Schools briefs for the week of Nov. 11-17

Schools briefs for the week of Nov. 11-17

What’s happening this week

  • Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:41pm
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Cook Inlet Academy

Many students and parents came to process, grind and package the moose bagged by the Outdoor Education class. The meat will be shared and also eaten at the Wild Game Fellowship Feed on Nov. 18.

Spirit Week hosted by the Student Council last week. Monday was pajama day; Tuesday was Hawaii Day; Wednesday was formal day and Thursday was dress like your teacher competition day. Friday was Blue and Gold day.

Middle school basketball teams will play Chapman School on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16 will be the middle school tournament held at CIA. Times will be forthcoming. The schools playing in the tournament will be Ninilchik, Aurora Borealis, Homer, Chapman and Skyview C Team.

The girls volleyball team will be hosting Amazing Grace at 6:30 on Nov. 11 and playing Nikolaevsk at 5:30 on Nov. 14.

Soldotna High School

Please join us for these events hosted in the library by the Counseling Department (All are welcome): Monday, Nov. 18 5:30-7 p.m. Bring your 2018 tax information and fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to discover potential money for college or career training. SoHi Counselors and Kenai Peninsula College Financial Aid Department Staff will be assisting students and parents at these events.

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 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 grade. 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 School

October 2019 Student of the Month — Rotary: Andrew Bezdecny; Chamber: Damaris Severson; Elks: Justin Simons; Kard of the Deck: Veronika Budyanu; Super Staffer: Sandra Newberry; Study Skills: Sabrina McConnell; Earth Science: Caden Hall; Language Arts 9: Ryan Pierce; Algebra: Sarai Bravo-Moe; Alaska Studies: Kassandra Renfrow; Anatomy and Physiology: Kaitlynn Gist; Concert Choir: Melanie Misner; World History: Lias Hosmer-Cope; Language Arts 11: Onauma Chanachai; Foods: Phoebe Thomas; Geometry: Gavin Langham.

Soldotna Elementary

Nov. 11: Veterans Day (No School)

Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

Dec. 2-13: Christmas Kindness Food Drive

Dec. 4-5: Holiday Wonderland Shop 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Dec. 5: Soldotna Elementary Band and Choir Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the gym

Dec. 16: Winter Concert (K-sixth grade) and Cookie Train 6:30 p.m. at Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the Soldotna Elementary Hoop Shoot Winners: Adele Blanning, Liddle Kennamer, Sophia DeCastro, Owen Zalesy, Aimee Goans and Troy Dixon.

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

Parents can now track student lunch balances online by going to

Student notes and bus passes will be sent to classes at 3 p.m. each day. Please send in a note or call prior to this time to ensure your student gets the message.

Mountain View Elementary

There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Library.

Monday, Nov. 11 is a vacation day. There will be no school for students.

Mt. View will honor military Veterans and celebrate Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 12 will an all-school assembly. Staff and students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, being held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Library at Kenai Central High School. If you have questions, please call Natalie Bates at 714-8888.

There will be a Site Council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Library.

There is no school on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels class is investigating producers, consumers and decomposers in science. They are studying consumers currently and are planning taking apart owl pellets in class after their research. Students are excited about finding out what is inside an owl pellet. Some students are predicting they may see a snake, a bird, or a mouse!

Nov. 11: Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL

Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving Holiday, NO SCHOOL

Mrs. Baker’s class participated in the Global Read Aloud connecting with classrooms all over the world as they all read Front Desk together. As part of this project, they made postcards that told about their state and their thoughts on the book. They sent those postcards out to each of the 50 states, and are now receiving post cards back from each state.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Effort — To do your best.

Christmas Drive forms were sent home in Friday folders on Oct. 31. If you need assistance this holiday season, your form needs to be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on Nov. 15. If you are able to help one of our families with toys, clothing, winter gear or food, please fill out the donation form and turn that in to the office. Thank you in advance for helping make the season bright!

Monday, Nov. 11: Vacation Day — No School

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Shala Dobson will be with us as our Artist in Residence; 2 p.m. PTA meeting @ Veronica’s Cafe; KPBSD Budget meeting at 6 p.m. in the KSAS library

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Shala Dobson will be with us as our Artist in Residence.

Thursday, Nov. 14: Shala Dobson will be with us as our Artist in Residence.

Friday, Nov. 15: Shala Dobson will be with us as our Artist in Residence; 4 p.m. Christmas Drive forms are due to the office if you need assistance. This is a firm deadline.

We are currently accepting lottery applications for the 2020/2021 school year. The deadline for this application is Feb. 28, 2020. If you are interested in attending Kaleidoscope please contact the office for more information at 283-0804.

Brrr … It is that time a year again when all students need to bring appropriate outside gear to school including coat, hat, gloves, boots and rain gear if it is raining.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 28 and 29: Thanksgiving Holiday — No School

Dec. 2: Great Alaska Shake Out at 10 a.m.

Dec. 6: Fifth grade End of Quarter Celebration of Learning at 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 13: First and second grade End of Quarter Celebration of Learning at 3 p.m.

Dec. 17: Holiday Concert for first-fifth grade students at 6 p.m.

Dec. 19: Kindergarten Cookie Sharing at 2:45 p.m.


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.

Skyview Middle School

No School for Students and Staff: TOMORROW, Monday, Nov. 11

Basketball this week:

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Skyview Boys 8 A vs. Nikiski at Skyview — 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Skyview Girls 8 A vs.Nikiski at Skyview — 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Skyview Boys B vs. at Skyview — 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Skyview Girls B vs. at Skyview — 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 14: Skyview Girls 7 A vs. Homer at Homer — 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 14: Skyview Boys 7 A vs. Homer at Homer — 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 14: Skyview Boys B vs. Homer at Homer (Multi-Purpose Room) — 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 14: Skyview Girls B vs. Homer at Homer (Multi-Purpose Room) — 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16: Skyview Boys and Girls 7 and 8 A Teams Travel to Palmer — Times TBA

Site Council Meeting: The Monday, Nov. 18 Skyview Site Council Meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at Soldotna High School. The Skyview Site Council will join the Soldotna High Site Council for the districtwide KPBSD Budget meeting. At this meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members. For other budget meeting locations and/or new budget information, please visit the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District website or call Natalie Bates at 714-8888.

Attention Student Council Members: The Panther Student Council will have an ALL member meeting during FOL in Mrs. Pothast’s classroom on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The FOL is open now — all members please sign up to attend ASAP. Thank you!

Attention Student Skiers: Coach Dwyer and Coach Whitney will be having a short, pre-season Nordic ski meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Staff Lounge Rm B210 upstairs for any students with skis who are planning to go out for the Panther Ski Team this year. Parent or guardian must attend.

The Skyview Angel Tree is located in the school commons. If you would like to help a Skyview Middle School student in need, please stop by to select a card from the tree. All items purchased need to be returned to the front office by Monday, Dec. 2.

Many thanks to the Student Council volunteers who helped out at Parent Teacher Conferences! We appreciate you!

Congratulations to the October Students of the Month!

Dalton Armstrong, Andrew Arthur, Angel Bannach, Angelina Beck, Nolan Boehme, Montana Bowman, Jay Brott, Evelyn Brown, Ryan Buchanan, Annie Burns, Kenneth Bush, Nicolas Calhoun, Ariana Cannava, George Carpenter, Alina Carrillo Kompkoff, Mackenzie Carson, Noble Cassidy, Avery Ciufo, Alexis Cole, Donovan Cole, Kobe Curry, Nels Dahl, Hayden Eck, Ashlee Fann, Kaitlyn Farmer, Danica Farrar, Blake Ferreira, Bladen Finch, Shaun Firmin, Kadyn Fisher, Tyler Fisher, Kiara Forkner, Ella Frasher, Dylan Gardner, Easton Gentry, Izaiah Gilbert, Terryn Gomez, Michael Grimm, Taylor Guilliam, Marcus Hagedorn, Joshua Hancock, Logan Hart, Cash Hartley, Nathan Hawkins, Vincent Heath, Phillip Henry, Lydia Hopper, Marcus Hunt, Regan Hunt, Emma Hunter, Josias Iraheta Sorto, Samantha Ivey, Anika Jedicka, Elijah Jedlicki, Vincint Johnston, Derrick Jones, Brenden Jones, Jocelyn Kampstra, Sadie Lane, Aben Larson, Mercedes Leadens, Charles Leggett, Boyd Lehmberg, Addison Lewis, Hudson Link, Alexis Martinez, Jazzalyn McDonald, Emma Medina, Levi Mickelson, Stefany Montague, Keeley Moore, Kevin Otero Cruz, Ellee Pancoast, Collin Peck, Vann Poage, Scott Powell, Max Reese, Grace Richmond, Valentino Rigutto, Meg Roberts, Allehya Roberts, Emilia Rodriguez, Chloe See, Thornton Smith, Raven Smith, Brooklyn Stewart, Ala Tuisaula, Joey VonHeeder, Lucas Walsh, Madison Watson, Jennifer Webster, Abriella Werner, Xavier West, Destiney Wheeler, Megan Whittom, Haiden Wilkinson, Laylani Williams, Matthias Williams, Lorenzo Wilson, Danika Winslow, Julene Yager

Nikiski North Star Elementary

School is closed today for Veterans Day. NNS will be having a Veteran’s Day assembly tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 12. The assembly will begin at 2 p.m. in the gym. This will be a great opportunity for NNS to recognize the sacrifice of those who serve in the military and also the family members of those who serve. If you are a member of the NNS community and you have previously served or are currently serving in the military, you are invited to join in and be recognized by the students and staff.

There will be a KPBSD budget meeting involving the NNS and NMHS site councils on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in the high school library. Everyone is welcome to attend and provide input as well as learn more about the KPBSD budget. For more information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

The holiday food drive is underway at NNS. We are helping to provide food at Thanksgiving and Christmas for families in need. Each classroom has a box for collections. Please send in nonperishable foods and canned goods. NNS appreciates your generosity!

The music room is looking for extra keyboards to use for the month of November. Fourth and fifth grade students will be learning the basic notes and chord structures on the keyboard. Any extra keyboards that NNS could use at school would be greatly appreciated. Please be sure your contact information is on the keyboard so that it may be returned safely to you.


Dates To Remember:

Nov. 12 – Nov. 12 – SOLDOTNA: Scholastic Book Fair 9-4 COME CHECK IT OUT!

Nov. 13 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge – OWL PELLETS!

Nov. 13 – SEWARD: School Picture Retakes @ Seward Middle School – Time TBD

Nov. 14 – HOMER: STEAM Challenge Paper Roller Coasters (more info below)

Nov. 15 – Central Peninsula School Picture Retakes @ Borough Building 3-5

Nov. 15 – High School Eligibility Due

Nov. 21 – Kenai Watershed Forum Middle/High School Program

12/05 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge – PAPER MAKING!

12/13 – Semester Reports Due

05/04 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Tour (more info below)

Soldotna Office – Kenai Recreation Center gym time every Tuesday from 12-2p.m.

Homer Office – SPARC activities every Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:30


Check out our new link for Connections events! These are community events that Connections students may be interested in!

Central Peninsula:



HOMER: Climbing at the Bay Club:

Who: Students in grades Kindergarten-12th grade

What: Learn to climb by certified belayers at The Bay Club Climbing wall.

Where: Bay Club on Kachemak Drive

When: Mondays from 2:30-5:30 starting Nov. 4-Dec. 16th (6 sessions)

SOLDOTNA: Scholastic Book Fair: Nov. 12th – 15th from 9-4p.m. COME CHECK IT OUT!

Come join Connections at the Soldotna office: Nov. 12-15 from 9am – 4p.m. for an Arctic Adventure Book Fair! Families who make a purchase will be entered into a drawing for a Thanksgiving dinner! Check out the interactive book flyer here:

STEAM Challenge Paper Roller Coasters!

For this project you will make your own roller coaster out of paper and tape, and learn about roller coaster physics along the way!

Who: All 4-8th graders

What: Come join us in creating paper roller coasters. This class is not intended to be a one-day class, although there is some flexibility with our working session, participants should complete their coaster for our challenge Dec. 5th.

Where: Nov. 14, 21, Dec. 5th: meet at the Homer back office for working sessions for our coasters. Dec. 12th we will host our competition at Islands and Oceans. If you cannot attend all sessions but would still like to participate, please contact Joanna Fonkert @ or Jake Parrett They can also answer any questions you have.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Activities:

Connections has partnered with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to bring several FREE exciting activities to our homeschool families. Space is limited so please sign up asap with Kellie Davidson: or call 714-8880 to reserve your spot:

Nov. 13 – Owl Pellet Dissection from 1p.m.-3p.m.

12/05 – Paper Making – 2 sessions: 1 -2 and 2:30-3:30

Sterling Elementary

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Nov. 11: Vacation/Veterans Day – No school

Nov. 12-16: Recycling contest between primary and intermediate classes! Cans and plastics #1 and 2 are accepted. Need volunteers with trucks on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. to bring all of our recyclables to the dump! Call the office if you can help!

Nov. 12: Site Council and District Budget meeting at 5 p.m. in Room 167A. Meetings are open to the public! If you can make it, please call our office. Refreshments will be provided so we want to have enough.

Nov. 13: World Kindness Day! What will you do to change the world?

Nov. 15: Falcon Fun Night for Sterling students!

Nov. 20: National Educational Support Professional Day! Thank you to all of our support staff!

Nov. 22: Substitute Educators’ Day — we love our substitutes! And we need more! Please call district office if you’d like to substitute at our school!

Thank you for our visits from our Kenai Brown Bears! It has been so exciting for our students and staff to have these fine young men as models within our school!

Nikiski Middle/High School


Tuesday, Nov. 12: Middle School Basketball @ Skyview 8 — Boys A 3 / Girls A 4:30

Thursday, Nov. 14: High School Volleyball State Tournament @ Alaska Airlines Center

Friday, Nov. 15: High School Volleyball State Tournament at Alaska Airlines Center; High School Wrestling Varsity at Lancer Smith Memorial in Palmer

Saturday, Nov. 16: High School Volleyball State Tournament @ Alaska Airlines Center; High School Wrestling Varsity @ Lancer Smith Memorial in Palmer

Madelin Weeks is the Kenai Rotary Student of the Month for November!

Order your yearbook now at The price is $50 now, but will go up in January.

Congratulations to the following All-State Football players: Michael Eiter first-team wide receiver and punter; Sam Berry first-team defensive back; Michael Mysing second-team running back; Caileb Payne second-team guard and inside linebacker; Koleman McCaughey second-team defensive line.

Kenai Middle School

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day. A heartfelt thank you to all who have served!

On Tuesday, Nov. 12 we have basketball games here at KMS against ABCS. Boys “B” play at 3 , Girls “A” play at 4:30 p.m., and Boys “A” finish the night starting at 6 p.m.

After School Tutoring begins on Tuesday as well. Tutoring is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:30-4 p.m. Students must have a permission slip on file in order to participate. Permission slips are available at the office.

Christmas Drive applications are now available. Please contact the office if you’d like one sent home with your student. Applications are due no later than Dec. 4.

On Friday, Nov. 15 KMS will host “A” Basketballs games here at Kenai Middle against Seward. “B” teams will play at KCHS. Games begin at 3 for both venues. #gokossacks.

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