Schools

Homer students use video technology to learn in a classroom without walls

Homer High School social studies teacher Kendra Nelson’s first period world history class includes students from Homer High School and Kenai Central High School, yet neither school has to make tricky travel arrangements. 

Using video-conferencing technology, Nelson’s students connect with Greg Zorbas’ students in Kenai at the click of a button. Video conferencing allows Nelson and Zorbas to deliver lectures to both classes, as well as the students to connect with one another during class time. 

Nikiski seniors win top Caring for Kenai prize

As Caring for the Kenai (CFK) stepped into its second quarter century, it was Evangeline and Margeurite Cox that took one small step for canines and one giant leap for disaster preparedness by claiming the first place prize of $1,600 in the annual environmental and natural disaster preparedness contest. 

“Breath for Pets” was the title of their entry and their project placed pet oxygen masks in the hands of first responders on the Kenai Peninsula.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

May 16: Picnic and play day at Kiki’s house.

May 18: Last day of school.

Fireweed Academy (K-2)

May 13: K-2 closing celebration, potluck and promotion ceremony.

Homer Flex

May 12-13: Seward field trip.

School board considers changes to southern peninsula bus routes

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board will decide in June whether the bus route scheduling for southern peninsula schools, including Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik, will change, said KPBSD Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones at a Tuesday meeting at Homer High School. 

Any changes to bus routes will go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year. The upcoming 2016-2017 school year’s transportation schedule will not change, Jones said.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

 

Chapman School 

May 6: Community potluck retirement party for Donna Austin and Linda Brady in the Chapman gym, 6 p.m. Bring a dish and memories to share.

 

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

May 16: Picnic and play day at Kiki’s house.

May 18: Last day of school.

 

Chapman hosts potluck for two retiring teachers

Chapman School is honoring retiring teachers Donna Austin and Linda Brady with a community potluck retirement party at 6 p.m. Friday.

Community members, including current and former students and their parents, are invited to share a dish and a story at the Chapman School Gym, according to Chapman School secretary Debbie Poindexter. Both Austin and Brady leave a unique legacy at the school.

Donna Austin

Mariners on the move

Each Homer High faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families were invited to an April 20th celebration catered by the HHS Culinary Arts classes. Fourth quarter winners were, from left, Aurora Shadle, nominated by Ms. Tetor; Uliana Reutov, nominated by Ms. Roberts; Vincent Waddell, nominated by Mrs. Lowe; Avram Salzmann, nominated by Mr. Campbell; Martin Welty, nominated by Mr. Waclawski; Logan Reyes, nominated by Mr. Neely; Amber Bridgeman, nominated by Mr.

KBC students receive nursing certification

The Kachemak Bay Campus — Kenai Peninsula College recently announced the following students have completed their training this semester to earn their state certification as a certified nursing assistant.

KBC’s certified nursing assistant class was taught by adjunct instructor Halee Bradshaw, RN, with support from South Peninsula Hospital staff and South Peninsula Hospital Foundation.

School Events

Chapman School 

May 3: Title-1 Pre-Kindergarten screening.

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

May 1: May Day celebration at Little Fireweed, 12-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

May 4: Early release day; school out at 1:30 p.m.

Fireweed Academy (K-2)

May 4: Step-up visit day to Big Fireweed for 2nd graders.

Annual kids’ fair offers information, lots of fun

If you like prizes and fun, the annual Safe and Healthy Kids Fair at Homer High is the place to be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The free event aims to promote healthy living to kids and teens, as well as other family members. The event will feature more than 30 booths and stations with hands-on activities and demonstrations, according to a press release from South Peninsula Hospital. 

Teens use art to promote community support

Homer’s teens want the community to stop making assumptions about them, and they’re using art to get everyone’s attention.

The group of teens involved in Homer’s Lead On group is hosting an event to kick off a media campaign focusing on the negative effects of stereotyping from 6-8 p.m. Friday at K-Bay Caffe. 

The idea is to start a conversation, said Homer High senior Lilli Johnson. 

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

 

Chapman School 

May 3: Title-1 Pre-Kindergarten screening.

 

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

May 1: May Day celebration at Little Fireweed, 12-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

May 4: Early release day; school out at 1:30 p.m.

Teen talent show helps art program

Colors of Homer has provided a safe space for teens to express their creativity for the last four years, and this year it also aimed to give back to the Homer High School art program. The bi-annual event acts as a variety-show-meets-open-mic-night for students to sing, recite poetry, show artwork, or show-off other talents.

West Homer event makes science fun

West Homer Elementary School is abandoning its tri-yearly science fair competition for a night of science fun for students and their parents. 

Science Palooza will take place on Thursday, April 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature hands-on activities and the grand opening of the school’s nature trail, said West Homer fourth grade teacher Shellie Worsfold.

School Events

Chapman School 

April 15: Track meet at Kenai, 3 p.m.

May 3: Title-1 Pre-Kindergarten Screening.

 

Fireweed Academy (3-6)

April 15: Spaghetti feed 6th grade fundraiser, noon.

April 15: Gwendolin Chatfield, musician.

April 21: Starlab.

Homer Flex

Mariners show promise at first track-field meet

Homer High School’s track team finished the Big C Relays Meet in Anchorage on April 1 and 2 with three athletes in sixth place spots. The team has a week’s break before heading back up to The Dome in Anchorage for the Pro Whit Meet on April 15 and 16.

Jack Ritcher, Anna Brock and Lauren Everts came in sixth in their events. Brock, a freshman, placed in shot put, a first for Homer. 

Ritcher’s spot in the 100-meter dash was the first time Homer has had a sprinter make it to the final, said track and field head coach Bill Steyer. 

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