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Kindergarten Class receives Board President's Commendation Kindergarten Class receives Board President's Commendation: Board of Education President Christine Gregory recently presented Mrs. Jennifer Passalugo's Kindergarten class and Mrs. Emily Morse's 5th grade class with the Board of Education Presidential Commendation. Mrs. Passalugo's students shared the story of their day in a packet for Mr. Edwards that he delivered to Senator Lea Webb and Assemblymember Anna Kelles on his visit to the State Capitol to advocate for our students. Senator Webb and Dr. Kelles loved receiving their pictures and stories about Kindergarten. Mrs. Morse's students wrote thank you letters to Senator Lea Webb and Assemblymember Anna Kelles and gave them to Mr. Edwards for his visit to the State Capitol to advocate for our students. Senator Webb ...
Board of Education Meeting Information Board of Education Meeting Information: Board of Education Meeting February 27, 2024, 6:00 p.m. Kaufman Center, 1 Valley View Dr.  
LEGO League LEGO League: A team of students from Cortland Purple Tigers earned a second  place finish out of 22 teams at the recent Regional Lego League Competition held at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES). The team, composed of CJSHS students, competed against teams from across the region in a series of challenges that tested their problem-solving, engineering, and teamwork skills. The students worked hard in the weeks leading up to the competition, and their efforts paid off with a strong performance on the day of the event. The Cortland Purple Tigers team was led by coach Jonathan Herr, who praised the students for their hard work and dedication. "I'm so proud of the way these students represented our school and community," said Mr. Herr, ...
Board of Education Audit Committee Meeting Board of Education Audit Committee Meeting: February 23, 2024, 8:00 a.m. Kaufman Center, 1 Valley View Drive  
New District Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals New District Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals: Mission: Our fundamental purpose is to ensure high levels of learning for every student. Vision: We help every student be ready for career, college, and citizenship having reached competency in our essential social emotional and academic learning standards. Commitments: Hold high expectations for all; Build a shared knowledge and commitment to our mission, vision, collective commitments, and  interdependent goals through modeling, acknowledging, and celebrating;
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  • Fiscal Make decisions that are aligned with our mission and vision and that are data-driven Involve stakeholders (community, staff & students) ...
  • BOCES Students Compete in SkillsUSA BOCES Students Compete in SkillsUSA: SkillsUSA is a nationwide club where student members practice personal, workplace, and technical skills through educational programs, events and competitions. Students can participate in competitions to showcase their technical and employability skills. Competitions occur in areas of auto collision repair, cabinet making, medical math, quiz bowl, and current events. Many students competed locally in February at SUNY Morrisville and then at the state competition in April at the NYS Fairgrounds. Students who qualify then move to the National Competition.  
    Barry Gym Mural Barry Gym Mural: Jean Robert Edouard Jr. known as " Oskoo" is a painter, born in Queens, NY. Oskoo creates modern Pop Art and creates large murals on the exterior and interiors of buildings and even paints on coats. Oskoo has painted several murals at community centers and dance studios too. Oskoo is a self taught artist that began creating art in high school. Oskoo currently lives in Cortland and was very excited to give back to the Cortland community and create a large-scale mural in the gym at Barry Primary School. Using latex house paint, Oskoo created a mural that includes kids, inspirational and fun quotes and colorful backgrounds. Oskoo’s mural took several weeks to complete. His artwork represents the spirit of Barry Primary.
    Cortland Musician Vincenzo Perfetti Recommended to Honors Ensembles Cortland Musician Vincenzo Perfetti Recommended to Honors Ensembles: Vincenzo Perfetti achieved a perfect score on his level 6 All-State NYSSMA solo in the spring of 2022. With that score, he was recommended to the 3 largest honors ensembles ranging from localized to state-wide festivals. It is always the hope that a student is accepted into at least one, maybe two, of these ensembles but Vincenzo was accepted into all three! Vincenzo recently participated in the most select honor band in all of NYS, the NYSSMA Conference All-State Symphonic Band in Rochester, NY. They performed at the Eastman Theater. Vincenzo's next adventure will be in the NYSSMA Zone 3 High School Area All-State Concert Band at Ithaca College in early February 2023. After that concert, Vincenzo's 3rd honor band will be at the NYSBDA (New York State Band Directors Association) ...
    Cortland Teacher Receives Fulbright Award Cortland Teacher Receives Fulbright Award: The Cortland Enlarged City School District is excited to announce that Sylvia (Amoreena) Tellaeche has been awarded the U.S. Distinguished Teaching Award and will participate in an international teacher exchange to Mexico. Mrs. Tellaeche was selected from a competitive group of applicants; there are only 20 teachers nationwide who achieved this honor in 2022. Director of Instruction, Equity and Instructional Personnel Jordan Ashley wrote that, "Mrs. Tellaeche sets the standard for what it means to be a professional educator dedicated to both her students and growing others within the profession. She consistently acts as a mentor and coach to new and veteran teachers while continuing to model best practice and professional growth." The Cortland Enlarged City ...
    National Honor Society Inducts Members National Honor Society Inducts Members: On the evening of Monday, October 17th, Cortland High School inducted 33 students into the Ferdinand E. Smith National Honor Society. National Honor Society membership is for students in grades 11-12 who embody traits in the 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. Our local chapter requires a higher GPA than the national guidelines.   Service This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation. Many of the students provided tutoring over the course of the past year, assisted with local shelters or aided in events held ...
    Modern Band Under the Stars Modern Band Under the Stars: The Cortland HS Modern Band opened up their show season with 'Modern Band Under The Stars' on September 29th, at 6:30. The show took place in the JSHS Courtyard for an end of summer celebration complete with hot cider, smores, and a little fire. People brought blankets and lawn chairs and enjoyed music by bands like System of a Down, Bon Jovi, and Nirvana underneath a starry sky. Everyone enjoyed the night and had a great time.  
    Cortland Varsity Baseball Team Had an Amazing Season Cortland Varsity Baseball Team Had an Amazing Season: This season the Cortland Varsity Baseball Team set out on a quest to get back to the top after coming up short last year in the sectional semi-final game. This group of seniors developed a long list of goals to accomplish this year including: ABCA Academic Excellence Award, NYS Team Scholar Athlete Award, Salt City Athletic Conference (League) Championship, Defeating Auburn and Advancing further in Sectionals than last season. The team was successful in achieving all of their goals! This group of seniors have played baseball together since their Little League days, all the way up through Varsity Baseball. To say that they play for each other is an understatement. Everyone on the team contributed to accomplish this successful season. Daily work was put in to keep healthy, ...
    CHS Went to Europe! CHS Went to Europe!: On the morning of April 7th, nineteen Cortland High School juniors and seniors left on a school bus headed to Newark Airport with three World Language teachers. This trip was 3 years in the making, obviously skipping 2021 due to the pandemic. The theme of our trip was definitely “just roll with it” and taught all of us that traveling is never, ever what you expect it to be. We landed in Paris on Friday, April 8th after a very long wait at the airport in the states and a 6+ hour flight to France. With a thankfully uneventful pass through customs and immigration, we met our wonderful tour guide, Emmanuelle, and off we went! Our first day in Paris was cold and rainy but we saw so much! We were able to see a great deal of the city on our walking tour including Notre ...
    Music Students Participate in NYSSMA Solos Music Students Participate in NYSSMA Solos: The high school music department had two students, Vincenzo Perfetti and Amanda Hopko, perform at a NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) solo festival in early April at Johnson City High School. Both of them performed at the highest level allowed by NYSSMA, level 6 All-State. Along with receiving written feedback and a score, their performances also serve as an audition to potentially participate in an All-State Band, Chorus or Orchestra next school year. Vincenzo performed Kent Kennan’s Sonata for Trumpet and Amanda performed “Voi Che Sapete” from Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro as an alto vocalist. Each of them received a perfect score of 100. Amanda and Vincenzo will find out if they will be invited to attend All-State Conference in September.  ...
    Kindergarten Information Kindergarten Information: It is now time to register your child for Kindergarten if they are eligible. You can register by calling (607)-758-4106, to make a registration appointment and to receive a pre-registration packet. In order to register for Kindergarten, your child must be 5 on or before December 1, 2022. Children who turn 6 before December 1, 2022 must attend school. All students must have a registration appointment prior to April 18, 2022. Once your child is registered you will be contacted by Cheryl Loope, Secretary at Barry Primary, to schedule another appointment which will be a screening appointment. The screening appointment will be in-person at the Kaufman Center in June and your child will come with you. More information about this appointment will be shared at your registration appointment. ...
    Two Cortland Teachers Earn Master Teacher Awards Two Cortland Teachers Earn Master Teacher Awards: Being selected and named as a New York State Master Teacher is   among the highest professional honors awarded to NY state's Science, Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics educators .  NYS Master Teachers are recognized for their excellence and commitment to growth in Three Domains: the depth of their content knowledge, the effectiveness of their teaching practices, and the efforts and value they place on connecting with their students’ families and communities. Ms. Ailport states that she is "honored to be recognized as a NYS Master Teacher." Mr. Wallis is also very pleased to have been selected for this honor. The Cortland community is very proud of Kristen Ailport and James Wallis who were awarded NY State Master Teacher ...
    Spring CPEF 2022 Grants Awarded Spring CPEF 2022 Grants Awarded: The Cortland Public Education Foundation (CPEF) has awarded seven grants totaling $3,963 to Cortland teachers. Recipients come from the High School, Junior High and Smith Intermediate School. CPEF is an independent, community-based, nonprofit organization that looks to enrich and broaden the educational experience for our young people in the Cortland Enlarged City School District. CPEF allocates funds for educational opportunities that fall outside the scope of the district’s operating budget. The grants CPEF funds support innovative classroom and curriculum projects that promote educational excellence. Teachers apply for the grants to create programs or projects that will enhance the learning experience for their students. CPEF Award Spring 2022 Winners Drums Alive ...
    Cortland French Teacher Named as National Student Teacher of the Year Cortland French Teacher Named as National Student Teacher of the Year: The Cortland Enlarged City School District is proud to announce that our very own JH French Teacher, Bryan Tran, has recently been recognized as the 2021 KDP/ATE National Student Teacher of the Year.  Since the award’s establishment in 1994, KDP and ATE have named a very select few from around the United States as National Student Teacher/Intern of the Year. The award recognizes one student teacher/intern annually who has demonstrated the ability to plan and develop classroom management skills and instructional strategies that support all students; establish interpersonal relationships with students, parents, faculty, and staff; and reflect powerfully on their student teaching experience. Award winners are acknowledged with a $2,000 scholarship award and a speaking engagement. ...
    HS Student Donates Hair to Locks of love HS Student Donates Hair to Locks of love: Annette Barnes donated her hair to "Locks of Love." Annette heard about Locks of Love from a friend a couple of years ago. Annette and her father were trying to find companies that would accept 11 inches of colored hair, and that non-profit was one of the only ones that were able to take her hair. Locks of Love makes wigs for people with cancer or other issues that cause lack of hair growth. "No, it wasn't difficult at all" Annette states. "I've always wanted to do it thanks to the inspiration of my cousins and a couple of my friends." "The cutting process wasn't bad either. My grandma cut off my ponytail and then my boyfriend shaved off my head. I laughed a lot while getting it shaved because I was so excited for the results! My friends ...
    CHS Alum Makes it to the Super Bowl! CHS Alum Makes it to the Super Bowl!: In the 2005 Yearbook, Dan Pitcher’s Senior Ambition was to “win the 2016 Madden Football Challenge.” Imagine if someone from the future would have told Dan that he would one day go to the Super Bowl with the Bengals! Following graduation from CJSHS in 2005, Dan Pitcher was the quarterback for the Colgate University Raiders. Dan spent three years with the Raiders sitting out one season due to an injury and redshirting for another. From 2009 to 2011, Dan was the quarterback at SUNY Cortland and was a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy (the Div. III equivalent of the Heisman Trophy). Dan joined the Red Dragons coaching staff In 2012 as their wide receivers coach. After one season with the Red Dragons, he moved onto the NFL. Dan was hired In 2013 by the Indianapolis ...



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