Schools briefs for the week of Sept. 2, 2019

What’s happening this week

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Soldotna High School

Post-Secondary Planning night on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Library. All grades are welcome!

Financial Aid Night on Monday, Sept. 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Library. This is geared towards seniors and their parents.

College and Career Fair is held at Kenai Central High School on Tuesday, Oct. 15. See Counselors for more information about this event.

FAFSA opens Oct. 1. FAFSA Night: If you need help with your FAFSA, the Soldotna High School Counseling Department is offering two FAFSA nights where the financial advisors from KPC will be present. This is a chance for students and parents to ask questions and get help filling out the FAFSA. First FAFSA night: is Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Library. FAFSA night #2: is Monday, Nov. 18 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Library.

— The afterschool 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 U.S. 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.


The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is No Put Downs — To never use words, actions and/or body language that degrade, humiliate, or dishonor others.

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

Monday, Sept. 2: No School — Labor Day

Upcoming Events

Sept. 10: Picture Day – Siblings can come in from 12:00-1:00 and have pictures taken as well. To order before picture day visit with your picture day id: AK319004Q0

Sept. 14: 11 a.m. PTA Color Run — more information will be coming home soon.

Sept. 18: 2:10 p.m. early release — School will be dismissed at 2:10 and buses will run 90 minutes earlier

Sept. 19: 5:30 p.m. Kindergarten Connections and Potluck, look for information in Friday folders for this event.

Sept. 25: 6:30 a.m. — fifth grade will be going to Exit Glacier. All fifth grade students will need to bring a sack lunch.

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 our second step, dates will be announced soon.


Dates To Remember:

9/5 – Soldotna Office: Welcome Back BBQ @ Soldotna Creek Park 1-3pm (more info below)

9/5 and 9/12 — Yukon Island Kayak 3/4 Day Trip (more info below)

9/13 – HOMER: Learn to Tie Knots! (more info below)

9/19 – Homer Connections School Pictures @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1-3 p.m.

9/20 — HOMER Wynn Nature Center Fall Exploration: 1:30-3:30 P.M. Grades K-4 (more info below)

10/2 — School Pictures at Seward Middle School: Time TBD (Most likely in the morning)

10/4 — Central Peninsula School Pictures @ Borough Building 3-5 p.m.

10/24 — Homer Connections School Picture Retakes @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1-3 p.m.

11/13 — School Picture Retakes @ Seward Middle School: Time TBD

11/15 — Central Peninsula School Picture Retakes @ Borough Building 3-5 p.m.

Central Peninsula Gym Time: Our 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.

Yukon Island Kayak 3/4 Day Trip: Connections is partnering with True North Kayak Adventures to offer a 3/4 day kayak trip around Yukon Island in Kachemak Bay! Along with learning safe paddling practices True North’s amazing guides will lead students in educational experiences including Alaskan coastal ecology, environmental responsibility, and local archaeology.

When: Thursday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 12 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Who: Connections students grade 4-12.

Derek from the Homer office will chaperone but parents are encouraged to come as well. (Most students will be in a tandem kayak, smaller students, especially those in grades 4-6 must have adult with them).

Where: Homer Spit with water taxi to Yukon Island

Cost: $105 (student allotments can be used, parents must pay their own way)

This includes the water taxi, kayaking, and snacks. Bring your own lunch!

Contact: Derek Bynagle ( 226-1880 or sign up with your Connections advisor.

Space is limited so sign up ASAP

HOMER Wynn Nature Center Fall Exploration: Join Connections from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Grades K-4 for the CACS Naturalists and volunteers will lead students in activities at the Wynn Nature Center that focus on the adaptations and lives of plants. Be prepared for two hours of outdoors activities. Dress in layers and bring a rain jacket and hat. Trails may be muddy. $5 pp

HOMER: Learn to Tie Knots: Friday, Sept. 13, from 2-3 p.m. Come join the Homer Connections office in learning to tie knots. The first part of the lesson will be reading a story about knot tying, then students will have a chance to practice knots, and each participant will go home with their own practice pamphlet. If you have any questions please contact Joanna Fonkert

Soldotna Office: Welcome Back BBQ! Come join the Soldotna Connections office at the Soldotna Creek Park from 1-3 p.m. for hot dogs and fun activities! This is a great opportunity to meet new staff members and join the staff for some fun and free food! Connections will have lots of activities and encourage other home-school friends and families to join us. We hope to see you Thursday, Sept. 5!

PARENTS: NEW INFORMATION ON COLLEGE COURSES! CHECK IT OUT: Students now get a full year high school credit upon passing a completed 3 credit college class. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

Kenai Watershed Forum: Volunteer Opportunity for High School Students! Maggie Harings from the Kenai Watershed is seeking high school volunteers (and adults too!) to assist with PIT tagging juvenile coho in Crooked Creek (Kasilof trib) during the following dates: Sept. 5, Sept. 18-20. This is a phenomenal opportunity for kiddos that love the outdoors and want to learn more about the fisheries/research field-or just need some volunteer hours! A standard day typically begins around 6:30-7 a.m. and we are usually out in the field for 8-10 hours. It’s a long day out, but it’s a lot of fun! Rides to/from our office and field location are provided if needed. We ask that students bring their own lunch, water, rain gear, and chest waders. Please contact Maggie at 907-260-5449 for more information!

Redoubt Elementary

Kindergarten open house will be Sept. 9 from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Come meet your teachers and come and go as you please.

Picture day will be Sept. 16; retakes will be Oct. 25th (morning only). If you were unable to stop in to the fall registration please stop by the school to fill out this year’s mandatory paperwork.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’ Class is off to a great start! They participated in many team-building activities, helping them to get to know each other so they can help each other learn more effectively this year. They took a “learning strengths” assessment so they know their own strengths as learners this year. Mr. Daniels demonstrated some cool science tools and gadgets to get them excited about science this year. They are gearing up for their first Slikok Creek walk on Sept. 11. The class is looking forward to a great year of learning!

Sept. 2: NO SCHOOL due to Labor Day

Sept. 12: School Picture Day

Sept. 18: Early Release Day

Nikiski Middle/High


Tuesday, Sept. 3: Freshman Transition Night — 6:30-8:30 p.m. All Freshmen and their parents are invited to attend.

The following topics will be covered: Graduation Requirements & Credits; Grades; Alaska Performance Scholarship/ UA Scholars; Preparing for the future *now*; Getting Involved

Thursday, Sept. 5: Senior Parent Night — 6:30-7:30 p.m. All seniors and their parents are invited to attend. Topics to be covered: Graduation Requirements; Post-Secondary Planning & Finding Direction; Opportunities; Tests; Timeline; Application Process; Financial Aid, Scholarships & the Bulldog Packet; Important Dates Coming Up

Friday, Sept. 6: High School Volleyball @ Nikiski; Shayna Pritchard Tournament; Nikiski vs. Bethel — 5:30 p.m.; Nikiski vs. Mt. Edgecumbe — 7:30 p.m.; High School X-Country @ ACS – 3:30 p.m.; Middle School X-Country @ Homer – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7: High School Volleyball @ Nikiski; Shayna Pritchard Tournament; Games seeded according to Friday’s Pool Play; High School Football @ Nikiski vs. Barrow — 2 p.m.; High School X-Country @ Palmer — 10 a.m.

Kenai Middle School

Monday, Sept. 2: In honor of Labor Day, there is no school today! We hope you enjoy the long weekend with your friends and family!

Tuesday, Sept. 3 is our annual Back to School Night & BBQ. You’re invited to join us for a BBQ starting at 5:30 p.m. then at 6:30 p.m. you can follow along with your student’s schedule for an opportunity to meet your student’s teachers! We look forward to seeing you here at KMS. We will continue to update you each day via social media regarding cross country and soccer practices until we have been given the ‘all clear’ from our District Office.

Friday, Sept. 6 is our first Cross Country Meet of the season in Homer. The meet begins at 4 p.m.

Our Soccer teams will play in Homer on Saturday, Sept. 7. Games begin at 12 p.m. Go Kossacks!

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