District Water Testing Results:
First round of water testing results available
Dear Homer community,
We have received some of our water testing results from four of our school buildings and wanted to update you on the findings.
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NYS to Require Meningococcal Vaccine for Students: Meningococcal disease, a life-threatening illness, is caused by bacteria spread person-to-person. It is easily spread in crowded settings and most often strikes older teens and young adults. The New York State Department of Health is now requiring students ... more >>
Assessments in Education: With all the questions about testing in general, the Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC) has created the video below to inform you, the public, about the many uses of the various types of assessments by teachers and schools.
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Healthy Cortland: July 15-24 th reserve units from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy were stationed at Homer Intermediate and Jr. High Schools for Healthy Cortland IRT, an event that offered free health care opportunities to hundreds of local residents.
Healthy Cortland IRT (Innovative Readiness Training) is a Department of Defense training exercise to provide real world training opportunities for service members while supporting the needs of America’s rural communities. In this exercise, more than 160 service members came to Cortland County from across the U.S. offering patients from our community basic medical, dental, optometry and veterinary care services. Scores of volunteers from throughout the community contributed to the success of the event by managing patient flow, parking, ... more >>
Achieve3000: Achieve3000 has recognized Mrs. Dugan’s and Mrs. Exelby’s Junior High class for their year-long hard work and overall Lexile improvement. The students were given weatherproof, removable bumper stickers and asked to share their achievements with Achieve3000 by posting a picture of themselves along with the sticker and tagging Archive3000 on Facebook or Twitter. This achievement is proof of the amount of encouragement and support provided by their teachers. So be looking out for these pictures from our kids and from kids across the country!
Homer High International Club: Homer High International Club
At their final meeting of the school year, the International Club celebrated the success of their donation drive. Throughout the months of April and May the students collected donations of extra change from friends and family and put together $600 to be used for scholarship money for two young ladies in Nepal. These young women were orphaned in the devastating earthquake that hit the capital city in April of last year. The funds are being sent to the Nhocca orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. For more information about the girls go to the Homer International Club webpage or check out www.nhocca.org.
Building Minds in South Sudan: Sixth graders Emma A. and Charlotte W. are holding a certified check made out to the charity Building Minds in South Sudan. Last December, a former Lost Boy of Sudan, Sebastian Maroundit, spoke to the Junior High student body. Sebastian told his story of surviving the Sudanese civil war, walking hundreds of miles to a refugee camp, and his eventual journey to America. Sebastian is a firm believer in the power of education to change lives and build a strong future for all. To that end, he founded his charity ( www.bmiss.org ) to build schools in South Sudan. Homer students collected spare change from students and staff, and also placed collection jars in local businesses that sell Fair Trade and Organic products. Way to go, Emma and Charlotte, for demonstrating character education in real ... more >>
Students Create Pea Plant Manufacturing Factory:
Planting a pea in a paper cup sounds easy enough, but how do you accomplish this seemingly simple task when the only hands-on feature is the push of a single button? Students in Mr. DiMattei's Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) class were able to meet this challenge using a turntable, and a robotic arm - a method referred to as "handshaking." Check out this video to see just how they did it!
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