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)

Howlin’ at boroughs

The Homer Middle School Huskies boys basketball team took fourth place in the six-team borough middle school basketball tournament over the weekend. They began the competition with a win against the Skyview Middle School team, but then lost to Nikiski, who went on to win the tournament, and lost to Kenai. Pictured, front row from left, are Daniel Reutov, Cole Bernier, Johnny Rummery, Jake Nelson and Anthony Westlake; back row from left, are Coach Weston Carrol, Seth Adkins, Ethan Anderson, Henry Russell, Stanley Swoboda, Jadin Mann and Dominic Pittman.  

Geo smart

Homer Middle School recently held their school-wide geography bee. Eighth-grader Levi Dabney, left, was the champion and fellow eighth-grader Dexter Lowe, right, finished as runner-up. Nearly 70 students from grades 7-8 chose to participate in the bee, which included a preliminary round paper and pencil test. The top 34 finishers from the preliminary round moved on to the final rounds, which were held in the HMS library Dec. 11.

Homer DDF team performs well at Eagle River

Eighteen members of the Homer High School debate, drama and forensics team are back from a multi-school meet at Eagle River High School last weekend. Participating schools included East, South, Service, West, Eagle River and Chugiak high schools, as well as Homer. 

“Homer did very well,” said Head Coach Amy Johnson. “I was very impressed with their performance, despite it being near the end of the semester with lots of other stress.”

BP Alaska accepting nominations for Teachers of Excellence

BP announced this week that it has begun accepting nominations for the 20th annual BP Teachers of Excellence program, recognizing Alaska teachers’ exceptional work.

Last year, Barbara Ann Veeck of West Homer Elementary School was awarded “Teacher of the Year” distinction for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Katie Bynagle, another WHES teacher, was among the district’s five “Teachers of Excellence.”

Family Thankful Tea

Getting a head start on Thanksgiving, students in Mindy Hunter’s structured preschool class at Paul Banks Elementary School held a “Family Thankful Tea” on Nov. 25. Students helped make pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting for the event. They also dressed up and used their very best teatime manners, according to Hunter. Enjoying a snack of fresh oranges as they prepare for the tea party are, from left, Trygg Flyum, Hayden Walters, Zoe Black and McKenna Connelly.


Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Dec. 22-Jan. 2: WInter break, no school.

Chapman School

Dec. 10: Child Find.

Dec. 15-19: Information Services Week.

Dec. 16: Winter concert.

Dec. 17: Cookie making, grade 2, 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 18: Caroling, grade 2, 10 a.m.


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