Schools briefs for the week of Sept. 23

What’s happening this week

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Connections Homeschool

Sept. 27: SOLDOTNA: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Trip at 1 p.m. (more info below)

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

Oct. 4: Central Peninsula School Pictures at Borough Building 3-5 p.m.

Oct. 4: Alaska Rural Water Assoc. 2019 Water Conservation Poster Contest Deadline (more info below)

Oct. 4: HOMER Wynn Nature Center Fall Exploration: 1:30 — 3:30 p.m. Grades K-4 (more info below)

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

Oct. 16: PSAT Homer & Soldotna Office (more info below)

Oct. 17: High School Eligibility Due

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

Nov. 8: AVTEC Tour (more info below)

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

Dec. 13: Semester Reports Due

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. http://sparchomer.org/schedule/ Questions? Please contact Derek Bynagledbynagleatkpbsd.org or 226-1880

HOMER Wynn Nature Center Fall Exploration: Join Connections staff from 1:30-3:30 on Sept. 20. Grades K-4 for the CACS Naturalists. Volunteers will lead your 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 per person.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Trip: On Friday, Sept. 27 students in second, third and fourth grades are invited to attend an educational program at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The ranger coordinating the program has specifically designed it to meet the curriculum needs of second to fourth graders. Kellie Davidson will chaperone this trip. Parents are welcome to come but the ranger has asked no younger siblings please. The Visitor Center will be open and running a film for families with younger siblings who would like to visit there during our field trip. Connections staff will meet families at the Education Center at 1 p.m. to begin the program. Please dress for the weather because you never know what Alaska weather will look like. RSVP with Kellie (kdavidsonatkpbsd.org ) and let her know if you plan to attend.

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., 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. To sign up or for more information please contact Derek Bynagle at dbynagleatkpbsd.org.

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 https://avtec.edu/and take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the programs available. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP Reubin Payne atrpayneatkpbsd.k12.ak.us or call the Connections office at 907-714-8880. Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. AVTEC — 519 4th Ave, in the auditorium on the second floor.

HOMER FAMILES: Check out our new link for Homer events for Connections students: https://padlet.com/dbynagle/HomerConnections. These are community events in Homer that Connections students may be interested in!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Sept. 23: The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Personal Best — To do one’s best given the circumstances and available resources. Check out the electronic bulletin board in the entryway for all upcoming events and meetings.

Wednesday, 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.

Oct. 1-3: Fire Prevention week, student will be learning about fire safety

Oct. 11: fifth grade end of quarter celebration at 3 p.m.

Oct. 14: first and second grade end of quarter celebration at 6 p.m.

Oct. 15: Picture Retakes; 5th grade will be joining the KCHS Choir Concert at 6 p.m.

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

Oct. 17: third and fourth grade end of quarter celebration at 6 p.m.

October 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 http://kaleidoscope.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wp.m.u/volunteers and click the link to the background check. This may take two weeks for approval to be returned. For the volunteer training please contact the office.

Soldotna High School

Please join us for these events hosted in the library by the Counseling Department (All are welcome): Post-Secondary Planning Night: Tuesday, Sept. 24 5:30-7 p.m. (College & Career Search, Post-Secondary Assessments, Timelines, Financial Aid, College Application Process, Types of Post-Secondary Schools, College Athletics Requirements, College Visits)

Financial Aid Night: Monday, Sept. 30 5:30-7 p.m. Timelines, Financial Aid Literacy, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), FAFSA, Types of Costs, Scholarship Portfolio, Scholarship Search, the Award Process, guest speaker from the KPC Financial Aid FAFSA Completion Workshops: #1 Wednesday, October 9th 5:30-7 p.m.; #2 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 twearatkpbsd.org or call 260-7036, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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

Mountain View Elementary

The 30-day grace period for free and reduced meal benefits will end on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Students who do not have a new application in and approved will have to bring a sack lunch or bring $3 for a hot lunch. Please allow up to 10 working days for an application to be processed. Applications are available at the office.

If you would like to volunteer in your child’s classroom or participate in a classroom field trip, you must apply for a background check. Please find the link on the KPBSD website (www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/).

All volunteers are required to pass a background check before volunteering at school or going on a field trip. If you have any questions or need help with this process, please call the office at 283-8600. Volunteers are very important and appreciated here at Mountain View Elementary!

As part of the school supply list, we are asking each student to pay a $10 headphone fee. This fee will be used to purchase standard commercial grade headphones for each student. These will be kept in a Ziploc bag with the students’ name on them and they will take them home at the end of the school year. If you have not paid yet, or do not have headphones from last year, please send $10 to your child’s teacher or drop off at the office.


Sports Schedule this week:

Monday, Sept. 23 — Soccer B Team vs. Kenai at Skyview — 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept.r 24 — First Round of Borough Soccer — TBA

Friday, Sept. 27 — Cross Country Running at Seward — 3 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28 — Soccer Borough Finals at Nikiski — 10 a.m.

Basketball Open Gym — Every Tuesday from 4:30- 7 p.m. Open to all middle school athletes, boys and girls. Boys will go later then girls but are welcome to attend during earlier session. Please contact Mr. Patat for more information.

Attention Parents: If your child participated in the 2019 Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) summative assessment for English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science, test results are now available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To better understand these state required evaluations, parents may find resources by visiting the Alaska Department of Education PEAKS webpage: https://education.alaska.gov/assessments

Attention Students: Please check the Lost and Found to see if any items belong to you.

For more Skyview news visit the Skyview Middle School Blog at http://skyviewmiddleschool.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wp.m.u/ or Like Us on Facebook!

Kenai Middle School

Swimming continues this week for sixth grade.

Cross country runners will compete in the Seward Invite on Friday, Sept. 27. The meet begins at 3 p.m. Go Kossacks!

On Saturday, Sept. 28 KMS “A” soccer teams will compete in Nikiski for Boroughs. Let’s go Kenai!

Kenai Alternative School

Kenai Alternative High School is currently scheduling interviews for our second rotation. Interviews will be held the week of Sept. 30. Classes for the second rotation begin Oct. 7. Students who are interested in scheduling an interview are asked to call the school at 335-2870 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m.

Nikiski Middle/High

Monday, Sept. 23: Financial Aid Information Night, 7-8 p.m. in the library. KPC Financial Aid Specialists will present. Dinner will be provided. Open to seniors and their parents.

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Middle School Soccer Boroughs at TBA — 3 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27: High School Volleyball at Nikiski vs. ACS — C Team 3 p.m. / JV 4 p.m. / Varsity 5 p.m.

Middle School X-Country at Seward — 3 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21: High School Volleyball at Nikiski vs. Grace — C Team 11 a.m. / JV 12 p.m. / Varsity 1 p.m.

High School Football at Homer — JV 12 p.m. / Varsity 3 p.m. High School X-Country Regions at Palmer — 10 a.m.

Middle School Soccer Boroughs at Nikiski — 10 a.m.

High School Wrestling will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Homecoming will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5.

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 October 22. The cost is $18, and sign up is in the counselor’s office.

Picture retakes will be on Oct. 8.

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

Congratulations to Elora Reichert, the Kenai Rotary Student of the Month for September. Order your yearbook now at Josten.com. The price is $50 now, but will go up in January.

Soldotna Elementary

Oct. 3: Fall Picture Day

Oct. 16: Early release

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 www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us 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.

The KPBSD Handbook is available online at http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/students.parents.aspx?id=28047. Printed copies of the handbook are available in the front office. Please return the Handbook Acknowledgement of Receipt Form to Soldotna Elementary by September 29.

Parents can now track student lunch balances online by going to https://kpbsd.revtrak.net/.

The Soldotna Sentinel will be sent home in folders and via e-mail the on first Tuesday of each month. You can also access it on the school website. Watch for the Sentinel to get the latest news and updates from Soldotna Elementary.

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