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Posted: November 7, 2011 - 10:04am

School board to meet
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148 *. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted).
For more information, call 714-8888 or visit http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/school_board.aspx?id=13414. The agenda and packet items are posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the date of the Board meeting.
Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to participate at School Board meetings should contact Sally Tachick at 907-714-8836, or e-mail stachick@kpbsd.k12.ak.us no later than three business days before the meeting date.
* November 8, 2011;
* December 5, 2011;
* January 9, 2012;
* February 6, 2012;
* March 5, 2012;
* April 2, 2012;
* May 7, 2012 (Meeting to be held at Seward High School);
* June 4, 2012;
* June 5, 2012 (Board Planning Session)
Email BoardComment@kpbsd.k12.ak.us to make a comment about any item on the current agenda (comments will be reviewed for appropriateness and length). Comments will be shared during the Board meeting by the Board president. Send a request message to stachick@kpbsd.k12.ak.us if you would like an email subscription to the School Board agendas as soon as they become available.

Workforce development offers academies
The Workforce Development Center is offering free after school academies.  High School students may attend any of the academies at any of the schools.
A Construction Academy will begin Jan. 5 2012 at Skyview High School with instructor Barry Hartman. The students will be constructing a gazebo. This class will run Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3:00-6:00 p.m. through March 8.
A Plumbing Academy will be beginning sometime next semester with instructor Tyson Cox.  Students will be learning the basics of plumbing.
If a student successfully completes any of the 60-hour academies they are eligible to receive a half practical art credit. Transportation may be provided if needed.
To sign up contact your counselor or call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or email her at dpearson@kpbsd.org .
Funding for the Alaska Construction Academies comes from a grant from the AK Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development, The AK Dept. of Commerce and Economic Development and The AK Youth First Program.

Connections
Connections Homeschool Program has open enrollment for all students at this time. All students not enrolled in public school are encouraged to contact the Connections office at 714-8880 to learn about all of the educational benefits that Connections Homeschool Program can provide for children.
The BOOK IT! K-6 Program has begun and we are happy to be a part of it. Spend just 20 minutes each day focusing on raising a reader. Set a monthly reading goal and when that goal is met, celebrate achievement by going to Pizza Hut and redeeming the BOOK IT! coupon for a personal pan pizza. Coupons are available at the Soldotna Connections office.  Please call Lennie Yoter with any questions. More information may be found at http://bookitprogram.com/Parents/index.asp.
Juniors will be taking the Workkeys test on November 8, 9, or 10 from 9am-12pm.  Call to schedule your day.  Any seniors wishing to take the test may call to schedule a time as well.  If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.
School Picture retakes will be Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 1-4 p.m. at the Borough Building on Binkley Street, lower level – Assembly Chambers. Order forms will be available one week prior to picture day.
Connections Homeschool is enrolled with the National Spelling Bee. All Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate to build confidence, increase vocabulary and improve spelling skills.
The 2012 Alaska State spelling bee will be held on Thursday, March 8 in Anchorage. Local spelling bee will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Soldotna.  For word lists and more information, contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or eyoter@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.
Connnections Homeschool is on Facebook, and we want to connect with you there!  Find us at “Connections Homeschool http://on.fb.me/FacebookConnectionsHomeschool.

IDEA Homeschool
The IDEA office is open in the Red Diamond Center from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Resource Room and Library have new additions for family check-out. To assist parents in teaching science concepts fifteen different science kits ranging on topics from life science to physics are available. In addition to the science kits there are also new additions to the DVD library on several science topics.
Hayden Maxwell and Megan Ruffridge were awarded the UA Scholars Award for the graduating class of 2012.  Congratulations to both of these students for their dedication to academic excellence.
Juniors who are interested in taking the Work Keys exam should contact the IDEA office to schedule a time for this test. Testing days are Mondays and Fridays.
Call the office at 260-7555 or drop by to sign up for school pictures. Marian McNeil will be taking student and family portraits on November 19. Available time slots are on a first come first serve basis. Package information is available for pick-up at Omie’s desk.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Congratulations to the Book Fair Poster Contest winners!  Sarah Baktuit won first place, Payton Rusk-2nd place, Katie Richmond – 3rd place.
Grace Wahl and Emma Steffy in Mrs. Vedder’s room, were winners in the HEA Energy Efficiency & Conservation Student Contest.  HEA will be presenting the awards to the students this weekend at Kenai Middle School.
The Halloween Carnival was a huge success. Mrs. Linton, Mrs. Dowd, Mrs. Romatz and Mr. Fred were great sports and all got pies in the face!  Laura Green was our carnival gumball contest winner. She guessed 500 gumballs in the jar and there were 502. Keelin McGraw was our candy corn winner.  She guessed 562 and the count was 588.  
Mr. Daniels would like to thank all of the parents who came to the parent conferences with their kiddos. Also Mr. Daniels’ Class will be Skyping (video conferencing) with their Russian pen pals soon. It will be fun to try to communicate with a class over 2,000 miles away who barely speak English. We will investigate to determine the best forms of communication between our two countries.
If you could use some help for this Thanksgiving, please call Mrs. Tressler in the front office. We will put together a food basket or gift certificate for you. Everything will be handled in a confidential manner.
* PTA Meeting – Nov. 8 at 2:45 p.m. in the library. Babysitting will be provided.
* Family Night/Open gym – Nov. 11 from 6 – 8 p.m.
* Site Council – Nov. 14 at 3:00 p.m. in Mrs. Linton’s office
* Silent Auction/Spaghetti dinner – Nov. 18.  Time to be announced.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The APC will meet today at 4 p.m. in the library. They will be voting on the budget for the 2012-2013 school year. Parents are encouraged to come and be a part of this process.
After School Activities for 3rd through 6th graders are now in full swing.  Prompt pickup is very important, so if your child is participating, please make sure to be at the school for pick up at 4:45pm.  
Gift wrap orders are in.  If you have not received yours, or you have a problem with your order, please contact Christie Holmes at 252-3139.
Christmas Drive forms were sent home last week. If your family needs assistance this holiday season, please complete a form and return it to Miss Linda in the office by November 18. This will be kept totally confidential. If you would like to help provide any gifts or funding for the Drive, please see Miss Linda. We do not solicit our community for help but rely completely on our Kaleidoscope families.
The PTA currently has a board position open. If you are interested in serving as Vice President please contact the PTA at ksaspta@gmail.com. There will be a committee meeting to talk about the art sculpture that the PTA will be designing and purchasing. The meeting will be November 10th at 4 p.m. in the library. Please come and help plan this fun project! Upcoming Dates to remember:
* Original Works deadline – November 7th
* PTA Meeting- November 17th at 4 p.m.
* Christmas Drive forms due – November 18
* Holiday Concert - December 6th at 7 p.m.
* Band Concert- December 12th at 6p.m.

Kenai Central High School
Fall Drama Production
Mixed Nuts by Simon J. Donoghue and Nancy Manera Nov. 11 and 12 - 7:00 p.m Nov. 13 - 3:00 p.m.
Admission $5.00
Renée C. Henderson Auditorium
Aspiring writer Michael Stoddard Caldwell (Taylor Evans) moves from Ohio to New York where his neighbors include a commercial actor (Cody Whiteley) who specializes in playing fruits and vegetables, a flirty Russian ballerina (Alyson Quartly), and an out-of-work Italian-American actress (Tamera Ward). A wisecracking landlady (Cathryn Cox), a self-centered model (Makai-Lynn Smith), Michael’s pushy mother (Liberty Rohn), and his sarcastic inner self (Brad Hamilton) complete the cast.  
Congratulations to the following Students of the Month for October.
Rotary – Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, Chamber – Rylee DeVito, Elks – Courtney Davisson, Kard-of-the Deck- Victoria Silk , Super-Staffer- Laura Fortner
Physics – Taylor Ostrander, Anatomy – Josie Jones, Advanced French –  Ericka Reynolds, Advanced Algebra – Makayla Chivers, Culinary Arts – Riley Wik,
LA 10 – Amanda Ellis, Weight Training – Sarah Rawson, Performing Arts/Music/Choir – Faren Calix, Geometry – Jonah Theisen, Performing Arts/Music/Band – Shilo Carlisle, World History – Kier Wilshusen, Study Skills – Alyssa Herr, LA 12  – Courtney Davisson, LA 11 – Pablo Garcia-Sanchez, Computer Applications  – Torri Harsha, Geometry – Dezmond Ticknor,
Geometry – Shawn Fortune

Kenai Middle School
ABATE has generously donated Thanksgiving Baskets to KMS this year. If you and your family would like to receive a basket please call our school nurse, Pam Howard, at 283-1723.  
Every year our 6th grade students make wreaths as a fundraiser for their end of year camp field trip. Prior to making the wreaths we ask for volunteers to help make bows. If you would like to help out making either the bows (which you can do at home) or wreaths here at school please call the office at 283-1700.
A celebration party will be held for our students on Friday, November 18 from 12:52-2:27 p.m. Guidelines for participating are posted around KMS; if you have questions please call the office. A list of activities will be posted in the commons. If you are a parent or guardian and would like to volunteer for celebration please call the office at 283-4896.  
Leadership will be sponsoring an Activity Night and dance on Veteran’s Day, which is Friday, Nov. 11. The event is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We will celebrating and honoring our military and veterans of war. All proceeds from the activity night and dance will go to buy phone cards for our troops overseas. If you would like to help chaperone please go to the district’s website:  www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us and fill out the volunteer application.
Dates To Remember:
* 11/4              BBall @ Homer 3:00 p.m.
* 11/8              BBall @ KMS 3:00 p.m.
* 11/11            Activity Night and Dance 6-8 p.m.
* 11/17            Swimming: Boys 7th & 8th grade periods 1-4
* 11/18            Celebration – 1-2:27 p.m. Swimming: Girls 7th & 8th grade periods 1-4
* 11/24 & 25   Holiday – No School
* 11/28            6th grade Wrestling Begins
* 11/29            BBall @ Nikiski 3:00 p.m.

Mt. View Elementary
Math Club for selected students will start today and will meet every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 11th  has been designated “Animal Day” by the Mountain View Student Council. Students may wear clothing with animal pictures, animal prints, etc.
Our Scholastic online book fair will be open through November 17th. Log on to the Mountain View home page and click on the Library page to find the book fair link.
There will be a PTA Meeting on Monday, Nov. 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Library.
Please check kpbsd.k12.ak.us or local radio stations, such as KSRM 920 AM, and KPBSD on Facebook http://facebook.com/KPBSD  and Twitter http://twitter.com/kpbsd for immediate updates in the event of a school delay or closure. If school remains open, and you as a parent believe that it is not safe for your child to travel to school, you have the right to keep your child at home. Please notify the school if you choose to do so.  

Nikiski North Star Elementary
There will be a joint site council meeting of NNS and NMHS at the high school on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the library. Please call the high school at 776-9400 for more information.
Carly Johnson, Hammie Cox, Brooklyn Biamonte and Brenden Boehme were the winners of our Cosmic Summer Reading Challenge. Together everyone read a total of 122,311 minutes last summer. Way to go readers.
Thank you Nikiski families for supporting our school fundraiser this year. The students met their goal of selling over $15,000 worth of merchandise.  This means the top seller in each class gets a chance to “Pie the Principal” during a school assembly.  The proceeds from our fundraiser pay for many school events and student materials including field trips, guest artists, playground equipment, One Book, One School books, student awards, and student prizes. Thank you to Chrystal Leighton for doing a fantastic job as our fundraiser chairman.
Congratulations to the October Character Counts! Students of the Month:  Truit McCaughey, Tika Zimmerman, Shane Weathers, Savannah Ley, Mylan Johnson, Madalyn Stichal, Luke Griffith, Levi Kimball, Kelsey Clark, Kaydence Jeffreys, Justin Martin, Jakobee Anderson, Irisa Pitt, Halie Oskolkoff, Dwyght Mullins, Darcy Limric, Danni Langseth and Brady Bostic. These students will be treated to a pizza lunch with Principal Callahan.

Redoubt Elementary
Family Game Night is tomorrow evening from 6 – 7:30 p.m. There will be board games in the library and open gym. All Redoubt students and their families are invited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
PTA meets tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. in the staff lounge. Childcare will be provided.
Site Council meets Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.
The school is collecting non-perishable food items for the Peninsula Food Bank through November 18. Students who bring an item by Friday will be able to participate in this week’s Great Grocery Grab. The second Great Grocery Grab will be Friday, November 18.
Students are reminded that they must have funds in their lunch accounts in order to purchase a school lunch. Charges are not allowed.  New this year, parents can check their child’s lunch account any time through Powerschool. Click “Balance” on the left side of the screen. Parents may also call the school to check account balances.  
Grades 1 – 3 will present their musical on Thursday, December 1, 6:30 p.m., at the Soldotna High School auditorium.
There is a correction on the November lunch menu. Two entrée choices are listed for November 14 – 30. Only the first entree listed will be available.  
Students will have an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts at the annual Holiday Store December 7 – 9 p.m. PTA sponsors this popular event.
Cold weather is here and students go outdoors daily unless the temperature or chill factor falls below minus 10 degrees. All students should bring winter gear to school, including a winter-weight coat, snow pants, hats, gloves, and boots. Parents who need help acquiring these items for their children are asked to contact Nurse Donna.  
Special activities are planned to commemorate Veterans Day on November 11.  

Skyview High School
Thursday is a Super Activity Day and involves some schedule changes. There will be no 2nd period class, so the schedule will be 1st, 4th, 3rd (extended activity) 5th, lunch, 6th and 7th.  Students, please plan accordingly.
On November 15 the Classroom Without Walls students from SoHi, KCHS and Skyview have the exciting opportunity to participate in an interactive video conference with students in North Dakota, Louisiana and an Arab nation. They will be discussing the events of Arab Spring 2011, the causes and outcomes of the revolution, and how they have affected the U.S. and foreign relations. The event will take place at 4 am Alaska Time, with the students meeting at each of their respective schools.
Juniors will be involved in WorkKeys testing the mornings of November 15-17.
 
Soldotna Elementary
As winter comes upon us we are in search of items to help keep our students stay warm and dry. Nurse Tammy is currently accepting donations of sweatpants of varying sizes in size 5/6 and 5/7 shirts. Thanks to all who have donated thus far. In addition, we are also hosting a winter gear drive. Any gently used items are gladly accepted.
Our school also participates in the great Aluminum Round-up. We are currently accepting aluminum cans. They can be dropped at the school. Please crush and bag them, and drop them off. Help us turn aluminum cans into cash.
Mark your calendar for November 17, Book Bingo. This is a family fun event! We will be giving away books and families can sign up for pizza if they wish. Come and spend a great night together to encourage reading and helping your child start their very own library. We look forward to seeing you there.
Our Site Council meeting will be held November 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the conference room. This month’s PTA meeting is November 10, at 3:45 p.m. in the library. All are welcome.
Thanksgiving holiday is Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. There will be no school for students on these days.
We want to say Good Luck to our Robotics team. Mrs. Schlung and Mr. Shook have done an excellent job in preparing students for their November 19 competition. The team has worked hard, and we look forward to seeing the end result.
Congratulations to Katie Creglow for being the Box Top winner last week, and to Emily Nicholson for being chosen out staff member of the week.

Soldotna High School
The SoHi Drama Department will present the comedy The Count of Monte Cristo High School at 7 p.m. on November 17-18-19. Admission is $5 per person.
Public Comment Invited: KPBSD revises “Goals For Student Learning” BP 0210(a) ]
Soldotna, October 28, 2011— What is your vision for student learning?  The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is revising “Goals for Student Learning” BP 0210(a). The KPBSD school board invites your comments and thoughts about the proposed revised policy. The current Board Policy 0210, Goals for Student Learning, was adopted in 1996. This is a broad policy that serves to guide district level curriculum decisions. Please take a few minutes to review the new draft “Vision for Student Learning,” the current policy, then offer your thoughts via an online comment box.  To respond, go to the KPBSD website, and follow the link in the Community Interest section, www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us Please respond by December 1.
All juniors will participate in the WorkKeys assessment on Monday, Nov. 7.  This state-mandated assessment measures “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation—skilled or professional—and at any level of education.  Scores may be used for AK Performance Scholarship eligibility.
1st Annual “What Women Want – A Local Shopping Expo and Craft Fair” will be held in the Soldotna High Commons, Saturday, November 19th 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Vendors and businesses interested in having a booth should contact Margaret Griffin, margaret_ak@yahoo.com
Yearbooks can be ordered online at ybpay.lifetouch.com for $55.  

Soldotna Middle School
Congratulations to Team Spartan 1st Quarter Honor Roll Students
8th Grade – 4.0 :  Josef Becher, Jennilee Beilen, Anna Coup, Delaney Crosby-Schneider, Taylor Gilmore, Kenneth Griffin, Kayla Haeg, Kyle Hastings, Rebekah Keener, Kayli Kitchens, Kelsie Overway, Makenna Rosin, Sloan Stenga, Sierra Thomas, Halen Wells, Emily Werner, Lindsey Wong, Myia Wright, Anna Wrobel
7th Grade – 4.0 :   Brenna Belluomini, Jackson Blackwell, Elena Bramante, Karissa Bussdieker, Afton Carlson, Brian Dusek, Sara Faris, Kinley Glaves, Jenna Helminski, Arianna Hiler, Chelsi Jacobson, Chloe Kincaid, Hannah Selden, Kianna Steadman, Chantel Warfield, Preston Weeks, Madison Willets
8th Grade – 3.5-3.99 :  Desiree Barbaza, Kayla Bauter, Dalton Best, Emily Boone, Ashley Burcham, Lavender Burns, Abbie Carter, Elizabeth Cho, Olivia Conradi, Jacob Conver, Macylea Elsey, Julia Fields-Jones, Taylor Fields-Jones, Caitlan Gibbons, John Gibbs, Adrian Gomez Dickson, Tessa Gottlob, Sabrina Hames, Shayla Hardcastle, Sage Hill, Olivia Hutchings, Hannah Katzenberger, Savannah Kreider, Dylan Kuntz, Sin Kuo,
Gracelyn Larson, Malena Macmaster, Amber McDonald, Claire McElroy, Levi Michael, Kathie Myrick, Hannah Pothast, Kyra Price, Mason Prior, Jessica Ramirez, Brianna Shackleton, Megan Silta, Rachel Thomas, Meghan Ussing, John Vinzant, Haylee Vroman, Trevor Walden, Maraya Whitaker, Nathaniel Yannikos
7th Grade – 3.5-3.99 :  Trinity Ames, Melinda Anderson, Andreas Asimakopoulos, Kaelyn Birch, Melissa Bower, Keira Burrows, Marshal Cameron, Natalia Chavez Pajares, Allyson Collins, Matthew Daugherty, Rylee Downs, Molly Erickson, Ava Gabler, Levi Hensley, Torri Hensley, Roman Herr, Tannan Holland, Brianna Ingels, Natalee Johnson, Robin Johnson, Kelli Kay, Jayce Kemp, Cody Kincaid, Jillian Kindred, Mariah Kjostad, Abigail Kruse, Riley Kruse, Jazilyn Larrow, Shane Larrow, Tyler Larrow, Isaac Larson, Kyle Marcuson, Leah McCabe, Jared McCormick, Ronald Meehan, Tehya Nichols, Alexis Osborn, Annie Quinn, Savanna Ratky, Juanita Rincon, Atom Skiba, Trinity Walker, Madison Whittenberg
8th Grade – 3.0-3.49 :  Abigail Anderson, Shayley Anderson, Myles Ashley, William Bartelds, Zoe Bell, Chris Casares, Griffin Casey, Joshua Cochran, Tyler Covey, James Elsey, Olivia Farrell, Hannah Fraley, Eric Gomez-Catalan, Chloe Haas, Isabella Henry, Phillip Kitchen, Hallie Landess, Michael Lewis, Jesse Littrell, Kaytlynn Malone, Jordan Martin, Jesse Meier, Leann Meier, Brandon Penrod, Rachel Shassetz, Sailor Walker, Alyssa Wolfe, Sarah Wynkoop
7th Grade – 3.0-3.49 :  Judah Aley, Alyssa Baldwin, Bryanna Beyer, Jayvan Blackwell, Jonathan Boone, Ryan Boyer, Clayton Brown, Vincent Brown, Arianna Burcham, Alloha Cana Johnson, Catherine Carroll, Jacob Creglow, Taylor Earll, Hunter Emery, Sienna Escott, Sarah Federle, Devin Fena, Jasmyn Foust, Carajean Gibbons, Brendan Hanson, Shane Heiman, Makenna Holly, Dylan Hutchings, Rylie Jackson, Ashlyn Johnson, Capri Jones, Brittany Junkert, Mathphia McEntire, Steven McKendry, Cassidy Miller, Jennifer Morris, Christian Mullan, Brice Peters, Wade Rosin, Wayde Savolt, Logan Schoessler, Zackary Selinger, Brianna Sipes, Piercen Sproul, Selena Stem, Dylan Stockdale, Caitlin Sturman, Hallie Symington, Roy Taylor, Travis Troxell, Amber Weston, Trevor Witthus, Ellyce Woodward, Drewe Zeek
Schedule of Events This Week:
* Today – Basketball – Soldotna (White) vs. Aurora Borealis @ Soldotna – 3.00 p.m.
* Tuesday – Basketball – Kenai vs. Soldotna (White) @ Kenai – 3.00 p.m.
* Thursday – Basketball – Soldotna (Maroon) vs. Nikiski @ Soldotna – 3.00 p.m.
* Friday  – Fortnightly! – Parents… Please contact the school at 260-2500 if you can volunteer.  
Schedule of Events Next Week:
* Tuesday, November 15 – Basketball – Soldotna (Maroon) vs. Kenai @ Soldotna – 3:00 p.m.
* Friday, November 18 – Basketball – Seward vs. Soldotna (White) @ Seward – 3:00 p.m.
* Saturday, November 19  - Basketball – Homer vs. Soldotna (Maroon) @ Homer – 11:00 a.m.
No School for Students and Staff on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.
 
Tustumena Elementary
PTO Meeting, 4 p.m. November 15
Thanksgiving Break, No school November 24 & 25
Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m. November 28
$2500.00 Cash Raffle tickets on sale now… cash drawing is on December 2. Stop by the school to purchase a ticket.

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