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Lanigan Elementary Kindergartners Learn About 5 Senses 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 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 ...
Granby Students Become Superheroes Granby Students Become Superheroes: Singer/songwriter and inspirational speaker Jared Campbell recently visited Granby Elementary, encouraging the students to practice being superheroes every day by showing respect and doing the right thing.   Campbell’s songs relate to everyday circumstances that may occur in students’ lives: bullying, listening to teachers and making friends. In his song, “Do the Right Thing,” Campbell presents a hypothetical situation and the students are asked to sing in response the action they should take. For example, the second verse presents a story about a new girl in school with no place to sit at lunch. The Granby students shouted “Ask her to sit with you!”   Campbell’s last performance was of a song called the “Superhero” song. ...
Fairgrieve Elementary UPK Students Enjoy Start of School Fairgrieve Elementary UPK Students Enjoy Start of School: Universal Pre-kindergarten students at Fairgrieve Elementary are enjoying their first weeks of school. The Fulton City School District operates a UPK program for four-year-old children, and for those children who turn five years old after December 1st of the school year.
Lanigan Elementary Combines Open House With Block Party Lanigan Elementary Combines Open House With Block Party: Lanigan Elementary School was recently bustling with activity, as the school combined its annual open house with a block party celebration. Complete with music, games and barbeque, the block party provided the community with the opportunity to come together and celebrate the end of the summer and the beginning of the school year. Hundreds of families congregated on the lawn behind the school, creating a sense of excitement for all involved.
7th Graders Enjoyed Picnic at FJHS 7th Graders Enjoyed Picnic at FJHS: Fulton Junior High School 7 th graders kicked-off the new school year Sept. 1 with a picnic. Accompanied by their parents, the students explored the school to become acclimated with their classrooms, lockers and schedules. Teachers, support staff and district officials also provided handouts and informational packets to help students make a smooth transition to middle school.
Fulton Schools Celebrate Attendance Awareness Fulton Schools Celebrate Attendance Awareness: According to , studies show that missing school correlates with achievement gaps and high school dropout rates across the country; that is why the Fulton City School District (FCSD) celebrates school attendance every September in honor of Attendance Awareness Month. The District held their annual Attendance Awareness Celebration at the Fulton Education Center recently. Amongst the food, the music and the fun are informational booths and resources available to students through non-profit groups such as ARISE, parent-teacher groups, Oswego County Opportunities, Integrative Counseling Services, SUNY Oswego’s Mentor-Scholar program and more. Every parent and child was presented with an attendance success plan geared towards improving their student’s ...
Curriculum shifts embraced in the FCSD Curriculum shifts embraced in the FCSD: Since the adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards, the Fulton City School District has adapted to meet the shifts in the curriculum, and teachers are excited about the changes. According to Mary Ann DeMar, a reading teacher at Granby Elementary School, she and her colleagues are implementing differentiated instruction, providing individualized lessons, assessing students based on performance and using data-driven instruction methods. The shifts to the curriculum are to fill in any learning gaps and help reinforce skills across all subject areas. Granby fourth-grade teacher Julie Wood noted that there has been much more integration of English Language Arts into the science and social studies curriculum. “We are all working together to make sure students have a mastery of ...
Freshman First Fashion Show a Hit Freshman First Fashion Show a Hit: G. Ray Bodley High School Freshmen were treated to a What Not to Wear Fashion Show Sept. 8 during the district’s Freshman First initiative. Teachers voluntarily modeled inappropriate clothing choices, while student volunteers demonstrated comfortable and casual attire all students are encouraged to wear. The fashion show served as a reminder for freshmen to be safe and appropriate in their dress and appearance. Members of the entire freshman class had the school to themselves during Freshman First so they could become acclimated with their bell schedules, find their lockers, and easily navigate hallways.
FCSD Fall 2015 Newsletter FCSD Fall 2015 Newsletter: Our Fall 2015 District Newsletter has gone home to families. Click to see a digital version:  Fall 2015 District Newsletter
Volney Elementary Open House a Success Volney Elementary Open House a Success: Students at Volney Elementary School were excited to have their families meet their teachers and show off their classrooms during open house Sept. 16.  Everyone was greeted by Principal Todd Terpening as they walked into the building, and in the gymnasium they collected information on school and community programs.
Granby Elementary Sixth-Grade Class Gets Lesson in News Writing Granby Elementary Sixth-Grade Class Gets Lesson in News Writing: Students in Erica Bertrand’s sixth-grade class at Granby Elementary School recently learned key elements of news writing from community member Brittney Jerred.   Jerred shared her experiences as a newspaper reporter, although she now handles media relations for Assemblyman William A. Barclay. The focus of news writing, she said, should be on accuracy in research, reporting and in listening to people tell their stories.   “The writing is only as good as the reporting,” Jerred said.   Bertrand said there has been an emphasis on that idea, as students have practiced with the who, what, when and where of writing news articles. Students interacted with Jerred to list important steps of the writing process.   “The primary source is someone ...
Superintendent Search News and Updates Superintendent Search News and Updates: After 11 years of service to the Fulton City School District, Superintendent Bill Lynch will be retiring at the end of June, 2016. Our Board of Education has entered into an agreement with Dr. Vincent J. Coppola and Mr. Robert W. Christmann to assist in finding a new superintendent. To stay up to date on our search process, please click here .
We would like to hear from our parents and families. Please fill out our family engagement survey. We would like to hear from our parents and families. Please fill out our family engagement survey.: As a part of our continuous improvement process, we want to hear from our parents and families.  Please fill out our family engagement survey which will be available from October 1-23, 2015. The link to the survey is: The password to take the survey is:   Family092115 We truly appreciate your feedback and attention to helping us get better.  

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