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Fairley Elementary raises over $600 at Paige's Pajamarama: Dressed in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pajama bottoms, bathrobes and Disney princess nightgowns, among other night ware, students and staff members at Fairley Elementary School raised over $600 to assist local families whose children have cancer.   The fourth annual Paige’s Pajamarama at the elementary school allowed the extended Fairley family to dress up in pajamas for the day, in exchange for a donation to the cause. Event proceeds will benefit Paige’s Butterfly Run, Inc. which awards funds toward pediatric cancer research, family and survivor assistance funds, a memorial endowment fund and a family fun fund. Fairley youngsters and staff members were thrilled their donations will help so many children seeking treatment at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital ... more >>
Healthy Family Night at Fairley draws huge crowd: Fairley Elementary School’s 4 th annual Healthy Family Night helped families learn that it takes more than physical fitness and healthy eating habits to become healthier children and adults.   The event also encouraged youngsters and their parents/guardians gain self-confidence to complete tasks and make great decisions. Trying new challenges and foods were both welcoming undertakings.   Dozens of children and adults flocked to Healthy Family Night, which was packed with a performance from dance teachers at Kami’s Kix, yoga lessons, hoola hoop practice, fitness activities from Fairley Physical Education Teacher Lynn Halliwell, a visit from PAWS Across Oswego County, arts and crafts, play therapy, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office with child identification ... more >>
History comes to life at Ole Fashion Day: A decades-long tradition at Fairley Elementary School continued recently as fourth-graders, decked out in period costumes, took a step back in time during Ole Fashion Day. The annual event corresponds with the social studies unit on Colonial America, where students learn about patriots, loyalists and the Revolutionary War. Classrooms were set up with different activities that helped define the Colonial era. Students learned from a one-room school house, writing sentences on chalkboards and pretending to fetch firewood to keep the room heated. “Ole Fashion Day is a celebration of what our students have been learning in English language arts, social studies and math,” said fourth-grade teacher Carol Cook. “They learned about artisans in our ELA modules and the jobs ... more >>
Leonard Earns PE Teacher of the Year Honors: With a commitment to his students and a passion for physical education, Hannibal alumnus Scott Leonard recently received honors as the Central North Zone Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. The award, presented by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AHPERD), recognizes individuals for excellence in teaching and overall performance in the disciplines of physical education. Leonard was nominated for his work at Fairley Elementary School, where colleague Lynn Halliwell lauded his contributions. “It’s awesome that Scott won this award,” Halliwell said. “He is so deserving of this recognition. He is energetic, motivating and fun. I couldn’t ask for a better co-worker.” Leonard noted ... more >>
Fairley PE classes roll out new bowling lesson: Although there is not a bowling alley in Hannibal, Fairley Elementary School students are learning the game and gaining hands-on experience thanks to a Bowler’s Ed initiative. The New York State Bowling Association, through the Bowler’s Ed in-school bowling program, provided six sets of mobile bowling equipment for Hannibal’s kindergarten through fourth grade physical education classes. The sets are complete with lanes, pins and bowling balls, and come with accompanying curriculum kits. Valued at $2,200, Fairley Elementary School was among 42 schools that received the package. “Hannibal Home and School and both the Fulton and Oswego bowling alleys wrote letters of support for this program,” said Fairley Elementary physical education teacher Lynn Halliwell. ... more >>
Workshops Teach 21st Century Skills at Fairley Elementary: Hannibal students recently explored the importance of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration (the 4Cs) as part of a lesson from the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Actors from the youth theatre program were on hand to discuss 21st century skills during several interactive workshops in third and fourth-grade classrooms. Students learned the art of storytelling and how “a picture says 1,000 words.” They were tasked to tap into their creativity and add details to a story, essentially turning a blank canvas into a work of art. “This was such a fun, creative way to work on 21st century skills,” said teacher Nancy Miller. “We work on these things in class every day.” The workshop also introduced students to the profession of acting ... more >>
Purple Gallery to perform 2 short plays for Music in Our Schools Month: Hannibal High School students will take the stage to perform two plays during Music in Our Schools Month. The 40-minute plays include “That’s Not How I Remember It,” and “The Audition,” which both infuse a bit of comedy into the shows. According to Hannibal High School art teacher Lauren Boyer, who is co-directing the plays with music teacher Denise Ellis, rehearsals have been going well so far, and this year’s Purple Gallery production is sure to keep the audience entertained. “That’s Not How I Remember It” is a playful take about how Mom and Dad – very differently -- recall how they fell in love. The one-act play is a “crazy homage to bad ‘80s movies and the inadequacies of memory,” according to the description ... more >>
Hannibal High School students shine in talent show: A mixture of academics, singing, acting and traditional Georgian dance filled the annual Hannibal High School Junior/Senior Talent Show.   Ashley Mills opened the show with the song, “You’re Not There,” to which the crowd in the high school auditorium erupted in cheer. Teacher Joseph Meyer and judge told her, “You sing much better than I could.”   The skit, “Roommates” was performed by Abigail Kyle and Kiersten Lathrop, while the “Blood, Sweat and Tears” dance was performed by Taylor Felber. One of the show’s highlights came during the first act with student Brent Wiggins challenging Principal Stephen Dunn to a math challenge. Wiggins won by answering several of the questions correctly, using only his mind. Dunn, ... more >>
Fairley students connect with Canadian classroom: Fairley Elementary School second-graders are learning all about the world, one videoconference connection at a time.   Students in Barb Mosny’s class recently participated in a “Read Around the Planet” video chat with students from Juniper Ridge Elementary in British Columbia, Canada. Mosny’s students prepared for the event by reading books about New York State and New York City. They selected their favorite facts and drew pictures for their new Canadian friends. Topics included Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, the Twin Towers and the Freedom Tower, the New York Yankees, the New York Giants and how the eastern bluebird is the state bird, among several other topics.   The Canadian students treated Mosny’s class to a reader’s theater ... more >>
Students Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month: The Hannibal Central School District’s Lockwood Auditorium was buzzing with excitement, talent and entertaining music during the recent All-County Band Festival. More than 150 elite junior and senior high school musicians representing all nine school districts in Oswego County combined for separate performances in front of an audience of friends, family and peers. Song selections included “Encanto,” “Air for Winds,” “Rise of the Firebird,” and “Pursuit,” to name a few. Four students from the HCSD music program participated in the festival. Senior Sam Eddy and foreign exchange student Ane Otaegui performed with the high school band, while middle school students Mason Garbus and Marc Barnhart represented Dennis M. Kenney Middle ... more >>
HHS Spanish Club to host circus acts March 11: The Hannibal High School Spanish Club will host an afternoon of family fun when the circus comes to town next week.   Billy Martin’s Cole All-Star Circus will perform at 1 p.m. March 11 in Fairley Elementary School’s gymnasium. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and tickets will be $15 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are just $10. There will be no entry free for up to two children under the age of 12 with each paying adult.   Jugglers, unicyclists, balancers and other specialty acts will fill the afternoon with family entertainment, as a fundraiser for the club’s upcoming Adventure Costa Rica trip. For advanced-sale tickets, or more information, call Spanish Club advisor Michele Gowans at 315-564-7955 or email her at mgowans@hannibalcsd.org.   more >>
Healthy Family Night is March 23 at Fairley: Families, fitness and fun will be celebrated during Fairley Elementary School’s upcoming 4 th annual Healthy Family Night.   The event, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 23 at the school, will feature fitness challenges, family activities, healthy snacks and a community agency resource fair. School psychologist Brittany Meier, who co-organized the event with Fairley counselor Maggie Olon, said the night is designed to help distribute the most current health-related information and increase school-to-community engagement.   “It’s a good forum where we can provide access to services available to families around the county, so if they can’t get there, this is like a one-stop shop where they can learn,” Meier said.   Healthy Family Night ... more >>
Mannequin Challenge !: Hannibal High School students gathered to celebrate the success, accomplishments, and hard work of their winter sport athletes and music students at the Winter Pep Rally.  In addition to a Basketball shootout, all students were invited to participate in a Mannequin Challenge! Over 125 students participated with close-ups as the camera wandered through a gymnasium of frozen, mannequin-like students! Take a look at https://hannibal.ensemble.cnyric.org/Watch/Rq2a3YBf to see paused wrestling moves, groups with silly props, cheer sets, a large fight scene, and many groups of selfies! Again, thank you to the Winter Pep Rally Committee facilitated by Sra. Smith and congratulations and good luck to all our teams as we complete the winter sports season. Go Warriors!   more >>
Hannibal senior earns Cianfarano Scholarship: Hannibal High School senior Mackenzie Stevens recently received a financial boost for college, thanks to the Shirley Chillson Cianfarano Scholarship (sponsored by the Alumni Association). The annual scholarship serves as a tribute to Cianfarano, a longtime guidance secretary in the Hannibal Central School District who left a lasting impact on the community. Upon her passing, family and friends created a scholarship in her name, which is given to a student who exhibits good character, commitment, leadership and academic achievement. “These attributes were so much a part of (Shirley),” noted her son, Steve Cianfarano. “Mackenzie fits the bill for exactly what she would have wanted in a scholarship recipient.” Stevens plans to use the scholarship funds, ... more >>
Reading collaboration a success in the HCSD: A learning collaboration between elementary and middle school students in the Hannibal Central School District recently culminated in a combined reading activity. Seventh-graders in Emily Glasser’s family and consumer sciences course studied childcare and development by participating in a variety of classroom activities. Through several hands-on and simulated demonstrations, the middle school students discovered how children learn new tasks such as cutting with scissors and playing with play-dough. After weeks of studying in the classroom, the seventh-graders put their knowledge to real-life use as they joined forces with Fairley Elementary School students for a literacy event. The middle school students, who had learned the importance of reading to children at an early age, ... more >>
Fairley Elementary holiday craft night: Fairley Elementary students got into the holiday spirit during the school’s annual Holiday Craft Night. Students in grades pre-kindergarten through four made reindeer hats, snowmen face frames, ornaments decorated with glitter, snowflakes out of coffee filters, and reindeer and Christmas trees out of pizza slice trays. They also danced to holiday tunes with Fairley staff members and Principal Jody Musa. Their hard work was rewarded with hot cocoa and candy canes. Pictured is kindergartner Quenton Havens and his snowman face frame.   more >>
HCSD students shine in music programs: Hannibal Central School District students have become shining stars in the district’s many music programs. Dennis M. Kenney Middle School eighth-graders Adam Catherman and Nathan Huff are among the best middle school singers in the state. Catherman, a tenor, sang “Where is Love?” and Huff, a bass, sang “Who Will Buy?” from the musical, “Oliver” as their New York State School Music Association solo pieces earlier this year. The two DMK students received praise from NYSMMA judges for their accuracy of pitch, technique, diction, rhythm and musical interpretation. Because they received high scores, they were invited to perform in the recent NYSSMA Junior High Area All-State Chorus among students in Oswego, Cortland and Onondaga counties. “This ... more >>
New STEM club at DMK also teaches soft skills: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math aren’t the only skills learned at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School’s new STEM Club.   The club also helps students in grades five through eight foster soft skills such as communication, problem-solving, research and adaptability in a fun learning environment. Facilitated by Teachers Meg Daley and Nikki Newidomy, the club seeks to enhance student learning outside of core classes. Students of all academic abilities meet after school twice a month at DMK to engage in STEM activities.   During the first quarter, students learned about the engineering process, teambuilding and re-adjusting their products during the construction of spoon catapults. Newidomy said additional opportunities will arise, including video editing and ... more >>
Software to help with college/career readiness: The Hannibal Central School District is committed to developing its middle and high school students into college- and career-ready community members.   District officials aim to accomplish that feat with the implementation of Naviance software for students in grades five through 12. While the program won’t roll out until early 2017, guidance counselors at the Dennis M. Kenney Middle School and Hannibal High School have already familiarized themselves with the software. Naviance will assist students in learning about personality styles through interest surveys and other means to help guide them toward colleges and careers.   DMK counselor Megan Jaworski said Naviance will be used at the middle school more for exploration of students’ skills and general interests. ... more >>
Hannibal students perform holiday concerts: Sounds of the season could be heard throughout the Hannibal Central School District as students from pre-k to high school performed several concerts leading up to the holiday break. The concert series included vocal and instrumental music featuring a full lineup of holiday classics. At the elementary level, pre-k students decorated hats and sang holiday tunes for an audience of family members. At other grade levels, middle school chorus and band students showcased their talents on two separate nights, while high school musicians also held two concerts for an audience of family and friends. The Hannibal Central School District music program holds several concerts throughout the year. Students also demonstrate their talents at various music festivals and competitions. In April, ... more >>



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