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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 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.

■ 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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No school today

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools are closed today in observance of Alaska Civil Rights Day.

Career and Technical Program offers training

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.

Connections Home-school

Spelling Bee Reminder: Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate in our Spelling Bee to build confidence, increase vocabulary, and improve spelling skills.

Our local Spelling Bee will be held on Jan. 29 in Soldotna at the Gilman River Center at 1:00 p.m.

The 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee will be held on March 1 at the Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.

Contact Lennie Yoter at or 714-8880 for information or with questions.

IDEA Home-school

IDEA is accepting enrollments for the 2013-14 school year, please visit our website: or call 260-7555.

IDEA would like to congratulate all of the 4th through 8th grade students who participated in the school Geo Bee on Jan. 11. Each student answered questions in 7 rounds of competition on geography topics ranging from U.S. Geography to World Comparisons. Our participants were: Penelope Litzen, Stephen Pearson, Dominic Alioto, Zion Alioto, Aubrey Duncan, Megan Harden, Annika Castenholz, Makayla Murdaugh, Ahlysse Beard, and Polar Beard. Special congratulations to our runner-up: Ruth Pearson and our champion: Peter Hilbish. Peter will represent our school at the state competition in Anchorage later this spring.

Parents have you struggled to get your kids excited about writing? Or maybe they just write whatever pops into their heads with no organization. Well come to the parent writing workshop on Tuesday from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the IDEA office to learn some strategies and share your own strategies for these common writing challenges.

Students in grades 3 through 8 who would like to participate in the Scripps spelling Bee need to come by the office or call 260-7555 to register. Practice lists are available for this event to be held on February 1st.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

PTA news:

■ Signup sheets to bring food for the staff during Parent Teacher Conferences on Feb. 7-8 will be posted on Tuesday. If you are willing to help our great teachers and staff with the much appreciated gift of food and desserts, please consider signing up!! If you cannot sign up in person, please contact the PTA at

■ Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science invites the community to join them for A Fiesta in February. The Fiesta will be held Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school gym. Dinner tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 and up. A Pick Your Prize Raffle presented by Sportsman’s Warehouse will include camping, hiking, hunting and fishing gear packages. One winner will be drawn from every 100 raffle tickets sold. Raffle tickets are $10 each. Kaleidoscope is commissioning a large scale outdoor art piece to represent the school. All proceeds raised will benefit this Art Piece. Please join us for food, friends and fun! For tickets and info, contact Heather at

Re-enrollment forms will be mailed out this week. Please fill out this form and return it to the office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Feb. 15 in order to secure your child’s position in Kaleidoscope for next year.

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.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

We are very excited to have Mr. Daniels back from Australia and can’t wait for him to share all of his stories with us about his experience.

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

■ Wedensday — Lock down safety drill at 1:00

■ Jan. 28 — Site Council meeting to discuss school safety at 2:45 in the library.

■ Jan. 30 — 4th grade NAEP Testing; Safety Seal presentation

■ Feb. 2 — Family Fun Night

■ Feb. 11 — Soldotna Area Schools K-Beach Community meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. in the library!

Kenai Central High School

The students at staff at Kenai Central High School have been taking advantage of the new technology that the district has provided. Earlier this month the technology issues were solved in Yemen and the World History students were able to have their first of four video conferences with the school in Sana’a, Yemen. There were 35 students from Kenai Central and Skyview participate in the video conference that lasted about 75 minutes. Students introduced themselves and shared prepared slideshows and a video movie about their school and communities. They also asked and answered questions about each other’s daily lives in school and home. One of the requirements to be involved in this program thru Global Nomads Group is to work on a project collaboratively. Our students exchanged ideas and have tentatively come up with the idea for a music video based on the culture of each group. The kids were engaged and excited about the first video conference. Our next meeting is Feb. 20. If your student is signed up and participating and you would like to sit in you are more than welcome to attend.

Many of our students in Mrs. Davis’ Anatomy and Physiology class participated in a Polycom special event and watched a live in real-time knee replacement surgery. About 100 students participated in this incredible event in which the doctor on the east coast was completely interactive during the surgery with the students.

Kenai Middle School

There will be After School Tutoring Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There is a wrestling match against Nikiski on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Our XC-Ski team will race in Seward on the Saturday at 3 p.m. Congratulations to last week’s Character Counts winners: Raeliana Feik, and Sierra Brooks!

Mountain View Elementary

Students will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart to benefit the American Heart Association. Jumping will take place during their regular P.E. classes January 29, 30 and 31.

Forensics Club for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will meet on most Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. through Feb. 19. Students need to have a signed permission slip and will need to be picked up promptly at 4:30 p.m. Forensics is an opportunity for students to participate in public speaking. Students will also learn how to write and perform speeches. For more information call Brittney Johnson at 283-8600. The in-school Forensics competition will take place on Feb. 20. Those 4th and 5th grade students that are chosen to move on will compete in the district Forensics competition on March 2.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Feb. 7 and 8. There will be no school for students. Please return your form indicating your preference for a conference time to your child’s teacher by Friday.

Congratulations to our Geography Bee participants. Our school winner is Kai McKibben, with Faith Virg-In as the runner-up, and Erika Gjovig at a close third.

Congratulations to the following students for having perfect attendance for the 2nd quarter: Timothy Anderson III, Khloe Anderson, Kristi Anderson, Rosalie Anderson, Taylor Andrew, Tamia Barnes, Tanner Brooks, Jaiden Burdick, Synder Calderon, Michael Canning, Summer Cartier, Tania Cazares, Kalista Cornett, Kandice Cornett, Nolan Cotton, Tatihana Dehoyos, Gary Dent, Alisabeth Dilucchio, Michael Dominic, Daemon Duniphin, John Einerson, Ayla Farris, Aaliyah Fitzpatrick, Aaron Fleming, William Gifford, Savannah Gjovig, Alexis Gomes, Camilla Gonzalez, Joseph Gottschalk, Miya Gottschalk, Sara Gottschalk, Elizabeth Grzybowski, Judah Higgins, Austin Hobaugh, Makai Johansen, Cassandre Jusmable, Owen Karoll, Mycka Kinser, Lance Kramer, Melvin Lloyd, Cesar Lopez, Memphis Lyon, Sierra Maes, Carmen Mallory, Emelia Malone, Benjamin Merritt, Avia Miller, Chloe Moffett, Devan Moore, Kristopher Morris, Devin Murphy, Vanessa Nyholm, Omar Palma, Jeramiah Payton, Pierce Peterson, Kara Pratt, Emilie Price, Jayden Rodgers-Whipple, Anna Schneider, Nicholas Sloan, Samuel Sloan, Ayden Spann, Bella Stauss, Delaney Storms, Shade Thiele, Isaiah Thomas, Taylor Thompson, Isaiah Ticknor, Layne Todd, Drake Torgeson, Genesis Trevino, Faith Virg-In, Joan Virg-In, Reanna Virg-In, Haven Walluk, Kaitlyn Walsh, Talon Whicker, Kennedy Whitney, Liam Whitney, Lydia Williams-Vasilie, TaraLynn Williams-Vasilie, William Wilson III, Andrew Wilson, Emilee Wilson, Hanna Wilson, Samiel Wilson, Savanna Wilson, Donovan Wynn, Jalyn Yeoman, Jenna Yeoman, & Jaryn Zoda.

Nikiski Middle-High

Tony Jackson was recognized as the Crystal Apple recipient for his work as our Middle School Special Education Teacher.

Our Middle School will be having an assembly to recognize our first semester Honor Roll students and Students of the Quarter on Tuesday.

The 24th annual ERA Aviation Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament was held this past weekend. The Nikiski Girls basketball team placed 2nd. Nikiski had four athletes selected for the All-Tournament Team: For the boys team, Seth Carstens. For the girls team, Alyssa Darch, Rachel Thompson, and Sienna Wallis. We appreciate all of the people who volunteered their time to make this tournament a success.

The Nikiski Counseling Department is holding the College Goal Alaska here on Feb. 5 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be a FAFSA Completion event, where students and parents can bring in tax information and get expert assistance filling it out.

Upcoming dates:

■ Monday — Varsity basketball at Cook Inlet Academy, Girls Varsity at 5:30 p.m., Boys Varsity at 7:00 p.m.; C Team Basketball vs. Homer, C Team Girls at 3:00 p.m., C Team Boys at 4:15 p.m.

■ Tuesday — Girls Basketball at Nikolaevsk, J.V. Girls at 3:00 p.m., Varsity Girls at 4:00 p.m.

■ Thursday — C Team Basketball at Skyview, C Team Girls at 3:00 p.m., C Team Boys at 4:15 p.m.

■ Friday — Basketball at Skyview. JV Girls at 3:00 p.m., JV Boys at 4:30 p.m.,Varsity Girls at 6:00 p.m., Varsity Boys at 7:30 p.m.; Middle School XC Skiing at Nikiski, 3:00 p.m.

■ Saturday — Middle School Wrestling at Nikiski Invite, 10:00 a.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge. Childcare, door prizes and snacks are always provided. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the PTA at

Our school Geography Bee was held on Jan. 11. The 2013 Geography Bee Champion for NNS is fourth grader Kyle Malston. Congratulations Kyle! Second place goes to Sabena Christoffersen and third place to both Boden Quiner and Brenden Boehme. Congratulations to our other classroom geobee winners and representatives: Martin Cox, Brayde Wolfe, Kaylee Johnson, Emily Dunham, Emma Lakin, and Connor Chenault. Congratulations again to all participants!

We will be having a Spring Scholastic book fair during parent/teacher conferences the first week of February. Plan now to attend this Love of Reading month event. If you need more information, please call the school library at 776-2630.

Congratulations to the December Character Counts! Students of the Month: Linnaea Dohse, Athena Henry, Bryan McCollum, Celina Martinez, Connor Chenault, Cooper Stock, Daegan Mullin, Ethan Reid, Isabella Wolfe, Matthew Cluff, Matthew Hyatt, Mia Velie, Michael Stillings, Tyler Jackman, Wyatt McGuire, Wynter Yeager, and Ashlyn Harris. These students were treated to a pizza lunch with Principal Callahan last week.

Skyview High

Tuesday – Junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will host Homer, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday – Site Council will meet in the library at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday – C team basketball teams will host Nikiski, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Friday – Junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will host Nikiski, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Feb. 7 – Parent/Teacher conferences will be held from noon-3:00 and 4:00-7:00 p.m.

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

Soldotna High

Congratulation to the following computer students for completing the cartoon animation course using Adobe Flash: Devin Cook, Josh Cochran, Kelci Benson, Chase Corona Cain, Allen Ellsworth, Gen Gallagher, Alissa Garcia, Sabrina Gibbs, Ian Grainge, Caleb Harshman, Rebecca Holt, Jory Hubbard, Dalton Lohrke, Malyq McElroy, Logan Parks, Emma Selden, Shae Vanmeter, Miranda Wolfe, and Tristan Wright.

The PC Pro team held a pizza lunch to kick off their online projects with Ms. Bartman.

Yearbooks can be ordered online at or in room 76 for $60. Personalization features are still available.

A limited amount of senior ad space is available in the yearbook. Call 260-7000 for more information.

There are two ways to order a transcript. Each way serves a different purpose.

If you need a transcript sent to a college or NCAA or a similar agency, then you will need to log on to: to order transcripts to be sent. The request is then forwarded to SoHi. After processing, it then goes through cyberspace… rather than the US mail… to get to its destination, which is much faster! All transcripts that are headed for NCAA, colleges, etc. have to be processed this way!

Final transcripts: a final transcript is one that shows your second semester grades. If you order your transcript when we are IN second semester,,, you will need to make sure you choose “next grading period” when you go on to Parchment, that way your transcript request will wait until the grades are in at the end of the year before it is sent.

Soldotna Middle

2013 BP Teacher of Excellence nominations are being accepted. Please visit the Soldotna Middle School KPBSD Web Homepage at > Student/Parent Information > BP Teacher Nominations for information on how you can recognize an outstanding teacher in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District!

Upcoming events:

■ Site Council Meeting that was scheduled for Jan. 14 has been rescheduled to Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m., SMS Library.

■ SMS Spelling Bee – Jan. 31

■ Parent Teacher Conferences — Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, New Scheduled Appointment Times! Completed scheduling forms are being processed and a conference time will be sent home with students this week.

SMS Sports Schedule:

■ Friday — Cross Country Skiing, Nikiski Invitational at Nikiski, 3 p.m.

■ Saturday — Wrestling, Nikiski Invitational at Nikiski, 10 a.m.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Students in grades 3-6 may participate in the school and state Spelling Bees. Practice sessions begin this week. The school Spelling Bee will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 11 in the school library. The winner will participate in the State Bee on March 1 in Anchorage.

Students in grades 4-6 are launching a series community service projects for the remainder of the school quarter. Students will be traveling to the Food Bank, the Soldotna Senior Center and Heritage Place during their lunch hour to contribute time and service to our community.

Kindergartners are enjoying studying Japan. They will soon be “traveling” from Japan to China in their classroom submarine.

Students in grades 1-3 are beginning a study of the life cycle of Salmon. They will be studying salmon, having guest speakers, dissecting salmon and going ice fishing with the Department of Fish and Game.

The next Academic Policy Committee meeting will be held on Monday, February 4 at 5:30 in the school office. All parents are welcome.

Tustumena Elementary

Starting next August, we will have Boys and Girls Club “before school” supervision beginning at 7:30 a.m. This means that B&G Club members can be dropped off early enough for parents to make it to town by 8 a.m. if their job calls for it. It is possible that this extension of their program could start this spring if there is enough interest in it. If this program may benefit your family, please contact Michele Hayman at: You can view other news from the Kasilof Boys and Girls Club by following the link:

As many of you already know, we are now publishing an enhanced version of our newsletter electronically. The link is sent to the email addresses we have on file. We will continue to publish this document in both formats for several weeks but will eventually convert completely to electronic except for families who request a paper copy be sent home. This change will save money, enhance our ability to include pictures and informational links, and provide you with instant access as well as the ability to share the newsletter with family and friends anywhere in the world. Not to mention it is the “Green” thing to do.

We just finished our Geography Bee and we are proud to announce that Laurel Glaves is our 2012/2013 Champion. Laurel won the honor of taking a test to determine if she qualifies to compete in the Alaska State Geography Bee. Congratulations Laurel! Laurel won out over Holly Todd after several rounds of tie breakers.

Another piece of news on the district level, we are continuing to meet and develop ideas around school configuration in the Soldotna area. On Jan. 10, elementary teachers and community members met with district administrators to discuss how to best meet the needs of our students and community. There will be a community meeting here at Tustumena on Feb. 10 to provide opportunity to receive information and to gather input. You are also invited to attend the Tustumena Site Council meeting on Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.

Upcoming dates to remember:

Feb. 1 — D/W Battle of Books, 3/4

Feb. 6 — D/W Battle of Books, 5/6

Feb. 7-8 — No school for Students/Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb. 26 — 6th Grade Parent Night Orientation @ SMS, 6:30

March 2 — D/W Forensics at Tustumena School