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Small crowd turns out for Common Core education

Small crowd turns out for Common Core education

Fewer than 20 parents attended an informational session on the Federal Common Core Standards at the Onteora Middle/High School on the evening of December 4. It was not the crowd of people Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Spiegel-McGill was hoping for. However, for parents who attended, confused over the system and new ways their children learn, they...
Herren chills Onteora students with stories of drug abuse

Herren chills Onteora students with stories of drug abuse

Former NBA-Basketball star and recovered drug addict Chris Herren told his chilling story to a full audience of Onteora District grade-nine-through-twelve High School students at a Friday morning assembly on substance abuse. Over 400 students arrived at the auditorium in a typical noisy fashion that morning. But once the 30-minute film, titled Hoop Dreams, focusing...
Onteora weighs later start for middle, high school

Onteora weighs later start for middle, high school

Dozens of parents attended the October 21 Onteora Central School District Board of Education meeting at Woodstock Primary School, to comment on a proposal to institute later starting times for secondary students. A cordial, often entertaining debate broke out among parents either for or against secondary students starting classes at a later hour but all...
Onteora board review ends without superintendent extension

Onteora board review ends without superintendent extension

Onteora Central School District Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Spiegel-McGill’s contract expires June 30, 2016, leaving approximately two years left on a four-year contract. As required in McGill’s contract, the Board of Education in June met in executive session to review it, but no action was taken to renew or extend. According to McGill’s contract agreement, the...
Onteora’s report card is above average

Onteora’s report card is above average

Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Spiegel-McGill claimed “steady progress” as she presented the 2012/13 Onteora Central School District school report card at the June 17 Board of Education meeting at Phoenicia Primary School. Overall test scores show that the district is in good standing with an 87 percent graduation rate compared to 80 percent at the State...