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Family  Engagement Survey Family Engagement Survey: The Family Engagement Survey, which is a part of the Local Assistance Plan process, is now available to complete either electronically or on a paper copy.  Each family is encouraged to complete the survey before April 13 th . Surveys can be taken at your child’s school or from home on-line using the following link :   Fulton City School District 2017/18 Family Engagement Survey DTSDE 2.0 Version   (Please contact your child’s school for the password if doing it at home.)  
Parent University - March 24 Parent University - March 24: Click here for more information on Parent University 2018. REGISTER TODAY
Lanigan Elementary students battle it out with books Lanigan Elementary students battle it out with books: What do you get when you combine 16 teams of students who have read 10 chapter books each and scores that reached up to 120 points?   One fantastic Battle of the Books at Lanigan Elementary School.   The annual event offered two competitions: one for Level 1 (grades three and four) and another for Level 2 (grades five and six). A large crowd of students, staff members and supporters of each participant gathered in the cafeteria to cheer and applaud teams who achieved correct answers as they wrote a key word from the book title and author name, and stated the book’s full title and author name. Eight points were awarded for that, while only five points were awarded for the correct title.   All teams in each Level competition were asked questions, beginning with ...
Kings and queens parade Volney Elementary hallways Kings and queens parade Volney Elementary hallways: All hail, the kings and queens of Volney Elementary School have commanded their subjects to bow and curtsy as they paraded in the hallways.   The royal affair was a culmination activity to a Listening and Learning unit about monarchies in Europe, fairy tales and other enchanting lessons. Upon learning about royal families in England, roles and responsibilities of kings and queens, kindergarteners practiced classic nursery rhymes, read books with teachers and celebrated with the royal parade and a tea party.   Students in grades one through six lined the hallways with their teachers to applaud the dapper young kings and their beautiful young queens. Dressed in their best suits and dresses, the kindergarteners were also adorned with crowns. When they entered the school cafeteria, ...
Fairgrieve students advance to district book battle Fairgrieve students advance to district book battle: Months of preparation, including the cover-to-cover study of 10 chapter books and all of their miniscule details, paid off for the Wonder Girls team at Fairgrieve Elementary School.   Team members Zoey Kerr, Riley Niver and Carleigh Patterson took home first-place honors in the school’s annual Level 2 Battle of the Books competition for fifth- and sixth-grade students. The girls stood out among the teams, all of which had 30 seconds to answer 16, randomly-drawn detailed questions about the books.   Eight points were awarded for the correct title and author, while only five points were awarded for the correct title. A key word from the title and author had to be written on an answer sheet, and that information had to match the team’s verbal response.   All ...
AHA receives donation from Fairgrieve AHA receives donation from Fairgrieve: Fairgrieve Elementary students recently trickled into the school gymnasium for a Morning Express program as they dropped spare change and dollars into donation canisters.   Little did they know with each monetary donation they were saving lives. That was the message that Meg Gibbons, American Heart Association Youth Market Coordinator, stressed to all students and staff in a brief presentation. She said it is because of the generosity of so many children and their teachers that other people’s hearts will stay healthy and strong. All donations will be used for research and advancements to help people lead healthier lives, she said.   Kindergartner Harlow Hayward was so proud to drop in 26 cents and contribute amongst some of her peers. Gibbons said that is what it’s ...
GRB Course Fair shares elective opportunities GRB Course Fair shares elective opportunities: G. Ray Bodley High School seniors and teachers showcased the breadth of elective opportunities for freshmen, sophomores and juniors during the inaugural GRB Course Fair.   The event was offered to help students make informed decisions about the educational path they want to take at GRB. Split into homeroom groups, students spent a half a day visiting classrooms for art, music, business, technology, Project Lead the Way, work study, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), family and consumer sciences, math English, social studies and sciences. GRB’s school counselors also provided guidance on Advanced Placement courses, the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation, and distance learning courses.   With standing room only in the family and consumer science classroom, ...
Universal PreKindergarten Registration Universal PreKindergarten Registration:   Kindergarten and Universal PreKindergarten Registration starts March 26 th , 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. located at the Fulton Education Center- Registrar’s Office- 167 S. 4 th Street. **Convenient Saturday registration will occur one day only on March 24 th from 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. at G. Ray Bodley High School during the Parent University event. Any questions, please call 315-593-5513
GRB’s LOTE Club explores the fun of Mardi Gras GRB’s LOTE Club explores the fun of Mardi Gras: What do you get when you combine masks, beads and delicious food with members of G. Ray Bodley High School’s Languages Other Than English Club? A Mardi Gras celebration.   The fun event also served as a review opportunity for students to hear more about Frasching, where some cities in Germany host large carnivals ahead of Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. As students sampled a variety of foods, German teacher Carmen Ruggio, and co-advisor of LOTE, explained the period before Lent signifies a time to celebrate with elaborate costumes, masked balls and street parties that culminates on Shrove Thursday.   Students learned the event began to help drive out winter and the ghosts of darkness who had begun to lose their powers as the sun started to warm up in spring.   ...
Golden Spoon honors at Fairgrieve for January Golden Spoon honors at Fairgrieve for January: Fairgrieve Elementary School recently honored one student from each classroom for exceeding cafeteria expectations throughout the month of January.   The recipients were presented with Golden Spoon “brag tags” because they followed directions, used manners, cleaned up after themselves, were a good cafeteria role model, avoided sharing food and made additional good choices.   Students were recognized in front of their peers during a recent Morning Express program, where they also received praise and applause from their peers and teachers. Honorees in the front row, from left, include: Madelyn Vant, Andrew Rando, Lillian Alexander, Kyleigh Perason, Schyler Ives, Henry Taylor, Kevin Crowder, Aizlyn Adkins, Dalilah Vasquez and Rose Brais. In the middle row, from left, ...
Fulton schools to launch Read to Them program Fulton schools to launch Read to Them program: One District, One Book, one mission: Read to Them.   That is the Fulton City School District’s new literacy focus for elementary school families. The district is part of a collaborative grant effort, with other area districts, which will bring the Read to Them program to students living in various Oswego County neighborhoods. For Fulton schools, a committee comprised of parents, librarians, elementary and reading teachers, instructional coaches and parent-teacher group representatives, decided “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate would be the most appealing book for its students in grades kindergarten through six.   Read to Them will help children and adults to become better readers by reading aloud, become lifelong learners, promote healthy family ...
Volney Elementary honors students for being tolerant Volney Elementary honors students for being tolerant: Several Volney Elementary students were recently honored for showing tolerance toward others throughout the month of January.   Principal Todd Terpening said the celebration of students was one a way to commend them for a job well done in their classroom, special areas and hallways.  He told recipients they proved themselves to be role models to their peers, and he commended them for creating a better learning environment for others.   He then presented the following students with a “Principal’s Award:” Viviana Reynolds, Colt Ermini, Tessa Morey, Josselyn Buske, Myleena Mintonye, Reese Ives, Tristan Caruso, Kash Stuber, Caeli Bartlett, Declan Nickerson, Nathan LaBeef, Julian Graziano, Caleb Turner, Brianna Rothrock, Ava Ditton, Tristan Graham, Tyler ...
Volney kindergartners learn about real treasure Volney kindergartners learn about real treasure: A recent Merry-Go-Round Youth Theater performance helped Volney Elementary School kindergartners track down the best treasure ever.   Actors visited the two kindergarten classrooms before the “Do You See What I See in the Sea?” interactive show to team them basic choreography to the performance’s fun songs, such as “The Seaweed Shuffle,” and to talk about what a treasure meant to them. Theater member Hannah Spaulding told students in Kathryn Rowlee’s class that while treasures sometimes can’t be seen, they are felt in people’s hearts.   That message was woven into the performance as students watched the character “Goby” go from being upset that his friend “Mackerel” moved away to reluctantly seeking help ...
NHS chapter welcomes 45 new members at GRB NHS chapter welcomes 45 new members at GRB: Forty-five G. Ray Bodley High School students proved they are committed to scholarship, leadership, character and service, all required components of the National Honor Society.   For their academic and community efforts, the students were inducted into GRB’s Joseph Campolieta Chapter of the National Honor Society during a recent ceremony in the high school auditorium. Proud parents, guardians and additional supporters flocked to the event, where they heard proud remarks from Elizabeth Conners, Fulton City School District Executive Director of Instruction & Assessment, and GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst.   “You know there is nothing more admirable than hard work and paying it forward,” Conners said.   She offered encouraging words about the students ...
Fairgrieve students awarded for showing tolerance Fairgrieve students awarded for showing tolerance: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently honored for exhibiting tolerance throughout the month of January.   Each grade-level classroom teacher selected one student to receive the school’s Virtue of the Month award because they have proven to allow the occurrence of something they do not necessarily like or agree with. Principal Jean Ciesla said the students should be proud of themselves for maintaining outstanding character and the admirable quality of tolerance. Their classmates, teachers and guests agreed, as they applauded and cheered their accomplishments during a Morning Express program in the gymnasium.   For their efforts, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection. The entire student body, along with Fairgrieve ...
GRB senior wins $1k OCMEA scholarship GRB senior wins $1k OCMEA scholarship: G. Ray Bodley High School senior Keegan Wallace’s commitment to music and the arts has earned him a $1,000 the Oswego County Music Educators' Association Scholarship.   Wallace placed first in the recent competition amongst 15 senior high school students from several school districts throughout the county. The Fulton City School District student performed “Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie” with his clarinet in front of a panel of judges before he was recognized for his stellar showing.   He and the 14 other competitors were required to be members of All-County Ensembles for at least two years. Wallace said he has participated in All-County all four years of high school. He has enjoyed playing the clarinet in GRB’s band, under the direction of GRB music ...
New Digital Learning Initiative for FCSD New Digital Learning Initiative for FCSD: The Fulton City School District has embarked on a Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) to provide digital equality as a way to empower all students with 21 st Century tools.   FCSD Technology Director Dominick Lisi said the undertaking will provide each student in grades three through 12 with a Chromebook, while the district will also explore age-appropriate solutions for students in grades kindergarten through second.   “These devices open up the world to both teachers and students which are traditionally limited by resources and classroom environments designed for 19th Century learners,” he said. “Projects like the DLI provide our young learners with the resources, tools and instructional methodologies that will help prepare them for the future.”   ...
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 ...



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