(Sixth grade students from Immaculate Conception School, Fayetteville, wrote the following reports on some of the activities happening at their school. We thank these budding journalists for their submissions.)
Car Raffle Benefits School, Students
By Timothy Pierret, Megan Murphy, Matthew Curran, Christine Basha, Elliot King, Luke Krizman, Kelly Oot, Andrew Caputo, Leslie Smith, and Kathleen Tyrel
This year Immaculate Conception School held its second d annual car raffle. The school raffled off a 2008 Mercedes Benz convertible. The IC students were given assemblies where awesome prizes such as SU t-shirts, posters, Ipods, Wiis, and laptops were given away to students who sold tickets. The student body raised a great deal of money and donated a percentage of the money to the Coaches for Cancer charity. Raffle money also went to installing smartboards in every classroom, laptops for all the teachers, and for a newly painted school gym. At the assemblies, special guests including Coach Jim and Mrs. Boeheim, Coach Greg and Mrs. Robinson, Andy Rottin, the SU dance group and Otto the Orange. Since Mrs. Kabot’s fourth grade was the first class with 100 percent participating during the raffle, their class will get a “makeover,” and students will get new chairs and desks. Eventually every classroom will be updated. Finally, Mrs. Smarrelli’s sixth grade class sold the most raffle tickets and received a pizza party with the SU men basketball players at Manley Fieldhouse.
The second Blue and White Night dinner was held on March 8 in Dwyer Hall. The winning ticket for a Mercedes convertible was picked out of a drum of 36,000 tickets. The winner is a Fayetteville resident who bought a ticket from one of the students. Dwyer Hall was decorated to look like New York City. Lights and music made it feel like New York. Students decorated brick walls with graffiti, and the New York skyline surrounded the room.
Hundreds of friends and parents of Immaculate Conception School shared great food and beverages to celebrate.
A Wonderful Place to Grow Up
By Gabrielle Schug, Molly Murphy, Holly McCully, Kendall Sangster, Michael Trasolini, Andrew Romagnoli, Grace Cherny, Daniel Wyman, Joseph Stephens and Erica Assimon
Immaculate Conception School offers a wide range of opportunities and activities. It offers an excellent education and some of the latest technology for learning. Students from pre-k through sixth grade enjoy learning in a beautiful school on amazing grounds. The school offers specials like computer, Spanish, art, library, gym, and music. The curriculum includes religion, math, reading, social studies and science. There are two classes for every grade. The number of students in each class allows for great teacher to student interaction as well as a great opportunity to build lasting friendships. Students are encouraged to reach their goals. Masses are held every month, and students are encouraged to participate in the readings and singing. At these Masses and in the classroom where students get practice at public speaking. Catholic values are taught throughout the curriculum by teachers who really want their students to succeed.
Chess club, computer club and science club are the top three clubs. Students can stay after school for enrichment. The school is rather small, but it is “a small school with the biggest spirit,” and it welcomes any newcomers as family.
IC Students Give Back to Community
By Brad Harris, Peter Catalano, Monica Lindenmayer and Morgan Liptak
IC school donates money, items, and time to many different charities. The little ones in kindergarten where they collect hats and mittens for those less fortunate. Other classrooms collect personal items for St. Lucy’s Parish. The Giraffe Club encourages fifth graders to “stick their necks out” and participate in at least two different projects that will help others. The sixth graders donated comforters and blankets to Catholic Charities and are currently collecting pots and pans for Catholic Charities. The entire IC school community donates canned goods to the food pantry and “feeds” a sneaker with dollar bills to help those who cannot afford to buy shoes.
Students Win Regional Drug Quiz Contest, Head to State Finals
By Monica Perrone, Andrew Ziemba and Megan Ann Pierce
The IC school drug quiz team is going to the state finals! Andrew Goodwin, Megan Ann Pierce, Holly McCully, Erica Assimon, Joe Stephens, Ben Garcy and Lillian Harrington will be competing against other drug quiz teams for the top prize — a night on the town! Students will take a limousine to an Italian restaurant. These competitors have given up their recess time to study hard every Thursday with their mentor, Ms. Patricia Schram. So far, they have won two competitions and five rounds. The purpose of the drug quiz competition is to teach kids about drugs, alcohol, abuse, and the many bad effects they have on themself and others. The competitors will be going to the state finals on May 12. They will also be appearing on TV at the Double Tree Hotel in downtown Syracuse. We hope to see you there!
For more information on Immaculate Conception School, Fayetteville, call 315-637-3961 or www.icschool.org