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Lanigan school holds second grade ‘Biography Bonanza’

Makenzie Gardner portrayed accomplished United States figure skating champion Michelle Kwan during the Lanigan Elementary School Second Grade “Biography Bonanza.”
Makenzie Gardner portrayed accomplished United States figure skating champion Michelle Kwan during the Lanigan Elementary School Second Grade “Biography Bonanza.”

Some of the most famous and influential people in United States history gathered in one place last week: Lanigan Elementary School in the Fulton City School District. The gathering was a “Biography Bonanza,” featuring students in the school’s second grade classes.

Second grade students, as aligned with the Common Core State Standards, have been reading more works of fiction and learning about books that are categorized as biographies. Tied to this, the second grade teachers coordinated a “Biography Bonanza” event at the school.

Each second grade student selected a significant and influential person in American history to feature at the biography event. Students spent class time as well as time at home with the support of a family member researching their person and his/her’s historical significance. The students utilized resources from the school’s library as well as online educational resources to gather their information.

Each student also created a display and found or made coordinating props and in some cases a costume for the ‘bonanza.’

On the day of the “Biography Bonanza” students not only dressed as their biography subject, but also assumed their identity.

They introduced themselves to “bonanza” guests and shared facts about his/her’s life and historical significance, giving students an opportunity to practice their public speaking and communication skills.

Highlights from the event included Walt Disney, George Washington, Babe Ruth, Jackie Kennedy, Barack Obama and more.

Lanigan student rallies his school to help a family in need

A tragic incident a few months ago triggered a chain reaction of support for a local family in need.

Lanigan Elementary School fourth-grade student Noah Horning watched as seven fire departments worked to save his neighbor’s home earlier this year.

The family escaped the fire safely, but lost everything.

Noah knew there was something he could do to help the family and he knew just who could help him – the students and staff at his school.

He spoke to the neighbors following their tragedy to ask what items they are in desperate need of. Then, with his principal’s approval, he sent a letter home with each student at his school asking for toiletry and non-perishable food donations as well as clothing for the family’s young daughter.

Also included in Noah’s letter home was helpful fire safety reminders and precautions that each Lanigan family can take to stay safe including developing and practicing a fire safety plan and escape route.

The response to Noah’s letter was overwhelming and hundreds of donations poured into the school to support the neighboring family in need.

With help from his classroom teacher Shannon Higgins and the Lanigan Elementary School School-Home Liaison Tammy Sheldon, Noah boxed up the donations and personally delivered them to the family during the last week of school.

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Lanigan school crowns Battle of the Books champions

The Reading Ninjas clinched a first place win in the level three/four competition of the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Team members Eli Reynolds (left), Michael Brown (middle), and Nicolas Schremp (right) are pictured above with Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and third grade teacher Becca Wicks, and Principal Robert Briggs.
The Reading Ninjas clinched a first place win in the level three/four competition of the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Team members Eli Reynolds (left), Michael Brown (middle), and Nicolas Schremp (right) are pictured above with Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and third grade teacher Becca Wicks, and Principal Robert Briggs.

Students at Lanigan Elementary School competed recently for the crowning achievement of being named a Battle of the Books champion and the opportunity to represent their school and the Fulton City School District in a county-wide books battle May 1.

Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literacy program coordinated in Oswego County through the Oswego County BOCES School Library System and at Lanigan Elementary School through Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers.

The program encourages students to read, enhances reading comprehension and promotes teamwork as well as academic excellence.

Students from the elementary school volunteered to participate in this program by committing to read 15 books from a predetermined list.

Somers said, “Our students took on the Battle of the Books challenge on top of their other school work and extracurricular activities.”

Earning top honors in the grade level five/six competition was the team Servants of the Forsaken Orb or SFO consisting of sixth grade students Destiny Schneider, Ryan Barry, and Raiden Hansen.

In second place was team The Book Bros with members Seth Grimshaw, Mark Tallents, and Hayden Sachel.

In third place was The Nerdy Chicks with members Madison Kreinheder, Vita Dean, and Kelly Swatkowski.

The team of Destiny Schneider (left), Ryan Barry (middle) and Raiden Hansen (right) won first place in the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Level Five/Six Competition. Pictured with the team is Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and sixth-grade teacher Maggie Catanzaro, and Principal Robert Briggs.
The team of Destiny Schneider (left), Ryan Barry (middle) and Raiden Hansen (right) won first place in the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Level Five/Six Competition. Pictured with the team is Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and sixth-grade teacher Maggie Catanzaro, and Principal Robert Briggs.

Capturing first place in a field of team teams in the level three/four competition was the Reading Ninjas team consisting of third grade students Nicolas Schremp, Michael Brown, and Eli Reynolds.

Earning second place honors was the Tales of the 4th Grade Readers team consisting of students Ian Summerville, Cuinn Burlingham, and Emily Stacey.

Capturing third place in the level was the The Ready Readers team with team members Jacob Greene, Mary Jane Mullaney, and Samantha Cooper.

First place teams at both levels will travel to the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District on today, May 1 to compete against top teams from across the county and the opportunity to be crowned an Oswego County Battle of the Books champion.

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Lanigan fourth grader competes in Spelling Bee

Pictured are Lanigan Elementary Principal Bob Briggs with fourth grade student Griffin Marriner. Marriner placed 10th in the written round of the Post-Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee. He placed 25th in the oral competition held earlier this month.
Pictured are Lanigan Elementary Principal Bob Briggs with fourth grade student Griffin Marriner. Marriner placed 10th in the written round of the Post-Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee. He placed 25th in the oral competition held earlier this month.

by Nicole Reitz

Griffin Marriner, a fourth grader at Lanigan Elementary School, is an avid reader and spelling wiz. He competed in the WCNY Spelling Bee at Onondaga Community College in January.

Marriner placed 10th out of 36 finalists in the Post-Standard-sponsored spelling bee. Marriner and one female student from Baldwinsville were the only fourth-grade finalists.

A majority of those placing in the top 35 of the regional competition were seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Marriner moved on to the oral part of the competition that was held earlier this month. He made it to the third round of the televised event and came in 25th place.

Marriner found that the tie breaker words were harder in the oral competition than they were in the written test. Ultimately, it was the word “doctrinaire” that stumped him.

“I accidently but a k between the c and the t,” he said.

He studies by finding new words in the books he’s reading and then looks in the dictionary for the definition.

For the competition, he used the Scripps National Spelling-bee Word Club web site and completed practice tests. The winner of the oral round is eligible to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held annually in Washington, D.C.

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