Fairgrieve students honored for being honest

Fairgreive Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla honored students for demonstrating honesty, the school’s February virtue of the month.

Honesty is the ability to be sincere, fair and truthful. The virtue award winners were honored during a recent Morning Express program at the school.

The students received a special “Virtue of the Month” pin to wear for the day and keep as a token of appreciation from the school.

Those honored were: Danielle Gober, Lloyd LaValley, Riley Stoutenger, Keaton Kelly, Olivia Nesbitt, Orissa Nelson, Ivy Szlamczynski, Ethan Weaver, Tiffany Bean, Alexis Durval, Myles VanDyke, Morena Fenty, Tristan Kent, Chad Mansfield, Andru Walts, Aeilistar Vincent, Benjamin Maliszewski, Shyanne Miller, Kaylee Mason, Alexander Cook, Nicholas Belrad and Chelsea Barker.

Fairgrieve students behave well

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla recognized 22 students during a special Morning Express ceremony for their exemplary behavior.

Exemplary behavior is celebrated at the school with monthly Expectation Expert Awards. One student from each classroom, kindergarten through grade six, is selected each month for being outstanding role models of the school’s follow behavioral expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be A Problem Solver.

The Fairgrieve Elementary School Expectation Experts for the month of March are: kindergartners Benjamin Renfrew, Dominic Harris and Chloe Calkins.

First-graders Jayliana Padua, Brianna Bartlett and Liam Crandall

Second-graders Dawson Krause, Hanna Cook, Ethan Baker and Dominick Riedell

Third-graders Kiara Pittman, Dykel Ruscitto and Konner Moody

Fourth-graders Aidehn Welling, Noel Allen and Kaden Reynnells

Fifth-graders Nathaniel Searor, Jacob Russell and Jacob Rheaume

Sixth-graders students Brayden McGraw, Noah Allen, and Hannah Bort.

The students were each given a Fairgrieve Elementary School Expectation Expert Award and pencil to commemorate their achievement.

Mr. Pulaski contest raises money for good causes

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

From swimwear to formal wear, 10 Pulaski High School boys showcased their beauty, talents and interview skills on Feb. 28 as they vied for the distinction of Mr. Pulaski.

In front of a panel of judges (Pulaski school district teachers and faculty), the teens danced, sang, did karate and entertained a packed auditorium for the 12th annual event, which resulted in a title crown for Devon Bice.

Other contestants included runner-up Justin Crowl, third-place finisher Jacob Nicholson, and fourth-place finisher James Booth.

Rounding out the field were Max Lowery, Ashton Hanley, Josh Mason, Nick Visco, Ethan Jackson and Jacob Atkinson.

While there were plenty of laughs during the light-hearted event, it served as much more than a show. The charity event was designed to raise money for the Darcy Hilton Scholarship.

Hilton was a graduate of Pulaski schools who passed away due to cystic fibrosis. The scholarship was created in her honor.

Her nephew, Hunter Hilton, a former Mr. Pulaski contestant and one of the judges for the Feb. 28 event, said the annual competition helps unite the community while keeping Darcy’s memory alive.

“She was an amazing person, she always had a smile on her face,” her nephew recalled. “It’s amazing to see this kind of support – it’s breathtaking.”

In addition to the Hilton scholarship, this year’s event also raised money for the Don’t Skip a Beat Campaign, which was spearheaded by Pulaski senior Jimmy Carnes as a way to help students afford lifeguard training courses. Carnes is a past winner of Mr. Pulaski and served as the emcee for this year’s show.

Thanks to the support of those who attended the show, both Carnes’ campaign and the Hilton scholarship benefited in a big way, according to event coordinator and teacher Jill Truax. “We raised over $3,000, with a few donations yet to come in,” she said. “That is the best we have ever done at the event.”

Money also was raised from admission as well as an auction, which created fun-spirited bidding wars for the contestants.

Oswego Middle School lists honor rolls

Oswego Middle School Principal Mary Beth Fierro has announced second-quarter honor roll for her seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Seventh and Eighth Grade High Honor Roll

Cameron Adams Jr., Jea Adams, Alyssa Adner, Madeline Armet, Nickolas Back, Andrew Baker, Jade Ballard, Adeline Benjamin, Liam Benjamin, Tia Bevacqua, Emily Bradshaw, Jenna Bradshaw, Michaela Bradshaw, Samual Broadwell, Janie Brooks, Nicholas Brown, Grace Bruns, Nolan Busch, Brianna Bush, Crissa Cabanlig, Monica Cahill, Nolan Callahan, Andrew Caprin, Alec Caroccio and Joan Carroll.

Also: Joel Caster, Alyssa Cheeley, Claudia Chetney, Allison Choate, Melissa Chun, Gillian Clark, Christian Clary, Joshua Clyne, Christopher Colasurdo, Lateisha Colon, Dakota Contryman, Jared Crisafulli, Zachery Crossman, Reese Davis, Kaleya Dawley, Danielle DelConte, Stephen Demong Jr., Lauren Devinny, Anthony DiBlasi, Tiffany Ditton, Jack Dodds, Abigail Douglas and Jillian Dowdle.

Also: Colin Dowling, Megan Durval, Emilee Ekman, Alexander Emmons, Janelle Flack, Vanessa Flint, Maria Foti, Eryn French, Alecia Fuentes, Laurin Furlong, Mariah Galletta, Samantha Gardner, Nathaniel Gazda, Alexys Geers, Alyson Geers, Bailey Glennen, Jessica Godden, Kaitlyn Grant, Sophia Greene, Sophia Griffiths, Kaitlyn Gunther, Paige Hammond and  Faith Hannock.

Also: Mikayla Hardesty, Caitlyn Harpst, Zachary Haynes, Kieran Henrie, Alison Hibbert, Grace Hibbert, Katheryne Hibbert-Nelson, Madison Hill, Nicklas Holland, Leah Horn, Jarreau Hoskins, Hayleigh Hough, Rose Huang, Dawson Izyk, Alexis James, Dain Jerred, Tyler Johnson, Lauren Jones and Lara Kanbur.

Also: Kaitlyn Kelly, Spencer Kielb, Mya Kinder, Johnathan King, Lily Kingsley, Willow-Su Knapp, Derek Kohut, Kyle Kon, Sheyenne Lacey, McKenzie LaDue, Taylor LaDue, Alyssa Lapetino, Addison Lee, Alyssa Lee, Madison LeRoy, Eleanor Lisec, Kelly Lizotte, Sofia Loayza, Dillon Lopes, Matthew Mace, Elyse Maniccia, Elizabeth Martin, Austin Mason, James May, Julia May, Brookelle Mazzoli, Margo McBrearty and Liberty McCracken/

Also: Turner McElroy, Alaina McMahon, Benjamin McPherson, Clarissa Miller, Derek Morgia, Drake Morgia, Andrew Mosbo, Leah Mullen, Emilee Munger, Cody Murray, Alex Myers, Alexander Osetek, Dieonte Parker, Allison Pasco, Alexis Pero, Joseph Perras, Ivy Perry, Laurel Plunkett, Sofia Proano, Jason Proud, Deepi Pryor, Alexa Quesnell, Breeanna Race, Olivia Rando and Payton Reese.

Also: Abigail Reith, Dylan Reitz, Leanna Restani, Dane Richardson, Cassandra Romeo, Cole Ross, Isabella Sabatini, Lauren Samson, Jarod Sawyer, Katherine Shene, Logan Shepardson, Kennedy Shurtleff, Kristen Skinner, Katie Smith, Tessa Smith, Dylan Sobrino, Zachary Sova, Benjamin Stevens, Keyara Storrs, Christopher Sugar, Madalynn Swan and Matthew Taormina.

Also: Leah Taylor, Madelaine Taylor, Sydney-Yu Terpening, Ryan Tharrett, Joshua Thomas, Keegan Thompson, Reagan Thompson, Abhijit Tripathi, Julianne Verceles, Nicholas Victory, Catherine Volkomer, Samuel Waldron, Mattie Wallace, Halle Wells, Alexander Wetzel, Hannah Wise, Samuel Woods and Drew Youngman.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Honor Roll

Jason Abbott, Samuel Allen, Emily Alnutt, Scott Alton, Colton Avery, Griffin Axtell, Zachary Azzarelli, Allison Beckwith, Jacob Bellardini, Randy Bills, Kevin Blum, Michael Borer, Laura Bornheimer, Mary Bornheimer, Tegan Boyzuck, Noah Brancato, Dakota Brown, Donovan Brown, Steven Buck, Madison Bullard, Lauren Bush, Sierra Buske, Griffin Calabro, Tyler Calverase, Shae Carter and Zachary Cary.

Also: Sarah Casaletta, Abigayle Christian, Zoe Clark, Allyssa Copeland, Madelyne Cortright, Dominick Cullen, Tatyana Cummins, Maddison Dashnau, Thomas Davies, Brandon Davis, Noah Davis, Shelby Davis, Kyle Decker, Zoey Devoid, Nelson DiGregorio II, Nathaniel Distin, Kyle Dodge, Hayley Domicolo, Abigail Donahue, Daniel Doviak, Kayla Drosihn, Isabel Dunning and Jasmine Durham.

Also: Tyler Eckert, Mackenzie Endres, Alexa Fadden, Samantha Falcetti, Gabriel Fenzl, Dominic Ferlito, Huckabee Fitzgerald, Marissa Forger, Makayla Fragale, Cameron Garafolo, Matthew Gill, Fredrick Gonzalez, Daniel Gosselin, Nicholas Gray, Stephen Greene III, Evan Groff, Madeline Gunther, Amber Hammond, Nicholas Hanna, Noah Hardter, Jordan Hare, Jacob Harrington and Matthew Hibbert.

Also: Katherine Hill, Brianna Hoefer, Eric Hoefer, Timothy Hubbard II, Akira Huber, Quinn Jacobs, Hermes Jimenez Jr., Monique Jones, Joseph Kelly, Crystal King, Tara Kirwan, Hannah Koster, Krista Kraft, Abby Lagoe, John Lee, John Liberty, Connor Loadwick, Joshua Losurdo, Keith Loughrey and Evan Lupien.

Also: Aaliyah Maldonado-Cappetta, Robert McCarthy, Michael McConnell, Mickayla McMahon, Shaleen McMahon, Margaret McSweeney, Cassondra Monroy, Bradley Morrisseau, Justin Mull, Caitlyn Murphy, Daniel Murray, Nathaniel Murteza, Gavin Neuland, Heavenly Noel, Andrew Noyes, Aidan Osmun, Taylor Palmer, Breonna Parrott and Derek Pascuzzi.

Also: Maria Pelkey, Sean Pepe, Logan Pepper, Savannah Pero, Dominic Perrone, Trinity Perry, Cameron Peterson, David Pfeifer, Jonathan Plyler, Kaylee Polmanteer, Gregory Poston, Connor Pratt, Ethan Proud, Jessica Pullen, Derek Putnam, Marina Regan, Dale Reynolds, Jasiah Rios, Kaitlyn Romeo, Zackary Rousselle, Hannah Rowley, Abigail Roy, Kaileigh Roy, Katterina Ruotolo and Emily Sanders.

Also: Nicholas Searor, Kateri Senke, Jacob Sharkey, Nicolas Shoults, Caroline Sincavage, Cameron Smith, Hannah St. John, Tyler Steinbach, Alexis Sterio, Christian Talamo, McKinley Thompson, Isabella Thorpe, Maya Tonkin, Liam Tovey, Skylar Trapasso, Shawn Victory, Vlad Volkov, Kieran Vollmer, Griffin Vrooman, Eric Wallace, Skylar Wallace, Thomas Wallace, Tyler Wallace, Jacob Ward, Adam Weller, Bailey Whalen, Lindsey White, Alexander Whiteside, Trent Wilkinson, Rhiannon Winslow, Caitlin Wisniewski, Ryan Wood and  Eric Young.

Apply now for Oswego UPK program

Submitted by Oswego City Schools

The Oswego City School District is gearing up to welcome next year’s class of pre-kindergarten students!

Applications for the Oswego City School District Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program are now available. The program is designed for children who were born between Dec. 2, 2009 and Dec. 1, 2010 and is offered at no cost to children who are selected by lottery, said Cathleen Chamberlain, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The UPK teachers and staff strive to create a warm and nurturing environment for all our four year olds. The goals of the program are to meet the individual needs of 4-year-old children in the areas of social, academic, language, emotional and physical development.

This prepares them to successfully enter kindergarten the following year.   The UPK teachers and District work closely together to deliver the best first educational experiences for your children.

Sessions will be available at the five elementary schools: Charles E. Riley, Fitzhugh Park, Frederick Leighton, Kingsford Park and Minetto. The program runs in conjunction with the regular school district calendar.

“There will be a maximum of 18 students in each class and the classes will be taught by a certified teacher and teaching assistant,” said Chamberlain.

Morning and afternoon sessions are available. The program runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for the morning session and 12:45 to 3:15 p.m. for the afternoon session.

Partial transportation will be offered for all four year olds. Students attending the morning session will be provided transportation to school and parents would be responsible for transportation home at 11:30 a.m.

In the afternoon session, parents are expected to transport their child to school at 12:45 p.m. and the school will transport the child home at 3:35 p.m.

An open house will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. March 26 at all elementary schools. Children are welcome to accompany parents, but are not required to attend.

This is an opportunity for everyone to see the classroom and learn more about the UPK program.

Anyone who would like their child considered for the program can complete an application — applications are available at all elementary schools, or the Office of Curriculum and Instruction on the first floor of the Education Center.

Questions? Call 341-2013. An application form is also available online at www.oswego.org.

Screening will be held in April, so send in applications as soon as possible.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

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.

St. Luke staff helps MS Society

Staff from St. Luke Health Services joined colleagues at affiliates Bishop’s Commons, Michaud Residential Health Services and St. Francis Commons to take part in an organization-wide benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, during National MS Awareness Week.

For a monetary donation, staff “dressed casually” at work for the day in support of the National MS Society.

“MS is thought to affect more than 2.3 million people worldwide reaching people of all ages and is more prevalent in the community than one might expect,” said Mary Anne Sackman, social worker at St. Luke and the event organizer.

“Because the disease is not contagious or directly inherited and symptoms of MS are unpredictable, it can be difficult to diagnose,” Sackman said.

“That is why the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter appreciates the support of the St. Luke staff during MS Awareness week, as we seek to draw attention to this illness and its effects in our community, while seeking a cure,” she said.

Margaret M. Gantley, retired from Springside at Seneca Hill

Margaret M. Gantley, 71, of Fulton, died Thursday March 6 at her home.

She was born in Oswego, NY to the late William and Leona (Rowlee) Ferriter.

Mrs. Gantley was a resident of Fulton for most of her life. She retired from Springside at Seneca Hill, Volney, NY in 2012.

Mrs. Gantley was a devoted caregiver for her family.

She was predeceased by her brother Gerald Ferriter in 1961.

Mrs. Gantley is survived by her daughter Sandra Ferriter of Fulton; eight siblings,  Susan Ferriter of Fulton, Katherine Enright of Mexico, NY, Michael (Patsy) Ferriter of Sterling, NY, Lawrence (Sheila) Ferriter of Fulton, Janice Leonard of Minetto, Frances Davis of NC, Mary Jeanne Lapeta of Ill., and Elizabeth (David) Baldwin of Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral service.  Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours are 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15 in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S. Fulton.

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