Homer High-Lights

Volume 3, Issue 2, September 2014

Message from the Principal

Money for College

If you are not familiar with the Alaska Performance Scholarship by now, you should be. The APS is a State of Alaska Scholarship program that gives students money for hard work in high school. If students have at least a 2.5 GPA, take the right classes and meet the minimum requirement on SAT, ACT or work keys tests, students can earn up to $18,000 in scholarships. Last year HHS had 77% percent of our graduating class qualify for this program based on GPA and test scores. We only had 40% of students who actually recieved this scholarship based on what classes they took. This means we had some students who didn't want to take a fourth year of math or wanted a free period instead of taking another social studies class, and they lost the opportunity to receive more scholarship monies for college. You can check out the requirements for the APS scholarship at: http://acpe.alaska.gov/STUDENT-PARENT/Grants_Scholarships/Alaska_Performance_Scholarship.


We want all of our students to qualify for this scholarship. To help with this goal we are scheduling students based on the qualification for the APS. If a student doesn't want to qualify for this scholarship, both the student and parent will have to talk to me first. As a principal, I want to make sure that they are aware that they are giving up money for college by not taking a specific class.


Remember, my office is always open and I appreciate hearing your opinions or suggestions. I am making it my goal to be more responsive to what our parents and community want and need. Please give me a call or come in and chat.


Sincerely,


Douglas Waclawski

Principal

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Dates To Remember

Sept 8 - School Board Meeting in Homer - 7:00 pm

Sept 11 - HMS Soccer game on new turf Field - 3:00 pm

Sept 13 - Football Game vs Ketchican - Noon

Sept 17 - Early Release - Students leave at 1:45 pm

Sept 20 - XC Running Homer Time Trials (TBA)

Sept 20 - Football vs SOHI - 11:00 am & 2:00 pm

Sept 22 - First Grade Check for Sports Eligibility

Sept 23 - Volleyball vs Nikiski - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Sept 30 - Volleyball vs SOHI - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Oct 3 - Volleyball vs Cordova - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Oct 4 - Homecoming Dance - 8:00 pm

Oct 4 - Football vs Houston - 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Oct 4 - Volleyball vs Cordova - 10 am, 11:00 am & 12:30 pm

Oct 17 - No School - End of Quarter

Oct 30 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

Oct 31 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

New KPBSD App Available

The new KPBSD App is here. Just go to your local App store and download the App. You can follow all your favorite Homer Schools. Keep up to date on sports, activities, up coming events and district new. In-case of an emergency or school closure the KPBSD App will automatically send you a notice.


One feature that most parents will love is the calendar. This calendar has a list of all sporting and extracurricular events in one convenient location. If you want to know what time the game starts or what day is the musical, this is the place to go.

Homer High School is On Facebook

We want to be able to give you instant up-to-date information about what is going on at school. This could include emergencies, sports scores and 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.

Check Out Our 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.

School Goals

At Homer High School we strive for excellence and try to improve each year. In order to do this, we set school goals. This year our goals are as follows:



  1. Increase students who sign up and participate in FOL by 10%
  2. Homer High School will increase by 12% the number of freshman who pass all their classes each year
  3. 60% of all Homer High School seniors will qualify for the Alaska Performance scholarship.


Of course, we have many action items that help us achieve these goals and we will review our progress each quarter. progress will be reported during our Site Council meetings and in our Monthly Newsletters.

Our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our New Turf Field and Dedication Activities was a Great Time for All

Highly Qualified Teachers


Dear Parents:


I hope that your child is having a great year at Homer High School. Our teachers have worked hard for many years to prepare themselves for the challenging and rewarding role of providing a quality education for your child.


To that end, I wanted to share with you that our teachers have met all the criteria established by the State of Alaska’s Department of Education and Early Development, as well as the criteria established by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, to obtain their teaching credentials and hold a teaching position with our school district.


In addition, the teachers listed below have acquired the “highly federally qualified” designation required under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. This is a wonderful accomplishment . You are welcome to request, through your principal, information about the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher.


AKERS, CONNIE

MS SCIENCE

HOMER HIGH

AKERS, CONNIE

BIOLOGY

HOMER HIGH

AKERS, CONNIE

GENERAL SCIENCE

HOMER HIGH

AKERS, SCOT

MS MATH

HOMER HIGH

AKERS, SCOT

HS MATH

HOMER HIGH

BEDINGFIELD, CINDY

MS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

BEDINGFIELD, CINDY

HS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

BEDINGFIELD, CINDY

WORLD/US HISTORY

HOMER HIGH

BISHOP, SUZANNE

MS MATH

HOMER HIGH

BISHOP, SUZANNE

MS ENGLISH/LA

HOMER HIGH

BISHOP, SUZANNE

MS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

BISHOP, SUZANNE

HS ENGLISH

HOMER HIGH

BISHOP, SUZANNE

HS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

BORLAND, MICHELLE

MS ENGLISH/LA

HOMER HIGH

BORLAND, MICHELLE

MS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

BORLAND, MICHELLE

HS ENGLISH

HOMER HIGH

BORLAND, MICHELLE

HS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

BORLAND, MICHELLE

WORLD/US HISTORY

HOMER HIGH

CAMPBELL, SEAN

HS ENGLISH

HOMER HIGH

CHILDERS, LAUREN

MUSIC

HOMER HIGH

CHILDERS, LAUREN

BIOLOGY

HOMER HIGH

CHILDERS, LAUREN

CHEMISTRY

HOMER HIGH

JANNETTA, MAYGEN

ART

HOMER HIGH

JOHNSON, AMY

MUSIC

HOMER HIGH

JOHNSON, AMY

THEATER

HOMER HIGH

KLOEPFER, WALTER

MS ENGLISH/LA

HOMER HIGH

KLOEPFER, WALTER

HS ENGLISH

HOMER HIGH

KLOEPFER, WALTER

MIDDLE SCHOOL CONTENT (SELF-CONTAINED)

HOMER HIGH

LOWE, VICKI

MS SCIENCE

HOMER HIGH

LOWE, VICKI

BIOLOGY

HOMER HIGH

LOWE, VICKI

CHEMISTRY

HOMER HIGH

MALL, ALISON

MS MATH

HOMER HIGH

MALL, ALISON

HS MATH

HOMER HIGH

PITZMAN, GORDON

SPANISH

HOMER HIGH

REMSEN, KENDRA

MS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

REMSEN, KENDRA

HS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

REMSEN, KENDRA

WORLD/US HISTORY

HOMER HIGH

RIFE, BRUCE

MS SCIENCE

HOMER HIGH

RIFE, BRUCE

BIOLOGY

HOMER HIGH

RIFE, BRUCE

CHEMISTRY

HOMER HIGH

RIFE, BRUCE

EARTH SCIENCE

HOMER HIGH

RIFE, BRUCE

PHYSICS

HOMER HIGH

ROBERTS, FRANCES

MS MATH

HOMER HIGH

ROBERTS, FRANCES

HS MATH

HOMER HIGH

RUGLOSKI, PAMELA

MS MATH

HOMER HIGH

RUGLOSKI, PAMELA

HS MATH

HOMER HIGH

SCHNEIDER, KYLE

MUSIC

HOMER HIGH

SPENCE-CHORMAN, DIANNE

ART

HOMER HIGH

SPENCE-CHORMAN, DIANNE

MS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

SPENCE-CHORMAN, DIANNE

FRENCH

HOMER HIGH

SPENCE-CHORMAN, DIANNE

HS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

SPENCE-CHORMAN, DIANNE

WORLD/US HISTORY

HOMER HIGH

STINEFF, MATTHEW

CHEMISTRY

HOMER HIGH

STINEFF, MATTHEW

GENERAL SCIENCE

HOMER HIGH

STINEFF, MATTHEW

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

HOMER HIGH

STOCKBURGER, MONICA

ELEMENTARY K-6

HOMER HIGH

TEMPLE, REBECCA

MS MATH

HOMER HIGH

TEMPLE, REBECCA

HS MATH

HOMER HIGH

TETOR, ALAYNE

ART

HOMER HIGH

WEBB, ESTHER

MS ENGLISH/LA

HOMER HIGH

WEBB, ESTHER

HS ENGLISH

HOMER HIGH

WELCH, DENNIS

MS ENGLISH/LA

HOMER HIGH

WELCH, DENNIS

MS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

WELCH, DENNIS

HS ENGLISH

HOMER HIGH

WELCH, DENNIS

HS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

WYATT, CAMRON

MS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

WYATT, CAMRON

HS SOCIAL STUDIES

HOMER HIGH

WYATT, CAMRON

WORLD/US HISTORY

HOMER HIGH


Our district is fully committed to the success of your child. We appreciate your partnership in our efforts. With parental and community involvement supporting our teachers and administration, together we will ensure that success.


Sincerely,

Douglas Waclawski