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School board to meet


The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. in Assembly Chambers in the borough building, at 148 N. 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 Debbie Tressler at 907.714.8836 or email no later than three business days before the meeting date.

■ Dec. 3

■ Jan. 14, 2013

■ Feb. 4, 2013

■ March 4, 2013

■ April 1, 2013

■ May 6, 2013 (at Seward High School)

■ June 3, 2013

■ June 4, 2013 (Board Planning Session)

Email to make a comment about any item on the current agenda (comments will be reviewed for appropriateness and length). Comments will be shared during the Board meeting by the Board president. Send a request message if you would like an email subscription to the School Board agendas as soon as they become available.

School district takes Thanksgiving break

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Career and Technical program offers training

KPBSD Career and Tech Department is offering free after school academies to train students in the welding, construction and medical fields.

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 practical art credit. Transportation may be provided if needed.

Nikiski High School: Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD-CAM) academy starting Jan. 22-Feb 15, Monday-Friday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Students will be learning how to use drafting/design software for computer aided machining. They will learn how to use 3 different CNC machines: Plasma Cam for metal, Shop Bot for wood and Versa Cam for vinyl.

Skyview High School: Personal Care Attendant (PCA) academy starting Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. in room C106. This first day is a mandatory meeting. Academy schedule TBD by students and instructor. This academy is open to Juniors and Seniors only. The PCA course is a state program. Students will learn Personal Care Services, Employability Awareness, Earn First Aid and State Certification, and participate in Job Shadowing.

Other classes that we have starting next semester are: Emergency Trauma Technician, Welding and Construction. Dates and times TBA.

For more information contact Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or you can sign up by going to:

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 Home-school

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

Connections Homeschool is enrolled with the National Spelling Bee this year. All Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate. Please contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or via email at: for word lists or with any questions.

See your advisor for monthly Scholastic book orders.

Soldotna Connections Book Fair is Dec. 10 – 14. Please stop by and see all the amazing reads!

Kenai Fjords trip in May! Please contact Wendi at 714-8880 or for more information. Must sign up and pay fees by December 10. This fee is non-refundable. All Homeschoolers grades 3-12 and families are invited to join.

Cook Inlet Academy

Wednesday, school will be dismissed at noon for Thanksgiving Break, Thursday and Friday.

Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. is the Christmas Program, please save the date!

Dec. 21, school will be dismissed at noon to kick off Christmas Break.

Jan. 7 is a Teacher In Service Day, classes will resume on Jan. 8.

Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. is Parent Night.

CIA’s Annual “Classic” Basketball Tournament needs YOU! There are plenty of jobs big and small that need to be filled. Please consider helping out to once again help make this a successful community event. Contact Rhonda at or 398-7220 if you are able to help in any way.

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! 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 apparel! They also make great gifts for family members!

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Gabby Tews, from Mr. Vedder’s class, wrote an Energy Limerick Poem that won First Prize in the HEA 2012 Energy Efficiency & Conservation Student Contest in the 3rd / 4th grade division. Way to go Gabby!

■ Site Council Meeting — Today at 3 p.m.

■ Artist in Residence Program with Liz Siskowic begins Nov. 26.

■ School Spelling Bee — Nov. 30.

■ K-3 Winter Concert at Soldotna High School — Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

■ Band Concert — Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the K-Beach gym.

Kenai Central High

Kenai Central High School played a vital role in keeping our state’s blood supply at safe levels. Those recipients receiving your blood donations are very much appreciative of your heart felt efforts. Overall, 35 donors registered to give blood. A total of 28 pints were collected – that’s a potential of up to 84 lives saved.

On Wednesday, we will have a “Making It Count” presentation in the Little Theater. The Making It Count website is a valuable tool for students transitioning into high school, into college and into their career. During this presentation 2nd hour, seniors will learn how to access the website and how to successfully transits into the next stage of their lives. If you would like to learn more about the Making It Count presentation you can go to their website at

As Thanksgiving draws close, Kenai Central High School would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their support. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

■ Tuesday — Luke Spruill Duals at 5:00pm

Kenai Middle

Swags are now on sale for $20. Call the school if you are interested in ordering from a 6th grader. Swags can be picked up today through Wednesday.

After School Tutoring is in progress Tues., Wed., Thur. from 2:35 to 4 p.m. Please call the school if your child attends KMS and you would like them to participate in our tutoring program.

A and B basketball teams have games on the Nov. 27 at KMS beginning at 3 p.m. and at Seward on the 30th at 3 p.m. Our Leadership class will sponsor a Lock In for our students on the Nov. 30 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Dec. 1. November 30 is also the deadline for the Washington DC trip deposit payment.

Mountain View Elementary

Christmas Drive forms were sent home last week. If you are in need of a Christmas basket, applications must be returned by December 3. If you would like to sponsor a child or a family please call the office at 283-8600.

Our winter concert for first- and second-grade students will be on December 18 in the KCHS auditorium.

Nikiski Middle-High

High School Basketball season begins Nov. 26.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The NNS Winter Concert Extravaganza will be held on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Nikiski Middle/High School. Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will sing the season in with traditional Christmas carols. The classes involved in this program are: Ms. Pala, Mrs. Burnett, Mrs. Trammell, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Thye, Mrs. Armstrong, Mrs. Mayberry, Mrs. Erwin, Mrs. Hooper and Mrs. Settlemyer. Everyone is welcome to come and hear the wonderful songs under the direction of Christine Beahm. If you need further information, please call the school at 776-2600.

Skyview High

Congratulations to the volleyball team for placing 4th at the state 3A tournament. The team also received the State Academic Achievement Award for 3A Volleyball’s Highest Combined Grade Point Average.

Nov. 20 — Seniors will be in the library during 5th period to hear a “Making It Count” presentation.

Nov. 21 — These students will be honored at the Soldotna Rotary Student of the Month pizza lunch Wednesday: Lana Chesley, Abby Cook, Dallas Cook, Sage Hill, Sam Janorschke, Chelsey McDonald, Jesse Meier, Juan Rodriguez, Mykaela Rybak, Bradford Swanson, Taylor Wilson, and Catherine Wolk.

Nov. 21 — Turkey Trot assembly schedule: Students will attend all classes but advisory before lunch, then go to advisory, followed by the Turkey Trot assembly.

Nov. 26 — Basketball season begins. Participants must show proof of a current physical and have all paperwork completed and turned in before they can try out or practice.

Nov. 27 — ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) testing will take place in the library from 8-11 am.

Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 — Juniors will take the required WorkKeys test in the library either the morning of November 28 or November 29.

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna Elementary is giving thanks this holiday season for our wonderful students and staff!

Pajama day is Nov. 30; don’t forget to wear your PJ’s!

The next PTA meeting is December 4.

Congratulations to Ryan Buchanan, the winner of last week’s box top drawing!

Election results are in for our 2012-2013 student council members. The following students will represent their classes: Olivia Davis and Colton Sorhus, Ms. Smith’s class, Abby Rodgers and Joey Cox, Ms. Bobek’s class, Clara Moore and Christian Jaime, Ms. Burris’s class, Catie O’Dell and Landen DeWitt, Ms. Sheet’s class, and Brittany Taylor and Isaac Rodman in Ms. Edwards class.

Congratulations to Grace Wolff, a second grader in Mrs. Baktuit’s class, for winning the HEA Energy Efficiency & Conservation Student Contest for grades K-2. Grace was awarded a Kindle at the Energy & Conservation Fair which was held November 3rd at Kenai Middle School. Way to go Grace!

Soldotna High

The Sophomore class is having a Scentsy Fundraiser. The profits go toward Prom 2014. Items range from $3-$35. Get your holiday shopping done now, while helping our class.

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

Soldotna Middle School

Soldotna Middle School “Turkey Trot” Food Drive has begun! Students and Staff are asked to bring nonperishable food items to school through Tuesday. Homerooms are competing to see who collects the most items. All donations go to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Any student interested in participating in the 2012-13 National Geographic Geography Bee please see Mr. Rob Moore by Wednesday to sign up. Winner of the SMS Geography Bee has a chance to complete in Anchorage in March.

Events this week:

■ Monday — Site Council Meeting 3:30 p.m. in the Library.

■ Tuesday — Basketball — SMS Maroon vs. SMS White, 3 p.m.

Basketball pictures will be on Tuesday before the Maroon/White game. Girls pictures will be first at 2:15 p.m., boys to follow. Please contact coaches for a picture packet.

The Study

The Study wants to award Gary Wolfley the “Best Helper Award” in Academic Kinder Prep. Currently, we are looking for students that would like to do Junior High Art once a week with Ms. DeeDee (call to secure a spot). If you are looking for some fun on Christmas break check out our Dec. 22nd workshop which features Christmas literature, cooking and craft and then on Dec. 29 we will take students on a journey into Jan Brett’s literature and art along with cooking and crafts. Workshops run Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. Mrs. McCown awards Evan Appelhans with an outstanding reader award for this month’s most gained words per minute. We offer various reading intervention programs such as Sonday, Sound Partners and SRA Decoding. Reading groups starting soon. Call to secure a spot that fits your child’s needs. The Study also offers extra curricular activities year around that include guitar, piano and voice lessons. Check us out on the web at or email us at

Tustumena Elementary

Tuesday — PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

November 26 — Site Council, 4 p.m.

There will be no PTO or Site Council Meetings in December

December 1 — Cash Raffle Drawing, 6-8 p.m.

December 13, 6 p.m. — Music Concert grades 4-6.


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