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Summer Reading at the Park in July Summer Reading at the Park in July: The Family Reading Partnership of Cortland County will once again host "Summer Reading at the Park" at Randall School Park on Wednesdays in July beginning July 11th. Children and families can come choose free books to read at the park and to bring home to keep. "Summer Reading at the Park" will take place from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Randall Park near the Summer Lunch Program. Children and families can come back on July 18th and July 25th to select additional books to keep. This is the second year of the project, and it’s off to a great start. The mission of the Family Reading Partnership of Cortland County is to encourage pleasurable family literacy experiences from birth and to provide children in the community with access to books. Volunteers such as ...
Summer Meals for Kids Summer Meals for Kids: The Summer Food Service Program serves up free, healthy meals for kids and teens at favorite summertime places near here. Anyone ages 18 and under can drop by when breakfast, lunch, or snacks are served – no sign-up or paperwork is needed. All kids and teens are welcome! Wava Bush, Cook Manager for the Cortland Enlarged City School District said, “the summer meal program has been going well so far. Kids have benefitted from the free breakfast and lunch and have been enjoying the free food.” The Summer Food Service Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the New York State Education Department. In past years, the program has served over 200 million free meals across the country over the summer months, with over 6,000 meals served throughout ...
High School Commencement High School Commencement: As the graduates filed into the SUNY Cortland Park Alumni Center, the orchestra played the traditional commencement march “Pomp and Circumstance.” Parents, relatives, brothers and sisters looked on as the Class of 2018 took their seats. The ceremony opened with a welcome by Principal Joe Mack, followed by the Senior Class Officers leading the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the Cortland Alma Mater. Class of 2018 salutatorian, Tristan Stevens, spoke next and gave a piece of advice to the rows of graduates seated below him when he stated that “learning from your mistakes only makes you stronger.” Janet Griffin, School Board President spoke next, encouraging students “to try new things, be opened minded, explore and think positive thoughts.” ...
Summer Reading Information Summer Reading Information: Summertime is a fun time for readers of all ages! Research has shown that children who spend time reading during the summer months not only avoid the “summer slide” in learning, but also score higher on reading achievement tests than those who do not participate.   Annette Herbert, Library Media Specialist said, “The effect of the “summer slide” is staggering. Kids who lose reading skills over the summer will end up two years behind their reading peers by the end of sixth grade. There are many opportunities to prevent that “slide” that are easily accessible to your children. ”   We have a wonderful public library right here in Cortland. They have a summer reading program that is fun, informative, and relaxing. ...
103 Seniors Graduate with College Credit 103 Seniors Graduate with College Credit: We are proud to announce that 103 Cortland Seniors earned college credit while still in high school! This opportunity is made possible through the CollegeNow partnership between the Cortland Enlarged City School District and Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). We commend the students for their excellent work. School counselor, Kindra Catalano said, “I am extremely proud of these students. Earning college credits is something we encourage. Our partnership with TC3 allows students to earn credit, at a decreased cost or no cost at all; significantly cheaper than the traditional cost per credit. Many of these students may be able to complete their Bachelor’s degree in less than four years, potentially a huge savings.” Overall, this year’s seniors have ...
5th and 6th Grade Students Compete in Olympics at the HS 5th and 6th Grade Students Compete in Olympics at the HS: The drizzling rain did not stop the smiles, fun, and friendly competition from happening at the fifth and sixth grade Cortland Olympics on June 6th. Students from the five elementary schools picked a country to represent, made t-shirts and flags, and prepared for the games. As students arrived at the stadium, high school students greeted them by forming a human tunnel for students to run through. Each class then got a photo by the Cortland Athletics banner. The national anthem then played and the games began! Classes rotated through multiple stations including typical track and field events such as the shot put, long jump, and 4x100m relay. Non-traditional events also were held such as the potato sack race, tug o’ war, water balloon toss, hula hoop challenge and egg relay. ...
Deeper Learning Project Presents at School Board Meeting Deeper Learning Project Presents at School Board Meeting: On Tuesday June 5th, students and teachers involved in the Deeper Learning Project presented the results of their year-long effort to the Board of Education. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Jeff Craig, started the night off with explaining that the purpose behind the Deeper Learning Project is to increase student engagement. Craig said, “Here at Cortland we have identified student engagement as one of priorities to improve instruction. The top ten ingredients of student engagement are: relationships, active learning strategies, technology, hands-on learning, student interest, relevance, real world connections, collaboration, student choice, and student discussion. All these ingredients were all part of the Deeper Learning Project. Teachers were able ...
Spring Sports Wrap Up Spring Sports Wrap Up: After a long hibernation made longer by a late start to spring, students are finally trading in their boots and coats for sandals and sunblock. Before the school closes in June and students officially start their summer break, it is important to reflect and recognize our student athletes. The short “spring” was jam packed with excitement as most of the Cortland Athletics teams made it to the sectional qualification level. With schedules winding down, we sat down with all of our varsity head coaches to reflect on the spring season. The following rundown will give you a glimpse of the results of our spring athletics program. BASEBALL After a slow start to the season, 0-5 in the team’s first five games, the squad turned it around at home against ...
Electrify Your Strings Electrify Your Strings: E LECTRIFY YOUR STRINGS! ROCK ORCHESTRA EXPERIENCE COMES TO CORTLAND CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT STRINGS AND ST. MARY’S SOAR WORLD-RENOWNED ELECTRIC VIOLINIST MARK WOOD TO PERFORM WITH STUDENTS June 12, 2018 at 7:00pm Cortland Junior-Senior High School FREE ADMISSION International recording artist and Emmy award winning composer Mark Wood, an original member of the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) to Cortland Junior-Senior High School. This exciting event will transform the student musicians into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra! Mark will be performing with the students on his handcrafted 7-string ...
Festival of the Arts Held at Randall Elementary Festival of the Arts Held at Randall Elementary: 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 last ...
Seniors Participating in Athletics in College Seniors Participating in Athletics in College: The Cortland Purple Tigers Athletics program is proud to announce that the following student-athletes will be continuing to participate in athletics during their college career: Damian Brown, Soccer, SUNY Fredonia Kelsey Gibbons, Field Hockey, Coker College Natalie Gier, Volleyball, Cornell Taylor Hart, Softball, SUNY Oswego Jessica Kenyon, Softball, TC3 Logan McGee, Lacrosse, SUNY Oneonta Alex Myers, Lacrosse, Wilkes University Lauren Phetteplace, Cross Country and Track, SUNY Poly Alaina Rabusin, Soccer, Concordia Cameron Woodard, Baseball, Alfred State Athletic Director Tim Wagoner said, “I am pleased that so many individuals in the Class of 2018 ...
Exchange Students Interviewed for CNY Central News Exchange Students Interviewed for CNY Central News: Two friendly  faces that often grace the halls and after school events of Cortland High School are our international students, Haley and Hector. Haley is from Da Nang City, Vietnam and Hector is from Chihuahua, Mexico. For the past year, they've been foreign exchange students at Cortland High School. Both students have taken advantage of everything the school has to offer by participating in field trips and going to school sporting/music events. CNY Central news team, led by reporter Mary Kieler, came to Cortland High School and interviewed both Haley and Hector. Watch their interview below or read more by clicking here .  
Three High School Students Will Participate in STEM Summer Program Three High School Students Will Participate in STEM Summer Program: For most students, summer jobs consist of service industry positions such as camp counselors, fast food restaurants, or scooping ice cream. However, three select students at Cortland Senior High School will be spending their summer engaged in science and engineering. Two Cortland students, Alex Ryan and Elyssa Yonta, are packing their bags to go to a two week summer intensive program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Another student, Tess Engst-Mansilla is going to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for an exclusive, six-week intensive program.   The two students heading to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will participate in a hands-on learning program for two weeks in July. Students will reside at the ORNL and will be organized in ...
Ed Porter Recieves Lavona Schneiger Teacher of the Year Award Ed Porter Recieves Lavona Schneiger Teacher of the Year Award: As students file into Mr. Porter’s room he greets students at the door with a smile and friendly, “how are you?” Students respond and walk in to take their seats as music fills the air. On this particularly day Mr. Porter choose Frank Sinatra, his voice ringing a familiar sound of jazz mixed with pop. Mr. Porter starts every class with checking in with his students, discussing current events, and often tells stories about life experiences. There is no question that students in Mr. Porter’s class enjoy his teaching and feel thankful that he is their teacher. One student, Coral Sickmon, a 10th grader said, “Mr. Porter is a great teacher because he cares about all of his students and wants us to all get a good education and fulfill our goals. He tells good ...
Music Students Compete at Darien Lake Music Festival Music Students Compete at Darien Lake Music Festival: The Elementary Select Band, Elementary Select Orchestra, and Elementary Select Chorus traveled to Darien Lake on Saturday, May 19th to perform for the Music in the Parks festival. Students from all five elementary schools went to spend the day singing and performing for the Music in the Parks adjudicators, parents, and chaperones. Orchestra teacher Mrs. Allison Capano said, “Our elementary Cortland music students are fortunate to participate in such a positive festival! All of our Cortland music students worked hard to prepare and we had an amazing day. Students put in hours of hard work and dedication to prepare for their concerts and competition. All three Elementary Select groups did an amazing job and returned home with 1st place trophies for Superior and Excellent ratings.” ...
12 Students Graduate with Associates Degree from TC3 12 Students Graduate with Associates Degree from TC3: On the evening of May 24th, 2018, students and their families filled in to the Tompkins Cortland Community (TC3) College Athletic complex to graduate TC3 while still in high school. As part of the College Now program, students at Cortland High School can take classes at TC3 and graduate with an Associates Degree. Cortland High School is proud to announce that 12 students took advantage of this incredible opportunity. Congratulations to: Julia Birdsall, Teodoroa Buzea, Hannah Dearie, Jonathan Frederick, Natalie Gier, Connor Holl, Lydia Mekeel, Brian Ngo, Tasia Smith, Justin Solar, Tristan Stevens, and Jacob VanGorder. Teodora Buzea is a 12th grade student that is aspiring to be an English teacher or writer. Teodora said, “I am super proud and excited. I wanted to do the ...
Unified Basketball Closes Out The Season Unified Basketball Closes Out The Season: On the evening of May 22nd, the gymnasium at Le Moyne College was filled with athletes, cheerleaders, coaches, and fans. The scene was reminiscent of a traditional basketball game; however, this was not just an ordinary game. It was the last contest of the inaugural Unified Basketball season, when something much more important than who won and lost was happening. The Cortland Athletic program is proud to have participated in the Unified Basketball season. The Unified Basketball team was composed of students in grades 9-12 with and without intellectual disabilities. The team played contests against Baldwinsville, Fayetteville Manlius, West Genesee, East Syracuse Minoa, and Central Valley during its first season of competition. Unified Sports is a registered program of Special ...
Special Olympics @ CNS HS May 17, 2018 Special Olympics @ CNS HS May 17, 2018: On May 17th, the Cortland Special Olympics Team traveled to North Syracuse to participate in the regional games which has become an annual tradition and celebration. The Cortland team joined more than 850 students from school districts around the region including Baldwinsville, Chittenango, East Syracuse Minoa, Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-DeWitt, Liverpool, Lyncourt, Marcellus, North Syracuse, OCM BOCES, Solvay, and West Genesee.   Sending off the Special Olympics Athletes in style, music teacher Kim Sanderson directed the Senior High School Band to play, “Eye of the Tiger.” The Athletes then walked through a tunnel formed by the band and cheering Senior High School students to get on the bus that was appropriately decorated for the Athlete. This send off was ...
Jamfest at Homer Center 4 The Arts 5/24 at 6:30 p.m. Jamfest at Homer Center 4 The Arts 5/24 at 6:30 p.m.: The Cortland music department is excited to announce that Jamfest is happening on May 24 at the Centre for the Arts in Homer. Jamfest is a music festival featuring modern and popular music that happens on three separate stages. Jamfest is an opportunity for students at Cortland Junior and Senior High School to show off their musical talent, beyond the large traditional ensembles such as choir, band and orchestra. Over the years, Jamfest grew from being a simple concert at the Youth Bureau, to a show with three stages that have performances going on simultaneously.   The various showcases of talent that will be at Jamfest ranges from senior high school vocalists, student organized bands, and soloists such as Cloey Tierno, a junior high school student, who will be playing ...
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 ...



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