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Lanigan 4th graders call B-I-N-G-O success Lanigan 4th graders call B-I-N-G-O success: Hard work has paid off for fourth-graders at Lanigan Elementary School.   Several students worked shifts of various jobs during the sixth annual Fourth-Grade Bingo Night in the school cafeteria. Approximately 200 people attended the event, which sought to raise funds for the fourth-grade Bricks 4 Kids program. Jobs included greeters, hand out bingo cards, ticket sellers, food stand workers, drink station workers, water bottle collection, prize attendant and bingo caller assistants.   Lanigan Principal Jeff Hendrickson served as guest bingo caller.   Fourth-grade teacher Tracy Waldron said the night typically raises several hundred dollars from food and drink sales and prize tickets. All funds will go toward Bricks 4 Kids, a program where fourth-graders learn about ...
Fairgrieve students experience planetarium Fairgrieve students experience planetarium: Fairgrieve Elementary students recently explored outer space without having to leave their school gymnasium.   Thanks to a visit from the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES’ mobile planetarium, Fairgrieve first-graders were able to “see” the sun up-close and fifth-graders were able to better visualize galaxies. Both topics are a part of the New York State Learning Standards for their respective grade levels.   The planetarium featured a model to help explain the nighttime sky as planetarium specialist John Behn provided the fifth-graders with various astronomy definitions, a review of constellations and introduction to different galaxies, including the fact that 90 percent of the universe’s galaxies have yet to be observed.   “We’re ...
STEM, social learning brings joy in hovercraft lessons STEM, social learning brings joy in hovercraft lessons: Fulton City School District elementary students sailed across the gymnasium floors of their respective schools with life skills lessons and STEM exercises in action.   Fifth-grade students spent an entire day in small groups, with each member assigned a designated job to help the team achieve a successful ride with an air-powered vehicle through The Hovercraft Project. Matthew Chase, of Chase Educational Consulting, said the low-friction devices enabled students from Volney, Lanigan, Fairgrieve and Granby schools to incorporate a variety of science, technology, engineering and math concepts with a lot of fun.   Granby fifth-grade teacher Lori Dorsey said the Hovercraft Project served as a kick-off to the many academic and social/emotional learning opportunities her students ...
Fairgrieve honors respectful students Fairgrieve honors respectful students: Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Sampsell recently recognized one student from each classroom with a Virtue of the Month award because they exhibited respect throughout the month of October.   The group of children were honored during a recent Morning Express program where they received a certificate, cheers and applause from their peers, teachers and special guests. Principal Sampsell also provided a “brag tag” for each honoree to add to their collection.   In the first row, from left, honorees include: Ruthie Niver, Rowen Cowden, Corbin Burns, Lilyana Loftus, Tristan DeMunn and Oakley France. In the second row, from left, are: Kyler Vail, Marshall LaBaff, Cooper Bryant, Eddie Ramirez-Abrams, Natalie David, Austin Nesbitt and Lana Kuznicki. In the ...
UPK Family Literacy Night a hit in Fulton UPK Family Literacy Night a hit in Fulton: The Fulton City School District recently celebrated its youngest students’ foundation of learning with the UPK Family Literacy Night.   Held in the Fulton Junior High School cafeteria, several UPK families, including students from the Volney, Fairgrieve, Granby and Lanigan programs, visited various tables where they learned about a book and completed an activity. Fairgrieve’s UPK program hosted a “Pete the Cat” craft where the four-year-old students were tasked with practicing fine motor skills as they glued Pete’s four groovy buttons on a paper bag puppet.   At Volney’s table, students were introduced to nursery rhymes and a craft where they helped Miss Muffet choose healthier eating options. Teacher Jennifer Kerfien said at least 80 percent ...
FCSD Celebrates School Board Recognition Week FCSD Celebrates School Board Recognition Week: The Fulton City School District administrators and staff members recently sent heartfelt appreciation to their Board of Education representatives in honor of School Board Recognition Week.   Organized by the New York State School Boards Association, local BOE members are honored from Oct. 22 to Oct. 26. The celebratory week has served as a reminder and token of thanks to Fulton’s seven BOE representatives for all their volunteer work and dedication to helping FCSD students work toward becoming lifelong learners. The week has also celebrated an awareness and understanding for the important work performed by school board members.   “It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are ...
Fulton students move full STEAM ahead Fulton students move full STEAM ahead: The Fulton City School District has expanded after-school options for elementary school students who thrive on hands-on creativity.   The new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) after-school program has attracted about 175 students ibn grades four to six to the Fulton Junior High School from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays. Students have been abuzz with excitement over modules of robotics, drones, sustainable living, gaming, kitchen chemistry, innovation and engineering and survival throughout the 2018-2019 school year, according to coordinator Michelle Briggs.   “It has far exceeded the number of students we expected,” she said. “The kids are working and are engaged.”   All participants are bussed from their respective ...
Friendly attendance competition at Volney Friendly attendance competition at Volney: Volney Elementary School students are ramping up their efforts to attend school all day, every day so they can be named monthly grade-level attendance champions.   The friendly, competitive contest is a way to encourage students to be present so they can maximize their learning potential, according to Principal Todd Terpening. As the Fulton City School District works toward reducing its chronic absenteeism rate, Terpening said Volney can do its part by offering a small incentive for students to have stellar attendance.   The monthly winner was the second-grade team, which achieved an overall rate of 98 percent for September. Their prize was a special celebration during lunch. After they ate, they participated in a dance party, photo booth and mini ice cream party.   ...
Open house brings joy to Fairgrieve students Open house brings joy to Fairgrieve students: Excitement and laughter filled Fairgrieve Elementary School as students and their families packed classrooms, hallways and special areas during the recent open house event.   Students in grades pre-kindergarten through six were thrilled to introduce their family members and other supporters to their teachers and showcase their learning since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. In Becky Crisafulli first-grade classroom, students and their parents/guardians and siblings were tasked with a scavenger hunt to become more acquainted with their learning space and academic subjects taught thus far. Student Leah Hilts read her handmade “All About Me” book to her mother, Samantha Carlin, before they moved on to other tasks.   Down the hall in the library media center, ...
Tandy Leather visits Volney 4th graders Tandy Leather visits Volney 4th graders: Volney Elementary School fourth-graders kicked-off their Haudenosaunee academic unit with a visit from Tandy Leather.   Students learned about various types of leather from Rebecca Johnston, manager of the Syracuse store. She explained that Native Americans utilized animals for meat and didn’t let the rest of the animals go to waste. Fourth-grader Taelyn Arnold said he knew they used animal skin for clothes, shoes and blankets, among other items.   The children were able to see and feel different types of animal skin, including those from a deer, cow, rabbit, snake and fox. “Wow, that’s so soft,” one student said, as he felt the deer skin.   After they learned about animals and leather, the students were invited to make a leather (cow skin) ...
GRB student receives prestigious honor GRB student receives prestigious honor: G. Ray Bodley High School senior Justin Hatch has been recognized as a commended student, based on his score from last year’s PSAT.   GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst said Hatch is only the second high school student within the Fulton City School District to receive such an honor from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation since she has been a leader at GRB. In a correspondence to the Hatch family, Parkhurst offered congratulatory remarks on Justin’s effort toward the “extremely difficult award to receive.”   As a commended student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, Hatch is one of 34,000 students recognized throughout the country. He, along with fellow commended students of the program, placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than ...
Fairgrieve students earn expectation awards Fairgrieve students earn expectation awards: Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, Fairgrieve Elementary School will honor students who exceed expectations of being safe, responsible, respectful and problem-solvers in the classroom.   During a recent Morning Express recognition ceremony, one student from each classroom who was nominated by his or her teacher received cheers, applause and a certificate of honor for exceeding all those expectations in their classroom throughout the month of September. For their effort, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   Awardees in front, from left, are: Lynnae LaPage, Logan McDermott, Colton Trapasso, Claire Bentley, Noella Mann, Madelyn Vant, Aurora LaPage and Arthur Hager. In the second row, from left, are: Serenity Clark, Callen Cowden, Max Cunningham, ...
Volney students earn September accolades Volney students earn September accolades: Several Volney Elementary School students were recently highlighted for achieving success in their classroom, either academically, socially or behaviorally throughout the month of September.   Nominated by their teacher, 19 students received an “On a Roll” certificate from Principal Todd Terpening during a school assembly because they worked hard toward a goal. Honorees include Layla VanLinder, Parker Hicks, Jack Munger, Anthony Finch, Caden Torelly-Smith, Marcus Collar, Noah Schumacher, Collin Denson, Lila Thurlow, Rachel Acker, Payton McGuire, Jose Vosseller, Jacob Polly, Holly Cornell, Elijah Hamilton, James DeCare, Ava Ditton, Noah O’Banner and RJ Nash.   Terpening then presented another group of students with the monthly classroom role model awards. ...
GRB freshmen begin college education GRB freshmen begin college education: Over 30 Fulton City School District ninth-graders began their high school and college journeys simultaneously when the 2018-2019 school year began.   Those G. Ray Bodley High School students are already hard at work with a four-year goal of obtaining nearly enough credits for an associate’s degree in information technology from Cayuga Community College through GRB’s first-ever Early College High School Program. Also supported by the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County, the high school students will receive mentoring from professionals in the IT field while they gain both high school and college credits.   “It gives you a lot of opportunity; you can go to college and expand your knowledge in (IT),” said participant Hanna Miller.   When ...
FJHS open house a success FJHS open house a success: The Fulton Junior High School open house attracted several seventh- and eighth-grade families who were provided glimpses of their child’s day.   Meet-and-greets with both core academic and special area teachers, discussions about academics and social/emotional learning took place, and refreshments were provided in the cafeteria. Information was also available on after-school programs and activities for FJHS students to expand their reach. Students were able to showcase their progress thus far in the 2018-2019 school year and offer their parents/guardians goals for the coming months.   “This is memory lane for me,” one former FJHS student said, as he accompanied his brother to open house.   FJHS Principal Chris Leece said open house was also convenient ...
Supper with the Superintendent series begins for FCSD Supper with the Superintendent series begins for FCSD: Fulton City School District Superintendent Brian Pulvino has focused on increasing communications and supports with parents and guardians with his newly-established initiative: Supper with the Superintendent.   He has aimed to share ideas, seek feedback and hear about new and exciting opportunities, district-wide. A new way to communicate with and engage stakeholders, Pulvino said the effort will also create more of a voice for interested parties. He has wished to establish a base group of interested stakeholders this first year and grow that group in the coming years.   Together, FCSD parents and community members will help define and develop the district. Pulvino said he would like all interested parties to know that he is here to listen and effectively communicate with ...
Social/emotional learning aids students, staff Social/emotional learning aids students, staff: The Fulton City School District has begun to embed social/emotional learning both inside and outside of the classroom for students and staff members alike.   Geri Geitner, FCSD Director of Student Support Services, said implementation of specific programs for students in grades kindergarten through six, and seven through 12 already begun to serve as a catalyst for changing the culture at each of the Fulton schools. Applying knowledge to manage emotions will enable FCSD students to better set and achieve goals and create/maintain relationships, among several other positive effects. Teachers will also be even better supports for their students and one another.   New this year, the district has implemented the Second Step curriculum for social/emotional learning in grades kindergarten ...
Extended Day program begins soon Extended Day program begins soon: Fulton Junior High School students will be able to challenge themselves in life-skills based scenarios after school throughout the 2018-2019 school year.   Five, five-week sessions will help Fulton’s seventh- and eighth-graders develop their cooking and baking, musical composing and outdoor adventure interests, among other topics, thanks to the Fulton Community School’s Extended Day program. Housed at FJHS from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, Extended Day has provided FJHS students with project-based learning, enrichment, leadership application and mentoring to help them become successful people both inside and outside of school.   Courtney Donaldson, OCO advocate, said all topics were decided by students. The free program begins Oct. 9 with session one ...
Behavior intervention specialist helps teachers, students Behavior intervention specialist helps teachers, students: The Fulton City School District has recently focused on equipping its teachers and support staff with effective strategies to reduce negative student behaviors associated with trauma.   As a district, that is managed by Elizabeth Tiffany, the district’s behavior intervention specialist. Although new to the position, Tiffany is familiar with Fulton schools, having been a school psychologist for the past two years.  She has aimed to use her background and leadership training to coach, consult and help implement crisis response and trauma-sensitive education.   The need for such a position has largely increased, Tiffany said, because teachers have seen more students come into their classrooms with a multitude of behaviors associated with trauma. While post-secondary ...
Books provide Granby lessons in literacy, kindness Books provide Granby lessons in literacy, kindness: A school-wide read aloud has brought the Granby Elementary School community together social and academically.   Library media specialist Allison Earl said the inaugural effort has provided each classroom in grades three through six a copy of “Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate and classrooms in Universal Pre-Kindergarten through grade two a copy of “The Sandwich Swap” by Queen Raina of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio. Both books showcase themes of tolerance, empathy and friendship, all of which perfectly mesh with the Fulton City School District’s social-emotional learning initiatives.   Earl said each classroom teacher may read sections of their class books during designated social-emotional learning time, or of another time of their choosing. ...



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