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Cortland Schools Welcomes New Business Administrator Cortland Schools Welcomes New Business Administrator: The Cortland Enlarged City School District is pleased to introduce our new Business Administrator: Mrs. Laurie Widman. Mrs. Widman comes to Cortland from the Oriskany Central School District where she was the business administrator since 2018. Mrs. Widman went to college in Buffalo, earning her undergraduate degree from D’Youville College and then receiving her Masters and Administrative Certification from the University at Buffalo. Mrs. Widman was a business education teacher from 2006-2018 in the North Tonawanda school district. The District searched for its new business administrator following the resignation of Kim Vile who had been in the position for a little more than five years. Ms. Vile has recently moved on to the Baldwinsville School District.  ...
Fourth Graders get Poems Published in the Cortland Standard Fourth Graders get Poems Published in the Cortland Standard: The 4th graders at Smith Intermediate School have been learning about poetry in ELA. They have been reading the book “Love That Dog” by Sharon Creech and reading real poems written by poets like Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and others. They used these poems as inspiration to try writing their own poems. When students learned that the Cortland Standard was going to be printing a “Poetry Page” in the paper on December 26th, many of them wanted to submit their poems to the paper to see if they might be selected, and exciting news - three of our 4th graders will be included in the paper’s “Poetry Page”! Congratulations to Landon Arnold, Jax Ellis, and Sadie Young! They are now officially published poets!
Spelling Bee Spelling Bee: Some kids play football, some kids play soccer, others play chess or spell. That’s right, they spell as in competitive spelling competitions. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a competition that is held each year and was started in 1925. Since then students from around the country compete to reach the national level.  Recently, the Cortland Enlarged School District held its 2020-21 Spell-off. Any student who has not reached the eighth grade before August 31, 2020 or reached their 15th birthday on or before August 31, 2020 is eligible to compete. All students compete at the same grade level. Cortland is proud to send three students to the first level of competition in Syracuse held on Saturday, January 23. Those students are Kaleb Krissel, Xzavion Lockwood, and Gabriel ...
JSHS Remote Learning 12/14/20 - 1/4/21 JSHS Remote Learning 12/14/20 - 1/4/21: On December 11th, the district along with the Cortland County Health Department conducted contact tracing protocol that included junior and senior high school students and staff. In reviewing the initial data with Mr. Mack and Mr. Cafararo, it became evident that the Junior High School and High School programs would need to be remote during the period of quarantine. For that reason, it was decided that all grades 7-12 would need to be in an all-remote learning situation beginning Monday, December 14 through Wednesday, December 23. In-person learning will resume on January 4th. Mr. Edwards along with Cortland Schools Administrators are thinking of the students and staff in quarantine and are sending out positive thoughts. Previously, some parents have asked how they can help ...
Food Services During COVID-19 Food Services During COVID-19: For school districts across the country the COVID pandemic has made planning and re-planning and then planning again a daily occurrence. Just when school leaders feel they have something worked out, COVID throws another punch at them and they have to toss out all of the plans they just worked to create to make new ones. Transportation, cleaning and food services all have to make hourly changes to current plans to accommodate students and families as best they can. The district offers breakfast and lunch to every single student free of charge every single school day. During the national pandemic with a large portion of Cortland students learning from home and schools closing on a moment's notice this has become a virtual chess game of planning and then changing plans over and ...
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE TEAM NOMINATIONS 2020 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE TEAM NOMINATIONS 2020: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), Inc. believes that the athletic participation of students enhances their academic performances. To support this belief, the Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program began in 1991. Varsity teams who have 75% of their team earn a 90.0% or higher GPA during their season qualify for the NYSPHSAA award. Individuals can also qualify, if the team does not, with an average of 90% or better. Team nominations from the Cortland Senior High School for the Fall 2020 season are: Boys Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis and an individual honor from the Girls Cross Country team Alexis Brown. Cortland Schools is very proud of their student athletes. Any student who works hard on and off the field ...
Winter Concert Series Winter Concert Series: The Music and Video Departments at Cortland Schools are very excited to offer the public a wide variety of past student concerts to wipe away those winter blues. The series starts with a recording from 2008 from the now closed Virgil School. Every grade is represented and some of those students are seniors this year at the high school. On 12/2 the concert was from 2009 and featured all of the students from Parker. One concert will come out every weekday during the month of December. Concerts will be loaded onto the  Cortland Tiger Videos page  every day of the week so that people can watch the performances at their leisure. Not only will viewers be able to see the shows on their computers or internet connected devices but they can also see the performances on Spectrum local ...
Superintendent's Budget Message Superintendent's Budget Message: On December 2nd, Superintendent Robert Edwards addressed the Cortland community live via videostream, explaining how COVID-19 has made our tight financial situation even tighter. Forecasts for the year, when considering potential cuts in state aid, are gloomy. Therefore, an immediate spending freeze was announced. Contractual obligations will continue to be met; all other general fund spending will require the superintendent’s approval. Think of these belt-tightening measures as similar to the decisions many people have had to make in their households during the pandemic. Superintendent Edwards concluded the message with reminders that the work, collectively, of each Cortland employee is the most important thing for the development and success of our students. No shifts in revenues ...
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 ...



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