Schools: 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)

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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.

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

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 April 12th. It’s sure to be fun for the entire family!

April 8 – 12th are SATs. Please check with individual teachers for specific schedules as all classes will be different. These tests help us determine, as a staff, what areas we need to work on. They are mandatory for all students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. If, for any reason, you think your children will not be here during this week, we ask that you speak with Mrs. Rowley about this ahead of time.

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 2013-14 school year. To learn more about the benefits of enrolling with IDEA visit our website or call 260-7555.

High School students that are pre-registered for the Challenger Mission Encounter Earth will need to be at the Challenger by 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday for this exciting opportunity. Please review the learning packet that was delivered to you electronically.

Students in grades K-6 set time aside to meet your Iditaread goals. This reading incentive program follows the Iditarod as students read their way to Nome.

Families who are interested in participating in the Alyeska Ski and Snowboard day please return your forms to the office by Thursday. This trip planned for March 18th will be an opportunity to learn new skills or hone existing skills.

The PTA meeting will be held March 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the school library.

Staff Appreciation will be held March 25th through 29th. If you would like to donate items or volunteer please contact Jaime Larsen at

Family Fun Night will be March 28th at 6:00 p.m. We will be having an egg hunt. If you would like to help, please contact Christie Holmes at 252-3139.

Science Night will be held tonight at 6:00 p.m. The planetarium from the Challenger Center will be here! Each classroom will have different events going on during science night as well.

Crazy hair day will be Thursday.

Friday is an inservice day for staff with no school for students. Enjoy your Spring Break from March 8 through 17th.

Spring pictures will be taken March 21st. Siblings will be able to have their pictures taken from noon until 1:00 p.m. Order forms will be sent home in Friday Folders.

The APC will meet March 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the school library.

K-Beach Kindergarten Visitation is happening on Friday 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.

Thursday – Caribou Celebration

Friday – Inservice Day, no school

March 11th-15th – Spring Break, no school

Mr. Daniels’ Class is studying the Rock Cycle and minerals in science. We are also studying how rocks affect our daily lives, from the roads we drive on, to the products we use. Mr. Daniels knows a rock expert in Australia and the class will Skype with him to learn more about rocks around the world. We hope to exchange rock “care packages” to each other.

Spring athletes will be finally able to spring into action as softball, track and field, and soccer practices start Monday. Students wanting to participate in Spring Sports must have a current physical, turned in all the required paper work, and pay their dues before they can participate in any sport.

Friday is the end of the quarter/Teacher Inservice Day. Spring Break will start March 11th for the students and school will not resume until March 18th. Have a safe and relaxing break!

Congratulations to our Soaring Eagles for the month of February. They are Tamia Barnes, Summer Cartier, Kevin Chaffee, Meghan Davis, Kenadie Diehl, Dylan Duniphin, Ruthie Freeman, Keegen Gardner, Jaden Garner, Dalton Goodnight, Carson Grimm, Cooper Grimm, Liliana Lomu, Adrienne Maxie, Chloe Moffett, Roman Mosquito, Amada Parazoo, Brandi Powell, Mason Price, Rain Spotted- Eagle Wong, and Joseph Sylvester.

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 Tuesday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the gym.

Friday is an inservice day for staff. We will be discussing school safety, digital media safety and Professional Learning Communities. There will be no school for students.

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

Mountain View Elementary early Kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year opens on March 18. Students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2013. Registration forms may be picked up at the Mountain View Office. Registered students will be invited to visit a Kindergarten classroom in May.

Messages for students regarding after school transportation need to arrive at the office by 2:30 p.m.

The Spring concert for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will be on March 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Kenai Central High School. The concert is titled “I Hear America Singing!” and is for all students in grades 3-5.

March 22 is Hat Day at Mountain View.

The debut of “Nikiski’s got Talent” was a fun night of entertainment for all attending! Jason Tauriainen kept the evening moving as our resident emcee. The event was judged by Steve Atwater, Lara Ginnis and Steve Chamberlain. First place winners have earned a spot at the Kenai Peninsula Fair this summer and an opportunity to advance to the Alaska State Fair “Alaska’s Got Talent” competition.

Thank you to Jeremy Anderson for putting on a wonderful evening and giving our community an opportunity to share their talent!

Winners — Adult category: 1st — Coty Anderson, vocals; 2nd – Billie Ray Denison, vocals. Junior category: 1st — Raymon Machen, piano; 2nd – Chena Litzen, vocals. Elementary category: Alie Minium, vocals.

Monday — High School Soccer begins.

Thursday-Saturday — Region Basketball at Seward

Thursday — Sadie Hawkins Dance for High School at NHS, 8:00 p.m.

Friday — Inservice for Teachers/No School for Students

Spring break is March 8-March 17.

March 18 – Back to school! High School Track Begins!

NNS staff will have a teacher inservice day on Friday and students will not have school March 8th thru March 15th because of Spring Break.

There will be a site council meeting today at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

The next PTA meeting will be held on March 18th at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

Spring pictures will be taken at NNS on March 20th in the school library. Please call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

Recently we held our school Forensics competition and the following are the results: 2nd grade – Humorous Poetry, Braeden Porter -1st place; Multiples Interpretive Reading, Lilly Anderson and Jasmine Durfee – 1st place; 2nd/3rd grade – Multiples Interpretive Reading – Hope Broussard and Carly Johnson – 1st place; 3rd grade – Humorous Poetry – Camry Ellis – 1st place, William Warren – 2nd place; Non-humorous Poetry – Braylee Smith – 1st place, Emily Durfee – 2nd place, Bryli Mullin – 3rd place; Singles Interpretive Reading – McKinlee Jeffreys – 1st place, Rollin Watt – 2nd place; Multiples Interpretive Reading – Cadence Selenoff and Trista Apted – 1st place; 4th grade – Humorous Poetry – Boden Quiner – 1st place; Non-humorous Poetry – Trinity Langston – 1st place; Multiples Poetry – Kalei Biamonte and Faith Burleson – 1st place; Singles Interpretive Reading – Emma Lakin – 1st place, Stephen Foster – 2nd place; Multiples Interpretive Reading - Sam Smith, Savannah Ley, Emilee Braun and Karley Harden – 1st place; 5th grade – Humorous Poetry – Angela Druesedow – 1st place; Non-humorous Poetry – Joe Yourkoski – 1st place and Jakobee Anderson – 2nd place; Non-humorous Prose – Hamilton Cox – 1st place; Multiples Poetry – America Jeffreys and Destiny Martin – 1st place, Martin Cox and Brayde Wolfe – 2nd place; Interpretive Reading – Parker Boyce – 1st place; Multiples Interpretive Reading – Gabe Hyder and Kaycee Bostic – 1st place, Cecily Quiner, Danielle Elsey and Tika Zimmerman – 2nd place, Chase Olsen and Will Ryan – 3rd place, Emily Dunham and Kayle Johnson – 4th place; and Storytelling – Katerina Sinenko – 1st place.

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.

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

Brick Wall Report winners last week were: 4th grade – Christian Kuczmarski; 5th grade – Brandon Bob; 6th grade – Derek Lewis.

Congratulations to school forensics winners!

4th Grade — Humorous poetry single: 1st place—Kaitlyn Massey; 2nd place—Israel Aley & Brittany Lewis (tied); 3rd place—Mack Frost & George Williams (tied). Non-humorous poetry single: 1st place—Emma Craig; 2nd place—Trevor Bagnasco; 3rd place—Madelyn Barkman. Humorous prose single: 1st place—Erika Arthur; 2nd place—Ryan Pearcy; 3rd place—Rayna Varney. Non-Humorous prose single: 1st place—Sierra Kuntz; 2nd place—Caitlin McCullough; 3rd place—Adin Fielden. Storytelling, single: 1st place—Taylor Edwards; 2nd place—Hannah Hatfield. 5th Grade — Humorous poetry single:1st place—Elena Dimitrovski; 2nd place—Whitney Benson; 3rd place—Tyler Morrison. Non-humorous poetry single: 1st place–Jamie Kelly; 2nd place—Hunter Johnson; 3rd place—Grace Caston. Humorous prose single: 1st place—Brooke Belluomini. 2nd place— Casey Earll. 3rd place—Natalie Shoaf. Non-Humorous prose single: 1st place—Aubree Cude; 2nd place—Levi Rosin; 3rd place—Galen Brantley. Storytelling, single: 1st place—Kianna Holland; 2nd place—Kaylyn Bearup; 3rd place—Cameron Blackwell. Interpretive reading, single: 1st place—Renee Rogers. Interpretive reading multiples: 1st place—Galen Brantley & David Belger. Poetry Multiple: 1st place—Jersey Truesdell & Zack Hanson; 2nd place—Eli Wackler & Levi Rosin.

6th Grade — Humorous poetry single: 1st place—Derek Lewis; 2nd place—Thomas Brown; 3rd place—Cassie Haeg & Chris Hogness (tied). Non-humorous poetry singles: 1st place—Joey Fiebelkorn; 2nd place—Paulyne Catacutan; 3rd place—Jayden Kemp. Humorous prose single: 1st place—Marlayna Saavedra; 2nd place—Ashlyn Vehmeirer; 3rd place—Wyatt Denna. Non-humorous prose single: 1st place—Reva Lovett; 2nd place—Rylan Burrow; 3rd place—Danica Schmidt. Storytelling single: 1st place—Aliann Schmidt; 2nd place—Seryn Sproul; 3rd place—Kaylin Morrell.

Today: Soccer, softball, and track and field seasons begin today. 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 today at 3 p.m.

Tuesday: School counselors will go to Soldotna Middle School for high school presentations. The Talent Showcase/Open Mic Night begins in the commons at 6 pm. The public is invited and there is no cost to attend.

Wednesday: Skyview Showcase, introducing eighth graders and their families to Skyview, will take place from 6:00-8:3 p.m. There will be food, supervised activities, and a dance.

Thursday-Saturday: Varsity basketball teams at the Region tournament in Seward

Friday: End of third quarter – No school for students – Teacher inservice/work day

March 11-15: Have a safe, fun spring break!

Cinderella’s Closet will be open March 7, 21, and 22 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 9 (the Family and Consumer Science Room). This is a program where local high school ladies are invited to pick up a free prom dress. Donations can be dropped off to the main office. In the past 4 years, the program has helped over 250 ladies on the peninsula! This program is available to all high school girls on the Kenai Peninsula. 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.

Our Art from the Heart Family Extravaganza was a huge success with the help of our wonderful staff and PTA. Families came to enjoy amazing arts and craft projects, free food, and prizes. Over 40 students were awarded prizes for their submissions to the school art show. Best in Show was awarded to Vydell Baker, Marissa Griffin and Olivia Davis.

Soldotna Elementary will be presenting a short slideshow created by students highlighting the schools positively wonderful students and community events at the school board meeting today. Our after school choir will also be performing.

Spring break is approaching. There is no school for students on Friday and spring break begins March 11th-15th. Upon our return to school we will begin Kindergarten registration on March 18th, 19th and 20th. Kindergarteners need to be 5 years old by September 1st. Parents need to bring in birth certificates and up to date immunization records. Kindergarten Round-up will be on Friday March 22 at 2:00. Preschool applications are also being accepted and students must be four by September 1st.

There is a site council meeting on Tuesday, March 5 at 3:45 in the conference room. PTA is holding their monthly meeting on March 19th at 3:45 in the library.

Please support our food drive! The Kenai food bank, in partnership with Jumpin’ Junction, has put together a student food drive. The food bank needs: cereal, canned fruit, canned vegetables, soup, beans, rice, and spaghetti sauce. The school with the most weight of food will be rewarded with an inflatable rental.

Have a fun filled family break.

Congratulations to the SMS Battle of the Books team Jode Sparks, Chloe Kincaid, Sarah McConnell, Anthony Kitson and Coach Amy Angleton for taking 3rd Place in the State Competition on February 26! Great job Team Spartan!

2012-2013 Yearbooks are still available for purchase! Price is $35. Order forms are available at the Front Office or online at

Upcoming Events:

Monday — High school parent night, Soldotna High School, 6 p.m.

Tuesday — High school introduction to 8th grade students! Soldotna High School and Skyview High School representatives visit SMS.

Tuesday — SMS band and choir concert, big gym, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday — High school parent night, Skyview High School, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday-Thursday — 8th grade students register online for 9th grade classes! High school counselors will visit SMS to assist students.

Thursday — Last Day of 3rd Quarter

Friday — No school for students, teacher in-service day

March 9-March 17 — No school, spring break!

March 18 — First Day of 4th Quarter

March 25 — Track begins

Tuesday — SMS Counselor’s visit 6th Grade

Friday — No school/Inservice Day/End of 3rd Quarter

March 11-15 — No school/Spring Break

March 19 — PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

March 19 — (K, 1st grade) Lynx Track Activity to Jumpin Junction

March 21 — (2nd-4th Grade) Lynx Track Activity to Solid Rock Tubing Hill

March 22 — (5th and 6th Grade) Lynx Track Activity to Solid Rock Tubing Hill

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

March 29 — 3rd Quarter Awards Ceremony