Cornell Families and Community Members:
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year, and welcome to the Cornell School District website. I hope everyone was able to have an enjoyable summer, and I also hope you were able to find time to visit and connect with family and friends. The summer months go by so quickly, and the precious time we spend with our family and friends is something that we should all cherish. It was a very busy summer for the Cornell School District that started as soon as we said goodbye to the graduating Class of 2018 and wished our students and staff well as they left for summer break. I am happy to report that an extensive renovation project to our high school has been completed on-time, and on budget. The entire high school open-space was renovated with newly configured classroom spaces, new flooring, lighting and ceilings.
A special “Thank you” to our wonderful maintenance and custodian staff for all their efforts in preparing the building for the start of the school year. In addition to this project we had a district-wide technology refresh over the summer. Each classroom throughout the district received a new interactive display called a Promethean Board, or a large TV which will have casting ability. Casting ability means that teachers can display to their class, on the TV, what is on their computer screen or tablet. We also purchased additional Chromebooks and iPads, including charging stations, which are currently being used at all grade levels. This school year will also mark our first year offering a computer science program to our students. Mrs. Susan Dunning, who previously taught middle level science, moved into our new secondary computer science teaching position. Mrs. Kristen Bardelli, a Technology Education teacher in Cornell Elementary, will also be implementing computer science lessons at the elementary level. Mrs. Bardelli will have additional time in her schedule to meet with grades 3 – 6 where these lessons will be implemented. We will also be expanding on our Dynamic Learning Project, which is a collaboration with Google Education and Digital Promise. Mrs. Rachel McVeagh will be working with all K-12 teachers this school year, with the goal of assisting teachers implement technology in a meaningful and relevant manner in the classroom. The Cornell Administration is very excited to be able to provide this resource to our classroom teachers, which will then have an impact on student engagement and student achievement.
It was also recently announced that Cornell School District is the receipt of another STEAM grant in the amount of $16,500. Congratulations to Director of Technology and Instruction, Mr. Kris Hupp, for his work on this application. More information will be released in the near future, but this grant will support designing and creating an outdoor learning space to be used by students and teachers. This project has the potential, like other STEAM grants we have received, to continue progressing Cornell School District in positive manner that has transformed our teaching and learning culture. Over the summer months we have also dedicated time and resources to increasing security measures. We have expanded our video surveillance to include even more video coverage inside the building. All angles of our outside grounds are currently under surveillance. We also increased our security at entrances throughout the building adding an extra level to ensure safety of our students and faculty. For more specific articles on the happens within the Cornell School District please click the "Media" tab on the District homepage. You will find the latest edition of Cornell Today our District newsletter. You will also find articles that highlight many of the wonderful projects we have going on at Cornell School District.
I am very proud of the work that countless Cornell staff members have put in to make Cornell a special place. Our students continue to embrace the challenges and learning opportunities that we put before them, and this year will be no different. I hope that you share our excitement and enthusiasm for the 2018-2019 school year.
Yours in Education,
Dr. Aaron Thomas