Homer High-Lights

VOLUME 7, ISSUE 2, October 2018

Principal's Message

At Homer High School we take student safety seriously. We want to make sure we are prepared for anything. To help with this goal we are going to be having a school wide armed intruder drill on October 4th during 3rd period. Students will be practicing lock-downs, barricading and swarming.


HHS and the entire KPBSD uses the A.L.I.C.E. model to prepare for the worst. This model gives our students and teachers tools and empowers them to act with the goal of getting to safety as fast as possible. We hope we never have to use this, but if it does happen, it is nice to know that our students will have the best chance of coming out of a dangerous situation unharmed . You can learn more about the A.L.I.C.E. model by using the links below.


If you have any questions about this drill on October 4th or have any questions in general on Homer High School's disaster preparedness, please give me a call at 907-235-4600 or e-mail me at dwaclawski@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.


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I expect 2018-19 to be another great year. I can't wait to see what this year has to offer and see all the neat things our students will do. I hope everyone has a wonderful school year.


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.


Sincerely,


Douglas Waclawski

Principal

We Need Your Help With Accreditation Surveys!

https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/81393/32358


That is right. We have another survey that we need as many parents as possible to fill out. This time, the survey will help our school get accredited with Advanc-Ed. It has been five years since we were accredited last and we need to work through the process again.


Accreditation helps our school and our students. Colleges will accept our transcripts and students have an easier time with applications. Without accreditation, students would only be able to use their test scores for college admittance. The school also gets some great information on what we are doing well and what we should improve on.


Please click the links below and take the surveys. We need as many parents as possible to take these surveys and tell us what you like and what you want to see improved.


https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/81393/32358

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Nation Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist

Seth Adkins earned National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist Honors. Seth continues a long history of academic excellence at Homer High School. In fact, Seth is the 13th student in the last 11 years to earn this Honor.


National Merit scholars are chosen from the top 1 percent of students based on their PSAT test results taken their Junior Year. Award winners can earn scholarships including full-ride scholarships at many universities across the country.


If you are interested in taking the PSAT please get with our counselors, Lin Hampson or Paul Story. You can take the practice test your Sophomore year and then the real test your Junior year. This year’s test will be given on October 13 with provisions for traveling junior athletes to test on October 10. Only juniors can qualify for the competition, but younger students can take the test on the 13th as an important practice (almost all of our high scoring students took tests as sophomores).


The counseling office will be glad to take the $20 test fee and sign up students any time (students who get free or reduced lunch will qualify for assistance). Everyone will receive a practice bulletin with more information and helpful sample tests.

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Seward Swim Meet

Madison Story, Clayton Arndt and Teddy Handley each won two events at Seward, Alia Bales also won the 50 Freestyle. They head to Anchorage this weekend for a Tri-Meet at Service and the Historic Bartlett Invite.


The pictures above and below show Madison Story and Clayton Arndt earning awards at the SOHI Pentathlon.

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Dates To Remember


Sept 29 - Volleyball vs Houston C 11:00, JV 12:00, Varsity 1:30

Oct 6 - SAT test 8:00 a.m.

Oct 6 - Fiesta Night Wrestling Fundraiser

Oct 9 -Volleyball vs SoHi 4:00, 5:00, 6:30

Oct 10 - PSAT for traveling athletes

Oct 10 - NHS Induction 6:00

Oct 13 - Volleyball vs Nikiski 11:00, Noon, 1:30

Oct 15 - HHS Fall Band and Choir Concert 7:00

Oct 19 - Inservice Day--students have day off End of 1st quarter/grade check

Oct 19 - Wrestling Rumble Duals TBA

Oct 20 - Wrestling Round Robin Rumble 10:30 a.m.

Oct 24 - Early Release Day (dismissal 2:15)

Oct 24 - First day of practice for Cross Country Skiing

Oct 25,26,27 - Swim Dive Regions at Homer

Oct 30 - KPBSD Budget Site Council Meeting at Homer Middle School

KPBSD Budget Meeting October 30th

The budget process has started again for 2019-20 school year. Please join the HHS Site council at the middle school on October 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Make sure you attend and let administration know what you value most. Let your voice be heard and we hope to see you there.

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College & Career Fair


The College and Career Fair will be held on Oct 16 at Kenai High School. There will be numerous colleges at this event, as well as technical schools (including AVTEC), military recruiters and employers will in attendance. Students will be able to have face-to-face conversations with representatives and get valuable information.


HHS will be sending buses of juniors and seniors. Students must ride the bus (they cannot drive themselves unless accompanied by parent). Students will need a permission slip which can be found on the HHS homepage. Please sign it and have your student return it to the counseling office. This event will take up the majority of the day but the experience will be well worth the time.


No tests or major projects will be given on that day so students can attend the fair. Many HHS students have made connections with colleges that they eventually attended. This is a great opportunity, especially for students who are beginning their college search or do not feel they will have the opportunity to actually visit schools in the lower forty- eight. For a list of participants, go to http://cacfair.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/2018-participants/


You can download the permission slip at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/195xuCHgt_YoiZpixO3b5RmE4DrAGXO2y/view?usp=sharing.


Caps & Gowns


The rep from Jostens will be visiting seniors on October 9. We will order a basic package of cap, gown, stole and tassel for each senior. Check on the Jostens website for other items. Seniors should be bringing home catalogs with descriptions of all Jostens merchandise www.jostens.com/


Remind app


We are trying to improve communications with students and families by periodically broadcasting announcements (i.e. registration deadlines, college visitors, etc.) that appear as alerts on your phone. Signing up is simple. Just text the following to the number 81010:


· Current seniors text @lhampson (or @seniorswo if not taking Lang. Arts at HHS)

· Juniors text @pstory

· Sophomores text @f6h696

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Cross Country Boys and Girls Take 3rd - Autumn Daigle Takes 2nd

Our Mariner runners finished another great year. Both team finished 3rd at the State Meet. Autumn Daigle almost defended her championship by finishing 2nd. Both teams overcame adversity and injuries, but still found a way to shine. See the list below of runners who earned all-state:


Luca Fasulo

Ewob Knapp

Autumn Daigle

Brooke Miller

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Volleyball Sweeps Joe Redington & Houston

The Mariner volleyball team is getting into fine form as they get ready for regions in a couple of weeks. They swept both Houston and Joe Redingtion 3 sets to 0 this past weekend. They head to Grace Christian for a major tournament this weekend.

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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Football Finishes The Year Strong

The Mariner Football team finished the year strong by winning their last two games by a score of 22- 20. They beat Seward and then Nikiski. With many young players their future looks bright.