Students Participate in Starlight Gown Contest:
Cato-Meridian Middle School fifth graders recently read about the bravery of children who have long hospital stays and discussed ways to help make those children feel better.
Students used their creativity to participate in the Starlight Gown contest, sponsored by Scholastic Books, in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Each student designed a hospital gown that children might like to wear instead of the traditional gowns that are uncomfortable and unflattering.
Starlight gowns open on the side instead of at the back, which gives more privacy to the wearer. They also have plastic snaps at the top and side, which make it easier to receive medication or have scans done, and they come in a variety of fun and colorful patterns.
This is the second ...
Small Town, Big Impact:
Some of our high school students were tasked with creating a video that showcased our district and community. This was their vision! Small Town, Big Impact! #CMPride
Construction Update 2019:
Cato-Meridian CSD Capital Improvement Project 2019
1. ES/MS access road reconstruction – Beginning May 2019
2. ES/MS drainage upgrades, parking lot and bus loop upgrades – Summer construction
3. Concrete walk from MS to HS – Summer construction
4. New ES canopy entrance – Summer construction
5. ES upper floor classroom flooring – Summer construction
6. ES/MS various interior and exterior door replacements along with new security door locking hardware – Summer construction
7. ES/MS site signage – Summer construction
8. MS front portico platform reconstruction – Summer construction
9. MS boy’s locker room reconstruction – Summer construction
10. Repair expansion ...
Cato-Meridian Students earn Scholarships through CTE Programs:
For participating in the regional technical competition, three Cato-Meridian High School students recently received scholarship opportunities from one of the top technical colleges in the country.
Students Cody Manitta, Lucas Sawyer and Austin Goodwin each received scholarships from Ohio Technical College for participating in the Regional SkillsUSA competition, which is offered through their career and technical education programs at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES.
Manitta (Auto Body) and Sawyer (Outdoor Power Technology) each received $500 participation scholarships. Goodwin (Heavy Equipment) received a $3,500 scholarship for finishing in second place in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition at the SkillsUSA regionals.
Goodwin will go on the represent Cato-Meridian ...
Student Maggie McGetrick wins Odyssey Pin Contest:
Not only did Cato-Meridian Middle School student Maggie McGetrick participate in this year’s Region 11 Odyssey of the Mind Competition, but she also did something no other participate can claim.
McGetrick entered and won the region 11 pin design contest. Each year, a student-designed pin is selected and presented to each participating student.
McGetrick’s pin featured a bumblebee, which is special to her because her mother is a beekeeper. McGetrick said bumblebees are inspiring because they seem to accomplish the impossible, similar to what Odyssey of the Mind participates must do.
“A bumblebee isn’t supposed to fly because of its weight, but it does,” McGetrick said. “Kids who participate in Odyssey are given a seemingly ...
Update on Strategic Planning Process:
The following is a message from Superintendent Dr. Terry Ward following the CORE Team's first meeting regarding the district's Strategic Plan.
“Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, do better.”
This quote by Maya Angelou characterizes our strategic planning process in the Cato-Meridian Central School District (CMCSD). As you may recall, CMCSD started the formal strategic planning process during a public Board of Education meeting in February.
The goal of our strategic planning process is to chart a course for the school district for the next five years. The key to our strategic plan being successful is for everyone to participate in the process. Currently CMCSD is collecting data from parents, students, teachers, staff ...
STRATEGIC PLANNING. District calling on help for long-term strategic plan:
The administrative team and district officials at Cato-Meridian Central School District are beginning to put in place the district’s five-year strategic plan, calling upon experts and those interested alike to assist in the upcoming process.
“These groups and this whole process helps us answer the question ‘Where are we now and where do we want to be?’ but also why?” said Cato-Meridian Superintendent Dr. Terry Ward, noting the strategic plan will include five-year targets across several areas and shorter “SMART” goals to help achieve the targets.
The Core Team will be facilitated by Jessica Docteur, the Deputy Superintendent at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, and consist of 10 to 15 C-M stakeholders.
“I am so appreciative of ...
Student Thanked for Sportsmanship:
For displaying excellent sportsmanship and a kind heart, Cato-Meridian student Mason Crandall was presented with a plaque from none other than Michael Montgomery from Marcellus following a recent game.
At the conclusion of Cato-Meridian's JV basketball game against Weedsport, Superintendent Dr. Terry Ward spoke to the auidence about the kindness Crandall displayed during a game versus Marcellus' JV squad. As time was expiring in the game, Crandall passed the ball to Montgomery, who has special needs, and Montgomery proceeded to shoot and make a three-pointer.
After Dr. Ward showed the audience a video of the event, Montgomery and Marcellus Athletic Director Michael Free stepped onto the court to present Crandall with a plaque thanking him for his sportsmanship.
School Supply Lists:
Click on the following links for each buildings school supply lists.
Cato-Meridian Elementary School
Cato-Meridian Middle School
Cato-Meridian High School
5K Race Hopes to Raise Funds for Great Cause:
In hopes to raise money for the Water for South Sudan Organization, seventh grade students have decided to have a 5K race! Come out and support the students and a wonderful cause.
The race is scheduled for March 31, and will be using the cross country route (see map below). Registration will begin at 9am, with the race starting at 10am. It will cost $5 per person and $20 per family of five.
Please have your child(ren) return the registration form to Chelsea LeBlac or the middle school office.
CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM!
Band, chorus students honored as All-County:
Several Cato-Meridian students have been honored this school year with selection to All-County for band and chorus accomplishments.
Cato had a number of honorees selected to Cayuga County’s Fall All-County Senior High Chorus, the Spring All-County Senior High Concert Band and the Spring All-County Junior High Chorus. Selection for each honor group is based on teacher recommendation and NYSSMA Solo ratings.
The spring’s all-county festival will be held March 29-30, and will culminate with a concert at Weedsport High School on Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m. Fall’s all-county chorus was held in November at Union Springs.
Students are selected from all seven Cayuga County school districts and come together at these festivals to rehearse together and present a concert. ...
Mr. Misso joins the High School as School Resource Officer:
A new face is bolstering safety efforts and bringing further security to Cato-Meridian High School.
At its January meeting, the district’s Board of Education approved adding a school resource officer for the high school and appointed law enforcement veteran Roger Misso to the position. Mr. Misso’s first day was Jan. 15.
A resident of nearby Red Creek, Mr. Misso’s responsibilities include patrolling inside and outside the building while working with district personnel on safety planning and educating students.
“I’m here to help ensure safety and security for everyone at the high school,” Mr. Misso said. “I plan to be a resource for the administration while preparing students for success in life.”
Mr. Misso retired in ...
ATTENTION PARENTS: Changes to the NYS School Immunization Requirements effective July 1, 2018:
New York State has made changes to its school health exam schedule as well as requirements for the meningococcal vaccine, effective July 1, 2018.
Beginning July 1, 2018, all New York State public school students must have a health exam when they enter school as a new entrant and in Pre-K or Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. These examinations MUST be completed on the new required NYSED Student Health Examination Form for School.
Medical providers’ offices may not yet be aware of the change, so the Cato-Meridian Central School District encourages parents to bring the official NYSED Health Examination Form with them to their child’s appointment. You can download the required health exam form by clicking HERE at the NYSED website or simply go to the ...