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Supercuts for Super Kids a Success Supercuts for Super Kids a Success: The Volney Elementary School Parent-Teacher Group recently hosted the second annual Supercuts for Super Kids event, which provided free hair cuts for about 50 local children. New this year, the event was open to all Oswego County families. Organizers said they hope to continue to grow the event each year, and it would not have been possible without the volunteerism from several stylists at the Supercuts salon location in Oswego. While the event was free, donations for the Volney Elementary PTG were graciously accepted, and will be used to help fund activities and programs at the school throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Pictured is Fairgrieve Elementary School kindergartner Anthony McDermott, who is all smiles after he received his hair cut.
Fairgrieve students learn skills from author Fairgrieve students learn skills from author: Local author Bruce Coville’s storytelling skills not only captivated Fairgrieve Elementary School students, they also inspired the children to write, read and draw more.   The student body recently welcomed Coville in a Morning Express program, where library media specialist Barbara Senecal announced winners of autographed copies of his children’s books and which students would join the author for a special lunch visit. The Phoenix resident encouraged the students who have dreams to always chase them, and even though they are from a small city, they still can achieve their goals. He has been a proven example, having written several books.   Following Morning Express, Fairgrieve fourth- through sixth-graders were treated to grade-level author talks with Coville ...
Grateful Volney Students Honored at Assembly Grateful Volney Students Honored at Assembly: Volney Elementary students who were observed showing gratitude throughout the month of November were honored during a recent school-wide assembly.   The character education celebration brought the school and community members together to recognize one student from each classroom who have served as role models. Because each awardee has expressed thanks and has never taken good things that happen to them for granted, they received a Principal’s Award, thunderous applause and cheers from their peers, teachers and special guests.   Principal Elizabeth Stoddard shook each honoree’s hand before presenting them with a certificate. Gratitude award winners include: Elisa Vant, Mia Phallen, Louis Lackey, Jr., Jackson Bixby, Margaret Cunningham, Juliana Goldthwait, Jack ...
GRB students receive academic honors for Q1 GRB students receive academic honors for Q1: Students at G. Ray Bodley High School who achieved honor roll and high honor roll status were recently recognized for their first marking period achievements of the 2019-2020 school year.   High honor roll status was awarded to students who achieved a cumulative grade point average of 89.5 or higher, while honor roll status was awarded to students with a cumulative grade point average between 84.5 and 89.4.   Freshmen named to the honor roll include: Jarret Austin, Madison Baum, Ava Blasczienski, Jasminn Bort, Simon Bradshaw, Mariah Brownell, Kalib Bruska, John Jack         Bryant, Carlee Chappell, Hailey Chetney, Kairo Corniell, Alexander Crisafulli, Kyle Crutchley, Makayla Cumber, Michael Doney, Cassidy Duso, Lilliana Galletta, Linda ...
Granby Gators Show Gratitude Granby Gators Show Gratitude: Granby Elementary Gators had a lot to celebrate at a recent school assembly.   Principal Gina Salerno kicked-off the school-wide recognition event by honoring several students who received shout-outs from staff members who observed the students who excelled in academic projects and displayed helpfulness, among other highlights. Following the shout-outs, Salerno was ecstatic to share the names of Granby students who received the monthly character trait award for having exhibited gratitude throughout November.   Gratitude, she said, is the quality of being thankful and having the readiness to show for it, all while returning kindness. Salerno shared with students and her staff that she was grateful to work “in an amazing school,” for students and her colleagues, ...
Career Exploration Center Opens at GRB Career Exploration Center Opens at GRB: G. Ray Bodley High School has opened a Career Exploration Center (CEC) to assist students in the education of, connection to and preparation for continued learning opportunities and careers.   The center is run by Angela Ferlito, who said both she and colleagues observed additional needs of students in having knowledge of, and access to, connections to help land them interviews with local companies and assistance in beginning potential career paths.   “I’m trying to use community resources to help our kids be successful,” she said.   Students may visit the center, located within GRB’s library media center, during their free time, lunches or study halls. Ferlito said since employers and higher education representatives have relayed that several ...
Fairgrieve Students Show Gratitude in November Fairgrieve Students Show Gratitude in November: Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were thankful they were honored for their display of gratitude throughout the month of November.   One student from each classroom was nominated for the honor by his or her teacher after they were observed showing thanks and appreciation toward their peers, Fairgrieve staff members and/or various tasks around school. The students, in grades kindergarten to six, were recognized during a Morning Express program where they were celebrated with cheers and applause.   For their efforts, each honoree received a “brag tag” to add to their collection. Virtue of the Month winners include the following students in the front row, from left: Joslyn Diaz, Kairi Yager, Andrew Chappell, James Rice, Aphrodite Mesick, Abrionna Brais, ...
All Fulton elementary schools honor veterans All Fulton elementary schools honor veterans: Several dozen veterans from throughout the five branches of U.S. military service were recently honored during Veterans Day celebrations held at each Fulton City School District elementary school.   Fairgreive Elementary School honored that population by collecting monetary donations for sick and injured veterans who receive care at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Guest speaker Jamie Hamlin, Oswego County Veterans Service Agency director, thanked the students for selecting the country’s veterans as the beneficiaries of their community service project. Over 12,000 veterans live in Oswego County, she said, and they would be elated to receive any cards, pictures or special patriotic presentations from the students.   At Volney Elementary School, several students honored ...
LivBtis Visits Lanigan, Shares Positive Messages LivBtis Visits Lanigan, Shares Positive Messages: The power of children and their ideas is something guest presenter Olivia Van Ledtje encouraged Lanigan Elementary School students to never forget.   Van Ledtje is the 12-year-old star of LivBits, in which she has created an online community to share her love of books, advocation of digital citizenship and continuously doing good and sharing good deeds. She was brought to Lanigan after library media specialist Jessica Somers heard her speak at the 2019 New York Library Association conference and knew Lanigan students would connect with someone their age.   “When you share your story, you can change the world,” Ledtje told a group of Lanigan students in grades four to six. “I started my project, LivBits, to inspire other people.”   The young, ...
Fairgrieve Elementary students ‘harvest’ philanthropy Fairgrieve Elementary students ‘harvest’ philanthropy: Fairgreive Elementary recently transformed into Fairgrieve Farms during the school’s annual Harvest Festival.   The 2019 event featured several community partners who helped educate students in grades kindergarten to six about safety, where produce comes from, nutritional values of produce, animal encounters, the Storybook Pumpkin Patch in the library media center and a progressive story read at Morning Express. The school gymnasium also was transformed into Fairgrieve Farms, where students ‘harvested’ or selected fresh fruits and vegetables at various stations and packed them up in boxes decorated by their class.   The fresh produce was purchased, in part, with monetary donations collected during a Morning Express program after a representative from Catholic ...
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2019 Elementary All-County Fest Features FCSD Students 2019 Elementary All-County Fest Features FCSD Students: Several of Fulton City School District’s musically-talented sixth-graders recently celebrated their achievements with a stellar performance in the 2019 All-County Elementary Festival.   Organized by the Oswego County Music Educators’ Association Inc., the festival was held at the Pulaski Middle-High School where FCSD students were joined by their talented peers from throughout Oswego County. The sixth-grade all-county chorus was conducted by Jennifer Rafferty and featured the following Fulton students: Xander Belson, Anthony Carroll, Katherine Demars, Ava Greeney, Isabella Harper, Johnny Hutchins, Mira Jordal, Finley Nye, Kiley Pudney, Hagan Strong, Olivia Tussey, Gionna Allen, Alexander Collins, Jordan Devendorf, Ryan Gustke, Madison Hood, Molly Rockwell, and Grace Kitts. ...
Lanigan students honored for teamwork, personal goals Lanigan students honored for teamwork, personal goals: Lanigan Elementary School celebrated dozens of students who have been on a roll with their personal goals throughout the month of October.   Recognized for academic progress, overcoming obstacles, a display of perseverance and maintaining a positive attitude, among other examples, one student from nearly every classroom was recognized during a recent school assembly. Certificates of recognition for being on-a-roll were presented to the following students: Shamar Thomas-Clark, Evan Lambert, Ivy Jock Jodway, James Stewart, Brianna Stoltz, Addison Barrick, Dominic Vescio, Jamie Chappell, Jeremy Caldwell, Liany Lancto, Elizabeth Saba, David Braymiller, Parker Gentile, Arianna Milks, Crispin Crowe, Serenity St. Andrews-McCarthy, Amia Kolb-Kee, Maggie Sorbello, Theresa Reed, Kayden Fitzgerald, ...
FCSD Hosts UPK Family Night FCSD Hosts UPK Family Night: The Fulton City School District recently celebrated a night of literacy and family engagement during its first universal pre-kindergarten family night of the 2019-2020 school year.   Students, their siblings and friends were joined by parents and guardians at Volney Elementary School for a night of stories and hands-on activities, as the district’s youngest students also practiced their math, fine motor and other skills they will work on throughout the school year. UPK programs for each of the district’s elementary schools offered a hands-on activity for attendees. Stations included a Pete the Cat series with a cat craft, “The Legend of Spookey the Square Pumpkin” paper pumpkin activity, a “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” alphabet tree craft and a “Little ...
FCSD Elementary Libraries Issue 40-Book Challenge FCSD Elementary Libraries Issue 40-Book Challenge: Library media specialists within each of the Fulton City School District elementary buildings have issued a literacy challenge for students in grades pre-kindergarten to six: read 40 new books throughout the 2019-2020 school year.   The 40-Book Challenge is a voluntary commitment hundreds of students have already pledged to complete. There are two levels: pre-kindergarten to grade two and then grades three to six. Allison Earl, Granby Elementary library media specialist, said all students have different personal challenges to help them reach outside of their literary comfort zones.   “This is to build an internal love of reading,” she said.   Earl said the challenge is adapted from the book “The Book Whisperer,” about awakening the inner reader ...
Fairgreive students, staff help feed the needy Fairgreive students, staff help feed the needy: The greater Fairgreive Elementary School family rallied together to collect funds to help feed people in need in their community.   A representative from Catholic Charities of Oswego County recently visited the school to discuss the importance of community support for upcoming holiday food needs and beyond. Students realized that they had the power to help feed their neighbors with as little of a contribution as a few coins. Principal Jean Sampsell stressed that all loose change and dollar bills add up to make a big impact.   A monetary collection occurred during a Morning Express program where students and staff members alike brought their cash donations to help make a difference. Principal Sampsell said all funds will be used to purchase fresh produce for the school’s ...
Hovercrafts Offer More Than STEM Fun Hovercrafts Offer More Than STEM Fun: Struggles, tears and frustration transformed into high-fives, cheers and smiles by the end of the day-long Hovercraft Project each of the Fulton City School District elementary schools recently hosted.   Guided by consultant Matthew Chase, fifth-graders throughout the district were placed in random groups where each team member was assigned designated roles. Students were challenged with science, technology, engineering and math concepts as they also experienced trial and errors of several life skills. The full-day experience, housed in each of the schools’ gymnasiums, involved the planning and execution of the working low-friction hovercraft devices.   Students were asked by Chase to log data with a variety of test runs and any changes made to the hovercrafts. Aside ...
FCSD Elem.Schools Create Storybook Pumpkin Patches FCSD Elem.Schools Create Storybook Pumpkin Patches: Library media centers throughout the Fulton City School District’s elementary schools have been transformed into storybook pumpkin patches through Halloween.   While the schools have participated in the fun, creative opportunity in recent years, all library media specialists at Lanigan, Volney, Granby and Fairgrieve encouraged families to participate in the optional activity. Allison Earl, Granby’s library media specialist, said the voluntary project has promoted family engagement and literacy, two strong components of the district’s recently-approved, five-year strategic coherence plan.   Earl said students in grades pre-kindergarten to six had been encouraged to read books with families and select a character in one of their favorite books to create out ...
FCSD Expands After-School Opportunities FCSD Expands After-School Opportunities: Students throughout the Fulton City School District now have increased access to after-school academic, social and emotional supports through expanded programming.   Formerly the Junior Raiders Opportunity Club, the newly named Raider Ed. program at the Fulton Junior High School now includes participation from the district’s fifth- and sixth-grade students. Built on the success of the district’s previous Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) grant opportunity, the program’s expansion has provided a safe, after-school learning environment two days each week for select fifth-and sixth-graders to explore a variety of topics. Sessions are also available for the district’s seventh-and eighth-grade students who seek to build upon a variety of physical, ...
Volney Welcomes Message of Positivity Volney Welcomes Message of Positivity: The Fulton City School District’s embrace of social-emotional learning served as the perfect backdrop for inspirational messages through song from singer/songwriter Jared Campbell.   No stranger to FCSD’s elementary schools, Campbell recently performed for all grade levels at some of the elementary schools to further share his messages of positivity, inclusion and acceptance. During his stop at Volney Elementary School, Campbell said that Volney could be the greatest place “where people flourish and become amazing human beings.”   “You have the power to change the world,” he told the students as he shared his top three ways to do just that. Students, or anyone, should always know their value, understand that practice makes progress and ...



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