• 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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  • Thomas Bailer, Emilie Hilliard, Ashley Margey and Christopher Byrne

    JCB announces its Class of 2019 valedictorian, salutatorian

    The John C. Birdlebough High School Library was abuzz with excitement recently, as Principal Thomas Bailer presented several awards and announced the class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian.

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  •  JCB student musicians stand outside the Oswego High School auditorium.

    Phoenix students participate in All-County Band Festival

    Nearly three dozen Phoenix Central School District students recently showcased their musical talent at the All-County Band Festival.

    Eighteen students from Emerson J. Dillon Middle School and 16 students from John C. Birdlebough High School participated in the event, which featured select student musicians from all nine component school districts in Oswego County.

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  •  Four art pieces created by EJS students

    Phoenix students earn Scholastic Art Awards

    Elite student artists in the Phoenix Central School District were recently honored with Scholastic Art Awards.

    The longstanding awards program recognizes the artistic accomplishments of students in grades 7-12 from across Central New York. Among the nearly 5,000 submissions, 11 pieces of PCSD student artwork were selected into the exhibit.

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  •  Izzy Allen works with a student in Mrs. Kompf’s class during the annual “Back to the Future” event.

    Back to the Future event a success

    Several John C. Birdlebough High School students recently took a stroll down memory lane while returning to the elementary level during the Back to the Future program.
    The annual event allows high school students to return to their elementary classrooms and work alongside educators to teach the day’s lesson plan. For 15 years, the event has provided JCB students with a chance to help some of the people who impacted them as students.

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  •  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 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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