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.

■ April 1, 2013

■ May 6, 2013 (at Seward High School)

■ June 3, 2013

■ June 4, 2013 (Board Planning Session)

Email 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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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 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.

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.

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.

The 2013 Connections Ice Fishing outing was a huge success! The weather, company, and fishing were all amazing. Connections would like to thank the Kenai River Sportfishing Association for their help with this year’s event.

Soldotna Connections had a sweetheart of a time celebrating Valentine’s Day with crafts, sweet treats, and math centers!

Connections had a great time participating in Battle of the Books. The Soldotna 3rd and 4th grade team and the 5th and 6th grade team both earned second place in the district competition. Homer Connections 5/6 took first place and will continue to the State Championship. Congratulations to all!

Connections is now accepting registration forms for our 2013 Talent Show, which will be held at the Sohi Auditorium at 5:30 pm on April 17th. Registration forms are due by March 15th. Contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections office for more information.

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

March 8th marks the end of the 3rd quarter.

Spring Break is March 11 – 15.

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 Friday, 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.

IDEA is now enrolling for the 2013-14 school year. To enroll or get more information see our website or call 260-7555.

The March Alyeska Ski/Snowboard Trip for families is March 18th. Families that are interested in skiing or snowboarding need to come by the office in the Red Diamond Center on K-Beach Road and fill out their Ski School lesson forms. The deadline to register is March 7th.

It is time for Iditaread! This annual reading incentive program combines the fun and excitement of Alaska’s Iditarod with reading. Each child reads their way to Nome as they travel the trail via a good book. Kick off your adventure by attending the Iditaread Party on March 1st at the office from 2-3:30pm. The party will include a craft and snacks and you will be able to pick-up your Iditaread Learning Packet while you pick out your dog and get going.

High School students, if you are not yet registered for the Challenger Encounter Earth Mission on March 5th, please call the office and get enrolled now. This new mission will allow students to work in the simulator while encountering many new concepts in climate and atmospheric sciences.

Bingo for Books Family Fun Night will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Donations of gently used books for all ages are welcomed.

The Kindergarteners will have a Winter Celebration today at 6:00 p.m. Please plan to attend and make sure to bring your camera to capture this great performance!

This Wednesday we will have a school tour for anyone interested in having their child attend Kaleidoscope next year. The tour will start at 10:30 a.m.

The APC will meet on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

The deadline for all lottery applications isFriday 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.

Science Night will be March 4th at 6:00 p.m. Watch your Friday Folders for more information on this event. The 3rd and 4th grade classes will be performing class plays during Science Night. Mrs. Darch’s class will perform at 6:00 p.m., Mrs. Stroh’s class will perform at 6:30 p.m. and Miss Maguire’s class will end the night at 7:00 p.m.

Crazy hair day will be March 6th.

Don’t forget the end of the 3rd quarter is March 8th. This is an inservice day for staff with no school for students. Enjoy your Spring Break from March 8 through 17th.

Mr. Daniels’ class is learning to write persuasive essays. They are using the new Write Tools program to help them become better writers and communicators. Parents had better watch out! These kids are getting quite persuasive! They will also be taking a field trip to the Wildlife Refuge Center to investigate how Alaskan animals survive in the winter.

Thursday – Love of Reading Day

Friday – Family Reading Night

March 7th – Caribou Celebration

March 8th – Inservice Day, no school

K-Beach Kindergarten Visitation is happening on Friday, March 8th from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. 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.

On Wednesday 120 juniors will be heading to work for Kenai Central High School’s annual Job Shadow Day. The Job Shadow Unit was designed by the Language Arts Department and the Kenai Chamber to provide students with the opportunity to learn firsthand about a career that they find interesting. Students participating in Job Shadow will meet in the cafeteria at the beginning of school February 27th. There they will be introduced to the person they will be shadowing for the day.

Tuesday the Kenai Central High School Battle-of-the-Books team will be competing in the State competition. Good Luck Team.

Thursday the basketball team will be celebrating Senior Night as they play the Nikiski Bulldogs. The girls play at 6:00 and the boys play at 8:00. Please come support the basketball team and send the seniors off in style.

KCHS counselors have been meeting with our 8th graders to prepare for High School registration. The first round of Boroughs for Volleyball will be on Tuesday. The Volleyball Borough tournament will be on March 2 at SMS. XC-Skiing boroughs will be held Saturday at KMS. The 8th graders will have their annual ice fishing field trip on Wednesday. Congratulations to our Character Counts winners last week: Ryan Campos and Seth Kruse!

Congratulations to all of our Forensics performers — our school meet was an incredible event!

Fourth grader Matthew Grzybowksi (Humorous Poetry) and fifth graders John Soto (Humorous Poetry), Logan Dosko (Interpretive Reading – Single), and the team of Tylor Brown, Jaiden Burdick, Kai McKibben, Leif Niichel and Kassandra Renfrow (Interpretive Reading – Multiple) will be advancing to the district competition taking place on March 2 at Tustumena Elementary.

Kiernan Lambert placed 2nd in Interpretive Reading – Single; Amanda Parazoo and Cheyanne Zimin placed 2nd in Interpretive Reading – Multiple.

The Mountain View Art Show will be held on Thursday from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Please join us in celebrating texture in art by admiring the artwork of Mountain View students.

There will be a PTA meeting at 4:00 p.m. on March 5 in the Library.

The D.A.R.E. graduation for 5th grade students will be on March 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the gym.

March 8 is an inservice day for staff. There will be no school for students.

Spring Break is the week of March 11 – March 15.

Congratulations to Nikiski High School Student Annaleah Ernst. Annaleah has been selected as a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholars Program in recognition of her accomplishments in academic success, leadership and service to school and community. In addition, Annaleah has also advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Tuesday — Middle School Volleyball Boroughs, 1st round, TBA

Niksiki’s Got Talent! is Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 students, $5.00 adults, $15.00 families. This is a Nikiski High School Choir community fundraiser at Nikiski Middle-High School.

Thursday — Basketball at Kenai 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.

Friday — Basketball at Nikiski, J.V. Boys vs. Kodiak at 4:30 p.m., Varsity Girls vs. Nome at 6:00 p.m., Varsity Boys vs. Kodiak at 7:30 p.m.

March 4 — High School Track and High School Soccer Practice Begins

There were sixteen participants in our school spelling bee on February 11th. It was one of the longest competitions with a total of 127 words attempted. The top four finishers all lasted fifteen rounds or longer. The results are as follows: 5th place (tie) — Martin Cox, Emelia Stroman, Alex Johnson, and Kyle Malston; 4th place – Alyssa Nunley; 3rd place – Jakobee Anderson; 2nd place – Samuel Berry and congratulations to 3rd grader Shannon Pitt for taking 1st place! The other participating school finalists were: Michael Eiter, Trey Sanguinette, Trista Apted, Olivia Easley, Sam Smith, Savannah Ley, Rocky Bright and William Ryan. Congratulations to everyone!

Friday at 7:00 p.m. is our annual ‘One School, One Book’ movie night. The movie, “Mr. Poppers’s Penguins” will be showing on the big screen in the gym. Families are invited to attend and encouraged to bring their favorite chair to relax and enjoy the movie. Popcorn and a drink will be served. If you need more information, please call the school at 776-2600.

Mrs. Matson’s fifth grade class will be baking their delicious cinnamon rolls this week. The bake sale will be held on February 27th, 28th, and March 1st. Each roll costs $1.50. The money raised will go toward their spring field trips. Put your order in early because they always sell out fast.

Kindergarten and new student registration is April 1st —April 3rd, 9:00 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 1st. Forms should be completed and returned to school by March 8th. By completing and returning the

Pre-registration form you will be registering your child for the 2013-2014 school year.

Redoubt Elementary 2013 –14 Preschool Program — Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and live in Redoubt’s attendance area. Admission will be based on student need. Complete information and applications are available at the school office

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration is Friday. Members from the community are scheduled to read to students throughout the day.

Box Top Winners last week were Kadie Newkirk, Kaitlyn Grimaldi and Cassius Miller. Keep those Box Tops for Education coming!

PTA meeting has been canceled for the month of March.

Site Council meeting will be held March 6th at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

No school for students March 8th, this is a teacher in-service day.

Spring Break begins Monday March 11th through Friday March 15th. School resumes Monday March 18th.

April 2nd, 3rd and 4th are testing days for students.

There will be a Parent Orientation Night as Soldotna Middle School for parents of students (this year’s sixth graders) that will be attending SMS in the fall. Parents are encouraged to attend this meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

February is National Children’s Dental Health month. Brush twice a day, limit snacks, eat healthy meals and visit your dentist regularly. A Child Sonicare Toothbrush will be given away to a lucky Redoubt student. Complete a Dental Health Vocabulary form and return it to the front office by February 28th. Forms are available outside the front office.

This is a free drawing to Redoubt students. Happy Brushing!

Congratulations to the February Soldotna Rotary Students of the Month: Annamarieka Chythlook, Travis Hatten, Demri Healy, Ginger Johnson, Emma Landeis, Lars Russell, Kaitlyn Sipes, Bradford Swanson, Kaitlyn Thompson, Heath Tucker, Scott Wertz, and Coltin Yancey.

Today — Girls C-team basketball hosts Kenai Central at 3:00 pm.

Tuesday — Girls varsity basketball will play at Cook Inlet Academy at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday — Students with parental permission will complete the Youth Risk Behavior Survey during an extension of 2nd period. There will be no 3rd period advisory for any students; Junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will travel to Seward for games at 2:45, 4:15, 5:45 and 7:15 pm.

March 4 — Soccer, softball, and track and field seasons begin March 4. Those wishing to participate need to show proof of a current physical and have all paperwork completed, signed and turned in in order to try out or practice. The band and choir concert originally scheduled for March 4 has been cancelled and replaced by a Talent Showcase/Open Mic Night on March 5. Rehearsals for Open Mic Night will take place at 3 pm.

March 5 — School counselors will go to Soldotna Middle School for high school presentations; Talent Showcase/Open Mic Night begins at 6 pm. The public is invited and there is no cost to attend.

March 6 — Eighth Grade Parent Night – Watch for more details next week!

Cinderella’s Closet, a program to give local ladies in need a free prom dress, is opening soon. In the past 4 years, we have helped over 250 ladies on the peninsula! We are located at Soldotna High School in room 9 (the Family and Consumer Science Room). The dates are: March 7 from 2:30pm-4:30pm, March 21 and March 22 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. This program is available to all high school girls on the Kenai Peninsula. Donation are still accepted at the main office. For further information please contact Meggean at

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: 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.

This week is spirit week at SMS! Monday – Crazy Hair Day; Tuesday – Hat Day; Wednesday – Neon Day; Thursday – Decades Day (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s); Friday – Sport Day.

Jode Sparks was chosen as the February 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 Jode!

6th-Grade Parent Night at Soldotna Middle School: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Parents and Students of current 6th graders at Soldotna Feeder Elementary Schools are invited to attend an all-school orientation. Meet the staff! See the school! Hear about the programs!

Reminder to 8th Grade Students: Out of Area Forms are due on/by Thursday.

New Date for 7th Grade Students Registering Online for 8th Grade Classes: Friday. Registration packets will be sent home today.

Winter Sports end this week. Remaining Schedule:

Tuesday — Volleyball, First Round of Borough Tournament, Teams/Times TBA

Saturday — Volleyball, Finals of Borough Tournament at Soldotna, 10:00 a.m.

Saturday — Skiing, Borough Tournament at Kenai, TBA

Students from River City Academy will work with all of our students next Thursday to assemble family-sized Bean Soup Kits. The soup kits will be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

A brief orientation meeting will be held at the school from 5:30 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday for families interested in learning more about Montessori education.

The lottery for enrolling students at SMCS next year closes at 3 p.m. on Friday. Applications for enrollment are available in the school office.

Upper elementary students are learning more about community service. Students serve as volunteers during the lunch hour at the Food Bank, Heritage Place and the Soldotna Senior Center.

Kindergartners participated in a simulated trip into space and are learning about astronauts, the Space Station and space. Students in grades 1 – 3 are studying geometric solids. They are studying deserts and are learning to take notes and organize research about the desert.

Today — Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.

Tuesday — 6th Grade Parent Night Orientation at SMS, 6:30

Saturday — 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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