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Career Day at Granby a hit: At Granby Elementary School, it’s never too late for students to start thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.   Community agencies and businesses volunteered to participate in the school’s Career Day to expose several potential career options to kindergarteners to sixth-graders. Students were divided into groups based on future aspirations, including: fitness, sales, cars, cosmetology, theater, justice, banking, social work, massage therapy, police, firefighting and dancing, among several other options.   In each session, students were engaged in conversation with the special presenters and asked questions related to their line of work, educational background required and how they got into their profession.   Several students learn about ... more >>
Fairgrieve honors outstanding student citizens: The outstanding character of several Fairgrieve Elementary students was highlighted during a recent Morning Express program honoring them with the school’s Virtue of the Month award.   Twenty-six students were recognized by their teachers because they exhibited citizenship throughout the month of June. Their impressive behavior and commitment to responsibilities earned the students the special classroom honor.   For their efforts, the students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection, as well as praise and applause from their peers, guests and Fairgrieve staff members. Principal Jean Sampsell commended each recipient for being good role models and amazing school citizens.   All students and teachers were treated to the Fourth Grade Glee ... more >>
Granby UPK students are movin' on up: Several Fulton City School District Elementary School UPK programs recently held moving up ceremonies, which signified the beginning of the students' educational foundation within the district. Below are some photos from a few of the year-end celebrations.       Granby Pinnacle UPK celebration                                                     Fairgrieve Head Start/UPK year-end celebration            Both of these photos are from the moving up ceremony at Volney Elementary School.   more >>
Fairgrieve Elementary gives Most Improved honors: Students at Fairgrieve Elementary School who put forth their best effort across the board throughout the month of June received the Most Improved award.   One student from each classroom was selected for the honor because they made excellent strides with academic and/or behavioral goals. They proved that hard work truly does pay off!   In the front row, from left, are: Nathaniel Halligan, Kevin Crowder, Aaron Burdick, Tristan Caruso, Lily-Louise Bentley, Richard Calkins, Ryan Spara, Karson King and Charlie Townsend. In the second row, from left, are: Isaiah Lorraine, William Duso, Connor Galvin, Alyssa Durval, John Vincent, Julianna Seymour and Emma Orr. In the back row, from left, are Alexis Durval, Frederick Pagan, Astoria Reynolds, Sean Wright, Joseph Cortini, Bianna VanDelinder ... more >>
Principal’s Award winners announced at Fairgrieve: Fairgrieve Elementary students who experienced academic and/or behavioral gains and exceeded school expectations throughout marking period 4 received a Principal’s Award.   The proven role models received special recognition medals during a Morning Express program at the school earlier this month. The quarterly award recognized one student from each Fairgrieve classroom who has gone above and beyond during the final stretch of the 2016-217 school year. Principal Jean Sampsell commended each student for being shining examples for their peers.   Sitting, from left, are: Elizabeth Woods, Tawnee Burns, Myla Leggett, Alea Runge, Brinley Kent, Nathan Smith, Rosalea Brais, Jameson Hutchinson, Arianna Richardson Heaney and Austin Snyder. Kneeling, from left, are: Jayce Wornick, ... more >>
GRB students learn lesson in overcoming adversity: At G. Ray Bodley High School, English class has become more than reading literature and writing papers; it has taught several studies about overcoming adversities.   That was the concluding lesson to a recent academic unit in Ami LaDuc’s English 11 Honors class. The students read beautifully written books, such as “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck and “Farenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury before all participants were asked to find a story about overcoming adversity much like characters of those books did. LaDuc encouraged students to dig deeply for a message in a book that resonated with them and students then shared that with the class.   “Most of ... more >>
Fairgrieve’s top Accelerated Readers earn special honors: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently honored for reading with PIZZAzz throughout the 2016-2017 school year.   The school’s top point earners with the Accelerated Reader program earned a minimum of 100 points and scored a minimum of 80 points on each Accelerated Reader test in order to participate in the annual Pizza with the Principal celebration. For their efforts, students were treated to a personal pan pizza and a drink at Pizza Hut, followed by a tour of the kitchen where they learned how the pizzas were made. Accompanied by Principal Jean Sampsell, Library Media Specialist Barb Senecal and library staff members, the students enjoyed the tasty meal and discussed ideas for next year’s Accelerated Reader theme.   This year’s pizza-themed ... more >>
Accelerated Readers celebrate goals: Fairgrieve Elementary students who met or exceeded their Accelerated Reader goals for the 2016-2017 school year were rewarded with an afternoon of fun.   The school’s annual Accelerated Reader Festival celebrated the accomplishments of each student in first through sixth grade who achieved a personal or AR goal. Library Media Specialist Barb Senecal said students who met their goals received one prize, but if it was doubled, they were awarded two prizes, and so on. Students who were invited to the event also maintained an average of 80 or higher on their Accelerated Reader tests.   All festival activities centered on this year’s Accelerated Reader theme of “Read with PIZZAzz.” A photo booth featured fun props, including a slice of pepperoni pizza, ... more >>
Fairgrieve’s Teddy Bear Picnic celebrates reading: Fairgrieve Elementary School first-graders celebrated the end of the 2016-2017 school year with teddy bear hugs and library love.   Library Media Specialist Barb Senecal recently hosted the school’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic for first-grade students, as a celebration of their reading accomplishments. To escape the heat, the picnic was moved to inside the library where tables decorated with the red and white checkered picnic-style table cloths filled with young students who enjoyed a provided lunch of either a ham or turkey sandwich, potato chips and a drink. The students’ cuddly stuffed animals accompanied them on their lunch and received lots of hugs.   The first-graders were treated to a Teddy Bear Picnic song, popsicles and congratulatory wishes on their reading ... more >>
GRB names valedictorian, salutatorian: One hundred percent effort, all of the time.   That’s what G. Ray Bodley High School valedictorian Aryelle Barbagallo and salutatorian Megan Nicholson said earned them overall weighted grade point averages of 101.37 and 100.77, respectively. The pair said discipline, hard work, the drive to succeed and a healthy support system all contributed to them being named the top two Class of 2017 students.   For Aryelle, academic achievement was all about not going to bed unless homework was done.   “I work hard,” she said, as she admitted to even studying on the bus ride from GRB to her New Vision Allied Health classes at SUNY Oswego.   The balance of managing time wisely came with re-focusing herself every half an hour to make sure she stayed ... more >>
GRB celebrates high honor graduates: G. Ray Bodley High School seniors who will walk across the stage on June 24 have earned a four-year cumulative average of at least 89.5.   That academic feat has earned 75 students with high honors. For their efforts, the students were recognized during the recent 2017 High Honor Graduate Banquet where they enjoyed a meal catered by Blue Moon Grill, followed by encouraging and congratulatory words from guests, Fulton City School District administrators and guests.                                                                ... more >>
Fairgrieve honors outstanding student citizens: The outstanding character of several Fairgrieve Elementary students was highlighted during a recent Morning Express program honoring them with the school’s Virtue of the Month award.   Twenty-six students were recognized by their teachers because they exhibited citizenship throughout the month of June. Their impressive behavior and commitment to responsibilities earned the students the special classroom honor.   For their efforts, the students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection, as well as praise and applause from their peers, guests and Fairgrieve staff members. Principal Jean Sampsell commended each recipient for being good role models and amazing school citizens.   All students and teachers were treated to the Fourth Grade Glee ... more >>
GRB senior athletes receive year-end honors: After G. Ray Bodley’s graduation ceremony, the Fulton community will say goodbye to 87 athletes who spent their high school years achieving success in sports.   The 2017 senior athletes were honored during the Fulton Athletic Booster Club’s annual senior recognition banquet, held recently at The Oasis. As each senior athlete paraded alphabetically into the packed reception area, they were met with thunderous applause and cheers from guests, school administrators and Booster Club supporters. Club President Dan Shue said it will be sad to see the talent move on, while Fulton City School District Athletic Director Christopher Ells shared top individual and team honors.   After a delicious buffet-style dinner, guest speaker Mike Kitts, a GRB graduate and current head ... more >>
Over $1.1 million in scholarships awarded to GRB students: G. Ray Bodley students were awarded scholarships totaling more than $1.1 million during the high school’s annual Academic Awards Evening.   While the monetary awards were given or promised based on completion of eligibility criteria to juniors and seniors, students who are freshmen and sophomores also received recognition for their academic achievement and outstanding character.   The celebratory night opened with students Madison Lang, Jasmine James, Anna-Carole Samson and Leah O’Hanlon playing string instruments, followed by the National Anthem sung by the GRB Concert Choir. Honorees and their guests filled the GRB auditorium as Principal Donna Parkhurst offered students praise and congratulatory wishes on their achievements. She commended them as stellar examples ... more >>
Volney guest encourages reading: With the end of the 2016-2017 school year approaching, local story reader Jim McKenna encouraged Volney Elementary students to remember one thing: good books are everywhere.   He emphasized emotion and actions as he read aloud the first chapter of “How to Steal a Dog” by Barbara O’Connor and a couple of short stories to students in grades kindergarten through six. Students learned that finding solutions to problems are in nearly every book, along with several other life lessons.   His visit to Volney helped promote literacy and a love of reading. That is something the Fulton City School District has encouraged to help avoid the “summer slide,” which is when students lose academic skills over the summer when school is not in session. McKenna ... more >>
Music teaches tolerance to Volney students: Volney Elementary students had a rockin’ good time during a recent “Promoting Tolerance Thru Music” performance at the school.   Johnny Bletch, drummer for local band Frostbit Blue, and Jim Eckert, lead guitar player for local band Jolly Roger, teamed up to teach Volney students that if you give something new – such as music, friends or school work- a chance, that one new thing could possibly change your life. The pair played rock, blues, country, jazz, Latin, funk and reggae music styles as students cheered, swayed and clapped to the beats.   The program taught students to be open-minded about things or people they are not familiar with, which served as an encouraging message about tolerance, the school’s character education trait for the month ... more >>
Students earn effort awards at Volney Elementary: Volney Elementary students who have shown great effort academically or behaviorally throughout May were recently honored with the school’s Virtue of the Month Award.   All 20 recipients were nominated for the honor by their classroom teacher and received congratulatory remarks from Principal Todd Terpening. For their efforts, the students received a Principal’s Award and much praise and applause from teachers, classmates and guests during a school assembly.   Principal Terpening said each honoree has made the school a better place to learn and he looks forward to hearing more great things from the students in the future. He commended parents and guardians for encouraging and supporting students at home to help them achieve success at school. Principal Terpening ... more >>
Meet Chris Leece: Incoming FJHS Principal: The Fulton Junior High School will have a familiar face in charge when Christopher Leece assumes principal duties on July 1.   While he began his Fulton City School District career as an FJHS science teacher from 2004 to 2012, Leece climbed the educational ladder to serve as the alternative education program coordinator from 2012 to 2013 and as a science teacher and science department chairman at G. Ray Bodley High School from 2013 to present.   Leece obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in secondary education from SUNY Oswego. After he taught for over a decade, Leece wanted to make a wider impact on students. He then received a Certificate of Advanced Study so he could take on an administrative role. Having been in Futon for 14 years, ... more >>
May expectation experts named at Fairgrieve Elementary: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently named expectation experts for the month of May.   The group was commended during a recent Morning Express program where they received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and applause from guests, teachers and peers. Honorees were nominated by their teacher for exhibiting the school’s core expectations throughout the classroom and the school hallways.   Sitting, from left, are awardees: Gabriella Gardner, Skyler Perkins, Matthew Tice, Madison Allen, Selia Cook, Julissa Holley, Kaylee Halstead, Dominic Rellos, Marquis Andrews and Peyton Blair. Kneeling, from left, are: Lillian Cunningham, Gage Brown, Donald Belson, Antonio Tussey, Dante Heaney, Domenic Stevens, Dominic Harris and Tanner Shear. ... more >>
Lanigan students earn effort awards: Several Lanigan Elementary School students were honored during a recent school assembly for exhibiting effort throughout the month of May.   One student from each classroom was selected by their teacher for the honor, which offered praise and gratitude for the children that never gave up and pushed themselves toward achieving academic or behavioral goals.   For their effort, the students received a congratulatory certificate and applause from their peers, Lanigan staff members and special guests. The effort award is one of 10 monthly character trait awards given out during the 2016-2017 school year.   First-grade recipients were absent during the assembly, due to a field trip, but they will be honored during June’s assembly. Also honored were select students ... more >>



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