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Schools briefs for the week of Oct. 7-13

What’s happening this week.

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Skyview Middle

Girls and Boys Intramural Basketball begins tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 7! 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.

First Band/Choir/Drumline Performance: Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Skyview Middle School Commons.

Activity Night — Friday Oct. 11 from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.: Parent volunteers needed. Please call the office at 260-2500 to help.

Teens Against Tobacco Use: TATU is looking for fun, outgoing teen leaders who have a passion against Big Tobacco and would like to be involved in advocacy, activism, and peer education. Applications can be picked up from Nurse Sue. The annual training is on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Congratulations to the August/September Students of the Month!

Kael Aamodt, Kadee Adams, Layla Allain, Gabriel Almeida, Dalton Armstrong, Alianna Benson, Christopher Bessette, Aidan Bon, Elias Bouschor, Zachary Bouschor, Gracie Bras, Charlotte Buffan, Danika Buffan, Arianna Cannava, Kendyl Cannava, George Carpenter, Mackenzie Carson, Suwannee Chap.m. an, Avery Ciufo, Donovan Cole, Alexis Cole, Cooper Collier, Matthew Connelly Welch, Jake Cowgill, Kobe Curry, Aiden Day, Emily Day, Katelynn Derleth, Daniela Dimitrovski, Makayla Eberhard, Hayden Eck, Benjamin Engebretsen, Kendal England, Wyatt Faircloth, Danica Farrar, Blake Ferreira, Mya Fielden, Shaun Firmin, Hallie Fischer, Kiara Forkner, Destiny Friedersdorff, Wyatt Gagnon, Isabella Gares, Christopher Glaves, Terryn Gomez, Anders Hammerberg, Daisy Hannevold, Kellyn Hansen, Draek’Adam Harris, Aaliyah Helgeson, Cody Henley, Phillip Henry, Andi Hiler, Daxton Honey, Lydia Hopper, Haedyn Horstman, Kyler Howell, Emma Hunter, Haley Inman Josue Iraheta Sorto, Samantha Ivey, Anika Jedlicka, Michael Jessen, Derrick Jones, Brenden Jones, Josie Josephson, Bryce Kampstra, Carson Kandas, Matthew Karella, Noah Kirby, Hannah Leaders, Elijah Lee, Boyd Lehmberg, Kenai Lepule, Deighton Luck, Colby Lund Strength, Alexander MacMaster, Laurel Matson, Alyssa McDonald, Taylor McNeel, Paxton McKnight, Sophia Micciche, Luke Miller, Stefany Montague, Kiya Newcomb, Trenton Ohnemus, Sylus Pannell, Scott Powell, Charlene Pyatt, Frank Rabbit, Cole Radeck, Kristopher Renteria, Harland Richards, Valentino Rigutto, Meg Roberts, Allehya Roberts, Parker Rose, Madelyn Ross, Abigail Secor, Don Slats, Teagun Slaughter, Mathyas Smith, Kayla Steger, Cody Thompson, Brayden Truesdell, Joey Von Heeder, Hunter Wade, Brooke Walters, Charisma Watkins, Alexis Wells, Destiney Wheeler, Megan Whittom, Haiden Wilkinson, Peyton Williams, Isaak Winslow, Lokeni Wong, Julene Yager, Katelynn Yoder

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Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Oct. 7

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Common Sense — To use good judgment.

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped construct our high-tunnel greenhouse it looks amazing!

Tuesday, Oct. 8: 2 p.m. — PTA meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 9: 4:15 p.m. — APC meeting in the Library

Thursday, Oct. 10: 9:15 a.m. — third and fourth grade will be going to Anchor River for the egg take. Please send the appropriate outside gear for this trip along with a sack lunch.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 14: 6 p.m. — first and second Celebration of Learning

Oct. 15: Picture Retakes

6 p.m. — fifth grade will be joining the KCHS Choir Concert

Oct. 16: 2:10 p.m. Early Release — School will be dismissed at 2:10 p.m. and buses will run 90 minutes earlier

Oct. 17: 2:30 p.m. — fifth grade Celebration of Learning

3 p.m. — third and fourth grade Celebration of Learning

Oct. 18: End of Quarter — No School

Volunteers: 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. Our Volunteer training is available at the KSAS office.

Soldotna High School

PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in the SoHi Staff Lounge. Snacks will be provided.

Please join us for these events hosted in the library by the Counseling Department (All are welcome):

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5:30-7 p.m. / 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 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.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Thank you to the NNS PTA for purchasing and distributing Nikiski North Star T-shirts to each student in our school! This is a great way to celebrate our positive school culture and sense of belonging. Please have your student wear their NNS shirt on Fridays.

NNS uses Facebook to update families on events and happenings so please “like” our page if you are a Facebook user. Also, KPBSD has a Facebook page and a free KPBSD app which provides you with district and school notifications. You can also find the lunch menu on both pages.

The first site council meeting of the school year will be held on Monday, Oct. 7 at 3:45 p.m. The meeting will take place in the school library. Everyone is encouraged to attend and get involved with the site council.

Wednesday, Oct. 10 is picture retake day at NNS. Pictures will be taken in the library beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

The annual NNS/PTA fall carnival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1-4 p.m. at the school. There will be lots of games, food, door prizes, book fair, basket auctions, face painting, costume contests and lots more. PTA is looking for candy donations that can be dropped off in the school office. It is always a fun time for the community to come out for a safe and exciting afternoon!

Redoubt Elementary

Our next PTA meeting will be Oct. 8 at 3:45 p.m. in the teachers’ lounge. We are always looking for new members to join and attend our meetings.

Fun Fest forms went home with your child last week. Fun Fest is Oct. 11 at 3:30-5 p.m. There will be no Boys and Girls Club on this day. Admission is $4. Snacks will be available for purchase.

Our school’s 8th Annual Fun Run will be Oct. 12. Registration and bib pickup will be at 9 a.m. All are welcome to attend, please no dogs or strollers. $10 individual or $25 family. Pre-registration forms can be found in the lobby under the information screen.

Our next early release is Oct. 16 at 1:45 p.m. Buses will be running 90 minutes early, and Boys & Girls Club will be open.

Fall weather has arrived and the morning temperatures are becoming colder. Please start looking for your child’s winter gear. Many students are already asking for gloves and hats for morning recess.

If you were unable to stop in to the fall registration please stop by the school to fill out this year’s mandatory paperwork.

Soldotna Elementary

Oct. 8: International Walk Your Child to School Day 8 a.m. at the Catholic Church

Oct. 8: Parent PACK Meeting 3:45 p.m. in the Library

Oct. 16: Early Release

Oct. 17: Pajama Day

Oct. 18: In-Service Day (No School for Students)

Oct. 29-Nov. 4: Book Fair

Nov. 1: Parent Teacher Conference Day 1

Nov. 4: Parent Teacher Conference Day 2

Nov. 7: Picture ReTakes

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 10 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:

— Oct. 8: SOLDOTNA: Open Gym at Kenai Rec Center starts today! 12-2 p.m.

— Oct. 9: SEWARD: 12:45 — 1:45 p.m. ADF & G Salmon Egg Take at Bear Lake Weir (more info below)

— Oct. 10: 1:20-1:55 p.m. ADF&G Salmon Egg Take at Anchor River (more info below)

— Oct. 10: Kenai Watershed Forum Elementary Program

— Oct. 15: SOLDOTNA: Open Gym at Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m.

— Oct. 16: PSAT Homer, Seward & Soldotna Office (more info below — Seward office call Julie at 907-224-9035)

— Oct. 17: High School Eligibility Due

— Oct. 17: Solid Rock Hay Maze from 1-3 p.m. FREE for Connections student (more info below)

— Oct. 18: Wildlife Conservation Center Field trip 12:30-2:30 p.m. $6.25 per person

— Oct. 22: SOLDOTNA: Open Gym at Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m.

— Oct. 23: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge — BATS!

— Oct. 24: Kenai Watershed Forum Middle/High School Program

— Oct. 24: Homer Connections School Picture Retakes at Paul Banks Elementary School 1-3 p.m.

— Oct. 28: Homer CPR and First Aid Certification (Including Child and Infant CPR — more info below)

— Oct. 29: SOLDOTNA: Open Gym at Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m.

— Oct. 31: SOLDOTNA: Fall Festival 1-3 p.m. (more info below)

— Nov. 7: Kenai Watershed Forum Elementary Program

— Nov. 8: AVTEC Tour (more info below)

— Nov. 13: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge — OWL PELLETS!

— Nov. 13: School Picture Retakes at Seward Middle School — Time TBD

— Nov. 15: Central Peninsula School Picture Retakes at Borough Building 3-5 p.m.

— 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

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.

Fall Artwork Welcome!

The Soldotna office is collecting fall-themed artwork to display during September and October ! Here are some ideas: apples, pumpkins, leaves, seasonal colors, animals. Please stop by anytime during office hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) and drop off your fall-themed artwork. Remember to have your child’s name on the art piece and we look forward to seeing our artists in action!

Central Peninsula Gym Time:

Connections organized gym time will start back up in October, so please be on the lookout for those dates. In the meantime the Kenai Recreation Center has free gym time set aside for home-school students every Tuesday from 12-2 p.m. Please remember to wear non-skid sole shoes and if you have any questions you can call our office at 714-8880.

Homer SPARC Gym Time:

Come join other Connections Homeschool kids every Wednesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the SPARC for basketball, pickleball, soccer, and just plain running around! This is a free event, but students must check in with SPARC every week, so please go online and create an account if you don’t have one already. Questions? Please contact Derek Bynagle or 226-1880.

SEWARD: ADF & G Salmon Egg Take at Bear Lake Weir:

As part of the “Salmon in the Classroom” program, ADF&G invites students to participate in the silver salmon egg take at the Bear Lake Weir. The short presentation will be on Oct. 9 from 12:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Directions: Head out of town approximately 6 miles and take Bear Lake Road on the right. Go approximately 1 mile until you see the Weir and the crew.

HOMER: 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 1:20-1:55 p.m. Students will meet at the first parking lot to the right off 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. To sign up or for more information please contact Derek Bynagle

Hay Maze at Solid Rock Bible Camp: PLEASE RSVP:

Please join Connections on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 1-3 p.m. for the annual Solid Rock Hay Maze! And it’s FREE for Connections students (parents pay $6, cash only please). All home-school families are invited, the cost is $6 (cash only) per person for non-Connections students/families. Please bundle up for this event. Gloves, hats, warm layers and flashlights are encouraged. If you have any questions contact the Soldotna office at 907-714-8880 or email Kellie Davidson to RSVP or for more information.

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center:

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care. Come join Connections on Friday, Oct. 18 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for an hourlong walking tour around AWCC and learn about bears, moose, muskox, wood bison, and meet Snickers the porcupine! Connections will have a grill and provide hot dogs and chips, families are welcome bring a snack to share. The cost is $6.25 per person (reimbursable for Connections students). Please tell the ticket attendant that “you are with Connections.” RSVP with Reubin or call 907-714-8880to reserve your spot.

Homer CPR and First Aid Certification (Including Child and Infant CPR):

This class is Monday, Oct. 28. The class is 6-8 hours and recommended for seventh-12th graders. The cost is $55 plus $10 for the book. There are 12 seats for the class. For more information or to RSVP please contact Jake Parrett at

Soldotna Connections Annual Fall Festival:

Come join the Soldotna Connections office for our annual Fall Festival: Oct. 31 from 1-3 p.m. We will have food, activities, games and trick-or-treating for students. Costumes encouraged, all ages and all home-school families welcome! This is always a fun and well attended event that students look forward to so we hope to see you here!


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 Equipment Mechanics, Maritime Studies, Electronics, Culinary Arts and many other courses.

Please visit the AVTEC website at 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 at 10 a.m.

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

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

Mt. View Elementary

Picture retakes are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16 for students needing to have their pictures retaken or students that missed the first picture day.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 is an early release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m.

The annual Mountain View Carnival will be on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5-8 p.m. 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 and prizes. Tickets are 25 cents each and most games cost two to four 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.

Friday, Oct. 18 is an Inservice Day. There is no school for students.

K-Beach Elementary

After reading Song for a Whale, Mrs. Baker’s fourth grade class reached out to author Lynne Kelly to tell her how much they enjoyed her novel. She wrote them back and set up a Skype book talk! She is going to answer their questions on her book as well as talking about what it takes to be a good writer.

Mr. Daniels’s class is studying the Role of Producers in an Ecosystem this week. They enjoyed the K-Beach Caribou Migration event on Friday, where students walk/run laps around the field to raise money for school activities. Students are looking forward to reaching their reading counts goals so they can go to the Solid Rock Hay maze on Oct. 17.

There will be a band concert Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the K-Beach Gym.

— Oct. 11: Band Concert

— Oct. 16: Early Release Day

— Oct. 17: School Picture Retake Day

— Oct. 18: NO SCHOOL due to staff inservice

Kenai Middle School

Basketball Intramurals begin today. Students must have a sports packet completed and turned in prior to participating. The cost for Intramurals is $30. Please only send $30. Once teams have been chosen, athletes will need to pay an additional $30. Basketball is open to all seventh and eighth grade students. Boys practice first this week from 2:30-4 p.m. Girls stay for mandatory study hall. Girls practice from 4 -5:30 p.m. We will alternate each week. Sixth grade students will have a short intramural program in the spring.

The annual band fall concert will be Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Bands performing will be the KMS Concert Band and KMS Intermediate Band. Also performing will be the KCHS Concert Band and the Drum Line. Emcees for the concert will be Bob Bird and Dan Gensel. Admittance to the concert is free.

Picture Retakes are Wednesday, Oct. 9. Students should have their picture taken if they missed the original picture day. If you are not happy with your original pictures please return your packet and have your pictures retaken.

If your student is interested in Robotics, be sure to have them grab an application for the Varsity Robotics Team at the office. Robotics is open to all grades. A team of 12 students will be selected.

It’s almost time for the Annual Hay Maze field trip. On Oct. 23, seventh and eighth graders will attend. Sixth grade will attend on Oct. 24. Permission slips will be made available on Friday, Oct. 11. Permission slips will be accepted starting Monday, Oct. 14. Students must turn in a completed permission slip along with the $10 fee in order to hold a spot. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.


Oct. 15: KMS Choir Concert

Oct. 16: Early Release

Oct. 17: Last Day of Quarter

Oct. 18: No School for Students

Kenai Central High School

September 2019 Student of the Month

Rotary — Brooke Nash; Chamber — Hunter Beck; Elks — Chelsea Plagge; Kard of the Deck — Abigail Moffett; Super Staffer — Simon Nissen; Vocational Education — Colton Hall; Mr. Hartman

Language Arts 12 — Keelin McGraw; Ms. Trower Spanish I — Emry Wolverton; Mr. Moss Study Skills — Onaca Daniels; Mrs. Crawford US History — Tucker Vann; Mrs. Calvert Study Skills — Isabella Katzenberger; Mr. Reid Ceramics/Photo — Abigail Every; Mr. Morton Physics — Chelsea Plagge; Mr. Armstrong; Concert Band — Devin Murphy; Mrs. Sounart Physical Training — Leif Lofquist; Mr. Riddall Leadership — Taylor Pierce; Ms. Newberry

Nikiski Middle/High

Monday, Oct. 7: FAFSA Completion Night, 6:30—8:30 p.m. Bring your documents and complete your student’s FAFSA with the support of KPC representatives! Dinner is provided! Seniors and parents check your email for a list of items you need to complete the FAFSA.; Middle School Basketball begins

Tuesday, Oct. 8: PICTURE RETAKES; High School Volleyball at Kenai — C Team 3 / JV 4 / Varsity 5

Friday, Oct. 11: High School Volleyball at Grace Tournament

Middle School

Saturday, Oct. 12: High School Volleyball at Grace Tournament; High School Football at TBA

The first quarter celebration for middle school students is happening on Oct. 14. All students with Cs or better will be participating in the afternoon activities designed by the students themselves. The cut-off date for grade consideration for this is on Oct. 11.

Oct. 16 will be Early Release — students released at 12:45 p.m.

Middle School Spirit Week will be Oct. 21-25

Current juniors and seniors can sign up to take the Accuplacer if they are interested in taking a JumpStart class next semester. The Accuplacer will be administered on Oct. 22. The cost is $18, and sign up is in the Counselor’s office.

Juniors can now sign up to take the PSAT with Mrs. Taylor. The PSAT will be given on Oct. 16.

The September Kenai Elks Student of the Month is Joseph Yourkoski!

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