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Summer opportunities for 7th, 8th graders Summer opportunities for 7th, 8th graders: Fulton Community School Summer School will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon July 9 to Aug. 3 at the Fulton Junior High School. The theme this year is “Sweet History, Rich Future,” focusing on the history of chocolate locally and around the world. English language arts, social studies, science and math will be at the center of each chocolatey lesson. Students currently in grades seven and eight will participate based on their academic needs.  Students currently entering grade seven have also been invited to participate to help make a smooth transition to the junior high. Also offered will be weekly field trips or guest speakers. Additionally, students will be introduced to the character traits of the Positivity Project, which will be implemented at the junior high and ...
6th grade talent show at Granby Elementary 6th grade talent show at Granby Elementary: After years of hard work at Granby Elementary School, the building’s oldest students showcased their many abilities during the annual Sixth-Grade Talent Show.   From dancers to singers to comedians and instrumentalists, over two dozen sixth-graders performed in front of the entire student body, their teachers and Principal Heather Witter. After each act, the crowd generously applauded their work. Shawn Mauro beautifully played the piano to “Midnight” a song he wrote himself, while Emily Case danced to “I’m So Sorry,” complete with faux fur paws and a tail.   A few groups played their school musical instruments, but it was “The Fantastic Four” band who sang “Believer” by the popular band Imagine Dragons that got their ...
GRB seniors walk through at FCSD buildings GRB seniors walk through at FCSD buildings: The Fulton City School District’s longstanding tradition of high school seniors parading through the hallways of their former elementary schools brought smiles, tears and hugs from members of G. Ray Bodley High School’s Class of 2018.   Graduation walks were held at Volney, Fairgrieve, Lanigan and Granby elementary schools, as well as the Fulton Junior High School, as a way to show Fulton City School District’s younger students that they, too, are capable of graduating high school. The effort sought to inspire those students to do their best work in order to reach their FCSD educational goals and to become lifelong learners.   At each elementary building and FJHS, several teachers brought class photos of when they had the GRB seniors in years past. Added ...
Elementary buildings host 6th grade math competition Elementary buildings host 6th grade math competition: Fulton City School District sixth-grade students from each of the four elementary buildings recently squared off during a three-round math competition.   Challenged with seven minutes of math fluencies to check speed and pattern recognition, the students also engaged in a Jeopardy round for teams to select questions from each of the sixth-grade standards and a final round of team problem solving.  The students were able to utilize lessons and information learned throughout the 2017-2018 school year to help propel them forward in the friendly competition. Following the main events, all participating students enjoyed pizza and drinks before Team Volney was declared the winning group.   Members of the winning team included: Leanna Rupert, Alyssa Sawyer, John LaPlante and ...
FCSD takes graduation ceremony to Syr. hospital FCSD takes graduation ceremony to Syr. hospital: “After high school, chemo was a piece of cake.”   That message that was found atop of Alicia Carroll’s graduation cap also served as a reminder for her to never give up when things are tough. Her battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma may have stopped her from walking across the stage this weekend with her fellow G. Ray Bodley High School Class of 2018 graduates, but it has never held her back in becoming successful.   As Carroll’s name was called at the graduation ceremony, she was busy at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse receiving chemotherapy. Unbeknownst to Carroll, her mother Rosalind Nichols and several Fulton City School District administrators planned a surprise, bedside graduation ceremony. Just as GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst ...
FCSD provides honorary diploma to WWII veteran FCSD provides honorary diploma to WWII veteran: Former Fulton City School District student Norman Smith has waited his entire 93.5 years of life to fulfill a dream: graduating high school.   FCSD Superintendent Brian Pulvino and G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Donna Parkhurst were proud to present Smith with an honorary diploma the day before GRB’s very own graduation. The nonagenarian was unable to complete high school in the early 1940s because he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was shipped off to war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed.   Instead of celebrating with his senior class, Smith spent time in the South Pacific on PT-376, a motor torpedo boat. Rather than attend a senior prom, Smith had become a real-life war hero after 17 airmen were shot down and he, with the company of other sailors, went at night ...
Lanigan UPK students ready for kindergarten Lanigan UPK students ready for kindergarten: A total of 36 Universal Pre-Kindergarten students will enter kindergarten at Lanigan Elementary School in the fall.   The students celebrated together during a morning and afternoon Lanigan UPK graduation ceremony at the Fulton YMCA, where teachers Kelly Maliszewski and Melody Morrison expressed their appreciation for each student. Together, the children have worked with a program called “Zoo-phonics” which taught the sounds of letters. In celebration of practicing sounds and letter recognition, the children sang “Who Let the Letters Out”, followed by “Baby Shark” and “The More We Get Together.”   Collectively, the students recited a kindergarten poem, which represented their readiness to move on to the next chapter of their ...
GRB recognizes high honor graduates GRB recognizes high honor graduates: One-third of G. Ray Bodley High School’s Class of 2018 will graduate June 23 with high honors.   Their academic achievements were honored during a special banquet, held in the GRB gymnasium, where the 85 high honor graduates enjoyed a meal catered by Blue Moon Grill, conversation with friends and family and well wishes from Fulton City School District staff members. GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst said all honorees have achieved an average of at least 89.5 throughout all four years of high school.   “Each of you are a fine example of the very best that GRB has to offer,” she said during opening remarks. “We are very, very proud of your successes.”   The seniors were encouraged to dream big and to continue to work toward reaching their ...
Citizenship honors at Lanigan Elementary School Citizenship honors at Lanigan Elementary School: Lanigan Elementary School students have been on a roll with responsibility, problem-solving and respectfulness, among other character traits throughout the month of June.   For their efforts, several honorees were recognized during a recent school assembly where they received a certificate, applause and cheers. On a roll awardees are: Sebastian Warthen, Evan Prusinowski, Ian Daniels, James Keib, Brady Wagner, Connor Connolly, Adrianna Bulla, Sydney Osborne, Kaleb Bartlett, Keonna Holmes, Mylah Dempsey, Leilenn Backes, Keighlen Patriak, Allie Demott, Logan Wilcox, Isabella Winterhalt, Bailey LeVea, Piper Mead and Anna-Marie Clew.   Also honored were several students who exhibited citizenship, as they have proven to be informed, responsible and caring participants in their ...
4th quarter Fairgrieve  Principal Awards 4th quarter Fairgrieve Principal Awards: Fairgrieve Elementary students who exhibited academic or behavioral gains while exceeding the school’s expectations were recently recognized for their outstanding fourth quarter achievements.   Principal’s Awards were given to those students who have proved to be role models for their classmates throughout the last 10 weeks of school. They received a recognition medal during a recent Morning Express program as their peers, teachers and special guests applauded their efforts.   Principal Jean Sampsell commended each student for being shining examples for their peers. She is pictured with Principal Award winners in front, from left: Jameson Hutchinson, Aviana VanSanford, Allyana Wardhaugh, Carter Bogan, Jaleel Barnwell, Corbin Burns, Ella Noyes and Dominic Rellos. ...
GRB senior athletes recognized at banquet GRB senior athletes recognized at banquet: Plaques, scholarships and congratulatory remarks were well received during the Fulton Athletic Booster Club’s annual senior athlete recognition banquet, but they weren’t all of what the Class of 2018 athletes had strived to earn.   Christopher Ells, Fulton City School District Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, said over 100 seniors from 25 teams played for the love of sports, friendship in teammates and always giving their all.   “The common bond will be a constant,” he said, as he wished the seniors well ahead of their June 23 graduation.   A crowd of people, including athletes, their families, coaches, FCSD administrators and special guests, enjoyed dinner together at The Oasis before guest speaker Seth DeLisle reflected ...
Hovercraft project excites Fulton students Hovercraft project excites Fulton students: At first glance, Fulton City School District elementary students thought they were going to work on a cool hovercraft project and celebrate with a ride on the air-powered vehicles.   Although they were correct, the recent lesson for FCSD fifth-graders in Lanigan, Volney, Fairgrieve and Granby elementary schools expanded to include much more than construction of a low-friction device. They learned the importance of life skills: teamwork, problem-solving, time management, communication, critical thinking and self-control, among several other traits. Lanigan Elementary fifth-grade teacher Aaron Koproski said that experience, coupled with the students’ recollection of the motion and force lessons from their fourth-grade science curriculum with motion and force, served as a perfect ...
GRB val, sal reflect on high school GRB val, sal reflect on high school: G. Ray Bodley High School’s Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian are as humble as they are driven.   The combination of modesty, dedication and consistency has afforded Jacob Geitner and Madison Lang with the honor of being named the top two students of their graduating class. While the road hadn’t always come easy, valedictorian Geitner and salutatorian Lang had become laser-focused their junior year when they realized that honor was attainable.   “I tried to get good grades because colleges that I wanted to get into were rigorous,” Lang said. “Try your hardest on everything and enjoy learning.”   Geitner echoed that sentiment and encouraged GRB underclassmen to enjoy the high school ride. Finding Raider pride and being ...
Volney Elementary School celebrates the Earth Volney Elementary School celebrates the Earth: Volney Elementary School students recently celebrated Earth Day with a day packed-full of fun and entertainment. The annual event taught the children in grades kindergarten through six how to care for the Earth to ensure the cleanliness, continued availability of natural resources and enjoyment of their planet. Each classroom had a schedule rotation of sessions to visit, ranging from dog agility, parrots, sun safety, habitats and survival, veterinarians, bingo, ice fishing, farming, bats, electrical safety, insects, fly fishing, canine scent detection, dog training, tree growth, flower planting, alternative energy, canoeing, anti-littering and crafts. Pictured is kindergartner MaKenna Stuber who is helping guest presenter Jack Hacket demonstrate how to properly use a life vest in case someone ...
FJHS 8th graders introduced to life at GRB FJHS 8th graders introduced to life at GRB:
GRB academic ceremony doles out $800k GRB academic ceremony doles out $800k: Books, scholarships, certificates and more memories were on display during the 36 th annual G. Ray Bodley High School academic awards evening.   Several students in grades nine through 12 were honored for exhibiting positive character education traits, excellence in academic classes, athletics, service to community, acts of kindness, overall improvement and leadership. Principal Donna Parkhurst said the evening celebrated dozens of Fulton’s finest high school students who have proven to be role models for their peers.   Junior Jenna Ruzekowicz was one stand-out honoree, whose commitment to schooling earned her the following awards: academic excellence in Onondaga Community College pre-calculus, academic excellence in physics, the Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation ...
Q3 Academic honors for Fairgrieve students Q3 Academic honors for Fairgrieve students: Over 100 Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recently recognized for achieving academic excellence for the third marking period.   Awards were given out during a Morning Express program where classmates, teachers, additional Fairgrieve staff members and several guests applauded the students for their efforts and accomplishments. Honorees in kindergarten include: Bryant Cooper, Henry Keltz Primeau, Ella Noyes, Madelyn Vant, Aquari Brown, Brooklyn Kipp, Hunter Hotaling, Richard McEachen, Christopher Smith, Logan McDermott, Dilan Miranda, Deegan Hones, Chloee Bailey, Oliver Wheeler and Jullian DeMunn.   First-grade academic achievers are: Corbin Burns, Lynnae LaPage Max McGinley, Arianna Richardson Heaney, Alina Smale, Austin Snyder, Jason Whornton Locust, Cohan Humphrey, ...
Volney students plant flowers for Mother’s Day Volney students plant flowers for Mother’s Day: The character of Volney Elementary students will blossom in conjunction with the planted flower seedlings they will present to special ladies for Mother’s Day.   Recognizing the importance of doing good deeds for others, students in grades pre-kindergarten through six painted clay pots with the assistance of art teacher Amanda Hurlbutt, filled the pots with soil and selected a marigold or zinnia plant for their mother, grandmother, or other positive role model. All materials were donated by Robert Scott, who said it was heartwarming to see the joy in each child, knowing they will have a gift to offer someone.   While some students could recite the life cycle of plants upon reflection of academic lessons learned in class, the underlying lesson Scott helped teach during ...
FTA honors FCSD students FTA honors FCSD students: The Fulton Teachers’ Association recently honored several outstanding student and school citizens during its 18 th annual recognition ceremony at G. Ray Bodley High School.   A teacher from each of the four elementary buildings, junior high school and high school presented small groups of students with individual certificates of honor after a small statement was read about why they were chosen to be recognized for the special event. Karen Noel, a Fulton Junior High School science teacher and executive vice president of the FTA, said each awardee has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, community or school contributions or overcame obstacles in their lives.   Guest speaker and GRB senior Nicholas Wallace spoke to the crowd in the auditorium about the power of ...
FJHS 8th graders introduced to life at GRB FJHS 8th graders introduced to life at GRB: Fulton City School District eighth-graders have begun their transition to high school.   An information night was recently held in the cafeteria at G. Ray Bodley High School where parents, guardians and the future freshmen listened to high school counselors and administrators provide insight on life at GRB. Prior to the event, counselor Kelly Rickert spent two days with the eighth-graders at the Fulton Junior High School where she introduced them to high school requirements, including the need for 22 credits to graduate.   Rickert, who will serve as counselor to the incoming freshmen for their first two years at GRB, reviewed with the audience all of the class offerings. All freshmen must take English 9, Global 9, science (biology), a science lab, math and physical education. ...



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