High School News
February 1, 2019
Events
2/17 Presidents Day, District Offices Closed
2/17-2/21 Winter Recess, No School for Students
3/12 Half Day for Students
3/13 No School for Staff and Students
3/16 No School for Staff and Students
Family Engagement Survey
Recently letters were sent sharing information about the district's  Family Engagement Survey.   We hope you received the information about our continuing school improvement efforts and will take a few minutes to share your feedback by completing the 25 question survey. Surveys provide information which we use in the decision making and planning processes as we begin to prepare for the upcoming school year.
 
The survey will be open through  February 28, 2020 The responses to the survey are anonymous and very important.    Please take ten to fifteen minutes and share your ideas, experiences and feedback! We want to hear from you!
 
 **Paper copies of the survey are also available at your child(ren)'s school. If you prefer to complete the survey on paper, please ask for a copy from the building office.
Technology News
Pat Snavely (pictured with project) recently completed a self-designed hardwood stool. With the help of Mr.Petit and Mr. Blasko, he used what he has learned in Mr. Petit’s DDP class to create ideation sketches and CAD plan drawings; then chose the most appropriate materials. He used what he has learned in Mr. Blasko’s wood processing class and specialty joinery and finishing techniques to complete this one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that will last generations.
Science News
As part of their study of invertebrates, the Science In Our World Classes tried a new type of food source that will be coming to a grocery store near you; BUGS! Students had the chance to try Mole Crickets, Field Crickets, Grasshoppers, Silkworm Pupae and Sago Worm Larvae. Most students were brave enough to sample some of the insects, but others were not as adventurous. Insects make up a large portion of peoples’ diets in many cultures, but have yet to catch on completely in the US. As our World population continues to grow, people are trying to find alternative sources of protein...maybe it could be BUGS!?
Internship Update
CHS’s internship program will begin on January 28th under the guidance of Mrs. Norman and Mr. Petit. The following is a list of this year’s internship students, their career focus, and their internship placement. Special thanks to the businesses who will be providing our students with this invaluable opportunity!
  • Catherine Woodard - Business/Entrepreneurship - Bru64
  • Michael Larson - IT Support - CHS CVC
  • Geoffrey Marsted - General Instrumental Technician - CHS Music Department
  • Joe Gonzalez - IT Support - CHS IT Department
  • Oumou Diakite - Psychology - Family Counseling Services
  • Tara Hickok - Real Estate - Heritage Realty
  • Lyndsie Babcock - Physical Therapy - Guthrie Cortland Medical Center
  • Adrianna Murphy - CAD Design - Pall Trinity
  • Madelynn Constantino - Law - Pomeroy, Armstrong, & Casullo Law Office
  • Emma Brackett - Law - Walsh Law Office
News from the Nurse
School physicals for 9th and 11th graders are quickly wrapping up. It is still flu season so please continue: frequent handwashing, no sharing of cups, keep oneself hydrated and if you need to cough or sneeze, cough into your arm. It is not too late to get the flu shot either.
P.S. I Love You
PS I Love You Day is February 14. On this day we ask that everyone wear purple to support mental health awareness and suicide prevention. All week long our committee members will be sharing activities for everyone in grades 7-12. We will be hosting a mental health fair with many local agencies to provide our students with information and support for anyone who needs it. This is the 10th anniversary of PS I Love You Day and French Club is proud to bring this wonderful event back to Cortland after several years. If you are interested in learning more, please visit www.psiloveyouday.net .

Your Story is Worth Telling.
Tri-M Participates in
Terracycle Program
Tri-M, the National Music Honors Society is participating in the Personal Care and Beauty Terracycle Program. We are recycling traditionally non-recyclable parts of personal care items like caps, lotion dispensers, soap pumps, hair spray triggers, lipstick and mascara tubes, etc. Any personal care item of any brand with a #3 or higher in the recycle symbol is eligible to be recycled!

For more information and a full list of eligible items, check out this link.
Items can be dropped off in room 196 any time throughout the year.
4 Students Receive Recognition at Scholastic Art Awards
The Cortland High School Art Department is pleased to announce that ten students were chosen to participate in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is a nationally recognized and adjudicated art show showcasing “originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.” Thousands of Central New York teenagers from more than 90 junior and senior high schools submitted their best artwork in the 2020 CNY Scholastic Art Awards.

The artwork is on daily exhibition at the Whitney Applied Technology Center at Onondaga Community College through Feb. 28. In addition, the Everson Museum of Art will host a selection of student works March 7 through April 5. Read more...
Women in Math Day
is Coming Soon!
The third annual IC Women in Math Day will take place at Ithaca College on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 from 10:30am-2pm. This program is designed for female high school students and their families and is open to any high school student interested in mathematics.  Engage with other high school students and explore through hands-on activities how math and origami can help us explore outer space. There is no cost to participate in the event and lunch will be provided. 

There will be a variety of activities throughout the day: a keynote address by Saramoira Shields, Associate Director for the NASA/NY Space Consortium; a career panel of women mathematicians; and time to socialize with professionals and other students interested in mathematics. Accompanying adults are welcome and encouraged to participate in all activities. For more information and to register for this event, click here .
Now Hiring Bus Drivers
You can work in an exciting and rewarding atmosphere and be part of the #WeAreCortland team! Make sure to check our  website   for up to date information on job postings.
Lunch and Breakfast are Provided for
ALL Students!
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