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.
* 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 May 29th to June 7th.  Classes will be on Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students will be constructing a 20’ 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 AK Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development, The AK Dept. of Commerce and Economic Development and The AK 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 24th at 4 p.m. at Sohi Auditorium.
Second semester grade reports are due no later than Wednesday, May 23rd.
Connnections Homeschool is on Facebook, and we want to connect with you there!  Find us at “Connections Homeschool

Cook Inlet Academy
Congratulations to the 2012 Graduating Class of Cook Inlet Academy:
Jacob Paul Boudreaux, Elizabeth Anne Dailey, Heather Alana Davey, Kati Marie Dutcher, Kelsie Dawn Leaf, Chloe Shae Nelson, Keely Erin Powers, David Michael Reischach and Angel Marie Uchtman.  
These amazing students have accomplished quite a bit during their academics at Cook Inlet Academy. They graduate with several awards and honors, including scholarships totaling over $255K. Mr. Boudreaux is graduating Cum Laude. Ms. Davey, Ms. Dutcher, Ms. Leaf and Ms. Uchtman are graduating Suma Cum Laude.
Tuesday is a half day for Teacher In Service. Teachers will be spending the afternoon wrapping up end of the school year tasks along with preparing for Awards Chapel on Wednesday.
Wednesday is Awards Chapel starting at 8:30 a.m. Feel free to invite your family and friends to share in this special occasion with the staff and student body. School will be dismissed for the year immediately after chapel, for students and staff to enjoy their summer break.

IDEA Homeschool
IDEA is accepting enrollments for the 2012-13 school year. Please visit our website, call 260-7555 or come by the Resource Center in the Red Diamond Center on K-Beach Road to find out how IDEA can best serve you and your family as they homeschool.
Families are invited to our spring track meet on May 24th at the Skyview Track. Children from kindergarten through high school are welcome to compete in running events and the long jump. Bring water bottles and wear your running clothes to enjoy an evening of fun.
Graduation ceremonies for all IDEA high school graduates will be held on May 25th. Everyone is welcome to attend and congratulate the graduating class of 2012. Alaska Performance Scholarship Awards will be announced in June for all qualifying seniors.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
There will be a Retirement Celebration for Mr. and Mrs. Knudsen on May 15th at 4:15 p.m. in the school library. A short program is scheduled for 5 p.m.  Please plan to come and help us celebrate their years of dedication to students! May 16th is an all school creek clean up day. Each class will take part in helping clean up the creek that they have been walking to all year. Please check your child’s Friday Folder for their scheduled time.
The PTA will hold their next meeting on May 17th 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 18th at 6 p.m. Families with the last name beginning in A-L, please bring a side dish and M-Z bring a dessert.
May 18th will be the last day for 5th and 6th grade band.
The Kaleidoscope Bike Rodeo will be held Monday, May 21st and Tuesday, May 22nd.  Officer Alex Prins, from the Kenai Police Department, will be here to teach bike safety Monday, May 21st to grades 1 to 4 p.m.  On Tuesday, May 22nd, the 1st-6th grade classes will ride their bikes on an outdoor safety course. There will also be an all school barbeque from noon to 1 p.m., sponsored by the KSAS PTA and the Moose Lodge. Nurse Jane Fellman from CPH will be here all day to fit and sell helmets for $5 to students, including kindergarteners.  
We are in desperate need of volunteers to work on bike maintenance; filling tires with air, wheel alignments, lubricating bike chains and other bike maintenance.  Help will also be needed labeling the bikes before school, registering bikes with the City of Kenai, helping fit bike helmets with Jane and serving lunch. Please contact Mary Lou Klauder at or 283-0804 if you are available to help.
May 23rd is the last day of school for students! There will be an all school sing-a-long from 10:30 to 11 a.m. After the sing-a-long, students will head to the Kenai Beach for lunch. Every class has their own schedule for that day. Please make sure to check with your child’s teacher for their plan for the day. If you plan to volunteer, please make sure you have completed both the volunteer background check and the online training.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The Elementary Spring Math Bowl was held in Seward on Friday, May 4th. The following K-Beach students participated:  Mark Bullerdick, Wyatt Harvey, Ryan Hill, Patrick Kaminski, Katelynn Kimes, Janna Krieger, Wyatt Medcoff, Bechler Metcalf, Katie Richmond, Maria Salzetti and Kyla Smith. Congratulations to these students for a job well done!
K-Beach 5th graders participated in the annual D.A.R.E. Lock-In and Graduation ceremony on May 4th at Sohi sponsored by the Soldotna Police Department. Brittany Burcham, Kyla Smith, and Athalia Quiner were among the winners of the D.A.R.E. essay contest. A special thank you to Officer Brennan and all teachers and parents who contributed to the success of this event.   
On May 8th, while picking up trash on school grounds, student council members found some time capsules by the totem pole.  These were buried by former K-Beach students who would have been part of the 2011 senior graduating class.  If you would like to claim your time capsule, please stop by the office to see if yours was one that was unearthed.
Wednesday May 16 – RIGS assembly – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday May 17 – 6th Grade Continuation Ceremony – 6 p.m. in the K-Beach gym.
A big thank you to our amazing PTA for organizing Teacher Appreciation Week.  The week’s events included; Monday:  Sandwiches, Tuesday:  Appetizers, Wednesday:  Bean Freezes and  Car Wash, Thursday:  Taco Bar & Desserts, Friday:  Soup/Crock Pot Day.   We are lucky to have such wonderful parents!  
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
Congratulations to the following students for being selected as April’s Students of the Month.
Kyle Scarlett — Physics, Lindsey Pabst — Anatomy, Ariana Gabriel — French 2, Allison Bushnell — Foods, Josie Jones — Choir, Gunner Smith — Geometry, Hector Rivera — Band, Caleb Caldwell — World History, Nick Bowen — Study Skills Ryan Glenzel — LA 9, Mackenzie Evenson — Honors LA 9, Kiana Harding — Geometry, Jessica Moore — Algebra, Carey Updike — Rotary, George Navarre — Chamber, Alicia O’Brien — Elks, Olivia Fair — Kard of the Deck, Christine Bergholtz — Super Staffer.
Seniors congratulations for reaching this mile stone in your life.  The administration and staff would like to thank you for the many contributions that you have made over the last four years and to wish you the best of luck in the next chapter of your life.
Home Activities for the Week
Monday, May 14th
Girls Soccer Banquet at 6 p.m.
Softball vs. SoHi at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 15th
Senior Trip
Class Elections during Advisory
Mr. Fredericks retirement celebration at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16th
Softball vs. Skyview at 4 and 6 p.m.
Friday, May 18th
Softball vs. Houston at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Baseball vs. Houston at 4:30 and 7 p.m.
Seniors Last Day of School
Saturday, May 19th
Softball vs. Colony at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. Colony at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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 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.
Mr. Manuel, our school counselor, is looking for volunteers to help out during the 8th grade Farewell Ceremony on Friday, May 18th. If you would like to help please call him at 283-1726.
We would like to send a big thank you out to all the parents and volunteers that helped make this school year successful! Without this partnership our students wouldn’t have benefited from your expertise, time, and support. Thank you again for taking the time to help make KMS a wonderful school!
School registration for the fall will be August 10th from noon to 6 p.m. If you have any questions please call the office at 283-1700.
Please have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Dates To Remember:
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
Please check the Lost and Found outside the school office before the end of the school year.  There are a lot of coats, hats, and gloves just waiting to be claimed.
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 PTA meeting on Monday, May 14 at 4 p.m. in the Library.
Attention all 1st – 3rd 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!  
If you would like to help with the bike rodeo, please call the office at 283-8600.
On May 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. we are holding a celebration of the glorious careers of Mr. Wensley and Coach Dimick. Please drop by to thank them for their gifts to the hundreds of children whose lives they have touched and to wish them a long and joyous retirement.
Thank you to the Mountain View PTA & parent volunteers for providing lunch for the entire staff on Teacher Appreciation Day.  
Wednesday, May 23 is the last day of school.  We will be having a picnic for the students with chips, cookies, and juice provided by the PTA and hot dogs being provided & cooked by the Kenai Moose Lodge.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
There will be Pre-Kindergarten registration today in the school library at 3:45 p.m.  Please bring all necessary papers and documents to get your child registered properly.  Please call the school at 776-2600 for more information.
The Hershey Track and Field Meet will be held on Friday at Nikiski Middle High School. If your child is participating, please make sure to send them with warm clothing and snacks.  Volunteers are still needed and you may call Tammy at 776-8800 to sign up to help out.
This summer Boys & Girls Club will be running our morning summer school program as part of their summer program.  Summer school begins on June 4th and runs four days a week, Monday through Thursday for four weeks. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Students will participate in a variety of activities including reading, art, science, and problem solving. Please contact Shanette Wik at 776-2668 for more information.
Redoubt Elementary School
Mrs. Goldstein is retiring this year after 30 years of teaching. The school is hosting a reception for her in the school library tomorrow 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.
The last day of school is Wednesday, May 23. Activities will include:
* Awards assemblies for grades 1 – 3 at 9 a.m. and grades 4 – 6 at 10 a.m. Parents are welcome. Kindergartners will receive awards in their classrooms.
* The school picnic will take place at students’ regular lunch times. Students need to bring $2 prior to picnic day. Parents planning to attend are asked to let their child’s teacher know so that they can be added to the hotdog count. Volunteers are needed to help. Please contact the school office at 260-4300.
* Field Day for all grades will be from 1 – 3 PM. Activities will take place outdoors. Students need to come to school dressed for the weather in comfortable, athletic type clothing. Volunteers are needed to help. Please contact Mr. Withrow at 260-4321.
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 lost and found will be emptied on the last day of school.
Skyview High
Congratulations to the following students and staff who were honored recently at the fourth quarter Student of the Month luncheon:  Aide – D. J. Diaz and Cassie McKenzie; Business Education – Jeremy Marciniak; Fine Arts – Serene Hobbs and Lara Bergjohann; Language Arts – Dustin Buerkel, Stefany Malatesta, Allison Farrington, and Mikayla Miller; Marketing – Caroline Walker; Math – Kendra Bass, Jeremiah Hudson, and Joshua Lindemann; Performing Arts – Colt McDonald and Cierra Vandehey; Physical Education – Chelsey Ahlers and Amanda Hudson; Science – Dylan Webb, Walter Baxter, and Shelby Rea; Social Studies – Julia Buhlmann, Isabella Jukic, Sydney Tonione, Taylor Kishbaugh, and Mitchell Willey; World Languages – Aubrina Rodriguez; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce – Chelsea Winter and Gabrielle Bragg; Teachers – Doug Gordon, Barry Hartman, and Rene Taylor; and Staff -  Terri Tidwell.
The public is invited to the spring band and choir concert tonight at 7 p.m. in the commons. Senior band members will be honored.
Senior exams for periods 1 and 2 are Tuesday, for periods 4 and 5 Wednesday, and for periods 6 and 7 Thursday, all during regular classes.
Skyview hosts the region soccer tournament Thursday through Saturday.
Exams for grades 9-11 for periods 1, 2 and 6 will be given Monday, May 21. Exams for periods
4, 5 and 7 will be givenTuesday, May 22.
Graduation takes place May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Soldotna High
A special congratulations to the following students for their qualifying for the Alaska All-State solo and ensemble competition held in Anchorage on May 11th,  in order to qualify students must receive a superior rating at the district festival:  Ali Dusek-clarinet solo, Caleb Murray-xylophone solo and snare duet, Taryn McCubbins-vocal solo and quartet, Clair Kincaid-vocal solo and quartet, Makayla Wong-vocal solo and quartet, Quiana McElroy-quartet, Katelyn Earll-vocal solo and trio, Savannah Cartwright-vocal solo and trio, Hailey Whitney-vocal solo and trio, Jang Kim-vocal solo.

Soldotna Middle School
Many thanks to all the parent volunteers who donated baked goods for the Hospitality Tent at the KPBSD Middle School Track & Field Championships. Coaches enjoyed all the goodies very much!  Thank you for your help! We appreciate you!
Upcoming End of the School Year Events!
Tuesday, May 15 — SMS Band & Choir Concert & Award Night – Begins at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented first, followed by the concert.
Friday, May 18 — Yearbook Assembly – All students who purchased a yearbook will receive one at the end of the day.  Yearbooks are still available!
Monday, May 21 — SMS Track Field Trip – Skyline Hike – Parent chaperones needed. Please contact Mr. Kircher at 260-2500 for participation guidelines or any questions.
Wednesday, May 23 — Last Day of School for Students! Celebration of Academic Achievement for 8th Grade Students – Begins at 8 a.m. in the SMS large gym, with a reception to follow in the SMS small gym. All are welcome to attend!  
Soldotna Montessori
SMCS will host an assembly for all parent volunteers in the gym at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, May 21.
Kindergarten graduation will take place in the library on Tuesday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m.
Sixth grade graduation will take place in the gym on Wednesday, May 23 at 9 a.m.
The annual Last Day of School Picnic will be held at Soldotna Creek Park on May 23 from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jumpin’ Junction will have an inflatable jumping castle set up for the picnic. Volunteers may sign up at the school to bring picnic items.

The Study
Whew! Summer is approaching fast! Depending on how your child did this year, you maybe considering summer school. We are offering 2 sessions. (Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to noon from June 4th-June 28th and July 16th-August 9th). We are also offering 2 sessions of Kinder Prep.  (Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to noon from June 4th -June 28th and July 16th-August 9th) Piano lessons will continue throughout the summer and we are now offering voice!! High school courses for credit include Spanish and Algebra. If you are wondering what The Study is stop by and check us out. We are open Mon.-Fri. from 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tustumena Elementary
We were treated to a wonderful band concert on May 1st that also included talent acts from several other students. A big thank you to all of the students who participated, and to Mr. Audette for his work with the children, Nice job!
I would also like to thank the many businesses and individuals that contributed to our auction. We had the finale on Tuesday night after the concert and the support of our community has again made it a success.  
All library books were due back in the library by today.  We will not be checking out books after today. Next week Ms. Thompson will be giving out prizes to all kids who have their books turned in and fines paid.  If a whole class has all their books turned in and fines paid, the whole class will get a second prize.
With the end of the year comes summer activities. One is our summer reading program.  Your child should be bringing home a flyer outlining how they may participate. Each student who does meet the goal will receive a T-shirt and recognition when we return in the fall. The Kasilof Public library is open during the summer and is a great place to get books to help keep them reading through the summer.  
May 15 PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.
May 15, 16, 18 Lynx Track to Nikiski Pool
The year is quickly winding down and our final Lynx Track activity is coming up.  We will again be going to the Nikiski Pool. The classes will be going on either May 15th, 16th or 18th. Permission forms are due back by Monday May 14th with the swimming fee.
May 21 Award’s Assembly 2 p.m.
You will want to be sure to mark your calendars for our final awards assembly which will be at 2 p.m. on Monday May 21st. We will have several academic awards and Mr. Chase will present his Physical Education awards too. This is a change from the date we had listed in last week’s newsletter.
May 23 Students last day of school