Fifteen Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students recently participated in peer mediation training with New York State Unified Court System Certified Mediation Skills Trainer John W. McCullough. McCullough serves as executive director of New Justice Conflict Resolution Services Inc., Syracuse. Students were trained to make a difference by helping students that are in disagreements and guiding them in the resolution process.
The following students were selected by their teachers because they exhibited the personal qualities necessary to be a peacekeeper within the middle school: 5th graders: Grayson Brady, Mallory Hess, Alexis Izyk-Treece, and Logan Petrie; 6th graders: Sarah Ashby, Virginia Bednarski, Mathew Bernard, and Jeffrey Horner; 7th graders: Isabella Allen, Shayna Applebee (missing from photo), Jock Li, and Lily Roberts; and 8th graders: Dominick DeMong, Brigid Lawless, Madison Pelton, and Teresa Uhl. Peer mediators are advised by Raina Hinman.
Phoenix Central School District employees were recently celebrated for many years of service. Those who have worked for the district for 15, 20, 25, 35 and 40 years were honored. Also recognized was Diane Galster who will retire in December.
The Phoenix High School Instrumental Music Program participated in the Darien Lake Festival of Music this year. The wind ensemble won first place in the AAA competition and the varsity jazz band won first place in the AA competition under the direction of music teacher David Frateschi. The symphonic band, under the direction of music teacher Joanna Young, received second place in the AA competition. The wind ensemble also received the “Grand Champion” award for best performance by a concert band out of all the bands participating with the high score of the day, 98.
Outstanding Academic Achievement
Maggie-Lee Basile•Eric Betts•Madison Bird•Trent Breckenridge•Gage Breckenridge•Cole Britton•Christopher Bruno•Christopher Caltabiano•Abigail Clark•Casie Coon•Nicollette D’Arrigo•Donovan Dygert•Matthew Francis•Luke Francisco•Robert Fredericks•Brianna Gates•Hans Goodnow•Kirsten Greenleaf•Bryon Halstead•Johnna Harke•Tia Hill•Ethan Hunt•Hunter Jewell•Morgan Johnson•Ashley Carbonaro•Cole LaPine•Taylor Mattice•John Matzke V•Erin McArdell•Leo Murray Jr.•Makayla Newvine•Jacob Palmatier•Dakota Palocy•Caytlyn Prickett•Hannah Sallis•Alyssa Schafer•Payton Scruton•Natasha Zody•Mark Zogg
Outstanding Academic Excellence
Annabelle Adams•Gabriella Allen•Kearra Backus•Marcus Berube•Erika Brown•Gianna DeRoberts•Hannah Gilbert•Xander Harrison•Declan Hawthorne•Megan Hess•Emilie Hilliard•Danielle LeFebvre•Wendy Li•Ashley Margrey•Alayna Merrill•Olivia Ripley•Kristine Rowe•Mairin Sgroi•Mariah Sheirer•Joshua Smith•Crystal Stobart•Olivia Thrall•Joshua VanGorder•Garrett Watkins•Edward Zellar
As Emerson J. Dillon eighth-graders prepare to make the transition to high school, their teachers and administrators recently took time to recognize them for their accomplishments.
Hundreds of awards were presented during a morning assembly in the school cafeteria. Teachers recognized students in every area from athletics to academics. Some of the honorees were praised for their consistent marks throughout the year, some were congratulated for making significant improvement, and others were honored for their effort and perseverance.
In addition to awarding traditional certificates and trophies, the EJD Student Council and Parent Teacher Organization donated special prizes to students who had perfect attendance and/or received Gold Stars for all four years of middle school. Phoenix “Class of 2019” T-shirts were presented to perfect attendance award winners Gianna DeRoberts, Crystal Stobart and Mark Zogg. The four-year Gold Star winners were: Annabelle Adams, Gabriella Allen, Marcus Berube, Erika Brown, Gianna DeRoberts, Hannah Gilbert, Declan Hawthorne, Megan Hess, Emilie Hilliard, Wendy Li, Ashley Margrey, Alayna Merrill, Olivia Ripley, Kristine Rowe, Mariah Sheirer, Crystal Stobart, Olivia Thrall, Joshua VanGorder, Garrett Watkins and Edward Zellar. These students were presented with Firebird fleece stadium blankets.
For the soon-to-be high school students, the ceremony was bittersweet as they reflected on their past achievements and looked forward to future success. Class president Garrett Watkins commended his classmates for making their mark on EJD.
Valedictorian Olivia Uttamsingh
Phoenix senior Olivia Uttamsingh said she wants to be remembered by her classmates as someone who never wasted her time, which is one of the reasons she excelled in school and was named the valedictorian of the Class of 2015.
Olivia, the daughter of Catherine and Prakash Uttamsingh, has been involved in a bevy of activities throughout her four years at John C. Birdlebough High School. She was in several extracurricular clubs and school organizations that helped her explore the diverse opportunities available to Phoenix students.
“I would encourage the undergrads to get involved in the school and the community,” Olivia said. “There are so many options: music, drama, leadership, National Honor Society, student council. Don’t not do something and regret it later. Always take the opportunities that come your way.”
Olivia has seized many opportunities during her years of schooling and she is hoping to capitalize on even more opportunities at the University of Rochester, where she will spend her foreseeable future studying biomedical engineering. Ultimately, she said, she would like to move on to medical school and embark on a career as a pediatric surgeon.
While she is eager to begin the next chapter of her life, Olivia noted that her time in the Phoenix Central School District created memories that will linger with her forever. “The district has been really good about working with me to achieve my goals. My teachers and Mr. Hurlbutt (JCB guidance counselor) were all there to write recommendations for me during the application process,” she said. “I got to know the students and the teachers really well. It’s been a great school district to grow up in.”
Salutatorian Ashley Centner
With a strong internal drive to succeed, John C. Birdlebough High School senior Ashley Centner is not one to settle for mediocrity. Her work ethic has propelled her toward the top of her graduating class, and her 102.68 average earned her the distinction as salutatorian.
Ashley, the daughter of Rene and Christopher Centner, said her family and friends have always been there to encourage her to chase her dreams. She will go after those dreams at the University of Albany in the fall, where she will study biochemistry and molecular biology.
“I would love to work in a research lab in a hospital or go on to medical school,” Ashley said. “Maybe work with diseases and vaccinations.”
Although her passion for science will shape her career, Ashley noted that an English class at JCB was one of her most memorable experiences; not because of the subject but because of the teacher. Under the tutelage of KC Bechard, the salutatorian learned to love a class that she had previously detested. “Mrs. Bechard gave me constructive criticism and it’s something I really needed,” Ashley said.
In addition to being tested in the classroom, Ashley also took on athletic challenges and other extracurricular activities. She was a member of the basketball team and participated in school organizations such as student council, the principal’s cabinet, National Honor Society and leadership group.
As she prepares to embrace success in college and in her future, Ashley stressed the importance of having a strong sense of self and encouraged her classmates to do the same.
“Never give up on your dreams,” she said. “Don’t be afraid of what people think. Do what you want to do.”
Pictured are JCB High School valedictorian Olivia Uttamsingh (left) and salutatorian Ashley Centner.
John C Birdlebough juniors and seniors received thousands of dollars in scholarships at their end-of-the-year awards ceremony.
Principal Gregory Molloy congratulated the students on their tremendous efforts and expressed his pride in the district in regards to the senior prank that occurred that morning; seniors surprised the teachers in the school parking lot and charged them each $1 to park their vehicle. The money raised was donated to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse.
“There is something really special about Phoenix and this community,” said Molloy. He encouraged the seniors to always remember where they came from.
The Triple “C” Award is presented on behalf of the New York State Office of the Attorney General (Eric T. Schneiderman) and recognizes commitment of a student to better himself, his school and his community; Wyatt Parker was the recipient of this year’s award.
The Herff Jones, Inc. “Believe in You” Principal’s Award exemplifies the ability to combine academic excellence and exemplary leadership in school and community activities. The student leader honored this year was Maria Musumeci.
The following financial awards were also recognized:
St. Lawrence University Book Award – Marisa Dona; Clarkson University Leadership Award – Kellen Arnold; LeMoyne College Heights Award – Emma Discenza; University of Rochester Xerox Innovation & Information Technology Award – Sarah Hoag; Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award – Brianna Ball; RIT Computing Medal & Scholarship Awards – Mackenzi Berube and Jordan Jock; Student Sage Award Winners – Morgan Stobart and Abigail Venskus; University of Rochester Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award – Jolene Zaia; University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Award – Jonathan Schmidt; University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award & Scholarship – Derick White; Clarkson University Achievement Award – Michael Sadoski; Elmira College Key Awards – Christopher Nicolella and Lauren Porter; Rensselaer Medal Award – Zachary Van Gorder.
Michael A Maroun Elementary School gave a proper surprise send-off to their retiring principal, Mary Stanton, at their last path to greatness character education ceremony of the year.
Secretly, the students and staff coordinated an outdoor picture in which each grade level wore a different color of the rainbow. Each class was lined up to form the image of a rainbow for a rooftop photograph. This picture was framed, signed and presented to Stanton at the school’s last path to greatness character award ceremony.
The morning started off as any other path to greatness character award ceremony. Maddison Hart and Blake Hoyt were selected from a random drawing as winners of new bicycles for displaying the character trait of citizenship. Each time a student displayed citizenship that month, their name was entered into the drawing.
“Citizenship is what the path to greatness is all about,” said teacher Desiree Moore. “Being respectful, being safe, following rules and working to solve problems within your community.”
Moore continued to share a video created by MAM students about the “buddy bench” that was installed on the playground. Being good citizens, some of the students noticed that other kids were lonely and had no friends to play with on the playground at times. Together, they came up with the idea for a “buddy bench;” a place where kids could sit if they were looking for someone to play with. The video encouraged the students to look out for each other and told the kids that if they saw someone on the buddy bench, they should ask them if they want to play.
Just as the ceremony appeared to be over, teachers brought out the framed Michael A Maroun Elementary rainbow photograph and presented it to Stanton as the kids started to sing “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. Stanton said afterwards that she was completely stunned and taken by surprise, amazed by all of the efforts and coordination that went in to her goodbye present.
“My whole world has been with the kids,” said Stanton. “It was an honor to be their principal.” She encouraged the students to continue doing good deeds and to be a light for others.
Check out the buddy bench video made by MAM students!
Posted by Phoenix Central School District on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Check out the buddy bench video made by MAM students!
The senior class of 2015 decided to pull a classy senior prank this year! They surprised teachers in the parking lot and charged $1 to park! The money raised was donated to Golisano Children's Hospital. Click here to see the video!
Although the school year is winding down, members of the Phoenix Central School District’s Food Service Department are gearing up for the summer feeding program.
As part of the initiative, the district provides free lunch for all children up to 18 years old on weekdays throughout the summer. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all. Adults may purchase a meal and eat lunch with their children for $3.75.
The program will begin July 6 and wrap up August 14. Meals will be served in the Michael A. Maroun Elementary School intermediate cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. Participants must use the student pick up door on the intermediate side of the building.
For more information contact Patty Barber 695-1547.