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GRB names valedictorian, salutatorian GRB names valedictorian, salutatorian: One hundred percent effort, all of the time.   That’s what G. Ray Bodley High School valedictorian Aryelle Barbagallo and salutatorian Megan Nicholson said earned them overall weighted grade point averages of 101.37 and 100.77, respectively. The pair said discipline, hard work, the drive to succeed and a healthy support system all contributed to them being named the top two Class of 2017 students.   For Aryelle, academic achievement was all about not going to bed unless homework was done.   “I work hard,” she said, as she admitted to even studying on the bus ride from GRB to her New Vision Allied Health classes at SUNY Oswego.   The balance of managing time wisely came with re-focusing herself every half an hour to make sure she stayed ...
GRB celebrates high honor graduates GRB celebrates high honor graduates: G. Ray Bodley High School seniors who will walk across the stage on June 24 have earned a four-year cumulative average of at least 89.5.   That academic feat has earned 75 students with high honors. For their efforts, the students were recognized during the recent 2017 High Honor Graduate Banquet where they enjoyed a meal catered by Blue Moon Grill, followed by encouraging and congratulatory words from guests, Fulton City School District administrators and guests.                                                                ...
Fairgrieve honors outstanding student citizens Fairgrieve honors outstanding student citizens: The outstanding character of several Fairgrieve Elementary students was highlighted during a recent Morning Express program honoring them with the school’s Virtue of the Month award.   Twenty-six students were recognized by their teachers because they exhibited citizenship throughout the month of June. Their impressive behavior and commitment to responsibilities earned the students the special classroom honor.   For their efforts, the students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection, as well as praise and applause from their peers, guests and Fairgrieve staff members. Principal Jean Sampsell commended each recipient for being good role models and amazing school citizens.   All students and teachers were treated to the Fourth Grade Glee ...
GRB senior athletes receive year-end honors GRB senior athletes receive year-end honors: After G. Ray Bodley’s graduation ceremony, the Fulton community will say goodbye to 87 athletes who spent their high school years achieving success in sports.   The 2017 senior athletes were honored during the Fulton Athletic Booster Club’s annual senior recognition banquet, held recently at The Oasis. As each senior athlete paraded alphabetically into the packed reception area, they were met with thunderous applause and cheers from guests, school administrators and Booster Club supporters. Club President Dan Shue said it will be sad to see the talent move on, while Fulton City School District Athletic Director Christopher Ells shared top individual and team honors.   After a delicious buffet-style dinner, guest speaker Mike Kitts, a GRB graduate and current head ...
Over $1.1 million in scholarships awarded to GRB students Over $1.1 million in scholarships awarded to GRB students: G. Ray Bodley students were awarded scholarships totaling more than $1.1 million during the high school’s annual Academic Awards Evening.   While the monetary awards were given or promised based on completion of eligibility criteria to juniors and seniors, students who are freshmen and sophomores also received recognition for their academic achievement and outstanding character.   The celebratory night opened with students Madison Lang, Jasmine James, Anna-Carole Samson and Leah O’Hanlon playing string instruments, followed by the National Anthem sung by the GRB Concert Choir. Honorees and their guests filled the GRB auditorium as Principal Donna Parkhurst offered students praise and congratulatory wishes on their achievements. She commended them as stellar examples ...
Volney guest encourages reading Volney guest encourages reading: With the end of the 2016-2017 school year approaching, local story reader Jim McKenna encouraged Volney Elementary students to remember one thing: good books are everywhere.   He emphasized emotion and actions as he read aloud the first chapter of “How to Steal a Dog” by Barbara O’Connor and a couple of short stories to students in grades kindergarten through six. Students learned that finding solutions to problems are in nearly every book, along with several other life lessons.   His visit to Volney helped promote literacy and a love of reading. That is something the Fulton City School District has encouraged to help avoid the “summer slide,” which is when students lose academic skills over the summer when school is not in session. McKenna ...
Music teaches tolerance to Volney students Music teaches tolerance to Volney students: Volney Elementary students had a rockin’ good time during a recent “Promoting Tolerance Thru Music” performance at the school.   Johnny Bletch, drummer for local band Frostbit Blue, and Jim Eckert, lead guitar player for local band Jolly Roger, teamed up to teach Volney students that if you give something new – such as music, friends or school work- a chance, that one new thing could possibly change your life. The pair played rock, blues, country, jazz, Latin, funk and reggae music styles as students cheered, swayed and clapped to the beats.   The program taught students to be open-minded about things or people they are not familiar with, which served as an encouraging message about tolerance, the school’s character education trait for the month ...
Students earn effort awards at Volney Elementary Students earn effort awards at Volney Elementary: Volney Elementary students who have shown great effort academically or behaviorally throughout May were recently honored with the school’s Virtue of the Month Award.   All 20 recipients were nominated for the honor by their classroom teacher and received congratulatory remarks from Principal Todd Terpening. For their efforts, the students received a Principal’s Award and much praise and applause from teachers, classmates and guests during a school assembly.   Principal Terpening said each honoree has made the school a better place to learn and he looks forward to hearing more great things from the students in the future. He commended parents and guardians for encouraging and supporting students at home to help them achieve success at school. Principal Terpening ...
Meet Chris Leece: Incoming FJHS Principal Meet Chris Leece: Incoming FJHS Principal: The Fulton Junior High School will have a familiar face in charge when Christopher Leece assumes principal duties on July 1.   While he began his Fulton City School District career as an FJHS science teacher from 2004 to 2012, Leece climbed the educational ladder to serve as the alternative education program coordinator from 2012 to 2013 and as a science teacher and science department chairman at G. Ray Bodley High School from 2013 to present.   Leece obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in secondary education from SUNY Oswego. After he taught for over a decade, Leece wanted to make a wider impact on students. He then received a Certificate of Advanced Study so he could take on an administrative role. Having been in Futon for 14 years, ...
May expectation experts named at Fairgrieve Elementary May expectation experts named at Fairgrieve Elementary: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently named expectation experts for the month of May.   The group was commended during a recent Morning Express program where they received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and applause from guests, teachers and peers. Honorees were nominated by their teacher for exhibiting the school’s core expectations throughout the classroom and the school hallways.   Sitting, from left, are awardees: Gabriella Gardner, Skyler Perkins, Matthew Tice, Madison Allen, Selia Cook, Julissa Holley, Kaylee Halstead, Dominic Rellos, Marquis Andrews and Peyton Blair. Kneeling, from left, are: Lillian Cunningham, Gage Brown, Donald Belson, Antonio Tussey, Dante Heaney, Domenic Stevens, Dominic Harris and Tanner Shear. ...
Lanigan students earn effort awards Lanigan students earn effort awards: Several Lanigan Elementary School students were honored during a recent school assembly for exhibiting effort throughout the month of May.   One student from each classroom was selected by their teacher for the honor, which offered praise and gratitude for the children that never gave up and pushed themselves toward achieving academic or behavioral goals.   For their effort, the students received a congratulatory certificate and applause from their peers, Lanigan staff members and special guests. The effort award is one of 10 monthly character trait awards given out during the 2016-2017 school year.   First-grade recipients were absent during the assembly, due to a field trip, but they will be honored during June’s assembly. Also honored were select students ...
History of Fulton lives on, thanks to GRB students History of Fulton lives on, thanks to GRB students: Fairgrieve Elementary students who demonstrated mush effort throughout the month of May were recently awarded the school’s Virtue of the Month award.   The recognition came during a Morning Express program where the students were praised by Principal Jean Sampsell for their determined attempts to succeed academically and behaviorally.   “Certainly we want to see that through the last day of school,” she told the entire student body.   For their efforts, award recipients received a “brag tag” to add to their collection, followed by thunderous applause from guests, teachers and classmates. All assembly attendees were treated to the school’s Fourth Grade Glee Club performance of “I Was Here” about people taking a lot ...
Fulton 6th graders honor Carlton W. Barrett Fulton 6th graders honor Carlton W. Barrett: If there’s one lesson Fulton City School District sixth-graders learned during a recent school lesson, it was to never forget the accomplishments of Fultonians who helped shape the course of history.   One courageous man who did just that, they learned, was Carlton W. Barrett who received a Medal of Honor citation for his bravery on D-Day in World War II when he swam wounded soldiers out to evacuation boats. On the beaches of Normandy France, Pvt. Barrett found himself under fire and he disregarded his three shrapnel and bullet wounds to help others survive. A blast had shattered the bones in his foot and he was evacuated off of the beach.   It was that account that inspired FCSD sixth-grade teachers to put together a mini Medal of Honor academic unit to teach the young ...
Fairgrieve lauds college and careers Fairgrieve lauds college and careers: At Fairgrieve Elementary School, it’s never too early for students to prepare for their future.   That was the message students in grades kindergarten through six learned recently as they experienced a week-long celebration all about colleges and careers. School-Home Liaison Ariana Suhr said the fourth annual event was a huge success and helped students learn college lingo, alternative educational choices and career opportunities.   During the fifth-grade and sixth-grade culmination activity of a College and Career Day, the older students utilized a passport to venture to three career sessions where they became encouraged and inspired by a variety of professionals. Another highlight was the college fair in the school cafeteria. The students were engaged in the activities, ...
Lanigan 2nd grade family immigration history on display Lanigan 2nd grade family immigration history on display: For a recent Lanigan Elementary second-grade Listening and Learning unit on immigration, lessons were first learned at home.   In preparation of the school’s annual Second Grade Showcase, the students researched a country or countries where their ancestors came from and gathered information to create a display with fun facts about their family’s immigration history. Whether the families were pushed out of their home country by war or hunger or pulled into the United States of America by religious freedom or more opportunities, the second-graders were encouraged to hook their audience with interesting facts and visual creations.   As Lanigan staff members and students strolled through the school’s gym, which was set up much like a high school educational ...
Current, former Lanigan students form unbreakable bond Current, former Lanigan students form unbreakable bond: Lanigan Elementary School has facilitated more than just academic and behavioral successes during the 2016-2017 school year, as an unbroken bond and a forever friendship recently blossomed between a current and former student.   The on-a-whim meeting occurred during a recent visit to a doctor’s office where former Lanigan student Tim Conners passed Lanigan first-grader Liam Kent. Kent recognized Conners for his tall stature and accompanying guide dog, Lang. It was in Kerrie Schremp’s first-grade classroom that Kent learned about Conners’ MounTimPossible mission: with the help of the K2 Adventures Foundation and several supporters, Conners aimed to share his story of hope as a blind cancer survivor making his way to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. ...
Fairgrieve students receive academic honors Fairgrieve students receive academic honors: Several students at Fairgrieve Elementary School were recently honored for their academic excellence throughout the third quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.   All students received special recognition during a Morning Express program and were encouraged by Principal Jean Sampsell to finish strongly in the fourth and final marking period. The following students were honored for this achievement:   Kindergarten: Chase Ilacqua, Darren Rockwell, Alina Smale, Aviana VanSanford, EvanWeaver, Maddox Collins, CadenKelsey, Maximus Martiny, McKenna Twomey, MacKenzie Orton, Corbin Burns, Karson King, Arianna Richardson Heaney, Brandon Stoltz, Brianna Wines, Cohan Humphrey, Max McGinley, Logan Race, Henry Taylor, Lilyana Loftus and Aiden Benton.   First grade: Tristan Caruso, ...
History of Fulton lives on, thanks to GRB students History of Fulton lives on, thanks to GRB students: Fulton’s tagline once was “the city with a future.”   The community flourished and citizens were proud of their surroundings. While that heart of Fulton may seem lost to some people over the past few decades, Fulton City School District students have teamed up with the Wisdom Thinkers Network to re-ignite that passion for an even brighter future.   Under the guidance of Ralph Singh, CEO and chairman of the Wisdom Thinkers Network, GRB English teacher Ami LaDuc and GRB English Department chairwoman Danielle Florio, several GRB students recently shared their oral history presentations on the City of Fulton. The event featured food donated by the Blue Moon Bistro that was offered during a community meal, which also symbolized family as Fultonians from various ...
Fulton students hear history from Holocaust survivor Fulton students hear history from Holocaust survivor: Fulton City School District students in grades five and six learned an important lesson in history when Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan recently spoke to the large group: spread the message before the history is forgotten.   That heartfelt sentiment is what will keep the memory of the six million Jews alive who were killed in Hitler-ruled Germany. Lazan shared her story of growing up in concentration camps, where she often was hungry, cold and separated from her brother and father. It was the strength, persistence and will to live she received from her mother that helped keep her alive.   The Fulton students learned that Lazan has shared her story to thousands of children over the past 20 years so they hear a first-hand account of the deplorable conditions, disease ...
Fulton Teachers’ Association honors students Fulton Teachers’ Association honors students: Dozens of Fulton City School District students in grades kindergarten through 12 were recently recognized as outstanding students and school citizens.   The annual ceremony opened with a warm welcome from G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Donna Parkhurst and FTA Executive Vice President Karen Noel before FTA President David Derouchie offered remarks. Honorees and guests were treated to a comedic speech by GRB seniors David Houck and Jeremy Herlowski, who also were award recipients. All jokes aside, the pair offered advice for the younger students, including to get more involved in their school and community.   “Challenge yourself,” Houck said. “The work does not end here. Use these talents to better the world around you.”   The annual ceremony, ...



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