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Co-valedictorians reflect on time with FCSD Co-valedictorians reflect on time with FCSD: Emily Porter and Sam Cary, G. Ray Bodley High School’s Class of 2020 co-valedictorians, have cherished an abundance of memories throughout their time as Fulton City School District students. The duo said they were both ecstatic and humbled to share the title of the top students of their graduating class. While they earned the title, both students said they, alone, cannot take all the credit. “It’s the fulfillment of a dream that I have been working hard toward for years,” Porter said. “Over the years, I have had so many great teachers and classmates who have worked with me and helped me in so many different ways; I wish I could share how much I am thankful for everyone who helped me get to where I am today!” Cary echoed that sentiment, and ...
GRB students earn scholarships GRB students earn scholarships: The annual G. Ray Bodley High School awards ceremony provided several students with the collective scholarship and monetary assistance up to nearly $1.4 million in support of their educational dreams. A first-of-its-kind virtual event, the traditional ceremony was divided into three nights to announce book award and scholarship winners, department honors and the top 25 students of each class. GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst said the recognized students have not only exceled in their knowledge, they also have become leaders in their community. “Our students and honorees have distinguished themselves as role models for their peers because of their character, work ethic and talents,” she said. “The staff at G. Ray Bodley High School have observed them on the fields ...
FCSD Honors Senior Athletes FCSD Honors Senior Athletes: In it’s first-ever virtual athletic recognition ceremony, the Fulton City School District recently honored all senior athletes from G. Ray Bodley High School.   GRB’s Class of 2020 senior athletes were honored for the time they spent playing on sports’ teams, and for their academic and leadership strengths, among other highlights. Christopher Ells, Fulton City School District Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, said when opportunities such as spring sports had been taken away due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is how the athletes and supporters chose to respond and come out stronger.   “Now, more than ever, we look at our athletic program as a positive influence on us all,” he said. “We eagerly await the return to the ...
GRB Admins Recognize High Honor Graduates GRB Admins Recognize High Honor Graduates: Fifty-three G. Ray Bodley High School seniors have been named high honor graduates.   The recognition came after those students achieved an overall average of at least 89.5 throughout their four years studying at GRB. That group of honorees represent about 23 percent of the overall Class of 2020.   While high school administrators would typically transform the GRB gymnasium into a banquet hall and celebrate all together, the staff got creative to still recognize each high honor graduate despite the current COVIC-19 pandemic closing school buildings to protect the health and safety of students and staff. GRB staff have prided themselves on keeping traditions alive during the challenging times, just as they had for the high honor graduates.   Principal Donna Parkhurst ...
GRB Announces Class of 2020 Co-Valedictorians GRB Announces Class of 2020 Co-Valedictorians: G. Ray Bodley High School’s top two students of the Class of 2020 are Emily Porter and Sam Cary.   High school administrators decided that since the two seniors’ grade point averages were just .06 percent apart, Porter and Cary would be named co-valedictorians. Principal Donna Parkhurst said she couldn’t be prouder of GRB’s top two students for all their academic, social and community achievements.   While school remains in session as buildings are closed to protect the health and safety of students and staff, the announcement was made via an online Zoom meeting, in which Fulton City School District administrators, teachers, support staff members and students joined for the monumental occasion. During the video chat, Parkhurst said she was impressed ...
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FCSD Offers Literacy Project to Engage Families FCSD Offers Literacy Project to Engage Families: The Fulton City School District administrators and community partners have led by example to show that collaboration is the key to success.   It also has afforded the district to remain committed to providing equitable access to literacy materials for students and their families to read and grow together. Thanks to the ongoing partnership with Wisdom Thinkers Network, the district was able to purchase books for families to engage in reading as a connected activity.   Heather Witter, FCSD’s director of literacy and UPK, said students in pre-kindergarten through grade two will receive a few picture books and supplemental learning activities to help younger children sustain and practice early literacy skills. Those primary students will also receive recommended supplies ...
FCSD Distributes Tens of Thousands of Meals FCSD Distributes Tens of Thousands of Meals: The Fulton City School District has remained committed to feeding local children while schools are closed for the health and safety of all during the global coronavirus pandemic.   Thanks to the district’s dedicated food service department, administrators, faculty and staff members and various volunteers, over 57,000 meals have been distributed to local children. Nutritious breakfasts and lunches have been prepared, packaged and distributed since April 17.   Food Service Director Terry Warwick extended her gratitude to her staff, bus drivers, grounds crew, monitors and aides for all they do each day to collaborate “with us to make this happen in our community.”   “It has been trial and error, but we finally have a system that works; It is ...
FJHS Career Day Delights 7th, 8th Graders FJHS Career Day Delights 7th, 8th Graders: Fulton Junior High School’s annual career day helped jumpstart the seventh- and eighth-graders into thinking about exploring various future job opportunities.   Several guest presenters discussed necessary training or education, explained job duties and shared their personal passions which drove them to success in their careers. Monica Kyle, who organized the event, said students were placed into three of their top career interests after they completed a survey upon learning about how junior high school is “a time to explore their interests and talents.”   The idea behind the event, she said, was for seventh-graders to gain exposure to various fields of interest at a time when they may not have yet considered future opportunities, while the hope for eighth-graders ...
Lanigan 6th Graders Become Tapped for Success Lanigan 6th Graders Become Tapped for Success: Sixth-grade students at Lanigan Elementary have become the sweetest producers of maple syrup after they learned all about its production for a state-wide contest for schools.   Under the guidance of sixth-grade teacher Brad DePoint, the sixth-graders tapped maple trees behind the school and for about one month collected sap, boiled it for the evaporation process and bottled the delicious maple syrup. The effort was made possible thanks to the organization, National Agriculture in the Classroom.   The agency’s free “Schoolyard Sugaring” project sent DePoint all necessary materials to set-up the collection and production process, and the students got to work. The kits included the following items: 10 blue sap bags, 10 galvanized sap bag holders, 10 7/16” ...
Granby PE Teacher Receives Aquatics Award Granby PE Teacher Receives Aquatics Award: Jack Popper, Granby Elementary School physical education teacher, was recently named the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Central North Zone’s aquatics teacher of the year.   The regional honor now means that Popper is in the running for a statewide aquatics award. Beyond the recognition, Popper said he is simply thankful to have the opportunity to guide Fulton City School District children through an instructional aquatics program and to see them progress with physical abilities and persevere through any difficulties.   “We stress lifetime fitness and giving them more experiences, such as having a pool to utilize has been helpful,” he said. “I really enjoy interacting with the kids, see them develop and ...
FCSD Announces Winter Scholar Athletes FCSD Announces Winter Scholar Athletes: The Fulton City School District Athletic Department is proud to announce dozens of G. Ray Bodley High School students who were recently named scholar athletes for the 2019-2020 winter sports season.   The New York State Public High School Athletic Association recently made the announcement, in which both teams and individual student-athletes who achieved academic success were recognized. The NYSPHSAA honors teams which have an academic average for 75 percent of the roster which must be 90 or higher. Teams that do not qualify as scholar-athlete teams may still have individual students on that team honored.   Winter scholar athletes on the girls’ basketball team include: Madison Gilmore, Alicia Merritt, Bernadette DeMott, Ashley Jackson, Brittany Baum, Lexi Patterson, ...
Fairgrieve Hosts Community Readers Event Fairgrieve Hosts Community Readers Event: A celebration of reading has welcomed community guest readers into Fairgrieve Elementary School.   The shared love of reading amongst Fulton City School District administrators, City of Fulton employees, retired teachers and other community leaders was welcomed by students from kindergarten to grade six during the school’s annual community reader day. Dozens of guests joined together in the library media center for a welcome reception before they dispersed to their assigned classrooms and read stories to students, answered questions, shared information and discussed the importance of literacy in education.   “We celebrate reading every day,” Principal Jean Sampsell said. “Throughout the year, kids also read with a monthly calendar and each quarter ...
Granby Elementary Honors Students for Perseverance Granby Elementary Honors Students for Perseverance: Students at Granby Elementary who were observed by their classroom teachers as having stayed the course of action despite any difficulties or obstacles were recently honored with the school’s monthly character trait recognition.   Certificates were presented to dozens of Granby students during a school-wide assembly, where staff members talked about how important it was to persevere through hard times. Honorees include the following students: Maylynn Hegmann, Evan Purchas, Zachary Haynes, Calvin Rothrock, Aiden Hillegus, Kayden Janes, Abigail Hannon, Addison Hannon, Audrielle Purchas, Gabriel Tovar-Reynaga, Maya Demascoli, Nevaeh Mills, Maxwell Reynolds, Jefry Perez-Velasquez, Yosmar Antoni Reynoso Tomas, Annmarie Kneer, Christina Leach, Chelsie Brand, Brycen Spaulding, Scott ...
GRB Seniors Celebrate 100 Days to Graduation GRB Seniors Celebrate 100 Days to Graduation: Most of the G. Ray Bodley High School class of 2020 gathered together for a family-style breakfast in the school cafeteria to celebrate having just 100 days to graduation.   The celebration of accomplishments, overcoming odds and a growth of learning and friendships prompted the seniors to dress to impress, enjoy a fulfilling breakfast, play trivia and Minute-to-Win-It games and recall fond memories as they remain focused on the last marking periods of the 2019-2020 school year.   Senior Class Advisor Jen Killian told crowd members that they should be proud of themselves, as this is “a great time in your lives.” GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst echoed those sentiments. Following her congratulatory remarks, Parkhurst said she was simply stunned that within 100 days ...
Lanigan Students Hear Story Faces Lanigan Students Hear Story Faces: Transforming student faces into works of art, through storytelling and theater makeup captivated Lanigan Elementary peers during a recent presentation of Christopher Agostino’s “Story Faces.”   Agostino shared with Lanigan students that his storytelling mask adaptions piggybacked off work from traditional mask makers who wanted to tell animated stories. During his first story of “The Secret of the Fire,” Agostino transformed fourth-grader Gavin Cox’s face into a wide-mouthed shark with sharp teeth.   “He’s now in the story,” the guest presenter said. “Before there were books, this was the language- art. Before spoken language, there was visual language.”   He also shared with students the history of ...
FJHS Students Receive Writing Honors FJHS Students Receive Writing Honors: Five Fulton Junior High School students were recently honored for their writing skills following a performance of their work by Merry-Go-Round Playhouse actors.   The students’ submissions of poems, songs, stories or skits were some of the winning entries amongst the thousands of writing pieces entered the ECHOES writing contest throughout the state. For their efforts, the seventh- and eighth-grade winners received plaques and their pieces were brought to life by the theater actors in front of them and their peers.   Honorees include: eighth-grader Grace Olon and seventh-grader Maddison Weldin for their Showcased Author award for their piece, “The Comic Store,” eighth-grader Austin Miner for the Excellence in Writing award for his work, “Though He ...
FJHS Awards VIP Honors for Q2 FJHS Awards VIP Honors for Q2: The Fulton Junior High School recently celebrated nearly 200 students as Very Important People because they achieved various benchmarks of success throughout the second quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.   A VIP celebration was offered for seventh- and eighth-grade students who achieved at least a 96 percent attendance rate, at least a 96 percent on-time rate, were referral-free and they passed all classes with a 65 or higher for the second marking period. For their efforts, they were honored with ice cream treats from Stewart’s.   Eighth-grade VIP honorees include: Geena Abbott, Allana Atwater, Jacob Atwater, Aidan Baldwin, Paige Ball, Nickolas Barbagallo, Emily Barrett, Amanda Barry, Isaac Bartleman, Laura Bartlett, Olivia Bauer, Anna Bednarz, Sara Belrad, Maddison ...
FCSD Readies for Battle of the Books Events FCSD Readies for Battle of the Books Events: Several students in grades three though eight throughout the Fulton City School District have prepared the last few months to be named team literacy champions of their respective schools.   Students from each of the four FCSD elementary schools and the Fulton Junior High School have read and studied 10 age-appropriate books from a variety of genres in preparation of building-level Battle of the Books events. Once students successfully compete at their building level, winning elementary teams will advance in their category to a district-wide Battle of the Books event April 1 before district elementary champion teams and FJHS teams advance to a county-wide battle in mid-April.   New for the 2019-2020 school year, the school library systems in Oswego and Onondaga counties have ...
Lanigan 1st Graders Enjoy Astronomy Unit Lanigan 1st Graders Enjoy Astronomy Unit: Lanigan Elementary School first-graders were well prepared for a recent videoconference with the Space Center Houston after having learned all about astronomy.   The videoconference served as a culmination activity to the first-grade astronomy Listening and Learning unit, in which the students learned about the sun, moon, solar system, history of space and astronauts, among several other topics. Teacher Marie Mathes said the unit had been the most “engaging and interesting” unit for the young learners since the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Several students had even expanded their astronomy knowledge by checking out library books and continuing learning at home with their families.   A representative of the Space Center Houston shared fun tidbits about ...



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