McNeil scientists share their research

Eighty-one students from McNeil Canyon Elementary and Razdolna schools put their curious minds and research abilities on display April 30. The occasion was McNeil’s science fair, with Laura Murphy’s fourth- and fifth-grade class inviting Razdolna to join in the fun.
The fair included a total of 53 science experiments and research projects.
Judges Mark Romano, Kris Holdereid and Jan Rumble awarded prizes to the following students:
Kindergarten through third-great experiment
First place: Bristol Johnson;

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
May 21: Schools close (unless otherwise noted).

Today: Kindergarten to Pratt Museum.
Today: Spring concert, 7 p.m.
May 16: Grade 1 to Pratt Museum, 11:30 a.m.
May 16: Borough track meet.
May 16: Grades 6-8 birding in Homer.
May 19: Kindergarten graduation, 2 p.m.
May 20: Eighth-grade promotion, 7 p.m.
May 21: Barbecue, 11:30 a.m.
May 21: Awards assembly, 1:30 p.m.

Fireweed (all grades)
May 20: Last school field trip to Kiki’s

Schools in Breif

Katherine Dolma is one of two Alaska students to be named Alaska’s top youth volunteers of 2014 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This nationwide program honored 102 young people earlier this month for outstanding acts of volunteerism, according to a press release issued by the awards program.

Middle School art students create Husky sculpture from marine debris

Homer Middle School art students are learning a powerful lesson about environmental footprints and collaboration with a giant art project destined to become a permanent installation at the school.
Led by art teacher Ingrid McKinstry and working in collaboration with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and local artist Lynn Naden, students are building a giant Husky mascot from marine debris collected on Alaska shores.

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Student news
Brian Rowe is one of 20 Alaska students to receive a ConocoPhillips Alaska  scholarship of $5,000 each.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

May 8-9: Seward, grades 2-3.
May 12-13: Eighth-graders HoWL field trip prep.
May 12-16: Swim lessons, grades 2-3.
May 12-14: Grade 8 field trip.
May 13: Fire hall, kindergarten.
May 15: Pratt Museum, kindergarten.

Fireweed (all grades)
May 20: Field trip to Kiki’s

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

May 21: School closes.


Chapman School

May 5: Kindergarten to Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

May 5-16: Swimming in Homer, grades 2-3. No swimming on May 8-9.

May 6: Career Day in Homer, grades 6-8.

May 6: Eighth-graders visit Homer High School, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Chapman student selected for Masonic Award

Eighth-grader Jack Heimbold of Chapman School is the school’s Masonic Award recipient. Jack was nominated by the school’s principal, Conrad Woodhead, selected for his high character and academics. In presenting Jack with the award, Woodhead said Jack represented such Chapman student body traits as caring, helpful, healthy, prepared, trustworthy and respectful.

Woodhead also recognized the support of Jack’s parents, Tim and Jen Heimbold, saying it is parents like the Heimbolds that “make our school very special.”

Homer student chosen as intern

Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced Tuesday the names of her 10 first-session summer interns that will work in Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office. Alfonso Sitenga of Homer is among those named. Others include Lyndsey Brollini, Nicole Eldred and Mckenzie Stepovich of Anchorage; Dierdre Creed of Kotzebue; Emily Hartley of Talkeetna; Austin Ramsay of Ketchikan; Michaela Spaulding of Fairbanks; Rachel Tougas of Seward; and Maria Villa of North Pole.

And the ribbon goes to…

The Chapman School gym was full of science and the young scientists displaying their projects at the school’s April 23 science fair, coordinated by teacher Jonathan Sharp.

The projects ranged from Tyler Johnson’s blue-ribbon research into how likely hunters are to accurately identify legal-sized moose antlers at a distance of 100 feet to some eager first-grade scientists answering their own question about how polar bears stay warm in cold water.

Roofs to rivers, students care for the Kenai

Southern Kenai Peninsula students swept clean the annual “Caring for the Kenai” awards at Kenai Central High School last week:
First place, $1,600: Katherine Dolma, Homer, with a proposal for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to install green roofs;
Sixth place, $550: Jane Rohr, Homer, who is working with the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly to construct a commercial composting site in Homer;

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School
Today: Pre-K screening 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 235-8671.
Today: Track meet, Kenai.
April 28: CPR training, grades 6-8.
April 29: Mass band, grades 7-8.

Fireweed (grades 2-6)
Today: Leave No Trace guest speakers.
April 25: Bear safety discussion, sixth grade, 2 p.m.
Homer Middle School
April 25: Track, 3-4 p.m.
April 29: Mass band, Kenai Middle School.
May 2: Soldotna Invitational.

McNeil Canyon
Elementary School
Today, May 1: Drama club.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
April 18: Vacation day.

Chapman School
April 17: Kindergarten to Pratt Museum.
April 18: Vacation day.
April 21-22: HoWL visits grades 4-8.
April 22: Mass choir, grades 7-8.
April 23: Science fair, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
April 24: DNA lab, grades 6-8, afternoon.
April 24: Pre-K screening, call for appointment.

Fireweed Academy (all grades)
April 18: Vacation day.

School board approves budget, leans heavily on savings

With very little fanfare, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education passed a more than $161.2 million operating budget that leans heavily on unassigned fund balance, or district savings, to balance revenues and expenditures during the coming fiscal year.
During Monday’s work session and subsequent meetings, members spoke of frustration with the uncertainty of state and borough funding levels; however, aside from approving the addition of funding for the Skyview Pool, the group made no changes to the document.

HMS rocks with district-wide math meet

With almost 100 students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District competing, Willem Strydom of Homer Middle School was the overall top scorer in last Friday’s ninth annual Kenai Peninsula Middle School Math Meet.
The meet was held at Homer Middle School, with participating students from Aurora Borealis Charter, Chapman, Homer Middle, K-Beach Elementary, Kenai Middle, Nikiski Middle, Nikolaevsk, West Homer Elementary and Connections.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

April 16: Early dismissal, 1:40 p.m.

April 18: Vacation day.


Chapman School

Students of the quarter: Pre-K Valerie McAnnelly and Carter Drake, kindergarten Carter Woodhead, grade 1 Kylee Akee, grade 2 Nikole Drake, grade 3 Isabella Jansen, grade 4 Tyson Overson, grade 5 Miranda Inman, grade 6 Savannah Jansen, grade 6 Wayne Newman, grade 8 Tyler Johnson.

Scholarship clock counting down

With high school graduation little more than a month away, there are still scholarship dollars available to help fund continuing education. Among them is financial support for both college and technical programs. Some are for this year’s graduates and some are for past-year graduates. Not all of them require straight A’s.


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