Thursday, Oct. 6th, is an Act 80 ½ Day. Student dismissal will be at 12:15 PM. ALSO,
on this day we will have Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Friday, Oct. 7th, will be a Vacation Day, with no school for students and staff.
Monday, Oct. 10th, is scheduled as a Teacher In-Service Day. There will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on that day.
The Homer-Center School District Comprehensive Plan is available for review. Click here to view the file. We welcome the public to review the plan and submit comment regarding the plan until August 3, 2016. Any person wishing to make comment on the plan can do so by writing the district office at Homer-Center School District, Attention Comprehensive Plan Comments, 65 Wildcat Lane, Homer City PA 15748 or contacting by the District Central Office at 724-479-8026
To increase communication with parents, students and the community, HCSD has created a Facebook page. To follow us go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homer-Center-School-District/307889926083605?sk=insights
- Please make note of new Parent-Teacher Conference Forms under the Friday Folder link. Students in grades K-3 forms remain the same. A new form has been devised for students in grades 4-6. Please note appointment time changes on this form.
- The Elementary Nurse has provided Parent Tips for Flu Advice. See attachment under the Friday Folder link to the left.
- Click this link to see a slide show of the Sixth Grade trip to Gettysburg/Harrisburg.
- Parent Testing Letter
- Transportation Security
- What Every Parent Should Know About Bullying
KEEP YOUR CHILD FROM GETTING AND SPREADING ENTEROVIRUS D68
The school nurse provides these helpful hints to all students and parents
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Wash your hands often
- Cover your cough and sneezes
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick
Dear Parents, Community, and Staff,
The new security procedures are now in place and will become our new operational habit and we expect that all will follow accordingly for the process to assist in keeping our schools as safe as possible. Again I mention that we are fortunate that the Board of School Directors approved this new technology which increases security for our students and staff. The protection of our entire community, the students and staff, is something we prioritize at Homer-Center. So, while the learning curve for the new system may seem like an inconvenience at first, we also know everyone benefits from upgraded comprehensive security measures now in place and will be our new normal operating procedure.
Here are highlights for school visitors regarding the changes:
Here are highlights for school visitors regarding the changes:
- Visitors must gain entry to the schools only at the main entrance of each school. All external doors are locked.
- Visitors will be required to push the button and speak into the camera lens located on the device called an “aiphone”. The “aiphone” is located on the outside wall next to the main entry door. The “aiphone” is a system that will allow individuals within the school to talk to and see people outside of the school.
- Visitors will be expected to state their name and the purpose of their visit to the school’s office personnel via the “aiphone”. Authorization to enter may be granted by the school office personnel.
- Visitor access to the main hallways of the school building will be limited.
- All visitors, once permitted access to the office, will remain secure and locked in the office area until further access is granted, if needed.
If you have any questions regarding this procedural change for access to the schools, feel free to contact this office. Again, thank you to all for your anticipated cooperation in this process.
Dr. Koren, Superintendent
2016-17 School Day Schedule8:05 - 8:45 AM Cafeteria Open for BreakfastAll students entering the building via front or back doors must report
to the cafeteria immediately.
8:45 AM Morning Announcements
8:50 AM Instructional Day Begins
3:15 PM Student Dismissal
3:25 PM Teacher Dismissal
DUE TO EMERGENCY PLANS AND THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF, THERE IS TO BE NO PARKING ALONG THE YELLOW CURB IN FRONT OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THIS IS A BUS/FIRE LANE THAT MUST BE KEPT OPEN! IF YOU ARE PICKING UP OR DROPPING OFF A STUDENT, THIS MAY OCCUR FOR A BRIEF PERIOD ONLY. Parking is available in the parking lot to the right as you enter the school driveway, or behind the elementary school. You must, however, still enter through the school's front doors and sign in at the elementary office.
Due to safety issues, the front door of the elementary school will be locked at 4:00 PM daily and remain locked until the following morning.I would like to share with you some important information that you will need to keep in mind this school year.1.) Picking up children from school
Since most of our students ride a bus home from school, it will be necessary for you to send a signed note to the school when you need to pick up your child from school, rather than them riding their regular bus home. Please be sure the note includes the date and time your child will be dismissed and the name of the person who will be picking them up. We will only allow the child to leave with the person who has been given permission from the parent/guardian. Written arrangements must be made in these situations. Only when an unexpected circumstance or emergency arises should a request for a bus change in the afternoon be phoned in to the elementary office.
For those picking students up at the back of the school and dropping them off, especially during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times, we have painted lines and arrows to direct traffic for a safer transition. Personnel will be at the back of the school to direct traffic. Please pay attention to their directions.2.) Entering the buildingAnyone entering the building must enter through the main entrance and must report directly to the elementary office. At no time should anyone travel through the hallways to enter a classroom without checking in with the elementary office first for a visitor's pass. This procedure is in place to help ensure the safety of all students and staff in order to be aware who is visiting in our building.3.) Bus schedule changesThere have been some bus schedule changes this year. Please refer to the Homer-Center District Newsletter (which may be accessed online by clicking on the link at the top of this page) for all bus times.Thank you for your attention to these matters. We are all very excited as we progress into the 2016-17 school year!
Parents and visitors are always welcome at Homer-Center Elementary School. Your help and involvement in your child's education is always appreciated. However, for the safety of everyone in our building we ask that ALL visitors ALWAYS sign in at the office and wear a visitor tag while at school. This is simply a way for our staff to quickly see and assess that all visitors have checked in at the office.The Homer-Center School District has a Sapphire Community Portal to permit you to access important information concerning your child's progress reports, grades and attendance. By using your child's username, password and pin number provided to you, you will be able to view this information from any computer that has internet access. Once you have logged on to the elementary school website, and into the Community Portal, you will find it very easy to navigate. Should you have any questions or problems gaining access, or if you have forgotten your child's username, password, or pin number, please contact the elementary office.You are an intricate part of your child(ren's) lives. Our children need all of our support to reach their potential as great thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our commitment to work together as partners will benefit our students' academic, social and emotional growth as they become citizens of the world, computing and collaborating in an ever-changing global environment. Our educators play a critical role of teaching knowledge and skills, but children's attitudes toward school and their habits of studying, reading and learning, are largely developed at home.Studies have consistently linked parental involvement with higher student grades and test scores, more positive student attitudes and behaviors, and improved school environments. When "healthy" relationships exist between home and school, teachers, students and parents reap the rewards. I look forward to working with all of you during the 2016-17 school year to make it the best experience possible for every student!
Michael Stofa, Elementary Principal