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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.

JCB Seniors Honored During Band Performance

John C. Birdlebough High School symphonic band and wind ensemble members showcased their musical talents for a packed auditorium during their recent spring concert.

Staple high school pieces and challenging arrangements were wonderfully performed by the symphonic band, while wind ensemble members beautifully executed arrangements based on popular movies. Student Emily Roberts served as guest conductor of the symphonic band for “Psalm 42,” a powerful faith-based musical adventure with a strong euphonium solo performed by Christian Johnson. Audience members also applauded and cheered for soloists Julie Yates, Bryon Halstead, Joshua Margrey and Brian Breen for their percussion skills during the challenging song, “Duelin’ Xylos.”

The wind ensemble’s take on music from “The Lion King,” “Into the Woods,” “The Incredibles,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and Guardians of the Galaxy” was well received, as several guests were humming along to the familiar tunes.

David Frateschi, director of both the symphonic band and wind ensemble, commended students for their dedication and commitment to the emotion, technicality and demands of music. Superintendent Judy Belfield, JCB Principal Gregory Molloy and several Phoenix Alumni Band and Phoenix Band and Colorguard Boosters, Inc. members joined Frateschi in honoring the 21 band members of the senior class and other accomplished high school performers.

Several students were recognized for their participation in the New York State School Music Association Solo Fest, junior high area all-state, senior high all-state band and orchestra, outstanding jazz musicians, conference all-state band, all-county band, all-county orchestra, New Hartford Jazz all-stars, instrumentalist merit, instrumentalist musicianship and the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) honor band.

Wall plaques were presented to the following students: Mattingly Gleason (Patrick Gilmore plaque), Jacob Simpson (Woody Herman plaque), Jacob Nicolini (Louie Armstrong plaque), Derick White (Leonard Bernstein plaque), Joshua Dievendorf (Quincy Jones plaque) and Jacob Nicolini (John Phillip Sousa plaque). Catherine Barnhart received the Parade Band Award and Jacob Nicolini received the Phoenix Community Band Award.

NYSBDA Most Improved awards were given to Joshua Dievendorf, Christian Johnson and Nina Lewis, while Jacob Simpson received the NYSBDA Outstanding Musician Award and Mattingly Gleason received the NYSBDA Outstanding Musician Award. Dievendorf was also awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award, while Abigail Venskus received the Music department KEY and Amanda Briggs received the Instrumental department KEY.

JCB students in ninth- through 11th- grade received the following awards: Rookie Award, Olivia Ripley; Flexibility Award, Garrett Frink; Musicianship Award, Emily Roberts; Outstanding Talent, Sean Sievers; and Outstanding dedication, Zoe Heckert. JCB awards for seniors included: Outstanding Dedication, Karly McCann; Outstanding Talent, Marisa Dona; Outstanding Talent, Jolene Zaia; Musicianship Award, Carolynn Woodside; and Outstanding Dedication, Caitlynn Cromp.

Phoenix Alumni Band Scholarships were awarded to Jacob Nicolini, Abigail Venskus, Christopher Nicolella, Joshua Dievendorf and Derick White. The Michelle Huntley-Rudy Scholarship was awarded to Ashley Johnson and the Mark Storrings Service Scholarship was presented to Joshua Dievendorf.

The Phoenix Band and Colorguard Boosters presented the following scholarships: Eileen Kinney Colorguard Award to Caitlyn Hahn, Phoenix Band and Colorguard Booster Club Scholarships to Marrisa Ellis and Derick White. Ashley Johnson received the Phoenix Firebird Colorguard/Winterguard Scholarship and Marisa Dona received the Michelle Paczos Memorial Scholarship. The Michael Hyla Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Derick White, who also received the Smokey Kizer Scholarship.

Joshua Dievendorf received the new Selfless Service Scholarship, which was presented in honor of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5540 to an awardee to demonstrated qualities found in military service members and veterans.

Principal Molloy and Superintendent Belfield also presented senior cords to senior Tri-M Music Honor Society members.

Members of the JCB wind ensemble perform during their recent concert, which also served as a salute to seniors.


30th annual Canal Days a Big Hit with MAM 4th Graders

Michael A. Maroun Elementary School fourth graders enjoyed a step back in time during the recent the 30th annual Canal Days celebration.

Students walked from MAM to the canal system in downtown Phoenix and then huddled alongside the Oswego River where they learned about life skills, recreation and craftsmanship in the 1800s and early 1900s from historians that were in period costumes. Hands-on experiences included candle making, stitching, kneading bread, churning butter and participation in old-time games with assistance from members of John C. Birdlebough High School’s Leadership Team.

The fourth graders and their guests toured Tug Seneca, a medium-sized tug boat of the New York State Canal System. “It’s amazing, isn’t it?” one student said as he walked on deck. The fourth-grade teachers and Phoenix Central School District Superintendent Judy Belfield mingled with the students during the morning event.

Teacher Rebecca Coffin said students were able to connect to the activities and information because they had been learning about the canal and its impact on trade, travel, communities and businesses throughout the state.

The New York State Canal System in Phoenix was home to the 30th annual Canal Days where Michael A.
Maroun Elementary School fourth graders learned about life during the 1800s and early 1900s.

JCB Students Encouraged to Join Volunteer Firefighting Program

John C. Birdlebough High School students ages 16 to 18 may further develop their leadership skills by joining Enterprise Fire Co. No. 1 in downtown Phoenix.

Participation in the volunteer fire department’s Restricted Access Member (RAM) Program has afforded Phoenix Central School District students the opportunity to expand their education, leadership abilities and sense of community. Superintendent Judy Belfield said some of JCB’s most dedicated students have participated in the program and she wished more students became involved in the structured environment. Chief John L. McDonald said he would welcome more young adults into the program.

RAM participants must maintain a passing average in school and obtain positive comments from teachers. Although they may ride in the firetrucks to a scene, set up ladders and help with the hose line, RAM members cannot fight fires until they reach the age of 18. They may enroll in firefighting courses if they wish to become a full-fledged Enterprise member or if they would like to pursue other firefighting careers.

Their dedication to the local program may be rewarded as their graduation approaches, as McDonald said a few scholarships are awarded each year.

Pictured in the back row, from left, are: Austin Pierce, Zack Scribner and Austin McDonald. In front, from left, are Douglas Shaffer and Teona Draper. All students are from JCB, except McDonald, who attends G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

Phoenix Central and Fulton City school district students enjoy a break
from their duties as members of the Enterprise Fire Co. No. 1’s
Restricted Access Member Program.

Phoenix students showcase talent

Talent was on display in the John C. Birdlebough High School auditorium as students recently took the stage for the eighth annual talent show.

The evening featured 15 acts ranging from comedy to music to karate. While all the student performances earned the audience’s approval, Meghan Lees’ rendition of “Stone Cold” received the most votes and she took home top honors.

In addition to Lees’ performance, other musical acts included Jose Cavelino on the drums; Zachary Thompson on the piano and vocals; the Melodica Club’s “Movie Medley”; vocal duets by Zack Van Gorder and Zach Thompson, Hannah Nicole Grabowski and Evan Logee, and Chloe Koegel and Ned Greenough; vocal performances by Emily Forget, Olivia Ripley, Trinity Hessler and Alyssa Harrington; and a musical comedy dubbed the “Nostalgic Sandwich Project.”

Non-musical acts included Catherine Barnhart’s motivational speech/comedy, Alexis Bowering’s karate demonstration and Samantha Zerbinos’ spoken word poetry.

Safety Celebrated at MAM Elementary

Student safety is a top priority at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School.

Several fourth-grade students were recently recognized by School Counselor Nora Germain for their participation in the AAA School Safety Patrol throughout the 2015-2016 school year. For their efforts, Germain rewarded the patrol members with celebratory pizza and snacks. All 16 members received a certificate of recognition and a pin.

Germain thanked students for their commitment to keeping fellow elementary students safe in the school hallways and the bus area. Student Cody Hager came up with the idea to expand safety patrol services into the afternoon after he witnessed several students running to their busses earlier in the school year.

Wearing their fluorescent yellow safety patrol belts, students wrote tickets to classmates who exhibited unsafe behaviors and German helped address each issue as it arose.

Students will continue with their safety patrol duties until the first week of June.


MAM Elementary School fourth graders celebrate their accomplishments as AAA School Safety Patrol members
throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

EJD Students Receive Prestigious Honor

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society chapter recently welcomed 22 new members.

New members include: Isabella Allen, Shay Altman, Amaya Baker, Katelyn Carbonaro, Emma Clark, Tabitha Clark, Brielle DeRoberts, Elizabeth Dona, Alicia Durst, Francesca Goodell, Noah Gordon, Cierra Harvey, Alivia Lamphere, Miranda LaRobadiere, Jock Li, Andrew Quinn, Lily Roberts, Aiden Southworth, Tamika Stobart, Liam Sweeney, Aidan Trumble and Thomas Uhl.

For consideration into the prestigious group, each inductee must embody the following qualifications: scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Candles representing those pillars were lit by EJD Principal Sue Anderson and NJHS newly inducted officers: President Sarah Thorn, Vice President Keva Newby, Secretary Violet Ameele and Treasurer Brigid Lawless.

Co-adviser Helen Abbott said the students have served as role models to classmates and within the community they “have revealed their true character.” Jennifer Mainville, co-adviser, introduced each student and their accomplishments.

All students have exhibited strong academic skills and a sense of community. Each seventh- and eighth-grade student also wrote a letter to a teacher or person who has been an inspiration to them, several of whom pinned the inductees.

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School newly inducted National Junior Honor Society members, in the front two rows,
display their recognition certificates as current and former members in the back row show their support.