Homer High-Lights

Volume 5, Issue 8, May 2017

Message from the Principal

Track, soccer, softball and baseball are all in full swing. It seems like we have a game every day. Come and cheer our teams on! Students notice when there is a good crowd and it can give them a boost to their game. We have many other activities that need your support. The Senior Scholarship Awards Night is May 8th. The POPS talent show is on May 16th. Of course there is Baccalaureate on May 21st and Graduation is on May 22nd.

Part of what makes Homer so special is that we get great support from our parents and our community. Thank you for all you do for HHS and let's finish the year strong.

We are always looking to improve HHS and I would love to hear your suggestions or insights. You can email me at dwaclawski@kpbsd.org or call me at 235-4600. If this doesn't work for you, feel free to come into school and we can chat in person. We are dedicated to developing a positive and safe school environment, but we can't do it alone. If you know of a problem, please let us know.


Douglas Waclawski


Thank You for Attending!

Thank you to everyone who attended our AP Course Informational meeting on April 15th! We had over 40 parents and over 70 total people show up. This lets us know that the HHS community feels strongly about AP classes and high educational standards.

Thanks for your support!

HHS Parent Survey

HHS wants to know what you think! Tell us what matters to you. Your feedback and suggestions are important and are helpful to us. We look at everything in our process of constant improvement. Please take the survey below. We just ask that you be honest and tell us how it is.

We are willing to put our money where our mouth is. We will enter every parent who fills out the survey into a drawing for two $25 gift certificates. Make sure you enter your name in the survey. Your name will not be included with this data so your answers will stay anonymous. You only need to add your name if you want to be put in the drawing.

Thanks for your help!


Heart of A Champion Award

Alissa Cole earned the PGC Heart of a Champion Award and Scholarship for basketball. This award was presented by the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches. Great work, Alissa!
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Dates To Remember

May 2 - Homer Middle School Mass Band at Homer High Gym

May 2 - Homer Marine Trades All School BBQ

May 2 - Site Council Meeting 3:45 in HHS Library

May 2 - Softball vs. Kenai JV 4:00; Varsity 6:00

May 3 - Early Release Day - School releases at 1:45

May 3 - Youth Soccer Camp run by HHS Soccer 2-4:00

May 5 - Baseball vs Kodiak JV 4:00 Varsity 6:30

May 6 - SAT test

May 6 - JV Baseball vs Kodiak 10:00

May 8 - Girls Varsity Soccer vs Voznesenka 4:00

May 8 - Senior Awards Assembly 6:30 in Commons

May 9 - Baseball vs Kenai JV 3:30; Varsity 6:00

May 11 - Baseball vs Palmer JV 4:00; Varsity 6;30

May 11 - Softball vs Houston JV 4:00; Varsity 6:00

May 12 - Step Up Day

May 12 - Soccer vs Kodiak Girls Varsity 4:00; Boys Varsity 6:00

May 12 - Softball vs Kodiak JV and Varsity 4:00 & 6:00 (doubleheader)

May 13 - Softball vs Kodiak JV and Varsity 10:00 and again Noon

May 13 - Baseball vs Houston JV at 11:00; Varsity at 2:00

May 13 - Soccer vs Wasilla Girls Varsity 12:00 Boys Varsity 2:00

May 15 - Baseball vs SoHi JV 4:00 Varsity 6:30

May 16 - POPS Concert 7:00

May 19 - Softball vs East High JV and Varsity at 4:00 and again 6:00

May 19 and 20 - Varsity Track Regions at Homer

May 20 - Softball vs Service High School Noon and again 2:00

May 21 - HHS Baccalaureate 7:00

May 22 - Graduation Rehearsal 10:00 am

May 22 - Graduation Ceremony 7:00

May 23 - Finals Periods 2, 4, 6 for 9th, 10th, 11th grades

May 24 - Finals Periods 1, 3, 5 for 9th, 10th, 11th grades

May 24 - Last Day of School for 9th, 10th, 11th grades

Pier One Teams Up With HHS!

HHS student authors will have their plays read on May 20th at 7:30 pm. Please read the flyer below for more information.
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Bell Schedule for Next Year

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Plan Your Summer Reading Now

Do you want to listen to some great audio-books? Three summer options are available. If you forget where to find this information, check out the Library page linked to the Homer High School website.

Audiofile® is once again offering 16 weeks of free downloads, two titles per week. (Miss the week, miss the titles!) Week One is underway!

  • Go to the SYNC website here to get started.

Overdrive is providing an expanded collection for listening. All of their titles will be available for two months beginning June 7th—for listening but not downloading.
  • Go to our Overdrive collection here. Log-in is the same as a school computer. (Staff, change your “e” to a 9 when logging in.)

Lit2Go keeps expanding their collection. There’s nothing special for the summer, per se, but you will find wonderful titles—all in both print and audio.
  • Go to Lit2Go here. No log-in or accounts needed. (iTunes University also links to Lit2Go for downloads to smart phones and iPods.

Happy summer listening and reading.

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Akers

HHS Librarian

Congratulations U16 Hockey National Champion!

Mychaela Pitta is a National Champion! That is right. Homer High School's Mychaela was on a U16 Hockey team that just won the National Championship for 2017! HHS is proud of you.
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PowerSchool App

Do you want to be able to track your child's progress at HHS via a PowerSchool App? I think we would all love that and now it is possible. There is a PowerSchool App. Just download the App to your phone and enter this code: FRGJ. Now you can get all the cool information from PowerSchool right on your phone.
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School-Wide Picnic will be Held on Tuesday, May 2nd!

Our school-wide picnic will be held Tuesday, May 2nd down by the turf during lunch.

You read that correctly. There will be free food for all students sponsored by the Homer Marine Trades Association and the Methodist church. Make sure you plan appropriately so you don't have to eat two lunches! We hope to see everyone there to enjoy the food and have some fun.

HHS really appreciates the support from the Homer Marine Trades Association and the Methodist Church. You rock!

Counselor Corner

Schedule for AP Tests 2017:

  • Monday, May 1—Chemistry
  • Thursday, May 4—US Govt. & Politics
  • Friday, May 5—US History
  • Wednesday, May 10—English Language
  • Thursday, May 11—Comparative Govt. & Politics

All tests will be held at the Kachemak Bay Campus' Pioneer Hall in the morning.

“Summer Melt”

This is a phenomenon that is apparently fairly common. It refers to graduated seniors who run into difficulties with the college they applied to and end up not going to college in the fall. Because counselors are typically not working over the summer, students may have difficulties and not know how to access necessary information from the high school.

Ms. Hampson will be checking her school e-mail at least a couple times a week throughout the summer so students and parents with college questions should get in touch (lhampson@kpbsd.org) and she will get back with you ASAP. The scheduling portion of our system is closed down for the summer so please don’t contact her during the summer about schedule changes as they cannot be addressed until August. She will be back at HHS on August 7, so get in touch then about scheduling questions.

Graduation Practice and Graduation

We will be starting practice at 10:00 am on May 22 (same day as graduation). Students who don’t come to practice cannot walk in the graduation procession, so everyone should plan to be there. Junior Marshalls should also plan to be there if possible. Please check with your senior: all graduates need to have a cap & gown, a stole and a tassel. NHS graduates will also have an additional stole—check with Mr. Campbell about that. Please call Ms. Hampson or have your student stop by the counseling office if you find that there is a missing item. Extras of everything are available. Anyone still needing to pay for graduation regalia, remember to make checks payable to Jostens, not HHS.

Scholarship Awards Ceremony

May 8 at 6:30 pm, we will be having our awards ceremony. Parents and students will be notified if they are receiving a local scholarship and should plan to attend if possible. Everyone is invited and very welcome to be in the HHS commons to congratulate and support receipients. Come celebrate with some punch and cake and remind our generous donors how much we appreciate their continued support to our graduates!

This has been a great school year so far and promises to continue to be just that. Thanks to all the parents and students who contribute to making HHS an outstanding place to learn and work. Feel free to continue to contact the Counseling Office during the month of May.

College Classes

The Kachemak Bay Campus offers classes to juniors and seniors via the JumpStart Program, making classes very affordable. Students can choose from a wide offering of courses, including many which are not available at the high school. It is possible for students to earn twenty or more college credits while still in high school. For more information interested students should contact Ms. Hampson.

Art Awards

Homer High School students earned several awards at State and Regional competitions.

Alaska All-State Art Competition:

  • 2nd Place Printmaking: Emily Inama, The Trial

KPBSD Juried Art Show:

  • 3rd place Sculpture: Audrey Rosencrans, Torso Bottles
  • Honorable Mention Painting: Lauren Evarts, Venetian Canal
  • 3rd Place Printmaking: Isabelle Hagge, Whiletail Buck
  • Honorable Mention Printmaking: Fawna Johnson, Raven

Nice work Mariners!

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We Want You to Follow HHS on Facebook!

We want to be able to give you instant up-to-date information about what is going on at school. This can include emergencies, sports scores, as well as dates and times of events. To stay tuned to what is going on at Homer High, "like" us on Facebook. The address is www.facebook.com/homerhs. Join close to 800 other people who have liked HHS on Facebook and the over 2000 people who view our Facebook posts.

Visit the Homer High School Website

Are you wondering when sports teams have home games? 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 meetings? Check out our school website to find answers to these and other questions.

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

You can access PowerSchool from our website and weekly activities 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 to Mr. Waclawski.

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Cake Decorating

HHS students have excelled at cake decorating this year. Teacher, Lauren Seaton, is very impressed at how students have stepped up this year. Students were excited and obviously enjoyed the cake decorating unit. The cakes tasted as good as they looked!

Mariner On the Move Award Recipiants

Each Homer High faculty member selects one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Honorees, their families and the nominating teachers attended an April 28th celebration catered by the HHS Culinary Arts class. Third quarter winners were (pictured left to right):

  • Naomi Ochoa nominated by Mr. Steen
  • Ian Cambridge nominated by Mrs. Rugloski
  • Falcom Greear nominated by Mr. Schneider
  • Rowan Biessel nominated by Mrs. Borland
  • Aurora Shadley nominated by Ms. Bedingfield
  • Eryn Gillam nominated by by Mr. Waclawski
  • Cole Morawitz nominated by Mr. Campbell
  • Justin Sumption nominated by Mrs. Felice
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