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Belize Master Teacher Trip Belize Master Teacher Trip: Four Cortland teachers were selected to be part of the New York State Master Teacher Program biodiversity tri p to Belize in July.  Abbey Albright, Carol Brafman, Karen Krichbaum, and Jim Ulrich joined 25 other science, math, and technology (STEM) teachers from the Central New York Region.  Each teacher had to complete an application process and was selected by the Master Teacher Program to attend.   The main purpose of this trip was to bring STEM teachers to Belize to learn about issues affecting Belize and Central America, and learn about the impact people are having on the our climate.  Although an ecologically and culturally diverse country, deforestation from coastal development, and exploitation of crude oil negatively impact the environment and wildlife. ...
Fuel for Learning Fuel for Learning: The Cortland Enlarged City School District is committed to high levels of learning for all students. We strive to provide engaging and equitable learning environments for everyone. In an effort to ensure that all students are afforded an optimal learning environment, the district will provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade. Beginning this September, the District will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision of the The Healthy and Hungry Free Kids Act which is a federally-funded program. The savings to our families are significant, as each family will save up to $700 a year for each elementary student in the family. Additional information about this program is enclosed.   A la carte options will still ...
Summer School Wrap Up Summer School Wrap Up: Cortland’s elementary summer school program wrapped up on July 28th at Randall Elementary School. Students who attended received instruction in reading and writing in a fun and engaging manner. Summer school teacher Dionne DePuy used thematic units based on pirates, mummies and endangered animals to teach reading and writing. Brooklyn Mudge, a student in summer school said, "My favorite thing about summer school was Mrs. Depuy because she was so nice. I learned about endangered animals and was able to use the internet to find out cool information. For example, I didn't know red pandas were endangered or that two baby pandas were just born at the Binghamton Zoo. We also studied pirates and mummies. We learned that people used to mummify people in Egypt." “I ...
NYSPHSAA Student-Advisory Committee NYSPHSAA Student-Advisory Committee: Congratulations to Cortland Senior High student Kathleen Starr for being accepted to join the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Student-Advisory Committee (SAAC). Kathleen is the Section 3 female representative to serve on this statewide committee for the 2017-18 academic year. This is Kathleen's second year particpating on the SAAC. Members were chosen based on an academic resume which included grade-point average (GPA), extracurricular activities, and participation in sports. In total, the SAAC is made up of two student-athlete representatives from each of the eleven sections in New York State.   The SAAC was developed to give student-athletes a voice within the NYSPHSAA. Over the course of the school year, the committee will discuss ...
Summer Reading at the Park Summer Reading at the Park: This summer on Wednesdays in July from 11:30-12:30pm students can get free books thanks to the Family Reading Partnership’s Summer Reading at the Park project. Volunteers are at the park handing out donated books that students can borrow to read at home.  The Randall Elementary School field and playground was busy with parents pushing strollers and school-age children browsing the available books and accessing the Summer Lunch Program.   Each week students are welcome to come back to borrow more books. This is the first year of the project and it’s off to a great start. Young readers took home more than 130 books in the third week of the program, which easily topped the 85 books checked out during the second week of the program.   “I like reading ...
Summer Meals Update July  2017 Summer Meals Update July 2017:   The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) has been going on at Cortland Junior Senior High School, all elementary schools, and three park locations (Suggett, Dexter, and Randall) this year from July 5 and will run through August 17. The SFSP serves up free, healthy meals for kids and teens at favorite summertime places throughout the Cortland community. 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 at the high school. Students that are in the BOCES Regional Summer School have benefited greatly by getting free breakfast ...
NYSPHSAA School of Excellence NYSPHSAA School of Excellence: The Cortland Enlarged City School District is thrilled to announce that the varsity athletic program has been named a designated Schools of Excellence for its classroom achievements.   In order to be named a School of Excellence, a school must have 75 percent of its varsity teams earn scholar-athlete status (earning a grade point average of 90 or above). Cortland is proud to have 20 of its 24 varsity teams qualify for this award.   “I am extremely proud of the commitment the Cortland student-athletes have shown to their academic success,” Athletic Director Tim Wagoner said. “Cortland Athletics encourages student-athletes to emphasize their academics. Achievement off the playing field is just as important as performance on the field. It is our hope that ...
SAT Scores Are Top 10 in Upstate NY SAT Scores Are Top 10 in Upstate NY: We are proud to announce that Cortland High School has placed seventh in upstate New York for SAT scores. The composite average total of math and reading scores at Cortland High School was 1144, with Cortland students posting an identical average score of 527 for both the math and reading sections of the exam. Both the composite and individual section scores outpaced statewide averages. In New York State, students posted an average composite math and reading score of 990 during the past testing cycle. The average math score statewide was 477, while reading registered slightly higher at 501. We are committed to getting our students ready for their future and wish the class of 2017 luck as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Click here for more information regarding the ...
"Annie" is Coming to Town: The classic Broadway musical starring everyone’s favorite red-headed orphan will light up the stage in Homer this July. Produced by Center Players, Annie features a regional cast of thirty-three, led by Lucia Caravella as the title character, John Melvin as the billionaire Oliver Warbucks, Kristy Buchalla as his trusted secretary Grace, and Wellesley Petruzzo as Annie’s canine companion Sandy. Fifteen orphans and a talented adult cast such as Cortland teacher Tony Caravella and Cortland students Kaedyn Murphy and Willa Olshan.  Directed by William Locke as his fifth encore production, Annie is sure to be the show to see this summer. Proceeds from Annie will support the Homer Foundation and The Center for the Arts. Performances for Annie: The Musical are scheduled for ...
June 2017 Newsletter - Congratulations to the Class of 2017! June 2017 Newsletter - Congratulations to the Class of 2017!: To signup to receive Cortland Enlarged City School District newsletters in your inbox, please  click here .   Upcoming Events:  Last Day of School Thursday, June 22 Commencement Ceremony Friday, June 23 Labor Day - No School Monday, September 4 Professional Development Days - No School for Students September 5 - September 6 First Day of School Thursday, September 7             Reflecting on the 2016-2017 School Year As we wrap up the 2016-17 school year, I am very proud to say that we have made significant academic gains throughout the year. ...
Meet the CECSD Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Meet the CECSD Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian: As June approaches, with each passing day the sunshine grows longer and the final few days of high school trickle away. Valedictorian and salutatorian honorees come from all walks of life and each enjoys a unique set of experiences during their time in high school. However, they all share one common similarity in being the brightest and best students throughout New York and across the country.   Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS) valedictorian Meaghan Kendall and salutatorian Zach Osbeck recently shared their thoughts on the past and present, as they get ready to leave Cortland and embark on their journey to adulthood.   Meet Valedictorian Meaghan Kendall During her time at CJSHS, Meaghan has thrived both inside and outside of the classroom. ...
CECSD to Provide All Students with Supplies and Equipment for 2017-18 School Year CECSD to Provide All Students with Supplies and Equipment for 2017-18 School Year: Cortland Enlarged City School District to Provide All Students with Supplies and Equipment for 2017-18 School Year  Families will not have to purchase supplies for their children for the upcoming school year   Cortland, NY – (June 19, 2017) – The Cortland Enlarged City School District is committed to high levels of learning for all students. We strive to provide engaging and equitable learning environments for everyone. So that all students have everything they need for learning, the district will be providing all of the supplies and equipment that are needed for our classrooms. Families will no longer have to purchase supplies for their children to bring to school. Experience informs us that families are often frustrated by the financial burden ...
Summer Food Service Program at CJSHS Starting July 5 Summer Food Service Program at CJSHS Starting July 5: When School's Out, Power up for Summer Fun!  The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will take place at Cortland Junior Senior High School again this year. The program will begin on July 5 and will run until August 17. The SFSP serves up free, healthy meals for kids and teens at favorite summertime places throughout the Cortland community. 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 – so grab a friend and stop over! SFSP 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 ...
CECSD Participates in Corporate Challenge CECSD Participates in Corporate Challenge: The Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD) Corporate Challenge team braved cold and rainy conditions to participate in the 2017 JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Syracuse, NY. This was the 35th running of the Corporate Challenge, and CECSD participated with our largest team to date.  While the cold and rainy conditions may have dampened the running conditions, they did not dampen the spirit of the District’s team. The CECSD team was a hearty part of the more than 8,000 runners and walkers representing 307 companies that participated in the 3.5 mile event.
CJSHS Students Choose Community Service for Spring Break Trip CJSHS Students Choose Community Service for Spring Break Trip: A group of students from Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS) recently spent their spring break taking part in some community service and giving back to another school.   For this year’s spring break trip, CJSHS students travelled to Canada and Costa Rica. In Canada, the group visited Quebec for a few days and took in the sights. From Canada, the group then headed down south to Costa Rica, where they took part in some community service, which was centered around helping a Costa Rican school. The group gave the school supplies that they had collected through donations from throughout the Cortland community. After handing out the school supplies, the group then got started in the rest of their community service efforts at the school. First, the group helped paint some ...
Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Candidates for Graduation Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Candidates for Graduation: Commencement for graduating seniors in the Cortland Jr./Sr. High School (CJSHS) Class of 2017 will take place on Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the SUNY Cortland PER Ice Arena.  Everyone plays such an important role in shaping and molding our students as they move through our school system. We at the CJSHS would like to thank everyone in community for the part they played or play in helping our students. Graduation is both a student and community celebration. Thank you so much for everything you do!  Here's a list of the candidates for graduation in the Class of 2017: Cameron K. Aldrich  Gretta Allen  Mikeala Allen  Michael A. Anecelle  Nicholas T. Anecelle  Noah Armstrong  Nathan Arnold  ...
Share Your Input: CECSD Code of Conduct Survey Now Available Share Your Input: CECSD Code of Conduct Survey Now Available: The Cortland Enlarged City School District is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is positive, safe and one which promotes respect for all. We strive to ensure a strong focus on teaching and learning, while promoting diverse and meaningful experiences for students. The Code of Conduct exists to support our school-community to develop and maintain safe and supportive schools. The district, in compliance with New York State Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (NYS SAVE), involves students, staff, parents, guardians and community members in reviewing the Code of Conduct annually. This year the district is seeking feedback on four areas of the Code of Conduct. Please take a few minutes to provide your input. The Code of Conduct can ...
CJSHS 8th Grade Students Win 2017 NASA Space Settlement Contest CJSHS 8th Grade Students Win 2017 NASA Space Settlement Contest: Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS) eighth-graders recently took a trip into space with their participation in the 2017 NASA Space Settlement Contest. Mrs. Passeri-Densmore's Team 3 English students tied for first place in the eighth grade category of the 2017 NASA Space Settlement Contest. The contest is an international competition with over 6,000 students in grades 7 to 12 from across the globe participating. The CJSHS Eighth Grade Team 3 submission was selected from over 1,500 submissions. For the competition, students researched the latest space technology and created detailed plans for an orbital space settlement in one or more locations of the solar system. Based on these requirements, CJSHS Eighth Grade Team 3 created Quadruple United Allied Destinations (QUAD), which ...
CECSD Facilities Study Gets Underway CECSD Facilities Study Gets Underway: The Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD) is committed to the provision of clean, modern, and safe facilities for our students and our community. To ensure this commitment is upheld, the CECSD Board of Education has engaged the Castallo and Silky firm to conduct a facilities study. The first meeting of that study occurred May 17, 2017, at Barry Elementary School. The essential question for the facilities study is: "Now and in the future, is there a better way to arrange the grades and school buildings to maintain, and perhaps enhance, the education of CECSD students while ensuring fiscal responsibility to the taxpayer? If so, how should the grades and schools be organized?" Committee members include: Breck Aspinwall, Anna Bennett, Susan Byrnes, Kevin Cafararo, ...
113 CJSHS Graduates to Receive College Credits from TC3 113 CJSHS Graduates to Receive College Credits from TC3: Walking across the stage at graduation in June, 113 students from the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD) will graduate high school with college credits from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). The credits were earned through the CollegeNow program, which offers a partnership between Cortland Junior Senior High School (CJSHS) and TC3. The CollegeNow program allows CJSHS students to earn college credit by taking concurrent enrollment courses at CJSHS. While challenging, these courses allow students to get an idea of the college level coursework in a familiar setting. In addition to this, courses are also available online through the CollegeNow Online program. The CollegeNow program allows students to not only experience college level coursework, but also explore possible ...



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