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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., ...
March Expectation Experts named at Fairgrieve March Expectation Experts named at Fairgrieve: Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Sampsell recently recognized several Expectation Experts for the month of March.   Honored during a Morning Express program in front of their peers, teachers and guests, the award winners received both praise and thunderous applause for being proven classroom role models.  For their efforts, the students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   In front, from left, are: Ethan Hatter, Riley Reed, Chase Ilacqua, Francis Davis, Jersey Ryder, Nathan Longok, Noah Quesnell-Squairs, Hailey Niver, Alea Runge and Niyah Humphrey. In the second row, from left, are Principal Sampsell and students: Jacob Goss, Kendall Brooks, Graciela Vasquez, Emma Seymour-Wright, Kiara Thompson and Dominic Harris.  In back, ...
Granby Science Night attracts a crowd Granby Science Night attracts a crowd: Slime, non-Newtonian liquid, water-filled plastic beakers and a milk molecule experiment were just a few of the science stations that attracted dozens of families to the Granby Elementary School Parent-Teacher Group’s inaugural Science Night.   Held recently in the school cafeteria, attendees enjoyed about 14 stations of hands-on activities to explore how science is fun. PTG co-president Fallon Cooper said several Granby parents and teachers were looking for new ways to get the students, in grades pre-kindergarten through six, interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) topics.   “Hopefully when they go home now, their parents will do science experiments at home with them too,” she said.   The slime station was the most popular ...
Jared Campbell inspires Lanigan Elementary Jared Campbell inspires Lanigan Elementary: Words can hurt, but they can also heal.   That was one of several positive messages singer/songwriter Jared Campbell offered during his performances at Lanigan Elementary School. He led uplifting discussions, with students in grades kindergarten through six, about overcoming odds, spreading kindness and lending a helping hand when peers and adults go through a rough time in their life.   Words, especially when combined with feel-good music, can help turn people’s days around, he said. Lanigan staff members rocked out with him singing “Livin’ on a Prayer,” before students heard Campbell talk about the soundtrack of lives. Songs often reflect key moments in one’s life.   His song, “January Snow,” about a girl who was picked ...
Perseverance exhibited at Volney, students honored Perseverance exhibited at Volney, students honored: Because several Volney Elementary School students haven’t let any obstacle stand in the way of their success, they were recently recognized as monthly classroom role models.   Throughout the month of March, 18 students stood out to their classroom teachers, who nominated them for exhibiting perseverance. The character education trait is something Principal Todd Terpening, and the rest of the Volney Viking teaching staff, continuously promote at the school. The following students received Principal’s Award certificates as they were recognized for never giving up, even when their school work or a social situation was tough: Isabella Austin, Abigail Janes, Hayden Crofot, Marcus Collar, Seth Potter, Brydon Taber, Brooke Bowering, Corban Becker, Nathanael Havens, Payton Parkhurst, ...
FCSD’s 4th annual Parent University a hit FCSD’s 4th annual Parent University a hit: Fulton City School District’s goal to increase family engagement occurred with the Crofoot family even before the youngest Crofoot began his FCSD educational journey.   Mom Leah Crofoot said she took her son, Ian, to the district’s annual Parent University event at G. Ray Bodley High School to enroll him in FCSD’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. What she got in return reached far beyond a classroom for 4-year-olds. The Crofoots worked side-by-side, prepping a make-and-take vegetable and sausage meal, visited partner agencies at the community resource fair and checked out several family sessions.   Carri Waloven, FCSD Director of Literacy and UPK, said several families registered their 4-year-olds for the 2018-2019 first-come, first-serve program because ...
Robotics events prove successful for GRB teams Robotics events prove successful for GRB teams: G. Ray Bodley High School robotics competitors have fared well in recent technology and engineering battles.   In the Northern New York State High School VEX Championship, GRB’s Team 6911A finished the technology qualification rounds in fifth place, with five wins and two losses. Fierce competition amongst the 67 other teams also brought GRB’s Team 6911B a seventh-place finish in the engineering qualification rounds, with six wins and one loss. Team 6911C took home ninth-place with five wins and two losses.   Advisor Mike Thurlow said that in the finals, Team 6911A showed their skill level in a tough battle, as they were paired with the Brewerton Boy Scouts and a team from Elmira, but lost by just one point. While only one point prevented the GRB team from advancing ...
Perseverance honored at Fairgrieve Elementary Perseverance honored at Fairgrieve Elementary: Fairgrieve Elementary School recently celebrated one student from each classroom who exhibited perseverance throughout the month of March.   Principal Jean Sampsell honored 24 students in kindergarten through grade six with the Virtue of the Month award because “they never gave up and persevered through an academic, behavioral or social situation in class.” For their efforts, each recipient received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and thunderous applause from classmates, teachers and guests during a Morning Express program.   The Fourth Grade Glee Club continued the celebration with a performance of “Get Back up Again,” from the hit movie, “Trolls.” Director Hope Lawton, accompanied by teacher Justin Johnson playing ...
Lanigan offers Dr. Seuss reading challenge Lanigan offers Dr. Seuss reading challenge: Lanigan Elementary School students: if you complete the I Can Read for 20 Hours challenge, “Oh the Places You’ll Go.”   In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ recent birthday and Read Across America Week, librarian Jessica Somers has offered the reading challenge to encourage extra reading time, promote literacy and show Lanigan Eagles that reading is a fun activity. Participation is easy; for every 20 minutes a Lanigan student reads, he or she should color one stripe of a “Cat in the Hat” hat on the challenge’s reading log. Once all hats are colored, the 20 hours are complete.   Somers said children don’t have to stop there; they can keep on reading until the contest ends March 15. Even after that date, she said she hopes students will ...
Silver Knights offer perseverance lesson Silver Knights offer perseverance lesson: Perseverance is not giving up when you feel defeated.   That was the message Syracuse Silver Knights professional indoor soccer players Andrew Coughlin and Ben Ramin gave to Volney Elementary, as an introduction to the school’s Virtue of the Month for March. The pair related having perseverance through their games and careers as soccer players to the students’ school work or life goals.   “The road isn’t easy,” Coughlin said. “There were times I thought, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’ I had two choices: give up or persevere.”   He said sticking through something when success doesn’t come immediately will provide Volney students life lessons, just as he has had on his soccer journey. Coughlin detailed ...
“Annie” inspires young Fulton students “Annie” inspires young Fulton students: The Quirk’s Players at G. Ray Bodley High School know how to put on a top-notch performance and captivate a young audience.   Tom Briggs, director of the recent Quirk’s Players musical, “Annie,” said the decades-old tradition of showcasing select scenes from their productions has been successful twofold. It prepares the actors, actresses and crew for their public performances and opens up the world of theater to several young children. This year’s production was a special treat for Fulton City School District’s elementary students, as they were able to see some of their classmates perform as orphans residing in Agatha Hannigan’s New York City apartment.   Volney Elementary sixth-graders were able to see their peer Jaya Whitehead star ...
Lanigan 4th graders enjoy Bricks 4 Kidz Lanigan 4th graders enjoy Bricks 4 Kidz: Lanigan Elementary fourth-graders have strengthened their science knowledge one Lego at a time.   The school recently welcomed the Bricks 4 Kidz program to further expose the students to the fundamentals of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. The six-week program enabled the fourth-graders to utilize several life skills, such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, adaptability, cooperation, focus and time management as they built various simple machines using Legos.   Fourth-grade teacher Tracy Waldron said the Bricks 4 Kidz program perfectly paired with the science curriculum, which offered instruction on gears, pulleys, wedges, inclined planes and additional simple machine information. The hands-on experience was an added bonus and helped reinforce ...
GRB hosts annual Career Day GRB hosts annual Career Day: G. Ray Bodley High School’s annual Career Day brought several people – and a dog – together to expose the students in grades nine through 12 to pathways toward a future career.   While representatives from the fields of law enforcement, hospitality, military, cosmetology, media and athletics, among several others, spoke about their individual journeys, a majority of them had one common theme: consider the best educational courses now. Several guest speakers suggested the students get a jump start on the foundational knowledge of a potential future career to become better immersed in required studies beyond high school graduation.   “It’s about being well-rounded and it starts now,” said Melissa Lewis, a special agent with the Federal Bureau ...
Fairgrieve’s CHOMPERS program going strong Fairgrieve’s CHOMPERS program going strong: Convenience + cleanings = CHOMPERS.   In its second year, the dental program at Fairgrieve Elementary has offered a variety of in-school dental hygiene services for students, without having to be excused from the building. Dental hygienist Jessica Overton said she sees an average of 13 student patients each day appointments are offered and since she has more availability, she would like to accommodate more children in order to work at Fairgrieve on a regular weekly basis.   A huge benefit, she said, is students in grades pre-kindergarten through six only step away from their classroom for about 20 minutes. There’s no transportation time and no wait time, as there typically is in a traditional dental setting.   About 25 percent of the student body has visited ...
Science excites at Fulton UPK Family Night Science excites at Fulton UPK Family Night: Fulton City School District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten students were full of wonder, amazement and excitement at each station during the recent UPK Family Night.   The program’s quarterly event focused on science this time around, providing Fulton’s youngest students with hands-on experiments relating to some of the science lessons woven into their Listen and Learning academic units.   Granby Elementary UPK teacher Michelle Long helped lead a flower color-changing activity where UPK students and their siblings selected a white carnation, a half-filled bottle of water and chose a color to dye the water. Using their math skills, they counted each of the 10 drops out and then placed the carnation, stem-first into the bottle. Long said as the flowers rest ...
Fairgrieve honors February expectation experts Fairgrieve honors February expectation experts: Fairgrieve Elementary School teachers recently honored one student from each of their classrooms for exceeding expectations throughout the month of February.   Those students received the school’s Virtue of the Month honor and were deemed Expectation Experts during a special portion of one of the school’s recent Morning Express programs. For their efforts, the students received a commemorative pencil and a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   Honorees in front, from left, are: Adriana Snyder, David Douglas, Evan Weaver, Hunter Hotaling, Leiland Guillaume, Rebecca Johnson, Lilyana Hall and Max Harrington. In the second row, from left, are: Nevaeh Blowers, Emily Ilacqua, Patrick Brooks, Ava Greeney, John Vincent and Xander Belson. In back, from left, ...
Granby students are ready to read Granby students are ready to read: Granby Elementary School kicked off Read Across America Week by offering every student a brand new book.   Throughout the school day on Feb. 26, each classroom visited a variety of tables set up outside of the library, where books of various reading levels were displayed for the youngsters to browse and select one to keep.   According to the National Education Association, children who read frequently develop stronger reading skills and become more proficient over time. Granby Elementary Principal Heather Witter said she and the reading staff were proud to offer such a positive promotion of literacy. The kickoff was the perfect beginning to the school’s Read Across America spirit week, where each day students have been encouraged to participate in something fun: read ...
FCSD UPK, kindergarten registration open March 24 FCSD UPK, kindergarten registration open March 24: The Fulton City School District has announced open kindergarten and universal pre-kindergarten registration, beginning March 24.   As part of the annual FCSD Parent University event, on-site registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24 at G. Ray Bodley High School. After that date, kindergarten and UPK registration will be available through the district’s central registrar. That office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays at the Fulton Education Center, 167 South Fourth Street, Fulton.   Parents whose children turn five years old by Dec. 1 are invited enroll their child in the kindergarten program. Universal pre-kindergarten is for children who will turn four years old by Dec. 1.   When registering a new student, please bring the ...
Honesty, goal-setting bring Volney students recognition Honesty, goal-setting bring Volney students recognition: Volney Elementary School is full of honest children.   It was a difficult task, but each classroom teacher narrowed their selections down to one student to receive a Classroom Role Model Award for exhibiting honesty throughout the month of February.   All 19 recipients received special recognition during a school assembly, in which parents, guardians and others also attended. Principal Todd Terpening happily presented the following students with a Principal’s Award: Alina Izyk, Cooper Lavallee, Cadence Nipper, Cole Christie, Aiden Neal, Kenadie Hart, Emilyn Moshier, Arianna Burden, Hannah Wells, Chase Clark, Corbin Hayes, Nathaniel Osborne, Holly Cornell, Hyle Stuber, Carter Zimmerman, Nasir Noel, Abbigail Gist, Sara Belrad and Ellie Parkhurst.   He also recognized ...
Lanigan Elementary creates kindness culture Lanigan Elementary creates kindness culture: Spread kindness like confetti.   While many people have heard of that saying, the students and staff members at Lanigan Elementary School have lived it each day of the 2017-2018 school year. Kindness, along with inclusion, acceptance and self-love have spread like wildfire throughout the school as a culture of compassion has been embraced by all Lanigan Eagles.   Much of the buzz surrounding the positive vibes have followed after students in grades kindergarten through six read “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio. Younger students related to a picture book, while older students read the chapter book but the story was the same: August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to mainstream school until he was in fifth-grade. The story is told ...



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