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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.

The Study

The Study offers credited courses for the 2013-2014 school year.

■ Spanish 1 and 2 will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

■ Algebra 2 will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

■ Alaska studies will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday an Thursday

■ Ground school will be offered Sept. 27 through Oct. 19, Fridays 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon

■ A geometry group will meet 5:30 to 630 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

■ Reading groups will be held 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays.

■ A music program will begin 10 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 to Nov. 27 for grades k-3 and from 10:30 to 11 a.m. to fourth and fifth-grades. There will be a performance on Nov. 6.

■ Private tutoring in all subjects and ages in available.

Connections Homeschool Program

It is knitting season. For those interested in learning to knit or sharing their knowledge about knitting, contact Lennie at 714-8880. Lennie and Anna are meeting on Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Battle of the Books lists are in and advisors are organizing. Battle of the Books is a motivational reading and comprehension program. Lists of books are chosen by librarians. Students read the books, discuss and quiz each other on the contents. Then the students compete at the school, district and state levels in teams of three to four to correctly answer questions based on the books. The district battle will be held in early February. For those interested in being on a Connections Battle of the Books team, groups will begin meting once a week. The final four members of each team will be determined from the grade level groups as the official Battle dates get closer. Students who would like to join the team should contact Lennie at 907-714-8880 or email her at Because kindergarten through second-grade does not participate in official battles, Shelli Furlong will hold the first k-2 meeting on a later date in December. That schedule will be determined later. Call or email her at 714-8880 or

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

Juniors and seniors who have not passed the HSGQE will be retaking the test on Oct. 1, 2 and 3. Letters have been sent out in the mail. Contact an advisor with any questions. WorkKeys testing is mandatory for all juniors. Seniors may retake the test to raise their score. Testing will take place October 1-9. Contact an advisor at 714-8880 to set up a time.

■ Oct. 1, 2 and 3 — HSGQE retakes

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

■ Oct. 8, 9 10 —CES Fire Buster Puppet Show at Soldotna Sports Center

■ Oct. 11 —Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center meet at park entrance at 10:30 a.m.

■ Oct. 14 —Eligibility Grade Reports due

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

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

APC will have a short meeting in the library today at 4 p.m. They will vote on one action item regarding total enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. A work session will follow.

Tuesday the kindergarten classes will be having a Curriculum / Potluck from 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m.

5:30 p.m. group presentation in the library

5:45 p.m. centers in classrooms

6:15-7 p.m. Potluck in the gym

Tuesday the 3rd and 4th grade classes will have a “being there” experience to Exit Glacier. They will be gone from 7 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.

PTA Reminder

Send in Box Tops, Coke Rewards and Campbell Soup Labels. Remember to put names on the Box Tops so that you have a chance to win a book. A drawing is held each Friday afternoon.

Mountain View Elementary

The Boys & Girls Club after school program has begun. 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.

Friday is Picture Day.

K-Beach Elementary

It’s a jungle in Mr. Daniels’s class. Students are creating and nurturing terrariums. The class is following the scientific method so that results will be accurate. Students focus question is “what soil do plants grow best in?”. Students will conduct other investigations with our terrariums along the way.

School picture day is Thursday.

K-Beach will be hosting its second annual fun run on October 1st. K-Beach fourth – sixth grade students, family members, staff, and community members may participate. Check in time is 2:45 p.m., and the 5K run will begin at 3:15 p.m. Entry forms and registration fees need to be turned in to the office no later than Sept. 30.

Kenai Central High

Today is picture retake day. Students who were absent when school pictures were taken August, or those not satisfied with the pictures received may have retakes.

This year’s deadline for senior photos will be Oct. 31. The yearbook staff will need all senior portraits and baby photos submitted at this time. Contact Ms. Waggoner for more information.

Senior and parents — The counseling office will be holding a Senior Parent meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theatre to discuss college application deadlines, college requirements, available loans, scholarship opportunities and other information that seniors need to know to help plan for their next step in life. Contact Mr. Thompson for more information.

Kenai Middle School

Spirit week begins today. Posters will be displayed around the school advertising each day’s dress-up theme. Prizes will be given away daily and the week will end with an Activity Night and dance on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

All seventh-grade students and all new to district students will participate in TB testing on Tuesday and the Mass Health Screening on Thursday.

The first round of boroughs for soccer will be held on Tuesday. The Borough Championship game will be held on Saturday at Homer at 10 a.m.

Kenai Middle’s Cross Country team will compete in the Borough Meet on Friday at noon at Nikiski.

Congratulations to last week’s Character Counts winners, Luke Beiser and Alexis Erlich.

Nikiski Middle/High

The PSAT will be given Oct. 15 in the auditorium. To take the test, sign up with Mrs. Jones or Mrs. Carstens in the counseling office by Wednesday. The cost is $14.

NMHS is offering a student mentor/tutoring program during the school day. For students who need a little extra help, contact Holly Jones in the counseling department.

PTSA - e-Script Enrollment and re-enrollment time is here. Support Nikiski Middle High School PTSA through eScrip. Safeway donates a percentage of members total amount purchased back to NMHS PTSA. This is an easy way to support the Bulldogs. Each member must re-enroll every school year. Enrolling is easy online @ Search for Nikiski High School PTSA. Safeway Club Card number is needed to enroll. Obtain your number by calling Safeway’s Club Card Center—877-723-3929. The NMHS PTSA raises almost $10,000 annually that is given back to the students through grants to different classes, clubs and teams. The majority of these funds are raised through the concessions stand and the Spirit Shop and escrip. These venues require an amazing amount of volunteer hours to run them. \The PTSA is looking for members and volunteers to help.

The next PTSA meeting will be Thursday, October 10. Become a part Nikiski Middle High School PTSA today. Those interested in becoming a member and giving back to students should attend a meeting or contact with any questions.

Today– C Team football vs. Homer – 4 p.m.

Tuesday- Volleyball vs. Kenai. JV at 3:45 p.m.

Varsity at 5 p.m.

Middle School Soccer at Soldotna Middle School

Wednesday- Deadline for signing up for the PSAT, test on October 15.

Thursday –Volleyball vs. Cordova – JV at 2:45 p.m. Varsity at 5 p.m.

JV Football vs. Kenai – 4 p.m.

Friday- Volleyball at West Spiketacular

Wrestling vs. Homer scrimmage – 5 p.m.

Middle School Cross Country Borough Meet at Kenai Middle – 3 p.m.

Saturday –Volleyball at West Spiketacular

Varsity Football at Eielson – TBA

High School Cross Country Regions at Seward – TBA

Middle School Soccer ay Homer Middle – 10 a.m.

Monday, September 30 - High School Wrestling Begins

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The Innisbrook Fundraiser is in full swing until Thursday. 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.

The next PTA meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 3 in the library. All parents and community members are welcome to join. One important topic of discussion will be the NNS annual Fall Carnival that will be held at the school on Oct. 26.

Picture make up day will be held on Oct. 4. More information will be sent home with students.

Redoubt Elementary

■ Wednesday – School Pictures – forms have been sent home with students, siblings 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

■ Oct. 2 – Walk Your Kids to School Day, everyone will meet at the Catholic Church at Redoubt and Fireweed Ave. Assemble at 8 a.m, leave at 8:05 a.m.

■ Oct. 8 – Parent Teacher Association Meeting - 3:45 p.m. – Staff Lounge

■ Oct. 9 – 3:30 p.m. – Site Council Meeting – Staff Lounge

■ Oct. 17 – Fun Fest – forms will be sent home with students prior to the event.

■ Oct. 21 – Picture Retakes

■ Oct. 24 & 25 – Parent Teacher Conferences, there will be no school for students. Forms will be sent home with students to schedule conferences dates and times.

Redoubt’s fall fundraiser was a huge success, thank you to all the students and parents who worked so hard. Proceeds will be used to support important goals and programs that benefit our students.

Skyview High

Skyview High School will be entering a readers’ theatre version of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in the One-Act Play Festival Nov. 14 through 16 at SoHi auditorium. Other local high schools and community theatre organizations will also be participating. Auditions for “Charlie Brown” will be Sept. 23 through Sept. 27; potential cast members need to be academically eligible, available for after-school rehearsals, and able to project their voices well. See Mrs. Zopf-Schoessler for more information.

Senior Parent Night will be October 1st - 6 p.m. in the Skyview Library. Counselors will discuss college applications, financial aid, scholarship information, ACT/SAT registration, yearbook and other deadlines pertaining to seniors. All senior parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. Seniors are welcome, too. Refreshments will be provided.

Skyview will be hosting a talent showcase/open mic night on Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. Singers, dancers, musicians, actors and bands are welcome. Please plan to perform with live music (this is not a karaoke night).Interested performers or bands should contact Kent Peterson at 260-2302. Admission will be free.

HSGQE retakes will be Oct. 1 through 3, All tenth, eleventh, and twelfth-graders who have not passed one or more tests will be testing. This is a regular school day and all students should be in attendance.

Soldotna Elementary School

Mrs. Straw’s third-grade class is working hard to meet their personal goals in the Reading Counts program. The students read books and take comprehension quizzes and earns points for each quiz they pass, striving to attain their personal quarterly goals. The following students have already met their Reading Counts goals for this quarter: Eli Corbett, Daniel McRorie, Brayden Taylor, and JoJean Thornton. Congratulations and keep up the great reading.

Mrs. Kvamme’s sixth-grade class will be running the school store again this year. The store is open on Wednesday mornings before school in case students are in need of pencils, pens, folders, etc. Thanks sixth graders for opening the store early for our students and staff.

School pictures are coming up Tuesday. Remember to send students in dark or bright colors.

A reminder of early release days: Oct. 30, Nov. 20, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, and Apr. 16. Remember to mark these dates on your calendar so you will have time to make arrangements for child care. Students will be released from school just an hour and a half earlier than normal. There will be no afternoon classes on Early Release days for Mrs. Cannava’s Title 1 preschool.

International Walk to School Day is coming up early next month, Oct. 2, parents may walk your kids to school with the rest of the school. We will meet at United Methodist Church at 158 S. Binkley St. (behind Safeway), and we will leave the church at 8:15. All Soldotna Elementary students and their families are invited to join us. Snacks and prizes will be awaiting the walkers in the gym when we arrive back at school. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Watch for the weather report as walkers might need rain gear.

Soldotna Middle School

Rachel Davidson was chosen as the August/September 8th Grade Chamber Student of the Month. She will be honored at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center at noon. Congratulations Rachel.

2013-2014 Yearbooks on sale. The price is $32 before Dec. 31. Name personalization available on front cover for an additional $6. Purchase online @ or at the front office.

Final week for Cross Country Running and Soccer. Go Spartans.

■ Tuesday – Soccer Girls/Boys – First Round of Borough Tournament - TBA

■ Friday – Cross Country Running – Borough Meet @ Nikiski – Noon

■ Saturday – Soccer Girls/Boys – Finals of Borough Tournament @ Homer – 10 a.m.

Intramural Basketball Begins Monday, Oct. 7.

Soldotna High

Soldotna High School will be celebrating Homecoming week September 23 -28. Dress up days are scheduled for all week along with class competitions during break and lunch. The public is invited to watch a Peachfuzz (boys) volleyball tournament from 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Powderpuff (girls) football Thursday evening from 6 -7:30 p.m. and the bonfire at the Sports Center on Friday night from 8 – 10 p.m. The Homecoming Dance is from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Magic Moments will be available for pictures and pricing sheets may be found in the office.

The PSAT will be offered at SoHi on Oct. 16. To register, bring $15 to the front office before Oct. 11th.

■ Pool Schedule:

A.m. lap swim 6-8 Mon – Friday

P.m. lap swim 6-7 Mon, Wed, Fri

P.m. Open swim 7-8:45 Mon and Wed

■ Pool Closure dates:

Friday, Sept 27th (Evening only)

Friday, Oct 4th (Evening only)

Thursday, Oct 31st (Evening only)

Friday, Nov 1st (Evening only)

SoHi will be locking the Parking lot entrance Door during the following hours:

7:50 am to 12:00 p.m.

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 is requesting that all parents please pick up your students after school at the pool entrance, tennis court area or football parking lot area. Please park in the back entrance parking area out of the line of traffic. Busses are needing to access the school drive thru. So please remember to park in the pool parking, tennis or football parking lot area while waiting for your student. Thank you for your much needed help in this area.

There are two ways to order a transcript. Each way serves a different purpose.

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… rather than the US mail… to get to its destination, which is much faster! 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.

Tustumena Elementary

■ Sept. 30 - Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.

■ Oct. 3 - Picture Day

■ Oct. 15 - PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

■ Oct. 18 - End of first quarter, No School for Students

■ Oct. 22 and 23- Lynx Track to the Ninilchik Pool, Grades K-1

Lynx Track to the Solid Rock Hay Tunnel ,Grades 2-6

■ Oct. 24 & 25 - Parent Teacher Conferences; No School for Students

■ Oct. 28 - Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.

This year Halloween falls on what could be argued as the worst day of the week possible - Thursday. Without changing it, we stand to lose two days of instruction, Thursday and Friday. So, at Tustumena, we are taking the liberty of changing Halloween to Friday Nov. 1. This is the same day our PTO has scheduled the Fall Carnival so we can make a day of it. There will still be Trunk or Treat on Thursday night, but we will move our classroom celebrations, pumpkin carving contest, and costumes for Pre-K through 3rd graders.

Thursday October 31

Time TBA- Trunk or Treat

Nov. 1 - Pumpkin carving contest, costumes for Pre-K through Grade 3, classroom parties,

PTO- Fall Carnival - We know this is a big change but we were hoping with this much advance notice you would support our school and our intention to optimize instruction to your children.


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