Homer Alaska - Schools

Story last updated at 12:45 PM on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough SChool District


Dec. 16: No school; end of quarter.

Dec. 19-Jan. 2: Winter break.


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)

Today: Midwinter's habitat ball. More info to come.

"Big" Fireweed Academy (grades 3-6)

Today: Gift exchange, morning.

Today: Skating field trip, afternoon.

McNeil Canyon Elementary School

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.

West Homer Elementary School:

Through January: Battle of the Books.

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

Today: 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. Alaska high school seniors wishing to apply can visit www.nfib.com/yef until today. 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 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. today. For more information, visit www.billofrightsinstitute.org/Contest.