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July 20

A Monster Calls Video Chat

Spoiler alert....Here's our latest update with input from Oceanside Library. I like their favorite passages, too! Do you have a favorite line or passage? Tweet us @OSchoolsPR.

 

...And Favorite Quote

Meg Lewitin of School #8 is reading A Monster Calls (are you? We hope!) and shared a favorite quote with us:

“You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

Meg Lewitin Sch 8

 

July 2

Second Annual Charity Baseball Tournament Scheduled

OMS student Jeremyk Feder with black dog

OMS' Jeremy Feder and his family are hosting The Second Annual Jeremy Feder All-Star Charity Baseball Tournament September 15-17. Last year's event was a community-wide effort that raised more than $5K for American's Vet Dogs, an organization that trains and provides free service dogs to disabled veterans and first responders. Last year the OMS and OHS Patriot Clubs were involved and Jeremy hopes they will join in again. OMS and OHS students who volunteer will be given community service credit. Oceanisde Little League will once again co-host.

June 30

OHS Castleton Students Recognized by Senator Kaminsky

peter bedo and nicole catsounis with castelton principal brendon mitchell

Peter Bedo and Nicole Catsounis received the the Public Service and Leadership Award from New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky recently. Both students graduated from OHS Castleton last week. Nicole served as president of the Student Council, formed strong relationships with teachers and tirelessly sought ways to enhance her school. OHS Castleton principal Brendon Mitchell described her as a "walking pep rally" who devoted her time and energy to unifying her senior class.

In contrast with Nicole's vocal leadership style, Peter leads by example. A "quiet and calming presence", Peter was a role model for other students who established a solid rapport with his teachers and school staff.

 

June 28

Oceanside Talks - Our A Monster Calls Book Chat Series

One Summer, One Book, One Oceanside

Check out the latest video chat about our summer community book read, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. If you're not reading yet, join us! And if you're already reading, our video book talks are a fun way to hear what others think of the chapters. Today's edition features School #8's Ivy Cibrano, OMS' Joe LaTorre and School #2's Donna Gales. The whole series can be found on YouTube. We would love to hear your thoughts on our Twitter feed: @OschoolsPR.

 

Secondary Summer School Information

Secondary Summer School schedules can be picked up from 9 am to 12 pm on Thursday, June 29th at Oceanside Middle School. All credit-bearing summer school classes will take place at OMS beginning on Wednesday, July 5th. The 10-day Regents Prep classes at OMS will begin on Monday, July 31st. For any further information, please contact Brendon Mitchell at 516-678-7593 or bmitchell@oceansideschools.org

 

June 22

OHS Athletes Named All-American, Second Team LI

all american and second team li athletes

Three lacrosse student-athletes from OHS were recognized for their performance on the playing fields, teamwork and academic excellence by the Lacrosse Foundation. Alison Schwasnick and Kelsey Williams are Academic All-American. Alison is headed to Columbia University and Kelsey will attend Hobart & William Smith. Both will play lacrosse in college. Christina McCabe was named Second Team - All Long Island. Christina will begin classes and her college athletic career at Syracuse University in the fall. Coach Ralph Montera was not present for the photo below but former coach, Ken Dwyer, was able to be there.

 

Let's All Read, Together!

One Summer, One Book, One Oceanside

a monster calls, summer book

 

 

Our community reading activity for the summer is One Summer, One Book, One Oceanside. Follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #onebookOside. We'd love to hear your thoughts as the story is in progress (no spoilers, though!)

Please note the first of our book related activities are scheduled so check out the flyer, left, and mark your calendars for July 25 & August 7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 21 (updated 6/22)

Congratulations to All of Our Graduates 🎓

mr bullis of school 5 with graduates

Today, we congratulate our sixth graders who celebrated their moving up ceremonies. Last week, our four year old pre-k students marked their day of moving up to the big leagues - kindergarten - with a special ceremony. Tomorrow, it's on to Oceanside Middle School and Friday, our OHS Class of 2017 will forever after be known as alumni. Follow us on Twitter @OSchoolsPR for in-the-moment pictures and video and check out our photo folders, below (we'll be adding more folders as events take place):

Pre-K Moving Up (right click & open new window)

Elementary Moving Up (right click & open new window)

OMS Moving Up (right click & open new window, pics from 11 am ceremony)

OHS Graduation

 

June 19

It's Game Time!


school 2 jeopardy

This past year our 6th graders learned to use coding to develop their own computer games using a programming language, developed at MIT, called SCRATCH. Now all of our students can play those games! Right Click here to open a new window for our Google doc about how our students came to be coders and what lies ahead for younger students approaching grade six! Then click the links in the doc that lead to each teacher's padlet, where all of their student games can be played.

 

June 15

Several Hundred Students Recognized at Board of Education Meeting

no place for hate ambassadorsHundreds of students, among them athletes, actors, artists, math and science whizzes, boy and girl scouts and the linguistically talented, were called to take their place on the stage at School #6 where the Board of Education recognized their achievements at the June 14 Board of Education Honors Ceremony, immediately followed by the official BOE meeting. Click here for the program booklet.

The Board also recognized its fellow trustee and BOE Vice President, Sandie Schoell, for earning the Outstanding School Board Service Award from the Nassau/Suffolk School Boards Association for her dedication and commitment to the Oceanside Schools and to public education in general.

The Board also said goodbye to retirees, welcomed new hires to replace retirees and listened to an update on the 2016-17 goals. That presentation can be found here. Other business conducted is described in the meeting agenda. Follow us on Twitter: (right click & open new tab/window) @OSchoolsPR for many more pictures and news items straight from the classrooms, playgrounds and more. You may view twitter posts (but only ours, not replies) without joining at (right click & open new tab/window) http://twitter.com/OSchoolsPR.

 

June 13

Nassau County Police Seeking Part-time Crossing Guards

The Nassau County Police Department is seeking part-time crossing guards for assignments throughout Nassau County. Salaries start at $18/hour. Since these positions could impact our students and schools, the police department requested our assistance in getting the word out and we agreed. Please see the flyer and application for more information and share with anyone you many know who is seeking part-time employment.

 

June 9

Oceansiders, We Need Your Voices!!!

Please Vote on Wonderful Opportunity for OHS

Oceanside High School has been selected as a top 10 semi-finalist in the prestigious Elizabeth Rohatyn Teaching Matters Prize. This is a $25,000 prize, that if won, would be used to bring some of our professional development opportunities to scale at OHS.

The next round of the process is a public vote. We need your help. Please go to this link: http://teachingmatters.org/rohatyn/ between today and Sunday, June 18th. Scroll to the bottom of the page where you can vote through Facebook or Twitter, or click the "Don't Have Facebook, Vote Here" link. PLEASE VOTE, and encourage friends and family to vote, to help propel OHS to the finals!!!

Good luck Oceanside!!

 

June 5

Community Raises $84K for #OsideNYRelay

Once again, Oceansiders came through to demonstrate what it's all about: community! A healthy dash of fun never hurts, either. That perfectly describes Saturday evening's Relay for Life, a community-wide event coordinated by the Oceanside Schools and supported by hundreds of residents. We raised nearly $84,000 for cancer research and Hope Lodges which provide a home-away-from-home for people undergoing out-of-town treatment. Take a look at our high school students' broadcast, below, and search the #OsideNYRelay hashtag on Twitter.

June 2

Tons of Good News On Twitter. Check us out!

Visit us on twitter and consider joining to follow our feed. There's more news than we can keep up with this time of year, posted by many of our teachers and administrators as well as on our main feed. (Followers can subscribe to our Oceanside Schools list to see tweets from all of the Oceanside Schools faculty who we follow).

O'side Updates

 

This Summer, It's All About Books

ohs 9th graders

BOOK LOVE: This summer, OHS students will be encouraged to read the books that they are most interested in reading, to log their pages read, and work toward earning a donation to the Book Love foundation. The Book Love Foundation supplies books to high schools in need. The English Department's "Reading for a Cause" can be found at http://summerreadingohs.weebly.com.

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE, GR. 1-8: In addition students in grades 1-8 will once again join the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Bookmark the page to follow along and gauge your school's progress compared with schools around the country.

ONE SUMMER, ONE BOOK.....: And don't forget A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, our One Summer, One Book, One Oceanside community read! Stay tuned for updates here and at http://twitter.com/OSchoolsPR.

STOP & READ WHILE OUT & ABOUT: Finally, from June 5th to June 16th, families can head to one of our OSD GO READ "Book Stops" to enjoy some family reading time together. At each special location you will find a book box that contains thematically related books, reading related prizes, and a "guest sign-in book." You can locate each of the "book stops" at the google map found here: RIGHT CLICK Book Stops Map and open in a new tab/window. We hope that you will join us in this next exciting community reading initiative, and GO READ! Post your visits to these stops @osdgoread on Twitter.

 

May 31

OHS Photography Students Honor Veterans

OHS students and veterans

Oceanside High School students taking Photography 4 with teacher Nanci Nigro held a special ceremony today to present veterans of the United States armed forces with photographs that the students created in their honor, to thank them for their service. Each student was paired with a veteran. They spent time getting to know one another so that the students could create works that would speak to that veteran's own story. Based on their conversations and using any memorabilia that the veterans may have provided, the students set to work and today the finished works were on display at the OHS library. The veterans admired each other's photographs before taking them home.

"I've been coming here to OHS for years," said Korean War veteran Buddy Epstein, a regular speaker at OHS and OMS. "I have such an affinity for Oceanside High School, its wonderful students and its faculty. It's like a love affair." Bob Jacoby, an Oceanside resident who was based in Germany during the Korean War and completed multiple tours of duty, said that his children are OHS alumni and now his grandchildren attend school in the district.

"I've never been prouder than to see what these students have done." Visit http://www.twitter.com/OSchoolsPR for more photos. Click here to watch the veterans telling their stories.

 

May 26

To Our Oceanside School District Families:

You may have heard about a t-shirt that is in very poor taste created by a few high school students, using the popular letter “O” design associated with our school district. This t-shirt was not authorized by the high school nor by the senior class.


As you know, Oceanside School District educates nearly 6,000 students, many of whom return here as adults to raise their own children. Our students raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, package and deliver 10,000 pounds of food to struggling families over the holidays and befriend their peers with disabilities. That some students made an unfortunate and poor choice in no way represents this school district, its young people or the upstanding families of this community. This entire matter will be handled accordingly. We are, however, legally and ethically unable to discuss individual student matters publicly.

 

May 23

OMS and Uniondale Students Building Bridges

Sixty 7th grade students from Oceanside Middle School and Uniondale's Lawrence Road Middle School will spend the next six years in a diaglogue about some of the most complex and important issues facing our communities and our nation: racism, economics, politics, immigration. This ground-breaking program, called Bridges, will explore how we can find common ground with those whose perspectives and backgrounds differ from our own. Along the way, students will build skills in research, collaboration, presentation and public speaking. FIOS1 News was there to document the students' first discussion, in which they grappled with the many factors surrounding the topic of immigration.

Watch the news clip here: FIOS 1 News Clip

 

OHS Student Earns Second Place Award at International Competition

After wowing the judges at the New York Science and Engineering Fair, Sarah Romanelli and Kristian Nilsen earned an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the international round of competition, known as ISEF. Sarah and Kristian competed with more than 1800 students from 79 countries and Sarah placed 2nd in Translational Medicine. Her award includes $1500 and the honor of having a celestial body named for her. Here are the students with Research Coordinator, Heather Hall.

sarah and kristian with reseasrch coordinator heather hall

 

May 18

Schools Are OPEN Friday, May 26

Please note that schools are in session on Friday, May 26, which is the Friday before Memorial Day. This day is typically designated as a floating day off on our calendar IF no snow days are used. Since we did use snow dates this past winter, the floating day off is cancelled and schools are open.

 

May 17

BUDGET PASSED! THANK YOU, OCEANSIDE


The 2017-18 budget is on our website under the Budget button on the left navigation panel. Presentations from our budget workshops are found on our Board of Education page: Presentations

 

RELAY FOR LIFE EVENTS RAISE MORE THAN FUNDS

In preparation for our community-wide Relay for Life fundraiser on June 3, schools have been hosting mini-Relays and fundraisers to pump up the enthusiasm. Friday, OHS hosted a volleyball tournament highlighting friendly competition among our elementary school staff, and the 15th annual Battle of the Bands featuring student and staff-based musical groups. With more than 40 Oceanside-based Relay for Life teams so far, these events are building the community's spirit for this life-affirming event. Check out the videos and photos of our #OsideNYRelay events, find more at http://twitter.com/OSchoolsPR and if you have not yet signed up, we hope you will join us.

Donations support cancer research and patient service programs, including Hope Lodges that offer a home-like environment for cancer patients who must travel for their treatment.

 

At School #4's pep rally prior to the Relay for Life volleyball tournament, teacher Janet Otis took her turn dashing around the gym to connect with cheering students.

school 4 relay for life pep rally

Battle of the Bands promo video:

 

Battle of the Bands Performances

Battle of the Bands Slide Show

 


May 12

Events This Weekend

operation medicine cabinet flyerRelay for Life Elementary Faculty Volleyball Game - Friday, OHS Gym, 7 pm (all proceeds go to our districtwide Relay for Life fundraising initiative)

Battle of the Bands - Friday, OHS Aud., 7 pm (proceeds to Relay for Life)

Invention Convention - Project Extra students showcase their inventions at the Oceanside Library, Saturday, 1 - 3 pm

Operation Medicine Cabinet - Safely dispose of unwanted medicines at Operation Medicine Cabinet, OHS Front Circle Saturday, 12 - 2 pm (Click the image above for more details)

 

 

May 10

OHS Artists Create Portraits with Heart and Soul

Watch what happens when OHS students create portraits for disadvantaged Ukraine children. Tissues recommended!

 

 

Don't Miss This Week's Districtwide Arts Festival!

arts festival

On Thursday night, from 7 to 9 pm, the OHS gym will become a museum gallery showcasing thousands of works of art created by students in grades K-12. Works include charcoal pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and oil paintings, pottery, sculpture, multi-media and digital media, among others. Musical ensemble groups will also be performing. Come and be inspired by our talented young artists and the skillful teachers who bring out our students' best work!

 

Where to Vote for the Budget and Board of Education Election

Voting for the proposed 2017-18 budget and the Board of Education takes place on Tuesday, May 16 from 7 am to 10 pm. If you are not sure where to vote, you can look up your voting location by your street address. This link is always on our website and can be found in the left navigation panel under Voter Information. Click the following link to go to the Voter Location by Address list: http://oceansideschools.org/common/vote/vote%20by%20street.htm

 

May 4

Book for This Summer's Community Read Chosen

One 🌞  One 📘 One ⚓️


We are happy to announce that after nearly 2,500 votes were cast, the winner of One Summer...One Book...One Oceanside! is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

We thank all of you for voting and hope that you will join us this summer in reading this wonderful novel and participating in some community-wide events sponsored by our school district as well as the Oceanside Library. Stay tuned for a posting of those events through oceansideschools.org and on our OSD GO...READ twitter page http://twitter.com/osdgoread. You can also check in with Oceanside Library. For now, enjoy the first chapter read by actor Liam Neeson and check out the book trailer, below.

 

May 2

Vote for Project Extra Students to go to Maker Expo

Voting is open until May 6 at https://goo.gl/forms/EoAabCnw3e2mYhC33. The winners will compete for donations to their charities. Project Extra's video is number 27. Click the image below to expand it for more information.

Maker Expo

 

April 28

OHS Celebrates Poem In Your Pocket Day

OSD Go Live hosted a special live segment from Oceanside High School yesterday to celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day, a national commemoration that began in New York City in April of 2002 as part of National Poetry Month. The idea was to encourage people to carry a favorite poem with them to share with others. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to the national level. Watch OHS students convey the power and beauty of words through the pocket poems they chose to share. Elsewhere, elementary school students gathered in their classrooms to watch, listen and be inspired by the OHS students.

 

School #9E Plants a Tree for Earth Day

Despite the drizzly weather last Friday, students got outside and got their hands dirty for a good cause...planting trees to commemorate Earth Day. Here are students at School #9E digging a hole for the Magnolia Sweetbay tree they planted. Mr. McPherson joined in.

9E planting a tree for earth day

 

April 27

 car keys

 

Summer Driver's Ed Information is Here! Deadline is May 19 to register.

 

 

 

Support Patriots Club Field of Honor

Proceeds from the Field of Honor, which will be displayed on the lawn of Oceanside High School, support veterans and neighbors in need. Click the image to learn how to purchase your flag for the tribute.

Field of honor

 

April 21

School #6 Celebrates Earth Day

Students at School #6 played a trash-sorting relay game that taught them about recycling while giving them plenty of fun and good exercise despite the drizzly weather. It was one of many activities in a day long celebration of life on our beautiful blue planet.

earth day relay race

 

OMS Plays the Blues

Blues musician Toby Walker talked with OMS students about the history of the blues and its intersection with the great migration of African Americans from the rural south to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West that occurred between 1916 and 1970. Students then tried their hand at writing blues lyrics, poking fun at school, homework and cafeteria food, before putting on performances for peers. Several students who are musicians accompanied Mr. Keith, who gave them a quick tutorial on blues riffs.

OHS Authors Talk Books, Writing for National Library Week

How many school districts have not one but four published authors among their ranks? Oceanside is one of the rare and lucky few and its authors Bonnie Hennessey, Richard Woods, Frank Nappi and Jeff Risener graciously came out to participate in a panel discussion for National Library Week, organized by OHS Librarian Christine Sartory.

Jeff Risener speaks as Frank Nappi Rich Woods and Bonnie Hennessey look on

 

Let's all read together this summer! Help us pick a book.

Vote here to choose one of three great books for all of Oceanside to read together.

 

Meet our Oceanside School District Authors on April 20!

 

authors panel

 

Click on the image at left to learn more about our panel featuring four Oceanside Schools' authors: Frank Nappi, Bonnie Hennessey, Richie Woods and Jeff Risener.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 7

One Summer One Book One Oceanside

It's Oceanside's biggest book club because it's ALL of us! We are inviting the entire community to vote for one of the three great books described here. Then, stay tuned to learn about the activities we'll be doing to celebrate One Summer....One Book....One Oceanside.

VOTE TODAY! https://goo.gl/tzAVb1

 

#OHSIntBooktalk17 Draws Large Audience

OHS held its second annual Integrated Program book talk, discussing the World War II era novel, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Moms and dads turned out in droves. They had a great deal to say, too, about the book and its indelible characters. "I've never read historical fiction from the perspective of a female." said one dad, "As someone who loves history, it's fascinating." After a student-led discussion of the book's characters, narrative, themes, writing style and more, the parents and students gathered for the pièce de résistance: a surprise video chat with the author via Skype.

Whoa! What an incredible surprise for the students & their families at the #OHSIntBooktalk17 tonight! pic.twitter.com/VOxqf2iJOu

— Oceanside Schools NY (@OSchoolsPR) April 7, 2017

 

In Case You Missed It: Board of Education Meeting Summary

BOE Summary

 

Click the image, left, for a quick overview of the Board of Education meeting. Official, detailed minutes of prior BOE meetings, along with agendas, can be found on our website: http://oceansideschools.org/BOE/agenda_and_minutes.htm.

 

 

 

 

April 4

 

OHS Science Researchers Win Big at NYSSEF

kristian nilsenkatrina almodovar

arielandrew carlinssamantha cohen

Oceanside had an outstanding showing at the New York Science and Engineering Fair yesterday, taking home multiple awards including two students being named finalists in the International Science and Engineering Fair and a Best In Fair award. The awards were as follows:

 

 

March 29

Be Part of the Solution and Help Save Lives!

Support from communities and families can help end addiction. Learn how on Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm at School #6

For more information, click the image below.

Families in Support of Treatment Event

 

OHS Interact Club Serves at Ronald McDonald House

interact club at RMH

On Sunday, March 19th, the OHS Interact Club cooked brunch for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. RMH-LI provides support and comfort for families who are caring for seriously ill children undergoing treatment in area hospitals. Students flipped pancakes, cut and arranged fruit and brought other dishes that they'd prepared at home to serve the families. The Interact Club members were impressed by the facility and by the residents, who were very appreciative of the brunch. Interact members in attendance on Sunday were Allison Rifkin, Victoria Soria, Brianna Stanco, Nicole Ayvas, Allie Cecil, Adriana Ricottone, Marissa Kufeld, and Sara Milano. OHS Social Worker Annie O'Hara accompanied the students.

 

April 3 PASS Meeting Focuses on Social Media Safeguards

Pass flyer April 3 meeting keeping children safe

 

Texting and technology have brought us a revolution in communication but the dark side encompasses the mistakes our young people can make in using social media carelessly. Learn how to keep your tween/teen safe! Click the flyer for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 28

Guys and Dolls This Weekend at OHS

guys and dolls

 

May 10 Board Meeting is Moved to May 3

In order to comply with a state rule about the number of days between a budget hearing and a budget vote, the Board of Education meeting on May 10 has been moved back one week, to May 3. The meeting will take place at School #6 and begins at 7:30. It will also feature honors.

 

March 23

School #3 Takes No Place for Hate Pledge

As the latest school to take the No Place for Hate pledge through the Anti-Defamation League, along with School #4, School #3 is implementing the third in its series of activities to promote kindness and inclusion among the student body. The program is a good fit with the school's existing Caring Majority program, according to social worker Olivia Cariddi, and sixth grade Caring Majority Ambassadors are helping to carry out the initiative. The latest project is a school-wide poster campaign. Previously students conducted a Morning Meeting for the entire school and Caring Majority Ambassadors read books with themes of tolerance, respect and empathy in every classroom. The photo below features several Caring Majority Amvassadors with third graders from Ms. Sharpe's class who were the first to finish their poster.

Oceanside Middle School was the first school in the district to join the ADL's No Place for Hate campaign and is one of five schools nationwide piloting the latest No Place For Hate project.

school 3 no place for hate

 

 

Sider Press Wins Two Awards for Student Journalism

Oceanside High School's online newspaper, Sider Press, has won second place in Best Online Paper and Jane Krol has won honorable mention for Best News Story. If you have not read Sider Press, here's your opportunity to read and subscribe. To access Sider Press, right click (or on mobile, tap and hold) this link to open in a new window/tab: http://siderpress.org/oceansideschools. Pictured below are teachers Joseph Perri, who advises the online publication, and Michael Howley, who teaches the journalism class. The students in the middle are editors of the paper Julia Woods and Ariel Harsinay.

You can read Jane's award-winning article here (right click or tap/hold and open in new window/tab): http://siderpress.oceansideschools.org/?p=1155

Sider Press Awards

 

 

March 22

Guest Readers Celebrate PARP

Since January, elementary schools have been celebrating PARP (Pick A Reading Partner), with the support of their PTAs, by inviting guests to visit classrooms and read to children. Today was School #5's Guest Reader Day. In one classroom, after listening to Possum Come A Knockin' by Nancy Van Laan, students took turns reading parts of it aloud as their classmates gathered around. The book is written in dialect and engages readers with its irresistible cadence.

Listen to the magic of shared reading! Ms. Maguire's read aloud rock stars took turns w/me at Guest Reader Day. @OSchool5 @DrZiro pic.twitter.com/Ahd5OgammM

— Oceanside Schools NY (@OSchoolsPR) March 22, 2017

 

 

March 21

PTA Roundtable and Council Meetings Tonight

The PTA Presidents Roundtable meeting originally scheduled for March 14 will take place tonight in the high school library at 7 pm. The meeting was rescheduled due to the snow day. The Council meeting is at 8 pm, also in the library.

 

Child Protective Services Information

Child abuse hurts everyone. Learn how to help protect children. Please right click (or tap and hold on mobile) the link to open the page in a new tab/window. https://www.schoolhealthny.com/cms/lib/NY01832015/Centricity/Domain/85/OCFSPoster022117.pdf

 

March 15

Pre-K Registration - April 4, 9 am - 10:30 am

Another chance to register for #School6 Pre-K in case you missed it! April 4, 9-10:30 am at the Central Registry. Call 678-6238 for info.

pre-k

 

Happy Faces

Students at School #5 got a huge thrill watching the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats as part of a unit of study on China and its culture. At School #9E, guest readers visited on Friday for Community Reading Day, a time for celebrating favorite books with favorite people. The student pictured below had his book ready.

school 5 assembly

school 9E student with a book

 

March 13

How To Save A Life

Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm - Speakers & Resource Fair

Join the fight to save lives and end addiction, with support from Families in Support of Treatment, Oceanside DAWC and the Oceanside SAFE Coalition.

Click here for flyer

 

Italian Consulate Recognizes World Languages Honor Society

Mico Delianova Licastro​from The Italian Consulate visited Oceanside High School last week to present a certificate of appreciation to Caroline Longo, President of the World Languages National Honor Society, and her fellow officers in appreciation for a donation made to the consulate earlier this school year. After a devastating earthquake hit central Italy last August, Caroline, along with officers Sara Milano, her VP, Joanna George, Treasurer, Brett Weinger and Victoria Soria, Co-secretaries, sprang into action and raised $1,500 to help survivors.

world languages students with italian consultate representative and district faculty

 

OHS Student Finalist in International Science Competition

samantha cohen of ohs

Samantha Cohen is OHS' first finalist in the iSWEEEP international competition for energy, engineering and environmental projects. Students from more than 70 countries participate in the annual competition held in Houston, TX in May. Samantha's project is entitled 3D Printed Case Series of Skull-Base Tumors and Co-Registration to Intraoperative Navigation.

 

 

 

 

March 7

Upcoming Events

The 7 Ls of Leadership Meeting

The Seven Ls of Leadership: The March 15 PASS meeting is about how leadership training benefits students.

Please note that this meeting will be held in the School #6 Auditorium. Click the flyer for more details.

 

 

 

cultlural diversity night poster

ENL Family Night - Thursday, March 23 at 6:30. Click the flyer for more information.

Unase a nostotros para una noche de musica, meriendas, y diversion familiar!

 

 

 

FIST event poster

 

Families in Support of Treatment, in cooperation with Oceanside DAWC and Oceanside SAFE Coalition, invite all Oceanside families to join the movement to save lives and end addiction. Resource fair with information and speakers March 30, 6:30 pm at School #6 auditorium and gym. Click the flyer for more details.

 

 

guys and dolls poster

 

OHS to perform Guys & Dolls. March 31 & April 1 at 7:30 pm. Click the flyer for ticket information.

 

 

 

camp invention poster

 

By popular demand, Camp Invention is returning to Oceanside this summer! Click flyer for details.

 

 

 

 

March 2

Student Wins 2nd Place in Oratory Competition

justin palmer

Justin Palmer, a senior at OHS, has won second place in the 7th Annual Dynamic Speakers Theater sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Nassau Alumnae Chapter. Justin chose a selection entitled Black Privilege from poet/activist Crystal Valentine. His performance can be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/7qNgW6JvDP8

 

 

 

OHS Teacher's Novel Selected for Read Across America

frank nappi and students

Frank Nappi's novel Welcome to the Show was selected by News 12 as a Read Across America book, chosen by Newsday's Tom Beer. Read Across America is an annual celebration of reading that coincides with Dr. Seuss' birthday and is in its 20th year. Here is the broadcast but you may need to be a subscriber to view it: http://longisland.news12.com/features/winter-on-long-island

 

March 1

In our latest newsletter

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Students Collaborate for Clean Water

Oceanside High School hosted a special assembly today where students shared their research on the global water crisis. Nearly 800 million people worldwide, including in the United States, lack access to clean, safe drinking water and millions die from drinking contaminated water. The World Interest Club at OHS and the Project Extra students had worked together in the past and wanted to collaborate on another project. They decided to support the Georgie Badiel Foundation, a not-for-profit that funds water projects, builds sanitation facilities and plants trees in Burkina Faso. Founder Georgie Badiel grew up in Burkina Faso, was recruited to be a fashion model and went on to become Miss Africa. While continuing her modeling career, she has devoted herself to making life safer and easier for the people of her homeland. Through their fundraising efforts, the students were able to donate $2,000 (plus an extra $120 from second graders at School #9E). If you'd like to donate, go to: A Thirst for Change

Students representing Project Extra and WIC posed with Ms. Badiel and their teachers and advisors

students pose with Georgie Badiel and teachers

Project Extra students collect and return water bottles for deposit and donate deposits

Project Extra students return bottles for deposit to donate to water crisis charity

OHS' World Interest Club members hang posters to promote fund raising effort

OHS students hanging poster for water crisis project

 

February 16

Bonding Over Books at School #8

See more photos at Twitter.com/OSchoolsPR. Search the hashtag #nofbooktalk

students and families book talk

School #8 sixth graders and their moms, dads, aunts, uncles and grandparents gathered this week to talk about Night On Fire, a novel about the Freedom Riders of the civil rights movement told from the perspective of a 13 year old girl living in Anniston, Alabama. In a video chat, author Ronald Kidd shared his process as a writer, his life-long love of reading, and words of inspiration for students who aspire to be writers: "Write from the heart." The School #8 book talk is one of many events in the district that strive to connect reading and community.

"I cannot think of a more meaningful way to connect children with adults than over a powerful story," said English Language Arts Director Dr. Beth Zirogiannis, who worked with School #8 teachers to organize the event. On April 6, OHS will be hosting its second-annual community book talk to discuss the World War II era novel, The Nightingale.

 

world read aloud daySpeaking of Reading And Community....It's World Read Aloud Day

Join us for a live, interactive read aloud tonight at 7:30 pm!

Schools are celebrating World Read Aloud Day in various ways today, and the fun doesn't end when the school bell rings. Tonight on OSD Go...Live!, Dr. Beth Zirogiannis and her daughter Zoie will read two picture books right from their living room to Oceanside families. Tune in at 7:30 pm by copying and pasting the following link into your browser: https://youtu.be/3YLeavTbWh4 where you'll be able to interact with Dr. Z and little Z.

 

February 15

OSD Participates in Education Legislative Meeting

Forty-five school superintendents, including the Oceanside School District's superintendent, Dr. Phyllis S. Harrington, participated in a Southwest Quadrant Legislative Forum with New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblywoman Melissa Miller hosted by the East Rockaway school district last week. Board of Education President Kimberly Grim-Garrity and Vice President Sandie Schoell also attended. Topics included funding for professional staff development, mandates for teaching English as a New Language, annual professional performance reviews, poverty and budget preparation. To view the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

phyllis harrington

 

February 14

One Hundred Days Smarter, School #6 Students Celebrate

School #6 didn't let a blizzard get in the way of celebrating the 100th day of Kindergarten. The rescheduled event took place on February 13 and the excitement was palpable as students shared their budding math, reading and writing skills, made goofy 100th Day hats, stacked 100 cups, danced after earning 100 reward points and showed off their 100th day finery.

100th day of kindergarten

 

 

February 8

School #4 Hosts Celebration of Chinese Culture

china celebrationchina celebration

As the culmination of a unit on Chinese culture and tradition, School #4 students hosted an interdisciplinary celebration of China through social studies, language arts, music and art. The students worked hard on projects that were displayed in the auditorium. Music teachers, Frank Maniscalco and Robert Ciuffo, and art teacher Jean Toy, pitched in to make it a wonderful event. After the show, students and parents gathered in the cafeteria for fun with Tangrams.

 

February 3

OHS Students Read at School #3

There's nothing quite like watching youngsters connect with their more grown-up peers. Both groups reap benefits from this kind of learning.

OHS students read at #3

OHS reads to #3

 

Beautiful Me Program Helps Young Women Find Their Voices

beautiful me at OMS

Ten 7th grade girls at OMS received training from the "Beautiful Me" program sponsored by the Hance Family Foundation. The program helps young women learn to appreciate their genuine personal qualities, develop accurate self-awareness, and gain satisfaction from helping others. By empowering young women to think positively about their skills and relationships with others, it promotes connection to the school community and encourages them to use their skills to enhance their community and world.

 

January 31

crayonsPre-K Registration Is On February 7

5 to 7:30 pm at The Oceanside Kindergarten Center, 25 Castleton Court

Kindergarten registration is also underway. For information on how to register, please right click here to open the page in a new tab/window, then scroll down.

 

OMS Kicks Off "Don't Hate, Relate" Campaign

Yesterday, Oceanside Middle School students kicked off their "Don't Hate, Relate" campaign to promote positive relationships among students and reduce bullying and exclusion. Students created the broadcast below to explain the campaign and share testimonials about bullying. Principal Dr. Allison Glickman-Rogers said that all students need to feel safe at school so that they can learn. The Oceanside/Island Park Herald covered the campaign recently: OMS No Place for Hate

 

 

OHS Gets Ready for Relay For Life

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, Oceanside High School will host the Relay for Life event to raise money for cancer research. Students created the video below to spread the word. Why do you Relay? For more info, go to www.relayforlig.org/oceansideNY or contact Pat Turk in Student Activities at OHS.

 

January 27

School #6 Digs Reading

School #6 kicked off its Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) celebration recently with a theme about unearthing a good book. Dinosaurs are involved too...see the video!

 

 

Missed the OHS Variety Show? Highlights Here!

This video was created by the OHS broadcast students under the supervision of teacher, Audrey Miller.

 

January 23

 

In Case You Missed It - Board of Education Meeting Summary

BOE Summary

 

Click on the image at left to learn more about what took place at the Board of Education Meeting on January 18, including the adoption of the 2017-2018 calendar. A one-page view of next year's calendar can be found here: 2017-18 At A Glance

 

 

January 20

Sisters Spell "Win" at School #9E

Two sisters at School #9E won the Spelling Bee for their grade (grades 4 and 6) and faced off against each other for the finale. Lana took the top prize of schoolwide winner. The family that spells together smiles together. The girls are pictured with School #9E Principal, Josh McPherson.

sisters spelling bee

 

Don't Miss Next Weekend's OMS Musical!

legally blonde play poster

 

 

Click the flyer for details on times & tickets.

 

 

 

January 19

Budget Process Overview

Please click on the presentation to learn about the process by which the Board develops the school district budget. An overview of the BOE meeting last evening will be posted shortly.

 

January 13

Mobile OSD App Users: Update to Access New Calendars

The Oceanside Schools mobile application has been updated to add two new calendars: the Department of Community Activities (DOCA) and Fine and Performing Arts. Making these available as separate calendars means that app users can turn them on or off, depending on how the activities of these departments impact thier children. To update, open Google Play or the Apple App Store where you first downloaded the app and tap on the Update button. If you don't see the new calendars in the app after updating, it may help to power your device off and re-start.

 

School #4 Students Create Stellar Exhibit

The annual Solar System exhibit at School #4 is part museum, part game show and 100 percent fun and educational. Creating it is a rite of passage for sixth grade students and the entire student body gets to experience it as spectators. Parents visited in the afternoon on the two days of the exhibit.

solar system museum

solar system museum

 

SADD Club Promotes Safe Driving

The SADD Club at Oceanside High School once again obtained a crashed vehicle and arranged for its display on the front lawn of the high school to underscore the importance of safe driving, a message that is particularly important during celebratory times such as the holiday season. The students are pictured here with their advisor, Annie O'Hara.

SADD Club members

 

 

January 12

Broadcast Students Featuring People of Oceanside

Inspired by the award-winning Humans of New York blog in which a roving photographer asks people questions and posts their responses along with a photo, students in the OHS broadcast courses have introduced the first in a series of video features to spotlight the unique and wonderful people in our community. We'll be introducing a similar feature in print in the coming weeks! Meanwhile we hope you'll enjoy the first video!

 

January 10

BOCES Vote

BOCES Asks Public To Vote on School Purchase

Nassau BOCES invites Nassau County residents to vote on the purchase of the Carman Road School in Massapequa. Currently BOCES is leasing the building. Purchasing it will allow rental costs charged to component school districts to decrease by nearly $900,000 in the 2017-18 school year. For more information, click the image at left to read the BOCES flyer or acqui por Espanol.

 

 

friedberg camp and child care flyer

Friedberg JCC Camp and Child Care Registration Underway

Camp Friedberg is the JCC's summer program for children ages 2 through 15. Each program offers door-to-door transportation and activities tailored to the age group. The Early Childhood Center offers daycare starting at 6 weeks of age. Click the flyer, left, to learn more.

 

 

January 9

Battle of the Classes Has Been Postponed to January 21

Due to the snowstorm on Saturday, Battle of the Classes was cancelled and has been rescheduled to January 21.

 

Kindergarten Students Learn American Sign Language

School #6 students are adding to their language repertoire with American Sign Language. The above video was shot at the holiday sing-along at School #6, where students in Ms. Klein's class learned enough ASL to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing God Bless America. The idea for the students to learn ASL was sparked by a fellow student who has a cochlear implant and uses ASL.

 

January 6

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Are Beginning

Pre-K Registration is scheduled for February 7 from 5 to 7:30 pm. Kindergarten registration is also underway for children who will turn five years old by December 31, 2017. Registration packets and information are located on the School #6 website. Please note that incoming Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for March 13 at 7:30 pm.

 

January 4

OHS Student Is Research Semifinalist....Again!

nathan gershenrogin

Congratulations to Nathan Gershengorin of OHS who was just named a Regeneron Science Talent Search semifinalist in the prestigious national science research competition that was formerly sponsored by the Intel Corporation. Nathan was also a semifinalist earlier this school year when he was selected in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

 

January 3

Seussical Performances at OHS This Weekend

Click the flyer for details.

seussical flyer for Jan 6 and 7 shows

 

OSD Go...Read: Promoting Independent Reading

P.A.S.S. Meeting January 11, 7:30 pm - OHS Auditorium

The January P.A.S.S. meeting will feature Oceanside Schools' educators on how district curriculum fosters independent reading and how parents can encourage a readerly life at home. The meeting is open to all parents and students.

 

December 23

Happy Holidays & A Healthy and Peaceful New Year!

Enjoy this music from our high school Chamber Orchestra. Follow us on Twitter to hear more of our performing groups from elementary school on up!

 

 

December 22

There's Still Time to Give The Gift of Books

Follow @OSDGoRead for the OSD Go Give book-loving campaign to give or donate books for the holidays. Here are some of our latest recommendations:

Kathy Chapman with bookjoanna kletter with book

Day 15 Science Director Kathy Chapman recommends Creature Features by Steve Jenkins for grades 1-4. School #4 Principal Joanna Kletter recommends Wonder and 365 Days of Wonder by R. J. Palacio for students in grades 4-7.

tara mauer with bookDebi Kienke with book

Days 17 and 18 - Director of Math Tara Mauer likes The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka for grades 2-6. Special Education Executive Director Debi Kienke recommends Go Dog Go by P. D. Eastman for grades K-2.

vera gallagher with bookDr DeRosa with book

Day 19's recommendation is from Special Education administrator Vera Gallagher: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson for grades K-3. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jill DeRosa may be wishing for a snow day with her Day 20 book, Blizzard by John Rocco, for students in grades K-2.

 

Board of Education Meeting Summary

board of education summary

 

Click the image at left for an update on the Board of Education from last evening, where the 2017-18 calendar was discussed.

 

 

 

December 21

OHS Classes Visit Washington DC

OHS students in Wash, DC

Three OHS teachers and their students teamed up to visit Washington, DC last week, enriching their study of American history and literature. Gerard Gambardella and Frank Nappi who teach the grade 11 American History/Literature Integrated Program, and Gavin Kalner who teaches Advanced Placement American History, escorted students to the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King and Korean War Memorials. In the photo, students posed adjacent to the John F. Kennedy gravesite and eternal flame in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Athletes Are in The Spotlight Again

Seniors Headed to College

girls to play LAX in college

Eight members of the Girls Lacrosse Team participated in a NCAA signing ceremony today, committing to the colleges where they will study and play lacrosse for the next four years. The students and their colleges are: Mikayla Klemm - NYIT; Alexandra Long - Molloy College; Christina McCabe - Syracuse University; Kaitlyn Rapp - Central Connecticut State University; Alison Schwasnick - Columbia University; Sami Stein - Marywood University; Kelsey Williams - Hobart-William Smith College; Madeline Mecca - SUNY Purchase. More photos from the signing are located at the link below:

https://thesailorstationsite.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/photo-gallery/

Freshman in the Top 50

student jamie behar ...jake tavrof

Jamie Behar and Jake Tavrof of OHS were named among Newsday's Top 50 players (Nassau/Suffolk) in Girls and Boys Basketball. Jamie was the only freshman from Girls Basketball to make the list. Jake was one of two freshmen from Boys Basketball.

 

 

December 14

Come out for the Home Fires Winter Sing-Along Tonight!

singaloing flyerCome for the singing, stick around for some hot cocoa around the fire. Celebrate the season and remember our service men and women and their families during the holidays. Tonight, 6:30 pm at School House Green.

 

 

 

 

 

OHS Athletes In Spotlight With Honors and Awards

Student/Athlete Surprised with Full Scholarship

Yesterday, good news on several fronts put OHS athletes front and center for their achievements. The day began with a scholarship presentation from Hobart and William Smith Colleges to student/athlete Kelsey Williams, who plays lacrosse. The school's Senior Associate Director of Admission flew into town to present the scholarship award in person. Kelsey's parents were notified and had to keep the secret all weekend until Kelsey found out two minutes before this picture was taken!

student wins scholarship

 

Students Recognized by All-Long Island Football Second Team

News 12 Varsity announced yesterday the members of the All-Long Island Football Second Team and Mike Scibelli, an offensive lineman for the Oceanside High School Sailors, was among them. Vincent Schell, also a lineman and Dylan Judd, a defensive back, received Honorable Mention.

all LI footballfootball players all LIAll LI football

 

Two OHS Students Honored by NYS AHPERD

Sami Stein and Matt DeGroot were Oceanside High School's winners of the New York State Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance's (APHERD) Physical Education Student of The Year. The students were honored at a dinner held by the Nassau Zone of the Alliance.

PE awards

 

OSD Go Give Offers Daily Ideas for Books As Gifts

julie mcgahanjoelle mazunboy with book

Julie McGahan, School #6 Principal, can't pick just one book. (Who can??) Her choices for today: They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel and This Is Sadie by Sara O'Leary for ages 4-8. Joelle Mazun, AP at OHS, recommends the beloved classic Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown for ages 2-6. The young man from School #3 posed in front of a turkey is enjoying The Chocolate Touch by Patric Skene Catling for grades 2 and 3. Give/donate the 🎁of 📚!

 

December 12

OSD Go Give Has More Book Gifts to Suggest

Whether you're buying for loved ones or donating gifts, choosing the perfect item is tough but you can never go wrong with a book. Here are today's recommendations, courtesy of School #3:

beth castiello w bookgirl with book

Principal Beth Castiello recommends Beautiful Hands by Kathryn Otoshi for all ages. The young lady from School #3 believes that 2nd and 3rd grade students will enjoy The Election Day Disaster by Ron Roy.

 

December 9

Broadcast Students Showcase OHS' Circle of Pride 2016

The OHS Hall of Fame inducted former OHS athletes and coaches in November. Broadcast students have the story.

 

OSD Go Give Has More Book Tips for Holiday Gifts

boy with bookwoman with book

Day 7 of December's #OSDGoGive campaign. This School #2 student recommends Eve of the Emperor Penguin from the Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne. Day 8, our Elementary Curriculum Leader, Jessica Keegan, recommends this Beginner's World Atlas from National Geographic. Give the 🎁of 📚!

 

December 8

Journalist Visits OHS Class

Cecilia Dowd, a veteran television reporter who works for FIOS1 News, visited journalism students at OHS last week. The students were riveted by her stories, including one about a striped jacket that surfaced at a local tag sale. It turned out to have belonged to a Holocaust survivor who had worn it at the Dachau concentration camp. Ms. Dowd had plenty of good advice for students interested in careers in journalism including this gem that Sider Press (OHS' news site) reporters can use right away: "Always ask 'do you have anything to add?'" According to Ms. Dowd, interview subjects often yield the best tidbits of information at the end of an interview.

journalist visits ohs

 

Circus Entertains at Schools #4 and #9E

Performers from the National Circus Project entertained students at School #9E, followed by workshops during which students got to try out stilts, devil sticks and other tricks for themselves. At School #4, the week of workshops culminated in a daytime dress rehearsal which 5th grade students performed for the rest of the school and an evening performance for families.

9e circus

4 circus

 

December 7

Board of Education Meeting Tonight

The meeting will be held in the School #6 auditorium.

 

Give the Gift of Books With Help from OSD Go Give

Days 5 & 6

girl w  bookpriincipal with book

This School #5 student likes The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Curtis for students in grades 5-7. School #5 Principal Scott Bullis recommends Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak for grades K-3.

student w bookprincipal with book

The young lady above from School #3 recommends Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman for children in grades 2-4. School #8 Principal Laurie Welch-Storch suggests Courage by Bernard Waber for all ages.

 

December 5

Keep The Home Fires Burning!

Holiday Sing-Along December 14, 6:30 pm at School House Green

Join us as we honor our men and women in the armed forces and their families during the holidays. Click flyer for more details.

singalong flyer

Days 3 & 4 OSD Go Give Book Recommendations

Looking for the perfect holiday gift or donation? For the month of December, our community-wide reading program, OSD Go...Read, is offering daily recommendations from people in our schools under the banner of OSD Go....Give!

student with book

This student from School #9E recommends Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney for grades 4-6. Dr. Harrington recommends For the Love of the Mets for baseball fans.

 

 

December 2

Two OHS Students Achieve Perfect 36 on ACT

Cory Nichols, an OHS junior and Jennifer Lin, a senior, achieved the highest score possible on the ACT, one of two widely required tests for college admissions. Their score of 36 puts them in the top one percent of all test takers nationwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the Mu Theta Alpha Inductees

OHS now has its own chapter of the national mathematics honors society and inducted nearly fifty students. Their names are on the program which can be found here. Congratulations to all of the honorees!

 

District Launches OSD Go Give Campaign to Promote Books As Gifts

Under the banner of the Oceanside Go....Read program (@OSDGoRead on Twitter), the district has asked students, teachers and administrators to recommend books that would make great holiday gifts or donations. Those recommendations along with photos have been compiled to share with our website and Twitter visitors. Here are yesterday's and today's recommendations:

Day 1 OSD Go Give Recommendations

Dr Roseschool 6 student

Dr. Rose recommends Write for College by Dave Kempner, Patrick Sebranek and Verne Meyer for grades 10+. The School #6 student above thinks students in grades K-2 will love Ralph Tells A Story by Abby Hanlon.

Day 2 Recommendations

Dr Zirogiannis

The School #8 first grader above recommends Fawn and the Mysterious Trickster by Laura Driscoll for children grades 1-3. Dr. Zirogiannis recommends Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume for grades 2-5.

Tweet us at Twitter.com/OSchoolsPR with your book recommendations.

 

November 30

Tonight's PASS Meeting Focuses on Dangers of Prescription Drugs

Wednesday, November 30, OHS Auditorium, 7:30 pm

The presentation will be conducted by CVS Medicine Cabinet and a recovering former addict. Click the flyer below for more information.

flyer for pass meeting november 30 on danger of rx drugs

 

November 28

Students Skype with Bloxels Game Platform Co-Founder

Students in Project Extra Skyped with Bloxels co-founder Josh Stevens before the Thanksgiving break. Bloxels is a game platform that allows children to build, collaborate and tell stories using physical and digital tools. Later, Mr. Stevens tweeted about the Skype chat.

 

 

 

November 23

Happy Thanksgiving to All of Our Students, Staff & Families!

cornucopia30th Turkey Shoot Distributes 10,000 Pounds of Food

Hundreds of turkeys, boxes of non-perishable food and baskets overflowing with the trimmings for a feast lined the halls of Oceanside High School yesterday, but not for long. FIOS1 News was there to capture the story of the 30th Turkey Shoot Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Watch the story here! Turkey Shoot Story on FIOS1 News

Follow us on Twitter for more seasonal learning and fun!

 

November 18

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Thanksgiving

school 5 thanksigiving for enl

Celebrations are breaking out all over and it seems the entire community is engaged in helping make it a happy holiday for those less fortunate. Take a look at some photos from the Best Buddies, OHS Castleton and School #5 ENL Celebrations (pictured above), plus School #9E K Kids in action. Right click the following link and open in a new tab/window. Photos

 

November 17

In Case You Missed It: Summary of Yesterday's Board of Education Meeting

If you missed last night's Board of Education meeting, please click the image below for a summary. These are not the official minutes of the meeting, which will be approved at a later Board of Education meeting. Prior summaries, agendas and minutes can be found at: http://oceansideschools.org/BOE/agenda_and_minutes.htm or get there from Board of Education in the navigation panel at left.

Summary of BOE meeting

 

Sailor Station's Latest Broadcast Is Up

Episode 3 of Sailor Station airs below. Sailor Station is a student-created news broadcast of events at OHS. Additional videos featuring the dance team, varsity cheer, Marching Band and more can be found on the OsideHS Broadcasting YouTube Channel. Right click here to choose open in a new tab/window.

 

November 16

November-December Newsletter Is Here

Here's a color PDF of the newsletter that is mailed to all Oceanside School District addresses.

 

November 14

Vintage Hitchcock Comes to OHS Stage

This Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, OHS will present The 39 Steps, based on the Alfred Hitchcock film of 1935 and novel by John Buchan. Click the flyer for ticket information.

39 Steps Show

 

Students and Veterans Gathered in Gratitude

students and veterans

Members of the OHS Patriot's Club and U.S. veterans gathered on Friday, Veteran's Day, to honor the men and women who serve in our armed forces. Several veterans spoke and Mr. Buddy Epstein played a moving rendition of Taps.

 

November 10

On Veteran's Day, Give Thanks

Members of the OHS Patriots Club will attend a Veteran's Day ceremony on November 11 at 10:30 am. The ceremony will be on the front lawn of Oceanside High School at the Veteran's Memorial.

This week, veterans from the United Veterans Organization of Nassau County presented a flag assembly program for students at School #2 and later, Principal Thomas Capone reminded students to make the effort on Friday to thank a veteran. We all appreciate their service!

 

November 8

Sider Press is LIVE Today with Election Coverage

For the first time in its history, the Oceanside High School "newspaper" (now all digital) is presenting live coverage of the presidential election. Students and their advisor, English Language Arts teacher Michael Howley, are participating in a virtual round-table discussion, sharing election news, stories and commentary. Since going digital two years ago, Sider Press has been able to provide more content than ever before. Right click the link to open the Sider Press 2016 Election site in a new tab/window. Follow Sider Press on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/SiderPress.

Sider Press

 

 

November 7

Author Rosalind Wiseman Talks with Soon-To-Be Middle School Parents

The Middle Level Parent Institute, held at Oceanside Middle School over the weekend and drawing parents from seven participating school communities, was a huge success with author/expert on adolescent social issues Rosalind Wiseman delivering the keynote address. Ms. Wiseman's presentation was filled with humor and wisdom. Among her most important tips: It's never too late to mend your relationship with your child." "This is one moment of a lifetime" (to keep in mind when your child misbehaves) and "You don't need to have all the answers" for your child; sometimes all you can do is listen and comfort. Following Ms. Wiseman's talk and book signing, parents attended workshops on a dozen topics related to adolescence. The event was organized by OMS Principal Dr. Allison Glickman-Rogers and Dr. Beth Zirogiannis, Director of English Language Arts.

middle level parent institute

 

November 4

OSD Go...Read Hidden Books Popping Up All Over

If you're not part of the Oceanside Schools' Hidden Books Scavenger Hunt, there's plenty of time to join in. Books are hidden all over Oceanside and you can find clues on the @osdgoread Twitter account. The scavenger hunt kicked off yesterday and several seekers have already been rewarded with a great book. The scavenger hunt is part of the district's yearlong Oceanside Go....Read campaign to promote a readerly life, love of books and independent reading. Take a look at our Smore page for more details about the campaign. Right click to open in a new tab/window: https://www.smore.com/sht8w

Tweets by osdgoread

 

November 3

Mobile App Update for Android Users

mobile app screen

Our mobile app company notified us today that an update to the operating system on Android devices interfered with customers being able to open our Oceanside Schools app. The team is working on the issue now but in the meantime, a temporary workaround exists, according to a letter from the company:

 

 

 

 

 

November 2

Oceanside Go....Read Hosts Live Online Read-Aloud

student watching first OSD Go Read broadcast

Parents were invited to take the night off from reading the bed-time story as Diane Provvido, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Research, took over live online via Google Hangout. Ms. Provvido read A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon while audience members watched and sent messages. Families who couldn't participate live were able to watch the broadcast later on YouTube. Tomorrow, the community-wide Hidden Books Scavenger hunt begins! Right click on https://www.smore.com/sht8w and open a new tab to learn more about OSD Go...Read!

If you missed the live event, you can still see it on YouTube (remember to right click and open in a new tab/window): https://youtu.be/Mw2IQJJlG64 Live reading events will be taking place each month.

 

Oceanside Children Weigh In On Presidential Election

The Presidential election is getting down to the wire and more than 1,800 Oceanside students have weighed in with their votes. So far, they have Trump leading although nationally, Clinton is the favorite. Every Kid Votes is the largest national mock election for students.

kids voting

 

November 1

Oceanside Teacher Writes Guest Blog for Education Week

Congratulations to our own Angela Abend on her guest post for Education Week's blog for teachers! Click the image below to read the post or right-click here and open a new window/tab.

article from Education Week by Oceanside teacher

 

Marching Band Wins State Championship

The Oceanside High School Sailor Marching Band has been crowned as the US Bands, Class IIA New York State Champions with a First Place Finish at Walt Whitman High School on Saturday, October 22nd. In addition, the band took home trophies for Best Visual, Best Music, and Best Overall Effect.

marching band

 

Halloween Fun in Oceanside

Take a look at some photos from our Halloween events, including the DOCA parade on Saturday. Right click here to open the link in a new windown/tab.

Below, students at School #9E decorate pumpkins with help from parent volunteers who coordinated the event.

9E halloween event

 

October 28

Oceanside Scholarship Fund Phone-A-Thon to Begin

The annual Oceanside Scholarship Fund phone-a-thon is taking place from Tuesday, November 1 at 5 pm until Thursday, November 3 at 9 pm. Volunteers will meet each evening to phone residents and request their support in helping OHS graduates defray the cost of college. Approximately 12 to 15 students receive a scholarship from OSF each year based on applications that the students submit. Danielle Accomando and Antoinette Alvezio, pictured below, are among the volunteers who will be making phone calls. The OSF is an almost 70-year tradition in Oceanside.

volunteers for scholarship phone a thon

 

Next weekend: The Middle Level Parent Institute

Saturday, November 5, 8:30 am to noon

To Register: Right Click here and Open Link in a New Window or Tab

On November 5, parents of children approaching adolescence can hear best-selling author Rosalind Wiseman of Queen Bees & Wannabees fame speak about the social challenges of young girls and boys. In addition, there are two workshop sessions with dozens of topics to choose from on how children can thrive in middle school and beyond. This unique and innovative opportunity is being sponsored by the PTAs and school communities of seven school districts.

 

October 27

 

Everything You Wanted to Know About OHS Castleton

OHS Castleton is doing great things and there's more on the way this year.

 

 

October 26

Middle School Student Selected for All-County Band

Samantha Civil of Oceanside Middle School has been selected to perform in the the 2017 All-County Division III Jazz Band. The 8th grade student, who auditioned in early October for this prestigious group, will perform on piano. The performance takes place in January at LIU Post. Samantha's teachers include Kevin Weibley (8th Grade Band), Steve Martin (Music Theory), and Noah Glass (OMS Jazz Band).

all county jazz piano

 

OHS Scholar Artists Named

OHS senior Sarah Romanelli has been recognized as a Newsday Long Island Scholar Artist for theatre and Gabriella Liberatore has been selected as an Award of Merit winner for art/photography. The scholar-artist program is sponsored by the Long Island Arts Alliance. Both students will attend the scholar-artist gala at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in June. Sarah and Gabriella are pictured below with theatre teacher, Laura Gallo and Robert E. Brase, Director of Fine and Performing Arts.

scholar artists

 

October 24

OHS Marching Band Photos Featured In Newsday

Last week, the OHS Sailor Marching Band performed at the 54th Newsday Marching Festival. Photos are up on Newsday's website. Right click on the link to open in a new window or tab: OHS Marching Band

 

October 21

Hip Pickles Come to School #6

Students enjoyed a performance of the drum band, Hip Pickles, who coupled their percussion with a persuasive message about kindness and friendship vs. bullying.

hip pickles performance

 

Dare to Dream: Advocating for People With Disabilities

Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 pm at OHS Auditorium

Join us as powerful motivational speaker, advocate and poet LeDerek Horne speaks with parents and students about pursuing potential and possibilities for people with disabilities. All parents and students are welcome to attend. Click the flyer below for additional details.

Dare to Dream flyer

Homecoming Parade Broadcast Airs on Sailor Station

Right-click on the following links and open them in a new tab/window to visit OsideHS Broadcasting for more videos, including Episode 2 of The Sailor Station, an OHS news broadcast.

 

OHS Marching Band Has Won Third Trophy Since Season Began

The OHS Sailor Marching Band has taken three 2nd place trophies thus far this season and this week took part in the Newsday Marching Show. The band is pictured here after their Field Band performance at Manhasset High School which they dedicated to the memory of past Color Guard Director Nikki Ray.

OHS Marching Band

 

October 20

In Case You Missed It: Summary of Yesterday's Board of Education Meeting

If you missed last night's Board of Education meeting, please click the image below for a summary. These are not the official minutes of the meeting, which will be approved at the next Regular Board of Education meeting. Prior summaries, agendas and minutes can be found at: http://oceansideschools.org/BOE/agenda_and_minutes.htm or get there from Board of Education in the navigation panel at left.

 

Thespians Perform For Board Of Education Recognition Week

#OHS_NY #Thespians perform to thank Board of Ed during #SchoolBoardRecognition Week in NYS. pic.twitter.com/DT7NCnnIXi

— Oceanside Schools NY (@OSchoolsPR) October 20, 2016

 

 

 

October 18

OHS Students Named Siemens Semifinalists

Sarah Romanelli and Nathan Gershengorin with Heather Hall

Sarah Romanelli and Nathan Gershengorin (above with Research Coordinator Heather Hall) have made it to the semifinalist ranks of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The students will be pictured in Newsday tomorrow along with the other 67 Long Island students named. Sarah and Nathan are among 498 students nationwide to reach the semifinals. Sarah's project is titled: The role of NT5C2 in drug resistance and relapse of T-ALL. Nathan's focused on Characterization of Disease Associated Mutations in Human Sugar Transporter GLUT2. Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with both students.

 

OHS Student Recognized for Charity Work

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Check out Alexis Chiofalo in the October 17th edition of Newsday. Alexis raised $3,500 for Bethany House!

 

October 17

Homecoming And Pep Rally Photos Here

Right click photo or tap and hold (from mobile) then open in new tab to see full-size.

OHS football team

Two beautiful days in a row and a win for the OHS Sailors football team...that was our 2016 Homecoming! Photos from the Pep Rally and parade can be viewed Here. Tap & hold links if you're accessing from a mobile device and open in a new tab. From a desktop, right click and open in new tab.

 

October 14

Homecoming Events Underway with Pep Rally

Saturday: Homecoming Parade, 2 pm & Football Game, 3:30

Highlights of today's Pep Rally will include the crowning of the homecoming court and the unveiling of the new mascot. The mascot is still (and always!) a Sailor but needed a reboot. A naming contest is underway at OHS for this new incarnation. Results will be announced at the Pep Rally today. Meanwhile on Twitter, we asked our followers to weigh in on the four options. Note: Twitter votes are just for fun...only votes cast at OHS by students and staff are official.

Tweets by OSchoolsPR  

 

October 11

Don't Miss It! The Middle Level Parent Institute

November 5, 8:30 am to noon

middle level parent institute flyerOn November 5, parents of children approaching adolescence can hear best-selling author Rosalind Wiseman of Queen Bees & Wannabees fame speak about the social challenges of young girls and boys. In addition, parents who attend the upcoming Middle Level Parent Institute will receive information on how their children can thrive in middle school and beyond.

In addition to Ms. Wiseman's keynote, there will be two workshop sessions with approximately a dozen topics from which parents may choose. Subjects covered will include academics, athletics, the social-emotional challenges students face, digital citizenship, keeping students safe from substance abuse, making schools welcoming for LGBTQ students, helping young women overcome gender bias and more.

Dr. Allison Glickman-Rogers, OMS Principal and Dr. Beth Zirogiannis, Director of English Language Arts, conceived the event and approached other school districts and their PTAs for support and assistance.

Click on the image to register.

 

District Mobile App Updated. Download Today!

If you don't yet have the Oceanside School District mobile app, now is the time to download it as it is newly updated for 2016-17! The app keeps important information you need to access in one place e.g. calendar, contact information for school staff, Naviance, the parent portal, athletics information and news about the school district via the district website. Download using the link below appropriate to your device.

Anyone who has already downloaded the app should update the app via the Apple App Store or Google Play links below, depending on what type of device you're using. You may wish to set your device to accept automatic updates so that you won't have to remember to do them manually. Close and re-open the app periodically to refresh information. Many device glitches can also be resolved by powering off/powering back on.

App store icon Google Play store icon

 

October 8

Video As A Learning Tool at OMS

Seventh grade students in English Language Arts classes at Oceanside Middle School recently completed a two week unit in which they were required to create step-by-step instructions for specific activities of their choosing. Projects depicted (right click to open in new window/tab) How to Give CPR, create a Captain America shield and, in the video below, how to make an instructional video. These are just a few examples of students' creative work.

 

Maker Movement Growing In Oceanside

Words can't do justice to how students reacted to a recent demonstration on what 3D printers can do, so check out the very short video below.

As anyone who's ever played with Legos, strung beads or embroidered their favorite band logos on their jeans can attest, making things can be fun. That's what the Maker Movement is all about and it's an ethos that is eagerly embraced in Oceanside, from School #4's annual Caine's Arcade to the makerspaces popping up throughout our district. Experiences that encourage students to be creative, use their hands and experiment with trial and error, build strong foundations in thinking and reasoning.

 

Join Us On Twitter!

Our school district is on twitter and there's so much going on, it will make you wish you could be back in school, with teachers who make learning engaging and challenging. Join us at twitter.com/OSchoolsPR and enjoy a small window into the school day of an Oceanside student. (For those who'd rather not tweet, it's okay to have an account just to follow along.)

Tweets by Oceanside Schools

 

October 5

Just in Time for World Teachers Day, A Student Testimonial

A former student of OHS Castleton, now attending Mercy College, posted a beautiful testimonial to his alma mater and teachers on his blog. Click the image below to read his heartfelt tribute.

blog post about Castleton

 

Dare to Dream: Advocating for People With Disabilities

Save the Date: Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 pm at OHS Auditorium

Join us as powerful motivational speaker, advocate and poet LeDerek Horne speaks with parents and students about pursuing potential and possibilities for people with disabilities. All parents and students are welcome to attend. Click the flyer below for additional details.

Dare to Dream flyer

 

September 30

First Sailor Station Episode Airs

Check out the Sailor Station on YouTube and Instagram

 

Join in Wishing School #4 Happy 20th at Homecoming!

Click the flyer below to learn more.

school 4 birthday

 

September 29

Don't Press Send: Thursday, October 6 at OHS, 7 pm

A Parent's Guide to A Kind and Safe Cyber Community

Featuring Katie Schumacher, founder of Don't Press Send and author of a book by the same title, this information-packed workshop will help parents to arm their children with guidelines and strategies for safely navigating social media. Keep your children safe and teach them to maintain a healthy balance with technology. Sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky.

Click the flyer for more details.

don't press end

 

September 26

OHS Students Attending Presidential Debate at Hofstra

Follow them on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/OHSWHAPteacher

Five OHS students were lucky enough to be randomly selected by their social studies teacher, Laura Trongard, to attend a day-long series of election-related events today at Hofstra University. Their day will culminate with the highly anticipated debate between nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Tonight's debate is widely expected to be the most watched in history.

students at pres idential debate

 

 

School #6 Welcomes Parents to Back-to-School Night

School #6 Principal Julie McGahan gives an overview of back-to-school night for parents, then turns it over to PTA co-presidents Jessica Corcoran and Tara Stromer. Remember to sign up for PTA at BTS night! Thanks to OHS Broadcast students for their support in putting together this broadcast.

Check out the OHS Sailor Station to see other broadcasts and be sure to visit them on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thesailorstation/

 

 

September 23

Oceanside's Dr. Zirogiannis A Woman of Distinction

dr ZDr. Beth Zirogiannis, Director of English Language Arts K-12, has been named by the 21st Assembly District as a 2016 Woman Of Distinction. She will be honored at a ceremony at the Knights of Columbus in Lynbrook. The women chosen for this award were selected by local leaders for their contributions to the communities in which they live and work.

Congratulations Dr. Z!

 

 

 

 

 

Schools #6 and #8 Celebrate International Peace Day

Students at Schools #6 and #8 created "pinwheels for peace" to commemorate International Peace Day on September 21. The day is so designated by the United Nations to strengthen the ideals of peace among and within all nations and between all people. Principals Laurie Welch-Storch (School #8) and Julie McGahan stressed the importance of individuals striving for peace and practicing behavior, such as being kind, that can spread to communities and hopefully entire nations.

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September 22

Best-Selling Author To Talk With Families About Transition To Adolescence

Click below to register.

middle level parent institute

With support from six school districts and their PTAs, the Oceanside School District is hosting a one-day Middle Level Parent Institute for parents of students facing their child's transition to middle school within the next year or two. The event will take place on November 5. Best-selling author Rosalind Wiseman whose first book, Queen Bees & Wannabees, became a feature film about the social cliques of adolescent girls, will give a keynote address. Wiseman has since written a follow-up book about adolescent boys: Masterminds and Wingmen.

In addition to Ms. Wiseman's talk, there will be workshops for parents on issues that affect adolescents including academic expectations in middle school, stress and mental health, digital citizenship, the drug crisis on Long Island and more.

Dr. Allison Glickman-Rogers, OMS Principal and Dr. Beth Zirogiannis, Director of English Language Arts, conceived the event and approached other school districts and their PTAs for support and assistance.

Click on the image to register.

 

 

 

More News and Views from OHS' Sider Press

sider press

OHS students are thinking deeply about the many issues facing our world, our nation and their high school community and reporting on these issues in their ground-breaking school newspaper, Sider Press, which went digital last year and has recently undergone another refresh of its layout and content. The results are visually stunning and intellectually intriguing. Patriotism, feminism and pharmaceutical companies are just a few topics covered in the past week in addition to local coverage about Girls Soccer and staff members' charitable activities.

Now that the publication is no longer hampered by the deadlines and delays affecting print newspapers, content can be added weekly and even daily.

Visit Sider Press and subscribe for updates. http://siderpress.oceansideschools.org. Follow Sider Press on Twitter @SiderPress.

 

 

 

 

September 21

Announcement Regarding Loud Sound

This is to confirm that an extremely loud noise heard in some areas of Queens and Nassau County this afternoon was a sonic boom caused by F-22 fighter jets near Kennedy airport, which were escorting Air Force One.

 

Septemter 19

Thespians Delight Audiences with First Show of the Year

Below is a clip from Thespians Tonight, performed at OHS Saturday evening. A full broadcast is in the works and we will update when it is ready to air.

 

September 16

In Case You Missed It:

Board of Education Meeting Summary

Click on the image below to read a summary of the September 14 Board of Education meeting. The schedule of Board of Education meetings can be found on the District Calendar.

Summary

 

September Newsletter Mailed

The September edition of the district newsletter has been mailed to all addresses in the Oceanside School District. If you haven't received yours, you can read it here by clicking on the image below.

september newsletter

 

Sider Press Debuts First Issue of School Year

Read what students are thinking about the presidential election, dress codes, the DC cinematic universe and plenty more. Click below to read. Subscribe at http://siderpress.oceansideschools.org. Follow Sider Press on Twitter @SiderPress.

Sider Press

 

September 13

School #5 Wins NYS PTA Award

School #5's Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) program from February 2016 has been named the top PARP program in the state by NYS PTA. The program was conceived by School #5 PTA's 2016 PARP committee, led by Mary DiGiovanna and Frances Cuomo-Perpero.

The "Rocking, Reading, Rapping....Sharing Stories Through Music" theme explored the power of storytelling in music and how music supports reading and learning. One highlight was the video below, created with help from high school art and film teacher, Audrey Miller, and student Santino Morrone.

 

September 12

Upcoming Events

 

Congratulations to Students on Summer Reading Challenge

Students in grades K-8 read for more than 1 million minutes this summer in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Click the image below for more details. OMS ranked #86 and School #8 came in 203rd. Schools throughout the United States and parts of Europe, Africa and Central and South America participated. To see how your school ranked, go to http://www.scholastic.com/ups/campaigns/src-2016 and type your school's name on the map.

summer reading challenge

 

 

Students Help Mark 15th Anniversary of 9-11

As Oceanside gathered as a community to mark the 15th year since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, students participated via choral and musical performances and also attended with their scouting organizations. Below, members of the OHS Chamber Orchestra and students from School #9E.

chamber orchestra plays at 9-11 ceremony

9E students remember 9-11

 

September 9

Commemorating 9-11

Students at OMS commemorated the events of September 11, 2001, with a presentation by Ed Scharfberg, a retired NYPD detective who was then involved in the Arson and Explosion unit and was also Chief of the Oceanside Fire Department. Mr. Scharfberg focused the students on how 9-11 impacted people and continues to do so, urging students to treat one another with kindness and give back to their community. Meanwhile students at School #6 wore red, white and blue to commemorate Patriot Day. The community will mark the day with a ceremony on Sunday. Click the image below for details.

9-11 Flyer

Ed Scharfberg presents on 9-11

school 6 patriot day

 

OHS SADD Club Awarded Grant

The New York Teen Safe Driving Coalition awarded a $200 grant to OHS' SADD Club, advised by social worker Annie O'Hara, for their participation in the Teen Crashes GTG (Got to Go) program during the 2015-16 school year. The club will use the funds to continue their efforts to promote safe driving among new, young drivers.

sadd club

 

September 6

Freshmen Win Reading for A Cause Challenge

Students in grades 9-12 read more than 150,000 pages this summer in the Summer Reading for A Cause Challenge. Each grade level chose a charity that they wished to support and competed against other grades to read the highest number of pages. The freshman class scored the highest number of pages read and will make a donation via Student Activities to Oceanside Community Service. Click the image below for more details.

reading challenge

 

 

September 1

First Day Photos on Twitter

There were lots of smiles today as teachers and staff happily welcomed students back to school. Take a look at some of the photos from our Twitter feed:

Greeting the new school year @OMS_NY pic.twitter.com/AuPSRaDxB2

— Oceanside Schools NY (@OSchoolsPR) September 1, 2016

 

 

 

9th Graders Poised to Begin Big History Course

The following promo offers an overview of the Big History course and the culminating Little Big History project.

 

August 31

Welcome Back, Students and Families!

back to school

Oceanside School District staff eagerly await the arrival of students tomorrow! It's going to be an exciting school year, with new courses, programs and initiatives.

Take a look at our Goals and Objectives to learn more!

 

 

August 29

Water Quality Testing Update

The Oceanside School District recently undertook voluntary water quality testing. The latest results are here.

 

 

August 18

Summer Playground Program Brings in A Ton of Food Donations

group photo from food drive

After sponsoring several car washes at various Summer Playground sites, DOCA collected 3,000 pounds of food for the Oceanside Community Service food pantry. Above, some staff, helpers and students from Summer Playground got together for this photo. Click and select new tab/window to view the photo full-size.

 

School Calendars Mailed

School calendars are arriving in homes throughout the school district this week. If you have children enrolled in school from pre-k through grade 12, you should be receiving a calendar in the mail. Click below to view a PDF of the print calendar or go to our online calendar (dates only, no directories or district information). We also encourage parents to download the district's Mobile App (see links above) for easy access to calendars, staff directories, the Parent Portal and much more.

calendar

** Inadvertently, 2016 was printed next to the word June in the print calendar instead of 2017. However, all of the information provided for the month of June is correct. 

 

August 16

August Regents Exams Begin Tomorrow

Click here for the schedule.

 

Water Quality Testing Update

The Oceanside School District recently undertook voluntary water quality testing. The latest results are here.

 

August 8

hands with car keysUpdated Driver Education Information

Fall Driver Education starts September 9. Registration is on September 1. Click for Registration information and Calendar.

 

 

reading for a cause banner

 

Summer Reading Updates

Incoming OHS freshman are catching up with rising sophomores in the Summer Reading Challenge, where reading is supporting students' favorite charities. The overall student winner will win a Kindle. Check out the charities students are supporting: http://summerreadingohs.weebly.com/charities.html

 

Also, take a look at how your school is doing in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. When you get to the page, scroll down for the map and enter our Oceanside zipcode.

summer reading map

 

 

August 2

School #5 PARP Program A Winner at PTA Regionals

For the second consecutive year, School #5's PARP program has been selected a winner by Nassau Region PTA. It will now advance to judging on the state level. PARP (Pick-A-Reading-Partner) is a joint effort between schools and PTA to encourage students to engage in independent reading. The video below was a centerpiece of School #5's What Do You Read? PARP campaign.

 

Summer Construction Update

Upgrades to our school buildings continue this summer. Click here for details on work being done at each school.

 

July 26

Get A Car Wash, Help Feed Families

Summer Playground car washes for the OCS Pantry kick-off tomorrow, beginning with the car wash at School #6 in the pre-k parking lot at 10 am. Bring a canned or other non-perishable food to donate.

On Friday, July 29, there will be a car wash at School #2 (enter via Arnold St.) for OCS and on August 5, School #5 students will wash cars in the School #5 parking lot off Stuart Ave. Car wash hours are 10 am to 1 pm.

Photo is from last summer's car wash.

kids washing cars

 

July 25

Students Devouring Books in Summer Reading Challenges

The map below will let you check out how well your school (K-8) is doing in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. So far students have read for a few hundred thousand minutes! In high school summer reading news, the 10th graders are currently in the lead. OHS students are reading for a cause with proceeds raised for their favorite charities. Check out the website to see some of the recommended books and the charities students are supporting.

Summer Reading Challenge Map

 

July 11

Update on Water Testing - Status Report as of July 11, 2016

Water testing of sinks and faucets in the Oceanside School District is complete. Please see the most recent status report for details.

 

Update on Working Papers, Diplomas and Driver's Education

Students who need to obtain Working Papers over the summer, please visit the Main Office at Oceanside High School from 8 am to 1:30 pm. Diplomas will be available​ in the Registrar's Office in Oceanside High School beginning July 11, 2016, also from 8 am to 1:30 pm. Summer School is being held at Oceanside Middle School and can be reached at 678-7593. Summer Driver's Education can be reached at 678-7593. This information is an update of what was posted July 7.

 

July 7

New Principal Named for School #5

scott bullisScott Bullis was named the new principal of School #5. Dr. Phyllis S. Harrington, Superintendent of Schools, announced the news in an email to Oceanside School District staff. "Mr. Bullis comes to Oceanside with experience as an AP and Principal in the Amityville School District. I am confident he will be a wonderful addition to our amazing faculty, staff and community," she said in her email. Mr. Bullis has more than 15 years of experience as an educator, beginning as an elementary school teacher in Ozone Park. Most recently he was principal at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School in Amityville.

 

 

 

 

First Principals' Reading A Great Success

Principals reading at gaz ebo

Mrs. McGahan from School #6 and Mrs. Storch from School #8 were the readers at the first of the Principals' Reading Series at the Schoolhouse Green Gazebo. It was a beautiful balmy night and a great turnout as they read The Day The Crayons Came Home. Next readings: July 20 and August 4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 5

OHS Paperwork During Summer Construction

Oceanside High School is closed due to summer construction. Students who need to obtain Working Papers over the summer, please visit the Room 113 at Oceanside Middle School between 8 am and 1:30 pm. Diplomas will also be available at OMS Room 113 after July 11, also from 8 am to 1:30 pm. Summer School is being held at Oceanside Middle School and can be reached at 678-7593. Summer Drivers Education can be reached at 678-7593. See update July 11.

 

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