FJHS Students Attend College for a Day:
Nearly two dozen Fulton Junior High School Students recently became Cayuga Community College students for a day.
The inaugural event for seventh- and eighth-graders featured an introduction to college studies, a tour of the college’s Fulton campus, career discussions and a presentation on safety and social media. A favorite breakout session of the day for students included hands-on learning opportunities with animal brains, hearts, lungs and kidneys. Students also engaged in reviewing choices of successful college students during a session where they learned to be masters of self-management.
Janice Scott, resource coordinator of the Fulton Community School initiative, said it is important for junior high school students to have early connections with colleges so they realize there ...
Fairgrieve Students Learn About Harvesting Crops:
Fairgrieve Elementary students got a first-hand glimpse into the agriculture industry during the annual Harvest Festival held recently outside of the school.
With produce purchased from local farmers, students picked squash, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions, carrots, beets, cabbage and apples at each crop station set up on the mock farm. All 23 classes packed a box full of the fresh produce, which was donated to the food pantry operated by Catholic Charities of Oswego County.
The day tied into many instructional lessons, according to second-grade teacher Stephanie Ruta. Second-graders are learning about community and community workers, while fourth-graders are studying New York State. Teachers also have talked about farmers and their importance in providing food for everyone, Ruta said. ...
Rachel’s Challenge visits Fulton Junior High School:
Students at Fulton Junior High School raised their hand to say I accept Rachel’s Challenge to: 1. Look for the best in others; 2. Dream big; 3. Choose positive influences; 4. Speak with kindness and 5. Start your own chain reaction. Following the presentation, they also signed a banner to also signify their commitment to honor Rachel’s life by showing kindness to one another.
Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in the April 1999 Columbine High School shooting. In her short life, Rachel was able to show kindness to many, but her life also inspired a movement to spread kindness in schools and communities across the world.
Nicole Voelkel, a presenter for Rachel’s Challenge visited the school in two assemblies where she talked about Rachel’s ...
Fairgrieve Students Receive Most Improved Awards:
During a recent Morning Express program at Fairgrieve Elementary School, nearly two dozen students were celebrated for creating positive changes.
Principal Ciesla presented the honorees with “brag tags,” which symbolized the students’ distinction as most improved for the month of October. The honorees made a commitment to work hard, and their efforts did not go unnoticed, Ciesla said.
The Most Improved Award winners were: Elijah Howell, Brianna Stoltz, Brayden Wise, Lloyd Pierce, Nathan Smith, Camron Zobel, Anara Whittaker, Jacob Morrison, Olivia Miller, Jacob Miner, Miranda Smith, Ethan Hollenbeck, Naomi Vincent, Domenic Stevens, Joshua Zapata, Mason Trumble, Karson Conn, Jasmyne Perry, Asa Finch, Issac Woolson, Chelsea Latocha, Natasha Carpenter, Ryan Elliot, Hannah ...
Students and families with Lanigan Elementary fun at their first-ever Family Color-A-Thon.:
James E Lanigan Elementary students and parents ran in color at their first-ever Family Color-A-Thon.
Approximately 170 students, family members, staff and friends attended the run despite the chilly October morning.
“There were smiling faces and laughter everywhere you turned,” said the run’s coordinator Nichole Slocum.
This is just one of many events that aim to get students and families thinking about health and fitness. Slocum says the school plans on doing the run annually, and they are already starting plans to make the event bigger and better for next year.
GRB senior earns national recognition for PSAT performance:
G. Ray Bodley High School senior Caleb Almeter recently received national recognition for his success on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.
Almeter excelled on the PSAT exam last year and earned a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Of the 1.5 million students who took the test, Almeter finished in the top five percent.
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said an NMSC spokesperson. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.”
Granby First Graders Hold Blood Drive:
First grade students at Granby Elementary School recently put project based learning into action when they held a blood drive at the school. The students have studied the human body as one of their curriculum units in ELA and decided to hold the blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross. The students surpassed their goal of 30 donors during the drive and created thank you cards to be displayed and given to the donors for their “gift of life.” Pictured are representatives from the first grades at Granby with some of their thank you cards and their thermometer graph to mark their goal.
Fairgrieve Students Awarded for Being Responsible:
Students from each class at Fairgrieve Elementary School were recognized during a Morning Express program for showing responsibility throughout October. Classroom teachers select one of their students each month as a Virtue of the Month award recipient if that student exceeds behavioral expectations of either being respectful, responsible, safe, or a problem solver at Fairgrieve Elementary. Awardees received a smiley face ‘brag tag’ as a special gift. The event also featured a performance about responsibility from the fourth-grade glee club.
Pictured are award recipients for the month of October in the front row, from left to right: Katharine Demars, Brinley Kent, Kelci Watkins, Mya Housel, MacKenzie Schopp, Sarah Johnson, Jaleel Barnwell, and Ruthie Niver; middle row, from left ...
Bingo! Lanigan 4th Graders Raise Money for Field Trip:
Bingo! The fourth-grade class at Lanigan Elementary, in cooperation with the school’s Parent-Teacher Group, held its annual Family Bingo Night Friday, October 16 and raised about $680 to fund an upcoming trip to WonderWorks in Syracuse.
Families filled the school’s cafeteria, and in between bingo games children and adults purchased snacks, drinks and raffle tickets from fourth-grade helpers. Principal Jeff Hendrickson emceed the event, called out numbers and encouraged families to visit the fourth-grade helpers as they dished out treats and additional bingo cards.
The students made thank you posters to recognize sponsors for donating raffle items, and handed out books, Lanigan water bottles and backpacks as prizes.
Lanigan Fourth-Grade Teacher Tracy Waldron said the WonderWorks ...
Fairgrieve Elementary Students Learn Fire Safety:
Fulton Fire Department members Lt. Aaron Howard, Michelle Lacey and Paul Kinne recently reviewed fire safety tips with Fairgrieve Elementary students, in recognition of October as Fire Prevention Month.
During the school’s Morning Express program on Monday, October 19, Lt. Howard shared the following information during a short presentation:
Make sure smoke detectors in the home are properly working
Have a family plan for safety, in case of an emergency
If your clothes catch on fire remember to stop, drop and roll
“Why don’t you run if your clothes catch on fire?” Lt. Howard asked the crowd.
“Wind feeds the fire,” one student shouted.
Lt. Howard said the Fulton Fire Department offers community fire prevention presentations to help ...
Fairgrieve Students to Help Needy Families:
Fairgrieve Elementary School students received a lesson in giving as they learned that they can help feed needy neighbors with as little as a few pennies.
Tim Archer, Catholic Charities of Oswego County food pantry program supervisor, talked to Fairgrieve Elementary about the power of giving during the school’s Morning Express program Oct. 13. Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and any paper bills are all appreciated donations, he said.
For every $10 collected, 35 meals will be provided to local families. On average, the food pantry provides 9,000 to 10,000 meals per month.
“There truly is a need in Oswego County,” Archer said.
Principal Jean Ciesla said all monetary donations from students will be collected during the school’s Morning Express program on Friday, ...
Volney Elementary launches 60 rockets:
Sixth-graders at Volney Elementary School successfully launched 60 rockets into a beautiful blue sky on a Thursday afternoon.
The launching was the culminating activity of a science unit that encompassed Newton’s Laws, aerodynamics, aerospace engineering, the history of the Space Race and an in-depth study of President Kennedy’s 1962 Rice University speech. An estimated 300 students, parents and guests silently listened in the sunlight as a recording of JFK’s Rice speech echoed through the summer-like air.
With the crowd starting a NASA countdown from 10, two Estes rockets shot 350 feet into the sky, and it was “go time” at Volney Elementary. After an hour of cheering and trying to catch rockets before they parachuted to the ground, students ...
Lanigan first-ever Color-A-Thon Oct. 24:
James E Lanigan Elementary will be hosting their first-ever Family Color-A-Thon on October 24.
“Lanigan is inviting everyone to join them in being more active,” said the coordinator, Nichole Slocum. “Anyone can join in on the Color Run!”
A registration fee of $30 by Wednesday, October 14, earns you a t-shirt, color packet and run entry. Walk-up registrations will be available, but t-shirts cannot be guaranteed on the day of. Raffle prizes will take place before the race followed by a DJ and snacks. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K race will begin at 9 a.m. at the recreation park in Fulton. You can register online at: shop.schoolathon.org/181408. The event will help raise funds for PTA-sponsored events and field trips as well as get ...
Lanigan first-graders plan “Pint Size Heroes” blood drive:
First-graders at Lanigan Elementary are coordinating a “Pint Size Heroes” blood drive to take place October 27.
It all started with a class project in which they learned about the human body; a registered nurse from SUNY Upstate Medical University came to their class for a demonstration.
Alissa Bush, R.N., first tested the student’s knowledge on what they had learned in class by asking them to name systems of the body: the nervous system, digestive system, skeletal system and so on. The students reported that the brain was the control center of the body and also named the five senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch.
Students took turns pinning printed images of vital organs where they should be placed in the body on the board. When asked to list ways to keep ...
Fairgrieve Elementary 6th Graders Become Rocket Scientists:
Fairgrieve Elementary sixth-graders blasted rockets into the air after having learned about Newton’s three laws of motion.
Teachers Rick Bush, John Mercer and Kerrie Standard-Phillips assisted students by connecting cables to the homemade rockets just before lift-off. Each student got to push a button which released the cable and set the rockets soaring into the air.
Prior to the launch, all sixth-graders spent time studying Newton’s three laws of motion and how it is applied to rocket science. Students also were able to identify rocker parts: engine mounts, fins, igniter, body tube, and launch lug.
The science lesson also was combined with English Language Arts, as the sixth-graders had to collect data and information to be used in a rocket launch news article.
Fairgrieve Elementary Students Exceed Expectations in Sept.:
A group of Fairgrieve Elementary School students were honored recently for becoming expectation experts after having exemplified positive behaviors of responsibility, respect, safety and problem solving.
Fairgrieve Elementary recognizes students who exceed such expectations by having a monthly awards presentation during the school’s Morning Express program. The school’s high expectations follow the Fulton City School District’s implementation of the Positive Behavior, Interventions and Supports initiative.
“Students are amazing role models to their class and school,” said Principal Jean Ciesla.
The Expectation Award winners for the month of September were honored during the October 7 Morning Express program. Honorees received a commemorative pencil and will ...
Lift off! Lanigan 6th Graders Launch Rockets:
James E. Lanigan Elementary sixth graders launched homemade rockets near the school’s playground after having learned about rocket science.
The students studied rocket components: engine mounts, fins, igniter, body tube, and launch lug, and Newton’s three laws of motion.
“They talked about action and reaction, how force equals mass times acceleration, and also an object stays at rest,” said teacher Harry Meeker. “We take those three laws and apply it to rocketry.”
Mary Jane Mullaney said she enjoyed coloring her rocket as a rainbow, and enjoyed blasting it into the air. Fellow sixth grader Abby Mainville gave encouragement to some classmates who were nervous to launch their rockets.
“You guys got this,” she said, as she readied to launch ...
Blast Off! Granby 6th Graders Launch Rockets:
Granby Elementary School sixth graders celebrated becoming rocket scientists by blasting cardboard rockets above the school’s field.
Before the launch, students spent time learning components of rockets and what makes them take off. Rocket kits used included the following parts: engine mounts, fins, igniter, body tube, and launch lug.
“The shock cord absorbs the energy,” said Spencer Adkins.
The sixth graders studied Newton’s three laws of motion throughout the past few weeks. According to sixth grade teacher Joe McNamara, students also applied those laws to everyday activities and they had to saw where those laws came into play before they launched their rockets.
Student Lydia Mirabito said rocket building “is more difficult than you think. The hardest ...
Lanigan Elementary Kindergartners Learn About 5 Senses:
The sweet smell, snap of the first bite, and smoothness to their skin were all descriptions kindergarteners at James E. Lanigan Elementary School used during their field trip to Greco Family Farm & Orchard, Minetto.
Kindergarten teacher Sandy Patane said students have learned about all five senses: smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing during the Listening and Learning curriculum strand in class. A trip to the farm and orchard was a fun way for students to connect with the lesson, she said.
They also observed a peacock, horse, sheep and other animals as they made their way through the orchard. The kindergarteners, their parents who joined, and teachers also enjoyed a hay ride.
Volney Elementary Students Recognized as Role Models:
Volney Elementary School students attended an assembly where classroom role models were recognized for embracing this month’s character education trait of respect.
Principal Todd Terpening presented awards to select students, and reminded all students to continue to be respectful by being good listeners, keeping their hands and feet to themselves and paying attention to people when they speak.
He announced the following students as shining examples of that trait for the month of September: Ethan Gilbert, Lila Thurlow, Jeffrey Conklin, Rachael Moon, Myles Kitts, Rylan Wise, Henry Jerred, Alan Craig, Aidan Grant, James DeCare, Brianna Rothrock, Jacob Crandall, Emma Kerfien, Gabbriella Runge, Grace Olon, Madison Baum, Amber Jackson, Caiden Taber, Logan McDougall, Alexis Ingersoll ...