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Homer DDF team wins at Anchorage meet

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.

Paul Banks students on a mission: Read 2,000 hours by Feb. 3

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.

Moose, pets don't mix

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.

School Events

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:

Jan. 16

Feb. 6

March 6

April 3

May 1 (Seward High School)

June 5

June 6 (Planning Session)

Growing Readers: Children's books open up windows to another world

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.

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Chapman School

Dec. 23-Jan.8: Winter break, no school.

Jan. 9: Back to school.

Jan. 16: No school. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

 

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Dec. 22-Jan. 8: No school. Holiday break.

Jan. 9: First day back to school.

 

 

Homer Flex

Dec. 23-Jan. 8: Winter break.

 

Homer High School

Dec. 29: Girls basketball practice, 9 a.m.

Dec. 29: Wrestling practice, 10 a.m.

Kindergartners write letters of love and toys to Santa, part two

Santa sent over more letters from Paul Banks Elementary School’s kindergarten class, by way of teacher Wendy Todd. This week’s kids have some wishes in common. Two little ones pine for a dog stuffed animal, while another plies Santa with a loving greeting in hopes of getting a race car. One bold youngster dares to inquire on the number of presents that will be under the tree and draws a picture to illustrate his hopes.

School events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Dec. 22: No school. Inservice and end of second quarter.

Dec. 23-Jan.8: Winter break, no school.

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Dec. 22-Jan. 8: No school. Holiday break.

Homer Flex

Dec. 22: No school. Staff in-service: PLCs, interventions and turning in grades.

Dec. 23-Jan. 8: Winter break.

Homer High School

Dec. 22: No school for students. Teacher in-service.

Dec. 22: Wrestling practice, 10 a.m.-noon.

KPBSD announces new start, end times for 2017-18 school year

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools on the southern peninsula will switch to new start and end times in August 2017 due to the change from single-tier busing to double-tier busing.

The times announced by KPBSD on Dec. 15 are nearly identical to the schedule “X” agreed upon by lower peninsula school adminstrators. The only change between the two schedules is that Ninilchik School has an end time of 3:35 p.m., as opposed to 3:45 p.m. in the initially proposed schedule.

Kindergartners write letters of love and toys to Santa

Paul Banks Elementary School teacher Wendy Todd’s kindergartners say the darndest things in their letters to Santa Claus.

From wondering if Santa will make it to their house and pondering the reality of flying reindeer to asking for specific toys and help finding a lost bat, Homer’s children will keep St. Nick on his toes.

School Events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Dec. 15: Winter concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: Glow dance for fifth-eighth grades, 6 p.m.

Dec. 19: Site council meeting, 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 20: Second-fourth grade Pratt Museum and Islands and Oceans

Dec. 21: Fifth-eighth grade class party, 12:30-3 p.m.

Dec. 22: No school. Inservice and end of second quarter.

Dec. 23-Jan.8: Winter break, no school.

Jan. 9: Back to school.

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Dec. 22-Jan. 8: No school. Holiday break.

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Dec. 8: Family Ed Night, 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Dec. 12: Pre-K Anchor Point Library, 10:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Dec. 12: Fifth-eighth grade caroling: 11:50 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Dec. 14: Fourth-sixth grade basketball at West Homer, 4 p.m.

Dec. 15: Winter concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: Glow dance for fifth-eighth grades, 6 p.m.

 

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Dec. 9: Friendly Friday: Big visits Little Fireweed.

Chapman students pen letters to Santa

’Tis the time of the season when children take stock of the year and weigh the good they have done against the mischief they have managed to see if they qualify for presents from Santa Claus.

Chapman’s kindergarten, first, second and third grade students wrote letters to the red-suited, cookie-eating man, hoping for the gifts they have dreamt of all year. Some lists are long, while others are modest, while others may even include bribes. If you see Santa, put in a good word for these hopeful kids.

 

Mrs. Gardner’s second/third

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Dec. 12: APC meeting in room 104 at Big Fireweed, 4:30-6 p.m.

Dec. 22-Jan. 6: Holiday break. No School.

Jan. 9: School resumes.

 

Little Fireweed (K-2)

Dec. 16: Celebration of dance and song, 1:30 p.m.

 

Big Fireweed (3-6)

Dec. 19: Swimming at Homer pool.

Dec. 20: Skating at Kevin Bell Arena.

 

Homer Flex

Homer Connections seeks artists for First Friday show

Homer Connections students who are taking an art course this semester — painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking or digital art — are invited to share their work at the Homer Connections First Friday K-12 Art Show. The show will be from 3-4 p.m. Dec. 2 at a place to be announced.

This is an opportunity to recognize students with artistic ability in the Connections’ program. Student art will be displayed for students, parents and community members during an open house. The deadline for entering artwork is Nov. 29. Appetizers, coffee and hot cocoa will be provided.

Tricky turkeys suggest alternative Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece

Thanksgiving is a time of thankfulness and togetherness, unless you happen to be a turkey. In the case of the fine, feathered fowl that graces the tables of American families on the fourth Thursday of November, the Thanksgiving season is not a fortuitous time. Even vegetarianism can do little to settle the nerves of these birds, as only 3.4 percent of American adults are vegetarian or vegan, according to a 2015 Vegetarian Resource Group national survey.

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