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.

* 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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Screenings for infants and preschoolers scheduled
The KPBSD Child Find Program, Frontier Community Services Infant Learning & Kenai Public Health will be offering free screenings for children 5 years old and younger. The screening will be on Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 9:00 - 4:00 at Kenai Public Health, 630 Barnacle Way, Suite A.  We will screen your child's developmental skills, vision & hearing.  Immunizations are available upon request (please bring immunization cards). To make an appointment or for more information, call 714-6647.

District launches community survey
Community members, families, students, and KPBSD employees are asked to offer thoughts during the KPBSD strategic plan revision. Everyone is invited to have a voice in this process by completing the online KPBSD Community Survey that is open until March 1, 2012.  
Participating in the survey will help KPBSD develop focus areas and long term goals for the district.  Brief survey questions designed by KPBSD administrators from forty-four diverse schools include these topics: Evidence of Education Quality; Challenges and Issues Impacting Education Quality; Student Skills and Abilities

Financial Priorities; Family and Community Engagement; and Your Suggestions to Improve Quality of Education.

The Community Survey is online, accessible through a link from the school district homepage, 

The survey will close on Thursday, March 1, 2012. A synthesis of the responses will be shared and available online at the end of March. The revision to the KPBSD five year plan will be presented for School Board approval on June 4, 2012, during the regularly scheduled meeting.

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.  It's not too late to sign up.

* 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 .

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
Our high school Student Council is planning a special Winter Wonderland evening for the high school students' winter banquet on Saturday at Golden International Restaurant at 6 pm. There will be an "After Party" with games and pictures at the CIA Gym. Cost is $18 per person or $30 per couple. Tickets are available at the front office.

School Science Fair on is Feb. 27th.

Regional basketball at cia!!! Thank you for your continued support of Cook Inlet Academy Basketball. We are excited to be hosting the Peninsula Conference Region II Basketball Championship February 29th - March 3rd. We are looking for local businesses to advertise in our tournament program. If you are interested in supporting us, the following options are available: Back page- Full Color: $150.00, Full page: $100.00, 1/2 page: $75.00, 1/4 page: $50.00, Business card: $30.00. Current CIA Banner Sponsors will receive a $10.00 discount on any of the above options.

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 will be utilizing the Sycamore Calendar as our main way of communicating to you what is happening at CIA. There will still be a small amount of information coming to you via email, but our main source of communication will be the calendar. In order to see the calendar, you need to sign in to your Sycamore acct, and on the Home Page, click on "School" in the left hand column, and then click on "Calendar". When the calendar opens, you can click on any event listed to see if there are more details given. There are many important things listed on the calendar, and you won't want to miss going there to find out what's happening! CIA is such a busy place, and with a calendar that lists all events happening, we are hoping for less scheduling conflicts. Please make it a habit to check the calendar so you know what's going on! If you need your username and password, please call the office! We know that this is all new, and anything new takes awhile to get used to, but we think it will make communicating much more effective overall. If you know people who are not a part of CIA, but who want to know our athletic schedule, please direct them to All our games will still be posted there.
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

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

Connnections Homeschool is on Facebook, and we want to connect with you there!  Find us at "Connections Homeschool"

IDEA Home-school
Enrollment for the 2012-13 school year is now available by visiting the IDEA website at or by calling 260-7555.  Families will enjoy support from certified contact teachers, a resource room for checkout materials and a generous allotment to cover student needs.

Book-IT is still available for students in grades K-6.  Students read to meet their personal goal and are rewarded with a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut each month.  Parents encourage your student reader by signing up for this program.

Families plan to join in a fun afternoon of sledding or skiing by joining IDEA at the Tsalteshi Trails field behind Skyview high School on Friday, February 24th at 2pm.  Bring your sled or x-country skis and plan to join the fun.

Watch for information about Iditaread , a reading program that follows the Iditarod.  Plan to read and log your pages to beat your musher to Nome.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
Love lines and Yearbook ads are due by the end of February. The Yearbook Committee is in need of the following types of pictures: Band, After-School Clubs, Field Trips, Guests, Family Fun Night, Library, Music, Performances, P.E., and Spirit Days. Book donations for the Bingo for Books  Family Fun Night will be collected in the library starting March 1st. 

After School Activities start this week and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 p.m.- 4:45 p.m., for the next three weeks. The Arts and Craft Club will have a slightly different schedule. They will meet Monday, February 27th instead of Thursday March 1st.  Please make sure to check with your student to find out what activity they will be participating in. Prompt pick up is appreciated.

There will be a New Parent Informational Meeting February 23rd at 8:00 a.m. This meeting is for all current Kaleidoscope families that have not yet attended a meeting and for all new families that have entered the lottery.  School tours will be held at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday during the month of February. 

Lottery applications for the 2012-2013 school year are being accepted now through March 2nd at 4:00 p.m.  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. The Lottery will take place March 28th at 4:00 p.m. in the school library. For more information please contact the office at 283-0804.

Upcoming Events
*  February 29th- Kindergarten Math Night, 5:00 p.m.

*  March 5th-APC meeting, 4:00 p.m.

*  March 5th- End of the Unit Night for 3rd-6th grade, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Love of Reading month continues.  Stop by the school to view the terrific door decorations!  Today Dan the Stream Man will be here today visiting classes.  Next week we will have community readers, the Idita-read, Dr. Seuss trivia and Dr. Seuss' birthday. 

The Food Bank received over 1,161 pounds of food from our canned food drive!  Thank you to our K-Beach families for the donations.

Feb. 24, is our spaghetti dinner and dessert auction. Dinner begins at 6:00. Come and join us for a great meal.  Then you can purchase some delicious desserts. 

Upcoming events:
*  Sat. 3 -- KPBSD Forensics Competition

*  Sun. 4 -- IDITAROD Start

*  Tues 6 -- Intermediate Musical - "Tom Sawyer" at the SoHi auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

*  Wed. 7 -- Jumpin Junction Caribou Celebrations - permission slips and times will be sent home

*  Thur. 8 -- Jumpin Junction Caribou Celebrations - permission slips and times will be sent home, Rope for Heart Assembly
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
The KCHS Battle of the Books team won the District competition which was held on Monday, February 13th. Team members include Joy Wannamaker, Mariah Prosterman, Jacob Dye, and Dezmond Ticknor. Driskoll Heath and Makai-Lynn Smith also participated. The team is coached by Mrs. Barkman and Mrs. Nabholz. The state competition will be held on Monday, February 27th. Congratulations and good luck!
The Culinary Arts class baked, frosted and delivered Valentines cookies to 75-80 staff members of Stages, Kenai Central and the Workforce Development Center including the custodial and kitchen staffs, technical support personnel and the adult aides in the building.  A sweet treat for all involved!

Kenai Middle School
Kenai Middle School is hosting a parent night on Tuesday, February 21st at 5:30 pm in the library. The topic of our workshop is on How to keep your kids safe in an electronic age. This topic will include internet safety, cell phone use, and other devices. We would love to see you there! If you have any questions please call the school at 283-1700.

We would like to congratulate our Battle of the Books Competitors for placing third in the district this year. The team members are: Brooke West, Izzy Luze, Kindle Cornet, Lara Suscha, and Drake Thomas. Great job everyone!

Dates To Remember:

*  Feb. 20 -- 6th Grade Volleyball Begins

*  Feb. 21 -- Volleyball - 1st Round Boroughs; Site Council, 5:00 p.m., Parent night 5:30 p.m. in the library

*  Feb. 25 -- Volleyball Boroughs @ Nikiski, 10:00; Skiing Boroughs @ Seward

*  March 5 -- Band Concert @ KMS, 6:00 pm - Library

*  March 6 -- Choir Concert @ KCHS, 7:00 pm

Mountain View Elementary
The in-school Forensics competition will take place on Monday, February 20 at 1:00 PM 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.

The Library will be holding a book fair February 22 -24.  If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair please call the office at 283-8600.

We will be celebrating "Love of Reading" the week of February 20th - 24th with a variety of fun reading activities.      

Nikiski Middle/High
*  Monday, Feb. 20 - Basketball vs. ACS  JV Girls @ 1:30 p.m.  Boys JV @ 3:00 p.m.  Girls Varsity @ 4:30 p.m.  Boys Varsity @ 6:00 p.m.

*  Tuesday, Feb. 21 - Middle School Volleyball Boroughs First Round TBA

*  Thursday, Feb. 23 - JV Girls Basketball @ Nikolaevsk 4:00 p.m.

*  Friday, Feb. 24 - Last Home Basketball of the Season. Senior night! Basketball vs. Grace Christian  JV Girls @ 3:00 p.m., JV Boys @ 4:30 p.m., Varsity Girls @ 6:00 p.m., Varsity Boys @ 7:30 p.m.

*  Saturday, Feb. 25 - Middle School XC Skiing @ Seward Middle School TBA, Girls Middle School Volleyball Borough Finals TBA

Congratulations to our Nikiski Battle of the Books Contestants. The High School Team won The Nikiski High School Battle of the Book Team took 2nd place for the KPBSD Battle Competition.  Team Members are: Jessica Dauwe, Cory Carr, Dylan Nickel.

The Nikiski Middle School Battle of the Books Team won 1st place after a long exciting day of Battles. They will go on to compete in the State competition on Feb. 28th.  Team members are:
Margy Cox, Evie Cox, Bryan Sledge and Autumn Walters.  

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Congratulations to our Forensics participants who will go on to the district meet on March 3rd:  Katerina Sinenko for Humorous Poetry, Tika Zimmerman for Storytelling and Kelsey Clark and Shaeanne Dohse for Multiples Interpretive Reading.  Other Forensics participants at the school wide level were:  Samuel Smith, Gavin White, Savannah Ley, Boden Quiner, Kalei Biamonte, Siobham Dempsey, Shelby Edgar, Danni Langseth, Faith Burleson, Caileb Payne, Carly Johnson, Perry Mathes, Joey Yourkoski, Jordyn Stock, Gabe Hyder, Tylor Brown, Malcolm Yerkes, Brody Farrow, Justin Harris, Trevor Junkert, Garrett Ellis, Gabriel Smith, Morgan Dauwe, Shannon Askam, Ashley Pope, Jaylen Uhls, Ian Davis, Dustin Mullins, Caitlyn Burdick, Angela Nunley, Raven Patterson, Jace Kornstad, Jacob Smith, Sara Moore and Ramie Robbins.

Families are invited to attend the One School, One Book celebration on Friday, February 24th at 7:00 pm in the gym.  We will show the movie, The Mouse and the Motorcycle. There will also be food and cake served.  For more information, please call the school at 776-2600.

If you are willing to be a judge for the KPBSD Forensics Meet on Saturday, March 3rd at Sterling Elementary, please call Mrs. Heath at 776-2600.

Redoubt Elementary
The grand finale of our One School One Book program will be a Cricket in Times Square

Family Movie Night on Thursday, February 23, at 6:30 PM in the gym. All Redoubt students and their families are invited to this free family event.  Refreshments will be available. All students attending must be accompanied by an adult. Parents joined students for lunch and a read-in last Friday.

Redoubt will be celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2 with guest readers, green eggs and ham, and other fun activities to celebrate the joy of reading. 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. Thanks to Redoubt Battle of the Books teams for representing Redoubt in the district-wide battle of the books competition last week. The 3rd/4th grade team was Kianna Holland, Parker Kincaid, and Kaitlynn Massey.  The 5th/6th grade team was Anna Aley, Jay Frost, Danica Schmidt, and Alianne Schmidt.

Congratulations to Big G Box Tops drawing winner, Sydney Steadman. 

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.

The AASB School Climate and Connectedness Survey will be administered to students in grades 5 and 6 at Redoubt Elementary School and to certified and support staff during the weeks of February 20 - March 2, 2012.  The Survey measures student and staff perceptions of school climate, how peers treat each other, observations of student behavior at school, and connections between school and the community.  The survey is voluntary, anonymous, confidential, and does not ask questions about students' families.  Please contact the school office if you have any questions.   

Skyview High
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into National Honor Society last week:  seniors - Calvin Baxter, Joseph Bishop, and Chelsea Winter; juniors - Savannah Anchinges, Marlee Cunningham, Kelty Fair, Makinna Halverson, Tay Harling, Shelbe Holben, Kiara Miller, and Holly Ramsell; and sophomores - Walter Baxter, Cheyanne Laber, Casey Neill, Victoria Oberts, and Dylan Webb.
Site Council meets in the library today at 4:30 pm.

JV/V basketball hosts KCHS Tuesday, beginning at 3 pm.

Eighth Grade Parent Night/Open House for parents and incoming freshmen planning to attend Skyview next year will be Tuesday, February 28, beginning at 6 pm.  Come and check out the various classes, sports, and other activities that are available.

The AASB School Climate and Connectedness Survey will be administered to students in grades 9-12 and to certified and support staff during the weeks of February 20-March 2. The survey measures student and staff perceptions of school climate, how peers treat each other, observations of student behavior at school, and connections between school and the community. The survey is voluntary, anonymous, confidential, and does not ask questions about students' families. Please contact the school if you have questions.

Check out Skyview's blog at for calendars, sports information, announcements, newsletters and other school happenings.

Soldotna Elementary
Soldotna Wolves continue to have "paws"ative attitudes and activities!

Congratulations to Kallie Kenner for winning the school Geography Bee competition on Thurs., Jan. 10.  Brooke Tapia was runner-up.

Classroom competitions were held and the classroom winners were as follows:  Ms. Courtright's 4th Grade-Brody Reger and Dalton Hulsey;  Ms. Bobek's 5th Grade-Cheyenne Groff and Sam Skolnick; Mrs. Pettijohn's 5/6th Grade-Brandon Crowder and Joseph McLeod; and, Ms. Edward's 6th grade- Kallie Kenner and Brooke Tapia.  School winners across the United States will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee on Mar. 30.

Mrs. Courtright's 4th grade class was totally amazed and delighted with a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Performing Arts Center in Anchorage on January 21st.  Students were inspired to write about their favorite character and compare and contrast the original video with the musical performance. 

Once again we've started our Reading Counts Contest for grades 2 through 6.  Students are reading books and taking comprehension quizzes for points.  The names of those students earning the most points per classroom each week will be announced on the following Monday morning.  The contest will end on Fri., May 4.  Prizes are awarded occasionally to individual winners in the classrooms.  There will be one Grand Prize winner per classroom, and those students will ride to Soldotna City Hall via a fire truck and will meet with Mayor Micciche where they will receive their reading certificates.  Back at school they will be served lunch in the library with Mrs. Diamond and Mrs. Adamson.  Congratulations to last week's classroom winners:  Rhys Cannava (Mrs. Baktuit), Jaala Lopez (Mrs. Davis), Colton Sorhus (Mrs. Straw), Joey Freeman (Ms. Buben), Auree Sorensen (Ms. Courtright),  Joseph McLeod (Mrs. Pettijohn), and Brooke Tapia (Ms. Edwards)!  
Valentine's Day is approaching. Our PTA will be sponsoring Valentine Candy Grams.  Please check with the school if you are interested in sending your student a special message.   

The next site council meeting is Tuesday, February 7th at 4:00 p.m. in the conference room. PTA will be holding a meeting on Thursday, February 9th at 3:45 in the library.  Childcare will be provided for the PTA meeting.  

Soldotna Middle
Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team for placing Second in the District competition!  Great job!

The School Climate and Connectedness Survey will be administered to students and staff during the week of February 20. The survey measures student and staff perceptions of school climate, how peers treat each other, observations of student behavior at school and connections between school and the community.  The survey is voluntary, anonymous, confidential, and does not ask questions about students families.  Please contact the front office at 260-2500 if you have any questions or concerns.

Does your student have outstanding Fees for this quarter?  Look in Power School and click on Fees to see what your student has paid or what your student may still owe.  If you do not have access to Power School, please contact the front office to get your activation code. 

Important Dates for 8th Grade Transition to High School: 

* Tuesday, February 28 - Soldotna High School and Skyview High School representatives will visit SMS during 8th Period. 

* Tuesday, February 28 - Parent Information Night @ Soldotna High School and Skyview High School - 6 PM

* Thursday, March 1-Tuesday, March 6 - High School Counselors will visit SMS to help 8th grade students to register for their 9th grade classes.

SMS Sports:

* Tuesday, February 21 - Volleyball - First Round of Borough Tournament

* Saturday, February 25 - Volleyball - Finals of Borough Tournament @ Nikiski - 10 AM

* Saturday, February 25 - Skiing - Borough Tournament @ Soldotna - Noon

Soldotna Montessori
Kindergartners are embarking on a study of space. They will launch into outerspace from their classroom and spend time studying all about space from Astronauts to Zero Gravity.

Dr. Kobylarz will be visiting primary classrooms to discuss dental hygiene. Primary grade classes will go ice fishing at Arc Lake and will dissect fish to learn about internal anatomy.

Upper grade students will be volunteering at the Food Bank this week and next in connection with their on-going unit of study on local hunger issues and solutions.

Upper grade students will be monitoring the quality of water on site at Soldotna Creek this month as part of their on-going Adopt-a-Stream project.
Soldotna High
Congratulations to the following yearbook editors for meeting deadline 2 Jaide Briggs, academic editor; Justin Dahlgren, assistant editor; Sebastian Gabriel, assistant sports editor; Bradyn Holly, editor; Maranda Merkes, sports editor; Jordan Sass, senior editor; Nicholas Truesdell, academic editor. 

Yearbooks may be ordered at or in room 76 for $60. Personalization orders need to be completed by Wednesday, March 1st.  After this date all orders will be waitlisted. 

Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for 2012 Cinderella's Closet.  This is a program which helps all area high school ladies with prom attire for free.  Please email for more info. All donations can be dropped off to the front office 8am-2pm.

The KPBSD Federal Programs department is in the process of renewing and revising the Plan of Service for English Language Learners. Part of the process requires feedback from parents, teachers, and community. The following link provides access to the draft Plan of Service for the 2012-2013 year, as well as an online feedback form. Using the online form will send the feedback directly to the ELL Office. We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions!

Tustumena Elementary
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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