Junior High School News
November 1, 2020
Events
Nov. 10: BOE meeting, 6:30 Kaufman Center.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day, no school.
Nov. 16: Winter JV and Varsity Sports Season Starts
Nov. 24: BOE meeting, 6:30 Kaufman Center.
Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Recess, no school.
Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer EBT Benefit Information
All Cortland Enlarged City School District students are eligible to receive a payment as a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. Each student will receive $420 total for the months of March 2020 through June 2020 for the months when schools were required throughout the state to go to all distance learning. The funds will be provided on a new or existing EBT card that can be used like a bank debit card to purchase food from participating stores. Students with existing EBT benefits should have already received these benefits via their EBT card. Students who do not currently receive EBT benefits should continue checking their mail for their EBT card. P-EBT benefits are not limited by immigration status and public charge rules do NOT apply. 
We recently learned that the payments are still being issued, even though it was expected that you would have received this benefit from the spring by now. All students are eligible because all Cortland students receive breakfast and lunch due to Community Eligibility, Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) food benefits will be issued automatically to all Cortland students. 

If you have questions about P-EBT food benefits, please email otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov or call the P-EBT Food Benefits Helpline at 1-833-452-0096.

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Junior High Yearbook
We know how boring history books can be (for some). Help us make this year's yearbook the best history book yet! New this year...submit your pictures online to be published in the yearbook! Simply use the website and code on the attached direction sheet!
Home and Career Skills
We are currently in our 2nd unit (Personal Development) in Home and Career Skills. Students have been learning about friendship and how to avoid conflicts. We are also in the middle of our Too Good For Drugs curriculum. Students have been learning about emotions, stress and communication skills. The program will also cover the following topics: Peer Pressure, Addiction, Nicotine, Alcohol, Marijuana and Drug use.
Math Seven
Math 7 will start working on an Algebra unit, followed by a unit on Proportionality.
Math 7A will have 2 consecutive units of Algebra.
All students are continuing to use Kami and Delta Math in the classes
Foreign Language
Spanish 1 classes have started the Lo Que Soy Unit. Students are learning to describe themselves and ask about others. We are expanding our speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in Spanish. 

French 1 classes have started the Personal Identification Unit. Students are learning to describe themselves and ask about others. We are expanding our speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in French.

Foreign Language Exploratory classes have just finished their Spanish language and culture section of the course. We are now transitioning to the French section, where students will explore French history, some French-speaking countries, French cuisine, and French art.
Library News: Digital Library - Access and Read Anywhere, Anytime!
Covid is making it difficult to get physical books out of the library. DON’T WORRY! We have a very extensive digital library collection. There are many ways to access ebooks. You can search or browse the library catalog, ebooks are identified with this icon You will then check it out through Overdrive. You can also go directly to Overdrive and search for a book. To read your ebooks, log into the Overdrive or Sora app (with your Google sign in) on the Symbaloo or you can add the free app to any of your personal devices. There is tutorial video on the library website about how to use the digital library or you can email Mrs. Hay, khay@cortlandschools.org with questions. Happy Reading!
Music News
I’m proud of each and every student that has given their best effort to keep up with lessons and bringing their instruments back and forth from school. During the remote learning time, I am even more impressed with how well students are keeping up playing their instruments and coming to lessons. Thank goodness we have band and we have each other right now! Keep plugging away, don’t lose your joy of making music, and celebrate every accomplishment. I’m proud of you!
ELA Eight News
In ELA 8, we are wrapping up our short stories unit and diving into The Outsiders. We will be using a PDF of the text we can read and annotate, but students are welcome to acquire their own copy if they would rather have the book. If your student would like to borrow a copy, encourage him or her to ask for a copy from his or her English teacher!
Math Eight News
In Math 8, we will be finishing up our Investigating Geometry Unit. Our next unit will be Linear Equations.  Linear Equations are a large portion of our 8th grade year (40%).  

In Algebra I R, we are currently studying Functions and will continue for the next couple weeks. 
Physical Education
The Junior High boys are learning how to keep track of their heart rates while exercising. 

The Junior High girls are beginning to learn their soccer unit.
English Seven
In English 7, we’ve started reading the novel A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park. In this novel, students are exploring the culture and history of South Sudan. We are also taking a closer look at literary elements, such as characterization, point of view, conflict, and determining how these literary devices play a critical role in the novel.
Science News
Students are continuing to practice scientific methodology as they explore phenomena related to simple living things beginning with cells.
Using the basic skills learned for microscope use they will delve into the world of plant and animal cells and do a comparative analysis to better understand basic life functions.
8th Grade Science
In 8th grade science, we have been learning about how to set up a good experiment. The experiment that we have been focusing on is the growth of our bush bean seeds. Students set up their experiment nearly 4 weeks ago, and they have grown tremendously! Now we are able to identify the independent variable, dependent variable, and constants in an experiment. Soon we will learn how to graph our data so that we can easily represent our results in a visual way.
Tiger Tech
At the CJSHS, when students are having trouble with their computer they can go to Cortland’s version of the “Genius Bar” and get help from a Tiger Tech. The Tiger Technician team is a group of six students who are technology savvy and enjoy helping others with their technology problems. The Tiger Techs are earning high school credit through an internship and they are earning money by repairing computers after the school day has ended. You will find the Tiger Techs in the back of the LMC.
News From the Nurse
7th Grade Physicals will begin this month

Do your part to keep everyone well.
Practice social distancing
Wear a mask
Wash your hands
Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes

Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your doctor for a flu shot.

If your child is feeling ill, please keep them home.
Call the Jr. High Attendance Office if your child will be tardy, absent, or dismissed early. 758-4083

If you haven’t already completed the School Health Services Consent Form, please consider doing so and submit to the school nurse.
COVID-19 Response
In discussion regarding how to make the district’s response better, it was decided that targeted interventions of distance learning should conditions arise would be a better plan for the future. For instance, if there are cases in one particular school that school and not the whole district could go into a distance learning situation.

As we move forward in the school year we still need to remain vigilant.
Continue to complete your daily health checks prior to sending your children to school. Do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms.
Limit gatherings and visits in the community that are unnecessary.
In school:
We will continue to require masks;
Our entry protocols will continue, including a temperature screening at every entrance;
We will continue to limit visitors to our buildings.
We will continue with our socially-distanced classroom structures; and
We will continue to encourage hand-washing and other safety protocols
Breakfast and Lunch are Provided for all Students.
Remote Learners
  • Meals will be handed out each Monday (5 breakfasts and 5 lunches) for the week for remote learners only.
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the parking lot across from the bus garage (1 Valley View Dr.)
  • Remote learners must email food@cortlandschools.org to register for meals in advance – there will be a roster of remote learner names to be checked off.
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