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Fairgrieve students receive golden spoon awards Fairgrieve students receive golden spoon awards: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students recently received the Golden Spoon award for exceeding cafeteria expectations throughout the month of December. Honorees in the front row, from left, include: Austin Garn, Kevin Crowder, Kendall Todt, Brianna Wines, Jayden Miner, Kendra Runge, Jameson Hutchinson, Bently Oatman and Lucas Ketcham. Kneeling, from left, are: Kryan Fitzgerald, Braelyn Horning, Serenity Clark, Gabe Taylor, Mackenzie Bennett, Tacia Wolbert, Alyssa Durval, Brook McLoughlin and Hunter Devore. Standing, from left, are Principal Jean Sampsell and students: Ariel Ruggio, Ciara Dillingham, Logan Spoon, Grace Hutton, Kaiden Jardin and Caitlyn Searor. Not pictured are Brooklyn Bean and Frank Sullivan.  
Empathy shown at Fairgrieve Elementary Empathy shown at Fairgrieve Elementary: One student from each classroom at Fairgrieve Elementary School recently received a Virtue of the Month award because they exhibited empathy in December.   For their efforts to understand people’s feelings in their classroom and in the hallways, the honorees received a “brag tag” to add to their collection. They also received applause and praise from peers, teachers and guests during a Morning Express program.   Sitting, from left, are: Alivia Ruscitto, Ralph Paro, MacKenzie Orton, Tawnee Burns, Kendall Todt, Aizlyn Adkins, Ally Mesick and Jacob Morrison. Kneeling, from left, are: Matthew Clark, Valerie Nichols, Chloe Pillans, Isaiah Pitcher, Joshua Fredenburg, Zoe Bechtel, Sandra Wittmann and Paige Smith. Standing, ...
Fairgrieve names December expectation experts Fairgrieve names December expectation experts: Students who exhibited being safe, responsible, problem-solvers and respectful throughout the month of December were recently named expectation experts. The recognition came during a Morning Express program where Principal Jean Sampsell thanked all 26 recipients for setting a wonderful example for their peers. For their efforts, the students received a commemorative pencil and a “brag tag” to add to their collection. The Fourth Grade Glee Club also performed “Reach Out” in sign language as they sang along to the tune about empathy and trying to understand how people feel. Pictured in the front row, from left, are expectation experts: Olivia Rivera, Nathan Longok, Adrianna Viscome-Rice, Parker Killmeyer, Jeremy Wright, Brandon Stoltz, Jameson Hutchinson, Darren ...
Fairgrieve names most improved students for December Fairgrieve names most improved students for December: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently named most improved for the month of December because they made academic and/or behavioral strides.   For their efforts, they received accolades during a Morning Express program.   Kneeling, from left, are: Skye Thompson, Joseph Foley, Jamie Chappell, Elijah Howell, Matthew Tice, Rose Douglas, Jacob Clark, Gemma Calkins, Kyleigh Pearson and Francis Davis. Kneeling, from left, are: Aaron Doran, Gage Brown, Gabe Taylor, Karina Santana, Bianna Vandelinder, Micah Collins, Lloyd Pierce and Joseph Sellin. Standing, from left, are Principal Jean Sampsell and students: LeAnn Lewis, Benjamin Clements, Logan Spoon, Dominique Bentley, Ashlyn Bonnell and Morgan ...
Pre-K ornament day at Granby Elementary Pre-K ornament day at Granby Elementary: Granby Elementary School pre-kindergarten students spread holiday cheer and met learning targets during a recent ornament craft day. Pre-K teacher Sondra Pratt said Common Core standards were reached when students created triangle-shaped reindeer and Christmas tree ornaments out of popsicle sticks, salt dough ornaments after they measured ingredients, and patterns by making red and white beaded candy cane decorations. Other learning targets included fine motor skills as they put the holiday crafts together. Together, with their relatives, the young students enjoyed refreshments and wrote letters to Santa Claus. Granby pre-kindergarten student, Brandon Ostman, right, paints a handmade salt dough ornament during a craft day as his mother, Kelsey Brush, left, assists.  
Volney awards students who have shown empathy Volney awards students who have shown empathy: Several Volney Elementary School students were recently honored for being empathetic throughout the month of December.   For their efforts, students received a certificate from Principal Todd Terpening and much applause from their peers and teachers during a school assembly. Principal’s Awards were given to the following star students: Aiden Neal, Khloe Mason, Seth Potter, Devin Catalone, Grace McEwen Brydon Taber, Juliet Schnall, Alektra Clark, Cassidy Maynard, Tyler Beeman, Conner Rowe, Ava Pelky, James DeCare, Joely LaPage, Ceara Johnson, Ellie Parkhurst, Austin Miner, Rhyle Humphrey and Leah Rowlee.   Also recognized were students who have achieved academic or behavioral success in their classroom. The “On a Roll” honorees also received a certificate ...
Granby 6th graders enjoy Greek mythology videoconference Granby 6th graders enjoy Greek mythology videoconference: Videoconference technology recently allowed Granby Elementary School sixth-graders to explore the Greek mythology collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Facilitated by Melissa Daniels, Distance Learning Coordinator at the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation, the video chat enabled students to compare Greek and Roman mythology, Disney mythology characters to historical references and reasons why mythological events occurred. Several students also shared their favorite facts and asked the following questions: What drove Hercules mad? Did Hercules defeat Medusa before or after the Hydra? Who decided Hercules needed to be punished? Sixth-Grade Teacher Michelle Pinkevicz said the video connection coincided with the students’ current English Language Arts unit, ...
Lanigan Elementary students receive empathy awards Lanigan Elementary students receive empathy awards: Two dozen students at Lanigan Elementary School were recently honored for identifying with other people’s concerns.   Principal Jeff Hendrickson congratulated each Virtue of the Month recipient and thanked them for showing empathy in their classroom and the school hallways. Each teacher honored one student from their classroom because the children exhibited sincerity to friends, defended others, were concerned about the wellbeing of others, offered hugs or encouragement and genuinely listened to others.   Empathy award winners include: Taylor Jodway, Jordyn Moon, Samantha Moon, Mason Fuller, Owen Dumouchel, Colin Moon, Jacob Atwater, Isriella Towle, Devon Hamilton, Arianna Dumas, Shyanne Burnswick, Kiley Pudney, Liam Green, Abe Gallagher, Addison Barrick, Avery Evans, ...
Fairgrieve reaches school-wide goals Fairgrieve reaches school-wide goals: Students at Fairgrieve Elementary School have worked hard throughout the first marking period to surpass school-wide math, behavior and attendance goals. Ariana Suhr, Fairgrieve’s School-Home Liaison, shared the 10-week update during a recent Morning Express program at the school where she lauded the students for their accomplishments. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, the school-wide attendance goal is for 90 percent of students to attend school 90 percent of the time. Students in grades kindergarten through six were right on target for that. The behavior goal is for 90 percent of the student body to have one major referral or none; that percentage is now 98. Suhr said the Math and English Language Arts goals are based on Star testing data from students in grades second ...
FJHS holiday concert draws huge crowd FJHS holiday concert draws huge crowd: The Fulton Junior High School holiday concert recently brought familiar sounds of the season to the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium. The Seventh Grade Holiday Concert featured “Spectrum,” “Little Bit of Swing,” and “Furioso performed by the band, and “Christmas Time,” “In Winter, So Many Stars,” and “A Family Christmas Spectacular” by the chorus. The latter piece was a medley of Christmas favorites, featuring baritones, which were new choral parts for the seventh-graders who either sang as altos or sopranos in sixth-grade. The Seventh Grade Orchestra closed out the show with “Stomp!,” “Burgundian Carol,” and “Christmas Fiddlers in the Hall.” Loud cheers and applause was heard at the ...
Fairgrieve readers have PIZZAzz Fairgrieve readers have PIZZAzz: Students in grades one through six at Fairgrieve Elementary have served up reading success.   The school's 2016-2017 Accelerated Reader (AR) program theme is pizza. Each grade level has an AR goal each marking period, ranging from 2.5 to 12 points. For every 10 points achieved, students will receive a Pizza Point Club button.   Students who meet their quarterly goal will receive a Pizza "brag tag." If students meet their goals by May 25, they will be invited to the AR PIZZAzz Festival and enjoy games, prizes, crafts and photographs. AR readers who garner 100, or more, points by May 25 and achieve an 80+ average on AR quizzes will join Principal Jean Sampsell at the school's annual Pizza with the Principal celebration. Each month, the student who earns the ...
Fulton UPK sing-a-long a huge success Fulton UPK sing-a-long a huge success: Students in Fulton City School District's Universal Pre-Kindergarten program made the holiday season merry and bright for hundreds of people who packed the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium for the recent UPK Holiday Sing-a-Long. Students sang and danced to holiday classics before Santa made a surprise appearance. During the month of December, students throughout all FCSD schools showcased their musical and vocal talents during winter concerts. Pictured is Santa during his brief visit. Here is a look at the UPK Holiday Sing-a-Long fun:          
Fulton teachers embrace effective feedback for students Fulton teachers embrace effective feedback for students: Fulton City School District teachers were recently re-energized to use assessments and information to empower and engage students, thanks to guest presenter Nicole Vagle. The information was delivered to the teachers during a recent Staff Development Day where Vagle, a presenter with the professional development powerhouse of Solution Tree, encouraged FCSD teachers to pay attention to how students perceive assessments so they don't shut down. Students need to feel motivated to succeed, she said. Re-focusing on classroom and learning assessments over assessments about teaching (standardized and benchmark), will help pave the way for a more balanced system. All assessments, she said, must teach students to reflect and track progress. Elizabeth Conners, FCSD Executive Director of Instruction ...
Rotary donates dictionaries to elementary students Rotary donates dictionaries to elementary students: Fairgrieve Elementary third-graders and fourth-graders recently received both holiday cheer and free dictionaries from Fulton Noon Rotary members. Rotarians Alissa Viscome, Patrick Kinane and Pamela Kinane spoke with the students about the importance of literacy and learning. They said that when students obtain the proper educational tools, such as their own dictionary, they will improve their literacy skills. As the dictionaries were handed out to each student, they rushed back to their seats and flipped through the pages, looking up new words. Principal Jean Sampsell said it was nice to see the students so excited to learn new information. Rotarians also distributed free dictionaries to all third-graders and fourth-graders at Granby, Volney and Lanigan elementary schools. Below ...
Jared Campbell shares positive messages at Volney Jared Campbell shares positive messages at Volney: Kindness, compassion and acceptance are all Volney Elementary School character traits that were recently reinforced by singer/songwriter Jared Campbell. Campbell once again visited the Volney Vikings to inspire students to love themselves and everyone around them. He offered two performances: one for kindergarteners through second-graders and another for students in grades three through six. In the latter presentation, Campbell encouraged students to listen to the lyrics of his original song, “When I Was a Kid,” about nothing standing in a child’s way of success. Students also heard a message about the power of music and its impact on people as Campbell sang, “A Life I Haven’t Lived Yet.” The older students discussed with Campbell struggles of feeling ...
Lanigan Welcomes Singer/Songwriter Jared Campbell Lanigan Welcomes Singer/Songwriter Jared Campbell: Club Lanigan is open to all Lanigan Elementary School students and is always accepting new members!   Inclusion of, and kindness to, all from Singer/Songwriter Jared Campbell recently inspired students to be self-confident. Campbell performed for all Lanigan students, but his presentation for kindergarteners through second-graders was tailored to friendship. Students learned Campbell’s top-three ways to make new friends: find someone who is excited to see you, know that person will always be by your side and stick with people who love you for you.   Club Lanigan, he said, is a great way to make friends and feel accepted. Students agreed that their peers, teachers and Principal Jeff Hendrickson were invited to join the group! There was only one rule: no bullies allowed! ...
Principal’s Award given to Fairgrieve students Principal’s Award given to Fairgrieve students: One student from each classroom at Fairgrieve Elementary School recently received a Principal’s Award because they proved to be role models throughout Marking Period 1.   The quarterly honor was given to students during a Morning Express program, where recipients were recognized by Principal Jean Sampsell in front of their peers, Fairgrieve staff members and several guests.   Principal Sampsell said the awardees are “amazing workers” who help make the school a warm environment. For their efforts, the students received a medal.   Sitting, from left are: Sophia Hudson, Kayla Pero, Andie Kerr, MacKenzie Schopp, Marissa Smith, Braydon Richardson Heaney, Corbin Burns, Lynnae LaPage, Chase Ilacqua and Dominic Rellos. Kneeling, from left, are: Hunter ...
Lanigan 1st graders visit museum Lanigan 1st graders visit museum: Tis the season for Lanigan Elementary School first-graders to learn about the history of their community.   Accompanied by their teachers and a handful of guests during recent visits to the Pratt House, students received guided tours of the two-story museum. There, they took a step back in time as they learned about Christmas of yesteryear and home life in the 1800s/early 1900s.   The students also participated in the museum’s annual Parade of Trees event, where they voted for their favorite decorated Christmas tree to help local schools and nonprofit organizations win small cash prizes. Several Fulton City School District programs and classrooms submitted entries, including trees with the following themes: Haudenosaunee Peace Tree by Lanigan Elementary fourth-graders, ...
Volney Elementary honors role model students Volney Elementary honors role model students: Several Volney Elementary School students were recently named by their teachers as classroom role models because they exhibited gratitude throughout the month of November.   Principal Todd Terpening presented each recipient with a special award during a school assembly where he commended the students for showing thanks and appreciation to their teachers and for setting great examples for their peers.   November classroom role models include: Caylin Maynard, Lucas LaBeef, Seth Smith, Devin Catalone, Brynn Graf, Lilyann Ermini, Carter Perras, Henry Jerred, Josie Smith, Zoey Fink, Collen Austin, Emma Hutchinson, Caleb Clark, Santina Cunningham, Haven Hicks, Emma Kerfien, Danielle Boyce, Layne Osborn, Caiden Taber, Iz Moxley and Elijah Turner.   Also recognized were ...
Expectation experts named at Fairgrieve Elementary Expectation experts named at Fairgrieve Elementary: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently named expectation experts by Principal Jean Sampsell. For their efforts, the honorees received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and cheers from their peers, staff members and guests during a Morning Express program. Principal Sampsell praised each student for doing a fantastic job in their classroom and school following expectations of problem-solving, responsibility and safety throughout the month of November. “They certainly are awesome role models; keep up the amazing work,” she said. Seated, from left, are Expectation Award recipients: Dylan Mann, Cara Nelson, Kaya Renfrew, Taryn Murphy, Nathan Smith, Hadley Young, Matthew Decker, Aiden Carvey and Kenneth Thompson. Kneeling, from left, are: ...



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