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Early release planned for Wednesday


There will be an early release for all schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Wednesday. Schools will release students ninety minutes early. For more information, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District at 907-714-8888.

Screening necessary to volunteer

In order to ensure that all students will be as safe as possible, KPBSD requires volunteers to be screened each year. Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete an online form and agree to a background check even if you volunteered last year. All information will be kept confidential. If interested, please visit and follow the links to the appropriate school.

School board to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148N. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted).

For more information, call 907-714-8888 or visit 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 no later than three business days before the meeting date.

■ October 14, 2013

■ November 4, 2013

■ December 2, 2013

■ January 13, 2014

■ February 3, 2014

■ March 3, 2014

■ April 14, 2014

■ May 5, 2014 (at Seward High School)

■ June 2, 2014

■ June 3, 2014 (Board Planning Session)

Voice of Democracy scholarships offered

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 and the Ladies of the Auxiliary is sponsoring Voices of Democracy program. The VOD is a national scholarship program that started in 1947 for students in grades nine through 12, including home schooled students. The program offers students a chance to win money for college by expressing their own original thoughts on this year’s topic ‘Why I’m Optimistic about our Nations future.’ To enter, students must write and then record a three to five minute original essay on cd or cassette tape. There should be no background music on the tape — clear enunciation of words is crucial. On the local level, students will be eligible to receive monetary awards of $1,000 or $500 for first and second place. The first place winner’s entry will then be submitted for state judging where he/she will be eligible to win an additional $1,000, $500 or $400 for first, second and third place respectively. The first place state winner will also receive a five-day all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2014 and compete with winners from each of the other states for a grand prize of a $30,000 scholarship. All participants at national level will receive an award of not less than $1,000.

For an official entry form and more information, check the VFW website at, contact a school counselor, or call Herb Stettler at 907-398-1367 or Rachel Jurco at 907-262-1352. Entries must be submitted to the VFW Post 10046 at 134 N. Birch St., Soldotna Alaska 99669 no later than Nov. 1.

Patriot's Pen Essay competition on tap

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 and its Ladies Auxillary is sponsoring the national Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition. Students in grades sixth through eighth, including home schooled students, have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition to earn monetary awards and a trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2014.

Students should write and submit an original 300 to 400 word essay on the patriotic theme ‘What Patriotism Means to Me.’ At the local level winners will receive $500 for first place and $250 for second place. The first place winner’s entry will be forwarded to national competition, the chance to compete for the grand prize of $5,000 plus an all expenses paid trip Washington, D.C. for hersel/himself and a parent or guardian.

Information about the scholarship program has been distributed to all local schools. For an official entry form, visit the VFW website at For more information, contact a school counselor or call VFW Patriot’s Pen Chairman, Herb Settler at 907-394-367 or the Ladies Auxillry Chair, Rachel Jurco at 907-262-1352. All entries must be submitted directly to the post at 134 N. Birch Street, Soldotna, Alaska 99669 no later than Nov. 1

Free training for high school students

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Career and Tech Department is offering free after school academies to train students in the Welding, Construction and the Medical Field. Upcoming academies for the 2013-2014 school year include Emergency Trauma Technician, Personal Care Attendant, welding and construction.

Any high school student is able to participate in the academies. A student who successfully completes the 60 hour academy will receive a practical art credit. Transportation ay be provided if needed.

A welding academy will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Oct. 14 through Dec. 19 at the Workforce Development Center behind Kenai Central High School. To sign up, call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or see a high school counselor.

Study abroad with AFS

The Kenai-Soldotna Chapter of Alaska Field Service will offer scholarships to students interested in studying abroad in 2014-2015. The scholarships will be based on merit and need for students attending public high schools on the Central Peninsula. To learn more about AFS, go to or call Mitch at 907-252-5350 or Laura at 907-283-0778.

Connections Homeschool Program

Connections is participating in Battle of the Books. Students who would like to join the team should contact Lennie at 907-714-8880 or email her at

Eligibility grade reports on all parent-graded Home Taught Classes are due to the office by 4 p.m, today. Connections appreciates the timeliness with eligibility reports, as it takes time for Connections to make a determination and report to the athletic directors. This is only for students who are playing fall sports or participating in extracurricular activities. Failure to turn grades in on time will result in the student being ineligible to participate in the sport or activity. The eligibility dates for sports and extracurricular activities for the 2013-2014 school year for Connections High School and Middle School students are: Sept. 20; Oct. 18; Nov. 15th; Dec. 15; Feb. 7; March 7; April 18; May 19. Eligibility Reports are due every Monday before noon for the duration of the student’s participation of an activity.

The Central Emergency Services Fire Buster Puppets will perform a homeschool and preschool fire prevention puppet show from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, 9 and 10 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Open public skating will follow the show. Call Wes Perkins at 907-262-4792 to RSVP.

A field trip to the Alaska Conservation Center (BIg Game Alaska) will be held on Oct. 11. The group will have use of the heated barn, chairs and tables at the Conservation Center for provided hots dogs, chips and bottled water. Parents are invited to bring a snack or dessert to share. For families planning on attending, RSVP with Reubin Payne at

■ Oct. 3­ — School pictures 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly room.

■ Nov. 7 — School picture retakes 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly room.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

The monthly APC meeting is September 16th at 4 pm in the library.

Wednesday is an early dismissal day. Students will be dismissed from School at 2:10 p.m. Buses will drop students off at their regular bus stops an hour and a half earlier than the regularly scheduled time. Please let the office know by 1 p.m. if you have special plans for your child for after school.

There is a Parent Meeting for first and second-grade parents on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. It will be in room #140.

Student Council will be sponsoring Pajama Day on Sept. 20, so remember to wear pajama’s to school.

Study Trips will take place throughout the school year. Those interested in becoming a chaperone need to be an approved volunteer. Visit our school website at and click the “Volunteer” tab to have easy access to the district required background check and the online volunteer training. Both of these need to be renewed each school year.

Mountain View Elementary

The Boys & Girls Club after school program will begin today. Activities will begin with one hour of academic support which may be homework help or enrichment activities at Mountain View Elementary. Students will also have a nutritious after school snack. Students will then travel via bus to the Kenai Clubhouse for other activities.

Participants must be members of the Kenai Boys & Girls Club. For student who are members and the membership is beyond what a family can afford at this time, there are scholarships available. Call Carolyn Lopez at 907-283-8642 for membership forms and scholarship information. This is a great opportunity for children.

All Mountain View students will be dismissed at 1:55 on Wednesday to provide time for teachers to meet as grade level teams. Teams will analyze student data and plan for increased achievement through targeted learning activities. Bus transportation will be adjusted to accommodate this schedule.

The Site Council will be meet Thursday at 4 p.m. in the library. The agenda will include Title 1 activities and strategic planning.

The PTA is coordinating the “Believe Kids” fundraiser starting Friday and ending Oct. 7. More information will be sent home with students on Friday.

Sept. 27 is Picture Day.

Kenai Alternative High School

Kenai Alternative High School will begin to interview students for their second rotation beginning the week of Sept. 23. Students can call the school at 907-335-3870 to schedule an appointment. Second rotation begins Oct. 7.

School is in full swing now, for students starting to fall behind, please make plans to recieve extra help and attend the after school study hall in the library. The study hall is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

This year’s deadline for senior photos will be Oct. 31. The year book staff will need all senior protriats and baby photos submitted at this time. In regards to last year’s yearbooks, we do not have any new information on when they will be ready, but information will be posted when more information is known.

Kenai Middle School

Wednesday will be the first of six early release days this year for the School District. Our school will release students at 1pm on Wednesday. All buses will run on an early schedule to accommodate the change. This is a District Wide event. Please make arrangements accordingly for your students.

Kenai Middle School will sponsor a Math Counts Club for students who want to learn cool math concepts. Meeting are held during lunch and advisory on Wednesdays. Parent volunteer, David Thomas, will share his time and expertise to engage the students in math games and puzzles. The competitive Math Counts team meets on Wednesdays after school until 5 p.m. The team competes at the Regional and State levels later in the school year.

Students who want to participate in the District Mind-A-Mazes competition on Saturday, Oct. 12 will meet after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays until 5 p.m. All students are invited to participate. Teams of three to five students work together to build a device that will lift a weight, ring a bell, descend one meter and trigger an event. Parent volunteers are needed as chaperones and judges. Contact Ms. Romberg to volunteer.

Congratulations to our Character Counts winners: Brock Sarks, Roman Lott, Leland Touchstone, and Jade Cissell. Way to go kids.

“A” team plays at KMS on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and Sept. 20 in Seward at 3 p.m.

“B” team plays Monday at Chapman at 3:20 p.m.; Tuesday in Kenai at 3 p.m. and Thursday in Nikiski at 3 p.m.

The Cross Country team will compete this week on Friday in Kenai at 3 p.m. Good Luck to all of our athletes.

Nikiski Middle/High

Wednesdayis First Early Release Day. Six times throughout the academic year, on a Wednesday, schools will meet the minimum day, leaving teachers with approximately ninety minutes of additional time to work on improvement strategies. On these early release dates, school will end ninety minutes earlier. Bus transportation will be adjusted by ninety minutes.

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the library the counseling department will be hosting a Senior Parent Night. This is designed as an overview of expectations for senior year and to foster communication between the school and parents so that students can graduate and plan for the next step successfully. Both students and parents are welcome to attend. Subway sandwiches will be provided.

The first Site Council met last week. The minutes from this meeting will be posted on the school website. The next Site Council meeting will be a joint meeting with Nikiski North Star Elementary on Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.

Picture Retakes will be on October 9.

■ Tuesday– High School Borough Cross Country Running Meet at Kenai Middle School Soccer @ Kenai Middle School at 3 p.m.

■ Senior Parent’s meeting – 6:30 p.m. in the library

■ Wednesday– Early Release for Students– School hours are 7:40 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

■ Thursday –PTSA Meeting in Sharon Thompson’s room – B 103 @ 2:30 p.m.

■ Middle School A Team vs. Soldotna Middle School – 3 p.m. Middle School B Team vs. Kenai Middle School – 3 p.m. n Varsity Football vs. Voznesenka – 4 p.m.

Friday- Middle School B Team Soccer vs. Chapman – 3 p.m.

■ Middle School Cross Country @ Kenai Middle School – 3 p.m., JV Football vs. Kenai – 4 p.m., Volleyball @ Homer – C Team @ 3:30 p.m., JV @ 4:30 p.m., Varsity @ 6 p.m.

■ Saturday – High School Cross Country Running @ Homer 3K

For more information please visit the Nikiski Middle High School Website. Follow the link on the Power School Daily Bulletin or go to:

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The school will be providing volunteer training on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the school library.Not only will participants learn some of the skills needed, but there will be people available to help apply to volunteer online. In order to ensure that all students will be as safe as possible, the KPBSD requires volunteers to be screened each year. Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete an online form and agree to a background check. This is required every year and all information is kept confidential. To complete the screening process, go to the District’s web page at: and follow the links to NNS.

Nikiski Middle/High

Wednesday is Early Release Day for the school district. The school day at NNS will end at 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be adjusted by ninety minutes. Please call the office at 776-2600 if you have any questions or concerns.

The Innisbrook Fundraiser is in full swing. There are many items available to choose from and we encourage the help for our school to meet its fundraising goal and at the same time, purchase nice gift items for family and friends. This fundraiser is the only school wide fundraiser of the year. Thank you in advance for your support of NNS.

Redoubt Elementary

■ September 25 – School Pictures

■ October 2 – Walk Your Kids to School Day

■ October 17 – Fun Fest

■ October 21 – Picture Retakes


Please make end of day arrangements with students BEFORE they come to school. Assure that students fully understands where they are supposed to go and exactly how they will get there. The more consistent this is, the less stress there is for the student. Student’s teacher should have this information also, particularly if they are in grades Pre-Kindergarten to third grade.

Send a note to the students teacher if arrangements change. If the school does not receive a note from a parent or a phone message, students are required to go home their usual way students are not allowed to use the school phone to make social arrangements. A note or phone call is necessary for all grades.

Please limit phone messages for students to true emergencies and unavoidable changes in plans. Call the school prior to 3 p.m. to allow us time to contact your child. After 3 p.m. we are busy preparing students to go home and there may not be anyone available to answer your call.

School dismisses at 3:18 p.m. Please be on time to pick up students. We greatly appreciate the support.

Skyview High

The Skyview dance team is recruiting for its final season. Any dancers from Skyview or River City Academy should talk to their sponsor, Mrs. Zopf-Schoessler, and sign up for dances ranging from a Latin medley to a student-choreographed hip hop number to a lyrical waltz and a black-and-white novelty dance. The Mass Dance Concert is scheduled for April 5-6, 2014 at KCHS auditorium and rehearsals start soon.

Classroom Without Walls, the world history collaboration between Mr. Sparks’ classes and Mr. Zorbas’ classes at Kenai Central High School is in full swing. We have been training our students for their job as history students. Presentations from Karla Barkman (District wide Librarian specialist), Karen Hamlow (Skyview Librarian), Jill Gann (KCHS librarian), Elaine Schuck (Polycom Educational coordinator, South Dakota) have all presented lessons on digital resources, website validity, and video conferencing etiquette. We have Manhattan School of Music (Manhattan New York) doing a presentation on Sept. 24 and KCHS English instructor Meredith McCullough teaching our students how to read for comprehension using text structure. Skyview is also preparing for collaboration with students in Tunisia, thru Global Nomads, that will begin in October. Our students have already collaborated on several assignments as they prepare for their CWOW (Classroom Without Walls) experience. Mr. Sparks Alaska Studies class has combined with six students from Tebughna (Tyonek) for a semester of learning.

Soldotna Elementary School

The school is once again collecting aluminum cans from throughout the community. We have someone here willing to deliver cans to the landfill if community members would like to drop off crushed and bagged cans at Soldotna Elementary. Let’s make a clean sweep and collect those cans. Last year we won second place in the “medium school” division. Soldotna Elementary was rewarded with a check for $197.

The second grade students of Holly Davis and Sherri Baktuit brainstormed during their unit on community the attributes that make us thankful for our local law enforcement. In honor of “National Thank a Police Officer Day” on September 21, they created a “Tagxedo” word cloud to present to the Soldotna Police Force to provide daily encouragement and support. Don’t forget to show appreciation for our local officers every day, but especially on Saturday.

The Innisbrook fundraiser is in progress, and all packets went home with students last week. The school certainly appreciate anyone who is willing to be involved. All orders will be entered on line this year. If anyone has difficulty entering orders, there will be a person at school who will be able to help today through Friday. The funds earned will be used to purchase new technology for our school.

Our students will be especially decked out for school pictures on Sept. 24.

Soldotna Middle School

The First Site Council Meeting is TODAY at 4 p.m. in the Soldotna Middle School Library. A BIG thank you to this year’s members - Principal – Sarge Truesdell ; Assistant Principal – Curt Schmidt ; Certified Staff – Sheilah-Margaret Pothast ; Certified Staff – Amy Angleton ; Classified Staff – Ann McCabe ; 7th Grade Parent – Margaret Griffin ; 7th Grade Parent – Mickey Sopkowiak ; 8th Grade Parent – Krista Arthur ; 7th Grade Student – Aliann Schmidt ; 8th Grade Student – Kelli Arthur ; Community Member – Guy Hayes

IMPORTANT : EARLY RELEASE FOR STUDENTS ON WEDNESDAY. Students at Soldotna Middle School will end the school day at 12:45 p.m. Bus schedules have been adjusted to accommodate this time change. For complete details regarding this schedule change, please visit the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Website @

Sports Schedule this week:

* Tuesday – Soldotna White Soccer vs. Soldotna Maroon Soccer at Soldotna Middle School – 3 p.m.

SOCCER PICTURES will be at 2:15 p.m. before the white/maroon soccer game. Girls first, boys second.

* Thursday– Soldotna Maroon Soccer vs. Nikiski at Soldotna Middle School – 3 p.m.

* Friday– Soldotna White Soccer vs. Homer at Homer – 3 p.m.

* Friday – Cross Country Running – Kenai Invitational – 3 p.m.

Student Fees for first quarter/semester classes can be viewed online. Please log in to PowerSchool > Student Fees for current information. Parents who need to activate their PowerSchool account, please contact the front office at 907 260-2500.

Tustumena Elementary

■ September 17 -PTO Meeting, 4pm

■ September 18 - Early Release (90 minutes early)

■ September 30 - Site Council Meeting, 4pm

■ October 3 - Picture Day