Schools briefs for the week of Nov. 12-18

Schools briefs for the week of Nov. 12-18

Soldotna High School

Soldotna High School will be hosting a College Goal Alaska FAFSA completion workshop for seniors and their parents on November 27th at 6 pm in room 24. Bring your 2017 tax information. For more information, contact your school counselor.

The after-school tutoring buses will start running on 8/28. There are 2 buses that leave at 4:15. You must be on the route list to ride the bus. See Ms. Wear in the library to find out more information and/or get on the bus list. You can also email her at or call 260-7036.

Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at Click on Varsity Jackets, find our school by State, select Soldotna High School, starting at $149 you can personalize it any way you would like. Makes a great Christmas gift!

SoHi Pool Schedule

M,W,F Morning Lap 6:30am-7:30am

Sport Calendar –


There are two ways to order a transcript. Each way serves a different purpose.

If you need a transcript sent to a college or NCAA or a similar agency, then you will need to log on to: to order transcripts to be sent. The request is then forwarded to SoHi. After processing, it then goes through cyberspace… rather than the US mail… to get to its destination, which is much faster! ALL transcripts that are headed for NCAA, colleges, etc. have to be processed this way!

FINAL TRANSCRIPTS! A final transcript is one that shows your second-semester grades… If you order your transcript when we are IN second semester, you will need to make sure you choose “next grading period” when you go on to Parchment… that way your transcript request will wait until the grades are in at the end of the year before it is sent.


Dates To Remember:

11/13 – Seward Picture Retakes – Seward Middle School Time TBD

11/14 – High School Eligibility Due

11/16 – Central Peninsula: School Pic Retakes @ Borough Bldg 3-5pm

11/19 – Seward Office: Gathering for “Tasty Fares From the World Around Us”. Time TBD: Contact Julie for More Details or 224-9035

11/19 & 11/20 – Seward Office: Mr. Parrett @ Office

12/13 – Homer & Soldotna office Art Show 1-3pm (ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck @ the Soldotna office)

12/14 – High School Eligibility Due

05/06 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More Details or (907) 224-9035

NEW: Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring:

Connections is very excited to have Rebecca Weaver, Assistant Professor from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every Thursday from 11:00am to 2:00pm to tutor students and parents in math, physics, chemistry and science for free! If you are a parent or a student that needs help in any of these areas, please call 714-8880 to make an appointment.

Central Peninsula Gym Time:

Central Peninsula families are invited to come to gym time every Tuesday from 12-2pm at the Kenai Rec Center. Connections has organized activities, games and also free time for students of all ages to participate. Other home-school families are invited and encouraged to participate. Please note: all students must have an adult present. Come check it out!

Soldotna & Homer Offices: Thursday Art Show:

The Soldotna & Homer offices are celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged!Next month in November: Thankful theme! Thursday, Nov. 8th from 3-4pm

December: Winter theme! Thursday, Dec 13th from 1-3pm. Connections will also have ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck!

**please note: any and all submissions are welcome regardless of theme**


All Connections High School Students are invited to attend a free guided tour, lunch included, of AVTEC in Seward on Friday, November 9th. AVTEC offers a variety of educational programs such as: Construction, Welding, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Maritime Studies, Electronics, Culinary Arts and many other courses.

Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to Reubin Payne at or call the Connections office at 907-714-8880.

WHEN: Friday, November 9th @ 10:00am

WHERE: AVTEC – 519 4th Ave, in the auditorium on the 2nd floor

Connections Spelling Bee:

Connections Homeschool is enrolled in the National Spelling Bee this year, continuing with a great tradition. All Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate in order to build confidence, increase vocabulary and improve spelling skills. Connections Spelling Bee date is Thursday, January 24th from 1-4pm. The 2019 Alaska State Spelling Bee is still to be determined. For word lists and information, contact Carole Nolden at 714-8880 or .

Soldotna Prep

School News for Soldotna Prep:

The ‘Let’s Can Hunger’ canned food drive has begun! The Homeroom competition will run November 6-16 to help our families that may need assistance with food, especially around the Thanksgiving holiday. All items must be in their original selling package. Perishable items can be brought to the Teacher’s Lounge for storage. A point criteria system given for each type of donation will determine the wining Homeroom!

Yearbooks are now on sale ($70). Students can order them at school by filling out an order form or anyone can go to and order online!

Kenai Peninsula Native Youth Leaders Free Team! Opportunity to earn .5 Leadership Elective Credit! Great for jobs and scholarships Native and Non- Native Students can join. No GPA Requirement! NO TEST! Work with all HIGH School Members through google classroom! Meeting dates are: 11/13, 11/27, 1/22, 2/26, 3/26, 4/16. Meeting times are 1:30-2:20.

Important Dates:

11/14 – Basketball Parent / Player Season Meeting, SOHI Library 5:30 PM

11/21 – Early Release

11/22-23 – Thanksgiving Holiday

Redoubt Elementary

Canstruction is going on right now, students may bring in non-perishable food items to be donated to our local food bank. Students will be ‘canstructing’ their town this year with all donated items.

We are looking for parents who are interested in becoming PTA members. Members do not need to attend meetings, but being a member will enrich the experience of your child here at our school. If you would like to attend a meeting, our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 13th @3:45.

Site Council meeting will be held at the school on November 20th @ 3:45, open to public.

Early release on November 21st @ 1:45 pm, Boys and Girls Club will be open after school. Please make sure your child knows how he/she is getting home that day.

November 22nd-23rd there is no school.

As temperatures continue to drop please make sure your child dresses for the weather for outdoor recess.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s Class was honored to be on the front page of the Kenai School District Webpage. We appreciated the article about the Slikok Creek program. Mr. Daniels introduced his science classes to the new Science Project of the Month…The Friction Car! This is a vehicle designed to coast as far as possible after being accelerated by gravity from a 2-foot high ramp. We will hold the competition in the gym TENTATIVELY on Friday, November 30 and parents are invited! Rules: must be made from parts, must NOT use a motor or electricity or self-propelled parts, and must be able to roll down a ramp and onto the floor without breaking.

November 21st – Early Release Day

November 22nd – 23rd – Thanksgiving Break/NO SCHOOL


Basketball schedule this week:

Tuesday, November 13 – Skyview Girls 8 vs. Nikiski at Nikiski – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, November 13 – Skyview Boys 8 vs. Nikiski at Nikiski – 4:30 pm

Tuesday, November 13 – Skyview Boys B vs. Nikiski B at Nikiski Commons – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, November 13 – Skyview Girls B vs. Nikiski B at Nikiski Commons – 4:30 pm

Tuesday, November 13 – Skyview Girls 7 vs. CIA at Skyview – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, November 13 – Skyview Boys 7 vs. CIA at Skyview – 4:30 pm

Friday, November 16 – Skyview Girls 7 vs. Homer at Skyview – 3:00 pm

Friday, November 16 – Skyview Boys 7 vs. Homer at Skyview – 4:30 pm

Saturday, November 17 – Skyview Girls B vs. Kenai Girls B at Kenai Middle – 10:00 am

Saturday, November 17 – Skyview Boys B vs. Kenai Boys B at Kenai Middle – 11:30 am

Saturday, November 17 – Skyview Girls 8 vs. Kenai Girls 8 at Kenai Middle – 1:00 pm

Saturday, November 17 – Skyview Boys 8 vs. Kenai Boys 8 at Kenai Middle – 2:30 pm

Today – Site Council Meeting at Skyview Middle School – 3:30 pm

The Panther Student Council would like to honor all Veterans. Families are encouraged to send in a photo (no originals, please) and a brief description including the service member’s name, rank, branch of military, and dates of service for inclusion in our annual Veterans display in the front entry of the school. Please plan to wear your best Red, White, and Blue on Monday, November 12th in observation of Veteran’s Day!

Start collecting your spare change! Our annual Penny Drive will begin tomorrow Tuesday, November 13th and run through Tuesday, November 20th with 7th and 8th graders competing for a 5 point lead at Turkey Trot. Pennies add UP and silver/dollars are subtracted. If you have coin roll wrappers to donate, Student Council would appreciate them! Please send those in to Mrs. Pothast before November 16th.

Attention Student Skiers: For all students interested in cross country skiing, there will be a meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00 pm in the Skyview library. Parents must attend with student.

The Skyview Angel Tree is located in the school commons. If you would like to help a Skyview Middle School student in need, please stop by to select a card from the tree. All items purchased need to be returned to the front office by Monday, December 3.

Yearbooks are on sale! Discount applies if ordered by November 30. Order online by visiting the Skyview Blog Homepage.

Many thanks to the Student Council volunteers who helped out at Parent Teacher Conferences! We appreciate you!

Kenai Central High

With the holidays fast approaching, the students at KCHS are hosting a food drive. Kenai’s students are working to put together Thanksgiving boxes for 30 families in our community. Let’s Can Hunger this month by donating anything from canned goods to turkeys so that we can help families in our community this holiday seasons. If you have any questions or donations please contact Shane Lopez at KCHS, 283-2100.

The Hockey team will continue its season this week at a Tournament down in Homer on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Kardinal Hockey team will face off against Wasilla on Thursday Night, Homer on Friday and Service on Saturday. The Kardinal wrestlers will travel to the Valley this weekend to take part in the Lancer Smith Invitational.

On Thursday, Kenai Band and Choir students will travel to Anchorage for their All State performance. Students began the auditioning process in September for the chance to perform with other musicians from around the state. More than three dozen Kardinals from the band and choir programs will take part in the All State Concert. The Kenai band had more students chosen to be a part of All State than any other single school in all of Alaska and the choir was tied with one other school for the most students chosen, a testament to the talent and dedication of these students. Several students from both the band and the choir will even have the opportunity to audition for First Chair parts. Students will spend a couple of days in Anchorage rehearsing before the concert which is on Saturday night at 6pm at West High School. Make sure to congratulate these hard working and talented students who are making their school proud!

Thursday 11/15: Hockey @ Homer vs. Wasilla

All State Music @ West High School

Friday 11/16: Wrestling @ Palmer

Hockey @ Homer vs. Homer

All State Music @ West High School

Saturday 11/17: Wrestling @ Palmer

Hockey @ Homer vs Service

All State Music Concert @ West High School 6pm

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

November 20 Parent PACK meeting at 7:30am and 3:45pm

November 21 Early Release 1:55pm

November 22-23 Thanksgiving Break (No School)

December 5-6 Holiday Wonderland Shop

Congratulations to the 2018 Soldotna Elementary ELKS Hoop Shoot winners: Madelynn Crowder, Cody Tunks, Rebekah Pieh, Trenton Ohnemus, Bella Gares and Trenton Towarak.

Soldotna Elementary would like to thank all who helped with the Chili Cook Off. Congratulations to the winners: 1st Place- MaryKate Guilfoyle, 2nd Place- Momma Jane and 3rd Place- Kristy Walton

Parent Pack needs your help! Sign-up for email communications or like the Parent Pack on Facebook for up-to-date volunteer opportunities.

Student notes and bus passes will be sent to classes at 3:00pm each day. Please send in a note or call prior to this time to ensure your student gets the message.

To keep our school safe, all visitors and volunteers must sign in at the front office and pick up a visitor badge to wear while in the school. Anyone interested in volunteering can complete an online form by visiting the KPBSD website at and click on the volunteers link. This process must be completed each school year. Please contact the Human Resources Department with any questions.

Mountain View

Congratulations to our Soaring Eagles for the month of October. They are Archer Adcox, Justice Adcox, Judith Carlson, Luke Cole, Miley Corwin, Kristopher DuPerron, Brytin Hall, Leini Johansen, Ember Klonizos, Alexie Ladwig, Sharon McConnell, Chance Percival, Melody Pfile, Addison Pierce, Natalee Prevost, Jade Rogers, Odin Sallison, Izze Selanoff, Alexus Vanloan, Alice Voight, & Shelby Wong.

Wednesday, November 21st is an early release day for students. Students being picked up will be dismissed at 1:50 PM and all other students will be dismissed at 1:55 PM.

There will be no school Thursday & Friday, November 22nd & 23rd due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Effort–To do your best.

Are you planning on volunteering in the classroom or joining your class for a study trip? If so, please make sure that you have an approved background check as well as volunteer training completed prior to volunteering.

Students are allowed to enter the building at 8:35. The door is unlocked prior to that time for band students only. Please be thoughtful of the time when dropping off your child as there is no staff on duty for supervision.

Monday, November 12

7:40 am Advanced Band for those who play the Clarinet, Saxophone & Flute

8:25 am Beginning Ban for those who play the Clarinet, Saxophone & Flute

APC meeting in the library at 4:15

Tuesday, November 13

7:40 am Advanced Band for those who play the Trumpet & Percussion

8:25 am Beginning Band for those who play the Trumpet, Trombone & Percussion

PTA meeting 9:15 in the art room

Wednesday, November 14

7:40 am Advanced Band for the whole band

8:25 am Beginning Band for the whole band

Thursday, November 15

7:40 am Advanced Band for the whole band

8:25 am Beginning Band for the whole band

Friday, November 16

No Band

Crazy Hair Day (Student Council sponsored Spirit Day)

Christmas Drive request forms are due by 4:00. Christmas Drive forms were sent home during conference week. If you need assistance with your Christmas gifts or meal, turn in a completed request form by November 16, 4:00 p.m. If you would like to provide items for a family in need, please turn in the donation side of the form as soon as possible. In addition to the donation form, you will be able to choose a paper ornament with a specific need closer to Thanksgiving.

Up Coming Events

November 21-Early Release @ 2:10

November 22 & 23-Thanksgiving-NO SCHOOL

December 13 Holiday Concert Rehearsal at KCHS @ 9:15; Holiday Concert at KCHS @ 6:00 p.m.

December 21- End of 2nd Quarter In-service – No School

December 24th-January 4- Winter Break – No School


Volunteers are welcome any time at Kaleidoscope! Background checks and Volunteer Training are required for each school year to be an approved volunteer. Go to for the 2 links. Background checks may take up to 2 weeks to be processed. Volunteer Indemnification forms are to be completed 2 days before each study trip.

Nikiski Middle/High

Tuesday, November 13

Middle School Basketball @ Nikiski vs. SKyview – 3:00 p.m.

Site Council Meeting – 4:00 p.m. in the Teacher Lounge

Friday, November 16

High School Wrestling @ Palmer Lancer Smith Tournament

Middle School Glow-in-the-Dark Dance 7:00-9:30 p.m. 7th & 8th Grades

Saturday, November 17

High School Wrestling @ Palmer Lancer Smith Tournament

November is College Application Month!

Tuesday, November 13

Kenaitze Scholarship Informational Meeting – 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday, November 14

ASVAB Test – Free – Library – 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 15

University of Alaska Southeast Information & Application Day

Monday, November 19

University of Alaska Fairbanks Information & Application Day

Tuesday, November 20

Accuplacer Test – $18 – B206 – 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 27

University of Alaska Anchorage Information & Application Day

Thursday, November 29

Kenai Peninsula College Information & Application Day

Shirika Thomas is the Kenai Rotary Student of the Month for November!

Nikiski North Star

NNS has started the holiday food drive for families in need. This year NNS is focusing on collecting items that are needed to fill the Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes. Each class is assigned a specific food to collect. The class from each hallway that collects the most items by November 16th will win a classroom prize! Non-perishable items needed are: canned gravy, evaporated milk, canned cranberries, box mashed potatoes, canned fruit, canned corn, and canned green beans. Thank you in advance for helping our community!

The fourth graders at NNS have been busy with learning and community projects. They did a service learning project decorating and donating over 200 holiday treats. Also, the fourth grade is starting a unit of personal quests in which students are working on mastery of measurement and geometry by cooking, sewing, and coding with robotics. Each student is picking a personal path of interest to learn these key skills. All students will create their own pancake and soup recipe, design and sew their own apron and learn to program at least one game. They are also working on the yearbook and currently learning about photography so they can start collecting images. Soon they will begin working on graphic and design layouts. Way to go NNS 4th graders!

This year’s Reflections theme is “Heroes Around Me” and projects are due to the school by December 3rd. Last year NNS sent fifteen projects to State and four to Nationals! Contact Heather Baker with any questions at 776-2600.

Cinnamon rolls are still available from the Third Grade Bakers. If you would like to place an order, the cost is $2.00 each or $20.00 per dozen. Rolls will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact any third grader for an order form or call the school office at 776-2600 for more information.

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations are in order for our October Students of the Month! And as a reward for a job well done, they received a pizza for lunch on Friday! These outstanding students are: Sarah Jane Baisden, Jacob Carlson, Chloe Grimm, McKenzie Koliba, Eli Morris, Willow Patrick, Tristen Reese, and Emilee Wilson.

We would also like to congratulate our First Quarter Honor Roll students! It takes effort and commitment to make the Honor Roll and these students gave both! Well done students!

Highest Honors 4.0

8th Grade

Boersma, Benjamin; Boonstra, Jayna; Broussard, Hope; Crabb, Marina; Gaethle, Andrew; Goldsby, Chloe; Graves, Reagan; Grieme, Malena; Holmes, Calani; Joseph, Esther; Kvasnikoff, Jakob; Langham, Gavin; Morris, Eli; Reed, Brooklynn; Shelden, Daniel; Sparks, Rylie

7th Grade

Beck, Emma; Bitterich, Cadance; Carranza, Lianna; Carson, Robert; Castillo, Jaycie; Dunham, Haley; Gonzalez, Camilla; Grimm, Chloe; Hack, Lynnea; Kernan, Tabitha; Marion, Jackson; Martin, Caitlyn; McEwen, Boston; Moffett, Chloe; Patrick, Willow; Pellegrom, Zane; Potton, Ashlyn; Reese, Tristen; Smith, Owen; Summers, Brooke; Verkuilen, Kylee; Woodward, Hailey

6th Grade

Adams, Grady; Bilger, Rhett; Boersma, Oliver; Brighton, Samuel; Connor, Keisha; Cooper, Elijah; Cooper, Tait; Crapps, Caitlyn; Duffield, Michelle; Gruber, Ava; Hensley, Arianna; Hershberger, Sierra; Katzenberger, McKenzie; Lanman, Kaya; Larsen, Brooklyn; Malone, Madison; McEwen, Lola; Mercado, Enrique; Miller, Avia; Morris, Ty; Tomrdle, Isabella; Van Sky, Tyler; Vann, Sawyer; Walker, Alyssa; Wisnewski, Kate

High Honors 3.5

8th Grade

Baughn, Ashlynne; Beck, Bridger; Bernard, Cooper; Case, Gwendylan; Chanley, Kimberly; Coghill, Kenneth; Cooper, Nekoda; Coray, McKenize; Crabtree, Hannah; Dominic, Michael; Faullkner, Aleea; Hansen, Bianca; Hurst, Maryna; Kisena, Aicha; Koenig, Jason; Landry, Dylan; Martin, Maxwell; Miller, Lillian; Moore, Kori; Nash, Mary; Niland, Brylee; Nunn, Malerie; Phillips, Jorgi; Pierce, Ryan; Raften, Sean; Sorensen, Eva; Tallent, Ayla; Thibodeau; Silas; Whicker, Owen; Witt, Jorie; Wolfe-Jones, Fiona; Yragui, Ella

7th Grade

Anderson, Koby; Autry, Hannah; Avery, Samantha; Baughn, Ryan; Beiser, Grace; Blum, Jacob; Bolling-Cornilles, Emma; Cole, Andrew; Cruickshank, Emaline; Diaz, Kyle; Elder-Hansen, Hally; Fallon, Gregory; Fulk, Charisma; Haga, Elliot; Hall, Brooke; Hallam, Grace; Hensley,Vincent; Johnson, Abigail; Lanfear, Gracie; Phillips, Mycka; Roberts, William; Roney, Emmalee; Santana, Victor; Satathite, Jackson; Sloan, Samuel; Tews, Zane; Wilson, Emilee; Wilson, William

6th Grade

Baisden, Sarah Jane; Bond, Isabella; Bookey, Aaliyah; Carlson, Jacob; Castro, Eliseo; Collet, Alexander; Cottrel, Trapper; Cox, Melody; Cox, Moriah; Cucullu, Patience; Duniphin, Devon; Freeman, Silas; Hancock, Makenzie; Hansen, Rohan; Hanson, Elliot; Hutchins, Megan; Kahn, Grace; Krol, Matthew; Martin, Avery; Novak, Rylee; Pearson, Layla; Pellegrom, Claire; Perez, Antonio; Pyfer, Taylor; Reith, Dresden; Roberts, Benjamin; Roney, Beverly; Saravia, Luis; Selanoff, Stella; Smith, Thomas; Swanson, Seanna; Taylor, Mya; Watson, Kyrie; Wilde, Anastasha; Wilshusen, Leif; Wisnewski, Dakota; Wong, Marcus

Honor Roll 3.0

8th Grade

Anderson, Thomas; Baker, Thomas; Bucho, Blake; Calvert, Ky; Cialek, Landen; Gerow, Ethan; Giles, Abigail; Good, Cody; Halstead; Zachary; Hopkins, Melanie; Katzenberger, Isabella; Kramer, Patrick; Larsen, Silas; Medina, Keagen; Neely, Ciara; Perez, Reymond; Robinson, Dakari

7th Grade

Adami, Lexa; Booth, Mykah; Clyde, Tanner; Fabian, Ava; Jimmy, Agrippina; Keller, Kenzie; Laker, Jack; Lasky, Liberty; Malone, Emelia; Marquis, Alexis; McClure, Isabel; Nash, Ruth; Roberts, Imogen; Robertson, Abbey; Schneider, Aubree; Tree, Ethan; Tuttle, Maeleigh; Vonheeder, Ryan; Wight, Trenton; Ziegler, Nova

6th Grade

Berg-Anderson, Alyssa; Boehmler, Riley; Bras, Hunter; Broussard, Daniel; Burtram, Daniel; Cotton, Nolan; Crawford, Levi; Douthit, Dain; Easling, Kelsie; Focose, Dayne; Green, Jylann; Grimm, Carson; Guest, Kayne; Harris, Benjamin; Hayes, Robert; Henry, Jason; Johnson, Jason; LeClair, Jessica; Loggins, Kendal; Merritt, Benjamin; Nelson, Lincoln; Orlob, Kohyn; Parker, Kimberly; Porter, Karma; Stockman, Justyce; Tepp, Alisia; Trickel, Destin; Yeoman, Jalyn; Yeoman, Jenna

After-School Tutoring begins on Tuesday, November 13 from 2:30 – 4:00. Students must have a completed application turned in and approved by an administrator before participating. Please contact the school if you are interested in having your student participate.

Also on Tuesday, Boys A and B teams as well as Girls A team will compete here at KMS. Boys B team will play at 3, Girls A team at 4:#0, and Boys A team at 6:00. Please join us and share your Kossack spirit!

On Friday, All Basketball teams will head to Seward to compete. Games begin at 3 PM. Safe travels to all.

On Saturday, the Basketball competition continues here at KMS. All teams play with games starting at 10:00. Girls B plays first, with Boys B following at 11:30, Girls A will play at 1:00 and Boys will end the day at 2:30. We would love to see our stands full of fellow Kossacks! See you there!

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