It is no secret that the wafts of music are just as familiar to a young Homer resident as the wafts of salty sea breeze rising up from Kachemak Bay. That said, many in the Homer community strive to keep musical opportunities and programs open to the youth.
Kids raise money for Hoxie Parks
With private and even public college tuition rising to above $60,000 a year, some area high school students have begun considering a low-cost alternative: residential community colleges. At one-third the price, these colleges often have smaller campuses and student bodies, a lower student-teacher ratio and all the amenities of a modern university, including dorms and cafeterias.
Homer High School senior Zane Boyer has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. He was one of 8,000 finalists from more than 1.5 million initial test takers nationally. Boyer is the son of Elise and Jay Boyer. Homer High has had seven finalists in the past eight years.
Using low-tech tools like cereal boxes and a pasta maker, Anchorage artist Jimmy Riordan showed West Homer Elementary School students how to create colorful, playful prints and other art works. Last Friday, students displayed their work in the hallways of the school, with older students buddying up with younger students as they looked at the work. Many of the student artists also were on hand to discuss their projects.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District wants the public to put pressure on the Legislature and the borough assembly to provide additional funding in the upcoming fiscal year.
For young children, the real world is a magical place. The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is as awe-inspiring as a well-written, fantastical story about unicorns. In both cases, children have the opportunity to learn about the world around them and how they fit in it. Both fiction (imaginary) and non-fiction (informational) books and media have an important place in the life of a child.
City of Homer Community Recreation Schedule:
Among the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s budgetary reactions to shrinking state funds is a proposal to save $624,302 by cutting English Language Learner (ELL) tutors, who teach English to students learning it as a second language.
Students at West Homer Elementary School and Fireweed Academy last Thursday got a special treat: the chance to duct tape their principals to the wall of the school’s multipurpose room. As teachers peeled off strips of dull-gray but also brightly colored duct tape, West Homer Elementary Principal Eric Waltenbaugh and Fireweed Academy Principal Todd Hindmanprincipals stood on milk crates and bravely endured hundreds of little hands taping them to the wall. After about an hour, layers of duct tape covered their bodies so that they looked like caterpillars ready to emerge from their cocoons.
On Jan. 19 and 20, a Soldotna Stars high school hockey senior captain posted two tweets on his personal Twitter account that created a social media controversy.
The Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals and the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals
HHS students honored
The Homer Foundation manages permanently endowed scholarship funds that provide approximately $20,000 in annual awards to area students for a variety of educational endeavors. Scholarships that are currently available include:
Over the weekend, the Homer High School DDF Team competed at Bartlett High School. The team brought home the following awards, including a Duo Interpretation sweep. The DDF Team competed against 10 other schools, Bartlett, East Anchorage, West Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak, South Anchorage, Service High, Dimond High, Seward and Hope. There were more than 150 competitors.
At an assembly Tuesday for the Paul Banks Elementary School’s Read-a-thon, intergalactic mailman Commander Mike McKinney delivered a message from aliens on a distant planet to the students. The aliens heard that Paul Banks is the best school to learn to read. They want to visit, but don’t know how to build a spaceship, Commander Mike said. If the students read 120,000 minutes by Feb. 3, they will unclock the 10 files in the Galactic Library that will teach the aliens how to build a spaceship. As students read and unlock each of the files, a model of the spaceship will be built in the lobby.
Kenai Peninsula students will get a chance to play and sing along with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra in a set of concerts this week.
West Homer Elementary School students perform a skit about moose and dog interactions at the Homer City Council meeting Monday night. From left to right are Eli Zatz, Seamus McDonough as a dog and Thomas McDonough as a moose.
The West Homer Brickheads team won the champions award in the recent LEGO Robotics competition. This year's theme was "Animal Allies." For the competition, the students had to design at project improving human-animal interactions.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Dec. 23-Jan. 8: No school. Winter vacation.
Jan. 9: First day back to school.
Jan. 16: No school. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Feb. 9-10: Parent-teacher conferences, no school for students.
March 10: End of third quarter, no school for students.
March 13-17: Spring Break.
May 24: Last day of school.
The Kenai Peninsula School Board will meet:
May 1 (Seward High School)
June 6 (Planning Session)
Children’s books are powerful. On the surface they entertain with laugh-out-loud humor, magical adventures, and puzzling mysteries. They feed curiosity with fascinating information about an unending array of topics like animals, machines, places and more.
On a more subtle level, thoughtfully crafted words and stylistic images amuse and inform while also teaching children how a story works, what letters are named, and what words sound like; some of the basic literacy skills children will use as developing readers and writers.