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Fulton school board delays approving budget

By Ashley M. Casey

The 2014-15 Fulton City School District budget will have to wait another few weeks before board approval.

Superintendent Bill Lynch and Director of Finance Kathy Nichols presented drafts three and four at the board’s April 8 meeting, and the board is expected to accept the fourth draft at the April 23 meeting.

According to this fourth draft, the budget will total $67,357,685, up 3.22 percent from the 2013-14 year’s $65,259,100. Continue reading

Fulton Park of the Day, Saturday April 12 — Lincoln Park

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Lincoln Park.

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

 

Winners announced for High School Invitational Art and Photography Show

Best of Show award
Best of Show award by Mike Edwards of Oswego High
Viewers' Choice award
Viewers’ Choice award by Meghan Lentz of Birdlebough High

The Fulton Art Association has announced the winners of the eighth annual High School Invitational Art and Photography Show.

Eighty-eight students from high schools in Fulton, Hannibal, Oswego and Phoenix school districts submitted 103 pieces of artwork in fourteen different categories.

The show was created to help provide encouragement and guidance to high school artists and provide them a venue to display their talent and artwork.

Marsha Wheeler Marcarian, Arts-In-Education Coordinator for Oswego County BOCES, and Carolyn House Mosier, long-time FAA member and instructor at Cayuga Community College, Fulton, judged the show this year, which was held at the Fulton Municipal Building March 1 and 2.

 

Best of Show

Mike Edwards, an Oswego High junior,  for his Computer Graphic Art entry entitled Self Portrait, which included the Oswego Lighthouse reflected in his sunglasses.

Three-Dimentional

Laurelann Easton (senior, Oswego) took first place with her metalwork entry entitled Violate Text Bracelet.

Molly Brown (junior, Oswego) took second place with her jewelry entry, Geared to Fly along with Leah Shay Jones (junior, Oswego) for her Release Text Bracelet. Honorable Mention went to Childhood Memory, Metal by Aviriana Follet (senior, Oswego).

Acrylics

First place went to Maria Musemeci (junior, Phoenix) for her portrait painting, Fia. Second place was shared by Gianna Girafalo (senior, Phoenix) for her Black Bear canine painting and Brenna Riley (junior, Oswego for Sundae. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Nicole Fitzgerald (junior, Phoenix) for Weaping Tree and Taylor Simpson (senior, Fulton) for Aboriginal Original.

Ceramics 

Aviriana Follet (senior, Oswego) won first place for her Volcanic Safehaven entry. Two second place were granted to Cassondra Orr-Savage (senior, Fulton) for Life Through Henna and Hans Reichow (senior, Hannibal) for his Waldgeist.

Honorable Mentions were given to Jessica Allen (10th gr – Phoenix) for Clay Shark, Morgan Butterfield (12th gr – Oswego) for Silver Geared Teapot, Courtney Johnson (12th gr – Oswego) for Steam Punk Teapot, Emily Leonard (12th gr – Fulton), Elizabeth Reitz (12th gr – Fulton) for Animal Kingdom, Seth Rogers-Miller (12th gr – Fulton) for Tesselate, and Emily Schneider (11th gr – Phoenix) for Cookie Jar and Nesting Bowls.

Digital photography 

First place went to Christian Knox (senior, Hannibal) for Marsh Reflections. Two second place were granted to Dylan Cummins (senior, Hannibal) for Bum and Bailey Milliken (junior, Hannibal) for Trace of Light.

Honorable Mentions were given to McKayla Long (sophomore, Hannibal) for Glowsticks and Lindsey Wheeler (junior,  Hannibal) for Autumn Breeze.

Drawing A (pencil, graphite, charcoal) 

First place went to Allie Henderson (junior, Oswego) for her pencil drawing, Masquerade. Second place was awarded to Meghan Anderson (junior, Oswego) for Silence and Carolina Nicole (senior, Hannibal) for Tree Study.

Honorable Mentions were given to Katie Bradshaw (sophomore, Oswego) for Tranquility Before the Storm, Carrie Gilbert (senior, Oswego) for Spilt Soup, and Marissa Martin (senior, Phoenix) for Baby Willow.

Drawing B (colored pencil, Prismacolor)

First place went to Reilly Patrick (junior, Oswego) for Time Will Tell. Second place was shared by Reilly Patrick for Rusted Workshop and Carolina Nicol (senior, Hannibal) for Vintage.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Meghan Anderson (junior, Oswego) for Does It Snow in Heaven, Katie Bradshaw (sophomore, Oswego) for In the Eye of the Beholder, Christian Cabanlig (sophomore,  Oswego) for Anonymous Gift, Makala Carson (junior, Oswego) for Feathers, and Meghan Rowe (sophomore, Phoenix) for Grandpa.

Drawing C (markers, pastels, pen/ink)

First place was awarded to Carolina Nicol (senior, Hannibal) for Rolling Forms, second place to Kathy Pittorf (junior, Hannibal) for Pastel Abstraction, and an Honorable Mention to Darian Stobart (junior, Phoenix) for Angel.

Painting Mixed Media

Honorable Mention was given to Jessica Morgan (freshman, Oswego) for her Steeple at Night.

Printmaking

Two Honorable Mentions were given to Morgan Haynes (freshman, Oswego) for Harings Hersheys and Michael Leach (senior, Phoenix) for Discombobulation.

Watercolor

First place was awarded to Meghan Lentz (senior, Phoenix) for Jay Walk in the Woods. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Isabela Gonzalez (senior, Fulton) won second place.

All students in the four districts (including LEAH and Oswego Co BOCES students from those districts) are able to participate in the High School Invitational competition. Students also can join the Fulton Art Association and participate in its annual show that takes place in May. For information, contact President Kathryn Mihalek at 532-3803.

What kind of cloud is that?

Students in Exceptional Education at Oswego County BOCES recently created a display of wind and cloud systems as part of a science unit. Students researched types of cloud formations and illustrated altocumulus and cirrocumulus clouds using cotton balls. Poems were written from weather related words like hail and sleet. Pictured from Mary Ryan’s class are Austin Quinn, Antonio Tassone, Floyd Haywood, Luis Piscitelli and Cheyanna Dorr.
Students in Exceptional Education at Oswego County BOCES recently created a display of wind and cloud systems as part of a science unit. Students researched types of cloud formations and illustrated altocumulus and cirrocumulus clouds using cotton balls. Poems were written from weather related words like hail and sleet. Pictured from Mary Ryan’s class are Austin Quinn, Antonio Tassone, Floyd Haywood, Luis Piscitelli and Cheyanna Dorr.

Celebrating music at Fulton Junior High

Orchestra student Collin Bennett (foreground) laughs as Principal Ryan Lanigan plucks the violin during a guest solo.
    Orchestra student Collin Bennett (foreground) laughs as Principal Ryan Lanigan plucks the violin during a guest solo.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Fulton Junior High School’s Music Department recently held a spring concert as part of Music In Our Schools Month.

The seventh-grade orchestra, under the direction of Danielle Delfanian, performed the “Bushwascker Stomp”, “The Bachaneer” and “Guest Soloist.” Principal Ryan Lanigan was invited to “play” the violin, amusing both the student musicians and audience.

The eighth-grade orchestra performed “MacPherson’s Lament”, Irish folk song “Fiddle-me-oo-re-i-re-a” and “Chant, Chorale and Dance.”

The seventh-grade chorus, under the direction of Stephanie Almeter and accompanied by Cathy Chirello, sang “Rejoice in the Music”, “ I’ve Got the Music in Me,” and “Lift Me Up.” The last song featured soloists Courtney Miner, Luis Pagan, Kacey Markarian and Nick Brown.

The eighth-grade chorus sang “I Have To Sing”, “Cups” and traditional spiritual “Swing Down Ezekiel.” The second song featured soloist Alexis Phelps. Olivia Abrams, Mikahala Horning, Ariel Stacy, Julia Allen and Madison Wilson made up the rhythm section.

The seventh-grade band, under the direction of Debra Farden, performed two songs, “American Spirit March” and “Year of Dragon.” Eighth-graders performed “The Rowan Tree” and “John Williams: Movie Adventures.” Parents and community members hummed along to familiar movie theme songs, from E.T. to Star Wars.

Throughout the evening, students read short narratives, expressing what music meant to them.

“Without music, my life would be dull,” said one student. Another said music was a way to express her feelings.

 

Heavy equipment students head for the dirt

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Spring has sprung and the students in Oswego County BOCES’ Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Operations program are ready to work in the dirt!

The curriculum for the program is aligned with the National Utility Contractors Association, and provides adult education students an opportunity to prepare for careers in the commercial and/or residential construction industry through classroom and hands-on training.

Pictured above are students Leroy Rayner, left, and Dan Kidd participating in one such hands-on exercise. The pair are utilizing a transit level to measure the depth of a path dug by a classmate operating a dozer during a grading and level exercise. For more information about the  program or other programs offered through the Adult Education Department, visit www.OswegoBOCES.org or call 963-4256.

Learning bike safety

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Safety Sue, the bike safety puppet, operated by Fairgrieve elementary sixth-grader Samantha Humphrey, accompanied Billie Crandall Brady from the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, talks to students at the Fulton school about the importance of wearing your helmet while riding your bike, skate board, scooter or in-line skates. The students were given special smoke free message tattoos and were told that healthy brains are safe brains. All the rules of the road were discussed – riding on the right side and making full and complete stops at stop signs and stop lights. Brady also told everyone about an opportunity to learn to ride on a bike course from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the Fulton War Memorial. The free event, sponsored by the Fulton Police Department, will feature new helmets from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and refurbished bikes from Doyle’s Bike Shop in Fulton given to children who can’t afford one. The event also will have a tricycle course, pedal cars, bouncy houses, crafts and free lunch.