Homer Alaska - Schools

Story last updated at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District


Visit www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us, with local radio stations, and KPBSD on Facebook and Twitter for immediate updates in the event of a school delay or closure. 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.

Nov. 8: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7-9 p.m.

Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving break, no school.

Dec. 5: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7-9 p.m.

Chapman School

Nov. 4: Awards assembly, 2 p.m.

Nov. 5: Anchor Point Senior Center holiday craft fair, Chapman School gym, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Nov. 11: Veterans Day assembly, 2:30 p.m.


Nov. 14: WorkKeys testing for all Homer Connections juniors, Homer High School, 8:30 a.m. Call the office, 226-1880, to pre-register.

Nov. 15: All Connections juniors and seniors are invited to a session on "Financial Aid for Beginners" and "How to Write a Scholarship Letter," with Kim Frost at Kachemak Bay Campus, Pioneer Hall, Room 201, 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Call 226-1880 to pre-register.

Fireweed (Little) Academy, grades K-2

Today: Picture retakes.

Nov. 4: Fall fundraiser. See below.

Fireweed (Big) Academy, grades 3-6

Today: Picture retakes.

Nov. 4: The community is invited to the 13th annual Fireweed Academy fundraiser. Includes performance by Little Fireweed students. Benefits local "artist in the schools" program, as well as school field trips; live, silent and dessert auctions; split-the-pot raffle; dancing; singing; general merriment. Held in West Homer Elementary School gym, beginning at 6 p.m.

Nov. 11: Field trip to Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Homer Flex School

Through Nov. 9: Improv with Martty Zeller.

Homer High School

NOTE: An after-school study hall is available every day after school in room B-101.

Nov. 11-12: Drama, Debate and Forensics meet at Eagle River High School.

Homer Middle School

Nov. 4: Basketball vs. Kenai, 3 p.m.

Nov. 5: Basketball vs. Mat-Su, 4 p.m.

Nov. 8: Site council, 3:45 p.m.

Nov. 12: Basketball at Seward, noon.

Nov. 16: Geography Bee.

Nov. 18: Basketball vs. Nikiski, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 19: Basketball vs. Soldotna, 11 a.m.

Dec. 2: Basketball at Soldotna, 3 p.m.

Dec. 2: High school basketball practice, 6 p.m.

Dec. 3: High school basketball practice, 10 a.m.

Dec. 6: Basketball, first round of Borough.

Dec. 7: Spelling bee.

Dec. 10: Basketball Borough finals at Soldotna, 10 a.m.

Dec. 13: Site council, 3:45 p.m.

Dec. 13: Winter concert.

McNeil Canyon Elementary School

Honor role, first quarter: Mattea Allen, Tristen Gonzales, Scott Lapp, Abby Middleton, Chad Morris, Jennasea Puterbaugh, Daniel Reutov, Alec Rhodes, Austin Shafford, Jessie Skalisky, Rhythm Beckett-Cook, Lia Jacobsen, Summer McGuire, Sammy Walker, Hunter Warren, Kiriana Basargin, Raisa Basargin, Jordan Beachy, Alissa Cole, Koby Etzwiler, Jaron Morris, Michael Reutov, Spencer Warren and Bradly Wythe.

Through Nov. 4: Book efair, benefits the school's art program. Visit www.usbornebooks.com and look for the school's name in the upper right hand side, or go directly to www.myubam.com/BF48402.

Nov. 11: Picture retakes.

Nov. 17: Kindergarten harvest lunch prepared for students' families.

Nov. 17: Site council.

Nov. 23: Spotlight lunch honoring Blaise Banks, Briar Boyd, Kyeson Johnson, Lucas Story, Bristol Johnson, Melanie Morris, Fiona Hatton, Sailey Rhodes, Katelyn Engebretsen, Paige Jones, Rebecca Wythe, Mattea Allen, Abby Middleton, Mackenzie Ormond, Rio Shemet-Pitcher, Kenny Asbell, Ciara Jones and Hunter Warren. Parents are invited to join their child and the principal for lunch at 11:25 a.m.

Underway: Rehearsals begin for upcoming "Polar Express," an award-winning musical produced by the entire school. Parents are asked to consider sending an after-school, nourishing snack for rehearsals. Help also is needed for making sets and sewing costumes.

Paul Banks Elementary School

Nov. 4: Movie night.

Nov. 4: PBE Shirt Day.

Nov. 8: PTA meeting.

Nov. 9: Site council.

West Homer Elementary School:

Nov. 3: Picture retakes in the morning in the art room.

Nov. 7: Youth court, after school.

Nov. 14: Youth court, after school.

Through January: Battle of the Books.

Girls basketball: Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 22, 3:15-5 p.m.

Boys basketball: Mondays and Wednesdays through Nov. 23, 3:15-5 p.m.

essay contest

High school students and their teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute's sixth annual "Being an American Essay Contest." Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on the Constitution by answering, "How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?" The top three student winners from each of five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 first place, $500 second place and $250 third place. Teacher sponsors for each student will receive a cash prize of $100. Essays are to be no more than 1,000 words. Judging criteria is adherence to essay question, originality, organization, writing style and depth of analysis. The deadline for essay submissions is 11:59 p.m. Dec. 15. For more information, visit www.billofrightsinstitute.org/Contest.


Young actors are encouraged to apply for the role of a 7-year-old girl in "Calling Fox," the next feature film to be produced by Brian Smith Productions of Homer. Smith defined the character as being "wise beyond her years." He is looking for someone with a quiet, complex look, good eyes, facials, with a lot going on and an ability to not get bored doing take after take of the same action. "A great 'stage mom' handy and available would be a plus," said Smith. It will film in the Homer area during summer and fall 2012. The story revolves around a young girl who is mute and has apparently been abandoned at a roadhouse; however, all may not be as it seems. Similar to Smith's recently filmed "Puffin Bay," the film is intended for DVD and cable market, with a premiere in Homer in early 2013. Send a short biography and one or two photos to sojourn50@alaska.net. Scripts are available via email.