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June 2017 Newsletter - Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

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Friday, June 23

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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. Of the 170 students in the class of 2017 eligible for graduation, 113 of these students graduated from the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD) 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. Eight of these students graduated with their associate degree from TC3. In the athletic realm, 20 out of 24 teams continue to excel on and off the field and were honored as Section III “Scholar Athlete Teams.”

Our students have represented CECSD well by winning the 2017 NASA Space Settlement Contest and competing in Geographic and Spelling Bees. CJSHS received the Award of Excellence from NYSPHSAA for exemplary display of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.

The vote for the 2017-18 school budget was supported by a wide margin this year – thank you to our Cortland community for your support. While we have made many great strides over the past year, it is important to note that we are still working to advocate in Albany for Cortland’s fair share. Albany continues to shift the tax burden to the local level and federal support for public education is in question. As a result, with each year the school budget process becomes more and more difficult. Despite these challenges, we will continue to be mindful of our students' needs during the budget process.

We at CECSD are committed to protecting the community's investment in our schools. The Energy Performance Project has helped us do just that and we will continue to utilize this project to its full potential. In addition to this, the CECSD Board of Education has begun studying grade configuration and facility use. The community is encouraged to attend these meetings, which will be held each month until the final report is presented to the BOE in December. For more information, please visit the Facilities Study webpage

I wish you a safe and happy summer vacation and look forward to seeing everyone again in September. I have high expectations for all of the good things to come in the 2017-18 school year.
               -Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent 


Congratulations to the Class of 2017! 

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 the community for the part they played or play in helping our students. Graduation is both a student and community celebration and took place on Friday, June 23, 2017 at SUNY Cortland PER Ice Arena. Thank you for everything you do!

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Meet the CECSD Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Meet Valedictorian Meaghan Kendall and Salutatorian Zachery Osbeck

113 CJSHS Graduates to Receive College Credits from TC3

Walking across the stage at graduation in June, 113 students from the CECSD will graduate high school with college credits from TC3. The credits were earned through the CollegeNow program, which offers a partnership between CJSHS and TC3.

Of the 113 students graduating with college credits, eight students will have earned enough credits to receive their associates degree from TC3 as well. These students are:
  • Baileyn Bradshaw
  • Meaghan Kendall
  • Cobi O'Connell
  • Zachery Osbeck
  • William Pace
  • Margaret Reagan
  • Raymond Rogers
  • Madison VanPatten

Congratulations to our CJSHS students on this wonderful accomplishment! CECSD applauds you for this wonderful accomplishment!

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CECSD Facilities Study Gets Underway

The 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 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?"

The committee will meet each month until their final report is presented to the Board of Education in December. The records of the committee’s work are kept at the “Facilities Study” webpage, which is located under the “Quicklinks” section of

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Summer Food Service Program Begins July 5

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will take place at Cortland Junior Senior High School again this year from July 5 and 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! 

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CECSD to Provide All Students with Supplies and Equipment for 2017-18 School Year

CECSD 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.

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Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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Cortland, NY 13045

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