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Schools briefs for the week of May 6, 2019

What’s happening this week

  • Sunday, May 5, 2019 11:13pm
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The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Caring — To feel and show concern for others.

Monday, May 6

— Darch/Stroh SeaLife Center overnight trip @ 2 p.m.

— Atchley/Fields Alaska Wildlife Center trip @ 9 a.m.

— APC meeting @ 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7

— Darch/Stroh SeaLife Center overnight trip returns @ 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8

— National School Nurses Day

— Kindergarten Bishop Beach trip @ 8:30 a.m.

— Shelden/Tronnier Alaska Wildlife Center trip @ 9 a.m.

— 5th grade play rehearsal @ 9:15 a.m.

— 5th grade Play Performance @ 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 9

— 3rd/4th Grade Salmon Celebration trip to Johnson Lake @ 10:45 a.m.

— 5th Grade Trash Clean Up/walk to the park @ 2:15 p.m.

Friday, May 10

— PTA meeting @ 2 p.m.

Upcoming Events

May 13 – Abraham/Short SeaLife Center overnight trip @ 2 p.m.

May 14 – Abraham/Short SeaLife Center overnight trip returns@ 2 p.m.

May 15 – Kindergarten Concert @ 6 p.m.

May 16 – 3rd/4th grade End of Quarter Celebration; 5th grade Jumpin Junction @ 12:30 p.m.

May 17 – 1st/2nd grade End of Quarter Celebration @ 1:30; 5th Grade Graduation @ 2:00; End of year BBQ & Carnival @ 6 p.m.

May 20 – Field Day

May 21 – Science Day

May 22 – Last Day of School-Beach Day


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 http://kaleidoscope.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/volunteers for the links. Background checks may take up to 2 weeks to be processed. Volunteer Indemnification forms are to be completed two days before each study trip.

Soldotna High School

Final PTSA meeting of the year will be Monday, May 13, at 5 p.m. in the SoHi Staff lounge.

The final Parents of Seniors meeting will follow the May 13 PTSA meeting at 6 p.m. in the SoHi Staff Lounge.

SoHi Graduation is May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sports Center.

SoHi PTSA is excited to announce that the PTSA voted to give out three $500 scholarships this year. PTSA is going to stick with the same application as last year so it should be a smooth process. There is a whole new PTSA board this year and things haven’t quite hit their stride yet. If you need anything from PTSA to get these applications out, please email Maryanne Rogers at mailto: qtpa2t76@gmail.com

The after-school tutoring buses will start running on 8/28. 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 mailto:twear@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call 260-7036.

Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at http://www.neffco.com. 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 — http://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams?entityId=21192 or http://www.asaa365.com/

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: http://www.parchment.com 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.


Connections is now enrolling for next year! Call your local office for an enrollment appointment:

Homer: 907-226-1880

Seward: 907-224-9035

Soldotna: 907-714-8880

Dates To Remember:

— 05/07 – HOMER: 9:30 a.m-4 p.m. Grewingk Geology Hike — guided hike in Kachemak Bay State Park to Grewingk Glacier Lake examining glaciology, geology, plant succession and other local natural science. $60 per person includes water taxi with True North Kayak. Contact Derek Bynagle to sign up dbynagle@kpbsd.org space is limited, 4th grade and up with ability to hike several miles.

— 5/07 – CENTRAL PEN: Hike to Engineer Lake Cabin (more info below)

— 5/09 – HOMER: Middle School Math Meet at Homer Middle School: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (more info below)

— 5/09 – Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (more info below)

— 5/10 – HOMER: 1-3 p.m. Homer Community clean up. Location TBD as we get closer and identify an area of town that needs picked up. We will clean for at least an hour and then will provide lunch afterwards.

— 5/14 & 5/15 & 5/16 — Mr. Parrett will be in Seward

— 5/14 – Seward Field Day!!! Where: Citizens Field Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Barbecue, Games, Crafts and More!!

— 5/16 – Soldotna Office: End of Year BBQ & Retirement Celebration! Come join us at the Soldotna office from 1-3 p.m. for hot dogs and fun activities! This is a great opportunity to turn in your end of year reports too. We will also celebrate our retiring staff members: Steve Evans & Kathy Willis with cake and fond memories.

— 5/21 HOMER: Kachemak Crack Rock Climbing with Connections and HOWL. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $135 includes water taxi across the bay, climbing instruction, and gear. Ages 10+, limit of 12 students so sign up soon. See attachment and contact Derek dbynagle@kpbsd.org for more info or to sign up.

— 05/23 – Connections Graduation @ Soldotna High School: Practice @ 2:00pm; Ceremony @ 4 p.m.

Hike to Engineer Lake Cabin:

Join the Connections Outdoor Club May 7th on a fun and easy hike to beautiful Engineer Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the Engineer Lake parking lot off of Skilak Lake Loop at 1 p.m. where we’ll embark on a short hike around the lake. Bring good hiking shoes, a bottle of water, a snack, and please dress for the weather. Fishing rods will be available if you’d like to try your luck, and a couple fun activities to help enjoy the (hopefully) nice springtime weather! All ages are welcome to join in on the fun. Please RSVP with Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.org.

HOMER: Middle School Math Meets:

Come join Connections for some math fun on Thursday, May 9 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.! The Math Meet offers a fun and engaging math competition for students in grades 6-8. Students will compete in a variety of rounds solving math problems individually and in teams made up of students from around the Kenai Peninsula. For more information, practice materials, or to sign up please contact Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org

Salmon Celebration:

On Thursday, May 9, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish, will be holding the 19th annual “Salmon Celebration” in Kasilof at the Johnson Lake State Campground from 10:00 am to 2 p.m. If you have questions or to RSVP please contact Reubin Payne: rpayne@kpbsd.org.

Redoubt Elementary

Grades 4/5/6 Spring Concert will be May 7 @ 6 p.m. at Soldotna High School.

Site council meeting will be May 7 in our teachers’ lounge @3:45 p.m.

Spring Band Concert will be @ Redoubt Elementary on May 9 @ 6 p.m. Students should wear black bottoms and white on the top.

Kindergarten Spring Concert will be May 15 @2:30 p.m. in our gym. Come join us to watch what are kindergartners have been working on all year!

Our first and third graders are hosting a zoo museum in our gym on May 16 all afternoon. Come ask our experts questions and find all about their animals.

Our Bike Rodeo will be May 16 4:30-6 p.m., all students must be accompanied by an adult.

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

May 9 SOEL and SMCS Band and Choir Concert 6:00pm in the gym

May 14 Parent PACK Meeting 7:30 a.m. or 3:45 p.m. in the library

May 22 Last Day of School

Reading Counts at Soldotna Elementary! Congratulations to the week six classroom winners:

Kyah Effenbeck, Breckin Sulley, Kaiai Yezierski, Chase Dixon, Jax Nash, Kylie Villa, Carlie Allen, Joey

Vonheeder and Angel Bannach.

Soldotna Prep

This week is the Sources of Strength Spirit Week. The spirit week event was planned by the student peer leaders participating in this strength based program for suicide prevention. Each day students will wear their team’s strength and color: Monday – Team 1 wear red, Team 2 wear dark blue; Tuesday – Team 1 wear purple, Team 2 wear yellow; Wednesday – Team 1 wear light blue, Team 2 wear black; Thursday – Team 1 wear orange, Team 2 wear green; Friday – Individuals wear the color of their favorite strength and meme outfit. Daily drawing of prizes for students who dress up!

Congratulations to Simon Graham for being chosen as the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the 4th Quarter. Simon will be honored at the Chamber luncheon on May 8 at the Sports Center.

After school tutoring will continue each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through May 16 from 2:30-3:30 pm. 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: https://www.facebook.com/SoldotnaPrep/

Soldotna Prep Web Page: http://soldotnaprep.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/

Dates to Remember:

May 20-21 – Finals

May 22 – Last day of school

Mountain View Elementary

National School Nurses Day is Wednesday, May 8.

The last PTA meeting of the year will be on Thursday, May 9 at 4 p.m. in the library.

Our final spirit day of the school year is “Dress Like a Teacher Day” on Friday, May 17.

Wednesday, May 22 is the last day of school.

Our lost and found is overflowing. Please stop by and look for any lost items.

If your child owes lunch money please try to pay this back before the end of the school year.

If your student has any Library books checked out please turn them in as soon as possible.


Final Week of Track. Good luck to all participants!

Tuesday, May 7 – Borough Prelims at Homer High School – Field events begin at 1:30 p.m. and running events begin at 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 12 – Borough Finals at Homer High School – Running events begin at 12 p.m.

Applications for Panther Student Council Leadership Group 2019-2020 are DUE to Mrs. Pothast TODAY. No exceptions. Students who missed the information meeting FOL and have an interest in applying should see Mrs. Pothast as soon as possible.

Last day for students to check out a library book is tomorrow, May 7.

8 grade visitation at Soldotna High School – Wednesday, May 8.

Free Audiobooks for Summer! This program offers teens (13+) free audiobook downloads now through August 1. Visit online at https://www.audiobooksync.com/ for program information and a list of book titles.

Bus Pass Reminder — A note from a parent/guardian, with the correct street name and bus number must be brought to the office no later than 12 p.m. If you need that information, please call Apple Bus at 262-4900.

Important — Please read: Tonight at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District School Board Meeting, the School Board is scheduled to vote on the relocation of River City Academy into the Skyview building starting in August. Principal Sargeant Truesdell of Skyview Middle School and Principal Dawn Edwards-Smith of River City Academy invite all staff, students and parents to attend an informational meeting in the Skyview Library tomorrow, May 7 at 6 p.m. to discuss any questions or concerns that develop from the School Board’s decision. If the relocation is approved, the goal is to provide a positive transition for both schools.

Nikiski Middle/High

Monday, May 6

Graduation/After Grad Meeting – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7

High School Soccer @ Nikiski vs. Homer – Girls 4 p.m. / Boys 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8

NHS Blood Drive

High School Soccer @ Soldotna – JV Girls 4 p.m. / JV Boys 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 9

High School Girls Soccer @ Nikiski vs. Voz – Girls 4 p.m.

Friday, May 10

Middle School Track Boroughs @ Homer – 1 p.m.

High School Soccer @ Nikiski vs. Houston – Girls 4 p.m. / Boys 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 4

Middle School Track Boroughs @ Homer

High School Track Boroughs @ Homer

High School Soccer @ Nikiski vs. Redington – Girls 12 p.m. / Boys 2 p.m.


May 13 – Girls Soccer Banquet – 6 p.m.

May 14 – Senior Awards Night – 7 p.m.

May 15 – Pops Concert – 7 p.m.

May 20 – Graduation 7 p.m.

May 22 – Last Day of School

Congratulations to Malcolm Yerkes, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for April

Kelsey Clark the Kenai Rotary Student of the month for May!

K-Beach Elementary

Congratulations to Haedyn Horstman for being selected as the K-Beach Elementary Masonic Student of the Year! Way to go Haedyn!

We would also like to congratulate the following students who were nominated: Cayden Barnett, Charlotte Buffan, Veronica Crane, Evan Derzab, Mya Fielden, Andrew Gist, Jesse Haynes, Michael Jessen, Delaney Smith, Kennedy Whitney, Juanita Wood, Aspen Haley, Isabel Coon, Ann Marie Gist, Isis Giver, Noah Kirby, Nathan Kruger, Kris Renteria, and Taylor Ruffner.

Mr. Daniels’s Class is headed to the creek one more time. On the last trip, his class will conduct a plant identification study as well as do final creek clean-up activities and trail clearing. Daniels says, “It’s been a good year of creek studies and I had a good crew of learners. They learned a great deal about monitoring the health of Slikok Creek and being stewards of our local ecosystem.” Daniels plans to continue the program next year with new staff from the Kenai Watershed Forum. Their plans next year include creek monitoring as well as much needed trail maintenance.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The third and fourth grade spring music concert will be held on Tuesday, May 7 in the Nikiski Middle High School auditorium. The performance will begin at 6 p.m. The NNS spring band concert will be held at NNS on Thursday, May 9 beginning at 6 p.m.

The NNS PTA will have its final meeting of the year on Thursday, May 9. They will meet in the staff lounge at 3:45 p.m.

The Nikiski track meet will be held on Friday, May 10 at Nikiski Middle High School. The bus will leave NNS at 9:10 a.m. and return with students at the conclusion of the meet. Volunteers are needed and if you would like to help, please call the NCRC staff at 776-8800 for more information.

Our 3rd annual NNS Jog-a-thon fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 17. This is our chief fundraiser for the year and an opportunity for students to raise money for our school and get some healthy exercise in the process. The money raised from the fundraiser will pay for field trips and other special activities for the students throughout the year. Students have their fundraising packets and a reminder that any donations are appreciated. Please encourage your child to ask friends and relatives to support our school rather than soliciting door to door. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Congratulations to the following 4th graders who were awarded for their participation in the 2019 Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision Program: Emery Quick, Alena Ellis, Elijah Brigham, Abby White, Sophia Whitaker, Jackson Hooper, Milly Hornung and Weston Burleson.

Congratulations to the following students for representing NNS at the district’s Trimathlon meet on May 2: Morgan Simac, Cameron Schwin, Madison Nixon, Kelty Evoy, Elijah Brigham, Alena Ellis, Milly Hornung, Jackson Hooper, Jackson Cooper, Sophia Whitaker, Joey Nightingale and Levi Ellis.

You won’t want to miss the 5th grade musical “The Phantom of the Music Room” on Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. The musical will be held in the NNS gym beginning at 6 p.m. Performers should arrive by 5:45 p.m. If you need any information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

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