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Pre-K students entertain audience during sing-a-longs Pre-K students entertain audience during sing-a-longs: The littlest voices at Fairley Elementary School belted out the biggest tunes during recent December concerts in the cafeteria. Pre-kindergarten students in the morning and afternoon sessions delighted an audience of parents and family members with a full lineup of music. Decked out in handcrafted reversible hats that switched from snowmen to gingerbread men, the pre-k students kept the audience entertained throughout the performance. Under the direction of pre-k teachers Deb Musa and Kim Przychodzen, students danced and sang songs about snow and wintertime, concluding with “Jingle Bells.”
History lesson puts Fairley students at the center of the action History lesson puts Fairley students at the center of the action: Fairley fourth-graders recently took a step back in time as they revisited the ideological and military battles of 1862. As part of a social studies unit, students learned about slavery, the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Civil War. Those classroom studies culminated in a performance of "The Keeper's Voice," in which students interacted with actors from Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and acted as members of the Five Nations. The performance put students at the center of the action, as they represented members of a Haudenosaunee village while they listened as an actress, portraying suffragist and abolitionist Matilda Gage, discussed her views on Civil Rights. The students used their knowledge of the Iroquois Confederacy and its stance on equality to further Gage’s ...
Farm to Table Course a Hit at Kenney Middle School Farm to Table Course a Hit at Kenney Middle School: A new elective course at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School is changing the way students look at their food. Students in Dr. Christine Lamont’s farm to table course are conducting experiments, planting seeds, growing plants and learning a “little bit of everything” in the hands-on class. They are implementing the scientific method while analyzing data and assessing chemical reactions throughout the process. “They are learning the science of food and the science of growing,” Lamont said. “They’re coming away with a better connection between farming and agriculture.” Some of the class projects include growing grass and beans. The students are tasked with developing controlled experiments from start to finish. They plant the seeds, measure ...
Students delve into computer science Students delve into computer science: The Hannibal Central School District is embracing coding at all grade levels, and students recently participated in various activities during Computer Science Education Week in December. At Fairley, librarians Monica Gage and Marie Smith are working with students on different coding projects on Throughout the experience, students work on their problem-solving skills while following instructions to accomplish different tasks. “Students are given activities that are asking them to think ahead to solve a problem,” Gage explained. “As the students move on, they use map skills -- to identify directional points -- and math skills -- like subtraction and addition -- to solve the problems.” By introducing students to computer science at the elementary ...
HCSD & Community Unite for Christmas Bureau HCSD & Community Unite for Christmas Bureau: A holiday fundraising tradition continued this year as the Hannibal Central School District hosted its annual Christmas Bureau carnival. The event collects new toys and nonperishable food and raises money to help fill baskets full of gifts and necessities for HCSD families in need. Once the items are collected, Hannibal National Honor Society students and staff members package the items and deliver them to families in time for the holiday season. This year’s carnival was held at the high school and offered games, face-painting, a magician and other activities for children. There were also basket raffles that included several big-ticket items. Overall, the carnival generated $4,940 for the Christmas Bureau. According to Hannibal High School teacher Karen Upcraft, who helps ...
Life lessons, cultural experience in focus at Fairley Life lessons, cultural experience in focus at Fairley: Hannibal third-graders recently participated in a workshop that culminated in a theater performance that reinforced classroom and life lessons. The arts-in-education program, presented by Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, told the story of “The Magic Paintbrush.” The folktale is set in China and is about a woman who is gifted with a magic paintbrush that makes her paintings come to life. The woman uses the paintbrush to help her fellow villagers, despite the evil emperor lobbying for her to do the opposite. “This is a great story that encourages people to make the right choice, even when the decision isn’t easy,” Hannibal third-grade teachers said. “It also talks about different cultures and languages, which is all part of the social studies curriculum,” ...
Fairley students honor veterans Fairley students honor veterans: In honor of Veterans Day, Fairley Elementary School recently invited local active duty and retired servicemen and women for an assembly punctuated by patriotic songs and tributes. The assembly provided students with an opportunity to learn about Veterans Day and pay tribute to those who have served in the armed forces. Students invited local veterans to the ceremony and presented each one with a flower, donated by Hannibal Home and School. Following the presentation of flowers, Fairley students sang songs and high school student Theresa Przepiora played “Taps” as the ceremony drew to a close.
‘Imagination Library’ gives the gift of reading to HCSD children ‘Imagination Library’ gives the gift of reading to HCSD children: The Hannibal Central School District’s focus on early literacy recently received additional support thanks to funding for books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until (their fifth birthday), no matter their family’s income,” according to the Imagination Library’s website. The program will be introduced to Hannibal’s youngest Warriors after extensive behind-the-scenes work among the district, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County (LCOC) and the United Way. “We know that the adult literacy rate in the county is a huge issue,” said LCOC President Michael Egan. “We saw early literacy efforts ...
Second-graders participate in videoconference Second-graders participate in videoconference: With the help of technology, Hannibal students recently connected with Long Island second-graders to put their communication skills to the test. The distance learning opportunity, dubbed Monster Match, challenged each class to build monsters prior to the videoconference. Each class built their own unique monster and then they were tasked with re-creating the other class’ monster using only a written description to put everything together. Once the “off camera” work was completed, the video connection -- facilitated through the CiTi BOCES Distance Learning Program – was established and students shared their creations with one another. The classes noted similarities and differences in their monsters and discussed the importance of following directions and clear ...
Seniors to present fall play, Nov. 8 & 9 Seniors to present fall play, Nov. 8 & 9: The classic story of Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz" will take unexpected plot turns when Hannibal High School seniors present the fall play at 7 p.m. Nov. 8-9 in the Lockwood Auditorium. This year's fall production, "Wizard of Oz: The Deleted Scene," takes Dorothy on a much different journey than the one portrayed on the big screen. Instead of meeting three friends along the yellow brick road and to the the "wonderful Wizard of Oz," her alternative route brings her to the "Mediocre Wizard of the South Swamp." There, she meets Hansel and Gretel, Jack and Jill, and others who add to the comedic take on a classic. Admission is $5 and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Fairley students enjoy Fairley students enjoy "All Hallows' Read": A Halloween-themed literacy event at Fairley Elementary School recently brought families together for a morning of reading and fun. The event, “All Hallows’ Read,” provided students with an opportunity to pick their favorite Halloween books and read with family members. Each grade level participated in the event, which also featured doughnuts and milk for all attendees. Principal Amy Bird noted the event was a fun way for families to read together while reinforcing the importance of literacy.
Hannibal High School hosts open house, barbecue Hannibal High School hosts open house, barbecue: With the school year well underway, Hannibal High School students and families recently had a chance to get together for an open house and barbecue. Hundreds of students and family members met with teachers, discussed the curriculum and explored some of the academic and extracurricular options available within the school district. In conjunction with the open house, the High School Family Engagement Committee hosted a pulled pork barbecue and invited several local agencies to set up booths and discuss their services. A representative from SUNY Oswego was also on hand to talk about the financial aid process. Upperclassmen learned about scholarship opportunities, how to fill out the FAFSA and important deadlines when it comes to filing paperwork.
Ecosystems in focus for Fairley fourth-graders Ecosystems in focus for Fairley fourth-graders: Fairley Elementary students recently participated in a hands-on science lesson as they explored the lakeshore, plant life and the ecosystem during a field trip to Camp Hollis. The two-day field trip provided fourth-graders with a chance to apply their science education in a real-world setting. Students hiked through nature trails and identified various plant and animal life. They also strolled along Lake Ontario, looking for characteristics to determine whether rocks were sedimentary or metamorphic. “Students learn about a lot of different things during the field trip,” said members of the fourth-grade teaching team. “They investigate pond water too, looking for different insects and plant life.” Once they collected various samples, students recorded ...
Students, families attend Fairley open house Students, families attend Fairley open house: Fairley Elementary School was abuzz with excitement in late September as families attended a fall open house. Hundreds of students, parents, siblings and other family members poured into the hallways and stopped in classrooms to meet with teachers and chat about the school year. Teachers talked to families about goals and expectations, while students showed off their work. As families toured the building and met with staff, they also had an opportunity to learn about school events and activities.
Hannibal schools collaborate on literacy initiative Hannibal schools collaborate on literacy initiative: To bolster literacy and improve instruction, the Hannibal Central School District has teamed with area educators, the CNYOC Teacher Center, CiTi BOCES and the highly acclaimed Reading League to launch the Oswego County Literacy Initiative. As part of the effort, new reading coach Katie Sojewicz, along with reading teacher Sue Morley and instructional coach Gale Cacchione, will work with teachers and students to implement evidence-based reading instruction. The roll-out began over the summer when the trio met with teachers for a professional development opportunity. They worked with educators to discuss ways to teach reading using evidence-based, highly effective methods of reading instruction and assessment. “This isn’t a program; it’s a philosophical approach to ...
Hovercraft Project reinforces STEM, teamwork for DMK students Hovercraft Project reinforces STEM, teamwork for DMK students: Hannibal sixth-graders recently received a STEM lesson as they designed, built and tested hovercrafts. The full-day immersive program, led by Matt Chase of The Hovercraft Project, provided students with an opportunity to collaborate, solve problems and build hovercrafts that carried riders from one end of the gym to the other. Teams worked together to take measurements, cut materials and assemble the crafts. Once the hovercrafts were assembled, students tested them and worked together to troubleshoot potential issues. They measured the distance each craft traveled and developed solutions to make the craft more efficient. “This project gives students a chance to have fun and learn at the same time,” Chase said. “We want them to learn to love to learn.”
Hannibal schools welcome 15 new teachers Hannibal schools welcome 15 new teachers: The Hannibal Central School District welcomed more than a dozen new teachers into the Warrior family to start the year. During a two-day orientation over the summer, the new teachers toured buildings and became acclimated to the school community. District administrators and veteran teachers provided insight and mentoring opportunities for the new hires. According to Dee Froio, HCSD’s Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability, the new teachers have embraced the district’s mission and bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. “We are very excited to welcome the new staff,” Froio said. “Each one of them was asked to join the team because they exemplify a key quality that we expect in all of our employees — they are ...
Open house welcomes DMK families Open house welcomes DMK families: The hallways and classrooms at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School were bustling with excitement during a recent open house. Students and their families walked from classroom to classroom and met with teachers to ask questions and review expectations in an informal setting. In addition to meeting with individual core classroom teachers, parents had a chance to meet with special area teachers as well. New technology teacher Tony Tuso had plenty of visitors in his classroom as students were eager to show their families some of the equipment and projects they would be working on this school year. “This is my favorite class,” said DMK student Alison Hallinan as she stepped into the technology room and showed her mom around the room. Aside from the classroom tours and ...
High School to Host 3 Events September 27 High School to Host 3 Events September 27: Hannibal High School will host three events Sept. 27 to welcome families and usher in the new school year.  The evening will begin with a 5 p.m. financial aid presentation in the auditorium for parents and seniors. Open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. In conjunction with financial aid night and open house, the High School Family Engagement Committee is sponsoring a pork roast, from 5-7 p.m. in the gymnasium. Attendees will receive a free meal ticket when they update their contact information and create a SchoolTool login. There will also be a mini college fair, basket raffles and several local agencies will be on hand to distribute information about the services they provide.
Welcome back barbecue, orientation a success at DMK Welcome back barbecue, orientation a success at DMK: The Hannibal Central School District recently helped its middle school students kick off the school year with an orientation and a barbecue. Under the guidance of the Dennis M. Kenney Middle School student leadership team, incoming fifth-graders were treated to a tour of the building. At the same time, parents met in the cafeteria where Principal Shawn Morgan discussed schedules, expectations and reviewed some of the resources available to families. Following orientation, families of all middle school students were treated to a barbecue. District administration, Board of Education members and members of the DMK leadership team served hot dogs, chips and ice cream to hundreds of students and their families.

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