Homer High School

Classes re-open to students -- half-at-a-time

Jan 11, 2021
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There will be a larger number of students attending school starting today in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
    In an effort to keep the spread of Covid-19 down, each grade at Homer Middle and Homer High schools will be split in two, each of which will attend on alternating days, with 100 percent remote learning on Wednesdays. Principal Keri Denderent explained on Thursday’s Covid Brief.

Weekly Covid Brief: January 7th, 2020

Jan 7, 2021
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On this week's Covid Brief, fill-in host Jay Barrett welcomes SPH's Derotha Ferraro, the City of Homer's Jenny Carrol, Homer High School Principal Douglas Waclawski, and Homer Middle School Principal Keri Denderent to discuss the coronavirus vaccine situation and an increase in classroom learning to start on Monday.

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Students at Homer area schools are under remote learning this week after Covid-19 cases in the Southern Kenai Peninsula continued to rise.
    Homer High School Principal Doug Waclawski posted a video to students and parents on Wednesday discussing the change.
    “We were doing so well. Even though the Covid19 numbers were increasing in the community, there was never a known transmission of a Covid-19 case in Homer High School," he said. "This means that mitigation plans were working.”

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When the tsunami warning sounded this afternoon, KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson moved to higher ground, Homer High School, to meet the evacuees for this audio postcard.

Transcript:
 

KBBI:
 Cathy Flores. Thanks for talking to me. You've got three cars and six people and a dog.

  Flores:
  This is my family. This is my son. This is my daughter, Serena, my granddaughter Mia, daughter Rosie. My daughter, Sarah, over there, and the dog, Buddy. We all live in different places. I live on Landing. She lives on Maddox. She lives on Klondike. 

Homer High School

Fundraising for sports and other school activities is a ritual all student athletes -- and their parents -- undertake each school year. Until 2020.

Homer High School Facebook

*UPDATE* Second coach tests positive.

No students have tested positive as of yet for Covid-19 among Homer High School football players, after they were ordered into quarantine following a positive test result that showed up in a coach or other adult associated with the program on Tuesday afternoon. School officials wouldn’t say exactly who the infected person was, but it is clear it wasn’t a student.  

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Teachers and administrators are already back to work. They're preparing for students to return to classrooms on August 24. How will schools be able to keep students and workers safe?On this weeks COVID-19 Brief,  Principal Kari Dendurent from Homer Middle School, Pegge Erkeneff, spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and Doug Waclawski, principal at Homer High School take questions from the listeners.

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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.

The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect those of KBBI’s staff board or volunteers.

If you would like to respond to this commentary or offer comment on any subject of local interest, email kathleen@kbbi.org.

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
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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.

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