Emerson J. Dillon students were recognized by Principal Sue Anderson for being good citizens and demonstrating the qualities of being dependable, responsible, courteous, thoughtful of others, congenial, friendly and showing school pride through the “Dillon Way.”
The “Dillon Way” motto at EJD Middle School is: Respect + Responsibility = Success."
Students were congratulated during morning announcements and received a certificate for serving as excellent role models for their peers.
The honorees were: Alaina Sutter, Avery Bowman, Cameron Kreis, Donald Hook, Ethan Reynolds, Ethan Zody, Juliahana Dennis, Lillian MacDonald, Myah Burnham, Nicholas Root, Rylee Denslow, Sara Ruetsch, Sophie Delahunt, Alexis Crandall, Celia Tangorra, Edward Pitcher, Elizabeth Caltabiano, Evan Fox, Hayley Dygert, Hope Smith, Isaac Chesbro, Liam Campanino, Lillianne Quinn, Mia Graham, Morgan Lynch, Tateum Patnode, Zoey Stone, Alexandra Hopps, Breannah Demo, Cody McFall, Ella Tangorra, Jake Charleston, Isaiah Gordon, Ashleigh Besaw, Ashlyn Wallace, Brielle DeRoberts, Ethan Fox, Lily Roberts, Tabitha Clark, Thomas Uhl, Tori-Lenn Loosen, Tyler Redhead and Zack Mills.
Although many Phoenix second-graders said they had never been outside of the United States, that all changed when they recently had a chance to explore four other countries.
The Michael A. Maroun Elementary School students traveled to Sweden, England, Germany and Mexico to celebrate “Christmas around the world.” The cultural exploration series kicked off with a flight simulation, where students earned their wings, and culminated in a multicultural holiday experience.
“We wanted to teach them about different cultures and traditions,” said teacher Heather Cannella. “They did some reading and learned how holidays are celebrated around the world.”
That knowledge was on display Dec. 21 as students toured classrooms – set up as different countries – and participated in a variety of hands-on learning activities. Students also made crafts that incorporated some of the different cultures.
“This unit is based a lot on English language arts, but it also ties in with the social studies curriculum,” Cannella said. “We had students learning about geography by labeling the different countries and looking at maps. They really enjoyed it.”
Ten Phoenix Central School District employees have joined the Transformation Leadership Academy to further improve skills and obtain more knowledge to help create administrative sustainability.
The PCSD employees are taking part in monthly staff development meetings to engage in conversation on how they can collectively unite to explore the best educational solutions for the district and greater Oswego County community.
Participating staff members are: Superintendent Chris Byrne, Director of Instruction and Personnel Bob Edwards, Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Education Kathie Palladino, Director of Technology Ted Love, Director of Data and Response to Intervention Nicole Covell, Michael A. Maroun Elementary Principal Brett Doody, Michael A. Maroun Elementary Assistant Principal Stacie Shaffer, Emerson J. Dillon Middle School Principal Sue Anderson, John C. Birdlebough High School Principal Thom Bailer and administrative intern Helen Abbott.
During a two-week sequencing skills unit, several Michael A. Maroun Elementary School students recently participated in a reading activity where they made pumpkin pies. Jill Wilde, K-4 Instructional Specialist, said students followed a pie recipe in a Students Achieving Independent Literacy (SAIL) lesson. After enhancing their literacy skills, they were able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Budding entrepreneurs from John C. Birdlebough High School recently showcased their business savvy during the Central New York DECA competition at LeMoyne College.
The competition featured high school students from across the region as they demonstrated knowledge and delivered presentations focusing on marketing, finance, hospitality and management. For the 26 JCB participants, the event proved to be a valuable learning experience and provided a chance for the students to interact with their peers from other schools.
The Phoenix contingent took home several top honors, including first place finishes by Josh Margrey and Noah Neverette (travel and tourism category) and Bailey Otter (business finance); a second-place finish by Garrett Watkins (principles of business management); and third-place finishes by Cade Reed (public speaking) and Jordon Cole (retail merchandising).
Eighth-graders from the Phoenix Central School District are gaining valuable real-world knowledge through a unique learning venture with Enterprise America.
The educational experience involves classroom instruction and hands-on learning, which culminates in a day “operating” their Enterprise America city. Students in the family and consumer science class recently had a chance to demonstrate their knowledge during a visit to Enterprise America at WCNY in Syracuse.
They became business entrepreneurs and employees, consumers and citizens as part of the culminating activity. To function in these different roles, the students used financial literacy skills, enacted laws, elected city officials and decided on employee medical insurance plans.
“The students worked very hard in preparation of the trip and their hard work paid off,” said EJD teacher Kara Barton. “The family and consumer science students made me proud!”
Staff and student musicians in the Phoenix Central School District participated in the 18th annual Tuba Christmas on Dec. 17.
The holiday-inspired event featured more than 80 tuba players, ages 7-70, who performed in concert to usher in the Christmas season. Under the direction of Michael Coldren, this year's concert was held at Liverpool High School and included musicians from all over central New York.
The Phoenix contingent included Emerson J. Dillon music teacher David Frateschi and eighth-grade band students Aiden Southworth, Chloe Calkins and Aiden Trumble.
A diverse group of addiction specialists recently brought a message of HOPE (Heroin Opioid Prevention Education) to students in the Phoenix Central School District.
In an effort to educate students about the heroin epidemic sweeping the nation, law enforcement personnel and medical experts delivered presentations to middle school and high school students. The students learned about addiction, the effects that drugs have on the brain, treatment options and the real-life consequences of opioid abuse.
For John C. Birdlebough High School alumna Savannah Jaquay, those consequences are all too familiar. Jaquay shared the story of her best friend and fellow Phoenix graduate Tom Pokalsky, who died of a heroin overdose.
“Tom was one of the many faces of addiction, but it was not his identity,” Jaquay said. “He was charismatic and kind; but heroin knows no prejudice.”
Jaquay noted that she never thought she would encounter the loss of a friend due to drugs. However, that is a reality that she faces every day, and a feeling that she hopes no other family has to experience. By educating youth in the community, Jaquay and her HOPE colleagues aim to bring about awareness and change.
“The heroin epidemic will not win,” said Paul Riker, the clinical director of outpatient services at a behavioral health center. “It has not defeated us and it will not defeat us.”
Academic excellence was in the spotlight at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School during the first quarter, as hundreds of students earned exceptional grade-point averages.
Those who achieved an overall average of 90 or better, with no failing or incomplete grades, earned a Gold Star certificate and an ice cream social. Similar recognition was given to the Silver Star winners, who posted an average between 80 and 89.99. Below are the winners by grade level.
Grade 5 Gold Stars
Peyton Aller, Lyla Barrow, Avery Bowman, Myah Burnham, Noah Bushnoe, Marissa Cacciola, Madalyn Carter, Owen Champion, Zoey Coleman, Ty Corey, Landon Crandall, Amelie Creighton, Gabriella Dates, Caitlin Dean, Sophie Delahunt, Anthony DeMarchi, Rylee Denslow, Marra DiGiovanni, Erika Dygert, Hunter Eldred, Gianna Ende, Mackenzie Fatcheric, Savannah Felix, Leland Frantz, Matthew Froio, Nathan Gaylord, Harleigh Greenleaf, Collin Gulliver, Haley Hammond, Sabrina Haynes, Donald Hook, Lincoln Kersey, Brandon Kimball, Cameron Kreis, Ava Kuropatwinski, Kaylen Lamphere, Beth Landers, Emily LaPine, Brycen LaRobardiere, Jason LaRonde, Zachary Lindsley, Lillian MacDonald, Lia McBurnie, Chase McElyea, Cayden McKay, Mariyah Metot, Jordyn Meyers, Claire Minney, Austin Moore, Alyssa Murphy, Caedance Myer, Degan Parker, Macray Pelton, Ellie Peterson, Alexis Phoenix, Gaige Pitre, Margo Pritting, Charles Quaco, Nathaniel Quaco, Jayden Rawson, Mason Renfrew, Ethan Reynolds, Nicholas Root, Sara Ruetsch, Arlin Russo, Lucas Stellingwerf, Alaina Sutter, Landen Thatcher, Chloe Thomas, Lukas Wooding and Luke Zellar.
Grade 5 Silver Stars
Emma Bova, Savannah Brown, Shane Byrne, Dakoda Capozzi, Charles Crandall, Tyler D’Arcy, Emma Dailey, Dakota Delaney, Jaylynn Dwyer, Abrielle Fayette, Mason Gollaher, Joshua Gullen Jr., Cody Hager, Parker Hall, Isabelle Hillman, Jason Jones, Koby Kitts, Sadiemae Maher, Hannah Morrison, Alissa Newman, Gerald Nolan III, Hunter Potts, Ryanna Rose, Logan Smallman, Nathan Worden and Miranda Young.
Grade 6 Gold Stars
Chase Bacon, Isaiah Bergman, Allenmichael Borasky, Elisabeth Caltabiano, Liam Campanino, Courtney Carter, Hayley Dygert, Michael Farrar, Madison Fatcheric, Evan Fox, Lindsey Goudy, Mia Graham, Kenidee Grover, Blake Hoyt, Mattie Hunt, Evan Isabell, Olivia Isabella, Alan Jacques, Conor Jones, Chase Kenner-Carbonaro, Morgan Lynch, Brooke McCann, Peyton Nichols, Tateum Patnode, Cody Perry, Logan Petrie, Lillianne Quinn, Hannah Reilley, Sheriden Southworth and Alexander Whaley.
Grade 6 Silver Stars
Joseph Abt, Grayson Brady, Solomon Campbell, Isaac Chesbro, Mackenzie Chetney, Christopher Clarke II, Meghan Clothier, Reghan Conley, Alexis Crandall, Blake Duncan, Emily Dunn-Hulett, Mark Eusepi Jr., Zoe Gordon, Mallory Hess, Merlin Lough, John McDonald, Jenna Moore, Edward Pitcher, Celia Tangorra, Ryan Thompson and Austin Wilder.
Grade 7 Gold Stars
Sarah Andrews, Landon Armstrong, Sarah Ashby, Stephen Beal, Virginia Bednarski, Mathew Bernard, Adrianna Breckheimer, Conner Calkins, Brendan Champion, Thomas Checksfield, Chloe Coughlin, Mary Crandall, Johnathan Dion, Mariah Gilligan, Isaiah Gordon, James Hagg II, Jonah Hawthorne, Jalyn Henry, Bethany Hook, Alexandra Hopps, Alaina Hubbell, Autumn Kelly, Lee Ketaily, Karson Kimball, Grace Landis, Maggie LaPine, Larissa MacDonald, Hannah McArthur, McKenna Neiss, Jacob Neupert, Katelyn Pyzdrowski, Kelsey Redhead, Ariana Richway, Kylie Russo, Taylor Smith, Chastity Thomas and Austin Wagar.
Grade 7 Silver Stars
Noah Bartholomew, Masson Bell, Alissa Bova, Ian Burgett, Kaitlyn Chesbro, Breannah Demo, Matthew Files, Charity Frantz, Brian Gibbs, Joseph Green, Maurice Handy, Nicholas Hanson, Jeffrey Horner, Tye Hughes, Zackary Hunter, Daren Jackson, Jayde Jacobson, Willyam Jolly, Nevaeh Lando, Dominick Mason, Grace McDonald, Cody McFall, Madeline Mills, Erick Moreira, Max Morgan, Brady Munger, Weston Murphy, Carson Newvine, Gabriella Payne, Carter Pinkley, Jarvis Piscitelli, Curtis Pitcher, Hanadi Sardo, Nicholas Sisera, Jacob Smallman, Olivia Snyder, Brooke-Lynne Springer, Daniel Stellingwerf, Sean Stevens, Gaven Sutter, Ella Tangorra and John Wallace.
Grade 8 Gold Stars
Isabella Allen, Shay Altman, Nicholas Bartlett, Natalie Brown, Sara Brunell, Chloe Calkins, Hannah Charleston, Emma Clark, Tabitha Clark, Sophia Crandall, Brielle DeRoberts, Alicia Durst, Hailey Fredericks, Francesca Goodell, Noah Gordon, Cierra Harvey, Mattison Hess, Nathan Kosakowski, Alivia Lamphere, Miranda LaRobardiere, Jock Li, Tori-Lenn Loosen, Megan Lytle, Owen Lytle, Zack Mills, Imari Piscitelli, Andrew Quinn, Tyler Redhead, Keaton Renfrew, Connor Roberts, Lily Roberts, Mackenzie Shank, Aiden Southworth, Nathaniel Sutter, Liam Sweeney, Benjamin Thibault, Corinne Thibault, Zoie Tracy, Melody Trask, Sophia Trinca, Aidan Trumble, Thomas Uhl, Michael VanAuken Jr., Ashlyn Wallace and Mason Watkins.
Grade 8 Silver Stars
Chase Altman, Ashleigh Besaw, Haley Bowersox, Kelsie Burgess, Jonathan Campbell, Kaelyn Cartwright, Alexander Coons, Hailie Dailey, Alexis Dryer, Ethan Fox, Zachary Green, Katherine Holbrook, Braden Jolly, Amanda Justian, Lillyan Kingsbury, Patricia Lamach, Jacob LaRocque, Brianna Lenway, Danielle Loy, Jillian Loy, Robert Minard, Joseph Palmer, Roemello Rondinello, Brett Sears, William Semanchuk-Enser, Garrett Strang, Caitlyn Sutkus and Jada Wyatt.
Phoenix students are learning much more than drawing and painting in Kathy Lambert’s classroom, as guest artist Dennis Pullen recently provided them with a lesson in perseverance.
Pullen, a quadriplegic painter who has received numerous awards for his work, met with Michael A. Maroun Elementary students to share his story about how he turned tragedy to triumph. Despite an accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down, Pullen refused to give up doing the things that make him happy. He holds a job, works to improve lives for people with disabilities and is a talented artist.
“We’re more alike than we are different,” he said to a class of fourth-graders. “Sure, we have some differences – I’m in a wheelchair – but there are a lot more ways we are alike. We all like to go on vacations, watch movies, go on rides, hang out with friends, play on the computer … lots of things.”