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Fairgrieve 5th graders learn about the rainforest: Fairgreive Elementary School fifth-graders went on a journey through the Amazon Rainforest without even leaving the school cafeteria. They got lost in scenery of trees and animals as they followed the story of “Amelia and the Heart of the Amazon,” a Merry-Go-Round Playhouse performance. The fifth-graders worried alongside Amelia, a character lost in the rainforest who tried to find her way back to camp. The humor-infused skit had a simple message: everything in the rainforest is connected; when one part is interrupted, it all is. Students also learned fun facts, such as the Amazon is home to natural remedies, people can work together to make the most of resources and the rainforest is worth protecting. One fifth-grade teacher said the performance gave students background ... more >>
Fulton schools help people in need: The Fulton City School District cares about its community!   Each month throughout the 2016-2017 school year, all FCSD buildings will collect items to donate to local agencies and organizations that assist its students and families.   Some items from the collection will be reserved to stock FCSD elementary, junior high school and high school clothing closets and meet immediate needs that arise. During September, new and gently-used backpacks and non-perishable healthy snacks were collected.  Throughout October, hats and mittens were collected. The following new and gently-used items will be collected over the next several months: (November) shoes and boots, (December) hoodies, (January) all new non-perishable food items, (February) books, (March) socks, (April) all new ... more >>
Extended Day program helps FJHS students develop soft skills: The Fulton Community School Extended Day Program’s fun, hands-on learning environment has fueled creativity and academic success for local junior high school students. Several students have achieved their academic goals and became more actively-engaged in their learning thanks to their participation in the “Fulton on Film” session. One of six five-week sessions, “Fulton on Film” taught students about video production and included field trips to both G. Ray Bodley High School and SUNY Oswego. The Extended Day program is offered from 2:20-5:20 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students are expected to commit to an entire 15-day session, all of which offer snack, recreation, the main program topic and homework time. Each program is led by a certified teacher ... more >>
Fairgrieve students explore agriculture: Agriculture was in the spotlight recently at Fairgrieve Elementary School, as students learned about crops, animals and nutrition during the annual fall harvest festival. The event provided students with an opportunity to meet with local farmers and agricultural businesses for a hands-on harvest experience. Different stations were set up inside and outside of the building, which allowed students to identify and “pick” fruits and vegetables, harvest birdseed, feed goats and explore farm equipment. “This teaches the kids about the fall harvest and the process that happens to get the food from the farm to the table,” said Fairgrieve Principal Jean Sampsell. She noted that students were able to see this process play out as they provided a fall harvest donation ... more >>
Granby 1st graders learn about oral hygiene: Part of being healthy means taking good care of your teeth. That was the lesson Granby Elementary School students learned when Dr. Frank Fruce, a local dentist, recently visited with the first-grade team.   He spoke to students about the importance of brushing and flossing at least twice per day and making healthy, non-sugary food and drink choices. Students learned several fun oral hygiene facts, including eating an apple as a snack actually helps clean teeth. The first-graders asked questions about a dentist’s role and brushing teeth before Fruce distributed oral hygiene gift bags to each student.   Fruce’s visit was a culmination activity for the First-Grade Human Body academic unit. Dr. Frank Fruce, center, is joined by Granby Elementary first- graders ... more >>
Volney transforms into wax museum: Inspired by the movie, “Night at the Museum,” Volney Elementary School’s gymnasium was recently transformed into a wax museum that featured sixth-grade students who portrayed famous historical figures.   Volney’s “Day at the Museum” tour was the culmination of a history research project. The sixth-graders were tasked with finding out what an individual was most famous for, interesting facts about that person that museum guests may not know and other pertinent information to be displayed at each exhibit.   Sixth-Grade Teacher Bill Cahill said 49 students participated in the event, including one student who acted as a museum security officer. Students posing as historical figures such as the Wright brothers, Abraham Lincoln and Helen Keller, ... more >>
Responsibility recognized at Lanigan Elementary: Lanigan Elementary School students have soared to new heights. The recent lift-off assembly rewarded several students for positive behavior and responsibility shown throughout the month of October.   Each classroom teacher recognized one of his or her students for making good decisions about what they do and say in class, special areas and throughout the hallways. Students were celebrated for coming prepared to school, their attentiveness to learning, meeting classroom expectations, completing homework on time and showing effort, among several other fantastic qualities. For their efforts, students received a Responsibility Role Model award from Principal Jeff Hendrickson.   Responsibility award winners are: Carlee Chappell, Megan Acker, Gracie Dempsey, Beverly Farley, Ethan ... more >>
Fairgrieve students show responsibility: Over 20 Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recognized during a recent Morning Express program for demonstrating responsibility and other character attributes. For their efforts, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and praise from Principal Jean Sampsell, who called the honorees amazing role models. The celebration continued with “Responsible,” a Fourth-Grade Glee Club performance for the entire student body, teachers and guests. Kneeling, from left, are: Jayda Benton, Kyrah Fitzgerald, Jaden Hall, Rebecca Johnson, Natalie David, Addison Gleason, Charleigh Shaffer, Brooklynne Reed, Henry Taylor, Travis Collins and Alina Smale. Kneeling, from left, are: Penelope Taylor, Kenadie Shatraw, Moira Percival, Gabriella Mitchell, Mackenzie Bennett, ... more >>
Fulton schools team up for videoconference fun: Students from Granby Elementary School and Fulton Junior High School recently worked through a monster of a lesson together. Third-graders from Karen Murdoch’s class at Granby joined students from Shannon Turley’s English as a Second Language class at the junior high school to utilize writing, reading and collaboration skills to plan and construct shoebox monsters. The two Fulton City School District schools were teamed up for Monster Match Collaboration 2016, an interactive videoconference project that was facilitated by New York State Distance Learning Consortium members. Each Fulton class built a monster out of shoeboxes and craft supplies. Students then wrote a how-to paragraph for students in the other class to follow and then replicate their monster. The event culminated ... more >>
Children’s author Kate Messner visits Fairgrieve students: One year after reading “Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail” for the 2015-2016 Battle of the Books event, current Fairgrieve Elementary School fifth-graders knew exactly who the school’s recent guest was. Children’s Author Kate Messner visited the school to speak with students in grades three to six about her writing journey. During her presentation, she shared the following tips with students: jot down ideas in a notebook, research the topic, re-imagine fairytales, create a to-do list, make revisions, accept constructive criticism and create the final piece. Several students said they related to Messner because their teachers comment on their work to help improve writing skills. The fifth-graders and sixth-graders also offered Messner new book ideas, some ... more >>
Veterans to receive help from Fairgrieve students: Fairgrieve Elementary School students aim to bring smiles to local military veterans and to wounded warriors at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Syracuse. Members of the student body recently collected funds to donate directly to the hospital for the purchase of activities, personal hygiene items and treats for veterans. Donna Kestner, Director of the Oswego County Veterans Service Agency, recently attended a Morning Express program at Fairgrieve to praise the students for their community service efforts. Principal Jean Sampsell said the collection is one of four community service projects students in grades pre-kindergarten through six participate in throughout the school year. She told the students military men and women who were wounded now need Fairgrieve’s help to make ... more >>
Volney 2nd graders to learn life-cycle of salmon: Volney Elementary School second-graders hope their life-cycle academic unit project goes swimmingly. With the help of their teachers, the students have begun preparation of raising salmon to help them better understand the stages of life. The second-grade team received a jump-start on the process when they recently visited the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar. There, they learned that Native Americans and European settlers over-fished the Salmon River in the late 1800s. Several years later, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation introduced stocking into the Salmon River and in 1980 the hatchery was built to provide enough salmon for the East side of Lake Ontario. Because of the popularity of the sport in the region, increased stocking keeps the salmon population ... more >>
GRB student honored for his academic performance: G. Ray Bodley High School student Ethan Wright has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. He was recognized for his outstanding academic promise demonstrated by a top performance on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. More than 1.6 million students entered the national competition for recognition and awards, but only five percent, or 34,000 students, were named Commended Students. For his efforts, Wright received a Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst, left, and Guidance Counselor Joe Nofal, right, present GRB student Ethan Wright with a Letter of Commendation after he was named a Commended Student in the 2017 National ... more >>
Junior High Career Day a Success: Fulton Junior High School students recently got a glimpse at potential career paths as they explored a variety of jobs during the annual Career Day. The event, sponsored by Fulton Community School, provided seventh- and eighth-graders with an opportunity to meet with nearly two dozen college representatives and local employers. Students learned about jobs ranging from the trades to public safety to hospitality. Divided into small groups, the seventh- and eighth-graders met some of the employers in classrooms and learned about specific job duties, education requirements and the skills needed to be a good employee in that particular position. “This is such a great event,” said Janice Scott, resource coordinator of the Fulton Community School initiative. “When the ... more >>
Lanigan Elementary hosts blood drive: The Lanigan Elementary School first-grade-sponsored blood drive was a huge success. The students spent several weeks learning about the human body, in preparation of the Oct. 25 event. First-grade teachers taught their students about different body systems and how they work together. To increase their comprehension of the topic, students created a wearable, mock human body out of a grocery bag, straws, baggies and construction paper, all of which collectively resembled the esophagus, heart, small and large intestines, stomach and functioning lungs. A surgical nurse also spoke to students about their blood and since the first-graders are not old enough to donate. The first-graders also completed science experiments about different parts of the blood, and they acted as recruiters by writing ... more >>
Fairgrieve students improve academically, behaviorally: A Most Improved Award has been given to each Fairgrieve Elementary School student recognized by his or her teacher for making academic or behavioral strides throughout the month of October.  Sitting, from left, are: Gabriel Clark, Gabe Howell, Lilliana Noel, Riley Simpson, Brayden Hoegler, Brayden Rosales, Max McGinley, AprilMarie Carter, Patrick Brooks and Skye Thompson. Kneeling, from left, are: Kaydan Koval, Miah Johnson, Tyler Bryant, Astoria Reynolds, Miranda Smith, David Janack, Ariel Rice and Annie Quirk. Standing, from left, is Principal Jean Sampsell and students: Bianna VanDelinder, Lucian Sullivan, Ralph Stacy, Jamie Deleon, Kamila Miranda and Jayceon Barber. Absent from the photo are Logan Greco and Joshua Zapata. Fairgrieve Elementary students who were recently ... more >>
1st graders at Granby host blood drive: Granby Elementary School first-graders are lifesavers. While the students are not old enough to donate blood, their promotion of and work for a recent blood drive at the school will help save dozens of people. As part of the first-grade Listening and Learning domain about the human body, the blood drive served as a project-based learning activity. Preparation for the drive included the creation of thank-you cards for donors, development of a commercial to promote the event, and the collection of information about the various body systems and components of blood. A presenter from the American Red Cross also spoke to students about how the collected blood is used. First-Grader Lucas Hammond said his favorite facts were that three teaspoons of blood can save a baby’s life and one ... more >>
Cafeteria role models at Fairgrieve: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently named Golden Spoon Award recipients because they exceeded expectations in the school cafeteria. Principal Jean Sampsell recognized the students during a Morning Express program, where their peers, teachers and guests applauded their efforts. Honorees include: Maddox Collins, Jersey Ryder, Eddie Ramirez-Abrams, Jamie Chappell, Tawnee Burns, Kaya Renfrew, MacKenzie Schopp, Cara Nelson, Brayden Wise, Izaiah VanBuren, Josalyn Taylor, Skye Thompson, Jada Barnwell, Hayden Lockwood, Skylar Crofoot, Kari Pagliaroli, Dawson Krause, Carleigh Patterson, Douglas VanSanford, Ralph Stacy, Xander Gioia and Angel Goodman. Absent from photo are: Lysinda Roberts, Damien Barker, George LaClaire and Valerie Nichols.   more >>
Lanigan 4th grade bingo night a success: Lanigan Elementary School fourth-graders have learned that hard work leads to great rewards. They exemplified that idea during the recent Parent-Teacher Group’s BINGO Night, where the fourth-graders sold snacks and tickets for donated raffle items to raise money for a Nov. 4 field trip to the Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center. That educational day coincides with their academic unit on the Haudenosaunee people. During the BINGO Night, Principal Jeff Hendrickson served as the bingo caller. Several fourth-grade volunteers checked guests’ cards to confirm a good bingo and helped distribute prizes. The fourth-grade team raised just over $500 for the trip. Trevor Hendrickson, left, and Evan LaBrake, right, pass out Bingo cards during ... more >>
Volney students welcome children’s author Kate Messner: During a recent visit to Volney Elementary School, Children’s Author Kate Messner had a simple message for students: keep reading. In the library, students in grades kindergarten through second helped Messner read aloud her book, “Sea Monsters First Day” and commented just how fun it is to experience a good book. After Messner explained her writing process, she offered tips on how to read a book with kids, including: read in character voices, sound out words you are unsure how to pronounce and to emphasize sounds at exciting parts. In the K-2 presentation, one student said Messner was his favorite author, while other youngsters asked her questions about her writing adventures. Volney Elementary School Library Media Specialist Sarah Manley invited Messner to sign the ... more >>



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