Homer High-Lights

Volume 6, Issue I, August-September 2017

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back! I hope everyone caught all the sun, fish and waves they had planned on this summer. I had a great summer and am excited about a new year. Our students excelled last year. We had 3 State Champion sports teams, our AP scores were up, our seniors earned over $1,000,000 in scholarships and we excelled in all of our High School indicators of success.

We do have some changes for this year that you need to be aware of. First, our new start time is 9:00 am. This means zero hour will now start at 8:00 am and breakfast will be served starting at 8:30.

Second, our block schedule has changed. Our block days will now be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and our 6 period days will be on Monday and Friday. I have included a new schedule below.

Lastly, periods have been swapped to match with the local college schedule. With Jumpstart paying for half the cost of tuition for Juniors and Seniors we want to make it easier to fit college classes into their schedule. You can see these changes in the schedule below.

We are also welcoming in 5 new teachers this year. Winter Allen is our new Intensive Needs Special Education Teacher, Lisa McCutcheon is teaching Resource Special Education Teacher, Saundra Hudson is our new half time PE teacher, Daniel Newsted is a Math & Science Teacher and Erin Brege is our New Language Arts and Spanish Teacher (Supporting Mr. Pitzman to offer more Spanish classes).

All of these changes are positive, though there may be some growing pains as we get used to them. If you are having issues with any changes, please let me know. We may be able to make adjustments or find solutions.

I am excited about this year and can't wait to see our students continue to excel. 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


New Bell Schedule

We have a new bell schedule and starting time. This year our starting time will be 9:00 am. That is right. You get an extra 1/2 hour of sleep each night. Our 6 period days have been changed to Monday and Friday. However, the first week of school the schedule will be as follows:

The first day is August, 22nd and will be a 6 period day. The rest of the week will be block days.

Short week schedules are available on our website.

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Freshman Orientation Night

We want our freshmen to get a great start on the year so we are holding a Freshman Orientation on Thursday, August 17th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Students who are new to HHS and returning students who would like to connect with their teachers are welcome also.

All students who attend will get:

  • Class Schedule
  • Map of classrooms
  • Basic presentation HHS culture and procedures
  • Introduction to all of their teachers
  • Locker and locker combination
  • Much more...

Here is our tentative schedule:

  • 6-6:45pm – 9th graders and new students get their schedules, lockers, etc.
  • 6:45-7pm – Mr. Waclawski presents in Mariner Theater
  • 7:05-7:10 – 1st period (returning HHS students welcome)
  • 7:15-7:20 – 2nd period
  • 7:25-7:30 – 3rd period
  • 7:35-7:40 – 4th period
  • 7:45-7:50 – 5th period
  • 7:55-8:00 – 6th period

We hope to see you there!

Schedule Pickup / Registration

  • Wednesday, August 9: Seniors pick up schedules 9:00-3:00
  • Thursday, August 10: Juniors pick up schedules 9:00-3:00
  • Friday, August 11: Sophomores pick up schedules 9:00-3:00
  • Monday, August 14: New Student Registration 9:00-3:00
  • Thursday, August 17: Freshman Orientation/Open House 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Monday, August 21: Connections Student Registration 9:00 - 3:00
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Congratulations to the Girls Track Team on Your State Championship!

Congratulations to the Homer Mariners Girls Track and Field team for winning the 1/2/3A State Championship! We are proud of you!

Here are all of the results from the State Meet.

Girls Results

  • 1st Place – Kaylee Veldstra – 100 Meters
  • 1st Place – Anna Brock – Shot Put
  • 1st Place – Anna Brock – Discus
  • 1st Place – Cheyenne Gillette, Lauren Evarts, Alia Bales & Kaylee Veldstra – 4 X 100 Relay
  • 1st Place – Megan Pitzman, Cheyenne Gillette, Lauren Evarts & Autumn Daigle – 4 X 400 Relay
  • 1st Place – Megan Pitzman, Audrey Rosencrans, Lauren Kuhns & Autumn Daigle – 4 X 800 Relay
  • 2nd place – Lauren Evarts – 300 M Hurdles
  • 2nd Place – Cheyenne Gillette, Kaylee Veldstra, Marina Carroll & Alia Bales – 4 X 200 Relay
  • 3rd Place – Kaylee Veldstra – 200 Meters
  • 3rd Place – Audrey Rosencrans – 800 Meters
  • 3rd Place – Audrey Rosencrans – 1600 Meters
  • 3rd Place – Audrey Rosencrans – 3200 Meters
  • 3rd Place – Lauren Evarts – 100 M Hurdles
  • 5th Place – Lauren Kuhns – 3200 Meters
  • 5th Place – Marina Carroll – 400 Meters
  • 6th Place – Autumn Daigle – 1600 Meters
  • 6th Place – Marina Carroll – Triple Jump

Boys Results

  • 1st Place – Joel Carroll – High Jump
  • 1st Place – Jared Brant, Bill Rich, Jacob Davis & Luciano Fasulo – 4 X 800 Relay
  • 2nd Place – Teddy Croft – 400 Meters
  • 3rd Place – Luciano Fasulo – 1600 Meters
  • 4th Place – Teddy Croft – 200 Meters
  • 4th Place – Luciano Fasulo – 800 Meters
  • 5th Place – Noah Fisk – 200 Meters
  • 5th Place – Jared Brant – 1600 Meters
  • 6th Place – Jared Brant – 800 Meters
  • 6th Place – Teddy Croft – 100 Meters

You can follow the link below to see all of the results yourself.

SAT & ACT Testing Dates

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Please Help Keep Our Students Safe!

Morning student drop off can be challenging, but it shouldn't be dangerous. We are asking both new and returning students and their parents to follow these guidelines when dropping your students off in the morning.

  • Please drive slowly through the parking lot. You never know when a student will walk in front of you.
  • All students must cross at the crosswalk in front of buses.
  • Pull all the way up to the signs by the student crosswalk when dropping students.
  • There are three lanes for traffic. The two closest to the school are for dropping off students. The lane farthest away from the school is for traffic going through.
  • Always be on the lookout for students crossing the parking lot.

"Why should I have to pull up? I have dropped my child off in front for years. "

This is a good question. Parking lot safety is based on training bus drivers, parents and students about what to expect. For instance, bus drivers are trained to look out for cross walks. While bus drivers do a good job of looking for students in other areas they are not as likely to see a student who is cutting between buses. Cutting between buses is very dangerous.

Pulling all the way to the front also helps the flow of traffic during high volume times. If you stop to drop off or pick up your child closer to the football field this can back up traffic quickly. This also delays our buses from getting to our students and can delay the whole process.

We would like this process to be safe yet efficient. Thank you for your help!

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Site Council


We are looking for parent volunteers who would like to become members of the Homer High School Site Council. The Site Council is the advisory board to the principal. If you want to have a say in school rules, dress code, athletic practice times or let the KPBSD board know what Homer parents think about district policies, then this might be the right place for you.

The Site Council meets the first Tuesday of each month from 4-5:15 except January. We also meet an additional time in October to provide KPBSD feedback on the next year’s budget.

If you are interested, please give school secretary Cindy Koplin your name and we will put you on our electronic ballot. We have three parent positions open and the three parents with the most votes will become Site Council Members.

Please e-mail or call Cindy Koplin to place your name on the ballot at 907-299-4600 or ckoplin@KPBSD.org.

The official ballot will be emailed out the day of Freshman Orientation, August 17th. Paper ballots can be picked up at the office during the vote. We hope to see you on the ballot.

Jumpstart Opportunities

If you are a junior or senior and you want to take college classes you can get them for half the cost with the JumpStart program. This is a great opportunity for students. In fact, we changed our schedule to make this a little easier. If you are interested in taking a class, talk to your HHS Counselor as soon as possible as additional paperwork must be completed.

Below is a list of classes that may work with your schedule. Remember, while we have tried to make this more convenient for students, not all classes will align with Homer High School's or each students' schedule.

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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!

Fall Sports Practices Have Started!

Drama - Debate - Forensics

Sponsor - Amy Johnson

  • 235-4600
  • First Practice is in September


Head Coach - Walter Love

  • 918-899-1160

Football Cheer

Head Coaches - Lyn Patton & Jennifer Cabana

  • 907-299-0569

Cross-Country Running

Head Coach - Annie Ridgely

  • 907-756-1110


Erin Brege

  • Paula Cook is interim coach until school starts
  • Contact the school at 235-4600


Head Coach - Thaddaeus Gunther

  • 907-299-2888

Girls Basketball Open Gym

Head Coach - Chad Felice

  • Open Gym (Call coach for details)
  • 315-246-3256

Dates To Remember

July 17 - Football Camp Starts

July 26 - First day of practice for Football, Football Cheer and Cross-Country Running

Aug 2 - First day of practice for Swim/Dive and Volleyball

Aug 9 - Seniors pick up schedules 9:00-3:00

Aug 10 - Juniors pick up schedules 9:00-3:00

Aug 11 - Sophomores pick up schedules 9:00-3:00

Aug 12 - HHS Varsity Football vs. Kodiak at Home 2:00

Aug 14 - New Student Registration 9:00-3:00

Aug 17 - Freshman Orientation / Open House 6:00-8:00 pm

Aug 19 - HHS Volleyball Homer Jamboree starting at 10:00 am

Aug 22 - First Day of School!

Aug 26 - Varsity Football vs. Valdez at Home 2:00

Sept 2 - Swim/Dive Triathlon

Sept. 4 - Labor Day - No School

Sept. 5 - Site Council Meeting at 4:00 pm in Library

Sept 8 - Swim/Dive Homer Invite starting at 4:00 pm

Sept 8 - Volleyball vs Joe Redington JV 5:00 V 6:30

Sept 9 - Swim/Dive Homer Invite continues

Sept 9 - Volleyball vs Grace Christion C team 11:00; JV 12:00; V 1:30

Sept 12 - Cross Country Running Boroughs race 4:00

Sept 16 - HHS Football vs Nikiski JV 11:00; V 2:00

Sept 16 - Cross-Country Running Time Trials 11:00 am

Sept 29 - Volleyball vs Seward C Team 4:00; JV 5:00; V 6:30

Sept 29 - HHS Football vs Voznesenka 5:00

Sept 30 - Volleyball vs ACS C Team 11:00; JV 12:00; V 1:30