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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences.

Nov. 3: Fireweed Share the Spirit Movie Night at Homer Theatre featuring The Polar Express and several student-made shorts.

Homer Flex

Oct. 27-28: Parent-teacher conferences by appointment.

Nov. 2: Community busing meeting at Homer High School, 6 p.m.

Nov. 4: Picture re-takes.

Homer High School

Oct. 27: No school. Parent-teacher conferences, 8:30-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., 3-5 p.m.

DDF brings home 10 awards from Chugiak tournament

Homer High School’s Drama, Debate and Forensices (DDF) team competed in Chugiak over the weekend of Oct. 22, placing in a total of 10 categories. Placing were:

• Lauren Jones and Zane Boyer — first place, Duet Acting;

• Landon Bunting — first place, Pantomime;

• Johanna Allen — second place, Dramatic Interpretation;

• Lauren Jones and Landon Bunting — second place, Duo Interpretation;

• Chloë Pleznac, Galen Lyon and Asa Panarelli — third place, Pantomime;

• Eryn Gillam — third place, Dramatic Interpretation;

Play is children's work

Play is an essential part of childhood development and early literacy. Play provides children the opportunity to explore learned concepts further, try out new vocabulary, imagine and create the fantastical, collaborate with others, and practice storytelling; all while having fun!

Sports provide life skills, community for high school athletes

At five a.m. when my alarm wakes me and I stumble around getting ready for open gym, I often wonder how sports has affected my life in such a way that I am ready before the sun comes up to head to basketball.

In talking with Homer High student athletes, we all agree that sports have had a positive influence in our lives, provided us with a great group of peers, a chance to practice time management and perseverance, along with developing a passion and work ethic for our preferred sport.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Oct. 21: End of the quarter. No school, teacher in-service day.

Oct. 26: Early release. School out at 1:45 p.m.

Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences.

 

Homer Flex

Oct. 20: Great Alaska Shake-Out at 10:20 a.m.

Oct. 21: No school for students. Staff in-service: district five-year plan and school goals, evaluation process, and student progress.

November meetings set to discuss school start, end times

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold meetings to discuss the three schedule options developed by school principals and district administration and staff. The proposed schedules for south peninsula school followed community meetings and feedback from community members in early October. The preferred option of school administrators is “X,” and additional options “Y” and “Z” were developed. Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to attend community meetings in November for conversation.

· Nov. 1, 6 p.m., Ninilchik School.

Schools study places to cut

Kenai Peninsula Borough schools could see cuts to the arts and sports as well as more students in each classroom if the state can’t find ways to close its budget gap.

Community meetings addressing potential budget cuts to district schools on Oct. 13 asked parents and staff to discuss items that could be removed or reduced from their schools’ budgets to accommodate a 10 percent cut. For many schools, such a cut would damage their ability to provide the quality of education the community has come to expect.

School events and briefs

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Oct. 14: Picture day.

Oct. 21: End of the quarter. No school, teacher in-service day.

Oct. 26: Early release. School out at 1:45 p.m.

Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences.

Big Fireweed (3-6)

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)

School district seeks ideas on budget

At a series of public meetings Thursday, Oct. 13, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will begin confronting a budget for next year that may be between 3 and 20 percent less than the previous year’s.

District Superintendent Sean Dusek invited the public to participate in the budget meetings and offered an overview of problems to listeners at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Oct. 5.

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.

Homer-area schools to plan to reduce 10 bus routes to five next school year

Among the budget-driven changes coming to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is a new busing system that will change start times for 10 southern Kenai Peninsula schools.

After the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development cut inflation funding from its pupil transportation grant allocations, the school district created a plan to have each southern peninsula bus carry two loads of students — first dropping off the kids picked up on one route then going out on another route to pick up for a different school.

Homer's Mike Illg appointed to school board seat

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education chose a new member at its meeting Monday evening.

Mike Illg, the City of Homer’s Community Recreation Coordinator and a former wrestling coach at Homer High and Middle schools, was elected to join in a 5-1 secret ballot vote. School Board president Joe Arness and member Marty Anderson were absent.

School briefs and events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy

Little Fireweed

Sept. 29: K-2 student-parent open house, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Homer Flex

Sept. 23: Eligibility check due.

Oct. 4: Picture day.

Homer High School

Sept. 22: Spirit week: Class color day; seniors: black, juniors: white, sophomores: grey, freshmen: purple, staff: tie dye.

Sept. 22: Powder Puff football finals during FOL

Sept. 23: Spirit week: Blue and gold day

Sept. 23: Pep assembly, 8:30 a.m.

School start and end times discussed at Homer meeting

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District started discussing new start and end times for schools within the Homer area at a community meeting at Homer High School on Monday, Sept. 19. A meeting will be held at Chapman School today at 6:30 p.m.

Approximately 20-30 people attended the Homer meeting, said KPBSD Board of Education member Zen Kelly. The meeting opened discussion with the community about the changes that will happen in the 2016-2017 school year when lower peninsula schools go on a two-tier bus system. The rest of the district is already on this system.

Community meetings will gather opinions about changes to school start and end times

The Kenai Peninsula School District is holding three southern peninsula community meetings the week of Sept. 19 to facilitate discussion about changes brought about the new two-tier bus schedule in the 2017-2018 school year. Parents, KPBSD staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend.

Downing stepping away from school board seat

In a bittersweet moment during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, in the Homer High School theater, board member Lynn Hohl moved to “regretfully approve” the resignation of board member Liz Downing.

Penny Vadla, the school board clerk, “regretfully seconded” the motion and the board voted unanimously to allow their colleague of 11 years to move on to the next chapter in her life.

School Briefs

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Sept. 15: Soccer at Kenai, 1 p.m.

Sept. 16: Soccer at Skyview, 1:15 p.m.

Sept. 19: Soccer at Chapman vs. Homer, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 19: Transportation meeting at Homer High School, 6 p.m.

Sept. 20: Soccer at Chapman vs. CIA, 4 p.m.

Sept. 20: Transportation meeting at Ninilchick, 6 p.m.

Sept. 21: Soccer at Homer, leave at 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 22: Transportation meeting at Chapman, 6 p.m.

Sept. 23: 5-8th disc golf.

Sept. 26: HEA Community BBQ.

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