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The 84th Annual Commencement at Greenville Central School District

Class of 2012 celebrating their graduation

Greenville Central School held the 84th annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday June 23rd with 90 students receiving their diplomas. Valedictorian, Camryn Benjamin, and Salutatorian, Andrea Esposito, both spoke to their fellow classmates expressing gratitude for the past thirteen years together and spoke eloquently of their future potential in the world. Ms. Benjamin and Ms. Esposito also spoke of the influence their families have had on who they are today and thanked everyone who supported them throughout their lives. A special diploma was presented to family of Vincent Greco who passed away in December of 2011. Mr. Greco and Ms. Carolan accepted the diploma and thanked the community for their support and for remembering their son. Several students were acknowledged fro their receipt of graduation awards held at a prior ceremony and High School Principal, Mr. Laster, thanked the many area businesses and community members who provided the many student scholarships. The class of 2012 received their diplomas from Mr. Wilton Bear, Jr. President of the Board of Education and Ms. Cheryl A. Dudley, Superintendent of Schools. Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

Class of 2012 celebrating their graduationClass of 2012 celebrating their graduation

Zoe Rudloff with the mandala she created


Eighth Grade Graduation

Family and friends filled the High School Auditorium at Greenville on June 21st as Eighth grade students participated in their graduation ceremony. All students received certificates from Mr. Reeve, Middle School Principal, and individual students were recognized for their academic achievements in specific subject areas, the Triple “C” Award, the New York State Comptroller Achievement Award, and the Knights of Pythias Award. National Junior Honor Society President, Jacob Gorneau, spoke to his classmates about their time in the middle school and the challenges facing them in the high school. During the ceremony students also viewed a slide show of photos taken during their three years in the Middle School. Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

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Fifth Grade Advancement Ceremony

Advancement Ceremony

Fifth grade students at Scott M. Ellis Elementary participated in an Advancement Ceremony on June 22nd.  Individual students were recognized for their academic and extra-curricular achievements and all students received Certificates of Advancement.  Students were also welcomed to the Middle School by their new Principal, Mr. Reeve. 

Awards were presented in the following categories: NYSSMA, Physical Education Students of the Year, Perfect Attendance, Math Awards, Art Students of the Year, Spelling Bee, Ernest Bell Scholarship Award, New York State Attorney General Triple “C” Award, President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.  Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Group shot of 5th Grade class



Student Mandala Sign to be Displayed at GNH Lumber

Zoe Rudloff with the mandala she created

Zoe Rudloff stands behind the mandala welcome sign which she designed in Sean Stewart’s studio art class this year.  This is the first sign created for the community outreach program that connects community businesses with student artwork based on the traditional Dutch welcome signs that once populated barns in the 19th century.  It is the goal of the art department to create at least one mandala each year to be displayed in the community.  “Catskill has their cats, and Saratoga has their horses, and we would like to bring back the welcome sign to be associated with the character of Greenville.” states Sean Stewart.  Any interested businesses should contact Sean Stewart at


GCS High School Students Participate in NYS FFA Convention

Group shot of all the participants in the FFA convention

The New York State FFA convention was held May 3rd to May 5th 2012 at Vernon Verona Sherrill High school in Verona, NY.  The Greenville FFA had 17 members attend. Members participated in Career Development Events (CDEs) and received Empire Degrees and other awards.  Amanda Terrell placed 4th in People in Agriculture and Ashley Gifford placed 3rd in Jr. Prepared Public Speaking.  Tristan Cichocki, Bailey Licata, Danielle Salisbury and Megan Terrell competed in the Pre Veterinary Science CDE.  Jon Case, Henry Gifford, Alex Hamilton, Vincent Kelly, Casey Kuykendall, Russell Lewis, Bailey Licata and Megan Terrell competed in the Agricultural Mechanics CDE.  Cynthia Chesbro won the FFA Jacket Award, and was given a brand new FFA jacket of her own during the first convention session.  The Greenville FFA had seven recipients of Empire Degrees: Keely Aspenlieter, Andrea Esposito, Tucker Lewis, Henry Gifford, Cynthia Chesbro, Dan Andresen, and Vincent Kelly.  The Empire Degree is the highest degree New York State FFA members can earn.  To be eligible for the degree students must have completed a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) through which they worked 450 hours or earned $1000, participated in chapter and state FFA events, learned elements of parliamentary procedure, completed community service, and demonstrated leadership skills.  Congratulations to all Winners!  The 2012 FFA State Convention was a huge success! We are looking forward to next year’s convention held in Albion New York. 



Rhonda Hempstead-Julig Recognized by AAA

On May 21, 2012, Rhonda Hempstead- Julig was awarded a safe driver award at the AAA location in Delmar. Rhonda started driving for our school in 10/1988.

Each year AAA accepts nominations from transportation supervisors identifying one bus driver from each district who holds an exemplary safety record.  Rhonda Hempstead-Julig began driving at Greenville in October of 1988 and was recognized with the safe driver award on May 21st at the AAA location in Delmar with a reception for nominated drivers and their families.  Congratulations to Ms. Hempstead-Julig!







Valerie Kappel Recognized as Teacher of the Month

Valerie Kappel

Teacher Appreciation Month ends with a surprise for one of our kindergarten teachers.  On May 21st Valerie Kappel was honored as Teacher of the Month by 98.5 the CAT after being nominated by a parent because she inspires a love of reading, preparation for the future, a caring classroom and students making good choices.  Bill Williams presented Ms. Kappel with a plaque and shared that many teachers from Greenville Central School District were nominated this year and celebrate all that teachers do on behalf of their students at Scott M. Ellis Elementary School!

Student's exhibit on yeast fermentation

6th Annual Science Night at Scott M. Ellis

On Thursday, April 5th over 60 students in grades three through five and their parents enjoyed an evening of scientific inquiry and exploration.  Six investigations were set up at tables in both the large and small gymnasiums exploring science concepts in engineering, biology, chemistry, and physics.  There was also a demonstration of the popular diet Coke and Mentos geyser, which demonstrates a strong chemical reaction.

Student works on physics demonstrationTwo students at science fair build an arch

The Science Night Team and their many volunteers extend a sincere thank you to all the parents who took time out from their busy lives to participate, and to our sponsors, GNH Lumber, Bryant’s and Mr. Chris Jones. We look forward to next year’s evening!

Middle School Students Participate in Twin County Science Expo

On March 24, a group of 7th and 8th grade students from Greenville Middle School presented projects in the Twin County Science Expo at Columbia-Greene Community College.  Students worked very hard on their projects for weeks before the expo and the results were both creative and exciting!  Greenville’s participants included Madison Kappel and Chenoa Berg-Cox who investigated the chemistry of cosmetics and created their own eyeshadow; Chris Pickett and Malcolm deLong who demonstrated how Non-Newtonian Matter works using oobleck; and Megan Peters and Alex Powers who created a working model of a geyser.  Special recognition goes to Emily Lewis who won second place in the seventh grade division.  Emily’s data on optimal conditions for yeast fermentation grabbed the attention of the judges.  Congratulations to all of the participants and thank you for your hard work!

Emily Lewis and her display on yeast fermentationMadison Kappel and Chenoa Berg-Cox display the chemistry of cosmetics

Greenville CSD Announces Top Ten Graduates

Greenville CSD is proud to announce the top ten graduates for the Class of 2012; Valedictorian Camryn Benjamin, Salutatorian Andrea Esposito, Matthew McIlhenny, Malaina Buscher, Erica Hamilton, Jennifer Hicks, Nicole Wickham, Henry Gifford, Alexandria Van Auken, and Caitlin Andreone.

Top ten graduates

All top ten graduates have plans to attend college in the fall; Valedictorian Camryn Benjamin- Binghamton University to study Nursing, Salutatorian Andrea Esposito- Elmira College to study Nursing, Matthew McIlhenny- Hudson Valley Community College majoring in Engineering, Malaina Buscher- University of Rochester majoring in Pre-Law, Erica Hamilton plans to major in Adolescent Education, Jennifer Hicks plans to major in Physical Therapy, Nicole Wickham- The College of St. Rose majoring in Education, Henry Gifford- Clarkson Universtiy majoringin Civil Engineering, Alexandria Van Auken- Nazareth College majoring in Social Work, and Caitlin Andreone- Sage College majoring in Business Administration.

Congratulations to the top ten graduates and the Class of 2012!

Krista Brush Earns Second Place in Capital Region Media Arts Festival

Krista BrushThe Capital Region Media Arts Festival is an annual digital arts competition and is the largest art showcase of its’ kind in the area.  Sixteen area school districts participated this year with Krista Brush earning a second place award for her digitally altered color photograph titled “Marbles”.  Krista wishes to become an art major and plans a career in Art Therapy.  Many Greenville high school students have participated in the Media Arts Festival earning three first place awards, one second place, two third places, and several honorable mentions since our initial participation in 2002.  Sean Stewart, high school art teacher, credits the district’s investment in technology with the success of our digital photography program.  “While many schools require their students to own their own cameras, and pay for their own printing, we supply all the equipment needed for our students to compete at this level, and to create quality work necessary for a competitive portfolio.”  Congratulations to Krista!

Fifth Annual Quiz Night

First place winners at the quiz night Bittany Johnson, Sean McAneny and Jacob GorneauGreenville Middle School held its fifth annual Quiz Night on Friday, March 2.  Thirty-five teams of three came out to match wits with fellow middle school students. During the four rounds, students were asked a variety of academic and pop culture questions.  Ms. Moylan acted as emcee for the evening, with the assistance of Ms. Hollywood, Ms. Kudlack, and Ms. Lewis.  The competition was fierce but friendly.  The Super Team of Brittany Johnson, Sean McAneny, and Jacob Gorneau placed first for the second year in a row.  Taking second place was the dynamic team of John Dubois, Kennedy Foster, and Emily Fagan.  The sensational team of Paul Bear, Lucas Makley, and Quinn Turon took third place.  Congratulations to the winners and all who participated in Quiz Night V.

Quiz Night was made possible by our PTSA who graciously furnished prize money and delicious food as they have for the past four years. Thank you, PTSA.

Second place team John Dubois, Kennedy Foster and Emily FaganPaul Bear, Lucas Makley and Quinn Turon

Jump Rope for Heart

Students who participated in the Jump Rope for HeartScott M. Ellis Elementary students participated in our 16th annual Jump Rope for Heart raising money for the American Heart Association. By jumping rope and securing sponsors, students raise money for the fight against heart disease and stroke while learning about the seriousness of heart disease and stroke and the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

This year the elementary third, fourth and fifth grade students raised $11,509 and in our sixteen years of participation have raised $134,755.65. Special thanks to Bryant’s Grand Union Market for donating fresh fruit for the 197 children that participated in the event.

College and Career Readiness Day

Mike RussoGreenville students in grades kindergarten through twelve participated in a first-ever College and Career Readiness Day on March 19, 2012.  While workshops were differentiated to meet the needs of our students, the focus for the day was clearly preparing students for their futures. 

High School students began their morning with a keynote by Mike Russo, Director of US Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, from Global Foundries.  Mr. Russo shared an overview of Global Foundries, the importance of students gaining a deep understanding of science and math, continuing their education and 21st century job skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills and flexibility.  Following the presentation students participated in various workshops on topics including workplace behaviors, mock interviews, creating resumes, finding job leads and interviewing techniques.  Career exploration breakout sessions were also available for high school students.

Mike RussoMiddle School students started their day with a presentation on careers as they relate to Holland’s six personality types.  The day continued with a series of workshops focused on careers in the areas of teacher/nutritionist, pilot, animal cruelty investigator, and veterinarian.  Columbia-Greene Questar III teachers spoke with students regarding opportunities through Vocational Education and Mr. Walker, school counselor from Tech Valley, discussed the opportunities available for student attending Tech Valley.   Another session shared the importance of volunteerism as an approach to gaining career experience for the future as well as the concept of giving back to our local community.  Students were provided journals and throughout the day they wrote about what they learned and identified some potential career paths.  The day ended with the Director of Admissions and the Director of Career Counseling outlining course availability and majors at Hudson Valley Community College.

Elementary students in grades kindergarten through fourth worked with classroom teachers to learn about careers and our fifth grade students participated in a series of career topics with local professionals. Presenters included a CAD designer, physician, social worker, dental hygienist, pharmacist, mechanical engineer, veterinarian, contractor, law enforcement officer and fireman.

This event would not be possible without the combined collaboration and commitment of the K-12 GCS Guidance Counselors.  High school counselors Kenneth Landversicht and Nicole Susser, Middle school counselor Michelle Fisher and Elementary counselor Erin DuBois began planning for the College and Career Readiness Day in July of 2011 and the success of the event was due to their efforts. 

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100 Days at Scott M. Ellis

Caeley Bachman, winner of the MS Spelling Bee

Caeley Bachman, winner of the MS Spelling Bee


On February 15th, students at Scott M. Ellis experienced the 100th day of school with classroom celebrations and special projects. This milestone is of special importance to Kindergarten students as they have been preparing for the day by learning how to count to 100 using increments of ones, fives and tens.


Prior to this day, Kindergarten students were asked to work at home with their parents and create a “100 Day” project using only 100 pieces or pictures. This year’s projects included a variety of posters using coins, buttons, pictures and stickers.


Throughout the day students wore hats, masks and necklaces displaying the number 100. Each classroom participated in special projects that all reinforced the learning of the number 100.   All classrooms practiced writing and counting to 100 as part of the day’s celebrations.


Eight Grade Students Build CO2 Dragsters

Students prepare CO2 dragster for racing

Three female students display their CO2 dragster


CO2 dragsters are small sized cars, used for the teaching of mechanical principles like force, drag and wind resistance.  They obtain the name CO2 dragster because they are driven by compressed carbon dioxide cartridges which act as a launcher.  The cars are also used to teach design principles and focus students to work through the steps in a design process which translates to the designing of any new technological invention.



The science principles of Newton’s Laws are also incorporated into the teaching of designing a CO2 car, in particular Newton’s third law that states “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction which has the same force but is opposite in direction”.  This law is clearly demonstrated to students on race day.




Teens for Jeans Project

Did you know that 1 in 3 homeless people in the United States are under the age of 18?  During the week of February 6th through February 10th, a jeans drive was held at Greenville High School to support the nationwide ‘Teens for Jeans Campaign’ to aid homeless teens.  After reading the verse novel Keesha’s House by Helen Frost, students in English 12, Period 2 class wanted to do something to help homeless teens. A total of 58 pairs of jeans were collected by the students and will be donated to homeless teens across the country. 

Student with jeans collection Students dropping collected jeans into bin


National Junior Honor Society

Inductees of the national junior honor society


On Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 thirteen students were inducted into the Greenville Chapter of The National Junior Honor Society. The five pillars of the National Junior Honor Society include scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. The following inductees have already demonstrated their commitment to these honorable standards:


Olivia Baumann Colleen Corrigan
Malcolm deLong Elizabeth Duker
Julia Evola Kennedy Foster
Hannah Holznagel Charlotte Hutchins
Katherine Koehler Daniel Mackey
Keri Mahoney Evelina Welch
Alexandra Whitbeck  


The induction was lead by our chapter’s president, Jacob Gorneau and included Mr. Reeve, Middle School Principal, as the guest speaker. The ceremony was opened and closed by Ms. Fisher, the NJHS advisor. Current members of the National Junior Honor Society played a significant role in the ceremony as well as the reception. The current members include:

Urja Bhatia Tyler Biernacki
Carly Bryan Chenoa Cox
Erin Crawley Bryan Drossel
John DuBois Ashley Gifford
*Jacob Gorneau Alyssa Hopkins
Taylor Huemmer-Harnett Brittany Johnson
Madison Kappel Sean McAneny
Taylor McGuinness Bethany Overbaugh
Kristen Silk Elaina Spahmer

February 13th Board of Education Accolades

Student council receives recognition from the Board of Education


Thank you and appreciation to Advisory Christine Lochner and the High School Student Council from the Greenville Food Pantry for their “generosity in giving of themselves, time and talents to make families within our system have a much happier Christmas. Thanks for allowing the students to do what they do to help the less fortunate individuals in our community.”



Caeley Bachman, winner of the Middle School Spelling Bee

Congratulations to 6th grader Caeley Bachman who won the Middle School Spelling Bee on January 12, 2012. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is held annually in the Middle School and students participate at the local level during their ELA classes. On January 12 all grade-level winners competed in the Grade 6-8 Spelling Bee where Caeley was the overall winner and will represent Greenville Middle School in the Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctor’s Theater on February 7, 2012.



Congressman Gibson Visits Greenville Central School District

On January 11th Congressman Chris Gibson attended a presentation at GCS High School regarding the partnership joining the business community with education previously announced in mid-March of 2010.  Larry Cosenza, Ph.D., founder of a small Bio Tech company called C2 Biotechnologies, established a research lab at the Greenville High School campus with support from the Greene IDA, Questar III and State Senator James Seward.  This pilot project joined business, secondary and community college education and community organizations in a Business Incubator partnership at the high school.  Three students participated in a paid internship during the summer of 2010 and actually discovered a polymer which has the potential to produce a biodegradable plastic. During their senior year, the students applied for federal grants to continue their research but were unsuccessful in their request.   The focus this year has been to increase student interaction and participation with C2 Biotechnologies in an effort to provide students with relevant scientific problems. 

Speakers during the presentation included Assemblyman Lopez, Superintendent of Schools Cheryl A. Dudley, Larry Cosenza, Ph.D., High School Principal Michael Laster, Greenville Senior and student intern Travis Chicocki, High School Science Department Chairperson Brynda Shultes and Congressman Gibson.  A common theme from each participant was the importance of engaging our students in meaningful, real-world applications of science to prepare our students for college and careers. 

Congressman Chris Gibson Assemblyman Peter Lopez
High School Principal Michael Laster High School Science Department Chairperson Brynda Shulte
Travis Chicocki Congressman Gibson with Principal Michael Laster


Greenville Middle School rehearses for Circus Olympus

For the past two months thirty-seven Greenville Middle School Students have been rehearsing for their upcoming production of Circus Olympus, an original play in two acts by Lindsay Price.  (Produced by Special Arrangement with Theatrefolk Original Playscripts.)

Circus Olympus is comprised of five Greek Myths and a Mythapalooza Slam Jam - a slew of super shortened myths performed at “top speed” and done as a ‘competition’. 

Alyssa Hopkins plays Pandora

Photo by Kristine Raskopf - Alyssa Hopkins plays Pandora being confronted by the Ills of the World - which she let out of “Pandora’s Box”

As there are many versions of these myths, this particular collection has been adapted, and somewhat modernized, for young performers.  However, this did not stop the cast from discussing the “accurate” myths from which these adaptations originated - and how those myths might help inform the characters being created by the students.

Former Greenville graduate and Professional Theatre Director, Drama Teacher and Stage Manager, Margaret E. Hall, is directing the show, utilizing  her global training and expertise in her third GCS Middle School Production.  Following the Kabuki Assistants from last year’s Peter Pan and Wendy , Ms. Hall has taken the aspect of the Ancient Greek Chorus and infused it into this production. 

The use of masks, the ‘identical costumes’ with minimal elements denoting the different characters played in each myth, and the minimal set, forces the students to show the many characters they are portraying with their bodies, at times a tree, a stone statue a god/goddess or a mythological creature.  How they move will let you, the audience, know who they are.

The shows production team is comprised of several High School students who are studying theatre in the IB Theatre Course with Ms. Kristine Raskopf,  the Assistant Director, or are members of Ms. Raskopf’s Drama Club.  Malaina Busher is the Stage Manager; Conor Drossel is the Lighting Designer; Rachel Coe-Scharff is the Head Props Designer with Zoe Rudloff & Caroline Bobrick Co-Designing.  The show also employs local theatre professionals, (Set Designer Fred Raskopf and Costume Designer Dakotah Horan) to work alongside Ms. Hall and Ms. Raskopf and give our students a taste of “The World of Professional Theatre”.

They’ve been working hard to bring the World of Greek Mythology to your door!

Alyssa Hopkins plays Pandora
More rehearsal photos by Kristine Raskopf

National Board Recognition

Teachers earn recognition from Board of EducationCongratulations to the following teachers who have earned National Board Certification:

  • Erin DuBois in School Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adult
  • Robin Parvis in Generalist/Middle Childhood
  • Karen Rosenberg in Generalist/Early Childhood

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is recognized as the source for the highest standards and practices that lead to improved teaching, learning, and leading.  National Board Certified Teachers must demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.

The Polar Express Visits Scott M. Ellis

The Polar Express visited kindergarten studentsKindergarten students were visited by the Polar Express on December 23rd.  Students dressed in PJ’s, were picked up by the conductor, marched on the train and sat on the “Polar Express” as guests read the book by the same title. Their magical journey ended with chocolate milk and cookies.

Students listen to the Polar Express read to them

Michael Schonning, Marcel Dupuis and David Herbstritt


High School Students Earn Music Honors

Congratulations to Michael Schonning, Marcel Dupuis and David Herbstritt for being chosen to participate in the New York State Band Directors Honor Bands.  Michael Schonning (baritone horn) and Marcel Dupuis (trombone) are in the High School Band and David Herbstritt (trumpet) is in the Jazz Ensemble.  Over 500 students auditioned statewide and approximately 110 were accepted.  This festival will be held March 2-4, 2012 in Syracuse. 


The Twelve Days of A Christmas Carol at GCS Middle School

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, the play by Israel Horovitz is the focus of the twelve days prior to Christmas vacation for students in Teresa Carlton’s 7th grade ELA classes.  Students are learning about drama through the play which is based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Every student has a role in both Act 1 and Act 2 through the use of Reader’s Theater to “perform” the play.  Students gained background knowledge prior to reading through a web quest where they researched the life of Charles Dickens, as well as life in Victorian England.  The unit will end with tastings of food and drink that the characters from the play would have enjoyed during the holidays, for example wassail and figgy pudding. 

Students rehearsing christmas carol    Students prepping food for the christmas carol

Alexandria Van Auken



Alexandria Van Auken

Senior Alexandria Van Auken was named to the Second Team All State for girls’ soccer.  This is an incredible achievement to be named to this team.  Alex will continue her soccer career in college playing for Nazareth College, a division three NCAA team.



Iroquois Immersion at Scott M. Ellis

Students learn about lacrosse sticks made by the IroquoisThird and fourth grade students at Scott M. Ellis hosted an Iroquois Immersion on November 15th and 16th with a variety of workshops provided by Interpretative Specialist, Ms. Collette Lemmon and Turtle Clan Onondaga craftsman M. Al Jacques.  The two-day experience enabled the students to discover the Iroquois culture through hands-on experiences studying the artifacts, legends, songs and dance of the Iroquois by Ms. Lemmon.  Mr. Jacques taught the students about the history of Iroquois games and how he crafts lacrosse sticks out of hickory. Students were also made corn-husk dolls and Mohawk –style clay pots in classrooms.  The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience that brought history to life.

Students work with Al Jacques learning about Iroquois life

The Underground Railroad Lives Through Minds On

Mind's On workshop the Underground RailroadTen eighth grade Social Studies students were selected to spend a day at Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville, at a Mind’s On workshop entitled The Underground Railroad.  This workshop provided an opportunity for students to experience history as runaway slaves and abolitionists.  They plotted escape routes, faced the perils of life on the road, wrote journal entries and newspaper reports, and created song lyrics in code.  The day’s events culminated in an abolitionist meeting.  Workshop leader, Reggie Harris tied the entire event together with renditions of folk songs that personalized the trials faced by those yearning for freedom.  Students came away from this excellent workshop with a more vivid perception of the dangers and challenges faced by all who were participants in the Underground Railroad.

High School Student Council Gives Back to the Community

High school students collect donations for food driveDuring the month of November High School Student Council members under the leadership of Ms. Chris Lochner, collected donations for the Holiday Food Drive.  Students and faculty throughout the middle and high schools donated food and money to help support the Greenville Food Pantry.  On the morning of November 21st high school students in Ms. Kehrer’s Challenge Program volunteered at the Greenville Food Pantry sorting food donations, making Thanksgiving baskets, organizing shelves and cleaning. 

Accolades from the November 14th Board of Education meeting

Athletes at the November 14th Board of Education meetingCongratulations to our fall athletic teams, Varsity Boys’ Soccer, Varsity Girls’ Soccer, Varsity Girl’s Volleyball, Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Golf, on their wonderful seasons.  We had one conference championship team, two league MVPs, three home sectional wins, and many first and second team all-conference players and many senior all-star selections.  These achievements are the result of the hard work by the coaches, players, and the families that support our Spartan athletic community.

Our teams faced many challenges this season, most notably a ten day lay off due to Hurricane Irene.  Missing valuable practices at a critical point in the season was a significant hurdle; however, all of our teams rebounded and had successful seasons.  Seniors Alexandria Van Auken and Jennifer Hicks were voted as league MVPs for girls’ soccer and volleyball.  Our girls’ volleyball team completed a perfect 16-0 conference schedule to win the Patroon Conference title.  The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams also competed successfully and earned home matches in the first round of the sectional tournament which both teams won.

National FFA President Visits GCS High School

On Wednesday, September 21st Greenville High School students heard a presentation by the National FFA President Riley Pagett.  Mr. Pagett’s message of “be real, be unique, just be you” was told through his personal life experiences where individuals tried to influence who he should be.   Students were encouraged to find something for within which they excel and to use that gift to impact the lives of others.  The Greenville FFA arranged the presentation which is the first in a series of activities in the High School Building Level Team’s character education program for 2011-2012.

  Riley Pagett - National FFA President2011 Yearbook FFA

Scott M. Ellis students create paper quilt for 9-11 anniversary

Students with paper quiltThis month many individuals recognized the ten-year anniversary of what we now refer to as 9-11.  Although the majority of our elementary students were not yet born, this date is significant in our personal and shared histories.

Last year Americans were encouraged to participate in a day of service and remembrance on September 11.  Scott M. Ellis students recognized the anniversary of 9-11 by creating a paper quilt that documents our “thanks” to those who keep us safe.  This quilt was assembled by the second grade students in Mrs. Spencer’s and Mrs. Travis’ class, and will be presented to GNH lumber for display in their Greenville store.  The center panel reads,

Scott M. Ellis Elementary School
expresses  thanks to all
who serve and protect
our community, state and nation

September 11, 2001
September 11, 2011

With recent weather events in our region, our community has again demonstrated that parents, volunteers, and professionals truly come together to assist each other in times of need.  This project has been an opportunity to let our community professionals and volunteers know that their work is appreciated.

GCS Opening Day

Greenville students arrived on campus for their first day of school on Tuesday, September 13th. Our entire school community is excited to begin another successful year.

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