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.

■ May 6, 2013 (at Seward High School)

■ June 3, 2013

■ June 4, 2013 (Board Planning Session)

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Construction Career Day planned

Alaska Construction Career Day will take place April 30 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Registration forms are available from school counselors and career resource advisers and are due by April 23. The event includes interactive exhibits, trade industry displays, and hands-on equipment demonstrations and activities. Session 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, is for Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski and Skyview high schools; Session 2, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., is for Homer, Seward, private, home-school and rural school students.

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Sterling Elementary to offer preschool

Sterling Elementary will be offering Preschool for the 2013-2014 school year if at least 10 students enroll. Students must be 4 years old by September 1, 2013. In order for a child to attend Preschool, they must go through a screening, which will take place on Wednesday in the Sterling Preschool room. Please be sure to get your application in now as well as schedule a screening time. Contact the school office at 262-4944 for more information. Also, please spread the word by letting others know who may have an eligible preschooler.

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 Tuesday. 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.

Career and technical education

KPBSD Career and Tech Department is offering free after school academies to train students in the Welding and Medical Field.

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 1/2 practical art credit. Transportation may be provided if needed.

■ Welding Academy at Workforce Development Center (WDC-located behind KCHS): Summer welding academy with Mr. Widaman will be starting May 29th-June 7th, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

■ Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) Summer Academy. School location and class dates TBA. 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.

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.

Connections Home-school

Thanks to all the Connections parents and students who made our testing successful this year!

The Connections Talent Show will be held at the Soldotna High School Auditorium on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. This show is free to the community and everyone is invited to come see a non-competitive talent show highlighting the many talents of our homeschool students.

Cook Inlet Academy

Friday is the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Visitation day from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. If your child will be moving up to one of these classes, they will automatically be included in the visitation activities and we invite parents to join us for this time. If you know people in our community who are considering CIA as an option for their children next year, have them call the office for more information.

May 7th is our Annual High School awards night to honor our outstanding scholars. This evening will begin at 6 p.m. with our 2013 National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony. This evening is required for all high school students, as well as for junior who are being inducted into NJHS. This will be a semi-formal affair and we ask everyone to dress accordingly. You won’t want to miss this special night! Invite your family and friends!

There will be no Sequel on May 9.

May 12th will be our Graduation Ceremony starting at 3 p.m.

May 15th students will be dismissed at noon for Teacher In-service Day.

May 17th is the last day of school and students will be dismissed after Awards Chapel starting at 8:30 a.m.

We are now open for re-enrollment for 2013-2014 school year. If you are planning to have your child at CIA next year, you can save your spot now by paying matriculation. You can also save $25 per child by paying by April 30th.

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 Home-school

IDEA is currently accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. Te register go to the or call the Resource Center at 260-7555.

Families plan to attend the 15th Annual Curriculum Fair on April 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This fair features over 40 vendors with hands-on displays of teaching materials and workshops to increase your teaching skill level. Get into the fair early by attending the catered breakfast with Keynote speaker. Our speaker this year is an Alaskan mom who has homeschooled successfully 7 children for 27 years! She brings a wealth of knowledge to you and encourages you too! If you are new to homeshooling or considering this educational option plan to attend and learn more by visiting our website: or calling our Resource Center at 260-7555.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

The PTA will meet this Thursday 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 today at 4:00 p.m. in the school library. The APC election results and survey results will be posted during this meeting.

The After Testing Fun Night will be held this Friday from 5:30 till 10:30 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Christie Holmes at Permission slips and monetary donation are still being accepted.

On Friday, Jeffrey Martin & Friends will be presenting a concert at our school during their Alaska Tour. Concert times are 11:30 for 3-6 graders and 1:00 for K-2 graders.

April 23rd, Mike Thaler, author of the Black Lagoon series will visit. There will be morning assemblies and afternoon workshops: 9:30 is K-2nd grade assembly and 10:30 is 3rd-6th grade assembly. All families are invited to this entertaining presentation. There will be copies of some of his books for sale ranging from $4.00 to $5.00, cash only.

Registration, for all students that were offered enrollment at Kaleidoscope for the 2013-2014 school year will be held this week. Please call the office at 283-0804 for more information.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday — KMS visit for 5th and 6th grade students attending KMS next year

Friday — Spirit day-Hat day

April 22nd — New Parent Informational Meeting 6:00 p.m.

April 26th —Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 8:00 a.m.

May 2nd — Spring Concert

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Run Across Alaska-K-Beach Elementary students are currently making a run across Alaska (at least in mileage). Every morning before school starts about 40-50 runners are coming to the gym, and wearing pedometers they run as much as they can before the bell rings. So far we have gone 493.87 miles. The trail that we are taking is the Southern Route of the Iditarod Sled Dog race. This event is sponsored by a PTA wellness grant and Mrs. Bagley. It is one of several activities designed in mind to keep kids active and to help them recognize the importance of exercising every day.

Today – Book Fair begins; Site Council Meeting at 3:00 pm.

Tuesday – 5th / 6th grade visitation to KMS. Permission slips will be coming home for students who plan to attend KMS next fall.

Friday – Make up day for Snow Day. School will be in session.

May 6th – Parent input forms are due.

Kenai Central High

All 8th grade students that are interested in attending Kenai Central High School next year are invited to Freshmen Night. Freshmen Night is at 6:00 on Thursday in the gym. This is an excellent opportunity for incoming freshmen to learn about the activities and courses offered at KCHS.

The Kenai Central High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will hold its annual induction ceremony on Tuesday in the Auditorium at KCHS at 6:00 p.m. To be eligible for membership consideration, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. In addition, candidates must meet high standards of leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Members of the classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015 were evaluated and selected by the Faculty Council of the KCHS chapter. The Faculty Council selected the following 10 students for induction: Alexandria Bergholtz, Allison Ostrander, Alyeska Krull, Alyson Quartly, Amanda Fischer, Brandon Sorhus, Brittani Kalarchik, Jake Kirsch, Kendra Cissell, Kyla Whannell.

The District Band Solos will be held at KCHS on today from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Auditorium. Please stop by for a wonderful evening of music.

The KCHS Choir’s annual Spring Concert will be held Thursday. Several new arrangements of old favorites will be on the program: America the Beautiful, Danny Boy, Deep River. Sun and Moon from Miss Saigon, Unexpected Song from Song and Dance by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Several soloists will also be featured.

The Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. There is no cost for admission. Hope you will join us.

Kenai Middle

This week, future sixth graders will be visiting KMS. Mt. View students will visit our school this morning, and Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. K-Beach students will visit KMS on Tuesday at 11:50am. All other area school students thinking of attending Kenai Middle are welcome to visit Thursday. We will also be hosting an Open House and barbeque Thursday evening of the 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you have any interest in having your child attend Kenai Middle School, you are welcome to attend and get to know our staff and school.

Kenai Middle students are collecting aluminum cans for our annual can recycling drive. If you would like to donate aluminum cans to our school please bring them to the back of the building Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Originally April 19th was scheduled to be a vacation day from school; however, we will be having school on the 19th to make up for a snow day closure earlier in the year. The Kenai Middle track team will compete at Soldotna Middle school on Thursday at 3 p.m.

If you are interested in ordering a yearbook, the deadline to do so is today. You can find the information needed for ordering on our website.

Good luck to our Future Problem Solvers who will be competing in the State Future Problem Solvers Bowl on Monday and Tuesday, April 15th and 16th. Congratulations to our Character Counts winners Abigail Erwin and Damien Redder.

Mountain View Elementary

Registration forms are still being accepted for Kindergarten next year and may be picked up at the Mountain View Office. Students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2013.

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.

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

Pre-orders for the Mt. View yearbook are now being accepted. There will only be 100 yearbooks available for $16.00 each– order yours now! Order forms are available at the office.

Parent input forms for student placement for the 2013-2014 school year are available now at the office. For parent input to be considered in the placement process this form needs to be returned to the office no later than Friday, April 27.

School will be in session on Friday. This is a make-up day for the school closure on January 14.

Friday is “Wacky Day.”

The Kindergarten Spring concert will be on May 2, at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. View.

Congratulations to Jaiden Streiff for receiving the “Masonic Student of the Year” award for Mountain View.

Nikiski Middle-High

Nikiski Middle High School staff and students helped to make last week’s testing days a huge success. The staff went above and beyond designing shirts, planning activities and writing encouragement notes for the students.

There will be school on Friday for all NHMS students to make up for the school closure earlier in the year.

Friday — Middle School Track at Soldotna Middle School Invite at 3:00 p.m.

Friday-Saturday — High School Track at Homer Invite

Prom will be Saturday at Nikiski High School from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The theme for this years Prom is Venetian Masquerade. Promenade will be in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the HS office; $25.00 Single/$45.00 Couple.

The Senior Class picture will be taken on April 22 at 10:00 a.m. Plan to be at NHS – there are no retakes!

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Kindergarten registration and orientation will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 – 10:30 or 1:00 – 2:00. If your child will be five years old by September 1st, bring them along to have some fun while you enroll them at NNS. Please remember to bring your child’s immunization record, birth certificate and any legal custody papers. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 776-2600.

Volunteers are an essential piece of our school! We will be having our annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea on April 24th at 3:45 p.m. in the school library. If you have volunteered in our school, please come to give us a chance to tell you how important you are to our staff and students!

The NNS Site Council is interested in you becoming a member for the 2013-14 school year. The purpose of the council is to give input and guidance to the school and serves as a resource, sounding board, and core for communication between the many areas of our school. Applications are now available at school and on our school homepage and are due to the front office by April 26th.

Redoubt Elementary

Tuesday – 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. — Health and Safety Night

Friday – 9:30am – 10:30 a.m. Kindergarten Visitation (new in the fall)

Friday – Late start for current Kindergarteners 11:00 a.m.

April 22-26 – Book fair – Buy one Get one Free

April 22-26 – Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 23 – Book fair – Open from 3:30 p.m. –7:00 p.m.

Preschool program — Children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2013 and live in Redoubt’s attendance area. Acceptance into the Pre-K program is based on eligibility determined at scheduled screenings. Screenings will be held May 2nd. Mrs. Oberts will contact applicants to set up screening appointments.

Redoubt Elementary School’s PTA is accepting nominations for officers for the 2013-2014 school year. Anyone interested in running for office or in nominating someone should call the school office at 260-4300. Positions include: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Please consider contributing your time and talents to this organization. Thank you, Barb Belluomini, PTA president.

Box Top Winners last week were Natalie Shoaf, Katelyn Morrison and Yona Scott. Congratulations!

Health and Safety Family Night — Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Students must be accompanied by an adult. There will be free snacks, over 12 interactive booths, lots of fun activities, Lemonade Day sign-up, climbing wall and other exciting health and safety information. This will be a fun and informative event for the whole family.

Field trips — Parents, please make sure to complete the volunteer application with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District if you plan to volunteer for any upcoming field trips. Please visit the KPBSD home page for more information or call the school office.

Congratulations to Derek Lewis, Redoubt’s Masonic student of the year. We would like to congratulate all of the following nominees: Serena Larrow, Rylan Burrows, Marlayna Saavedra, Aliann Schmidt, Haley Buckbee, Danica Schmidt, Jayden Kemp, Cassie Haeg, Thomas Brown, Paulyne Ann Catacutan and Tommy Wells.

Skyview High School

Tuesday — Site Council will meet in the library at 4:30 pm.

Wednesday — Congratulations to the following students for being selected by their teachers as April’s Rotary Students of the Month: Tiffany Allen, Walter Baxter, Elizabeth Davis, Matt Davis, Dallas Derflinger, Tim Dunn, Kelty Fair, Bailey Jones, Sage Link, Garren Lucas, Peyton Thomas, and Zoe Zorn. They will be treated to a pizza lunch provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club.

Also Wednesday, The annual Talent Show will take place in the commons at 6:00 p.m., featuring visual arts (photography, painting/drawing, and sculpture) and performing arts (solo/duet and group) categories. Admission is $3.00 at the door. The show is sponsored by the school’s National Honor Society.

Friday — There will be school. This is the make-up day for the school closure due to icy roads on January 14. The track team travels to Homer for the Homer Invitational meet.

Saturday — Track team at Homer Invite

Soldotna High

The generosity of our local community deserves a huge amount of praise in support of Cinderella’s Closet 2013. This is our 4th year, and we have helped more girls than we ever would have imagined. This year, the program provided items to 92 local students from Soldotna High, Cook Inlet Academy, Skyview High, River City Academy, Kenai Central High, and Nikiski High. A thank you goes to Natali Jones for bringing items across the water to our students in Nanwalek, Port Graham, and Susan B. English (Seldovia). This brings our grand total to 342 students assisted through this program.

A special thank you to Kenai Performers/Curtain Call Consignment, AK Salon, Wendi Dutcher, Jaci’s Double Take, Soldotna High School National Honors Society and Student Council, and the staff and students at the various schools for “getting the word out.” Rashah McChesney and Catie Quinn, thank you for your awesome media pieces. The greatest appreciation goes to all of the people in our communities who donated items to this program.

Items for Cinderella’s Closet 2014 are being collected now at the Soldotna High School main office. Let’s help make more memories for our area teens!

SoHi will be locking the parking lot entrance door from 7:50 a.m. to noon and 12:35 p.m. to 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 Friday for missing January 14th.

There are two ways to order a transcript.

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 to get to its destination. 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 when we are in 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

Soldotna Middle School’s Masonic Student of the Year is Kianna Steadman. Kianna demonstrates outstanding qualities in 5 areas: Character, Academic Achievement, Extra Curricular Activities in & out of School, Leadership Role, and Volunteerism in the School and Community. She was selected from an outstanding group of nominees: Brian Dusek, Jackson Blackwell, Afton Carlson, Brenna Belluomini, Gabby Triana, Tehya Nichols, Madison Whittenberg, Madison Willetts, Chloe Kincaid, Lucero Hugarte, and Sara Faris. Kianna will be honored at the Masonic Ceremony on April 26 at the Renee Henderson Auditorium in Kenai.

KPBSD Survey for Parents: Please offer your preference about an early release or late start time in the coming school year! The KPBSD survey takes only a few minutes to complete and is open online until April 20 at or at KPBSD SMS Web Blog > School News > KPBSD Parent Survey. Thank you!

Mark your Calendar!

Friday – Regular School Day

April 22 – Last Site Council Meeting – SMS library – 3:30 pm

April 23 – Mass Choir Festival at Homer Middle School

April 30 – Mass Band Festival at Soldotna Middle School

Current Spartan Track Schedule:

Thursday – Soldotna Invite at Soldotna Middle School – 3:00 pm

April 24 – Kenai Invite at Soldotna Middle School – 3:30 pm (new date and location)

April 27 – Nikiski Invite – 10:00 am

May 3-4 – Borough Meet at Homer High School – TBA (new location)

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for March!

Algebra - Savanna Ratky; Math Course 3 - Jazilyn Larrow, Austen Eriksson; Math Course 2 - Stormy Shields; Math Study Skills - Aaron Barba, Brianna Peters, Shaylynn Zener, Jace Urban; Language Arts - Brandon Crowder, Jacob Creglow; Reading - Sean Verg-in, Al Maal; American History - Clayton Brown, Riley Kruse; World History/Geography - Chance Turvin; Science - Hannah Noyes, Cory Hinz, Carajean Gibbons, Cody Nill, Ella Stenga, Josep Pons-Vives, Sheila Barbour, Kealey Hendricks, Samuel McElroy, Emily Books, Bryce Marlowe, Maguire Merriman, Madeline Kindred, Jeremiah Lindeman, Jerrik Carlstrom; Study Skills - Alyssa Baldwin, Cody Nill; Band - Sara Faris; Choir - Kelli Kay; Drumline - William Selden; Physical Education - Brittney McNeil, Cally Christianson, Lucero Hugarte; Woods I - Tovia Bremond-Hilton, Jayce Kemp, Celina Casares, Sara Faris, Hallie Symington; Woods II - Jennifer Morris, Richard Topp; Computer Tech - Ryder Pietro; Yearbook - Emily Noblin; Business & Info - Tyler Reynolds, Makenna Holly; Robotics - Jacob Lloyd; Photography II - Dylan Stockdale; Spanish I - Aaron Barba, Carlin Meyer; Spanish II - Hannah Selden; Aide - Trevor Witthus, Anthony Carrasco, Cora Flake, Makenna Holly; Living Skills - Emma Coup

Tustumena Elementary

Tuesday — PTO meeting, 4 p.m.

April 22-26 — Volunteer Appreciation

April 24 — Author Visit

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


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