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Homer Middle School in a word: awesome

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

In her second year as principal of Homer Middle School, Kari Dendurent considers herself “so lucky” to be where she is.

“This school’s awesome,” said Dendurent, who was assistant principal at Houston High school, Palmer High School and at a high school and middle school in Florida before coming to Homer at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Nov. 26: Early release day.

 

Chapman School

Nov. 4: Basketball vs. Homer at Chapman, girls 4 p.m., boys 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 5: Basketball at Nikolaevsk, girls 3:30 p.m., boys 4 p.m. 

Nov. 6: Basketball vs. Ninilchik at Chapman, girls 4 p.m., boys 5:30 p.m.

Nanwalek School gets needed ‘techno’ boost

Nanwalek School is one of 114 schools in the nation and the only one in Alaska to receive an Apple grant as part of the nationwide ConnectEd program. The grant makes it possible for Nanwalek School to provide its 70 K-12 students “a comprehensive one-to-one technology solution for every student and teacher, including Apple hardware, software and services,” the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced in an Oct. 31 press release. 

Fireweed students combine studies, holiday

Fireweed Academy students are wrapping up a skeletal systems study while also learning about Day of the Dead, a centuries-old holiday mixing ancient Aztec and traditional customs celebrated throughout Mexico and Central America.

In teacher Stephanie Zuniga’s third- and fourth-grade classroom, students have solved the math problem of the week with a  Day of the Dead twist. They are reading “The Spirit of Tio Fernando,” a story about a young boy who learns about this special tradition.

FASD public lecture at KBC tonight

Deb Evensen, a national educational consultant specializing in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, will discuss new ways to help children with FASD be successful from preschool through the adult years.

The presentation is part of Kachemak Bay Campus’ public health lecture series

 It will be held in KBC’s Pioneer Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

For more information, call KBC at 235-7743

SCHOOL EVENTS

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Nov. 3: Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board, Soldotna, 7 p.m.

Nov. 26: Early release day.

Chapman School

Oct. 29-31: Parent-teacher conferences.

Oct. 30-31: No school.

Oct. 30: Halloween carnival, 6-8 p.m. 

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Homer High School: A place to be yourself

A tiny front-page entry in the Sept. 23, 1983, Homer News, announced bids for construction of a new Homer High School had been received. Two years later, a much larger front-page story announced the newly finished school’s main doors welcomed 400 students for the 1985-1986 school year.

In 2014, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Homer High 1,826th of 19,400 public high schools in the nation and ninth in the state, based on college readiness index, math and reading proficiency and student-teacher ratio.

SCHOOL EVENTS

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Oct. 29: Early release day.

Nov. 3: Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board, Soldotna, 7 p.m.

Chapman School

Today: Basketball at Chapman.

Oct. 24: First quarter awards.

Oct. 27-31: Scholastic book fair.

Oct. 27: Basketball at Chapman.

New tools for helping children with FASD

The public is invited to hear Deb Evensen, national consultant and teacher on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, discuss new ways to help children with FASD succeed from preschool through adult life. 

The lecture includes stories of help and hope for a brighter future for families and adults, as well as an overview of local activities. The presentation is free and open to everyone. It will be held at Kachemak Bay Campus, Pioneer Building, room 202 at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. 

Lobbying for funding focus of board talks

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education members on Tuesday considered options to lobby for education funding.

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, asked the school board to identify targeted or specialized programs that address gaps in education statewide. Legislators may be more swayed if they see results coming from what they are spending money on, he said.

SCHOOL EVENTS

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Today: The Great Alaska ShakeOut “Drop, Cover and Hold On” earthquake drill, 10:16 a.m. Oct. 20: School board, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers, Soldotna, 7 p.m. Oct. 21: Fifth annual Kenai Peninsula College Fair, Soldotna Sports Center, 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Chapman School Oct. 17: End of quarter, no school, inservice. Oct. 20: Picture retakes. Oct. 21: Site council, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21: Basketball at Ninilchik. Oct. 23: Basketball at Chapman. Fireweed Academy (all grades) Today: Great Alaska Shakedown Earthquake drill. Oct.

Mariners on the move

Seven Homer High School students have been selected as “Mariners On the Move,” a program in with each HHS faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families were honored at an Oct. 10 celebration catered by the schools culinary arts class, taught by Lauren Childers. First quarter winners are, from left:

Sean Blaine nominated by Mr. Creel;

Christina Mitchell nominated by Mr. Welch;

Student harvesters honored at festival

Staff report

The green thumb and creativity of Fireweed Academy students was recognized at the charter school’s Harvest Festival, Sept. 25, 2014:

Best in show: 1. Leif Restad’s “Mouse Hunt,” 2. Beatrix Strobel’s “Gary the Gryphon,” 3. Maggie Mae Gaylord’s “Flower Fantasy”

Most colorful: 1. Maggie Mae Gaylord’s “Flower Fantasy,” 2. The Person’s “Apple Fly”

Students explore value of ‘justice circle’

In Fireweed Academy the sixth-graders are currently reading a book called “Touching Sprit Bear.” It involves a boy who rips a hole in the community and is helped by circle justice, but apparently Cole, the main character in the book, doesn’t want to change. He gets hurt really bad and that is when he decides that his attitude must change with help from Garvey, a parole officer, and Edwin, a Tlingit Indian.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Oct. 16: The Great Alaska ShakeOut “Drop, Cover and Hold On” earthquake drill, 10:16 a.m.

Chapman School

Today: Districtwide budget development meeting, Homer Middle School library, 6 p.m.

 

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Homer Flex High School: Changing lives

With almost 39 years in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Karen Wessel is in her 18th year at Homer Flex High School.

“Every morning I come in with the hope that I can help make a difference in a young person’s life,” said Wessel, the school’s principal. 

Hope has guided this alternative school for grades 9-12 since it opened its doors in 1989, even though the school has changed since its early days.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Chapman School
Today: National Custodian Day.
Fireweed Academy (grades K-2)
Oct. 10: Egg take at the Anchor River.
Fireweed Academy (grades 2-6)
Oct. 3: Mock justice trial with Ginny Espenshade.
Oct. 6: After-school math every Monday.
Homer High School
Oct. 3: Pep assembly.
Oct. 3: Volleyball vs Cordova, 4, 5, and 7 p.m.
Oct. 3: Homecoming parade, bonfire, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 3-4: Dive-swim at Kenai, 9 a.m. and noon.
Oct. 4: XC state championships, Bartlett High School, 8 a.m.

Namesake celebrated

At Paul Banks Elementary School’s first “Paul Banks Day,” Sept. 16, the K-2 students, faculty, staff and visitors celebrated the school’s namesake, the late Paul Banks. Having worked on the construction of East Homer Elementary School in 1964, Banks also was the school’s first custodian.

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