Homer-Center High School Textiles

Program Receives Grant

Students in the Homer-Center High School Advanced Textiles Class will reap the rewards of a recent grant.   Mrs. Trish Zimmer’s Advanced Textiles Class received a $500 grant for the second year in a row. The grant comes from the Kids In Need Foundation, which is responsible for distributing more than $500 million in school supplies to low-income schools. Approximately 270 grants were awarded in the United States with only 3 going to Pennsylvania schools. Homer-Center was one of the recipients.

As part of the grant students will be working on a special project where they will design, construct and write directions to make an engineered pillow. Students will use techniques such as machine embroidery, trapunto, fabric folding, chenilling and quiltagomi. Educational standards from Family & Consumer Sciences as well as math and writing will be addressed in this project. The grant allows the school to order single copies of several books which will help students with the various fabric manipulations, but also pillow forms to finish the pillow. The grant does not provide for fabric, trims, ribbons, laces, etc.  In order to minimize costs and expand the resourcefulness and creativity of our students, we are asking members of the community to donate the above mentioned items.   All contributions are welcome and will be accepted at Homer-Center High School. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Zimmer at the school at 724-479-8026.


Homer-Center High School Receives

S.T.E.M. Grant

Students and teachers of the Homer-Center High School have benefited from a $4500 S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Grant obtained through the efforts of teachers Mrs. Beverly Pribicko, Mrs. Vicki Olinger, and Mrs. Deanne Magolis.  On the morning of February 10, 2011, over 20 professionals in S.T.E.M. fields were on hand at Homer-Center for a Career Fair.  All students in grades 7-12 selected three career awareness sessions to attend.  The presenters discussed a wide range of topics regarding their field of expertise including training requirements, expectations, work environment, advancement opportunities, salary, and benefits.  Each presenter provided answers to students' questions. 

On February 11, 2011, teachers of Homer-Center High School participated in a technology training session, presented by Mr. Jim Gates, a graduate of Homer-Center and Technology Consultant.  The session, also funded by the S.T.E.M. Grant, focused upon how teachers can utilize existing as well as emerging technologies to enhance classroom instruction.   


Homer-Center High School Science

Students Benefit From Trout in the

Classroom Grant

Science teacher Mr. Mark Shopland applied for and received a Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Grant.  TIC is a conservation-oriented environmental education program. Through the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and then release them into approved cold water streams and lakes. This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources.


A 55 gallon cold water aquarium with brook trout made possible with funding from the TIC grant is being used with all seventh grade students to augment the existing environmental curriculum unit on Water Quality.  Students carry out field studies in local streams.  They compare the quality of water in a healthy stream with those impacted by Acid Mine Drainage (AMD), and determine the effect on living organisms in the streams.  Integrating this field study, with the life cycle of trout, strengthens the curriculum and give students an increased appreciation for cold water conservation.


Homer-Center participation in the Trout in the Classroom program was made possible through grant funding (Sport Fishing and Aquatic Resource Education Grant, PA Council of Trout Unlimited, and PA Department of Education), brook trout eggs, food and technical assistance provided by PA Council of Trout Unlimited and PA Fish and Boat Commission.  Special thanks to our local Ken Sink Chapter of Trout Unlimited for their participation and support.


Homer-Center Receives Fuel Up to Play


60 Grant

Homer-Center High School Physical Education instructors Karen Woods and Mark Pangonis recently applied for and received $1,700 from a grant sponsored by the National Fuel Up To Play 60 Program.  Fuel Up To Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program founded by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, based on mutual commitment to the health of the next generation.   This comprehensive program focuses on promoting healthful eating and providing more physical activity opportunities for students.  Homer-Center students and Fitness Club Advisors are working together to select and implement a series of “plays” to encourage proper eating habits and increased physical activity.   Some of the “plays” considered thus far include a healthy snack cart and an end-of the year student activity day.    Fuel Up to Play 60 also supports national standards for Health and Physical Education.   

Homer-Center High School Receives

Grant to Promote Career Awareness in

Technology Fields

Mrs. Olinger recently received a Tri-County (Butler, Armstrong, and Indiana Counties) Technology Consortium (TC2)/Tri-County Workforce Investment Board (TCWIB) Grant.  The $500 grant was written to provide our students with an opportunity to increase career awareness in technology.  Mrs. Olinger, Mrs. Pribicko, and Mr. Wolford accompanied students to the Spring Technology Conference 2011 at California University of PA on April 21, 2011.  Sponsored by the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology, the conference included the following workshops:  Cone Zone (Robotics), T-Shirt Printing (Screenprinting), Boomerangs and Aerodynamics (Bernoulli Principle), Green Screen Extractions, 3D After Effects Animation and Photoshop, and STEM Demonstration (Guitars in the Classroom).  Lunch was provided for all students and registration was free of charge.  The cost of substitute teachers was covered through the STEM Grant obtained earlier this year.  Since attending the conference, students have completed follow-up reflections about their experiences.  They will create a presentation with information from their reflections and conference pictures to share with current and future students.  Remaining grant funds will be used to cover the cost of a field trip to tour local businesses to learn how technology is used in the workplace.


Grant Funds Provide Increased Resources for a Safe

School Environment 


The Homer-Center Student Assistance Program (SAP) team completed a project through the Safe and Drug Free Grant program aimed at increasing targeted safety issues at Homer-Center High School.  The grant project valued at $2800 included the purchase of training materials for team members concerning a variety of student social issues, a web based social networking and internet safety program for all stakeholders, advancements in our school emergency radio communications capabilities, and staff identification and credentialing equipment.  


The SAP team accepts referrals from students, teachers, parents, and all that have a vested interest in our students.  The goal of the team is to gather data to identify  and eliminate obstacles to student academic and social success.