By Julia Ludington
Spring has sprung! Well, sort of.
Our spring sports teams are still mostly confined to the indoors, but are making the most of the beginning of their seasons.
Be sure to be checking the district website to see what sporting event you can attend next.
The boys’ and girls’ varsity lacrosse teams both had scrimmages this past week.
The boys’ played at the Hopkins Road indoor center, while the girls traveled to Hamilton College in Clinton, Oneida County.
Both teams showed promising potential for the season.
The Student Senate is hosting another blood drive this Friday in the LGI. Thank you to all of the brave souls who are going to participate, you are doing a truly wonderful thing.
The Yearbook Club is in need of pictures covering certain sports and activities. Missing significant documentation are wrestling, swimming, hockey, boys’ basketball, National Honor Society inductions and bowling.
If you have any pictures that you feel would be a good contribution, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The high school’s annual “Bodley’s Got Talent” will be taking place at 6:30 p.m. April 9. Auditions are taking place this week. The show is always entertaining and a lot of fun, and all are welcome.
If you are not busy tonight at 7:30, there is a concert band and wind ensemble concert I am sure will be worth attending. If you can’t make tonight, the concert orchestra and symphonic orchestra will perform tomorrow at 7:30 PM.
Have a great week!
We have successfully had our first full week of school since who knows when!
Our canned food drive, sponsored by the HOPE Club, FBLA, Student Senate, and French Club, was a success. Thank you to all those that donated. Let’s make it our goal to make next year even better.
The midpoint of the marking period was last Friday. Students should be receiving their five-week reports later this week or early next week.
Remember, these grades are not your final average, but are to gauge how well you are doing in the quarter thus far. This quarter has been unusual, since we had only had 17 class days in the five-week period due to snow days and winter break.
Our very own “March Madness” is taking place at the high school. Mrs. Dauphin, a world history teacher at G. Ray Bodley, organizes a bracket of world leaders every year from all time periods. Students are assigned a certain leader, must do research on that leader, and must go up against other students in the tournament to prove that their leader is the best of all.
The rounds get more challenging as more are eliminated, so stay tuned for times that you can witness this entertaining and often hilarious event.
I hope everyone has a good week. Please keep checking the school website for updated sports schedules.
By Julia Ludington
School has definitely been scarce the past few weeks!
However, Bodley students are still hard at work at their various activities.
Spring sports players are becoming excited as the season fast approaches. The first official day of practices will be March 10. Make sure you have gotten your physical and are all set to play.
Coaches will be giving their players “red sheets.” These are to record any injuries or health problems players may have.
Athletes are required to fill them out every year for the nurse. Players should make sure to get these in on time. It is very important that the nurse and trainer have your information in case of an emergency.
Our athletic department has begun to take concussions much more seriously in the past few years, so athletes should also be expecting to take a concussion test at the beginning of their respective seasons.
The test measures reaction time and recognition of shapes, words, and numbers, among many other things.
If a player gets a concussion, he or she will have to take the same test again. The trainer will compare both tests and determine if any further action needs to be taken.
No need to fret! It sounds scary, but if you take the right precautions, a concussion should be nothing to worry about. Always make sure you have the proper equipment. If you suspect you may have a concussion, be sure to tell your coach right away.
Do not forget about our upcoming musical (“Curtains”) this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Evening performances take place on each day at 7:30 p.m., as well as a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. We hope you can make it!
I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing yet productive week off.
Now it is time to get back to work!
Keep in mind that this third-quarter marking period is technically only eight weeks long instead of 10, since two weeks are devoted to breaks.
This means all work done in this quarter counts a lot more than in the other quarters, so make sure you are on top of things.
Our varsity girls’ basketball team suffered a tough Section 3 loss to Jamesville-DeWitt last Tuesday.
Leading the team was Nicole Hansen with 9 points and Sydney Gilmore and Michaela Whiteman with 7 points each. Despite the outcome, we are very proud of the team and the accomplishments that they have made. Congratulations on a great season!
Mark your calendars in advance for our upcoming Music in Our Schools Month concerts. The G. Ray Bodley chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 20. The GRB bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 26 and the GRB orchestra takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 27.
The orchestra concert will feature a collaboration of the Symphonic Orchestra and some of the members of the Wind Ensemble. I strongly encourage coming to see what they perform.
I hope everyone is enjoying their week off from school.
The Student Senate, FBLA, French Club and Hope Club have all decided to extend the deadline for canned goods collection to Feb. 28.
If you have not already brought in any non-perishable items, or if you would like to bring in more, please plan to when we get back to school. It is for a great cause.
Some teachers are offering incentives for bringing in cans, so make sure to participate. Don’t forget that the Guided Study Hall that collects the most will win a breakfast.
Our FBLA team had a very successful competition recently. The club brought home 12 awards in total. Two first-place awards were won by two of our exchange students, and two other Bodley students also brought home first-place awards.
Our FBLA club always does very well, and we are very proud. Some students even make it to state and national-level competitions. Best of luck for the rest of the year to our fellow GRB students!
On Valentine’s Day, students enjoyed a bit of fun sponsored by the German Club. Students could purchase notes for that special someone or friends and have them delivered to their guided study halls on Friday. The event created a nice atmosphere for the holiday even at the high school.
Students who have signed up for the GRB mentor program should report to their second session Feb. 25.
See you all back at school next week!
The second half of the year has officially begun.
Students who have had 95 percent attendance, 95 percent on time to school, no major referrals, and no grades below a 70 percent will receive VIP status.
The official VIP celebration will take place this Friday. It is a great way to recognize those who have put their best foot forward this past quarter.
Honor Roll assemblies will take place next week for students who have earned either honor roll or high honor roll status. The assemblies will take place during Guided Study Hall, and students will receive a certificate and will have their picture taken.
The freshman class assembly will be next Monday, sophomores will be next Tuesday, juniors will be on Wednesday, and finally seniors will be on Thursday.
Students who will be playing a spring sport who have not yet received a physical can schedule one in the nurse’s office. Make sure to schedule one soon, spots fill up quickly.
Terracycling is still going on for the GRB Environmental Club, so if you have any empty shampoo or conditioner bottles, cream cheese tubs, applesauce containers, or yogurt containers, please bring them in!
I hope all students and their families enjoyed their long weekend.
We are almost at the mid-year mark, and things at GRB are getting quite busy.
The GRB Environmental Club has recently implemented a new kind of recycling in the building called terracycling.
Instead of just recycling water bottles and soda cans, students can now recycle plastic products, including yogurt containers, apple sauce containers and lids, and many other items.
Students also can bring in items from home. These include empty shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles, as well as cream cheese and sour cream containers.
For a more complete list of items, visit www.terracycle.com.
Terracycling is not only good for the Earth, but it will help the Environmental Club raise money to install more water bottle-filling stations in the high school and elementary schools. Every little bit helps. Parents, send your kids in with these items if you have them, please.
Students who are taking a Regents exam during the upcoming Regents week should double check with their teachers to determine what time their exam is, what they need to bring and ask any last-minute questions.
The best advice the day before a test is this: get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast.
You will be on your way to success if you are well rested. Avoid cramming and staying up late — this will only hurt you in the end. Walk into the test with confidence and you are sure to do well.
Editor’s note: We are running the Bodley Bulletins column today (Saturday) because we did not have a published newspaper on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The column normally runs every Wednesday.
New Years’ resolutions are on everyone’s mind, especially those of students. Take this opportunity to set goals for yourself for the rest of the school year.
On Jan. 6, the Oswego County Music Educators Association Scholarship Auditions will be taking place for musicians hoping to receive a monetary award for their abilities to be put toward their college tuition.
Students participating have been working hard on a solo to play before a judge. We wish them all the best of luck.
January is a busy month, as it is almost the mid-year mark. Second semester ends Jan. 30. New York State Regents week takes place from Jan. 27 to Jan. 30. Students taking a Regents exam will take it during one of these days.
Many students also have non-regents midterms during this time, so make sure to check with your teachers to see if you need to come into school at all.
Make sure to be respectful of the students who are taking exams by being quiet when entering and exiting the building.
If you do not have a Regents exam or a mid-term, Regents week is a nice break before students get ready to finish the second half of the year.
Students and parents should also be reminded there is no school Jan. 20, as it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.