HCSD 2017 Retirees: The following staff members have retired, or will retire, in 2017. Thank you to all for your many years of service to the Homer Central School district and best wishes for your futures.
Summer Assignments: Summer assignments for students enrolled in the following AP and honor courses have been posted:
AP Language and Composition, AP Literature
AP World History
Honors and Grade 8 Earth Science
Honors English 9 and ... more >>
2017 Graduation Reminder: Graduation for the Homer High School Class of 2017
will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 11:00am
at SUNY Cortland's PER Center.
2017-18 School Budget Vote Results: Proposition 1 - 2017-2018 Expenditure Budget
PASSED - The voters in the Homer Central School District have approved the proposed budget
Proposition 2 - Bus Leasing and Purchase of Vehicles
PASSED - ... 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.
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.
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 >>