Homer Alaska - Schools

Story last updated at 4:16 PM on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

School Events

Student news

Rebecca M. Temple of Homer, a junior majoring in mathematics at Oregon State University, has been named to the school's honor roll for the fall term by earning a 3.5 or better grade point average and carrying at least 12 graded hours of course work.

Charles Trowbridge of Homer received a bachelor of arts degree in English and a bachelor of music from Eastern Oregon University in 2010-2011. The university has a special focus on rural, regional and distance learning. Programs are delivered on campus, online and onsite at La Grande and at 16 regional centers and include liberal arts, business, education and cooperative programs in agriculture, nursing and dental hygiene.

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District


For immediate updates in the event of a school delay or closure, visit www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us, with local radio stations, and KPBSD on Facebook and Twitter. If school remains open, and you as a parent believe that it is not safe for your child to travel to school, you have the right to keep your child at home. Please notify the school if you choose to do so.

Jan. 9: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7-9 p.m.

Through Jan. 21: Comments being accepted on transportation proposal, visit www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=23051.

Feb. 2-3: Parent-teacher conferences; all-day event.

Feb. 6: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7-9 p.m.

Feb. 14: Deadline to nominate a KPBSD educator for the 2012 BP Teachers of Excellence of Program. See www.BPTeachers.com.

Homer High School

For sports events, see Calendar, page 14.

Drama, Debate and Forensics holds debate practice from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Mondays and full-team practice from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Following is the DDF tournament schedule:

Jan. 7: Random acts of DDF.

Jan.20-21: At Wasilla High School.

Jan. 27-28: At West High School, Anchorage.

Feb. 10-11: At Service High School, Anchorage.

Feb. 16-18: AASA State Tournament.

Homer Middle School

Jan. 20: Site council meeting, 3:45 p.m.

McNeil Canyon Elementary School

Volunteers needed: Spelling bee coordinator; supervise skaters on the ice rink; make hot chocolate and serve snack after skating; talent show coordinator.

Jan. 6: Geography bee. Students who qualified to participate have been notified.

Jan 11: After-school skating program begins.

Feb. 12: Spelling bee. For more information and study tips, visit www.spellingbee.com or www.myspellit.com.

West Homer Elementary School:

Through Feb. 10: Wrestling on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:15-4:45 p.m.

Jan. 13: Geography bee, 9 a.m.

Feb. 7: Site council, library, 4 p.m.

Feb. 7: PTO ,meeting, 4:45 p.m.

Feb. 13-March7: Volleyball, 3:20-5 p.m.

Childcare scholarships

Families First: A Best Beginnings Partnership is providing a scholarship to Homer-area childcare homes and centers. The scholarship money can be used for supplies, equipment or substitute staff so regular staff can attend trainings. Deadline to turn in completed applications is Jan. 13. Up to $500 is available for the area. For more information and to get an application, contact Lilita Brache, lolitagrace@gmail.com or 435-7101.

Parenting workshops

Families First: A Best Beginnings Partnership is co-sonsoring the two following parenting workshops in the Homer area starting in January. Both workshops are approved for training "clock hours" for child care workers.

Active Parenting Now Parenting Workshop: Developed by Dr. Michael Popkin, this course will be presented via Dr. Popkin's DVD and discussion by local facilitator Sherry Stead. The course is designed to help parents of children ages 5-12 raise responsible, cooperative children. The workshop explains the use of positive non-violent discipline and communication techniques that help families avoid power struggles. It meets Thursdays, beginning today and running for six sessions, 9-11 a.m., Homer Methodist Church. Cost $15 per family for textbook. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Stead at 235-1320 or email sdstead@gmail.com. Free child care is available; arrange at registration.

Conscious Discipline Parenting Support classes: Developed by Dr. Becky A. Bailey, this course will be presented via Dr. Bailey's DVD and discussion by local facilitators Terri Mach, Homer Head Start Coordinator, and Sharon McKemie Bauer, counselor. Participants will learn seven basic parenting and classroom skills: composure, positive intent, encouragement, empathy, assertiveness, choices, consequences. These concepts are copyrighted by Loving Guidance, Inc., www.consciousdiscipline.com. The class meets Saturdays beginning Jan. 28, 10-11:30 a.m. at Homer Head Start. It is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, call Mach, 235-4322 or McKemie, 235-2318. Free child care is available; arrange at registration.

Early Childhood Education Presentations

For information on free, 30-minute presentations with local professionals on the following topics, call 435-7101 or see the Families First listing on www.pop411.org:

• Social and emotional development of young children, facilitated by Brian Partridge, Kachemak Bay Campus assistant professor of psychology and human services, brain development;

• Brain development of young children, facilitated by Linda Chamberlain, public health associate and epidemiologist specializing in childhood;

• Importance of reading with young children, facilitated by Caroline Venuti, Kachemak Bay Campus Learning Center staff and Education program adjunct faculty.