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2020 Spelling Bee Contestants Head to Regional Bee 2020 Spelling Bee Contestants Head to Regional Bee: The Cortland Enlarged City School District's 2019-20 Spell Off was recently held. Students were quizzed on words such as parachute, coincidence, and suffuse.  The top four Randall Middle School finalists and top four Junior High finalists (listed below) will represent the District and compete in the 2020 Post-Standard Spelling Bee. Contestants must not have passed beyond eighth grade before Feb. 1, 2020 or reached their 16th birthday on or before May 25, 2020 to be eligible. All students will compete at the same grade level. The first level of competition in Syracuse is a written spell off exam at Christian Brothers Academy on Saturday, January 25. The top thirty-five spellers from the written bee will compete in an oral bee on Saturday, February 29, at WCNY Studios ...
Third Grade Instrument Recruitment January 2020 Third Grade Instrument Recruitment January 2020: The 3rd grade instrumental recruitment process has started! It is an exciting time for our 3rd graders to pick their instrument. Our elementary instrumental teachers have been very busy getting started with the 3rd Grade Recruitment! Here is some information about the process:  Recruitment Assemblies First, Mrs. Allen (Band) and Mrs. Capano (Orchestra) will have a recruitment assembly for all 3rd Graders in early January. We will demonstrate each instrument the students can choose from. We let the students ask questions about the instruments and the process. Each student will bring home the sign up sheets for both band and orchestra. Please return the sign up sheets with parent signature. Please remember to check the boxes for your first three choices.  Hands ...
Mr. Hoose's Submits Letter of Intent to Retire Mr. Hoose's Submits Letter of Intent to Retire: Superintendent Michael Hoose has submitted his official letter of intent to retire from the Cortland Enlarged C ity School District. Mr. Hoose has served as Superintendent since 2012 and is intending to retire no later than June 30th. The search for a replacement will begin shortly. “We will solicit input from all stakeholders as we move through the process,” Janet Griffin, Board of Education president said. “That includes students, staff, and community members,” she continued. Griffin anticipates that the search will be led by Dr. Jeffery Matteson, District Superintendent of TST BOCES. After graduating from SUNY Oswego, Mr. Hoose began his teaching career as a technology education teacher in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He later became a mechanical designer ...
Expanding Wifi Beyond the Classroom Expanding Wifi Beyond the Classroom: The Cortland Enlarged City School District provides a number of technology resources for its students and staff. In addition to all of our classrooms being outfitted with wireless access points and one to one devices, we now have wireless access points in the exteriors of all of our buildings.  Information Systems Administrator Denise Fox said, “In early January the cable was pulled and the wireless access points have been installed. We ensured that the stadium at the High School was included so fans, coaches, and athletes can access wifi while at practice or watching a game. Some other benefits include: physical education teachers will be able to take attendance on their devices during classes that take place outside and students that are waiting for the bus can use their ...
January 2020 Auditorium Project Update January 2020 Auditorium Project Update: Despite the frigid temperatures outside, work has been continuing on the outside and inside of our new auditorium at the high school. Steady progress is being made -- things are proceeding according to schedule. The auditorium is still on track to be finished by May this year! Director of Facilities Bob Martin has been working as a liaison between the contractors and the school district. Bob noted that the progress is “right on track. The duct work is being completed by the HVAC contractor. Once that is done, the auditorium will have proper heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The auditorium features custom made acoustical “clouds” that were hung the week of January 6th. The clouds can drastically diminish noisy room environments and reverberations.” ...
Schools Collect PB&J for Kiwanis Club Schools Collect PB&J for Kiwanis Club: Peanut butter and jelly, a staple in many pantries, can be in short supply at local food pantries. Knowing that many peop le are struggling to make ends meet, the Smith Intermediate Student Council and Barry Primary School decided to partner with the Cortland Kiwanis Club to collect new and unopened jars of PB & J.  Student council adviser Melissa Holl said, “The student council has a long history of service to others. Now that we are learning about the Positivity Project, and #OtherPeopleMatter, peanut butter and jelly drive really blended in well with what the student council wanted to accomplish this year. The Kiwanis Club explained that February break is coming up and they wanted to restock their food pantries in Cortland County since kids will not be able to get ...
Journalism Class Prints First Paper Copy of CHS Voice Journalism Class Prints First Paper Copy of CHS Voice: Students in Ms. Sam Gifford’s Journalism class at CHS recently published their first printed edition of the CHS Voice. This school newspaper looks, feels and reads like a real newspaper thanks to our partnership with the Cortland Standard.  Back in July, Ms. Gifford and colleague Dan Devlen met with Evan Geibel, the publisher of our local daily paper, the Cortland Standard. Evan Geibel explained that the process of getting the paper to look similar to the Cortland Standard would include using a new program, adobe indesign, and formatting the dimensions to be 12.5 inches wide by 22.75 inches long. The Cortland Standard even offered to print the paper for a minimal fee.  Come September, Brian Bosch, special projects editor at the Cortland Standard and CHS alumnus, ...
The Importance of Substitutes The Importance of Substitutes: Securing substitutes, or, as we call them in Cortland, Guest Teachers, is becoming increasingly difficult for a variety of reasons. Many school districts are scrambling to cover for teachers who are either out sick, have to stay home for a sick child or family member, or attending professional development.  Superintendent Mike Hoose said, “the ability to attract and retain quality substitutes is a major issue for nearly all school districts and BOCES in New York State. We need substitutes regularly for the health of our school district. For many reasons there are times that coverage is needed not only in our classrooms but for our offices, buses and more. In addition to the traditional reason teachers can be out for family and personal reasons, professional development ...
2019-2020 Winter Sports Season Preview 2019-2020 Winter Sports Season Preview: The leaves have fallen off and the weather is getting colder, which means that the winter sports season is about to get underw ay! Cortland student-athletes are in the gyms, at the ice rink or bowling alley practicing over the past few weeks to get prepared for the rapidly approaching year. It’s an exciting time of year as we transition from the outside to indoor sports. Close to 400 winter student-athletes participate in our programs at either the modified, JV or Varsity levels! We sat down with all of our varsity head coaches to discuss the upcoming winter season: Boys Basketball - Jeremy Milligan, Head Coach Coach Milligan said, “the 2019-20 squad is very young and inexperienced with only two underclassmen on the roster from last season. With that being said, we ...
Cortland HS 2019 Fall Musical Cortland HS 2019 Fall Musical: Reported by Brenda Duncan | www.syracuse.com |  bduncan@syracuse.com  | Posted Nov 12, 2019 Cortland, NY- Students of Cortland High School’s Theatre program will perform “The World Goes ‘Round” as their 2019 fall performance. Enter the world of the distinguished and celebrated writing team, Kander and Ebb. “The World Goes 'Round” is a stunning revue of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team, with the original production winning three Drama Desk Awards. Filled with humor, romance, drama, and nonstop melody, this title is a thrilling celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going. Cast members find themselves careening through the world of love, loss, and coffee. From Cabaret to Chicago, ...
8th Graders Visit NYC on 11/1/2019 8th Graders Visit NYC on 11/1/2019: On November 1st, 8th grade students, their teachers and parent chaperones woke up early to take a day trip t o NYC. This trip was planned by social studies teacher, Mr. Gambitta.  Mr. Gambitta has been taking students on this trip for over a decade. He said, “I love to show students where history happened, first-hand. I have been teaching about immigration and the events of 9/11. Seeing Ellis Island and the World Trade Center Memorial helps bring the events to life for the students.” Another reason Mr. Gambitta planned the trip is because, “for many of our students this trip is the only time they go to New York City, or even leave the general area in which they live. The kids love this trip for many reasons - being together with friends and classmates, riding ...
50 Students Inducted to CHS National Honor Society 50 Students Inducted to CHS National Honor Society: On the evening of Monday, October 21st, Cortland High School inducted 50 students into the National Honor Society. Nation al Honor Society membership is for students in grades 10-12 who meet the requirements for membership including demonstration in the following four pillars: Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character.  Scholarship Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence.  Service This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation. Leadership Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community ...
Anti-Bullying Week 2019 Anti-Bullying Week 2019: At CHS, Principal Zarcone leads the Next Generation Leadership group. This group is comprised of Junior s and Seniors that exhibit leadership qualities and have an interest in making their schools a better place. One topic the group has been discussing is bullying.  According to www.stopbullying.gov , in a large study, about 49% of children in grades 4–12 reported being bullied by other students at school at least once during the past month. Most bullying takes place in school, outside on school grounds, and on the school bus.  Solutions to bullying are not simple. Bullying prevention approaches that show the best way to confront the problem from many angles. Involving the entire school community—students, families, administrators, teachers, and staff ...
Positivity Project, 2019 Positivity Project, 2019: The Positivity Project’s mission is to empower America’s youth to build positive relationships and become their bes t selves. Mike Erwim and Jeff Bryan, co-founders of the Positivity project said, “These partnerships couldn’t come at a more important time for our youth – and for our nation. In today’s rapidly changing world, character strengths – and a focus on relationships – must be intentionally cultivated from an early age. It is critical to ensure that our mental, emotional, and moral capacities grow alongside our advances in technology. At many of our schools, we will use the Positivity Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth build stronger relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves ...
United Way Day of Caring 9/25/2019 United Way Day of Caring 9/25/2019: During the month of September, students at Smith Intermediate School  brought in non-perishable food items for the annual United Way Day of Caring, which was held on September 25, 2019.  Melissa Holl’s third grade class was the leader of the campaign at Smith Intermediate School. Melissa’s students talked to the entire student body in an all school morning meeting and encouraged students to bring food in. With their encouragement, many students brought in food items. Melissa said, “I feel the United Way Day of Caring helps the students realize the importance of the #OtherPeopleMatter. This year during our study of the Positivity Project, we have focused on learning about what #OtherPeopleMatter means. They have learned how to put others first, ...
7th Graders Visit 9/11 Memorial 7th Graders Visit 9/11 Memorial: Today, Americans join together with somber tributes in remembrance of the 2,976 people that perished in errorist a ttacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93 eighteen years ago. Citizens and students of Cortland, NY were no exception as they gathered this morning in Courthouse Park.  First responders, including police and firefighters, gathered around Courthouse Park. In the center of the park, the memorial is composed of two metal towers reaching towards the sky. This memorial, due to a generous donation from the Trolley Museum in Kingston, NY, was constructed using artifacts from the World Trade Center site. It resembles two steel towers constructed of twisted metal emerging from the rubble and honors the lives lost at the World Trade Center in NYC and represents ...
The Story of the New Purple Tiger The Story of the New Purple Tiger: We have a new Cortland Purple Tiger to coordinate with the “new” Cortland Enlarged City School District! Our new tiger logo is part of an effort to brand our school district.  The process of creating a new tiger logo began with a comprehensive evaluation of all the tiger images and logos that were in circulation throughout the district. In total, our search evaluated over 20 distinctly different tiger logos that had been in use! With such variety, we knew we would need to do some work in order to have one logo. After evaluating what was currently in use and developing a vision for our future logo, we began to reach out to professional graphic design companies. In Cortland, we are lucky to have the company Graph-Tex, who graciously volunteered their services ...
School Supplies Provided for 2019-2020 School Year School Supplies Provided for 2019-2020 School Year: 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 continue to provide all of the supplies and equipment needed for our classrooms. Families do not have to purchase supplies for their children to bring to school. Experience informs us that families are often frustrated by the financial burden and difficulty in meeting the different requests of multiple teachers. At the beginning of the school year, families are often purchasing apparel as well. Easing the stress and burden of school supplies can help. The District has identified the supplies necessary for classroom learning. ...
2019 Spring Sports Recap 2019 Spring Sports Recap: The short, soggy spring was jam packed with excitement as most of the Cortland Athletics teams made it to the sectional qualification level. Below is a recap capturing the spring sports teams accomplishments! We are proud of our purple tigers! Boys Baseball Head Coach: Ben Albright Coach Ben Albright said, “the Varsity Baseball Team had a stellar season. Our final regular season record was 15-4, good enough to be one game out of first place. This was quite the turn around after a disappointing 2018 season. Our team was excited to break in the new All Turf Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex as our new home field. Despite a rainy spring, we were able to get our games in as scheduled.  This was very beneficial as we were able to continuously work outside and on a field. ...
Summer Bus Fare for Youth Summer Bus Fare for Youth: Our public bus system, Cortland Transit, allows junior high and high school teens who are 13 years of age and older to travel without adult supervision for $10 with a summer pass, or for 75 cents per one-way trip. Listed below are a few frequently asked questions: Where Do I Get a Bus Pass? Students with a valid school ID card can purchase a bus pass for $10 at the Cortland Transit Office at 21 Squires Street. These discounted passes will be available from July 1 to August 31 only. Do I Need a Bus Pass to Ride the Bus? You do not need to have a bus pass. Students aged 13 and older can ride the bus for 75 cents for each “leg”. Every time you get off the bus, including transferring to a different bus, you pay the driver 75 cents. Bus tokens can also be ...



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