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Graduation Day for Homer High School and Homer Flex School is Monday, May 18.
You can hear the ceremonies on KBBI.
The Flex graduation program is prerecorded and begins on KBBI at 5 p.m. Monday.
Homer High School Graduation begins at 7 p.m. 
You can also watch the Homer High ceremony and a prerecorded presentation by the teachers on the HHS You Tube Channel. 
Everyone is invited to line Pioneer Avenue after the ceremony to cheer on the graduates as they roll in procession through Homer.
Click on the arrows below to hear:

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While the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District prepares to stage a completely new kind of graduation ceremony, one graduating senior has a few words for her fellow students.

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For a complete list of graduation ceremonies and activities, go to kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

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Student life changed dramatically this semester. There was no preparation or adjustment period. After spring break, schools closed, classes changed, new habits had to form. On this episode of Coffee Table, three local seniors and one school counselor talk, from a safe distance over the phone, with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson.

Chapman School getting Intensive Needs Room

Apr 22, 2020

Chapman School in Anchor Point dodged another funding scare last night. Instead, it wound up with a room for special needs students. The school had been an early target for closing last year as the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District tried to balance its budget after Governor Mike Dunleavy slashed education budgets.
    On the assembly’s agenda last night was not a decision whether to keep schools open, but a capital fund expenditure of a million dollars for new direct digital controls for Homer High School’s various mechanical systems.

Students strike to amplify climate issues

Sep 24, 2019
KBBI

Friday September 20th at 2:50 p.m.: It was Sophie Morin’s voice booming over the high school intercom. Morin is a member of the Homer Youth for Environmental Action, one of the organizers of the student walkout.

She said,  “The climate strike starts now at WKFL park. There are signs out front. Grab one as you go.”

And, students walked out to make their voices heard.

Winter Marshall-Allen

The National Education Association awarded their 2019 Social Justice Activist of the Year award to Winter Marshall-Allen. Marshall-Allen is an intensive needs teacher at Homer High School. She was presented the award during NEA’s Conference on Racial and Social Justice. Marshall-Allen is back from Houston where she attended the conference and then served as one of five representatives from the Kenai Peninsula for the NEA Representative Assembly.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Consolidating Homer Middle School into Homer High School is one of the many options the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is considering if there are deep cuts to education. On Monday night, district officials gave a presentation to over 80 Homer area residents on the idea. Residents also raised concerns ranging from the separation of younger students and upper classmen to the impact on class sizes.

Courtesy of Clayton Arndt

About 130 Homer High School students walked out of class Wednesday to show solidarity with the 17 victims of the shooting in Parkland Florida earlier this month. Several students walked out of the school with signs supporting gun control, but student organizers say the walkout wasn’t just about the contentions debate over guns in the U.S. and that it was aimed at promoting change around safety in schools.

KBBI

During the last period of the school day, students at Homer High School often get free time to catch up on their work. But this Wednesday, students did something a little different. They participated in the high school’s first school-wide problem-solving event.

All high school students filed into the gym as teachers helped them find their teams. Some had an idea of what this problem-solving event was all about. But some, like Elijah Gunderson, had no clue what was in store.

Homer High's shop class firing on all cylinders

Sep 13, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

When students walk into Walter Love’s auto shop class, they might not know anything about the cars and trucks they’ll be working on, but by the time they leave, they’ll be prepared to take on everything from basic repairs to advanced jobs. However, the program continues to come at a hefty cost while education funding around state dwindles. Love has not only been able to keep the self-funded program going, but he’s expanding the class’ offerings.

Mariners football coach builds team and interest

Aug 23, 2017
Courtesy of Mariner Football

The Homer Mariners are headed into the third week of the football season, and with a new head coach, things are looking good for the young group of players. Shop teacher Walter Love took over the team this year after moving from Oklahoma, where he coached youth league and middle school football for the past 15 years.

Love says he didn’t expect to get back into coaching in Alaska.

“You know in Oklahoma, coaching in football is a little more stressful. I really wanted to focus on my teaching, and this just sort of happened,” he explained.

Rotary Health Fair Celebrates 33 Years

Nov 5, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh

The 2016 Rotary Health Fair took place at Homer High School on Saturday, Nov. 11. The fair has served Homer residents for 33 years and averages around 1,000 people each year who take advantage of the discounted blood testing. KBBI asked attendees how many years they have attended the fair and what their favorite part of the fair is.

Photo Courtesy of Catriona Reynolds

An African exchange student, who recently finished off the school year at Homer High School, is about ready to face a challenge that he never imaged. During a routine physical exam this year, Nouredine Mama, from Doula, Cameroon, found out that he has a significant ventricular septal defect, which causes a heart murmur, essentially, a hole in his heart. On June 1st, the 16-year-old is scheduled to undergo open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital in Seattle to repair the hole. KBBI News Director, Daysha Eaton talks with his host mom, Ruth Mitchell, of Anchor Point, who is raising funds for the trip.


Homer Teams Up Against Homelessness

May 18, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh

Last July, residents of the southern Kenai Peninsula formed a group to help homeless people in the Homer area. They call themselves the Homeless in Action Committee. The committee has been meeting once a month to organize events and find ways to help the homeless in the community.

Artists in Schools Program Grows on Peninsula

Mar 30, 2016
Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

A pair of teaching artists are visiting Homer High School this week through the Artists in Schools program. Kima Hamilton and Dasha Kelly are introducing students to poetry through spoken word. 

“This week we’re going to have some fun writing and creating and perhaps sharing in front of each other,” said Kima Hamilton.

He demonstrates what he’s talking about.


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