Students prove they know their planet

Think you know your geography? See how you stack up against the National Geographic’s daily quiz questions. 

On Monday, the question of the day was which of the following is true of snowflakes: 

(a) they all have six sides;

(b) they all have the same basic shape;

(c) all of the above.

If you chose (a), they all have six sides, you are correct. All snowflakes are six-sided, but do not all have the same basic shape. The shape is determined by temperature.

Ninilchik principal gets ‘pied’

When Ninilchik School students discovered one pie left from games at a 

Dec. 20 pep assembly, they wondered what to do with it. Their solution: throw it at Principal Jeff Ambrosier.

“I said OK, but not for free. Let’s raise some money for somebody,” said Ambrosier.

When the idea was announced in teacher Barbara Denboer’s class, Robert McGinnis was the first to empty his pockets and donate to the cause. His quick response made him the obvious choice as pie-thrower.

Students respond to shooting

It was about 5:40 a.m. in Soldotna on Friday when a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people.

But information spreads fast and by midday several classes were paused so teachers could talk to students about what they had been texting, Facebooking and talking about all morning. By midday, several groups had come up with a plan to help students connect and support people affected by the shooting.

All I want for Christmas is...

All I want for Christmas is...

Santa doesn’t have to wonder what the first-grade students in Wendy Todd’s classroom at Paul Banks Elementary School want for Christmas. The youngsters’ letters make it clear what’s on their wish lists. And they aren’t just thinking of themselves. There are inquiries about Mrs. Claus, concerns expressed about Santa’s elves and even questions about Santa’s longevity.

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)


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