•  During EJD open house, sixth-grader Brayden Lamay points to a cube he created in art class.

    EJD hosts open house, wellness fair

    Emerson J. Dillon Middle School was bustling with excitement recently, as families, students and community members filed into the building for open house and the annual wellness fair.

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  • National Data Breach Notification and Letter

    National Data Breach Notification and Letter

    The Central New York Regional Information Center and area school superintendents met Thursday after being alerted of a national data breach compromising student information.

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  •  junior scholarship winners gather for a group photo after a recent awards assembly.

    Juniors earn more than $800k in scholarships

    Academic excellence, integrity, citizenship and innovation were in the spotlight during a junior scholarship ceremony held recently in the JCB High School auditorium.

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  •  Jody Barden presents the Ridge Barden Memorial Scholarship to JCB senior Hans Goodnow.

    Dozens of awards, scholarships distributed to JCB seniors

    Graduating John C. Birdlebough High School seniors recently received a financial boost for their future pursuits during a scholarship ceremony.

    Nearly three dozen students earned awards and recognition throughout the evening, as friends, family, faculty and community members were on hand to offer their support. The scholarships were funded through the Phoenix chapter of Dollars for Scholars, as well as local businesses and individual donors. In DFS scholarships alone, $44,000 was awarded during the evening.

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  •  Valedictorian Emilie Hilliard and salutatorian Ashley Margrey pose for a photo

    Hilliard, Margrey earn top spots in Class of 2019

    Valedictorian Emilie Hilliard
    Emilie Hilliard spent the past four years striving for excellence as a John C. Birdlebough High School student, and those efforts paid dividends when she recently achieved the top spot in the Class of 2019.

    Salutatorian Ashley Margrey
    While juggling work, academic commitments, athletics and various extracurricular activities may seem daunting to some students, John C. Birdlebough Class of 2019 senior Ashley Margrey has embraced her busy schedule and landed among the top students in her graduating class.

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  •  Two fourth-grade girls try doing laundry using an old-fashioned washboard during Canal Days.

    Canal Days gives Phoenix students a glimpse into local history

    For more than three decades, fourth-graders from Michael A. Maroun Elementary School have learned what life was like during the Industrial Revolution through the early 1900s as part of the annual Canal Days celebration.

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  •  1.	Owen and Harper Gratz demonstrate solar power during the MAM science fair.

    Student scientists display work at MAM

    Complex formulas and hypotheses were put to the test recently during the annual science fair at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School.
    Thirty-six students in kindergarten through fourth grades spent weeks conducting research, developing their experiments, recording their findings and creating display boards. All that hard work was on display as the budding scientists stood alongside their projects and presented their findings to a panel of judges during the science fair.

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  •  EJD students participate in a Mystery Skype distance learning opportunity.

    Students Participate in Global “Mystery Skype”

    Fifth and sixth grade students from Emerson J. Dillon Middle School recently participated in a “Mystery Skype” with three other classrooms from all over the world.

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  •  Members of the Phoenix school community join local residents for a recent cleanup effort.

    Phoenix school, community unite for cleanup effort

    Frigid temperatures and snow didn’t stop members of the Phoenix community from getting together to clean up trash and debris throughout the village recently to celebrate Earth Day.

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  • Mock DWI scene teaches important lesson to Phoenix students

    Mock DWI scene teaches important lesson to Phoenix students

    Students at John C. Birdlebough High School received a sobering lesson prior to this year’s graduation season, as a mock DWI crash was staged in the parking lot.

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  •  1.	Presidential Youth Service Award winners gather for a group photo after a recent ceremony.

    Phoenix students honored for 10,000-plus hours of volunteer service

    Students in the Phoenix community recently earned presidential recognition for thousands of service hours and their commitment to volunteerism.

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  •  The Phoenix Central School District Winterguard

    Winterguard Shines at World Championships

    The Phoenix Central School District Winterguard was in the spotlight recently on the world’s biggest stage during the recent championships in Dayton, Ohio.

    Their 2019 program, titled "Help Me," earned an 86 from the judges; the highest placement and score the Phoenix team has ever earned at that level.

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  •  The 16 newest members of the John C. Birdlebough High School chapter of the National Honor Society

    Sixteen Phoenix students inducted into National Honor Society

    Sixteen John C. Birdlebough High School students were recognized for academic success and community service during a recent National Honor Society induction ceremony.

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  •  Michael A. Maroun Elementary students read with a therapy dog during a recent family literacy night

    Family reading night a success at Maroun

    In an effort to get students excited about reading, the Michael A. Maroun Elementary Parent-Faculty Organization recently sponsored a family literacy night.

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  • Members of the Class of 2019 are all smiles as they pose with the championship trophy

    Seniors defend Battle of the Classes title

    Although it was a new year and a different competition for the John C. Birdlebough High School Class of 2019, the result was the same as they proved victorious in the Battle of the Classes.

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  • 1st-grade teacher Carrie Spoto and some of her students showcase the items they collected for troops

    First-graders collect Treats for Troops

    A lesson in selflessness and giving was in focus at Michael A. Maroun Elementary, as first-graders recently donated to the Treats for Troops effort.

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  •  1.	Michael A. Maroun fourth-graders sing the district’s alma mater during a recent concert.

    Student musicians showcase talent

    As one of the nation’s “Best Communities for Music Education,” a distinction awarded by the National Association of Music Merchants, students in the Phoenix Central School District lived up to the hype during several concerts in March.

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  • Cole LaPine (center) celebrates his Mr. Phoenix win while Riley Munger and Darren Fischel look on.

    LaPine earns ‘Mr. Phoenix’ crown

    Nine John C. Birdlebough High School students recently displayed an array of talents and public speaking skills as they vied for the title of Mr. Phoenix.

    The annual pageant featured male students who competed against one another in several categories as a fundraiser for the class of 2019. Emcees Ashley Margrey, Emilie Hilliard and Gianna DeRoberts introduced the contestants, welcoming Justin Alberici, Cole LaPine, Darren Fischel, Hunter Jewell, Riley Munger, Jock Li, Alan Merrill, Garrett Strang and Noah Gordon to the stage.

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  •  Student representative Jonathan Dion and Principal Thomas Bailer

    JCB students earn ‘It takes a Village’ award

    When Advance Media New York put out the call for nominations for its 2019 Young & Amazing Awards, one Phoenix Central School District parent knew a group that fit the bill.

    Sheila Dion nominated the John C. Birdlebough High School Student Council Leadership Organization for the “It takes a Village” award. The honor recognizes groups that have done something great in their community, and the PCSD leadership team met the criteria as they volunteer and raise money and awareness for various causes.

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  • Jason Perkins smiles as he douses physical education teacher Chris Prenoveau with spaghetti

    Students, staff raise $7,700 for American Heart Association

    In recognition of American Heart Month, students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School recently participated in several heart-healthy activities that concluded with a schoolwide celebration.

    Throughout the month of February, students learned about healthy nutrition and exercise habits. In physical education class, they took on the Warrior Challenge, an obstacle course comprised of different cardiovascular exercises.

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  •  (Shaylynn Grevelding, Quinn Mackridge and Camryn Miller celebrate their win

    Maroun’s team ‘Pink Pop’ advances in Battle of the Books

    For 15 Phoenix students, months of reading and studying recently culminated in a six-team Battle of the Books competition at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School.

    As part of the challenge, students were tasked with reading and recalling information from 10 books. They were given 16 different questions and had to correctly identify the author and the book title for each.

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  •  Conner Clock, Gabrielle Ezman and Ashley Dean) celebrate with their coach

    EJD teams advance to countywide Battle of the Books

    Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students recently faced off in two separate competitions testing their ability to recall information from a selection of books.

    Throughout the year, the participants read 10 books – different selections by grade level -- and studied every detail. During the recent school-level Battle of the Books competition, the students were given 16 questions and awarded points by correctly identifying the title and the author of the book pertaining to the question.

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  •  Zaya Koegel portrays Ursula during a recent rehearsal.

    JCB Drama Club gears up for production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”

    The Phoenix Central School District will go “under the sea” during its spring musical, as members of the high school’s drama club present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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  • Jeff Taft, of the educational technology company Teq, and Toby Coleman, of Waterloo Schools.

    PCSD hosts regional Edcamp

    Educators from across the region flocked to the Phoenix Central School District during winter recess for an intensive, teacher-driven technology conference.

    According to Nicole Covell, PCSD’s director of Data, RTI and Instructional Technology, the first-ever Edcamp was a resounding success. She credited Emerson J. Dillon Middle School teachers John Dalgety, Anna Marriott and Ashley Modafferi for bringing the camp to Phoenix and helping make it such a hit.

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  • Kindergarten students are all smiles as they show off some of the blessing bags they assembled.

    MAM students provide blessing bags to Rescue Mission

    Kindness and selflessness were in focus for Michael A. Maroun Elementary kindergartners and pre-K students recently, as they donated to the local Rescue Mission.

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