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Hovercraft Project powers 4th graders Hovercraft Project powers 4th graders: Beyond the academic lessons learned in class, Fairley Elementary School fourth-graders applied necessary life skills in order to successfully construct and test hovercrafts.   Split into teams of 16, the fourth-graders held designated jobs related to preparation, measurements, data analytics and leadership as they worked toward assembling the low-friction vehicles. Teacher Valerice Stuart said while the project- and inquiry-based activity utilized academic lessons in science, technology, engineering and math, the students were required to engage with one another using teamwork, motivation, respect, communication and problem-solving, among other life skills, in order to reach success.   The full-day immersive program, led by Matt Chase of The Hovercraft Project, also taught ...
2018 Senior Graduation 2018 Senior Graduation: This year’s 2018 Senior Graduation was broadcasted on Friday, June 22nd. Family and friends who are unable to attend have the opportunity to share and view this special occasion again. Please click on the following link below to view the recorded ceremony and view the graduation celebration with our seniors. https://hannibal.ensemble.cnyric.org/Watch/2018SeniorGraduation  
Fire Department Provides Lesson at Fairley Fire Department Provides Lesson at Fairley: Fairley second-graders recently received a lesson in fire safety, courtesy of the Hannibal Fire Department. Students had an opportunity to examine the firefighters' gear and use hoses to spray water. They also could climb into the fire truck, check out the equipment and try on some of the firefighters' helmets, boots and jackets.   
Cultural fair showcases Fairley third-graders’ work Cultural fair showcases Fairley third-graders’ work: The upstairs at Fairley Elementary School took parents and students on a cross-country journey during the annual cultural fair. Each third-grade class selected a country of interest and studied its customs and traditions. Students learned about geography in Brazil, family crests in Ireland, symbolic dragons in China, language in Spain and weather in Australia. Teacher Jodi Kraeger said the annual event provides students with a more in-depth learning experience. “They created dioramas, brochures and wrote a persuasive paragraph to convince potential tourists to visit the country,” Kraeger said. “It was a fun, immersive lesson.” Students showcased their projects after school hours, as they brought parents and siblings into the building to view the ...
Kindergarten Celebration Kindergarten Celebration: This year our Kindergarten Celebration will be held on Friday, June 1 st at 2:15 in the Fairley gymnasium. The celebration will feature our kindergarteners who will sing songs and each class will have a special part!   All family members are invited to come and watch our show.  If you are unable to attend, please check out the following link at 2:15 as we will have a live broadcast. Thank you! https://hannibal.ensemble.cnyric.org/Watch/kgraduation  
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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.
Families, Students Attend DMK Open House Families, Students Attend DMK Open House: The hallways were abuzz at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School recently for the fall open house. Students introduced their parents to teachers and administrators while touring the building. Informational sessions were held in classrooms to review expectations, provide resources and answer any questions that were asked. Principal Shawn Morgan said he was pleased with the turnout and noted that parental involvement was an important part of the educational process. There will be additional opportunities  throughout the year for parents to meet with teachers and review their child’s progress.
Petal Pals brings joy, jobs to HHS Petal Pals brings joy, jobs to HHS: Hannibal High School students enrolled in the Life Skills class hope positivity blooms with their new Petal Pals initiative.   For the nominal fee of $25 for the school year, Hannibal Central School District teachers, staff members or administrators may have Life Skills students will help design and then deliver a colored carnation, baby’s breath and greens monthly to their colleagues at any HCSD building. Life Skills teacher Alicia Knight said the new initiative provides the students with the following additional job skills and soft skills: money management, customer service, alphabetizing, following directions and floral design, among several others.   The students said they were excited for the program to kick-off this month. They already had been accustomed to working ...
DMK 5th graders create kindness rocks DMK 5th graders create kindness rocks: The Dennis M. Kenney Middle School positively rocks!   When a former student of fifth-grade teacher Cathy Smith painted a Syracuse University themed rock and left it on her doorstep over the summer, little did he know how much joy it would bring to her. Smith decided to spread the love by having her students initiate a Positivity Project where they painted rocks with positive messages and colorful designs to bring a little cheer to the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.   Her students then hid their rocks throughout school grounds as they awaited to hear their inspiring messages heard throughout the halls. The project has received praise from other DMK teachers, some of which Smith said planned to continue the Positivity Project throughout the school year. DMK ...
Pre-K Openings Available Pre-K Openings Available: There are still openings in the Hannibal Central School District's Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the upcoming school year.  Children must be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2017 to be eligible to attend UPK.   All students entering  Pre-K are required to: live in district meet all New York State immunization requirements have a completed physical provide birth certificate/proof of age It is the goal of the district to provide bus transportation. For more information or to get a registration form, please contact the central registrar at 315-564-8100.
Ceremony Celebrates Pre-K Graduates Ceremony Celebrates Pre-K Graduates: The Fairley Elementary School gymnasium was abuzz with excitement as its pre-kindergarten students earned their diplomas June 23. Students celebrated their accomplishments and received high praise from their teachers, principal and superintendent. “We are so proud of our little Warriors,” said Superintendent Christopher Staats. “Thank you for sharing your children with us and allowing us to be part of their educational journey.” The graduates sang “Rise and Shine,” “A is for Apple” and “Skinnamarinkydinkydink” for an audience of family and friends. Following the ceremony, refreshments were served in the gymnasium.



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