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Parent Information

At Randall Middle School we value community and family engagement to build and nurture partnerships. We will work together to provide multiple opportunities for input, communication, and collaboration to support our students emotionally, socially and academically. 

We value and need your input to ensure the needs of students and their families are being met. Please reach out the school with any questions or suggestions you may have. 

Class Schedule

All elementary schools in the district have transitioned to using a 6 day rotation schedule for special area classes (music, art, PE, and Library). All students will have the following specials during the 6 day rotation. 

  • 3x PE
  • 2x Art, Music, Library
Each day students will receive the following instructional minutes per content area:
  • ELA / Math - 80 minutes
  • Science / Social Studies - 40 minutes
  • Specials Areas - 40 minutes (3 of 6 days, students will have 2 specials)
  • Lunch - 30 minutes
  • Club Time - 30 minutes
Common Expectations 

To provide consistency for students and ensure everyone is able to learn in a safe environment  that is conducive to learning, common expectations will be taught and reinforced throughout the school year. These expectations for conduct are: 
  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful 
  • Be Responsible 
  • Be Kind
During the opening days and throughout the year students will be taught what these expectations mean and look like in different school settings. This proactive approach helps teach the whole student and treats behavior as another aspect of student learning. 

Student Clubs

To provide students additional opportunities to explore their interests and engage in a positive way with peers who have similar interests, recess will be structured through the use of clubs. These opportunities ensure students are supervised in a structured manner that promotes safety and positive relationships. 

Club opportunities may include, basketball, fitness, 4 square, yoga, drama, STEM, robotics, newspaper, games, math Olympics, film, foreign language, writing/poetry, visual arts, music and more! Students will be surveyed and assigned to clubs they express interest in. 

Each student will participate in two clubs at one time using an every-other day schedule. At least one of the clubs will be active in nature. Students will change clubs every 10 weeks.  

Student Arrival

All students will enter through the doors by the bus loop from 8:00-8:30 AM. This will be our single point of entry for all students. Adults will need to enter through the main entrance in the front of the building and must present photo identification when signing in at the office. This allows us to ensure student safety through proper supervision and regulation of visitors entering the building. Staff will be positioned at entrances and throughout the hallways during arrival. Any students arriving after 8:30 AM must enter through the main entrance in the front of the building and will be signed in at the main office. 

Student Dismissal

Students will be dismissed at approximately 3:10 PM. All walkers and students being picked up will be released via the doors by the basketball court. There will be no entrance into the building from 3:00-3:15 PM to accommodate an orderly dismissal. If a student is being picked up early, please make arrangements no later than 2:00 PM. 

Please remember to bring photo identification if you are picking up a student. Any individual who is picking up a student must be on the approved pickup list for that student(s). You may update this information at the school’s main office. 


 
School Supplies / Breakfast & Lunch

As in other recent years students and families do not need to purchase school supplies. All daily school supplies will be provided by the district and distributed by teachers. Students need to bring their own backpack and art smock. 

Breakfast and lunch are provided for all students free of charge. Students will sign up for lunch daily during homeroom. Breakfast will be served daily from 8:00-8:45. Students arriving after 8:30 will eat their breakfast in the classroom.

Classroom Dojo

Please connect with us through Classroom Dojo! This application allows you to communicate easily with your student’s teacher. You may receive class messages and updates, communicate directly with staff, and see student points as they demonstrate values of respect, responsibility, kindness and being safe.


 

QUICK LINKS

OUR SCHOOLS






Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045
607-758-4100

www.cortlandschools.org


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