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6th Grade Moves Up 6th Grade Moves Up June 16th was a big day for the sixth graders at Tully Elementary. Due to the unprecedented circumstances that have taken place in 2020 so far, this year’s sixth graders were celebrated in a virtual fashion, which was a bit different from the live ceremonies of the past. Students and families were invited to join a video meeting in which each student’s picture was displayed and their name announced by a teacher. In lieu of the traditional memories speeches that students gave on stage in the past, this year students were asked to record brief video clips about things they remembered from their time at TES. In addition, five students received special awards: Kodiak Ledbetter and Brooklyn Costello were awarded the Triple C Award from the NYS Attorney General’s office in recognition ...
Thank You, Tully Community! Thank You, Tully Community! What an amazing community we live in! We are so proud here at Tully CSD to see such a gathering of support in which we live! The consensus all over the world was that students of all ages had a rough year and missed out on so many events including field trips, dances, and award ceremonies; but here in our community, the support that we saw built up our children and made them feel loved. From signs and banners to colored lights at night, the Tully community rallied together to make this year memorable to all of our students. We spotted words of encouragement for all Tully students at countless churches and places of business. Red light bulbs were free at Bloomin’ Cup to light the night red in solidarity of our seniors and banners were spotted high in the sky and near the roadways supporting ...
2020 Graduation Different but a Great Success 2020 Graduation Different but a Great Success What an amazing end to a difficult year! Graduation at Tully has always been a traditional event but with state guidelines being enforced due to the pandemic, things looked very different this year. Administration, however, was determined to make it as memorable as possible for our seniors that missed out on so many “lasts.” One major difference was that the ceremony was held outside in the parking lot, transitioning to the front of the building. Students and family members had specific parking spots where they stayed in or by their vehicle for a beautiful rendition of the national anthem played by Nate Cattell on his saxophone, the valedictorian (Nicole Ball), salutatorian (Ian Byrne), and class president (Grace Swan) speeches, and a surprise guest all the way from Nashville, ...
Food Bank of CNY Giveaway at Tully JSHS Food Bank of CNY Giveaway at Tully JSHS Food banks all across NY have been doing milk, produce, and meat giveaways to those in need. Recently, Tully JSHS was a site for one of these giveaways, seeing approximately 600 cars. Cars began lining up at 11:00 a.m. even though the event didn't start until 3:00 p.m. By 4:14 p.m., only milk was left. Each car was given two gallons of milk, a 22-lb box of produce that consisted of potatoes, onions, apples, oranges, carrots, brocolli, and salad, among other items, and a 10-lb box of meat, which was diced chicken. Other sites in the immediate area were set up in Lafayette and Otisco. The giveaway was made available by the Food Bank of CNY. Tully Rotary and Tully Central School District administrators and staff volunteered to set up, distribute, and guide the traffic flow through the parking ...
Senior Trip Goes Virtual Senior Trip Goes Virtual The annual senior trip has always been an anticipated one for those graduating. Students vote at the beginning of each year on where they want to go for the trip. Past trips have included Cedar Point, Boston, and the Poconos. This year, students voted to go to Boston with the New England Aquarium, Market Street, a Codzilla boat ride, a dinner/dance cruise, and Six Flags all on the agenda.  It was all set for June 14 and 15, but plans were diverted when Boston began to shut down and Mrs. Bishop worried about the students’ safety. Seniors that were attending the trip were upset to learn of the cancellation, and rightfully so. Trying to keep spirits up, Mrs. Bishop created a virtual senior trip for them. The slideshow featured a poem written by Mrs. Bishop herself, strategically placing ...
Pre-K Bubble Parade Pre-K Bubble Parade During the last week of school via distance learning, the Pre-K Team paraded around the four corners of Tully and almost everywhere in-between to give the Pre-K students a Bubble Bye-Bye Parade. They drove to the homes of all the Pre-K Students and watched them pop bubbles as a way of saying, "Goodbye Pre-K! Hello Kindergarten!" Mrs. Hendricks, Miss Ward, Mrs. Breitzka, Mrs. Litz, and Mr. Kuty were so thrilled to see each smiling Pre-K student’s face! While this year was unlike any other given the unique circumstances, especially for the youngest and newest students, the Pre-K Team was excited to have the opportunity to see the students and wish them a happy summer! A special “Thank you!” to the grown-ups that kept this a surprise from the kids and for all their ...
Tully Transportation Delivers Tully Transportation Delivers With the turn of events in the spring, Tully’s transportation department took the task of delivering needed supplies and food to our students. There were many factors when deciding how to deliver but the primary focus was how to do it safely and efficiently. Protocols were set in place for food delivery, school work delivery, and later on, school work pick up. All contract drivers pitched in to help in the effort, proud of the job they do for the district. Mr. Bailey, bus dispatcher, believes that Tully has “a tremendous crew of friendly, conscientious, and safe drivers.” When designing the routes to deliver meals and school work, they tried to match parts of the normal routes so the drivers were not only familiar with the route themselves, but so the drivers could potentially ...
Tully's Food Service Helps Keep Students Fulfilled Tully's Food Service Helps Keep Students Fulfilled Tully CSD has strived to keep education and mental health a priority during unsure times, but they have also fulfilled other needs such as delivering healthy meals to students who need them. Tully’s food service team has prepared approximately 190 breakfasts and hot lunches to deliver each weekday. Mr. Kennedy, Tully’s food service manager, says his staff is phenomenal, “They all wanted to continue working and were glad to still be able to feed the students.” Some of the staff even got to make a few of the delivery runs and see the students. Mr. Kennedy explains that the change of process from feeding student in-house to at home was a substantial one, “We took the core of our operation and did a 180.” With two days to coordinate transportation, plan meals, ...
Meet Tully's 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Meet Tully's 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Nicole Ball, Valedictorian It is with great pleasure to recognize Tully Junior-Senior High School’s Class of 2020 valedictorian, Nicole Ball. Nicole has embraced and actively sought academically challenging courses. Her senior year finds her taking AP Biology, OCC French, AP Calculus and OCC/AP English.  Nicole dedicates countless hours of the day to her academics and this commitment has paid off.  Last spring she was inducted into the French and National Honor Societies and earned the University of Rochester’s “Bausch and Lomb Science Award.” Although a large portion of Nicole’s day is devoted to academics, she is also an active member of First Tech Challenge, ...
PTO PTO "Plants" a Staff Appreciation Garden Tully Elementary’s PTO didn’t get to plan a traditional staff appreciation week this year but still wanted to show the parents’ appreciation for everything the TES staff does for their students. They thought of creative ways to do this and came up with “planting” an appreciation garden. The PTO used card stock to make apples, printed the names of staff on them, laminated them, and “planted” them in the yard in front of the breezeway. The apples were grouped by grade level and department. Many would agree, that we have the best apples in town! Staff Appreciation Garden  Goog Looking Apples in the TES Garden! Teacher Names Displayed in the Staff Appreciation Garden Staff Names on Apples in Staff Appreciation ...
2020 Senior Class Dedicates Yearbook to Fregly 2020 Senior Class Dedicates Yearbook to Fregly Each year, the seniors vote on a staff member that they would like to dedicate the yearbook to as a symbol of gratitude for the work they do for the students. Many times, a teacher is more than just a teacher; they are a confidant, a mentor, an advisor, and so many other things. This year, the students felt these titles were applicable to Mr. Fregly, one of our high school history teachers. Students describe him as entertaining, genuine, engaging, and witty. The dedication page inside the yearbook states, “Mr. Fregly is an amazing teacher whose comedy and stories make the classroom feel like a home. He genuinely cares about his students and always has their best interests at heart.” When the dedication took place, Mr. Fregly seemed very surprised that he was the recipient of the ...
Wellness Day 2020 Wellness Day 2020 Wellness Day 2020 was held virtually on May 29 district-wide. This day was set aside to allow students, staff, and families to take a break from the “normal” curriculum and focus on their well-being. The Wellness Team put together two websites (one for each school) with several activities and resources that were age-appropriate. The activities focused on mind and body, which many who participated in, enjoyed thoroughly. Activities included were: yoga, scavenger hunts, healthy eating, making stress balls, worry jars, and gratitude jars, and so many others. Students and staff were encouraged to share their activities with the Wellness Team and others. Once submitted, a slideshow was put together of all the activities and was shared. Students who shared their activities were put into ...
"Signs" that Tully is an Amazing Place to Be When plans change unexpectedly and we are thrown into unchartered waters, Tully prevails! We can all agree that we are living in stressful times, but it is times like these that we band together and show each other how much we care for one another. The administration, faculty, and staff at the JSHS planned a surprise senior parade for 2020's seniors. This included driving by their house to distribute lawn signs and making as much commotion as possible to help boost morale and honor those who have worked so hard towards graduation, which will most likely look much different than in years past. Little did the staff know, seniors had their own plans to honor those who have helped them towards their graduation goals, and ironically, on the same day as the senior parade. Seniors made and posted ...
TES Sends Video Message to Students TES Sends Video Message to Students Teachers in our district have reached out to Tully students in a plethora of ways to brighten their spirits and keep the momentum of learning going; however, it is not the same as seeing those bright, shining faces every day. Because of this, Tully Elementary decided to make a video for the students to let them know just how much they are missed. Teachers, TAs, administration, office staff, janitorial staff, and others helped send in pictures and video (including a fun song from Mr. Keefe) that Tully alumni, Madison Smith, helped compile and put into a slideshow featuring Andy Grammer's "Keep Your Head Up." Check out some of the pictures that were taken and watch the video below! TES Faculty and Staff Video to Students Mrs. Spaulding with her messge to TES students. ...
Tully JSHS Ranks Among Best Schools Tully JSHS Ranks Among Best Schools Amidst our current situation, Tully JSHS has ranked among the best high schools according to US World News and Reports . Within the ranks, Tully JSHS made #210 in New York, #2226 nationally, and # 7 in the Syracuse, NY metro area. To see all the statistics of our wonderful school, visit usnews.com.  Thank you to everyone who does their part in helping to make our schools the best!
Stay at Home Spirit Week Stay at Home Spirit Week The High School Student Council couldn’t let a chance go by without holding a spirit week, so in the first few weeks of remote school learning, students and teachers got to share their pictures with each other from home. Stay-at-Home Spirit Week started off with Jersey Day. Even pets got in on the action! Isolation Fashion was the next day – while this was a good rendition of pajama day, Mrs. Newton took it to the next level and pulled out her wedding dress. She looked very fancy! The middle of the week featured Bed Head, and to be honest, most of us probably didn’t have to try too hard to accomplish this. Closer to the end of the week, everyone was ready for Quarantine Food and showed what their favorite food to eat while at home was. We couldn’t end the week without ...
Teachers Turn to Technology to Gap the Bridge in Social Distancing Teachers Turn to Technology to Gap the Bridge in Social Distancing Teachers all over the nation had to change their instructional delivery method within moments when schools were closed, but we are so proud of our Tully teachers who took the task to heart. From face-to-face instruction to web casts, Zoom meetings, Google Classroom, Google Meets, and other platforms, teachers have shown their technologically innovative selves to bridge the gap of social distancing. Elementary teachers have read stories on line, live streamed their lessons and math explanations, recorded their vocabulary words, and held interactive Zoom meetings. JSHS teachers have helped students with foreign language pronunciation through Zoom, given virtual labs, utilized several teaching platforms, and have continued projects by being available to students at many times throughout each ...
Model UN Represents US This Year Model UN Represents US This Year This year, the Model UN team represented the United States at the National High School Model UN (NHSMUN) conference, which was a huge responsibility and accomplishment for Tully. Tully had thirteen students attend and they were assigned various committee topics including: The Commission on the Status of Women, International Atomic Energy Agency, The Disarmament and Security Committee, among others. Although Tully did not win any formal awards, the director of NHSMUN reached out to Mr. O'Neill after the conference and stated he was very impressed by Tully's students and noted that Tully was within one percentage point of winning a delegate award, which for a three-year-old program is very impressive. Although the students had limited time in the city, they went to Central ...
P2 and the Annual Hoop Shoot P2 and the Annual Hoop Shoot In March, the elementary held their monthly P2 assembly to focus on the character traits they had learned that month. During the assembly was the annual Hoop Shoot. Six students from the JSHS (Noah Brothers, Ethan Selmser, Ian Byrne, Lindsey Hamelinck, Hailey Olender, and McKenzie Smith) were welcomed not only for the Hoop Shoot, but to share their experiences of cheering others’ success whether they were on the sidelines cheering on others or being cheered on themselves while participating in an event. After sharing their experience, they got the privilege of going head-to-head with some of the TES students. To finish off the assembly, Mr. Charles and Mr. Kupiec had a friendly shoot-off amongst each other. If you want to know who won, ask a TES student! If you would like to know ...
Floyd Helps Create Fun during School Closing Floyd Helps Create Fun during School Closing During the time of schools closing due to the pandemic, Mrs. Murphy and her dog, Floyd, found a way to stay connected with the JSHS students while having a little fun. Mrs. Murphy took a video of Floyd asking students (with parental permission) to submit a twenty second clip of themselves lip syncing to a song that would portray how they felt about the coronavirus. Any student that submitted a video would then be put in a drawing. After several submissions, Sarah Daddona won a $25 gift card to Dunkin' Donuts, and to lighten things up, a roll of Tully Central toilet paper. Students, teachers, and administration have all pulled together to make these times a little more bearable. Watch the video below! Sarah Daddona Lip Sync



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