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College Fair held today


The Kenai Peninsula College Fair will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

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 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.

■ 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.

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.

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.

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.

■ A music program will starting Tuesday and go through Dec. 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. for grades K-3 and 11 a.m. to noon for grades 4 and 5, Tuesdays. This course concludes with a performance on December 6.

■ The geometry group meets at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

■ Math tutoring is available at 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays with reduced rates.

Connections Homeschool Program

The Annual Hay Maze will be held at Solid Rock Bible Camp 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday. The cost is $5Participant are encouraged to bundle up for the event, with gloves, hats, warm layer and flashlights. Cnnections will provide cocoa and cookes to enjoy by the bon fire. For more information, call 907-714-8880.

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

IDEA will host a homeschool swim day at H2Oasis in Anchorage on Oct. 28. Watch for more information in email on the event.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

The End of Unit Celebration for first and second-graders is today at 6 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a performance in the gym and sharing in the classrooms.

Today at 4 p.m. the APC general meeting will be held.

Wednesday is Dress Like a Book Character Day sponsored by the student council.

The library will host a book fair starting Tuesday at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday before and after school, Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Thursday and Friday are parent teacher conferences and no school for students.

The LifeSkill we are focusing on this week is courage: to act accordingly to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse cnsequences.

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

Keep sending in the Box Tops, Coke Rewards and Campbell Soup Labelswith student’s names on the back for their chance to win a free book each Friday.

K-Beach Elementary

Three teams from K-Beach participated in Mind a-Mazes on Oct. 12 at Soldotna Middle School. “The Minions” (Bradley McNeil, Derek Hamlow, Emma Papp, Drysta Schneider, Felicity Giver); “H.D.M.C.” (Brayden Hanson, Cody Hanson, Maison Dunham, Emma Mullet and Molly Cook); and “The Surfin’ Gummy Bunnies” (Cassidy King, Dylan Hogue, Connor Koppes, Audrey Girves and Echo Rayne Lee Thiele) who came in 4th place in the Junior Division. Students did an outstanding job of problem solving and team work.

Mr. Daniels’s Class has added animals to their terrarium investigations. Now they have created a food chain. They will add more animals and eventually create a food web. Student responsibilities include watering plants and animals, making sure all organisms needs are met, and general observations and predictions.

This weel the PTA Book Fair will be held in the library daily from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. PTA is looking for volunteers to help out with this event. If interested please contact Kaylynn Whittom at

Mountain View Elementary

Picture retakes will be held Wednesday. Students needing to have their pictures retake will need to return their orginial packet. This is also the time for students who were absent on the orginial picture day.

Parent teacher conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday. There will be no school for students.

The library will be holding a book fair this week during school hours and parent teacher conferences, Parents who would like to volunteer should call the office at 907-283-8600.

Kenai Central High

Kenai Central and Skyview students will participate in the Youth Eco-Summit (YES) at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday. YES is a unique, curriculum-based sustainability event that promotes student leadership and showcases the social, cultural and environmental sustainability practices of schools. Through video teleconferencing (VTC), students from KCHS and Skyview will have the opportunity to share their perspective on climate change and question Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage Robyn Parker on Australia’s position on climate change.

The KCHS Band Fall Concert will on Tuesday at 7pm. The bands performing will be the KCHS Concert Band, KCHS Ensembles, the KCHS Drum Line, and the KMS Concert Band.

Highlights will be “Phantom of the Opera” music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and the “Peer Gynt Suite” by Edvard Grieg.

Parent teacher conference is on Thursday from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. We hope to see all Kardinal parents; this is a great way to show your child that you are concerned about their academic success. Friday, October 25th, is a teacher in-service day.

Kenai Middle School

A fall band concert will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at KCHS. This is for Kenai Middle School Concert Band and the KCHS Band.

KMS is offering a Breakfast Program for students from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Students qualifying for the free and reduced price meals will be free and other students will pay $1.75.

There will be a Scholastic Book Fair in the Library during school hours Monday through Wednesday, and during conferences Thursday and Friday.

KMS Staff are busy planning for parent/teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday. Core teachers will be located in the gym and exploratory staff members will be in the cafeteria area. Conference times will be noon to 4p.m. and 5 to 7p.m. on Thursday the 24. There will be only scheduled conferences from 7:30a.m. – 10a.m. on Friday.

Congratulations to last week’s Character Counts winners Elizabeth Christopher and Corbin Lyon.

Nikiski Middle/High

Parent Teacher Conferences are Thursday. There will be no school for students. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during conference hours. Conference times are: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday Volleyball at Kenai – JV – 4 p.m. Varsity – 5:30 p.m.

Friday – Saturday -JV & Varsity Volleyball at Diamond/Service Tournament

Wrestling King of the Mountain at Seward

Saturday–Peninsula Sharp Shooters Basketball Clinic at Nikiski High School $20 per shooter

Grades sixth through ninth boys and girls from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Grades tenth through boys and girls twelfth from 2 to 5:p.m.

Students can earn an Academic Letter by maintaining a 3.5 grade point average, or higher, for two consecutive semesters. The following students were recognized at the Nikiski High School Academic Excellence Award Ceremony on October 8, 2013 for earning an Academic Letter:

Sophomores: Dennis Anderson, Nathan Carstens, Mikaila Colton, Aubrey Coreson,

Evangeline Cox, Marguerite Cox, Luke Johnson, Hannah Love, Lauren O’Brien, Javon Pamplin, Brittany Perry, Syhayne Pope, Hallie Riddall, Jeanelee Stock, Autumn Walters, Lorilee Whitcomb, Haley Wik, Juniors: Max Handley, Dylan Jackson, Tiffany Lopez, Jasmine Monroe, Mira Solmonson, Seniors: Summer Handley, Tanar Jackson, Kerry Ross

The following students earned a service bar for meeting academic lettering criteria a second time Juniors: Calvin Carpenter, Benjamin Carstens, Marilynn Davis, Garratt Dohse, Jade Elsey, Laura Hufford, Bryce Jensen, Christian Riddall, Katelyn Sexton, Rachel Thompson, Jacob Williams, Seniors: Cory Carr, Jodi Cook, Jared Wallis, The following Senior Students were recognized for being 3-Time Academic Letter Winner: Seth Carstens, Alyssa Darch, Michael Hollinger.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Today is the beginning of the Fall Scholastic Book Fair held in the library. The fair will be open during school hours, parent teacher conferences and at Saturday’s carnival. For more information, all the school library at 907-776-2630.

Parent teacher conferences will be held Thursday and Friday.

The annual PTA Fall Carnival will be held on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the school. This tradition continues where we see our neighbors and have fun with our families in a safe, fun environment.Some of the fun will include kiddie games, funky hair, face painting, costume contest for all ages, cake walk, trick or treat alley, lots of prizes and a concession stand. This is one of PTA’s largest fundraisers of the year and the money raised is used to help fund activities for our students.

Redoubt Elementary

Picture Retake Day has been changed to October 28.

Parent teacher conferences are important to a child’s education; please help the school reach our goal of 100% participation. Conferences are Thursday and Friday.

Family Night will be held Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30pm. Bring your family and join us for this fun, free evening of refreshments and special guest readers.

Scholastic book fair will be held Thursday and Friday during conferences in the library. There will be a bake sale during conferences. All proceeds will go to support the sixth-grade Peterson Bay field trip.

Congratulations to Redoubt Elementary Mind-A-Maze participants. The Smiley Faces – Erica Arthur, Madelyn Barkman and Sierra Kuntz and The Breaking Jolly Ranchers – Chaz Bird, Trenton O’Reagan, Ricardo Rincon and Zachary Uhlrich. These teams represented Redoubt at the Borough Mind-A-Maze competition October 12, at Soldotna Middle School.

River City Academy

Student-led conferences will take place next week on Thursday and Friday. School will not be in session either day. During these conferences, students will lead parents through the process of and explain their progress in all classes, where they are proficient, where they are not proficient and why. This will allow parents to know where their child is at academically and give the student a chance to vouch for themselves and their work. Open conference time will be available from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday for parents who do not have a student-led conference scheduled.

RCA is currently accepting applications for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in a different school experience. Students who demonstrate skills in being self-motivated, successful time managers and advocate on their own behalf are often an ideal fit for RCA. The performance-based model offers students choice in their education inside of a consistent standards-based curriculum. For more information, please call 714-8945.

Skyview High

On Thursday, October 10th the Blood Bank of Alaska was at Skyview High School. 35 donors registered to give blood. A total of 24 pints were collected – that’s a potential of up to 72 lives saved. Out of the 35 donors registered to give blood, the Skyview High School blood drive added 17 New Blood Donors to help Hospital Patients throughout Alaska.

Congratulations to the cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Skyview’ s first (and last) entry in the High School One-Act Play Festival at SoHi, November 14-16.

CHARLIE BROWN…Stockton Jones, LUCY…Cora Flake, SNOOPY…Heath Tucker, SCHROEDER… Jacob Malone, SALLY…Mika Morton, PEPPERMINT PATTY…Renee Hinz,

VIOLET…Elizabeth McGlothen, LINUS…Dylan Stockdale

Oregon State University representative will be available to speak with seniors on Wednesday during second hour. Students must have permission from their second hour teacher to attend.

Skyview and Sohi “Spooktacular” Halloween dance will be held in Skyview commons, Thursday from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

No School for students Thursday and Friday. Parent Teacher conferences will be on Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. in the Skyview Library.

Soldotna Elementary

Mind-a-Mazes was held on Saturday, Oct. 12th, at Soldotna Middle School. The following four teams from Soldotna Elementary participated:

The Shining Stars: Olivia Davis, Abby Rodgers, Lila McKay, and Taylor King

The Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies: Austin Adlam, Nate Downs, Ryder Giesler, Josh Pieh, and Tyler Johnson

Fish Out of Water: Tim Cashman, Catie O’Dell, Brett Spence, and Bryan Kingrey

The No Namers: Dawson Fox, Iona Reutov, Christian Harrigan, Gavin Noblin, and Michael Gagnon

Fish out of Water came in in 7th place and no namers came in 6th place.

Parent teacher conferences will be held Thursday from 9 a.m to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. The book fair will be going on all week in the library.

Aluminum Can Collection Day is fast approaching. Please bag cans and drop them off at SOEL between this week.

The first PTA meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 28 in the library.

Soldotna Middle School

Parent Teacher Conferences at Soldotna Middle School will be Thursday and Friday. Conference times are scheduled.

Second Annual Soldotna Middle School Cake Decorating Contest contest entries are due today and tomorrow Official Contest Entry forms/rules are available in the library or online under the School News of the Soldotna Middle School Webpage. Entries will be displayed at Parent Teacher Conferences. Contact librarian Anne McCabe for additional information.

Scholastic Book Fair will be held Wednesday to Nov. 1.

Intramural Basketball Schedule This Week; Boys practice first 2:30 to 4 p.m., Girls practice second 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Soldotna Middle School Perfect Attendance for First Quarter:

Asia Angeles Hanson, Garryn Baker, Haven Best, Derrick Bever, Ethan Bott, Kortney Birch, Brittani Blossom, Haley Buckbee, Gage Burns, Loren Burns, Kristina Bybee, Garrett Cadwalader, Megan Calloway, Skyler Checketts, Caroline Cho, Josh Corbin, Brandon Crowder, Charis Curry, Jessica Davis, Hannah Delker, Wyatt Denna, Darion Derflinger, Abigail DiPaolo, Megan Eskue, Zena Esmailka, Porter Evans, Titan Farrell, Colin Fleming, Conner Fowler, Jay Frost, Brett Fullenwider, Grace Graham, Christian Hames, Alice Han, Kealey Hendricks, Justice Hinz, Sally Hoagland, John Holland, Kennedy Holland, Kaley Hunter, Curtis Kanakis, Jayden Kemp, Kallie Kenner, Jarod Knight, Brandon Lee, Elizabeth Lisenby, Anthony Long, Mariah Mattfield, Kalyn McGillvray, Carlin Meyer, Cloe Milbauer, Daniel Mitzel, Calvin Mitzel, Tyla Moorleghen, Cody Nill, Emily Pieh, John Mark Pothast, Mackenzie Powell, Athalia Quiner, Austin Reeves, Arin Reger, Tyler Reynolds, Michael Reutov, Andrea Rodriguez, Tre Rybak, Marlayna Saavedra, Bethani Shepard, Cecilia Stewart, Donavan Stocks, Aurora Suder, Haiden Tryon, Chance Turvin, Braxton Urban, Gabriel Wackler Murdock, Andreah Walker, Thomas Wells, Andrew Winslow, Hailey Wilkinson, Kindle Williams, Denali Wurst, Shaylynn Zener

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 Saturday 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 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.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

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 today. 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.

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.

Wings Christian Academy

Awards: Clean Office Award, Upper Learning Center, Salena Pena. Lower Learning Center, Valerie Cazares.

Today is an In Service Day for Staff Members. No School for Students.

School Pictures will be held Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon. Siblings and home school friends welcomed, $5.00 per family.

Parent Night: Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

BEMA Volleyball game will be held Nov. 1 at Wings Christian Academy, Kenai.