Homer High-Lights

Volume 2, Issue 4, November 2013

Message From the Principal

Thanks to all the students, parents, teachers and community members who helped out with our accreditation site visit on October 22nd and 23rd. With your help, Homer High School has been recommended to be accredited for another five years. The external team was very impressed with our school, supportive parents and well-behaved students. We scored very high on all standards and indicators. I am very proud of our school community for coming together and making our accreditation a success.


While the final report will not be submitted for a couple of weeks, you can see some of the preliminary data in the chart below. An average of 300 is considered a solid program. While this data validates that what we are doing at HHS is working, we will still continue to strive to improve meeting the needs of our students. This is just one more step on the continuous school improvement process that Homer High participates in. Thanks again for your support in making our school a great place for students to learn!


Sincerely,

Douglas Waclawski

Principal

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Vision & Mission

We have a new school vision and mission for Homer High School. This is our map for what we want to do in the future and a reminder of our true purpose as a school. This vision and mission was developed as a collaboration between staff and our site council.


Vision

Enriching lives through education


Mission

HHS is a vibrant learning community developing inspired, capable, and responsible individuals to build a promising future for us all.

Dates To Remember

· Nov 2 – Rotary Health Fair (Commons)

· Nov 2 – Haven House 5k Fun Run (Track)

· Nov 4 – Cross-Country Ski Practice starts

· Nov 5 – Site Council Meeting

· Nov 8 – Student Salsa Presentation during FOL

· Nov 20 – Early Release (Students dismissed at 1:45)

· Nov 23 – End of The Road Shootout (Hockey Tournament)

· Nov 28 – No School (Thanksgiving break)

· Nov 29 – No School (Thanksgiving break)



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Quixotic and Artist in Residence

Homer High has had the honor of providing high quality enrichment to our students this fall. The week of October 14th, Quixotic, an experience combining light, sound, dance, electronic music, emotion and more, set up their production in the Mariner Theater. They were fantastic. The high school students gave the production a standing ovation. Hopefully you were able to see the community presentation.


The week of October 28th we were able to bring in an Artist in Residence who presented Salsa Dance instruction to our Spanish Classes. Students will practice their dancing skills along with learning the history and social relevance of salsa dancing in some Spanish-speaking countries. As a culmination of the residency, students will be presenting a short program on Friday, November 8th during FOL. The community is welcome though space will be limited.


Zeros in PowerSchool

In order to be more consistent and make it easier to determine what each student's actual grade is in PowerSchool we are updating our Gradebook policy. From now on, when a grade is entered in PowerSchool for the class, students who don't have an assignment in will get a zero even if that absence is excused or for a school related function. We feel this is a more accurate way to report grades and will result in students getting in late work faster. We will be providing your child with more details.

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.


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.



Be Part of the KPBSD Budget Process

KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT is requesting applications from interested persons to serve on the Budget Development Committee to review development of the FY 2015 budget. Anyone interested in applying should visit the School District website at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us, Community Interest, for an application and further instructions, or contact Lassie Nelson at 714-8838 if there are questions. All applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., November 8, 2013.



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.