School briefs for 10/20 to 10/26

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Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the following music students who were selected to participate in the ASAA All-State Music Festival in November. Katie Stoll and Ruth Pearson will be members of the band and orchestra. Stephen Pearson will participate in the orchestra. Clare Henry, Katie Delker, Anya Hondel, Brittany Lewis, Rowan Vasquez and Alissa Powell (alternate) were selected to be members of the choir.

Please join us for these events hosted in the library by the Counseling Department (All are welcome): Monday, November 18th 5:30-7:00pm Bring your 2018 tax information and fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to discover potential money for college or career training. SoHi Counselors and Kenai Peninsula College Financial Aid Department Staff will be assisting students and parents at these events.

The afterschool tutoring buses will start running on 9/3. 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, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday.

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.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

October 21, 2019

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Courage – To act according to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences.

Brrrrr….It is that time a year again when all students need to bring appropriate outside gear to school including coat, hat, gloves, boots and rain gear if it is raining.

Wednesday, October 23

· 9:45 a.m. KCHS Drumline will perform for KSAS

Friday, October 25

· KSAS Spirit Day- Twin Day

· 9:30 a.m. Debussy Trio will perform for KSAS

Upcoming Events

October 31 – 3:00 p.m. Costume Parade; parents are welcome to come line the hallways as our students move from one class to another. All costumes must be appropriate for school and must be easy to put on by themselves with little effort from a staff member. No fake weapons allowed such as swords, sabers, etc.

November 1 – Parent Teacher Conference-No School

November 4 – Parent Teacher Conference-No School

November 6 – APC – 6:00 p.m.

November 11 – Vacation Day – No School

November 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No school

December 17 – Holiday Concert for 1st – 5th grade students – 6:00 p.m.


Study trips are already scheduled so watch for student permission forms. If you’d like to volunteer on a trip, you need to be an approved volunteer. Two steps are required each school year to be approved. Go to and click the link to the background check. This may take 2 weeks for approval to be returned. The KSAS volunteer training is our second step, please see the office for information regarding this process.

Soldotna Elementary

October 30- November 4 Book Fair

November 1 Parent Teacher Conference Day 1

November 4 Parent Teacher Conference Day 2

November 7 Picture Re-Takes

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

To keep Soldotna Elementary 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 and can take up to ten days to process. Please contact the Human Resources Department with any questions.

Parents can now track student lunch balances online by going to

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.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt Elementary’ s 9th Annual Fun Run was held October 12th.

2K Results: 1. Jace O’Reagan 9:34, 2. Gus Reimer 11:36, 3. Adam Reimer 11:40, 4. Emma Glassmaker 11:57, 5. Ava Bahl 12:03, 6. Logan King 12:14, 7. Aaron Glaves 12:35, 8. Nathan Powell 13:02, 9. Trent O’Reagen 13:14, 10. Phoenix Goolsby 13:31, 11. Avery Powell 13:35, 12. Natalee Strouse 14:08, 13. Morgan Buckbee 14:10, 14. Jason Buckbee 14:13, 15. Stace Strouse 14:14, 16. Lee Frey 14:34, 17. Brendan Frey, 18. Charlotte Wardas 14:36, 19. Ally Kiffmeyer 14:37, 20. Kyler Pritchett 14:38, 21. Andrea Steadman 15:08, 22. Sarah Brown 15:17, 23. Elias Sauer 15:30, 24. Lukas Schlegel 15:49, 25. Nathan Nelson 15:50, 26. Jamie Nelson 15:50, 27. Esme Kruse 15:15, 28. Josh Kruse 16:12, 29. Connor Gossman 16:10, 30. Dylan Davidhizer, 31. Avery Kiffmeyer 16:11, 32. Ari Steadman 16:12, 33. Billy Adamson 16:14, 34. Aubree Finley 16:22, 35. Chris Finley 16:22, 36. Teigan Henrickson 16:27, 37. Carly Reimer 17:08, 38. Lois Reimer 17:09, 39. Caston Garcia 18:09, 40. Andrew Thompson 18:12, 41. Mikayla Thompson 18:42, 42. Emerson Kapp 18:42, 43. Ella Butler 18:42, 44. Emily Manley 19:14, 45. Steve Manley 19:15, 46. Kaitlyn Sisley 19:51, 47. Kaitlyn Sisley 19:52, 48. Adam Kiffmeyer 20:08, 49. Bailey Kiffmeyer 20:08, 50. Claudette Schlegel 20:39, 51. Brynn Hagelund 20:41, 52. Edith Watts 20:45, 53. Drew King 20:59, 54. Cole Walter 21:00, 55. Elizabeth Walter 21:01, 56. Clay Walter 21:01, 57. Tiara Goolsby 21:16, 58. Wyatt Sauer 22:00, 59. Laurence Sauer 22:00, 60. Cameron Frey 23:17, 61. Andrea Frey 23:18, 62. Tailor Bennett 24:02, 63. Jasmine Bennett 24:02, 64. Benjamin Schlegel 24:06, 65. Iris Jones 24:23, 66. Becky Boettzher 24:59, 67. Danielle Fidai 25:03, 68. Kristina Goolsby 25:06, 69. Cynthia Glaves 25:25, 70. Mariah McCabe 25:31, 71. Tim Thompson 25:32, 72. Kendall Esslin 25:40, 73. Shay Esslin 25:44, 74. Jeff Sisley 26:30, 75. Kiernan Lapp 26:31, 76. Kathy Steadman 26:32, 77. Amber Lapp 27:07, 78. Matthew King 27:36, 79. Natalie King, 80. Morgan King 28:08, 81. Sabrina Gibbs 28:15, 82. Danni Finley 28:15, 83. Lorelei Bacus-Falls 30:04, 84. Angie Nelson 31:30, 85. Clara Nelson 31:30, 86. Wyatt King 31:31, 87. Wiley VanVleet 32:06, 88. Samantha VanVleet 32:06, 89. Madison VanVleet 32:08, 90. Isis Zimmerman 33:02.

5K Results: 1. Erika Arthur 18:56, 2. Zac Buckbee 19:33, 3. Ryan Kapp 21:02, 3. Sam Strouse 21:17, 4. Owen Buckbee 21:17, 5. Johnny Wardas 21:17, 6. Michael Davidson 22:22, 7. Hans Schlegel 24:21, 8. Danielle Fidai 25:03, 9. Rebecca Hitchcock 25:27, 10. Rustin Hitchcock 25:32, 11. Emily O’Reagan 25:17, 12. Trapper Wardas 26:14, 13. Bryan Berg 27:13, 14. Kenneth Fine 27:15, 15. Courtney Fine 27:19, 16. John Pothast 27:25, 17. Sheila- Margaret Pothast 27:26, 18. Beauden Sandahl 28:20, 19. Finn Williams 29:00, 20. Cy Garcia 29:01, 21. Sarah Esklin 30:56, 22. Tony Eskelin 30:57, 23. Liz Williams 30:11, 24. Joe Williams 30:16, 25. Danny VanVleet 48:02, 26. Lydia Fidia 50:16.

Picture Retakes will be October 25th AM only. If you would like retakes, your child will need to bring in their picture packet (or form) to give to the photographer.

Movie Night permission forms will be going home soon, $5/person, October 25th 3:30-5:30 pm.

Parent Teachers Conferences will be held on Nov 1st and Nov 4th, forms went home last week indicating which day and time you prefer your conference to be scheduled. Please return this form no later than October 21st.


Dates To Remember:

10/22 – SOLDOTNA: Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm

10/23 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge – BATS!

10/24 – Kenai Watershed Forum Middle/High School Program

10/24 – Homer Connections School Picture Retakes @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1 pm – 3 pm

10/25 – HOMER: Refreshments and Reimbursements (more info below)

10/25 – SOLDOTNA: Site Council 11:30-1pm (please rvsp to if you plan to attend)

10/25 – SOLDOTNA: Navigating Homeschool Paperwork (more info below)

10/28 – Homer: CPR and First Aid Certification (Including Child and Infant CPR – more info below)

10/29 – SOLDOTNA: Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm

10/29 – HOMER: Colors of Light (more info below)

10/31 – SOLDOTNA: Fall Festival 1-3pm (more info below)

11/07 – Kenai Watershed Forum Elementary Program

11/08 – AVTEC Tour (more info below)

11/12 – 11/15 – SOLDOTNA: Scholastic Book Fair 9-4 COME CHECK IT OUT!

11/13 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge – OWL PELLETS!

11/13 – SEWARD: School Picture Retakes @ Seward Middle School – Time TBD

11/15 – Central Peninsula School Picture Retakes @ Borough Building 3-5

11/15 – High School Eligibility Due

11/21 – Kenai Watershed Forum Middle/High School Program

12/05 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge – PAPER MAKING!

12/13 – Semester Reports Due

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 12:00pm 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.

HOMER: Refreshments and Reimbursements:

Who: all Connections parents

What: Are you ready to turn in reimbursements but don’t know how to fill out the form? Do you have questions about reimbursements? Just need a refresher on what is covered, or you are filling out forms for multiple kids or advisors and have questions? Join us for a working session with refreshments and the Homer Office team. Don’t forget to bring your receipts!

Where: Homer office

Questions please call the Homer Office (907)226-1880

SOLDOTNA: Navigating Homeschool Paperwork:

What: Connections advisors and staff will walk you through some of our common forms and procedures, hopefully saving you lots of time and energy in the long run! Our goal is that you’ll walk out of this get-together with a solid understanding of reimbursements, semester reports, the vendor direct payment process, eligibility, and any other forms or procedures you have questions about. We’ll provide snacks and book fair coupons to all attendees. We hope to see you there!

Who: All Homeschool Families are welcome

When: Friday, October 25th from 2-3pm

Where: Soldotna Public Library

Why: To help homeschool families become more familiar and comfortable with the various forms, documents, and procedures that come along with being part of a homeschool program.

Homer CPR and First Aid Certification (Including Child and Infant CPR):

This class is Monday, October 28th. The class is 6-8 hours and recommended for 7th-12th graders. The cost is $55 plus $10 for the book. There are 12 seats for the class. For more information or to RSVP please contact Jake Parrett at

HOMER: Colors of Light:

Who: Grades 3-6th

What: Students will learn about the light spectrum and assemble an easily built spectroscope that allows them to separate incoming light into its component colors, forming a light spectrum.

Where: Homer Connections back office from 10am-12pm

Space is limited, contact Joanna Fonkert with any questions or RSVP to guarantee your spot.

Soldotna Connections Annual Fall Festival:

Come join the Soldotna Connections office for our annual Fall Festival: October 31st from 1-3pm. We will have food, activities, games and trick-or-treating for students. Costumes encouraged, all ages and all homeschool families welcome! This is always a fun and well attended event that students look forward to so we hope to see you here!


All Connections High School Students are invited to attend a free guided tour, lunch included, of AVTEC in Seward on Friday, November 8th. AVTEC offers a variety of educational programs such as: Construction, Welding, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Maritime Studies, Electronics, Culinary Arts and many other courses.

Please visit the AVTEC website at and take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the programs available. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP Reubin Payne at or call the Connections office at 907-714-8880.

WHEN: Friday, November 8th @ 10:00am

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


Check out our new link for Homer events for Connections students:

These are community events in Homer that Connections students may be interested in!

SOLDOTNA: Scholastic Book Fair: November 12th – 15th from 9-4pm COME CHECK IT OUT!

The book fair that lasts a week, the memories that last a lifetime! Come join us at the Soldotna office: November 12-15 for an Arctic Adventure Book Fair! From newly released books and best sellers to award-winning titles and perennial favorites there will be a variety of books to choose from. We will also have lots of activities and giveaways. Families who make a purchase will be entered into a drawing for a Thanksgiving dinner! Check out the interactive book flyer here:

K-Beach Elementary

Mrs. Baker’s 4th graders took apart old radios to see how they work. They were creating text to self-connections with the main character from their last read-aloud, Song for a Whale. Then, they used the parts from their radios and recycled materials they collected to build robots. Next, they will start their “how to” writing unit by describing how to take apart a radio and use its parts to create something new.

Mr. Daniels’s class collected bug data from their last Slikok Creek trip. They took the data back to class and graphed the results. Finally, they analyzed the results and made decisions based on the data. They concluded that Slikok creek is healthy, but they want to keep collecting data to make sure their conclusion is correct. Also in science, Mr. Daniels is challenging engineering teams to design, build, and test Rube Goldberg machines. A Rube Goldberg machine transfers energy from one object to another in a fun and entertaining manner. It’s similar to toppling dominoes in a long row. The class learns about energy transfer and has fun in the process.

Four K-Beach teams participated in the KPBSD Mind A-Mazes competition last Saturday, October 12. There were 43 teams competing. The sixth grade team of Ethan Anders, Spencer Dahlman, and Nick Veh WON the spontaneous problem, and were 6th place overall!! The fifth grade team of Dwight Brown, Elle Maufrais, and Presley Novak were 4th place overall! The fifth grade team of Caroline Carpik, Jacob Lowry, and Kate Medina were 10th place overall, and the fourth grade team of Noah Crabtree, Quinn Cothran, Adella Huhtagaard, and Elijah Pancoast also participated. Congratulations!

Skyview Middle School

Monday, October 21 is the first day of the Second Quarter!

Last week of Intramural Basketball. Girls and Boys practice times are the same.

Parents – Please remember to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Parent/Teacher Conferences at Skyview Middle School will be ONE DAY only: Monday, November 4 from 12-4 pm and 5-7 pm. Conference times are scheduled online. To find the link to schedule online and additional Parent/Teacher Conference information, please go to: KPBSD district web page > Schools > Skyview Middle School Blog homepage.

Please stop by for the SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR in the Skyview Middle School Library!

WHEN: Now – October 31, and during parent teacher conferences Nov. 4. HOURS: 7:30-11:00 M-F, and during parent teacher conference times.

The book fair is also available online from Oct. 10-Nov. 23 by visiting the Skyview Blog – Library page.

Class fees from Quarter 1 electives are now due. Fees can be paid online thru PowerSchool or by cash/check in person at the school during normal office hours.

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Activity Night on Friday, October 11 and a BIG shout out to all the adult volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you and we appreciate you! Special thanks to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for hosting the Ice Bucket Challenge and donating the gift cards for prizes! We are grateful for your commitment to our youth! Congratulations to the following prize/contest winners: Recycling Drawing – Kaleb Fidai, Stefaney Montague, Lexi Wells, Meg Roberts, Hakoa Montoya; Troopers Ice Bucket Challenge – Zoey Welch, Bailey Conner, Steller Milbauer, Reagan Gibbs; Candy Guessing Jars – Austin Gilstrap, Anaulie Sedivy, Taylor Guilliam, Mya Fielden; Limbo winners – Reagan Gibbs & Grayden Musgrave. Thank you to everyone who donated cupcakes – they were a hit! And BIG thanks from Mrs. Pothast to all the StuCo members who pitched in to make it a great event! You all ROCK! Thank you!

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Nikiski Middle/High

Monday, Oct. 21 – Friday, Oct. 25 Middle School Spirit Week

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Graduation Planning Meeting – 6:00 PM All parents/guardians of seniors invited to attend

Thursday, Oct. 24

High School Volleyball @ Seward – C Team 3:00 / JV 4:00 / Varsity 5:00

Friday, Oct. 25

High School Volleyball JV & Varsity @ Dimond/Service Tournament Follow the tournament at

High School Wrestling @ Kotzebue Bush Brawl – Follow the tournament at

Saturday, Oct. 26

High School Volleyball JV & Varsity @ Dimond/Service Tournament

High School Wrestling @ Kotzebue Bush Brawl


Friday, November 1 – 8:00-11:00 AM

Monday, November 4 – 1:00-6:00 PM

Congratulations to America Jeffreys our Kenai Elks Student of the Month for October!

Nikiski Middle High School had a fantastic day of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) on October 16th. We offered 19 different classes and students had 3 different one hour classes of their choice. It was an amazing day of hands on activities and connecting our students to science and technology mentors throughout the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage. NMHS knows our workforce will need science and math skills and we are keeping our students engaged in their futures!

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