Changes to the School Year Calendar/Tech Support
Due to school reopening adjustments, changes have been made to the 2020-2021 School Year Calendar. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:
Friday, September 25: FULL DAY of school for students (previously noted as half day for students)
Friday, October 9: FULL DAY of school for students (previously noted as half day for students)
[Monday, October 12 is still CLOSED to students and staff for Columbus Day.]
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Need help with technology and platforms while learning remotely? Reach out to Ms. Lindsey Eaton ([email protected]) or Ms. Lori Wood ([email protected]) any time, depending on which grade level or class support you need: PreK-2nd grade (Eaton), Grades 3-6 (Wood), Math & Science/Grades 7-12 (Eaton), ELA & Social Studies/Grades 7-12 (Wood)
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smiling young man in black graduation cap and gown with gold tassel
young woman in gold graduation cap holds gold balloons that spell 20
2 story being brick building with many windows, two flags and a tree out front
young students work with robotics parts in a library
smiling young man in black t-shirt  sits in a truck backseat with the door open
4 smiling teenage girls hold plates with food on them
students in snow suits with some on skis stand on snowy hillside
smiling young woman with gold graduation cap seated in car decorated with gold garland
5 teenage boys hold certificates and set on edge of stage, flanked by 2 male coaches
kids plan on gym floor with rubber balls and wheeled scooters
older and younger girls lean in together to read a book
smiling adult faces in individual boxes
5  adults in face coverings hold gold and black sign that says Vikings Pride
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2 rows of children's drawing of pink pigs hang on a long wall
2 rows of teenage boys and girls smile, w teachers with long blonde hair stands alongside
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 Superintendent candidate search update: Interview questions, Zoom interviews Superintendent candidate search update: Interview questions, Zoom interviews

The Otselic Valley Board of Education is preparing to start the interview process for the new Superintendent of Schools.  As part of the process we ask you to fill out a survey (linked below) to determine what questions you would like to have asked of the candidate: Survey about superintendent candidate interview questionsYour participation and opinions are important to us.  Please note that this survey is intended only for Otselic Valley School District residents, students, and School District employees. The survey will end on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Interviews will be conducted in a community forum via Zoom on September 28th and 29th.  If you would like to view the interview via Zoom, please contact the district school secretary at [email protected]. You will need to provide your name, e-mail address, phone number, and physical address.  Thank you.

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State aid cuts: Impact on Otselic Valley State aid cuts: Impact on Otselic Valley
At the Board of Education meeting on September 17, 2020, Interim Superintendent Michael Drahos and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Dan Silky shared the significant financial challenge our district is facing due to cuts in state aid. Nearly two-thirds of the funding for Otselic Valley comes in the form of state aid, they explained in a presentation led by Mr. Silky.  Last spring Governor Cuomo indicated that schools would face the possibility of a 20% cut in state aid due to the economic impact of the pandemic.  Previous cuts to school aid have been in the foundation aid category and our district, along with others, made contingency plans accordingly.  
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OV welcomes new School Resource Officer OV welcomes new School Resource Officer

We are pleased to welcome Deputy Kent Smith, this year’s School Resource Officer, to Otselic Valley Central School. Deputy Smith is a sworn police officer with over 30 years' experience in law enforcement including boating/navigation patrol and snow mobile enforcement in Chenango County, and he most recently served as a Sergeant in the New York State Courts. As SRO his primary role will be to maintain a safe, secure school environment while working together with administration. He will also be available to provide relevant law-related education and public safety presentations as needed. If students have law enforcement career questions, he can field those too.

 

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Transportation update within the village of South Otselic Transportation update within the village of South Otselic
There has been a change in the pick up of the students living within the village of South Otselic. If you live within the village of South Otselic and would like your child(ren) picked up and dropped off daily by a bus, please contact Tina Cruikshank, 315-653-7218, ext 5450 or [email protected]  If you elect to have your child picked up, you can expect Mr. Thorp a little before 7:30 AM. This will start as early as tomorrow morning. We hope this makes your mornings a little less confusing. 
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Technology help is on the way! Technology help is on the way!

Help is on the way! All students--both those who are all-virtual AND those in A/B cohorts who may need help on the days they learn remotely--will get extra support as they work with technologies that are part of distance learning at OV. We observed today that students learning virtually will benefit from additional technology assistance, so we’ve made an adjustment:  Ms. Lori Wood and Ms. Lindsey Eaton, both Licensed Teaching Assistants, will be available all virtually, all the time (during the school day). They will help students connect and use their varied platforms while working under the direction of the students’ teachers.

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Great job, Masked Vikings! Great job, Masked Vikings!
Time for a Viking shout-out about mask-wearing! Our students arrived at school safely masked, and they‘ve responsibly followed directions about mask wearing at the appropriate times and places all day today. How do we know? Most teachers didn’t have to hand out any extra masks at all today. Parents, your support in preparing your children for this new-normal is greatly appreciated! Grateful applause also goes out to the Otselic Valley PTO which purchased OV-branded masks for all students and staff. This organization’s generosity to our students in creative, appreciated ways is noted every year-- thank you! Thank you so much for doing your part to keep our OV family healthy, everyone!
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Events
Sep
22
Picture Day, all students in the A Cohort
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Sep
24
Picture Day, all students in the B Cohort
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Oct
12
Columbus Day - No School/Offices Closed
Monday, October 12, 2020
Oct
14
Board of Education meeting, 7 pm
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Nov
11
Veterans Day - No School/Offices Closed
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Nov
19
Board of Education meeting, 7 pm
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Nov
25
Thanksgiving Recess - No School/Offices Open
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Nov
26
Thanksgiving Recess - No School/Offices Closed
Thursday, November 26, 2020
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FFA members attend Leadership Conference
This past weekend, ten FFA members from the Otselic Valley FFA chapter attended the 212/360 Leadership Conference in Syracuse with about 900 other FFA members from across the state. This two-day event’s theme was “Influence.” The conference included sessions where students learned how to define influence and identify the influence process, along with recognize positive characteristics in relationships. Students learned how to determine if someone is trustworthy and explored methods for building others’ trust. They also learned about leadership and purpose. They participated in activities that taught them how to build relationships within their chapter and how to positively influence others. We are proud of all of the FFA members who took time out of their weekend to learn how to be a positive influence for our FFA chapter, school and community. Good job! 

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Dakota  Hackett earns 100th career win!
On January 23, 2020,  senior Dakota Hackett earned his 100th career win!  At a dual meet at Morrisville-Eaton where Otselic Valley  wrestlers participate through shared athletics, a pin in the second periods put Dakota squarely in the 100s.  Contratulations, Dakota!  

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Chenango County Dairy Princesses from O V
Congratulations to the newly crowned Chenango County Dairy Princess Paige Warren, the Chenango County Alternate Dairy Princess Cassie Agren, and the Chenango County Dairy Ambassadors Peyton and Skyler Graham. Their jobs are to promote the dairy industry and dairy products by speaking to school and public groups. Crowning occurred at the annual banquet held in Norwich on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Almost half of the Chenango County Dairy Court are Otselic Valley students! 

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