staff were recognized for their 15 to 40 years of service with the
Phoenix Central School District (PCSD) on Faculty and Staff Opening Day, Sept.
Judy Belfield awarded pins of recognition to each of the 53 employees as they
approached the front of the auditorium. If all the years of dedication from
these staff members were added together, it would equal 995 years.
following are recognized for their years of service with the PCSD:
15 Years of
Abbott Teacher Aide, MAM
Astafan Teaching Assistant, EJD
Benjamin Physical Ed. Teacher, MAM
Bonnier 5th Grade Science Teacher, EJD
Cannella 2nd Grade Teacher, MAM
Demauro Music Teacher, EJD
Falise Teaching Assistant, EJD
Ford French Teacher, EJD
Halstead Head Custodian, EJD
Matlock 5th Grade ELA Teacher, EJD
McCaffrey 5th Grade ELA Teacher, EJD
Middleton Teaching Assistant, JCB
Mills Physical Ed. Teacher, JCB
Nelson Teacher Aide (MAM) / Bus Aide
North Teaching Assistant, MAM
Pitcher Math Teacher, JCB
Robertson Kindergarten Teacher, MAM
Sharkey Teaching Assistant, EJD
Sharp Science Teacher, JCB
Tommarello English Teacher, JCB
Walberger Math Teacher, EJD
Walberger Physical Ed. Teacher, EJD
Whorral Custodian, JCB
Food Svc. Helper, JCB
20 Years of
Allen Custodian, EJD
Alvarado Senior Food Svc. Helper, MAM
Bechard English Teacher, JCB
Bill Carvell Maintenance Worker
Clark Teaching Assistant, MAM
Dilorenzo Special Ed. Teacher, EJD
Gaudreau Guidance Counselor, JCB
Gerace Bus Drive, Transportation
Rudy Clerical, JCB Main Office
Germain Guidance Counselor, MAM
Lamanna Special Ed. Teacher, JCB
Martin Social Studies Teacher, JCB
McArthur Teaching Assistant, EJD
Miller Bus Driver
Ventura Social Studies Teacher, JCB
Patty Weber Clerical, MAM Main Office
25 Years of
Coleman Clerical, EJD Guidance
Giraudin Special Education Teacher, JCB
Hetko 5th Grade Math Teacher, EJD
Karkuff Bus Driver, Transportation
Grade Science Teacher, EJD
Sorrendino Teaching Assistant, MAM
30 Years of
Garrett 2nd Grade Teacher, MAM
Mercer Kindergarten Teacher, MAM
Woodard Clerical, JCB Guidance
35 Years of
40 Years of
Anderson Principal, EJD
J. Dillon Middle School welcomed the new fifth-grade class at an orientation
fifth-graders were greeted with a trail of colorful balloons that lead to the
cafeteria for a short presentation given by teachers and staff to assist with
the transition to middle school. Teachers kept a positive and encouraging tone
as they spoke about lockers, block scheduling, lunches, homework and more.
Counselor Katherine Barber said, “You have a phenomenal group of teachers this
year. They know what it’s like to be new. They are awesome; please call them or
me anytime you have a question.”
of the teachers and staff participated in the presentation of what to expect in
the fifth-grade and how to keep organized. They have implemented a binder
system that keeps students’ schedules clearly displayed on the front, homework
that is due in the front pocket and homework that is completed and graded in the
back pocket. Each student will be provided an agenda to use for the year that
also acts as a hall pass as well as a communication system between parents and
Matthew Westerlund and Guidance Counselor Andrew Quirk grilled hot dogs for the
roast that was offered to all families in attendance following the
Photo caption: Katie Alfano (left) and daughter
Ariana wait in line for a hot dog at Emerson J. Dillon fifth-grade orientation.
Central Schools welcomed seven new teachers to the district on Aug. 25.
a morning of breakfast and conversation, Superintendent Judy Belfield launched
new teacher orientation with a big welcome saying, “I want to welcome you and
wish you the best year ever.”
included introductions to several department heads and staff, school building
tours and overviews of technologies used by the District such as SchoolTool,
MyLearning Plan and Sharepoint. These programs allow documents, resources and
schedules to be posted online for convenient access by all teachers at any
time. They also assist in professional development.
Director of Instruction, Personnel and Educational Services Chris Byrne said,
“I am very confident we have a great group of teachers in this room . . . I am
very excited about all of you being here.” Byrne’s pride in the district was
displayed when he spoke of the district’s “wonderful students” and the gratification
of knowing that many teachers choose to stay within the district for their
Photo caption: New
educators of the Phoenix Central School District at the New Teacher Orientation
from (from left to right): Kim Clements (4th grade), Aimee Brooker (4th grade),
Kristen Jeffries (4th grade), Sara Stempowski (EJD Special Education), Lauren
Porrino (JCB Special Education), Melissa Dougher (Art), Michael Fitzgerald
in the Phoenix Central School District and their families lined the hallway
waiting to enter the cafeteria full of backpacks, glue sticks, pencils,
crayons, folders and more. Teacher Assistant Marla Leitner, who helped
coordinate the event, signed people in at the head of the line.
try to help families as much as we can,” said Leitner. “We had lots of cash
donations this year; I was out until 10:30 p.m. shopping for supplies.”
Stuff-A-Bus program is sponsored by United Way, which also gave $100 toward the
purchase of supplies for this event. The United Way partners with more than 20
businesses and organizations as well as Oswego County school districts to stuff
eight school buses with supplies to distribute to families, so that each
student has the tools they need for academic success. These supplies were
offered to all students in kindergarten through the 12th grade.
special donation was received from the Phoenix First Congregational United
Church of Christ and the First United Methodist Church of Phoenix this year. More
than 320 items were collected by children who attended the churches’ Vacation
Bible School over the summer.
year we work systematically with a program,” said United Methodist Lay Leader Judy
Craigmile. “The kids got so excited; some donated their own birthday money.”
Photo caption: Teacher Assistant
Marla Leitner (right) signs in Nicole Williams (left) and second-graders
Julianna and Ryan at the Stuff-A-Bus pick-up Aug. 22.
The first quarter of the school year will provide John C. Birdlebough High School juniors and seniors with several opportunities to learn more about area colleges and universities.
Representatives from eight colleges will be on hand in September and October to talk to students about the admission process, financial aid, course offerings, requirements and college-specific information. Students who are interested in meeting with a representative from any of the colleges are required to get a pass from the Guidance Office. All meetings will take place in the Guidance Office Conference Room.
Schedule for College Visits
As part of our district’s ongoing effort to ensure all students receive a complete and healthy meal in our school buildings and to cover costs associated with serving these meals, there will be a change in breakfast and lunch prices beginning in September.
Breakfast will now cost $1.45 in all buildings. Lunch prices will be $2.55 at Michael A. Maroun and $2.65 at both the middle school and high school.
Parents and the community may have questions about the change in prices. To better understand the reasoning behind the new meal prices, please click here. This document outlines how much government funding is allocated to the program: 28 cents for breakfast (which costs $2.44 to make) and 40 cents for lunch (which costs $3.48 to make); what factors contribute to meal prices; and other important information.
If your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch, please complete a 2014-2015 application and submit it to the Food Service Office as soon as possible. Applications may be completed at any time during the school year. Parents are responsible for the cost of meals until the application is processed.
Thirteen teachers in the Phoenix Central School District will have a new learning tool at their disposal when classes resume in September.
To align with the district’s vision and maintain its forward-thinking strategies, educators from each building recently participated in a five-day Flipped Learning Boot Camp, which incorporated Android tablets as supplemental learning devices. The boot camp was coordinated through Oswego County BOCES’ Instructional Support Services and led by computer education coordinator Jennifer Laubscher.
“In the Flipped Learning model, you are handing over that instruction piece to the individual,” Laubscher said. “It’s more of a self-guided lecture, so they can pause, take notes and process the information individually rather than the whole group.”
To better understand the new technology and the Flipped Learning Model, the boot camp taught teachers how to produce videos, where to find content, and how to use the content to spark students’ interests.
At the lower grade levels, students will rotate through stations to reinforce the content in a variety of ways, Laubscher said. For second-grade teacher Joelle Hendry, incorporating technology into the classroom keeps the students actively involved in learning.
“It’s much more engaging,” Hendry said of the Flipped Learning model. “The kids have more control over their own learning. They can access different apps and utilize other resources to make learning fun.”
Science teacher Rick Heffernan said the tablets will be a great tool for older students as well. “This is the kind of technology that kids are using on a regular basis outside of the classroom, so it’s nice to have that offered in school too,” he said. “The video tutorials will help reinforce the material covered during the lecture part of the class. It’s another piece of technology that will benefit our students.”
To ensure that students are getting the most out of the Flipped Learning model, teachers will continue their collaboration with personnel from OCB’s Instructional Support Services throughout the school year. They will meet periodically to plan, consult and co-teach different lessons.