Homer Highlights

Week of September 26, 2022

Dear Families,

It's HOMECOMING WEEK! This is always a fun filled week for all. We have a full week of Homecoming activities, starting with the HS Powderpuff game on Sunday. Our high school student council has come up with the details for dress-up days, assembly games, the parade, and the crowning of the King and Queen at half-time during the game!


Congratulations to our Homecoming Court.

Freshman: Ashton Knapp, Hailey Rocco

Sophomores: Zachary Dutton, Sydney Gilg

Juniors: Tyson Garrett, Emma Jones

Seniors: Lexis Fleming, Rachel Ramirez, Autumn Robinson, Rylee Burns, Laila Smith, Kane Blatter, Luke Butler, Davey Mohn, Jacob Wood, Carter Harris



We hope to see you at the game!

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Pajama Day October 5th!

Count day is almost here. Wear your Pajama's and be entered in some extra PBIS drawings for the day! Your attendance on this day is super important to allow for the most opportunities possible for our school!

PowerSchool Parent Portal Update

PowerSchool is now accessible for all parents and students to view attendance, announcements, account balances, and grades (for MS and HS students). To access PowerSchool, please go to: https://pshomer.vbisd.org


Student Login:

Students will login with their school username and password that was assigned to them.


Parent Login:

Parent access id/password are both the student's student ID number. This is your child's 2050 number. Your student should know this, or you can contact your student's building office.


PowerSchool App

We recommend you creating your online account using a computer first. Once created, you can download the app on your phone. If you download the PowerSchool App, please use the code SGJP.


It is very important that all students stay in regular communication with their teachers to be successful! Please be sure to check PowerSchool for accurate class grades for middle school and high school students. Although elementary grades are not posted in PowerSchool, all grades, including LFE parents can use PowerSchool to monitor lunch balances, too!


To monitor student grades, create a Parent Viewer account on PowerSchool:

  1. Select Resources - Parent Resources from the district homepage or PowerSchool under Quicklinks.
  2. Click on Parent Viewer
  3. Go to Create an Account & follow the instructions.
  4. To link students to your account, enter your child's name. The access ID and access password are both your child's student ID number. You can call the office for this information.
  5. Click enter. You have now created your account and can login to view your account!

Website for Free/Reduced Lunch Application

Although breakfast will continue to be free for all students during the 2022-23 school year, regardless of financial status, it is still very important that all families complete the 2022-23 free and reduced meal application for lunches. There is a website for accessing the online application: https://homer.familyportal.cloud/

Mark Your Calendars!!!

The 2022-23 District Calendar is now available! Please note some important dates:


  • Homecoming Game - Friday, September 30
  • Homecoming Dance - Saturday, October 1st, 7:00-10:00
  • Parent Teacher Conferences - Tuesday, October 11 & Thursday, October 13, 3-7 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Break - 1/2 Day November 23rd, 11:00 dismissal. No school November 24 - November 25
  • Christmas Break - December 23 - January 8
  • Mid-Winter Break - February 17 - February 20
  • Spring Break - March 24 - April 2
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Homer High School Spirit Extravaganza!!!!


@JohnnysMarkets wants to give Homer High School money but we need YOUR help! Visit johnnysmarkets.com/school-spirit to vote for our school every day from Sept. 5 - Oct. 16 and we could win cash for our school!


• 1st Place: $1,500

• 2nd Place: $1,000

• 3rd Place: $500


Only the top 3 schools will win so help us show our school spirit by voting daily and sharing this post with a friend to do the same!

Host Families Needed


PAX is looking for host families like yours to make American dreams come true! Welcome an international high school student into your home for the school year or a semester stay. Many are still waiting to hear the good news! Learn more and fill out a host family inquiry form today! https://pax.org/families

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 13th. On both of these days, students will be dismissed at 1 pm, with conferences being held from 3 pm - 7 pm. Elementary parents will schedule their conference with their child's teacher (watch for a link for this in Dojo). Middle school and high school conferences will be walk in conferences.

PBIS UPDATE


Hello Homer Families!


In recent weeks, we have had parents/guardians inquire about how they can help with our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative, both at home and here at school. Here are just a few ideas:


At Home

Firstly, encouraging "GRIT" behaviors at home is huge! Try to "catch" your child being Gracious, having Respect, showing Integrity, or being Teachable. The most important thing is letting them know you see and hear it. So often we focus on what our children are not doing and we miss the chance to show them that they DO make great choices, a lot! You can even make up your own GRIT incentives like "donut Fridays" or giving them extra time doing something they love because they showed some GRIT at home.


The other part of teaching grit is encouraging sticking with things that are hard, just a few minutes longer. That homework that seems impossible: give it 5 more minutes and then take a break. Catch yourself or the kids scrolling online a little too long? Maybe take a 10 minute walk together instead. Every hard thing we do adds up to character building for our whole community and generations to come. You are making a huge difference in our world!


At School

Staff and teachers are actively teaching and looking for G.R.I.T. choices every day. When "caught" having Homer G.R.I.T., students of all ages are issued a GRIT ticket which goes into a drawing every week. On Fridays, we draw student names from each building to recognize them with a token of appreciation for making our school a great place. There are also random drawings and instant ticket winners! Asking your child periodically if they have received a GRIT ticket (and asking what it was for) is helpful! This is no small thing. Your child is making great choices, and we want them- and you- to know it.


In January, we will be having a mid-year celebration in honor of all of the good things we are seeing at Homer. Stay tuned for more info!


Donations

Lastly, if you are seeing the benefits and loving what PBIS is doing for Homer, we are seeking donations and gifts of all sizes to keep the ball rolling! Attached is the Amazon Wish List for student prizes, both for Friday drawings and our mid-year celebration. https://a.co/5NuPLlp If you would rather donate gift cards or other tangible gifts, we would love that as well. We also love to shower our teachers and staff with thank yous, if you have anything you would like to donate for them!


We will also be taking donations for (new) larger items to surprise our kids during our mid-year celebration in January (e.g., bikes, RC cars, inflatables, athletic gear/toys, games, electronics, headphones, art supplies, bracelets, water bottles, etc.)! If you have any questions or would like to donate, please contact your principals or me, Bridget Young at byoung@homerschools.net or at 517-568-9007.



Thank you for being such a great community to work with and for!

Always GRITful,


Bridget


Bridget Young, M.S., LLP

Student Support Coordinator/PBIS Coordinator

Homer Board of Education September Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 28th, 6pm

403 South Hillsdale Street

Homer, MI

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Homer GRIT Welcome