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Homer Pride Some students in Mr. Andre's Studio 1 Art Class have been working on temporary art. On Tuesday, September 19, students pictured took to expressing their Homer Pride by spelling the word Pride in this display. This was generated along with the assistance of senior peer mentor Sydney N. Nice work, artists! more >>
Elementary School's Buddy Bench The Homer Elementary School will be introducing a new component to the character development this upcoming fall. The Buddy Bench is a place for students to sit when they are looking for a playmate during recess times. Students will be taught the importance of inclusion, accepting, empathy, and being a good friend to all through Sean Covey's work of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Students will be introduced to this new concept at the September character development assembly on September 15, 2017.  more >>
Trojan Mascot Visits The Elementary School Superintendent Ruscio wanted to make the first day of the 2017-18 school year memorable for the Elementary students.  She invited the Trojan mascot to help her and other staff greet students as they arrived.  There were smiles on all faces as they entered the school.  What a great day for them all!   Pictured is the Trojan mascot with Makenna P. more >>
New Raised Bed Gardens If you are passing by Homer High School stop and look at the new raised bed gardens, located behind the south wing of the building. Students from the Homer High School Environmental Club joined with Mrs Wakula’s and Mrs. Patriarco’s summer classes and faculty from the Science Department to build the beds August 14 th . The project was part of the Environmental Club’s “Green Team” Environmental Action Plan conceived at the Youth Climate Summit in November 2016. Other initiatives have included reviving composting at the high school and investigating using locally grown produce in the cafeteria. The high school Green Team wrote and received a grant to fund building the gardens.  Their hope is to supply the cafeteria with fresh vegetables and herbs next year. ... more >>
Calculus Students Share Passion For Math With Elementary Students On Monday, June 6, students from George Schneider’s calculus classes visited Homer Elementary School to share a bit of their love of mathematics with the young students. Using guidelines from the New York State Common Core Mathematics Standards, the calculus students planned and conducted hands-on geometry activities with students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. The high school students were challenged to break down geometry skills and concepts in a way that young learners could understand them. For their part, the elementary students clearly enjoyed interacting with their older peers and exploring concepts of geometry in an engaging way. This is the second year in a row that Mr. Schneider has brought his classes to the Elementary School. Everyone hopes that this is ... more >>
STEM Activities In Sixth Grade Sixth graders in Ms. DeCarlo’s, Mrs. Exelby’s and Mrs. Thide’s skills block class have been using Spheros, a spherical robot that can be programmed and controlled using Chromebooks, for a variety of activities and competitions.  Students began using the Spheros by experimenting with different ramp and bridge designs. Students then competed between two classes in a water challenge where they added parts to the Spheros to get them to swim from one end of a container to another.  They enjoyed a battle bot competition where they designed a vehicle that was powered by Sphero.  During the battle, students drove the Spheros around the room, trying to pop their competitors’ balloons with their lance. In the latest activity, students are building their own maze ... more >>
Homer Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Homer Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Annabell and Carmela M., are featured in this CNYCentral.com article. Click the link to read the entire story.  http://cnycentral.com/news/ local/twins-saved-by-truxton- fire-department-as-babies-now- graduating-high-school more >>
Students Fill the Air with Music   At the end of May, BOCES Star students made beautiful music in a concert that combined the Junior High Chimers, Senior High Chimers and Cortland's seventh grade Music Appreciation class.  Each group played three chimer songs and they came together at the end to play one song together.  It was exciting for all the students involved along with the audience.  We would like to thank Homer High School for the use of their beautiful new auditorium.  more >>
Homer School Participates In The Corporate Challenge Homer Central School District recently participated in the 35th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Syracuse. This event raises money for local not-for-profit groups while celebrating teamwork and camaraderie among local businesses and organizations. This year, Homer Central School District received an award that included a scholarship for the Most Participants in the Small Schools category! Despite rain and windy conditions, the participants were in good spirits for the event! more >>
Sixth Grade Gets Yoga Balls HCSD Sixth graders are the benefactors of community generosity. Mr. Larry Lines and employees of Gutchess Lumber and Mr. Christopher Henry of Adhan Piping Company made it possible for students to have a science classroom with flexible seating. The two local businesses purchased yoga balls which are housed inside of a chair on wheels, with a back support as well. Flexible seating comes in many forms from yoga balls, to elevated desks and tables, scoop chairs and sofas. The myriad benefits of having flexible seating in a classroom is it allows for choice-movement of location and the positioning of seating can change daily as needed during lessons. Students who are uncomfortable tend to become distracted or even disruptive; now they can bounce, wobble, roll, stand or ... more >>
Homer, Cortland and Dryden High School Students Visit Albany   State Senator James Seward recently welcomed Homer High School senior Emma M., Dryden High School junior Laurel D., and Cortland High School freshman Abigail B. to Albany for the 17th annual Students Inside Albany conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation. This event made a huge impact on Emma, who came away from this meeting in Albany with a clear vision of wanting to work with local government to bring about positive change when she graduates in June.     more >>
Board Member of Achievement Award On May 31 the Cortland-Madison School Boards Association honored Sonia Apker, Homer’s Board president, for her superb leadership capabilities. Mrs. Apker has been a member of the Homer School Board since 2008, serving two of those three terms as Board President. Congratulations and thank you for all you do to make our schools great places for all Homer children more >>
Engineering Students Present Solutions Family, friends, administrators and CTE partners joined Homer engineering students on May 24 th to witness a year’s worth of creative problem solving. Five teams of Engineering Design and Development (EDD) students formally presented their process, research, and ultimate design solution to a problem they have worked on all year. Projects represented the students' interests and included a universal lid for containers, a breakaway binding for snowboards, a mobile heat shield for cars, a system to reduce time spent ironing clothes, and a hydraulic water elevator for water parks. EDD is the capstone course in Homer’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) high school engineering program. It is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original ... more >>
Homeville's Induction Ceremony In response to an extra-credit opportunity in her US History class, Homer junior Tessa Y. researched the question, "Who should be nominated for the Cortland County Hall of Fame at the Homeville Museum?"  She submitted a list of potential nominees, and one of them, Eli DeVoe, a detective who risked his life to keep then president-elect Abraham Lincoln safe from an assassination attempt in 1861, was selected.  Tessa researched Mr. DeVoe's life and accomplishments and gave a speech at the Homeville's induction ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at the museum.  (photo by Chris Y.) more >>
Running to Benefit the Community   Homer staff participated in the Seneca 7 Relay Race on April 30th. The event is a 77.7 mile relay race around Seneca Lake and the proceeds benefit local organizations throughout the Finger Lakes region. Members of the team included S. Guy, S. Falls, J. Cook, J. Greenfield, K. Douglass, J. Guy, and K. Butts.     more >>
Youth Of The Year Award Every year the Cortland Area Communities That Care (CACTC) Coalition recognizes youth in the community for their achievements and contributions to our community with its  Youth of the Year Award .  Students are recognized for their community involvement, school involvement, character and personal accomplishments. Congratulations to the following Homer 2016-2017 Youth of the Year Award Nominees:  John H. B., Morgan C, Noah K., and Samuel T. Winners will be honored during a special ceremony that will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6pm at the Cortland Repertory Theatre. more >>
STEM Fun in 3rd Grade Third graders in Ms. Osborn's class recently worked with our Technology Integration Specialist, Nick LeFort, over a period of several weeks to design and build ramps for Sphero, a small robotic device. Students had an opportunity to "go back to the drawing board" after the first round of tests, making changes to their ramps in order to help Sphero jump further. By looking at data collected from jumps, students were able to see how the slope of their ramps positively or negatively impacted Sphero's ability to climb and launch off of the ramp.    Third grade STEM video more >>
Parent Engagement Survey Help our schools be better partners in your child's education by filling out one or more of our Parent Engagement Surveys. The District goal is to improve communications, build relationships and identify opportunities for increasing student success through stronger partnerships with families. There is a different survey for each building. The content is the same but we know you may have different ideas or concerns for each school. Thank you in advance for participating. Here are the links: Click more to fill in the survey.    Elementary Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/MjuC92c7Ap64usi33   Intermediate Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/a0MS9xQ2zSbDZ64w2   Junior High Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/fk2T60J8CUwxHBjP2   High School ... more >>
World Food Prize Symposium Congratulations to junior Anna  G. for her efforts to address an important humanitarian issue, hunger, by her participation in the World Food Prize Symposium.  Anna presented at the World Food Prize at Cornell University in March. Her topic was on Human Rights in Bangladesh and her paper title was  Bangladesh: Solving Food Insecurity One Woman at a Time.  Anna is one of 6 students (from a field of 77 applicants) selected as NY Youth Institute Student Delegates to represent New York State at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines Iowa. The six students selected to attend the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa in  more >>
Cortland Rotary Teacher Of The Year Congratulations to Mark Bertram, Homer Elementary School second grade teacher, on being selected as a 2017 Lavona Schneider Memorial Cortland Rotary Teacher of the Year for "Service Above Self."  Mark was selected because of the positive difference he makes in our community.  more >>



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