Onteora High School News

Class of 2019 - Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations to the Class of 2019. Our commencement ceremony is Friday, June 28th at 6 P.M.  Our ceremony is currently scheduled to take place outdoors, on the football field. Tickets are not necessary for the ceremony as long as the ceremony is held outdoors.

Summer School Information

Summer school for Onteora Middle/High School students will be held at Kingston High School (East Wing). Limited transportation will be provided for our students. Summer school classes will be in session Monday, July 8th through Monday, August 12th from approximately 8:00AM – 12:00PM. There are no summer school classes on Fridays. Regents exams will be administered Tuesday, August 13th and Wednesday, August 14th.

June Final Exam & Regents Information

In an effort to minimize the amount of testing administered to students on a given day, the Onteora High School is spreading out the final examination schedule throughout the month of June. Information and a schedule can be found on our website under "Student Resources" or by selecting this link: June 2019 - Examination Information.

Senior Scholarship & Awards Ceremony

As an enthusiastic crowd of proud parents, friends, and community members looked on, Onteora High School seniors gratefully accepted scholarships totaling approximately $125,000 during a June 12 ceremony. Approximately 150 awards were announced at the event, which took place in the Harry Simon Auditorium.

 OHS Students Earn New York State’s Seal of Biliteracy

This June, 16 Onteora seniors are graduating with a hard-won mark of distinction: New York State’s Seal of Biliteracy.

“The seal recognizes advanced achievement in English as well as another World Language,” explained Valerie Stewart, Onteora’s World Languages Liaison. This is the second year that the school district has encouraged students to seek this seal, which will be affixed to their high school diplomas and transcripts.

OHS Names Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2019

Onteora High School is proud to announce that the valedictorian of the Class of 2019 is Lindsy Voelker (left) and the salutatorian is Jules Schauffler.

Lindsy, the daughter of Lorelei and Jordan Voelker of Woodstock, earned the top class ranking with a grade point average of 99.168. In the fall Lindsy will begin her studies at Boston University, where she plans to major in Biology with a specialization in Behavioral Biology.

Jules, the child of Nancy Schauffler of Woodstock, achieved salutatorian status with a GPA of 99.135. After graduating from OHS, Jules plans to enroll at Vassar College in pursuit of an individualized major in Dramaturgy,

OHS Student Named as Valedictorian of Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center

Onteora student Spencer Estes has been named the valedictorian of the Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center’s Class of 2019.

For his senior project, “Tenebrosity," Spencer collaborated with two other students, Onteora student Nicholas Boccio and Highland student Michael Muchrison, to create a 2D game. “The game was highly praised by his peers and is one of the best games we've had from the class,” said Spencer’s Ulster BOCES instructor, Taima Smith.

OHS Students Inducted Into The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

Five Onteora High School Students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on May 9. The honored students are enrolled in various trade programs at the Career & Technical Center in Port Ewen. Congratulations to: Nicholas Boccio (Digital Design), Dylan Diehl (Cisco & Cybersecurity), Samuel Joseph-Brewster (Web-Based Entrepreneurship & Business), Audrey VanBlarcom, (Health Occupations Exploration Program), and Chasity Wilber (Health Occupations Exploration Program).

Onteora Earns Place on List of Best U.S. High Schools

Onteora High School has earned a spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s listing of the best U.S. High Schools in 2019. Onteora is ranked 173rd in New York State, the highest among high schools in Ulster County.

Among the factors taken into account in Onteora’s ranking was the school’s advanced placement (AP) participation rate, which is 40 percent, as well as its graduation rate (95 percent). The U.S. News & World Report’s “scorecard” for Onteora also took note that mathematics proficiency among students stands at 92 percent, and reading proficiency at 93 percent

Be Smart, Be Safe

Please see the letter from the Ulster County District Attorney's Office about being smart and safe during prom and graduation season.

It is that time of year when students in our county will be taking part in proms and graduations. Although it is justifiably a time of joy and celebration, it is equally one for caution and restraint...

3rd Quarter Honor Roll

The Onteora High School has released the High Honor Roll, Honor Roll, and Merit Roll for the third quarter. 

Save The Date -  OHS Presents: Sweeney Todd (May 3-5)

Save the Date: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is coming to Boiceville on May 3-5! Onteora High School is presenting the school edition of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical.

Dates and Showtimes: May 3 and May 4 at 7 PM; May 5 at 2 PM.

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $10 for students, may be purchased at the door or by emailing brondeau@onteora.k12.ny.us

Onteora's Meet, Greet, and Eat - April 29

Save the Date: “Meet, Greet, and Eat,” a celebration of local foods and culinary talent, will take place on Monday, April 29, from 5:30-7:30 PM in Onteora’s Middle School/High School cafeteria, located on Route 28 in Boiceville. Onteora community members are invited to attend this popular fund-raiser, which will benefit the Belleayre Bash, an all-night alcohol- and drug-free celebration for graduating seniors.

OHS Students Excel At Harvard Model Congress

How does our Government work? Twenty-two Onteora High School students recently had some valuable hands-on lessons on this very subject, through their participation in the Harvard Model Congress. This year’s congress took place in Boston from February 21-24.

HS Student Girls Basketball Fan Bus to Spackenkill Information

Congratulations to our Girls Varsity Basketball team for their huge win (in overtime) against Fallsburgh in the first round of sectionals!

A spectator bus is being provided for high school students who would like to travel with our team to Spackenkill on Thursday, February 28 to support our team.

Students who are interested in joining us must have a parent our guardian complete the following permission form and submit it to the Athletic Office by 12 P.M. on Thursday, February 28th. - Spectator Bus Permission Form.

2nd Quarter Honor Roll

The Onteora High School has released the High Honor Roll, Honor Roll, and Merit Roll for the second quarter. 

P.B.I.S. Valentine's Day Event

Valentine’s Day was especially sweet for Onteora High School students this year, thanks to some special treats sponsored by the school’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) team. Chocolate fondue—with bananas, marshmallows, and pretzels for dipping—was served up at lunchtime by food service staff with the assistance of PBIS team members. Love songs filled the air, while students created romantic missives, using craft materials supplied by the team. Pre-made valentines were also available.

Important Information About Student Meals and the Government Shutdown

The Onteora Food Service Department would like to make families impacted by the recent government shutdown (and all families with financial hardship for any reason) aware of important information regarding assistance you may be entitled to. If your income has been reduced or eliminated (even if only on a temporary basis), your children may be eligible for free or reduced-price breakfasts and/or lunches at school... select the headline above to download the application.

January Exam Information

In an effort to minimize the amount of testing administered to students on a given day, the Onteora High School is spreading out the midterm examination window from January 15th through January 25th. Information and a schedule can be found on our website under "Student Resources" or by selecting this link: January 2019 - Examination Information.

National Honor Society's Food Drive - (CAN-UARY)

The National Honor Society is collecting canned food donations during the months of January and February to support the Reservoir Food Pantry. Canned food donations can be dropped of at the high school's reception desk or in the guidance office.

Onteora Students Excel at Regional DECA Competition

Congratulations to the 11 Onteora students who competed in the Region 3 New York State DECA competitions, held on January 4 at Rockland Community College. Sabrina Storey placed 3rd in Food Marketing Management, which qualified her to go on to the New York DECA State Career conference in March. Angelo Musillo also qualified to compete at the New York State level in Principles of Marketing Management. DECA’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

After School Supervision Procedure - Updated 1/7/19

Updated 1/7/19 - The Onteora Middle and High School have enhanced the supervision of students who stay for after-school extracurricular activities. Please select the headline to read an updated letter, as well as the original letter, from the Superintendent of Schools.

Auditions For School Musical - Callbacks 1/16

Auditions for this year's musical will be held after school on January 9 and January 10 in the chorus room. Interested middle and high school students should pick up an audition packet from Ms. Rondeau. Callbacks will be on January 11.

Ulster County Career Conference - Permission Slips Due by Feb. 22

The Ulster County Career Conference is a collaboration of school counselors at high schools throughout Ulster County to prepare students for college and career after graduation. Onteora, New Paltz, Kingston, Ellenville, Saugerties, Rondout and Highland High Schools will send 11th graders to the SUNY Ulster campus on Wednesday, March 13th to interact with professionals in career areas of their interest.

OHS Poetry Out Loud Results

Harry Simon Auditorium was filled with the soul-stirring sounds of poetry on December 14, as 12 Onteora High School students competed in the school’s annual Poetry Out Loud competition. 

Select the headline above for information and results about the recitation contest.

NYSED Encourages Students to Apply for the 2019 NYS Summer School of the Arts

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). NYSSSA provides approximately 400 of New York's most talented students the opportunity to study with professionals in the visual and performing arts. Students in grades 8-12 throughout New York State are encouraged to apply to one of seven schools: Theatre, Ballet, Modern Dance, Orchestral Studies, Choral Studies, Visual Arts, or Media Arts.

2018 HS Winter Concert

Congratulations to our wonderful and talented music students. Enjoy the video of our winter concert by selecting the headline above.

Poetry Out Loud - December 14

Onteora's annual Poetry Out Loud Contest is scheduled for Thursday, December 14 at 3:00 P.M. in the Onteora High School auditorium.  Please come and watch our finest reciters as they step onto the stage, breathe life into traditional and modern canons of poetry, and merge the past with the present through the language arts. This event is free and open to the public.

1st Quarter Honor Roll

The Onteora High School has released the High Honor Roll, Honor Roll, and Merit Roll for the first quarter.

Select the headline link above to view the list!

Onteora Blood Drive: Friday, November 30

The Onteora High School's National Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive on Friday, November 30th from 8 A.M. until 2 P.M. For an appointment, go to www.RedCrossBlood.org (sponsor code: Onteora) or see a member of the OHS National Honor Society. 

Cross-Country Runners Qualify For States

Kudos to the four Onteora cross-country runners who will be competing in the State championships in Class C: Erin Downs, Kentaro Mainieri, Satch Sumner-Waldman, and Lucciana Robertson. The quartet qualified for States based on their stellar performances at the Section 9 championships

Onteora Music Students Selected to Area All-State

Congratulations to the Onteora music ensemble members, who have been chosen to perform at the annual New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Area All-State festival being held at Wallkill High School on November 16 and 17.

Onteora Students Headed to NYSSMA Conference All-State

Congratulations to Adrianne Cox (Treble Choir), Miriam Silver-Altman (Symphonic Orchestra), and Jules  Schauffler (Symphonic Orchestra), who have been chosen to represent Onteora High School at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All-State Music Festival.

District Enhances Security with New Visitor Management System

In light of the enhanced focus on safety and security in our schools, we are writing to let you know that we will begin using a new visitor management system in all of our schools starting in September. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and our new system will enable us to do that.

Transportation Schedules

Transportation information for the 2018-19 school year is now available on the student/parent portal. Please log in for the most up to date information. If you are unable to log in to the portal to retrieve transportation information, please contact your child's school.

2018-19 Student-Parent Handbook

This handbook is intended to serve as a summary of our rules, procedures, and expectations and it is not meant to be all-inclusive. If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss them with any faculty member, staff, or administrator.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) helps safeguard student information. Please review the attached form if you wish to keep certain student information private.

Military Opt-Out Information

School district are required to provide military recruiters with secondary students' names, addresses and telephone numbers.

Fall Athletic Parent & Player Meeting: August 7

There will be a Fall Athletic Parent and Player meeting on Tuesday August 7th at 6pm in the Onteora High school auditorium to discuss the upcoming fall season. All middle school and high school students planning to participate in a fall sport should attend this meeting along with their parents.

Onteora Grads March into the Future

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Nearly 100 Onteora seniors marched onto the football field on June 22 for an important rite of passage: the end of their high school careers, and the beginning of a brand-new chapter of their lives.