What’s Happening 9-11-17

Dates To Remember:

· 08/28 to 09/15 – EdPerformance Testing Grades 6-8 (instructions below)
· 09/12 – Soldotna Office: AIMS Web K – 5th Grade 8:30-4:00 (more info below)
· 09/14 – CHANGE PLEASE LOOK: Soldotna Open House @ Soldotna Office 1-3pm (more info below)
· 09/15 – Deadline to sign up for the PSAT (HOMER & SOLDOTNA OFFICE!)
· 09/20 – High School Eligibility (form attached)
· 09/21 – Homer School Pictures @ Paul Banks Elementary 1-3pm
· 9/25 – Seward School Pictures @ Seward Middle and High School times TBA
· 09/26 – First day of homeschool open gym @ Kenai Rec 12pm-2pm
· 09/27 – Soldotna School Pictures – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm @ Borough Building: Assembly Room
· 10/06 – Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Field Trip (more info below)
· 10/11 – PSAT for 10th & 11th Grade @ Soldotna Connections Office (more info below)
· 10/18 – High School Eligibility (form attached)
· 10/21 & 10/22 – Safe Sitter Course (see flyer)
· 10/31 – Voice of Democracy (grades 9th – 12th) & Patriot’s Pen Essay‘s (grades 6th – 8th) Due date (see attachments for more info)
· 11/03 – AVTEC Tour in Seward (more info below)
· 11/12 & 11/12 – Safe Sitter Course (see flyer)

Battle of the Books:

Calling all readers to our annual Battle of the Books club! We will start meeting in November but students can get a jumpstart and begin reading the books now. Competitive teams are grades 3rd-12th. The list can be found at: https://www.akla.org/akasl/bb/2017-2018FinalList.pdf Books can be found at the library, Connections offices will have copies that can be checked out or you can purchase the books using allotment funds. Contact your advisor if interested in participating in Battle of the Books:

Derek Bynagle in Homer: 226-1880
Julie Lindquist in Seward: 224-9080
Wendi Dutcher ¾ grade in Soldotna: 714-8880
Mark Wackler 5/6 grade in Soldotna: 714-8880

EdPerformance Assessments for Grades 6-8:

The EdPerformance Assessment for grades 6-8 window is open now until September 15th. Here are the Ed Performance Testing Instructions, please complete the assessment by September 15th:

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.

DATE CHANGE: Soldotna Connections Open House!

Thursday, September 14th the Soldotna Connections office will have their annual open house at the Soldotna office from 1-3pm. We will have lots of fun activities including: face painting, science experiments, cake walk and much more. We will also provide hot dogs & snacks.  All home school families are welcome so please feel free to invite other home school families to attend, the more the merrier! All children must have an adult present and we look forward to seeing everyone!

AIMS Web Assessments K-5th Grade Soldotna Office:

Soldotna Connections will be offering AIMS WEB (Math and Reading) Testing on:

· 09/12 – 8:30-4:00

The assessment is a brief literacy and math test for students in K-5th grade. Wendi Dutcher and Shelli Furlong will be administering the assessments at the Soldotna Connections office. Please call the Soldotna Connections office at 714-8880 to schedule your student’s appointment and in Seward please call Julie Lindquist at 224-9080.

School Pictures:

Please Note: Students HAVE to have their picture taken in order to get an ID card. Please see below for times and locations.

· 09/21 – Homer School Pictures @ Paul Banks Elementary 1-3pm
· 09/27 – Soldotna School Pictures – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm @ Borough Building: Assembly Room

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Field Trip:

Connections Home School Program will be sponsoring a field trip to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage on Friday, October 6th. We will meet at the park entrance at 10:30 AM. There is an area for us to enjoy lunch and conversation after the guided tour. Please dress warm as this is an outdoor activity. Connections will provide grilled hotdogs, drinks and chips. Please feel free to bring a dessert or snack to share. You can visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center website at http://www.alaskawildlife.org . If you have any questions or plan on attending email an RSVP to Reubin Payne at rpayne@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call 714-8880 with the number of people in your party. Connections will be paying a group rate for this activity therefore when you enter the gate at the Conservation Center, tell the attendant that you are part of the Connections Homeschool activity. Thank you and hopefully we will see you there!

PSAT For Homer & Soldotna Office:

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). This year the test will be given on Wednesday, October 11th at the Homer & Soldotna Connections offices.  Please arrive at 8 am for an 8:30 start.

· Students wishing to take the PSAT must sign up and pay the $16 fee by September 15.  This is a non-refundable fee.

· Sophomores will benefit from the exposure to standardized timed tests.  Juniors can qualify for scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

· Remember to Bring:

o Two #2 pencils
o An approved calculator (see website)
o Email address

If you wish to find out more about the PSAT, you may go to:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html

http://www.schoolguides.com/Reasons_to_Take_the_PSAT.html

**Pick up Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT 2 weeks prior to testing***

**Access Khan Academy for free, personalized, online SAT practice https://www.khanacademy.org/sat  ***

If you have questions regarding the test, you may contact your advisor.

Kenai Peninsula Homeschool Activities Committee:

The Kenai Peninsula Homeschool Activities Committee is looking for more committee members. You can contact Vanessa Lopez at kphomeschoolactivitiescommitte@gmail.com and/or text or call: 907-513-9469. Here are a couple of fundraising activities planned this fall:

A Lock-In: This event is for high school only (14+) and you must be a homeschooler. The charge is $20 per person and will include lots of food, games and door prizes (I hear there are great prizes!). We are encouraging all high school homeschool students to come. Please call Vanessa Lopez at 907-513-9469 to buy tickets or you can purchase them at Sharps Billiard. Please see the attached flyer for more information and we hope to see you there!

Family Night: November 10th from 4-9pm at Sharps Billiard in Kenai. There will be pizza, ice cream, games and more! Come check it out and our events, are open to all home school families! Cost varies, please see flyer.

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