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Connections Homeschool Program has open enrollment for all students at this time. All students not enrolled in public school are encouraged to contact the Connections office at 714-8880 to learn about all of the educational benefits that Connections Homeschool Program can provide for children.

The BOOK IT! K-6 Program has begun and we are happy to be a part of it. Spend just 20 minutes each day focusing on raising a reader. Set a monthly reading goal and when that goal is met , celebrate achievement by going to Pizza Hut and redeeming the BOOK IT! coupon for a personal pan pizza.

Coupons are available at the Soldotna Connections office. Please call Lennie Yoter with any questions. More information may be found at

Our Fall Celebration Hay Maze at Solid Rock will be Oct. 30, 2012 from 10 to noon. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is $5.00 per person and will be collected the day of the event. Dress warm and a flashlight is always advised! Any further questions please call Shelli furlong at 714-8880 or email

Cook Inlet Academy

■ Oct. 17 is the end of the 1st Quarter.

■ Oct. 18-19, school will be closed for the ACSI Convention.

■ Oct. 25, there will be no school for 7 – 12th Grade for Parent Teacher conference.

■ Oct. 26, there will be no school for K – 12th Grade for Parent Teacher conference.

■ Nov. 9, school will be dismissed at noon in preparation for the Fall Banquet at 6PM.

■ Nov. 12 is picture retake day.

■ Nov. 21, school will be dismissed at noon for Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 22-23.


Make sure to check out Sycamore for important school information, especially if your student is involved in athletics. All practice information and anything pertaining to sports will be posted here. If you need assistance with accessing Sycamore, please do not hesitate to contact the office for assistance.

Order your new CIA apparel now. Please see the order form sent home with your children. If your child doesn’t have a form, they are available at the office. We will only order apparel that has been paid for ahead of time! We have short sleeved T-shirts for $12, long sleeved T-shirts for $15 and hooded sweatshirts for $25. (And a free short sleeved T-shirt in size and color of your choice if you are the first one to call Jill at the office, and say you read this in the What’s Happening, 262-5101). They all come in a variety of fun colors! Show your school spirit by wearing your new CIA shirts! They also make great gifts for family members!

If your child is in kindergarten or 7th grade, or a new student in this district, they will be required to receive the PPD (TB tine test) this year. You should have received a permission slip in your snail mail regarding this. If you have not yet returned that permission slip, please do so.

Originally, the free CIA PPD clinic date was Oct.. 23. For scheduling reasons, we have to change this date to Oct. 22, with Oct. 24 being the day kids will have their PPD’s checked. Please make sure your kids are in school both days. If they miss either day, you will be responsible to have this done on your own.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

PTA News: Kaleidoscope Gear order forms are due back to the school today! T

The Gear Committee will meet on Oct.. 12th at 9:15 a.m. in the Parent Room to tally orders. There is an Art Project committee meeting today at 4 p.m. The Art Committee will be hosting an Ice Cream Social on Oct. 12th at 6 p.m. This night will also be the kickoff for the Original Artworks Fund raiser. Don’t forget about the Change Drive for the Art Project that will be ongoing throughout the school year. Every time the change jar is filled, there will be an all school popcorn party.

■ The PTA will meet on Oct. 18th at 6 p.m. in the library.

■ The annual Holiday Extravaganza will be held on Oct. 27th in the school gym. If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, please contact Kaarin at 283-2076.

■ Oct. 10 after school Dance Club for those 5th / 6th graders who signed up will be on 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

■ Oct. 11 Picture retake day. There will be time from noon until 12:30 p.m. for sibling pictures. Order forms were sent home in the Friday Folder and need to be returned to the school with payment included. If you are unhappy with your original picture packet, send in the picture packet that needs to be replaced with your student by Oct. 11.

■ Oct. 11 is the Parent Potluck for the kindergartners from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

■ Oct. 18 is Twin Day. This is a fun spirit day to dress up as a twin with a classmate or friend.

■ Oct. 25 the APC will meet at 6 p.m. in the school library.

K-Beach Elementary

The K-Beach PTA and the library are sponsoring a pumpkin decorating contest during October. Students can decorate a pumpkin as their favorite character from their favorite book. Pumpkins will be displayed in the library, and prizes will be awarded for the best pumpkin in each grade level.

■ Oct. 8 PTA meeting at 2:45 p.m. in the library. Babysitting provided in the teacher lounge.

Cherrydale fundraiser packets are due by Oct. 10th. Orders can be placed online at

■ Wednesday, Oct. 10th there will be a lock down drill done in collaboration with Soldotna Police Department. This will be our first drill of two done during the year. A note will be coming home with your student the day before the drill as a reminder.

■ Oct. 18 Fire Prevention Puppet show for K-3 students at 1:30 p.m.

■ Oct. 19 - End of 1st Quarter, No school, inservice day

■ Oct. 22 Site Council meeting

■ Oct. 25 Band Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.

■ Oct. 29 Book Fair begins

■ Nov. 1 -2 Parent Teacher Conferences, forms have been sent home.

Kenai Central High School

The KCHS Academic Recognition Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 9 in the auditorium. The banquet is held to acknowledge students who earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the 2012 spring semester. Invitations to the banquet were sent home to students and their parents. We hope to see you there as we celebrate the students’ success.

This year’s deadline for senior photos will be Oct. 31. The yearbook staff will need all senior portraits and baby photos submitted at this time. In regards to last year’s yearbooks, we do not have any new information on when they will be ready, but we will post the information as soon as we know when they will be ready.

The countdown has begun for high school hockey! Any KCHS student who wants to play hockey will take the ice on Oct.15th for try outs. Prior to that; every player and at least one parent must attend a mandatory meeting on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at KCHS. Whether or not your student has played Kardinal hockey before they still must attend this meeting. Christine Babcock will be providing free physicals for all players who need them. If your player has already played a high school sport this year, they will not need another physical.

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month: 6th graders Brittany Burcham and Emily Olson; 7th graders Daniel Caballero and Zack Tuttle; 8th graders Kyrsten Maxson and Zane Musial; and Exploratory students Samantha Morse, Ellie Marie Bravo-Mo, Abe Grisham, Maddie George and Raleigh Van Natta. Also a big congratulations to both our Girls and Boys soccer teams for their victories in the borough championships. Basketball intramurals are currently in full swing for the 7th and 8th grades.

■ Oct. 11 our choir will perform a concert at KCHS beginning at 7 p.m. Our intermediate and beginning band will perform together on Oct. 18 at KMS at 7 p.m.

■ Oct. 17 is Principals Day

■ Oct. 18 is picture retakes.

■ Oct. 19 due to a scheduled inservice

Mountain View Elementary

There will be a PTA meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 4 PM in the Library.

Fire Safety Week is Oct. 8 – Oct. 11 here at Mountain View. The Kenai Fire Department will be here to visit classes and take students through the Fire Safety House.

Lockdown Drill Scheduled

On Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. Mountain View Elementary in cooperation with the Kenai Police Department will execute a lockdown drill.

This is a procedure that would be used in the case of dangerous person or persons inside the school or in the area of the school. During this drill teachers and students will take shelter outside of the line of site of windows and doors. Police will arrive at the school just as if this was a real situation. This is, however, only a drill. We practice to insure that if such an emergency arose the children and staff at Mountain View Elementary would be safe.

■ Oct. 19 is an inservice day. There will no school for students.

■ Oct. 24 picture retakes are scheduled

The annual Mountain View Carnival will be on Oct. 26 from 5 – 8 p.m. and is open to the public. All funds earned will go toward student field trips or student activities, such as artists in schools, for all students. Proceeds may also be used for grade level equipment and supplies. There will be lots of food, games & prizes. Tickets are .25 cents each and most games cost 2-4 tickets to play.

Parents are asked to sign up to help run a booth or to donate a cake or cookies for the cake walk and/or a prize for the prize walk.

Parents need to have a background check through the school district to volunteer. Please call the office at 283-8600 if you need help with this process.

Nikiski Middle High School

■ Oct. 9:

-Volleyball vs. Homer – J.V. at 4 p.m., Varsity at 5:30 p.m.

-Site Council Meeting - 4 p.m. in the conference room

■ Oct. 10 – Picture Retakes

■ Oct. 11:

-PTSA Meeting at 6 p.m. in the library

-Academic Awards Night at 6 p.m.

-NHS Induction at 7 p.m.

■ Oct. 10:

-Volleyball vs. Grace Christian School – C Team at 3 p.m. J.V. at 4 p.m. Varsity at 5:30 p.m.

-Wrestling at Skyview Quad Scramble – 4 p.m.

■ Oct. 13:

-Volleyball vs. Anchorage Christian School – C Team at noon. J.V. at 1 p.m. Varsity 2:30 p.m.

■ Parent Teacher Conferences will be Nov. 1.

Congratulations to Annaleah Ernst selected as the Kenai Elks Club Senior of the Month.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Today is the last day of our Innisbrook fund raiser. Thank you to everyone who purchased items to help us meet our fund-raising goal!

There will be a site council meeting today at 3:45 p.m. in the school library.

■ Oct. 9th there will be a Girl Scout parent meeting in the NNS library beginning at 6 p.m. All interested parents/guardians of current and prospective scouts are welcome to attend.

■ On Oct. 9th and 10, the PTA will be having a costume sale at the school. This is a great way to purchase a gently used costume and help support your PTA.

Congratulations to the September Character Counts! Students of the Month: Alyssa Nunley, Avery Ellis, Brooke Abel, Carter Tennison, Emelia Stroman, Jordan Emerson, Kelty Evoy, Lilly Anderson, Lorenzo Elias, Maggie Grenier, Oceanna Broussard, Rylee Howell, Ryley McCormick, Stephen Foster, Clay McCormick, Sam Berry, Trey Sanguinetti, and Kaycee Bostic. These students will be treated to a pizza lunch with Principal Callahan.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt Elementary Fun Fest, Oct. 18 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., $4 per student, all permission slips are due by noon on Oct. 18. Snacks will be available for purchase at Fun Fest. Please send extra money along with students the day of Fun Fest.

■ Nov. 1-2 Parent Teacher Conferences. Conference forms have been sent home. Please fill out your child’s conference form and return it to your child’s teacher.

Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Redoubt Elementary Family Fun Run to benefit the 6th grade

Peterson Bay Field trip.

When: Oct. 13, 2012

Where: Redoubt Elementary School

What: Family Fun Run - 2K/5K Run or Walk

Cost: $5 Individuals — $20 Family

Rain or Shine registration/check-in & bib pick-up 9 - 9:45 a.m. 2K/5K Start 10 a.m.

Ribbons for all youth finishers as well as prizes for top finishers. Bake sale and concession stand after the run. Please call Redoubt Elementary 260-4300 for more information. No dogs or bikes please. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are welcome and encouraged to pre-register at Redoubt Elementary office.

■ No school for students Oct. 19, teacher in-service day.

■ Oct. 9 PTA meeting at 3:45 p.m., Redoubt Elementary School Lounge.

■ Oct. 10 Site Council meeting at 3:45 p.m. in the Redoubt Elementary School Lounge

Redoubt Elementary Site Council Election Ballots are available at the school as well as in last week’s newsletter. All Redoubt parents and guardians are eligible to cast one ballot by Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. at the school office.

Soldotna High

The PSAT will be administered on Oct. 17th in the Auditorium at 7:50 a.m. To register, please bring $15.00 by Oct. 12th to Mrs. Marquardt in the front office.

The college fair will be Oct. 23rd 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Financial Aid night will be 6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center

Mind a-Mazes 2012

Who: Open to any KPBSD student in grades 4-12.

-Students work on a team of 3- 4 students with an Adult Coach.

-Junior Division: grades 4 – 6

-Intermediate/Senior Division: grades 7 – 12

-Division is determined by the team member with the highest grade level

What: A KPBSD problem solving competition sponsored by Quest

-Long Term Problem — different every year — teams receive the problem several weeks before the competition and work to complete their solution to the problem up until the day of the event.

-Spontaneous Problem – a problem presented at the competition for teams to solve within a very short amount of time.

Where: Soldotna Middle School, 426 West Redoubt Soldotna, AK

When: District Competition is Oct. 13, 2012

- Three to four teams per school will be invited to this district-wide competition. Therefore, individual schools will need to have an “in-school run-off” prior to this competition. These dates will vary by school.

Why: To promote problem solving and team work skills. To provide students with creative thinking opportunities. To have fun!

How: Get the Long Term problem and information from Quest Teacher

-Form a team, recruit an adult Coach and start solving the Long Term Problem!

-Make sure to check the *Mind a-Mazes Blog regularly for: 1. Updates on Problem Questions &Answers All teams are expected to be up to date on additional information, as all problem clarifications do apply to all teams; not just the team that asked the question! 2. Team Registration forms; competition deadlines and pertinent information.

WorkKeys® tests are scheduled for Nov. 7 beginning at 7:50 a.m. in the auditorium. All Juniors will take the WorkKeys® foundational assessments. Students will take three 55 minute online assessments in the areas of Reading, Math, and Locating Information. This Assessment is part of the Alaska Career Ready program, which is administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development. The State Board adopted regulations requiring all Alaska public schools to administer the WorkKeys assessments to 11th grade students in the areas of Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. For more information, please visit: or

Senior Yearbook Portraits are due Oct. 22 in Room 76.

You can: Get your photo taken professionally, Take your own – high resolution- bring to us in JPEG (jpg) format on a CD or jump drive, Use your school I.D. photo

Formal Portrait:

-Not landscape format, photo cannot be wider than it is tall. Outside pictures are okay. No weapons. No hats. Please email pictures to vicytachickat

Soldotna Middle School

Congratulations to the students of the month for August/September!

Social Studies – Kellie Arthur, Austen Eriksson, Cody Quelland, Trayton Bird, Ethan Bott, Cally Christianson, Kiernan Escott, Derek Evans, Gavin Goggia, Grace Graham, Delaney Risley, Ella Stenga; American History – Melinda Anderson, Jackson Larson, Thomas Wesley Jackson, Lucero Hugarte; Career Paths – Kaelyn Birch, Annie Quinn, Savanna Ratky, Jackson Blackwell, Jonathan Boone, Afton Carlson, Brian Dusek, Ashlyn Johnson, Ashley Pietro, John Shepard, Gabriela Triana, Madison Willets, Emma Rue, Lilli Petrey, Talon Musgrave; Health – Talon Hagen, Chelsey Hernandez, John-Mark Pothast, Sarah McConnell, Grace Graham, Kellie Arthur, Delaney Risley; Physical Education – Anna Aley, Kamry Meyer, Brenner Furlong, Derek Evans, Talon Hagen, Koby Vinson, Capri Jones, Portia Padilla, Gavin Goggia; Science – Tannan Holland, Bonnie Dile, Joseph Childers, Jazilyn Larrow, Myra Love, Brenner Furlong, Eli Sheridan, Rachel Davidson; Algebra – Catherine Craig; Math – Dakota Anderson, Ceyeler Thomas, Jode Sparks, Darrion Derflinger, Shyann Jones, Mathphia McEntire; Math Study Skills - Emily Books, Thomas Wesley Jackson; Language Arts - Delaney Risley, Shane Larrow, Ricci Sackett, Jode Sparks; Reading - Judah Harshman, Gage Burns Hankins, Cody Hemphill; Study Skills - Jeremiah Swensen, Charles Meyer, Bryce Martin, Juanita Rincon; Spanish - Ethan Bott, Kealey Hendricks, Hannah Selden; Band - Ellyse Woodward; Choir - Melia Miller; Drumline - Colter Landeis; Construction - Carlin Meyer; Woods I - Maguire Merriman, Katrina Bearup, Hunter Johnson; Computer Tech - Jayvan Blackwell; Digital Photo I - Jazilyn Larrow; Yearbook - Jillian Kindred; Business & Info - Cody Moore, Raven Eppler; Graphic Design - Tovia Bremond-Hilton; Art Intro - Mykha Slater, Kealey Hendricks, Kiernan Escott; 2D Art - Torri Hensley; Ceramics - Jenna Helminski; Homeroom - Delaney Risley; Teacher Aide - Kianna Steadman, Molly Erickson, Wade Rosin

2012-2013 Yearbooks are on sale! Price is $30 before Oct. 31 / $35 after Oct. 31. Order forms are available at the Front Office.

Upcoming Oct. Events!

■ Oct. 15—Site Council Meeting - 3:30 p.m. - SMS Library

■ Oct. 16—Band and Choir Concert - 7 p.m. - SMS Big Gym

■ Oct. 17—Picture Retakes

■ Oct. 18—Last Day of First Quarter

■ Oct. 18—Fortnightly - Afterschool - 3 to 5 p.m.

■ Oct. 19—No School for Students

Tustumena Elementary

Just a reminder, we started the new student drop-off procedure. If you walk your child into school, nothing has changed. But if you want to drop them off right onto the safety of the sidewalk and then head on your way to the rest of your day, please pull into the sidewalk area just as the buses do.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

■ Oct. 16 PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

■ Oct. 19 Inservice day, no school for students, end of 1st Quarter

■ Oct. 22 Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.

■ Oct. 31 Halloween (Trunk or Treat in the school parking lot from 5-8 p.m.)

■ Nov. 1-2 Parent Teacher Conferences (no school for students)

■ Nov. 8 Picture Retakes

■ Nov. 20 PTO Meeting at 4 p.m.

■ Nov. 22-23 Thanksgiving Break no school

■ Nov. 26 Site Council 4 p.m.

Free Training for High School Students

KPBSD Career and Tech Department is offering free after school academies to train students in the Welding, Construction and Medical Field. Any high school student is able to participate in any of our academies. If a student successfully completes the 60 hour academy they will receive a 1/2 practical art credit. Transportation may be provided if needed.

Upcoming Academies:

Construction at Skyview High School where students will be building a gazebo. Academy dates are Oct 9 through Dec 13 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 p.m.

Construction at Ninilchik (Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds) students will be learning how to make and fit cabinets in a kitchen and basic carpentry will be taught. Academy starts Oct. 13 and will run on most Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. More classes coming next semester: TBA To sign up go to Or you can call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145

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.


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