Around the District

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.
* 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.
A Plumbing Academy will be beginning sometime next semester with instructor Tyson Cox.  Students will be learning the basics of plumbing.
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
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 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 "Connections Homeschool

Cook Inlet Academy
The day of the half-day has been changed from Jan. 27 to Jan. 13, school will dismiss at 11:45 a.m. and Jan. 27 will be a full day.
Junior High girl's volleyball starts Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m.
There will be no sequel Jan. 13.
Activity fees: Just a reminder that Activity Fees (the fees that kids have the option of raising through jog-a-thon, bike-a-thon, and work-a-thon) are due this month. These fees make it possible for classes to carry on activities throughout the year, so they are extremely important. If you are not sure what you owe on your activity fees, please call us at 262-5101.
Gym banners: If you have a business and would like to advertise while at the same time, supporting our athletic program, you can do so by purchasing a banner to be put up in our gymnasium. Applications are available at the office. First time fee is $250, which includes your new banner, as well as a season pass to the CIA sport of your choice, home games. Annual renewal is $150. Stop by the office, or give us a call, if you would like an application.
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.
After school art class will be meeting again Wednesday.
2012 All-School Science Fair on is Feb. 27.
Preschool -2nd graders will be completing in-class projects. All aspects of their entries will be completed with their teachers.
3rd-6th graders will do at-home projects. Mrs. Lyons and Mr. Shields will let you know of their requirements. If you have more than one child in these grades, family entries will be accepted. (For example, Keegan in 3rd and Breona in 6th can do one project together.)
Secondary students will produce individual exhibits based on their Science teacher's guidelines. Students will be expected to work on these in class and at home. These projects will be graded as well as judged in the competition.
Lower elementary students will receive participation awards. Students in grades 3 and up will be judged and eligible to receive first, second, or third place ribbons and grand prize trophies.
We are in need of some volunteers to help with judging, decorating, snacks, and kids' activity stations. If you would like to help, please see Ginni DeLon. We will have a planning meeting in January, time TBA.
Questions? Secondary students see Tristan Leiter; elementary students see Ginni DeLon.
Important safety reminder: Please do not drive your cars to the back portable classrooms. This is a huge hazard to the safety of our children. Children run back and forth between the main building and the portable classrooms and it's very difficult to see them in the dark. Please help us keep our children safe by keeping your cars in the front parking lots only.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Report cards will be sent home Tuesday, Jan. 10. Please check your student's backpack.
The Site Council will meet today at 2:45 p.m. in Mrs. Linton's office.
The PTA will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 2:45 p.m. in the library.
Welcome Mr. Brown, our new exchange teacher from Australia. We are so happy you are here.
Also welcome Mrs. Beck, our new intervention teacher. She will be working with Mrs. Romatz for the rest of the school year.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, Seamus Kennedy will perform for us in the gym at 1:30 p.m.
Terra Nova testing for 5th grade begins Jan. 30.  

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
Report cards will be sent home this week. Be sure to check your Friday Folders.
The APC will meet on Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in the library. This is one of the two upcoming meetings that the APC scheduled with a later start time. The hope is that parents that work during the day will be able to attend. This is a great opportunity to be involved in the school.
The PTA will meet Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. The PTA is currently looking for a treasurer. If you are interested in this position or know someone that would be great, please email the PTA at The new treasurer will be voted in at the January meeting. The PTA now has a website. Get up to date on all PTA activities & volunteer opportunities at The Yearbook committee is currently working on selling business ads. If you have a business and would like to support our yearbook by purchasing an ad please contact Jamie Larsen, 398-9325, for details.
The Kindergarten Winter Performance will be held on Jan. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. More information will be sent home in Friday Folders.  
As we start the new semester please make sure that any changes that have been made to your phone number, address or email address have been given to the office.
Upcoming Dates
* Jan. 30-Feb. 10 - Terra Nova testing for the 5th grade
* Feb. 2 and 3 - Parent Teacher Conferences, no school
* Feb. 17- Kaleidoscope School Annual Carnival

Kenai Central High School
School is back in full swing, and we trust that everyone had a great winter break. Be sure and start this semester out on the right foot. The study hall is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  This is a great place to study and receive extra help with your homework. If you would like more information regarding the afterschool study hall, please contact Mrs. Bisset.
Activities for the Week
* Tuesday:  Basketball vs. Skyview at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.
* Saturday:  Hockey vs. Diamond at 3:30 p.m.

Kenai Middle School
The after school tutorial 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.
On Dec. 15, your child will signed up for one of twenty clubs sponsored by the staff and community members. Starting Jan. 6, for five Fridays during last period, students will be attending their selected club. Students will not be missing out on regular core or exploratory classes because each class period has been shortened five minutes to allow for a forty minute club period. This is an excellent opportunity for staff members to get to know different students in the building, while sharing some of their special talents. Ask your child how they are enjoying their club. Please feel free to come and visit a class or spend some time observing a club activity.
Volleyball, wrestling, and skiing started last week. If you would like your student to participate in any of these sports please fill out the
Dates To Remember:
* 1/12              Volleyball Intramurals; Wrestling for 7th & 8th Grade; XC Skiing begins
* 1/13              Wrestling at Nikiski, 3:00 p.m.
* 1/17              Site Council, 5:00 p.m.
* 1/20              XC Skiing at Skyview, 3:00 p.m.
* 1/21              Wrestling at SMS, 9:00 a.m.
* 1/26              Talent Show, KCHS, 7:00 p.m.
* 1/27              XC Skiing at Seward, 3:00 p.m.
* 1/28              Wrestling at Nikiski, 10:00 a.m.
* 1/30              Volleyball Competitive Play Begins
* 1/31              Volleyball at KMS, 3:00 p.m.

Mt. View Elementary
Friday, Jan. 13, is Pajama Day at Mountain View.  
Report cards will be going home with students on Friday, Jan. 13.
Forensics Club for 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. starting Jan. 5 until Feb. 16. Students need to have a signed permission slip and will need to be picked up promptly at 4:30 p.m. Forensics is an opportunity for students to participate in public speaking, expression of opinions, develop organizational strategies, and to be able to solve problems requiring descriptive language. Students learn how to write and perform speeches. Students may choose from the following categories and select material for their performance. For more information call Renee Christensen at 283-8600.
Chess Club for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will meet on Mondays & Tuesdays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. starting Jan. 16 until Feb. 14. Students must have a signed permission slip to participate.  
Site Council will be meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the Mountain View Library.
Nikiski Middle/High School
Upcoming events:
* Tuesday, Jan. 10- 4:00 p.m. Girls C Team Basketball at Seward
 5:00 p.m. Boys C Team Basketball at Seward
* Thursday, Jan. 12 -3:00 p.m. Girls C Team Basketball at Skyview
4:30 p.m. Boys C Team Basketball at Skyview
* Friday, Jan. 13 - XC Skiing at Skyview (Kenai Invite)
3:00 p.m. Middle School Wrestling at Seward
* Saturday, Jan. 14 -XC Skiing at Skyview (Kenai Invite)
* * 23rd Annual Nikiski Tip Off Tournament - January 12,13 & 14 schedule * *
Thursday --January 12, 2012
2:45 p.m. Girls   Houston  vs. Dillingham
4:15 p.m. Boys    Houston  vs. Dillingham
5:45 p.m. Girls   Skyview vs. Nikiski
7:15 p.m. Boys    Skyview vs. Nikiski
Friday-- January 13, 2012
2:45 p.m. Girls  Skyview vs. Houston
4:15 p.m. Boys   Skyview vs. Houston
5:45 p.m. Girls  Dillingham vs. Nikiski
7:15 p.m. Boys   Dillingham vs. Nikiski
Saturday-- January 14, 2012
12:00 p.m. Girls  Dillingham vs. Skyview
1:30 p.m.  Boys   Dillingham vs. Skyview
3:00 p.m.  Girls  Houston vs. Nikiski
4:30 p.m.  Boys   Houston vs. Nikiski

Nikiski North Star Elementary
The school Geography Bee will be held in the library on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 2:00 p.m.
NNS has subscribed to TumbleBook Library, an online collection of animated talking picture books.  You can access the collection from home at and enter the username: nikiski and password: books.
NNS teachers and staff spent Dec. 16 working on student grades for report cards and in trainings on using OneNote software for organization and collaboration, effective classroom questioning and discussion strategies, and the Aesop subfinder program. Your child should have received their report card on Friday, Jan. 6. If you did not receive a report card, please contact your child's teacher or Principal Callahan to request a new copy.
During the month of December, P. E. Teacher Mr. Kelso and Tammy Berdahl from NPRSA ran the annual Elks Hoop Shoot Competition during P. E. classes. The competition was open to boys and girls 8-11 years old.  Each participant shot 20 baskets from the free throw line.  Winners are determined by the most shots made. Boys 8-9 yrs old: 1st place - Kyle Malston, 2nd place - Koleman McCaughey; Girls 8-9 yrs. old: 1st place - Emilee Braun, 2nd place - America Jeffreys, 3rd place - Danni Langseth.  Boys 10 - 11 yrs old: 1st place - Jamerson Carter, 2nd place - Jace Kornstad, 3rd place - Ian Davis; Girls 10 - 11 yrs old: 1st place - Sabrena Christoffersen, 2nd place - Cheyanne Wall, and 3rd place - Angela Druesdow. Congratulations to all.
Please remember to send your child to school each day with cold weather gear for outside recess time.  

Redoubt Elementary
Second quarter report cards will be sent home with students tomorrow.
PTA meets tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.
Site Council meets Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.
Intermediate students will participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the library.  Johnny B. and Sharon Bushell will present music and storytelling at a Bernie Jones assembly for students on Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. Copies of the book "The Trouble with Bernie" will be available for sale and signing on Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. in the library. Parents are welcome.
The next Fun Fest will be on Friday, Jan. 20. Complete information will be sent home with studentsprior to Fun Fest.
Families who need help acquiring winter outerwear for their children are asked to contact Nurse Donna.
Students go outdoors for recess unless the temperature, factoring wind chill, falls below minus 10 degrees. Students should always come to school dressed for the weather.

Soldotna High School
Order yearbooks for $55 at Prices go up Jan. 1.  
Senior ad space available. Call 260-7000 Mrs. Bartman for more info.
Construction Academy beginning 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. until March 8.
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 23.
Medical Terminology class beginning Jan. 5 at Soldotna High School with instructor Bruce Rife. Juniors or Seniors who have had or are in Anatomy with a B or better or permission from the instructor (sophomores) may attend this class.  Students interested in a career in: Emergency Medical Services, Radiation Technology, Medical Coding, Medical Assisting, Health Information Technician, Physician Assistant, Medical Doctor than this class is for you. You will learn basic word structure, digestive system, nervous and cardiovascular system, respiratory system and much more.  Class days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. until April 26. Students with a grade B or better in this class will earn Tech Prep KPC college credit.
A PCA (Personal Care Attendant) class is available for juniors and seniors only. It teaches students how to physically care for people. Students who are close to the age of 18 by May 2012 will receive a State Certificate after passing the exam. This class size is limited to only 12 students. Textbooks will be provided, however they are available to purchase for $35 if a student chooses to keep their book. There is a mandatory meeting in the nursing lab at Skyview High School at 3:30 p.m. today. During this meeting, class times will be set depending on student and instructor's schedule.
Upcoming Academies with dates and times TBA: Employability Skills, Construction (Ninilchik & Kenai), Emergency Trauma Technician 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.
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.

Sterling Elementary
Congratulations to the Sterling Elementary Hoop Shoot winners. The 8 & 9 year old winners are Bailey Lundell and Spencer Kapp, the 10 & 11 year old winners are Darrion Derflinger and Tanner Ussing, and the 12 & 13 year old winners are Kami Martin and Ethan Bott.
The Sterling staff would also like to celebrate all the students who participated in this year's Spelling Bee: Kyler Keef, Kennedy Holland, Koryna Tollison, Carter Mahan, Bailey Lundell, Tanner Ussing, Jacob McConnell, Kathryn Ellis, Jode Sparks, Ethan Bott, Josh Shuler, Colter Landeis. Congratulations to this year's Sterling Elementary Spelling Bee champion, Jode Sparks.
Mrs. Brendtro's first grade class has completed 2,000 math problems so far this year in IXL! Please celebrate our mathematicians by offering them a fun math equation to solve.
Congratulations to all the students in 3rd and 4th grade who participated in the Battle of the Books.  They all did a wonderful job reading and studying together. This year's 3rd/4th grade Battle of the Books team will be: Tanner Ussing, Jacob McConnell, Nicholas McConnell, and Gracie Bass.  
On Jan. 20, the school will celebrate learning with a school-wide study of space. The star lab will be onsite, and volunteers are needed to help with activities for all classes. Please notify your child's teacher if you'd like to come help out. All volunteers must have completed the KPBSD required volunteer background check before volunteering.  More information is available through the school office or on the District's website.
The PTA held a planning meeting on Jan. 4 to work out details for the Carnival in Hawaii, which is scheduled for Jan. 27. Anyone who missed the meeting but would like to help out is asked to leave your name and number at the office for a PTA member to give you a call.

Tustumena Elementary
January 10, 11, 12 Lynx Track to Central Peninsula Sports Center for Ice Skating
January 17 PTO Meeting
January 23 Site Council Meeting

Send school briefs to For more information, call 283-7551.