Cars must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights, and remain stopped until the lights are turned off. (Courtesy photo)

Cars must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights, and remain stopped until the lights are turned off. (Courtesy photo)

School Briefs for the week of Aug. 25, 2019

What’s happening this week

  • Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:36pm
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Kenai Middle School

Monday, Aug. 26 practice begins for soccer and cross country running, however, due to the fires and the air quality students will be advised as to whether or not they will practice indoors or out. Please remind your student to listen closely for announcements regarding practices.

School pictures are on Friday, Aug. 30. Picture packets were sent home on Friday afternoon. If your student did not bring one home there are more available at the office.

Just a quick reminder of all the ways to stay informed and up to date with all that’s happening here at Kenai Middle School: visit our school website Find us on Facebook @Kenai Middle School. Stay up to date with the Daily Bulletin on PowerSchool.We regularly send home a KMS Newsletter. You can find us here in the Schools Section of the Peninsula Clarion. And remember there is often information sent home via email, text, and phone. Be sure KMS has your current email, cell number and home phone number.


Welcome to the 2019-2020 Connections School year! Once a week we like to email our families with updates, information and activities happening in our Connections program. The emails will also be available on our website for reference ( ) and on our Facebook page ( Please feel free to contact us for more information and we look forward to the school year! Homer: 226-1880. Seward: 224-9035. Soldotna: 714-8880.

Dates to remember:

8/30 — last day to re-enroll for allocation rollover

9/5 and 9/12 — Yukon Island Kayak 3/4 day trip (more info below)

9/19 — Homer Connections School Pictures @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1-3 p.m.

10/4 — Central Peninsula School Pictures @ Borough Building 3-5 p.m.

10/24 — Homer Connections School Picture Retakes @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1-3 p.m.

11/15 — Central Peninsula School picture retakes @ Borough Building 3-5 p.m.

Yukon Island Kayak 3/4 day trip:

Connections is partnering with True North Kayak Adventures to offer a 3/4 day kayak trip around Yukon Island in Kachemak Bay! Along with learning safe paddling practices True North’s amazing guides will lead students in educational experiences including Alaskan coastal ecology, environmental responsibility, and local archaeology.

When: Thursday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 12 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Who: Connections students grade 4-12. Derek from the Homer office will chaperone but parents are encouraged to come as well. (Most students will be in a tandem kayak, smaller students, especially those in grades 4-6 must have adult with them).

Where: Homer Spit with water taxi to Yukon Island.

Cost: $105 (student allotments can be used, parents must pay their own way). This includes the water taxi, kayaking, and snacks. Bring your own lunch!

Contact: Derek Bynagle ( 226-1880 or sign up with your Connections advisor. Space is limited so sign up ASAP.

New info on college courses for parents

Students now get a full year high school credit upon passing a completed three credit college class. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

Kenai Watershed Forum — volunteer opportunity

Maggie Harings from the Kenai Watershed is seeking high school volunteers (and adults, too!) to assist with PIT tagging juvenile coho in Crooked Creek (Kasilof River) during the following dates: Aug. 27-29, Sept. 5, 9, 18, 20.

This is a phenomenal opportunity for kiddos that love the outdoors and want to learn more about the fisheries/research field-or just need some volunteer hours!

A standard day typically begins around 6:30-7 a.m. and we are usually out in the field for 8-10 hours. It’s a long day out, but it’s a lot of fun! Rides to/from our office and field location are provided if needed.

We ask that students bring their own lunch, water, rain gear, and chest waders. Please contact Maggie at 907-260-5449 for more information!

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