Husky Highlights

Homer Middle School, October 2017

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Principal's Corner

It is hard to believe we are almost finished with the first quarter of the 2017-18 School Year. The classrooms are buzzing with excitement and students are busy working on science projects, reading books, completing daily math work, watching history come alive through the magic of our social studies teachers and getting fit and in shape in PE. In regards to fitness, Homer Middle School athletes have just completed the Fall Sports Season and another one is just around the corner- Basketball. We encourage every student to participate in the intramural program as well as the competitive program. Through sport participation students learn teamwork, camaraderie, sportsmanship and the importance of prioritizing activities and school work.

This time of year also brings a lot of other outside activities including performing arts. Our students have been working hard in the music classes and are getting ready for our Fall Performance at the Mariner Theater on October 16 at 7pm. We would also like to ask if your student participates in other activities, please let us know so we can be in the audience cheering them on.

I would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to the students and parents who attended the Open House. I am hopeful your questions were answered, and you have a better understanding about your child’s school day. In addition, I would like to remind you at the end of the month, we will have Parent/Teacher Conferences; however, if you would like to schedule a time to meet with a teacher or counselor you can request a meeting at any time.

Please know the staff at Homer Middle School is here to assist both you and your child in success. Enjoy the few weeks of Fall!

Dates to Remember

10/6 - XCountry Running Borough @ Homer 4pm

10/9 - First day of intramurals for Basketball begins

10/13 - 1st Quarter Activity Night 6:30pm to 8:30pm

10/16 - Fall Music Concert @ HHS Theatre 7pm

10/17 - Picture Retakes

10/20 - In-service Day/End of Quarter

10/25 - Early Release

10/26-27 - Parent/Teacher Conferences-No School

10/30 - Competitive play for Basketball begins

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 26, 2017

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday, October 27, 2017

(Teachers on call for individual/group conferences previously scheduled)

Conference locations TBA


9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

New Bell Schedule for 2nd Quarter - Starts October 23rd!

1st - 7th Music 9:00-9:30am

1st - 8th 9:00-9:52am


2nd - 7th 9:34-10:26am

2nd - 8th Music 9:56-10:26am


3rd - 10:30-11:22am


4th - 11:26-12:18pm


Lunch 12:18-1:01pm


5th 1:01-1:53pm


6th 1:57-2:49pm


7th 2:53-3:45pm

Homer Middle School Soccer

FREE & REDUCED MEAL PROGRAM (NSLP)

Preparing for the 2017/2018

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES

FREE & REDUCED MEAL PROGRAM (NSLP)

Student Programs Applications for 2017/2018 SY

Households with income: Households with income are encouraged to submit a KPBSD Student Programs Application (even if income is over the Income Eligibility Guidelines), because certain Federal programs base funding on the total number of students applying for benefits. Parents can submit an application (one application per household) for their household BEFORE school starts - Please allow 10 working days for processing by the Student Nutrition Services Office.

2017/2018 STUDENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS (cream with blue printing) will be available for pick-up by August 08, 2017 at all Kenai Peninsula Borough Schools, Public Assistance / Job Service and KPBSD Central Office.

Households receiving Public Assistance Benefits: Households receiving Public Assistance benefits (Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance) DO NOT need to fill out a Student Programs Application IF they have received and turned in a School Meals/Direct Certification Notice from Public Assistance. The Department of Education and Public Assistance will coordinate efforts to implement the Categorical Eligibility Process by also sending names of qualifying households directly to KPBSD / Student Nutrition Services (SNS). Once your student’s name has been received and processed, SNS will send you a letter notifying you that benefits are available.

30-DAY GRACE MEAL BENEFITS: Students qualifying for free or reduced meal benefits on the last serving day of the 2016-2017 School Year (May 23, 2017) may receive meal benefits for up to the first 30 school days of the 2017/2018 school year (August 22 – October 3, 2017). The 30 day grace period allows students to qualify for school meals while their new application, School Meals or Categorical Eligibility Direct Certification Notice is being processed. NOTE: If a student changes schools, a delay in receiving 30 day benefit may occur.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH PRICES: Elementary breakfast $2.00 and lunch $3.00. Middle/High School breakfast $2.00 and lunch $3.50. Students qualifying for free/reduced meals, breakfast free and lunch $.40.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Homer Middle School Cross Country Running

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KPC

One of the greatest indicators of a child’s educational attainment is the mother’s level of education. At the Adult Basic Education Program in Homer on Kachemak Bay Campus, we support parents who may need

  • To increase core subject areas to get into college

  • To attain high school equivalency (GED)

  • To improve life skills, college or career attainment skills

  • To learn English if English is not their native language

Our classes are free as our program is grant-funded by the Department of Labor. We also offer free tutoring and online resources for working parents.
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Need Extra help with homework?

SLED

Live Homework Help - Free to all KPBSD Students

Note from the Nurse

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 the "Happy Birthday" song through twice.

  • 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!
  • 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. 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 or work, remember the 24 hour rule - Following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, one must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without using any fever reducing medication in order to return to school or work. Additionally, KPBSD guidelines support being free of vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before return to school.

Consider getting vaccinated if you have not done so already - Seasonal Flu Vaccine is available in all the communities across the Kenai Peninsula. Getting a vaccine at this time of year is very valuable for Alaskans, as our flu season activity seems to continue well into March and April. Please check with your own health care provider. Remember, when you get vaccinated, you not only protect yourself, but you protect others who may not be able to receive the vaccine themselves.

GOOD LUCK!

Homer Middle School

School Contacts

Kari Dendurent, Principal -kdendurent@kpbsd.org

Marilyn Wythe, Secretary – mwythe@kpbsd.org

Lisa Fellows, Counselor – lfellows@kpbsd.org

Janette Latimer, Nurse – jlatimer@kpbsd.org

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