Marine debris art doubles as decor for prom

Homer High School’s prom on Saturday will be bedecked with sustainable decorations from the Homer community. 

In collaboration with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the prom committee is using marine debris art made by Homer artists from items collected during beach cleanups, said Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Outreach and Marketing Director Melanie Dufour.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

AMP testing has been cancelled district-wide.

Chapman School 

April 12: Child Find at Chapman. Call to set up appointment.

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

May 3: Title-1 Pre-Kindergarten Screening.

Fireweed Academy (all grades)

School testing delayed after cable sliced

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.

School Events

Chapman School 

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.

Students look to sea for job opportunities

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.

Kachemak Selo still waiting on state

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.

School Events

Chapman School 

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.

Paul Banks volunteer receives Golden Apple

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.

School district compliant with immunization rules

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.

School board prepares to vote on lean budget

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.”

School Events

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

Fireweed Structures Expo 2016

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.

School Events

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. 

Kodiak teacher accepts West Homer Elementary principal position

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.

School Events

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 for more information.

Homer High students place 4th in science competition

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.


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