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NYS Seal of Biliteracy Now Available to Senior High School Students NYS Seal of Biliteracy Now Available to Senior High School Students: The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages; identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers; provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission; prepare students with twenty-first century skills; recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools; and affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society. Read more... http://www.nysed.gov/bilingual-ed/new-york-state-seal-biliteracy-nyssb We are very excited to introduce this program to educators, students ...
Junior High Technology Class Designs Bridges Junior High Technology Class Designs Bridges: We often travel over bridges and often do not think anything of it. In the local Cortland community, visitors entering or exiting the city often pass over the Port Watson Bridge that straddles the Tioughnioga River.  Students in the Junior High School have been studying bridges in Mr. Gamel’s technology class. Students explore the effect of stress on bridges- specifically compression, tension, shear and torsion. Students worked in partners to design and develop their own bridges. The goal of the unit would be to see which group created the strongest bridge that not only could hold the most weight, but also was light in weight. Mr. Gamel said, “I love this unit, and so do the students. It is really fun designing and building the bridges. This year some of ...
2018-2019 Budget Vote Passes 2018-2019 Budget Vote Passes: On May 15, the residents of the Cortland Enlarged City School District turned out at the polls and approved the proposed 2018-2019 School District budget of $49,576,887. The Cortland community also elected three Board of Education members. “Thank you to everyone who made time in their busy schedule to vote,” Superintendent of Schools Michael H. Hoose said. “Your support of the Cortland Enlarged City School District and its mission to educate the children of this community is very much appreciated.” Voters: Approved a $49,576,887 budget for the 2018-19 school year that increases spending 0%, and carries a 1.23 percent tax levy increase: 445 yes, 209 no. Approved the purchase of four 66 passenger school buses, one 66 passenger student ...
Third Grade Students Raise Money To Bring Clean Water to Sub Saharan Africa Third Grade Students Raise Money To Bring Clean Water to Sub Saharan Africa: The third grade classes, at Barry School, are collecting money for the organization Drop in the Bucket. Drop in the Bucket is an organization that focuses on raising money to bring fresh water to sub-saharan Africa. Although clean water is something people in the United States have regularly available, only half of the population in sub-Saharan Africa has access to clean water.  Over 80% of the disease in developing countries is related to poor drinking water and sanitation. 4,500 children die every day from preventable diseases related to a lack of access to clean water, adequate sanitation and hygiene. In order to try to change the water situation, Drop in the Bucket is raising money to drill wells at schools in sub-Saharan Africa. In Africa, more than a quarter of the ...
Senior High School Students Recognized for Top 20 Under 20 of Cortland Couty Senior High School Students Recognized for Top 20 Under 20 of Cortland Couty: Cortland Area Communities that Care (CACTC) celebrated the 2018 Cortland County 20 Under 20 Awards on May 10th at the Cortland Repertory Theater. The Cortland Area Communities that Care Coalition recognizes noteworthy students annually through the 20 under 20 awards. Four Cortland students were recognized this year. CACTC’s goal is to identify and recognize students out in the Cortland Community that exhibit leadership, service, resilience, and significant contributions in the following areas: community involvement, school involvement, characters and personal accomplishments.   A community panel reviewed all nominations and selected the awardees.  The following Cortland Junior and Senior High School students were recognized: Annie Ryan Austin, Kelsey Gibbons, ...
Students Grow Plants for Mothers Day Students Grow Plants for Mothers Day: Mother’s Day is growing closer. Students in Mrs. Kelemen’s second grade class at Parker Elemen tary School are literally growing gifts for their mothers! Students have been learning about how seeds and plants  grow and the various components that make up the plant. Flowers and vegetables such as squash and beans have been planted by the students and are growing in the classroom. The flowers will be gifts for their mothers.   Students also made a science box garden that they use for scientific observation. Some observations the students made are: The radish seeds were the smallest seeds planted but they sprouted first. The roots have a slight radish smell to them already. The peas need to cling to sticks to support the stems. ...
Outdoor Track Available for Public Use Outdoor Track Available for Public Use: Now that the weather has FINALLY warmed up, the Cortland Enlarged City School District wanted to notify the community that the outdoor track is now available for public use! We are welcoming the community to run or walk laps not only to promote a healthier lifestyle, but to invite the community to experience the great facility. Some things to keep in mind: Our students are first priority, so the track will not be open to the public/community use when school is in session or when one of our Cortland Tigers athletic teams are using it. The track can be utilized during daylight hours. Pets, bikes, skateboards or roller blades are not allowed. Please utilize the inside lines for running and the outer lanes for walking. ...
Musician Travis Knapp Teaches Song Writing to Virgil Students Musician Travis Knapp Teaches Song Writing to Virgil Students: Kids love to listen to music, but sometimes the lyrics our children listen to can be inappropriate and negative. Jonathan Keefner, music teacher at Virgil Elementary School, emphasizes how music can have a positive effect on students. Jonathan wrote a Cortland Public Education Foundation Grant to provide funding for Ithaca based musician, Travis Knapp to come to his classes at Virgil Elementary and teach students how to write music with a positive message. Travis is known for his ability to send powerful and positive messages through his music and was chosen to be a part of the project because of this. “Travis has his musical roots in positive, feel good music. I met Travis a couple of years ago and got to know him as a musician and appreciate his work. The point of writing ...
Fifth Grade Visits Johnson Art Museum at Cornell University Fifth Grade Visits Johnson Art Museum at Cornell University: Not all museums are interactive and engaging. The Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, however, has thought of ways to bring history to life and create engaging and meaningful experiences for students. Students in Mrs. Pristash’s fifth grade classroom at Smith Elementary had the opportunity to travel to the Johnson Museum of Art on April 20. While studying the Inca civilization, Mrs. Pristash knew the Johnson Museum was a resource she could count on to bring students to see real life Inca art first hand. Mrs. Pristash said, “We study the pre-columbian culture in our social studies curriculum and often ancient history can seem so irrelevant to students. I wanted to try to bring to life the Inca civilization, and by using the Johnson Museum, students could weave ...
Bring A Family Member to Rehearsal Bring A Family Member to Rehearsal: Family involvement often includes attending open house, sporting events or conferences. Music department chair, Jennifer Rafferty, sought to extend parent involvement to the families of students in her junior  high chorus. She came up with the idea that by inviting parents in to learn a song alongside their child, it would give students the opportunity to be the teachers and teach their parent or family member a song. Jennifer said, “we start by inviting parents and/or family members two months before the concert, with the idea that students will teach relatives the music. One of the things that I value the most in my role as an educator, is breaking down the four walls of the classroom and making things relevant to student’s lives outside of school. A great way ...
Virgil and Senior High School Art Collaboration Virgil and Senior High School Art Collaboration: Some children are afraid of monsters, but the first graders at Virgil (and two classes at Barry) elementary school(s) have been creating monsters in their art class, called, “The Monster Project.” Students drew a monster from their imagination, showing an emotion, and then took time to outline and color in their work. Nadia Bieber invited the high school’s digital media class, taught by Jesse Bender, to recreate the monsters via adobe photoshop. The high school students came over to Virgil on April 19th to show off their creations and meet the original first grade artists. Nadia Bieber said, “This was such a wonderful collaboration! My first grade students were so excited to create the monsters, and have been so anxious to see what the high school students ...
6th Graders Compete in Amazing Race Math Challenge at Parker School 6th Graders Compete in Amazing Race Math Challenge at Parker School: Math does not always have to be dull worksheets. Sixth grade teachers, Leigh Vandebogart and Jim Wallis at Parker School figured out a way to make math review exciting and engaging. “When we came up with the amazing race idea several years ago, we found that students really bought in to the idea and were highly engaged” Jim Wallis said. The amazing race was held this week at Parker School. The amazing race is a series of math problems that the kids have to solve around the school. Students go to various locations such as the library, health office, gym, hallways, and several classrooms. A card at each location describes the math problem. Students work together in the group to solve the problem. Each student has a clipboard and showing all work is required. The group cannot ...
Love of Learning Love of Learning: The love of learning  is a character trait that is highlighted in the Positivity Project during the month of April (in addition to appreciation of beauty, integrity, and connection). The Senior High School, Junior High School, F. S. Barry Elementary School and Alton B. Parker Elementary School have been implementing the Positivity Project curriculum this year. “Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard. They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize or a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving. People who love learning experience positive feelings in the process of acquiring skills, building on existing knowledge, ...
First Annual Modern Band Festival at IC First Annual Modern Band Festival at IC: Cortland students participated in the First Annual CNY Modern Band Festival which was held on April 7, 2018 at the Whalen School of Music at Ithaca College from 8am-4pm. Organized by Dr. Radio Cremata , Jonathan Keefner and Jennifer Rafferty, this event was designed to provide a platform for learner-centered popular music education. This year’s event featured master musicians Elisa Sciscioli, Ian Cummings, Craig McMeekin, Ryan Vanderhoof, Alejandro Bernard and Adam Phillips-Burdge. Ithaca College in conjunction with Cortland Enlarged City School District and New Roots Charter School welcomed area school teachers and their students for a fun education filled day exploring popular music education. Master musicians and undergraduate music education majors coached students on ...
Celebration of Art at Elementary Schools Celebration of Art at Elementary Schools: Years of research on Art Education show that it's closely linked to almost everything that we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork Edutopia, 2016 . Children at our schools are fortunate to take part in engaging art activities and lessons on a regular basis. To celebrate Art Education, each of the Cortland Enlarged City School District’s elementary schools will take time to celebrate their students creativity and display art at a featured show. The first ...
Senior High Students Travel to Washington D.C. Senior High Students Travel to Washington D.C.: For many of our students, a jaunt to Washington, D.C. to see the nation's capital is not something that easily fits into their busy schedule. Many of the students have sports, extra curriculars and are booked solid. However, fifty students cleared their calendar and woke up at 3 a.m. to get to the high school and start the journey south to our nation's capital. When we arrived at the National Mall, the first thing we noticed were the bright pink cherry blossoms, which brought a certain buzz to the air. Nothing says spring like the nation's greatest springtime celebration. Tourists from across the United States and the world all flocked to D.C. to view the beautiful trees. After we toured the National Mall, including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, ...
Dynamic Paws Performs at Naturalization Ceremony Dynamic Paws Performs at Naturalization Ceremony: For decades, acapella was a tradition that thrived mainly at Ivy League colleges and small liberal arts schools. But acapella is enjoying an explosion on all campuses both college and high schools, with new groups popping up every year and being noticed in popular culture. Cortland Senior High School is no exception to this trend. We have our own group: Cortland Dynamic Paws. Mr. Wells, Senior High School Music teacher, advises the group. He selects the music and oversees the rehearsals. Like many colleges, there is an audition process for students who want to join the group. Mr. Wells, a Cortland native, is actively involved in the Cortland music community. He not only does the Dynamic Paws group, but overseas both the Senior High and Junior High musical. He also is a member of ...
#LoveMySchoolDay #LoveMySchoolDay: #LOVEMYSCHOOLDAY April 11th 2018 Wednesday April 11th is #lovemyschoolday! The hope of the social media campaign is that educators across the world will unite to leverage the positive power of social media to inform as well as inspire our school community and improve the culture of education. The event dates back to 2014 to Author and Superintendent John Wink’s (@johnWink90) blog post. Last year, the hashtag generated over 3,000 tweets and trended quickly. We want to create a school culture where teachers, students, and principals  are empowered to share on social media the reasons that they love to work in their school. We want to “tell our story” and share the great learning that is taking place. Please use the hashtag #LoveMySchoolDay in addition to ...
Cortland Students Inducted in the National Technical Honor Society Cortland Students Inducted in the National Technical Honor Society:   Part of our mission at Cortland Enlarged City School District is to allow students to reach their fullest potential in becoming life-long learners and successful, contributing members of the society in which they live. Career and Technical Education provides career-oriented learning experiences for students and allows students to explore what a future would be like in a technical field. Students at Cortland Senior High School have an opportunity to begin hands on training in a specific career field at the OCM BOCES McEvoy Campus. Students that choose to participate in the Career and Technical Education program can qualify to be inducted in the National Technical Honor Society by having an 85 average or higher, 12 or fewer absences from their program for the year and receive ...
CHS Mock Trial CHS Mock Trial: There are several well-known clubs and groups found in Cortland High School, but one of the more exciting is the CHS Mock Trial team. This unique club offers both an authentic real-world experience and academic enrichment for high school students. The American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) was founded in 1985 by Richard Calkins, the Dean of Drake Law School. Since then, college students have been given the chance to show of their wit, skill, and public speaking skills in a trial simulation. Several states have formed their own Mock Trial Associations to grant high school students the same ability. Cortland High School is a part of the New York State Mock Trial Association (NYSMTA) and competes with several different schools. At Cortland, the team’s thirteen members, ranging ...



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