Schools

Deadline to apply for board seat extended to Jan. 20

Interested applicants still have time to apply for the open Board of Education District 9-South Peninsula seat that serves some areas of Homer, Nanwalek, Port Graham and Seldovia.

The deadline has been extended until Jan. 20 at 5 p.m., because no one applied prior to the previously set Dec. 29, 2015, cutoff to fill the position vacated in December by 12-year member Sunni Hilts.

Delilah Harris heads to state Geography Bee

Sixth-grade West Homer Elementary School student Delilah Harris beat out 26 fellow students at the school’s Geography Bee on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Theo McDonough, a fifth grader, took the runner-up spot.

Delilah will advance to the state competition on April 1 at the Egan Center in Anchorage, competing for the chance to travel to the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., in May, said West Homer Elementary School Principal Raymond Marshall. If Delilah cannot attend the state bee, Theo will go instead as West Homer Elementary’s representative.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Most KPBSD schools will have a vacation day on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day.
Chapman School

Jan. 14: Quarter 2 awards, 2 p.m.

Jan. 15: Wrestling Tournament, TBA

Jan. 25: Sportsman Banquet, TBA

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Jan. 15: Link-Up Orchestra at the Mariner Theater, 7 p.m.

Letters to Santa

Editor’s Note: It’s become a Christmas tradition that every year the first-graders in Wendy Todd’s class at Paul Banks Elementary School share their holiday drawings and letters to Santa. We’ve tried to stay true to the kids’ spelling.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

All KPBSD schools will have winter break from Dec. 19 through Jan. 3. School will start again on Jan. 4. Happy holidays!

Chapman School

Dec. 14-18: Information Services Week. Chapman School would like to thank the KPBSD tech folks for all they do for us — every day!

Dec. 17: 5th-8th Grade Dance, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Dec. 18: No school – in-service day.

Paul Banks kids celebrate Christmas, insect-style

Outside of an entomology conference, you couldn’t find a group of people happier to see several dozen bugs than the packed audience in Mariner Theatre last Thursday afternoon. 

Nearly every seat was filled for Paul Banks Elementary School’s performance of “A Bugz Christmas,” a musical acted out by costumed kindergarteners, first- and second-graders. Parents and grandparents stood to wave and call to their wing-clad children as the stage filled with little bugs — who waved happily back, pipe cleaner antennae wobbling.

Scholarship deadline approaches

The Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club sponsors two $1,500 scholarships for the spring 2016 Kachemak Bay Campus semester. Application packages must be received by Dec. 30. 

Applicants must attend the Kachemak Bay Campus and demonstrate the best combination of financial need, academic achievement, career goals and Rotary principles. 

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District 

 

All KPBSD schools will have winter break from Dec. 19-Jan. 3. School will resume on Jan. 4. Happy holidays!

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Dec. 14: APC meeting in Room 103 at West Homer Elementary.

Dec. 18: No school – teacher in service day.

Dec. 19: Craft and cookie decorating table at Procrastinators Faire, Homer High School.

Applicants sought for District 9 board seat

Longtime school board member Sunni Hilts (District 9) retires this month. (See story, page 1.) Thus, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking applicants to fill this vacant school board position through October 2016. Applications are online at kpbsd.k12.ak.us, and will be accepted through noon Dec. 27 for the District 9 (South Peninsula) school board position.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a qualified voter of the State of Alaska and a resident of the Kenai Peninsula and District 9 (South Peninsula) for 180 days.

Flex students get into holiday spirit with after-school crafts

On Thursday, Dec. 3, Homer Flex students and teachers had the option to spend their after-school hours crafting. 

The Flex Craft Fair is “about creating a handmade gift for a loved one or yourself,” said Flex teacher Colette Choate.

All the crafts were holiday oriented or ideal gifts. While there were no restrictions as to what students could make, there were materials laid out to make three kinds of items: jewelry, ornaments and paper arts. 

School Events

Chapman School

Dec. 3: Winter concert by grades K-8, 7 p.m.

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Dec. 9: Nutcracker performance, 7 p.m. Intermission bake sale fundraiser.

Dec. 14: APC meeting in Room 103 at West Homer Elementary

Big Fireweed Academy

Dec. 4: Guest speaker: Carmen Fields will present on salmon habitat and ecology.

Expert talks about invasive species

Ask 8-year-olds in most parts of the country to name invasive species in their town, and you’d get a lot of confused looks. But when Matt Steffy, a natural resources specialist at Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, posed that challenge to a class of third- through sixth-graders at Fireweed Academy on Nov. 20, the response was immediate.

“There is mint is all over our garden but we never planted it, it just came up, ” shouted out one eager fourth-grader.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

All KPBSD schools will release early today, Wednesday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving break. There will be no school on Thursday or Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

Dec. 18-Jan. 3: Holiday break — no school.

Big Fireweed Academy

Dec. 4: Guest speaker: Carmen Fields will present on salmon habitat and ecology.

Nikolaevsk, Chapman earn recognition for performance

Each year two Alaska schools are honored as a National Title I Distinguished School. This year, Chapman School in Anchor Point was recognized for exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years. Nikolaevsk School in Nikolaevsk was recognized for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups. 

School Events

kenai Peninsula Borough School District

All KPBSD schools will release students early on Wednesday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving break. There will be no school on Nov. 26 and 27. 

 

Last spring, third- through tenth-graders took a new assessment, Alaska Measures Progress, for the first time. AMP replaces the Standards Based Assessments and tests language arts and math skills. Individual student results are expected to be mailed to parents and students in December.

Kachemak Selo replacement school ranks No. 1 on state’s tentative capital projects list

There is a good chance the 63 unhoused students at Kachemak Selo School will get a new building.

The K-12 Kachemak Selo replacement school is ranked as the top priority on the Alaska Department of Early Education and Development preliminary FY17 school construction grant money list.

The initial agency decision was released last Thursday, with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s funding request for an 18,599-square-foot educational facility 9.5 points ahead of the next-highest ranked priority.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

 

Last spring, third- through tenth-graders took a new assessment, Alaska Measures Progress, for the first time. AMP replaces the Standards Based Assessments and tests language arts and math skills. District and school results were released this week, and the Homer News plans to report on those results next week. Individual student results are expected to be mailed to parents and students in December.

Chapman School

Team discusses importance of DDF

As they went to Anchorage to compete in a tournament at West Anchorage High School last weekend, each member of the Homer High School DDF team had three words on his or her mind: drama, debate, and forensics.

DDF is a statewide competitive activity that tests high school students’ ability to perform publicly in each of the three stated categories. The Homer High team, which has been around for 12 years, practices each week to prepare for competition.

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