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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!
2016 Scholastic Writing Awards 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards Congratulations to the following seniors, who are recipients in this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. These students were recognized in the Northeast Writing Region-at-Large in the noted categories: Short Story : Gold Key : Chandler C.  Silver Key : Tianna B., Kennedy G., Andrew J., Alex L., Samantha R. Honorable Mention : Eden D., Tighe G., Sarah J., Brenton N., Joe S., Tim S. Personal Essay/Memoir : Silver Key : Meghan M. Honorable Mention : Jonah L., Maddie G., Victoria S. Poetry : Silver Key : Samantha S. (two awards)   
Coding at the Elementary School Coding at the Elementary School Second graders at the Elementary School have begun learning to code. When asked how it was going, classroom teacher Mrs. Keefe said, "I loved it! They loved it! The kids even took time during indoor recess to revisit the website to try to do more." Over the past eight weeks, Homer's Technology Integration Specialist has worked with all of our fourth grade students. Students and teachers at both grade levels have found computer coding activities both fun and challenging.
Wrestling Team Wins Section III Sportsmanship Award Wrestling Team Wins Section III Sportsmanship Award The Syracuse Wrestling Officials Association (SWOA) recognized Homer Central School District’s wrestling team for exemplary sportsmanship throughout the 2015-2016 season. The John Arcaro Sportsmanship Award was presented during the Section III Wrestling Finals to Homer High School.  
STAR Classroom Holds A Book Dedication Party STAR Classroom Holds A Book Dedication Party On February 2, 2016, the Intermediate School STAR class held a book dedication party to honor librarian Mrs. Nachtrieb. The class wrote a book entitled The STARS Are Out, with student illustrations for the page he or she wrote. At the dedication, each student read her or his page aloud and answered questions about their page and illustrations. It was a great way to thank Mrs. Nachtireb for always sharing great literature with us! Each student received a copy of the book. Ask one of these budding authors to see their copy of The STARS Are Out!
Eighth Grade Earth Science Students Mentoring Fifth Graders Eighth Grade Earth Science Students Mentoring Fifth Graders Junior High eighth grade earth science students are enjoying mentoring fifth graders on their science projects. Every other friday the older students go to the intermediate school and give them assistance on hypothesis and the process. Their collective successes will be on display at the annual science fair at the Intermediate School on February 25th. The public is welcome to attend.
JH High Science Investigating Radiation And The Electromagnetic spectrum JH High Science Investigating Radiation And The Electromagnetic spectrum Students in JH Science classes have been investigating radiation and the electromagnetic spectrum. Pictured are students from Team 6A during a lab on visible light as wave energy appears on the ceiling in the electromagnetic spectrum. Students use the acronym ROY G BIV to learn the order of the colors of the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Students had fun figuring out how to split visible light.
6A Science Has Fun With Newton's Law 6A Science Has Fun With Newton's Law   Science students on Team 6A enjoy stringing out Newton's beads to apply the principle of "an object in motion stays in motion" until a force stops it.
Iditarod Poems Published Iditarod Poems Published Brayden F., Riley J., and Valerie M. surprised Mrs. Martin Friday with a gift. Last year, the students were in Mrs. Martin’s 4th grade class. Each had their Iditarod poem printed in Eloquence: 2015 Poetry Collection  published by The America Library of Poetry. The students presented the book, which they signed, to their former teacher. Mrs. Martin is very proud of them (and ALL her students!) and so thankful for the wonderful gift.    
Homer Girls’ Varsity Basketball Homer Girls’ Varsity Basketball Homer Girls’ Varsity Basketball On December 2 the girls’ varsity team and coaching staff hosted a skills clinic for some of Homer’s future star cagers. The younger girls currently play in the Homer Recreation Department’s basketball program. Thanks to the varsity team for mentoring and supporting our younger girls. It was a win-win for all!    
Civil Engineering And Architecture Students Team Up With King + King Architects Civil Engineering And Architecture Students Team Up With King + King Architects Civil Engineering and Architecture Students Team Up with King + King Architects 10th and 11th grade students in Mr. Nagel’s Civil Engineering and Architecture class visited King + King Architects in Syracuse on November 23rd and experienced a day in the life of an architect. The class will be working collaboratively with King + King, along with engineering students from Westhill High, to design an Urban Market for Armory Square in Syracuse. This is a year-long project, which will culminate in Spring with a formal proposal presentation in front of a panel of teachers, administrators, engineers and others.  “It’s important now more than ever that we provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to solving real world problems and to develop 21st century ...
Lauren Flood Received The Regional Art Educator Of The Year Lauren Flood Received The Regional Art Educator Of The Year Junior High art teacher Lauren Flood received the Regional Art Educator of the Year award from the New York State Art Teacher Association, Region 3. Each of NYSATA’s ten regions selects one outstanding art educator that is recognized at the annual conference, held this year on November 20-22 in Rochester. Some of the criteria that are considered for the candidate include: outstanding contributions to the field of art education, ability to motivate and inspire others, strong advocacy and leadership, and contributions to curriculum design and development. Regional winners are eligible to compete at the state level the following year. Mrs. Flood is shown here with colleagues Ms. Piotti (JH) and Ms. Shepard (EL).  Mrs. Flood noted that the award ceremony was extra special as the emcee ...
Homer High School Wears Pink For Breast Cancer Homer High School Wears Pink For Breast Cancer Homer High School Wears Pink For Breast Cancer Last month, the Future Business Leaders of America Club held a fundraiser to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY. Club members collected donations, sold pink ribbons and T-shirt clips, and promoted awareness and support of the research fund. This club is in its first year; high school business teacher Ms. Calkins is the advisor. The dedicated group raised $802.77 with their efforts, surpassing the team goal. Nice work for this young group!    
Homer Intermediate School Student Wins State Archives Award Homer Intermediate School Student Wins State Archives Award Homer Intermediate School Student Wins State Archives Award   The New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust have selected Aaron Lener from Homer Intermediate School, Homer Central School District, as the recipient of the 2015 Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 4-5, for his entry “Francis Bicknell Carpenter: The Man Behind the Iconic Image of Lincoln.”   A certificate and a cash award were presented to Aaron at a luncheon ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, held recently.  His teacher, Laurie Leach, was also recognized.   Using records from the Homer Historical Society, Cortland County Historical Society and the Phillips Free Library, Aaron Lener researched ...
Homer Intermediate Celebrated Veteran's Day Homer Intermediate Celebrated Veteran's Day Homer Intermediate celebrated Veteran's Day with many local heroes. Students in grades 3-5 were visited by community veterans to share a book,  H is for Honor , and share personal stories about their service to our country. We were honored to have veterans from all branches of the military. Thank you veterans for your service and sacrifice! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1TAXwcbZPoUtf3G4bgGnJETShp7JVsSLQi-N4a1Arybs/edit#slide=id.p
Homer Senior Signs National Letter of Intent Homer Senior Signs National Letter of Intent   Homer Senior Signs National Letter of Intent Hannah C. reviews and signs her national letter of intent to attend Tiffin University as a member of the Class of 2020 and to play Women's Lacrosse. Hannah's mother looks on as she signs.   Founded in 1888, Tiffin University is proud to offer a personal and practical education for motivated, professionally focused students who want real-world experiences and results. Tiffin is a private, coeducational university located in Tiffin, Ohio, on a small but growing campus that offers students a safe, friendly place to pursue their dreams. A NCAA Division II member of the Great Lakes Conference, Tiffin students participate in 9 sports, including Women's Lacrosse, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball and Softball.   We ...
Shane Peacock Award-Winning Author Visits Intermediate/Jr. High Shane Peacock Award-Winning Author Visits Intermediate/Jr. High Shane Peacock is an award-winning author of plays, biographies, juvenile and young adult fiction and non-fiction. On November 6, 2015, Mr. Peacock visited Homer Junior High and discussed the joy and excitement of reading and writing to an attentive audience. He explained how a writer crafts a story, among other secrets, and gave a dramatic reading from the first of his series The Boy Sherlock Holmes . The Canadian author also talked about some of the wild and offbeat things he has done and written about – ask your child about sumo wrestling or tightrope walking! Since Mr. Peacock’s presentation, the Junior High Library now has a waiting list for his books! This program was made possible through a grant from the Myrtle Dee Nash Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins ...



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