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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!
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 ...
Homer Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team 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   for more details).  
Teen Driver Safety Week 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 ...
Elementary Student Citizens of the Month 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 ...
Homer Intermediate School Celebrated Character Education Week 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.
Fourth Grade Learns About Native Americans 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.    ...
Homer Intermediate Teachers Support Breast Cancer Awareness 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.  
The Homer Lady Trojan Tennis Team 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!  
Eagle Scout Project At The Factory Brook Nature Area Eagle Scout Project At The Factory Brook Nature Area This summer, Boy Scout and Homer High School student Neil M. completed his Eagle Scout project at the Factory Brook nature area behind the Junior High. Neil’s project was to build a bridge to connect two trails over a seasonal stream. The bridge had to be large enough to carry a substantial piece of equipment, which was no small task. With the help of his fellow scouts and leaders from Troop 79 as well as family members and friends, Neil constructed a fabulous new bridge that will enable our grounds staff to maintain the area. Neil had guidance from Mr. Barry and was helped with financial assistance from the Homer Education Foundation and the Junior High student council. Check out the pictures of his project from start to finish. Thank you, Neil, for a job well done! Click  more ...
HS Students Recognized for Exemplary Attendance HS Students Recognized for Exemplary Attendance Homer HS Students Recognized for Exemplary Attendance for month of September Attendance at school each day establishes the foundation for student success. In recognition of students who have missed no days of school this year, Homer High School students with 100% attendance received a free ticket for tonight’s Homecoming Football game against Skaneateles. Students who have 95% attendance to date were placed in a drawing to receive a free ticket for tonight’s Homecoming Dance.
Hartnett Auction Information Hartnett Auction Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nancy S. Ruscio, Superintendent of Schools (607) 749-7241 Ext. 5022 Frank Pietrzak, Auctioneer  (800) 243-0061   HARTNETT SCHOOL BUILDING AUCTION The Homer Board of Education approved a contract with Absolute Auctions & Realty, Inc. for the real estate auction of the Hartnett Elementary School building and land in Truxton, NY. Bidding for the Hartnett Elementary Auction will begin Monday, Oct. 26 @ 10:00AM/EST and will conclude on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 1:01 PM/EST.  Prospective purchasers are encouraged to visit the auctioneer’s website: for complete auction details including photos, property assessment information, ...
Capital Project Ground Breaking Capital Project Ground Breaking The capital project ground breaking ceremony was held on June 23 at the high school. Board of Education members, some staff and a student were on hand to dig in and get the work started. When completed, the high school will have a new auditorium, safer gymnasium, reconfigured classrooms, new bus turn-around, and other enhanced benefits for students and staff.
A Trip To The Farm A Trip To The Farm This spring kindergartners from the Elementary school took a trip to the Weddle Farm on Route 281. It is an example of a "village" working together to educate our children. The Weddles gave each child a homemade cookie and milk. They also brought animals from other farms to enrich the experience. This year, students got to milk Mona the Holstein cow, pet Pedro the alpaca, greet calves and sheep, and meet Ah-Choo the camel.
Spirit Week At The Homer Intermediate School Spirit Week At The Homer Intermediate School Homer Intermediate students participated in Spirit Week’s "Take on the Future" Thursday, on June 11. Students dressed up as what they aspire to be when they grow up. From the back row: Lillian B. (cook), Michelle H.(police officer), Emily D. (teacher), Bryce H. (baseball player), Matthew F. (the President of the United States), Jonah C. (Robotics Engineer), Rishi A. (orthopedic surgeon), Olivia S.  (pediatrician).
Field Trip To The Phillips Free Library Field Trip To The Phillips Free Library Homer Intermediate School Fourth Graders taught by Mrs. Barrett, Mrs. Shirley and Mrs. Stevens went on a field trip to the Phillips Free Library in Homer on Friday, June 12th.   Students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade were able to receive books through a grant written by Priscilla Berggren-Thomas, Library Director. The money for the books comes from the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund. What a great reading project for instilling the love of reading in our students over the summer months! This year’s summer theme is: Every Hero Has a Story.  Thank you so much Ms. Priscilla for doing this for our students! 
Rotary Teacher Of The Year Rotary Teacher Of The Year Congratulations to Jeanne Stevens who was named Rotary Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, June 10. Jeanne, who teaches reading in the Intermediate School, was selected because of her work in Homer schools and in our community.  
Bus Driver Of The Year Bus Driver Of The Year Homer bus driver Patty Yaple won Bus Driver of the Year for 14-15, NYAPT (New York Association of Pupil Transportation) which has several Chapters through out New York.  Patty was awarded this honor on June 10 at the Crestwood Golf Course in Marcy.   Congratulations to Patty and thank you for all you do to transport our children safely each and every day. 

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