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Hovercraft project excites Fulton students Hovercraft project excites Fulton students: At first glance, Fulton City School District elementary students thought they were going to work on a cool hovercraft project and celebrate with a ride on the air-powered vehicles.   Although they were correct, the recent lesson for FCSD fifth-graders in Lanigan, Volney, Fairgrieve and Granby elementary schools expanded to include much more than construction of a low-friction device. They learned the importance of life skills: teamwork, problem-solving, time management, communication, critical thinking and self-control, among several other traits. Lanigan Elementary fifth-grade teacher Aaron Koproski said that experience, coupled with the students’ recollection of the motion and force lessons from their fourth-grade science curriculum with motion and force, served as a perfect ...
GRB val, sal reflect on high school GRB val, sal reflect on high school: G. Ray Bodley High School’s Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian are as humble as they are driven.   The combination of modesty, dedication and consistency has afforded Jacob Geitner and Madison Lang with the honor of being named the top two students of their graduating class. While the road hadn’t always come easy, valedictorian Geitner and salutatorian Lang had become laser-focused their junior year when they realized that honor was attainable.   “I tried to get good grades because colleges that I wanted to get into were rigorous,” Lang said. “Try your hardest on everything and enjoy learning.”   Geitner echoed that sentiment and encouraged GRB underclassmen to enjoy the high school ride. Finding Raider pride and being ...
Volney Elementary School celebrates the Earth Volney Elementary School celebrates the Earth: Volney Elementary School students recently celebrated Earth Day with a day packed-full of fun and entertainment. The annual event taught the children in grades kindergarten through six how to care for the Earth to ensure the cleanliness, continued availability of natural resources and enjoyment of their planet. Each classroom had a schedule rotation of sessions to visit, ranging from dog agility, parrots, sun safety, habitats and survival, veterinarians, bingo, ice fishing, farming, bats, electrical safety, insects, fly fishing, canine scent detection, dog training, tree growth, flower planting, alternative energy, canoeing, anti-littering and crafts. Pictured is kindergartner MaKenna Stuber who is helping guest presenter Jack Hacket demonstrate how to properly use a life vest in case someone ...
FJHS 8th graders introduced to life at GRB FJHS 8th graders introduced to life at GRB:
GRB academic ceremony doles out $800k GRB academic ceremony doles out $800k: Books, scholarships, certificates and more memories were on display during the 36 th annual G. Ray Bodley High School academic awards evening.   Several students in grades nine through 12 were honored for exhibiting positive character education traits, excellence in academic classes, athletics, service to community, acts of kindness, overall improvement and leadership. Principal Donna Parkhurst said the evening celebrated dozens of Fulton’s finest high school students who have proven to be role models for their peers.   Junior Jenna Ruzekowicz was one stand-out honoree, whose commitment to schooling earned her the following awards: academic excellence in Onondaga Community College pre-calculus, academic excellence in physics, the Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation ...
Q3 Academic honors for Fairgrieve students Q3 Academic honors for Fairgrieve students: Over 100 Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently recognized for achieving academic excellence for the third marking period.   Awards were given out during a Morning Express program where classmates, teachers, additional Fairgrieve staff members and several guests applauded the students for their efforts and accomplishments. Honorees in kindergarten include: Bryant Cooper, Henry Keltz Primeau, Ella Noyes, Madelyn Vant, Aquari Brown, Brooklyn Kipp, Hunter Hotaling, Richard McEachen, Christopher Smith, Logan McDermott, Dilan Miranda, Deegan Hones, Chloee Bailey, Oliver Wheeler and Jullian DeMunn.   First-grade academic achievers are: Corbin Burns, Lynnae LaPage Max McGinley, Arianna Richardson Heaney, Alina Smale, Austin Snyder, Jason Whornton Locust, Cohan Humphrey, ...
Volney students plant flowers for Mother’s Day Volney students plant flowers for Mother’s Day: The character of Volney Elementary students will blossom in conjunction with the planted flower seedlings they will present to special ladies for Mother’s Day.   Recognizing the importance of doing good deeds for others, students in grades pre-kindergarten through six painted clay pots with the assistance of art teacher Amanda Hurlbutt, filled the pots with soil and selected a marigold or zinnia plant for their mother, grandmother, or other positive role model. All materials were donated by Robert Scott, who said it was heartwarming to see the joy in each child, knowing they will have a gift to offer someone.   While some students could recite the life cycle of plants upon reflection of academic lessons learned in class, the underlying lesson Scott helped teach during ...
FTA honors FCSD students FTA honors FCSD students: The Fulton Teachers’ Association recently honored several outstanding student and school citizens during its 18 th annual recognition ceremony at G. Ray Bodley High School.   A teacher from each of the four elementary buildings, junior high school and high school presented small groups of students with individual certificates of honor after a small statement was read about why they were chosen to be recognized for the special event. Karen Noel, a Fulton Junior High School science teacher and executive vice president of the FTA, said each awardee has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, community or school contributions or overcame obstacles in their lives.   Guest speaker and GRB senior Nicholas Wallace spoke to the crowd in the auditorium about the power of ...
FJHS 8th graders introduced to life at GRB FJHS 8th graders introduced to life at GRB: Fulton City School District eighth-graders have begun their transition to high school.   An information night was recently held in the cafeteria at G. Ray Bodley High School where parents, guardians and the future freshmen listened to high school counselors and administrators provide insight on life at GRB. Prior to the event, counselor Kelly Rickert spent two days with the eighth-graders at the Fulton Junior High School where she introduced them to high school requirements, including the need for 22 credits to graduate.   Rickert, who will serve as counselor to the incoming freshmen for their first two years at GRB, reviewed with the audience all of the class offerings. All freshmen must take English 9, Global 9, science (biology), a science lab, math and physical education. ...
GRB hosts mock DWI crash scene GRB hosts mock DWI crash scene: Prom: beautiful gowns, colorful corsages and dancing the night away. The goal at G. Ray Bodley High School is for students to attend the May 12 event and return home safely, but as students in grades 11 and 12 witnessed during the mock driving while intoxicated crash scene Tuesday morning, poor choices could lead to serious consequences.   The two-car crash setting, which took place in the GRB parking lot between the rear of the school and the tennis courts, unfolded when a passenger got out of the vehicle and called 911. Explanations of the proper protocols were given as police, fire, emergency medical services and other related personnel, including a medivac pilot and passenger, arrived on scene.   “You said you were fine!” one of the student actors said, as ...
Holocaust survivor shares story with 6th graders Holocaust survivor shares story with 6th graders: Fulton City School District sixth-graders recently learned an important message from guest speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan: they are the last generation to hear first-hand accounts of the effects of the Holocaust.   A survivor of the horror herself, Lazan detailed events of her childhood from her happy family memories to living in horrendous conditions in concentration camps after the Nazis tortured people who were Jewish. She painted a picture of sadness, loneliness and troubles, but said it all was necessary for the students to “understand our story and lessons learned.”   “This works because I was pretty much their age at the time,” she said, about connecting to her audience.   Lazan said that in the 1930s, life for Jews in Germany became ...
Author Aaron Reynolds Wows Fairgrieve Author Aaron Reynolds Wows Fairgrieve: Dude! Aaron Reynolds recently visited Fairgrieve Elementary School!   The children’s book author shared all about his writing process during a four-question, gameshow-style showdown with students and their teachers. During the program for fourth- through sixth-graders, each time Reynolds offered a response to the four most common frequently-asked questions, competitors were chosen to provide details about those FAQs. The fun activity helped them learn interesting facts, such as: Reynolds received 390 rejection letters before he first published a book, his writer’s room where he is inspired to write, favorite book he wrote and new books scheduled to be released.   The New York Times best-selling author’s visit served as a culmination activity to months ...
GRB STEAM showcase lets students shine GRB STEAM showcase lets students shine: G. Ray Bodley High School students revealed their creative, academic interests during the annual STEAM showcase.   Dozens of students in grades nine through 12 offered glimpses of their science, technology, engineering, arts and math achievements and abilities with various presentations, trial launches, solos, group activities and displays.   The technology wing alone welcomed students, their family members and Fulton City School District administrators to VEX robotics competitive games a catapult challenge and photography display. Teacher Eric Wasacz said students were given a choice as to which area they would like to present in, and while the rocket launches were meant to entice younger students to enroll in technology classes, upperclassmen had just as much fun trying ...
FJHS students shine in inaugural talent show FJHS students shine in inaugural talent show: Seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Fulton Junior High School showed off their comedic, acting, singing and musical talent abilities during the inaugural FJHS Talent Show.   Thirteen brave acts took center stage to entertain the crowd in the school cafeteria. Co-hosts and FJHS students Reagan LaPage and Noah Cordone infused humor into the event with jokes and puns in between each act. Callum Smith kicked off the show by singing “Roar” by Katy Perry, and later sang an acapella version of “Lost Boy” by Ruth B. before classmate Hanna Miller joined him for a rendition of “Just Like Fire” by P!nk.   Other acts included Sutter Lewin on the cello, Victoria Wolfe sang “My Immortal” by Evanescence” and Madison Majeski sang ...
Fairgrieve students receive library tech award Fairgrieve students receive library tech award: Respectful and responsible Fairgrieve Elementary School students are honored for more than their positive classroom habits.   Librarian Barb Senecal recently presented two students from each classroom in grades kindergarten through three with the Library Technology Award for their excellent effort, attitudes and respect for others in both the library and computer lab. All honorees received praise, thunderous applause and certificates of recognition from their peers, teachers and guests during a Morning Express program.   Standing in front, from left, are: Cooper Bryant, Deegan Jones, Allyana Wardhaugh, Brooklyn Kipp, Charleigh Shaffer, Alyssa Sullivan, Evan Philbin, Ruthie Niver and Brandon Wines. In the middle row, from left, are: Braylon Koval, Amador Gonzalez-Ortiz Jr., ...
Lanigan kindergartners adopt horses Lanigan kindergartners adopt horses: Kindergartners at Lanigan Elementary School are taking lessons learned and applying them to rescue horses.   The grade level’s project-based learning activity will utilize reading, writing, math, social studies, science and technology skills as the students learn all about horses, how to care for them and the important role they will have working alongside Sunshine Horses nonprofit rescue barn for retired race horses. Those classroom lessons and a recent presentation from teacher Dianne Sestak about what it takes to care for the horses at the stable served as the perfect combination of knowledge before the students voted on which horse they wanted to “adopt.”   Sestak, a volunteer at the barn, showed the little wranglers all of the materials and supplies ...
Volney students receive character education awards Volney students receive character education awards: Students who have done an outstanding job throughout the month of April at Volney Elementary School were recently honored with Principal’s Awards and On-a-Roll certificates.   During the monthly Spirit Day assembly, Principal Todd Terpening presented several students with On-a-Roll certificates because of their academic or social achievement upon setting a goal for themselves with their classroom teacher. Honorees include: kindergartners Edward Bonning, Lucas Rando and Jacob Bragg, first-graders Stefan Rupert, Ava King and Lyleah Sawyer, second-graders Wyatt Conger and Nick Richards, third-graders Myleigh Knopp, Jose Vosseller, Austin DiBartalo and Allie Deuel, fourth-graders Khloe Bergman, Hayden Smith and Jeff Landers, fifth-graders Jacob Ingersoll, James DeCare and Jaden ...
Granby 1st graders virtually travel to zoo in Kansas Granby 1st graders virtually travel to zoo in Kansas: In celebration of Granby Elementary School first-graders completing an academic unit on animals and habitats, they went on a virtual field trip to the Lee Richardson Zoo in Kansas.   The youngsters were excited to each animal, as a zoo employee explained all about their adaptations (what they have or do to survive) and the food, water, shelter and space needed for their survival. Teacher Tom Briggs said the videoconference opportunity, offered through the Distance Learning program at the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation, served as the perfect opportunity for the children to expand on their learning and use knowledge gained to ask and answer questions.   That is exactly what student Alexa DeForest did when she told the zoo employee that lakes, ponds, rivers ...
Lanigan students earn self-control awards Lanigan students earn self-control awards: Several Lanigan Elementary students were recently honored during a school assembly because of their ability to control their emotions and expressions, particularly in difficult situations.   Having that self-control in their classrooms, special areas and hallways throughout the month of April earned them a certificate of recognition and thunderous applause as each of them were called to the front of the all-purpose room. Awardees include sixth-graders: Annie Bond, Elizabeth Parrish, Abigail Horning, Vincent Salerno and Colin Moon; fifth-graders: Ryan McLoughlin, Josephine Regensburger, Landon Wakefield, Kayden Bartlett and Gabriella Mitchell; fourth-graders: Michael Holmes, Mia Corradino, Allison Mainville, Hagan Strong, Mitchell Jacobs and Fynley Chapman; third-graders: Madison Kane, ...
Fairgrieve students receive library tech awards Fairgrieve students receive library tech awards: Respectful and responsible Fairgrieve Elementary School students are honored for more than their positive classroom habits.   Librarian Barb Senecal recently presented two students from each classroom in grades kindergarten through three with the Library Technology Award for their excellent effort, attitudes and respect for others in both the library and computer lab. All honorees received praise, thunderous applause and certificates of recognition from their peers, teachers and guests during a Morning Express program.   Standing in front, from left, are: Cooper Bryant, Deegan Jones, Allyana Wardhaugh, Brooklyn Kipp, Charleigh Shaffer, Alyssa Sullivan, Evan Philbin, Ruthie Niver and Brandon Wines. In the middle row, from left, are: Braylon Koval, Amador Gonzalez-Ortiz Jr., ...



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