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 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:
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McGraw High School
Book, Music and Lyrics by
JIM JACOBS and WARREN CASEY
GREASE is presented by special arrangement with
SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
March 16 & 17, 2018
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" ...
March is Youth Art Month:
March is Youth Art Month. How will you be creative? The students at the Elementary are always impressing me with their ability to creatively think and produce amazing works of art.
This month also holds the annual “Imagination Celebration” art show at the Center for the Arts in Homer, NY. This is a county wide art show that allows students from McGraw to have their work selected and shown in a real art gallery. The K-6 art show will be available for viewing from March 14 th -March 26 th . The opening reception for chosen student work will be held on March 20 th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten:
PRE-KINDERGARTEN and NEW KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for September 2018
Parents of Pre-Kindergarten age children must call McGraw Elementary School at 836-3650 to pre-register your child by March 16, 2018 . Pre-K eligible children must be 4 years of age on or before 12/1/18.
Parents of Kindergarten eligible children not currently enrolled in McGraw Pre-K must also pre-register. Kindergarten eligible children must be 5 years of age on or before 12/1/18. Children who turn 6 on or before 12/1/18 must attend school.
Section III Class D Champs!:
McGraw Boys Basketball Section III, Class D Champions at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse NY!! They defeated the Madison Blue Devils, 54-53, for their victory. Way to go Eagles!!
Read local news story here .
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:
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:
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!
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:
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:
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:
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:
6th GRADE HIGH HONOR ROLL
6th GRADE HONOR ROLL
7th GRADE HIGH HONOR ROLL
7th GRADE HONOR ROLL
8th GRADE HIGH HONOR ROLL
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:
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!
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:
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, ...
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).
Taylor Hughes and Jamey Crumb
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 ...