The public hearing on the Fulton City School Districtâ€™s proposed 2010-2011 budget, which was held on Wednesday, May 5, will be aired on Time Warner Cable public access channel 96 in Fulton.
The hearing will air on the following dates:
5/10 â€“ 5:30 p.m.
5/11 â€“ 3:30 p.m.
5/12 â€“ 5:30 & 1 minute after the Fulton Common Council Meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m.
5/13 – 7:00 p.m.
5/14 – 6 p.m.
5/15 – 6:00 p.m.
5/16 â€“ 4:30 p.m.
5/17 â€“ 5:30 p.m.
The vote on the school budget and for two board positions is Tuesday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Voting locations are Lanigan, Granby, Fairgrieve and Volney elementary schools.
Anyone interested in further information may call William Lynch, superintendent of schools, at 593-5510 orÂ www.fulton.cnyric.org.
â€œEat a rainbow a day,â€ Wegmans â€˜eat well live wellâ€™ tour guide Michelle said to Volney Elementary School fourth graders during their recent field trip to the supermarket in Clay. Some raised eyebrows and a few confused looks emerged before the students realized she was referring to the USDA MyPyramid food guide.
The â€˜eat well live wellâ€™ free, fun and educational interactive tour at Wegmans aims at arming students with the knowledge and skills needed to make healthy food choices. â€œThe healthier your diet is, the better you are going to feel,â€ Michelle said as she explained the tour stops to the storeâ€™s bakery, produce, dairy and meat/seafood departments. Wegmans representatives along the tour emphasized the importance of whole grains, healthy fats, vitamins, fiber, protein, calcium, 100% juice, understanding serving or portion sizes, and also provided some taste tests.
The tour concluded with an â€˜eat well live wellâ€™ Treasure Hunt where the students were given clues and asked to locate healthy products such as pork, lettuce and multi-grain bread. Each student left with a goodie bag filled with healthy food alternatives like oatmeal, raisins, an apple, a loaf of multi-grain bread along with a food pyramid and a fitness chart.
â€œItâ€™s hard not to notice that nearly every teenager has a cell phone and as useful of a tool as it is for communicating, not using it responsibly can be dangerous,â€ Fulton Junior High School (FJHS) Assistant Principal Ryan Lanigan said. For this reason FJHS partnered with the Child Advocacy Center to incorporate a discussion about sexting into the schoolâ€™s recent Positive Behaviors and Interventions Services (PBIS) Day.
Defined as the act of sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photos, or images electronically, sexting can have legal consequences, social repercussions, and can be emotionally and psychological damaging to todayâ€™s youth. FJHS students watched the MTV documentary â€œSexting in America: When Privates Go Public” about high school students involved in sexting. From a teenage girl who sent a boyfriend an explicit photo of herself where it eventually ended up on the internetÂ to a teenage boy who passed on an explicit photo that he received the documentary capture two different aspects of the repercussions of sexting. The girl who had to deal with the embarrassment and humiliation to the boy who was arrested for child pornography and is now and will be a registered sex offender until he is 43, the documentary and proactive classroom discussions that followed aimed at informing FJHS seventh and eighth graders and arming them with the facts they need to make informed decisions and how to use technology responsibly.
More information is available by calling the Fulton Junior High School at (315) 593-5440.
Students in Lanigan Elementary School celebrated positive behavior in an out of this world way recently at a Lanigan Lift-Off program held at the school. This program focuses on reinforcing the Fulton City School DistrictÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Positive Behaviors and Interventions Services (PBIS) initiative, promoting a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) attitude and uniting the entire Lanigan student and staff family.
Students filled the cafeteria dancing and singing along to a mix of fun and inspirational songs that boomed through the cafeteria. Once each class had settled into their seats, the theme song from Space Odyssey filled the room as a group of teachers and Lanigan Elementary School Principal Dan Johnson descended from a space rocket onto the stage. This Lift-Off was a no-go with the smoke/fog machine, but the audience did not seem to mind the missing vapor.
As always, lead astronaut, sixth grade teacher Mr. Harry Meeker, began the high energy program by reviewing the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s four PBIS expectations: be respectful, be responsible, be safe, and be a problem solver and asked the students to uphold these expectations when then are not only in school, but at home and in the community.
Set to a NASA-inspired theme, each Lanigan Lift-off assembly promotes student accomplishments in a high energy, supportive environment. As part of the Lanigan Lift-off festivities, the school recognizes the many students who have remained referral free since the beginning of the school year. Wrapping up the assembly, student and staff members swayed back and forth as they sang I Can See Clearly Now.
These lift-off events, which are scheduled for early dismissal days in the district are an opportunity to bring the entire student body together, including those classes currently housed at other elementary schools, to celebrate Lanigan school spirit and promote the TEAM environment.
Fairgrieve Elementary SchoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top two spellers in grades four through six will advance to the 2009-2010 Post Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee to be held January 23rd at Christian Brothers Academy. Finishing in first place was Allysha DelaCruz, second place winner was Gina Babcock, and third place was awarded to Madison Lang.
The local spellers will join about 200 students from 45 school districts and home-school associations in taking a written test. The top 35 spellers will move on to an oral bee, with the winner granted an expense paid trip for two to Washington, DC to take part in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.
Earlier this month, a celebration was held for 19 students who passed the first written spelling test. A total of 76 students competed in the first written test, which was given by reading teachers Patti DeGelorm and Mike Church. The students were given study guides earlier in the school year that included word lists to study, as well as preparation tips. An oral bee was held following a series of written tests in order to narrow down the number of participants. The winning word at this bee was entourage.
The Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee is the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest and longest-running education promotion with the purpose to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all of their lives.
Several Fairgrieve Elementary School students were selected to receive the December Virtue of the Month award. DecemberÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s virtue, Empathy, recognizes wonderful examples of caring and understanding individuals. Ã¢â‚¬Å“All are kind hearted children who are always sensitive to the needs and feelings of others,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla.
Granby Elementary School students were anything but blue when singer-songwriter and motivational speaker Jared Campbell stopped by to present the Blue Project. The cafeteria was abuzz with excitement recently as he entertained students during two separate assemblies that focused on the importance of respect, friendship and kindness.
There are many places where students go to school six days a week including the school I visited near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Interestingly, they only have classes five of the days. On Thursdays they clean the school and work in the garden where they grow food that is used for their lunch. When I entered the fourth grade classroom all the students stood up. After greeting them, I said that they could be seated. My guide said, “No, they must stay standing as a sign of respect to their guests.”
Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School kicked off the school year with an assembly that promoted positive behavioral traits. The Show of Love, presented by Joe Trionfero, was an infusion of music with kindness as the overarching theme.
Vernon C. Collett Jr., 65, of Fulton, passed away Thursday September 18, 2014, at the Syracuse V.A. Medical Center.
The NY Giants and the NFL have advocated 60 minutes of activity a day for kids across America to promote physical fitness. Now, the team is adding education to that message.