Welcome Back!

The summer is almost over and the 2009–2010 school year is about to begin.  It is another exciting year for Otisville Elementary School and we look forward to continuing our partnership with students, parents, and the surrounding communities.  The new school year brings with it our dedication to high academic achievement and commitment to the continued development of strong character education.  Please take time to discuss with your child their transition back to the elementary school and feel free to click the title below to read an article about building character in children.
 
Ways to Build Character in Children by Kimberly L. Keith

Summer Reading News!

Keep your child engaged in learning over the summer.  Click the links below to visit the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program website.  Students of all ages will enjoy the literacy activities and incoming 4th and 5th grade students will find the New York State history site helpful for their upcoming academic year.  Enjoy a summer filled with reading! 

New York State Summer Reading Program 2009
Explore New York
Be Creative @ Your Library

Kindergarten Graduation and...the end of the 2008-2009 school year!

Congratulations to the Kindergarten graduates...and to all of the students at Otisville Elementary school!  The year has been filled with academic accomplishments, social growth, and opportunities to create a school community filled with hope and pride. As the first year of our brand new school comes to a close, the administration, faculty, and staff of Otisville Elementary School wishes our students a future filled with love, safety, growth, and opportunity. 

Get Caught Reading This Summer!

Otisville Elementary students have been getting caught reading all year long in the library. This summer, getting caught reading could win you a prize! Keep a camera close this summer to catch all of your reading adventures. Please check out Otisville’s Library Resources web page for more information.

Thanks to Minisink Valley Kiwanis

Thank you to the Minisink Valley Kiwanis for donating a tree to Otisville Elementary. Kindergarten students learned about trees from arborist, Mark Beamish and selected the Blue Spruce, from among 3 tree choices, to be planted at the school. John Groenestyn coordinated this project for the Minisink Valley Kiwanis. This will be an annual tradition. The kindergarten students will be able to measure their own growth with that of their tree during their years as elementary students.  Students will also remember the poem that was recited at its planting: 

               Trees
Plant some shade for resting in
Plant a branch for nesting in
Plant some leaves glowing bright
Plant a place for Christmas lights
Plant a secret place to be...
Plant a treehouse
PLANT A TREE!

Flag Day

Otisville students honor "Old Glory" by celebrating Flag Day.  Students sang, America the Beautiful, Star Spangled Banner, and You're a Grand Old Flag.  A small group of students played My Country 'Tis of Thee on their recorders.  To cap the celebration, Alex Logedo played Taps on her trumpet.  The celebration reminds us to honor this important national symbol. 

Making Light of Science

Students in Mrs. Ellert's second grade class learned about day and night by studying the rotation of the Earth.  Students created models of our Earth, complete with axes, and used flashlights to simulate the sun.  This type of hands-on activity helps students to clearly understand science concepts.  This summer, try some hands-on science experiments with your child.  Click here for some experiment ideas.  As always, provide supervision when your child is performing experiments and researching experiments online.

Otisville 3-5 Field Day Update

Today, June 11, 2009, Field Day activities will be held inside. Due to limited space, we are unable to accommodate parents in the building. As always, we thank you for your continued support.

Making Lemonade out of Lemons!

 

The fourth grade field trip was washed out by the rain.  But, that did not dampen the spirits of the fourth grade students and their teachers!  Students played games, tie-dyed t-shirts, and made crafts while they enjoyed each other's company. 

Twin Day

 

Students in Otisville celebrated their last Student Council sponsored spirit day with a celebration of twins...or triplets.  Students used their "mix and match" skills to connect with each other and enjoyed a day of identifying similarities between classmates. 

Peer Pairing

Students in third grade work with students from Otisville's BOCES satellite program.  All students benefit from this program.  Each pair of peers use play to help hone their social skills.  The success of this program is measured in the smiles and compassion developed in all of our young people.

If You Give a Pig a Pancake...

On Wednesday, May 27, Theatreworks, USA visited Otisville Elementary School and performed "If You Give a Pig a Pancake & Other Story Books" for our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students. The children enjoyed all of the mini-musicals; Diary of a Worm, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Horace & Morris but Mostly Dolores, How I Became a Pirate, Lilly's Big Day, The Paper Bag Princess, and of course... If You Give a Pig a Pancake.  Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring this event.  Theatreworks USA will be visiting Otisville next year to perform for our students.

Otisville Elementary School and Kiwanis International

Otisville Elementary School received their charter membership into Kiwanis K-Kids, a Kiwanis International organization for students between the ages of 6 and 12.  On May 11, the members of Minisink Valley Kiwanis formally inducted the students into the Kiwanis K-Kids program.  The students were presented with membership pins and certificates.  On hand for the induction ceremony were the officers of both Minisink Valley Kiwanis and the Key Club, Dr. Murray, Mrs. Reh, Mr. Biele, as well as family and friends.  As a special treat, parents of member Kyle Zogby treated everyone to Blueberry Mountain ice cream.

5th Grade Spring Concert

Led by Ms. Fulgieri, the Otisville Elementary School Band will perform on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m.  The students have practiced their instruments and the concert serves as the culmination of their hard work in their first year of Minisink's instrumental music program.  Congratulations to the students...and to the parents...for a successful musical year!

For a concert sampling, please click here for Stone Age Stomp.

Mrs. Fitzgibbon's EWE Project

First grade students in Mrs. Fitzgibbon's class enjoyed the company of senior residents of Elant in Goshen, NY.  The Education with Elders (EWE) Project was put together by Mrs. Fitzgibbons in an effort to have an information exchange between generations.  Students learned about the life of their "Elder-Pal" while the seniors learned technology skills from the first graders.  Click here to see a sample of a Keynote presentation created by one of the Elder-Pal/First Grade student teams. Both the students and the Elant residents treasured their time together. 

Learning by Example

Kindergarten students learn about the recorder from Ms. Fulgieri and Mrs. Louey's fourth grade students.  Fourth grade students learn responsibility and gain performance experience by sharing their musical talents with the youngest members of our school community.  Fourth grade students will have the opportunity to play band instruments, next year, as they move into the fifth grade. 

Congratulations to Ms. Sheerer and the students in the Otisville Library!

Ms. Sheerer applied for and was awarded a Cooperative Collection Grant through the Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System. Thanks to Ms. Sheerer’s efforts, students throughout the school library system will be able to read $1000 worth of graphic novels. Keep reading!

Otisville Students Learn Mandarin from Taiwanese Teachers!

Through the use of technology, some fifth grade students are learning Mandarin Chinese from teachers in Taiwan.  The program is part of the Chinese Language Initiative K-12.  The U.S. Government has identified Mandarin Chinese as language important for our citizens to know.   In addition to the language, students enjoy learning about the cultural aspects of China from their Taiwanese instructors and learn, very quickly, those qualities that make us all part of the human race. Click here to view a lesson.

Thank You Otisville PTO

The teachers and staff extend a warm thank you for the generous "Teacher Appeciation Luncheon" to the Otisville PTO.  Otisville is fortunate to have such a dedicated PTO community.  Thank you!

Sing a Song

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.  ~Confucius

Students enjoy a concert of songs sung by the Otisville fourth and fifth grade chorus.  In addition to honing their vocal technique, students learn cooperative skills that allow them work together as an ensemble. 

And the Winner of the Greek Mythology Bee is...

Marc Bonilla! Otisville fifth grade students had fun learning about Greek Mythology in library class. Students were given the opportunity to display their knowledge in a Greek Mythology Bee in Otisville's Library Media Center. Students all over the country were faced with a barrage of multiple-choice questions about Greek mythological creatures and Olympic Gods and Goddesses. In Otisville, one student, Marc Bonilla, was left standing at the top of Mount Olympus as the winner. Marc has qualified to win a trip to Greece with the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series.

A Mother's Day Celebration

Students in Mrs. Golden's class and Mrs. Amatteti's class honored the special people in their lives with a Mother's Day celebration. Students shared dances, special writing, and tea with those folks in their lives who they think of as, "Mom". The PTO provided a plant for each student to give as a gift. Happy Mother's Day!

Dominican Republic meets Otisville

Mrs. Goetz gave a presentation about the Dominican Republic to Mrs. Frawley's fifth grade class.  Students learned about the government, culture, and economics of the Dominican Republic.  To complement the presentation, the Goetz family made plantains for all of the students to enjoy.  Viva la Republica Dominicana!

"Turn off the TV Week" Success!

With their televisions turned off and their minds turned on, Mrs. Fitzgibbon's first grade class surpassed their reading goal of 200 books by reading 231 books! Students were rewarded with a pajama party and a special book sharing time. Using precious time for reading, instead of watching television, is a worthy investment!

All County Chorus Participants

Congratulations to Bridget Kane, Lexi Sasso and Alex Logedo for their participation in the ALL COUNTY ELEMENTARY CHORUS. Otisville Elementary school was well represented at this weekend's concert. Bravo!

First Grade Students Celebrate African Arts

 

Students in Miss Tonnessen's first grade class enjoyed an African Arts drumming, singing, and dance workshop with Mr. Kofi Donkor. Mr. Donkor hails from Ghana and is an international award winning sculptor, master drummer, and teacher. Each child played the drums and learned an African song and dance. This cultural experience will long be remembered by these first grade students.

Meet the Candidates

The Minisink Valley PTO Executive Board is hosting a "Meet and Greet" on Sunday, May 4 at 7pm in the Middle School library.  This event will give community members an opportunity to talk with school board candidates Robert Prokopchak and Cathy Prezioso.  The budget vote and school board elections will be held on May 19, 2009. 

Earth Day 2009 ... Continued!

With Mother Nature in full cooperation, students in Otisville joined a billion people around the world and celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day.  Fifth grade students spent the morning separating and wrapping 1000 trees.  Each student in Otisville received a tree, purchased by the PTO, in honor of Caitlin Hammaren, the Minisink student lost in the tragedy at Virginia Tech.  The celebration included a short play about the environment performed by Kindergarten and 5th grade students. There was also a poem written and read by a first grade student.  The ceremonies concluded with an Earth Day song and an Earth Day pledge.

Earth Day 2009

Students in Otisville have been working on taking care of our beautiful planet, Earth.  Students in Mrs. Clark's class used their creativity and ingenuity to make useful products from recycled materials.  Mrs. Wippel's class designed hats that show how fashionable recycling materials can be.  To add more "green" to the planet, the PTO purchased trees that will be distributed to each child later in the week.   A school wide Earth Day celebration is planned for Wednesday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m.  If the fields are too wet, or if there is rain, the celebration will be moved to Friday, April 24, at the same time.  Everyone is encouraged to celebrate Earth Day, everyday.

"We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -Native American Proverb

"V" is for Volcano!

Mrs. Ptak's Kindergarten class studied volcanoes during "V" week. The children learned about volcanoes, and then each child made his/her own volcano. A few days later they "erupted" their volcanoes. Fun was had by all! The children took home their volcanoes, along with the recipe, to share letter "v" fun with their families.

 

Theaterworks Freedom Train

On Tuesday, March 31, Theatreworks, USA visited Otisville Elementary School and performed "Freedom Train" for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. It was the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad; a story of self-sacrifice, dedication, and survival. The story was told with warmth and with a sense of humor which celebrated the strength of the human spirit. Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring this event.

 

Theatreworks USA will be visiting Otisville in late May to perform, "If You Give A Pig a Pancake & Other Story Books" for our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students.

Welcome to the Jungle!

Otisville Elementary School will be presenting two performances of WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 pm (Cast 1) and Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 pm. This lively musical is based on Aesop's fable of "The Lion and the Mouse" and is directed by Maria Fulgieri and Megahn Hughes. Click here for a preview.

Custodian Appreciation Day

A sincere, "THANK YOU", is extended to all of our custodians! Our custodians work hard to make our school a place about which we are very proud. The students, staff, and faculty appreciate your hard work.

Science Fair 2009

Ashlee Miller and Beth Ricks display research about penguins.
Isabella Lynch, Julianna Lynch, and Morgan Volpe demonstrate "surface tension".

Otisville students show off their science and presentation skills at the Otisville Science Fair.  A wide range of projects showcased students' interests in the important and fascinating area of Science.  "Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science."  ~Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature of Science, 1954

Robot Invasion!

Miss Tonnessen's First Grade class recently read a story called "My Robot". To complement their week of learning about robots, each child created their own robot made of mostly recyclable materials. Each child also wrote about their robot. Students had to decide on a name for their robot, tell about the materials used to make it, and describe what it can do for/with them. Most of the robots were quite helpful! The whole class agreed that the best thing robots can do is to be our friends! Check out the robot display in the Otisville lobby.

 

Project Cooperation Sign Up for Incoming 6th Graders!

This fun summer program will run from Monday August 3rd to Thursday August 6th, 2009. Each morning begins at 9:00 AM and dismissal is at 3:15 PM. Rain or Shine! You must provide your own transportation and a clean, pre-washed white T-shirt is also required to bring in the first day of camp. Each day has a special activity, games and a theme. All activities are designed to be a lot of fun for the kids, but they also have another goal: to teach our sixth graders to work cooperatively, to build leadership skills, and to increase self esteem. Click here to access the permission form. Please print out this permission form and send it to the Intermediate/Otisville School Office no later than June 1st with your $10.00 fee.

"PICK THE PiCKLE" comes to Otisville!

Mrs. Wippel's fourth grade invited Mr. Biele and Mrs. Daubert to participate in a friendly competition of pick the pickle. The students used their senses and properties of matter skills to describe pickles. Based on the student's description, the competitors had to choose the correct pickle. The game ended in a tie and both contestants won the pickle on the stick and were crowned the Pickle King and Pickle Queen!

No School on Monday, March 23, 2009

There will be no school on Monday, March 23.  This is a conference day, during which New York State assessments will be scored.  Enjoy your day with your child!

Celebrate with Music!

Music is the poetry of the air. ~Richter

Third grade students celebrate "Music in our Schools" month. With dance, song, and percussion, students perform for their peers, parents, and community members. Second grade students will perform on Thursday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. Come celebrate this musical month with us!

Otisville Tricky Tray Fundraiser

The Otisville PTO is sponsoring a Tricky Tray event on Friday, March 13.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and calling begins at 7 p.m.  Students, teachers, and community members have put together over 100 baskets that are sure to make each lucky winner feel special.  Grand prizes include a child's bicycle, numerous gift cards, and a Tiffany bracelet.  Come and support your Otisville PTO...and make Friday the 13th your lucky day!

MV Senior helps fourth grade students "See" the light!

Matt See, a Senior at Minisink Valley High School, is learning how to be an electrician at the Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). He volunteered his time to talk about electricity to Mrs. Louey's 4th grade science classes at Otisville Elementary school. The students were very interested in his "enlightening" presentation.

 

 

Otisville Book Fair

There's lots of book browsing going on at the Otisville PTO sponsored book fair!  Students have the opportunity to buy books for their own personal libraries.  Each class has been scheduled to visit the book fair.  Families are welcome to shop with their students this evening, March 4 from 3:30 -7:00 p.m.  After visiting the book fair, enjoy sharing the magic of reading with your family. 

Carlie's Crusade

Carlie's Crusade is a child safety program that was organized after the abduction of Carlie Bruscia, an 11-year old living in Florida.  Her abduction was recorded by a surveillance camera.  Carlie's story ends sadly.  This abduction served as a catalyst to put together, Carlie's Crusade, a program designed to educate students about personal safety.  Students have learned about internet safety and self-preservation.  These very important issues should continue to be discussed with your child at home, so that Carlie's story becomes the last of its kind.     

Caldecott Medal Winners

Caldecott Medal Winner, Brandon Bell, poses with Mrs. Kulchinsky and Ms. Sheerer

Otisville third graders had the opportunity to participate in a Caldecott Contest hosted by Ms. Sheerer and Mrs. Kulchinsky. Thanks and congratulations to all third graders who participated. All participants received a ticket to enter the book swap first when it returns May 4th. The entries were amazing! Brandon Bell is the Otisville Caldecott Medal winner for his outstanding illustration of The Three Little Pigs. Brandon received a $10 gift card to Borders bookstore. Thanks to the committee who made the difficult decision.The following students are Otisville Caldecott Honor winners:

 

* Ismael Sierra

* Macie Hall

* Alex Myrick

* Sydney Brennan

* Aubrey Ketcham

* Faith Kerstner

* Eric Ramirez

 

 

SOS Progress

Kiwanis K-Kids Members Ian Gillespie, Kathryn Heilfurth, Laura Heppes, and Dominick Tironi showcase the SOS progress chart.

The students and staff of Otisville Elementary have answered the SOS by collecting over 1000 cans of soup! The Kiwanis sponsored Soup on Saturday program is designed to provide food for families in need. Donations from students and staff help everyone contribute to their community in a tangible and meaningful way. Together, we are making a difference.

Otisville's Odyssey of the Mind Team takes 2nd Place at the Regional Competition

Kimberly Dolson, Noah Corrado, Justin Warnick, Leilani Potgieter, Jenna Clayton, Reinier Potgieter, and Elizabeth McPherson perform "Dirty Jobs, Jr. with Mike Robe".
Judges speak to the team after the performance.
The team takes a final bow.
Second place is awarded to the team.

The Otisville Odyssey of the Mind team earned the new school's first trophy by landing 2nd place in the regional competition at Orange-Ulster BOCES on Saturday, February 21.  The Otisville team created a vehicle for Problem 1:  Earth Trek.  "Dirty Jobs, Jr. with Mike Robe (microbe)" was the theme of the performance.  Otisville Elementary was well represented; the team's perseverance and performance was something about which team members, coaches, parents, and the district can be proud!

Soup on Saturday Success

Kiwanis "K-Kids" display collected soup.

Students and staff collected 853 cans of soup for the Kiwanis sponsored SOS (Soup on Saturday) program.  The soup will be distributed to area families in need.  By participating in this project, students learn that they can create a positive change for their community.

"Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together." -Goethe

Young Lady and Special Gentleman Dance

The Otisville PTO sponsored their second "Young Lady and Special Gentleman Dance" on February 7.  Young ladies in grades K-2 had the opportunity to enjoy a night full of dancing with their favorite special gentleman.  Thanks to the Otisville PTO, parents, and community members for making it a special night that will be long remembered. 

Hearts and Mathematics...a perfect match!

 Students in Mrs. McElroy's class demonstrate their love for math. Making the most out of the season, students write their fact families on hearts and display them on the classroom door.  By exploring fact families, students see relationships between number sentences.  

"H" is for Hat

There is no better way to celebrate the letter "H" than wearing a hat!  Kindergarten students in Mrs. Brennan's class wear hats to help them make a solid connection between letters and the sounds they represent.  These concrete experiences help Kindergarten children make sense of newly learned information. 

The Chinese New Year Begins!

Ms. Hewlett's third grade class celebrates the Year of the Ox (year 4707) by making traditional Chinese lanterns. According to Chinese tradition, the lanterns hung out during the new year celebration help make people cheerful. May your new year be filled with prosperity and good luck.

Otisville Band Debuts at the New School

Students in Ms. Fulgieri's Band perform tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Otisville Cafetorium.  Come and enjoy a night full of music that ranges from foot-tapping folk tunes to uplifting Beethoven.  Students have worked hard to learn their instruments and have traveled down a long musical path to earn their spot on stage.  Click here for a preview. 

Green Bird Feeders

Birds get a healthy treat from the students in Mrs. Wippel's fourth grade class.  Using peanut butter as "glue" students sprinkled bird seed on giant sized pine cones grown in South Carolina.  Students decorated the trees around our school with the pine cone bird feeders.  When the birds finish their pine cone treats, the cones will serve as natural decorations for the school grounds!  Beauty and a tasty treat, all in one! 

Technology meets Spelling

Students in Mrs. Scarimbolo's second grade class use technology for spelling practice.  By incorporating technology into daily lessons, teachers are helping to prepare our 21st Century learners for the future. 

Freedom March

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students in Mrs. Clark's first grade class go on a "Freedom March".  Students learn the responsibility of citizenship and the importance of "equal rights" as it relates to all Americans. 

Minisink Warrior Wrestling Comes to Otisville

Friday, January 30, 2009 the Minisink Valley Wrestlers will host their Junior Varsity and Varsity meets against Monticello in the new Otisville Elementary gym. The wrestling starts at 5:00 with the youth wrestling matches, followed by the junior varsity and varsity matches. In lieu of an admission fee, a can of soup will be collected. All donations will go to the Minisink Valley "Soup on Saturdays" program. A snack bar will be available but no food or drink are allowed in the gym. For more information contact Mr. Carrozza or Mr. Gallagher at 355-5149.

Reading is for Buddies!

First grade students in Miss Tonnessen's class participate in a "Buddy Reading" program with third grade students from Miss Daly's class. Third grade students model good reading strategies for first grade students. Then, first grade students practice their newly learned skills and are encouraged by their older counterparts. "Buddy Reading" is only one component of this dynamic collaboration that allows all students to improve their literacy skills by working together.

Students Meet Author, David Greenberg

With special thanks to our wonderful PTO, on December 4th, students at
Otisville Elementary School had the opportunity to meet an
enthusiastic author, David Greenberg. All three high energy
presentations were both educational and entertaining. He introduced
our students to poetry in the liveliest, most inviting way possible,
by sharing his passion for it. His poetry readings had students
laughing out loud. A positive, memorable experience was had by all.

Otisville Kids are Hip...Hop!

Rae LeMieux, Otisville alumni, teaches third grade students "hip hop" style of dancing during their Physical Education Instruction.

Spirit Day at Otisville

On December 12, our Student Council sponsored a School Spirit/Theme Day.
Students from Mrs. Harrision's first grade class dressed up in their favorite winter or holiday character.

'Tis the Season to be Grateful

Mrs. Pason's second grade students used poetry and technology to document their feelings of thankfulness.   Click here to watch "Give Thanks".

Otisville Fourth and Fifth Grade Winter Concert

Celebrate the season with the Otisville Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus!  They will be performing on December 2 at 7:00 p.m. and December 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Otisville Cafetorium.  The chorus has worked hard and listeners will enjoy such selections as Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi and Cold and Fugue Season by Ellen Foncannon.  Click here to enjoy a sampling of Cold and Fugue Season, a play on J.S. Bach's preludes and fugues.

Happy Holidays from the Otisville Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus!

The Pilgrims First Thanksgiving

Mrs. Mynder's fifth grade class performed "The Pilgrims First Thanksgiving". Kindergarten students enjoyed the performance and learned about the origins of Thanksgiving as our national holiday. The students in Mrs. Mynder's class wish you a happy and festive holiday!

All About Me Museum

Students from Mrs. Wippel's fourth grade class shared their lives with parents and visitors today, in the form of an All About Me Museum.  Students chronicled  important events in their lives used their presentation skills to showcase their information.  Students and families were excited to learn about each other's lifetime adventures.  

Parent Teacher Conferences...and Thanksgiving Wishes

Just a reminder that  parent/teacher conferences will be held on November 26th.  We look forward to seeing you then.  The Otisville faculty and staff wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Ident-a-Kid Program comes to Otisville

The Otisville PTO sponsored the “Ident-a-Kid” program on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.  165 Students participated in the event.  Pictured is Kayla Lesko, 4th grader, getting ready to have her picture taken as well as her height, weight and fingerprinted for her Identity Card.

The winner of the $50 WalMart Gift Certificate, that was donated by the Ident-a-Kid program, was Samantha Cloidt, 3rd Grader, from Mrs. Lyons Class.

Young Lady and Special Gentleman Dance

On Saturday, November 8, 2008, young ladies and their special gentlemen enjoyed an evening of dancing in the Otisville cafetorium.  Families took time out of their busy schedules to enjoy each other at this Otisville PTO sponsored event. Thanks to the Otisville PTO, parents, and students who made this event one from which there will be lasting memories. 

Kiwanis Generosity

Thank you to the Minisink Kiwanis Club for donating dictionaries to each of our third grade students. Joshua Ciano was picked to represent all of the third grade and will be asked to reflect back upon receiving his dictionary when he graduates from high school.

Fall Festivities at Otisville Elementary

The Otisville Elementary School Community celebrated the season with style!  K-2 students marched in a Halloween Parade, while 3-5 students enjoyed music, dancing and pumpkin painting.  Thanks to the parents, community members, friends, and PTO for making this such a successful day.  Have a happy and safe Halloween! 

Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes

On Friday, October 24, Otisville Elementary School took part in Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes.  Students learned about juvenile diabetes and took action by collecting donations from friends and family.  Within two weeks, students collected over $8,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! 

Fire Safety in Otisville

Students meet with local firefighters from Otisville, Greenville, and Howells fire departments to ask questions and get safety information.  Firefighters show students their gear and remind the children to never hide or run away from them in the case of a fire.  Our future firefighters send our local companies a hearty, "thank you!" 

Pinwheels for Peace

The United Nations declared September 21 as "International Peace Day".  To celebrate this day, we participated in an art project called "Pinwheels for Peace".  This is the second year we have participated in this world-wide event.  We hope that our pinwheels spread our thoughts of peace around the world.

Did you know..

Research shows that children who read books for 20 minutes a day, outside of school, typically rank in the 90th percentile.  Students who read books for approximately 10 minutes, typically rank in the 70th percentile.  Those extra 10 minutes really pay off! 

A New Beginning...history in the making!

We've successfully opened the new Otisville School!  This is a very special time for the students, teachers, staff members, and our community.  Thanks to everyone for their support and cooperation in making our first day happy, productive, and successful!  We look forward to a wonderful school year. 

Buses hold Otisville Elementary School's treasure.
Teachers wait to greet and escort children to their classrooms.
Students await their new learning adventures.
Even the press is excited!
Everyone is inside...and ready to learn!