School Briefs 11/19-11/25

School Briefs 11/19-11/25

River City Academy

This past week River City Academy students went to Redoubt Elementary’s first grade classes to help with some writing. The students at RCA helped support the first graders in their writing by editing their stories on “How to Catch a Turkey.” RCA students also helped the first graders cut out paper turkeys. RCA hopes that the first graders see how fun writing is through our middle school and high school students.

If you have a student that is interested in River City Academy. Please call the office at 907-714-6400.

Nikiski Middle/High

Tuesday, November 20

High School Wrestling @ Nikiski vs. Soldotna – 6:00 p.m.

Middle School Basketball @ Seward – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21


Thursday & Friday, November 22-23 – NO SCHOOL


November is College Application Month!

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

Gabe Smith has been selected as the Kenai Elks Student of the Month for November!

Congratulations to the State Champion Nikiski High Volleyball team, America Jeffreys, Savannah Ley, Rosalie Anderson, Emma Wik, Bethany Carstens, Kaitlyn Johnson, Angela Druesedow, Lillian Carstens, Aspen Hooper, Kaycee Bostic, Tika Zimmerman, Kelsey Clark, Coach Segura, Coach Keith, Coach Streiff, and Managers Hannah Young, Cecily Quiner, and Elo Osborne!

Mountain View Elementary

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.

Nikiski North Star

There will be a site council meeting today in the staff lounge beginning at 3:45 pm.

Please remember to help the school by donating cans for the holiday food baskets. Items needed are: canned gravy, evaporated milk, canned cranberries, boxed mashed potatoes, canned fruit, canned corn, and canned green beans. Thank you for contributing so NNS can help our community members during this time of the year.

Wednesday, November 21st is an early release day. NNS will dismiss at 2:00 pm.

Miss Stein’s 2nd – 3rd grade class will be at the Nikiski Senior Center on November 21st to sing for the Senior’s Thanksgiving luncheon.

There will not be school on Thursday and Friday of this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. NNS wishes all students, staff and their families a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving! School will resume on Monday, November 26th.

The next NNS PTA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 29th at 3:45 pm in the staff lounge.


Dates To Remember:

11/19 – Seward Office: Gathering for “Tasty Fares From the World Around Us”. Time 12:30-2:30 Contact Julie for More Details or 224-9035

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

11/19 – What’s S.U.P. (Single Use Plastics)?: Youth and Community Creating Change with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (more info below)

11/20 – Homeschool Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm

12/07 – Challenger learning Center: Expedition Mars Homeschool Mission

11/29 – Outdoor Club: Ice Fishing (more info below)

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

12/14 – Semester reports due

05/03 & 05/04 – Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies – contact Derek Bynagle for more info

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

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

What’s S.U.P. (Single Use Plastics)?: Creating Change with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies:

What’s S.U.P.? is a NOAA funded program through the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. This program has the goal of educating students on marine debris and plastic waste as well as reducing the waste we create. In the program students will participate in a marine debris clean up as well as a kickoff program where students take part in hands on activities and discussion to investigate marine debris, how it affects our environment, and what the community can do to make a change. Some students that attend may be eligible for a summer marine debris clean up trip to Augustine Island or Gore Point. This event will take place at Mariner Beach and Wynn Nature Center in Homer. 9:30 – 4 with lunch provided, grades 3-12.

Please RSVP to Derek Bynagle 226-1880 or

Challenger learning Center: Expedition Mars Homeschool Mission:

This is a special opportunity for homeschool students in grades 5th-9th to experience a mission to Mars at the Challenger Learning Center. The Challenger Flight Directors will provide four hours of pre-mission instruction along with the two hour simulation. There will be great STEM infused lessons that will engage students in group work to solve the mission goals! The cost per student is $100 and may be reimbursable, please check with your advisor. We need a minimum of 14 participants, sign up deadline is November 26th! Call today to sign up 283-2000!

Outdoor Club Ice Fishing:

Who: All homeschool families are invited!

What: Ice Fishing

When: Thursday, November 29 (11am-2pm)

Where: Scout Lake

Why: The outdoor club would like to provide fun, educational outdoor activities for homeschool families to enjoy together.

Bring: Warm clothes, snacks & drinks, fishing licenses for anglers 18 and older.

Directions: Meet at the Sterling highway pull-off, which is 8 miles north of Soldotna, ~¼ mile past Lakewood Drive on the right side of the highway.

* There will be a 5 minute introduction around 11am, then walk down to the lake (100 yards or so).

*Augers are available to drill the holes as well as ice rods, tackle, bait, etc. for anyone that needs to borrow.

*Please RSVP by emailing Mark Wackler at

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

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 4 K-6th Winter Concert at Soldotna High School 6:30pm

December 5-6 Holiday Wonderland Shop

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.

Redoubt Elementary

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

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, Thanksgiving Holiday.

Polar Pals will be going on December 3rd-7th, students will be bring home information and money envelope the week after Thanksgiving.

Our Winter Concert for grades 1-3 will be December 6th@ 6pm at Soldotna High School.

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 December 11th @ 3:45

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

K-Beach Elementary

The fifth grade science classes will be taking their monthly creek walk this Tuesday and Wednesday. Students will continue to record measurement data from the stream to help make important decisions on the health of Slikok Creek. Students have been tasked with a semi-monthly science project for the month of November, called The Friction Car! It’s a car that is propelled only by gravity as it moves down a ramp. The objective is to get the car to coast as far as possible in the school gym. The competition day is November 30, in the school gym.

November 21st – Early Release Day

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

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 6pm 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 anyway 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.

Soldotna High School’s National Honor Society inducted the following students: Elliana Bruce, Cloe Milbauer, Ashlyn Asp, Spencer Kapp, Oliva Davis, Colton Sorhus, Thomas Hudson, Erika Arthur, Zach Burns, Katie Delker, Margie Brown, Sara Mickelson, Cassidy King, Victoria Giles, Teagan Lapp,Ryder Giesler, Molly Cook, Joshua Tree, and Madelyn Barkman. The induction ceremony took place in the SOHI Auditorium on Wednesday, November 14th.


The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Flexibility–To be willing to alter plans when necessary.

Cold weather is here! Please make sure to send winter gear to school with your student. Our school nurse is limited to what she has on-hand to loan out.

Monday, November 19

7:40 am Advanced Band for the whole band

8:25 am Beginning Band for the whole band

Tuesday, November 20

7:40 am Advanced Band for the whole band

8:25 am Beginning Band for the whole band

Wednesday, November 21

2:10 pm – Early Release

Thursday, November 22 & 23

Thanksgiving Day -NO SCHOOL

Friday, November 23

Thanksgiving Break -NO SCHOOL

Up Coming Events

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

December 21st- 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.


Basketball Schedule this week:

Tuesday, November 20 – Skyview Girls 7 vs. Skyview Girls 8 at Skyview – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, November 20 – Skyview Boys 7 vs. Skyview Boys 8 at Skyview – 4:30 pm

Early release is Wednesday, November 21 – Skyview Middle School students end the school day at 1:00 pm.

No School for students and staff – Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving Break.

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.

Congratulation to the students on the Skyview Middle School Quarter 1 Honor Roll:

Kael Aamodt, Kadee Adams, Jireh Aley, Gabriel Almeida, Evan Appelhans, Andrew Arthur, Lilana Bahl, Lirissa Best, Emily Blakeslee, Bay Bloom, Haven Bower, Montana Bowman, Telotha Braden, Patience Brandon, Gracie Bras, Jacob Brinkerhoff, Jay Brott, Mya Brown, Jakob Brown, Ryleigh Brown, Conner Brown, Zachary Buckbee, Danika Buffan, Desiree Bunts, Aiden Burcham, Tori Burk, Josiah Burton, Hannah Butler, Kendyl Cannava, Carter Cannava, Alina Carrillo Kompkoff, Mackenzie Carson, Hayden Caston, Riley Caston, Archer Chadburn, Suwannee Chapman, Angelina Cjavarria, Landen Chumley, Avery Ciufo, Cooper Collier, Bailey Conner, Adrienne Conner, Sarah Coon, Cadence Cooper, Elijah Corbett, Andrew Cox, Declan Culver, Ryleigh Cummings, Shawn Curry, Ashley Dahlman, Mila Davidson Iannuzzo, Jordyn Davis, Emily Day, Katelynn Derleth, Jarek Derleth, Taylor Dobson, Trinity Donovan, Trenton Dooley Gilliam, David Doremire, Wesley Earll, Reese Edgell, Brianna Ehret, Erin Einerson, Benjamin Engebretsen, Regan Evans, Raven Evins, Josephine Fadden, Malcolm Fadden, Ashlee Fann, Brook Fischer, Kiara Forkner, Nolan Freeman, Aiden Freeman, Jillian Gagnon, Hunter Galleguillos, Dylan Gardner, Aidan Gavalis, Jack Gibbons, Virginia Gibbs, AnnaMae Gilliam, Joshua Hall, Paige Hammerle, Gavin Hanson, Dean Harbaugh, Shane Harmon, Michael Harmon, Adam Harper, Rohan Harris, Liam Harris, Heath Hart,. Cash Hartley, Darek Hatten, Tia Haukedahl, Walter Haybeck, Cody Henley, Andi Hiler, James Hindman, Jordan Hinz, Katie Hinz, Ethan Hogue, Lucille Hollon, Kristen Houser, Rebekah Hudson, Abigail Hugarte, Hamilton Hunt, Emma Hunter, Samantha Ivey, Elijah Jedlicki, Anita Jelliff, Wesley Johnson, Karley Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Derrick Jones, Gavin Jones, Josie Josephson, Matthew Karella, Alexander Kasdorf, Nannetta Katzenberger, Logan Katzenberger, Carter Kincaid, Cameron King, Ashley Kingrey, Willow Kitchens, Emma Knowles, Waylon Lansing, Brock Lapp, Lyrad Larson, Chelsea Ann Lawrence, Mercedes Leadens, Hannah Leaders, Alexandra Lee, Morgan Lemm, Corey Lewis, Blake Lewis, Breanna Lewis, Amara Lewis, Taylor Lightfoot, Axel Locke, Finnley Loop, Ethan Lowry, Deighton Luck, Joshua Lynner, Salvatore MacMaster, Kyle Matson, Kaytlin McAnelly, Molly McMillan, Taylor McNeel, Andie McQueen, Daniel McRorie, Miah Mead, Emma Medina, Avrie Medina, Sophia Micciche, Scott Michael, Savannah Mickel, Levi Mickelson, Jaden Millecam, Cassius Miller, Sunny Miller, Liberty Miller, Ezekiel Miller, Augustus Miller, Riley Mills, Mariah Mills, Sonia Montague, Braden Montgomery, Hakoa Montoya, Raven Morrell, Katelyn Morrison, Tori Morse, Golden Musgrave, Grayden Musgrave, Joseph Newby, Morgan Noyes, Josiah Nyman, Jace O’Reagan, Cadence Pages, Jeramiah Payton, Collin Peck, Jorja Peppinger, Jessica Phegley, Andrew Pieh, Zayra Poage, Cole Radeck, Max Reese, Hunter Richardson, Grace Richmond, Madison Richmond, Ali Riley, Jolene Riske, Meg Roberts, Emilia Rodriguez, Daisy Rogers, Nathaniel Romero, Parker Rose, Thiraphat Samutthirat, Ty Saylor, Brandie Schwenk, Simon Secor, Landon Sena, Kyla Shane, Chyann Shearer, Josie Sheridan, Mandi Sisley, Don Slats, Mathyas Smith, Zachary Smith, Thomas Snow, Austin Sorenson, Austin Sorhus, Sydney Steadman, Kevin Steger, Tate Stewart, Riley Stimmell, Aiden Stinnett, Moriah Stitt, Corbin Stuive, Shane Sundberg, Brayden Taylor, Carter Tennison, Cody Thompson, Rylie Thompson, Spencer Thornton, Zohni Tiepelman Sours, Lee Tobin Leadens, Gage Trent, Violet Truesdell, Riley Tucker, Zaraphina Tucker, Caleb Tugan, Ala Tuisaula, Savannah Twidwell, Emma Updike, Caylee Uribe Koivisto, Benjamin Veh, Evan Veihdeffer, Tori Verba, Ty Wackler, Ian Wardas, Charisma Watkins, Jenifer Webster,. Zoey Welch, Abriella Werner, Destiney Wheeler, Megan Whittom, Joseph Whittom, Haiden Wilkinson, Avery Willets, Liam Wurst, Julian Yakunin, Krystin Yeager.

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 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 season. If you have any questions or donations please contact Shane Lopez at KCHS, 283-2100.

It may be a short week but the Kardinal athletes still have a number of contests before they get to break for a long weekend and some turkey! The Hockey team will continue its season this week with a home game vs. Homer. Come out and support the Kards at 7pm on Tuesday at the Kenai Ice Rink. On Wednesday, the wrestling team will travel to Homer to take on the Mariners. The ski team has a tentative Turkey skate scheduled for Wednesday at the Tsalteshi Trails. The event will depend on the weather and potential snowfall.

In other news, on Wednesday students will be released from school early at 12:45pm. Busses will run their routes right after school gets out. On Friday and Saturday KCHS will host the annual Craft Fair. Dozens of local artists and businesses will have their creations on display for Christmas shoppers. Please remember to congratulate the Kardinal band and choir performers who were a part of the all-state performance last weekend. Additionally, the basketball teams are gearing up for the beginning of their season, practice begins on November 28!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday 11/20: Hockey vs. Homer 7pm

Wednesday 11/21: Wrestling @ Homer

Ski @ Tsalteshi Trails Turkey Skate (TBD)

Early Release from school @ 12:45pm

Thursday 11/22: Happy Thanksgiving!

Kenai Peninsula College

Kenai Peninsula College holiday closure schedule KPC’s Kenai River and Kachemak Bay campuses will be closed Nov. 22-25, 2018 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Please note that classes will not be held Nov. 21-22. All KPC locations will re-open and classes will resume at 8 a.m. on Nov. 26.

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