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.
* May 7, 2012 (Meeting to be held at Seward High School);
* June 4, 2012;
* June 5, 2012 (Board Planning Session)
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Scholarships available for students statewide
The Alaska Community Foundation is notifying current and incoming college students statewide of several scholarship opportunities available for a variety of study areas and student types, many of which have deadlines for application in the coming weeks.
For more information about these scholarships, including eligibility requirements and criteria, please visit the foundation's website at
* The David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship
The David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship was established to honor Knox's dedication to practicing nursing and to provide funding for individuals pursuing a registered nursing degree in a two-, three- or four-year program.
Criteria:  Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and be eligible for graduation within two years of the academic term when the funds are to be used. Recipients must also commit to a one-year service obligation to practice nursing in a small Alaska community of 50,000 residents or less.
Deadline to apply:  April 15, 2012
Amount:   $2,500
* The Frank and Carol Pinkerton Scholarship
The Frank and Carol Pinkerton Orchestral String Instrument Scholarship is available to all Alaska high school seniors committed to obtaining a college or university degree in music education with an emphasis in string instruments. The Pinkertons created the scholarship to ensure that future generations have the resources to pursue music careers as educators. The scholarship helps cover the cost of tuition, musical instruction or other musical expenses and may be renewed up to three times, totaling four years, provided there is sufficient funding.
Criteria:  Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and be enrolled full-time by the beginning of the semester in which the awarded funds are to be used.
Deadline to apply:  May 1, 2012.
Amount: up to $1,500
* Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Scholarship
The Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Scholarship was founded in remembrance of Szepanski, a wildlife biologist, outdoor enthusiast and passionate pilot. The scholarship assists women earning their private or commercial instrument flight ratings who are pursuing flying as a part of a science-related degree program.  
Criteria: Interested applicants must have passed the Federal Aviation Administration written flight test and medical exam and be enrolled in a science related degree program. Awardees from the previous year are eligible to apply.
Deadline to apply:  June 15, 2012
Amount: up to $5,000
* Jim Snead Memorial Scholarship
The Jim Snead Memorial Scholarship fund was established at The Alaska Community Foundation to honor the memory of Jim Snead, a respected businessman in Anchorage for more than 20 years.
Criteria:  The scholarship is available to students pursuing a post-secondary education in an accredited vocational school, college or university with a concentration in transportation, business, international business or related industries.
Deadline to apply: April 20, 2012
Amount:  $1,000 - $1,500
Established in 1995, the Alaska Community Foundation grants more than $5 million a year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. ACF is comprised of over 280 component funds and endowments, including the Seward Community Foundation, the Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund, the Anchorage Schools Foundation, the Alaska Children's Trust and many others. ACF's mission is to grow philanthropy and connect people who care with causes that matter. The foundation helps individuals, organizations and communities create funds that - like the Alaska Permanent Fund - provide financial resources to improve the quality of life in Alaska now and forever. For more information visit or call 907-334-6700.

Winners Of The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Program announced
Congratulations to Savannah Smith from Soldotna High School, the 1st place winner in this year's Vicki Webb Nelson Scholarship Program.  She will be awarded $300 and her entry was forwarded to statewide competition and a chance to win $1000.  Angela Uchtman from Cook Inlet Academy was the 2nd place winner.  She will be awarded $150.
The Vicki Webb Nelson Scholarship Program is a statewide program, sponsored locally each year by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 in Soldotna.  It is available to graduating seniors and is based upon academic scholarship, community involvement and financial need.  There were 14 entries this year from high schools in the area as well as students enrolled in homeschool programs.

Community service earns college scholarships
The Soldotna Rotary Club will be offering several $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating seniors from Connections Home School, Cook Inlet Academy, Skyview, Soldotna, and Ninilchik High Schools.
Again this year the Soldotna Rotary Scholarships are based on the Rotary Motto of "Service Above Self." Recipients will be selected based on community service performed by the applicant during their high school career. Applications are available at school councilors or the office of Foster Construction. Applications must be received by April 16 2012. Grade Point Average or parental financial information is not required.
Submit applications and two letters of recommendation to:
Soldotna Rotary Club Scholarships
P.O. Box 303 Soldotna, AK 99669

Workforce development offers academies
The following after school academies are available for all local high school students and are free:
Construction academy for Ninilchik students will be starting March 30th thru April 28th.  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 in April 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 Department of Labor and Workforce Development, The Ak Dept of Commerce and Economic Development and The AK Youth First Program.

Cook Inlet Academy
* School wide SAT's be held the week of April 9th.
* Preschool/K1 Visitation for prospective families will be held at 1PM on April 16th.
* Annual Spring Carnival will be held on Friday, April 20th at 6PM.
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.

Connections Home-school
Reminder -Deadline for submitting reimbursements is April 30th.  Please note that we are not able to make any exceptions to this date.
The 2nd Annual "Connections Home School's Got Talent Show" will be held April 19th at 5:30 pm.  Admission is free.  For anyone interested in participating in this event, please contact Mark Wackler at 714-8880 or email
The Scholastic Book Fair (buy one get one free) will be this week from April 9 - 13.  Stop by and get your books for summer reading!!
Connections Homeschool is on Facebook, and we want to connect with you there!  Find us at  
Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The PTA is currently accepting nominees for all Board positions.  Please submit nominations to, 394-1802 or in the PTA mailbox.  Nominations must be received by April 13th.  Position descriptions can be viewed on the PTA website at Please contact Jaime Maly if you have any questions.  The next PTA meeting will be held, Thursday, April 19th, at 4pm, when the election results will be announced and the new Board will be seated for the 2012-2013 school year.
The APC will meet this Thursday, April 10th at 6pm. The APC will vote in the new parent representative, Terrah Amend, and will discuss the results of the school wide surveys.
SBA science testing for 4th grade will be Tuesday, April 10th. Make up testing for all SBA tests will be held this week as well.
The KMS and KCHS ensembles will be performing for our students on April 11th from 3-3:30pm
Any 5th and 6th grade student that will be attending KMS next Fall will be bused to the middle school for a visitation on April 12th at 11am. If you have any questions about this trip please contact the office.
The Kindergarten classes will be performing on April 12th at 6:30pm in the Kaleidoscope gym. Make sure your cameras are charged and ready to catch this great show!
Spring pictures are scheduled for April 13th. Sibling pictures will be from 12:00pm-1:00pm.
April 20th is a school day to make up for the snow day we had in November. This will be a great day at Kaleidoscope! We will start the day with Celebrity Spirit Day. Come dressed up as your favorite celebrity. The day will end with an After Testing Fun Night for the 3rd-6th grade students from 5:30pm-10:30pm. This event will raise funds for a KCHS student that is having serious medical issues. Please watch your Friday Folders for permission slips and more info on this event. Parent volunteers will be needed!  
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Kindergarten visitation for preschoolers will be held Friday, April 13th.  Parents can call the office at 260-1300 to schedule a time for their preschooler to "come to school" for an hour while parents meet with the principal and pre-register.  Parents will need to bring the student's immunization record and birth certificate.  
Upcoming Events
* April 9           Site Council Meeting, 3:00 in Mrs. Linton's office
* April 10          Safety Seal Visits
* April 12          KMS-Grade 5/6 Visitation
* April 13          Kindergarten Visitation
* April 16-19     Book Fair - Buy one, get one free!
* April 20          Spring Vacation Day
* April 23          Spring Picture Day
* April 27          Volunteer Appreciation Day, Masonic Awards - KCHS, 6:30
Kenai Central High
The sophomores will be taking the Science section of the High School Qualifying Exam on Tuesday in the auditorium.  It is important that students testing get a good night sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before they take the state test. Please remember that electronic devices of any type in the testing center are not allowed (e.g., personal digital assistant (PDA), cell phone, wristwatch with electronic display, calculator that is not a documented accommodation, MP3 player, iPod). Keep them in your locker during testing time.
The track team would like to say thank you to the City of Kenai for plowing the track.  They hope to be running outside soon.
The entire sophomore class will be participating in a special video conference event on April 12th during 1st and 2nd hour. This will be the culminating event in a collaborative project that includes the language arts and social studies departments from all three central peninsula schools.  The students will be participating in a presentation from the son and grandson of a Russian Gulag prison camp survivor.  
The science classes would like to say thank you to Lisa Parker and her employees at Apache Oil for coming into talk to the physics classes about 3D mapping and seismic sensing.
This is Prom week at KCHS.  This year's theme is A Night in a Fairytale.  Students will begin set-up on Friday with Promenade and the dance on Saturday.  Promenade will be at 8:00 pm with the dance to follow.  Anyone interested in helping with Prom activities, set-up or after Prom activities please call Justin Carr at 283-2119.
Kenai Middle
On Thursday, April 12th, 2012 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. KMS will be hosting an open house/activity night for all new students and parents.  In addition, 7th & 8th grade parents are cordially invited to attend to an orientation that evening to learn more about the upcoming school year.  New students and parents will have a chance to experience different school activities and tour the building. You will have an opportunity to meet members of the staff and to learn more about the programs being offered at KMS. Please make plans to attend because we need your support and input to meet the needs of our students.
The TreeRing Corporation will be making our yearbook again this year. You can add your own photos, share your pages/photos with your friends, and customize your yearbook. The cost of our yearbook is $20.99. If you would like to order one please go to:; Click on the register button; Enter our school's passcode: 101283205764347. If you have any other questions please call the office at 283-1700.
As this year draws to a close we are planning our annual mini-course program and award day activities.  Our annual eighth grade farewell will be held Friday, May 18th, at 8:00 a.m. in the gym.  Mini courses will be held on Monday, May 21st, and Tuesday, May 22nd.  The school-wide barbecue and awards assembly will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd.
We would like to send our congratulations to Dalton Dosko who is the recipient of the Masonic Student Award for the 2011/2012 school year. This award focuses on academic excellence, student leadership, and character traits. The award presentation is Friday, April 27th at 6:30, Kenai High School. Again, congratulations to Dalton and his family. Way to go!
It's time for our annual aluminum can drive! Students that bring in 5lbs of crushed aluminum cans on April 19th or 20th get to choose their end-of-the-year mini-course activities first. Please have your student bring in their bags of cans to the back of the school and drop them off at the loading dock with their name on the bags. If you don't have a student at KMS, and would like to donate cans, we would all donations, also! Thanks again!
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.
Congratulations to the following student for having their work in the District's Art show at the Kenai Art Guild:
Alex Mckinstry, Fionna Heath, Eden Deatherage, Amber Arbelovsky, Alexis Baker, Rebecca Miller, Mariah Graham, Molly Meyers, Max Dye, and Nathaniel Hunt. The art show is open to the public from 5:30-8:30 starting this Thursday. Again - congratulations everyone for a job well done!
Dates To Remember:
* 4/9      SBA Make Up Tests
* 4/10     8th Grade Science SBA, Mt. View Students @ KMS 9:00-11:45am
* 4/11     Mt. View Students @ KMS 9:00-11:45am
* 4/12     Kaleidoscope, K-Beach, Soldotna Montessori Students @ KMS 11:20-1:50pm; Open House 5:30-8:00pm; Spring Pictures
* 4/13     Track @ KMS - 3:00pm
* 4/16     6th Grade Soccer Begins
* 4/17     Site Council 5pm; Freshman Orientation @ KCHS 6pm
* 4/18     Volunteer Luncheon 12:30-1:30
* 4/19     Track @ SMS - 3:00pm; Can Collection
* 4/20    Snow Day Make up; Can Collection
*  4/24    Mass Choir @ KCHS
*  4/26    Spring Band Concert @ KCHS 7pm
*  4/28    Track @ Nikiski - 3:00pm
*  4/30    Mass Band
Congratulations to the following students for being on the 3rd quarter 2012 honor roll at KMS.
*  4.0 -- 6th Grade:  Dareena Doyle, Brenna Eubank, Madison Fischer, Kathryn Gallagher, Lauren Hall, Devynn Heath, Emilie Hopkinson, Jakeb O'Brien, Hannah Wells
7th Grade: Caleigh Jensen, Eric Kempf, Cierra King, Emily Koziczkowski, Kyrsten Maxon, Thera Mullet, Mikaela Pitsch, Taylor Shelden, Drake Thomas
8th Grade: David Beck, Brett Brown, Jacey Ross, Mikaela Salzetti, Allison Steinbeck
* 3.5 -- 6th Grade:  Kyle Bauter, Ithaca Bergholtz, Dakota Burgess-Black, Samantha Dutcher, Brittany Gilman, Leah Johnson, Savannah Jones, Brandon Marcano, David Parazoo, Mayzie Potton, Tekaiya Rich, Shay Stiers, Zackery Tuttle
7th Grade:  Maiya Anderson, Abigail Beck, Savannah Boze, Madison Chanley, Marybethany Coghill, Cy Dull, Maxwell Dye, Shannon Esteban, Whitney Esteban, Ross Hanson, Fionna Heath, Dawson Hendrickson, Avery Hieber,  Cassidy Holmes, Mackenzie Lindeman, Kassandra Lindsley, Rebecca Miller, Kelsey Pisa, Baylee Roberts, Makenzi Sandahl, Stefani Schindler, Jessica Segura, Lara Suscha, Julianne Wilson, Mara Youngren-Brown, Kelcei Zoda, Matthew Zorbas
8th Grade: Lucienne Anderson, Ean Atchley, Alexis Baker, Abraham Bartlett, Moriah Bisset, Logan Boyle, Ashley  Burcham, Marie Chipman, Dalton Dosko, Samantha Ellis, Logan Everitt, Sarah Every, Amber Hamar, Emily Hamilton, Coral Holmes, Connor Jensen, Connor Jones, Taylor Kenney, Ty Kenney, Zachary Koziczkowski, Tiffany Long, Alexandra McKinstry, Kylie Morse, Alyssa Nacca, Johnathan Nash, Keenan Orth, Drew Peterson, Ashley Segura, Courtney Shipps, McKinley Sorhus, Victoria Stigall, Michael Tilly, Teatona Ward, Sydnee Wyckoff
*  3.0 -- 6th Grade:  Darcy Blume, Emma Carr, Mae'jon Cawyer, Addison Gibson, Jian Hayes, Sydney Helms, Seth Kruse, Maria Maes, Elizabeth Meyer, Kindle Williams, Whitney Wortham
7th Grade: Andrew Agosti, Nicholas Beeson, Sierra Brooks, Benelli Bystedt, Chase Chenault, Joslynn Chipman, Lara Creighton, Korrie Diehl, Jared Duck, Cynthia Ellis, Madeline George, Jaycob Goff, Emily Halstead, Tristan Landry, Melanie Lee, Brenna McConnell, Blossom McGahan, Patrick Michels, Samantha Morse, Cedrick O'Rourke, Jonathan Parazoo, Elsa Prince, Phillip Rhodes, Abigail Short, Chase Stephens, Abigayle Tuttle, Tyler Wait, Lindsey Wallace, Ellen Weaver, Lindsey Weber
8th Grade:  Amber Arbelovsky, Cody Arbelovsky, Christian Arroyo, Joseph Brighton, Carlos Caballero, Tacy Caldwell, Kindle Cornett, Eden Deatherage, Quincy Fuller, Joseph Gabriel, Daniel Garber, Marissa Goode, Christopher Hamilton, Lisa Hinchman, Conner Johnson, Kanzetta Johnson, Maliko Kaona, Andrea Krol, Kerri Leavitt, Draiden McMinn, Sierra Morton, Morgan Patterson, Kylee Renken, Destiny Schmidt, Dakota Streiff, Marshall Vest, Kayla White, Preston Williams
Mountain View Elementary
Fifth grade students will be going to visit Kenai Middle School on Tuesday & Wednesday, April 10 & 11 from 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM.  Kenai Middle School has invited all incoming 6th grade students and their parents to a Parent Orientation/Activity Night on Thursday, April 12.  There will be a barbeque from 5:30 PM- 6:00 PM, a parent orientation from 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM in the Library, and a classroom visitation from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  
Spring pictures will be taken on Monday, April 16.  Every student will be photographed and photos will be sent home at a later date.  If you choose not to purchase the photos you may return them to school.
There will be a PTA meeting on Monday, April 16 at 4:00 PM in the Library.
Applications are available for the 2012-2013 Mountain View Pre-K Program.
Screenings will be held at the Kenai Cultural Center on April 20. In order to be considered, a child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2012 and have a completed application returned to Mountain View Elementary. Screenings will be scheduled when applications are brought back to the school. For information please call 283-8600.
The Kindergarten concert is scheduled for Friday, April 27 at 2:15 PM in the gym at Mountain View.
Nikiski Middle-High
*  Tuesday, April 10 - High School Soccer @ the Dome vs. Houston. Girls Varsity - 11:00 a.m. Boys Varsity - 12:30 p.m.
*  Friday,  April 13 & Saturday, April 14 - High School Track @ the Dome - Big C Relays
*  Friday,  April 13 - Middle School Track @ Kenai Middle Invite
*  Friday,  April 20 - Please note this calendar change.  Nikiski Middle High School will have school this day!  It is our make - up day.
*  Saturday, April 21 - Prom @ Kenai Senior Center.  The dance will run from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.  Cost for the dance is $25 a person or $45 a couple.  Tickets go on sale at the Nikiski Middle High School Office.
*  Monday, May 21 - Graduation

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Congratulations to the following students for being chosen Character Counts! Students of the Month for March:  Alyssa Nunley, McKenna Leighton, Cecily Quiner, Victoria Elliott, Matthew Barndt, Caitlyn Burdick, Lucas Geertz, Olivia Easley, Shylea Freeman, Linnaea Dohse, Hannah Young, Sydney Junkert, Sabre Christoffersen, Blaec Beale, Society Spurgeon, Elijah Burdick-Stuart, Shelby Edgar and Lorenza Elliott.  These students will be treated to a pizza lunch with Principal Callahan on Friday, April 13th.
The Fourth Graders will be taking the SBA Science test on Tuesday, April 10th.  Please make sure your child is well rested, has a good breakfast and arrives at school on time.
Wednesday, April 11th is the date set for our annual Spring pictures.  Sibling pictures will be at 3:30 pm.  For more information, please call the school at 776-2600.
We will have a 3rd quarter awards assembly on Friday, April 13th in the gym.
Many NNS students participated with 1.57 million students from around the globe in the World Education Games 2012 during the week before Spring Break.  For World Spelling Day, the top student at NNS was Kelsey Clark with 704 correctly spelled words!  Jaylen Uhls took 2nd place and Garrett Ellis took 3rd.  For World Science Day, the top student at NNS was Thomas Halliday with 426 correct answer points!  Garrett Ellis came in 2nd with Dustin Mullins taking 3rd place.
Congratulations to Tika Zimmerman who took 2nd place for her photo in the State IditaContest.  She entered the Alaska Life Photo category with her photo entitled "Explosion".

Redoubt Elementary
PTA meets tomorrow, April 10, at 5:00 PM. Complimentary childcare will be available.
Site Council meets Wednesday, April 11, at 3:30 PM.
Fun Fest is Friday, April 13, from 3:30 - 5:00. Students are encouraged to return their permission slips and $4 early and no later than Friday morning.  
Anna Aley was chosen as Redoubt's Masonic Student of the Year. Other students nominated were Kellie Arthur, Katrina Bearup, Anthony Carrasco, Kiernan Escott,
Jay Frost, Grace Graham, Chloe Newby, John-Mark Pothast, Andrea Rodriguez, and Ella Stenga.
The third grade Scentsy products fundraiser ends today. Proceeds will be used for the 3rd grade Alaska Sealife Center field trip. Products can be ordered from any 3rd grader or 3rd grade teacher, or by contacting Melanie Leete at 260-6955 or 394-0675.
Mrs. Caston's kindergarten class needs 500 empty, clean milk jugs (with lids) for a class project. Donations will be greatly appreciated.
In recognition of the school's many wonderful volunteers, the school will be celebrating
Volunteer Appreciation Week April 16 - 19.  
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 September 1, 2012 and live in the Redoubt attendance area. Parents who apply will be contacted this spring to schedule an initial assessment for the program. There will be no school on Friday, April 20, a vacation day for students.

Skyview High
Prom will be Saturday, April 21 from 8-11 pm in the commons.  Cost is $35.00 per person.  Tickets go on sale at lunch, beginning April 12.  Promenade will begin at 7 pm in the gym.  Cost is $2.00 at the door.  Prom guest sign-up forms are due to Mr. Cotton by the end of the school day on April 17.  
Academic and Senior Awards Night will take place Wednesday, May 9, from 7:00-8:00 pm in the commons.  Seniors wishing to be included in the awards night presentations must submit their scholarship information to Mrs. Madden by Friday, May 4.
Check out Skyview's blog at for calendars, sports information, announcements, newsletters and other school happenings.

Soldotna Elementary
The warmer weather and sunshine have Soldotna Elementary buzzing with excitement.
Congratulations to Emily Pieh!  She was chosen as the 2012 Soldotna Elementary Outstanding Student.  Each year the Masons ask the staff to recognize students who exhibit qualities in leadership, citizenship, caring, academic achievement and activity participation.  Sixth grade students who were nominated for the award are: Brandon Crowder, Korie Gilmore, Gage Hankins, Kealey Hendricks, Ryker King, Tyla Moorleghan, Emily Pieh, Caley Presley, Ricci Sackett, Brooke Tapia, Kevin Tautfest and Michayl Wilshusen.  Congratulations to all thenominees.
State SBA testing for grades 3-6 will take place April 3, 4 & 5.  Please help your students to do their best during testing week by seeing that they have a nutritious breakfast, a restful night's sleep, and an extra hug!  Please have students arrive at school on time ready for the day.
The kindergartners have been working hard on their upcoming music program.  Mrs. Vasilie's class will be performing in the music room at 12:30pm, and Mrs. Evenson's class will perform at 1:00pm.  Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the music!
Calling all 2012-2013 kindergartners!  Please register all incoming kindergartners that turn 5 years old by Sept. 1 at the school office.  Parents need to bring in a birth certificate and up-to-date immunization records for their child.  Kindergarten round-up will be Friday, April 6 at 2:15pm for all registered kindergartners.
Congratulations to the following students for receiving the most Reading Counts points in their classes last week: Wyatt Stout, Landri Johnson, P.J. Grimard, Josh Pieh, Ryann Cannava, Joseph McLeod, and Rachel Davidson.
Paige Hammerle was the winner of last week's box top drawing.  Way to go Paige!
Yearbook order forms went home and should be returned to the office as soon as possible.  The cost is $20.00 each.
The PTA meeting will be Thursday, April 5th at 3:45pm in the library.  Childcare is provided; all are welcome!      

Soldotna High
The Soldotna High School Child Development Course will be having a free daycare.  Children must be potty trained and age 2-5.  Child Development students will plan activities, crafts, games, snacks, and mentor children.  The daycare will run 5/10 and 5/11, 2012 from 12:15-2:15.  Parents must pre-enroll their children.  Please contact for more info.
Soldotna High School would like to welcome the following Coaches to our SOHI staff for 2012-13:  
Lucas Peterson -- Head Swim Coach
Soldotna High School Alaskan State Championship swimmer, swam for the University of Minnesota (Division I) and received a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry
Jeannie Young -- Soldotna High School Dance Coach
Soldotna High School Star Dance Team member, received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho, Moscow with a B.S. in Theatre Arts and a minor in Dance
Jennifer Rosin and Sue Stein -- Co-Coaches for Football Cheerleading, both Coaches have been SOHI Head Football Cheerleading Coaches in past years, Coach of the Year honors, NFHS, AACA and NCSSE certification, ASAA March Madness Alaska State Cheerleading Competition Coordinator
Please help us in welcoming our newest Stars.
All students 9th-12th are invited to participate in the 2nd annual Alaska Construction Career Day for Kenai Peninsula High School Teens on May 1st at the Soldotna Sports Center. For more information and for permission slips, please visit the counseling office.
Check the lists posted in SoHi halls to see if you have a yearbook coming.  If you want to order a yearbook, bring a check for $60 to Ms. Bartman in room 76.
Prom News for Parents:
Are you interested in seeing the prom decorations before the big dance?  Would you like priority seating for promenade to make sure you get the "good" seat you want?  Well, here's your opportunity.  The After Prom Committee is sponsoring "SNEAK A PEEK" for this year's promenade.  Tickets may be purchased for $5 a person starting April 2nd.  This will get you a tour of the prom decorations and for early seating in the auditorium before the doors are opened to the general public.  To take advantage of this you MUST arrive between 6:50 and 7:10pm.  Doors to the general public will open at 7:15pm and we cannot guarantee your seating after that.  General admission to the promenade is a suggested donation of $2 per person.  Please note:  There are only 225 tickets  available for the "Sneak a Peek".  Tickets may be purchased at the front office of Soldotna High School during 8am - 2:30pm.
Prom 2012
The junior class is once again hosting Soldotna High School's Junior/Senior Prom on April 14, in the SOHI commons.  The junior class has chosen the theme of "I Love New York" and will follow a city theme. This is a formal event and students are asked to dress accordingly.  Decorating will take place on Friday, April 13.  All junior parents and students are encouraged to come and help with decorating.  Tickets will be $25 per person for the prom, and they will go on sale beginning in early April.  Tickets MUST be purchased in advance and will not be for sale at the door.  Tickets will be for sale during lunch or are available through the office during regular school hours. Magic Moments will be on site that evening for photo sessions.  More information will be forthcoming on the price for the different packages.  
Promenade will take place in the Soldotna Auditorium starting at 7:30 pm.  Doors will open at 7:15.  All students who wish to participate in promenade must be here no later than 7:15pm. General admission to the promenade is a suggested donation of $2.00 per person to help defray the decoration costs.  If you have any questions, please contact Chris Hanson or Heather Swanson  at 260-7000.
There will also be an AFTER-PROM party held at Soldotna Middle School following prom.  Doors will lock at midnight, and the party will last until 2 am.  
Good Afternoon - this is The Parents of Juniors After Prom Committee asking for your help. We have less than 2 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!  
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!
Soldotna Middle
SMS Events this Week:
*  Monday, April 9 - Final Site Council Meeting of the 2011-2012 School Year - 4:30 pm - SMS Library
*  Monday, April 9 - Parents of 6th graders are invited to attend an informal question and answer session at 6:00pm in the Soldotna Middle School library.  This gathering is for parents who may still have questions after the Parent Night held in March.  Feel free to join us for an hour of coffee and conversation about the middle school experience hosted by the SMS administration and SMS parents.
*  Tuesday, April 10 - Science SBA Testing for all 8th Grade Students.
Reminder:  Does your student owe fees?  Look in Power School and click on Fees to see if there is an outstanding balance.  Please contact the front office at 260-2500 with questions.
Mark your calendar:  No School for Students/Staff at SMS on Friday, April 20.
Spartan Track and Field Schedule:
* Friday, April 13 - Kenai Invite @ Kenai - 3pm
* Thursday, April 19 - Soldotna Invite @ Soldotna Middle School - 3pm
* Saturday, April 28 - Nikiski Invite @ Nikiski - 10am
Soldotna Montessori
Students in first, second and third grade are combining poetry with studies about the season of Spring. Guest speakers from Poppy Lane Flowers and the Department of Fish and Game will be working with the students. Students in second and third grades are also continuing  their study of marine habitat as they prepare for their overnight trip to the Seward Sea Life Center.
Kindergarten students are continuing their study of the continent of Africa. Next week, they will finish up with Africa and travel to South America. They will be spending next Tuesday traveling as pirates across the ocean from Africa to South America.
The kindergarten classroom is looking forward to welcoming 12 new baby chicks to their classroom. Twelve un-hatched eggs are in incubation in the classroom. Students are learning about the chicks and will care for them once they are hatched.
Upper Elementary students are finalizing their preparation for their trip to New York City to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations Program. The program takes place on site at the UN Building in NYC.  Students not participating in the UN project are finalizing their studies of marine habitat and tidal zone ecology.

Tustumena Elementary
Our school has begun the process of developing a School Yard Habitat program on our property.  We will be working with Kenai Soil and Water Conservation and Fish and Wildlife to develop habitat areas that can be used by each of our classes for instruction.  If you are interested in joining us during the planning we will be meeting on April 11th at 3:45 in Mrs. Bosick's room.
While our box top challenge was a great success I know many of you will start saving these for next year.  However, I encourage you to look at the expirations and if they expire before October of 2012 please don't wait and send them in now.  We will do one more submission for these so that we don't lose their value.
In the Fall 2012, the Calendar Committee will be reviewing the 2013-14 calendar and setting up the 2014-15 and 2015-16 calendars. The committee is soliciting input from students, parents and staff prior to giving their recommendations to the Board of Education. (Note: currently approved District-wide calendars for 2012-13 and 2013-14 are located at
Our school auction is still going on.  Pictures of the items have been posted on our   Facebook page.  If you haven't done so already look us up in the groups section under Tustumena PTO.  A final item list and tickets are included with today's newsletter.
* April 12 Preschool Visitation, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will be holding a pre-school visitation on April 12th from 11:30-12:30. This will be a chance for parents and students to see the classroom and do a project with Mrs. Granger while I meet with parents to explain the program and the  selection process for next year.  Parents need to have completed an application prior to coming to the visitation.  We will only be able to accept 10 students into the program for next year so please be sure to get your application in now and let others know who may not be connected with our school yet.
* April 17 PTO Meeting
* April 18 SMS Counselor's visit 6th grade
* April 20 NO SCHOOL
* April 23 Site Council, 4pm
* April 26 Preschool Screening
* April 27 Masonic Award KCHS, 6:30


Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:06

Connections graduates move ahead