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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 herself/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

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.

Connections Homeschool Program

WorkKeys testing is mandatory for all juniors. Seniors can retake the test to raise their score if you want. Testing will take place through Wednesday. Contact an advisor at 714-8880 to set up a time.

Friday by 5 p.m. is the deadline for the Central Peninsula/Soldotna-Area Teen Center Logo and Naming Contest. Email your submission to Meggean Bos at SoHi at Submittals are also accepted Senator Micciche’s office in Kenai, or you can call his office for Teen Center information at 283-7996.

Kenai Peninsula College Fair will be held Oct.22, 2013 from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. at Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Our Soldotna Connections advisor, Shelli Furlong, will be at the college fair. Please see her to get your name tag. Connections has a Facebook page. Please check it out:

■ CES Fire Buster Puppets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

■ Friday trip to Alaska Conservation Center

IDEA Homeschool program

IDEA welcomes enrollment in our homeschooling support program. To learn more or enroll please visit our office in The red diamond Center on K-Beach Road or call 907-260-7555.

High School students and parents plan to join us for a day of information and workshops designed with you in mind. On Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Kalifornsky Christian Center, learn how to qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship, fill out a FAFSA, make and use an account on AKCIS and more. This interactive workshop will teach students the skills needed to approach your future with confidence.

PSAT participants plan to arrive by 8:45 a.m. for this opportunity. All tests will be administered at KPC at the Brockel Bldg in Room 157.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Today the APC will meet at 4 p.m. in the library to vote on the changes to the charter reapplication. The regular monthly meeting is Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Tuesday the PTA will meet at 9:15 a.m. They will vote on the budget and on several other items. PTA reminds parents to send in Box Tops, Coke Rewards and Campbell Soup Labels. Remember to put family names on the Box Tops so that students have a chance to win a book on Fridays.

Picture Retakes are Thursday in the art room. Sibling pictures are from noon to 1 p.m. If students missed picture day in September, they will get theirs taken on this day. If you ordered a packet last time and are not happy with the pictures, send back the complete original picture packet and a new picture will be taken.

The 3rd & 4th Graders will go to Seward for the Salmon Celebration on Thursday. Any student needing their school picture taken will have it done before they depart at 9:30 a.m.

Reminder to all families that drop off begins at 8:35 each morning. Please do not have your children arrive before 8:35 a.m. as this is when a duty personnel is available to watch over children. The band students and those in the 8 a.m. morning group are exceptions.

The Lifeskill being focused on this week is Common Sense.

Mountain View Elementary

The PTA Fundraiser orders are due by today.

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 Tuesday at 3:45 PM in the staff lounge.

Kenai Central High

Students have been traveling around the world this year via Video Conferencing. Many of the teachers at KCHS have been taking advantage of the new technology (Polycom) and connecting with teachers and guest speakers around the world.

— Students in World History with Mr. Zorbas and Mr. Sparks have completed the 5 week training preparing them to start working on the 1st of eight history units. Mr. Zorbas and Mr. Sparks continue a new innovative approach to World History this year that has students working in small groups from both schools. The students use Microsoft lync to video conference and Google docs to work together on their current event and historical example for each unit.

— Students in Mr. Carr’s Government and AK studies classes participated in a special event looking at women in the international business community and how to be successful. This originated in Ghana, Africa and also included some exchange between students in both countries.

— Ms. Stone’s LA 9 and 11 will be teaching text structure and perspective using climate change articles to prepare kids for a face to face exchange with students in Australia and Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage Robyn Parker. This event will feature students on a 50’ screen at the Olympic Park in Sydney.

— Students at both schools and all grades will be invited to participate in a special event hosted by Global Nomads Group called “Girl Rising”. This event will have students interacting with girls in the MENA region who risk their lives to attend school. The girls believe they need to be educated in order for things to change in this region.

— Students in World History will be preparing to start a program called “Youth Talk” This will be an extra-curricular series of video conferences with accompany curriculum. The partner school this year is in the country of Tunisia.

Start rummaging through the closets and the garage now. The annual Sports Swap sponsored by the KCHS Cross-Country Ski Booster Club is Saturday, 11 a.m. — 4 p.m., in the KCHS auditorium commons, with item check-in Friday at 3-7:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8-10 a.m. They take sports equipment of all sizes, shapes, and sorts.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as the September 2013 Student of the Month.

— Kard-of-the-deck – Paige Ramos; Super-Staffer- Meredith McCullough; Rotary – Courtney Stroh; Chamber – Trevor Wagoner; Elks – Jazshe Nushart; Physics – Makayla George; Government – Dallas Pierren; Anatomy & Physiology – Josh Peck; Geometry – Ty Kinny; Study Skills – Cody Torres; Life Activities – Patricia Mae Catacutan; Ceramics – Matthew Goffena; Foods 1 – Kelsey Wik; AP U.S. History – Allie Ostrander; Choir & Piano – Brett Brown; Study Skills – Jacy Marston; Algebraic Modeling – Shannon Evans; LA 9 – Max DeMello; LA 10 – Hailey Helms; Biology – Zach Selinger

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations to the following students for being chosen as September Students of the Month: Kassandra Renfrow, Creed Sandahl, Paulyne Catacutan, Damien Redder, Lacey Plumridge, Carlos Caballero, Jaycie Calvert, Livai Castrellon, Haley DeMello, Michael Gelosa, Corbin Wirz, Sierra Van Hatten, and Karl Danielson.

For all students interested in playing Basketball, intramurals will begin on today.

There will be a choir concert Thursday at 7 p.m. at KCHS

Kenai Middle School would like to congratulate the girls and boys soccer teams. Both teams were crowned the Borough Champions last weekend. Way to go Kossacks

The cross country running team was also very successful during their season. Brittany Gilman, Lauren Hall, Dareena Doyle, Maria Salzetti, Ithaca Bergholtz, Hunter Beck were the team captains and our Most Inspirational Runner – Trayce Lyon. Borough Results are as follows: Boys: Kaden Mckibben- 7th place medal; Cameron Maxie - 10 place medal. Girls: Addison Gibson - 3rd place medal; Jaycie Calvert - 4th place medal; Ithaca Bergholts - 5th place medal; Lauren Hall - 9th place medal. Kenai Middle School is very proud of the cross country team!!

Congratulations also to last week’s Character Counts winners Dustin Bishop and Corbin Wirz.

Mountain View Elementary

The PTA Fundraiser orders are due by today.

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

Parent Teacher Conference forms were sent home on Friday. Please complete the form indicating your preference for a conference time and return to your child’s teacher by Friday.

Congratulations to the Elks Student of the Month!

August – Jodi Cook

September – Jared Wallis

■ Today – Middle School Basektball Begins

■ Tuesday– Joint Site Council Meeting with Nikiski North Star Elementary @ NHS – 4 p.m. in the library

Honors Awards Night/National Honor Society Induction – 6 p.m. in the auditorium

■ Wednesday– Picture retakes

■ Thursday– PTSA meeting – 6 p.m. in library.

Volleyball vs. Palmer – J.V. @ 4 p.m. Varsity @ 5:30 p.m.

■ Saturday, – Football Playoff Game – TBA

HS Wrestling @ Skyview Scramble – 12:00 p.m.

Looking ahead:

■ End of Quarter is October 18 – No School for Student. Teacher work day.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

October is fire safety month. Firefighters from the Nikiski Fire Department will come to NNS today and tomorrow to work with our students on various fire safety techniques.

There will be a joint site council meeting at Nikiski Middle High School on Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. Please call the school at 907-776-2600 for more information.

The Innisbrook fundraiser has come to a close and we are happy to report that we met and exceeded our fundraising goal. Thank you to the students who sold the merchandise and to those of you who purchased items. A big thank you goes to our fundraising chairman, Trina Stichal and her helpers, Sasha Fallon and Amanda Abel. NNS appreciates you.

Redoubt Elementary

■ October 8th—PTA Meeting, 3:45, babysitting available

■ October 9th—Site Council, 3:30

Parents are asked to turn in their child’s conference form to their teacher. Conference forms were sent home last week. Parent teacher conferences are important to your child’s education; please help us reach our goal of 100% participation. Conferences are October 24 and 25.

Central Peninsula Emergency services will be presenting a Fire Safety Puppet show for Redoubt’s kindergarten through third grade students October 14 at 2:30 p.m. in the gym.

Box Top winners last week were Alexis Gomes, Hunter Bras, Jacob Dickinson and Mecenha Price. Keep those box tops coming; they are cash in the bank for our school.

E-Scrip is a hassle-free way for Redoubt to raise funds through everyday purchases made at Safeway. Here’s how simple it is to support Redoubt: Register your Safeway card number with the school, shop at Safeway. Each time you shop, you still get your discounts, air miles and all other advantages that your Safeway Club Card gives you. In addition to the benefits you get, Safeway also donates a percentage of your total purchases back to Redoubt. Fundraising for our school with ZERO effort on your part. Please stop by the school office to sign up. We will have an E-Script signup table during parent teacher conferences.

Redoubt students sold over $15,000 of fundraiser products during our fall fundraiser. This year we used a company called Great American Opportunities. Thank you to our Redoubt students, community members and family members who supported Redoubt’s fundraiser. Money raised will be used to support important goals and programs that benefit our students.

Skyview High

The volleyball team won the silver bracket at the West Spiketacular.

Micah Hilbish finished 8th at the Region cross country meet and will be representing Skyview at State.

Roz Savag, famous ocean rower, volunteered to meet with Marine Biology and other students from London over Skype Sept. 30 to talk about environmental sustainability and goal setting.

Students in Medical Terminology and Marine Biology are using Polycom technology to work on projects with students in Cooper Landing, Nikolaevsk, and Kenai. They are doing presentations, labs, dissections, measuring fish and taking respiration data all through video conferencing.

Students traveled to Peterson Bay Sept. 16 and 17 for a field trip. They helped with soil sampling and observed invertebrates in the tide poles. Ten students signed up for internships or career related opportunities with Alaska coastal studies (the organization who put on the trip).

Auditions for the one-act version of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. in Mrs. Zopf’ler’s room B203. Students must be--and remain--academically eligible in order to do this show. The cast includes Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Sally and a few others. Cast members should be loud, funny, and capable of memorizing their lines. For more information contact

Skyview Fall Concert will be on Monday at 7 p.m. in the commons.

Picture retakes will held in the morning on Tuesday.

All Skyview students are invited to attend the “Girl Rising” video conference on Wednesday at 6 a.m. in room B201. The special video conferencing event will highlight the struggles for girls from around the world as they attempt to access educational opportunities. The event is sponsored by the Global Nomads group and will bring student, from around the world, together to examine nine cases of girls fromnine different countries and their struggles.

The LifeMobile Blood Drive will be at Skyview on Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Students who are 16 and 17 can donate, but must turn in a signed parental consent form and have photo ID. See Mrs. Hamlow or Mrs. Jones in the library to schedule an appointment. Community members wishing to donate also need to schedule an appointment by calling 260-2381 and leaving a message or by emailing

Soldotna Elementary

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.

Soldotna Middle School

Intramural Basketball Begins today. 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.

■ October 14 - TB testing for all 7th grade and new to district 8th grade students. If you have questions, please contact Nurse Carmen at 260-2500.

■ October 14 - Site Council Meeting in Soldotna Middle School Library—4:00 pm

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for August/September

Language Arts – Aurora Suder, Kevin Tautfest, Erika Bennett, Kenneth Asbell, Wessley Petrovich; Reading – Taha Trigg, Sharon Childsdress White, Kami Diehl; American History – Myra Love, Rachel Davidson, Kiernan Escott, Melia Miller, Javan King, Dalton McWhorter; World History – Jayden Kemp, Hannah Delker; Science – Austen Eriksson, Hannah Delker, Daniel Mitzel, Jaela Hubbard, Kallie Kenner, Javan King, Darby McMillan, Ethan Schneider, Erica Bennett, Thomas Brown, Asia Angeles Hanson, David Michael, Samantha Denbrock; Algebra – Chance Turvin; Math – Javan King, Sharon Childsdress White, Titan Farrell, Jacob Wylie, Silver Flowers; Math Study Skills – Alexandra Carrasco, Christopher Gilbert, Brady Hanson, Ryder Pietro; Study Skills – Kristina Sopkowiak, Cody Little; Health – Rylan Burrows, Haley Buckbee, Megan Calloway; Spanish 1 – Javan King, Jode Sparks, Alice Han, Elizabeth Lisenby; Woods 1 – Tommy Wells, Kellie Arthur, Asia Angeles Hanson, Sarah Baktuit; Construction – Amanda Eby, Selene Williams; Yearbook – Delaney Risley; Photo 1 – Darby McMillan; Computer Tech – Nicholas Horning; Robotics – Andrew Winslow; Business Info – Benjamin Snow, Dalton Hatten; Teacher Aide – Anthony Carrasco.

Soldotna High

Teens have until Friday 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. 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.

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

Tustumena Elementary

■ 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.

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.

Wings Volleyball team won its first game playing WHCS from Eagle River.

Field Trip to Anchorage Museum will be held on Thursday.

BEMA Volleyball game will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Anchorage.