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OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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

HOW ARE WE DOING? ANSWER A SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY, FEB. 27-MAR. 17

Posted February 23 at 12:04pm

To ensure that we continue to provide our students with an education that is up to the challenges of the real world and the pace of the century, we want to hear from all of you: parents, students and staff. 

 

Beginning February 27 and ending on March 17, we ask you to complete a confidential 15-20 minute school climate survey online and give us your honest input on matters of school safety, relationships, support, and resources for learning. Different versions of the survey will be given to students and school personnel.

 

If you have children in multiple schools, please take the survey for each school. Survey packets have been sent home with complete details including a statement of your parental rights.  

 

The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory is created, and will be analyzed by, the National School Climate Center. All answers are anonymous and confidential. Participation is completely voluntary.

 

To begin the survey now, click here. If you do not want your child/children to participate in the survey, please click here to download the Refusal of Consent form. The form must be submitted to our administrative office by Friday, March 3, 2017.   


This is your chance to make your voice heard, and we will be listening. We appreciate everyone’s participation, so that together we can build a better future for our students and our community.  

OTISVILLE CELEBRATES 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL

Posted February 22 at 3:02pm

Otisville’s students celebrated 100 days of learning with school pride and fun activities on Wednesday, February 15. 

 

Students who did not miss one of all 100 days were acknowledged in the morning announcements and received commemorative certificates.

 

Kindergarten classes celebrated with activities inspired by the big number. They made 100-day crowns and hats, 100-bead necklaces, 10X10 snack mixes--and they created portraits of themselves at the age of 100! 

  

Happy 100th Day Anniversary to our students and teachers! (Additional photos

ARTWORK OF OTISVILLE STUDENTS TO BE FEATURED IN SLIDE FORM AT COUNTYWIDE ART EXHIBIT, FEB. 25

Posted February 21 at 3:09pm

For the first time this year, the artwork of elementary school students from across Orange County, including Otisville, will be featured in the form of a slide show during a one-day art exhibit designed for high school students.

 

Sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council, “The Arts Build Confidence Showcase” will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the center court of Middletown’s Galleria at Crystal Run.

 

Otisville will be represented in the slide art-show with works by 45 students in Mrs. Welsh’s art classes. Minisink Valley Elementary School students in Mrs. Begle’s art classes are also participating. Ten Minisink Valley High School art students will exhibit actual artwork.
 

Congratulations to all our students and their art teachers! (ARTWORK PHOTO GALLERY)

OTISVILLE RECOGNIZES “STAR” STUDENTS FOR THE 2ND MARKING PERIOD

Posted February 13 at 10:14am

Otisville’s PBIS team started a new recognition program for students who excel in showing Otisville PRIDE throughout their school day. Each marking period, teachers will nominate students whose behavior consistently demonstrates Respect, Responsibility and Readiness to learn—the “Keys to Success.”

 

Nominated students for each grade will be announced at the end of each marking period and recognized with a certificate and a STAR Student backpack clip. 

 

Photo gallery of second marking period STAR recipients. Additional recipients are EJ Gonzalez, Howard Powlus and Joshua Thibodeau.

NEW PERFORMANCE DATES FOR 101 DALMATIANS

Posted February 8 at 9:52pm

Due to the upcoming inclement weather, Otisville Elementary's play, 101 DALMATIANS has been rescheduled to the following performance dates:

  • Friday, February 10 at 2:15pm and 7:00pm 
  • Monday, February 13 at 2:15pm
  • Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00pm

“101 DALMATIANS” ON OTISVILLE’S STAGE: GREAT FAMILY FUN!

Posted February 6 at 2:38pm

Your view might be spotted, but our students’ talent and energy will be plain to see on Otisville’s stage as they bring you Disney’s “101 Dalmatians Kids” this Thursday and Friday night, Feb. 9 and 10.

 

Sixty-three students in total, including stage and tech crew, take on this audacious production--with a lot of good help and guidance.

 

“It takes a whole community of people to bring something like this together, and we are very fortunate to have a very supportive and engaged community in Otisville,” said director Melissa Norwood, a second grade teacher. In addition to many parent volunteers, the production involves AIS reading teacher, Susan Tonnessen, as assistant director; middle school general music teacher, Shane Peters, as musical director; school greeter, Allison McCaffrey, as production assistant; and parent Michelle Nelson, working with the stage crew.

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ORDER YOUR 2017 YEARBOOK

Posted February 6 at 11:36am

Hold on to the memories of the 2016 - 2017 school year by purchasing a yearbook. To place an order either fill in the order form that was sent home and return it to the main office with payment, or submit an order anytime ONLINE. The yearbook code ID is 5793317 and cost $20.  A hardcover yearbook and/or personalized yearbook may be ordered at an additional charge.  The deadline for yearbook orders is March 17, 2017. 

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR FROM OTISVILLE’S KINDERGARTNERS

Posted January 30 at 3:45pm

Otisville's youngest learners enjoyed an extra holiday with the celebration of the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. Students explored Chinese culture through music, literature, and art projects.

 

To understand why Chinese years are named after animals, students learned about the Chinese Zodiac, consisting of 12 animals, including the rooster—the animal for the current calendar year.

 

The celebration culminated with a parade led by a red dragon, followed by a Chinese food lunch. (Additional Photos) 

 

OTISVILLE STUDENTS CELEBRATED END OF 2ND MARKING PERIOD WITH ACTS OF KINDNESS

Posted January 30 at 2:49pm

Otisville students buddied up across grades and to celebrate the end of their second marking period on Friday, January 27.

 

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, students made valentines for children at Westchester Children's Hospital and for seniors at local nursing homes. Older students were paired with younger ones to talk and create crafts and decorations as a team. Other activities included learning about animals and making a paper salamander together.

 

End of marking-period celebrations are part of Otisville’s PBIS program (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), which takes a proactive approach to helping all students achieve social, emotional and academic success. (Additional Photos)

OTISVILLE PARENTS AND STUDENTS RECOGNIZE BUS DRIVERS

Posted January 25 at 2:32pm

For most Otisville students, the school day begins and ends in the trust of a school bus driver. Today, January 25, Otisville’s PTO hosted a Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast to recognize these all-important individuals and their hard work.   

 

Parents catered the breakfast and students presented the drivers with poetry, singing and individual letters--and paraded their own paper-made bus.

 

Thank you, Minisink Valley bus drivers for transporting our students safely to school and back home, every day! 

 

(Additional Photos

DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS COMING TO OTISVILLE

Posted January 19 at 10:40am

Otisville Elementary School's drama club is excited to announce the upcoming production of Disney's 101 Dalmatians, KIDS! Come out and see lots and lots of dots as Cruella's evil plan is thwarted by puppies. All are welcome, and there is no cover charge. PERFORMANCES: Thursday, February 9, at 7 p.m. •  Friday, February 10, at 7 p.m. 


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