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New Artwork New Artwork: Thank you to Santana Deckard for painting a beautiful new piece of artwork for our hallways.  You can check out this newest addition hanging up outside the Superintendent's Office.  Very nice job Santana!!!  
Superintendent on School Safety Superintendent on School Safety: School Safety   School Safety is always in the forefront of all decisions made at McGraw Central School District.  Safety plans, procedures, and facility improvements are constantly reviewed and implemented. We work on safety at school every single day and not just when tragedy strikes.   We live in a community that draws strength from the collaboration of all.  In light of the most recent events in Florida, I’d like to remind everyone to continue to communicate concerns with school administrators or law enforcement.  We investigate each and every report fully.  I want our community to know that we do everything within our power to support your children and keep them safe.  The team of administrators, teachers and staff here ...
8th Grade Transformations 8th Grade Transformations: The eighth grade math classes recently completed a project on Transformations in the coordinate plane.  Students drew their initials on graph paper and dilated them using the scale factor of their choice.  Students recorded all of their points and wrote a short report about the process of dilating.  The projects turned out great!  Keep up the good work! ~Miss Merriman  
Let the Games Begin! Let the Games Begin!: Winter STEM Activities...Let the Games Begin!!   The Winter Games have made their way into Mrs. McCool's class!  Students who have completed their daily independent work assignments were given the task of building and racing a snowboarder. Prior to building the snowboarder and their board, they each received a "Winter Games STEM (Science Technology Engineering and MATH) Journal" detailing the assignment, supplies and task.   Within each journal was a written passage about the background of the winter sport and questions they needed to respond to prior to building the snowboarder and his or her board.   Each student was given a bag of supplies and only their own imagination and engineering skills to construct the "Boarder".  ...
Art Club Trip Art Club Trip: On Monday Feb. 12th the Art Club went to Onondaga Community College to view the annual "2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Show".  There was an impressive display of outstanding artwork created by hundreds of middle school and high school students throughout central New York.  McGraw students were able to stroll through 3 stories of award winning artwork and experience what like-minded students were doing.  
K-9 Unit Presentation K-9 Unit Presentation:     On Friday, February 9, 2018, Officer Natoli and Frankie from the Cortland County Sherriff’s Department visited our third graders to make a presentation about the K-9 Unit. This demonstration followed a story from our Journeys Reading Series, Aero and Officer Mike , which was a non-fiction story about the duties and significance of a K-9 unit. Officer Natoli was able to share information about her professional training and even the equipment that she uses daily to prepare Frankie for his assignments. She answered many thoughtful questions asked by the third graders and provided specific details which were very beneficial to them. We are super thankful for Officer Natoli and Frankie taking time out of their busy schedule ...
Technology in Schools Technology in Schools:   What is the role of technology in schools?  Can laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks serve as helpful educational resources?  Or, does their presence in schools create unnecessary distractions while adding to the growing concerns about the dangers of too much screen time?  These questions have been at the heart of discussions within Mr. Farfaglia’s English 10 classes over the last few weeks. During this time, students have been planning and crafting argumentative essays about whether or not it is a good idea for school districts to supply each student with a device to use throughout the year.  The process began with students reading a variety of articles with a diverse set of opinions about the subject.  Then, students adopted an inquiry approach ...
HS Honor Roll - 20 Weeks HS Honor Roll - 20 Weeks: 6th GRADE HIGH HONOR ROLL   Doty, Kyle Euson, Kendre Little, Hunter Luzum, Keira Wilson, Hannah   6th GRADE HONOR ROLL   Bassett, Jaydon Benjamin, Emily Brown, Skylee Friedman, Gabriel Guernsey, Noah Heath, Noah Magee, Heather Mancini, Nicholas Marshall, Jaden McCool, Shannon Sargent, Noah Tetreault, Kirsten West, Nicholas     7th GRADE HIGH HONOR ROLL   Bergey, Blake Bilodeau, Jacob Hodgson, Rayevyn Hubbard, Samuel Kahle, Gabriel Kastning, Ellie Lang, Kaylee McCall, Hailey Thomas, Owen   7th GRADE HONOR ROLL   Button, Julianna Greene, Julia Hewlett, Kylee Neal, Julia Stupke, Trista Weeks, Blake   8th GRADE HIGH HONOR ROLL   Card, Jackson Clark, ...
Instant Artists Instant Artists: Recently the McGraw After School Enrichment Program hosted local artist and owner, Melissa Guyette, of Instant Artist.  Fourteen students from 4th and 5th grades painted a fun beach scene.  It was the perfect way to end the day inside, in spite of the snowy weather outside.  Each student began with a blank white canvas.  Melissa sketched a diagonal line and penciled in the outline of a starfish.  Then step-by-step students were guided independently to create their own unique piece of art.  It was a pleasure watching all the pieces come to life in the canvas! In between each directive, Melissa played music so the students knew it was time to paint when they heard the music.  When the music ...
Declaration of Independence Declaration of Independence: As part of the study of the American Revolution, 7th graders in Mrs. Goodwin's Social Studies classes created their own "Declaration of Independence." The students created their document and modeled it after the one written in 1776. They all got a chance to sign their declaration using a quill and ink- just like the founding fathers!  
Pancake Breakfast Pancake Breakfast:   The Sophomore Class held their annual pancake breakfast on January 7, 2018 at Applebees in Cortland.  We want to thank all of you who came out to support the Class of 2020.  Almost half of the class members participated in this event.  Students took orders, served food, cleaned tables, and washed dishes.  They received many compliments throughout the morning.  The money raised for the event was split into individual and class accounts.  Students will be able to use the money to help with junior and senior high costs.   
Pre-K in Motion Pre-K in Motion: With the frigid temperatures this winter season we can’t always get outside for recess.  Preschoolers have an exorbitant amount of energy, so we find a way to put it to good use, even on those very cold days.  Mr. Wilson gives us the opportunity to explore and learn in the gym while using various equipment. A recent favorite was the parachute and games like cat and mouse, and life guards and sharks.  Some of our other favorite equipment and activities have included scooters, hula hoops, Just Dance, and rope climbing to name a few.  We don’t let the cold weather get us down!  Playing in the gym gives our preschoolers opportunities to share, problem solve, listen to and follow multi-step directions, work as a team, ...
Winter Olympics Winter Olympics: 2018 Winter Olympics The Senior/Junior High School Physical Education classes are getting excited for the 2018 Winter Olympics.  We are having students compete in our very own Winter Olympics as they represent certain countries.  Events we will be portraying are; speed skating, skeleton, bobsled, curling, ice hockey, skiing, and a few more.  Teams will be competing for the gold medal. Please have a family discussion with your child about what they are doing in Physical Education.  Also, we would love to encourage some family time watching the 2018 Winter Olympics on TV.  The Opening Ceremonies are February 8 th , 2018 and the sporting events will start the following day (February 9). Thank you, Taylor Hughes and Jamey Crumb  
Flush Flush:   Sixth grade students are excited to continue their exploration of environmental factors at play in our world.  This quarter we’ll read segments from a nonfiction book,  World Without Fish, and the entire fiction novel,  Flush .  World Without Fish charts the depletion of our ocean’s fish.   While it should be sustainable, past (and current) overfishing practices have a negative domino effect on the ocean’s ecosystem.  Flush , written by the author of similar books like Scat, Chomp, and Hoot , tell of a middle school student determined to exonerate his father who was jailed for sinking a casino boat.  Our protagonist’s father claims sinking the vessel was justified as its owner was dumping raw sewage into ...
GPS for Success GPS for Success: Information from New York State Education Department GPS for Success     GPS for Success  is a new multi-platform website that students and adults can use to learn about career opportunities, income potential, and education/training requirements. The website features 16 "career clusters" that have been identified nationally and regionally as experiencing a shortage of skilled workers entering the workforce. GPS for Success showcases occupations and industries within each career cluster and the knowledge and skills they require. The website is a helpful resource for school districts ...
Pre-Calculus Class Pre-Calculus Class:     In Pre-Calculus we are working on verifying trig identities.  I personally love the concept of verifying the identities.  As we have spent some time doing this, I have found that my students enjoy this concept as well.  This picture shows work of one student, Rachel. However, we weren’t able to fit the whole problem on one screen.  One would have to scroll down to see it all.  Pre-Calculus is a TC3 concurrent enrollment class.  This year’s seniors who take this class will receive eight credits for taking this class. Pre-Calculus is really two classes in one: Math 120 (college Algebra) and Math 138 (Pre-Calculus).  The material is challenging, but with enough perseverance and work ...
Youth Basketball Field Trip Youth Basketball Field Trip:   The youth basketball players and their families travelled to the Syracuse Women's Basketball game vs Pitt at the Dome on Sunday, January 21st. The team was able to join the players on the court for the National Anthem. It was all coordinated by Coach Corey Wilson.  
Investigating Otzi the Iceman Investigating Otzi the Iceman: One of the fifth grade groups is reading an informational text about Ot zi the Iceman during their ELA RTI period. This group-chosen text intrigued the students because it explores the 5,300-year-old cold case of the Iceman’s demise. This text is rich in content within the disciplines of forensic science, archaeology, and biology. The students have devised their own theories about this mystery and debated over the scientific theories presented in the text. This reading has further piqued their interest in past civilizations and the mummification process. From this fascination, the next topic to explore will be the mummification process in Ancient Egypt. The text will be paired with a lab in which the students will mummify hot dogs and record their observations on the effects ...
Marshmallow Mural Marshmallow Mural: It’s Cold Out but, Oh, So Yummy! The elementary students had the option to enter a hallway contest which was held in December.  Mrs. Young’s first grade classroom came up with an idea for their hall mural after listening to a story about snowmen in the winter.  The illustrated snowmen in the story were really round and puffy and reminded the students of marshmallows.  They also enjoyed the snow animals throughout the story.  With this in mind, they asked if their mural could have marshmallows on it and characters from the story.  Students worked together to create a winter scene using marshmallows.  They also learned to make paper snowflakes and then researched facts about ...
Keyboarding Without Tears Keyboarding Without Tears: The fourth grade students have begun their journey with Keyboarding Without Tears.  The program is being used three days a week to teach the importance of typing accurately without looking at the keyboard.  The program also teaches students about their digital imprint and internet safety.  The students have done a great job so far. Many of the students have already completed the first lessons.  In the short time that the students have been doing the program they all have nearly doubled their words per minute. We look forward to seeing the continued growth.  This program is an essential part of the curriculum due to the use of technology everywhere in students’ lives. ~Mrs. Frink, Mrs. Turshman, Ms Keiser, Mrs. K O’Donnell  



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