Levi Cowan, born and raised in Homer and a 2010 Homer Connections graduate, received his PhD in meteorology on Dec. 13, 2019, from Florida State University, Tallahassee. Cowan graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in May 2014, magna cum laude, earning a bachelor of science in applied physics with a concentration in atmospheric science.
Cowan is the founder and creator of the popular weather website “tropicaltidbits.com,” a site that focuses on tropical cyclone analysis and forecasting, providing real-time visualizations and data with video discussions of ongoing hurricanes. He is co-author of a scientific article published in the November 2018 Journal of Geophysical Letters and author of a second article slated for publication soon.
Cowan will be relocating to Miami in this month to a post-doctoral position as a research and support scientist working on real-time data and application development.
Homer High School
Today — Homer Hockey vs Tri-Valley at 7 p.m. at Kevin Bell Arena
Friday — Homer Ski Invite from 1-4 p.m. at the Ohlson Mountain Trails
Saturday — Homer Basketball vs Nikiski. Girls C Team at 11 a.m., Boys C Team at 12:30 p.m., and JV girls at 2 p.m. Homer Ski Invite continued 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ohlson Mountain Trails.
Monday, Feb. 3 — E3 athletic grade check. Big Booster Club meeting at 6 p.m. in the Staff Lounge
Wednesday, Feb. 5 — Poetry Out Loud Competition at 3 p.m. in the Mariner Theatre
Homer Flex School
Friday — End of Third Rotation
Feb. 14 and 17 — Student-Led Parent/Teacher Conferences – please call the office for details (235-5558)
Feb. 19 — Early Release
Homer Middle School
Friday — Nordic Skiing, Skyview Invitational at 3 p.m.
Saturday — Volleyball: Jamboree in Kenai. A teams at 10 a.m. Wrestling: Skyview Rubber Chicken Tournament at 9 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 3 — Chess Club at 4 p.m. in the library.
Wednesday, Feb. 5 — Volleyball, Seward vs Homer at 4 p.m. at Homer Middle School.
Feb. 1 — Link Up Concert at 3 p.m. at Homer High School
Feb. 14 and 17 — No school – student-led conferences
West Homer Elementary
Feb. 3 – Site Council Meeting at 4 p.m. in the library.
Friday — 100th day of school. After school cross-country skiing from 2:45-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11 — Battle of the Books for 5th and 6th grades
Thursday, Feb. 13 — Battle of the Books for 3rd and 4th grades
Friday, Feb. 14 — Parent Teacher conferences. No school for students.
Feb. 17 — Parent Teacher conferences – No school for students
Feb. 19 — Early Release day at 1:15 p.m.
Feb. 24 — PTO Spaghetti Feed and Student Talent Show
Paul Banks Elementary
PTA After school Activities from 2:30-4 p.m. each day:
Monday and Wednesday: Outdoor Explorers (with Alaska Center for Coastal Studies)
Monday and Wednesday: Preludes
Tuesday and Thursday: Sports Hour
Today — 100th Day of School. Budget 101 Meeting after school, sponsored by the Paul Banks PTA at 6:30 p.m. (open to the community)
Monday, Feb. 3 — Wild West Read-A-Thon kick-off and opening assembly. The Annual Read-A-Thon Fundraiser runs from Feb. 3–March 5. Students read to earn prizes and pledges. Pledge money raised goes to fund field trips, new technology and software, books for the library and supplies for the school.
McNeil Canyon Elementary
Chess Club — After school chess club for grades 2-6 will be held on Wednesdays on Jan 29, Feb. 5 and 26, and March 4. The club will be held from 3-4:30 p.m.
Friday — Math and Science Night from 6:30-8 p.m. The school will have math and science stations/experiments to explore in the gym. This is a family event.
Spelling Bee Study Group — Fourth and sixth graders interested in participating in this year’s Spelling Bee on Thursday, Feb. 20 must attend the spelling bee study group that will happen once a week during lunch every Monday.