Homer High-Lights

Volume 2, Issue 5, December 2013

Message from the Principal

We are always looking for ways to improve at Homer High School. In fact, we want to be the best high school in Alaska. One of the ways we are going to achieve this goal is through our School Improvement Process. Every year we look at data and come up with 3 to 4 school goals. Then administration, staff, departments and individuals set action items that are followed throughout the year.


I have included our goals and some of our action items below. They include:


Goals:

  1. Homer High school will increase student engagement school-wide by increasing our attendance rate to 96%, decreasing discipline incidents by 5%, decreasing our tardies and truancies by 3% and keeping our graduation rate above 95%.
  2. Increase parent and community involvement by increasing our winter Parent Teacher Conference attendance by 15% and by increasing our parent contacts by 50%.
  3. Increase our Writing and Math SBA scores by 5%.


Action Items (Sample):

  1. Create and update a Facebook page. (Completed)
  2. Publish a monthly newsletter. (In progress)
  3. Administer and analyze data from common assessments in both Math and Writing. (In progress)
  4. Create and implement a positive reward system for good attendance (Completed)
  5. Advertise these goals to students, parents and the community. (Starting the process here!)


This is just a sample of what we are trying to accomplish as a school. We actually have 22 action items we are working on right now, not including what departments and individual teachers are doing.


We are always looking to improve and I would love to get your feedback on our goals or other suggestions on ways we can improve. Please e-mail me at dwaclawski@kpbsd.k12.ak.


Sincerely,


Douglas Waclawski

Principal

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M.O.M. Award Winners

Mariners On the Move


Each Homer High faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families are invited to a celebration catered by the HHS Culinary Arts class. First quarter winners were (left to right):


  • Liam Somers – nominated by Camron Wyatt

  • Haley Raymond - nominated by Monica Stockburger

  • Adam Poss - nominated by Cindy Bedingfield

  • Melanie Mastolier - nominated by Mickey Todd

  • Grace Kann - nominated by Lauren Childers and Vicki Lowe

  • Breeanna Torsen – nominated by Douglas Waclawski

  • Ben Westphal - nominated by Dianne Spence

  • Quinn Daugharty (not pictured) - nominated by Gordon Pitzman

Dates To Remember

Dec. 2 - Basketball Practice Starts

Dec. 3 - Site Council Meeitng - 3:45 to 5:00 in the Library

Dec. 16 - HHS Winter concert -7:00 pm in the Theater

Dec. 18 - Final Exams

Dec. 19 - final Exams

Dec. 20 - No School - End of the Quarter

Dec. 21 to Jan. 5 - Winter Break

Jan. 6 - School is back in session!

Jan. 7 - Site Council Meeting - 3:45 to 5:00 in the Library

Facebook

We want to be able to give you instant up-to-date information about what is going on at school. This could include emergencies, sports scores and dates and times of events. If you want to stay tuned to what is going on at Homer High, "like" us on Facebook. The address is www.facebook.com/homerhs.


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Parent Guides to Alaska’s English and Math Standards

New Math and English standards are available for the State of Alaska. Parents can view new parent guides to to these standards at: http://education.alaska.gov/akparentscommunity/#c3gtabs-standards. These guides give a description of grade level standards with parent tips on how to help your child succeed.

Break the Silence

Homer High students and the Rec Room team up to make a suicide presention video. Please watch the video and share it with your friends.

Break The Silence

Check Out Our Website

Do you have questions about our sports schedule? Do you have a senior who needs paperwork for their senior service project ? Do you want to see agendas and minutes from our site council meeting? If you said yes to any of the above or have other questions, you will want to check out our school website.


The address is http://homerhighschool.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/.


You can access PowerSchool and you child can sign up for FOL from our website as well. There are lots of great links and valuable information about Homer High School. If you have suggestions for things you would like to see on our website, please talk Mr. Waclawski.