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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Greatland Adventure Academy enrollment open

Enrollment has opened for Greatland Adventure Academy, a newly formed charter school for 7th and 8th grades where movement, music and time outdoors enhances learning. Enrollment will be open during the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It closes Friday. For more information email

Community service earns college scholarships

The Soldotna Rotary Club will be offering several $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Cook Inlet Academy, Skyview, Soldotna, and Ninilchik High Schools as well as homeschool graduates.

The Soldotna Rotary Scholarships are based on the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self.” Recipients will be selected based on community service performed by the applicant during their high school career.

Applications are available at school counselor or the office of Foster Construction. Applications must be received by April 16. Grade point average or parental financial information is not required.

Submit applications and two letters of recommendation to: Soldotna Rotary Club Scholarships, P.O. Box 303, Soldotna, AK 99669.

PEO scholarships offered

The PEO scholarship application for the 2013-14 school year for $1,500 is available for women who are returning after completing one or more semesters of college and are planning to enroll at the Kenai Peninsula College Soldotna campus. Applications may me picked up at Kenai Peninsula College.

Screenings for infants, preschoolers available

The KPBSD Child Find Program and Frontier Community Services Infant Learning will be offering free screenings for children 5 years old and younger. The screening will be on April 10 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Frontier Community Services, Suite 16 in the Red Diamond Center (next to Tarma Grooming). Children’s early development, motor skills, speech, early learning concepts, vision and hearing will be screened. To make an appointment or for more information, call 714-6647.

Connections Home-school

Connections will be administering the Standard Based Assessments/High School Graduation Qualifying Examinations (SBA/HSGQE) to students in grades 3-10, and 11/12 that have not passed all sections. Testing will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Practice tests are available online at or in the Connections Offices.

Please contact your advisor if you have any questions, or need information at 714-8880.

Cook Inlet Academy

Mark your calendars for CIA’s Annual Spring Carnival on April 12th, 6:00-9:00 p.m. It will be fun for the entire family, so plan to attend!

There will be no Sequel on April 12th or May 9th … thank you for planning ahead.

Parent Night has been rescheduled to Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Please plan to attend as several important items will be discussed.

April 8 – 12th are SATs. They are mandatory for all students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Please check with individual teachers for specific schedules as all classes will be different. These tests help us determine where we need to improve. 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.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The PTA will meet on April 18th at 5:00 p.m. in the school library.

The PTA is currently accepting nominations for the 2013-2014 school year. If you are interested in being on the Board, please contact the PTA at

The APC will meet April 15th at 4:00 p.m. in the school library. The APC election results will be certified during this meeting.

SBA testing will be held this week, April 2nd, 3rd and 4th for grades 3rd through 6th, and April 9th for the 4th grade science test. Please make sure your students are well rested and on time to school on these days. If you need to pick your student up early on one of these days, please make sure to talk with your teacher first. If you would like to help with snacks, please make sure they are healthy and easy to serve.

The Kindergarten Spring Concert will be held this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym.

The After Testing Fun Night will be April 19th from 5:30 till 10:30 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Christie Holmes at

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s Class is classifying and sorting rocks in science. Students used the properties of rocks and minerals to classify and sort sample rock and mineral sets. Then they travelled around the room to try to figure out how other groups sorted there rock sets. Focused discussions followed as some groups disagreed with other groups’ sorting methods.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — SBA Testing for 3rd – 6th grade.

April 8th – PTA meeting at 2:45 p.m. – Board Elections to be held.

April 9th – Science SBA testing for 4th grade students

April 11th – Science and Math Night 6-7 p.m.

April 15th – Book Fair begins; Site Council Meeting at 3:00 p.m.

April 19th – Make up day for Snow Day. School will be in session.

Kenai Central High 

All freshmen and sophomores will be taking the State Standards Based Assessment test and/or the High School Qualifying Exam on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The school will be on a special test schedule for those three days. It is important that students testing get a good night sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before they take the state test. Juniors and seniors should not arrive at school before 11:00.

Tuesday — Reading Test, 7:45; Advisory, 11:02 a.m.-11:53 a.m.; Lunch, 11:53 a.m.-12:28 p.m.; 1st hour, 12:28 p.m.-1:19 p.m.; 2nd hour, 1:24 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Wednesday — Writing Test, 7:45; Advisory, 11:02 a.m.-11:53 a.m.; Lunch, 1:53 a.m.-12:28 p.m.; 3rd hour, 12:28 p.m.-1:19 p.m.; 4th hour , 1:24 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Thursday — Math Test 7:45; Advisory, 11:02 a.m.-11:53 a.m.; Lunch, 11:53 a.m.-12:28 p.m.; 5th hour, 12:28 p.m.-1:19 p.m.; 6th hour, 1:24 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

April 9 — all sophomores in auditorium for science test

Remember: Electronic devices of any type in the testing center are not allowed (e.g., personal digital assistant (PDA), cell phone, wristwatch with electronic display, calculator that is not a documented accommodation, MP3 player, iPod). Keep them in your locker during testing time.

The Kenai Central High School Drama Club’s spring production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, will be performed April 5th and 6th at 7 p.m., and April 7th at 3 p.m. in the Renee Henderson Auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person, and are available from cast members or at the door.

The play opens to the sight of ten soldier boy statuettes sitting on the mantle of a strange island house on Soldier Island, off the coast of Devon, England; above them hangs a nursery rhyme telling how each little soldier boy met his death until there were none. Ten guests make their way to the house. They have never met one another before, nor have they met their mysterious host. Assembled prior to dinner, a voice comes out of the air, accusing each guest of murder. The shocked guests try to exchange information about themselves and their unknown host. Shortly thereafter, one guest chokes to death of potassium cyanide, which someone had dropped into her drink. The discovery of a broken soldier statuette on the ground begins the phantasmagorical events of the play – and rising death count – until its thrilling conclusion.

Kenai Middle

SBA testing will be held for all grades on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th. It is very important that your student not miss school on these days. Please be sure they are on time and have had a good breakfast. Our staff will serve breakfast on testing mornings for all of our students so you may want them to get to school early enough to eat.

The end of 3rd Quarter Celebration will be held on Friday for our students. Sixth grade volleyball will begin on April 8th and all participants should have their money and paperwork in by then.

Congratulations to our Character Counts winners, Emily Halstead and Cherelle Miller!

Congratulations to our 3rd quarter Honor Roll students:

6th grade: 4.0 – Brittany Burcham, Connor Felchle, Jude Gabriel, Maddison Galloway, Sam Kaaihue, Travis McKinley, William Morrow, Emily Olson, Raven Patrick, Damien Redder, Maria Salzetti. 3.5 - Sharmaine Aguilar, Melissa Holmes, Jessy Jeffries, Sierra Longfellow, Ashlyn Tucker, Hunter Hanson, Kameron Maxie, Shanna Anderson, Dylan Ferreira, Brooke Hall, Kaden McKibben, Selene Williams, Alyson Driskell, Haley Every, Kylie Jones, Courtney Plumridge, Abigail Erwin, Thomas Levy-Canedo, Keaton Logston, Linnea Renken, Knox Amend, Gabriella Hunt, Jayce Lakshas, Marissa Matthews, Delbrian Parfitt, Ritalynn Pearse, Jakob Taylor, Clayton Koroll, Benjamin Easley, Devin Every, Mickinzie Ticknor. 3.0 – Jacob Anderson, Breanna Ashley, Wyatt Atchison, Courtney Brown, Abigail Bystedt, Kevin Carlisle, Maxim Custodio, Jacob Grant, Violet Lindsley, Corbin Lyon, Alexander Stockton.

7th grade: 4.0 – Hailey Demello, Brenna Eubank, Rylie Fields, Brittany Gilman, Lauren Hall, Devynn Heath, Mindy McLaughlin, Jakeb O’Brien, Alisa Posey-Schave, Tekaiya Rich, Keira Stroh, Raleigh Van Natta. 3.5 – Ithaca Bergholtz, Carlos Caballero, Karl Danielson, Kathryn Madison Gallagher, Seth Kruse, Mayzie Potton, Whitney Wortham, Savannah Jones, Lisa Krol, Willow Morrow, David Parazoo, Nicole Prior, Shay Stiers, Lillie-Ann Bowen, Kindle Williams, Chanoah Batson, Olivia Botirius, Tara Frates, Jian Hayes, Randee Johnson, Caleb Streiff, Zackery Tuttle, Nadia Walluk, Emma Carr, Alex Olson, Sierra Van Hatten, Jasmine Robledo, Phoebe Ferguson, Leah Johnson, Danielle Peterson, Nichole Rafferty, Maggie Schwenke. 3.0 – Luke Beiser, Dominique Connor.

8th grade: 4.0 – Nicholas Beeson, Madison Chanley, Marybethany Coghill, Cy Dull, Caleigh Jensen, Eric Kempf, Alexis Koroll, Emily Koziczkowski, Mackenzie Lindeman, Kyrsten Maxson, Baylee Roberts, Taylor Shelden, Holly Spurgeon, Drake Thomas, Mara Youngren-Brown. 3.5 – Andrew Agosti, Whitney Esteban, Cierra King, Thera Mullet, Mikaela Pitsch, Elsa Prince, Kelcei Zoda, Matthew Zorbas, Kameron Brazell, Abigail Cox, Kathryn Darch, Shannon Esteban, Jaycob Goff, Xena Kaczmarek, Kassandra Lindsley, Breanna McConnell, Phillip Rhodes, Stefani Schindler, Jessica Segura, Patrick Michels, Maiya Anderson, Abigail Beck, Ellimarie Bravo-Moe, Sierra Brooks, Lara Creighton, Maxwell Dye, Madeline George, Ross Hanson, Fionna Heath, Dawson Hendrickson, Avery Hieber, Cassidy Holmes, Tristan Landry, Blossom McGahan, Samantha Morse, Makenzi Sandahl, Julianne Wilson, Abigail Short, Cory Carlisle, Natalia Chavez Pajares, Keyshawn McEnerney, Desmeranda Napoka, Lara Suscha, Savannah Boze, Benelli Bystedt, Rebecca Miller, Kelsey Pisa, Chelsea Sorrels, Chase Gillies, Chase Chenault, Joslynn Chipman, Cynthia Ellis, Gavin Petterson, Abigayle Tuttle, Tyler Wait, Lindsey Wallace, Ellen Weaver, Lindsey. 3.0 – Raeliana Feik, Melanie Lee, Melanie Rafferty.

Mountain View Elementary

Mountain View Elementary early Kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year open is now open. 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 April 11. Registered students will be invited to visit a Kindergarten classroom on April 12.

SBA Testing will take place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for 3rd-5th grade students. This assessment measures your student’s proficiency in reading, writing, math, and science. Here are a few ways you can support these efforts at home:

■ Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep.

■ Eat a good breakfast.

■ Be on time to school. Testing will begin at 9:15 a.m. We will have an alternate plan for those students arriving late.

These tests are not timed. Students will have as much time as they need to complete the test each day.

Thank you for your support!

Applications are available for the 2013-2014 Mountain View Pre-K Program.

Screenings will be held at the Kenai Community Library on April 16. In order to be considered, a child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2013 and have a completed application returned to Mountain View Elementary. Screenings will be scheduled after applications are brought back to the school. For information please call 283-8600.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

SBA testing will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week for students in third through fifth grades. We ask that students come to school on time each day, have a good night’s rest, and eat a healthy breakfast. It is very important that your child be at school for the testing. All students who show up to school on time each of the three test days (before 9:00 a.m.) and take the test, will participate in a celebration at the Nikiski Pool on Friday night! If you need more information, please call the school at 776-2600.

On Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., there will be a community input meeting concerning the hiring of our new principal for next year. Your input is valuable to our school community. When KPBSD hires a new principal, first a community meeting is held to determine the wants and wishes of the school community, followed by candidate interviews which are open to the public. Candidate interviews will be held at NNS on April 25th.

River City Academy

Congrats to the students who hosted RCA’s last parent Educate Training of the year. The Educate system is the best way to track your student’s progress and help make sure he/she is moving along in our standards. Educate is available throughout the summer also so that students may catch up on missing standards or get a jump start on the next levels.

SBA Testing will be this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure that your student is well rested and has a healthy breakfast each day. Please contact Mary at 714-8945 if you have donations for testing week or other questions.

Kenai Peninsula College will be at RCA on Friday, April 19 at 8 am administer the Accuplacer test to current juniors. This will be a great opportunity for juniors or accelerated sophomores to get their paperwork in place for Jump Start classes at KPC this summer or next fall.

Are you interested in learning more about River City Academy? RCA students will be hosting our annual Open House on Monday, April 15 at 6 PM at RCA. Students, parents, community members and families who want to learn more about River City Academy and the unique small school environment we offer are encouraged to attend. Applications for next year will be available at the open house. New students may also register to attend our Shadow Day on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 8 AM to noon. Transportation is not provided. The Shadow Day will allow students an opportunity to learn more about RCA, sit in on classes and participate in learning activities. If you would like more information about either day, please contact RCA at 714-8945.

RCA is accepting applications for next school year for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in a different school experience. Students who demonstrate skills in being self-motivating, self-managing and self-advocating are often an ideal fit for RCA. The performance-based model offers students choice in their education, which maintaining a consistent standards-based curriculum. For more information about our upcoming Open House, to register for the Shadow Day or if you have questions, please call 714-8945.

Soldotna Elementary

Students in grades 3-6 will be participating in SBA testing April 2-4. Please help your student be successful by getting plenty of sleep, providing a nutritious breakfast, and getting to school on time. A positive start to your student’s day will ensure that they do their best.

Disability Awareness Day will be April 8 at Soldotna Elementary. It is important to develop compassion for others with differences, not only in the realm of disabilities, but also in life. We will be hosting a guest speaker, Sue Thomas, who will be addressing students during assemblies at the following times: grades K-3 from 9:00-9:30 and grades 4-6 from 9:45-10:00. There will be a door decorating contest during this time and students are encouraged to wear the color blue to show their support.

Our reading counts winners for the week of March 18th are Carter Cannava, Ashley Kingrey, Grace Wolfe, Brooke Richardson, Vince Thompson, Trenton Boots, Jaala, Lopez, Taylor Morse, Blaze Gardiner, Carsen Brown and Sally Hoagland. Keep up the great work and keep reading!

Soldotna High

The Soldotna High School drama department presents the play “The Martian Chronicles” at 7 p.m. April 4-5-6. Admission is $5 per person.

Soldotna High School’s National Honor Society Students of the Month for January and February were: AP Biology - Olivia Tice; Advanced Algebra - Shae Vanmeter; Advance Algebra- Molly Silta; AP US History- Gabrielle (Belle) Saldivar; Drama -Cole Aaronson; Choir- Jang Kim; Metals I/II-Tyler Hill; LA 12- Matti Silta; Biology - Reagan Schoessler; Algebra A- Reagan Schoessler; Algebra A - Kearstin Yarnes; AP U.S. Government - Shara Leaders; Phys. Training - Juliet Bramante; LA 11 - Maurie Fry; LA 11 - Kelci Benson. They were honored at a pizza luncheon in the SoHi commons on March 20th noon.

Soldotna High School Prom 2013 will occur April 13th. Promenade will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the dance commencing at 8:30 p.m. Ticket sales will continue until April 12th . Tickets will be sold at break time and during lunch. The cost is $25.00 per ticket. Tickets will not be sold during state testing, April 2nd- April 4th. All tickets must be purchased before prom and must be presented at the door to get into the dance. All sales are final. No returns, refunds, or replacements will be given.

Each ticket will come with a gold or silver mask. For an additional $3.00, all ticket-holders may attend a mask decorating session in the art room on April 8th, 9th, or 10th from 2:30- 3:30. Soldotna High School students that plan to invite a guest must obtain a guest request form from the office and hand the completed form to Mr. Graham by 2:30 p.m. on April 10th.

Are you interested in seeing the prom decorations before the big dance? Would you like priority seating for promenade to make sure you get the “good” seat you want? Well, here’s your opportunity. Tickets may be purchased for $5.00 a person starting today. This will get you a tour of the prom decorations and preferred seating in the auditorium before the doors open to the general public. To take advantage of this you must arrive between 6:50 and 7:10 on April 13th. Doors to the general public will open at 7:15 and we cannot guarantee your seating after that. General admission to the promenade is a suggested donation of $2.00 per person. For members of the public that would like to attend promenade tickets will be $2.00 at the door. Only 225 Sneak-A-Peek tickets will be sold at the front office of Soldotna High School during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..

Soldotna High School is competing against Kenai High School in a Competition Canned Food Drive. This event is sponsored by KPFA in support of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Food may be dropped off at the front office for this event. Individual advisories with the highest percentages can win root beer float parties. The contest runs for two weeks after spring break.

Congratulations to the following SkillsUSA members who placed at the State CTSO Performance Based Conference last week in Anchorage:

Michael Bates, 1st in Restaurant Service; Mckenzie Earll, 2nd in Early Childhood Education; Trevor Earll, Member of 2nd Place TV/Video Production Team; Caitlan Gibbons, 2nd in Restaurant Service; Zach Haselow, Member of 3rd Place TV/Video Production Team; Hannah Katzenberger, 1st in Early Childhood Education; Johnathon Kreider, Member of 2nd Place TV/Video Production Team, 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking, Member of 1st Place Quiz Bowl Team; Michael Lewis, Member of 1st Place Quiz Bowl Team, and new State Officer! (Secretary); Hannah O’Dell, 3rd in Early Childhood Education; Paitton Reid, Member of 1st Place Quiz Bowl Team; David Swedberg, Member of 1st Place Quiz Bowl Team, 1st in Technical Math, 3rd in Technical Drafting; Vicky Tachick, Member of 1st Place Quiz Bowl Team, 1st in Photography, Best of Show, 3rd Restaurant Service; Tristan Wright, Member of 3rd Place TV/Video Production Team.

Soldotna Middle

SBA Testing for all 7th and 8th Grade students in Reading/Writing/Math will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Test taking tips for all students: Please be on time to school… Get plenty of sleep… Eat a good breakfast.

Science SBA Testing for all 8th Grade students will be on April 9.

The last Site Council Meeting for the 2012-2013 school year will be Monday, April 22 at 3:30 pm in the SMS Library.

Soldotna Middle School will have a regular school day on April 19 (make-up day due to the school closure on January 14). Buses will transport students as usual.

Spartan Track Schedule:

April 12 – Kenai Invite at Kenai, 3:00 p.m.

April 18 – Soldotna Invite at Soldotna Middle School, 3:00 p.m.

April 27 – Nikiski Invite, 10:00 a.m.

May 3 and 4 – Borough Meet at Skyview High School, TBA

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Students who qualified for the Borough Forensics competition at the Tustemena Elementary School: Kortney Birch, (6th grade, Humorous Poetry, 3rd place) Katelynn Best, (5th grade, Humorous Poetry) Seth Payment (5th grade, Humorous Poetry, 4th place) MaCady Musgrave, (5th grade, Humorous Poetry, 2nd place) and Judd Miller, (5th grade, Non-Humorous Poetry, 3rd place) Kaegan Koski, (4th grade, Humorous Poetry,4th place).

The following students were chosen to participate as delegates for the Montessori Model United Nations at New York City next year:

Mr. Faris’s Class — Sarah Mickelson, Kaylee Fann, Anchor Musgrave, Tyler Hughes, Kaiden Wilshusen, Ysabelle Soyangco; Mrs. Carter’s Class — Macie Schroeder-Dalebout, Judd Miller, MaCady Musgrave, Kaegan Koski, Paige Hegwer, Alex Montague, Peyton Story; Mr. DeVolld’s Class — Morgan Reynolds, Shannon McClure, Trenton Steadman, Tyra Vix, Jeremiah Tuttle and Spencer Mize.

Tustumena Elementary

April 9 — Pre-K Visitation, 11:30-12:30

April 16 — PTO meeting, 4 p.m.

April 22-26 — Volunteer Appreciation

April 24 — Author Visit

April 26 — Masonic Award Ceremony at KCHS, 6:30