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NYSED Cancels U.S. History Regents

We have a received notification from NYSED that the U.S. History Regents that was scheduled for June 1 has been cancelled and will not be administered this year. As a result, students enrolled in U.S. History Regents courses will take an in-class final exam on June 13th and 14th. Students enrolled in the Advanced Placement U.S. History course will complete a research project which will be used for the final exam.

June Final Exams & 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 2022 - Examination Information

NYS Seal of Biliteracy

This June, 12 Onteora seniors are graduating with a prestigious and well-deserved mark of distinction: New York State’s Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSOB).

“The seal recognizes advanced achievement in both English as well as another World Language, with students having to earn points in both languages through coursework and AP and Regent exams, as well as a final presentation on a year of research in a World Language other than English,” explained Valerie Stewart, Onteora’s World Languages Liaison. 

2022 Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Principal's Award Recipient Announced

The Onteora Central School District is proud to announce that Joey Driscoll is Valedictorian of the Class of 2022, Tahlula Potter is Salutatorian, and Shane Stackpole is this year’s recipient of the Principal’s Award.

“We are extremely proud of Joey, Tahlula, and Shane, who have excelled both inside and outside of the classroom, and have contributed so much to the Onteora community,” said Onteora High School Principal Lance Edelman. “We have no doubt they will continue to make us proud in the years to come.”

Mental Health Awareness Month at Onteora High School

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing. While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their overall state of mind. As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, Onteora Middle/High School will be shedding light on these important topics.

Student Behavior Expectations/Social Media

Please select the headline to read an important update from our Interim Superintendent of Schools about our expectations regarding student behavior and the influence of social media.

After School Supervision Guidelines

The Onteora Middle and High School have enhanced the supervision of students who stay for after school extracurricular activities. Please select the headline to review our current guidelines.

HS Spirit Week

Onteora High School Spirit Week is May 9-13. Select the headline above to learn about some of the activities that are planned.

3rd Quarter Honor Roll

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

Select the headline for more.

Remote Learning Due To Weather

In the event that it becomes necessary to shift to remote learning, students are to follow their regular class schedules from home. Students need to access  the Google Classroom for each of their classes. Unless otherwise noted in the Google Classroom, students are expected to join Google Meets for remote instruction.

Please send an email to the school if you are unable to access remote learning due to power or internet connectivity issues.

BOCES C&T students have been provided with specific information from their instructors.

School Newspaper Is Online - The Talon

The Onteora High School is pleased to announce that the school's newspaper, The Talon, can now be accessed online.

A digital copy of the April 2022 edition can be found under the "Clubs" -> "School Newspaper - The Talon" section of the high school's website or by selecting the following link: The Talon

Weather Delay Schedules

In the event of a school delay, please select the headline link to view the modified schedule for the day. Thank you.

Calendar Revision: School Is In Session on April 18

he Board of Education approved a calendar change regarding make-up snow days.  Due to this change, all OCSD schools will be in session for in-person instruction on Monday, April 18th. However, school will not be in session on Monday, April 11th.

Anonymous Alerts

The Onteora Middle and High School are pleased to introduce a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts®  The Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.


World Languages Week

In early March, the hallways of the Middle School/High School were filled with artfully illustrated foreign proverbs, as students in foreign-language classes celebrated World Language Week (March 7-11) by participating in a schoolwide contest. Continuing a longstanding Onteora tradition, they created colorful posters that showcased their creativity as well as their language skills.

High School Wind Ensemble Celebrates Music in Our Schools Month

Kudos to the Onteora High School Wind Ensemble, which performed in the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza on March 3 as part of Music In Our Schools Month. The performance was sponsored by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).

Onteora Booster Club: Membership Drive

Join the Onteora Booster Club and help our Onteora Eagles Soar! The Onteora Booster Club's mission is to support ALL secondary students and extra-curricular programs, promote school spirit, and foster high standards for scholarship, integrity, and good sportsmanship in all activities. Select the headline for more information.

High School Orchestra Performs in State Capital

The Onteora High School Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble recently showcased their talents at Albany’s Empire State Plaza as part of Music In Our Schools Month. The March 1 performance was sponsored by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).

2nd Quarter Honor Roll

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

Virtual Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center Open House

A virtual Open House for parents and students interested in attending the Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center is planned for February 17, 2022. Participants can attend a session at either 5 PM or 6 PM, or can attend both if they would like to preview additional programs. 

2022-23 Course Scheduling Information

The scheduling process of the 2021-22 school year as begun. Select the headline above to learn more about the process and to view our course offerings. For additional information, please contact your child's school counselor. 

Winter Music Concerts

We are pleased to announce the dates and times of winter concerts:

Thursday, February 17 at 5:30 P.M. - Middle School Orchestra & Middle School Chorus
Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 P.M. - High School Orchestra & High School Chorus

Wednesday, February 23 at 5:30 P.M. - Middle School Band
Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 P.M. - High School Band

All performances will be live streamed. 

Ticket Information: Seating will be limited and reservations are required to attend. Each musician will be receiving information in their music ensemble class. 

Shift to Remote Learning - January 12 - January 14

Effective Wednesday, January 12, 2022, as a District, we will be shifting to a 100% remote learning model for the remainder of the school week (January 12 - January 14). 

During this time period, students are to follow their regular class schedule. The A/B schedule can be found on our website.

Updated Mid-Term Exams & Half Year Course Final Exams Information

In an effort to reduce some stress and anxiety to our students, our faculty has agreed to cancel all formal mid-term examinations. This will allow us to recover some instructional time while also providing teachers and students the opportunity to catch up within the curriculum. Please note that half-year courses, including one semester college-level courses, will still have final exams (during class time).   

January Regents Have Been Cancelled

NYSED has officially cancelled all January Regents exams. As a result, all previously designated Regents days (days in which students would only come to school if they were scheduled to take an exam) must be changed to instructional days. All students will be required to be in attendance on these days. Mid-term exams will still be administered.  Additional information will be posted on our website when we return from winter break.

Please select the headline for additional information.

COVID-19 Community Resources

Ulster County Department of Health has delivered free Rapid Home Antigen Tests to be disseminated to all interested Onteora families. Onteora Middle and High School Students can pickup test kits outside the principal's office at dismissal on Tuesday 12/21/21 and Wednesday 12/22/21.

Parents will also be able to pick up testing kits at our Boiceville Administration Office from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm on 12/23/21.

Yearbooks: Advanced Ordering Information (Reduced Price)

The Onteora Record Yearbook is now on sale!  Advanced orders for the 2022 Onteora High School Record Yearbook are now being accepted.  To order a yearbook at a reduced price through December 21 please go to the Lifetouch website: 

Enter Yearbook ID Code: 10770922

SAT Prep Course for Juniors - After School

The after school SAT Prep Class will meet on Thursdays from 2:45 - 4:15 starting on January 6th and running through May 5th. Attendance will be required for the full 90 minutes on each Thursday. To sign up for this course, or for more information, 11th grade students should visit the "11 - Counseling Center (Class of 2023)" Google Classroom. 

1st Quarter Honor Roll

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!

NHS Winter Apparel Drive

Throughout November, the National Honor Society will be collecting donations of NEW socks and other cold weather items like hats, gloves and scarves. Students, faculty, and staff can drop off items in collection bins located in the Main Office and the Guidance/Counseling Office

Parent-Teacher Conferences - November 2 & 3

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled on Tuesday, November 2 from 3:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. and from 6:00 P.M to 7:30 P.M. and on Wednesday, November 3 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Select the headline for scheduling information.

Early Release - Countywide Evacuation Drill: November 4

On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Onteora Central School District will be participating in a countywide Evacuation Drill. 

This means that on Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Onteora Middle and High School will be dismissing students at 2:20 P.M.

Winter Sports Information & Registration

Information is being provided to student-athletes and their parents about the winter sports season. Please select the headline above for update information, including:

  • Winter sports for High School (Junior Varsity and Varsity) will begin on Monday, November 15th- Registration through Family ID is now open.
  • Winter sports for Middle School (Modified) will begin on Monday, November 22nd – Registration through Family ID opens on October 22nd.



PSAT Information

We will administer the PSAT on Wednesday, October 13th. The PSAT will take place during school hours in the morning from roughly 8:00AM – 10:45AM. Registration for the PSAT will remain the same (see below), but the $18 cost will be covered by the district. The fee for the exam will be covered by the district.

High School Open House: September 30, 2021

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Onteora High School, I would like to invite you to our Virtual Open House on Thursday, September 30, from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet their high school student's teachers in order to learn about course curriculum and teacher expectations. 

We have created an Open House webpage to facilitate the schedule and provide links to each teacher's Google Meet.

For additional information, please select the headline above.

Spirit Week (9/20 - 9/24)

Attention, OHS students! Get ready for Spirit Week 2021! Show your Onteora Pride each day of the week leading up to our Homecoming events on Saturday, September 25. Monday (September 20) is Pajama Day, Tuesday (September 21) is Tie Dye Day, Wednesday (September 22) is Fandom Day, Thursday (September 23) is Decade Day, and Friday (September 24) is Class Color or Jersey Day. A full schedule of events will be posted on the Athletic Department’s website (

Change In Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures

To enhance the safety of our school community, we are amending our pick up and drop off procedures. Students who are being picked up at the end of the day / or dropped off in the morning at the Middle/High School should do so at the West end of the building - also known as the area by the tennis courts (going up toward Bennett School).   After dropping off or picking up students at the West end, please proceed out through the tennis court parking area, and around to Route 28.   

School Pictures - September 14 & 15

Lifetouch will be at the Middle/High School on September 14 and 15 to take student portraits. High school students will receive information through their English classes and middle school students will receive information from their social studies teachers about the exact time and date for their photos. 

To order pictures:

2021-22 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.

Fall Athletic Parent/Player Meeting - August 18 at 7 P.M.

There will be a Fall Athletic Parent and Player Zoom meeting on Wednesday, August 18 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss the upcoming Fall season.  All high school students planning to participate in a Fall sport should attend this meeting along with their parent(s).  All Fall athletes must be medically cleared at the start of the season to participate in interscholastic athletics.  Tryout information and academic eligibility will be discussed as well, so please take this opportunity to join us!  I look forward to seeing everyone!

Meeting Link:

Onteora Earns Place on List of Best U.S. High Schools 2021

Onteora High School (OHS) has earned a spot on the U.S. News listing of the best U.S. High Schools. OHS is ranked 175th in New York State, and second in Ulster County.

Among the factors taken into account in Onteora’s ranking was the school’s Advanced Placement (AP) exam participation rate, which is 44 percent, as well as its graduation rate (88 percent). The U.S. News “scorecard” for Onteora also took note that mathematics proficiency among students stands at 90 percent, and reading proficiency at 91 percent.