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High School Physical Education Class Goes Geocaching Physical Education classes took a field trip to Hinchcliff Family Preserve and Bear Swamp to place and find some Geocaches last week. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Students learned the importance of lifelong fitness and how to utilize the great resources we have in our own backyards.   more >>
High School Students Create A Spooky Effect Check out how students were able to create this spooky effect.  As Ms. Jones explains it: When the stopper is removed from the flask, the sodium iodide drops into the hydrogen peroxide and catalyzes the decomposition of the peroxide into oxygen gas and water vapor.  (2 H2 O2(aq) → 2 H2O(g) + O2(g) + heat). Being a catalyst, the iodine is not changed in the decomposition. The reaction is exothermic and produces significant heat.  Voila!  Click on article to see larger picture.   more >>
High School Senior Attends Global Youth Institute High school senior Emma M. recently traveled to Iowa for the Global Youth Institute where she met world food scholars and worked with students from around the world. She is shown here with Joyce Banda, former president of Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa.   more >>
High School Students Make a Snowman Students at the High School made a creative display October 27 with our first snow and made a snowman for all the students to enjoy as they entered the building.  more >>
JV and Varsity Volleyball Dig Pink HUGE thank you to everyone for their support for the JV and Varsity Volleyball Dig Pink ?on ??October 4 th .  We along with Cazenovia were able to raise just over $1500.00 for The Side Out Foundation and cancer research.  Our donations will be combined with the other 16 participating CNY schools to try to reach the main goal of $10,000.  Thanks to all who donated, in person or online, those who made baked goods, those who volunteered to help at the event, and to those who came to support the girls.   more >>
Healthy Cortland July 15-24 th reserve units from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy were stationed at Homer Intermediate and Jr. High Schools for Healthy Cortland IRT, an event that offered free health care opportunities to hundreds of local residents.   Healthy Cortland IRT (Innovative Readiness Training) is a Department of Defense training exercise to provide real world training opportunities for service members while supporting the needs of America’s rural communities. In this exercise, more than 160 service members came to Cortland County from across the U.S. offering patients from our community basic medical, dental, optometry and veterinary care services. Scores of volunteers from throughout the community contributed to the success of the event by managing patient flow, parking, ... more >>
Achieve3000 Achieve3000 has recognized Mrs. Dugan’s and Mrs. Exelby’s Junior High class for their year-long hard work and overall Lexile improvement. The students were given weatherproof, removable bumper stickers and asked to share their achievements with Achieve3000 by posting a picture of themselves along with the sticker and tagging Archive3000 on Facebook or Twitter. This achievement is proof of the amount of encouragement and support provided by their teachers. So be looking out for these pictures from our kids and from kids across the country!    more >>
Homer High International Club Homer High International Club At their final meeting of the school year, the International Club celebrated the success of their donation drive.  Throughout the months of April and May the students collected donations of extra change from friends and family and put together $600 to be used for scholarship money for two young ladies in Nepal.  These young women were orphaned in the devastating earthquake that hit the capital city in April of last year.   The funds are being sent to the Nhocca orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal.  For more information about the girls go to the Homer International Club webpage or check out www.nhocca.org.   more >>
Building Minds in South Sudan Sixth graders Emma A. and Charlotte W. are holding a certified check made out to the charity Building Minds in South Sudan. Last December, a former Lost Boy of Sudan, Sebastian Maroundit, spoke to the Junior High student body. Sebastian told his story of surviving the Sudanese civil war, walking hundreds of miles to a refugee camp, and his eventual journey to America. Sebastian is a firm believer in the power of education to change lives and build a strong future for all. To that end, he founded his charity ( www.bmiss.org ) to build schools in South Sudan. Homer students collected spare change from students and staff, and also placed collection jars in local businesses that sell Fair Trade and Organic products. Way to go, Emma and Charlotte, for demonstrating character education in real ... more >>
Students Create Pea Plant Manufacturing Factory Planting a pea in a paper cup sounds easy enough, but how do you accomplish this seemingly simple task when the only hands-on feature is the push of a single button? Students in Mr. DiMattei's Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) class were able to meet this challenge using a turntable, and a robotic arm - a method referred to as "handshaking."  Check out this video to see just how they did it! Click on the blank box for this viedo. https://youtu.be/BRi9JUfTXH4 more >>
8th Grade Civic Action Museum 8th Grade Civic Action Museum     8th grade Social Studies students curated the Civic Action Museum on Friday, June 10th.  The Junior High Library was filled with students presenting their plans for civic action to address some of the most complex problems in our society. Students chose their own area of concern, used library research skills to learn about the topic, and created a civic action plan to move the issue forward.  There were letters to elected officials, planned rallies, new organizations, websites designed, and even new legislative bills written to address a wide variety of issues, such as the minimum wage, the deterioration of the coral reef, transgender issues, Islamophobia and school dress codes among others. Civic Action Museum guests included ... more >>
Rotary Scholarship Winner   Homer Senior Sophia Rose P. was honored June 7, 2016, with the prestigious Rotary Scholarship.  Each year, Rotary endows some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution; many go on to careers in national governments, non-governmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.  Congratulations Sophia ! more >>
Mr. Sweeney Honored By School Boards Association Board member, Martin Sweeney was honored Thursday evening at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Central New York School Boards Association.  He received the Cortland-Madison School Boards Association Board Member of Achievement Award. more >>
We’re so proud to have these Olympians The 2016 Special Olympics was held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on May 19. All four Homer school buildings were well represented. The athletes returned to their respective schools and were welcomed with cheers and support from teachers, students and staff. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and our athletes came back covered in ribbons and medals. We’re so proud to have these Olympians representing Homer and Blue Pride! Congratulations to all!   Click in the box for slide of the event. more >>
Cortland County Envirothon Five Homer High students won first place in the Cortland County Envirothon on May 13. Eight teams from various Cortland County school districts competed in this annual event, which is sponsored by the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Teams compete in different science-skill areas such as determining soil composition and pH level, wildlife and tree identification, and water analysis among other tasks. High School biology teacher Mr. Andrejko proudly reports that Homer’s team, “The Kids,” placed first in all six categories including the oral presentation. The team has earned a spot to compete in the New York State Envirothon to be held at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva on May 25 and 26. There ... more >>
OCM BOCES School Library System Administrator Of The Year Award OCM BOCES School Library System Administrator of the Year Award   Mike Falls, Director of Business and Finance at Homer Central Schools, is OCM BOCES School Library System’s Administrator of the Year Award winner. Mike was unanimously nominated by Homer’s four school librarians. Their reason is that Mike has supported the Cooperative Collection Development program at such a high level that Homer has out-distanced all other districts in this arena. His commitment to libraries, literacy, education, and book accessibility for all students shows when presented with budget constraints. He always finds a solution to meet the needs of faculty and students. Having been a building principal, he understands the critical role libraries and librarians play in the lives of students. ... more >>
Homer High Students Won First Place In The Cortland County Envirothon Five Homer High students won first place in the Cortland County Envirothon on May 13. Eight teams from various Cortland County school districts competed in this annual event, which is sponsored by the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Teams compete in different science-skill areas such as determining soil composition and pH level, wildlife and tree identification, and water analysis among other tasks. High School biology teacher Mr. Andrejko proudly reports that Homer’s team, “The Kids,” placed first in all six categories including the oral presentation. The team has earned a spot to compete in the New York State Envirothon to be held at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva on May 25 and 26. ... more >>
8th grade Social Studies Go Back To The 60's Students in Mrs. Butts and Mrs. Greenfield's 8th grade Social Studies classes were transported back to the 1960s in class this week. They studied the events of the 60s through the lens of music of the time. Students enjoyed dressing the part and listening to history.   more >>
Meyer’s Flyers Award The Cortland Branch of the AAUW created the Meyer’s Flyers Award to honor Helen Meyer. Helen was a longtime member of the organization and a devoted teacher of young children in the Cortland community for several decades. Meyer not only believed in the success of her students academically, but she was also keenly aware of how important it was that these young students grew up to be good people in the community. Meyer kept track of all her students well after high school graduation, often sending letters of congratulations and encouragement. AAUW is a national organization that includes education as an integral aspect of their mission. The AAUW award committee selected  students based on effort, determination to do well in school, being brave enough to ask for help when ... more >>
Top Ten Percent Of The 2016 Graduating Class On Tuesday, May 3, the top ten percent of the 2016 graduating class were recognized. Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered in the high school library to reflect 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. The students are: Jordan L., Alexander L., Joel C., Kennedy G., Sophia P., James B., Victoria S., Julia F., Madeline G., Evan U., Nathan B., Tighe G., Rachael C., Alexander P., Sondra M., Emily E., Andrew J., and Molly U.     more >>



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