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KPBSD students celebrate Halloween

Students of all ages on the lower Kenai Peninsula are celebrating Halloween this week.

McNeil Canyon Elementary and Chapman School will each have fall carnivals on Friday.

Chapman’s Halloween Carnival goes from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include a haunted house, silent auction, costume contest, raffle, and tons of fun carnival games, from a cake walk to mini golf.

School Events

Chapman School

Oct. 22: Family Ed Night, 6 p.m

Oct. 23: Fire drill with APES, KESA, and Homer responding, 10 a.m.

Oct. 23: Basketball vs. Cook Inlet Academy. 

Oct. 27: Basketball at Chapman vs. Ninilchik.

Oct. 30: Chapman Parent Group Halloween Carnival, 6 p.m. 

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Potato fest celebrates science, food, friends

At the West Homer Elementary Fourth Annual Potato Fest last week, students proved that science can be both fun and tasty. It was a busy afternoon for members of the student council, who were assigned to serve food to the 250 third-through-sixth-grade students and their families who packed the school gym. On the menu were broccoli, bacon, onions and sour cream to plop on top of baked potatoes grown right in the school’s garden.

Egg takes provide learning opportunity

Grade-school students from nearly 30 Kenai Peninsula schools got up close and personal with the fish Alaska is known for last week at salmon egg takes on the Anchor River and in Seward and Bear Creek. 

The egg takes kicked off the 16th season of Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Salmon in the Classroom program, which aims to help Alaskan students better understand the fish that are so important to the state’s economy. 

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is requesting input from interested persons at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled for Oct. 15, 2015, starting at 6 p.m. at a school near you, via MS Lync. For information, or to find a location near you, visit the www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us homepage, then community interest, and district-wide budget development meeting. If you have questions, please call Lassie Nelson at 714-8838.

First-graders test engineering skills

Last Thursday, Oct. 8, the cafeteria at Paul Banks Elementary School was crowded with a dog sled, a claw machine, several ball games and even more castles – and dozens of ecstatic 6-year-old engineers. First- and second-graders were participating in a nationwide Cardboard Challenge, which invited students to build structures out of recycled materials. The challenge is based on a viral YouTube video called “Cain’s Arcade,” which showcases an elementary schooler proudly displaying an entire working games arcade made of cardboard.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is requesting input from interested persons at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled for  6 p.m. Oct. 15 at a school near you, via MS Lync. For information, or to find a location near you, visit the www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us homepage, then community interest, and district-wide budget development meeting. If you have questions, please call Lassie Nelson at 714-8838.

Paul Banks’ kids get lesson in fire safety

For most preschoolers, nothing could beat meeting a real live superhero. But a special event at Paul Banks Elementary School on Sept. 30 came pretty close: As part of a 20-year partnership about fire safety education, the Homer Volunteer Firefighters paid a visit to Emily Priest and Mindy Hunter’s pre-K classes.

“I didn’t know you were firefighters! I thought you were regular people!” exclaimed 4-year-old Konrad Overholt upon their arrival.

Screening required to volunteer

Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete an online form and agree to a background check; only criminal activity will be checked. All information will be kept confidential.

To complete the process, visit the school district’s web page at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us and click on Employment, then click on Volunteer, then on Volunteer All Vacancies, and find the location where you wish to volunteer. Click the Apply button that corresponds to that location, then follow the instructions.  

Mariners celebrate Homecoming Week; bonfire set for Friday

It’s Homecoming Week at Homer High, and that means celebrating Mariner spirit every day. All week long, students have shown their school pride at themed spirit days: ’Merica Day, PJ Day, Twin Day, Class Color Day, and Blue and Gold Day. On Friday, the school invites the whole community to come out to a Homecoming Bonfire in the parking lot from 7 to 10 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs; games and snacks will be provided. Kick-off time for the homecoming football game against Voznesenka is 2 p.m. Saturday.

School Events

Chapman School

Oct. 3: Kenai Peninsula Borough community meeting at 3 p.m. Contact Michele Turner at 714-2165.

Oct. 8: Homer Electric Association community barbecue at Chapman, 5 p.m. Contact Joe Gallagher at HEA for more info.

Oct. 20: Presentation at Chapman on the Adolescent Brain by Brian Partridge, associate professor in psychology and human services at the Kachemak Bay Campus. Refreshments provided. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Angelica is back

She walks slowly, but Angelica Haakenson is walking.

Twelve-year-old Angelica of Anchor Point lost both her legs in a car accident on Christmas Day of 2014. After months of convalescence in Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage and physical therapy, she is slowly transitioning out of a wheelchair onto prosthetic legs.

School Events

Big Fireweed Academy

Sept. 24: Open House and Harvest Festival, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 7: Picture Day, 12:45 p.m.

Little Fireweed (grades K-2)

Sept. 29: Open House, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Oct. 7: Picture day, 9:15 a.m.

Oct. 7: Salmon Egg take, 12:30 p.m.

Homer High School

Homer High singer selected to be part of national ensemble

Falcom Greear’s musical talent has been a known fact in Homer for years: when he was just 10 years old, Greear put on a solo show at the Council on the Arts entitled “10 Songs From a 10-Year-Old.” By age 13, he’d performed an opera at Bunnell Street Gallery, sung in Jubilee five times and at the 2013 Governor’s Picnic and 2011 TED Talks, and had been paid to perform at the Ninilchik Fair.

Fireweed mural inspires young readers

The beginning readers at Little Fireweed now have something to look up at between exploring books during Partner Reading Time: a new mural on the library wall. 

Over the summer, kindergarten teacher Kim Fine invited three local artists — Nancy Wise, Barb Wyatt and Sarah Robertson — to decorate the wall. The three women got together and planned out the piece students can admire now.

School Events

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KPBSD now has a free app available in the App Store for iPhone and Android users. Look for Kenai Peninsula Borough SD, and personalize the app by subscribing to specific schools to get calendar events.

 

Individual school results of the Alaska Measures Progress (AMP) testing are expected in October.

 

Sept. 17: Just in Time New Teacher Training at the Soldotna Prep PD Room, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Aspiring volunteers must undergo background check

Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete an online form and agree to a background check; only criminal activity will be checked.  All information will be kept confidential and information can only be accessed by a few members of the Human Resources department.  To complete the screening process, visit the District’s web page at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us and click on Employment, then click on Volunteer, then on Volunteer All Vacancies, and find the location where you wish to volunteer.  Click the ‘Apply’ butt

Students applaud Pink Martini’s eclectic, upbeat, moving music

Grade schoolers are not Pink Martini’s usual audience demographic, and pianist Thomas Lauderdale had to correct himself when he accidentally opened Monday’s pre-concert noon performance for all the area schools with, “Good night, everyone!” 

But the 10 musicians representing the jazzy, Latin-influenced, genre-defying orchestra adjusted easily in Homer High School’s Mariner Theater.

Between songs in English, French and Spanish, the band members took turns introducing themselves and their musical backgrounds.

Flex School holds open house on Wednesday

Homer Flex School will open its doors to the public from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, for its annual Open House. Produce from the school garden will be served, and school officials will be giving tours of both the garden and the school. The school’s new Mental Health Counselor, Agusta Lind, will also be giving a short presentation on her new community group, Topics for Parents. The group is open to any parent or guardian. More information will be available at the Open House.

District restructures departments to save

Revisions to targeted operations are cutting costs for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The pools, warehouse, transportation and Student Nutritional Service departments have been reorganized, including the elimination of one position, to reduce spending.

The changes, most of which took effect on July 1, were approved by the Board of Education through the 2016 Fiscal Year budget in April, said school district spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff.

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