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Board votes to retain challenged history text

A textbook that has been criticized as having a biased view of history has been approved for continued use after Kenai Peninsula Board of Education members voted to retain it.

Some board members said they had issues with the book, but ultimately found that it would be cost-prohibitive to find replacement material. In addition, a review committee found that the book contained several biased statements that counteracted each other — effectively rendering it balanced in its slanted representation of historical events.

Making music

Paul Banks Elementary School parents and friends packed the Mariner Theatre last Thursday for  the school’s spring performance, “Drums Alive!” 

District plans no layoffs

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will not be handing out any pink slips this spring.

At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, all non-tenured contracts were approved for the 2016 school year. Roughly 70 contracts were signed off on and roughly 30 non-tenured teachers were moved to tenure.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District counselor and test coordinator LaDawn Druce thanked the school board for making the decision, which was made more difficult with looming statewide cuts to education.

School board signs off on budget

The Board of Education on Monday passed the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s $165.6 million fiscal year 2016 operating budget.

The board discussed the final revisions proposed by Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones during a worksession Monday. The process began in October 2014.

Included in the conversation was the recent amendment made to the state operating budget by the Senate on April 2 that would reduce the foundation formula, which is used to determine funding for school districts, by 4.1 percent.

Ninilchik School: More than 100 years of history

The Ninilchik School gym has been used for lots of events: ball games, holiday celebrations, talent shows, musical performances and graduations to name a few.

None have ever packed the room quite like the event of Sept. 24, 2010: the school’s 100th anniversary. 

Everybody from Ninilchik School graduate and former Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, descendant of one of Ninilchik’s founding families, to representatives from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board were on hand to mark the celebration with a crowd of former and current students and their families.

Mariners on the Move selected

Each Homer High faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families were invited to a Feb. 27 celebration catered by the HHS Culinary Arts class. Third-quarter winners are, from left, Valerie Rios nominated by Mr. Stineff; Lauren Jones nominated by Mr. Schneider; Nonah Baltzer nominated by Ms. Mall; Karina Roach nominated by Ms. Remsen; Alex Moseley nominated by Ms. Reichenberg; Victoria Chase nominated by Ms. Bedingfield; Yesenia Garcia-Rivera nominated by Ms. Rugloski; and Nick Gilliam nominated by Mrs.

Scholastic Book Fair happens at West Homer Elementary next week

The Scholastic Book Fair is happening at the West Homer Elementary Library. 

The book fair is open to the public March 23-March 27 during the school day. 

From 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 24, the public also is invited to Family and Friends Fun Night at the book fair with door prizes and refreshments. 

There will be books, science kits, art kits, notebooks, posters and more. The event is designed to help support the school library.

School events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

March 27: Early release day.

April 6: School board meeting, Soldotna. 

May 1: Early release day.

May 4: School board meeting, Seward.

 

Homer High School

Nikolaevsk’s philosophy: developing global citizens

In 2008, Sata Frolov, a 1991 graduate of Nikolaevsk School, traveled from Oregon for the 40th anniversary of the predominantly Russian Old Believer village east of Anchor Point. 

“Always show Nikolaevsk pride,” Frolov told those gathered at the May 2008 event. “You have an awesome school here. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.”

Mariners on the Move selected

Each Homer High faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families were invited to a Feb. 27 celebration catered by the HHS Culinary Arts class. Third-quarter winners are, from left, Valerie Rios nominated by Mr. Stineff; Lauren Jones nominated by Mr. Schneider; Nonah Baltzer nominated by Ms. Mall; Karina Roach nominated by Ms. Remsen; Alex Moseley nominated by Ms. Reichenberg; Victoria Chase nominated by Ms. Bedingfield; Yesenia Garcia-Rivera nominated by Ms. Rugloski; and Nick Gilliam nominated by Mrs.

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. 

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