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. kpbsd.k12.ak.us/school_board.aspx?id=13414. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ak.us 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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Community meeting to discuss school reconfiguration planned
A community meeting to solicit feedback on school reconfiguration ideas is planned for Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Soldotna High School library. The proposed reconfiguration would create two middle schools, grades 7-9, for Soldotna area students, and one high school for grades 10-12.
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.
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 8:00 a.m.-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: http://onestop.kpbsd.k12.ak.us
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.
Cook Inlet Academy
Feb. 4 is Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. This was changed from the original date of today due to a basketball game.
February 7-8 are Parent Teacher Conferences. On Feb. 7 there will be no school for 7-12th grade. On Feb. 8 there will be no school for Pre-K through 12th grade.
Feb. 18, CIA will be closed in observance of President’s Day.
Feb. 25 is the Geography Fair.
Please make sure to check out Sycamore for detailed information regarding important school information and announcements, 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.
Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Students (Honor Roll recipients at CIA must have a quarterly GPA of at least 3.6 AND be taking at least 4 classes at CIA):
Honor Roll (3.6-3.79): Madeline Carey, Kimberly Schilling, Richele McGahan, Seth Davey, Caleb Lyons, Erica McGahan
High Honor Roll (3.8-3.99): Kendra Brush, Riley Smithwick, Breona DeLon, Brady Hammond, Danielle Hills, Victoria Cizek, Tommy Blada
Highest Honor Roll (4.0): Sonya Houser, Kailyn Tachick, Connor Yarnes, Emma Lyons, Ciara Gale, Madison Orth, Jessie Zimmerman, Kelsey Tachick, Adam Uchtman, Megan Bauder, Cara Davidson, Koebryn Mlynarik
Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
Sign up sheets to bring food for the staff during Parent Teacher Conferences on Feb. 7-8 are posted on the PTA bulleting board. 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 email@example.com.
Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science invites the community to join them for A Fiesta in February on Feb. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the school gym. Dinner tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 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. Raffle tickets are $10.00 each. One winner will be drawn for every 100 raffle tickets sold. Kaleidoscope is commissioning a large scale outdoor art piece to represent the school. All proceeds for this fundraiser will benefit the Art Piece. For tickets or more info, contact 283-0804.
Re-enrollment forms were mailed out last 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
Students and staff enjoyed the opportunity to hear Tlingit drumming and singing at the assembly on Jan. 18. A special thank you to George Holly for this amazing performance.
Today — Site Council meeting to discuss school safety at 2:45 in the library.
Wednesday — 4th grade NAEP Testing; Safety Seal presentation
Friday — Family Fun Night
Feb. 7-8 — Parent Teacher Conferences (no school)
Feb. 11 — Soldotna Area Schools K-Beach Community meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. in the library!
Feb. 15 — K-Beach Forensics competition
Feb. 22 — K-Beach Talent Show at 6:30 p.m.
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.
Kenai Central High
We are well into second quarter, if you are starting to fall behind, please make plans to receive extra help and attend the afterschool study hall in the library. The study hall is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30-3:30. For more information, please contact Mrs. Bisset.
Juniors are hard at work researching and exploring future careers. The annual Job Shadow Day will be February 27. If your business is interested in hosting a student, please contact the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at 283-7989.
On Tuesday Kenai Middle School’s Future Problem Solvers will complete the State Qualifying Competition. Good luck to our Future Problem Solvers! Thursday Kenai Middle School, Kaleidoscope, and Mountain View Elementary will hold a Talent Show at KCHS Auditorium at 7 p.m. Congratulations to last week’s Character Counts winners: Maiya Anderson and Demetrious Hawkins!
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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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. 7-8. There will be no school for students.
The Library will be holding a book fair Feb. 4-8. If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair please call the office at 283-8600.
Today and Tuesday — High School Mass/Honor Band at KCHS
Tuesday — Basketball vs. Homer at Nikiski: JV Girls, 3:00 p.m.; JV Boys, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Girls, 6:00 p.m.; Varsity Boys, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday — C Team vs. Skyview at Nikiski: C Team Girls, 3:00 p.m.; C Team Boys, 4:15 p.m.
Friday — Basketball vs. Houston at Nikiski: JV Girls, 3:00 p.m.; JV Boys, 4:30 p.m.; Varsity Girls, 6:00 p.m.; Varsity Boys, 7:30 p.m.
Friday — Middle School Cross Country Skiing at Homer Invite, 3:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday — DDF at West
Saturday — Middle School Wrestling at Soldotna Middle School Rubber Chicken Meet, 10:00 a.m.
Saturday — Basketball vs. Cordova at Nikiski: JV Girls, 12:00 p.m.; JV Boys, 1:30 p.m.; Varsity Girls, 3:00 p.m.; Varsity Boys, 4:30 p.m.
Important Dates to note:
Feb. 7 — No School for Students, Parent/Teacher Conferences
Feb. 8 — No School for Students, Teacher Inservice Day
April 19 — Make-Up Day for school closure
Nikiski North Star Elementary
Congratulations to the following NNS students who placed at the Elks Hoop Shoot in December: Caleb Griffith – 1st place boys 8-9 years old, Olivia Easley – 1st place girls 8-9 years old, Kyle Malston – 3rd place boys 10-11 years old and Angela Druesdow – 3rd place girls 10-11 years old.
We will be having our annual Spring Scholastic Book Fair beginning Feb. 4 and running until noon on Feb. 8. The book sale will be open during school hours for classes and also during parent/teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday. Plan now to attend and enjoy this Love of Reading Month event.
Come join us for some family fun at Redoubt Elementary for our 1st Annual Winter Carnival fundraiser and silent auction, Saturday from noon until 4:00 p.m. There will be a lot of games, prizes, for children and a silent gift basket auction for adults. All proceeds are going directly to the benefit of Redoubt Elementary Students to reinstate an Artist in Residence Program. All extra proceeds will go for other new exciting equipment pieces. Please bring cash or checks, your friends and family, and neighbors. There will be raffles and contests throughout the event! Some of the auction items include a 32 inch LCD flat screen Samsung TV, A Ride to School in a Fire Truck and various theme baskets such as; Chocolate Lovers, Movie Night, Sports, Pet Lover, Scrapbooking, Gift Cards, Bakers, Game Night, Knitting, Beach Party, Valentines, Dental, Fishing Bucket, Coffee Lovers, Chicka Chicka Boom, Picnic in the Park, Magic Tree House, Spa and Out Door Toys.
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.
Redoubt PTA is looking for volunteers to help with specific booths at the Winter Carnival, including: Ice Bowling, Wii Games, Concessions, Balloon Darts, Outdoor Sports Booths and other exciting booths. These booths will be all setup for you to run; all we need is your energy and help. Please call the school at 260-4300 if you would like to make a donation or would like to volunteer for this event.
Congratulations! Redoubt Students reached the 2nd quarter PBIS goal last week. In celebration students enjoyed Crazy Hat & Crazy Hair Day Friday Jan. 18th. Thank you for being Safe, Respectful and Responsible!
Box Top Winners, last week were Zac Buckbee, Hunter Johnson and Kenny Johnson, congratulations.
BP Teachers of Excellence Program is now accepting nominations to honor exceptional Alaska teachers. Complete information is available at www.bpteachers.com
Parent Teacher conferences are Feb. 7-8, no school for students. Conference scheduling information will be sent home soon.
Jersey Truesdell in Ms. Farmer’s 5th grade was the winner of Redoubt’s Geography Bee this year.
Today — Honor Band students will attend rehearsals at Kenai Central.
Today — The junior varsity basketball teams will play Soldotna at 3:00 and 4:30 pm at the junior varsity tournament at Kenai Central.
Tuesday — Honor Band students will continue rehearsals at Kenai Central for the concert to be held there at 6:30pm.
Wednesday — These January Soldotna Rotary Students of the Month will be recognized at a lunch provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club: Randy Bass, Austin Craig, Tylor Dolan, Timothy Dunn, Taylor Fields-Jones, Irelynn Hesse, Meghan Powers, Jesus Bakkar Silves, Tennessee Walker, and Catherine Wolk.
Thursday — C team basketball at Nikiski for 3:00 and 4:15 pm games
Thursday-Saturday — Varsity basketball at Barrow tournament
Saturday — Nordic ski at Seward
Feb. 7 — Parent/Teacher conferences will be held from noon-3:00 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the school commons.
The school will be locking the parking lot entrance door from 7:50 a.m. to noon and from 12:35-2:25 p.m.
Also note that during school hours the only open door will be the Front Entrance Commons/Flag Pole doors. The above is to improve our overall school security.
SoHi will be having school on April 19 (make-up day) for missing Jan. 14.
Soldotna High School is collecting gently used prom dresses, shoes, and accessories for Cinderella’s Closet 2013. This is a program where local ladies in need can receive free prom items. The program has helped over 250 ladies from Ninilchik to Nikiski. Items can be dropped off to the main office.
Yearbooks can be ordered online at josten.com 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: www.parchment.com 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!
A final transcript is one that shows your second semester grades. If you order your transcript in the 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.
John-Mark Pothast was chosen as the December 7th Grade Chamber Student of the Month. He will be honored at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday at Froso’s Restaurant at noon. Congratulations John-Mark!
Parent Teacher Conferences — Feb. 7 and Feb. 8. New Scheduled Appointment Times! Please contact the counseling department if you need to change your conference time.
Don’t forget to nominate your favorite teacher for the BP Teacher of Excellence Award! Deadline is Feb. 15.
Friday — Cross Country Skiing at Homer Invitational, 3 p.m.
Saturday — Soldotna Invitational Rubber Chicken Tournament at Soldotna Middle School, 9 a.m.
Intramural Volleyball ends on Tuesday. Competitive Volleyball begins on February 4.
Soldotna Montessori Charter School
Students in grades 3-6 may participate in the school and state Spelling Bees. Practice sessions are under way. The school Spelling Bee will be held at 10 a.m., 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 Feb. 4 at 5:30 in the school office. All parents are welcome.
Today — Site Council, 4 p.m.
Today-Thursday — Pre-Registration for 2013-14 Kindergarten from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Friday — School Carnival, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday — 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. 15 — Mighty Meatball Italian Dinner ($5) Fundraiser for 6th Grade, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 — PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.
Feb. 25 — Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.
Feb. 26 — 6th Grade Parent Night Orientation at SMS, 6:30 p.m.
March 2 — D/W Forensics at Tustumena School
March 5 — SMS Counselor’s visit 6th Grade
March 8 — No school/Inservice Day/End of 3rd Quarter
March 11-15 — No school/ Spring Break
March 19 — PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.
March 19-21 — Lynx Track
March 25 Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.
March 29 — 3rd Quarter Award’s Ceremony