Onteora High School News

Congratulations National Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the following High School students, who were inducted into Onteora’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) during an online ceremony held on June 9: Emily Baker, Charlotte Barry, Amelie Belfiore, Liam Bertheaud, Alexis Colangelo, Jett Conti, Nicholas Denton, Zoe Gabriel, Ruby Gallin, Charlie Hoolihan, Isabella McHugh, Thea Millenson-Wilens, Abigail Nolan, Beau Reid, Eleanor Schackne-Martello, Takemi Sono-Knowles, Gianna Tisch, Maeve Turck, Trapper Van Dreason, and Nora Vogt.

Senior Scholarship & Awards

Onteora High School is pleased to announce the names of the recipients of this year's senior scholarships and awards. Thanks to the generosity of the Onteora community, our seniors received more than $475,000 in scholarships. Students were recognized in a wide range of areas, including music, art, business, sportsmanship, citizenship, community service, leadership, extracurricular activities, character, and academic excellence. Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Select the following link to view our presentation.

Congratulations Class of 2021

Working collaboratively, High School administrators, the Onteora Teacher Association, and our School Resource Officer arranged for lawn signs honoring Onteora’s Class of 2021. Teachers delivered the congratulatory signs to the homes of our graduating seniors. Students who will be receiving scholarships and awards were also provided with an additional sign. The names of the recipients of each award, along with a description of each award, will be posted on the High School’s website at 7 PM on Wednesday, June 9.

Mental Health Awareness Month

During the month of May, which is Mental Health Awareness month, a school social worker and a school psychologist visited High School students in their Social Studies classes and discussed topics related to mental health, including where to find support. Each session started with reflections on and reactions to a video and music composition that was created by Class of 2021 Salutatorian Archie Lewis-Harris (https://bit.ly/34w8SoA). The presentation will be given to Middle School students on June 3 and 4.

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 May 2021 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

Onteora Senior Wins State Culinary Competition, Qualifies for Nationals

Onteora senior Stefan Frasca of Olivebridge, a second-year student in the Ulster BOCES Culinary Arts Program, came in first place in the Culinary Arts category at the New York State SkillsUSA championships. The event was held on April 14 via livestream in front of four judges.

For winning first place in the New York State SkillsUSA’s Culinary Arts competition, he will be receiving scholarship money towards his tuition at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). His first-place win also qualifies him to compete for additional scholarship funds at the upcoming National SkillsUSA Culinary Arts competition, which will take place (again via livestream) on June 24.

NYS Seal of Biliteracy

This June, 14 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 fourth year that the school district has encouraged students to seek this seal, which will be affixed to their High School diplomas and transcripts.

Onteora High Jumper Signs Letter of Intent to Attend SUNY Binghamton

Onteora High School Grade 12 student Lucciana Robertson has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend SUNY Binghamton, a Division 1 school, on an athletic scholarship. Lucciana, who was recruited to compete in the High Jump, signed the letter on April 29 during a festive ceremony attended by family members as well as Onteora teammates, coaches, teachers, administrators, and staff.

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.

2021 Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Principal's Award Recipient Announced

Onteora High School (OHS) is pleased to announce that Simon Rands is Valedictorian, Archie Lewis-Harris is Salutatorian, and Emily Peck is the Principal’s Award Winner for the Class of 2021.

OHS Principal Lance Edelman is extremely proud of these three honorees. “They possess all of the qualities that we hope for in our students,” he said. “They are exemplary students who have positive attitudes, thrive when challenged, have optimistic perspectives, and are strong student ambassadors.”

Technology Support

Our technology department is available to assist students with their Chromebooks and other district issued devices. If you require support for your device, or need guidance on how to use any of our learning platforms, please submit a request by completing a request form.

Onteora's Got Talent - Talent Show May 28 at 7 P.M.

The Onteora Middle School/High School talent show will happen virtually this year. We are currently looking for student acts featuring singers, comedians, jazz musicians, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, rock bands, poets, acrobats, classical music ensembles, or even skits.

Video submissions will be shown via Zoom webinar with live MCs on Friday, May 28, starting at 7 PM. There will be prizes and audience choice awards!

Thank You Teachers - From NHS

During National Teacher Appreciation Week, students from Onteora High School's chapter of the National Honor Society expressed their gratitude to their teachers with written messages. Check out their message by selecting this link.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing. As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, Onteora High School will be shedding light on these important topics. The Middle and High School’s School Psychologists and Social Worker will be inviting students to engage in various mental health activities throughout the month of May. The goal is to educate and end the stigma of seeking help. This will be incorporated through classroom lessons, mindfulness exercises, increasing discussions on coping strategies, and raising awareness.

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.

Principal's Message

I am pleased to inform you that we are ready to enter the next phase of our learning model. Starting Monday, May 3, all students who are currently enrolled in the hybrid learning model will have the opportunity to attend school in-person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will remain a remote learning day for all students.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

Parent Workshop: Social Emotional Well-Being

Social Emotional Learning Workshops For HS/MS Parents
Wednesday, May 5th from 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M..
 

Join a discussion facilitated by Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility to: share, listen and deepen your relationship with other Middle and High School parents, explore a range of social and emotional learning and self care practices, and discuss ways to support your children’s social, emotional, and academic development. (Select the headline for more information and to register.)

3rd Quarter Honor Roll

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

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Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

Virtual College Fair: Thursday, April 29

Hold the date! Onteora High School will be participating in a Virtual College Fair on Thursday, April 29 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  This will be an opportunity to chat with admission counselors throughout out region and across the country. Additional information, including the link to sign up for the fair, will be provided prior to April 29th. 

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

Yearbooks: Order Deadline Extended to April 19

Time is running out to purchase your 2021 Onteora High School yearbook! Online orders can be made through April 19th at:

www.ybpay.lifetouch.com

Code:  10770921

After April 19th we can still accept orders but books cannot be customized.  Orders after April 19th can be made using paper order forms, please contact Mr. Connolly if you are in need of one

Spring Sports: Family ID is Open

The Spring season will begin on April 19, 2021 and run to approximately the middle of June. We will host an informational meeting for all parents and athletes. A date and time will be announced after Spring break.

All student-athletes grades 9-12 who are interested in participating in sports MUST register through Family ID and be cleared by our Medical Director. Please  visit https://www.familyid.com/organizations/onteora-central-school-district-athletics to register.

 

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

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 March 2021 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

 Finding Resilience and Empowerment in Times of Change

March 10, 2021
12:00 P.M.-1:00 P.M.

Finding Resilience and Empowerment in Times of Change

This forum will share strategies to build resiliency skills in times of hardship or transition (i.e. shifting from remote to in-person learning) as well as what guardians can do to promote the skills to empower adolescents in negative situations. Join us to share your feelings, spark ideas, and connect with your school community.

Host: Jillian Brown, School Psychologist

Link: https://meet.google.com/oyf-goxf-uwe

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HS Band Bucket Drummers Perform "Trashin' It Up" by Chris Crockarell

Congratulations to our high school's bucket drummers from cohorts three and four for their performance of "Trashin' It Up" by Chris Crockarell.

Students featured include Noah Makowski, Paige Matteson, Lexi Olen, Reese Rotella, Sami Sheikh, Takemi Sono-Knowles, Gianna Tisch, and Andy Zygmunt . Watch and listen to their performance at https://bit.ly/38fkOh9.

You can enjoy this performance, as well as other virtual performances from our music department at http://bit.ly/2YpbToF.

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 25: Ulster BOCES Career & Tech / New Vision Presentations

The Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center will be hosting a virtual Parent/Student Information Night on Thursday, February 25. There will be two sessions: one at 5 PM, and another at 6 PM. During this virtual event, students and parents will be able to visit up to two programs (one per session), meet with school counselors and instructors, and learn about the classrooms and work labs related to the students’ professional areas of interest. Visit www.ulsterboces.org/recruit21 for the zoom links and for more information.

HS Orchestra: Virtual Performance of "Nightfall" by Yukiko Nishmura

Congratulations to members of the high school's orchestra on their virtual performance of "Nightfall" by Yukiko Nishmura. Students featured include Abigail Adelman (violin), Joey Driscol (violin), Julian Jordann-Grady (cello), and Maxwell Mielcarek (bass). Watch and listen to their performance at https://bit.ly/2OHi30U.

You can enjoy this performance, as well as other virtual performances from our music department at http://bit.ly/2YpbToF.

2021-22 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. 

2nd Quarter Honor Roll

Revised on 02/17/21 - The Onteora High School has released the High Honor Roll, Honor Roll, and Merit Roll for the second quarter. 

HS Wind Ensemble Virtually Performs "CRUSH"

Over the past few months, members of the Wind Ensemble have worked many hours on learning their parts for CRUSH. Once that was completed came the task of learning to play along with a rehearsal/click track while recording their performance.  What you are hearing is the culmination of all their hard work and dedication.  We hope you enjoy our first Virtual Band piece, CRUSH! 

Select this link to view and listen to the recording.

Two Onteora High School Students Performed at NYSSMA Conference All-State

Congratulations to Archie Lewis-Harris and Maxwell Mielcarek who were selected to represent Onteora High School at the NYSSMA Conference All-State Music Festival held virtually from December 3rd through December 5th, 2020.  Their selection was based upon their past NYSSMA Solo Festival scores and previous All-State participation. Max Mielcarek was selected for the All-State Symphony Orchestra on String Bass. Archie was selected for the All-State Symphonic Band on Clarinet. They competed against several other music students across the state of New York, to be selected for this prestigious honor.   

School Picture Day (Rescheduled Week of February 8)

School pictures for hybrid-learning model students have been scheduled on their in-person learning days during the week of February 8. High school students will be notified by their English teachers and middle school students will be notified by their social studies teachers with the exact date that their photo will be taken.

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​​​​​​​Navigating Parenting and Distance Learning During COVID-19

FEBRUARY 10, 2021
12:00 P.M.- 1:00 P.M.

Navigating Parenting and Distance Learning During COVID-19
Facilitated by Onteora School Psychologist Jillian Brown

Topics to discuss include effective learning spaces, maintaining a structured schedule, and time management skills. We will explore ways to encourage good study habits, how to manage behaviors, and provide support & motivation at home. 

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Athletics Update: Family ID is Open

Please select the headline for an update regarding athletics.

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom for any parents/student-athletes who are interested in participating in athletics. A link will be posted on our website and will be emailed to all high school students and parents.

All student-athletes grades 9-12 who are interested in participating in Fall II sports MUST register through Family ID and be cleared by our Medical Director. Please  visit https://www.familyid.com/organizations/onteora-central-school-district-athleticsto register.

 

Parent Workshop: Social Emotional Well-Being

Social Emotional Learning Workshop For HS/MS Parents
Monday, February 8 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Join a discussion facilitated by Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility to: share, listen and deepen your relationship with other Middle and High School parents, explore a range of social and emotional learning and self care practices, and discuss ways to support your children’s social, emotional, and academic development.

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

Canuary & February - Support Local Food Pantries

During the months of January and February, Onteora High Schools National Honor Society is collecting non-perishable food items to support local food pantries. Look for donation boxes at Hannaford in West Hurley, the Boiceville Market, and at the Pine Hill Community Center.

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

Yearbook Photos Needed

This year has brought a lot of changes to the world and the Onteora Yearbook. However, this has given the Yearbook Staff a chance to completely revamp and bring some new sections to the yearbook.

The Onteora Yearbook is trying to capture the Class of 2021 growing up. Please submit high resolution photos to hsyearbook@student.onteora.k12.ny.us. Please remember to keep all submissions school appropriate and indicate in the email who is in the photo and when it was taken.

Superintendent's Letter: Remote Learning Extended Through February 1

Dear Onteora Families,

I know that everyone is anxious to plan regarding the potential return of our students to in person learning. Our original plan was to return on Tuesday of next week, following the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I shared with the Board of Education last night that we are going to stay in the remote learning environment until the beginning of the third quarter on February 1st.  

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holiday tips

The holiday season looks very different this year and may be causing some anxiety and sadness due to the pandemic. While providing space to hear your child’s disappointment, provide options to bring light to a hard situation. Here are some tips for you and your nuclear family to celebrate and keep your children positive.

Free Meals Available Icon

School breakfast and lunch are available to families while the district is on full remote learning. If interested, please complete the online form  or call (845) 657-6383 x2181.

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!

Remote Learning: November 30 - December 11

In order to exercise as much caution as possible, and be able to track the impact of the holiday on the community metrics, we will “pause” our hybrid and in-person instructional model and shift instruction to a full remote learning schedule after the upcoming Thanksgiving break. We will return our students to our buildings on Monday, December 14th.  

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

Daily COVID-19 Screening Form

Prior to arriving at school, parents must check their child's temperature and complete the online form each morning that their child is scheduled to come to school. The link is https://entry.neric.org/onteora.

Please complete this form on your child’s phone or Chromebook.

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Thank you for continuing to work with us as we continue to adjust our plans to provide the best educational opportunities for our students while maintaining the safest environment possible for our students, faculty, and staff. To that end, we are comfortable transitioning to the next phase of our re-opening plan, which calls for returning fifty percent of our students each day to the building under our Fifty-Percent Hybrid Model.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

Parent Workshop: Social Emotional Well-Being

To help our parents and families during these challenging times, Onteora is partnering with the Morningside Center to offer online “Social Emotional Workshops” that will provide opportunities to: share, listen, and deepen your relationship with other parents and guardians; develop different stress- and anxiety-reducing practices; and explore ways to support your children’s social, emotional, and academic development.

The Secondary School Workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 17, at 10-11:30 AM and again from 6-7:30 PM. To sign up, please click on the following link: https://forms.gle/wahdH2jumgP5dxH49

Parent-Teacher Conferences - November 2 & 3

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled on Monday, 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 Tuesday, November 3 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

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Early Release - Countywide Evacuation Drill: November 5

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, the Onteora Central School District will be participating in a countywide Evacuation Drill. 

This means that on Thursday, November 5, 2020, the Onteora Middle and High School will be dismissing students at 2:20 P.M.

National Honor Society Fundraiser: Flower Power

Onteora National Honor Society is raising money for Helping Hands, our community outreach program that provides funds to local families during the holiday season.

You can support this program by going to bit.ly/ohsflowerpower and purchasing amaryllis flower bulbs.

All bulbs arrive for the holiday gift-giving season, but the deadline for the ordering is November 30th.

All funds raised will go the families in need in the Onteora Central School District.

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

Character Matters! Upcoming Webinar on College Athletics and Related Topics

This free webinar, scheduled for October 29 at 6:30 PM, will be hosted by Major League Baseball Certified Player Agent Mark Leinweaver. The session is designed for middle school/ high school student-athletes, parents, and coaches to discuss the college selection and athletic recruiting processes, which are taking place during a time when many sports seasons have been canceled due to the pandemic. Focusing on how “character matters,” the webinar will also discuss volunteering opportunities, the dangers of social media, and the importance of student-athletes being leaders when it comes to anti-bullying efforts. We hope you’ll join us!

SOCKtober & NovemBRRR

Throughout October and November, the National Honor Society will be collecting donations of NEW socks and other cold weather items like hats, gloves and scarves for Family of Woodstock. Students, faculty, and staff can drop off items in collection bins located at the east and west end entrances of the high school. There is also a donation box located at the Boiceville Market for community members who wish to participate and make donations

Attendance Guidelines

Please read the following letter from the Superintendent of Schools, by selecting the headline above, about recent changes to the Covid-19 guidelines pertaining to attendance at schools.

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents about the transition to the twenty-five percent hybrid learning model.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

COVID-19 Community Resources

Select the headline link for a list of COVID-19 local resources, including emergency numbers, crisis intervention/help lines, food and shelter, childcare information for emergency workers and essential employees, updated medical information, and resources for discussing COVID-19 with children.

Attention Student Athletes: Press Pause On Play Webinar (Sept. 29)

On September 29th at 7pm, there will be a webinar offered by our Regional Office for Athletics  featuring certified mental performance consultant, Danielle Delisio M.S., CMPC. Topics for our Student-Athletes such as; “Learning how to cope with the unknowns ,tools on how to remain positive in this ever-changing environment, and how to continue working out and keeping yourself accountable” will be covered. Students and families are encouraged to participate.  Be well and stay safe!

Principal's Message

Updated information is being provided to high school students and parents.

Please select the above headline for an update from the high school principal.

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High school families who were unable to pick up student Chromebooks on their designated day may pick up these devices on Tuesday, September 1 from 4:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. in front of the high school.

BOCES Career & Technical Education Program Information

Please select the headline above to view information for students who are enrolled in BOCES Career and Technical Education courses.

Learning Model/Calendar
All BOCES CTE programs will begin with a fully remote online learning model on September 8 and gradually phase in to hybrid model. In the hybrid model, Onteora High School students will attend their CTE program in-person on Wednesdays from 9:30 A.M to 1:00 P.M., beginning September 30.

2020-21 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.

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  • The schedule for Chromebook pick-ups is:
    • Monday, August 24:  Seniors
    • Tuesday, August 25:  Juniors
    • Wednesday, August 26:  Sophomores
    • Thursday, August 27:  Freshmen
    • Friday, August 28:  8th Graders
    • Monday, August 31:  7th Graders
       
  • Chromebooks may be picked up on the student’s designated day from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. in the bus lane in front of the school. Please drive up to the tent that is set up and remain in your vehicle at all times. A member of our staff will assist you.
     
  • Please note that due to the large volume of Chromebooks that need to be distributed, we are unable to take special requests that alter our distribution schedule. If you are unable to pick up your child’s device on their designated day, alternate arrangements will be made with you after August 31.