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Reminder: Nov. 26 early release day; no school Nov. 27-28

Reminder: Nov. 26 early release day; no school Nov. 27-28

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Thursday and Friday. In addition, today, Nov. 26, is the third of six early release days scheduled in the district for the 2014-2015 school year. 

“Early release” means the school day will end 90 minutes earlier than the regular release time. Bus transportation will be adjusted by 90 minutes to accommodate the release time.

BBB offers $10,000 scholarship

The Better Business Bureau, serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, has officially launched its 2015 “Students of Integrity Scholarship.” High school seniors in the Northwest will have an opportunity to win a $10,000 scholarship by creating a 90-second video demonstrating how BBB helps people become better consumers.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Nov. 26: Early release day. School ends 90 minutes early.

Dec. 1: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m.

Chapman School

Nov. 26: Movie morning: Frozen-PG (tentative).

Nov. 26: Family Thanksgiving feast (grades 2-4).

Nov. 26: Early release day.

Nov. 27-28: No school, Thanksgiving.

HHS musicians chosen for performance group

Outstanding musicians from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming have been selected to participate in a 2015 NAfME, the National Association for Music Educators, All-Northwest performing group. The high school bands, orchestras and choirs will meet in Spokane, Wash., Feb. 12-15.

Among those chosen are six Homer High School students:

Miles Catlin, French horn, wind symphony;

Zak Holschen, bass clarinet, wind symphony;

Kindergarteners: ‘Let’s cook a turkey!’

The students in teacher Wendy Todd’s kindergarten class at Paul Banks Elementary School have, as in years past, generously donated their tips for making the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

Todd sparked the youngsters’ creativity with the lead sentence, “Let’s cook a turkey!” Details provided by the youngsters reflect a sense of food preparation order, valued family traditions and delight in the holiday.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Nov. 20-22: Small school’s basketball tournament, location TBA.

Nov. 20: Western Day.

Nov. 21: Blue and White Day.

Nov. 26: Movie morning: Frozen-PG (tentative).

Nov. 26: Family Thanksgiving feast (grades 2-4).

Nov. 26: Early release day.

DDF tournaments ahead, judges needed

With two tournaments under their belt, the Homer High School DDF — drama, debate and forensics — team is readying for more to come.

“They’re looking really strong. There’s a lot of new kids on the team, but they’re stepping up to the challenges, digging in and going forth,” said Head Coach Amy Johnson. “The returning students on the team are welcoming them in and saying ‘Let’s go do this thing.’”

Hockema takes debate first

Staff report

At Drama, Debate and Forensics competition at West Anchorage High School last week, Homer High’s Robert Hockema took first place in the Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Other results included:

Pantomime, second place, Landon Bunting;

Solo acting, first place, August Kilcher; second place, Lindsey Schneider;

Duet acting, second place, Eryn Gillam and Robert Hockema; sixth place, Zane Boyer and Lauren Jones;

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

 

Chapman School

Nov. 13: Basketball at CIA.

Nov. 17: Basketball at Homer.

Nov. 18: Basketball at ABC.

Nov. 20-22: Small school’s basketball tournament.

 

Fireweed Academy (grades 2-6)

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. 

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