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.
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.
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to show that Eddie Wood was at West Homer Elementary School for two weeks, not a month, from Nov. 2-13.
Long-time Homer artist Eddie Wood’s November residency at West Homer Elementary School culminated with a goofy, imaginative performance on Friday, Nov. 13, in the school gym.
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.
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.
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.
Nov. 5: Basketball vs. ABC at Chapman, 4 p.m.
Nov. 6: Basketball at Skyview, 3 p.m.
Nov. 7: Senior Center Craft Bazaar, 10 a.m-3 p.m.
Nov. 10: Basketball at Ninilchik, 4 p.m.
Nov. 12: Third- and Fourth-Grade Walk to Dr. Abbott’s office.
Nov. 12: Cooking on a Budget, 3 p.m.
Schools all over the peninsula celebrated Halloween in style last week. Paul Banks Elementary School got into the holiday spirit with a parade last Wednesday, Oct. 28, and at McNeil Canyon Elementary’s Fall Carnival on Friday, Oct. 30, students and families alike got to show off costumes both sweet and scary.
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge, the no-coding-skills-needed contest that gives middle and high school students a chance to bring their problem-solving app ideas to life, is back. In its fourth year, the App Challenge calls students to gather teams, dream up ideas, and create concepts for mobile apps that could solve problems in their schools and communities.
Students of all ages on the lower Kenai Peninsula are celebrating Halloween this week.
McNeil Canyon Elementary and Chapman School will each have fall carnivals on Friday.
Chapman’s Halloween Carnival goes from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include a haunted house, silent auction, costume contest, raffle, and tons of fun carnival games, from a cake walk to mini golf.
Oct. 22: Family Ed Night, 6 p.m
Oct. 23: Fire drill with APES, KESA, and Homer responding, 10 a.m.
Oct. 23: Basketball vs. Cook Inlet Academy.
Oct. 27: Basketball at Chapman vs. Ninilchik.
Oct. 30: Chapman Parent Group Halloween Carnival, 6 p.m.
Fireweed Academy (all grades)
At the West Homer Elementary Fourth Annual Potato Fest last week, students proved that science can be both fun and tasty. It was a busy afternoon for members of the student council, who were assigned to serve food to the 250 third-through-sixth-grade students and their families who packed the school gym. On the menu were broccoli, bacon, onions and sour cream to plop on top of baked potatoes grown right in the school’s garden.
Grade-school students from nearly 30 Kenai Peninsula schools got up close and personal with the fish Alaska is known for last week at salmon egg takes on the Anchor River and in Seward and Bear Creek.
The egg takes kicked off the 16th season of Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Salmon in the Classroom program, which aims to help Alaskan students better understand the fish that are so important to the state’s economy.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is requesting input from interested persons at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled for Oct. 15, 2015, starting at 6 p.m. at a school near you, via MS Lync. For information, or to find a location near you, visit the www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us homepage, then community interest, and district-wide budget development meeting. If you have questions, please call Lassie Nelson at 714-8838.
Last Thursday, Oct. 8, the cafeteria at Paul Banks Elementary School was crowded with a dog sled, a claw machine, several ball games and even more castles – and dozens of ecstatic 6-year-old engineers. First- and second-graders were participating in a nationwide Cardboard Challenge, which invited students to build structures out of recycled materials. The challenge is based on a viral YouTube video called “Cain’s Arcade,” which showcases an elementary schooler proudly displaying an entire working games arcade made of cardboard.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is requesting input from interested persons at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at a school near you, via MS Lync. For information, or to find a location near you, visit the www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us homepage, then community interest, and district-wide budget development meeting. If you have questions, please call Lassie Nelson at 714-8838.
For most preschoolers, nothing could beat meeting a real live superhero. But a special event at Paul Banks Elementary School on Sept. 30 came pretty close: As part of a 20-year partnership about fire safety education, the Homer Volunteer Firefighters paid a visit to Emily Priest and Mindy Hunter’s pre-K classes.
“I didn’t know you were firefighters! I thought you were regular people!” exclaimed 4-year-old Konrad Overholt upon their arrival.
Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete an online form and agree to a background check; only criminal activity will be checked. All information will be kept confidential.
To complete the process, visit the school district’s web page at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us and click on Employment, then click on Volunteer, then on Volunteer All Vacancies, and find the location where you wish to volunteer. Click the Apply button that corresponds to that location, then follow the instructions.
It’s Homecoming Week at Homer High, and that means celebrating Mariner spirit every day. All week long, students have shown their school pride at themed spirit days: ’Merica Day, PJ Day, Twin Day, Class Color Day, and Blue and Gold Day. On Friday, the school invites the whole community to come out to a Homecoming Bonfire in the parking lot from 7 to 10 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs; games and snacks will be provided. Kick-off time for the homecoming football game against Voznesenka is 2 p.m. Saturday.
Oct. 3: Kenai Peninsula Borough community meeting at 3 p.m. Contact Michele Turner at 714-2165.
Oct. 8: Homer Electric Association community barbecue at Chapman, 5 p.m. Contact Joe Gallagher at HEA for more info.
Oct. 20: Presentation at Chapman on the Adolescent Brain by Brian Partridge, associate professor in psychology and human services at the Kachemak Bay Campus. Refreshments provided. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.