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


  • 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

FINALS WEEK (May 15-19)

Monday, May 15 & Tuesday, May 16 will be ALL periods 1-7

Wednesday, May 17 (2, 6)

Period 2 7:45-8:45

Period 2 8:51-10:15

A lunch 10:15-10:45

A Period 4 10:51-11:38

B Period 4 10:21-11:08

B lunch 11:08-11:38

Period 6 11:44-12:44

Period 6 12:50-2:15

Thursday, May 18 (3, 4, 7)

Period 3 7:45-8:45

Period 3 8:51-10:15

A lunch 10:15-10:45

A Period 4 10:51-11:38

B Period 4 10:21-11:08

B lunch 11:08-11:38

Period 7 11:44-12:44

Period 7 12:50-2:15

Friday, May 19 (1, 4, 5)

Period 1 7:45-8:45

Period 1 8:51-10:15

A lunch 10:15-10:45

A Period 4 10:51-11:38

B Period 4 10:21-11:08

B lunch 11:08-11:38

Period 5 11:44-12:44

Period 5 12:50-2:15

If you are taking AP Physics next year please see Mr. Gooch ASAP for your summer homework assignment!

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.


Congratulations Seniors!!

Summer Opportunity

The Alaska Business Week (ABW) has expanded and now offers a Mat-Su program on top of its summer program. The Mat-Su program is condensed version of ABW offered to high school students from the Mat-Su.

Who: High School Students finishing grades 9-12 in May 2017

When: July 31 – August 5, 2017 (Daily from 8 am – 5 pm)

Where: Palmer High school, Palmer AK

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.

2017 MSC Summer Science Camps for high school students grade 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th. Mat-Su College Healthcare Career Exploration Academy with ETT Certification. This academy will provide both healthcare career exploration and Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) certification. Participants will work on campus to explore various health-related careers through networking with professionals in various medical fields, hands-on activities to provide insight into daily responsibilities and touring medical facilities. Academy participants will also complete the 3-week ETT certification program online.

On Campus : May 22nd – 26th and May 30th – June 2nd, at 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

On-line: May 15th – June 2nd.

Tuition: $150 by April 1st : $175 after April 1st

To register, go to : For additional information, please call 745-9775.

The UAA Summer Engineering Academies offer a series of week-long, hands-on instructional sessions for students entering grades 5 through 12 in Anchorage and Mat-Su. Each academy is designed to encourage interest and provide exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The academies also seek to support historically underserved and underrepresented students who have limited opportunities for these experiences. For more information and to apply online, go to:

Archeology Field School Program May 23rd – June 9th

Summer Program opportunity for Mat-Su District students. In cooperation with the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), 22 students will live and work for twelve days at an archeology site in Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge at Deadman Lake, Alaska. Participants will complete an integrated curriculum aligning three MSBSD courses, Principles of Archeology, Contemporary Alaskan Literature, and Alaska Wilderness Studies, with the rigors of camp life and actual experience performing an archeological dig. To enroll in this course, applicants must agree to attend all 17 summer school dates, four at Palmer High as well as 13 in the field. Students who wish to participate in this fantastic learning opportunity must submit the online application accessible on the district website under parent quick links. Selection priority will be given to students in grades 10, 11, and 12. For additional information, please pick up the program packet in counseling office.

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'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

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


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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

Interested in playing tennis next fall? Tennis season starts July 26th. Players need to have concussion testing, a physical and be registered on iPlay to practice. Check out the Tennis webpage, or stop by room 1063 for an information packet before school ends so you can be ready to play! Also, MatSu Tennis Association offers tennis activities for all ages throughout the summer. go to or See Coach Brunner for info.

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.


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

Trupply, an industrial supplier and distributor offers a $500 scholarship for high school students graduate 2017.

The scholarship requirements include:

· High school students in the U.S. who are interested in supply chain, management, and engineering fields

· GPA of 3.0 or higher

The student who is selected to receive the scholarship will be awarded $500 to go towards a 2- or 4- year college or university. All applications should be sent to and are due July 1st, 2017.

The application details can be found at this website:

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.

Real PDL Help is offering one $3,000 scholarship to a student who meets the following criteria:

· 18 and under as of and on August 25th, 2017

· Planning on pursuing a degree in economics or entrepreneurial fields

· GPA of at least 3.5

The scholarship submissions must be received by July 1, 2017 and should be sent to For more information about the scholarship: 7/1

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 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

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.

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:

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship (awards up to $2,500) for graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue postsecondary education at a community college or technical school in fall 2017. This program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Scholarship criteria also include high school completion by spring of 2017, Pell-eligibility, enrollment by fall 2017 with a commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical certificate/degree, and United States citizenship. Students may apply online at Deadline will be June 15, 2017. For additional information regarding this program please visit : . 6/15

The 2017 Wendy's Heisman Scholarship Application is Now Open! This year, Wendy's® will be awarding 100 students from across the nation with $150,000 in scholarships.

Visit to apply.

Charlie H. Selman Memorial Scholarship - The Alaska CHARR Education Fund awards scholarships once a year to Alaska residents who are interested in pursuing a career in the Alaskan hospitality industry.

Application deadline: May 15, 2017. Online application is available on its website at 5/15

Kristan Cole’s Follow Your Dreams Scholarship provides two scholarships for any graduating senior. The scholarships will be awarded in May: $1,500 and $1,000. The basis of the scholarship will be awarded on the content of the essay, not form, and not the student’s GPA. The idea of this scholarship is to award a student who shows teamwork and leadership skills with a desire for additional education after high school. The essay should be focused on teamwork, including the student’s experiences and understanding of the value of team work in the work place, home, and community. Scholarships deadline is April 30, 2017. Mail or email to Kristan Cole Real Estate Network: 5131 E. Mayflower Lane, Wasilla, AK 99654. 4/30

The Mat-Su Home Builders Association (MSHBA) offers two $1000 scholarships for graduating High School seniors 2017 who interested in the residential construction industry.

Application may be picked up from the counseling office or the MSHBA office. Applications are due on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. and should be turned in to the Mat-Su Home Builders Association office or emailed to

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.


SAT TEST on Saturday May 6, 2017 Students MUST have their Admission Ticket with their photo and another photo ID (Driver’s license, passport, etc.) or NO ADMITTANCE, #2 pencils, calculator, snacks and beverages. Arrival time is 7:30 AM. Enter by the side door near the dumpster and portable classroom. 5/6

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