Randall Middle School

Newsletter, March 2022

News From the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are very excited to welcome the month of March here at Randall Middle School. February was a busy month filled with high levels of learning and lots of fun too! We continue to have high academic, social, and behavioral expectations at Randall Middle School. We consistently reinforce the expectations for our school-wide community to Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. Each classroom community has a goal that they are working on in one of the areas of responsibility, respect, and safety. Each classroom community can earn a point in the morning and a point in the afternoon by meeting their goal. Some examples of goals in our classroom communities include:


  • “Students will use the THINK method…Is it true, is it helpful, is it inspiring, is it necessary, is it kind before responding to peers and staff.”

  • “Students will stay in control of their bodies.”

  • “We can transition quickly, quietly and safely in the classroom from one subject to another”

  • “Students will use the correct voice level for the current activity.”



When each classroom community and our entire school-wide community reaches our goal, we are able to celebrate these accomplishments by having an incentive. We were able to celebrate our latest school-wide incentive on Friday, February 11, 2022 with a Winter Fest. We had students participating in stations including gaga ball, four square, snow volleyball, and inner tube relay races. The weather cooperated and students enjoyed the outdoor fun. For our next incentive, we put a poll out to our students for them to vote on student-generated ideas. Movie/Pajama Day was the winner with 52.4% of our Randall Middle School population voting in favor! School Dance with a DJ came in second with 31.3%, and Minute to Win It games came in third with 16.3%. We will set a date for our next incentive once we have each of our classroom communities reach their goal of 15 points, and our school-wide community reach our goal of 225 points.


As you know, New York State has determined that masks are no longer required in schools as of 3/2/22. At Randall, we are encouraging students to accept others’ choices. If students still wish to wear a mask, this is their choice, and we will encourage peers to accept this and move on, instead of asking why and making someone feel inhibited if they wish to continue to wear a mask.


In March we will also have NYS 3-8 ELA Testing. The dates we anticipate administering the tests are 3/29 and 3/30 for our 5th graders, and 3/31 and 4/1 for our 6th graders. The NYS 3-8 Math Testing will be 4/26 and 4/27 for our 6th graders, and 4/28 and 4/29 for our 5th graders.


Thank you for your support of Randall Middle School!

With Purple Tiger Pride,

Randall speller moves on!

Owen McGraw, a Randall Middle School 5th grader, will be participating in the Syracuse Post Standard Spelling Bee at the Everson Museum on Saturday, March 5, 2022. The winner of that competition will represent Central New York in the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 27 through June 2, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

News From the Nurse

Physicals

All 5th graders and any new admits to the Cortland School District, are required to have a physical examination. If your child has already had one and you have sent a copy to the nurse, you are all set. If your child needs a physical, please make an appointment to get one, then have it faxed to the nurse at (607)-758-4179. If you prefer a school physical, call the nurse. School physicals are scheduled every Tuesday morning. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the nurse at (607) 758-4174 or jneuman@cortlandschools.org

Cortland City Schools have been selected by the state to provide BMI % data within the school district. The information will be taken from the health appraisals of students from the 2020/2021 school year. Each student’s health examination is required to include Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight status category (WSC). If you do not wish your child’s data (no personal identification) to be included in this survey please contact your school health office.


Reminders

  • Call the Main Office if your child is absent or tardy.

  • Update phone numbers, contacts & health concerns.

  • Check your child's hair daily for any signs of lice/nits.

  • Pack a change of clothes for spills or accidents.

  • If your child needs medication in school, get a Doctor's order, bring in the medication, and sign paperwork.

  • Keep your children home if they are sick.

  • All children who are sent home from the nurse must have a COVID test and/or an alternate diagnosis from a Doctor.

  • COVID testing consent forms available online.

COVID tests Registration https://app.clarifi-covid-19.com

Chorus

We have restarted chorus this cycle. Chorus is optional and I am so glad to have so many students interested in singing together. 5th grade chorus is on days 2 & 5 from arrival until 8:50. 6th Grade Chorus is at the same time but on days 4 & 6. If your student walks to school and is in chorus, if you could encourage them to get to school as early as possible it would be greatly appreciated.

Positivity Project P2

This month in P2, we have explored the character traits of Humility, Love and Enthusiasm. Randall students continue to be exposed to this important component to our SEL program through Mrs. Quinn´s daily announcements and in their class morning meetings. Ask your child how they would define each of those terms, and why exhibiting those traits would be crucial to their success both in and out of school.
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Physical Education

In Physical Education, the week before break we experienced the Winter Olympics at Randall. Students learned about Curling, Speed Skating, Hockey, Bobsled, and Biathlon. They earned Gold or Silver medals in each competition. They worked on their sportsmanship within each event.

Math News

Students in the Math Gymnasium are exploring algebraic concepts while solving for the value of apples (a), oranges (o) and bananas (b) through an activity called, ¨Fruit Logic¨.
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Math Olympiad Contest #4 is in the books! Pictured here is our 5th Grade Team. We are proud of them for persevering through some very tricky questions!
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