Granby students celebrate 100 days of school:
Granby Elementary students recently celebrated all things 100 to commemorate their 100 th day of school.
Students in Judith Rowe’s first-grade classroom worked on math concepts via videoconference with another first grade class in Newark, NY, while several Granby Gators dressed up as if they were 100 years old. Some students used canes and walkers, dyed their hair gray and wore suspenders.
The 100 Day Celebration also focused on literacy, as many students completed an “I Wish I had 100…” poem and recorded a response to “If I had $100…” Additional activities in some of the classrooms included writing 100 words and what they’d do when they turn 100. Students also made arts and crafts using 100 pieces of cereal or other ...
FCSD elementary students advance to county book battle:
Months of preparation paid off for two Fulton City School District elementary school Battle of the Books teams, as they won their way to the next level of competition.
“The Electrifying Readers” from Volney Elementary celebrated with a Level 1 (grades three and four) team win because they achieved 104 points, while “Some Random Team” from Lanigan Elementary’s near perfect score of 120 earned the Level 2 (grades five and six) participants a spot at the Oswego County Battle of the Books.
The two teams were a part of the dozens of elementary students who flocked to the Fulton Education Center for the Level 1 and Level 2 battles between Volney, Granby, Fairgrieve and Lanigan schools. Students were split into teams of two or three people and answered ...
Lanigan hosts battle of the books event:
Lanigan Eagles soared to new heights during the elementary school’s recent Battle of the Books competition.
“Some Random Team” members Trevor Hendrickson, Harper McClave and Megan Ackers received a perfect score of 128 to earn first-place in Lanigan Elementary’s Level 2 battle. “MMC Hammer” team members Matthew Brown, Meghan Galvin and Charlie Chen received 104 points to earn second place. Both teams advanced to the Fulton City School District Battle of the Books competition.
Leading up to the event, students studied 10 books in addition to their regular school work. During the Battle of the Books, teams had 30 seconds to huddle together to prepare an answer for each of the 16 questions. Eight points were awarded for the correct title ...
A book battle takes place at Fairgrieve Elementary:
A book battle takes place at Fairgrieve Elementary
Fairgrieve Elementary students impressed their peers and teachers with their fierce competition at the school’s recent Battle of the Books event.
In preparation of the school battle, the teams of two or three students each read all 10 of the required books for their grade level. Several hours of reading and studying took place leading up to the main event, where each group had 30 seconds each to answer 16 questions that began with “In which book…”. Students were also required to write down their answers, to which they earned eight points for a correct title and author, or five points for a title only.
“The Wise Ones” Level 2 team members and fifth-graders Natalie Miller, Riley ...
Fairgrieve names January expectation experts:
Fairgrieve Elementary students who have exceeded expectations in their classrooms and throughout the school recently received Expectation Expert awards for the month of January.
Recipients were honored during a Morning Express program in front of their peers, teachers and guests. For their efforts, the students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection.
Awardees in the front row, from left, are: Noah Quesnell Squairs, Kendall Brooks, Dayah Crowson, Aaron Burdick, Baylea Riley, Eddie Ramirez-Abrams, Rosalea Brais and Amara Finch.
Kneeling, from left, are: Graciela Vasquez, Karsen Conn, Olivia Tussey, Deverick Reidell, Paige Smith, Skylar Litchison and Hayden Burr. Standing, from left, are Principal Jean Sampsell and students: Matthias Searor, Emma Sherman, Ty Nesbitt, ...
GRB student shines in all-state band:
Keegan Wallace, a student at G. Ray Bodley High School, has been named one of the best musicians in the state.
Wallace was selected to perform alongside several top high school students in the recent New York State School Music Association’s All-State Symphonic Band. Prior to the event, Wallace scored a 99 on his difficult NYSSMA solo during the 2015-2016 school year.
After two days of rehearsal at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, Wallace joined his fellow All-State Symphonic Band members as they played “Storm and Sunshine,” “Castle Creek Overture,” “Intermezzo,” “Break Forth oh Beautrice Heavenly Light” and “Luminesance.”
“All-State was a terrific experience for him and a great performance ...
Salmon egg raising begins at Volney:
Volney Elementary second-graders are helping to bring back Atlantic salmon to the region by raising salmon eggs at school.
With the help of their teachers, the young students have been tasked with a daily recording of water temperature, temperature units (the water temperature minus 32 degrees), and the number of alive eggs. The eggs, which arrived Jan. 9 from Jack Gramlich of the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES life-cycle educational program, are housed in a small tank inside a small refrigerator in the second-grade classrooms.
During a recent visit from Gramlich, students learned more about the important process, such as the salmon remain in their sac even when their and tail begin to develop. Once all of the energy within the sac is used and the sac goes away, it is ...
Fairgrieve announces 1st quarter academic honors:
Fairgrieve Elementary School principal Jean Sampsell recent recognized over 100 students with Academic Excellence awards.
The students were nominated by their classroom teachers based on their academic standing and outstanding behavior and attitude in the classroom.
The following students received awards: Francis Davis IV, Elijah Wilson, Peyton Engel, Michael Noel, Darren Rockwell, Alina Smale, Aviana VanSanford, Jameson Hutchinson, Brooklynne Reed, Ryan Spara, MacKenzie Orton, Mackenna Myers, Jersey Ryder, Mason Dhatraw, Corbin Burns, Richard Pillans, Cohan Humphrey, Max McGinley, Alyssa Sullivan, Henry Taylor and Kenneth Thompson IV. First-graders who were honored for academic excellence are: Rose Douglas, Taryn Murphy, Hailey Niver, Noah Quesnell Squairs, Mackenzie ...
Lanigan Congress: a new student government concept:
Several Lanigan Elementary School students are learning the checks and balances of efficiently running a school with their involvement in the newly-formed Lanigan Congress.
Conceptualized by Principal Jeff Hendrickson, the Lanigan Congress seeks to teach students how to take ownership of school rules and to better understand how government works. Hendrickson said Lanigan Congress replaced the traditional student council. While the initial focus of the group will be service projects for the school, community or nation, Principal Hendrickson said the Congress’ evolution could include a
“This gives students more power, purpose and the ability to make a greater impact,” Principal Hendrickson said.
Principal Hendrickson said Lanigan ...
Raider robotics sees success:
G. Ray Bodley High School students are robotics champions.
Both Raider Robotics Teams- 6911A Bucky Raider and 6911B Last Minute Rookie- received Tournament Champions Trophies and were awarded the Excellence Award at the 3rd Annual Liverpool VEX Robotics Competition at Liverpool High School.
Twenty-nine teams faced-off in the event, where high school students showcased their design, construction, programming, testing and redesigning skills. GRB students worked hard to meet this year’s Robotics and Education Competition (REC) Foundation challenge of Starstruck, which involved obtaining a higher score than the opposing alliance by getting stars and cubes across a fence into the scoring zone. GRB’s teams also worked collaboratively with Freezing Code, an Oswego ...
Fulton schools encourages attendance improvements:
As a new year approaches, the Fulton City School District asks for family support to help Fulton students improve school attendance.
The promotion of good attendance habits at every age and grade level will help students be successful as they grow.
Here are some important attendance facts to remember throughout the winter months:
• Winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance, but it’s important to ensure your child attends school every day possible.
• Absences, even if they are excused, can add up to
• Children who are frequently absent in kindergarten are less likely to read well by third-grade. By middle school, absenteeism can predict who will graduate from high school.
• Make ...
Granby 4th graders learn Colonial trades:
Granby Elementary School fourth-grade teachers recently offered their students hands-on learning experiences when the children participated in Colonial trade activities.
The team brought together local craftsmen to educate the students on carpentry, leather working, quilting, spinning, shoemaking and butter making during the annual fourth-grade Colonial Trade Day. Students listened to guest speakers share their love of the craft as they worked on the following activities: made a wooden helicopter toy, used a piece of leather to create a bookmark, helped make butter and worked together to create a paper quilt.
During the first half of the Colonial-American academic unit, students read much literature on the topic ahead of their Colonial trade research project. Each ...
Computer games help Volney students sharpen math skills:
Staff members at Volney Elementary School have used a computer game to increase student achievement and engagement during the 2016-2017 school year.
Sumdog is an online learning environment where students answer math and reading questions specifically tailored to their needs and abilities. In several games, coins are earned for each question answered correctly. Those coins may be exchanged for avatar and housing accessories used in a student’s profile. The greater number of correct answers students achieve, the greater the virtual world they create.
Volney fifth-grader Ceara Johnson said she has utilized the program both at school and at home to help sharpen her math skills. She and several other Volney students recently completed the school’s own Sumdog Challenge, where students ...
Granby 3rd graders use videoconference to learn about frogs:
From New York to Kansas, videoconference technology has connected Granby Elementary School third-graders with the Lee Richardson Zoo.
In the midst of an academic unit on animal adaptation, the students participated in the interactive session where they excitedly asked and answered questions. Third-graders were able to correctly answer questions such as: “What group does a frog belong to?” and “What makes an amphibian an amphibian?” They reviewed interesting facts, such as: frogs breathe through their slimy skin, they’re cold-blooded, webbed-feet are frog adaptions and not requirements, all frogs go to water to lay eggs and fire-belly toads show their orange, red or yellow bellies to warn creatures to stay away from them.
Throughout the past ...
Lanigan 2nd graders help others on shopping trip:
Lanigan Elementary School second-graders have made sure their neighbors won’t go hungry around the holidays.
During a recent field trip to Tops, the students embraced empathy and compassion as they shopped for baby foods and breakfast, lunch and dinner items. The culmination activity to the student’s academic unit on community also provided lessons in wants versus needs and economics as they compared prices of nonperishable food items.
Students selected cereal boxes, nutrition bars, jars of baby food, canned soups, boxed stuffing, and macaroni and cheese, among hundreds of other items to donate to Catholic Charities of Oswego County.
Lanigan Elementary School second-graders, from left: Timothy
James, Nicholas Ferraris, Dominic Saunderson and Koby Drake
show off ...
Inventors Unite at FJHS:
The Fulton Community School’s Extended Day Program at the Fulton Junior High School has given seventh-graders and eighth-graders more than just fun after-school activities.
It has also afforded students with an opportunity to learn more about themselves, as they worked through several hands-on tasks. During the program’s recent “Inventors Unite” session, students created either an art piece or an invention using at least one rubber band. A total of 16 students participated in the five-week session, where many of them took a personal problem or issue and turned into something positive and beautiful.
Seventh-grader Kaitlyn Cayer created a handcrafted broken heart, half of which was painted blue to represent sadness and the other half was shiny red, showing love and ...
FCSD seeks participants for summer Writing Institute:
The Fulton City School District and Team Sheldon at SUNY Oswego will once again collaborate to host the annual Oswego Writing Institute.
Teachers from throughout the region are encouraged to attend the professional development opportunity “Teaching Writing, Teaching Writers” on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 in the Marano Campus Center at SUNY Oswego where they will learn current writing techniques to be more effective in their writing instruction.
Featured authors include Steve Sheinkin and Meg Medina. Teachers from Central New York, including some of Fulton’s own, also will present during the two-day workshop. Carri Waloven, FCSD Director of Literacy and UPK, said over 100 teachers are expected to attend the event.
For more information, email Waloven ...
FCSD Athletes Receive Fall Honors:
Several Fulton City School District varsity athletes received honors during the fall season for their many accomplishments. Athletes were recognized for both team and individual skills in their sport.
Varsity team awards and honors include:
Boys Cross Country: first-place in the Freedom American League, first-place in the East-Syracuse-Minoa Invitational, four All-League honorees, Kenny Deloff placed fourth at the Section 3 Championship and 29 th at the New York State Championship meets
Girls Cross Country: NYS Scholar/Athlete team and second-place in the Tully Invitational
Football: 14 All-League honorees and placed third in the league
Golf: NYS Scholar/Athlete team, two All-League honorees, the six-man squad qualified for sectionals with Hunter Hubel placing fourth and ...
Fairgrieve 1st graders buy toys for the less fortunate:
Fairgrieve Elementary School first-graders learned a lesson in giving around the holidays. Students in Lynne Field’s and Beth Hudson’s classrooms opted not to do a gift exchange for the holidays. Instead, they collected money from Fairgrieve staff members and local dentist Dr. Juan Lopez to buy items for the Toys for Tots program. The first-graders took a field trip to Walmart to purchase toys for boys and girls in need. Field and Hudson said their students were proud and excited to help other children.
From left, Cloe McLoughlin, April Salisbury, Daymin Woodworth,
Rebecca Johnson, Lyric Schlosser shop for Toys for Tots donations
during a recent trip to Walmart where they joined other Fairgrieve
Elementary School first-graders.