Homer Alaska - Schools

Story last updated at 4:27 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 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.

Dec. 16: No school; end of quarter.

Dec. 19-Jan. 2: Winter break.

Chapman School

Dec. 13: Winter concert, grades K-8, 7 p.m.


Dec. 16: First semester grades due at the office.

Dec. 19-Jan. 2: Connections office closed for winter break. Reopen Jan. 3.

"Little" Fireweed Academy (grades K-2)

Dec. 12: Visit from 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. 9: Grades 3-6 swim at Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center.

Dec. 12: Grades 3-4 visit Fireweed and Senior Center.

Dec. 15: Gift exchange, morning.

Dec. 15: Skating field trip, afternoon.

Homer Middle School

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

Today: "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 black for sixth grade. Third-grade students and Drama Club members arrive by 5:30 p.m.; all other students arrive by 6 p.m.; performance at 6:30 p.m.

By Dec. 9: Students are asked to bring two cans of stewed, diced or whole tomatoes, 14.5 ounce size to include in dry bean soup kits being made for Homer Community Food Pantry.

Dec. 9: Students assemble gingerbread houses.

Dec. 12: Students decorate gingerbread houses.

Through Dec. 14: Six-graders sponsor "The Helpful Holiday Tree," collecting new socks and gloves for homeless students in the district.

Dec. 14: Mini-workshops.

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

Dec. 15: Winter concert, Mariner Theatre, 7 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." 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.