Homer Alaska - Schools

Story last updated at 1:14 PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

School Events


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West Homer takes first place West Homer Elementary School's fifth- and sixth-grade team pose with the first place trophy earned at the First Lego League robotics competition in Kenai Nov. 19. Team members from left: Douglas Dean, Caleb Rauch, Tucker Weston, Joe Ravin and Ben Kettle, with Coach Arthur Kettle. Not pictured: Lauren Cardwell.

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.

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


Dec. 7: Holiday party; crafts, caroling and refreshments; Kachemak Community Center; 1-3 p.m.

"Little" Fireweed Academy (grades K-2)

Dec. 12: Visit with Fireweed third- and fourth-graders for lunch and recess.

Dec. 15: Midwinter's habitat ball. More info to come.

"Big" Fireweed Academy (grades 3-6)

Dec. 3-6: Swim at Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center.

Dec. 8-9: Third- and fourth- graders visit Little Fireweed and Senior Center.

Dec. 15: Gift exchange, morning.

Dec. 15: Skating field trip, afternoon.

Homer High School

Dec. 2-3: Christmas tree sale; locally grown; fundraiser for ski team; suggested donation $25 per tree; held during ski meet at Lookout Mountain Trails on Ohlson Mountain Road; 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3.

Homer Middle School

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 Boroughs.

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

Dec. 7: "Polar Express," school musical. Costume requirements include red top and bottoms for kindergarten; white top and blue bottoms for first grade; all black for second grade; third-grade students match clothing to their specific animal; white top and black bottoms for fourth grade; denim or navy blue top and bottoms for fifth grade; all back for sixth grade.

Dec. 20: Deadline for entries in Coastal American Student Art Contest; rules are posted on the bulletin board at the front entrance.

Paul Banks Elementary School

December: Food drive for Share the Spirit.

Dec. 6: Holiday Program, Mariner Theatre, 1 p.m.

Dec. 13: PTA, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 15: Wear holiday colors.

Dec. 16: No school for students; inservice and work day for staff.

West Homer Elementary School:

Through January: Battle of the Books.

Dec. 6: Site council, library, 4 p.m.

Dec. 6: PTO, library, 4:45 p.m.

Dec. 15: Rehearsal for winter concert, 1 p.m.

Dec. 15: Winter concert, Mariner Theatre, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: End of quarter, no school for students, inservice-work day for staff.


Applications are available online for the scholarships offered by the National Federation of Independent Business' Young Entrepreneur Foundation. 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. 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?" 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 information, visit www.billofrightsinstitute.org/Contest.