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

  • 20th Progress Reports distributed to students during 4th period


  • 3rd-4th Senior Finals
  • 17th-19th 2nd Semester Finals
  • 19th End of 2nd Semester/Last Day of school


  • 5th 2nd Sem. Report Cards Mailed Home

This Week at Colony

If you would like to help plan assemblies, create fun spirit days, and improve the school's atmosphere, then see Ms. Bishop for a Leadership packet. Leadership is a class that plans and runs many of the fun school activities. 3/29

Are you interested in playing tennis? Open gyms for tennis begin next Tuesday, April 4th from 3-4:30 pm in the big gym. Come hit with us. You need a signed permission slip to participate. These are available in the front office or posted outside room 1063. 4/4

Friday Tennis Instruction Clinics begin April 7th. These are held in the big gym from 3-4:30 pm. There is a fee for attending these clinics. See Coach Brunner for more information. 4/7

If you are interested in traveling to London, Paris and Venice next Spring Break, come to a meeting on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 in Madame Boyd’s room. 3/29

NHS students and applicants, your field trip permission forms MUST be received by Mrs. Haase by the end of the school day, Wednesday, March 29th in order to participate. 3/29

Attention Seniors: Sign up to audition with your talent for graduation. See Mrs. McKenney in the Library for an audition slot; auditions are next week, April 4 and 5. 4/4

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.

Summer Opportunity

Applications for the BRIGHT Girls Summer Academy are Open

BRIGHT Girls offers two-week, free, day-only academies in Fairbanks (July 10-21) and Juneau (July 24-August 4) for high school girls. Participants explore the biology and habitat of salmon (in Fairbanks) or harbor seals (in Juneau). Expect to go boating, take pictures, use science tools and technology, take measurements in the field and the lab, and explore the outdoors with new friends. Visit to learn more and submit an application by April 1. For more information, contact Laura Oxtoby at, 907-474-5396. 4/1

Stanford Pre-Collegiate program for Summer 2017 Application are open! Programs for Students in Grades 7-12. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers. Limited financial aid is available. To learn more about the program, please visit .

Alaska Summer Research Academy

Sessions include: Disease Detectives, Environmental Chemistry of the Arctic, Archaeology in Interior Alaska, DIY: Sensor Building, Reconstructing Evolution:The Mathematics of DNA, Web Development, Veterinary Medicine, Bio medicine. Grades 6-12 by fall of 2017. Financial Aid may be available for qualified students. For more info, visit its website at or contact (907) 474-7221 . Apply online until April 15.

Alaska's Area Health Education Centers are running a variety of Behavioral Health Career Pathways in the summer of 2017. Each event is a five-day opportunity for students ages 15-19 to meet with professionals in the field of behavioral health, explore various hands-on activities, and learn about what behavioral health is. There is no cost to the students for participating. Click here for more info:…/ACRHHW/acrh-ahec/careers.cshtml

Duke University’s Summer Academy for High School Students - Summer 2017 Session. Grades 9 - 12 are eligible to apply. To learn more about the program, go to:…/duke-summer-academy

UAF Summer Research Academy for Middle and High School Students

The Alaska Summer Research Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will accept applications from February 1 to April 15 for its middle and high school programs. The academy will be held each day on July 10-21. Students accepted into the summer program will spend two weeks with a small group and two instructors exploring a topic in science, engineering, math, or technology. The program is offered through the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics. The middle school program is for students who will be in grades six to eight in the fall 2017. The high school program is for students who will be in grades nine to 12 in fall 2017. Financial aid may be available for qualified students. Please forward the following link to students you fell would benefit from this academy: See 4/15

Calista Offers Maritime Apprenticeships

Calista Corp. has registered its maritime apprentice program with the U.S. Department of Labor. Apprentices will begin training at AVTEC in Seward starting in spring 2017; qualified apprentices will be placed on boats by summer. To meet the subsistence needs of Alaskans, there are two options in apprenticeships. Contact Brenda Pacarro at or 907-275-2818. Flyers for this Info Exchange are available in counseling office.

The Alaska Business Week (ABW) 2017 summer program will be held on July 15-22, 2017 at Alaska Pacific University. The ABW is a great program for students interested in becoming an entrepreneur or learning about business and marketing.

Cost for attending the program is $475- includes room, board, materials, and one college credit. The Career and Technical Education Department (CTE) will be sponsoring 25 full paid scholarships for students completing grades 9th – 12th during 2016-2017 school year. To apply for a scholarship, applicants need to either scan and email or fax their completed application to or (907) 761-4087 (fax). The Alaska Chamber of Commerce will also be offering a limited number of scholarship for interested students. Application packets are available in counseling office. For more information, visit the ABM websites at or contact Nicole Schuh, ABW Executive Director, (907)278-2744.

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


Buy your yearbook online at


Partners club will be meeting every Wednesday during advisory in room 113

Poetry Club Officers will be meeting every Wednesday during advisory in Mr. Townsend's room,

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.


If you have not picked up your cap and gown for graduation, they are available at the front office.

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.


The University of Alaska Anchorage’s WWAMI School of Medical Education will host the 2017 PreMed Summit this Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Rasmuson Hall on the UAA Campus from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. This summit offers information to anyone wanting to learn more about the process of becoming a physician including students, parents, school counselors and advisors. To learn more about the medical school application process and how prospective students can be competitive applicants for medical school Register now. If you have questions please contact Alida VanAlmelo at

The Northern Arizona University will visit on Wednesday, April 12th, during A/B lunches at 10:30-11:30 am in the library. 4/12

Mat-Su College will visit on Wednesday, March 29th, during A/B lunches at 10:30-11:30 am in the library.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will hold Inside Out, a campus preview event, Spring - March 10th / Summer – June 16th. Prospective students (and their parents) can get the real story on financial aid, the admission process, classes and professors at UAF, extracurricular fun and our outstanding academic programs. Please register at 6/16

Pick up passes from Mrs. Donaldson in counseling.

Scholarship and Financial Aide Information

The Mat-Su American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is offering two (2) $2,000.00 scholarships to 2017 seniors graduating from high school in the Mat-Su Borough who are interested in pursuing an education/career in engineering and have shown excellence in their academics, extra circular activities, and community involvement. Public school, religious school, other private school and home school seniors are eligible to apply. Application Requirements are available in counseling office. Application deadline is April 3, 2017.

The 2017 Alaska Native Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship – up to $1,000.00 each to selected Native students graduating from high school in 2017 – Application is available in counseling office. Completed application deadline is Friday, April 7, 2016.

The Elizabeth D. Gaines and Katherine G. Steele Scholarship Committee will award one or more scholarships annually each in an amount minimum of $2,000. Application packets are available in counseling office. Deadline for submission is April 11, 2017.

Northland Pioneer Grange No.1 scholarship applications for year 2017 are available in counseling office. The scholarship consists of a possible $2,000, of which $1,000 would be to assist the recipient through his/her first year of college. The scholarship application must be filled out and mailed/postmarked no later than April 22, 2017.

The Alaska Community Foundation is offering a variety of scholarships for both statewide and specific schools. All scholarships can be viewed here: For more info or questions, please email Brittany Stone (Hales) at or call 907-334-6700/855-336-6701.

The 2017 Alaska Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Scholarship information and applications are available now on the website Applications must be received by April 7, 2017. This year applications will be accepted only via mail.

Palmer Lions Memorial Scholarship offers four (4) $500.00 each for 2017-2018 academic year: to students who are admitted to a degree or certificate program in a college, vocational school, or business school. Applications are available in counseling office. The purpose of the Palmer Lions Club scholarship is to aid students who have shown that they are committed to doing service in their community with an offer of financial assistance for tuition, and other educational expenses. The award will be send to the institution that the recipient will attend. Applications are available in counseling office. Deadline for application submission is Friday, April 7, 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

Paskvan & Ringstad, P.C. is offering a $2,500 scholarship to one high school aged student or one college-aged student in Alaska.

To apply, students will create a short (30–120 second) video and essay, telling us the following things:
-What does being an Alaskan mean to you?
-What makes you proud to be an Alaskan?
-How are you involved in your community to make Alaska even better?
The student will upload their video to YouTube, fill out the application, and include a link to their video on YouTube. Applications are due March 30, 2017.
For more information about the scholarship, please visit :

Other Scholarship Opportunities through the PSAT/NMSQT Test

Scholarships can open doors for students who might not be able to afford college, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides one of the largest scholarships in the country for high-achieving students with financial need.

Over half (54 percent) of the students who won the Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship last year had taken the PSAT/NMSQT® and were discovered through Student Search Service®.

The Cooke College Scholarship seeks out underrepresented students of all races, backgrounds, and ethnicities using thePSAT/NMSQT.

The Cooke College Scholarship

  • Offers up to $40,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study at any accredited college or university
  • Can be used toward total cost of attendance, not just tuition, room, and board
  • Supports study-abroad programs and internships
  • A chance to receive $50,000 a year for graduate study, up to four years

American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) National Audition Tour for Tuition scholarship is accepting nominations for students who plan to pursue their post-secondary education in the 2017 school year. AMDA scholarships offers over $10 million of scholarship awards each year. Individual awards range from $1,000 to $18,000. If you would like to be nominated, please see your counselor for the packet.

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.

Alaska Native Medical Center Auxiliary will award scholarship of up to $1,000.00 each to selected Alaska Native and American Native students graduating from Anchorage, Palmer, and Wasilla high schools in 2017. Applications are available in counseling office and at the Craft Shop in the Alaska Native Medical Center (907-729-1122). Applications are due on Friday, April 7, 2017. No late applications will be considered. For scholarship information please call Jeanne Dougherty at 337-2948. 4/7

The 2017 Student-View Scholarship Program sponsored by Student Insights is offering $11,000 worth of scholarship to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school.

The program includes one $4,000, two $1,000, and ten $500 scholarships. Student Insights is a market research firm helping colleges and universities communicate more effectively with high school seniors (

The scholarship will be awarded via a random drawing of all completed applications. The scholarship winner will be announced in May, 2017. For online applications, simply log on to . Deadline application is April 22, 2017.

The Mike Rippel Memorial Music Scholarship administered by the Kiwanis Club of Palmer is awarded a $1,000 to a student who plans to focus on music during his/her post-secondary education. Application packets are available in counseling office. Completed Applications due to the school counselors by April 7, 2017. Incomplete packets and applications will not be considered. If you have questions, please contact Ann Goodman at 907-745-2257. 4/7

2017 Beta Sigma Phi offers one $2,000.00 scholarship awarded at the end of the school year, and an addition $1,000.00 Frances Hulbert Memorial Scholarship.

Complete applications (including recommendations) must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2017. Stop by counseling for application packet.

The Robinson & Henry, P.C. in Denver, Castle Rock and Colorado Springs, CO. is offering its 1st annual Robinson & Henry Family Law Scholarship. This scholarship is reserved for high school seniors nationwide who plan on attending a 4-year college/university or a 2-year accredited community college in the Fall of 2017. This scholarship is open to applicants pursuing a career in Family Law. The deadline for this scholarship is May 31, 2017. For online application and eligibility requirements and other pertinent information, go to:

CTSO Performance – Based Assessment Conference Scholarship applications for Mat-Su College are now available in counseling office or for online application please visit or Submit completed application by the deadline: 12 Noon, March 23, 2017. 3/23/17

Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation is offering two scholarships this year through the Warren N. Cuddy memorial scholarship program; $2,500 for an agriculture related course of study and $1,500 unrestricted. Application and requirements information can be found on ARRC’s website at The deadline for applications is March 29, 2017. 3/29/17

The Associated General Contractors of Alaska, Inc. (AGC of Alaska) & Construction Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) scholarship program is designed to encourage students to pursue a career in the construction industry or a related field such as accounting, insurance & bonding and human resources. Scholarship awards will be limited to individuals who plan to live and work in Alaska. Scholarship applications for 2017 are now available online at The direct link is Applications are due at the Anchorage AGC office by 4:00 pm on April 1, 2017. They may be turned in any time before April 1. AGC of Alaska & CEF will award 6 scholarships based on a scoring guide developed by a steering committee; two $5,000 scholarships and four $2,500 scholarships. Successful scholarship recipients will be notified in writing by May 20, 2017 and awards will be presented at the AGC of Alaska Annual Golf Tournament reception June 15, 2017 at the AGC of Alaska Anchorage offices. For questions or more information, please contact Kathleen Castle, Executive Director of Alaska Construction Academies, at 907.222.0999 or 4/1/17

FAFSA information

Submit a FAFSA earlier:

Students will be able to submit a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling student to complete and submit their FAFSAs as early as October 1 every year. ( there is NO CHANGE to the 2016-17 schedule. the 2016-17 FAFSA became available January 1, 2016)

Use Earlier Income and Tax Information:

Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 217-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, ans appropriate) will report their 2015 income and tax information, rather than their 2016 income and tax information.


The PSAT/NMSQT Result is available in counseling office.

KhanAcademy SAT Prep Materials

The KhanAcademy has SAT prep materials available at

Scholarships can open doors for students who might not be able to afford college, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides one of the largest scholarships in the country for high-achieving students with financial need.

Over half (54 percent) of the students who won the Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship last year had taken the PSAT/NMSQT® and were discovered through Student Search Service®.

The Cooke College Scholarship seeks out underrepresented students of all races, backgrounds, and ethnicities using thePSAT/NMSQT

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