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Golden Spoon honors at Fairgrieve Elementary Golden Spoon honors at Fairgrieve Elementary: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently honored for exceeding expectations in the school cafeteria throughout the month of October.   Recipients of the monthly Golden Spoon honors were recognized during a Morning Express program, where they received applause, cheers and congratulatory messages from Principal Jean Sampsell, guests, classmates and teachers. For their efforts, they also were presented with a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   At Fairgrieve Elementary School, following expectations occurs in the classroom, hallways, special areas and the cafeteria throughout the school year.   Awardees pictured, from left, in the front row are: Mikayla Hilton, Nicolas Rellos, Lily Attwood, Alyssa Sullivan, Kyler Vail, Lynnae LaPage, ...
Fairgrieve introduces Safety Patrol members Fairgrieve introduces Safety Patrol members: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School sixth-graders commitment to safety has earned them a spot on the school’s coveted Safety Patrol.   Patrol advisor and Special Education teacher Anne Roberts said each member is stationed throughout various spots in the building that Principal Jean Sampsell has deemed a necessary zone where students may need reminders on hallway expectations. She encouraged the student body to listen to Safety Patrol members when they give their peers reminders of those expectations: walking quietly, staying in line and keeping hands off of lockers, staying to the right, taking one step at a time and to keep shoe laces tied.   Principal Sampsell recently introduced students in grades pre-kindergarten through six to Safety Patrol members so they know ...
Characters transform into pumpkins Characters transform into pumpkins: There are no tricks, just treats in the storybook pumpkin patches at the four Fulton City School District elementary school library media centers.   The fun Halloween and fall-themed project was spearheaded by Jessica Somers, Lanigan Elementary School librarian, who wanted to offer a creative way to involve students and their families in additional reading opportunities.   A majority of the pumpkins are designed after a favorite character or scene from a book students read with their class or on their own outside of school. Pumpkins are not carved or cut, rather decorated with colorful paint or markers at home before they were sent into school to be displayed in libraries.   Somers said pumpkins from several Lanigan students focused on how people are wonders, which ...
Harvest Festival teaches Fairgrieve students about agriculture Harvest Festival teaches Fairgrieve students about agriculture: Instead of it taking a village to raise a child, Fairgrieve Elementary’s many students worked together to raise up their community in need.   The school’s recent Harvest Festival celebrated local produce and agricultural understanding with an abundance of activities, such as fruit- and vegetable-related games, visits with rabbits, educational challenges, apple cider tasting and a lap around the track with stops at various mock vegetable stands where produce was collected to be placed in a box from each classroom.   Those boxes were reserved for the food pantry at the Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Produce was purchased from local vendors, thanks to the generosity of students and staff members who collected money during a recent Morning Express program. ...
Dental health promoted at Volney Elementary Dental health promoted at Volney Elementary: In addition to the normal curriculum materials like reading, writing and arithmetic, students at Volney Elementary School in the Fulton City School District this week got a lesson that should last a lifetime.   As part of a volunteer effort by Philadelphia, New York-based McCue Dental, students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade took part in a presentation about the best practices and benefits of dental hygiene.   “Education is huge for us,” said dental hygienist Cammie Lyndaker, who led the 45-minute presentations on Monday. “We’ll see kids come in to the dentist for their first visit with major dental issues and unfortunately, that can give off a bad vibe to visiting the dentist from the start.”   McCue Dental, which operates ...
Rocketry teaches perseverance at Volney Rocketry teaches perseverance at Volney: Lessons in science and perseverance sent several colorful rockets into the air at Volney Elementary School.   For Volney sixth-graders, the introduction to rocketry began with three Newton’s Laws of Motion: objects at rest will stay at rest, and objects in motion will stay in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an unbalanced force; force is equal to mass times execration; and for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Teacher Bill Cahill said the entire unit reached far beyond scientific measures and into lessons of perseverance and learning from failure.   Each of the sixth-grade classes studied Homer Hickam, who aimed to grow up to be a rocket engineer but had no support from his father. He persevered through his struggles to fulfill his ...
Fairgrieve teachers honor responsible students Fairgrieve teachers honor responsible students: Exhibiting responsibility throughout the month of October landed several Fairgrieve Elementary School students with a Virtue of the Month award.   The students were selected for the honor by their classroom teacher who observed them on many occasions as being responsible leaders during school. Principal Jean Sampsell praised the students for their good behavior, character and positive choices before student peers, guests and teachers applauded and cheered for the awardees. For their effort, recipients received a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   Pictured in the front row, from left, are: Cooper Bryant, Logan McDermott, Kyler Vail, Riley Reed, Kierstyn Reed, Noah Quesnell-Squairs, Hailey Niver, Maddox Collins and Travis LaClaire. In the second row, from ...
1st graders host blood drive at Volney 1st graders host blood drive at Volney: From lessons in school to watching people donate blood, Volney Elementary School first-graders could tell anyone all about the human body.   As part of the first-grade Listening and Learning unit about the body systems, the youngsters studied how the body’s components work together. They researched facts of the circulatory system, digestive system, muscular system and skeletal systems before they worked in teams to make a life-sized poster of those internal workings and a PowerPoint presentation for adult volunteers to watch as they registered to give blood.   Teacher Kathleen DeLisle said the blood drive served as the unit’s community awareness component, to which the first-graders created handmade invitations, “lifesaver” thank you notes and posters. ...
October most improved honors at Fairgrieve October most improved honors at Fairgrieve: Fairgrieve Elementary School students who have remained dedicated to working toward achieving academic or behavioral goals were recently honored with the Most Improved award.   The monthly award was given to students who were nominated by their classroom teacher for believing in themselves and persevering for a personal achievement. Awardees were recognized during a recent Morning Express program in front of their peers, teachers and guests. For their efforts, the students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   Honorees, in the front, from left, are: Alyssa Sullivan, Autumn Carpenter, Johnnie McCloud, Logan Race, Jacob Clark, Tawnee Burns, Kevin Crowder, Dominc Rellos and Christopher Smith. In the second row, from left, are: Bianna VanDeLinder, Mazam ...
Granby Elementary 1st graders host blood drive Granby Elementary 1st graders host blood drive: Granby Elementary School first-graders have worked hard to build a solid science foundation, beginning within the first couple of months of the 2017-2018 school year.   Several students became fascinated with during a recent Listening and Learning unit on the human body, in which they learned all about blood and its components, how to keep bodies healthy and the body systems: circulatory, muscular, skeletal and digestive. Teacher Elizabeth Amyot-Sturgeon said the science lessons they learn this year will help pave the way for a better understanding of biology and other sciences as they reach higher grade levels.   For now, the students were ecstatic to visit the blood drive they recently hosted. Student Caleb Simpson was so intrigued with the process he asked an American ...
Fairgrieve 6th graders soar to new heights Fairgrieve 6th graders soar to new heights: Fairgrieve Elementary School sixth-graders put their knowledge of Newton’s three Laws of Motion to the test as they launched their handmade rockets into the air, as part of a recent science lesson.   Keeping in mind those three laws: an object will remain at rest unless it’s compelled to change, velocity of an object changes when it is subjected to an external force and that for every force in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction, students designed and created their rockets with personal touches and goals of reaching sky-high limits. Teacher Kerrie Phillips said listening, teamwork, construction and several other skills aided students in their work. The rocket lesson also served as a reinforcement of many science skills the sixth-graders have learned in grades ...
Apple fun for Lanigan kindergarteners Apple fun for Lanigan kindergarteners: The delicious taste, crisp crunch, sweet smell, vibrant red and smooth texture of apples fit perfectly into the five senses unit Lanigan Elementary School kindergarteners learned ahead of their field trip to the Greco Family Farm in Oswego.   All three kindergarten classes went on a tractor ride, learned how apple cider was made and trekked through the orchard to find their most perfect apple, all while referring back to the five senses they learned in school.   Teacher Dianne Sestak said the students were well prepared for their visit, as they read several stories about apples as a class, learned about the cycle of apples and made apple crafts. After the trip the students would make applesauce together in class, she said.   Just as the classes were changing stations ...
2nd grade Community Day at Fairgrieve 2nd grade Community Day at Fairgrieve: It takes several people to help a community remain safe and prosperous.   That is what Fairgrieve Elementary School second-grade students took away from attending a recent Community Day discussion where a hairdresser, physical therapist, factory worker, police officer and firefighters spoke about their roles and responsibilities in creating a community. The event served as a culmination activity an academic unit on community.   The factory worker explained she helps make packaging for ice cream, while the physical therapist noted she helps people take care of their bodies. Hairdresser Kim Anderson told the students about her work duties and said she, too, still learns to help perfect her craft. The second-graders were ecstatic to hear all about the equipment and tools Fulton ...
Fire prevention week brings lessons to Volney Fire prevention week brings lessons to Volney: Sometimes education at Volney Elementary School occurs outside of the classroom, and that’s what transpired during a recent visit from the Volney Volunteer Fire Corporation.   In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, a handful of volunteer firefighters educated students from grades pre-kindergarten through six on the following basic measures: never hide during a fire because firefighters need to see where people are, if trapped in a room stay near the door or a window, never go back inside for an animal or toy, smoke detectors should be placed high and people should go low while exiting to a safe meeting place.   One of the most important tips Chief Adam Howard had for students was to memorize their address because if they utilize a cellular phone to call 9-1-1, they ...
Fairgrieve names respectful school citizens Fairgrieve names respectful school citizens: Fairgrieve Elementary School celebrated several, of its respectful students during a recent Morning Express program.   One child form each kindergarten through sixth-grade classroom was honored by their teacher for making a difference in their classroom by being shining examples of respectful school citizens throughout the month of September. Guests, teachers and classmates cheered and applauded as Principal Jean Sampsell called each recipient by name.   “We are very proud of you,” Sampsell said, before the students posed for a photograph and were awarded a “brag tag” for their efforts.   Attendees were also treated to the first Fourth Grade Glee Club performance of the year. Participants sang “Show Me Some Respect,” a tune about ...
Archery lesson hits the target @ FJHS Archery lesson hits the target @ FJHS: Fulton City School District seventh- and eighth-graders recently spent three weeks perfecting skills in order to reach their targets – in archery that is.   The Fulton Junior High School students broadened their opportunities to do a different activity, thanks to Physical Education teacher Scott Blackburn who brought the three-week session back to the building within the past year. Basic archery concepts learned include: safety rules, nocking the arrow on the bow string, gripping the string, standing correctly with feet shoulder-length apart, making sure one’s shooting arm is in the proper position, aiming at the target and then releasing the arrow.   Blackburn, an avid sportsman and bow hunter, said the class has provided excitement and new challenges, which ...
Fairgrieve 1st graders create kindness rocks Fairgrieve 1st graders create kindness rocks: Fairgrieve Elementary School students in Lynne Field’s first-grade classroom are creating kindness one sparkly rock at a time.   The youngsters recently spent some time talking about positive gestures that help create better communities and so Field suggested her students paint colorful designs with nice messages on them to be hidden throughout the greater Fulton community. She said the community building effort is just one example of many which will occur in her classroom throughout the 2017-2018 school year.   Field said several of her students were ecstatic to participate, as they have become familiar with the effort by painting rocks with family at home and hiding them for others to find. Students took their rocks home to hide in their neighborhoods in hopes of ...
Videoconference teaches 1st graders gross facts Videoconference teaches 1st graders gross facts: Gross!   That was the initial reaction from several Lanigan Elementary School first-graders during an interactive videoconference all about the human body. Students learned how different bodily functions help people maintain healthy bodies. Without those vital, yet not-so-dainty functions people could become ill.   The first-graders were glued to the presenter through video connection when he talked about how food gives bodies energy and it has to be chewed up well before it’s swallowed. A few excited volunteers showed how saliva helps break down food, as they chewed up- and then spit out- cheddar crackers so their classmates could see the before-and-after effect.   Giggles and groans were heard in the library media center as students learned that stomach acid ...
Expectations exceeded in September at Fairgrieve Expectations exceeded in September at Fairgrieve: Fairgrieve Elementary School students who exceeded classroom expectations throughout the month of September were recently honored during a Morning Express program.   Principal Jean Sampsell recognized several students as following classroom rules and being safe, responsible and respectful school citizens. For their efforts, awardees received a commemorative pencil and a “brag tag” to add to their collection. Their peers, teachers and guests also offered cheers and applause.   From left, in the front row, are: Rosalea Brais, Corbin Burns, Andie Kerr, Ava Corradino, Aalyah Bury, Jersey Ryder, Olivia Gonzales and Henry Keltz Primeau. In the second row, from left, are: Matthew Tice, Michael Noel, Adrianna Viscome-Rice, Jiselle Alvarez, Javante Ramacus, Olivia Tussey, ...
Respectful students honored at Volney Elementary Respectful students honored at Volney Elementary: Several Volney Elementary School students were honored for being respectful school citizens throughout the month of September.   The honorees were recognized as classroom role models during a school assembly, where Principal Todd Terpening congratulated the students on being selected by their classroom teacher for the accomplishment. The students also received a Principal’s award and thunderous applause for their efforts from teachers, classmates and guests.   Respect award winners are: Kinsley Shortslef, Alyvia Williams, Dalton Burns, Sophie Brewster, Mac Morey, Elizabeth Blake, Lila Thurlow, Collin Denson, Walker Doney, Callen Cowden, Carter White, Xavier Wicks, Emma Hutchinson, Collen Austin, Ava Pelky, Colten Norton, Nasir Noel, Laura Bartlett, Collin Cunningham ...



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