Husky Highlights

February 2021

Happy February!!!!!

It is with great joy to write the Principal blurb today as we have been in person for a full week. The energy has been amazing and our students are AWESOME. As our trend in COVID cases decrease, it is still important to follow our mitigation plans so we can continue to be in school. We are now able to have students safely work together on projects, sit three to a table at lunch and play sports.

One change I would like to highlight is the process for our Spring Parent Teacher Conferences. As we have progressed through this school year, teachers and parents have been in continuous contact about student achievement, engagement, project completion and social emotional status. We want to encourage this interaction and would like parents to reach out to teachers during parent teacher conferences as needed and according to what will work best for their schedule. If you would like to talk to one or all of your teachers, please email them directly to set up a time. We will continue to have the long day on Thursday and a morning session on Friday. We also know many are choosing this time as a mini-vacation for a much-needed break. :)

I would like to thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this school year. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, concerns or suggestions on how to make Homer Middle School the best place for your child.

Ms. Dendurent


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Dates to Remember

February 5 - Seward Nordic Skiing Invitational

February 5 - Volleyball A Team Only vs Skyview @ Homer 4pm

February 6 - Volleyball vs Seward @ Seward Noon

February 10 - Volleyball vs Nikiski @ Homer 4pm

February 11 - Volleyball vs Skyview @ Skyview

February 12 - Homer Nordic Skiing Invitational

February 16 - Volleyball vs Kenai @ Homer 4pm

February 17 - Volleyball vs Kenai @ KMS 1:30pm

February 17 - Early Relaease (2:45)

February 18 - NO SCHOOL / Parent Teacher Conferences

February 19 - NO SCHOOL / Inservice

February 27 - Nordic Skiing Boroughs @ Skyview

*Events may be changed or cancelled

Fun Dates to Know

Parent Teacher Conferences

Homer Middle School Parent/Teacher 2021 Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences at HMS will be different this year. Conferences will be via telephone on Thursday, February 18 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and February 19, 2021 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. If you would like to schedule a telephone conference, please email your student’s teacher(s) to schedule a time. HMS will not be automatically scheduling conferences. Conferences with individual teachers will be scheduled for 10 minutes.

7th Grade

Margi Blanding- Science

Parley Estes- Physical Education

Bonnie Jason- ELA

Ingrid McKinstry- Math

Katie Newsted- Resource ELA and Study Skills

Doug O’Brien- Resource Math and Study Skills do’

Dan Olson- Ancient Civilization

8th Grade

Gia Baker- ELA

Jen Booz- Science

Parley Estes- ELA

Tyler Krekling- Physical Education

Jonathan Langner- US History

Katie Newsted- Resource ELA and Study Skills

Doug O’Brien- Resource Math and Study Skills do’

Rand Seaton- Math and Algebra


Lisa Fellows- School Counselor

Kari Dendurent- Principal

Volleyball Season

Nurse Information

Nurse Janette Corner


Winter is definitely here and it’s starting to get COLDER outside, which means dressing warmly enough for our changeable maritime weather! It helps to dress in layers wearing warm socks, shoes or boots, leg coverings, coats, gloves or mittens, hats, face warmers and headbands, etc. Thank you for helping your child be prepared! With the anticipated cold temperatures and outdoor activities, there is a potential for frost nip, frostbite and hypothermia.

Hypothermia can occur when you are exposed to cold temperatures. Your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. This low body temperature may make you unable to think clearly or move well and you may not know you have hypothermia. If your temperature is below 95°, the situation is an emergency—get HELP (medical attention) immediately!

And THEN there is FROSTBITE:

· Which is frozen and dead skin, muscle, and bone

· The exposed skin gets red and swollen (nose, toes, fingers and cheeks…)

· Then it feels like it is burning or stinging

· Next it gets white and waxy and numb

Which can come from: Exposed skin, Not being dressed for the weather (both wind and temperature) Wet clothes, and Dehydration

To treat Frostbite: * Immerse the area in warm water—NOT hot water

* Hold frostbitten fingers close to warm body part(armpits)

* Dry and cover the area with warm clothes

* Drink warm fluids


Have fun out there!

Nurse Janette

*The above picture is Nurse Janette's son, Patrick skiing for HMS in 2009

Hi From Monica’s Kitchen!

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH are FREE for all students for the rest of the school year. For those students 100% remote or Connections families, breakfast and lunch get n go meals are available to you. If you are interested you can sign up online on the KPBSD website. If you have questions please call 907-714-8830

Moose are Back to School too!

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