|Assistant Principal's Message|
Welcome to Ogdensburg Free Academy (OFA) – Home of the Blue Devils!
I’m an OFA graduate; class of 1985. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University and my Master of Education (Educational Leadership/Administration) degree from Northern Arizona University. I taught and coached in the state of Arizona for nearly ten (10) years. In 2003, I relocated back to New York, and was the Athletic Coordinator at Salmon River Central School. Upon my return to Ogdensburg; in 2005 I was employed at OFA as a Physical Education teacher and coach, 2006 became the Director of Athletics and Physical Education, and with the commencement of the 2013-2014 academic year, transitioned into administration as the OFA Assistant Principal Grades 9-12/Athletic Director.
As a student at OFA, your child will experience an educational environment conducive to his/her growth not only academically, but holistically. Our faculty and staff are unparalleled! These highly motivated and dedicated professionals are here to encourage and guide your child, preparing him/her to become successful in all of his/her endeavors.
In the classroom, our strong and sound teachers will provide your child with a classroom experience second to none, enabling him/her to achieve academic success. Our hard-working and enthusiastic coaches and advisors will perpetuate this sense of accomplishment by leading and mentoring them while they pursue other areas of interest, outside the classroom. Extra-curricular activities are an “extension” of the classroom, a supplemental and vital component of the high school educational experience. Participation in any of the multitude and variety of extra-curricular activities offered at OFA is a privilege, and contingent upon the fulfillment of responsibilities by the student. These responsibilities, standards of behavior and expectations, both in and out of the classroom, are set forth and outlined in the Ogdensburg City School District’s adopted “Student Code of Conduct”.
I relish my role as an educator/administrator and continuing to be a member of the OCSD; an educational system that has such high, yet attainable standards and expectations for the youth of our community. Our goal has always been, and our purpose will continue to be, preparing all of “our” children for the challenges they will face after they depart the hallowed halls of OFA; providing them with the tools and confidence they will need to become our nation’s future leaders.
With your involvement and support, I’m confident that we will continue this tradition of excellence.
Let’s Go Big Blue!
Anthony E. Bjork