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Schools briefs for the week of April 15-21, 2019

What’s happening this week

Kenai Middle School

Here’s hoping this short week is an amazing one!

We’d like to wish the best of luck to our Future Problem solving teams as they compete this week! They’ve worked hard on their projects and we can’t wait to see where they go with them!

Monday night, April 15 is the Freshman Parent Orientation Meeting at Kenai High School. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Little Theater and will last about an hour. Good luck to all of you as you take this next exciting step on the path of your student’s education.

On Tuesday, April 16, seventh and eighth grade choir will head to Homer for Mass Choir. Students must have a permission slip turned in prior to attending. Good luck KMS Choirs!

The second Track Meet of the season is Thursday, April 18 hosted by Skyview. It will be held at Soldotna Prep and begins at 3 p.m. Go Kossacks!

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, April 19! Enjoy the long weekend.


Monday, April 29 Open House & BBQ for New to Kenai Middle Students — Tell a friend!

Tuesday, April 30 Mass Band @ KCHS

Nikiski North Star

Kindergarten registration and orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 9:15 a.m. in the NNS library. If your child will be 5 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 certificates, and any legal custody papers. Please call the school office at 776-2600 for more information.

Friday, April 19 is a vacation day for all students and staff. There will be a site council meeting on Monday, April 22 at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge. If you are interested in getting involved with site council, applications are available at school or on the NNS homepage to become a member for the 2019-2020 school year. The purpose of the council is to give input and guidance to the school and serves as a resource, sounding board and core for communication between the various areas of our school. Pre-Kindergarten applications are available at the front office and online at the NNS website. Children must be screened to determine if they qualify. Screenings are scheduled for April 24. Appointments for the screenings will be made when you return your application to the NNS office by April 23. After the screening, parents of students who qualify will be contacted by the Pre-K teacher, Mrs. Thye.


The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is No Put Downs — To never use words, actions and/ or body language that degrade., humiliate, or dishonor others.

This is registration week for new incoming students to Kaleidoscope. Please visit the office from 8:35 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday – Thursday.

Monday, April 15

— PTA meeting @ 9:15 a.m.

— Kindergarten Visitation @ 2 p.m.

— APC meeting @ 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16

— Kindergarten Visitation @ 11 a.m.

— Kindergarten Visitation @ 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17

— Kindergarten Visitation @ 2:30 p.m.

— Kindergarten Make and Take Family Night @ 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 18

— 80s Spirit Day: come dressed like you are from the 80s

— Kindergarten Visitation @ 2 p.m.

— After Testing Fun Night for Kaleidoscope students that are in 3rd-5th grade only. Parents please make sure we have a signed permission slip for at the office. All students that will be attending must have one on file or parents/guardians can sign one when they are dropped off. Please make sure you sign in your students at the sign in table, and let them know who will be picking up. Buses are not provided for pick up and drop off. Any volunteers for this event MUST be an approved volunteer.

Friday, April 19

— Vacation day! No school

Upcoming Events

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 p.m.; 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 http://kaleidoscope.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/volunteers 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.

Nikiski Middle/High School

Tuesday, April 16

Middle School Mass Choir @ Homer

Thursday, April 17

Middle School Track Skyview Meet @ Soldotna High – 3 p.m.

Middle School Dance – Hawaiian/Beach Theme – Grades 6-8 – $3 for entry – 7-9:30 p.m.

Friday, April 19


High School Track @ Colony Invite

High School Soccer @ Houston – Girls 4 p.m. / Boys 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 20

High School Track @ Colony Invite

High School Soccer @ Redington – Girls 12 p.m. / Boys 2 p.m.


May 1 – Early Release – Students released at 12:45 p.m.

May 14 – Senior Awards Night – 7 p.m.

May 15 – Pops Concert – 7 p.m.

May 20 – Graduation 7 p.m.

May 22 – Last Day of School

Congratulations to Joseph McLeod, the Kenai Rotary Student of the Month for April!

Mountain View

The Kindergarten Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m. 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.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s class is working on a new science question. Given the shortage of clean water around the globe, our question is “How can we make clean water?” Students are using up to 10 different materials to design, test, modify and retest their own water filters. They will use an investigation log to record their designs and data long the way. Each group will communicate their conclusions to the class in the end.

— April 19 – NO SCHOOL

Kenai Central High School

This week is a busy one for KCHS athletes, with soccer, softball, baseball and track all taking part in competitions ranging from the Isle of Kodiak to the Valley of Colony. Apart from the athletic competitions, incoming Freshman will have an orientation to help them and their parents get acquainted with Kenai Central High School. The Freshman Orientation will take place on Monday April 15 at 6 p.m. in the KCHS Auditorium. The Kards soccer teams will take on the Homer Mariners and the Grace Christian Grizzlies this week. On Tuesday the Kenai boys Varsity and Jv teams will travel to Homer to take on the Mariners at 4 p.m. (Jv) and 6 p.m. (Varsity). While the Kenai girls will host the Homer girls team at 4 p.m. (Jv) and 6 p.m. (Varsity). On Saturday, both the girls and boys teams will travel to Anchorage to face the Grace Grizzlies at 12 p.m. (Boys Jv), 2 p.m. (Girls Varsity), 4 p.m. (Boys Varsity). Track will also travel north this weekend to participate in the Colony track meet on Friday and Saturday.

The Kards Softball team will begin the week with a trip to Kodiak to play the bears in a double header. Games will be played in Kodiak at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday April 15. Meanwhile, Kenai’s baseball team will have their season opener in Palmer. Games will be played on Thursday April 18 at 3 p.m. (Jv) and 6 p.m. (Varsity). Be sure to wish the baseball and softball players luck as they begin their seasons!

Monday 4/15: Freshman Orientation @ the KCHS Auditorium (6 p.m.)

Softball @ Kodiak (4,6)

Tuesday 4/16: Girls Soccer v. Homer (4 p.m. (Jv) 6 p.m. (Varsity) Games played in Kenai

Boys Soccer @ Homer (4 p.m. (Jv) 6 p.m. (Varsity) Games at Homer

Thursday: 4/18: Caring for the Kenai (6 p.m.)

Baseball @ Palmer (3 p.m. (Jv), 6 p.m. (Varsity)

Friday 4/19: Track @ Colony

Saturday 4/20: Girls Soccer @ Grace (2 p.m. (Girls Varsity)

Boys Soccer @ Grace, (12 p.m. (Jv), 4 p.m. (Varsity) Track @ Colony


Events this week:

Tuesday, April 16 — Middle School Mass Choir Festival – Homer High School – Concert at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 18 – Track Meet — Skyview Invitational at Soldotna High School – 3 p.m.

Friday, April 19 — No School for students and staff.

Yearbook deadline EXTENSION!! Purchase now and finish your personal Pages by Thursday, April 18! Personal Pages are free and are only available to orders placed by April 18. Books ordered, choosing not to complete 2 free personal pages, may be purchased through April 19 for guaranteed free shipping and arrival to school for the yearbook signing assembly on May 20.

The next Panther Student Council full membership meeting will be Wednesday, April 17 during FOL in the library. Spring events information and volunteer sign-up sheets will be available at this meeting. 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.

Congratulations to the STEAM Skyview Science Fair winners: 1st Place – Hamilton Hunt, Grow-A-Rade Experiment did the effects of Mold growth in Gatorade; 2nd Place — Effects of color lights on growing plants; 3rd Place – Carter Kincaid, Eddy Currents effects of magnetism on the speed of metals. A BIG thank you to the Judges, Mayor Nels Anderson, City of Soldotna and Betsy Vanek, KPBSD.

The 30th Annual Juried Student Art Show Visual Feast is at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in old town Kenai until Saturday, April 27. Stop in and see some amazing artwork! Students representing Skyview Middle School this year: Desiree Bunts-8th Ceramics (1st Place), Josie Sheridan-8th Ceramics (2nd Place), Danika Winslow-7th Ceramics, Kristen Houser-8th Drawing (Best of Show), Miah Mead-8th Drawing, Regan Evans-8th Drawing, Willow Kitchens-8th Drawing, Trinity Donovan-8th Open (1st Place), Tia Haukedahl-8th Open (Honorable Mention), Ashlee Fann-7th Painting (1st Place), Krystin Yeager-8th Sculpture (1st Place), Cameron King-8th Sculpture (Honorable Mention), Aurora Jacobs-7th Sculpture.

The Panther Student Council would like to give a HUGE thanks to everyone who contributed to the Birthday Bag Donation Drive! Nearly 400 items were collected — cake mixes, frosting, candles, gift bags, books, party favors and more! What an outstanding effort to reach out to our young neighbors in need who are served by the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank! This is an AWESOME response to our first ever donation drive of this type – look for it again next year. THANK YOU! Skyview Middle School Honor Roll Quarter 3: Kael Aamodt, Kadee Adams, Jireh Aley, Gabriel Almeida, Andrew Arthur, Liliana Bahl, Brady Baker, Emily Blakeslee, Bay Bloom, Mykah Booth, Justin Bordelon, Haven Bower, Telotha Braden, Patience Brandon, Gracie Bras, Jacob Brinkerhoff, Jay Brott, Jakob Brown, Mya Brown, Zachary Buckbee, Danika Buffan, Hunter Bunch, Desiree Bunts, Aiden Burcham, Hannah Butler, Nicholas Calhoun, Carter Cannava, Kendyl Cannava, Alina Carrillo Kompkoff, Mackenzie Carson, Hayden Caston, Archer Chadburn, Issac Chavarria, Landen Chumley, Avery Ciufo, Cooper Collier, Bailey Conner, Adrienne Conner, Sarah Coon, Elijah Corbett, Michael Cornell, Andrew Cox, Ryleigh Cummings, Kobe Curry, Shawn Curry, Nels Dahl, Ashley Dahlman, Mila Davidson Iannuzzo, Jordyn Davis, Emily Day, Aiden Day, Katelynn Derleth, Jarek Derleth, Trinity Donovan, Brianna Ehret, Erin Einerson, Benjamin Engebretsen, Regan Evans, Raven Evins, Malcolm Fadden, Ashlee Fann, Brook Fischer, Jacob Fleming, Kiara Forkner, Nolan Freeman, Jillian Gagnon, Hunter Galleguillos, Aidan Gavalis, Gilbert Gchachu, Virginia Gibbs, AnnaMae Gilliam, Austin Gilstrap, Michael Grimm, Samantha Haakenson, Joshua Hall, Paige Hammerle, Gavin Hanson, Dean Harbaugh, Shane Harmon, Michael Harmon, Adam Harper, Liam Harris, Rohan Harris, Heath Hart, Owen Hart, Cash Hartley, Darek Hatten, Tia Haukedahl, Cody Henley, Andi Hiler, James Hindman, Katie Hinz, Ethan Hogue, Kristen Houser, Rebekah Hudson, Hamilton Hunt, Emma Hunter, Samantha Ivey, Wesley Johnson, Karley Johnson, Gavin Jones, Derrick Jones, Logan Katzenberger, Carter Kincaid, Ashley Kingrey, Willow Kitchens, Emma Knowles, Chasce Langvardt, Waylon Lansing, Cameron LaRoque, Lyrad Larson, Abednego Larson, Chelsea Ann Lawrence, Peyton Lawton, Mercedes Leadens, Hannah Leaders, Alexandra Lee, Morgan Lemm, Corey Lewis, Breanna Lewis, Amara Lewis, Taylor Lightfoot, Finnley Loop, Emerson Lorring, Ethan Lowry, Deighton Luck, Salvatore MacMaster, Brandi Martin, Kyle Matson, Kaytlin McAnelly, Avry McDonald, Molly McMillan, Taylor McNeel, Andie McQueen, Daniel McRorie, Miah Mead, Avrie Medina, Emma Medina, Jace Meehan, Scott Michael, Savannah Mickel, Levi Mickelson, Liberty Miller, Sunny Miller, Augustus Miller, Mariah Mills, Riley Mills, Sonia Montague, Braden Montgomery, Hakoa Montoya, Katelyn Morrison, Golden Musgrave, Grayden Musgrave, Joseph Newby, Josiah Nyman, Jace O’Reagan, Jeramiah Payton, Collin Peck, Jessica Phegley, Andrew Pieh, Travis Pontious, Max Reese, Hunter Richardson, Destiny Richie, Grace Richmond, Madison Richmond, Jolene Riske, Meg Roberts, Camren Roberts, Daisy Rogers, Parker Rose, Ocean Rowe, Ty Saylor, Aryanna Schneider, Brandie Schwenk, Simon Secor, Josie Sheridan, Mandi Sisley, Mathyas Smith, Alvin Solomona, Austin Sorenson, Austin Sorhus, William Stang, Sydney Steadman, Kevin Steger, Tate Stewart, Riley Stimmel, Moriah Stitt, Shane Sundberg, Leigh Tacey II, Brayden Taylor, Carter Tennison, Cody Thompson, Spencer Thornton, Violet Truesdell, Riley Tucker, Zaraphina Tucker, Savannah Twidwell, Emma Updike, Benjamin Veh, Evan Veihdeffer, Tori Verba, Tristan Ware, Jenifer Webster, Zoey Welch, Abriella Werner, Joseph Whittom, Haiden Wilkinson, Avery Willets, Danika Winslow, Isabella Wolfe, Liam Wurst, Krystin Yeager


Connections is now enrolling for next year! Call your local office for an enrollment appointment:

Homer: 907-226-1880

Seward: 907-224-9035

Soldotna: 907-714-8880

The deadline for submitting reimbursements for the 2018-2019 school year is April 30. If your student will be taking any lessons in the month of May or June, please remember to prepay for those lessons and submit for reimbursement prior to the April 30 deadline. May/June lessons will be reimbursed after the lessons have taken place. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

Dates To Remember:

— 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)

— 04/30 – REIMBURSEMENT DEADLINE – ALL Reimbursements Need To Be Turned In TODAY

— 05/03 – Kenai River Clean Up @ Soldotna Visitor’s Center/Kenai River Bridge 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

— 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 jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or (907) 224-9035.

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 18 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!). We encourage talents of all types and ability levels, and also have an art display at the entrance to show off our 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 — mwackler@kpbsd.org.

Kenai River Clean Up:

We’re currently recruiting student and parent volunteers to help clean up the river bank and make a positive impact on our community. Volunteers will meet at the Soldotna Visitor’s Center parking lot on May 3 at 11 a.m.. We will clean for a minimum of 1 hour, and we will provide a lunch after the cleaning is complete. Bags and gloves will be provided, please wear waterproof shoes or boots and dress for the weather. If you would like to volunteer please contact Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.org or 714-8880.

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

April 18 Kindergarten Concert 6:30 p.m.

April 19 Vacation Day (No School)

April 22-26 Kindergarten Registration

April 25 Kindergarten Round-Up 12:30-1:30 p.m.

May 9 SOEL and SMCS Band and Choir Concert 6:00pm in the gym

May 14 Parent PACK Meeting 7:30 a.m. or 3:45 p.m. in the Library

Online Pre-Registration for all students is April 1-26. Please visit the school website under the Student

Registration and Forms tab to register.

Parents can register kindergartners April 22-26 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 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 Sept. 1, 2019 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary. Applications are located at the front office.

Reading Counts at Soldotna Elementary! Congratulations to the week three classroom winners: Parker Thomas, Parker Cannava, Kaiai Yezierski, Ollie Dahl, Valarie McAnelly, Bella St. Clair, Aimee Goans, Shyann Poindexter and Fisher Kennamer.

Redoubt Elementary

Open house for Kindergartners starting in the fall will be April 15 at 9 a.m. 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 p.m. in the teachers’ lounge, everyone is welcome to attend.

We have no school on Friday, April 19.

Pre- K forms are available in our office, applicants must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019, and must be within our attendance area.

Pre-enrollment forms (pink) went home recently. Please take the time to fill out the form and let us know that your child(ren) will be attending Redoubt next year.

Soldotna High School

You’re invited to A Night at the Theater! Soldotna High School Drama Department presents a double feature: “The Audition” and Rosie on April 18, 19, and 20 at the SoHi auditorium. “The Audition” opens at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $3. Rosie will open at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $5. Buy both tickets together for a reduced price of $6.50.

SoHi PTSA is excited to announce that the PTSA voted to give out three $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: qtpa2t76@gmail.com The afterschool tutoring buses will start running on 8/28. There are 2 buses that leave at 4:15 p.m. 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 mailto:twear@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call 260-7036.

Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at http://www.neffco.com. 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 – http://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams?entityId=21192 or http://www.asaa365.com/

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: http://www.parchment.com 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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