Volney 2nd graders to learn life-cycle of salmon:
Volney Elementary School second-graders hope their life-cycle academic unit project goes swimmingly.
With the help of their teachers, the students have begun preparation of raising salmon to help them better understand the stages of life. The second-grade team received a jump-start on the process when they recently visited the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar. There, they learned that Native Americans and European settlers over-fished the Salmon River in the late 1800s. Several years later, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation introduced stocking into the Salmon River and in 1980 the hatchery was built to provide enough salmon for the East side of Lake Ontario.
Because of the popularity of the sport in the region, increased stocking keeps the salmon population ...
GRB student honored for his academic performance:
G. Ray Bodley High School student Ethan Wright has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
He was recognized for his outstanding academic promise demonstrated by a top performance on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
More than 1.6 million students entered the national competition for recognition and awards, but only five percent, or 34,000 students, were named Commended Students.
For his efforts, Wright received a Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst, left, and Guidance Counselor Joe
Nofal, right, present GRB student Ethan Wright with a Letter of
Commendation after he was named a Commended Student in the
2017 National ...
Junior High Career Day a Success:
Fulton Junior High School students recently got a glimpse at potential career paths as they explored a variety of jobs during the annual Career Day.
The event, sponsored by Fulton Community School, provided seventh- and eighth-graders with an opportunity to meet with nearly two dozen college representatives and local employers. Students learned about jobs ranging from the trades to public safety to hospitality. Divided into small groups, the seventh- and eighth-graders met some of the employers in classrooms and learned about specific job duties, education requirements and the skills needed to be a good employee in that particular position.
“This is such a great event,” said Janice Scott, resource coordinator of the Fulton Community School initiative. “When the ...
Lanigan Elementary hosts blood drive:
The Lanigan Elementary School first-grade-sponsored blood drive was a huge success.
The students spent several weeks learning about the human body, in preparation of the Oct. 25 event. First-grade teachers taught their students about different body systems and how they work together. To increase their comprehension of the topic, students created a wearable, mock human body out of a grocery bag, straws, baggies and construction paper, all of which collectively resembled the esophagus, heart, small and large intestines, stomach and functioning lungs. A surgical nurse also spoke to students about their blood and since the first-graders are not old enough to donate.
The first-graders also completed science experiments about different parts of the blood, and they acted as recruiters by writing ...
Fairgrieve students improve academically, behaviorally:
A Most Improved Award has been given to each Fairgrieve Elementary School student recognized by his or her teacher for making academic or behavioral strides throughout the month of October. Sitting, from left, are: Gabriel Clark, Gabe Howell, Lilliana Noel, Riley Simpson, Brayden Hoegler, Brayden Rosales, Max McGinley, AprilMarie Carter, Patrick Brooks and Skye Thompson. Kneeling, from left, are: Kaydan Koval, Miah Johnson, Tyler Bryant, Astoria Reynolds, Miranda Smith, David Janack, Ariel Rice and Annie Quirk. Standing, from left, is Principal Jean Sampsell and students: Bianna VanDelinder, Lucian Sullivan, Ralph Stacy, Jamie Deleon, Kamila Miranda and Jayceon Barber. Absent from the photo are Logan Greco and Joshua Zapata.
Fairgrieve Elementary students who were recently ...
1st graders at Granby host blood drive:
Granby Elementary School first-graders are lifesavers.
While the students are not old enough to donate blood, their promotion of and work for a recent blood drive at the school will help save dozens of people.
As part of the first-grade Listening and Learning domain about the human body, the blood drive served as a project-based learning activity. Preparation for the drive included the creation of thank-you cards for donors, development of a commercial to promote the event, and the collection of information about the various body systems and components of blood. A presenter from the American Red Cross also spoke to students about how the collected blood is used.
First-Grader Lucas Hammond said his favorite facts were that three teaspoons of blood can save a baby’s life and one ...
Cafeteria role models at Fairgrieve:
Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently named Golden Spoon Award recipients because they exceeded expectations in the school cafeteria. Principal Jean Sampsell recognized the students during a Morning Express program, where their peers, teachers and guests applauded their efforts. Honorees include: Maddox Collins, Jersey Ryder, Eddie Ramirez-Abrams, Jamie Chappell, Tawnee Burns, Kaya Renfrew, MacKenzie Schopp, Cara Nelson, Brayden Wise, Izaiah VanBuren, Josalyn Taylor, Skye Thompson, Jada Barnwell, Hayden Lockwood, Skylar Crofoot, Kari Pagliaroli, Dawson Krause, Carleigh Patterson, Douglas VanSanford, Ralph Stacy, Xander Gioia and Angel Goodman. Absent from photo are: Lysinda Roberts, Damien Barker, George LaClaire and Valerie Nichols.
Lanigan 4th grade bingo night a success:
Lanigan Elementary School fourth-graders have learned that hard work leads to great rewards.
They exemplified that idea during the recent Parent-Teacher Group’s BINGO Night, where the fourth-graders sold snacks and tickets for donated raffle items to raise money for a Nov. 4 field trip to the Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center. That educational day coincides with their academic unit on the Haudenosaunee people.
During the BINGO Night, Principal Jeff Hendrickson served as the bingo caller. Several fourth-grade volunteers checked guests’ cards to confirm a good bingo and helped distribute prizes.
The fourth-grade team raised just over $500 for the trip.
Trevor Hendrickson, left, and Evan LaBrake, right, pass out Bingo
cards during ...
Volney students welcome children’s author Kate Messner:
During a recent visit to Volney Elementary School, Children’s Author Kate Messner had a simple message for students: keep reading.
In the library, students in grades kindergarten through second helped Messner read aloud her book, “Sea Monsters First Day” and commented just how fun it is to experience a good book. After Messner explained her writing process, she offered tips on how to read a book with kids, including: read in character voices, sound out words you are unsure how to pronounce and to emphasize sounds at exciting parts.
In the K-2 presentation, one student said Messner was his favorite author, while other youngsters asked her questions about her writing adventures.
Volney Elementary School Library Media Specialist Sarah Manley invited Messner to sign the ...
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 ...