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News and Articles for Phoenix Central School District.

EJD Middle School students exemplify “the Dillon Way”

At Emerson J. Dillon Middle School, students have learned to embrace the school lifestyle, “Dillon Way.”

This means students in grades five through eight are committed to strengthening their teams, taking on challenges and embodying the school’s character education traits. EJD recently held a Fall Kickoff for the 2016 Dillon Way, a full-day event where teams showcased their banners, chanted, completed team-building exercised and challenges and participated in relay races and games.

Grade-level teams who exemplify the Dillon Way will earn points throughout the school year and whichever teams earns the highest amount will be rewarded with a celebration day in the spring.

MAM students create little libraries

Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School are committed to increasing literacy in the Phoenix community by placing little libraries throughout the village.

MAM Teacher Desiree Moore said a group of students conducted research about access to books and found that some of their peers had never borrowed books and some had never been to a public library. After the students learned about a ‘little library’ that was near the public library, they were empowered to offer more little libraries so people could access books at places they visit or in more rural areas.

Little libraries are small, free-standing structures in communities that anyone can visit, select a book to take or borrow, and return at any little library location if they choose. People may also donate books to the little libraries.

The group of students wrote letters, asking people for donations, sought help from another class to help build little libraries and asked the Parent-Faculty Organization for a donation to be used for construction. Staff members were also asked to donate books to help fill the little libraries.

Two little libraries have been constructed and Moore has sought volunteers to help build a third little library.


MAM Elementary School students proudly display the
little library they developed to increase access to books
throughout the community. MAM Teacher Desiree Moore,
top right, helped organize the effort.

Open Houses held at MAM and EJD

With the 2016-2017 school year underway, parents in the Phoenix Central School District had a chance to meet their child’s teachers and tour the elementary and middle schools during recent open houses.

At Emerson J. Dillon Middle School, students led their parents around the building, stopping in different classrooms and meeting with teachers in each academic area. Parents learned about classroom expectations and discussed their child’s progress and goals for the school year.

Much like the middle school open house, the elementary school was bustling with excitement during its open house Sept. 21. Families and students filled the halls and classrooms of Michael A. Maroun Elementary, eager to meet the teachers and check out various class projects. Students in the kindergarten wing practiced writing their name while older students read stories and showed off their work.

According to Principal Brett Doody, the open house always draws a large crowd to the building and provides an opportunity for parents to be engaged in their child’s learning. “It’s great to see such a turnout,” Doody said. “We’re looking forward to a great year.”

Hurd Scholarships Provide Financial Boost for Phoenix Grads

Two Phoenix Central School District graduates began their freshmen semesters this fall with a financial boost from the Robert & Roberta Hurd Scholarship Fund.

Alex Brutcher and Morgan Stobart, members of the John C. Birdlebough Class of 2016, were the recipients of the scholarship. Brutcher received $40,000 to continue his education at Ithaca College, while Stobart was awarded $10,000 for tuition at Clarkson University.

The awards are part of a nearly $1 million bequest gift from the Hurds, alumni of Phoenix schools who wanted to give back to the community long after they passed away. Although Robert and Roberta graduated more than 70 years ago, their love of Phoenix and appreciation of their education journey left a lasting impact, which Brutcher and Stobart can attest to.

Peruvian Orphans Receive EJD Artwork

A class art project that began last year with students at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School made its impact across the globe this summer.

The Phoenix Central School District’s global reach stemmed from a project last spring spearheaded by EJD art teacher Ashley Modafferi. As part of the Memory Project, eighth-grade studio art students transformed photos of Peruvian orphans into hand-drawn portraits intended to help the children feel loved and to spread kindness throughout the world.

When the children in Peru received these portraits over the summer, a video crew was on hand to document their reactions. For Modafferi, the joy on the recipients’ faces was rewarding and heartwarming.

“I couldn't be prouder and more excited about this opportunity,” Modafferi said. “I had to share!”

JCB Hosts Freshman Orientation

John C. Birdlebough High School freshmen were accompanied by upperclassmen as they explored the school during a recent freshman orientation.

After the guided tour, the students were tasked with navigating the hallways themselves to practice their bell schedules in preparation of the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

“You’ll get used to it after a couple of weeks,” one upperclassman told a nervous freshman.

From left, JCB sophomores Olivia Thrall and Megan
Hess, join freshmen Mackenzie Gleason, Carly
Ingerson, Jazmine Butler and Lana Brown on a tour
of the high school.

Gold, Silver Stars Awarded to EJD Students

Several Emerson J. Dillon Middle School Students have earned either gold or silver star honors on their report cards for Marking Period 4.

Students who achieved a quarterly average of 90 or higher, with no failing or incomplete grades, earned a gold star. Silver stars were awarded to students who achieved a quarterly average of 85 to 89.99, with no incomplete or failing grades. Gold and silver star recipients were treated to a special activity to honor their accomplishments. The following students will receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishments:

Fifth-grade gold star recipients include: Kathryn AuClair, Chase Bacon, Isaiah Bergman, Allenmichael Borasky, Grayson Brady, Elisabeth Caltabiano, Liam Campanino, Solomon Campbell, Courtney Carter, Meghan Clothier, Reghan Conley, Dominic Croteau, Blake Duncan, Emily Dunn-Hulett, Hayley Dygert, Mark Eusepi Jr., Michael Farrar, Madison Fatcheric, Evan Fox, Damian Fratello, Zoe Gordon, Lindsey Goudy, Mia Graham, Kenidee Grover, Mallory Hess, Jason Hilton, Blake Hoyt, Mattie Hunt, Evan Isabell, Olivia Isabella, Alan Jacques, Conor Jones, Dylan Jones, Chase Kenner-Carbonaro, Morgan Lynch, Brooke McCann, John McDonald, Peyton Nichols, Tateum Patnode, Cody Perry, Logan Petrie, Lillianne Quinn, Hannah Reilley, Thomas Rose III, Sheriden Southworth, Zoey Stone, Ryan Thompson, Alexander Whaley, Austin Wilder and Sean Wood Jr.

Fifth-grade silver star recipients include: Ethan Bruno, Aiyannah Bukowski, Donnivan Bukowski, Jonathon Burgess, Peyton Callahan, Victoria Cerullo, Isaac Chesbro, Alexis Crandall, Milani Eldred, Natalie Fay, Robert Finch Jr., Shawn Froio, Anthony Guglielmo, Chloe Harvey, Riley Huntley, Brandon Ingoldby, Joseph Karasek, Lillian Maty, Mikayla Maxam, Jenna Moore, Jason Phoenix, Edward Pitcher, Sahara Sardo, Lillie Shaffer, Celia Tangorra and Julianna Williams.

Sixth-grade gold star recipients are: Sarah Andrews, Sarah Ashby, Virginia Bednarski, Adrianna Breckheimer, Gracie Britton, Thomas Checksfield, Kaitlyn Chesbro, Chloe Coughlin, Johnathan Dion, Isaiah Gordon, Joseph Green, Madisen Guerrero, James Hagg II, Jonah Hawthorne, Bethany Hook, Tye Hughes, Autumn Kelly, Maggie LaPine, Larissa MacDonald, Hannah McArthur, Jacob Neupert, Katelyn Pyzdrowski, Ariana Richway, Kylie Russo, Taylor Smith, Daniel Stellingwerf and Sean Stevens.

Sixth-grade silver star recipients are: Landon Armstrong, Noah Bartholomew, Stephen Beal, Masson Bell, Zackery Bennett, Mathew Bernard, Alissa Bova, Conner Calkins, Jake Charleston, Mary Crandall, Matthew Files, Dominic Germain, Mariah Gilligan, Alexandra Hopps, Alaina Hubbell, Jayde Jacobson, Willyam Jolly, Nicholas Joseph, Grace Landis, Nevaeh Lando, Grace McDonald, Max Morgan, Brady Munger, McKenna Neiss, Carter Norton, Carter Pinkley, Jarvis Piscitelli, Curtis Pitcher, Kelsey Redhead, Olivia Snyder, Chastity Thomas and Austin Wagar.

Gold-star recipients in seventh-grade include: Isabella Allen, Shay Altman, Emily Babbitt, Amaya Baker, Nicholas Bartlett, Ashleigh Besaw, Haley Bowersox, Sara Brunell, Chloe Calkins, Hannah Charleston, Emma Clark, Tabitha Clark, Sophia Crandall, Brielle DeRoberts, Alicia Durst, Alivia Eusepi, Francesca Goodell, Noah Gordon, Cierra Harvey, Nathan Kosakowski, Alivia Lamphere, Miranda LaRobardiere, Jock Li, Megan Lytle, Owen Lytle, Samantha McLoughlin, Zack Mills, Garret Morrissiey, Imari Piscitelli, Andrew Quinn, Tyler Redhead, Connor Roberts, Lily Roberts, William Semanchuk-Enser, Aiden Southworth, Nathaniel Sutter, Liam Sweeney, Zoie Tracy, Melody Trask,Sophia Trinca, Aidan Trumble, Thomas Uhl, Michael VanAuken Jr. and Mason Watkins.

Silver-star recipients in seventh-grade include: Natalie Brown, Kelsie Burgess, Hailie Dailey, Alexis Dryer, Ethan Fox, Hailey Fredericks, Zachary Green, Mattison Hess, Katherine Holbrook, Patricia Lamach, Jillian Loy, Hailey Maldonado, Robert Minard, Alex Olschewske, Keaton Renfrew, Brett Sears, Garrett Strang, Benjamin Thibault and Corinne Thibault.

Eighth-grade gold star recipients are: Emma Allers, Violet Ameele, Grace Arnold, Danielle Case, Cheyenne Cook, Jeffrey Cooper, Michael Dion, Elisabeth Dona, Darren Fischel, Caitlin George, Hailey Goudy, Allison Grabowski, Cassadee Handville, Trish Harris, Samantha Harrison, Keera Hazen, Carly Ingerson, Paige Isabell, Laila Jones,  Ann Joseph, Madison Kalt, Katelyn Kenner-Carbonaro, Jena Klimaszewski, Brigid Lawless, Julianna Lewis, Tina Li, Chloe Lytle, Amaya Malambri, Christian McKay, Alexandria Mills, Caitlyn Mitchell, Joseph Murphy, Savannah Neupert, Kelise Newby, Keva Newby, Skyler Patnode, Taylor Petrie, Ethan Remington, Aubrianna Renfrew, Leah Schlachter, Jacob St. Laurent, Tamika Stobart, Sarah Thorn, Nicole Tulowiecki, Teresa Uhl, Madison VanAuken, Grace Vestigo and Madison Watkins.

Eighth-grade silver-star recipients are: Olivia Bigelow, Mason Bresett, Jadan Bruno, Brianna Buonagurio, Alexis Capenos, Conner Cole, Jacob Cooper, Christa Delaney, Samuel Guthrie, Adam Hahn, Brianna Horn, Natalie King, Zaya Koegel, Lauren Kraft, Hailey Liscomb, Bradyn Lough, Matthew Maestri, Abigail Meaker, Brooke Palmer, Madison Pelton, Love Phillips, Vanessa Rivera, Lilly Salotto, Ayden Slack, Jacob Tangorra, Nicholas Vaverchak, Seth Watkins, Paige Weldin, Destiny Whitcomb and Elijah Young.

FamilyID Makes Athletics Registration Process Easier

We are excited to announce that the Phoenix Central School District is now offering the convenience of online registration for athletics and clearance through FamilyID

FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our athletic programs.  It will allow the district to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible eliminating the need for district nurses to complete, file, and store hundreds of documents. This program is replacing the current paper process.  You will no longer need to submit paperwork to the nurse or athletic office for sports signups and clearance. Everything will be completed online. 

Starting with the fall 2016 season, families must register through the FamilyID system prior to participating in any Phoenix athletic program.  Each student will need an up-to-date sports physical that parents/guardians can upload to the student’s profile. If your child has already completed their physical for the 2016-17 year with the school nurse, there is no need to have the student re-examined. However, you will have to register through the online system. Once registered, the system keeps track of your profile so you enter your information only once for multiple uses, multiple family members and multiple programs.Students not registered will not be permitted to participate. 

Registration is easy, simply visit the Athletic Registration page and follow the intructions.

Fall sports start dates:

Start Date – August 15, 2016
Registration begins/opens – July 18, 2016
***DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS August 10, 2016***
Start Date – August 29, 2016
Registration begins/opens – July 18, 2016
***DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS August 24, 2016***

PCSD Boosters to Host Golf Tournament

The Phoenix Firebirds Sports Boosters Club will host its 28th annual Gary Russell captain and crew golf tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Rose Creek Golf Course, 344County Route 33, Central Square.

The event will begin that day with an 8:30 a.m. check-in and a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. Each player’s $75 donation includes golf, cart, food and beverages. Throughout the tournament there will be drawings and special prizes, including a $10,000 hole-in-one prize.

Men’s, women’s and mixed teams are encouraged to enter. Foursomes are limited, so reserve your team today to guarantee a spot.

Proceeds will benefit the club’s projects and scholarship fund. For more information, or to register, contact Bob Patzke via telephone at 575-3317 or via email at creasemonkey@twcny.rr.com.

Phoenix Students Recognized as High Academic Scholar Athletes

Awards were distributed to student athletes at Emerson J. Dillon (EJD) Middle School and John C. Birdlebough (JCB) High School recently, recognizing them for high academic achievement.

Students must be passing three subjects as well as physical education to participate in school sports. The Academic Achievement Awards recognize students for attaining the highest grade point averages on the team.

The EJD students honored were Miranda LaRobardiere, Liam Sweeney, Thomas Uhl, Jock Li, Caitlin George and Francesca Goodell. The JCB students recognized were Gianna DeRoberts, Garrett Watkins, Emilie Hilliard, Kellen Arnold, Natalie Hart, Kristine Rowe, Alexis Smith, Mike Sadoski, Morgan Gravlin, Josh Margrey and Spencer Evans.

Phoenix Athletic Director Stephen Musso expressed his pride in each of students, mentioning their determination and hard work. He challenged those who participated in one or two sports to continue to improve and perhaps even tackle another sport.


EJD High Academic Achievement Award recipients Thomas Uhl, Jock Li and Caitlin George receive their plaques from Stephen Musso and Principal Sue Anderson. Not photographed, Francesca Goodell also received the High Academic Scholar Athlete Award.


EJD High Academic Achievement Award recipients. From left, Athletic Director Stephen Musso, Miranda LaRobardiere, Liam Sweeney and EJD Principal Sue Anderson.

JCB High Academic Achievement Award-winners Gianna DeRoberts, Garrett Watkins, Emilie Hilliard, Kellen Arnold, Natalie Hart, Kristine Rowe, Alexis Smith, Mike Sadoski, Morgan Gravlin, Josh Margrey and Spencer Evens receive their plaques of recognition from Phoenix Athletic Director Stephen Musso (right). DeRoberts, Watkins, Hilliard and Arnold received the Highest Overall Academic Achievement Awards.