Around the District

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.

There will be an Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy with Beth Swaby at Soldotna High School. This academy will start Oct. 1 -Dec. 7. Class days will be Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. and most Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.. 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. Certification and an ETT patch will be awarded to those that pass.

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

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

Today is the first day of Morning Groups for those students who received and returned an invitation to participate. The first group is from 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and the second group is from 8:35 a.m.-9:05 a.m.

The APC will have a work session at 4 p.m. The agenda is posted on our school webpage.

School pictures were sent home with all students that had preordered. Picture retakes are in the morning of Oct. 10th beginning at 9:15. Sibling pictures are from noon-1 p.m.

Volunteers are very important to the success of Kaleidoscope and parents are invited to become an approved volunteer. In order to attend a “Being There” trip, you must submit your volunteer paperwork for that particular trip at least 2 days prior.

PTA Reminder - Send in those Box Tops, Coke Rewards and Campbell Soup Labels. Remember to put your names on the Box Tops so that you have a chance to win a book.

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

K-Beach will be hosting its second annual fun run on Tuesday. 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 today.

Kenai Central High

Attention all parents and juniors. The Work Keys test will be administered next week in the auditorium to eleventh-grade students. The Work Keys test does count toward the Governors Scholarship if students are planning on going to a Vocational School after high school; therefore it is important that students get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast before coming to school. The High School Qualifying Exam will also be administered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to juniors and seniors that are either new to the district or who have not yet passed the test.

Kenai Middle School

Kenai Middle School is accepting Box Tops for Education. Please bring box tops to the office, any donation is appreciated.

Congratulations to Kenai Middle Character Counts winners: Brock Miller and Meghan Roney. Character Counts winners enjoyed Pizza Hut pizza for lunch on Friday. Great job kids

Intramural basketball for seventh and eighth grade will start on Oct. 7. The sports form is available at the office and must be filled out and returned prior to attending practice.

The district Mind-A-Mazes competition will be Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m. at Soldotna Middle School. Last year Kenai Middle School placed first and second in the middle/senior division and first place in the spontaneous problem division.

Principal’s day will be recognized on Oct. 16. Picture retakes at Kenai Middle School will be Oct. 17 at 8 a.m.

Mountain View Elementary

The PTA Fundraiser orders are due by Oct. 7.

Students will be learning about Fire Safety Oct. 2 – Oct. 7. The Kenai Fire Department will be here to visit classes and take students through the Fire Safety House.

There will be a PTA meeting on Oct. 8 at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

The Site Council will be meeting at 4 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the library.

Nikiski Middle/High

Homecoming Week is September 30-October 5. This years them is Picture Perfect. The Homecoming Dance is Sat. Oct. 5 from 8pm-midnight at the High School. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 a person or $15 a couple. Kelly Reilly will be the photographer. Attire is Semi-formal.

Dress up days are class competitions: 9/12 against 10/11

Monday: Pajamas (9/12) v. Formal (10/11)

Tuesday: Farmers (9/12) v. Livestock (10/11)

Wednesday: Nerdy (9/12) v. Preppy (10/11)

Thursday: Favorite Movie Character (9/12) v. Favorite Book Character (10/11)

Friday: Spirit Day—all grades

The Powder Puff Game is Friday at 6 p.m. at the school and the Bonfire will follow directly afterward. Both events are free and there will be a complimentary cookout at the bonfire. The bonfire ends between 9:30-10 p.m.

The Nikiski Homecoming Football Game is at 1 p.m. against Monroe. Volleyball will play Seward on Friday JV at 3:45/V at5:00).

Yearbooks may be purchased at for $45. Prices will go up after Halloween.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The NNS PTA general membership meeting will take place on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Plan to attend to see what exciting things our PTA has planned this year.

Friday is picture make up day. Call the school at 907-776-2600 if you need more information.

The 36th Annual NNS Fall Carnival will be held on Oct. 26 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the school. There will be kiddie games, a concession stand, costume contest, silent auction, trick or treat alley, cake walk, face painting and much more. We are collecting candy and used costumes at the schools front entrance. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the PTA or sign up on the volunteer board

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt Site Council

The school is looking for one parent representatives to serve a two year term, beginning this fall. No experience is necessary to serve on this worthwhile advisory council. Any parent of a child attending Redoubt during the period of elected service is eligible to serve. Representative’s time commitment is minimal, normally one meeting each month during the school year. Interested parties should contact the school office (260-4300) before Friday, October 4th.

■ October 1— Drop date for Free and Reduced Lunches

■ October 2— Walk your Kids to School Day

■ October 5 — Saturday— Family Fun Run

■ October 8 — PTA Meeting, 3:45 p.m.

■ October 9 — Site Council, 3:30 p.m.

■ October 17 — Fun Fest

■ October 21 — Picture retake day

■ October 24 & 25 — Parent Teacher Conferences

■ October 30 —S tudents—Early Release 1:45

School Wide Celebration, Redoubt students and staff enjoyed a much deserved celebration last Friday. Our school’s PBIS goal was met this quarter. Way to go students, keep up the good work.

Congratulation to the Box Top Winners of the week, Emma Hunter, Bridger Brewer Kadie Newkirk & Sienna Howarth. Keep those box tops coming.

Walk Your Child to School Day is on Wednesday. Meet at the Catholic Church at Redoubt & Fireweed Ave at 8 a.m. Depart at 8:10. Join us, along with members of the Police and Fire Departments, and other community members. When we arrive at school, there will be hot chocolate, snacks and prizes. Rain or Shine.

Third Annual Redoubt Elementary Fun Run will be held Saturday at Redoubt Elementary. The cost is $5 Individuals, $20 Family. Registration/check-in and bib Pick up is 9—9:45 a.m. Start time is 10 a.m. 2k/5K (concurrent start).

Registrations and money may be dropped off at the Redoubt Elementary Office. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no dogs or bikes. Strollers welcome. Rain or shine. Bake sale and concession stand after the race.

Skyview High

Senior Parent Night will be Oct. 1 at 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

Congratulations to Anna Cannava, the winner of last week’s box top drawing. Box Tops for Education coupons are located on many food items, and our school earns cash from them. Our beautiful sign in/out area was funded by this program. Some of the earnings were also used to help purchase playground equipment and classroom smartboards. Please save those little coupons for our school. It’s easy, fast, and truly benefits our students.

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

We would like to thank Miss Renee, Miss Mercedes, Mr. Ted, and Mr. Jeff for all their hard work keeping our school clean and safe. Wednesday is National Custodian’s Day. Thank you so much for your dedication and hard work, especially in the preschoolers’ room.

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 Wednesday, 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.

Parents, please do not drop your children off at school before 8:15 a.m. as there is no supervision until that time. In addition, if you come to pick your children up at the end of the day, please wait for them in the lobby. This helps to keep confusion and congestion down in the hallways and classrooms. Teachers will always escort your students to the lobby.

Soldotna Middle School

Intramural Basketball Begins on Oct. 7. All students who wish to join must turn in the required sports forms before participation. Forms must be filled out for each sport. All forms can be picked up at the Front Office or found online on the Soldotna Middle School Webpage Schedule for the first week: Boys Practice First is at 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Girls Study Hall is at 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Girls Practice Second 4– 5:30 p.m. Boys and Girls will alternate practice times each week. The intramural season will end on Oct. 29.

NEW Spartan Club to begin! The Lego League Robotics Club will meet Oct. 12 through Dec. 18 on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30-4 p.m. Space is limited. Contact Mr. Harro if interested.

Parent Teacher Conferences at Soldotna Middle School will be Oct. 24 and Oct. 25. Appointment times are scheduled. Please make sure a conference scheduling form has been filled out and returned. Parent/Student appointment times will be sent home the week of Oct. 7.

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, contact the front office at 260-2500.

Soldotna High

Picture Retakes are Oct. 7.

Announcing the Central Peninsula/Soldotna-Area Teen Center Logo and Naming Contest!

Teens have until October 11 at 5 p.m. to get your submission into Ms. Meggean Bos at SoHi and can e-mail them to Submittals can also be brought to Senator Micciche’s office in Kenai, or you can call his office for Teen Center information at 907- 283-7996 <tel:283-7996> . Aside from great prizes for both entering and winning, you’ll get the honor of seeing your creation on our sign, on/in the center and on t-shirts around town. Parents pass this on to your teens. They must be between 13-18 or still in high school to win. All local students are welcome to enter including students from CIA, homeschool students, RCA, SoHi, Skyview and the middle schools.

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

■ 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, Oct 4 (Evening only)

Thursday, Oct 31 (Evening only)

Friday, Nov 1 (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

■ Today - 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.

Miss Thompson is looking for volunteers to help with various jobs and projects in the school library. Training wil be provided.

Tustumena breakfast and lunch program are off to a great start. The grace period for the free and reduced meal benefits end Wednesday. As of Tuesday, please send a lunch from home or money to cover breakfast ($1.75) or lunch ($2.85) or milk ($.60_if you are no longer eligible or have not had adequate time for application to be processed. Student’s PowerSchool accounts has their current account balances to check for available funds.

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.

Wings Christian Academy

September Chapel Quizz’em Winners: Wade James, Deloma Watkins, Valarie Cazares, and Salena Pena.

Awards: Clean Office Award, Upper Learning Center, Sara Brubaker. Lower Learning Center, Zane James.

Thank you: Wade James, Sunny Miller, Ethan Berga, and Tyler Ophus who shared Oral Reports.

Field Trip to Anchorage Museum Oct. 10.

BEMA Volleyball game: Thursday Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. in Anchorage.