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Inventors Unite at FJHS Inventors Unite at FJHS: The Fulton Community School’s Extended Day Program at the Fulton Junior High School has given seventh-graders and eighth-graders more than just fun after-school activities. It has also afforded students with an opportunity to learn more about themselves, as they worked through several hands-on tasks. During the program’s recent “Inventors Unite” session, students created either an art piece or an invention using at least one rubber band. A total of 16 students participated in the five-week session, where many of them took a personal problem or issue and turned into something positive and beautiful. Seventh-grader Kaitlyn Cayer created a handcrafted broken heart, half of which was painted blue to represent sadness and the other half was shiny red, showing love and ...
FJHS holiday concert draws huge crowd FJHS holiday concert draws huge crowd:
FCSD seeks participants for summer Writing Institute FCSD seeks participants for summer Writing Institute: The Fulton City School District and Team Sheldon at SUNY Oswego will once again collaborate to host the annual Oswego Writing Institute.   Teachers from throughout the region are encouraged to attend the professional development opportunity “Teaching Writing, Teaching Writers” on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 in the Marano Campus Center at SUNY Oswego where they will learn current writing techniques to be more effective in their writing instruction.   Featured authors include Steve Sheinkin and Meg Medina. Teachers from Central New York, including some of Fulton’s own, also will present during the two-day workshop. Carri Waloven, FCSD Director of Literacy and UPK, said over 100 teachers are expected to attend the event.   For more information, email Waloven ...
FCSD Athletes Receive Fall Honors FCSD Athletes Receive Fall Honors: Several Fulton City School District varsity athletes received honors during the fall season for their many accomplishments. Athletes were recognized for both team and individual skills in their sport.   Varsity team awards and honors include: Boys Cross Country: first-place in the Freedom American League, first-place in the East-Syracuse-Minoa Invitational, four All-League honorees, Kenny Deloff placed fourth at the Section 3 Championship and 29 th at the New York State Championship meets Girls Cross Country: NYS Scholar/Athlete team and second-place in the Tully Invitational Football: 14 All-League honorees and placed third in the league Golf: NYS Scholar/Athlete team, two All-League honorees, the six-man squad qualified for sectionals with Hunter Hubel placing fourth and ...
Fairgrieve 1st graders buy toys for the less fortunate Fairgrieve 1st graders buy toys for the less fortunate: Fairgrieve Elementary School first-graders learned a lesson in giving around the holidays. Students in Lynne Field’s and Beth Hudson’s classrooms opted not to do a gift exchange for the holidays. Instead, they collected money from Fairgrieve staff members and local dentist Dr. Juan Lopez to buy items for the Toys for Tots program. The first-graders took a field trip to Walmart to purchase toys for boys and girls in need. Field and Hudson said their students were proud and excited to help other children. From left, Cloe McLoughlin, April Salisbury, Daymin Woodworth, Rebecca Johnson, Lyric Schlosser shop for Toys for Tots donations during a recent trip to Walmart where they joined other Fairgrieve Elementary School first-graders.  
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 ...



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