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Making mammal memories at Lanigan Elementary: Lanigan Elementary first-graders have left their learning footprints on a recent academic unit on animals and habitats.   Students in Karrie Schremp’s, Marie Mathes’, and Samantha Finocchiaro’s classrooms showcased their research and presentation skills as they revealed animal diorama projects to their fourth-grade buddies. Schremp said the students practiced public speaking skills and demonstrated their artistic abilities with the fun, hands-on project.   To help the first-graders hone in on their mammal facts, their teachers welcomed 4-H environmental educator Linda Brosch. Students learned about common mammals found throughout Oswego County, such as beavers whose front teeth never stop growing and weasels who are known as the most ferocious local predator ... more >>
Library technology awards given to Fairgrieve students: Several Fairgrieve Elementary students were recently presented with the school’s semi-annual Library Technology Awards during a Morning Express program.   Library Media Specialist Barb Senecal recognized 23 students who put forth extraordinary effort, positive attitudes and respect for peers and staff members in both the library media center and the computer lab. For their efforts, awardees received a “brag tag” to add to their collection, followed by applause and cheer from classmates, guests and teachers.   Honorees sitting in the front row, from left, are” Hailey Niver, Lyric Schlosser, Tawnee Burns, Jaleel Barnwell, MacKenna Myers, Aiden Benton and Aviana VanSanford. Kneeling, from left, are: A.J. Burns, Katharine Demars, Steven Master, Julia ... more >>
2nd annual GRB Spring STEAM Showcase is April 26: Fulton City School District students interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math courses are invited to the second annual GRB Spring STEAM Showcase later this month.   The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26 at G. Ray Bodley High School, where Fulton Junior High School and GRB students interested in the aforementioned fields will explore the passion of current GRB students enrolled in STEAM courses. Parents are also encouraged to attend the showcase to educate themselves more about what their children learn at GRB and tour technology classrooms.   New and original student work will be featured throughout the event, which also will include presentations encompassing the various technology courses offered at GRB. Showcase highlights include: ... more >>
GRB’s FBLA members succeed at competition: G. Ray Bodley High School’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter members exceled at the recent FBLA state competition in Rochester.   A group of 11 GRB students joined about 700 of their peers from FBLA chapters throughout the state to compete in over 75 categories which demonstrated career competencies, business knowledge, job skills and leadership skills. During the state conference, students used educational concepts learned in their classrooms and applied them in a competitive workforce environment. According to the state FBLA, participation in the conference included test and performance components.   Advisers Angela Ferlito and Carol Taromina were ecstatic with the students’ performances and said all members of the group proved they are truly future ... more >>
Bodley’s Got Talent draws a large crowd: G. Ray Bodley High School students recently showed off their impressive vocal, instrumental and acting talents all in the name of charity.   Fulton City School District (FCSD) students, families and community supporters packed the GRB auditorium for the annual Bodley’s Got Talent showcase, presented by the GRB Hope Club. Over $1,000 was raised for the local charity of Oswego County Opportunities, the national charity of Make-A-Wish Foundation and the international charity of Volunteers for Peace.   The show featured an original beat box remix, an electric guitar solo, acapella singing, and a rousing performance from Molly Metcalf and Katie Cianfarano who rapped “Alphabet Aerobics.” Trent Berry’s trumpet rendition of “La Vie en Rose” by ... more >>
FCSD’s annual Parent University draws a crowd: Learning opportunities were abound during the Fulton City School District’s annual Parent University, held April 1 at G. Ray Bodley High School.   Nearly 70 families flocked to the “Healthy Families, Healthy Community” event, which featured a Board of Education and superintendent discussion, lessons in science, cooking, family budgeting, college applications and stress management, among several additional educational choices. FCSD Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner said she was elated with the success of Parent University.   “The event really showcased the strengths of our school district and family and community partnerships and the wonderful opportunities that exist for families to be involved and supported,” she said.   ... more >>
GRB’s first author visit makes a powerful impact: G. Ray Bodley High School recently welcomed Liza Wiemer for it’s first-ever author visit.   Library Media Specialist Wendy Scalfaro offered up the library for the entire day on April 5 so Wiemer could host workshops with teachers and students on “The Power of Storytelling” and “The Unique You.”   In the teacher work group, Wiemer had a simple message: the impact of their words can make or break a student’s day. Words can determine success and, more importantly, self-worth, she said. Building on that self-esteem can help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills.   Students visited Wiemer during their English language arts classes and an after-school writing workshop. Wiemer shared her www.ihopeyouforgiveme.com ... more >>
Author visits Fairgrieve, helps inspire hair donation: A good book often has relatable characters and “Melissa Parkington’s Beautiful, Beautiful Hair” by Pat Brisson was no exception for Fairgrieve Elementary School students, staff members and parent volunteers.   The story followed the journey of a little girl who wanted to be known for more than just her long hair. After she discovered that being kind was good, the little girl decided to donate her hair. So did Fairgrieve second-grader Dahni Perry, sixth-graders Linda Hartmann and Vera Butchko and staff member Kim Brockway, all of whom collectively donated over two feet of hair. That message of kindness and compassion carried on to parent volunteer Kimberly McEachen, who had her long locks chopped off for a good cause during a recent Morning Express program in the ... more >>
Volney students recognized for perseverance: Several Volney Elementary School students were recognized by their classroom teachers because the youngsters displayed perseverance throughout the month of March.   Those students were honored by Principal Todd Terpening during a recent school assembly where they each received a Principal’s Award for their efforts. He also commended each student in grades three through six who completed the New York State English Language Arts exam, which was offered last month. As students work through the fourth quarter of the 2016-2017 school year, Terpening encouraged all students to persevere through any academic or behavioral challenge they may face, and to set their own goals.   Principal’s Award honorees include: Rylee Emeterio, Marjorie Blais, Evelyn Gravely, Donny Gates, ... more >>
Kindergarten registration for Fulton students to open April 27: The Fulton City School District has announced open kindergarten registration at each of the elementary buildings on April 27.   Children who turn five years old by Dec. 1 are invited to be enrolled in the program between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. that day. Following April 27, kindergarten registration will be available through the Central Registrar. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Fulton Education Center, 167 South Fourth Street.   Universal Pre-Kindergarten registration is now open for children who will turn four years old by Dec. 1.   When registering a new student, please bring the following required information: an original birth certificate (with raised seal), up-to-date immunization record, ... more >>
FJHS musicians, singers perform spring concert: Talent was abound during the Fulton Junior High School’s annual Music in Our School’s Month concert.   The Seventh Grade Band, conducted by Carrie Foster, opened the concert with “Boundary Road March,” a toe-tapping performance with a regal feel. “To a New Beginning” was an uplifting piece, and “Spirit of the Sea” was about high energy and anticipation at sea. “The Best of Queen” was a crowd favorite which featured a medley of hits from the popular rock group Queen.   Robbie Padilla directed the Seventh Grade Chorus in the three-part opening song, “Tres canciones de los elementos,” a song sung in Spanish about the elements of wind, rain and fire. The group’s rendition of the 1970s hit “Come ... more >>
Granby 5th graders are DARE program graduates: Granby Elementary School fifth-graders learned through their participation in the Fulton City Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program that their choices in life may come with rewards or consequences.   During a recent program graduation ceremony, several students said that when facing challenges and difficult situations in the future they will remember what Officer Sophia Graves taught them throughout the 10-week program: drug and alcohol use may lead to risky behavior, peer pressure should be resisted and being a good citizen will lead to a successful life.   “It tells us what not to do when we grow up,” one fifth-grader told Fulton City Court Judge Jerome Mirabito. “We got to learn about what’s in cigarettes; you ... more >>
Perseverance honored at Fairgrieve Elementary: Having the determination to push through challenges has earned several Fairgrieve Elementary students the school’s Virtue of the Month award.   Twenty-six students were honored during a recent Morning Express program because they exhibited perseverance in their classroom throughout the month of March. Principal Jean Sampsell encouraged each award recipient to keep working harder. For their efforts, students received a “brag tag” to add to their collection. They also received applause and cheers from guests, classmates and teachers.   Sitting, from left, are: Austin Allen, Dominic Prince, Rebecca Johnson, Natalie David, Hailey Niver, Christina Walker, Arianna Richardson-Heaney and Bently Oatman. In the middle, from left, are: Isaiah Lorraine, Trista Sullivan, ... more >>
FJHS 7th graders visit CCC for a day: Fulton Junior High School seventh-graders learned that it’s never too early to go to college.   The students spent one day immersing themselves in the Cayuga Community College experience during a recent full-day visit to the Fulton campus. Dr. Robert Humphrey, Division Chair and professor of biology at CCC, offered welcoming remarks before students were handed CCC goodie bags on their way to various breakout sessions. The seventh-graders learned about drawing with code, criminal justice, learning their own strengths and interests, a variety of writing styles, social media footprints, the threat of diseases and things that transmit them and planning for a successful life. A hands-on science demonstration in the biology lab was the most popular session, as students were able to ... more >>
Golden Spoon honors awarded to Fairgrieve students: Fairgrieve Elementary food service staff recently recognized several students who they deemed shining examples of excellent behavior in the school cafeteria.   The monthly Golden Spoon honor was given during a Morning Express program, where 26 students received cheers, applause and praise from their teachers, peers and guests. For their efforts, honorees also received a “brag tag” to add to their collection.   Sitting, from left, are: Peyton Engel, Damien Drought, Abbott Patterson, Olivia Gonzalez, Camron Zobel, Cayden Meeker, Abagail Elliott, Elijah Wilson, Kyleigh Pearson and Riley Reed. Kneeling, from left, are: Jared Gardenier, Reese Niver, Trevor Chappell, Hannah Bell, Jayceon Barber, Mya Carroll and Brian Santiago. Standing, from left, are Principal Jean ... more >>
Kindergarten registration kicks-off April: The Fulton City School District will offer kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year for children who turn five years old by Dec. 1 during the upcoming Parent University event.   Parent University will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at G. Ray Bodley High School.   Following the event, the district will officially roll out kindergarten registration on April 27 at all four elementary buildings (Volney, Fairgrieve, Granby and Lanigan) between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.   Beginning April 28, kindergarten registration will take place in the registration office, room 107, of the Fulton Education Center, 167 S. Fourth St., Fulton. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays from September to June, and from ... more >>
GRB’s Quirk’s Players: a performance for a cause: G. Ray Bodley High School senior Jeremy Herlowski has always been dedicated to his theatrical performances, and his portrayal of Uncle Fester in the Quirk’s Players recent production of “The Addams Family” was no different.   When the use of wig caps floundered, Herlowski knew there was only one way to achieve the perfect Uncle Fester bald-headed look: shave his head. Shortly before the March 9, 10 and 11 shows in GRB’s auditorium, Herlowski buzzed his hair and morphed into the quirky, uncanny character.   Just after the change in hair style, he had confided in some friends that he wished he had set up a pledge account for the St. Baldrick’s campaign to raise money to help fight childhood cancer. A local shaving event to benefit the campaign ... more >>
Lanigan students celebrate Dr. Seuss: Lanigan Elementary students and teachers celebrated Read Across America by turning their school into a version of Seussville.   The week-long event was centered on the March 2 birthday of children’s author, Dr. Seuss, as students participated in school spirit activities and reading challenges. In honor of the book, “I Can Read with My Eyes Shut,” students wore a shirt that others can read, while another day students celebrated the book, “Fox in Socks” by wearing silly socks. Students sported crazy hair styles on Whoville Hair Day, in honor of Whoville, and on Twin Day Thing 1 and Thing 2 were honored. The week concluded with a pajama day, in honor of “The Sleep Book.”   In each first-grade classroom, students related Common Core learning ... more >>
GRB students receive the golden ticket: G. Ray Bodley High School recently began a new program to recognize students in grades nine through 12 who have become shining examples at GRB.   The Golden Ticket Referral Program mirrors similar programs at the Fulton City School District Elementary buildings, which honor students who have succeeded with the district’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports initiative.   GRB students are nominated by teachers and high school staff members who recognize the freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors for showing responsibility, respect, problem-solving, safety and several character education traits throughout school grounds, inside the building and at Fulton City School District events.   At the end of each month, one name is randomly selected to become ... more >>
Game days help Volney students prepare for state test: It’s all fun and games at Volney Elementary School as its fifth-graders prepare for the upcoming New York State math exam.   In their Response to Intervention math groups, based on their academic needs, students wrote main objectives, game objectives, math problem sets, answer keys and a list of game pieces needed to play handmade board games such as “Battle of the Birds” and “That One Silly Math Game,” among several others.   Questions ranged from easy, medium and hard to help students work through and master either order of operation or multi-step problems for each game. Teacher Deborah Arden said each fifth-grade RTI group will evaluate all games and provide feedback, such as the need for clarity of directions and adjusted math answers. A ... more >>

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