OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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

GAMES OF COOPERATION: BRIDGING STEM AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION TO TEACH TEAMWORK

Posted September 27 at 1:35pm

Games of cooperation have been the focus of this year’s first physical education unit at Otisville Elementary.  In Mrs. Giufre’s gym class, students have been playing “King Kong's Skyscraper,” an activity that integrates aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with physical education, and requires cooperation and teamwork.

 

Before the activity begins, students are asked a set of questions to prepare them for the dynamics of working as a group, such as, “Will your idea always be the one that gets used?” or “How can you let someone know why you think something will or will not work well?"

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SHOW MINISINK PRIDE DURING SPIRIT WEEK

Posted September 16 at 10:50am

Every year, the Minisink Valley High School celebrates Homecoming by having Spirit Days where students and staff get to dress up or down to fit each day’s theme.  Otisville will also be participating in Spirit Week to show the PRIDE we have in being a Minisink Warrior.  The theme days for the week are as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 19 - Patriotic day 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 - Silly sock day
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21- Hat day
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 - Minisink Valley Green and White day
  • Friday, Sept. 23 - Peace and tie-dyed day 

The Homecoming football game against Warwick is on Friday, Sept. 23 at the High School if you would like to attend.  Go Warriors!

KINDERGARTNERS PRACTICE SAFE BUS RIDING

Posted September 15 at 1:32pm

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, kindergartners in Mrs. Brennan, Mrs. Galligan and Mrs. Golden’s classes were the first to benefit from the transportation department’s annual K-1 bus safety training.  

 

“There’s nothing more important than the safety of our students, and we are always seeking ways of enhancing their safe transport to and from school. This training covers all areas of safe ridership with an emphasis on crossing safety, which is particularly critical for younger students who have little or no experience in bus riding,” said Pam Reyer, School Bus Driver Instructor (SBDI) and Safety Trainer who lead a team of bus drivers through the Otisville training. 

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OPEN HOUSE ON SEPTEMBER 19 & 20

Posted September 13 at 1:51pm

Parents are encouraged to attend Open House at Otisville Elementary School on Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20.  Open House gives parents an opportunity to experience their child's learning environment.   


Open House for grades K-2 will be held on Monday, September 19:  

  • Grade K  6:00 - 6:30 
  • Grade 1  6:35 - 7:05 
  • Grade 2  7:10 - 7:40

    Open House for grades 3-5 will be held on Tuesday, September 20:
  • Grade 3  6:00 - 6:30 
  • Grade 4  6:35 - 7:05 
  • Grade 5  7:10 - 7:40

AIS Reading and Math will have an informational meeting for parents on both nights from 5:30 - 6:00pm. 

We look forward to meeting our students' parents and forging a strong partnership which will serve as the foundation for our children's education. For additional information regarding our Open Houses and an upcoming Early Dismissal Drill, please click here

STUDENTS ARE INTRODUCED TO SCHOOL-WIDE EXPECTATIONS THROUGH PBIS

Posted September 12 at 3:06pm

P.B.I.S. means Positive Behavior Intervention Supports.  This is a proactive approach to school-wide discipline. It focuses on creating and sustaining a positive school environment which embraces educationally sound methods that foster student character, safety, academic excellence and individual citizenship.  During a recent assembly, students were introduced to our school expectations.  A committee of teachers explained Give Me 5, Voice Level expectations, our school theme and the incentive ticket program.  Students are encouraged to show Otisville PRIDE throughout their day and the school year. The staff and students will focus on learning what it means to have PRIDE in themselves, their school and our community throughout the 2016 - 17 school year.  
To view more images of the assembly click on the title in green.

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KINDERGARTENERS VISIT THE MAIN AREAS OF THE SCHOOL

Posted September 9 at 12:16pm

Kindergarten students have a lot to learn when they begin their school experience.  Before the students begin to learn about numbers and letters, they need to know how to navigate through their new world.   This week the Kindergarten students in Otisville went on a scavenger hunt to find either the Gingerbread Man, Chester the Raccoon or a busy bear.  These characters just happened to visit many of the key areas of the school like the main office, the cafeteria and the health office.  These types of engaging activities allow Otisville's youngest students to learn about our building in a fun way.  At the end of their "hunt" students were given a special treat that was left behind for them to enjoy.

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL WHERE ALL STUDENTS CAN HOLD THE KEYS TO SUCCESS

Posted September 9 at 11:24am

Another school year has begun!  This year's school theme is KEYS TO SUCCESS!  The Otisville Elementary School community is committed to making 2016 - 2017 a year full of dynamic learning experiences.  We have many wonderful activities planned for the school year that will teach the children different ways we can be successful both in school and in our life.  Welcome Back everyone!

OES PARENTS PUT THE “LABOR” INTO LABOR DAY

Posted September 8 at 5:28pm

For many of us, Labor Day is a chance to gather friends and family for one more barbeque, pool party, or one last trip to the beach.  But every year, in the spirit of this holiday, volunteers across the country roll up their sleeves to labor for a cause. 

 

At Otisville Elementary School, parents Rachael and Ed Doty, their son Isaac, an OES 4th grader, and friend John Wood, dedicated their Labor Day to cleaning up and beautifying our school. The owners of Shawagunk Horticulture in Mount Hope, the Dotys and their crew pulled out weeds and made way for new, donated perennials and annuals for the enjoyment of our entire school community. And that’s not all: they continue to come around to water and care for their donated perennial garden to make sure it takes root. 


Many thanks to our Labor Day volunteers! 

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Posted September 1 at 4:32pm

Welcome back! I hope each of you is feeling rested and recharged and is coming back with memorable summer stories to share.

We have a fresh and exciting school year ahead of us, with new and additional learning opportunities for our students and faculty. We look forward to seeing every one of you discovering, growing and thriving. 

Our bus drivers and our department of transportation are eager to be the first to welcome our  students back to school, and thanks to the dedicated and capable work of our buildings and grounds team, we are looking better than ever. 


Returning and new faculty and staff are committed to creating a safe and challenging learning environment, and together we pledge to give all our students the highest quality education to prepare them for a fulfilling future.  
 

Enjoy the last long weekend of summer, and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 6, the first day of school. A great school year to us all!

Brian C. Monahan
Superintendent of Schools

UPDATE TO STUDENT RECORDS POLICY: NEW “OPT-OUT” POLICY FOR LIMITED DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Posted August 30 at 11:57am

Minisink Valley Central School District is committed to providing the community with district news and information about student-related activities, events and achievements – through newsletters, media releases, the website www.minisink.com and our new Facebook page.

 

This news may include photos of classroom activities and programs, sports events, drama and musical performances, award ceremonies, honor roll lists and other academic recognitions, the annual yearbook, etc.  As previously announced in the district’s August Newsletter, in order to facilitate the sharing of this news, the district has amended its approach to what is known as “student directory information.” 

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