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.
Meetings are scheduled as follows:
* 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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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 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 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 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.
To sign up contact your counselor or call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or email her at .
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.

Partnership to donate test prep materials
The eKnowledge company, along with partners from various professional sports, announced a Sponsorship Alliance Program which offers SAT and ACT PowerPrep programs throughout the 2011-2012 school year. The programs come as a DVD and includes more than 11 hours of video instruction and 3,000 files of test prep material (test questions and practice tests). The eKnowledge Partnership waives the complete retail price for the basic program. There is a fee of $17.55 for materials, shipping and customer support for the standard programs. To order online, visit or call 951-256-4076.

Cook Inlet Academy
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), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, for Kindergarteners through 6th graders. Last year we had over 70 kids come out, and it was a blast. Cost is $90/week or $30/day. Please register at the CIA front office by Friday, Dec. 16. Bring a sack lunch (snacks provided), shoes and gym clothes. Any questions, contact Justin Franchino know ASAP (252-8854 or
Monday through Friday is Sprit Week…this is a great week to show your school spirit and kick off Christmas Break.
Monday is PJ Day, Tuesday is Fake Injury Day, Wednesday is Superhero Day, Thursday is Cowboy/Cowgirl Day and Friday is Christmas Day.
Thursday through Saturday is CIA’s Classic Basketball Tournament.
Friday is the High School Christmas Party from 9 a.m. to noon at the Babcock’s. There will be breakfast, a white elephant exchange and more.
Friday school dismisses at noon for Christmas Break. No Sequel.
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 through the front office ASAP. Thank you.

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
Picture retakes are in. Stop by the office to pick up your pictures packages.
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 Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Aspen Hotel 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 Please make sure you see this logo on the new official Connections Homeschool

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The 5th and 6th grade bands will have their first band concert on December 12 at 6 p.m. in the Kaleidoscope gym. They will then play for the school on December 13 at 9:15 a.m. Please have your band students wear their Sunday best for the Band Concert.
The PTA will be providing a free book to every student on December 13 in the Library. Each student will get the opportunity to choose a book to take home. This is a great event sponsored by our PTA.
Due to the snow day that we had on November 16, the Wednesday After School Activities will meet on December 14 for their last time. Dance Club will hold a performance at 4:30 p.m. in the gym. Parents are invited to attend.
Safety Seal will visit with the Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes on December 13.
The Kenai Senior Center Line Dancers will perform for the students during lunch on December 14 in the gym.
Yoga will meet for the final time on December 15.
December 15 is going to be a fun filled day. We will start the day with Crazy Hair day and end the school day with a free Fun Fest for the whole school. This Fun Fest will be held during school hours.
The first Family Fun Night of the year will be held December 15 at 6 p.m. There will be cookie decorating, crafts and Christmas stories read by Coach Jeremy. Family Fun Nights are a great way to meet other Kaleidoscope families. Bring the whole family for a great night. If you would like to help make sugar cookies, please contact Misty Hamilton at 598-9004.
December 16 is the end of the quarter. The staff will have an inservice day that day with no school for students. We will see you back in school on January 3rd. Have a great winter break.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Our musical performance is tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the SoHi Auditorium. Please come and join us for “The Elves’ Impersonator”.
Our Spelling Bee was held on Dec. 2. Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Champion - Blake Smith. Blake is in 4th grade. Laura Green (in 5th grade) is our alternate. Way to go kids.
Please bring in your “Toys for Tots” as soon as possible. The collection box is in the office.
Our Holiday Sing-a-long is at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday in the gym.
We are happy to be sending off two boxes of cards and magazines for our troops in Afghanistan. Our special education intensive needs program spearheaded this program for us.
Mr. Daniels’s Class is using Skype to connect with classrooms near and far. The class has Skyped their Russian pen pals, classrooms in the Kenai School District, as well as their exchange teacher in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia. They are learning that technology can be a great tool for communication and a way to share their learning.

Kenai Central High School
This year is rapidly ending. The end of the semester is Thursday, Dec. 15. Students will be busy taking finals and are hopefully spending time studying at home.
Finals Schedule:
* Wednesday, Dec. 14
Morning Announcements    7:40 to 7:45 a.m.
1st Period - 7:45 to 9:35 a.m. (110 minutes)
Break - 9:35 to 9:50 a.m. (15 minutes)
4th Period - 9:50 to 11:40 a.m.(110 minutes)
Lunch - 11:40 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. (45 minutes)
6th Period - 12:25 to 2:15 p.m. (110 minutes)

* Thursday, Dec. 15
Morning Announcements - 7:40 to 7:45 a.m.
2nd Period - 7:45 to 9:35 a.m. (110 minutes)
Break - 9:35 to 9:50 a.m. (15 minutes)
5th Period - 9:50 to 11:40 a.m. (110 minutes)
Lunch - 11:40 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. (45 minutes)
7th Period - 12:25 to 2:15 p.m. (110 minutes)

* * Dates to remember * *
* Friday, Dec. 16 —Techer Inservice
Other Events this Week
* Tuesday, Dec. 13 — Hockey: Kenai vs. SoHi at 7:30 p.m.
* Thursday, Dec. 1 — Varsity Girls Basketball Kenai River Challenge starts at 4:00 p.m.
* Kenai vs. Bethel at 7:00 p.m.
* Friday, Dec. 16 — Varsity Girls Basketball Kenai River Challenge at 5:30 p.m.
* Kenai vs. Galena at 7:00
* Saturday, Dec. 17 — Varsity Girls Basketball Kenai River Challenge
* Skills Competition at 10:00 a.m.
* Kenai vs. Mt. Edgecumbe at 3:00 p.m.
Have a Merry Christmas and don’t forget that classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 3.

Mountain View Elementary
No school for students on Friday, Dec. 16. This will be an inservice day for school staff.
Winter Break is December 19 – January 2. Students return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Congratulations to the winners of the Annual Elk’s Hoop Shoot. Taking first place in the 10-11 year old age group were Jenna Goode and Mekhai Rich. Taking first place in the 8-9 year old age group were Cloey Followell and Cesar Lopez. These students will be representing Mountain View at the Kenai Rec. Center on December 10. We are proud of all of our students for their participation in the hoop shoot.

Nikiski Middle/High School
* Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4:00 p.m. – Site Council Meeting in the library.
* Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Concert in Auditorium,
* * Girls Basketball – Kenai River Challenge @ Kenai Central High School * *
* Thursday, Dec. 15, 4:00 p.m. vs. Galena
* Friday, Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m. vs. Mt. Edgecumbe
* Saturday, Dec. 17, 1:30 p.m. vs. Bethel
* Thursday, Dec. 15 – Saturday, Dec. 17 – Boys Basketball @ Holland America Tournament @ Sitka
* Friday, Dec. 16 – No School for Students.
* Dec. 16 – Jan. 2 – Christmas Break
* Tuesday, Jan. 3 – Back to school.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
The NNS Student Council has begun a food drive for our community. Families are invited to send in dry food items through this week.
The students of NNS are writing letters to troops and making ornaments and holiday cards for the senior citizens in our community. Donations of plain ornaments are greatly appreciated and the students will enjoy decorating them.
There will be a site council meeting today in the staff lounge at 4:00 p.m.
Congratulations to the November Character Counts! Students of the Month: Patrick Henry, William Sickel, Clayton McCormick, Liam O’Brien, Herman Cleveland, Martin Cox, Caileb Payne, Dianne Nasibog, Shaylyn Stroman, Ashley Pope, Nikole Emerson, TJ Fallon, Lynn Deever, Lilly Anderson, Giaseena Nicks, Audrey Johnson, Brenden Boehme, and Wynter Yeager.
The school will be on winter break December 16 – January 2. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

Redoubt Elementary
Fifth grade students present their wax museum tomorrow in their classrooms and the library.
Thank you to the many people who helped make the school’s Holiday Kindness program a success, with a special thank you to Angela Massey for coordinating the program. Fifteen families, including 32 children were helped this year.
Students had an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts at the Kids Corner Gift Shoppe last week. Thank you to PTA for sponsoring this popular activity, with a special thank you to Becky Hansen for coordinating the activity.
Redoubt band students presented a wonderful concert in the gym on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
There will be no PTA or Site Council meetings in December.
Friday, Dec. 16, is an in-service day. There will be no school for students. Winter break is
Monday, Dec. 19, through Monday, Jan. 2. School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The Redoubt staff wishes everyone a safe, restful, joyous holiday.

Skyview High School
Exams for periods 1, 4 and 6 will be given Wednesday, Dec. 14.
December Rotary Students of the Month are: Savannah Anchinges, Randy Bass, Julia Buhlmann, Morgan Chesley, Dallas Derflinger, Hannah Glaves, Irelynn Hesse, Maryflo Horan, Jordan Jones, Katie Palmer, Richard Reynolds, and Dylan Webb. They will be treated to a pizza lunch Wednesday, December 14, provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club.
Exams for periods 2, 5 and 7 will be given Thursday, Dec. 15.
The annual Winter Ball takes place Saturday, Jan. 7, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Candy Cane Winter Wonderland.” The cost is $10 per person and the dress is semi-formal. Guest forms are due to Mr. Cotton by Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Check out Skyview’s blog at for calendars, sports information, announcements, newsletters and other school happenings.

Soldotna Elementary
Congratulations to the Soldotna Elementary Robotics Team, The Rock’in Wolves. They placed 1st in the Robot Design category at the First Lego League Jr. Robotics competition held at the Kenai Challenger Center. The team consisted of Jillyan White, Clara Moore, Tyla Moorleghen, Emily Pieh, Cierra Ritchie, Katie Creglow, Jadyn Vinzant, Paige Poole, Sarah Baktuit, and Ryann Cannava. The team will be advancing to the State competition in Anchorage.
With the Holidays comes our much awaited music programs. Our music teacher, Mr. Lohmeyer has done a fantastic job at putting together performances. The Primary Musical Program will be held in the gym December 8 at 6:00 p.m. All students in grades 1st through 3rd grade will be part of this fun filled event. Also, our Band and Choir Concert will be held on December 13 at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
Our Christmas Assistance Dinner Program is in full swing. The deadline for requesting assistance is December 9, however, donations for food items, laundry soup, or wrapping paper and bows are being accepted at the front office through December 14. We are estimating we will need 24-30 complete meals. Your donations are appreciated.
On December 15 students are encouraged to come to school wearing a t-shirt form a favorite place they visited or from another state or country. We will be visiting classrooms to see all the geographic spots we or our families have visited around the world.
Our Box Top winner last week was Tabor Pyhala, and our incredible staff member of the week was Katrina Cannava.
Calendar of Events
* December 13 — Band Concert 5:30 p.m.
* December 15 — Last day of school for students before Christmas Break
* December 16 — End of Quarter
The Staff and Students from Soldotna Elementary wish all a happy and safe Holiday season.

Soldotna Middle School
Congratulations to the Students of the Month for November.
Science – Savanah Hutchens, Isabella Henry, Kinley Glaves, Dalton Best, Afton Carlson, Shayla Hardcastle; World History/Geography – Keira Burrows; Language Arts – Andreas Asimakopoulos, Robin Johnson; Reading – Alyssa Baldwin, Kalvin Kooly, Bailey Deutsch; Algebra – John Vinzant; PreAlgebra – Jenna Helminski, Jackson Blackwell; Course 2 Math – Kaelyn Birch; Course 3 Math – Chloe Kincaid, Sailor Walker; Math – Jasmine Foust; Math Study Skills – William Rogers, Adrian Cana Johnson; Study Skills – Rebecca Gamble, Jace Urban, Krista Cornelius, Cameron Bever; Spanish I – Meghan Ussing, Chris Casares, Makenna Rosin, Brian Dusek; Physical Education – Judah Aley, Aaron Barba, Emily Boone, Clay Ackerman; Homeroom – Elena Bramante, Roy Taylor, Christopher Reynolds, Natalee Johnson, Kinley Glaves, Savannah Kreider, Zoe Bell; Teacher Aide – Taylor Gilmore, Calvin Hills; Yearbook – Jennilee Beilen; Explorations – Terry Kuo; Business & Info – Allyson Collins, Jillian Kindred; Digital Photo I – Atom Skiba; Digital Storytelling I – Zane Bush; Exploratory Shop – Desiree Barbaza, Luis Rodriguez; Woods I – Kyra Price, Richard Topp; Woods II – Olivia Farrell; Construction – Hannah Selden; Band – Brian Dusek; Choir – Kelsie Overway; Drumline – Jaden Reid
SMS Events
* Tuesday, Dec. 13 – Band and Choir Concert - SMS Big Gym – 7:00 p.m.
* Thursday, Dec. 15 – Last Day of Second Quarter
* Thursday, Dec. 15 – SOM/SOC Bingo
* Friday, Dec. 16 – No School for Students – Teacher Work Day
* Saturday, Dec. 17 through Monday, Jan. 2 – Winter Break
* Tuesday, Jan. 3 – First Day Back to School for Students and Staff - Start of Wrestling, Nordic Skiing, and Volleyball

Tustumena Elementary
* End of 2nd quarter/No School/Inservice Day Friday, Dec. 16.
* December 19 – January 2 No School - Winter Break.