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OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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

OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY FIFTH GRADE BAND CONCERT: TUE., JAN. 23, 7PM

Posted January 19 at 7:27pm

Members of Otisville's Fifth Grade Band have worked hard to prepare a fantastic concert for you! Under the direction of Mrs. Maria Fenfert, the musical program will feature three full-band performances, a narrated introduction to the instruments in the band, and a dozen small-group ensembles performing a variety of entertaining tunes.

  • EVENING CONCERT: Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., the Band will perform
  • MORNING CONCERTS: Monday, Jan. 22, 9:30 a.m. • Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 9:30 am.  

We hope to see you there! (Additional photos, provided by Maria Fenfert)

MINISINK KIWANIS GIFT DICTIONARIES TO OTISVILLE'S THIRD GRADERS

Posted January 12 at 11:01am

“Words are but the signs of ideas,” and “language is the dress of thought,” said Samuel Johnson, the author of “A Dictionary of the English Language” (1755).

 

Recognizing that reading and language skills are critical to a child’s development and success in school, Minisink Valley Kiwanis have invested generous time and resources to bring The Dictionary Project to all third graders in our schools. On Thursday, Jan. 11, each Otisville third grader was presented with a personal dictionary.

 

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MVCSD JANUARY NEWSLETTER IN THE MAIL

Posted January 5 at 10:44am

This weekend, look for the district's January 2018 newsletter in your mailbox! Please find some time to read about exciting changes in our schools' learning environment, and new opportunities for our students and faculty—made possible by a supportive school community and committed staff. 

Inside this edition:

• A word from Superintendent Brian C. Monahan
• MVHS: Students and teachers welcome new courses
• MVMS: Scheduling shifts boost instructional opportunities
• Grades K-5: Innovative scheduling expands personalized learning
• “Sounds Fun!” New language development program for K-students

A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM YOUR SUPERINTENDENT

Posted December 22 at 10:02am

As you ready to gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays, we want to wish you, our faculty, staff, administrators, parents, students, and Minisink Valley residents, a happy and safe holiday season.

Four months into another exciting and challenging school year, we are mindful that every one of you is in some way invested in the advancement of our educational mission, and the future of Minisink’s youth. We thank you for your individual contributions and support to make this a great place to grown, learn, and work.

In the days ahead, we hope you will find time to create lasting memories with your family, and to recharge your energy to embrace the gift of another year. We will meet again on Tuesday, January 2. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND WINTER RECESS

Posted December 21 at 9:31am

Faculty, staff and administrators at Otisville Elementary School wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season, and winter recess.

Classes will resume Tuesday, Jan. 2. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

'ESPERANZA RISING": BRINGING LITERATURE TO LIFE

Posted December 20 at 9:57am

Following the reading of “Esperanza Rising,” an award-winning work of historical fiction, fifth grade classes celebrated with book-themed activities on Friday, Dec. 15.

 

With perseverance and hope as the overarching themes, “Esperanza Rising” chronicles a child’s journey from a wealthy landowner’s daughter in Mexico, to a poor, migrant farm worker in California, during the Great Depression.

 

During Friday’s celebration, each class rotated through activity stations related to important parts of the book.

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OTISVILLE WINTER CHORAL CONCERTS

Posted December 18 at 4:11pm

Otisville’s Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus invites you to a holiday choral spectacular, brought to you with a choice of morning, afternoon and evening performances: Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 2:30 PM; Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 9:30 AM and 7 PM, in the school cafeteria.

Directed by music teacher Megahn Hughes – with the assistance of Ellen Stern – musical selections will a include a Hanukah theme, Dreidel, Dreidel and Tum Balalaika, The Twelve Days After Christmas, Dona Noblis, A Cold in my Nose, Po La'i E and A Swingin' Christmas


Make live music a part of your family’s holiday season, and come out to enjoy and support our talented young singers. 

CONGRATULATIONS FIRST MARKING PERIOD STAR STUDENTS

Posted December 13 at 2:32pm

Otisville’s STAR students for the first marking period were recognized on Friday, Dec. 8, for exhibiting Respect, Responsibility and Readiness to Learn, also known as “the 3R’s.”

Their nominations were highlighted during morning announcements, and they received a STAR-student certificate and bookbag clip.

End of marking-period celebrations and recognitions are part of Otisville’s PBIS program (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) which takes a proactive approach to helping all students achieve social, emotional and academic success. (Additional photos)

OTISVILLE STUDENTS TAKE THE HOUR OF CODE CHALLENGE

Posted December 13 at 1:20pm

Otisville students in all grade levels participated in the global Hour of Code challenge during 2017’s Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10).

With the help of school librarian Mrs. Sheer, art teacher Mrs. Welsh, and the technology department, students were introduced to the activity with a quick tutorial on the Smart Board and a few programming terms.

Equipped with Chromebooks and logged onto code.org, students experienced firsthand the language of computers, based on logical thinking. The Hour of Code challenge requires the use of many important skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, organization, collaboration, and directional skills.

OTISVILLE CELEBRATES PAJAMA DAY WITH CREATIVE CHALLENGE

Posted December 5 at 2:44pm

As part of Otisville Elementary’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, students celebrated a Pajama Day on Friday, Dec. 1, with milk and cookies—Thank you, Otisville PTA and BOCES PTO!

Activities included holiday stories read by BOCES Assistant Principal, Mrs. Santiago, and a Pajama People Contest. Students used their imagination to create pajama gingerbread people. Two students in each grade level were recognized for “most creative design.”

Learn more about Otisville’s Pajama Drive. Donations are accepted through Friday, Dec. 15. 


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