High School News
March 1, 2020
3/11 Art Show, 6-8 p.m.
3/12 Half Day for Students
3/13 No School for Staff and Students
3/16 No School for Staff and Students
3/28 NYSSMA Solo Festival
4/03 Red Cross Blood Drive
4/05-4/13 Spring Break, No School for Staff or Students
Next Generation Leadership Summit
A leadership group made up of thirteen Juniors and Seniors spent two days on campus at SUNY Cortland (Sept. 29th and Feb. 6th) for the Next Generation Leadership Summit. This program, led by Dr. Kevin Mack gave this group a chance to collaborate with students from ten different high schools in the CNY area. Students heard from different leaders and engaged in leadership activities. They also had time to plan activities for our school and community. Although two activities are still being planned, they were able to present one completed activity to the other participants of the Leadership Summit. Our leadership group put together an “Anti-Bullying Calendar” for the week of October 21st. Each day had a different theme to enhance the culture in the high school building. One of the activities that is still in the planning stage is the creation of a Spring pep-rally that will put a spotlight on the Unified Sports teams. The other activity being worked on is the school’s involvement in the “Stone Soup” community event that will take place for the second year in a row. The members of the leadership group have asked other classmates to get involved and share the leadership role.
Girls Volleyball Wins Section III Class A Championship
Congrats to Coach Olson and the Varsity Girls Volleyball team on winning the Section 3 Class A championship this past weekend over Carthage 3 sets to 0! Girls basketball and ice hockey are in sectional play as we speak. Indoor track has state quals later next week at OCC to see who advances the state championships in Staten Island on 3/7 and 3/8. Wrestling, cheer, boys basketball and bowling all had great winter seasons as well. Spring sports begin on March 16th for JV/V and on March 30th for modified .
Forensic Students Study Fingerprints Help Solve Crimes
Cortland High Forensic Science students work to understand how fingerprints can be used in order to help solve crimes. Students used ink and balloons to enhance and enlarge their fingerprints in order to label more detailed ridge characteristics that make their prints more unique. Students were able to label a variety of ridge patterns on their enlarged balloon prints.

Students also used glowing fingerprint powder to dust for prints developing them under a blacklight!
Orchestra Plans NYC Trip
Members of the Chamber and Strings Orchestras are going to New York City on Saturday, March 21st to participate in a Stage Make Up workshop led by Broadway professionals, and then seeing Come From Away on Broadway.

Several members from various performing groups are performing at the NYSSMA Solo Festival held on Saturday, March 28th. These students have been preparing solos, scales, and practicing their sight reading skills to perform for an adjudicator who will provide them with feedback on their performances.
News from the Nurse
Spring sports are right around the corner, start date is March 16th. Don’t wait till the last minute to register in Family ID. School physicals are offered every Monday and Wednesday morning. Also, the flu is still around, so if you haven’t received your flu shot it isn't too late.
Music Participates in Terracycle Program
Tri-M, the National Music Honor 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. Thank you to everyone who has donated items so far!
Science Olympiad News
Science Olympiad ended their season with a phenomenal showing at the Regional Competition at LeMoyne College. We medaled in almost every event we competed in! Medals are given to the top ten places. There were 36 schools participating in the events. Congratulations to Daniel Lemon for medaling in Water Quality, in Fossils with Zach Brafman, in Geologic Mapping with Hellen Howard, in Ornithology with Alex Garrow, in Science Quiz Bowl with Jennifer Newman and Rowan Harbin. Zach Brafman and Hellen Howard took the silver medal in solar power. Rowan Harbin and Jennifer Newman took the silver medal in Write It, Do It. They also used a 3-D printer to build their own trombone which they used to compete in an acoustic engineering event called The Sounds of Music. We look forward to next year and more competitors in this fabulous day of competition in the sciences!
Science Honor Society
Science Honor Society is in the process of working on their service projects, which aim to positively benefit and increase science awareness within the school. Currently, we are working with the buildings and grounds crew to purchase and decorate new recycling bins for returnable bottles and cans. In addition, we are working with Ms. Slack’s technology class as well as the technology club to design and build a new outdoor classroom. Finally, if you’ve been around the science hallway lately, you’ll notice that we are working on painting the alcoves in the science wing. If you walk by Mr. Canestaro’s rooms you will see some projectiles flying through the air. Walk by Mr. Ulrich’s room to see a beautiful scene of the night sky and a (to scale) depiction of the layers of the Earth. Finally, walk by Mr. Doubet’s room to see the beginnings of a giant periodic table of the elements! We have lots more coming up on the horizon so stay tuned!
Art Show on March 11th
This High School Art Show features the artwork of every student that is taking an art course. The opening ceremony will be taking place on March 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the West Commons. Food and drink will be available!
Spring Sports
The Athletics Department offers the convenience of online registration for athletic sports sign up and clearance through Family ID . Spring Sports include baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, tennis, boys outdoor track, girls outdoor track. 

  • JV/Varsity Spring Sports starts 3/16/20; Registration open now through 3/16/20
  • Modified 7/8/9 Spring Sports starts 3/30/20; Registration opens 3/1/20

For more information please go to the Athletics webpage .
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