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News and Articles for Phoenix Central School District.

Phoenix students aim to Spike out Cancer

With a focus on helping others, the Phoenix Central School District recently switched from its Firebird orange to a rosy pink during a recent girls’ volleyball match.

In collaboration with the John C. Birdlebough High School Student Council, the volleyball team wore pink shirts and helped raise funds in the hopes of Spiking out Cancer. Student council members sold T-shirts, baked goods and novelty items, while also holding a 50/50 raffle and collecting donations throughout the evening.

“The student council would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to our school and community,” said student council adviser Lisa Spereno. “Thanks to everyone involved, we raised $842 for Golisano Children’s Hospital. Student Council will be providing an additional $158 to send a check totaling $1,000 to the hospital.”

John C. Birdlebough High School students participate in teambuilding activities while developing leadership skills at Camp Talooli in Pennellville.   Spereno noted that student council president Natalie Hart and council member Emily McDonald worked hard to make sure the event was successful. Additional volunteers included students Catherine Musumeci, Makayla Newvine, Taylor Mattice and Lauren Schmidt.

“Thanks also to coach Matt Fuller and coach Anna Turner, the volleyball team and parents for decorating the gym and providing baked goods, Nicole George for helping to sell pretty much everything, and John Jeffries and Thomas Bailer for their absolutely unwavering support,” Spereno said. “It was also fantastic to see so many middle and high school teachers who attended the game!”

New PCSD athletic director celebrates student achievements, helps ignite Firebird pride

With more than a decade of experience as a coach and physical education teacher, John Jeffries is leading the Phoenix Central School District’s athletic program as its new director of health, physical education and athletics.

Jeffries is no stranger to Oswego County interscholastic sports. He was previously employed as a physical education teacher and multisport coach in Central Square, where he also served as the athletics intern. He noted that his experience and familiarity with the local interscholastic sports scene will be beneficial to the PCSD community – a community that has welcomed him with open arms.

“What I like most so far are the people at Phoenix,” Jeffries said. “From other administrators to coaches, teachers, clerical, and operations and maintenance people. Everything they do is about the kids and providing the kids with the best experience possible. It is a top-notch school district.”

Jeffries said he shares the district’s vision and aims to foster positive relationships with all stakeholders. In addition to becoming acclimated with the PCSD community, Jeffries has several goals he would like to accomplish during his first year.

“I want to celebrate accomplishments in athletics, physical education and health, get more participation in athletics and help increase school spirit and a positive atmosphere,” Jeffries said.

Dillon Middle School Announces PE Students of the Year Winners

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students of the month gather for a group photo during a year-end ceremony.

The Emerson J. Dillon Middle School physical education staff honored outstanding students during a year-end celebration.

The event was the culmination of a monthly awards program that recognized students for their efforts and behavior. To cap off the year, two students from each grade level were selected as “PE Students of the Year.”

“This is about acknowledging and showing our appreciation to the students who are overall great kids; showing respect and responsibility throughout the school day,” said PE teacher Paul Lyman. “This award exemplifies students who are polite, kind, selfless, honest, trustworthy and serve as a positive role model to their peers.”

The 2017 PE Student of the Year recipients were Brycen LaRobardiere and Lia McBurnie (fifth grade); Damien Fratello and Elisabeth Caltabiano (sixth grade); Jacob Neupert and Madison Grover (seventh grade); and Tyler Redhead and Mackenzie Shank (eighth grade).

FamilyID Makes Athletics Registration Process Easier

We are excited to announce that the Phoenix Central School District is now offering the convenience of online registration for athletics and clearance through FamilyID

FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our athletic programs.  It will allow the district to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible eliminating the need for district nurses to complete, file, and store hundreds of documents. This program is replacing the current paper process.  You will no longer need to submit paperwork to the nurse or athletic office for sports signups and clearance. Everything will be completed online. 

Starting with the fall 2016 season, families must register through the FamilyID system prior to participating in any Phoenix athletic program.  Each student will need an up-to-date sports physical that parents/guardians can upload to the student’s profile. If your child has already completed their physical for the 2016-17 year with the school nurse, there is no need to have the student re-examined. However, you will have to register through the online system. Once registered, the system keeps track of your profile so you enter your information only once for multiple uses, multiple family members and multiple programs.Students not registered will not be permitted to participate. 

Registration is easy, simply visit the Athletic Registration page and follow the intructions.

Fall sports start dates:

Start Date – August 15, 2016
Registration begins/opens – July 18, 2016
***DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS August 10, 2016***
Start Date – August 29, 2016
Registration begins/opens – July 18, 2016
***DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS August 24, 2016***

PCSD Boosters to Host Golf Tournament

The Phoenix Firebirds Sports Boosters Club will host its 28th annual Gary Russell captain and crew golf tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Rose Creek Golf Course, 344County Route 33, Central Square.

The event will begin that day with an 8:30 a.m. check-in and a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. Each player’s $75 donation includes golf, cart, food and beverages. Throughout the tournament there will be drawings and special prizes, including a $10,000 hole-in-one prize.

Men’s, women’s and mixed teams are encouraged to enter. Foursomes are limited, so reserve your team today to guarantee a spot.

Proceeds will benefit the club’s projects and scholarship fund. For more information, or to register, contact Bob Patzke via telephone at 575-3317 or via email at creasemonkey@twcny.rr.com.

Phoenix Students Recognized as High Academic Scholar Athletes

Awards were distributed to student athletes at Emerson J. Dillon (EJD) Middle School and John C. Birdlebough (JCB) High School recently, recognizing them for high academic achievement.

Students must be passing three subjects as well as physical education to participate in school sports. The Academic Achievement Awards recognize students for attaining the highest grade point averages on the team.

The EJD students honored were Miranda LaRobardiere, Liam Sweeney, Thomas Uhl, Jock Li, Caitlin George and Francesca Goodell. The JCB students recognized were Gianna DeRoberts, Garrett Watkins, Emilie Hilliard, Kellen Arnold, Natalie Hart, Kristine Rowe, Alexis Smith, Mike Sadoski, Morgan Gravlin, Josh Margrey and Spencer Evans.

Phoenix Athletic Director Stephen Musso expressed his pride in each of students, mentioning their determination and hard work. He challenged those who participated in one or two sports to continue to improve and perhaps even tackle another sport.


EJD High Academic Achievement Award recipients Thomas Uhl, Jock Li and Caitlin George receive their plaques from Stephen Musso and Principal Sue Anderson. Not photographed, Francesca Goodell also received the High Academic Scholar Athlete Award.


EJD High Academic Achievement Award recipients. From left, Athletic Director Stephen Musso, Miranda LaRobardiere, Liam Sweeney and EJD Principal Sue Anderson.

JCB High Academic Achievement Award-winners Gianna DeRoberts, Garrett Watkins, Emilie Hilliard, Kellen Arnold, Natalie Hart, Kristine Rowe, Alexis Smith, Mike Sadoski, Morgan Gravlin, Josh Margrey and Spencer Evens receive their plaques of recognition from Phoenix Athletic Director Stephen Musso (right). DeRoberts, Watkins, Hilliard and Arnold received the Highest Overall Academic Achievement Awards.

Phoenix Celebrates Success of Winterguard Teams

In celebration of the success of their winterguard and colorguard teams this year, the Phoenix Central School District (PCSD) hosted a Winterguard Community Night on April 1 as a way to showcase the talents of the students who have worked so hard this season.

Due to an increase in student involvement, PCSD separated the students into four teams this year to ensure maximum skill growth for each member. The four teams are the Colorguard Club, the Cadet Winterguard, the Junior Winterguard and the Senior Winterguard. The Colorguard Club is comprised of elementary youngsters, and Phoenix is one of the few Districts in the area to offer the sport at such a young age.

The evening began with the Colorguard Club’s performance to the song “You’ll be in My Heart” by Phil Collins. The flags that the kids used in the routine were handmade by Pamela Southworth, Vice President of the Michael A. Maroun Elementary Parent-Faculty Organization.

The Cadet Winterguard performed a special routine to “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten that was dedicated to Phoenix resident Linda K. Storrings, who passed away last year after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Jamie Cullum’s “If I Ruled the World” was the musical accompaniment to the Junior Winterguard’s stunning performance. Support was felt by the entire community as the applause roared for an encore.

The Senior Winterguard performed a very personal routine devised by Director Nicholas Gerling that was entitled “Lost.” The accompaniment was a special arrangement comprised of various musical and vocal clips as well as the voices of the winterguard team members describing times that they felt lost.

“We hope this is a message that everyone can relate to,” said Gerling. He pointed out the design of the floor mat, which included the map coordinates for the village of Phoenix, NY, a sign to the students to remember where they came from when they leave the walls of John C. Birdlebough High School. 

The Senior Winterguard made the decision to promote themselves to the next level of competitive competition this year, the Scholastic Open Class, which is the second highest class students can compete in nationally. The team has attended two regional competitions this year in Salem, Massachusetts and Monmouth, New Jersey. These regional events afford the students national exposure and also get them into seeded rankings for world championships. Gerling said that the main goal of the event was to make it from the preliminary round into the finals, which the Phoenix Senior Winterguard achieved at both events. Gerling said this was quite an accomplishment for their first year in an advanced competitive class.

The Senior Winterguard also brought home silver medals at two recent championships held at SUNY Brockport and Cicero North Syracuse Middle School. The team is currently ranked 36th in the nation in their class division, which makes them the second highest ranked scholastic colorguard in New York State going into the 2016 World Championships, which will take place in Dayton, Ohio this spring.

“They are incredibly talented students,” said Gerling.

The Phoenix Indoor Percussion Ensemble also rocked the house at the community night with a piece entitled “Curse.” The seniors of the group were each recognized for their talent and musical contributions. Many members had been involved in music and band for eight or more years.

The Phoenix Indoor Percussion Ensemble was also a finalist at a regional event in Trumbull, Connecticut this year and was awarded the bronze medalist in the Scholastic A division at their championship, which took place at Onondaga Community College recently. 

To view photos from the event, check out the Phoenix CSD Facebook Page!

 The Phoenix Senior Winterguard performs at a recent Winterguard Community
Night held by the District in celebration of the teams’ talents and success this season.


Phoenix Winter Athletes Complete a Shining Season

The Phoenix Central School District had a phenomenal winter sports season with several teams making it all the way to championship games.

The Varsity Wrestling Team won the Freedom National League Championship, and Cahal Donovan was named section 3 champion at his weight class. Both Donovan and Ross McFarland also finished second in the State Championships for their weight classes and Brad Dietz finished sixth in the state tournament.

Also excelling this season was the Boys Varsity Indoor Track team. Standout Chris Fisk won the pole vault competition and is the Sectional Champion of that event. Track teammates received the following placements in their sectionals tournaments: sixth-place in the pole vault for Eli Clark, fifth-place in both the pole vault and the triple jump for John Garofalo, fifth-place in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs for Bryce Byrns and breaking his own school record in the 1,000-meter run was Eric Leach who took home third-place for that event. Sean Madden took third-place in both the long jump and triple jump. The 4 by 200 relay team of Jacob Marr, Sean Madden, Chris Fisk and John Garoafalo placed third, and the 4 by 400 relay team of Larry Pilon, Cade Reed, Brandon Denniston and Matt Stellingwerf took fourth-place. The 4 by 800 relay team of Eric Leach, Bryce Byrns, Ryan Luke and Matt Stellingwerf placed third. The track team placed fifth overall in the highly competitive event.

Varsity Girls Indoor Track teammates Emilie Hilliard, Gianna DeRoberts, Hannah Gilbert and Tianna Martin placed fifth in the 4 by 400 relay and third in the 4 by 200 relay at sectionals. Hilliard also came in second in the 55 dash.

The Girls Varsity Basketball Team ended an impressive season, making it all the way to the first round of sectionals. Player Samantha Doupe was a 1st team all-league selection, while Caitlyn Connolly was a second team all-league selection and Shannon Dolan was an all-league honorable mention.

Stephen J. Musso, Phoenix Central School District Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, commended all winter athletes for having an exceptional season. He said students have learned vital and positive life skills, values and ethics in a climate that demands dedication, self-discipline and a strong work ethic.

“It is my hope that the overall positive experience athletes had, the variety of sports offered and the success of our teams will continue to grow interest among the student body,” Musso said.

John C. Birdlebough High School Varsity Wrestling Team members, from left: Brad Dietz, Ross McFarland and
Cahal Donovan stand proud after they were recently named some of the top wrestlers in their weight class in
the state.

Phoenix Student Sadoski receives National Football Foundation Award

Phoenix Central School District student Mike Sadoski recently was the recipient of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award.

This award was recognized at an annual dinner sponsored by the National Football Foundation. Every athlete inducted received a $500 scholarship and a free tuxedo to wear to the event.

Sadoski was a captain of the 2015 Phoenix Firebirds football team and displayed his leadership qualities both offensively and defensively. He was second on the team in rushing with 643 yards and second in tackles with 73 tackles. He also received second team defensive honors.

Academically, Sadoski has a 94 percent overall grade point average, and he hopes to attend Clarkson University next fall to study mechanical engineering.

Previous years’ Phoenix National Football Foundation inductees include: Dustin Blumer (2015), Dylan Doupe (2014), Cruce Jones (2013) and Ben Ewald (2012). 

 Phoenix student Mike Sadoski receives a National Football Foundation Scholar
 Athlete Award. From left to right: Phoenix Athletic Director Steve Musso, Head
Coach Chad Rowe, Mike Sadoski and Assistant Head Coach Mike Libertone.

Spencer Evans named Athlete of the Week by the Palladium Times

Phoenix student Spencer Evans was recently named Athlete of the Week by the Palladium Times for his athletic efforts as goalie for the Fulton Varsity Hockey Team (Phoenix does not have a hockey team).

The article reads that Evans has only allowed two goals or fewer for many games this season, and the team has been a winning success. Evans was quoted as saying, “I have a lot of help from my teammates . . . we’ve worked very hard in practice, and it’s paying off.”

Click here to read the full article on the Palladium Times website.