Schools briefs for the week of March 1-7

What’s happening this week

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:51pm
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Kenai Middle Schools

Happy First Week of March! at Kenai Middle School. Ensembles will begin at 6 p.m. in the KMS Gym. Please join us; these students have worked extra hard to prepare.

Sixth Grade Volleyball Intramurals begin Monday. Students must turn in a completed sports packet in order to participate. Sports packets are available online on our KMS school website or in the office. There is no fee for sixth grade Intramurals.

We will continue on Tuesday with a KMS Choir Concert at the Kenai Central High School auditorium. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Again, these students have worked so hard to prepare. In addition to the talents of our KMS choir, there will be an opportunity to hear some pieces from “Seussical the Musical.” You don’t want to miss it!

Don’t forget to save your aluminum cans. Students that turn in cans later this spring will have an opportunity to select their mini-courses before students who do not bring cans. It’s worth the extra effort!

This Tuesday and Wednesday are the last days of after-school tutoring. Remind your student to stay for tutoring and use the opportunity to catch up any last minute work before the end of the quarter!

There is no school for students on Friday, March 6. This day will kick off Spring Break. Students are not due to return to school until Monday, March 16. We sincerely hope you enjoy the break!

Soldotna High School

KPBSD Cinderella’s Closet is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes and accessories for the 2020 prom. 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 1,050 ladies in the past 13 years, 145 last year! Prom Dresses: We accept formal dresses, shoes and accessories for prom. All sizes are welcome, however, we are in particular need of dresses in size 12 to 18. Homecoming Dresses: We accept short dresses for the homecoming dance. Prince Charming Trunk: We accept suits of all sizes, dress shirts, male dress shoes and accessories. Items can be dropped off at the main office of Kenai High School between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Since the donations are made to a school, tax donation forms can be issued upon request.

If you have any questions, please email for more info or visit and like us on Facebook: @cinderellacloset.kenai Thank you on the behalf of our students!

The after-school tutoring buses will start running on Sept 3. 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, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

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: 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 U.S. 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 of Arts and Science

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

Monday, March 2: fifth grade walking to the creek

Tuesday, March 3: 5:30 p.m., Science Night

Wednesday, March 4: 4:15 p.m., APC meeting

Thursday, March 5: Yearbook ads, Love Lines and fifth grade baby photo deadline; 9:15 a.m.: kindergarten going to Kenai Wildlife Refuge.

Friday, March 6: In-service — No School

March 9-13: Spring Break — No School

March 18: Early Release at 2:10 p.m.; lottery at 4 p.m.

March 19: Spring pictures

March 20: Yearbook orders due (Online ONLY)

April 8: APC meeting at 4:15 p.m.

Volunteers: Study trips are already scheduled so watch for student permission forms. If you’d like to volunteer on a trip, you need to be an approved volunteer. Two steps are required each school year to be approved. Go to and click the link to the background check. This may take two weeks for approval to be returned. The KSAS volunteer training is our second step. Please see the office for information regarding this process.


March 3: Home-school Open Gym at the Kenai Recreation center, 12-2 p.m.

March 4: HOMER: ADF&G Ice fishing at the Homer reservoir 1:15-2:45 p.m. Please contact Derek to sign up

March 4: SOLDOTNA: Iditaread Starts! Activity 10:30-11:30 special Iditarod guest speaker Colleen Roberta

March 4: Food bank Volunteer Hour from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

March 5: High school eligibility due

March 5: End of quarter reports due

March 5: SOLDOTNA: FREE Math & Science Tutoring seventh-12th grade, 12-2 p.m. Call the office to sign up.

March 5: HOMER: Wynn Nature Center Wynnter Explorations at Wynn Nature Center 12-2 p.m.

March 6: HOMER: First Friday Art Show is Friday: 2:30-3:30 p.m. (more info below)

March 9-13: Spring Break! Homer and Seward offices are closed. The Soldotna office is open with limited staff. No advisors available.

March 10: Home-school Open Gym at the Kenai Recreation center 12-2 p.m.

March 15: Junior Duck Stamp Contest deadline

March 17: Home-school Open Gym at the Kenai Recreation center 12-2 p.m.

March 18: Food bank volunteer hour from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

March 19: SOLDOTNA: FREE math and science tutoring, seventh-12th grade, 12-2 p.m. Call the office to sign up.

March 20: Kenai Peninsula Trapping Association two-day trapping class, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Space is limited; must register w/advisor, 12 years and up. More info to come.

March 23: Kenai Peninsula Trapping Association day two class: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

March 24: SOLDOTNA: Kindergarten Round-Up!

March 24: Ice Skating FREE event for all Connection Students, 12-2 p.m. Sports Center

March 26: SOLDOTNA: FREE math and science tutoring, seventh-12th grade, 12-2 p.m. Call the office to sign up.

March 31: Home-school Open Gym at the Kenai Recreation center, 12-2 p.m.

April 1: HEA 2020 Safety Poster Contest Deadline

April 2: SOLDOTNA: FREE math and science tutoring, seventh-12th grad, 12-2 p.m. Call the office to sign up.

April 7: SOLDOTNA: Kindergarten Round-Up!

April 7: Home-school Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center, 12-2 p.m.

April 8-9: Overnight trip to Kasitsna Bay Lab

April 9: High school eligibility due

April 9: SOLDOTNA: FREE math and science tutoring, seventh-12th grade, 12-2 p.m. Call the office to sign up.

April 9: SOLDOTNA: Connections Homeschool Talent Show

April 14: Home-school Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center, 12-2 p.m.

April 16: Seventh-12th graders — How to become a firefighter. (More info to come).

April 21: SOLDOTNA: Kindergarten Round-Up!

April 21: Home-school Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center, 12-2 p.m.

April 23: SOLDOTNA: FREE math and science tutoring, seventh-12th grade, 12-2 p.m. Call the office to sign up.

April 24: Site Council atSoldotna Office from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Please RSVP

April 30: SOLDOTNA: CES Fire Station tour

May 4: Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour — Please Contact Julie Lindquist for more details: or 907=224-9035.

May 11: SENIORS: second semester reports due and all equipment (computers, printers, ipads, etc.) needs to be returned.

May 21: Connections Graduation at Soldotna High School! Practice at 2 p.m. and ceremony at 4 p.m.

Connections website for more information on any activities coming up:

All Connections students and families are welcome to join and participate in all area activities.

Did you know Connections is active on social media? Please take a moment to like our Facebook page, and if you get a chance to share it with your friends that would be great as well!

Homer: 226-1880

Seward: 224-9035

Soldotna: 714-8880

Soldotna Elementary

March 3: Parent PACK meeting, 3:40 p.m. in the library

March 6: In-Service Day (no school for students)

March 9-13: Spring Break

March 18: Early Release, 1:55 p.m.

Soldotna Elementary would like to recognize the 2020 Spelling Bee winners and participants for their hard work and dedication. The school champion was Aimee Goans. Alexis Collins and Alyssa Adams tied for second place. Congratulations!

Soldotna Elementary is currently accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Title 1 Pre-K program. Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2020 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary. Applications are located at the front office.

Parent Pack needs your help! Sign-up for email communications or like the Parent Pack on Facebook for up-to-date volunteer opportunities.

Weather Reminder: Please ensure that children have appropriate gear for the weather. Students will attend periods of outdoor activity every day.

Mountain View Elementary

Applications are available now for the 2020-2021 Mountain View Pre-K Program.

Screenings for this program will be held on Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12. Applications are available at the office at Mountain View Elementary. In order to be considered, a child must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2020, live in the Mountain View attendance area, and have a completed application returned to Mountain View Elementary. Screenings will be scheduled after applications are brought back to the school. For more information please call 283-8600.

Friday, March 6 is an In-service Day and there is no school for students .

Spring Break is the week of March 9-13. School will resume on Monday, March 16.

Spring pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, March 17. Order forms will be sent home soon.

Wednesday, March 18 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:50 p.m.

Sterling Elementary

Here is our news for the week! Thank you!

March 2-5: Dr. Seuss Spirit Week — lots of fun activities for our students in this week before spring break

March 2-6: Love your People week — this is the week that our staff take care of one another!

March 2: School Board of Education Meeting — Sterling Elementary is presenting!

March 6: No school — End of Quarter/Teacher In-service

March 6: Recycle Sterling! 12-1 p.m.

March 9-13: Spring Break! No school

March 17: Sixth grade parent night at Skyview Middle 6:30 p.m.

March 18: Early Release — Students released at 2:05 p.m.

March 21: Recycle Sterling! 12-1 p.m.

Thank you for going 20 miles per hour on the highway during our morning and afternoon arrival and dismissal times! When the lights are flashing, please slow down!

Skyview Middle School

Last week of the third quarter!

No School for Students: Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 15 — Spring Break

Winter Sports have ended. Spring sport, track and field begins on Monday, March 30.

Purchase your yearbook for $30 by April 3. Follow the link on the school blog to purchase. If you have a TreeRing account already the passcode is: 1014914332411644.

Skyview Apparel Store Now Open: Skyview officially has a school apparel store! If you are interested in purchasing shirts or sweatshirts, please contact the school office during normal office hours (7:30 am-3 p.m.). Shirts are $15. Hoodies are $25 and zip-up hoodies are $30.

Congratulation to the February Students of the Month!

Kael Aamodt, Dalton Armstrong, Andrew Arthur, Ronin Azevedo, Autumn Bass, Alianne Benson, Christopher Bessette, Ethan Boehme, Abigail Brady, Ania Brockway, Alaura Brown, Zac Buckbee, Danika Buffan, Annie Burns, Nicholas Calhoun, Ariana Cannava, George Carpenter, Alina Carrillo Kompkoff, Mackenzie Carson, Riley Caston, Avery Ciufo, Thomas Clonts, Bailey Conner, Veronica Crane, Kobe Curry, Marshall DeRaeve, Katie Derleth, Kiona Dexter, Daniela Dimitrovski, Makayla Eberhard, Brooklynne Erlich, Alexander Fain, David Fairbanks, Ashlee Fann, Harley Farabee, Blake Ferreira, Shaun Firmin, Hallie Fischer, Kadyn Fisher, Kiara Forkner, Richard Franco, Isabella Friend, Hunter Galleguillos, Bella Gares, Mercy Gephart, Ann Marie Gist, Tiara Goolsby, Paige Hammerle, Kellyn Hansen, Adam Harper, Myles Hart, Owen Hart, Shelby Hatfield, Marcus Heitstuman, Phillip Henry, Lydia Hopper, Haedyn Horstman, Kyler Howell, Marcus Hunt, Regan Hunt, Emma Hunter, Haley Inman, Elijah Jedlicki, Derrick Jones, Bryce Kampstra, Jocelyn Kampstra, Matthew Karella, Noah Kirby, Chasce Langvardt, Cameron LaRoque, Hannah Leaders, Jessica LeClair, Alexandra Lee, Charlie Leggett, Boyd Lehmberg, Kenai Lepule, Corey Lewis, Hudson Link, Emerson Lorring, Alexis Martinez, Hayden Matthews, Kaytlin McAnelly, Zedekiah McComsey, Alyssa McDonald, Paxton McKnight, Andie McQueen, Emma Medina, Alexxis Medley, Jace Meehan, Alexa Menzel, Luke Miller, Stefany Montague, Raven Morrell, Kadie Newkirk, Trenton Ohnemus, Kevin Otero Cruz, Ellee Pancoast, Owen Pattock, Andrew Pieh, Vann Poage, Faith Rochelle Poole, Scott Powell, Frank Rabbit, Max Reese, Kristopher Renteria, Grace Richmond, Meg Roberts, Abbey Robertson, Taylor Ruffner, Aubree Schneider, Abigail Secor, Lance Sego, Abygale Shaeffer, Zachary Smith, Kayla Steger, Cody Thompson, Riley Tucker, Joey VonHeeder, Mia Wackler, Lucas Walsh, Jenifer Webster, Zoey Welch, Zander Wendell, Destiney Wheeler, Haiden Wilkinson, Matthias Williams, Zoe Williams, Jared Williams, Peyton Williams, Lorenzo Wilson, Isaak Winslow, Danika Winslow, Kaitlyn Wolfe, Lokeni Wong, Julene Yager

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Congratulations to the 2020 Nikiski North Star spelling bee champion Teagan Pate! Teagan will represent NNS at the state spelling bee in March. Other students finishing in the top five were: Ryenne Douglas, Grace Wik, Mattea Vink and Sadie Porter. Other students representing their classes at school were: William Benner, Lorelai Kimbell, Dominick Smalling, Jackson Hooper, Pepper Erickson, Forrest Singer, Shelby Dotson, Fox Erickson, Gaizelynn Konst, Brie Canterbury, Emily Porter, Hezekiah Curren, Atlas Carew, Alena Ellis, Addison Perkins, Zaiden McGlassen and Jon Broussard. Congratulations to each participant!

NNS is having a buy one, get one free (BOGO) book fair this week. The fair will be open during morning library time Monday-Thursday, 9-11:45 p.m. This will be a wonderful opportunity to purchase books when you can get one for free! For more information, please call the school library at 776-2632.

Congratulations to the Future Problem Solving team of Milly Hornung, Alena Ellis, Jackson Hooper and Eli Brigham for advancing to the state competition in the Alaska Future Problem Solving Program! They will compete against other state junior teams in the Global Issues Problem Solving team challenge in late March.

There will not be school for students on Friday, March 6 because of teacher in-service. School will also be closed for spring break beginning March 9-13. School will resume on Monday, March 16. NNS wishes all students, families and staff a very safe and fun spring break!

Nikiski Middle/High School

Thursday, March 5: Middle School Dance, 7-9:30 p.m., seventh and 8th grades — $3 entry fee

Friday, March 6: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS — staff in-service, end of quarter

High School Basketball @ ACS — Girls Varsity 6 p.m. / Boys Varsity 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7: High School Basketball @ Grace — Girls Varsity 11 a.m. / Boys Varsity 12:30 p.m.

Spring Concert: Moved to May 6

SPRING BREAK: March 9-13

High School Battle of the Books took fourth at the state meet. Congratulations to Aura Petrick, Ariel VanZandt, Emily Durfee, & Jade Williams!

Kaitlyn Johnson was chosen as the Kenai Rotary Student of the Month for February!

We would like to thank Ms. Jill Hardee for coming to Workforce Wednesday this week and sharing her story of becoming a licensed clinical social worker. Ms. Hardee’s story reminded our students that their journey into the workforce is not always a straight line but that perseverance and following their passions will eventually get them where they need to be. Jill told students that our mental health is just as important as our physical health. We are grateful to Jill for taking the time to come speak with us and for the services she provides our community.

Cook Inlet Academy

Last week, the Kodiak ESS girls team came to Cook Inlet Academy for a game with the Lady Eagles on Wednesday. It was a mid-week victory for the Lady Eagles.

Saturday, Feb. 22 brought a full slate of basketball games to the home court. The CIA side of the bleachers were full of excited fans and we had some exciting games.

The visiting teams from Birchwood Christian School brought some amazing competition. The J.V. Games were first and CIA Boys pulled off a win with great play from both teams.

The Girls Varsity games were next, and again there was exciting play and the CIA Lady Eagles won by 1 point! The Boys Varsity Birchwood Warriors and the Boys Varsity CIA Eagles were both fast and furious, and the Warriors took home the victory. All the fans had a good time and supporting the teams was a great way to spend a winter day.

Saturday was also senior day for the Eagle and Lady Eagle Basketball teams at Cook Inlet Academy. We celebrated them and their families for their efforts and contributions both on and off the court for CIA and its basketball program. It was a bittersweet day, as this was the last regular season home conference game for each of them. For the Lady Eagles, we celebrated Annika Castenholz, Anna Henderson and Linnaea Dohse. For the Eagles we celebrated Robert Walsh, Lucas Cragg and Joshua Boyd.


This year, Cook Inlet Academy will be hosting the Regional Tournament from March 4-7. This tournament determines which school in the small school conference will go on to compete at the state tournament. Athletic Director Mike Cruz has sent an email to parents and other volunteers to help in the many available opportunities has CIA hosts this tournament. Mrs. Rozak is heading the hospitality room volunteers and has a sign-up sheet for help.

On Feb. 15, the school received this message from the Peru Mission Team:

“Greetings from Peru where our very own Eddie Erickson and Scott Loehr are working to build churches in the Amazon! Mrs. Teigen (teacher at CIA) and Scott’s Mom, Billie, are joining in the work as well. It is hard work, but very rewarding! Thank you for continuing to pray for our safety and the missions trip here in Peru.”

The CIA staff, board and student body are looking forward to the mission team’s return this week, and getting to see their photos and reports. Mrs. Leaf and student, Tatum Rozak, also just returned from a mission trip to Thailand and will be presenting a report to the school soon at chapel. Both teams will be presenting their reports to the school student body after Spring Break.

The School Board met on Thursday evening, Feb. 27 and Principal Mr. Gherman reported on several items.

Mr. Gherman attended the ASTE (Alaska Science and Technology in Education) convention Feb.24-25 in Anchorage. He was able to attend sessions on Cyber/Security, Cyber/Ethics, and recent Cyber Law. These sessions were conducted by Frederick Lane, a nationally certified computer forensics specialist and lawyer. He has worked on pornography and obscenity-related litigation. Mr. Gherman spent over four hours with him in session and privately. He and Mr. Gherman have communicated on issues for several years. This time was invaluable as Mr. Lane was able to bring Mr. Gherman up to date on many issues. Mr. Gherman will be creating a presentation to inform the board/students/parents at a future date. IOWA testing material has arrived and will be prepared for the April Testing.

Mr. Gherman is reviewing proposals on updating the school’s internet technology and installing a new security camera system.

The yearbook staff has created a drop box for pictures for the year book. Check with one of those students to add photos.

Tonight, our basketball teams will be traveling to Nikolaevsk for games, and Monday afternoon there will be home games hosting the Homer Mariners. Come out and support the teams! If you can’t make those, there will be plenty of basketball with the Regional Tournament starting next week on March 4.

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