Annual kids’ fair offers information, lots of fun

If you like prizes and fun, the annual Safe and Healthy Kids Fair at Homer High is the place to be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The free event aims to promote healthy living to kids and teens, as well as other family members. The event will feature more than 30 booths and stations with hands-on activities and demonstrations, according to a press release from South Peninsula Hospital. 

Teens use art to promote community support

Homer’s teens want the community to stop making assumptions about them, and they’re using art to get everyone’s attention.

The group of teens involved in Homer’s Lead On group is hosting an event to kick off a media campaign focusing on the negative effects of stereotyping from 6-8 p.m. Friday at K-Bay Caffe. 

The idea is to start a conversation, said Homer High senior Lilli Johnson. 

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District


Chapman School 

May 3: Title-1 Pre-Kindergarten screening.


Fireweed Academy (all grades)

May 1: May Day celebration at Little Fireweed, 12-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

May 4: Early release day; school out at 1:30 p.m.

Teen talent show helps art program

Colors of Homer has provided a safe space for teens to express their creativity for the last four years, and this year it also aimed to give back to the Homer High School art program. The bi-annual event acts as a variety-show-meets-open-mic-night for students to sing, recite poetry, show artwork, or show-off other talents.

West Homer event makes science fun

West Homer Elementary School is abandoning its tri-yearly science fair competition for a night of science fun for students and their parents. 

Science Palooza will take place on Thursday, April 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature hands-on activities and the grand opening of the school’s nature trail, said West Homer fourth grade teacher Shellie Worsfold.

School Events

Chapman School 

April 15: Track meet at Kenai, 3 p.m.

May 3: Title-1 Pre-Kindergarten Screening.


Fireweed Academy (3-6)

April 15: Spaghetti feed 6th grade fundraiser, noon.

April 15: Gwendolin Chatfield, musician.

April 21: Starlab.

Homer Flex

Mariners show promise at first track-field meet

Homer High School’s track team finished the Big C Relays Meet in Anchorage on April 1 and 2 with three athletes in sixth place spots. The team has a week’s break before heading back up to The Dome in Anchorage for the Pro Whit Meet on April 15 and 16.

Jack Ritcher, Anna Brock and Lauren Everts came in sixth in their events. Brock, a freshman, placed in shot put, a first for Homer. 

Ritcher’s spot in the 100-meter dash was the first time Homer has had a sprinter make it to the final, said track and field head coach Bill Steyer. 

Marine debris art doubles as decor for prom

Homer High School’s prom on Saturday will be bedecked with sustainable decorations from the Homer community. 

In collaboration with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the prom committee is using marine debris art made by Homer artists from items collected during beach cleanups, said Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Outreach and Marketing Director Melanie Dufour.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

AMP testing has been cancelled district-wide.

Chapman School 

April 12: Child Find at Chapman. Call to set up appointment.

April 15: Track meet at Kenai, 3 p.m.

May 3: Title-1 Pre-Kindergarten Screening.

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

School testing delayed after cable sliced

Students statewide were unable to start the Alaska Measures of Progress and Alaska Alternate assessments Tuesday, the first day scheduled for this year’s round of testing.

A construction vehicle at the University of Kansas, which houses the testing vendor, the Achievement and Assessment Institute, drove over and sliced a fiber optic cable, shutting down the Internet across campus and cutting off Alaska’s access to the test servers.

School Events

Chapman School 

April 1: Early release day. Students dismissed at 1:40 p.m.

April 4: Track starts for 7th and 8th grades.

April 12: Child Find at Chapman. Call to set up appointment.

April 15: Track meet at Kenai, 3 p.m.

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

April 1: Wonderheads performance at Homer High.

Students look to sea for job opportunities

Since one of Homer’s main industries takes place on the water, it follows that the high school would put a spotlight on the marine trades. From students who spend the summers fishing with their families or working a summer job on a boat, to those who have their sights set on an ocean-related career, the marine trades Focus On Learning series prepares students for success at sea.

Kachemak Selo still waiting on state

The staff and students at Kachemak Selo School are still waiting to hear whether there will be room in next year’s budget for a new building.

The K-12 replacement facility is sitting at the top of the Alaska Department of Early Education and Development FY17 construction grant list, and was placed on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed FY17 capital budget, but hasn’t been addressed this session so far.

School Events

Chapman School 

March 24: Third quarter awards assembly.

March 28: Spring pictures.

March 30: Tsunami warning drill, 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Tsunami sirens and warnings may be heard, or broacasted on TV or radio. However, it’s just a test to make sure that the tsunami warning system works. It is not a real emergency. Do not evacuate and do not call 911.

Paul Banks volunteer receives Golden Apple

Though Linda Reinhart has spent over four decades as a volunteer at Paul Banks Elementary, a more fitting title would be resident grandmother.

Reinhart, who is indeed referred to as Grandma Reinhart by both staff and students, volunteered off and on for 32 years at the school and has been a consistent volunteer for the past 13 years. In recognition of her 45 years spent working with students, Reinhart received the Golden Apple award at the March 7 school board meeting, just five days after her 80th birthday.

School district compliant with immunization rules

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was found to be 100 percent compliant in ensuring students without exemptions are vaccinated.

Superintendent Sean Dusek announced at the March 8 Board of Education meeting that the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services sampled 800 immunization records in the annual school audits completed early this year.


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