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All-State Music Festival All-State Music Festival All-State Mixed Chorus           This year, Homer High School was honored to have 3 students selected to participate in this year’s Conference All-State Music Festival with an additional student (Jenniellen W.) selected as an alternate.           To receive this honor, each student had to earn a perfect 100 on the most difficult NYSSMA solo repertoire (Level 6) by an All-State certified judge AND be marked as one of the best 100s.  They competed against thousands of students across the state for this honor.           To participate in All-State, seniors Drew G. and Kate H., and junior Chris D. travelled to Rochester to rehearse with Dr. Biddlecombe ...
Junior High Area All-State Festival Junior High Area All-State Festival Congratulations to the following students who recently represented the Homer school district in the Junior High Area All-State festival held at Cortland High School.  They are (from left to right): Ellis H (band), Melina S. (choir), Mia L. (choir), Stephen G. (choir), Zach A. (choir), Lea C. (choir), and Julie M. (band).  Students were selected by having the best scores in NYSSMA Zone 3 on their respective instruments.  
Congratulations to Gillian Congratulations to Gillian Congratulations are extended to senior Gillian M. Gillian is pictured in the high school library with her parents as she signs her letter of intent to attend East Stroudsburg University where she will be a member of the Women's Lacrosse Team and study nursing. We wish her well as she finishes her senior year and heads on to her future at East Stroudsburg.  
Teacher Of The Month Award 2016 Teacher Of The Month Award 2016   The Apple for the Teacher Award is a widely recognized program that celebrates the educators of NYS who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities.  The November 1st Apple for the Teacher recipient is Michael Norris – a Kindergarten Teacher at Homer Elementary School.  Mr. Norris was nominated by a kindergarten parent whose daughter most days comes home and says “We had the best day ever!”   Not only does Mr. Norris love to dance, he also loves comic books, superheroes, and Star Wars.  The kids can’t wait to see what Mr. Norris will do on Wacky Wednesdays.  If you see Mr. Norris, be sure to congratulate this “best teacher ever” for always going above and beyond for his students!   ...
Homer Senior High School Presents Homer Senior High School Presents "The Tragedy of King Richard III" Students of Homer Senior High School will perform "The Tragedy of King Richard III" November 18 and 19. As charming as he is evil, Richard III murders and marries his way to England's crown in one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. Shows will be 7:30 p.m. Friday November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Homer Intermediate School, 58 Clinton St., Homer. Tickets are $8 to $10 and will be available at the door. Cast  Drew G. King Richard III, Stephen H., Henry Tudor, David F., King Edward IV, Julia G., Queen Elizabeth, Kaitlyn C., Queen Margeret, Reed C., Lord Buckingham, Eliot G., Lord Hastings. Crew  Mikael E., Stage manager, Amber B., Assistant Stage manager, Conner L., Lighting design, Leah P, Adam W.,and Abby E., ...
Another Video Unveiled With Homer Another Video Unveiled With Homer "Stars" OCM BOCES - Another video unveiled with Homer "stars" OCM BOCES is launching a series of new videos to describe and promote our Career & Technical Education programs.  One of these videos, which focuses on automotive collision, features short testimonials from  two of YOUR students: Dan S. and Leanna K . Click on the article for the video.
Girls In The STEM Workplace Girls In The STEM Workplace Girls in the STEM Workplace event at SRC, Inc., November 4th. In coordination with Partners for Education & Business, Inc., SRC (formerly Syracuse Research Corporation) hosted local female students in grades 7 through 9 to learn about the many career pathways available in STEM--Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  In addition, students toured the facility and learned about the very important work that SRC does related to national security and environmental chemistry. And that only covers a small portion of the day! Top Row: Alina H., Leah C., Emma A., and Allison T. Bottom Row: Kayleigh M., Brady H., Marlena K., and Meaghan T.  
High School Physical Education Class Goes Geocaching 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.  
High School Students Create A Spooky Effect 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.  
High School Senior Attends Global Youth Institute 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.  
High School Students Make a Snowman 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. 
JV and Varsity Volleyball Dig Pink 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.  
Healthy Cortland 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, ...
Achieve3000 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!   
Homer High International Club 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.  
Building Minds in South Sudan 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 ...
Students Create Pea Plant Manufacturing Factory 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
8th Grade Civic Action Museum 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 ...
Rotary Scholarship Winner 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 !
Mr. Sweeney Honored By School Boards Association 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.



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