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* Dec. 13 – 15 is CIA’s Annual “Classic” Basketball Tournament.

* Dec. 21 is the end of the 2nd Quarter and school will be dismissed at noon to kick off Christmas Break.

* Jan. 2-5, Third Annual Hoops for the Holidays Basketball Camp.

* Jan. 7 is a Teacher In Service Day, classes will resume on Tuesday, January 8th.

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

* Dec. 13-15 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 once again help make this a successful community event. Contact Rhonda at or 398-7220 if you are able to help in any way.

* Jan. 2-5 CIA’s Third Annual HOOPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, our elementary basketball camp, is back! This is a date change from December and a fourth day was added! This is put on by the high school boys and girls basketball teams and their coaches. It’s an awesome opportunity to develop skills, make a friend, foster mentoring with secondary students, and give parents a “break” during the “break”! Camp is open to Kindergarten – 6th grade. The cost is $90 per child for four days or $30 per day (includes a camp t-shirt and snacks). Wednesday through Saturday camp is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kids will need to pack their own lunch. It’s a popular camp, so don’t miss out and register early. If you have any questions, contact Coach Justin at 252-8854,

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.


Idea students are practicing for the National Geo Bee at the office on December 7 at 1:30 p.m. Students will practice map skills, play geography games and learn terms for the Bee final. All students in grades 4th through 8th are invited.

Families start planning now for the Winter Party. This year’s celebration will be at Solid Rock Camp on December 14th. Families please bring snow clothes and finger food to share.

Students in grades 3 through high school may participate in the Alaska Library Association’s Battle of the Books. This reading enhancement program will encourage readers of all abilities and will improve comprehension and fluency. Please contact Omie to receive the practice lists.

The office will be closed for the holiday on December 24th and 25th.


Congratulations to fifth grade student Blake Smith, the winner of the school Spelling Bee, and fourth grade student Molly Cook who took second place. Way to go! Blake will represent K-Beach at the State Spelling Bee in March for the second year in a row! Great job to all 25 students who participated in the Spelling Bee. A special thank you to Gail Moore, Sammy Crawford, and Jeanne Duhan for judging the competition, and to Terese Kashi for being the pronouncer. We would also like to thank Suzanne Klaben for all of her hard work in organizing the Spelling Bee and making this event run smoothly.

K-Beach Elementary is collecting Toys for Tots. If you would like to donate a new, unwrapped toy, please drop off in the K-Beach office.

* Dec. 10-14 Kids go Shopping

* Dec. 10 Joint Site Council and PTA meeting at 2:45 p.m. in the library

* Dec. 13 Grade 3-6 Art Show at 6 p.m. in the gym

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

* Dec. 20 Holiday Sing at 1:15 p.m. in the gym

* Dec. 20 Band Concert at 6:30 pm in the K-Beach gym

* Dec. 21 No School, Inservice Day

The library will be doing inventory the week of December 17th, and parent volunteers are welcome. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Heather Stockton or Shana Butler in the library.


* Dec. 11 The Holiday Concert will be at 7 p.m. at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. Students will be bused to the high school for dress rehearsal tomorrow morning at 9:15 a.m. Please make sure you have signed the field trip permission slip and returned it to the school!

* Dec. 13

-Don’t forget all Christmas Drive donations need to be delivered to the school by this date. Families receiving donations will pick them up on December 15th at 10 a.m.

-The Kindergarten classes will be holding a Cookie Sharing event at 11 a.m. Information on this event was sent home in your Friday Folder.

-Band Concert for 5th and 6th grade bands at 6 p.m.

* Dec. 14

-3rd-6th grade classes will be holding a health fair for families, students and community members. Each class will be preparing health activities and sharing them in the gym from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please plan to join them for this fun event.

-Band Assembly for the whole school

* Dec. 20 Family fun night at 6 p.m.

Kenai Central High School

* Dec. 13-15 The Kenai Kardinals will once again host the Kenai River Challenge Girls’ Basketball Tip-off Tournament. Games will begin at 4 p.m.

-Thursday- Kenai vs. Service at 7 p.m.

-Friday- Kenai vs. North Pole at 7 p.m.

-Saturday- Kenai vs. Mt. Edgecombe 3 p.m.

Congratulations to November’s 2012 Student of the Month.

Rotary – Kaitlyn Louthan, Chamber – Brandi Wagoner, Elks – Natalya Oskolkoff, Super Staffer – Mr. Clucas, Kard of the Deck – Jessica Roper, LA 10 – Kendrick O’Rourke, Algebra – Taylor Kenney, Life Activities – Madaleine Michaud, Art – Katy Knackstedt, Raising Academic Performance – Tommy Phillips, LA 9 – Sarah Every, Band – Duane Reitter, Physics - Brandi Wagoner, Study Skills – Bailey Holt, World History – Brandon Sorhus & Brenner Musgrove (Skyview), Geometry & Spanish 1 – Allison Steinbeck, Performing Arts/Choir – Tom Randall, LA 9 – Cipriana Castellano, Biology – Austin Brazell,

Kenai Middle

* Dec. 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19 After school tutoring will be held until 4 p.m.

* Dec. 13 Our Holiday Choir concert will be at 7 p.m. at KCHS.

* Dec. 14 We will have an Activity Night from 6-8 p.m.

* Dec. 20 The last day of school before break

Nikiski Middle High

* Dec. 11 – Middle/High School Choir & Band Concert and Lasagna Dinner – 5:30 p.m. Come enjoy a fantastic dinner, take part in the silent auction and bake sale, all to support the High School Choir program! Join us for our first concert of the year immediately following the dinner at 7:00 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $5:00 for Adults, $3.00 for Children, and $10.00 for Families up to 5. Call 776-9400 for more information.

* Dec. 13 - 15 Saturday, Girls Basketball at Kenai River Classic Tournament

- Thursday at 4 p.m. Nikiski vs. North Pole

- Friday at 5:30 p.m. Nikiski vs. Mt. Edgcumbe

- Saturday at 12 p.m. Nikiski vs. Service

* Dec. 13-15 Boys Basketball at Powerade/Al Howard Tip-Off Tournament

- Thursday 8:15 p.m. Nikiski vs. SoHi

- Friday and Saturday TBA

* Dec. 13 PTSA Meeting at 6 p.m. in the library

* Dec. 14 HS Cross Country Skiing at Homer

Congratulations to Annaleah Ernst for being one of three students on the Kenai Peninsula who qualified as a semi-finalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic Competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.

Nikiski North Star

Congratulations to the November Character Counts! Students of the Month: Destiny Richie, Vanessa Lopez, Sam Smith, Ethan Ellis, Patrick Anderson, Hunter Fraley, TJ Fallon, Braeden Porter, Charlie Chamberlain, Shelby Edgar, Jakobee Anderson, Bryce Dedrick, Conner Cook, Kameron Bird, Kellee Martin, Zoey Ellis, Tyler VanSky, and Shannon Pitt. These students will be treated to a pizza lunch with Principal Callahan today at noon in the library.

Congratulations to fourth grader Savannah Ley who earned 2nd place in the HEA Energy - Writing Contest. Out of many entries from the peninsula, Savannah’s energy limericks earned her 2nd place in the 3rd - 4th grade division. Savannah shared her writing at the HEA Energy Fair in Kenai. Awesome job Savannah!

Today through Friday is our Kids Holiday Shoppe being held in the library. This shopping opportunity is being sponsored by the NNS PTA and offers the children a chance to shop for gifts for their family and friends. Each class will have a time set aside for them to come in and shop then wrap gifts before taking them home. If you have any question, please call the school at 776-2600 or the library at 776-2630.

Mountain View Elementary

* Dec. 10-13 “The Holiday Wonderland” will be open in the library. This is a program hosted by the PTA to allow students to shop for inexpensive Christmas gifts for family & friends. We need volunteers! If you would like to volunteer to help students shop please call the office at 283-8600 to schedule a time.

* Dec. 18 Our winter concert for 1st & 2nd grade students will be in the KCHS auditorium. The dress rehearsal will take place the morning of Dec. 18 at KCHS. The students will be traveling by bus leaving Mountain View at 8:50 a.m. and returning at 11:30 a.m.

* Dec. 19 The 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade Choir students will perform for their families.. Dress rehearsal will be at 3:30 PM with the performance starting at 4:30 PM in the Mountain View gym.

* Dec 21 Staff inservice day. There will be no school for students. Assessing Learning, Bully Proofing Mountain View & Professional Learning Community Development are on the agenda.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt’s third graders are getting ready to start their annual Seward Sea Life Center field trip fundraiser. Third grade classes will be delivering candy cane candy-grams on Thursday, December 20. If you would like to send someone a candy-gram, fill out a holiday delivery form, include $.50 each or $10.00 for a whole class, and drop it by the school office. Candy canes will also be sold at lunch time. Forms will be in the weekly newsletter as well as in the school office.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who ran the Elf Shelf store for 3 days. Thank you for making it possible for Redoubt students to do a little early holiday shopping for friends and family. We would like to thank all the generous people who donated gifts for our Christmas Kindness Program. This program would not be possible without your generosity, thank you for opening your hearts during this holiday season. A special thank you to Angela Massey for coordinating the Holiday Kindness Program again this year!

Congratulations to our 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders who performed the musical “Snow Day”. You did a fabulous job!

Title One Families “Sweet Rewards” Tuesday, December 11th, 7:45—8:38 a.m. or 3:30—4:15 p.m. Title One Families are invited to enjoy donuts, juice, books & play time with their child. We hope you can join us during one of the times listed above.

Skyview High School

* Dec. 10 – The music department will present its Christmas concert tonight at 7 p.m. in the Skyview Commons. The public is invited to attend. Come out and enjoy some holiday music!

* Dec. 12 – Soldotna Rotary Students of the Month for December are: Kyle Austin, Dakota Bittick, Lana Chesley, Stephanie Dolan, Sierra Glonek, Makinna Halverson, LeAnn Meier, Joann Padgett, Lukas Patten, Jonathan Pedginski, Kyliera Quincy, and Bradford Swanson. They will be treated to a pizza lunch Wednesday, provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club.

* Dec. 18 – Winter sports teams will be introduced during an afternoon assembly. The altered class schedule is posted on the school’s calendar at

* Dec. 19 – Final exams for periods 1, 4, and 6 will be given.

* Dec. 20 – Final exams for periods 2, 5, and 7 will be given.

Soldotna High

Yearbooks can be ordered at or in room 76 for $55. Personalization features are available. Prices go up Jan. 1. Senior ad space for parents to recognize their child is still available. Don’t delay. Call 260-7000 for more info.

Soldotna High School’s National Honor Society Students of the Month for September and October are: Tanner Best –Construction; Kaitlin Christenson-Personal Finance; Ila Cobb – Physical Science; Ali Dusek -Child Development; Ali Dusek – World History; Audrey Helgevold –Algebra B; Dillon Jensen- Symphonic Band; Johnathon Kreider – AP English Lit; Nicole Mills –Algebra B; Gabrielle Saldivar- Spanish; Kaillee Skjold- U.S. Government; Courtney Weston- Geology. They were honored at a pizza luncheon in the SoHi commons on Wednesday November 28th at noon.

Soldotna High School’s National Honor Society inducted the following students: Josiah Martin, Lacey Cashman, Shara Leaders, Clarie Gabler, Sawyer Rickman, Kaitlyn Groleske, Alissa Garcia, Emma Selden, Kamlin Cain, Justin Dahlgren, Ali Dusek, Kylie Dimick, Meg English, Claire Kincaid, Haley Miller, Bailey Rosin, Nicholas Truesdell, Alex Weeks and Tyler Fenton. The induction ceremony took place in the SOHI library on Tuesday November 27th.

The Soldotna High School Child Development class is having a free daycare 12/13-12/14 from 12:45-2:00pm. Games, crafts, snacks, and other activities will be provided. Children must be potty trained and between 2-5 years of age. Registration is required. Please email Meggean at for an enrollment form.

Yearbook Art Contest: Chance to win a free yearbook. Do you want your own artwork to be in the 2012-2013 yearbook? Enter in the Yearbook Art contest for the title page and it could be! The theme for the yearbook is “Written in the Stars” The artwork needs to be completed and turned in by Friday, December 14th to Ms. Cox or Mrs. Bartman. If your artwork is digital, it need to be high resolution or on a page that is 8.5 by 11 inches or smaller. If you don’t win, it could still be used in the yearbook on other pages so hurry up and turn it in!

Soldotna Middle

Congratulations to the SMS Students of the Month for November 2012!

Science – Sara Faris, Marshal Cameron, Jared Brandon McCormick, Kianna Steadman, Jay Frost, Kellie Arthur, Chloe Kincaid, John Holland, Sadie Hutchings; Social Studies – Chantel Warfield, Ava Gabler, Cassidy Miller, Portia Padilla; Language Arts – Katie Richmond, Kamala Martin, Alyssa Webb, Joseph Tre Rybak, Selena Stem; Reading – Sean Verg-In, Cody Watkins; Study Skills – Christian Hames, Cheyanna Hutchings, William Rogers; Algebra – Ashlyn Johnson; Math – Shyann Jones, Anthony Carrasco, Cody Nill, Bryce Martin, Trevor Reid, Kellsi Ulrich, Henry Bob, Grace Graham, Steven McKendry, Kevin Tautfest; Math Study Skills – Sarah Baktuit, Shaylynn Zener, Jace Urban, Dennis Levi Poquette; Physical Education – Taylor Earll, Aaron Barba, Jaela Hubbard, Reid Casey, Emilie Fuhrman, Samantha Kompkoff, Kayla Hemphill, Jessica Davis, Lucero Hugarte; Band – Jode Sparks; Choir – Devin Fena; Drumline – Philip Gibson Platt; Woods I – Ian Reger; Construction – Conner Fowler, Raven Eppler; Exploratory Shop – Tyler Larrow, Caleb Spence; Spanish I – Elijah Elsey, Afton Carlson, Caitlin Sturman; Homeroom – John Mark Pothast, Gage Burns Hankins; 2D Art – Arianna Hiler; Ceramics – Melinda Anderson; Sculpture – Brianna Sipes; Art Intro – Jeremy Coletti Jamrock, Delaney Risley, Brian Dusek; Yearbook – Kinley Glaves; Business/Info – Madeline Kindred, Caroline Cho; Digital Photography I – Portia Padilla; Digital Storytelling I – Aleksander Hansen; Robotics/Sketchup – Ethan Bott

* Dec. 12 The P.E. Department will have a 12 minute run … 12-12-12-12!

* Dec. 14 FORT NIGHTLY! from 6-8 p.m. – Parent Volunteers Needed! Please contact the Front Office at 260-2500 if you can help!

* Dec. 18 Winter Band & Choir Concert in the SMS Big Gym at 7 p.m. The SMS Music Boosters will be holding a Silent Auction and Raffle Drawing an hour before and immediately after the concert. Items for auction are donations from SMS families and local businesses. All proceeds go to the Soldotna Middle School Music Program.

* Dec. 20 Final Day of Second Quarter

* Dec. 21 No school for students – Winter Break Begins / Teacher Work Day.

The Study

The Study wants to compliment Kelsi Ulrich on earning student of the month at Soldotna Middle School. Our guitar teacher Melissa Glaves wants to award Caleb Fredrickson with a diligence award. We are excited to announce Miss Dee Dee’s Christmas workshop! On December 22nd she will be focusing on a very merry “Clay Christmas!” Students will have a blast working with clay, cooking and exploring various art techniques. This workshop is 12-3, call The Study to reserve a spot. Drop your little darlings off for 3 hours and enjoy some Christmas shopping without the kids. Hey high schoolers!! Do you need your Alaska Studies Credit? Starting January 7th-March 13th Mrs. McCown and Mrs. Nelson will take students on a journey through our state exploring history, land, government and culture. Upon completion, students will recieve a .5 credit. We are also offering a Lewis and Clark mini workshop for grades fifth through eighth. This course is perfect for Home-school students needing a bit more history. This course meets two days a week starting January 8th and runs through January 31st from 1:30-3. We would also like to offer a private pilot ground school with the purpose of allowing students to gain all required knowledge to take the private pilot written exam required for pilot certification. Let us know what you think by emailing us at Thanks for an amazing year and have an amazing Holiday!

Tustumena Elementary

Here are the results of our Hoop Shoot competition for this year: In the 8 & 9 year old category; the winners are: Autumn Fischer & Alex Smith. In the 10 & 11 year old category; the winners are: Amanda Wylie & Brayden VanMeter. In the 12 & 13 year old category; the winners are Jemma Lane & Skyler Checketts.

* Dec. 21 the Kasilof Eagles and Boys & Girls Club are inviting Tustumena students to our school from 4 - 7 p.m., Santa Claus is Coming to Kasilof. There The Jolly Ol’ Fella has confirmed his early arrival at Tustumena. He will have presents for the kids, plus there will be reindeer games, cookie decorating and more. To get ready for him we could use any extra wrapping paper or Christmas LED lights you have around and can send in to school by December 7th.

There will be no PTO or Site Council Meetings in December

* Dec. 13 Music Concert grades 4-6 at 6 p.m.

* Dec. 14 Spelling Bee grades 4-6, 9:30 a.m.

* Dec. 21 End of Quarter, No school for students, inservice day for teachers

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.

Nikiski High School: Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD-CAM) academy starting Jan 22nd-Feb 15th. Mon-Fri 2:30-5:30. 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 January 8th at 3:00pm 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 & State Certification, and participate in Job Shadowing.

Soldotna High School: Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy starting February 21st-April 20th. Class days will be on Thursdays from 3:30-6:30 and Saturdays from 8:00am-1:00PM (Sat. class times vary). This course will cover all areas required to receive certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. The last week of class will be for review and the final exam. If you pass the exam you’ll receive your certification and an ETT patch.

Workforce Development Center (WDC-located behind KCHS): Welding academy starting February 26th-May 9th. Class days will be Tues, Wed and Thursdays from 2:30-4:30. Students will be building a 18’ flatbed trailer.

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