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Fairgrieve students are respectful: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recognized during a recent Morning Express program for exceeding the classroom expectation of being respectful throughout the month of September. For their efforts, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection for the 2016-2017 school year. They also received applause from guests, their peers and staff members after Principal Jean Sampsell thanked the recipients for being stellar role models. “It is amazing to me the students who are coming up here, who show respect each and every day,” she said. Sitting in the front row, from left, are: Austin Allen, Kendall Brooks, Kendall Todt, Ayden Welch, Lauren Thornber, Jaleel Barnwell, Aurielle Snyder, Lynnae LaPage, Aiden Benton and Ami Brooks. Kneeling, ... more >>
GRB Students Learn From Land Surveyor: Students in Jesse Weigand’s construction class at G. Ray Bodley High School recently learned about land surveying from John S. Damiano, of Advanced Information Systems. Damiano is a locally-licensed land surveyor with 30 years of experience. Students listened to a brief explanation of his job duties and familiarized themselves with modern surveying equipment to find and set predetermined survey points within the classroom. The hands-on opportunity proved to be rewarding for students. G. Ray Bodley High School students recently were afforded the opportunity to learn about land surveying from John S. Damiano, left.   more >>
Granby Students Committed to Safety: A special group of sixth-grade students at Granby Elementary School want to ensure their peers are safe in school. That is why they volunteered to participate in the AAA School Safety Patrol at Granby throughout the 2016-2017 school year. The members have proven to be outstanding members of the school community and are ready to take on the responsibility of assisting other students and staff members to make Granby Elementary a safe and enjoyable place. Safety patrol students are committed to arriving at school early to monitor the hallways, assisting students getting off buses and ensuring that all exits are closed and locked to secure the building. After school, they are stationed at posts to help their peers get to the correct buses safely and alert staff members of any potentially dangerous ... more >>
FJHS Students Accept Rachel’s Challenge: Be kind, always. That was the message Fulton Junior High School students received after hearing the powerful story of the impact Rachel Joy Scott had on friends and family before and after her tragic death. Rachel was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. Yolanda Robinson, a presenter for Rachel's Challenge, encouraged seventh-grade and eighth-grade students to accept one another and to continue Rachel's legacy of making a difference in the world. While the seventh-graders received an introduction to what Rachel’s Challenge represents, the eighth-graders learned how to carry out Rachel’s willingness to always help others. Students and staff members in the eighth-grade presentation were so captivated by Rachel’s story, ... more >>
GRB Student Recognized: Fulton City School District student Ana Snyder represented G. Ray Bodley High School and New York State during the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Mass. GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst recently presented Snyder with an Award of Excellence, which certified her completion of the program. At the Congress, she observed surgery and learned from some of the top medical professionals around the country.   more >>
Huge Turnout for Volney Elementary Open House: There wasn’t a single parking space left at the Volney Elementary School Open House, where students had the opportunity to give their families a tour of the building and introduce them to their teacher.   Many students proudly directed their parents to their classroom and desk as well as pointed out their artwork displayed in the hallways.   The kindergarteners of the school put on a show of nursery rhymes they have learned in school so far in the school’s cafeteria. Music teachers led the group in songs like “Wheels on the Bus” and “Twinkle, Twinkle.”  Emily Detor gives her new second-grade teacher, Mrs. Wiegand, a hug. more >>
Granby PTG Kicks Off School Year: Bounce houses, teachers in a dunking booth, food and free books made the Granby Elementary School Parent-Teacher Group’s annual Kick-Off a success. The event celebrated the start of the 2016-2017 school year and showcased many academic highlights of various grade levels. Check out the photos from the kick-off below:        more >>
Singer Encourages Friendship, Fun at Granby Elementary: There’s room for everyone at Club Granby, according to singer/songwriter Jared Campbell. During a recent performance at the school, Campbell encouraged all Granby Elementary students and staff members to join together to create a powerful anti-bullying environment. United as one, friendship will blossom and self-esteem will soar. To help spread that message, Campbell told students in grades kindergarten through second that hands are to help, not to hurt. His main message for students in grades three through six was to become a world changer by following three simple steps: believe that life is valuable, work hard and to look out for others. He sang several songs related to the school’s character education initiative, including respect and responsibility. Students performed ... more >>
FCSD Superintendent Visits Fairgrieve: Fulton City School District Superintendent Brian Pulvino recently stopped at Fairgreive Elementary School as he makes his way around each building throughout the district. Pulvino kicked-off the elementary school’s introduction week during a Morning Express program, where he explained his job duties and invited students and their parents to speak with him anytime. During his warm welcome, Pulvino shared his wish of FCSD becoming the best school district in America. Fairgreive Principal Jean Sampsell said students can expect several guest speakers from the community to speak during Morning Express programs throughout the 2016-2017 school year. The weekday programs also serve as an opportunity to review school expectations, celebrate birthdays and award achievement. FCSD ... more >>
FCSD Stuff-A-Bus a Huge Success: Nearly 200 Fulton City School District students received a starter pack of school supplies to kick-off the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Families of students in kindergarten through 12th grade received notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers and other supplemental materials during the Aug. 26 distribution day at Fairgrieve Elementary. Items were collected from residents throughout Oswego County and the Fulton Teachers’ Association. Members of the association were on hand to verify residency and hand-off Spiderman, Syracuse University, My Little Pony and other themed backpacks with school supplies. Superintendent Brian Pulvino also stopped by to meet families. Stuff-A-Bus is held annually in conjunction with the United Way of Greater Oswego County. ... more >>
GRB Students to Teach About Environment: Students in Dan Mainville’s Global Environment classes are creating cleaner communities. Members of the 2015-2016 class researched recycling efforts and developed lesson plans which will be passed on to members of the 2016-2017 Global Environment class to teach to elementary students throughout the Fulton City School District. Mainville said the model was developed from the vision of Robert Green, committee chairman for the Oswego County Green Team Anti-Litter Campaign. Green has envisioned a clean Fulton community with anti-litter and recycling efforts carried out by the local youth. Once the program is piloted with Fulton schools, Mainville said plans could be shared with other school districts throughout Oswego County. Global Environment, a course through SUNY ESF, is offered ... more >>
FJHS 8th Graders Awarded for Accomplishments: Several of the 238 eighth-graders at Fulton Junior High School were honored for their academic achievements and positive character education traits exhibited throughout the 2015-2016 school year.   During the recent eighth-grade awards ceremony, students received much applause and words of encouragement from staff members who noted their growth, maturity and drive all advance during their last year of junior high school. English Teacher Jennifer Meloling said while the students may face obstacles and challenges to overcome at G. Ray Bodley High School, they should reflect back on what they’ve learned from themselves and their peers at FJHS.   Both teachers and Principal Ryan Lanigan announced award recipients, who soon will have their certificates mailed home. The ceremony ... more >>
GRB Seniors Return to Elementary Alma Maters: Members of the G. Ray Bodley High School Class of 2016 recently proved to elementary students that hard work really does pay off. The graduating seniors returned to their elementary alma maters of Volney, Granby, Fairgrieve and Lanigan schools, where they were met with applause from current students and staff members. The youngsters lined the hallways during the gradation walks where they gave high fives and cheered as each senior passed by in their caps and gowns. While at the elementary schools, several of the GRB seniors reminisced about their younger years, favorite teachers and cherished memories. Some teachers handed out old assignments from when they had the seniors at least years ago. The older students chatted about how much they’ve grown up, what they’ve learned and ... more >>
Students Exhibit Citizenship at Fairgrieve Elementary: Several Fairgreive Elementary School students were recently recognized for exhibiting citizenship throughout the month of June. Awardees were honored during a Morning Express program in the school’s gymnasium where they received applause and praise for being role models to their classmates. For their efforts, they also received a “brag tag” to add to their collection. Students, staff members and guests were treated to the Fourth-Grade Glee Club’s final performance of the 2015-2016 school year. After club members sang and danced along to a song about global citizenship, the fourth-grade teaching team presented club Director Hope Lawton with a bouquet of flowers for her commitment to the group. Pictured sitting, from left, are: Analee Mitchel, Skylar Litchison, ... more >>
Reading is Fundamental at Fairgrieve Elementary: Fairgrieve Elementary School recently hosted a Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Day where students were encouraged to be lifelong learners. Reading Teacher Veronica Williams walked into a Morning Express program at the school dressed in tropical attire and a camera around her neck as she gave students one simple message: reading can take you anywhere. Principal Jean Ciesla read a brief synopsis of seven books, which were awarded to one student from each grade level. Throughout the day, all students received a brand new book to take home. Ciesla encouraged students to remind their teachers and parents when it might be time to pick up a book and read. Pictured in the front row, from left, are: Hannah Skinner, Alivia Ruscitto and Leland Guillaume. In the back row, from left, are: Joshua Zapoda, ... more >>
Volney Students, Staff Members Celebrate Flag Day: Volney Elementary School students celebrated Flag Day by honoring former Fulton City School District student and U.S. Army Spc. Matt Digby during a special ceremony on June 14. Members of the student body and staff stood alongside guests around the school’s flag pole as Principal Todd Terpening offered opening remarks and Father Moritz Fuchs gave an invocation. The flag was raised by Digby and student Noah Cordone. Everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance together before sixth-grade teacher William Cahill told the story of our nation’s flag and introduced the guests of honor. One student in grades kindergarten through sixth read their winning “What the Flag Means to Me” essay before U.S. Army veteran William Noun lead the crowd in singing “You’re a ... more >>
New Fulton Teachers Strengthen Skills: The Fulton City School District is committed to helping new teachers remain successful and feel valued. Teachers who are new to Fulton schools have been encouraged to participate in a 36-hour course aimed to help strengthen their teaching skills and become immersed in the Fulton City School District culture. Granby Elementary School Reading Teacher Mary Ann DeMar, who teaches the course, said both new and veteran teachers will also learn a variety of collaborative methods to further engage students in learning. Teachers who are new to all buildings throughout the school district are offered extended support, mentor teachers and several classroom techniques in the professional development course. The course is based on the Doug Lemov book “Teach Like a Champion,” which focuses ... more >>
FJHS 8th grade projects use science, English: Natural disaster research efforts of Fulton Junior High School eighth-grade students will culminate with the creation of realistic, yet fictional, creative stories. English Teacher Jennifer Meloling and Science Teacher Allyson DeStevens teamed up for the collaborative project, which involves students’ selection of a natural disaster to research in science class and then incorporate facts and statistics into a creative story for English. Special Education Teacher Lisa Catalina also is assisting students with the project. Students will explore the danger, damage, locations, warning systems, ratings and preparation, among many other topics related to natural disasters. DeStevens said an important component is for students to look at the history of natural disasters and to take away ... more >>
GRB students explore past, present, future of Fulton: Eleventh-grade honors students in the Fulton City School District recently partnered with the Wisdom Thinkers Network for a community oral history project. After months of research, writing, videotaping and editing, the oral history effort culminated with a presentation and community discussion in the Fulton Education Center auditorium. During the forum, an audience of local residents, students and staff watched video interviews, engaged in conversation and shared stories about the city of Fulton’s past with the hope of inspiring change for the future. “It was nice to talk about how hopeful people are about where we are going as a city,” said G. Ray Bodley High School English teacher Ami LaDuc. “I see this beautiful bridge now between the students and our ... more >>
Senior athletes earn accolades at year-end ceremony: Nearly 100 Fulton City School District senior athletes were recognized recently for their contributions to the Red Raider sports program over the years. The student-athletes were lauded during a banquet sponsored by the Fulton Athletic Booster Club. Keynote speaker Tim Connors, a 2013 GRB graduate and cancer survivor, congratulated the athletes and encouraged them to strive for success amid adversity. “You have choices in life (and) I encountered some serious obstacles along the way,” Connors said. “Perseverance … it’s so important that it is actually the thing that saved my life. You have to get up to achieve your goals. Decide what you want and go get it.” For the athletes in the room, that message resonated as they reflected on their high ... more >>



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