High School News
November 1, 2020
High School Important Dates
Nov. 10: BOE meeting, 6:30 Kaufman Center.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day, no school.
Nov. 13: Marking Period 1 Ends.
Nov. 16: Winter JV and Varsity Sports Season Starts.
Nov. 20: Report Cards mailed home.
Nov. 24: BOE meeting, 6:30 Kaufman Center.
Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Recess, no school.
A Message from Mr. Mack:

For students that are Remote Learners and ALL students (when we ALL are remote):
It is crucial that you remain visible on camera throughout the classroom to get the best out of your learning experience. Our teachers are working very hard to make sure you are a part of each class. However, we also know that a small number of you have anxiety over this issue. If you fit in this category, here is what we need from you:
  • If you are feeling anxious about being on camera, you still need to be seen at the beginning of class for attendance purposes. 
  • After that, if you absolutely have to, you can be off screen with your camera pointing away from your face.
  • You still must be present throughout the class.
  • If a teacher asks you to respond verbally, you must do so.  
  • A teacher may request some kind of hand gesture during the period (a high five, a wave, a thumbs up or down, or a “ok” sign) to check your level of understanding. Please make sure you comply with that request.
We want you to get the most out of your learning experience as a remote learner. To do that, you must be visible and attentive. As I have said many times, treat each day like an in-person school day. Here are some other pieces of advice for when you are learning remotely:
  • Set a routine.
  • Check your email twice a day.
  • Ensure that your learning environment is conducive to school work:
  • Please stay off your phone during class - unless you need it for assignments.
  • Eliminate ALL distractions. STAY OFF YOUR PHONE!
  • Laying in bed to learn is not a good choice. It actually causes you to be less attentive, making you more likely to fall asleep. 
  • Eat breakfast!
  • Do your work! Please hand in all assignments on time.
  • Unmute Yourself! Speak up if there is a technology issue during the class. This helps you, the other remote students, and the teacher.  
  • Communicate!! - if you are unsure about anything, please email your teacher.
COVID-19 Response
  • In discussions 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.
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Social Studies News
The Social Studies department did a voter registration in classes in the month of October. On election day, the department will assist with transportation to vote for any interested student in voting during the day. So far four students have taken advantage of a bus ride to a polling site.
Spanish Class News
Spanish 1 students finished their unit on greetings, days, and dates and are now working on their Personal Identification unit. We are developing our reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Spanish. 

Spanish 2 students just finished review from last year, including vocabulary and present tense verb conjugations. Students are now learning all about sports and leisure activities, along with stem changing verbs.
News from Biology Class
Students in Ms. Frosts’ biology classes are designing and carrying out their own experiments, testing how effective a UV light sanitizing wand is at killing bacteria, mold, and other microorganisms.

In Mr. Burkinshaws' classes students are using scientific skills to explore the effectiveness of different types of masks in preventing the spread of diseases.
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. Tiger Techs recently received their Acer Certified Technician certificates.
Technology News
"High School students in Mr. Blasko's technology courses are finishing their repurposed lumber lamination project (cutting boards). Manufacturing students are completing their artisanal manufacturing unit; mass-producing back scratchers. A strong start to the year!"
Art News
High school students in New Media 2 are creating horror movie poster versions of your favorite childhood board games in anticipation of Halloween!

New Media 1 students are working on forms by creating three dimensional dice.
AP Literature news
In AP Literature, students are exploring the conventions of tragedy by studying two texts: Antigone by Sophocles and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.
10th Grade English News
Students are reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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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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 an 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 a 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!
Drive for Cortland Schools
Love to drive and spend time with children? Then this is the job for you! How much driving you do is up to you: regular runs, field trips, and/or sports runs. You can be a part of the Cortland Athletics Program by transporting teams to their away competitions and cheering them on. Paid training is provided. We follow the school schedule, so if school is out of session so are you! There is nothing better than driving around the beautiful Cortland countryside. Make a change in a child’s life by taking them to and from school in the coolest ride around. CALL US TODAY! (607) 758-4123
News from the Nurse
Physicals for grades 9 and 11 will start this month. Call your provider to schedule one or have one here at school. As always, if your student is sick please keep them home. You can call directly to attendance at 607-758-4084. We also encourage all students to get a flu shot. If you have not done so already, consider filling out the school health services consent. Keep wearing a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.
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