What’s Happening 9-4-18

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Connections School year! Once a week we like to email our families with updates, information and activities happening in our Connections program. The emails will also be available on our website for reference (http://connections.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/ ) and/or our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Connections-Homeschool-120592904712890/ ).  Please feel free to contact us for more information and we look forward to the school year!

Homer: 226-1880
Seward: 224-9035
Soldotna: 714-8880

Dates To Remember:

· 09/07 – Deadline to sign up for the PSAT ($16 cash or check)
· 09/07 – Soldotna Office: OPEN HOUSE! At the Soldotna Creek Park from 1-3pm!
· 09/07 – Yukon Island Kayak 3/4 Day Trip from 9:30-3:30 (FULL but more info below)
· 09/11 – Gym Time @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2
· Now to 9/14 – EdPerformance Assessment grades 5-8 Open until September 14th (more info below)
· 09/18 – Soldotna Office: AIMSweb Assessments grades K-4 – please call the Soldotna office to schedule an appointment
· 09/20 – Homer Office: Lifetouch School Photos 1:00pm – 3:00pm
· 10/04 – Central Peninsula: School Pics @ Borough Bldg 3-5pm
· 10/10 – PSAT @ Soldotna and Homer Offices – check in at 8:00am
· 10/25 – Homer Office: Lifetouch School Photos/RETAKES 1:00pm – 3:00pm
· 10/31 – ARWA’s 2018 Water Conservation Poster Contest Deadline
· 11/16 – Central Peninsula: School Pic Retakes @ Borough Bldg 3-5pm

Central Peninsula Gym Time:

Central Peninsula families are invited to come to gym time every Tuesday from 12-2pm at the Kenai Rec Center starting September 11th. We have organized activities, games and also free time for students of all ages to participate. Other homeschool families are invited and encouraged to participate. Please note: all students must have an adult present. Come check it out!

Soldotna Office: OPEN HOUSE!

Rain or shine we will have our open house at the Soldotna Creek Park from 1:00pm-3:00pm on Friday September 7th. There are lots of fun activities including: face painting, kite flying 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 be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Yukon Island Kayak 3/4 Day Trip (FULL):

This trip is full but if we have enough people on the waitlist we may be able to have another trip next week. “Picture paddling through craggy rock arches, bald eagles flying overhead and silently watching sea otters napping in kelp beds. . . . Snowcapped mountains always in the background.”

Connections is again partnering with True North Kayak Adventures to offer a 3/4 day kayak trip around Yukon Island in Kachemak Bay! Along with learning safe paddling practices True North’s amazing guides will lead students in educational experiences including Alaskan coastal ecology, environmental responsibility, and local archaeology.

When: Friday, Sept 7th from 9:30 – 3:30
Who: Connections students grade 4-12

Derek from the Homer office will chaperone but parents are encouraged to come as well. (Most students will be in a tandem kayak, smaller students, especially those in grades 4-6 must have adult with them)

Where: Homer Spit with water taxi to Yukon Island
Cost: $105 (student allotments can be used, parents must pay their own way)

This includes the water taxi, kayaking, and snacks. Bring your own lunch!

Contact: Derek Bynagle (dbynagle@kpbsd.k12.ak.us ) 226-1880 or sign up with your Connections advisor. Space is limited so sign up ASAP (registration closes on Wednesday the 5th)

EdPerformance Assessments for Grades 5-8:

The EdPerformance Assessment for grades 5-8 window is open now to September 14th. Here are the Ed Performance Testing Instructions, please complete the assessment by September 14th:

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.


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 10th at the Soldotna and Homer Connections office. 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 7. 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

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

**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, please contact your advisor.

ARWA’s 2018 Water Conservation Poster Contest:

The Alaska Rural Water Association (ARWA) is inviting teachers throughout Alaska to enter students’ artwork in ARWA’s 2018 Water Conservation Poster Contest. The contest is open to all Alaska public and private school K – 8th graders. Individual winners will receive $100 and earn $100 of school supplies for their class. The theme for the contest is “We are Water!” Teachers are encouraged to discuss the importance of water resources in our state as a part of the project. Water facts to consider:

· 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water
· All life on earth depends on water
· The human body is made up of 60% water
· Less than 2% of the earth’s water supply is fresh water
· Statewide average consumptive water use is 27 million gallons per day
· Icecaps contain the greatest amount of fresh water on earth

All entries must be drawn vertically (portrait) on 8.5” X 11” paper. Entries must be postmarked no later than October 19, 2018. One first place winner will be selected from our three grade divisions: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Winners will be chosen and announced at ARWA’s 20th Annual Training Conference, October 31, 2018 during the award ceremony. Students and teachers need not be present to win. Please review the attachment for contest guidelines and rules along with the Water Conservation Poster Contest Entry Form. Any questions, please contact Kelly at (907)-357-1155, or by email at kelly@arwa.org

AVTEC’s Young Mariner Program:

Interested in Earning your Professional Merchant Mariner Credentials Before HS Graduation? AVTEC’s Young Mariner Program fast tracks high school students into a high paying, exciting maritime career without incurring any debt!

Students whom successfully complete this course have access to grant funding to pay tuition, room & board and US Coast Guard Credential fees for ALL AVTEC Maritime Training courses.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN and will close a week before class starts or as soon as fills. Don’t delay!
Fall 2018 Dates: Sept 11- Nov 27, 2018
Spring 2019 Dates: Jan 15- April 9, 2019

PLEASE SEE attached flyer and/or register online at: https://avtec.edu/node/696
Questions, please call Teri Laird, AVTEC Maritime Admissions, 907-224-6196, teri.laird@avtec.edu


Interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant?

Can you picture yourself helping to take care of someone in a hospital or extended care facility?

Are you looking for an entry level position in the field to decide whether you want to pursue a career in nursing or medicine?

Becoming a CNA is a great way to get to work in a relatively short period of time.
Talk to your advisor today!
1. Sign up on the OneStop
2. Attend the mandatory meeting, this will be held on October 10, 2018 at the Work Force Development Center (across the street from KCHS) at 5 pm
3. Interview! If more than 10 students are interested then interviews will be held. These will take place on October 17, 2018

Free Shelf Overflowing!

The Soldotna office has a free shelf with quite a few items added. Please stop by during office hours to check out all the treasures!

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