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The February 2019 Trojan Messenger Is Live! The February 2019 Trojan Messenger Is Live! The Trojan Messenger newsletter has returned! Please click on the image below to open/download the February 2019 publication.      
Third and Fourth Graders Celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh Day Third and Fourth Graders Celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh Day Recently, some students from the Intermediate School’s third and fourth grade classes celebrated “Winnie-the-Pooh Day!”
The students had listened to Ms. Martin read “Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh” aloud, and learned that the fictional icon was actually based on a real bear named Winnie. Then, they worked on various reading activities requiring them to sequence the main events of the book, and identify character traits based upon what they’d heard. They also answered comprehension questions, and took part in vocabulary activities related to the book.  
The students were also treated to a letter from the book’s ...
Social Studies Students Simulate Life in the Trenches Social Studies Students Simulate Life in the Trenches While studying the history of World War I, Ms. Butts’ and Ms. Greenfield’s eighth grade social studies students recently took part in a “Day in the Trenches” simulation. They started off by building cardboard trenches in the classroom, after which time the students were able to demonstrate what they had learned about the kinds challenges faced by soldiers in these conditions. They participated in station activities that asked them take into account period-specific conditions and concerns such as rats, lice, trench foot, shell shock, and more.    After reading about No Man's Land, students then created a class "mural" of what No Man's Land might have looked like. They created individual ...
Building Bridges in Skills Block Building Bridges in Skills Block The students in Mrs. Exelby’s Skills Block have been busy of late! The “Bridge Build” activity asked students to program a Sphero (a spherical robot) to traverse a bridge of their own design and construction. This meant building courses out of popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, straws, and more for the robot to travel over. This Skills Block represents the marriage of newer technology (programming) with good old-fashioned building and construction using logic, planning, and decidedly lower-tech materials. You can check out some of their awesome work below!    
Students Invent Delicious Donuts Students Invent Delicious Donuts Students in Mrs. Barrett's sixth grade Skills Block have recently been reading and learning about “accidental inventions” in class. For their corresponding writing assignment, students were tasked with inventing a doughnut that would “incorporate the senses,” deciding where they would sell their creations, and then determining how much said creations would cost.   Afterwards, the students shared the nuts and bolts of their quasi-business plan with the class, before actually attempting to make their proposed delicacies! They carefully brought their bakery creations to life, sharing them with their classmates and a couple of special guests: Mrs. Schneider (Junior High School ...
2019 Science Olympiad Update 2019 Science Olympiad Update On Saturday, Jan. 26, 16 students from the Homer Central High School traveled to Lemoyne College, where they competed in the Midstate Regional Tournament of the New York State Science Olympiad! Students competed in 23 different events that incorporated challenges from multiple scientific disciplines. At the conclusion of the competition, Homer’s team finished 11th out of a total of 38 teams, and took home medals for the following challenges:   Astronomy (Ben Herman, Teddy Mercer) Duct Tape Challenge (CJ England, Vinny Swinnich) Dynamic Planet (Andrew Fagerheim, Allison Thompson) Geologic mapping (Ellis Han, Grace Jacobi) Protein Modeling (Shenequa Perry, Rachel Sahm)   Congratulations and way to go, participants!   ...
Fifth Grade Students Learn About Knighthood, Try on Armor Fifth Grade Students Learn About Knighthood, Try on Armor Recently, Homer Central High School Art Teacher Mr. Andre visited with some fifth-graders from the intermediate school, and gave a presentation on suits of armor. Representing a hands-on connection to the students’ recent unit “The Adventures of Don Quixote,” the presentation explored what knighthood meant during that period, while also giving the students a chance to see (and even try-on) era-specific pieces of armor to get a feel for what those knights must have felt like when so encumbered. Fun fact: Mr. Andre actually made the armor used during the presentation himself! A special thanks goes out to Mr. Andre for taking the time to give this very cool presentation.   ...
Students Study Ancient Egypt, Take Virtual Tour Students Study Ancient Egypt, Take Virtual Tour Students in Mrs. Exelby's and Mrs. Nye's social studies classes have recently spent some time studying ancient Egypt. To help illustrate a specific part of that time period, students took to creating a miniature “Nile River.” They even simulated the flooding faced by residents of the period by flooding the banks of their mini-rivers!   Students also took a virtual field trip to Egypt and examined the Sphinx, pyramids, Ramses' tomb, and other ancient architecture.    
Junior High Inventor Visits Fourth Graders to Talk About Her Creation Junior High Inventor Visits Fourth Graders to Talk About Her Creation Last week, Mrs. Withers and Mrs. Stone welcomed junior high school student inventor Elena into their fourth grade classroom to talk about her creation: the Huggy Box!* The visit was the perfect way to wrap up the classroom’s CKLA (core knowledge language arts) unit: Eureka! Student Inventor. Throughout the Eureka! lessons, students learned about different inventors and inventions, simple machines, and how they might go about coming up with their own inventions.   Elena visited the classroom as a guest speaker, and talked to  students about her invention, the process by which she became an inventor, and the creative inspiration for the Huggy Box. At the conclusion of her presentation, the students were then given ...
Homer Sophomore Named YWCA Artist of the Month Homer Sophomore Named YWCA Artist of the Month Earlier this month, sophomore Brittani Corson was named as the YWCA’s Artist of the Month! She received this distinction, in part, as the result of some of her amazing photography. Brittani has taken it upon herself to enroll in many of the art classes offered through the Homer Central School District, as well as taking part in the YWCA’s summer arts program. This dedication to the learning process has culminated in her recent recognition as artist of the month, and now, her incredible work is now on display for the community to see! “This girl is very talented!” said YWCA Program Director Mindy Gardner. “Her love of photography and art has ...
Junior High Art Students Have Creations Displayed in Superintendent's  Office Junior High Art Students Have Creations Displayed in Superintendent's Office On Tuesday, Homer Central School District’s administration held an ad hoc art show in the district office, inviting two dozen art students from the junior high school (and their family members) to the space to talk about the fantastic designs that adorned the walls. While it was a great opportunity for these students to talk about their exceptional creations, the visit accomplished other goals as well, one of which was the opportunity for the superintendent to re-introduce himself to students in his new administrative capacity. “I want to see more kids in the office,” District Superintendent Thomas Turck told the gathered audience. “That’s what I got into this business for; I love working with students. You can always feel free to stop in.” The ...
Two Homer High School Football Players Receive All-State Honors Two Homer High School Football Players Receive All-State Honors Exciting news on the athletics front, as the New York State Sportswriters named two Homer seniors to the NYS Class B All-state Football Team! Chase Kiner (#52) was named as an honorable mention offensive and defensive lineman, and Damien Hoyt (#77) was named chosen as an first-team offensive lineman.   Chase Kiner   Damien Hoyt It’s surely an exciting honor for these athletes. Going forward, Damien has committed to playing football at Division I Colgate following the conclusion of his high school career, and who knows what future accolades may be in store? Chase is currently his weighing different collegiate options, and ultimately plans to pursue an ...
Environmental Club Member Has Article Published Environmental Club Member Has Article Published Recently, Homer Central High School’s own Andrew Fagerheim saw his work published in the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly journal!
Leveraging his experience in the high school’s Environmental Club and youth climate summits which he’d attended, Andrew’s article, “Youth: The Climate Leaders of Today” focused on how students can impact the dialogue surrounding climate change, and how, ultimately, they can help effect the kind change of change they hope to see.
The Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly is part of the Green Schools National Network, which aims to provide “evidenced-based resources for green, healthy, sustainable schools.” Check out Andrew’s superbly-written article by clicking ...
Long Range Strategic Planning - January Update Long Range Strategic Planning - January Update The District’s Long Range Strategic Planning continues into the new year. Work began last October with the distribution of stakeholder surveys. Surveys were completed by: Students, staff, community and parents. Feedback was compiled from the 1,526 surveys that were completed. The Strategic Planning Core Team met twice prior to the holidays. The committee consists of five parents, nine staff members with representation from all buildings, and three administrators.  The first meeting was held on November 19th and consisted of a setting of norms, as well as a district documents and stakeholder survey results review. In the December 17th meeting, after much discussion and review of data, three ...
Rotary Exchange Student Shares Switzerland Experience Rotary Exchange Student Shares Switzerland Experience Last year, Molly, a senior at the Homer Central High School, visited Switzerland as a Rotary Exchange Student. Recently, she sat down with eighth graders from the Homer Junior High School to share her experiences abroad. Molly didn’t come alone, however. She brought along Tatum, a fellow high school student hailing from California, who she met during her trip. Molly and Tatum told the middle school students about the many interesting places they visited during the exchange, and how much they learned about European history and culture while there. As you can see, the duo also dressed the part for their presentation!   One of the coolest parts of the story is the friendship the two struck up while in another country. Thanks for sharing ...
NHS Students Give Back During the Holidays NHS Students Give Back During the Holidays   Over the holidays, students from the Homer Central School District’s National Honor Society (NHS) took advantage of multiple opportunities to demonstrate the holiday spirit. First up, the group participated in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family program! Their contributions included not only time, but food and toys as well. The NHS students organized a delicious dinner for their “adopted” family, providing a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes (and gravy), numerous vegetables, and dessert. Moreover, they provided gifts for five children, including toys and clothing. Typically, gifts in the Adopt-a-Family program are intended for children 12 years or younger, but this family had a 14-year-old among its number. Worrying ...
Take time to learn about vaping and have a conversation with your student Take time to learn about vaping and have a conversation with your student   It seems every day, there is a new article or news story regarding the use of E-cigarettes, vapes or juuls by teens. The variety of devices and ease in which they can be concealed have helped create challenges at home and at school in addressing the concerns over use. The number of instances of students using or having vaping items at school has increased significantly since the start of the school year. Vaping has the potential to impact the health of our students and disrupt their education. Please take time to speak with your student about these devices. Our state’s public health law bans the use of these devices in public places the same as it does with the use of tobacco. Our school’s code of conduct prohibits use and possession ...
High School Students Visit Elementary School to Read Holiday Classics High School Students Visit Elementary School to Read Holiday Classics Last week, the Homer Central High School sent some of its students to visit the elementary school, where they held a book reading for the kids! The high school students stopped by the kindergarten classrooms, and read some of their holiday-themed favorites aloud to the attentive audience. It was a great opportunity for the high school students to "return to their roots," maintaining a sense of connectivity between the two schools that bookend the Homer grade school experience.  
Pajama Program Helping Kids Over the Holidays Pajama Program Helping Kids Over the Holidays ‘Tis the season for giving, and the benevolent members of the Homer Central School District community take this message to heart. You may know Connie Martin as the Reading Teacher at the Homer Intermediate School. But did you know that she’s also the local chapter president for the Pajama Program? The Pajama Program - a not-for-profit organization that believes that “every child has the right to a good night” - sees local contributors donate new books and pajamas to children in need. In particular, the pajamas are donated to local organizations such as the Cortland County Community Action Program, Loaves & Fishes, and the Friends of Cortland County Child Advocacy Center. Under Connie’s stewardship, the local effort has been active for several ...
High School Wrestling Team Participates in Community Event High School Wrestling Team Participates in Community Event Recently, the Homer Wrestling Team partnered with the Visions Hotel Group, participating in the “Santa’s Vision” event. “Santa’s Vision” saw all 25 members of the wrestling team (and three coaches) turn out for the event, dressing up as holiday (and entertainment) characters and handing out presents to the children and families who were in attendance. “I was proud of our guys, seeing as we had 100% attendance at the event,” said coach Jason Reynolds. “I started this when I was still an assistant coach at Cortland State 12 years ago,” said Reynolds. “Now, it's evolved in a collaborative effort between both Cortland State wrestlers and Homer wrestlers.” ...



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