Homer High-Lights

Volume 3, Issue 7, April 2015

Message from the Principal

Graduation is closing in. We only have 6 weeks of school left. Has your Senior met all graduation requirements? I know it is a crazy time of year, but don't wait till the last minute to see if they are ready for graduation. Remember, this is the time the senior-itis strikes!

We are meeting with seniors, reminding them what they have to do and trying to help them get stuff done, but at the end of they day, the student is responsible to meet all requirements. Here is a quick checklist to review with your child.

Required In Order To Walk (Attend the Graduation Ceremony):

  • Meet all KPBSD class and credit requirements
  • Online and correspondence classes must be completed and we must receive grades before a student can walk!!!!
  • Senior Service Project is completed with paperwork in
  • All bills and fees paid
  • Be in good standing (No pranks that are cruel, bullying or cause damage)

I want to see everyone walk across that stage and be able to shake their hand on graduation day. Don't let your child miss out on this opportunity be cause they waited to the last minute to get these details completed.

My office is always open and I appreciate hearing your opinions or suggestions. My goal is to be responsive to what our parents and community want and need. Please give me a call or come in and chat.


Douglas Waclawski


Dates To Remember

April 3 - No School

April 7 - Site Council Meeting - 3:5 in Library

April 7 - 9th Grade Language AMP Testing

April 8 - 10th Grade Language AMP Testing

April 14 - 9th Grade Math AMP Testing

April 14 - Soccer vs. Nikiski - 4:00 & 6:00 pm

April 15 - 10th Grade Math AMP Testing

April 17 - Middle School Track Meet

April 18 - Prom

April 20 - Grade Check

April 20 - Spring Concert - 7:00 pm

April 21 - Soccer vs. SOHI - 4:00 & 6:00 pm

April 24 - Soccer vs. Wasilla - 4:00 & 6:00 pm

April 25 - Boys Soccer vs. Eagle River - 11:00 & 1:00 pm

April 28 - Baseball & Softball vs. Kenai - 4:00 & 6:00 pm

April 30 - Softball vs. Houston - 4:00 & 6:00 pm

May 1 - Early Release - Students leave at 1:45 pm

May 1 - Homer Track Meet - 2:00 pm

May 2 - Homer Track Meet - 9:00 am

May 2 - Softball vs Chugiak - 12:00 & 2:00 pm

May 4 - AP Chemistry Exam - 8:00 am

May 5 - AP Calculus Exam - 8:00 am

May 5 - Site Council meeting - 3:45 in Library

AMP Testing Schedule

AMP testing is upon us! AMP stands for the Alaska Measure of Progress which is replacing the SBA's. We are changing our schedule for the week of April 7th and April 14th. Our 6 period days will be on Tuesday and Wednesday and our block days will be on Monday, Thursday and Friday. I have attached a schedule below.

The AMP testing is going to be done exclusively online so who takes the test and when will be different. The dates will be scheduled as follows:

  • 9th Grade will take the Language test on Wed., April 7th
  • 10th Grade will take the Language test on Wed., April 8th
  • 9th Grade will take the Math test on Wed., April 14th
  • 10th Grade will take the Math test on Wed., April 15th

A schedule is included below.

If you have any questions, please contact the school at 235-4600.

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Tell Us What You Think About Early Release Time!

Each school day, more than 1,200 KPBSD employees do all that they can to provide a quality education to our district’s students. A part of this work is our continuous improvement process that requires us to regularly evaluate our practices so that we can in turn make the necessary changes to help our students find success. An important piece of our improvements is our professional development for certified staff. With the need to do more for our staff in this area, for the past two school years we designated six school days as early release days—with a 90 minute early release for students, while staff works a full day in order to deliberately devote time to collaborate and collectively address the learning needs of our students.

Now that you are familiar with these shortened student school days, we want to receive your feedback on them. Please complete these questions, and provide your optional comments by clicking the link below.


Thank you very much for your time.

Sean Dusek


Counselor's Corner

As the year winds down, it is important for seniors and their parents to keep the following in mind:

  • Pick up caps & gowns and try them on to be sure they fit
  • Check with the counseling office to make sure all credits are in order. Online classes must be completed as well
  • Students attending KPC need to bring a copy of any final grades to the counseling office in order to get HHS credit
  • Pick up scholarship applications and stay on top of the deadlines for turning them in. Dates vary
  • Pay for AP tests and know your testing times and dates
  • Check with Ms. Felice to be sure your Service Learning hours are in order (this must be completed in order to participate in the graduation ceremony)

May 11—Mariner Awards ceremony in the commons--6:30

May 18—Graduation Practice in the gym (you must attend practice to walk in graduation)--2:00

May 19—Graduation—7:00

It’s a long way off but you can put it on your calendar. . .

Schedule pick-up for next year (all are 9 am—3pm):

  • Seniors—Wed. August 5
  • Juniors –Thurs. August 6
  • Sophomores—Friday, August 7
  • New Student Registration—Monday August 10
  • Freshman Orientation/Open House—August 13 6:00-8:00 p.m.


April is Youth Art Month in Homer, also known as "Jubilee!"

Homer High School Art will be on exhibit at the Homer Council on the Arts and South Peninsula Hospital for the month of April.

There will be a First Friday Gallery Reception at both locations on Friday, April 3 from 5-7 pm. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the visual feast and edible refreshments.

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We Want You to Follow HHS on Facebook!

We want to be able to give you instant up-to-date information about what is going on at school. This can include emergencies, sports scores and dates and times of events. To stay tuned to what is going on at Homer High, "like" us on Facebook. The address is www.facebook.com/homerhs. Join close to 600 other people who have liked HHS on Facebook and the over 2000 people who view our Facebook posts.

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Homer Excels at State CTSO Compition

Here are the results from this years CTSO compition.

  • Melanie Mastolier for advancing into the semi-finals in job interview. Her quality resume, stunning appearance and professional approach was the talk of the conference.
  • The HHS Welding Crew (Melanie Mastolier, Alex Clark and Hayden Chase) for surviving the 12 hour job skill performance test at UAA . . . a long time to be on your feet and burning rod!
  • Greg Smith and Ian McCormick for 1st place in the State SkillsUSA Carpentry competition, demonstrating that safety, focus and quality workmanship... are alive and well!
  • And a big THUMBS up to Kyle Johnson for doing his best and giving it his all!

Again, HHS students demonstrated the "Prepared-Polite-Productive" traits that have earned our school the honor of KPBSD's Most Employable School Award for nine years running!