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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 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 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 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. through March 8.
A Plumbing Academy beginning Feb. 6 at Soldotna High School with instructor Tyson Cox. This will be an introduction to care and use of tools, fittings and materials used in the plumbing and heating trade to safely transfer fluids and gases. Class days are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. until April 23rd.
Culinary Arts Academy beginning Jan. 10 at Nikiski High School with instructor Gary Wiebel. Students will learn safety in workplace, safe food handling, nutrition and wellness, weights & measurements, purchasing & planning, basic cooking techniques, and earn the Alaska Food Handlers Card Prep/Test. Class days are Tues, Wed and Thurs from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and occasional Saturdays.
Upcoming Academies with dates and times TBA: Employability Skills, Construction, ETT, PCA and Dental Assistant.
High school students may attend any of the academies at any of the schools and all academies are free.
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.
Funding for the Alaska Construction Academies comes from a grant from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Alaska of Commerce and Economic Development and the Alaska Youth First Program.

Winners in the Voice of Democracy, Patriot's Pen scholarship programs announced
* The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 and the Ladies Auxiliary are pleased to announce the winner of this year's locally sponsored Voice of Democracy (VOD) program. High school students were asked to write an essay and record it on a cassette tape or CD. This year's topic was "Is There Pride In Serving In Our Military?"
Congratulations to Hope Steffensen, an 11th grade student in the Connections Program, the sole entrant in the program. She will receive $1000 and the chance for an additional award at state level next month. 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.
* The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post #10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary is pleased to announce the local winners in this year's national Patriot's Pen Essay competition. Students in Grades 6-8 including homeschooled students had 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.
Congratulations to Raymon Machen, an 8th grade student at Aurora Borealis Charter School, the 1st place winner. He will receive $500 for her winning essay. Aaron Swedberg, also an 8th grade student at Aurora Borealis Charter School, was the 2nd place winner and will receive $250. The 1st place winner's entry has been forwarded to the State competition in Anchorage to be held in December.
The 1st place State winner will receive an additional award and her/his essay will be forwarded to Washington D.C. for National competition to be held in January. Forty-six students will receive additional awards there, and the 1st place National winner will receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond plus a trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent/guardian in March 2012.

Connections Homeschool
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 8 in Anchorage. Local spelling bee will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Soldotna. For word lists and more information, contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or
Connnections Homeschool is on Facebook, and we want to connect with you there. Find us at

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
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 1st at 3 p.m. in the parent room.
If you are donating items for the Christmas Drive please plan to have them at the school no later than December 9th. Please contact Miss Linda in the office if you have any questions about the Christmas Drive.
The students at KSAS are holding their annual canned food drive to help families in need this holiday season. The drive will begin today and end on December 9. Please send in any box or canned food items you would like to donate.
The Annual Holiday Concert is fast approaching. All students in grades 1st-6th will be bused to KCHS for dress rehearsal on December 6. Please make sure to sign and return the permission slip as soon as possible. Students will be leaving the school at 9:15 a.m. and returning at 11:45 a.m. The concert is in the evening at 7:00 p.m.; students need to arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. dressed in their Sunday Best unless they are wearing a costume.
On December 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the 5th and 6th grade classes will be holding a wax museum in their classrooms. Watch the Friday Folders for more information on this event.
In an effort to save on paper we have started sending home school newsletters and flyers with only the oldest child in each family. Classroom newsletters will still go to each student, but be sure to check your oldest student's folder for PTA and school information.
Upcoming Dates to remember:
* November 28- December 9 - Canned Food Drive
* December 6 Holiday Concert at 7 p.m.
* December 8 Wax Museum for 5th & 6th Grade at 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
* December 12 Band Concert at 6 p.m.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Our "Ice Cream Bombes" fundraiser has begun. You can purchase a voucher for a Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Bombe through any of our students of from the office. The pies are $15.00 each and for every one sold, K-Beach will earn $5.00 towards our playground equipment fund. Orders are due Dec. 12.
The school Spelling Bee will held on Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m. in the gym.
Our primary grades holiday musical will be on Dec. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the SoHi auditorium. This year the students are performing "The Elves' Impersonator".
The Site Council will meet on Dec. 12 at 3:00 p.m. in Mrs. Linton's office.

Kenai Central High School
Attention all students that are interested in playing basketball practice begins today. Girls will practice from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and boys will practice from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Remember, you must have your physical and paper work turned into Ms. Rustad in order to practice.
Mrs. Bergholtz's Physics class did a great job designing their egg drop projects. Eve, John, Bo and Kenley made devices that survived a fall from the auditorium balcony.
Attention all students: Yearbooks are still for sale. They are now $55.00. If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please see Ms. Wagoner.
Congratulations to the following volleyball players: 2011 KCHS Volleyball Awards
* MVP - Lauren Schams
* Most Improved - Cassie Ross
* Most Inspirational - Briana King
* Coaches Award - Sarah Rawson
* Most Improved - Erica Tofte
* Most Inspirational - Paige Ramos
* Coaches Award - Cassie Ross
* Most Improved - Jamie Bagley
* Most Inspirational - Falon McGahan
* Coaches Award - Kiana Harding
Join in the holiday spirit and watch the KCHS Drum Line as they march in the "Christmas Comes to Kenai Parade" on Friday evening, November 25.
The KCHS choir will be holding their annual Christmas Concert on December 4 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium. If you have any questions about this you can contact Renee Henderson at 283-2125.
Activities for the Week
* Thursday: Hockey vs. Wasilla at 8:00 p.m.
* Friday: Hockey vs. Palmer at 6:00 p.m.
* Saturday: Hockey vs. Colony 2:30 p.m.
* Saturday Winter-Whiteout Dance from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Kenai Middle School
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. All forms are due by December 2nd. 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 p.m. 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:
* 11/28 6th grade Wrestling Begins
* 11/29 BBall @ Nikiski 3:00 p.m.
* 11/30 After School Tutorial, 2:30 p.m. to 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 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Plan now to attend the Holiday Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Nikiski Middle High School. This performance will be presented by our Pre-K, Kindergarten, First and Second graders. The students involved in this concert are the classes of Ms. Pala, Mrs. Burnett, Mrs. Trammell, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Thye, Mrs. Erwin, Mrs. Hooper/Settlemyer and Mrs. Armstrong. For more information please call the school at 776-2600.
Student Council elections were held recently and the following students will serve as officers for the school year: President - Trinity Biamonte, Vice President - Kassandra Renfrow, Secretary - Angela Nunley and Treasurer - Ethan Hack. Classroom represenatives will be selected this week.
There will be a site council meeting on Monday, Dec. 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the staff lounge.

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.
PTA is sponsoring Redoubt's 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 Kids Corner Gift Shoppe December 7-9. Gift prices
range from $ .25 to $14.95, with most items in the $1-$4 range.
Complete information will be sent home with students prior to their shopping day. PTA sponsors this popular event. Volunteers are needed and are asked to call the school.
Innisbrook fundraiser orders have been distributed to students for delivery. Anyone who has not received their order should call Mrs. Hale at 260-4341 or email her at
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 9. Students are encouraged to bring canned goods to their advisory class teacher for the competition between grades.    
Basketball season begins today. 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 Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be given Wednesday morning in the library. This is optional and open to all juniors and seniors.
The following students and staff will be honored Thursday at the second quarter Student of the Month luncheon: Aide - Kelsey Self and Dakota Prather; Business Education - Dallas Derflinger; Child Development - Emily Mattfield; Fine Arts - Coltin Yancey and Sydney Zoubek; Health - Tylor Dolan and Tristin Kruse; Language Arts - Sawyer Link, Nina Crampton and Lana Chesley; Math - Morgan Keef, Tiffany Allen, Levi Shannon and Bernice Hughes; Performing Arts - Corrie Hagedorn; Physical Education - Brandon Rice; Science - Brittany Hollers, Brennan Mitzel, O. T. Stogner and Victoria Oberts; Social Studies - Mykaela Rybak, Eden Flake, Tommy Johnson and Derrick Linthicum; Vocational Education - Alex Oder and Taylor Wilson; World Languages - Riccardo Berti; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce - Bud Sparks; Teachers - Deborah Jacobson (science) and Karen Hamlow (librarian); and Staff - David Blackley and Hal Hall (custodians).
The volleyball banquet will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. in the commons.

Soldotna High School
Soldotna High School's National Honor Society Students of the Month for September/October are: Makayla Wong - Physics; Shay Reger- Personal Finance; Trevor Earll - US History; Malyq McElroy -Spanish; Bailey Rosin- Child Development; Bree Mucha- AP Lit; Colton Diehl- Physical Science; Daniel Rosin - Algebra B; Mary Valenzuela - World History; Mariah Ulen - Band; Devon Brooner - Woods Technology 1; Justin Dahlgren- Honors 9 Language Arts. They were honored at a pizza luncheon in the SoHi commons on Wednesday Nov. 16.
On November 8, the Sohi National Honor Society was proud to induct the following students: Xochi Harbison, Diana Hunter, Colton Young, Lily Zufelt, Sydney Goggia, Makayla Wong, Terrance Kayne North, Bristol Walton, Natalie Kress, Julie Litchfield, Kelci Benson, Krystal Baer, Callie Kant, Kiana Hendricks, Madison Roberts, John Brown, Mary Valenzuela, Juliet Bramante, Rachel Bramante, Rachel Blossom, Hunter Hamrick, Serena Prior, Heidi Westerman, Denali Goodwill, Katelin Christenson, and Daniel McElroy.
Yearbook prices go up Jan. 1st. Order yours now for $55 at
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.
The Soldotna High School Child Development Course will be having a free daycare. Children must be potty trained and age 2-5. Child Development students will plan activities, snacks, and mentor children.
The daycare will run 12/8 and 12/9, 2011 from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Parents must pre-enroll their children. Please contact Meggean at

Soldotna Middle School
The November 8th Grade Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month is Chloe Haas. She will be honored for her achievement on Tuesday, November 29, at the Chamber Luncheon at Froso's Restaurant at noon. Congratulations Chloe. Does your student owe fees? Look in Power School and click on Fees to see what your student has paid or what your student may still owe. Not on Power School? Please contact the front office at 260-2500 to get your activation code.
Remaining Basketball Schedule:
* Tuesday, Nov. 29 - Soldotna (Maroon) vs. Soldotna (White) @ Soldotna - 3:00 p.m.
* Friday, Dec. 2 - Soldotna (White) vs. Homer @ Soldotna - 3:00 p.m.
* Tuesday, Dec. 6 - First Round of Borough Tournament - TBA
* Saturday, Dec. 10 - Finals of Borough Tournament @ Soldotna - 10:00 a.m.

Tustumena Elementary
Tustumena School is holding its annual canned food drive for Salvation Army from now until December 9.
Site Council Meeting, 4 pm November 28
Cash Raffle Drawing, December 2 at 6pm
Spelling Bee, December 2 grades 4-6
Mr. Michael/Mrs. Werner/Advanced Band Winter Concert December 5th, 6:29 pm. Students need to arrive at 6:16.
Mrs. Knobf/Mrs. Painter/Beginning Band Winter Concert December 6th, 6:29 pm. Students need to arrive at 6:16.
Mrs. Bosick/Ms. Gossett Winter Concert December 7th, 6:29 pm. Students need to arrive at 6:16.
Mrs. Young/Mrs. Blossom/Mrs. Hopkins' Winter Concert, December 8th 6:29 p.m. Students need to arrive at 6:16.
On Friday, December 9th there will be an all school performance with will feature each class. This performance will be held at 2:01pm in the Tustumena Elementary Gym.
End of 2nd quarter/No School/Inservice Day Friday, December 16.
December 19 - January 2 NO SCHOOL Winter Break.