Randall Middle School

Newsletter, October 2022

News From the Principal

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

We have had a wonderful start to the 2022-2023 school year at Randall Middle School. It was a pleasure to see so many parents, caregivers, and families come to Meet the Teacher Night. Each day at school, we continue to encourage our students and adults to remember why we are here: our Randall Middle School Mission - to “ensure high levels of learning for all - students and adults.” The way we ensure our Mission is through our Vision. We don’t just focus on student learning. We also focus on high levels of learning for our adults here at Randall Middle School because we know that students learn best when our adults know and use best practices. We are a Model PLC School, meaning that we have been recognized for our exemplary work in establishing a high-achieving professional learning community. This professional learning community ensures that your students’ teachers are constantly collaborating to plan, set, and evaluate data driven learning goals. They are working tirelessly to plan activities that are engaging and encourage your students to take ownership of their learning. We also have an emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). We value positive relationships and a safe and nurturing environment that is supplemented by a high quality SEL curriculum. We want students to learn and use appropriate academic and social behaviors, and how to recognize and manage emotions as a student, and eventually as a citizen in our 21st century global society. In order to achieve our Mission, we must have our families, caregivers, and community engaged and involved. We want to work together with you to provide opportunities for input, communication, and collaboration to support and serve our students. Please get involved! On the second Wednesday of each month, our Randall Middle School PTO meets in a hybrid format. (Meaning we meet in person but also host a virtual meeting so you can participate virtually if you prefer.) Please feel free to share your voice and your support for Randall Middle School through the PTO. We look forward to sharing our passion with each of you to ensure high levels of learning for all students and adults.

With Purple Tiger Pride,


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Upcoming Important Dates

  • Picture Day: October 5, 2022

  • Early Release Day: October 7, 2022: dismiss 15 minutes early (2:55pm)

  • No School: October 10, 2022

  • PTO Meeting: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 6pm, Rm B11 Hybrid - In-person or Online

Online Meeting link: https://meet.google.com/abf-xech-zdw Or dial: ‪(US) +1 515-518-4112‬

PIN: ‪336 800 296‬#

  • November 1, 2022: No School: Student Led Conferences - please contact your student’s teacher if you have not signed up for a time yet


News From the Nurse

Hello and welcome back!

Here are a few reminders and tidbits from the health office:

  • Covid tests are available and free. Please just ask!

  • A physical examination is required for all 5th grade students.

  • Please keep the office informed of any phone number changes and/or health concern updates.

  • If your child needs medication in school, a MD order and adult delivery is required

  • Pack a change of clothes for unexpected accidents and spills!

  • Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Be safe and stay well!

As Always–Nurse Neuman


From the K-6 Counselor

I am Mrs. Hegedus, the new K-6 School Counselor. I am at Randall on Days 1&2. I have started pushing into classrooms to talk with students about helping/supporting their peers. It has been a great start to the school year!!!


From Transportation

Have you heard of Stop Finder? Stopfinder gives parents and guardians access to view and share their student’s bus stop assignments.

With Stopfinder GeoAlerts, app users can create alert zones at any stop or school or along your student’s route. Stopfinder users will be notified when their student’s bus has arrived at or departed from an alert zone. Know where the bus is and know your student has arrived at or departed from any location along their assigned bus route.

StopFinder is now here in Cortland!

Tutorial Video LINK

Easy Instructions LINK


The Positivity Project

The Positivity Project (P2) is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build positive relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. Over the course of this school year, your child will learn about 24 strengths already within each one of them. The program instills vocabulary and meaning through explicit teaching of each strength through Mrs. Quinn´s morning message, and through class morning meetings. We will dedicate one week to each strength, in an effort to help students gain meaning through definition, examples, discussions, and exercises. P2 empowers students by acknowledging that the 24 character strengths are already a part of who they are as people. So far, we have already talked about CURIOSITY and TEAMWORK. Next up is OPEN-MINDEDNESS. Ask your child to define these strengths for you, and talk with him/her about how they contribute to success at home and at school.


Band Lessons and Rehearsals Have Begun!

~Ms. Corinne Bennett, Band Teacher

Hello and welcome back to a new school year! In band, we’ve handed out most of the instruments and have jumped right in to band rehearsals and band lessons! Rehearsals are every day 1 and day 2, and lessons happen for each band student once per six day cycle. Students have an instrument and a band folder and it is their responsibility to make sure these come to school on band days and go home on non-band days so that students can practice. We’re looking forward to a great year in band this year!


String Corner!

~Mrs. Allison Capano, Orchestra Teacher

All Randall Orchestra rehearsals have begun. We will be practicing as a group (Orchestra) on Day 1 & 2. All students will need their instrument, Book One, and Binder on Days 1 & 2. Our 5th Graders will also need their stuff on Day 5 for their Lesson in my office.

We still have instruments available for violin, viola, cello and bass if anyone is interested in beginning strings. Contact Mrs.Capano at acapano@cortlandschools.org.



~Mrs. Amber Thayer, Music Teacher

We have been having a stellar start to music this year. We have been reviewing our music fundamentals, playing djembes and composing our own music for drums.
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~Mrs. Danielle Beltz, Art Teacher

In art we have been drawing, painting and collaging so far! We also collaborated on Randall Middles’ version of Vincent VanGogh’s “Starry Night”.


Math News

~Mrs. Shana Snyder & Mr. Jim Wallis, Math Specialists

The Math Gymnasium is open for business, and the Math Specialists, a.k.a ´Number Ninjas´ are in the process of gathering an Olympiad team for this school year. Congratulations to Reid Kline (pictured below with Mr. Wallis and Mrs. Snyder), who was the top winner of his grade level team last year and earned this trophy.
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Students in 5th grade math have absolutely loved exploring volume with our brand new omnifix cubes! ~Mrs. Meghan Hendriks, 5th Grade Teacher
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We are working on area in our classroom using different hands on activities. One way we are using hands on activities is by using cheezits to create different shapes to find the area of.

~Mrs. Samantha Wyant, 6th Grade Teacher


5th Grade Book Club

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Physical Education

~Mr. Luke Schweider & Mr. Austin Harriger, PE Teachers

Randall Middle School Purple Tigers worked on building teamwork skills through cooperation and communication in physical education class. Learners had to overcome obstacles as a team.

Some of our team building activities done:

→ Rock/Paper/Scissors Olympics

→ Floor is Lava

→ Birthday Lineup

→ Group Juggle

→ Blob Tag

→ Nuclear Transfer

Upcoming Units in PE:




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~Ms. Nicole Evans, Teacher Librarian

We have had an awesome start of the year here in the library! Our fall started with a book fair that our students loved, and that many parents and families were able to come during “Meet the Teacher Night” as well. We had many families donate books to classroom libraries to help support students' love of reading. Thank you!

In library classes, sixth graders have learned about plagiarism and the citation of sources, and have just begun their project on Greek Mythology and its influence on modern companies and products.

Fifth graders have learned about website evaluation and critical thinking online, and are beginning to learn about an endangered animal of their choice to teach their classmates about.

We are looking forward to a wonderful rest of the trimester and school year!

Miss Evans

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