Schools

McNeil Canyon: grounded in community

When funding for a new school at McNeil Canyon was needed in 1981, the McNeil School Steering Committee created a marketing plan that included distribution of 20,000 brochures throughout the peninsula.

“It boils down to us selling what we consider a basic need for this community,” the group’s spokesperson, Larry Holman, told the Homer News at the time.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

March 6: Inservice, no school.

March 9-13: Spring break

March 27: Early release day.

April 6: School board meeting, Soldotna. 

May 1: Early release day.

May 4: School board meeting, Seward.

June 1: School board meeting, Soldotna.

Drumfest

Eddie Wood, at a Bunnell Street Arts Center Artists in the Schools residency at Fireweed, directed Evelyn Sherwood and Ella Gustafson for a performance, Planet Drum, last Friday at Little Fireweed Academy. Other percussionists include Asik Wheeler Keagan Niebuhr, and Madelyn Madrid.

A day in the life of a homeschooler

When I wake up, I get dressed and then I eat breakfast. After that I do my chores: feeding my pets, making my bed and cleaning my dishes. 

When I start my schoolwork, I have lots of ways to make it more fun. I teach my little sister preschool and other things. I like doing school with my friends and family. My cousin Mila helps me with my schoolwork.

I can do my school without being asked and I have lots of hobbies.

One of my favorites is art. I love art because it’s creative.

Diversity drives Connections

Kachemak Selo and other schools off the state road system make it challenging for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to provide education to the borough’s younger residents. Add to that a mixture of languages, religions, cultures and family situations and the challenges only increase.

That’s where the Connections program comes in handy, a homeschool program offered solely to students within KPBSD.

Kachemak Selo: New school, hybrid distance learning program part of plan

The morning’s hush is disturbed only by the sound of a crow’s wings at it flies just beyond the edge of the bluff. The sun is still on the distant side of the Kenai Mountains, its light beginning to spread down the Fox River flats and across the surface of Kachemak Bay. The bay’s whispered surf is barely audible in the morning stillness. 

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

March 2: School board meeting, 7 p.m.

March 3: Interviews with district superintendent candidates.

March 6: Inservice, no school. 

Chapman School

Feb. 26-28: Wrestling at Fairbanks.

Feb. 26-27: Volleyball tournament.

Little Fireweed (grades K-2)

March 2-5: Swim week.

Big Fireweed (grades 2-6)

Homer DDF wins team, individuals awards at state

From Unalaska to Juneau-Douglas, 24 schools and more than 250 students competed in drama, debate and forensics events in Anchorage last weekend.

Homer High School was in the midst of the action, with more students breaking into elimination rounds than ever before.

“But more than that, the students were respectful, helpful and in general a joy to be around,” said Head Coach Amy Johnson. 

HHS students named ‘National Merit Scholars’

Three Homer High School seniors — Evan Boyer, Patrick Latimer and Jonas Noomah — have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, according to Lin Hampson, HHS advisor.

“The principal was notified and then he notified them here at school,” said Hampson of the good news passed on by HHS Principal Doug Waclawski.

Health sciences focus of career fair

Students of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are invited to the 2015 Hospital Career Fair at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 24. 

The fair offers opportunities to learn about careers in the health sciences, including therapeutic (nurse, counselor, etc.), medical information (billing, coding, etc.), diagnostic (radiologist, imaging, etc.) and environmental (chef, electrician, etc.) fields. 

Spellers prepare for state

Sixth-grader Gabe LeBlanc will be McNeil Canyon Elementary School’s representative in the Alaska State Spelling Bee in Anchorage March 5. Twenty-five spellers in grades 4-6 participated in McNeil’s Feb. 13 spelling bee. Gabe’s winning word was “visual.” The school’s alternate is fifth-grader Braden Huffman.

Andy Nelson, a fifth-grader, will represent Chapman School at the state bee. Twenty students in grades 3-8 participated in Chapman’s Jan. 29 school event. After 15 rounds, Andy won on the word “fluctuation.” Chapman’s alternate is fifth-grader Kimberly Abbott. 

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Feb. 24: Public school district budget meeting, Homer High School library, 5:30 p.m.

Scholarships

• American Legion Auxiliary scholarships are available for any high school seniors: Auxiliary Presidents Scholarship, $1,500, due March 1; American Legion Richard D. Johnson, $1,000, due March 30; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16, $500, due April 10.

DDF team stacks up awards

At two recent meets, one in Homer and one at Dimond High School in Anchorage, the Homer High School DDF — Drama, Debate and Forensics — team, coached by Amy Johnson, earned an impressive amount of awards.

 

Homer meet, Jan. 23-24:

Public forum debate, second place: Robert Hockema and Thomas Vanek

Expository speaking, third place: Lindsey Schneider

Expository speaking, fifth place: Nolan Bunting

Original oratory, third place: Robert Hockema

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Feb. 24: Public school district budget meeting, Homer High library, 5:30 p.m. Contact Lassie Nelson, 907-714-8838.


Chapman School

Today: Jumprope assembly, 2:30 p.m.

Today: Volleyball, Chapman vs. Ninilchik.

Feb. 13: Volleyball at Nikolaevsk.

Feb. 14: Wrestling at Seward.

Feb. 18: Volleyball at Skyview.

Redbeard walks the plank

Inspired by a “Pirates — Seek Treasure in a Good Book” theme, pre-K through second-grade students at Paul Banks Elementary School set a record with their 2014 readathon: 160,650 minutes read since Jan. 12, said teacher Wendy Todd, an organizer of the event.

Maybe it was the theme. Maybe it was the promise by Redbeard the Pirate, aka Principal Eric Pederson, to walk the plank if the students read 120,000 minutes.

Students prove themselves, school employment ready

Once again, Homer High School was named “most employable school” in Kenai Peninsula Borough School District CTSO, Career Technical Student Organization, competition. 

“I think Homer is going on year five as most employable school,” said Dan Bohrnsen, coordinator of this year’s competition at Kenai Central High School, held Jan. 29. “Homer has done very well. This year they tied with SoHi and, instead of a flip of the coin, we gave them both first-place plaques.”

5th grader a top-speller

There were some tough words going into the final round of the West Homer Elementary School spelling Bee on Feb. 4. Word caller Gary Thomas challenged the youngsters with words like ipso facto, edification and skirmish for example. It was a seven-letter word that boosted fifth-grader Emma Sulczynski into first place: berserk. Tristyn Romeril, a sixth-grader, is the runner up. Should something prevent Emma from participating in the Alaska State Spelling Bee in Anchorage, March 5, Tristyn will take her place. The WHES spelling bee was coordinated by Holly Alston. 

 

Weston wins McNeil geo bee

Sixth-grader Phin Weston has taken first place in McNeil Canyon Elementary School’s Jan. 30 National Geographic geo bee. Other students participating were Eryn Field, Katerina Kuzmin, Sean Pilant, Kira Milne, Kappa Reutov, Emmet Wilkinson, Ty Etzwiler, Piper Kassouni, Halle Lapp, Tyshawn Carson and Paige Jones.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Feb. 24: District budget meeting, Homer High School library, 5:30 p.m. For information, contact Lassie Nelson, 907-714-8838.

 

Chapman School

Feb. 5-6: No school, parent-teacher conferences.

Feb. 9: Grades 7-8 Battle of the Books.

Feb. 10: Grades 5-6 Battle of the Books.

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