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March of Dimes

Congratulations to the Cornell Key Club and their sponsor, Ms. Miriam Klein, for raising over $1,000 for the March of Dimes. The students raised the funds through their annual Penny Wars Competition.
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Smithsonian Learning Lab

Congratulations to high school teachers Mrs. Amy Palo, Mr. Andrew Erwin, and Mr. Kevin Quigley who recently finished the Smithsonian Learning Lab training. The Smithsonian Learning Lab was created to “inspire the discovery and creative use of its rich digital materials – more than a million images, recordings, and texts.” Through their training, the teachers engaged with educators from the Smithsonian Institute, Heinz History Center, and from around the region. When asked about the training, Mrs. Palo said, “I am excited about the new sorting tools they added and their potential for higher order learning.” Last school year, Mrs. M. Fuga completed the training.
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Apple for a Teacher

Gigi's Cupcakes recently paid a visit to Cornell Elementary to deliver cupcakes decorated as apples to Mrs. Jackie DelGreco. Mrs. Delgreco was nominated by several of her Kindergarten parents for FAVORITE TEACHER as part of a Teacher Appreciation week contest. Cornell will celebrate all of our teachers the week of May 8-12. Don't forget to thank a teacher!
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Judy Moody Author Visits Cornell. RARE!

Cornell 3rd grade recently welcomed ‘Judy Moody’ author Megan McDonald into their classrooms. Ms. McDonald spoke for about an hour with students at Cornell and students from around the country and Canada via videoconference. An estimated 42,000 students watched live. Mrs. Schweers, Mrs. Freiss, and Mrs. Thomas and their classes had a lot of fun and asked great questions. After the discussion, Ms. McDonald signed a book for each 3rd grader. Click on the title (above) to see the videoconference.
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Journalism Class Recognized for PSA

Students in Mrs. Patricia Dahmen’s Journalism Class were recently recognized at a luncheon with the FBI for their Operation HOPE PSA. At the luncheon, students learned about the effects of opioid abuse and careers in federal law enforcement.
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Great Night at PNC Park

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraiser and were able to watch our baseball team at PNC Park. We had a lot of fun and this was be a memorable experience for all of the boys. Photo Credit: Hayden Hoffman
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Planting the Seeds of Success

This spring 3rd graders in Mrs. Sandy Schweers, Mrs. Robin Freiss, and Mrs. Casey Thomas’ classes are doing some gardening. The students are learning about germination and will be growing Brassica Plants (also known as the Wisconsin Fast Plants), radishes, spinach, and tomatoes. They will also be measuring and charting plant growth. Students are reading Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens in which a rabbit tricks a bear into giving him all of the good parts of the harvest.
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Dunning's Class Knee-deep in Surgery

Mrs. Susan Dunning’s 8th grade science classes recently watched a knee replacement live via videoconference. During the surgery, the orthopedic surgeon and entire operating room team discussed the anatomy of the human body, the surgery they were performing, and helped students learn about a wide range of medical careers. The videoconference was hosted by the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) which is located in Columbus, Ohio.
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Ivy League Literacy

Congratulations to elementary teachers, Mrs. Julie Roncone, Ms. Mara Kramer, and Mrs. Jamie Chambers, who just completed a 4.5 credit Penn Literacy Network (PLN) course at the University of Pennsylvania. Through their coursework they have learned about research-based best practice to engage students in deeper learning as related to literacy and have implemented these strategies in their teaching practice.
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