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An Anemone Full of Drama An Anemone Full of Drama TES Drama has done it again! A magical underwater tale came to life at the beginning of February with Finding Nemo, Jr.  With costumes hand-crafted and the stage transformed into a bright anemone, students took to the stage to tell a humorous and endearing tale of the beloved clownfish kids know as Nemo. After being caught by fishermen, Nemo’s dad, Marlin, and a spunky blue tang fish named Dory, trek across the sea in search of him. While being held captive in a personal aquarium, the Tank Gang help plot to get Nemo back to the ocean.  Because of Finding Nemo’s notoriety, the audience was able to foresee what would happen and know what to expect but enjoyed the humor and uniqueness that the cast brought to the stage. A funny addition to the plot was the beachgoer during ...
Micron Engagement Micron Engagement Micron, a technology company that is making its home in Clay, NY, has gotten involved in the surrounding communities even before the fabrication of the facilities. Micron wanted to assess the challenges that prospective Micron workers could potentially face and how those challenges could be overcome. Learning about the societal challenges will not only help individuals maintain jobs but will also help Micron prosper in the future. Students (possible future Micron workers) from surrounding school districts helped represent their communities in a Zoom forum that was held in January. Kyla Campoy, Class of 2026 Treasurer, represented Tully. Kyla helped Micron understand that with Tully being a rural area, lack of mass transportation and child care could impact Tully residents from becoming Micron ...
Music Montage Music Montage Students in Pre-K have been studying music pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns in his master suite The Carnival of the Animals, beginning with “Introduction et marche royale du lion” and  “L'Éléphant.” Each day that the students attend music, they learn about the animal of the day through a song associated with that animal, moving and singing as such. Then students get to listen to the song that Camille Saint-Saëns composed while they color in a picture of the animal of the day and the instruments used to orchestrate the piece. Piecing together the sound, movement, tempo, and color makes for a true music montage during this class time!
Five-Star Flavor Five-Star Flavor Students in the Senior High Student Council had recommended a change to the cafeteria menu to incorporate more flavor. They wanted to see more variety, moreso often than just during International Week when the cafeteria showcases foods from around the world. Taking the suggestion to heart, Mr. Gucciardi, cafeteria manager, held a taste test for a handful of students to get some feedback. Mr. Gucciardi prepared four different dishes and invited them back into the kitchen where they received a quick tour of where the food was stored and prepared; then they got down to business. After testing all four dishes, the students agreed that their favorite dish was Mr. Gucciardi’s chicken wings coated in a mild sweet sauce that he concocted, giving it a five star flavor rating. Some asked for ...
(W)right Again (W)right Again The Shakespeare Recitation competition has been gaining traction each year, attracting the attention of those students who are interested in a mixture of drama, literature, and public speaking. This year, six students participated, giving quite the performance. Both Nicholas Houghton and Bryce Keller gave solid monologues, with Nicholas enacting Hamlet and Bryce enacting Mercutio. Nora Bort, a newcomer to the competition, received an honorable mention for her interpretation of Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Brianna Brame received third place with her rendition of Lysander, also from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while Elise Spencer took second with her interpretation of Phoebe from As you Like It. Lucy Wright, winner of last year’s competition, took first place again ...
Fourth Grade is Hands-On Fourth Grade is Hands-On Fourth graders are doing some interesting lessons, getting creative, and making learning something to enjoy. Students recently learned all about how motion changes during a collision and how objects slow down due to friction. To test this, they created “helmets” (containers) to support their “head” (eggs) during a “collision” (egg drop) using materials like cotton, sponges, tape, cups, and foam. Students had to follow certain criteria to be successful and then thought like engineers to evaluate the effectiveness of their helmets and what could be improved, if needed. This lesson was a great prerequisite to Physics in high school where students also perform an egg drop but with more criteria. Fourth graders also created purple and white wampum (beaded-type ...
JSHS Wellness Day 2024 JSHS Wellness Day 2024 Wellness Day for the JSHS looked a little different this year but was still just as successful as in the past. With the District half day, classes were substituted with activities that focused on students’ well being. Students started off by breaking up into grade level presentations. Some presenters were new and some were returning from past Wellness Days, but all students attended a “new to them” presentation. Students engaged with presenters from McMahon Child Advocacy, OCM BOCES, the Prevention Network, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Cortland Prevention Resources. Then a school-wide activity was held in the auditorium where club participants were acknowledged, Mr. Donald started the wave, and a picture slideshow was played where students enjoyed picking themselves ...
Welcome Officer Ray! Welcome Officer Ray! A new and friendly face was welcomed to our campus in December. Housed at TES but seen among all students in both buildings, helping with traffic control, and attending home games, Officer Shannon Ray has been a wonderful addition to the Tully staff. Before break, Officer Ray was spotted participating in crafting with some of our younger students. Mrs. Scully-Smith’s class had finished reading “A Very Mercy Christmas” by Kate DiCamillo about a pig named Mercy and the quiet miracles the holidays can bring. Students then got to be creative, making Mercy-themed crafts. Officer Ray is not only getting to know our students, forging relationships, and adding positivity to our school community, but is keeping us safe each and every day. Welcome, Officer Ray!
Tully Students Among Best and Brightest Tully Students Among Best and Brightest Two Tully students were named among syracuse.com’s Best and Brightest, an annual award given to accomplished seniors. By self-nomination, students submit applications, an essay, letters of recommendation, a detailed portfolio, and a personal narrative to be considered for this award. This year, both Rachel Daddona and Ella Hall were chosen, along with twenty-one other Section III seniors. Sponsored by Upstate Honda Dealers Association, those chosen for the award received a certificate and goody bag at a banquet held in their honor, and were featured in The Post-Standard and on syracuse.com. The purpose of this award is to celebrate and showcase how local seniors have excelled and made an impact on their community. These students have gone above and beyond for their community and Tully ...
The Grinch Visits TES The Grinch Visits TES Students at TES got a big-hearted surprise before break. While our younger students often get excited when popular holiday figures make an appearance at the end of the year, many were just as excited when the Grinch made an appearance. He must have been making appearances in the area after his heart grew several sizes bigger, spreading holiday cheer to the younger students. While the middle school students were off campus for the day, the elementary students lined the halls to get a glimpse of the green fur passing by, and when he ambled through their specific hall, he was seen giving high fives as he went along. Word spread fast that the Grinch was not very grinchy but very nice indeed. By the end of his journey, students in the pre-k and kindergarten hall were brave enough to reach out ...
Recycle, Reduse, Reuse Recycle, Reduse, Reuse Environmental Club wrapped up a clothing drive at the beginning of December, filling over five large boxes and several shopping bags. Donations included coats, shoes, and pants, among other items of varying sizes. This club emphasizes recycling, reducing, and reusing to better our planet, and redistributing clothes definitely fits that description. All donations were taken to St. Leo’s. This donation drive came shortly after the District’s clothing giveaway, showing us that Tully has no ends to their love for their community!
Middle Schoolers Attend SU Game Middle Schoolers Attend SU Game Fifth and sixth graders took a trip on the last day before the holiday break to attend a women’s SU basketball game at the JMA Wireless Dome with 8,000 other school-aged spectators. Anticipation and excitement filled the halls before they left. Students donned SU jerseys or Tully shirts, along with tutus, face paint, and hats that represented SU. Loading the buses with their lunches, they buzzed about the game ahead. For some, this would be their first time to watch a basketball game live. It ended up being an energized game with SU winning 85-43. Students were also excited that Mr. Meixell participated in a short interview on Spectrum News. It was a great way to spend the day with friends before the break.    Sixth graders all geared up for an SU game.
Learning to Lead Learning to Lead This is the second year that the JSHS has participated in Daneli Leadership training with Paul Muench and it is gaining ground. This program was open to tenth through twelfth graders that posed an interest. Students were able to find out more about this leadership opportunity during the Activities Fair in September or by speaking with one of the advisors. Twenty-one high school students then began training in November, learning Gallup research based leadership skills. Seniors are recurring members, juniors were chosen by leadership advisors, and sophomores are class representatives. The purpose of this training is for students to know their own strengths and how to use those strengths to be leaders among their peers. The hope is that the JSHS will have many students that take on leadership ...
Gingerbread Realtors Gingerbread Realtors For some fourth grade students, there might be a career as a realtor in their future. Before the holiday break, students had the task of creating a cardboard gingerbread house from small boxes such as tissue boxes or snack boxes in which they would try to “sell” to others. Students adorned their houses with winter decorations and small items, and some even added greenery - whatever they thought would make their gingerbread house appealing to the buyers. They then had to write a listing for their gingerbread house that detailed the selling features. With so much creativity and skillful writing, many gingerbread houses were fit for sale. To wrap up the project, students made real gingerbread houses with graham crackers, icing, and small edible items to bring home with them. What ...
Extraordinary Talent x3 Extraordinary Talent x3 We have always had lots of talent here at Tully, but how often do we have talent times three? In December, Nate Houghton was showcased on Carrie Lazarus’s “Extraordinary Talent” segment on cnycentral. The best part, Nate got to share it with his brothers. The triplets were filmed at home with Nate playing a complicated piece on the piano, Nicholas sharing his fast-handed reflexes with a Rubix cube, and Noah showing his impressive technology skills with a 3D printer. The triplets were interviewed about their extraordinary talents and their personalities. Friends who know the triplets and watched the segment, got a glimpse at the talents the Houghtons hold and agree with how the boys described themselves. Even though they are similar in many ways and share many of the same ...
Craft Fair Fun Craft Fair Fun The JSHS Student Council has been sponsoring the Craft Fair for nineteen years now and not only is it a lot of fun, it is successful for all. While Tully and the surrounding residents get to shop for their holiday gift giving, lots of students at Tully get to showcase their hard work and learn entrepreneurship skills while earning their clubs some extra cash. The JH Art Club sold handmade ornaments, phone holders, and teaspoon holders. The SH Art Club held face painting, sold handmade clay trees, and ran a concession stand. The International Club made waffles from scratch with lots of toppings to try and the Spanish National Honor Society had their poinsettia pickup. Other students earned community service hours by helping crafters set up and clean up, run booths, making lunch runs for the ...
Red Riding Hood Stops at TES Red Riding Hood Stops at TES All students at the elementary school were treated to a special visit from Red Riding Hood in November. This tale as old as time was performed by Syracuse Stage in the newly renovated TES auditorium. The story was a spinoff from the original tale of Red Riding Hood with the characters switching roles due to a magic red cap. Students enjoyed scenes depicting an Amazon delivery, a chase through the woods, and the characters of Red and Granny rowing through the wolf’s belly to find the exit. Curious students were able to ask questions about the actors and props afterward. With a little humor and lots of interaction from the audience, Red Riding’s stop at TES was a fun one. A special thanks goes out to the PTO for sponsoring this event! A scene depicting Red Riding Hood and ...
A Grimm Night Full of Laughs A Grimm Night Full of Laughs The JSHS presented the Brothers Grimm: A Spectaculathon before the holiday break, leaving their audience in stitches. By narrating a montage of classical fairy tales, this witty and charismatic play gave the original tales a modern day spin. With a small cast (only twelve students), several students played more than one part. Between the on-stage costume change between four different characters, including accents, and a flock of birds, one student really showcased their talent while cracking the audience up. Another character got up close and personal with an audience member, putting them on the spot and earning themselves a not-so-grim spotlight. No matter the character, the laughs kept coming. Senior Night was Friday evening where Ms. Fowler-Conner and  Ms. Oliver gave their three ...
Ugly Sweaters Amped Up Ugly Sweaters Amped Up Students in 5th and 6th grade got together at the beginning of December for their Ugly Sweater dance. Ugly Sweater parties have become a big hit in the past few years with many stores now selling silly, and sometimes outrageous, sweaters with pom poms, shiny adornments, and funny messages. This year, in addition to the ugly sweaters, some students went above and beyond, donning tutus, colored gems, fun holiday-themed glasses and hats, and even entire suits! With this new spin on the attire, we can foresee students amping up their holiday outfits, trying to have the most festive and creative holiday spirit! Students dress in Christmas suits for the Middle School Dance.
Ice, Ice, Crunch Ice, Ice, Crunch The 5th and 6th grade chorus was invited to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” opening a Syracuse Crunch game. Students were led onto the ice with another school’s chorus and each took a turn showing off their vocal talent. This has been a long-standing tradition; one in which TES hopes will continue for years to come. Students who voluntarily attend are invited to stay with their families and enjoy the game, and many do! It’s a great night on the ice for TES chorus students and the hockey players!  



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