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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.”  more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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. more >>
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. more >>
Mobile dental unit attracts HCSD families: The Hannibal Central School District is full of healthy kids with hearty smiles, thanks to the accessibility of the S-Miles to Go mobile dental unit from the University at Buffalo.   A collaboration between UB and the school district, the state-of-the-art mobile unit has provided an array of dental services without students having to leave school property. The unit recently spent two weeks outside of Fairley Elementary School, where UB dental students and faculty members offered cleanings, exams, fluoride treatment, X-rays, fillings, stainless steel crowns, extractions and other dental services.   Samantha Hare accompanied her daughter, Fairley Elementary School third-grader Madelynn Smith, to her 30-minute appointment. Hare praised the convenience and ease of access to ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
4th graders learn about science: The world’s newest scientists spent a day exploring nature, ecosystems and living things – and they learned it all at Fairley Elementary School.   In working through their science curriculum, the fourth-graders recently visited Camp Hollis in Oswego where they learned about layers of rocks while on the shore of Lake Ontario, nature shapes during a walk through the woods, bird migration though a reader’s theater, layers of pond water and much more. Than hands-on learning experience was step one to their scientific process. Upon returning to class they created a picture with their nature shapes and logged information into their journals.   The fourth-grade teachers said the real-world applications to their lessons will help students better understand the academic ... more >>
Freshmen attend high school orientation: With the school year approaching, freshmen in the Hannibal Central School District recently had a chance to familiarize themselves with a new building during an orientation session. High school guidance staff and administrators welcomed students and their parents to the building and offered some tips to help the freshmen embark on a successful high school career. Principal Stephen Dunn advised the students of the learning options and extracurricular activities available to them as high schoolers. “We hope you will gain a lot of knowledge and grow academically,” Dunn said. “From a human standpoint, you’ll learn a little bit about yourself too. You will leave here with knowledge and character.” While Dunn and the guidance team addressed parents in ... more >>
Kindergartners enjoy Fairley ice cream social: Fairley Elementary School was bustling with activity prior to the start of the school year, as kindergartners toured the building and reunited with classmates during an ice cream social. The annual event, sponsored by Hannibal Home and School, provides kindergartners and their families with an opportunity to get acclimated to the building while reconnecting with some of their pre-K classmates. Principal Jody Musa joined kindergarten teachers to welcome the students and make the transition a bit easier. Following the ice cream social, kindergartners had a chance to explore school buses and talk with the district’s transportation department staff about bus safety and routes. The kindergartners said they were looking forward to the school year. more >>
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. more >>
Summer Warrior Weeks: This year we are funding two weeks’ worth of activities in the mornings for students to participate in and hopefully be able to connection with some of their classmates.  Hannibal “Summer Warrior Weeks” will be held during the week of July 31 st and August 7 th .  These are opportunities for enrolled Hannibal students who will be in grades Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade in September! Our hope is that this would be a good time for students to reconnect with their friends and have some fun!  Parents sign up their child by filling out the linked form below: Summer Warrior Registration - PDF Summer Warrior Registration - Word more >>
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. more >>
Alton commits to D’Youville College: After a successful high school academic and basketball career, Hannibal High School senior Sydney Alton is eager to embark on a collegiate career at D’Youville College in the fall. The four-year varsity standout for the Warriors recently signed her letter of intent to study and play college hoops at the Buffalo-based college. She will trade in the Hannibal purple for the Spartan red when she begins her post-secondary education in August. “D’Youville is a small school and had that close community feel, like Hannibal,” Alton said. “I liked the coach and the campus, and it has a great nursing program.” During her time in the Hannibal Central School District, Alton said she was able to develop her skills under the guidance of Coach Patrick Earley. ... more >>
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 >>



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