Homer HIGH-Lights

Volume 1, Issue 6, March, 2013

Message from the Principal

As we enter into the final quarter of the school year, I would like to remind everyone of important upcoming dates to place on your calendar:

SBA/HSGQE Testing - April 2 (Reading), 3 (Writing), 4 (Math), and 9 (Science)

Juniors and Seniors may report each testing day at 12:15 PM on April 2-4. Classes will follow the schedule below:

Tuesday, April 2

3rd period 12:15 - 1:15

1st period 1:20 - 2:20

FOL 2:30 - 3:15

Wednesday, April 3

4th period 12:15 - 1:15

2nd period 1:20 - 2:20

FOL 2:30 - 3:15

Thursday, April 4

5th period 12:15 - 1:15

6th period 1:20 - 2:20

FOL 2:30 - 3:15

April 13 - Prom from 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM @ Lands End

May 13 - Seniors Academic Awards Ceremony @ 6:30 PM in the Commons

May 17 - Last day of school for Seniors; final exams/grades must be completed by this date in order for students to participate in graduation ceremonies.

May 20 - Graduation! 7:00 PM in the Alice Witte Gymnasium

May 21 - Final Exams

Period 2 (8:30-10:20)

Period 4 (10:40-12:30)

Period 6 (1:25-3:15)

May 22 - Final Exams (Last Day of School!)

Period 1 (8:30-10:20)

Period 3 (10:40-12:30)

Period 5 (1:25-3:15)

New Courses Added for 2013-2014 School Year

Our counseling department is finalizing our course offerings for next year and may be adding a couple of extra classes - Principles of Technology and Journalism. The technology course will be a practical art elective focusing on mechanical, thermal, electrical, and fluid systems technologies with a focus on robotics design. Journalism will allow students to create a school newspaper focusing on local, state, and global topics.

Students should let Lin Hampson, Counselor, know if they are interested in one or both of these courses.

HHS Mariners Perform Well at Ocean Bowl in Seward

Two teams from Homer High School competed in the 2013 National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB) in Seward Alaska from February 8th through the 10th with twenty-five teams from all over Alaska competing four areas: research paper, research presentation, remote operated vehicle (ROV) construction and contest, and the National Ocean Science Quiz Bowl.

Team Salmonids consisted of: Logan Reveil, Molly Mitchell, Aurora Waclawski, Barae Hirsch (prepared paper, unable to attend competition), and Nolan Bunting. They researched how the Kachemak Bay estuary relates to the local salmon fishery earning them a 12th place finish for their research paper, 5th place in the NOSB Quiz Bowl, and 8th place overall.

That Dam Team consisted of: Axel Gillam, Dylan Faulkner, Katherine Dolma, and Adi Davis.

They researched optimizing electrical production of the Bradley Lake Power Dam while protecting the associated estuary earning them 4th place with their research presentation, 1st place in the ROV contest, and 10th place overall.

Sierra Moskios came as an alternate; but competed with a team from Dillingham because one of their team mates had become ill.

The teams worked on their research papers, oral presentation, and practiced for the quiz bowl from September, 2012 to February 2013 and were coached by:

Kris Holderied, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association);

Barbi Fairlor, ADF&G (Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game);

and Bruce Rife, Advanced Placement Biology instructor at Homer High School.

Congratulations to our participating students and their sponsors for supporting our students as they extended their learning beyond the classroom walls.

Homer High CTE Students Demonstrate Great Skills in District Competition

The district Skills USA competition was held at Homer High in February with students participating from every district high school. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding results!

Culinary Arts: 1st place Lucas Schneider, 2nd place Megan Garoutte

Construction: 1st place Calvin Johnson and Elias Graham

Entrepreneurship: 1st place Ethan Roderick and Jake Eckert, 2nd place Hayden Strauss

Floriculture: 2nd place Taylor Ellison

Fork Lift: 2nd place David Woo

Job Interview: 3rd place Melanie Mastolier

Keyboarding: 1st place Jordyn Haye, 3rd place Melanie Mastolier

Prepared Speech: 1st place Taylor Iredale

Skid Steer: 3rd place Hunter Needham

Technical Math: 2nd place Melanie Mastolier

Trailer Back-up: 2nd place Jake Eckert, 3rd place Ethan Roderick

Welding: 1st place Robbie Tarnowske, 2nd place David Woo

Homer High was also recognized as being the Most Employable School. Congratulations to our Mariner CTE students!

Getting to know...

Kellie Bolin is the new physical science and earth science teacher at Homer High School. Originally from the "thumb area" of Michigan, Kellie grew up playing volleyball, basketball, running, and riding horses. She then attended Hillsdale College in Michigan on a track and field scholarship. While there she majored in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Biology and a 7-12 education endorsement. After graduation Kellie taught and coached in Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

Kellie and her family moved to Homer in June 2011. What drew them to Homer was the chance to experience Alaska and the wonderful outdoor opportunities. She and her family enjoy taking time to camp, hunt, fish, and play hockey.

Physical Fitness Fanatics! From Mr. Perk...

The following students were deemed Fitness Fanatics based upon their last round of Fitness Testing scores.

The following students scored Gold Level on all five tests; Abigail Luck, Aurora Waclawski, Barae Hirsch, Olivia Turner, Alyssa Vanliere, Mariah Vantrease, Isabel Beach, Sam Draves.

The following students at the Silver Level or above on all five test; Jessica Bowman, Chloe Loop, Madison Thompson, Riley Walls, Mikylla Blauvelt, Megan Kirsis, Sydney Lee, Colleen McDougal, Anna Middleton, Molly Mitchell, Hayden Nelson, Jordan Raymond, Lindsey Schneider, Aziza Shemet Pitcher, Claire Swanson, Logan Carter, Wyatt Frank, Elias Graham, Jimmy Kraszeski, Dawson Roberts, Danny Wiest, Miles Catlin, August Kilcher, Ian Hall, Andrew Raham, Larry Kuzmin and Zack McKenna.

School Delays and Closures

Just a reminder that in the event of two-hour school delays or full-day closures, official announcements will be made on the district's website, http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us , the KPBSD Facebook and Twitter feeds, and shared through your local radio and television stations. Homer High School will also notify families directly through the Alert Now phone messaging system.