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Second Quarter Gold and Silver Star EJD Students Revealed

Gold and Silver Star recognitions for the second academic quarter were recently announced for students of Emerson J. Dillon Middle school.

Students are awarded a Gold Star for achieving a quarterly report card average of 90 or higher.  A Silver Star is awarded for a quarterly report card average of 85 to 89.99. 

In addition to a certificate of achievement, the students will be invited to a special activity as a reward for their excellent work.

Gold Star recipients in grade five: Trinity Applegate, Briana Ard, Hailey Ashby, Cole Bailer, To'Kye Barnes, Drew Britton, Hannah Brooker, Julian Burns, Matthew Caltabiano, Finnegan Coons, Ashley Dean, Cameron Dryer,Olivia Edwards, Miley Esposito, Gabrielle Ezman, Abigail Felix, Nathan Fortman, Jayden Grant,Logan Greenough, Eden Grethel, Landon Guertin, David Halko, Zackary Henderson,  Alainna Henderson-Nelepovitz, Hailey Hook, Emma Huntley, Edward Kelly, Genevieve Kimball,  Conner Klock,RowanKuropatwinski, Kevin Kurzinski, Taisia Marasco, HaileyMason, Kaylee Mason,Brandon McCarthy, Riley McFall, Jianna Metot, Anastasia Moore, Alexander Nicita, Zachary Nicita, Eliana Occhino, Brooklyn Olschewske,  Joshua Poorman, Relehonna Pope, Tallen Prior, Berkleigh Schneider, Grace-Rose Shue, Alivia Smith, Cecelia  Smith, Leon Smith, Remi Smith, Emily St. Laurent,Emily Stellingwerf, Brookelynn Stewart, Ryan Szyikowski, Grayson Trinca, Ryleigh Williams,  Aleah Worden and Jadelynn Zaryski.

Silver Star recipients in grade five: Jonathan Banks, Reid Bartholomew, Cameron Besaw, Chloe Borrow, Clarence Bullis, Nellie Butler, Dante Cacciola, Jordan Cook, Isabella Crain, Madalynn Emlaw, Emma Fox, Juan Gonzalez,Evan Hansen, Everest Harris, Jonathan Hayes, Taylor Hull, Chase Huntley, Douglas Jacques, Danielle Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Jacob Lindsley,  Gabriel Lyle, Cameron McDowell, Kaiden McNabb, Alexander Miranda-Tapia, Cadence Morrison, Kyra Mosher, Liam Murphy, Kaylee Newman, Julius Spaights, Rachel Stellingwerf, Mason Stott, Danielle Sussey, Aiden Thatcher, Kolson Turner and Kerrigan Walpole.

Gold Star recipients in grade six: Peyton Aller, Emma Bova, Avery Bowman, Myah Burnham, Dakoda  Capozzi, Owen Champion, Kai Clary, Zoey Coleman, Amelie Creighton, Gabriella Dates, Sophie Delahunt, Rylee Denslow, Marra DiGiovanni, Erika Dygert, Gianna Ende, Savannah Felix, Matthew Froio, Harleigh Greenleaf, Haley Hammond, Donald Hook, Lincoln Kersey, Ava Kuropatwinski, Kaylen Lamphere, Beth Landers, Emily LaPine, Brycen LaRobardiere, Lillian MacDonald, Lia McBurnie, Chase McElyea, Cayden McKay, Jordyn Meyers, Claire Minney, Hannah Morrison, Alyssa Murphy, Caedance Myer, Degan Parker, Macray Pelton, Ellie Peterson, Margo Pritting, Charles Quaco, Nathaniel Quaco, Jayden Rawson, Mason Renfrew, Ethan Reynolds, Nicholas Root, Sara Ruetsch, Arlin Russo, Lucas Stellingwerf,Alaina Sutter, Chloe Thomas and Luke Zellar.

Silver Star recipients in grade six: Lyla Barrow, Savannah Brown, Noah Bushnoe, Shane Byrne, Madalyn Carter, Alana Clough, Ty Corey, Charles Crandall, Landon Crandall, Tyler D'Arcy, Mark Davis Jr., Caitlin Dean, Anthony DeMarchi, Jaylynn Dwyer, Hunter Eldred, Abrielle Fayette, Nathan Gaylord, Joshua Gullen Jr., Cody Hager, Parker Hall, Sabrina Haynes, Julia Kazmark, Cameron Kreis, Zachary  Lindsley,  Sadiemae Maher, Austin Moore, Shareese Nelson, Ariana Palmer, Alexis Phoenix, Gaige Pitre, Hunter Potts,Madison Quaco, Landen Thatcher and Miranda Young.

Gold Star recipients in grade seven: Isaiah Bergman, Allenmichael Borasky, Elisabeth Caltabiano, Courtney Carter, JessicaCarter, Christopher Clarke II, Emily Dunn-Hulett, Matthew Durst, Hayley Dygert, Milani Eldred, Michael Farrar, Madison Fatcheric, Evan Fox, Lindsey Goudy, Mia Graham, Kenidee Grover,Mallory Hess, Blake Hoyt, Mattie Hunt, Evan Isabell, Olivia Isabella, Alan Jacques, Conor Jones, Alyssa Lantry, Morgan Lynch, Brooke McCann, Peyton Nichols, Tateum Patnode, Cody Perry, Logan Petrie,Lillianne Quinn, Hannah Reilley, Kayla Snow, Sheriden Southworth, Celia Tangorra, Alexander Whaley and Austin Wilder.

Silver Star recipients in grade seven: Joseph Abt, Garrett Audas, Chase Bacon, RyanBrockway, Grace Calkins, Victoria Cerullo Mackenzie Chetney,Meghan Clothier,Reghan Conley,Madison Coutchure,Robert Finch Jr., Shawn Froio, Zoe Gordon, Brandon Ingoldby,Dylan Jones, John McDonald, Jenna Moore, Thomas Rose III, Lillie Shaffer, Hope Smith and Ryan Thompson.

Gold Star recipients in grade eight: Sarah Andrews, Sarah Ashby, Mackenzee Backus, Virginia Bednarski, Alissa Bova, Adrianna Breckheimer, Jake Charleston, Jared Charleston, Kaitlyn Chesbro, Chloe Coughlin, Mary  Crandall, Johnathan Dion, Charity Frantz, Mariah Gilligan, Isaiah Gordon,  James Hagg II, Jonah Hawthorne,Bethany Hook, Alaina Hubbell, Tye Hughes Jr., Lee Ketaily, Grace Landis, Nevaeh Lando,Maggie LaPine, LarissaMacDonald,  Hannah McArthur, McKenna Neiss,  Jacob Neupert, Gabriella Payne, Katelyn Pyzdrowski, Kelsey Redhead, Ariana Richway, Kylie Russo, Daniel Stellingwerf, Sean Stevens and Ella Tangorra.

Silver Star recipients in grade eight: Noah Bartholomew, Stephen Beal, Mathew Bernard, Matthew Breton, Ian Burgett, Conner Calkins,Brendan Champion, Breannah Demo, Dominic Germain, Madison Grover, Nicholas Hanson, Jalyn Henry, Benjamin Hess, Alexandra Hopps, Hannah Huff, Daren Jackson, Willyam Jolly, Autumn Kelly, Karson Kimball, Grace McDonald, Cody McFall, MaxMorgan, Brady Munger, Weston Murphy, Carson Newvine, Carter Pinkley, Cole Rinaldi, Taylor Smith, Olivia Snyder and Gaven Sutter.


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.


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.


Dillon Students Elected into National Junior Honor Society

Several Emerson J. Dillon (EJD) middle-schoolers were elected into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) during a recent ceremony held at the school.

 

EJD NJHS Advisor Jennifer Mainville welcomed parents and families in celebrating the accomplishments of the inductees, and indicated that the NJHS students had planned the entire evening. The students proceeded with running the ceremony for the remainder of the night.

“National Junior Honor Society is about leading and taking charge,” said Mainville. “And that’s what the students are doing tonight.”

 

Following the traditional candle lighting ceremony, the following students were pinned as new NJHS members: Sarah Andrews, Sara Brunell, Isaiah Gordon, James Hagg II, Larissa MacDonald, Jacob Neupert, Mackenzie Shank, Nathaniel Sutter and Michael VanAuken.

 

EJD NJHS President Lily Roberts led the new and old members in reading the Member’s Pledge saying, “I will be loyal to my school; and will maintain and encourage high standards of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character.”

EJD National Junior Honor Society proudly welcomes nine new members.


National Junior Honor Society members donate to Ronald McDonald House

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School student representatives of the National Junior Honor Society pose for a group photo outside the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse. The students raised money and provided meals to Ronald McDonald House guests. Pictured are Shay Altman, Francesca Goodell, Lilly Roberts, Allison Mainville, Noah Gordon, Thomas Uhl, Jock Li, Andrew Quinn, Liam Sweeney and Ciera Harvey.

With a desire to help others, Phoenix National Junior Honor Society members recently hosted a fundraiser benefiting the Ronald McDonald house of Syracuse.

Students held a “lap-a-thon,” along the indoor track and solicited sponsors for each completed lap during a 30-minute time period. Fifth-grader Jason LaRonde was the top earner and raised $240 for the nonprofit organization, which serves families who travel from across the region to get medical care for their loved ones at area hospitals.

According to NJHS adviser Jennifer Mainville, members of the organization organized every facet of the fundraiser. They made phone calls seeking donations, organized participants, printed fliers and worked as a team to accomplish their goal. Ultimately, the students raised enough money to buy dinner from Fajita Grill for 40 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. They also presented the organization a check for $300.


Students selected for Poco Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble


EJD students Nicholas Bartlett, Natalie Brown, Lily Roberts, Sophia Trinca, Aidan Trumble, and Alex Olschewske have been selected to participate in the Poco Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble through Syracuse University.


EJD students Grace Landis, Virginia Bednarski, Ariana Richway, Sarah Andrews, and Cameron Huntley round out the list of students earning the honor of joining this year’s Poco Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble.

Several talented musicians from the Emerson J. Dillon Middle School were selected to participate in the Poco Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble through Syracuse University. Students have been rehearsing since January, and have worked very hard to prepare a demanding concert within just five rehearsals. The first of two Poco Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble concerts was held recently on the Syracuse University campus. The concert program included Victory and Celebration by Alan Lee Silva, Plaza de Toros by Mark Williams, Fantasia on the ‘Dargason’ by Gustav Holst as arranged by Michael Story, and the music from Les Miserables as arranged by Michael Sweeny.

Participating middle school students include Grace Landis on flute, Ariana Richway on flute, Natalie Brown on clarinet, Sarah Andrews on tenor saxophone, Nicholas Bartlett on baritone saxophone, Virginia Bednarski on trumpet, Katelyn Pyzdrowski on trumpet, Aidan Trumble on trumpet, Lily Roberts on French horn, Cameron Huntley on euphonium, Alex Olschewske on percussion, and Sophia Trinca on percussion.

Poco Allegro is a community-based ensemble for students in seventh and eighth grade in the Central New York area. Over one-hundred dedicated and talented students were accepted into the group, based on teacher recommendations and continue to represent the high quality of music programs across Central New York. The group rehearse alongside the Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble, which consists of students in grades nine through twelve. Both ensembles are co-directed by Elizabeth Buell of the Westhill School District, Terrance Caviness of the Fulton City School District, and Professor Justin Mertz, Director of Bands at Syracuse University. The second and final concert in the Allegro and Poco Allegro series will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 26 in the Setnor Auditorium at Syracuse University.

The Phoenix Central School Music Department has been included in the 2016 National Association for Music Education top 100 schools in America for Music Education. “This marks the fifth consecutive year for this designation," music teacher David Frateschi said. “Special thanks go out to the Phoenix administration team and the Board of Education for their continued support of our students here in Phoenix.”


EJD Middle School announces Gold and Silver Star students for second quarter

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School is proud to announce its Gold and Silver Star students for the second quarter of the 2016 – 2017 school year. Students earning Gold Star distinction have maintained a quarterly grade point average of 90 or higher with no incompletes or failing grades. Students earning Silver Star distinction have maintained a quarterly grade point average of 85 to 89.99 with no incompletes or failing grades. 

Grade five Gold Star honorees are: Peyton Aller, Lyla  Barrow, Avery Bowman, Myah Burnham, Noah Bushnoe, Owen Champion, Reghan Conley, Landon Crandall, Amelie Creighton, Gabriella Dates, Caitlin Dean, Sophie Delahunt, Anthony DeMarchi, Rylee Denslow, Marra DiGiovanni, Erika Dygert, Gianna Ende, Mackenzie Fatcheric, Abrielle Fayette, Savannah Felix, Leland Frantz, Nathan Gaylord, Harleigh Greenleaf, Cody Hager, Parker Hall, Haley Hammond, Donald Hook, Cameron Kreis, Kaylen Lamphere, Beth Landers, Emily LaPine, Brycen LaRobardiere, 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, Margo Pritting, Charles Quaco, Nathaniel Quaco, Mason Renfrew, Ethan Reynolds, Nicholas Root, Sara Ruetsch, Arlin, Russo, Lucas Stellingwerf, Alaina Sutter, Landen Thatcher, Chloe Thomas, Lukas Wooding, and Nathan Worden.

Grade five Silver Star honorees are: Savannah Brown, Shane Byrne, Carielys Calderon, Dakoda Capozzi, Madalyn Carter, Ty Corey, Charles Crandall, Emma Dailey, Tyler D'Arcy, Juliahana Dennis, Hunter Eldred, Matthew Froio, Joshua Gullen Jr., Sabrina Haynes, Caleb Jolly, Julia Kazmark, Jason LaRonde, Gabrielle Lenway, Sadiemae Maher, Hannah Morrison, Alissa Newman, Gaige Pitre, Hunter Potts, Madison Quaco, Jayden Rawson, Ryanna Rose, Logan Smallman, Mariah Sutliffe, and Miranda Young.

Grade six Gold Star honorees are: Chase Bacon, Isaiah Bergman, Allenmichael Borasky, Elisabeth Caltabiano, Courtney Carter, Emily Dunn-Hulett, Hayley Dygert, Michael Farrar, Madison Fatcheric, Evan Fox, Lindsey Goudy, Mia Graham, Mallory Hess, Blake Hoyt, Evan Isabell, Olivia Isabella, Alan Jacques, Conor Jones, Chase Kenner-Carbonaro, Alyssa Lantry, Merlin Lough, Morgan Lynch, Brooke McCann, Peyton Nichols, Tateum Patnode, Cody Perry, Logan Petrie, Lillianne Quinn, Hannah Reilley, Sheriden Southworth, Celia Tangorra, Ryan Thompson, and Alexander Whaley.

Grade six Silver Stars honorees are: Garrett Audas, Grayson Brady, Haden Baugh, Aiyannah Bukowski, Peyton Callahan, Solomon Campbell, Liam Campanino, Isaac Chesbro, Christopher Clarke II, Blake Duncan, Mark Eusepi Jr., Kenidee Grover, Chloe Harvey, Mattie Hunt, Brandon Ingoldby, Dylan Jones, John McDonald, Jenna Moore, and Nicholas Shank.
 
Grade seven Gold Stars honorees are: Sarah Andrews, Stephen Beal, Virginia Bednarski, Alissa Bova, Adrianna Breckheimer, Chloe Coughlin, Mariah Gilligan, Isaiah Gordon, James Hagg II, Bethany Hook, Alexandra Hopps, Alaina Hubbell, Tye Hughes, Autumn Kelly, Karson Kimball, Grace Landis, Nevaeh Lando, Maggie LaPine, Larissa MacDonald, Hannah McArthur, McKenna Neiss, Jacob Neupert, Kelsey Redhead, Kylie Russo, Sean Stevens, and Chastity Thomas. 

Grade seven Silver Star honorees are: Sarah Ashby, Mathew Bernard, Ian Burgett, Conner Calkins, Brendan Champion, Jared Charleston, Thomas Checksfield, Kaitlyn Chesbro, Mary Crandall, Johnathan Dion, Charity Frantz, Dominic Germain, Brian Gibbs, Joseph Green, Madisen Guerrero, Maurice Handy, Jonah Hawthorne, Zackary Hunter, Daren Jackson, Lee Ketaily, Dominick Mason, Nicholas McCann, 
Madeline Mills, Erick Moreira, Max Morgan, Brady Munger, Carter Norton, Gabriella Payne, Carter Pinkley, Ariana Richway, Jacob Smallman, Taylor Smith, Olivia Snyder, Daniel Stellingwerf, Gaven Sutter, 
Ella Tangorra, and John Wallace.

Grade eight Gold Star honorees are: Isabella Allen, Shay Altman, Ashleigh Besaw, Haley Bowersox, Natalie Brown, Sara Brunell, Chloe Calkins, Kaelyn Cartwright, Hannah Charleston, Tabitha  Clark, Emma Clark, Sophia Crandall, Brielle DeRoberts, Alicia Durst, Francesca Goodell, Noah Gordon, Zachary Green, Cierra Harvey, Mattison Hess, Nathan Kosakowski, Alivia Lamphere, Miranda LaRobardiere, Jock Li, Megan Lytle, Owen Lytle, Zack     Mills, Andrew Quinn, Tyler Redhead, Connor Roberts, Lily Roberts, Mackenzie Shank, Aiden Southworth, Nathaniel Sutter, Nicholas Sutter, Liam Sweeney, Zoie Tracy, Melody Trask, Sophia Trinca, Aidan Trumble, Thomas Uhl, Michael VanAuken Jr., and Mason Watkins.

Grade eight Silver Star honorees are: Sarai Brown, Kelsie Burgess, Jonathan Campbell, Alexander Coons, Hailie Dailey, Haylie Dodge, Alexis Dryer, Alivia Eusepi, Emma Fatcheric, Ethan Fox, Hailey Fredericks, Katherine Holbrook, Braden Jolly, Amanda Justian, Molly Kelly, Lillyan Kingsbury, Patricia Lamach, Tori-Lenn Loosen, Danielle Loy, Jillian Loy, Robert Minard,  Rocco Mistico, Kylie Mulcahey, Alex Olschewske, Imari Piscitelli, Holt Reed, Keaton Renfrew,  Roemello Rondinello, William Semanchuk-Enser, Garrett Strang, Caitlyn Sutkus, Benjamin Thibault, Corinne Thibault, Ashlyn Wallace, Molly Werth, and Jada Wyatt.


PCSD students perform in honor bands

Some of Phoenix Central School District’s most musically-talented students recently performed in the New York State Band Director’s Association’s annual Symposium of middle school and high school honor bands.

Band directors from throughout the state submitted recommendations for the prestigious honor based on the previous year’s New York State School Music Association scores for students and overall achievement.

Dr. Shelley Jagow directed the Middle School Honor Band, for grades seven and eight, which was comprised of 112 students coming from 42 school districts. Their program included “Into the Clouds” by Richard Saucedo, “El Camino Real” by Alfred Reed and arranged by Robert Longfield, “Rippling Watercolors” by Brian Balmages and “CafĂ© 512” by Ryan George.

Accepted from Phoenix as first alternates for the NYSBDA Middle School Honor Band this year were Lily Roberts (French Horn) and Hannah Charleston (Euphonium). Phoenix Central School District was the only school district from Oswego County to have students selected to the Middle School Honor Band this year.

Dr. Evan Feldman directed the High School Honor Band. Comprised of 123 students in grades nine through 12 from 54 school districts, the program included “Kirpatrick Fanfare” by Andrew Boysen Jr., “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Aldridge Grainger, “Blue Shades” by Frank Tichelli, “Melodius Thunk” by David Biedenbender and “Downey Overture” by Oscar Navarro. Phoenix Central, Fulton City, Hannibal Central, and Central Square Central school districts all had students selected to perform in this year’s High School Honor Band.

The PCSD Music Department is also proud to be included in the NAfME top 100 schools in America for Music Education for the 2016 school year. This is the fifth straight year for this designation. The department extended a special thank you to the PCSD administration team and the Board of Education for their continued support of all Phoenix students.

 

Representing Phoenix Central School District in the NYSBDA Middle School Honor Band, from left, are Thomas Uhl (Trumpet), Aiden Trumble (Trumpet), Virginia Bednarski (Trumpet) and Chloe Calkins (Euphonium).

From left, Daniel Knowlton (Trumpet) and Brian Breen (Flute) are all smiles after they were selected to perform in the NYSBDA High School Honor Band.


EJD students display artistic abilities at local exhibit

Several Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students were recently selected to represent EJD at a special exhibit celebrating students’ artistic achievements.

Throughout the month of March, visitors to Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville may view “Student Art: Naturally” entries about landscapes, plant and animal studies, waterscapes and other artwork in the form of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and collage. The styles range from highly realistic to incredibly imaginative.

An opening reception was held March 1 to honor the young artists. Each student received a certificate and ribbon in recognition of their participation in the show.  Refreshments were also served.

“Student Art - Naturally” is organized annually by the Central Region of the New York State Art Teachers Association in co-operation with Beaver Lake Nature Center. The following EJD students participated in the show: Michael VanAuken, Sophie Crandall, Sara Brunell, Sophia Trinca, Nathan Kosakowski, Mackenzie VanAuken, Brielle Roberts, Ethan Fox, Zoie Tracy, Mattison Hess, Chloe Coughlin, Sydney Bingham, Tabitha Clark, Megan Lytle, Erick Moreira, Kylie Russo, Jock Li, Nate Sutter, Jayde Jacobson, Alivia Lamphere and Sarai Brown.

Art teachers Beth Pritchard and Ashley Modafferi supported the students at the art show reception. Modafferi, NYSATA Chairperson for the Beaver Lake Intermediate Art Show, encouraged Phoenix Central School District students, staff members and community supporters to explore the EJD talent on display at the nature center. The artwork will be shown until March 28 in honor of March as Youth Art Month.

 

EJD student Tabitha Clark proudly displays the honors she received for her colorful dock at sunset
artwork, to her left, which is hung in the “Student Art: Naturally” art exhibit at Beaver Lake Nature Center,
sponsored by the Central Region of the New York State Art Teachers Association.

 


EJD Middle School holds mock election

Several hours before the polls closed on Election Day, students at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School had already selected Donald Trump as their choice for President of the United States of America.

The school’s library media center was recently transformed into a voting center, complete with a sign-in desk and voting privacy screens made by art students. At each voting station, students used a tablet to scan a QR code which brought up a Google Docs “ballot” with the names of Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. Students in grades five through eight cast their digital ballot, with 423 votes for Trump, 100 votes for Clinton, 15 votes for Stein and no votes for Johnson. For their efforts, the students received an “I Voted” sticker.

Although the middle-schoolers are several years younger than the legal voting age of 18, Social Studies Teacher John Dalgety said their participation in the mock election showed their enthusiasm for learning about the electoral process. Teachers also spoke with students about how social media has affected the national election.

 

EJD Middle School Sixth-Grader Madison Coutchure votes in her
school’s recent mock election.