Oneida City School District

District News

09-15-23 Superintendent's Video Blast

Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Willard Prior Elementary as we meet our full-day pre-K students. We are proud to be able to offer full-day pre-k to our students, and we are amazed at the progress our young students have already made! Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent

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NYSDOT School Bus Safety

The NYS Department of Transportation has sent out a brief video, reminding drivers of proper protocols for approaching stopped school buses. Be sure to check out our breakdown of appropriate driving procedures around school buses at

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Madison County Sheriff's Office School Bus Safety

The Madison County Sheriff's Office has some important information regarding appropriate driving precautions around school buses and laws that you should be aware of. Be sure to check out our breakdown of appropriate driving procedures around school buses at

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Superintendent's Video Blast 9/06/23

Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast comes from Oneida High School and showcases all of the work completed in and around the high school auditorium and music suites. Welcome back to school! We look forward to a great school year! Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent

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OHS Recognized as School of Excellence

The Oneida City School District is proud to announce that Oneida Senior High School has again received recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) as a School of Excellence. To be recognized as a School of Excellence, 75% of a school’s varsity teams must qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award. At Oneida Senior High School, 20 varsity teams received the Scholar-Athlete team award in the 2022-2023 school year. During the 2022-2023 school year, the Oneida Senior High School Boys Cross Country, Boys Soccer, Field Hockey, Game Day Cheer, Girls Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis, Boys Indoor Track/Field, Boys Swimming/Diving, Boys Volleyball, Girls Basketball, Girls Indoor Track/Field, Girls Volleyball, Baseball, Boys Golf, Boys Outdoor Track/Field, Boys Tennis, Girls Golf, Girls Outdoor Track/Field and Softball all received the Scholar-Athlete team award. Athletic Director Bert Conklin is proud of the achievements of our student-athletes and what this recognition means to the Oneida City School District. “Receiving this award illustrates our education-based athletic philosophy, which provides for student success both in the classroom and on the field,” Conklin said. “It signifies the continued growth and development of our scholar-athletes.”

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September 2023 District Newsletter

The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs, and unique enrichment opportunities in our newsletter. We hope you enjoy the ​September 2023 district newsletter! Welcome back to school!

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School Meals 23-24 School Year

The Oneida City School District today announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2023-24 school year, which would allow for all children at all schools/sites to be served meals at no charge.

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Mascot Announcement

Greetings Oneida City School District Community! Thank you for your continued support as we have moved through the process of determining the new mascot. After an initial survey sent to students, staff, and community members brought in nearly 400 wonderful suggestions, the Shared Decision Committee narrowed the mascot ideas to three final options: the Oneida Dragons, the Oneida Express, and the Oneida Lions. After reviewing the responses from the final survey, the “Oneida Express” has been determined to be the most popular mascot option. The Oneida Express captures our city’s history as an important stop on the railroad between Utica and Syracuse. Over the coming months, the Shared Decision Committee will continue to work together to finalize the branding and imagery of the new mascot. Thank you to the community for your feedback and support throughout this process. For more information about the mascot selection process, please visit:

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Oneida CSD Hosts Band Camp

Last week, students in grades 5-12 participated in the Summer Band Program! Students rehearsed for 90 minutes every day and performed an evening concert for their families and the community in the Otto Shortell Middle School Cafeteria. The 5-6 Band was fortunate to have several older student helpers! The 5-6 Band also had a "Mix-up" Day where - instead of sitting with their sections - students could choose their seats and sit with a different instrument. The students really enjoyed this fun rehearsal!

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