What’s Happening 5-1-17


For re-enrolling students unexpended student allotments at the end of this school year (June 30, 2017) will be rolled over to the 2017-2018 school year provided the following conditions are met:

· Students must complete the entire enrollment process with Connections prior to August 31, 2017
· Connections encourages families to re-enroll by May 26, 2017
· Previous grade reports must be submitted
· Students must maintain continuous enrollment with Connections


· Homer Office: 907-226-1880
· Seward Office: 907-224-9080
· Soldotna Office: 907-714-8880

Dates To Remember:

05/01 to 05/19 – EdPerformance Testing Grades 6-8 (instructions below)
05/01 to 05/19 – AIMSWEB Assessment Grades K-5: Call your local office for an appointment
05/02 – Jumping Junction End of Year Celebration 12:00-2:00pm RSVP required (more info below)
05/03-05/04 – Overnight Trip across the bay with Center for Alaska Coastal Studies (see attached Flyer)
05/05 – Connections Staff Meeting Soldotna & Seward offices closed: Homer Office Open 2:00-4:00pm
05/05 – HOMER: Retirement Celebration For Janet Szajkowski from 2:00-4:00pm
05/05 – Formal Dance: Enchanted Evening put on by The Kenai Peninsula Homeschool Activities Committee (see flyer)
05/10 – Kenai Fjords Trip in Seward, AK (waitlist available – see flyer)
05/10 – Kenai Refuge Youth Camp (see flyer)
05/11 – Salmon Celebration @ Johnson Lake 12:00-2:00pm (more info below)
05/12 – Kenai River Clean Up (more info below)
05/19 – 2nd Semester Reports Due
05/25 – Connections Graduation @ 4:00pm @ SoHi Auditorium

SENIORS: Please remember to check the One Stop Portal for scholarship opportunities. Deadlines are fast approaching and here is the link to that site: http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/OneStop/Scholarships.aspx

Jumping Junction End of Year Celebration TOMORROW:

Come join Connections for a fun filled afternoon on Tuesday, May 2nd from 12:00-2:00pm (this will take place Tuesday gym time also). Included in this activity will be:

· Mini Golf
· Jump Zone (socks required & 250lb weight limit)
· Cosmic Cannon Room
· Please bring your own snacks and beverages or you can purchase them at the snack bar.

Jumping Junction is located at 42115 Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Soldotna. Please call 714-8880 to RSVP or for any questions.

AIMS Web Assessments Grades K-5:

AIMS Web Assessments will be from May 1 to May 19. Please contact your local Connections office to schedule an appointment:

• Homer Connections: 226-1880
• Seward Connections: 224-9080
• Soldotna Connections: 714-8880 – May 8 and 9: Please call for an appointment

EdPerformance Assessments for Grades 6-8:

The EdPerformance Assessment for grades 5-8 window is May 1 to May 19. Here are the Ed Performance Testing Instructions, please complete the assessment by May 19th:

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 (only need to take the Math, Reading and Language arts)
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.


Do you want to use your spare time in the summer to get ahead on high school credits? The KPBSD is offering online courses this summer. Talk to your parents and advisor to see what courses would work best for you. As soon as you have decided click on the link (http://bit.do/2017summersession) to sign up for a course. Remember the sooner the better because they will fill up fast and it is first come first serve on who gets in the courses!

HOMER: Retirement Celebration for Janet Szajkowski from 2:00-4:00pm:

Hello Connections families,

Janet Szajkowski is retiring at the end of this school year after many years of working with students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Please come by our Homer Connections office on Friday May 5th between 2pm – 4pm to say good bye and wish her a fun and enjoyable retirement. Janet will love to see her students – past and present – so please spread the word, all are invited. Refreshments will be served and we hope to see everyone!

Overnight Trip to Petersen Bay Field Station With Center for Alaskans Coastal Studies May 3rd – 4th:

Come experience unforgettable, interactive programs where students discover the ecology of Kachemak Bay. Don’t watch a movie about the fabulous four marine phyla, find them and observe their amazing adaptations to life in the intertidal zone yourself! Don’t miss this amazing learning opportunity.

· Open to all Connections students in grades 5-10.
· Departure by boat from Homer Spit on May 3rd @ 9:000am and return late morning on the 4th.
· Cost for the trip is $120 p.p. Space is limited (max 30) so call or email now: 907-226-1880 dbynagle@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Formal Dance: Enchanted Evening Dance:

Attention all High School Homeschoolers: The Kenai Peninsula Homeschool Activities Committee would like to invite you to an Enchanted Evening of dancing and fun.

· Who: Homeschool students age 14 years and up
· When May 5th from 7:00-10:00pm
· Where: The Reading Corner – 902 Highland Ave, Kenai AK 99611
· RSVP, Questions & Buy Tickets: (907) 513-9469
· Ticket Price: $10 Per Person $15 Per Couple ($5 off if you join our committee)

Community Service Opportunity for Jr’s & Sr’s:

Alaska Fish and Game is looking for Homeschool Juniors and Seniors interested in volunteering at this year’s Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake on May 11th. Volunteers will assist Kenai Peninsula elementary students at various learning stations from 9 AM until 3 PM. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved and meet your local Fish and Game representatives while helping our local school children. For more information, please contact Jenny Cope with Alaska Fish and Game at 907-260-2930. Thank you for helping OUR local students learn more about Pacific salmon, one of OUR greatest natural resources.

Salmon Celebration:

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sport Fish Division, will be holding the 17th annual “Salmon Celebration” in Kasilof at the Johnson Lake State Campground from 12:00 am to 2:00 pm. This Salmon Celebration is being held to increase school student’s awareness of salmon and to foster a sense of stewardship towards this valuable natural resource. The “Salmon Celebration” will be open to all K-6 school classes from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Great lunch locations can be found throughout the campground! Please RSVP: rpayne@kpbsd.k12.ak.us For more information or if you have any questions please contact:

Jenny Cope, Alaska Dept. Fish & Game, Soldotna: 260-2930 or email: jenny.cope@alaska.gov

4th Annual Kenai River Clean Up!

The 4th annual Kenai River clean-up is coming soon, and Connections has the privilege of cleaning up beautiful Kenai River Fish Walk this year! Please meet us at the Soldotna Visitors Center on May 12th @ 1:00pm. Students of all ages and parents/family are welcome to participate. Please RSVP with Mark Wackler (mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us) .

This is a fun and rewarding opportunity to help our community in its efforts to maintain a clean and beautiful environment, so we really hope to see you there!

• 1:00pm – meet at the Soldotna Visitors Center
• Dress in layers and wear appropriate shoes or boots
• Connections will supply garbage bags and latex gloves

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