Around the District

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.
* November meeting date TBA
* 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.

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
AWA Testing will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for grades 5, 7, 9. Please call 714-8880 to schedule a testing appointment. If you have any questions, please call your advisor.
Hay Tunnel fun at Solid Rock Bible Camp, Monday, October 31 from 1-3:00 p.m. Please RSVP Wendi Dutcher at 714-8880 or There is a $5.00 per person fee and a signed permission slip must be filled out for each participating child.

IDEA Homeschool
Enrollment for the 2011-12 school year is available to all students. Please visit the website to learn more about the benefits and opportunities for families in the IDEA Program. or call 260-7555.
Join IDEA at the parent/student math workshop this week on Estimation and Computation. This workshop will focus on hands-on learning and problem solving skills to build understanding and skill in these important math concept areas. Two sessions running concurrently are available for 3rd-6th grades and 7th grade and older. Tuesday, October 25 at Kalifornsky Christian Center, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
School pictures packets are available in the office for student and family portraits on November 19. Come by the office in the Red Diamond Center or call to schedule a time for your family with Marian McNeil photographer.
Book It program awards are also available in the office. Help your child become a lifelong reader with a love of reading by participating in this nationwide program. Students earn coupons for personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut each minute as they meet their reading goals.
Students come by the office and find your name within the chain of hand prints that represents our fall theme of “Joining Hands for a Bright Future.” Let Omie know that you have found your name and win a prize.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
Parent Teacher Conferences will be this Thursday and Friday. Please make sure to check your scheduled time and let the teacher know if you need to make any changes as soon as possible.
The book fair will be open the following days and times this week: Monday 3:30-4:30, Wednesday 3:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m.-12 p.m.
After School Activity forms are due by 4:00 October 26th. The activities will begin the week of October 31. A note will be sent home with students on October 31 notifying them of what activity they will be participating in, the dates and the times.
There will be a school wide Costume Parade on October 31 at 2:50 p.m. Parents are welcome to come, it is a great photo opportunity.
The PTA is currently collecting box tops, Coke product lids and Labels of Education products. For more information on this and any other PTA activities please contact the PTA at
There is a school wide assembly on November 1 at 9:30 a.m. with author David Greenburg. He will hold writing workshops throughout the day, mainly working with 3rd and 4th graders.
Upcoming Dates to remember:
* Fire prevention week-October 31st-November 4th
* APC meeting- November 7th at 4pm
* PTA Meeting- November 17th at 4pm
* Holiday Concert- December 6th at 7pm
* Band Concert- December 12th at 6pm

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Parent Teacher Conference forms have been sent home with the students. If you do not know your scheduled time, please contact your child’s teacher.
The Book Fair will be open all this week including Thursday and Friday during conferences. Please stop by and shop!
Picture retakes have been rescheduled for November 1. Packets will be sent home this week.
The Halloween Carnival is on Oct. 29 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the Book Fair. Bring in Box Tops for Education and earn free carnival tickets. You can also earn 2 tickets for every baked good you bring in for the Cake Walk. The public is welcome to attend. Come join us for an afternoon of great fun.

Kenai Central High School
Juniors and seniors, Tuesday, October 25th is the second annual College Fair Day. The College Fair will be held at the Carr’s Mall from 10:00-1:00; you must have a parent consent form on file in the office in order to attend. This is a great opportunity for you to visit with college representatives from all over the Northwest. Later that night is the district financial-aid night in the Renee’ C. Henderson Auditorium from 6:30-8:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the counselor’s office.
Parent teacher conferences are on Thursday, October 289 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-8:00 p.m. We hope to see all Kardinal parents; this is a great way to show your child that you are concerned about their academic success.
Congratulations to September’s Students of the Month
Rotary – Eve Ferguson, Chamber – Alex Springer, Elks – Haylee Hunter, Kard-of-the-Deck- Torie Harsha, and Super Staffer- Jon Gifford
Physical Science – Rylee DeVito, Study Skills – Andrew Goff, Health – Kyle Foree,
Alaska Studies – Lauren Schams, World History – Kia Youngren, Performing Arts/Music/Choir – Kyle Dougherty, Algebra – Lilly Kincheloe, Intermediate Photography – Brandi Wagoner, Welding – Robert Johnson, Study Skills – Dakota Sorrels, Algebra 2 – Bradley Hamilton, AP U.S. History – Daniel Schaeffer, LA 11 – Danielle Lawson, Spanish 2 – Emily Evans
Activities for the Week
* Wednesday, October 26th
Assembly: KCHS will hold a school-wide assembly at 2:00 p.m. to recognize: Swimmers, Volleyball players, and All-Borough Honor Choir Members.
* Saturday, October 29th
Volleyball vs. SoHi 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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.
The KMS will be sponsoring a Fall Book Fair October 24-28. The fair will be open today, Tuesday, and Wednesday during regular school hours. The fair will also be open Thursday and Friday during Parent Teacher Conferences. If you are interested in volunteering during the Book Fair, please email Mrs. Barkman at: Hope to see you all at the Book Fair.
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.
Our site-based decision committee, called Kenai Middle School Community Council, will be meeting on a monthly basis. The major focus of KMSCC is to foster shared decision making, enhance educational accountability, and improve the quality of education. Some areas in which the KMSCC has been involved in is: staffing needs, interviewing process, professional development, scheduling, school budgeting, staff selection, building goals, and inservice plans. Please contact Mr. Dosko or any team member to place a topic on the agenda.
Dates To Remember:
* 10/24    Book Fair; Red Ribbon Week
* 10/25    Book Fair; Red Ribbon Week
* 10/26    Book Fair; Red Ribbon Week
* 0/27    CONFERENCES 12pm-4pm and 5pm-7pm; Book Fair
* 10/28    CONFERENCES 7:30am-10:00am; Book Fair
* 10/31    Basketball – Competitive Play Begins
* 11/4     BBall @ Homer 3:00pm
* 11/8    BBall @ KMS 3:00
* 11/17     Swimming: Boys 7th & 8th grade periods 1-4
* 11/18    Celebration – 1-2:27. 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

Mt. View Elementary
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday & Friday, October 27-28. There will be no school for students.
The Book Fair will be open in the Library the week of October 24 – October 28. If you would like to volunteer to help please call the office at 283-8600.
The annual Mountain View Carnival will be on Friday, November 4 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and is open to the public. All funds earned will go towards student field trips. There will be lots of food, games & prizes. Tickets are .25 each and most games cost 2-4 tickets to play. Parents are asked to sign up to help run a booth or to donate a cake or cookies for the cake walk and/or a prize for the prize walk. Parents need to have a background check through the school district to volunteer. Please call the office at 283-8600 if you need help with this process.

Nikiski Middle/High School
Upcoming Dates:
* Thursday, October 27 - Parent Teacher Conferences – 8 a.m.- 12 p.m., 1-4 p.m., 5-8 p.m.
* No School for Students Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28
* Friday, October 28 - Volleyball vs. Cordova @ Nikiski – C Team 3:00 p.m., JV 4:30 p.m., Varsity 6:00 p.m., Wrestling @ ACS
* Saturday, October 29-Volleyball vs. Cordova @ Nikiski – C Team 10:00 a.m., JV 11:00 a.m., Varsity 12:30 p.m., Wrestling @ ACS
For the first time in 10 years, Nikiski’s football team returned to glory by winning the small schools state championship game. They did it in convincing style, 52-21, and avenged an early season loss to Barrow High School. The Bulldogs won the State Academic Achievement Award and also garnered a number of individual awards to complement the state championship (listed below) including our own Ted Riddall as Coach of the Year.
Students have been shining academically and artistically as well out north. This year Nikiski sent an 11 student contingent to the state student government conference and had seven students participate in the borough honor choir on October 18th. Finally, for the first time in a number of years, a young lady from Nikiski will represent the district student body and serve on the school board as the student representative. This student is Annaleah Ernst.
All Conference Football Selections for Nikiski:
Lineman of the Year – Lincoln Johnson
Offensive Player of the Year – Josh Brown
Coach of the Year – Ted Riddall
1st Team
    Quarterback – Colton Anderson
    Fullback – Josh Brown
    Halfback – Kaden Spurgeon
    Center – Allen Oskolkoff
    Guard – Henry Eide
    Tackle – Lincoln Johnson
    Long Snapper – Lincoln Johnson
    Offensive Lineman – Stephen Hartley
    Inside Linebacker – Kaden Spurgeon
    Defensive Linebacker – Lincoln Johnson
2nd Team
    Defensive Linebacker – Logan Harrison
    Defensive Back – Walter Moore
    Utility Player – Floyd Armstrong
Honorable Mention
    Guard – Logan Harrison
    Return Specialist – Stephen Hartley
    Tight End – Corey Green
Nikiski North Star Elementary
Today is the first day of our Scholastic Book Fair held in the library. It will be open during the school day, parent/teacher conferences and our fall carnival on Saturday. For more information please call the school library at 776-2630.
Our annual PTA Fall Carnival will be held on Saturday, October 29 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the school. There will be lots of booths, concessions, games, contests and prizes. We can always use volunteers and candy donations. For more information please call the school at 776-2600.
Congratulations to the NNS teams who participated in the annual “Mind A-Mazes” competition at Soldotna Middle School on October 8. This year’s challenge was all about flight and involved teams making different paper airplanes for four different challenges (distance, duration, accuracy and altitude). Out of 52 junior teams competing from around the district, the 4th grade “Flaming Hawks” team of Katerina Sinenko, America Jeffreys, Kassandra Renfrow and Emily Dunham, were awarded the “Judges Choice” award. This award goes to the team which demonstrates determination, hard work, and a great attitiude, even when things don’t always go the way they’d planned. The highest scoring NNS team was the “Blackbirds” team of Garrett Ellis, Ian Davis and Thomas Halliday. Please congratulate all these students and their teacher, Brian Bailey, for their excellent job representing NNS at district “Mind A-Mazes”.

Redoubt Elementary
Parent conferences are Thursday and Friday, October 27-28. There will be no school for students. Parents who have not returned a conference scheduling form should contact their child’s teacher as soon as possible.
The library is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in the library during conferences.
Redoubt 4-6 grader participated in the school’s Alaska Bee on Alaska Day, October 18. The Alaska Bee champion is John-Mark Pothast. Keeley Withrow is runner-up. Other classroom finalists participating in the bee were Whitney Benson, Wyatt Denna, Casey Earll,
Derek Evans, Jay Frost, Vincent George, Lindsey Jackson, Hunter Johnson, Reva Lovett, Robbie Mize, Arin Reger, Hansi Stott,
Tahayna Swier, James Taylor, David Victoroff, and Alyssa Webb.
Halloween Family Reading Night is Tuesday, October 25, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM in the library. Redoubt students and their families are invited to attend this evening of refreshments and reading. Wear your Halloween costume if you wish. The book fair will be open for shopping.  Children attending must be accompanied by an adult.
Students and staff are encouraged to wear red on Tuesday, October 25, in support of Red Ribbon Week.
The annual Halloween parade will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Halloween, October 31. Students are reminded that costumes must be school-appropriate and may include no blood, gore, or weapons of any kind. Mr. Pothast and teachers can answer questions about costume-appropriateness. Students should not wear their costumes to school. They will be given an opportunity to change into them prior to the parade.
Innisbrook fundraiser orders should arrive the first week in November and will be distributed to students for delivery.
The school thanks Kari Hudson and Patti Books for their help with school picture retakes on October 17.
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 PM, 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. 

Skyview High School
Congratulations to these 1st quarter Students and Staff of the Month: aide – Marlee Cunningham and Kayla Scroggins; business – Kristopher Morse; English - Savannah Anchinges, Kyle Stropes, Hannah Glaves and Morgan Chesley; fine arts – Olivia Duran and Skyler May; health – Joanne Graves; marketing – Miranda Schachinger; math – Austin Laber, Martin Findler and Zoe Zorn; performing arts – Richard Arnold, Joey Bishop and Brianne Pearson; physical education – Holly Ramsell and Josh Lister; science – Catherine Schoessler and Hannah Hutchison; social studies – Trace Braxling, Chelsea Winter, Baruch Silves and Hayden Green; vocational education – JoeBen Hawkins and Hatcher Fortman; world languages – Sam Janorschke and Mary Hauptman; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce – Katie Clonan, Megan Neill and Holly Eyre; teachers – Kent Peterson and Randy Sparks; and staff – Beth Fowler and Wes Andrews. They were honored on October 13 at a luncheon prepared and hosted by the members of Skyview’s National Honor Society.
Site Council meets in the library today at 4:30 p.m.
The music department will present its fall concert tonight at 7 p.m. in the commons. The public is welcome to attend.
This year’s Kenai Peninsula College Fair will take place tomorrow at the Kenai Shopping Center (the old Carrs’ building) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Skyview students wishing to attend must fill out a permission slip to ride the bus and return it to the counseling office no later than today.
Financial Aid night will also be held tomorrow night at KCHS Renee Henderson Auditorium from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The volleyball team will host its annual Halloween Dance Wednesday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Guest forms are due to Mr. Cotton by today.       
Parent/teacher conferences will be held Thursday from 12-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. in the commons. October 28 is a teacher inservice day. There will be no school for students on either of these days.
Senior yearbook pictures are due to Mr. Jones by November 1.

Soldotna Elementary
The book fair is coming next week. Please stop by and support our school as well as promote reading with your child. There are a variety of books at a variety of levels. The fair kicks off Monday night with an “Out of This World Family” night from 5:30-7:00 p.m. There will be crafts, astronaut snacks, and space games. We look forward to seeing you there!
Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 in the evening as well as the 27. No school for students on Thursday the 27 or Friday the 28. Please take a moment and pick up a school survey in the lobby. Your opinion and ideas are appreciated.
As winter approaches please be sure that your child is prepared for the weather with warm hats, coats, and gloves. Students will be expected to go outside unless the temperature reaches -10. In addition, please take great care in our parking lot as the daylight hours get shorter. This ensures safety for all.
Students at Soldotna Elementary are continuing to make great choices. Our “paws” atively board is getting fuller by the day. We are very proud of the choices our students are making daily to be great students and friends!.
Mrs. Bobeck and her class have done a great job at organizing our Student Council Election. There were a lot of great candidates. The results are as follows: Katie Creglow, Tim Cashman, Bethani Shepard, Landen Dewitt, Carsen Brown, Damien Redder, Carlin Meyer, and Michayl Wilshusen. Congratulations, we are lucky to have such great students’ representing our school.
Friday, November 4 is our student Fun Fest from 3:45-5:30 p.m. Please be sure you read all the paperwork. The final day for forms to be turned in is October 26. No exceptions.
Our Box Top winner for last week was Lillian Katelnikoff. Our Starbucks winner goes to one of our incredible Kindergarten teachers, Kelly Vasilie.

Soldotna Middle School
The October 7th Grade Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month is Kianna Steadman. She will be honored for her achievement on Tuesday, October 25 at the Chamber Luncheon at Froso’s Restaurant at noon. Congratulations Kianna.  
SMS Events:
*    Tuesday, October 25 – Last day for Basketball Intramurals
*    Thursday, October 27 – PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES - Please Attend! 12 – 4 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m.         No School for Students
*    Friday, October 28 – No School for Students
*    Monday, October 31 – Competitive Basketball Begins!
Soldotna High School
Students at Soldotna High School will be participating in TATU (Teens against tobacco use) and Red Ribbon activities during the week of October 24 – 26. Student Council has also planned activities for Halloween including a pumpkin carving contest and door decorating.
The Kenai Peninsula College Fair & Financial Aid Night will take place on Tuesday, October 25. The College Fair will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Kenai Shopping Center. Students must attend the College Fair with their school during scheduled times and have permission forms turned into SOHI prior to the event. The Financial Aid Night will be held in the Henderson Auditorium (KCHS) at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all students/parents.
Great opportunity coming, November 3, to a school near you (But Parent Permission Slip Required)
Sometimes it is so easy to get tired of taking tests. That’s why it’s good to remember why we take them---to measure where we are at, how we are succeeding and what areas could use more work. On November 3, students in this school will get the opportunity to anonymously measure how well we are doing when it comes to *preventing* future problems from happening, potential problems that would directly affect your student’s education and future.
The PNA (Prevention Needs Assessment) is a completely anonymous brief survey given every two years to 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade students. Through it, we learn about five crucial protective areas that research has proven are factors in growing strong and healthy young people. When one or more of these areas is weak in a community, research shows that the chances of substance abuse among youth goes up--and more so with each protective factor that is lacking. Help our school. Help our students. If you have a student in 6th, 8th, 10th or 12th grade, please sign the PNA permission slip for your minor child. For more information about the PNA, to download another PNA permission slip, or to view the graphs showing previous PNA data for our local area schools, please visit:
Yearbooks can be ordered online at for $55.
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. If no picture turned in the school picture will be used!
Senior Parent meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:45 p.m. in the Staff Lounge.
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.

Tustumena Elementary
$2500.00 Cash Raffle tickets on sale now… cash drawing is on December 2. Stop by the school to purchase a ticket.
*    Book Fair October 17 – October 28
*    In-service Day NO SCHOOL End of Quarter October 21
*    Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m. October 24
*    Title I Meeting, 4-5:30 p.m. October 26
*    Lynx Track Activity Grades 2-6 to Solid Rock Hay Tunnel October 25 & 26
*    Parent Teacher Conferences NO SCHOOL October 27 & 28
*    CES Puppet Show November 2
*    PTO Meeting, 4 p.m. November 15
*    Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL November 24 & 25
*    Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m. November 28