Homer Celebrates Two Hundred Years of Education
The Homer Central School District honored its 200th year of state-approved education by unveiling a historical sign recently in a ceremony at Homer Elementary School.
The historical sign serves as a tribute to the educators, students and families that have kept the Homer Central School District prosperous over the past two hundred years.
The sign is a product of collaboration from the community. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation provided grant money to help fund the
Homer Superintendent Thomas Turck
Addresses the Crowd at the Unveiling of
a Historical Sign Commemorating 200
Years of Education at Homer.
project and the Village of Homer installed the sign on the village green where it will be a permanent fixture for all to see. In ...
Early Dismiss Drill - Thursday, October 3rd
Homer Central Schools will dismiss all students early on Thursday, October 3, 2019. The Commissioner of Education has mandated that all schools in the state develop an Emergency Management Plan and participate in an Early Dismissal Drill on an annual basis. Homer Schools have scheduled its annual test of the Early Dismissal Drill for Thursday, October 3, 2019.
All students will be released fifteen (15) minutes earlier than their normally scheduled time in order to test the early dismissal response of the District’s Emergency Management Plan.
After school activities will be unaffected by the early dismissal drill. Parents with questions are asked to call the Principal’s office of their child’s school.
Please make appropriate arrangements ...
Homer Nurse Practitioner Program to Provide Convenience for Families
The Homer Central School District is continuing a partnership with Guthrie Family Medicine that will provide students with weekly access to a Nurse Practitioner this school year.
Anna Wright is a Nurse Practitioner with Guthrie Family
Medicine. This year, Homer parents can opt their child
in to weekly access to a Nurse Practitioner in school.
The program provides a number of medical services that are otherwise unavailable in the district. Services a nurse practitioner can provide include the ability to attain a physical, receive a diagnosis for an illness, and/or order necessary medication without a student needing to go see a doctor.
“This partnership ran as a pilot program last year and it was a huge success,” Guthrie ...
Opening Day Assembly Provides Learning, Smiles for Staff
Over three hundred employees of the Homer Central School District participated kicked off the school year in style on Tuesday at Homer High School at an opening day assembly.
The day began with a quick introduction in the auditorium where Homer Superintendent Thomas Turck gave a warm welcome to the staff for the new school year. The staff then split up in to groups for a day of fun and learning. The activities focused on the three primary focuses of the Homer strategic plan: community engagement, student engagement, and social-emotional learning. Staff participated in workshops in addition to a scavenger hunt that included putting puzzles together as a team and hunting on twitter for clues to the next location on campus.
“In order to handle planning an event ...
Statement Regarding 2018 Data Release
August 29, 2019
The District was recently notified of a data security incident, believed to have occurred in or around November 2018. This incident involved the unauthorized access of Personally Identifiable Information from the AIMSWeb 1.0 system. AIMSWeb is an assessment platform provided by Pearson Clinical Assessment (Pearson). Homer Schools utilized AIMSWeb to monitor student progress in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The District stopped using AIMSWeb in 2017.
Our vendor, the Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC), received the list of affected students on August 26, 2019. This information was shared with the district on August 28, 2019.
Student data was limited to: First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, and ...
Gas Line Replacement Work To Begin
Please review the following statement from the district regarding gas line replacement work that is set to begin the week of September 2, 2019:
Todd Lisi to Bring Energy and Enthusiasm to Homer Athletics
Todd Lisi served as an assistant principal and football
coach at Solvay High School prior to coming to Homer.
Todd Lisi knows a thing or two about a strong community.
Lisi spent much of his life at Solvay High School as a student, athlete, teacher, coach and assistant principal over the span of twenty-five years. He is well known in the Solvay community and would have been thrilled to continue his career for many years to come with the Bearcats.
But when the Homer athletic director position became available it was just too good to pass up.
“I’ve always had a high respect for the Homer community,” Lisi said. “When the position was posted I knew right away that it could change my life. It was the only job I would’ve left Solvay ...
New Playground to Provide Pre-K Students Creative Freedom
Construction is underway on a brand new pre-k playground at
Homer Elementary School. The project is scheduled to be completed
by the first day of school for students.
Construction is underway on a new pre-kindergarten playground at Homer Elementary School.
The new playground will provide students under the age of five a dedicated space to play, something they have been missing during their recess time.
“What we found was that the equipment that is on our bigger playground is rated ages five and up,” Homer Elementary School Principal Jim McGory said. “With the inclusion of four-year-old students within our pre-k program we weren’t allowed to let them play on it for insurance purposes. Students were playing in the field for their recess last ...
Homer Senior Participates in National Engineering Conference
Homer High School senior Allison T. participated in the National Student Leadership Conference Engineering Program at Yale University recently.
The nine-day conference featured students from all over the world and included lectures, discussions, and hands-on instruction on a variety of leadership topics. Engineering concepts included team building, conflict resolution, product design, computer aided design, and system programming. Students were split in to teams and were tasked with completing tasks such as designing wind turbines and developing new product ideas.
Allison was nominated for the program through her involvement in Project Lead The Way, a national engineering program administered by the Rochester Institute of Technology. Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning ...
Trojan Messenger: June 2019 Edition
Take a look at all the exciting things that have happened in our district over the last several months with the newest edition of the Trojan Messenger Newsletter. This edition includes graduation coverage, end-of-year celebrations and how each building throughout the district reached their 2018-19 goals! To view the newsletter, please click here!
2019-20 PreKindergarten Registration
2019-20 PreKindergarten Registration
July 8-12, 2019
This message is for parents whose child has been selected for enrollment in the Homer Central School District’s PreK classes being offered during the 2019-20 school year.
Registration will take place from Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, 2019, at the Homer Elementary School , 9 Central Park Place, Homer, and Registration appointments will be available from 8AM to 2:30PM on each of those 5 days.
To prepare for registering , we ask that you complete the Homer Central School District Registration Packet which you should receive by mail and gather together the following required documents pertaining to your child:
Proof of age (for examples, see Registrar’s ...
Students Visit Elizabeth Brewster House
Mrs. Pitcher's class visited the Elizabeth Brewster House to read their original poems to some of the residents during activity period.
The class spent the past six weeks writing original poems and they were excited to share them with their new friends.
Two Student Compete at Regional Science Fair
Congratulations to the following students that competed in the Regional Science Fair in Syracuse:
Fifth grader Emma E. received Highest Honors, Lockheed Martin Science & Technology Award and IEEE Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Fifth grader Garrett B. received Honors.
Congrats to both students!
6th Graders Put on Scavenger Hunt
Sixth grade students put on a scavenger hunt to help the fifth graders prepare for the junior high.
Students were put in groups, mixed with fifth and sixth graders. The sixth graders did a question and answer segment, and asked fifth graders questions about what they know about the junior high. This prompted discussion about scheduling, the building and more.
Students then went on a scavenger hunt to explore the building and answer these questions in more detail.
"Thank you to the sixth-grade students and staff for showing the fifth graders what the Junior High is like," said Teacher Jessica Nye.
Upcoming Graduation Information & Events
With the end of the school year approaching, there are several upcoming events to celebrate the Class of 2019. These events include:
June 10, 2019 - Homer High School Senior Banquet
This will be held this upcoming Monday for students and family members who have purchased tickets already for the event. No tickets will be available at the door. The Senior Banquet will be held at the Homer HS Gymnasium beginning at 6:30PM. Please note the location as it is a change from the school calendar.
June 21, 2019 - Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal
This event is for seniors to practice for graduation. It is at SUNY Cortland PER Center’s Corey Gymnasium 10:00AM. This is the Main Gymnasium at the PER Center off of Route 281. Seniors - Your cap and gown ...
Engineering Students Develop Creative Solutions
Nine students in Homer High School’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program presented their final Engineering Design and Development class projects to family, friends and staff members last week.
The Engineering Design and Development class serves as a capstone for the PLTW program, presenting students with the opportunity to use knowledge and skills gained in previous courses to solve real-world problems. Teams of students use the engineering design process to research and develop a unique and original solution to a technical problem. This year, groups worked on a high-efficiency car window defroster, a portable reel for safe boat towing, an ice cube tray designed to make ice cube removal easier, and a military combat glove to keep soldiers’ hands warm in wintry conditions. ...
Homer Fourth Graders Take to the Water for STEM Project
After spending the year learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) practices, students in Colleen Redenback’s fourth grade class recently had fun during a culminating Makerspace project.
In the “grand finale” of their STEM studies, students broke into teams to create Makerspace Watercraft Tinkercad designs, which were built with milk containers and duct tape. Each boat had to be built according to one of three winning designs, which Redenback said tested the student’s critical thinking skills.
“This is the first year I have done this project with my class, but regardless of whether their boats sink or swim, the students are questioning and thinking more,” said Redenback. “They definitely have been more engaged ...
Homer Students learn about Apprenticeship Opportunities
A select group of juniors and seniors at Homer High School were recently given the opportunity to learn about several apprenticeship programs in the Central New York region.
Representatives from various unions spoke to the students about lucrative careers in these fields. After graduation, interested 18-year-olds can begin earning good pay and benefits while being trained by experienced professionals.
Many apprenticeship openings are available in these fields and more, with jobs in all parts of the world. Presenters included: Local 43 IBEW Electricians Union, Manufacturing Association of CNY, Cortland Career Works, Workforce Development Institute, Ironworkers Union, and National Grid Linemen's Union.
Planned Intermediate/Junior High School
Dear Homer Community:
Today the Homer Intermediate/Junior High School will be conducting a planned evacuation drill as part of our district-wide safety plan. We will be evacuating the building starting at 1:15PM and will move students to a staging area at FML Industries on Hudson Street.
To accommodate the safe passage of students, Clinton Street between Warren Street and Route 281; and the entire length of Hudson Street will be inaccessible from 1
to 2:15PM. Please plan accordingly as no vehicular traffic will be allowed on these streets between these times.
The Homer Village Police and Fire Departments are working with us to ensure that traffic on these streets have been blocked off so no traffic can travel through our evacuation drill.
Our plan is to conduct this ...
Eight Homer Students Receive Healthy and Physically Active Student Award
Eight Homer students recently received the Healthy and Physically Active Student Award from the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Students were selected to receive the award based on several criteria, including exhibiting a physically active lifestyle both during and outside school, demonstrating responsible personal and social behavior, demonstrating leadership, serving as a positive influence on peers, contributing to their total school program, and demonstrating and valuing a healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning.
The Homer students who were recognized include:
Elementary: Miles Franco and Lydia Gross
Intermediate: Ty Calabro and Caroline Greenman
Junior High: Sam Sorenson and Riley Johnson
High School: Jed Brazo ...