Clubs and Activities
Each class has a fundraising activity and particular activities in which it either participates and/or sponsors. Dances are sometimes held after sporting events sponsored by a class, club or organization. The funds that are raised during freshman and sophomore years as well as junior and senior years goes to help defray the costs involved for the junior/senior prom, as well as the senior banquet and other possible senior activities. Each class participates in the Homecoming banner parade during half-time of the Homecoming Football game. Class elections for sophomores, juniors and seniors are held in the spring for the following school year. The freshmen class election is held in the fall. Please see your class advisor for specific information, if interested.
Freshmen and Sophomores: Mrs. Whitney & Mr. Young
Juniors: Mrs. Knight
Seniors: Ms. Renner and Mrs. Latten
Club Advisor(s) DescriptionAcademic Challenge Quiz TeamMr. PatriarcoThe Quiz Team allows some of Homer’s academically motivated students to test their knowledge against their peers while working as a team. Teams of students from surrounding school districts compete against one another answering questions in all content areas including math, science, literature, arts, current and world events. Winners of each local competition earn the right to compete at regional and possibly state and national competitions.The Academic Challenge Quiz Team is comprised of 5 to 6 students from the junior or senior class. Although not directly involved in the competition, sometimes freshmen and sophomores are invited to attend and experience the atmosphere to prepare them for future competitions. Selection is based on several criteria including motivation, class rank, teacher recommendation, and previous participation.
Blue NotesMrs. McLaughlinBlue Notes is an extracurricular jazz vocal ensemble comprised of a select group of choir members who are chosen through auditions in the fall. The group performs at concerts, competitions, and various school functions throughout the year. Students must be a current member of a curricular choir (concert or chamber) as well as maintain good academic standing to be eligible for this group.
Environmental ScienceMr. NasiatkaMembers compete with teams from various Cortland County school districts in an annual event, which is sponsored by the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Students compete in different science skill areas such as determining soil composition and pH level, wildlife and tree identification, and water analysis, among other tasks.
EnvirothonMr. Andrejko &
Mr. GravesMembers compete with teams from various Cortland County school districts in an annual event, which is sponsored by the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Students compete in different science-skill areas such as determining soil composition and pH level, wildlife and tree identification, and water analysis among other tasks.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)Mrs. Hurley
Future Business Leaders of America is the largest business student organization in the world. It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association, preparing students for careers in business and business-related fields. Membership to FBLA requires student enrollment in a business education class as well as a nominal fee to the national organization. Benefits of membership are vast! Students will develop a competent, assertive business leadership style; participate in individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business and community; develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, foster patriotism; encourage and practice efficient money management; encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty; and facilitate the transition from school to work. There is also the opportunity to compete locally and nationally, earn trophies, cash and more. Student membership also provides for exclusive membership to industry publications.
National FFAMrs. HeadFFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) is the national organization of, by, and for students enrolled in agri-science or agricultural education. FFA is intra-curricular and originated as a part of the high school agriculture education curriculum. Members should be enrolled in a science and/or agriculture class, but may also participate if he/she has an interest in anything in the broad area of the agricultural and/or environmental sciences.
FFA activities encourage students to learn leadership and life skills through active participation. Experiences include conducting and taking part in public meetings, problem-solving, entrepreneurship opportunities, agri-science research projects, competitions, travel and community service. Members experience leadership opportunities to improve their personal abilities and career experiences in the agri-science industry and their local communities.
International ClubMrs. Zimmerman
The purpose of the International Club is to provide activities of an international nature for the world language students of Homer High School. This club represents world language students and supports some of the expenses incurred within world language classes, as well as student travel, international themed dinners, language competitions, language entertainment, special projects, possible support of a foreign child, and special activities with Homer’s exchange students. The information on being club officers is discussed within the world language classes. The officers meet regularly at an agreed upon time.
Jazz BandMr. DiGennaro
This is a voluntary instrumental group available to all interested students. It examines and performs all types of jazz, swing, and rock music. Jazz Band participates in exchange programs, school assemblies and concerts, as well as recruiting concerts. Through this group, an opportunity is provided for the interested students to perform, in a serious way, this facet of the American Musical Scene. Jazz Band usually meets on Monday evenings. Membership in Concert Band is required.
Link CrewMrs. Whitney &
Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew trains members of the junior and senior classes to be Link Leaders. As positive role models, Link Leaders are motivators, leaders and teachers who guide freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate first year success. Students wishing to be Link Leaders need to apply in May for the following year and will be selected based on leadership and citizenship
Marching BandMr. DiGennaro
This is easily the most visible group in the music department. Students start rehearsing weekly in May to perform the Memorial Day parade, the Cortland County Dairy parade and the Homer Firemen’s Field Days parade. Playing in the group is a nice way to give back to our supportive Homer community, and is a group that students say they had the most fun in. Openings in winds, percussion, and colorguard. Winds and percussion who are in the high school are always welcome, but any colorguard student grades 4-12 is also welcome.
Men in BlackMrs. McLaughlin
Men in Black is a co-curricular men’s vocal ensemble that rehearses every Thursday 9th period and performs at concerts, competitions, and various school functions throughout the year. Student must be a current member of a curricular choir (concert or chamber) as well as maintain good academic standing to be eligible for this group.
Musical TheatreMrs. McLaughlin
Participation in the musical open to any Homer High School student as long as they sign up, attend required rehearsals, meetings, and abide by the behavior and academic guidelines outlined in the Musical Theatre Contract. Students in band may be in the pit orchestra, and any interested student can be a member of the tech crew, costume crew, or cast. Auditions are in late October, rehearsals start after Thanksgiving, and the performances are usually the first weekend of March.
National Honor SocietyMrs. Knight &
The purpose of National Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service in school and the local community, to promote leadership in students and to develop character in secondary students.
Odyssey YearbookMrs. Hurley
The Odyssey staff is composed of any interested students. Students apply in the spring for the type of work they wish to do on the yearbook staff. The entire staff is composed of several smaller staffs, each with a specific job. The copy staff writes the material that goes into the yearbook. The production staff does the actual layout and planning of what the book will look like. The ad staff is responsible for financing the book. There are also typing, sports, photography, and business staffs, which have respective jobs. Freshmen entering in the fall should see the advisor if they wish to participate in the yearbook staff.
OlympianMr. Hatch &
The Olympian is the student-run newspaper first published on October 3, 1930, as the Homer Academy News. The newspaper staff is headed by a student editor-in-chief who coordinates the overall production of the newspaper and distributes story and photography assignments. Any student interested in contributing on a continuing or occasional basis is welcome to join our staff.
Beginning with the 78th anniversary edition of the Olympian on September 30, 2008, the newspaper became an all-digital publication. In the first full year of creating a digital newspaper, the Olympian staff saved more than 100,000 pages from being needlessly printed and soon after, discarded. The conservation of resources is a valuable example of how organizations, large and small, can reinvent their modes of operation to be more sustainable and responsible. Students with an interest in writing, photography, and/or graphic design are encouraged to join the Olympian staff. Meetings are held on a monthly basis in room 121.
Pit BandMr. DiGennaro
This group provides live music for the spring musical. This includes backing up the singers on stage and underscoring music and scene changes. Students start rehearsing regularly in January and join with the cast and technical portions of the show two weeks before the show opens. The music is the same music played by professional Broadway musicians, so it’s challenging but at the same time fun and rewarding. Interested students in good academic standing must be in concert band to be eligible.
Ruby RhythmsMrs. McLaughlin
Ruby Rhythms is an extracurricular women’s choir comprised of a select group of choir members who are chosen through auditions in the fall. The group performs at concerts, competitions, and various school functions throughout the year. Students must be a current member of a curricular choir and maintain good academic standing to be eligible for this group.
SADD stands for “Students Against Destructive Decisions.” This group plans several activities each year, the most noteworthy of which are the pre-prom safety activities in May.
Shakespearean SocietyMr. Hubbard
Membership in the Shakespearean Society is an honorary position that recognizes the work done by an individual on theater productions during the school year. Any student may participate in the plays in any form (sets, props, acting, etc.), and membership is voted on by the present members.
Student GovernmentMr. Hatch & Mrs. Webb
The purpose of the Student Government is to enable students to voice their opinions, discuss and suggest solutions to school problems, other school related matters and share new ideas. Student Government acts as a liaison between the student, administration, faculty, and staff. This organization plans student activities and participates in orientation, open house, spirit week, sponsors dances, and also does humanitarian functions. Student Government is open to all interested students. Officers are elected at the end of each school year by students in ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades.
This extracurricular group participates in competitive winter colorguard circuits. The ensemble performs many types of music and annually employs top choreographers and instructors to work with its sections. In return for extra rehearsal time required, extra rewards (such as banquets, award ceremonies, and trips) are planned. Membership is open to all.