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Emerson J. Dillon Welcomes New Fifth-Graders with Hot Dog Roast

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School welcomed the new fifth-grade class at an orientation Aug. 27.

Incoming 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.

Guidance 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.”

All 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 teachers.

Teacher Matthew Westerlund and Guidance Counselor Andrew Quirk grilled hot dogs for the roast that was offered to all families in attendance following the presentation.


Photo caption: Katie Alfano (left) and daughter Ariana wait in line for a hot dog at Emerson J. Dillon fifth-grade orientation.     


Phoenix Central School District Welcomes New Teachers

Phoenix Central Schools welcomed seven new teachers to the district on Aug. 25.

After 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.”

Orientation 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.

Executive 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 entire careers.


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 (Science)   

Michael A. Maroun Stuff-A-Bus Huge Success

Michael A. Maroun Elementary School’s pick-up date for Stuff-A-Bus School supplies Aug. 22 was a huge success.

Students 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.

“We 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.”

The 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.

A 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.

“Each 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.  

JCB upperclassmen can meet with college representatives this fall

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

University of Buffalo  Wednesday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. 
St. Lawrence University       
Tuesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m.
Alfred University  Thursday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m.
SUNY Oswego Friday, October 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Cazenovia College Tuesday, October 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Elmira College Wednesday, October 22 at 8:15 a.m.
SUNY Oneonta Friday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Alfred State  Tuesday, October 28 at 10:15 a.m.





New meal prices in effect for 2014-2015

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.

Phoenix teachers ready to use new technology in classrooms

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.

The Flipped Learning model allows teachers to create podcasts, videos and lectures that correspond with their lesson plan. Teachers compile the material electronically and make it available to students as an additional resource.
Joelle Hendry, a second-grade teacher at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School, uses a tablet to create a lesson plan for her students. Hendry was one of 13 teachers in the Phoenix Central School District who recently received training on the use of Android tablets in the classroom. The professional development opportunity was provided by Oswego County BOCES’ Instructional Support Services staff.

“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.

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.





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