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Homer School Participates In The Corporate Challenge Homer Central School District recently participated in the 35th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Syracuse. This event raises money for local not-for-profit groups while celebrating teamwork and camaraderie among local businesses and organizations. This year, Homer Central School District received an award that included a scholarship for the Most Participants in the Small Schools category! Despite rain and windy conditions, the participants were in good spirits for the event! more >>
Sixth Grade Gets Yoga Balls HCSD Sixth graders are the benefactors of community generosity. Mr. Larry Lines and employees of Gutchess Lumber and Mr. Christopher Henry of Adhan Piping Company made it possible for students to have a science classroom with flexible seating. The two local businesses purchased yoga balls which are housed inside of a chair on wheels, with a back support as well. Flexible seating comes in many forms from yoga balls, to elevated desks and tables, scoop chairs and sofas. The myriad benefits of having flexible seating in a classroom is it allows for choice-movement of location and the positioning of seating can change daily as needed during lessons. Students who are uncomfortable tend to become distracted or even disruptive; now they can bounce, wobble, roll, stand or ... more >>
Homer, Cortland and Dryden High School Students Visit Albany   State Senator James Seward recently welcomed Homer High School senior Emma M., Dryden High School junior Laurel D., and Cortland High School freshman Abigail B. to Albany for the 17th annual Students Inside Albany conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation. This event made a huge impact on Emma, who came away from this meeting in Albany with a clear vision of wanting to work with local government to bring about positive change when she graduates in June.     more >>
Board Member of Achievement Award On May 31 the Cortland-Madison School Boards Association honored Sonia Apker, Homer’s Board president, for her superb leadership capabilities. Mrs. Apker has been a member of the Homer School Board since 2008, serving two of those three terms as Board President. Congratulations and thank you for all you do to make our schools great places for all Homer children more >>
Engineering Students Present Solutions Family, friends, administrators and CTE partners joined Homer engineering students on May 24 th to witness a year’s worth of creative problem solving. Five teams of Engineering Design and Development (EDD) students formally presented their process, research, and ultimate design solution to a problem they have worked on all year. Projects represented the students' interests and included a universal lid for containers, a breakaway binding for snowboards, a mobile heat shield for cars, a system to reduce time spent ironing clothes, and a hydraulic water elevator for water parks. EDD is the capstone course in Homer’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) high school engineering program. It is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original ... more >>
Homeville's Induction Ceremony In response to an extra-credit opportunity in her US History class, Homer junior Tessa Y. researched the question, "Who should be nominated for the Cortland County Hall of Fame at the Homeville Museum?"  She submitted a list of potential nominees, and one of them, Eli DeVoe, a detective who risked his life to keep then president-elect Abraham Lincoln safe from an assassination attempt in 1861, was selected.  Tessa researched Mr. DeVoe's life and accomplishments and gave a speech at the Homeville's induction ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at the museum.  (photo by Chris Y.) more >>
Running to Benefit the Community   Homer staff participated in the Seneca 7 Relay Race on April 30th. The event is a 77.7 mile relay race around Seneca Lake and the proceeds benefit local organizations throughout the Finger Lakes region. Members of the team included S. Guy, S. Falls, J. Cook, J. Greenfield, K. Douglass, J. Guy, and K. Butts.     more >>
Youth Of The Year Award Every year the Cortland Area Communities That Care (CACTC) Coalition recognizes youth in the community for their achievements and contributions to our community with its  Youth of the Year Award .  Students are recognized for their community involvement, school involvement, character and personal accomplishments. Congratulations to the following Homer 2016-2017 Youth of the Year Award Nominees:  John H. B., Morgan C, Noah K., and Samuel T. Winners will be honored during a special ceremony that will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6pm at the Cortland Repertory Theatre. more >>
STEM Fun in 3rd Grade Third graders in Ms. Osborn's class recently worked with our Technology Integration Specialist, Nick LeFort, over a period of several weeks to design and build ramps for Sphero, a small robotic device. Students had an opportunity to "go back to the drawing board" after the first round of tests, making changes to their ramps in order to help Sphero jump further. By looking at data collected from jumps, students were able to see how the slope of their ramps positively or negatively impacted Sphero's ability to climb and launch off of the ramp.    Third grade STEM video more >>
Parent Engagement Survey Help our schools be better partners in your child's education by filling out one or more of our Parent Engagement Surveys. The District goal is to improve communications, build relationships and identify opportunities for increasing student success through stronger partnerships with families. There is a different survey for each building. The content is the same but we know you may have different ideas or concerns for each school. Thank you in advance for participating. Here are the links: Click more to fill in the survey.    Elementary Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/MjuC92c7Ap64usi33   Intermediate Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/a0MS9xQ2zSbDZ64w2   Junior High Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/fk2T60J8CUwxHBjP2   High School ... more >>
World Food Prize Symposium Congratulations to junior Anna  G. for her efforts to address an important humanitarian issue, hunger, by her participation in the World Food Prize Symposium.  Anna presented at the World Food Prize at Cornell University in March. Her topic was on Human Rights in Bangladesh and her paper title was  Bangladesh: Solving Food Insecurity One Woman at a Time.  Anna is one of 6 students (from a field of 77 applicants) selected as NY Youth Institute Student Delegates to represent New York State at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines Iowa. The six students selected to attend the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa in  more >>
Cortland Rotary Teacher Of The Year Congratulations to Mark Bertram, Homer Elementary School second grade teacher, on being selected as a 2017 Lavona Schneider Memorial Cortland Rotary Teacher of the Year for "Service Above Self."  Mark was selected because of the positive difference he makes in our community.  more >>
Reed C. Receives Upstander Award BOSTON, Massachusetts (May 1, 2017) - The international nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves announced today the 10 student winners of the  2017 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest . The contest is an annual event inviting students 13 years or older from across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to provide their perspectives on a topic that helps shape their world.    Reed C., Homer High School Class of 2018 , is a winner of a $1,000 Upstander Award for his essay entitled,  “The Conscientious Cooperator” This year’s contest, “ Making Choices in Today’s World ,” asked students to reflect on a powerful quote from the late Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, ... more >>
Top Ten Percent Of The 2017 Graduating Class   On Tuesday, April 25, the top ten percent of the 2017 graduating class were recognized. Family, friends, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Education gathered in the high school library to reflect on and celebrate the seniors’ achievements. Principal Van Etten noted that no one succeeds alone, and parents and families were honored for their 24/7/365 support. Congratulations to graduating seniors and their families.  Front Row: Eliot G., Katherine M., Karalyn B., Aliza W., Rachel C., Kristen R., Rachel O., Carmela M., (Salutatorian) Annabel M., (Valedictorian) Back Row: Noah K., Matthew P., Cullen G., Samuel P., Neil M., Morgan C., J. Andrew G. more >>
Youth in Government Homer teens once again had a successful weekend at the State Youth and Government Conference in March. Elizabeth G., Anna G., and Ben H. were selected to attend the Conference on National Affairs and Amanda K. and Nina A. were chosen as alternates to that conference. Elizabeth G. was selected as Fosdick/SanAntonio Scholarship winner. Volunteer Adviser and Homer alum won the CLEVELAND E. DODGE COLLEGIATE ADVISER award. The $1,000 cash award is intended to assist with educational expenses. Homer once again won Premier District. The Youth and Government program could not exist without the continued support of administration and the encouragement the Homer Staff gives all those involved.   more >>
Regional Science Fair Winners On March 26, four students from the Homer Intermediate School participated in the Regional Science Fair in Syracuse, New York.    Fifth grader, Caoimhe D., was the recipient of two awards. The first was the I EEE Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. She was also awarded the Lockheed Martin Award for her project entitled "What Material Will Block a Wifi Signal?" Caoimhe was awarded Highest Honors classification.    Fifth grader, Kathleen G., was the recipient of the LeMoyne Excellence in Math & Computer Sciences award. She also received Honors classification for her project "The Science of Kindness".   Fourth grader, Kyler C., was the recipient of the Lockheed Martin award. He received Highest ... more >>
2017 Rotary Award Congratulations to Sue Downes, Homer Elementary building secretary, for receiving the 2017 Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award. All who know and work with Sue can attest that she is 110% dedicated to the children, families, and staff of the Elementary School--all day, every day. Sue personifies Blue PRIDE.  more >>
2017 National Technical Honor Society Ceremony   Thursday, April 6, twenty-three Homer students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society during a ceremony held at OCM BOCES McEvoy Campus. The NTHS recognizes deserving students who have chosen technical education pathways to a successful future. Students must maintain an 85% average and demonstrate attributes of knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership in one of the following programs: Automotive Collision, Automotive Technology, Computer Technology, Construction, Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Graphic Communications, Health Occupations, New Vision Environmental Science, New Vision Medical Professions, or Welding Technology. Congratulations to Homer students Kaylee M., Daniel ... more >>
The Conscientious Cooperator Reed C.’s essay, “The Conscientious Cooperator” has been chosen as one of 16 finalists in a contest sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development organization. As a finalist, Reed is eligible for top prizes which includes monetary awards. More than 5,200 entries were submitted to the organization and finalists were selected to move on for public voting. We hope you will take a minute to click on the following link, read the essays, and vote on your favorite. http://contest.facinghistory.org/choices/voting/ more >>
Third Graders In Ms. Streeter's Class Surprised Their Classmates Third graders in Ms. Streeter's class surprised their classmates by secretly making inspirational notes for student lockers. The notes were taped to all third grade lockers before students arrived on the first day of ELA testing. The short, positive messages brought smiles to many faces all week long.   more >>



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