Schools briefs for the week of Oct. 1, 2018

Soldotna High School

The next PTSA meeting will be held at SOHI on Tuesday, October 11, at 5:30 pm. Follow PTSA’s Facebook page Soldotna High School PTSA. Please like us and follow our page for current information. Parents of Juniors After Prom and Parents of Seniors After Grad kickoff meetings will be in October. Date and time TBD

The Soldotna High School Counseling Department will be hosting a Financial Aid Info Night Monday, October 1st 6 pm in the library. Topics include financial aid, scholarships, loans, FAFSA, and more.

The Soldotna High School Counseling Department will host two FAFSA Completion Workshops. Bring your 2017 tax info and get expert help filling out the FAFSA on Monday, October 8th 6 pm in room 24 and Tuesday, November 27th 6 pm in room 24.

The afterschool 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 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 any way 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 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 the 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.

River City Academy

River City Academy is excited to introduce the 2018- 2019 High School Battle of the Books program. Battle of the Books is a reading program in which students read ten pre-selected books and then battle with other teams by identifying which of the ten books a scene or incident takes place. River City Academy will battle by Skype with teams from other schools in the district in February. The winning team for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will battle with teams from other districts for the state championship. Go RCA!

If you or someone you know has a student interested in a small, non-traditional, student-centered and performance-based school environment which prepares students for their future please call River City Academy at 907-714-6400.

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

October 12 Fall Picture Re-take Day

October 19 Teacher In-service; No School for Students

October 24 Early Release

October 29- November 2 Book Fair in the Library

November 1 & 2 Parent Teacher Conferences; 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 volunteer opportunities.

Parents can add money to their student’s lunch account online! Go to to view account information.

Student notes and bus passes will be sent to classes at 3:00 pm 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 in the school. Anyone interested in volunteering can complete an online form by visiting the KPBSD website at and click on the volunteer’s link. This process must be completed each school year. Please contact the Human Resources Department with any questions.


Dates To Remember:

10/01 – Seward Office Closed Today

TOMORROW: 10/02 – Gym Time @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2

10/03 – Seward Office: Bear Lake Weir in Seward – Egg Take and Activities 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

10/03 – Seward Middle School: Lifetouch School Photos

10/03 – Soldotna Office: Gold Panning on the Kenai Beach 1-3pm(more info below)

10/04 – Egg Take @ Anchor River

10/04 – Soldotna & Homer Offices: Art Show 3-4pm

10/04 – Central Peninsula: School Pics @ Borough Bldg 3-5pm

10/10 – PSAT @ Soldotna and Homer Offices – check in at 8:00 am

10/15 – Homer Office: Safe Sitter Course Registration. Class on Friday, October 19th 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

10/17 – High School Eligibility Due

10/25 – Homer Office: Lifetouch School Photos/RETAKES 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

10/31 – Soldotna Office: Annual Fall Festival from 1-3pm (more info below)

11/09 – AVTEC Tour (more info below)

11/14 – High School Eligibility Due

11/16 – Central Peninsula: School Pic Retakes @ Borough Bldg 3-5pm

Battle of the Books:

Calling all readers to Connections annual Battle of the Books club! Meetings will start in November but students can get a jump start and begin reading the books now. Competitive teams are grades 3rd-12th.

Contact an advisor if interested in participating in Battle of the Books:

Derek Bynagle in Homer: 226-1880

Julie Lindquist in Seward: 224-9035

Wendi Dutcher 3rd/4th grade in Soldotna: 714-8880

Mark Wackler 5th-12th (teams depending on grade) in Soldotna: 714-8880

Central Peninsula Gym Time:

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

Outdoor Club First Activity – Gold Panning on the Kenai Beach:

Connections will meet at the Kenai City Beach parking lot (at the end of S. Spruce Street) at 1pm to do some gold panning! Please bring warm clothes + waterproof footwear. Cost is $25 per student which can be pulled from the allotment. Parents are welcome to watch free of charge or pay $25 (cash or check) when they arrive if they wish to participate. Space may be limited so please RSVP with Mark Wackler:

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!

Next month the gallery show will be Thursday, October 4th from 3-4pm and the theme is Fall Art

November: Thankful theme! Thursday, Nov. 8th from 3-4pm

December: Winter theme! Thursday, Dec 13th from 1-3pm. Connections will also have ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck!

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

Silver Salmon Egg Take at the Anchor River:

As part of the “Salmon in the Classroom” program, ADF&G invites students to participate in the silver salmon egg take at the Anchor River. The short presentation will be from 12:25-1pm and students will meet at the first parking lot to the right off of Anchor River Road. Directions: turn on to the Old Sterling Highway (next to the Anchor River Inn), cross the wooden bridge, take a right on Anchor River Road, first parking lot to the right. For more information please contact Mark Wackler:


All Connections High School Students are invited to attend a free guided tour of AVTEC in Seward on Friday, November 9th. AVTEC offers a variety of educational programs such as Construction, Welding, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Maritime Studies, Electronics, Culinary Arts and many other courses.

For more information or to RSVP, please email Reubin Payne at or call the Connections office at 907-714-8880.

WHEN: Friday, November 9th @ 10:00 am

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

Free Shelf Overflowing!

The Soldotna office has a free shelf with quite a few items. Please stop by during office hours to check out all the treasures!

Kenai Central High School

Week of October 1st– October 7th, 2018

In October, there are a few teams beginning their practices. Wrestling began last week but is still taking on new recruits, while the Hockey & Ski Teams are digging out their gear in preparation for a late October start. Speaking of the Ski Team, they will be hosting their annual Sports Swap in the Kenai Auditorium Commons on Saturday, October 13.

Congratulations to the Cross Country team for a strong season! The runners finished their state tournament this past weekend and will hang up their running shoes for this season. Yet, with many young Kards on the team, these athletes will continue to make Kenai proud in the years to come!

The Lady Kards volleyball team will start the week with a home game vs. cross-town rival SOHI and will finish out the week at the Grace Invitational Tournament in Anchorage.

Tuesday 10/2: Volleyball vs. SOHI C 3pm/ JV 4pm/ V 5pm

Thursday 10/4- Saturday 10/6: Volleyball @ Grace Invitational

Mountain View Elementary

The 30 day grace period for Free and Reduced meal benefits will end on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Students who do not have a new application in and approved will have to bring a sack lunch or bring $3.00 for a hot lunch. Please allow up to 10 working days for an application to be processed. Applications are available at the office.

The annual Mountain View Carnival will be on Thursday, October 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM and is open to the public. All funds earned will go towards student field trips or student activities, such as artists in schools, for all students. Proceeds may also be used for grade level equipment and supplies. There will be lots of food, games & prizes. Tickets are .25 each and most games cost 2-4 tickets to play. Parents are asked to sign up to help run a booth or to donate a cake or cookies for the cake walk and/or a prize for the prize walk. Parents need to have a background check through the school district to volunteer. Please call the office at 283-8600 if you need help with this process.

Picture retakes are scheduled for Thursday, October 18th for students needing to have their pictures retaken or students that missed the first picture day.

Friday, October 19th is an Inservice Day. There is no school for students.

Soldotna Prep

Picture retakes is October 18th .

After school tutoring will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the library 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.

Note from the Counselor: Anytime students practice taking a test, it is an advantage. Here is an opportunity, Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) will be offered on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:30 am to (approx.) 12:00 pm at SoHi’s auditorium. The fee is S18.00 and on a first come first serve. Pay the fee and sign up at SoHi’s front desk. Visit for more information. See Ms. Ruebsamen with questions.

Redoubt Elementary

Walk to School Day was a big success. Thank you to all students, parents and staff for participating. A big thank you to Mrs. Kapp from our PTA for setting up all the morning snacks and hot cocoa and to Mrs. Hale for organizing it for our school.

Picture day will be October 5th. Picture packets were sent home in Friday’s folder.

Siblings picture time will be held between 11:30 and 12:15. Please bring siblings during this time only.

Fun Fests will be October 12th from 3:30-5pm. The cost is $4 per student. Permission forms will be coming home the first week of October.

The Believe Kids fundraiser has begun and runs through October 4th. This is the school’s only fund raiser for the year. If you see our Redoubt students out and about in the neighborhood, please help them support their school with a small purchase. We appreciate your support and all you do to help our students and school.

Coming October 13th is our Annual 6th Grade Fun Run. Registration will be the morning of the race. No dogs please, strollers welcome! More information will be forthcoming.

Text messaging service opt-in. All KPBSD parents have a choice to opt-in to receive text messages on their mobile phone. If you would like this service all you need to do is text: Y or YES to our school district’s short code number: 67587.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held November 1st and 2nd. A parent letter for scheduling times was sent home in your child’s Friday folder. Please return these forms ASAP. We schedule times as the letters are returned, so please return yours ASAP if you want to make sure you have the time you’ve chosen. We ask that only one form per family be filled out.

Skyview Middle School

Last week for Cross Country Running – Friday, October 5 is the Borough Meet in Nikiski at 3:00 pm.

Girls and Boys Intramural Basketball begins Monday, October 8! All students who wish to join must turn in the required sports forms before participation. Forms must be filled out for each sport. All forms may be picked up at the Front Office or found online on the Skyview Middle School blog > Skyview Sports > Required Sports Paperwork.

Teens Against Tobacco Use: TATU is looking for teen leaders who are fun, outgoing, articulate and a good role model to help make a difference in the lives and health of our community. AND…… looks good on a resume! Pick up an application from Nurse Sue. Training is on Tuesday, October 2nd.

Reminder: Bus passes must be in writing by a parent or guardian. The correct bus number and street, along with the parent/guardians phone number needs to be on the written note. Bring the note to the office before noon. No temporary passes can be written for bus number 139. Contact Apple bus number at 262-4900 with questions.

For more Skyview news… visit the Skyview Middle School Blog at or Like Us on Facebook!

Nikiski Middle/High

Thursday, October 4

FAFSA Completion Event at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. A KPC Financial Aid Specialist will be available to answer all your questions, and dinner will be provided.

Friday, October 5

Volleyball @ Grace Tournament

Middle School X-Country Boroughs @ Nikiski – 3:00 p.m.

Middle School Costume Dance (grades 7 & 8) 7:00-9:30

Saturday, October 6

Volleyball @ Grace Tournament

Tuesday, October 9 there will be PICTURE RETAKES.

The Academic Awards and National Honor Society Induction dinner and ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. Invitations have been mailed to all academic letter winners.

This month Carlee Rizzo is being honored as the Elk’s Student of the Month.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

NNS will have picture retakes in the morning on Thursday, October 4th in the school library.

The PTA will be having their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 4th beginning at 3:45pm in the staff lounge. One of the topics of discussion will be the annual PTA fall carnival. This year the carnival will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 1:00 – 4:00 at the school. Volunteers are always appreciated and needed to help set-up, run booths, serve food and clean up. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the school office at 776-2600. Candy donations are welcome and appreciated.


The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Caring–To feel and show concern for others.


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 trip.

Monday, October 1

Clarinets have band this morning

6:50 am 5th Grade will go to the Wynn Nature Center in Homer

Tuesday, October 2

Saxophones in Advanced Band and Flutes in Beginning Band have band this morning

National Schools Custodian Workers Day – thank Mr. Gordon and Miss Sonia for their hard work at the school

Wednesday, October 3

Trumpets in Advanced Band and Saxophones in Beginning Band have band this morning

9:30 3rd/4th grade will be

Thursday, October 4

Percussions in Advanced Band and Trumpets in Beginning Band have band this morning

9:30 3rd/4th grade will be going to Anchor River for the annual egg take

1:30-3:00 kinders will walk to No Name Creek

Friday, October 5

Whole Advanced Band and Trombones / Percussions in Beginning Band have band this morning

Spirit Day is Twin Day, dress alike with a friend

Up Coming Events

October 16 – Picture Retakes

October 18 – PTA at 6:00 p.m.

October 19 – End of 1st Quarter In-service; NO SCHOOL

October 22 – APC Meeting at 4:15 in the KSAS Library

October 24 – Early Release at 2:10

Kenai Peninsula College

Kenai Peninsula College Council meeting scheduled

The College Council will hold their next meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at KPC’s Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer in Pioneer Hall, room 212.

The College Council is advisory in nature and members are recruited from all sectors of the Kenai Peninsula to provide input to KPC administration. The meeting is open to the public. For a copy of the agenda, contact the director’s assistant at 262-0318 or visit this link:

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