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Posted: January 16, 2012 - 9:54am

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.

* 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.

Elks announces contest winners
The Soldotna Elks Scholarship Committee has completed the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student judging for the Greater Soldotna area. The committee was very impressed with the 19 outstanding students who put forth applications. We have truly outstanding students in our schools as evidenced by each application the committee reviewed and all of those who submitted applications are worthy of congratulations.

The Soldotna Elks Lodge 2706 will be rewarding our local students with the following scholarships:

1) Owen Phillips $1000
2) Katie Clonan $1000
3) Holly Eyre $750
4) Courtney Lewis $750
5) Elizabeth McDermid $750
6) Robert Sparks $750

Additionally, the applications of Owen Phillips, Katie Clonan, Holly Eyre, and Courtney Lewis will be passed on to the State level competition for additional scholarship consideration.
Congratulations to all the above students!!! They have extremely bright futures.

Workforce development offers academies
The following after school academies are available for all local high school students and are free:

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. Students will learn how to connect many types of pipe and tubing using proper techniques and fitting to specifically include copper, pex, ABS, and cast iron. Class days are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. until April 23.

Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy will be held at one of our local high schools (TBA) beginning after Spring Break and will run until March. Class days will be Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and occasional Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This course will cover all areas required to receive certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. The last week of class will be for review and the final exam. If you pass the exam you'll receive your certification and an ETT patch.
Upcoming Academies with dates and times TBA: Construction (Ninilchik & Kenai), Intro to Criminal Justice and Dental Assistant.

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 dpearson@kpbsd.org.

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.

Connections
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.

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 at the Soldotna Aspen Hotel from 1 to 4:00 p.m. For word lists and more information, contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or eyoter@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

There will be a meeting on Monday, Jan. 23 at 2:00 p.m. for all Seniors. Meeting will be held at the Connections office. Any questions, please call Reubin at 714-8880.

KPC Career Day will be Friday, Jan. 27 from 1 to 4:00 p.m. Please arrive a few minutes early. This is for students in grades 10-12.

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
School will dismiss at 11:45 a.m. on Friday and there will be no Sequel held on this day.

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 now overdue. 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.

IDEA homeschool
IDEA is currently accepting applications from families interested in home schooling their children for the 2012-13 school year. To register go to www.ideafamilies.org and choose the register now button.

There will be a FAFSA -Free Application For Federal Aid- workshop for parents of high school students at the IDEA office in the red Diamond Center on Jan. 23 at 10:00 a.m. This application is a must for many scholarship opportunities.

We are now offering easy screenings to assess your child's reading level. Parents are encouraged to ask their contact teacher about this opportunity to get a snapshot of their child's reading progress.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Seamus Kennedy will be performing on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the gym.

Canned food and blanket drive is beginning Wed. Jan. 18. This is sponsored by the Student Council. Please bring your donations to the school. This runs through Feb. 3.

Winter benchmark testing, grade K-6, will be Jan. 6 to 27.

Terra Nova testing begins Jan. 30 to Feb. 10.

The DARE program for 5th grade begins Friday, Jan. 27.
    
Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The APC will meet tonight in the library. Please remember that this meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in hopes of accommodating working parents that have not been able to attend meetings held during the work day.

The PTA will meet Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. If you are interested in becoming the PTA Treasurer or know someone that would be great, please email the PTA at ksaspta@gmail.com. This position will be voted on at the January meeting. The Annual School Carnival will be held on Feb. 17. If you would like to help with this event please contact Jan Marquis at jankathleen@gmail.com. Be sure to check out the PTA website at www.ksaspta.com for all upcoming PTA events.

The Kindergarten Winter Performance will be held on January 26th from 6 to 7 p.m. More information will be sent home in Friday Folders.

Many field trips are being planned for spring. Please make sure you have both the online training and background check complete before planning to attend a field trip or volunteer in the classroom.

Upcoming Dates
    * Jan. 30 to Feb. 10 -- Terra Nova testing for the 5th grade
    * Feb. 2-3 -- Parent Teacher Conferences, no school
Kenai River Campus to observe Alaska Civil Rights Day

Kenai Central High School
KCHS is continuing the after school study hall. Students will be able to utilize the study hall from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Monday to 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 Ms. Bisset.

The Culinary Art II students will be preparing a delicious meal for the Student of the Month Lunch Thursday, Jan. 26. This lunch is to honor the following students and staff.

* December 2011 Students of the Month *
Rotary - Haley Coffman, Chamber - Olivia Fair, Elks - David Dormady,
Kard-of-the-Deck - Gwyn Bundy, Super Staffer - Meredith McCullough
Earth Science - Ethan Oliver, Anatomy - Kaitlyn Louthan
Culinary Arts - Katelynn Craig, Physical Training - Jenna Calhoun
Performing Arts/ Music/Choir - Grey Wilson, Geometry - Kirsten Nyquist
World History - Katy Knackstead, Study Skills - Devin Jas
LA 12 - Makayla Chivers, LA 11 - Logann Lee
Algebra A - Dakota Sorrels, Geometry - Allison Ostrander,
LA 9 - Trisha Danielson

This Week's Events
    * Tuesday, Jan. 17
    Basketball vs. SoHi at 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
    * Thursday, Jan. 19
    C-Team basketball vs. Nikiski at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    * Friday, Jan. 20  
    Cross-Country Skiing Kenai Invite
    * Saturday, Jan. 21  
    Cross-Country Skiing Kenai Invite

Kenai River Campus to observe Alaska Civil Rights Day Kenai River Campus to observe Alaska Civil Rights Day

Kenai Middle School
Report cards were mailed out last week. If you haven't received your child's report card please call the office to confirm your address, 283-1700.

The school Spelling Bee is Wednesday, Jan. 18. If you have a child participating it will start at 9:27 a.m., in the library. Please check in at the office before proceeding to the library.

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.

Dates To Remember:
    * 1/17    Site Council, 5:00 p.m.
    * 1/18    Spelling Bee in the Library at 9:27 p.m.
    * 1/20    XC Skiing at Skyview, 3:00 p.m.; Clubs
    * 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.; Clubs
    * 1/28    Wrestling at Nikiski, 10:00 a.m.
    * 1/30    Volleyball Competitive Play Begins
    * 1/31    Volleyball at KMS, 3:00 p.m.
    * 2/2    Conferences
    * 2/7    Terra Nova Testing - 7th Grade
    * 2/8    erra Nova Testing - 7th Grade
    * 2/9    Terra Nova Testing - 7th Grade; Volleyball at  SMS,             3:00 p.m.
    * 2/10    Skiing at Homer, 3:00 p.m.; Clubs
    * 2/11    Volleyball at Nikiski, 1:00 p.m.; Wrestling at Seward, 10:00 a.m.
    * 2/14    7th & 8th Battle of the Books
    * 2/15    KCHS Counselors Visit 8th Graders (Advisory +)
    * 2/16    Volleyball at KMS, 3:00 p.m.
    * 2/17    Skiing at KMS, 3:00 p.m.; Clubs
    * 2/18    Volleyball at KMS, 10:00 a.m.; Wrestling Boroughs at KMS, 10:00 a.m.
    * 2/20    6th Grade Volleyball Begins
    * 2/21    Volleyball - 1st Round Boroughs; Site Council, 5:00 p.m.
    * 2/25    Volleyball Boroughs at Nikiski, 10:00 a.m.; Skiing Boroughs at Seward

Mt. View Elementary
Forensics Club for 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. starting Jan. 5 to 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, students will also learn how to write and perform speeches. 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 to Feb. 14. Students must have a signed permission slip to participate.
Site Council will be meeting on Thursday, Jan.19 at 4:15 p.m. in the Mountain View Library.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 2-3. There will be no school for students. Please return your form indicating your preference for a conference time to your child's teacher by Friday, Jan. 20.

Nikiski Middle/High School
    * Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Basketball at Skyview
    Girls JV - 3:00 p.m.
    Boys JV - 4:30 p.m.
    Girls Varsity - 6:00 p.m.
    Boys Varsity - 7:30 p.m.
    * Thursday, Jan. 19 - C Team Basketball at Kenai
    Girls C Team - 4:30 p.m.
    Boys C Team - 6:00 p.m.
    * Friday, Jan. 20 - C Team Basketball vs. Skyview
    Girls C Team - 4:00 p.m.
    Boys C Team - 5:30 p.m.
    * Friday, Jan. 20 - XC Skiing at Kenai Invite
     MS XC Skiing at Skyview Trails -- Soldotna Middle         School Invite 3:00 p.m.
    * Saturday, Jan. 21 - MS Wrestling at Soldotna Middle School         Rubber Chicken Tournament
    * Saturday, Jan. 21 - Basketball at Cook Inlet Academy
    Girls Varsity - 6:00 p.m.
    Boys Varsity - 7:30 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
There will be an End of Quarter Award Assembly today in the gym. Kindergarten thru second grade assembly will be at 2:00 p.m. and the second/third thru fifth grade will begin at 2:30 p.m. Various awards being presented will be Accelerated Reader, Character Counts, perfect attendance and others. For more information please call the school at 776-2600.

Later this month students will take short benchmark assessments to measure their progress in reading, writing, and math from the beginning of the school year. These assessments are given three times a year and help us plan lessons for your child based on your child's strengths and needs. We will be able to share your child's progress charts with you at parent/teacher conferences in early February.

Plan now to attend our Family Science Night on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be held in the gym and NNS families are invited to participate in an evening of science experiments presented by NNS staff and the Challenger Learning Center. More information will be sent home with your child in the coming week.

Redoubt Elementary
Second quarter report cards were sent home last week.

Students competing in the school geography bee last Tuesday were Rylan Burrows, Joey Fiebelkorn,  Jay Frost, Lacie Garrett, Mckenzie Hale, Christopher Hogness, Derek Lewis, and Liam Selden.  Liam Selden is Redoubt's geography bee champion. Rylan Burrows placed second. Liam will take the qualifying exam to determine advancement to the next level in this National Geographic competition.

Fun Fest is Friday, Jan. 20. New Fun Fest hours will be 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m. There will be many fun activities for students. Students must return their permission slips and money by Friday morning in order to attend. Students are picked up at their classrooms at the end of Fun Fest.

Redoubt students earned a school-wide movie day celebration in December for being responsible, respectful, and safe. Students have been working hard through the school's P.B.I.S. program to practice positive and helpful attitudes and to make Redoubt the best school it can be. We are very proud of our students.

Redoubt PTA is co-sponsoring Practical Positive Parenting workshops on Tuesdays, Jan. 24 to March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Redoubt Elementary. Cost is $30 per family. Interested parents should call 252-9082 for more information and to register.

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.

Skyview High School
Basketball hosts the Peninsula JV tournament today, beginning at 3 p.m.

JV/V basketball hosts Nikiski Tuesday, beginning at 3 p.m.

Thursday is a Super Activity Day and involves some schedule changes. There will be no 4th period class, so the schedule will be 1, 2, 3 (extended activity), 5, lunch, 6 and 7. Students, please plan accordingly.

Nordic skiing hosts the Skyview Invite ski meet Friday.

Basketball hosts Eagle River for Saturday games, beginning at 9 a.m.

Kenai Peninsula College's 22nd annual Career Day is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Skyview will provide transportation for any sophomores and juniors who are interested in attending sessions presented by local experts in the sciences, arts, businesses, trades and technology. This is a great opportunity for students to explore occupation in preparation for setting goals. See Mr. Andrews, Mr. Wertz, or Mrs. Madden to sign up. Permission slips are due on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

All seniors who are considering college or technical training should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is your opportunity for federal grants, low-interest loans, and scholarships like the Alaska Performance Scholarship. College Goal Sunday, Kenai Peninsula College's guided session to help you complete the FAFSA, will be on Feb. 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Check out Skyview's blog at http://skyviewhighschool.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us for calendars, sports information, announcements, newsletters and other school happenings.

The students and staff of Skyview High School's Career Exploration classes would like to thank the following people for taking their time to come speak to our students about their careers. Through their efforts, our students are better prepared to make choices about their future careers.

JoAnne Wainwright, retired Skyview teacher and certified Rolfer; Justin Ruffidge, pharmacist from Soldotna Professional Pharmacy; Carmen Stephl, local dental hygienist; Shyne Pond, ER nurse from Central Peninsula General Hospital; Dr. Ben Pontius, chiropractor from Arctic Chiropractic; Debbie Honer, human resources department of Central Peninsula General Hospital; Bonnie Nichols, Plane Director of Central Peninsula General Hospital; Debbie Nyquist and Amber Huhndorf from Den'ina Health Clinic; Cathy Gardner from Kenai Kids Therapy and Alaska Aquatic Therapy; Jennifer Olendorff from Peninsula Smoke-Free Partnership and Bridges Community Resource; Michelle Ostrowski, Education Specialist from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge; Suzanne Maxwell, Alaska Fish and Game; Henry Haney, Kenai Peninsula College; Brad Janorschke , Homer Electric Association; Suzanne Hall, Soldotna Public Safety Communication Center; Brad Nelson, Central Emergency services; David Lorring, Alaska State Troopers; Bill Hutto, Alaska Division of Forestry; Galen and Karla Stumpf, representing farming careers; Mayor Peter Micciche, Soldotna Mayor and Josie Hickel, Pebble Partnership.

Thanks again

Freshman House at Skyview High School

Soldotna Elementary
The New Year is off to with a bang at Soldotna Elementary.
We are excited to say that our all girls robotic team will be competing this week-end in Anchorage. They have done a great job at the district level, and look forward to the State competition.

Our Title One family Night will be held Tuesday Jan. 24. We will have two sessions, one from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. and the other from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. There will be Muffins for Mom, and Donuts for Dad. We look forward to seeing you there.

Soldotna students enjoyed The "Road Tunes Media Assembly" last week with author Sharon Bushell and musician Johnny B. It was an incredible experience for our students and staff.

Parent teacher conferences will be held Wednesday Evening, Feb. 1st, and Thursday, Feb. 2nd. No school for students Feb. 2 or 3.

Our box top winner last week was James Trissel. Please continue to contribute. Our school PTA recently received a check for our contributions thus far. Thanks PTA for making this happen for our school.    

Congratulations also to our geography Bee winner, Callie Kenner. Callie will be moving on to State Competition.

The Staff at Soldotna Elementary wish all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Soldotna High School
Congratulations to Courtney Lewis who won the yearbook art contest for the title page. She will receive a free yearbook for best representing the yearbook theme, Silver and blue - Who are you? Thanks to all who entered the art contest.

Yearbooks may be purchased at ybpay.lifetouch.com or in room 76 for $60.

Senior ad space is available. Call 260-7000

Plumbing Academy beginning Feb. 6th 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 3:30-6:30 p.m. until Apr 23rd.

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 dpearson@kpbsd.org .

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.

Soldotna Middle School
Second Quarter Report Cards have been sent to students/parents. If you have not received one yet, please contact the front office at 260-2500.

Congratulations to the Winners of the SMS School Geography Bee: 1st - Brian Dusek, 2nd - Tannan Holland, 3rd - David Prather. Great job to all students that participated in this event.

Congratulations to Meghan Ussing, Chloe Kincaid, and Taylor Fields Jones. These students will represent Soldotna Middle School in the Battle of the Books competition on Feb. 14th. Lavender Burns and Afton Carlson will be the team alternates. Good Luck Spartans.
Winter Sports Schedule:
* Volleyball Intramurals -- Start Date Jan 3. End Date Jan. 25.
* Volleyball Competitive Play -- Start Date Jan. 30. End Date Feb. 25.
* Wrestling Competitive Play -- Start Date Jan. 3. End Date Feb. 18.
* Wrestling Meet: Saturday, Jan. 21 -- Soldotna Invitational Rubber Chicken Tournament at SMS -- 9 a.m.
* Nordic Skiing - Start Date Jan. 3. End Date Feb. 25.
* Nordic Skiing Meet: Friday, Jan. 20 - Soldotna Invitational at Skyview -- 3 p.m.
* Next Site Council Meeting: Monday, Jan. 23 - SMS Library -- 4:30 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School
School families and friends are invited to our Family Math and Science Fun Night on Thursday, Jan 19 from 6 to 8 p.m in the gym. The Challenger Center Sky Lab Planetarium will be set up for indoor tours of our night sky. Magic Moments will be offering photo packages taken next to a model Space Ship. The Space Ship will be raffled off at the end of the evening. There will be many games and activities for all ages. Families can pre-order pizza for the event. Forms for pre-orders will come home in the weekly news folder.

The intermediate grades have begun a six week unit of study on the impact of local poverty and hunger. Students will be researching the topic, hearing from community guest speakers, engaging in community service and conducting a Hunger Dinner for their parents.

Primary grades have just stated a unit of study on Space and the Solar System. This week the focus is on the sun and moon.

Kindergarten is engaged in a study of China. Students are experiencing the tastes and sounds of China as well as learning about the geography and culture of China.

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 17 PTO Meeting
    * January 23 Site Council Meeting

Send school briefs to schools@peninsulaclarion.com. For more information, call 283-7551.

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