DDF students win awards

Homer High DDF took 18 students to the Eagle River High School Drama, Debate and Forensics tournament last weekend and competed with 12 schools from the Anchorage area and Seward, and brought home the following awards:

Drew Turner,
Owen Duffy,
Neal Wimmerstedt -
3rd Place,
Readers’ Theatre

Carly McLean,
Iustina Kuznetsov,
Damon del Toro -
4th Place,
Readers’ Theatre

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Dec. 21: Inservice, no school.

Dec. 24-Jan. 6: Winter break; no school.

Jan. 14: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m. 

Chapman School

Students bring outside world to HHS

Not just one or two, but five foreign exchange students representing four different countries are enrolled at Homer High School this year. Their visits to Homer represent the efforts of three different exchange programs.

With thousands of miles separating them from home and family, these five students are busy taking advantage of opportunities they’ve been offered, learning from what they’re experiencing and settling in with their host families.

Middle, high students invited to register for science bowl

Middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) are invited to participate in the first annual Alaska Regional Science Bowl to be held in Anchorage in March. The registration deadline has been extended to Dec. 15.
Each team is composed of four students, one alternate, and a coach-adviser who is usually a science or math teacher. Teachers wanting to serve as coaches-advisers may register their teams by visiting the websites below, and using the registration link the first time and then logging back into their account at the Coach Login link after that.

Homer Middle Students raise funds for animal adoption

The holiday season is here, and we all love to give. Maggie Alston, a seventh-grade student at Homer Middle School, wanted to help the pets at Homer Animal Shelter find homes during the holidays. She developed an idea to sell candy canes to her fellow students and teachers to help with the cost of spaying and neutering adopted animals. The money raised from the candy cane sale will be donated to Homer Animal Friends, a nonprofit organization that gives coupons toward reducing the cost of spaying and neutering animals when they are adopted.

School Events

Homer Middle School
Dec. 8: Basketball, finals of borough tournament,
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Kenai.
McNeil Canyon
Elementary School
Dec. 14: Deadline to bring to school items for dry bean soup mix. Each student brings two cans of stewed, diced or whole tomatoes (14.5 ounce size).
Dec. 18: Mini workshops.
Ninilchik School
Dec. 9: Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the school; children 1-12 years old receive gifts and stockings; hot dogs, chips and juice. Sponsored by American Legion Post 18.
Dec. 17: Christmas concert, 7 p.m.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Dec. 3: School board meeting, 7 p.m. 

Chapman School

Dec. 18: Christmas concert, 7 p.m.

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Dec. 12: APC meeting, 4:30 p.m., Little Fireweed.

Little Fireweed (grades K-2)

Dec. 19: Salmon dissection.

Big Fireweed (grades 3-6)

How do we get young people involved in politics?

On Nov. 5, Homer Flex High School had a video conference with Sen. Mark Begich. With the help of Sen. Begich’s Kenai field representative, Kim Howard, this conference was possible.

The conference was informative and students felt at ease when asking their questions. Sen. Begich was personable and respectful of the students and staff.

One question to the senator was, “Do you support the legalization of marijuana?” 

His response was, “No, I do not support it.”

KPBSD hears results of recent obesity study

Nearly 36 percent of students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are classified as overweight or obese last year according to an Alaska Department of Health and Social Services study.

The study examined body mass index data for the student body over a two-year period and found that the bulk of students, 63 percent, were within a healthy weight range.

KPBSD joined two other school districts in Alaska who participated in studies with the DHSS.


Hilts named school board association president-elect

Elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board in 2003, Sunni Hilts of Seldovia has now been chosen president elect of the Association of Alaska School Boards.

That puts her in line to serve as the association’s president next year.

“It’s a great organization,” said Hilts. “I’ve been so impressed with them and am honored to be part of it.”

Recipe tips from Paul Banks first-grade students

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

When it comes to giving, the Paul Banks Elementary School first-grade students in Brandon Young’s classroom are ready to do their part by giving recipes for the holiday season.



This is the best eggnog ever. First, crack the eggs. Next, stir the eggs and the pumpkin flavor. Then mix the milk. Put the egg nog in the freezer. Bon appetit!

— Adam Swenson

Poultry, beef, fish

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Today-Nov. 23: Holiday.

Homer Flex School

Nov. 21: Annual Thanksgiving lunch, noon.

Homer High School

Nov. 26: Basketball practice begins.

Homer Middle School

Nov. 27: Basketball vs. Soldotna’s Maroon team at Soldotna, 3 p.m.

Kachemak Selo School

Nov. 26: Holy day.

Mariners bring home awards

The Homer High DDF —Drama, Debate and Forensics — Team took 25 participants to the Bartlett High Tournament this past weekend and came home loaded with awards:

First place, Humorous Interpretation (receiving all firsts for the entire tournament): Johnny Hamilton;

First place, Novice Solo Acting: Carly McLean;

First place, Lincoln Douglas Speaker Points: Adi Davis;

Second place, Lincoln Douglas Debate: Adi Davis;

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Nov. 22-23: Holiday.

Chapman School

Nov. 15-17: Small Schools Basketball Tournament, Nikolaevsk, TBA.


Ongoing: Registration, call 226-1880.

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Nov. 16: Friendly Friday (Little Fireweed visit).

Dec. 12: APC meeting at Little Fireweed (grades K-2).

Little Fireweed (grades K-2)

An Apple a day — iPod Touch goes to school

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

When Chapman School Principal Conrad Woodhead heard a presentation last year by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, on the benefits of using Apple’s iPod Touch in classrooms, he wanted to know more.

For starters, Woodhead is always eager to improve learning opportunities for Chapman’s pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Secondly, Seaton’s presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough school board referred to the use of iPods in Oregon’s Canby School District.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Today: Budget Development Committee meets, interested community members invited to participate, Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 12: School board meeting, 7-9 p.m., Soldotna.

Nov. 22-23: Holiday.

Chapman School

Today: Basketball vs. Cook Inlet Academy at Chapman, 4 p.m.

Nov. 9: Basketball at Nikolaevsk, 3:30 p.m.

Homer Middle School students pick Romney

While United States voters took to the polls to decide the nation’s next president, Homer Middle School eighth graders did the same thing in a mock election.

With 80 students voting, the results were:

• Romney, 37

• Obama, 29

• Johnson, 14

Those results came after weeks of studying the country’s election process in U.S. history classes taught by Holly Alston, Suzanne Haines and Darcy Mueller.

Students write about their roots

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff writer
When Sue Brass, sixth-grade teacher at West Homer Elementary School, assigned her students an assignment to write a narrative essay, she added an additional challenge: the students were to write biographical essays about someone interesting in their families.
“We had everything from the first Pony Express rider to Pocahontas,” said Brass of connections students uncovered in order to complete the assignment. “It’s hysterical, some of the stuff they came up with.”


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