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Read! Read! Read!

It's SUMMERTIME, the perfect time to enjoy a good book! Teachers at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School have compiled a list of books to spark the interest of all readers in the incoming fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes!

Find the reading lists on the EJD webpage or visit: http://www.phoenixcsd.org/Schools/EJD

Happy Reading!

Need to take a summer regents?

All regents exams will be administered at this year’s summer school location, PV Moore High School in Central Square. Busing for Phoenix students will be provided.

The 2014 summer exam schedule is as follows:

The Lab Performance test for Earth Science is scheduled for Wednesday, August 13
 at 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 8/13/14 at 8:00 a.m.:  Algebra I (Common Core), Comprehensive English, Geometry, RCT in Writing
Wednesday, 8/13/14 at 12:00 p.m.:  Global History & Geography, RCT in Science, RCT in US History & Government
Thursday, 8/14/14 at 8:00 a.m.: US History & Government, Integrated Algebra, RCT in Global Studies, RCT in Mathematics
Thursday, 8/14/14 at 12:00 p.m.: English Language Arts (Common Core), Living Environment, Physical Setting/Earth Science, RCT in Reading

Registrations for summer school and/or a regents exam must be completed by Noon on Monday, July 7.  Please contact the JCB Guidance Office as soon as possible at 695-1645.

John C. Birdlebough Senior Athletes Honored at Recognition Banquet

The Phoenix Central School District, in conjunction with the Phoenix Firebirds Sports Booster Club, honored athletes from the John C. Birdlebough Class of 2014 at the annual Senior Athlete Recognition Banquet. Over fifty seniors were recognized at the banquet for their participation in interscholastic athletics and several distinguished awards and scholarships were presented.

Senior Recognition Awards were presented to: Kyle Andrews, Haley Besaw, Dylan Borza, Anthony Brienza, Ralph Casillo, Kaitlyn Clapp, Codie Corso, Sabastian Czyz, Ciara Daly, Dylan Doupe, Austin Dristle, Sage Dygert, Gabrielle Esposito, Ian Evans, Trevor Ferens, Jenna Freytag, Austin Furco, Marissa Gersbacher, Michael Girard, Tyler Hanna, Eric Hillpot, Kimberly Holbrook, Michael Leach, Meghan Lentz, Skylar Mace, Nichole Marr, Michael Mironti, Jason Nipper, William Ostrander, Andrew Padula, Ryan Pinzer, Bryce Plante, Derick Powell, Paige Recore, Robert Reynolds, Tyler Sahm, Brian Sawyer, Stephanie Seever, Brian Stafford, Kaitlyn Stenoski, Billy Stone, Dylan Switzer, Emilio Tassone, Nickolas Tassone, Daniel Taylor, Destiny Teel, Haylie Virginia, Trevor Wells, Alexandra Wilson, Brandon Wood, and Zachary Young.

The Pete Zollo “Mr. Baseball” Scholarship Award recognizes one senior baseball player for exemplifying love and passion for the sport and the community. Varsity baseball coach Charles Chawgo presented this year’s award to Emilio Tassone.

Senior Michael Mironti was presented with the Ridge Barden Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.

The Don and Marcia DenBleyker Scholarship recognizes student-athletes for their athletic performance, overall scholastic achievement and community service. The 2014 recipients were three-sport athletes Alexandra Wilson (tennis, basketball and softball) and Eric Hillpot (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field).

Established in 2008, the Judi and Doug Graham Scholarship Award is presented annually to one male and one female athlete that is involved with sports boosters’ activities as well as athletic and school activities and also demonstrates outstanding character traits. This year’s recipients were Kimberly Holbrook (tennis, basketball, softball) and Dylan Switzer (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field).

Seniors Haylie Virginia and Dylan Doupe were recognized for their outstanding contributions to their sports teams and presented with the Outstanding Senior Athlete Award. This award is presented in honor of Ronald P. Woodruff, retired Phoenix Central School District Athletic Director.

The “Doc” Jones Athletic Scholarship Awards are presented annually in honor of previous long-time Athletic Director “Doc” Jones to recognize a well-rounded male and female athlete for their achievements in the field of athletics, academics, leadership and community service. The 2014 honorees are Paige Recore (volleyball) and Dylan Doupe (football, outdoor track and field).

Additional honors presented at the banquet include: Section III Scholar Athlete Awards to Meghan Lentz and Bryce Plante; Parent of the Year Awards to Mary Plante and Brenda and Brian Doupe; Coach of Year Awards to Michelle Goodfellow and Andy Lewis.

The “Doc” Jones Athletic Scholarship Award was presented to John C. Birdlebough Seniors Paige Recore, left, and Dylan Doupe, right. Pictured with the honorees is “Doc” Jones, a previous long-time Athletic Director at the Phoenix Central School District.

 The Ronald P. Woodruff Outstanding Senior Athlete Award was presented to John C. Birdlebough Seniors Haylie Virginia, right, and Dylan Douple, left. Pictured with the honorees is retired Phoenix Central School District Athletic Director Ronald P. Woodruff.

 John C. Birdlebough Seniors Kim Holbrook, left, and Dylan Switzer were awarded the Phoenix Firebird Sports Boosters Judi and Doug Graham Scholarship Award at the annual athletic recognition banquet. Pictured with the honorees is Judi and Doug Graham.

 Alexandra Wilson and Eric Hillpot, two members of the John C. Birdlebough Class of 2014, were honored at the Phoenix Athletic Recognition Banquet for their scholastic achievement and community service with the Don and Marcia DenBleyker Scholarship Award. Pictured, left to right, are: Eric Hillpot, Marcia DenBleyker, Don DenBleyker, and Alexandra Wilson.

 Phoenix Central School District Athletic Director Jim Drancsak presented the Ridge Barden Memorial Scholarship to Michael Mironti at the school district’s annual athletic banquet.

 Emilio Tassone was the recipient of the 2014 Pete Zollo “Mr. Baseball” Scholarship Award. The award is presented annually to recognized one John C. Birdlebough senior member of the varsity baseball team for exemplifying a love and passion for the sport and the community. Pictured with Tassone is Phoenix Central School District Athletic Director Jim Drancsak.

 Section III of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association presented John C. Birdlebough seniors Meghan Lentz, left, and Bryce Plantz with the 2014 Section III Scholar Athlete Award. This award recognizes outstanding senior athletes for maintaining an average of 92% or higher throughout their high school career. In addition to accepting the honor at the Phoenix Central School District Annual Athletic Recognition Banquet, the pair were invited to join other Section III Scholar Athlete Awardees from across Central New York for a recognition dinner at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College.






Emerson J. Dillon 8th Grade Awards Day

An awards celebration on the final day of the 2013-14 school year honored eighth grade students at Phoenix’s Emerson J. Dillon Middle School for various achievements and academic accomplishments.

Teaching staff recognized students for enthusiasm, effort and excellence in the following subject areas: math, science, English language arts, social studies, art, technology, family and consumer science, foreign language, and band.

Eighth grader Joseph Lacey was presented with the Kevin E. Kon Technology Award, recognizing him for his ability to “think outside the box” and have fresh ideas, and the Century Club, in conjunction with the Phoenix Public Library, presented Alyssa Goudy with the Emma Pendergast Reading Award.

Principal Sue Anderson was given the distinct honor of presenting two awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.

The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement recognizes students who show educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects. This award was presented to: Mikalah Bell, Emily Bell, Julie Daubek, Victoria Dievendorf, Jonathan Downing, Devin Dubovik, Becka Fuller, Brandon Germain, Trinity Green, Bradlee Hess, Brittney Hunter, Corinne Janusz ka, Joseph Lacey, Nina Lewis, Gabriella Liberty, Kali Livingston, Frank Palmer, Lawrence Pilon, Ryan Shafer, Zachary Tulowiecki, Jerrett Williams, Jordan Williams, and Kolbey Young.

The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence recognizes students for meeting the highest possible academic standards. Recipients must have earned at least a 90 overall average for three and one-half years at EJD Middle School and also demonstrated high achievement in reading or mathematics on the New York State exams. This award was presented to: Dixon Ameele, Andrew Avery, Jordan Cole, Gabrielle Crandall, Alyssa Goudy, Hannah Grabowski, Morgan Gravlin, Natalie Hart, Zoe Heckert, Alexandra Hoag, Megan Maestri, Emily McDonald, Breanna Mitchell, Ethan Murakami-Hamm, Catherine Musumeci, Bailey Otter, Lauren Schmidt, Alexis Smith, Brianna Squier, Haley Stellingwerf, Alisa Trudell, Ben Vienneau, Kaitlin White, and Julianne Yates.

In addition, 15 students were presented with an EJD Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and a Phoenix Firebird fleece blanket. This award recognizes students who earned Gold Star Honor Roll distinctions, a grade point average of 90 or higher with no incompletes or failing grades, for all four years at EJD. Honorees include: Dixon Ameele, Jordan Cole, Hannah Grabowski, Morgan Gravlin, Natalie Hart, Alexandra Hoag, Megan Maestri, Emily McDonald, Catherine Musumeci, Alexis Smith, Brianna Squier, Haley Stellingwerf, Alisa Trudell, Kaitlin White, and Julianne Yates.

The final set of awards during the ceremony recognized the following students for four years of perfect attendance: Joseph Lacey, Alexis Smith, Trevor Worden, and Paul Zogg. Each honoree received a Phoenix Class of 2018 t-shirt and a Nice ‘n Easy gift card.

Principal Anderson closed the ceremony with a heartfelt “thank you” to the students, saying, “You are smart, you have worked hard, and you have truly represented the Dillon Way [Respect plus responsibility equals success].”

Joseph Lacey, an eighth grade student at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School was presented with the Kevin E. Kon Technology Award in recognition for his creative thinking and fresh ideas.

 The Century Club, in cooperation with the Phoenix Public Library, presented Emerson J. Dillon eighth grade student Alyssa Goudy with the Emma Pendergast Reading Award. Pictured with Goudy is Century Club members Barbara Henderson, left, and Mazzie McMillen.

 In recognition of his excellence in music, Emerson J. Dillon eight grader Dixon Ameele was presented with a Jazz Award by Music Teacher Jim DeMauro.

 An Outstanding Academic Achievement Award was presented to fifteen eighth grade students at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School in recognition of earning Gold Star Honor Roll status during all four years at the school. Pictured are five of the honorees, left to right: Catherine Musumeci, Alisa Trudell, Haley Stellingwerf, Emily McDonald, and Hannah Grabowski.




Fourth graders say goodbye to MAM

Scholarship winner Brooklyn Spring stands with Student Branch Manager of Edge Federal Credit Union Cory Sherwood and Phoenix Teachers Union President Terry Iorio.

Students in fourth grade at Michael A. Maroun Elementary attended a special send off on June 25. The “seniors of the school” were recognized for being outstanding leaders, and were treated to a pizza party and live DJ. Students also signed each other’s yearbooks and matching school spirit shirts.

Edge Federal Credit Union awarded Brooklyn Spring with a $100 scholarship to use towards her future college education. She will receive the same amount after graduating from EJD, and again after completing her education from the Phoenix Central School District.

The Phoenix Teachers Union also presented Spring with a matching $100 scholarship.

Outstanding achievement, effort recognized during JCB ceremony

Phoenix High School students have been trailblazers in the classroom and their efforts were celebrated during a June 13 ceremony in the auditorium.

The assembly honored 42 students with Blaze Awards, which recognized ninth through 12th graders for dedication, effort, work ethic, commitment, service, discipline and communication.

“These awards are given that name because you are the Firebirds. It’s connected to the mission statement of (John C. Birdlebough High School),” said JCB Principal Greg Molloy. “A blaze is something that spreads and carries, and your actions have done that.”

In addition to the Blaze Awards, more than 400 JCB students were recognized by their teachers for excellence, improvement and other positive attributes exhibited in the classroom. For the 85 seniors who took home JCB Awards, the assembly was another indication that high school is drawing to a close.

“You won’t realize how great of an experience (high school) is until about two years after you have graduated,” Molloy said as he praised the seniors for their efforts. “I couldn’t have asked for a better example of senior leadership this school year. Your leadership has helped guide the way for the students behind you.”


Pictured: JCB Assistant Principal Patrick
Fitch presents a JCB Award to senior Kaitlyn
Clapp for her outstanding effort and
talent in art.

Summer Lunch Program at MAM Elementary

A child's need for good nutrition does not end on the last day of the school year. Through the District's Summer Lunch Program children and adults in the community can enjoy a well-balanced daily lunch special during the summer months. 


Visit the Food Service webpage for more details and information:


Phoenix High School juniors earn accolades

Phoenix High School juniors recently earned scholarships recognizing them for their leadership, innovation, community involvement, problem-solving abilities and academic achievement. In front, from left, are Taylor Chesboro, Emma Brunell, Emilie Schneider, Finella Campanino, Olivia Uttamsingh, Ashley Centner, Hannah Lees, Delaine May and Abigail Ewald. In back, from left, are Jacqueline Greer, Andrew Smith, Shaun Turner, Wyatt Parker, Benjamin Bulgrien and Justin Ross.

Graduating seniors at John C. Birdlebough High School were not the only students to earn academic recognition and scholarships during year-end ceremonies, as 15 junior classmen received major financial awards as well.

“These are pretty prestigious awards,” said JCB Principal Greg Molloy during an assembly June 13. “This is an awful lot of money – some (scholarships) are worth $40,000. You’ve worked hard and deserve these awards.”

Molloy praised the students for their efforts and presented the following financial awards: St. Lawrence University Book Award – Taylor Chesboro; Clarkson University Leadership Award – Benjamin Bulgrien; LeMoyne College Heights Award – Jacqueline Greer; University of Rochester Xerox Innovation and Information Technology Award – Ashley Centner; Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award – Emma Brunell; RIT Computing Medal and Scholarship Award: Finella Campanino and Justin Ross; Student Sage Award – Abigail Ewald and Delaine May; University of Rochester Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award – Emilie Schneider;  University of Rochester  Bausch and Lomb Award – Olivia Uttamsingh; University of Rochester  George Eastman Young Leaders Award and Scholarship – Shaun Turner; Clarkson University Achievement Award – Andrew Smith; Elmira College Key Award – Hannah Lees; Rensselaer Medal Award – Wyatt Parker.

Dismissal times changed for last week of school at MAM & EJD

The last week of school is June 23rd through Thursday, June 26th. E. J. Dillon Middle School and Michael A. Maroun Elementary will be dismissed at the following times:

On June 23, 24 and 25 MAM will dismiss at 11:45 a.m., and EJD will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. Any EJD students requiring extra time for the finals will have a separate run, if necessary.

On June 26, the last day of school, MAM will dismiss at 11:00 a.m., and EJD will dismiss at 9:45 a.m.

Please note that these are earlier times than our usual half day dismissal times.


A Busy Summer of Construction Slated for MAM, EJD and JCB

Capital project renovations in the Phoenix Central School District will continue immediately following graduation.

All three of the district’s buildings will begin small construction projects. For those who are planning on visiting any of the schools, please call ahead as some of the entrances may be temporarily changed.

Summer school students will be transported from E. J. Dillon Middle School. This is a change from previous years.

Work at Michael A. Maroun Elementary includes a new main entrance. At E.J. Dillon Middle School, there will be upgrades to the HVAC units in the old wing, as well as a roof repair over the art wing.  At John C. Birdlebough High School, the roof over the athletic wing will be replaced and the weight room will be expanded.

Improvements to the outdoor track began in May. The stadium will proudly display school pride with an orange track surface.


vote Career Day E.J. Dillon 9/11 EJD Remember Bruce Coville Phoenix Elementary Oct. 10 author visit Phoenix Monster Match Desiree Moore Michael Maroun leadership group Cathy Lee community scholar athletes fall 2013 academic success team award Student Council Leadership Team Community Christmas JCB Sweet Memorial Santa Tree Lighting varsity wrestling team Phoenix Firebirds Marcellus Win John C. Birdlebough Career and Technical Educaiton EJD band performance holiday concert DeMauro Kelly Chorus Music Phoenix Community Band Polar Express Jill Lunn Holiday Shopping EJD Chamber Singers MAM Mary Stanton Lois Luber United Way Phoenix Donations Annual Campaign Faculty Staff Holiday songs concert Michael A. Maroun Food Service Nutrition Honor Society Ceremony Scholarship Leadership Student Service Character Belfield Molloy Neiss Emerson J. Dillon Maroun third-grade Rotary dictionary students Stanton Fulton Sunrise Joe Adams OCO SAF Girl Scouts Megan Bittel Colleen Saxby Stereotypes Relationships JCB College Scholarships Dollars For Scholars JCB News club after-school Fredenburg TV sro safety officer Alyssa Harley Swim Fulton Silver Stars Gold Stars Financial Aid McMonagle Puppets for Safety Billie Brady jazz band Percussion Ensemble Michael Mironti Regents Leadership Council Team athletics Softball Michael A. Maroun Elementary Back to the Future Phoenix Central School District Emerson J. Dillon Middle School John C. Birdlebough High School School Budget Board of Education Budget aid funding school Ritchie Barclay reduction GEA proposals red heart healthy Feburary Honor Roll Gold Star Silver Star 100 days Brenda Bailey BOCES snow days break late bus transportation extracurricular EJD Jazz Band Phoenix Varsity Jazz Band Ashlyn Wallace Sandy Silky Raina Hinman Random Acts of Kindness Modern Millie Maggie Balles Logee spring Musical videoconference fourth-grade Faulkner Texas Read Around the Planet donation lottery tree traffic safety board Rani Jha artist Mithila Phoenix Community Band Agricultural Literacy Week Cornell Cooperative Extension Showcase students band Elementary School Transportation Department Music In Our Schools MIOSM John C Birdlebough district instructional calendar 2014 2015 approved Mr. Phoenix 2014 Ben Bulgrien winner contest earth science honors symposium susan sharp Best Communities for Music Education National Association of Music Merchandizers Wieczorek Hat Day Fundraiser Cancer St. Balrick's seniors juniors sophomores freshmen battle classes winners state testing pep rally science fair PFO Haylie Virginia Canisius Letter of intent Andy Lewis Cross-Country Running Wintergaurd vocal concert volunteer youth service awards ceremony vfw review Emerson J Dillon NHS Michael A. Maroun Elementary School Emerson J. Dillon art show Dennis Pullen Capital Project Marchin Salvation Army Jazz Ensemble Moyer Canal Days Alumni PCSD Patty Ritchie Lisa Balles Lisa Spereno Junior Blaze Awards Brooklyn Spring Phoenix Teachers Union Edge Federal Credit Union