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8th grade Social Studies Go Back To The 60's 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.  
Meyer’s Flyers Award 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 ...
Top Ten Percent Of The 2016 Graduating Class 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.    
The Cortland Rotary Club Teachers Of The Year The Cortland Rotary Club Teachers Of The Year The Cortland Rotary Club Teachers of the Year Award is officially called the Lavona Schneider Memorial Rotary Recognition Award in memory of Lavona Schneider, retired educator in the Cortland City Schools. Nominations are solicited from school superintendents throughout the county. The criteria require that a nominee must exemplify the Rotary motto "Service Above Self' and specifically show the following: demonstrated teaching excellence and commitment in the classroom; engagement in service outside the classroom, encouragement for students to be service oriented; and continuous pursuit of self-improvement. This year's Rotary Teacher of the Year award recipient is Mrs. Karen Keefe, a Grade 2 teacher.
National Honor Society Inductees National Honor Society Inductees National Honor Society Inductees Congratulations to fifty-one new members of the Joseph Herney Chapter of the National Honor Society. Student selection is based on four criteria: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. Students were inducted at an evening ceremony on May 2nd.  James B., Rachel B., Karalyn B., Kelly C., Morgan C., Rachel C., Cameron C., Erin C., James D., Marleah D., Krysandra D., Rachel E., Mikaela E., Joseph E., Mollie F., Jenna G., Cullen G., Elena G., Andrew G., Olivia H., Meleah H., Stephen H., Sarah J., Lauren K., Noah K., Neil M., Maura M., Kuerstin M., Jenna M., Brent M., Emily M., Katherine M., Annabell M., Carmela M., Allison O., Rachael O., Matthew P., Evan P., Samuel P., Kristen R., Samantha R., Christine R., Lindsey S., Autumn S., Stone ...
Homer Intermediate 5A Team Designed Paper Bags For The IGA Homer Intermediate 5A Team Designed Paper Bags For The IGA On Thursday, April 21, 2016, in recognition of Earth Day, the 5A team designed paper bags that the IGA in Homer on Main Street will use to bag the groceries.   
Cortland Rotary Club's Cortland Rotary Club's "PRIDE of Workmanship" Award Congratulations to Kelli Yacavone, Secretary to the Superintendent and Board Clerk for the District for receiving the Cortland Rotary Club's "PRIDE of Workmanship" award at a ceremony on April 19. Kelli was nominated for the award by her boss and the entire administrative team because she exemplifies the PRIDE of Homer. Kelli is enthusiastic and welcoming and very conscientious about her work, always wanting to do the right thing the first time. She is a "consider-it-done" multi-tasker and a team player. Four hundred fifty employees, two thousand students and their parents, and nine Board of Education members all count on Kelli to get the answers and help they need. She gives 110% to the District and she is true blue to Homer.    
2016 Imagination Celebration 2016 Imagination Celebration The select Cortland County secondary level 'Imagination Celebration' is now showing at the Center for the Arts.  The show will run from April 14th-May 8th during Center hours.  An opening reception will be held May 3rd from 6:00-7:30pm.  The show is full of extremely talented artists.  These pictures show clay sculptures by middle school Homer students.  
Students Create Images Representing Homer Blue PRIDE Students Create Images Representing Homer Blue PRIDE In keeping with the mission of the Homer Central School District and the blending of school and community values, students created images representing Homer Blue PRIDE. Students in grades K-12 have submitted artwork based on our five traits: Partnerships, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence. The district plans to display the banners near Bonne' auditorium during concerts, art shows and special events. Soon they will be displayed in front of our school buildings as a reminder to all, of the values we hold in Homer Schools. The artists did an excellent job portraying the P.R.I.D.E. traits for all to see for years to come.  
March Madness At The Junior High Library! March Madness At The Junior High Library! March Madness At The Junior High Library!   The sixteen most circulated books of the year went head-to-head in a NCAA-style single elimination bracket play-off last month at the Homer Junior High Library.   Students voted for their favorites in each bracket. It was a fierce battle for the most popular book.  It came down to the final showdown -- The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan facing The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner. And the winner of the 2016 March Madness @ the Junior High Library is... The Maze Runner Series ! The Maze Runne r series bested the  The Heroes of Olympus  series with a vote of 307 to 156.   Ask your child what their favorite book is and encourage them to stop into the library and read a book today! ...
Author Kenneth Oppel visits Homer Schools Author Kenneth Oppel visits Homer Schools Author Kenneth Oppel visits Homer Schools Kenneth Oppel, multi-award winning Canadian author, spoke with Junior High students on Wednesday, March 30, and with Intermediate students on Thursday, March 31. Thanks to Phillips Free Library and a generous grant from the J. M. McDonald Foundation, all six grade levels had individual presentations with the author. Mr. Oppel spoke about his book, The Boundless, a big adventure on the longest train ever. Other students learned of the adventures of Matt Cruise and Kate DeVries onboard a zeppelin-like airship in Airborn. Mr. Oppel also discussed his career, his writing process and shared summaries and teasers for many of his other books. In each presentation, Mr. Oppel underscored the importance of background research for each book’s ...
2016 State Competition for MATHCOUNTS 2016 State Competition for MATHCOUNTS On Saturday, March 19, a group of Homer Junior High students competed in the 2016 State Competition for MATHCOUNTS, held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. MATHCOUNTS is an organization founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation. There are four levels to this competition; school, chapter, state and national. These students won at the Chapter level in February and earned a spot at the State level, an impressive achievement for this first-time team. Their experience at RPI was exciting, and has encouraged these and other students to work hard to earn a spot again next year. The students who competed were (6th Graders) Rishi A., William D., Gavin L., Conor P., Brandon S., and (8th Grader) Andrew ...
The National Technical Honor Society The National Technical Honor Society The National Technical Honor Society recognizes deserving students who have chosen technical education pathways to a successful future. Twenty-one students were recognized for the attributes of knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership in the following trades: Automotive Collision, Automotive Technology, Computer Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, New Vision Environmental Science, New Vision Medical Professions, Physical Therapy Professions and Welding. The inductees include: Trenton A., Naomi W., Jack B., Darrick B., Joshua F., Victoria A., Rebecca H., Shannon C., Madeline J., Jacob J., Kenian U., Emily L., Kathryn R., Karlee V., Brianna H., Olivia P., Anna Y., Ross B., Jeramiah B., Isaac C., and Austin S. Congratulations to all! ...
Homer Intermediate School Regional Science Fair Winners Homer Intermediate School Regional Science Fair Winners The 2016 Central New York Science & Engineering Fair was held Sunday, March 20, at the SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College campus. The CNYSEF accepts science fair projects from students in grades four through 12 that are either in public school ,private schools and homeschooled, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. Pictured below are  Kayla C. Highest Honors, Jonah C. Honors Award, Aaron L.,  Highest Honors and also a recipient of the Navy Science Award and the Lockheed Martin Science and Technology Award, and Mitchell R. was awarded High Honors also a recipient of the Navy Science Award and the Lockheed Martin Science and Technology Award.  
Youth and Government Visit Albany Youth and Government Visit Albany Last weekend Homer was well represented in Albany at the New York State Youth and Government conference where our club was designated a Premier District. Of the fifteen Presiding Officers, two were from Homer-Kennedy G. served as Public Defender and Andrew J. served as Governor. Homer's Youth and Government advisor, Ms. Giordano, said that this is the first time in 19 years that the governor was from Homer. Andrew J. is shown here addressing more than 500 teens from across the state who attended the conference. His speech as well received by the assembly. Additional congratulations go out to Andrew J., Jordan L. and Chris D., who were selected to attend the Conference on National Affairs the first week of July in North Carolina.  Please click ...
High School PE Classes Took Advantage Of Our Early Spring High School PE Classes Took Advantage Of Our Early Spring High School PE classes took advantage of our early spring weather last week and moved the annual square dancing unit outdoors to the turf field. With no gymnasium due to the capital project, classes have had to be flexible all year. Many positive consequences, like dancing under blue skies, have resulted from creative scheduling and favorable weather. 
Mrs. Sue Urban Wins International Women's Day by the Zonta Club Mrs. Sue Urban Wins International Women's Day by the Zonta Club Mrs. Sue Urban, a grade 1 teacher at the Elementary School was recognized on March 8, 2016 (International Women's Day) by the Zonta Club of Cortland for her work with children and women within our community. Mrs. Urban was nominated by a community member for this award that recognizes the work Mrs. Urban has done to improve the lives of women and children within our community. The award was presented by Lisa Atkinson (pictured with Mrs. Urban) who represents the Zonta Club of Cortland. Great job Mrs. Urban! We are proud of you!  
JH Math Competition JH Math Competition On Saturday, February 27, a group of Homer Junior High students competed in the MATHCOUNTS Competition, held at Onondaga Community College. MATHCOUNTS is an organization founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation. There are four levels to this competition; school, chapter, state and national. Saturday’s competition was the Chapter Series and the group will be advancing to the State Competition on March 19 at RPI near Albany. The winning team at each Chapter competition advances to the State level, as do the top two individuals. Homer students that competed were (6 th Graders) Rishi A., William D., Gavin L., Conor P., Brandon S., and (8 th Grader) Andrew F. Homer students placed first, second, third, fourth, ...
The Scholastic Art Awards The Scholastic Art Awards The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the largest annual art competition in the country, and the participating Central New York awards program has been honoring the creative work of high school students for more than 70 years. More than 5,000 pieces of art were submitted from 7th through 12th grade students across 13 CNY counties. Over a two-day period 50 judges, comprised of professional artists, educators and photographers, recognized 1,433 works with awards in 14 categories. Winners were announced on Thursday, Jan. 14 at Onondaga Community College. All Gold Key winners go on to the national level for consideration.   Gold Key Winners: Joe B., Meagan C., Wendi C., Marleah D., Anna G., Lauren K., Brent M., Rachael O.   ...
High School Musical South Pacific High School Musical South Pacific Make plans to see the high school musical South Pacific this weekend! This beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein show centers around two parallel love stories. Set during World War II in a tropical paradise, the story deals with racial prejudice, fear, separation, and, of course, romance. The students have been rehearsing for weeks and are ready to entertain us! The show runs this Friday and Saturday night at 7:00, at the Bonne Auditorium at Homer Junior High. Come and be swept away to a warm and sunny island… it’ll be Some Enchanted Evening!



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