2020-21 Budget Newsletter:
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Update Regarding Spring Sports:
March 16, 2020
Hello Cato-Meridian Families and Athletes,
I would like to update you on the upcoming spring sports season given all the changes that have taken place over the last few days.
The official start date for both modified and varsity sports will start on April 14, 2020. Modified sports sign-ups will continue until April 1, 2020, so make sure you get registered. Practices can begin on April 14 and we will send out a practice schedule as we get closer to that date. No practices or team get-togethers can happen before that date - our buildings and grounds will be closed to teams.
I am attaching a letter from John Rathbun , Head of Section III Sports, which outlines his expectations and guidelines as we move forward.
We will keep ...
Odyssey of the Mind Prepares for Competition:
Students in Odyssey of the Mind program at Cato-Meridian Middle School are putting their minds to work for this year’s competition season.
This year, students are working hard on several creative problem-solving competitions, including several featuring balsa wood. Working with balsa wood is somewhat new to the students, but Odyssey of the Mind coordinator and coach Deb Harrigan said the students are working through the process well.
“It was a change for them. But they really took with it and have done really well,” said Harrigan.
Eighth graders Kaydence Morrissette and Nadia Dudley have been in Odyssey of the Mind since they were in third grade. Morrissette, who is working on the marionette dragon, ...
Robotics Team Success:
Five Cato-Meridian Middle Schoolers squared off against 48 other teams during the state-wide VEX IQ Challenge in Syracuse.
The group, led by middle school teacher Kevin McGowan, came in 16 th place during the competition. During the “Squared Away” challenge students were tasked with stacking cubes to gain points.
The students, who have been working hard to get to this moment, built a robot from scratch. There were two components to the robot – driving the robot with a remote control and programming it. Sixth grader Devin Pollock said building the robot has been his favorite part so far.
“It’s a lot of problem-solving and teamwork. We all have to work together to figure it out or ...
Cato-Meridian Middle School student Rylee Napolitano wins Odyssey pin contest:
Cato-Meridian sixth grade student Rylee Napolitano’s creativity and talent will be on display at this year’s Region 11 Odyssey of the Mind Competition, as the pin she designed will be presented to each student at the competition.
Napolitano’s design features an octopus. She chose an octopus because it reminded her of the teamwork that is needed to succeed in the competition.
“Each tentacle of an octopus represents the seven teammates and coach on a team,” Napolitano said. “The same way the tentacles work together to hunt, our team works together to solve long-term and spontaneous problems.”
Her design also highlights this year as the 40 th anniversary of Odyssey of the Mind. The Region 11 competition is slated for Saturday, March 21. ...
Cato-Meridian Senior Marcus Ramacus Hits 1,000 Points:
Prior to tipping off against Manlius Pebble Hill last Friday, senior Marcus Ramacus needed just nine points to become the third Cato-Meridian boys basketball player to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.
Ramacus wasted little time, hitting an early three-pointer and scoring on two contested layups. Ramacus later drove to the net but was fouled and sent to the free throw line.
On his first free throw attempt, Ramacus showed poise as the shot went in nothing but net, securing his 1,000 point. The crowd erupted in celebration and teammates surrounded Ramacus as he became the first Cato-Meridian boys basketball player to hit the milestone since Dave Johnson in 1997.
After reaching the 1,000-point mark, the game was halted for a quick ceremony. Johnson, who was high ...
White Finds Success in Wrestling and Classroom:
Cato-Meridian senior Hunter White is putting the finishing touches on an already stellar high school wrestling career as he prepares to compete in the Section III Championships.
White had a 34-2 record on the season heading into the Sectional finals, the third consecutive year he’s eclipsed the 30-win plateau. In total, White has racked up more than 150 wins during his high school career. But for White, the number of wins doesn’t outweigh the loses.
“I could be undefeated this season. I have those two loses, but they were really close matches,” said White.
White attributes much of his individual success, and the success of the entire wrestling team, to his coaches. White said when you simply listen to the advice of a coach, things usually ...
Students Dazzle During Holiday Band Concert:
Students in the Cato-Meridian Central School District recently dazzled during a Holiday Band Concert.
The concert, which was attended by hundreds of proud family members and friends, featured performances by the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, and high school concert bands.
Each band took turns playing a variety of holiday classics, such as "Carol of the Bells," and selections from "Fiddler on the Roof." Time was also taken to congratulate the All-County Band selections.
Technology Free Wellness Day:
Dear Students and Families,
We know you have all been working hard during this shift to online learning due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. We wanted to give students a break from the technology and specifically, Google Hangouts or Zoom Meetings.
We are planning to do our learning in a different way. Therefore please use this list of suggestions to continue learning in many other ways on this Friday. Just pick a few. Remember many of these suggestions will require parent supervision and permission. Have fun and stay safe!
Read a good book outside, draw a picture, write a letter, or listen to some music
Go outside and work in your gardens
Mow your lawn or mulch your yard with your parents or help neighbors with their yards
Deadline for Filing Nomination Petitions:
DEADLINE FOR FILING NOMINATING PETITIONS
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that petitions for nominating candidates for office must be filed in the District Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on May 11, 2020. Under NYS Governor Executive Order No. 202.26, there is no minimum threshold of signatures required on a nominating petition this year. Candidates must:
Be able to read and write.
Be a qualified voter of the District. A qualified voter of the District is a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older and not adjudged to be an incompetent.
Be and have been a resident of the District for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election.
Have not been removed ...
Cato-Meridian Receives High Recognition:
Cato-Meridian High School has been identified as a Recognition School by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) based on 2018-19 school year results.
This is the first time Cato-Meridian High School has received the award. According to a press release by NYSED, Recognition Schools are identified as such because they are currently schools in Good Standing that are among the top performing in the state under the ESSA accountability system for academic performance in the core subjects, as well as for student growth in English language arts or mathematics for elementary and middle schools and graduation rates for high schools.
"These schools also met or exceeded either the school or state Measures of Interim Progress for the English language arts and mathematics ...
Community Letter 4-10-2020:
April 10, 2020
Dear Cato-Meridian Community,
We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well. There are a lot of changes we have made due to our current situation. Social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and on-line learning are just a few effects of COVID-19.
The financial effects of COVID-19 are not fully known. Last week Governor Cuomo’s 2020 budget indicated school districts will receive the same school aid as 2019-20. However, the devil is in the details. The Governor now has executive power to “make quarterly adjustments”. In short, we are going to have to change our school budget. Historically, some of you remember the 2008 stock market crash. During that financial crisis from 2010-2015 our school budget was reduced by a total of 6.4 million dollars. ...
Information regarding the Public Budget Hearing/Budget Vote/School Board Election:
Notice is hereby given that our Public Budget Hearing scheduled on May 11, 2020 and our Budget Vote scheduled on May 19, 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and the circulation, filing, and collection of petitions for Board of Education positions are postponed pursuant to the New York State Governor’s Executive Order 202.13. Further notice will be given when more information is available.