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students in masks stand up listening to music, and one girl claps her hands
High school girls sit on bleachers beside a soccer field, smiling
students in matching yellow t-shirts walk down hallway
A crowd lines both sides of a high school hallway, cheering on members of the girls soccer team who are exiting the building
students stand in front of a sheriff's car as they take delivery of a donation check
a boy and girl leading Morning Program raise their hands to quiet students as both hold pieces of paper
Students kneel outdoors on sidewalk cleared of snow while spraypainting picture frames arranged on newspaper
Girls in masks jump rope on a baseball field while one watches
elementary students in a gym hold up rainbow colored parachute fabric while a boy runs underneath
a smiling boy in a grey shirt, with a mask pulled under his chin, stands in front of a bulletin board
young adults stand behind of very young students, all in jackets while standing on a green lawn with trees behind them
a row of students in masks sit on a bench in a dugout, all looking to the left as they listen to someone
students outdoors with masks walk through crowd at soccer game, offering concessions for sale and raffle tickets to buy
girls varsity soccer athletes in black uniforms stand poised on a soccer field, ready to run
student paintings show long legged birds standing on grass with orange and yellow skies in the background
3 male students in blue band sweatshirts and masks pause with their percussion instruments in a cemetery for a Memorial Day performance
a girl in a school library points to the paper a boy is working on while seated at a table with colored pencils
a parade with fire trucks and a tractor pulling a float on a hay wagon that celebrates agriculture
2 students sit on floor in front of a painted mural they're working on, while a teacher sits on a chair observing their work
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Echoes submissions by 6th grade writers due December 1 Echoes submissions by 6th grade writers due December 1
A creative writing exercise was facilitated earlier in the school year by actors with The REV Theatre Company as part of an in-school Arts in Education program.  It was a step toward a larger goal: participation in “Echoes,” a creative writing competition and showcase for Middle School student writers in New York State, now in its 30th year. Otselic Valley 6th graders are invited to write short songs, skits, poems, stories, commercials, or newscasts no longer than 1 and ½ pages. Submissions are due DECEMBER 1 (and don’t forget your manuscript ID form, Vikings)!
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O V Star Awards: Responsibility O V Star Awards: Responsibility
The O V Star Award tradition continues at Otselic Valley this school year with a twist: each month the Star Awards reflect students who practice that month’s area of focus. This time Vikings were recognized for their responsibility:  the ability to make the right decisions and/or complete duties and jobs. Their responsibility reflects the actions and words they use with others and in shared spaces. It affects their personal goals and how they’re feeling. It shapes their work as they do their best. Well done, Vikings!
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REV Theatre On Tour at Otselic Valley REV Theatre On Tour at Otselic Valley
Was that a brilliant blue morpho butterfly, an elusive jaguar, and...chattering monkeys on the MPR stage this morning? Yes, in a way!
As part of Arts in Education at Otselic Valley, the REV Theatre Company is providing sequential dramatic programs for our students with in-class lessons followed by single-grade stage performances, all of which align with NYS Learning Standards for the Arts and Next Generation ELA Standards. Today 5th graders got a taste of the Amazon rainforest, thanks to a REV On Tour company who presented “Emilia and the Heart of the Amazon” (written by Kyle Adkins and Rachel Benjamin). Vikings learned about the interconnectedness of all things and the importance of conserving natural resources through their class and the performance that followed. But another off-script moment was especially memorable.
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From the C C Health Department: About COVID-19 vaccinations From the C C Health Department: About COVID-19 vaccinations
We've been asked to post a message from the Chenango County Health Department. Please note that we do not yet have opportunities at Otselic Valley for student vaccination, but we'll share more information as other options become available. 
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C C L Gym Protocols for Winter 2021/2022 C C L Gym Protocols for Winter 2021/2022
[UPDATED 11/30/21] Information from all schools in the Central Counties League about COVID-19 gym protocols for the Winter 2021/2022 sports season is available. Requirements vary among schools and are subject to change so please use this chart to plan available travel to away games. Go Vikings! 
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Otselic Valley students present the 2021 fall play: "I Don't Want To Talk About It" Otselic Valley students present the 2021 fall play: "I Don't Want To Talk About It"
Some plays are great for an evening’s amusement; some plays are both riveting and so rich in substance that audience members will be thinking about them for a long time. This year’s production of “I Don’t Want to Talk About It”* by Bradley Hayward is the latter. In keeping with the Otselic Valley High School tradition of working with challenging material in their student-led productions, this year an ensemble cast will play multiple roles in vignettes that come together by the play’s conclusion. While the play’s themes are rooted in the experience of American teenagers everywhere, they all speak to the power of words. Two performances only: Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 pm and Saturday, Nov. 13 at 2 pm in the MPR. Tickets are $5 (adults), $4 (seniors), and $3 (students). Please note that seats must be reserved in advance by emailing Ms. Smith at [email protected] To accommodate COVID-19 protocols, seats will be assigned in family pods (small groups with space between them). Seats will not be assigned at the door; you must email Ms. Smith in advance.
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Dec
6
Finance Committee meeting, 7 pm, in the Library
Monday, December 6, 2021
Dec
9
B O E regular meeting, mirrored cafeteria, 7 pm
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Dec
9
Policy Committee meeting, 6 pm, in the Library
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Dec
22
Winterfest
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Dec
23
Holiday recess, NO SCHOOL
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Dec
24
Holiday recess, NO SCHOOL, offices closed
Friday, December 24, 2021
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27
Holiday recess, NO SCHOOL, offices closed
Monday, December 27, 2021
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