Chapman kindergarteners send Santa wish-lists

Staff report

Not trusting email, texts or tweets, Chapman School kindergarteners took a more traditional route this holiday season and wrote letters to Santa in hopes of giving the jolly old man hints at what they’d like to see on Christmas morning. Some are quite detailed, down to naming specific brands and colors. Others are as simple as wanting a Christmas tree.


Dear Santa,

I want a remote control truck.

Love, Jeremy

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Homer resident Alivia Erickson graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing on Dec. 14. She was one of 800 graduates at the winter commencement ceremonies at the evangelical Christian university with a campus, online presence and seven regional centers throughout Southern California.


Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Dec. 20: End of second quarter, inservice, no school.

Mr. Walsworth goes to Washington

Homer High School senior John Walsworth has been selected as one of 104 student delegates to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program and attend the 52nd annual Washington Week, March 8-15. It is sponsored by the United States Senate and funded and administered by the Heart Foundation.

Walsworth applied for the opportunity in October and was notified of his selection last week.

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Dec. 20, 23-Jan. 3: No school.


Chapman School

Dec. 16: Winter concert, 7 p.m.


Fireweed Academy (grades K-6)

Dec. 18: Grinch Party, 1 p.m.

Homer’s DDF team scores at Dimond High tourney

With a dozen schools participating in the Dimond High DDF Tournament at Anchorage’s Dimond High School, Homer High School’s Drama Debate and Forensics team brought home an impressive handful of awards:

Second place, duo interpretation: Jonas Noomah and Evan Boyer;

Fourth place, pantomime: Shaefer Nielson and Evan Boyer;

Second place, solo acting: Damon Del Toro;

First place, duet acting: Zane Boyer and Evan Boyer;

Mariners on the Move

Each Homer High faculty member nominates one outstanding student as a “Mariner on the Move” per year based on scholarships and citizenship. Nominees and their families are invited to a celebration catered by the HHS culinary arts class. First quarter winners are (from left): 

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Dec. 11: APC meeting, room 103, 4:30 p.m.

Fireweed Academy (grades 3-6)

Dec. 13: Ethnic lunch, noon; Mediterranean.


Homer High School

Dec. 5: Mariner hockey vs. Wasilla at Homer, 7:30 p.m.

Fireweed raffled quilt

A one-of-a-kind quilt by Elaine Grabowski titled “Learning Is Fun” was raffled by Fireweed Academy on Wednesday, with Mindy Hunter holding the winning ticket.

About 840 tickets were sold, raising more than $2,800. Teachers and parents have yet to decide specifically how the proceeds will benefit the charter school. Following the drawing, Grabowski and the kindergarten through second-grade students discussed the history and art of quilt making.

And a ‘bear-y merry holiday’ to you

The entire Paul Banks Elementary School student body — all 190 pre-kindergarten through second-grade students — filled the Mariner Theatre stage Monday morning to put the finishing touches on “A Bear-y Merry Holiday.” With props for the upcoming production of the Nutcracker pushed to the side, the youngsters received last-minute direction from Tina Moore, the school’s music teacher. The following day the youngsters were back on stage to give the full musical performance for family, friends and fans.

Homer teens ‘Lead On!’

What were five Homer teenagers doing awake at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning you ask? Making their way to Lead On!, a conference hosted by Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Anchorage to teach teenagers to find and project their voices to make a difference in their community. 

Seldovia population increases by two

When a community’s population is less than 300, two newcomers stand out. Throw in foreign accents and the differences are even more pronounced. When that community is Seldovia, however, they’re welcomed with open arms, which is exactly the welcome given to exchange students Aydana Omar, 17, of Kazakhstan and Souleymane Sidibe, 16, of Mali.

Homer High participates in All-State music Festival

A dozen Homer High School students were chosen to participate in the ASAA All-State Music Festival held in Anchorage last weekend. Of those, four were first chair candidates: Kaveh Anderson, first chair candidate; Hannah Baird; Joseph Cardoz, first chair candidate; Taylor Davis; August Kilcher; Megan Kirsis; Patrick Latimer; Matthew Meyer, first chair candidate; Zachary Nelson; Mattea Peters; Claire Swanson; and John Walsworth, first chair candidate.

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving break; no school.


Chapman School

Nov. 18-22: Spirit week. Wish the boys and girls basketball teams good luck for Small School Tournament with some Chapman Eagle spirit.

Nov. 21-23: Small School Basketball Tournament, times below. Volunteers needed.

Students offer steps to tasty holiday

As in the past, youngsters at Paul Banks Elementary School are 

thinking of others as the holiday season begins. Following are recipes
generously provided by the first-graders in teacher Wendy Todd’s
classroom. In all cases, the recipes have been reproduced as they
were written by the students in order to capture the full flavor
of the season. Since the recipes accommodate gatherings from
two to more than a million, some adjustments may be required. 

Happy holidays.

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Nov. 20: 90-minute early release.

Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving break; no school.


Chapman School

Today: Basketball at ABC, 3:30 and 5 p.m.

Nov. 21-23: Basketball tournament at Chapman, times TBA. Volunteers needed.


Fireweed Academy (grades K-6)

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Jasper graduates

William Jasper graduated from Southern Oregon University on June 15, with a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies and an emphasis on earth sciences. He spent his college summers working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a technician, based out of Sand Point, at the Sandy River. Jasper used his summer job location for his senior capstone project, “A Sedimentary Analysis of Samples from Land in the Vicinity of the Sandy River.” His parents are Barb Veeck of Homer and Patrick Jasper of Tucson, Ariz.

Homer sends 21 DDF participants to tournament

The 21 Homer High School students participating in Bartlett High School’s DDF tournament last week came home with a fist-full of impressive finishes and the accolades of Coach Amy Johnson.

“I’m very proud of all of our students,” said Johnson. “We were missing a couple of our upper classmen at this tournament due to other conflicts and everyone who was there stepped up and filled in the team.”

With Homer students competing individually, in pairs and in teams, the awards included:

Students get inside tips on firefighting

Homer Volunteer firefighters Elaine Grabowski, Chris Cushman and Dan Miotke, pictured, visit with morning and afternoon preschool classes at Paul Banks Elementary School. They displayed the layers of gear firefighters wear, answered questions about their firehouse dog and fire pole, and showed the students the tools on their bright green engine. Grabowski, Cushman and Miotke also helped the youngsters perfect their stop-drop-and-roll technique and answered such important questions a “Do firefighters like icing on their cakes?” “Actually, firefighters eat a lot,” said Grabowski.


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