Around the District



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

* Oct. 23 Attention 10th, 11th and 12th grade students!! The College Fair and Financial Aid Night will be held at the Soldotna Sports Center from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please contact your advisor with questions and to sign up.

* Oct. 30 Our Fall Celebration Hay Maze at Solid Rock will be from 10 a.m. 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 @ 714-8880 or email

* Nov. 15 Picture retake day from 3–7 p.m. at the Borough Building, lower level, Assembly Chambers.

* Dec. 10-14 See your advisor for monthly Scholastic book orders. So plan to stop by for those last minute gift ideas!

Cook Inlet Academy

* Oct. 25 There will be no school for 7 – 12th Grade for Parent Teacher conference.

* Oct. 26 There will be no school for Kindergarten – 12th Grade for Parent Teacher conference. Preschoolers and Pre-Kindergarten will still have school, but be dismissed at noon.

* Nov. 4 Fall Elementary/Puppet Musical at 3 p.m. in the gym.

* Nov. 9 School will be dismissed at noon in preparation for the Fall Banquet at 6 p.m.

* Nov. 12 is picture retake day.

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

We are still seeking two weekly volunteers to help with Friday lunch. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jill at the office.

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. 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 October 23. For scheduling reasons, we have to change this date to October 22, with October 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.


IDEA is still accepting enrollment for the 2012-13 school year. Please visit our website or call 260-7555 or come by our office in the Red Diamond Center to enroll.

Families please come by the office to register for the Solid Rock Hay Tunnel Day on October 26th. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in the hay tunnel and enjoy a bonfire and hot cocoa with their parents and friends.

Students come by the office and find your “Star” on our wall of IDEA Stars in the Library. Every child that finds their “Star” will receive a pencil of their choice from the Pencil Treasure Box. In addition to finding your “Star” in the Library ask Omie about the newest addition to our extensive educational kit selections: Explorers. This kit features read aloud books, chapter books, biographies, puzzles, games, DVDs, workbooks and more on the theme of Explorers from long ago to today’s astronauts. Check it out of the Library and explore for yourself.

High school Juniors and Seniors please call the office to arrange Work Keys Testing. This online exam which focuses on career ready skills may be used on job applications or to qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship.


Mind a-Mazes was held on Saturday at Soldotna Middle School. The theme this year was Curiosity: on Mars! Student teams created space-rover type vehicles that negotiated an obstacle course for fun and points. The following students from K-Beach participated in the annual Problem Solving event: Hunter Beck, Jonas Zorn, Katelynn Kimes, Charly Morton, Danielle Kjostad, Braden Lemm, Ashley Mcdonald, Joshua Foster and Jacob Cooper. Congratulations to these problem solvers!

* Nov. 1 -2 K-Beach Student Council is sponsoring a bake sale on Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 2 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. We are raising money to buy Thanksgiving meals for K-Beach families. If you would like to donate baked goods please bring them to the office on Oct. 30.

* Oct. 22 – Site Council meeting - 2:50 p.m.

* Oct. 25 – Band Concert - 6:30 p.m. in K-Beach Gym

* Oct. 26 – Caribou Celebration

* Oct. 29 – Book Fair begins

* Nov. 1-2 – Parent Teacher Conferences, no school for students

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

PTA News:

* Oct. 26 Original Artworks and Hand in Hand Tile Wall items are due

* Oct. 27 The annual Holiday Extravaganza will be held in the school gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come support our PTA while getting some holiday shopping done from some of your favorite at-home business vendors

* Nov. 1-2 The PTA will be providing a potluck for the staff during Parent Teacher Conferences. Signup sheets are in the school foyer and Parent Room.

School news:

* Oct. 25 The APC will meet at 6 p.m. in the school library. Parents are welcome to attend!

* Oct. 29-30 The Kenai Fire Department will be in the classrooms for Fire Prevention classes.

* Oct. 30 The KCHS Drum line will be performing for our students at 11 a.m.

* Oct. 31 The Annual Costume Parade will be held at 2:45 p.m. Students are allowed to wear their costumes during the parade. Please make sure the costumes are appropriate for school.

* Nov. 1-2 Parent Teacher Conferences will be held. Please contact your teacher ASAP if you need to change your scheduled time.

The Fall Book Fair is the week of October 29. Hours are: Monday 3:30-4:30, Tuesday 3:30-4:30, Wednesday 8:30-4:30, Thursday 8:30-7 , and Friday 8:30-12 . It will also be open before school on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Are you receiving the Sunday evening phone message from Mrs. Dahlman? Do you get the Monday email from Miss Linda in the office? If you are missing either of these things, please check with the office to be sure that we have your current contact information. We are trying to keep you informed to the events at Kaleidoscope!

Kenai Central High

Tonight the Kenai Central High School Band is having its fall concert at 7:00pm. Please join us for an evening of outstanding music.

Oct. 23 - Juniors and seniors, Tuesday is the second annual College Fair Day. The College Fair will be held at the Soldotna Sports Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; you must have a parent consent form on file in the office in order to attend. This is a great opportunity for you to visit with college representatives from all over the Northwest.

Tuesday students from KCHS will be join an Interactive Videoconferences where they will be speaking to the students of ETN, a CARE supported vocational school in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, to learn more about the causes and of the ongoing conflict and the challenges youth are currently experiencing.

* Oct. 24 is Cancer Awareness Day at KCHS. Wear pink to show your support for people battling cancer.

* Oct. 24 KCHS will hold a school-wide assembly at 2 p.m. to recognize: Swimmers, Volleyball players, and All-Borough Honor Choir Members.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to Kenai Middle’s Mind-A-Mazes teams! All three teams represented our school well and walked away with Second Place overall in the Middle/Senior division; First Place in the spontaneous event, and First Place overall in the Middle/Senior Division. Wow! KMS students are amazing!!

KMS choirs are sponsoring a fundraiser sale featuring holiday gifts, candy, and wrapping paper. The sale ends October 25th.

* Oct. 23 Parent/student meeting at 5:30 p.m in Mr. Summer’s room for 8th-graders interested in going to Washington D.C. over spring break.

* Oct. 22 Kenai Middle’s Concert Band and Kenai Central High School’s band will have their Fall concert at 7 p.m. at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

* Oct. 24 Competitive basketball begins at KMS

* Oct. 29 Beginning of Red Ribbon week

* Oct. 29 Library will be sponsoring a book fair for the week

* Nov. 11 Parent/Teacher conferences from noon to 4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

* Oct. 24 Picture retakes

* Oct. 26 The annual Mountain View Carnival will be from 5–8 p.m. and is open to the public. All funds earned will go towards 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 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.

* Nov. 1-2 Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled. There will be no school for students.

* Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 The Book Fair will be open in the Library. If you would like to volunteer to help please call the office at 283-8600. Students need to bring warm clothing for recess each day. Students will be going outside unless it is colder than 10 below.

Nikiski Middle/High

* Oct. 25

-Volleyball vs. Soldotna High School.

- J.V. at 4 p.m.

-Varsity at 5:30 p.m.

* Oct. 26

-Senior Night - Volleyball vs. Seward.

-J.V. at 4:00 p.m.

-Varsity at 5:30 p.m.

* Oct. 26-27 Wrestling at Anchorage Christian School Invite

* Nov. 1 Parent Teacher Conferences 8–11 a.m., noon to 4 p.m., 5-8 p.m.

National honor society and academic honors night and dinners.

Thank you to Jesse Bjorkman and Anna Widman for a great celebration for our highest performing students at Nikiski HS. The evening meal was hosted by the Middle School Student Council under Jesse’s watchful eye with the dinner being prepared by Marilee and her master culinary students. Thanks Marilee!

Academic Letter Winners (2011-2012 1st & 2nd semester GPA’s over 3.5)

Sophmores: Calvin Carpenter, Benjamin Carstens, Nicasio Castro, Marilynn Davis, Garratt Dohse, Kiana Edgmon, Jade Elsey, Laura Hufford, Bryce Jensen, Brady Malston, Christian Riddall, Katelyn Sexton, Rachel Thompson, Jacob Williams. Juniors: Jodi Cook. Seniors: Ruscia Colton, Ty Shoemaker, Keagan Whitcomb

Service Bar Winners

Juniors: Seth Carstens, Alyssa Darch, Michael Hollinger. Seniors: Caleb Alkire

Three-Time Academic Letter Winners

Seniors: Lauren Countryman, Ashley Epperheimer, Annaleah Ernst, Orren Hyatt, Lincoln Johnson, Kathrine O’Brein, Shaylee Rizzo, Brittany Sexton

National Honor Society Members:

President—Annaleah Ernst, V.P.—Brittany Sexton, Secretary—Kathrine O’Brein, Treasurer—Lacy Elsey, Ashley Epperheimer, Shaylee Rizzo, Hannah Tauriainen, Lincoln Johnson, Rebecca Wheeler

New National Honor Society Inductees: Emily Berry, Alyssa Darch, Michelle Fandell, Hannah Halliday, Michael Hollinger

Region III Scholar Athlete (3.7 GPA @ Varsity Letter Winner): Lincoln Johnson

Congratulations to the Nikiski High School football team that placed second at the recent small schools state championship game. The boys represented Nikiski and the entire peninsula very well and in the end, our coaches truly brought out excellence in each one.

2012 Great Alaska Football All-Conference Team: Offensive Player of the Year – Stephen Hartley, Lineman of the Year – Lincoln Johnson, First Team All-Conference Tackle – Lincoln Johnson, Halfback – Stephen Hartley, Guard – Devan Berry, Defensive Back – Jesse Ross, Defensive Lineman – Lincoln Johnson & Jesse Eide, Inside Backer – Stephen Hartley, Outside Backer – Stephen Hartley, Punter – Luke Johnson, Return Specialist – Stephen Hartley, Long Snapper – Jesse Ross, Utility Player – Michael Stangel, Second Team All-Conference Guard – Luke Johnson, Fullback – Tristin Apted, Center – Jesse Cobb, Honorable Mention Quarterback – Seth Carstens, Halfback – Christian Riddall

Nikiski North Star Elementary

* Oct. 27 NNS Fall CArnival from 1 - 4 p.m. at the school. Some of the activities include: face painting, funky hair, costume contest, cake walk, photo booth, trick or treat alley, silent auction and lots more. There will be a concession stand selling hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, Frito pies, soda and cotton candy. This is one of our largest fund raisers of the year and the money we make is used to help fund activities for our students. If you would like to volunteer your time, donate items or candy, please call the school at 776-2600.

* Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in our school library beginning on Monday, October 29th and ending at noon on Friday, November 2nd. The book sale will be open during the school day and also during parent/teacher conferences. Please call the school library at 776-2630 if you need more information.

Just a reminder there will not be school on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd due to parent/teacher conferences.


Redoubt’s Site Council election results are in, Congratulations, Tiffany Eck & Marlene Lewis 2 Year Term.

Astronaut Roadrunners Erika Arthur, Madelyn Barkman, Sierra Kuntz and Keeley Withrow Mind-A-Mazes team members from Redoubt are to be congratulated for their efforts. Mind A-Mazes was held at the Soldotna Middle School on Saturday Oct. 13. The team created a device that resembled a Martian Land Rover, which successfully deployed, great job girls.

Redoubt’s 2nd Annual Family Fun Run was a huge success! More than 130 participates and volunteers showed up to help support Redoubt’s 6th grade upcoming Peterson Bay field trip. Thank You.

2K Top Finishers:

7 and younger, 1st Zac Buckbee, 2nd Rowan Gottlob, 3rd Ben Tupper, 4th Owen Buckbee, 5th Owen Massey, 6th Lexi Wells, 7th Hayden Eck, 8th Jacob Dickson, 9th Josh Dickson

8-12, 1st Keegan Gottlob. 2nd Segio Saavedra, 3rd Austin Escott, 4th Paulyne Anne Catacutan, 5th Angel Howlett, 6th Keeley Withrow, 7th Paige Cruse, 8th Grace Mills, 9th Kaylin Morrell,10thJoey Fiebelkorn

5K Top Finishers:

7 and younger, 1st Andrew Arthur, 2nd Blake Lewis, 3rd Kali Massey, 4th Johnny Wadas

8-12, 1st John-Mark Pothast, 2nd Aliann Schmidt, 3rd Gabe Wackler, 4th Danica Schmidt, 5th Kellie Arthur, 6th Cameron Blackwell, 7th Tommy Wells, 8th Marlayna Saavadra, 9th Brady Hanson, 10th Haley Buckbee

School Wide Celebration, Redoubt students and staff enjoyed a much deserved celebration this past Wednesday afternoon. Our school’s PBIS goal was met this quarter. Way to go students, keep up the good work.

Congratulations, this Weeks Box Top Winners are JD Newby & Sophia Dalton, keep turning in those Box Tops.

* Nov. 1-2 Parent Teacher Conferences, no school for students. We look forward to seeing you at conferences. Help us reach our goal of 100% attendance participation.

Soldotna High

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered at for $55 or in room 76. Personalization features are available.

Parents of seniors are invited to purchase ad space to honor their child. Prices are 1/4 page $75, 1/2 page $125, and full page $200. There’s a $10 discount for ads placed by Friday, November 16th.

* The college fair will be Tuesday, October 23rd 10-1 and Financial Aide night will be 6:30 at the Soldotna Sports Center

WorkKeys® tests are scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th beginning at 7:50 am 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 Monday October 22nd 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. A formal portrait cannot be in landscape format. It cannot be wider than it is tall. Outside pictures are okay. No weapons, no hats. Please email pictures to

Soldotna Middle

* Oct. 22 First Day of Second Quarter

* Oct. 23 Last Day for Intramural Basketball

* Oct. 24 Competitive Basketball Begins

* Oct. 25 Battle of the Books Begins! First meeting from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Book lists available in the SMS Library or online at

Tentative dates for District competition Feb. 5, 2013 and State competition Feb. 26. Students interested please contact Coach Amy Angleton or Volunteer Coach Anne McCabe during the school day.

* Oct. 30-31 Scholastic Book Fair AND Cake Decorating Contest during school hours and Nov. 1 during Parent Teacher Conferences. Visit SMS and joint the fun! Official Cake Contest Entry forms/rules are available in the library or online under the School News section of the SMS Web Blog. Please contact Anne McCabe at 260-2546 for further information.

* Nov. 1 Mark your Calendar for Parent/Teacher Conferences from Noon to 4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. There are no scheduled conference times for students. All teachers are available in the Soldotna Middle School Big Gym. Please attend!

The Study

Joel and Kerri and the teachers at The Study want to send out a big thanks to everyone for supporting our first year! Here are some new things to check out!

You wanted Junior High Science,,,You’ve got it! We have Mark Larson heading up this workshop entitled, “A Survey of Animals.” This lab starts with the most basic creature being the earthworm and works its way up to a fetal pig. Dissections include: earthworm, squid, starfish, frog and fetal pig. Ages for this workshop include 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The workshop is four weeks in length starting November 12th through December 12th, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11:30. Call to secure a spot.

Art, Art, Art...Everyone yells for Art. The Study is excited to welcome Miss Dee for private art lessons and workshops. Call to schedule private lessons or sign up for her October Workshop. This month’s Workshop is October 27th from 12-3. It features a thought provoking journey creating wonderful works of art while learning the “Elements of Art.” Ages: K,1,2,3. (exceptions upon approval)

As always we offer quality piano, voice and guitar lessons.

Coming second semester think about taking your Alaska Studies Course here for .5 credit. (You don’t need to be a senior to complete this course.)

Do you have a four year old begging you to go to school?? Not to late to join our Kindergarten Prep Course. This Course meets Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and will give your child the skills needed for a successful year of Kindergarten!!

Tustumena Elementary

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

* Oct. 22 Nov. 2 Scholastic Book Fair

* Oct. 23 Title I Meeting and Spooky Stories FAMILY ACTIVITY NIGHT 3:50-5:30 p.m. in Room 104

* Oct. 23-24 Lynx Track Activities grades K-1 Ninilchik Pool grades 2-6 Hay Tunnel

* Oct. 29 Report Cards sent home

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

* Nov. 1 & 2 Parent Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)

* Nov. 8 Picture Retakes

* Nov. 20 PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

* Nov. 22/23 Thanksgiving Break No school

* Nov. 26 Site Council, 4 p.m.

* Dec. 1 Cash Raffle Drawing, 6-8 p.m.



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