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Kindergarteners practice bus safety Kindergarteners practice bus safety: To help kindergarteners settle into their new roles as full-day Fulton City School District students, they were recently afforded opportunities to attend both school and bus orientation events.   Before they jumped right into their 13-year FCSD educational adventure, the youngsters were accompanied by their parents or guardians as they walked the halls at their respective elementary buildings, met their teacher, found their spots at tables, explored various play areas and began making connections of friendship that could last forever.   Also offered were practice bus runs, as children again were accompanied by their parents or guardians for that very first ride. Once the busses arrived at the respective elementary buildings of Fairgrieve, Lanigan, Granby or Volney, each bus ...
GRB Freshmen First Day welcomes 9th graders GRB Freshmen First Day welcomes 9th graders: Broomsticks lined the entryway, welcoming Fulton City School District’s ninth-graders into the magical place of G. Ray Bodley High School.   They were welcomed by GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst, who played to the Harry Potter-themed day by wearing a wizard’s hat and utilizing a wand, with one clear message: the high school is  a warm, fun place where they will achieve their best with a lot of hard work and perseverance. Not only will the GRB ninth-graders be guided by their freshmen teachers, but also other high school teachers whom they will also grow accustomed to throughout the next few years. All teachers dressed in Harry Potter T shirts that said, “Welcome to GRB, let the magic begin” during the Freshmen First Day event.   Before the freshmen ...
FCSD staff members kick-off the new school year FCSD staff members kick-off the new school year: Fulton City School District staff members were rallied by Superintendent Brian Pulvino during the 2018-2019 Opening Day events to carry their energy, passion and determination throughout the school year.   His excitement surrounding the beginning of school provided FCSD staff members with the following helpful hints or information to look forward to: free breakfast and lunch for all students, the Digital Learning Initiative where students in intermediate grades through high school will have a 1:1 computer device, updating of security cameras, additional security measures, the availability of instructional coaches in all school buildings and the Early College High School program for freshmen. Additional items to look forward to include: an afterschool Science, Technology, Engineering, ...
FCSD welcomes new teachers FCSD welcomes new teachers: The Fulton City School District recently hosted an orientation event for the 26 new teachers that administrators welcomed just in time for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.   The two-day event provided time for the new employees to network, receive pertinent personnel information, enjoy lunch with and benefits of the Fulton Teachers Association, learn the importance of the district’s literacy and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs and become acquainted with the district’s instructional coaches. The FCSD school improvement coordinator, director of technology, Pre-K-12 instructional technology coach, director of student support services and director of instructional support services also discussed the importance of their roles in assisting the new staff members ...
Freshmen orientation a success at GRB Freshmen orientation a success at GRB: G. Ray Bodley High School incoming freshmen have neared the end of the transition to their final four years with the Fulton City School District.   The recent freshmen orientation event was the second-to-last step in the transition process from the Fulton Junior High School to GRB. Principal Donna Parkhurst welcomed several members of the Class of 2022 and their families, introduced them to other GRB administrators and key staff members before she provided pertinent information on school-wide procedures, expectations and other general topics.   She encouraged the incoming ninth-graders to study and live by the high school’s mission to help them become successful. After the brief discussion, family members helped their freshman find their lockers and practice combinations ...
FJHS 7th grade welcome picnic attracts hundreds FJHS 7th grade welcome picnic attracts hundreds: The annual Fulton Junior High School 7 th Grade Welcome Picnic offered students a brief introduction to their new school and parents/guardians the comfort of knowing their child is going to a supportive environment.   FJHS Principal Chris Leece, Assistant Principal Elizabeth Stoddard and other school staff members and community agency representatives were available to offer advice, answer questions and get to know the new middle schoolers. Students and their families were able to explore the building before Leece welcomed the future G. Ray Bodley High School Class of 2024 and reviewed basic school information, including the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative all students were familiar with at their elementary schools.   A free picnic-style dinner ...
FCSD Back-to-School offerings a hit with families FCSD Back-to-School offerings a hit with families: The Fulton City School District’s inaugural Back-to-School event helped ready hundreds of students for the first day of the 2018-2019 school year.   In conjunction with the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Stuff-a-Bus event, which collects school supplies for the district to distribute, FCSD’s all-encompassing opportunity also offered free head checks and haircuts, gently-used clothing, personal hygiene items, dental information from Fairgrieve’s CHOMPERS program and community resources/information. Free books were also provided by Brooke’s Books Project and Fairgrieve Elementary School.   Karen Noel, executive vice president of the Fulton Teachers’ Association, said she was elated the event assisted over 400 students from 142 ...
FCSD to host annual attendance celebration Sept. 16 FCSD to host annual attendance celebration Sept. 16: The Fulton City School District will host its annual School Attendance Kickoff Celebration next month to showcase the importance of having every child attend school every day of the 2018-2019 school year.   The free event will occur from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Fulton Junior High School, 129 Curtis St., where students and their families/supporters may play games, win prizes, participate in various activities, eat delicious food and enjoy music by FJH Principal Chris Leece. FCSD Director of Student Support Services Geri Geitner said several community partners will also share important resources to assist families in ensuring their child maintains great attendance.   Students will also be asked to sign their attendance pledge, which is a commitment to being present at their ...
FCSD to offer back-to-school experience for families FCSD to offer back-to-school experience for families: The Fulton City School District is committed to developing lifelong learners, including providing an all-encompassing back-to-school event for its families.   From 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 20 in the Fairgrieve Elementary School cafeteria, the district will host its annual Stuff-a-Bus school supply distribution with several extra benefits to help ease any financial burden for families. FCSD families are invited to the one-stop-shop experience to receive supplemental school supplies and backpacks, free books from both the school district and Brooke’s Books Project, haircuts from Hair We Are and other local stylists, the ability to select a gently-used first-day-of-school outfit, personal care packages and information from local community agencies, including Fulton Community School ...
Chocolate provides summer school tasty lessons Chocolate provides summer school tasty lessons: The Fulton Community School Summer School program was sweet success.   For two weeks, students entering seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade focused on core academic and social/emotional growth as they immersed themselves in the most delicious lessons centered on the theme “Sweet History, Rich Future.” The students explored the world of chocolate, both locally and worldwide, as they experienced math, science and humanities lessons, mixed with field trips and hearing from guest speakers.   Tammy Sheldon, the summer program’s administrative director, said students learned all about where chocolate comes from, how it’s made, candy drops during the Cold War, child labor laws and the five senses throughout the amplified chocolate curriculum taught student. ...
1st graders celebrate with picnic 1st graders celebrate with picnic: The sound of laughter could be heard throughout a recent visit to Volney Town Park as Karrie Schremp’s former students joyously celebrated their achievements of the 2017-2018 school year.   Schremp glowed as she greeted her former first-grade friends and again praised them for the experiences and progress gained throughout the past year. Learning, she said, is celebrated throughout the year and the summer picnic is a crowning achievement of their academic, social, emotional and behavioral growth.   “Right from the get go, I make those bonds,” she said. “The trust they had in me and the confidence I had in them was remarkable.”   The social/emotional goals are as equally important as their academic counterparts, Schremp said, because ...
FCSD embarks on strategic coherence plan FCSD embarks on strategic coherence plan: The Fulton City School District has embarked on a five-year strategic coherence plan process to enhance its system of schools to work together to move instruction and create more opportunities for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.   A strategic team, comprised of district staff members, parents, students, community partners and businesses, higher education representatives and PLC Associates as a facilitator, will work together to create focused goals that identify the most important changes to be made throughout the district.   The plan will ensure a more focused direction, offer increased accountability, create a culture of collaborative growth and clarify learning goals. Superintendent Brian Pulvino said the district has offered several one-year plans, but ...
Free breakfasts, lunches coming for FCSD students Free breakfasts, lunches coming for FCSD students: Fulton City School District Superintendent Brian Pulvino recently announced that FCSD students will receive free breakfast and lunches throughout the 2018-2019 school year.   According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, the Community Eligibility Provision is a “non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas,” which allows meals to be served for free with no application requirements. FCSD will be reimbursed, using a formula based on the percentage of students “categorically eligible for free meals.”   Pulvino sent a letter home to parents and guardians of students enrolled in Fairgrieve, Granby Lanigan and Volney elementary schools, as well as Fulton Junior High School, G. Ray Bodley ...
Fulton City School District is on the move Fulton City School District is on the move: In a move that will financially benefit the Fulton City School District, several administrative offices are being relocated from the Fulton Education Center to various buildings throughout the district.   As of July 2, the following offices have been relocated: business and tax collector to the Junior High School, 129 Curtis St., Fulton, and special education to Volney Elementary School, 2592 State Route 3, Fulton. Student support services moved to FJHS, effective July 9, while offices of the superintendent, instruction, curriculum, student registration and personnel all relocated July 30.   The food service, transportation and high school equivalency departments will remain at the lower level of the Fulton Education Center, 167 South Fourth St., Fulton.   The former ...
FCSD receives $1 million grant for tech program FCSD receives $1 million grant for tech program: The Fulton City School District will be able to offer nearly a full complement of technology programming from elementary school up through high school, thanks to recent grant awards.   The district has been awarded a $1 million Title IV Student Support Academic Enrichment Grant to provide a 10-month extended day program for students entering grades four to six from all four elementary schools at two locations (Granby and Fairgrieve). The program will have a technology focus and will implement the LEGO Robotics program, as well as the Fibonacci Program. The grant will also allow the district to offer a two-week summer enrichment program this August and a program for two weeks in the summer of 2019.  This year's summer program will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at G. Ray Bodley ...
Summer opportunities for 7th, 8th graders Summer opportunities for 7th, 8th graders: Fulton Community School Summer School will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon July 9 to Aug. 3 at the Fulton Junior High School. The theme this year is “Sweet History, Rich Future,” focusing on the history of chocolate locally and around the world. English language arts, social studies, science and math will be at the center of each chocolatey lesson. Students currently in grades seven and eight will participate based on their academic needs.  Students currently entering grade seven have also been invited to participate to help make a smooth transition to the junior high. Also offered will be weekly field trips or guest speakers. Additionally, students will be introduced to the character traits of the Positivity Project, which will be implemented at the junior high and ...
6th grade talent show at Granby Elementary 6th grade talent show at Granby Elementary: After years of hard work at Granby Elementary School, the building’s oldest students showcased their many abilities during the annual Sixth-Grade Talent Show.   From dancers to singers to comedians and instrumentalists, over two dozen sixth-graders performed in front of the entire student body, their teachers and Principal Heather Witter. After each act, the crowd generously applauded their work. Shawn Mauro beautifully played the piano to “Midnight” a song he wrote himself, while Emily Case danced to “I’m So Sorry,” complete with faux fur paws and a tail.   A few groups played their school musical instruments, but it was “The Fantastic Four” band who sang “Believer” by the popular band Imagine Dragons that got their ...
GRB seniors walk through at FCSD buildings GRB seniors walk through at FCSD buildings: The Fulton City School District’s longstanding tradition of high school seniors parading through the hallways of their former elementary schools brought smiles, tears and hugs from members of G. Ray Bodley High School’s Class of 2018.   Graduation walks were held at Volney, Fairgrieve, Lanigan and Granby elementary schools, as well as the Fulton Junior High School, as a way to show Fulton City School District’s younger students that they, too, are capable of graduating high school. The effort sought to inspire those students to do their best work in order to reach their FCSD educational goals and to become lifelong learners.   At each elementary building and FJHS, several teachers brought class photos of when they had the GRB seniors in years past. Added ...
Elementary buildings host 6th grade math competition Elementary buildings host 6th grade math competition: Fulton City School District sixth-grade students from each of the four elementary buildings recently squared off during a three-round math competition.   Challenged with seven minutes of math fluencies to check speed and pattern recognition, the students also engaged in a Jeopardy round for teams to select questions from each of the sixth-grade standards and a final round of team problem solving.  The students were able to utilize lessons and information learned throughout the 2017-2018 school year to help propel them forward in the friendly competition. Following the main events, all participating students enjoyed pizza and drinks before Team Volney was declared the winning group.   Members of the winning team included: Leanna Rupert, Alyssa Sawyer, John LaPlante and ...
FCSD takes graduation ceremony to Syr. hospital FCSD takes graduation ceremony to Syr. hospital: “After high school, chemo was a piece of cake.”   That message that was found atop of Alicia Carroll’s graduation cap also served as a reminder for her to never give up when things are tough. Her battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma may have stopped her from walking across the stage this weekend with her fellow G. Ray Bodley High School Class of 2018 graduates, but it has never held her back in becoming successful.   As Carroll’s name was called at the graduation ceremony, she was busy at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse receiving chemotherapy. Unbeknownst to Carroll, her mother Rosalind Nichols and several Fulton City School District administrators planned a surprise, bedside graduation ceremony. Just as GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst ...



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