Homer Alaska - Schools

Story last updated at 6:46 PM on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District


Visit www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 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. 24-25: Thanksgiving break, no school.

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

Chapman School

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

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

Homer Flex School

Today: Students perform improvisational theater with Martty Zeller at the Art Barn, 11 a.m.

Homer High School

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

Today: Boys football banquet, 6 p.m.

Nov. 11: Student blood drive. If you are 16 or older and would like to donate a pint of blood, see Megan Shover.

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

Nov. 12: School dance, 8 p.m.

Homer Middle School

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

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.

Nikolaevsk School

Nov. 12: School Crafts Fair; reserve a table by calling Stephanie, 235-8972; tables are $15 or bring your own table for $5. Proceeds from table/space rental benefit the school's student activity fund.

West Homer Elementary 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.


Applications are available online for the scholarships offered by the National Federation of Independent Business' Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Last year, 4,500 students applied and 131 scholarships were awarded. Alaska high school seniors wishing to apply can visit www.nfib.com/yef until Dec. 15. The nomination period by an NFIB member will occur Feb. 1-March 1. NFIB members also can go to the same online address to make tax-deductible contributions to the program. Award recipients will attend the university, college, community college or vocational-technical institute of their choice with $1,000-$10,000 in tuition assistance from the NFIB Youth Entrepreneur Foundation. To qualify, students must be running their own business. They are required to write an essay describing their entrepreneurial endeavors and future goals. Standardized test scores, GPA and class rank also are considered in the selection process. For more information, call Stacy Jenkins at (866) 307-2846 or email stacy.jenkins@nfib.org.

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." 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. 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. The film is a metaphysical mystery and a road picture. 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. Dick Sanders, one of the stars in "Puffin Bay" will have a role in the film. There are eight other actor slots wide open. "Anyone and everyone, all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to apply," said Smith. Send a short biography and one or two photos to sojourn50@alaska.net. Scripts are available via email.