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Homer to host leading expert in media literacy - Julie Smith Homer to host leading expert in media literacy - Julie Smith At 6:30 PM on September 27th Homer will host a presentation for the community featuring Julie Smith in the High School Auditorium.   Julie Smith, author of  Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World  is recognized both  nationally and internationally as a leading expert in media literacy . Her highly sought after keynotes and professional development programs help educators, parents, and students alike make sense of the digital world we live in today. With digital media now an integral part of our daily lives,  Julie makes a strong case for ensuring media literacy is an integral part of our schools and classrooms . She teaches audiences across the country how to access and utilize Web 2.0 tools, and she supports educators in ...
Is It Magic Or Is It Science? Is It Magic Or Is It Science? Is it magic or is it science? In sixth grade science Team A, a ziploc bag was filled with water. A willing student sat as each student pierced a sharpened pencil through the bag of water. Did the student get a second shower of the day? No, it's science, not magic. An interesting discussion ensued with students as a total of 18 pencils were put through without a leak.  
Superintendent Turck Tested His Distracted Driving Skills Superintendent Turck Tested His Distracted Driving Skills Superintendent Turck tested his distracted driving skills in a Driver Education activity presented by the Cortland County Health Department.  The activity led by Officer Denise Barber, asked students to put on goggles to demonstrate how it would feel to drive with a blood alcohol level of .25%.  The students asked Superintendent Turck to participate and he happily agreed to do so.  Thank you for taking an active role in Driver Education Superintendent Turck!     
The High School Green Team The High School Green Team Members of the High School Green Team were invited to give a presentation at the June 2, WNY Youth Climate Action Summit held at Buffalo State College. They presented an overview of how to write an action plan highlighting their successful actions plans for the raised bed gardens and solar panel powered chromebook charging stations.  
Author Alicia Klepeis Visits Homer Intermediate School Author Alicia Klepeis Visits Homer Intermediate School Non-fiction author Alicia Klepeis spoke to students at the Intermediate School on May 22nd. Students learned about her writing process and world travels. Ms. Klepeis has written several books including  The World's Strangest Foods ,  Bizarre Things We've Called Medicine  and  Circus Science . This visit was made possible through the efforts of Phillips Free Library.  
Rotary Teacher Of The Year Rotary Teacher Of The Year Congratulations to this year's “Rotary Teacher of the Year” Mr. Robert Nasiatka, High School science teacher.  
Congratulations To Officer Lake Congratulations To Officer Lake We would like to congratulate our school resource officer Ed Lake on his final retirement as of today May 16, 2018.  Pictured are Ms. Ruscio, Officer Lake and Chief Pitman. Administration presesnted Officer Lake with a plaque for his tireless dedication to our school community and the entire district.   
Homer Central High School Class Of 2018 Top 10% Homer Central High School Class Of 2018 Top 10% Homer Central High School Class Of 2018 Top 10% Reed C., Skyler P., Alex C., Tessa B., Elizabeth G., Casey H., Tucker O., Julia G., Sophia T., Derrick F., Brenna J., Anna G., Jackson B., Lucas E., Grant S., Congratulations to you all.
Emerging School Of Character Award Emerging School Of Character Award On April 26, 2018, the Homer Central School District received an Emerging School of Character Award given by the Academy for Character Education of Sage College in Troy, New York at the 15th Annual Awards Banquet.  Six school buildings and one district (Homer) were recognized for their Character Education programs and school cultures.  We proudly accepted with Blue Pride! 
Athlete Of The Week Athlete Of The Week Congratulations to senior lacrosse player Dante Yacavone.  Athlete of the Week is Homer senior lacrosse player Dante Yacavone.   Lacrosse has been a part of Yacavone's life since the second grade, and since his first varsity competition as a sophomore, he has been a problem for opposing defenses. “Moving up was a big to-do for me, but I really took it personally and I got a lot better and the game just was normal to me and it just took off from there,” says Yacavone. Homer is off to a 9-0 start and this season. Yacavone is top five in Central New York in goals and points with 31 and 47 respectively. Dante also strives in the class room, enjoying math and science and will study geographic information systems when he joins the SUNY Cortland ...
Homer Is Going Green Homer Is Going Green What did you do on your Spring break?  These Homer High School students installed a Solar unit on the roof of the High School that will supply solar power to a charging station in the library.  Thank you for helping Homer go green!
March Bus Of The Month March Bus Of The Month The Homer Central School District Bus of the Month for the month of March has been awarded to the students on Route 15 with driver Mrs. Lisa Conger!  Mrs. Conger nominated her students for showing great listening skills and being quick to help one another. Mrs. Conger further reflected on how her students have responded to her methods of making games out of the bus rules with simple reminders like saying "sharks in the aisle" in reference to having students place their feet under their seats and out of the aisle. Each student will receive a certificate and a pizza party during the month of April for demonstrating Blue PRIDE and making a positive effort to make their bus safe!  Congratulations to these students and driver Mrs. Conger! 
Homer Intermediate School Wears Blue Homer Intermediate School Wears Blue Staff at the Homer Intermediate School wearing blue April 9, 2018 to support efforts of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services in raising awareness of child abuse in Cortland County.    
2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards We are pleased to announce that the following student has earned National Medals in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Senior Julia G's work was selected by creative professionals as the most accomplished in the nation. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level. Students receiving top awards have been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 7 and to participate in showcase events at Parsons School for Design at the New School and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City.  We're proud to have these students represent our school in this year's Scholastic ...
Bus Of The Month For February Bus Of The Month For February The Homer Central School District Bus of the Month for February has been awarded to the students on Route 5 with driver Mrs. Ginny Lyon!  Mrs. Lyon nominated her students for always being polite, helpful, and being concerned for each other. Mrs. Lyon commented, "My students listen to all instructions and follow them. They are a great group of students who truly deserve this recognition!" Each student will receive a certificate and a pizza party in March for demonstrating Blue PRIDE and making a positive effort to make their bus safe! Congratulations to these students and driver Mrs. Ginny Lyon!   
Youth And Government Attend State Conference Youth And Government Attend State Conference Youth and Government just returned from another successful State Conference.  The Judicial Team was led by Justices Anna G., Vivi K., Catarina K. and Amanda K.  The Legislative Branch received leadership from Committee Chairs Elizabeth G. and Stephen G.  Serving on the Governor’s Cabinet were Ben H. and Skye D.  The Best Bill in the Senate was won by Adam B., Stephen G., Benjamin H.  Their proposed law was to amend § 500 of Agriculture and Markets Law to mandate Retail Food Stores to donate unused food to charities.  Sean P. was nominated for Best Debater.   Selected to attend the Conference on National Affairs were Ben H. and Reagan O. Alternate to CONA is Stephen G. Once again the students were selected as a Premier District.  
Author Hena Khan spoke to Intermediate School Author Hena Khan spoke to Intermediate School Author Hena Khan spoke to Intermediate School students about the inspiration for some of her books, including  Amina's Voice  and  Power Forward.  Some fifth grade students participated in a book club, which read  Amina's Voice  to prepare for the visit. This visit was made possible by the efforts of the Phillips Free Library.  
Third Graders Get Acting Tips From Two Seniors Third Graders Get Acting Tips From Two Seniors Third Graders Get Acting Tips From Two Seniors   Mrs. Martin worked in collaboration with High School music teacher Mrs. McLaughlin to have two seniors, Rowan T. and Bella S., come to the Intermediate School and work with 3rd graders from Mrs. Alm's class.  The third graders have been working on a Cinderella readers' theater.  Who better to give pointers, than members of the cast of the high-school musical, Cinderella!  The third graders enjoyed learning from the seniors and can't wait to perform for their own class.
Bus Of The Month For January Bus Of The Month For January The Homer Central School District Bus of the Month for the month of January has been awarded to the students on Route 8 with driver Mrs. Patty Yaple!  Mrs. Yaple nominated her students for always doing their best each and every day. Mrs Yaple further reflected on how her students since the beginning of the year followed all of the bus rules! Each student will receive a certificate and a pizza party during the month of March for demonstrating Blue PRIDE and making a positive effort to make their bus safe!  Congratulations to these students and driver Mrs. Patty Yaple! 
Science Olympiad 2018 Regional Competition Science Olympiad 2018 Regional Competition Members of the High School Science Olympiad Team competed January 27 th  in the regional tournament at LeMoyne College. This is our second year of competing. We took home individual medals in Astronomy, Ecology and Remote Sensing and the team finished in the top 2/3 out of 37 teams. Our Olympians scored just out of medal contention in several other events. Most importantly they had an opportunity to use their “science” brains and have a really good time doing it.  



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