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Happy Day celebrates teachers, students at Fairley: Fairley Elementary teachers and staff members were all smiles as they celebrated the school’s annual Happy Day event.   The tradition, which has occurred on the last school day of the year for over 40 years, has served as an opportunity for students to thank teachers and staff members for helping them reach and exceed academic, social and/or behavioral goals. Fourth-grade students took turns thanking various groups of school employees and volunteers who made the year successful. Bus drivers, custodians, Hannibal Central School District Superintendent Chris Staats, the HCSD Board of Education, teachers, teaching assistants, school nurse and support team, along with staff members of the office and kitchen, were all recognized for their efforts.   “You have taught ... more >>
Attendees cruise over to DMK for academic talents: Hannibal Central School District’s middle school students recently demonstrated knowledge gained in the classroom as they presented various academic projects at the annual Cruizin’ Kenney event.   Family members, friends and HCSD staff members navigated the hallways of the Dennis M. Kenney Middle School to find musical performances, popcorn/basket raffles, fifth-grade displays on historical places, people and events, art work, technology initiatives, seventh-grade and eighth-grade science projects, highlights from the Life Skills class, a garden demonstration, a sixth-grade wax museum and a plethora of additional work.   The middle-schoolers explained to guests how different forms of energy work, where underwater hockey originated, the physics of motocross and ... more >>
Graduation 2017 Broadcast: This year’s 2017 senior graduation ceremony was broadcasted on Friday June 23rd from the Hannibal High School.. Family and friends who were unable to attend will have the opportunity to share and view this special occasion. Please click on the following link below to view the recorded ceremony and celebrate with our graduates.  https://hannibal.ensemble.cnyric.org/Watch/2017graduation1 more >>
Fairley students learn fire safety tips: Representatives from the Hannibal Fire Company taught Fairley students about fire prevention and offered safety tips during recent demonstrations. Aspiring firefighter Carl Emmons III, a seventh-grader at DMK, showed students the proper techniques for “stop, drop and roll.” Additionally, the students learned how to navigate through smoky conditions and were tasked with checking their smoke detectors at home and developing a fire escape plan. They capped off the lesson with a chance to shoot water from the hoses and try on some gear. more >>
Kindergarten Celebration: This year our Kindergarten Celebration was held on Tuesday, June 20 th at 2:15 in the Fairley gymnasium. The celebration featured our kindergarteners who sang songs and each class had a special part!   All family members were invited to come and watch our show.  If you were unable to attend, please check out the recording of the celebration at the following link below:  https://hannibal.ensemble.cnyric.org/Watch/KindergartenGraduation1   more >>
Academic awards and scholarships presented to Hannibal students: Dozens of Hannibal High School students were recently honored during a year-end ceremony celebrating student achievement and extracurricular involvement. Scholarships and awards totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars were presented to juniors and seniors who met a variety of criteria. Award-winners were recognized for academic excellence, scholastic achievement, character, leadership, musical talents and more. “I congratulate each and every one of you,” said Principal Stephen Dunn as the ceremony began. “Thank you for your hard work … which will lead to your future success.” Throughout the evening, students earned dozens of memorial awards, presidential and state scholarships, and 11 scholarships sponsored by the Hannibal chapter of Dollars ... more >>
Kindergartners take virtual fieldtrip to Ohio farm: Fairley Elementary School kindergartners recently took a virtual field trip to a farm in Zanesville, Ohio. The students interacted with the farm owner to learn about agriculture, animals and farm tools. They sang “Old McDonald,” identified various animals and discussed the difference between hens and roosters. Through the virtual connection, facilitated by the CiTi Distance Learning program, students saw animals and asked questions about farm life. The students were excited to find answers to questions about animal habitats, feeding habits and other behavior. more >>
Second-graders collect items for Paws Across Oswego County: Students at Fairley Elementary School recently learned the importance of helping others and serving as advocates during a unit titled, “Fighting for a Cause.” Second-graders spent weeks listening to stories about historical figures such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson and Eleanor Roosevelt. They discussed each person and learned how each impacted society by fighting for a cause. Inspired by what they learned in the classroom, students decided to fight for a cause in their own backyard. They collected food, supplies and monetary donations for Paws Across Oswego County (PAOC), a nonprofit animal rescue organization that fosters and adopts animals. On June 5, PAOC representatives Connie Evans and Marjorie Wentworth and their canine companions, Sawyer ... more >>
Character education ceremony honors DMK students: As the school year draws to a close, Dennis M. Kenney Middle School students are being recognized for their contributions to the school community. More than 225 students in fifth through seventh grades who earned character awards since September were honored during a ceremony in the cafeteria June 1. The event celebrated students who exhibited kindness, responsibility, care, citizenship, respect, perseverance and honesty. “This day represents a lot of hard work and a tremendous amount of character,” said DMK Principal Shawn Morgan. “We have a terrific student body; a great group of kids.” As part of the ceremony, each student received a certificate of recognition and marked their accomplishment by leaving their painted handprints on a character education ... more >>
Hannibal entrepreneurs deliver business proposals: Hannibal High School students are exploring potential careers and gaining hands-on experience in collaboration with area businesses. The entrepreneurship class recently wrapped up a project-based learning effort that culminated in a business pitch to a panel of potential “investors.” In a scenario reminiscent of the TV show “Shark Tank,” students created a business idea and made their case to investors Stephen Dunn (high school principal); Colleen Dailey (music teacher); and social studies teacher Joseph Meyer. The investors considered each business pitch and peppered the entrepreneurs with questions about profitability, necessity and demand. Once an offer was received, students had the ability to make a counter offer or accept the original proposal in the ... more >>
Author shares story of survival, hope with DMK students: Struggle, determination, willpower and strength were in focus at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School recently as Holocaust speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan reflected on the lessons learned in her childhood. Lazan talked to the Hannibal students about her experiences being trapped in Nazi-occupied territories with her father, mother and brother. Her story, which is also detailed in her memoir titled “Four Perfect Pebbles,” captivated the students’ attention. “We became acquainted with the ever-present 12-foot barbed wire,” Lazan said. “I was a very frightened 9-year-old. We had heard about extermination and we were never sure when the faucets were turned on if water or gas would come out.” As Lazan described the horrific details of her experiences, ... more >>
Adaptive sports, inclusivity lesson comes to Fairley: Fairley Elementary School students received a lesson in inclusivity as Move Along Inc. showcased the athletic opportunities available for community members with mobility limitations. Move Along Inc. founder Greg Callen was on hand to share his story and discuss the challenges he has encountered and been able to overcome through perseverance and hard work. Despite sustaining a spinal cord injury, Callen refused to give up doing the things he enjoyed as an able-bodied person. That determination prompted him to explore adaptive sports. “For 29 years of my life I played sports. I had learned so much about life through sports and coaches,” Callen said. “I didn’t want those opportunities to go away.” Those opportunities didn’t disappear for Callen, ... more >>
Licatese-Linn earns Fulbright scholarship: With a hunger for education and cultural immersion, Hannibal High School Spanish teacher Kristina Licatese-Linn is ready to take that passion across the globe this summer as a Fulbright scholar. The six-week program provides 15 language teachers nationwide with an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Peruvian culture. They will explore everything from history to literature to the arts. “We’ll be completely engulfed in all of that culture with the purpose of creating a curriculum to disseminate among our own classrooms,” Licatese-Linn said. “The goal is to learn from this experience and develop a curriculum with the hope of being interdisciplinary and intergrade-level.” Licatese-Linn, who teaches Spanish to Hannibal students in ninth through ... more >>
‘Art is Great’ show features student work, honors longtime teacher: The hallways at Fairley Elementary School were lined with hundreds of pieces of student artwork as families admired the creations during the annual art show May 16. For more than 35 years, art teacher Jeanette Gillett has organized the show to highlight the various projects her students have created throughout the school year. This year marks the final one before Gillett retires in June, and she wanted to use the same theme -- “Art is Great” – that was used in the first art show she organized in 1981. “I thought it would be fitting to come full circle and re-create this sentimental theme for this year too,” Gillett said. “My greatest joy has been to teach. Year after year, the Fairley artists continue to amaze me. I am so proud of each and every ... more >>
Budget 2017-2018 Vote Results: Listed below are the results from the 2017-2018 district budget vote. Thank you to everyone who came out to vote. All propositions were passed and the following board members receieved total votes of: Jack Pope (317), Greg Hilton (231), Madeline Pittorf (179).  PROPOSITION #1:  2017-2018 BUDGET                          360      YES     162       NO     PROPOSITION #2:  PURCHASE SCHOOL BUS:              370      YES     148      NO     PROPOSITION #3:  CAPITAL RESERVE     ... more >>
Family Science Night a fun time for all at Fairley: Fairley Elementary families recently gathered at the school for a night full of science fun.   The annual Family Science night offered students stations where they learned about types of bones, carnivorous plants and how to plant vegetable and flower seeds. Hands-on opportunities also included examining various slides under a microscope, an edible “tree” with raw broccoli and lettuce representing a flower, celery as the stem and a baby carrot and nuts representing seeds and roots.   The most intriguing part of the evening for students in kindergarten through fourth grade, their siblings and parents was Cynthia Page’s “Page Wildlife Center” educational program on birds she is licensed to rescue and care for. The crowd flocked to a corner of the ... more >>
Raku firing demonstration comes to HHS: Ceramics students in the Hannibal and Central Square school districts recently discovered the art of raku firing during a live demonstration at Hannibal High School. Representatives from Clayscapes Pottery brought their equipment to the school, where they heated a kiln to 1,800 degrees and let the temperature transform the students’ clay projects. Once inside the kiln, the glazes that covered the clay began to bubble and melt before being removed and added to a reduction chamber. “The projects use a special clay and glazes that react to the heat,” said Clayscapes customer service technician Andrew Seymour. “Once we remove the projects from the heat source, we add them to cans filled with hay to combust and reduce.” Smoke billowed from the metal ... more >>
DMK students earn third quarter honors: Academic improvement, perfect attendance and scholastic achievement were in the spotlight as nearly 200 Dennis M. Kenney Middle School students were honored during a recent ceremony. The third quarter awards assembly recognized fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-graders who excelled during the latest marking period. Each award recipient received a certificate of achievement and celebrated with a pizza party. “You have all done a remarkable job and should be proud of your accomplishments,” Principal Shawn Morgan said to the award-winners. “This ceremony speaks to the hard work and effort you have put into your school work and your commitment to being here every day.” Morgan also challenged the honorees to continue their strong work ethic into the fourth ... more >>
Hannibal eighth-graders prepare for high school: With an eye toward high school education, Hannibal eighth-graders recently learned about diploma options, extracurricular activities and course requirements during an informational session. Incoming freshmen and their parents gathered in the Lockwood Auditorium for the annual transition night, which is designed to give students the knowledge and tools needed for a smooth transition from middle school to high school. The Hannibal High School Guidance Department was on hand to offer advice and insight to the soon-to-be freshmen class. “Your actions as freshmen affect your senior year,” said guidance counselor Brooke Fingland. “Start out strong and don’t be afraid to ask for help. We have a great team here, and we all want to help you be successful.” ... more >>
Lathrop accepted into elite summer program: Hannibal High School junior Kiersten Lathrop will take her acting talents to the Big Apple this summer as part of an elite opportunity through the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). The two-week AMDA High School Summer Conservatory in New York City offers performing arts students nationwide to experience rigorous training from industry professionals. Participants must submit an application and successfully complete a follow-up interview for consideration into the program. For Lathrop, who said she was initially hesitant to apply, the stress of the application process disappeared when she learned of her acceptance into the program. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do ever since I can remember,” she said. “I’m excited to have this learning ... more >>



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