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Volney Students Hear Perseverance Story: Volney Elementary School students celebrated March as perseverance month by welcoming a guest speaker who has never given up. Greg Callen was injured more than 10 years ago in an accident that left him in a wheelchair, unable to walk. He persevered through challenges and tailored his daily activities to help him live life to the fullest. During a recent character education assembly in the school’s cafeteria, Callen encouraged students to find ways to help others persevere through their own challenges. Principal Todd Terpening explained to students that some people have no choice in life but to overcome challenges. He said that is the definition of perseverance. After a short question-and-answer session, Callen told students how he adapted to new abilities of movement. To illustrate ... more >>
Volney Students Show Perseverance: Students at Volney Elementary were recently honored during a school assembly for exhibiting perseverance during the month of March. Principal Todd Terpening presented awards to 20 students after their teachers recognized them for never giving up on tasks or assignments in class. When asked what the definition of perseverance was, one student said it meant to “work through something, like … to work through the questions (on a test).” Terpening presented the following students with Principal Award certificates for exhibiting perseverance: Destiny Fink, Aylonna Loveall, Cole DeBan, Rachael Moon, Declan Nickerson, Carleigh Richardson, Cassidy Maynard, Ryan O’Donnell, Gwendalyne Holleneck, Natalie Gulliver, Jacob Ingersoll, Alyssa Sawyer, Theodore Pederson, Amber Dumas, ... more >>
Perseverance Pays Off for Fairgrieve Students: Fairgrieve Elementary students were recognized during a Morning Express program for exhibiting the school’s character education trait of perseverance throughout the month of March. Classroom teachers selected students for the honor based on their continued dedication to their classroom work and personal tasks or goals. Teachers, classmates and guests offered applause and congratulated the honorees, who each received a “brag tag” for their efforts. Fourth-grade Glee Club members promoted perseverance with a performance of Carrie Underwood’s country hit “Play On,” about never giving up in any situation. Pictured sitting, from left are the following students: Lainah Baker, Eathen Bean, Nathan Halligan, Ralph Paro, Ronald Noble, Jeremy Wright, Jr., Addison ... more >>
Stewart Award Presented: Recently Quirk's Players of G. Ray Bodley High School presented their 2016 annual musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein's  Oklahoma!     At the Saturday evening performance, the 2016 Jacalyn Stewart Award For Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented.   Given in memory of former G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Jacalyn Vinciquerra-Stewart, the award recognizes two outstanding seniors who set high performance standards and who excel on stage in the annual musical.   Honored with the 2016 Stewart Award this year were GRB Seniors Brandon Webb and Erica Perwitz.   Perwitz appeared in  Oklahoma!  as Laurey Williams while Webb appeared as the dark farmhand Jud Fry.   Mrs. Stewart's mother Olga Vinciquerra is shown here presenting ... more >>
GRB Students Advance in History Competition: G. Ray Bodley High School honors humanities students are making history.   Freshmen Andrew and Aaron Dedich advanced to the state level National History Day competition after winning second place in the regional National History Day competition earlier this month at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Joining the brothers are: Jasmine James, Madison Lang and Jake Geitner, who won first place in the regional competition for their Weebly-published website, “Roman Roads.”   A component of their honors humanities project-based learning activity, each student team chose their own topic related to local, national or world history, which also fit the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day theme of “Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History.” The ... more >>
Granby 2nd Graders Celebrate Ag Literacy Weeks: Granby Elementary School recently celebrated Ag Literacy Weeks as they learned about food and fiber systems in their community. Guest reader Erica Schreiner of the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District read the book “The Apple Orchard Riddle,” which educated second-graders on types of farms, apples, parts of an apple and scientific practices that change the appearance of apples. During the presentation, students said they’ve visited farms such as: animals, dairy, crops and beef. They learned that there are nine apple farms throughout Oswego County. Students served as assistant scientists to Schreiner who led an experiment involving a piece of apple exposed to air versus a piece of apple soaked in lemon juice exposed to air. After a short time, the lemon-juice ... more >>
G. Ray Bodley Hosts Second Annual Career Day: Numerous occupations were represented at G. Ray Bodley’s Second Annual Career Day, where students had the opportunity to explore career options and speak with professionals in the field.   Representatives from all fields such as health, government and business gave presentations on what a typical day looks like for them. Each shared why they chose their field and the education and training they went through to achieve their position.   Some of the businesses present at the event were: Burnett Park Zoo, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Fulton City Fire Department, NYS Police, Fulton Savings Bank, Novelis, News Channel 9, Huhtamaki, King & King Architects, Hair We Are Salon, WOLF Radio, Stability Fitness, Mannion & Copani Law Firm, Oswego Health and more.   ... more >>
P-TECH Informational Meetings: To learn more about how a new Pathways in Technology Early College High School coming in Oswego County, click here . more >>
Fairgrieve Focuses on Dental Health: Dr. Frank Fruce recently visited Fairgrieve Elementary School to explain the importance of brushing and flossing teeth. He said not only does what people eat and drink effect how people grow, food particles and beverages also can cause plaque and germs to collect on teeth if the teeth are not brushed. That leads to cavities and inflamed or swollen gums. One student raised his hand to tell classmates that if you don’t floss you can get cavities in between your teeth, and Fruce applauded the student’s knowledge. Important oral health tips for students included: decrease sugar intake, eat healthy snacks, dilute juice, and brush teeth after breakfast and before bed. Fairgrieve students have an opportunity to improve their oral health by receiving a cleaning, sealants, fluoride ... more >>
Extra, Extra Read All About It!: Extra, extra read all about it in Fulton City School District buildings! Continuity of collecting and promoting school and community news through several journalism exercises occurs from the elementary buildings, Fulton Junior High School and up to G. Ray Bodley High School. Granby Elementary School has its own student-driven newspaper club, advised by Librarian Allison Kowalski and Music Teacher Stephany Collins. Fifth-grade and sixth-grade members meet every other Thursday after school to create and produce three newspapers each school year using both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher. “We have a lot of strong writers; they’re very creative and are in here a lot giving up their recess to write articles,” Kowalski said.  At Lanigan Elementary School, Sixth ... more >>
FCSD Survey Creates Benchmarks: The Fulton City School District has engaged community members, parents, students and teachers in collecting data to be used for school improvement initiatives. Over 2,200 respondents answered survey questions with categorized answers of an item being either an asset, an emerging strength or potential risk. Surveys were broken down into the following main components: school leaders’ practices and decisions; curriculum development and support; teacher practice and decisions; student social, emotional and developmental health; and family and community engagement. Favored positively were school leaders talking about the importance of learning to students, use of a strong curriculum, promotion of music and art in Fulton schools, use of technology to improve learning experiences, schools ... more >>
GRB Students Compete in History Competition: Several G. Ray Bodley High School students will compete in the Central New York National History Day competition on March 12 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. As a project-based learning activity, 65 ninth-grade and 10th-grade honors humanities students created either an exhibit, documentary, research paper, website or a performance about the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day theme of “Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History.” English Teacher Danielle Crisafulli said students worked individually or as small teams from September through February to develop the projects around topics of women’s rights, Egyptian trade, Roman roads and how hard water impacted trade and historical figures. At each competition level, students will present their work ... more >>
Dr. Seuss Celebrated by Fairgrieve Elementary First Graders: Fairgrieve Elementary School first graders recently celebrated the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which falls on Dr. Seuss’ birthday of March 2. Students in Lynne Field’s first-grade class wore Thing 1 and Things 2 blue construction paper hair and paper plate name tags, while students in both Beth Hudson’s and Becky Crisafulli’s first-grade classrooms wore paper Cat in the Hat red and white hats. Teachers used lessons aligned with the first-grade English Language Arts and Math curriculums, to have their students participate in a variety of activities leading up to Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students searched through a Dr. Seuss book with a partner to find rhyming words, created a graph using colored Goldfish crackers as a play on ... more >>
Kindergarteners Perform in Fairgrieve Acting Circus: Fairgrieve Elementary School kindergarteners performed in a circus using just their imagination as props. Actors from The Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre offered in-class workshops where kindergarten students learned how to show their pony hooves, roar like tigers, and act like elephants, seals, acrobats and other circus activities. Following the brief presentations, kindergarteners arrived in the school cafeteria and became a part of the Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre as helpers and performers of the Bingley Brothers Circus. They performed in a band, cheered in a circus crowd and flexed their muscles to lift the tent poles. Below are several photos from The Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre performance at Fairgrieve:        more >>
Granby Elementary Hosts Battle of the Books: Granby Gators chomped their competition during the building’s inaugural Battle of the Books event, held Feb. 26 in the elementary school’s library. Teams “Orchestropic,” of Sixth Graders Lydia Mirabito, Matthew Firenze and Dayton Sievers, and “The Falcons,” of Fifth Graders Callum Smith and Ethan Demars will move on to compete with fifth graders and sixth graders from Volney, Fairgrieve and Lanigan elementary schools during the Fulton City School District Battle of the Books competition, to be held at 6 p.m. March 9 at the Fulton Education Center. Also moving on from Granby Elementary are Third Graders Alissa Murdoch and Thomas Springer of the team “The Fastbacks” and Fourth Graders Ella Halladay, Jenna Fleming and Grady Marshall of the team ... more >>
Principal's Awards Given to Fairgrieve Students: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students recently received a Principal’s Award for exemplifying the school’s expectations of respect, responsibility, problem solving and safety throughout the second marking period. Twenty-three students from grades kindergarten through six received the quarterly award during a Morning Express program, where Principal Jean Ciesla said awardees were “truly a role model for their classroom and in our school.” Honorees received a Principal’s Award medal and a “brag tag” to add to their collection. Fairgrieve staff members, classmates and guests of awardees cheered and applauded the students for their accomplishments. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are: Ayden Cusic, Olivia Gonzalez, Alivia Ruscitto, ... more >>
Honesty Awarded at Fairgrieve Elementary: Honesty is the best policy at Fairgrieve Elementary School. Twenty-five students from grades kindergarten through six were recognized during a Morning Express program at the school for exhibiting the virtue of honesty throughout the month of February. Award recipients received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and received applause and hugs from guests who attended the ceremony to share their special moment. The student body was also treated to a Fourth Grade Glee Club performance of “Truthfulness” by Red Grammer. Director Hope Lawton said the song talks about honesty and how not being honest in life can catch up to people. Students are encouraged to continue being honest at school by being sincere, open, trustworthy and truthful. Honorees, from left in ... more >>
Fairgrieve Students Battle it Out with Books: Practice made perfect for Fairgrieve Elementary students who read and studied 10 books as part of the second annual schoolwide Battle of the Books competition, held Feb. 24 in the school cafeteria. “The Fantastic Green Readers” and “The Golden Eagle Reader” teams in Level One, comprised of students in grades three and four, and “The Best T.E.A.M.” and “The Reading Rascals” teams in Level Two, comprised of students in grades five and six, will compete against Granby, Volney and Lanigan elementary teams during the districtwide Battle of the Books on March 9 at the Fulton Education Center. The top teams from the district competition will earn the right to represent the Fulton City School District in the countywide Battle of the Books event March ... more >>
Granby Elementary Home to Kindergarten Royalty: All hail, kindergarten kings and queens at Granby Elementary School! Students in grades one through six lined the school halls as they saluted and cheered the kindergarten royalty during the annual Kings and Queens parade. The kindergartners dazzled in crowns, robes and sashes as they waved to their kingdom before heading back to their classrooms. The parade was a culmination of a Listening and Learning strand on royalty. Kindergarten Teacher Jessica Frost said students learned about royal families, vocabulary words about royalty, and read various stories about princesses, among other educational highlights. Students paired up to construct castles and families joined in on the royalty fun by helping their kindergartners create family crests as a project-based learning activity. ... more >>
Fairgrieve Students Exceed Classroom Expectations: A handful of students at Fairgrieve Elementary School were recently recognized for exceeding classroom expectations throughout January. Classroom teachers each selected one student who has been kind and patient, gave their best effort, used materials and equipment properly, left the room only with permission, and never gave up.  These examples follow the school’s expectations of being respectful, responsible, safe and a problem solver. “We have kids that do amazing things every day, and exceed these expectations,” said Principal Jean Ciesla. The award is given to students during Fairgrieve’s Morning Express program and coincides with the Fulton City School District’s implementation of the Positive Behavior, Interventions and Supports initiative. Award ... more >>

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