Healthy Cortland: No Cost Medical Event 7/15-7/24/16:
Healthy Cortland: Is a No-Cost Medical Event that is taking place from July 15-24, 2016 at the Homer Intermediate/Junior High School. This event is a Department of Defense training exercise, which improves service members’ readiness while ... more >>
District Water Testing Results:
First round of water testing results available
Dear Homer community,
We have received some of our water testing results from four of our school buildings and wanted to update you on the findings.
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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.
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Building Minds in South Sudan: Sixth graders Emma A. and Charlotte W. are holding a certified check made out to the charity Building Minds in South Sudan. Last December, a former Lost Boy of Sudan, Sebastian Maroundit, spoke to the Junior High student body. Sebastian told his story of surviving the Sudanese civil war, walking hundreds of miles to a refugee camp, and his eventual journey to America. Sebastian is a firm believer in the power of education to change lives and build a strong future for all. To that end, he founded his charity ( www.bmiss.org ) to build schools in South Sudan. Homer students collected spare change from students and staff, and also placed collection jars in local businesses that sell Fair Trade and Organic products. Way to go, Emma and Charlotte, for demonstrating character education in real ... more >>
Students Create Pea Plant Manufacturing Factory:
Planting a pea in a paper cup sounds easy enough, but how do you accomplish this seemingly simple task when the only hands-on feature is the push of a single button? Students in Mr. DiMattei's Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) class were able to meet this challenge using a turntable, and a robotic arm - a method referred to as "handshaking." Check out this video to see just how they did it!
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8th Grade Civic Action Museum: 8th Grade Civic Action Museum
8th grade Social Studies students curated the Civic Action Museum on Friday, June 10th. The Junior High Library was filled with students presenting their plans for civic action to address some of the most complex problems in our society. Students chose their own area of concern, used library research skills to learn about the topic, and created a civic action plan to move the issue forward. There were letters to elected officials, planned rallies, new organizations, websites designed, and even new legislative bills written to address a wide variety of issues, such as the minimum wage, the deterioration of the coral reef, transgender issues, Islamophobia and school dress codes among others. Civic Action Museum guests included ... more >>
Rotary Scholarship Winner:
Homer Senior Sophia Rose P. was honored June 7, 2016, with the prestigious Rotary Scholarship. Each year, Rotary endows some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution; many go on to careers in national governments, non-governmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank. Congratulations Sophia !
Mr. Sweeney Honored By School Boards Association: Board member, Martin Sweeney was honored Thursday evening at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Central New York School Boards Association. He received the Cortland-Madison School Boards Association Board Member of Achievement Award.