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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 ...
FJHS students operate pop-up restaurant for a night FJHS students operate pop-up restaurant for a night: Fulton Junior High School students recently transformed their cafeteria into a pop-up restaurant to celebrate the conclusion of the Junior Raiders Opportunity Club’s five-week, after-school cooking course.   The seventh- and eighth-grade students researched recipes, taste-tested offerings ahead of time, learned proper table etiquette and worked diligently as a team in order to pull off the delicious celebration for parents, guardians, other family members and friends. FJHS special education teacher Elizabeth Gardner and several additional adult volunteers supervised the effort.   The menu consisted of Italian wedding soup, tacos, beef stroganoff, cheese-stuffed meatloaf, lasagna roll-ups, cheesy mashed potatoes, mini cheesecakes and Russian tea cookies. Gardner also ...
FCSD to host 4th annual Parent University FCSD to host 4th annual Parent University: The Fulton City School District will host its fourth annual Parent University from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24 at G. Ray Bodley High School to help Fulton families make connections with school buildings, staff members and community agencies.   Geri Geitner, FCSD Director of Student Support Services, said the district's goal is to demonstrate that what children do during the school day prepares them for their futures and to underscore the importance of working toward future goals together.   The free event will kick-off with registration, breakfast and opening remarks, followed by four sessions.  Parents alone may choose from the following sessions: Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten, including Special Education Transitions’ Maintaining Your Grounding: Mindfulness ...
GRB releases Q2 honor rolls GRB releases Q2 honor rolls: Students at G. Ray Bodley High School who achieved honor roll and high honor roll status were recently recognized for their second quarter accomplishments.   High honor roll was awarded to students who achieved a cumulative grade point average of 89.5 or higher, while honor roll was awarded to students with a cumulative grade point average between 84.5 and 89.4.   The following freshman received high honor:  Dominic Abbott, Kaley Allen, Justin  Atwater, Nicholas Belrad, Anthony Bennett, Sidney Bradshaw, Jack Broderick, Julia Brown, Trinity Brownrigg, Cuinn Burlingham, Darly Cardona Mendez, Brandi Carr, Bryce Carroll, Paige Clark, Corinne Clarke, Sennayeawauss Clinard, Anastasia Colson-Warthen, David Cordone Jr., Caleb Dahar, Kadin Davis, Benjamin Demars, Chloe Devendorf, ...
FCSD district-wide student-led conferences to begin FCSD district-wide student-led conferences to begin: Fulton City School District students are ready to show their parents, guardians and other positive role models just how involved they are in their own education. That will be accomplished through the district's inaugural spring student-led conferences (SLCs) for students in grades kindergarten through 10. SLCs don't replace traditional parent-teacher conferences, rather, they are designed to help enhance the child-to-parent-to school communication. "This is the opportunity for your child to shine," said Deb Stuetz, FCSD school improvement coordinator. "We want you to come and support them. (SLCs) get students in the mode of advocating for themselves; they start to take ownership of their learning." Throughout the past couple of months, students have ...
Fairgrieve student council helps school, community Fairgrieve student council helps school, community: Student council members in grades three through six at Fairgrieve Elementary are making an impact beyond the walls of their school.   Caring about community and making effective changes for citizens are what the youngsters have accomplished and continue to work on throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Under the advisement of school-home liaison Ariana Suhr, third-grade teacher Laurie Merry and fourth-grade teacher Colleen Warner, the 10 members of the council have worked diligently on projects which improve the culture of their school and relationships with the community.   Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the group created laminated placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients throughout the City of Fulton. Member Julia Frataccia-Wavle and a small group of her friends ...
FJHS 7th graders attend college for a day FJHS 7th graders attend college for a day: Fulton Junior High School seventh-grade students recently packed their bags and went off to college…for one day.   The annual field trip, a collaboration of Fulton Community School, FJHS and Cayuga Community College, sought to provide the youngsters with an introduction to life beyond middle school.  As the seventh-graders walked the hallways of CCC’s Fulton campus and listened to college professors talk about their courses, Janice Scott, resource coordinator for Fulton Community School, said she was relieved to hear excitement from FJHS students. The day was important, she said, because it has paved the way for the seventh-graders to consider their future goals.   Bruce Blodgett, CCC director of admissions, said CCC could be a good fit for students and ...



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