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Yoga Yoga: Students doing Yoga at the Elemtentary Afterschool Program instructed by Mrs. Friedman.  
NYS Mathematics NYS Mathematics: Fourth and fifth grade math students have been working hard all year long.  It will be their time to shine when we return after spring break.  The NYS Mathematics assessment will be given on May 2 and 3.  A few sayings that have been used throughout the year to encourage students to work to the best of their ability are: "Different strokes for different folks."  "If you can eliminate, that's great!"  "It's multiple choice, not multiple guess."  "Don't overthink."  
Naturalization Ceremony Naturalization Ceremony: Twenty-two 10th grade students were witness to 8 people becoming citizens during a Naturalization ceremony held on April 10th at the Cortland County Courthouse.  The students were also able to have a question and answer session with Judge Rumsey, District Attorney Perfetti, and the officer from Immigration and Customs.       
Keyboarding Keyboarding:   This past January, kindergarten students were introduced to the typing program "Keyboarding without Tears".  Although sometimes a daunting task, the students persevere to master the skills as well as have fun while learning.
Story Steps Story Steps: Students in all grades love a good book as well as the story steps to read them on!    
HS Honor Roll - 30 Weeks HS Honor Roll - 30 Weeks: 30 WEEK HONOR ROLL  6th GRADE HIGH HONOR ROLL Doty, Kyle Euson, Kendre  Heath, Noah Luzum, Keira Wilson, Hannah  6th GRADE HONOR ROLL Bassett, Jaydon  Benjamin, Emily  Conkrite, Riley  Guernsey, Noah  Hudson, Kimberly  Little, Hunter  Mancini, Nicholas Marshall, Jaden McCool, Shannon  Tetreault, Kirsten  West, Nicholas  7th GRADE HIGH HONOR ROLL Bergey, Blake  Bilodeau, Jacob Hodgson, Rayevyn  Hubbard, Samuel  Kahle, Gabriel Lang, Kaylee McCall, Hailey Thomas, Owen 7th GRADE HONOR ROLL Busby, Daltyn Greene, Julia  O'Connell, Lilyana Pitcher, Jackson  Stupke, Trista 8th GRADE HIGH HONOR ROLL Card, Jackson  ...
Chickens Chickens: High School students read some after school kids a story about chickens. They had a fun interactive time with some REAL chicks brought in from Mrs. Gilbert's farm. The kids loved it!
Habitats Habitats: While studying animals and their habitats, first grade students wrote detailed reports and created dioramas.  Their projects are on display in the elementary school lobby.    
Mobile Mammography Mobile Mammography: Lourdes Mobile Mammography is coming to McGraw, NY.  The Lourdes Mammogram Van will be at McGraw High School on Monday, April 30, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. offering 3D screening mammography for women 35 years and older.  To schedule your appointment for a digital screening mammogram, please call Lourdes Hospital Central Scheduling at (607) 798-5723. Download flyer here:  MobileMammography.pdf  
Business Students Shine at Competition Business Students Shine at Competition:   On Friday, February 2, 2018, McGraw High School FBLA Business students and their advisor, Ms. Coombs, participated in the FBLA Spring District Conference in Syracuse.  Students competed in a variety of Business events against students from all over the Central New York area, with the best scores awarded first-, second- or third-place plaques.  Five students from McGraw participated and four plaques were awarded: Rachel Coombs (1 st Place Accounting II & 1 st Place Banking & Financial), Kevin Shorts, Taylynn Tryon (1 st Place Business Communications), Makayla Cortez, and Elizabeth Fitzgerald (2 nd Place Business Law).  
Building Healthy Relationships Building Healthy Relationships: The McGraw After School Enrichment Program welcomed Megan Thomas from the Cortland County Child Advocacy Center in March. Megan taught participating 3 rd graders an evidence-based curriculum called Building Healthy Relationships . This hands-on, interactive program helped students to appreciate and respect ALL individuals. Sessions included identifying negative and positive words during communication, understanding feelings, and learning about the importance of personal safety. As you can see by the picture, the students really enjoyed the interaction with Megan. They were happy to report understanding their feelings better after the program ended.  
Hour of Code Hour of Code:   Third grade students participating in the afterschool enrichment program practice their coding skills using the website "Hour of Code".  There are many different challenges and activities that allow students to learn and master computer programming skills.  For more information, visit the website www.hourofcode.com .  
Chili Cook-off Chili Cook-off: It’s Getting Chili in Here!    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST ANNUAL CHILI COOK OFF CHAMPION.... MR. MATT MARTINS!! He has "Champion" in his blood this year!  First leading his Varsity basketball team to Section Finals, and now this! I want to give special thanks to our participants, Matt Martins, Joe Seamans, and Jim Durkee for participating in this memorable experience for my students.  The competition was exciting, but the instruction and "teachable moments" were more than I could have dreamed of!  Executive Chef Jim Durkee from Cayuga Medical Center joined us as a special guest and offered lots of tips and expertise from the world of culinary cuisine. ...
Medieval Feast Medieval Feast:   Mr Seamans, with the help of his 9th grade Global Studies classes, held a Medieval Feast to wrap up studies on the Middle Ages. The feast opened with the introduction of the “king and queen,” Mr. DiMorier and Mrs. McCool, who wore beautiful crowns that were hand-crafted by Chelsea Cobb. The bishop, Mr. Freeman, followed close behind the king and queen; the lords and ladies after him. Caleb Knickerbocker and Shaylea Vasquez, Josh Parks and Paris Allington, Dakota Nauseef and Sarah Thornton, and Morgan Oot and Anna Wright all represented their houses at the head table. Next to those nobles sat their knights: Isaiah Barber, Seth Darling, Mason Eaton, and Hayden Albro (who fabricated a knight’s helmet by hand.) The feast was impeccable, featuring chicken ...
Quebec Trip Quebec Trip:   During the long weekend of March 1st through the 4th, the students in Foreign Language Club, along with some parent travelers and teachers, had the amazing opportunity to travel to Québec City. On this trip, students and adults engaged in the traditions and rich culture of the Québécois. Some activities they participated in include a river boat ferry ride across the semi-frozen St. Lawrence river, toboggan rides on the Terasse Dufferin, guided tours of the old city, dog sledding, shopping at many local boutiques, and snow tubing at the Village Valcartier.  Of course, everyone also had the pleasure of eating at various restaurants and cafés like Spag&Tini, Bistro 1640, La Maison Smith, and Au Petit Coin Breton. While ...
After School Enrichment After School Enrichment: The McGraw After School Enrichment Program was honored to have professional chef, Marcia Patitucci Waffner, owner of Pati tucci Cucina teach our students meal preparation and nutrition. Marcia and Mrs. Friedman co-taught classes this fall and winter so students could learn the importance of using food as fuel to be as healthy as possible. The program also included a component of fitness. We enjoyed some movement activities like hikes, playground fun and yoga and breath work. A variety of quick, simple and nutritious snacks and meals were made during each session. Some of the students were so excited they even took their newfound skills and made snacks and meals at home with their families! Yummy! 
BOCES Tour BOCES Tour: The Sophomore Class toured the OCM BOCES Career and Technical Education classes located at the McEvoy campus in Cortland.  Students picked two classes that they are interested in pursuing their Junior and Senior years of high school.  Students visited their programs of choice, having the chance to see what the class is all about and if that is what they still want to do in the coming years.  The students got a chance to ask questions and work side by side with students already enrolled in the programs.  
McGraw Seeks Board of Education Candidates McGraw Seeks Board of Education Candidates: Individuals interested in running for a seat on the McGraw School Board of Education should obtain a nomination packet from Fleurette Clough, District Clerk, or from the website, www.mcgrawschools.org .  The deadline for filing petitions is Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. There are three (3) positions open, each for a three-year term. Residents who would like more information before deciding to run for office are invited to contact any member of the Board of Education or Melinda McCool, Superintendent of Schools.  
Measurement Monsters Measurement Monsters: Measurement Monsters Take over Third Grade Recently, third graders in Mrs. O’Donnell’s science classes have been learning about metric and standard (customary) units of measure. During this science unit, students created measurement monsters using specific measurements of inches and centimeters. Students were excited about using measuring tools to design the different parts of the monster’s body. Each day students were enthusiastic about completing the next step of their creation. When students were finished they then used their imagination to decorate their own unique measurement monster. Tracey O’Donnell/Maureen Gorman Create a Measurement Monster at Home: Please read ALL the directions carefully before you begin. Follow the ...
Grease Grease: McGraw High School proudly presents   Book, Music and Lyrics by JIM JACOBS and WARREN CASEY   GREASE is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.  March 16 & 17, 2018 7:30 p.m. High School Auditorium     McGraw High School will present the musical Grease in performances on Friday and Saturday. General admission tickets for the 7:30 p.m. showings may be reserved by calling (607) 836-3601, purchased at the McGraw High School Main Office, or at the door.   Grease , with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, tells the story of Rydell High’s senior class of 1959. Duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" ...



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Melinda McCool, Superintendent
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McGraw, NY 13101
P: (607)836-3636
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