Fundraiser surpasses goal

Homer Middle School teacher and student council advisor Bonnie Jason credits the school’s student council. Rylyn Todd, a member of the student council, credits HMS students’ competitive spirit. Whichever it is, it’s the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that gets the more than $700 the students raised in two weeks.

“The student council really got excited about it,” said Jason of the Pennies for Patients fundraiser.

Organizing the event, the student council knew exactly how to make it successful.

Scholarships, Contests, etc.

Scholarships, contests, etc.

American Legion Scholarships: Richard D. Johnson, $1,000, due March 30; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16, $500, due April 1; Merrilyn Stock Scholarship for continuing students (not high school students),  $500-$1,000, due March 30. Pick up applications at high school counselor offices, Connections or American Legion Post 16. For information, contact Darlene at 235-6789 or the post at 235-8864.

KPBSD adopts six-year project plan

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education unanimously approved a six-year plan for improvement projects for fiscal years 2015 to 2021 at its March 3 meeting.

The district will submit the plan to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development in late August to seek funding for various maintenance and capital projects.

Projects on the wish list for fiscal year 2015 in order of priority include:

Homer student to graduate from CMA

Casey M. Coates, son of Michael and Laurie Coates, has made the dean’s list at California Maritime Academy, San Francisco, for the spring and fall 2012 semesters and the 2013 fall semesters. A senior, Coates graduates April 26 with a degree in marine transportation and a U.S. Coast Guard third mate unlimited license. He passed all seven parts of the USCG exam on his first attempt in January, earning him a special ceremony where successful cadets get to ring the school bell and have their photo taken with the admiral.

New ‘Mariners On the Move’ recognized

Nominated by Homer High School faculty, eight HHS students have been recognized as “Mariners On the Move.” Each faculty member nominates one outstanding student during the school year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families were invited to a Feb. 28 celebration, catered by the school’s culinary arts class. Third-quarter winners were, from left:

Kelly Liebers nominated by Francie Roberts;

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District


Homer High School

March 29, 30: HHS production of the Broadway musical “The Sound of Plaid;” 7:30 p.m. March 29; 3 and 7:30 p.m. March 30.


Homer Middle School

March 29: Math Counts, state.


McNeil Canyon Elementary School

Local winners named in essay competition

When the Veterans of Foreign Wars asked students to write about “what patriotism means to me,” 11 Chapman School students in grades 6-8 took the challenge. 

Three of those students — placing first, second and third in the local competition sponsored by VFW Post 10221 in Anchor Point — were recognized at a special assembly at the school on March 7:

• First place, $300: Kyle Wells, eighth grade;

• Second place, $200: Julianna Johnson, seventh grade;

• Third place, $100: Ginger Inman seventh grade.

Paul Banks students show reading power

Students at Paul Banks Elementary School, a K-2 school on East End Road that also offers a preschool program, are known as “Peanuts.” However, there’s nothing 

peanut-sized about their love of reading.

Between Feb. 3 and Feb. 26, a short-two-week stretch, the youngsters read a total of 204,490 minutes.

“They set a new school record and were pretty impressive,” said Principal Eric Pederson of exceeding the previous 140,000 minutes read during the annual event.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District:

McNeil Canyon Elementary School

March 17-21: Swim lessons, grades 2-3.

March 18, 20: Learning lab.

March 19: Bus driver appreciation day.

March 20: Drama club begins.


Ninilchik School

March 20: Site council, 3:30 p.m.


Already famous

Micah Mershon pretends he’s a movie star walking the red carpet as his “fans” react during Oscar dress-up day last Friday at West Homer Elementary School. Students dressed up as movie stars and celebrities for the day.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

March 7: Inservice, no school, end of quarter.

March 10-14: Vacation days.

April 1-3: Student testing.

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

April 18: Vacation day.

May 21: School closes.


Chapman School

HHS students earn 5th place in Ocean Science Bowl

Homer High School students earned fifth place overall in the state National Ocean Science Bowl competition held last weekend in Seward.

Seventeen teams from all over Alaska participated.

Homer’s NOSB team consists of coaches Bruce Rife, a science teacher, and Kris Holderied of NOAA; and students Logan Reveil, Nolan Bunting, Axel Gillam, Sierra Moskios and Molly Mitchel.

Among the honors brought home by the Homer students:

Lots of activities planned for spring break

Next week, Homer students will be out of school for spring break. What’s a kid to do? Turns out, quite a bit. Here’s a round-up of what’s happening next week to keep your kids out of the doldrums.

Swimming: Open Swim will be from 1 to 3 p.m. every day except Sunday. $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth.

Playdates: On Saturday, March 8, The Pratt Museum is hosting a Pratt Playdate designed for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Hands-on activities start at 10 a.m. in the Marine Gallery. Free.

Gift of life

Homer Middle School seventh-graders received training in CPR from local emergency response trainer Samantha Cunningham last week, with students practicing heart compressions on dummies and learning and practicing how to use Automated External Defibrillators, AEDs. “It was a great lesson,” said HMS science and robotics teacher Margi Blanding. “Homer Middle School has been training students in basic CPR for at least the last 25 years.

Local warriors do well at state book battle

Having won the Battle of the Books competition among third- and fourth-grade students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, West Homer Elementary School’s team of Eli Zatz and Seamus McDonough, with alternate Olivia Glasman nearby, competed at the state level on Feb. 20.

“(They) officially tied for fifth place out of 38 district teams,” said WHES Coach Lyn Maslow. “It was quite exciting. The kids had to keep up their stamina with battling from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.”

School Events


Katherine Miller of Homer was named to the Northern Michigan University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Miller qualified by having a grade point average of 3.25-3.99.


Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

March 4: A meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Federal Program Committee, Land’s End Resort’s Harbor Room, 9 a.m.-noon.


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