Schools briefs for the week of April 1-7, 2019

Schools briefs for the week of April 1-7, 2019

What’s happening this week

Soldotna High School

SoHi PTSA is excited to announce that the PTSA voted to give out 3- $500 scholarships this year. PTSA is going to stick with the same application as last year so it should be a smooth process. There is a whole new PTSA board this year and things haven’t quite hit their stride yet. If you need anything from PTSA to get these applications out, please email Maryanne Rogers at mailto:

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Visual Feast, the annual districtwide student art show. Featuring work from across the peninsula, this show highlights the best high school and middle school artists from a wide variety of schools. This show is a revelation every year, showcasing the amazing talent that exists on the Kenai Peninsula in both 3D and 2D work. The show will run the month of April at the Kenai Fine Arts Center with an opening reception on Thursday, April 4 at 5 p.m.

Congratulations to the following students for their inclusion in the Art in the Capitol program. The artwork by these talented young ladies was hand-selected by Mr. Dusek and their pieces will be on display in Juneau during the 2019 Legislative session.

Cinderella’s Closet needs donations and a new home! Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for Cinderella’s Closet 2019. This is a program which helps ALL area high school students (KPBSD and home-schooled) with free dresses, shoes, and accessories for prom and homecoming. SoHi has helped over 850 ladies in the past 11 years, 145 last year between prom and homecoming! SoHi accepts year around donations of prom and homecoming dresses, suits of all sizes, dress shirts, male dress shoes, and accessories. All sizes are welcome, however, SoHi is in particular need of dresses in size 12 to 18.

Items can be dropped off at the main office of Soldotna High School or Soldotna Prep School between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are not in the central peninsula, drop items at the closest KPBSD school’s office and ask them to send them through KPBSD district mail to SoPrep, attention Cinderella Closet. Since the donations are made to a school, tax donation forms can be issued by SoHi upon request. If you have any questions, please email for more info or visit and like us on Facebook: @cinderellacloset.kenai

Over the years this project has received tremendous support from our community and local businesses, such as Walgreens, PayLess Shoes, Fred Meyer, Walmart, Summit Cleaner, and so many residents donating items and or their time. Unfortunately this year SoHi is in need of a new location for opening the Cinderella Closet to our students. It would be fantastic if SoHi could find a permanent location for storing and collecting donations year round and open the doors to students in need at regular times of the year, for Prom and Homecoming (or other formal school events). SoHi really cares about this project because SoHI sees year after year how many students that have been helped. SoHi confides in the support of our community for finding a suitable location for hosting the Cinderella’s Closet of our school district. Thank you on behalf of our students!

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 6:30-7:30 a.m.

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.


The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Personal Best – To do one’s best given the circumstances and available resources.

Monday, April 1 – April 8; 3rd – 5th grade will be participating in PEAKS state wide testing. Please make sure your student has a good night’s sleep, healthy breakfast, water bottle.

Wednesday, April 3

· Early release @ 2:10

Upcoming Events

April 8-April 12 – Sue Snyder will be working with our staff and students

April 10 – Family Night with Sue Snyder @ 5:30 come sing, dance, and play with Dr. Sue Snyder, visiting trainer with the Total Learning Institute which focuses on arts integration. All families are invited to attend!

April 15 – APC meeting @ 4:15

April 15-April 18 – Registration week for new incoming Kaleidoscope students

April 18 – After Testing Fun Night for 3rd-5th grade

April 19 – Vacation day! No school

April 25 – 5th grade will be visiting KMS; Bingo for Books @ TBD

April 26 – Student placement forms are due to the office by 4 p.m.

April 29 – Safe Kids will be here with bike helmets for sale

May 1 – Early Release @ 2:10; Bike Rodeo for 1st – 5th grade


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 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.


Dates To Remember:

· 04/09 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

· 04/10 – High School Eligibility Due

· 04/16 – CENTRAL PEN: Gym Time at Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m.

· 04/16 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

· 04/18 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4 p.m. (more info below)

· 04/23 – CENTRAL PEN: GYM TIME: Earth Day clean up

· 04/23 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

· 04/30 – 2019 Homeschool Talent Show (more info below)

· 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

Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring:

Connections is very excited to have Sara Hadfield and Rebecca Weaver, from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every week to offer free tutoring to families.

Sara specializes in language arts and English as a Second Language (ESL). Her schedule will be Wednesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. starting Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Rebecca specializes in a variety of subjects: math, physics, chemistry and science. Her schedule is Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you are a parent or a student that needs help in any of these areas, please call our office at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment. Iditaread Ends Today:

Connections annual Iditaread program started March 1st and ends today. When you’ve read your way to Nome and crossed the finish line, see your local office for a prize! If you have any questions, please call the Connections office (714-8880) or email: for more information.

Soldotna Office: Thursday Art Share:

The Soldotna office is celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged! Submissions can be dropped off anytime during the month, an art activity will start promptly at 3:15 on the Art Share day, see below for dates.

· April: Green Earth theme! Thursday, April 18th from 3-4 p.m.

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

2019 Homeschool Talent Show:

The 2019 Homeschool Talent Show will be on Tuesday, April 30 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for home-school students to join the show and display their talents (singing, instrumental, art, skits, whatever!). Talents of all types and ability levels are encouraged and there will also be an art display at the entrance to show off Connections student’s artistic abilities as well. Please contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections office if you are interested in participating in the talent show, or to get more info –



You can find, printable resources and additional information regarding the test here:

And Online Training Tools Practice Tests here:

The above tests are not “scored” and will not show whether students got questions correct or incorrect. If you would like a practice test with answers to score, please use the printable resources to score your own student (the test booklets are the printable version of the online tests).


The Soldotna office is in the process of scheduling the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS), April 1thru April 12 at Soldotna Prep, for our Central Peninsula families. If you have any questions please call us at 714-8880.


Available testing dates are April 1, 2 and 3.

Please follow this SignUpGenius Link for testing information and to sign up for testing sessions.

If you are unable to use the link please give the office a call at 226-1880 to schedule your student’s testing sessions.


April 9 and 10

Testing Times for both days:

• 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

• 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Make up testing on the 11th with Julie Lindquist in the Seward office. For more information or to schedule your testing time please call or email Julie @ 224-9035 or

Kenai Middle

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Testing continues this week. Please make sure your students are well rested and have eaten a good breakfast. We appreciate your efforts for your student’s testing success.

Mini Course descriptions are out. Be sure to start having conversations with your student about which mini course they will choose. Some have fees and some do not. Some are 1 day (they will choose 2) and some are 2-day courses. Students should have a first, second, and third choice in case their first choice is full.

Speaking of Mini Courses, it is ALMOST time for aluminum can collection days. Please do not bring cans early. Can collection is April 15, 16, 17 and 18. Students should bring a large garbage bag full in order to be counted.

Track Begins today with a meeting after school from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Students should bring their completed sports packet and fee to the meeting. Students must have a completed sports packet turned in prior to practicing. Track is for all grades!

Wednesday, April 3 is an Early Release day. School is over at 12:57. Buses will accommodate the early release schedule. Enjoy!

On Thursday, the KMS Drama Class will perform PRINCESSES. Performance starts at 10:25. See you here in the KMS Library.

Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine!

K-Beach Elementary

K-Beach will have Kindergarten Visitation for next year’s incoming Kindergartners on Wednesday, April 3 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Your child can ‘go to school’ while parents meet with the principal and register. Incoming kindergartners must be born before Sept. 1, 2014 to attend next fall. Please call the school at 260-1300 for more information and to sign your child up for visitation day. Mr. Daniels’s Class is submitting artwork to the Annual KBeach Art Show. This year, the 5th grade is learning how to take a black and white photo and photo editing. In addition to the photo, this year students are recording a narrative for each photo through the Seesaw App. Viewer will be able to use their device to follow a QR Code to listen to the student analyze their art.

Yearbooks are available for pre-order for $20. Visit and enter this code: 32113Y or send cash or check payable to K-Beach Elementary.

Buy one Get one Free book fair is scheduled for April 29- May 3 in the K-Beach Library!

· April 3rd Early Release: K-Beach will dismiss at 12:55 and busses will drop off students 90 minutes earlier than usual. Kindergarten Visitation will be from 1:30 – 2:30.

Redoubt Elementary

Our next early release day is April 3 @ 1:45p.m., there will be Boys & Girls club after school. Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home that day.

Dare Graduation will be April 5 @ 6 p.m. at Soldotna High School.

Kindergarten and new student registration for school year 2019/2020 will be held April 8 and 9 at our school. Please make sure to have proof of address and birth certificate. Prior to new students starting in the fall they must be up to date on vaccinations and have a physical on file.

On April 12 we will be having our last Fun Fest for the year 3:30-5 p.m. All students that attend are school are welcome to come!

Open house for Kindergartners starting in the fall will be April 15th at 9 am. There will be a delayed start for current kindergartners, school will start at 11 a.m. and end at 3:18 p.m.

Site council meeting will be April 16 @3:45 in the teachers’ lounge, everyone is welcome to attend.

We have no school on Friday, April 19.

Soldotna Prep

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the 3rd Quarter was awarded to Nate Johnson for his diligent and exceptional work, and going the extra mile by extending a helping hand and setting a good example.

Congratulations to Alissa Powell for being chosen as the Masonic Outstanding Student of the Year! Ali will be recognized at the awards ceremony on April 29 at the Renee’ C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. Carson Dement, Justin Hansen, Nate Johnson, Gabrielle Lane and Bethany Richmond deserve special recognition for also being nominated for this honored award. Due to testing and the early release day on Wednesday, there will be no after school tutoring this week. Tutoring will resume next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the normal schedule. 3rd Quarter Honor Roll:

4.0: Chloe Armstrong, Katharine Bramante, Emma Brantley, Coen Braxling, Ivy Daly, Tessa Dearmore, Bo Gage, Nathanael Johnson, Zacharry Kitchen, Dianne Nasibog, Kellen Plate, Alissa Powell, Bethany Richmond, Jordan Strausbaugh, Lainey Wattam

3.5-3.99: Ashlee Anderson, Bobbi Barker, Trenton Boots, Rhys Cannava, Jayla Conrad, Quinten Cox, Tyler Cox, Dylan Davidhizar, Shraddha Davis, Carson Dement, Shaeley Derleth, Karmen Farrell, Caleigh Glassmaker, Simon Graham, Justin Hansen, Noah Harper, Blaine Hayes, Mackenzie Hoogenboom, Jessica Kimes, Gabrielle Lane, Lachlan McManus, Josephine Moore, Noah Moore, Adam Osborn, Micah Porter, Trenton Powell, Isabella Rodriguez, Thea Scanlon, Zekarias Schwartz, Kaidan Spies, Carly Sturman, Isabella Tough, Isabella Valenzuela, Jolie Widaman, Sarina Wilkinson, Brock Wilson, Aleena Zener, Rusty Zufelt

3.0-3.49: Robert Allain, Emily Barto, Ellie Burns, Ashlee Byers, Taylor Bynum, Korbin Carter, Anna Chadburn, Wyatt Conner, Dylan Dahlgren, Gage Davis, Sierra Domonoske, Tristan Edmondson, Aubrie Ehret, Montana Fischer, Hanna Giugler, Rhiley Halverson, William Hamby, Jordan Henley, Haylee Hodge, Caiden Johnson, Chloe Johnson, Ashton Jones, Cayden Kelly, Keegan Lorring, Cesar Mariscal, Adeline Miller, Jerrod Oberts, Snowy Pannell, Emmy Reese, Ayden See, Ethan Sewell, Kaidence Shaeffer, Kelsey Siefner, Tristan Sipes, Justine Thomas

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:

April 2-3 – PEAKS Testing

April 3 – Early Release

April 19 – Vacation Day, no school

May 1 – Early Release

May 22 – Last day of school

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

April 3 Early Release Day 1:55pm

April 19 Vacation Day (No School)

April 22-26 Kindergarten Registration

April 25 Kindergarten Round-Up 12:30-1:30

Parents can register kindergartners April 22-26 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Students must be 5 years old by

September 1, 2019. Please bring birth certificates and immunization records.

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.

Mountain View Elementary

Applications are available now for the 2019-2020 Mountain View Pre-K Program. Screenings for this program will be held on Tuesday, April 30. Applications are available at the office at Mountain View Elementary. In order to be considered, a child must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019, live in the Mountain View attendance area, and have a completed application returned to Mountain View Elementary. Screenings will be scheduled after applications are brought back to the school. For more information please call 283-8600.

Wednesday, April 3, is an Early Release Day for students. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m.

Spring pictures are scheduled for Friday, April 5. Only those students returning the order form and payment will have their picture taken. Orders may also be placed online at Please call us at 283-8600 if you need help with this process. The Kindergarten Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, April 18th at 2:00 PM in the gym at Mountain View.

There is no school on Friday, April 19.

The 4th and 5th grade, including 5th grade band, will be holding their Spring Concert on Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the KCHS Auditorium.


Track and Field begins today! Any student who wishes to join Track must turn in the required sports forms before participation. Please complete the forms and pay the participation fee as soon as possible.

Early release is Wednesday, April 3 – Skyview Middle School students end the school day at 1 p.m.

The Panther Student Council will be hosting a Birthday Bag Donation Drive today through Friday, April 5. Items needed include: birthday candles, medium size gift bags for boys and girls, packages of balloons, cake mix and ready-made frosting, small toys/kids books/mittens for boys and girls, party plates and napkins, party hats and horns. Donations can be dropped off in the bin near the front office or in Mrs. Pothast’s classroom. Let’s help the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank provide some Birthday Cheer for our neighbors in need! Thank you for your generosity!

Congratulations to Ashley Dahlman – 2019 Skyview Middle School Masonic Student of the Year! Ashley demonstrates outstanding qualities in 5 areas: Character, Academic Achievement, Extra Curricular Activities, Leadership, and Community Volunteering. She was selected from a group including four other exceptional finalists: Regan Evans, Gavin Jones, Sydney Steadman and Avery Willets. Ashley will be recognized with other KPBSD recipients at the Masonic Lodge Outstanding Student Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 26 at Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

The next Panther Student Council full membership meeting will be Wednesday, April 17 during FOL in the library. That FOL is available for sign up now! Please get your name on the meeting roster as soon as possible! Spring events information and volunteer sign-up sheets will be available at this meeting. This is an Enrichment FOL – be sure your grades are in good shape so you can sign up! If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Pothast.

7th graders interested in applying for Student Council Leadership Group for next school year should sign up for Mrs. Pothast’s FOL on Thursday, April 18. This FOL will be an information meeting where the Leadership application process and expectations will be explained and required paperwork distributed. The FOL is open now for interested 7th graders to sign up. This application process is open to all 7th graders.

Nikiski North Star

This week will be the fourth grade PEAKS testing. The fourth graders will test on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure your child has a good night of rest, eats a healthy breakfast and arrives to school on time.

Wednesday, April 3rd is early release. NNS will dismiss at 2 p.m.

Title 1 Pre-K screening will be held on Wednesday, April 24. Please contact NNS for an application. Your screening appointment will be made when your application is received by the school. The purpose of the screening is to determine Kindergarten readiness. Transportation is not provided to and from the Pre-K program. Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019. If you need more information, please call the NNS office at 776-2600.

Spring pictures will be taken on Thursday, April 11th beginning at 9 a.m. in the school library. Sibling pictures should begin about noon.

Kindergarten registration and orientation is Wednesday, April 17 in the school library beginning at 9:15 a.m. If your child will be five years old by Sept. 1, 2019, bring them along to have some fun while you enroll them at Nikiski North Star. Please remember to bring immunization records, birth certificate and any legal custody papers. For more information, please call the school secretary at 776-2600.

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