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


  • 13th End of 1st Quarter
  • 30th Professional Development Day (no school for students)
  • 31st Parent Conference Day (no school for students)


  • 10th Professional Development Day (no school for students)
  • 23-24th Thanksgiving Holiday (no school for students)


  • 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

Stage hypnotist Jay Herr will be performing in the theater at Colony High School on

Wednesday, October 25th at 7 PM. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets will be sold at the door. 10/24

Next week, October 23rd-27th, is red ribbon week.

Monday is team up against drugs, so wear sports gear,

Tuesday is Lei off drugs so wear Hawaiian clothes

Wednesday is don’t get hooked on drugs, wear fishing and hunting attire

Thursday is sock it to drugs, wear crazy socks

Friday is “our school is drug free” wear colony gear.

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.

Attention Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Test, will be given during the Parent Teacher Conference Day, Tuesday, October 31st, 7:45am to 11:45am, in the Colony High School Theater. Whether you’re planning for college, a technical school, or you’re just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration test can provide you with important information about your skills, abilities and interests – and help put you on the right course for a satisfying career. The test is FREE, sign up with Mrs. Donaldson in Counseling by Friday, October 27th.

ACT Test October 28, 2017. Arrival time is 7:30 AM. You MUST have your admissions ticket and a photo ID such as; driver's license, government ID, Passport, etc. or you will not be admitted. Bring acceptable calculator, #2 pencils, food and beverages. Enter by the side door by the dumpster and portable classroom. We are an ACT Tryout Test site this test date and will have an extra 20 min. section added to the non-writing test. Plan on the test ending about 1:15-1:30. 10/27

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.


Senior Class meeting Thursday, October 26th, in the Theater. The representative from Jostons will be there to discuss caps and gowns for graduation.

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.

CHS Athletics

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 Southeast (UAS) will be here on Tuesday, November 7th, during A & B lunches at 10:30-11:30 am in the library.

Pick up passes in counseling.

Attention Senior Parents/Guardians: Mat-Su College will be hosting the Financial Aid Workshops in preparation for 2018-19 academic funding!

The workshops are FREE. For more information, please contact Mariana Weatherby at 907.745.9799 or email


Scholarships, October 25, 2:30-4:00pm

Financial Aid, November 15, 2:00-3:30pm

UAF campus preview day, Discover UAF: Inside Out, is coming up on Friday, October 27th. 10/27

Scholarship and Financial Aide Information

The Monica’s Health Magazine Academic Scholarship offers two $2500. All the details pertaining to The Monica’s Health Magazine Academic Scholarship Program, including application requirements and application instructions, can be found at The deadline for submitting the applications is 11:59 PM EST, August 30, 2017.

The Distinguished Young Women of Alaska (DYW of Alaska) scholarships for college-bound high school seniors girls 2018. The Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspired high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Sign up today at or email for more information. Deadline: September 30, 2017.

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

Seward Community Foundation Mini-Grants

Mini-Grants from the Seward Community Foundation are available throughout the year. These grants involve a quick application process and are designed to assist nonprofit organizations and projects in the Seward/Moose Pass communities. The awards are for up to $1,000 and can be applied for easily with our online application.
Accepting Applications Year-Round. Click here to read more.

FAFSA information


Attention Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Test, will be given during the Parent Teacher Conference Day, Tuesday, October 31st, 7:45am to 11:45am, in the Colony High School Theater. Whether you’re planning for college, a technical school, or you’re just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration test can provide you with important information about your skills, abilities and interests – and help put you on the right course for a satisfying career. The test is FREE, sign up with Mrs. Donaldson in Counseling by Friday, October 27th.

ACT test – October 28, 2017 Sign up online at ALL test takers MUST sign-up online. You must have a clear photo on your admissions ticket from College Board in addition to a photo ID (driver’s license, school picture ID, current Passport, Government ID with a picture). No admissions ticket or photo ID, no admittance. If you have any questions specific to the testing, please, contact Pam Van Soest at 861-5500. If your questions or concerns relate to college plans or Accommodations for the test contact your counselor or ACT.

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