Students statewide were unable to start the Alaska Measures of Progress and Alaska Alternate assessments Tuesday, the first day scheduled for this year’s round of testing.
A construction vehicle at the University of Kansas, which houses the testing vendor, the Achievement and Assessment Institute, drove over and sliced a fiber optic cable, shutting down the Internet across campus and cutting off Alaska’s access to the test servers.
April 1: Early release day. Students dismissed at 1:40 p.m.
April 4: Track starts for 7th and 8th grades.
April 12: Child Find at Chapman. Call to set up appointment.
April 15: Track meet at Kenai, 3 p.m.
Fireweed Academy (all grades)
April 1: Wonderheads performance at Homer High.
Since one of Homer’s main industries takes place on the water, it follows that the high school would put a spotlight on the marine trades. From students who spend the summers fishing with their families or working a summer job on a boat, to those who have their sights set on an ocean-related career, the marine trades Focus On Learning series prepares students for success at sea.
The staff and students at Kachemak Selo School are still waiting to hear whether there will be room in next year’s budget for a new building.
The K-12 replacement facility is sitting at the top of the Alaska Department of Early Education and Development FY17 construction grant list, and was placed on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed FY17 capital budget, but hasn’t been addressed this session so far.
March 24: Third quarter awards assembly.
March 28: Spring pictures.
March 30: Tsunami warning drill, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Tsunami sirens and warnings may be heard, or broacasted on TV or radio. However, it’s just a test to make sure that the tsunami warning system works. It is not a real emergency. Do not evacuate and do not call 911.
Though Linda Reinhart has spent over four decades as a volunteer at Paul Banks Elementary, a more fitting title would be resident grandmother.
Reinhart, who is indeed referred to as Grandma Reinhart by both staff and students, volunteered off and on for 32 years at the school and has been a consistent volunteer for the past 13 years. In recognition of her 45 years spent working with students, Reinhart received the Golden Apple award at the March 7 school board meeting, just five days after her 80th birthday.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was found to be 100 percent compliant in ensuring students without exemptions are vaccinated.
Superintendent Sean Dusek announced at the March 8 Board of Education meeting that the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services sampled 800 immunization records in the annual school audits completed early this year.
With less than a month from the vote, Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education members report they plan to approve the school district’s budget — though not without uneasiness.
Spending for next year has been reduced by $4.5 million from the current fiscal year, and further allocations or cuts from the state level are still uncertain.
“I think that what they have done is realistic,” said board member Marty Anderson. “You never want to lose programs.”
The Nutritional Alaska Foods to Schools, or NAFS, pilot program that brought locally sourced foods to school meal menus will not continue into the 2016-2017 school year. The loss of funding results from budget decreases related to the state’s current fiscal crisis, according to Jenny Martin, legislative aide to Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
March 14-18: Most schools are on spring break, no school.
Fireweed Academy (3-6)
March 29: Field trip - Mud Bay
Homer High School
April 9: Prom.
Linda Stubbert will be at the school the week following spring break to take tuxedo orders.
McNeil Canyon Elementary School
Students in fourth through sixth grades at Fireweed Academy showed off models of famous buildings at the Structures Expo on March 4.
The students spent time in school and at home to create structures out of a variety of materials — cardboard, plastic foam, paint, hot glue and even Rice Krispies treats. The children chose buildings that were interesting to them. Fourth-grader Poppy Smith picked the Arc de Triomphe, which is located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées in Paris, to share the unfamiliar with her peers.
March 14-18 : Spring break, no school.
Girassol Learning Center and Art Studio now taking students
Girassol offers early preschool, preschool, and after school programs for school age children. The center combines Montessori, Constructivism theory and Reggio Emilia teaching approaches in their programs and is licensed by the state of Alaska. Open year-round, even on school breaks.
Located at Christian Community Church, 3838 Bartlett St., Homer.
Eric Waltenbaugh has verbally accepted the principal position for West Homer Elementary, said Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff.
Waltenbaugh is currently serving as a middle-high school teacher and curriculum specialist in the Kodiak School District, and has been there since 2000.
Eric Waltenbaugh verbally accepted the principal position for West Homer Elementary, said Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff. Waltenbaugh is currently serving as a middle-high school teacher and curriculum specialist in Kodiak School District, and has been there since 2000.
Waltenbaugh is no stranger to Homer. His wife is a Homer native and they have a house where they spend summers in town with their three kids, said Waltenbaugh during his interview on Feb. 25.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
March 1: Iditaread starts. Contact Kristin Metz at 226-1880 for more information.
March 1: ACT testing at the Homer Connections office, 8:15 a.m.
March 2: Homer Rock Climbing at the Bay Club. 1:30 p.m. Contact Jake Parrett at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Homer High school students attended the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl competition in Seward on Feb. 26-28, taking home six awards in their events. The Ocean Bowl consists of eight events, of which Homer competed in five.
The competition focuses on topics related to the study of the oceans and allows the winner to continue on to compete against other regional teams from all over the United States.
For those who attended, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Forensics Competition was one of the best shows on the peninsula last weekend. Tustumena Elementary School hosted the district-wide Feb. 27 competition during which fourth-sixth graders performed a range of comedic and dramatic sketches, poetry and prose.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek interviewed five candidates for the open West Homer Elementary School principal position in a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25. The district expects to announce the person filling the position on Tuesday, March 1, Dusek said.
The principal position was announced as available in late January after current principal Raymond Marshall informed the district of his resignation. Marshall will complete the current school year and the new principal will start in the 2016-2017 academic year.
Homer High School is taking an artistic approach to difficulties faced by students. Several pieces of installation art can be seen around the school — from a white board where students wrote their aspirations to a slew of insults covering the walls of a stairwell.
Art teacher Alayne Tetor assigned students to create artwork that would resonate with their peers. Two groups of students tackled issues that are being discussed on a national scale — bullying and mental health — by creating thought-provoking visuals.
Feb. 26: Volleyball tournament at Chapman.
Fireweed Academy (all grades)
March 11 : Teacher inservice day, no school.
March 14-18 : Spring break, no school
Fireweed Academy K-2)
Feb. 26: Field trips to Alaska Aquaponics and Nomad Shelters