Trip to historic East Coast sites being planned

You can read about the nation’s capital, hear what it’s like to be in New York and see photos of historic sites on the East Coast. Or you can go there and experience it for yourself.

That’s what local middle school-age youngsters have been doing since 2006, through School Tours of America. The non-school related event is organized by parents, some of them traveling along on the adventure.

An informational meeting for the 2014 trip will be held at the Homer Middle School library at 7 p.m. Sept. 30.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Oct. 14: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7-9 p.m.


Chapman School

Sept. 20: Soccer vs Nikiski at Nikiski, 3 p.m., leave school at 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 27: PreK visit dentist office.

Oct. 1: Basketball begins.


Fireweed Academy (grades K-2)

Pitzman sets her own course

In recent competition, Megan Pitzman has been the first Homer High School runner on the girls’ cross country team to cross the finish line, helping the Mariner girls claim first place.

While she may be part of the Chapple clan, a well-known running family in Homer, the 14-year-old freshman is blazing a trail of her own making.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Sept. 18: Classes released 90 minutes early for teacher and instructional support staff to collaborate. Bus schedules will be adjusted to early release time.


Chapman School

Today: Soccer at Kenai, 1 p.m.

Sept. 13: School pictures.


Fireweed Academy (grades 3-6)

Volunteers’ efforts provide necessary boost

Sharon Needham’s recent shopping list for a Saturday breakfast went something like this: 25 dozen eggs, three three-pound packages of sausage, two boxes of Krusteaz pancake mix, a few bottles of syrup, several jugs of milk and five different kinds of juice. Then there was some grated cheese, tortillas and fresh fruit picked up by another shopper.

The breakfast wasn’t for company at Needham’s home. It was for the volleyball teams of six schools participating in the Aug. 23-24 2013 Homer Jamboree. 

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Sept. 9: School board meeting, Homer High School auditorium, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18: Classes released 90 minutes early. Bus schedules will be adjusted.


Chapman School

Sept. 10: Soccer vs Nikiski at Chapman, 3:20 p.m.

Sept. 12: Soccer at Kenai, 1 p.m.

Sept. 13: School pictures.

Mariner seniors lend freshmen helping hand

Mattea Peters doesn’t have to remember back too far to recall how she felt as a freshman at Homer High School.

“I was pretty intimidated by all the older kids,” said Mattea, now a senior and part of the school’s peer mentoring program that matches seniors and freshman.

“I think this helps freshmen not be so freaked out by the whole high school thing. And it helps academically if they’re struggling because we can help with homework.”

Student News & School Events

Student News

Nicholas Faulkner of Homer, a member of the class of 2016, has been named to the honor roll at Phillips Academy, also known as Andover, for the spring term. To be named to the honor roll, students must maintain at least a five-point grade average on a six-point scale. 


Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Sept. 2: Labor Day, district-wide holiday. 

Sept. 9: School board meeting, Homer High School auditorium, 7 p.m.

Casseri takes on new role as teacher and athletic director

Homer High School’s mathematics teacher has added one more role to his advanced algebra and algebra readiness classes. Mark Casseri has become the school’s athletic director.

“I have about 30 years of coaching experience at the high school and college level,” said Casseri, who has been at Homer High since the 2005-2006 school year.

That coaching has been in football, softball, track and field, but mostly basketball.

Large turnout for DDF, but still room for more

If the first week of school offers any clues, it’s going to be a busy year for Homer High School’s Drama, Debate and Forensics team.

“We had 16 new students, on top of a possible 20 from previous years. … And we’re open to anyone else who might still want to join,” said Homer High School Head Coach Amy Johnson.

Formerly Amy Christianson, Johnson married Ben Johnson over the summer. 

School year begins with new principals, new students

At Paul Banks Elementary School’s meet-the-teacher event Monday afternoon, the parking lot was crowded and hallways were filled with excited students and their parents, grandparents and siblings.

For some, like Aiden Clark, there was excitement over being a first-grader, but he still took time to pay a visit to his old kindergarten classroom and say hello to his former teacher, Jeri McLean.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Aug. 27: School board candidate orientation, District Office, Soldotna, 1:30-2:30 p.m. For information, call Debbie Tressler, 907-714-8836.


Chapman School

Through Sept. 16: New student registration, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Aug. 20: First day of school.

Sept. 13: School pictures


Facilities upgraded in time for 2013-2014 school year

It isn’t just books, pencils, paper and teachers awaiting students of the Kenai Peninsula Bolrough School District.  While youngsters from prekindergarten to 12th grade had the summer away from their studies, the district’s maintenance crews were hard at work.

From top to bottom, inside and out, school buildings throughout the district received some special attention.

Some of the projects were started last year and finished this year.

Student named to prevention of youth suicide board

At 18, Taylor Haller is no stranger to serving her community.

A high school senior when classes begin at Susan B. English School later this month, Taylor volunteers as an ETT, emergency trauma technician, and firefighter for the city of Seldovia.

When a fire broke out on Hesketh Island earlier this summer, Taylor was part of the response team that also included her father, Seldovia Chief of Police Shad Haller, her mother, Tiffany, and two of her siblings, all of whom volunteer with Seldovia’s Fire and EMS.



Grades Prek-8

P.O. Box 1109, Anchor Point, AK 99556

Phone: 235-8671

Fax: 235-5460

Principal: Conrad Woodhead

Secretary: Debbie Poindexter

Class start, stop times: 8:40 a.m., 3:10 p.m.

Registration: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug, 6, 7, 8 and 12

First day of school: Aug. 20



School board


Joe Arness, President

P.O. Box 1470, 

Kenai, AK 99611

Phone: 907-776-8089


Liz Downing, Vice president

1247 Bay Ave., 

Homer, AK 99603

Phone: 235-8555


Childhood Immunizations

Homer Medical Center

4136 Bartlett St.; 235-8586 
Current Homer Medical Center patients call for appointment between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Homer Public Health

195 E. Bunnell Ave.; 235-8857 

Call for appointment between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed noon-1 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Kachemak Bay
Medical Clinic

Supplies List

A student’s name should be on everything unless otherwise noted.  


Note: For many reasons (safety, space, etc.), teachers prefer that students do not have backpacks with wheels. 



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