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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.
Meetings are scheduled as follows:
* 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 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 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.
 The following academies will take place next semester, dates and times to be announced: Medical Terminology at Soldotna High School (during the day) with Bruce Rife, Employability Skills at Workforce Development Center with Justine Reese, Personal Care Attendant at Skyview High School with Betty Miller and a Plumbing Academy at Soldotna High School with Tyson Cox.
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
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.

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
 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 17th in Soldotna.  For word lists and more information, contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or
 Connnections Homeschool is on Facebook, and we want to connect with you there. Find us at "Connections Homeschool".
Cook Inlet Academy
Tonight at 7 p.m. there will be a Player/Parent meeting for high school boys basketball.
Wednesday through Friday is Thanksgiving Break.
*  Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Christmas Program.
*  Dec. 16 School dismisses at noon for Christmas Break. No sequel.
*  Dec. 15-17 CIA Classic Basketball Tournament.
*  Dec. 19-22 Hoops for the Holidays.
YEARBOOKS ON SALE: You can order your yearbook by coming to the office and paying $35. Seniors get free yearbooks, so you don't have to order or pay.
SENIOR YEARBOOK ADS! The Annual staff is giving Senior Ads priority in the yearbook. Senior Ads are an excellent way for parents, grandparents and friends to express congratulations to their graduating student. Prices are as follows: business card $50, quarter page $75, half page $125, and whole page $175. Space is limited, so please, if you're interested in a Senior Ad, please contact Elizabeth Dailey at ASAP. Thank you.
Jr./Sr. High Thanksgiving Feast is on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at College Heights Baptist Church.
HOOPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS! The high school basketball teams will be hosting our 2nd Annual "Hoops for the Holidays" elementary basketball camp at CIA this December 19-22 (Mon-Thurs), 10a.m. -2 p.m. daily, for Kindergarteners through 6th graders. Last year we had over 70 kids come out, and it was a blast. More information on cost and registration will come in the following weeks, but for now, spread the word on the dates. Also, if your family has a portable, adjustable hoop we could borrow, please let Justin Franchino know ASAP (252-8854 or In the meantime, try and keep them from freezing to the ground!

IDEA Homeschool
The National GeoBee  competition will be held for all Kenai Peninsula students in grades 4-8 in December. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to have fun with geography concepts and interact with other students.
To experience GeoBee type questions go to and play the game. This is a fun event for the whole family.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
All After School Activities will meet on Wednesday this week except Yoga. Activities end at 4:45 p.m.; prompt pickup is appreciated.
The yearbook committee is in need of your help! They are looking for pictures of classroom action, field trips and any other fun shots you might have. Please email them to, or put them on a CD/jump drive and turn them into the PTA mailbox. It would be helpful if a short explanation about what the pictures are (e.g. Mrs. Darch's class visiting Exit Glacier, Mrs. Shelden's class doing a science project etc.), was included.
The Lil' Shoppers Shoppe will be held at the school December 6-9. This is a great opportunity for students to shop for family members and friends. A committee meeting will be held on December 1 at 3 p.m. in the parent room.
There will be New Parent Informational Meeting today, November 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This is the mandatory parent meeting for all new families to Kaleidoscope, those on the wait list and all families going through the spring lottery that have not yet attended a previous meeting.  
If you are donating items for the Christmas Drive, please plan to have them at the school no later than December 9.  Contact Miss Linda in the office if you have any questions about the Christmas Drive.

Upcoming Dates to remember:

* November 23rd - Sports day
* November 24 and 25 - Thanksgiving holiday, no school
* November 28- December 9th - Canned Food Drive
* December 6 - Holiday Concert at 7 p.m.
* December 12- Band Concert at 6 p.m.
* December 15- Holiday Family Fun Night at 6 p.m.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Outside recess/P.E. policy: Students that are well enough to be in school are well enough to go outside for recess and participate in P.E.  All students will be expected to participate daily unless there is a doctor's note on file in the school nurse's office.
If you need help with Thanksgiving, please call Mrs. Tressler in the office today, Monday.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Kenai Central High School
On Tuesday, Nov. 22 we will have a "Making It Count" presentation in the Little Theater. The Making It Count website is a valuable tool for students transitioning into high school, into college and into their career. During this presentation, students will learn how to access the website and how to successfully transits into the next stage of their lives.  Juniors will meet during 1st hour and the seniors will meet during 2nd hour. If you would like to learn more about the Making It Count presentation you can go to their website at
As Thanksgiving draws close, Kenai Central High School would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their support. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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.
Our November newsletter went out with information on our annual Christmas Drive. If you are in need of help this holiday, or if you would like to donate please contact the office at 283-1700. Thank you.
Our Student Council is collecting canned and boxed food items for our annual food drive. These items go towards our own community for the upcoming holiday season. Food should be turned in to the commons area before school. Thank you for caring and sharing.
The After School Tutor Program is an option for 7th and 8th grade students from 2:35 to 4:00 p.m. If you want your child involved in this program, please contact the office for a sign-up form. Limited bus service will be provided to these students.

Dates To Remember:

* 11/23        NO After School Tutorial
* 11/24 & 25   Holiday - No School
* 11/28        6th grade Wrestling Begins
* 11/29        BBall @ Nikiski 3:00 p.m.
* 11/30        After School Tutorial, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
* 12/2         Basketball "A" @ KMS, 3:00 p.m.; Basketball "B" Boys Only @ KMS, TBA;Christmas Families / Forms Due
* 12/6         Basketball 1st Round Boroughs
* 12/8         Choir Concert, KCHS / 7:00 p.m.; After School Tutorial, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
* 12/9         Dance (7th & 8th Only), Leadership
* 12/10        Basketball Boroughs
* 12/15        NO After School Tutorial
* 12/16        INSERVICE - EOQ
* 12/17        Christmas Baskets Distributed
* 12/19-30     CHRISTMAS BREAK!!
* 1/12         Volleyball Intramurals; Wrestling for 7th & 8th Grade; XC Skiing begins

Mt.  View Elementary
There will be a PTA Meeting on Monday, Nov. 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Library.
There will be no school on Thursday & Friday, Nov. 24 & 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Young Shoppers Club will be open December 5-9 in the Library. If you would like to volunteer to help students shop please call the office at 283-8600 to schedule a time.
Christmas Drive forms were sent home last week. If you are in need of a Christmas basket, applications must be returned by December 2. If you would like to sponsor a child or a family please call the office at 283-8600.  
We are asking each family, if able, to donate one item for the Christmas Drive.  Preschool and Kindergarten students are asked to bring 1 hat or headband, First & Second Grade - 1 pair mittens or gloves, Third & Fourth Grade - 1 package of socks, and Fifth Grade - canned goods. Please place these items in the large Christmas box outside the office.  
The Christmas Concert for First, Second and Third Grade is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5 in the KCHS auditorium.
There will be an inservice day on Friday, Dec. 16.  There will be no school for students.
Winter Break is December 19 - January 2.  Students return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 3

Nikiski North Star Elementary
We have started sledding on our big hill and if your child wants to sled, they must be in full winter gear. This includes a winter coat, hat or hood, gloves, snow pants, and boots.
Plan now to attend the NNS Holiday Music Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Nikiski Middle/High School. Grades Kindergarten, first and second will be performing. These classes include: Mayberry, Thye, Trammell, Green, Erwin and Burnett. If you need more information, please call the school at 776-2600.

Redoubt Elementary
Grades 1 - 3 will present their musical, The Gift Box, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., at the Soldotna High School auditorium. There will be brownies and ice cream for sale after the program to support the 6th grade Peterson Bay spring field trip. A brownie with ice-cream and toppings will sell for $3, a brownie for $1, and a scoop of ice cream for $1.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our holiday food drive. Food items and monetary donations will be delivered to the Peninsula Food Bank today.
A.B.A.T.E. (Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education) has again generously donated Thanksgiving meals to the food bank on behalf of our school. Redoubt families who need help with Thanksgiving should contact the Peninsula Food Bank.
PTA is sponsoring the annual Holiday Kindness program. Redoubt families who need help this Christmas should let the school know as soon as possible and no later than December 2. Volunteers who would like to help may also contact the school office at 260-4300.
Students will have an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts at the annual Holiday Store December 7 - 9. PTA sponsors this popular event. Volunteers are needed and are asked to call the school.
Innisbrook fundraiser orders were distributed to students last week. Mrs. Hale can be contacted with questions about orders at 260-4341 or
Title I Family Reading Night for Title I students and their families is Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 5 - 6:30 p.m.  Pizza will be provided. Activities will include Bingo for Books and other reading activities.
The lunchroom has limited microwave availability and students have a limited amount of time to eat. To allow everyone enough time to use the microwaves, students are asked to limit the amount of time needed to heat lunch items brought from home to 2 minutes.

Skyview High School
The annual food drive to benefit the local Food Bank will run through December 7. Students are encouraged to bring canned goods to their advisory class teacher for the competition between grades.    
Rotary Students of the Month for November are: Riccardo Berti, Steve Bowen, Trace Braxling, Sam Deatherage, Tyler Dolan, Jonas Eichelsdoerfer, Charles Gibbons, Tommy Johnson, Morgan Keef, Sawyer Link, Brianne Pearson, and Holly Ramsell. They were treated to a pizza lunch last week by the Soldotna Rotary Club.
On Wednesday Making It Count will be speaking to seniors during 1st period about "Making College & Career Count" and to juniors during 2nd period about "Making Your College Search Count."  
Basketball season begins November 28. Participants are reminded that they need to show proof of a current physical and have all paperwork completed and turned in before they can try out or practice.
Site Council will meet in the library on November 29 at 4:30 p.m.    

Soldotna Elementary
Soldotna Elementary recognized our Veteran's in a variety of ways. Ms. Bobek's 4/5th Grade Class folded flags for active troops around the world. For years they have sent hundreds of personal flags to troops in places such as Afghanistan, Iran and Korea. This year they also will include the new Wounded Warriors Recovery Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The third graders in Mrs. Straw's class and Ms. Buben's class wrote letters to veterans to thank them for their service to our country. Many others did wonderful things in recognition of those who have served.
There has been an overwhelming response to our request for winter gear. We will be supplying these items to students as we see the need. Your caring contributions are greatly appreciated and recognized.
Our music teacher, Mr. Lohmeyer has been busy at work guiding our K-3 students towards a magnificent performance. Be sure to save the date December 8 at 6:00 p.m. to attend this joy filled program. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged! In addition, our band and choir students will be performing on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Our boxtop winner this week was Angel Mathes. Great job.
Remember: No school November 24th and 25th for Thanksgiving Break.  

Soldotna High School
Making It Count speakers will present to juniors and seniors on Wednesday, November 23rd, offering motivation and information to students on how to make the most of their high school experience, succeed in college, and best prepare themselves to maximize their opportunities upon graduation.
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be given at Skyview High School on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m.  Interested SOHI juniors/seniors should see Mrs. Moore to be added to the testing list. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to/from Skyview.
Soldotna High School is once again working on their canned food drive "Battle of the Cans". In order to provide holiday meals for our families we are collecting items to put together a traditional turkey dinner. We are looking for donations of turkeys, potatoes and ingredients for pumpkin pie. Students are also collecting all types of food items through their advisories to donate to the Food Bank.
Senior ad space is available in the yearbook, see Edline for details. The flyer is available on Edline and was e-mailed to all seniors. Questions?  Call 260-7000 Mrs. Bartman
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, Please respond by December 1.
Yearbooks can be ordered online at for $55.    

Soldotna Middle School
Spartan Student Council members are sponsoring a school-wide Holiday Food Drive.  Non-perishable food items will be collected in Homerooms Friday, November 18th through Wednesday, November 23rd.  All donations will go to the local food bank to help families in need this holiday season.  We appreciate all Spartans helping out with this community service project.  Thank you!

November News and Events:

* Monday, November 21 - Site Council Meeting in SMS Library - 4:30 p.m.
* Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 - No School for Students and Staff
* Tuesday, November 29 - Chamber Student of the Month Luncheon
* Tuesday, November 29 - Basketball - Soldotna (Maroon) vs.  Soldotna (White) @ Soldotna - 3:00 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori
Upper elementary students are beginning a study of the Earth, Solar System and Universe. 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will go to the Challenger Center on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Upper elementary students are also beginning a unit of study on Human Physiology. Primary grades are studying familiar land forms and geological features of the earth.
Kindergartners will set sail for the "New World" in team "Mayflower" ships next week.
All kindergarten through grade three students will participate in a winter music concert on Thursday, Dec. 1. The concert is at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Sterling Elementary
The monthly newsletter from Sterling Elementary School will come home on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Families are asked to watch for the Thursday Folder to come home on Weds. due to the holiday. Mr. Audette is trying out a new winter concert schedule designed to better feature each class of students. Each classroom pair will have their evening to perform according to the following schedule: Nov. 28- Cavanaugh, Ussing, and Beginning & Advanced Bands / Nov. 29- Lyons and Boehmler / Nov. 30- Joachim and Smith / Dec. 1- All Kindergarten and First Grade Classes. All concerts will begin at 6:29pm in the Sterling Elementary gym. On Dec. 2 at 2:01 p.m. there will be an encore performance that will include a piece from each evening mini concert. The next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 4:00 p.m. in the Library. Parents, grandparents, and guardians are encouraged and invited to come help plan exciting upcoming events. Sterling Elementary is a collection site for the Sterling Community Share in the Giving Program. The school is collecting donations of non-perishable food and new clothes and toys for children now through Dec 15. Clothes and toys should not be wrapped. If you know of a Sterling family that needs help this holiday season please contact Christine Ermold at 262-4944 or Heather Dunbar at 262-6808.

Tustumena Elementary
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.