What’s Happening 1-16-18

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the district-wide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled at the following locations:

· Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Seward High School Library
· Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Homer High School Library
· Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm. in the Soldotna High School Library
· Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School Library

Dates To Remember:

· 01/16 & 01/17 – Homer AIMSweb testing (more info below)
· 01/18 – Central Peninsula: CBM Assessment Grades K-5: Call your local office for an appointment
· 01/18 – Soldotna Office: Senior Meeting 1:00-2:00pm (more info below)
· 01/08 to 01/19 – EdPerformance Testing Grades 6-8 (instructions below)
· 01/19 – Seward Area: Child Find Activity
· 01/25 – Spelling Bee @ Soldotna Public Library 1-4pm: Please contact Carole Nolden if your student(s) would like to participate (more info below)
· 01/26 – Central Peninsula: Child Find Activity
· 01/26 – Telluride Mountainfilm for high school age students: 2:45 – 3:45 @Homer Mariner Theatre
· 01/31 – High School Eligibility Due
· 02/01 – Science Fair Registration Due
· 02/08: Soldotna Office: Educational Salmon Dissection Activity (more info below)
· 02/19 – Science Fair Projects Due (see attached registration/rules)
· 02/19-02/23 – Science Fair Projects Displayed in Connections Office
· 02/24 – Central Peninsula: Fish and Game Ice Fishing: 1:30-2:30pm @ Sport Lake (more info below)
· 02/28 – Governor’s Annual Poster Contest Deadline Date (see attachment)
· 04/17 – Connections Talent and Art Show @ SoHi Auditorium 5-6:30pm (more info below)
· 05/14 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour Recommended for Grades 3-12  (Please See Attached Description) For More Information Please Contact Julie Lindquist at the Seward Connections Office (907) 224-9092 or email jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Homer Office: AIMSweb Testing:

The Homer office will be testing for two days (January 16th and 17th) in the back office.  Instructions are on the website, please go to this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b49aeab28a1fc1-winter. If you have any questions, please contact Krys Evenson (kevenson@kpbsd.org).

EdPerformance Assessments for Grades 6-8:

The EdPerformance Assessment for grades 6-8 window is January 8th – 19th. Here are the Ed Performance Testing Instructions, please complete the assessment by January 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.

Soldotna Office: Connections Science Fair:

The Connections Science Fair is open to all Connections students, and is a non-competitive opportunity for students to explore a science related topic, create a display, and show off their display in the Connections office. See the attached registration form and rules/guidelines for more info, and please contact Mark Wackler (mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us) for more resources to help with your project.

Senior Meeting:

Hello seniors and parents, you are invited to our annual Senior Meeting here at the Connections Soldotna Office. Please join us on Thursday, January 18th at 1 PM. We will discuss graduation requirements and the graduation ceremony. This is not a required meeting for seniors but will give you a chance to ask questions and meet with your advisor to confirm you are on track to graduate. Please RSVP with a phone call to 907-714-8880 or email. Also, please see the attached Senior/graduation Packet. Thank you and have an enjoyable Holiday Break, What-Senior Meeting

When – Thursday, January 18th 2018 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

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 8th from 2:00-3:30pm 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 Reubin Payne as soon as possible by emailing rpayne@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

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 January 25th from 1:00-4:00pm at the Soldotna Public Library. Please contact Carole Nolden if your student(s) would like to participate. The 2018 Alaska State Spelling Bee will be held at 8:30am on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 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.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Homer: Telluride Mountainfilm:

The Telluride Mountainfilm is coming to Homer in January and we will be offering a free showing for high school age students on Friday, Jan 26 2:45-3:45 in the Mariner Theatre. Please RSVP to Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org to reserve a spot!

Fish and Game Ice Fishing @ Sport Lake 02/22 & Johnson Lake:

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.

What to bring: Thawed cocktail shrimp or other types of bait you can get at the store, zip lock bags or plastic grocery bags to transport fish that you would like to keep. Parent volunteers or anyone 18 and older that may be helping/fishing, please make sure you have a 2018 sport fishing license. And lastly, students will need to be dressed appropriately for winter weather.

Central Peninsula Area: Sport Lake 02/22 from 10:00-11:00am
Homer Area: Johnson Lake TBD

Alaska Sealife Center: Seward:

The Alaska SeaLife Center invites Alaska residents to take advantage of FREEzing Winter Wednesdays when planning their winter excursions. Every Wednesday from November 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018, Alaska residents receive free general admission to the Alaska SeaLife Center upon presentation of a valid ID. Visitors 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. The Alaska SeaLife Center is open seven days a week from 12:00pm to 5:00 pm. Please call 888-378-2525 for more information.

2018 Connections Talent Show:

The 2018 Connections Talent Show will be on Tuesday, April 17th from 5-6:30pm at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for talented homeschool students to join the show and display their talents (singing, instrumental, skits, etc.). We encourage talents of all kinds, and also have an art display at the entrance to show off our student’s artistic abilities as well. Please contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections office if you are interested in performing in the talent show – mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

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