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News and Articles for Phoenix Central School District.

JCB welcomes Abbott as academic dean

After nearly 15 years as a social studies teacher for the Phoenix Central School District, longtime teacher Helen Abbott is getting acclimated to a different role this year.

Abbott began a position as the academic dean at John C. Birdlebough High School for the 2017-2018 year. Her familiarity with the students and faculty, combined with her passion for the greater Phoenix area, has made the transition a seamless one, Abbott said.

“I like working with the students and staff,” she said. “Phoenix is an amazing community, and I love being part of this community.”

Abbott noted that there have been changes to the Response to Intervention and Information and Communication Technologies initiatives provided at the high school. These changes, she said, will require additional support from a variety of personnel, but that is a challenge she is ready to tackle.

“I am looking forward to working with and supporting students and teachers in these areas,” Abbott said.

EJD welcomes Ariola as assistant principal

Following an administrative internship that was completed last April, Jessica Ariola dove right in to her duties as assistant principal at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School. She said she is approaching the 2017-2018 school year with the same excitement and enthusiasm.

“It’s been welcoming and so rewarding to work with the great staff in this school district,” Ariola said. “It is also wonderful to see all of the opportunities and supports students have for their education.”

During Ariola’s 10 years in education she has served as assistant principal intern in the Hannibal Central School District and as a teacher, department coordinator and blended learning leader at Mexico Academy and Central Schools. She said those experiences have been invaluable in her career.

As for the 2017-2018 school year, Ariola said she hopes to continue to build relationships with the greater school community. “I want to support and collaborate with staff, students and the community to see continued growth and student achievement,” she said.

Phoenix Dollars for Scholars seeks community support

As a member of the Phoenix Central School District community, you can make a difference in the lives of local high school students. Phoenix Dollars for Scholars is proud of its tradition of providing financial assistance to our high school seniors. With almost all of our dollars raised going directly to scholarship funds, your contribution is vital to the ongoing success of Phoenix DFS.

 In 2017, the Phoenix Dollars for Scholars awarded scholarships to more than 40 students totaling almost $50,000. This was possible thanks to generous contributions from community members like you. DFS Scholarship recipients are ambitious young adults who have demonstrated an ability to strike a balance between academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, family and social obligations, and community service involvement, among many other personal attributes. With the Class of 2017 launched, DFS is eager to focus on the upcoming graduating class.

The fundraising campaign for the Class of 2018 scholarships is now underway. Your tax-deductible contributions will allow us to recognize local students for their past achievements and support them in their future educational endeavors. Phoenix Dollars for Scholars is in their 31st year of this volunteer-driven organization dedicated to supporting deserving Phoenix students in their collegiate pursuits

Robotics Club 'Gears' Up

A robotics opportunity is available for Phoenix Central School District students in grades seven through 12. The team, Firebird Sprockets, will meet twice per week from September through February. Students will build robots and compete against other teams as part of the First Tech Challenge.

For more information, or to register, email pjsouthworth@gmail.com or rob.a.southworth@gmail.com

MAM to host annual READ event

Join us in celebrating literacy as part of the annual READ event!

In partnership with county schools and the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, the PCSD is gearing up to host the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at MAM. There will be plenty of activities and resources available to connect families with agencies that support health, safety and education.

For more information, please contact Carri Waloven at 315.593.5782.

School supply donations help Phoenix students

The Michael A. Maroun Elementary intermediate cafeteria recently transformed into a mini school supply shopping center so Phoenix Central School District students could collect free materials to start the 2017-2018 school year.

The annual school supply distribution event welcomed over 50 elementary, middle and high school families to browse an array of pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks and bottles, crayons, markers, colored pencils, highlighters, Post-It notes, index cards, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, loose leaf paper, folders and binders. Students were also able to select their own backpacks.

Donations were collected by teachers, administrators and community members in collaboration with the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stuff-a-Bus event. About one dozen PCSD staff members volunteered at the recent event, which took place in the evening to reach more families.

Emerson J. Dillon incoming seventh-grader Grace Calkins shows
off her new backpack she picked out at the Phoenix Central School
District’s annual school supply distribution event.

Hurd scholarships provides $50,000 to Phoenix graduates

The 2017 John C. Birdlebough High School commencement ceremony marked a milestone for all graduates and it served as an especially memorable experience for Ryan Luke and Breanna Backus.

Seated among their classmates during the ceremony, their names were announced as the recipients of the Robert & Roberta Hurd Scholarship. Luke received a $40,000 award, while Backus earned a $10,000 secondary scholarship.

The awards were part of a nearly $1 million bequest gift from the Hurds, alumni of Phoenix schools who wanted to give back to the community after they passed away.

“The Hurds were amazing people,” said Wyatt Parker, a JCB graduate who was the recipient of the inaugural scholarship in 2015. “They lived in a community that they loved, and that loved them back. (This scholarship) will hopefully inspire future recipients to reach for the dreams they may not have been able to grasp otherwise.”

Award recipients must fall within the top 15 percent scholastic rating of his or her class. The recipient should also demonstrate some level of financial need and show moral values reflected by personal action and respect for family members, fellow students, teachers and the community. Each scholarship will be paid in equal yearly installments over four years if the students remain enrolled in college and in good standing.

State DOT recognizes PCSD transportation department

Phoenix Central School District Superintendent administrators congratulate the transportation department for earning a perfect Department of Transportation inspection rating. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Christopher Byrne; mechanics Tim Earle, Wes Woolridge, Craig Choquette and Dave Andrews; Supervisor of Transportation Deb Gerace; and PCSD Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Educational Services Karl Seckner

The Phoenix Central School District’s Transportation Department earned state recognition recently for its maintenance and safety of its fleet of vehicles.

As part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) biannual bus inspection program, the district’s vehicles were examined by state inspectors who looked for potential violations. The inspections included a review of paperwork, mechanical areas and safety measures. All the criteria was met and the district earned a perfect score from the inspectors.

“This is a fantastic accomplishment and a great team effort,” said Karl Seckner, PCSD’s assistant superintendent of finance and educational services. “It speaks volumes to the work of our transportation department. We appreciate the Board of Education and district residents for supporting our bus replacement schedule.”

According to head mechanic Tim Earle, the district’s roughly 40 buses and vans are constantly being worked on to ensure safety. From safety measures and paperwork, to maintaining electrical and mechanical aspects, the staff are dedicated to their jobs.

“Everyone has their part,” said PCSD Supervisor of Transportation Deb Gerace. “Our mechanics, office staff, dispatchers, drivers and everyone in between. We have a great team and are proud of the DOT recognition.”

EJD announces gold, silver star honorees

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students who earned an average of 85 or higher for marking period 4 received silver or gold academic honors.


A silver star is earned for a quarterly report card average of 85.0 to 89.99, while a gold star is earned if students achieve a quarterly report card average of 90 or higher. For their efforts, silver star and gold star recipients received a certificate of achievement and were awarded a special activity for their strong finish to the 2016-2017 school year.


Fifth-grade students with gold star honors are: Peyton Aller, Lyla Barrow, Emma Bova, Avery Bowman, Savannah Brown, Myah Burnham, Noah Bushnoe, Shane Byrne, Dakoda Capozzi, Madalyn Carter, Owen Champion, Zoey Coleman, Charles Crandall, Amelie Creighton,Gabriella Dates, Caitlin Dean, Sophie Delahunt, Anthony DeMarchi, Rylee Denslow, Marra DiGiovanni, Erika Dygert, Gianna Ende, Savannah Felix, Leland Frantz, Matthew Froio, Nathan Gaylord, Harleigh Greenleaf, Joshua Gullen Jr., Cody Hager, Parker Hall, Haley Hammond, Sabrina Haynes, Donald Hook, Lincoln Kersey, Cameron Kreis, Ava Kuropatwinski, Kaylen Lamphere, Beth  anders, Emily LaPine, Brycen LaRobardiere, Lillian MacDonald, Lia McBurnie, Chase McElyea, Cayden McKay,  Jordyn Meyers, Claire Minney, Austin Moore, Alyssa Murphy, Caedance Myer, Degan Parker, Macray Pelton, Alexis Phoenix, Margo Pritting, Charles Quaco, Nathaniel Quaco, Mason Renfrew, Ethan Reynolds, Nicholas Root, Ryanna Rose, Sara Ruetsch, Arlin Russo,  Hayleigh Ryan, Lucas Stellingwerf, Alaina Sutter, Landen Thatcher, Chloe Thomas, Lukas Wooding, Miranda Young, and Luke Zellar.


Silver star honorees in fifth-grade are: Carielys Calderon, Alana Clough, Ty Corey, Landon Crandall, Tyler D'Arcy, Juliahana Dennis, Jaylynn Dwyer, Hunter              Eldred,  Mackenzie Fatcheric, Abrielle Fayette, Brayden Felix, Mason Gollaher, Caleb Jolly, Julia Kazmark, Koby  Kitts,  Jason LaRonde, Zachary  Lindsley,  Sadiemae Maher, Mariyah  Metot, Hannah Morrison, Alissa Newman, Ellie Peterson, Hunter Potts, Madison Quaco, Logan Smallman, Mariah Sutliffe and Nathan Worden.


Gold star recipients in sixth-grade are: Isaiah Bergman, Allenmichael Borasky, Elisabeth Caltabiano, Courtney Carter, Reghan Conley, Hayley Dygert, Michael Farrar, Evan Fox, Lindsey Goudy, Mia Graham, Blake Hoyt, Mattie Hunt, Alan Jacques, Conor Jones, Morgan Lynch, Brooke McCann, Peyton Nichols, Tateum Patnode, Cody Perry, Logan Petrie, Lillianne Quinn, Sheriden Southworth, Celia Tangorra and Alexander Whaley.


Silver star awardees in sixth-grade are: Joseph Abt, Chase Bacon, GraysonBrady, Solomon Campbell, Isaac Chesbro, Meghan Clothier, Blake Duncan, Madison Fatcheric, Robert Finch Jr., Shawn Froio, Zoe Gordon, Chloe Harvey, Mallory Hess, Brandon Ingoldby, Olivia Isabella, Evan Isabell, Alyssa Lantry, John McDonald, Jenna Moore, Hannah Reilley, Hope Smith, Ryan Thompson and Austin Wilder.


Seventh-grade gold star awardees are: Sarah Andrews, Sarah Ashby, Stephen Beal, Virginia Bednarski, Mathew Bernard, Alissa Bova, Adrianna Breckheimer, Conner Calkins, Brendan Champion, Chloe Coughlin, Mary Crandall, Isaiah Gordon, James Hagg II, Bethany Hook, Alexandra Hopps, Alaina Hubbell, Lee Ketaily, Grace Landis, Nevaeh Lando, Maggie LaPine, Larissa MacDonald, Hannah McArthur, McKenna Neiss, Jacob Neupert, Katelyn Pyzdrowski, Kelsey Redhead, Ariana Richway, Kylie Russo, Ella Tangorra and Chastity Thomas.


Seventh-grade silver star honorees are: Ian Burgett, Jared Charleston, Kaitlyn Chesbro, Johnathan Dion, Dominic Germain, Mariah Gilligan, Jonah Hawthorne, Jalyn Henry, Jeffrey Horner, Tye Hughes, Daren Jackson, Jayde Jacobson, Grace McDonald, Max Morgan, Weston Murphy, Gabriella Payne, Carter Pinkley, Jacob Smallman, Taylor Smith, Daniel Stellingwerf, Sean Stevens and Gaven Sutter.


Gold star recipients in eighth-grade are: Isabella               Allen, Shay Altman, Nicholas  Bartlett, Ashleigh Besaw, Haley Bowersox, Natalie Brown, Sara Brunell, Chloe Calkins, Kaelyn Cartwright, Hannah Charleston, Emma Clark, Tabitha Clark, Sophia      Crandall, Brielle DeRoberts,  Alexis Dryer, Alivia Eusepi, Hailey Fredericks, Francesca Goodell, Noah Gordon, Cierra Harvey, Mattison Hess, Katherine Holbrook, Amanda Justian, Nathan Kosakowski, Alivia Lamphere, Miranda LaRobardiere, Jock Li, Jillian Loy, Owen Lytle, Zack Mills, Alex Olschewske, Imari Piscitelli, Andrew Quinn, Tyler Redhead, Holt Reed, Connor Roberts, Lily Roberts, William Semanchuk-Enser,  Aiden Southworth, Nathaniel  Sutter, Liam Sweeney, Benjamin Thibault, Corinne Thibault, Zoie Tracy, Melody Trask, Sophia Trinca, Aidan Trumble, Thomas Uhl, Michael VanAuken Jr. and Ashlyn Wallace.


Silver star honorees in eighth-grade are: Alexander Coons, Hailie Dailey, Alicia Durst, Ethan Fox, Zachary Green, Diane King, Lillyan Kingsbury, Elizabeth Lamach, Patricia Lamach, Danielle Loy, Megan Lytle, Robert Moore, Victoria O'Connor, Keaton Renfrew, Mackenzie Shank, Garrett Strang, Mason Watkins.

Canal Days provides Phoenix students with a glimpse into the past

A Phoenix student takes a look at film through vintage view master binoculars during Canal Days along the Oswego River.

Fourth-graders in the Phoenix Central School District recently enjoyed a tradition spanning three decades as they participated in Canal Days along the Oswego River.

The 31st annual Canal Days brought students back in time to the 1800s and early 1900s, where they learned about local history, the canal system, recreational activities and tools that were used in that era. Various stations were set up where the fourth-graders could try their hand at candle making, participate in games, churn their own ice cream, use a washboard and more.

The event coincided with the students’ recent studies of the New York state canal system, which included research, reports and a videoconference with facts and information about how the canals were built.