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OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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

CONGRATULATIONS OTISVILLE KINDERGARTEN CLASS OF 2017!

Posted June 21 at 10:43am

Looking scholarly in their white caps and fine dress, Otisville’s Kindergarten Class of 2017 marched into the school’s gym for their graduation ceremony, on June 20.

 

Teachers Ms. Brennan, Ms. Hewlett, Ms. Jennings, Ms. Galligan and Mr. Gronner introduced each of the 100 graduating students. Graduates accepted their diplomas from Principal Vincent Biele and Assistant Principal Julia Downey, and they took their bows or curtsied to the generous applause of family members.

 

The audience enjoyed a slide show of the students’ first year at Otisville, proudly prepared by their teachers.

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OTISVILLE'S 5TH GRADERS ARE MOVING UP

Posted June 20 at 2:07pm

Four Otisville 5th grade classes celebrated their Moving Up to the middle school in the school’s gym on June 11.

 

Cheering for their growth and accomplishments were family members, faculty, staff, and school and district administrators.

 

School Principal Vincent Biele offered words of praise and appreciation for the 97 graduating students. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Victoria Melton, Recycling Club president. Jenna Friedle, Kiwanis K-Kids president, delivered the farewell speech on behalf of her graduating class.

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THIRD GRADERS TAKE A TRIP TO THE HUDSON HIGHLANDS NATURE MUSEUM

Posted June 19 at 8:35am

Otisville's third graders recently took a field trip to the Hudson Heritage Nature Museum in Cornwall where they enjoyed two programs of exploration and discovery.

They participated in the "Aquatic Adaptations" program and gained hands-on knowledge about aspects of the work of a marine biologist. Related activities included learning to identify the myriad living organisms that can be found in a pond's ecosystem.  

The "Paleontology" program gave students the opportunity to dig for fossils and dinosaur bones. They measured and drew their findings to scale.

The students had an exciting and stimulating time experiencing hands-on learning in the beautiful natural setting of the museum. (Additional Photos)

OTISVILLE'S GRADES 3-5 FIELD DAY ROARS!

Posted June 15 at 9:20pm

In bundles of bold color, they filed onto the school’s field where twelve fun and challenging game stations, a fueling station and dunk tank awaited.

Games combined physical, language and social skills, among others. Competition was fierce, but so was the team spirit and the cheering.  

Special thanks to PE teachers, Mr. Uhrig and Mrs. Giufre; the PTO; and parent and faculty volunteers. 


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MAKING ART AND RECYCLED PAPER FROM SCRAPS

Posted June 15 at 1:23pm

Otisville students do more than celebrating Earth Day with Earth friendly advice. In Mrs. Welsh’s art class, students saved leftover scraps of collage paper throughout the year and turned it into recycled paper. The process goes a bit like a recipe, and you can DIY at home, if you have a food blender and two remnants of fine, window-type screen:

 

1. Sort paper scraps by color.

2. Soak the paper in water till saturated.

3. Place paper in blender, add more water, and make paper pulp.

4. Pour pulp over a fine screen and spread evenly.

5. Allow water to drain.

6. Lay a second screen on top of pulp and use a sponge to squeeze out any remaining water.

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OTISVILLE CELEBRATES NATIONAL FLAG DAY

Posted June 14 at 1:49pm

Proudly sporting her colors, waving paper flags and flag-themed crafts, the Otisville school community filed around the flag pole to celebrate National Flag Day.

Led by Ms. Hughes on guitar, students sang patriotic songs they had practiced in music class and recited the pledge together – as the stars and stripes flew proudly across the sky.

HAPPY NATIONAL FLAG DAY!

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GIRL SCOUTS BEAUTIFY OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY

Posted June 9 at 12:08pm

Girl Scouts from Troop 144 created a beautiful garden in front of Otisville Elementary as part of their Bronze Award.  The girls had to think of a service project and the school was honored to be part of their effort to give back to their community.  The scouts painted rocks and had some assistance from their parents to plant the flowers and make the signs that read, "Great Minds Grow Here."  The girls planted perennial flowers in the hopes that Otisville will enjoy the garden every year.  Thank you to Troop 144 scouts Jenna Friedle, Abigail and Rebecca Skye, Julia Schrufer, Victoria Melton, Samantha Rose, Olivia Loeven, Arielle Gomez, Emily Bartels, Lara Devine and Maya Vaentin, along with scout leaders Anne Friedle and Corrina Schrufer for helping to beautify our school. 

DISTRICT CHOIR FESTIVAL: FOR THE JOY OF SINGING

Posted June 5 at 3:51pm

The voices of Minisink Valley's chorus students rose together at the 2nd Annual District Choral Festival, on June 2, at the Intermediate School.

 

Sharing the MVIS stage were the High School Chamber Choir, the 6th Grade Choir, the Otisville 4th and 5th grade Choir, the Intermediate School 5th Grade Choir – and their respective directors: Ms. Cornacchio, Mrs. Hughes, Mr. Bradley, and Mr. Izzo. Each choir performed one selection for all the others, and the event concluded with a combined performance of "Better When I'm Dancin'."

 

This unique experience is especially meaningful for younger students. They can’t wait to hear the high school choir, and are beyond excited to sing along with them.

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OTISVILLE'S 2ND GRADE FIELD TRIP COMBINES WORK AND PLAY

Posted June 5 at 3:06pm

With hands on clay, seeds and dirt, Otisville’s second graders imagined a day in the life of the ancient Lenape people, during their field trip to the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation.

 

Located at the Orange County D&H Canal Park, on the pristine Mahachamack River, a.k.a. Neversink, the area has turned up artifacts of the Lenape – “People of the Land.” They formed vibrant villages with rich cultural traditions along waterways from Virginia to Maine, some five thousand years ago.

 

In the Lenape fashion, students made clay pots, sown corn and crushed it into cornmeal, using Native American tools. They learned about Lenape survival skills and their sensible use of natural resources. Museum curators shared their knowledge of Lenape family life, traditions and beliefs, and led students in a circle dance, to the sound of indigenous musical instruments.

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4th GRADERS VISIT HISTORIC HUGUENOT

Posted June 2 at 12:05pm

Ms. Lees' fourth grade class went on a trip to historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY.  The students read about the Huguenots in their New York State history book this year. The students learned that the Huguenots were persecuted for not being Catholic in France. Nine Huguenot families came to the United States and bought 40,000 acres from the Esopus Native Americans in New Paltz and built their first Protestant church. They also built beautiful homes that are 360 years old in the style of the French Huguenots. The students toured the homes and got to play colonial games and dress up in the period style.  Everyone had a wonderful time learning about New York history.


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