Middle school students conduct mock elections

Homer Middle School students cast their ballots in eighth grade U.S. History class as part of an “Electing the President” simulation.
“We borrowed several voting booths from City Hall and students were able to cast votes for their candidates,” said history teacher Holly Alston. “It was a great experience for all students.”
History teachers Suzanne Haines and Darcy Mueller also had students participating.
Students were placed into two separate parties, the “Do Right” party and the “Fair and Square party.” Each party had a candidate for president (primary election) and the presidential candidates chose their vice presidential candidates.
All candidates prepared speeches based on general platforms of main political issues. At this point, the rest of the students in the class represented individual voters. Candidates gave speeches and students were able to ask questions.

McNeil students perform with pros

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra performed for Homer audiences on Sunday and gave a rare opportunity to the budding musical talents of McNeil Canyon Elementary School. McNeil Canyon teacher Debbie Piper wrote a grant last year to bring the Weill Music Institute’s Carnigie Hall Education Program to Homer. “Seven years ago, McNeil Canyon did a link-up […]

Homer Huskies get into ‘Calling all Polar Bears’

Homer Middle School students were treated this week to a rap performance by Allison Atkootchkook Warden, titled “Calling All Polar Bears.” Allison is an Inupiaq artist who was sponsored by The Bunnell Street Arts Center to perform for our school. Dressed in a purple kuspuk and green cap, Allison began with rap songs she had written based on her experiences from her village. (See photo on page 7)
Allison’s first song talked about the changes her mother had to face growing up in Kaktovik, and being sent to the Lower 48 states to be treated for tuberculosis. In her next song, she rapped about the challenges of being a polar bear. Allison, wearing her polar bear fur mittens and paper mache polar bear head, got all the middle schoolers to sing along and wonder “where did all the ice go?”
Allison even got some of the Homer Middle School students dancing with her next song about caribou herds. Spencer Warren and Kenny Cortez put on some antlers and showed off their moves, prancing and bopping alongside of Allison.

MAPPing a safe path through alcohol abuse

The Homer Prevention Project recently completed a needs assessment report evaluating underage drinking and adult heavy and binge drinking in the community. The report was the first step required by the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant that funds HPP.
Homer is one of six communities in the state to receive funding from the State of Alaska to address Alaska’s two priority areas: reducing underage drinking, ages 12-20, and reducing adult heavy and binge drinking, ages 21-44.
Homer’s successful grant application was based on a community-wide needs assessment by MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula in 2008-2009, which identified substance abuse as a top health concern for the community.
As part of the needs assessment process all six grantees in Alaska were required to follow, communities were asked to select a consequence of adult heavy and binge drinking for focus of their prevention efforts.

Seldovia graduates three in Class of 2012

The town of Seldovia celebrated the accomplishments of a graduating class this year of three students. The 2012 class consisted of Sarah O’Leary, Amanda Gain and Cameren Blodgett.
The Susan B. English School had a total of 42 students this year, said school principal Sherry Hingley. None of them were juniors, however, so next year there will not be a graduating class.

Film projector ‘transformed’ by Don Henry

When the Homer Theatre changed over to digital, the big question was what to do with the old film projector?
Manager Colleen Carroll called people, did a little checking around, and found the consensus was to sell it for scrap metal. However, Carroll and former manager Robin Daugherty were a bit too sentimental to do that.

Area students score $22,350 in scholarships

The Homer Foundation manages a variety of permanent endowment funds that provide for annual scholarship awards to area students. “The scholarship funds illustrate the extreme generosity of our community, and the value it places on our youth and education,” said Homer Foundation Executive Director Joy Steward. The Foundation recently announced the following awards: The Homer […]

Music students top GPA scores

What happens if you take a group of students, add their grade point average, divide and then compare against similar groups all over the state? In the case of Homer High music students, they won for the highest combined GPA in the state. In recognition, Homer High School band and choir students were awarded the […]

Homer High students clean up at Envirothon

In the statewide Envirothon Competition, students are rotated from state to station to answer practical questions such how much wood composes an area of the forest? What is its habitat value for wildlife? And how does the water stand a test for the pH balance?
These are the kinds of questions – plus a surprise on each year – that students involved in Future Farming programs of America tackle. This year’s pop question dealt with identifying non-point source pollution.
Homer students competing in the annual Envirothon in Palmer took top honors from among 60 statewide students, and now are on their way to the national competition in Pennsylvania.

Three Homer teachers sweep BP awards

Homer Language Arts Teacher Sean Campbell won BP Teacher of the Year Award 2012 for the Kenai Peninsula, and two other Homer teachers were also named for the honor.
Melissa Cloud and Shellie Worsfold, both West Homer 4th grade teachers, were honored as was Patrick Nolden, a teacher at Soldotna High School.

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