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Student-led conferences to debut in March Student-led conferences to debut in March: Increased communication between Fulton City School District students, families and staff members is a top priority to ensure increased student achievement.   That focus is one of the six tenets FCSD has begun to utilize to improve its schools and relationships. Newly-named School Improvement Coordinator Debbie Stuetz, former Fulton Junior High School principal, has been tasked with the implementation of student-led conferences (SLCs) throughout the entire district.   “This year is our dry run,” she said.   Some teachers have offered SLCs in prior years, but this process will help streamline communications, she said. The SLCs will serve as opportunities for students to take the lead on their learning, beginning with key information placed in their data ...
Art, library collaboration at Fairgrieve Art, library collaboration at Fairgrieve: A collaboration of art and library time at Fairgrieve Elementary School prompted fifth-graders to create colorful three-dimensional architectural masterpieces.   Beginning in art teacher Kelly Allen’s classroom, students studied Paul Klee, a Swiss-German artist whose artwork shows multiple movements. The fifth-graders focused on Cubism and Klee’s piece called “Castle and the Sun,” which utilized bright shapes of various color. They learned that shapes can be combined to make new shapes and used tangrams to physically layout ideas for their artwork. Students then created two-dimensional mixed media architectural design using geometric shapes.   Upon completion of the art project, students spent an entire class in the library with librarian Barb Senecal, ...
Former FCSD student inspires Volney students Former FCSD student inspires Volney students: One piece of advice former Fulton City School District student Tim Conners would like Volney Elementary School students to remember is their character can far outweigh their circumstances.   Rising above challenges, succeeding through troubling times and believing in yourself are three key components, Conners said, to achieving dreams. Those messages were told in grade-level presentations to students in kindergarten through six, as well as a recent school-wide assembly. Conners, a Fulton native, recounted his health journey that led him from a healthy boy to a cancer patient to a blind cancer survivor.   Conners has stopped at nothing to reach his ultimate goal- hiking up to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Months of planning, preparation and teamwork afforded him ...
Granby helps students set attendance goals Granby helps students set attendance goals: Granby Elementary Principal Heather Witter is serving up slices of fun during a school-wide classroom attendance competition.   In an effort to increase attendance rates across all grade levels, Witter said students have been tasked with encouraging one another to be present and on time every day of the 2017-2018 school year. The building’s goal is to have a weekly attendance rate of 91 percent. If that goal is met, the grade levels earn a piece of pepperoni to put on their paper cut-out pizza, displayed across from the library. If the grade levels earn 10 pieces, one for each week of the marking period, they will earn a pizza party.   According to Attendance Works, reducing chronic absences and increasing attendance rates will lead to higher literacy rates and better ...
Lanigan students earn recognition in December Lanigan students earn recognition in December: Several Lanigan Elementary School students were recently recognized for expressing empathy toward others throughout the month of December.   The honorees each received a Role Model certificate during a recent assembly, where Principal Jeff Hendrickson shook their hands and commended their efforts of taking in the feelings, thoughts and attitudes of classmates and teachers. Recipients include: Vinny Salerno, Geena Abbott, Kyle Hood, Kaylee Holmes, Mia Rodriquez, Emma Stowell, Michael LaDuke, Brieonna Peabody, Devon Hamilton, Elizabeth Cantrell, Austin Garn, Evan LaBrake, Veronica Demperio, Olivia Hendrickson, Autumn Barrick, Isriella Towle, Liam Green, Ada Dumouchel, Brayden Ippolito and Susanna Horning. Additional honorees are: Addison Barrick, Lana Champion, Connor Walter, Avery ...
Granby Learning League new members Granby Learning League new members: Several Granby Elementary students were recently inducted into the school’s Learning League for exemplifying empathy throughout the month of December.   Because the students had shown recognition of others’ feelings, thoughts and attitudes, they were presented with certificates in front of their peers, teachers and guests. Understanding what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes earned the awardees the special Granby Gator honor.   Honorees include: James Fargaglia, Addison Fletcher, Sophia Gerard, Alec Rozner, Brycen Spaulding, Michael Stafford, Josslyn Barker, April Marie Carter, Aaliyah Cross, Colten Fellows, Caraline Hall, Caleb Simpson, Brooke Clohecy, Caeleb Coffey, Allison Goss, Dawn Mull, Gauge Neal, Connor Scanlon, Jakobe Vescio, Chloe ...
Empathetic students at Volney Elementary Empathetic students at Volney Elementary: Volney Elementary Principal Todd Terpening beamed with pride as he announced the names of several students chosen as classroom role models.   The honorees were recognized for exemplifying the character trait of empathy throughout the month of December. Each student was nominated by his or her teacher because they had shown sympathy for their peers and recognized others’ feelings. Terpening said the students have proven they are a great addition to their classroom and Volney Elementary.   For their efforts, a Principal’s Award was presented to the following students: Wyatt Gulliver, Serenity Root, Heath Turner, Savannah Simmons, Audrey Miller, Nicholas Childs, Izabel Flood, Makayla Clark, Braedon Prock, Josephine Smith, Cassidy Maynard, Nathan LaBeef, Saige Conger, ...
FJHS students learn how robots work FJHS students learn how robots work: Members of the Fulton Junior High School Junior Raiders Opportunity Club had the drive to succeed during their recent five-week crash course on robots.   Led by Fulton City School District teacher Jonathan Kuracina, the students developed a better understanding for how robots work and learned a simple lesson: it’s all about very specific instructions. During a recent culmination activity, students invited their family members to FJHS to show off their knowledge progress and robot projects.   As in introduction to the idea of coding, students attached popsicle sticks to their hands and were directed by one of their peers on how to tie their shoes as they were given a specific set of instructions. They also made a ‘robotic’ hand out of a stick, strings and ...
Students exceed expectations in December at Fairgrieve Students exceed expectations in December at Fairgrieve: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently recognized for exceeding classroom expectations throughout the month of December.   Accolades were given during a Morning Express program, where classmates, staff members and guests lauded the awardees for their efforts. Each grade-level teacher selected one students from his or her classroom who has served as a role model each day of the month. The students have followed directions, completed tasks on time and worked well with others, among several additional qualifications.   As a reward, those students were presented with a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   Pictured in front, from left, are Lyric Schlosser, Ella Noyes, Oliver Wheeler, Aubree Gleason, Ami Brooks, Mackenzie Orton and ...
FCSD winter concerts bring joy to holiday season FCSD winter concerts bring joy to holiday season: Supporting the arts while enriching students' lives is a key measure in the Fulton City School District educational experience.   The love of music recently came to life as G. Ray Bodley High School students performed in a winter concert featuring the concert, chamber and symphonic orchestras. Conducted by Anna Edele, the concert orchestra kicked off the event with “Alborada,” “Linus and Lucy,” “Alla Tarantella” and “Rockin’ up the Housetop.” The Viocelli chamber orchestra then played “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” “Chanukah, oy Chanukah,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Deck the Halls.” Holiday tunes, beautifully performed by the symphonic orchestra were: “A Mad ...
GRB juniors invited to New Vision meetings GRB juniors invited to New Vision meetings: Attention GRB juniors and their parents: There will be a couple of upcoming meetings about joining the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation’s New Vision program! There will be an information meeting from 9:38 to 10:04 a.m. Jan. 25 (during guided study hall) in the GRB counseling office, and at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 parents and students are invited to attend an informational meeting at SUNY Oswego's Sheldon Hall!   Applicants must be in 13 th -grade for the 2018-2019 school year and scheduled to graduate in June of 2019. Students must have achieved an attendance rate of at least 90 percent, possess at least an 85 percent un-weighted grade point average, have an acknowledged interest in health care, law and government, business or a specialized career field, prepare ...
“The Voice” contestant sings for Fairgrieve “The Voice” contestant sings for Fairgrieve: Oswego native and “The Voice” contestant Gary Carpentier recently visited Fairgrieve Elementary to share messages of perseverance and strength as he detailed his musical journey.   As soon as he was introduced by Principal Jean Sampsell, scores of students erupted in cheer as they recognized the singer from the popular music reality television show. They also applauded his main message: you can make something of yourself, even coming from a small town.   His messages were reflective of the Fulton City School District’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports initiative. Throughout his time on “The Voice” he was responsible for learning music and accepting constructive criticism and respectful of the judges’ opinions. He made it to ...
GRB announces marking period 1 honor rolls GRB announces marking period 1 honor rolls: Students at G. Ray Bodley High School who achieved honor roll and high honor roll status were recently recognized for their first quarter achievements.   High honor roll status was awarded to students who achieved a cumulative grade point average of 89.5 or higher, while honor roll status was awarded to students with a cumulative grade point average between 84.5 and 89.4.   Freshmen who achieved high honor status include: Dominic Abbott, Kaley Allen, Justin Atwater, Anthony Bennett, Sidney Bradshaw, Jack Broderick, Julia Brown, Cuinn Burlingham, Darly Cardona Mendez, Brandi Carr, Bryce Carroll, Corinne Clarke, Sennayeawauss Clinard, David Cordone Jr., Caleb Dahar, Kadin  Davis, Benjamin Demars, Chloe Devendorf, Reid  Devendorf, Aryona DiGregorio, Mitchell Donaldson, ...
Granby UPK ornament day a success Granby UPK ornament day a success: Granby Elementary School Universal-Pre-Kindergarten students combined classroom learning with the holiday spirit and created beautiful handmade ornaments for family members.   The half-day program’s annual UPK Ornament Day brought families together to see how lessons learned at school can be applied to real-life activities for some of Fulton City School District’s youngest students. Teacher Michele Long said the activities of beaded candy canes, photograph ornament, reindeer food, snowflake ornament and the Christmas countdown chain all correlated with the following skills: math, pattern development, name identification, following directions, sharing and taking turns, along with additional social and fine-motor skills.   Kelsey and Kaylin Nelson smiled, as they ...
Granby students fa-la-la to Towpath Towers Granby students fa-la-la to Towpath Towers: Several Granby Elementary students across multiple grade levels treated some of the community’s senior citizens with sounds of the season.   That was accomplished during the school’s annual tradition of caroling at Towpath Towers, a senior apartment complex in Fulton. Classes took turns traveling to the building and packed into the community room to sing classic holiday tunes for the residents.   Decked out in Santa hats and holiday attire, students used their best voices to spread holiday cheer. They also distributed handmade cards and sugar-free chocolates to help the attendees have a joyous holiday.  
Lanigan welcomes kindness, 93Q DJs Ted and Amy Lanigan welcomes kindness, 93Q DJs Ted and Amy: A little kindness has gone a long way for Lanigan Elementary School students.   Caring hearts of hundreds of students and staff members at Lanigan led to the collection of a few hundred non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Central New York, strengthened friendships and messages of positivity throughout the building.   The movement began with the book, “Wonder,” about a boy with a facial difference who just wants to be treated like other children. Lessons of acceptance, love and kindness took on lives of their own, spreading like wildfire with students in grades kindergarten through six. Librarian Jessica Somers said random acts of kindness have occurred throughout the school. The food collection was spearheaded by students in Karrie Schremp’s first-grade ...
Fairgrieve students show gratitude in november Fairgrieve students show gratitude in november: Several students at Fairgrieve Elementary School were recently honored for having grateful hearts.   They received recognition during a recent Morning Express program where they were showered with appreciation themselves for being fine examples of showing thanks in their classroom throughout the month of November. Principal Jean Sampsell congratulated them on their achievements before their classmates, teachers and guests offered applause and cheers.   For their efforts, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   Recipients, in the front row, from left, are: Elayna Prince, Kaydon Lenz, Wesely Foster, Eddie Ramirez-Abrams, Lilliana Noel, Abagail Elliott, Kace Brais, Dalilah Vasquez and Raymond Hager II.  In the second row, from left, ...
FCSD grad educates Fairgrieve students about weather FCSD grad educates Fairgrieve students about weather: The forecast for student success within the Fulton City School District is clear with a chance of landing a great career.   That is exactly what G. Ray Bodley High School graduate Carson Metcalf proved when he took his passion for weather and transformed that into his life-long dream of becoming a meteorologist. He told Fairgrieve Elementary School students briefly about his journey during a recent Morning Express program before he further explained the commitment, education and drive it took to succeed.   “Predicting the future is one of the things I do; it’s so cool,” Metcalf said.   He stressed how important his attentiveness to math and science was in order for him to achieve his goals and how Fulton City School District’s character education ...
Lanigan hosts Learning Café Lanigan hosts Learning Café: Lanigan Elementary School has served up understanding and reinforcement of a growth mindset at home during its initial Learning Cafés of the 2017-2018 school year.   Family members or those who have supported students were invited to join Lanigan students for lunch at the cafés before students dispersed for recess as the adults received learning target information from Principal Jeff Hendrickson, School-Home Liaison Tammy Sheldon and Instructional Coach Jennifer Reese.   Hendrickson stressed the importance of a growth mindset, where the focus on accolades shift from achievement to effort. The transition, he said, is to better support and encourage students. An effort-based example, he said, is for students to recognize that “I’m good at math because ...
Responsibility awards given at Volney Elementary Responsibility awards given at Volney Elementary: Volney Elementary students who have shown responsibility throughout the month of October were recently awarded with the school’s Virtue of the Month honors.   A recipient from each classroom was presented with a Principal’s Award for having shown responsible behavior in the classroom, hallways, special areas and the cafeteria. Principal Todd Terpening said because of each honored student’s actions, Volney has become a better place to learn. He then presented all 19 children with their award before they received cheers and applause from classmates, teachers and guests.   Principal’s Award recipients are: Ava Thurlow, Anthony Finch, Myleigh Knopp, Rowen Cowden, Grace Garrison, Deven Smith, Ethan Gilbert, Sadie Davis, Bryana Stanard, Juliet Schnall, ...



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