Cornell School District Families and Community Members:
Welcome to the Cornell School District website! This is the second year for our newly designed website and we strive is to continue providing families and community members with the most important and up-to-date information. We will continue highlighting different student and staff accomplishments throughout the 2017-2018 school year! If there is any information or questions concerning content items please don’t hesitate to contact the elementary, high school or district offices.
Personally speaking, I am very excited for the 2017-2018 school year due to a number of initiatives we are expanding on, and other initiatives that are new for staff members. The Cornell School District Administration and Staff is eager to continue our curriculum mapping project where we have adopted the Understanding by Design Framework. Thanks to the hard work of our teaching staff year one was a success and we are excited to continue our work into year two. Cornell is also looking forward to the return of nationally renowned education expert, Dr. John Collins. Dr. Collins is founder and managing director of Collins Education Associates and has developed the nationally recognized Collings Writing Program. Collins Writing strategies have been implemented in many Cornell classrooms and we are thrilled to have Dr. Collins return this school year.
I am also happy to report that Cornell’s technology expansion continues. Each grade level in our elementary school has their own designated device cart. Grades kindergarten through 2nd grade have their iPad cart and grades 3-6 have their own Chromebook cart. Due to the increase in wireless devices we also expanded on our wireless network access points, so connectivity should not be an issue at Cornell School District. At the secondary level, we have a solid foundation with respect to wireless devices. Our students have access to Mac laptops, desktop PCs, iPads, Chromebooks, and video conferencing equipment. We also finalized the last stage of our TV studio project when a sound booth was installed over the summer months.
This year is shaping up to be another successful year for Cornell. Over the past 11 years we have worked very hard and diligently to ensure that our students are experiencing meaningful and relevant learning opportunities. We have updated our courses, created new ones and expanded on our current practices. Thanks in large part to a number of grants we have upgraded our technology, nearing one-to-one ratio of devices to students, and have transformed spaces that allow for creativity, innovation, collaboration, and lasting learning experiences for our students. Our teachers have also worked hard to expand on their instructional practices and continually seek new learning opportunities out for themselves. Our teachers really do model life-long learning for our students and I am very proud of the hard working, and dedicated faculty and staff we have at Cornell. Your child is in good hands and I hope you share in the same pride that I do for Cornell. Let’s make this year a memorable one!
Dr. Aaron Thomas