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Homer Student Named One of CNY's Homer Student Named One of CNY's "Young and Amazing" Andrew Fagerheim’s enthusiasm for engineering and renewable energy has earned him recognition as a recipient of the CNY Young and Amazing award. The Homer High School junior received the Young and Amazing Award for Academics in Engineering and Technology, sponsored by O’Brien & Gere, and a $500 scholarship. Eight award winners were selected from over 100 entries. The award recognizes Andrew’s passion for using engineering principles to develop environmentally friendly solutions, both at school and in the community. “It’s a huge honor,” Andrew said. As a member of the Environmental Club’s Green Team, Andrew works on projects to promote sustainability and speaks to student groups statewide about environmental issues. The Green Team ...
Homer Student Madison Sciera Readies for Annapolis Homer Student Madison Sciera Readies for Annapolis Since the seventh grade, Homer High School junior Madison Sciera has dreamed of a career in the United States Navy.   This summer, that dream will become one step closer to reality.   Sciera was recently selected to attend the 2019 United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar in Annapolis, Maryland. The exclusive seminar will introduce high school students to life at the naval academy, including academic, athletic and professional training.   Sciera is excited for this opportunity “I just kept jumping up and down,” Sciera said. “I had to ask my mom to read the email to confirm it was real.”   Sciera said the one-week training, which is scheduled for the first week of June, should not only confirm her desire for a career in the Navy, ...
Cornell Veterinary Student Visits Fifth Graders Cornell Veterinary Student Visits Fifth Graders Last week, guest speaker Michelle Neimann made the visit from Cornell, visiting fifth grade classrooms at the Intermediate School. Michelle is currently a student at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She brought with her some cow hearts that she’d dissected, and gave students a lesson on the cardiopulmonary system. The kids were riveted throughout the visit, and were shocked the size of the muscle! Thank you for making the visit, Michelle!
Science & Social Studies Fair Produces Incredible Presentations Science & Social Studies Fair Produces Incredible Presentations Recently, over 160 incredible science and social studies projects were on display as part of the Homer Intermediate School’s “Science & Social Studies Fair!” This annual event invites fourth and fifth graders to create presentations focused on history or science, and then meet with a judge to discuss their project and answer questions about what they’ve created. After the judges meet with all the participants, awards are given out. For the 2019 competition, the grand prize winners in the science category were Garrett B. for his project “Hold the Yolk,” and Emma E. for her project “The Science of Magnets.”   The first-place winner in the social studies category was Maddelyn ...
Junior High Students go Medieval When Learning Scientific Principles Junior High Students go Medieval When Learning Scientific Principles Recently, students from Team 6A constructed their own catapults based on the scientific principles energy, force, and motion that they learned about in class! Students launched tennis balls, cap erasers and plastic fruit down the hallways, and recorded the measurements of the various materials launched. Some students chose to worked collaboratively, while others chose to construct the devices of their imaginations.
Homer Students Visit Albany, Discuss Tobacco Control Homer Students Visit Albany, Discuss Tobacco Control Last month, Homer Junior High School representatives of Cortland County’s “Reality Check” program visited the state Capitol in Albany, where they met with state lawmakers representing our region. During meetings, Reality Check youth leaders Olivia H. (age 12), Kaden D. (11), Ellie E. (11) and Ginny P. (11) and their Tobacco Control Program partners from around the state educated lawmakers about their tobacco control work they’ve done with local communities and health care organizations, including that performed in critical areas of need. In The Well of the Legislative Office Building, youth leaders hosted an interactive, life-sized board game called “Tobacco Trouble” which was set up to highlight recent tobacco control successes and ...
Intermediate School Students Enjoy Renaissance Art Activities Intermediate School Students Enjoy Renaissance Art Activities Recently, students from Mrs. Giamichael's, Mrs. Jackson's, Mrs. Brown's, and Ms. Nye's classes took part in a special Renaissance Art activity. During the activity, students were able to choose from among three different stations to participate in: “Paint like Michelangelo” “Sculpt like Leonardi” “Invent like Da Vinci” The event served as wrap-up for their core knowledge language arts unit on the Renaissance, where students learned all about famous artists that lived and worked during that time period. The students loved being an artist for a day, and trying their hand at creating interesting pottery, paintings, and inventions. The students really began to feel like Michelangelo, when they tried painting ...
Homer Schools, Community Get Sneak Preview of Homer Schools, Community Get Sneak Preview of "On the Town" Last week, the Homer High School’s production of "On the Town" hit the road, visiting the multiple locales to provide a teaser for the show that ultimately debuted over the weekend.
The crew stopped by the Elementary School, and gave an assembly for the students there. Not only did the performers act out multiple scenes from the musical, but they took time at the end to work with students from the individual classrooms, teaching them finer points of thespianism!
The production also traveled to the Intermediate School, High School, and Walden Place to present songs from the musical, and talk about some of the social issues presented in the show from the context of the time period.
The crew even ...
Homer Students Visit OCC for 2019 Scholastic Art Award Show Homer Students Visit OCC for 2019 Scholastic Art Award Show Hot on the heels of the awards announcement for the 2019 Scholastic Art competition, a group of 80 Homer students took a field trip to Onondaga Community College, where winners from the contest had their work on display for the public. All told, over 40 Homer students received recognition for their incredible work following the competition, and a field trip to see this work proudly displayed is a fantastic way to celebrate this success. Congratulations to all of our incredible artists!  
2019 Scholastic Art Awards Roundup 2019 Scholastic Art Awards Roundup Following the series of posts on our Facebook page , here is the roundup of Homer Central School District's Gold-Key winners from the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards! Click on any of the images to enlarge. Congratulations to all of our artists!    Sophie Burhans' winner from the "design" category: "My Future's Keeper."   Ashley Casterline's winner from the Drawing and Illustration category: "Justin's Pile."   Ryan Cough's winner from the Sculpture category: "The 5-star Ho-Bell."   ...
Homer Students Speak With Ambulance Medic Homer Students Speak With Ambulance Medic Earlier in this month, Ms. Tracy’s class visited with Mr. Michael Keegan, a medic with TLC Medical Transportation Services. Mr. Keegan had a lot of equipment to show the students, including towels, emesis basins, defibrillator, a radio, emergency lights, and a stretcher.   Mr. Keegan was very kind throughout the visit, sharing his time and knowledge with the group. The students learned that up to five people can sit in the back of the ambulance, or two people can do so lying down. They also learned that an ambulance is capable of doing everything that an emergency room can do in the first 20 minutes of an incident! Mr Keegan also shared a little bit about his personal experience on the job. Students learned that he has delivered 11 babies in the past, and ...
2019-20 Kindergarten Registration Begins in March 2019-20 Kindergarten Registration Begins in March Kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year will take place on weekdays, beginning on Tuesday, March 19, and ending on Monday, March 25, 2019. Registration will take place at the Homer Elementary School (9 Central Park Place, Homer, NY 13077).* IMPORTANT: After completing your Homer Registration Packet and preparing the required documents to be submitted at registration, please make an appointment to come into the Elementary School to register. From that link, you will be able to see all available openings, and from them select your preferred date and time. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call the district registrar at 607-749-7241, x5041. Daytime registration appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on each of the five scheduled ...
Homer High School Presents: Homer High School Presents: "On the Town," March 1 & 2 This is a reminder that Homer High School's presentation of 'On the Town" takes place this weekend! The March 1 show will be at 7 p.m., and there will be two showings on March 2 (at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.). Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors, and veterans.  "On The Town" is the classic Leonard Bernstein musical about the adventures of three sailors during their 24-hour leave in New York City. Set during World War II, men in uniform were admired and women were experiencing newfound confidence and independence as they entered the workforce in greater numbers. The show has characters that are full of personality!  Based on a ballet, there are many fun, moving dance numbers. The performance will also feature many Bernstein songs, ...
2019 GeoBee Winners Announced 2019 GeoBee Winners Announced Recently, students from Homer’s Intermediate and Junior High Schools participated in the school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee. Eighth-grader Nik Kruman won first place in the competition, with fellow eighth-grader Matthew Fagerheim taking second place. Aaron Lener (eighth grade) and Hannah Bouwens (sixth grade) tied for third place. The school-level competition comprises the first round in the GeoBee, an annual geography competition designed to inspire and reward student curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history, and earth science as well. Originally developed in 1989 in response to concerns about the lack of geographic knowledge held among young people in the United States, the GeoBee ...
The February 2019 Trojan Messenger Is Live! The February 2019 Trojan Messenger Is Live! The Trojan Messenger newsletter has returned! Please click on the image below to open/download the February 2019 publication.      
Third and Fourth Graders Celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh Day Third and Fourth Graders Celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh Day Recently, some students from the Intermediate School’s third and fourth grade classes celebrated “Winnie-the-Pooh Day!”
The students had listened to Ms. Martin read “Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh” aloud, and learned that the fictional icon was actually based on a real bear named Winnie. Then, they worked on various reading activities requiring them to sequence the main events of the book, and identify character traits based upon what they’d heard. They also answered comprehension questions, and took part in vocabulary activities related to the book.  
The students were also treated to a letter from the book’s ...
Social Studies Students Simulate Life in the Trenches Social Studies Students Simulate Life in the Trenches While studying the history of World War I, Ms. Butts’ and Ms. Greenfield’s eighth grade social studies students recently took part in a “Day in the Trenches” simulation. They started off by building cardboard trenches in the classroom, after which time the students were able to demonstrate what they had learned about the kinds challenges faced by soldiers in these conditions. They participated in station activities that asked them take into account period-specific conditions and concerns such as rats, lice, trench foot, shell shock, and more.    After reading about No Man's Land, students then created a class "mural" of what No Man's Land might have looked like. They created individual ...
Building Bridges in Skills Block Building Bridges in Skills Block The students in Mrs. Exelby’s Skills Block have been busy of late! The “Bridge Build” activity asked students to program a Sphero (a spherical robot) to traverse a bridge of their own design and construction. This meant building courses out of popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, straws, and more for the robot to travel over. This Skills Block represents the marriage of newer technology (programming) with good old-fashioned building and construction using logic, planning, and decidedly lower-tech materials. You can check out some of their awesome work below!    
Students Invent Delicious Donuts Students Invent Delicious Donuts Students in Mrs. Barrett's sixth grade Skills Block have recently been reading and learning about “accidental inventions” in class. For their corresponding writing assignment, students were tasked with inventing a doughnut that would “incorporate the senses,” deciding where they would sell their creations, and then determining how much said creations would cost.   Afterwards, the students shared the nuts and bolts of their quasi-business plan with the class, before actually attempting to make their proposed delicacies! They carefully brought their bakery creations to life, sharing them with their classmates and a couple of special guests: Mrs. Schneider (Junior High School ...
2019 Science Olympiad Update 2019 Science Olympiad Update On Saturday, Jan. 26, 16 students from the Homer Central High School traveled to Lemoyne College, where they competed in the Midstate Regional Tournament of the New York State Science Olympiad! Students competed in 23 different events that incorporated challenges from multiple scientific disciplines. At the conclusion of the competition, Homer’s team finished 11th out of a total of 38 teams, and took home medals for the following challenges:   Astronomy (Ben Herman, Teddy Mercer) Duct Tape Challenge (CJ England, Vinny Swinnich) Dynamic Planet (Andrew Fagerheim, Allison Thompson) Geologic mapping (Ellis Han, Grace Jacobi) Protein Modeling (Shenequa Perry, Rachel Sahm)   Congratulations and way to go, participants!   ...



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