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School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Dec. 3: School board meeting, 7 p.m. 

Chapman School

Dec. 18: Christmas concert, 7 p.m.

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Dec. 12: APC meeting, 4:30 p.m., Little Fireweed.

Little Fireweed (grades K-2)

Dec. 19: Salmon dissection.

Big Fireweed (grades 3-6)

How do we get young people involved in politics?

On Nov. 5, Homer Flex High School had a video conference with Sen. Mark Begich. With the help of Sen. Begich’s Kenai field representative, Kim Howard, this conference was possible.

The conference was informative and students felt at ease when asking their questions. Sen. Begich was personable and respectful of the students and staff.

One question to the senator was, “Do you support the legalization of marijuana?” 

His response was, “No, I do not support it.”

KPBSD hears results of recent obesity study

Nearly 36 percent of students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are classified as overweight or obese last year according to an Alaska Department of Health and Social Services study.

The study examined body mass index data for the student body over a two-year period and found that the bulk of students, 63 percent, were within a healthy weight range.

KPBSD joined two other school districts in Alaska who participated in studies with the DHSS.

 

Hilts named school board association president-elect

Elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board in 2003, Sunni Hilts of Seldovia has now been chosen president elect of the Association of Alaska School Boards.

That puts her in line to serve as the association’s president next year.

“It’s a great organization,” said Hilts. “I’ve been so impressed with them and am honored to be part of it.”

Recipe tips from Paul Banks first-grade students

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

When it comes to giving, the Paul Banks Elementary School first-grade students in Brandon Young’s classroom are ready to do their part by giving recipes for the holiday season.

 

Beverages

This is the best eggnog ever. First, crack the eggs. Next, stir the eggs and the pumpkin flavor. Then mix the milk. Put the egg nog in the freezer. Bon appetit!

— Adam Swenson

Poultry, beef, fish

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Today-Nov. 23: Holiday.

Homer Flex School

Nov. 21: Annual Thanksgiving lunch, noon.

Homer High School

Nov. 26: Basketball practice begins.

Homer Middle School

Nov. 27: Basketball vs. Soldotna’s Maroon team at Soldotna, 3 p.m.

Kachemak Selo School

Nov. 26: Holy day.

Mariners bring home awards

The Homer High DDF —Drama, Debate and Forensics — Team took 25 participants to the Bartlett High Tournament this past weekend and came home loaded with awards:


First place, Humorous Interpretation (receiving all firsts for the entire tournament): Johnny Hamilton;

First place, Novice Solo Acting: Carly McLean;

First place, Lincoln Douglas Speaker Points: Adi Davis;

Second place, Lincoln Douglas Debate: Adi Davis;

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Nov. 22-23: Holiday.

Chapman School

Nov. 15-17: Small Schools Basketball Tournament, Nikolaevsk, TBA.

Connections

Ongoing: Registration, call 226-1880.

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Nov. 16: Friendly Friday (Little Fireweed visit).

Dec. 12: APC meeting at Little Fireweed (grades K-2).

Little Fireweed (grades K-2)

An Apple a day — iPod Touch goes to school

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

When Chapman School Principal Conrad Woodhead heard a presentation last year by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, on the benefits of using Apple’s iPod Touch in classrooms, he wanted to know more.

For starters, Woodhead is always eager to improve learning opportunities for Chapman’s pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Secondly, Seaton’s presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough school board referred to the use of iPods in Oregon’s Canby School District.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Today: Budget Development Committee meets, interested community members invited to participate, Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 12: School board meeting, 7-9 p.m., Soldotna.

Nov. 22-23: Holiday.

Chapman School

Today: Basketball vs. Cook Inlet Academy at Chapman, 4 p.m.

Nov. 9: Basketball at Nikolaevsk, 3:30 p.m.

Homer Middle School students pick Romney

While United States voters took to the polls to decide the nation’s next president, Homer Middle School eighth graders did the same thing in a mock election.

With 80 students voting, the results were:

• Romney, 37

• Obama, 29

• Johnson, 14

Those results came after weeks of studying the country’s election process in U.S. history classes taught by Holly Alston, Suzanne Haines and Darcy Mueller.

Students write about their roots

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff writer
When Sue Brass, sixth-grade teacher at West Homer Elementary School, assigned her students an assignment to write a narrative essay, she added an additional challenge: the students were to write biographical essays about someone interesting in their families.
“We had everything from the first Pony Express rider to Pocahontas,” said Brass of connections students uncovered in order to complete the assignment. “It’s hysterical, some of the stuff they came up with.”

School Events Nov 1

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

NOTE: In the event of two-hour school delays or closures, official announcements will be made on the website, the KPBSD Facebook and Twitter feeds, and shared through your local radio and television stations. Schools with Alert Now systems will notify families directly.  

Nov. 8: Budget Development Committee meets, interested community members invited to participate, Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 12: School board meeting, 7-9 p.m., Soldotna.

Chapman School

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Nov. 11: School board meeting, 7-9 p.m., Soldotna.

Chapman School

Oct. 27: Halloween carnival, 4-7 p.m.

Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Scholastic Book Fair.

Nov. 1-2: Parent-teacher conferences; no classes.

Connections

Ongoing: Registration, call 226-1880.

Fireweed Academy
(all grades)

Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Book fair at West Homer Elementary School.

Nov. 1-2: Student-led conferences.

Homer Flex School

Ongoing: Registration, 1-3 p.m.

Oct. 30: First aid training, 9:30 a.m.

School district implements mandatory suicide training

When the staff at Soldotna High School discussed suicide as part of a newly mandated training requirement, all of them shared a personal story.

“We let the teachers discuss experiences in their lives; people who had either committed or talked about committing (suicide). And walking around the room listening to the conversations, there were a lot stories about students or friends … who had affected their lives,” said Erin Neisinger, Soldotna High School counselor.

Anchor Point Girl Scout visits Peru

Colleen McDougal’s experience in Girl Scouts began when she was a Brownie, a level of scouting reserved for young women in grades 2-3. Now a 14-year-old Homer High School freshman, Colleen has taken the experience to a new level. In July she traveled to Peru with nine other scouts from across the United States through Girl Scouts Destinations program.

Through travel, the program participants meet other scouts, develop leadership skills, build self-confidence and experience valuable learning opportunities. 

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Oct. 23: KPBSD College Fair and Financial Aid Night. Talk to representatives from more than 50 colleges; learn about financial aid, scholarships and more; Soldotna Sports Center. College fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; financial aid information, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For additional information, see school counselors.

Nov. 12: School board meeting, 7-9 p.m., Soldotna.

Chapman School

Oct. 19: Inservice; no classes.

Oct. 27: Halloween carnival, 4-7 p.m.

Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Scholastic Book Fair.

Homer seniors score high in National Merit Scholarship program

For scoring in the top 1 percent of the 1.5 million high school students who took the PSAT, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, in October 2011, Homer High School student Dylan Faulkner, a junior at the time he took the test, has been named a National Merit semi-finalists.  

Semi-finalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

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