Homer High-Lights

Volume 6, Issue 6, February 2018

The Perfectly Balanced High School Student

What is the perfect balance between academics, sports and home life for a high school student? Unfortunately, there is not a good answer to this question because it is a little different for everyone. One of things we strive for at Homer High School to help our students find a balance between all of their activities and school. It can be easy to overcommit in one area of their life and neglect another.

While there isn't an exact answer to this question, here are a few suggestions taken from a couple of line articles: "How to Effectively Balance Your Time in High School" that can be found at https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-balance-your-involvement/ and "5 Ways to Maintain Balance Between Work, School and Life," that can be found at https://www.wayup.com/guide/community/5-ways-to-maintain-balance-between-work-school-and-life/ .

The first is to choose a few activities and stick with them. Find what interests you and don't be afraid to quit an activity if you find you are overcommitted. Don't make the mistake of trying to do lots of activities to look good for college applications. If you are overcommitted, both your school and activities will suffer and that doesn't look good on a college application, and often it can cause mental and physical health to suffer.

GPA and class rank are not as important as people think. There is little difference between a 3.7 and a 4.0 GPA in most cases. While grades are important, don't put all of your eggs in this one basket. Colleges are not impressed with 4.0 students who are not balanced in other parts of their life. They want to see student who participate in school and community activities and volunteer, along with keeping up your studies.

The Wayup website has 5 good suggestions in its article, "5 Ways to Maintain Balance Between Work, School and Life. They are:

  1. Keep a schedule or calendar
  2. Do not procrastinate (work ahead)
  3. Get enough sleep (8 or more hours a night)
  4. Prioritize your work
  5. Make time for yourself

Please go to these links if you would like more detailed suggestions of how to stay balanced. At Homer High we want students to work hard, play hard, give back to their community and be able to handle it without too much stress.

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

Feb. 2 - Cross Country Ski Homer Invite 2:00

Feb. 3 - Cross Country Ski Homer Invite 10:00

Feb. 5 - Eligibility Grade Check

Feb. 5 - Battle of the Books Competition

Feb. 6 - Site Council Meeting in the HHS Library 4:00

Feb. 7 - Early Release Day


Feb. 8 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences 8:30-11 am and Noon to 3:00 pm

Feb. 8 - Homer Winter Carnival BBall Tournament starts at 3:30

Feb. 9 - No School - Teacher Inservice Day No Conferences

Feb. 9 - Homer Winter Carnival BBall Tournament 3:30

Feb. 10 - Homer Winter Carnival BBall Tournament 11:00

Feb. 10 - Winter Ball Dance 8 pm

Feb. 16 - JV Basketball vs. Nikolaesvk Girls 5:00 Boys 6:30

Feb. 20 - KPBSD Budget meeting HHS Library 5:30

Feb. 21 - Skills USA Event at HHS

Feb. 22 - Basketball vs Joe Redington 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 23 - Basketball vs Grace Christian 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 24 - Basketball vs ACS 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2;30, 4:00

Feb. 27 - Basketball vs Nikiski 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 28 - First day of Spring Sports Practices

Feb. 28 - PSAT 10 test at KPC 9:00 am

2017-18 HHS Bell Schedule

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KPBSD Budget Meetings

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the district-wide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Seward High School Library
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Homer High School Library
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm. in the Soldotna High School Library
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School Library

As new budget information becomes available it will be posted here:


If you have questions, please call Natalie Bates at 714-8888.

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Parent Teacher Conference Event

This is the event that everyone is waiting for. The annual Homer High School Parent Teacher Conference event will happen on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Commons.

This event will be packed with entertainment from students, parent and college preparation classes, student showcase work and will allow you to meet with your child's teachers. We hope both parents and members of the public will attend and enjoy a fun evening.

If that isn't enough, we are also going to have our second annual Chili Cook-Off. Come and taste some incredible chili recipes and vote for your favorites. You will help crown one HHS employee 2018 chili champion.

Here is an agenda of everything that is hapening during the HHS PTC Event:

General Events

5:00 - 8:00 Visit with teachers in the commons

5:00 - 8:00 View student work and videos

5:00 - 7:00 Chili Cook-Off

5:15 - 5:45 HHS Jazz Band Performance

6:00 - 6:30 HHS Choir Performance

7:00 - 7:30 Misc. Performances

HHS Counseling Presentations

5:30 - 6:00 Maritime Careers

6:00 – 6:30 Higher Ed Opportunities in Homer

6:30 – 7:00 Federal, State and Local Financial Aid

Rec Room Presentations

5:30-5:40 Adolescent Brain Development:

Understanding how the teen brain works helps us realize why they act the way they do

5:45-6:05 Communicating with Teens: To empower the adults in teen’s lives so that they are the most important sexual health educator that young people have

6:10-6:30 Obstacles in Communicating with Teens: Increase understanding and awareness that obstacles exist from teen’s and parent’s perspectives and ideas on how to normalize these obstacles

6:35-6:55 Controversial Topics: To address issues that are commonly misconstrued as controversial that we cover in our sexual health lessons

7:00-7:30 Cultural Changes in Sexuality: To discover and discuss the ways talking about sexuality has changed since you were an adolescent including sexting, pornography, online dating, teen dating violence, contraceptive options, Yes Means Yes Consent, sexualization of the media

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2nd Annual Chili Cook-off

Homer High School is hosting the 2nd annual HHS Staff Chili cook-off. Come and taste the fabulous staff prepared chilis and vote for your favorites. It is lots of fun and free to participate. Winners get prizes and eternal bragging rights.

Last year's Chili Cook-off Champion Cindy Koplin plans to enter the contest again. The question is, can anyone challenge her? Come to the PTC Evening Event and help decide who has the best Chili at Homer High once and for all, at least for this year.

The voting starts at 5:00 pm in the HHS commons on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. We hope to see you there.

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Sons 0f the American Legion Winter Carnival

The Sons of the American Legion Winter Carnival is almost here. We have scheduled three days of basketball and events for February 8th, 9th and 10th. Come and watch some of the toughest 3A basketball in the state.


Adult $8.00

Weekend Pass $20.00

Family $20.00

Senior Citizens: $2.00

Students get in free!!!!!!

All active and retired military personnel and their family's get in free. Please bring your military ID.

Thursday (Home Team Listed First)

  • 3:30 Girls Mt. Edgecumbe vs Dillingham
  • 5:00 Boys Mt. Edgecumbe vs Dillingham
  • 6:30 Girls Homer v. Kotzebue
  • 8:00 Boys Homer vs Kotzebue


  • 3:30 Girls Kotzebue vs Mt. Edgecumbe
  • 5:00 Boys Kotzebue vs Mt. Edgecumbe
  • 6:30 Girls Homer vs Dillingham
  • 8:00 Homer vs Dillingham


  • 10:30 am Skills Competition
  • 12:00 Girls Dillingham vs Kotzebue
  • 1:30 Boys Dillingham vs Kotzebue
  • 3:00 Girls Homer vs Mt. Edgecumbe
  • 4:30 Boys Homer vs Mt. Edgecumbe
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HHS Students Perform at the Nutcracker

Ruby Allen is delighted to be in the Homer Nutcracker Ballet for her 9th year. She has been watching or performing in it since she was two years old. As a second grader, she auditioned and got in as a mouse and the black lamb, jumpstarting her lifelong love for performing. This year she will be playing the parts of Firebird, Lead Shepherdess, as well as understudying the part of Dream Clara. She would like to thank give a huge thanks to Ken, for producing it as well as always having time to play cards or tell knock-knock jokes.To Breezy and Jen for their always original choreography and themes. To Anne for her hours of classes during the offseason, and all the backstage people like Wina and Malcolm for somehow pulling it off every year. Lastly, she would like to thank her family, Nutcracker and blood, for their love and support. She wouldn’t be here without them.

Katie Clark has participated in the Homer Nutcracker Ballet for the past 9 years. Starting as a Mouse and a Lamb, now nine years later she sits on the throne.With a tiara, tutu, and pointe shoes, Katie will be playing the part of the Gumdrop Fairy Queen for her junior year of high school, along with Snow, and Hard Nut Queen.Throughout the years she has had a variety of parts including: Maypole,Angel, Russian, Little Ginger, Swan Queen, Candy Cane Queen, Snow, and Flower among other parts.
Katie would like to thank, Jill, Ken, Breezy, Jen, Anne, Brandie, Wina and many others for putting in so much effort and time into her and all of the other dancers.

Katia Holmes, junior at Homer High, has been enthralled by the stage since she first auditioned for the Homer Nutcracker Production at five years old. Over the course of eleven productions she has played a myriad of roles from mouse, to gingerbread man, to Clara.Along with the Homer Nutcracker, she has studied and performed with Sitka Fine Arts, Joffrey Ballet, Encore Dance Academy, and Anchorage Classical Ballet, as well as local productions like Jazzline and Jubilee.
She would like to give a huge thanks to Ken Castner for producing the show and making sure we all have a smile on our faces, Breezy and Jen for keeping the show fresh and original, and all of the amazing backstage and tech crew like Anne, Wina, Brandie, and many others who give so much to make this show happen. Lastly, she would like to thank her parents and her entire Nutcracker family for being so amazing and supportive, she wouldn’t be able to do it without them.

For Daisy Kettle’s 10th year in the Nutcracker, she is playing the roles of Mistress Mousie as well as the corps de ballet. Her favorite part of the Homer Nutcracker Ballet is when the whole cast is backstage watching the final pas de deux, ready to go on for bows. The Homer Nutcracker Ballet has given her the opportunity to follow her passions for dance, gymnastics, trapeze, aerial silks, and just having a blast on stage with her friends. She would like to thank Breezy, Jen,Anne,Wina, and Ken for the endless hours they have poured into this magical production, as well as all the parent volunteers and community members that make all of this possible. She appreciates her parents and her big bro Ben for their support and motivation through the years. She would also like to thank the entire cast for always putting a smile on her face and being the biggest goofs around.

Senior Performers

Falcom Greear has amazed the people of Homer since he was five years old singing songs from the musical Cats in Safeway, being the lead in Little Orphan Andy, and the most memorable 2008 Jubilee performance of “Proud Mary”. He basically took every chance to perform that he could. He is currently in the All NAfME National choir, was named All American Cheerleader at UCA camp in Anchorage, teaches Zumba classes, and is a member of the Homer High Swing choir. Falcom joined the Homer Nutcracker Ballet production in 2013. Through the years he has played the roles of Party Kid, Cheshire Cat, Steampunk Gear, Rat, Soldier, Irish Dancer, Wolf, Russian, and Opening Caroler. In this year’s production, he is a King in the beginning of “Hard Nut”, Russian, and the flaming hot dragon! Falcom wants to give a HUGE thank you to Breezy, Jennifer, Anne, and Kira for giving him a chance at something he never thought he could do, and for always letting his many absences slide. He also wants to thank Ken Castner for always asking and checking in on him if he’s doing “Well” (inside joke). And he also wants to thank Wina and her costume queens, for the FABULOUS and BEAUTIFUL costumes that he got to wear each year. He couldn’t have done it all without his amazing parents by his side, always pushing him to make practice and continuing to badger him about what he wants to do after high school. His main goal for after high school is to continue performing and find a place where he can make his music and art where he is happy.

Ben Kettle remembers craning his neck in wonder at the rows of lights that lined the catwalk every time he watched the Nutcracker, and in third grade he felt their power as a castle guard and soldier. But when he had the opportunity to get involved with lighting in 10th grade, he was thrilled to help out. Since then, Ben has had tons of fun, and is grateful for the experience. In particular, he would like to thank Curtis Jackson for getting him started, Jen for her excellent directing, and Ken for his leadership, as well as the rest of the crew that continually makes the show a success.

Jonah is now in his second year of the Homer Nutcracker Ballet. He enjoys the nutcracker very much, and couldn’t have done it without help from his best friend Aaron Taliesin. Jonah appreciates all the performers he has had the chance of working with, especially his dance partner Ruby Allen. He gives special thanks to Breezy, the choreographer.

Other Contributors include:

  • Marina Greear - Stage crew
  • Eve Brau - Makeup
  • Jalee Martushev- Makeup
  • Zoe Stonorov-Makeup
  • Lllena Bice
  • Joren Kirsis
  • Sophie Morin
  • Ben Kettle
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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!

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Counselor Corner

Sophomore Counseling

2nd semester of 10th grade is an excellent time to review high school progress and begin post-secondary planning in earnest. Sophomores and their parents are invited to make 20-minute appointments with Paul Story in January or February to discuss how to start preparing for graduation and for their career pathway. Call 235-4685 or email pstory@kpbsd.org to schedule a time.


The PSAT 10 assessment (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10) is designed for university-bound sophomores and is the best tool to prepare for the National Merit Scholarship competition in 11th grade and, subsequently, the real SAT. The test will be held at the Kachemak Bay Campus Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Students miss 2nd and 3rd periods. To sign up, bring $20 to the counseling office. Assistance is available if the fee is a hardship.

AVTEC Maritime Training in Homer

The Maritime Transportation Industry in Alaska has some excellent career opportunities for young people who want to make a living on the water. Interested high school students 16 or older can earn their initial certifications in Homer, tuition-free! AVTEC will be offering their Basic Training course at Homer High February 7, 8 and 9. Students must be able to swim and must have a sincere interest in attaining employment in the field after graduation. Come to the counseling office for more information and to pay the $35 registration fee.

High School Basic Training (BT)
Students will earn 4 USCG Coast Guard Certifications upon successful completion of this training and the USCG BT Endorsement that is a required and HIGHLY valued credential for entry level maritime industry employment. This course also satisfies part 1 of the three part AMAP** Tier 1* training requirements for students whom might be interested in applying for this apprenticeship after they graduate from HS and turn 18.

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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Homer High's First Problem Solving FOL Was a Success

The science department hosted the first ever, school-wide problem solving contest at Homer High School. Students were put in groups of 4 and competed against groups of teachers. Student were engaged, had fun and beat several teams of teacher.

Results are in for Homer High's first of three school wide problem solving events! While everyone "won" by having a positive "can do" attitude ... the official top three teams were as follows #1) Ms. Temple, Mr. Perk, Ms. Allen and Coach Waldorf; #2) Aspen Etzwiler, Rio Shemet-Pitcher, Aaron Toro, Jamie Parrish, and Robert Maupin ; #3) Mac Mayer, Savanah Jansen, Owen Glasman and Josiah Raymond.

You can also hear KBBI's report on this event at http://kbbi.org/post/homer-high-challenges-students-problem-solving-event

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