By Megan Pacer
In October 2016, parents took notice when the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced cutbacks due to declining dollars from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Specifically, it meant a change in busing schedules beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, resulting in changing start and stop times for 10 southern peninsula schools.
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Registration for fall workshops and classes through Kenai Peninsula College are ongoing at the Kachemak Bay Campus.
Ten schools in the lower peninsula have new start and end times as of the 2017-18 school year. The change is due to a switch to a double-tier bus transportation system, which other schools in the district already have. The new start and end times affect the following schools:
As the start of a new school year draws ever closer, parents and students alike have plenty of things to get ready for: sports, new classes and teachers, and new assignments. Part of being ready for school means equipping students with the supplies they’ll need to complete note taking, projects and assignments, both in the classroom and back at home.
Below is a list of school supplies for the different grades in some of the district’s schools. Visit a school’s individual website for any further information.
The Homer Public Library last Saturday honored readers and super readers at its annual Ice Cream Celebration and Young Maker’s Faire. About 150 people attended. Kids who read 600 or more minutes were invited to attend, although many young people read much more than that. Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware donated two backpacks filled with school supplies and Scarlett Uhlig and Konrad Overholt each won one in a raffle.
At commencement ceremonies Monday night for Homer Flex School and Homer High School, speakers offered practical guidance for young adults going forth in the traditional American rite of passage. Usually adults offer inspiration, but at both schools examples of overcoming adversity came from the students themselves.
On Thursday, May 4, 13 Homer Middle students traveled to Homer High to participate in the Bake for Good program. With the help of Lauren Seaton, the culinary arts teacher, and volunteer Sharon Roufa, students learned the science and techniques behind baking bread while making almost 200 rolls which were then delivered to the Homer Community Food Pantry.
More than 70 sixth, seventh and eighth students from as far away as Seward met in the Homer Middle School gym on Thursday, May 11, to compete in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Middle School Math Meet. This all-day event consisted of four grueling rounds of math competition in which students competed against and collaborated with their peers from around the district.
Alaska is located between two tectonic plates which means we experience regular earthquakes every day. The Great Alaska Earthquake was the second largest earthquake ever recorded, with a magnitude of 9.2. This natural disaster killed a total of 139 people, but only 13 died from the earthquake itself. So how did they die? The 1964 earthquake caused a 12 feet tsunami that killed 119 people. The total property damage in Alaska was 300-400 million dollars. In Alaska alone, we have an average of 1000 earthquakes each month.
Students from the McNeil Canyon Elementary School performed the musical “Pirates” last Thursday at the school.
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Some children’s books tell an elaborate tale designed to carry readers, young and old, off into a fantastical world far from everyday life. Others introduce new words and new concepts like counting, opposites, sequences, information about nature or how things work. And then there are picture books that use animated images and delicious sounding words to create an experience, part real and part imagined, full of anticipation and delight.
The JV softball game at 6:00 tomorrow vs Kenai has now been cancelled.