FJHS 8th Graders Awarded for Accomplishments:
Several of the 238 eighth-graders at Fulton Junior High School were honored for their academic achievements and positive character education traits exhibited throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
During the recent eighth-grade awards ceremony, students received much applause and words of encouragement from staff members who noted their growth, maturity and drive all advance during their last year of junior high school. English Teacher Jennifer Meloling said while the students may face obstacles and challenges to overcome at G. Ray Bodley High School, they should reflect back on what they’ve learned from themselves and their peers at FJHS.
Both teachers and Principal Ryan Lanigan announced award recipients, who soon will have their certificates mailed home. The ceremony ...
GRB Seniors Return to Elementary Alma Maters:
Members of the G. Ray Bodley High School Class of 2016 recently proved to elementary students that hard work really does pay off.
The graduating seniors returned to their elementary alma maters of Volney, Granby, Fairgrieve and Lanigan schools, where they were met with applause from current students and staff members. The youngsters lined the hallways during the gradation walks where they gave high fives and cheered as each senior passed by in their caps and gowns.
While at the elementary schools, several of the GRB seniors reminisced about their younger years, favorite teachers and cherished memories. Some teachers handed out old assignments from when they had the seniors at least years ago. The older students chatted about how much they’ve grown up, what they’ve learned and ...
Students Exhibit Citizenship at Fairgrieve Elementary:
Several Fairgreive Elementary School students were recently recognized for exhibiting citizenship throughout the month of June.
Awardees were honored during a Morning Express program in the school’s gymnasium where they received applause and praise for being role models to their classmates. For their efforts, they also received a “brag tag” to add to their collection.
Students, staff members and guests were treated to the Fourth-Grade Glee Club’s final performance of the 2015-2016 school year. After club members sang and danced along to a song about global citizenship, the fourth-grade teaching team presented club Director Hope Lawton with a bouquet of flowers for her commitment to the group.
Pictured sitting, from left, are: Analee Mitchel, Skylar Litchison, ...
Reading is Fundamental at Fairgrieve Elementary:
Fairgrieve Elementary School recently hosted a Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Day where students were encouraged to be lifelong learners.
Reading Teacher Veronica Williams walked into a Morning Express program at the school dressed in tropical attire and a camera around her neck as she gave students one simple message: reading can take you anywhere.
Principal Jean Ciesla read a brief synopsis of seven books, which were awarded to one student from each grade level. Throughout the day, all students received a brand new book to take home.
Ciesla encouraged students to remind their teachers and parents when it might be time to pick up a book and read.
Pictured in the front row, from left, are: Hannah Skinner, Alivia Ruscitto and Leland Guillaume. In the back row, from left, are: Joshua Zapoda, ...
Volney Students, Staff Members Celebrate Flag Day:
Volney Elementary School students celebrated Flag Day by honoring former Fulton City School District student and U.S. Army Spc. Matt Digby during a special ceremony on June 14.
Members of the student body and staff stood alongside guests around the school’s flag pole as Principal Todd Terpening offered opening remarks and Father Moritz Fuchs gave an invocation. The flag was raised by Digby and student Noah Cordone.
Everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance together before sixth-grade teacher William Cahill told the story of our nation’s flag and introduced the guests of honor. One student in grades kindergarten through sixth read their winning “What the Flag Means to Me” essay before U.S. Army veteran William Noun lead the crowd in singing “You’re a ...
New Fulton Teachers Strengthen Skills:
The Fulton City School District is committed to helping new teachers remain successful and feel valued.
Teachers who are new to Fulton schools have been encouraged to participate in a 36-hour course aimed to help strengthen their teaching skills and become immersed in the Fulton City School District culture. Granby Elementary School Reading Teacher Mary Ann DeMar, who teaches the course, said both new and veteran teachers will also learn a variety of collaborative methods to further engage students in learning.
Teachers who are new to all buildings throughout the school district are offered extended support, mentor teachers and several classroom techniques in the professional development course. The course is based on the Doug Lemov book “Teach Like a Champion,” which focuses ...
FJHS 8th grade projects use science, English:
Natural disaster research efforts of Fulton Junior High School eighth-grade students will culminate with the creation of realistic, yet fictional, creative stories.
English Teacher Jennifer Meloling and Science Teacher Allyson DeStevens teamed up for the collaborative project, which involves students’ selection of a natural disaster to research in science class and then incorporate facts and statistics into a creative story for English. Special Education Teacher Lisa Catalina also is assisting students with the project.
Students will explore the danger, damage, locations, warning systems, ratings and preparation, among many other topics related to natural disasters. DeStevens said an important component is for students to look at the history of natural disasters and to take away ...
GRB students explore past, present, future of Fulton:
Eleventh-grade honors students in the Fulton City School District recently partnered with the Wisdom Thinkers Network for a community oral history project.
After months of research, writing, videotaping and editing, the oral history effort culminated with a presentation and community discussion in the Fulton Education Center auditorium. During the forum, an audience of local residents, students and staff watched video interviews, engaged in conversation and shared stories about the city of Fulton’s past with the hope of inspiring change for the future.
“It was nice to talk about how hopeful people are about where we are going as a city,” said G. Ray Bodley High School English teacher Ami LaDuc. “I see this beautiful bridge now between the students and our ...
Senior athletes earn accolades at year-end ceremony:
Nearly 100 Fulton City School District senior athletes were recognized recently for their contributions to the Red Raider sports program over the years.
The student-athletes were lauded during a banquet sponsored by the Fulton Athletic Booster Club. Keynote speaker Tim Connors, a 2013 GRB graduate and cancer survivor, congratulated the athletes and encouraged them to strive for success amid adversity.
“You have choices in life (and) I encountered some serious obstacles along the way,” Connors said. “Perseverance … it’s so important that it is actually the thing that saved my life. You have to get up to achieve your goals. Decide what you want and go get it.”
For the athletes in the room, that message resonated as they reflected on their high ...
Principal’s Awards Given to Fairgrieve Students:
Several Fairgrieve Elementary students were honored during a recent Morning Express program in the school gymnasium because they followed expectations throughout the fourth quarter.
For their efforts, students received a Principal’s Award medal. Principal Jean Ciesla thanked parents and guests for setting a good example for students. She said Principal’s Award recipients exhibited great work ethic throughout the final marking period.
Pictured sitting in the front row, from left, are: Casandra Guillaume, Emma Seymour-Wright, Dahni Perry, Alyssa Hatter, Tawnee Burns, Hailey Niver, Matthew Tice and Brodie Maliszewski. Kneeling, from left, are: Jessica Herlowski, Reese Niver, Abigail Miner, Dawson Reed, Liam Crandall, Olivia Rivera, Olivia Frataccia and Julia Frataccia-Wavle. Standing, ...
Reading is Delicious at Fairgrieve Elementary:
Twelve students in grades second through sixth at Fairgrieve Elementary School were invited to a Pizza with the Principal celebration in the school library because they achieved 100 or more Accelerated Reader (AR) points and maintained at least an 80 average on AR tests from September through May.
Students shared their favorite literature genres and books with Principal Jean Ciesla as they ate pizza and enjoyed ice cream sundaes. Principal Ciesla congratulated all participants on their accomplishments and encouraged continued reading throughout the summer months.
“All of you are reading experts, not only in reading but also in understanding what you read,” she said.
For their efforts, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and a goodie bag filled ...
GRB High Honor Graduates Honored:
Seventy G. Ray Bodley High School seniors will graduate with high honors because they obtained a four-year cumulative average of at least 89.5 percent.
For their efforts, students were recognized during an honorary banquet in the school cafeteria where they and their 150 guests were treated to dinner. GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst said all high honor graduates represented 29 percent of the Class of 2016. It has been an honor and a privilege, she said, to watch the students learn and grow.
The graduates heard a GRB success story from 2002 graduate, Dr. Krystal Hans, the featured speaker who provided a message of hope and encouragement.
“Education doesn’t stop after you graduate high school or even after your PhD,” she said, referring to her own education.
Hans offered ...
GRB Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian:
G. Ray Bodley High School seniors Caleb Almeter and David Tallents were recently named the top two students of the Class of 2016.
Almeter was named valedictorian after he achieved an overall grade point average (GPA) of 102.3 and Tallents was named salutatorian after he obtained an overall GPA of 100.677.
Almeter has been a member of the Spanish Club, Math Club (treasurer), National Honor Society, the RaiderNetDaily and has swam for the GRB Varsity Swim team and a swim club in Oswego. At SUNY Binghamton he will study the sciences and from there will decide which career path to take. Almeter said he has been fascinated with science and being able to figure out how the world works.
Throughout the past four years, he said he has learned how to better get along with people and his advice ...
GRB Students Receive Academic Honors:
Academic achievements of G. Ray Bodley High School (GRB) students were highlighted during the 34th annual academic awards evening.
Principal Donna Parkhurst called the event “the highlight of the year” for the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who have exceled in their knowledge and who are leaders in the community.
Members of the GRB orchestra performed as guests arrived in the auditorium. Members of the GRB concert choir sang the national anthem and the alma mater.
Guests in the packed auditorium offered cheers and applause upon each individual and group award. The following students received accolades:
Aryelle Barbagallo received the United States Air Force Math & Science Award, Cornell Alumni Association Book Nomination, Wesleyan University Book Award and ...
Children Helping Children:
Fairgrieve Elementary School students are collecting monetary donations to support sick and injured children at the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.
Principal Jean Ciesla said the annual project coincides with the school’s spirit day and is one of four community service efforts the entire student body and staff members participate in throughout the school year.
“It’s about the whole concept of giving back to others,” she said.
John Carbonaro recently attended Fairgrieve’s Morning Express program where he shared a story of thanks and appreciation as past donations from the school helped his daughter during treatment at the children’s hospital.
Top Readers Honored at Volney Elementary:
Volney Elementary School Library Media Specialist Sarah Fay commended students for their commitment to reading throughout the school year.
During the school’s recent Accelerated Reader program assembly, kindergartners Grace McEwen and Ryleigh Williams were recognized as the top readers in their classroom, while Juliet Schnall, Carleigh Richardson and Michael Blair were named the top readers in first grade. Students in kindergarten and first grade read a total of 3,523 books during the reader program, which took place from December through June.
Accelerated Reader participants in grades first through six who achieved 25 or more points will be treated to a picnic. Students who achieved 100 or more points were invited to a Master’s Moment celebration in the library where they ...
Top Accelerated Readers at Fairgrieve Elementary:
Several Fairgrieve Elementary School first graders received accolades after being named the top Accelerated Readers (AR) for their grade level.
The recognition came during a recent Morning Express program in the school gymnasium where Library Media Specialist Barb Senecal commended all seven honorees for doubling the first-grade AR goal of 10 points. She said the students read at least 40 AR books each throughout the 2015-2016 school year for a total of at least 20 points, an amazing feat for the youngsters.
For their efforts, they were awarded a goodie bag with a stuffed bear, book, bookmark, suckers, pencil, notepad and a coupon good for a free Applebee’s kids’ meal.
Pictured in the front row, from left, are: Ayden Spaulding (22.6 points), Landon Gibson (22.6 points) and ...
Granby Gators Take up Gardening:
Granby Elementary School fifth graders learned about food production one seed at a time.
Students in both Ellen Himes’ and Julie Bennett’s classrooms collected donated materials and purchased additional items for the school’s new 28x14 foot L-shaped raised garden, adjacent to the back playground. Students planted both vegetable seeds and young adult vegetable plants, which they tend to every other day.
Himes said the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) project was made possible thanks to a grant from Tractor Supply Co. and help from several local businesses. The Fulton City School District also donated the soil.
Students have studied farm work and victory gardens during World War 1 and World War II. They also learned about Native American farming, including ...
Spring Finale Concert at GRB a Success:
The G. Ray Bodley High School Music Department recently presented its spring finale concert in front of a packed audience in the school auditorium.
The trumpet ensemble offered a pre-concert treat by playing “Schindler’s List” and “Halleluliah” before The Full Effect beautifully performed “Blues for Hire,” “Somewhere” from West Side Story and “Boogie on a Reggae Woman.” The GRB Concert Band and the GRB Wind Ensemble played two songs each.
The show, under the direction of Conductor Terrance E. Caviness, concluded with a combined performance of “Jersey Boys.”
GRB High School students perform standing up during the spring finale concert.
Effort Shown at Fairgrieve Elementary:
Fairgrieve Elementary School teachers recently recognized one student from each of their classrooms as exhibiting effort throughout the month of May.
Twenty-four students received the school’s Virtue of the Month award during a Morning Express program. Principal Jean Ciesla commended the honorees for working hard each day and never giving up on their academic and behavioral goals.
For their efforts, the recipients received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and much applause from classmates and guests.
The Fourth Grade Glee Club, directed by Hope Lawton, treated the student body to a performance about students learning anything they can if they want to put forth the effort.
Pictured in the front row, from left, are Virtue of the Month awardees: Schyler ...