Around the District

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.

■ 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)


Early release dates for KPBSD schools

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.

November 20; January 22; February 26; April 16

The Study

The Study is offering its next Pilot Ground School Course (non-credit course) starting Nov. 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The next Research Based Reading Intervention Course starts Nov. 5 Tuesday and Thursdays from 2-3 p.m.

Connections Home-school Program

Nov. 7: School Picture Retakes – 3to 5 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building in the Assembly Room. Please stop be the Soldotna office and pick up a picture packet for picture retakes.

Nov. 15: High School Eligibility Due by noon; RSVP For Encounter Earth by today!

Nov.20: High School Senior Meeting @ Soldotna Connections Office 1:30-2:30pm

Nov.25: Safe Sitter Class

Nov.26: Encounter Earth @ Challenger Learning Center 9am-12pm; Safe Sitter Class. Connections students are once again invited by the Challenger Learning Center to beta-test the newest Encounter Earth Mission on November. All students in grade 6-8 may attend, but there is a maximum number, so please RSVP with your advisor right away to reserve your spot. The deadline to RSVP is Nov. 15, or until all the slots are filled.

Connections will reimburse for internet service up to $125 per month. This increase will take effect Nov. 1 and is not retroactive.

IDEA home-school program

IDEA welcomes enrollment in our home schooling 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.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

■ There are many students being dropped off before 8:35 a.m. Because there is no staff available to be with them, please do not drop your child off in the morning earlier than 8:35 a.m.

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

Today Kindergarten is going on a study trip to visit the Forget Me Not Center.

Wednesday HEA is coming to teach fifth- and sixth-graders about conserving energy.

Wednesday Gym Activities, Photo Collage and Arts & Craft Clubs meet from 3:45-4:45 p.m. for those who have turned in their permission slip forms.

Thursday Dance Club is from 3:45-4:45 p.m. for those who have turned in their permission slip forms. Thank you for picking your child up on time for both events.

Christmas Drive forms are due to the office no later than Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. If you need assistance this Christmas season, be sure to submit your form by that firm deadline. The Drive packets were sent home in the student folders but the office would be happy to supply you with another one if you did not receive yours. There was also a form included for anyone who would like to contribute to the Drive. We do not solicit from our local businesses so your donation of funds or purchased items is what makes this Drive successful for Kaleidoscope families who are in need.

PTA News

Thank you to everyone who provided food to the staff during Parent Teacher conferences. The staff fully enjoyed it.

The LifeSkill we are focusing on this week is Curiosity — A desire to investigate and seek understanding of one’s world.

K-Beach Elementary

Tuesday - Concert at 7 p.m. in the K-Beach gym for fourth- through sixth-grade band students.

Site Council Meeting at 2:45 p.m. in the library.

Friday - K-Beach will hold its annual Veterans Day assembly at 8 a.m. in the gym. Everyone is asked to dress in red, white and blue to show their support for the men and women of our military. The Veterans Wall of Honor will be on display in the K-Beach commons area through November 11.

Nov. 14 – PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

Kenai Central High School

In an effort to improve system practices, Kenai Central High School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to:

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Yearbooks are on sale now. They are $50 per book, but the price will go up at the end of November. To order a yearbook, either bring a printed form from the newsletter (we will hand out others on Tuesday to students) or go to and enter 9928814 for the job number. Only books that have been paid for will be ordered this year, no extras.

Kenai Middle School

Kenai Middle School would like to congratulate our First Quarter Honor Roll:

8th Grade:

4.0 – Ithaca Bergholz, Riana Boonstra, Olivia Botirius, Karl Danielson, Hailey Demello, Dareena Doyle, Breanna Eubank, Phoebe Ferguson, Rylie Fields, Madison Fischer, Brittany Gilman, Lauren Hall, Jian Hayes, Devynn Heath, Willow Morrow, Jakeb O’Brien, Alisa Posey-Schave, Nicole Prior, Caleb Streiff, Keira Stroh, Raleigh Van Natta;

3.5 – Luke Beiser, Emma Carr, Madison Gallagher, Michael Gelosa, Braydon Goodman, Megan Hamilton, Leah Johnson, Savannah Jones, Lisa Krohl, Denali Lockwood, Maria Maes, Connor McManus, Manny Noriega, Alex Olson, Danielle Peterson, Mayzie Potton, Tekaiya Rich, Annebelle Schneiders, Zack Tuttle, Nadia Walluk;

3.0 – Dakota Burgess-Black, Carlos Caballero, Kristen Carter, Elizabeth Christopher, Shyanne Cook, Olivia Daniels, Byron Dunham, Samantha Dutcher, Hunter Fitt, Addison Gibson, Ashleigh Herr, Austin Jackson, Randee Johnson, Bradley Kishbaugh, Seth Kruse, Bridget Marston, Cherelle Miller, Jack Niblack, Aurora Paguette, Lacey Plumridge, Kevin Ramos, Jasmine Robledo, Kimberly Schilling, Maggie Schwenke, Alyssa Stanton, Shay Stiers, Jessica Trent, Sierra Van Hatten

7th Grade:

4.0 - Shanna Anderson, Olivia Brewer, Derek Brown, Brittany Burcham, Kiera Duby, Connor Felchle, Sarah Foutty, Maddison, Galloway, Melissa Holmes, Faith Ivy, Sam Kaaihue, Kaden McKibben, William Morrow, Carolyn Morton, Emily Olson, Debrian Parfitt, Courtney Plumridge, Damien Redder, Maria Salzetti, Brooke Satathite, Jakob Taylor;

3.5 – Sharmaine Aguilar, Edwin Anderson, Breanna Ashley, Alden Bookey, Rylee Brewington, Jaycie Calvert, Justinrey Campos, Paulyne Catacutan, Maxim Custodio, Alyson Driskell, Abigail Erwin, Haley Every, Jude Gabriel, Brooke Hall, Ashley Hamilton, Hunter Hanson, Sarah Hollers, Jacob Howard, Jessy Jeffries, Kylie Jones, Clayton Koroll, Jayce Lakshas, Kodie Lingenfelter, Sierra Longfellow, Caleb Matson, Kyaran Matturro, Kameron Maxie, Travis McKinley, Jacob Nabholz, Molly Nusbaum, Hannah Olson, Ritalynn Pearse, Linnea Renken, Yareth Santana, Treava Schmiter-Schrier, Zina Schwenke, Ashlyn Tucker;

3.0 – Knox Amend, Jacob Anderson, Alexis Andrade, Savaya Bieber, Francesca Bolton, Payton Boze, Caitlyn Burdick, Alyxandrhea Cook, Nathaniel Cumberland, Devin Every, James Freeman, Jacob Grant, Jonathan Herrman, Thomas Levy-Canedo, Violet Lindsley, Tyrone McEnerney, Keith Rice, Alex Stockton, Zach Stockton,

6th Grade:

4.0 - Hunter Beck, Gary Dent, Ashlynn Mathieson, Kai McKibben, Wyatt Medcoff, Chelsea Plagge, Kassandra Renfrow, Mekhai Rich, Creed Sandahl, Abigail Schneiders, Chena Ward ;

3.5 – Justin Anderson, Trevor Bagley, Candice Bowers, Veronika Budyanu, Jaiden Burdick, Megan Clore, Logan Dosko, Joshua Foster, Kailey Hamilton, Elizabeth Hanson, Kayle Johnson, Chase Keating, Morgan Mallory, Brock Miller, Brooke Nash, Alexandrea Nave, Braedon Pitsch, Alida Stiers, Evan Stockton, Travis Verkuilen, Cheyanne Zimin;

3.0 – Jacob Cooper, Emily Dunham, Lance Kramer, Angelique Lincoln, James Marquis, Ocean Matley, Zion McEnerney, Tyler Neill, Jett Pace, Priscilla Phillips, Araisa Silva, Autianna Spann, Nathaiel Stigall, Renee Strouf, Leland Touchstone, Rattanaporn Wangnoi, Jordyn Whannell, Andrew Wilson

Mountain View Elementary

There will be a PTA meeting on Nov. 12 at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

212 students were recently honored for having outstanding attendance during the first quarter of the year. We especially want to thank their parents for making school attendance a priority.

The annual Mountain View Carnival will be on Friday from 5 – 8 p.m. and is open to the public. All funds earned will go towards student field trips or student activities, such as artists in schools, for all students. Proceeds may also be used for grade level equipment and supplies. There will be lots of food, games & prizes. Tickets are .25 each and most games cost 2-4 tickets to play. Parents are asked to sign up to help run a booth or to donate a cake or cookies for the cake walk and/or a prize for the prize walk. Parents need to have a background check through the school district to volunteer. Please call the office at 283-8600 if you need help with this process.

Nikiski Middle/High

Today – High School Cross Country Skiing Begins

Today – Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball at Aurora Borealis Charter School – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, – Saturday - Volleyball Regions at Seward High School – TA

Friday – Wrestling at Homer Duals

Saturday – Wrestling Round Robin Rumble at Homer High School

Saturday – Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball at Nikiski vs. Seward – 10 a.m.

Thank you to all of our parents who attended parent/teacher conferences this past week, it was very well attended and many positive conversations took place. A special thank you also goes out to those parents who filled out the accreditation survey. This is a process that only happens one time every five years and we need assistance from everyone to make it complete.

Our Crystal Apple award for staff has been passed to two of our staff members so far this year. The recipients are:

Jeremy Anderson, Music Teacher

Glynes Garrior, School Nurse

Both of these staff members truly make a difference in the lives of our students.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Congratulations to all of the NNS students who participated in the district “Mind A-Mazes” meet recently in Soldotna. Students who represented our school with distinction at the meet were the “Duct Tape Carpenters” consisting of Brenden Boehme, Savannah Ley, Aspen Hooper, and Sam Smith and also the team called the “Rubber Band Rappers” consisting of Carly Johnson, Olivia Easley, Jaycee Tauriainen, and Marcus Dunham. The Rubber Band Rappers were the highest scoring junior level team from Nikiski on the Spontaneous Problem and had the seventh highest score out of 39 junior level teams. All of these students worked very hard and we are so proud of them.

Applications for the Nikiski Neighbors Thanksgiving food baskets are due on Thursday, Nov. 7. All families in need who live north of milepost 15.5 can apply. Forms can be found at the Nikiski Post Office, Nikiski High School and Nikiski North Star Elementary.

Redoubt Elementary

November 12 - PTA – Meeting –5 p.m. child care provided.

November 14 - Site Council Meeting – 3:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Winners of the E-Script signup drawing won a $100.00 Safeway gift card during parent teacher conferences. Congratulations to Mary Reid, Rebecca Stimmel & Russ Rosin. Thank you to everyone who signed up for E-Script.

Congratulations to Sharee Jones, Mrs. Jones has been elected to Redoubt’s Site Council as a parent representative.

Last week’s Box Top winners were: Drew Cox, Kluane Pannick Pootjes & Josh Dickinson. Keep those Box Tops for education coming.

Thanks to E-Script funds we are now able to showcase our school on the Big Screen. The new TV/Monitor located in the school hallway will be used to display important information to parents and students such as; upcoming school events, field trips and important school district information.

River City Academy

River City Academy held the first Saturday School of this year on Nov. 2 and it was a resounding success. Students came from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., worked hard and focused on their math and technology standards. The next Saturday School will be on Nov. 16, and will focus on history and careers.

Last week’s early release provided the opportunity for teachers to use their extra time to focus on the migration to the new Alaska state standards on math and science which will be implemented next school year.

If parents need their Educate log in, please call the office at 714-8945. The school will offer an Educate training that will teach parents how to navigate through RCA’s grading system and see clearly where the student is at in all of their classes, what they’ve turned in and what they haven’t, and what they could be working on.

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

The following students were selected to All-Conference Football:

2nd team offense: Bailey Jones – Kicker,

2nd team defense: Bailey Blumentritt – Outside Linebacker, Charles Gibbons – Defensive Back, and Sage Hill – Punter

Honorable Mention: Brandon Rice – Halfback, Bailey Blumentritt – Tight End, and Tim Duke – Utility Player

On Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Skyview Library, your College and Career Guide will be hosting an event called “Funding Your Future -paying for your education”. No matter what education path you chose to follow after high school, students will need to find a way to pay for it and it’s important that they know all the available options. During the event, topics such as the cost of attendance, the ways you can cut those costs (i.e. community college transfer, WUE, scholarship, etc.), various types of financial aid including grants, work study, loans, and the FAFSA will be discussed. Seniors and juniors are encouraged to attend and invite their parents. Refreshments from Subway will be provided.

Skyview will be hosting a talent showcase/open mic night on Wednesdayat 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.

Attention Juniors and Seniors — For those considering applying to UAA, you may want to attend UAA Preview Day. On Nov. 15, your College and Career Guide is taking a bus of students up to Anchorage to participate in admission workshops, mock classes, and campus tours. The trip is free for students, but space is limited; only 15 spots. Permission slips are available in Ms. Cotton’s office (upstairs by the rock wall). For further details contact Ms. Cotton, your College and Career Guide.

Seniors — College Application Week is happening Nov. 18 through 22. Talk with your College and Career Guide to find out what you need to be prepared for College Application Week

Soldotna Elementary

Gymnastics is being offered to all fifth- and sixth-grade students and is beginning today. Participation forms went home two weeks ago and must be returned by today. The participation fee is $15 (checks payable to SoEl). Space is limited for this activity so please return the permission slips by today.

The next PTA meeting is Nov. 18, at 3:45 p.m. in the SoEl Library. Please join us there. Childcare will be provided. The PTA conducted our recent book fair, and it was a wonderful success. They set up the fair in the library, and everything looked lovely.

Don’t forget, this Friday is the ice cream/snack sale for our students at 2 p.m.

If you’ve been looking for another late salmon run, I think I’ve found it. Check out the walls at the intermediate end of the school.

Mrs. Baktuit’s class studied several Vincent Van Gogh paintings that included trees. They learned about drawing with perspective, and studied the types of trees on a field trip to the Wildlife Refuge. The students practiced blending colors using oil pastels to mix colors and adding white to lighten the hues. Great job, kids. Even Mr. V would be impressed.

Mrs. Straw, Mrs. Buben, and Ms. Smith each have classes participating in “The Pumpkin Book Project”, combining reading with creativity. Each student has received their pumpkin, yes, a real one, plus a project packet. They have to fill out a reading log, the character’s traits, story map, project blueprint, first draft, and a final draft with their best penmanship. The pumpkin will be turned into the character they selected from the book. Then the student has to present their project. I can’t list all the pumpkin characters here, but I have seen a moose, Big Nate, Fly Guy, Bing and Golly, Curious George, and Captain Underpants. They are wonderful representations.

Soldotna Middle School

Hannah Delker was chosen as the October seventh-grade Chamber Student of the Month. She was honored at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Oct. 29. Congratulations Hannah.

Battle of the Books begins. Meetings will be every Tuesday at lunch and every Thursday after school from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Team coach is Mrs. Angleton.

Attention potential ski team members. First student meeting will be this Thursday during lunch. First parent meeting will be on Nov. 12. Team coaches are Mr. Harro and Mrs. Eggleston.

Soldotna Middle School Competitive Basketball season is underway! Games begin next week.

Nov. 12 – Soldotna Maroon vs. Kenai at Soldotna – 3 p.m.

Nov. 12 – Nikiski vs. Soldotna White at Nikiski – 3 p.m.

Nov. 14 – Team Pictures

Nov. 15 – Seward vs. Soldotna White at Seward – 3 p.m.

Parents: KPBSD Safe Routes To School Survey is open fthrough Nov. 29. Please visit if interested in providing feedback on this issue.

Wings Christian Academy

BEMA Volleyball Tournament is today in Anchorage at 1 p.m.

Office of the Week-ULC: Deloma Watkins LLC: Josiah Kuehn

Awards for Student of the Month, August: Madison Berga, September: Charisma Watkins, October: Chase Miller.

Quiz-EM-Winner: Valerie Cazares, Wade James, Salena Pena, and Deloma Watkins.

Perfect Attendance: Valerie Cazares, Andrew Grant, Zane James, Wade James, Sunny Miller, Tyler Ophus, Salena Pena, and Charisma Watkins.

Thousands Club: Ethan Berga, Valerie Cazares, Zane James, Gabriella Romero, and Charisma Watkins.