A Big Thank you to all of our students, parents and staff for a great opening to the 2020-21 School Year. It has been a challenge, and we have overcome many obstacles however seeing the faces of our Homer Middle School Students has definitely made all of our hard work worth it.
As we are into the first two weeks of school, we are happy to announce we are looking forward to seeing our student athletes in action. This Saturday, the Huskies will be taking on the Seward Middle School Silvers for our first home soccer games. These games will take place at the Homer High School Mariner Field starting at Noon. There will be a mitigation plan posted at the gate, so we ask all participants and spectators to adhere to these guidelines so we can continue to have athletic contests.
Next Friday, HMS will host the Homer Middle School Invitational Cross Country Meet. We will have a girl’s race, a boy’s race and a community race. Be sure to bring your running shoes if you would like to participate. The meet will also have a mitigation plan for athletes and spectators. We would also like to remind our community, dogs are not permitted at our athletic contests nor on our fields during events.
On Wednesday, September 9th, students will have the opportunity to attend grade level student government meetings. We are looking for several students who are interested in leadership opportunities, activity coordination/facilitation, student voice representation and philanthropy to give back to our community. Students will need to complete an application and those who are running for office will have the opportunity to give a speech to the student body. We want all of our students to get involved and give us ideas on how we can continue to make AMAZING things happen at HMS!
As always, please continue to reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to make recommendations. Thank you again for your continued support.
Dates to Remember
September 18 - Cross Country Running @ Homer 4pm
September 18 - Boys & Girls Soccer vs Skyview @ HHS Turf 4pm
September 22 - Cross Country Running @ Kenai 3pm
September 24 - Boys & Girls Soccer vs Kenai @ Kenai 3pm
September 25 - Cross Country Running @ Skyview 3pm
September 25 - Boys & Girls Soccer vs Nikiski @ HHS Turf 4pm
September 29 - Soccer First Round Boroughs @ Kenai
Please see our website for any changes or updates on Calendar of Events
Fun Dates to Know.....
WHAT CLASSES DO I HAVE TODAY?
DON’T WANT TO GET SICK?
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water (or alcohol based hand sanitizer when water is not available) for at least 20 seconds whenever you touch things that may be handled by other people, before eating, and after using the bathroom. Remember, 20 seconds is long enough to sing Happy Birthday song twice; Baby Shark through baby, mommy and daddy; or My Country tis of Thee
- Cover your cough! By covering your cough, and sneezing or coughing into a tissue or even better, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve, you keep germs from being shared with others. This simple intervention continues to make a big difference in spreading illness at school and throughout the community!
- Remember to wear a cloth face covering (mask) whenever 6’ physical distancing is not possible around people not in your bubble.
- Don’t Touch Your Face or play with your Mask! Your body is protected from infection by your skin. However, you have several openings in your face that germs can enter through and your hands will spread germs.
- STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK! This includes both children and adults experiencing any of the following symptoms - fever of 100 degrees F or higher, cough, sore throat, runny and/or stuffy nose, headache and/or body aches, chills and/or fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting, AND the additional Covid-19 symptoms of shortness of breath and loss of taste or smell. This allows schools to remain a safe and healthy place for students, staff, and community members, and we thank you for helping us with this!
- When returning to school, Please follow the KPBSD symptom free protocol guidelines at the following link.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions,
Janette Latimer RN
Lunch on First Day of School 2020
7th grade Science observation lab
MESSAGE FROM COUNSELOR
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among school age youth. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When all adults and students in the school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority, and are empowered to take the correct actions, we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.
Suicide Warning Signs
Most suicidal youth demonstrate observable behaviors that signal their suicidal thinking. These include:
- Suicidal threats in the form of direct ("I am going to kill myself") and indirect ("I wish I could fall asleep and never wake up again") statements.
- Suicide notes and plans (including online postings).
- Prior suicidal behavior.
- Making final arrangements (e.g., making funeral arrangements, writing a will, giving away prized possessions).
- Preoccupation with death.
- Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts and/or feelings.
- Extreme withdrawal from friends and family.
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