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 (at Seward High School)

■ June 3

■ June 4 (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. Find more information at

Builders Association accepting scholarship applications

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

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association will accept applications for the 2013 Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarship. Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Scholarships are available to individuals 21 or younger who have graduated from high school, received a GED or are a 2013 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District graduate, including private and home schooled students. Applicants must plan to attend school within the state and be pursuing a building-related career. Applications are available from any high school guidance counselors office, on the KPBSD website and the KPBA website ( Application deadline is May 7. For more information call the KPBA at 283-8071, or visit the Builders Booth at the Home Show April 27-28.

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 Homeschool 

Thank you Connections Homeschool Program students for your outstanding performances in the 3rd annual Connections Talent Show!

Connections will be participating in the Alaska Fish and Game Salmon Celebration on May 7th from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at Johnson Lake. All elementary students are welcome to attend.

Enrollment is now open for the 2013/2014 school year. Please call Connections at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment with your advisor.

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to the following Math Olympics winners! Great job!

1st place — Caleb Tachick, 2nd place — Sonya Houser, 3rd place — Rylie McKee, Breona DeLon, Keegan DeLon, Ellie Gale, 4th place — Ray Chumley, Emma Lyons, Noah Leaf, 5th place — Ben Grossl, Kendra Stevenson, Connor Yarnes

CIA is 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.

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!

May 9th, there will be no Sequel, thank you for planning ahead.

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.

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

There will be a New Parent Informational Meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. Each Kaleidoscope family is required to have attended an Informational Meeting. If you are unsure if you have attended one, please contact the office at 283-0804.

Tuesday, 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.

Please plan to attend our Volunteer Breakfast on April 26th at 8:00 a.m. in the library. There will be a wonderful breakfast to celebrate all that our volunteers do for Kaleidoscope!

A whole school Spring Concert will be held May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Special Concert t-shirts will be provided for each child. Students should wear nice jeans, khakis or black pants.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The K-Beach Math, Science, and Health night was an huge success. A special thank you to Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Kenai Watershed Forum, Homer Electric Association, River City Academy, Kenai Peninsula College, the KCHS Math Team and all of the community members who contributed to this fun event!

K-Beach third grade had special visitors from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe Yaghanen Youth Program. Students participated in activities including traditional song and dance, Dena’ina culture and history, and Native Youth Olympics. A big thank you to our special guests Michael, Doug, Ashley, and Maggie.

Mr. Daniels’s Science classes are learning about scientific discoveries in human history. We want to answer the questions “What are the qualities that make a good scientist? What are some of science’s most important discoveries? How do these discoveries affect me?” Students will look at tools of discovery as well as get a closer look at the scientists who made the discoveries.

Congratulations to 3rd grader Logan Shane for being chosen as the winner for the ‘Most Humorous Poster’ in the HEA Safety Poster Contest. Way to go Logan!

Our Student Council is sponsoring a fundraiser called ‘Pennies for Patients’ to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A large plastic container is in the office for students to bring in their pennies (or any other change) to donate. Thank you for your support!

Please keep in mind that we are accepting registration forms for Kindergarteners who will be beginning at K-Beach in the fall.

We would like to welcome Artist in Residence Liz Siskowic who will be working with students in grades K-2 through May 6th. We are looking forward to seeing what our amazing students create for the upcoming art show.

Friday — Masonic Award Ceremony at KCHS at 6:30 p.m.

May 6th — Art Show for Grades K-2 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Parent input forms are due.

May 7th — Intermediate Musical/Band Concert at SoHi 7 p.m.

May 13th — Site Council Meeting, PTA elections

Kenai Central High

The junior class would like to thank all of the parents and business that donated items and time to help make this year’s prom and after prom event a huge success.

The student council and leadership class is currently taking applications and petitions for next year’s Executive Board Office positions. If you are interested in running for an E-board position, please see Mr. Carr. Petitions and applications are due April 2nd.

Seniors, the executive officers are currently accepting photos for the senior slideshow that will be shown during the graduation ceremony. Please send all of your photos to Ms. Wagoner.

On Saturday the Kenai Kardinals are teaming-up with the Stanley Ford Dealership to help raise money for the athletic department. Please stop by the Ford Dealership on April 27th to test drive a Ford vehicle and help raise money for the Kardinal Nation. For more information contact Coach Rustad.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to our Future Problem Solvers during their competition this week. In the Middle Division (Grades 7 – 9): The Global Issues Team placed 5th and consisted of students: Drake Thomas, Keyshawn McEnerney, Caleigh Jensen and Taylor Shelden; 4th place was earned by the team made up from students: Mackenzie Lindeman, Emily Koziczkowski, Mara Youngren-Brown. The Comminity Problem Solving team took 1st place and included students: Mikaela Pitsch, Emily Koziczkowski and Mara Youngren-Brown. The Scenario Writer was Mackenzie Lindeman. The Presentation of Action Plan team took 1st place and included students: Drake Thomas, Keyshawn McEnerney, Caleigh Jensen and Taylor Shelden

In the Junior Division: (Grades 4 – 6) The Presentation of Action Plan team won 3rd place featuring students: Jacob Anderson, Hunter Hanson, Kameron Maxie, Maria Salzetti and Damien Redder. The Global Issues Team won 1st place and included Jacob Anderson, Hunter Hanson, Kameron Maxie, Maria Salzetti, and alternate Damien Redder.

The Community Problem Solving team and the Junior Team advance to the International Conference in Bloomington, Indiana June 6 – 9, 2013. They will compete with approximately 2,000 students from the U.S. and 16 other countries. Students at the International Conference represent the top two to three percent of students who participate in Future Problem Solving.

On April 23rd Mass Choir will be held in Homer at the high school. Secretary’s day will be recognized on April 24th. The Masonic Award Ceremony will be held on Friday at the KCHS at 6:30 p.m. There will be a Math Meet in Homer on Friday. Good luck to our Mathaletes! KMS will compete at a track Meet in Nikiski at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Congratulations to our latest Character Counts winners: Abigail Erwin and Damien Redder.

Mountain View Elementary

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.

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

Nikiski Middle-High

Come to our Summer Reading Book Fair from April 22-May 4. The Book Fair will be open Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. in the Nikiski High School Library! All items are Buy 1, Get 1 Free! The Book Fair will also be opened before and after all performances of the Music Man!

Nikiski Middle High School presents “The Music Man”: Shaws are Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m., and May 3 at 7:00 p.m. and May 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Student admission is $5.00; adults, $10.00. Tickets available at the door.

The Region Track Meet is at Nikiski High School May 10-11, and help is needed. This event requires many volunteers. Please email or call Dylan Hooper at 776-9400 if you would like to help out in any way with this event.

Monday — Senior Class Picture at 10:00 a.m. This is a one-time photo op. Seniors, please be at school before 10:00 a.m. and be part of the Class of 2013 Picture.

Monday — Senior Parent Meeting-6:00 p.m. in the Library.

Monday — Book Fair in the Library through May 4th.

Tuesday — MS Mass Choir at Homer all day

Thursday — Soccer at Grace Christian School, JV Boys and Varsity Girls at 4:00 p.m. JV Girls ND Varsity Boys at 6:00 p.m.

Friday — HS Track at Skyview Invite

Friday — Soccer at Colony High School – JV Boys and Varsity Girls at 4:00 p.m. JV Girls and Varsity Boys at 6:00 p.m.

Friday — Music Man at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium

Saturday — HS Track at Skyview Invite

Saturday — MS Track at Nikiski Invite

Saturday — Soccer at Palmer – JV Boys and Varsity Girls at 10:00 a.m. JV Girls and Varsity Boys at 12:00 p.m.

Saturday — Music Man at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium

Nikiski North Star Elementary

It is Volunteer Appreciation Week at NNS. Volunteers are an essential piece of our school! Give us a chance to tell you how important you are to our staff and students by attending the volunteer appreciation tea on Wednesday, April 24th at 3:45 p.m. in the school library. Please call the school at 776-2600 to RSVP.

NNS will be having the new principal interviews on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the school library. Candidate interviews are open to the public. We encourage your attendance because your input is very valuable to our school community.

Hershey Track and Field forms are due on Friday. The event will be held on May 17th at the Nikiski High School track. Boys and girls ages 9 – 14 are eligible to participate. Entry forms are available at NCRC, NNS or the Nikiski Pool. Volunteers are needed and if you are interested in helping out, please call Tammy at 776-8800.

Redoubt Elementary

Today-Friday — Book fair – Buy one Get one Free

Today-Friday — Volunteer Appreciation Week

Tuesday — Book fair – Open from 3:30 p.m. –7:00 p.m.

May 2 — “Fortune of Wheels” Spring Musical – 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Soldotna High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m..

May 2 — Pre-K screenings at Borough Chamber Assembly Room by scheduled appointment only.

May 7 — Band and Choir Concert 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Redoubt Gym.

May 14 — PTA Meeting at 3:45 – Babysitting Complimentary

May 15 — Site Council Meeting at 3:30 – staff lounge

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.

Box Top Winners last week were Jared Williams, Sienna Howarth and Kyler Pritchett. Keep those Box Tops for Education coming.

Redoubt’s Alaska Bee Winner – Danica Schmidt, Runner up – Derek Lewis, congratulations to all of this year’s Alaska Bee contestants.

Redoubt staff would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers past and present who have given their time and talents to our school. Our volunteers make Redoubt Elementary a better place.

Skyview High

Home soccer games originally scheduled with Kenai Central on Tuesday and Homer on Wednesday will be rescheduled due to field conditions.

Tuesday – Softball is scheduled to play at Kenai at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., depending on field conditions.

Thursday – The 4th Quarter Student of the Month luncheon begins at noon in the library.

Friday – Congratulations to Sam Janorschke for being selected as the school’s Masonic Outstanding Student of the Year. He will be honored at the awards presentation, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenai Central High School auditorium.

Track and Field hosts the Skyview Invitational meet, beginning with field events at 1:30 pm.

Soccer plays at Wasilla. Softball plays at Colony.

Saturday – Soccer plays at Grace Christian at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Skyview Invitational track meet continues.

Soldotna High

The Soldotna High School Child Development class is having a free daycare May 9-10 from 12:45-2:15 p.m. Games, crafts, snacks, and other activities will be provided. Children must be potty trained and between 2-5 years of age. Registration is required. Please email Meggean at for an enrollment form.

Yearbooks can be ordered in room 76 for $60 until May 1st. Checks made out to Soldotna High School. Online ordering is no longer available.

The 24th Annual KPBSD Student Art Show is hanging at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in old town Kenai (816 Cook St.) for the entire month of April. Soldotna High is represented by 18 very talented student artists who won a number of awards, including Juliet Bramante’s drawing which won Best of Show and her painting won Second Place. Vicky Tachick won First Place in Photography, Kailtyn Groleske won First Place in Mixed Media, Hunter Hamrick won Honorable Mention in Functional Ceramics, Heidi Westerman won Honorable Mention in Painting, and Nicholas Truesdell also won Honorable Mention in Painting. Please stop by the gallery to check out this show. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12-5pm.

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.

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 School

Today — Final Site Council Meeting – SMS Library – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday — Mass Choir Festival at Homer High School – Hosted by Homer Middle School – 6:00 p.m.

April 30 — Mass Band Festival at Soldotna High School – Hosted by Soldotna Middle School – 6:00 p.m.

May 2 — 8th Grade Students to visit Skyview High School or Soldotna High School

May 2 — “End of the Year” Art Exhibit Fiesta! at SMS, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Soldotna Middle School students will display their art work created throughout the school year! Public welcome to attend! Homemade salsa will be provided by Mrs. Pothast’s Spanish Class.

May 3 — 6th Grade Students of SMS Feeder Elementary Schools to visit Soldotna Middle School

Current Spartan Track Schedule:

April 24 — Kenai Invite at Soldotna Middle School, 3:30 p.m.

April 29 — Soldotna Invite at Soldotna Middle School, 3:00 p.m. (new date)

May 3-4 — Borough Meet at Homer High School, TBA

The Study

We know it is almost summer but it is not too late to start thinking about Fall Courses! This fall The Study will offer for credit the following courses: Alaska Studies, Algebra1 and 2, and Spanish 1,2, and 3. Upon completion of the course, transcripts will be sent to the attending school and parents. Spring is in the air and it is not too late to start thinking about summer activities for your kids! Here is the tentative schedule for summer at The Study! The Study will have two sessions of Summer School for a variety of ages: Session 1 runs from June 3rd-June 27th, Monday through Thursday from 10-12. Second Session runs from July 8th-August 1st. The Study will offer Mini Kinder Prep, a four week program that prepares students for Kindergarten. Two sessions, starting June 3rd through June 27th and Session 2 starts July 8th-Aug. 1st (12:30-2:30).

Yearlong Kinder Prep for 2013-2014 is almost filled already! This course prepares your child with the tools he/she needs to enter school, including technology and Spanish! Meets Monday-Thursday from 10-12 starting in August.

Jr. High Math! This one fills up quickly. This course teaches fractions, decimals, ratios along with basic geometry and algebra. Session 1 starts June 17th-July 11th with Session 2 starting July 15th-August 8th. Monday through Thursday 12-2.

Mastery of Multiplication will be offered twice this summer. Session 1 starts June 3rd through July 2nd with the second session starting July 8th through August 6th. Tuesdays, 12:30-2.

Excellence in Writing will only be offered once starting: June 3rd - July 3rd. If your student need science, The Study offers Alaska Sea Studies for Kinder through third grade starting June 4th-June 27th from 2-3:30.

Are there girls in your daughter’s life that just aren’t very kind? The Study is doing a mini-workshop for junior high girls that focuses on the book, One Hundred Dresses. This workshop will address relationships between Junior High Girls and their peers. Students will learn by role playing, discussions and real experiences. June 3rd-June 6th from 3-4.

Look for The Study at the following events: “Unpluugged for Summer” at Soldotna Middle School, May 11th from 11-4. Lemonade Day, May 11th. This mini-course is a fun business education that helps youth understand how to start, own and operate a business. If you would like your child to participate call 262-6227. Look for The Study at the Kenai River Festival on both June 8th and 9th. Finally, look for The Study in the Progress Day parade. (If you would like your child to walk with The Study, call at 262-6227.) Remember that we can help with the end of the quarter craziness! Give The Study a call at 262-6227 or email

Tustumena Elementary

Wednesday — Author Visit

Thursday — Volunteer Appreciation

Thursday — PRE-K Screening 12-4 p.m.

Friday — Masonic Award Ceremony at KCHS, 6:30 p.m.

April 29 — Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.


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Connections graduates move ahead