District Newsletter
August 15, 2019
CORRECTION: The first day of school for students in grades 7, 9, and 12 is Wednesday, September 4th. For 7th graders and 9th graders, the day will be a welcome and introduction to their new school. For 12th graders, it's about preparation for graduation and finishing strong.
8/16 Summer Meals at McEvoy BOCES Ends
8/23 Summer Meals at Suggett, Dexter and Randall Park Ends
8/24 SAT Exam at JSHS, 7:30 a.m.
8/27 Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
8/28 Ice Cream Meet and Greet at Randall Middle, 4:30 p.m.
9/02 Labor Day, District Offices Closed
9/03 Professional Development Day, No School for Students
9/03 Smith School Sweet Beginnings, 6:30 p.m.
9/04 First Day of School for Students in Grades 7, 9 and 12
9/05 First Day of School for Students in Grades K-6, 8, 10 & 11
9/10 Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
9/10 Barry Primary Teacher Meet and Greet , 6:30 p.m.
9/11 Curriculum Night at Randall Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
9/12 Curriculum Night at Smith Intermediate School, 6:30 p.m.
Tools for Learning
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. We are able to leverage the power of bulk purchasing to purchase necessary supplies for a fraction of what families would have to spend on their own. Therefore, we do not ask families to purchase supplies. Through a combination of taxpayer support, state and federal money, and community support, all students will have the supplies they need, ready in the classroom. All materials that students need for school, with the exception of backpacks and art smocks, are provided.
Auditorium Progress Update
If you have been up to the high school lately there are some noticeable changes going on this summer! The most apparent is the traffic pattern change for pick up and drop off, along with perimeter fencing along the auditorium due to the renovation of our auditorium. 
The $6.5 million capital project for the auditorium was approved by voters back in December 2017. The original 1964 auditorium has been relatively untouched since it was constructed and is in need of safety upgrades and significant modernization. 

Director of Facilities, Bob Martin said, “the project is moving ahead well. We are on time and scheduled to be completed by May 2020. The demolition has started inside the auditorium. The orange seats have been removed so they can be reupholstered and re-finished. The ceiling is being demolished, so all the plaster of the current ceiling is being removed. We have completed rough plumbing and electrical, walls have been installed for the two bathrooms in the music wing. Hopefully they will be open by September for students to use. There is some environmental work being done, with the removal of asbestos and lead paint.

We are looking forward to having a modern auditorium to showcase our music programs, and share with the community! For current up-to-date pictures on the auditorium construction, please check out our  auditorium webpage .  
Ready to Welcome Students to Our New Barry Primary, Smith Intermediate and Randall Middle Schools
This summer, our technology and building and grounds crew have been very busy getting ready to welcome elementary students in our three schools next year: Barry Primary, Smith Intermediate, and Randall Middle. Transitioning from our five previous schools to three new schools is no small task. Every detail needed to be well thought out and planned. We want everything to be ready when we welcome students in September!

Last school year, our librarians were able to sort their collections and separate books that would be more adequately used in the buildings according to their new grade configuration. For example, all the books that are appropriate for a middle school library were sent to Randall Middle. Randall and Smith then sent the majority of their primary book collection to Barry. The sorting and labeling of the new books was enormous. Special thanks to our parent volunteers and librarians who were able to get this done before school let out! 

In June our teachers took the time to carefully pack their supplies and get ready for the move. Teachers received orange bins that were used for the move. Once the students left, the work began! In July we started with getting the new Barry Primary ready. Each classroom was outfitted with the appropriate furniture to fit the needs of students in grades K, 1 and 2. Technology was updated and replaced. For example, out of date smart boards were replaced with newer models. Since we provide our students with one to one computing, the technology department ensured that each classroom had the appropriate number of computers.

The next school to be set up was Smith Intermediate. The technology that students in grades 3 and 4 use consists of laptops and chromebooks. Again, furniture was moved to ensure the students would have the appropriate tables, desks and chairs. Since summer school was held at Randall Middle our staff is currently getting this building ready. Our teachers have done their part in unpacking and getting their classrooms ready.

All this work is leading up to a successful kick off to the 2019-2020 school year, in our three “new” schools. We are excited to welcome our students on September 5th, which will signal the completion of the transition. 

Back to School Events:
 8/28 Ice Cream Meet and Greet at Randall Middle, 4:30 p.m.
9/03 Smith School Sweet Beginnings, 6:30 p.m.
9/10 Barry Primary Teacher Meet and Greet, 6:30 p.m.
9/11 Curriculum Night at Randall Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
9/12 Curriculum Night at Smith Intermediate School, 6:30 p.m.

Traffic Flow Update
Traffic patterns have been significantly impacted due to the auditorium renovation project. On June 26th, the contractors prepared the construction site with metal fencing. Part of the front loop will be closed off to traffic with fencing, so traffic will become two-way on the far side of the front loop. The pickup and drop-off area will be different; access into the building will be through the entrance near the music wing. New signage and striping of the pavement will help with the transition. The buses will continue to use the current route along the side of the Library Media Center.

We will provide updates and directions for September traffic patterns as construction proceeds. To see photos of the construction please stay tuned to our twitter feed! @CECSDistrict
"New" Purple Tiger
To coordinate with the “new” Cortland Enlarged City School District, we have a new Cortland Purple Tiger! The new tiger logo is part of our effort to brand our school district. We have a new tiger, and we also have a new paw print to use. From now on, we're asking all boosters, teams, clubs, and organizations that are affiliated with the school district to use these logos and to discontinue the use of any other logos they might have used in the past.

Access to the logos is available at the style guide page at our website. Please use the official tiger or paw print for any and all uses on apparel, signs, publications, and social media. Thanks, in advance, for helping us to create one, unified district!
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