The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Schools briefs for the week of Oct. 14, 2018

Skyview

Events this week:

Intramural Basketball continues! Girls information: Girls practice time will be from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Please pick up girl participants at 4:30 pm. Boys information: A mandatory study hall will be from 2:40 to 3:50 pm and practice time will be from 4:00 to 5:45 pm. Please pick up boy participants at 5:45 pm. Please pay the $30 intramural fee as soon as possible.

First Band/Choir/Drumline Performance – Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 pm in the Skyview Middle School Commons.

Picture Retakes – Wednesday, October 17 – Morning only. Students who were absent on the original picture day and would like to purchase a picture, please pick up a flyer at the office. Students who received a picture but would like a new photo, please bring the picture to school to give to the photographer.

Activity Night – Thursday, October 18 from 2:45 to 4:45 pm. Parent volunteers needed. Please call the office at 260-2500 to help.

End of First Quarter – Friday, October 19

Teacher In-service / No School for Students – Friday, October 19

Attention Parents – Please sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Parent/Teacher Conferences at Skyview Middle School will be ONE DAY only: Thursday, November 1. 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 Homepage/Blog > Student/Parent Information > Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Skyview School Store – Skyview Middle now has a school store. The school store is open and will close on Thursday, November 1. After the store closes, the items will be printed and then sent to the school. Don’t delay, get your order in today! https://skyviewstudentstore.itemorder.com

Class fees are now due. Fees can be paid online or at the office between 7:30-3:00 pm.

Reminder: Morning Tutoring is available for all students on Tuesday through Friday with Mrs. Johnson from 7:00-7:45 am.

Congratulations to the August/September Students of the Month!

Kadee Adams, Jireh Aley, Kaylina Bon, Samantha Boots, Justin Bordelon, Liam Boyd, Ania Brockway, Jay Brott, Jakob Brown, Zachary Buckbee, Danika Buffan, Riley Caston, Angelina Chavarria, Issac Chavarria, Landen Chumley, Avery Ciufo, Cooper Collier, Adrienne Conner, Bailey Conner, Sarah Coon, Cadence Cooper, Elijah Corbett, Michael Cornell, Ashley Dahlman, Jarek Derleth, Katelynn Derleth, Trinity Donovan, David Doremire, Andrea Duncan, Reese Edgell, Ben Engebretsen, Brooklynne Erlich, Lucas Ermold, Regan Evans, Raven Evins, Ashlee Fann, Danica Farrar, Kaleb Fidai, Brook Fischer, Kiara Forkner, Noelani Fullerton, Hunter Galleguillos, Aiden Gavalis, Virginia Gibbs, AnnaMae Gilliam, Kaitlyn Grimaldi, Paige Hammerle, Dean Harbaugh, Michael Harmon, Adam Harper, Liam Harris, Autumn Hemphill, Andi Hiler, James Hindman, Jordan Hinz, Kristin Houser, Hamilton Hunt, Emma Hunter, Elijah Jedlicki, Anita Jelliff, Karley Johnson, Quintin Johnston, Derrick Jones, Gavin Jones, Emma Knowles, Nikolay Knutson, Waylon Lansing, Abednego Larson, Chelsea Ann Lawrence, Hannah Leaders, Alexandra Lee, Morgan Lemm, Amara Lewis, Axel Locke, Elissa Lyons, Salvatore MacMaster, Kaytlin McAnelly, Molly McMillan, Andie McQueen, Daniel McRorie, Charlotte Mead, Miah Mead, Avrie Medina, Sophia Micciche, Jaden Millecan, Augustus Miller, Ezekiel Miller, Mariah Mills, Nolan Mize, Sonia Montague, Braden Montgomery, TrinityMurphy, Golden Musgrave, Jace O’Reagan, Cadence Pages, Collin Peck, Jessica Phegley, Cole Radeck, Ryan Rapp, Max Reese, Pyper Reger, Dakota Richie, Grace Richmond, Madison Richmond, Luca Rigutto, Meg Roberts, Camren Roberts, Daisy Rogers, Nate Romero, Athena Rossiter, Thiraphat Samutthirat, Natalie Schneider, Allison Schwartz, Brandie Schwenk, Simon Secor, Gavin Shanahan, Chyann Shearer, Josie Sheridan, Mandi Sisley, Mathyas Smith, Austin Sorenson, Sydney Steadman, Moriah Stitt, Shane Sundberg, Ian Thomas, Cody Thompson, Violet Truesdell, Emma Updike, Benjamin Veh, Tori Verba, Oscar Wahl, Charisma Watkins, Blaze Watson, Zoey Welch, Abriella Werner, Xavier West, Destiney Wheeler, Megan Whittom, Julian Yakunin

Soldotna High

The SoHi music department will be presenting their fall concert “Throwback Thursday” on Thursday, October 18, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Please join us and bring a friend to this free concert. You’ll be treated to the sounds of everything from Journey to Toto, Rocky to Lawrence of Arabia, Folk Songs to Sousa!

Monday, October 22nd SoHi Staff Lounge: After Prom Parents of Juniors meeting at 5:30 pm. After Grad Parents of Seniors meeting at6:30 pm. Next PTSA meeting is Thursday, November 15, 5:30 pm SoHi Staff Lounge. *snacks will be provided at all meetings

The Soldotna Girls Basketball team will be hosting their annual What Women Want Shopping Expo on Saturday, November 3rd from 10-4pm. Concessions will be open. There will be a bouncy house from Jumpin Junction from 11am-2pm and pictures with Frosty the Snowman from 11am-1pm.

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

Parents of Juniors kick off meeting will be Monday, October 22, in the Sohi staff lounge at 5:30 pm.

Parents of Seniors kick-off meeting will be Monday, October 22, in the Sohi staff lounge at 6:30 pm

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 twear@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call 260-7036.

Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at www.neffco.com. 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 Calendarhttp://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 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 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.

Connections

Our weekly updates include activities and due dates in the SOLDOTNA, HOMER, and SEWARD offices.

Dates To Remember:

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

10/16 – KPBSD Annual College & Career Fair (more info below)

10/17 – High School Eligibility Due

10/17 – Russian River Falls Guided Hike

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

10/25 – Soldotna Office: Hay Maze from 1-3pm (more info below)

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

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 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!

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 in 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**

Russian River Falls Guided Hike:

Join the Connections Outdoor Club on a fun and educational hike to the Russian River Falls led by Alice Main from the Kenai Watershed Forum. All ages are welcome, including parents, etc. Meet at the Russian River Falls Trailhead at 10am on Wednesday, October 17. This trail is nicely groomed and flat trail, about 1.5 miles each direction, and suitable for all ages & abilities. Don’t forget to bring comfortable clothing, rain jacket, comfortable walking shoes or boots, a lunch, water, and a backpack or day bag is a good idea. Please DO NOT bring any firearms. There will be no charge for this activity, but please RSVP with Mark Wackler by emailing mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or calling the Soldotna office at 907-714-8880. For more info about the Russian River Falls trail please see this website: http://www.alaska.org/detail/russian-river-falls

Hay Maze @ Solid Rock Bible Camp: PLEASE RSVP:

Connections needs your RSVP to host this event! Please join the staff on Thursday, Oct. 25th from 1-3:00pm. The cost is $6 per person (non-reimbursable). Bundle up for this event; gloves, hats, warm layers and flashlights are encouraged. The Connections program will be providing snacks and feel free to bring a guest. If you have any questions contact the Soldotna office at 907-714-8880 or email Carole Nolden at cnolden@kpbsd.org to RSVP or for more information.

Soldotna Connections Annual Fall Festival:

Come join the Soldotna Connections office for our annual Fall Festival October 31st from 1-3pm. There will be food, activities, games and trick-or-treating for students. Costumes encouraged, all ages and all homeschool families welcome! This is always a fun and well-attended event that students look forward to!

AVTEC Tour:

All Connections High School Students are invited to attend a free guided tour, lunch included, 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.

Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to Reubin Payne at rpayne@kpbsd.k12.ak.us 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!

Soldotna Prep

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month: Ivy Daly-biology, Simon Graham-social studies, Taer Nelson-language arts, Dylan Davidhizar-math, Carly Sturman, study skills.

October 18 – Picture retakes

October 19 – End of 1st Quarter, Inservice day, no school for students

October 24 – Early release

November 1 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 2 – Inservice day, no school for students

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.

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! Remaining meeting dates are: 10/18, 11/15, 12/20, 1/24, 2/21, 3/21, 4/18

K-Beach Elementary

The K-Beach’s annual Great Caribou Migration took place on Friday, October 5th. It was an excellent time and our parent turnout was tremendous! Thank you to all the parents for their support and help in this fundraiser. This is our only fundraiser for the school and will go a long way in helping purchase technology, equipment for classrooms, and help with field trips that our students take during the year. Our students ran a total of 7,336 laps which equals 917 miles all together. Our top running class was Mr. Daniel’s class with 542 laps which was an average of 22.33 laps per runner! Our top fundraiser was Brock Miller and our top Fundraising class was Mrs. Krieger’s class. Way to go Caribou!

October 16: School picture retakes

Oct 19: Inservice day – NO SCHOOL

Oct 24: Early Release Day; K-Beach will dismiss at 12:55

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

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

November 6 Fall Picture Re-take Day

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 https://kpbsd.revtrak.net/ 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 www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us and click on the volunteers link. This process must be completed each school year. Please contact the Human Resources Department with any questions.

Kaleidoscope

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Cooperation–To work together toward a common goal or purpose.

Students are allowed to enter the building at 8:35. The door is unlocked prior to that time for band students only. Please be thoughtful of the time when dropping off your child as there is no staff on duty for supervision.

Volunteers

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 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.

Monday, October 15

1st/2nd grade End of Quarter Celebration: Mrs. Atchley’s class-5:30 in the music room & 6:00 in the classroom; Ms. Fields’ class-5:30 in the classroom & 6:00 in the music room; Mrs. Shelden’s class-6:30 in the music room & 7:00 in the classroom, Ms. Tronnier’s class-6:30 in the music room & 7:00 in the classroom

Tuesday, October 16

Picture Retakes, siblings are at noon

3rd/4th grade End of Quarter Celebration at 3:00

Thursday, October 18

PTA meeting at The Flats Bistro at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19

End of 1st Quarter; In-service Day- NO SCHOOL

Up Coming Events

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

October 23 – 5th grade End of Quarter Celebration at 1:30

October 24 – KCHS Drum Line assembly at 9:30; Early Release at 2:10

October 29 – November 2 – Book Fair

October 30- District Budget Meeting in the KSAS Library from 6:00-7:30 pm

Mountain View Elementary

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.

Wednesday, October 24th, is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 PM.

Student Council has chosen Friday, October 26, as “Twin Day”. Also, this year EVERY FRIDAY (other than spirit days) will be “Wear Blue for Mountain View” Day. Wear blue or your Mountain View t-shirt.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled on Tuesday, October 30th at 6:00 PM in the Kenai Central High School Library.

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday & Friday, November 1st and 2nd. There will be no school for students.

The Library will be holding a book fair the week of October 29 – November 2 during school hours and parent-teacher conferences. If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair please call the office at 283-8600.

Redoubt Elementary

Believe Kids fundraiser has ended. Thank you to all our students, parents and community who help support Redoubt Elementary. We appreciate you very much.

There will be no school on October 19th. End of 1st quarter, Inservice.

Early release is October 24th @ 1:45. Boys and Girls Club will be open. Please make sure your child knows how he/she is getting home that day.

Our 4th, 5th and 6th-grade classes have earned their class reward and will be going to the Haze Maze on October 26th.

Site Council Meeting, Tuesday, October 30th @ Soldotna High School, 6 pm. Budget discussion, open to public.

Halloween parade! October 31st @ 2:20 in our gym. Parents are welcome. Please, no gore or weapons with your costumes.

Parent/Teacher conferences are November 1st and 2nd. All conference forms for time slots were due this past Friday. If you still have not turned yours into the school, please do so no later than this Tuesday.

Picture retakes are Thursday, November 8th, AM only. They usually are finished before noon.

Nikiski Middle/High

Monday, October 15

Graduation/ After Grad planning meeting. All parents of seniors invited to attend.

Tuesday, October 16

Volleyball @Nikiski vs. Soldotna – C Team 3:00/ JV 4:00/ Varsity 5:00

College & Career Fair for Juniors & Seniors

Thursday, October 18

Fall Concert – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19

No School – End of quarter – Teacher Work Day

Volleyball @ Diamond/Service Tournament

Wrestling @ Homer Rumble Tournament

Saturday, October 20

Volleyball @ Diamond/Service Tournament

Wrestling @ Homer Rumble Tournament

Congratulations to Emma Wik on being the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for October!

Kenai Central High

Several teams at KCHS are gearing up to start practices this month and others are getting in some early season competition. Hockey and Ski seasons are right around the corner while the wrestlers will continue their early season work at the Homer Rumble this weekend.

Volleyball and the swim team, on the other hand, are preparing for their end of season tournaments. Swim will take a weekend off before hitting the pool for their region tournament from October 25-27. The Lady Kards Volleyball team is sharpening their game and working to solidify their standing in the region over these last few weeks of the season. This weekend they will travel to Dimond and Service for a tournament.

The KCHS Cheerleaders, the reigning Alaska State Champion team, will be in Anchorage for the Fall Cheer Competition this Saturday. Apart from spreading cheer to all of our Kards and encouraging our athletes at games, the cheerleaders are working hard training for these competitions and always make their school proud. Be sure to give them some encouragement and cheer them on as they head out of town for this competition.

KCHS will host the 9th annual Kenai Peninsula College Fair on Tuesday, October 16th. Nearly 50 educational institutions will attend, along with several local organizations that will be able to help students plan for their transition to the college level.

Tuesday 10/16: College and Career Fair

Friday 10/19: Volleyball @ Dimond/ Service Tournament

Saturday 10/20: Volleyball @ Dimond/ Service Tournament

Wrestling @ Homer Rumble

Fall Cheer Competition

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The NED Show will be at NNS on Tuesday, October 16th beginning with an all grades assembly at 9:00 am. The school-wide character education program centers around NED. NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for N – never give up, E – encourage others and D – do your best. Teachers love that NED is simple, relatable and kid-focused. Some of the ideas behind NED are: improve student behavior, strengthen test scores, enrich instructional time, increase academic achievement, complement existing school themes and enhance motivational climate at school. If you would like more information on NED, please visit their website atwww.thenedshow.com or call the school office at 776-2600.

The annual NNS/PTA fall carnival will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 1:00 – 4:00 at the school. Some of the many activities include a cake walk, costume contest, trick or treat alley, funky hair, face painting, silent auction baskets, game booths and lots of candy and prizes. There will be food available for purchase consisting of hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, drinks and cotton candy. Volunteers are needed to help set-up, run booths, serve food and clean-up. If you would like to volunteer, please contact a PTA member to sign up. Your help is always appreciated!

Please check the lost and found. All items will be donated to charity on the 1st and 15th of every month.

The next NNS site council meeting will be held on Monday, October 22nd at 3:45 pm in the staff lounge.

Migrant Education Program – Family Fun Swim Day in Soldotna and Homer

The Fall Family Fun Swim Day is Friday, October 19, 2018, for families enrolled in the KPBSD Migrant Education Program! Activities include pool time, water safety and lifejacket training, plus literacy and craft time. Healthy snacks will be provided.

Central Peninsula Area Migrant Education Families: Soldotna High School Pool, 12:00 – 3:30. Contact Betsy Vanek at (907) 714-8856 for more information.

Homer Area Migrant Education Families: Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, 12:30 – 3:00. Contact Damara Burnett at (907) 226-1888 for more information.

KPBSD Migrant Education Program: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act enacted by the federal government in 1965 was a means to fund students not meeting national academic standards. Over the years, other student populations, including migrants, were identified and support given to address the educational needs associated with students making repeated moves. Typically, KPBSD has 350-400 qualifying students at any given time. In order to qualify, students must be away from their residence due to an economic necessity for a total of seven nights and eight days over the course of a year, and at a distance of at least 20 miles away from the residence. The displacement must be made with a migrant worker. A migrant worker is someone who has met the above requirements in order to engage in commercial or subsistence fishing, agriculture, or logging with a logging company. If you feel your family may qualify for the Migrant Education Program, please see your school secretary for a Seasonal Work Survey.

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