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FJHS 7th graders visit CCC for a day: Fulton Junior High School seventh-graders learned that it’s never too early to go to college.   The students spent one day immersing themselves in the Cayuga Community College experience during a recent full-day visit to the Fulton campus. Dr. Robert Humphrey, Division Chair and professor of biology at CCC, offered welcoming remarks before students were handed CCC goodie bags on their way to various breakout sessions. The seventh-graders learned about drawing with code, criminal justice, learning their own strengths and interests, a variety of writing styles, social media footprints, the threat of diseases and things that transmit them and planning for a successful life. A hands-on science demonstration in the biology lab was the most popular session, as students were able to ... more >>
Golden Spoon honors awarded to Fairgrieve students: Fairgrieve Elementary food service staff recently recognized several students who they deemed shining examples of excellent behavior in the school cafeteria.   The monthly Golden Spoon honor was given during a Morning Express program, where 26 students received cheers, applause and praise from their teachers, peers and guests. For their efforts, honorees also received a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   Sitting, from left, are: Peyton Engel, Damien Drought, Abbott Patterson, Olivia Gonzalez, Camron Zobel, Cayden Meeker, Abagail Elliott, Elijah Wilson, Kyleigh Pearson and Riley Reed. Kneeling, from left, are: Jared Gardenier, Reese Niver, Trevor Chappell, Hannah Bell, Jayceon Barber, Mya Carroll and Brian Santiago. Standing, from left, are Principal Jean ... more >>
Kindergarten registration kicks-off April: The Fulton City School District will offer kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year for children who turn five years old by Dec. 1 during the upcoming Parent University event.   Parent University will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at G. Ray Bodley High School.   Following the event, the district will officially roll out kindergarten registration on April 27 at all four elementary buildings (Volney, Fairgrieve, Granby and Lanigan) between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.   Beginning April 28, kindergarten registration will take place in the registration office, room 107, of the Fulton Education Center, 167 S. Fourth St., Fulton. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays from September to June, and from ... more >>
GRB’s Quirk’s Players: a performance for a cause: G. Ray Bodley High School senior Jeremy Herlowski has always been dedicated to his theatrical performances, and his portrayal of Uncle Fester in the Quirk’s Players recent production of “The Addams Family” was no different.   When the use of wig caps floundered, Herlowski knew there was only one way to achieve the perfect Uncle Fester bald-headed look: shave his head. Shortly before the March 9, 10 and 11 shows in GRB’s auditorium, Herlowski buzzed his hair and morphed into the quirky, uncanny character.   Just after the change in hair style, he had confided in some friends that he wished he had set up a pledge account for the St. Baldrick’s campaign to raise money to help fight childhood cancer. A local shaving event to benefit the campaign ... more >>
Lanigan students celebrate Dr. Seuss: Lanigan Elementary students and teachers celebrated Read Across America by turning their school into a version of Seussville.   The week-long event was centered on the March 2 birthday of children’s author, Dr. Seuss, as students participated in school spirit activities and reading challenges. In honor of the book, “I Can Read with My Eyes Shut,” students wore a shirt that others can read, while another day students celebrated the book, “Fox in Socks” by wearing silly socks. Students sported crazy hair styles on Whoville Hair Day, in honor of Whoville, and on Twin Day Thing 1 and Thing 2 were honored. The week concluded with a pajama day, in honor of “The Sleep Book.”   In each first-grade classroom, students related Common Core learning ... more >>
GRB students receive the golden ticket: G. Ray Bodley High School recently began a new program to recognize students in grades nine through 12 who have become shining examples at GRB.   The Golden Ticket Referral Program mirrors similar programs at the Fulton City School District Elementary buildings, which honor students who have succeeded with the district’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports initiative.   GRB students are nominated by teachers and high school staff members who recognize the freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors for showing responsibility, respect, problem-solving, safety and several character education traits throughout school grounds, inside the building and at Fulton City School District events.   At the end of each month, one name is randomly selected to become ... more >>
Game days help Volney students prepare for state test: It’s all fun and games at Volney Elementary School as its fifth-graders prepare for the upcoming New York State math exam.   In their Response to Intervention math groups, based on their academic needs, students wrote main objectives, game objectives, math problem sets, answer keys and a list of game pieces needed to play handmade board games such as “Battle of the Birds” and “That One Silly Math Game,” among several others.   Questions ranged from easy, medium and hard to help students work through and master either order of operation or multi-step problems for each game. Teacher Deborah Arden said each fifth-grade RTI group will evaluate all games and provide feedback, such as the need for clarity of directions and adjusted math answers. A ... more >>
Academic excellence celebrated at Fairgrieve: Fairgrieve Elementary School is home to dozens of academic all-stars.   Principal Jean Sampsell recently announced that over 100 students in grades kindergarten through six received academic excellence honors for the second marking period. Honorees include kindergarteners: Peyton Engel, Michael Noel, Darren Rockwell, Alina Smale, Aviana VanSanford, Jameson Hutchinson, Lynnae LaPage, Maximus Martiny, Brooklynne Reed, MacKenzie Orton, Corbin Burns, Richard Pillans II, Arianna Richardson Heaney, Jersey Ryder, Brianna Wines, Mason Shatraw, Cohan Humphrey, Max McGinley, Logan Race, Christina Walker, Lilyana Loftus and Aiden Benton.   First-grade award winners are: Tristan Caruso, Carson Horning, Taryn Murphy, Hailey Niver, Elizabeth Woods, Tawnee Burns, Kyran Fitzgerald, Andie ... more >>
GRB work study program helps make students employable: G. Ray Bodley High School has created a Career Exploration/Work-Study Learning Experience (CEWSLW) to help students obtain 21 st Century workplace skills.   The program, coordinated by teacher Mike Thurlow, is open to students in grades 11 and 12 who aim to utilize theories and skills they gathered in their classroom and apply them to real-world work environments. The CEWSLW will help students map out their futures by allowing them to explore their interests, values, strengths and weaknesses, all while acquiring credit toward graduation.   New skills gained will be applied at job sites throughout the Fulton community. Available experiences include, but are not limited to, banking, cosmetology, construction, hotel management, sports management, marketing and culinary arts. ... more >>
Fairgreive students receive golden spoon award: Exceptional behavior in Fairgreive Elementary School’s cafeteria has earned several students the coveted Golden Spoon Award.   Over two dozen students, in grades kindergarten through six, were recognized during a recent Morning Express program at the school where classmates, teachers and guests offered praise and applause for the amazing accomplishment. For their efforts, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection from Principal Jean Sampsell.   Sampsell also thanked students for exceeding expectations in the cafeteria and encouraged all students to follow suit.   Awardees sitting, from left, are: Jaden Hall, Lloyd Pierce, Kendall Todt, Natalie David, Brinley Kent, Rose Douglas, Maximus Martiny, Michael Noel, Raymond Hager and Ally ... more >>
Lanigan’s first Science Night a hit: Lava explosions, gummy bear slime and magic milk are a few of the science experiments that made for a fun Friday during Lanigan Elementary’s inaugural Science Night.   Erin Smith, Lanigan Parent Teacher Group president, said the free event was meant to engage children in learning outside of the typical classroom setting. The Pinterest-inspired experiments also included: balloon rockets, a pencil trick, floating ball activity, blooming flowers, jelly fish in a bottle and a baking soda/vinegar color experiment.   The gummy bear slime station received the most attention, with Principal Jeff Hendrickson helping students mix melted gummy bears, corn starch and powdered sugar to create gooey silly-putty-like-slime.   First-grader Kloey Merritt was amazed as she watched ... more >>
February’s expectation experts named at Fairgrieve: Throughout the month of February, several Fairgrieve Elementary students had shown their commitment to following the school’s expectations of being safe, responsible, a problem-solver and respectful.   For their efforts, the students were honored during a recent Morning Express program where they received applause and cheers from their teachers, peers and guests. Principal Jean Sampsell commended students for continuing to be role models in their classroom, the hallways and throughout the school. Each recipient received a commemorative pencil and a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   Sitting, from left, are: Holden Ingersoll, Clayton Demars, Mauricio Trejo-Bentley, Aaliyah Cox, Charleigh Shaffer, Elijah Wilson, Caden Kelsey, Austin Snyder, Michael ... more >>
NYS 3-8 exams to be offered online for some FCSD students: The Fulton City School District will offer the New York State English language arts and math exams online this year as a pilot for students in grades three and seven.   Stephanie Maturo, FCSD Director of Technology, said the district hopes the implementation will be smooth because by 2020, all of the 3-8 ELA and math exams will be completed by students online. For the upcoming ELA exam, March 27 to March 31, and the math exam, May 1 to May 5, the New York State Education Department gave school districts the option to select computerized or paper assessments for grades three and seven.   Maturo said the decision came to test Fulton City School District third-graders online because that group of students “wouldn’t know any other type of assessment.” Both the ... more >>
Honesty displayed at Fairgrieve Elementary: Fairgrieve Elementary students who have shown honesty throughout the month of February recently received the school’s Virtue of the Month award. Recognized during a Morning Express program, the honorees were commended for their ability to tell the truth in their classroom and throughout the school. For their efforts, the students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection and much applause from their peers, teachers and guests.   Sitting, from left, are: Camron Clearr, Klaire Vant, Julia Santiago, Sophia Frataccia-Wavle, Gage Wurm, Lyric Schlosser, Alyssa Sullivan, Abagail Elliott, Lysinda Roberts and Lucas Ketcham. Kneeling, from left, are: Isaiah Ross, AnnaRose O’Dett, Cassandra Wagar, Donald Belson, Austynn Milone-Grinnell, Ayden Cusic, Hunter ... more >>
Leprechaun traps are a fun STEM activity at Volney: Volney Elementary School second-graders need a little bit of luck to see their latest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) project succeed.   The students’ use of problem solving, ability to work independently and analytical thinking, among other STEM skills, to construct a trap out of recyclable materials and St. Patrick’s Day-themed embellishments will hopefully catch a leprechaun. Teacher Erin Brewster said she read four leprechaun books to her class to help give students ideas for their traps.   Brewster’s students recently joined with Rauri Downes’ students in the school library as they listened to Irish music while they constructed their masterpieces. Each student brought a sheet that listed tools and items needed for their personalized ... more >>
Tolerance shown at Fairgrieve Elementary: A fair attitude toward others’ beliefs and opinions was shown by several Fairgrieve Elementary School students throughout the month of January. Because of their efforts, those students received the Tolerance Virtue of the Month honor and a “brag tag” to add to their collection. Principal Jean Sampsell applauded their efforts and offered praise during a recent Morning Express program. Recipients in the front row, from left, are: Rebecca Johnson, Julianna Seymour, Olivia Gonzalez, Aliesha Brown, Dalilah Vasquez, Jacob Clark, Maddox Collins, Braydon Richardson-Heaney, Evan Weaver and Raymond Hager. Kneeling, from left, are: Reese Niver, Gabrielle Jardin, Antonio Tussey, A.J. Burns, Julia Frataccia-Wavle, Izaiah VanBuren, Allison Treneer and Reace Casler. Standing, from left ... more >>
Granby celebrates academic, behavior achievements: Students at Granby Elementary have made excellent strides to improve schoolwide academic and behavior performances.   During a recent school assembly, Principal Heather Witter shared data that showed 94 percent of the student body had – at most- just one major referral since the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Because the three other Fulton City School District elementary schools edged out Granby in that category, Witter encouraged all students to set a goal to be referral-free for the remainder of the school year.   Students also celebrated the news that 85 percent of the Granby Gators have attended school at least 90 percent of the time. Witter told students that increased school attendance will also lead to increased academic success. Several students said ... more >>
FCSD invites people to April 1 Parent University: The Fulton City School District has worked toward bridging communication from school to home to help increase family connections and enhance student achievement.   The district aims to accomplish that by hosting the third annual Parent University, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at G. Ray Bodley High School, 6 William Gillard Drive, Fulton. Geri Geitner, FCSD Director of Student Support Programs, said the free day of learning for FCSD staff members, parents, students and community members will showcase district programs and assist families navigate community-based services.   The third annual event will feature 30-minute breakout sessions adults may attend on topics such as the difference between conflict and bullying, the impact of social media and how to help a ... more >>
“The Addams Family” comes to GRB this week: Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the entertaining Broadway musical, “The Addams Family,” with four show-stopping performances March 9, 10 and 11 in the auditorium at GRB.   Based on characters created by Charles Addams, “The Addams Family” tells the story of young Wednesday Addams who is now grown up. She has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Wednesday has invited the boy and his parents over for dinner and begs her family for just one normal night.   GRB seniors Nick Kinney, David Houck and Jeremy Herlowski have encouraged people to figure out if Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Pugsley, Grandma and Lurch can portray a normal family for Wednesday’s beau and his parents. The guys ... more >>
Music in Our Schools Month celebrated with concerts: Fulton City School District students will showcase their vocal and instrumental talents during performances at their respective schools throughout the month of March, in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM).   According to the National Association for Music Education, MIOSM seeks to “raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children and to remind citizens that schools is where all children should have access to music.”   Throughout the Fulton City School District, musical opportunities for students are abound, from elementary band, choral and Glee Club performances to junior high school choral and musical concerts to high school concerts and musicals. Below is a list of the MIOSM concerts from each school building: ·         ... more >>

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