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.

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
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
Attention K-6 students!!  The Iditiread Challenge is here!  Stop by the connections office to get your sled ready to hit the trail and read your way to Nome!  Contact the office with any questions.
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 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 our website or by calling 260-7555.
IDEA students join Iditaread and read your way to Nome.  This fun reading program follows mushers along the Iditarod Trail as you the reader try to read your way to Nome before your musher arrives.  Prizes are included and an Iditaread packet is available for your enjoyment.  Call Omie at 260-7555 for more information.
IDEA students and family members register now for the Alyeska Trip on March 19. Students receive discounted lesson prices and everyone receives discounted lift tickets for this fun day on the slopes.  Call the office or check your email for more information.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
Tonight is the Treasure of Sound night. The night will begin with the 5th and 6th grade Stomp performance at 5:30pm. Then the 3rd and 4th grade classes will perform their plays. Mrs. Stroh’s class will perform at 6:00pm, Mrs. Darch’s class will perform at 6:30pm and Mr. Knudsen’s class will end the evening with a 7:00pm performance. All of the classrooms will have sound projects on display and there will be sound experiments for everyone to try!
Gently used books for the Bingo for Books Family Fun Night are currently being collected in the library.  Bingo for Books will be held March 22nd at 6:00pm in the school gym. This is a great night to meet other Kaleidoscope families and get some books!  The next PTA meeting will be March 19th at 6:00pm. Staff Appreciation Week will be held March 26th-30th. Watch your Friday Folders for volunteer opportunities during this week.
The APC will meet today at 4:00pm in the school library. School Surveys are due back to the school this Friday, March 9th. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey; it is a great source of feedback for the APC board.
This is the last week for After School Activities. All activities will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-4:45pm.
The end of the quarter is March 9th. There is no school that day as it is an inservice day.  Spring Break is March 12th-16th. Enjoy your break!
The Lottery will take place March 28th at 4:00pm in the school library. For more information please contact the office at 283-0804.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Place your order for your 2011/2012 Yearbook! Cost is $20 and orders are due by March 9.
Caribou Celebration at Jumpin Junction Sponsored by the PTA Wed. 7th-Thurs. 8th
In-Service Friday March 9th NO SCHOOL
We are preparing for our artist in residence month starting in April. K-Beach is collecting recyclable materials.  
K-Beach wants to wish Colleen Robertia and Bruce Linton good luck! We are really proud to have two mushers we know participating in the 2012 Iditarod!
Next week is the end of the 3rd quarter. No school on Friday the 9th and then spring break is March 12-16.
5th and 6th grade students had a wonderful educational experience snowshoeing at the refuge!  
Mrs. Bagley has postponed the Jump Rope for Heart Assembly schedule for Thursday, March 8th .  Instead, we are very excited to end the 3rd quarter with a performance by Skyview students on March 8th at 1:30 in the gym.
K-Beach students will be celebrating the end of the 3rd quarter at Jumpin Junction on March 7 or 8th.
Place your order for your 2011/2012 Yearbook! Cost is $20 and orders are due by March 9.
All K-Beach Elementary 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will be performing the spring musical, “Tom Sawyer” at the SoHi Auditorium on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 PM.  The public is invited and the program is free. Don’t miss it!!!!
March 12-16 Spring Break
Back to School March 19th

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
Spring athletes will be finally able to spring into action as softball, track and field, and soccer practices start Monday.  Students wanting to participate in Spring Sports must have a current physical, turned in all the required paper work, and pay their dues before they can participate in any sport.  
Friday, March 9th is the end of the quarter/Teacher Inservice Day.  Spring Break will start March 12 for the students and school will not resume until March 19.  Have a safe and relaxing break!
On Wednesday March 7th at 6:00pm Kenai Central High School, Skyview, and Nikiski are having the first bi-annual SST Competition at Skyview.  Students from all three schools that are enrolled in weightlifting classes will be battling each other in a variation of Crossfit Games competing in various power lifts or endurance exercises.
Congratulations to the following students for being selected student-of-the-month in February:
Joe Bressler-LA 11, Andrea Ramos-Cortes-LA 11, Rotary – Lauren Schamms, Chamber – Taylor Ostrander, Elks – Gwendolyn Bundy,
LA12  – Samuel Parks, Geometry  – Jacob Bowman, Anatomy  – Alexander Agosti
Foods 2  – Trent Saner, Performing Arts/Music/Choir – Abbe Wonser, French 1 – Lydia Power
Study Skills – Mathew Ellis, Chemistry – Lee Kempf, Physical Training – Alex Springer
Advanced Algebra – Alex Henry, Geometry – David Jones, Band – Mikaila Wolf
World History – Courtney Stroh & Jessica Paxton

Kenai Middle School
There is no school on March 9th due to a teacher in-service. This is also marks the end of 3rd quarter.
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.
April 20th is a snow make-up day for all Kenai Middle students and staff. School will start at the same time, 7:45am and will end at 2:27pm.
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
*  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 16- 6th Grade Soccer Begins
*  April 17- Site Council 5pm
*  April 18- Volunteer Luncheon 12:30-1:30
*  April 19- Track @ SMS – 3:00pm
*  April 20- Yes – there is school today for KMS!
*  April 23- Activity Night and Dance
*  April 24- Mass Choir @ KCHS
*  April 26- Spring Band Concert @ KCHS 7pm
*  April 28- Track @ Nikiski – 3:00pm
*  April 30- Mass Band

Mountain View Elementary
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.
The Site Council will be meeting on Thursday, March 22 at 4:00 in the Library.
Family Math Night is scheduled for Thursday, March 29 from 5:00 – 6:30 at Mountain View.  Explore the wonders of math with your children!  Let them show you what they are learning!  A variety of activities and math centers will be hosted by teachers offering different math games.  Special math activities and ideas that can be used at home will be available, too!  Please plan to come to an evening of family fun and learn through our parent/school partnership.    
Congratulations to our “Soaring Eagles” for the month of February - Sharmaine Aguilar, Daveigh Cabasa, Lily Coon, Aaliyah Fitzpatrick, Ransom Hayes,  Stephen Hopkinson,Taylor Huett, Jenessa Marsden, Isabel McClure, Erica Mistecka, Bathory Salazar, Ethan Schneider, Jordan Smith, Shawn Sutton, Joan Virg-In, Reanna Virg-In, Tommy Wells, Allison Wolfe, Nathan Wynn, &  Cheyanne Zimin.

Nikiski Middle/High
*  Monday March 5 – High School Boys and Girls Soccer begins, High School Track Begins
*  Tuesday, March 6 – Site Council Meeting.  4:00 p.m. in the library, Senior Parent Graduation/After Grad Party Planning Meeting.  6:00 p.m. in the Library.  
*  Thursday, March 8 – PTSA Meeting.  5:00 p.m. in Mrs. Thompson’s room.
*  Friday, March 9 – Inservice for Teachers. No School for Students
*  SPRING BREAK – March 12 – March 16 – No School For Students
*  Monday, March 19 – Students Back To School
Upcoming Dates of Interest:
*  April 3-5 & 10 -  Student Testing
*  April 14 – Prom
*  April 20 – Make Up Day
*  May 21 – Graduation
*  May 23 – Students’ Last Day
Congratulations to Jeanelee Stock on her 2nd place state finish in the Tells Me a Story category of the ASTE IdidaStory contest.  
The Middle School Battle of the Books Team took 8th place in the State Competition. Over thirty districts were represented at the State level. Congratulations to Margy Cox, Evie Cox, Bryon Sledge, and Autumn Walters for your accomplishment.  
The following teachers were nominated as a BP Teacher of Excellence:
Paul Johnson
Breta Brown
David Brown
Vern Kornstad
Robert Bird
Phillip Morin

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Congratulations to the Character Counts! Students of the Month for February:  Hana Tibbets, Dylan O’Brien, Sam Berry, Trevor Williams, Christina Beringer, Brody Farrow, Bryce Dedrick, Emma Lakin, David Hadella, Angela Drusedow, Samantha Perry, Braeden Porter, Athena Henry, Ethan Ellis, Jacolynn Hightower, Brooke Abel, Koleman McCaughey and Emily Hufford.  These students were treated to a pizza lunch with Principal Callahan on Friday.
We have had two very important events take place at NNS.  We had over 350 people attend our family science night and over 175 attend our One School, One Book movie night celebration.  Thank you to Brianna Redfern and Jessica Pena for all of their work organizing science night and to Monica Heath for putting together staff and parents for our book celebration.  A big thank you to Travis and Samantha Moore and Tammy Freeman for the fabulous cake depicting our book theme.  It was enjoyed by all!
There will not be school this Friday, March 9th because of teacher inservice. Also, there will not be school March 12-16 because of Spring Break. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break!

Redoubt Elementary
2012-13 pre-registration forms for current students were sent home last Friday.
Students should return their form by March 8 in order to be registered for next school year.
Wednesday is Hat Day. Students and staff are invited to wear their favorite hat to school.
Families of 6th graders are invited to a parent information night at Soldotna Middle
School on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 PM. Information about next year’s programs for 7th graders will be presented.
Congratulations to Liam Selden, our school Geography Bee champion. Liam completed the qualifying exam and qualified to represent Redoubt at the state level of the National Geography Bee in Anchorage on March 30.   
Redoubt is participating in the Healthy Futures Challenge. Participation is free and children win prizes for being active. The amount of activity is doable for every family – at least 30 minutes a day, 3 days per week. Contact Mr. Withrow for more information.  
Yearbooks are for sale for $15 and will arrive in May. A limited number of yearbooks will be available. Pre-order to reserve your copy.
2012-13 Title I Pre-Kindergarten Program applications are available at the school office and website.  Pre-kindergartners must by 4 years old by Sept. 1 and live in the Redoubt attendance area. Parents who apply will be contacted this spring to schedule an initial assessment for the program.  
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, ; a birth certificate is required. Immunization records are required for all new students. New students must reside within Redoubt’s attendance area.

Soldotna Middle
It is Spartan Spirit Week!
*  Monday, March 5 – Prep/Nerd Day
*  Tuesday, March 6 – Spartan Pride Day
*  Wednesday, March 7 – Twin Day
*  Thursday, March 8 – Pajama Bottom Day
Drawings each day at lunch for one 7th & one 8th grade Spirit Week participant winner!  Go Team Spartan!
Important dates and events for current 6th grade students who will be attending Soldotna Middle School next year:
Soldotna Middle School is holding their Parent Information Night on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30.  Families of 6th graders are invited to come and hear about next year’s programs for 7th graders.   
6th graders attending SMS next year can register for 7th grade elective classes on line, in Power School, from March 7 through April 2.  Parents can receive directions on this new process at the March 7 Parent Night or they can wait until March 19 when registration packets will be sent home with their child.
Attention Current 7th Grade Students:  Online Class Registration -to choose classes at Soldotna Middle School for the 8th grade school year- will close on Thursday, March 8.
Attention Current 8th Grade Students:  Online Class Registration –to choose classes at Soldotna High School or Skyview High School- will close on Thursday, March 8.  A counselor from each High School will be available at SMS on Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6 from 12:15 to 12:35 to assist any student/parent in the registration process.
Congratulations to the Students of the Month for February!
Math – Makenna Holly, Nathaniel Yannikos, Sara Faris;  Algebra – Terry Kuo;  Math Study Skills – Anthony Little, Brady Lindley;  Language Arts – Shaylynn Norris, Tehya Nichols;  Science – Sloan Stenga, Taylor Gilmore, Joshua Cochran, Tyler Larrow, Hunter Emery, Molly Erickson, Madison Willets, Claire McElroy;  Study Skills – Tasha Ozhuwan, Dalton Antila, Myah Smith, Devin Fena, Samuel Keyes, Caleb Suominen;  Homeroom – Nathaniel Yannikos;  Aide – Zachary Garriott;  Physical Education – Alex Goodermote, Cody Kincaid;  Health – Amy Bunch, Hannah Fraley;  Skiing – Roman Herr;  Band – Chelsi Jacobson, Jayce Kemp;  Choir – Shayla Hardcastle, Rachel Thomas;  Spanish 1 – Kianna Steadman;  Spanish 2 – Kyra Price;  Keyboarding – Karissa Bussdieker;  Graphic Design – Savannah Kreider;  Art Intro – Torri Hensley, Kinley Glaves;  Sculpture – Abigail Anderson, Kayla Haeg;  Woods 1 – Jazilyn Larrow, Haley Newton;  Woods 2 – Michael Lewis, James Fiebelkorn;  Construction – Savanna Ratky;  Exploratory Shop – Haley Trefon
Third Quarter Ends – Friday, March 9
No School for Students – Friday, March 9
No School for Students and Staff – Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, March 18 – Enjoy Spring Break!

Soldotna High
Soldotna High School’s National Honor Society Students of the Month for January and February are: Nick Truesdell –Biology; Mallory Musgrove – Algebra A; Jake Kooly-Strength Training; Madeleine Wilcox – Digital Photo; Mic Bower – LA 11; John Brown - AP Chemistry; Serena Prior- Adv Algebra; Makayla Wong – Adv Algebra; Heidi Westerman – AP US History; Jang Kim- Choir; Michael Hill – Drama ; Gunnar Romatz – LA 12; Madeleine Wilcox- LA 11; Lexie Kirsch – AP US Gov; Troy Stroer- Alg A. They were honored at a pizza luncheon in the SoHi commons on Wednesday February 22nd at noon.
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 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.
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
March 7 6th Grade Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. Soldotna Middle School
Important dates and events for 6th grade students who will be attending Soldotna Middle School: Soldotna Middle School (SMS) is holding their Parent Information Night on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.  Families of 6th graders are invited to come and hear about next year’s programs for 7th graders.   
6th graders attending SMS next year can register for 7th grade elective classes on line, in Power School, from March 7 through April 2.  Parents can receive directions on this new process at the March 7 Parent Night or they can wait until March 19 when registration packets will be sent home with their child.
March 9 End of Quarter No School for Students
With Spring vacation coming up shortly I want to remind parents that students do not have school on Friday March 9th.  This is an inservice day for staff members.
* March 12-16 Spring Break NO SCHOOL
* March 20 PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.
*  March 20-22 Lynx Track to Bowling
*  March 26 Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.
*  March 27 Spring Pictures
*  April 12 Preschool Visitation, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
*  April 17 PTO Meeting
*  April 18 SMS Counselor’s visit 6th grade
*  April 23 Site Council, 4 p.m.
*  April 26 Preschool Screening
*  April 27 Masonic Award KCHS, 6:30 p.m.


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