School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Oct. 14: Picture retakes.

Oct. 21: No school, teacher in-service.

Oct. 26: Early release.

Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences.

Big Fireweed (3-6)

Oct. 6: Anchor River field trip for the salmon egg take with Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Oct. 7: Spaghetti feed fundraiser.

Oct. 7: Guest speaker Matt Steffy, natural resource specialist with Homer Soil and Water Conservation District.

Homer-area schools to plan to reduce 10 bus routes to five next school year

Among the budget-driven changes coming to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is a new busing system that will change start times for 10 southern Kenai Peninsula schools.

After the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development cut inflation funding from its pupil transportation grant allocations, the school district created a plan to have each southern peninsula bus carry two loads of students — first dropping off the kids picked up on one route then going out on another route to pick up for a different school.

Homer's Mike Illg appointed to school board seat

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education chose a new member at its meeting Monday evening.

Mike Illg, the City of Homer’s Community Recreation Coordinator and a former wrestling coach at Homer High and Middle schools, was elected to join in a 5-1 secret ballot vote. School Board president Joe Arness and member Marty Anderson were absent.

School briefs and events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy

Little Fireweed

Sept. 29: K-2 student-parent open house, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Homer Flex

Sept. 23: Eligibility check due.

Oct. 4: Picture day.

Homer High School

Sept. 22: Spirit week: Class color day; seniors: black, juniors: white, sophomores: grey, freshmen: purple, staff: tie dye.

Sept. 22: Powder Puff football finals during FOL

Sept. 23: Spirit week: Blue and gold day

Sept. 23: Pep assembly, 8:30 a.m.

School start and end times discussed at Homer meeting

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District started discussing new start and end times for schools within the Homer area at a community meeting at Homer High School on Monday, Sept. 19. A meeting will be held at Chapman School today at 6:30 p.m.

Approximately 20-30 people attended the Homer meeting, said KPBSD Board of Education member Zen Kelly. The meeting opened discussion with the community about the changes that will happen in the 2016-2017 school year when lower peninsula schools go on a two-tier bus system. The rest of the district is already on this system.

Community meetings will gather opinions about changes to school start and end times

The Kenai Peninsula School District is holding three southern peninsula community meetings the week of Sept. 19 to facilitate discussion about changes brought about the new two-tier bus schedule in the 2017-2018 school year. Parents, KPBSD staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend.

Downing stepping away from school board seat

In a bittersweet moment during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, in the Homer High School theater, board member Lynn Hohl moved to “regretfully approve” the resignation of board member Liz Downing.

Penny Vadla, the school board clerk, “regretfully seconded” the motion and the board voted unanimously to allow their colleague of 11 years to move on to the next chapter in her life.

School Briefs

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Sept. 15: Soccer at Kenai, 1 p.m.

Sept. 16: Soccer at Skyview, 1:15 p.m.

Sept. 19: Soccer at Chapman vs. Homer, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 19: Transportation meeting at Homer High School, 6 p.m.

Sept. 20: Soccer at Chapman vs. CIA, 4 p.m.

Sept. 20: Transportation meeting at Ninilchick, 6 p.m.

Sept. 21: Soccer at Homer, leave at 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 22: Transportation meeting at Chapman, 6 p.m.

Sept. 23: 5-8th disc golf.

Sept. 26: HEA Community BBQ.

Homer schools gain students at start of year

Homer area schools are seeing an unexpected increase in enrollment from previous years at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

McNeil Canyon Elementary started the first day of school with 127 students enrolled, 20 children more than the 107 projected enrollment for the year, said McNeil Canyon Principal Pete Swanson. This is an uptick for the school which has experienced declining enrollment in the last few years.

School Briefs

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy

Sept. 8: Fireweed Harvest Festival, 5 p.m., and Meet ‘n Greet Open House, 6 p.m. at Big Fireweed in room 105.

Sept. 12: APC meeting at Big Fireweed in room 104, 4:30 p.m.

Little Fireweed

Sept. 9: Field trip to community build of the Burning Basket

Sept. 15: Anchor Point Beach Trip

Big Fireweed

Sept. 15-16: Anchor Point Campout

Homer High School

Sept. 9: Varsity volleyball leaves for Kotzebue, 8:30 a.m. Games at 7, 8:30 p.m.

School Briefs

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District


Homer Flex

Sept. 5: No school

Sept. 8-9: Bunnell Street Arts Project, 1:30-3 p.m.

Sept. 14: Early release, 1:30 p.m.


Homer High School

Sept. 1: Deadline to sign up for SAT

Sept. 2: We Bleed Blue and Gold Night: C-team, JV, and varsity volleyball vs. Nikiski, 3:30, 4:30, and 6 p.m.

Sept. 3: Swim and dive triathlon fundraiser, 8 a.m.

Sept. 3: Cross-country running at Palmer Invite, 10:30 a.m.

KPC makes deep cuts in 2017 budget

Now that the 2016 legislative session is over, Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner has had to implement the budget reductions he had planned for both the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years in 2017.

The current 2016-17 school year at KPC’s Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer has not been significantly impacted, said Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College Director Carol Swartz. There have been reductions in travel and supply budgets, but all changes to personnel and classes this year have nothing to do with the budget.

On your mark, get set, read!

Each month, this column will feature tips on how to include everyday literacy in your family’s daily routine using five familiar practices: reading, talking, playing, singing, and writing together!

Each article will include book and digital media recommendations as well as activities you can try at home.

Reading with children, even before they can talk, is important. In each family, and with each child, reading aloud may happen differently, but researchers confirm it is essential for growing readers.

School Events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Homer Flex

Aug. 31: Open house, 5-6:30 p.m.

Registration is ongoing, please call 235-5558 for an appointment.

Homer High School

Aug. 25: JV and varsity football and cheerleaders leave for Whittier Ferry, 4 a.m.

Aug. 25: C-team, JV and varsity volleyball vs. Seward, 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m.

Aug. 26: Varsity football at Kodiak, 6 p.m.

Aug. 26: Cross-country running leaves for Anchorage, 3:30 p.m.

Aug. 27: JV football at Kodiak, 9 a.m.

KPBSD community can connect through app

2,014 parents, staff, students and community members have been using their phones as another platform to access the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District events and activities.

School district liaison Pegge Erkeneff headed development of the platform, which among other avenues allows users to subscribe to school calendar information, sports scores and schedules, social media sites and communications updates.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Most KPBSD schools start on Tuesday, Aug. 23. For variance calendar start dates, see

Fireweed Academy

Aug. 22: Academic Policy Committee meeting in room 104 at West Homer Elementary, 4:30 p.m.

Homer High School

Aug. 18: 9th grade orientation, 6-8 p.m.

Aug. 20: JV and varsity volleyball Jamboree, 9 a.m.-4p.m.

Aug. 20: Cross-country runing at Tsalteshi Trails, 12 p.m.

Aug. 20: Varsity football vs. Barrow, 3 p.m.


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