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OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

2525 Mount Hope Rd., Otisville, NY 10963 (845)355-5850 / fax (845)355-5853

UPDATES TO STUDENT CALENDAR: IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MONAHAN

Posted April 12 at 2:34pm

Parents/guardians, please click here to view a letter from Superintendent Brian C. Monahan regarding two changes to the student calendar. 

LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CONDUCT SECURITY REVIEW OF ALL MINISINK VALLEY SCHOOLS: APRIL 10

Posted April 9 at 12:14pm

We would like to inform our school community of a police presence on our Minisink Valley and Otisville campuses on Tues., April 10.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will conduct security reviews of each one of our schools and facilities. They will be joined by New York State Police and Mount Hope Police.

We express our appreciation to our law enforcement agencies for their concern and efforts to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

GUESS WHO CAME TO THE SCHOOL LIBRARY

Posted April 6 at 1:28pm

You never know what you might find at your school library, but a German Shepherd puppy, in the flesh, that's a big WOW!

 

Sixteen-month-old Kaylie and her puppy raiser Barbara Ward-Blank, a Guiding Eyes volunteer, visited the Otisville Elementary School Library earlier this week. A library is a rather restrictive environment for a puppy, and only Mrs. Haggerty’s fifth graders and Mrs. Wippel’s fourth graders were lucky enough to meet Kaylie. It was love-at-first-sight, and the students had many great questions about raising and training guide dogs.

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MVCSD MAKING SWITCH TO COMPUTER-BASED TESTING FOR ELA, MATH EXAMS

Posted March 20 at 8:03am

When our students sit down to take the New York State Education Department (NYSED) 3-8 ELA and math exams this spring, they won’t be holding a No. 2 pencil.

 

Minisink Valley schools will be among 600 others switching to computer-based testing for this spring’s state exams.

 

All school districts in New York state were given this option for 2018. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) established the goal to implement statewide computer-based testing starting in 2020. (View full article for our school's exam dates.)

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY PUDDING

Posted March 19 at 8:08am

You may have thought about trapping a leprechaun. You may have also thought about what you would do with a pot of gold. But have you ever wondered what a leprechaun's favorite food is? Maybe it's St. Patrick's Day pudding! The day before St. Patrick's Day, students in Ms. Careccia's class got to try the green treat after measuring, mixing, and solving their way through a recipe and math questions involving different serving sizes and measurements. They took turns pouring the ingredients and mixing within 2 minutes. While the pudding settled, they practiced their skip counting and multiplication skills to apply to real-life cooking situations. Afterwards, the students sampled the pudding and voted on if they liked it or not. Can you guess what flavor the pudding was?....Pistachio! Although this was not a popular flavor, maybe it's still the favorite of a leprechaun!

UPDATED STUDENT CALENDAR - IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MONAHAN

Posted March 14 at 1:06pm

Please click here to view a letter from Mr. Brian C. Monahan, Superintendent, regarding the possibility of a change in the student calendar should there be a need for any additional school closures.

HATS OFF FOR THE 3RD GRADE CHORUS CONCERT

Posted March 12 at 1:30pm

The Otisville Elementary School Community is cordially invited to the Third Grade CHorus Concert, in celebrating of Music in Our Schools Month. Directed by Mrs. Megahn Hughes, students will take their hats off as they perform songs from "HATS! A Musical That Celebrates What's Underneath." Selections include, "The Perfect Hat for Me," "Uncle Sam is Who I am," and Let's Party. 


PERFORMANCES:
• Monday, March 12, at 2:30 p.m. 
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Wednesday, March 14, at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

OTSIVILLE'S ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAM CREATES INTERGALACTIC FANTASY

Posted March 12 at 1:00pm

A hard working, creative team of seven represented Otisville Elementary School at the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament in Goshen, on March 10.

 

Our team members chose problem #5, “A Stellar Hangout,” because of their love of science fiction and movies about space. The problem challenged students to conceive of an intergalactic hangout where beings from different worlds stopped, ate, refueled, and relaxed. Otisville’s seven brought this fictional space to life with an original script and humorous performance, complete with fantastic extraterrestrials, their outlandish foods, and a bold search for space treasure.

 

“It was incredible to watch our students create this performance from the ground up,” said coach David Gronner, a special education teacher.

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UNDERSTANDING SPECIAL EDUCATION: ORIENTATION FOR PARENTS, MARCH 14, 6PM

Posted March 10 at 2:35pm

Parents/guardians, if your child is transitioning to kindergarten at Minisink Valley, and/or you are new to the special education process, our Pupil Personnel Services have an orientation event designed especially for you. (Printable event flyer)

Wednesday, March 14, 6-8 p.m. • Minisink Valley Intermediate School Library

What you will learn:
• The roles of members on the Committee on Special Education
• How an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed and implemented
• Strategies to participate effectively in meetings and resolve concerns

Guest Speaker: Joyce Hawk, Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Ctr., Westchester Institute for Human Development 

Registration is not required. Questions/information: Elizabeth Law (845) 355-5103; Debra Wilson (845) 355-5104 

STEPPING STONES TO SCHOOL SUCCESS: DISTRICT-WIDE PRE-KINDERGARTEN WORKSHOP

Posted March 10 at 2:20pm

• WHAT: Informational workshop for parents of children entering kindergarten in Sep. 2018, or Sep. 2019, at Otisville Elementary and Minisink Valley Elementary schools. 

— Learn what children need to know to be ready for kindergarten
— Practice hands-on strategies to help them develop necessary language and math skills
— Gain an understanding of Minisink's expectations for children entering kindergarten
— Network with other pre-school parents

• WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

• WHERE: Otisville Elementary School Library, 2525 Mt. Hope Road, Otisville.

• PRESENTERS: Alice Reh, former Otisville principal, and Jean Breheny, speech language pathologist and early intervention specialist.

OTISVILLE'S FIFTH GRADERS CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Posted February 28 at 10:51am

Encouraging children to reach their full potential involves creating opportunities for character development. During Black History Month, Otisville’s fifth graders learned about the lives and impact of prominent African-American figures whose values and convictions conquered formidable barriers, and changed history.

 

Mrs. Louey and Mrs. Frawley’s classes read the photographic biography, “Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America,” written by daughter, Sharon Robinson. They discussed the meaning of the nine values that carried Robinson in the pursuit of his baseball dream, across the sport’s race divide: citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence, and teamwork.

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