Colony HS Daily Bulletin

"Excellence for All"

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The Mission of

Colony High School.

Is to inspire academic achievement and personal growth in all our students so that they will successfully participate as active and responsible citizens in our ever-changing world.

Important Dates


  • 15th Assembly
  • 19-21st Final Exams
  • 21st Quarter 2 ends
  • 22nd work day for teachers (no school for students)
  • 25th Christmas Holiday (no school for students)
  • 26th-January 5th Winter Vacation ( no school for students

This Week at Colony

2017 NCAA Eligibility Night

Where: Mat-Su District Office, 501 N Gulkana St. Palmer

When: Thursday, December 14th

Time: 6:00 P,M,

Who: Any NCAA College- bound student athletes, parents, coaches, and counselors.

Presenter: Dede Allen- University of Alaska Anchorage Associate Director

Christmas Spirit Week!! Remember to follow dress code when you participate and sign you class sheet during lunch at the spirit store.

Tuesday is Travel Tuesday; Christmas vacation all around the world

Wednesday is Workshop Wednesday; Dress like, Santa, elves, or reindeer

Thursday is family Photos; twin with friends, turtle necks or sweaters

Friday is Festive Friday; Wear your Christmas sweater.

All students interested in the CHS Poetry Out Loud Competition, please sign up with Mrs. MCKENNEY in the Library by January 19th. The competition will be held on the evening of January 24th. 1/19

The annual Library Raffle is now open!

The prize is $100 cash, drawn during the last final exam period on Thursday, December 21. To enter, RENEW all year-long textbooks and calculators, RETURN materials you don’t need past the semester. Everyone can use a little extra cash at Christmas, so get your Library account up to date to day to enter the raffle! One entry per person. 12/25

Activity passes for sale, $25 for the school year. They are good for all valley regular season games at all valley schools. Limited number, first come first serve. You can buy your passes from the snack shack or from Mr. Boyd before school.

The Military and Family Life Counselor is available at Colony High School on Thursdays for all students with Parents or other immediate family-members that are in the military. To schedule an appointment, call 907-440-8277.

Parents and families please contact Mrs. Donaldson in counseling at 861-5420 or to get an access code for an iParent account in order to stay informed about your students’ grades and progress in their classes.


Graduation is Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Menard Sports Center. Students will need to attend mandatory graduation practice the morning of the 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

UPDATE: Jostens will be at CHS on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 to collect orders for caps/gowns/announcements,etc. BE SURE TO GET YOUR ORDER IN ON NOVEMBER 29. Orders placed later than November 29 are subject to inreased prices. You do not necessarily have to pay in full for your order on November 29, but we need your order on that day. There is no shipping/handling charge if you are only ordering a cap/gown or tassel/stole.

If you missed the senior class meeting on Thursday, October 26, see Mrs. McKenney in the Library to get a packet with cap/gown ordering information.

If you have a cap and gown from a previous year, you may use those (as long as they are Colony green), but you will still need to order the 2018 stole ($21) and the mascot tassel ($15). Those items are listed on the back of the Jostens order form--no shipping charge. If you have questions about ordering, see Mrs. McKenney in the Library or contact our Jostens representative.

If you have questions about graduation, please call or email Graduation Coordinator Mrs. McKenney in the Library at


Summer Opportunity

For a complete list of scholarship info go to Additional scholarships also available at


Pre-order your yearbooks for $65. Yearbooks will increase in price on January 1 to $75. You can pay for yearbooks at School Cash online.


Rotary Interact will be meeting every Thursday during advisory in room 8. Please see

Mrs. Settle for an advisory pass and participation form. Rotary Interact is a club that honors service above self.

Unicycling Club is on Thursdays after school until 3:45. We meet in Mrs. Sander’s room. Unicycles and helmets are provided. Beginners are welcome. We start Sept 28th. You are free to join anytime after the first day. Activity Sheet is needed.

Partners club will be meet every Wednesday during advisory.

CHS Athletics

Girls Basketball

All girls who intend to play basketball this year need to make sure they have signed up and have all there paperwork done before tryouts. Tryouts will be 2:45 - 4:00 on November 29th and 30th. Meet in the varsity girls locker room dressed and ready at 245.

Baseline Test Schedule:

These things are mandatory before an athlete may practice:
1. Completed registration on iPlay.
2. You may start registering for activities on 7/15/16
3. Current Physical that will last the entire season, including state competition. (Physicals are good for one calendar year)
4. Baseline Impact Pre-concussion test. Athletes that have taken the baseline test, in the Mat-Su, do not need to take it again.

College Visits:

See Mrs. Donaldson in the Counseling Office to pick-up mini flyers for upcoming University Visits, upcoming ASVAB/PSAT/SAT/ACT information, Tutor Request Forms, and any questions about I-Student.

University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Engineering and Mines will visit on Tuesday, December 12th, during A & B lunches at 10:30 – 11:30 AM in the library.

Pick up passes in counseling.

The Mat-Su Health Foundation will be here to give presentation on the health foundation scholarship on Wednesday, December 6th, during A/B lunches (10:26 – 11:49 a.m.) in the library.Pick up passes in Counseling.

Scholarship and Financial Aide Information

The National Society Daughters of American Revolution, NSDAR, Scholarship packet is now available in counseling office. Completed application is due on January 5, 2018.

Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA) Forrest Jones Memorial Scholarship online application is now available at Application deadline is January 1, 2018. 1/18

The American Indian College Fund offer two scholarship programs, TCU and Full Circle scholarships, each with their own deadlines and requirements. Please review the Scholarship Programs page to determine the program(s) to which you are applying. In some cases, a student may be eligible to apply for both. For more info, please go to

FAFSA information


VIDEO: Colony Students Participate In Mock Interview Day

CHS Students Selected to Perform with the Bands of America Honor Band in the 2017 Rose Parade

Please congratulate Lunia Oriol and Catrina Carte for being selected by Music for All. Both CHS students will represent AK and CHS during the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade!!!

Colony HS Program of Studies

Community Feedback Survey Forms

Please visit for student, parent, and staff surveys.

Colony High School Report Card


As a requirement of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, states and school districts must issue annual report cards to parents. The purpose of the report card is to provide parents with information about the district and their child’s school in terms of teacher qualifications, academic achievement, and school/district accountability. To access the report cards, please visit the following link at:

If you would like a written copy of your school’s report card, please contact: Kama Petty at 907-861-5576.

Facebook Colony High School, Palmer Alaska

Parents and Guardian:

Feel free to join our Colony High School Facebook page. We will be posting our CHS Daily Bulletin, upcoming events, and some of the results of all of the great things happening at CHS. Thank you again for your continued support. I hope all is well . . . Go KNIGHTS!!!

Brendon McMahon (principal)

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Hosted by the CHS Counseling Staff: Kristin Langhoff, Harold Henderson, and Jamie Neel (Becky Piatt on leave)

“Aside from graduation,” explained Ms. Langhoff as she began today’s Colony High School Alumni Forum, “this event is the biggest thing all year for me. Always the first Wednesday after Winter Break, it is an opportunity to invite alumni to come and share with our seniors and other students about what life after high school is like. Welcome to all of you who are participating in today’s Forum.” Targeted to juniors and seniors, the information shared and insights from the Colony alumni students are helpful as students are planning for success in their futures.

Participating in today’s Forum were alumni: Tanner Menard, Malori Norton, Bryce Niver,

Natalie Lautrup, Courtney Scott, Abbey Goyette, Rachel Robinson, Bristyl Baker, Aili Davenport, Brooke Deans, Kendra Byrwa, Nathan Davenport, and Max Davenport.

The alumni experiences included a range of after high school options, including some who graduated last year, others who graduated in the last two to three years, a student who is working and took a break year after high school to earn money, one alumnus who is now at the U.S. Naval Academy but had the experience of a one-year prep school experience after leaving Colony, and a range of students who stayed in Alaska compared to those who went Outside for college. In summing up the whole experience, Malori Norton said, “Go into college with an open mind.” Outside for one year, Malori came back to Alaska, and is headed toward graduation in May from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in economics. She is working as an intern in Mat-Su.

Answering an array of questions and covering topics ranging from, “What unexpected expenses did you incur or what were some financial surprises?” to “How did you experience being homesick if you were away from your parents and your family?”

Our students help return Iwo Jima relic to Japan

Mr. Ninoyu (our Japanese instructor) and some of his students have helped to return a "good luck" Japanese flag that has been in Alaska for a number of years since WWII. There is a great article in the Alaska Dispatch News and also in the Japanese Nishinippon Newspaper that can be accessed at the links below.


CHS Weather Station

Parents, Students, and Families—ever wish you knew the "weather" right here at CHS? We have a weather station now and you can click on this link to get updated weather information!

Security Gates

Attention students: this is a reminder to gather your belongings from your school locker at 02:15 p.m. as the security gates will be dropped and locked at the end of school each day. 5/20

Alaska Guide

The Alaska guide has created a no-cost resource dedicated to higher education in Alaska. The Alaska guide includes a complete look at the state's community colleges, public universities, private colleges, technical schools and distance learning options. Our proprietary search tool allows quick and accurate searching by institution type, setting, size, city and cost. 12/19

Fundraising Opportunity

Fund-raising opportunity: In conjunction with Carrs/Safeway, Colony families have the opportunity to sign up their Safeway card with escrip. For a power registration with the group number and info go to to get signed up. From there, Safeway keeps track of groceries bought, then gives Colony a portion of the total spent. This is an awesome way for our families to help fund raise for us. All we do is go shop!

Target Donation

Target announces the 2015 Take Charge of Education donation check. Here’s how it works: when parents, teachers and other school supports use the REDcard, Target donates up to 1% of their purchased to the eligible K-12 school they designate. To learn more about the program visit

Brendon McMahon, CHS Principal