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

Partnership to donate test materials
The eKnowledge company, along with partners from various professional sports, announced a Sponsorship Alliance Program which offers SAT and ACT PowerPrep programs throughout the 2011-2012 school year. The programs come as a DVD and includes more than 11 hours of video instruction and 3,000 files of test prep material (test questions and practice tests). The eKnowledge Partnership waives the complete retail price for the basic program. There is a fee of $17.55 for materials, shipping and customer support for the standard programs. To order online, visit or call 951-256-4076.

Workforce Development Center
There will be a Summer Welding Academy at Skyview High School starting May 29 to June 7. 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 Deptartment of Labor and Workforce Development, The AK Deptartment 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 24 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 $255,000. Mr. Boudreaux is graduating Cum Laude. Ms. Davey, Ms. Dutcher, Ms. Leaf and Ms. Uchtman are graduating Suma Cum Laude.
Honor Roll 4.0 and higher: Elizabeth Dailey, Tommy Blada, Madison Orth, Seth Davey, Caleb Lyons, Erica McGahan, Blake Riley, Kelsey Tachick, Adam Uchtman, Megan Bauder, Cara Davidson, Scott Habermann, Keefe O’Dell, Heather Davey, Kati Dutcher, Kelsie Leaf and Angie Uchtman
Honor Roll 3.75 – 3.99: Riley Smithwick, Koebryn Mlynarik, Ben Standerfer, Zac Taplin, David Reischach, and Jacob Boudreaux
Honor Roll 3.5 – 3.74: Keely Powers, Jessie Zimmerman

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 no breakfast served this week. Thank you to Love INC and all of the volunteers that worked with the breakfast program this year.
The Kaleidoscope Bike Rodeo will be held today and tomorrow. Officer Alex Prins, from the Kenai Police Department, will be here to teach bike safety today for grades 1-4. On Tuesday, May 22, the 1-6 grade classes will ride their bikes on an outdoor safety course. There will also be an all school barbecue 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.  
Don’t forget that 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.
No hot lunch will be served on May 22 and 23. The barbecue is provided on the 22nd and students are to bring a sack lunch for their trip to the beach on the 23. Please be sure and repay the lunch fund in the office for any lunch money that was borrowed throughout the school year. Bright pink notices have been sent home weekly if your child has borrowed.
Mark your calendars for August 20. We will have our back to school night starting with an APC meeting at 4 p.m., Open house at 5 p.m. and the Back to School BBQ at 6 p.m. The first day of school will be August 21. Please call the school as soon as possible if your plans for next year change.
Have a safe and fun filled summer!  

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Bagley still needs volunteers for Field Day on Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22 (today and tomorrow). Please call her if you can help!
There will be no breakfast served this week.
On Wednesday, May 23, the PTA will be providing lunch for the students. The awards ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Report cards will be coming home this week. Check your student’s backpack.
Kenai Central High School
Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m. is Kenai Central High School’s annual Awards Night Ceremony to recognize our students’ academic success.  The Awards Ceremony will be held in the Renee’ C Henderson Auditorium. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Lawyer at the KCHS Counselors Center.
Congratulations to all of the seniors. Graduation practice is Monday, May 21st at 7:45 a.m.  All seniors that are panning on walking during the ceremony later that evening need to be at practice that morning. The Graduation Ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Renee’ C Henderson Auditorium.
The 2011/2012 school year is coming to an end.  Thank you students and staff for making this year at KCHS great. The bell schedule will be different this week to accommodate the students that are taking finals.
Congratulations the following students whose band events received a “Superior” rating at State Solo & Ensemble Festival:
Clarinet Trio: Alex Bergholtz, Kirsten Nyquist, & Brad Hamilton
Saxophone Duet:  Ariana Gabriel & Hector Rivera
Xylophone Solo: Tori Askin
Trombone Solo: Olen Danielson
“Swing Into Summer” with the KCHS Jazz Band and the Lyon’s Pride Jazz Band on Saturday, May 16th 8 to 11 p.m. at the KCHS Auditorium. Live swing dance with two jazz bands!  Tickets are $10 per person; available at the door.
The “Be a Ham” Fashion Pageant, put on by members of the junior class, was a rousing success. After reading To Kill a Mockingbird (especially the scene where Scout dresses up in a ham costume), students created “hams” out of found/recycled items before parading them to a panel of judges. Students had to keep an inventory of all donations, create a fashion plate, and write a speech for their model’s runway walk. All costumes were creative, well-designed, and left the audience with plenty of laughs. The Head Hock award, for best costume overall, was awarded to Brandi Wagoner and Chelsea Springer.
This year the CWOW teachers Rob Sparks, Gregory Weissenberg and Greg Zorbas set a goal to expose more teachers in the district to the use of live video conferencing technology. This goal has been met with great success. In all three central peninsula high schools the 10th grade language arts teachers worked with the 10th grade world history teachers on a project involving the book Animal Farm. At Kenai and Skyview the music classes performed live for a children’s hospital in Minnesota.
The CWOW program itself exposed kids to multiple special events including Nazareth Israel, Kabul Afghanistan, Manhattan School of Music, and a personal story of the Stalin Purges live from Boston. The students also completed 2 ground-breaking projects involving small group collaboration from all three classrooms. With the retirement of Mr. Weissenberg, Mr. Sparks and Mr. Zorbas plan to continue the growth of the CWOW program with a new innovative team teaching approach.
* Monday,  May 21  Finals 2,4,6
Morning Announcements 7:40 to 7:45 a.m.
2nd period  7:45 to 9:35 a.m. (110 minutes)
Break 9:35 to 9:50 a.m. (15 minutes)
4th period 9:50 to 11:40 a.m.  (110 minutes)
Lunch 11:40 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. (45 minutes)
6th period 12:25 to 2:15 p.m. (110 minutes)
* Tuesday, May 22  Finals 1,3,5
Morning Announcements 7:40 to 7:45 a.m.
1st period  7:45 to 9:35 a.m. (110 minutes)
Break  9:35 to 9:50 p.m. (15 minutes)
3rd  period  9:50 to 11:40 a.m. (110 minutes)
Lunch  11:40 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. (45 minutes)
4th  period  12:25 to 2:15 p.m. (110 minutes)
* Wednesday, May 23rd  Check-out Last Day of School
1st period 7:45 to 8:16 a.m.
2nd period 8:21 to 8:52 a.m.
3rd period 8:57 to 9:28 a.m.
4th period 9:58 to 10:29 a.m.
5th period 10:34 to 11:05 a.m.
6th period 11:10 to 11:41 a.m.
Lunch BBQ on the front lawn-if nice-if not, BBQ in the cafeteria
11:41 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Nikiski Middle/High School
* Monday, May 21 — Last day for seniors
8:30 a.m. — Senior Walk Practice in the gymnasium.
noon – Senior Barbecue
7 p.m. — Graduation
9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. — After Grad Party at NCRC
* Wednesday, May 23 — Last day for students.
Relay for Life from 2:45 to 9:45 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 3 p.m.
Survivor Lap: 6 p.m.
Luminary Service: 7:30 p.m.
Closing Ceremony:  9:30 p.m.
Final Lap:  9:45 p.m.
Congratulations to the April Student of the Month recipients:
Katy Odis — Language Fundamentals, Ashlee Tiner — Social Studies, Jack Sullenger — Math & Science, Jesse Cobb — Sculpture, Isabelle Lopez — Art Explorations & PE, Marguerite Cox — Math, Molly Cason — Language Arts, Evie Cox — Language Arts, Rachel Thompson — Biology, Taya Ulrich — Read 180, Brianna Vollersten — Science, Corin Cooper — Musical Theater, Doogun Seater — Custodial Aide, Nathan Cartstens — US History, Savannah Rizzo — World History, Dalton Mullins — Language Arts.
After more than 20 years in our building, we will have two long time staff members retiring. Deb Falk as our guidance and career assistant and Teresa Sibolboro as our swing shift custodian will be retiring after long and fulfilling careers. Thank you Deb and Teresa for all of your years of service, you will be missed.

Nikiski North Star Elementary
Today at 1:45 p.m. is our school variety show.  This event will be held in the gym and everyone is invited to see all of the extraordinary talent of our students at NNS.
We will be celebrating our 5th graders on Tuesday, May 22 with a promotion ceremony to be held in the gym.  This will take place at 2 p.m. and all families of 5th graders are invited to attend.
There will be a Character Counts! Student of the Month pizza lunch with Ms. Callahan on Wednesday, May 23 at noon in the school library.
The last day of school for NNS will be Thursday, May 24.  We will have a schoolwide picnic at noon.  The picnic will include hot dogs, chips, fruit, a drink and dessert.  Families are welcome to attend.  In the afternoon there will be an end of the year assembly in the gym.  For more information please call the school office at 776-2600.

Redoubt Elementary School
Redoubt is celebrating Principals Day today. Please join us in thanking Mr. Pothast for all he does for our school.
Today is the last day to order a DVD of our spring musical, Camp Grizzly. Cost is $10. Checks should be made payable to Redoubt Elementary. Please bring your order to the school office. 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 to 3 p.m. 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 need to be returned to the library before students leave for the summer. Students who cannot locate library books will need to pay for them.  If the book is later found and returned, your payment will be refunded.
The lost and found will be emptied on the last day of school.

Skyview High
Congratulations to Richard Arnold and Joseph Bishop for qualifying to perform at the Alaska All-
State Solo & Ensemble Festival that was held in Anchorage May 11 and 12.
May Rotary Students of the Month are Troy Alexie, James Gallagher, Austin Laber, Ashlynne
Lavender, Jessica Lester, Josh Lister, Emily Mattfield, Justin Pena, Franzi Ringleb, Cat Schoessler,
Michael Tucker, and Coltin Yancey.
Students in grades 9-11 have exams for periods 1, 2 and 6 today and exams for periods 4, 5 and
Graduation practice begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday and graduation takes place Tuesday at 7 p.m., both at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Wednesday’s schedule includes shortened times for periods 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7, followed by schoolwide activities.
All 9th-11th grade students must turn in their completed check-out sheets by 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Softball hosts Kenai Central Wednesday, beginning at 4 p.m.
Parents, be sure to check our school blog over the summer to stay informed about events for the 2012-2013 school year  at The district website, also contains a wealth of information for students and parents.

Soldotna High
A special congratulations to the following students for their qualifying for the Alaska All-State solo and ensemblecompetition held in Anchorage on May 11th, in order to qualify students must receive a superior rating at the district festival:  Ali Dusek-clarinet solo, Cleb 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
Last week of School!
* Monday, May 21 — SMS Track field trip — Skyline hike
* Tuesday, May 22 — Student Checkout — Return classroom textbooks, pay outstanding fees, clean out lockers.
* Wednesday, May 23 — Last day of school for students!  
    8 a.m. — Celebration of Academic Achievement for 8th Grade Students — Ceremony in SMS large gym, reception to follow in SMS small gym. All family and friends are welcome to attend.  
    Noon to 2:15 p.m. — Lunch provided for all students! – Field Day filled with fun activities!
Please visit the Soldotna Middle School KPBSD Web Homepage at  for upcoming 2012-2013 school year information.
Have a Super Summer Break Team Spartan!

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 4-28 and July 16 to August 9). We are also offering 2 sessions of Kinder Prep. (Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to noon from June 4-28 and July 16 to August 9) 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We would also like to thank and say good-bye to David Padvoric who is leaving the team at The Study to start an adventure in Little Diomede as a teacher! David, you will be amazing!

Tustumena Elementary
Again this year our 6th grade class competed in the “Kid Wind” competition.  They competed in the state middle school division and this year the Wind Devils took 3rd place. The team members are Savannah McDonald, Brianna Peters and Fiona Boze.  Their wind output score was almost 3 times higher than any of the teams that competed at the High School level. Congratulations on a great job!
You will want to be sure to mark your calendars for our final awards assembly which will be at 2 p.m. today.  There will be several academic awards and Mr. Chase will present his Physical Education awards too.  
All library books were due back in the library last Friday. 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 another prize. Mrs. Painter’s class has already earned their full class second reward. Who will be next?
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 21 Award’s Assembly 2pm
You will want to be sure to mark your calendars for our final awards assembly which will be at 2:00 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 Field Day/Students last day of school


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