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- Class Elections
  • 19th- Progress Reports distributed to students during 4th period
  • 21st- Prom 7-11 pm at the Alaska Railroad Depot at the airport in Anchorage
  • 23rd-Step-up Step-down Assembly


  • 2-3rd- Senior Finals
  • 9th- 7pm Senior Graduation
  • 16-18th- 2nd Semester Finals
  • 18th-End of 2nd Semester/Last Day of School

This Week at Colony

Attention Seniors! Today, March 23 rd is the last day to submit a graduation speech or talent. Please see Mrs. McKenney in the library to submit an audition.

Pack your bags for "A Knight Around the World"!!

Prom invitations are officially out! If you haven't received your Passport for the "A Knight Around the World" Prom, please stop by Mrs. Thaler's room 1064, or see a Class of 2019 officer. First, check with your fourth hour teacher. Prom ticket sales for your "Boarding Passes" to enter will begin next Monday, March 26th during both lunches! Bring cash or check for $65 single/$110 couple. Prom is April 21st from 7-11 pm at the Alaska Railroad Depot at the airport in Anchorage. Join us for an evening of adventure!!

Colony High School juniors just a friendly reminder to sign up for the free ACT test on April 3 right here at colony high. Sign up in the counseling office to reserve you spot. Don’t wait until the last minute sign up today!

NHS application deadline has been extended to Monday, March 26th. Applications not received by 2:45PM on the 26th will not be considered.

Softball tryouts are this week - Juniors / Seniors Mon. 3/19 - 6 pm - 7:30 pm & Tues. 3/20 - 5:30 pm - 7:30pm Freshman / Sophomores Wed. 3/21 - 8:30pm - 9:45 pm & Thurs. 3/22 - 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm. To try out, you must be registered online through IParent, have taken the baseline concussion test and have a current physical on file at CHS.

Mat-Su Borough School District is planning to hire 30 students ages 16 and up to work with our Operations & Maintenance Department over the course of the summer.

Interested students should apply online through the MSBSD website no later than 4:30pm on April 12, 2018. Wages are $10 per hour and there is potential to also earn elective credit.

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.


Attention Class of 2018: The moment you have been waiting for has arrived (well, one of them, anyway). Caps and gowns are in! Jostens are here! If you have not picked yours up please come to the front office.

Attention Seniors! It’s time to start thinking about your graduation ceremony. If you would like to submit cover art for the graduation program, you have until Tuesday, March 20 to submit it to Mrs. McKenney in the Library. If you have a talent you would like to share at graduation, those auditions will be held the week following Spring Break. Sign up for an audition with Mrs. McKenney in the Library.

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 Orders placed later than November 29 are subject to increased prices. 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

Mat-Su Borough School District is planning to hire 30 students ages 16 and up to work with our Operations & Maintenance Department over the course of the summer. Interested students should apply online through the MSBSD website no later than 4:30pm on April 12, 2018. Wages are $10 per hour and there is potential to also earn elective credit.



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

All intend to play spring sports this year need to make sure they have signed up and have all there paperwork done before tryouts.

Baseline Test Schedule: do not be late.

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.

Scholarship and Financial Aide Information

Colony High website:

District website:

The deadline for the Warren Cuddy Scholarship has been extended to this Friday, March 23rd. As of today’s date we have only received one application.

Also, Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation is offering two scholarships this year; $2,500 for an agriculture related course of study and $1,500 unrestricted. Deadline for applications is this Friday, March 23rd. Application information can be found on the website:

The Kristan Cole “Follow Your Dream Scholarship” info are now available at guidance office. Two scholarships will be awarded in May $1.500 and another for $1,000, and the winners will be announced on May 2nd 2018. Application deadline is April 30th 2018. Please send the essay to anytime before the due date, or mail it to The Kristan Cole Team, 5131 E. Mayflower Ln., Wasilla, AK 99654.

UAA is offering “Academic Insights” to help juniors and seniors learn more about their programs. Students can tour their campus, learn about majors and meet program faculty. Events are held evenings and weekends. Upcoming events are scheduled for the College of Business and Public Policy, Community and Technical College, and the College of Health. More information is available at

The Alaska School Counselor Association (AkSCA) Scholarships for 2018 are now available for students to apply. Applications must be received by March 30 at 4pm.

For online application process and directions, visit the AkSCA website.

The Dr. Shahram Salemy scholarship is now available to high school seniors. Application deadline is May 31st . More information about the scholarship along with the application information is found here: Mahin and Saifulla Salemy High School Scientific Scholarship

Scholarships arriving daily Most recent ~ Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship. Information in Counseling for most scholarships or check the District website daily J

AK Native Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship

AK Peace Officers Association (APOA) Scholarship

Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship

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

Attentions seniors: The Warren N. Cuddy memorial Scholarship which given by Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation and the First National Bank Alaska is offering two scholarships this year; $2,500 for an agriculture related course of study and $1,000 unrestricted.

Application information can be found on ARRC's website and also available at guidance office. All applications must be received at the ARRC office by March 21, 2018.

The JJ Klein Scholarship supports Alaskan high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education; however, with a unique caveat. Preference will be given to applicants with a GPA from 2.0 to 3.2; those with GPAs above 3.5 will not be considered. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need. The JJ Klein scholarship will provide a one-time award of up to $10,000. JJ Klein Scholarship Deadline: April 26, 2018 at 5pm AKST.

FAFSA information


SAT this Saturday March 10, 2018-We are full, so come early to be admitted. The sooner we get started, the sooner we get out. You MUST have an official photo ID (Passport, driver's license, government card, etc.), admissions ticket. Also, bring a calculator, #2 pencils, snacks and beverages. Try to arrive at 7:30 AM. Enter by the side door near the dumpster and portable classroom.

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.

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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