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School nurse offers tips to keep students healthy

With the cold, autumn and winter weather Homer has begun to experience, also comes illnesses such as the common cold, stomach bugs, hand, foot and mouth disease, and influenza, also known as the flu, according to Homer Middle School and Homer Flex school nurse Janette Latimer.

While a sneeze or two might not warrant keeping a child home from school — much to their disappointment — certain symptoms do point to a day in bed rather than a desk. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s policy requires parents to keep children at home if they have the following symptoms:

School events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Nov. 14: APC meeting in room 104 at Big Fireweed, 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 18: Fresh fruit fundraiser. Call 235-9728 to order.

Nov. 23: Early release.

Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving holiday. No school.

Big Fireweed (3-6)

Thursdays: Math homework club with Jon in room 102.

Wednesdays: Lego League with Kevin and Stephanie in room 105.

Movie night success

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Nov. 3: Fireweed Share the Spirit Movie Night at Homer Theatre featuring The Polar Express and several student-made shorts.

 

Homer Flex

Nov. 4: Picture re-takes.

Nov. 18: Eligibility check.

Nov. 23: Flex community Thanksgiving, noon. Call for details.

Nov. 23: Early release. Staff will review student interventions.

 

Homer High School

Nov. 3: Girls wrestling dual vs. Edgecumbe at ACS, 5 p.m. Leave at 10 a.m.

DDF places in nine categories

Homer High School’s drama, debate and forensics tournament held over the weekend on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 was a success, head coach Amy Johnson wrote in an email.

“Homer High got many compliments, including the beauty of the school and how well the tournament was run,” Johnson said.

Homer’s DDF team placed in nine categories during the meet, including readers’ theatre, pantomime, dramatic interpretation and duet acting. The results are:

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences.

Nov. 3: Fireweed Share the Spirit Movie Night at Homer Theatre featuring The Polar Express and several student-made shorts.

Homer Flex

Oct. 27-28: Parent-teacher conferences by appointment.

Nov. 2: Community busing meeting at Homer High School, 6 p.m.

Nov. 4: Picture re-takes.

Homer High School

Oct. 27: No school. Parent-teacher conferences, 8:30-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., 3-5 p.m.

DDF brings home 10 awards from Chugiak tournament

Homer High School’s Drama, Debate and Forensices (DDF) team competed in Chugiak over the weekend of Oct. 22, placing in a total of 10 categories. Placing were:

• Lauren Jones and Zane Boyer — first place, Duet Acting;

• Landon Bunting — first place, Pantomime;

• Johanna Allen — second place, Dramatic Interpretation;

• Lauren Jones and Landon Bunting — second place, Duo Interpretation;

• Chloë Pleznac, Galen Lyon and Asa Panarelli — third place, Pantomime;

• Eryn Gillam — third place, Dramatic Interpretation;

Play is children's work

Play is an essential part of childhood development and early literacy. Play provides children the opportunity to explore learned concepts further, try out new vocabulary, imagine and create the fantastical, collaborate with others, and practice storytelling; all while having fun!

Sports provide life skills, community for high school athletes

At five a.m. when my alarm wakes me and I stumble around getting ready for open gym, I often wonder how sports has affected my life in such a way that I am ready before the sun comes up to head to basketball.

In talking with Homer High student athletes, we all agree that sports have had a positive influence in our lives, provided us with a great group of peers, a chance to practice time management and perseverance, along with developing a passion and work ethic for our preferred sport.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Oct. 21: End of the quarter. No school, teacher in-service day.

Oct. 26: Early release. School out at 1:45 p.m.

Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences.

 

Homer Flex

Oct. 20: Great Alaska Shake-Out at 10:20 a.m.

Oct. 21: No school for students. Staff in-service: district five-year plan and school goals, evaluation process, and student progress.

November meetings set to discuss school start, end times

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold meetings to discuss the three schedule options developed by school principals and district administration and staff. The proposed schedules for south peninsula school followed community meetings and feedback from community members in early October. The preferred option of school administrators is “X,” and additional options “Y” and “Z” were developed. Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to attend community meetings in November for conversation.

· Nov. 1, 6 p.m., Ninilchik School.

Schools study places to cut

Kenai Peninsula Borough schools could see cuts to the arts and sports as well as more students in each classroom if the state can’t find ways to close its budget gap.

Community meetings addressing potential budget cuts to district schools on Oct. 13 asked parents and staff to discuss items that could be removed or reduced from their schools’ budgets to accommodate a 10 percent cut. For many schools, such a cut would damage their ability to provide the quality of education the community has come to expect.

School events and briefs

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Oct. 14: Picture day.

Oct. 21: End of the quarter. No school, teacher in-service day.

Oct. 26: Early release. School out at 1:45 p.m.

Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences.

Big Fireweed (3-6)

Oct. 13: Guest speaker Kiki Abrahamson. Presentation on Kyrgyzstan.

Oct. 14: Guest speaker Matt Steffy, natural resource specialist with Homer Soil and Water Conservation District.

Little Fireweed (K-2)

School district seeks ideas on budget

At a series of public meetings Thursday, Oct. 13, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will begin confronting a budget for next year that may be between 3 and 20 percent less than the previous year’s.

District Superintendent Sean Dusek invited the public to participate in the budget meetings and offered an overview of problems to listeners at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Oct. 5.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Oct. 14: Picture retakes.

Oct. 21: No school, teacher in-service.

Oct. 26: Early release.

Oct. 27-28: Student-led parent-teacher conferences.

Big Fireweed (3-6)

Oct. 6: Anchor River field trip for the salmon egg take with Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Oct. 7: Spaghetti feed fundraiser.

Oct. 7: Guest speaker Matt Steffy, natural resource specialist with Homer Soil and Water Conservation District.

Homer-area schools to plan to reduce 10 bus routes to five next school year

Among the budget-driven changes coming to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is a new busing system that will change start times for 10 southern Kenai Peninsula schools.

After the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development cut inflation funding from its pupil transportation grant allocations, the school district created a plan to have each southern peninsula bus carry two loads of students — first dropping off the kids picked up on one route then going out on another route to pick up for a different school.

Homer's Mike Illg appointed to school board seat

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education chose a new member at its meeting Monday evening.

Mike Illg, the City of Homer’s Community Recreation Coordinator and a former wrestling coach at Homer High and Middle schools, was elected to join in a 5-1 secret ballot vote. School Board president Joe Arness and member Marty Anderson were absent.

School briefs and events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy

Little Fireweed

Sept. 29: K-2 student-parent open house, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Homer Flex

Sept. 23: Eligibility check due.

Oct. 4: Picture day.

Homer High School

Sept. 22: Spirit week: Class color day; seniors: black, juniors: white, sophomores: grey, freshmen: purple, staff: tie dye.

Sept. 22: Powder Puff football finals during FOL

Sept. 23: Spirit week: Blue and gold day

Sept. 23: Pep assembly, 8:30 a.m.

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