Schools briefs for the week of Nov. 4, 2019

Schools briefs for the week of Nov. 4, 2019

What’s happening this week

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Kenai Middle School

There is no school for students on Monday, Nov. 4! Please join us for arena style conferences from 12-4 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. We would love to visit with you! The Book Fair will be open throughout conferences.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5 our Boys and Girls “A” teams will compete at Skyview MS. Boys play at 3 p.m., girls play at 4:30 p.m. #gokossacks

On Thursday, Nov. 7, there is a Washington, D.C., meeting for all students signed up for the 2020 Spring Break trip. Parents should also attend. If you missed the sign up deadline, please plan to attend, there still may be opportunity to join in!

On Friday, Nov. 8 KMS will host our first home games of the season. Girls “B” at 3 p.m., Boys “B” at 4:30 p.m., Girls “A” at 6 p.m., Boys “A” at 7:30 p.m. #letsgokenai

KMS 6 graders are selling Holiday Swags! Please contact the school or your favorite 6 grade Kossack to get yours! Swags are $25 and will be available after 12 p.m., Nov. 25.

Nov. 11 — No School

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget develop.m.ent meeting, scheduled at various locations throughout the district on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. Please check here for specific locations. As new budget information becomes available, it will be posted here: If you have questions, please call Natalie Bates at 714-8888.

Soldotna High School

The Soldotna High Ceramics classes will be selling pottery during conferences on Nov. 4 from 12-7 p.m.

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 6:3-7:30 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 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.

VA — During the 2018-19 school year, along with other accomplished music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Rowan Vasquez from Soldotna High School practiced with dedication to gain a part in her district and state music honor ensembles. And now Rowan will join the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education

(NAfME) 2019 All-National Honor Ensembles Nov. 7-10 at the Gaylord Palms

Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Parent Teacher Conference —No School 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Book Fair, last day

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.: APC meeting

Thursday, Nov. 7, 9:20 a.m. — fifth grade will be visiting Soldotna Businesses, make sure to send a cold lunch with your student.

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.

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Curiosity — A desire to investigate and seek understanding of one’s world.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 11 — Vacation Day — No School

Nov. 12-27 — Shala Dobson will be with us as our Artist in Residence.

Nov. 12 — PTA meeting at 2 p.m. at Veronica’s Cafe; KPBSD Budget meeting at 6 p.m. in the KSAS library

Nov. 28-29 — Thanksgiving Holiday — No School

Dec. 6 — Fifth Grade Celebration of Learning at 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 17 — Holiday Concert for 1st — 5th grade students — 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/High

Basketball this week:

Tuesday, Nov. 5 — Skyview Boys 8 A vs. Kenai at Skyview — 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 5 — Skyview Girls 8 A vs. Kenai at Skyview — 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7 — Skyview Girls 7 A vs. Seward at Skyview — 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7 — Skyview Boys 7 A vs. Seward at Skyview — 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7 — Skyview Girls B vs. CIA at CIA — 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7 — Skyview Boys B vs. CIA at CIA — 5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8 — Skyview Girls 8 A vs. Homer at Skyview — 3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8 — Skyview Boys 8 A vs. Homer at Skyview — 4:15 p.m.

Parent Teacher Conferences are TOMORROW — Monday, Nov. 4 from 12-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Conference times are scheduled online. To find the link to schedule online and additional Parent/Teacher Conference information, please go to: KPBSD district web page > Schools > Skyview Middle School Blog homepage.

TOMORROW is the last day for the SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR in the Skyview Middle School Library. Please stop by during parent teacher conferences to see all the great books and gift ideas!

The book fair will be available online until Nov. 23 by visiting the Skyview Blog — Library page.

Cross Country Ski Meeting — 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.

For more Skyview news, Like Us on Facebook!

Soldotna Elementary

Nov. 5 Parent PACK meeting 3:40 p.m. in the library

Nov. 7 Picture ReTakes

Nov. 11 Veterans Day (No School)

Nov. 28-29 Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

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

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

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.


Dates To Remember:

Nov. 7 – Kenai Watershed Forum Elementary Program

Nov. 8 — AVTEC Tour (more info below)

Nov. 12 — 11/12 — 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. 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

Dec. 5 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge — PAPER MAKING!

Dec. 13 — Semester Reports Due

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

Homer Office – SPARC activities every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m.


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

Central Peninsula:



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 12-2 p.m. 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.

All Connection Offices: Don’t be a Bystander to Hate: Join Connections Staff on this powerful Virtual Field Trip: “Teaching with Testimony — Our Stories Are Stronger Than Hate”

On Nov. 5 from 9-10 a.m., all three Connections Homeschool offices (Soldotna, Homer, Seward) will show a live video to give students the tools to counter bullying, prejudice, and the growing hate in our schools by listening to stories and testimonies that build empathy, understanding, and human connections. The content of the presentation is intended for students in the fifth-12th grade range. Please contact your advisor with any questions you might have about this event!

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 p.m. starting Nov. 4-Dec. 16 (six sessions)

AVTEC Tour: All Connections High School Students are invited to attend a free guided tour, lunch included, of AVTEC in Seward on Friday, Nov. 8. AVTEC offers a variety of educational programs such as: Construction, Welding, Heavy Equip.m.ent Mechanics, Maritime Studies, Electronics, Culinary Arts and many other courses.

Please visit the AVTEC website at and take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the programs available. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP Reubin Payne at or call the Connections office at 907-714-8880.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 8 @ 10 a.m.

WHERE: AVTEC — 519 4th Ave., in the auditorium on the 2nd floor

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

Come join Connections at the Soldotna office: Nov. 12-15 from 9 a.m.-4 p.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:

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 1-3 p.m.

Dec. 5 — Paper Making — two sessions: 1-2 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

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

Monday, Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day. There will be no school for students.

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

Sterling Elementary

Our first annual Sterling Community Spooktacular was a hit! Thank you for the partnerships with Sterling Senior Center, Sterling Community Center, Sterling Baptist Church, Sterling Judo Club and the Sterling Masons! It was a fabulous night for all! Thanks to our volunteers and to those who donated to our event!

Nov. 4 — Everyone is welcome to come in between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to swap out or grab winter clothing that you and your family may need! We have received LOTS of donations of gently used clothing. If your kids need new winter gear, stop by and see if we have what you need! Everyone welcome!

Nov. 4 — No school for students!

Nov. 5 — Picture Retakes

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, 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.

Redoubt Elementary

Parents please look out for a letter in your email regarding our Alice Drill on Nov. 14.

Our annual PTA Carnival will be held Nov. 9 12-4 p.m., this is a huge undertaking and our PTA will be looking for parent and student volunteers. All volunteers are welcomed with an approve background check from District Office.

Site Council Budget Meeting will be Nov. 12 @ 6 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Library, all are welcome.

Our next PTA meeting will be Nov. 12 @ 5:30 p.m. in the teacher’s lounge, we are always looking for new members and childcare is provided.

Nikiski Middle/High


Tuesday, Nov. 5 — Middle School Basketball — Girls B 4 / Boys A 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7 — Middle School Basketball — Boys A & B 3 / Girls A 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8

High School Volleyball Regions @ Seward

High School Wrestling Varsity @ ACS

Middle School Basketball @ Kenai — Girls B 3 / Boys B 4:30 p.m. / Girls A 6 p.m. / Boys A 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2

High School Volleyball Regions @ Seward

High School Wrestling Varsity @ ACS / JV @ Service Herm Jones Tournament

Monday, Nov. 11 — NO SCHOOL — VETERANS DAY

Congratulations to Kaycee Bostic, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for November!

Thank you to Grant Wisniewski from Peninsula Memorial Chapel for coming out to present to our students about his life as a mortician. When asked what he wished he would have learned at school, Grant said, “Typing. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to chicken peck at writing an obituary.” He said in order for students to be successful, they need to give 100% no matter what they do. Thank you Grant for your time and words of wisdom!

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

The following students were named to the Honor Roll for the first quarter at Nikiski Middle/High School:

4.0 Honor Roll:

12th grade — Jakob Andreanoff, Kaycee Bostic, Angela Druesedow, America Jeffreys, Kaitlyn Johnson, Jordyn Stock

11th grade — Brenden Boehme, Lillian Carstens, Bailey Epperheimer, Sidney Epperheimer, Harmony Harris, Emily Hufford, Katrina Isabell, Samuel Smith

10th grade — Levi Anderson, Camry Ellis, Rylee Ellis, Alyssa Nunley, Cadence Selanoff, Jaycee Tauriainen

9th grade — Brady Bostic, Jessica Perry, Zalah Robert, Savanna Stock

8th grade — Maggie Grenier

7th grade — Jackson Anding, Kathleen Curtis, Leeloo Darwin, Avery Ellis, James Hemphill, Athena Henry, Lincoln Kimbell, Kailey Stynsberg

6th grade — Samuel Anders, Elliana Isabell, Madison Nixon, Cameron Schwin, Morgan Simac, Aurora Singer

3.5 Honor Roll:

12th grade — Jesslyn Chivers, Sabena Christoffersen, Hamilton Cox, Bryan McCollum, Michael Mysing, Elora Reichert, Chena Ward, Matthew Weathers, Michael Weathers, Madelin Weeks, Joseph Yourkoski, Tika-Marie Zimmerman

11th grade — Victoria Broesdorf, Siobhan Dempsey, Christopher Druesedow, Courtney Ellis, Alexander Johnson, Savannah Ley, Koleman McCaughey, Trevor Mysing, Camila Puente Espinola, Gavin White, Milja Wiesner

10th grade — Trista Apted, Aubree Day, Emily Durfee, Jordyn Flynn, Rory Gilmartin, Patrick Henry, McKinlee Jeffreys, Madalyn Stichal, Wyatt Stormer, Adrienne Stynsberg, Ariel VanZandt, Jade Williams

9th grade — Tre’len Anderson, Nicholas Barnes, Hope Broussard, Antonio Cazares, Jesse Colton, Serenity Freeman, Celina Martinez, Abigail Naranjo-Wetch, Braeden Porter, Danya Schwalb, Braydon Whiteside

8th grade — Ashlee Anderson, Synder Calderon, Zoey Ellis, Olivia Gray, Keegan Hupp, Levi Kimbell, Leora McCaughey, Shelby McGahan, Jorja Peppinger, Julia Smith, Avery White, Wynter Yeager

7th grade — Makenna Anthony, Everett Chamberlain, Noah Douglas, Ethan Ellis, Telan Fallon, Gavin Ley, Jonathan Loop, Alexander Martinez, Belle Morris, Logan Nicks, Cameron Parrish, Ashlynne Playle, Nevaeh Scott

6th grade — Oceanna Broussard, Jonas Cooper, Michael Darwin, Carter Eiter, Kaleen Norman, Earl Payne, Evelyn Reichert, Kaos Ruhl, Branden Scott, Jocelyn Stillwell, Ethan Stormer, Addison Tedford, Ava Warren, Shania Weathers

3.0 Honor Roll:

12th grade — Jewelia Alex, Samuel Berry, Brendan Moore, Pedro Souza, Caleb Weeks

11th grade — Nathan Burks, Braden Evoy, Austin Freeman, James Lamping, Elizabeth Leavitt, Kotori Miyoshi, Quentin Oskolkoff, Caileb Payne, Carlos Rodriguez, Gaelle Van Kriekinge, Victor Westelynck, Cailin Yeager, Jaryn Zoda

10th grade — Shylea Freeman, Simon Grenier, Sammariah Napoka, Emelia Stroman

9th grade — Alexander Anderson, Elyshia Benner, Marina Carew, Charles Chamberlain, Herman Cleveland, Emma Edgar, Naomi Ellis, Kelly Gilliam, Timothy Goodnight, Mariah Hernandez, Mary Jane McLeod, Dwyght Mullins, Pearl Payne, Jasmine Smith, Brynne Tedford, William Ward

8th grade — Brooke Abel, Niles Broussard, Robert Isabell, Destiny Langston, Trevor Moore, Giaseena Nicks, Timothy Shackelford, Emma Weeks

7th grade — Jaci Bettis, Daniel Broussard, Gavin Carmody, Sabre Christoffersen, Olsen Gray, Seth Hodsdon, Joseph Huntsman, Alexa Iyatunguk, Kaydence Jeffreys, Kevin Love, Gabrielle Myles, Thayne Quiner, Aiden Sullivan, Jackson Wittmer

6th grade — Kameron Bird, Jaime Bond, Harmony Brandon, Destiny Cansino, Jazy Carter, Brody Dupuis, Kaden Enyeart-Agli, Kelty Evoy, Albert Jenness, Aryssa Kamohai, Xenaretta Leavitt, Tristan Moore, Caleb Parnell, Ayden Reis, Jayden Sanders, Frank Saurnido, Talon Smith, Danica Swafford

Cook Inlet Academy

Cook Inlet Academy was fortunate enough to obtain a state cultural ed permit again this year, and as a result Mr. Steve Peterson’s Outdoor Education class was blessed to harvest a cow moose Oct. 24. The meat is hanging for now, but will soon be time to process and consume that moose and celebrate God’s goodness, Alaska, and good food! The students and any available parents will be cutting, grinding and wrapping the meat on Saturday. The moose meat will be shared. And also, The meat will be the main fare for the “Wild Meat Fellowship Potluck” scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. Also, students and parents will be bringing other Alaskan wild game for the dinner such as caribou, black bear, deer, clams, halibut, salmon, berry dishes and more. Thank you, students and Mr. Peterson!

The Fall Banquet was held on Oct. 26 at the Kenai Senior Center. The food was delicious and the evening was a huge success. Mr. Warren Cole Smith, a journalist and prolific author, who also serves as the Vice President for Mission Advancement at the Colson Center, was the very inspirational speaker. Thank you to the students who served and to all the other folks who made this event a wonderful evening.

Jr. High Basketball is in full swing, as is High School Volleyball. The school website at has the calendar for the games locations and times. The Jr. High Basketball regional tournament will be held at the school on Nov. 15-16.

The High School Volleyball regional tournament will also be hosted by C.I.A. and will be held on Nov. 21, 22 and 23. The times will be posted when available on the website also.

Photo retakes will be this week on Nov. 6.

The week of Thanksgiving will have regular school on Monday and Tuesday with a half day of school on Wednesday, the 27, and no school on Thanksgiving Day and Friday. Student Council is planning a special event for that week also with news forthcoming.

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