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News and Articles for Phoenix Central School District.

Phoenix students’ community service project produces 110 Blizzard Bags

A trio of students in the Phoenix Central School District have tackled a service project aimed at helping elderly community members during the winter season.

For the past three years, eighth-grader Caitlin George and juniors Jon George and Nicole Hetko have put together Blizzard Bags to distribute to senior citizens in the Phoenix area. The students pound the pavement to get food donations from local businesses such as Tops, Walmart, Target and Price Chopper. The nonperishable items are then separated and bagged for distribution to clients enrolled in Oswego County Opportunities’ Nutrition Services.  

Phoenix Central School District students Jon George, Caitlin George and Nicole Hetko prepare Blizzard Bags as part of a community service project they have done in each of the past three years.
This year, the trio prepared 110 Blizzard Bags, which will provide clients with an emergency food supply if there is inclement weather and the Meals on Wheels program is unable to deliver.

According to PCSD teacher Nicole George, the students began this year’s collection efforts in August and the bags were completed in mid-November.

“Christine Parks, who works at Meals on Wheels, is always overwhelmed by their work,” Nicole George said, noting that the students’ contributions will be added to the others that are donated by different community organizations. “The kids do a great job giving back to the community.”

Nine JCB student musicians inducted into Tri-M Music Honor Society

John C. Birdlebough High School students carried on the Phoenix Central School District’s rich music tradition, as nine musicians were recently inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

The nine newest members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at JCB gather for a group photo after a recent induction ceremony. JCB student musicians recite the pledge of membership to signify their induction into the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
The inductees included Josh Margrey, Josh Dievendorf, Joseph Brennan, Ned Greenough, Alyssa Harrington, Olivia Ripley, Allison Strang, Abigail Venskus and Samantha Zerbinos.

“You guys are incredible musicians,” said JCB High School Principal and Tri-M co-adviser Greg Molloy. “Thank you for everything you bring to the JCB community.”

In addition to the students’ musical talents, Molloy noted that induction into the Modern Music Masters organization was also based on academic achievement and community service.

“You are well-rounded students and we are grateful that you share your musical gifts with your school and community,” Molloy said. “You are leaders, you are fine students and you are talented musicians.”

The students vowed to continue enhancing the reputation of the PCSD as a center for musical enrichment as they took the oath of membership.

Phoenix students perform random acts of kindness

At Emerson J. Dillon Middle School, students have embraced the random acts of kindness theme as they strive to make a positive impact on their school community.

Keeping with that theme, students in Sandy Silky’s class recently made decorative falls jars and presented them to five randomly selected teachers. The recipients were grateful to the students for their thoughtfulness.

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students Daren Jackson and Ashlyn Wallace display the fall jars they created for staff members as part of a “random acts of kindness” initiative. Looking on are teacher Laurie Doss and teacher assistant Andrea Fisher.

According to EJD teacher Laurie Doss, the project served as a life lesson in the importance of giving.

“Students are learning the importance of spreading kindness,” Doss said.

PCSD Students Participate in NYSSMA Senior High Area All State Music Festival

Ten talented students from the Phoenix Central School District participated in the New York State School Music Association Senior High Area All State Music Festival from November 20 to November 21 at Little Falls High School.

Students were selected to either the band, chorus or orchestra based on their previous year’s solo festival scores and teacher recommendations. Student Mattingly Gleason, oboe, and Daniel Knowlton, trumpet, performed in the all-state orchestra while Zachary VanGorder, tenor, and Meghan Lees, soprano, performed in the all-state chorus. The following students performed in the all-state band: Brian Breen, mallets; Derick White, French horn; Sean Sievers, trombone; Jacob Nicolini, trumpet; Marcus Berube, bassoon; and Zachary Thompson, alto saxophone.

PCSD directors David Frateschi and Brian Logee cheered on their students throughout the music festival.

Phoenix Central School District students celebrate their participation in the annual New York State School Music Association Senior High Area All State Music Festival, held November 20 and November 21 at Little Falls High School.

Career Day Held at EJD Middle School

The annual Emerson J. Dillon Middle School Career Day provided students with opportunities to consider educational pathways needed to reach their desired careers.

About 30 professionals with careers in theater, architecture, cosmetology, dancing, radio, and firefighting, among other genres, spoke to students about how hard work and dedication is needed to be successful. All students in grades five through eight participated in three 40-minute breakout sessions.

Ann Pellegrino, pastry chef and owner of Gingersnap Cake Bakery in downtown Phoenix, encouraged students who are interested in culinary careers to pay attention in math so they can learn conversions of ingredients, in science so they understand what makes ingredients bind together, and English so they can read recipes and write to clients.

One student told Pellegrino a successful career will help him and other people make money to support themselves. Connecting academic purpose with career goals is a way to help students to plant seeds for the eighth-grade family and consumer science unit, according to School Counselor Andrew Quirk.  That helps students prepare for their high school and post-secondary academic careers.

“This is an attempt to get kids to broaden their horizons,” Quirk said.

EJD Sixth-grader Maurice Handy gives a treat to puppy Kimberly, as Guiding Eyes for
the Blind Dog Trainer Cynthia Swift engages with other students. Swift and nearly
30 other professionals were presenters at the school's recent Career Day, which aimed
to get students thinking about educational pathways for potential careers.

Phoenix schools collecting food donations Dec. 7 through Dec. 16

Phoenix Central School District is once again joining forces with the community for their annual holiday school food drive that will take place December 7 through December 16.

Last year, over 220 boxes were packed for families in need in the Phoenix community. Coordinator of the donations and High School Physical Education Teacher Angela Neiss encouraged all to donate even more this year.

Boxes and bins will be available at each school in the district for donation drop-offs and also at each winter concert. All non-expired food items are welcome, especially instant potatoes, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, soups, stuffing, tuna fish, etc.

The following are dates for the upcoming Phoenix concert schedule: 12/1/15 - MAM 3rd grade concert at 6:30 p.m. in the intermediate gym/café; 12/8/15 - 7th  and 8th  grade band/chorus concert at 7 p.m. in the JCB auditorium; 12/9/15 - 5th & 6th grade band/chorus concert at 7 p.m. in the JCB auditorium; 12/1515 - JCB Band and Chorus Concert at 7 p.m. in the JCB auditorium.

 Phoenix students pack food boxes for those in need during last year’s
holiday season. Please consider donating to this year’s cause; boxes
available at each school in the district. 


Three PCSD Students Participate in NYSSMA Music Festival

Phoenix Central School District students Chloe Calkin, Hailey Goudy and Marcus Berube were selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association Junior High Area All State Music Festival, held November 6 and 7 in Cortland.

Students in grades seven to nine were given the opportunity to join the band, chorus and orchestra based on their NYSSMA scores and teacher recommendations. A total 43 districts were represented, crossing several counties.

Calkins played the euphonium, while Goudy played the clarinet and Berube played the bassoon. Trumpet player Olivia Ripley also was selected for the event, but was unable to participate.

The concert program included Sedona by Steven Reineke, Rain by Brian Balmages, In the Forest of The King by Pierre LaPlante, and Gadget by Randall D. Standridge. While Yvonne M. Allen, a band director from the Horseheads School District, directed this year’s NYSSMA band, Phoenix Central School District band directors David Frateschi and Jim DeMauro supported their students throughout the music festival.

Important Reminders: Early Dismissal Times and Dates

Important reminders:
**We will dismiss students one hour early on Wednesday, November 25 as we practice our annual “go home early” drill. Dismissal times for that day include: 1:20 p.m. for JCB, 1:23 p.m. for EJD, and 2:30 p.m. for MAM. Sports practices will begin an hour earlier than normal.
**November 19 and 20 are half-days for K-8 students (parent-teacher conferences. December 3 and 4 are half-days. Dismissal times for those days will be 11 a.m. for EJD and noon for MAM.

MAM Students Named to Safety Patrol

Michael A. Maroun Elementary School students who exemplified leadership and responsibility were chosen by their teachers as members of the school’s safety patrol. The 12 fourth-graders will man an assigned post each morning, watching out for any unsafe behaviors that needed to be reported to administration as fellow students get off their bus.

Pictured are students Sara Ruetsch, Talan Baker, Degan Parker, Alexis Phoenix, Luke Zellar, Rylee Denslow, Margo Pritting, Macray Pelton, Cody Hager, Harliegh Greenleaf, Ethan Reynolds and Arlin Russo.


Members of the Michael A. Maroun Elementary School 2015-2016 safety patrol are ready to watch out for unsafe behavior of fellow students in school.

We're Hiring: Substitute Teachers and a Teaching Assistant are Needed

The Phoenix Central School District is looking to hire substitute teachers and a teaching assistant to help provide quality education to the great students within our schools.

We are continuously accepting applications for substitute teachers for grades K-12. Candidates with a teacher certification issued by the New York State Education Department are preferred. The district also has a full-time probationary vacancy for a teaching assistant. Candidates for that position must possess a valid teaching assistant certification issued by New York State. All application materials for the TA position must be received by the district office by 4 p.m. Nov. 13.

For more information, click here.