Clubs now offered at Granby Elementary:
Granby Elementary School students in grades three through six have been offered an opportunity to enhance their education by participation in one club of their choice.
Amy Kunzwiler, Granby’s School-Home Liaison, said students were surveyed during the 2015-2016 school year to see what offerings they would like for this school year’s pilot program.
“The main focus was for students to be more engaged in their learning and to increase attendance,” she said.
Kunzwiler said getting students more involved in their own education is the overall goal. The children will gather at various locations throughout the building from 2:30 to 3:10 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month.
Clubs topics include: book, coding/digital photo editing, coloring and Zentangle, ...
GRB junior named to student athletic advisory committee:
Jake Geitner, G. Ray Bodley High School Junior, is representing Section III as a chosen member of the newly-formed Student-Athlete Advisory Committee of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
He was selected among 24 other junior or senior high school athletes from throughout the state who represent each of the 11 sections. Students were chosen based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and involvement in sports. According to its website, the advisory committee was developed as a way to provide students with a voice within the NYSPHSAA.
GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst said Geitner was “an obvious choice to nominate for this position, as he is a school leader.”
Geitner is captain of the GRB Varsity baseball and soccer teams.
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Guest speaker teaches Volney students about rocketry:
Volney Elementary School sixth-graders are soaring to new academic heights, thanks to guest speaker David Hamm.
The former educator spoke to the sixth-grade students about scientific properties behind their upcoming rocket launches. Students jotted down notes and renderings related to a rocket’s shape, flight and motions. Hamm shared his excitement for the science when he discussed the importance of Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry.
Sixth-Grade Teacher William Cahill said it is important for students to be exposed to people like Hamm because “he is an individual who can captivate their attention and inspire them, which contrary to popular belief, is at the very core of teaching children.” It also is valuable, he said, for students to hear from people who ...
Fairgrieve sixth-graders study rocket science:
Fairgrieve Elementary School students became NASA engineers as they launched hand-crafted rockets during a recent lesson.
Sixth-graders studied Newton’s Laws of Motion then took their learning to new heights with a hands-on learning experience inspired by the famed physicist. The three sixth-grade classes collaborated on the lesson using kits to assemble the rockets and prepare them for lift-off.
With ideal weather conditions recently, the students prepared for the launch. One-by-one, each student placed their rocket on the launch pad and counted down from five, clapping and cheering with excitement as the rocket was propelled into the air.
“This was so much fun,” said sixth-grader Kayla McCraith. “We learned about Newton’s Laws and how rockets ...
Out-of-this-world experience for Lanigan students:
Lanigan Elementary School students recently traveled to space without even leaving the gymnasium.
An inflatable planetarium from the OCM BOCES Science Center was brought into the school to introduce students to the solar system, which is a part of academic units for first-graders and fifth-graders.
The younger students listened to stories nighttime as the starry nights and constellations were projected onto the sides and top of the inflatable dome.
“I can see a king; can you see that king there?” one student said.
During a visit from Karrie Schremp’s class, first-graders gasped when they saw a video explaining how it’s daytime on the side of the Earth that faces the sun. They also learned about the Earth’s axis and how it takes Earth 24 hours to spin around ...
New mission at Volney:
Volney Elementary School students and staff members are on a new mission to success.
Principal Todd Terpening said the faculty recently came up with a new mission statement that puts the power of education directly into the hands of students: “Developing leaders by providing all students with what they need to succeed.”
He said the goal is to ensure all students learn, believe and achieve that mission. It serves as a living document, which students embody daily.
The process is being supported by a fun, child-friendly LEAD chant: Learn, Excel, Achieve, Do your best! Students have recited the mission and chant during each Morning Meeting at the school and the LEAD reminder is on a “brag tag” each student received at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.
School is Fun at Lanigan Elementary:
Lanigan Elementary School knows how to party and get right to work.
The building’s annual Block Party served as an opportunity for staff members, students and parents and guardians to mingle and learn how to be more involved in the school and community. Principal Jeffrey Hendrickson worked alongside several teachers to serve hot dogs, chips and lemonade to guests as several children enjoyed the playground and the company of their peers.
Following the Block Party, Lanigan’s open house proved to be a huge success. Teachers distributed information on curriculum standards, offered a classroom scavenger hunt and displayed artwork reflective of what students have accomplished since the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. In classrooms, several teachers reviewed expectations and ...
4th graders learn about native culture at Volney Elementary:
Volney Elementary School fourth-graders have learned that in order to study the Haudenosaunee people, they must embody the native lifestyle.
Just a few days into the academic unit, the fourth-graders have worked with native symbols to create stories, studied agricultural facts and learned about the native nations that make up the Iroquois League, also known as the Six Nations. They’ve begun studying the following tribes: Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Tuscarora.
“It’s pretty cool to learn about all of them,” said student Kaleb Wise.
Guest presenter, Lisa Ascenzo of Tandy Leather in Syracuse, recently spoke to the fourth-grade classes about leatherworking, a common craft of the native culture. During her visit, students made bookmarks out of strips ...
Fulton parents return to high school for a day:
After several years, and for some, several decades, many Fulton parents returned to high school for a day.
The inaugural “Bring Your Parent to School” day at G. Ray Bodley High School proved to be a hit with the students, their peers and the parents, as they, too, hustled in the hallways in between classes, provided input to classroom lessons and immersed themselves into the high school culture.
“We’re confident you’ll learn something new about the school,” GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst said over the loud speaker.
That also was the overall goal of the day, she said, as GRB aims to increase communication to parents and show them how welcoming of a community GRB is.
Volney students are respectful, goal-achievers:
Several students at Volney Elementary School were recently recognized as classroom role models for showing respect to their peers and teachers throughout the month of September.
For their efforts, those students received a Principal’s Award and a “brag tag” to add to their collection. The recipients were honored during a school-wide assembly alongside another group of students who were “On-a-Roll” because they achieved an extraordinary moment or a goal in their classroom.
“Our kids have been hard at working meeting all of our expectations,” said Principal Todd Terpening.
The following students received a Principal’s Award: Josselyn Buske, Tessa Morey, Cadence Nipper, Isaiah Lorraine, Izabel Flood, Lila Thurlow, Carter Perras, Callen Cowden, ...
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, ...
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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.
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.
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:
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 ...
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.