School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Nov. 18: Fresh fruit fundraiser. Call 235-9728 to order.

Nov. 23: Early release.

Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving holiday. No school.

Dec. 12: APC meeting in room 104 at Big Fireweed, 4:30-6 p.m.

Dec. 22-Jan. 6: Holiday break. No School.

Jan. 9: School resumes.

Big Fireweed (3-6)

Thursdays: Math homework club with Jon in room 102.

Wednesdays: Lego League with Kevin and Stephanie in room 105.

Homer Flex

Nov. 18: Eligibility check.

Nov. 23: Flex community Thanksgiving, noon. Call for details.

Nov. 23: Early release. Staff will review student interventions.

Homer High School

Nov. 17: All State Music Festival in Anchorage

Nov. 17: End of the Road Shootout at Kevin Bell Arena. Kenai vs. Bartlett, 5 p.m. Houston vs. Homer, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 17: Wrestling leaves at noon for Lancer Smith Tournament in Wasilla.

Nov. 18: Lancer Smith Wrestling Tournament in Wasilla, 9 a.m.

Nov. 18: All State Music Festival in Anchorage.

Nov. 18: End of the Road Shooutout at Kevin Bell Arena. Kenai vs. Houston, 5 p.m. Bartlett vs. Homer, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 19: Lancer Smith Wrestling Tournament in Wasilla, 9 a.m.

Nov. 19: All State Music Festival in Anchorage.

Nov. 19: End of the Road Shootout at Kevin Bell Arena. Bartlett vs. Houston, 10 a.m. Kenai vs. Homer, 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 21: Grade check.

Homer Middle School

Nov. 18: Boys and girls basketball, Skyview seventh graders vs. Homer at Homer Middle, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 19: Boys and girls basketball, Seward vs. Homer at Homer Middle, noon.

McNeil Canyon Elementary School

Nov. 7-18: Artist in the school.

Nov. 18: Gallery Walk featuring students’ art from the “Exploring Chinese Traditions” Artists in the Schools program, a painting demonstration, and activity stations exploring Chinese food and culture, 12:45-2 p.m. Families and community members are welcome. To schedule a visit, contact Laura in the office, 235-8181.

Nov. 23: Sports day.

Nov. 23: Early release.

Jan. 13: Spelling Bee. Practice for the bee is on Mondays, starting Nov. 14, for students in grades 4,5 and 6 who are interested in participating.

Zero Waste Challenge

The sixth grade class is collecting data on how many single use sporks and straws the school uses each day. With the collected sporks, the class will create a large art project as well as graph the usage of single use sporks each week.

Ink Cartridge Recycling

McNeil Canyon is collected used ink jet cartridges to recycle. Cartridges can be dropped of in the school office or at Tech Connect in town.

West Homer Elementary

Nov. 23: Early release. School out at 1:45 p.m.

Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving holiday. No school.


Community invited to trivia night fundraiser

Homer High School’s culinary arts class is holding a trivia night with a live auction and all-you-can-eat slices of pie on Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Homer High School. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the Homer Bookstore or Homer High School front desk. The funds will help offset the cost of food necessary to provide the culinary arts classes to the students at Homer High.

Attendees are encouraged to form teams of up to six people, though if a person cannot find a team, they are can come and join up with one at the event. Winners of the trivia game will receive whole pies to take home.

Lauren Seaton is teaching three culinary arts classes this fall semester and will teach 2 in the spring. Each class costs about $1,800 per semester.

“The hardest part of this class though is the funding. Cooking with 20 students in every class is very expensive, especiallywhile trying to teach them nutritious choices. Food costs in Alaska are very high, and a class all about food is not entirely covered by the budget,” Seaton said.

In addition to learning about healthy food options, nutritional needs and cooking skills, the students of Seaton’s classes get an introduction to food safety and earn their Food Handler’s Card — a requirement for anyone working with food in the state of Alaska.

“The students love that they can walk out of my class and get a job in the food industry to start using their skills they learned in this class,” Seaton said.

After the student passes the food safety certification portion of the course, the delicious fun begins, Seaton said. From then on, the students cook every day in class.

“We make pasta, pizza, breads, enchiladas, biscuits and gravy, and even sushi,” Seaton said. “I try to expose the students to lots of different cuisines, which also has them learning a lot of different techniques.”

One question most teachers answer in class is ‘When will I use this,’ but Seaton rarely hears it, she said. The focus is on recipes that students can cook at home.

“My goal for the students is to get as much hands-on practice in the kitchen so when they leave this class they have the confidence they need to cook for themselves and their families,” Seaton said.