Homer High-Lights

VOLUME 9, ISSUE 8, April 2021

Principal's Message - Covid-19 Fatigue

I am so excited and happy that HHS has been face-to-face for over a quarter and I expect we will be able to be in the building for the rest of the year. Our students need to be in the building with their peers if they want. We know it is best for adolescents to be with friends and not being with peers and their friends contributes to a rise in depression and self-harm.

Spring sports have started and we just finished winter sports successfully. Hockey won a state championship and girls basketball competed at the state tournament. Our students are starting to perform at a high level again and I am excited to see how we do with PEAKS testing. Homer High is planning to have in person graduation on the turf. We still must follow mitigation practices, but our school is running smoothly once more.

Our COVID-19 numbers have stabilized and Homer's percent of positive tests are low, but the pandemic is not over. KPBSD will continue to wear masks and distance. We do this because that is what we have to do so students can stay in school. Please help us with keeping our students safe and in school. I know it has been tough on many people, but I know Homer is tougher. Thanks for your help and support.

Let us know what we can do to help support you or your children if they are staying at home or if they are in school. I am willing to do what it takes to provide the best education possible even with Covid-19. If you have suggestions or critiques, please contact me at 907-235-4600 or email me at dwaclawski@kpbsd.org.


Douglas Waclawski


Ella Blanton Yourkowsk Wins Art Awards

Congratulations to Ella Blanton-Yourkowski for winning First Place in Sculpture, and People's Choice Award in the Alaska Tsunami Bowl Ocean Connections Art Show. Ella is looking for more hardware by submitting work at the State Art competition. Congratulations and good luck.
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PEAKS Testing

PEAKS Testing will be starting in April. Freshman will be testing on LA and Math and sophomores will be testing on Science. We are not focusing on these tests this year. We need to administer them and hopefully this will provide some normalcy and some data. We focus on what matters for our students every day and we know test scores will be there if we do our jobs.

Hopefully, you won't even notice that our students are testing. We have a great plan and I know our students are going to perform well. Give us a call if you have any questions. The schedule is provided below.

PEAKS Testing Dates: ​

  • English (9th) - March 30

  • Math (9th) - April 6

  • Science (10th) - April 8/9

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Basketball Awards

Congratulations to the following Mariners who earned 1st Team All South Central Conference for Basketball and Cheer.

First Team

Girls - Laura Inama

Girls - Hannah Hatfield

Boys - Clayton Beachy

Cheer - Ally High, Sameah McGhee and Leah Evans

Second Team

Girls - Delilah Harris

River Mann

Parker Lowney

Eyoab Knapp

Honorable Mention

Tonda Smude

Congratulations to Hannah Hatfield and Clayton Beachy for Earning 2nd Team All-State in Basketball.

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Spring Sports Have Started

We successfully made it through winter sports without missing a game due to COVID. Other schools had to shut down, but HHS sports made it the entire year with great success. Our Hockey team won state and our girls made it to the state tournament for only the third time in 20 years.

Now spring sports have started and we are excited to see our athletes perform while staying healthy. Baseball, track, softball, soccer and wrestling have all started. Of course, it would help if the snow melted, but this is Alaska weather and we will make it work.

To be safe, all of our mitigation practices are still in effecting including wearing masks in practice. Because wrestling is such a contact sports they need to test two times per week and must have a negative test result within 72 hours of a contest.

Thanks for supporting our athletes through COVID and remember, you can stream all our games online.

1-to-1 Chromebook Program

We are planning on developing a 1-to-1 Chromebook to students program starting next year. Each student will be assigned their own Chromebook. While this is exciting news, we need some feedback from parents and families.

  1. Do you want your child to be able to take these home?
  2. If you want them child to take them home are you willing to reimburse of if they are lost or broken?
  3. Do you think all grades should take them home?
  4. Do you want sleeves or bags if you take them home?
  5. Is there anything else we should be thinking about with this program?

Please take the survey below and let us know what you think.


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Homer Girls Basketball Earn 3A State Berth

See the article in the Peninsula Clarion about Homer Girls Basketball.


Homer’s Tonda Smude scores against Kenai Central on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

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Mariner Minute - Episode 15

Listen to the newest edition of the Mariner Minute. This week we interview a member of our State Championship Hockey team, Haylee Owen!


Stream HHS Sports

We know fans want to watch HHS sports. Unfortunately, we are in the middle of a pandemic, but that doesn't mean you can't root for your team. We are streaming all home sporting events and will provide links for all away events.

Hockey and Cross-Country Skiing have just wrapped up but Basketball is in full swing. Come cheer for your favorite Mariner team!

Click the link below to view the livestream of HHS sports. After the recording you can see all past streamed sporting events.

Homer Mariner Sports

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Homer Nordic Ski Teams Finsih Strong at State.


4/19 School Picture Day

4/20 Girls Soccer vs Nikiski 4:00pm

4/20 Boys Soccer vs Nikiski 6:00pm

4/21 Early Release Day 2:45pm

4/22 Girls Soccer vs Kenai 1:00/5:00

4/22 Boys Soccer vs Kenai 3:00/7:00

4/22 Band and Choir Concert 7:00pm

4/23 Mariner on the Move 3:00pm

4/24 Track vs Soldotna 10:00am

4/27 Softball vs Soldotna 4:00/6:00

4/30 Girls Soccer vs Grace 1:00/5:00

4/30 Boys Soccer vs Grace 3:00/7:00

Want To Know What is Going on At HHS? Use Facebook!

In these uncertain times it is important to know what is going at at your child's school. Homer High School uses Facebook to communicate with parent and the community about events, emergencies, school closures, sporting events, Covid-19 details and more. Go to https://www.facebook.com/HomerHS/ and be sure to follow us.

Don't be left out about news and information you need. Like us on Facebook today.

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Easy for 16 and Older to Get a Covid-19 Vaccine but Why Get One?

Pfizer is the only vaccine brand with FDA emergency use authorization for individuals 16 years of age and older. Visit www.sphosp.org to make an appointment. Watch the hospital’s website for appointments as additional Pfizer vaccines are expected to arrive in the April allocation. 18 and older students can receive the one dose Johnson and Johnson or the two dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

WHERE: Ulmers, Safeway, SPH, Ninilchik Clinic, SVTC, Kachemak Medical Clinic

Call HHS nurses Sharon Gorman and Ella May Cooper-Waldron for questions, 235-4626.

Counselor's Corner

Summer JumpStart

Current 10th and 11th graders are eligible to take discounted, dual credit summer classes online via KPC. See here for a course list.

Service Project

The service project has changed, but it is still a graduation requirement and is due April 30th. Please see the email sent by coordinator Chad Felice on March 22nd and contact him with further questions at cfelice@kpbsd.k12.ak.us .

Summer JumpStart

Current 10th and 11th graders are eligible to take discounted, dual credit summer classes online via KPC. See here for a course list.

Service Project

The service project has changed, but it is still a graduation requirement and is due April 30th. Please see the email sent by coordinator Chad Felice on March 22nd and contact him with further questions at cfelice@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Graduation Garb

Caps and gowns are in and can be paid for by sending cash or check in an envelope labeled with the student name and Cap and Gown fees. These can go to the bookkeeper or front office. You can also choose to pay online using this link: https://kpbsd.revtrak.net/hs/homer-hs/Homer-HS-Additional-Items-and-Events/#/list

Items will be sent home beginning April 19 after fees are paid.

Cap, gown, stole and tassel are $57

Cap & tassel are $27

Stole is $24

Tassel is $17

If you have any questions, please contact Desiree Smude at dsmude@kpbsd.k12.ak.us


ACT/SAT – primarily for current juniors planning to apply to 4-year universities. Fee waivers available from Mr. Story for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch

April 17 ACT

  • Regular registration deadline – Mar. 12th
  • Registration link

May 8 SAT

  • Regular registration deadline – Apr. 8th
  • Registration link

Free ACT/SAT practice and dual credit scholarships for Alaskan high school students here

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