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Posted: October 31, 2011 - 9:48am

School board to meet
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148 N. 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.

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 www.vfw.org, 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 N. 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 www.vfw.org 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 N. 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 http://bookitprogram.com/Parents/index.asp

Hay Tunnel fun at Solid Rock Bible Camp, today from 1-3:00 p.m. Please RSVP Wendi Dutcher at 714-8880 or wdutcher@kpbsd.k12.ak.us. There is a $5.00 per person fee and a signed permission slip must be filled out for each participating child.

Juniors will be taking the Workkeys test on November 8, 9, or 10 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 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, November 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 8th in Anchorage. Local spelling bee will be held on Tuesday, January 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.

Cook Inlet Academy
First Quarter Jr. high and high school Honor Roll is now posted on the Sycamore School News Page. To view Honor Roll, log into Sycamore, click on “school”, then click on “news”. Congratulations to our first quarter Honor Roll recipients.

Yearbooks on sale: You can order your yearbook by coming to the office and paying $35. Seniors get yearbooks for free, so you don’t have to pay.

Pictures needed: Picture retakes are on November 9. We need one more parent who will be willing to be here and help with retakes. For helping with retakes, you will get one free package of pictures. If you did not help with the original pictures, and you would like to help with retakes, please call Jill at 262-5101.

For an up to date athletic schedule, please go to cookinletacademy.net and click on the link for “sports schedule”.
If  you have a 7th through 12th grader who needs extra help in Math, it is available with Miss Leiter on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday  after school from 3-4:30 p.m. Come any days you want. You don’t have to sign up. Individual help provided. Cost is: $7 from 3-4 p.m.; $10 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Nov. 8 TB Tine testing for all kindergartners, 7th graders, and students new to the district. Tests will be checked at the school on Nov. 10. We will have an RN here to do the immunizations free of charge. Permission slips have been sent out in the mail, so please keep an eye out for them. Students must have a signed permission slip in the office to receive their immunization at the school. If there is no permission slip, you will be responsible to have the immunization done and checked on your own, and you will need to turn the results into the office by Dec. 1. Details about this are available in the permission slip you will be receiving in the mail.

Fall banquet Nov. 4. This is a special night set aside for adults to have a wonderful meal together catered by Heavenly Delights (on us), to talk about all God has done for us, and to look ahead to what He is going to do. If you know of someone (grandparents, friends, family) who has a heart for Christian education and CIA, and would like to come to the banquet, please call us and give us their address so we can send them an invitation. Our CIA high school choir and our CIA Band will be blessing us with entertainment. Please call the office NOW to RSVP for this special night. 262-5101

Help is needed for the Christmas program. As Christmas approaches, Mrs. Glaves and I are preparing for the annual CIA Christmas concert. This year the concert will be on December 4 at 3 p.m. in the CIA gymnasium. It is going to be a wonderful production that celebrates our Savior, Jesus Christ! Mrs. Glaves has asked me to communicate with you a few of the items she needs to gather for the concert. The 3rd-6th graders are performing a short play in the Christmas concert, so Mrs. Glaves is in need of the following: 6 angel costumes, Nativity costumes (Mary, Joseph, etc.), sheep costumes, donkey costumes, dog costumes, cow costumes. If you would be willing to donate any of these items for the day of the concert, please contact Melissa Glaves at melissakayinak@yahoo.com or leave a message for her in the office.  
* No school on Oct. 27-28. Teachers will be in In-Service preparing for our Accreditation Review.
* Nov. 3 Athletic Committee Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
* Nov. 4 NJHS Meeting at  11 during your lunch
* Nov. 4, Fall Banquet! Half day; school will dismiss at noon.
* Nov. 4 No sequel because of the Fall Banquet
* Nov. 8, TB Tine Testing at CIA
* Nov. 8 NHS Meeting at lunch time
*  Nov. 9  Picture Retakes
* Nov. 10, TB Tine Tests checked at CIA
* Nov. 20 All-School Band Concert
* Nov. 23-25 Thanksgiving Break
* Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Christmas Program

IDEA Homeschool
IDEA students who wish to participate in Book It may still sign-up in the office located in the Red Diamond Center off K-Beach Road. Students read to meet their reading goal each month and receive a coupon for a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. This national program is available to students in grades K-6.

Work Keys Testing for Juniors is available by calling the IDEA office at 260-7555. This test, designed to test work readiness was created by the Department of labor in conjunction with the Department of Education.

The Mathematics 6 week workshop series wraps up this week with an interactive workshop for parents and students on Statistics and Probability. This workshop addresses skills and concepts to students from grades 3 to high school.  Learn how to find the probability of an event occurring and how to interpret graphs and charts while enjoying fun activities. Tuesday, November 1 from 1:30- 3:00 p.m.

Join us in Seward on Friday, November 4 at the Seward Public Library for hands-on look at Geography. Students and parents of all ages are welcome as we explore Alaska, the United States and the world.

IDEA students are invited to come by the office to find their hand print on the resource room walls. If you find your handprint and the handprint of your teacher you will win a prize from Miss Omie.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
There will be a school wide “Sing Along” assembly today at 2:15 p.m., followed by the Costume Parade at 2:50 p.m.  You are invited to attend, it is a great photo opportunity.

All student in grades 3 through 6 that signed up for After School Activities will bring home a letter today indicating which activity they are in.  Activities begin November 2 or 3 depending on the activity.  All activities are from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

On November 1 children’s book author David Greenberg will be our guest for the day. There will be a school-wide assembly at 9:30 a.m. and you are invited to attend. He will hold writer’s workshops with several classes throughout the day.

November 3-4 will be Fire Safety training in the classrooms. Kinders through 2nd graders will also practice in the Fire House. The upper grades will have only the classroom instruction.

Saturday, November 5, PTA will sponsor the annual Holiday Extravaganza in the gym from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Numerous vendors will have booths open for your holiday shopping, plus it’s a fundraiser for PTA. Invite a friend or two and enjoy the day.

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 ksaspta@gmail.com. PTA expects the Fall fundraiser orders to arrive either the first or second week of November.

Upcoming Dates to remember:
* APC meeting- November 7 at 4 p.m.
* PTA Meeting- November 17 at 4 p.m.
* Holiday Concert- December 6 at 7 p.m.
* Band Concert- December 12 at 6 p.m.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Picture Retakes are on Nov. 1. Order forms were sent home last week in case you missed the first picture day. Students needing retakes must bring their original picture packet back to the photographer. 

Our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly is this Friday from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. in the gym. You are welcome to join us as we pay tribute to those that have served our country.

The student council is fundraising for holidays baskets for our needy families. Donations are welcome. If you would like to help, please call the school office.

Our Spaghetti Feed and Auction is coming up on Nov. 18. We are excepting donations at this time. If you need more information, please call Mrs. Linton.

Kenai Central High School
Attention all skiers, cross-country skiing begins today; however, in addition to your skis, you may want to bring your running shoes.

Students are you falling behind in your classes if so; utilize the study hall from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday. This will be a time for students to work on homework and projects or make up work from absences.  The NHS will also have tutors available for students who need help in a class. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact Lois Bisset.

The World History teachers are excited to announce that the CWOW classrooms will have the opportunity to Video Conference with student from the Middle East (Jordan). Our topic of discussion will be the democratization movements throughout the Middle East collectively called the Arab Spring.

This event will take place on the 15 of November at 4:00 a.m., that’s not a misprint 4:00 a.m. Your child will attend the conferences in their world history classrooms at their respective schools (SOHI, KCHS, Skyview).  All sophomores will be bringing home a newsletter with more information. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Zorbas and look for a newsletter with for details.

Activities for the Week
Tuesday, November 1
* Hockey vs. Homer @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 3  
* Peninsula Ice Challenge: Hockey vs. North Pole - 8:30 p.m.
* Volleyball Regions @ Colony
Friday, November 4  
* Peninsula Ice Challenge: Hockey vs. Eagle River- 6:30
* Volleyball Regions @ Colony
* Swim @ State-Bartlett
Saturday, November 5  
* Peninsula Ice Challenge: Hockey vs. SoHi- 8:45
* Volleyball Regions @ Colony
* Swim @ State-Bartlett

Kenai Middle School
Kenai Middle school mailed out all PowerSchool activation codes. If you haven’t received yours please call the school at 283-1700 to confirm your mailing address.

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:
* 10/31            Basketball – Competitive Play Begins
* 11/4              BBall @ Homer 3:00 p.m.
* 11/8              BBall @ KMS 3:00 p.m.
* 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 p.m.
 
Mountain View Elementary
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. 

Students need to bring warm clothing for recess each day. Students will be going outside unless it is colder than 10 below.

We dismiss students at 3:20 p.m. for parent pick up. We would like to remind parents to please wait to pick up their students until this dismissal at 3:20 p.m. We will hold all parent pick up students in the building until we have a staff member on crosswalk duty. Please remind students they are to remain in the building until they get notification they may exit.

Nikiski Middle/High School
On Wednesday October 26, Nikiski Middle School held an academic celebration for students that passed all of their classes for the first quarter. The middle school students challenged the middle school staff to a highly spirited volleyball game. Afterwards, the students were treated to ice cream sundaes in recognition for their hard work and academic achievement. Keep up the good work middle-schoolers.

Dates to Note:  
* 10/31 Skiing practice starts
* 11/8 Site Council meets 4 p.m.
* 11/11-12 Peninsula Duals Wrestling Tournament

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Thank you to everyone who helped put on a successful Fall Carnival on Saturday. Also, thank you to Travis Moore who volunteered his week with the Scholastic Book Fair.  We appreciate all of our volunteers.

David Greenberg, an internationally acclaimed poetry picture book author, will be presenting his delightful and amusing poetry workshops to our students here at NNS on November 3-4. He will be presenting two poetry assemblies to the students in the afternoon. On Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 -7:15 p.m., there will be a family poetry night. Feedback from students, parents, teachers and school board members across the nation to his evening programs is enthusiastically favorable. Some titles of his books are:  Slugs!, Bugs!, Snakes! and Enchanted Lions. Plan now to attend this special school event. For more information, please call the school at 776-2600.

Please remember to start sending your child to school with warmer winter gear for outdoor recess.

Redoubt Elementary
The annual Halloween parade will take place at 2:30 p.m. today. Students should bring their costumes to school, not wear them. They will be given an opportunity to change prior to the parade. Costumes must be school-appropriate and may include no blood, gore, or weapons of any kind.

PTA meets Tuesday, October 8, at 5:00 p.m. in the staff lounge. Childcare will be provided.

Site Council meets Wednesday, October 9, 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.

Innisbrook fundraiser orders should arrive the first week in November and will be distributed to students for delivery. 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. 

The school thanks Amanda Bird and Becky Hansen for their help in the nurse’s office. They volunteered many hours and their help was much needed and greatly appreciated.

Skyview High School
Nordic ski season begins today. Participants must show proof of a current physical and have all paperwork completed and turned in before they can practice.

Senior yearbook pictures are due to Mr. Jones by tomorrow, November 1.

The football end-of-season banquet will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m.

On Thursday the community sponsored Prevention Needs Assessment survey will be given to all 10th and 12th graders who have turned in their parental permission slips.  The anonymous survey is given every two years to help access and find ways to prevent potential problems our young people might face.  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:  http://kpcac.net

Soldotna High School
All juniors will participate in the WorkKeys assessment on Monday, November 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.

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:  http://kpcac.net

1st Annual “What Women Want – A Local Shopping Expo and Craft Fair” will be held in the Soldotna High Commons, Saturday, November 19 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. 

Senior Parent meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 1st 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.

Soldotna Middle School
On Wednesday, October 26, SMS Students and Staff celebrated Red Ribbon Day. Congratulations to the Homeroom Classes of Ms. Dwyer and Ms. Johnson for winning our competition of wearing the most red. SMS students showed their pride in being drug free in an all school photo. Thank you to the Soldotna Police Department for sponsoring the event.

Competitive Basketball begins Today.   

First Games are this Week.
* Thursday, November 3 – Nikiski vs. Soldotna (White) @ Nikiski – 3:00 p.m.
* Friday, November 4 – Soldotna (Maroon) vs. Seward @ Soldotna – 3:00 p.m.

Games Next Week:
* Monday, November 7 – Soldotna (White) vs. Aurora Borealis @ Soldotna – 3:00 p.m.
* Tuesday, November 8 – Kenai vs. Soldotna (White) @ Kenai – 3:00 p.m.
* Thursday, November 10 – Soldotna (Maroon) vs. Nikiski @ Soldotna – 3:00 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School
The Peer Mediation Program at SMCS will begin this week. Twenty-one 4th – 6th grade students participated in conflict resolution training. These students meet, with adult supervision, to help other students in the school resolve small conflicts peacefully.

The staff at SMCS is participating in a year-long study of the Conscious Discipline Program. Conscious Discipline is a program designed to build a positive school and classroom community, foster self-directed students and build life skills on a daily basis.

Battle of the Books practice will begin in November. We are still looking for one more adult coach for grades 5 and 6. Teams meet to practice one time each week from late November through January.

Twenty one 5th and 6th graders are beginning their preparation for attending the Montessori Model United Nations Conference in New York City next April. Our students will represent India, United Kingdom and Germany at the United Nations. Students will spend the year studying world issues as they relate to the countries they will represent.

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
*  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

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