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Homer Sophomore Named YWCA Artist of the Month Homer Sophomore Named YWCA Artist of the Month Earlier this month, sophomore Brittani Corson was named as the YWCA’s Artist of the Month! She received this distinction, in part, as the result of some of her amazing photography. Brittani has taken it upon herself to enroll in many of the art classes offered through the Homer Central School District, as well as taking part in the YWCA’s summer arts program. This dedication to the learning process has culminated in her recent recognition as artist of the month, and now, her incredible work is now on display for the community to see! “This girl is very talented!” said YWCA Program Director Mindy Gardner. “Her love of photography and art has ...
Junior High Art Students Have Creations Displayed in Superintendent's  Office Junior High Art Students Have Creations Displayed in Superintendent's Office On Tuesday, Homer Central School District’s administration held an ad hoc art show in the district office, inviting two dozen art students from the junior high school (and their family members) to the space to talk about the fantastic designs that adorned the walls. While it was a great opportunity for these students to talk about their exceptional creations, the visit accomplished other goals as well, one of which was the opportunity for the superintendent to re-introduce himself to students in his new administrative capacity. “I want to see more kids in the office,” District Superintendent Thomas Turck told the gathered audience. “That’s what I got into this business for; I love working with students. You can always feel free to stop in.” The ...
Two Homer High School Football Players Receive All-State Honors Two Homer High School Football Players Receive All-State Honors Exciting news on the athletics front, as the New York State Sportswriters named two Homer seniors to the NYS Class B All-state Football Team! Chase Kiner (#52) was named as an honorable mention offensive and defensive lineman, and Damien Hoyt (#77) was named chosen as an first-team offensive lineman.   Chase Kiner   Damien Hoyt It’s surely an exciting honor for these athletes. Going forward, Damien has committed to playing football at Division I Colgate following the conclusion of his high school career, and who knows what future accolades may be in store? Chase is currently his weighing different collegiate options, and ultimately plans to pursue an ...
Environmental Club Member Has Article Published Environmental Club Member Has Article Published Recently, Homer Central High School’s own Andrew Fagerheim saw his work published in the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly journal!
Leveraging his experience in the high school’s Environmental Club and youth climate summits which he’d attended, Andrew’s article, “Youth: The Climate Leaders of Today” focused on how students can impact the dialogue surrounding climate change, and how, ultimately, they can help effect the kind change of change they hope to see.
The Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly is part of the Green Schools National Network, which aims to provide “evidenced-based resources for green, healthy, sustainable schools.” Check out Andrew’s superbly-written article by clicking ...
Long Range Strategic Planning - January Update Long Range Strategic Planning - January Update The District’s Long Range Strategic Planning continues into the new year. Work began last October with the distribution of stakeholder surveys. Surveys were completed by: Students, staff, community and parents. Feedback was compiled from the 1,526 surveys that were completed. The Strategic Planning Core Team met twice prior to the holidays. The committee consists of five parents, nine staff members with representation from all buildings, and three administrators.  The first meeting was held on November 19th and consisted of a setting of norms, as well as a district documents and stakeholder survey results review. In the December 17th meeting, after much discussion and review of data, three ...
Rotary Exchange Student Shares Switzerland Experience Rotary Exchange Student Shares Switzerland Experience Last year, Molly, a senior at the Homer Central High School, visited Switzerland as a Rotary Exchange Student. Recently, she sat down with eighth graders from the Homer Junior High School to share her experiences abroad. Molly didn’t come alone, however. She brought along Tatum, a fellow high school student hailing from California, who she met during her trip. Molly and Tatum told the middle school students about the many interesting places they visited during the exchange, and how much they learned about European history and culture while there. As you can see, the duo also dressed the part for their presentation!   One of the coolest parts of the story is the friendship the two struck up while in another country. Thanks for sharing ...
NHS Students Give Back During the Holidays NHS Students Give Back During the Holidays   Over the holidays, students from the Homer Central School District’s National Honor Society (NHS) took advantage of multiple opportunities to demonstrate the holiday spirit. First up, the group participated in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family program! Their contributions included not only time, but food and toys as well. The NHS students organized a delicious dinner for their “adopted” family, providing a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes (and gravy), numerous vegetables, and dessert. Moreover, they provided gifts for five children, including toys and clothing. Typically, gifts in the Adopt-a-Family program are intended for children 12 years or younger, but this family had a 14-year-old among its number. Worrying ...
Take time to learn about vaping and have a conversation with your student Take time to learn about vaping and have a conversation with your student   It seems every day, there is a new article or news story regarding the use of E-cigarettes, vapes or juuls by teens. The variety of devices and ease in which they can be concealed have helped create challenges at home and at school in addressing the concerns over use. The number of instances of students using or having vaping items at school has increased significantly since the start of the school year. Vaping has the potential to impact the health of our students and disrupt their education. Please take time to speak with your student about these devices. Our state’s public health law bans the use of these devices in public places the same as it does with the use of tobacco. Our school’s code of conduct prohibits use and possession ...
High School Students Visit Elementary School to Read Holiday Classics High School Students Visit Elementary School to Read Holiday Classics Last week, the Homer Central High School sent some of its students to visit the elementary school, where they held a book reading for the kids! The high school students stopped by the kindergarten classrooms, and read some of their holiday-themed favorites aloud to the attentive audience. It was a great opportunity for the high school students to "return to their roots," maintaining a sense of connectivity between the two schools that bookend the Homer grade school experience.  
Pajama Program Helping Kids Over the Holidays Pajama Program Helping Kids Over the Holidays ‘Tis the season for giving, and the benevolent members of the Homer Central School District community take this message to heart. You may know Connie Martin as the Reading Teacher at the Homer Intermediate School. But did you know that she’s also the local chapter president for the Pajama Program? The Pajama Program - a not-for-profit organization that believes that “every child has the right to a good night” - sees local contributors donate new books and pajamas to children in need. In particular, the pajamas are donated to local organizations such as the Cortland County Community Action Program, Loaves & Fishes, and the Friends of Cortland County Child Advocacy Center. Under Connie’s stewardship, the local effort has been active for several ...
High School Wrestling Team Participates in Community Event High School Wrestling Team Participates in Community Event Recently, the Homer Wrestling Team partnered with the Visions Hotel Group, participating in the “Santa’s Vision” event. “Santa’s Vision” saw all 25 members of the wrestling team (and three coaches) turn out for the event, dressing up as holiday (and entertainment) characters and handing out presents to the children and families who were in attendance. “I was proud of our guys, seeing as we had 100% attendance at the event,” said coach Jason Reynolds. “I started this when I was still an assistant coach at Cortland State 12 years ago,” said Reynolds. “Now, it's evolved in a collaborative effort between both Cortland State wrestlers and Homer wrestlers.” ...
Ms. Nye's Students Thinking Like Hammurabi Ms. Nye's Students Thinking Like Hammurabi Recently, sixth-graders in Ms. Nye’s class have been studying ancient Mesopotamian society, and in so doing, have begun to learn more about Hammurabi’s Code. You’ve likely heard of the ancient edict: “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Hammurabi’s Code is consists of dozens of laws reflecting variations of this edict, scaled to social status of the society (and time period) within which it existed. As Hammurabi’s various laws were not always intended to be (but oftentimes were) literal in their reciprocity, Ms. Nye’s students were tasked with analyzing some samples of these laws. Using what they’ve learned to date, students worked in groups to guess what Hammurabi might have meant when discussing punishment for the different ...
Strategic Planning - Community Engagement Survey Strategic Planning - Community Engagement Survey Homer Schools is embarking on a year long process that will result in the development of a five year strategic plan.  When completed, the plan will be used to drive decision making across all aspects of our organization.  One critical component of this strategic planning process is a surveying of all stakeholder groups.  Below, find the Community Engagement Survey.  Please help us in the development of our plan by completing the survey thoroughly and thoughtfully.    Information gathered from these surveys will help us determine priority areas for further study in the development of the strategic plan.   Please complete the survey by Friday, November 2, 2018. Your thoughtful responses are greatly appreciated.
Homecoming parade and game time changed Homecoming parade and game time changed Due to forecasted thunderstorms, start times for the Homecoming parade and game have been changed.  The parade will begin at 5:30 and football game kickoff will be at 6:00. 
High School Seniors Celebrate Senior Sunrise High School Seniors Celebrate Senior Sunrise Nearly 50 members of the Homer High School Senior Class celebrated the first “Senior Sunrise” on Butts Field this morning (September 7, 2018). The event was planned by senior class officers as a part of the class’s goal to increase school spirit and provide more opportunities for all students to be involved in class events. Seniors took time to enjoy refreshments, talk about the patterns of where the sun rises each day, and spend time with one another as darkness turned to dawn. Super school spirit, Seniors!
Renovations of the Butts Field turf and track have been completed! Renovations of the Butts Field turf and track have been completed! Our community is welcome to use the track as usual from dawn till dusk but we ask that you refrain from utilizing the track during our contests . If you are interested in using the field, please fill out a "Request Facility Use" form above and submit it to the district. 
Public Hearing-Charter School - Rescheduled Update! Public Hearing-Charter School - Rescheduled Update! Please be aware that the date of the hearing has been updated! On July 12, 2018 the Homer Central School District received notice from The State University of New York Charter Schools Institute that the Truxton Academy Charter School Application had been accepted for review on possible action at the October 24, 2018 meeting of the SUNY Trustees or their Charter Schools Committee. Pursuant to Education Law section 2857(1), the Homer School District is required to hold a public hearing to solicit comments from the community.  Copies of any and all written records or comments generated from the hearing must be sent to the Charter School Office within 15 business days after the hearing. The Institute welcomes comments on the proposed charter school, including those related ...
Public Hearing-Charter School - Rescheduled Public Hearing-Charter School - Rescheduled On July 12, 2018 the Homer Central School District received notice from The State University of New York Charter Schools Institute that the Truxton Academy Charter School Application had been accepted for review on possible action at the October 24, 2018 meeting of the SUNY Trustees or their Charter Schools Committee. Pursuant to Education Law section 2857(1), the Homer School District is required to hold a public hearing to solicit comments from the community.  Copies of any and all written records or comments generated from the hearing must be sent to the Charter School Office within 15 business days after the hearing. The Institute welcomes comments on the proposed charter school, including those related on the programmatic and fiscal impact of the Charter School as it relates ...
Friday, May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 Due to our limited use of snow days this year, there will be no school on Friday, May 25, 2018.
2018-19 School Budget Vote Results 2018-19 School Budget Vote Results Proposition 1 - 2018-2019 Expenditure Budget PASSED - The voters in the Homer Central School District have approved the proposed budget Yes- 549 No- 118 Proposition 2 - Bus Leasing and Purchase of Vehicles PASSED - The voters in the Homer Central School District have approved this proposition Yes- 558 No- 109 Proposition 3 - Phillips Free Library Funding PASSED - The voters in the Homer Central School District have approved this proposition Yes- 538 No- 124   Board Seats  (Top 3 for 3 open seats)  - Total Votes Michael Kilmer - 540 Shelly Jacobi - 403 Charles Tummino - 394 Shanise Riley Jay - 376  



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