•  Dan Frawley, Hannah Grabowski and Sean Sievers serve as panelists during a recent trip back to jcb

    Recent grads offer advice to current students

    A panel of recent John C. Birdlebough High School graduates returned to their alma mater to offer college and career insight to current students.

    The annual event provides junior and seniors with an opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and gain a better understanding of what the future could potentially hold.

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  •  students Jonah Hawthorne, Matt Doane, Ellie Lamath and Sheridan Southworth gather around a robot

    Firebird Sprockets robotics team looks to build on success

    A handful of Phoenix Central School District students are putting their engineering skills to the test as members of the Firebird Sprockets robotics team.

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  •  Phoenix News

    Phoenix students excel in DECA competition

    Emerging leaders and entrepreneurs representing the Phoenix Central School District earned distinction at the regional DECA competition held recently at LeMoyne College.

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  • Ashtyn Wood, a student at EJD, holds up a bag filled with Christmas presents for her family.

    Gift-giving tradition continues at Dillon Middle School

    Polar Express, synonymous with the holiday season, helped make spirits bright for hundreds of Emerson J. Dillon Middle School families this year.

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  •  1.	The Phoenix Firebird Symphonic Winds performs during a Dec. 18 concert.

    Sounds of the season ring out in Phoenix schools

    The Phoenix Central School District’s Music Department recently held several holiday concerts showcasing talented student performers.
    Throughout the month of December, students from each building took the stage at John C. Birdlebough High School to perform a variety of holiday-inspired music.

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  • Maroun students donate items to senior citizens

    Maroun students donate items to senior citizens

    Students from Michael A. Maroun Elementary School recently partnered with the Phoenix Police Department to make spirits a bit brighter this holiday season.
    As part of a gift-giving initiative, spearheaded by kindergarten teachers Aimee Brooker, Mary Paye, Kelly Damiano and Carri Hahn, students brought in items to be donated to seniors in the community.

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  • Phoenix students, staff donate food to those in need

    Phoenix students, staff donate food to those in need

    The Phoenix Central School District continued a holiday tradition this year as the high school collected donations for community members in need.

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  • EJD Students Excel in First Marking Period

    EJD Students Excel in First Marking Period

    Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students excelled in the first quarter. Congratulations to the Gold & Silver Star recipients:

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  • EJD students explore careers

    EJD students explore careers

    As part of a recent career day, Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students got a glimpse into what their future may hold while exploring dozens of possibilities.

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  • EJD students Cameron Huntley (euphonium) and Virginia Bednarski (trumpet).

    Phoenix students shine at all-state music festivals

    Phoenix Central School District student musicians recently showcased their talents during two all-state festivals.

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  •  The Firebird Symphonic Winds ensemble performs “Midway March.”

    Birdlebough fall concert delights audience

    Music filled the air in the John C. Birdlebough High School auditorium during a recent fall concert.

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  • Sgt. Erica Loucks is flanked by JCB students Jacob Wright (left) and Jacob Cooper.

    Phoenix students honor veterans

    Gratitude, patriotism and selflessness were in focus at John C. Birdlebough High School on Nov. 8, as students and staff members honored veterans during an assembly.

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  •  A Phoenix second-grader looks into a virtual reality headset to explore volcanoes .

    Virtual reality experience introduces students to volcanoes

    Volcanic eruptions and lava flowed right before students’ eyes during a virtual reality lesson recently at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School.

    Using a smart phone app and virtual reality headsets, Phoenix second-graders embarked on a Google Expedition through volcanoes around the world.

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  •  Phoenix high school leadership students Noah Gordon and Jock Li make stress balls.

    PCSD hosts Wellness Fair promoting mental health

    The Phoenix Central School District recently hosted a Community Wellness Fair to promote emotional and mental health.

    Nearly three dozen local organizations were on hand to offer information and support to attendees as they gathered inside the Emerson J. Dillon Middle School gymnasium. Area law enforcement officers, health care representatives and service agencies were a few of the many groups that set up booths at the event.

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  •  Aubrey Harris (left) and Shy’Meriah Jones encourage Colin Burgett as he rides a hovercraft.

    Hovercraft project combines science, teamwork at EJD

    Teamwork was in the spotlight recently at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School as fifth-graders collaborated to build hovercrafts.

    The daylong learning initiative, hosted by Matt Chase, founder of the Hovercraft Project, included opportunities for academic and social growth.

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  • Phoenix second-graders participate in videoconference

    Phoenix second-graders participate in videoconference

    With Halloween quickly approaching, second-graders from Michael A. Maroun Elementary recently participated in a monster-making learning activity.

    The Monster Match videoconference connected Phoenix students with second-graders from Fonda-Fultonville Central School District and challenged the students to use their communication skills to create a monster.

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  •  Jackson Butler smiles as Nick Tokman presents her with a book.

    TV celebrity delivers motivational speech to Phoenix students

    Students in the Phoenix Central School District recently learned about perseverance as motivational speaker and TV celebrity Nick “Sunshine” Tokman shared his remarkable story.
    Tokman, who appeared on four seasons of “Deadliest Catch” as a crab fisherman, captivated students at the middle school and high school and encouraged them to follow their dreams. He talked about feeling unfulfilled and the struggles he faced before finally landing his dream job catching king crab in Alaska.

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  • Dillon Way kickoff focuses on respect, teamwork

    Dillon Way kickoff focuses on respect, teamwork

    With a focus on embracing positive character traits and creating a unified student body, Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students recently participated in a “Dillon Way” kickoff ceremony.

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  •  Olivia Ripley

    Ripley earns accolades for music talents

    John C. Birdlebough High School senior Olivia Ripley’s dedication to her music studies recently garnered statewide recognition.

    Ripley, who earned a perfect score on both her trumpet and voice auditions at last spring’s New York State School Music Association’s Solo Festival, recently earned a spot in this year’s NYSSMA All-Conference Symphonic Band.

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  •  New teachers in the Phoenix Central School District pose for a group photo during orientation day.

    New teachers welcomed to Phoenix schools

    The Phoenix Central School District recently welcomed 17 new teachers to kick off the 2018-19 academic year.

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  • Backpack program gets financial boost, continues to grow

    Backpack program gets financial boost, continues to grow

    When Phoenix Central School District parent Sheila Dion saw a need for a weekend food assistance program for students, she was eager to explore ways to meet that need.

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  •  Catherine Musumeci and Natalie Hart in their caps and gowns on graduation day.

    Musumeci, Hart named valedictorian, salutatorian

    A strong work ethic and a team mentality served as the foundation of Catherine Musumeci’s success in the Phoenix Central School District; propelling her to the top of the graduating class.

    Those same qualities hold true for salutatorian Natalie Hart, who said she has fond memories of her time at JCB and is looking forward to what the future will bring.

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  • Seniors earn Dollars for Scholars scholarships

    Seniors earn Dollars for Scholars scholarships

    The Phoenix chapter of Dollars for Scholars recently awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to members of the John C. Birdlebough High School Class of 2018.

    Chapter President Wendy Dunnigan welcomed students, friends, family and community members to the annual awards night in the high school auditorium.

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  •  Olivia Ripley accepts a scholarship presented by Paul Hurlbutt.

    Juniors earn scholarships

    With a year left until graduation, several John C. Birdlebough High School juniors already received a financial boost for their post-secondary education.
    Eighteen scholarships, totaling more than $500,000, were presented during a recent ceremony in the high school auditorium.

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  •  Cole Bailer is all smiles as he tests out the hovercraft his team built.

    Students build hovercrafts

    Phoenix fifth-graders recently built hovercrafts as part of a lesson in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
    The full-day immersive program, led by Matt Chase of The Hovercraft Project, provided students with an opportunity to work together, solve problems and build a hovercraft that carried riders from one end of the gym to the other

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