Schools: Around the District

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 http://www. 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 dtressler@kpbsd.k12. no later than three business days before the meeting date.

■ 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)

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools are closed on Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

KPBSD Career and Tech Department offers 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 the 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.

Soldotna High School: Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy starting Feb. 21-April 20. Class days will be on Thursdays from 3:30-6:30 and Saturdays from 8:00am-1:00 p.m. (Saturday 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 Feb. 26-May 9. Class days will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 2:30-4:30. Students will be building a 18-foot flatbed trailer.

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.

Ed Performance reminder: The window for all 5th and 7th grade students to take Ed Performance test for Reading, Mathematics and Language Arts ends on Friday. Letters have been sent home. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

The PTA will meet in the school Library on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

Family Fun Night is Friday at 6:00 p.m.

It is Kaleidoscope’s turn to present to the School Board this month. Tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough Building in Soldotna, our school will give a short presentation involving our 5th and 6th grade students. If your child turned in a signed permission slip stating they would be able to participate, please make sure they are there at 7:00 p.m. and are dressed in their Sunday best.

The first session of the Strategic Planning Committee will be held Friday at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday at 8:00 a.m. in the school library. For more information about our school strategic plan please contact Mrs. Dahlman.

Lottery applications for the 2013-2014 school year are being excepted in the school office. The deadline for all lottery applications is March 1 at 4:00 p.m. This includes sibling lottery applications as well. If you have any questions about the lottery, please call the office at 283-0804.

The Book Fair is coming soon. If you would like to volunteer during the week of Feb. 4-8 please call the office or PTA.

We are so grateful for all of the generous donations from our community to help our families during the holidays! Thank you.

Intramural Volleyball is starting for 4th – 6th grade students. There are still spots available!

■ Through Jan. 18 — All students will be participating in the Aims Assessment benchmark tests.

■ Jan. 14 — Site Council /PTA meeting to discuss school safety at 2:45 in the library. If you cannot attend please send feedback to Mrs. Linton.

■ Jan. 23 — Lock down safety drill at 1:00

■ Jan. 30 — NAEP Testing

School is back in full swing, and we trust that everyone had a great winter break. Be sure and start this semester out on the right foot. The study hall is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30-3:30. This is a great place to study and receive extra help with your homework. If you would like more information regarding the afterschool study hall, please contact Mrs. Bisset.

Activities for the Week

■ Tuesday: Basketball vs. Homer at 6:00

■ Thursday: Senior Night Wrestling vs. SoHi at 6:00

■ Saturday: Girls Basketball vs. Diamond at 1:30 and 3:00; Hockey vs. Chugiak at 4:15

Kenai Middle Site Council will meet on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Annual Geography Bee will be held in our library on the Wednesday. We will have a wrestling match on Friday at 3 p.m. After school tutoring will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday will be our first day for Clubs.

There will be a Site Council meeting on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the Library. Topics to be discussed include school security, new staff, e-readers, a Title 1 update, and the School Improvement Plan.

Student Council has designated Friday as “Pajama Day.” Students may wear their pajamas to school but will need to bring winter gear to go outside for recess.

Report cards will be going home with students on Friday.

Nikiski Middle-High School has had a great first semester in the classroom and on the field of play. The following seniors are instrumental in building a positive school culture through their leadership and accomplishments and have been selected as the Kenai Elks Student of the Month. Ashley Epperheimer, November. Trey Zimmerman, December.

Monday — C Team basketball at Homer, Girls at 4:00 p.m., Boys at 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday — J.V. Girls Basketball vs. Ninilchik at 4:30 p.m.; Boys Basketball at Kenai High School, J.V. at 6:00 p.m.,Varsity at 7:30 p.m.

Friday — Basketball at Seward, C Team Girls and Boys TBA, J.V. Girls at 3:00 p.m., J.V. Boys at 4:30 p.m., Varsity Girls at 6:00 p.m. Boys Varsity at 7:30 p.m.; High School Cross Country Skiing at Kenai Classic; Middle School Wrestling at Soldotna Middle School at 3:00 p.m. for the Kenai Invite

Saturday — Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Seldovia at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 17 there will be a Freshman Check-In Night for all NHS 9th grade students and their parents at 6:00 p.m. in the commons. This will be a time to check in on your student’s progress, to ask questions, and to play games and win prizes! There will be snacks and prizes for those Freshmen and their parents who attend.

Redoubt Elementary is holding their 1st Annual Winter Carnival fundraiser and silent auction Feb. 2 from noon-4:00 p.m. The school is hoping for your support in the form of a donation to the silent auction. This fundraiser is open to the community. As a family you can donate to the classroom theme baskets or you can provide a large auction item or both. Please consider donating gift certificates, autographed memorabilia, guided fishing trips, handmade treasures, gift baskets, or any valuable merchandise that you can provide. In appreciation for your donation, you will receive recognition in the auction program book and the Redoubt Elementary newsletter. Your contribution is tax deductible. All the funds raised will benefit Redoubt Elementary, a Kenai Peninsula Borough School, who has served Soldotna for the past 30 years. Redoubt Elementary Community’s Mission is to deliver a quality education in a safe environment.

The school would like to thank the following organizations and individuals who recently donated cash donations, clothing and their valuable time to our school. The Elks Club for their generous donation of $750.00 for our Christmas Kindness Program and for the warm hats and gloves.

Mr. Lovett and BP Fabric of America Fund for the generous check in the amount of $400.00. BP employees may recommend an organization as one that makes a positive contribution. If you are a BP employee and would like to learn more about this program please call the school office and Little Elf helpers, Oliver Massey, Tyce Escott and Camden Escott, who helped with our Christmas Kindness Program.

Mrs. Susan Braden is retiring from Redoubt Elementary this month. Mrs. Braden has worked at Redoubt for as long as most of us can remember. Her loving and caring demeanor with the students will be greatly missed along with her wonderful sense of humor. The students and staff at Redoubt would like to wish Mrs. Braden the best of luck. Happy Trails Mrs. Braden.

Monday — The second part of a three-part junior varsity basketball tournament will take place at Skyview today: 3:00 p.m. – Soldotna girls vs Cook Inlet Academy girls; 4:30 p.m. – Soldotna boys vs Cook Inlet Academy boys; 6:00 p.m. – Skyview girls vs Kenai Central girls; 7:30 p.m. – Skyview boys vs Kenai Central boys.

Be sure to check for the pool schedule, school calendar, daily announcements, scholarships, sports events, and lots of other helpful information.

The Soldotna Elementary wolves are excited about all the possibilities that the New Year brings!

Congratulations to our “paws”itively wonderful students for the month of December. Nathan Hawkins and Eddie Goans won a 2-topping pizza donated from Bub’s Pizza; Rae Bowman and Olivia Davis won Orca movie passes donated by Shelley Endsley! We also received a generous donation of Arby’s Free Kids Meal coupons donated by Tim Navarre and the five lucky recipients are J.D. Schmelzenbach, Dennis Taylor, Gage Hancock, Chris Bessette, and Hunter Crosby. Great job to all students who turned in a paw for the month of December!

The PTA meeting will be Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Childcare will be provided during the PTA meeting. Please come; everyone is welcome!

Rylee Erickson is the box top winner for the week of December 14th and Jackson Nelson is the box top winner for the week of Dec. 20; congratulations!

Miss. Burris’s fifth grade class and Mrs. Down’s first grade class are the winners of our Christmas Kindness Program. Each winning class will enjoy treats of their choice.

The ice cream snack sale is Jan. 25 at 2:00 p.m. Students can bring money to purchase an ice cream snack.

Sport Day is Jan. 25; wear your favorite team jersey!

Yearbooks are $60.

Senior ad space for parents to recognize their child is still available. Don’t delay. Call 260-7000 for more info.

Congratulations to the winners of the Soldotna Middle School 2012-2013 National Geographic School Geography Bee: 1st Place – Kallie Kenner, 2nd Place – John Holland, 3rd Place – Brian Dusek. Great job to all students that participated in this event!

Congratulations to the second quarter “Citizens of the Quarter”, Gage Burns-Hankins and Cameron Knowlton!

Competitive Wrestling, Competitive Cross Country Skiing and Intramural Volleyball are underway!

■ Wresting – Practices are at SMS from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. First scheduled meet is Friday, January 18 at Kenai – 3:00 p.m.

■ Cross Country Skiing – Practices are at Skyview High School from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. First scheduled meet is Saturday, January 26 – Seward Invitational at Seward – 3:00 p.m.

■ Intramural Volleyball – Practices are at SMS from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

A complete sports schedule of all games can be found online by visiting the Soldotna Middle School KPBSD Web Homepage at > Spartan Sports > 2012-2013 Sports Schedule

SMS Events:

■ Today — Site Council Meeting – Library – 3:40 p.m.

■ Tuesday — Ed Performance Testing for all 7th Grade Students

Happy New Year to everyone! The Study is happy to announce Fabi Peck will be teaching elementary Spanish two days a week for grades K-3 starting in February; call to secure your child’s spot. The Study is offering Alaska Studies Night Course for .5 credit. This course is required for graduation. Grades 9-12 can register. The Study is excited with the growth of its music programs which include voice, guitar and piano.

Today — Report cards sent home

Tuesday— PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

Tuesday-Wednesday — Lynx Track to Soldotna Sports Center for Ice Skating

Friday — 2nd Quarter Awards Ceremony

Jan. 28 — Site Council, 4 p.m.


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