School news

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. 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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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 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.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The PTA meeting will be held March 21st at 5:00 p.m. in the school library. Childcare will be provided by the KCHS Leadership students.

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.

On March 19th the staff will be holding two informational meetings on multi-age and what our school will look like with all multi-age configurations in the 1st through 6th grades. There will be meetings at 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the school library in hopes that parents will be able to attend one of the meetings. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dahlman. Childcare will be provided at the 6:30 p.m. meeting.

Spring pictures will be held Thursday. Siblings will be able to have their pictures taken from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Order forms were sent home in Friday Folders before Spring Break. Extra order forms are available at the office.

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

The lottery for the 2013-2014 school year will be held March 27th at 4 p.m. Parents are allowed to be present for the lottery, but we ask that children not attend. Results will be mailed the week after the lottery or available in the school office.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Student Council Leadership Club News: The Leadership Club sponsored a three week food drive. We gathered 1,999 items to donate to our local food bank. Thank you to our generous K-Beach community! Also, the Leadership Club will sponsor a Bake Sale during the PTA’s Garage Sale on March 23rd in the K-Beach gym. We are fundraising to purchase a carved caribou mascot.

K-Beach has great public speakers. Congratulations to the students who won ribbons at the district level competition!

4th grade - Humorous poetry: 2nd place, Owen Rolph. Interpretive Reading: 2nd place, Catherine Kaminski. Non-humorous poetry: honorable mention, Grace Wahl. 5th grade - Prose Multiple: 1st place, Hunter Beck, Trenton Walden, Danielle Kjostad, Kylie Ness, Victoria Mariscal & Makayla Whittom. Poetry multiple: 3rd place, Trevor Bagley, Aramis Buerge & Hudson Metcalf. Humorous poetry: honorable mention, Meghan Roney & Storytelling: honorable mention, Tyler Neill. 6th grade – Non-humorous poetry: 2nd place, Rayce Lee. Humorous poetry: honorable mention, Patrick Kaminski.

Saturday – PTA garage sale in K-Beach gym, 9:00-4:00. If you would like to donate items for the garage sale, you may drop them off at the school office on today.

■ March 26th – Principal interviews begin at 5:30 in the school library

Kenai Central High

The NHS clothing drive was a success. Thanks to all that donated clothes. Most of the clothes will stay at KCHS and be put in to the clothes closet which offers free clothes to any KCHS student that needs them. Congrats to the sophomore and junior class for bringing the most clothes.

The NHS committee has selected new members for NHS. The new members are going to be inducted on April 16th at 6 pm. The public is invited to attend the ceremony. The new members are: Alex Bergholtz; Allie Ostrander; Alyeska Krull; Alyson Quartly; Amanda Fischer; Brandon Sorhus; Brittani Kalarchik; Jake Kirsch; Kendra Cissel; Kyla Whannell.

Congratulation to the following students for being selected as February 2013 Student of the Month: Rotary – Addison Cheek, Chamber – Alex Agosti, Elks – Dawnelle Saxton, Kar-of-the-Deck- Andrea Cortez –Ramos, Super Staffer- Cary Calvert, Earth Science – Austin Goffena, Alaska Studies – Kaitlyn Louthan, LA 10 – Tyler Frates, Personal Finance – Chelsea Springer, Foods 2 – Preston Williams, Anatomy & Physiology – Logane Hall, Physical Training – Emily Evans, Performing Arts/Music/Choir – Jamie Fenton, Geometry – Donalin Bowers, Advanced Algebra – Jake Kirsch, AP U. S. History – Alyson Quartly, Health – Sierra Morton, LA 11 – Kia Youngren-Brown, Spanish 2 – Hannah Barcus, LA 9 – Alaina Walker, Welding – Tristin Martinez.

Seniors: Tuesday the Job Center will be meeting with all seniors in the Little Theater during advisory to discuss resumé and job interview skills. This is an excellent opportunity to polish up your resumé as you transition out of high school and into the work force.

Congratulations to Joey Kummert for being accepted into the Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive for three weeks in New York from July 14-Aug. 2. He also got invited to audition for Cirque Du Soleil in Canada for standing out at the master classes at the dance competition 5,6,7,8 Showtime. He will be going to that on June 29-30.

Kenai Middle

During our first week back from “Break” we will have a Site Council meeting on the Tuesday at 5 p.m. in our library.

After school tutoring will be held on the 19th, 20th, and 21st from 2:35 to 4 p.m. For future information, next year’s 6th graders from Mt. View will visit Kenai Middle School during the school day on April 16th and 17th. Kaleidescope, Soldotna Montessori and K-Beach future 6th, 7th and 8th graders will visit on the 18th. There will be an open house and BBQ for students and parents the night of the 18th. Kenai Middle’s track season will begin on March 25th. Be sure to read the March newsletter on the school website.

Congratulations to our Students of the Month for February: 6th graders Brooke Hall, Jude Gabriel; 7th graders Seth Kruse, Lillie-Ann Bowen; 8th graders Chase Chenault, Whitney Esteban; Exploratory students Mary Bethany Coghill, Andrew Agosti, Jacob Goff, Phillip Rhodes and Kelcei Zoda. More congrats to our Character Counts winners last week: Ritalynn Pearse and Kylie Jones. Our Future Problem Solvers made an impressive showing at their competition in February. An 8th grader, Mackenzie Lindeman placed second in the State competition for the Scenario Writing Component while three of our teams earned a spot in the State Competition in April. All of Kenai Middle’s wrestlers finished in the top 5 for the Borough Meet. 1st place medals were earned by Zack Tuttle, Paul Steffenson, Dawson Baker and Caleb Streiff. 2nd place medals went to Luke Sarks, Kelcei Zoda and Ryan Campos. 3rd place medals were awarded to Roman Everett, Vinisha Soto and Ryan Huerta. Kenai Middle was well represented in the State Spelling Bee by Drake Thomas who tied for 4th place. Our Volleyball “A” team took first place at the Borough Competiton on March 2nd. Kenai’s Cross Country Ski Team had great success in their Borough Meet on March 2nd with the 1st place going to Karl Danielson for the boy’s and Riana Boonstra for the girl’s. Way to go Kenai Middle students!

Mountain View Elementary

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. Kindergarten Parent Orientation will be on Thursday, April 11. Registered students will be invited to visit a Kindergarten classroom on Friday, April 12.

Spring pictures will be taken on Tuesday. Order forms were sent home on Thursday, March 7. Orders may also be placed online at The picture day ID is AK312406Y0. Only those students placing an order will have their picture taken.

The Spring concert for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be on Thursday 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.

Friday is Hat Day at Mountain View.

Congratulations to Kai McKibben for earning a spot at the State Geography Bee.

Mountain View Elementary was well represented at the district Forensics competition on March 2. Congratulations to Logan Dosko for placing 1st in Interpretive Reading (5th grade), Matthew Grzybowski for placing 3rd in Humorous Poetry (4th grade), and the team of Tylor Brown, Jaiden Burdick, Kai McKibben, Leif Niichel, and Kassandra Renfrow for placing 3rd in Interpretive Reading (5th grade).

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Congratulations to the Character Counts! Students of the Month for February: Alisia Elias, Austin Freeman, Averi Wolf, Blaze Kirsch, Braylee Smith, Candace Simpson, David Weathers, Erica Mistecka, Gavin Ley, Jaycee Tauriainen, Jessica Perry, Johnathan Luke, Kyle Malston, Parker Boyce, Rocky Bright, Sam Yerkes, Shania Weathers, and Tika Zimmerman. These students were treated to a pizza lunch with Principal Callahan.

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

Spring pictures will be taken on Wednesday in the library. Please call the office at 776-2600 if you have any questions.

There is still time to place your order for NNS clothing if you are interested. The PTA is taking orders for hoodies, t-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts. All order forms and money can be turned in at the office no later that March 22nd.

The first week of April will be student testing for grades 3 thru 5. We want to emphasize to all of our families how important it is every day and especially during testing that our students get a good night’s rest, eat a good breakfast and attend school on time. There will be more information sent home with your students in the coming weeks.

Redoubt Elementary

Kindergarten Visitation is April 19. A parent and new kindergarten student informational meeting is 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. This meeting is for new kindergartners that will be starting school in the fall.

April 19 will be a late start day for current kindergarten students. Start time for current kindergartners will be at 11:00 a.m. Please do not send your kindergartner to school until 11:00 a.m. on this day.

Pre-registration forms have been sent home with students. Forms should be completed and returned to school. By completing and returning the pre-registration form you will be registering your child for the 2013-2014 school year. Kindergarten and new student registration 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.

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

“Moose At Night” art work by Ms. Utecht, Mrs. Joachim and Mrs. Epplin’s 3rd Grade Students on display at Kaladi Brothers (old) through the month of March.

Yearbooks are on sale. Yearbook order forms have been sent home. Yearbook cost is $15.00 Please pre-order by April 10 to be sure you receive one. Please make checks payable to: Redoubt Elementary.

Box Top Winners last week were, Karma Porter, Tristan Moonin and Robbie Mize. Keep those Box Tops for Education coming.

Congratulations to the winners in the Library Love of Reading Month Brick Wall Book Report Drawing last week: 4th grade—Fiona Denbore, 5th grade —Ayla Read and 6th grade—Keeley Withrow. Sponsored by: Redoubt Library.

Soldotna Middle School

Welcome Back Team Spartan! Today Fourth Quarter Begins!

Congratulations to 7th grader Kallie Kenner! She has qualified as one of the top 100 Geography Bee competitors and is invited to represent SMS at the state competition in Anchorage on April 5. 2013 at the Egan Center. Way to go Kallie!

Spartan Students of the Month for February: Science – Emily Books, Garryn Baker, Elena Bramante, Celina Casares, Rachel Davidson, Jessica Davis, Max Demello, Athena Glidewell, Gavin Goggia, Matthew Jeffreys, Jayce Kemp, Madeline Kindred, Alexis Osborn, Emily Pieh, Paige Reger, Andrea Rodriguez, Tre Rybek, Liam Selden, Jode Sparks, Ethan Tanape; Social Studies – Anna Aley, Caroline Cho, Rebecca Gillen, Jaela Hubbard, Paige Reger, Andrea Rodriguez, Kevin Tautfest; American History – Arianna Hiler, Dylan Morse, Atom Skiba; Algebra – Afton Carlson; Math – Raven Eppler, Shyann Jones, Cody Kincaid, Mathphia McEntire, John-Mark Pothast, Sierra Reid, Jesse Rogde, Ricci Sackett, Lucas Verba; Math Study Skills – Makayla Howell, Thomas Jackson, Brianna Peters, Roy Taylor; Language Arts – Charis Curry, Brianna Peters, Terence Slats, Caitlin Sturman; Reading – Reid Casey, Jeremiah Swensen; Study Skills – Michael Goedert, Maguire Merriman; Careers – Ryan Boyer, Alyssa Corbin, Christopher Hodo, Leah McCabe, William Rogers, Atom Skiba, Sophia Sorensen, Hallie Symington, Preston Weeks; Health – Katrina Bearup, Celina Casares, Charis Curry, Elijah Elsey, Emilie Fuhrman, Brenner Furlong, Aleksander Hansen, Adara Hollon, Kaylee Huntington, Kallie Kenner, Logan Lundell, Carlin Meyer, Tyla Moorleghen, Taylor Speakman, Ella Stenga, Hannah Wells; Physical Education – Caroline Cho, Phillip Gibson-Platt, Kaley Hunter, Cameron Knowlton, Jeremiah Lindemann, Brittney McNeil, Hannah Noyes, Chance Turvin; Exploratory Shop – Melinda Anderson, Addison Downing, Conner Fowler; Construction – Arianna Hiler, Tyler Larrow; Woods I – Korie Gilmore, Thomas Jackson, Sierra Reid, Eli Sheridan; Woods II – Shane Heiman, Capri Jones; Spanish I – Jillian Kindred, Madeline Kindred; Spanish II – Robin Johnson, Tannan Holland; Homeroom – Kalista Eastham, Madisen Elder, Colter Landeis, Dalton McWhorter, Portia Padilla, Benjamin Wilson; Art Intro – Kellie Arthur, Emily Books; Graphic Design – Tarrell Hoch, Caitlin Sturman; Sculpture – Kami Diehl; Ceramics – Cassidy Miller; Digital Storytelling I – Elena Bramante; Digital Photography – Noah Deutsch; Robotics/Sketchup – Addison Downing; Yearbook – James Oglesbee; Business/Information – Madisen Elder, Makayla Howell, Sam McElroy; Aide – Brenna Belluomini, Devin Fena; Choir – Hallie Symington; Band – Madison Willets; Drumline – Arend Turner.

Congratulations to the “Citizens of the Third Quarter”: Kiernan Escott, Cora Flake, Brenner Furlong, Grace Graham, Cameron Harris, Nathan Heathers, Kealey Hendricks, Tasha Ozhuwan, Solomon Rasch, Ricci Sackett, Piercen Sproul and Caitlin Sturman!

Track Begins March 25! All students who wish to participate need to turn in the required sports forms on the first day. These forms can be picked up at the Front Office or found online on the Soldotna Middle School KPBSD Web Homepage > Spartan Sports > Required Sports Paperwork > Forms 1-4. The cost for participation is $60.

The Study

We would like to thank everyone that attended our Dr. Suess/Love of Reading month bash! Thanks for coming and seeing what The Study is all about!

Here are all the great courses that are coming up.

SBA Prep Course: This course prepares students with test taking skills. It gives students the opportunity to practice all three portions of the test.

Summer School: We have sessions for all ages. There will be two sessions: Session 1 starts:June 3rd-June 27th/Monday-Thursday 10-12. Session 2 starts: July 8th-August 1st.

Jr. High Math: This course gives students the confidence they need for pre-algebra courses! There will be two sessions: Session 1 starts June 3rd-June 27th. Session 2 starts July 8th-August 1st.

Summer Kinder Prep: Research shows that school readiness matters in the long run and that addressing a child’s developmental needs before their first year of school will boost their chances of success. There are two sessions: Session 1 starts June 3rd-July 27th and Session 2 starts July 8th-August 1st. Sessions both run from 12:30-2:30.

Readers Theater: Is your child struggling with reading aloud, does he/she lack fluency expression or comprehension? Join the Study’s Reader’s Theater! This is a great activity that gives your child the confidence to read in front of an audience! Sessions start, March 25th-April 25th. Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-1:30.