Student writers rejuvenate high school newspaper

When a power outage put Homer off the grid for a few hours last week, Homer High School senior Nahoa Jette took to the halls.
He wasn’t looking for trouble, but for a story.

Births – December 4

Zeke K. Ostler was born at home on Nov. 9, 2013 at 9:58 a.m. to parents Rachel and Kyle Ostler. He weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces. Grandparents are Dan and Cara Long of Eagle Mountain, Utah; David and Lynn Wardell of Williamsburg, Va. and Brad and Shelly Ostler of Hooper, Utah. Hayden Marie Butcher was […]

Rallies raise awareness of homeless youth

Homeless youth in Homer don’t panhandle on the street corner and are rarely seen camping out on park benches. They’re found couch-surfing with friends, or maybe living in a car or tent in the summer. But just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

Program helps ‘Students in Transition’ succeed at school

A countrywide program that works to provide consistent, uninterrupted education to students experiencing homelessness is helping Kenai Peninsula students succeed at school.

High school’s ‘Colors of Homer’ build positive outlets

When their school is faced with the residue of negative publicity, Homer High School students and faculty reclaim their pride. One way is through Colors of Homer, a student-driven group, working to build positive, creative outlets for themselves and for their peers.

Alaska schools rating counts student progress

Soldotna, August 19 – The State of Alaska has adopted a new accountability system for public schools, called the Alaska State Performance Index. ASPI is a star rating system for schools and school districts and replaces Adequate Yearly Progress, the cornerstone of the federal No Child Left Behind act, which indicated a “Meets” or “Does […]

School days resume on Tuesday

The nine-month plus school season begins again Aug. 20, following the usual lead in activities, registration, teacher inservice, new students orientation and sports practice. This is true nationwide of course, but we are mainly interested in our own communities.

School Briefs – April 24

Homer students ‘Care for the Kenai’ Of some 500 applicants who worked to develop ideas for improving the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, five Homer High students were in the top 12 finalists of the 2013 Caring for the Kenai program. Maggie Koplin, Tayla Cabana, Hannah Baird, Elsa Simmons and Elise Webber traveled to Kenai […]

McNeil sixth-graders amaze with ROV inventions

by Naomi Klouda Homer Tribune McNeil Canyon Elementary 6th grade students spent last week taking their Standards Based Testing in the morning and building robots in the afternoon. Sheryl Sotelo’s 6th grade class found the two topics harmonizing. “It was a great thing after focusing so hard on the tests. From noon to 2 p.m., […]

‘Math Counts’ team qualifies for State

Last weekend, Zane Boyer, Logan Harris, Douglas Dean, Denver Waclawski, Ben Kettle and I went to Anchorage for the annual Math Counts competition. Zane, Logan, Douglas and I were on the official team, while Denver and Ben competed as official individuals.
When we first got to the meet, we went into a large room with a bunch of other kids from 11 other schools. After we registered, the competition soon began. We each sat at different tables with kids from other schools. The parents and coaches then had to leave the auditorium. The first round we did was the “Sprint Round.” It was 40 minutes long and consisted of 30 questions. After that round, all the kids excitedly awaited the answers.

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