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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.


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.


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.”


PCSD Welcomes Students, Families During Open Houses

Phoenix Central School District teachers opened their classroom doors and welcomed families and students during recent open houses.

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School kicked off the open house events Sept. 13 as teachers and faculty members met with families and answered questions. Students showcased their work and gave their parents a tour of the building as well.

Following a successful open house at EJD, pre-K through fourth-grade students had a chance to show off their class projects at Michael A. Maroun Elementary on Sept. 20.

Hundreds of students and their parents and siblings gathered at the elementary school for the event. The hallways featured artwork, poetry, mathematics problems and other student projects. As students eagerly displayed their work, teachers noted they were looking forward to seeing the students’ progress throughout the year.

At the high school, open house was held Oct. 5, and students took their parents from classroom to classroom following their daily bell schedule. Guidance counselors, building administrators and teachers were on hand to answer questions and provide information regarding the extracurricular activities available to students.


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.


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.”


Phoenix students solve history mystery during Erie Canal videoconference

Students from Cheri Iannotti’s class joined their peers from two Rochester schools to solve a mock crime that took place on the Erie Canal. The three classes interacted with Erie Canal experts to learn about the canal and they worked together to interrogate four suspects to determine who stole a missing ring.

Each answer offered students a wealth of information about the Erie Canal and provided clues about the crime. After assessing the clues and eliminating suspects, the students solved the crime and the suspect was apprehended.

The videoconference aligned with the fourth-grade social studies curriculum and focused on local communities in New York state, industrial growth, geography and transportation. It was part of a distance learning offering provided by the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation. The service strives to bridge the gap in educational opportunities and enhance learning experiences for students, teachers and community members by providing overall program coordination services, technical support, identification of district needs and connectivity access to school districts and educational institutions.


Science experiments featured at Maroun Elementary

The Michael A. Maroun Elementary School gymnasium was abuzz with excitement as nearly 65 students showcased their experiments at the annual science fair.

Students from kindergarten through fourth grades created projects pertaining to chemistry, biology, earth science and physics. Tables lined the gym with volcano eruptions, solar systems and magnetism displays, with students explaining their findings to a panel of judges. Each participant received a certificate and a handful of students earned additional awards for overall presentation in their respective category.

The event was sponsored by the MAM Parent Faculty Organization, which lauded the students’ accomplishments and encouraged the students’ continued interest in scientific research.

“Completing a science project allows children an opportunity to use critical thinking and problem solving skills in identifying a scientific question, figuring out how to answer their question and answering it,” the PFO said.