School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

Student news

Hannah Bradley has fulfilled the requirements for a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Princeton University, New Jersey. She is a 2008 graduate from Homer High School and received her bachelor of arts from Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Anna Brock has been selected to the University of Jamestown’s spring 2022 Dean’s List for maintaining a semester grade-average of 3.50 or better.

Sophia Klaich, a Junior mathematics education major from Nikolaevsk, has been named to the spring 2022 President’s List at Bob Jones University. The President’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester.

School District Risk Levels

The southern and central regions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are in the high risk zone while the eastern region is in the substantial risk zone in terms of community spread of COVID-19.

Regions of the peninsula are put into low, moderate, substantial or high-risk categories based on the number of new cases of COVID-19 identified over a seven-day period. This model is based on rates of cases per 100,000 of population.

All students are currently able to attend on-site education five days a week in district schools. Any closures will be on a school, classroom or cohort level.

As of Wednesday, the southern peninsula (from Ninilchik south) is in the high risk category with 221 cases per 100,000 or 31 actual new cases in the last seven days. The southern peninsula is in low risk if it has had zero to nine new cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days, is in moderate risk if there have been 10 to 49 new cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days, is in substantial risk if there have been 50 to 99 cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days, and is in high risk if there were 100 or more new cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days.

The central peninsula, including Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and Kasilof, is at high risk with 135 cases per 100,000 or 5- actual new cases over the last seven days.

The eastern peninsula is at substantial risk with 39 cases per 100,000 or two new cases identified over the last week.

In the past seven days, Homer Flex School, McNeil Canyon Elementary School and West Homer Elementary School all reported one case each of COVID-19. Schools in small communities had three cases total.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s COVID-19 dashboard reports a seven-day summary of seven staff positives and three student positives for the entire district.

Fireweed Academy

Little Fireweed

May 13, 12:45-1:30 p.m.: Second grade promotion

May 16, 9-11 a.m.: Little Fireweed Kearn Farm

May 17, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: tide pooling

May 19: Little Fireweed end of the year field trip — whale watching

Big Fireweed

May 5: Sixth grade visits Homer Middle School for lunch and special activities 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

May 12: Sixth grade: Day Trip to Kiki’s Homestead

May 12: Third-fifth grade: Anchor Point Trip

May 13: Sixth grade: Day Trip to Sailwood Lodge in Sadie Cove

May 13: Third-fifth grade: Homer Theater

May 16: Sixth Grade Promotion at Islands and Ocean Theater from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

May 17: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., tide pooling.

May 18: 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Little and Big Fireweed family barbecue at Karen Hornaday Park

May 19: Last Student Day

May 20: In-service / work day for staff

Homer Flex

May 18: Graduation

May 19: Last day of school for students

May 20: Staff inservice

Homer High School

May 12, Thursday, 8 a.m.: AP World History Exam

May 18: Graduation.

McNeil Canyon Elementary

May 12: Last Learning Lab

May 13: Hawaii Day

May 17 – All-School Beach Day at Bishops Beach

May 18 – Step-Up/ 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony

May 19 – Play Day/ Last Day of School