Homer High-Lights

Volume 4, Issue 8, April 2016

Message from the Principal

Let's finish the year strong!

The school year is coming to a close. There is less than two months left and the year will be over before you know it. This is also one of the busiest times of the year. Spring sports schedules are condensed into a few weeks in May, the musical and spring concerts are scheduled and the awards programs are set. Seniors are working to make sure they are ready to graduate. They are finishing up college applications and scholarships or are trying to decide what to do with their future.

With everything that is going on and the warmer weather, make sure your child finds time to focus on their studies. We want students to enjoy all the performances and sports but still take time for school work. Remember, they are students first and then athletes or performers.

Graduation is Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 pm. This means all work, projects, service learning projects, online classes, and correspondence classes are due on Monday, May 16th. Everything must be completed and turned in or you will not participate in the graduation ceremony. Do not wait until the last minute as we don't make exceptions for this. Please plan ahead because we want to celebrate all seniors and their 13 years of hard work.

If something comes up or you have suggestions for improvement, please let me know. My office is open and I appreciate hearing your opinions or thoughts. My goal is to be responsive to what our parents and community want and need. Please give me a call or come in and chat.


Douglas Waclawski


Dates To Remember

April 1 - Early Release - Students leave at 1:45 pm

April 1and 2- Big C Relays at the Dome (track)

April 5 - Site Council Meeting - 3:45 in Library

April 5 and 6--AMP testing

April 6 - Varsity Soccer at Kenai 4:00 and 6:00

April 9 - Varsity Soccer vs. Eagle River at home 11:00 and 1:00

April 9 - Prom

April 12 and 13 - AMP testing

April 14 - Varsity Soccer at home vs Nikiski 4:00 and 6:00

April 15 - KBC College and Career Fair

April 16 - Soccer at Grace Christian School

April 16 - Track Meet at Home at noon

April 18 - Grade Check for Eligibility

April 19 - Soccer at home vs Soldotna 4:00 and 6:00

April 22 and 23 - Track at Kenai

April 22 and 23 - Soccer at Kodiak

April 23 - Baseball at Soldotna 12:00 and 3:00

April 25 - Homer High Spring Concert at 7:00

April 26 - Soccer at home vs Kenai 4:00 and 6:00

April 28-30 - Softball at Juneau

April 29 and 30 - Soccer in the valley

April 29 - Baseball at Kodiak

AMP 2016

April is AMP testing time. I love this time of year because our students get to prove how awesome they are! Our schedule is different the next two weeks to accommodate testing times.

The weeks of April 4th and 11th switch block and regular days. Monday, Thursday and Friday will be block days and Tuesday and Wednesday will be 6 period days. This means the Wednesday block schedule will be on Monday of those two weeks. A schedule is provided below.

Here are the tests being given:

  • April 5 - 9th grade LA - 8:40 - 11:35 am
  • April 6 - 10th grade LA - 8:40 - 11:35 am
  • April 12 - 9th grade Math - 8:40 - 11:35 am
  • April 13 - 10th grade Math - 8:40 - 11:35 am

Good luck and happy testing!

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Counselor's Corner

AP Testing

This May, seventy HHS students will be taking one hundred and thirty AP tests. Our students have done well on the tests they have taken in the past years and I’m sure this year will be no exception. Testing will begin on May 2 and run through May 12. The price of $92 per test may sound high but the resulting credit at many colleges will be three times the price per credit. In addition, students will receive a grade “bump” for taking an AP course.

Payment can be made for test fees at any time between now and test day. Students who are included in the free or reduced fee lunch program will have their fees waived. If you believe that your family might qualify to receive these services, please apply now, even if you have not done so in the past. Qualified students are not in any way required to participate in the lunch program itself, just to qualify for fee assistance.

Looking at student requests for next year, it is obvious that many students have had success in AP classes and plan to take more in the future. Additionally, younger students have picked up on the idea that college level classes make for a more rewarding high school experience. The Advanced Placement program is alive and thriving at Homer High.

College Classes

The Kachemak Bay campus will offer classes to high school students again next fall. Any student who is qualified can take a college class with juniors and seniors qualifying for the Jump Start Program, making classes very affordable. Students can choose from a wide offering of courses including many which are not available at the high school. It is –possible for students to earn twenty or more college credits while still in high school. There will be an open house at KBC later this month for students and parents who are interested in learning more.

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All-Conference Basketball Awards

Mariner Basketball had another great year. Our basketball teams earned many conference awards including the following:


  • Girls Basketball Coach of the Year - Chad Felice
  • Cheerleading Coach of the Year - Jennifer Cabana


  • Falcom Greear
  • Jadzia Martin


  • Samantha Draves
  • Jordan Beachy
  • Johann Kallelid


  • Kayla Stafford
  • Aurora Waclawski


  • Madison Akers
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State Basketball Awards


  • Kayla Stafford
  • Aurora Waclawski


  • Hailey Radford

Quarter Finals

  • Aurora Waclawski
  • Hailey Radford (Cheer)

Semi Finals

  • Kayla Stafford
  • Jadzia Martin (Cheer)

Championship Game

  • Aurora Waclawski
  • Falcom Greear (Cheer)

Cinderella's Closet

Cinderella's Closet will be on March 31 and April 2 from 2:30-5:30 at Soldotna High School in the green room (look for the signs). This program is designed to provide free items for local ladies for prom. We have tons of dresses, shoes, accessories, makeup, and more.

Donations can be dropped off at Soldotna High School. If your school would like to collect donations, please contact me and I can arrange to pick them up.

All local high school ladies are welcome to attend.

To date, we have helped over 400 ladies!

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Health Screening at HHS

Every year HHS nurses complete vision, hearing and growth screening on students. 10th and 12th grade students have growth screening which is height, weight and body mass index; 9th and 11th grade students have vision and hearing, in addition to growth screening. If students have had a sports physical, we do not screen for growth and vision as these screenings were already done at the student’s clinic.

If your child’s hearing or vision were not in the normal range, we have already contacted you. If you would like to know your child’s growth screening, please contact the HHS nurses, Ella May Copper-Waldron, RN, and Sharon Gorman, RN, at 235-4626 or ecooper-waldron@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or sgorman@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Sharon Gorman, RN

Homer High School Nurse


We Want You to Follow HHS on Facebook!

We want to be able to give you instant up-to-date information about what is going on at school. This can include emergencies, sports scores as well as dates and times of events. To stay tuned to what is going on at Homer High, "like" us on Facebook. The address is www.facebook.com/homerhs. Join close to 600 other people who have liked HHS on Facebook and the over 2000 people who view our Facebook posts.

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Visit the Homer High School Website

Are you wondering when sports teams have home games? Do you have a senior who needs paperwork for their senior service project ? Do you want to see agendas and minutes from our site council meetings? Check out our school website to find answers to these and other questions.

The address is http://homerhighschool.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/.

You can access PowerSchool from our website and weekly activities as well. There are lots of great links and valuable information about Homer High School. If you have suggestions for things you would like to see on our website, please talk to Mr. Waclawski.