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FCSD capital project enters substantially-completed phase FCSD capital project enters substantially-completed phase: The Fulton City School District is proud to inform the community that the district-wide capital project has moved into the substantially-completed phase.   Jerry Seguin, FCSD Director of Facilities, Operations and Transportation, said the two parking lots have been replaced at Fairgrieve Elementary so drivers can expect smoother rides in both locations. Another completed paving project is at Lanigan Elementary, where the North lot was re-done. New light poles also were installed in front of the building.   Energy efficiency will occur at the Fulton Junior High School, thanks to the replacement of several windows in the library media center, cafeteria and near some stairwells. Window replacement also occurred in the library media center at Granby Elementary School and new ...
GRB Seminar course supports 9th, 10th graders GRB Seminar course supports 9th, 10th graders:
Lanigan’s annual Block Party attracts crowd Lanigan’s annual Block Party attracts crowd: Lanigan Elementary knows how to party – and create an inviting environment for all.   That was apparent during the school’s recent Block Party and open house events, which drew several hundred extended Lanigan family members together.   Guests enjoyed a picnic-style dinner, served by Principal Jeff Hendrickson and staff members. Music played as attendees visited stations from school and community partners, including a popular face painter who transformed Lanigan student into butterflies, tigers, monsters and other characters. The school’s sixth-graders also attracted quite the crowd as they launched their handmade rockets after having learned about rocket science and the rocket’s components in class.   Students and their families were encouraged ...
FCSD continues its Community Giving Project FCSD continues its Community Giving Project: Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, the Fulton City School District will continue its Community Giving Project, which places pertinent supplies into the hands of its students and community members in need.   Students, staff members and community members are all invited to participate in this joyous display of togetherness, as collection boxes will be placed at each school building. FCSD will coordinate with community partner agencies to maximize its reach.   The following items will be collected each month: hats and mittens in October, shoes and boots in November, hoodies in December, non-perishable food in January, books in February, socks in March, hygiene products in April, toys and games in May and school supplies in June.  
Granby students hear positive message through song Granby students hear positive message through song: A small amount of positivity can go a long way.   That was the message from singer/songwriter Jared Campbell, who recently performed at Granby Elementary School. During his performance for students in grades kindergarten through two, students learned through song that they don’t have to play sports in order to be a good sport. Before students clapped and sang along to songs about self-acceptance and kindness, they learned three important rules: play by the rules, be a team player and have a good attitude.   Once children learn to do the right things daily, they become their own superhero, Campbell said. As loud as could be, the group of students sang “I want to be a superhero, bringing trouble down to zero,” a message that will stay at Granby throughout ...
FCSD utilizes BoardDocs to save resources FCSD utilizes BoardDocs to save resources: The Fulton City School District (FCSD) Board of Education is committed to increased communication and transparency, and has worked toward accomplishing that through use of BoardDocs.   BoardDocs, a paperless meeting technology, eases the preparation of meeting materials, board packets and public access to non-confidential meeting information. FCSD BOE members now utilize iPads during meetings to pull up information electronically.  Use of this technology will, ideally, also enable FCSD BOE members and staff members to save time and resources, therefore passing on cost savings to school district taxpayers. Time spent compiling board packets by hand and associated printing costs will be eliminated.   “The Fulton CSD BOE finds BoardDocs to be much more user friendly ...
Coffee & Conversation new at FJHS Coffee & Conversation new at FJHS: The Fulton Junior High School and Fulton Community School have teamed up to reach a goal of increasing family support and engagement through the new Coffee & Conversation sessions.   FJHS Principal Chris Leece said because he is a new principal, he aims to find ways to talk with parents of junior high school families about what is going well in the school and what could be improved.   “Our goal is to provide an opportunity for parents to receive information and ask questions of key junior high staff throughout the year,” he said.   The first session on Oct. 11 will include FJHS highlights from Leece, an overview of the first five weeks of school and making sure parents have access to School Tool for important school information about their child, ...
FCSD hosts attendance awareness event FCSD hosts attendance awareness event: Dozens of Fulton City School District families flocked to the annual free Attendance Awareness kickoff event where they found food, fun and prizes that helped promote life-long learning.   District officials were joined by community partner agencies to provide a collective message to Fulton families: we will promote healthy habits to ensure every child attends school daily. Students were asked to sign an attendance pledge, received free books and school supplies, painted kindness rocks with positive messages and learned about the school-to-home support network to help them stay in school. A picnic-style lunch was also served.   FCSD teachers, support staff members, administrators and Superintendent Brian Pulvino stopped by the event to show they, too, stand behind the importance ...
FCSD names new technology director FCSD names new technology director: Dominick Lisi’s wish to have a close, direct impact working with children came true with the Fulton City School District.   FCSD’s new Director of Technology is taking an all-inclusive approach to technology needs of the district by including teachers, administrators, community members and most importantly: Fulton students. With Lisi’s assistance, the district will expand its 1-to-1 technology device initiative as students become more immersed in 21 st century learning. As technology improvements and changes occur, Lisi said it will also be important for parents, guardians and community members to help reinforce technology’s positive, productive uses and most importantly, safety measures in the current digital world.   “As a community with ...
GRB Seminar course supports 9th, 10th graders GRB Seminar course supports 9th, 10th graders: G. Ray Bodley High School teachers are working toward creating sustainable foundations for ninth- and tenth-grade students through the new Seminar class.   Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, freshmen and sophomores only have been scheduled every other day with the 40-minute Seminar course, which seeks to build relationships between teachers and students, personalize student education, further develop students’ soft skills and create a structured, supportive environment. Teachers Angela Ferlito and Ami LaDuc, who led a Seminar class teacher training this summer, said those benefits will collectively help GRB students and future graduates become productive members of society.   Seminar curriculum framework will center around monthly topics: transitions and academic ...
FCSD hosts staff development day FCSD hosts staff development day: The Fulton City School District doesn’t leave all of the back-to-school fun just for students.   Teachers, support staff and administrators recently joined together for a staff development day where they were empowered by Superintendent Brian Pulvino to journey to the educational summit – the highest level of achievement - with district students. Pulvino expressed gratitude toward district employees for their support of students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. With a goal of empowering every child, every day, he rallied staff members to take great pride in being a part of the Fulton City School District. Pulvino encouraged them to continuously celebrate successes and stay focused throughout the 2017-2018 school year.   During the professional development ...
Fulton BOE members tour buildings Fulton BOE members tour buildings: Within all Fulton City schools, the district’s mission is to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills needed for relevant, lifelong learning and to become responsible, respectful and productive citizens.   One way that can be accomplished is to ensure all students, in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, have an appropriate, safe and productive day with all of the tools and support they need. The Fulton City School District Board of Education has worked diligently with administrators, staff members, students, parents, guardians and the greater Fulton community to ensure those needs are met.   Each year BOE members tour all FCSD buildings to become informed on the needs and strengths to further the FCSD mission. They were recently joined by Superintendent Brian ...
GRB hosts freshman events GRB hosts freshman events: G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Donna Parkhurst informed members of the Class of 2021 just one goal she has for them: for all 288 students to graduate in the next four years.   Work toward that goal began during the recent freshman parent night, where both parents and ninth-graders learned school expectations, practiced locker combinations to find treats hidden in there, walked through bell schedules and received information on extracurricular activities for students to become immersed in school culture. Students were also introduced to freshman advisors, counselors, assistant principals and teachers.   The “Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Success” theme carried into the annual GRB Freshman First day, which provided an opportunity for GRB’s ninth-graders ...
New staff members join FCSD New staff members join FCSD: The Fulton City School District recently welcomed 25 new staff members who are eager for the 2017-2018 school year to begin.   During a recent two-day new staff orientation, the group was introduced to district and building administrators, with a focus on personnel, benefits, literacy and UPK, instructional coaching, technology and network administration, student support and instructional support. The new staff members also ate lunch with current Fulton Teachers Association members and participated in an FTA program to learn more how the organization will be a support to them throughout their FCSD career.   Superintendent Brian Pulvino encouraged the new employees to seek help from colleagues when needed and wished them a successful first year with the Fulton City School ...
Kindergarten bus orientation events held Kindergarten bus orientation events held: From an early age within Fulton City schools, students learn that safety is a top priority, beginning with buses in kindergarten. The Fulton City School District recently hosted kindergarten bus orientation events for students to meet their bus drivers, have parents or guardians accompany students on a dry run and to review important safety information. Pictured at right, are Volney Elementary School kindergarteners Anthony Finch and David Wilkins who learned those introductions, and more, from bus driver Tamara Haley, left. She encouraged them that when they get off of the bus they are to stay at least 10 feet in front of the bus, and wait for her hand signals to safely cross the street.  
GRB financial aid night GRB financial aid night: The counseling office of G. Ray Bodley High School in the Fulton City School District will host its annual “Financial Aid Night” from 5 to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the auditorium at GRB, prior to open house. Becoming acquainted with the various sources of financial assistance and understanding the processes and deadlines that will come with the application process will help families see a greater probability of receiving financial aid. Kathy Flaherty, a representative from the financial aid office at the State University of New York at Oswego will present information about the types and sources of financial aid available to undergraduate students. She will also make attendees aware of the federal and state forms needed to apply. Handouts will be provided so parents and guardians ...
FJHS welcomes 7th graders with picnic FJHS welcomes 7th graders with picnic: Seventh-graders at the Fulton Junior High School were recently welcomed to their new school building with a picnic and time to explore new surroundings.   Principal Chris Leece introduced himself and other FJHS staff members to the large crowd gathered in the cafeteria before students and their families disbursed to student lockers to practice combinations, walked through their bell schedule and chatted with representatives from school and community organizations that offer support and assistance throughout the school year.   A picnic-style dinner with a hot dog, chips, apple and water was served to guests. Leece said the event served as one way to show positive school-to-community relationships he hopes will continue to blossom throughout the 2017-2018 school year. ...
UPK orientation events held in Fulton City schools UPK orientation events held in Fulton City schools: The Fulton City School District recently held Universal Pre-Kindergarten orientation events to familiarize its youngest students with a classroom setting.   Parents and guardians accompanied the children to the events to learn pertinent information about the school setting, learning standards and benchmarks for social growth and fine motor skills. The youngsters were given an opportunity to play and pick-up their toys, learn basic classroom rules and find their locker or personal cubby space.   According to the Center for Public Education, students who attend UPK show significant cognitive gains, exceed in kindergarten assessments and are more apt to graduate high school. UPK classes are offered through each Fulton City School District elementary building: Fairgrieve, Lanigan, ...
Fulton teachers take part in OWI 2017 Fulton teachers take part in OWI 2017: A few dozen Fulton City School District teachers recently attended the Oswego Writing Institute 2017 to learn current writing techniques to be more effective in their writing instruction. Several teachers also presented workshops, such as “Conferring with Young Writers,” “Teach the Writer,” Creating a Reading Response Journal with Read-Alouds,” and “Developing the Creative Writer,” among others. The school district has partnered with Team Sheldon at SUNY Oswego to host the annual event over the past few years. The professional development opportunity attracted educators from throughout Oswego County, surrounding counties and even China. FCSD’s own English Language arts coach Gina Salerno received a certificate for Outstanding Contributions in ...
Theater awards presented Theater awards presented: At the G. Ray Bodley High School Commencement Ceremony held in June, theater awards were presented to two honor graduates, Jeremy Herlowski and David Houck. Jeremy Herlowski (left), was the recipient of the 2017 William Quirk Memorial Award For Achievement in Theatre.  Presented in memory of Mr. William Quirk, a long time English Teacher and Theatrt Director at both Fulton High School and G. Ray Bodley High School, the Quirk Award is presented to the graduating senior who has made the greatest contribution to the theatre program at GRB during his/her high school years. David Houck (right) was the recipient of the 2017 Quirk’s Players Directors’ Award , which is given to a graduating senior who displays dedication to the theater program at GRB, sets high performance ...



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