Around the District



The Soldotna Connections office will be open the following hours over Christmas break: Dec. 26 – Jan. 4 (with the exception of Jan. 1), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed noon to 1p.m. No advisors will be available.

**Reminder to all parents that Semester 1 grade reports are due this Dec. 21. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions.** Second semester starts Janu. 7, 2013.

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.

Shelli Furlong would like to request that parents please return USED ink cartridges to the Soldotna Connections Office.

Cook Inlet Academy

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

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

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

January 28 at 6:30PM is Parent Night.

CIA’s Third Annual HOOPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS is back! Our elementary basketball camp will be held on January 2-5 (Wed-Sat). 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 Friday camp is 10AM -2PM and Saturday 9AM-3PM. 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.

K-Beach Elementary

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. 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

-Band Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the K-Beach gym

■ Dec. 21 No School, Inservice Day

We are sad to see our Exchange Teacher Mr. Brown leave this semester, and we are looking forward to Mr. Daniels’ return. Our students and staff are very fortunate to have had this experience with the Browns and we wish them a happy new year and safe travels home.


■ Dec. 19 the Kenai Senior Center Line Dancers will perform for the kids starting at 12:20 p.m. in the lunchroom.

■ Dec. 20 will be a fun filled day here at Kaleidoscope

-All students are invited to wear their P.J.s in support of our student council’s P.J. Day.

-There will be a Holiday sing along in the gym from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

-The 3rd and 4th grade will have a Read-In, information was sent home in the Friday folder.

-We will have an in-school Fun Fest from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

-The night will end with a Family Fun Night from 6:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 21 - Jan 7 Winter Break, we look forward to seeing everyone back to school.

■ Jan. 10 The APC will meet at 4 p.m. Parents are always welcome to attend.

Kenai Central

This year is rapidly ending. The end of the semester is Thursday, December 20th. Students will be busy taking finals and are hopefully spending time studying at home.

■ Dec. 19 Finals Day schedule 1, 4, 6

-7:45-8:40 a.m. Advisory/Study/Review

-8:45-10:20 a.m. 1st period finals

-10:20-10:30 a.m. Break

-10:35 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. 4th period finals

-12:10-12:40 p.m. Lunch

-12:40-2:15 p.m. 6th period

■ Dec 20 Finals Day schedule 2,5,7

-7:45-8:40 a.m. Advisory/Study/Review

-8:45-10:20 a.m. 2nd period finals

-10:20-10:30 a.m. Break

-10:35 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. 5th period finals

-12:10-12:40 p.m. lunch

-12:40-2:15 p.m. 7th period

The following after school academies are available for students to attend starting in January:Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing, Welding, ETT (Emergency Trauma Technician), PCA (Personal Care Attendant), Marine Technology, Accounting. For more information contact Debbie Pearson: or your school counselor.

Have a Merry Christmas and don’t forget that classes will resume on Monday, January 7, 2013.

Kenai Middle School

Sixth grade wrestling has started here at Kenai Middle. After School Tutoring will be held on the 18th & 19th. The annual Canned Food Drive is in full swing and will continue until December 20th. We will have a school assembly on the 20th with fun activities, and choir and band performances. December 20th is the last day of school before Winter break. There is a district wide in-service on the 21st. School will resume January 7th. Volleyball (for 7th & 8th) and XC-Skiing and Wrestling (for 6th, 7th and 8th) will begin on January 7th. Have a Happy Holiday!

Mountain View Elementary

We had more than 150 students participate in the Annual Elk’s Hoop Shoot this year at Mountain View. Mekhai Rich, Amanda Parazoo, Joan Virg-In, & McCullen Gaul placed first in their age groups and went on to represent Mountain View at the Kenai Rec. Center. Mekhai Rich took first place overall and is eligible to compete in the state shoot-off in Anchorage. We are proud of all our students and their participation in the hoop shoot.

Our winter concert for 1st & 2nd grade students will be on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00 PM in the KCHS auditorium. The dress rehearsal will take place the morning of December 18 at KCHS. The students will be traveling by bus leaving Mountain View at 8:50 AM and returning at 11:30 AM.

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

There will be a staff inservice day on Friday, December 21. There will be no school for students. Assessing Learning, Bully Proofing Mountain View & Professional Learning Community Development are on the agenda.

Winter Break is December 24 – January 6. Students return to school on Monday, January 7.

Nikiski Middle High

* Dec. 17 C Team Basketball vs. Kenai – Girls at 3 p.m., Boys at 4:15 p.m.

* Dec. 18 Boys Basketball at Kenai High School – JV Boys at 4 p.m., Varsity Boys at 5:30 p.m.

* Dec. 20

High School Cross Country Skiing at Skyview

High School Snowcoming Dance 8–11p.m. Guest List available at the front office.

* Dec. 21 No School for Students! Teacher In Service Day.

Nikiski High School Student of the Month for November – Ashley Epperheimer

Nikiski High School Student of the Month for December – Trey Zimmerman

* Jan.7 – Students Back to School!

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Nikiski High School Wrestling Team for placing 3rd in the 1A/2A/3A State Wrestling Championships as well as earning the Highest Combined Grade Point Average Award.

“As you may have noticed December 7th and 8th our school hosted a little event known as the Alaska State Wrestling Championships. The top wrestlers from every corner of Alaska participated. Among the very best in the state were our own Bulldog Wrestlers. With 42 teams competing Nikiski placed 3rd. Nikiski’s 10 wrestlers scored enough points beat teams that brought 15 or more. 70 percent of Nikiski’s wrestlers earned the title of state placer. In addition to a great performance Nikiski took home the Academic Achievement award for Highest Combined Grade Point Average. Way to go guys! Congratulations on a great year wrestlers! You have a lot to be proud of.” - Coach Anders

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Last month NNS students participated in the American Math Challenge. The top six students scoring 2,000 points or higher were: Emilee Braun - 4,333 points, Trista Apted – 4,316 points, Sam Smith – 4,256 points, Brenden Boehme – 3,003 points, Savannah Ley – 2,799 points, and Faith Burleson – 2,651 points. The top scoring class was Mr. Matt Boyle’s class with a total of 27,682 points which was the 2nd highest class in the state. Congratulations to all who participated!

Mrs. Armstrong’s class recently hosted Dale Lawyer and his search and rescue dog, Ares. The students participated in the Lost in the Woods program and learned about outdoor safety.

Please remember to send your child to school with adequate outdoor winter gear. This includes a warm hat, gloves or mittens, boots, snow pants and or snow suit/winter coat. It is also important to make sure that your child’s name is written somewhere on their gear. We appreciate your help with making sure your child is dressed properly for outdoor recesses.

Many thanks and kudos to the NNS PTA for organizing and running the Kids Holiday Shoppe last week. We appreciate your dedication to the school and the students!

There is no school on Friday, December 21st because of teacher inservice. Christmas break is Dec. 24 - Jan. 4. School resumes on Jan. 7. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

Redoubt Elementary

Thank You PTA, Redoubt has a new electronic reader board on the front of the school. The reader board will be used to inform parents and students about important upcoming school events and other school information.

Elks Hoop Shoot Results, congratulations to the following Redoubt students who participated in this year’s Elks Hoop Shoot. The Hoop Shoot took place at Soldotna Middle School, Saturday, December 1st. Boys age 8-9, 1st Place, Thomas Hudson, age 10-11, 1st Place, Jersey Truesdel, age 12-13, CJ Mayer. Girls age 8-9, 1st Place, Emma Brantley, age 10-11, 2nd Place, Kianna Holland, age 12-13, 2nd Place, Aliann Schmidt.

No PTA meeting for December, next meeting January 8th 3:45 pm.

No Site Council meeting for December, next meeting January 9th 3:45 pm.

Redoubt’s PTA Christmas Kindness Program provided Christmas gifts for 20 Redoubt families this holiday season. We would like to thank everyone who purchased gifts for our angel tree. Special thanks to Angela Massey & Brigette Escott for coordinating this incredible program every year. The extra time and care you put forth does not go unnoticed. Thank you

Our 2012 Elf Shelf Holiday Store was a big hit. We appreciate all of our Redoubt families that allowed their children to participate in this sale. The students absolutely loved shopping for their family and friends. The Redoubt Elementary PTA would like to extend our gratitude and recognize the efforts of those who helped put this event together. Mr. Pothast for supporting Redoubt Elementary PTA in so many school activities. Mrs. Baldwin & Mrs. Hale for being so flexible and letting us use the library for 3 full days. Mrs. Helminski & Mrs. Bauder for including Elf Shelf notices in the newsletter and for your all around support. Lori Marquardt for the use of a SOHI cash register. Redoubt Faculty for all that you do to support the students and PTA, with good humor and a lot of patience. 5th/6th graders for helping the younger students shop, wrapping gifts, and moving furniture. We would also like to thank the following PTA members and volunteers for their time and hard work. Jen Dowd, Rebecca Stimmel, Erika Arthur, Kari Hudson, Angela Kenner, Cameron Blackwell, Angela Massey, Cyndy Denna, Brooke Belluomini, Michelle Blackwell, Marlene Lewis, Brenna Belluomini, Patti Books, Keeley Withrow, Alexis Osborn, Sheila Casey, Kelli Arthur , Chloe Newby & Jenna Helminski.

Merry Christmas, Barb Belluomini, Redoubt Elementary School PTA President & Elf Shelf Holiday Store Chair

* Jan. 18 Fun Fest

* Feb. 2 Redoubt’s First Annual Winter Carnival will be held. Volunteers will be needed for this event. If you can help, please email Ms. Belger at or call the school office at 260-4300.


* Dec. 18 – Winter sports teams will be introduced during an afternoon assembly. The class schedule is available at

* Dec. 19 – Final exams: The day will begin with period 3 (advisory/study/review), followed by exams in periods 1, 4, and 6.

* Dec. 20 – Final exams: The day will begin with period 3 (advisory/study/review), followed by exams in periods 2, 5, and 7.

* Dec. 20 –The junior varsity and varsity boys’ basketball teams will host Kenai Central at 4:30 and 6:00 pm.

* Jan. 8 - Here’s an opportunity for seniors, male or female, interested in any medical field to earn the basics of patient care. The after school Personal Care Attendant (PCA) academy is being offered next semester. One-half practical art credit will be awarded upon completion of the course (one-half elective credit if you have already fulfilled the Practical Art/Art requirement). First Aid certification, job shadowing, and possible state certification are included in this academy. Also, by taking this academy, participants will receive one credit toward the UAA nursing program. Please see Mr. Wertz or Nurse Betty for more information. There is a mandatory meeting at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, January 8, in Room C106 at Skyview. To register go to:

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 Middle

Second Quarter Fees - Does your student have an outstanding fee? Please check on Power School for the balance due. Fees need to be paid to the front office by the end of the quarter.

* Dec. 18 Winter Band & Choir Concert in the SMS Big Gym at 7:00 pm. 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 – Teacher Work Day

* Dec. 21 to Jan 6 No School - Winter Break

* Jan. 7 Cross Country Skiing / Volleyball / Wrestling Begin. All students who wish to join must turn in the required sports forms before they can participate. Forms must be filled out for each sport. All forms can be picked up at the Front Office or found online on the Soldotna Middle School KPBSD Web Homepage <> > Spartan Sports > Required Sports Paperwork > Forms 1-4.

The Study

Mrs. McCown wants to award Chelsea Lawrence Rockin Reading Award! Mrs. Nelson wants to award Randi Rose Harris with the walking into school independently 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 receive 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!

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.

New online classes that are also offered are: Accounting, Intro to Pharmacy Tech, Intro to Career Pathways and Digital Photography.

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 Ak Dept of Labor and Workforce Development, The Ak Dept of Commerce and Economic Development and The AK Youth First Program.