Homer High-Lights

Volume 2, Issue 1, August 2013

Welcome to a New School Year!

Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to our new school year! It has been a pleasure working as Assistant Principal at Homer High School the past 3 years. I have enjoyed getting to know the students, parents, staff and community and look forward to helping develop our school in my new role as Principal.

It is exciting to represent one the best schools in the State of Alaska and the country. We have again received a US News & World Report’s Silver Medal Award for 2013 which honors HHS as being one of the top 5% of schools in the nation based on Advanced Placement tests and SAT scores.

This award recognizes of the hard work and dedication that our staff, students and parents put in each year, but is only a small slice of what makes Homer High special. Over 80% of Homer High students participate in some extracurricular or community activity and all seniors participate in a Senior Service Project which requires 30 hours of community service. Please visit our website often as we will be highlighting some of our student’s achievements throughout the year.

Please help me welcome two new additions to our administrative staff.

  • Alison Mall will be our new Assistant Principal. Alison comes to us from UAA where she helped place and evaluate student teachers. Before that she was a math teacher for Bartlett High School.
  • Mark Casseri will be our new Athletic Director. Mark has been a math teacher and head basketball coach for Homer High and will now add the duties of A.D.

I am excited about the skills and energy that these two will bring to our administration team.


Douglas Waclawski


Important Dates

Important Dates:

  • August 6, 2013 – Senior Schedule Pick Up 9am-3pm
  • August 7, 2013 – Junior Schedule Pick Up 9am-3pm
  • August 8, 2013 – Sophomore Schedule Pick Up 9am-3pm
  • August 12, 2013 – New Student Registration 9am-3pm
  • August 15, 2013 – Freshmen Orientation (and Open House Grades 10-12) 5 PM – 8 PM
  • August 19, 2013- Connections students enroll in Homer High Classes 9am-3pm
  • August 20, 2013 – First Day of School–school starts at 8:30!

Site Council Members Needed

Are you interested in having a voice in the decision-making process at Homer High? If so, please consider serving as a member of the HHS Site Council. Monthly meetings are held to review current issues, develop goals aligned with district goals, and serve as an advisory group for the school principal. If interested, please contact Cindy Koplin by August 13th at 235-4600 and she will place your name on the ballot for the vote that will take place during Open House in August.

The site council currently has opennings for 3 parents and 1 community member. Each member serves a 2 year term. The council meets the first Tuesday of each month September through May. If you have any questions or need more information feel free to call the school at 235-4600.

2013-14 Open House/Freshmen Orientation - August 15th

We will be having our annual Open House and Freshman Orientation this year on August 15, 2013 at Homer High School from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Come and meet your teachers, get to know our building, get your locker assignments and more. Freshman are required to attend.


All Parents

5:00 – 8:00 pm.......................... Vote for Site Council Members


5:00 – 6:00 pm.......................... Pick up schedules & check in at all stations

6:00 – 6:30 pm.......................... Presentation in the Homer Theater

6:30 – 8:00 pm.......................... Finish going to all stations, check lockers, find classrooms & introduce yourself to your teachers

Returning Students

5:00 – 8:00............................... Visit your teachers & find out what is new this year!

Fall Sports Start Dates and Contact Information


Coach: Rebecca Hardy

Phone: 399-2305

First Day of Practice – Aug 12th


Coach: Harmon Hall

Phone: 299-4972

First day of practice – Aug 12th


Coach: Joshua Fraley

Phone: 299-1207

First Day of Practice – Aug 5th


Coach: Beth Trowbridge

Phone: 299-0292

First Day of Practice- Aug 12th

Cross Country Running:

Coach: Bill Steyer

Phone: 399-1078

First Day of Practice – Aug 5th


Coach: Leona Alexander

Phone: 299-2768

First Day of Practice – Aug 5th

Please Visit Our Website

If you have questions, need information about HHS or want to find out dates and times for sporting events just visit our website at http://homerhighschool.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/.

Like Us On Facebook

Homer High School has just created a Facebook page. Get up-to-date information on events, sports, school closings and more. We will also post examples of the many wonderful things our students are doing at school and around the community. You can find us at www.facebook.com/HomerHS .