Schools briefs for the week of February 25, 2019

Schools briefs for the week of February 25, 2019

What’s happening this week

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 2:36pm
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Kenai Peninsula College Council meeting scheduled

The College Council will hold their next meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at KPC’s Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer in Pioneer room 202.

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 or visit this link:

Kenai Central High School

Spring Sports begin this week at KCHS! there will be a parent/ player meeting in the KCHS Auditorium at 6 p.m. Monday the 25th, followed by team meetings for each of the sports: Boys and Girls Soccer, Track and Field, Baseball, Softball.

The Kardinal skiers finished their season this past week at the state meet in Fairbanks. Be sure to congratulate the skiers and their coaches on all the hard work they put in this season. With several 9th and 10th graders making the state roster, this team will continue to impress in the years to come!

The Kards Basketball teams have another busy week to end the regular season. KCHS will travel to SoHi on Tuesday to battle their cross-town rivals (Girls Jv 3 p.m., Boys Jv 4:30 p.m., Girls Varsity 6 p.m., Boys Varsity 7:30 p.m.). The team will then travel to Anchorage on Friday and Saturday to take on ACS and Grace.

Monday 2/25: Spring Sports Player/ Parent Meeting 6 p.m. KCHS Auditorium

Tuesday 2/26: Girls Basketball v. Nikiski 3p.m. Jv, 6 p.m. Varsity

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

Wednesday 2/27: First Day of Spring Sports Practice

Friday 3/1: Girls Basketball @ ACS 3 p.m. Jv, 6 p.m. Varsity

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

Saturday 3/2: Girls Basketball @ Grace 10 a.m. Jv, 1 p.m. Varsity

Boys Basketball @ Grace 11:30 a.m. Jv, 2:30 p.m. Varsity

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 after-school 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 6:30-7:30 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.

Cinderella’s Closet needs donations and a new home!Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for Cinderella’s Closet 2019. This is a program which helps ALL area high school students (KPBSD and home-schooled) with free dresses, shoes, and accessories for prom and homecoming. We have helped over 850 ladies in the past 11 years, 145 last year between prom and homecoming! We accept year around donations of prom and homecoming dresses, suits of all sizes, dress shirts, male dress shoes, and accessories. All sizes are welcome, however, we are in particular need of dresses in size 12 to 18.

Items can be dropped off at the main office of Soldotna High School or Soldotna Prep School between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are not in the central peninsula, drop items at the closest KPBSD school’s office and ask them to send them through KPBSD district mail to SoPrep, attention Cinderella Closet.

Since the donations are made to a school, tax donation forms can be issued by SoHi upon request.

If you have any questions, please email for more info or visit and like us on Facebook: @cinderellacloset.kenai

Over the years this project has received tremendous support from our community and local businesses, such as Walgreens, PayLess Shoes, Fred Meyer, Walmart, Summit Cleaner, and so many residents donating items and or their time.

Unfortunately this year we are in need of a new location for opening the Cinderella Closet to our students. It would be fantastic if we could find a permanent location for storing and collecting donations year round and open the doors to students in need at regular times of the year, for Prom and Homecoming (or other formal school events).

We really care about this project because we see year after year how many students we have been able to help. I confide in the support of our community for finding a suitable location for hosting the Cinderella’s Closet of our school district.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Feb. 25, 2019

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 tours every Tuesday in Feb. at 9:30 a.m.

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Resourcefulness – To respond to challenges and opportunities in innovative and creative ways.

Monday, Feb. 25

5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation @ 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

School Tour @ 9:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. Kindergarten classes are going to the Challenger Center

Thursday, Feb. 28

10:45 a.m. 3rd/4th Grade to Sport Lake for ice fishing

5th Grade End of Quarter Wax Museum Celebration @ 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

4th/5th Grade Band Concert @ 6 p.m.

Friday, March 1

Lottery Application Deadline @ 4 p.m.

Upcoming Events

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

March 7 – Yearbook ads, Love lines & 5th grade baby 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.

Soldotna Prep

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:

March 7-9 – Region III Northern Lights Conference Basketball Tournament hosted at Soldotna High School

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

March 11–15 – Spring Break

April 1-5 – PEAKS Testing

April 3 – Early Release

Yearbooks are now on sale ($75). Order forms are available at the school office, or anyone can go to www.jostens.comand 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 p.m.


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:

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

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

· 02/27 Homer Outdoor Club – (10 – 3ish) XC Ski or Fatbike to CCL Lodge near Caribou Lake (more info below)

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

· 03/01 – Seward: Kids Ice Fishing Day @ Grouse Lake from 10:00 am – 1 p.m.. Gear is provided, and hot beverages, hot dogs and chips will be provided for all! Please contact Julie Lindquist for more information.

· 03/01 – Outdoor Club: Snowshoeing at the National Wildlife Refuge (more info below)

· 03/05 – Soldotna Office: Nikiski Pool – FREE for Connections Students 12-1:30

· 03/06 – High School Eligibility Due

· 03/07 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4 p.m. (more info below)

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

· 04/10 – High School Eligibility Due

· 04/18 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4p.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

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.

Homer Outdoor Club – XC Ski or Fatbike to CCL Lodge near Caribou Lake:

Join Connections Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for skiing or biking! From the Homer office drive out East End Road and ski or bike from the “Blue Shed” parking lot to CCL lodge, about 3 miles one way on packed snowmachine trails. the group will stop there, have lunch and return. Limited space available. While mainly flat, this can be a hard 3 miles depending on snow conditions so make sure your student is capable before signing up. Fatbike rental available for $69. Students will need to come prepared with winter activity gear. For more info and to sign up contact Derek or 226-1880.

Iditaread Starts March 1st:

Our 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!

Outdoor Club: Snowshoeing at the National Wildlife Refuge:

Join Connections at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on March 1 from 1-3 p.m. for a fun snowshoeing activity, to be led by a KNWR education specialist. No experience is necessary, and this activity is open to all 2nd-7th grade Connections students. Please bring warm clothing including warm socks, gloves, and a stocking hat. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible by emailing Mark Wackler at

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.

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

· 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!). 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 –

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 families.

Sara specializes in English as a Second Language (ESL) and language arts. Her schedule will be Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00p.m. starting Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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 our office at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s class will be heading down to take some readings from Slikok Creek again on Wednesday. They will collect data in 5 different ways. they appreciate the parents who volunteer to take part in the creek walk. It makes a big difference in the quality of the experience. the class is also working on “at home” multiple intelligence stretches that stretch their brains in many different ways. the focus of this month’s projects is weather and climate. They can choose to demonstrate their skills and knowledge musically, interpersonally, intrapersonally, naturally, mathematically, and more. They will bring in their projects in March to share with the class.

March 8: Inservice Day, NO SCHOOL

March 11-15: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL

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. Mr. Popper’s Penguins Family night will be March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. as we wrap up our “One School, One Book” program, we would love for everyone to come join us.

On Feb. 26 we are having our site council meeting @ 3:45 p.m. in the teachers’ lounge.

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

Our Forensics assembly will be March 1 @9:30 a.m., come and watch our finalists recite their pieces that they have worked so hard on.

Skyview Middle School registration will be taken place at our school on Feb. 28 in the library 1-2 p.m. for our sixth-graders. Please try your best to make sure your child is at school during this time.

Our next early release day is April 3 @ 1:45 p.m., there will be Boys & Girls club after school. Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home that day.

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.

Mountain View Elementary

In the event of two-hour school delays or closures, official announcements will be made on the KPBSD website homepage, the KPBSD Facebook and Twitter feeds, and shared through the KPBSD Mobile App, social media, and your local radio and television stations. Schools with automated call systems may notify families directly. Timing of the decision is crucial so we can notify transportation before busses begin their routes, employees head to work, and students and families prepare for a school day, potentially waiting at bus-stops. the decision to close school for the day, or institute a two-hour delay start, is the responsibility of the Superintendent of Schools. If school remains open, and you, as a parent, do not believe it is safe for your child to travel to school, use your best judgment to determine what is safest for your child. Please notify the school if your child will not attend.

Congratulations to our Soaring Eagles for the month of January. they are Gideon Blum, Lillianna Christensen, Maggie Fannon, Jacob Hall, Izabella Hoover, Anabelle Jennings, Kaarlo Kempf, Coleman Leclair, Peyton Malmquist, Elle Maufrais, Marley Mesa, Ellsi Miller, Kimber Moore, Marvin Pingayak, Ana Richardson, Klairah Ross, Riley Schuetzler, Rowan Smith, Talon Smith, Uriah Smith, & Kaiden Tressler.

Friday, March 8 is an inservice day. There is no school for students.

Spring Break is the week of March 11 – March 15.


All Winter Sports end this week:

Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Volleyball – First Round Borough Tournament – TBA

Saturday, March 2 – Volleyball – Borough Tournament at Kenai – 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 2 – Nordic Skiing – Borough Tournament at Kenai – 12 p.m.

Skyview Middle School Administrator / Counselor will visit local elementary 6th grade students this week

Monday, Feb. 25 – K Beach Elementary

Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Sterling Elementary and Tustumena Elementary

Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Soldotna Elementary and Soldotna Montessori

thursday, Feb. 28– Redoubt Elementary

the spring Band and Choir Concert will be Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Skyview Middle School Gym.

Activity Night will be Friday, March 1 from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Parent volunteers are needed – please contact the office at 260-2500 if you can help. All volunteers must have completed the KPBSD volunteer screening before attending.

KPBSD Budget Meeting – The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meetings. The last one is scheduled at the following location: •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 North Star Elementary

This is the last week of Love of Reading month at NNS and we are concluding our One School, One Book celebration. 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. On Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. NNS will have a family night that will consist of Bingo for Books, a BOGO (buy one book, get one free) book fair in the library, special treat made by Melanie Deveer and lots of fun! If you need more information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

Now is the time to order your NNS yearbook. the price is $15 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.

Nikiski Middle/High

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Middle School Volleyball First Round Boroughs @ TBA – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

High School Soccer begins

Thursday, Feb. 28

High School Basketball @ Nikiski vs. Soldotna – Girls JV 3:00 / Boys JV 4:30 / Girls Varsity 6:00 / Boys Varsity 7:30

Friday, March 1

High School Basketball @ Nikiski vs. Homer – Girls JV 3:00 / Boys JV 4:30 / Girls Varsity 6:00 / Boys Varsity 7:30

Saturday, March 2

Middle School Volleyball Boroughs @ Kenai – 10 a.m.

Middle School Skiing Boroughs @ Kenai – 12 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5

Band & Choir Concert – 7:00 p.m.

Justin Cox has been selected as the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for February!

Kenai Middle School

Did you know we hold an aluminum can drive in the spring? the purpose of the drive is to earn money that helps us pay for MINI COURSES. Mini Courses are fun activities that happen during the last week of school. there will be many to choose from for all students.

We are bringing it up now because this is the time to start collecting those cans if you haven’t already. Students that turn in a large garbage bag full of cans get first priority when choosing mini courses. Your student will not want to miss out!

Please DO NOT bring cans at this time. this post is only to remind you that you need to start saving them. We will post the collection dates in April as they get closer.

6th grade scheduling with Ms. Johnson begins this week. Be sure you are speaking to your students about the electives they might like for next year.

the 1st Round of Volleyball Boroughs are on Tuesday, Feb. 26. More info TBA.

On Thursday, Feb. 28 the 7th Grade class will take an Ice Fishing field trip to Island Lake. this is such a great experience for the students. Be sure you ask all about it at the dinner table!

Saturday, March 2 is the Borough Ski Meet hosted by Kenai Middle School. the race will be held at the Kenai Golf Course. the meet begins at 12. the KMS XC Ski team is currently seeking snack donations and volunteers. Please contact Coach Kelly Boonstra @ 907-690-1818 if you are able to participate. We sincerely appreciate your willingness to help!

Saturday is also the Volleyball Borough Tournament will be held here at KMS. Games begin at 10. Follow us on Facebook (Kenai Middle School) for more information following the 1st Round of Boroughs.


March 4- 3rd Quarter Band Ensembles and 6th Grade Volleyball begins

March 5- Spring Pictures and KMS Choir Concert

March 8- In Service- No School for Students

March 11 – 15 Spring Break

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