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4/23/12 > Class Celebrates Reading...

The Wellsville PTA implemented a new contest to raise funds to get more books into the hands of students. The ONE for Books Contest (turning dollars and coins into books and smiles) asked students and families to donate coins and dollars for the week before the book fair to classroom cans to be used to purchase books. The top three money raising classrooms won either a chance to "silly string" Principal Dean Giopulos, a pizza party, an ice cream party or a combination of the prizes.

Mrs. Lisa Giopulos' classroom came in third and the children won a yummy ice cream party. However, according to Mrs. Giopulos, "The best part was that due to the funds raised from all classrooms the PTA was able to give each child in the entire school a FREE book. It was an awesome gift and what a way to make reading fun! Thank you to the PTA and all the children and families that made this program such a huge success!"

3/30/12 > Fuel Up to Play 60
The Wellsville Elementary School has been awarded a $3000.00 grant from Fuel Up to Play 60. This grant is awarded through the American Dairy Council and the NFL. Its intent is to get children moving at least 60 minutes a day, to eat nutritionally balanced meals and to drink fat free or low fat milk.
Our grant will be used to fund 4 different taste testing’s in the cafeteria. Today we started with a fresh fruit tasting of Kiwi, Avocados and Pineapple. With the help of our Fuel up to Play 60 committee and Cooperative Extension we provided a sample to about 450 children in the cafeteria.

Additional tasting will be Smoothies, Vegetables and the Whole Grains.

The grant is also funding the Activities night at the school on April 3rd. There will be loads of activities for the children. Fitness games, Bounce Houses, Just Dance on the Wii and swimming. Nutritious snacks will be available to all.
3/19/12 > Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Registration for 2012-2013
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It is that time of the year when we begin to plan for the next school year. To help us in our planning we will be conducting our annual Pre-kindergarten/Kindergarten registration at the Elementary School. To be eligible to attend our grant funded Universal Pre-Kindergarten program in September 2012 a child must be 4 years old by December 1, 2012. To be eligible to attend our Kindergarten in September 2012, a child must have be 5 years old by December 1, 2012. It is very important that you register your child for these classes.

Please fill out a "Registration Form" by selecting the appropriate link below:
- PreK Registration Form
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Kindergarten Registration Form
If you would like the school to mail one home to you, please call 596-2104 or 596-2107, or you may stop by and pick one up.

On the day of registration please bring the following documents with you:
• Proof of Residency in Wellsville Central School District (a utility bill, tax bill, or statement from landlord)
• Completed Registration Packet
• Copy of Birth Certificate
• Parent/Guardian Photo Identification
• Copy of Immunization Records
• Documentation of any Allergies or Health Conditions
• Copy of Custody Papers and/or Order of Protection (if applicable)
• Department of Social Services Foster Placement Form (if applicable)

Registration dates are: Monday, March 19, 2012 through Friday, March 23, 2012 from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. Two evening registration sessions will also be held on Tuesday, March 20th and Thursday, March 22nd from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The Wellsville Preschool HEAD START will also be accepting enrollment applications for the 2011-2012 program year at these sessions.

Registration forms that are completed beforehand shorten registration time. At registration, someone will meet with you to review all of the documents that you have brought. You do not need to bring your child to register him or her. On May 30th there will be a parent meeting to review the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Screening process. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Screening will take place during the week of July 16, 2012. For more information call the elementary school office at 596-2104 or our primary school nurse at 596-2107.

For more information on Head Start, please contact Cindy Watson, Preschool teacher, at 596-2109 or Tina Pensyl, Family Support Worker, at 268-7605, ext 1513. Don't just give your child an education; give them a HEAD START to life!

3/14/12 > Who's Fiddling Around?

By Margarita Mezvinsky, Orchestra Director for WCS The Elementary orchestra is fiddling around! The fourth and fifth grade string students are working hard on their spring concert program. The program is set for Wednesday, June 6, at 7 pm at Wellsville High School. Ms. Mezvinsky knew that many of the students liked country music and wanted to learn how to "fiddle."

A violin, viola, cello and bass are considered string instruments; but they are also known as "fiddles." so you might ask, what is the difference between a violin and a fiddle? In short, there is no difference at all. It is the type of music that you play, which generally defines whether someone would say you are playing a violin or a fidd.e. If you are playing bluegrass, country or folk, some people refer to their instrument as a fiddle. It is also the technique of playing a traditional tune and adding double stops and slap pizzicato (two notes played simultaneously, or plucking the strings/slapping the fingerboard). The fiddle player plays in the background. He or she is part of a band with other musicians (guitar or banjo player or drummer, etc.) and a singer.

The elementary orchestra meets before and after school. The students are dedicated to learning their instrument but they also have a love of music. We play Beethoven, Mozart, jazz, and rock n' roll. This concert, we will include some "fiddling." The three pieces "in progress" are Chicken on a Fence Post, Double Stop March, and Turkey in the Straw. The children are encouraged to have fun and play like they are at a square dance in a barn. They are encouraged to smile and stamp their feet. They can also yell "Yeehaw!" if they get caught up in the moment. The young musicians can also wear a straw hat and a red bandana to get in the spirit. They can also dance and play at the same time. We talk with a funny accent , imitate chicken sounds (BAWK!) and laugh. That is what makes the orchestra class such a joy!

Playing an instrument takes practice every day. It also requires a lot of imagination. The music takes on another meaning when you have a picture in your mind and a heartfelt emotion. These young string players learn the notes, how to create a good sound, count out rhythms, play loud and soft and in different styles. Just as important as mastering the instrument, children need to have an outlet for their feelings and opening their minds. As a teacher, I found that If there is creativity in education, there is motivation . Come to the Elementary Orchestra room and experience how 10 and 11 year olds study a string instrument.

3/09/12 > Earth Day Poster Contest
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Earth Day is April 22, 2012.

The New York State Senate takes this opportunity to celebrate the great strides New York has made in helping to improve our environment. From expanding the bottle bill to promoting green energy, New York is helping to make a difference.

Posters must be no larger than 11" x 17". Entries should be photographed and submitted electronically, preferably in jpeg format via http://www.nysenate.gov/earthday2012. All submissions must be uploaded to the web-site by March 9, 2012. Students are encouraged not only to be creative in their project, but also to convey a real commitment to making the environment a better place.

By educating students about the importance of recycling, they will learn to be creative in solving the problem of solid waste. We hope you will participate in this year's New York State Senate Earth Day Celebration.

1/26/12 > GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING CHILDREN HOME
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GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING CHILDREN HOME

  1. TEMPERATURE ABOVE 100.0 CHILD SHOULD REMAIN HOME 24 HOURS AFTER RETURN TO NORMAL.
  2. ANY UNEXPLAINED SKIN RASH…MANY RASHES ARE NOT CONTAGIOUS…BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL THAT ARE. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF YOU SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH A RASH AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS WE WILL MORE THAN LIKELY SEND HIM OR HER HOME, SO IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS, TAKE YOU CHILD TO THE DOCTORS FOR DIAGNOSIS, SO WE KNOW THE RASH ISN'T CONTAGIOUS.
  3. ANY REDNESS NOTED IN THE "WHITES" OF YOUR CHILDS EYES. THE TERM "PINK EYE" CONCERNS US DUE TO THE AGE OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE AMOUNT OF SHARING THAT GOES ON.
  4. VOMITING-PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS POST VOMITING.
  5. DIARRHEA-PLEASE KEEP YOU CHILD HOME FOR AT LEAT 24 HOURS AFTER LAST DIARRHEA STOOL.
  6. CONSTANT, AGGRAVATING COUGH…..CONSTANT NOSE BLOWING. PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME.
1/10/12 > Jack Migliore Wins GEO BEE!

Jack Migliore, a fifth grade student, won the Wellsville Elementary School National Geographic Bee on Tuesday, January 10th. A total of 18 fourth and fifth grade students competed in this local competition. Alyssa Kear finished in second place.

The National Geographic Bee, an educational program of the National Geographic Society, is a nationwide geography competition for U.S. schools with grades four through eight, designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography. Jack Migliore will now take a written test to see if he qualifies for the New York State Geographic Bee competition to be held later in the school year. His name will also be placed upon a permanent Geography Bee plaque located in the main hallway of the elementary school.

To prepare for the Geo Bee Jack said, "I studied some facts about the continents, and I used a map to learn about all of the states. He also added, "I like the idea of competing with all of the kids from other schools if I advance."

The final question of the Geo Bee competition this year was, "The Chiapas site of several ancient Maya ruins, is the southern most state in what country?" Jack was the only one of the final three contestants to come up with the correct answer of Mexico.


Jack is the son of Jack and Maureen Migliore.  View more pictures of our GEO BEE!

12/06/11 > Decorating for the holidays!

Lisa Watson, mother of Emily Watson, created this holiday balloon sculpture for our students to enjoy. It's located at the end of our main office hallway. We thank Mrs. Watson for this beautiful display.

11/09/11 > The USS Boston

On November 9, 2011, Mr. and Mrs. Kirk came to present to the second grade his replica of the USS Boston. Mr. Kirk is a Vietnam veteran who proudly served upon this ship, and graciously came to school to share his experience as a US veteran. He has spent the last 28 years working on this 10½ foot water ready vessel. He has five other replicas, all created from scratch. His career as a draftsman and engineer came in very handy in the scaled plans he designed himself. Second graders were amazed by the moving gun turrets and radar antennas, working lights, smoke, and sound effects. All of which were controlled by the custom remote control. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Kirk, for all your time and hard work, on this Veteran's Day.

10/14/11 > Fire Department Presents Fire Safety Assembly

On Friday, October 14th the Wellsville Fire Department presented an assembly program on fire safety to all of our elementary students. We greatly appreciate the work of all of the volunteer fire fighters in our community! View more pictures of our Fire Safety Assembly.

4/07/11 > Daniel Kirk to Visit Wellsville Elementary
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Daniel Kirk is visiting Wellsville Elementary School on Thursday, April 7, 2011. Daniel Kirk is the author and illustrator of over thirty books for children. Most readers identify the author from his much-admired Library Mouse. A story in which a mouse named Sam shows the children who visit the library that everyone can be a writer. Besides the Library Mouse series, other titles to his credit include While the World Is Sleeping and Block City. His collaboration with author Kevin Lewis has resulted in several successful books, including the highly popular Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo, Tugga-Tugga Tugboat, My Truck Is Stuck!, and Dinosaur, Dinosaur. His latest venture in writing is a three part series of chapter books for older kids, called Elf Realm, a modern fantasy adventure.

He grew up and attended college in Ohio. As a young man he moved to the New York City area. Before creating books, Daniel Kirk was a successful commercial artist. His illustrations appeared on magazine covers, in advertisements, on bill-boards, and even on postage stamps. With the help of his author and artist wife Julia Gorton, he was able to make the challenging transition into the world of children's literature. His first book Skateboard Monsters reflects her assistance in its design. Daniel Kirk, his wife, and three children live in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

Daniel Kirk will speak to grades PreK-5.
During his visit, he will be presenting three times, reaching all the grade levels in the school. He uses a PowerPoint show to document the creation of one of his books, from idea and sketch phase through to the finished product. He will lead the students in a drawing game, to help them create characters that can inspire the development of their own stories. Daniel loves to bring his guitar and sing for his audiences. The rhyming text of many of his books started out as songs. The assemblies are also open for parents and community members to attend. Be-fore school starts, teachers will have a reception with the author, in order to meet and talk with him personally.

www.danielkirk.com
Checkout the author's entertaining website!

3/18/11 > PreKindergarten/Kindergarten Registration
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Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Registration

It is that time of the year when we begin to plan for the next school year. To help us in our planning we will be conducting our annual Pre-kindergarten/Kindergarten registration at the Elementary School through out the summer. To be eligible to attend our grant funded Universal Pre-Kindergarten program in September 2011 a child must be 4 years old by December 1, 2011.  To be eligible to attend our Kindergarten in September 2011, a child must be 5 years old by December 1, 2011. It is very important that you register your child for these classes.

Please fill out a "Registration Form" which can be found in our Document Manager link on our District Homepage.     There is a registration form for Pre-Kindergarten and one for Kindergarten. If you would like the school to mail one home to you, please call 596-2105 or 596-2107, or you may stop by and pick one up.

When you are ready to register your child please bring the following documents with you:
• Proof of Residency in Wellsville Central School District (a utility bill, tax bill, or statement from landlord)
• Completed Registration Packet
• Copy of Birth Certificate
• Parent/Guardian Photo Identification
• Copy of Immunization Records
• Documentation of any Allergies or Health Conditions
• Copy of Custody Papers and/or Order of Protection (if applicable)
• Department of Social Services Foster Placement Form (if applicable)
 

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Screening will take place during the week of July 18th. For more information call the elementary school office at 596-2105 or our primary school nurse at 596-2107.

1/11/11 > Elementary Geo Bee

Quinn Burke, a fourth grade student, won the Wellsville Elementary School National Geographic Bee on Tuesday, January 11th. A total of 19 fourth and fifth grade students competed in this local competition. Quincy Buckley finished in second place.
(Visit our GEO Bee Scrapbook!)

Quinn answered the following question correctly to win the contest: Tianjin, an important port city and manufactoring center, in on the Hai River. Tianjin is in what country? The correct answer is China.

The National Geographic Bee, an educational program of the National Geographic Society, is a nationwide geography competition for U.S. schools with grades four through eight, designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography. Quinn will now take a written test to see if she qualifies for the New York State Geographic Bee competition to be held later in the school year. Her name will also be placed upon a permanent Geography Bee plaque located in the main hallway of the elementary school.

Quinn's favorite subject in school is history. London is the one place she would most like to visit. She says London has lots of cool buildings, and the people there are really interesting. Her least favorite place to visit would be Florida. Quinn said it's too hot there, and it's really busy.

When asked who her hero was she replied with, "Allie Whitehouse". She said that Allie is good at basketball, and she likes to watch her play. "Plus, she's a really nice person." she said.

Quinn enjoyed having her friends at the GEO Bee supporting her and cheering her on. She would advise the participants next year to just relax, and to give their best answers.

Quinn is the daughter of Matt and Elissa Burke.

1/06/11 > Letter of Appreciation
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MEMORANDUM FOR WELLSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
FROM: 64th EXPEDITIONARY SECURITY FORCES SQUADRON
SUBJECT: Letter of Appreciation

1. Sir, I wanted to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to you and the Wellsville Elementary School for your continued support of the U.S. Military. As you well know, the holiday season is a very difficult time for deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines to be away from their families and loved ones. This rings especially true for many of my Airmen as this is their first deployment. These young men and women sacrifice a great deal in order to serve our country and it is people like you and organizations like your school that make our mission just and worthwhile. Something as simple as a care package reminds us of home and makes being away a little easier to deal with. I am very fortunate to hail from Wellsville where so many people and organizations are thoughtful enough to send these packages to deployed service members during the holidays.

2. Please pass my thanks to the students, teachers, and employees who donated time and money sending these care packages to us. Also, assure them their efforts are greatly appreciated and they were successful in bringing a little piece of home to us even though we are so far away. I wish you all a very happy holiday season.
//SIGNED//
KRISTOPHER K. GREEN, (M) Sgt, USAF

6/09/10 > Nitros Players Visit Wellsville Elementary
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Four of the Nitros players visited the Wellsville Elementary School on June 4th and read to many of the students. Members of the Nitros organization visiting included: intern Shannon Briggs, Head Coach Ryan Shockley, Kyle Williams, Anthony Genna, Aric Marquardt, Nate Schrlau, Assistant Coach Nate Beusler, and intern Brittany McLaughlin. Our students also had the opportunity to talk with the players about their baseball and college careers. The Nitros will play a home game on the Wellsville varisty baseball filed (behind the elementary school) on Thursday June 9th beginning at 11:00 AM. Click here for more pictures!  Be sure to visit the Nitros web site too!

3/18/10 > Pre-Kindergarten /Kindergarten Registration
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It is that time of the year when we begin to plan for the next school year. To help us in our planning we will be conducting our annual Pre-kindergarten/Kindergarten registration at the Elementary School. To be eligible to attend our grant funded Universal Pre-kindergarten program in September 2010, a child must have been born between December 2, 2005 and December 1, 2006. To be eligible to attend our Kindergarten in September 2010, a child must have been born between December 2, 2004 and December 1, 2005. It is very important that you register your child for these classes.

Please fill out a "Registration Form" which appears in our Document Manager on this web site. There is a registration form for Pre-Kindergarten and one for Kindergarten. If you would like the school to mail one home to you, please call 596-2105 or 596-2107, or you may stop by and pick one up.

On the day of registration please bring the following documents with you:
• The Registration Form
• Your child's birth certificate
• Your child's immunization record
• Documentation of any allergies or health conditions
• Documentation of custodial rights

Registration dates are:
Thursday, March 18, 2010 from 9:30 to 11:30 and 12:30 to 2:30
Friday, March 19, 2010 from 9:30 to 11:30 and 12:30 to 2:30


Registration forms that are completed beforehand shorten registration time. At registration, someone will meet with you to review all of the documents that you have brought. You do not need to bring your child to register him or her.

In June there will be a parent meeting to review the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Screening process. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Screening will take place during the week of July 19th. For more information call Dawn Haskins at 596-2105 or Dawn Reagan at 596-2107.

1/04/10 > 5th Grade Gut Lab

In the last days prior to winter break, fifth grade classes got a chance to examine actual organs from a pig as part of the culminating lab following their unit on the human body. Students read clues posted by each organ, and identified its name and the system it belonged too. This was the first time most of the students had ever handled internal organs. The hands-on experience brings the information beyond mere textbook learning. Of course, there is a slight "gross" factor, which also helps the information stay stuck in their memories! Shown AT FRONT IN PHOTO are: (L-R) Sierra, Liam, and Matt.
12/22/09 > The Giving Tree

Once again our students came through with a lot of donations to place under our Giving Tree. This year we filled an entire van with with food, winter clothing, and toys. All of these items were given to the Salvation Army for distribution to those in need.

Also during this holiday season our students collected enough items for 23 care packages. These packages were mailed to area soldiers who are serving our country around the world. The names of area soldiers were gathered through our web site and through student flyers.

We thank all of those who made a donation for these worthy projects!
12/11/09 > Jump Rope for Heart 2009
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On December 10-11, 2009 students in grades 2-5 will spend their Physical Education class working on various jump rope stations and activities. The American Heart Association sponsors the "Jump Rope for Heart" event. This is the fourth year that the elementary school physical education department has entered into this event. All of the participants receive a full class of jumping activities and information in regard to the importance of fitness and healthy living choices. The students will be able to understand the importance of fitness in daily living choices and the connection to the P.E. Fitness curriculum. Student participants receive a certificate and sticker for the day's activities and will be presented a banner for participation to be hung up in the gym. Students may also raise funds for the American Heart Association through pledge sheets. The P.E. department hopes to make this an annual event for students.

12/10/09 > Elementary Students to Promote Fitness with Jump Rope for Heart
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On December 10-11, 2009 students in grades 2-5 will spend their Physical Education class working on various jump rope stations and activities. The American Heart Association sponsors the "Jump Rope for Heart" event. This is the fourth year that the elementary school physical education department has entered into this event. All of the participants receive a full class of jumping activities and information in regard to the importance of fitness and healthy living choices. The students will be able to understand the importance of fitness in daily living choices and the connection to the P.E. Fitness curriculum. Student participants receive a certificate and sticker for the day's activities and will be presented a banner for participation to be hung up in the gym. Students may also raise funds for the American Heart Association through pledge sheets. The P.E. department hopes to make this an annual event for students.

11/24/09 > NYS Has a New Child Restraint Law
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ATTENTION!
NEW YORK STATE HAS A"NEW" CHILD RESTRAINT LAW
Effective November 24, 2009
All children must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system while riding in a motor vehicle, until they reach their 8th birthday An appropriate child restraint system is one that meets the child's size and weight recommended by the manufacturer. The safety belt in your vehicle is not designed for children. A booster seat raises your child up so that the safety belt fits your child correctly and provides better protection.  Booster seats MUST be used with a lap and a shoulder belt.

For more information about this new law or to schedule a car seat safety check please contact ACCORD Corporation's Child Safety Manager at ACCORD Corporation at 585-593-0792 ext. 1217 or 1231.  ACCORD Corporation's PACK Program is working to Protect Allegany County Kids!  This program is funded by the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

10/26/09 > Elks Club Dictionary Program

The Wellsville Elks Club presented all of our 3rd grade students with a brand new dictionary on Monday, October 26th. Click here for more pictures!

10/09/09 > Fire Safety Assembly

The Wellsville Fire Departemnt presented three fire safety assemblies to our students on Friday, October 9th. Awards were presented to the winners of the coloring and essay contests. Our students also had the opportunity to view many of the Wellsville Fire Department's fire trucks.
Click here for more pictures!

10/05/09 > WCS Wellness Corner
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Parents and caregivers are children’s first and most important teachers. They strongly influence the food choices of their children by fostering certain values and attitudes, rewarding or reinforcing specific behaviors, and serving as role models. More importantly, they make decisions about which foods are available at home, where and when foods can be eaten in the house, and children’s
allowances. Parents play a fundamental role as household policy makers.

Parents are role models. Parents/caregivers act as role models, and kids who take part in regular family meals are more likely to try new foods and eat more fruits and vegetables.

Provide variety. Expose kids to as much variety of low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as possible.

Start young. Start training children about foods when they are young since they are most influenced by their families during the early years. Likes and dislikes begin forming during infancy, so offer a variety of foods early on.

Encourage the “one-bite taste.” Don’t force a child to eat, but offer one or two bites. Don’t get upset if they don’t like it; keep trying. Acquiring a taste for new foods may take up to 10 to 15 tries.

Food as fuel. Food is to the body like gas is to a car. Help kids think of their stomachs as gas tanks. Just like you wouldn’t want to overflow your gas tank, you don’t want to overflow your stomach. Kids understand that if you take care of your car, the longer — and better — it will run.
6/15/09 > New Elementary Principal Appointed
The Wellsville Board of Education hired Meme VanEtten as the new Wellsville Elementary School principal. Mrs. VanEtten will begin her new position on July 1st. She most recently served the Genesee Valley Central School Distict as a principal. We wish Mrs. VanEtten all the best!
5/30/09 > Odyssey of the Mind World Finals
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The Wellsville Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Teams made it back from the World Finals in Ames, Iowa. The trip was awesome and the team members had a great time. They not come home with trophies, but they did come home with a lifetime of memories! They thank everyone that supported them. Mrs. Jones' Lost Labor of Heracles team placed 22nd out of about 60 teams. Mrs. Viglietta's Superstition team placed 12th out of about 60 teams (4th in our Spontaneous).
5/15/09 > A Long Tradition Continues
Mr. Albert Kerton has been hosting visits for the kindergarten, BOCES, and prek students for many, many years at his greenhouse off Williams Avenue. He spends the whole day providing a 20 minute presentation and tour of the greenhouse to each class. He reviews plant needs and how the greenhouse provides these needs and asks the children to name the colors they see in the "rainbow of flowers" they encounter. Mr. Kerton also provides a marigold to each child. Altogether over 300 Wellsville Elementary students participate in this tour each year. In the picture Hannah and Gabriel are holding the flowers they were given by Mr. Kerton. We greatly appreciate Mr. Kerton's kindness and generosity over the years!
5/01/09 > Peyton Keib Wins Elks Club Essay Contest

The Wellsville Elks Lodge recently held an Americanism Essay Contest where students in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades wrote an essay entitled "What Freedom Means to Me." The winners from Wellsville Central School were then sent on to the next level of competition. The Elks Lodge is proud to announce that one the elementary school's students, Peyton Keib, a 5th grader, has won First Place in the State competition Division 1. For his winning essay, Peyton was awarded a $125.00 saving bond. Peyton is now eligible to compete nationally for a $1000.00 saving bond. Congratulations to Payton for a job well done! Click here for more on this story!

4/30/09 > Author Johanna Hurwitz Visits WES

Johanna Hurwitz visited the Wellsville Elementary School on Thursday, April 30, 2009. Mrs. Hurwitz is a best-selling author of over five dozen books for young readers, such as Class Clown, Teacher's Pet, Busybody Nora, Russell and Elisa, PeeWee's Tale, Baseball Fever, New Shoes for Silvia, among others. She has received many child-chosen state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Wyoming Indian Paint-brush Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, the Garden State Children's Choice Award, the West Virginia Children's Book Award, and many more.

During her early career she worked as a librarian in the New York Public Library and in a variety of other public and school library positions. With the success of her books she began writing full-time, creating stories portraying, with humor and sympathy, the everyday incidents that are so important to children. That kids are equally fond of Mrs. Hurwitz's books is obvious by the millions of copies that have been purchased by them. Click here for more information!

4/23/09 > Wellsville Elementary Celebrates Arbor Day

The fifth grade students from Wellsville Elementary School recently celebrated Arbor Day. A tree was donated by the Village of Wellsville and was planted in front of the school with the assistance of Chris Enser from the Department of Environmental Conservation. Mr. James Cretekos. the mayor of Wellsville, read an Arbor Day proclamation. This is the 18th year the Village of Wellsville has been designated a Tree City USA.  Click here for the rest of the story and more pictures!

3/09/09 > Read Across America 2009
3/02/09 > Pennies for Patients

The Manor Hills Adult Residential Care Facility made a $1,000 donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients fund-raiser, which was conducted by the Wellsville Elementary School Student Senate. The donation was made on behalf of Caitlin and Connor Ferguson (shown with Mrs. Heaney).

10/03/08 > Jump Rope For Heart
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Elementary Students “Jump Rope for Heart” to Promote Fitness On October 2-3, 2008 students in grades 2-5 will spend their Physical Education class working on various jump rope stations and activities. The American Heart Association sponsors the “Jump Rope for Heart” event. This is the third year that the elementary school physical education department has entered into this event. All of the participants receive a full class of jumping activities and information in regard to the importance of fitness and healthy living choices. The students will be able to understand the importance of fitness in daily living choices and the connection to the P.E. Fitness curriculum. Student participants receive a certificate and sticker for the day’s activities and will be presented a banner for participation to be hung up in the gym. Students may also raise funds for the American Heart Association through pledge sheets. The P.E. department hopes to make this an annual event for students.
5/20/08 > Paul O. Zelinsky Visits the Wellsville Elementary School
Paul O. Zelinsky, the Caldecott award-winning author, visited the Wellsville Elementary School on Tuesday, May 20.

So far, Paul O. Zelinsky has illustrated thirty published books. Six of these, he has also authored. Together, they have sold millions of copies. Among his many awards, he received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his illustrated re¬telling of Rapunzel, as well as Caldecott Honors for Hansel and Gretel (1985), Rumpelstiltskin (1987), and Swamp Angel (1995). He is also the illustrator of Beverly Cleary's Newbery Medal book, Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983). He has had the opportunity to illustrate for America's first children's poet laureate, Jack Prelutsky, for his humorous collection of poems Awful Ogre's Awful Day (2001). His highly inventive movable books, The Wheels on the Bus (1990) and Knick-Knack Paddywhack! (2002) are loved around the world.

Paul O. Zelinsky becomes an author
Although he was born in Evanston, Illinois, his family moved about the country during his childhood. One thing that was constant was his love of drawing. While studying art at Yale University, he took a course in children's books with Maurice Sendak, noted author of Where the Wild Things Are. From this experience, his was convinced that book illustrating was for him. After college, his first as¬signment was for Avi's book Emily Upham's Revenge (1978). A few years and few books later, he authored and illustrated his first book The Maid and the Mouse and the Odd-Shaped House (1982), which won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award. This was the first of several he has received. It was his illustrations for Hansel and Gretel (1984), retold by Rika Lesser, that captured national attention, receiving the Caldecott Honor Award. Working in oil paint, he imitated the genre of seventeenth-century Dutch landscapists to create a mysterious beauty and emotional power that complements classic tale. This detailed, painterly style culminated fifteen years later with Rapunzel (1998) receiving first place for the Caldecott. About his work, he has said, "It's a great deal of fun. I learn things. I make things. And, when I realize that there are people around the country who will read my books and (I hope) enjoy the pictures, I think: How could I have been so lucky!" The author lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two daughters.

Paul Zelinsky will speak to grades K to 5
During his visit, he will be presenting three times, reaching all the grade levels in the school. The assemblies are also open for parents and community members to attend. Before school starts, teachers will have a reception with the author, in order to meet and talk with him personally.

Paul O. Zelinsky's books are on sale now!
Nine different titles, in hardcover as well as in paperback, are being offered. The book sales for the author visit are made possible by the assistance of the Wellsville Elementary PTA. For more information on titles and prices, you may visit the library during school hours, between now and the day of the author visit.  

Paul O. Zelinsky will autograph your books
Autographed books make great presents for any occasion that will be cherished for years to come. Please drop them off at the library no later than Tuesday morning, May 20. Besides your name on the inside front cover of each book, include a slip of paper with your name and class on it. If it is a gift book, please specify how you want it autographed. All books will be returned no later than the next school day.

www.paulozelinsky.com
For more information about the author and his books, checkout his entertaining website.
4/04/08 > BRIANNA TO PERFORM IN, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Brianna Horan, one of our own 3rd grade students from Mrs. Miles' class, will perform in the Wellsville High School musical, Once On This Island .  Brianna plays the role of young Ti Moune.  The show is set on a Caribbean island and features music with a Reggae flare.  Brianna and the other 23 cast members have been rehearsing since early January.  Click here to meet Brianna!  The musical will be presented on April 4th and 5th at 7:30 p.m. and April 6th at 2 p.m. in the Wellsville High School Auditorium. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $6.00 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased at the door or in advance at Ink, Debbie's Hallmark, and Brand Name Appliance.  Click here for more information and pictures! 
3/31/08 > PTA BOOK FAIR
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SPRING SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
Sponsored by The Elementary School PTA
Monday, March 31st - Friday, April 4th
in the Wellsville Elementary School Library


The Fair will be open from 9:00 to 3:30 PM Monday thru Friday.

Our two family nights will be:
-Monday, March 31st from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 3rd from 6:00 - 8:00 PM


"Come explore our large selection of books and find great reads for every person in your family.  All of the books have been carefully reviewed and approved for young readers.  These books represent the best authors and illustrators in children's publishing.  We are passionate about reading and hope you and your family can be a part of our Book Fair experience."   Scholastic.

Visit on a family Night and enter your child's name in a drawing for $25.00 in free books for them and $25.00 in free books for thier  teacher.

3/13/08 > Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration
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We are planning for next year's PreKindergarten and kindergarten classes. A child must be 4 years of age on or before December 1, 2008 in order to be eligible for the PreKindergarten Program and 5 years of age on or before December 1, 2008 in order to be eligible to enter kindergarten in the state of New York. Click here for the "Registration Form".   Please bring the form and the following documents with you to registration day.
• Your child's birth certificate • Your child's immunization record*
• Documentation of any allergies or health conditions
• Documentation of custodial rights.
* Please note: Immunization against Varicella (chickenpox) is now a NY State Law. All children entering kindergarten in September 2008 must receive the Varicella Vaccine.

Registration dates are as follows:
Thursday, March 13th 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14th 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Registration forms that are completed beforehand shorten registration time. At registration, someone will meet with you to review the registration forms and birth certificate. The nurse will then discuss the health forms with you. You do NOT need to bring your child with you to register them.

Please be advised that there will be a parent meeting in June to discuss the kindergarten assessment process. For more information, call Dawn Reagan at 596-2107 or Dawn Haskins at 596-2105.
3/01/08 > Wellsville Junior Wrestlers Earn Honors
RICHMONDVILLE - Two Wellsville Junior Wrestlers placed in the United States Girls Wrestling Association (USGWA) New York State Championships at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School over the weekend.  Wrestling in the elementary school division, Rayanna Anderson, 10, a fifth-grade student at Wellsville's Immaculate Conception School, won the state title after pinning her way to the finals, she won the title with a 7-0 decision.  Darcy Brownell, 8, a fourth-grader at the Wellsville Elementary School, wrestled in two weight classes, going 5-2 on the day with three pins and taking second in both divisions.  Anderson won a state title in 2006 and a USWGA national championship in 2007. Both girls will now compete in the USWGA United States Championships on March 29 and 30 in Michigan. Over 600 female wrestlers will compete in the tournament. (This article was provided by the Wellsville Daily Reporter.)
2/20/08 > Carrying on the Tree-dition!
Have you ever walked past twelve-year custodian Ernie Kear's office and seen his amazing alligators? Well, there's more where that came from! He makes lots of different animals. Right now he has about sixty alligators, two-hundred owls, ten to fifteen pigs, and eight deer. My art teacher Mrs. Menichino gave me the opportunity to interview Mr. Kear and I asked him about his hobby.

Q: What inspired you to make all of these animals?
A: I've always liked working with wood; I've always worked with it. A guy I know has been carving animals out of wood for years, so he showed me how to make owls, alligators, and all the other animals.

Q: When did you start making these animals?
A: About three weeks ago. The guy has had a couple of heart attacks, so I kept checking in on him. He asked me one night if I'd like to learn how to do it because his sons didn't really want to do it and I said yes.

Q: How long does it take to make these animals?
A: It takes about ten minutes to make an alligator, two minutes to make an owl, and about fifteen to twenty minutes to make a pig.

Q: How do you make the exact holes for the marble eyes?
A: We drill them out with a drill.

Q: How do you make the narrow spaces for the scales on the alligator?
A: We just make it with a chainsaw. All you need is a chainsaw and a drill.

Q: How come the bark doesn't peel off by accident?
A: They would dry up and peel off later if they weren't coated. You should use antifreeze or polyurethane. It doesn't last forever but the coatings preserve them longer. The longer they're outdoors, the longer they last.

Q: Do you make the owls as big as the alligators?
A: We have some bigger owls. They're bigger, but they aren't as long as the alligators, they're fatter.

Q: Where do you get the wood from?
A: By my backyard; we have all kinds of wood. Some are popple, cherry, and maple. I have about seventy acres of woods up there.

Q: When, during your day, do you make them?
A: Right after I get done with work, and on weekends. It's a good hobby; I love it. I'm glad the guy showed me how to do this.

Q: Do you make it up, or do you look at a picture?
A: Well, he just started showing me but if you had a picture you could do it. I do do the bear by a picture, actually.

Q: Do you make any things that aren't animals?
A: We make stumps to put plants and stuff in. We also make mushrooms. One for plants to put in, and one for looks.

Carrying on the tradition of making wooden sculptures for the old man turned out to be a pretty big success! Mr. Kear likes doing it, and he does it very well if you ask me. If you get a chance, you should go to his office and see if he has any of his amazing animals on display!

Interview and article by Luke C. Seeley (4th grade student in Mrs. Bailey's class)
12/04/07 > The Lioness Club Lends a Helping Hand
The Speech and Hearing Committe of the Wellsville Lioness Club presented Mr. Tenney, pirnicpal of the Wellsville Elementary School, 15 packages (4 units each) of hearing aid batteries valued at over $240. These batteries will help three elementary students with hearing aids through the end of the year. In the picture are: Chairman Sally Dannheim, Lioness Bev Newton, Principal Tyke Tenney, and Lioness Ruth Easton.
12/03/07 > Kindergarten Students Thank Our Soldiers

"The life a butterfly is short, but its' impact on the world can not be measured!"

Miss Sprague's Kindergarten Class takes time to honor soldiers that are fighting for our country along with every soldier that we have lost. The project they were involved in was called The Butterfly Tree Project. This project was organized by Cherie Reid, a middle school science teacher in Toms River, New Jersey. Cherie designed a web site called
Kids Thank a Veteran . In doing so, the Web site expresses how people from all over the United States care about the men and women in our military.

Miss Sprague's class has received pictures back of the soldiers their butterflies will honor. Also, their class picture now appears on the
Kids Thank a Veteran web site (scroll to the bottom). Children of all ages from across the nation created patriotic butterflies to fill the branches of the Butterfly Tree. Each butterfly lists the name of a fallen soldier and their age.

11/25/07 > Helping Our Troops
Our Wellsville 5th graders and some helpful parents, helped brighten the holidays for soldiers serving in Iraq. As part of our commitment to serving the community, students collected items such as zip-lock bags, magazines, and tasty treats to share with troops spending the holidays overseas. Letters and cards written and decorated by the students were included to let them know we appreciate the sacrifices they are making for us here at home.
5/01/07 > $10,188.70 for St. Jude


The students of the Wellsville Elementary School raised $10,188.70 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with their 2007 Math-A-Thon. This brings our 14 year cumulative total up to $123,634.70



Through the Math-A-Thon, our students are able to help provide a future for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Children with more than 200 forms of cancer and other catastrophic diseases find hope at St. Jude. Since its founding in 1952 by the late entertainer, Danny Thomas, the survival rates for most forms of pediatric cancer have risen dramatically. In fact, today more than 70% of all children with cancer will survive their bout with the disease. St. Jude fully credits these successes in treatment to the generous support of people around the world, including the students at Wellsville Elementary School.




With our help, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be able to create new treatments that may one day lead to a cure for many forms of cancer that will benefit the children of our state, our country, and around the world. Together we can make a difference in the lives of children with cancer!  Click here to make an online donation now! Click here to view a slideshow of the Math-A-Thon Celebration!

4/27/07 > Arbor Day Celebration
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The 5th grade classes conducted an Arbor Day ceremony on April 27th. Chris Enser, NYS DEC Forester, was on hand to help them plant a sugar thyme crabapple tree in the front lawn of the school. Also, on hand were Tree Board members Susan Duke and Bob Chaffee along with Wellsville village employees Bill Whitfield and Dawn Ketchner.
Click here for more pictures!
3/23/07 > Pep Band Visit

The Wellsville High School PEP Band visited the Wellsville Elementary School on Friday, March 23rd for a special assembly program.
Click here to view a slideshow of their visit!

3/02/07 > Read Across America Week Celebrated
The Wellsville Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Week with a variety of activities throughout the week of February 26th. Many of the students participated in a Reading Challenge throughout the week where they read for a designated amount of time each day.  A Dr. Seuss Trivia contest was held each day on the WES Morning Show.  A different theme was celebrated each day including:  Crazy Socks Day, Crazy Hat Day, Wacky Wednesday, Glenn Colton Day. Crazy Glasses Day, and Community Reader Day.  On Thursday Glenn Colton presented four workshops where he explained how he authored, Mr. Ducky Wucky, The Wonderful Secret .  In the afternoon Glenn Colton presented his "Readers Are Winners" assembly for everyone.  Then in the evening a Glenn Colton Family Concert was held at the school.  Throughout the week everyone was reminded what Dr. Seuss once said, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  Click here to view pictures from all of the Read Across America activities!
2/16/07 > PENNIES FOR PATIENTS
Many of our students participated in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients program here at the Wellsville Elementary School. Our students raised $1,028.32 to support the research of leukemia, lymphoma and blood cancers. 

"Our students' involvement with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society reminds them of the importance of being involved in the community and helping those in need," said Mr. Tenney, Wellsville Elementary School principal. "This is a wonderful program for us to take part in, and the results of our students' efforts will benefit an outstanding organization." 

Last year, students in 115 local schools collected approximately $82,000 for Pennies for Patients. "This really shows children that they have the power to make a dramatic difference in the lives of people who need their help," said Nancy Hails, Executive Director of the Western New York & Finger Lakes Chapter. "The support of the Wellsville Elementary School and its students will really help advance our mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma and blood cancers, and help patients and their families deal with these diseases."

Funds raised from Pennies for Patients will help support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's programs of blood cancer research and local patient aid & services. The Western New York & Finger Lakes Chapter currently funds five researchers who do their work at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Niagara University and the University of Rochester. The local Chapter also has approximately 2,000 patients on their roster. Each patient is eligible to receive up to $500 per year in direct financial reimbursement to help with costs not covered by insurance, as well as benefiting from other programs and services. For more information about the Society's programs and events visit: Pennies for Patients.
1/31/07 > Robin Oulver Visit
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This year's author visit will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2007. Our guest will be Robin Pulver, an award-winning author of over a dozen books. Many may recognize her hilarious Axle Annie stories, or her warm-lighthearted books about Mrs. Toggle and her class. Some may have read her zany and playful introduction to grammar stories, Punctuation Takes a Vacation and Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day . There's something for every reader's interested. For more information on the author and her books, visit her website at http://www.robinpulver.com/   Please visit our Robin Pulver Scrapbook for more pictures of her visit.

1/30/07 > Plaque for GEO Bee
We have recieved our Geo Bee plaque which lists the winners of the Wellsville Elementary Geo Bee since the year 2000. This plaque will hang in our main office hallway. The names of the winners that appear on the tus far include: Samuel Wilson - 2000, Scott Mansfield - 2001, Eric Williams - 2002, Chelsea Wagner - 2003, Samantha Van Etten - 2004, Christopher Brooks - 2005, Jacob Cruttenden - 2006, and Alex Brown - 2007.
1/29/07 > Jump Rope for Heart 2007
Many of our Wellsville Elementary School students participated in the Jump Rope for Heart program during the month of January during their physical education classes. The American Heart Association sponsors the "Jump Rope for Heart" event. This is the second year that the elementary school physical education department has entered into this event. All of the participants received a full class of jumping activities and information in regard to the importance of fitness and healthy living choices. This year our students raised $4,068.70 for the American Heart Association. Our P.E. Department tahnks the public for its generous support!  Click here for more pictures!
1/23/07 > LIVE ON STAGE, THE RAINFOREST
Hundreds of students and parents attended the "Live on Stage, The Rainforest" program on January 23rd. They had the opportunity to get really close to such creatures as: alligators, snakes, jungle cats, and monkeys - beautiful parrots, macaws, amazons, cockatoos, and greys from around the world. Click here to view our slideshows of the program!
12/21/06 > We Support Our Troops!
Prior to the holiday the Wellsville Elementary School invited the active military family members of their students and employees to their annual sing-a-long. This event provided a way for our students to say thanks to some of our local troops who are serving our country around the world. The sing-a-long began with Tyler Richmond paying tribute to our service men and women with his rendition of "God Bless the USA". Young family members presented the local troops in attendance with a special holiday flower.
12/20/06 > Red Ribbon Week Can Drive

The students of the Wellsville Elementary School collected cans of food for the Salvation Army food pantry in celebration of our Red Ribbon Week. Phillip, President of the Student Senate, is shown here preparing the cans for delivery with Jim Meyers, a Salvation Army volunteer.
12/06/06 > Letters from Home
Mrs. Empie's Fifth Grade Class recently learned about Chad Emerson who has been serving our country in Iraq. His mother, Cathy Emerson, did a presentation with the class using pictures and spoke about her son's daily life in Iraq. Our students were so interested and concerned about his well being that they decided to write Chad friendly letters to cheer him up. Cathy dedicated this bulletin board, which you can view in the Elementary School hallway, to honor her son and feature our student's friendly letters. As Chad's time to return home nears, our class looks forward to meeting him. Participating in this project were: Adam, Allison, Jacob, Tyler, Dakota, Silas, Helen, Ashley, Maverick, Katie, and Dillon.
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9/21/06 > Boot Drive for Local Firemen

During the week of September 11th the students of the Wellsville Elementary School collected hundreds of pennies for our local firemen. This project was a special part of our September 11th Remembrance program to show appreciation for our local firemen.
5/15/06 > Author Visit by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Ellen Stoll Walsh, best-selling author and illustrator, will be at Wellsville Elementary School, Thursday, June 1. Ellen Stoll Walsh is the author and illustrator of many popular and acclaimed books, including the timeless classics, Mouse Count and Mouse Paint, which have been translated into several languages. Several of her books have been named Children’s Choice Books of the Year by International Reading Association, ALA Notable Children’s books, New York Public Library “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing,” as well as Junior Library Guild selections. Her Dot & Jabber mouse detective series are well known for weaving easy-to-understand facts into fun and friendly stories. All of her books reflect adventures in learning and life for young children to enjoy. She creates her bold and bright cut-paper collage illustrations in her studio at the top of her beautiful Victorian home in Fairport, New York.

During her visit she will be presenting three times, reaching all the grade levels in the school. The assemblies are also open to parents or community members to attend. The topic of her talks will be “Suspended Disbelief, the illusion of the effortless picture book. Before school starts, teachers will have a reception with the author, in order to meet and talk with her personally.

Nine different titles of Ellen Stoll Walsh’s books will be offered for sale in the elementary library. The book sales are made possible by the assistance of the Wellsville Elementary PTA. She will also autograph any of her books the day of the author visit.
5/05/06 > Math-A-Thon
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has announced the successful completion of Math-A-Thon at Wellsville Elem School in Wellsville, NY. Math-A-Thon, now in its 28th year, is an educationally based fund-raising program in which students obtain sponsors for the number of math problems completed in special workbooks provided for students in grades K-9. The program is sponsored nationally by Six Flags Theme Parks, who provide free passes to their parks for every student raising $35.00 or more.


The students who participate in the program learn to do more than just math problems; they also learn the importance of helping children who are less fortunate than themselves. Through the Math-A-Thon, they are able to help provide a future for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Children with more than 200 forms of cancer and other catastrophic diseases find hope at St. Jude. Since its founding in 1952 by the late entertainer, Danny Thomas, the survival rates for most forms of pediatric cancer have risen dramatically. In fact, today more than 70% of all children with cancer will survive their bout with the disease. St. Jude fully credits these successes in treatment to the generous support of people around the world, including the students at Wellsville Elem School.


"We are very proud of our students for working so hard on the Math-A-Thon," said Mr. Dennis Dahlgren, volunteer coordinator. "With their help, St. Jude Hospital will be able to create new treatments that may one day lead to a cure for many forms of cancer that will benefit the children of our state, our country, and around the world. I also want to extend our thanks to the Wellsville community for supporting our students. It takes all of us to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer, and we can all feel proud of our response." Click here for more details and pictures!
4/06/06 > Operation Safe Child
When a child is missing or abducted, time is of the essence and every second counts. Possessing up-to-date photographs and detailed information about a child can greatly assist law enforcement's efforts to bring your child home safely.

Operation SAFE CHILD is a statewide program created by Governor Pataki to raise awareness about child safety. Equipment has been provided by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services so that a SAFE CHILD identification card can be made for each child in Wellsville and given to his/her parent or guardian. Each card contains the child's name, their picture, biographical information (date of birth, gender, height, etc), and a fingerprint image of both index fingers. The card that will be given to the parents/guardians is made to be carried in a wallet or pocketbook. In the unfortunate event that a child is missing, this card can be given to law enforcement so that the search for the child can begin immediately instead of wasting time gathering information. With your approval, your child's information can also be entered into a state database and stored on a high security computer. All SAFE CHILD data is protected and can only be accessed in the event of a missing or abducted child investigation.
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The Wellsville Police Department and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department will be in the Wellsville Elementary School from April 3rd to April 6th. In Order for your child to be able to participate in the program, the Operation SAFE CHILD permission slip (click on "permission slip" and print the form) must be filled out in its entirety. SAEE CHILD cards will only be produced for those children who have returned the completed permission slip to their homeroom teacher by April 4th.



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This program is paid for by the Allegany County Sheriffs Office and there is no cost to you. If you have any questions, Officer Riley be at the Wellsville Elementary Curriculum Night on April 5th or you can contact him at 593-1556 or by email at: btr18@hotmail.com. Please take advantage of this wonderful program and fill out the permission slip today!
3/05/06 > Glenn Colton to Perform
Recording artist Glenn Colton will perform live in concert at the Wellsville Elementary School on Thursday March 2nd at 7:00 PM. This is a free family concert, "Let Freedom Ring, Let Children Sing" is open to the public. This will be a great time for parents and grandparents to get together with the kids for a great show.

Since 1992, singer-songwriter Glenn Colton has performed over 4000 high energy concerts for kids. That is well over 1,500,000 kids who have experienced the magic! Glenn draws upon a variety of styles including folk, rock, bluegrass, disco, R & B, blues and country to create music that kids, parents, and grandparents can enjoy together. Glenn Colton concerts always include lots of songs, smiles & surprises (The Limbo, The Polka, The Twist, Disco, The Conga Line & more)! Glenn believes in the power of healthy choices, and invites his young audiences to open their ears and their hearts to his musical messages. Click here for the rest of the story and more pics!
2/15/06 > Mrs. Pettenati's Trip to Africa
A Journey to Help Others The children at Wellsville Elementary School, Scio and Whitesville are taking a trip to Uganda, Africa this month in the BOCES OT room with Michele Pettenati. They will be learning about Uganda because of a trip that Michele Pettenati will be taking to this African country. She will be traveling with Compassion International.

Michele will be traveling for 12 days, the first part of February, to assist other school children in Uganda. It will take 16 hours flying to get there. They will be stopping in London and doing some sightseeing there too. When in Uganda, she will be working with children, in the same age group as the children she works with through BOCES. “I have studied and read many references on what I will be seeing and experiencing while volunteering at their schools. I can only hope that I will be able to use the skills that I have developed here as an Occupational Therapist Assistant, in being able to help their students over in Uganda. We will also be witnessing The Child Survival Program, a much needed care to expectant mothers, babies and toddlers. It will be moving and inspiring. I also be studying about their lives, learning about their culture, eating their food, and traveling and taking in the sights.” We will also be visiting the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park. Viewing wildlife and having lunch and a boat ride. Kampala, the capital of Uganda, it is on the equator and it is about 90 degrees during the day.

Michele will also get the chance to meet a child that she sponsors in Uganda. Her name is Barbra and lives with her father and mother. She is responsible for carrying water and helping in the kitchen and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. (When there is work). There are 6 children in the family. Their monthly income is about $2.00. Barbra loves to tell stories, playing ball games and playing hide-and-seek. In primary school, her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities. Michele and Barbra have been writing letters for a year and a half. Barbra and Michele share the same birthdates.

Many people are interested in this trip. There will be lots of pictures to see when they return. . “I also work for a great organization – BOCES. This is my 20th year at BOCES. I was granted a leave of absence without pay for this time”. Margie Proto, BOCES Special Education Supervisor, and Sophie Gianas, Special Education Teacher, have donated arts and craft supplies as well as pictures for the children to color. Dr. Proto has also donated toothbrushes. Belmont BOCES Principal, Melanie Bricker, has made a special personal donation that will be used for the children in Uganda.

Michele is very excited to come back and share her experience from Uganda with the children and with the various school communities that she works with here at BOCES.
Click here to visit Michele's web site to see highlights of her trip!
1/23/06 > Reader's Digest Fundraiser
Kirsten won "Ozzie" the orangutan in our Reader's Digest fundraiser. We had 269 students participate in this fundraiser. Eleven of our classrooms won prizes for having more than 60% of their students participate. Pictured here with Ozzie and Kirsten are Mr. Tenney and David A. Bordeaux from the Reader's Digest Association. Our school will receive a number of supplies for our Ellison machine from this fundraiser.
11/03/05 > Author Janie Lancaster Visits Our School

Janie Lancaster visited our school on November 3rd. She is the author of "Julie & The Lost Fairy Tale," which is a 15 chapter children's serial story that recently appeared in the Olean Times Herald. Mrs. Lancaster presented an excellent assembly program for all of the students in grades 3 - 5. This assembly program introduced our students to the world of a writer. Later in the morning Mrs. Lancaster presented a Writer's Workshop to a small group of students. They appear in the top picture with her. Click here for more pictures!
10/20/05 > Mr. Madine Visits Our School
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Mr. Michael Madine, a principal from Northern Ireland, visited our school on October 19th and 20th. Mr. Madine's students were involved with a distance learning project with Mr. Reuning's class two years. Mrs. Jeniffer Sorochin, coordinator of the Ireland project, brought Mr. Madine to our school so he could see our distance learning lab. While visiting here Mr. Madine had the opportunity to visit our school and to observe some lessons. He was impressed with our facilities and how large how our building was. He was amazed with our new swimming pool and all of the technology we have in our building. We are hoping to do more projects like this one in the future.
9/06/05 > Mr. Tenney Welcomes Students on Our First Day
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Mr. Tenney, our new principal, welcomes some of our first graders back to school. Click here for more pictures from our opening day!
9/06/05 > We Welcome the Class of 2018!
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We welcome the Class of 2018 to the Wellsville Elementary School. Over 100 kindergarteners will experience their first day of school on September 6th. We wish them all the best! Click here for more pictures!
3/05/05 > Kindergarten Registration
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We are planning now for next year’s kindergarten class. Your child must be 5 years of age on or before December 1, 2005 in order to be eligible to enter kindergarten in the State of New York. Please fill out the “Registration Form” which appeared in the February issue of the Overview or click here and select the Kindergarten Registation form. Bring it and the following documents with you to register your child:
· Your child’s birth certificate
· Your child’s immunization record*
· Documentation of any allergies or health conditions
· Documentation of custodial rights


* Please Note: Immunization against varicella (chickenpox) is now a NY State Law. All children entering Kindergarten in September 2005 must receive the varicella vaccine.

Registration forms completed before coming shortens registration time. Someone will meet with you to review the registration forms and birth certificate. The nurse will then go over the health forms. You do NOT need to bring your child with you to register them.

Please be advised that there will be a parent meeting closer to the date of kindergarten assessment. For more information, call 596-2107 and ask for Dawn Reagan, RN or 596-2105 for Dawn Haskins.

2/06/05 > $5,328.05 RAISED FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS

On January 20th and 21st the Wellsville Elementary students participated in a "Lap-A-Thon" to raise money for UNICEF's Tsunami Relief Fund. Our students completed their laps by either walking, skating, or skiing for a specific time period. To date the students have collected $5,328.05.

"Since late December we have watched the news pouring in from Southeast Asia, and we have all been staggered by the loss of life and devastation to families, their homes and their communities. This project has provided our students a way to help and to let our neighbors a world away know that we care and that they are not alone, that our hearts and thoughts are with them as they work to reconstruct their lives." said Mrs. Keough, the elementary principal. "We would like to thank our community for supporting our students' efforts!"

The three students in the picture collected the most money. In the picture: Cory Joyce, Victoria Noller, Jordan Wonderling, and Mrs. Keough (elementary principal).

1/13/05 > 2005 GEO Bee

Wellsville Elementary School
Geography Bee
Thursday, January 13th
Click here for geography links!

Chris Brooks won the 2005 Wellsville Elementary School Geography Bee. Travis Curry took second place. Chris will now have the opportunity to qualify to advance in the Geography Bee competition. The Geography Bee was organized by Mr. Crawford, a 5th grade teacher. Click here for more pictures!

2005 QUALIFERS
GRADE 5: Kay Broughton, Ryan McEvoy, Chris Brooks, Samantha VanEtten, Josh Monday, Zach Petenatti, Travis Curry, & Hannah Moore. GRADE 4: Jacob Cruttenden, Elanini Davis, Katie Reccio, Emily Whitehouse, Veronica Ebert, Alyssa Staba, Ethan McCollough, & Nicholas Schrlau.

12/10/04 > A New Look at the Elementary School
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A New Look at the Elementary School -
Why Walls After All These Years


While school was out for the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Elementary School took on a new look. Portable walls have been added to the classrooms in grades 3 - 5. These partitions will provide physical barriers between the classrooms.  They will provide coat closets and storage for the students, as well as book shelves, cabinets, white boards and bulletin boards for the teachers. Most importantly the walls should decrease both visual and noise distractions, making it easier for students to stay focused. Lastly, the walls provide for a very clean and organized look when viewed from the hallways.

In 1971 when the elementary school was built, open education was being promoted in the United States as a way to integrate instruction and make learning more child-centered. It was considered "state of the art construction" and worked very well. As educators moved into the 1980's and 90's changes in federal legislation and educational research resulted in a number of changes in schools. The reauthorization of IDEA (Individual with Disabilities Education Act) required that children with special education be educated in the least restrictive environment. The intent of the legislation is to make sure all special needs children are serviced in public schools, and to the greatest extent possible the general education classroom. Simultaneously the education community has benefited from new technology that has allowed us to learn more about how the human brain takes in, assimilates and uses new information.

We now know that a number of children are distracted by visual and/or aural distractions. These distractions force a child to expend mental energy to filter out either the visual or the aural stimulation thereby reducing his/her ability to focus on the learning at hand. We will still utilize integrated instructional practices in the elementary school because we know that this is best practice. We are fortunate to now have classrooms that reduce distractions as well as open spaces in the building where teachers can take children to engage in activities that require more space than the classroom allows.


Quotes from students:

"The walls help me because to makes me more organized." - Alex McLaughlin

"I like the walls because we all have our own cubbies." - Codie Baker

"The walls are good because you can talk a bit louder." - Arek Olson

"My opinion is, the walls are nice and the classrooms look better but, they're are too plain!" - Kara Slep

"Our new walls are making thing a lot quieter and more organized, and spacious." - Kylie Bierman
"The new walls are nice and we can learn to work better, and we won't be distracted by a lot of noises anymore." - Chloe Smith

"The walls make it look like a classroom." - Sara Batt

"The walls help me because I don't hear the other fifth grades anymore." - Joey Greenan
12/01/04 > Recycling of Ink Jet Cartridges
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The Wellsville Elementary School will be collecting empty ink jet cartridges throughout the school year to help raise money for technology in our school. Each homeroom has a collection box where students may place their empty cartridges. The following cartridges will be accepted: all Hewlett Packard cartridges, all Compaq cartridges, all Lenmark cartridges, and all Canon BC/02,05,20 BX/2,3 cartridges. Also, we are recycling all kinds of cell phones. Thank you for your support!
10/28/04 > “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” Campaign 2004
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For 54 years, children in the United States have shown their commitment to improving the lives of their peers around the world by filling our famous orange boxes with change for UNICEF during the Halloween season. This Saturday many of the students from the Wellsville Elementary School will participate in the annual “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” campaign. Over the years our school has collected over $12,000 making us a UNICEF Ambassador school.

“Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” is helping to eradicate polio! UNICEF is working with Rotary International, a service organization, which hopes to vaccinate every child against polio by 2005. The polio vaccine costs less than a $1 per child. Our contributions provide lifetime protection against this dreaded disease to over 1,000 children.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, provides health care, clean water, improved nutrition and basic education to millions of children in many developing countries. But “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” doesn’t just help children in other parts of the world, such as those threatened by polio. It helps our children as well by teaching them compassion and civic responsibility. For more than 50 years, ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” has been an important tradition among American school children, one you may have participated in yourself. Your support of this worthy program will be very much appreciated.
10/05/04 > McTeacher's Night in Wellsville
The Wellsville Elementary School PTA hosted a McTeacher's Night at the Wellsville McDonald's on October 5th. The employees of the elementary school joined together to work at this event to help rasie $671 to improve our playgrounds. They served students, teachers, and families for 3 hours.

Rachel Smith and Alicia Brockway, teachers athe the Wellsville Elementary felt right at home since they are former McDonald's employees. Rachel worked for STore manager, Steve Starks, for 9 years through high school and college. She made quite an impression on the current high school employees in Wellsville.

Pictured here are: Mrs. Keough; Lorrie Smith; Melissa Meyers, owner of the Wellsville McDonald's; and Scott Smith, 1st assistant @ McDonald's: and Stephanie Viglietta.
9/08/04 > ROTARIANS SPONSOR BACKPACK PROJECT!
It all started when Wellsville Rotarian Ann Gilpin purchased back to school supplies for her children. She was amazed at the amount of money she spent and wondered what parents did if they couldn’t afford to buy these items. Then she saw that WGRZ Channel 2 out of Buffalo was sponsoring a back to school drive to help needy children start school with the supplies they needed. She called Tom Talbett of Wellsville Central School to see what could be done to help children in our community, and that started what turned out to be the typical reaction from the Wellsville community - a landslide of support.

The only advertisements for this project came a front-page picture in the Wellsville Daily Reporter and a spot on Adelphia’s Channel 6, but that was all our community needed to get the project rolling. The Wellsville Rotarians started the drive at one meeting by bringing in over a dozen backpacks filled with supplies. Some wonderfully kind ladies who were dining at the Beef Haus saw the stacks of backpacks and immediately opened their wallets and donated to the cause, and a waitress there brought a backpack to the next meeting. Giant Food Mart donated a case of tissues, and our local orthodontist donated backpacks full of supplies. A pilot for Adelphia saw the picture in the paper and donated supplies. When he went to Indiana on vacation and found school supplies on sale, he contacted the other Adelphia pilots for donations and returned with a car full. There were also many anonymous donations dropped off at the porch of the Rotary President.

Thanks to all the wonderful people, almost 3,000 items were delivered to the Wellsville Elementary School on Thursday, September 02, 2004. Many of our children will benefit from more than 90 backpacks, 630 notebooks and paper, 165 dozen pencils, pens, crayons, and markers, and the 200 other supplies collected.

(If you know of any Wellsville Elementary student who needs a backpack or supplies, please contact one of our nurses.)
5/05/04 > Jordan Golish Recognized by the WCS Board of Education

Jordan Golsih was recognized by the Wellsville Board of Education for her volunteer work with the Wellsville Elementary Math-A-Thon. Jordan was the 2004 top fundraiser for the Math-A-Thon. Altogether over 250 students raised $13,395.51 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
4/30/04 > Math-A-Thon Raises Over $13,000!
During the first two weeks of April the Wellsville Elementary School conducted a Math-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over 250 students in grades K - 5 raised $13,275.01 for this internationally recognized hospital.


These funds will help St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood catastrophic diseases. “Our goal in holding the Math-A-Thon was to help the children of the world who are stricken with diseases like cancer, AIDS, and sickle cell disease. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a world leader in the fight against these diseases, and they have made great progress, but only because of the help of people like the citizens of Wellsville,” said Denis Dahlgren, coordinator. We would like to thank everyone for their generosity.


To date our elementary students have raised over $90,000 in the their ten years of participation in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon. Jordan Golish from Miss Kewley’s room was the top fundraiser with $300. He will receive a CD boom box for his efforts. Mrs. Decker’s class won a pizza party for being the homeroom raising the most money.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, was founded by the late entertainer, Danny Thomas. The hospital is an internationally recognized biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic diseases of childhood. It is non-sectarian and treats children without regard to race, religion, creed or ability to pay. ALSAC/St. Jude, the fund-raising arm, covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at St. Jude. Families without insurance are never asked to pay. Click here for more pictures of our



Math-A-Thon Awards Assembly


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3/16/04 > Elementary Students Connect with Students from Ireland
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On Wednesday, February 25th Mr. Reuning's fifth grade class had the opportunity to meet some other 5th grade students from Ireland via a TV connection in our WCS Distant Learning Lab. Mrs. Jennifer Sorochin, a BOCES instructor, had approached Mr. Reuning about linking with St. Mary's Primary School in Glasdrumman, Northern Ireland. She had met Mr. Madine the 5th grade teacher/principal of this school at a technology conference. Mr. Reuning thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for the students to expand their perceptions of their world. So for over an hour the students in both classes were able to talk with each other and ask lots of questions on a number of topics. Mr. Reuning's class has learned a lot about Northern Ireland. Mr. Madine also linked Mr. Reuning's class with a website where the students can post messages, photos and such to each other.

Mr. Reuning's students hope to contine communicating with this same class throughout the year. They have made a videotape of the Wellsville Elementary School and the Village of Wellsville to send to the kids in Ireland. They have also sent along a gift box packed with goodies from around our area. This box included such items as: maple syrup, choclates, pencils, a Lion mascot beanie baby, and a Wellsville sweatshirt. (The class from Ireland can be seen on the TV on the left in the picture.) Click here for more pictures!

3/04/04 > Elementary Students Say Thank you!

The Wellsville Elementary students signed a card to thank our community for the beautiful new swimming pool and our six new classrooms. This card will be on display at the WCS Grand Opening Ceremony on March 4th.
1/09/04 > National Geography Bee

The Wellsville Elementary School conducted their 2004 National Geography Bee on Friday, January 9th. Samantha VanEtten was the first place finisher with Aaron Golish taking second place. Other homeroom finalists from the 4th and 5th grade classes included: Monica Gardner, Hailey Brown, Quinton Smith, Tamika Gorski, Charise Truax, Alex Budinger, Rebecca Covel, Kara Slep, Chris Brooks, Jacob Ebert, Jared Joyce, Jordan Washburn, Dan Stanton, and Dylan Coats.

Samantha will now have the opportunity to take a written test to qualify for the state competition. The Wellsville Elementary Geography Bee was organized by Mr. Reuning and Mr. Crawford.

5/10/03 > Math-A-Thon 2003

The students of the Wellsville Elementary School completed their 2003 Math-A-Thon. Altogether 218 students raised a total of $11,557.39 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We are very thankful for the support from our community. "This money will help St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood catastrophic diseases like cancer, AIDS, and sickle cell anemia." said Denis Dahlgren, coordinator of the fundrasiser. "St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a world leader in the fight against these diseases, and they have made great progess, but only because of the help of people like the citizens of Wellsville." The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, was founded by the late entertainer, Danny Thomas. Amber Milkeris, a 4th grade student in Miss Grastorf's classroom, raised the most money at $270.20. She will receive a CD Boom Box. Other participants received T-shirts, certificates, and Darien Lake coupons for the efforts depending on the amount the raised.
10/16/02 > Box Tops for Education
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The Wellsville Elementary School has a collection box in the main office hallway for the Box Tops for Education program. Clip Box Tops coupons from hundreds of participating General Mills products with the original Box Tops program. Box Tops are worth 10¢ each when your school sends them to General Mills. The money raised trhough this program will benefit the students here in the Wellsville Elementary School.

Below is a list of all products participating in the Box Tops for Education program. Please note that Box Tops coupons may not appear on all sizes and/or flavors of participating products.

Cheerios®
Honey Nut Cheerios®
Frosted Cheerios®
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios®
MultiGrain Cheerios®
Team Cheerios®
Rice Chex®
Corn Chex®
Wheat Chex®
Multi-Bran Chex®
Honey Nut Chex®
Wheaties®
Wheaties® Raisin Bran
Wheaties Energy Crunch™
Frosted Wheaties®
Frosted Mini Chex®
Total ® Whole Grain
Total® Raisin Bran
Total® Corn Flakes
Brown Sugar & Oat Total®
Lucky Charms®
Trix®
Cocoa Puffs®


Cookie Crisp®
Reese’s® Puffs®
Nestlé® Nesquik™
Count Chocula®
Franken Berry®
Boo Berry®
Cinnamon Toast Crunch®
French Toast Crunch®
Golden Grahams®
Cinnamon Grahams
Kix®
Berry Berry Kix®
Kaboom®
Oatmeal Crisp®
Raisin Nut Bran
Basic 4®
Honey Nut Clusters®
Harmony™
Fiber One®
Nature Valley® Low Fat Granola
Country® Corn Flakes
Gold Medal Raisin Bran®
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Pillsbury Grands!® Biscuits®
Pillsbury Grands!® Sweet Rolls®
Pillsbury® Crescent Rolls
Pillsbury® Dinner Rolls
Pillsbury® Breadsticks
Pillsbury® Pizza Crust
Pillsbury® Pie Crust
Pillsbury® Cookie Dough


Pillsbury® Sweet Rolls
Hungry Jack® Biscuits
Yoplait® Original Multipack Yogurt
Yoplait® Yumsters® Multipack Yogurt
Yoplait® Trix® Multipack Yogurt
Yoplait® Go-GURT® Yogurt
Yoplait® Exprèsse™ Yogurt







Hamburger Helper® Dinner Mix
Chicken Helper® Dinner Mix
Tuna Helper® Dinner Mix
Betty Crocker® Oven Favorites® Mix
Betty Crocker® Complete Meals™
Betty Crocker® Potato Buds® Mashed Potatoes
Betty Crocker® Seasoned Mashed Potatoes
Betty Crocker® Au Gratin Potatoes
Betty Crocker® Bowl Appétit!® Rice or Pasta
Betty Crocker® Suddenly Salad® Mix
Old El Paso® Taco Shells
Old El Paso® Dinner Kits
Old El Paso® Rice
Old El Paso® Seasoning Mix
Old El Paso® Enchilada Sauce
Old El Paso® Beans
Old El Paso® Refrigerated Meat
Progresso® Soup
Lloyd's® Barbeque Buckets






Pillsbury® Home Baked Classics™ Frozen Dough
Pillsbury® Frozen Waffles
Pillsbury® Frozen Pancakes
Pillsbury® Toaster Studel™ Pastries
Pillsbury® Toaster Scrambles® Pastries
Green Giant® Frozen Boxed Vegetables
Green Giant® Frozen Bagged Vegetables
Green Giant® Corn on the Cob
Green Giant® Pasta Accents®
Green Giant® Create a Meal!® Meal Starter
Green Giant® Complete Skillet Meal!
Totino's® Party Pizza®
Totino's® Pizza Snacks






Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® Fruit Snacks
Betty Crocker® Fruit Gushers® Fruit Snacks
Betty Crocker® Fruit by the Foot® Fruit Snacks
Lucky Charms® Fruit Shapes
Trix® Fruit Shapes
Disney Fruit Snacks
Warner Brothers Fruit Snacks
Nintendo Fruit Snacks
Pokémon Fruit Snacks
Dunkaroos® Snacks
Lunch Munchers
Milk 'n Cereal Bars
Chex® Morning Mix™






Gold Medal® Flour
Bisquick® Baking Mix
Bisquick® Complete Mix
Betty Crocker® Pancake Mix
Betty Crocker® Pizza Crust
Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® Cake Mix
Betty Crocker® Ready-to-Spread Frosting
Betty Crocker® Brownie Mix
Betty Crocker® Supreme Dessert Bar Mix
Betty Crocker® Muffin Mix
Betty Crocker® Angel Food Cake Mix
Betty Crocker® Stir 'n Bake® Mix
Betty Crocker® Quick Bread Mix
Betty Crocker® Snackin' Cake Mix
Betty Crocker® Cookie Mix
Betty Crocker® Variety Dessert Mixes
7/12/02 > School Pledge
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During the Spring of 2002 the Wellsville Elementary School conducted a contest for writing a school pledge. Deanna Brownell from Mrs. Reeder's third grade class was the winner of this contest.

Here is the pledge Deanna wrote: "I pledge to be a responsible student at Wellsville Elementary School. I will be a cooperative helper and learner, and treat others fairly and with respect. I will make my school and community a better place."
5/01/02 > Young Authors' Conference
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Phi Delta Kappa of St. Bonaventure University recently conducted their 5th Annual Young Authors' Conference. Madeline Courtney, Heather Stebbins, and Skylar Hoffman were among the presenters. Madeline Courtney received a third place award, Heather Stebbins a second place award, and Skylar Hoffman received a first place award for her piece entitled, "Cheetah Girl."

Cheetah Girl
by
Skylar Hoffman

In the dawn of the wild, wild, wild West a young baby girl named Elisabeth Szabo was born. Most people say that she took to running like a duck takes to water. She ran so fast that they called her Cheetah Girl.
As a country girl, Elisabeth loved going to school because that’s the only time she would see her friends. One friend, in particular, was Tom Henwilch. Elisabeth and Tom were like milk and cookies as they both liked to run. Everyday in the afternoon and when the chores were done, Elisabeth would walk a whopping’ 12 miles just to see Tom and race against him. They would run and run for hours until all that was left of their shoes were the metal eyelets.
On a hot summer day in August with nothing to do, but sweat the living daylights out of one, Elisabeth started her cheetah like running. It was Sunday after church and everybody was just bored to death with nothing to do. Suddenly, Elisabeth came up with a great idea and that was to tell all of the townspeople to come and watch her and Tom race. So, the two of them rounded up all of the townspeople who just couldn’t believe that someone would even want to walk, let alone run, and they all headed down to the local horseracing paths.
As all of the townspeople got rounded up and everybody was ready to watch them race, someone suggested that they bet money!!!One person even said that Elisabth was so fast that she could run lickety split past a cheetah easily.
It was down to five seconds until racing time. The countdown began. “Five, four, three, two, and one.” Racing like a cheetah and a mix of panther, Elisabeth was sure that she would win. She ran so fast that the dirt on the path piled up after her. As she looked behind her she said, “ It looks so rocky.” Close to the end Elisabeth pulled ahead of Tom and she won! She had not only proven to the whole countryside that she was the fastest country girl runner in the wild, wild, West, but she also created one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the the world, the Rockies.
That’s the story of a cheetah like girl who ran a very big race. YEHAW.
3/02/02 > Old Fair Grounds on Elementary School Site
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Here are pictures of the old fair grounds that were located where our elementary school is today.
3/02/02 > Pictures of Old Wellsville Fair Grounds
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The Wellsville Elementary School received a beautiful collage of old pictures through the efforts of Cheyenne Morris, Lucille Frank, Kathy Morris, Don Baldwin, and Dakota Morris. The old pictures show the old Wellsville Fairgrounds and Driving Park on what is now the Wellsville Elementary School site. Cheyenne and Dakota thought this would be a great addition to the school since they had been learning about New York State history in their class work. Don Baldwin took the third photo in the collage and completed the mounting work. Lucille Frank completed the historical information on the collage.

The Wellsville Fair Association was organized in 1887 and was located in what was the lagoon area of Island Park. That area flooded each year so a new commission was formed to find a new location. On August 19, 1905 the new Wellsville Fairgrounds and Driving Park opened on what is now the Wellsville Elementary School site. The building costs amounted to almost $100,000. In more recent times this track was used for stockcar races. Later the land was sold for what is now the location of our elementary school.

The pictures are on display in the main entrance hallway of the elementary school.