Homer High-Lights

VOLUME 11, ISSUE 1, August 2022

Principal's Corner

Welcome to a new school year. The first day of school for Homer High is on Tuesday, August 16th.

I am proud of all the awesome accomplishments of our students last year. You can read about many of these achievements in this newsletter. We will be posting a variety of student achievements in a Facebook series this fall. These posts will be published twice a week and will detail many of the individual accomplishments of students and staff from the 2021-22 school year.

While we had another great year, we know HHS is not perfect. There are areas that we need to improve on. We have been working hard this summer to make plans for positive changes. As a school we will be working on improving attendance, school pride and school team building, as well as a focus on attending to students' socio-emotional health. If you want to be part of this process please contact the office at 235-4600 and ask to be part of our School Site Council.

On the change front, we have several new staff member and we are excited about what they bring to HHS. Please help welcome these new teachers to Homer High School.

  • Leo Dykstra - Language Arts
  • Olivia Philpot - Art
  • Lucas Parsley - Social Studies
  • Justin Zank - PE / Athletic Director
  • Sue Rennolds - Counselor

I am looking forward to another great school and can't wait to meet all the new students and parents. If you have a suggestion, a great idea or have a complaint please let me know. You can call me at 235-4600 and ask for Mr. W or schedule a time to talk me. I am always willing to listen and take feedback.

Positively yours,

Douglas Waclawski




We Are Looking For Site council Members

Do you want to have a say in how things are done at HHS? Do you have a great idea that HHS should implement or do you just want to get a little more idea of what is happening in the school? If so you may want to join the Homer High School Site Council.

The Site Council is the advisory board to the principal and can make recommendations to the KPBSD School Board. The Site Council helps with school goals, designs school policy and the handbook, and gives feedback and suggestions for anything that is happening at the school.

If you are interested in being on the Site Council, please call Kristin Metz at 235-4600. We have at least three openings each year on the board. If we have more names than openings, parents will vote via online ballot.

Please consider helping HHS by serving as member of the Site Council.

Fall Sports

It has been proven that participating in athletic and activities helps all aspects of a students' high school careers. The best way to start the year is to participate in school activities including sports. Here is the contact information for fall activities.

Please contact your coach to make sure you know when practice is.


Football Cheer

Cross-country Running



DDF (Drama, Debate & Forensics)


Aug. 4 - Senior Schedule Pickup - 9:00 to 3:00 pm

Aug. 5 - Junior Schedule Pickup - 9:00 to 3:00 pm

Aug. 8 - Sophomore Schedule Pickup - 9:00 to 3:00 pm

Aug. 11 - Freshman Orientation - 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Aug. 12 - Connections Registration for HHS Classes

Aug. 16 - First Day of School

Aug. 20 - Volleyball Jamboree - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Aug. 26 - Football vs Seward - 6:00 pm

Really Important Dates

New Student & Freshman Orientation/Open House is Thursday, August 11 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Schedule Pick Up times:

  • Wednesday, July 27: 1st day of practice for Football, Cross-Country Running & Football Cheer
  • Thursday, August 4: Seniors pick up schedules 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Friday, August 5: Junior pick up schedules 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Monday, August 8: Sophomores pick up schedules 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Friday, August 12: Connections Homeschool students notified by the end of the day if their Google form requests can be accommodated

Graduation Photos

The 2022 Homer High School Graduation was wonderful. If you missed it or just want to re-live those wonderful memories take a look at the photo gallery below.


Use the following 4-digit PIN to download photos:

Download PIN: 9707

If the View Photos button does not work, copy and paste this URL into your browser's address bar: https://ulianareutov.pixieset.com/2022grads/?fbclid=IwAR0bi5ObiO6WJu1IjPG3KAGkTVQ93Om5ZV1f4kj67KSAH2mcMwxkT6fdHwc

Welcome New Counselor to HHS

Welcome new 9th grade counselor Sue Rennolds! Sue is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has lived in Homer since 2008, working as a mental health clinician and as a swimming and soccer coach. She will be half-time at HHS, and working at other schools as well. We are so excited to have her on staff!

HHS Registration is Now Open for 2022-2023!

Please head online and register your children now for the 2022-2023 school year. It takes about 10-15 minutes and helps us plan our staffing and programs for next year.


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Grad Walk 2022

Each year Homer High School seniors support our West Homer Elementary students by participating in a Grad Walk. Many schools in the Kenai participate in a "Grad Walk" which is defined by Lasselle University as "Graduating seniors walk the halls of the elementary school campus while the kids cheer and high-five the graduates." Homer High seniors thought this was a good idea, but they wanted to do more than just walk through the halls. They worked with the West Homer principal to answer questions for students and eat lunch with them. Both our seniors and West Homer Elementary students seemed to enjoy this event and are hopeful it will inspire future students to excel and graduate from high school. We could probably call it a "Grad Walk and Talk"!

Want To Know What is Going on At HHS? Follow Us On Facebook!

Lots is happening! Homer High School uses Facebook to communicate with students, parents and the community about events, emergencies, school closures, sporting events, and more. Go to facebook.com/HomerHS/ and follow us to stay up to date!

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Homer Athletes Excel at State Track Meet

The Mariner track team saved their best performances for the state track meet. The boys earned State Runner-Up for 2nd place and two Mariners athletes earned state championships. Caleb Evans jumped a personal best of 9 feet 11 inches to win the long jump and Izzy Fisk threw 33 feet 4 inches to win the shot put. The boys' second place performance at State was a school record for best finish in school history. Several athletes also had personal records. Congratulations to all our Homer Mariner Track athletes on a job well done.

State Medalists:

State Champions

  • Izzy Fisk - Shot Put
  • Caleb Evens - Long Jump


  • 3rd Place - 100m Hurdles - Gracie Miotke
  • 2nd Place - 4 X 100 Relay -
  • 2nd Place - 4 X 100 Relay -
  • 4th Place - 4 X 400 Relay -


  • 2nd Place - 800 M - Seamus McDonough
  • 3rd Place - 1600 M - Seamus McDonough
  • 2nd Place - 3200 M - Seamus McDonough
  • 3rd Place - 110 Hurdles - Aiden Brost
  • 2nd Place - 300 Hurdles - Aiden Brost
  • 2nd Place - 4 x 200 Relay -
  • 2nd Place - 4 x 400 relay -
  • 3rd Place - High Jump - Ryan Carroll


  • 4th Place - Albert Freeman - Long Jump
  • 4th Place - Stella Dye - 100 Meters
  • 4th Place - Stella Dye - Shot Put
  • 4th Place - Stella Dye - Long Jump
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Middle College Goes District-Wide for Free College Classes

Kenai Peninsula Middle College is expanding after being piloted in the Central Peninsula last year. Some of the details are being ironed out, but the gist is that students who apply and are accepted into this program will be able to take the dual credit JumpStart classes at KPC for free instead of at a discount.

More information and applications can be found at https://kpbsd.org/schools/river-city-academy/kenai-peninsula-middle-college-school/ . You can ignore the parts about applying to River City Academy (RCA). That was the pilot school. Just list your intended affiliate school as Homer High on the application.

If you want to know the difference between college classes and AP classes, talk to Paul Story pstory@kpbsd.org.

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Homer Yearbook Class Wins national Award Again

Homer, Alaska – May 16, 2022– Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that the Homer High’s yearbook program has achieved the Jostens 2022 National Yearbook Program of Excellence award at the GOLD Level. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy.

The Homer High School Mariner Logbook award-winning yearbook program is led by Mariah McGuire, Editor in Chief; Tyson Walker, Design Editor; Bethany Engebretsen, Business Manager; Kapitolina Reutov, Social Media Manager; yearbook staff include Courtney Rider, Kamdyn Doughty, Olivia LaFleur, Ally High, Damon Weisser, and Charlotte Fraley under the direction of Suzanne Bishop, Homer High School yearbook advisor. Who shares some thoughts about the year: “This year was filled with events including Homecoming festivities, Prom, sporting events, spirit weeks and more! It was great to create the book under more ‘normal’ circumstances. A big shout-out of appreciation to our Editor, Mariah McGuire, who took the lead and put in many extra hours, and the entire staff for winning this award.”

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HHS Choir Earns Awards at State Solo Ensemble

Liam James earned a Command Performance (Best In State) - Classical Vocal Solo - “Non piu andrai” from The Magic Flute - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This is comparable to a earning a state championship.

Congratulations to the 2022 ASAA State Soloists and Ensemble from Homer High who received “1 - Superior” ratings. Such a rating denotes, “…a superior performance, outstanding in nearly every detail.”

Rebecca Trowbridge - “Ici-bas” by Gabriel Faure

Thea Person - “Un mejor dia vendra” from Working by James Taylor

William Bradshaw - “When Words Fail” from Shrek the Musical by David Lindsay-Abaire

Carlie Johnson - “Wiegenlied” by Frank Schubert

William Bradshaw - “Go Lovely Rose” by Roger Quilter

Mason Watson - “The Coast of High Barbary” by Dave and Jean Perry

Liam James - “Non piu andrai” from The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Amber Hensch – “Sonata in F-minor” by Georg Phillipp Teleman

Homer High Swing Choir Vocal Jazz Ensemble – “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel, arranged by Bob Chilcott

Congratulations to all HHS choir singers for a job well done.

Counselor Corner

Going to college? Plan your (optional?) testing now.

Many universities are still “test-optional”, but some are starting to require it again following prior COVID-related complications. If you’re planning to apply to a 4-year college in your senior year, you should plan to take either the SAT and/or the ACT at least once by the end of 11th grade. Depending on how you do, you could consider testing again in the fall of your senior year. You’ll probably have the option of whether or not to report your scores, but at least you’ll have them if you need them.

The school year gets busy quickly, especially for student-athletes. So consider marking your calendar now for a test date or two.

Juniors/seniors who qualify for free or reduced lunch may test for free, among other benefits. So even if you don’t eat school lunch, it’s usually worthwhile to spend the few minutes to apply at http://mealapp.kpbsd.org .

SAT – register at www.sat.org/register

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2022 Scholarships

Every year Homer High School seniors earn thousands of dollars of scholarships and this year was not different. In fact, this year Homer High seniors earned over a million dollars in scholarships.

Below is a list of the local scholarships and awards that HHS students earned spring 2022. We want to thank all the local donors who made this happen and make college a little more accessible to deserving students.

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Seamus McDonough Won the 2022 TrigStar State Competition

Homer’s very own Seamus McDonough took 1st place in this year's TrigStar competition. In this competition students show off their pre-calculus & trigonometry math skills. He may be the first HHS student to win this award. (We have no record of any HHS student ever winning.) That means he will be invited to represent the Great State of Alaska in the national contest. He also won a $500 prize and, of course, bragging rights.

Congratulations, Seamus!

High High School Students Earn Record Scores on AP Exams!

Homer High School students excelled in their Advanced Placement (AP) classes for the 2021-22 school year. Over 90% of students passed their AP exams with a 3 or better score and may get college credit at most universities. The global and state averages for AP tests are around 62%. This is a great example of how hard our students and teachers work to get better every day.
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Emergency Information

Do you know what to do in case of an emergency? What happens on snow days? What should parents do if there is a shelter in place, earthquake or violent act at school? Below are links to district web pages and district information sheets for your information about the District Emergency Action Plan.



Here are a couple quick answers to the questions asked above:

What if there is a huge snowstorm?

  • Check the KPBSD Facebook to see if school is closed. If you think it is dangerous to travel, you don't have to send your student to school. It is your call, but please call the school office so they know what's happening with your student.

What is ALICE?

  • ALICE is a system to help keep as many students safe as possible during if an active shooter incident happens at our school. This program trains students and staff to know whether to evacuate, stay in place or counter. See the form below that explains what ALICE stands for.

What if there is an earthquake or active shooter at my school?

  • Please don't rush to the school; this creates more challenges for the emergency responders and police and could make the situation more dangerous. It is better not to call your child; it distracts them from following safety instructions and could put them at risk in some situations. The police and school will not let students or staff out until everything is all clear. Check the school's Facebook page for information. Please trust us to take care of your children.
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