High School News
November 1 , 2019
11/01 Red Cross Blood Drive
11/02 SAT Exam, 7:30 a.m.
11/11 Veterans Day, All District Offices Closed
11/12 Parent Teacher Conferences, No School for Students
11/15 Varsity Bowling Painting Party Fundraiser (rescheduled from 11/01)
11/27 Thanksgiving Recess, No School for Staff and Students
11/28 Thanksgiving Recess, District Offices Closed
11/29 Thanksgiving Recess, District Offices Closed
Homecoming Week 2019
From October 15th to the 18th, students showed off their school spirit and dressed in different themed clothing each day. The culminating event was the Homecoming dance on October 19th. The video below captures some of the school spirit that was on display!
50 Students Inducted to CHS
National Honor Society
On the evening of Monday, October 21st, Cortland High School inducted 50 students into the National Honor Society. National Honor Society membership is for students in grades 10-12 who meet the requirements for membership including demonstration in the following four pillars: Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character. Read more...
News From the Nurse
School physicals for grades 9 and 11 will start in the next month. If your child has already received a physical from their own doctor, please send a copy to the nurses office. Our school has been selected for the BMI reporting this year. If you do not wish your child’s data to be included in this survey, please contact the school nurse by December 1, 2019.
Digitization of Class Composts and Hall of Fame
It is the goal of the Wall of Fame Committee, in partnership with the district, to move to a digital platform for pictures, biographies and the Wall of Fame History.
There will be:
  • enhancements to the Wall of Fame,
  • benefits to students, honorees, family and community members, and
  • additional benefits to the district.

In addition, the class composts are going digital too! This is a huge benefit as we are running out of wall space and some class composites are so old they are falling apart. We want to coincide the installation of the two digital display boards with the grand opening of the auditorium.
Current Hall of Fame
Current Class Composites
Earth Science Classes Star Gaze in Planetarium
Earth Science classes at CHS experienced the wonder of the stars in the OCM BOCES planetarium. Students gazed at the night sky and explored constellations.
Women in Engineering Day
Riley Fetterly, Molly Steve and Alexa Canfield experienced a day as an engineer! The girls made lemon batteries and connected them in a series to power an LED light bulb, competed in the Lego challenge and participated in Engineering jeopardy.
French News
The High School French Honor Society will hold its first fundraiser of the year on November 16, 2019 in the high school LGI beginning at 10:30 am. 
It is a clothing swap where people bring clean, gently used clothing and accessories for men, women, and children to swap with others in our district. The suggested donation is $10 and 10 or more items to swap. Participants will have the opportunity to “shop” for new pieces for their own wardrobe and take them home that day.

Leftover clothing will be sorted and given to each school for their clothing closets. Funds raised will not only benefit our club so that we can continue to do activities for enrichment and to learn about French culture, but also go towards a microloan on Kiva.org to a woman in a French-speaking country.
The first 10 people to RSVP with their donation will receive a tote bag designed and painted by one of our SHF members to use as a shopping bag that day.
If you have questions and/or want to participate, please contact Kelly Chapman at kchapman@cortlandschools.org

National French Week is November 4-10 and French club is ready to celebrate! Stay tuned for French trivia contests, French music, a French word of the day on the announcements, and more! 
Psychology Students
Study Sensations
Recently, Psychology students started a new unit on Sensations and Perceptions. The opening activity for the unit involved blindfolding students (removing the sense of vision) and giving each student an object. Each blindfolded student was provided 2 minutes to get "familiar" with the object. Then, objects were removed, redistributed to someone new, and students were provided time to circulate objects until they retrieved their original object. This year, each student was provided an apple (various sizes, shapes, bruises, stems, etc). Following the activity, students had to debrief on how they were able to properly retrieve their original object.  
Food & Nutrition Class Learns Importance of Locally Grown Food
On November 1st, the High School Food and Nutrition class, taught by Jill Pace, will be learning the importance of farm grown foods and how to prepare them. Bob Cat from Main Street Farms will be coming in and working with the class to prepare farm grown vegetables The prepared vegetables will be taste tested by the Jr. High Students. This is all part of the Farm to School grant.  
New Media Students
Create Graphics
Students in the New Media 2 classroom had to work as a team and contribute to an animated Rube Goldberg machine. Consideration had to be made to accurately depict how things would react to stimuli within their scenes and stick to how they thought gravity would play a part as well.

New Media 1 students are currently working on building three dimensional objects using the transformation plane in Adobe Photoshop.
Interact Club Organizes
Book Drive
Interact Club is organizing a Children’s book drive. The book drive kicks off on Monday November 4 and goes until December 2nd. Students will be collecting nearly-new or brand new books to distribute to Cortland’s elementary students. Please stay tuned for more information and make sure to check our website, and social media accounts for more information!
Science Honor Society Updates
Science Honor Society recently took a trip to Cornell to tour the Cornell Nanoscale Facility and the Biotechnology lab. In addition to lab tours, students got a chance to talk and interact with Graduate students and researchers and learn about their work. 
Science Honor Society Student Lillian Quick presented her first lesson on her own to the Regents Physics class. Lillian taught a lesson reviewing forces and Newtons’s 2nd Law of Motion. Lillian did this as part of her requirement in Science Honor Society to be a teacher’s assistant to the physics classes.
Field Hockey News
Cortland Field Hockey team is headed to the Class B sectional tournament, the Tigers will most likely see ESM in the semifinals on the 29th of October. The Tigers are in second place in their league and hope to make a long sectional run. 
Students Develop Fitness Plan
Fitness and Wellness students have been working on a Fitness Plan to help improve the quality of a person’s life based on a case study.  Students applied the FITT principle to devise an appropriate exercise plan for both cardiorespiratory and muscular-strengthening physical activity.
Students Learn About Pediatric CPR/AED
Child Development students completed the American Red Cross Blended Learning course for Pediatric CPR/AED. The students also met with Captain Dave Jensen from the Cortland City Fire Dept. and discussed how to prevent accidents during the childhood years.
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