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State Street UMC Rummage Sale Planned

FULTON – State Street United Methodist Church will have a rummage sale on April 30, May 1 and May 2.

The hours will be from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The sale will be held at the church, 357 State St.

Please use the Park Street entrance.

Port City Faith to Host Craft and Vendor Show April 25

OSWEGO – Port City Faith Assembly of God will hold a craft and vendor show on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 436 W. Fifth St.

The event serves as a fundraiser for overseas missionaries.

Numerous crafters and vendors will be on hand with wide assortment of shopping interests.

In addition, there will be food, a bake sale and raffle contests.

SUNY Oswego National Honor Society Students Make A Difference at St. Luke

OSWEGO – Members of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society from SUNY Oswego visited residents at St. Luke Health Services as part of ODK’s National Service Day activities.

Members of the SUNY Oswego Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society paid a visit to residents at St. Luke Health Services.  From left are: honor society members Lauren Saroli, Jillian Keating, Kelly Stacey and Nicole Montana with St. Luke resident Mike James. The students visited with residents, shared in conversation and some laughs while leading a group activity.

Members of the SUNY Oswego Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society paid a visit to residents at St. Luke Health Services. From left are: honor society members Lauren Saroli, Jillian Keating, Kelly Stacey and Nicole Montana with St. Luke resident Mike James. The students visited with residents, shared in conversation and some laughs while leading a group activity.

National Honor Society members visited with residents, shared in conversation and some laughs, while taking part in a group activity.

“On behalf of our residents who enjoyed their time together, we thank the ODK Honor Society students for taking time to visit us and become involved,” said Nicole Greenier, St. Luke’s volunteer coordinator. “Our involvement with SUNY Oswego is tremendous, and students like the ODK group are an important part of our desire to keep residents connected with our community.”

About ODK:

Omicron Delta Kappa is a 100-year old national leadership honor society that has initiated more than 300,000 members since its founding. The society recognizes not only academic achievement but also campus leadership across the five phases of campus life:
• Scholarship
• Athletics
• Campus or Community Service, Social or Religious Activities, and Campus Government
• Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
• Creative and Performing Arts

ODK has more than 285 active circles at colleges and universities across the United States.

We remain committed to developing campus leaders who will become tomorrow’s community leaders.

Kenney Middle School Students Strive for Success

Once again, 230 students in grades five through eight were recognized at the third quarter recognition breakfast celebration at Kenney Middle School.

Hannibal Kenney Middle School student Lane Rawls showcases his brand new basketball received from the raffle drawing at the third quarter recognition breakfast.

Hannibal Kenney Middle School student Lane Rawls showcases his brand new basketball received from the raffle drawing at the third quarter recognition breakfast.

The Hannibal students received awards for perfect attendance, honor roll and high honor roll for the third quarter. Students who raised their grade point average by five points or more were also recognized.

“I have to say that I am so proud of each of you who are sitting here today,” said Principal Dee Froio. “This is the most difficult quarter to earn recognition. If you are sitting here, you are pretty special and putting forth a tremendous amount of effort.”

Last quarter, Froio challenged the students to empower their friends by encouraging them to strive for success as well.

Hannibal Middle School students Emma Deloff, Zoey Pullen and Sabrina Mashaw enjoy breakfast as a reward for perfect attendance, honor roll and high honor roll for the third quarter.

Hannibal Middle School students Emma Deloff, Zoey Pullen and Sabrina Mashaw enjoy breakfast as a reward for perfect attendance, honor roll and high honor roll for the third quarter.

She said she was pleased to see many new faces at this quarter’s celebration, and encouraged the students to bring even more friends with them for the last quarter celebration.

In addition to the awards and the breakfast, each student also received a raffle ticket to enter into a prize drawing.

Fifth grader Lane Rawls selected a new basketball as his reward.

Sandy Creek Students Learn Value In Emergency Preparedness

With some assistance from the American Red Cross, students in the Sandy Creek Central School District recently learned the value in practicing emergency preparedness.

Student Katie Craw displays her emergency pillowcase as part of the American Red Cross’ Pillowcase Project.

Student Katie Craw displays her emergency pillowcase as part of the American Red Cross’ Pillowcase Project.

Elementary school students recently participated in the Red Cross’ Pillowcase Project, a preparedness education program that teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards and coping skills.

The program, which is sponsored by Disney, began with a brief presentation by American Red Cross volunteers Ellyn Gloshinski and Rachel Bowers.

During the presentation, both volunteers explained proper protocol to follow in the case of an emergency, including fires and floods.

“It is always important to have at least two escape routes in your house,” Bowers said.

Students and teachers at Sandy Creek Central School District recently welcomed volunteers of the American Red Cross to present the Pillowcase Project, which aims to teach students about emergency preparedness.

Students and teachers at Sandy Creek Central School District recently welcomed volunteers of the American Red Cross to present the Pillowcase Project, which aims to teach students about emergency preparedness.

After the presentation, students were given a test on emergency preparedness and received a workbook to take home and share with their parents.

Pillowcases were also given to each student to be used as an emergency supply kit.

Suggested items for the student to place in the pillowcase included a flashlight, batteries, non-perishable foods and a first aid kit.

Broomball Competition Helps Raise Funds For BackPack Program

A recent broomball competition featuring students and staff from the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District help raise $350 for the district’s BackPack Program, which is designed to help meet the needs of hungry children.

The “Rebel Sweepers,” made up of APW School District personnel, recently participated in a broomball competition to help support the district’s BackPack Program.

The “Rebel Sweepers,” made up of APW School District personnel, recently participated in a broomball competition to help support the district’s BackPack Program.

“I was delighted to see the people come out as a community to support us! It was such a great thing to see our staff and students come together also,” said school lunch manager Bonnie Horning, a key contributor to the creation of the program.

The program was created to provide students who have been identified by the district to be at risk of hunger on weekends with a bag of nutritious food each Friday throughout the school year.

The initial pilot program – January to June 2015 – will send participating students home with at least eight items each week in each backpack, and even more on extended breaks.

Several dozen students participated in the broomball competition, as well as a handful of district personnel.

However, one participant in particular caught the attention of Horning.

“I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a superintendent join in the way that Anita Murphy does. She is a great example for our staff, students and community,” said Horning.

Oswego Children’s Theater Teen Ensemble To Present Our Town

The Oswego Children’s Theater’s Teen Ensemble will present a performance of its award-winning production of Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town” 7 p.m. on April 25 at the New Haven Congregation Church.

The show was recently performed at the The Michael J. Harms Theater Festival at campus of Cayuga Community College, where it won a participation award as well as honorable mention acting awards for cast members Abby Fields and Caitlyn McAfee.

The cast includes Ryan Smith as George Gibbs, Abby Field, as Emily Webb, Conely Ratzlaf, as Mr. Gibbs, Jordan Oatman, as Mrs. Gibbs, Jessica Johnston, as Mrs. Webb. Caroline Gray, as Mrs. Soames, Caitlyn McAfee, as Rebecca, Ethan Cliff as Wally, Megan Shafer and Mary Buske, as the stage managers.

Our Town, explores the lives of people living in a small, quintessentially American town.

It was first produced in 1938 and received the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

Lyndsie Lee Jones will direct this production assisted by Wayne and Kelly Mosher.

The show will presented in the shortened form that it was performed in at the festival.

Tickets are five dollars.

For more information call 315 342 5265 or 315 529 1009.

Hefti Named a New York State Master Teacher

For nearly a year, Pulaski High School science teacher Jamie Hefti has been a member of a prestigious group of New York state educators dedicated to sharing ideas and experiences to better science, technology, engineering and math instruction.

Jamie Hefti, a biology and earth science teacher at Pulaski High School, holds the honor of being a New York State Master Teacher.

Jamie Hefti, a biology and earth science teacher at Pulaski High School, holds the honor of being a New York State Master Teacher.

In April 2014, Hefti was accepted into the New York State Master Teacher Program, a collection of the highest-performing STEM teachers throughout the state.

The program, which was launched by the state in 2013 in an effort to strengthen STEM education throughout the nation, works in connection with The State University of New York and Math for America.

“Basically it’s a professional development organization, separate from the school day,” Hefti explained. “It never overlaps with my regular teaching. It’s in the evenings, weekends and summer time.”

Along with more than 70 other Master Teachers in central New York, Hefti is engaged in projects to advance STEM instructional ideas.

Those 70-plus educators are then broken into subgroups based on their area of expertise.

“This Master Teacher program didn’t have a blueprint when it began, so it was us just kind of figuring it out as we go,” Hefti said. “But when you get highly motivated people together, something good is bound to happen. And it’s getting there now.”

According to Hefti, the hardest part of being a master teacher may have been gaining acceptance into the program, as he described the application process as being both competitive and challenging.

“After my admissions test, I had to give a 10-minute presentation on something that is interesting to you but that you don’t teach about,” Hefti said. “So I spent 10 hours preparing for a 10-minute presentation.”

Hefti also had to produce a writing sample in less than an hour, took the equivalent of a graduate school admissions exam in his content area and sat through an individual interview to discuss his expertise and experiences.

Though the application process was lengthy and arduous, Hefti said the effort was well worth the rewards that come with being a New York State Master Teacher.

Since joining the program, Hefti has experienced several opportunities that may not have been afforded to him without his new distinction.

Among these opportunities include a behind-the-scenes look at the New York State Museum and acceptance into the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers, the most competitive and prestigious summer professional development training program for biology teachers in New York.

“I was denied acceptance every year until last summer. It was an amazing experience and I am so glad I was able to attend,” Hefti said. “I think I would have been left out again if I wasn’t named a Master Teacher this past spring.”

Hefti recently was invited to speak at a National Science Foundation conference, as well as an American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Washington D.C.

While he conceded to being captivated by some of the scientists in attendance, one person in particular had Hefti’s attention.

“I got to meet the head of Google,” Hefti explained. “He gave a speech about how on any given day there are three billion people using the internet, and that his mission before his time passes is to make sure the rest of the world has access to the internet as well.”

APW District Welcomes National Junior Honor Society Inductees

Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District welcomed six new members to the National Junior Honor Society recently.

APW National Junior Honor Society welcomes inductees Josh Ostrander, Ethan Pernisi, Ashley Kinney, Jasmyn Trumble, Lara Kinney and Anna Mullin.

APW National Junior Honor Society welcomes inductees Josh Ostrander, Ethan Pernisi, Ashley Kinney, Jasmyn Trumble, Lara Kinney and Anna Mullin.

The traditional candle lighting service was followed by Lorraine Sampson (a current NJHS member) who sang “I Was Here” by Beyonce Knowles.

Other existing members proceeded to read essays written by the inductees.

“I feel honored and privileged to be selected as a NJHS member,” said Josh Ostrander in his essay.

A common theme shared by all the inductees was that NJHS is not just about good grades but also about helping others even when there is nothing to gain.

Adviser James Watros gave the closing remarks, welcoming new members Ashley Kinney, Lara Kinney, Anna Mullin, Josh Ostrander, Ethan Pernisi and Jasmyn Trumble into the society.

Open House To Feature Fulton Student Work In Music, Technology

In an effort to showcase student talent across a variety of mediums, the G. Ray Bodley High School music and technology departments have teamed up for an open house.

Set for 6:30 – 8 p.m. April 23 in the GRB auditorium and technology labs, community members are invited to explore some of the unique learning opportunities available to students within the Fulton City School District.

There will be student musical performances, a working hovercraft, robotics, a hands-on design challenge and other activities available to attendees.

According to GRB technology teacher Michael Thurlow, the event, dubbed “Technologically Sound,” allows the technology and music departments to collaborate and “share with community members and future students what we do at the high school.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Thurlow at Mthurlo1@fulton.cnyric.org or 593-5400, ext. 4100.

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