Homer High-Lights

Volume 6, Issue 8, April 2018

Principal's Message

Budget Cuts Again!

For the last four years the KPBSD has had to cut our budget and this year is no different. In fact, the KPBSD has cut over $8 million over the past 4 years. This year we are are in a better situation in that the State and Borough are expected to provide flat funding (the same as last year). This means the KPBSD will have a $3.2 million dollar deficit the 2019 since things cost more because of inflation so flat funding is in reality a cut.

What this means at Homer High School is that we will lose 2 teachers for next year even though we are projected to have more students. This means we will have 10 fewer classes each semester that students can take. We will have fewer sections of Culinary Arts, Math and Language Arts. We may have to cut our CAD classes, AP Calculus and will also have to rotate some AP classes every other year. Of course, because of these cuts we will have larger class sizes. In fact, we could have some classes over 30 students depending and the need.

We will do the best we can to make these cuts as painless as possible, but we can only do so much. The borough has been a great partner with the KPBSD the last couple of years and increased our funding last year. This helped to reduce the planned cuts for this school year. The borough again has the ability increase our funding this year which would reduce these projected cuts for next year. Please let the the borough assembly members know what you think. Your voice does count.

As always, I would love to hear from you. If you have ideas or suggestions, please drop by. If you can't make it in you can call me at 907-235-4600 or e-mail me at dwaclawski@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.


Douglas Waclawski


Dates To Remember

Apr 3 - Site Council 4:00 HHS Library

Apr 4 - Early Release Day--school ends at 2:15

Apr 4 - K-6 Soccer Clinic 2:00 pm

Apr 10 - Soccer vs SoHi Girls V 4:00, Boys V 6:00

Apr 14 - ACT Test 8:00 am

Apr 16 - Grade Check for eligibility

Apr 17 - Soccer vs Nikiski Girls V 2:00 Boys V 4:00 6;00 Girls JV

Apr 20 - Vacation Day

Apr 20 - Track vs ACS 4:00 pm

Apr 21 - Track Homer Invitational 10:00 am

Apr 24 - Soccer vs Kenai Boys V 4:00, Girls V 6:00

Apr 27 - Softball vs Eagle River Girls JV and V 4:00 and 6:00

Apr 28 - Sofball vs Dimond Girls JV and V 12:00 and 2:00

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Government Memes

Homer High U.S. Government students present their "A'meme'ment" project to spread awareness of student rights and constitutional content with a modern twist. Students created memes and a flip-board style poster, when other students flip up the meme, they can see the actual constitutional text and a student-written translation underneath.

School Safety: Drills, Conversations, and Focus

School safety is a top priority in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. What to do before, during, and after a school emergency, weather related delay start, or school closure is important. KPBSD regularly practices safety drills in schools, and includes law enforcement in ALICE trainings for school emergencies. The District strives for continuous improvement in school safety.

Specifically, in the past several weeks:

  • KPBSD district office leadership held a mandatory meeting for all school administrators to discuss school safety. The candid conversation addressed preparation, drills, response to threats, school culture, mental health resources, legal and philosophical discussions about arming staff, what schools need from the district, and how to continue to create a safe culture for student learning.
  • Superintendent Dusek and Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones met with Borough Mayor Pierce and his Chief of Staff to discuss current safety concerns and items to be addressed. The result is the district and borough will work together to address concerns to meet the priority of safety in KPBSD schools.
  • Local law enforcement joined the Board of Education for a conversation about school safety prior to the March 5, 2018, school board meeting.
  • Additional meetings are scheduled, and district leadership continues to discuss school safety, needed resources, and responses.

School Safety Drills
Safety drills train our students and staff what to do in an emergency, identify areas of focus and additional training, and work with law enforcement to become familiar with schools and aid in an emergency response. In addition to fire and earthquake drills, a minimum of two drills each year are required to focus on emergency responses to an intruder or active shooter. In 2014, KPBSD instituted the ALICE protocol response districtwide, and invested in training for administrators and local law enforcement. This was a fundamental paradigm shift in response to the potential of an armed intruder.

Action for Parents and Guardians

Kindly review KPBSD Emergency Guidelines for Parents and Guardians, ALICE School Safety Closure information, and make certain your contact information in PowerSchool is current.

Online links to review and share in social media posts:

Pegge Ereneff

Spring Tire Swap- Volleyball Fundraiser

Aftershock Automotive is celebrating their 5-year Anniversary and are teaming with Mariner Volleyball to offer a Spring Tire Swap Out Fundraiser starting at 9:00am on Saturday, April 14th! Please call (907) 235-2700 to schedule an appointment to get your studs changed over. Athletes will provide additional vehicle services, hourly door prizes, and a BBQ lunch at noon. Aftershock Automotive is located at 3245 East End Rd. Hope you can come celebrate with us and support the team!

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Skills USA Rocks at State

The SkillsUSA - Homer High School chapter showed their technical, workplace, and leadership skills at the Alaska state conference in Anchorage this weekend. After four long days of travel and competition, the Homer High chapter came home with the following awards:

Samantha Martin (Homer Flex):

  • 1st Place, Job Skill Demonstration Open
  • 2nd Place, Culinary Arts
  • Samantha was also recognized for her hard work as treasurer of the State Board in the 2017-2018 school year.

Cole Socha

  • 3rd Place, Carpentry

Sean Blaine

  • 3rd Place, Welding Sculpture

Jonathan Bice

  • 3rd Place, Culinary Arts

Ellie Syth

  • 3rd Place, Photography

In addition to medals, banners, and certificates, some students brought home even larger rewards. Samantha Martin and Jonny Bice received scholarships to the Culinary Institute of America ($2000 and $1000 respectively) while other placers received tools and gift cards to help them advance their technical skills.

With her first place award in Job Skill Demonstration, Samantha has the opportunity to travel to the SkillsUSA National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 25-28, 2018. Congratulations, Sam!

Advance Placement Meeting

On Thursday, April 12 during FOL there will be a mandatory meeting for all students planning to take AP classes next year.

We would like to invite any and all parents who can be here to attend as well. Our teachers who will be offering AP classes will talk a little about issues like grades, homework load and pacing of the classes. Students and parents will be encouraged to ask any questions at that time.

If you have any questions, please notify the counseling office staff.

2017-18 HHS Bell Schedule

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Sport ASAA Conference Changes

Just wanted to give everyone an update of the upcoming conferences changes this spring and next year.

Effective this Spring;

Grace Christian will be in our Baseball Conference, making it a nine-team conference.

Soccer will be a Div. II sport with Kenai, Sohi, Nikiski, Seward, Voz (girls only) with 2 berths going to state (6 team state tourney).

Next Fall

Kenai will drop down into our Conference for the following Sports: cross-country running, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, cross-country skiing and track & field.


Alaska formed a Div. II with 2 conferences

Railbelt: Homer, Sohi, Kenai, Houston, Palmer, Juneau (3 berths)

Aurora: N.P., Hutchison, Monroe, Glennallen, Tri Valley, Delta (3 berths)

Plus 2 at large berths from either conference. Winner of Div. II has a chance to qualify for Div. I tourney.

HHS Communicates Using Facebook

Want to know what is going on at HHS?

Sometimes things change at the last moment and we can't call everyone. If you want the most up-to-date event schedules, start times, scores and last minute changes, like us on Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/HomerHS/ and be sure to follow us. This is the most efficient way for HHS to post last minute details, school closures and more. We also post lots of the cool things our students are doing.

See you on Facebook!

Let's Help Taylor Swift's Number One Fan

My name is Amelia Springer and I compiled this video for my friend Stella who says she is the #1 Taylor Swift fan! I love watching Stella dance and sing to Taylor Swift songs at lunch and thought how amazing it would be if Stella ever got the chance to meet her in person. Stella has down syndrome and I have a rare type of ectodermal dysplasia, AEC, which is a skin condition and was #21 in the world diagnosed with my specific type. Although Stella and I both have our syndromes we don’t let them define us, which is my goal for this video. I want it to show people that we are individuals outside of our conditions, because I often feel that medical conditions are looked at from the medical side of things and I want people to see the brilliant minds and personalities behind the conditions.

My other goal for this video is for it to possibly reach Taylor Swift so Stella experiences her dream of meeting her! So please like this video and share it! Let’s see how far this gets!


Counselor Corner

KBC College Open House

Most parents and students are aware of Jump Start but don’t know the details for taking advantage of the reduced tuition and dual credit for high school juniors and seniors who want to take classes at KBC or on-line from any UA school. On Thursday April 12 at 4:30 there will be an open house with the counselors and instructors at our Kachemak Bay Campus. Parents and students can find the answers to their questions and concerns regarding Jump Start and other available programs. This is a great opportunity for finding out what is available so close to home! Call the counseling office with any questions.

AP Testing

Tests will be administered in May but must be paid for ahead of time. Parents are welcome to call with any questions about the cost of tests or method of payment.

Course Requests

Almost 100% of students have indicated which classes they are interested in taking next school year. Counselors will be using this data to help create a new schedule. There will be some staffing changes based on retirement and resignations but hopefully we will have a preliminary schedule before school is out for the summer. Students will have opportunities to amend their requests but the sooner we have firm information the better to make decisions about fall.

The FAFSA is open for the 2018-19 school year. Some money is first come, first serve. www.fafsa.ed.gov

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Basketball Wraps Up Another Successful Season!

Both boys and girls basketball teams placed 4th at the South Central Conference tournament.

Several players were recognized for their hard work and dedication by being named to the All-Conference Team. They include:

1st Team All Conference Awards:

Girls Basketball

  • Alissa Cole
  • Rylyn Todd

Boys Basketball

  • Joel Carroll
  • Jordan Beachy
  • Koby Etzwiler


  • Falcom Greear
  • Juliana Hannenberger
  • Amiya Varga

Nice work Mariners!