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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.

January 22; February 26; April 16

Free training for high school students

KPBSD Career and Tech Department is offering free after school academies to train students in the Welding, Construction and 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 any of our academies. If a student successfully completes the 60 hour academy they will receive a ∏ practical art credit. Transportation may be provided if needed.

There will be a welding academy at the Workforce Development Center behind KCHS with Mr. Widaman. This academy will start October 15th-December 19th. Class days will be Tues. Wed. & Thurs from 2:30-4:30. Students will be learning basic welding skills.

There will be an Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy with Beth Swaby at Soldotna High School. This academy will start October 1st-December 7th. Class days will be Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 and most Saturdays from 8:00-2:00. 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. If you pass the exam you’ll receive your certification and an ETT patch.

To sign up go to <> For more information call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or see your counselor.

Funding for the Alaska Construction Academies comes from a grant from the Ak Dept of Labor and Workforce Development, The Ak Dept of Commerce and Economic Development and The AK Youth First Program.

Connections Home-school Program

Today — AWA/Six –Trait Study 2 to 4 p.m. at Soldotna Connections

Wednesday — Thankful Projects at Soldotna Connections 2 to 4 p.m.

Thursday and Friday — All Connections offices are closed for Thanksgiving – Enjoy your holiday

Dec. 2 through 5 — AWA Testing

Dec. 5 — Payment Due for non-refundable Kenai Fjords Trip in May

Dec. 18 — Tustumena 200 Dog Sled Race Drawing Contest – Entries Due

Today Shelli Furlong will host a mini work-shop to unwrap the 6-traits of Analytical Writing at the Soldotna Connections Office. This workshop is for grades 5, 7, & 9 only. An RSVP is required for this workshop. Please email or call Shelli Furlong: or 714-8880.

November Thankful Projects:

Please come visit the Soldotna Connections Office on Wednesday for primary age Thanksgiving projects

AWA — The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) will be administered to all fifth, seventh and ninth grade Connections students. This is a district test, designed to assess writing skills. Students may hand write or use the computer. All materials will be provided. Practice materials and information is available in our office. Please call your advisor to schedule your student.

Kenai Fjords Trip in May:

The Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorers is 5 hour trip which may include the following stations: Seawater Analysis, Plankton Analysis, Seabirds and Marine Mammal Adaptations, Fjord Ecosystems, navigation, geology, or weather. All Homeschoolers (Grades 3-12) and parents are welcome. We must pay Kenai Fjords by December 5th. This fee is non-refundable. We apologize that if you commit to this trip that we will not be able to refund your money. If you have any questions, please contact Wendi at 714-8880 or

T200 Drawing Contest —The 30th T200 Sled Dog Race will start on Feb. 1, 2014 at mile 112 on the Sterling Highway. Each year, we invite every student, Grades first through sixth, to create a drawing for our T200 Drawing Contest. Please encourage your students to participate in the contest and to watch the race. The winning entry will be the cover of our 30th T200 race program.

IDEA Home-school program

IDEA Middle School students will participate in The Challenger Encounter Earth Mission on today.

IDEA teens interested in visiting Washington D.C. and New York city please investigate the information on the website regarding Close-Up. This amazing opportunity to learn about government and history while visiting and experiencing the actual historical sites will take place in March of 2014.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Wednesday Gym Club and Arts & Craft Club are meeting 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.

Wednesday is Crazy Hair Day. Come support your student council by having crazy hair today.

There will be no Math & Science Club or Dance Club this week due no school.

Stock up on extra non-perishable foods while shopping for your holiday to share with our upcoming food drive.

Thursday and Friday — Happy Thanksgiving-NO SCHOOL

Dates to remember:

Dec. 10 – Winter concert at KCHS at 7 p.m.

Dec. 12 – Christmas Band concert in the gym at 6 p.m.

Dec. 13 – Band assembly (repeat of last nights concert) at 9:15 a.m.

Dec. 14 – Christmas Drive Pick-up

The LifeSkill we are focusing on this week is Flexibility: To be willing to alter plans when necessary.

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

K-Beach Elementary

Nov. 28 - 29 – No School for Thanksgiving Holiday.

Dec. 5 – Winter Program for grades K – 2 will be held in the Sohi auditorium at 7 p.m.

Dec. 17 – Band concert at 6 p.m. in the K-Beach gym.

Kenai High School

The end of the semester is rapidly approaching. If you are behind in your classes, please make plans to receive extra help and attend the afterschool study hall in the library. The study hall is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday Kenai Central High School will be hosting the Luke Spruill Duals at 5 p.m. Be sure to attend and watch this exciting event and support your Kardinal wrestlers.

The staff at Kenai Central High School would like to say thank you for your continued support. We realize that we are blessed to work in a community that supports its local high school. Thank you for all that you do and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Kenai Middle School

Kenai Middle School and Mountain View Elementary are joining forces this year to help families in our community who are facing financial difficulties this holiday season. The focus of our program is to make sure no child goes without during this special time of the year. Please help us make Christmas a little brighter for some of our students. If you would like to help out with this project, please call one of the schools to arrange for your donation.

If you are struggling financially, you can fill out a form and we will do our best to provide a Christmas for your children. Christmas baskets will be distributed on a priority needs basis. Please pick up a form at the office of either school and return it to us in an envelope to assure privacy.

There will be basketball games at Nikiski Middle/High School this Tuesday. Both A and B teams will be competing with the Bulldogs and games will start at 3p.m. Good luck teams.

School will be closed for the holiday this Thursday and Friday. And KMS would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving break.

Congratulations to last weeks character counts winners: Jeffrey Patterson and Haley Miller.

Mountain View Elementary

There will be no school on Thursday & Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The 5th grade band and the 4th & 5th grade choir will be having a concert on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Mountain View gym.

Christmas Drive forms were sent home last week. For those in need of a Christmas basket, applications must be returned by Dec. 6. For those who would like to sponsor a child or a family please call the office at 907-283-8600.

The next PTA meeting is Dec. 10 at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

“The Holiday Wonderland” will be open Dec. 9 through Dec. 12 in the library. This is a program hosted by the PTA to allow students to shop for inexpensive Christmas gifts for family & friends. If you would like to volunteer to help students shop please call the office at 907-283-8600 to schedule a time.

Our winter concert for first, second & third grade students will be on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in the KCHS auditorium. The dress rehearsal will take place the morning of Dec. 17 at KCHS.

Donations of baked items are needed for the bake sale being held right after the concert at KCHS on Dec. 17. Bring your goodies directly to the high school when coming for the concert. Items will be sold for $1 each after the concert so remember to bring your ones.

Congratulations to McCullen Gaul in Ms. Dikes class for winning the Kindle Fire from the Believe Kids Fundraiser

We value your opinion. Please take a moment to complete parent survey forms for our school, Principal, and teachers. These survey forms can be found on the school district website.

Nikiski Middle/High

Congratulations to the Kenai Elks Seniors of the Month.

October – Michael Hollinger

November – Hannah Tauriainen

The annual SST competition was held at Skyview a few weeks ago. The Nikiski SST participants did a fantastic job this year. Nikiski had 8 champions out of the total 21 spots. The strength competition will take place in the spring.

Final team scores:

Kenai -250 points

Nikiski -237 points

Skyview -132 points

Nikiski had 8 champions and Kenai had 9. Skyview had 4.

Individual Nikiski Champions:

9-10 Girls 40 Champion Arianne Parrish

11-12 Boys Broad Jump Champion Justice Uhls

11-12 Boys Vertical Champion Garrett Feller

11-12 Boys I Test Champion Mike Olsen

11-12 Girls I Test Champion Rachel Thompson

9-10 Boys I Test Champion Hunter Holloway

9-10 Girls I Test Champion Molly Tumsuden

9-10 Boys FGB Champion Dennis Anderson

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday– High School Wrestling at Kenai Luke Spuril Duals — Middle School Basketball at Nikiski vs. Kenai Middle School – 3 p.m.

Wednesday– High School Cross Country Skiing at Skyview Turkey Skate High School Wrestling at Nikiski vs. Skyview – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday and Friday – Holiday - No School Happy Thanksgiving

Dec. 2 – High School Basketball Season Begins.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Our school had three sets of visitors recently. The Nikiski Middle High School cheerleading squad performed for our students during lunchtime. Then the NMHS football team visited during lunch to show off their giant trophy they won as state champions. They also showed the students their plaque which was awarded to them for academics. Some of these high school students are former students from NNS and act as positive role models for our students. Our final visitor was Stanley the Moose from Stanley Ford. He was here as part of the award for our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) program. The kids enjoyed visiting with Stanley and playing with him on the playground.

Please remember to send your child to school each day with winter gear. This includes a warm jacket, boots, hats, gloves and snow pants. The KPBSD policy is that all students will be sent out for recess until the temperature drops to below minus ten degrees.

There will not be school on Thursday and Friday of this week. We would like to wish all of our NNS families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Redoubt Elementary

Thursday and Friday there will be No School – Happy Thanksgiving

Last week’s Box Top winners were: Vincent Santana, Katherine Conner & Brandon Partin. Keep those Box Tops for education coming!

The City of Soldotna has kicked off a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project this school year. The project examines conditions around six Soldotna area kindergartens to ninth grade schools, and will create recommendations and activities to improve safety while also reducing traffic near the schools. Become involved by responding to a brief school survey at your opinion is important.

Redoubt PTA Holiday Kindness Program - Assisting Redoubt families in need this holiday season. Please help this year if you can, purchase a gift or gifts from our angel tree for a Redoubt family. The angel tree will be up by in time to shop the after Thanksgiving sales. All gifts need to be brought to the school by Dec. 5. Cash donations in any amount can be dropped off at the school office. Money will be used to purchase holiday gifts for Redoubt children and their families. Volunteer your time. We need people to assemble the angel tree, shop, and much more.

Elf Shelf Holiday Store is coming Dec. 3-5. PTA sponsors this annual gift shopping opportunity for students. Order forms and information have been sent home with students.

Redoubt families who need help this Thanksgiving should contact the Peninsula Food Bank as soon as possible.

River City Academy

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 volleyball team finished 3rd at the State Championships.

Wrestlers Austin Craig, Seth Hutchison, and Bailey Blumentritt were undefeated at the Peninsula Duals this weekend.

Thank you to the cast of “Charlie Brown” and their talents: Stockton Jones as Charlie Brown, Cora Flake as Lucy, Heath Tucker as Snoopy, Jeremiah Hudson as Schroeder, Mika Morton at Sally, Renee Hinz as Patty, Liz McGlothen as Violet, Dylan Stockdale as Linus and Dawnrae Wysong as the assistant director and understudy. Congratulations to SoHi as well for “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.” Finishing the show is bittersweet: The one act was Skyview’ s last drama production; however, it may have been the first of many shows in the SoHi auditorium. There is interest from KCHS, Nikiski, and the Kenai Performers in continuing the One-Act Festival tradition in the years to come. Once again, thank you, cast, and special thanks to Rachel Hanson for helping with costume orders and to Steve Schoessler with his KMS woodshop students for building the set. --Terri Zopf-Schoessler

Mrs. Raemaeker’ s Senior government classes had the opportunity to participate in a polycom conference with former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden on Nov. 18 followed by a debate with Kenai Central students teaming with Skyview against several schools from Texas. The constitutional topic was the issue of security and privacy. The Skyview and Kenai Central teams had the pro side of the resolution: The United States Government should not spy on its citizens without proper legal authorization obtained by an individual court order.

General Hayden discussed and answered questions about recent events and the history of the CIA and NSA in relation to foreign intelligence and domestic intelligence operations and information gathering. The seniors who participated did a great job with questions and in the debate process. They all said it was very informative and led to more questions. Mrs. Raemaeker’ s government classes have been studying the Constitution and this month the court system process.

Soldotna Middle School

Soldotna Middle School Penny Drive Competition - Spartan Student Council is sponsoring a Penny Drive to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The drive will run from through Tuesday. Collection jars are at the front office – one for seventh grade, one for eigith grade. Pennies add up for each grade’s score. Silver coins and dollar bills subtract from that grade’s score. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. Go Team Spartan.

Parents: Please fill out the safe routes to school survey to share your thoughts about children walking and biking to school. This survey will take about 5 - 10 minutes to complete. Survey link for Soldotna Middle School:

Outstanding Student Fees for first and second quarter are due. For current information, please log in to PowerSchool and Student Fees or contact Mrs. Kircher at 907-260-2500.

Basketball Schedule this week:

Tuesday– Soldotna Maroon vs. Homer at Homer – 3 p.m.

No School Thursday and Friday – Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Our annual “Cookie Train” will take place on Dec. 5 this year at 5 p.m. in the school foyer before and after the primary grade winter music program. Baked good need to be delivered to school on Dec. 3 or 4 or early in the day on Dec. 5. If you would like to help pack and sell cookies, please sign up in the hallway.

We are looking for a coach to work with our fifth and sixth grade Battle of the Books team one day a week during lunch. Interested parents should contact the office.

Our annual winter music program for Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grades will be held in the gym at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5.

We are in need of helpers Santa’s Secret Shop to help manage sales Dec. 16 and 17. Interested parents should contact the office.

Soldotna High School

Thank you to everyone for supporting the robotics club. Our next Lego Adventures & Robotics kids camps will be on Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Rm76. The registration is $35. Email Mrs. McGlothen ( for more information.

Students have completed (or are almost done) with their first spread of the yearbook. We are still looking for some cross country state & regions pictures and some state swim pictures. With winter sports beginning their competition part of the season, please look for those photo ops and snap a quick picture for us and upload them to the website. Staff will be trying to get cameras at most events, but even with the hundreds of football photos we had I was searching for just the right photo at the end so ‘the more the merrier’. There is a page on our school website that has updated information about where we are and there are links to the photo site and how to order yearbooks and advertising space.

We are short on our sales goals; if you are interested in purchasing a yearbook or advertising space please do so before winter break to get the best pricing. Josten’s is now offering website business advertising on for businesses that purchase a half page or full page advertisement. If you would like to donate a yearbook to a senior please email the secretary. Yearbooks this year are $57 and come with free personalization if pre-ordered. Yearbook staff are required to sell five yearbooks and two advertisements, if you would like to support their efforts please email me with the student’s name and your purchase confirmation # so that I can credit the student in the grade book. Staff will be selling yearbook orders on Thursdays and Fridays in December at lunch to help make their sales goals.

Our sales goal for the senior class is 90% and 200 books by Dec. 20. If we have over a 75% purchase rate for our senior class before 12/13/13 we are offering an incentive/reward drawing: any senior that has purchased a yearbook by 12/13/13 will be put in a drawing for a free half page senior send-off (recognition). If you have already purchased your yearbook, thank you. If you have not, please go to the Josten’s website or stop by the school to place your order. We will draw a winner during semester 1 finals week. If you are interested in donating a yearbook to a senior, please email me and I will help you give this gift.

If you ever have any questions or just too many photos to upload to the website, please feel free to email Mrs. McGlothen ( and I will get back to you. Thanks for your support and have a great holiday season.

Higher Expectations Greater Success Parent Guide (Alaska Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics) is now available at the front office. Alaska’s standards in English and math set high expectations for students from kindergarten to grade 12. Students who meet these goals will be ready for success after high school-whether it is in the military, on the job, or in a union apprenticeship, technical school, or college. Your schools will decide how to meet the standards through a local curriculum and teaching methods that respect your community’s cultures.

Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for 2014 Cinderella’s Closet. This is a program which helps all area high school ladies with prom attire for free. Please email for more info. All donations can be dropped off to the front office 8am-2pm.Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for 2014 Cinderella’s Closet. This is a program which helps all area high school ladies with prom attire for free. Please email for more info. All donations can be dropped off to the front office 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna Elementary has been set up with the School Messenger broadcast system. This system is used to announce school closure, early release days, delays, upcoming events, etc. It is important that all your telephone and e-mail information is correct as this system uses the information in the District Power School student accounting program.

Stop by today at 4 p.m. to see our gymnasts perform routines they’ve been working on all month. We will see you in the gym.

Please mark your calendar now for Dec. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., as our Family Math Night.

Mrs. Cannava’s preschool class is thankful to the Jones’ family for their generous donation of 20 tall painting bases. They still need non-toxic acrylic paint in various colors and toaster ovens.

Thursday is Thanksgiving, and that means we have no school Thursday or Friday. We hope to see everybody next Monday though.

Congratulations to Miss Ashley Anderson who won last week’s box top drawing. Remember to save those box top coupons for us. You can drop them off at the office, with your child, or send them through the mail. They are such little things, and so easy to cut or tear out of packaging. They mean a lot to us as this program has helped fund our smart boards and playground equipment.

A Toys For Tots donation box is available here at Soldotna Elementary. All donations must be new, unopened, and unwrapped gifts. They may be for a boy or a girl, and for any age from babies to teenagers. We only have until December 7th to fill this box for children who otherwise might not receive a Christmas gift. All gifts will be delivered in the Kenai – Soldotna area. Thank you so much for your kindness!

Truly, it can be a challenge to fit homework into your busy family schedules. Here are some ways to make the most of the time your child spends on homework:

■ Stay in touch with his teacher.

■ Set a regular time for homework each evening, and don’t leave homework as the last thing your child does before bed.

■ Help your child decide which homework will be more difficult, and have him do that first before he is too tired. Have your child read to you aloud EVERY night.

■ Always remain positive as your attitude has a huge impact on his.

Tustumena Elementary

Today — Site Council at 4 p.m.

Thursday and Friday — Thanksgiving Break – No school

Dec. 6 — Cash Raffle Drawing, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Star Lab/ Science Festival

Dec. 12 — Winter Concert at 6 p.m. Snowmen at Night, GR K-3 & Band

Wings Christian Academy

Office of the Week-ULC: Ethan Berga LLC: Zane James

Thanksgiving Holiday will begin Thursday and school will resume on Dec. 2.

Play practice for “Wings Christmas Play” will be Dec. 2, 3, 5,and 6 from 3 to 4 p.m.

“Wings Christmas Play” will be performed on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.