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.

Oct. 13: Guest speaker Kiki Abrahamson. Presentation on Kyrgyzstan.

Oct. 14: Guest speaker Matt Steffy, natural resource specialist with Homer Soil and Water Conservation District.

Little Fireweed (K-2)

Oct. 6: Salmon egg take at Anchor River, 2 p.m.

Oct. 11: Picture day. Changed from Oct. 4.

Oct. 13: District budget development meeting, 6 p.m.

Oct. 21: End of the quarter, no school for students.

Homer Flex

Oct. 6: Salmon in the classroom egg take at Anchor River.

Oct. 11: Picture day.

Oct. 13: School district budget development meeting at Homer Flex, 5:30 p.m. Meeting will start with a federal programs presentation on Title I and Title VI, followed by a budget presentation with discussion to follow.

Homer High School

Oct. 6: JV and varsity volleyball vs. Cordova, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Oct. 6: Hockey parent night at Kevin Bell Arena, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 6: Cross-country awards banquet at Best Western Bidarka Glacier Room, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 7: C-team, JV and varsity volleyball at Soldotna, 3:30, 4:30, 6 p.m.

Oct. 8: Dive team at Chugiak, 9 a.m.

Oct. 8: Swim team at Bartlett, 11 a.m.

Oct. 8: BB Camp, 1-4 p.m., 5-8 p.m.

Oct. 8: Fiesta Night wrestling fundraiser, 5-7 p.m. Authentic Mexican food and silent and live auctions. $15 for adults, $10 for students, children under 5 are free. Proceeds go towards travel costs for the season.

McNeil Canyon Elementary School

Oct. 8: Garage and bake sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tables are available to rent for $20, or half a table for $10, or items can be donated to the sixth grade table. Call the school office with any questions or to rent a table.

Oct. 10: Picture retakes.

Oct. 13: Districtwide budget development presentation, 6 p.m. McNeil Site Council members and interested parents are invited to attend. A special site council meeting will immediately follow the 15 minute video. The purpose of the meeting is to gain feedback on areas of the school budget that can be reduced, areas that should remain priorities and suggestions for legislators about solutions. This input will be presented to the school board at the November and December board meetings. All parents, staff and community members are encouraged to complete a survey about class sizes and school program offerings:

Oct. 14: McNeil Community Council meeting in the staff lounge, 1 p.m. All parents are invited to attend, and room representatives should attend if possible. Information about booths each class will be having and directions to help get volunteers to work the booths at the fall carnival will be handed out.

Oct. 20: Crazy hair/hat day.

Oct. 21: No school for students, staff in-service day.

Oct. 24-28: Book fair. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Thursday and Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds from the book fair will be used to buy art supplies for school-wide projects.

Oct. 26: Early release, 12:50 p.m. Buses will leave at 1 p.m.

Oct. 27-28: Parent-teacher conferences. No school for students. Notices with scheduled conference times will be sent home with students on Friday, Oct. 14. Parents who cannot attend at the scheduled time should contact the schol office to reschedule as soon as possible and no later than Oct. 24.

Oct. 28: Fall carnival, 5-8 p.m.

Spotlight students

Yuki Bacher, Paxton Horn, Joesph Morris, Emma Fisher, Leya Johnson, Thomas Martin, Cohen Boyd, Justus Grimes, Tilea Lockwood, Ryder Rhodes, Cassidy Carroll, Alexandra Casey, Braedan Pilant, Kiprian Reutov, Laura Davoudlarian, Riley Huffman, Chase Jones and Faith Latham have been selected as spotlight students for the month of October. Parents are invited to join their child and the principal for lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 11:15 a.m. Please return spotlight student forms as soon as possible so they can be placed on the spotlight student bulletin board.

Fall carnival poster contest

All students are invited to make a poster, no bigger than 12-by-18 inches, to advertise the fall carnival. All entries will receive a prize. Posters must be submitted by Tuesday, Oct. 18. The poster must have the student’s name, grade and teacher’s name on the back, and must have the following information somewhere on the front of the poster: “McNeil Canyon School Fall Carnival, Friday, Oct. 28, 5-8 p.m. at McNeil Canyon School.” Optional additional information: “Come join the fun” and “Food, prizes, games, haunted house, everyone is welcome.”

Book donations needed

Books are needed for the fall carnival cupcake walk. Used books can be dropped off in the office with Laura.

West Homer Elementary

Oct. 11: Potato fest in the gym, 2-3 p.m. Families welcome.

School start and end time survey

To offer suggestions, questions or thoughts on the changes to school start and end times and changes to bus scheduling in the 2017-2018 school year, parents, staff and community members are encouraged to use the link: Alternatively, questions and comments can be sent to district facilitator Doug Hayman at

Input needed at district-wide budget meetings

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents and community members at the KPBSD budget development meetings held districtwide at most schools on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. For information about the location and date at local schools, visit and scroll down to the districtwide budget development meeting. Please call Natalie Bates at 907-714-8858 with any questions.

Homer High School student named as National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Zane Boyer, a senior at Homer High School, is a semifinalist for the 2017 National Merit Scholarship. There are approximately 16,000 semifinalists from across the United States this year, who will compete for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships offered in spring 2017, according to press release from the National Merit Scholarship Program. About 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.


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