What’s Happening 1-17-17

PLEASE NOTE: If you haven’t submitted your 1st semester reports, please do so asap – thank you!
Dates To Remember:

01/03 to 01/27 – EdPerformance Testing (instructions below)
01/09 to 01/20 – AIMSWEB Assessment: Call your local office for an appointment
01/17 – Homeschool Gym Time @ Kenai Rec Resumes!
01/17 – Senior Meeting – Soldotna Office 1:00pm (more info below)
01/18 – HOMER: Animals in Winter Discovery Lab at Islands and Oceans from 3-5pm
01/26 – Connections Spelling Bee @ Soldotna Library @ 1:30pm (more info below)
01/27 – Child Find Screening (more info below)
02/02 – Educational Salmon Dissection Activity @ Soldotna Office
02/04 – Careers of Science and Math Opportunity Summit: COMOS (more info below)
02/23 – Seward: Overnight SeaLife Center Trip @ 5:00pm (more info below)
05/10 – Kenai Fjords Trip in Seward, AK (see flyer)

· Please Note: Soldotna Office Math Tutoring is canceled until further notice

AIMS Web Assessments:
AIMS Web Assessments will be from January 9th to the 20th. Please contact your local Connections office to schedule an appointment:
· Homer Connections: 226-1880
· Seward Connections: 224-9080
· Soldotna Connections: 714-8880 – January 18, 19 & 20 Please call for appointment

EdPerformance Assessments for Grades 5-8:
The EdPerformance Assessment for grades 5-8 window is January 4th -29th. Here are the Ed Performance Testing Instructions, please complete the assessment by January 27th:
Ed Performance Testing Instructions
1. Go to http://www.edperformance.com/
2. Click on Student Log in
3. Enter Site ID: 76-7551-2951 (have to enter dashes)
4. Choose Test (Math, Reading or Language Arts)
5. Enter Student ID without beginning zero (if you need your student’s ID number, please call the office)
6. Confirm Student Name
7. Take assessment
8. Will prompt when completed to take another assessment
9. Let your advisor know when tests are completed and they will get you the results
Further testing information:
Ed Performance is a standards-based assessment that targets the instructional level of each student. This is accomplished by adjusting question difficulty based on previous answers. If a student answers correctly, the test will increase the item difficulty to appropriately challenge that student. If a student answers incorrectly, the test engine will decrease item difficulty to the lower level skills. This enables Ed Performance to provide an accurate evaluation of the student’s abilities, either at, above, or below grade level. If your student has already taken this assessment it will start out at their previously determined level, often leading to a shorter testing experience than the first attempt.
Most students take about one hour to complete. It may take longer than an hour for students who are advanced and continue to provide correct answers. Please note that some students; particularly advanced students may feel frustrated at some point. To determine a students’ level, some questions will need to be incorrect. It is important for you as a teacher to let your students know the test is designed to not get all answers correct. Please visit with your child and let them know how the test works. Please call your advisor if you would like more information or assistance.
For further information concerning Connections testing, please contact your advisor.

Senior Meeting: Soldotna Office:
Hello Connections Seniors, please plan to join us at 1 PM Tuesday January 17, 2017 at the Soldotna Connections office for our annual Senior Meeting. This is the last semester of your high school career and we would like to meet with you in a small group to review what the world famous Connections Graduation looks like. We will also be reviewing the senior packet contents available online: http://connections.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/info-for-families-2/college-and-career-information/senior-packet/ ). We will have time at the end of the meeting to visit with any seniors that have questions and/or would like to review their current credits and graduation plan.
What-Senior Meeting
When – Tuesday January 17th 2017 at 1 PM
Where – Connections office
Why – To review graduation plans and credits
Who – Connections Seniors
Thank you for being part of our program and please RSVP with Reubin Payne at rpayne@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

HOMER: Animals in Winter Discovery Lab at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center:
The Kachemak Bay Environmental Education Alliance (KBEEA) is hosting an Animals in Winter Discovery Lab at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. This educational hands-on lab will be held on Wednesday January 18th from 3-5pm and will be open to children and adults of all ages. Attached is the information flyer for the event, contact Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org for more info.
Central Peninsula & Cooper Landing Child Find Screenings for Infants & Preschoolers:
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Frontier Community Services Infant Learning and will be offering Child Find screenings for children birth to 5 years. The screening clinic will be on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 9:00 – 3:00 at the Frontier Community Services, Suite 32 B, in the Red Diamond Center. We will screen your child’s early development, motor skills, speech, early learning concepts, vision & hearing. To make an appointment or for more information, call 714 – 6647.

Connections Spelling Bee:
We are pleased to announce that Connections Homeschool is enrolled in the National Spelling Bee this year, continuing with a great tradition. All Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate in order to build confidence, increase vocabulary and improve spelling skills.
Our local Spelling Bee will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Soldotna Public Library starting at 1:30pm. The 2017 Alaska State Spelling Bee will be held at 9:00am on Friday, March 31st, 2017 at the Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage (PAC: 621 W 6th Ave., Anchorage AK).
A great way to prepare for the Spelling Bee is to work through the grade specific word lists, please see the attached spelling list. You can begin with the list at your grade level. Once you have mastered the 100 words on that list, move on to the next. The word list for the school Spelling Bee will include words that appear on the lists for grades 5-8.
The National Spelling Bee offers parents and students a season pass in Word Club for $24.99.
Word Club: THE Bee’s Online Study resource for spellers With a Word Club season pass, a speller can:
· Learn at their own pace with more than 120 spelling and vocabulary tests covering more than 1,600 words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee s official study resources.
· Study official Scripps National Spelling Bee definitions and word information.
· Receive instant feedback on spelling and vocabulary knowledge.
· Track progress in working to master the English language.
· Website: http://www.spellingbee.com/wordclub
For word lists and information, contact Carole Nolden at 714-8880 or cnolden@kpbsd.k12.ak.us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Educational Salmon Dissection Activity @ Soldotna Office:
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is teaming up with Connections to do an educational salmon dissection on February 2nd from 1:00-2:30pm at the Connections office in Soldotna. This event is intended for students from 2nd-6th grade. Space is limited, so if your student would like to participate please RSVP with Mark Wackler as soon as possible by emailing mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Careers of Science and Math Opportunity Summit (COSMOS) for high school students:
Thinking about a career in science but aren’t sure what direction to go? Join us for a day of exploration in the wide range of science and math opportunities that might be in your future after high school. This is a free event for students, parents, and councilors but preregistration is required: Saturday, 4 February 2017 at the Murie Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus (near the museum). https://sites.google.com/alaska.edu/cosmos
This is a one day event: panel discussions with scientists and current science students, small group discussions, hands-on activities, information on careers, education and funding options, UAF Admissions and Financial Aid office, tradeshow with industry and governmental agencies, student organizations and so much more! If you have any questions please contact:
Carolyn Chapin, Phone: 907-474-5548 Fax: 907-474-6716 Email: carolyn.chapin@alaska.edu

New Distance Ed Class: Intro to Criminal Justice:
Just a reminder there is a new distance course for any student 2nd Semester, Intro to Criminal Justice.
Teacher: Evins, Gabe Course/Section: HH790.201
Fingerprints. Blood spatter. Gunshot residue. If these things intrigue rather than scare you, Forensic Science I: Intro to Criminal Justice: will offer you the chance to dive into riveting crime scene analysis. These days, the world of law enforcement depends increasingly on DNA findings to unlock the secrets behind crimes and those who commit them. Learn how forensic science applies technology to make discoveries and bring criminals to justice. This course will focus on various techniques and practices used in the field during an official crime scene investigation and how clues and data are recorded and preserved. You will follow the entire forensic process—from pursuing the evidence trail to taking the findings to trial—examining how various elements of the crime scene are used to solve even the most heinous crimes.

Seward – Overnight SeaLife Center Trip:
Connections Students in 3rd through 8th grade: Enjoy an overnight adventure at the Alaska SeaLife Center on Thursday, February 23th @ 5pm! Students will spend the evening honing observation skills and participating in hands-on marine science programs. At night they’ll fall asleep surrounded by seabirds, Steller Sea lions, and harbor seals.
During the evening we will learn about the mysterious animals that inhabit the ocean’s depths. We will investigate bizarre adaptations of light-producers in the midnight zone and create actual bioluminescence. We will also get our hands on a “head-footed” animal as we learn about cephalopods through a squid dissection and discussion.
The cost of this overnight excursion can be paid for through your student allotment. The cost is $50 per student and $50 per parent chaperone. Parents will need to pay out of pocket. The minimum number of participants is 12. Please email Jake Parrett at jparrett@kpbsd.k12.ak.us as soon as possible!!! The deposit is due on January 15th. More information about the SeaLife Center can be found at http://www.alaskasealife.org/

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