Health, Science and Books at Fairgrieve Elementary:
Students at Fairgrieve Elementary had the opportunity to showcase their science projects at a recent Health, Science and Book Fair held at the school.
Projects covered a variety of topics ranging from animal habitats to astronomy to chemistry concepts. Parents, teachers and community members were able to view the plethora of projects in the school’s cafeteria as well as visit the library to purchase some books at the Book Fair.
Students also celebrated health during a few aerobic dances to music in the gym, and two lucky students received brand new bicycles as raffle prizes.
Fulton student AnnaRose O'Dett presents her Fairgrieve Elementary science project,
the study of the life cycle of the arctic fox.
Cafeteria Recognition for Fairgrieve Students:
Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently recognized by school lunch monitors for exceeding expectations in the cafeteria.
These students received the monthly Golden Spork Award and a “brag tag” to add to their collection for serving as role models to their peers.
Pictured are the following awardees: Emma Clothier, Lyric Schlosser, Carson Horning, Riley Simpson, Evaya Menkins, Cara Nelson, Landon Gibson, Katharine Demars, Jayden Hall, Alexis Myers, Gabriel Taylor, Alyssa Durval, Joe Cortini, Janessa Colon, Cameron Brown, Ciara Dillingham, Riley Niver, Linda Hartmann, Jayden Wight, Benjamin Clements, Adam Paro, Curtis Taylor and Jasmyne. Absent from the photo are Michael Vandelinder and Richard LaGrow.
Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla, ...
GRB Junior Wins Essay Contest:
Sarah Tallents, G. Ray Bodley High School junior, recently won the Oswego County Bar Association essay contest for her article on women’s rights and opportunities.
Her work referenced the history of Hillary Clinton’s career. For her efforts, the bar association presented her with a check and an award. Advanced Placement U.S. History Teacher Jamie Ruzekowicz commended Tallents for her commitment to her studies and offered congratulatory remarks.
Pictured are GRB Assistant Principal Amy Stephenson, Tallents, Ruzekowicz, and Assistant Principal Marc Copani during the award presentation.
Fulton Students Participate in Olympiad:
Hundreds of exceptional student-athletes from schools across the county united for a day of competition, friendship and fun as part of the Oswego County Olympiad Invitational.
The event, held May 12 in the track area outside of John C. Birdlebough High School, featured nearly 400 participants representing all nine school districts in Oswego County as well as the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation. Students competed in adapted events, field activities, distance races and infield games such as beanbag tosses.
The day got underway with a parade around the track and some words of encouragement from emcee Greg Callen, founder of Move Along Inc., who is paralyzed from the waist down. Callen spoke about the obstacles he had to overcome and how athletics helped him succeed. ...
Lanigan Students Learn the Art of Storytelling:
Lanigan students enjoyed a performance called "StoryFaces" by artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino, a presentation about the art of storytelling through face painting.
Agostino shared the history of ancient storytelling as well as some of the same face painting techniques that are used by professionals in Hollywood. The “paint” used is really not paint at all, but a high quality, non-toxic make-up.
Students volunteered to come on stage to have their faces painted as Agostino told an array of stories, some written by him, others descending from Native American folktale.
One story was that of a brave boy who allowed a shark to swallow him whole to save his village. From inside the shark, the boy built a fire that caused the shark ...
College and Career Fair a Success at Fairgrieve:
Fairgrieve Elementary School fifth and sixth-graders recently explored a variety of job options and post-secondary learning opportunities as part of the third annual College and Career Fair.
Employees and business owners representing a variety of career paths were on hand to discuss their job requirements, daily responsibilities, benefits and other job perks. Students interested in animal science met with a veterinarian and a zookeeper, while those considering careers in public service, the business sector or the arts engaged in conversation with first responders, educators, accountants and makeup artists, to name a few.
The fifth and sixth-graders peppered the presenters with questions about their academic background, years of service and salary information. During a session with ...
GRB seniors earn NYSED scholarships:
Ten students from Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School recently earned the State Education Department’s 2016 Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The annual awards initiative provides a financial boost for high school seniors who plan to attend college next year and who perform exceptionally on Regents exams in the four core subjects. Statewide, 2,000 students received scholarships for $1,500, while another 6,000 earned $500 each toward their college tuition.
According to GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst, this year’s senior class excelled on their Regents exams, and two students -- Caleb Almeter and David Tallents -- earned the top award of $1,500. Students Donna Aiken, Gina Babcock, Michael Bolster, Keegan Condon, Olivia Coakley, Kayla Dingman, Althea Henderson ...
Fairgrieve Students Collect Donations for Animals:
Fairgrieve Elementary School students recently collected monetary donations and supplies to help pets in need throughout Oswego County.
Guest speakers from Paws Across Oswego County, an animal rescue, visited the school during a Morning Express program in the gymnasium to talk with students about the importance of proper animal care. Students learned that many animals in the area rely on community donations to eat, play and stay healthy.
As a reward for the students’ hard work, animal rescue volunteers Marjorie Wentworth and Connie Evans donated their latest Reading for Rescue book, “June Bug’s Journey,” to the school library.
Principal Jean Ciesla said Fairgrieve students hold four collections throughout the school year, as a means to teach students the importance ...
Fulton Students Attend Annual Oswego State Drama Festival:
G. Ray Bodley (GRB) students attended the 57 th Annual Oswego State Drama Festival on May 3, where they had the opportunity to give a theatrical performance in front of their peers as well as participate in numerous theatrical workshops throughout the day.
Fulton students David Houck, Jeremy Herlowski and Michael Mankiewicz were the cast members to perform a version of “Romeo and Juliet” from “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, which received amazing reviews from the audience. GRB crew members included Victoria Eckhard, Erica Perwitz, Alysa Rosenbarker, Kayleigh Hotaling, Brandon Webb and Ean Stevenson. The theatre group was directed by faculty advisor Tom Briggs.
Not only ...
Financial Aid Night set for May 24 at G. Ray Bodley High School:
Fulton City School District juniors, seniors, and their parents will have an opportunity to learn more about college funding options during an upcoming Financial Aid Night.
The event, presented by the G. Ray Bodley High School Counseling Office, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. May 24 in the high school auditorium. A representative from the financial aid office at the State University of New York at Oswego will present information about the types and sources of financial aid available to undergraduate students. Attendees will learn about the federal and state forms needed to apply to college, and informative handouts will be available.
According to the GRB counselors, Financial Aid Night provides a great opportunity for families to become acquainted with the various sources of financial ...
Fulton Students Compete in OCAY League:
Students from Fulton City School District competed in the last Oswego County Academic Youth League (OCAY) competition of the year, which centered on the theme of leaving a legacy and living a memorable life.
The event involved tasks such as creating and illustrating a children’s book, performing a silent drama and giving an inspirational speech. True teamwork was demonstrated as the students delegated the work based on their individual skill sets to divide and conquer.
Fulton students created and illustrated a children’s book entitled “The Young Tortoise,” a fable that demonstrated a clear theme involving living a memorable life.
The Fulton OCAY League members for this competition were: David Houck, Aryelle Barbagallo, Phil Summerville, ...
Students are in Self-Control at Fairgrieve Elementary:
Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla recognized several students during a recent Morning Express program for exhibiting self-control throughout the month of April.
All 25 classroom teachers in grades kindergarten through six submitted the name of one student to receive the school’s Virtue of the Month Award. Recipients were congratulated by their peers, teachers and guests before they received a “brag tag” for their efforts.
Attendees were also treated to a Fourth Grade Glee Club performance of “Put on Your Thinking Cap,” which provided a message of waking up one’s brain, finding a new way to finish a task and pressing on with one’s day. Director Hope Lawton said several students have shown self-control with English Language Arts ...
Fairgrieve Students Named Most Improved in April:
During a recent Morning Express program, Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla congratulated several students for being named by their classroom teachers as the most improved students throughout the month of April.
For their efforts of improving academic and behavioral goals, students received a brag tag to add to their collection and special recognition in front of the entire student body and a handful of guests.
Award winners sitting, from left, are: Brian Santiago, Angelina Ferro, Emilie Berrus, Jared Gardenier, Zoey Roberts, Riot Tondeur, Owen Seymour, Madison Allen and Selia Clark. Kneeling, from left, are: Markelle Reed, Tommy Towsley, Kamila Miranda, Kari Pagliaroli, Dominique Bentley, Keaton Kelly and Alexis Myers. Standing, from left, are: Principal Ciesla, Ian Blaine, ...
Fairgrieve Students Earn Principal's Award:
Fairgrieve Elementary School students who have followed school expectations daily and served as role models for classmates were recently recognized as Principal’s Award recipients.
The honor came during a Morning Express program as the student body, teachers and guests cheered and applauded for the outstanding students. Principal Jean Ciesla said the awardees continue to persevere, ask for help when needed, practice skills and work toward reaching their academic goals.
For their efforts, students received a medal and a “brag tag” to add to their collection.
Pictured in the front row, from left are: Jordynn Miller, Ayden Spaulding, Brayden Wise, Mya Housel, Niyah Humphrey, Hailey Niver, Nickelson Rojas-Vega and Ruthie Niver. Kneeling, from left are: Lainah Baker, Hayden ...
Volney students team with Assemblyman Barclay for mock press conference:
Volney Elementary School students recently traded in their winter caps for fedoras and transformed into journalists during a mock political press conference.
Sixth-graders hosted Assemblyman Will Barclay, who fielded dozens of questions posed by the “reporters.” The students peppered the assemblyman with questions about infrastructure, budget, taxes, the Common Core, and nuclear power.
The question-and-answer format simulated an actual press conference. When students were called upon, they stated their name and news organization they represented.
“I was really happy how the press conference went,” said Volney teacher Bill Cahill. “We should be spending our time inspiring students, and that’s what this did.”
According to Cahill, ...
Fairgrieve Students Exceed Expectations in March:
Fairgrieve Elementary School Students were recently honored for exceeding classroom expectations throughout the month of March.
All 25 classroom teachers selected one of their students to receive recognition and a “brag tag” from Principal Jean Ciesla for being kind and positive, taking care of their personal belongings, wearing proper footwear and reading directions, among other accomplishments. Honorees received praise and applause from their peers and guests during a recent Morning Express program at the school.
Sitting, from left are recipients: Dante Heaney, Emanie Cook, Dominic Harris, Cara Nelson, Alea Runge, Lyric Schlosser, Amya Ramos and Sophia Frataccia-Wavle. Kneeling, from left are: Hailey Jenkins, Annabella Epolito, Gabriella Mitchell, Lilyanna Garzone-Baker, ...
Fairgrieve Students Enjoy Reading:
Friendly competition is on at Fairgrieve Elementary School to see which children’s book is the top favorite to receive the coveted Charlotte Award.
Library Media Specialist Barb Senecal read 10 books to each student in younger grade levels before they voted on their favorite story. Students in older grades could read the material on their own and will cast their votes at a later date.
A program of the New York State Reading Association, the Charlotte Award is a means to encourage children to read literature and become lifelong learners. The award is named after the main character in the book “Charlotte’s Web.” Voting ends May 30 and awards will be presented during the NYSRA conference in the fall.
During a recent visit to the library, Senecal treated students ...
Creative Writers Honored at Fairgrieve:
Fairgrieve Elementary School sixth-grade students were recently surprised and honored to learn their submitted writing pieces were performed during an Echoes program at G. Ray Bodley High School.
Once students arrived at the high school, they learned their words had been transformed by Merry Go-Round Playhouse members into performance pieces of skits and songs complete with costumes and props. Echoes was developed by the playhouse to encourage students to creatively write.
Students Kendra Gardner, Alley Bliss and Lilia Place received a Showcase Authors honor and their creative piece “The New Kid,” about a new kid in school who was a banana, was performed on stage. Playhouse actors recognized the following honorable mention work authored by students: “Snow” ...
Fairgrieve Glee Club Honored:
Fairgrieve Elementary School’s Fourth-Grade Glee Club members were recently recognized for their commitment to perform monthly for classmates and staff members during Morning Express programs.
The honor was given in celebration of March as Music in Our Schools Month. Music Teacher Hope Lawton said participating fourth graders give up their recess time once a week to practice singing and dancing about topics related to the school’s character education traits.
For their efforts, each Glee Club member received a “brag tag” to add to their collection.
Fourth-Grade Glee Club members at Fairgrieve Elementary show
off their “brag tags” after they were honored for performing monthly
for their peers and teachers.
Fairgrieve Students Receive Most Improved Honor:
Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recognized by their classroom teachers for improving academic, behavior or social efforts throughout the month of March.
Classmates and teachers cheered on the awardees as Principal Jean Ciesla commended the students for doing a fantastic job meeting classroom improvement goals.
Pictured are the following recipients who received a “brag tag” to add to their collection: Selia Clark, Owen Seymour, Zoey Roberts, Riot Tondeur, Jared Gardenier, Emilie Berrus, Alexis Myers, Brian Santiago, Kari Pagliaroli, Dominique Bentley and Keaton Kelly. Also honored were: Kamila Miranda, Markelle Reed, Tommy Towsley, Trae Mitchell, Frank Sullivan, Jocelyn Loomis, Ian Blaine, Kierstan McBride and DaKota Cook.
Fairgrieve Elementary School ...