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.

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;


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