Schools briefs for the week of February 18, 2019

Schools briefs for the week of February 18, 2019

What’s happening this week

Soldotna High

For senior students and their parents. If you need help finding out where to find scholarships, or how to fill them out please join us for a scholarship workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Soldotna High School library.

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

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 6:30-7:30 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 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.

Kenai Central High

This week is Homegoing week at KCHS. Students will celebrate the week with some dress up days; they will elect a Homegoing King & Queen along with their Kardinal Court and will have a Winter Ball Homegoing Dance on Saturday from 8-11 p.m.!

The Kardinal skiers had a strong showing at regions and Borough, even named the “Most Spirited,” and “Best Sportsmanship” at regions! Additionally, the Kardinal coaching staff won the Coach of the Award! Be sure to thank Brad Nyquist, Kailey Mucha, Mike Bergholtz, & Christine Bergholtz for all of their hard work and congratulate them on their well-deserved coaching award! The boys and girls varsity skiers will travel this week to Fairbanks for the state tournament that will run from Thursday to Saturday (Feb. 22-24). Wish luck to the skiers as they finish up their season!

The Kards Basketball teams have another busy week with conference games against Nikiski and Seward along with a big rival game against Sohi on Saturday! This week’s schedule tips off with home games against Nikiski on Tuesday the 19 (3 p.m. Girls Jv, 4:30 p.m. Boys Jv, 6 p.m. Girls Varsity, 7:30 p.m. Boys Varsity). On Friday the 22 the teams will travel to Seward for some conference battles (3pm Girls Jv, 4:30pm Boys Jv, 6pm Girls Varsity, 7:30 Boys Varsity). Finally, on Saturday the Kards will face off against the Stars in a cross-town rival matchup (9 a.m. Girls C Team, 10:30 Boys C Team, 12 p.m. Girls Jv, 1:30 p.m. Boys Jv, 3pm Girls Varisty, 4:30 p.m. Boys Varsity). Come out and support Kenai as they look to strengthen their conference standings this week and gain some momentum as they look towards regions!

Tuesday 2/19: Girls Basketball v. Nikiski 3 p.m. Jv, 6pm Varsity

Boys Basketball v. Nikiski 4:30 p.m. Jv, 7:30 p.m. Varsity

Thursday 2/21: Ski @ State (Fairbanks)

Friday 2/22: Ski @ State (Fairbanks)

Girls Basketball @ Seward 3 p.m. Jv, 6 p.m. Varsity

Boys Basketball @ Seward 4:30 p.m. Jv, 7:30 p.m. Varsity

Saturday 2/23: Ski @ State (Fairbanks)

Girls Basketball v. Sohi 9 a.m. C Team 12 p.m. Jv, 3 p.m. Varsity

Boys Basketball v. Sohi 10:30 a.m. C Team 1:30 p.m. Jv, 4:30 p.m. Varsity

Homegoing Dance 8-11 p.m.


We are accepting Lottery Applications for the 2019-2020 school year, deadline for applications is 4 p.m. on March 1 and lottery will be held March 26 at 4 p.m. Interested in Kaleidoscope for your K-5th grader and want to learn more? Please join us for our school toursevery Tuesday in Feb. at 9:30 a.m. or at our Kaleidoscope Information Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Problem Solving – To create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems.

Monday, Feb. 18

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

Tuesday, Feb. 19

School Tour @ 9:30 a.m.

Kaleidoscope Parent Information Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 21

9:15 Miss. Lundstrom’s will be going to the Challenger Center

12:15 Mrs. Hurst’s class will be going to the Challenger Center

Upcoming Events

Tuesdays in February – School Tours @ 9:30 a.m.

Feb. 26 – Kindergarten going to the Challenger Center

Feb. 28 – 3rd & 4th grade going to Sport Lake for Ice Fishing

March 1 – Lottery Application Deadline @ 4:00 p.m.

March 5 – Sky Night & 3rd & 4th grade Celebration @ 5:30

March 7 – Yearbook ads & pictures are due

March 8 – In-service Day – NO SCHOOL

March 11-15 – Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

March 18 – Student placement forms will be available in the magazine rack in front of the office.

March 20 – Volunteer Appreciation Celebration @ 8:30

March 22 – Spring Pictures *Only students that have prepaid packets will have pictures taken. Younger siblings can come in and have pictures taken from 12-1.


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.


SPRING BREAK: MARCH 11-15: Homer & Seward office closed. Soldotna office will be open with no advisors available and closed for lunch 12-1 p.m.

Dates To Remember:

• 02/19 – GYM TIME for Central Peninsula: Solid Rock Tubing 02/19 (FREE for Connections students)

• 02/20 – Salmon Dissection @ Homer Office 1 – 2:30 p.m. ADFG Biologists will lead a salmon anatomy lesson with dissection at the Homer office. Please contact Derek Bynagle to sign up.

• 02/20 & 02/21 – Mr. Parrett will be in the Seward Office

• 02/25- Soldotna Office: Science Fair Projects Due

• 02/26 – Homeschool Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m.

• 03/01 – Iditaread Starts (more info below)

• 03/01 – Seward: Kids Ice Fishing Day – More Info to Come….

• 03/05 – Soldotna Office: Nikiski Pool – FREE for Connections Students 12-1:30 p.m.

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

• 03/07 – Homer: “Salmon in the Classroom” Ice Fishing Day – 11:30-1 p.m. at the Homer Reservoir with ADFG. Please contact Derek Bynagle to sign up

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

• 04/23 – GYM TIME: Earth Day clean up

• 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 Sara Hadfield and Rebecca Weaver, from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every week to offer free tutoring to our families.

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

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 the office at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment.

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, registration form and rules/guidelines.

GYM TIME for Central Peninsula: Solid Rock Tubing 02/19 (FREE for Connections students):

Solid Rock Tubing Hill is open and ready for all Connections students and parents! Come enjoy the snow at Solid Rock Tuesday, Feb. 19: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and it’s FREE for Connections students. All home school families are invited, the cost is $6 (cash only) per person for non-Connections students/families. Solid Rock will have the tubes but in the past they have allowed students to bring their snow boards and ride the hill. Please RSVP or direct questions to Reubin Payne at

Iditaread Starts March 1st:

The annual Iditaread program starts March 1! So get out your favorite books or those you haven’t read yet and start keeping track of your reading minutes. When you’ve read your way to Nome and crossed the finish line, see your Connections Office for a prize! If you have any questions, please call the Connections office (714-8880) or email: for more information and how to log onto the Iditarod Insider. Happy reading and MUSH ON!

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.

• March: Spring theme! Thursday, March 7 from 3-4 p.m.

• 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 –

Redoubt Elementary

On Feb. 1 we started are One School One Book program. Every family received a copy of Mr. Popper’s Penguin’s with a reading schedule. Please follow the reading schedule provided and there will prizes and activities throughout the month to win by answering our daily trivia questions.

Our Forensics competition will be on Feb. 20 and 21 all day in the library, visitors are welcome to watch our kiddos perform!

KPBSD’s budget meeting will be happening Feb. 2 at Soldotna High School, all are welcome to attend.

Feb. 27 we will be having our annual Spelling Bee @9:30 in the gym, families are welcome to attend and watch.

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.

We will be having our Redoubt Carnival on Feb. 23 from noon to 4 p.m., our PTA is looking for parent and student volunteers and accepting donations for the carnival.

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Feb. 22 Spelling Bee at 2:00pm in the gym

Feb. 28 “Soup”er Lunch Fundraiser during student lunch times

Soldotna Elementary is currently accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Title 1 Pre-K program.

Students must be 4 years old by September 1, 2019 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary.

Applications are located at the front office.

Mountain View Elementary

Artist Shala Dobson will be visiting Mountain View Elementary for the week of Feb. 18-22 to work with Pre-K through 2nd grade students to help them create their own books. Parents are invited to come to their child’s class when the artist is present and learn techniques to use at home with their students to create books. What better way to promote reading and writing then to create your own book! Shala will also host a family night, Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5-6 p.m. Parents and students will have the opportunity to participate in book making and learn ways to integrate literacy at home.

To celebrate “Love of Reading” month, Mountain View Elementary will be hosting community readers on Thursday, Feb. 21. If you would like to volunteer to read to students, please call Mountain View Elementary at 283-8600. Volunteers need to pass a background check through the school district.

Friday, Feb. 2 is “Crazy Hair Day.”


Sports Schedule this week:

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Volleyball – Nikiski A vs. Skyview 7 at Nikiski – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Volleyball – Nikiski B vs. Skyview B at Nikiski – to follow 7 game

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Volleyball – Nikiski C vs. Skyview C at Nikiski – to follow B game

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Volleyball – Skyview 8 vs. Seward A at Skyview – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Volleyball – Skyview B vs. Seward B at Skyview – to follow 8 game

Thursday, Feb. 21 – Volleyball – Seward C vs. Skyview C at Seward – 3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 21 – Volleyball – Seward B vs. Skyview B at Seward – to follow C game

Thursday, Feb. 21 – Volleyball – Seward A vs. Skyview 7 at Seward – to follow B game

Thursday, Feb. 21 – Volleyball – Skyview 8 vs. CIA at Skyview – 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22 – Volleyball – Nikiski A vs. Skyview 8 at Skyview – 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22 – Volleyball – Nikiski B vs. Skyview B at Skyview – to follow 8 game

Friday, Feb. 22 – Volleyball – Nikiski C vs. Skyview C at Skyview – to follow B game

Friday, Feb. 22 – Skiing – Seward Invitational at Seward – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23 – Wrestling – Borough Tournament at Seward – 11 a.m.

The Panther Student Council group photo for the yearbook will be taken on Wednesday, Feb. 20 during FOL in the Choir Room. That FOL is open now – members please sign up to attend!

Buy A Yearbook – $30! Visit the Skyview Middle School Blog to purchase. Each yearbook comes with 2 free personalized pages – design yourself. Please contact Mrs. Eggleston if you have any questions.

KPBSD Budget Meeting – The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled at the following locations: • Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 @ 6 p.m. in the Homer High School Library • Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 @ 6 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Library • Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School Library •Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 @ 6 p.m. in the Seward High School Library. As new budget information becomes available, it will be posted on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Website. If you have any questions, please call Natalie Bates at 714-8888.

Nikiski Middle/High

Tuesday, Feb. 19

High School Basketball @ Kenai – Girls JV 3 p.m. / Boys JV 4:30 / Girls Varsity 6:00 / Boys Varsity 7:30

Middle School Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Skyview 7 – 3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Middle School Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Kenai 8 – 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22

High School Basketball @ Nikiski vs. ACS – Girls JV 3 p.m. / Boys JV 4:30 / Girls Varsity 6 p.m. / Boys Varsity 7:30

Middle School Volleyball @ Skyview 8 – 3 p.m.

Middle School Skiing @ Seward – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23

High School Basketball @ Nikiski vs. Grace – Girls JV 12 p.m. / Boys JV 1:30 / Girls Varsity 3 p.m. / Boys Varsity 4:30 p.m.

Middle School Wrestling Boroughs @ Seward – 11 a.m.

The Feb. Kenai Elks Student of the Month is Emma Wik!

Congratulations to both the Middle & High School Battle of the Books Teams! The Middle School Team, consisting of Liam Quiner, Maggie Grenier Jorja Peppinger, Jessica Perry, and Johnny Ralston, took 3rd in the district competition. The High School Team took first in the District Battle! Emily Durfee, Aura Petrick, Nick Mosqueda, and Jade Williams will have the opportunity to compete in the State Battle later this month.

Nikiski North Star

There will be a site council meeting today at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

The NNS PTA will meet on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge. Everyone is invited to attend and find out what the PTA is involved in at our school.

KPBSD will have a budget meeting at Kenai Central High on Thursday, Feb. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. If you need more information, please call the NNS office at 776-2600.

The NNS spelling bee will be held on Friday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in the school library.

Love of Reading month is in full swing at NNS! As part of our school celebration, we are participating in One School, One Book. This year the book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Families are encouraged to read the assigned chapters together at home and the students will have the opportunity to answer trivia questions the following day at school for a chance to win prizes. NNS will have Bingo for Books on Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in the gym. All families are invited to this fun event. There will also be a buy one, get one book fair going on in the library.

Now is the time to order your NNS yearbook. The price is $15.00 if your order form is returned to the office by March 21. Get your order form on the back of the NNS newsletter or by calling Heather Baker at 776-2600.

Ninilchik School

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Child Find Program will be offering free screenings for children not yet in Kindergarten (3 to 5 years old). We will screen your child’s motor skills, speech, early learning concepts, vision & hearing. Children are seen by appointment only. The screening will be held at the Ninilchik School on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To make an appointment, please call the Ninilchik School @ 714-0300. For more information, contact Robin @ 260-5148.

K-Beach Elementary

Congratulations to Delaney Smith! She will be representing K-Beach Elementary in the Alaska State Spelling Bee next month!

March 8: Inservice Day, NO SCHOOL

March 11-15: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL

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