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FJHS holiday concert draws huge crowd: The Fulton Junior High School holiday concert recently brought familiar sounds of the season to the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium. The Seventh Grade Holiday Concert featured “Spectrum,” “Little Bit of Swing,” and “Furioso performed by the band, and “Christmas Time,” “In Winter, So Many Stars,” and “A Family Christmas Spectacular” by the chorus. The latter piece was a medley of Christmas favorites, featuring baritones, which were new choral parts for the seventh-graders who either sang as altos or sopranos in sixth-grade. The Seventh Grade Orchestra closed out the show with “Stomp!,” “Burgundian Carol,” and “Christmas Fiddlers in the Hall.” Loud cheers and applause was heard at the ... more >>
Fairgrieve readers have PIZZAzz: Students in grades one through six at Fairgrieve Elementary have served up reading success.   The school's 2016-2017 Accelerated Reader (AR) program theme is pizza. Each grade level has an AR goal each marking period, ranging from 2.5 to 12 points. For every 10 points achieved, students will receive a Pizza Point Club button.   Students who meet their quarterly goal will receive a Pizza "brag tag." If students meet their goals by May 25, they will be invited to the AR PIZZAzz Festival and enjoy games, prizes, crafts and photographs. AR readers who garner 100, or more, points by May 25 and achieve an 80+ average on AR quizzes will join Principal Jean Sampsell at the school's annual Pizza with the Principal celebration. Each month, the student who earns the ... more >>
Fulton UPK sing-a-long a huge success: Students in Fulton City School District's Universal Pre-Kindergarten program made the holiday season merry and bright for hundreds of people who packed the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium for the recent UPK Holiday Sing-a-Long. Students sang and danced to holiday classics before Santa made a surprise appearance. During the month of December, students throughout all FCSD schools showcased their musical and vocal talents during winter concerts. Pictured is Santa during his brief visit. Here is a look at the UPK Holiday Sing-a-Long fun:           more >>
Fulton teachers embrace effective feedback for students: Fulton City School District teachers were recently re-energized to use assessments and information to empower and engage students, thanks to guest presenter Nicole Vagle. The information was delivered to the teachers during a recent Staff Development Day where Vagle, a presenter with the professional development powerhouse of Solution Tree, encouraged FCSD teachers to pay attention to how students perceive assessments so they don't shut down. Students need to feel motivated to succeed, she said. Re-focusing on classroom and learning assessments over assessments about teaching (standardized and benchmark), will help pave the way for a more balanced system. All assessments, she said, must teach students to reflect and track progress. Elizabeth Conners, FCSD Executive Director of Instruction ... more >>
Rotary donates dictionaries to elementary students: Fairgrieve Elementary third-graders and fourth-graders recently received both holiday cheer and free dictionaries from Fulton Noon Rotary members. Rotarians Alissa Viscome, Patrick Kinane and Pamela Kinane spoke with the students about the importance of literacy and learning. They said that when students obtain the proper educational tools, such as their own dictionary, they will improve their literacy skills. As the dictionaries were handed out to each student, they rushed back to their seats and flipped through the pages, looking up new words. Principal Jean Sampsell said it was nice to see the students so excited to learn new information. Rotarians also distributed free dictionaries to all third-graders and fourth-graders at Granby, Volney and Lanigan elementary schools. Below ... more >>
Jared Campbell shares positive messages at Volney: Kindness, compassion and acceptance are all Volney Elementary School character traits that were recently reinforced by singer/songwriter Jared Campbell. Campbell once again visited the Volney Vikings to inspire students to love themselves and everyone around them. He offered two performances: one for kindergarteners through second-graders and another for students in grades three through six. In the latter presentation, Campbell encouraged students to listen to the lyrics of his original song, “When I Was a Kid,” about nothing standing in a child’s way of success. Students also heard a message about the power of music and its impact on people as Campbell sang, “A Life I Haven’t Lived Yet.” The older students discussed with Campbell struggles of feeling ... more >>
Lanigan Welcomes Singer/Songwriter Jared Campbell: Club Lanigan is open to all Lanigan Elementary School students and is always accepting new members!   Inclusion of, and kindness to, all from Singer/Songwriter Jared Campbell recently inspired students to be self-confident. Campbell performed for all Lanigan students, but his presentation for kindergarteners through second-graders was tailored to friendship. Students learned Campbell’s top-three ways to make new friends: find someone who is excited to see you, know that person will always be by your side and stick with people who love you for you.   Club Lanigan, he said, is a great way to make friends and feel accepted. Students agreed that their peers, teachers and Principal Jeff Hendrickson were invited to join the group! There was only one rule: no bullies allowed! ... more >>
Principal’s Award given to Fairgrieve students: One student from each classroom at Fairgrieve Elementary School recently received a Principal’s Award because they proved to be role models throughout Marking Period 1.   The quarterly honor was given to students during a Morning Express program, where recipients were recognized by Principal Jean Sampsell in front of their peers, Fairgrieve staff members and several guests.   Principal Sampsell said the awardees are “amazing workers” who help make the school a warm environment. For their efforts, the students received a medal.   Sitting, from left are: Sophia Hudson, Kayla Pero, Andie Kerr, MacKenzie Schopp, Marissa Smith, Braydon Richardson Heaney, Corbin Burns, Lynnae LaPage, Chase Ilacqua and Dominic Rellos. Kneeling, from left, are: Hunter ... more >>
Lanigan 1st graders visit museum: Tis the season for Lanigan Elementary School first-graders to learn about the history of their community.   Accompanied by their teachers and a handful of guests during recent visits to the Pratt House, students received guided tours of the two-story museum. There, they took a step back in time as they learned about Christmas of yesteryear and home life in the 1800s/early 1900s.   The students also participated in the museum’s annual Parade of Trees event, where they voted for their favorite decorated Christmas tree to help local schools and nonprofit organizations win small cash prizes. Several Fulton City School District programs and classrooms submitted entries, including trees with the following themes: Haudenosaunee Peace Tree by Lanigan Elementary fourth-graders, ... more >>
Volney Elementary honors role model students: Several Volney Elementary School students were recently named by their teachers as classroom role models because they exhibited gratitude throughout the month of November.   Principal Todd Terpening presented each recipient with a special award during a school assembly where he commended the students for showing thanks and appreciation to their teachers and for setting great examples for their peers.   November classroom role models include: Caylin Maynard, Lucas LaBeef, Seth Smith, Devin Catalone, Brynn Graf, Lilyann Ermini, Carter Perras, Henry Jerred, Josie Smith, Zoey Fink, Collen Austin, Emma Hutchinson, Caleb Clark, Santina Cunningham, Haven Hicks, Emma Kerfien, Danielle Boyce, Layne Osborn, Caiden Taber, Iz Moxley and Elijah Turner.   Also recognized were ... more >>
Expectation experts named at Fairgrieve Elementary: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently named expectation experts by Principal Jean Sampsell. For their efforts, the honorees received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and cheers from their peers, staff members and guests during a Morning Express program. Principal Sampsell praised each student for doing a fantastic job in their classroom and school following expectations of problem-solving, responsibility and safety throughout the month of November. “They certainly are awesome role models; keep up the amazing work,” she said. Seated, from left, are Expectation Award recipients: Dylan Mann, Cara Nelson, Kaya Renfrew, Taryn Murphy, Nathan Smith, Hadley Young, Matthew Decker, Aiden Carvey and Kenneth Thompson. Kneeling, from left, are: ... more >>
Fairgrieve students exceed cafeteria expectations: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently honored during a Morning Express program because they exceeded behavioral expectations in the cafeteria throughout the month of November. For their efforts, the Golden Spoon award recipients received a “brag tag” to add to their collection. Sitting, from left, are: Alivia Ruscitto, Ralph Paro, Lauren Thornber, Addison Gleason, Drake Bennett, Jeremy Wright, Drake Kline, Travis Collins, Brooklynne Reed, Kenneth Thompson and Ami Brooks. Kneeling, from left, are: Jacob Miner, Maddison Blake, Olivia Bauer, William Duso, Cassandra Wagar, Gage Brown, Alexis Myers, Brock Bowering and Madison Towsley. Standing, from left, are Principal Jean Sampsell and students: Sean Wright, Matthias Searor, Izabella Bogardus, McKenna Lawson, ... more >>
GRB students receive academic honors: Hundreds of G. Ray Bodley High School students received academic honors upon the completion of Marking Period 1. Students achieved honor roll status with a cumulative grade point average between 84.5 and 89.4. High honor roll status was awarded to students who achieved a cumulative grade point average of 89.5 or higher.   Freshmen who received high honor include: Annaliese  Archer, Nathaniel Archer, Kylie Ashline, Rebecca Bailey, Brittney Baum, Conner Billings, Mackenzie Birdsell, Alexander Blaine, Taylor Bonoffski, Justice Carvey, Samuel Cary, Samuel Cary, Harry Chen, Dawson Curtis, Domenic Dashnau, Bernadette DeMott, Nolan Dexter, Julie Duval, Dominic Fischel, Ethan Fischel, Anthony Galletta, Ryan Gerth, Madison Gilmore, Seth Grimshaw, Heidie Hall, Laura Hayden, Chloe Hurlbut, ... more >>
Lanigan students honored for gratitude: Lanigan Elementary School is filled with thankful students. A handful of the youngsters were recently recognized as school role models for exhibiting gratitude throughout November. For their efforts, they received a special certificate, applause and cheers from their peers, Lanigan staff members and guests. Twenty-four students received the monthly “Role Model” award because they were polite, thankful for help received as school and showed appreciation. School Psychologist Carlo Cuccaro led the school assembly and talked with students about the meaning of gratitude. Cuccaro encouraged students to thank the adults in their lives who help them live happy, healthy lives. Role model award recipients include: Shylee Holmes, Elizabeth Saba, Kaleb Rupert, Caleb Allen, Kylie Stevens, ... more >>
Select Volney students lead their own report card conferences: Several Volney Elementary School students have taken charge of their own education. Students in Tracy Richards’ class recently led their parent-teacher conference at the end of the first marking period. This process, she said, has increased student engagement and allowed them to take ownership of their learning. Richards’ students practiced reciting information to their peers before their meetings. During one conference, First Grader Michael Herrald showed his mother, Meghan, a snapshot of his accomplishments, complete with photographs and data charts. He shared what he enjoyed about school, goals he has worked on, his writing portfolio and he reflected on progress he has made since the beginning of the school year. Richards said student-led conferences are not required and ... more >>
Fairgrieve students show gratitude: Over 20 students Fairgrieve Elementary School students were honored during a recent Morning Express program because they exhibited the character education trait of gratitude throughout the month of November. Principal Jean Sampsell said all recipients have shown they are grateful and thankful in their classroom. For their efforts, they received applause, praise and a “brag tag” to add to their collection. As part of the monthly celebration, students, staff members and guests were treated to a performance of “We Give Thanks” by the Fourth Grade Glee Club. Director Hope Lawton said the message was about thanking people who make a difference in people’s lives. Sitting, from left, are: Alea Runge, Piper Litchison, Selia Clark, Drake Bennett, Brandon Wines, Maximus ... more >>
Lanigan Elementary honors veterans: A big school assembly at Lanigan Elementary School had one, simple message: “Thank you, veterans.” Students and staff members applauded, cheered and waved paper American flags as over one dozen veterans paraded into the school’s cafeteria for a special Veterans Day ceremony. Principal Jeff Hendrickson encouraged students to both thank and show appreciation for the men and women who served their country. Together, everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance and stood proudly as the national anthem was sung by Morgan Rhoads. The audience watched a short video, which featured messages from Lanigan students on what Veterans Day means to them. Several students in grades kindergarten through six then sang a special “Thank You” song to all of the veterans. After ... more >>
Granby parents enjoy lunch and learn sessions: Granby Elementary School seeks to improve school-to-home communication through Lunch and Learn sessions.   At each grade-level event, parents are invited to have lunch with their child and then learn more from teachers on how they can work together to help students continue to succeed academically and behaviorally.   During the short program, parents gain a greater insight of core curriculum standards and are encouraged by teachers to engage students in learning at home. During the recent fifth-grade Lunch and Learn, teachers provided a look-ahead for the second academic quarter: fractions, increased writing opportunities, Earth cycles and Latin American culture. Granby Elementary School student Kayleigh Griffis enjoys lunch with her mother Sandra Griffis, right, ... more >>
4th graders at Lanigan learn about native culture: Lanigan Elementary School fourth-graders recently took home a piece of current Native American History. Simple, leftover wood shavings from the making of a wooden lacrosse stick served as reminders that the native way of life goes far beyond pictures of teepees in old history books. In the midst of their academic unit on the Haudenosaunee people, the fourth-graders learned about local Native American culture from Alf Jacques, a member of the Onondaga Turtle Clan. The Onondaga Nation is one of six nations the students learned that form the Iroquois League. Jacques’ presentation at the Fulton Education Center included an explanation of how he makes wooden lacrosse sticks, insight on Haudenosaunee culture and the importance of preserving local history. Onondaga Turtle Clan ... more >>
GRB students help provide a hero’s welcome: U.S. History students at G. Ray Bodley High School recently became a part of their own local history during a hero’s homecoming for Army Cpl. Joseph Trepasso. The students and several Fulton City School District staff members stretched along East Broadway Street between South Fourth and South Fifth streets, waving tiny American Flags. Some also saluted Cpl. Trepasso as a hearse transporting his flag-draped casket brought him to his final resting place. In 1950, unbeknownst to the Trepasso family, Cpl. Trepasso was killed in action during the Korean War. He had been reported missing in action and presumed dead, according to his niece, Carrie Trapasso Halladay. Decades and a couple of familial DNA tests later, Cpl. Trepasso’s remains were found and then identified in April 2015. ... more >>

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