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)
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.

KBEA accepting scholarship applications for 2012
The Kenai Borough Employees Association Scholarship Committee is currently accepting applications for three scholarships of $500 each. The scholarships are available to all 2012 graduates of the Kenai Peninsula Borough (including public schools, private schools and home-schooled). Applications and instructions are available from any KPB high school counselors’ office or on the Borough’s web site at Applications must be postmarked by March 30. Applications can be mailed or dropped off at the KPB, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 114 North Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK 99669.

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.
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. 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 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:  
Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy will be held at Workforce Development Center (which is located behind KCHS) starting Monday March 19th and will run thru May 3rd. Class days will be most Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15pm-6:15pm 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.
Construction academy for Ninilchik students will be starting March 30th thru April 28th. 10 hour OSHA Safety Course to be completed prior to Spring Break. Class days will be most Fridays 3:30-6:30pm and Saturdays 2-6pm.  Students will be constructing a shed.
There will be a construction academy coming up sometime after Spring Break at The Workforce Development Center.  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
School Science Fair is tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. This is also open to the public, so please join us for an evening of fun.
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 so 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
The 2nd Annual “Connections Home School’s Got Talent Show” will be held April 19th at 5:30pm, and rehearsal will be April 18th around 4:30-5:30pm.  Acts of all types will be permitted, however, since this is a family show, all talent show material must be appropriate for all ages – any questionable content will not be allowed.  For anyone interested in participating in this event, please fill out the Entry Form, available at the Soldotna office.  Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill out the form completely.  We will accept forms that are mailed in, dropped off, emailed, or faxed (must be signed).  Deadline for entry forms is March 15th.  If you have any questions please contact Mark Wackler at 714-8880 or email
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
The yearbook deadline is quickly approaching. Please make sure to get any photos you have taken this year submitted to the yearbook committee so that they can be included!  Yearbook order forms were sent home in the Friday Folders. The PTA is requesting saucer sled donations (plastic only) for recess use.  Please drop them off at the front office or to Mrs. Calvert by March 1st.  Gently used books for the Bingo for Books Family Fun Night will be collected in the library starting March 1st.  Bingo for Books will be held March 22nd at 6pm in the school gym. This is a great night to meet other Kaleidoscope families and get some books!
The APC will meet Monday, March 5th at 4pm in the school library. APC ballots will be mailed home the beginning of March. There is one Parent Representative Seat open this year. Be sure to vote! School Surveys were sent home last Friday in the Friday Folders. We ask that one survey per family be filled out and returned to school.  
After School Activities, Gym and Exploring Technology, are being held Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45pm-4:45pm this week and next week. The Arts and Craft Club will meet Monday and Tuesday this week and then will be back to the Tuesday, Thursday schedule for the last week.  Please remember that the activities end at 4:45pm and prompt pickup is required.  
The deadline for applying for the 2012-2013 lottery is this Friday, March 2nd.   This is also the deadline for all sibling applications as well. 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.
The Kindergarten classes will be having a Math Night on Wednesday, February 29th from 5-6:30pm. They will start the night at 5pm with some math games and activities and then at 5:45pm they will have a hot dog dinner.   
Upcoming Events
* March 5th — End of the Unit Night for 3rd-6th grade, 5:30-7:30p.m., APC Meeting – 4:00
* March 26th — 30th-Staff Appreciation Week

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Love of Reading month continues…
Tyler Neill was our Family Reading Contest drawing winner.  He won a gift certificate to River City Books.  Quinn Dowd was the second place drawing winner.  He won River City Book’s bucks!
Community visitors will be reading to classes this week.
March 2, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  We will have some Dr. Seuss trivia throughout the week.
Iditaread begins today and runs through March 2!  We are reading our way to Nome!
Our Dessert Auction and Spaghetti Dinner/Sledding is this Friday. Doors open at 5:30  – 7:00.  Tickets are on sale at the end of the school day or you can purchase them at the door.
Fifth and sixth grade classes are preparing for their snowshoe adventures to the Kenai Wildlife Refuge.
Nurse Jane is visiting students and they are learning about dental hygiene.
All staff and 5/6 grade students will be participating in a school climate survey this month.
KPBSD is looking for your input about our strategic plan! Please be sure to visit the KPBSD website and take a moment to take the survey.
K-Beach Forensics Competition Results:
K-Beach had a great public speaking competition on February 17.
Student with an asterisk in front of their name scored high enough to compete at the district forensics level.
4th grade competitors
*Tyler Neill, *Kylie Ness, Mia Stewart, Journey Miller, Alyssa Wilkinson, *Blake Smith,*Trevor Bagley, *Aiden LaCombe, *Darius Martin, *Evan Stockton, *Suzzy Cable, *Zion McEnerney, and *Victoria Mariscal
5th grade competitors
*Connor Felchle ,Mark Bullerdick, Katelynn Kimes, Kendra Streiff, Jacinda Nicholson, Kodi McGillivray, Maria Salzetti, Ashlee Heiman, Ritalynn Pearse,  Samantha Dufrey, Abi Cooke, Savanna Davis, Nicole Kreider, *Brittani Blossom and *Sarah Hollers
6th grade competitors
Ethan Tanape, Sarah Baktuit, Madison Woodland, Elizabeth Kaminski, *Cally Christianson ,*Trenity Griffin, Ben Wilson, Garrett Thorne, Lillie Bowen, Hailey Demello, Sadie Hutchings, Ashleigh Herr, and Melia Miller
This week students will be participating in the “Jump Rope for Heart” program during their P.E. classes.
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
On Saturday, Feb. 11, KMS individual students - Caitlyn Tri and Johnathan Nash, and the team of Ean Atchley, David Beck, Mikaela Salzetti, and Drake Thomas went to Anchorage to compete in a Regional MathCounts competition with schools from all over Anchorage, the Valley, Palmer and the Kenai Peninsula.  The Kenai Middle School team came in 3rd and Drake Thomas placed second in the Countdown Round and second overall as an individual.  Coming in third means the KMS team will compete at the State Finals on March 31st,  Congratulations to our KMS Mathletes!
There is no school on March 9th due to a teacher in-service.
Spring break this year is from March 12th to the 16th. If your student is taking an extended vacation please let the office know. Our phone number is 283-1700.
SBA testing is April 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Please make sure your child attends school those days and is well rested. KMS will be providing a pancake breakfast those three days. Thank you for helping us prepare your student for SBA’s!  
Dates To Remember:
*  March 5 — Band Concert @ KMS, 6:00 pm – Library
*  March 6 — Choir Concert @ KCHS, 7:00 pm
*  March 9 — INSERVICE – End of 3rd Quarter – No School
*  March 12 — SPRING BREAK!! 3/12-3/16
*  March 20 — Basketball – 6th Grade Begins; Site Council, 5:00 pm – Library
*  March 26 — Track (7th & 8th) Begins
*  April 3 — SBA Testing
*  April 4 — SBA Testing
*  April 5 — SBA Testing
*  April 9 — SBA Make Up Tests
*  April 10 — 8th Grade Science SBA
*  April 13 — Track @ KMS – 3:00pm
*  April 19 — Track @ SMS – 3:00pm
*  April 20 — Yes – there is school today for KMS!
*  April 24 — Mass Choir
*  April 26 — Spring Concert
*  April 28 — Track @ Nikiski – 3:00pm
*  April 30 — Mass Band

Mountain View Elementary
Congratulations to the “Battle of the Books” team of Catalina Bravo-Moe, Kai McKibben, & Hunter Beck.  Mountain View placed 5th in the district.
Congratulations to all of our Forensics performers—our school meet was an incredible event!
The following students are eligible to compete at the District Forensics Meet on Saturday, March 3.
4th graders Hunter Beck (storytelling), Amanda Parazoo (humorous poetry), & Chelsea Plagge (interpretive reading).
5th graders Bailey Burke (humorous poetry), Shanna Anderson, Alyson Driskell, Melissa Holmes, & Raven Patrick (interpretive reading – multiple).
Congratulations to our Chess Club tournament winners, Jacob Grant and Nathaniel Wynn.  
The D.A.R.E. graduation for 5th grade students will be on Thursday, March 1 at 6:00 PM in the gym.
The Spring Concert for 4th & 5th grade classes and 5th grade band students will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:00 PM in the auditorium at Kenai Central High School.  Students should arrive at KCHS between 5:30 and 5:45.   
* Thursday, March 8 is “Sports Day”.  Students may wear their favorite athletic/sports apparel.  
* Friday, March 9 is an inservice day.  There will be no school for students.  
* Spring Break is the week of March 12 – March 16.     

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
There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday, March 1st at 4:00 pm in the library.
It’s cinnamon roll time again at NNS!  The irresistible aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls will be wafting down our halls this week.  Mrs. Matson’s fifth graders will be baking cinnamon rolls as part of their fractions and world of work studies.  The sale of the rolls is also a fundraiser for their spring field trips.  The rolls will be as huge as ever but this year they will sell for only $1.50 each.  Order forms are available in the office or from Mrs. Matson’s students.  The Matson Bakery will be open February 29th, March 1st and March 2nd.  For more information, please call the school at 776-2600.  Mrs. Matson and her class thank you ahead of time for making their sale a success!
Nurse Deni reminds us that winter is in full swing and winter gear is a must. As long as your child is bundled up it is good for them to be out in the fresh air.  Please remember to check to make sure your child has all of their winter gear when they come to school each day.

Redoubt Elementary
New student registration will take place April 2 – 6 from 9 AM – noon. This registration is for all students who will be new to Redoubt this fall, including kindergartners. Kindergartners must be 5 years old by Sept. 1.  
Please bring a birth certificate for kindergartners. Immunization records are required for all new students. New students must reside within Redoubt’s attendance area.
Parents may also complete the application for the Title I Pre-Kindergarten
Program. Pre-kindergartners must by 4 years old by Sept. 1 and live in our attendance area. Parents who apply will be contacted this spring to schedule an initial assessment for the program.  
Current students will register for next school year by returning the 2012-13 pre-registration form that will be sent home with students on Friday, March 2.   
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.
All community members, families, students, and employees are encouraged to complete the KPBSD Community Survey that will be open from February 2 — March 1.  Your opinion will help KPBSD develop focus areas and long term goals for the district.  In the next two months this community survey, together with an employee survey, will be essential in the process of refreshing and developing our long-term KPBSD strategic plan. A synthesis of the responses will be shared and available online at the end of March. The Community Survey is only available online at:

Skyview High
Eighth Grade Parent Night/Open House for parents and incoming freshmen planning to attend Skyview next year will be Tuesday, February 28.  It all begins at 6 pm with a spaghetti feed and continues with fun activities as well as performances, door prizes, and sports sign-ups.
Come meet our teachers, coaches and students, and have the chance to win a Kindle Fire!
February Rotary Students of the Month are: Troy Alexie, Dallas Derflinger, Sara Daigle, Joanne Glaves, Troy Hope, Sierra Jackson, Chelsey McDonald, Samantha Reynolds, Sky Schlung, Logan Showalter, Tennessee Walker, and Trevor Westerlin.
The following students and staff will be honored Thursday at the third quarter Student of the Month luncheon:  Aide – Samantha Mason and Joel Antunez-Catalan; Business Education – Summer Anderson; Fine Arts – Sky Schlung; Language Arts – Gabby Bragg, Keana Gauss, Jessie Graham, and Emily Dipaolo; Marketing - Wendell Larsen; Math – Brenner Musgrave, Bailey Jones, Ashlynne Lavender, and Brooke Hughes; Performing Arts – Bryan Teed, Marissa Mahan, and Patty Permpornsakul; Physical Education – Alex Rodriguez and Aurora Derflinger;
Science – Sam Deatherage, Sydney Tonione, Jordan Jones, and Leila Hobbs; Social Studies – Julia Buhlmann, Isabella Jukic, Sierra Jackson, Sara Daigle, and Krystal Gray; Vocational Education – Howard Batt and DJ Collier; World Languages – Chelsey Belden; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce – Mary Hauptman and Jordan Jones; Teachers – Kyle McFall and Susan Wheeler; and Staff - Rachel Hanson and Vicki Madden.
Check out Skyview’s blog at for calendars, sports information, announcements, newsletters and other school happenings.

Soldotna Elementary
Help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Friday, March 2nd. Join us from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the gym for family fun, crafts and games. During the school day our students will enjoy listening to guest readers from the community and will receive a free book.  We are accepting Title 1 pre-kindergarten applications for next school year, 2012-2013.  To be eligible, students must be 4 years old by September 1, 2012.  Applications are available at the school office and must be returned by Monday, April 16. Please contact Katrina Cannava at 260-5147 or  for more information. Congratulations to last week’s  Reading  Counts winners: Rhys Cannava, Tytus Gilbert, Josh Pieh, Colton Johnson, Shannon Yeskie, Jimmy Freeman, Caley Presley, and Charles Meyer.  

Soldotna Middle
Congratulations to Preston Weeks, 7th Grade February Chamber Student of the Month!  He will be honored for his achievement at the March Chamber Luncheon.  
Special Reminder:  Important Dates for 8th Grade Transition to High School:
* Tuesday, Feb. 28 — Out of Area Forms Due. Students wishing to switch from their assigned High School destination must have their form complete before they are able to register for their 9th grade classes.
* Tuesday, Feb. 28 — Soldotna High School and Skyview High School representatives will visit SMS during 8th Period.  An overview of each High School will be presented.
* Tuesday, Feb. 28 —Parent information night @ Soldotna High School & Skyview High School – 6 p.m. Please Attend!
* Thursday, March 1 — Tuesday, March 6 – High School Counselors will visit SMS to help 8th grade students register for their 9th grade classes.
SMS Winter Sports have concluded, Track season begins Monday, March 26!
No School for Students:  Friday, March 9 – Teacher In-service Day
Spring Break for Students and Staff:  Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, March 18.

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
Please congratulate the following CTSO Conference Winners!
Katelin Christenson — 3rd Extemporaneous Speech
Tevor Earl — 3rd Truck/Trailer Backup
Johnathon Kreider — 1st Technical Math
Courtney Lewis — 1st  Job Interview, 2nd Extemporaneous Speech, 3rd Employability Skills, 3rd Floriculture
David Swedberg — 1st  Drafting, 2nd  Technical Math, 2nd Fork Lift
Amorie Weekley — 3rd Prepared Speech
Naomi Weston — 2nd Floriculture, 2nd Employability Skills
The SoHi Drama Department will present the play Sherlock Holmes and The Portal of Time on March 29-31. Cost is $5.
Good Afternoon – this is The Parents of Juniors After Prom Committee asking for your help. We have less than 7 weeks to organize the after prom activities and are in need of donations for the celebration to happen. Can we please count on you to donate $10 or $20 dollars to help offset the cost? We could also use prizes, chaperones, and snacks for the celebration. If you have any questions or would like to help please call Carole Nolden at 262-5887. Thank you very much for your time!  
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 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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