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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 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 no later than three business days before the meeting date.
* October 17, 2011;
* November 7, 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)
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Scholarship opportunities
* Local students are eligible to receive money and a chance for an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 and the Ladies Auxiliary are once again sponsoring the Voice of Democracy (VOD) program. The VOD is a national scholarship program for students in Grades 9-12 which was started in 1947 and offers the students a chance to win money for college by expressing their own original thoughts on this year's topic "Is there pride in serving in our military?"
On the local level, students will be eligible to receive monetary awards of $1000 or $500 for 1st and 2nd place.  The 1st place winner's entry will then be submitted for state judging where he/she will be eligible to win an additional $1000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place or $400 for 3rd place.  The 1st place state winner will also receive a 5-day all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2012 and compete with winners from each of the other states for a grand prize of a $30,000 scholarship.  All participants at national level will receive an award of not less than $1000.
To enter the students must write and then record a 3-5 minute original essay on a CD or cassette tape.  There should be no background music on the tape - clear enunciation of words is crucial.  For an official entry form and more information, check the VFW website at, contact your school counselor, or call Paul Stevenson at 260-6177 or Rachel Jurco at 262-1352.  Entries must be submitted to the VFW Post 10046 at 134 *. Birch St. in Soldotna no later than Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
* Local students could win a $10,000 savings bond
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post #10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary is once again pleased to announce the local sponsorship of the national Patriot's Pen Essay competition.  Students in Grades 6-8 including homeschooled students have the opportunity to compete in the VFW's annual essay competition to earn monetary awards, U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2012.
Students begin by writing and submitting an original 300-400 word typewritten essay on a patriotic theme which this year is "Are you proud of your country?"  At the local level the winners will receive $500 and $250 for 1st and 2nd place respectively.  The first place winner's essay will then advance to state level competition and will be eligible for U.S. Savings Bonds of $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place.  The first place state winner's entry will be forwarded to national competition, the chance to compete for the grand prize of a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond plus an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for herself/himself and a parent or guardian. The top 46 state winners all receive at least a $1000 savings bond. 
Information about the scholarship program has been distributed to all local schools. For entry forms and more information contact your school counselor, call the VFW Patriot's Pen Chairman, Paul Stevenson at 260-6177 or the Ladies Auxiliary Chair, Rachel Jurco at 262-1352.  Also, visit the VFW website at to find information about all the scholarship programs and entry forms. All entries must be submitted directly to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post #10046 located at 134 *. Birch St., Soldotna no later than Tuesday, November 1, 2011. 

Schools invited to compete in Geographic Bee
Registration is now open for the annual Geographic Bee for fourth- through eighth-graders in Alaska schools and homeschool associations. School bees are held from November through January and the Alaska state bee is March 30. One winner from each state gets to attend the national meet in Washington, D.C. in May 2012.
Visit for more information and registration instructions. The deadline for early registration is Oct. 15. The Alaska Geographic Bee is sponsored by the UA Geography Program and the Alaska Geographic Alliance.

Workforce development center plans 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.
Academies at the Workforce Development Center/KCHS:
* An Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy will begin October 20 and will end on December 3rd. Class days will be Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30p.m. and occasional Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  This course will cover all areas required to receive certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. The last week of class will be for review and the final exam.  If you pass the exam you'll receive your certification and an ETT patch.
* An Intro to Criminal Justice academy will be starting October 3 and will end on December 19.  Class days will be Mon., Wed. and Fri. from 5-7 p.m. Students  will learn all of the different careers in the criminal justice pathways: Probation Officer, Parole Officer, Police Officer, Dispatcher, Criminal Justice Technician and more.
* A Welding Academy will be starting October 18. Class days will be Tues. and Wed. from 2:30-5:00 p.m. and occasional Saturdays.
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.

Academy at Nikiski High School:
* There will be a Construction academy that will be held at the Triumvirate Theatre just North of Kenai.  Class days are Tues. Wed. & Thurs. from 2:30 -5:30 p.m.  Students will learn basic construction skills.
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 .
These academies are possible thanks to funding from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development and the Alaska Youth First Program.

Connections Homeschool
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

IDEA Homeschool
Enrollment is still available for the 2011-12 school year. To enroll please visit the website at or call 260-7555.
The IDEA office will host an Usborne Book Fair for readers of all ages.  The Book Fair will be held October 10 -13 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.  
PSAT Testing will be held at the Kalifornsky Christian Center on October 12.  Registration for this test  will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The Math Workshop Series topic for Tuesday , October 11th is Measurement.  This interactive parent and student workshop will explore standard and metric measurement and conversions.  In addition we will also delve into money and time problems with the goal to make this math topic fun and understandable. Kalifornsky Christian Center from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
The Performing Arts Society is providing a concert for all homeschoolers on Friday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. The Alaska Chamber Players, an excellent string quintet out of Fairbanks, will be presenting a concert tailored specifically to school-aged children at Soldotna United Methodist Church.  

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
Picture retakes will be Thursday, October 13th. There will be time at 12 p.m. for any sibling pictures. Order forms went home Friday and should be returned, with payment,  to your teacher by Thursday.  If you are unhappy with your original picture packet, send in the picture packet that needs to be replaced with your student on Thursday.
The APC will meet on Thursday, October 13 at 4 p.m. in the library. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to relay to the APC, but cannot make the meeting, please email Jeremy Hamilton at
Dr. Susan Snyder will be working with staff and students October 17-21.
There will be a Parent Night with Dr. Susan Snyder on October 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This will be a great night to share ideas on parent's role in learning, and how to enhance your child's learning experiences.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be October 27 - 28.  Please make sure to sign up with your classroom teacher for a time that works best for you.  
The Book Fair will be held in the Library the week of Conferences. Watch your Friday Folders for dates and times.
The PTA sent home Kaleidoscope Gear order forms on Friday. This is a great way to show your school spirit. Please return the order form and payment to the school by the due date.
Box Tops and Campbell Soup labels are being collected in a treasure box at the office. Please make sure your student's name is written on the back. Each Thursday there is a drawing and the winners receive a free book.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The Site Council will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in Mrs. Linton's office.
The PTA Meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the library.  Babysitting will be provided.
On Thursday, Oct. 13 the intermediate grades will watch the CES Fire Safety Presentation in their classrooms.
On Friday, Oct. 14 the primary grades will watch the CES Puppet Show in the gym at 10:00 a.m.
Congratulations to our winners of the Mind-a-Mazes Airplane Competition are: 4th grade-Zion McEnerney, Evan Stockton, Elijah Williford, Darius Martin; 5th grade-Tyrone McEnerney, Trevor Junkert, Bronwyn Hawbold; 6th grade-Tre Rybak, Gregorio Mendez, Brady Hanson, Connor Fowler.
Mr. Daniels class is taking flight. Our 4th grade K-Beach Team is ready for the airplane challenge at Soldotna Middle School this Saturday. We have been practicing all week and testing our designs. Science students created tsunamis in class this week. We are learning what causes earthquakes and how volcanoes form. Students are also creating a class mural based on the thematic stories we have been reading in class.
Congratulations to our newly elected student council officers:  President-Ben Wilson; Vice-President-Cally Christianson; Secretary-Madison Goforth.  Candidates, your speeches were wonderful  We are very proud of all of you.

Kenai Central High School
Picture retakes are Tuesday, October 11.  If you felt like your smile was not bright enough, were absent on the previous picture day, or just plain not satisfied with your picture, please come prepared with a new order form or your packet from the first picture.
On Wednesday, juniors, interested in attending college after high school, will have the opportunity to take the PSAT in the auditorium.  For more information, please contact the counseling office.
This year's deadline for senior photos will be October 26.  The yearbook staff will need all senior portraits and baby photos submitted at this time.  Yearbooks are on sale - base price is $50.00.  Bring money and order forms to the office or order online at  Price will go up November 1.
KCHS activity passes are now on sale in the front office. They are $20.00; the sticker goes on the back of the students ID card. They are good for all KCHS athletic home events only. They are not valid for other local high schools home events or regional or state championships. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Rustad at 283-2104.
Last week the KCHS National Honor Society held its annual Blood Drive.  The blood drive was a huge success with 36 donors registered to give blood.   A total of 28 pints were collected - that's a potential of up to 84 lives saved.

Kenai Middle School
Kenai Middle school mailed out all PowerSchool activation codes last week. If you haven't received yours please call the school at 283-1700 to confirm your mailing address.
KMS has an automated phone call system for all unexcused absences. If your child is late or absent please call the school or send a note to excuse them.  Also, if you have a change in address or phone number please call the office so we can update our records: 283-1700.
The KMS will be sponsoring a Fall Book Fair October 24-28. The fair will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during regular school hours. The fair will also be open Thursday and Friday during Parent Teacher Conferences. This year we will be participating in Scholastic's "One for Books" program. We will be collecting change (dollars too:) during the Book Fair. All money collected in this donation will be used to purchase books for our Christmas Families. Scholastic will also donate a book for each dollar we collect to one of the three children's charities they support. If you are interested in volunteering during the Book Fair, please email Mrs. Barkman at:  Hope to see you all at the Book Fair.
KMS has created an account with: (Code:  AT252) for students, staff and parents to purchase KMS sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, and more!  At  *KMS will receive 12 percent commission on all sales. Choose from a variety of KMS designs to create your own attire. Website is user friendly.
A flyer has been sent home with your student.  Code "AT252" must be used when ordering for KMS. Commission checks will be used to benefit student programs here at KMS.
Dates To Remember:
* 10/11            Magazine Drive Ends
* 10/13            Picture Retakes, 8:00 a.m.; Choir Concert @ KCHS 7:00 p.m.
* 10/20            Band Concert
* 10/21            Inservice - No School
* 10/24            Book Fair
* 10/25            Book Fair
* 10/26            Haymaze Fieldtrip 2:30-5:30 p.m.; Book Fair
* 10/27            Conferences; Book Fair
* 10/28            Conferences; Book Fair
* 10/31            Basketball - Competitive Play Begins
* 11/4              BBall @ Homer 3:00 p.m.
* 11/8              BBall @ KMS 3:00 p.m.
* 11/24 - 25   Holiday - No School
* 11/28            6th grade Wrestling Begins
* 11/29            BBall @ Nikiski 3:00 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary
Fire Safety Week is October 10 - 14 here at Mountain View.  The Kenai Fire Department will be here to visit classes and take students through the Fire Safety House. 
Picture retakes are scheduled for Thursday, October 20.
Friday, October 21 is an inservice day.  There will no school for students.
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday & Friday, October 27 - 28.  Please return your conference slip indicating your preference for a conference time.
The Book Fair will be open in the Library the week of October 24 - 28.  If you would like to volunteer to help please call the office at 283-8600.
We are collecting Safeway receipts to receive a 10% rebate on qualifying purchases.  Please bring your receipts to the office.  We will use these funds for student field trips and other educational activities.
Title 1 invites Moms and Dads to an early morning (and afternoon) reading time on Tuesday, October 18 from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. or on Wednesday, October 19 from 7:50 - 8:20 a.m.  We are offering two separate times so feel free to come to one or come to both.  Come join us for muffins, doughnuts, coffee, and most importantly, reading with your children. 
Nikiski Middle/High School
Six Nikiski High School students have been named to the school's local chapter of the National Honor Society and will be inducted at the Academic Awards Banquet and Ceremony, Tuesday, October 11th  beginning at 6:00.
The new NHS inductees are:  Cydney Spurgeon, Katie O'Brien, Shaylee Rizzo, Rebecca Wheeler, Lacy Elsey, Hannah Tauriainen.
They are joining the current members and officers, which are: Colton Anderson, Kaden Spurgeon, Annaleah Ernst, Lincoln Johnson, Ashley Epperheimer, and Brittany Sexton.
* Tuesday, Oct. 11 - 4:00 p.m. - Site Council Meeting in the Nikiski Middle High School Library
* Wednesday, Oct. 12 - 8:00 a.m. - Picture Retakes.  Pick up your
* Thursday, Oct. 13 - 5:00 p.m. - PTSA Meeting in room B103
* Friday, Oct. 14 - Volleyball games at Nikiski vs. ACS.  C Team-3:00 p.m.  JV - 4:30.  Varsity - 6:00
* Saturday, Oct. 15 - Wrestling @ Houston; Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Grace Christian. C Team - 12:00 p.m.  JV - 1:30 p.m.  Varsity - 3:00 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Our PTA is now fully focused on preparations for the annual Fall Carnival that will be held on Saturday, October 29 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the school.  We are looking for lots of volunteers to run booths, set up and clean up.  We are also collecting costume and candy donations.  The costumes will be cleaned and repaired and then sold to families on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14 from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. in the school lobby.  The cost of a costume will not exceed $5.00.
Congratulations to the following Students of the Month for September:  Alexia Paneak, Amelia Johnson, Anna Roza, Avery Ellis, Camry Ellis, Celina Martinez, Chasidee Daniels, Emilee Braun, Emily Hightower, Emma Medina, Everett Chamberlain, Faith Burleson, Garrett Ellis, Ian Davis, Michael Robbins, Samuel Smith, Savanna Stock and William Warren.  These students were treated to a pizza lunch with Principal Callahan last Wednesday.
Our school will be participating in the American Math Challenge to be held on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  Contact Brian Bailey at 776-2661 if you would like more information.
Our Scholastic Book Fair will begin in two weeks.  It will be open during the school day, parent teacher conferences and the annual Fall Carnival.  For more information call the school library at 776-2630.

Redoubt Elementary
Parents are asked to return a parent/teacher conference scheduling form to school as soon as possible. Conferences are scheduled on a first-returned, first-scheduled basis.  Sibling conferences are scheduled consecutively whenever possible. Forms are available on Edline and at the school office.  Conferences will be held Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28.
School picture retakes are Monday, October 17. Students wishing to have their photo retaken will need to bring their first photo package with them on retake day. There is no charge to have photos retaken.  Students who wish to purchase photos should bring their order form and payment on retake day.
Students in grades 4-6 will participate in an Alaska Bee on Tuesday, October 18.
PTA meets Tuesday, October 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.
Site Council meets Wednesday, October 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.
Fun Fest is Thursday, October 20.  Complete information will be sent home prior to Fun Fest.
School Halloween activities, including the annual Halloween parade, will take place on Monday, October 31.  
Families with child custody or other legal arrangements pertaining to students are reminded to provide a
copy of current documents to the school. Parents are asked to contact the school at any time with updates,
concerns, or questions.

Soldotna Elementary
Thanks to all who participated in our Innisbrook fundraiser.  The top sellers this year were Cierra Ritchie, and the runner up was Trenton Boots. They did an outstanding job.
We have had an excellent start to the year, and many of our Soldotna Wolves were recognized for their "Paws"itively awesome behavior.  Those  students who are recognized for making great choices in our school, are given a paw and this is posted and entered in our monthly drawing. Our goal is to fill our whole board with paws.  Our students are off to a great start making great choices and being the best they can be.
This is a busy month at Soldotna Elementary. Our Title One Parent Meeting will be held on Tuesday October 11. If your child is in this program, please be watching for an invitation. 
October 21 is the end of the quarter, and teachers will be working on school report cards, as well as working on goals to enhance our school and educational programs. No school for students.
Our incredible PTA is also busy getting prepared for our annual Book Fair which is held during the week of parent/teacher conferences. There will be a kick-off on Monday, October 24 in the Soldotna Elementary Library. The theme this year is "Space" and the night will be out of this world. Please join us for this preview and family night from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The book fair will continue through Thursday the 27.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you at our Parent Teacher conferences. Request forms have been sent home to sign up for a time. Please return them so we can accommodate your requests. There will be no school for students on October 27 and 28.
Our PTA meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday October 13 in the Library. This is an excellent way to become part of our school community. We look forward to meeting you, and seeing all of you there.
Please remember to sign up for e-scrip. This program is offered through our local Safeway as a fundraiser for schools. Please contact our office if interested.
Congratulations to Mary Jane McLeod, Jimmy White, Cole Hawkins, and Lexi Martinez for being our monthly "Paw" winners. Our Box Top winner was Phoenix VinZant.  Go Wolves.

Soldotna High School
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Committee Recruitment.  The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking members for the Instructional Materials Review Committee. This committee will review complaints regarding instructional materials used in K.P.B.S.D. classrooms and make recommendations to the Board of Education. This committee meets on an as-needed basis, and one meeting per issue is usually sufficient to formulate a recommendation.
We are especially encouraging parents/community members to apply. Applications are to be submitted to Mari Auxier at Applicants should include full name, address, contact number, qualifications, and a brief statement explaining their interest. Committee selections will be based upon potential contributions to the group and district wide representation. Applications are due October 14 and committee membership will be announced shortly thereafter.
Parents of Juniors meeting- Monday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Staff Lounge. Planning meeting for "After PROM Party"
Parents of Seniors meeting- Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Staff Lounge (after Site Council). Planning for After Graduation party
The PSAT is scheduled to be given at SOHI on Wednesday, October 12.This test is recommended for all juniors considering post-secondary education and may also be taken by freshmen and/or sophomores interested in practicing for SAT's.  To register, students must pay $14 to the SOHI Office prior to Friday, October 7. 
Picture retakes will be October 12.
Senior portraits for yearbook are due Wednesday, October 26.  Look for signs in the senior hall, contact Mariah Ulen or stop by Room 76 with any questions. As per our policy, no hats and no weapons.
Soldotna High School Arts & Crafts Fair.  Nov 12-13 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., More info call 260-7570 or 262-2892.

Soldotna Middle School
Congratulations to the Students of the Month for August/September:
Algebra - Ashley Burcham, Kayla Haeg;  Art Intro - Taylor Fields-Jones;  Band - Lindsey Wong;  Business and Info Systems - Sara Faris, Trinity Walker;  Ceramics - Nathaniel Yannikos;  Choir - James Elsey;  Computer Tech - Richard Topp;  Drumline - Halen Wells;  Explorations - Shane Larrow;  Graphic Design - Maraya Whitaker;  Health - Savannah Kreider;  Homeroom - Brianna Ingels, Samuel Keyes, Catherine Carroll, Johnathan Tanape;  Jobs - Phillip Kitchen;  Language Arts - Sarah Federle, Gage Norman, Lavender Burns, Brady Lindley;  Math - Brian Dusek, Tyler Larrow, Rebekah Keener, Makenna Rosin;  Math Course 2 - Natalee Johnson;  Math Course 3 - Hannah Seldon, Mason Prior;  Math Study Skills - Marshal Cameron, Latha So;  Physical Education - Judah Aley, Logan Schoessler, Joshua Darrow, Makenna Rosin, Rylee Downs, Mason Prior, Russell Yurcina;  Photography 1 - Russell Yurcina;  Reading - Makenna Holly, Roy Taylor, Ellyce Woodward;  Science - Trinity Ames, Jenna Helminski, Arianna Hiler, Desiree Barbaza, Anna Coup, Jacob Conver, Sage Hill, Kayli Kitchens, Lindsey Wong, Nathaniel Yannikos;  Sculpture - Malena Macmaster;  Shop Exploratory - Sheila Barbour, Levi Michael;  Shop Construction - Elena Bramante, Ava Gabler, Arianna Hiler, Jillian Kindred;  Social Studies - Lucero Hugarte, Brain Dusek, Elizabeth Cho, Jessica Hanna, Meghan Ussing, Hannah Pothast, Kyle Hastings, Kayli Kitchens, Kenneth Griffin, Lindsey Wong, Taylor Gilmore;  Spanish - Logan Schoessler, Gabriela Triana, Preston Weeks, Kaytlynn Malone;  Study Skills - Chantel Warfield, Andrea Best, Samantha Pence;  Teacher Aide - Lindsey Wong;  Yearbook - Taylor Gilmore
Upcoming Events
Picture Retakes will be tomorrow.  Morning only. Students need to bring their original picture packet to give back to the photographer or if no pictures have been taken, pick up a new retake picture packet at the front office.
* Friday, October 21 - No School
* Thursday, October 27 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 12-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
* Friday, October 28 - No School

Tustumena Elementary
* October 18 Picture Retakes
* October 18 PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.
* October 24 Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.
* October 21 In-service Day; No school End of Quarter
* October 25 - 26 Lynx Track Activity Grades 2-6 to Solid Rock Hay Tunnel
* October 27 - 28 Parent Teacher Conferences; No school
* November 15 PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.
* November 24 & 25 Thanksgiving Break
* November 28 Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.