Daniel Lemon Advances to the New York State Finals of the National Geographic Bee:
Do you know which Asian country protects the endangered snow leopard in their Annapurna Conservation Area?
Daniel Lemon does, as he answered Nepal to win Cortland’s local National Geographic Bee.
Daniel is an eighth grade student at Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS). He won the CJSHS district-level Geography Bee on January 18. The National Geographic Bee is held in more than 11,000 schools around the U.S. and in the five of the U.S. territories.
Daniel edged out the runner-up, seventh grader Connor Tasselmyer, in the championship round. CJSHS students Michael Williams was the third place competitor and Joe Cataldo placed fourth. CJSHS students Boston Lockwood, Matt Honan, Caden Congdon, Justin Camp, Daniel Zhang, and Collin Bergene also ...
Friday, April 14 (Good Friday) Now a Half-Day for All Students:
As of last week, the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD) has used all emergency days built into the 2016-17 School District Calendar, plus an additional day. We must, however, still fulfill our mandated responsibility to be “in session” for 180 school days.
To accomplish this, Friday, April 14 (Good Friday) will now be a student attendance day. We will have a half-day of school for students as a “make up” for this needed instructional day.
Our Good Friday schedule for students will be:
Cortland Junior Senior High School: 11:30 a.m. dismissal
CECSD Elementary Schools: 12:30 p.m. dismissal
We at CECSD realize that these changes may impact family and staff vacation plans. Please understand that all public schools ...
CECSD Transportation Department Wins at Bowl-4-Abilities Event:
Congratulations to the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD) Transportation Department!
On Saturday, March 4, a group of CECSD drivers competed in the 12 th Annual Bowl-4-Abilities event at Cort-Lanes. The event benefits Access to Independence (ATI) of Cortland County, Inc., and included ATI staff, Board Members, consumers, people with disabilities, friends, family, caregivers, and members of the Cortland community.
With less than two weeks to prepare and no time to spare, the CECSD drivers put together a team after hearing about the event on the radio. The team from CECSD not only bowled for a great cause, but they raised the most money for ATI, walking away with the prized gold pin for their efforts. The pin is currently on display in the Transportation Department.
Cortland Students Make Turbine with 3D Printer:
The Technology Department at Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS) works to provide students with opportunities to acquire the competencies needed in today’s and tomorrow’s world. These competencies include critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, innovation, teamwork, and communication.
On February 28, CJSHS Technology Teacher Chuck Petit and two of his students, Cameron Aldrich and Reilly Brown, showed the Cortland Board of Education (BOE) just how important and beneficial the opportunities found in the CJSHS Technology Department can be. The group presented their recently completed a project to create a turbine using a three dimensional (3D) printer. 3D printers are currently ...
Upcoming State Assessments at CECSD:
Each year, students in grades 3 to 8 are given the New York State assessment for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. The New York State assessment for ELA will begin the week of March 27 and the New York State assessment for Math will be given during the first week of May. While these assessments are routine and are given each year, questions sometimes come up about them. Why do we take these tests? What is their purpose? Are they necessary?
State assessments helps school systems be accountable to the public. The public is invested in schools and we need to measure what students are learning and if they are on track for success. Accountability systems also monitor for equity, ensuring that students living in poverty or students receiving special education services are progressing ...
CPEF Awards Five Grants to CECSD Schools for Spring:
While the groundhog may have called for six more weeks of winter, the Cortland Public Education Foundation (CPEF) has spring on the mind with the recent award of five grants throughout the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD). CPEF provides grants and funding for teachers, staff, and administration, to allow for innovative classroom and curriculum projects. CPEF’s grants promote projects that typically fall outside of the school operating budget. This spring, CPEF awarded five grants, for a total of $2,959.00, to Parker, Randall, Smith, Virgil, and Cortland Junior/ Senior High School (CJSHS).
Parker Elementary School was given a grant to purchase Fab Lab Robotics, which includes Meccanoid XL 2.0 (a buildable four-foot robot) and a Wonder Workshop Dash and Dot ...
Cortland High Theatre Presents "Harvey":
On Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, the Cortland High Theatre of Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS) will present the play “Harvey” by Mary Chase.
The play “Harvey” introduces audiences to Elwood P. Dowd, a man who claims to have a supposedly imaginary friend named Harvey, who is also a 6’ tall rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets, much to the embarrassment of his sister Veta and niece Myrtle Mae. Thinking Elwood’s behavior odd, Veta and Myrtle decide to have Harvey committed to Chumley's Rest, a sanitarium for mental patients. A comedy of errors and hilarity ensues when the rookie psychiatrist commits the wrong family member, and in concert, they must untangle the mess that has been created.
Getting to Know: Mr. Bacigalupi:
You may recall the name or remember seeing his face around town, but have you met Parker Elementary School Principal Mr. Bacigalupi?
Over the summer, the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD) welcomed Mr. Joshua Bacigalupi as the new principal of Parker Elementary School. Mr. Bacigalupi joined Cortland from the Dryden Central School District, where he served as principal of Dryden Elementary School. Prior to this, he worked at CECSD teaching kindergarten, second grade, and third grade. When he was asked at the time what he was most looking forward to about returning to the CECSD as the new principal of Parker, Mr. Bacigalupi said, “Returning home.”
In preparing for the new school year, throughout the month of August Mr. Bacigalupi hosted “Pages and ...
CJSHS Advances to Area All-State:
Ten students from Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS) were recently accepted into the Senior High (SH) Area All-State ensemble. On Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, these students were able to spend the weekend engaged in music-making, while proudly representing CJSHS.
The Area All-State participants from CJSHS included:
Mackenzie Brackett - Mixed Chorus - Soprano
Ronda Brown - Mixed Chorus - Soprano
Jon Gesin - Mixed Chorus - Tenor
Jason Gore - Mixed Chorus - Bass
Allison Holl - Treble Choir - Alto
Kathryn Jones - Mixed Chorus - Soprano
Sophie Reyngoudt - Mixed Chorus - Soprano
Charlie Rowe - Symphonic Orchestra - Cello
Joe Sickmon-Lundberg - Symphonic Orchestra - Trombone
Gavin Tabel - Band - Percussion ...
CNYRIC Featured Teacher: CECSD's Thane Doubet:
Congratulations to Thane Doubet on being named this month's CNYRIC Featured Teacher!
Mr. Doubet is a science teacher at Cortland Junior Senior High School. He was recognized as a leader in the use of instructional technology in his classroom. To learn more about the different ways Mr. Doubet leverages technology in the classroom, read the CNYRIC Featured Teacher article here.
Congratulations, Mr. Doubet!
Watch CECSD at the Regional Spelling Bee:
Can you spell abecedarian, finagle, or zirconium?
On Saturday, January 14, contestants from Smith Elementary, Barry Elementary, Virgil Elementary, and Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS) represented CECSD in the regional The Post-Standard Syracuse.com WCNY Spelling Bee.
Six students from CECSD competed in the round on January 14. These students are:
Grace Bauman, Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS)
Zack Do, CJSHS
Matt DeRado, Franklyn S. Barry Elementary
Nicole Simpson, F. E. Smith Elementary
Zahara Petrella, Virgil Elementary
Daniel Zhang, CJSHS
These students were part of a group of 150 best spellers who competed in a written test at Onondaga Community College's Storer Auditorium to qualify for the finals of ...
CJSHS Musical "Don’t Rock The Boat":
On January 27 and 28, Cortland High Theatre of Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS) will present the musical “Don't Rock the Boat.” The musical takes place on a cruise ship named "Vengeance," and features crew of rejects from Maritime High School, a seasick engineer, an ambitious but very young captain, a gung-ho nurse, and a trio of girl singers pretending to be a famous show biz act. Full of laughter, “Don’t Rock the Boat” allows for all cast members to shine with ten upbeat, uproarious songs.
“Don’t Rock the Boat” will feature four student directors from CJSHS this year, MacKenzie Brackett, Ronda Brown, Jason Gore, and Madison Zimmer. The group has worked closely with Advisor and Musical Director Ben ...
A Mid-Year Update from the CECSD:
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February 20 - February 24
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Good Friday - No School
Friday, April 14
April 17 - April 21
A Mid-Year Update from the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD)
As we begin the second half of the 2016-17 school year, I want to thank our staff for their dedication and hard work in their efforts to foster student engagement and school improvement. Now is a good ...
CPEF Awards Six Grants to CECSD Schools:
At the close of 2016, the Cortland Public Education Foundation (CPEF) awarded six grants to four schools within the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD). CPEF allows for grants to provide funding for teachers, staff, and administration, to allow for innovative classroom and curriculum projects. CPEF’s grants promote projects that typically fall outside of the school operating budget. CPEF awarded six grants, for a total of $4,105, to Randall, Smith, Virgil, and Cortland Junior/ Senior High School (CJSHS).
Randall Elementary School was given a grant for a coding through robotics program. This program will introduce programming to students at Randall, allowing them to build robots from the ground up. While doing so, students will use critical thinking schools to program ...
Stuffed Animal Donations Benefit Community:
Even though the holiday season is over, some elves in the Cortland community are still at work planning for the next year.
Every year during the holiday season, Santa and his elves have set up shop at Waterworks in Cortland. Throughout their residency at Waterworks, the group distributes stuffed animals to children who visit. Two years ago, supplies for stuffed animals were running low, so the Cortland community was called upon to help continue the tradition of Santa and his elves at Waterworks. The Cortland community responded by donating over 800 stuffed animals to the cause. In addition to this, the community also donated plenty of ribbons to decorate the stuffed animals with.
The donations continued again this year, with over 600 stuffed animals collected ...
Holiday Greetings from CECSD:
The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect upon and celebrate our accomplishments as a district over the past year. It seems like just yesterday that we were welcoming students back for the 2016-2017 school year. The first half of this school year has had a successful start, but none of these successes would be possible without our faculty, staff, students, teachers, and most importantly you, our Cortland community.
This time of year is also a great opportunity to look forward to things to come. As a district, we’ve made great strides and improvements over the past year, and we look forward to continuing these improvements in the years to come. Together, we can all help our children prepare for the exciting, ever-changing world ahead of them.
With these successes ...
Winter Safety Tips from CECSD:
Come Wednesday, December 21, winter is officially here! To prepare for the winter season, the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD) Safety and Wellness Committee has launched a campaign to help raise awareness and reduce accidents and injuries during the winter months.
With winter arriving, the CECSD Safety and Wellness Committee offers the following tips:
Dress appropriately for outdoor activities, especially when walking to school. Wear several thin layers to stay dry and warm, and don’t forget warm boots, gloves/mittens, and a hat!
Choose the right footwear. Soles that provide good traction are best for maneuvering on snow and ice. Avoid leather soles and shoes with high heels.
Try to stay in designated walkways where our maintenance staff ...
Virgil Hosts Santa’s Secret Shop:
Just in time for the holiday season, Santa and his elves have set up a secret shop at Virgil Elementary School. For over ten years, Virgil has hosted Santa’s Secret Shop during the holiday season. The event allows students to shop for their family and friends for the holiday season, giving them the opportunity to buy a special gift.
Santa’s Secret Shop is organized and hosted by the Virgil PTO. Gifts consist of handmade items, donations, and purchases from local stores. Volunteers are on hand at Virgil to help students pick out items. The shop allows students to practice and utilize their math skills, while also teaching them the importance of giving. From December 12 to December 14, students are welcome to stop at the shop and search for an item for their family members and ...