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Education Live Broadcast Education Live Broadcast: Thanks to COVID-19 this has been a school year like no other. The Cortland Enlarged City School District has used a variety of methods to communicate with parents, students and guardians. Email, social media and newsletters are just a few of the ways the district uses to communicate with Cortland families. On Thursday, November 19, Cortland Schools used another method to reach Cortland households; Education LIVE aired live on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The show was broadcasted live and was hosted by Superintendent Robert Edwards. The program offered the opportunity for viewers to join in the conversation by calling in or emailing questions. For this, the inaugural episode, guests included Dr. Jeff Craig and Denise Fox. The primary topic for the show was the district’s ...
Title 1 at Cortland Schools Title 1 at Cortland Schools: Title I (pronounced “Title One”) is the largest federal aid program for elementary, middle, and high schools. Through Title I, the Federal government provides funding to school districts around the country based on the number of low-income families in each district. Each district uses its Title I money for extra educational services for children who are behind in school. Schools where more than half of all students are low-income can operate a school-wide Title I project. This includes all Cortland schools. Continue to read.
New Chromebooks New Chromebooks: Quality education for all during a time of national pandemic means that every student has the ability to get onto the internet for distance learning. It wasn’t that long ago when each student was given a book to take home and use, to care for and return at the end of the school year. Yesterday's books are today's laptops and tablets. Across the country, school districts are dealing with the new reality that not all of their students have access to the internet. Thanks to a lot of hard work and long term planning, Cortland Schools has been able to put a device able to connect to the internet and Google Classroom in each and every student's hands. The district has been on a 5-year plan using different funding sources to replace current laptops with Chromebooks. SSBA funding ...
Purple Pantry Is On The Move Purple Pantry Is On The Move: When Alex Shaffer became aware of the issues that many Cortland families face regarding food insecurity, the Purple Pantry was born. Alex explained, “I saw a need because we have a backpack program for students at the K-6 level. So if high school students had a younger sibling they would get a backpack of food on the weekends. But if the high school student did not have a younger sibling, then the Purple Pantry could fill that need.”  Prior to COVID-19, the Purple Pantry operated out of the English Department book room. When the COVID-19 closure happened, Alex had food that was recently donated that had to get to people in need and so Alex set up a food pantry right next to the Parker Elementary School playground. Operating out of a garage was not the original ...
Bob Edwards Weekly Blasts Bob Edwards Weekly Blasts: Bob Edwards Weekly Blasts After teaching in the Cortland Enlarged City School District for more than a decade and pursuing other educational avenues, Bob Edwards returned to the District as the Superintendent with new and exciting leadership ideas, one of them being his Weekly Blast. School Superintendents these days must wear many hats.  One hat is that of a Public Relations Director. In our video/electronics age it seems natural for a leader of any kind to use technology to reach out to the public so that people can see what is happening in their local schools. Bob Edwards’ blasts, as he calls them, are put together by Cortland High School’s extensive Video Department. Dan Devlen, Broadcast Production and Technology Specialist, explains that “each week, ...
COVID Response COVID Response: Beginning next week, we will be using a targeted response to keep our high school students in a distance learning situation for Monday, October 26 and Tuesday the 27. High school students will be back to in person learning on Wednesday, October 28. All other schools next week will be back to regular, in person learning on Monday, October 26. In early October while working with the Cortland County Health Department, it was concluded that there were several cases of COVID-19 in the Cortland Schools. After contact tracing was completed, we concluded that what we considered a significant amount of staff and students would need to be quarantined; it was at that point that the decision was made to go to two weeks of distance learning for the district while more contact tracing was initiated. ...
HS Student Joins the Board of Education HS Student Joins the Board of Education: The Cortland Enlarged City School District has a new non-voting board member who hasn't even graduated from high school yet. Alex Shaffer was sworn in this past August and has attended five board meetings so far. The district decided to bring on a high school student to serve on the board to give the board an insight as to how the students are thinking regarding educational topics that affect them. Alex doesn’t get to vote but weighs in on decisions and gives the students’ point of view before votes are made. Alex does not attend executive sessions or hear about personnel matters. Alex likes being on the board and being the voice of the student body from kindergarten to high school seniors. With plans on becoming a Bio Chemistry Engineering major in college, Alex feels ...
Tiger Techs Tiger Techs: Thanks to the changing state of education and the COVID-19 virus, technology has become more important than ever. We’ve been teaching each student in the district, from kindergarteners to high school seniors, to treat technology like an important tool in their lives. As students use technology more and more, the chances of that technology needing repairs becomes more and more certain and more important. Each and every student in the Cortland Enlarged City School District has been provided technology to use in class and at home.  When your home computer has problems, there are a variety of places you can go to get repairs. At the CJSHS, when students are having trouble they can go to Cortland’s version of the “Genius Bar” and get help from a Tiger Tech. The ...
All Remote Learning All Remote Learning: We have shifted to remote learning for all students through Friday, October 23rd. This is because the health department's data suggest that we need to take a pause from in-person learning in order to let a number of quarantine situations run their course. As we know, the positive rate in our county has been the highest in our region; switching to remote learning for all will help reverse that trend. For those students who have been learning in person, we will return to school on Monday, October 26th. Breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided for all students. These can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Monday - Friday, at Barry Primary, Smith Intermediate, Randall Middle, Penguin Park, Parker Elementary, Virgil Elementary, and Rickard Street. Reach out to  Food@cortlandschools.org ...
Reopening Planning Information Reopening Planning Information: Resources related to the reopening of school in September, 2020, are available at the Reopening Planning Webpage . You can find the plan, webinar recordings, FAQs, and more. The page is located under “Quick Links.”   #WeAreCortland
2020-2021 Budget Results 2020-2021 Budget Results:  On June 16, the residents of the Cortland Enlarged City School District approved the proposed 2020-21 School District budget of $50,170,001.  “Thank you to everyone who sent in their absentee ballot and voted,” Superintendent of Schools Michael H. Hoose said. “Your support of the Cortland Enlarged City School District and its mission to educate the children of this community is very much appreciated.” Voters: Approved a $50,170,001 budget for the 2020-21 school year that increases spending 1.2%, and carries a 1.09% tax levy increase: 2,042 yes, 733 no. Approved the purchase of student transport vehicles, including all necessary furnishing, fixtures and equipment, and the expenditure of a total sum not to exceed $529,000: 1,980 yes, ...
Postponement of Annual School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election by Absentee Ballot to June 16, 2020 Postponement of Annual School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election by Absentee Ballot to June 16, 2020: Governor Cuomo announced that the deadline for school election ballots sent via U.S. mail has been extended to Tuesday, June 16th. This extension does not apply to ballots delivered in person. These ballots still must be received by 5 p.m. on June 9th. The date of the annual meeting and general election has been chang ed to June 16, 2020.  By Executive Order dated June 8, 2020, the Governor has ordered that: School districts receive absentee ballots via personal delivery through 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020, only.  After this deadline, any receptacle used for personal delivery of absentee ballots must be removed, and the school district may no longer accept absentee ballots in person. School districts must continue to receive absentee ...
Statement from Superintendent Hoose Regarding Recent Events Statement from Superintendent Hoose Regarding Recent Events: Dear Cortland Community, Recent, tragic events in our country have reminded us of the work we have to do as a nation to overcome pervasive and persistent injustice and racism. We all grieve with the family of George Floyd as well as for the other named and unnamed victims of racism and oppression. We must commit to actively and collaboratively address and challenge systems of injustice and intolerance. The success of our students is dependent on how we, as a district and a community, support all children and families affected by racism and prejudice. We must engage in the courageous conversations and reflect on the past while encouraging constructive conflict to arrive at solutions. We owe it to our children and society as a whole. We must begin the process with education ...
Cortland Board of Education Appoints New Superintendent Cortland Board of Education Appoints New Superintendent: The Board of Education of the Cortland Enlarged City School District is pleased to announce that it has selected Robert Edwards as its next Superintendent of Schools. His formal appointment as Superintendent of Schools took place at a special board meeting on May 28, 2020 with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020 Mr. Edwards currently serves as Executive Director of Instruction and Personnel at the Phoenix Central School District, a position he has held since 2016. His prior administrative experience includes four years as a Building Administrator for the Baldwinsville Central School District. As many in our community are aware, Mr. Edwards taught social studies in the Cortland Jr/Sr High School for many years prior to his career in school administration. The Board is excited to ...
2020-2021 Budget Update 2020-2021 Budget Update: The Cortland Board of Education began the process of creating the 2020-21 school budget six months ago, prior to dealing with Co vid-19 and all of the changes associated with dealing with the virus. As you are aware, it has taken a toll in lives lost and created huge financial challenges across the nation, especially in New York State.   The proposed budget reflects a 1.2% budget increase and a 1.09% tax levy increase. It is the first budget increase for the District in five years and it is the first budget in nearly a decade that does not use our dwindling reserves to balance the budget. It was a challenge to develop a budget with such a small increase due to the increasing costs in health care, contractual obligation, and legacy costs. The Board had to make difficult ...
Athletic Stadium Will Light Up to Honor Seniors May 15, 2020 Athletic Stadium Will Light Up to Honor Seniors May 15, 2020: On May 15, 2020 Cortland High School’s athletic stadium lights will turn on at 8:20 p.m. and shine bright for 20 minutes to honor the class of 2020.  Community members can show the #WeAreCortland spirit and join the celebration by turning on their home’s exterior lights during this time. If you have the chance to get a purple lightbulb, lighting your porch or exterior of your house purple would be a plus!  Those wishing to view the illuminated stadium on May 15th must do so from a distance and remain inside their motor vehicles. The District’s outdoor facilities, including the athletic stadium, will remain closed to the public as such social gatherings are prohibited. Please use the same loop for student pick up/drop off that has been taking ...
Science Honor Society Makes Videos for Barry Primary Students Science Honor Society Makes Videos for Barry Primary Students: Distance learning has provided a unique opportunity for students in the Science Honor Society. Advisor Charles Canestaro s aid, “the students in Science Honor Society approached me looking for ideas to help out other teachers with teaching science. After some brainstorming we decided to try and help elementary school teach science. One group of kids are helping coordinate the kindergarten unit on weather. They will be making videos and such that will be posted on the portal for K students to watch. Another group is working with Tom Dovi and Julie Lundeen to make phun videos that involve simple experiments and demos for 1st and 2nd graders. I’m super excited and super proud of the group, they genuinely love science and really want to encourage others to appreciate the wonder the ...
Senior Athlete Spotlight Senior Athlete Spotlight: If you have been following our social media accounts, you cannot help but notice the senior spotlight graphics that have been coming out each day on the @CECSD_Athletics account.  Celebrating our senior student-athletes is something that the Athletic Department felt was important to do this spring. Athletic Director Tim Wagoner said, “We wanted to do something to honor our student’s senior season. Many of these athletes play 2-to-3 sports for the Cortland Tigers Athletics program. I decided to contact each senior and ask them for photos, and a favorite highlight or achievement from their high school athletic career. This was a great way for me to reach out to them and discuss their future plans and reminisce.”   The images below are the Senior ...
CHS Student Continues to Run Purple Pantry CHS Student Continues to Run Purple Pantry: 11th grade student Alex Shaffer has long been aware of the issues that many Cortland families face regarding food insecurity. “My mom is the executive chef at Guthrie hospital and she always told me that a quarter of families in Cortland County struggle with food insecurity. Knowing that number was so high, I came up with a plan two years ago to expand the Cortland High School Purple Pantry.”  The Purple Pantry is normally run out of the English Department book room and it is meant to target students at Cortland High School. Alex explained, “I saw a need because we have a backpack program for students at the K-6 level. So if high school students had a younger sibling they would get a backpack of food on the weekends. But if the high school student did not have ...
Retired Cortland CECSD Employee Makes Masks for Essential Employees Retired Cortland CECSD Employee Makes Masks for Essential Employees: Laura Simon retired five years ago from the Cortland Enlarged City School District after twenty eight years of service as the District Tre asurer. Although she has been officially retired, Laura has continued to help the district with special projects and training new business office employees. During her time with the District, Laura has helped out in many different ways -- when there has been a crisis or a need with which she thought she could assist.  When COVID-19 forced us to shift to distance learning, Laura saw another opportunity to help. She observed that there were essential workers who still came to work assisting with food distribution, including food service employees, bus drivers, and some teacher aides. Laura realized that she could use her sewing and quilting skills ...



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