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Critical Thinking Through Coding Critical Thinking Through Coding The after school enrichment opportunity for 4 th  graders called “Critical Thinking Through Coding” is a great success! Students are using their critical thinking skills to design, compete, brainstorm, and PAINT while learning to use the blockly coding/ programming language with Sphero robots.   
Welcome New Teacher: Mrs. Vianos Welcome New Teacher: Mrs. Vianos "My name is Rachael Vianos, known as Mrs. V to my students. I am a Special Education Teacher at McGraw Elementary School. I was a substitute teacher for McGraw Central Schools for several years, and have also taught in the OCM BOCES special education programs. I obtained my dual degree in education from SUNY Cortland in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. I am a New York State ...
Executive FUNction: Task Initiation Executive FUNction: Task Initiation   One executive function skill that we are building is Task Initiation . Let’s break it down! Task = a job, work, chore Initiation = to begin, start     Some children have a difficult time getting started once directions have been given.  There are many strategies that they can try to give themselves the boost they need to get started. ...
Youth Leadership Volunteers Youth Leadership Volunteers   Our Cortland County Youth Leadership group volunteered at the Salvation Army the week before Christmas filling boxes with food, wrapping presents, and filling bags with gifts.   
NYSSMA Winter Conference NYSSMA Winter Conference Mr. Michael Brownell, Chorus Director at McGraw Middle/High School, recently presented a session titled "Music Education and 21st Century Skills" at the Annual NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Winter Conference held in Rochester.  Mr. Brownell currently holds the office of NYSSMA Immediate Past President.  He was joined in the presentation by the President ...
Learning About Thomas Edison Learning About Thomas Edison Recently, our McGraw 3 rd Graders read a biography titled, Young Thomas Edison by Michael Dooling. This biography gave us a lot of information about why Edison was so important and it focused on the obstacles that he encountered throughout his life. It was remarkable that he never gave up on his dream of becoming an inventor! As a culminating ...
New York City Field Trip New York City Field Trip   Forty-five FBLA, National Honor Society, and Junior Honor Society students enjoyed New York City on Tuesday, December 4.  They enjoyed the city, food, and attractions of NYC at Christmas-time including stops at Bryant Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and the Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes, ...
Third Grade Visits Roberson Museum Third Grade Visits Roberson Museum This year third graders visited the Roberson Museum in Binghamton for their Holiday Mansion Tour, tying in the social studies curriculum of world cultures and traditions during the holidays. Students traveled back in time to hear stories that would put them in the holiday spirit. They learned about the Roberson family, their origins, and got to know their generosity and commitment to building ...
Community Music Festival Community Music Festival Members from the McGraw High School Chorus shared holiday music throughout the McGraw community on Saturday, December 8th. They performed at the Lamont Memorial Free Library's Tree Lighting and at the McGraw United Methodist Church's Festival of Music.
McGraw Sponsors a Platoon McGraw Sponsors a Platoon The Elementary Student Council hosted a collection drive for two weeks to help the McGraw Village sponsor a platoon.  They collected a variety of items such as cookies, gum, cards, envelopes, pens, crackers, and more. Overall they collected a total of 677 items.  The grade collecting the most was 4 th grade with a total of 177 items.  Thank you to all who donated, ...
Building Ziggurats Building Ziggurats   The 6th graders built Ancient Mesopotamian Ziggurat models during their Ancient Mesopotamia unit in Social Studies! [A ziggurat is a type of massive stone structure built in ancient Mesopotamia. It has the form of a terraced compound of successively receding stories or levels.]
Food Drive Competition Food Drive Competition Congratulations to Room 12- Mrs. Eckstrom’s Class for winning the recent holiday food drive for bringing in over 300 cans to feed the area hungry!  Together we CAN do anything!  
Stress Reducing Strategies Stress Reducing Strategies It's beginning to look a lot like that season!  Snowy weather, holiday lights, smells of yummy food, and not to mention the holiday concerts, gatherings, and celebrations!  It all sounds so wonderful, but can also be so stressful!  So, when you feel a little overwhelmed, feel free to try some of the "stress reducing" strategies that your Elementary (or Middle/High School) ...
Gingerbread New York State Gingerbread New York State     A group of ten 4 th grade students spent two weeks researching New York State’s physical features, creating a gingerbread New York State, and frosting it. The creation is on display at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, New York until January 2019.  
1st Quarter Honor Roll 1st Quarter Honor Roll   6th GRADE HIGH HONOR Brown, Morgan Gale, Hailey Harris IV, Richard Hubbard, Meghan Libbey, Mallory Marshall, Emma Miller, Ysabelle VanLiew, Riley   6th GRADE HONOR Eaton, Haleigh Lea, Thomas Little, Hannah McCall, Alexandria Olbrys, Gwendolyn Petit V, Robert Stacconi, Adrianna Weeks, Zander   7th GRADE HIGH HONOR Doty, Kyle Doughty, ...
Community Health Assessment Community Health Assessment The Cortland Community Assessment Team is in the process of completing the Cortland Counts Comprehensive Report to be published in 2019. Prior reports can be downloaded from the  Seven Valleys Health Coalition website . The Community Assessment Team is comprised of the Cortland County Health Department, Cortland Regional Medical Center, United Way for Cortland County, SUNY Cortland’s ...
Operation Christmas Child Operation Christmas Child McGraw Foreign Language Club embraced the giving season by continuing to support the organization Samaritan Purse: Operation Christmas Child and its endeavor to send needy children in third world countries shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items.  For many of these children, the gift-filled box is the first gift they have ...
Club X Club X McGraw CSD has been providing an afterschool enrichment opportunity for 5 th graders called “Club X.”  Ms. Keiser is facilitating this student-guided program on Thursdays.  Club X allows students an opportunity to explore topics about the bizarre, mysterious, and unusual.  Some subjects of discussion are science fiction, strange history, myths/legends, cryptozoology, ...
PreCalculus Class PreCalculus Class I n Mr. Tkachuk’s PreCalculus (Math 138) senior, James Connelly, is showing how he solved one of the homework problems. He is demonstrating how to graph a logarithmic function with transformations without using a graphing calculator.  Right now in PreCalc students are working on logarithmic and exponential functions.   
2018 FBLA Food Drive 2018 FBLA Food Drive A heartfelt thank you to each of the students and staff who contributed to the 2018 FBLA Food Drive to benefit the McGraw Food Pantry.  We collected over 860 items - 32 boxes of food to help local families.  Congratulations to the top two class winners:  Mrs. Eckstrom and Ms. Coombs.    



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