High School News
October 1 , 2019
10/05 SAT Exam, 7:30 a.m.
10/14 Columbus Day, No School for Students
10/19 PSAT Exam, 7:30 a.m.
10/25 Professional Development Day for Staff, No School for Students
10/25 Student Council Harvest Festival, 7:00 p.m.
11/01 Red Cross Blood Drive
11/02 SAT Exam. 7:30 a.m.
Homecoming is an annual tradition at CHS to welcome back alumni and celebrate school spirit. The highlight for 2019 homecoming week is the tailgate party on Friday, October 18th that concludes with the football game. Please celebrate our CHS spirit with us!
Student Council Hosts Harvest Fest
Student Council will once again be hosting it's annual Harvest Festival on Friday, October 25th from 6-8 p.m. 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. 
First Ever Science
Honor Society Started
Science Honor Society students have started their placements with science faculty as teacher assistants, lab assistants, and have started their research projects. Over the rest of the year, they will aid in class by helping teachers through making new labs and demonstrations, assisting students, and even teaching small lessons. We will also be taking a trip to Cornell soon to learn about research in nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, and work done at the veterinary school.
Ms. Abdo and Ms. Kirchoff have officially started and welcomed students to the new Senior High GSA on Monday, September 23rd. The Senior High Gender Accepting Youth (G.A.Y.) club will be collaborating with the Center for Prevention Resources in Cortland and together, they will work toward completing projects that celebrate all students and their gender identities as well as inform the rest of the school of educational facts and statistics surrounding the LGBTQ+ community.
New Media
The New Media Art 2 classes have begun animation projects that cover some physics. A ball bounce animation illustrates timing and spacing while also going a little bit into stretching and compressing.  

New Media 1 is discovering the capabilities of photoshop in creating landscapes and galaxies.
Seal of Bilitearcy
The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes high school Seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages; identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers; provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission; prepare students with twenty-first century skills; recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools; and affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.

To earn the Seal, mastery of two languages must be shown by the successful completion of a variety of original student products encompassing reading, writing, speaking, listening, and cultural knowledge.

Cortland High School has 11 students that will be working towards getting their seal of biliteracy this year in 4 different languages.
Yearbook News
Several students involved with yearbook attended the annual CNY Josten’s conference held at the Syracuse Zoo on 9/26/19. They were able to look at books from around the country for design ideas, meet with a graphic artist to design this year’s yearbook cover, listen to a keynote speaker and network with other yearbook students from around CNY.
Cortland Field Hockey
Hosts PINK Game
Cortland Field Hockey is hosting a PINK game on October 9th during their home game vs. Homer. Both teams will be wearing special PINK jerseys and honoring those who are fighting/have survived Breast Cancer. There will be a station for pictures and for folks to donate if they wish. They can take pictures and hashtag them #CortlandHomerFHforthecure. Stickers will be given out to spectators. We ask those that are going to attend the game to wear PINK!
Science Olympiad News
The High School Science Olympiad team is set to start another year of competition. The team generally consists of up to 15 students working together on various building events or studying for tests in many different science disciplines. The coaches Charles Canestaro and Jim Ulrich’s main job is to keep the group focused on preparing for the different events. This is usually not an easy task because of the the other activities that most of these students are in during the school year. The events this year are: Anatomy & Physiology, Astronomy, Boomilever, Chemistry Lab, Circuit Lab, Codebusters, Designer Genes, Detector Building,Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design, Forensics, Fossils, GeoLogic Mapping, Gravity Vehicle, Machines,Ornithology, Ping Pong Parachute, Protein Modeling, Sounds of Music, Water Quality, Wright Stuff, Write It Do It.

Last year we competed in two invitationals at F.M and Cornell and the regional event at LeMoyne which then leads to States and then the Nationals. It is a very satisfying experience to see hundreds of students working on projects of science, not because they have to but for the fun and the competition. We were very successful last year, receiving numerous medals in events at all competitions, with a gold medal in the “Duct Tape Challenge” at the extremely competitive F-M Invitational which hosts nationally ranked teams from around the country. We are looking forward to another phun and competitive year! 
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