School jurisdictions have concerns about new training required for school bus drivers. (File photo)

School jurisdictions have concerns about new training required for school bus drivers. (File photo)

Schools briefs for the week of April 8-14

What’s happening this week

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Soldotna High School

Cinderella’s Closet is open at SoHi!!! Fortunately, SoHi was able to open last Friday, March 30 and were visited by 35 students, 32 of them left with a dress, shoes, accessory and makeup! Opening dates 3-6 p.m. in room 49: Monday, April 1;

Wednesday, April 3; Friday, April 5; Monday, April 8; Wednesday, April 10

SoHi is still accepting donations of new and gently used formal dresses, shoes and accessories for both girls and boys. Items can be dropped off at the main office of Soldotna High School between 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Since the donations are made to a school, tax donation forms can be issued by SoHi upon request. This program started in 2008 and every year helps an average of 150 high school students of the Kenai Peninsula (KPBSD and home-schooled) with free dresses, shoes and accessories for prom and homecoming. If you have any questions, please email for more info or visit and like us on Facebook: @cinderellacloset.kenai We are still in need of a permanent location. If you have a space that could be used for storing dresses and collecting donations year around, please contact Being this a program connected with SoHi, if you had a business location vacated, you could claim a charitable donation. Thank you on the behalf of KPBSD students!

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: The after-school tutoring buses will start running on 8/28. There are two 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 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

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Morning Lap 6:30-7:30 a.m.

Sport Calendar — or

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

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Active Listening — To listen with the intention of understanding what the what the speaker intends to communicate.

Monday, April 8: Sue Snyder will be working with our staff and students this week

Tuesday, April 9: National Library Worker Day

Wednesday, 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!

Upcoming Events

April 15 – APC meeting @ 4:15 p.m.

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

April 18 – After Testing Fun Night for 3rd-5th grade from 5-8:30 p.m.

April 19 — Vacation day! No school

April 25 – 5th grade will be visiting KMS; Bingo for Books @ 6-7 p.m.

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: 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 two weeks to be processed. Volunteer Indemnification forms are to be completed 2 days before each study trip.

K-Beach Elementary

K-Beach Elementary Chess Club held its fifth annual chess tournament on March 29. A record 37 students competed. The tournament champion was Presley Novak with a score of 5 points. Second place was a four-way tie between Carter Felchle, Emma Hindman, Dax Widaman and Nicholas Veh. There was a three-way tie for third place between Christian Lewis, Noah Kirby and Scott Withrow. Fourth place was an 11-way tie between Ashlyn Hall, Boone Widaman, Caitlyn Eskelin, Damon Braden, Ethan Anders, Jacob Lowry, Liam, Marlee, River Kruzick, Ryla Hunt and Spencer Dahlman. All the students worked hard and made progress learning the game.

Mr. Daniels’s class appreciates Greg Daniels coming in to class to instruct them on digital photography, and particularly, black and white photography. After the lesson, students practiced taking photos, editing, and recording an analysis of their photo. A QR code was created to link their analysis to their photo art and placed in the K-Beach Art Show. Art Show guests could hold their phone to the photo and a link would be provided on their phone to listen to the student analyze their photo!

April 19 – NO SCHOOL


Dates To Remember:

— 4/9 & 4/10 – Jake Parrett in Seward Office/Testing

— 4/9 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

— 4/10 – High School Eligibility Due

— 4/16 – CENTRAL PEN: Gym Time at Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m.

— 4/16 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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

— 4/23 – CENTRAL PEN: GYM TIME: Earth Day clean up

— 4/23 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

— 4/30 – 2019 Homeschool Talent Show (more info below)

— 4/30 – REIMBURSEMENT DEADLINE – ALL Reimbursements Need To Be Turned In TODAY

— 5/3 – Kenai River Clean Up @ Soldotna Visitor’s Center/Kenai River Bridge 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

— 5/3 & 5/4 – 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: 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 p.m. 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 30th 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 –

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 one 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 or 714-8880.

Redoubt Elementary

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 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. Screenings will be held in April.

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 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 classroom winners for the first two weeks of competition! Week 1: Kyah Effenbeck, Breckin Sulley, Tristan Chestler, Kaiai Yezierski, Kira O’Brien, Jax Nash, and Tanner Hough. Week 2: Kayden Eastham, Alexandra Perttu, Breckin Sulley, Kaiai Yezierski, Niki Carson, Rylan Broyles, Dailehn Gares, Kylie Villa, Kaden Bessette and David Whiddon.

Congratulations to the Soldotna Elementary Masonic Award Recipient, Scott Powell!

Mountain View Elementary

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.


Today – Final Site Council Meeting – Skyview Library – 3:30 p.m. Thank you to all the Site Council Members for your contribution this year.

Track and Field is underway! The first meet is Friday, April 12 – Homer invite at Homer – 1 p.m.

There will be a meeting on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Auditorium regarding the possible consolidation of Soldotna Prep and Soldotna High School.

Any parents/students affected by this possible consolidation are encouraged to attend and share their concerns and/or ideas for a smooth transition.

All class fees for the 2018-19 school year are in PowerSchool. Please make sure your student’s fees are paid before the end of the school year. Also, lunch account fees can add up quickly, so be sure to check with your student on their lunch account balance or contact the school office at 260-2500 to make sure they are not borrowing lunches from the cafeteria. All fees can be paid online, or by cash or check in person at the school Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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.

7th grade students interested in going on the 8th grade DC & NYC trip next October please see Mr. Angleton to get a registration packet and other information. A parent meeting will follow, date and time to be determined.

Congratulations to the March Students of the Month!

Kadee Adams, Gabriel Almeida, Lilana Bahl, Jacob Brinkerhoff, Ania Brockway, Jay Brott, Alaura Brown, Alina Carrillo-Kompkoff, Mackenzie Carson, Suwannee Chapman, Angelina Chavarria, Avery Ciufo, Zeni Conway, Taylor Dobson, Trenton Dooley Gilliam, Brianna Ehret, Ben Engebretsen, Josephine Fadden, Kaleb Fidai, Kiara Forkner, Hunter Galleguillos, Elizabeth Garcia, Reagan Gibbs, Joshua Hall, Rohan Harris, Owen Hart, Logan Hart, Darek Hatten, Cody Henley, Elijah Jedlicki, Ben Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Willow Kitchens, Waylon Lansing, Brock Lapp, Cameron LaRoque, Chelsea Ann Lawrence, Peyton Lawton, Breanna Lewis, Joshua Lynner, Elissa Lyons, Avry McDonald, Steller Milbauer, Gabriel Newcomb, Wyit Nulph, Sylus Pannell, Collin Peck, Pyper Reger, Dakota Richie, Grace Richmond, Madson Richmond, Jolene Riske, Meg Roberts, Thiraphat Samutthirat, Brandie Schwenk, Simon Secor, Austin Sorhus, Myles Tackett, Evan Veihdeffer, Jenifer Webster, Abriella Werner, Xavier West, Haiden Wilkinson

Soldotna Prep

This week students are celebrating “Homegoing Week” with dress up days starting today: Monday-PJ Day, Tuesday – Ski Bum vs Beach Bum, Wednesday – Tie Dye, Thursday – Twin Day, Friday – Mathletes vs Athletes. Assemblies will be on Wednesday and Thursday during Advisory.

The first spring supplement to the yearbook is now for sale through Tree Ring. Included in the supplement will be spring sports, prom, homegoing and other spring activities. The deadline to purchase the yearbook supplement is April 19, the cost is $10. The flyer with ordering information has been emailed to students and parents. Copies are also available at the office.

After school tutoring is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the library from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (except for early release and no school days). This is a great opportunity to receive help if students are behind, or just want some extra time to work on classroom assignments. Make sure transportation is arranged and students are picked up promptly at 3:30 p.m.

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 19 – Vacation Day, no school

May 1 – Early Release

May 22 – Last day of school

Nikiski Middle/High

Tuesday, April 9

Site Council Meeting – 4 p.m. in the Teacher Lounge

Thursday, April 11

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

Friday, April 12

Middle School Track @ Homer – 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 13

Prom @ Triumviate – 8 p.m.–12 a.m.

Promenade @ Nikiski High Auditorium – 7 p.m.

Friday, April 19 – NO SCHOOL – VACATION DAY

Jada Glaves is the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for March!

Congratulations to our Girls Basketball Team for placing 2nd in the State Tournament and earning the State Academic Award for the highest combined GPA! Team members include: Emma Wik, Kelsey Clark, Bethany Carstens, America Jeffreys, Kaycee Bostic, Kaitlyn Johnson, Tika Zimmerman, Angela Druesedow, Elora Reichert, Lillian Carstens, Bailey Epperheimer, and Aspen Hooper; Coaches: Rustin Hitchcock, Whitney Hitchcock, Shannon Porter & Colton Anderson; Managers: Maddie Weeks & Sidney Epperheimer. Bethany Carstens was named the 3A Player of the Year & also selected to the State All-Tournament Team.

Nikiski North Star

This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week at NNS! NNS will be celebrating our volunteers with an appreciation tea on Tuesday, April 9th at 3:45 p.m. in the school library. We are so thankful and appreciative for each of our volunteers! Please come and let us celebrate you with some desserts and entertainment for your enjoyment.

Spring pictures will be on Thursday, April 11th beginning at 9 a.m. in the library. Pictures will only be taken of those students with a pre-paid envelope. Sibling picture time is 1 p.m. If you need more information, please call the office at 776-2600.

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.

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 office for more information.

Kenai Middle School

KMS News for the Week of April 8

It’s the second week of April and this year is flying by!

We start collecting aluminum cans this week. We will accept them through Thursday of this week. Make sure your name gets marked off on the collection sheet so that you can receive credit toward mini course sign-ups. Please empty all the contents of the cans and crush them before bringing them in to school. Also, be careful that there is no trash or debris mixed in with your cans. Scrap pieces of aluminum foil are not accepted and we will have to pick through the bags to remove unwanted trash. Thank you for your cooperation in the recycling process.

Speaking of Mini Courses, be sure you are speaking to your students about their mini course choices. Some are 1-day, some are 2-day. Some have fees and some do not. Make sure you encourage your student to have a first, second, and third choice in case their first choice is taken!

Our Volunteer Appreciation Coffee & Donut Drive-Thru is Wednesday morning beginning @ 7:15 a.m. Invitations have been emailed. If you volunteered and didn’t receive an invite we apologize for missing you; you are welcome to drive-thru anyway. We are incredibly appreciative of all our volunteers do for Kenai Middle School and we hope this small gesture brightens your morning. Thanks again Volunteers!

The KMS Drama class will perform PRINCESSES on Thursday, April 11 @ 10:25 a.m. in the KMS Library. Please plan to join us for a fantastic performance.

Our first Track meet of the season is Friday, April 12 on Homer. The meet begins at 1 p.m. Please join us if you can! Go Kossacks!

Also on Friday, we will choose mini courses during the first part of the day! Remind you students to be on time to school!


April 15- Freshman Parent Orientation Meeting @ KCHS 6 p.m.

April 16- Mass Choir @ Homer 6 p.m.

April 19- No School

April 29- Open House for New to KMS Students (Tell a friend)

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