December

OESJ JR/SR HS Monthly Newsletter

From the Desk of Mr. Warren........

The holiday season is a special time for family and friends. It is time to set the office aside and focus on the people in our lives and show empathy to others that are less fortunate. The speed and volume we sprint in our lives is something we can control. Make the choice to slow things down, enjoy those that surround you with peace, love, and laughter. The other thing that is obvious this time of the year is the thoughtfulness of people who do not know each other. Eye contact, a smile (with or without a mask), the exchange of holiday greetings, and the simple acts of human kindness that occur more often during this special time are obvious. Is it that we just notice this more, or is it a reflection of our feelings during the holiday? I believe that it is a combination of both.


It is a great time to set aside all of our differences and rejoice in our similarities. We are all products of our past holidays. These reflections and memories create a physical and mental reaction in us as feeling sensitive towards others that surround us. The lights, the smells, and the music all play into the feelings we experience during the holiday season. It is not a coincidence that we all feel better about ourselves and in turn, we feel better about others. The magic of this season isn’t only for the young, the unbridled joy of youth is one we all yearn back to. I have always felt that it is important to keep a little bit of the young child in me. It keeps me from taking myself, or life too seriously. I am looking forward to videos and pictures of my grandson as he starts to understand the joys of this time of year. I look forward to the time that we can just play together. I haven’t had the joy of being able to just play in quite some time.


The other pressure of the holiday is that of presents when we were younger, it seemed that it was about the holiday. The more we learned about family and friends the more the holiday became about presence. The gift of oneself is the most precious gift of all. The effort it takes to spend time with those you love and those you care about will be rewarded tenfold with the feeling it creates in them. More importantly, the warmth of the feeling that it creates in you. Enjoy the interactions you have with your family and friends.


The silence of the holiday season is what makes us enjoy the hustle and bustle of the season. Do you remember the silence when you were a child when you went to bed in anticipation of the glee of getting up early (way too early) and seeing the beauty and excitement of the morning? I hope you are filled with those memories this holiday season. Enjoy your time with your family and friends whether it be through phone conversations, video chats, or in-person, let your presence be known.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY HANUKAH

HAPPY KWANZAA


Whichever one you celebrate. I wish you the best. The best of love, health and life to you and those you love.

Listen as Ms.Hudyncia "Get's Schooled" on WGNA

Ms. Hudyncia put OESJ on the map and was able to take part in WGNA's "Get Schooled" Here was her task: Each week, we'll highlight a local teacher on-air and that teacher will present Brian and Chrissy with a short 5 question quiz about the subject of the teacher's choosing. Brian and Chrissy will take the quiz separately and then they'll be graded by the teacher. Once the tests have been graded and the results are in, the teacher will appear on the show with Brian and Chrissy to go over the grades. The person (Brian or Chrissy) with the lower of the two scores will hook you up with GC to Dunkin' that the teacher may use any way they want.


Click below to listen!

Christmas School Spirit Days

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

12/2: Board of Education Meeting, 6 PM Jr/Sr High School

12/11:Lifetouch Retake for Red Cohort

12/21 Lifetouch Retake for Gray Cohort

12/24- 1/1 No School


Please see the updated Cohort schedule for December below with days off.

Hybrid Cohort Schedule

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9-12 Important Updates


  • Senior Prestige Portrait Dates: December 22nd and 23rd, you will be getting an email when the schedule opens to set up times.

School Store

The OESJ Jr/Sr. High School is happy to announce that there are plans in motion to launch a community school store. The community store is going to have new and slightly used items. The Life Skills Class, Marketing Class students, and other student volunteers will be involved in this undertaking. There is a committee of staff and students that meet currently on Mondays to plan for this future project. There will be an opportunity for the student body to be a part of naming the school store and to design a community store logo. We look forward to student participation in this project. Mr. Warren has many ideas about expanding and making this store a resource for students, families, and the community. More news to come!

From the Guidance Office

  • December 7, 2020 (a.m.) - 10th grade Gray flag students visit HFM Career and Technical Center.
  • December 10, 2020 (a.m.) - 10th grade Red flag students visit HFM Career and Technical Center.
  • The CTE presentation to 10th grade, remote students will be held on Wednesday, December 16th via a virtual link which will be provided at a later date.
  • The 15 week marking period ends on 12/18/2020.
  • Juniors and seniors are encouraged to visit www.collegeboard.org for upcoming SAT dates and deadlines. Juniors should be focusing on spring dates; seniors should consider test dates this fall.

  • Attention males between 17 – 18 years of age. It is a legal requirement and civic duty for you to register with the Selective Service. Go to www.sss.gov to register today.
  • Juniors and Seniors…if you cannot log on to Naviance, please contact your school counselor via email or stop in the guidance office right away. Seniors are responsible for requesting scholarships viewable on Naviance. Juniors should be doing college/career research via Naviance.

Special Announcement

Dear Parents,

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has developed a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. The Parent Dashboard is part of New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, which emphasizes equity in education for all students and expands measures of school accountability and student success. This new dashboard will provide parents with information about their child’s school. The Parent Dashboard is now available in addition to the New York State School Report Card on NYSED’s public data site. The Parent Dashboard offers information on all public schools including charter schools.

In 2019, NYSED gathered feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide the work of developing the Parent Dashboard. The data elements that parents ranked highest on the survey are available on the Parent Dashboard.

NYSED is now gathering additional feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide further enhancements to the Parent Dashboard. We invite parents and other stakeholders to explore the Parent Dashboard and then provide feedback via an online feedback survey available in 17 languages. NYSED will use this feedback to identify the data that is most useful to parents and the public and to make improvements to the website.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please visit the Parent Dashboard, which includes frequently asked questions and contact information.

Thank you for your feedback and for your continued commitment to your child’s education.

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A Note from your nurse

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Hardly a day goes by where you don’t hear, read or watch the news on the Coronavirus or flu. It seems to be hitting more close to home. COVID cases are on the rise across the state and our nation and if that's not enough it's also flu season. Our school remains to be in tip-top shape. Teachers wipe down desks and seats in between classes, the custodial staff cleans restrooms, cafeterias, and doorknobs regularly throughout the day.

During this unprecedented learning period, we ask that you are safer than ever. If your student of the OESJ CSD starts to develop symptoms and/or they are receiving a COVID-19 test we ask that you relay this information to the school. This is not mandatory but it is to help the safety of all. This information would be kept confidential due to the HIPAA Privacy Law (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

The OESJ school district works closely with our local Departments of Health and we are following their guidelines on how to proceed. Please follow these guidelines to help minimize the spread of respiratory illnesses and viruses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Wear a mask.

  • Try to remain 6 feet away from others.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Complete the daily health history form. Health History Form

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash and immediately wash your hands.

  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Please help the OESJ community and New York in stopping the spread of the virus.



Thank you,

OESJ Jr/Sr School Nurse

District Health Coordinator

518-568-2013

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