FJHS FOR Club Organizes Acts of Kindness:
Several Fulton Junior High School students continue to show selfless acts of kindness by initiatives they create through the school’s FOR Club.
FOR Club (Friends of Rachel Club) is an extension of Rachel’s Challenge, a proactive approach to school violence and bullying which seeks to create a safe learning environment for students.
Recent club projects include Snowvember, in which club members collected new or gently-used socks and winter wear for families who seek assistance from Catholic Charities of Oswego County. The most recent effort was a Letters to Santa writing campaign. Club members encouraged students in homerooms to write letters to Santa, which will be sent to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Macy’s will donate $1 for every letter received. A total 436 letters ...
Volney Elementary 5th Graders Take on Science Projects:
Volney Elementary School fifth-graders recently held an afternoon science showcase where they displayed trifold projects full of facts about star classifications and types of galaxies.
Students could complete the project-based learning activity by themselves or with a partner. Autumn Warring said she and partner David Matthews shared galaxy research information as they progressed through the activity. Students were not allowed to download and print materials, rather they had to recreate stars or galaxies with their own drawings.
Fifth-Grade Teacher Deborah Arden said the showcase served as a means for students to have an audience for their hard work.
Volney Elementary Fifth-Graders recently showed off their science
projects during an afternoon showcase for family and friends. ...
Volney 4th Graders Become Authors:
Upon completion of an English Language Arts module on Haudenosaunee legends, Volney Elementary School fourth-graders celebrated their transformation into authors by hosting a reading and tea reception.
The Author’s Tea event took place in each fourth-grade classroom where there were captive audiences that listened to student legends, which explained how something in nature occurred; Each story also had a moral.
Gabby Runge, a student of Chelsie Cleveland’s class, read “How Bigfoot Came to Be,” which chronicled the journey of magic hair gel that made hair grow all over the character Billy. People mistook him for Big Foot. Her moral: don’t judge someone before you get to know them. Her classmate Mackenzie Kerfien read her legend about a turkey who wished to ...
Fairgrieve Students Have Shown Empathy:
Fairgrieve Elementary School students were honored by Principal Jean Ciesla during a recent Morning Express program for demonstrating empathy, the school’s December virtue of the month.
Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are: James Sandler, Jaydon Hull, Schyler Ives, Camron Clear, Isabella Painter, HayLeigh Lenz, Taryn Murphy and Michael VanDelinder. In the middle row are: Alexander Crisafulli, Akeylla Janes, Olivia Miller, Dakota Brown, Alyssa Durval, Donald Belson, Andrew Gibson and Riley Niver. Standing in back at top left is Principal Ciesla followed by students: Jason Alpeter, Ashton Middleton, Ethan Weaver, McKenna Lawson, Kaylee Stevens, Camerin Nesbitt and Logan Downey. Absent from the photo are Emma Clothier and Rose Douglas.
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Fairgrieve Students Recognized for Improvements:
A student from each Fairgrieve Elementary School classroom was honored during a Morning Express program because they have shown growth in academic and behavioral expectations.
Fairgrieve Most Improved Award recipients showed off their “brag tags” after they were recognized for their hard work throughout December.
The Most Improved Award winners in the front row include: Casandra Guillaume, Cayley Cunningham, Evaya Menkins, Mauricio Trejo-Bentley, Lilliana Noel, Dominic Prince, Kathryn Calkins and Jacob Morrison. In the middle row are: Josalynn Miller, Kahlee Cappelletti, Averin Miner, Skylar Crofoot, Page Regan, A.J. Burns, Gabriella Jardin and Antonio Towle. Standing in the back row are Principal Jean Ciesla and students: Montgomery Reed, Autumn Bean, Maddison ...
Fairgrieve Students Earn Library Technology Awards:
One student from each classroom at Fairgrieve Elementary School received the semi-annual Library Technology Award during a Dec. 15 Morning Express program.
Librarian Barb Senecal recognized 22 students who have shown excellent effort, positive attitude and respect for others in the library and computer lab. Fellow classmates, teachers and guests graciously applauded recipients. Awardees received a certificate of recognition and a “brag tag” to add to their collection.
Pictured in the front row, from left to right, include: Librarian Barb Senecal and students Jaydon Hull, Grace Vogel, Maxam Harrington, Kaya Renfrow, Taryn Murphy, and Jacob Goss. In the second row, from left to right, are: Benjamin Renfrow, Penelope Taylor, Natalie Miller, Alexa Halstead, Natalie Guile, Adelaide ...
Songs of great cheer at G. Ray Bodley Holiday Concert:
Fulton City School District’s High School Holiday Band Concert filled the G. Ray Bodley auditorium with songs of great cheer recently.
Directed by Terry Caviness, the event included performances by the concert band and wind ensemble. The jazz band concluded the evening with a version of “Carol of the Bells.”
Despite the balmy evening, many traditional holiday and winter tunes comprised the festive performance. The wind ensemble performed a melody from the popular movie, “The Polar Express,” a number that Caviness said was a very difficult piece to learn. He spoke of the memories and sentiment that the music can evoke this time of year.
“We hope that you enjoy the performance, and that it puts you in a beautiful mood,” ...
GRB Choirs Perform Holiday Concert:
Holiday spirit and enchanted melodies filled the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium during the school’s Holiday Choral Concert on December 10.
The 47-member women’s choir performed traditional carols, a Spanish lullaby and the jazz-infused piece “What Child is This?”
“These young ladies have been wonderful to work with,” said Thomas Nami, director.
About two dozen students who will attend all-county chorus auditions on Saturday, December 12 performed “My Heart is Offered to You Still.” Nami said students who are selected for the all-county choral festival will perform in April.
The 47-member concert choir closed out the night with a powerful rendition of “Gloria in excelsis” and a variety of holiday carols, including “The ...
Lanigan 1st Graders Learn About Community:
Lanigan Elementary first-graders took a step back in time during a recent field trip to the Pratt House museum. Students learned about Fulton’s rich history and old-time holiday traditions.
Throughout the two-story house tour given by Director of Displays Alec Seymour, students voted for their favorite decorated Christmas tree to help local groups win small cash prizes from the museum’s annual Parade of Trees event.
First-graders were excited to see the New York State-themed tree decorated with handmade ornaments by Lanigan’s fourth-grade classes.
First-grade Teacher Karrie Schremp said the field trip tied into many academic modules about community.
Pratt House Director of Displays Alec Seymour, center, and
Lanigan Elementary First-grade Teacher Karrie ...
Lanigan Students Advance in Spelling Bee:
W-I-N-N-E-R-S! Lanigan Elementary students Mary Jane Mullaney, Alicia Halsdorf, Rimma Mankiewicz and Harper McClave received top honors during the school’s fourth annual spelling bee, held December 9.
All four students will now advance to The Post-Standard / WCNY Spelling Bee, on January 16 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. After 15 rounds of the Lanigan spelling bee finals, sixth-grader Mullaney received first-place as she correctly spelled “spectacles.”
Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers organized the event and AIS Reading Teacher Heather Berthoff served as pronouncer. Teaching Assistant Joyce Garrett also assisted during the Lanigan finals.
From left to right: Lanigan Elementary students Mary Jane Mullaney,
Alicia Halsdorf and Rimma Mankiewicz ...
Children's Author Suzanne Bloom Visits Fairgrieve:
Children’s author Suzanne Bloom shared her own verbal and visual time machine journey with Fairgrieve Elementary students during a recent visit to the school.
Mimicking events of her book “A Mighty Fine Time Machine,” Bloom recalled her travels of literature and illustration, from grade school paintings and writing with mistakes to having several books published. The keys, she said, were having creativity, imagination and persistence.
“You learn from your mistakes,” one first-grader said.
In the library, Bloom read her book “The Bus for Us” to kindergarten students and “A Splendid Friend, Indeed” to both kindergarteners and first-graders, and excerpts from “Piggy Monday” to students, including second-graders. In ...
Dental Program Arrives at Fairgrieve Elementary:
Increased access to dental care has arrived at Fairgrieve Elementary School.
Space in the band room has been offered for “CHOMPERS,” a program which provides students in grades pre-kindergarten through six with dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments and dental education. The program is a partnership between the Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York.
“Our school is close to 70 percent poverty rate,” said Principal Jean Ciesla. “Knowing that, there’s a need for families to have dental assistance.”
Dental Hygienist Jessica Overton will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday at the school. Ciesla said as the program grows, there will be opportunities to expand. ...
FCSD Staff Look at Improving Grading Practices:
The Fulton City School District is committed to implementing the best grading practices throughout all grade levels.
About 300 staff members and district officials attended the Grading & Reporting Student Learning: Honest and Accurate Grades for All Students presentation on November 3 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Grading experts Thomas R. Guskey and Lee Ann Jung, professors with the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, guided FCSD staff on development of new standards-based grading policies and practices that work for all students.
Key points included knowing advantages and shortcomings or different grading methods, exploring strategies to ensure fair grading, and how to improve feedback to students.
Liane Benedict, staff development coordinator at the ...
Students Honored for Having Gratitude at Fairgrieve:
Fairgrieve Elementary students who have shown appreciation and returned kindness to teachers and fellow students throughout the month of November received gratitude recognition during a Morning Express program.
Principal Jean Ciesla congratulated each recipient as she handed them a “brag tag” to add to their collection.
Pictured below in the front row are award recipients: Luis Muniz-Hall, John Vincent, Cara Nelson, Treydon Arcadi, Zachary Regan, Drake Bennett, Tristan Caruso and Aliesha Brown. In the middle row are: Jack Bryant, Hayden Carvey, Olivia Bauer, Dakota Brown, Mia Holliday, Anna Rose O’Dett and Alyssa Hatter. In the back row are: Principal Jean Ciesla and students Annyka Halligan, Ivy Szlamczynski, Carolyn La Pierre, Patrick McInnis, Cassidy Duso and Bella ...
Granby Elementary Fourth-graders Show Native American Projects:
Granby Elementary School fourth-graders hosted a recent two-day Native American walk-through event for friends, family members and classmates.
Students’ lessons on Native American cultures throughout both special and core areas, including English Language Arts, Social Studies, music and art, culminated with the creation of handcrafted instruments, small-scale longhouses and masks.
Items were on display throughout the cafeteria and library. During the student walk-through, fourth-graders were on hand to explain their projects to younger students.
Pictured below are many projects recently created by the school's fourth-grade students:
Volney Students Receive Honors for Gratitude:
During a recent assembly, Volney Elementary School celebrated students who exemplified the character trait of gratitude throughout the month of November.
Principal Todd Terpening encouraged all students to show appreciation for things and people. He then joined a few students and teachers in singing a gratitude song. The following students received a Principal’s Award because their actions demonstrated they can make a difference in their school: Connor Taft, Isabella Wood, Deven Catalone, Evan Calkins, Treyvin Munger, Collin White, Emma Spaulding, Cayden Reed and Santina Cunningham. Also recognized were Tyler Budd, MacKenzie Kerfien, Collin Cunningham, Elijah Turner, Shayla Sykes, James Salisbury, Madison Flood, Lyndsey Warner and Noah Morales.
The following students also were recognized ...
Fairgrieve Students Advance in Spelling Bee:
Fairgrieve Elementary School’s top four spellers in grades four through six will advance to the 2016 Post Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee, to be held January 16 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.
Students Caitlin Todt, Asa Finch, Dawson Krause and Vera Butchko will join about 150 students from various school districts in taking a 50-word written spelling test. The top 35 spellers will then move on to an oral spelling bee in February, and that winner will be granted a trip for two to Washington, D.C. in May to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
About 50 Fairgrieve students prepared for the spelling bee in early November by studying from a book containing words, tips and tricks for spelling bee success. The number of participants was narrowed down following two written ...
Fairgrieve Elementary is Home to Local Authors:
Fairgrieve Elementary School didn’t have to go far this year to find children’s book authors to speak to students in grades three through six.
Sixth-grade Teacher John Mercer and Kindergarten Teacher Justin Johnson spoke with students about how they became authors and offered advice for fellow writing enthusiasts.
Mercer penned and self-published “They Call Me Zombie” and “They Call Me Zombie: Hope,” which both follow the life of a boy named Mikey who died but was resuscitated by doctors. During a fifth-grade presentation in the library, a handful of students said they already read the first two books in the series and wondered when he would write the last to complete the trilogy.
Feedback from current and former students helps him craft each book ...
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 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, ...