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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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:
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
Fairgrieve’s Most Improved Honored for January:
Students at Fairgrieve Elementary School were selected by their classroom teachers and honored for their improvement shown in the month of January. Whether it was in their math, reading, classroom participation, behavior or exhibiting the district-wide expectations, each teacher in the school nominated one of their students to receive the monthly “Most Improved” award. January most improved students are pictured above, in front, left to right are: Heather McMaster, Chloe Calkins, Jai Seymour, Reace Casler, Nevaeh Yawn, Graciela Vasquez, Gabriel Howell, Nickelson Rojas-Vega and Sophia Frataccia-Wavle. Middle row: Richard LaGrow, Alyssa Woolworth, Ashley Pollock, Abigail Miner, Dakota Wells-Cali, Izaiah Van Buren, Shyla Alvarado and Naomi Vincent. In back: Fairgrieve Elementary School ...
Fulton’s Future Leaders Welcomed into NHS:
The Fulton City School District (FCSD) welcomed 46 students into the National Honor Society recently.
The evening began with the singing of the National Anthem and the school’s Alma Mater by G. Ray Bodley chorus members.
Elizabeth Conners, Fulton Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment, and G. Ray Bodley Principal Donna Parkhurst were asked to be the guest speakers at the ceremony.
“Each of you is a fine example of the very best at GRB, and I am confident you will carry this honor with integrity and pride,” said Parkhurst. “I am pleased to be amongst a room full of young leaders.”
Parkhurst extended her assistance to the students as they move on to college and career endeavors, insisting that the qualities of ...
Volney 4th Graders Collect Donations for Cats, Dogs:
Students in Erin Brewster’s fourth-grade class at Volney Elementary School will help dozens of pets throughout the community receive food and treats.
In lieu of a classroom holiday gift exchange, students collected dog and cat food, treats and toys for PAWS Across Oswego County. Located in Oswego the animal rescue operates a pet pantry for Oswego County dog and cat owners.
Volunteers Marjorie Wentworth and Connie Evans recently visited the elementary school to speak with the fourth-graders about the rescue and its “Reading for Rescue” program. With dogs Charlotte and Sawyer in tow, Evans read “Charlotte’s Big Dream” and Wentworth read “Sawyer’s Promise,” just a few of the books which are available for purchase at the rescue to ...
Fairgrieve Elementary Students Show Tolerance:
Fairgrieve Elementary School students were celebrated during a recent Morning Express program for exhibiting tolerance throughout January.
One student from each classroom was selected for the monthly virtue award and received a “brag tag” to add to their collection. In addition to that honor, students and staff members were treated to a performance of “This Can Be” by the fourth-grade glee club. Director Hope Lawton said the song encourages acceptance of others in order to make a difference in the world.
Award recipients received much applause and cheers from classmates and guests as Principal Jean Ciesla said they are “so thoughtful and think about others.”
Honorees, from left in the front row are: Madison Towsley, Xander Belson, Holden Ingersoll, ...
Fairgrieve Elementary 4th Graders Work With Leather:
Fairgrieve Elementary 4th Graders Work With Leather
Fairgrieve Elementary School fourth-graders became leather craftsmen in the midst of learning about Colonial times.
Guest presenter Lisa Ascenzo of Tandy Leather in Syracuse taught students about different types of hide and what people can do with them. She showed them how to make a colorful handcrafted bookmark with a piece of leather, a mallet, metal stamps and markers.
Fourth-Grade Teacher Mary Sheldon said the students have studied various Colonial trades, including printing, shoemaking, tailoring and wig making. Next, students will learn about farming and religion in the colonies as they learn to make inferences about life in Colonial times and relate those to life today.
Granby Elementary School 5th Graders Form Recycling Club:
Granby Elementary School is going green.
The new fifth-grade led school Recycling Club is committed to increasing recycling efforts throughout the building to help reduce the amount of waste. Motivation behind this effort came after students in Ellen Himes’ class were shown trash cans overfilled with garbage on the school’s loading dock. Enthusiasm to recycle spread as they wrote letters to elected officials asking for support and ideas. A response from state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie’s office included encouragement to connect with Oswego County resident Bob Green, chairman of The Green Team- a subcommittee of the Oswego County Tourism Advisory Council. During a recent visit with Granby fifth-graders, Green explained the committee’s efforts to prevent littering through ...
Students Exceed Classroom Expectations at Fairgrieve:
Fairgrieve Elementary School’s Expectation Award winners for the month of December were recently recognized for exceeding the school’s classroom expectations.
Recipients were respectful, responsible, safe and problem solvers because they shared, remained quiet during work time, followed directions, kept hands and feet to themselves, asked for help when needed and never gave up on assignments.
The monthly 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.
Honorees received a commemorative pencil and a “brag tag” to add to their collection.
Award recipients (from left) in the front row are: Kylar Rando, ...
Fairgrieve Students Are Reading Around the World:
Accelerated Readers at Fairgrieve Elementary School have been challenged by Principal Jean Ciesla to achieve 10,000 points by the end of May.
If students meet or exceed that goal, they will be awarded with a fun surprise. School Librarian Barb Senecal joked with students during a recent Morning Express program that it would be neat to see the principal in a hot air balloon since the Accelerated Reader theme is “Reading Around the World.” Once students have reached certain achievement levels, their colorful hot air balloon cut-out will relocate to different continents on a paper tracking display in the hallway outside of the library.
Those who achieve 100 points or more individually by the end of the school year will be invited to join a celebratory pizza party.
Senecal said ...
Granby 2nd Graders Visit Richardson-Bates Museum:
Granby Elementary School second-graders experienced Christmas of yesteryear as they recently toured the Richardson-Bates House Museum in Oswego.
While the students toured the house, they took a step back in time as they learned both Richardson-Bates family and Oswego history.
“They get to see what life was like in the Victorian era,” Teacher Thomas Briggs II said.
The visit tied into educational modules about the Civil War and communities.
Granby Elementary School second-graders learned about
Dr. Mary Walker, who served as a surgeon during the Civil War,
during their recent visit to the Richardson-Bates House Museum.