What’s Happening 1-31-17

Dates To Remember:

01/31 – TOMORROW: No Gym Time, Instead Solid Rock Tubing Hill from 12-2pm (more info below)
02/02 – Educational Salmon Dissection Activity @ Soldotna Office
02/02 – High School Eligibility Due
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)
02/24 – Central Peninsula: Fish and Game Ice Fishing: 12:15-1:15pm @ Sport Lake (more info below)
03/02 – Homer Area: Fish and Game Ice Fishing: 11:45-1:15 @ Johnson Lake (more info below)
04/18 – Ninilchik 2017 Domestic Engineers Merit Application Deadline (see attachment)
05/10 – Kenai Fjords Trip in Seward, AK (see flyer)

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

Spelling Bee Congratulations!

We would like to congratulate all the participants in our annual Spelling Bee last week. The competition went 41 rounds with Julianna coming out victorious spelling “janitor” correctly! She will go on to participate in the Alaska State Spelling Bee in March. Congratulations again to all our contestants and thank you to everyone in attendance for another successful tournament.

Julianna Hamilton – 1st Place Winner
Tucker Blough – Runner Up
Caitlyn Boeshart – Participant

Solid Rock Tubing Hill:

Solid Rock Tubing Hill is open and ready for all Connections students and parents! Instead of holding our regular gym time on Tuesday, January 31st we will be enjoying the snow at Solid Rock Tuesday from 12 noon until 2 PM.  All home school families are invited.  The cost is $5 per person and is not reimbursable.  Please bring a snack and we will provide hot chocolate.  Solid Rock will have the tubes but in the past they have allowed students to bring their snow boards and ride the hill.  Please RSVP or direct questions to Reubin Payne at rpayne@kpbsd.k12.ak.us . Thanks and see you next Tuesday!

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

Forensic Science I: Intro to Criminal Justice: will offer you the chance to dive into riveting crime scene analysis. 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 crimes. If you are interested in this course please contact you advisor for more information!

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/

Fish and Game Ice Fishing @ Sport Lake 02/24 & Johnson Lake 03/02:

Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game is inviting our central peninsula and Homer students to learn more about salmon by spending time on the ice, fishing at Sports Lake and Johnson Lake. Students learn proper fishing techniques, catch and release etiquette, ice fishing regulations, and safety on the ice. Here are the time slots for Connections students:

· Sports Lake: 12:15-1:15 on Feb 24th (RSVP: rpayne@kpbsd.org )
· Johnson Lake: 11:45-1:15 on March 2nd (RSVP: dbynagle@kpbsd.org )

All equipment is provided; participants 18 and over need a fishing license. Please remember to dress warm and bring a snack if you plan on staying a while. Please RSVP to the advisors listed above or if you have any questions contact our office at 714-8880.

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