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Posted: January 30, 2012 - 10:02am

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 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.

Workforce development offers academies
The following after school academies are available for all local high school students and are free:
* Introduction to Criminal Justice academy will be starting February 7th at the Workforce Development Center and will end on April 19th.   Class days will be Tues. and Thurs. from 5-8pm.  Students  will learn all of the different careers in the criminal justice pathways: Probation Officer, Parole Officer, Police Officer, Dispatcher, Criminal Justice Technician and more.
* Dental Assistant academy will be starting sometime in February at Skyview High School and will run thru April. Dates and times TBA.  Students will learn the basics of being part of a dental healthcare team.  The course will provide hands on experience in general dental office procedures including: scheduling, patient prep, dental hygiene and other aspects of assisting.  Class size is limited.
* 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. 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 3:30-6:30 thru Apr 23rd.
* Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy will be held at one of our local high schools (TBA) beginning after Spring Break and will run thru April. Class days will be Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-6:30pm and occasional Saturdays from 9-5.  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.
There will be a construction academy coming up sometime after Spring Break in the Kenai and Ninilchik area.  Dates and times TBA. 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 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.

Cook Inlet Academy
There is no school Thursday and Friday for 7th – 12th Grade for parent teacher conferences.
There will be school for Elementary Students on Thursday, but no school on Friday for Elementary Students for parent teacher conferences.
CIA Hosting the Region 2 Basketball Tournament. It is our honor to host the high school Region 2 basketball tournament this year. This is a unique opportunity to make contact with players, parents and coaches from the Peninsula and Anchorage small schools with our testimony of Christian education’s role in sports. There are numerous opportunities to serve -- ranging in time and commitment. Some jobs are tasks that can be completed ahead of time, some are organizational jobs, some are time commitments during the tournament, but ALL jobs are needed and appreciated to hold a successful tournament! If you are AT ALL interested in helping CIA host the biggest tournament on the Peninsula --- please call Rhonda Orth, tournament director, at 398-7220.
Honor Roll: (3.5-3.74): Meghan Powers, Zac Taplin, Chloe Nelson, David Reischach
High Honor Roll: (3.75-3.99):­ Brady Hammond, Danielle Hills, Kendra Brush, Victoria Cizek, Ciara Gale, Riley Smithwick, Jessie Zimmerman, Seth Davey, Koebryn Mlynarik
Highest Honor Roll: (4.0): Emma Lyons, Richele McGahan, Thomas Blada, Reece O’Dell, Madison Orth, Caleb Lyons, Erica McGahan, Blake Riley, Kelsey Tachick, Adam Uchtman, Megan Bauder, Cara Davidson, Scott Habermann, Keefe O’Dell, Elizabeth Dailey, Heather Davey, Kati Dutcher, Kelsie Leaf, Keely Powers, Angie Uchtman
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! We are making a push at this time to get some new banners up! If you know of anyone who might be interested in supporting our sports program in this way, please let them know asap!

Connections Home-school
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.
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.  For word lists and more information, contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or eyoter@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.
Terra Nova testing will be administered to 5th and 7th grade students on February 1st  and 2nd  Letters have been sent home.  If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.
The College 101 Workshop for juniors and their parents will be held at the Soldotna Connections Office Tuesday, January 31st at 10:30 am. If you have any questions, please contact Wendi at 714-8880 or via email at wdutcher@kpbsd.k12.ak.us
Connections Science Fair is open to all Connections students. This is a fun, non-competitive event and all participants will receive a prize for their efforts!  Registration forms are due by Wednesday, February 1st and the projects will be displayed in the Soldotna office beginning February 15th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mark Wackler at 714-8880 or via email at mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us
Connnections Homeschool is on Facebook, and we want to connect with you there! Find us at Connections Homeschool http://on.fb.me/FacebookConnectionsHomeschool.
 
IDEA Home-school
IDEA is accepting applications for enrollment for the 2012-13 school year.  To enroll visit the website at www.ideafamilies.org
Terra Nova testing for all 5th and 7th grade students is today at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai or at Land’s End in Homer.  Student’s will test in reading, language arts and mathematics.  
The Red Diamond Center IDEA office will be closed on February 3rd for teacher in-service.   
The Spelling Bee for IDEA Kenai Peninsula students in grades 3 through 8 will be at the Red Diamond Center office on February  7th at 10:30 am.  Please call the office at 260-7555 to register for this event.  The winner of our Bee will travel to Anchorage for the Alaska state bee in March.
President’s Day fun is coming the 2nd week in February so watch for more information about this fun family event.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The Annual School Carnival will be held on February 17th.  If you would like to help with this event please contact Jan Marquis at jankathleen@gmail.com. There will be a Staff Appreciation Week committee meeting on Thursday, February 9th at 3pm in the Parent Room to begin planning this event!
There will be Terra Nova testing for all 5th graders this week. Please make sure to have your students at school on time and well rested.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held this Wednesday- Friday.  If you need to make changes to your conference schedule, please contact your teacher as soon as possible.  There is no school for students on Thursday and Friday of conferences.
Lottery applications for the 2012-2013 school year are being accepted now through March 2nd. If you have a sibling that will be enrolling next year, please make sure to stop by the office and fill out a sibling lottery application.
Re-enrollment forms must be turned into the office by this Friday, February 3rd to guarantee your child a position at Kaleidoscope next year.  If your child is not returning for any reason, please return the form with the back filled out.
New Parent Informational Meetings will be held January 31st at 6pm, February 18th at 10am and February 23rd at 8am. These meeting are for all current Kaleidoscope families that have not yet attended a meeting and for all new families that have entered our lottery.
Upcoming Dates
* February 1st- Favorite Color/Super bowl Colors Day
* February 6th to 16th- Artist in residence Shala Dobson will be here
* February 9th- APC Meeting at 4pm
* February 16th- Student Art Reception from 2:30-3:00pm
* February 16th- PTA Meeting at 4pm
* February 17th- Favorite Book Character Day

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Monday and Tuesday our 5th grade students will be taking their Terra Nova tests.  Please have your student to school on time and make sure they eat a good breakfast!
Parent Teacher Conferences will be on Feb. 2 and 3.  Scheduled times will be sent home.  
Our Caribou Celebration at Jumpin’ Junction has been postponed until March. The dates and time will be announced when we get closer.
Our spring musical this year is “Tom Sawyer”.  Mr. Houglum held auditions and student will begin rehearsals.  Look for the schedule coming home.
Our “Love of Reading” month begins on Feb. 6.  We have lots of activities planned including guest readers!
As a reminder, we have outside recess when it is warmer than -10 (including the wind chill factor).  Please be sure to send kids to school with outdoor gear every day.  Sometimes it warms up later in the day so it’s best to come prepared.   When we do have outside recess, students will not be allowed to stay inside without a doctor’s note.

Kenai Alternative High School
Kenai Alternative High School is scheduling appointments for their fourth rotation classes. If you are interested in attending Kenai Alternative, please call the school at 335-2872 to schedule an appointment.

Kenai Central High
Juniors: The after-prom committee is meeting in the Teachers Lounge on Tuesday at 5:30 to plan after-prom activities.  This is a great event that gives our students positives activities to participate in after prom.  Parents please join to make this night memorable.
Parents please make time to stop by KCHS Thursday to discuss your child’s grades with their teacher during the Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday from 12-3 and 5-8.  As a reminder, Friday is an Inservice day.
The World History classes will be featuring two Classroom Without Walls lessons this week.  The first one is on Tuesday the 31st featuring a presentation by Mr. Zorbas (KCHS) titled “Exploration Then and Now”.  The second Classroom Without Walls lesson is on Tuesday featuring a presentation by Mr. Weissenberg (SoHi) entitled “The Real Vitas Bering.”
Teens are you interested in a career in Criminal Justice, Carpentry, Dental Assistant or Emergency Trauma Technician?  If so contact your counselor or Debbie Pearson @ 283-2145 for more information on our upcoming after school academies. These academies are free and you could earn ½ practical art credit.  Transportation may be provided.
Juniors are hard at work researching and exploring future careers.  The annual Job Shadow Day will be Feb. 29. If your business is interested in hosting a student, please contact the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at 283-7989.
*  Thursday, February 2nd   
Parent Teacher Conference 12-3 & 5-8
* Friday, February 3rd       
Teacher Inservice

Kenai Middle School
Congratulations to Brett Brown for winning the spelling bee for KMS, and Mara Youngren-Brown who came in 2nd place.  We would also like to thank everyone who volunteered. Great job to all our students, they did a fantastic job. Brett will travel to Anchorage for the state wide competition in March. Again, congratulations to Brett and Mara and good job to all our students.
We are already four weeks into third quarter and will be holding second quarter parent-teacher conferences Thursday, Feb. 2 from noon to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Core teachers will be located in the gym and exploratory staff members will be in the cafeteria area. There will be no school for students on Friday, Feb. 3 because staff members will be involved in training and workshops.
Notes from nurse Pam: Every year at this time, I do an adolescent class with the 6th grade students through their physical education classes. Boys and girls are separately shown the movie “Who Am I Now?” which discusses body changes during puberty. I follow up with a discussion on hygiene. We don’t go into sexuality, but encourage parents to do so at this time with their child. If you have any questions, please call Pam Howard at KMS (283-1700).
Dates To Remember:
* Jan. 30    Volleyball Competitive Play Begins; Terra Nova Testing – 7th Grade
* Jan. 31    Volleyball @ KMS, 3:00 p.m.; Terra Nova Testing – 7th Grade
* Feb. 1      Terra Nova Testing – 7th Grade
* Feb. 2     Conferences 12 to 4 p.m. & 5 to 7 p.m.
* Feb. 3     Inservice – No School
* Feb. 9      Volleyball @ SMS, 3:00 p.m.
* Feb. 10    Skiing @ Homer, 3:00 p.m.; Clubs
* Feb. 11    Volleyball @ Nikiski, 1:00 p.m.; Wrestling @ Seward, 10:00 a.m.
* Feb. 14    7th & 8th Battle of the Books
* Feb. 15    KCHS Counselors Visit 8th Graders (Advisory +)
* Feb. 16    Volleyball @ KMS, 3:00 p.m.
* Feb. 17    Skiing @ KMS, 3:00 p.m. ; CLUBS
* Feb. 18    Volleyball @ KMS, 10:00 a.m.; Wrestling Boroughs @ KMS, 10:00 a.m.
* Feb. 20    6th Grade Volleyball Begins
* Feb. 21    Volleyball – 1st Round Boroughs; Site Council, 5:00 p.m.
* Feb. 25    Volleyball Boroughs @ Nikiski, 10:00 a.m.; Skiing Boroughs @ Seward
 
Mountain View Elementary
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 2 & 3. There will be no school for students.  Congratulations to our Geography Bee participants – Payton Boze, Ocean Matley, Kai McKibben, Delbrian Parfitt, Tyler Schneider, Alice Turner-Walker.  Our school winner is Delbrian Parfitt, with Alice Turner-Walker as the runner-up, and Ocean Matley at a close third.
We will be having volleyball after school in the month of February for 5th grade boys and girls.  Volleyball will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30.  Students must have a signed permission slip and need to be picked up at 4:30.  
The in-school Forensics competition will take place on Monday, February 20 in the Library. Those 4th and 5th grade students that are chosen to move on will compete in the district Forensics competition on March 3.

Nikiski Middle-High
Monday, January 30, C Team Basketball vs. Kenai HS.  Girls C Team – 4:00 p.m  Boys C Team – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31, C Team Basketball vs. Seward.  Girls C Team – 4:00 p.m.  Boys C Team – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 3 – Basketball vs. Homer High School.  Boys C Team – 3:00 p.m.  Girls Varsity – 4:30 p.m.  Boys Varsity – 6:00 p.m. (No girls JV Game)
Thursday, February 2 - No School For Students – Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Noon – 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 3 – No School For Students – Teacher In-Service
Saturday, February 4 – Island Lake Fishing Derby.  Don’t miss the 3nd annual Island Lake Ice Fishing Tournament at Island Lake in North Kenai Saturday February 4th.  Registration begins at 9:30 at the Island Lake Public Access.  Prizes will be awarded in both age categories for Largest Dolly Varden, Largest Rainbow, and smallest fish.  Prizes for ages 16 and over and 16 and under. All proceeds go to support the Nikiski High School Wrestling Team.  Staff will auger holes for anyone that requests it and hot dogs will be given away to any hungry anglers out there.  Derby entry fees are $15.00 for ages 15 and under and $20.00 for ages 16 and over.  Come have a great time and support local wrestling.        
Tuesday, February 7th – 6:00 p.m. in the NHS library. After Graduation Parent Planning Committee Meetings are now in full swing.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 7th @ 6:00 p.m. in the Nikiski HS Library.  We need more parent participation in order to have a successful After Grad Party for the Class of 2012. Please call the counseling office if you would like to participate 776-9400 or come to the meeting on Feb. 7th.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Today is the beginning of our Scholastic Book Fair being held in the library.  The book fair will be open during the day and also during parent/teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday.  If you need more information or would like to volunteer to help, please call the school library at 776-2630.
There will not be school at NNS on Thursday and Friday because of parent/teacher conferences.
Student Council is hosting Spirit Week this week, Monday – Wednesday.  Check with your child to find out the theme for each day or you may call the office at 776-2600 for more information.
At parent/teacher conferences this week, families will receive the books  we will use for our One Book, One School event.  Our goal is to have every NNS family participate by reading their book at home and figuring out the answers to the trivia questions.  Teachers will keep you informed of the family reading assignments for each night.  Trivia questions will be asked during morning announcements and sent out to families through our AlertNow system.  Answers are written down at home and students bring them back to school to place in the student and parent boxes in the office the next day.  Winning answers are drawn each day from both boxes and prizes awarded.  There will be a big family movie night at the conclusion to celebrate this event.  Thank you to teacher Monica Heath for organizing this fun and rewarding time for families!

Redoubt Elementary
Redoubt PTA  and Alaska Christian Ministries are co-sponsoring Practical Positive Parenting Workshops on Tuesdays, January 24 – March 6, from 6 – 8 PM, at Redoubt Elementary. Cost is $30 per family. Interested parents should call 252-9082 for more information and to register.
One School, One Book begins tomorrow with a school-wide assembly. All Redoubt families and staff will receive a copy of this year’s book, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, to read together at home. School activities, including trivia questions and prizes, will promote and enrich this school-wide shared reading experience.  The grand finale will be a Cricket in Times Square Family Movie Night on
February 23.   
Parent conferences are Thursday and Friday, February 2 and 3. There will be no school for students.
Parents are asked to return conference forms as soon as possible to confirm or reschedule their conferences or to contact their child’s teacher if they need to schedule a conference.  
The lost and found will be emptied on February 3.
Mark your calendar! Redoubt’s spring musical, featuring 4th – 6th graders, will take place on Thursday, May 10, 6:30 PM, at the So Hi auditorium.
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
Basketball C teams host SoHi today at 3:00 and 4:30 pm.
Softball open gym will be in the upper gym Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held in the commons Thursday from 12:00-3:00 and 4:00-7:00 pm.  There is no school for students.
Friday is a teacher inservice day. There is no school for students.
Skyview dancers will perform at the SoHi dance concert Friday and Saturday from 7:00-9:00 pm.
The following after school academies are available for all local high school students and are free:  
* Introduction to Criminal Justice academy will run February 7-April 19, Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Workforce Development Center.  Students will learn all of the different careers in the criminal justice pathways: Probation Officer, Parole Officer, Police Officer, Dispatcher, Criminal Justice Technician and more.
* Dental Assistant academy will be starting sometime in February at Skyview High School and will run thru April. Dates and times TBA.  Students will learn the basics of being part of a dental healthcare team.  The course will provide hands on experience in general dental office procedures including: scheduling, patient prep, dental hygiene and other aspects of assisting.  Class size is limited.
* Plumbing Academy will run February 6-April 23 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30 pm 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.   
* Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy will be held at one of our local high schools (TBA) beginning after Spring Break and will run thru April. Class days will be Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-6:30pm 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.  Students passing the exam will receive their certification and an ETT patch.        
* There will be a construction academy coming up sometime after Spring Break in the Kenai and Ninilchik areas.  Dates and times TBA.       
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 dpearson@kpbsd.org
Funding for the Alaska Construction Academies comes from a grant from the AK Department of Labor and Workforce Development, The AK Department of Commerce and Economic Development and The AK Youth First Program.
Check out Skyview’s blog at http://skyviewhighschool.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us for calendars, sports information, announcements, newsletters and other school happenings.  

Soldotna Elementary
We are keeping warm at Soldotna Elementary with many fun and exciting activities!
Fun Fest will be Friday, Jan. 27th from 3:30-5:30 P.M. The yellow sign-up sheets have been sent home, and the deadline to return forms is Jan. 23rd.
The next PTA meeting will be Feb. 9th at 3:45 in the library. Childcare is provided during the meeting.
Our lost and found is over flowing! Please take a moment to look for any missing articles of clothing that your child may have left at school.
Congratulations to Olivia Davis, the winner of last week’s box top drawing! Continue to save those box tops! One intermediate class and one primary class with the most box tops will earn a party. The contest will run Feb. 1 thru Feb. 29. The weekly box top drawing will resume Mar. 2.
Parent/Teacher conference will be Feb. 2nd and 3rd; there will be no school for students on those days.
The next site council meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 7th, at 4:00P.M. in the conference room, see you there!
Our robotic team competed at the state level on Saturday, Jan. 21st in Anchorage under the direction of Mrs. Schlung. Stay tuned for more information on how our SoEl Wolves finished!
Friday, Jan. 27th is colorful shirt day, the brighter the better!

Soldotna Middle
The December 7th Grade Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month is Brian Dusek and the January 8th Grade Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month is Rebekah Keener.  Both students will be honored for their achievement on Tuesday, January 31, at the Chamber Luncheon at Froso’s Restaurant at noon.  Congratulations Brian and Rebekah!
SMS Events This Week!
Monday, Jan. 30 — Volleyball Competitive Play Begins
Tuesday, Jan. 31 — Volleyball – Kenai vs. Soldotna (Maroon) @ Kenai – 3 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 1 — Volleyball – Soldotna (White) vs. Seward @ Soldotna – 3 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 1 — SOC/SOM Bingo
Thursday, Feb. 2 — parent teacher conferences – please attend! - 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, Feb. 2 and Friday, Feb. 3 — no school for students   
The Alaska State mandated Terra Nova Exam will be administered to all 7th Grade students beginning on Monday, February 6. Testing will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  

Soldotna High
Soldotna High School’s National Honor Society Students of the Month for November/December are:  Kelci Benson-10th grade Honors LA; Skylar Shaw-Art; Melanie Smith-AK History; Claire Kincaid- Geometry; Diana Hunter-Web Publishing; Olivia Pfeifer-Marine Biology; Juliet Bramante-Anatomy; Julie Litchfield-Anatomy; Kendra Currier-Marine Biology; Rebecca Holt-Geometry. They were honored at a pizza luncheon in the SoHi commons on Wednesday January 18th at noon.
Senior yearbook ad space is available until Monday, February 6th. $85 1/4 page, $150 1/2 page, $275 full page.  
Yearbooks may be ordered at ybpay.lifetouch.com or in room 76 for $60.
Workforce Development Center
The following after school academies are available for all local high school students and are free:
* 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. 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 3:30-6:30 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 thru April. Class days will be Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and occasional Saturdays from 9-5.  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.
* Introduction to Criminal Justice academy will be starting February 7th at the Workforce Development Center and will end on April 19th. Class days will be Tues. and Thurs. from 5 to 8 p.m.  Students  will learn all of the different careers in the criminal justice pathways: Probation Officer, Parole Officer, Police Officer, Dispatcher, Criminal Justice Technician and more.
* Dental Assistant academy will be starting sometime in February at Skyview High School and will run thru April. Dates and times TBA. Students will learn the basics of being part of a dental healthcare team. The course will provide hands on experience in general dental office procedures including: scheduling, patient prep, dental hygiene and other aspects of assisting. Class size is limited.
There will be a construction academy coming up sometime after Spring Break in the Kenai and Ninilchik area.  Dates and times TBA.
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.

Tustumena Elementary
February 2-3 — Parent Teacher Conferences NO SCHOOL for Students. You should now have your Parent/Teacher Conference Scheduling Forms for conferences that will be held February 2nd and 3rd. These forms need to be back no later than the 27th of January so we can be sure to get everyone scheduled and notified of the proper visitation time. If you have not already done so please be sure to take time to respond, as these conferences are a very important part of communication about your child’s progress.
February 21 — PTO Meeting
February 27 — Site Council Meeting
The PTO is seeking donations for the carnival auction in February. If you work for a business that might be willing to donate for the auction please request the donation or have them contact the school for more information. If you’re marking your calendar, the carnival will be on Friday March 2.

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