H-C IN ACTION

     
    HOMER-CENTER WINS CHALLENGE TO SUPPORT JESSIE'S DREAM TEAM
    Homer-Center student body won a challenge with Blairsville and Saltsburg High Schools by selling the most tickets to a Steeler versus local stars basketball game held April 17 at Blairsville Middle School. Proceeds benefits Jessie's Dream team to help families of children battling cancer.  As part of the challenge Mr. Joe Baker, Principal of Blairsville and Mr. Tom Trunzo, Principal of Saltsburg wore Homer-Center football jerseys to their respective schools on Thursday, April 19.  Homer-Center was proud to join forces with our friends from Blairsville and Saltsburg to support a great cause. 
     
     
    Picture: Mr. Joe Baker principal of Blairville sporting a H-C jersey 
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Picture: Mr. Tom Trunzo showing the H-C colors at Saltsburg HS
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    INDOOR PERCUSSION GOES NUCLEAR
    Homer-Center Indoor Percussion practicing their Nuclear Percussion routine.







    WE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR BLOOD
    Ahoy!  Seniors in AP Anatomy Class chose to make cookies to represent kinds of blood cells.








    FBLA...............MONEY IN A BUCKET 
    Mr. Bernie Parker from Edward Jones spoke to FBLA students about the importance of starting to save money early in life to ensure financial security.  He also explained interest rates and the effects of taking a long time to pay back loans







     
    JOURNALISM............GET THE SCOOP
    Mrs Rouse oversees the newspaper staff during a recent club meeting.  Get the scoop on Homer-Center events and personalities by reading the Highlighter or the weekly Indiana Gazette Schools and Scribes








    7TH GRADERS GIVE THEIR HEARTS TO LEARNING
    7th grade teachers planned various Valentine's Day thematic interdisciplinary lessons. Activities included probability, percentages, fractions and decimals related to the color of candy hearts in a bag and using the messages on candy hearts to write an original story about Cupid. Students brainstormed terms that related to love and romance and wrote romantic poems using the terms brainstormed by the class.  A review of romantic figures in history led to a vote on the most romantic couple in history.  A scavenger hunt for fun facts about Valentine's Day and a review of idioms incorporated technology into the lesson. Picture: Mandy McElhaney, Morgan Nagle, Aubree Newhouse, and Austin Mimis are looking for the "heart" of St. Valentine 
       
     
     
     
     
    HCF CHEERS GIRLS TEAM ON TO VICTORY 
    The Hard Core Fans show their support for the Girls Basketball team against Ligonier Valley  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    WANT TO EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS...BE A BOOKWORM
    Students in Bookworm club reading and discussing recently selected books
    Students interested in becoming a Bookworm need to see Bookworm advisor, Mrs. Devivo
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    CAMO CHESS....HOMER-CENTER STYLE
    Colin Moore and Adam McCombs-Hilliard demonstrate the latest craze at Homer-Center -- CAMO CHESS!
    All students are welcome to join Chess Club sponsored by Mr. Butler

    Do you have what it takes to compete with the elite players at H-C?

     

     
     
     
     
     
    HOMER-CENTER PARTNERS WITH LUTHER FORD FOR AFTER PROM FUNDRAISER
    Homer-Center and Luther Ford partnered for a Drive-One-For-Your School event
    The fundraiser held in October raised $3500 for our after prom event

    Picture: Karen Holby & Mario Luther from Luther Ford Lincoln
                Principal Jody Rainey, Sydney Black, Maggie McLoughlin & Kristen Morrow 
     



    HOMER-CENTER HIGH SCHOOL PLAYS PING PONG FOR TEDDY BEAR CAMPAIGN
    Students and staff at HCHS raised $264 at the annual Teddy Bear ping pong tournament
     
    The senior high division champion was Matt Jones
    The junior high boys division winner was Logan Dellafiora
    The junior high girls division winner was Anna Overman
     
    Picture: Jacob Vilcek does his best "You Will Shoot Your Eye Out Kid" impression at the ping pong tournament   
     
     
     
    PENNY WARS RAISE FUNDS FOR TEDDY BEAR CAMPAIGN 
    Homerooms at HCHS battled in the annual Penny Wars to raise money for the Teddy Bear Fund 

    Students Evan Bellas and Jamie Rura are loading the van to take donations to the bank to determine the winning homeroom.

    The Teddy Bear fund supports the Pediatric Care Unit at IRMC and Childrens Hospital
     
     
     
     
      
    POLICE CHIEF LOU SACCO PRESENTS PROGRAM TO HEALTH STUDENTS
    Homer-City Police Chief Louis Sacco visited Mrs. Andrie's 11th grade Health classes. 
    Chief Sacco presented a program on alcohol prevention. 

    H-C appreciates the many community partnerships that help extend our curriculum and provide valuable information to our students.

    Picture:  Chief Sacco poses with Mrs. Andrie's Health class  





    HOMER-CENTER ART STUDENTS CREATE SCULPTURES 
    Taylor Mlakar and Josh Hill use there creativty and skills learned in Mr. Gary Wyant's Senior Art class to create sculptures.

    The senior high art program provides students various mediums to express their creative skills 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    HOMER-CENTER MUSIC PROGRAMS BUILD CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
    Homer-Center Band & Choral Community Christmas Concerts were held December 7, 2011
    The students performed for a near capacity audience and spread lots of holiday cheer
     
    Picture: Junior High Chorus performs at the Christmas concert.
     
     
     
    HEALTH CAREERS RAISES CANCER AWARENESS & MONEY FOR BIRDIE'S CLOSET 
    The H-C Health Career Club participated in activities during October to raise cancer awareness.
    The Club also sold t-shirts and raised nearly $400 for Birdie's Closet at IRMC Women's Imaging Center. Birdie's Closet provides free wigs, scars, make-up and other personal items for those fighting cancer. 

    Picture: 
    Health Career Club Co-Advisor Mrs. Cindy Andrie presents check to Beverly Lydick of IRMC  

     
     
     
    HOMER-CENTER ART STUDENTS PAINT RENDA STUDIO WINDOWS FOR HOLIDAYS
    Homer-Center Art students continued the tradition of painting the Renda Broadcast Studio windows for the holiday season.
    The attached link is courtesy of Renda Broadcast and can be found on their web page.

    Students participating under the direction of Art teacher Mr. Gary Wyant include Ann Arone, Megan Packer, Matt Jones, John Flores, Morgan Smith, And Joe Popovich 

     
    HOMER-CENTER STUDENTS ATTEND WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL CONFERENCE
    Homer-Center students (L-R) Cody Stewart and Jim Orr attended the World Affairs Council Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
    The conference focus was "The Arab Awakening", and was attended by over 300 students in the tri state area. 
    Ms. Christina Bruno accompanied the students and the Indiana Rotary Club sponsored the trip.    
     
     
     
     
     
      
     
    HOMER-CENTER SCIENCE STUDENTS ATTEND ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY SCIENCE DAY
    In November, Mrs. Brenda Viazanko accompanied senior high science students to the St. Francis Science Day where they attended campus presentations in areas of science including biology, physiology, medicine, biotechnology, marine biology, wildlife study, chemistry, and nuclear energy.
     
    Picture:
    HC Science students pose for a picture with teacher Mrs. Brenda Viazanko priot to their trip
     
     
      
     
    HOMER-CENTER & IUP PARTNER FOR ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS
    English
     teacher Roxanne Rouse and her student teacher Jenn Brocious partnered with IUP Professor Dr. Linda Norris to provide Homer-Center AP English students and IUP student teacher candidates an opportunity to participate in various high-yield enrichment activities associated with William Golding's Lord of the Flies. 

    Picture: 
    Breanna Rossi, Taylor Bernat, and Garrett Omasta participate in a "review of characters"  press conference under the watchful eye of an unidentified IUP student teacher candidate

     
    HOMER-CENTER STUDENT COUNCIL CONTINUES "BASKET OF LOVE" TRADITION 
    The H-C Student Council annually collects non-perishable food items for the community food bank.
    In addition to collecting items members of the student council volunteer to stock the shelves to prepare for distribution to needy families
     
    Picture: 
    Row 1: Samantha Barna, John Metalla, Evan Bertig
    Row 2: Amanda McCaulley, Noah Overman, Ryan Minniti, Logan Smyers, Ben Wolford, 
               Aaron Berzansky, Logan Dellafiora, and Advisor Lou Stepanik   
     
     


    Ryan Minniti volunteering at the community food bank
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    HOMER-CENTER STUDENTS & STAFF HONOR OUR VETERANS
    The annual Veterans Day Assembly was held October 10, 2011
    Students from both the elementary and high school read selections and perform musical selections in honor of our local veterans that attend as our special guests
     
    Picture: Madison Smith, Jamie Rura and Alyson Walker playing their flutes during "America the Beautiful"
     
     
     
    Senior High Chorus singing the National Anthem
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      
    HOMER CENTER STUDENTS PERFORM MUSICAL "ANNIE GET YOUR GUN" 
    The cast & crew of Annie Get Your Gun celebrate a job well done.
    The show was directed by teachers Mr. Lou Stepanik, Ms. Joy Wilson & Mrs.Tammy Menk

     

     

     
     INDEPENDENT COMPUTER STUDENTS MAKE ROBOTICS COME TO LIFE
    Nathan Henry & Brandon Miles watch their Lego NXT Robotics Inchworm, created using their design, construction and programming skills learned in Mrs.Vicki Olinger's class, flex its muscle.








    TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM
    Science teacher Mark Shopland's classes are participating in the Trout in the Classroom Program.

    This program provides opportunities for students to observe the maturation process of trout from eggs, to hatching, development and release.

    To learn more about the program and view the live H-C Trout Cam go to 
     
    Picture: Students sorting viable from non-viable eggs. 
                319 out of 375 were deemed viable





    Sophomore Stephanie Nehrig adding eggs to the aquarium