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Power Up Wellness Challenge 2018 Power Up Wellness Challenge 2018: To kick of 2018 the Cortland Enlarged City School District is participating in a wellness challenge that fo cus on intellectual wellness! According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, intellectual wellness is defined as recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.  These abilities, skills, and knowledge help to reduce stress and reframe a person’s mindset.  It is hoped through the “Power Up” challenge that staff will  begin to feel more energetic and make healthier choices. From January 8th to January 26th staff  is going to be recognized for participating in activities that help them learn a new skills, ability, and being creative.  Staff can posts photos of themselves engaging in ...
Perseverance Perseverance: As we welcome students back from the holiday break, the character trait that many students are studying is perseverance. Perseverance is one of the character traits that is highlighted in the Positivity Project during the month of January. The Junior Senior High School, Barry Elementary and Parker Elementary have been implementing the Positivity Project curriculum this year. At Parker Elementary School, students are talking about Perseverance in classrooms, morning program, and weekly P2 Paws. The “I can” statement students are using to reinforce Perseverance is “I can complete what I start despite obstacles. I never give up.” This week Mrs. Ciotoli was the “Positivity Panther.” She shared with students that in college, she was studying meteorology ...
Women's Ice Hockey Team Game to Support Cortland Cares Women's Ice Hockey Team Game to Support Cortland Cares: All Cortland Enlarged School District students and parent/guardians, are invited to SUNY Cortland Women’s Ice Hockey game on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Park Center Ice Arena. The game is free for all, but all attendees are highly encouraged to bring a monetary donation or a non perishable item to benefit Cortland Cares. Cortland Cares is a local organization that supports Cortland elementary families in need. Students from all five schools will sing the national anthem, band students will play in a pep band throughout the game, and one student representative from each school will participate in a ceremonial puck drop. Throughout the game, videos will be played that feature students discussing their character traits and other school building character education ...
J Term 2018 J Term 2018: Teacher learning heats up when the weather gets cold! In the spirit of personal growth and the new year, the Cortland Enlarged City Sch ool District has launched a month of learning opportunities which we call January Term ( J-Term). J-term is modeled after college and university winter course offerings. The purpose of J-term at the college level is to enable students to pursue academic interest in a condensed time frame that allows for more intensive study. Here, in Cortland, J-Term provides staff with the chance to learn something new in a similarly condensed format. Course offerings for staff include learning about technology tools such as StoryBoardThat, Peardeck, Virtual Field Trips, Nearpod and Flocabulary. There is also a variety teaching topics, such as active learning strategies, ...
Ancient Greek Festival Ancient Greek Festival: Sixth grade students at Parker Elementary have been studying Ancient Greece as they read the book, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. As an engaging and collaborative end of unit project, sixth grade students in Mr. Wallis and Ms. Vandebogart’s classes held a Greek Fair on December 15. Groups of students have been collaborating using the Google to research an area of interest related to Ancient Greece. The task was for the students to create a booth that teaches the younger students about their topic. The students used a collaboration rubric and a collaboration contract to ensure they worked purposefully together. Each group was responsible for an informative essay, a poster, and a creative element to engage the second grade students that attended the fair. The second grade students ...
Cortland Students Send Gifts to Troops In South Korea Cortland Students Send Gifts to Troops In South Korea: Cortland High School students sent Coffee Mania coffee and notes of well-wishes to U.S. Troops stationed in South Korea. It was an effort to treat our soldiers to a special cup of coffee and to demonstrate our support as many soldiers will not be spending time with their loved ones this holiday season. Being away from one’s family during the holidays is a reality for many of our troops overseas. The Cortland-to-South Korea connection started last May when Mia Reisweber contacted administrators at Cortland High School to see if they wanted to form a partnership to send her husband and his company (Bravo Company, 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team) which is stationed in South Korea, gifts over the holidays. Mia and her husband Nick are both alumni ...
Art Show Art Show: December 13th is a busy day at the Cortland Enlarged City School District. Not only is there the auditorium renovation vote, there is also a district wide band concert and a K-12 art show at the Senior High. Art department co-chairs Mrs. Bieber and Mr. Bender have been planning the art show since October and are excited to display a variety of selected student work. Mrs. Bieber said, “part of the idea to have the art show in coordination with the band concert was to give more people the opportunity to see the artwork because many were already coming to the Senior High School to attend the band concert. This is the first K-12 art show districtwide that we have ever had and the art department is thrilled to present selected student work to the Cortland community. The art show is a ...
Spelling Bee Spelling Bee: On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the Cortland Enlarged City School District’s 2017-2018 Elementary Spelling Bee was held at the Kaufman Center. Each elementary building was represented by one student who had won a spelling competition in his/her building. Matthew DeRado represented Barry Elementary, Diana Howard represented Parker Elementary, Courtney Purves represented Randall Elementary, Lucas Fetterly represented Smith Elementary, and Valerosa Gambitta represented Virgil Elementary. English teacher, Dustin Bush, dictated 50 words for the local written Spelling Bee. The words were chosen randomly from the 2017-2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee list. The top three elementary finalists were Matthew DeRado, Lucas Fetterly and Valerosa Gambitta. Those three, along with three ...
Winter Sports Season is Here Winter Sports Season is Here: As the winter sports season gets underway, we are looking forward to cheering on the Purple Tigers! The Cortland Crazies, voted best fans in Section 3, are eager to cheer on the Boys Basketball team. Head coach Jeremy Milligan said, “We are incredibly optimistic this season. We have a great group of hard working players back. In addition we have a great fan section cheering us on.” John Blanchard, a senior captain on this year’s squad also commented on the team’s growth from last season.  “I am looking forward to everybody improving this season individually and as a team as a whole,” Blanchard explained. “Our goal as a team is to qualify for sectionals this year. We are taking one game at a time. So far we beat Waverly, 60-51, in ...
Winter Clothing Giveaway at Randall School Winter Clothing Giveaway at Randall School: Mrs. Heidi Shelley has always wanted to try to get involved with helping her community. She has often looked for different ways to get students involved in the process as well. Mrs. Shelley has been teaching music at Randall Elementary School for eighteen years. Randall is a Leader in Me School and students regularly discuss and learn about the seven habits. Habit six, synergize, includes working together to solve problems and create solutions. Mrs. Shelley formed the Notebuster group this year to extend the working together element of the synergize habit. The Notebuster group is made up of 3rd and 4th graders that enjoy singing and have chosen to join. The group meets Wednesday mornings and sings around the community and for special events including the recent Veterans Day Assembly. ...
Breakfast Program Breakfast Program: Since September, the District has been participating in the Community Eligibility Provision of The Healthy and Hungry Free Kids Act, which is a federally-funded program.  This means that we serve more than 1,000 breakfasts each day, which means more of our students start the day with a healthy meal. “Due to Cortland’s participation in the Community Eligibility Provision, there is a huge need to serve a high volume of meals in a small time period,” said Francis Zaryski, Cortland School Lunch Manager.  “We have decided to use the breakfast on-the-go option called: breakfast breaks . In 2016-2017 we were serving 30% of enrolled students at the elementary level. So far in the 2017-2018 school year, we have been consistently serving 50% of the enrolled ...
Holiday Pops Holiday Pops: Holiday music will fill the air on Saturday, December 2, when the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble again takes the stage. The Cortland Rotary will bring the Brass Ensemble to Cortland Senior High School at 7:30 p.m. Children accompanied by an adult ticket holder will get in free.  Tickets are available at the door. The music will be a holiday blend of light and classical music. The Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (SUBE), is a group of thirty-five professional-level brass and percussion musicians. Members include Syracuse University faculty, staff and students, the State University of New York Upstate Medical University faculty and staff, and accomplished musicians from Upstate New York communities. SUBE is a permanent ensemble-in-residence through The College of Arts ...
District Orchestra Concert District Orchestra Concert: The string instruments of the orchestra can often be heard throughout the school hallways as Cortland School District students spend countless hours practicing their instruments in preparation for the District-wide orchestra concert, set to be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  The orchestra students refer to themselves as a family, as many members of the tight-knit group have been a part of Allison Capano and Rebecca Miller’s orchestra program since the third grade. Mrs. Capano teaches grades three through six elementary strings at all five elementary schools in the district. Every elementary student has the opportunity to begin playing strings or band beginning in third grade or later.  Mrs. Capano said, “I love teaching beginners because I ...
8th Grade NYC Trip 8th Grade NYC Trip: When Mr. Gambitta is asked how long he has been taking students to NYC, he smiles and responds, “to tell you the truth, I cannot even remember. It has been more than a decade probably.” His modesty stems from his genuine love to spend time with his students and show them where history happened, first-hand. I have been teaching about immigration and the events of 9-11. Seeing Ellis island and the World Trade Center Memorial helps bring the events to life for the students.” Another reason Mr. Gambitta planned the trip is because, “ for many of our students this trip is the only time they go to New York City, or even leave the general area in which they live. The kids love this trip for many reasons - being together with friends and classmates, riding on a large ...
Gratitude Gratitude: As Thanksgiving nears, one character trait that comes to mind is gratitude. Gratitude is one of the character traits that is highlighted in the Positivity Project during the month of November (bravery, and humility/modesty, too). The Junior Senior High School, Barry Elementary and Parker Elementary have been implementing the Positivity Project curriculum this year. At Parker Elementary bravery and gratitude go side-by-side as explained by Principal Josh Bacigalupi, “With the all-school celebration of Veterans Day on November 8, 2017, we will be discussing the connection between our veterans being brave and our students expressing gratitude for their service.” In addition to the Veterans Day celebration, students at Parker Elementary will be keeping gratitude journals ...
Socktober Socktober: In the spirit of the Positivity Project and the upcoming holidays, Cortland Junior-Senior High School recently held a “Socktober” event. Students, staff, and school community members were invited to bring in pairs of socks to donate to those in need. Socks were gathered through the month of October and the final results are in - a total of 1,729 pairs were collected! This overwhelmingly exceeded the original goal of 1,000 pairs.   The Socktober idea centered on a commitment to having a positive impact on others each year. “We want to donate something each year for the community to see that this school is doing something kind for the less fortunate. Last year we did a donation of hair from staff who grew their hair long for cancer patients,” explained Mr. ...
Secret Garden Secret Garden: The Cortland High School is excited to present the musical The Secret Garden on Thursday, November 16, Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18.  All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.. The Secret Garden’s script and lyrics are by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon.  Within the story, Young Mary Lennox is sent to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin after the death of her parents.  As the plot unfolds, Mary discovers many secrets in her new home and develops some unlikely friendships, ultimately helping everyone find a new appreciation for life and family.   Susie Carr-Feuerherm, a Cortland High School graduate, is the stage director and acting coach for The Secret Garden.  Mrs. Feuerherm works hand ...
Gutchess Lumber Field Trip Gutchess Lumber Field Trip: If you venture to the basement of Cortland Junior Senior High School you can smell sawdust and see students walking around with safety glasses. It is here that you will find the technology department, the “hidden jewel” of the high school as Mr. Herting and Mr. Petit like to describe it. Mr. Herting and Mr. Petit are High School technology education teachers. They teach classes such as Woodworking, Construction, Electronics, Design and Drawing for Production, Computer-Aided Design, Architecture and Renewable Energy. Mr. Herting also advises the high school Technology Club that meets after school. Mr. Herting arranges for business visits and field trips for students in his club to, “be exposed to career fields that require specific skill sets.” The first ...
Harlem Wizards Harlem Wizards: The world-famous Harlem Wizards will visit Cortland High School on Monday, November 20 for an evening of great fun and fundraising. The Wizards will play a game against a team of Cortland schools’ administrators and teachers. Proceeds will benefit Cortland High School Class of 2018 to help reduce the cost of senior class expenses such as the Prom and Senior trip. The event will feature a variety of fun interactive extras to complement the Wizards' dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry: Pregame "Wiz Kids" warm-up, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways, and more. The game will conclude with the Wizards' signature dance extravaganza that will have the crowd on their feet! "We are thrilled to host the ...
NYSSMA Junior High Area All State NYSSMA Junior High Area All State: Cortland is proud to host the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Junior High Area All State Ensemble November 3 and November 4, 2017. The Junior High Area All State Ensemble is made up of seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students who received high marks at the NYSSMA Solo Festival last Spring. Top scoring students get invited to participate in the Junior High Area All State ensembles which include concert band, orchestra, mixed chorus, and treble chorus. These students all live in the NYSSMA Zone 3 of New York which includes schools from six counties around the central New York region. Invited students receive the music in the beginning of October which allows them to have time to practice prior to the event.  The music is more challenging than what is traditionally ...



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