Randall Middle School
February 1, 2020
2/11 Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
2/14 Classroom Valentine Parties
2/17 - 2/21 Winter Recess, No School
2/24- PTO Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
2/25 Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Note from the Principal
Report cards were mailed home on January 31st for the past marking period. They are also available to view on SchoolTool. We are excited to see the progress that students are making. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's report card please reach out to their teacher.

Students will be starting their new clubs for the quarter We are excited for the experiences that students will have as we continue to develop and improve this process. 

On a final note I would like to ask parents to use the designated drop-off area in the morning. This is on the Randall street side of the building. Dropping off near the bus loop can impede buses and makes it more difficult for drivers to navigate.. Thank you for your help in this matter. 
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.
PTO News Webpage!
A link to a new PTO webpage has been added to the Randall Middle School Website. Please visit this link for relevant information from the PTO including events, fundraising, contact information and more! The PTO may also be contacted via email at:


We hope you can join us on March 11th for our staff vs. parents basketball game! The game starts at 6:00 PM and will be held at the JSHS building. Concession and apparel will be available.
Library News

Calling for supplies for the Randall Makerspace
Located in the Randall Middle School Library

Welcome to the library! As many of you know we now have an active Makerspace that is offered as a club here at the library. You will also often find students working in the Makerspace in the beginning of the day and at times during free choice in library class. Along with all the wonderful things going on, we find ourselves with some needs for the Makerspace. If you have any excess craft supplies that you no longer need and wish to donate to us, we are very happy to accept them! Here are a few things that students have requested/ and or we have run out of. Thank you for your continued support!

Ms. Charles

  • Small rubber bands for jewelry making
  • Elmers glue
  • Pint-size mason jars with lids- plastic is great!
  • Parchment paper
  • Rocks for rock painting
  • Foam balls - up to 2-inch diameter
  • Picture frames for students to decorate the edges
  • Nature-inspired items such as pine cones, fake flowers etc.
  • Fabric for use with the sewing machine
  • Sewing needles for hand sewing
  • Hot glue sticks- .29 “ by 3.97”
  • Quilt fill for stuffing pillows
News From The Band Room
This is the time of year where lesson attendance tends to start sliding. Please remind students as much as possible about their lessons. Schedules are always available if they need extra copies, and they are sent electronically through the Remind app as well. If you are not receiving the Remind messages, and would like to, please email Ms. Bennett at cbennett@cortlandschools.org

 A HUGE shout out to the Offbeats for their awesome performance at the Board of Education meeting held at Randall on Tuesday, January 14th. They played very well, and their behavior on the stage for the remainder of the meeting was excellent! Thank you for representing Randall Middle School so well! Offbeats will take a break for the remainder of January and will start up again on February 5th. New members are welcome! See Ms. Bennett for info!
Music News
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, hair spray triggers, lipstick and mascara tubes, etc. Any personal care item or 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 at the high school any time throughout the year.
Physical Education
Randall students had the opportunity to learn different gymnastics skills in physical education class. Students worked on improving their Health Related Fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility) while also improving their Skill Related Fitness (balance, coordination, and power). Students are challenged by choice to try new and more challenging skills each class. Students also worked on being safe and responsible to enjoy the unit. 
News From The Math Specialist
The math interventionists are getting hands-on with these mathematicians to explore how each of the four math operations are related. These fifth graders proudly show their square tiles to illustrate math relationships and properties. For example, 6x4=24, 4x6=24, 4+4+4+4+4+4=24, 6+6+6+6=24, 24/4=6, 24/6=4, 24-4-4-4-4-4-4=0 and 24-6-6-6-6=0
Math Challenge
Can you solve this math puzzler? What is the value of each shape? Turn in your solution to the main office by 2/14 to win a prize!

For help, you can view this 30 second tutorial on how to solve mobile puzzles like this one. 
Positivity Project
To continue building upon the overall concept that other people matter we will begin to discuss how to support others when they struggle. This important concept teaches about students forgiveness, empathy, and love. 

To see a little more about what students are learning checkout this video about the science of empathy related to the bystander effect. 
News From The School Nurse
Dental services are available to all students at Randall Middle School this February! The dental staff from the Family Health Network will provide cleanings and sealants to all students that sign up! If you would like consent forms or have any questions please contact the School Nurse @ 758-4174. 

Notice Regarding Immunization Requirements For Next Year:
  • According to New York State Education Law and Public Health Law, every student attending school must be immunized.
  • All 5th Grade students entering 6th Grade, or when turning 11 years old, must show documentation of the Tdap vaccine before the start of the school year in September.
  • All 6th Grade students entering 7th Grade, must show documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine before the start of the school year in September.

Documentation may be sent in or faxed by the health care provider any time to the school Health Office. The school nurse expects documentation be submitted prior to the start of school in September. 

New York State Law requires students be excluded from school without required immunizations. 
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