Schools briefs for the week of Feb. 4, 2019

Schools briefs for the week of Feb. 4, 2019

What’s happening this week in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Soldotna High

The next PTSA meeting will be Tuesday, February 12, at 5:30pm in the SoHi staff lounge. Snacks will be provided.

The next Parents of Juniors After-Prom planning meeting will be Monday, February 18, at 5pm in the SoHi staff lounge.

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.


Accepting Lottery Applications for 2019-2020 school year, deadline for applications is 4:00 p.m. on March 1st. Interested in Kaleidoscope for your K-5th grader and want to learn more? Please join us for our school tours coming every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in February or our Kaleidoscope Parent Information Meeting on Tuesday, February 19th at 5:30 p.m.

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.

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Pride – Satisfaction from doing one’s personal best.

Monday, February 4

Book Fair is open from 8:35 a.m. -9:00 a.m. & 3:40 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

PTA meeting @ 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5

Book Fair is open from 8:35 a.m. -9:00 a.m. & 3:40 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

School Tour @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 6

Book Fair is open from 8:35 a.m. -9:00 a.m. & 2:10 p.m.-7:40 p.m.

Early Release Day @ 2:10 p.m.

Thursday, February 7

Book Fair is open from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School

Friday, February 8

Book Fair is open from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School

Upcoming Events

Tuesday’s in February – School Tours @ 9:30 a.m.

February 11 – 1st & 2nd grade will be visiting the Kenai Senior Center, Riverside and Jumpin Junction

February 13 – Boersma’s class will be walking to Charis Place

February 14 – Zinszer’s class will be walking to Charis Place

February 15 – Re-enrollment forms due to the office no later than 4:00 p.m.

February 18 – APC meeting in the library @ 4:15 p.m.

February 19 – Kaleidoscope Parent Information Meeting @ 5:30 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.


Dates To Remember:

02/05 – Soldotna Office: Nikiski Pool – FREE for Connections Students 12-1:30

02/07 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4pm (more info below)

02/08 – Ice Fishing 12-3 (more info below)

02/13 – Salmon Dissection @ Soldotna Office at 1:30 (more info below)

02/15- Science Fair Registration Due

02/25- Science Fair Projects Due

02/25 – March 1- Science Fair Projects Displayed in Connections Office

03/06 – High School Eligibility Due

03/07 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4pm (more info below)

04/04 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4pm (more info below

04/10 – High School Eligibility Due

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

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.

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.

The art share in February will be Thursday, February 7th from 3-4pm and the theme is: winter animals!

March: Spring theme! Thursday, March 7th from 3-4pm

April: Green Earth theme! Thursday, April 4th from 3-4pm.

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

Ice Fishing Trip:

Who: All homeschool families are invited!

What: Ice Fishing

When: Friday, February 8th from 12pm-3pm

Where: Watson Lake

Why: The outdoor club would like to provide fun, educational outdoor activities for homeschool families to enjoy together.

Bring: Warm clothes, snacks & drinks, fishing licenses for anglers 18 and older.

Directions: Off of the Sterling Highway – Watson Lake is 21.7 miles north of Soldotna, or about 10 miles north of Sterling. The pull off is on the west (left) side of the highway, and there’s a small parking lot next to the lake.

*Connections will have augers to drill the holes as well as ice rods, tackle, bait, etc. for anyone that needs to borrow.

*Please RSVP by emailing Mark Wackler at

Salmon Dissection @ Soldotna Office:

February 13th @ 1:30pm ADF&G will be leading a salmon dissection for homeschool students at the Soldotna Connections office. All ages are welcome to participate. Please RSVP for this by emailing Mark Wackler at

Soldotna Office: Connections Science Fair:

The Connections Science Fair is open to all Connections students, and is a non-competitive opportunity for students to explore a science related topic, create a display, and show off their display in the Connections office. Please contact Mark Wackler ( for more resources to help with your project.

2019 Homeschool Talent Show:

The 2019 Homeschool Talent Show will be on Tuesday, April 30th from 5-6:30pm at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for homeschool 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 –

Connections Spelling Bee:

A big congratulations to everyone that participated in the 2019 Connections Spelling Bee last week. The competition went 58 rounds, a Connections record! Xinlan Tanner won spelling the word dissertation correctly. She will represent Connections in March at the state competition. Thank you to everyone that participated: Tucker Blough (runner up), Aliyah Blough, Kathryn VanBuskirk, Kristina Stoll and Canon Spinka.

Soldotna Prep

Parent / Teacher Conferences will be held this Thursday, February 7th: Session 1, 1:00-3:00 pm; Session 2, 4:00-7:00 pm. Conferences are arena style in the big gym.

After school tutoring is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the library from 2:30-3:30 pm (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.

The Chamber Student of the Quarter is awarded to Josie Moore in recognition for her diligent and exceptional work this quarter.

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding work in the 3rd quarter: Ashton Stonecipher-Social Studies, Booker (Samuel) Milbauer-Math, Anna Brooklyn Chadburn-Language Arts, William Hamby-Study Skills, Ellie Burns-Science. They will be honored at the NHS Student of the Quarter luncheon at SOHI on February 21st.

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:

Feb. 4 – Mid quarter grade check

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

Feb. 7 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, 1:00-3:00 pm and 4:00-7:00 pm

Feb. 8 – Inservice, no school for students

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

Mar. 11–15 – Spring Break

Yearbooks are now on sale ($75). 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: 2/26, 3/26, 4/16. Meeting times are 1:30-2:20.

Redoubt Elementary

Congratulations to Kenai Lepule for winning this year’s Geography Bee. Our finalists are Matthew King, Lorelei Bacus-Falls, Izaiah Gilbert, and Ryatt Weed. Congratulations to everyone!

On February 1st we started are One School One Book program. Every family will be receiving a copy of Mr. Popper’s Penguins with a reading schedule and there will prizes and activities throughout the month to win.

Parent teacher conferences will be held February 7th and 8th, there will be no school for students or Boys and Girls Club. Reminders have gone home already, if you can’t make your scheduled time please call the office.

Pre- K forms are available in our office, applicants must be 4 years old on or before September 1st, 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.

We will be having our Redoubt Carnival on February 23rd from noon to 4 pm, 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.

Mountain View Elementary

Wednesday, February 6th, is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 PM.

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held Thursday & Friday, February 7th & 8th. There will be no school for students.

The Library will be holding a book fair the week of February 4 – February 8 during school hours and parent-teacher conferences. If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair please call the office at 283-8600.

Friday, February 22nd is “Crazy Hair Day”.


Sports Schedule this week:

Monday, February 4 – Volleyball – Skyview 7th vs Skyview 8th at Skyview – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, February 5 – Volleyball – Kenai 7th vs Skyview 7th at Skyview – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, February 5 – Volleyball – Kenai 8th vs Skyview 8th at Skyview – 4:00 pm

Friday, February 8 – Wrestling – Homer Invitational in Homer – 12:00 pm

Early release is Wednesday, February 6 – Skyview Middle School students end the school day at 1:00 pm.

Parent Teacher Conferences at Skyview Middle School will be ONE DAY only: Thursday, February 7. Conference times need to be scheduled online. To find the link and additional Parent/Teacher Conference information, please go to: KPBSD district web page > Schools > Skyview Middle School > Student/Parent Information > Parent/Teacher Conferences. There will be no school for students on Thursday, February 7 and Friday, February 8.

Avery Willets is the Skyview Middle School Spelling Bee winner! The 2019 Alaska State Spelling Bee is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 19. Good Luck, Avery!

Geo Bee Winner Congratulations goes out to Emma Hunter, the Skyview Geo Bee winner! Emma has taken the State Qualifying test and those results will be in on March 4. Good Luck Emma!

Congratulation to the December / January Students of the Month!

Gabriel Almeida, Evan Appelhans, Emily Blakeslee, Haven Bower, Montana Bowman, Telotha Braden, Joseph Brown, Mya Brown, Mackenzie Carson, Archer Chadburn, Angelina Chavarria, Sarah Coon, Jessie Cooper, Zoe Cravens, Seth Daniels, Kendal England, Heaven Engle, Raven Evins, Kaleb Fidai, Shaun Firmin, Jacob Fleming, Hunter Galleguillos, Elizabeth Garcia, Aidan Gavalis, AnnaMae Gilliam, Josh Hall, Paige Hammerle, Joshua Hancock, Rohan Harris, Logan Hart, Darek Hatten, Tia Haukedahl, Cody Henley, Ethan Hogue, Abby Hugarte, Quintin Johnston, Matthew Karella, Carter Kincaid, Kolya Knutson, Waylon Lansing, Brock Lapp, Abednego Larson, Chelsea Ann Lawrence, Peyton Lawton, Hannah Leaders, Morgan Lemm, Axel Locke, Kaytlin McAnelly, Molly McMillan, Taylor McNeel, Ezekiel Miller, Mariah Mills, Gabriel Newcomb, Jeramiah Payton, Travis Pontious, Ryan Rapp, Max Reese, Madison Richmond, Grace Richmond, Ali Riley, Meg Roberts, Camren Roberts, Parker Rose, Ty Saylor, Aubree Schneider, Thornton Smith, Mathyas Smith, Moriah Stitt, Shane Sundberg, Tristan Michael Tackett, Carter Tennison, Cody Thompson, Ala Tuisaula, Emma Updike, Garrett Ussing, Evan Veihdeffer, Charisma Watkins, Xavier West, Destiney Wheeler, Liam Wurst, Krystin Yeager

Nikiski Middle/High

Tuesday, February 5

High School Basketball @ Seward – C Team Girls 3:00 / C Team Boys 4:30

Middle School Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Seward – 3:00

Wednesday, February 6 – EARLY RELEASE – Student released at 12:45

Thursday, February 7 – PARENT/ TEACHER CONFERENCES 8:00-11:00 / 12:00-4:00 / 5:00-8:00

High School Basketball @ Monroe – Girls JV 3:00 / Boys JV 4:30 / Girls Varsity 6:00 / Boys Varsity 7:30

Friday, February 8

High School Basketball @ Monroe – Girls JV 3:00 / Boys JV 4:30 / Girls Varsity 6:00 / Boys Varsity 7:30

Middle School Wrestling @ Homer 12:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 9

High School Basketball @ Hutchison – Girls JV 10:00 / Boys JV 11:30 / Girls Varsity 1:00 / Boys Varsity 2:30

Zina Schwenke was chosen as the Kenai Rotary Student of the Month for January!

Congratulations to James Hemphill, the 2019 Nikiski Middle/High Geography Bee Champion! He will have the opportunity to participate in the State Geography Bee for the 2nd straight year in Anchorage this April. Also, Congratulations to our other placers: Destiny Langston 2nd, Johnny Rolston 3rd, Jessica Perry 4th.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s Class is rocking out! The class is studying Earth Systems. They are observing and analyzing rock and mineral samples using rock test kits. They are also learning how to use a microscope to observe rocks and minerals close up. They created clay models of the layers of the Earth and discussed how the different Earth Systems interact. They will be taking another Creek Walk to Slikok Creek on February 20.

Feb 6 – Early Release Day. K-Beach dismisses at 12:55

Feb 7 – 8: Parent/Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL

Nikiski North Star

The month of February is Love of Reading at NNS. The Scholastic Book Fair is in progress in the school library. The fair will be open during the mornings Monday – Wednesday and on Thursday from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. The fair will not be open on Friday. Please come and support the school by purchasing books and encouraging your child to read!

As part of our Love of Reading school wide activity, NNS will once again participate in One School, One Book. This year the chosen book is Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Every student will receive a copy of the book at parent/teacher conferences. Families are encouraged to read the book together at home and the students will have the opportunity to answer trivia questions the following morning.

Wednesday, February 6th is early release. NNS will dismiss at 2:00 pm. There is no school for students on Thursday, February 7th and Friday, February 8th because of parent/teacher conferences. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 776-2600.

Kenai Middle

It’s going to be a busy short week! Here goes:

On Monday, February 4th the KMS 8th grade A team will compete against the KMS 7th grade A team here at KMS @ 3:00. Don’t miss it!

Also on Monday the 7/8 Grade Battle of the Books team will compete. Best of luck to all of our Book Battlers!

There is Volleyball again on Tuesday, February 5th. KMS teams will head to Skyview. Games begin at 3:00 with KMS 8 vs. SKMS 8 playing first. 7th grade teams will follow and B teams will follow them. #goKossacks!

Wednesday. February 6th is an Early Release day. School ends at 12:57 for students. Buses will accommodate the early release schedule.

February 7th & 8th are Parent/ Teacher Conferences. There is no school for students. Conferences on Thursday will run from 12-4 and 5-7. These will be open arena style conferences. Friday Conferences are scheduled conferences. If you need a scheduled conference be sure to contact your student’s teachers to make arrangements.

On Friday, February 8th, KMS Wrestlers will head to the Homer Invite in Homer. The meet begins at 12:00. Go Kenai!

The State Math Counts Competition will be held in Anchorage on Saturday, February 9th. Best of luck to all KMS competitors!

Kenai Central High

It is a short week over at KCHS this week. Wednesday is an early release day and students will be released from school 90 minutes early, at 12:45pm. Additionally, there will be no school for students on Thursday or Friday. Thursday Kenai will be hosting parent teacher conferences from 12pm-3pm and 5pm-8pm in the Auditorium Commons. Friday will be a teacher in-service day.

The Kards Basketball teams will take advantage of the longer weekend and will travel north for tournaments. The girls’ varsity team will be a part of the Dimond Invitational Tournament in Anchorage from Thursday the 7th until Saturday the 9th. Meanwhile, the boys and girls Jv teams will travel to Reddington for a tournament that will run Friday the 8th through Saturday the 9th.

The Kardinal skiers are preparing for their region meet this week and will travel to Palmer to compete for a chance to qualify for the State Tournament. Ski Regions will take place on Friday and Saturday February 8-9! Wish luck to the skiers as they travel this weekend!

Wednesday 2/6: Girls Jv Basketball vs Point Lay @ 4:30pm

Boys Jv Basketball vs Point Lay @ 6pm

Thursday 2/7: Girls Varsity Basketball @ Dimond Invitational

Jv Basketball (Boys and Girls) @ Reddington

Friday 2/8: Ski Regions @ Palmer

Girls Varsity Basketball @ Dimond Invitational

Jv Basketball (Boys and Girls) @ Reddington

Saturday 2/9: Ski Regions @ Palmer

Girls Varsity Basketball @ Dimond Invitational

Jv Basketball (Boys and Girls) @ Reddington

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

Congratulations to Soldotna Chamber Student of the Quarter-Linnaea Dohse!

Girls Junior High Volleyball (6th – 8th grade) practice Mon – Fri 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Sports Game Schedule:


04:00p Girls Varsity Basketball vs Sandpoint

05:30p Boys JV Basketball vs Sandpoint


3:30p Girls Jr High Volleyball vs Ninilchik

5:00p Girls Varsity Basketball @ Nikolivisk

6:30p Boys Varsity Basketball @ Nikolivisk

2/7/19 – 2/9/19

Both days Girls and Boys Varsity Ninilchik Tournament

Kenai Peninsula College

Kenai Peninsula College Council meeting scheduled

The College Council will hold their next meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 at KPC’s Kenai River Campus in Soldotna in the Steffy Building.

The College Council is advisory in nature and members are recruited from all sectors of the Kenai Peninsula to provide input to KPC administration. The meeting is open to the public. For a copy of the agenda, contact the director’s assistant at 262-0318.

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