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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! more >>
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. more >>
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. more >>
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. more >>
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.     more >>
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!     more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
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!     more >>
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 ... more >>
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 more >>
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 ... more >>
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 ... more >>
Homer Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team Congratulations to the Homer Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team! They won a five set thriller against Marcellus on November 5 to move on to the class B sectional finals at OCC on Wednesday, November 11 th , at 3:00. Every set was extremely close and hard fought; scores were: 25-21, 25-22, 26-28, 22-25, 26-24. The team worked together beautifully, supporting each other both on and off the court. An amazing crowed cheered the young women on to victory. Way to go, Homer Blue Pride! (See http://www.homercentral.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=157   for more details).   more >>
Teen Driver Safety Week The last week of October was Teen Driver Safety Week for Homer High students. The “5 to Drive” campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s focus on bringing awareness to risky behaviors. Students could compete in a team seatbelt race, walk a line wearing “impairment” goggles, and experience a crash in a simulator, among other things. Small prizes were awarded for participation, and students had fun learning valuable lessons. Health teacher Mrs. Whitney coordinated the activities in conjunction with the Cortland County Health Department. Also, School Resource Officer Lake and New York State Trooper Huff were on site to offer advice and their experiences with teen driver distracted driving. Thanks to all staff who helped make this ... more >>
Elementary Student Citizens of the Month On Friday, October 2, 2015, the Homer Trojan Varsity Football Team joined our elementary school to celebrate the monthly character development theme and Student Citizens of the Month.  Coach Podsiedlik and the team helped introduce our theme of “responsibility” by talking to our students about being responsible at school, at home, and in the community. As always, Coach P spoke passionately about making good choices and then led the students in the Homer football cheer! The team also posed for a photo with our Student Citizen of the Month award recipients. Pictured here are the first grade awardees. In total, 22 students were recognized for being good friends to all and good citizens to our school. This year, students who earn the award get their picture taken in ... more >>
Homer Intermediate School Celebrated Character Education Week This week, students from the Homer Intermediate School celebrated Character Education week by creating posters showcasing the special word of the month. Each class is assigned a word that is practiced throughout the year. The classes then design posters that represent the meaning of the word and their feelings. Students can show the meaning of the word in action not only at school but also in our community. The posters were displayed in Homer businesses, so the community can see that the Intermediate School is hard at work creating a successful environment. more >>
Fourth Grade Learns About Native Americans Students in the fourth grade had a unique opportunity to listen and learn about the Native American Haudenosaunee Confederacy recently. Several members of the tribe visited our school as part of the students’ studies about Haudenosaunee culture and traditions. Students heard from three speakers: Mrs. Kimberly Lyman-Wright, a Homer graduate, school principal, and a member of the Seneca tribe; her mother, who is a clan mother; and her uncle, who is a Chief of the Cayuga Nation. Students listened to the history of the Haudenosaunee, learned about their traditions, and specifically about Native American clans and the importance of the clan with respect to their culture. A big thank you goes to our guest speakers for visiting us and enriching our understanding and curriculum.    ... more >>
Homer Intermediate Teachers Support Breast Cancer Awareness On October 15, several Homer Intermediate School teachers donated $10.00 each to Breast Cancer Awareness and received pink strips in their hair.  The strips are to show their support to those with breast cancer, the survivors, and those with loved ones who are affected. Thank you all for your support to a good cause.   more >>
The Homer Lady Trojan Tennis Team The Homer Lady Trojan Tennis Team is the 2015 OHSL Freedom National Division League Champions. They posted an 11-1 overall record. Homer and Chittenango have been neck-and-neck all season and the showdown Tuesday night proved to be just as tight! The Homer Trojans won 4-3 over the Chittenango Bears. Homer has tied for league titles in recent years, so this definitive league title is a great accomplishment and proof of the team’s hard work and dedication. Congratulations!   more >>



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