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Posted: October 13, 2013 - 4:09pm  |  Updated: October 14, 2013 - 7:47am

KPBSD holds drill

Schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will participate in the Great Alaska ShakeOut “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake drill on Thursday at 10:17 a.m.

Inservice day this week

Friday is an inservice day for district schools.

Early Release Days

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 (1.5 hours) earlier . Bus transportation will be adjusted by ninety minutes.

October 30; November 20; January 22; February 26; April 16

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 http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/board.aspx?id=28035. 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 dtressler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us no later than three business days before the meeting date.

■ today

■ 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 www.vfw.org, 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 www.vfw.org. 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

Book It! Award Certificates for K-6 students are at the Soldotna Connections Office! With the Book It! Program, the Parent/Teacher sets a monthly reading goal for the student. When the student meets this goal they earn a Reading Award Certificate that can be redeemed at Pizza Hut, where your child will receive their own personal pan pizza. Come by the Connections Office and pick up six certificates for each of your Connections students.

Friday is the 2013 Kachemak Bay CoastWalk for Connections students in grades 4-12 (and parents). From 10-11 a.m. Meet at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies HQ for a dynamic lesson on Marine Debris. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Beach Cleanup at our designated area. LUNCH Provided by Connections (location depending on weather). 1:30-2:30 Participate in Community “Trash as Art” Project at East End Rd. Please RSVP to Derek Bynagle: dbynagle@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or (907) 226-1880.

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.

All IDEA students are invited to join us in Homer for a student and parent writing workshop at the Library followed by a field trip to Bay Welding to learn about the many scientific designs they are creating to help keep Alaska’s wildlife thriving. For more information please contact Adele at 260-7555.

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.

IDEA families come by the office to sign up for the Solid Rock Hay Tunnel on October 18 from 2 – 4 p.m. IDEA will bring the hot chocolate and marshmallows for warm up time around the bonfire.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

The End of Unit Celebration for third & fourth graders is today at 3 to 3:30 p.m.

The kindergarteners will walk to the creek on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Please send your child to school prepared for the weather conditions for this study trip.

Friday is the end of the first quarter. This is an inservice day and there is no school for students.

Orders are due for your Kaleidoscope Gear today.

Keep sending in those Box Tops, Coke Rewards and Campbell Soup Labels with your child’s name on the back for their chance to win a free book each Friday.

Please do not drop your children off earlier than 8:35 a.m. as there will not be a staff member available to be with them.

The LifeSkill we are focusing on this week is Cooperation: to work together toward a common goal or purpose.

It is getting colder outside so please send children to school with the proper gear for the weather.

Please watch for notes from your child’s teacher as to the day and time of your Parent teacher scheduled conference.

K-Beach Elementary

The Kenai Fire Department will be putting on a Fire Prevention Puppet Show at K-Beach Elementary Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Kenai Central High

The 34th annual KPBSD Borough Honor Choir concert will be held Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm at the Renee’ Henderson Auditorium. The admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

Friday is the end of the quarter.

Congratulations to Allie Ostrander for defending her 4A state cross country championship, and to the boys cross country team for finishing 4th at the 4A state meet.

Kenai Middle School

Principle’s Day will be recognized on Wednesday.

Picture retakes are scheduled to take place on Thursday starting at 8 a.m. If you plan to have retakes, please return the unwanted picture packets to the photographer on retake day.

Congratulations to last week’s Character Counts winners Alexis Erlich and Keith Rice.

Mountain View Elementary

The Site Council will be meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Library.

Nikiski Middle/High

Monday, October 14 – Volleyball vs. SoHi JV – 3:45 p.m. Varsity – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, District Honors Choir Concert at KCHS at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday – PSAT starts at 7:40 a.m.

Thursday – Nikiski Middle School/High School Choir Concert at 6:30 p.m.

Frday – End of Quarter.

Then end of the quarter is almost here. At this point Nikiski Middle High School has over 100 students with perfect attendance. Please continue to support your student’s education by getting them to school.

Nikiski High School held a combined National Honor Society Induction and Academic Awards ceremony last Tuesday, October 8. Recipients and their families were treated to dinner and dessert prepared and served by Mr. and Mrs. Bjorkman and the Middle School student council. The ceremony was held in the auditorium where Mr. Doth, a science teacher at Nikiski Middle High school gave the keynote address. Students were recognized for academic lettering and for the scholar athlete award. Honors awards were followed by a National Honor Society Induction ceremony welcoming six new members.

National Honor Society: Sponsor: Ms. Anna Widman, President: Michael Hollinger, Members: Alyssa Darch, Michelle Fandel,

Hannah Halliday and Hannah Tauriainen

New National Honor Society Inductees: Evangeline Cox, Marguerite Cox, Bryce Jensen, Benjamin Carstens, Laura Hufford, Katelyn Sexton

Nikiski North Star Elementary

PTA is having a Halloween costume sale on Wednesday and Thursday. The sale will be held from 3:45 – 5 p.m. each day at the school. If you have costumes to donate, there is a box set up for donations in the school entry.

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.

NNS will celebrate the end of the quarter with a primary assembly at 2 p.m. on Thursday, followed by the intermediate assembly to begin at 2:30 p.m.

Please sign up on the volunteer board in the school’s front entrance for the Fall Carnival. NNS is accepting donations of candy and costumes. Thank you to our many sponsors whose generous donations help to make our carnival possible.

Redoubt Elementary

■ October 17— Fun Fest

■ October 18 – No School for students

■ October 21—Picture retake day

Redoubts Family Fun Run was a huge success. All proceeds will go to support Redoubt’s sixth grade Peterson Bay Field trip in May. We would also like to thank the following families and business that donated prizes for the door prize drawings.

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.

Box Top winners last week were: Indiana Jones, Alan Borton, Roberts Scott & Yona Scott. Keep those box tops coming; they are cash in the bank for our school.

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

Redoubt’s first Fun Fest of the school year will be held Thursday at 3:30-5 p.m. The cost to attend is $4.00 per student. All students attending this fun event will need to turn in a signed permission slip by noon Thursday. Permission slips will be sent home prior to this event. PTA is looking for volunteers to help with this event. Please contact Emily Manley @ emilybahl@yahoo.com.

Skyview High

Micah Hilbish finished 11th at the 123A State Cross Country Running Championships. The volleyball team swept Houston on Thursday in 3 games and finished 2nd at the ACS Rumble volleyball tournament. Congratulations to Cheyanne Laber and Hayley Ramsell for being selected to the all-tournament team.

The following students were selected to the KPBSD Honor Choir: Morgan Chesley, Leah Henderson, Ashley Martin, Liz McGlothen, Kyla Moore, Mykaela Rybak and Sky Schlung. Concert will be Tuesday, October 15 , 2013 at KCHS, 6 pm.

PSAT TEST will be administered on Wednesday in the library. A non-refundable fee of $14.00 must be paid to Mrs. Hanson by Monday, October 14, 2013

Soldotna Elementary

Our “Walk your child to school” event was a great success! Thank you to all who joined us that early morning. Everyone received reflectors and learned how to walk safely to school. Back at school there were treats and prizes provided for our walkers.

Aluminum Can Collection Day is fast approaching. Please bag cans and drop them off at SOEL between Oct. 21 and Oct. 25.

Soldotna Middle School

Today - TB testing for all 7th grade and new to district 8th grade students. Please contact the school nurse with questions.

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

Tuesday, October 15 – Pink Day! Soldotna Middle School students and staff can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink to school

Tuesday– Band and Choir Concert @ Soldotna Middle School – 7:00 pm

Wednesday– Picture Retakes – morning only

Thursday – Soldotna Middle School Fortnightly – Afterschool 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Parent chaperones needed — contact the school to volunteer.

Soldotna High

The robotics team is in full swing and we are holding our second kids camp of the season. This month’s camp will be held October 26th from 1-4 p.m. at Soldotna High School. We are offering a younger students building camp for ages 6-9 AND a robotics camp for students ages 10-14. Space is limited to 12 per camp, so please register early. Camp fees are $35 and help pay the team’s expenses for their trips to Anchorage. Registration fees can be paid at either Soldotna High School or Skyview High School. For more information or to register, email Kristin McGlothen at kmcglothen@kpbsd.k12.ak.us to get the online registration link. Payment is required to hold your spot in the camp.The PSAT will be offered at SOHI on Oct. 16. To register, bring $15 to the front office before Friday.

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

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.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Karen Hickman, national Conscious Discipline consultant, will be presenting to parents on Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the library. The topic will be Effective Communication with Conscious Discipline: helping children learn new behaviors, responding to tattling, adult assertiveness and offering choices.

SMCS will be hosting a Montessori Model United Nations fundraiser on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Free desserts will be served. Tickets are on sale for $5 for individuals or $10 for the whole family. There will be a silent auction and a call-out auction for many exciting items including gourmet dessert items. Entertainment will be provided by Mike Morgan and Dan Pascucci. The event is open to the public. Call 260-9221 or stop by the SMCS office for tickets.

Practice sessions for the statewide Battle of the Books Competition will begin at the end of October. Students in grades K- 6 will participate. We are still in need of parent volunteers to help facilitate the practice groups.

Tustumena Elementary

The Scholastic Book Fair will be happening with a great batch of new books October 21. Please see or call Miss Thompson if interested in helping out, 907-260-1345

The weather is about to turn, or so the forecasters say, so it is time to pull out the coats, mittens, hats, and snow pants to see if they still fit or need to be handed down to little brother or sister.

There are only two weeks left of the first quarter. If you haven’t already checked PowerSchool for your child’s progress, please do so. Report cards will be coming home soon, and there really should be no surprises.

Have you bought your Cash Raffle ticket yet? Permission slips went home Monday and many of the kids are already selling chances for the $2500 grand prize. The money raised by this and other PTO fundraisers goes to support things like our Lynx Tracks field trips as well as classroom supplies for teachers and more. Please encourage the kids to be safe and responsible in the sales. All tickets must be sold or returned by October 30.

■ Tuesday PTO Meeting, 4pm

■ October 18th

Wings Christian Academy

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

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