Junior High School News
October 1, 2019
Events
10/14 Columbus Day, No School for Students
10/22 Junior High Staff and Students Picture Retake Day
10/25 Professional Development Day for Staff, No School for Students
10/25 Student Council Harvest Festival, 7:00 p.m.
Message from Principal Cafararo
Greetings parents! I hope your family and you had a nice start to the school year. With the start of every school year we have a renewed energy around us. As the leaves change, so too do our students as they learn and grow. We are off to a strong start this year which included our first ever orientation day for seventh graders. Our teachers are organized in teams that allow for collaboration, planning, and discussion about how best to reach students. As always, if you have any concerns please feel free to contact my office.
Art News
In Grade 7 Art, students are working on the drawing unit, including blind contour drawing, drawing from observation and creating value (lights and darks) with a variety of drawing media. They are currently using small toys as the subject for observational drawing. They will use their imaginations to create a setting with foreground, middle ground and background in the drawings.

The accelerated Studio Art class for grade 8 students finished their first unit, also based on toys. They had their choice of media from the drawing, collage and painting centers. A group critique was the culminating activity and it was great to hear them using art vocabulary to thoughtfully analyze their own work and the work of their classmates. 

We’d love to have some visiting artists! If you are a professional artist or know someone who is, please contact Judy ( jcogan@cortlandschools.org ) to make arrangements for a visit. 
Library Resources Online
There are many online resources available through our website. You can access them on the CCSD website student Symbaloo. ( www.cortlandschools.org ). You will need usernames and passwords to access them. Please ask for the Online Resource info sheet at the library or email me, Mrs. Kim Hay ( khay@cortlandschools.org ), and I can give them to you; the companies ask us not to publish them on the web. 
Social Studies
Grade 8 students in social studies just finished a unit on the all-important event 9/11. In addition to viewing the documentary 9/11, which shows the only known footage of what occurred inside World Trade Center 1, the culminating event of this unit was a field trip to the city’s Courtyard Park to attend the 9/11 Memorial Service.  

Next unit of study is a review of the Civil War, and then we will learn about Reconstruction.
Foreign Language News
Spanish 1 students are working on the Preliminary Spanish unit. We are learning basic conversation, days, months, weather expressions, numbers and dates. 

Foreign Language Exploratory classes are exploring the important reasons for learning foreign languages. We will then start learning about Spanish culture and language.
Math News
Applied 7th and 8th grade math classes are busy reviewing what an integer is and isn’t, and practicing strategies for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative integers. In October, 7th graders will be working with rational numbers and 8th graders will be working on equations. 

In eighth grade mathematics we are finishing up our study with numbers written in scientific notation. We will begin our study with solving linear (algebraic) equations.  

Please ask you son/daughter about his/her interactive notebook! We will be adding a flip chart that will help us organize the order in which we should be “undoing” operations to help minimize mistakes.

In Algebra 1R, we are continuing our study of expressions and equations. We will be solving more complex equations and some inequalities.

In 7th grade math all students began the year with an Integer Unit.
Our next unit will be a Rational Number Unit.  

We have also spent time using the calculator and all its functions.
Health News
Students in health class have been learning about the brain, addiction and drug use as part of the Too Good For Drugs curriculum. We have had presentations from Cortland Prevention Resources on gambling, decision making and the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping from Officer Reyngoudt.
Physical Education
The JH boys' and girls' PE classes completed their 1 Mile Runs in class. Everyone did a fantastic job!

The boys' classes are currently doing flag football and the girls are beginning field hockey.
Music News
7th grade general music students are drumming up enthusiasm with their Ghanaian drumming unit. They are learning how to play Kponlogo. Ask your child to play the rhythms for you!

The Junior High Band has been practicing what it means to be a responsible, independent musician. They are discovering how to get instruments back and forth from home to school, how to set up a practice routine, and how to navigate the rotating lesson schedule. There are several junior high band students participating in the pep band this year. Look for them as they use their talent to cheer on the varsity football team at the home games! A list of upcoming Junior High Band events and lesson schedules are on Mrs. Phetteplace’s website. Check it out! http://www.cortlandschools.org/teacherpage.cfm?teacher=2230

If you haven’t registered for the Junior High Lessons remind app, email Mrs. Phetteplace to get set up.  sphetteplace@cortlandschools.org .
English News
Our 8th graders are starting off the year with a Halloween Short Story unit that will culminate with their first essay of the year. We will be focusing on literary devices, annotating texts, and using different versions of stories, videos, and poems to analyze the genre.
JH Newspaper
There will be an informational meeting for the Junior High Newspaper after school Thursday, October 3 in room 267 at 2:45 pm. All 7th and 8th graders interested in writing, designing, or taking pictures for the Junior High Newspaper are welcome to attend.
Science News
In Science class students were measuring the field to view the microscopes. Learning the basics of the scientific method is the backbone of conducting good labs in science class. Students were practicing making an observation, forming a question, creating a hypothesis, conducting an experiment, analyze the data and finally draw a conclusion.
Student Council Harvest Festival
Student Council will once again be hosting it's annual Harvest Festival on Friday, October 25th from 6-8 pm in the East Commons of the High School. Children of all ages and families are encouraged to attend! Cost is $2 per adult and $1 per child 12 and under. Activities will include our famous scary (non-scary available) haunted hallway, pumpkin painting, fall treats, games, and fall activities. Children can show up in costume and prizes will be awarded for costumes and games. Please use the music wing entrance of the high school. 
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