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Running to Benefit the Community 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.    
Youth Of The Year Award 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.
STEM Fun in 3rd Grade 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
Parent Engagement Survey 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:   Intermediate Survey:   Junior High Survey:   High School ...
World Food Prize Symposium 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 
Cortland Rotary Teacher Of The Year 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. 
Reed C. Receives Upstander Award 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, ...
Top Ten Percent Of The 2017 Graduating Class 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.
Youth in Government 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.  
Regional Science Fair Winners 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 ...
2017 Rotary Award 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. 
2017 National Technical Honor Society Ceremony 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 ...
The Conscientious Cooperator 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.
Third Graders In Ms. Streeter's Class Surprised Their Classmates 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.  
Graduate Students From Tokyo Graduate Students From Tokyo Eight multi-disciplinary graduate students from Tokyo Gakugei University in Japan, and their professor, Dr. Suzuki, visited the High School and Intermediate School in early March.  The graduate students taught short 15-20 minute mini-lessons on Japanese cultures at both schools and ate lunch with students in our cafeterias. The visit was facilitated by Dr. Tim Davis at SUNY Cortland.
Students Experimented With Little Bits Students Experimented With Little Bits TypeIn March, students in the Intermediate school had the opportunity to explore engineering concepts in the library.  Students experimented with Little Bits, a Meeperbot, and and mBot.  These items were borrowed from OCM BOCES. Students greatly enjoyed this opportunity! Click here to see the Power Point  
Homer Artist Wins Nationals Homer Artist Wins Nationals   Meagan C. is a senior at Homer High School. Meagan has been creating art since freshman year. It was just last year, however, that she realized it was her passion. Last year Meagan received a gold key for her art at the Central New York Scholastics. This year, she won much more. She received a silver key for her eight-piece portfolio; one piece received a silver key, and another two were awarded gold keys. Her skull drawing also received the best drawing in the show. The piece was selected as one of five drawings to move to nationals for the American New Visions award. When the national judging was done, Meagan's skull piece was selected as the winner of the American New Visions award. In June 2017, Meagan will go to Carnegie Hall in New York City, where the award ceremony ...
Ribbon Cutting at the High School Ribbon Cutting at the High School Homer Central School had a ribbon cutting ceremony at the High School on March 9, 2017, to show the public the new gymnasium as part of the capital project. A student volleyball game was played after the ribbon cutting.  
2017 NYSBDA Middle School Honor Band 2017 NYSBDA Middle School Honor Band Julie M. and Leah C. represented Homer at the 2017 NYSBDA Middle School Honor Band concert on Saturday March 4, 2017 in Liverpool, NY. Middle School students from across NYS were selected by NYSBDA to perform in this Honor Band. Students as far west as Orchard Park in the Buffalo area and as far east as Downstate NY formed this band. The students spent all day Friday on March 3rd practicing for the event, stayed the night at the hotel where they performed, and woke up early to continue to practice for a 4:00 p.m. concert on Saturday March 4th. A big thank you goes to our JH Band Director Greg Wakeman,.    
2017 National Geographic Bee 2017 National Geographic Bee Congratulations to Homer's 4 th  – 8 th  graders who made it through to the preliminary round of the 2017 National Geographic Bee and moved onto our district’s final round. Our students were among one-hundred and eleven students who competed.  Students who qualified for the final round are: Matthew F., Aaron L., Jane G., Lulu E., Lucia C., Chloe K., Bailey W., Spencer R., Rachel B., and Dylan S. and Ewan M. (who are not pictured). Rachel B. was Homer’s final round champion! Rachel is advancing to the New York State Geographic Bee on March 31st in Albany.  Congratulations to all of our finalists!  

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