WalMart Foundation Community Action Grant Awarded to Homer High School

Homer High School has received a Community Action Grant in the amount of $750.00. The grant funds will be used to create a Career Learning Station in the school Media Center.  This dedicated space will give students the information, materials, and technology they need to explore career choices and plan successfully for the future.  Students will be able to research job opportunities, locate and complete job applications, print cover letters, resumes and applications, and prepare portfolios for prospective employers.  Principal Lee Simms and Mrs. Kourtney Smith, guidance counselor, visited the Walmart store in Minden last week to purchase a new HP Chromebook for the Career Learning Station.  The Minden store location (Facility #87) supported the grant, which is funded by the Walmart Foundation.

Mr. Simms and Mrs. Smith pose with Manager Chris Priestley, department managers, and customer service associates in the Minden store.


Claiborne Electric Grant awarded to Homer High for STEM and Robotics

Homer High School has received a grant in the amount of $3,986.05 from Claiborne Electric Co-Op Operation Round-Up Trust.  Grant monies will be used to purchase LEGO Mindstorm robotics kits, which will be used by students in mathematics and science classes. The new robotics program focuses on STEM concepts, and is designed to help students improve their scores on standardized tests, utilize math concepts for programming/coding, and engage in teamwork and problem-solving.  Student teams will also be able to use the robotics kits to compete in team challenge competitions.

(left) Mr. Lee Simms, principal of Homer High School, and Mr. Scott Alexander, (right) mathematics teacher and robotics program director.

February Upcoming Events

Tuesday and Wednesday 1/31 & 2/1

Sophomores will be attending an event sponsored by University Health Services at Homer.  Students attending should turn in their permission slips to Mrs. Alexander in the folder on her computer cart before Tuesday morning.   They will leave school for two alternating shifts each day at approximately 8:30 AM and return to school around 2:00 PM.

Tuesday’s Shift:   Last Name A through H

Wednesday’s Shift:  Last Name K through W

Thursday, February 2

FBLA District Rally will be held at Grambling State University.   Students attending the rally will need to check with your teachers and make sure you have your work that will be missed on Thursday.


Tuesday/Wednesday, Feb 7-8

Work Keys testing for seniors during 3rd and 4th periods.  They will be testing the 3rd section of Work Keys (Reading information).  Mrs. Jordan is working the practice tests and reviewing those elements this week.  (1/30-2/3)

Thursday, Feb 9

Mr. Kennedy will be here to review with those seniors who did not pass the math portion of Work Keys.   They will be with him 1st and 2nd periods in room 107.   They will retest on Feb 10.

Friday, Feb 10

Work Keys retest of Math students   1st and 2nd periods.

Monday, Feb 13 (1/2 day professional development)

Graduate sales will be here at 8:00 AM for final orders for juniors and seniors.

Thursday, Feb 16

Blood Drive

Monday-Friday February 20-24

  Winter Break

4-H Club Schedule for January

Below is the 4-H club meeting schedule for January.  
Lee Faulk will be attending some of the meetings to present a program on 4-H 
Livestock.  Club members that are Livestock Club members are invited to bring 
their ribbons, awards, trophies, etc., to show to their club members. 
This will give these members an opportunity to build their Portfolio 
by demonstrating leadership and presenting in front of their peers.

Claiborne Parish

4-H Club Meeting Schedule

 January 2017


January 9

Claiborne Academy Elem

Claiborne Academy Sr

Homer Jr High 7/8

Jr. Leaders – Social/Teambuilding

Business Meeting

9:00 – 10:00

1:10 – 1:50

2:05 – 2:45

5:00 pm

6:00 pm


January 10


Haynesville Elem

8:00 – 10:00

1:30 – 2:30


January 11

Police Jury Meeting

Homer Jr High 5/6

9:00 – 11:00

2:05 – 2:45


January 13

Summerfield Clubs – Sims, Verdin, 7:40 – 10:34

January 19

Haynesville Sr

Haynesville 7/8

Haynesville 5

Haynesville 6

9:46 – 10:41

12:12 – 1:07

1:10 – 2:05

2:08 – 3:03


Please call the 4-H office and let Mrs. Raley if your club meeting needs to be rescheduled.

Upcoming 4-H Events for January


Adult Color Books & color pencils

4          1st day back in school

9-13     Club Meetings in schools

9          Jr Leader Meeting, Social -5pm

Business Meeting – 6 pm

12        CPSB Meeting 6 pm

16        MLK Holiday- AgCenter Holiday

17        CPSB Prof Development

Poultry/Egg Cookery Contest, 6 pm

            Portfolio Workshop, 6 pm

20        Clover newsletter deadline

21-22    Fashion Camp (10-13 yr old)

27-28    District Livestock Show


6-10     Club Meetings in schools

6          Jr Leaders Meeting, Social -5pm

Business Meeting – 6 pm

9          CPSB Meeting 6 pm

11        Valentines’ Dance, 6 pm, Haynesville Fair Barn

13        CPSB Prof Dev ½ day

16        Spring Advisory

17        Clover newsletter deadline

20-24    CPSB/CA Winter Break

20        Beef/ Pecan/Seafood

Cookery Contest, 6 pm

Portfolio Workshop

23-25    Challenge Camp

28        Portfolios/Sr. Scholarships due (P)

“If you have a disability which requires special assistance for your participation in the meeting, please contact Teresa Raley or Claiborne Parish Extension Service at (318) 927-3110 at least 3 days prior to the meeting.”

Homer High School Drama Club Presents “The Fruitcake” byDwayne Yancey

The Homer High School Drama Club is proud to announce tonight’s matinee performance of “The Fruitcake” by Dwayne Yancey at 6:30 p.m, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.   The production will be held in the Homer High School Auditorium, and the public is invited to attend.  Admission is $2.00.

The lighthearted Christmas comedy centers around an infamous holiday tradition of baking the family fruitcake, and what happens when family traditions must be broken.

The cast of characters features Aunt Hazel, the family cook, played by junior Carrie Driskell, whose poor eyesight causes a few kitchen catastrophes and Grandpa, played by senior Cody Long, whose odd ramblings confuse the family and delight the audience.

Zoe, played by junior Daniela Miranda is the science nerd of the family who has an encyclopedic mind and a quick wit.

Anastasia, the Gothic punk-styled youngest sister played by senior Summer Banuelos, is eternally bored and competitive with her older sister, Mandy, whose tough exterior comes through in the acting of senior Brittany Sandifer.

Uncle Fred, played by Mr. Keith Beard, vice principal and theater instructor, is loud and obnoxious, and more than a little enthusiastic about the eggnog.

Amy, the hopeless romantic, played by junior Chandler Glanc is dating Jeremy, the wide-eyed boyfriend who isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into with this crazy family.  Jeremy is played by senior Jared Butts.

Mom, played by junior Sandra Banuelos, is the mother of Amanda “Mandy”, Amy, and Anastasia.  She is consumed with putting up the Christmas decorations and seems to be thwarted at every turn.

The offstage antics and family adventures in this one-act play are sure to delight audiences and bring laughter to the holiday season.