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Posted: April 30, 2012 - 9:16am

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.

Builders accepting scholarship applications
The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarship. Up to three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Scholarships are available to 2012 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District graduates, including private and home-schooled students. Applicants must plan to attend school within the state of Alaska, and be pursuing a building-related career. Applications are available from any high school guidance counselors’ office, on the KPBSD website, and on the KPBA website (www.kenaipeninsulabuilders.com). Application deadline is May 1. For more information, please call the KPBA at 283-8071, or visit the Builders Booth at the Home Show.

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

Workforce Development Center
There will be a Summer Welding Academy at Skyview High School. Dates and times TBA. Students will be constructing a 20-foot aluminum car hauler trailer. This academy is available for all local high school students and is free. If a student successfully completes the 60-hour academy they will 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 Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, The Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development and The Alaska Youth First Program.

IDEA Homeschool
IDEA is accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. Visit our website at www.ideafamilies.org to find out how IDEA can meet your needs for homeschool support, supplies and socialization or call us at 260-7555. Our Resource Center is located in the Red Diamond Center on K- Beach Road.
Families who signed up to participate in the Seward Sea-Life Center overnight remember to bring your sleeping pads and sleeping bags. Learning activities at the Sea-Life Center begin at 5pm so plant to arrive by 4:45pm in Seward.
Start planning now for the family track practice at Skyview on May 10th. Families we will practice the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, the 400 meter dash, the 800 meter dash and the running broad jump. Wear your track shoes and meet at the track at 4pm.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The PTA announced the results of the Board elections at their April meeting. Congratulations to Kaarin Johnson, the new Vice President, and Jamie Larsen, the new Treasurer. The PTA is still in need of a President and Secretary for the 2012-2013 school year. If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact the PTA at ksaspta@gmail.com. The PTA will hold an End of the Year BBQ on May 18th at 6:00 p.m. Families with the last name beginning in A-L please bring a side dish and M-Z bring a dessert
The last New Parent Informational meeting scheduled for this year will be held 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.
 The 5th and 6th grade Spring Concert will be held Tuesday night, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the KCHS auditorium. The students will be bused over to KCHS in the morning for dress rehearsal. They will leave at 9:30 a.m. and return to the school at 11:30 a.m.
Kindergarten visitation and New Student registration will be held April 30th through May 4th. All students who are new to the district will need to bring in a birth certificate and shot record. For more information please contact the office at 283-0804.
The APC will hold their last APC meeting for this school year on May 7th at 4:00 p.m. in the school library. Parents are welcome to attend. This will be the first meeting with the new APC Board. We would like to give a big Thank You to Sam Satathite for his 4 years of service as a Parent Representative on the APC Board.
 Students riding their bikes or walking to school must have a note on file or a phone call to the office saying that they have permission to walk or ride. Students will not be allowed to ride their bike home if they do not have a helmet.
Upcoming Dates
May 7 — Band Concert - 6:00 p.m.
May 8 — Band Assembly - 9:15 a.m.
May 11 — Spirit Day – Dress up for Beach Day (we are not actually going to the beach!)

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The Kenai Animal Shelter is in need of: heavy duty rubber toys (such as Kong brand), puppy chow kibble (dry), and new puppy collars. Our student council will be collecting donations for them. Please bring your items to room 17 between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. Donations will be accepted through May 1.
K-Beach Band Night – Monday, May 7 at 6:30 PM in the K-Beach Gym featuring the K-Beach bands. Players from the Skyview Band will also perform pieces. There will be a dessert reception following. The performance is free and everyone is invited
Thursday May 10 - Fine Arts Night – Art showcase – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday May 16 – RIGGS assembly – 1:30 p.m.
If you missed Kindergarten Visitation, it is not too late to pre-register for next fall. Please stop by the office and sign up.

Kenai Central High School
Seniors, you are in your final month of high school. As you are preparing to graduate, there are a couple of events this week that you need to remember. On Tuesday during advisory, the senior class will be taking its senior picture in the gym. If you are unscheduled in the morning, please remember to attend advisory at 9:30, so that you will be included in the senior picture. For more information please contact Kelly Reilly or Mr. Carr.
Student council has begun making the senior slideshow. If you have any pictures that you would like to have included in the graduation slideshow, please give those pictures to Ms. Waggoner.
On May, 1, the National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive that is open to the community. If you would like to donate blood, please make arrangements to stop by KCHS or contact Mrs. Bergholtz for more information.
The Drama Club would like to recognize the following students for their outstanding dedication and performances this year: Liberty Rohn, Kiara-Lynn Smith, Melanie Wortham, Stephanie Sholley, Brad Hamilton, Makai-Lynn Smith.
The staff and students at KCHS would like to thank all of the business and community members that donated their time resources to the Vienna Fundraiser last Saturday. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated.
This Week’s Events
Monday — Baseball vs. SoHi at 4:00 and 6:00
Wednesday — Softball vs. Homer 4:00 and 6:00
Friday — Soccer vs. Wasilla 4:00 and 6:00; Softball vs. Service at 5:00
Saturday — Soccer vs. Ketchikan at 10:00 and 12:00; Softball vs. South 12:00 and 2:00; Track Boroughs at Skyview

Kenai Middle School
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.
The KMS Future Problem Solving teams rocked the house at the State FPS Bowl. Our junior team of Ithaca Bergholtz, Brenna Eubank, Madison Fischer, and Brittany Gilman won first place in the junior presentation competition. Our middle team of Emily Kozcizkowski, Mikaela Pitsch, Drake Thomas and Mara Youngren-Brown placed second in the middle presentation competition. The champions of the night were Lucie Anderson, David Beck, Logan Boyle, and Mikaela Salzetti who won first place in the middle presentation competition and first place in the team booklet competition. By winning the team booklet competition this team will travel to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in June to compete in the International FPS competition. Congratulations to all our teams!
If you have a student that you would like to pre-register for next year that is currently attending another school, other than Mt. View and KMS, please call our office to get the appropriate paper work started: 283-1700.
Dates To Remember:
Today — Track Meet at SMS 3:00pm
Tuesday — Mass Band, Homer
Thursday — Choir Concert 7 pm at KCHS
Friday — Borough Track Meet at Skyview; Girls 7th and 8th Grade Swim
Saturday — Borough Track Meet at Skyview
May 7 — Bear Safety Speaker
May 9 — 7th Grade Field Trip – Clamming
May 11 — Dance 6th, 7th, 8th Grades 6-8pm; Boys 7th and 8th Grade Swim

Mountain View Elementary
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.
Second grade field day is Monday, May 7th.
Kindergarten field day is Tuesday, May 8th.
First grade field day is Wednesday, May 9th.
Attention all K -2nd graders mark your calendars, it is Bike Rodeo time!
Thursday, May 17th will be Bicycle Safety Instruction. Our Kenai Police Department will send an officer to teach and instruct students on Safe Bicycle Tips. Friday, May 18th bring your bicycle and helmet to school and ride the obstacle course. You will be able to have your bicycle checked and registered with a sticker. Outgrown or don’t have a helmet? No worries, helmets can be purchased for $5.00 and will be personally fitted for your student thanks to Safe Kids through Central Peninsula General Hospital. Get ready for fun!

Nikiski Middle-High
Tuesday is 5th Grade Step-up Day/Night at NMHS. The 5th graders will be picked up from NNS at approximately 9:30 for an arrival of 9:45-9:50. Students will meet in the auditorium where a small contingent of folks will meet and greet them. They will then go on a 10-15 minute tour with our 6th grade ambassadors around to the different areas where 6th graders are either currently taking classes or will be next year. They will have lunch with our 6th grade group beginning at 10:20 and then load back on the bus at 10:45 to return to NNS.
That evening, beginning at 6 PM, we will have our annual step-up night for parents and students in our library. Each teacher there that has a hand in the 6th grade will have the opportunity to speak to the parents as well as go over some of the changes for the incoming 6th graders for next year. We will have refreshments (coffee, cookies, juice drink) and should hold it to about an hour.
The Nikiski Middle High School Drama/Music department presents “George M!” Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets on sale at the door. $5.00 – Students. $10.00 – Adults.
There will be a ‘Buy One, Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair’ in the Library the week of April 30th – May 4th. It will be open before school, at all lunches and right after school.
On May 23, there wqill be a Relay for Life at Nikiski High School. For more information call Nora Ribbens at 776-9400.
Congratulations to the Elk’s student of the month from Nikiski High School for the month of April, Dylan Holloway.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Tuesday, May 1st will be Step Up Day for our 5th graders. They will be going to visit NMHS at 9:45 am for an orientation with their school and teachers for next year. We encourage parents and students of next year’s 6th grade class to attend the meeting at the middle/high school that same evening at 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Please call the office at 776-2600 for more information.
Parent input forms for student classroom placement are available at the office. This form is due back to the school office by Friday, May 11th. This is your opportunity as a parent to give input into this process. Students will be placed over the summer after a thorough process that starts with input from you. We appreciate any and all information you can give us. Your child’s current teacher will be very involved in placing your child once we have an idea of what next year will look like. If you have any special concerns, please speak with Ms. Callahan before May 11th.
The Hershey Track and Field Meet is Friday, May 18th at Nikiski Middle High School. Volunteers are needed and if you can help out in any way, please call Tammy at 776-8800.
 
Redoubt Elementary School
Parents are invited to provide input into their child’s classroom placement for the coming school year by completing the form available at the school office and on the school website. Forms are due by May 4.
The Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair will take place April 30 and May 1. Students will have an opportunity to shop during their regular library time.
Redoubt band students will perform on Tuesday, May 1, 6 - 7 PM, in the gym.
A parenting workshop, Bully-proofing your Child through Conflict Resolution Skills, is being offered by Lisa Schmitter, school guidance counselor, on May 3, 6 – 8 PM, in the school library. The workshop is free and childcare will be provided.
Redoubt 4th – 6th graders will present their spring musical, Camp Grizzly, on May 10, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, at the Soldotna High School auditorium.
2012-13 Title I Pre-Kindergarten Program applications are available at the school office and website. Pre-kindergartners must be 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.
Mrs. Caston’s kindergarten class needs 500 empty, clean milk jugs (with lids) for a class project. Donations will be greatly appreciated.
Redoubt PTA is looking for volunteers interested in running for office for the upcoming school year. Positions include president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Elections will take place at the May 8 general membership meeting. For more information or to add your name to the list of candidates running for office, please contact Barb Belluomini at 252-5728.
Mrs. Goldstein is retiring this year after 30 years of teaching. The school is hosting a reception for her in the school library on Tuesday, May 15, from 4 – 5:30 PM. The community is invited to stop by and wish her well. Children attending must be accompanied by a parent.

Skyview High
Soccer hosts Hutchison today, beginning at 3:30 pm.
This year’s Talent Show is Wednesday at 6 pm in the commons. Both visual arts and performing arts will be featured. The public is welcome to attend. Admission is $3 at the door.
Incoming freshmen will visit Thursday morning. If your eighth grade student is planning to attend Skyview next year and has not pre-registered, call 260-2300 for more information so he/she can be included in the activities.
Thursday is a Super Activity/Club Day and involves some schedule changes. There will be no 7th period class, so the schedule will be periods 1, 2, Clubs, 4, lunch, 5 and 6. Students, please plan accordingly.
Soccer hosts Ketchikan Thursday, beginning at 4 pm.
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.
Kenai Central will host the Borough track meet at Skyview Friday and Saturday, May 4-5.
Check out Skyview’s blog at http://skyviewhighschool.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us for calendars, sports information, announcements, newsletters and other school happenings.

The Study
The Study is offering 2 summer school sessions and two kindergarten prep sessions starting in June. The Study welcomes Irma Peterson and Fabi Peck to our group of teachers. Madee Knowlton and Keegan DeLon receive the Prestigious Piano award.  Gracie and Colton Rankin and Abby Hill mastered multiplication. Lucas Standifer is awarded outstanding reader.  Celebrate mothers by attending a Mother’s Day Workshop on May 12th from 12-2. Join The Study for National Lemonade Day on May 12th. The stand will open from 11:30-3:30. Check out the web for our Spanish and Algebra classes this summer! www.thestudysoldotna.com

Soldotna Elementary
Warmer weather and sunshine have created an atmosphere of excitement at Soldotna Elementary. Summer vacation is on the horizon but there are still many happenings here at school.
Congratulations to the following students for receiving the most Reading Counts points in their classes last week: Chloe Cullen, Tyler Hoagland, Taryn Lathrop, Tytus Gilbert, Courtney Coates, Olivia Davis, Marc Billings, Hunter Crosby and Garret Moore. New winners will be announced every week until May, which is when the Grand Prize winner will be announced. Keep up the good work readers!
Site council will be meeting on Tuesday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. in the conference room. The PTA meeting will be held on Thursday, May 10th at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Childcare is provided; all are welcome!
Please be sure to stop by the lost and found. All items left at the end of the year will be donated to charity. The physical education department gladly accepts gently used gym shoes that your child may have outgrown.
The 5th/6th Grade Band Concert will by Thursday, May 10th at 6pm in the gym. Please come and enjoy the music!
Congratulations to Ashton Stonecipher, the winner of last week’s box top drawing!

Soldotna High
Student Council is starting elections for both Student Body Executive Board and Class Officers. Elections will be take place the week of May 7-11. The students of the class of 2016 (incoming freshmen) will be visiting Soldotna High School on the morning of May 3 from 7:45 – 10:00am. There will be an assembly schedule on May 10 for yearbook distribution at the end of the day.
The Yearbook distribution assembly will be on Thursday, May 10 from 2-2:30 in the commons. Those who pre-ordered their book will go to their grade level table to pick up their book on that day. Be ahead of the game and pre-order yours now in room 76 for $60. Check the sales lists posted in the halls to see if you have a book coming. Only a limited supply will be available at the sales table that day for $65.
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 <mailto: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 School
Tuesday — Mass Band Festival, Homer High School Auditorium, 6 p.m. This festival features students from all around the District. SMS will have 75 students participating. Admission is $4 adults, $3 students, $10 family.
Thursday — 8th Grade Visitation to High Schools. 8th Grade students do not come to SMS on this morning. Instead, they go directly to their enrolled High School for next year (SoHi or Skyview) by their bus or parent. Please contact the school at 260-2500 if you have any questions.
Friday — 6th Grade Visitation at SMS, 9:45-11:00 a.m.
Final week of the Track and Field Season!
Today — Soldotna Invite at Soldotna, 2:30 p.m.
Friday — Borough Meet at Skyview, 12:30 p.m. Field Events / 4 p.m. Running Events
Saturday — Borough Meet at Skyview , Noon Running Finals
All library materials/books for the 2011-2012 school year are due on May 16. Please contact Ms. Laber in the SMS Library with any questions regarding lost or missing materials.

Tustumena Elementary
Pull out your calendars and mark them for May 1st. That evening at 6:29 we will have our Spring Band concert and talent show. Also that evening we will complete our auction and declare the winners of each item. If you haven’t bought your tickets for the auction yet don’t wait any longer, send them in now. Another set of tickets and an item list are again attached to the newsletter.
A celebration was held to acknowledge the many volunteers that help in our school. It is hard to put into words what an impact these volunteers make every day but it is also hard to imagine all of the things we couldn’t do without them. To all of our volunteers THANK YOU from a grateful staff. For those who were not able to attend we are sorry to have missed you but please know how much you are appreciated.
Next Monday begins the library book fair. This will run for the next 2 weeks. It is a great time to stock up on summer reading materials and support the library. Classes will have a chance to visit during the school day, and the library will be open on Tuesday May 1st during our spring band concert so that would be a great time to visit. Come a little early or stay late and check it out.
May 3 — Pre-Registered Kindergarten students visit
May 4 — 6th Grade visits SMS
May 7 —Site Council, 4pm
May 8 — Salmon Celebration
May 15 — PTO Meeting, 4pm
May 15, 16, 18 — Lynx Track to Nikiski Pool

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