Extended Day program helps deliver soft skills


The Fulton Community School Extended Day Program’s fun, hands-on learning environment has fueled creativity and academic success for local junior high school students.
Several students have achieved their academic goals and became more actively-engaged in their learning thanks to their participation in the “Fulton on Film” session. One of six five-week sessions, “Fulton on Film” taught students about video production and included field trips to both G. Ray Bodley High School and SUNY Oswego.
The Extended Day program is offered from 2:20-5:20 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students are expected to commit to an entire 15-day session, all of which offer snack, recreation, the main program topic and homework time. Each program is led by a certified teacher and bus transportation home is provided.
Upcoming sessions include: Inventors Unite: from Nov. 15 to Dec. 22, where students will stretch their imagination with a rubber band invention contest; All About You: from Jan. 10 to Feb. 9, where students will focus on healthy minds, bodies and souls; Top Chef: from Feb. 28 to March 30, where students will develop and improve upon their culinary skills; and Sow Much More: from April 25 to May 25, where students will prepare a school garden. Details on the final session, Summer Fun!, to be held July 10 to Aug. 4, will be released later in the 2016-2017 school year.
Geri Geitner, FCSD Director of Student Support Programs, said a significant factor in the success of Extended School Day has been the collaboration with community agencies.
Resource Coordinator Janice Scott said active participation in the program will leave Fulton Junior High School seventh- and eighth-grade students with the ability to problem solve, communicate, participate in team building and develop additional soft skills to further increase their academic potential.
For more information, call Scott at 593-5440, ext. 3440 or email her at jscott@oco.org.


Resource Coordinator Janice Scott, right, speaks to a small
crowd at the Fulton Junior High School during the Fulton
Community School Extended Day Program’s film premier event.