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NYS to Require Meningococcal Vaccine for Students:
Meningococcal disease, a life-threatening illness, is caused by bacteria spread person-to-person. It is easily spread in crowded settings and most often strikes older teens and young adults. The New York State Department of Health is now requiring students ... more >>

Assessments in Education:
With all the questions about testing in general, the Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC) has created the video below to inform you, the public, about the many uses of the various types of assessments by teachers and schools. Please ... more >>

Notice of Asbestos Abatement Project at Homer Elementary School 2/15/16:
Dear Homer Elementary School Staff and Parents,   Homer Elementary School recently had a pipe rupture that was associated with the building's hot-water heating system. As a result of this issue, Room 203 sustained significant water damage ... more >>

1950 Time Capsule Discovered At Homer High School:
Listen to this audio of the ceremony conducted in 1950 to place the cornerstone at the newly built Homer High School which was the centralization of 28 separate districts.  Also see the listing of the contents of the time capsule.   ... more >>

Safety Drill:
Routinely, Homer Central School personnel conduct safety drills as well as cooperate with police in ensuring a safe school environment. One part of this routine is to use K-9 officers to assist in the search of school ... more >>
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Cortland Rotary Club's "PRIDE of Workmanship" Award:
Congratulations to Kelli Yacavone, Secretary to the Superintendent and Board Clerk for the District for receiving the Cortland Rotary Club's "PRIDE of Workmanship" award at a ceremony on April 19. Kelli was nominated for the award by her boss and the entire administrative team because she exemplifies the PRIDE of Homer. Kelli is enthusiastic and welcoming and very conscientious about her work, always wanting to do the right thing the first time. She is a "consider-it-done" multi-tasker and a team player. Four hundred fifty employees, two thousand students and their parents, and nine Board of Education members all count on Kelli to get the answers and help they need. She gives 110% to the District and she is true blue to Homer.    

2016 Imagination Celebration:
The select Cortland County secondary level 'Imagination Celebration' is now showing at the Center for the Arts.  The show will run from April 14th-May 8th during Center hours.  An opening reception will be held May 3rd from 6:00-7:30pm.  The show is full of extremely talented artists.  These pictures show clay sculptures by middle school Homer students.  

Students Create Images Representing Homer Blue PRIDE:
In keeping with the mission of the Homer Central School District and the blending of school and community values, students created images representing Homer Blue PRIDE. Students in grades K-12 have submitted artwork based on our five traits: Partnerships, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence. The district plans to display the banners near Bonne' auditorium during concerts, art shows and special events. Soon they will be displayed in front of our school buildings as a reminder to all, of the values we hold in Homer Schools. The artists did an excellent job portraying the P.R.I.D.E. traits for all to see for years to come.  

March Madness At The Junior High Library!:
March Madness At The Junior High Library!   The sixteen most circulated books of the year went head-to-head in a NCAA-style single elimination bracket play-off last month at the Homer Junior High Library.   Students voted for their favorites in each bracket. It was a fierce battle for the most popular book.  It came down to the final showdown -- The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan facing The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner. And the winner of the 2016 March Madness @ the Junior High Library is... The Maze Runner Series ! The Maze Runne r series bested the  The Heroes of Olympus  series with a vote of 307 to 156.   Ask your child what their favorite book is and encourage them to stop into the library and read a book today! ... more >>

Author Kenneth Oppel visits Homer Schools:
Author Kenneth Oppel visits Homer Schools Kenneth Oppel, multi-award winning Canadian author, spoke with Junior High students on Wednesday, March 30, and with Intermediate students on Thursday, March 31. Thanks to Phillips Free Library and a generous grant from the J. M. McDonald Foundation, all six grade levels had individual presentations with the author. Mr. Oppel spoke about his book, The Boundless, a big adventure on the longest train ever. Other students learned of the adventures of Matt Cruise and Kate DeVries onboard a zeppelin-like airship in Airborn. Mr. Oppel also discussed his career, his writing process and shared summaries and teasers for many of his other books. In each presentation, Mr. Oppel underscored the importance of background research for each book’s ... more >>
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