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
    * 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 .
    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.

Connections Homeschool
    Connections is now enrolling for the 2012/13 school year! Call the office at 714-8880 to make an appointment.
    Graduation will be held Thursday, May 24 at 4 p.m. at Sohi Auditorium.
    Second semester grade reports are due no later than Wednesday, May 23.
Connnections Homeschool is on Facebook, and we want to connect with you there! Find us at “Connections Homeschool

Cook Inlet Academy
    Tuesday is the 2012 National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Academia! is our annual high school awards night to honor our outstanding 2011-2012 scholars. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. We will have a short intermission at 6:45 p.m. for cookies and fellowship, followed by special presentations, outstanding student awards and scholarship presentations. This evening is required for all high school students, as well as for junior highers who are already in, or who are being inducted into NJHS. This is the first time we will be formally introducing our Class of 2012! This will be a semi-formal affair and we ask everyone to dress accordingly.
    You won’t want to miss this special night! Invite your family and friends! We encourage you to bring your upper elementary and Jr. high students to this very special occasion; seeing older students being honored for their outstanding academic accomplishments can spur these younger students on to making a decision to strive for these same honors.
    It’s a great way to start the conversation with your youngsters about setting high standards for themselves academically. We would ask each of you to bring a plate of cookies to share during intermission. If you have questions, please call Jill Leiter at 262-5101.
Thursday is the 5th & 6th Grade Swanson River Trip. Parents are encouraged to attend to help foster confidence, teamwork and courage.
    Friday is the last day of Sequel. Please check your Sycamore account to take care of any unpaid balances prior to May 12.
    Friday is the Pre-School Graduation at 6:30 p.m. Please invite family and friends to help congratulate your little ones who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall.
We will be celebrating Graduation on May 13 at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium. Please invite family and friends, and join us as we honor the amazing young men and women in the     Class of 2012!
    May 15 is a half day for Teacher In Service, so they can wrap up end of school year items.
    May 16 is the last day of School and Awards Chapel. Bring your family and friends to help celebrate. School will be dismissed immediately after chapel.  
    We have lost and found items on tables in the Commons area. Please check for items your children may have lost! There are many items. Whatever is left after chapel on May 16 will go to the Salvation Army.
    If you pay our Matriculation Fee before May 16 for the 2012-2013 school year and you fill out the background check form for driver’s and volunteers, you will receive a $25 per student discount.

IDEA Homeschool
    IDEA is accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. Visit our website at 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.
    Start planning now for the family track practice at Skyview on May 10. 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 4 p.m.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
    The APC will hold their last APC meeting for this school year today, May 7 at 4 p.m. in the school library. Parents are welcome to attend.
    The 5th and 6th grade band concert will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the Kaleidoscope gym. There will be a band assembly Tuesday, May 8 at 9:15 a.m. for students and anyone that may have missed the concert.
    There will be a Retirement Celebration for Mr. and Mrs. Knudsen on May 15 at 4:15 p.m. in the school library. Please plan to come and help us celebrate their years of dedication to students!
    The PTA will hold their next meeting on May 17 at 4 p.m. They are still looking for a President and Secretary for next school year. If this is something you might be interested in please contact Jaime Maly at The PTA will hold an End of the Year BBQ on May 18 at 6 p.m. Families with the last name beginning in A-L, please bring a side dish and M-Z bring a dessert.
Upcoming Events
    May 9th- Nurse’s Day
    May 11- Spirit day (Dress up for the Beach)
    May 22- Bike Rodeo-Contact nurse MaryLou if you are available to help!

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
    Monday May 7 — K-Beach Band Night, 6:30 p.m. 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.
    Thursday May 17 — 6th Grade Continuation Ceremony, 6 p.m. in the K-Beach gym.
    We would like to thank Ms. Michelle from KNWR for helping our students celebrate Earth Day.
    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
    KCHS Choir’s 40th Annual ‘Pop’s Concert’ is this Tuesday at 6 p.m. Plan on attending Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. and enjoy KCHS Choir students at their best — singing their favorite popular songs.
    KCHS Concert Band, KCHS Jazz Band, State Ensembles, & POPS Band is having its Spring Pops Concert this Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. If you have any questions about the concert you can contact Debbie Sounart at 283-2124.
    Thursday, KCHS will be on an activity schedule with an assembly at the end of the day. The assembly will be to recognize our soccer, baseball, softball, and track athletes.
Home Activities for the Week
Monday, May 7
Boys/Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Homer 4 and 6 p.m.
Baseball vs. SoHi at 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Softball at SoHi at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8
Student of the Month Lunch
Boys/Girls Varsity Soccer at Skyview 4 and 6 p.m.
Baseball at Homer at 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Softball at Homer 5 and 6:30
POPS Concert at 6:30 p.m.
Advisory Assembly
Wednesday, May 9
AP Calculus Test
Thursday, May 10
AP Literature Test
Band POPS Concert at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 11
AP U.S. History Test
Boys/Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Colony at 4 and 6 p.m.
Baseball at Palmer at 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Softball at Palmer 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Track Regions at Palmer
State and Solo Ensembles at Anchorage
Saturday, May 12
Boys/Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Palmer at  10 a.m and noon
Baseball at Wasilla
Softball at Wasilla
Track Regions at Palmer
State and Solo Ensembles at Anchorage

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 18, at 8:00 a.m. in the gym. Mini courses will be held on Monday, May 21, and Tuesday, May 22. The school-wide barbecue and awards assembly will be held on Wednesday, May 23.
    Mr. Manuel, our school counselor, is looking for volunteers to help out during the 8th grade Farewell Ceremony on Friday, May 18. If you would like to help please call him at 283-1726.
Dates To Remember:
5/7      Bear Safety Speaker
5/9      7th Grade Field Trip – Clamming
5/15     Site Council 5 p.m.; 6th Grade Camp
5/16     6th Grade Camp
5/17     6th Grade Camp
5/18     8th Grade Farewell Ceremony
5/21     Mini Course Field Trips
5/22    Mini Course Field Trips
5/23    Students Last Day – Award Assembly; B-B-Q; Wacky Olympics

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.
Tuesday, May 8th is Teacher Appreciation Day.
Second grade field day is Monday, May 7th.
Kindergarten field day is Tuesday, May 8th.
First grade field day is Wednesday, May 9th.
Third grade field day is Tuesday, May 15th.
Fifth grade field day is Wednesday, May 16.
Fourth grade field day is Thursday, May 17th.
    There will be a Site Council meeting on Thursday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the Library.
    There will be a PTA meeting on Monday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Library.
    Attention all K -2nd graders mark your calendars, it is Bike Rodeo time!
    Thursday, May 17 will be Bicycle Safety Instruction. Our Kenai Police Department will send an officer to teach and instruct students on Safe Bicycle Tips. Friday, May 18 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 North Star Elementary
    There will be a site council meeting today at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.
    Congratulations to the Character Counts! Students of the Month for April:  Aaron Hack, Aryauna Hoeldt, Avery White, Boden Quiner, Brystal Martin, Cailin Yeager, Caitlin Petersen, Calie Liebes, Elizabeth Leavitt, Hamilton Cox, Hunter Fraley, Jasmine Smith, Keith Sees, Kassidy Love, Thayne Quiner, Tre’ Anderson, Kevin Love and Emily Parnell.  These students were treated to a pizza lunch with Principle Callahan last Friday.
    Parent Input forms are due in the school office by Friday, May 11.  If you have any questions concerning this matter, please call the office at 776-2600.
    The Hershey Track and Field Meet will be held at NMHS on Friday, May 18.  Volunteers are needed and if you can help out in any way, please call Tammy at 776-8800.
    Summer Activity Books are available from Mrs. Heath’s class for parents who want to help kids keep their academic skills sharp over the summer. The books cost $12.99 and range from “going from Pre-K to K” to “going from 4th - 5th”. If parents are interested, they can complete an order form and return it to school by May 7, so that the books will be here by the end of the year.
Redoubt Elementary School
    Redoubt 4th – 6th graders will present their spring musical, Camp Grizzly, on May 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Soldotna High School auditorium.  
    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 to 5:30 p.m. The community is invited to stop by and wish her well. Children attending must be accompanied by a parent.
    PTA meets tomorrow at 3:30 PM in the staff lounge.  Childcare will be available.
    Site Council meets Wednesday at 3:30 in the staff lounge.
    .All Title I parents are invited to Muffins for Moms, Donuts for Dads on Wednesday, May 9, from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. or 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. at the school. There will be a brief meeting, door prizes and an opportunity to read with your child. Volunteers are needed for the school picnic and field day on Wednesday, May 23, the last day of school. Any amount of time will be appreciated. Contact Mr. Withrow at 260-4321 to help with field day or the school office at 260-4300 to help with the school picnic.
    All library books were due last Friday and need to be returned to the library before students leave for the summer. Students who cannot locate library books should contact Mrs. Baldwin.

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!

Soldotna Elementary
    Soldotna Elementary is bright with sunshine and amazing students doing wonderful things!
    Congratulations to our “paws”itively wonderful students of the month for April.  Noelani Fullerton and Micheal Gagnon are the winners of a 2-topping pizza donated by Bub’s Pizza.  Andrew Pieh and Conor Boyd won Orca movie passes donated by Shelley Endsley!  Other winners of an Arby’s Free Kids Meal donated by Tim Navarre are: Montana Bowman, Kendyl Cannava, Chloe Cullen, Dylan Gardner, P.J. Grimard, Owen Hart, Andi Hiler, Thatcher Jones, Lillian Katelnikoff and Crystle Tapia.
    The 5th/6th Grade band concert is Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. in the gym. Please come and enjoy the music!
    Our box top winner is Kevin Tautfest; great job students for collecting all the box tops!
    Congratulations to the following students for receiving the most Reading Counts points: Rhys Cannava, Tytus Gilbert, Joseph Freeman, Olivia Davis, Katie Creglow, Clara Moore, Blaze Gardiner and Emily Noblin.  This is the last week for Reading Counts points, a winner will be determined next week.
    The next PTA meeting is Thursday, May 10 at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Childcare is provided and all are welcome!
Teacher appreciation week is May 7- May 11.  We love our teachers and are grateful for all they do!
    Nurse’s Day is Wednesday, May 9; thank you Nurse Tammy for your caring heart and helpful ways.
    Soldotna Elementary students enjoyed a day with the fun jump in the gym. Students collected non-perishable foods and cans to donate to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. This contest was sponsored by Jumpin’ Junction and PTA. Our school came in second place out of area school. Way to go SoEl wolves!

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) visited Soldotna High School on the morning of May 3. 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. 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 May 10 and May 11 from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Parents must pre-enroll their children. Please contact for more info or fill out the attached enrollment form.  Space is limited.

Soldotna Middle School
    The Track and Field season has ended.  Great job to all Team Spartan participants!
Parents!  Please check PowerSchool to see if your student has any outstanding fees. Payment of these fees would be greatly appreciated so we can balance our accounts before the end of the school year. Please contact Mrs. Kircher @ 260-2500 with any questions or concerns.
SMS Band and Choir Concert – Last one of the year! Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m.
    All library materials/books for the 2011-2012 school year are due by/on Wednesday, May 16.   
    Yearbooks are still on sale!  Yearbooks will be handed out to students during an afternoon assembly on Friday, May 18.  

Soldotna Montessori
    Sixth Graders will be taking swimming lessons at So Hi each  afternoon through May 11.
    Kindergartners will continue their study of the continent of South America. They are focusing on the rain forest and will be making hot cocoa using roasted beans from the American Cocoa Tree.
    Baby chicks are hatching in the kindergarten classroom and are expected to hatch in Mrs. Hurst’s room this week. Student in grades 1 – 3 are completing a poetry anthology that will be put together in a hard-bound books the students are creating.
    The end of the year all-school picnic will take place at Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday, May 23. Sixth grade graduation will take place in the gym prior to the picnic.
    The Academic Policy Committee will meet on Monday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m. Under discussion will be extra-curricular activities and the Spanish program.

Tustumena Elementary
    With May coming there is the return of wearing summer clothing.  While we do allow this starting in May I encourage families to be aware of the changing weather conditions and make sure your child will be prepared to be outside for recess or should an emergency occur. We ask that students not wear “flip-flops” as they can become a hazard on our playground.
    The library book fair is in full swing. Classes have been visiting and building their wish lists. It is a great time to stock up on summer reading materials and support the library.
    May 7 Site Council, 4 p.m.
    May 8 Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake
    May 15 PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.
    May 15, 16, 18 Lynx Track to Nikiski Pool
    May 23 Students’ last day of school