School news

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.

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■ 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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On Feb. 11 at 6:00 p.m., parents, students, and community members, and KPBSD staff are invited to attend a meeting to learn about the potential school reconfiguration for our Soldotna and greater Soldotna area schools. Meetings will be held at K-Beach Elementary School; Redoubt Elementary School; Skyview High School; River City Academy; Soldotna Elementary School; Soldotna Montessori Charter School; Soldotna High School; Soldotna Middle School; Sterling Elementary School; and Tustumena Elementary School. The proposed reconfiguration would create two middle schools, grades 7-9, for Soldotna area students, and one high school for grades 10-12.

The BP Teachers of Excellence program is taking nominations of outstanding teachers who are making a difference for Alaska’s young people.

The program is open to teachers statewide, and nominations will be accepted on-line at until Feb. 15.

Each year, BP recognizes Teachers of Excellence with a $500 gift card for the teacher and a matching $500 to the teacher’s school. Last year, after expanding the program to school districts across Alaska, BP received more than 1,400 nominations.

For more information about the program call 1-888-530-8962 or 907-564-4001.

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:

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 students are invited to a special assembly at Cook Inlet Academy School on Tuesday. CIA is having a special guest Storyteller from 12:15-1:05 p.m. in the CIA Memorial Gymnasium. Kay Price is known as “Storyteller for the Young and the Young at Heart.” She has been a guest storyteller across the country for young and old alike, as well as participating in international storytelling conferences. Her stories encourage reading, values and imagination. She will often come dressed in costume and present characters from the past.

CIA would like to invite the public to come and enjoy this special story time! There is no charge for this event.

Please join us for Fish and Game’s annual ice fishing event to be held Feb. 13 at Sport Lake in Soldotna. Sport Lake is located approximately 2.5 miles north of Soldotna on the Kenai Spur Highway and 1.0 mile down Sport Lake Road. Students will be taught ethical angling practices, proper techniques for both harvest and catch-and-release, bag limits, how to use ice fishing gear and learn a fun outdoor winter activity.

Bait, rods and tackle will be provided, all you need is a fishing license for anyone 16 and over that plans to fish. Connections will start fishing at 11:10 a.m. and fish until 12:10 p.m. A Connections only fishing event is planned for later in February, this is designed to be an introduction to ice fishing and a great way to beat “cabin fever.” Please RSVP with Reubin Payne at

Congratulations to Bailey Balzer, the Connections 2013 Spelling Bee Champion!

Tonight is Parent Night at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday are Parent Teacher Conferences. On Thursday there will be no school for 7-12th grade. On Friday 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.

IDEA is now accepting enrollments for the 2012-13 school year. Visit our website to learn about the many benefits of homeschooling with IDEA or call 260-7555.

Congratulations to our 3 First Lego League Teams. These three teams were given the theme Senior Solutions to research and design innovative solutions to real world problems that seniors face. The competition included many facets for judges to evaluate including: presentation, teamwork and Robot game. The Road Wise Ravens Team members: James Cullen Baisden, Stephen Pearson, Gabe Bruno, Lucas Cragg, Scott Loehr, Rebekah Petty, and Alex Emery which is coached by Billie Loehr and Jill Bruno placed 7th out of 52 teams in the Robot Games. The Helping Elderly Live Long and Prosper (H.E.L.P.) Team members: Peter Hilbish, Jonathan Hawkins, Randy Petty, William Hoogenboom, and Trysten Emery which is coached by Dawn Hoogenboom and Sam Emery won the overall Teamwork Award. The Junior Lego Team known as the Legendary Lego Masters consisted of Mackenzie Hoogenboom, Olivia Loehr and Samuel Baisden and was coached by Anna Loehr.

Families plan to join us on Feb. 12 for a day of learning fun around the theme of Valentine’s Day. Parents and children will have the opportunity to explore science, math, art and PE while enjoying Valentine’s Day activities. Let your contact teacher know if you will be attending the event scheduled from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science invites the community to join them for A Fiesta in February, 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. Contact the school for more info at 283-0804.

Spring gear orders are due on February 13th.

Yearbooks are on sale now. Yearbook order forms are due by Feb. 22. Requests for ‘loveline’ purchases must be received by Feb. 28.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be Wednesday-Friday. If you need to change your scheduled conference time, please let the office now as soon as possible.

The Book Fair is today through Friday.

Today — After school until 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday — Before and after school

Wednesday — Before school and after school until 6:00 p.m.

Thursday — 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Friday — 8:30 a.m. until noon

Please make sure you have filled out your re-enrollment 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 accepted in the school office. The deadline for all lottery applications is March 1st 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.

K-Beach Student Council is sponsoring a food drive Feb. 6-Feb. 22. Please bring sealed non-perishable healthy food to school. The food collected will be donated to our local Food Bank. Each class will keep track of how many boxes, bags, or cans are collected. The student council plans to display graphs of each classroom’s results. Traditionally, K-Beach families have been very generous with this project. Thank you for helping us make this community service a success!

Mr. Daniels and Mrs. Marcou’s science classes have been studying The Importance of our Oceans and have created models of the ocean floor and teams created video presentations to go with their models. Next, students will use an inquiry approach to investigate areas of interest related to ocean studies to build on their new knowledge.

Healthy Futures Challenge here at K-Beach Elementary! K-Beach is joining 139 schools which means that a record 140 schools across the state from Koliganek to Ketchikan are participating in our state’s Healthy Futures Challenge. For the months of February, March, and April our students will be able to log their daily physical activity and turn in that log at the end of each month helping them develop the habit of daily physical activity. Students will also earn prizes at the end of each month that they turn in a log and our school has the possibility of winning $750.00 for equipment or educational materials that support Healthy Futures mission of developing active children. Logging starts today! Look for the pink forms! For more information please contact Mrs. Bagley.

Thursday-Friday — 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 April 15-18 please call the office or PTA.

Parents please make time to stop by KCHS to discuss your child’s grades with their teacher during the Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. As a reminder, Friday is an In-service day; there are no parent-teacher conferences that day.

Workforce Development Center (WDC-located behind KCHS): Welding academy with Mr. Widaman is Feb. 26-May 9. Class days will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 2:30-4:30. Students will be building an ATV cargo trailer. For more information contact the counseling office.

Kenai Central High School would like to recognize and congratulate Joey Kummert for his video audition with The Julliard School. He is being considered for their Summer Academy, and will find out the results later this spring.

Congratulations to the following KCHS Band students for being selected to perform in the All-Northwest Honor Band & Wind Symphony: Bradley Hamilton, Clarinet; Kirsten Nyquist, Clarinet; Alexandria Bergholtz, Bass Clarinet; Ariana Gabriel, Alto Saxophone; Jeffrey McNutt, French Horn; Olen Danielson, Trombone; Rebecca Andrew, Euphonium; Tori Askin, Percussion; Brett Brown, Trumpet.

KCHS Community, start rummaging through your closets; the National Honor Society is doing a clothing drive. The clothes will be used at the clothing closet here at KCHS for students. Extra clothes will be donated to the women’s shelter and to Salvation Army. There is a contest between grades for a food prize on who brings in the most clothes. The drive will take place the month of February. If anyone has clothes to donate please drop them off in Mrs. Bergholtz’s room.

The Battle of the Books team will be participating in the district competition today. Varsity team members include Joy Wannamaker, Anessia Hubler, Jacob Dye, and Brandon Sorhus, with Dezmond Ticknor, Mariah Prosterman, Driskoll Heath, and Trey Feagin making up the JV team. Congratulations to all the team members for six months of hard work reading, preparing, and practicing for this event.

Last November several KMS students participated in the American Mathematics competition. The top four KMS scorers for 8th grade were Drake Thomas, Mikaela Pitsch, Eric Kempf, and Kameron Brazell. The top scoring seventh graders were Mayzie Potton, and Madison Fischer. KMS was also the highest scoring school in Alaska and earned a spot on the National Merit Roll. Extra congratulations to Drake Thomas for earning the highest score in Alaska!

Congratulations to our Character Counts winners last week: Breanna Bushnell and Cierra King!

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Champion, Drake Thomas and runner up, Mara Youngren Brown. The Spelling Bee contestants spelled 153 words and went 18 rounds.

A revision to the District Calendar reflects April 19th as our make-up day for the snow day earlier in January.

Congratulations to the Geography Bee winner Dylan Ferreira, and runner up Seth Kruse. Each school’s winners will take a written test and the top 100 scorers will compete in the State Bee on April 5. Good Luck boys!

Our Volleyball team will compete with Soldotna Middle School on Tuesday at SMS. There will be no After School Tutoring on Wednesday. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday. We will have Parent Teacher conferences on Thursday from noon-4:00 p.m. and 5:00- to 7:00 p.m.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday. There will be no school for students.

The Library will be holding a book fair Monday-Friday during school hours and parent-teacher conferences. If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair please call the office at 283-8600.

Congratulations to our “Soaring Eagles” for the month of January. They are Tuf Boze, Jacob Brewington, Tylor Brown, Michael Canning, Kenneth Coghill, Ben Crawford, Pierce Felix-Hughes, Jylann Green, Lizzy Gryzbowski, Taylor Guilliam, Phillip Henry, Jaala Loftus, Vasili Lopez-Wilde, Bethany Morris, Miranda Osterhaus, Sam Sloan, Brynne Tedford, Genesis Trevino, Ning Wangnoi, Allison Wolfe, and Ezekiel Yragui.

Annaleah Ernst, a senior at Nikiski Middle-High, has been named a candidate in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Candidates were selected from 3.4 million students expected to graduate from high school this year. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. A panel will select 500 semifinalists in April, and the Commission on Presidential Scholars will select Scholars, to be announced in May.

Monday — C Team Basketball vs. SoHi: Girls C Team at 3:00 p.m.; Boys C Team at 4:15 p.m.

Monday — Joint Site Council Meeting at Nikiski North Star at 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday — C Team Boys Basketball at Kenai High School at 4:30 p.m. Basketball vs. Skyview at Nikiski High School: Girls JV at 3:00 p.m., Boys JV at 4:30 p.m., Girls Varsity at 6:00 p.m., Boys Varsity at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday — Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament at Homer: Thursday — Girls vs. Grace Christian at 2:00 p.m., Boys vs. Valdez at 3:45 p.m.; Friday, Girls vs. Cook Inlet Academy at 2:00 p.m., Boys vs. West Valley at 3:45 p.m.; Saturday, Girls vs. Homer at 3:15 p.m., Boys vs. Homer at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday — C Team Basketball vs. Seward, Girls at 2:00 p.m., Boys at 3:30 p.m.

Parent/teacher conferences – Thursday, no school for students! Conferences are 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.; noon-4:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Come and meet with your students’ teachers! No appointments are necessary. Friday is a teacher in-service day, no school for students!

Today is the beginning of our Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library. The fair will be open during the day for classes and also during parent/teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday. The book fair will close at noon on Friday.

The joint NNS/NMHS site council meeting will be held at NNS in the staff lounge at 3:45 p.m. today.

There will not be school on Thursday and Friday because of parent/teacher conferences.

Wednesday we will have our One School, One Book kickoff assembly in the gym at 2:45 p.m. This is another exciting activity planned for our Love of Reading Month. “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” by Richard Atwater will be handed out to families at parent/teacher conferences. Again this year it will be a wonderful way to spend time reading a chapter at home each night with your family and a chance to answer trivia questions and possibly win some prizes in our drawing. Please try to get involved and enjoy a great book together. For more information, please call the school at 776-2600.

Congratulations to the January Character Counts! Students of the Month: Dwyght Mullins, Alex Johnson, Cailin Yeager, Sabre Christoffersen, Trevor Moore, Reese Thompson, Alek Angleton, Hope Broussard, Emma Edgar, Renee Hoke, Hamilton Cox, Katelyn Stichal, Peighton Curren, Dahlila Robbins, Rylee Ellis, Emma Medina, Malachi Massera and Kylee Bitterich. These students will be treated to a pizza lunch with Principal Callahan on Wednesday.

Box Top Winners last week were Whitney Benson, Sophia Dalton and Emily Parker.

Parent Teacher conferences are Thursday and Friday, no school for students.

Battle of the Books 5/6 grade will compete Wednesday. Team member are Emily Ehret, Brook Belluomini, Cameron Blackwell and Kianna Holland. The 3/4 grade team competed Friday; team members were Parker Kincaid, Kaitlyn Massey and Quinton Cox.

February is love of reading month.

Tuesday— Bingo For Books, Redoubt Gym, 6:30pm-8:00pm. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

Feb. 21 — Bring Your child to Library Night, 6:30pm-7:30pm all students must be accompanied by an adult.

March 1— Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration

Spring is coming this means classroom field trips are right around the corner. Parents are encouraged to complete the online volunteer application on the district website. Parent drives will also have to complete the driver’s application before they can drive and or use their vehicle for school functions. Please stop by the school office and pick up the proper driver forms. Driver forms are kept on file in the school office for the current school year.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to last week’s Winter Carnival. We had a great turnout, lots of fun, prizes.

Parents, the school office is asking that you keep your child’s contact information current. You can call or stop by the school office and we will be glad to make those updates for you. We encourage parents to stop by the school office during this week’s parent teacher conferences if you have questions or would like to update student information.

Winter is here, please be sure to send the proper winter gear to school every day with your child.

SoHi needs to tell Josten’s our yearbook publishing company how many yearbooks to print and who wants personalization by Feb. 15. Order online at or in room 76 for $60. Only a limited amount of extra books will be ordered.

SoHi will be locking the parking lot entrance door during the following hours: 7:50 a.m. to noon and 12:35 p.m. to 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. We have helped over 250 ladies from Ninilchik to Nikiski. Items can be dropped off to the main office.

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!

A final transcript is one that shows your second semester grades. If you order your transcript during 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.

Gabriela Triana was chosen as the January 8th Grade Chamber Student of the Month. She was honored at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 29 at Froso’s Restaurant. Congratulations Gabriela!

High School Designation for all 8th Grade Students is posted at the SMS Front Office. High Schools are assigned based on a student’s physical address. If you have moved recently, please check with the office to make sure your address is correct. If a student chooses to attend a High School other than their designated school, an Out of Area Form needs to be completed. Students can pick up this form at the Front Office.

Battle of the Books District Competition is Tuesday. Students will complete from SMS via teleconference. Good luck to Team Spartan members Sara McConnell, Jode Sparks, Chloe Kincaid and alternate Sara Faris!

SMS Fort Nightly is Wednesday, 3:00-5:00 pm. Parent volunteers needed! Please contact the Front Office at 260-2500 if you can help!

Parent Teacher Conferences/No School for Students, Thursday and Friday. New scheduled appointment times! Please contact the counseling department if you need to change your conference time.

Scholastic Book Fair runs through Feb. 12 during school hours and during Parent Teacher Conferences. Please stop by the SMS library! Many titles to choose from, additional items too!

Sports Schedule:

Competitive Volleyball has begun! First games are this week:

Tuesday — Kenai vs. Soldotna Maroon at SMS – 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday — Soldotna White vs. Seward at Seward – 3:00 p.m.

No meets for Wrestling or Cross Country Skiing.

Get ready 9th-12th graders, Alaska Studies is not just for seniors anymore! Misty McCown is offering Alaska Studies for credit. This course is mandatory for graduation. Perfect for busy students. Course starts Tuesday and runs through April 11, 5-7 p.m. Students having trouble with Spanish Homework can come and work in a group setting with Fabi Peck (Spanish teacher) from 3-5 p.m. Elementary Spanish starts today through Feb. 28 from 1-3 p.m. (If there is enough interest from students attending public or private schools another session could be arranged.)

The Study wants to introduce Junior High Science with Exciting Experiments starting Thursday through Feb.21 with a second course building on the first stating Feb. 26-March 28. Both courses meet from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The next Mastery of Multiplication starts Feb. 12 and runs through Feb. 21, course meets on Tuesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. The next Excellence in Writing course starts today through Feb. 27 and meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-5 p.m.). Due to a conference, Mrs. Nelson will not be teaching today and Tuesday; Mrs. McCown will not be teaching the today through Wednesday.

Just a reminder February is Love of Reading Month! If you want your kids to think reading is fun demonstrate it — instead of pulling your phone out when you have a spare moment, break out a good book!

Wednesday — D/W Battle of Books, 5/6

Thursday-Friday — 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