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 dtressleratkpbsd.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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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.

Builders Association accepting scholarship applications

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.

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

Connections is now enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year. Please call 907-714-8880 to schedule an appointment.

Cook Inlet Academy

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 16th 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

The PTA will welcome their Board members for the 2013-2014 school year at the May meeting.

The new officers will be President Stacey Weeks, Vice President Janice Villegas, Treasurer Jamie Larsen and Secretary Emma McMillan.

The Summer Reading Program information was sent home on Friday.

The Carnival/End of the Year BBQ will be held on May 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Many volunteers will be needed! Watch your Friday Folders for more information.

The school wide Spring Concert and Art Show will be held Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Please make sure your student is at the KCHS Auditorium by 6:45 p.m. Special concert t-shirts will be provided for each child. Students should wear black pants, khakis or nice jeans with no holes. All of the students will be transported by buses at 9:15 a.m. to spend the morning rehearsing at KCHS.

There are many field trips happening this May. Please make sure that if you are planning to volunteer, that you have all of the volunteer requirements completed 48 hours before the scheduled field trip.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s Class just finished researching Polar Bears. Students used an inquiry approach by asking questions about the polar bear, then choosing 3-5 focus questions to study further, then tying it all together in a research paper. Students are learning how to write a research paper and the many steps involved in the process.

Ms. Liz, our artist in residence, is looking for cardboard toilet paper or paper towel rolls for an upcoming art project. Please place rolls in the box in the commons.

Our Student Council is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The fundraiser, “Pennies for Patients” is April 17-May 8th. Students may bring in pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to donate to help fight cancer. Thank you for supporting our efforts!

We are looking for volunteers to help out with Field Days on May 20th and 21st.

Please keep in mind that we are still accepting registration forms for next year’s incoming kindergarteners.

Friday — Volunteer Appreciation Assembly/Breakfast, 8:00 a.m. New principal, Nate Crabtree, will be joining us for this assembly; 6th Grade visitation to SMS; 5th Grade DARE Graduation.

May 6th — Art Show for Grades K-2 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

May 7th — Band Concert and Intermediate Musical, “I Need a Vacation,” at SoHi 7 p.m.

May 13th — Site Council Meeting, PTA elections; 6th grade Continuation Ceremony

Kenai Central High

KCHS Choir’s 41st Annual ‘Pops’ Concert is this Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Plan on attending and enjoy KCHS Choir students at their best, singing their favorite popular songs.

On Tuesday the National Honor Society is a blood drive that is open to the community. If you would like to donate blood, please make arrangements to stop by KCHS or contact Mrs. Bergholtz for more information.

This Week’s Sporting Events

Monday — Soccer vs. Nikiski, 4:00 and 6:00

Thursday — Softball vs. SoHi,4:00 and 6:00; Baseball vs. SoHi, 4:00 and 7:00

Friday — Baseball vs. Wasilla at 4:00 and 7:00

Saturday — Soccer vs. SoHi at 10:00 and 1:00; Baseball vs. Kodiak at 10:00 and 1:00

Kenai Middle

Thank you to everyone that attended the Spring Open House. Kenai Middle School looks forward to seeing you all in the Fall.

Due to construction of Kenai Middle and Kenai Central High School’s new track and weather, the track season has gotten off to a slow start. The first track meet will be today beginning at 3 p.m. at Soldotna Middle School. Soccer for 6th graders will begin today after school. Registration forms for soccer are available at the office. Please have your forms filled out before the first practice.

On Tuesday Soldotna Middle School will be hosting the Mass Band concert at Soldotna High School’s auditorium at 6 p.m. There will be a track meet at Soldotna Middle School hosted by Kenai Middle School on May 1st beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Borough track meet will be held on Friday and Saturday.

The Annual Spring choir concert will be held on May 7th at the Renee Henderson Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.

Congratulations to our latest Character Counts winners Devin Every and Tristan Walker.

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.

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

There will be a band/choir concert on May 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the gym at Mountain View.

Nikiski Middle-High

Seniors, graduation is drawing near. Please keep in mind the upcoming dates:

May 14 – Senior Awards Night honoring Seniors receiving awards and/or scholarships will be honored. If you know of any awards your student has earned please contact Debbie Carstens in the Counseling Office.

May 20 – Graduation Day!: 8:30 a.m., Walk Practice; 7:00 p.m., Graduation!; 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., After Grad Party at the REC.

Upcoming Dates:

Book Fair — Monday-Saturday during school hours. Buy 1 Get 1 Free at the Book Fair in the library. The Book Fair will also be open one hour before and one hour after the Music Man production.

Monday — Soccer at Kenai, Varsity Girls/JV Boys at 4:00 p.m., Varsity Boys/JV Girls at 6:00 p.m.; Middle School Track at Soldotna Middle School.

Tuesday — High School Track at Seward Invite; Middle School Mass Band at Soldotna Middle School.

Wednesday — Middle School Track at Soldotna Middle School.

Thursday — Blood Drive 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; High School Soccer at Homer, Varsity Girls/JV Boys at 4:00 p.m., Varsity Boys/JV Girls at 6:00.

Friday — High School Borough Track at Homer High School; Middle School Borough Track at Homer High School; High School Soccer vs. Houston, Varsity Girls at 4:00 p.m., Varsity Boys at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday — High School Borough Track at Homer High School; Middle School Borough Track at Homer High School; High School Soccer at Wasilla, Varsity Girls/JV Boys at 2:00 p.m., Varsity Boys/JV Girls at 4:00 p.m.

Nikiski Middle High School presents “The Music Man,” Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Student admission is $5.00; adults, $10.00. Tickets are available at the door.

Nikiski North Start Elementary

Congratulations to Jakobee Anderson the recipient of the 2013 NNS Masonic Award. Jakobee was honored last Friday night along with other students at a ceremony held in Kenai. He is a fifth grade student in Mrs. Matson’s class. Congratulations Jakobee!

Tuesday is 5th Grade Step Up Day. All 5th graders will go to Nikiski Middle High School at 9:45 a.m. to learn all about their new school for next year. Families of these students are welcome to attend an informational meeting at NMHS that same night from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the school at 776-2600.

The NNS talent show will be held on Wednesday in the gym. This event will take place at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.

There will be a retirement party for Lindy Cox, Wally Hufford, and Brian Zinck on Friday in the library from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The community is invited to come and honor them for their years of service and dedication to the students and KPBSD.

Redoubt Elementary

Thursday — “Fortune of Wheels” Spring Musical – 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Soldotna High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Students need to be at SoHi by 6:15 p.m.

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

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

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

May 14 — Redoubt will be hosting a Bike Rodeo from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed for this event, please contact the school office if you can help.

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

Box Top Winners last week were Anna Mae Gilliam, Xavier West and Cameron Blackwell.

Skyview High

Congratulations to the Students and Staff of the Month for third quarter: Aide –Sidney Roumagoux; Business Education –Courtney Gum and Moira Pyhala; Fine Arts – Ginger Johnson and Katelyn Hemphill; Health – Jesus Bakker Silves; Language Arts –Sky Schlung, Zoe Zorn, and Sydney Zoubek; Math – Kaitlyn Thompson and Meghan Ussing; Performing Arts – Sage Link and Brendan Stramecky; Physical Education –Jesse Boze and Julie Hubbard; Science –Kade Cooper, Kassidy Day, Sabrina Hames, and Levi Shannon; Social Studies –Charles Gibbons, Taylor Macrae, Lisa Schulz, and Denise Taylor; Vocational Technologies –Ryder Galic and Joanne Glaves; Work Co-op: Kate Schadle; World Languages – Caroline Walker; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: Trace Braxling; Teachers – Barry Hartman, Rob Sparks, and Terri Zopf-Schoessler; Support Staff – Hal Hall and Terri Tidwell. They were honored at a luncheon on April 25, prepared and hosted by Skyview’s National Honor Society.

Tuesday – Track and Field travels to Seward for a 3:00 p.m. meet, depending on field conditions. Softball plays at SoHi at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday – Soccer hosts Kenai. Varsity girls play at 4:00 p.m. and varsity boys and junior varsity girls play at 6:00 p.m. Softball hosts Kenai at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the Soldotna Little League fields.

Thursday – Eighth graders slated to attend Skyview next fall will visit from 7:50-10:00 a.m. Soccer hosts Ketchikan. Varsity girls play at 4:00 p.m. and varsity boys play at 6:00 p.m.

Friday – Track and Field travels to Homer for the Borough Championships. The varsity girls soccer team travels to Seward for a 3:30 p.m. game.

Saturday – Track and Field Borough Championships continue at Homer. Softball hosts Houston at noon and 2:00 p.m. (double header). Soccer hosts Houston. Varsity boys play at 11:00 a.m. and varsity girls play at 1:00 p.m.

Soldotna High

Congratulations to photo students Cameron McCollum, Diana Hunter, Hannah Katzenberger, Hannah O’Dell, Marie Frei, and Emmalee Johnson for being awarded Honorable Mentions in the 2013 Alaska Association of Student Governments/ANTHC/GCI Suicide Prevention Media Contest. They were each awarded $25 for their effort to design and produce a video to share about making healthy choices.

The last day to pre-order your yearbook is Wednesday for $60 in room 76. Yearbook distribution day is May 9th and any extra books will be $65. Thanks.

Soldotna High School’s National Honor Society Students of the Month for April and May were: Health-Emily Boone; PreCalculus - Megan English; –PreCalculus - Julie Litchfield; World History - Eli Graham; Art - Xochi Harbison; Culinary Art - Kelci Benson; LA 11 Honors - Belle Saldivar; LA 10 - Troy Stroer; Chemistry - Megan English; AP Calculus - Heidi Westerman; U.S. Government - Morgan Lancaster; Physical Education -Tyson Smith; Yearbook - Ceria Dile. They were honored at a pizza luncheon in the SoHi commons on Wednesday April 24th at noon.

The Soldotna High School Child Development class is having a free daycare 5/9 and 5/10 from 12:45-2:15pm. Games, crafts, snacks, and other activities will be provided. Children must be potty trained and between 2-5 years of age. Registration is required with a maximum of 20. Please contact Meggean at for an enrollment form.

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

Austen Eriksson was chosen as the April 7th Grade Chamber Student of the Month. He will be honored at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday at Froso’s Restaurant at noon. Congratulations Austen!

Events this Week:

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

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

Thursday — 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.

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

Last Week of the Track Season. Final Track schedule:

Monday — SMS Invite at Soldotna Middle School, 3 p.m.

Wednesday — KMS Invite at Soldotna Middle School, 3 p.m.

Friday-Saturday — Borough Meet at Homer, TBA

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Our upper elementary classrooms are completing an in-depth study of local marine habitat. Each classroom will be traveling to the University of Alaska Fairbanks field station at Kasitsna Bay for a three-day on-site experience.

First through third grade students are studying stream and marine habitat. All primary classrooms will attend the Salmon Celebration in Kasilof on May 7th. Mrs. Holt’s class will visit Halibut Cove on May 9. Mrs. Hurst and Mrs. Atchley’s class will visit Halibut Cove on May 10.

Kindergartners will be “traveling” to South America to study about the rain forest. They will also be traveling to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on May 8.

Kindergarten parents may meet the primary classroom teachers at a short meeting on Wednesday, May 1 from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Sixth graders will walk to Soldotna Middle School for the morning on Friday, May 3. After their orientation to 7th grade our students will have lunch with their teachers at Froso’s.

Tustumena Elementary

Today — Site Council Meeting, 4pm

Friday — 6th Graders Visit SMS

May 8 — Kindergarten Visit 1:30-3

May 15, 16, 17 — Lynx Track to Nikiski Pool

May 22 — Last day of School/Field Day


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