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Varsity Soccer Varsity Soccer: Boys' Varsity Soccer Overview   Overall Record: 6-10 League Record: 5-6         Coming into this year we knew it was going to be a rebuilding year. Losing 11 players from last year’s squad, 8 of them starters is hard to overcome. We still had high expectations as we looked to compete for a league title. Though we fell short, it is worth noting that the top two teams (Brookfield and Madison) both had many more seniors and more experience. Nagging injuries also had our team without key players for many games and only played 5 or 6 games with everyone available and healthy. The team never lost focus however and continued to learn and grow. We do not have a lot of soccer experience on the team and I will make it my priority to keep ... more >>
Empty Bowls Fundraiser Empty Bowls Fundraiser: The Cortland Loaves and Fishes had their annual “Empty Bowls Fundraiser” at the Center for Arts in Homer on Sat. Oct. 28th.  The goal of this fundraiser was to raise awareness of hunger, both locally and worldwide.  Participants selected their handmade bowl which was created by one of the many artists, teachers, and students within Cortland County. A simple meal of soup and salad was also provided by local restaurants and individuals.   Pottery, all of which is donated by local artists, was given as door prizes and auctioned during the event.  McGraw HS students also each made and donated a bowl for this very important event.     more >>
Kindergarten Kindergarten: Do We Play in Kindergarten? There is a lot of talk out there these days about kindergarten-age students and play time. Both the news media and social media reflect opinions on playtime—or lack thereof—for students. Most people agree that play is important for young children, so let’s consider the playtime question and how we can answer it here in McGraw, NY. DO we play in kindergarten? The answer is most definitely YES, but there is more to the answer than you may think. Before we talk about when, where, and how often these children play, we need to establish the vital role it plays in their healthy development. Whether they are running around playing tag or setting up blocks on the carpet, they are working out problems on their own, experimenting with the ... more >>
Art Club Art Club: Our first Art Club meeting was held on Friday the 13th after school.  Students created a variety of crafts from the many options of projects available to them.  They had 3 themes of art projects to choose from:  the season of Fall, Halloween, and Day of the Dead.  Some examples of the projects created were: making a leaf bowl out of terracotta clay, painting and decorating paper mache’ pumpkins, skulls, or masks, painting beautifully detailed wooden ornaments, and constructing door wreaths.  With a total of 50 members, this is our biggest group yet!   more >>
Successful Readers Successful Readers: We KNOW you want to help your children succeed as readers .  Good reading skills are vital to school success, and they begin when children are very young.  Here are some things will really help!  TALK, TALK, TALK with your children!  They learn so much from you when you talk to them.  They pick up thousands of words and learn lots of new information that way.  Even the sentences you speak give them a model of how to speak correctly.  When they READ later , they will know the meaning of tons of words they come across, helping their comprehension.  They will know about the world and all the fascinating things in it because you shared information with them by talking about lots of things.   ... more >>
McGraw Giving Tree Project McGraw Giving Tree Project:   With fall on its way and winter right around the corner, the school community is gearing up for the McGraw Giving Tree Project.  The McGraw Giving Tree Project was started many years ago by Caroline Gates to provide holiday presents for families in need, in our district.  Last year the district staff and faculty made the homes of 39 families and over one hundred of our children a little happier.  The list of families is generated by nominations which are given to the committee.  The nurse from the building will contact those families nominated to get size and ages of the school children in the home.  The tags with sizes and ages only are selected by the staff and faculty and then the gifts are bagged and tagged.   If you know of a family ... more >>
From Mrs. Laffoon, School Counselor From Mrs. Laffoon, School Counselor: Just a quick word from Kathy Laffoon, Pre-K through 6 th grade school counselor.   First I would like to welcome everyone back to school and hope that everyone enjoyed their summer.  Getting back into the routine of school can be difficult for both kids and adults alike.  Here are a few tips to help get back into the swing of things with your family.   Review your routine and get back on schedule .  Set clear expectations for a bedtime and morning routine that allows your child the most rest.  Sleep is one of the most important things for children.  Plan meals ahead of time.  School nights are busy especially if your children are involved in extracurricular activities.  Take a few minutes each week to plan meals ... more >>
McGraw Alumnus @ ESPN Gameday McGraw Alumnus @ ESPN Gameday: Tyler Mix and his comrades were in charge of the school mascot in the photo on ESPN Gameday.  Tyler (tall blonde on the left side of the picture) is a McGraw graduate and now Virginia Tech Cadet.    more >>
Local Artist Local Artist: Local artist and 9 th  grade student Chelsea Cobb has graciously allowed us to display her beautiful hand-formed sculptures of figurines in the front lobby display case.  This talented self-taught artist has demonstrated her skills by showing us a sample of her very creative work.  Sculptures show a variety of characters such as mermaids, females in flowing dresses, plants, and dragon eyes.  Please take a moment to view this amazing work if you happen to stop by the High School.   more >>
Grades 6-8 Co-Taught Classes Grades 6-8 Co-Taught Classes:          The 2017-2018 school year is off to a great start in Mrs. Langford’s 6-8 co-taught classes!  With a new school year comes new friends and new routines… and a lot of fun while learning.  The students are active in the classrooms and are challenged as critical thinkers and problem solvers.           In Mrs. Goodwin’s social studies class, while studying maps, we used playdough to represent mountains and show ELEVATION.   We are looking at different types of maps and finding locations using LATITUDE and LONGITUDE.               Miss Merriman’s math class started off with lots of hands-on learning!  ... more >>
Dinosaurs in School? Dinosaurs in School?: Dinosaurs in school? If your kindergartener, 1 st ,2 nd or right on up to 5 th grader tells you that they learned something from a dinosaur, don’t worry, they are not insulting a teacher!  They probably DID learn something from a dinosaur, or her friends Wally, Molly and Tiny Turtle.  Dina, the dinosaur, has been attending McGraw kindergartens weekly for the past 6 years teaching our young learners Social and Emotional Literacy skills.  From learning how to introduce themselves to solving problems, Dina, Wally, Molly, and Tiny share their school experiences to help your child be socially successful in school.  Dina is part of The Incredible Years Social Skills and Problem Solving in the Classroom program that is introduced in most Head Starts ... more >>
Come Roll with Us Come Roll with Us: McGraw Central School needs you to roll with us. Love to drive and spend time with children? This is the job for you. How much driving you do is up to you: regular runs, field trips, and/or sports runs. Paid training is reimbursed after six months. Is a holiday coming up?  No worries – it’s paid. Schools out and so are you.  We follow the school schedule.  There’s nothing better than driving around the beautiful country side.  Make a change in a child’s life by taking them to and from school in the coolest ride around – CDL Class B! Call Tom today (607)836-3670 to set up a time to see if this is the right fit for you. P. S. Endorsements would make your license be something to be proud of!   more >>
Welcome New Teacher: Mr. Dwyer Welcome New Teacher: Mr. Dwyer: Mr. Patrick Dwyer is teaching sixth grade Science and Social Studies at McGraw High School.  He is a 1987 graduate of Homer Central School.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Justice from SUNY Oswego in 1991 and a Master’s degree in Childhood Education from SUNY Cortland in 2004.  Before coming to McGraw, he taught in Cincinnatus and Homer.  Mr. Dwyer has a son who graduated from Homer last year and a daughter who is a junior at Homer.  The family resides in Truxton, NY.  An interesting fact about Mr. Dwyer is that he has a twin sister.  In his free time Mr. Dwyer likes to do electrical work and spend time outdoors.  He ran in 4 half- marathons and 2 marathons, one of them as part of a relay team.     more >>
Welcome New Board Member: Mrs. Marisa Zogg Welcome New Board Member: Mrs. Marisa Zogg: "My name is Marisa Zogg and I live at 4400 State Route 41, McGraw.  I have lived in the district for a little over a year.  My three children currently attend McGraw Schools.  Steven is in 6th grade, Barrett is in 4th grade, and Annabelle is in 1st grade this fall.  I currently work with Cortland Regional Medical Center as the Program Director of the Wound Care Center.   I'm excited for the opportunity to work with other members of our community to provide the best educational experience four our children." more >>
American Red Cross Blood Drive American Red Cross Blood Drive: more >>
Welcome Again:  Mr. Ford Welcome Again: Mr. Ford: Welcome again, Mr. Joseph Ford. “I teach classroom music (grades preK-5) and English to Speakers of Other Languages at McGraw. I had the privilege of working at McGraw last year through BOCES and am happy to be with McGraw full time this year. I am especially excited to be teaching piano to the elementary school students in the new piano lab! I grew up in Kentucky and California, but moved to New York in 2001 for graduate school. My undergraduate degree is in music education from University of the Pacific. I have graduate degrees in music performance from Ithaca College and teaching students with disabilities from SUNY Cortland. I am also the music director at Homer Congregational Church. I live in Cortland with my wife and two sons. In addition to music, I enjoy cooking ... more >>
Vacancy Notice Vacancy Notice: NOTICE OF VACANCY ________________________________                 Position:  Teacher Aide     Probationary appointment           Rate of Pay:  commensurate with experience per contract            Applications Due:  October 13, 2017     Please submit application to: Susan Prince McGraw Elementary School              10 W. Academy St. McGraw, NY  13101       more >>
Welcome New Receptionist: Mrs. Cortez Welcome New Receptionist: Mrs. Cortez: Mrs. Amy Cortez is the new receptionist at McGraw Elementary School.  She is originally from Marathon, NY, but has made her home in McGraw for the past 13 years.  She is married and has two daughters who both attend McGraw Jr.-Sr. High School, Makayla, a senior; and Jaiden, an eighth grader.  Mrs. Cortez has an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She worked as a Head Start teacher for 10 years at CAPCO.  She enjoys spending free time with her family.   more >>
McGraw Students Recognized for Day  of Caring McGraw Students Recognized for Day of Caring: more >>
Welcome Back to Facilities Dept.: Miss Johnson Welcome Back to Facilities Dept.: Miss Johnson: Miss Ashley Johnson has rejoined the custodial team at McGraw Elementary School. She says, “I can't be any more grateful to work with a very kind, respectful, and hardworking community that truly respects and cares about each other and everyone else who comes and goes.”  Miss Johnson was previously employed at McGraw, but left to pursue military training.  Her parents were both in the Air Force.  She is a native of East Homer and attended Homer schools.   She loves listening to music, reading, watching movies, and camping with her family.  Halloween is her favorite holiday.     more >>



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