What’s Happening 12-17-18

Please remember: Semester Reports were due Friday. If you haven’t turned yours in please do so this week, thank you! Due (form attached)

WINTER BREAK HOURS: Homer & Seward office are closed from 12/24/2018 to 01/06/2019; Soldotna office will be closed on: 12/24, 12/25, 01/01/2019, regular hours will apply otherwise with limited staff. No advisors will be available over the winter break.

Dates To Remember:

· 12/17 & 12/18 – Seward Office: Mr. Parrett in Seward
· 12/17 – Seward Office: “Crafting, Art Display and Holiday Treats” 12:30-2:00 Crafting & Art Show; 2:00-3:00 Holiday Treats; 3:00-4:30 Crafting & Art Show
· 12/18 – Homeschool Open Gym @ Kenai Rec
· 12/18 – 1-2pm Homer Outdoor Club: XC Skiing at Lookout Mountain Trails (open to all, please RSVP to Derek dbynagle@kpbsd.org so there will be enough hot cocoa for everyone!)
· 12/21 12:30-1:30 Homer Outdoor Club: XC Skiing and Sledding at McNeil Canyon Elementary (open to all, please RSVP to Derek dbynagle@kpbsd.org so there will be enough hot cocoa for everyone!)
· 01/02/2019 – Homer Safe Sitter Course REGISTRATION DEADLINE. Class on Friday JANUARY 4, 2019 9:00am – 4:30pm (see attachment for more info)
· 01/14-01/24 Homer Office: AIMSweb Assessments grades K-4 – please go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CA9AB2BA1F85-aimsweb to schedule an appointment
· 01/18 – Soldotna Office: Geography Bee from 11:00-1:00
· 01/24 – Connections Spelling Bee @ 1:00pm, Soldotna Library
· 05/03 & 05/04 – FULL: Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies contact Derek Bynagle for more info
· 05/06 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More Details jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or (907) 224-9035 (see attached flyers for details)

Community Service Opportunity for HOMER Students

Volunteer at the Homer Food Pantry
Monday Mornings from 9:30 – 11:00
Students from 5th Grade to 12th Grade
Contact Linda at Homer Connections Office to sign up 226-1880

NEW: Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring:

We are very excited to have Rebecca Weaver, Assistant Professor from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every Thursday, starting back up January 24th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm to tutor students and parents in math, physics, chemistry and science for free! If you are a parent or a student that needs help in any of these areas, please call us at 714-8880 to make an appointment.

2019 National Geography Bee:

The Connections Geography Bee will be held at our Soldotna office on January 18th from 11:00-1:00. Students in grade 4th-8th are encouraged to participate. Please contact Wendi Dutcher (907-714-8880 wdutcher@kpbsd.org ) for more information, geography packets and to register for the Geography Bee.

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 date is Thursday, January 24th from 1-4pm. The 2019 Alaska State Spelling Bee is still to be determined.

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!

UAS Fisheries Technology Courses:

The UAS Fisheries Technology program is offering students to take fisheries or oceanography courses for college credit. AT NO COST TO STUDENTS!

There are openings for 60 students to take a three-credit course this coming spring and 60 for fall 2019. Our hope is to show high school students that college courses are not only do-able, but fun. This spring we will be offering the following courses:

FT120 Fisheries of Alaska (3cr) – different fisheries throughout the state, biology, management, research
FT122 Alaska Salmon Culture I (3cr) – basic salmon culture theory and salmon life-history
FT222 Alaska Salmon Culture II (3cr) – Alaska hatchery system and how hatcheries work
FT274 Fisheries Biology (3cr) – speciation, how fish breathe, swim, grow, reproduce, etc.
OCN101 Introduction to Oceanography (3cr – this is a UA non-lab GER) – basic concepts of ocean dynamics, physical, chemical and biological

If your student is interested in any of these courses please contact your advisor as soon as possible since this is a first come first serve basis.

2017-2018 System for School Success Report:

You may have seen in the newspaper, or heard from friends or other sources, that the State of Alaska has a new system for rating schools. In October, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development released the results from the new rating system. See the attached TSI – Letter to Parents for details about Connections’ score in the new rating system.

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