Schools

Four-pointers recognized

The following Homer High School students have been named to the Mariner Gold honor roll for the third quarter for having a 4.0 grade point average:

• Ninth grade: Isabel Beach, Mikylla Blauvelt, Nolan Bunting, Kyle Carroll, Ren Carroll, Wyatt Frank, Hunter Harris, Barae Hirsch, August Kilcher, Megan Kirsis, Marley McGuire, Molly Mitchell, McKinzie Needham, Jordan Raymond, Kennan Reveil, Dawson Roberts, Lindsay Schneider, Aziza Shemet Pitcher, Olivia Turner, Louise Tymrak, Alyssa Vanliere, Aurora Waclawski, Elise Webber, Daniel Wiest, Patricia Kelly Woo.

Youth court examines ‘art of bouncing back’

What better way to illustrate "the art of bouncing back," the theme of the 17th annual Alaska Youth Court Conference held in Homer last week, than with a blanket toss? Drawing from his Inupiat roots, Gregory Nothstine, a Kingikmiut (Inupiat) with the Alaska Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, described the activity as a "rich metaphor" for the theme being explored by the 175 participants from around the state attending the April 19-20 gathering.

McNiel Canyon Elementary School participants in the first Kenai Regional Robotics Tourney

In December 2010, McNiel Canyon Elementary School participants in the first Kenai Regional Robotics Tournament included: top row from left, Coach Sheryl Sotelo, Lauren Jones, Johanna Allen, Logan Harris, Eryn Gillam and Ustina Chernishoff; front row from left, Denauli Asbell, Erin Farrell, Maya Jones, Christopher Basargin and David Kalugin.                         

McNiel Canyon Elementary School participants in the first Kenai Regional Robotics Tourney

In December 2010, McNiel Canyon Elementary School participants in the first Kenai Regional Robotics Tournament included: top row from left, Coach Sheryl Sotelo, Lauren Jones, Johanna Allen, Logan Harris, Eryn Gillam and Ustina Chernishoff; front row from left, Denauli Asbell, Erin Farrell, Maya Jones, Christopher Basargin and David Kalugin.                         

McNeil teacher wins fellowship

During Sheryl Sotelo’s three decades in education, 18 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, nine of them at McNeil Canyon Elementary School, she has earned an impressive, long list of awards and honors. Among them are the 2002 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and a $10,000 Toyota Tapestry Grant awarded at the 2008 National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education.

Outbreak of Senioritis hits Homer High

Things that cross the minds of high school students around this time of year:

If it seems like we’re excited for summer, it’s because we are.

“Mr. Campbell? Can we have class outside today?” “Hey, Mr. Rife, can we, maybe, have class outside today?” “Hey! Mrs. Spence! Can we go outside for the rest of class?” 

As of 3:06 p.m. April 8, 2013, there is one month, nine days, zero hours, seven minutes and 37 seconds until we are never ever going to be in high school ever again. 

Area students participate in geography bee

Not just one, but three southern Kenai Peninsula schools were represented at the National Geographic state-level bee held at the Egan Center in Anchorage April 5.

Having won in each of their schools and then passing a qualifying test, sixth-grader Jakob Nelson of McNeil Canyon Elementary School, sixth-grader Ellie Syth of West Homer Elementary School and seventh-grader Sage Stanish of Susan B. English School in Seldovia competed against fourth- through eighth-grade students from across the state.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Pre-Kindergarden Title I Assessments

Children who will be four years old by Sept. 1 may attend pre-kindergarten classes at their local area school in the fall. Parents and guardians must:

1. Contact their local area school to scheule a Pre-K assessment;

2. Complete a Pre-K application available at the school office or on the web at http://bit/ly/PreKapplications;

Across-the-bay principal heads to central peninsula

From teaching four grades to being principal of two schools, Sheryl Hingley has had her hands full since moving to Seldovia in 2006. Now, Hingley has decided its time for a change. When the 2013-2014 school year begins, Hingley will be principal of two other schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District: the elementary school in Sterling and the school in Cooper Landing.

Nanwalek teens earn ‘Spirit of Youth’ award

The Nanwalek Summer Youth Group has been chosen 2013 Spirit of Youth award winners in the Cultural Activities category based on contributions to their community. 

The youth group was selected by the Spirit of Youth’s teen advisory council after reviewing more than 130 nominations.  
The teen members of the Nanwalek Summer Youth Group serve village elders by chopping wood, cleaning houses, delivering traditional foods and putting away fish for the winter.

School Events

Student News

Nicholas Faulkner of Homer has been named to the honor role at Phillips Academy for the winter term. to be named to the honor, roll, students must maintain at least a five-point grade average on a six-point scale.

Rebecca Temple of Homer, has been named to the scholastic honor roll winter term at Oregon State University. She is one of 837 students with a straight-A average and carrying at least 12 graded hours of course work.  

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Kachemak Bay Chapter of Alaska State Employees Association is offering a scholarship in the amount of $750 to a graduating senior from the Kachemak Bay area. For information, contact Carla at 235-8191 or a school counselor. Deadline to apply is April 19. 

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

April 1: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m.

Chapman School

April 2-4: SBA testing, grades 3-8.

Little Fireweed (grades K-2)

Connections team places second in statewide Battle of the Books

The Homer Connections fifth- and sixth-grade team was surprised when it took first in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Battle of the Books, landing them a spot in state competition. That wasn’t the end of the surprises.

During telephonic state competition on Feb. 27, the youngsters claimed second place.

“There were 39 teams in round one. Then it went to 12 teams. Then it went to five teams. And then we were second, off by one question,” said the team’s coach Kristen Mertz at the Connections’ Homer office.

SCHOLARSHIPS

 

The Kachemak Bay Chapter of Alaska State Employees Association is offering a scholarship in the amount of $750 to a graduating senior from the Kachemak Bay area. Contact Carla at 235-8191 or a school counselor. Deadline is April 19. 

School Events

Student news

Homer resident and Azusa Pacific University student Alivia Erickson has made the academic deans’ list. She is honored for a fall semester 2012 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Erikson is a nursing major who is joined by 1,698 other students receiving the same honor.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Big Fireweed (grades 3-6)

Mondays: After-school math homework club.

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