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WHAT’S ROASTING IN THE SOLAR OVEN? FOURTH GRADERS EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Posted December 8 at 2:59pm

During a STEM activity, Mrs. Lynn’s fourth graders explored alternative energy by building solar ovens. 

 

The students investigated good and poor thermal insulators; the insulation with the least and most environmental impact; and the life cycle of a piece of paper. They tested their ovens and rated the best insulators, with the last environmental impact.

 

For a final evaluation of their solar-powered appliance, they roasted smores!  

DO YOU SPEAK COMPUTER? OES STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNATIONAL HOUR OF CODE

Posted December 6 at 3:15pm

Otisville Elementary is participating in the Hour of Code, December 5-11, a week-long, global event engaging tens of millions of students.

 

Hour of Code activities challenge participants to communicate in the language of computers, which is based on logical thinking. The exercise requires the use of many important skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, organization, collaboration, and directional skills.

 

During an Hour of Code session with a second grade group, technology specialist Teresia Parker introduced the coding activity with a Q&A: What’s computer science? What can it do? What language do we speak? How do we speak to computers? Why should we learn computer language?

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FIRST GRADERS LEARN ABOUT EARLY CIVILIZATIONS

Posted December 2 at 3:40pm

In Mrs. Amatetti's first grade class, the students are learning about Early World Civilizations. They began their unit by locating an area known as Mesopotamia on the world map and discussing how that area is a dessert. The students also discussed the importance of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and the use of canals to support farming and development of the city of Babylon. Within the city of Babylon there is a ziggurat which is famous for its hanging gardens. The clever way water was brought to the gardens, in order for them to thrive in a dessert, inspired the students to create a replica to model that incredible feat.  Click on the title to view other pictures of students creating their ziggurats.  

OTISVILLE KIWANIS IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS

Posted December 2 at 12:35pm

The Otisville Kiwanis K-Kids are sponsoring a craft and toy drive to benefit children who will be hospitalized during the holidays at Orange Regional Medical Center. They are collecting crayons, markers, construction paper, craft kits, nail polish, board games, card games, and things that can easily be purchased at the Dollar Store.

The drive will last until December 15th.  There will be a box for the collection in the lobby.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS CREATE ART USING SIDEWALK CHALK

Posted December 2 at 10:14am

During recess, Kindergarteners created artistic pictures on the bus loop sidewalk.  Students drew airplanes, cars and Christmas presents using different colors from our bucket filled with chalk.  The students enjoyed sharing their creations with the aides and each other.  We definitely have future artists in our school!

OES' GIRLS ON THE RUN WILL RACE ON DEC. 3

Posted December 1 at 4:31pm

Otisville's Girls on the Run team will take on a 5K challenge this Saturday, Dec. 3, in Goshen. Coaches are Judy Faust, Denise Davis and Kayleigh Crawford.


Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit organization for girls in grades 3-8. The organization empowers girls to recognize and activate their full potential and boldly pursue their dreams. Girls are inspired be joyful, healthy and confidence through a fun program that creatively integrates running.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM YOUR SUPERINTENDENT

Posted November 23 at 12:40pm

I wanted to take a moment to send each of you—faculty, staff, administration, parents and students—a sincere word of thanks! Together you make Minisink Valley a great place to learn, grow and belong.

 

From my family to yours, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrate your loved ones, the blessings that you share, and find the time to rest and refresh yourself, before we meet again.

 

Safe travels!

WHAT'S A TARPUL? OTISVILLE'S 5TH GRADERS CAN BUILD THEM!

Posted November 22 at 12:29pm

A STEM unit on planet Earth took Mrs. Louey’s fifth graders halfway around the globe to a place that relies on ancient technology to move people and goods across mountains, and over river valleys.

 

In the lead up to their exploration, students learned about our planet’s layers, soil composition, and the enduring effects of erosion and deposition on the earth’s geology.  

 

That’s how they got to Nepal, home to the Himalayas and an intricate, flood-prone river system. How do the Nepalese travel across such challenging terrain? By TarPul, of course! 

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GRATITUDE INSPIRES KINDNESS AT OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY

Posted November 21 at 4:12pm

Well before sitting down to their Thanksgiving dinner, Otisville students and their families have been saying thanks by collecting non-perishable foods—and pajamas!

 

The annual OES and Orange-Ulster BOCES Pajama Drive is collecting brand-new sleepwear, newborn-adult sizes. The Pajama Program is administered by Scholastic. Over the years, OES has helped donate over four million pajamas and books to children nationwide.

 

To participate, please send your items to school with your children, or dropped them off at the main office, through December 16. 

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END OF FIRST MARKING PERIOD CELEBRATIONS

Posted November 17 at 10:37am

Cheers to Otisville's students, teachers and staff for the successful completion of their first marking period of the school year!

 

On Thursday, Nov. 10, students gathered with their classroom buddies to celebrate their efforts and their learning with engaging activities. They wrote cards to veterans, and read to each other. They made red/white/blue bracelets and turkey hand-prints. And because food and festivities go hand-in-hand, they ate snacks together. 

 

A great second marking period to all!


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