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Student musicians shine in districtwide concert Student musicians shine in districtwide concert: A standing-room-only crowd packed into the Hannibal High School auditorium recently for a celebration of music. The Music in Our Schools Month concert featured all student musicians within the Hannibal Central School District. Fourth-graders kicked off the evening with a choral performance of “The Universal Language,” followed by songs from the middle school chorus and bands. Building off the high-energy performances of the previous acts, the high school students got in on the action as the senior high chorus wowed the audience with “And So It Goes” and “Loch Lomond.” The high school band followed suit, with “Amazing Grace” and “Jubilance.” To conclude the celebration of music, the ensembles combined for the final number as ...
Student artwork celebrates National School Breakfast Week Student artwork celebrates National School Breakfast Week: Fairley Elementary students learned why breakfast is the most important meal of the day while they celebrated National School Breakfast week. From March 4-8, Fairley students embraced the theme: “Start Your Engines with School Breakfast.” They learned how to fuel up properly by eating a healthy meal to start the day. As part of the weeklong event, students were encouraged to create posters that aligned with the National School Breakfast Week theme. Art teacher Chelsea Allen noted that the students tapped into their creativity as they made their posters. At the end of the week, a panel of judges selected the winning submissions from each grade level. “The winners did an outstanding job with color, theme and presentation,” according to the judges. Grade-level ...
Literacy celebrated at Fairley during Read Across America week Literacy celebrated at Fairley during Read Across America week: The Hannibal Central School District recently embraced Read Across America week with several activities and contests to promote reading at the elementary level. The weeklong celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday provided students with an opportunity to explore a variety of book titles in the library during “reading cafes.” They also participated in different Seuss theme days, ate green hardboiled eggs and ham sandwiches in the cafeteria, and explored books while also making Seuss-inspired crafts during a family reading night. In addition to the unique daily activities, students also participated in a Read-a-Thon that spanned an entire week. Nearly 200 community members sponsored the students as they read a total of 83,406 minutes throughout the week. The event raised $3,860 ...
Dental health in focus at Fairley Dental health in focus at Fairley: To celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month, Fairley Elementary students recently had a chance to learn about oral hygiene. Two dental hygienists from Dr. Fruce’s office addressed kindergartners and discussed healthy habits. The pair talked to students about healthy snack options, the importance of brushing and flossing, and how to maintain good dental health. “We hope you learned what is good for your teeth and how to adopt healthy habits,” hygienist Jessica Hudson told students. “It’s important to take care of your teeth.” Following the presentation, Dr. Fruce’s office provided each kindergartner with a gift bag complete with a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and toys.
Healthy Family Night set for April 11 Healthy Family Night set for April 11: Plans for the sixth annual Healthy Family Night are coming together, as several local agencies, organizations and businesses have already committed to the event. Set for April 11, from 5-7 p.m. at Fairley Elementary, the annual event will provide HCSD families with resources on a variety of subjects. Parents can learn more about the school breakfast program, sign their child up for an ID card through Operation Safe Child, explore health care provider options and engage in conversation with the agency representatives. In addition to the vendors that will be on hand, attendees can also participate in activities such as crafts, rock climbing, coloring and more! There will be healthy snacks and prizes available as well.  For more information about this year's Healthy Family ...
Fairley students show off inventions Fairley students show off inventions: Innovative ideas were on display recently during Fairley Elementary School’s Inventive Minds competition. Nine students in third and fourth grades showed off their own unique inventions, ranging from soap dispensers to desktop organizers. Since January, the young inventors have been developing their projects, building prototypes and documenting their research as part of the competition. “This is a huge responsibility for these students,” said reading teacher and club co-advisor Kate Babbitt. “They have to have the time and persistence to keep up with this and their school work. I’m proud of their commitment and dedication.” Participants include Addison Holden, Benjamin Fowler, Kyle Stock Simmons, Bailey Runge, Ethan Joyce, Savannah Buske, Jeremy Draper, ...
Fairley students celebrate 100 days of school Fairley students celebrate 100 days of school: The number 100 was in the spotlight recently at Fairley Elementary School, as students celebrated the 100th day of school. Although snow days delayed the celebration this year, students were happy to finally showcase what they had learned during the past 100 days of school. Kindergarten students practiced counting 10 groups of 10, while other grade levels recognized the big day in other ways. Some students brought in plastic bags filled with 100 items, such as pennies, paperclips and Cheerios. With the 100th day now in the rearview mirror, students said they are looking forward to learning even more during the remaining days.  
'Pokémon Book Blasters’ advance in Battle of the Books 'Pokémon Book Blasters’ advance in Battle of the Books: A 16-question reading recollection challenge was decided by one answer during Fairley Elementary School’s Battle of the Books. Three teams competed against one another as they tested their ability to recall specific details from a selection of 10 books they had read since the beginning of the school year. The questions asked about plot lines, characters, themes and more, and prompted participants to identify the title and author of the book in question. Teams earned 8 points for correctly naming both the title and the author, while partial credit was given for the correct title only. For Landon Gibson, Ben Fowler and Ben Hess, of the Pokémon Book Blasters, their 104 points was enough to edge out the Hybrid Readers (Addison Holden, Cecelia Stone and Kiesha Vogelsang) ...
Third and fourth graders explore careers in the arts Third and fourth graders explore careers in the arts: Storytelling, acting, scriptwriting and dance were in the spotlight at Fairley Elementary School recently, as third- and fourth-graders explored careers in the arts. Representatives from Merry-Go-Round Playhouse hosted several workshops introducing students to various jobs in the arts and entertainment business. Third-graders learned how stories and ideas come to life on stage during the Story in Motion session. The workshop prompted students to explore the structure of stories and how different feelings and ideas are communicated to create a memorable tale. While the third-grade classes delved into the “Story in Motion” workshop, fourth-graders learned the importance of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity during their session. They discussed ...
Fairley students participate in character education lesson Fairley students participate in character education lesson: Fairley Elementary students recently participated in a lesson about communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity during an arts-in-education presentation. Students in kindergarten through second grade immersed themselves into a play, “The Fisherman and His Wife,” presented by Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Throughout the performance, students learned about kindness, appreciation and respect, as they saw what it takes to achieve happiness. As the plot developed, the students watched as the lead female character, Isabel, wished for a better home. However, when her wishes were granted, she still was not happy. Eventually, her happiness comes when she and her husband move back to their small hut and appreciate what they have together.
Martin Luther King Jr. lesson inspires Fairley students to dream Martin Luther King Jr. lesson inspires Fairley students to dream: Inspired by the words of Martin Luther King Jr., students in Tammy Griffin’s class at Fairley Elementary School recently created their own “dream clouds.” The lesson combined English language arts and social studies lessons, as the students learned about the Civil Rights movement and were encouraged to write about how they would change the world. “What could you do to make the world a better place?” Griffin asked. “Think about some of the ways we could make things better for each other.” The third-graders immediately began discussing their own dreams for a peaceful and happy world. They took those thoughts and put them into writing, creating “dream clouds.” “I have a dream that everyone has food and water,” Hailey Carvey ...
High School artists earn CNY Scholastic Art Awards High School artists earn CNY Scholastic Art Awards: Nine Hannibal High School students recently earned recognition for their artistic talents as CNY Scholastic Art Award winners. Each year, students representing schools from across Central New York submit artwork into the competition. Their pieces, ranging from ceramics to photography and everything in between, are judged by a panel of nearly 70 artists, educators and photographers. Awards include Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention. For Hannibal High School, the following students were recognized with Gold Keys: Trisha Fiumara (photography), John Ruggio (photography) and Erica Stauring (photography). Silver Keys went to Lily Przepiora (photography), Emma Wood (photography) and Alexis Lindsley (ceramics). Honorable Mention awards were presented to Noah Kuc (photography), Phillip ...
Warriors earn scholar-athlete status Warriors earn scholar-athlete status: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association recently recognized four Hannibal Central School District teams for academic achievement during the fall season. The scholar-athlete distinction celebrates teams that had at least 75 percent of its roster comprised of students who averaged 90 percent or higher. Nearly four dozen Warriors were named scholar-athletes in the fall. “Those student-athletes, teams and schools work very hard throughout the year and deserve to be recognized for their academic success,” the NYSPHSSA said on its website. In Hannibal, the girls’ and boys’ varsity cross-country teams earned scholar-athlete status along with the girls’ varsity volleyball and girls’ varsity soccer teams. Honorees included Alyssa ...
Student musicians present sounds of the season Student musicians present sounds of the season: Sounds of the season filled the Hannibal High School auditorium throughout December as student musicians performed several concerts. The high school chorus, band and life skills students began the holiday concert series Dec. 5, with a full lineup of tunes. Under the direction of music teacher Denise Ellis, the chorus performed classics such as “Joy to the World” and “Hallelujah.” Following the choral performance, band conductor Cynthia Plant led the life skills students in a drum performance, where each had a solo number. Members of the senior high band then followed suit, performing “White Christmas” and other songs. In addition to the high school concert, middle school students also got in on the action. Lockwood Auditorium was abuzz with ...
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 code.org. 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,” ...



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