Lunch and learn program improves communication:
Fairgrieve Elementary School staff members are committed to increased school-to-home communication and to engage parents in their child’s learning.
This is being accomplished, in part, by the school’s Lunch and Learn programs where parents are invited to join their child at lunch to hear tips on how to help their child establish, reach and exceed academic and behavior goals. Students record their efforts in a data tracking sheet, which remains in a folder at school.
Ariana Suhr, Fairgrieve’s school-home liaison, said students continue to learn that working toward a goal helps them become successful. She and Principal Jean Sampsell encouraged families to develop students set goals at home to help them achieve greater success at school.
If parents were not able to make ...
Fulton UPK family night a success:
The Fulton City School District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program is focused on helping students develop math and literacy skills. That was accomplished during the recent fall 2016 UPK Family Night at the district’s education center, where UPK students and their siblings enjoyed crafts, games and a healthy snack. Carri Waloven, FCSD Director of Literacy and UPK, said the event helped parents connect with teachers and allowed UPK students to join their peers in a setting outside of the classroom. Students and their siblings also received a free book and parents collected information from community agencies. Waloven said three additional family nights will occur throughout the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year.
Below are some fun photos from the family night:
Fairgrieve students exceed expectations in October:
Twenty-six Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recognized during a Morning Express program for exceeding classroom expectations throughout the month of October.
Peers, teachers and guests applauded the honorees as Principal Jean Sampsell congratulated each of the students for being amazing role models. For their efforts, the students received a commemorative pencil and a “brag tag” to add to their collection.
Sitting, from left to right, are: Kendra Runge, Alyssa Hatter, Maximus Cunningham, Owen Seymour, Tristan Caruso, Richard Calkins, Kayla Kneeskern, Michael Noel and Francis Davis. Kneeling, from left to right, are: Klaire Vant, Peyton Wells, Autumn Cary, Adelaide McEachen, Joshua Fredenburg, Jada Barnwell, Brock Bowering, Allison Treneer and Daniel Douglas. Standing, ...
FCSD Makes Progress on Capital Project:
The Fulton City School District’s latest capital project is nearing completion.
Jerry Seguin, FCSD Director of Facilities, Operations and Transportation, said much work was finished earlier this year, including the removal of asbestos-containing floor tiles at G. Ray Bodley High School. At the Fulton Education Center, the gymnasium’s old wooden floor was replaced with a brand new rubber-based flooring and there is a new main entryway.
Seguin said additional work of window replacement at GRB, Granby Elementary School and Fulton Junior High School was delayed, but will begin shortly and is expected to continue through the summer of 2017. That work will not interrupt instruction.
After the current school year, Seguin said, FCSD could replace rooftop units at GRB in the cafeteria ...
FJHS 2016-2017 Learning Opportunities are Abound:
Seventh-graders on Team Green at the Fulton Junior High School now have increased access to learning thanks to their new Google Chromebooks.
The technology is made possible through the Fulton City School District’s one-to-one pilot program where each Team Green student has been assigned a school-related Gmail account with a Chromebook to access Google applications and other resources for their work throughout the day during Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STREAM) classes.
The new venture perfectly blends with the innovative learning opportunities the STREAM initiative has provided FJHS students. If students leave less curious they are more prepared for high school. The FJHS shift is moving from student engagement to student empowerment, where students have ...
Fulton Schools Develop Improvement Plan:
The Fulton City School District has made strides in its quest to develop a Comprehensive District Educational Plan thanks to input from district staff members, parents, students and community members. The plan explains how FCSD uses funds to improve the district’s program in educating students, particularly those with disabilities.
Because FCSD was recently identified as a Focus District by the New York State Education Department, a core group of FCSD staff members have worked throughout the summer months to review district initiatives, develop an action plan for addressing needs of economically disadvantaged students and assess professional development (PD) needs to build the staff’s ability to address social and emotional needs of students.
Throughout the ...
Fairgrieve students collect money to purchase fresh produce:
Fairgrieve Elementary School students and staff members recently collected funds to purchase fresh produce from local vendors for its upcoming Harvest Festival.
There, students will learn more about growing vegetables and why fresh produce is an important part of a diet. To help understand that concept and the need of local families, Fairgrieve welcomed guest speaker Helen Hoefer, community services director of Oswego County Catholic Charities. She explained that every coin and dollar raised will purchase delicious and nutritious vegetables that needy families can use to create healthy meals.
Hoefer said any help is appreciated since the local food pantry serves 320 families each month.
Principal Jean Sampsell said the monetary collection is one of four community service projects the ...
Cookie decorating helps Granby students learn NY geography:
Granby Elementary School fourth-graders have learned the sweet side of geography.
The annual New York State cookie project helped reinforce a social studies unit, which focused on the state’s geography and attributes. Students completed a self-assessment checklist, which helped them record activity highlights and improvement plans.
The fourth-graders were most happy to use a New York State-shaped chocolate chip cookie with M&Ms representing major cities, blue icing for rivers, Hershey kisses and chocolate chips for mountain ranges and mini M&Ms were used for other identifying features of the students’ choice.
“I learned all about the rivers and the mountains, and where they are,” said Asia Godbay.
As a part of the unit, Fourth-Grade Teacher Julie Wood ...
Fairgrieve students receive respect virtue award:
Several Fairgrieve Elementary students were recently presented with the school’s Virtue of the Month award because they exhibited respect throughout September.
Recipients were honored during a Morning Express program, where they and their peers were treated to a performance of the Fourth Grade Glee Club. The students also received a “brag tag” to add to their collection before guests, classmates and teachers lauded their efforts.
Sitting, from left, are: Aden Bentley, Hailey Niver, Brodie Maliszewski, Ruthie Niver, Bella Bellavia, Jersey Ryder, Mackenzie Orton, Peyton Engel and Bently Oatman. Kneeling, from left, are: Austin Garn, Mia Holliday, Dakota Brown, Tacia Wolbert, Casandra Guillaume, Jaylee Brien-Waldron, Brayden Wise and Chloe Calkins. Standing, from left, are ...
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.
Just over a ...
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, ...