Last Updated: Friday, May 20, 2016 11:43:21 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- On Tuesday, the eighth annual Ponytail Drive was held at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary School, bringing in dozens of ponytails to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which makes real hair wigs for people losing theirs as a result of chemotherapy.
OESJ Jr./Sr. High School English Teacher Sarah Jewett and former ag educator, now principal of the St. Johnsville PTECH branch opening in September, Kristy Shafer, originated the event eig ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:53:56 PM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary School second graders recently had a chance to learn about microscopes during a sixth grade science class. Sixth graders Kyle Hall, Owen Feagles, Cadence Johnson, and Jesse Walrath taught the anatomy and functions of the microscope to the eager young scientists for the first part of the lesson.
“Safety Sayge” Ruffino-Mosher and Isaiah Handy taught science safety, and Liam Callahan-Brittain and Maggie Christensen taught st ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:52:25 PM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary School sixth graders recently constructed paper mache mummies after learning about ancient Egypt. Students learned about the mummification process, hieroglyphics and why this was so crucial to an Egyptian’s afterlife. Students folded newspaper into a mummy shape, added paper mache, let it dry and then painted them.
Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:50:44 PM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Alex the Jester paid a visit to Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary School on Friday, May 6, just in time for the PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) Sir Readalot program. Alex the Jester performs in the style of a medieval court jester, a tradition which combines music, juggling, prop comedy, and stage magic. Alex speaks the gibberish language "Grammelot," which incorporates a few foreign words with nonsense sounds.
The United States State Department sponsored Alex in ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:49:20 PM
CANAJOHARIE -- Using tragedies from his own life to illustrate a poignant message, former professional wrestler Marc Mero, a.k.a Johnny B. Badd, told a crowd of Canajoharie middle and high school students Monday, May 2 that they will be defined by the choices they make.
The retired wrestling star’s visit was arranged by Canajoharie High School juniors who recently worked on research-based civics projects in their English Language Arts classes concerning drug abuse. In April, students resea ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:45:24 PM
FORT PLAIN -- Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School Principal Deborah Larrabee was one of two area educators who, along with a school media specialist, were honored at the HFM BOCES 24th Annual School Library System Awards luncheon on Tuesday, May 17.
Larrabee received the SLS Administrator of the Year Award, which is given to school administrators who exhibit leadership in recognizing the library media center as an integral part of the total school program and has an active personal involvement in it. ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:41:27 PM
JOHNSTOWN -- The spring meeting of the Upper Montgomery County Retired Teachers’ Association was held recently at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown. Retired teachers from the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District hosted the meeting.
President Rosalind Carron announced that donations would be made to the St. Johnsville and Canajoharie libraries in memory of deceased members Nancy Reynolds and Barton VanWie.
The Canajoharie computer lab internship program, Raspberry Pi, received the Out ...
Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:39:45 PM
POTSDAM -- The State University of New York at Potsdam will recognize more than 1,000 candidates for graduation during the College's Bicentennial Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 21. The graduating Class of 2016 will be honored at a special ceremony befitting SUNY Potsdam's 200th anniversary.
This year's graduates include: Adam Barnes, of Fort Plain, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Biology; Abby Cretser, of St. Johnsville, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree ...
Last Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016 8:46:43 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary School kicked off their annual Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) program May 2 with a visit from the Puppet People. The theme this year is "Entering the Kingdom of Reading.” The program is meant to promote literacy and a love of reading while involving parents. To build on that theme, the entrance to the school has been turned into a castle complete with bridge, moat and drawbridge. Teachers, along with volunteers and reti ...
Last Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016 8:41:25 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- A group of students in the fourth grade at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary School created a spirit week to celebrate National Humor Month and the end of New York ELA and Math exams.
They created posters using Google Docs and displayed them around the school. Students who participated could also donate money if they wanted.
Some of the silly days included, "Crazy Hat or Hair Day," "Backwards Day", "Wacky Wednesday," and "Mis-Match Pajama Day." In all, the students a ...
Last Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016 8:34:17 AM
SARATOGA -- The OESJ Envirothon Team, The Red Wolves, competed in the Saratoga Regional Envirothon on May 4. The event took place at the Saratoga State Park and included many area schools from neighboring counties. Representing Fulton County was OESJ and Broadalbin-Perth.
The Red Wolves studied various aspects of the New York State environment with advisers, preparing them for the six stations in the competition: Current Issues, Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and Oral Prese ...
Last Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016 8:32:29 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- T.J. Jordan and Dan Hart, teachers at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary School, presented a new archery to the community and Board of Education during their meeting Wednesday, May 4. Equipment was provided through grant funds. The teachers were trained by the National Archery in Schools Program. The program will start in grades four through six in the fall.
Last Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016 8:30:52 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Mangia! Canajoharie High School students enrolled in Mauranda Comley’s International Foods class held the annual Pasta Competition Wednesday, April 20.
Now in its third year, students studied Italian cuisine, culture, and cooking techniques before diving into the competition. The winning dish was linguini carbonara, a homemade linguini pasta in a cream sauce with bacon and peas, prepared by sophomores Kirstin Bates and Britney VanHusen and freshmen Mollie Krug.
“The st ...
Last Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016 8:26:05 AM
ONEONTA -- Alexis Izzo, a senior from Canajoharie Central School, presented a project at SUNY Oneonta's annual Student Research and Creative Activity Day on April 20.
Izzo developed an original project titled "Apothecaries and Pharmacology in the Medieval Medical Marketplace" under the guidance of April Harper, of the History Department. It was one of 134 poster presentations displayed at the college's Hunt Union during the daylong showcase.
Last Updated: Friday, May 06, 2016 8:21:07 AM
By JOSHUA THOMAS
FORT PLAIN -- On Wednesday morning, the Harry Hoag Elementary School gymnasium turned into a hip space for kids to dance, move and shake their way to healthy behaviors, as about 400 kindergarten through sixth grade students participated in the global event Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously).
Students practiced for the ground shaking, fitness focused event for weeks leading up to Wednesday's exercise-a-thon in their physical education classes, doing ...
Last Updated: Friday, May 06, 2016 2:35:20 AM
-- Coville selected to exhibit art in SUNY Oneonta Show
ONEONTA -- Matthew Coville, of Fort Plain, was selected to exhibit artwork in SUNY Oneonta's 2016 Student Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition, featuring more than 100 works by student artists, opened April 11 and runs through May 14 in the college's Martin-Mullen Art Gallery.
Featured artworks were chosen from an open jury process and works entered by the art faculty. Painting, drawing, sculpture, digital print, digital video, and an asso ...
Last Updated: Friday, May 06, 2016 2:33:51 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District has announced third quarter honors, including Honor Roll and High Honor Roll recipients.
-- Honor Roll
Grade 3 -- Emma Law, Kloe Case, Lily Johnson, Katlyn Mosher
Grade 4 -- Ava Campione, Destiny Flanders, Logan Robarge, Lillie Smith, Kaylea Hickey, Annette Johnson, Georgia Bailey, Kendra Breton, Ayden Coons, Melanie Pomatto, Landon Demarest, Bryce Valleau
Grade 5 -- Bella Case, Licinda Coffin, Andrew Snell, Arielle ...
Last Updated: Friday, May 06, 2016 2:32:23 AM
CANAJOHARIE -- Canajoharie Elementary School is competing to win a playground made from recycled oral care products through the second annual Recycled Playground Challenge, courtesy of Colgate-Palmolive, ShopRite and TerraCycle.
The grand prize playground will be made from recycled toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers.
Canajoharie Elementary School will earn one ‘Playground Credit’ for each shipment of empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, and floss containers sent to ...
Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016 1:46:04 AM
ONEONTA -- Kaylee May, of Sprakers, presented a paper at SUNY Oneonta's 21st annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.
May, who is majoring in Philosophy at SUNY Oneonta, presented a paper titled "Prostitution and Self-Determination."
Students from 19 colleges and universities gathered April 8-9 to present and discuss their research at the college's Morris Conference Center. Organized by SUNY Oneonta students, the conference featured a keynote lecture by Lawrence Torcello of the Rochester Inst ...
Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016 1:44:33 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The OESJ Board of Education will hold a budget hearing on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary School Cafeteria. Following the budget hearing, the Board of Education will hold their regular monthly meeting. The agenda and supporting documents for the meeting can be seen at: oesj.org/home/public-meetings
Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016 1:43:49 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- In an effort to better understand the sentiments of stakeholders in regards to the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School community, the district has developed a comprehensive culture survey to illuminate the varying positions of residents, students, parents and employees.
Information gleaned from the survey will help the district gain a clearer understanding of its potential challenges and opportunities.
Throughout the month of May, residents of the OESJ school ...
Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016 1:42:55 AM
FORT PLAIN -- The annual fund drive for the Scholarship Association of Fort Plain is now in full swing. The group looks forward to assisting the graduates of Fort Plain's Class of 2016 with scholarships and awards.
With the support of individuals, organizations and businesses within the Fort Plain School District, and from previous Fort Plain graduates, the association is able to reach its goal. Contributions may be made payable to: Scholarship Association of Fort Plain and mailed to: Doris G. D ...
Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2016 4:07:20 AM
FORT PLAIN -- The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education voted Wednesday night, April 13, to approve a $19.5 million proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school year. The budget reflects a 2.68 percent increase over the 2015-16 spending plan, but carries no increase in the tax levy.
The proposed budget will go before voters on May 17.
“This marks the third consecutive year the tax levy has either been at, or below, that of the previous year,” said FPCSD Business Manager C ...
Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2016 3:52:14 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE — On Saturday, April 16, approximately 35 Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District students and staff worked along with volunteers from the St. Johnsville Youth Center as a part of the Montgomery County Youth Bureau's project to provide yard clean-up for veterans who are no longer able to do the work themselves. The volunteers worked about four hours and were then treated to lunch by St. Johnsville's Morris J. Edwards Post 168 American Legion.
Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2016 3:50:43 AM
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The names have been announced of Oppenehim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Elementary School students that have taken Accelerated Reader Quizzes, earning points and being rewarded for their hard work.
Students in grades one and two start earning prizes at five points because each of their books are worth a half point. For every thirty points a student earns, they receive a book.
Students who met the state standard of reading 25 Accelerated Reader books and passing 25 quizzes are invite ...