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November Bus Of The Month The Homer Central School District Bus of the Month for the month of November has been awarded to the students on Route 19 with driver Mr. Brian Florio!  Mr. Florio nominated his students for improving their behavior on and off the bus by waiting safely at the bus stop, crossing safely, and taking their assigned seat without being reminded. Each student also improved upon using an appropriate tone of voice while on the bus. Mr. Florio commented that "each student has made progress in improving their behavior during the a.m. and p.m. bus runs!" Each student will receive a certificate and a pizza party during the month of December for demonstrating Blue PRIDE and making a positive effort to make their bus safe! Congratulations to these students and driver Mr. Brian Florio! more >>
Congratulations To All Of Our Fall Student-Athletes Special recognition to the Boys' Cross Country team who were league champs, and to Grant S. and Teddy M. for qualifying for the NYSPHSAA state track meet.     Additionally, congratulations to the Homer Varsity football team, earning a fifth straight league championship and our school's fifth Section II Class B Championship as well. The team was ranked sixth in the November NYS poll. After the 11/26 state championship game, the ranking may move up as the team handed Class C Champion Skaneateles their only loss of the year.  Recognition also goes to Coach Podsiedlik and his coaching staff, once again named the Class B West Division Coach and Staff of the Year for the fifth time in a row.   more >>
3rd Grade Class Tested Breakout EDU Students in Miss Streeter and Mrs. Higgins' 3rd grade class tested out the Breakout EDU kits this month.  As part of their Halloween celebration, the class had to "escape" from the monster's house before they were turned into a monster mash.  Using reading, math, and problem-solving skills, they were able to break out of the box and earn a classroom reward.  They've already started asking about when they can do their next breakout!  Click here for a short slideshow. more >>
Thank You From The Local Food Pantry Thank you so much for your generous donation to our church's food pantry. This is our largest food drive ever!  I thought you might like to see the picture below.  Food pantry night is Wednesdays and we were just about empty. We are never able to give out things like stuffing and cake mix, so that will be a huge treat.   Thank you for all you do for this community.   more >>
Homer's Banner Project Presented to New York State Art Teachers Art Teachers Lauren Flood and Emily Shepard present Homer's Banner Project to New York State Art Teachers at their statewide conference.   more >>
Author Kevin Kurtz Visits The Intermediate School On Monday, November 13th, author Kevin Kurtz spoke to students at the Intermediate School. Kevin is a Homer graduate who writes non-fiction books for children. Students were excited to hear about his writing process and how he shaped two of his books,  A Day in the Deep  and  Uncovering Earth's Secrets . Many of Kevin's books rhyme, which led one student to dub him "The Dr. Seuss of Science." more >>
The Tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark The Homer Shakespearean Society presents Shakespeare’s sublime story of treachery and revenge, The Tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. Hamlet teeters on the edge of madness when he learns his uncle has killed his father and married his mother. Performances are November 17 & 18 at 7:30pm in the Homer High School Auditorium. Tickets available at the door.   more >>
October Bus of the Month The winner of the Bus of the Month Award for the month of October for demonstrating improvement around following the school bus rules and the 7 Habits is route 22 with driver Gail Darrow! Congratulations to the students who ride this bus! In the near future these students will be treated to a pizza lunch and be awarded a certificate for their improved bus behavior! Route 22 will also proudly display the Bus of the Month poster in the front window for the month of November. Who will be the next Bus of the Month? That is up to you students!   more >>
Intermediate School Leadership Assembly On October 20th, the Intermediate School gathered for their Leadership Assembly. The focus of the month was Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind . The students listened to two guest speakers, Football Coach Podsiedlik and Quarterback Tucker O. The speakers talked to the students about the importance of setting goals and making a plan to achieve them. During the assembly, a student from each class was recognized as being a Leader. Click on this link to view a short slideshow. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xW6VZqMuzhmJ_njgpSX1Yn_3qQG8JxGWTbkpG_3XMg4/edit?usp=sharing   more >>
Homer High School Environmental Club Saturday, October 28, 2017 the Homer Environmental Club in conjunction with the New York State Master Teacher Program and the Wild Center held the 1st annual CNY Youth Climate Summit. Over 120 students and advisors from 17 school districts gathered to learn about environmental issues and create action plans to make their school and fellow students more environmentally conscious. Several of our current and former "greenies" presented talks to the group on our club's accomplishments and how to write an action plan. Participants at the summit left feeling inspired and ready to put their plans into action. more >>
Mrs. Wakula’s Class Dig Into Fossils Students from Mrs. Wakula’s class dig into their fossils aka chocolate chip cookies, as part of their dinosaur unit. It was a hit!! more >>
Bus of the Month In collaboration with the transportation department, the Elementary and Intermediate schools will be kicking off a new character initiative called “Bus of the Month” for students in grades K-5. Each month, drivers and transportation staff will nominate a bus for this honor based on student behavior. Students will learn that the bus is an extension of their school and classroom through this new initiative.   Once the “Bus of the Month” is identified, students and their driver will be recognized with a poster that will hang in the bus window. They will also have their picture taken for the school website, and receive a treat at their school.   Drivers and building administration created language and expectations that students already know and use from ... more >>
Homer Pride Some students in Mr. Andre's Studio 1 Art Class have been working on temporary art. On Tuesday, September 19, students pictured took to expressing their Homer Pride by spelling the word Pride in this display. This was generated along with the assistance of senior peer mentor Sydney N. Nice work, artists! more >>
Elementary School's Buddy Bench The Homer Elementary School will be introducing a new component to the character development this upcoming fall. The Buddy Bench is a place for students to sit when they are looking for a playmate during recess times. Students will be taught the importance of inclusion, accepting, empathy, and being a good friend to all through Sean Covey's work of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Students will be introduced to this new concept at the September character development assembly on September 15, 2017.  more >>
Trojan Mascot Visits The Elementary School Superintendent Ruscio wanted to make the first day of the 2017-18 school year memorable for the Elementary students.  She invited the Trojan mascot to help her and other staff greet students as they arrived.  There were smiles on all faces as they entered the school.  What a great day for them all!   Pictured is the Trojan mascot with Makenna P. more >>
New Raised Bed Gardens If you are passing by Homer High School stop and look at the new raised bed gardens, located behind the south wing of the building. Students from the Homer High School Environmental Club joined with Mrs Wakula’s and Mrs. Patriarco’s summer classes and faculty from the Science Department to build the beds August 14 th . The project was part of the Environmental Club’s “Green Team” Environmental Action Plan conceived at the Youth Climate Summit in November 2016. Other initiatives have included reviving composting at the high school and investigating using locally grown produce in the cafeteria. The high school Green Team wrote and received a grant to fund building the gardens.  Their hope is to supply the cafeteria with fresh vegetables and herbs next year. ... more >>
Calculus Students Share Passion For Math With Elementary Students On Monday, June 6, students from George Schneider’s calculus classes visited Homer Elementary School to share a bit of their love of mathematics with the young students. Using guidelines from the New York State Common Core Mathematics Standards, the calculus students planned and conducted hands-on geometry activities with students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. The high school students were challenged to break down geometry skills and concepts in a way that young learners could understand them. For their part, the elementary students clearly enjoyed interacting with their older peers and exploring concepts of geometry in an engaging way. This is the second year in a row that Mr. Schneider has brought his classes to the Elementary School. Everyone hopes that this is ... more >>
STEM Activities In Sixth Grade Sixth graders in Ms. DeCarlo’s, Mrs. Exelby’s and Mrs. Thide’s skills block class have been using Spheros, a spherical robot that can be programmed and controlled using Chromebooks, for a variety of activities and competitions.  Students began using the Spheros by experimenting with different ramp and bridge designs. Students then competed between two classes in a water challenge where they added parts to the Spheros to get them to swim from one end of a container to another.  They enjoyed a battle bot competition where they designed a vehicle that was powered by Sphero.  During the battle, students drove the Spheros around the room, trying to pop their competitors’ balloons with their lance. In the latest activity, students are building their own maze ... more >>
Homer Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Homer Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Annabell and Carmela M., are featured in this CNYCentral.com article. Click the link to read the entire story.  http://cnycentral.com/news/ local/twins-saved-by-truxton- fire-department-as-babies-now- graduating-high-school more >>
Students Fill the Air with Music   At the end of May, BOCES Star students made beautiful music in a concert that combined the Junior High Chimers, Senior High Chimers and Cortland's seventh grade Music Appreciation class.  Each group played three chimer songs and they came together at the end to play one song together.  It was exciting for all the students involved along with the audience.  We would like to thank Homer High School for the use of their beautiful new auditorium.  more >>



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