Schools briefs for the week of Nov. 26, 2018

Schools briefs for the week of Nov. 26, 2018

Soldotna High School

Soldotna High School’s National Honor Society inducted the following students: Elliana Bruce,Cloe Milbauer, Ashlyn Asp,Spencer Kapp, Oliva Davis, Colton Sorhus, Thomas Hudson, Erika Arthur, Zach Burns, Katie Delker, Margie Brown, SaraMickelson, Cassidy King, Victoria Giles, Teagan Lapp, Ryder Giesler, Molly Cook, Joshua Tree, and Madelyn Barkman. Theinduction ceremony took place in the SOHI Auditorium on Wednesday, November 14th.

Soldotna High School will be hosting a College Goal Alaska FAFSA completion workshop for seniors and their parents on November 27th at 6pm in room 24. Bring your 2017 tax information. For more information, contact your school counselor.

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 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 6:30am-7:30am

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.


Dates To Remember:

12/07 – Challenger learning Center: Expedition Mars Homeschool Mission

11/29 – Outdoor Club: Ice Fishing (more info below)

12/13 – Homer & Soldotna office Art Show 1-3pm (ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck @ the Soldotna office

12/14 – Semester reports due

05/03 & 05/04 – Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies – contact Derek Bynaglefor more info.

05/06 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More or (907) 224-9035

NEW: Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring:

Connections is very excited to have Rebecca Weaver, Assistant Professor from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every Thursday from 11:00am to 2:00pm to tutor students and parents in math, physics, chemistry and science for free!If you are a parent or a student that needs help in any of these areas, please call us at 714-8880 to make an appointment.

Central Peninsula Gym Time:

Central Peninsula families are invited to come to gym time every Tuesday from 12-2pm at the Kenai Rec Center. Connections has organized activities, games and also free time for students of all ages to participate. Other home-school families are invited and encouraged to participate. Please note: all students must have an adult present. Come check it out!

Soldotna & Homer Offices: Thursday Art Show:

The Soldotna & Homer offices are celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics,photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged! December: Winter theme! Thursday, Dec 13th from 1-3pm. We also have ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck!

**please note: any and all submissions are welcome regardless of theme**

Challenger learning Center: Expedition Mars Homeschool Mission:

This is a special opportunity for home-school students in grades 5th-9th to experience a mission to Mars at the Challenger Learning Center. The Challenger Flight Directors will provide four hours of pre-mission instruction along with the two hour simulation. There will be great STEM infused lessons that will engage students in group work to solve the mission goals! The cost per student is $100 and may be reimbursable, please check with your advisor. We need a minimum of 14 participants,sign up deadline is November 26th! Call today to sign up 283-2000!

Outdoor Club Ice Fishing:

Who: All home-school families are invited!

What: Ice Fishing

When: Thursday, November 29 (11am-2pm)

Where: Scout Lake

Why: The outdoor club would like to provide fun, educational outdoor activities for home-school families to enjoy together.

Bring: Warm clothes, snacks & drinks, fishing licenses for anglers 18 and older.

Directions: Meet at the Sterling highway pull-off, which is 8 miles north of Soldotna, 1/4 mile past Lakewood Drive on the right side of the highway.

* There will be a 5 minute introduction around 11am, then walk down to the lake (100 yards or so).

*Augers are available to drill the holes as well as ice rods, tackle, bait, etc. for anyone that needs to borrow.

*Please RSVP by emailing Mark Wackler at

Connections Spelling Bee:

Connections Homeschool is enrolled in the National Spelling Bee this year, continuing with a great tradition. All Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate in order to build confidence, increase vocabulary and improve spelling skills. Connections Spelling Bee date is Thursday, January 24th from 1-4pm. The 2019 Alaska State Spelling Bee is still to be determined. For word lists and information, contact Carole Nolden at 714-8880 or .

Kenai Alternative School

Kenai Alternative High School is currently scheduling interviews for our 3rd Rotation. Interviews will be held the week of November 26, 2018. Classes for the 3rd Rotation begin December 3, 2018. Students who are interested in scheduling an interview are asked to call the school at 335-2870 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:30PM.

Redoubt Elementary

Polar Pals will be going on December 3rd-7th, students will be bring home information and money envelope this week.

Our Winter Concert for grades 1-3 will be December 6th@ 6pm at Soldotna High School.

We are looking for parents who are interested in becoming PTA members. Members do not need to attend meetings, but being a member will enrich the experience of your child here at our school. If you would like to attend a meeting, our next meeting will be December 11th @ 3:45

Our winter band concert will be December 11th @ 6pm at our school.

Redoubt’s Holiday Kindness program is under way, please let us know if your family needs help this holiday season. Please turn in the Holiday kindness form/wish list no later than December 3rd. Our tree displayed in the lobby has stars displayed of wish list items for our families.

You may know, that are parking lot is one of the most challenging areas we have to keep students and parents safe. We ask that if you are coming into the building to pick your child(ren), to park in a parking space. If you chose to park in the pick-up lane, you must stay in your vehicle and wait for your child to come out. Thank you for helping us keep your children safe at our school.

As temperatures continue to drop please make sure your child dresses for the weather for outdoor recess.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s class went on their last Creek Walk with Jen from the Watershed Forum. She is moving to another position and will not be leading our walks anymore. We will miss her, but wish her good luck in her new position. Mr. Daniels class is testing their Friction Car creations by rolling them down the ramp to conduct speed tests. They are preparing for the Friction Car Competition on November 30 in the K-Beach Gym.

December 21– Inservice day, NO SCHOOL

December 24 – January 4 – Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

Soldotna Prep

Thank you to Soldotna Prep students and parents that graciously donated items to our “Let’s Can Hunger” Thanksgiving food drive. We were able to provide full Thanksgiving dinners to 56 people! The Homerooms with the highest number of food points were in 1st place Mr. Sparks/Mrs. Brantley, and in 2nd place was Mrs. Bilger’s Homeroom. They earned themselves a pizza party and ice cream sundae celebration for their huge contributions in helping their fellow classmates.

Yearbooks are now on sale ($70). Students can order them at school by filling out an order form or anyone can go and 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: 11/27, 1/22, 2/26, 3/26, 4/16. Meeting times are 1:30-2:20.

Important Dates:

November 26 – Volleyball End of Season Banquet, SOHI Commons 6:00 PM

November 27 – Kenai Peninsula Youth Leaders Meeting, 1:30-2:20 PM

November 28 – Basketball Season Begins:

9th-grade girls tryouts – 2:40-3:50 PM at SOHI

10-12th-grade girls tryouts – 3:50-5:15 PM at SOHI

9-10th-grade boys tryouts – 5:15-6:30 PM at SOHI

11-12th grade boys tryouts – 6:30-8:00 PM at SOHI

December 21 – End of 2nd Quarter / Inservice, No School

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break, students return to school on January 7th.

Nikiski North Star

There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday, November 29th at 3:45 pm in the staff lounge. Everyone is invited to attend.Childcare is provided.

This year the fourth grade students will be creating and publishing the yearbook. The yearbooks will be available for purchase with an order form or you may order online. The cost of the yearbook will be $15.00. Please contact Heather Baker at 776-2600 for more information or if you have any questions.

The PTA Reflections theme this year is “Heroes Around Me”. Projects are due to the school by December 3rd. For more information please contact Heather Baker.

NNS will be offering a parenting class titled “How To Teach Your Child To Mind Without Losing Your Own” on Friday, December7th at the school. Child development expert, Deb Evenson is offering this free class for parents who could use a little help. The class is open to all KPBSD families and a lunch will be served. Please call NNS at 776-2600 for more information.

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

December 4 K-6th Winter Concert at Soldotna High School 6:30pm

December 5-6 Holiday Wonderland Shop

December 12 Parent PACK meeting 7:30am or 3:45pm in the Library

December 21 Teacher In-service- No School for Students

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

Student notes and bus passes will be sent to classes at 3:00pm each day. Please send in a note or call prior to this time to ensure your student gets the message.

To keep our school safe, all visitors and volunteers must sign in at the front office and pick up a visitor badge to wear while inthe school. Anyone interested in volunteering can complete an online form by visiting the KPBSD website and click on the volunteers link. This process must be completed each school year. Please contact theHuman Resources Department with any questions.

Skyview Middle School

Basketball Schedule this week

Tuesday, November 29 – Skyview Girls 8 vs. Kenai at Skyview – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, November 29 – Skyview Boys 8 vs. Kenai at Skyview – 4:30 pm

Tuesday, November 29 – Skyview B Girls vs. Kenai B at Kenai Middle – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, November 29 – Skyview B Boys vs. Kenai B at Kenai Middle – 4:30 pm

All students interested in joining the Skyview Panthers Nordic Ski Team need to see Coach Shannon Dwyer or the office for team information and paperwork. Students new to skiing as well as accomplished skiers will have fun, ski competitively and learn something new! All paperwork and fees need to be in before Christmas Break.

Skyview now has recycling bins! Large, blue recycling bins are located around the school. Items being collected: Plastic bottles,Aluminum cans, Metal food cans.

Yearbooks are on sale! Discount applies if ordered by November 30. Order online by visiting the Skyview Blog Homepage.

The Panther Student Council would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all those who contributed to the Penny Wars! Thanks to all the generosity, over ONE THOUSAND dollars was raised to benefit Freedom House in Soldotna!!! This is the largest amount raised through this drive in recent memory! Special shout out to the 7th graders who won the Penny War and kicked off Turkey Trot with a 5 point head start! Great job everyone!!!

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, December3.

Kenai Middle School

We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving Holiday.

Basketball- Boys practice early this week from 2:30 – 4:00; Girls have the late practice from 4:00 – 5:45.

There is still some time to sign up for the Christmas Drive, the deadline in December 5th. If you need assistance this holiday please stop by or call the school for the form. If you are able to help someone less fortunate than yourself, we can use your help. Call of stop by the office for the form.

On Thursday, November 29th, KMS Basketball teams will head to Skyview to compete. Games begin @ 3PM.

On Friday, November 30th, Basketball teams will play here on our home court against Nikiski. Games begin @ 3PM.


December 6th –Holiday Choir Concert


The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Flexibility–To be willing to alter plans when necessary.

If you would like to support the Christmas Drive, please look at the paper ornaments on the office window. If you are able to help, you can choose to buy toys, clothes, winter gear, wrapping paper or candy for a family that needs a little help for Christmas.

Cold weather is here! Please make sure to send winter gear to school with your student. Our school nurse is limited to what she has on-hand to loan out

Monday, November 26

7:40 am Advanced Band for the whole band

8:25 am Beginning Band for the Clarinets, Saxophones and Flutes

Tuesday, November 27

7:40 am Advanced Band for the whole band

8:25 am Beginning Band for the Trumpets, Trombones, Percussions

Wednesday, November 28

7:40 am Advanced Band for the whole band

8:25 am Beginning Band for the whole band

4:00 pm PTA Greenhouse Committee meeting

Thursday, November 29

7:40 am Advanced Band for the whole band

8:25 am Beginning Band for the whole band

Friday, November 30

7:40 am Advanced Band for the whole band

8:25 am Beginning Band for the whole band


Penguin Patch is coming up the week of Dec 17th and approved volunteers are needed to make this possible. Please watch for the sign-up sheet coming soon. PTA next general meeting is December 6, 5:30 p.m. at Paradisos

Up Coming Events

December 13th- Holiday Concert Rehearsal at KCHS @ 9:15; Holiday Concert at KCHS @ 6:00 p.m.

December 21st- End of 2nd Quarter In-service – No School

December 24th- January 4- Winter Break – No School


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.

Mountain View Elementary

Christmas Drive forms were sent home with students last week. If you are in need of a Christmas basket, applications must be returned by Wednesday, December 5th. If you would like to sponsor a child or a family or make a cash donation please call the office at 283-8600.

The 5th-grade band concert will be held on Monday, December 10th at 6:00 PM in the gym at Mountain View.

The PTA will be meeting on Thursday, December 13th at 4:00 PM in the Library

The primary winter concert for all 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade students will be on Monday, December 17th at 6:00 PM in the Renee C. Henderson auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

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