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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.  
2nd Grade Students Thank the Homer PD and Homer FD with Cookies 2nd Grade Students Thank the Homer PD and Homer FD with Cookies 2nd Grade Students Thank the Homer PD and Homer FD with Cookies   Miss Lamie, Mrs. Gilbert, and Mrs. Burgess 2nd grade students visited the Homer Police Department and the Homer Fire Department on Thursday January 11, 2018 to thank our local heroes for the job they do each and every day in keeping our community safe! Students made plates of chocolate chip cookies and brought them to the police department and fire house to personally thank each member for their service! Thank you 2nd graders for spreading positive character within our community!  
Intermediate Students Interact With A Meccano Robot Intermediate Students Interact With A Meccano Robot Over the next few weeks Intermediate School students will have the opportunity to interact with a Meccano Robot. This robot was built by OCM BOCES School Library Systems staff and is on loan to the Intermediate Library. Students can see how the robot was put together and can practice coding the robot.  This robot can dance, give high fives, tell jokes, and much more!
December Bus Of The Month December Bus Of The Month The Homer Central School District Bus of the Month for the month of December has been awarded to the students on Route 4 with driver Mrs. Susan Kilmer!  Mrs. Kilmer nominated her students for improving their behavior on the bus by staying in their seats, lowering their voice levels, and being safe as they ride the bus. Mrs. Kilmer commented that "every child who rides my bus always tries their best!" The Homer Bus of the Month sign will be proudly displayed in the front passenger side window on route 4 for the month of January. Each student will receive a certificate and a pizza party during the month of January for demonstrating Blue PRIDE and making a positive effort to make their bus safe!  Congratulations to these students and driver Mrs. Susan Kilmer!
Baseball Team Helps The Salvation Army Christmas Bureau Give-A-Way Baseball Team Helps The Salvation Army Christmas Bureau Give-A-Way The members of the 2018 baseball team pitched in and helped set up the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau Give-A-Way.  Members sorted toys, unloaded trucks, sorted food and heard about the importance of the event. Blue Pride!  
Homer Junior High Science Club Visits The Freeville Earthship Homer Junior High Science Club Visits The Freeville Earthship Homer Junior High Science club visited the Freeville Earthship owned by Chad and Courtney DeVoe. The off-grid home is designated an Earthship home by meeting six criteria and is only one of three homes in New York State of this type. Highlights of the home include being built from recycled materials including tires, bottles and cans, use of solar panels for electricity, water reclaiming system for all water use in the home, and a greenhouse for growing fruits and vegetables. Students enjoyed the unique attributes of the home and learning what it takes to live off the grid!   
November Bus Of The Month November Bus Of The Month The Homer Central School District Bus of the Month for the month of November has been awarded to the students on Route 19 with driver Mr. Brian Florio!  Mr. Florio nominated his students for improving their behavior on and off the bus by waiting safely at the bus stop, crossing safely, and taking their assigned seat without being reminded. Each student also improved upon using an appropriate tone of voice while on the bus. Mr. Florio commented that "each student has made progress in improving their behavior during the a.m. and p.m. bus runs!" Each student will receive a certificate and a pizza party during the month of December for demonstrating Blue PRIDE and making a positive effort to make their bus safe! Congratulations to these students and driver Mr. Brian Florio!
Congratulations To All Of Our Fall Student-Athletes Congratulations To All Of Our Fall Student-Athletes Special recognition to the Boys' Cross Country team who were league champs, and to Grant S. and Teddy M. for qualifying for the NYSPHSAA state track meet.     Additionally, congratulations to the Homer Varsity football team, earning a fifth straight league championship and our school's fifth Section II Class B Championship as well. The team was ranked sixth in the November NYS poll. After the 11/26 state championship game, the ranking may move up as the team handed Class C Champion Skaneateles their only loss of the year.  Recognition also goes to Coach Podsiedlik and his coaching staff, once again named the Class B West Division Coach and Staff of the Year for the fifth time in a row.  
3rd Grade Class Tested Breakout EDU 3rd Grade Class Tested Breakout EDU Students in Miss Streeter and Mrs. Higgins' 3rd grade class tested out the Breakout EDU kits this month.  As part of their Halloween celebration, the class had to "escape" from the monster's house before they were turned into a monster mash.  Using reading, math, and problem-solving skills, they were able to break out of the box and earn a classroom reward.  They've already started asking about when they can do their next breakout!  Click here for a short slideshow.
Thank You From The Local Food Pantry Thank You From The Local Food Pantry Thank you so much for your generous donation to our church's food pantry. This is our largest food drive ever!  I thought you might like to see the picture below.  Food pantry night is Wednesdays and we were just about empty. We are never able to give out things like stuffing and cake mix, so that will be a huge treat.   Thank you for all you do for this community.  
Homer's Banner Project Presented to New York State Art Teachers Homer's Banner Project Presented to New York State Art Teachers Art Teachers Lauren Flood and Emily Shepard present Homer's Banner Project to New York State Art Teachers at their statewide conference.  



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