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Posted: February 17, 2013 - 2:42pm  |  Updated: February 18, 2013 - 10:07am

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 dtressler@kpbsd.k12. ak.us no later than three business days before the meeting date.

■ March 4, 2013

■ April 1, 2013

■ May 6, 2013 (at Seward High School)

■ June 3, 2013

■ June 4, 2013 (Board Planning Session)

Email BoardComment@kpbsd.k12.ak.us to make a comment about any item on the current agenda (comments will be reviewed for appropriateness and length). Comments will be shared during the Board meeting by the Board president.

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KBEA offers scholarships

The Kenai Borough Employees Association scholarship committee is accepting applications for four scholarships of $500 each. Scholarships are available to all graduates of the Kenai Peninsula Borough including public schools, private schools and home-schooled students.

Applications are available at any high school counselor’s office or online at www.borough.kenai.ak.us. Applications must be delivered or postmarked by March 29. They can be mailed or dropped off at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 144 North Binkley Street, Soldotna AK 99669.

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

February 25 is the All School Geography Fair. Fun family night to see all of the hard work put forth by all of the students.

March 3rd marks the end of the 3rd quarter and kicks off Spring Break. Students return on March 18th.

March 25th is Parent Night at 6:30 p.m.

March 29th, CIA will be closed in observance of Good Friday.

Mark your calendars early for CIA’s Annual Spring Carnival on April 12th.

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.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

PTA News

The PTA will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. Bingo for Books Family Fun Night will be held at 6:00 p.m. on February 26th.

The APC will meet on February 28th at 4:00 p.m. Don’t forget that the APC is looking for two Parent Representatives to serve on the board. Each board seat is a two year term. Biographies are due to the APC by February 22nd. Please contact Chairperson, Jeremy Hamilton at 598-9012 or twoxrifles@gmail.com, for more information.

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 contact the school office. The lottery will take place the last week in March.

School tours are being given every Wednesday in February at 10:30 a.m. If you have registered your student for our upcoming lottery, please make sure you have attended one of the required Parent Informational Meetings. The last meeting scheduled will be held in the school Library on February 20th at 8:15 a.m.

There will be an all school Fun Fest on February 19th from 3:45 until 4:45 p.m. The Fun Fest will be free to students, but there will be snacks for sale in the office. Students must have a signed permission slip to be able to attend. Buses will run on the regular school schedule. Transportation must be provided for those staying for the Fun Fest. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the office at 283-0804.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

K-Beach Kindergarten Visitation is happening on March 8th from 8:30 to 9:30. Your child can “go to school” for an hour while parents meet with the principal and register. You can also pre-register your child at that time. Please bring the student’s immunization records and birth certificate (must be born before September 1, 2008 to attend next fall). In addition, all incoming students will need a school physical before they can attend school. Please call the school office at 260-1300 for more information and to schedule your child’s visit

Friday — K-Beach Talent Show at 6:00 p.m.

Feb. 28 — Love of Reading Day

March 1 — Family Reading Night 7:00 – 8:00

March 7 — Caribou Celebration

March 8 — Inservice Day – no school

We are currently looking for a pair of caribou antlers for a school wide project. If you know someone who might be able to donate a pair, please call 260-1300.

Kenai Central High

Seniors: The grad-night committee is meeting in the Little Theater on Tuesday at 6:30 to plan grad-night activities. This is a great event that gives our students positives activities to participate in after graduation. Parents please join to make this night memorable

Welding academy with Mr. Widaman is February 26th-May 9th. Class days will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:30. Students will be building an ATV cargo trailer. Contact Mr. Widaman or your school counselor to sign up.

Students and parents we will be on an assembly schedule Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday (Homegoing Assembly): 7:40, Warning Bell; 7:45 - 8:35, 1st Period; 8:35 - 9:30, 2nd Period; 9:35- 10:25, 4th Period; 10:30 -11:20, 5th Period; 10:20- 11:55, Lunch; 11:55 - 12:45, 6th Period; 12:50 - 1:40, 7th Period; 1:45 - 2:15, Assembly.

Wednesday (Think Fast Assembly): 7:40 Warning Bell; 7:45 - 8:39, 1st Period; 8:44 - 9:50, Assembly; 9:50 - 10:00, Break; 10:05 - 10:45, 2nd Period; 10:50 - 11:30, 4th Period; 11:35 - 12:15, 5th Period; 12:15 - 12:45, Lunch; 12:50 - 1:30, 6th Period; 1:35 - 2:15, 7th Period.

Parents, the end of the quarter is rapidly approaching — March 8 — make sure that your child is keeping up with their grades.

Kenai Middle

Kenai Middle’s Volleyball “A” team will compete Tuesday in Homer at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday in Nikiski at 3:00 p.m. The Cross Country Ski Team will compete at Skyview on Friday at 3:00 p.m. Our Wrestling team will compete at Boroughs on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Homer. We wish all of our athletes the best of luck in their competitions this week!

Kenai Middle 7th graders will participate in the annual ice fishing trip on Wednesday.

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books teams. Third and fourth grade participants were Pierce Felix-Hughes, Jaryn Zoda, and Alexis Gomes with Sarge Howell as an alternate. Participating for the 5th grade was Tylor Brown, Morgan Mallory, Leif Niichel, and Ocean Matley. They all worked hard and showed great sportsmanship.

Thank you to the Mountain View PTA for providing T-shirts for all students to show our school spirit.

On Wednesday at 1:30 the school Forensics meet will take place in the Library.

The Site Council will be meeting in the Library at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.

To help celebrate “Love of Reading” month at Mountain View guest readers will be visiting classrooms and reading their favorite books to students on Thursday.

Friday is “Hippie Day” at Mountain View.

Nikiski Middle-High

Monday — Basketball vs. Soldotna High School, J.V. Girls at 3:00 p.m., J.V. Boys at 4:30 p.m., Varsity Girls at 6:00 p.m., Varsity Boys at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday — Middle School Volleyball vs. Soldotna Middle School at 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday — Parent Meeting! There will be an informational meeting for all interested parents covering the proposed modified academic schedule for the 2013 – 2014 school year. The meeting will be in the library at 6:00 p.m. There will be an informational presentation as well as a question and answer time.

Thursday — Middle School Volleyball vs. Kenai Middle School at 3:00 p.m.

Friday — Basketball at Grace Christian High School, J.V. Girls at 3:00 p.m., J.V. Boys at 4:30 p.m., Varsity Girls at 6:00 p.m., Varsity Boys at 7:00 p.m.

Friday — Middle School Cross Country Skiing at Soldotna Middle School Invite

Saturday — Basketball at Anchorage Christian School, J.V. Girls at 12:00 p.m., J.V. Boys at 1:30 p.m., Varsity Girls at 3:00 p.m., Varsity Boys at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday — Middle School Wrestling Boroughs at Homer Middle School at 10:00 a.m.

Niksiki’s Got Talent — February 26th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $3 for students, $5 adults, $15.00 families. The Nikiski High School Choir presents a community fundraiser at Nikiski Middle/High School.

A Career Fair will take place at Central Peninsula Hospital in collaboration with KPBSD March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The deadline for sign up is Thursday. Interested students must and fill out the an application and sign up in the counseling office by Thursday. Fifteen students from Nikiski will be selected to attend. There will be a total of 100 students from KPBSD attending.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The “One School, One Book” Love of Reading month activity is underway at NNS. This year we are reading the book ‘Mr. Poppers’s Penguins’ by Richard Atwater. Families are encouraged to read the assigned chapter each night and discuss what happened in the chapter. Each day there will be trivia questions for both students and parents. Students will hear the question during morning announcements and parents can find the question on the PTA Facebook page and the school blog. This is a great activity for families to enjoy at home and have a chance to win prizes. If you need more information, please call the office at 776-2600.

Mrs. Matson’s 5th graders are again baking up some yummy cinnamon rolls to raise money for their spring field trips. This year the bake sale will be February 27th, 28th, and March 1st. The rolls cost $1.50 each. Get your order in early because they always sell out fast!

5th grade students at NNS recently completed their DARE program. Thank you, Trooper Eugene Hunter, for working with our students and teaching them so much about the importance of making good decisions in their lives. To summarize all that they’d learned and to pass their message on to others, each student worked hard for many days crafting a multi-paragraph persuasive essay. Classroom teachers, resource teachers and aides worked hard to support each student, who took pride in writing a polished paper with a heartfelt message. On January 25th, we had our DARE ceremony with all students wearing their new DARE t-shirts and receiving certificates and commemorative coins from Trooper Hunter.

You can tell the experience touched the students with these few examples taken from their papers: “Cigarette smoking makes your lungs look like BBQ!” “My future is to be an artist and an architect. Let me tell you that using drugs and abusing alcohol can cause memory loss and other problems, and I wouldn’t be able to do the things I want to do in my future if I did those things.” “ The DARE decision-making model can help us evaluate our friends and our choices. You should try it!”

Redoubt Elementary

Congratulations to Redoubt’s 5th and 6th grade Battle of the Books team. Redoubt’s team tied one round and won two rounds. Team members were Kianna Holland, Brooke Belluomini and Cameron Blackwell.

Congratulations to Redoubt’s 3rd and 4th grade Battle of the Books team. Team members were Parker Kincaid, Caitlynn Massey and Quentin Cox. Redoubt’s team placed 4th out of 20 district teams.

Under the direction and coaching of Mrs. Baldwin both teams did an awesome job, great team work.

This year’s Spelling Bee winner was Jacob Jackson. Jacob will travel to Anchorage to represent Redoubt Elementary at the state competition. Good Luck Jacob! Congratulations to all of the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students that participated in this year’s Spelling Bee: Aliann Schmidt, Reyanne Carlson, Serena Larrow, Jacob Jackson, Marlayna Saavedra, Casey Earll, Gunnar Wroe, Levi Rosin, Brooke Bellomini, Elijah Wackler, Malcolm Adams, Emma Craig, AngelHowlett, Catie Kline, Kaitlyn Massey, Parker Kincaid, Sierra Kuntz, Tylar Wright, Taylor Edwards, George Williams, Chaz Bird, Caitlin McCullough, Whitney Benson, Brandon Bob, Janna Krieger, Wyatt Nelson Andrew Fletcher, Thomas Brown, Wyatt Denna, Paulyne Catacutan, Jayden Kemp and Braxton Urban.

Box Top Winner’s last week were Shaeley Derleth, Mila Davidson and Whitney Jones. Keep those Box Tops for Education coming!

Kindergarten and new student registration is April 1-3, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This registration is for kindergartners beginning school this fall and all other students who will be new to Redoubt next school year.

Pre-registration forms will be sent home with students March 1. Forms should be completed and returned to school by March 8. By completing and returning the Pre-registration form you will be registering your child for the 2013-2014 school year.

Information and applications for Redoubt Elementary 2013-14 Preschool Program are available at the school office. Children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2013 and live in Redoubt’s attendance area. Admission will be based on student need.

Bring Your Child to Library Night is Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bring the family; all students must be accompanied by an adult.

Skyview High

Congratulations to the Students and Staff of the Month for third quarter: Aide –Robert Blackburn-Long; Business Education – Bailey Jones, Juan Rodriguez and Evan Sempson; Fine Arts – Crystal Dauwe; Health – Steven Bowen; Language Arts – Abby Cook, Demery Grant, Amber Hall and Mika Morton; Math – Bailey Blumentritt, Michelle Hall and Sage Hill; Performing Arts – Taylor Johnson and Catherine Wolk; Physical Education – Victoria Oberts and Heather Tolliver; Science – Jessie Graham and Eric Marlowe; Social Studies – Matthew Davis, Shelbe Holben, Hannah Mayo, Samantha Reynolds and Mykaela Rybak; Vocational Technologies – Timothy Dunn; World Languages –Lena Arnold; Teachers – Jeremy Nettleton and Linda Raemaeker; Support Staff – Jennifer Austin, Cindy Barnes, Gina Betts and Nancy Todd. They were honored at a luncheon on February 14, prepared and hosted by Skyview’s National Honor Society.

Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team for placing third in the district high school competition. Team members were Kaitlyn Thompson, Meghan Ussing, Liz McGlothen, Meg McGlothen and Sky Schlung, coached by Karen Hamlow.

Feb. 19: Team pictures for basketball and Nordic ski are scheduled to be taken after school; basketball hosts Homer, beginning at 3:30 pm.

Feb. 20: Rotary Student of the Month lunch

Feb. 21: Super Activity Day – no 6th period; basketball vs Ninilchik - Senior Night, junior varsity boys at 3:00, varsity girls at 4:30, and varsity boys at 6:00 pm, no game for junior varsity girls; ski team at state meet in Anchorage.

Feb. 22: Ski team at state meet in Anchorage

Feb. 23: Basketball at Houston, beginning at noon; ski team at state meet in Anchorage

Soldotna High

Thanks to everyone who participated in our fundraiser! The wonderful PTSA members who made soups ... they were delicious ... to the Teachers who had dinner with us and the parents who ventured out in the snowstorm ... thank you! We were able to raise over $450, all going to our “Students in Needs” fund. Who knows, we might even make it an event for every parent/ teacher conference! Thank you again!

There will be an Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy starting February 21st-April 20th. Class days will be on Thursdays from 3:30-6:30 and Saturdays from 8:00 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. Please see your counselor to sign up.

Central Peninsula Hospital in collaboration with KPBSD will be hosting a Career Fair on March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to visit hospital professionals and find out about exciting careers in various pathways within a hospital setting. Everything from radiology to culinary arts and all the traditional medical professions will be presented. Students will be able to explore the opportunities for one of the fastest growing economic sectors in Alaska. The deadline for sign up is February 21. For more information please contact the SoHi counseling department

SoHi will be locking the parking lot entrance door from 7:50 a.m.-noon and 12:35 p.m.-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 19th (make-up day) for missing January 14th.

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: 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 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.

Soldotna Middle

Important Dates for 6th Grade Students of SMS Feeder Elementary Schools:

February 26 at 6:30 pm — Soldotna Middle School Parent Orientation Night! Families of 6th graders are invited to come and hear about next year’s programs for 7th graders.

First Week of March — SMS School Visits! SMS Counselor/Principal representatives will visit local elementary schools.

Important Dates for 7th Graders transitioning into 8th Grade:

March 18 — 7th grade students will receive 8th grade class registration packet.

March 21 — Online Class Registration! 7th grade students will register for 8th grade classes with SMS counselor, Ms. Ruebsamen.

Important Dates for 8th Graders transitioning into High School:

February 28 — Out of Area Forms Due. If a student would like to attend a different High School than the one assigned, an Out of Area Form needs to be completed. Forms are at the SMS Front Office.

March 4 — High School Parent Night – Soldotna High School At 6:00 p.m. (revised date)

March 5 — High School Introduction to Students! Soldotna High School and Skyview High School representatives will visit SMS.

March 6 — High School Parent Night – Skyview High School at 6:00 p.m.

March 6-7 — Online Class Registration! High School Counselors will visit SMS to help 8th grade students register for 9th grade classes.

Sports this Week:

Tuesday — Volleyball – Soldotna Maroon vs. Nikiski at Nikiski – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday — Volleyball – Soldotna Maroon vs. Soldotna White at SMS – 3:00 p.m.

Friday — Volleyball – Homer vs. Soldotna Maroon at SMS – 3:00 p.m.

Friday — Skiing – Soldotna Invitational at Skyview High School – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday — Volleyball – Soldotna White vs. Homer at Homer – 10:00 a.m.

Saturday — Wrestling Borough Tournament at Homer – 10:00 a.m.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Congratulations to all of our amazing spelling bee participants. Special congrats to Sarah Mickelson, our first place winner. Sarah will compete in Anchorage at the State Bee on March 1. The runners-up in our school bee are: 2nd Place – Ben Snow, 6th Grade; 3rd Place – Porter Evans, 6th Grade; 4th Place – Kylin Welch, 6th Grade; and 5th Place – Ella Czarnezki, 3rd Grade.

SMCS families are invited to attend a fun family night of pizza, bingo, and books on us on Friday at 5 p.m. in the gym. Pizzas will be pre-ordered and delivered to school for the event. Please have pizza order forms submitted no later than Tuesday, February 19th. Bingo cards will be available for purchase for $1/card per player and 25 cents for each additional card.

SMCS students will be raising funds for the Pennies for Patients Project. Pennies for Patients supports individuals in their fight against blood cancers and leukemia. Students will collect spare change over a three-week period beginning the week of February 18th and ending March 7th. Coin collection boxes will be sent home with each student. The change can come from friends, relatives or underneath the couch cushions. The change will be collected and counted at the end of every week and returned to the Pennies for Patients Project.

Tustumena Elementary

Tuesday — PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

Feb. 25 — Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.

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

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 Awards Ceremony

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