Welcome Back to School!
The 2016-2017 school year starts Tuesday, September 6.
Here is some important information to prepare you for the new school year.
Are you new to the District?
All students who are new to the Homer Central School District must be registered by their parents/guardians in person at the Registration Office, located in the main office at the Homer Elementary School, 9 Central Park Place. The office is open daily from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Pre-registration can be completed online by visiting http://www.homercentral.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=78 . Once this information is submitted, parents/guardians must visit the Registration Office to finalize registration. Once the registration paperwork is complete, an appointment is arranged so the family may visit the school and ...
Public Meeting for Asbestos Removal - Tues. 8/16/16 6:30PM
Dear Homer High School Neighbor,
Upon the start of the tennis court replacement project it was discovered that beneath the tennis courts, there is an
existing tennis court with a green coating on its surface. This green coating material was questioned by the site work
contractor and sampling of the material was performed on June 16, 2016. This green coating is contained between
two layers of asphalt with the exception of the fence post removal locations where the material was encountered.
Orange construction fencing was placed surrounding the tennis court site to contain the area. On June 22, 2016, the
sampling results were returned and the green coating material was found to be asbestos containing.
A variance petition was submitted to the New York State Department of Labor. ...
Parent Information - How to Help Your Children with Mental Health Issues
Your teen’s emotional/mental health:
The teen years are a time of turmoil for many teens and their parents. Both struggle with balancing the desire for increased independence with the continuing need for guidance and support. Teens might feel overwhelmed by the many physical, social, emotional, sexual, and intellectual changes they are undergoing and the pressures from peers to conform and parents/other adults to perform well in school and extracurricular activities. Many teens today have the additional pressure of having to contribute financially to their families.
Please read this brochure for more information on how to best support your child including how and when to seek additional support.
Announcing Seven Valleys New Tech Academy - Fall 2016
A “New Tech” School is opening in our area!
Opening September 2016
Beginning with grades 9 & 10 with 50 learners
Adding grades 11 & 12 in subsequent years
Full enrollment of 100 learners
Districts: Cincinnatus, Cortland, DeRuyter, Homer, Marathon, McGraw, Tully & more
Interested students should speak with their guidance counselors.
For more details: Seven Valleys New Tech Academy powerpoint
2016-17 School Budget Vote Results
Proposition 1 - 2016-2017 Budget
PASSED - The voters in the Homer Central School District have approved the proposed budget
Proposition 2 - Leasing of School Buses
PASSED - The voters in the Homer Central School District have approved this proposition
Proposition 3 - Library Funding
PASSED - The voters in the Homer Central School District have approved this proposition
Board Seats - (Top 3 for 3 open seats) - Total Votes
Martin Sweeney - 873
David Quinlan - 844
Keith Fagerheim - 763
Branden Brown - 476
Steven Cartland - 433
Thomas Brown - 399
District Water Testing Results
First round of water testing results available
Dear Homer community,
We have received some of our water testing results from four of our school buildings and wanted to update you on the findings.
... read the attached Letter to the Community
NYS to Require Meningococcal Vaccine for Students
Meningococcal disease, a life-threatening illness, is caused by bacteria spread person-to-person. It is easily spread in crowded settings and most often strikes older teens and young adults. The New York State Department of Health is now requiring students entering 7 th and 12 th grades for the 2016-17 school year to receive the meningococcal vaccine before starting school. Without it, they can’t start school.
To discover more about the requirements and vaccine, download the NYS DoH flier or visit health.ny.gov/immunize
Assessments in Education
With all the questions about testing in general, the Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC) has created the video below to inform you, the public, about the many uses of the various types of assessments by teachers and schools.
Please watch at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W21NgygMSr4&feature=youtu.be
1950 Time Capsule Discovered At Homer High School
Listen to this audio of the ceremony conducted in 1950 to place the cornerstone at the newly built Homer High School which was the centralization of 28 separate districts. Also see the listing of the contents of the time capsule.
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1950 Time Capsule Contents
Silver Certificate $1 with Signatures
St. Margaret’s Catholic Church Brochure
Homer Academy Catalogue (1942-1943)
The Cortland Phone Directory 1950-51
Homer Garden Club 1950 Brochure
Cortland Co. Home Bureau Program 1950-51
Parent-Teacher Association Program 1950-51
The Saving Health Among All Nations Program 1950-51
Homer Chapter No. 222 O.E.S.
Leisure Hour Club 1950-51
Sennightly Literary Club 1950-51
Little York Garden Club 1950-51 ...
Routinely, Homer Central School personnel conduct safety drills as well as cooperate with police in ensuring a safe school environment. One part of this routine is to use K-9 officers to assist in the search of school lockers.
Building administrators, assisted by K-9 officers from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office as well as other area law enforcement agencies, along with Village of Homer Police, conducted a search of the senior high school building and lockers on December 8th . Lockers were searched by Homer School administrative staff in the process. Students and their parents have been contacted if a student locker was searched.
In addition to the K-9 search, procedures for sheltering in ...
Special Board Meeting-11/5/15
Special Board Meeting-11/5/15, 5:30 PM , HS Cafeteria
Note: Board member Katie Dwyer will be participating via teleconferencing from the
following location : Hilton Garden Inn, 1575 Round Swamp Road, Plainview, NY 11803
Common Core Learning Standards Survey
On October 21st, the New York State Education Department will launch an online survey that will allow New Yorkers to provide detailed feedback on the State's English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Math Common Core Learning Standards for pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, the business community, and anyone with an interest in the future of our schools should participate in the review.
The survey, which will be found at www.NYSED.gov when it goes live on the 21st, will allow respondents to review and comment on any ELA and math standard for any grade level.
The results of the survey will help inform changes made to the standards. There is also a resource page on the NYSED website with ...
Homer Website Update: Search
Homer's website now has an integrated search. If you are looking for content just click on the magnifying glass icon on the upper right of each screen.
HS Fitness Center to open Monday
The fitness center will resume operation on Monday, October 5 with the normal hours - 4-7 M-F when school is in session. There will be times throughout the year that access will be limited by events or construction. Signs will be posted in the center with details.
Misleading advertising letter
It has recently been brought to our attention that several local businesses have received a letter stating "Your Ad Supports Homer Central High". This program and SRI Campus Enterprises are in no way affiliated with Homer Central School District.
Town of Truxton Moratorium Law
To: All District Residents and Taxpayers
From: Superintendent Nancy S. Ruscio
Date: September 24, 2015
Re: Town of Truxton Moratorium Law
As you all know, the District has closed the Hartnett Elementary School. At its meeting this past Tuesday, the Board of Education voted to approve a contract with an auctioneer to sell this building.
After the Board of Education approved the auctioneer’s contract, the Truxton Town Board published a Notice of Public Hearing for September 30, 2015, after which it will vote on Local Law #1 to establish a 6-month moratorium on commercial and industrial development in excess of 5,000 square feet, any residential development exceeding two dwellings per parcel, and all changes of use in excess ...
Early Release Day - Friday, 9/25/15
Friday, September 25, 2015 will be a Half-Day dismissal at all HCSD schools. The dismissal times are as follows:
Junior High School 1st @ 11:00 AM
High School 1st @ 11:10 AM
Elementary - 1st @12:05 PM, 2nd @12:15 PM
Intermediate - 1st @12:05 PM, 2nd @12:15 PM
~ Lunches will be served ~
Construction at the high school is proceeding nicely. As a result, we have important information to share with you about some changes for this year.
The bus loop at the high school will be restored to full access for the start of school on Tuesday September 8th. To minimize traffic in the bus loop during construction, parents bringing students to school are asked to pick up or drop off students in the north parking lot off of Center Street.
Students will be provided information regarding physical education during the first day of physical education classes. During construction, changing space will be provided. However, students will not have lockers to secure items in or store clothing in. Please discuss this with your student
Solar Project Lease Vote Results
Proposition 1 - Solar Lease
DEFEATED - The voters in the Homer Central School District have rejected the proposition