Students get inside tips on firefighting

Homer Volunteer firefighters Elaine Grabowski, Chris Cushman and Dan Miotke, pictured, visit with morning and afternoon preschool classes at Paul Banks Elementary School. They displayed the layers of gear firefighters wear, answered questions about their firehouse dog and fire pole, and showed the students the tools on their bright green engine. Grabowski, Cushman and Miotke also helped the youngsters perfect their stop-drop-and-roll technique and answered such important questions a “Do firefighters like icing on their cakes?” “Actually, firefighters eat a lot,” said Grabowski.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Nov. 20: 90-minute early release.


Chapman School

Today: Basketball Nikolaevsk at Chapman, 3:30 and 5 p.m.

Nov 8: Basketball Homer at Chapman, girls 4 p.m., boys 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 14: Basketball at ABC, 3:30 and 5 p.m.

Nov. 18: Baksetball at Ninilchik, girls 4 p.m., no boys.

Immigrants find entry at Fireweed

Students, faculty and staff at Fireweed Academy took a trip to Ellis Island and America with a re-enactment of what it was like for immigrants finding entry into this country. With roles and costumes for arriving immigrants and officials, the event included the careful monitoring of a passenger manifest for the ship on which the “immigrants” arrived, boarding of the ship bound for New York and Ellis Island, and arrival at Ellis Island’s great hall.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Nov. 20: 90-minute early release.

Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving break; no school.


Chapman School

Nov. 1: Basketball vs Ninilchik at Chapman, girls 4 p.m., no boys’ game. 

Nov. 5:  Basketball Cook Inlet Academy at Chapman, 4 and 5 p.m.

Students inducted into NHS

Twenty-two students were inducted into the Homer High School National Honor Society chapter on Tuesday. They included:

Seniors: Hannah Baird, Nahoa Jette, Calvin Johnson, Brian Rowe, Joshua Vantrese and David Woo;

Juniors: Brandon Beachy, Evan Boyer, Michael Downing, Wylie Donich, Trevor Flynn, Maggie LaRue, John Shank, Lisa Wisner; and

Three Homer-area schools earn state honors

Forty-nine schools have been identified as 2013 Alaska Reward Schools in honor of their student achievement, with two categories recognized: highest performing and high progress. Seven of those 49 are in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Three of those seven are on the southern peninsula.

Highest Performing and High Progress KPBSD Schools

Aurora Borealis Charter School

Kaleidoscope School of Arts & Sciences

West Homer Elementary School

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Oct. 30: 90-minute early release.


Chapman School

Through Oct. 25: Scholastic Book Fair.

Through Oct. 25: Parent-teacher conferences, no school.

Oct. 25: Carnival, 5-8 p.m.

Oct. 29: Basketball at Cook Inlet Academy, 4 and 5 p.m.


Let the DDF season begin

The West Anchorage DDF — Drama, Debate and Forensics — Tournament at West High School in Anchorage was the spot to be for 20 Homer students on Saturday, as well as four students from the brand new Voznesenka DDF team.

Homer DDFers received the following awards:

First place, duet acting:
Brittney Bordner and Patrick Latimer;

Second place, duet acting:
Sydney Paulino and Neal Wimmerstedt;

Mariners On the Move

Each Homer High faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families are invited to a celebration catered by the Homer High School Culinary Arts class. First quarter winners are:


Tommy Sheldonnominated by Dennis Welch

Tayler Gonzales - nominated by Alayne Tetor

Anfisa Yakunin - nominated by Lin Hampson

Homer High student chosen for school board

Homer High School junior Evan Boyer has been selected as the student representative for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board for the 2013-2014 school year.

“When it comes to my interest in government and politics, I always really enjoyed being able to help people,” said Boyer, who began serving on the HHS student council as a sophomore.

He views his role on the KPBSD school board as “a way for me to not only see how our borough works, but also to essentially help with how things are run here, for the students.”

Students learn power of teamwork

West Homer Elementary School student Katlin Cudaback gets a little help from classmates as she scales a wall at Ageya Wilderness Center, where the fifth- and sixth-grade students worked on teambuilding and leadership while studying a natural history unit about plants, birds and animal tracking.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Oct. 18: Inservice, no school.


Chapman School

Oct. 21-25: Scholastic Book Fair.

Oct. 22: Basketball at Nikolaevsk, 3:30 and 5 p.m.

Oct. 23: Basketball at Chapman, 4 and 5:30 p.m. 


Fireweed Academy (grades K-2)

Huskies’ No. 1 cheerleader

Homer was once a place Kari Dendurent came for vacations. Now, as Homer Middle School’s principal, the southern peninsula has become her home.

“Since I moved to Alaska, we’ve come to Homer on weekend trips, to go fishing,” said Dendurent. Now that she and her partner, Jared Kane, are residents, Dendurent said, “We love it. Homer is like a vacation to us.”

That enthusiasm extends to her role as the HMS top administrator.

School Events

Student news

Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., has annouced the enrollment of two students from Homer for the fall 2013 semester: Connor McCarron is majoring in environmental studies; Garrett Hoanin’s major is unclassified.


Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Oct. 14: School board meetings, Soldotna, 7-9 p.m.

Oct. 18: Inservice; no school.


Exchange students bring outside world to Homer

Meet Homer High School’s exchange students: Maximiano “Max” Mangue Jr. of Mozambique; Yusra Sahi of the Philippines and Sebastian Talamas Jr. of Bolivia.

“Our current exchange students are sweet, respectable young men and women,” said Principal Doug Waclawski. “I’m glad they chose to come to Homer High.”

Enrolled as seniors, the three 16-year-olds will participate in senior activities, including graduation ceremonies in May.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Oct. 11: picture retakes.

Oct. 18: Inservice, no school.


Fireweed Academy (grades K-2)

Oct. 9: School picture day, 9 a.m.

Oct. 11: Salmon egg take at Anchor River, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Oct. 18: Inservice; no school.


Paul Banks Peanuts make connections with community, high school students

On the search for more learning, the first-grade students from Paul Banks Elementary School, accompanied by teachers and four parents, tapped into the rich resource of their community Sept. 19.

Their search led to the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and, for the 16 students in teacher Wendy Todd’s classroom, to Homer High School.

“We had been studying about simple machines and push-and-pull forces,” said Todd. “This was a great way to see how this information applies to real-world applications.”


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