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Update from our Head of School - February 26, 2021

We hope all our students enjoyed our Mid-winter recess. The week surely felt like true winter with all the snow we got. Our students have enjoyed playing outside in all the snow this past week during recess and PE. Ms. Sol's 2nd and 3rd grade class even got outside during math and used snowball to represent different numbers in our base 10 number system.

This week the Cortland Standard visited our school to interview some of our third graders from Mrs. Hull's class. These students won a contest through NYS Ag in the Classroom with their recipe and promotional materials for the Truxton Academy Beefy Burrito Bar. Look for an article in the Cortland Standard to come out soon. We are so proud of how hard the students worked on this contest. It has sparked their enthusiasm for cooking and contests. They are now helping to plan and prepare one meal a month in the cafeteria. Way to go third graders!

2021-2022 Application and Enrollment

We are currently in the midst of our open application period for the 2021-2022 school year. If you currently have students in the school, they will be automatically enrolled for next year. It is helpful for planning purposes, however, for us to know that you intend to have them return. A sheet for letting us know your intention was sent home this week. Please return it as soon as possible. Additionally, all families who may need transportation for the upcoming school year must submit a transportation request for no later than April 1st, even if they are already receiving transportation this year.

If you know of any interested families, please encourage them to apply for their children to attend our school next year. Applications can be found at our website,

From the Nurse:

Please be sure your child is sent with 2 masks to school as we are running low on replacement masks.

Please be sure your child has an extra set of clothing that stays with them at school or in their backpack.

Ways to Help Our School


Amazon Smile is a division of amazon that donates a portion of sales from many items to a variety of charities and nonprofits. Truxton Academy is one of those nonprofits. If you are purchasing items from amazon, please go to and choose Truxton Academy as your charity of choice. Purchases you are making anyway will benefit our school. Wednesday All-School Meeting Breakout Room Volunteers: We invite parents and volunteers to be Wednesday All-School Meeting Breakout Room Leaders. If you are interested and available between 11:00 and 12:00 on Wednesdays, please email Ms. Petit-McClure ( Parent Testimonials: If you are a parent, we would love to hear a testimonial from you about why you choose Truxton Academy or why you appreciate Truxton Academy for your child(ren)'s education! Please send a testimonial to if you are willing to have it shared on our facebook page and/or website. Donations: Currently we are in need of glue sticks. Our classroom teachers would appreciate any donations of glue sticks. Monetary donations are always welcomed through our website Just go to the website and click the Donate Now button if you want to make a contribution. Thank you A big thank you to families and supporters who have already sent in donations! Our community recently lost a wonderful member and in lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to our school. We want to send a special thank you to the family of John Landsdowne for their generosity! Message from the PTO about an upcoming fundraiser Introducing the Save Around coupon booklet for the Cortland/Ithaca area. You can purchase online and includes FREE SHIPPING! We need help spreading the word about this fundraiser and for every 5 books you sell, you get one FREE! Questions? Email Please visit this link to view the book and purchase: Thanks for your continued support! Upcoming Dates: 3/2- Special Person's Day Dance and Dr. Seuss Day* Celebration 3/4- March PTO Meeting 5:30PM 3/8- Board of Trustees Meeting 7:00PM Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 981 6171 1210 Passcode: SSN9b7 3/15- Staff Professional Development Day: No School for Students Updates from the classrooms: Mrs. Francis' Class This week the Kindergarteners practiced school routines, expectations, and procedures, to get back into the swing of things after the break. We had a class meeting and brainstormed how to solve some of the problem areas which are taking our learning time away. The students had great ideas and showed empathy and respect during this discussion. Good job, Kindergarteners!In Phonics we review the letter sounds we've learned so far and then learned the tricky letter sound for Xx. We only have 2 letters left! We also reviewed the sight words we have learned so far. In ELA we practiced finding the message or moral of a story. This is preparing us for a joint PBL we will be starting with Mrs. Hull's 3rd graders next week. We also practiced getting more words on our stories. I am starting to see some great independent sentences and labels!In math we worked hard at measuring many different classroom objects (tool boxes, books, markers, timers, and more) using non standard tools (unifix cubes). We also practiced 1:1 correspondence within 10. In science we had the chance to see Rosie eat crickets, greens, beans, carrots, and super worms. She is so fast at spotting the insects! We also watched a short video of several other bearded dragons doing a taste test. This gave us some more ideas of things to have her try. Lastly, the students all had a chance to pet or hold Rosie depending o their comfort level. She is so fun! We are happy to have her in our class. Ms. Jess' Class K/1 hit the road running this week back from break! In Phonics and Reading we are learning a new skill...Super Silent Magic E. Ask your students to tell you about its super power! We are reading books with blends and digraphs as review and noticing words with silent e. In honor of Black History Month we have been reading books about Matthew Henson and Rosa Parks. One of our virtual students Elijah shared his knowledge all about the Mars rover, Perseverance and we were wondering how the rover was built and why it was built that way so we will be doing some research to find that out. In math we started a new unit on place value and working with tens and ones. We finished up our science unit on liquids, solids and gasses by creating mock water cycles in a bag and observing how liquid, water, turns into a gas, water vapor. This week we also started learning how to take care of our new Chrome book computers so we can start using them to practice all our academic skills. Reminders from Ms. Jess: -Please send in snack and a water bottle with your student everyday -Please send your student in with a mask that fits well to cover their nose and mouth Ms. Smith's Class This week in ELA we have been working on our long vowel/ silent e words. Students are learning that the silent e makes the vowel say its name! This week we have also had a Hide and Seek sight word activity where students were able to go on a hunt for sight words posted around the classroom and had to read them, then write them down when they found one! In Math, we have started our Telling Time unit. Students are learning the difference between analog clocks and digital clocks, the difference between am and pm, as well as what it means when the big hand is on the 12. In Science, we have started our weather unit. Students asked such great questions about how we predict the weather and why it is important to do so! Ms. Sol's Class This week our students have been working on place value, addition, subtraction, and multiplication in math. They really enjoyed building snowballs to represent the different place values outside during math on Tuesday! In writing, we have been working on the writing process during writer's workshop. Our students are excited to start a collaborative Project-Based Learning project focused on storytelling with Mrs. Hull's class next week. Mrs. Hull's Class The return to school proves to be an exciting time for 3rd Graders. This week, we finished our study on endangered species in our area and published actions that anyone can take to protect the species that share our environment. A reporter from the Cortland Standard visited to interview and take pictures for a feature article about our winning top prize in the Top Cut Beef Contest supported by Ag in the Classroom. You may expect to see the article in their March 6th edition. In mathematics, we are exploring area and perimeter by designing our own houses and yards. Some students even plan to make a model of their design. Third graders are also beginning a new project to bring some of our learning to the community. All stories have messages for the reader and we plan to bring some of these stories to life. We plan to work both within our class and with the other classes in the school to create a StoryTime Channel of stories from all around the world and share them with our greater school community so that more people can learn the important lessons from these stories. Have a great weekend! PE Students have been practicing hard for their Special Person's Day Dance this week in PE. Spanish K/1 is continuing to learn about our winter gear! We are learning a song to help us remember our winter gear (and body parts! This will be good to focus on and remember when we start our body parts unit). We also started an art project to help us with our words. 2/3 began to learn body parts right before break so we started with a quick review this week! We listened to two songs and began to learn them to help us remember our body parts! As a reminder, we have a public facebook page where we share many pictures and stories of our students learning. Please check it out to see some of the wonderful work our teachers and students are doing every day! ( Feel free to share our posts to spread the word about our school! Additionally, the PTO has a parent specific facebook group. If you are a parent and wish to join this group, you can find it at: We hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for your continued support of our school! Thank you, Sara and the Truxton Academy Team

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