Schools briefs for the week of Sept. 9, 2019

Schools briefs for the week of Sept. 9, 2019

What’s happening this week

  • Saturday, September 7, 2019 10:48pm
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Soldotna High School

Upcoming Counseling Department Events at SOHI:

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 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 http: 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: Teams?entityId=21192 or http:

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: 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 Trustworthy —To act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence.

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

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

Wednesday, Sept. 11: PTA Summer Reading Logs are due to the office

Thursday, Sept. 12: 5:30 p.m. – first-fifth grade Curriculum Night, information about class times will be coming home in Friday Folders.

Saturday, Sept. 14: 11 a.m. PTA Color Run — information was sent home last week in Friday Folders.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 18: 2:10 p.m. Early Release — School will be dismissed at 2:10 today and buses will run 90 minutes earlier; 4:15 APC Meeting in the Library

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 http: wp.m.u volunteers and click the link to the background check. This may take 2 weeks for approval to be returned. Our Volunteer training is our second step, dates will be announced soon.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Vedders’ class has been studying hurricanes and tracking hurricane Dorian from land and space. Students have been communicating with one of Mr. Vedders’ friends in Florida, and thankfully they were spared the major force of the storm.

Mr. Daniels’s class is learning how to think like a scientist. They are participating in activities related to science process skills, such as, compare contrast, observe, analyzing data, predicting, measuring, and communicating. They are gathering found items in nature, bringing them back to class, and using them as materials for the process skills practice. Mr. Daniels brought in some pond water to show his students life in a pond under the microscope. They were amazed to see so much life on a drop of water!

Sept 12: School Picture Day

Sept. 18: Early Release Day. K-Beach will dismiss at 12:55 p.m.


Dates To Remember:

Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 — HOMER: Canoe Day Trip With HoWL (more info below)

Sept. 11 — SEWARD: Seward Connections Welcome Back Barbecue @ Branson Pavilion 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.! Food, Fun, Games, Catching Up and come meet the new Seward advisor!

Sept. 12 — PSAT Payment Due: Homer and Soldotna Office

Sept. 13 — HOMER: Learn to Tie Knots @ the Homer Connections Office! (more info below)

Sept. 19 — Homer Connections School Pictures @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1-3 p.m.

Sept. 20 – HOMER Wynn Nature Center Fall Exploration: 1:30 — 3:30 p.m. Grades K-4 (more info below)

Sept. 20 — High School Eligibility Due

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

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

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

Oct. 10 — 1:20-1:55 p.m. ADFandG Salmon Egg Take @ Anchor River (more info below)

Oct. 16 — PSAT Homer and Soldotna Office (more info below)

Oct. 17 — High School Eligibility Due

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

Nov. 8 — AVTEC Tour (more info below)

Nov. 13 – 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

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:

Every Wednesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. starting Sept. 4. Come join other Connections Homeschool kids 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. Go to http: schedule. Questions? Please contact Derek Bynagle or 226-1880.

SUP Canoe Day Trip With HoWl:

Canoe and paddleboard in the scenic wilderness of the Bridge Creek Reservoir. You’ll learn canoe safety, how to turn upright a flipped canoe, basic canoe paddle strokes, SUP technique, and how to capsize your buddy’s board!

There will be a fleet of canoes and some stand up paddleboards at the Reservoir and students will learn the basics! Get ready to have a blast playing in the water and learning skills and safety as you do it. Bring a lunch, water bottle, bathing suit, towel and something to change into after getting out of a wet suit. Joanna from the Homer office will chaperone but parent chaperones are also needed and encouraged to come as well. (Students will have turns with the SUP boards and the canoes)

When: Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Who: Connections students grades 4-12

Where: Depart from the Homer Connections office at 10:30 a.m. (For families who prefer to meet at the Reservoir please let Joanna know)

Cost: $60 (student allotments can be used, parents must pay their own way). This includes the SUP board and canoe rental, wet suit, life jackets and transportation for those who need.

Contact: Joanna Fonkert ( ) 226-1880 or sign up with your Connections advisor. Space is limited so sign up ASAP!

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 questions please contact Joanna Fonkert

HOMER Wynn Nature Center Fall Exploration: Join Connections staff from 1:30-3:30 p.m. 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.

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

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: 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 @ 10 a.m.

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

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna Elementary is off to a great start for the 2019-2020 school year. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Sept. 18: Early Release (1:55 p.m.)

Oct. 3 Fall Picture Day

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.

The KPBSD Handbook is available online at http: 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 Sept. 29.

Parents can now track student lunch balances online by going to https:

The Soldotna Sentinel will be sent home in folders and via email 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.

Redoubt Elementary

Picture day will be Sept. 16, retakes will be Oct. 25 (morning only)

Site Council meeting is Sept. 17 @3:45 p.m. in the teachers’ lounge.

Early release Sept. 18 @1:45 p.m., Boys and Girls club will open after school, busses will be running 90 minutes early, please make sure your child knows how they are getting home on that day.

Nikiski Middle High School

Tuesday, Sept. 10: Middle School Soccer @ Skyview — 3 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 6: High School Football @ Ketchikan — 6 p.m.; High School X-Country @ Seward — 2 p.m.; Middle School Soccer @ Nikiski vs. Homer — 3 p.m.; Middle School X-Country @ Nikiski — 3 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7: High School Volleyball @ Homer — C Team 11 a.m. JV 12 p.m. Varsity 1:30 p.m.

Homecoming will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Order your yearbook now at The price is $50 now, but will go up in January.

Mountain View Elementary

The first Site Council meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Library.

Friday, Sept. 13 is Picture Day.

All Mountain View students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18. This early release day allows grade level teachers to begin collaborating early in the afternoon and then continue after normal release time as part of their scheduled staff meeting time. Bus schedules have been adjusted to accommodate this early release and students will be arriving home approximately 90 minutes earlier than normal.

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.

Kenai Middle School

On Tuesday, Sept. 10 Nurse Dixie will conduct Hearing and Vision screening.

Don’t forget Thursdays are Math Counts from 2:30-5 p.m. Students are welcome to attend after sports practices if they would like.

Friday the 13th is busy day with Cross Country Runners heading to Nikiski to compete. The meet begins at 3.

Soccer players will compete in our first home game of the season against Seward. Games begin at 3 p.m.. If you have the opportunity to come cheer on our Kossacks either here at KMS or in Nikiski, please do! It makes a difference! Go Kossacks!

Please remember the deadline for renewal for free and reduced lunches is quickly approaching. If you haven’t sent in your application for the new year, please do so right away! We have forms available at the office.

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