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.

WHES librarian awarded district’s golden apple

Apples displayed on desks, apples given to them by students. West Homer Elementary School librarian also has an apple for her desk. A golden one, awarded to her by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board at its regular meeting on Monday.

In presenting her with the apple, board member Liz Downing, who represents Homer on the school board, read from comments made by WHES teacher Lyn Maslow.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Feb. 2: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m.

Feb. 4: Early release day.


Chapman School

Today: Spelling bee, grades 3-8, 9 a.m.

Today: Volleyball vs Nikolaevsk.

Jan. 31: Wrestling at Nikiski, 10 a.m.

Jan. 31: Cabin Fever Variety Show, 7 p.m.

Student attains top industry-level rating

The public might recognize Nolan Bunting from his recent role as Fred Flintstone in the Homer Council on the Arts recent production of the “60s Show.” Or maybe from seeing him perform with the Homer High School choir and band. Or through his involvement with the school’s drama, debate and forensics club. Perhaps through his volunteer work at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Or helping reassemble a whale skeleton. Or through birding. Or citizen science activities.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Jan. 24: Wrestling at Skyview, 10 a.m.

Jan. 29: Spelling bee, grades 3-8, 9 a.m.

Jan. 31: Wrestling at Nikiski, 10 a.m.


Fireweed Academy (grades 2-6)

Jan. 30: LinkedUp Symphony Orchestra Performance in the evening.


DDF team set to entertain hometown fans

Following a meet at Service High School in Anchorage, the Homer High School Drama, Debate and Forensics Team, DDF for short, is preparing for two hometown events and encouraging the public to come watch, applaud and participate.

This weekend, Jan. 23-24, is a DDF tournament and on Tuesday, Jan. 27, is Random Acts of DDF, an avenue for the team to show what DDF is all about in a family-friendly environment.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Jan. 19: Vacation day.


Chapman School

Jan. 17: Wrestling, 10 a.m.

Jan 18: Spaghetti feed, auction for Angelica Haakenson, 1 p.m.

Jan. 20: Second quarter awards assembly, 2 p.m.

Jan. 24: Sportsman banquet.

Jan. 24: Wrestling at Skyview, 10 a.m.

Teacher-of-excellence nominations due

Nominations for BP’s annual BP Teachers of Excellence program are due by Jan. 30 at The program honors K-12 teachers from public or private schools who have made important contributions to education and their communities over the past year. Each BP Teacher of Excellence receives a $500 gift card and a $500 matching grant to his or her school. One Teacher of the Year who will receive a $1,500 scholarship for continuing education.

KBC students on dean’s, chancellor’s list

Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, has announced the following full-time students have been named to the dean’s list for earning a 3.5-3.99 grade point during fall semester 2014:

• Weston Classen;

• Ashley Freeman; 

• Kaitlyn Hecks;

• Shawn Jackinsky;

• Alexander Konev;

• Miriam Kuzmin;

• Dennis Martushoff.

Argh — it’s a good thing to read, matey

If humor does for learning what a spoonful of sugar does for taking medicine, the pre-kindergarten through second-grade students at Paul Banks Elementary School are destined to be reading wonders. 

The school kicked off its 2015 readathon Monday afternoon with the theme of “Pirates — Seek Treasure in a Good Book.”

Hallway bulletin boards and school walls were covered with posters, decorations and informational tidbits about pirates, and a string of jokes to make even the most hardened pirate laugh. For instance:

First student-to-student college fair today

A Homer High Student-to-Student College Fair will be held from 7-9 p.m. today in the HHS commons.

It is an opportunity for high school students to hear current college students speak about their colleges and “lessons learned” through the admission process.

Organizer Elise Nacht Boyer said about eight college students had volunteered to participate in the panel-style session. If there is enough interest, break-out sessions will be offered.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Jan. 12: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m.

Jan. 19: Vacation day.

Chapman School

Jan. 17: Wrestling, 10 a.m.

Jan. 19: Vacation day.

Homer High School

Jan. 9-10: JV basketball at Seward Jamboree.

Girls draw a bead on welding program

For six weeks before the holiday break, 15 girls from Voznesenka, Kachemak Selo and Razdolna schools set sparks flying. 

From 4-9 p.m., two days a week for a total of 60 hours, they hid their beautiful long dresses beneath unbecoming, but protective ensembles of coveralls, leather jackets, gloves and helmets to learn the art of welding from Homer High School instructor Mickey Todd.

‘Chopped’ is no ordinary semester final

Being “chopped” sounds frightening. So does taking a final.

Put the two together, it became an opportunity for Homer High School students in Lauren Childers’ culinary arts class to demonstrate their cooking know-how. For the judges — HHS teacher Paul Story; Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer; and yours truly — it was a mouth-watering, stomach-satisfying experience. For Childers, it proved “things we went over so long ago they still remember. They really stepped up their game for the final. I was so impressed.” 

Homer High skiers honor Lars Spurkland

For the second weekend in a row, the Mariner ski team was forced to be flexible when their race was rescheduled at the last minute. The team was supposed to compete in the two-day Lynx Loppet Race on Friday and Saturday in Anchorage, but soon after they arrived in Anchorage on Thursday they learned the race had been cancelled due to lack of snow. 

“Friday there were rumors of ski races around town and the team tried to hit a few but they were false leads,” said assistant coach Alison O’Hara in an email. 

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Today: Caroling, grade 2, 10 a.m.

Today: Christmas party, grades 2-4, 1 p.m.

Dec. 19: End of second quarter, inservice, no school.

Fireweed Academy
(all grades)

Dec. 19: Inservice, end of second quarter, no school.

Little Fireweed (grades K-1)


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