Junior High School News
January 31, 2020
2/01 Junior High Musical, 7 p.m.
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.
Junior High Musical
Jan 31st and Feb 1
@OCM BOCES McEvoy Center
The Junior High Musical, “The Trial of the Wicked Witch” will be held on Friday, January 31st, and Saturday, February 1st. Performances will take place at the OCM BOCES McEvoy Center on Route 13 in Cortland at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday. Tickets for this production are available at the door for $6 each. 

Cortland's production is directed by Ben Wells with student direction by Joe Cataldo, Matt Honan, Kara Kehn, Kadison McNabb, and Zach Michales.

The cast includes Jazzlynn Bowen, Porter Case, Leigha Yunghans, Giovanna Perfetti, Brianna Bergen, Sebastien Frisson, Matthew Casey, Nick Morsch, Jadyn Willey, Racelynn Shelling, Christina Stranton, Rileigh Madden,Ella Starinsky, Olivia Vitello, Victoria Ramiza, Ethan Alm, Sydney Seybold, and Jessica O’Mara. Read more...
Math News
Math 7 & Math 7A
Math 7 will begin the new semester with the next Algebra Unit
involving distributive property and like terms. We will continue to expand our Algebra vocabulary.

Math 7A will begin the new semester by solving inequality equations, then move on to graphing linear equations, including topics of slopes, intercepts and functions.

Math 8
Math 8 is beginning our study of linear equations. Linear equations are a huge portion of the 8th grade school year as well as the basis for high school algebra. It is very important that students are practicing the skills learned in class nightly. We want everyone to build a solid foundation so they can be successful high school mathematics. Khan Academy is a website that has some great instructional videos. Both Mrs. Henry and Ms. Silleck are available to help students who are struggling as well.

In Algebra, we are studying exponents.The curriculum is moving very quickly. Please encourage your student to come in to get help if needed. Some great instructional videos can be found on eMathInstruction as well.
English News
Grade 8 English started to read the play The Diary of Anne Frank which was originally run on Broadway starring Natalie Portman. We kicked off our reading by researching the historical context and practicing some acting techniques to help dramatize our reading.
Foreign Language News
Spanish 1
Students are starting the second part of the school year with our house and home unit! We will be learning more about the word “hay” and how to utilize the verb estar with prepositions!

Foreign Language Exploratory
Classes are starting on our 3rd new set of students for the school year! We start off by exploring the importance of world languages and move into the Spanish section of the curriculum.

French I
We are starting the “house and home" unit. French learners will explore the cultures around the world with a week of in depth looks at various French speaking countries Feb. 3-8. We will celebrate Mardi Gras and Carnival this month, culminating Fat Tuesday Feb. 25 with a masked party, complete with une galette des rois and the crowning of our Carnival king and queen.
Students from Cortland City Schools participated in the school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee on January 29th. Lucas Fetterly, a 7th grade student from the Junior High, won first place with Leigha Yunghans, an 8th grade student, winning second place. Congratulations!
Health Class Updates
Team 3 students are wrapping up the semester and taking final exams next week. They were an awesome group of kids and Gary, our classroom skeleton/mascot, and I will miss them!
Art News
7th grade Art
Artists are busy finishing up their last two WOW pieces. (Wonderful Original Work). They now have access to centers for drawing, painting, collage, fibers and 3-D construction, so there are all kinds of artwork being created. They’ve also learned how to write an artist’s statement and how to mount and label their work for our annual art show, which will take place on June 9th. 

8th grade Studio Art
Students have been working on artworks that communicate the idea of “I am….” They had to dig deep to think about their values, personality qualities and how they want to present themselves to the world, and then, figure out how to make art that says that. 

Second semester began on Jan. 28th, and the second half of the 7th grade started taking art. I’m really looking forward to working with all my new artists!
There was a district wide art show on Jan. 25th in conjunction with the district music concert in the upstairs gym of the high school. We showcased selected work by students in K-12.
Music News
Junior High Students performed on concert January 25 playing African Adventure, Adrenaline Engines and Seven Nation Army. Congratulations!

On February 13, 6th grade band students will be coming to the junior high school to meet with the 7th grade band members for a workshop. During this workshop, the 6th and 7th grade bands will have the opportunity to rehearse together, gathering a good sense of what their band will be like next school year. This will also give students the opportunity to meet each other and start to develop new friendships. Some volunteer senior high band students will be sitting in on the workshop, helping students where needed and facilitating group breakout sessions where students can play together in smaller groups with a greater opportunity to meet and get to know other students while improving their skills. This event will take place for 2 hours during the school day. Should be lots of fun!

7th grade general music classes will be starting the Modern Band unit. Students will be learning to play piano, guitar, bass and drum set. We’re ready to rock!
Physical Education News
The boys PE classes have completed their volleyball unit and will be starting an introduction to the fitness center along with some fitness testing!

The girls PE classes have finished up basketball and will be starting a recreational games unit.
P.S. I Love You Day
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.
Science News
8th Grade science is feverishly working on our unit focused on heat energy. Students are learning how to use Bunsen Burners and how heat is transferred in various ways. This next week they will be observing how temperature changes cause pressure in the boom can lab. In the coming weeks we will flow into our unit on waves as we prepare for the state science test in spring. Happy exploring! 
Autism Support
There is a new resource for our community through Puzzle Solvers! This Parent/Caregiver Support Group is the only one in our local area. Please feel free to attend or pass the information along to somebody you may know that could benefit!
News From the Nurse
Flu season is still upon us. Please continue to use good handwashing. If you need to cough or sneeze, cough into your sleeve and keep hydrated. The flu shot is still available so if you have not received one it isn’t too late.
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.
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