Message from Principal Kari Dendurent
It is hard to believe Fall is now over, and we are getting ready for the Winter Months. I think the little skiff of snow last week was our first clue, and the cold temperatures are here to stay. As we are navigating the daily challenges for students in the traditional schooling, it is also important to keep in mind the importance of staying active. What are outdoor activities you and your family can do and stay safe and healthy at the same time? Some suggestions- collecting and painting rocks, weeklong fitness challenge (pushups, jump rope, sit ups- parents vs kids), botany adventure (observe and draw the flora and fauna), or a family walk to discuss the day and share stories. Whatever you chose, quality time spent together will get us through the funk of COVID.
Last week, HMS facilitated Parent Teacher Conferences. It was not as we planned, but we were able to make changes and would like to thank our families for their flexibility. I spoke with several families and used the conference time to walk parents through PowerSchool and its several layers to get down to the specific assignments as well as to assist with the navigation of CANVAS. If you would like a personal navigator to assist with areas you find troublesome or confusing, please feel free to contact me directly, and I am happy to assist. A positive takeaway, once parents were given some time to explore without the pressure of finding and completing the missing assignments of their child, many stated it was pretty navigable and easy to use.
Starting today, I will send out emails to students by 8:30am to inform them of daily reminders such as ODD/EVEN days, birthdays, fun national holidays, a joke of the day and important information from teachers. In addition, 7th grade students will ZOOM for Husky Time on ODD days, and 8th graders will ZOOM on EVEN days. The Husky Time gives students the opportunity to connect and participate in trivia for weekly prizes. We are hopeful this will give students some sense of normalcy.
The staff at HMS are exploring opportunities to get students back in school and to provide support both academically and socially. As we are approaching the end of the 2nd quarter there are many unknowns. We know what we are doing at this time is not ideal nor best practices, but we need to ensure students are provided the resources to curriculum and to minimize the gaps of education. If you have ideas you would like to share or some thoughts we may need to consider for your family and the Homer Community, please let us know.
Thank you for all you do to make HMS Great!
100% Remote Learning
Please visit https://kpbsd.org/schools/homer-middle/
for daily updates on remote learning dates.
Dates to Remember -
November 3 - Election Day
*November 12 - Skyview 7th vs. Homer @ Skyview
(No B-Team Games)
*November 14 - Seward vs. Homer @ Homer
*November 24 - Homer vs. Nikiski @ Nikiski
November 19 - Yearbook Cover Deadline
November 26 & 27 - NO SCHOOL - HAPPY THANKSGIVING
*Events may be changed or cancelled
Fun Dates to Know
WHAT CLASSES DO I HAVE TODAY?
Ms. Blanding Science
Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19
Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle pain or body aches
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, including common signs and symptoms listed above.
COVID-19 seems to cause more serious illnesses in some people. Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell.
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET A FLU SHOT!
Flu season in Alaska often lasts well into March, and we are also seeing an increase in
Covid-19 cases statewide.
If your child currently has or develops symptoms of influenza, please notify your health care provider. In some cases, treatment with an antiviral prescription medication may be recommended.
You are contagious for up to 24 hours with the Flu before you really notice you are ill!
The flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, but protection against the flu is more important than ever this year:
- Getting a flu vaccine can save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
- Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. A 2018 study showed that from 2012 to 2015, flu vaccination among adults reduced the risk of being admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) with flu by 82 percent.
There will be plenty of free flu vaccine available throughout the state – The Department of Health and Social Services has ordered extra vaccine to ensure widespread protection. (DHSS.alaska.gov)
Influenza viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people sick with influenza. People may also become infected by handling something with flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or face. Three simple measures can greatly help prevent the spread of influenza as well as many other germs.
1. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
3. Stay home if you are sick or beginning to feel sick!
WHERE TO GET THE FLU VACCINE:
Homer Medical Clinic 235-8586,
Kachemak Medical Group 235-7000,
Seldovia Village Tribe Clinic 226-2228
Scott Family Pharmacy-226-2580
Please feel free to give me a call with any questions or concerns.
Janette Latimer R.N.
Homer Middle School Nurse