School briefs Jan. 14-Jan. 20

School briefs Jan. 14-Jan. 20

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Central Peninsula Child Find Screenings

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Frontier Community Services Infant Learning will be offering Child Find screenings for children birth to 5 years. The screening clinic will be on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 9:00 – 3:00 by appointment only at Frontier Community Services, Suite 32 B, in the Copper Center (formerly the Red Diamond Center). We will screen your child’s early development, motor skills, speech/communication, early learning concepts, vision & hearing. To make an appointment or for more information, call 714 – 6647.

Cook Inlet Academy

Cook Inlet Academy joins with parents in leading children to know the fullness of God’s love and to experience the life change only God can provide. For school and enrollment information, please visit

Girls Junior High Volleyball (6th – 8th grade) season kicks off with practice starting a 3:00p-4:30p on Tuesday 1/15/19. Gym shoes & clothes, water bottle and knee pads required. Please call the CIA office at 262-5101 if you have any questions.

Basketball schedule:


04:00p Girls Varsity Basketball vs Seward J

05:30p Boys JV Basketball vs. Seward


5:30 Parent’s Night


05:00p Girls Varsity Basketball vs Ninilchik

06:30p Boys Varsity Basketball vs Ninilchik


4:00p BoysJV Basketball vs. Nikiski


04:00p Girls Varsity Basketball vs Kalskag

05:30p Boys Varsity Basketball vs Kalskag

Nikiski North Star

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

Monday, January 21st will be a vacation day for all students and staff.

The NNS Geography Bee will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd in the school library.

PTA will have their next meeting on Thursday, January 24th at 3:45 pm in the staff lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you need more information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

The fourth graders in Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Cotroneo classes are starting science fair projects that will be done completely in the classroom and will be showcased at the science fair/STEM/family night on January 29th. Also, later this month they will be dissecting salmon and praying mantis egg sacks. They are learning design, layout and photo editing for the yearbook and working on a sewing project in which each student is creating their own apron. January is a busy month for these fourth grade students!

Kenai Central

KCHS students are beginning to get back into rhythm of the new year after a couple of weeks off for winter break. There is a long weekend coming up to help them ease back into the spring semester. Schools will be closed next Monday January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

While the new semester is kicking off, many of the Kardinal sports programs are coming up on their midseason marks and are beginning to look towards their end of season competitions. The Hockey team returns from the valley after a road trip and will face off against cross-town rivals SOHI on Wednesday January 16. The game will begin at 7pm at the Soldotna Sports Center.

After a slow start to their season, the KCHS Nordic Ski Team finally has a solid base of snow. The skiers have been training intensely to prepare for their region and state tournaments next month. In the meantime, the team has made strong showings in meets, including their competition in Wasilla this past weekend. The Kard ski team will take this weekend off from competition before hosting an event the following week.

The Kardinal Basketball teams continue their season this week with a C team game at Nikiski on Monday. Girls will play at 3pm and the boy’s team will follow at 4:30pm. On Thursday, the varsity teams will travel to Lathrop for a three-day tournament. Wish these Kardinals luck as they take to the road to represent their school!

Monday 1/14: C-Team Basketball @ Nikiski (Girls 3pm, Boys 4:30)

Wednesday 1/16: Hockey @ SOHI (7pm @ the Soldotna Sports Center)

Thursday 1/17: Girls and Boys Basketball @ Lathrop Tournament

Friday 1/18: Girls and Boys Basketball @ Lathrop Tournament

Saturday 1/20: Girls and Boys Basketball @ Lathrop Tournament

Soldotna Prep

Students and parents are reminded to check Soldotna Prep’s Facebook page for school news and updated information:

Soldotna Prep Facebook Page:

Soldotna Prep Web Page:

Dates to Remember:

Jan. 21 – Vacation Day, no school

Feb. 6 – Early Release, school dismisses at 12:45 pm

Feb. 7 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Feb. 8 – Inservice, no school for students

Mar. 8 – End of 3rd Quarter, no school for students

Mar. 11–15 – Spring Break

2nd Quarter Honor Roll:

4.0: Chloe Armstrong, Trenton Boots, Katharine Bramante, Coen Braxling, Ellie Burns, Ivy Daly, Carson Dement, Shaeley Derleth, Justin Hansen, Zacharry Kitchen, Gabrielle Lane, Lachlan McManus, Josephine Moore, Noah Moore, Micah Porter, Alissa Powell, Bethany Richmond, Thea Scanlon, Jordan Strausbaugh, Zahn-Dreah Taylor

3.5-3.99: Ashlee Anderson, Emma Brantley, Rhys Cannava, Maddison Collinson, Jayla Conrad, Quinten Cox, Tyler Cox, Dylan Dahlgren, Shraddha Davis, Tessa Dearmore, Montana Fischer, Simon Graham, Hanna Giugler, Noah Harper, Haylee Hodge, Mackenzie Hoogenboom, Nathanael Johnson, Jessica Kimes, Keegan Lorring, Joshua O’Lena, Emmy Reese, Isabella Rodriguez, Zekarias Schwartz, Kaidence Shaeffer, Logan Shane, Carly Sturman, Isabella Tough, Isabella Valenzuela, Kaytlynn Walden, Lainey Wattam, Sarina Wilkinson, Brock Wilson, Aleena Zener

3.0-3.49: Emily Barto, Ellison Brinkerhoff, Taylor Bynum, Anna Chadburn, Wyatt Conner, Dylan Davidhizar, Gage Davis, Maleda Denbrock, Sierra Domonoske, Tristan Edmondson, Aubrie Ehret, Sophia Evans, Pierce Felix-Hughes, Bo Gage, Rhiley Halverson, Austin Hemphill, Jordan Henley, Angela Iraheta Sorto, Chloe Johnson, Ashton Jones, Whitney Jones, Cayden Kelly, Adeline Miller, Dyson Taer Nelson, Adam Osborn, Jordan Ruffner, Deanna Shepard, Kelsey Siefner, Kaidan Spies, Briana Theel, Jolie Widaman

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: 1/15, 2/26, 3/26, 4/16. Meeting times are 1:30-2:20.

Nikiski Middle/High

Monday, January 14

High School Basketball C Team @ Nikiski vs. Kenai – Girls – 3:00 / Boys 4:30

Tuesday, January 15

High School Basketball C Team @ Nikiski vs. CIA – Boys – 3:00

Thursday, January 17

High School Basketball – Rus Hitchcock Nikiski Tip-off Tournament vs. Houston Girls Varsity – 5:45 / Boys Varsity 7:15

Friday, January 18

High School Basketball – Rus Hitchcock Nikiski Tip-off Tournament vs. Glennallen – Girls Varsity 5:45 / Boys Varsity 7:15

Middle School Wrestling @ Kenai – 3:00

Saturday, January 19

High School Basketball – Rus Hitchcock Nikiski Tip-off Tournament vs. South – Girls Varsity 3:00 / Boys Varsity 4:30

Monday, January 21


Congratulations to Justin Cox, the Kenai Elks Student of the Month for December!

Mountain View

Monday, January 21st, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is a vacation day. There is no school for staff or students.

The Site Council will be meeting on Thursday, January 17th at 4:00 PM in the Library.

Friday, January 25th is Pajama Day.


Dates To Remember:

01/15/19 – Soldotna Office: Gym time starts back up for the year @ Nikiski Pool 12-1:30pm

01/14-01/24 Homer Office: AIMSweb Assessments grades K-4 – please go to: to schedule an appointment

01/18 – Soldotna Office: Geography Bee from 11:00-1:00

01/24 – Connections Spelling Bee @ 1:00pm, Soldotna Library

01/30 – Seward Office – Chena Grow Tower Project: Cool Hands On Build It From Scratch Project! Call or email Julie for more info and to get on the participation roster. 224-9035 or

05/03 & 05/04 – FULL: 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.

2019 National Geography Bee:

If your child is interested in registering for the 2019 National Geography Bee? The registration deadline is 12/21/18 and students in grade 4th-8th are encouraged to participate. Please contact Julie Lindquist (907-224-9035 ) for more information and to register for the Geography Bee.

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 Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

January 16 Parent PACK Meeting in the Library 7:30am or 3:45pm

January 18 Movie Night 5:45pm in the gym

January 21 Vacation Day/ No School

January 25 Geography Bee at 2:00pm in the gym

February 4-8 Book Fair in the Library

February 6 Early Release Day 1:55pm

February 7-8 Parent Teacher Conference Days/ No School for Students

Soldotna Elementary students have recess every day. Please make sure children are properly dressed for the weather.

Soldotna Elementary is currently accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Title 1 Pre-K program. Students must be 4 years old by September 01, 2019 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary. Applications are located at the front office.

Student notes and bus passes are 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.


Wrestling, Nordic Skiing and Intramural Volleyball are underway!

Wrestling – First scheduled meet is Friday, January 18 at Kenai – 3:00 pm

Nordic Skiing – First scheduled meet is Friday, January 18 at Nikiski – 3:00 pm

Intramural Volleyball – Ends Friday, January 25. Competitive Volleyball begins Monday, January 28.


Site Council Meeting is today at Skyview Middle School at 3:30 pm.

No school for students and staff on Monday, January 21

Wrestling Apparel Store is Open! Orders can be placed online at: The store will remain open until Wednesday, January 23.

The Panther Student Council would like to thank all those who attended the Holiday Activity Night! Special thanks to all the staff and parent volunteers who helped supervise – couldn’t do it without you! Congratulations to the Limbo winners: Reagan Gibbs and Austin Sorenson. Candy Guessing contest winners were: Kristen Houser, Austin Sorhus (twice!), Samantha Ivey, and Cadence Cooper. The Alaska Wildlife Trooper Christmas Tree Toss winners were: Eli Corbett, Morgan Lemm, Taylor Lee, and Wesley Earll. HUGE shout out to the Wildlife Troopers for hosting the game and for providing the gift cards for prizes! Many thanks to Coca Cola of the Kenai Peninsula for their donation of soda for the Ring Toss prizes! Finally, special thanks to all of the Student Council members who helped with the Activity Night, especially those who donated cookies, frosting, and sprinkles and extra special thanks to those who stayed to help CLEAN UP!

2018 BP Teacher and BP Educational Allies Award – Nominate Your Favorite Teacher, Principal, Teaching Assistant, School Nurse, Counselor, Custodian, Office Staff or Volunteer. Deadline is February 1. Please visit to recognize an outstanding Kenai Peninsula Borough School District member who makes a positive impact in a school!


Welcome Back! We all hope you have a safe and wonderful Winter Break.

We have no school on January 21st.

Site council meeting will be January 22nd @ 3:45pm in the teachers’ lounge, parents are welcome to attend.

Save the date! We will be having our Redoubt Carnival on February 23rd, our PTA is looking for parent and student volunteers and accepting donations for the carnival.

Please make sure to send students to school in all their winter gear to play outside that includes a winter coat, hats, gloves, snow pants, and boots to stay warm.

You may know, that are parking lot is one of the most challenging areas we have to keep students and parents safe. We ask that if you are coming into the building to pick your child(ren), to park in a parking space. If you chose to park in the pick up lane, you must stay in your vehicle and wait for your child to come out. Thank you for helping us keep your children safe at our school.


The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Organization – To plan, arrange, and implement in an orderly way; to keep things orderly and ready to use.

Please check your child’s back pack Friday for important information.

Re-enrollment forms and report cards will be sent home in Friday folders. Re-enrollment forms are due February 15th by 4:00 p.m. Every student must have a completed form turned in to the office to hold their place for next year. If your child is not returning, even if they have aged out of the school, please fill out the back of the form so we know where they will be attending in order to send their records when it’s time.

Monday, January 14

Sankofa African Dance Theatre will be here as the Artist in Residence

APC meeting in the library at 4:15

Tuesday, January 15

Sankofa African Dance Theatre will be here as the Artist in Residence

PTA Staff Appreciation Committee meeting at 9:15

Wednesday, January 16

Sankofa African Dance Theatre will be here as the Artist in Residence

Thursday, January 17

Sankofa African Dance Theatre will be here as the Artist in Residence

Friday, January 18

Sankofa African Dance Theatre will be having an Informance at 2:30

Re-Enrollment forms & report cards will be sent home

Please make sure to send winter gear to school with your student, labeled with their name. Our school nurse is limited to what she has on-hand to loan out.

Up Coming Events

January 21- Martin Luther King, Jr Day- NO SCHOOL

January 31- Kindergarten Connections and Potluck @ 5:30

February 6- Early Release Day at 2:10

February 7 & 8- Parent Teacher Conferences- 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.

Soldotna High

Parents of Juniors – The After-Prom planning meeting is on Monday, January 14th at 5:30 pm

Parents of Seniors – The After Graduation planning meeting is on Monday, January 21st at 6pm

The afterschool 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.

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