The BOOK IT! K-6 Program has begun and we are happy to be a part of it. Spend just 20 minutes each day focusing on raising a reader. Set a monthly reading goal and when that goal is met, celebrate achievement by going to Pizza Hut and redeeming the BOOK IT! coupon for a personal pan pizza. Coupons are available at the Soldotna Connections office. Please call Lennie Yoter with any questions. More information may be found at


Attention 10th, 11th and 12th grade students!! The College Fair and Financial Aid Night will be held at the Soldotna Sports Center from 11:45 – 1:00 on Oct. 23rd. Please contact your advisor with questions and to sign up.

■ Oct. 30 Our Fall Celebration Hay Maze at Solid Rock from 10 p.m. to midnight. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is $5.00 per person and will be collected the day of the event. Dress warm and a flashlight is always advised! Any further questions please call Shelli furlong @ 714-8880 or email

■ Nov. 15 Picture retake day from 3-7 p.m. at the Borough Building, lower level, Assembly Chambers.

■ Dec. 10-14 See your advisor for monthly Scholastic book orders. So plan to stop by for those last minute gift ideas!

■ Oct. 17 is the end of the 1st Quarter. n Oct. 18-19, school will be closed for the ACSI Convention.

■ Oct. 25, there will be no school for 7 – 12th Grade for Parent Teacher conference.

■ Oct. 26, there will be no school for K – 12th Grade for Parent Teacher conference.

■ Nov. 9, school will be dismissed at noon in preparation for the Fall Banquet at 6P.m.

■ Nov. 12 is picture retake day.

■ Nov. 21, school will be dismissed at noon for Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 22-23.

■ We are still seeking two weekly volunteers to help with Friday lunch and keeper of the reader board. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jill at the office.

Make sure to check out Sycamore for important school information, especially if your student is involved in athletics. All practice information and anything pertaining to sports will be posted here. If you need assistance with accessing Sycamore, please do not hesitate to contact the office for assistance.

ORDER YOUR NEW CIA APPAREL NOW! Please see the order form sent home with your children. If your child doesn’t have a form, they are available at the office. We will only order apparel that has been paid for ahead of time! We have short sleeved t-shirts for $12, long sleeved t-shirts for $15 and hooded sweatshirts for $25. (And a FREE short sleeved t-shirt in size and color of your choice if you are the first one to call Jill at the office, and say you read this in the What’s Happening, 262-5101). They all come in a variety of fun colors! Show your school spirit by wearing your new CIA shirts! They also make great gifts for family members!

If your child is in kindergarten or 7th grade, or a new student in this district, they will be required to receive the PPD (TB tine test) this year. You should have received a permission slip in your snail mail regarding this. If you have not yet returned that permission slip, please do so. Originally, the free CIA PPD clinic date was Oct. 23. For scheduling reasons, we have to change this date to Oct. 22, with Oct. 24 being the day kids will have their PPD’s checked. Please make sure your kids are in school both days. If they miss either day, you will be responsible to get this done on your own.

IDEA is still accepting enrollment for the -13 school year. Please visit our website to enroll or call 260-7555.

IDEA fa.m.ilies remember to take advantage of the homeschool Fire Awareness Event at the Soldotna Sports Center on Oct. 17-18. Students will learn fire safety and fire awareness.

High school students please plan to be at the Quality Inn by 8:45 a.m. for the PSAT Exam which will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 17th. This national exam will help you to prepare for the SAT and my lead you to qualify for the national Merit Scholarship.

Families be sure to check your email for sign up information for the Hay Tunnel and the Anchorage Museum Field Trips. These events are designed to be family friendly and are appropriate for your entire family. Call the office for more information 260-7555.

The Book It Program begins this month and students are reading, reading, reading! Meet your goal for the month and collect your certificate. If you have not enrolled your child in this great reading incentive program come by the office and talk to Omie.

The K-Beach PTA and the library are sponsoring a pumpkin decorating contest during October. Students can decorate a pumpkin as their favorite character from their favorite book. Pumpkins will be displayed in the library, and prizes will be awarded for the best pumpkin from each grade level.

■ Oct. 18 Great Alaska Shakeout Earthquake Drill @ 10:18 a.m.

■ Oct. 18 Fire Prevention Puppet Show for K-3 students @ 1:30 p.m.

■ Oct. 19 End of 1st Quarter, no school for students, in-service day

■ Oct. 22 Site Council meeting, 3 p.m.

■ Oct. 25 Band concert in the gym at 6:30 p.m.

■ Oct. 26 Caribou Celebration

■ Oct. 29 Book Fair begins

■ Nov. 1-2 Parent Teacher Conferences, no school

■ Oct. 18 the PTA will meet at 6 p.m. in the library

■ Oct. 27 the annual Holiday Extravaganza will be held in the school gym. If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, please contact Kaarin at 283-2076

■ Oct. 15 the first and second grade classes will have an End of Quarter Celebration with class plays. The plays will be held in the gym along with class projects displayed in the classrooms for viewing before and after the plays. Mrs. Lafferty’s class is at 6 p.m., Mrs. Shelden’s at 6:30 p.m. and Mrs. Fields’ at 7 p.m.

■ Oct. 17 the last after school Dance club for fifth and sixth graders who signed up from 3:45 to 6 p.m.

■ Oct. 18

-Twin Day, this is a fun spirit day to dress up as a twin with a classmate or friend.

-There will be a district wide earthquake practice drill at 10:18 a.m.

- End of Quarter Celebration for third and fourth graders from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. More information will be sent home from your classroom teacher.

■ Oct. 19 end of the first quarter, and an in-service day.

■ Oct. 25 the APC will meet at 6 p.m. in the school library

■ Oct. 31 The annual Costume Parade will be at 2:45 p.m. Students are allowed to wear their costumes during the parade. Please make sure the costumes are appropriate for school.

■ Nov. 1-2 Parent Teacher Conferences. Signup sheets have been sent home in the Friday Folder. Please make sure to sign up for a time and date as soon as possible.

Hockey players dust off the pads and sharpen those skates. Hockey practice begins today at 3:00. Make sure that you have your physical on file with the school.

■ Oct. 16 The 33rd annual KPBSD Borough Honor Choir concert will be held at 6 p.m. at the Homer High School Auditorium. The admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors. It will be a wonderful concert and we look forward to seeing you there.

■ Kenai will be hosting the biannual SST competition at 7 p.m. The strength and speed training competition between Nikiski, Skyview and Kenai will focus on speed and agility.

■ Oct. 18 The end of the year football banquet is at 6 p.m. If you have any question, please contact Coach Marquez at 283-2109.

■ Oct. 19 End of the quarter. School will not be in session; instead the staff will be having a professional development day.

■ Oct. 20 The Kenai Kardinals are working in conjunction with the Stanley Ford Dealership. This is a fund raising opportunity that will benefit the athletic departments at KCHS. Please support our school, and stop by the local Stanley Ford Dealership to test drive a vehicle.

■ Oct. 31 Senior pictures and baby pictures are due. Yearbooks are on sale for $50.00. The price will go up Nov. 1! Classroom WithOut Walls update – Sophomore World History students spent the 1st 6 weeks of school getting content and research tools and skills from experts around the world, using video conferencing technology. The sophomores at Kenai Central High School have been collaborating with their peers at Skyview High School for the past week. Using small group collaboration both in the buildings and between the buildings with video conferencing technology to complete unit one content. The students have been making connections between modern current events and historical examples from ancient and classical civilizations.

This week Mr. Sparks’ and Mr. Zorbas’ students will be showcasing the CWOW program and their work to a group of Argentinian educators on one day and Texas educators another day. They will get a chance to share their experience so far, present some of their unit one projects and answer some questions. In return later in the year our students may get the opportunity to collaborate and work with some of the students from the South American Country and Texas, and the students in the CWOW program will also be sharing and showcasing there work with a group of educators in Texas this week.

Physical Training Teachers Jeff Baker at Kenai Central, Eric Pomerlou at Skyview and Ted Reidell at Nikiski have been using video conferencing to motivate and prepare for their upcoming 2nd annual competition.

KMS will be honoring the Administrators on Oct. 17th for Principal’s Day!

■ Oct. 18

- Earthquake Drill

- Picture retakes

- Intermediate and Beginning band concert at 7 p.m at Kenai Middle School

■ Oct. 19 No school, teacher in-service, end of the quarter

■ Oct. 22 Concert band will perform with the Kenai Central High School band at the Renee Henderson auditorium at 7 p.m. n Oct. 24 Competitive basketball begins

■ Oct. 16 Lockdown Drill at 9 a.m. Mountain View Elementary in cooperation with the Kenai Police Department will execute a lockdown drill. This is a procedure that would be used in the case of dangerous person or persons inside the school or in the area of the school. During this drill teachers and students will take shelter outside of the line of site of windows and doors. Police will arrive at the school just as if this was a real situation. This is, however, only a drill. We practice to insure that if such an emergency arose the children and staff at Mountain View Elementary would be safe.

■ Oct. 19 is an in-service day. There will no school for students.

■ Oct. 24 Picture retakes

■ Oct. 26 The annual Mountain View Carnival will be 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 & prizes. Tickets are .25 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.

■ Oct. 19 Deadline to return Parent Teacher Conference forms were sent home on Friday. Please complete the form indicating your preference for a conference time.

■ Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 The Book Fair will be open in the library. If you would like to volunteer to help please call the office at 283-8600.

Thank you to the Kenai River Brown Bears for providing game tickets for all the students at Mountain View.

■ Oct. 17

– SST Weight Lifting Competition at Kenai High School at 7 p.m.

– High School Class Color Day – Wear your class color and show your school spirit! Freshmen – Purple, Sophomore – Blue, Juniors – Pink, Seniors - Green

■ Oct. 17 PSAT at Nikiski High School. 8:15-11 a.m.

■ Oct. 19-20 Volleyball at Dimond/Service Tournament

■ Oct. 19–20 Wrestling at Seward King of the Mountain Tournament

■ Oct. 19 No school for students. In service for Teachers. End of the Quarter.

Attention Juniors and Seniors:

The Kenai Peninsula College Fair will be Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at the Soldotna Sports Center from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Nikiski Students. Financial Aid Night will follow from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bussing is available for the day trip. Students will need to arrange their own transportation for the Financial Aid Night. Sign up for the Kenai Peninsula College Fair by Oct. 17th with Mrs. Carstens in the Counseling Office. The College Fair and Financial Aid Night events are both free!

■ Oct. 19 there will not be school for students. This is a teacher in-service and workday.

■ Oct. 27 It’s that time again for our annual PTA Fall Carnival. This year the carnival will be from 1-4 p.m. For the past 36 years the elementary schools in Nikiski have put on this carnival. NNS is in its 9th year of continuing this great community tradition where we can see our neighbors and have fun with our families in a safe, fun environment. This is one of our largest fund raisers of the year and the money we make is used to help fund activities for our students. If you would like to volunteer your time, donate candy or contribute to our auction items, please call the school at 776-2600.

■ Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in our school library beginning. This is a great time to purchase books for holiday gifts and an excellent time to see the latest books that Scholastic has to offer. If you have any questions, please call the school library at 776-2630.

■ Nov. 1-2 Parent/teacher conferences

Thousands of Alaskans will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great Alaska ShakeOut, the state’s largest earthquake drill ever. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will participate in the first Great Alaska ShakeOut “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake drill on Oct.. 18, at 10:18 a.m.

■ Oct. 18 Redoubt’s first fun Fest from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Cost is $4.00 per student, this covers all activities. Extra money is needed for snacks. Permission slips are due by noon on Thursday. Please pick up students at their classrooms at the end of Fun Fest. Please be prompt.

■ Oct. 19

- No school for students, teacher in-service day

- Last day to dig out those old Halloween costumes from your closet and donate them to River City Rotary Club.

■ Oct. 20 A costume sale will be held 20th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club Building in Kenai. Costumes may be dropped off at Redoubt Elementary.

■ Oct. 25 Redoubt’s 4th, 5th and 6th grade Choir, along with Ms. Biggs, have been invited by The Soldotna Senior Center to perform at their lunch

■ Nov. 1-2 Parent Teacher Conferences. Conference forms have been sent home. Please fill out your child’s conference form and return it to your child’s teacher.

Last Friday was RCA Debate Day! Students in all Language Arts classes debated a variety of topics from rights issues to the existence of aliens. These formal debates are a crucial part of students meeting their presentation standards in Writing. Congrats to all the debate teams!

RCA students will also be participating on the Great Alaska Shake Out. Led by our upper classmen, our students will be reviewing Earthquake Safety, practicing for drills and conducting an earthquake drill in conjunction with the rest of Alaska.

■ Oct. 22 Picture retakes. These are retakes for students who were not photographed at the original date or who want their photos to be retaken. For more information, please email or call the office.

■ Oct. 23 RCA will also be taking students to the College Fair. Students who are interested in attending this event should sign up with Christine. This can be a great opportunity to hit Careers standards.

■ Nov. 1-2 Mark your calendars! Student –led conferences. Students will be contacting parents to schedule a time for the conference. Please be sure to attend these conferences, as they are a vital part of students demonstrating their progress thus far this year and also setting goals for the next quarter.

Students in middle or high school who are interested in joining a small, student centered school are encouraged to call the office at 714-8945 or visit River City Academy’s site from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools section. RCA is a performance-based school which serves students in grades 7-12. Students are able to work at their own proficiency level and at their own pace, inside a classroom setting. Students may also earn standards outside the school day in community activities, sports, and work environments.

Students planning to take the PSAT on Wednesday must turn in the $14 non-refundable fee to Mrs. Hanson by the end of school today.

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to participate in KPBSD Honor Choir in Homer today and Tuesday: Liz McGlothen, Rachel Beckmann, Catherine Wolk, Jazmine Henry, Abby Cook, Kyliera Quincy, and Mykaela Rybak.

PSAT test will be administered in the library from 7:55 a.m. to 12:02 p.m.

The first quarter Student of the Month luncheon, prepared and hosted by Skyview’s National Honor Society members, was held on Oct. 11. The following students and staff were honored: Aide – Deanna Clark, Kayla Davis, and Kiara Miller; Business Education – Tristin Kruse; English – Trace Braxling, Brittany Hollers, Sam Janorschke, and Mika Morton; Fine Arts – Serene Hobbs and Brooklynn Kean; Health – Chris Casares and Kylee Pollard; Math – Tylor Dolan, Morgan Keef, Kyliera Quincy, and Jessica Ramirez; Performing Arts – Elizabeth McGlothen and Haley Trefon; Physical Education – Adrian Cana and Annamarieka Chythlook; Science – Lana Chesley, Jeremiah Hudson, and Seth Hutchison; Social Studies – Savannah Anchinges, Austin Laber, Sawyer Link, Nadia Showalter, and Dylan Webb; Vocational Technologies – Mitchell Willey; World Languages – Dustin Buerkel and Sara Daigle; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce – Holly Ramsell; Teachers and Staff – Wes Andrews, Karen Hamlow, Mary Tierney, and Gary Wertz.

On September 26th Soldotna Elementary families bundled up and participated in Walk Your Kids to School Day. Keeping our students safe as the dark days of winter approach is a priority! Soldotna Safe Kids, Soldotna Police and Fire Departments and Mayor Micciche did a great job at helping our students learn safe pedestrian skills. Upon arriving at school, participants were greeted with snacks and door prizes.

The Soldotna Wolves are looking forward to many upcoming events.

■ Oct. 19 - No school, teacher in-service

■ Oct. 24 - We are also calling all Mad Scientists! Soldotna Elementary staff will be hosting a family Science night from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Fun, food and prizes will all be part of the fun. Students need to be accompanied by an adult.

■ Oct. 25 Picture retakes

■ Oct. 26 Wear your favorite clothing or t-shirt from around the world for Geography Day

■ Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 Book fair in the school library. This is a great time to buy books for presents for the upcoming holidays.

■ Nov. 1-2 Parent teacher conferences, no school

■ Oct. 15—Site Council Meeting at 3:30 p.m. at the library. All welcome to attend

■ Oct. 16 First Band and Choir Concert of the Year at 7 p.m. in the Big Gym

■ Oct. 17 Picture Retakes at 8 a.m. This is the only day for retakes. For students who want retakes, please bring the original picture packet for the photographer. For students who were absent, pictures will be taken for the yearbook and may be purchased. To purchase these pictures, students need to give a completed picture packet to the photographer. Please contact the Front Office with questions.

■ Oct. 18 Last Day of First Quarter

■ Oct. 18 No girls or boys Intramural Basketball Practice

■ Oct. 18 FORT NIGHTLY! - Afterschool - New time: 3 to 5 p.m. The Cost to attend is $5. Parent Volunteers Needed! Please contact the front office at 260-2500 to help!

■ Oct. 19 No School for Students

Mark your Calendar for Parent/Teacher Conferences! One day only! Thursday, Nov. 1st from Noon to 4 p.m. and 5 - 7 p.m. There are no scheduled conference times for students. All teachers are available in the Soldotna Middle School Big Gym. Please attend!

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered at for $55 or in room 76. Personalization features are available. Parents of seniors are invited to purchase ad space to honor their child. Prices are ¼ page $75, ½ page $125, and full page $200. There’s a $10 discount for ads placed by Friday, Nov. 16th.

The PSAT will be administered on Oct. 17th in the Auditorium at 7:50.

■ Oct. 23 College Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Financial Aid night at 6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center

■ Nov. 7 WorkKeys® tests are scheduled at 7:50 a.m. in the auditorium. All Juniors will take the WorkKeys® foundational assessments. Students will take three 55 minute online assessments in the areas of Reading, Math, and Locating Information. This Assessment is part of the Alaska Career Ready program., which is administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

The State Board adopted regulations requiring all Alaska public schools to administer the WorkKeys assessments to 11th grade students in the areas of Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.

For more information, please visit: or

Senior Yearbook Portraits are due Monday Oct. 22nd in Room 76. You can: Get your photo taken professionally, Take your own – high resolution- bring to us in JPEG (jpg) format on a CD or jump drive, Use your school I.D. photo. It must be a formal portrait, not in landscape format. It cannot be wider than it is tall. Outside pictures are okay. No weapons, no hats. Please email pictures to

It is getting colder so time for the kids to put the summer attire away and start dressing warmer. Please remind your kids that shorts and light shirts are off their wardrobe until Spring.

■ Oct. 8 We will go back to the old drop-off procedure.

■ Oct. 16 PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

■ Oct. 19 In-service Day, No School for Students, End of 1st Quarter

■ Oct. 22 Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.

■ Oct. 31 Halloween (Trunk or Treat in the school parking lot from 5-8 p.m.)

■ Nov. 1-2 Parent Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)

■ Nov. 8 Picture Retakes

■ Nov. 20 PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

■ Nov. 22-23 Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL

■ Nov. 26 Site Council, 4 p.m.

KPBSD Career and Tech Department is offering free after school academies to train students in the Welding, Construction and Medical Field.

Any high school student is able to participate in any of our academies. If a student successfully completes the 60 hour academy they will receive a 1/2 practical art credit. Transportation may be provided if needed.

Upcoming Academies:

Construction @ Ninilchik (Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds) students will be learning how to make and fit cabinets in a kitchen and basic carpentry will be taught. Academy starts Oct. 13th and will run on most Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.

Classes coming next semester are Emergency Trauma Technician, Welding, Construction and Personal Care Attendant. Dates and times TBA.

To sign up go to

Or you can call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145