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Posted: April 16, 2012 - 9:56am

School board to meet
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148 *. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted).
For more information, call 714-8888 or visit http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/school_board.aspx?id=13414. The agenda and packet items are posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the date of the Board meeting.
Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to participate at School Board meetings should contact Sally Tachick at 907-714-8836, or e-mail stachick@kpbsd.k12.ak.us no later than three business days before the meeting date.
* May 7, 2012 (Meeting to be held at Seward High School);
* June 4, 2012;
* June 5, 2012 (Board Planning Session)
Email BoardComment@kpbsd.k12.ak.us to make a comment about any item on the current agenda (comments will be reviewed for appropriateness and length). Comments will be shared during the Board meeting by the Board president. Send a request message to stachick@kpbsd.k12.ak.us if you would like an email subscription to the School Board agendas as soon as they become available.

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 http://www.alaskacf.org/GrantOpportunities/ScholarshipListing/tabid/180/Default.aspx.
* 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 www.alaskacf.org or call 907-334-6700.

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:
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 dpearson@kpbsd.org. 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
* Preschool/K1 Visitation for prospective families will be held today at 1PM.
* 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
Connections is now enrolling for the 2012/13 school year!  Call the office at 714-8880 to make an appointment.
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 mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.
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!!
Connnections Homeschool is on Facebook, and we want to connect with you there!  Find us at "Connections Homeschool http://on.fb.me/FacebookConnectionsHomeschool.

IDEA Homeschool
Enrollment is snow available for the 2012-13 school year.  Visit our website www.ideafamilies.org for information on how IDEA can meet your educational needs or call our Red Diamond Center office at 260-7555.
The annual Curriculum Fair is here! Join us on Wednesday at the Kalifornsky Christian Center on K- Beach Road from 10am to 5pm.  Over 40 vendors from outside Alaska and our local providers will be available to visit with, view their products and participate in their learning workshops.  This year's keynote speaker is a long-term homeschool mom who will delight you with her wisdom and humour. IDEA families receive admission to the fair for free and non-IDEA families are welcome for $15.00/ person.  For more information visit our website or call the office.
IDEA families please check the calendar on the website to see all of the upcoming events for spring and summer.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The next PTA meeting will be held, Thursday, April 19th, at 4pm.  Elections results will be announced and the new Board will be seated for the 2012-2013 school year.
The 3rd- 6th grade students will be traveling by bus to the Anchorage Symphony and Museum Tuesday, April 17th. Please have your student here by 7:00 a.m. They will return to the school at 7:30 p.m.
New Parent Informational meetings will be held April 23rd at 6:00 p.m. and May 2nd at 8:00 a.m. These meetings are for all families new to Kaleidoscope this year, plus all families that have gone through our lottery, who have not yet attended a meeting. Please choose the one that works best for your schedule and plan to attend.
We will have school on April 20th to make up the snow day we had this winter. There will be many fun activities that day.  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 some medical issues right now.   
 
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
This Friday, April 20, there will be no school for K-Beach Elementary.
Welcome Artist in residence Liz Siskowic -  Focusing on Art and Writing projects with our students.  Ms. Siskowic will be here for 5 weeks.
The book fair will be open from 8:00 - 3:00, Monday - Thursday this week.  It is a buy one, get one free sale!
If you missed Kindergarten Visitation, you may still pre-register for next fall.  Your child must be 5 years old before Sept. 1 in order to register for Kindergarten.  Please stop by the office to pick up an enrollment packet.
Congratulations to Sadie Hutchings, Masonic Award winner for K-Beach Elementary School.  The Masonic Awards are this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Kenai Central High School.
 
Kenai Central High
All 8th grade students that are interested in attending Kenai Central High School next year are invited to Freshmen Night.  Freshmen Night is at 6:00 on Tuesday in the Little Theater.  
This is an excellent opportunity for incoming freshmen to learn about the activities and courses offered at KCHS.
The District Band Solos will be held at KCHS on Wednesday, April 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Auditorium.  Please stop by for a wonderful evening of music.
Congratulations to the following students for being selected as student of the month for March.
Rotary - Morgan Wensley; Chamber - Bo Reilly; Elks - Liberty Rhon; Kard-of-the-deck Shawn Fortune; Super-Staffer- Rick Frederick; Physical Science - Hannah Davis; Biology - Tom Randall; Study Skills - Mason Lloyd; Health - Travis Cooper; US History/AK Studies/Government - Jessica Ramos-Cortes; LA 10 - Kier Wilshusen; Performing Arts/Music/Choir - Selia Butler; Algebra - Dylan Carter; Lifetime Fitness 9th - Jonathon Evans; Sculpture  -  Joey (Joseph) Vicere; Welding Fabrication - Mike Lott; Study Skills - Garrett Dominick; Calculus - Bo Reilly; LA 9 - Ashley Maxson; Spanish 4 - Russell Dukowitz; AP US History -  Mackenzie Mageria
The KCHS Spring Choir Concert is Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at  7:00 PM.  The KCHS Choir will present their 41st annual Spring Concert during which they will present a large variety from pieces by Haydn to the World Premier of a new piece by Ola Gjeilo, the young Norwegian composer whose new compositions are literally sweeping the world. 'Tundra' has quickly become a KCHS favorite.  And don't miss the closer, 'The Awakening' with a 26-piece orchestra. It's could be a wow!  In addition, there will be solos by Selia Butler, Faren Calix, a duet and many more "feasts for the ears." Do come spend an evening with the KCHS Choir, Tuesday, the 17 at 7:00pm - you just might enjoy it!  Tickets are $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.  For more information contact Ms. Henderson.

Kenai Middle
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: www.treering.com; Click on the register button; Enter our school's passcode: 101283205764347. The last day to order yearbooks is tomorrow. 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.
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.
 
Mountain View Elementary
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.
Congratulations to Shanna Anderson on being Mountain View Elementary's Masonic Award nominee.
We are now accepting registrations for 2012-2013 Kindergarten students.  Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1st.  Please bring in a birth certificate and up-to-date immunization records.  Call 283-8600 for more information.
Muchas Gracias to our fabulous volunteers!  We will be having our annual volunteer luncheon on Tuesday, April 24 from 11:45 - 1:15 in the Mountain View Elementary.  Please RSVP by April 20 by calling 283-8600.
 
Nikiski Middle-High
* Monday, April 16 - Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer @ the Dome vs. Grace Christian High School.  Girls @ 11:00 a.m.  Boys @ 12:30 p.m.
* Tuesday, April 17 - Middle School Mass Choir @ Kenai Middle School - 7:00 p.m.
* Thursday, April 19 - Middle School Track @ Soldotna Middle School Invite
* Saturday, April 21 - Promenade - 6:00 pm. At the Nikiski Middle High School Auditorium.
* Saturday, April 21 - Prom @ Kenai Senior Center
Time : 8:00 p.m. - Midnight
 Cost : $25 person or $45 couple
Tickets are on sale at the school office
Congratulations to the following outstanding students who were selected as the Elks Student of the Month:
March : Syndey Spurgeon
April : Doogun Seater
Nikiski Middle High School Theater/Arts class will be presenting George M.  Performances will be April 23 and April 24 at 7:00 p.m.  Also on May 4 and May 5 @ 7:00 p.m.  George M is directed by Joe Rizzo and Choreographed by Chris Morin. Tickets available at the door.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Today is the beginning of Volunteer Appreciation Week!  There will be a volunteer appreciation tea today at 3:45 pm in the library.  We hope you can "pop in" for a great time of refreshments and entertainment so we can say thank you for everything you do for NNS.
The NNS Site Council is now accepting applications to become a member on the NNS Site Council for the 2012-2013 school year.  The purpose of the Council is to give input and guidance to the school and serves as a resource, sounding board, and core for communication between the many areas of our school.  If you are interested, contact the school for more information.
Pre-Kindergarten applications are available at the front office and online at the NNS website.  Children must be screened and be 4 years old by September 1, 2012 to determine if they qualify.  Screenings are scheduled for April 27th.  Appointments for the screenings will be made when you return your application to the NNS office.  
Hershey Track and Field Day is May 18th at Nikiski High School.  Deadline to registar is Monday, April 23rd.
Kindergarten registration and orientation will be held on Tuesday, April 24th. You may choose to attend at either 9:30 - 11:00 or 1:00 - 2:30.  If your child will be five years old by September 1st bring them along to have some fun while you enroll them at NNS.  Don't forget to bring immunization records, birth certificates, and any legal custody papers. If you have any questions, please call 776-2600 for more information.

Redoubt Elementary
There will be a kindergarten visitation for children beginning kindergarten this fall and their parents on Thursday, April 19, from 9:15 - 10:15 AM. Incoming kindergartners will visit classrooms and parents will attend a get-acquainted meeting in the library. Current kindergartners will start school late that day at 11:00 AM.   
In recognition of the school's many wonderful volunteers, the school will be celebrating
Volunteer Appreciation Week this week.  
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.
Mrs. Caston's kindergarten class needs 500 empty, clean milk jugs (with lids) for a class project. Donations will be greatly appreciated.

Skyview High
April Rotary Students of the Month will be treated to a pizza lunch Wednesday, provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club.  Congratulations to Savannah Anchinges, Walter Baxter, Trace Braxling, Carlos Casares, Matt Davis, Elissia Dobbs, Taylor Kisbaugh, Cheyanne Laber, Sarah Pearson, Jesse Scott, Michael Tucker, and Dylan Webb.
Prom is Saturday from 8-11 pm in the commons, with Promenade beginning in the gym at 7 pm.  The cost of Prom is $35.00 per person and tickets are on sale during lunch.  Promenade admission 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 http://skyviewhighschool.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us for calendars, sports information, announcements, newsletters and other school happenings.

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, snacks, and mentor children.  The daycare will run 5/10 and 5/11 from 12:15-2:15.  Parents must pre-enroll their children.  Please contact mbos@kpbsd.k12.ak.us for more info or fill out the attached enrollment form.  Space is limited.
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.
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!
http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=128

Soldotna Middle
Congratulations to the Students of the Month for March!
Language Arts - Sheila Barbour;  Reading - Issac Estes, Krista Cornelius;  Science - Caitlan Gibbons, Kianna Steadman;  Algebra - Emily Boone;  Math - Jayce Kemp, Harlin Perkovich, Isaac Estes, Destiny Ortmann, Carmen Kelly, Skyler Williamson;  Math Study Skills - Dalton Antila, Kylee Pollard;  Study Skills - Richard Topp, Hunter Johnson, Savanah Hutchens;  Health - Olivia Hutchings;  Physical Education - Stephanie Dolan, Bonnie Dile, Felipe Hernandez;  Construction - Claire McElroy, Bryanna Beyer;  Exploratory Shop - Mathphia McEntire, Kaelyn Birch;  Woods 1 - Karissa Bussdieker;  Woods 2 - Russell Yurcina;  Jobs - Mathphia McEntire;  Spanish I - Wade Rosin, Madison Willets;  Spanish II - Michaelah Stramecky;  Band - Kianna Steadman, Brandon McCormick;  Choir - Shayla Hardcastle, Rachel Thomas;  Drumline - Hunter Emery;  Yearbook - Jackson Larson;  Robotics - Caitlan Gibbons;  Business and Information - Jayvan Blackwell, Annie Quinn;  Explorations - Terence Slats;  Photo 1 - Maija Albertson;  Homeroom - Tyler Covey, Amber McDonald.
SBA Testing is complete.  Great job to all students and staff!
No School at SMS on Friday, April 20.
Last Fortnightly for this school year is scheduled for Friday, April 27 from 6 - 8 pm.  
Spartan Track and Field Schedule:
*  Thursday, April 19, 2012 - Soldotna Invite @ Soldotna Middle School - 3pm
 
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
We are beginning the ordering of yearbooks.  The only way to assure that your child is able to get a memory book is by ordering now.  There may be a few extras but when we have them they sell out quickly.  The deadline for orders is April 16th so don't delay.
Each year we have many volunteers that contribute hundreds of hours to help our school.  We will be recognizing those people on Thursday April 19th with an appreciation celebration.  If you are one of those many people please mark your calendar and plan on attending at 3:50 in the multi-purpose room so that we may have the opportunity to say thank you.
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 next Wednesday 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 next year please don't wait, send them in now.  We will do one more submission for these so that we don't lose their value.
April 12 Preschool Visitation, 11:30-12:30 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.
Upcoming events:
*  April 17 PTO Meeting
*  April 18 SMS Counselor's visit 6th grade
*  April 19 Volunteer Appreciation Tea, 3:50pm
*  April 20 NO SCHOOL

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