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First-ever districtwide art show draws a crowd First-ever districtwide art show draws a crowd: Hundreds of pieces of work, from kindergarten through 12th grade, filled the hallways of Hannibal High School and the gymnasium was transformed into an art gallery, as the school celebrated its first districtwide art show. Students showed a variety of works to their parents, siblings and friends as they strolled from one end of the school to the other. All different types of media were on display for spectators to enjoy, including self-portraits, 3D projects, photographs, sculptures, mixed-media and more to showcase the talent and creativity of Hannibal Central School District students. The evening’s entertainment also included students performing live wheel throwing demonstrations. A captivated audience had the unique opportunity to watch a formless lump of clay being transformed, ...
Hannibal students bloom at spring concert Hannibal students bloom at spring concert: The sounds of spring filled the air, as fifth and sixth grade students at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School delighted a packed auditorium with a variety of choral and instrumental performances.   The concert, under the direction of Jeff Sawyer, included a variety of pieces from the school’s chorus and band, with each performance being introduced by student musicians. Friends, staff and family members enjoyed an evening filled with well-known hits like “Wagon Wheel,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Ghostbusters,” in addition to being taken on a journey across the globe with contemporary South African pieces like “Thula Klizeo,” “In Africa” and “Cango Caves.”   The evening came to a close with a wacky and fun ...
DMK students earn honors in third quarter DMK students earn honors in third quarter: Dennis M. Kenney Middle School students recently celebrated academic success, perfect attendance and scholastic improvement during a ceremony in the cafeteria. Teachers and administrators were on hand to congratulate students who earned high honor roll, honor roll, perfect attendance or achieved academic growth from the previous quarter. More than 200 students in fifth through eighth grades were recognized with certificates and a doughnut treat. Principal Shawn Morgan noted he was proud of the students’ accomplishments and encouraged them to continue their dedication and work ethic in the final quarter of the school year.
HS Families Invited to Pig Roast HS Families Invited to Pig Roast: The Hannibal High School Family Engagement Committee will sponsor a pig roast and other activities beginning at 5 p.m. May 17. As part of a family engagement initiative, the committee is offering a free meal ticket to students and parents who update their contact information and create a SchoolTool login. In addition to the food, other activities include a college fair, robotics demonstrations and basket raffle. Several local agencies and organizations will also be on hand to offer information about their services. Military representatives, the volunteer fire department, Oswego County Opportunities and New York State Police will have tables set up to provide information to attendees. Additionally, school district personnel will be available to offer SchoolTool training and information ...
Art Show Set for May 15 Art Show Set for May 15: The first-ever districtwide art show is set for 4-7 p.m. May 15 at the high school. Student artwork from every grade level will be on display in the gymnasium throughout the evening. Additionally, high school students will be on hand for live pottery demonstrations, painting, and more. Parents, students and community members are welcome to attend.
Ceramics students learn art of raku firing Ceramics students learn art of raku firing: Hannibal High School ceramics students recently sparked their studies thanks to a raku firing demonstration by Clayscapes Pottery. The pottery business provided equipment that transformed the students’ clay pieces into glazed, finished ceramic works of art. Using a kiln heated to 1,800 degrees, glazes began to bubble and melt. Once heated to the desired temperature, the pieces were removed from the kiln and placed into a reduction chamber before being cooled in water and brought to room temperature. According to ceramics teacher Lauren Boyer, raku firing offers students with “instant gratification art.” “This is a special alternative firing that produces immediate results,” Boyer said. “Rather than waiting 24 hours, they see the finished product in ...
Students learn about visual impairment Students learn about visual impairment: Select students in Julia Brooks’ second-grade classroom at Fairley Elementary School closed their eyes and were asked by a guest presenter to take a look around.   “I see black,” one student said. “I can’t see anything,” another said.   The students, all a part of a high-level reading group in Brooks’ class, then wondered what it was like to live life in darkness. The students already read a book together on both the struggles and accomplishments of Helen Keller. To help them relate their reading material to a real-life situation, Brooks invited friend Jean Fultz in to share about her young granddaughter’s life as a child who is blind.   Students were fascinated with the cane, which Fultz told them acted as a set of ...
Fairley students, staff host Pajamarama fundraiser Fairley students, staff host Pajamarama fundraiser: An annual tradition continued at Fairley Elementary School recently, as students and the school community united to raise money for the Golisano Children’s Hospital. On a designated day each year, Hannibal students wear their pajamas to school as a fundraiser and to raise awareness of childhood cancer. “Paige’s Pajamarama,” named in honor of a Baldwinsville girl who passed away after being diagnosed with cancer, provides financial support for pediatric cancer research, family and survivor assistance funds, a memorial endowment fund and a family fun fund. The extended Fairley family turned out in support once again this year, raising $1,005. According to physical education teacher Lynn Halliwell, the generosity of students, teachers and families was heartwarming. ...
Fairley students celebrate Dr. Seuss Fairley students celebrate Dr. Seuss: In celebration of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, Fairley Elementary students participated in literacy activities and dressed in themed outfits during Read Across America Week. The annual event coincides with Seuss’ birthday: March 2, and promotes reading at school and at home. For Fairley students, the celebration culminated in an assembly with a guest reader and a skit performed by high school students. “We still celebrate Dr. Seuss because of all the great things he has done,” said reading teacher Kate Babbitt. “His main goal was to make sure every child had a love of reading. Each story teaches us something.” Hannibal High School students Derek Cuyler, Connor Griffin, Haley Goodman, Alyssa Emmons. Christina Thompson, Jeffrey Fellows ...
Healthy Family Night set for March 22 Healthy Family Night set for March 22: Preparations are underway in the Hannibal Central School District for an annual tradition promoting healthy habits and positive choices. The fifth annual Healthy Family Night will be held from 5-7 p.m. March 22 at Fairley Elementary School and will feature a variety of activities for community members. Dozens of local agencies and organizations will be on hand to offer giveaways, educational materials and other supports to attendees. “Families who have not attended before can expect to find a night full of fun, family-friendly activities that promote a healthy mind and body,” said Brittany Meier, Fairley school psychologist and event spokeswoman. “We will be focusing on bringing in more interactive activities, including yoga, a fitness boot camp, a crafts and art ...
Fairley celebrates 100 days Fairley celebrates 100 days: It was a numbers explosion at Fairley Elementary School this week as the school celebrated its 100 th day of school with an entire day devoted to having fun while counting and learning. “We are 100 days smarter today,” said teacher Rhonda Koskowski, as she led a Fairley first-grade tradition of 10 sets of 10 (100 total) exercises. Students hopped, clapped, raised their arms and ran in place as a class while counting upward toward the day’s magic number. Each student also assembled a collage of 100 items, including Froot Loops cereal, cotton balls, or petals on a rose tree.
Purple Gallery sets the stage for “Strange Happenings” Purple Gallery sets the stage for “Strange Happenings”: The Hannibal High School Purple Gallery Drama Club is excited to share “Strange Happenings” in a couple of upcoming March performances.   Students will bring playwright Robert Frankel’s work to life through a suspenseful, musical journey with unique scenes as The Stargazer guides the audience through a small-town murder investigation, an interesting science project, a double-date adventure to a creepy house and a dream sequence. Attendees will have to guess how the mystery unwinds and twists unfold.   Each drama club member worked together to collectively decide which script they would best like to work with. They chose “Strange Happenings” and got right to work with the production process. “Strange Happenings” is produced by special ...
Fairley students advance to County Battle of the Books Fairley students advance to County Battle of the Books: “In which book do blue dots look silly?”   That question, along with 15 others that were just as specific, were asked to four teams of students at Fairley Elementary School who competed in the annual Battle of the Books event. Teams had just 30 seconds to answer those detailed questions and earned eight points for the correct title and author or five points for the correct title only.   The third- and fourth-grade students studied 10 chapter books throughout the past several months so they could provide correct answers to the most inquisitive questions. Each participant smiled with excitement, gave a high five or let out a squeal each time they and their teammates were right. Classmates, staff members, parents and other supporters also cheered for each team. ...
Fairley Students to Celebrate Read Across America Week Fairley Students to Celebrate Read Across America Week: Preparations are underway at Fairley Elementary School for a weeklong celebration of Dr. Seuss. Students will read Dr. Seuss books, participate in various activities and host an assembly during Read Across America Week, which is celebrated Feb. 26 through March 2. The celebration coincides with the late author's birthday and promotes reading among children. Below is the schedule for the different activities that will be held each day during the celebration: Feb. 26: Monday - Fox in Socks Day (Wear your silliest or mismatched socks)   Feb. 27: Tuesday - Green Eggs and Ham Day (Dress in the color Green)   Feb. 28: Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday (Wear mismatched clothes, clothes backward, inside-out, etc., and sport a wacky hairstyle)   March 1: ...
Hannibal Alumni Association awards scholarship Hannibal Alumni Association awards scholarship: After a successful first semester at Cayuga Community College, Hannibal High School alumna Alexis Lathrop received a financial boost thanks to the Hannibal Alumni Association. Lathrop recently received the association’s Shirley Chillson Cianfarano Memorial Scholarship. The award is given annually to a student who exemplifies characteristics that Cianfarano exhibited throughout her life in the Hannibal community. “Shirley was dedicated to the community, had strength of character, pride of workmanship and was a leader,” said a scholarship chairperson. “Alexis exemplified these attributes that were so much a part of Shirley.” Lathrop is currently studying adolescent education with a concentration in math.
DMK Honors 1st Quarter Award Recipients DMK Honors 1st Quarter Award Recipients: The first marking period is in the books, and there were plenty of reasons to celebrate at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School.  Nearly 225 students earned recognition for their attendance and academic success to start the school year. To honor their accomplishments, teachers and administrators hosted a breakfast in the morning for seventh- and eighth-graders, and an ice cream social in the afternoon for fifth- and sixth-grade students. “Being here takes effort on your part. You’re here because of you,” Principal Shawn Morgan told the honorees. “We’re proud of our students. We’re proud of our school, and you’re the reasons why.” 
NHS Welcomes 20 Inductees NHS Welcomes 20 Inductees: Twenty Hannibal High School upperclassmen were recently honored for their academic success and citizenship as they were inducted into the Sadie Adamy chapter of the National Honor Society. Surrounded in the auditorium by family, friends, teachers and administrators, the inductees were lauded for exemplifying the five characteristics of the NHS: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. Each inductee went through a rigorous selection process, said NHS advisers Carol Burch and Lisa Mason. “The inductees must have at least a 90 percent weighted cumulative GPA since entering high school,” Mason said. “They also had to fill out an application that showed they demonstrate the five pillars of the National Honor Society.” Inductees earned ...
Voters approve capital project Voters approve capital project: Renovations and improvements are in store for the Hannibal Central School District after voters approved a $42 million capital project Nov. 29. In a 157-50 vote, residents elected to move forward with the project, which encompass upgrades to portions of all district buildings. The renovations will come at no cost to district taxpayers, as the project is fully funded through a combination of state aid and the district’s existing capital reserve fund. According to HCSD Superintendent Christopher A. Staats, the voters’ approval of the project “speaks volumes” to their support of Hannibal students. “Our taxpayers recognized the need to protect our community’s assets, as identified in the capital project,” Staats said. “This project ...
Capital Project Information Capital Project Information: As superintendent of schools, it is my responsibility to ensure that our facilities and grounds are in optimal condition so we can continue to meet the needs of our students. On behalf of the board of education, I am writing to you to share information related to the facility needs of our district.   Most (if not all) of the work was identified in a state-required building condition survey done in 2015 that involved an extensive and independent inspection of all district buildings. The survey identified infrastructural elements that are at or near the end of their useful lives. The proposed capital project is expected to include a new transportation center, roof work, masonry repairs, upgrades to electrical and plumbing systems and energy efficiency upgrades, as well as enhancements ...
Fairley students showcase work at open house Fairley students showcase work at open house: The hallways of Fairley Elementary School were bustling with excitement recently during the fall open house. Teachers and administrators welcomed students and their families at the entrance, while the Hannibal Home and School organization, donned in their warrior attire, greeted attendees. Students walked throughout the building, stopping to see their teacher and showing off their work. Fairley Principal Joseph Musa noted that he was pleased with the turnout and is looking forward to working with the students throughout the year.



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