Homer Middle School


Click on the audio for this Back to School edition of Coffee Table.

Join host, Kathleen Gustafson and guests:

Pegge Erkeneff ; Spokesperson for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

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

Jan 11, 2021
KBBI file photo.

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

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.

State of Alaska

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.


Recorded live in the library at Homer Middle School, science teacher Jen Booz, a raft of 8th grade salmon scientists and Syverine Bentz from the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve talk about clean water, erosion, microplastics and hatchery fry and their effects on local salmon.

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.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Homer Middle School now has the prestigious distinction of being a National Blue Ribbon School. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos awarded the 2018 blue ribbon honors to roughly 350 schools nationwide earlier this week.

Homer Middle School was one of three schools to be awarded in Alaska. The middle school was recognized in the exemplary high performing school category, which is measured by state assessments or national tests. 

R.E.C. Room

This year, Homer Middle School’s seventh and eighth graders were posed a question: what do you want adults to know about substance use and abuse?

A local initiative, called the Substance Misuse Prevention Lessons, asked the question as part of a new curriculum that was implemented earlier this school year. Roughly a third of students said they were concerned about their parents’ use of substances.

Huskies Have an Earthquake Plan

May 23, 2017
Jennifer Booz

Earthquakes are a common occurrence for Alaskans. The echoing instructions of the tsunami warning system are familiar to coastal residents. But, how many of us are ready in the event of a natural disaster?

Thanks to their science class, four Homer Middle School students are better prepared. They invited KBBI's Carolyn Norton to their class presentation to share what they know with our listeners.