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.

Eagle has landed

A new sign is installed at Chapman School on Oct. 6, featuring the school’s mascot, a bald eagle. The sign was created by artist Dana Bachiochi. Working are, from left, Mike Charles, Chapman Principal Conrad Woodhead, Tanya Shafer and Angelo Toci. Not shown are Etta Toci and Travis Mooney. Poles for the sign were donated by Ray and Linda Williams, rope to trim the sign was donated by Kachemak Gear Shed and the post holes were dug by Gary Drake. Other support came from Chapman's parent group. 

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District

Chapman School

Oct. 16: Basketball, Ninilchik at Chapman, 4 p.m.

Oct. 18: Basketball, Nikolaevsk at Chapman, 4 p.m.

Oct. 18: Imagination library story and craft night, ages birth-5, 6-6:30 p.m.

Oct. 19: Inservice; no classes.

Fireweed Academy

Oct. 19: APC meeting, 4:30 p.m., Little Fireweed.

Fireweed Academy, K-2 (Little Fireweed)

Oct. 18: Community harvest celebration;

morning harvest followed by a community potluck lunch at 12:30 p.m.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Oct. 10: Parent group meeting, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


Ongoing: Registration, call 226-1880.

Fireweed Academy

The Academic Policy Committee, the governing body of Fireweed Academy, has openings for a community representative, parent representative and an adult serving as a student representative. Call Janet, 235-9728.

Fireweed Academy (K-2)

Oct. 5: School pictures.

Local student, now professor, brings students home

If you think only the edible parts of halibut are valuable, think again.

Throughout the summer and into Alaska Pacific University's current school year, Dr. Bradley Harris, assistant professor of marine biology, and students in Harris' fisheries ecology class and in APU's applied fisheries science laboratory put to good use what normally goes into Dumpsters. 


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