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Principal’s Awards Given to Fairgrieve Students: Several Fairgrieve Elementary students were honored during a recent Morning Express program in the school gymnasium because they followed expectations throughout the fourth quarter. For their efforts, students received a Principal’s Award medal. Principal Jean Ciesla thanked parents and guests for setting a good example for students. She said Principal’s Award recipients exhibited great work ethic throughout the final marking period. Pictured sitting in the front row, from left, are: Casandra Guillaume, Emma Seymour-Wright, Dahni Perry, Alyssa Hatter, Tawnee Burns, Hailey Niver, Matthew Tice and Brodie Maliszewski. Kneeling, from left, are: Jessica Herlowski, Reese Niver, Abigail Miner, Dawson Reed, Liam Crandall, Olivia Rivera, Olivia Frataccia and Julia Frataccia-Wavle. Standing, ... more >>
Reading is Delicious at Fairgrieve Elementary: Twelve students in grades second through sixth at Fairgrieve Elementary School were invited to a Pizza with the Principal celebration in the school library because they achieved 100 or more Accelerated Reader (AR) points and maintained at least an 80 average on AR tests from September through May. Students shared their favorite literature genres and books with Principal Jean Ciesla as they ate pizza and enjoyed ice cream sundaes. Principal Ciesla congratulated all participants on their accomplishments and encouraged continued reading throughout the summer months. “All of you are reading experts, not only in reading but also in understanding what you read,” she said. For their efforts, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and a goodie bag filled ... more >>
GRB High Honor Graduates Honored: Seventy G. Ray Bodley High School seniors will graduate with high honors because they obtained a four-year cumulative average of at least 89.5 percent. For their efforts, students were recognized during an honorary banquet in the school cafeteria where they and their 150 guests were treated to dinner. GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst said all high honor graduates represented 29 percent of the Class of 2016. It has been an honor and a privilege, she said, to watch the students learn and grow. The graduates heard a GRB success story from 2002 graduate, Dr. Krystal Hans, the featured speaker who provided a message of hope and encouragement. “Education doesn’t stop after you graduate high school or even after your PhD,” she said, referring to her own education. Hans offered ... more >>
GRB Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian: G. Ray Bodley High School seniors Caleb Almeter and David Tallents were recently named the top two students of the Class of 2016. Almeter was named valedictorian after he achieved an overall grade point average (GPA) of 102.3 and Tallents was named salutatorian after he obtained an overall GPA of 100.677. Almeter has been a member of the Spanish Club, Math Club (treasurer), National Honor Society, the RaiderNetDaily and has swam for the GRB Varsity Swim team and a swim club in Oswego. At SUNY Binghamton he will study the sciences and from there will decide which career path to take. Almeter said he has been fascinated with science and being able to figure out how the world works. Throughout the past four years, he said he has learned how to better get along with people and his advice ... more >>
GRB Students Receive Academic Honors: Academic achievements of G. Ray Bodley High School (GRB) students were highlighted during the 34th annual academic awards evening. Principal Donna Parkhurst called the event “the highlight of the year” for the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who have exceled in their knowledge and who are leaders in the community. Members of the GRB orchestra performed as guests arrived in the auditorium. Members of the GRB concert choir sang the national anthem and the alma mater. Guests in the packed auditorium offered cheers and applause upon each individual and group award. The following students received accolades: Aryelle Barbagallo received the United States Air Force Math & Science Award, Cornell Alumni Association Book Nomination, Wesleyan University Book Award and ... more >>
Children Helping Children: Fairgrieve Elementary School students are collecting monetary donations to support sick and injured children at the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. Principal Jean Ciesla said the annual project coincides with the school’s spirit day and is one of four community service efforts the entire student body and staff members participate in throughout the school year. “It’s about the whole concept of giving back to others,” she said. John Carbonaro recently attended Fairgrieve’s Morning Express program where he shared a story of thanks and appreciation as past donations from the school helped his daughter during treatment at the children’s hospital. more >>
Top Readers Honored at Volney Elementary: Volney Elementary School Library Media Specialist Sarah Fay commended students for their commitment to reading throughout the school year. During the school’s recent Accelerated Reader program assembly, kindergartners Grace McEwen and Ryleigh Williams were recognized as the top readers in their classroom, while Juliet Schnall, Carleigh Richardson and Michael Blair were named the top readers in first grade. Students in kindergarten and first grade read a total of 3,523 books during the reader program, which took place from December through June. Accelerated Reader participants in grades first through six who achieved 25 or more points will be treated to a picnic. Students who achieved 100 or more points were invited to a Master’s Moment celebration in the library where they ... more >>
Top Accelerated Readers at Fairgrieve Elementary: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School first graders received accolades after being named the top Accelerated Readers (AR) for their grade level. The recognition came during a recent Morning Express program in the school gymnasium where Library Media Specialist Barb Senecal commended all seven honorees for doubling the first-grade AR goal of 10 points. She said the students read at least 40 AR books each throughout the 2015-2016 school year for a total of at least 20 points, an amazing feat for the youngsters. For their efforts, they were awarded a goodie bag with a stuffed bear, book, bookmark, suckers, pencil, notepad and a coupon good for a free Applebee’s kids’ meal. Pictured in the front row, from left, are: Ayden Spaulding (22.6 points), Landon Gibson (22.6 points) and ... more >>
Granby Gators Take up Gardening: Granby Elementary School fifth graders learned about food production one seed at a time. Students in both Ellen Himes’ and Julie Bennett’s classrooms collected donated materials and purchased additional items for the school’s new 28x14 foot L-shaped raised garden, adjacent to the back playground. Students planted both vegetable seeds and young adult vegetable plants, which they tend to every other day. Himes said the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) project was made possible thanks to a grant from Tractor Supply Co. and help from several local businesses. The Fulton City School District also donated the soil. Students have studied farm work and victory gardens during World War 1 and World War II. They also learned about Native American farming, including ... more >>
Spring Finale Concert at GRB a Success: The G. Ray Bodley High School Music Department recently presented its spring finale concert in front of a packed audience in the school auditorium. The trumpet ensemble offered a pre-concert treat by playing “Schindler’s List” and “Halleluliah” before The Full Effect beautifully performed “Blues for Hire,” “Somewhere” from West Side Story and “Boogie on a Reggae Woman.” The GRB Concert Band and the GRB Wind Ensemble played two songs each. The show, under the direction of Conductor Terrance E. Caviness, concluded with a combined performance of “Jersey Boys.” GRB High School students perform standing up during the spring finale concert.   more >>
Effort Shown at Fairgrieve Elementary: Fairgrieve Elementary School teachers recently recognized one student from each of their classrooms as exhibiting effort throughout the month of May. Twenty-four students received the school’s Virtue of the Month award during a Morning Express program. Principal Jean Ciesla commended the honorees for working hard each day and never giving up on their academic and behavioral goals. For their efforts, the recipients received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and much applause from classmates and guests. The Fourth Grade Glee Club, directed by Hope Lawton, treated the student body to a performance about students learning anything they can if they want to put forth the effort. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Virtue of the Month awardees: Schyler ... more >>
Effort Exhibited at Volney Elementary: Several Volney Elementary School students were recently honored during a school assembly for putting forth their best effort and making great strides in their classroom.   The honorees received a Principal’s Award for being classroom role models for showing effort in class, while others received an “On-a-Roll” Award for improving academically and behaviorally. Principal Todd Terpening encouraged all students to work hard throughout the last month of school so they, too, could be recognized during the June recognition ceremony.   Principal’s Award recipients are: Gianna Thurlow, Cadie Shepard, Jeffrey Conklin, Kendall Williamson, Juliet Schnall, Austin DiBartolo, Mitchell Romans, Aiden Coulter, Dylan Rogers, Saige Conger, Ava Pelky, Cassandra Clarke, ... more >>
Granby Students Learn about Careers, Colleges: Several community partners introduced Granby Elementary students to more education and future job opportunities during the school’s second annual College and Career Day. Former Granby Gators returned to their elementary school and spoke with fifth- and sixth-grade students about college readiness, while other sessions for those grade levels included presentations from a funeral director and a judge. Students in younger grades learned about music, kickboxing, dance, accountants, acting, medical professionals and business owners. Fulton Police Department School Resource Officer Jeremy Hutchinson taught students about making good choices and following rules before students in Mary Ellen Ellis’ and Lauren Spacone-Lerch’s students asked questions about safety and items on ... more >>
Physical Education Honors for Fairgrieve Students: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students received a Physical Education award for their outstanding contributions in class. Physical Education Teacher Corry Zion said all of the honorees have demonstrated respect, responsibility and problem solving skills daily. For their efforts, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection. Pictured in the front row, from left, are: Alivia Ruscitto, Grant Thompson, Kaya Renfrew, Bentley Oatman, Brodie Maliszewski, Hailey Niver, Owen Seymour, Camron Clear, Jared Gardenier and Elijah Brooks. Sitting, from left, are: Benjamin Renfrew, Olivia Rivera, Antonio Tussey, Taylor Hull, Gage Brown, Caden Paro, Tristan Kent and Bella Maliszewski. Standing, from left, are: Physical Education Teacher Kevin Ahern, Will Patterson, Camerin ... more >>
Students Hear Citizenship Message: City of Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward, Sr. visited Fairgrieve Elementary School students to discuss what it means to be a good citizen. He commended students for showing respect to their community and country after they recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang a patriotic song during the school’s Morning Express program. Students defined good citizenship as respecting others and lending a helping hand when needed. Woodward said honoring traffic signs and safety rules are also great examples of being a good citizen within the community. He has been invited to the building for the past few years to speak with students about citizenship, which is the school’s virtue of the month for June. Ronald Woodward Sr., City of Fulton mayor, talks to students about citizenship ... more >>
Fairgrieve Elementary Names Most Improved Students: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently honored for achieving academic and behavior successes in their classrooms throughout the month of May. Recipients were nominated for a Most Improved award by their classroom teachers. For their efforts, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and they received special recognition in front of the student body during a Morning Express program. Award winners sitting, from left, are: Damien Drought, Chloe Pillans, Alexz Ledger, Brinley Kent, Miles McCraw, Daymin Woodworth, Ryan Elliott and Aliesha Brown. Kneeling, from left, are: Danielle Gober, Annabella Epolito, Ashley Pollock, Lillian Cunningham, Matthew Clements, Hayden Lockwood, Kelci Watkins and Tommy Towsley. Standing, from left, are Principal ... more >>
Volney Sixth Graders Showcase Skills: Volney Elementary School’s second annual Sixth-Grade Skills Summit showcased students’ persuasiveness and academic abilities. In preparation for the event, students in Daniel Bartlett’s, William Cahill’s and Stephanie Zimmerman’s sixth-grade classes researched current event topics and household products. Students presented sales-pitch and recited persuasive speeches to their peers, teachers and local business leaders: attorney Kevin Caraccioli, Usherwood Office Technology President Lou Usherwood, King+King Architects Partner in Charge of K-12 Education Design Studio Jim King and Dave Lloyd of Novelis. Caraccioli visited each classroom prior to the Skills Summit to teach students how to be persuasive and prepared. Noah Cordone who able to persuade students ... more >>
Earth, Nature, Animals Celebrated at Volney Elementary: Volney Elementary School’s annual Earth Day celebration afforded students several opportunities to learn about nature, caring for the environment and safety. The tradition of fun and learning kicked off with MaxMan Reptile Rescue representatives teaching students about safe animal handling and the importance of not disturbing creatures in their natural environment. Students were able to pet a snake and a lizard as they exited the cafeteria on their way to over one dozen workshops and presentations. Throughout the event, students learned about the following topics: alternative energy, anti-littering campaigns, canoe building, bass fishing, dog agility, dog obedience, drawing form nature, electrical safety, exploring nature, fly fishing, hawks and owls, parrots, rocks and minerals ... more >>
Volney Students Learn African Drumming, Dancing: Volney Elementary School students’ musical skills were put to the test during a recent drumming workshop with Biboti Ouikahilo and friends. In preparation of Ouikahilo’s visit, Music Teacher Christine Sicurella taught students in grades kindergarten through six about drum parts, rhythm and African culture. African drumming and dancing workshops were offered to students in fourth- through sixth-grade, and a school-wide presentation was offered. Ouikahilo and his group sang and danced their way on stage, wearing bright-colored traditional African clothing. Students bobbed their heads to the beat of the music and mimicked movement they saw on stage. Group members explained different dances and played a variety of songs, which Ouikahilo explained comes from whatever the people ... more >>
Granby students operate WCNY’s Enterprise America City: Sixth grade students from Granby Elementary participated in WCNY’s Enterprise America, an exciting co-curricular program where they spent a day operating Enterprise America city.   The students staffed government and businesses within the city in a hands-on learning experience. In the week leading up to the event, students applied for an interviewed for various positions within the city. Teachers determined who would be placed in each business based on the student’s strengths, interests, application and interview. Each business was staffed with an owner and a variety of other staff members who performed necessary jobs within the specific business. Once in the city, students applied STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills as well as fiscal and literacy skills ... more >>

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