Schools briefs for the week of Dec. 17-23

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Schools briefs for the week of Dec. 17-23

Kenai Middle School

Today is Hat day! Congratulations to KMS students and staff for meeting the Canned Food Drive HAT day goal. Wear your favorite hat today!

Don’t forget to vote in our annual Door Decorating Contest on Facebook. The People’s Choice Award will be based on the most Facebook likes! Check out all the photos on our KMS Facebook page!

After-School Tutoring will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday this week from 2:30 – 4 p.m. This is a great time to tie up those last-minute assignments before the winter break. There is no tutoring after school on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 10:15 a.m. in the KMS Library, the KMS Drama Class will perform “Randy The Red-Horned Rain Moose.” Parents are welcome to attend.

Thursday is the day we choose clubs and we will follow up with an assembly for students after that! We will end the day with our annual Student vs. Staff Basketball game. You’re welcome to come watch if you’d like. It’s always a nail biter.

Thursday is also Holiday Sweater day! We hope all students participate in the last Spirit day of the year and break out their finest Holiday sweater attire.

As this year comes to an end we want you to know how much we have enjoyed your students this year and how much we look forward to the new year ahead! Students return to school on Jan. 7. We hope your Holiday is filled with Family, Friends and Fun!

Kenai Central High

This is the last week before Christmas break. KCHS students are working hard to finish their work for all of their classes. There are resources available for students and the library is open after school for those looking to get in some extra study time. Students will have their finals on Wednesday and Thursday and will have extended time in each of their classes. On Wednesday, students will attend hours 2, 4, and 6, while on Thursday students will attend hours 1, 3, 5, 7.

The Kardinal wrestling team finished their season this past weekend at the state tournament in Anchorage. Eight KCHS wrestlers represented the school at the state championships. With only one senior on their team, the young Kardinal wrestling team will continue to impress for years to come. Be sure to congratulate to these student athletes on an outstanding season!

The KCHS Nordic Ski Team finally got their wish this past week, as a steady snowfall finally allowed them to step into their skis and get out on the trails. The team wasted no time organizing a meet down in Homer last Friday. The team will take the next couple of weeks during the Christmas break to train on the snow before traveling to Valdez on the 11 and 12 of January. Meanwhile, Kardinal Hockey is reaching the midpoint of their season and both the JV and Varsity teams will face off this week. KCHS and SOHI will battle it out on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The Kardinal Basketball teams opened the season with a strong showing at the Craig Jung Kenai River Challenge this past weekend. The team will continue to build, as the C Team face off against Nikiski on Monday and this Friday all teams will travel to Homer to face the Mariners. Wish them luck as they travel this weekend!

The KCHS Band and Choir students impressed once again with incredible Christmas concert performances. These musicians are only getting better as the year goes on and will perform for their classmates during an assembly this week before getting some well deserved rest over the winter break. Be sure to let these talented Kardinals know how much you enjoyed their performances from this past week.

This week will end the Fall semester at KCHS. Students will be out of school starting on Friday Dec. 21, and will return on Jan. 7, 2019! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday 12/17: JV Hockey vs. SOHI (4 p.m.)

C Team Boys Basketball v Nikiski @ Kenai Recreation Center (3 p.m.)

C Team Girls Basketball v Nikiski @ Kenai Recreation Center (4:30 p.m.)

Thursday 12/20: Hockey vs. SOHI (7 p.m.)

Friday 12/21: Girls Basketball @ Homer (3:30 p.m. Jv, 6:30 p.m. V)

Boys Basketball @ Homer (2pm C-Team, 5 p.m. Jv, 8 p.m. V)

Soldotna High

The Winter Concert will be on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. This is a free concert with music performed by the bands and choirs.

The after-school 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 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 a.m.-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 Integrity – To act according to a sense of what’s right and wrong.

Cold weather is here! Please make sure to send winter gear to school with your student. Our school nurse is limited to what she has on-hand to loan out.

The whole band, Beginning and Advanced bands, will practice each day until the end of the quarter.

Monday, Dec. 17

· Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will be open

· Zinszer’s Class will walk over to Charis Place at 1:30 p.m.

· 5th grades Celebration of Learning at 2:30 p.m.

· 1st/2nd grades Celebration of Learning at 3 p.m.

· 3rd/4th grade Celebration of Learning at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

· Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will be open

· Boersma’s class will walk over to Charis Place at 11 a.m.

· 3rd/4th grade will be decorating Gingerbread Houses, please see teachers for more information.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

· Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will be open

· Band Assembly in the gym at 9:15 a.m.

· Kindergarten Cookie Share at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20

· Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe will be open

· Pajama Day!

· Miss Linda’s Retirement Party in the library at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21

· Inservice Day- No School

December 24-January 4

Winter Break- No School


Penguin Patch starts next week if you are an approved volunteer and would like to help out with this event, please contact KSAS PTA.

December 6th PTA meeting has been rescheduled to Jan. 10, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m. at Paradiso’s in Kenai

Up Coming Events

January 14 – 18 Sankofa African Dance Theatre will be here as our Artist in Residence

January 14 – APC meeting in the library at 4:15 p.m.


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.

We are very excited about reaching out next PBIS goal! The week of Dec. 17 will be filled with fun student dress-up days. Students are encouraged to be creative within the school guidelines for appropriate clothing. Monday: Crazy Sock Day, Tuesday: Dress Your Head Day-wear any school appropriate hats, headbands, or crazy hairstyles, Wednesday: Holiday Dress-up Day: dress in holiday colors, wear an ugly Christmas sweater, or anything festive, Thursday: Comfy Cozy Day: come to school in your holiday pajamas or comfy clothing.

We will be having a family game night at Redoubt Dec. 18 at 6-7:30 p.m., students must have an adult present with them at all times.

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.

December 21st is an inservice day and Dec. 24 is the start of our winter break. We hope you all have a safe and warm Winter break and we see you all on Jan. 7.


Dates To Remember:

· 12/14 – Semester Report Due

· 12/17 & 12/18 – Seward Office: Mr. Parrett in Seward

· 12/17 – Seward Office: “Crafting, Art Display and Holiday Treats” 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Crafting & Art Show; 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm Holiday Treats; 3 – 4:30 p.m. Crafting & Art Show

· 12/18 – Homeschool Open Gym at Kenai Rec

· 01/24 – Connections Spelling Bee at 1 p.m., Soldotna Library

· 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 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

Soldotna & Homer Offices: Thursday Art Show:

The Soldotna & Homer offices are celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged! December: Winter theme! Thursday, Dec 13 from 1-3 p.m. We also have ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck!

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

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, Jan. 24 from 1-4 p.m. The 2019 Alaska State Spelling Bee is still to be determined. For word lists and information, contact Carole Nolden at 714-8880 or .

Soldotna Prep

Soldotna Prep Final’s week schedule is as follows:

Monday: 1st block 7:40-9:20, 3rd block 9:30-10:23, 4th block 10:27-11:20, Lunch 11:20-11:50, 5th block 11:54-12:47, 6th block 12:51-1:44, Advisory 1:48-2:20

Tuesday: 2nd block 7:40-9:20, 3rd block 9:30-10:23, 4th block 10:27-11:20, Lunch 11:20-11:50, 5th block 11:54-12:47, 6th block 12:51-1:44, Advisory 1:48-2:20

Wednesday Finals: 1st block 7:40-9:20, 3rd block 9:30-11:10, Lunch 11:10-11:40, 5th block 11:45-1:25, Advisory 1:30-2:20

Thursday Finals: 2nd block 7:40-9:20, 4th block 9:30-11:10, Lunch 11:10-11:40, 6th block 11:45-1:25, Advisory 1:30-2:20

Yearbooks are on sale, cost is $70. Students can pick up order forms at the office or anyone can go to and order online!

SoPrep/SOHI Athletic schedule for this week:

Tuesday, Dece. 18 – JV hockey vs Kenai at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex, scheduled for 4 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20 – Varsity hockey at Kenai, puck drops at 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21 – JV basketball will be traveling to Seward, girls game starts at 2 p.m. and the boys at 3:30 p.m.

Important Dates:

Dec. 18 – SOHI Christmas Concert (7 p.m. – Auditorium)

Dec. 19 – Finals – 1st, 3rd, 5th

Dec. 20 – Finals – 2nd, 4th, 6th

Dec. 21 – End of 2nd Quarter / Inservice, No School

Dec. 24-January 4 – Winter Break, students return to school on January 7.

Mountain view elementary

Congratulations to our Soaring Eagles for the month of November. They are Jenica Anderson, Jon Broussard, Corbyn Crisp, Isaiah Dirks, Tia Ervin, Copper Fannon, Kennedy Garrett, Sienna Graham, Alexander Grundberg, Iris Hale, Kaelynn Hensley, Cody Holmes, Pyper Kartchner, Cash Knowles, Peyton Knowles, Christian Kocinski, Liam McLeod, Ridley Merchant, Gracelyn Moore, Emma Morris, William Shaw, & William Young.

The primary winter concert for all 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade students will be on Monday, Dec. 17 at 6 p/m/ in the Renee C. Henderson auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Students need to be at KCHS at 5:45 p.m.

December 21st is an Inservice Day for staff. There is no school for students.

Winter break is Dec. 22 – Jan. 6. Students return to school on Monday, Jan. 7.

K-Beach Elementary

Kindergarten students experienced the meaning of dignity and kindness with Heritage Place residents. Students practiced the art of introducing oneself to a new friend. Together they made Dignity T-shirts and played interactive games. One resident read friendship stories to the children. Kindergartners sang to their senior friends a Christmas carol. Ms. Kaufman’s class had such a good time, they hope to come back again soon.

The 5th Grade science class just had their big Friction Car competition on Friday. It was a big success with lots of parents and family members showing up for the show. All cars were successful, but congratulations to Noah B for his first place finish! His Friction car coasted clear across the gym and could have kept going. In his victory speech he is quoted in saying, “Well my dad is practically an engineer, so it was easy!” Additionally, the science classes took part in Mystery Science Day with Kenai Watershed Forum staff. Students analyzed samples from eight mystery substances. Using science equipment and their senses, students determined what the mystery substances were.

· Dec. 18 – Band Concert, 6:30 p.m. in K-Beach Gym

· Dec. 21– Inservice day, NO SCHOOL

· Dec. 24 – Jan. 4 – Winter Break, NO SCHOOL


Thursday is the last day of the second quarter! Please make sure all class work is turned in and fees are paid.

We are currently seeking donations for students to attend an Alyeska field trip on Dec. 21. These donations will assist students that may not be able to afford to go on the trip. If you would like to make a donation online, please go to, click on Students/Parents, then click Online Payments, select Middle Schools then Skyview, and then Additional Items & Events; or make a donation in person at the school office between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Winter Break – No School for students Friday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 6.

Winter Sports begin on Monday, Jan. 7! Any student who wishes to join Volleyball, Wrestling or Nordic Skiing must turn in the required sports forms before participation. Forms must be filled out for each sport. All forms can be picked up at the Front Office or found online at > Skyview Sports > Required Sports Paperwork.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

NNS Unplugged will be Dec. 17 – 20. There will not be any internet usage or screen time for staff and students. If you need more information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

A Christmas luncheon will be held for students on Tuesday, Dec. 18. All students and staff are asked to dress in their best and fanciest clothes for the holiday themed event. Students will have either their hot or cold lunch along with a sing-a-long at lunchtime.

There will be an assembly on Thursday, Dec. 20. at 10:15 a.m. In the school gym.

Teachers and staff will have inservice on Friday, Dec. 21. There will not be school for students Dec. 21 – Jan. 6. School resumes on Monday Jan. 7, 2019 for all staff and students. NNS wishes all of our students, staff and families a very safe, healthy, and happy holidays!

Nikiski Middle/High

Monday, Dec. 17

High School Basketball C Team vs. Kenai @ Kenai Rec Center – Boys – 3 p.m. / Girls – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Winter Concert – 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21 – No School / Teacher In-service

School will resume Monday, Jan. 7.

Thursday, Jan. 27 – Saturday, Jan. 29

High School Boys Varsity @ Ketchikan Tournament

Thursday, Jan. 3 – Saturday, Jan. 5

High School Girls Varsity @ ACS Lime Solar Tournament

Congratulations to Katelyn Moore, the Kenai Rotary Student of the Month for December!

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