Schools briefs for the week of Sept. 14-20

What’s happening this week

Nikiski Middle/High

Monday, Oct. 14: First quarter celebration for middle school students. Students will be participating in afternoon activities designed by the students themselves.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Academics Awards and National Honor Society Inductions — 6 p.m. Students who earned an Academic letter were mailed an invitation.

Wednesday, Oct. 16: EARLY RELEASE — Students released at 12:45 p.m. PSAT Test will be given in the morning. Cost $17. Sign up with Mrs. Carstens or Mrs. Taylor.

Thursday, Oct. 17: High School Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Seward — C Team 3 p.m. / JV 4 / Varsity 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 18: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS — Teacher in-service. End of quarter. High School Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Colony – C Team 3 p.m. / JV 4 p.m. / Varsity 5 p.m. High School Wrestling at Homer Rumble

Saturday, Oct. 12: High School Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Homer – C Team 12 p.m. / JV 1 p.m. / Varsity 2 p.m. High School Wrestling @ Homer Rumble.

Middle School Spirit Week will be Oct. 21-25

There will be a graduation/after-grad planning meeting for parents of seniors on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.

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.

Bryan McCollum is the Oct. Kenai Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month!

K-Beach Elementary

On Sept. 20, the K-Beach Elementary community celebrated 18 years of the RIGS program. RIGS stands for Reading is Great in Summer. The students and staff read a collective 302,994 minutes this past summer. Our K-Beach King of Reading this summer was Hunter Gattenby. A special thank you goes out to Marathon Oil and the Soldotna Rotary for their support of the program over the years.

Mr. Daniels’s class headed to Slikok Creek this week to investigate the bug life! They will explore the marsh and creek areas using bug traps and associated investigation tools. The essential question is, “What insects live in and around Slikok Creek?” A secondary question is, “what special adaptations do these insects have to help them survive in their ecosystem?”

Oct. 16 — Early Release

Oct. 17 — Picture Retake Day

Oct. 18 — NO SCHOOL due to inservice

Mt. View Elementary

Mt. View fifth graders will be performing alongside the KCHS Choir, Aurora Choir, KMS Choir, and Kaleidoscope fifth grade on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Rehearsal at KCHS starts at 5:30 p.m. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Huge thanks to Mr. Nissen at KCHS for inviting us to perform together!

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 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.

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

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): 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 afterschool tutoring buses will start running on Sept 3. There are 2 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.

Skyview Middle School

Events this week:

Site Council Meeting: Monday, Oct. 14 — 3:30 p.m. at Skyview

Early Release Day: Wednesday, Oct. 16 — Students end the school day at 1 p.m.

Picture Retakes: Thursday, Oct. 17 — Morning only End of First Quarter.

Friday, Oct. 18 Teacher In-service / No School for Students. Intramural Basketball continues. Girls information: Girls practice time will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please pick up girl participants at 4:30 p.m. Boys information: A mandatory study hall will be from 2:40 to 3:50 p.m. and practice time will be from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Please pick up boy participants at 5:45 p.m. Please pay the $30 intramural fee as soon as possible.

Parent/Teacher Conferences at Skyview Middle School will be ONE DAY only: 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 > Student/Parent Information > Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Please stop by for the SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR in the Skyview Middle School Library! WHEN: Oct. 15 -31, and during parent teacher conferences Nov. 4. HOURS: 7:30-11 M-F, and during parent teacher conference times.

Volunteers are needed. Please call the librarian at 260-2546 to help.

CAN’T MAKE IT? The book fair is also available online from Oct. 10-Nov. 23 by visiting the Skyview Blog Library page.

Purchase a yearbook! Discount of 10 percent applies if ordered by Oct. 31. Order online by visiting the Skyview Blog Home page. For more Skyview news Like Us on Facebook!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Oct. 14: The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Cooperation — To work together towards a common goal or purpose.

Check out the electronic bulletin board in the entryway for all upcoming events and meetings.

Monday, Oct. 14: 6 p.m. — 1st and 2nd Celebration of Learning

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Picture Retakes — Siblings at noon

· 6 p.m.: Fifth grade will be joining the KCHS Choir Concert

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

Thursday, Oct. 17: 2:30 p.m. — Fifth grade Celebration of Learning; 3 p.m. — Third and fourth grade Celebration of Learning

Friday, Oct. 18: End of Quarter — Inservice Day. No School for students.

Upcoming Events

— Nov. 1: Parent Teacher Conference. No School for students.

— Nov. 4: Parent Teacher Conference. No School for students.

— Nov. 6: APC — 6 p.m.

— Nov. 11: Vacation Day — No School

— Nov. 28 and 29: Thanksgiving Holiday — No school

— Dec. 17: Holiday Concert first through fifth grade students — 6 p.m.

Volunteers: Study trips are already scheduled so watch for student permission forms. If you’d like to volunteer on a trip, you must 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 1-2 weeks for approval to be returned. Our KSAS volunteer training is our second step, please see the office for information regarding this process.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

KPBSD will have early release day on Wednesday, Oct. 16. NNS will release students at 2 p.m. For more information please call the school office at 776-2600.

Friday, Oct. 18 is teacher inservice. There is no school for students on that day.

The annual NNS/PTA fall carnival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the school from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. There will be lots of food, games, prizes, face painting, auction baskets, book fair, costume contest and lots more. If you would like to volunteer, please talk to a PTA board member. There is a donation box in front of the office for candy donations. NNS appreciates everyone who can help make this a success for the children and the community!

The Cosmic Summer Reading program honored its participants with an ice cream celebration. There were 30 students and adults who read a total of 56,225 minutes over summer break. The primary winner is Westin Swaggert with 1,810 minutes and the intermediate winner is Aiden Quiner with 4,900 minutes. Congratulations to each participant!

The Scholastic book fair will begin in the library on Saturday, Oct. 19 during the fall carnival. The fair will be open Monday-Friday until parent/teacher conferences. The last day for the fair will be Friday, Nov. 1. The fair will not be open for the half day of conferences Nov. 4. Please call the library at 776-2630 if you need more information.

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

Soldotna Elementary

— Oct. 16: Early Release 1:55 p.m.

— Oct. 17: Pajama Day

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

— Oct. 30-Nov. 4: Book Fair

— Nov. 1: Parent Teacher Conference Day 1

— Nov. 4 Parent Teacher Conference Day 2

— Nov. 7 Picture Re-Takes

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 3p.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. 15: SOLDOTNA: Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2p.m.

Oct. 15: College Fair: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. @ Kenai Central High School Gymnasium

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

Oct. 17: High School Eligibility Due

Oct. 17: HOMER: 1-3:30 p.m. Seasonal Stencil with Soft Pastel Art lesson (more info below)

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

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

Oct. 22: SOLDOTNA: Open Gym @ 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 @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1-3 p.m.

Oct. 25: HOMER: Refreshments and Reimbursements (more info below)

Oct. 25: SOLDOTNA: Site Council 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (please rvsp to if you plan to attend)

Oct. 25: SOLDOTNA: Navigating Homeschool Paperwork (more info below)

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

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

Oct. 29: HOMER: Colors of Light (more info below)

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. 12: Nov. 12 — SOLDOTNA: Scholastic Book Fair 9 a.m.-4 p.m.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 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.

Hay Maze @ 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.

HOMER: Seasonal Stencil with Soft Pastel Art lesson: Who: kindergarten-fourth grade. What: During this time students will review seasons and items that we find with each season, as well as why we have seasons. Students will create their own season art with an emphasis on the elements and principles of art. Where: Homer Connections back office. When: Oct. 17. Please RSVP by Oct. 15. Contact Joanna Fonkert with any questions

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 hour long walking tour around AWCC and learn about bears, moose, muskox, wood bison, and meet Snickers the porcupine! Connections will have a grill and provide hotdogs 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 907-714-8880 to reserve your spot.

HOMER: Refreshments and Reimbursements: Who: all Connections parents. What: Are you ready to turn in reimbursements but don’t know how to fill out the form? Do you have questions about reimbursements? Just need a refresher on what is covered, or you are filling out forms for multiple kids or advisors and have questions? Join us for a working session with refreshments and the Homer Office team. Don’t forget to bring your receipts! Where: Homer office . Questions please call the Homer Office 907-226-1880.

SOLDOTNA: Navigating Home-school Paperwork: Connections advisors and staff will walk you through some of our common forms and procedures, hopefully saving you lots of time and energy in the long run! Our goal is that you’ll walk out of this get-together with a solid understanding of reimbursements, semester reports, the vendor direct payment process, eligibility, and any other forms or procedures you have questions about. We’ll provide snacks and book fair coupons to all attendees. We hope to see you there! Who: All Homeschool Families are welcome. When: Friday, Oct. 25 from 2-3p.m. Where: Soldotna Public Library. Why: To help home-school families become more familiar and comfortable with the various forms, documents, and procedures that come along with being part of a home-school program.

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

HOMER: Colors of Light: Who: Grades third to sixth. What: Students will learn about the light spectrum and assemble an easily built spectroscope that allows them to separate incoming light into its component colors, forming a light spectrum. Where: Homer Connections back office from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Space is limited, contact Joanna Fonkert with any questions or RSVP to guarantee your spot.

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!

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 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!

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