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Fulton fourth-graders learn the art of lacrosse stick making Fulton fourth-graders learn the art of lacrosse stick making: Fourth-graders from the Fulton City School District had the opportunity to meet a world-renowned lacrosse stick maker, Alfred Jacques of the Onondaga Nation’s Turtle Clan.   The presentation coincided with the students’ class learning of the Iroquois Nation. Jacques showed the students a handmade Hiawatha wampum belt (strands of purple and white shells used centuries ago as currency), which symbolizes the original five nations united by the Peacemaker. The tree symbol in the center represents both The Great Tree of Peace and the Onondaga Nation while the squares symbolize the other four five nations: the Seneca, the Cayuga, the Oneida and the Mohawk. The Fulton fourth-graders were able to remember and recite all nations in order from left to right on the wampum belt.   ...
Lanigan Students Become Leather Craftsmen Lanigan Students Become Leather Craftsmen: Lanigan Elementary School fourth-graders are now leather craftsmen. Under the direction of Dylan Garrow, sales associate at Tandy Leather in Syracuse, students used wooden mallets to pound metal stamps into strips of leather (from cow hide) to create bookmarks. Classes learned that leather is soft and pliable and a good material to make clothing. Garrow said hide from many different animals may also be used for rugs, upholstery, handbags and clothing. A favorite among students in Janet Rolf’s fourth-grade class was the rock python snake skin, which stretched over six-feet in length, but Garrow also let the class feel other hide types. “I want the rabbit one!” said Skyy Smith. Students were engaged in the presentation, asking Garrow questions related to multiple animals, ...
Fairgrieve Students Learn About Weather Fairgrieve Students Learn About Weather: Fairgrieve Elementary School students learned about weather during a recent Morning Express program and additional presentations given by Time Warner Cable News Meteorologist John DiPasquale. Students in grades kindergarten through six cheered when DiPasquale asked if they soon wanted snow, his favorite precipitation. He explained that Central New York is one of the safest places to live because the area is not prone to hurricanes, tsunamis, or other major weather-related occurances. More intense lake effect snow here, however, is the result of increased temperature differences between warm bodies of water (Lake Ontario) and cool air moving over the water. Students were engaged in all presentations, asking questions about floods, hurricanes, snow and clouds, among other weather topics. ...
Veterans Honored at Lanigan Elementary Veterans Honored at Lanigan Elementary: Lanigan Elementary School Fifth-grade teacher Aaron Koproski encouraged all students during a recent Veteran’s Day assembly to say at least two words to people who have served in the Armed Forces: thank you. Thanking veterans for their service will show love and appreciation for sacrifices they have made for their country, Koproski said. After students, staff and veterans recited the Pledge of Allegiance together, Koproski’s class shared facts about the history of Veteran’s Day, and a representative from the Fulton VFW taught students how to give a proper salute. About two dozen veterans were nominated by Lanigan students and presented with recognition certificates. Principal Jeff Hendrickson also honored the following staff members for their service: Head Custodian Earl ...
Teachers of the Year at Lanigan Elementary Teachers of the Year at Lanigan Elementary: Lanigan Elementary teachers recently received the designation of Teachers of the Year by the Walmart in Granby. Walmart employees Angela Blanchard and Samantha McLoughlin presented a sheet cake to the school’s 43 teachers. Each teacher received their own goodie bags, and 20 teachers were awarded with a $50 Walmart gift card. Blanchard said the gift cards will hopefully offset out-of-pocket expenses teachers incur in order to make students’ educational experiences even more enjoyable. Reading AIS Teacher Carol Raby, left, and Second-grade teachers Joyce Horbas, middle, and Frances Bennett, right, enjoy cake and conversation during a Teachers of the Year celebration, in which Walmart honored all Lanigan Elementary teachers for ensuring their students have ...
Veteran's Appreciation Day Celebrated at Volney Veteran's Appreciation Day Celebrated at Volney: Volney Elementary School students presented 29 local veterans with recognition certificates during the school’s annual Veteran’s Appreciation Day assembly on Tuesday, November 10. Students who nominated a family member or friend who has served or is serving in the military, sat beside them as classmates, teachers and administrators said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “God Bless the U.S.A.” Sixth-grade teacher William Cahill emceed the celebration, which is an event retired colleague Mary Kimball began about five years ago. Throughout the past few weeks, Cahill said many students have learned the history of Veteran’s Day, what the Armed Forces do, and how important it is to tell and show veterans that people are thankful for their service. “We’d ...
Financial Aid Night planned for December 8 Financial Aid Night planned for December 8: The Guidance Department of G. Ray Bodley High School in the Fulton City School District will again host their annual “Financial Aid Night” for students and their parents or guardians on Tuesday, December 8 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  Becoming acquainted with the various sources of financial assistance and understanding the processes and deadlines for applying will assure the timely submission of appropriate forms and greatly enhance the probability of receiving financial aid. Kathy Flaherty, a representative from the financial aid office at the State University of New York at Oswego, will present information about the types and sources of financial aid available to undergraduate students and familiarize attendees with the federal and state forms needed ...
Fairgrieve Elementary Students Raise Funds for Veterans Fairgrieve Elementary Students Raise Funds for Veterans: Some of the smallest gestures of gratitude can have the biggest impact on veterans. That is the message Donna Kestner, Oswego County Veterans Service Agency director, gave to Fairgrieve Elementary School students during a recent Morning Express program at the school. On the heels of Veteran’s Day, Kestner spoke with students about ways they can help show appreciation to those who have served in the military. She recommended children make handwritten thank you notes to give to veterans in their own family and in the community. Fairgrieve Elementary students and teachers went above and beyond that, as they also collected funds to be donated to the Syracuse VA Medical Center, in Syracuse, to help supply patients with snacks, books, toiletries and other items to ensure they have a pleasant ...
Former NFL Player Teaches Lanigan Students Good Choices Former NFL Player Teaches Lanigan Students Good Choices: Good choices lead to good results. That is a lesson Lanigan Elementary School students in third- through sixth-grade learned from former Chicago Bears football player Michael Cobb. During a recent school assembly, the Sports World Motivational Youth Speaker encouraged students to listen and respect each other. Cobb said positive choices may be rewarded and that alone can keep youth motivated. When he asked students to raise their hands in response to a question and sit quietly, third-grader Ethan Bartlett didn’t go unnoticed for respecting Cobb’s request. The former pro athlete took out his wallet, handed Bartlett a $5 bill and told him he earned it for making the choice to listen. Lanigan Elementary School Principal Jeff Hendrickson said Cobb’s messages perfectly aligned ...
Student responsibility lauded at Lanigan Student responsibility lauded at Lanigan: Positive behavior was on display throughout October, as Lanigan Elementary School students exhibited responsibility in the classroom, hallways and cafeteria. Students in kindergarten through sixth grades who demonstrated responsibility were recently recognized with a certificate for being an October Role Model. Principal Jeff Hendrickson and Fulton Fire Chief Paul Foster congratulated the students on their achievement during an assembly. “Responsibility is taking care of what needs to be done for yourself, your family, your school and your community,” Hendrickson said. “Great job!” The monthly Role Model Awards were presented to Elliott Dumouchel and Vita Galini (kindergarten); Alex Wilcox, Brady Kunzwiler and Matthew Becker (first grade); Xavier Wicks, Finley ...
Volney Students Show Responsibility Volney Students Show Responsibility: Students at Volney Elementary School earned recognition during a recent assembly for exhibiting responsibility during the month of October. During the assembly, Principal Todd Terpening defined responsibility as making sure someone is doing what they are supposed to be doing and seeing tasks through until the end. The following students were presented with a Principal’s Award for showing responsibility this month: Brynn Graf, Emilyn Moshier, Devin Catalone, Ayden Bigelow, Callen Cowden, Liberty Allard, Zackery MacDougall, Olivia Hendrickson, Audrey White, Colten Norton, Tristan Graham, Jaya Whitehead, Laura Bartlett, Evelyn Rupert, Kaeli McCarthy, Nick Shaw, Elle Lone, Sarah Nichols, Paige Kingsley, and Marissa Bowering. The monthly “On-a-roll” models were also announced ...
FJHS Students Attend College for a Day 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 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 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 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. 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 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.” According ...
Granby First Graders Hold Blood Drive 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 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! 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 ...



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