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Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

Christmas break is almost here!

It is hard to believe this school year is almost halfway through and we will be entering the year 2014 in just a couple of weeks.

This Friday, 15-week progress reports will be mailed. These reports do not count toward the final 20-week report card, but they are a way for students to see how they are currently doing in their classes.

After you receive it, make sure you make adjustments according to how you would like your grades to look for the final report card.

Don’t forget, to receive honor roll status you must achieve an average of 84.5 or higher. For high honor roll status, you must achieve an average of 89.5 or higher.

You may have seen paper bags in your Guided Study Hall for the past week — they were for donations going toward Kids for Kids, an organization aiming to help children admitted to Golisano Children’s Hospital. Thank you to all those who donated.

The kids’ holiday season is sure to be a bit brighter due to your generosity.

The holiday cheer does not end when we come back to school. The G. Ray Bodley French Club will be having a King’s Day Celebration in honor of the French holiday.

King’s Cake will be provided for anyone who signs up with Madame Honeywell by this Friday.

Today is a busy day in sports at GRB. The varsity girls’ basketball team takes on CBA at home at 5:30. The varsity boys’ basketball team also takes on CBA; however its game will begin at 7 after the girls.

The JV girls’ and boys’ basketball teams take on CBA at CBA high school at 5:30 and 7 respectfully..

Enjoy your recess!

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

The holiday season is upon us.

On Dec. 16 and 17, GRB will have its annual Band and Orchestra Holiday Concerts, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to attend and support our music groups. You will not be disappointed with the music that celebrates this time of year and all that comes with it.

If you are interested in ordering your yearbook at a discounted price, make sure to turn in your order before the Christmas recess.

Turning it in by this time will save you $10. Additionally, ordering a yearbook ahead of time instead of waiting until the end of the year will guarantee that you receive a copy.

See Mr. Senecal in room 228 for more information.

The Yearbook Club is in need of 2013 spring and fall sports photos. If you have any you feel would be a good addition to the yearbook, you can submit them online at hjeshare.com. The school code is fultonian.

If you are a senior and would like your yearbook to be personalized, it costs an extra $5. The deadline for personalization is Jan. 17.

Seniors, also be sure to turn in your graduation cards by Dec. 16, stating the name you would like to appear on your diploma. Please no nicknames — only your legal name can be used.

There are numerous scholarships available in the guidance office for anyone who is applying to college this year. Make sure to stop by soon — deadlines are approaching.

Today, the varsity and JV boys wrestling teams have a match at 6 p.m. at J-D High School. Tomorrow, the varsity boys’ and girls’ bowling teams will take on CBA at Strike & Spare Lanes in Mattydale at 3:30 p.m.

I hope everyone has a good week and that some will be able to make it to one or more of GRB events coming up.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and had lots to eat.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time to get into the Christmas spirit!

The annual Fulton Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place tomorrow at City Hall. Attendees should look forward to performances from school choruses and other fun events.

It is hard to believe, but the five-week period for this quarter ends next Friday. Make sure to check up on your grades and speak with your teachers if you have any questions.

We recently had a few celebrations rewarding those on honor roll, high honor roll, and those who are “VIPs.”

Students receiving an 84.5 average or higher received certificates for honor roll, and those who received an 89.5 or higher received certificates for high honor roll.

VIPs, students who have 95 percent attendance, who are on time to school 95 percent of the time, have no major referrals, and have no grades below a 70, were also rewarded. The students enjoyed a breakfast with juice, breakfast pizza, and doughnuts.

Congratulations to all of our students, it is well-deserved. If your goal is to receive honor roll or high honor roll but you just need a little more help, do not forget that National Honor Society tutors are available for every subject during GSH Tuesday through Thursday.

Have a great week and don’t forget to check the school website often for upcoming athletic and academic events.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

By Julia Ludington

I hope that everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving recess thus far and is looking forward to their holiday.

We had a very exciting event take place at GRB library this past week. On the 18th, senior Amelia Coakley signed her letter of intent to attend Binghamton University to play Division I lacrosse.

A small gathering of family, friends, and fellow lacrosse players were present to watch Amelia make it official. Cake and refreshments were served as Amelia was interviewed. I have had the honor of playing with Amelia and know that she will be a great contribution to the Binghamton team. Congratulations, we are all very proud of you!

On the 13th, students participated in the second Oswego County Academic Youth League competition of the year. I am proud to say our very own team won first place out of seven teams from other Oswego County school districts.

The task was challenging and required a lot of creativity. The students had to create their very own high school.

The curriculum of the high school had to be of New York state standard, but they were free to come up with 7.5 credits worth of electives for students that attended the high school.

The students had to specify if the electives were full or half-year courses, how many credits they were worth, and describe the material taught in the class as well as what activities would take place.

In addition, the team had to perform an infomercial encouraging students to attend their school, come up with a mission statement, and create a brochure. The team was very proud of their finish, as the projects took a lot of hard work.

Our winter sports teams continue to be hard at work. The girls’ varsity and JV basketball teams have their first game Dec. 3  against JD. The JV game starts at 5:30, and the girls will be playing at JD high school. Come support!

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

Some very exciting things have been happening lately at G. Ray Bodley.

Last Wednesday, students participated in the second Oswego County Academic Youth League competition of the year.

I am proud to say that our very own team won first place out of seven total teams from other Oswego County school districts.

The task was challenging and required a lot of creativity. The students had to create their very own high school.

The curriculum of the high school had to be of New York State standard, but they were free to come up with 7.5 credits worth of electives for students that attended the high school.

The students had to specify if the electives were full or half-year courses, how many credits they were worth, and describe the material taught in the class as well as what activities would take place.

In addition, the team had to perform an infomercial encouraging students to attend their school, come up with a mission statement, and create a brochure.

Senior students and their parents should mark their calendars for Dec. 9, as this will be GRB’s Financial Aid night.

Information regarding how to apply for financial aid to help pay for college will be provided. The session will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

The spring musical has been revealed. Quirk’s Players will be performing “Curtains,” a comedy, this coming March. The musical is always amazingly well done and I encourage attending to support our actors, actresses, and musicians.

The boys’ varsity and JV basketball teams have a scrimmage today at Red Creek High School, and the girls’ varsity basketball team has a scrimmage tomorrow against Solvay at Solvay High School.

The teams are working hard for their upcoming games.

Come out and support and visit the district website to see when upcoming games for our winter sports will be taking place.

Editor’s note: This edition of Bodley Bulletins was supposed to run in the Nov. 20 issue of The Valley News. We regret the error.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

I hope that everyone had a fun long weekend.

Much is going on at G. Ray Bodley before we head off on our Thanksgiving break.

Today a representative from the College at Saint Rose will be in the guidance office at 10 a.m. and tomorrow a representative from the Crouse College of Nursing will be visiting at 10:15 a.m.

Keep checking in with the guidance office to see if any colleges you are applying to or are interested in are coming to the high school.

Unfortunately, the varsity girls’ volleyball team’s season came to an end last Tuesday with a tough loss to Oswego. The girls had an awesome season, however, and we are very proud of them.

The concerts last week were a success. The audience was serenaded with a plethora of different pieces from the Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Orchestra.

The songs included themes centered on the music of Lady Gaga, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky from the orchestra and Batman, Les Miserables and Sesame Street by the band.

Talented guitar, bass, and drum players joined in on the fun and made for an exciting event.

Musicians who are interested in trying out for All-County should see their music teacher for the audition music. Many music teachers give extra credit for trying out, so it may be something you want to look into. Plus, it’s a ton of fun.

Students from the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus are also getting ready for the upcoming Area All-State concert.

The students will travel to Clinton in Oneida County Nov. 22 and will rehearse with other students selected from the area.

They will then stay the night and get up to practice again, and then finally will play their concert Saturday, Nov. 23. It’s a lot of work, as the students selected will have never played the music together until the day before the actual concert.

Don’t forget to get in the holiday spirit and donate to the Youth Advisory Council to support its orphanage and school in Colombia.

Boxes are distributed throughout the school in which to place your donations. Girls’ summer clothes, toiletries and small candies are all acceptable items.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

Hopefully everyone is in a Halloween mood!

Don’t forget that the Red Cross Blood Drive that GRB is hosting takes place tomorrow throughout the day. I made a mistake in my last article-if you donate, you will receive Taco Bell rather than pizza and donuts. Sounds like a promising incentive!

Many of our Sectional games went well last week. The girls’ Varsity Soccer Team won their first-round game against Carthage, 4-3. The boys’ Varsity Soccer team beat Whitesboro at home, 3-0.

Soon, however, fall sports will come to an end and winter sports will already be starting up. I cannot believe that snow is already appearing in our weather forecasts! Indoor sports, including wrestling, indoor track, and basketball will begin to prepare for their upcoming seasons. Even some spring sports, including lacrosse, will soon be seen in the GRB weight room, hard at work.

If you are interested in working out after school, the weight room is open to anyone on Mondays and Thursdays, 2:40 to 4:40.

If you need a quick snack before your workout, or are simply hungry for a little something during your 8th or 9th bell study hall or after school, look no further than the Raider Den! The Raider Den is a school store selling drinks and refreshments to students. Many tasty treats can be purchased at affordable prices, so make sure to check it out.

Along with fall sports ending, the first quarter marking period is also almost over. Make sure you are checking your grades on School Tool and meeting with your teachers if you find there are any discrepancies. Remember that you must have an 84.5 or higher to make Honor Roll, and an 89.5 or higher to make High Honor Roll. Strive to do your best!

If you are having any trouble in a particular class, National Honor Society members are tutoring every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Certain subjects are focused on in certain rooms, so see your Guided Study Hall teacher for information on where to go.

If you are trick-or-treating tomorrow, remember that the city-designated hours are from 6-8 o’clock. Have fun but also be safe!

Bodley Bulletins — by Julia Ludington

I am happy to report that the girls’ soccer senior night was just as successful as the boys’!

The girls won against Homer, 3-1. Haley Carroll, an eighth-grader, scored two of the goals and Cara Bricker, a junior, scored another. The game was quite exciting but yet again bittersweet, as the team lost six seniors.

If you are looking to promote a great cause, the Youth Advisory Council, or Y.A.C., is taking donations for the Colombian orphanages they sponsor. Sophia Giovannetti and Amelia Coakley are two seniors accepting these donations.

They are asking for lightly used summer clothing, as it is normally above 80 degrees where the children live, and simple necessities including toothpaste, deodorant and any other items that we are accustomed to in our day-to-day lives.

The children will be receiving these items for Christmas this year.

Don’t forget about the fall play this coming Friday and Saturday. Everyone is getting excited to see “What the Bellhop Saw.” If you’ve forgotten, the play will be presented at 7 p.m. both days. Seniors and children under 12 receive a discount!

Club officers and treasurers met on Oct. 16 to discuss proper accounting procedures.

The procedures this year are much more efficient and organized, with each club or activity receiving its own binder in which they can record fundraising and the like.

Clubs, with their newly easily accessible information, will be able to give advice to other clubs about what fundraisers worked the best for them.

A new requirement this year is clubs must prove that they have voted and decided on a specific purpose for donations they have received.

For example, the Environmental Club has just voted to use a donation it received to go towards putting in another eco-friendly water fountain.

These water fountains have a slot for you to put your water bottle in to refill it, and they display the number of water bottles that they have helped the school save.

The club also hopes to start raising money this year to help put a few of these water fountains in our elementary schools.

The spirit of charity has been rampant lately at the high school, and it has really created a very optimistic environment.

The Varsity and JV Girls’ volleyball teams held their annual “Dig Pink” game last Thursday. The game’s goal was to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and from what I hear, they were very successful.

I am excited to see all of the clubs and activities thrive this year. Continue to get involved!