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Phoenix students showcase work in annual Science Fair

Aurora Rose, a fourth-grader at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School, prepares to discuss her project during the annual Science Fair. She conducted research about hand cleaning products and discovered that washing with hand sanitizer was the most effective method to eliminate germs.Physics research, earth science hypotheses and chemistry experiments were in focus during the annual Science Fair at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School.

The event was the culmination of weeks of research and hard work as students showcased their work to parents, friends, community members and a panel of judges. Participants discussed their topic and noted each step they took to prove or disprove their hypotheses.

As the judges made their way to each project, they noted how impressed they were with the students’ thoroughness and commitment beyond the regular school day.

“These students worked their way through the scientific method and came up with some interesting conclusions,” said one of the judges. “It’s obvious that all the participants put a lot of time and effort into these projects. We’re very impressed!”

The judges presented several awards to students in each grade level. Award recipients included kindergartners Wyatt Ray (first place) and Jaxon Redhead (second place); first-graders Miles Grosvent (first place) and Chloe Bowman (second place); second-graders Timothy Britt (first place) and Aaron Moore (second place); third-graders Nando Leonello (first place) and Gavin Painter (second place); and fourth-graders Rose Mullin (first place) and Aurora Rose (second place). In the team competition, Theodore Lough and Marilyn Lough came in first place while Amaya Crutchley and Giuliana Jones finished in second place.


MAM students compete in building book battle

Ten teams studied 10 books at Michael A. Maroun Elementary in hopes of being named the school’s Battle of the Books champion.

Ultimately, “The Lighting Lazers” members, coached by Rebecca Coffin, were victorious after they answered 14 of the 16 questions correctly and earned 112 points. Each team was awarded eight points when they provided the correct title and author. Five points were awarded for having the title only.

The winning fourth-graders: Michael Farnham, John Sculco and Michael Goudy, cheered in excitement with each correct response. All questions centered on intricate details of the required book list, including the book that had tops of pine trees that had been snapped, a character that was given a secret formula, a character that used the force and a rat came first.

For Farnham, the choice to join MAM’s 2018 Battle of the Books was easy.

“I just love books,” he said.

While “The Lightning Lazers” have advanced to the March 15 Oswego County Battle of the Books at John C. Birdlebough High School, “The 3 Tigers” team members stole the show with their amazing show of sportsmanship as they visited each team at the conclusion of the battle to shake hands and offer congratulatory wishes.

Each of the 30 participants received medals, purchased by the school’s parent-faculty organization. “The Lightning Lazers” also received a Battle of the Books pins, first-place trophies and PFO-paid T-shirts to wear to the county battle.

MAM Library Media Specialist Steven Terchowitz, who emceed the MAM building battle, offered gratitude on behalf of team members for all of the Battle of the Books coaches who helped keep each team on track.

MAM Battle of the Books 2018 champions, from left, are: Michael Goudy, John Sculco and Michael Farnham, are joined by coach Rebecca Coffin.

MAM Battle of the Books 2018 champions, from left, are: Michael Goudy,
John Sculco and Michael Farnham, are joined by coach Rebecca Coffin,
following their first-place finish.


Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries to Phoenix Third-Graders

A decade-long partnership between the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club and the Phoenix Central School District continued this year with the annual dictionary giveaway.

Rotarians visited with third-graders to discuss the service organization and teach students how to get the most out of the dictionaries they received.

Ellen Nowyj, Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club president, thumbed through the reference material as she identified resources such as maps, the periodic table and punctuation guides. She noted it was rewarding to be able to provide dictionaries to all 141 third-grade students.

“This is likely their first reference book that they own,” Nowyj said. “They can take it home and learn so many things.”


Phoenix students’ artwork in the spotlight

Michael A. Maroun Elementary Liam Considine, Caitlyn D’Arcy, Andrea Davis, Abigail Oeinck and Emma Dates proudly display their work that was recently on exhibit during the annual New York State Art Teachers’ Association conference in Binghamton.

Art students from Michael A. Maroun Elementary School recently had their work featured in a statewide exhibit in Binghamton.

The exhibit was on display during the annual New York State Art Teachers’ Association conference and showcased student artwork across a variety of mediums. The Phoenix Central School District was well represented, as 14 students were selected to have their work featured.

“I am very proud of the student work that was shown, and I received lots of good comments on their pieces,” said art teacher Kim Kittleson.

The students whose work was on exhibit included Olivia Eastman, Liam Considine, Keegan Webster, Abigail Oeinck, Andrea Davis, Kaylynn Butler, Caitlyn D’Arcy, Ava Perfetto, Mason Morris, Cheyenne Perryman, Jackson Collier, Sadie Grethel, Jack Kocher and Emma Dates.


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.


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.


Phoenix Cub Savers Earn Recognition

Participants in the Cub Saver program at Michael A. Maroun Elementary worked to “save their money for a rainy day” through the Edge Federal Credit Union’s initiative.

A focus on financial literacy and savings paid dividends for Michael A. Maroun Elementary School students this year.

Since the fall, students have been involved in the Cub Saver program through Edge Federal Credit Union, where they make deposits into their accounts and learn about finances as part of the school-based program. A recent celebration honored the students who contributed deposits throughout the year, with the seven “super savers” – those who made the most consistent deposits – earning time in the cash cube.

The cash cube provided the seven students with an opportunity to enter the cube and grab up to $1,000 in 30 seconds. All the money each participant was able to grab ($802 combined) was deposited into their accounts.

“It’s not how much they save each week, it’s just about establishing that pattern of behavior,” said Edge Federal Credit Union CEO Theresa Camerino. “This is a great way to introduce students to financial literacy and teach them the importance of saving money.”


‘Parents in PE’ a success at MAM


Parents and grandparents in the Phoenix Central School District recently joined elementary students in physical education (PE) classes.

The annual “Parents in PE” program began several years ago at the suggestion of Alice Benjamin, a PE teacher at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School. Since then, hundreds of parents have participated and learned a variety of exercises to use at home.

“I try to change the activities and make sure they can do some of these things together at home,” Benjamin said.

This year, participants climbed the rock wall (funded through Box Tops for Education) and worked their way through agility courses, team activities and cardiovascular exercises.

“It’s awesome to see the kids and their parents/grandparents exercising together and having fun,” Benjamin said. “This is something that they look forward to every year.”


Hundreds of athletes participate in Oswego County Olympiad Invitational

Phoenix students parade around the JCB track prior to the Oswego County Olympiad Invitational
The John C. Birdlebough track and field area was bustling with excitement May 11 as dozens of volunteers and hundreds of spectators cheered on athletes in the 2017 Oswego County Olympiad Invitational.

More than 450 student-athletes -- representing all nine component school districts in the county, as well as the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation -- participated in the third annual Olympiad. Participants wore school colors and displayed school spirit while parading around the track to begin the day.

“This is such an awesome day,” said Angie Neiss, a teacher at JCB who helps coordinate the Olympiad. “Everywhere you look, all you see is smiling faces. There’s nothing better than that!”

Fulton native Tim Conners, a cancer survivor who lost his sight while battling T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, served as emcee for the event. He encouraged participants to strive for the seemingly impossible and to overcome adversity one day at a time.

“It’s impossible until you do it,” Conners said as the Olympiad got underway.

Inspired by Conners’ words, student-athletes took to the track for their respective events. In addition to distance races, participants tried events such as shot put, softball throw, long jump and other activities.

“So many people helped make the Olympiad a success,” Neiss said. “Our student-athletes, volunteers, spectators and donors made this possible. What a great event!”