Schools briefs for the week of March 4, 2019

Schools briefs for the week of March 4, 2019

What’s happening this week

Soldotna High school

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 8am-3pm. 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. We confide in the support of our community for finding a suitable location for hosting the Cinderella’s Closet of our school district. Thank you on behalf of our students

The after-school tutoring buses will start running on 8/28. There are 2 buses that leave at 4:15 pm. 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: 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.


SPRING BREAK: MARCH 11-15: Homer & Seward office closed. Soldotna office will be open with no advisors available and closed for lunch 12:00-1:00pm.

Dates To Remember:

03/05 & 03/06 – Mr. Parrett will be in the Seward Office

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

03/06 – High School Eligibility Due

03/06 – Homer Office: Registration DEADLINE March 6th for HOMER SAFE SITTER CLASS on Friday March 8

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at South Peninsula Hospital for students in grades 6th – 8th.

03/07 – Seward Office Closed

03/07 – Soldotna Office: Art Share theme: Over The Rainbow! 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

03/20 & 03/21 – Mr. Parrett will be in the Seward Office

04/10 – High School Eligibility Due

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 Home-school 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

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 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 1st from 1-3pm 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 pm. on the Art Share day, see below for dates.

March: Over the Rainbow 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 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 –

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 p.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.


The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Responsibility – To respond when appropriate; to be accountable for one’s actions.

Monday, March 4

APC meeting @ 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March

9:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Kindergarten are going to Kenai Wildlife Refuge in Soldotna

Sky Night starts at 5:30 p.m.

3rd & 4th grade Celebration starts @ 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 7

Yearbook ads, Love lines & 5th grade baby pictures are due

Friday, March 8

In-service – No School

Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15

Spring Break – No school

Upcoming Events

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

March 20 – Volunteer Appreciation Celebration @ 8:30 a.m.

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 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.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s Class is learning how to make a spreadsheet document. They are using historical Slikok Creek measurement data to create a Google Sheets document. Then they will turn the spreadsheet data into a chart to display data for presentations. The class also created a mock TV weather report and posted the videos on their Seesaw page online. Students learned about 8 different weather phenomena and how they are formed. Then, they wrote a weather report script to use in front of the camera. Finally, they ran a background video while they were giving their report to illustrate their weather phenomena to the “public”. Parents can view the mock weather reports by logging into the class Seesaw page.

March 8: Inservice Day, NO SCHOOL

March 11-15: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL

Redoubt Elementary

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.

Our 6th grade Alaska Museum will be March 6 from 1-3 p.m., please come and see our wonderful exhibits that our students have been working so hard on.

March 8 there will be no school for students and Inservice day for staff. March 11-15will be Spring break for students, we hope you have a wonderful and safe break!

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, 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.

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

March 8 Teacher Work Day- No School for Students

March 11-15 Spring Break

March 19 Spring Pictures

March 19 Parent PACK Meeting (7:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m.)

March 23 Soldotna Super Carnival 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Soldotna Elementary is proud to present the 2019 Spelling Bee Champion, Regan Hunt! Congratulations

to our school finalists: Aimee Goans (2nd Place), Ashley Simmons, Liddle Kennamer, Niki Carson, Leif

Johnson, Rebekah Pieh, Dailehn Gares, Alexis Collins, Draiden Mullican, Jax Nash, Odin Swearingen,

Dalton Armstrong, Dax Walden and Luke Poland.

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

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

Applications are located at the front office.

Soldotna Elementary and Soldotna Montessori Charter School will hold The Soldotna Super

Carnival on March 23 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There are many volunteer opportunities

available. Please contact Kimberly at to volunteer.

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to our Soaring Eagles for the month of February. They are Jamel Barnes, Leo Bishop, Tayla Cole, Evelyn Cooper, Lydia Day-Bontly, Jared Duncan, Gage Engle, Tenley Fabian, Talia Greenstreet, Luchian Hawkins-Allen, Annie Hayes, Serenity Hickman, Sophia Kocinski, Cooper Medcoff, Grady Merveldt, Stolz Mueller, Alexander Nichol, Makalani Nicholas-Silvira, Sepa Nicholas-Silvira, Brayden Slaton, & Katie Van Sky.

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

Spring Break is the week of March 11 – March 15. School will resume on Monday, March 18.

There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday, March 21 at 4 p.m. in the Library.

Friday, March 22 is “Decades Day”.


Last week of the Third Quarter!

No School for Students – Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 17 – Spring Break

Winter Sports have ended. Spring Sport – Track and Field begins on Monday, April 1.

Third quarter is coming to an end, and all class fees for this quarter are now due. Class fees can be paid by card online, or at the school with cash or check. If you have questions regarding your student’s fees, please contact the office at 260-2500.

Congratulations to the February Students of the Month!

Kael Aamodt, Kadee Adams, Raevin Alexan, Andrew Arthur, Bay Bloom, Montana Bowman, Patience Brandon, Gracie Bras, Jakob Brown, Zachary Buckbee, Danika Buffan, Desiree Bunts, Trista Burk, Alina Carrillo Kompkoff, Mackenzie Carson, Riley Caston, Archer Chadburn, Angelina Chavarria, Issac Chavarria, Landen Chumley, Avery Ciufo, Trystan Cole, Cooper Collier, Johnathan Connelly Welch, Bailey Conner, Sarah Coon, Jesse Cooper, Michael Cornell, Isabella Croom, Ryleigh Cummings, Ashley Dahlman, Jordyn Davis, Jarek Derleth, Trinity Donovan, Brianna Ehret, Ben Engebretsen, Regan Evans, Ashlee Fann, Kaleb Fidai, Shaun Firmin, Brook Fischer, Jacob Fleming, Aiden Freeman, Jillian Gagnon, Hunter Galleguillos, Aidan Gavalis, Kaitlyn Grimaldi, Joshua Hall, Paige Hammerle, Shane Harmon, Adam Harper, Liam Harris, Logan Hart, Owen Hart, Darek Hatten, Brooklyn Hegwer, Cody Henley, Andi Hiler, Kristen Houser, Rebekah Hudson, Hamilton Hunt, Emma Hunter, Jose Iraheta Sorto, Aurora Jacobs, Anita Jelliff, Wesley Johnson, Ben Johnson, Derrick Jones, Bryce Kampstra, Logan Katzenberger, Emma Knowles, Chasce Langvardt, Lyrad Larson, Morgan Lemm, Amara Lewis, Corey Lewis, Breanna Lewis, Axel Locke, Finnley Loop, Emerson Lorring, Ethan Lowry, Elissa Lyons, Brandi Martin, Kyle Matson, Kaytlin McAnelly, Molly McMillan, Taylor McNeel, Miah Mead, Avrie Medina, Liberty Miller, Sunny Miller, Sonia Montague, Katelyn Morrison, Tori Morse, Alyssa Murphy, Grayden Musgrave, Tristen Abby Nelson, Morgan Noyes, Josiah Nyman, Jessica Phegley, Andrew Pieh, Zayra Poage, Jester Powell, Cole Radeck, Ryan Rapp, Max Reece, Madison Richmond, Jolene Riske, Allehya Roberts, Emilia Rodriguez, Daisy Rogers, Kiana Rohr, Parker Rose, Natalie Schneider, Aryanna Schneider, Josie Sheridan, Mandi Sisley, Alvin Solomona, Will Stang, Sydney Steadman, Tate Stewart, Moriah Stitt, Carter Tennison, Violet Truesdell, Caleb Tugan, Ala Tuisaula, Emma Updike, Tori Verba, Rylen Weed, Catlynne White, Joseph Whittom, Haiden Wilkinson, Avery Willets, Danika Winslow, Liam Wurst

Soldotna Prep

Soldotna Prep is happily hosting local professionals to come speak to our students about their career paths. We are calling this our “VLPs”, short for Visiting Local Professionals. Our speakers were chosen per their Alaska state recognized “career cluster”. We have sixteen career clusters and so far have had speakers from two clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, and Business Management and Administration. Thanks to the diligent weekly work of Karen Ruebsamen, Jade Mann, and Rebecca Sumrall, we have been able to identify interest areas for each and every student of ours to take advantage of this opportunity. We are thrilled to meet more of our community members and learn their stories. Thank you to those who have spoken and those who are coming throughout the semester. Our VLPs take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and we do have some spots available if anyone is interested in sharing how they got to where they are today and what a day in the life looks like for them. If interested, please contact Rebecca Sumrall at rsumrall@kpbsd.k12.ak.usor call the school at 260-2300 ext. 2349.

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.

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

Nikiski Middle/High

Congratulations to the following students who represented their classes at the 2019 NNS spelling bee: Madison Iyatungak, Cameron Schwin, Lorelai Kimbell, Miles Warnke, Sadie Porter, Abby White, Joey Nightingale, Teagan Pate, Amara Stoerck, Ryenne Douglas, Kaydence Wolf, Noah Larisch, Kelty Evoy, Eva Elias, Radlei Curtiss, Gracie Wolf, Carter Eiter, Jackson Cooper, Kayleb Estremera, and Vaughn Johnson. Third place went to (tie) Miles warnke, Sadie Porter, Eva Elias and Carter Eiter. Second place was Noah Larisch and the first place champion is Cameron Schwin. Cameron will have the opportunity to represent NNS at the state spelling bee in Anchorage in March. Good luck Cameron!

There is no school for students on Friday, March 8 because of inservice for teachers and staff. Spring break begins on Monday, March 11 and ends on Friday, March 15. School will resume on Monday, March 18. NNS wishes each of our families a very safe, restful and fun spring break!

Kenai Central

Spring Sports began last week at KCHS! Boys’ and girls’ soccer, track and field, baseball and softball will be holding practices this week. With a bit of snow still piled up outside and with the Kardnial basketballers still finishing their season, practice schedules will vary by team. If you have any questions you can feel free to contact KCHS and find the specific coach for the sport you would like more information about

The Kards Basketball teams will put their hard work and planning to the test this weekend at the Region Tournament that will be held in Seward. The top two teams from the boys and girls brackets will get an automatic state bid, while those teams outside of the final will wait for ASAA to select two at large bids. Wish the Kardinal teams luck as they travel this weekend and work for a chance to play in the State Tournament later this month!

KCHS students will finish the third quarter of the school year this week and will get a week to rest and recover before they come back to school on March 18. There will be no school for students on Friday March 8, and they will return to school on Monday March 18.

Thursday: 3/7 Region Basketball @ Seward (Girls and Boys Varsity)

Friday 3/8: Region Basketball @ Seward (Girls and Boys Varsity)

No School for Students

Saturday 3/9: Region Basketball @ Seward (Girls and Boys Varsity)

Kenai Middle School

6th Grade Volleyball Intramurals begin today and ends March 20. Students must have a completed sports packet turned in prior to participating. 6th Grade Basketball Intramurals will follow, beginning on March 21 and ending on March 29. Practices times are the same and again, students must have a completed packet turned in for basketball prior to participating. Packets are available at the KMS office.

Monday, March 4 is the Spring Band Concert in the KMS gym. Beginning band is at 5:30 p.m., Intermediate Band is at 6:15 p.m. and Concert Band is at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5 is the Spring Choir at KCHS. The Concert begins at 7 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Tuesday is also Spring Picture Day. Pictures will only be taken for students who choose to have pictures taken.

7th & 8th Grade ‘A” teams will have their end of season Volleyball party this afternoon from 2:30 -3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 6 select 8th graders will be participating in the NAEP assessment.

This is the last week of After School Tutoring. Tutoring is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:30 – 4 p.m.

There is no school for students on Friday, March 8. It is an In-Service for teachers. This also begins Spring Break!

We hope you all spend a relaxing week with your families; we will see you back at school on March 18.


March 7- End of Quarter

April 1- Track Begins

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