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OCSD Budget Newsletter 2024
05/08/2024
The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs and unique enrichment opportunities in our district-wide newsletter. We hope you enjoy the May 2024 Budget edition of our district newsletter.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 05/03/24
05/03/2024
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Oneida High School as we hold our Mock DWI, an annual event held before the Oneida High School Prom to remind students of the dangers of impaired driving. We would like to thank the Oneida City Police Department, the Oneida City Fire Department, Vineall Ambulance, Ironside Funeral Home, the Madison County District Attorney's Office, Mercy Flight Central, Father James Buttner and everyone else who made this important event possible. We wish our students a safe and fun prom. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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District-Wide Art Show 2024
05/01/2024
On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, Oneida CSD will host its district-wide art show at Otto Shortell Middle School! The art show will be held from 5:00 - 7:30 pm. We hope to see you there!
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Introducing Our New School Business Official
04/18/2024
The Oneida City School District is proud to introduce our new School Business Official, William Wares. William Wares has a diverse background in education and business. He has been in education for six years serving in teaching and administration roles. He most recently held the position of 5th-grade teacher at Willard Prior Elementary in the Oneida City School District. Education is a second career for him, beginning after his move back to New York State. His experience also includes many years of project management experience, managing the finances of high-value contracts. His focus and attention to detail led to his projects consistently being on time and under budget. His communication built strong relationships and trust with his customers and contractors. Wares is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-2006. In the Marines, he learned key skills in asset management and leadership. Wares holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, a master's degree in Business Administration from Argosy University and a master’s degree in Childhood Education Grades 1-6 from Mercy College.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 04/12/24
04/12/2024
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from the Oneida High School auditorium lobby as we meet with Director of Music, Marjorie Hawthorne, to discuss the Oneida City School District once again being recognized as a Best Community for Music Education by The NAMM Foundation. This is the ninth year that we have received this recognition. We are grateful to our students, teachers, staff, parents and community members for supporting music across our district. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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OCSD Fine Arts Hall of Fame Inductees
04/02/2024
Congratulations to the inaugural class of the Oneida City School District Fine Arts Hall of Fame! The two awardees will be inducted into our Oneida City School District Fine Arts Hall of Fame on June 10, 2024, at 6:00 pm in the newly renovated lobby of the high school auditorium. Meet the winners: Christopher Allen, a 1998 graduate of Oneida High School, is a multiple Grammy Award-winning recording, mixing and mastering engineer. In addition, he has two albums that received JUNO awards. Doug Salati, a 2003 graduate of Oneida High School, is an accomplished author and illustrator, and recipient of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and Ezra Jack Keats Award.
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Willard Prior PTO Chicken BBQ Fundraiser
04/01/2024
The Willard Prior PTO is having a Brooks BBQ fundraiser. This will help jump-start funds for the next year and the merger of all elementary PTOs. If you are interested – please see the attached. Send order with payment to Amy Hart at Willard Prior – checks payable to Willard Prior PTO. Pick-up is a drive-thru at Willard Prior Elementary on April 3 from 4:00-6:00 PM. Thank you on behalf of the Willard Prior Parent-Teacher Organization.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 03/29/24
03/29/2024
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from the Oneida High School library as we welcome author Matt Pelicano. Pelicano spoke at a schoolwide assembly on Thursday morning and then met with smaller groups of students throughout the day. We are thankful to Matt Pelicano for sharing his advice and experience with our students, and we appreciate our staff who worked to put this event together. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Open BOE Seat
03/28/2024
Attention OCSD Community: The Oneida City School District Board of Education has one seat up for election this spring. The term is for five years and will begin July 1, 2024. Anyone interested in running for the open Board of Education seat must live within Oneida City School District boundaries and submit a completed petition with a minimum of 100 signatures from community members. Petitions to run for the Board of Education will be available for pick up at the Oneida City School District Office, 565 Sayles Street, Oneida, NY 13421, starting April 2, 2024. Completed petitions must be returned to the District Office NO LATER than May 1, 2024.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 03/15/24
03/15/2024
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from the Oneida High School Auditorium as we meet with a few of our talented, young actors to discuss the upcoming musical, Into The Woods. The production will be held in the Oneida High School Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 at 7:00 pm. You can purchase tickets for $10+fees by scanning the QR code in the video below or by going to www.bit.ly/oneida-events. There is also a Thursday night open dress rehearsal performance on March 21 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 CASH at the door that night with general seating. We hope to see you there! Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 03/08/24
03/08/2024
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Seneca Street Elementary School as students from Japan visit our first-grade students. Our elementary students were able to participate in a variety of activities, including a little origami! Also, Karen Pitoniak joined us to discuss the 14th Annual Learning Fair on March 14, 2024, at Seneca Street Elementary from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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February 2024 Newsletter
02/16/2024
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 February 2024 district newsletter!
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Superintendent's Video Blast 02/16/24
02/16/2024
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Oneida High School as our juniors and seniors participate in presentations and activities from the International Save A Life Tour, which was brought to us by the Oneida City Police Department. Our students learned about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving and experienced virtual simulations of distracted and impaired driving. We look forward to partnering with the Oneida City Police Department and other emergency departments later this year for the Mock DWI. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent ​ ​
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OHS Spring Musical: Into The Woods
02/14/2024
This spring, Oneida High School Drama will be performing Into The Woods. The musical will be performed in the OHS Auditorium on Friday & Saturday, March 22 & 23, 2024, with a 7:00 pm curtain.
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Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration Opens 2/19
02/13/2024
Online registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year opens on February 19. Please visit the OCSD website at www.oneidacsd.org > Student Registration > FamilyID Registration Portal or visit https://hello.familyid.com/. Registration is open for children residing in the Oneida City School District who have turned 5 years old on or before December 1, 2024 for Kindergarten. For registration in Pre-K, students must have turned 4 years old on or before December 1, 2024. Students previously enrolled in the OCSD Pre-K program in the 2023-2024 school year will not need to re-register for kindergarten, but will need to submit updated health information. For questions or further information call Nancy Marji in Student Registration at (315) 361 - 6072. The Student Registration office is located at the Costello Transportation Building, 1136 Freedom Drive, Oneida, NY.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 02/09/24
02/09/2024
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Oneida High School as we celebrate our 2024 Scholastic Art Award winners! We are so proud of all that our students have accomplished. To see a slideshow of our students' winning works, click here. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 01/12/24
01/12/2024
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Oneida High School as our eighth-grade students from Otto Shortell Middle School visit the high school. During their visit, our eighth-grade students learned more about expectations for high school, checked out music, art and technology classrooms to learn about various electives offered, and began thinking about classes they may like to take next year. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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BOE Decision On Elementary School Restructuring
01/10/2024
Dear OCSD Parents and Community Members: At the Tuesday, January 9, 2024, BOE meeting, the Board of Education approved the restructuring of our elementary schools. This restructuring will happen for the start of the 2024 - 2025 school year. We will move towards a grade banded model – Pre-K–1, 2–3, and 4–5 – in three elementary school buildings. North Broad Street Elementary will be repurposed. The Board of Education carefully considered data and stakeholder input and reviewed this information based on the following guiding principles: safety & security, fiscal responsibility, equity, efficiency and consistent curriculum and instructional practices. We are fortunate that our Board of Education members invested the time and energy into making this very difficult decision and helping to set a course for our District to reach the ultimate goal of meeting the needs of every OCSD student. Dr. Tice, Mr. Furlong and I are working on a long list of items around restructuring that include meetings/communication with BOCES, transportation, bargaining units, parents/community and staff. Dr. Tice will be working closely with principals and grade level leaders as we plan for how to make these changes as efficiently as possible. Additionally, I will be looking at how to continue to move our district forward with the high number of supports and programs we’ve put in place over the past few years and how we can develop a responsible budget and keep programs in place for our students. We would like to thank our parents and the community for their continued support as we transition towards this new model for our District that works to build opportunity and equity for all of our students. Best, Matthew T. Carpenter Superintendent of Schools
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Superintendent's Video Blast 01/05/24
01/05/2024
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from the Oneida High School Auditorium as the Board of Education meets with staff from across the district for a Q&A session on the Facilities & Grade Study, followed by a meeting with the Community Advisory Committee. On Wednesday, we held a similar Q&A session for the community and received valuable feedback and important questions. For additional information about the Facilities & Grade Study, please visit our website at www.oneidacsd.org/facilities___grade_study. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 12/22/23
12/22/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from across the district as our high school athletes read to students throughout our elementary schools. Also, check out some of our fun Christmas and holiday events throughout the district. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Oneida CSD Fine Arts Hall of Fame Nominations
12/15/2023
In June 2024, we will honor the first class of inductees into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame. The committee would like to invite you to make your nominations by February 1, 2024. Here's the link to the nomination form: https://forms.gle/RdjvvdfiAR5sAXbYA. Feel free to visit the Fine Arts Hall of Fame website: https://sites.google.com/view/oniedafineartshof/home?authuser=1 If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Marjorie Hawthorne at [email protected] or Heather Cigeroglu at [email protected].
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Superintendent's Video Blast 12/01/23
12/01/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s ​ Superintendent's Video Blast comes from the Costello Transportation Center as our Transportation Supervisor, Craig Manderville, discusses some tips for staying safe during winter weather, especially around school buses. Also, we heard some helpful advice on appropriate winter clothing from a couple of our Durhamville Elementary School students. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Z Club Assists with Thanksgiving Celebrations
11/28/2023
From the Turkey Trot to the annual North Broad Street Elementary Thanksgiving Brunch, Oneida CSD hosted several Thanksgiving events. We are thankful for everyone who helped to make these events a success, and we would like to specifically extend our gratitude to the Oneida High School Z Club. At the North Broad Thanksgiving Brunch, Z Club assisted with set up, greeting students, and serving food. At the Turkey Trot, Z Club helped with registration, ensuring that the 5K run or walk went as smoothly as possible. We are so thankful for these student leaders!
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November 2023 District Newsletter
11/27/2023
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 November 2023 district newsletter!
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Superintendent's Video Blast 11/17/23
11/17/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Willard Prior Elementary, as fourth-grade students from across the district gathered for a presentation on Haudenosaunee culture by Randy Phillips, Oneida Indian Nation Education Programs Assistant Manager and retired Willard Prior Elementary teacher. We are grateful for our ongoing collaboration with the Oneida Indian Nation and to be able to provide such a valuable educational experience to our students. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 11/03/23
11/03/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Oneida High School as we cheer on our Girls Varsity Tennis team before they head out to New York City to compete in the NYS Girls Tennis Team Championships. Additionally, we would like to raise your awareness of some important things happening next week. Next week, we will hold two community forums regarding our Facilities and Grade Organization Study. The first forum will be held on Monday, November 6, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Durhamville Elementary School, and the second forum will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at North Broad Elementary School. You can read more about the Facilities and Grade Organization Study here. Also, Tuesday, November 7, is an election day, and one of the ballot measures, Proposition 1, will impact small city school districts like Oneida CSD. You can read more about Proposition 1 here. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 10/27/23
10/27/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast features some important Halloween safety tips from our new SPOs at Seneca Street, Willard Prior and North Broad Street Elementary Schools. Additionally, we would like to remind you that the middle school is hosting its musical, High School Musical Jr., today, October 27, and tomorrow, October 28, in the Oneida High School auditorium. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 10/13/23
10/13/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from the annual College Fair at Oneida High School. This year, we were proud to welcome over 50 recruiters from various colleges, universities, and branches of the United States Armed Forces. Also, students from other local school districts were invited to attend. Our students had a fantastic time learning more about their options after high school. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Affordable Connectivity Program
10/12/2023
The Oneida City School District would like to make you aware of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a federal government program that provides up to $30 a month (up to $75 on qualifying Tribal Lands) towards home internet service per eligible household. ​Internet access has become an important part of fully participating in school and we want to make sure our students have reliable, affordable access at home. Because your student(s) participates in a free or reduced-price meal initiative under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP), your household is automatically eligible to receive the
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Superintendent's Video Blast 10/06/23
10/06/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast celebrates our girls tennis team for its impressive win in the Class B sectional championship on Wednesday. The girls tennis team has now won five straight sectional titles. We are proud of the achievements of our student-athletes, as well as Coach Todd Hicks and Coach Chris Meeker. Follow along to watch some of our players discuss the championship game and what's next for our girls tennis team. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 09/29/23
09/29/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Oneida High School, as our Fall 2023 team captains meet in this school year's first Captains' Council. During the meeting, our student-athletes discussed being a team leader, the role and responsibilities of a team captain, and their leadership abilities. We can't wait to see all of the great things these students do, both on and off the field! Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent ​
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09-15-23 Superintendent's Video Blast
09/15/2023
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
09/14/2023
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 oneidacsd.org/departments/transportation___bus_stops/bus_passing.
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Madison County Sheriff's Office School Bus Safety
09/07/2023
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 oneidacsd.org/departments/transportation___bus_stops/bus_passing.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 9/06/23
09/06/2023
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
08/31/2023
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
08/30/2023
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
08/18/2023
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
08/18/2023
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: oneidacsd.org/district/oneida_c_s_d_logo_and_branding.
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Oneida CSD Hosts Band Camp
08/01/2023
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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Mascot Vote
07/14/2023
Dear Oneida City Schools Community, Due to concerns raised by several community members, staff and students, the Shared Decision Team has decided to conduct a new survey with the following mascot possibilities: Dragons, Express or Lions. Please take the time to vote for your selection. The survey opens today, July 14, and closes on Friday, July 21. We value your input and look forward to selecting our new mascot! Vote here: https://forms.gle/QeB97KSSBUi4LwuJ7 Sincerely, Matthew T. Carpenter Superintendent of Schools
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Open Interviews at Willard Prior Elementary
07/14/2023
The Oneida City School District is holding open interviews for multiple Teacher Aide vacancies across all elementary buildings for the upcoming school year! Where: Willard Prior Elementary School - 205 East Ave, Oneida, NY 13421 When: Friday, July 28 from 9am – 12pm Please bring with you: Your Driver’s License and Social Security Card, or Passport 3 References: Names and Phone Numbers For more information, please contact Mrs. Alana Boylan, Willard Prior Elementary Principal, at 315-363-2190 or [email protected].
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Free Summer Meal Program 2023
06/27/2023
The Oneida City School District will be offering a free summer meal program for everyone under the age of 18! Adults can purchase meals with CASH ONLY for $6.00. Meals will be available at Durhamville Elementary, North Broad Street Elementary and Willard Prior Elementary. Please call (315) 363-6901 ext. 5 with any questions you may have.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 6/02/23
06/02/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Mr. Clarke's class at Willard Prior Elementary! Mr. Clarke's students authored and illustrated a class book, "The One and Only 3rd Grade." On Wednesday, Mr. Clarke held a publishing party with parents in attendance to celebrate these students. Congratulations to our Willard Prior 3rd-grade authors! Also in this video, our elementary schools held Senior Marches, and our seniors revisited their old elementary schools and teachers as our younger students cheered them on. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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New Oneida CSD Mascot Survey - Final Vote
06/02/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! Our Shared Decision Team narrowed down the wonderful suggestions community members submitted in a previous survey to three potential mascots: the Dragons, the Lions and the Railhawks. In this form, please vote on your favorite mascot concept. In addition to the mascot ideas, we have included a sample design of what our mascot/logo could look like. Thank you again for all of your help and support! Link to survey: https://forms.gle/Lsq6zKeaYXFAZmLy7
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Superintendent's Video Blast 5/26/23
05/26/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast celebrates Memorial Day and the contributions and sacrifices made by many Oneida CSD alumni and community members. We would like to thank Ms. Lynn Everhart for her generous donation of school-related paraphernalia collected by her father, Richard Everhart, who was an Oneida CSD alumnus and veteran of WWII. In advance of Memorial Day, many of our schools across the district also held USA Spirit Days, with students and teachers decked out in red, white and blue. Additionally, we would like to congratulate Mr. David Hawthorne on receiving the WCNY Music Educator Award for May. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 5/19/23
05/19/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from the Shared Decision Team meeting at Oneida High School, as representatives across the district worked together to narrow down the choices for our new mascot. After narrowing down the numerous responses we received from the community to 26 choices a few weeks ago, our team reconvened, having thought about the options, and made a selection for the top three options. The top three mascot concepts were the lions, the dragons and the railhawks, and these three options will go out to the public for a final vote within the coming weeks. Thank you to all in the Oneida City School District Community for your suggestions and support during this process. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 5/12/23
05/12/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast focuses primarily on the Cultural Festival at North Broad Street Elementary School! Our students had a wonderful time learning about several different cultures worldwide, and we are thankful for all of our presenters. Last week was also Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Week, and we are grateful for all the wonderful nurses and teachers we have throughout the district. Don't forget to vote on the 2023-24 school year budget and school board member elections on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Oneida High School and Durhamville Elementary School. At Oneida High School, voting will take place in the back of the Fariel Gym. Lastly, please take the time to complete our 2022-23 OCSD Family Survey by Wednesday, May 17 (the form reads "May 10" as the deadline, but it is still open). Your feedback helps us move forward and plan ahead as a district. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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05/08/2023
We value our school, our students, and our families, so it is important for us that we continue to seek feedback to celebrate successes and consider areas for improvement. Linked below you will find the 2022-23 OCSD Family Survey. If you have children in more than one building, please submit a separate form for each building by selecting the submit another survey button after you submit the first form. Please submit your survey responses by Wednesday, May 10th. Thank you.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 5/5/23
05/05/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast is in recognition of all of the hard work and accomplishments made by our district-wide music and art departments! Recently, Oneida was once again recognized as a "Best Community for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation. Additionally, our art department will be holding its annual District-Wide Art Show next week on May 10 at OSMS from 4:30 - 7:30 PM, with a special display for our Scholastic Art Award winners. Come along as we explore art and music classes across the Oneida City School District! Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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District-Wide Art Show 2023
05/03/2023
Don't miss out on the district-wide art show on May 10 at Otto Shortell Middle School!
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Oneida Budget Newsletter 2023
05/01/2023
The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs and unique enrichment opportunities in our district-wide newsletter. We hope you enjoy the May 2023 Budget edition of our district newsletter.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 4/21/23
04/21/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Oneida High School as our Shared Decision Team discusses the survey results regarding changes to our mascot going forward. This week, the New York State Board of Regents unanimously voted to prohibit public schools from using Native American team names, mascots and logos. Our Shared Decision Team is in the process of narrowing down the survey results, in order to put another 3-5 potential mascots out to the community for a vote. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 4/7/23
04/07/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast features a reminder from the elementary schools about our playground rules. As the weather improves, we know that more of our students and families will want to utilize the playgrounds outside of school hours, but please be aware of the rules and expectations we have in order to keep our students safe. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Oneida CSD New Mascot Survey
04/01/2023
The Oneida City School District is currently in the process of choosing a new mascot, and we would like your help! Click here to submit your idea for Oneida's next mascot. The survey will be open from 04/01/23 - 04/07/23, so be sure to submit your thoughts as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Superintendent's Video Blast 3/31/23
03/31/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Willard Prior Elementary as they received a very special visit from the Utica Zoo! The zoo visit was part of the conclusion of Willard Prior's "Wild About Reading" program which was held throughout March. Our students (and staff) had an excellent time seeing and learning about the different animal "ambassadors" that the zoo brought to us! A huge thank you to the Utica Zoo for supporting our school district. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 3/24/23
03/24/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast is all about March Mammal Madness at Otto Shortell Middle School! Follow along with us as our science teachers explain the school-wide activity, students tell us their favorite things about March Mammal Madness and see how the whole school participates in the fun. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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03/18/2023
The Oneida City School District is excited to announce that we will be offering full-day pre-K, starting in September of 2023! Registration for pre-K is now open online at https://hello.familyid.com/, you will need a valid email address to register. If you have already registered your child for pre-K for the Fall of 2023, you will not need to re-register in light of this shift. Please call Nancy Marji in Student Registration at (315) 361-6072, with any questions or conerns that you may have. The Student Registration office is located at the Costello Transportation Building, 1136 Freedom Drive, Oneida, NY.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 3/10/23
03/10/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Oneida High School as the Drama Club prepares for their upcoming production of Something Rotten! The show will be held on March 24 and 25 at the V.V.S. High School auditorium, due to ongoing construction at Oneida High School, and tickets are available at www.bit.ly/oneida-events. There will also be an open dress rehearsal on March 23 at 7:00 pm with tickets available at the show. We would like to thank V.V.S. CSD for giving us the opportunity to put on a show for our students. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 3/3/23
03/03/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Willard Prior Elementary as the school launches its March reading challenge, with the theme "Wild About Reading." Throughout the month, students will compete as classes to achieve the most minutes of reading, and the winning class will receive a pizza party provided by the Willard Prior PTO! Check out some of our favorite moments from the launch of Willard Prior's reading challenge. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 2/17/23
02/17/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! In this week’s Superintendent's Video Blast, we are proud to congratulate Andrew Hicks on signing his letter of intent to swim for Colgate University! We know Andrew worked hard to achieve this accomplishment, and we wish him the best of luck as he plays at the Division 1 level. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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February 2023 Newsletter
02/14/2023
The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs, and unique enrichment opportunities in our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the February 2023 edition of our district newsletter.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 2/10/23
02/10/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast celebrates Seneca Street Elementary teacher and Girls Tennis coach, Todd Hicks, for receiving the 2021-2022 NYS-NFHS Coach of the Year Award! Congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Hicks! Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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2023-2024 Registration
02/09/2023
Kindergarten Registration for the 23-24 school year opens February 17th for children residing in the Oneida City School District who have turned 5-years-old on or before December 1, 2023.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 2/03/23
02/03/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Oneida High School! This week, we are celebrating our art students for their fantastic achievements at the CNY Scholastic Art Awards. Additionally, we would like to congratulate Oneida CSD alumnus, Doug Salati, on receiving the Caldecott Medal for his book "Hot Dog." Check out our students' wonderful work from the CNY Scholastic Art Awards here. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 1/06/23
01/06/2023
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from the Oneida Family YMCA. To start off the New Year right, we wanted to remind students and families of the outreach services provided by the district and our partnership with the Oneida Family YMCA. Later this month, the YMCA will be offering a free night for Oneida High School students with live music, food and various activities! Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent’s Video Blast 12/09/22
12/09/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast comes from Durhamville Elementary School, focusing on one student who, over Thanksgiving, experienced a house a fire. Using safety procedures that he learned from a fire safety and prevention assembly earlier this year, this student was able to lead his siblings and cousins to safety, and his quick actions allowed Thanksgiving to be saved. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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Superintendent's Video Blast 12/02/22
12/02/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent's Video Blast focuses on Oneida High School, where Mr. Schneider's Participation in Government class is discussing the recent memo sent out by the New York State Education Department, requiring all schools to discontinue the use of Native American-inspired mascots and team names by the end of the 2022-2023 school year. In this video, Oneida High School seniors discuss the directive, look into previous bills on this topic introduced in NYS legislature and suggest possibilities going forward. Best, Matt Carpenter, Superintendent
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November 2022 Newsletter
11/15/2022
The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs, and unique enrichment opportunities in our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the November 2022 edition of our district newsletter.
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Superintendent’s Video Blast 11/11/22
11/11/2022
Greetings, Oneida City School District Community! This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast focuses on Veterans Day celebrations across the district, with a focus on North Broad Street Elementary School's celebration on Thursday, November 10.
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Superintendent's Video Blast 11/4/22
11/04/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community. This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast​ focuses on the technology class at OSMS, where our students are learning about different types of motion. Then, we move on to Willard Prior Pre-K where our students showed off their knowledge of the pumpkin life cycle, from seed to pumpkin!
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Superintendent's Video Blast 10/28/22
10/28/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community. This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast comes from our School Resource Officer and School Security Personnel about staying safe this Halloween. Have a safe and spooktacular weekend!
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Superintendent's Video Blast 10/14/22
10/14/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community. This week’s ​Superintendent’s Video Blast comes with an update from our Elementary Schools! High Five for Oneida Pride!
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Superintendent's Video Blast 10/7/22
10/07/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community. This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast comes from our music department. Rock on Oneida!
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Superintendent's Video Blast 9/30/33
09/30/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community. This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast comes from our Willard Prior Elementary Pre-K Piranhas! Enjoy!
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Superintendent's Video Blast 9/23/22
09/23/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community. This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast comes from Oneida High School's Spirit Week. Hail to thee Oneida High!
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North Broad Incident 9/21/22
09/21/2022
Upon checking voice messages this morning at North Broad Elementary School, Administration received a message from an undisclosed caller. Administration immediately coordinated with our District School Resource Officers and contacted law enforcement. In conjunction with the Oneida Police Department and New York State Police, a threat assessment/search was conducted and it was determined the threat was not credible. Additionally, the building was deemed safe by law enforcement.
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Superintendent Video Blast 9/16/22
09/16/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community. This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast is all about school safety and security. Enjoy!
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Superintendent Video Blast 9/9/2022
09/09/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community. This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast comes from Oneida Athletics. We look forward to a successful and safe season. Go Oneida Strong!
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Superintendent Video Blast 9/2/22
09/02/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community. This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast explains all of the work that's been going on this past summer. Welcome back to school! We look forward to a great school year!
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MySchoolBucks
Introducing MySchoolBucks
08/31/2022
This year, parents will have the option to pay for their student’s meals online with MySchoolBucks. MySchoolBucks is an easy and secure way to add funds to your child’s meal account, either online or with the MySchoolBucks mobile app. With MySchoolBucks you’ll be able to view cafeteria purchases, check your student’s balance, receive low balance alerts and pay for school meals from anywhere! Stay on the lookout for additional information on how to set up your MySchoolBucks account, which will be coming shortly.
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District Newsletter September 2022
08/31/2022
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 2022 district newsletter! Welcome back to school! ​
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Updated Guidance on COVID-19
08/26/2022
Dear OCSD Community, I hope you had a wonderful summer. As we welcome students and staff back to school, I wanted to share the latest information from the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Education Department regarding COVID-19. Please see the attached list of Frequently Asked Questions from the NYS Department of Health. To summarize: • Students and staff exposed to COVID-19 will not have to quarantine. People who were exposed to COVID-19 should follow CDC recommendations to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the exposure and get tested. • “Test to stay” will end — students will no longer be required to receive a COVID test if exposed to an infected person. • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days at home. Those with symptoms may resume attending school after 5 days if they are fever-free without fever reducing medicine for 24 hours, their symptoms are improving and they wear a mask through day 10. CDC guidance indicates that people can use the test-based strategy outlined in its isolation guidance to potentially shorten the duration of post-isolation mask use. Please read the FAQ on these points. • Universal masking is not required at this time. Local health departments have authority to implement masking requirements. • Schools will no longer be required to offer or conduct screening testing. • Schools are not required to test unvaccinated staff. • Schools are not required to report daily test results to DOH. • Schools will not be required to conduct contact tracing. This news is welcome and certainly a step towards a return to normalcy. We will update staff and parents with any changes. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your building principal or school nurse. Sincerely, Matthew Carpenter
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Summer Free Lunch
07/11/2022
Oneida City Schools will be offering a free summer feeding program this year. The meals are available free of charge to everyone under the age of 18. Grab and Go meals must be picked up at each site. Each G&G bag will included 1 breakfast meal and 1 lunch meal. Please take note: if your child is attending a special program such as LEAP or Summer school etc., the free meals will be available to them also at the time of their program.
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June 2022 Newsletter
06/29/2022
The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs, and unique enrichment opportunities in our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the June 2022 district newsletter.
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Superintendent's Weekly Video Blast
06/24/2022
Greetings Oneida City School District Community. This week’s Superintendent’s Video Blast is all about the wonderful end-of-year celebrations happening throughout the district this week! Enjoy!
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BoE Election Results
05/18/2022
Our 2022-2023 budget vote and Board of Education election results are in! We would like to thank the Oneida City School District community for its support.
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May 2022 Newsletter
05/11/2022
The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs, and unique enrichment opportunities in our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the May 2022 Budget edition of our district newsletter.
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COVID19 Protocols Update 3/10
03/10/2022
As you are aware, the statewide universal mask mandate for schools was lifted as of March 2, 2022. This means that most students, staff, and school visitors are no longer required to wear a mask in our school buildings or school buses. Of course, mask wearing continues to be optional for everyone. As you also know, health and safety guidance from the state and local health departments related to COVID-19 continues to evolve. While the latest state guidance removes the mask requirement, the following health and safety protocols remain in place:
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COVID-19 Protocols Update
02/28/2022
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Hochul announced that the state-wide mandate for wearing masks in school will be lifted beginning Wednesday, March 2. The Governor’s announcement is based on data regarding declining positivity and hospitalization rates. However, while the school mask mandate will be lifted, counties and cities with high rates of transmission may still require masks in schools depending on local conditions. We understand that the New York State Department of Health and the State Education Department are preparing a final guidance document for schools. Pending the release of new guidance, OCSD will maintain our other Covid-19 protocols including social distancing, hand washing and sanitization.
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Superintendents Letter for COVID19 Guidance
02/23/2022
Greetings Oneida City School Community, I joined several local Superintendents to express our interest in getting clear communication and guidance for safely lifting Covid-19 mandates in schools. Attached is a copy of a letter that was sent to the Governor’s Office, State Health Department, and the State Education Department. I will keep you updated as we receive any information from the Governor’s Office, NYS Health Department, and NYS Education Department.
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February District Newsletter
02/22/2022
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 February 2022 district newsletter!
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Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration
02/16/2022
Online Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration for Fall 22-23 NOW OPEN! For children residing in the Oneida City School District who have turned 4-years old on or before December 1, 2022 for Pre-K or 5-years-old on or before December 1, 2022 for Kindergarten. *Students previously enrolled in the OCSD Pre-K program in the 2021-2022 school year will not need to re-register for Kindergarten, but will need to submit updated health information.
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OHS Presents Crazy For You
02/11/2022
Tickets for the Spring Musical “Crazy for You” are now available for purchase! This year’s ticket sales will be completely on-line. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 on March 11 and March 12. To place your order go to http://www.bit.ly/oneida-events, visit the Oneida District Homepage or scan the QR Code. You can print out your tickets to be scanned by the ushers the night of the performance or you can have an “E Ticket” delivered to your email. Tickets are reserved seats and can be purchased for $10 plus fees. There will be an open dress rehearsal on March 10 at 7:00. All seats are general admission and can be obtained at the door the night of the dress rehearsal for a suggested donation of $10 each.
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NYS BMI Survey
01/07/2022
New York State requires schools to track each student’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight status category, as reported on the physical examination form. Every year, the NYS Department of Health will survey 50% of schools for the number of pupils in each of six possible weight status categories. This year, Oneida City School District has been selected to participate in this survey. The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier. If Oneida is surveyed by the state, the district will share summary group data only, not individual names or information. Parents who wish to exclude their child’s data from such group calculations may contact the nurse in their child’s school by January 12th. The information sent to the Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier.
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COVID Dashboard
01/07/2022
On behalf of the Oneida City School District, we hope you and your families are remaining safe and doing your best to follow guidance regarding measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 within our community. Events have continued to unfold, and we recognize that this raises questions about potential impacts on students, families and our full community.
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COVID Testing Kits
01/03/2022
Last week, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a statewide goal of providing students the opportunity to be tested for COVID-19 as school resumes after holiday break. There is no requirement that families test their children, but the Governor is encouraging the testing of students in order to keep students and school communities as safe as possible. The Governor stated that they will be sending test kits for distribution to our schools and local BOCES.
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Public Hearing Notice
12/16/2021
Notice is hereby given that the Oneida City School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the Costello Transportation Center, 1136 Freedom Drive, Oneida, NY concerning the proposed contract to provide Special Patrol Officer services between the School District and the Oneida County with a cross contract with Madison County. The public is invited to provide input regarding the development of this contract at the public hearing.
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November Newsletter 2021
11/22/2021
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 November 2021 district newsletter!
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NYS Digital Equity Survey
10/25/2021
The New York State Education Department is asking parents/ guardians to complete a Digital Equity survey (for each student in the family) in grades Pre-Kindergarten – Grade12. This survey will provide information on student access to devices and internet access in their places of residence. Collecting accurate data regarding digital resource access for our students will greatly help educators to better serve their students and families. In order to accomplish this, the district will be sending out a nine-question survey created by NYSED.
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September 2021 Newsletter
08/27/2021
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 2021 district newsletter! Welcome back to school!
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Oneida Back to School Plan
08/24/2021
I hope that you are all having a wonderful summer! I am writing to share updated information on our plans for returning to school in September. I would also like to take a moment to thank the parents and community members who attended (both in person and virtually) the Community Forum on Monday evening. I appreciate your viewpoint as we make these difficult decisions.
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SPO Agreement Stakeholder Meeting
08/11/2021
The School District is evaluating a Special Patrol Officer agreement between the School District and Madison County. You are hereby invited to provide input regarding the development of the proposed security services agreement between the School District and the Madison County at the Board of Education meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 5:30 PM. The meeting will be held at Costello Transportation Center, 1136 Freedom Drive, Oneida, NY.
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Oneida Fall Athletics
07/27/2021
Fall varsity and junior varsity sports registration has opened Friday, July 23. Students interested in playing a varsity or junior varsity sport need to register and be medically cleared before Monday, August 23, 2021. ​Fall sports: Football, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys & girls cross country, girls tennis, cheerleading and girls field hockey. Modified Sports registration opens August 30, 2021
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Summer Free Lunch Program
07/07/2021
Oneida City Schools will be offering a free summer feeding program July 6- August 12, Monday - Thursday each week at Durhamville Elementary, Willard Prior Elementary, North Broad Elementary and Otto Shortell Middle School from 12pm - 12:45pm. The meals are available free of charge to everyone under the age of 18. Meal Packs will be Breakfast and Lunch Grab and Go and will be available at the lobby entrance of the building for pick up.
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ARPA Proposals Community Feedback
06/23/2021
The Federal Government has put aside American Rescue Plan Act Funds for school districts to provide support for students by addressing the risk of learning loss due to COVID -19. Funds may be used to for the following : Summer programming Supplemental after school programming Technology purchases Discretionary funding to address individual needs of each building
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ParentSquare
06/17/2021
The Oneida City School District is moving to ParentSquare! We are excited to let you know that starting July 1st, ParentSquare will be replacing SchoolMessenger as the new district-wide communication/robo platform. ParentSquare, will allow Oneida to unify all parent communication from the district, schools, classrooms and school activity groups under one umbrella.
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Updated Guidance for End Of Year Celebrations
06/15/2021
Please see the Updated Interim Guidance for Pre-K to Grade 12 End of Academic Year Celebration Events, including Graduations. The June 7, 2021 update to the Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency does not apply to end of academic year celebration events, such as graduations and moving-up ceremonies, which are large, public events that occur outside the scope of in-person instruction, scholastic, and extracurricular activities.
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June 2021 Newsletter
06/14/2021
The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs, and unique enrichment opportunities in our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the June 2021 district newsletter.
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Oneida Announces New Superintendent
05/26/2021
The Oneida City School District Board of Education appointed Matthew Carpenter as its new Superintendent of Schools at its May 25 meeting. The Board selected Mr. Carpenter after a multi-step process and careful deliberation that included feedback from many stakeholder groups. He will join the district on July 19. Mr. Carpenter has served as the Director of Early Childhood Education for the Syracuse City School District since 2018, overseeing approximately 2,000 students in 19 school-based pre-k programs in Syracuse as well as 25 pre-k programs at community agency sites.
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CRRSA & ARPA ThoughtExchange
05/21/2021
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act or CRRSA provided a little over 2.5 million dollars in funding to the district to offset costs caused by the pandemic and support the academic and social emotional needs of students. The American Rescue Plan Act or ARPA provided a little over 5.6 million dollars in funding to the district to provide financial relief and respond to the learning loss resulting from the pandemic.
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Oneida Budget Passes
05/19/2021
The Oneida City School District voters approved the 2021-2022 school budget with 282 in favor and 92 opposed. Voters also approved the bus lease proposition by a vote of 295 to 92 and the capital reserve proposition by a vote of 292 to 93. Congratulations to Dr. Gormely on his 5 year term seat with the BoE and Mr. Coakley on his 1 year term seat with the BoE. Thank you to all of the community members who took the time to vote on 5/18. We are grateful for the continued show of support!
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BoE Candidates
05/13/2021
The Oneida City School District Board of Education has two seat openings. One seat has a 1-year term and begins May 19, 2021, and one seat has a 5-year term that begins July 1, 2021. Each candidate has the opportunity to introduce themselves and discuss some of the important issues facing the school district. ​On May 18th, district voters will elect two members to the Board of Education and vote on a school budget. Voting will take play at Oneida High School and Durhamville Elementary School. Everyone must wear a mast at polling locations and in school buildings.
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Budget Public Hearing
05/12/2021
There was a Public Hearing on the Proposed 2021-22 Oneida City School District Budget on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:00PM in the Oneida High School Auditorium. Click HERE to watch recording of Public Hearing.
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Strategic Planning Survey
05/04/2021
As part of our improvement planning process we will be surveying our parents, students and staff to obtain feedback to assist us with planning forward. The following survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will help identify whether our improvement efforts have made an impact over the last year, and bring attention to additional strengths and opportunities. The results of this survey will continue to guide the future direction of the district.
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BOE Announces Superintendent Finalists
04/28/2021
The Oneida City School District Board of Education will take the next steps in its search for a new Superintendent of Schools when its three finalists visit the district on May 3-5, 2021. During the course of the visits, the candidates will meet with representatives of various stakeholder groups, including administrative leaders, instructional and non-instructional staff, students, parents and community representatives. They will also tour some of the district’s facilities and learn more about the culture of the community. Following the visits, the Board of Education will select a final candidate for further consideration. The Board anticipates appointing a new Superintendent around June 1. The Board has been working with Madison-Oneida BOCES District Superintendent Scott Budelmann as its search consultant since January and remains committed to a thorough, transparent and timely process to appoint a new district leader.
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Oneida Budget Newsletter 2021
04/21/2021
The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs, and unique enrichment opportunities in our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the May 2021 Budget edition of our district newsletter.
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Oneida Reopening Video
04/16/2021
As we prepare for your child’s return on Monday, April 19th to in-person learning four days week, we are providing you with a video to share with your child to ease their transition. The Amended Reopening plan will be posted on the website Friday, April 16th for your review.
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Interim Guidance for End of Year Celebrations
04/16/2021
Please see the Updated Interim Guidance for End of Academic Year Celebrations During the COVID-19 State of Emergency. This updated guidance from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) supersedes the June 14, 2020 guidance for “Graduation Celebrations during the COVID-19 State of Emergency” and is informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Guidance for Organizing Large Events and Gatherings,” updated March 8, 2021.
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Music Education Award
04/12/2021
The NAMM Foundation recognized Oneida City School District for its commitment to music education with the Best Communities for Music Education Award again this year!! Congratulations to all of our students and teachers on this honor and thank you to the community for your support!!
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4-Days a Week In-person Learning 4/19/21
04/12/2021
OCSD K-12 will be changing to “four” days a week in-person learning. Wednesday will remain as a virtual learning day for all students to provide time for teachers to meet virtually with learners, have office hours, and allow us to deep clean classrooms. Students that are currently virtual and have confirmed they are staying virtual for the remainder of the school year, will continue to receive instruction.
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A Message from BoE President
03/31/2021
I’d like to give you an update on the status of the Superintendent search. As many of you know we conducted a survey on the Thought Exchange which resulted in numerous responses. In addition to that Mr. Scott Budelmann, our search consultant, met with Five focus groups - Leadership, Instructional, Non-instructional, Parents, and Students. With both the Thought Exchange and focus groups we asked for and received information on the strengths of the District, opportunities for growth, and qualities and characteristics desired in a Superintendent. Many thoughtful responses were offered and we are using these responses to craft our questions for the interviews. You are part of the process. Many thanks to all who participated in any fashion. Please know the Board is taking your thoughts and beliefs to heart.
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Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration Open
03/31/2021
2021-2022 Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten is now OPEN! For children residing in the Oneida City School District who have turned 4-years old on or before December 1, 2021 for Pre-K or 5-years-old on or before December 1, 2021 for Kindergarten.
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Common Thread Art Gallery
03/16/2021
Every year Madison-Oneida BOCES art teachers have an art show showcasing their work alongside one of their student's work that has a common theme/tie. This year, Oneida has 5 art teachers and their students that are participating! Check out the virtual gallery!
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March Newsletter 2021
03/12/2021
The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs, and unique enrichment opportunities in our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the March 2021 edition of our district newsletter.
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NYS Updated Travel & Quarantine Guidelines
03/11/2021
Linked below you will find two documents from NYS with updated information on travel and quarantine guidelines. For more information about COVID19 or travel guidelines please visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
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Superintendent Search ThoughtExchange
03/03/2021
The Board of Education of the Oneida City School District is seeking a new Superintendent of Schools and we need your input! We greatly appreciate your participation with the first ThoughtExchange question. All of our voices matter and your continued participation in this process is crucial and valued. Click here to participate in the second and final question ​ https://my.thoughtexchange.com/177834104 . You'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others (20 to 30 is ideal), and learn what's important to the group. You can rate as many thoughts as you’d like before moving on to Discover where you can see all the thoughts sorted by the average star rating
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Kindergarten Returns Full Day 3/8/21
02/23/2021
We are pleased to announce that Kindergarten will be full day, four days a week, effective March 8, 2021. The schedule will run as follows:
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February 2021 Newsletter
02/11/2021
The Oneida City School District is proud to celebrate and share the news of student achievement, innovative programs, and unique enrichment opportunities in our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the February 2021 edition of our district newsletter.
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Superintendent Search
02/04/2021
The Board of Education of the Oneida City School District is accepting applications for the position of Superintendent of Schools. The search process will be conducted over the next several months. The Board will be assisted in the selection process by Mr. Scott A. Budelmann, District Superintendent of the Madison-Oneida BOCES. All application materials should be sent to Mr. Budelmann for initial review. Candidates are prohibited from contacting the Board and individual Board members. The Board will make all decisions concerning the selection process, the evaluation of candidates and the initial appointment.
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Meal Reminder
01/22/2021
This is a friendly reminder that the Oneida City School District is operating under the national summer food service waiver program until June 30, 2021. Any resident of the district 18 years old or younger is eligible for free breakfast and lunch. Please contact your child’s building principal for more information!
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OCSD Returning 1/19/2021
01/13/2021
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, students will resume their typical learning schedule. The building principals will communicate specific information regarding the hybrid schedule. We ask that our community members, students and staff remain vigilant with CDC recommendations of masking, socially distancing and washing hands frequently. We also want to urge all families to keep your children home from school if they are ill or answer yes to any question on the health screener.
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OSMS and OHS ThoughtExchange
01/05/2021
As the Oneida Reopening Advisory Committee considers options for reopening our buildings in the future, one model the committee is collecting data on is synchronous instruction. The Committee is asking that you take a few minutes to consider and record your thoughts on this model of instruction and complete the following ThoughtExchange.
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Board Appoints Interim Superintendent
12/23/2020
The Oneida Board of Education has appointed Dr. Kathy Davis as Interim Superintendent to lead the district while it searches for a permanent successor to Mary-Margaret Zehr. Davis will join the district in February. ​Board President Robert Group said Davis is already familiar with the district, having served as Interim K-12 Executive Principal last year, which will allow for a smoother transition period.
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Facilities Improvement Capital Project 2020
12/07/2020
A BIG Oneida Thank You to the members of the community who came out and voted for the facilities improvement project! In Favor- 221 Against-64 The $21.6 million facilities improvement project that was passed (with no additional tax impact) will: Replace outdated syste
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OHS & OSMS Building Closure Update 11/17/20
11/17/2020
District staff spent Monday deep cleaning Otto Shortell Middle School and Oneida High School and prepared documentation for the Department of Health to begin contact tracing. Custodial/ maintenance staff and administrative/office staff went above and beyond for the district.
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OHS & OSMS Building Closure 11/16-17/2020
11/15/2020
Today, the District was notified that a student at Oneida High School has tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, the student who tested positive has a sibling in the home who attends Otto Shortell Middle School. District officials in conjunction with the County Health Departments immediately began their investigation, which is ongoing. The District is not permitted due to privacy laws to identify the student involved and we have provided as much information as possible.
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Important Message from BoE
11/11/2020
This week, Superintendent Mary-Margaret Zehr accepted a position in another school district and will be leaving Oneida in a few months. In the four years she has led this district, Mrs. Zehr has made a tremendous impact on students, staff and our educational programs. We would like to thank her for all of her hard work, dedication and expertise during her time here. We wish her well in her future endeavors.
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Remote / Hybrid Learning ThoughtExchange Results
10/13/2020
Please click on the link below to view the results of the ThoughtExchange " What is working well will remote learning and hybrid learning and what are the biggest challenges you are seeing or experiencing with remote and hybrid learning?"
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Elementary Report Cards '20-'21
10/08/2020
Updates on elementary report cards for the 2020-2021 school year.
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OCSD Updated Information 9/30/20
09/30/2020
The attached document from Superintendent Zehr provides additional guidance about COVID protocols, ThoughtExchange, and staying home when sick.
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OCSD Updated Information
09/23/2020
The attached document from Superintendent Zehr provides additional guidance about COVID protocols, next steps, and staying home when sick.
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Fall 2020 Athletics
09/16/2020
In the past six months, we have worked tirelessly to follow the NYSDOH and NYSED guidelines to open our buildings to staff and students. We are thrilled to have students return to our schools. School districts are now being asked to make a local decision of determining if and how to begin athletics given the current guidelines and requirements. ​ The District has over 20% of our students learning virtually due to concerns with health, safety, and COVID-19. Additionally, we are still unable to have 100% of our high school students in attendance each day, and it is considered unsafe to have a bus operate at full capacity. The District is approaching the decision regarding the start of athletics with the same health and safety concerns we applied in determining our modes of instruction.
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Updated Reopening Information
09/01/2020
The attached document from the Superintendent provides additional guidance about the first day of school, athletics, staying home when sick and communication.
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School Meal Survey
08/24/2020
Please fill out the School Meal Google Survey linked HERE. IMPORTANT: All deliveries will take place between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. One breakfast meal and one lunch meal will be delivered per day if requested. Due to limited resources, the District can only provide a “drop-off” service. Per NYS regulations, meals can only be delivered to a parent, guardian or the student. We cannot deliver to day care providers. If you are requesting meal(s) to be delivered, you must have a cooler or other container that can be placed either at the end of the drive or near the front entrance as all meals contain milk and may contain other perishable items such as yogurt. Meals requiring payment must be prepaid on MySchoolBucks. To set up an account please contact Hollie Ackerman, Food Service Director, 315-363-6901 x-2581.
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Reopening Virtual Parent Meetings
08/19/2020
There will be three virtual events for parents and staff to get additional information and ask questions about the start of school. Wednesday, August 19 at 10:00 AM Join Zoom Meeting https://moric-org.zoom.us/j/92440094066 Meeting ID: 924 4009 4066 One tap mobile +19292056099,,92440094066# US (New York)
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ThoughtExchange Reopening Plan Results
08/17/2020
We launched an exchange to discover different perspectives to help inform our decisions on the reopening plan. The specific question posted was "What are your thoughts and questions regarding our reopening plan?" You can explore the results of this exchange with the interactive tools in the link below.
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Reopening guidance
08/07/2020
Today, Governor Cuomo provided school districts with approval to open school buildings this fall. Oneida City School District will start the 2020-2021school year with a hybrid model. The attached document from the Superintendent provides additional guidance about informational meetings, instructional schedules parent requests for remote instruction, and parent requests for changes to group assignments.
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Information
State Reopening Guidance
07/23/2020
Oneida City School District has received several guidance documents from the NYS Department of Education, NYS Department of Health and the NYS Governor's office. All of the documents can be found here.
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Google 101 Training for Parents
07/08/2020
As we plan for instruction in the fall, we do so with parents as partners in mind. Through the recent Thoughtexchange survey parents requested for more ways to help their child. That’s why, for the first time, we are inviting parents to participate in our online Google trainings! You can learn how to better help your child work in Google Classroom, how to create slides, docs, or access their school email. Materials can be found on the district website under Parent Resources > iLearning Parent Resources > Google Support. ​https://sites.google.com/ocsdny.org/ocsdilearning/home . A list of the Google 101 training sessions can also be found in the PDF below.
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Thank You
07/13/2017
Thank you to NBT Bank for the school supplies and $75 donation for additional supplies! Every bit helps and we are so grateful!
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