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Intermediate School Students Enjoy Renaissance Art Activities Intermediate School Students Enjoy Renaissance Art Activities Recently, students from Mrs. Giamichael's, Mrs. Jackson's, Mrs. Brown's, and Ms. Nye's classes took part in a special Renaissance Art activity. During the activity, students were able to choose from among three different stations to participate in: “Paint like Michelangelo” “Sculpt like Leonardi” “Invent like Da Vinci” The event served as wrap-up for their core knowledge language arts unit on the Renaissance, where students learned all about famous artists that lived and worked during that time period. The students loved being an artist for a day, and trying their hand at creating interesting pottery, paintings, and inventions. The students really began to feel like Michelangelo, when they tried painting ...
Homer Schools, Community Get Sneak Preview of Homer Schools, Community Get Sneak Preview of "On the Town" Last week, the Homer High School’s production of "On the Town" hit the road, visiting the multiple locales to provide a teaser for the show that ultimately debuted over the weekend.
The crew stopped by the Elementary School, and gave an assembly for the students there. Not only did the performers act out multiple scenes from the musical, but they took time at the end to work with students from the individual classrooms, teaching them finer points of thespianism!
The production also traveled to the Intermediate School, High School, and Walden Place to present songs from the musical, and talk about some of the social issues presented in the show from the context of the time period.
The crew even ...
Homer Students Visit OCC for 2019 Scholastic Art Award Show Homer Students Visit OCC for 2019 Scholastic Art Award Show Hot on the heels of the awards announcement for the 2019 Scholastic Art competition, a group of 80 Homer students took a field trip to Onondaga Community College, where winners from the contest had their work on display for the public. All told, over 40 Homer students received recognition for their incredible work following the competition, and a field trip to see this work proudly displayed is a fantastic way to celebrate this success. Congratulations to all of our incredible artists!  
2019 Scholastic Art Awards Roundup 2019 Scholastic Art Awards Roundup Following the series of posts on our Facebook page , here is the roundup of Homer Central School District's Gold-Key winners from the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards! Click on any of the images to enlarge. Congratulations to all of our artists!    Sophie Burhans' winner from the "design" category: "My Future's Keeper."   Ashley Casterline's winner from the Drawing and Illustration category: "Justin's Pile."   Ryan Cough's winner from the Sculpture category: "The 5-star Ho-Bell."   ...
Homer Students Speak With Ambulance Medic Homer Students Speak With Ambulance Medic Earlier in this month, Ms. Tracy’s class visited with Mr. Michael Keegan, a medic with TLC Medical Transportation Services. Mr. Keegan had a lot of equipment to show the students, including towels, emesis basins, defibrillator, a radio, emergency lights, and a stretcher.   Mr. Keegan was very kind throughout the visit, sharing his time and knowledge with the group. The students learned that up to five people can sit in the back of the ambulance, or two people can do so lying down. They also learned that an ambulance is capable of doing everything that an emergency room can do in the first 20 minutes of an incident! Mr Keegan also shared a little bit about his personal experience on the job. Students learned that he has delivered 11 babies in the past, and ...
2019-20 Kindergarten Registration Begins in March 2019-20 Kindergarten Registration Begins in March Kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year will take place on weekdays, beginning on Tuesday, March 19, and ending on Monday, March 25, 2019. Registration will take place at the Homer Elementary School (9 Central Park Place, Homer, NY 13077).* IMPORTANT: After completing your Homer Registration Packet and preparing the required documents to be submitted at registration, please make an appointment to come into the Elementary School to register. From that link, you will be able to see all available openings, and from them select your preferred date and time. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call the district registrar at 607-749-7241, x5041. Daytime registration appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on each of the five scheduled ...
Homer High School Presents: Homer High School Presents: "On the Town," March 1 & 2 This is a reminder that Homer High School's presentation of 'On the Town" takes place this weekend! The March 1 show will be at 7 p.m., and there will be two showings on March 2 (at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.). Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors, and veterans.  "On The Town" is the classic Leonard Bernstein musical about the adventures of three sailors during their 24-hour leave in New York City. Set during World War II, men in uniform were admired and women were experiencing newfound confidence and independence as they entered the workforce in greater numbers. The show has characters that are full of personality!  Based on a ballet, there are many fun, moving dance numbers. The performance will also feature many Bernstein songs, ...
2019 GeoBee Winners Announced 2019 GeoBee Winners Announced Recently, students from Homer’s Intermediate and Junior High Schools participated in the school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee. Eighth-grader Nik Kruman won first place in the competition, with fellow eighth-grader Matthew Fagerheim taking second place. Aaron Lener (eighth grade) and Hannah Bouwens (sixth grade) tied for third place. The school-level competition comprises the first round in the GeoBee, an annual geography competition designed to inspire and reward student curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history, and earth science as well. Originally developed in 1989 in response to concerns about the lack of geographic knowledge held among young people in the United States, the GeoBee ...
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 ...



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