School news

School board to meet


The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. in the borough building at 148 N. 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. The board will meet:

■ Today;

■ February 3;

■ March 3;

■ April 14;

■ May 5 (at Seward High School);

■ June 2;

■ June 3 (Board Planning Session).

Early release dates for KPBSD schools

Six times throughout the academic year, on a Wednesday, schools will meet the minimum day, so that teachers may have approximately 90 minutes of additional time to work on improvement strategies. On these early release dates, school will end 90 minutes earlier. Bus transportation will be adjusted by 90 minutes. Upcoming early release dates are: January 22; February 26; and April 16.

Career and Tech training offered

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 1/2 practical art credit.

There is a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) academy starting January 13 at 3:30 p.m. in room C106 at Skyview High School. This first day is a mandatory meeting. Academy schedule TBD by students and instructor. This academy is open to Juniors and Seniors only. The PCA course is a state program. Students will learn Personal Care Services, Employability Awareness, Earn First Aid and State Certification, and participate in Job Shadowing.

At the Workforce Development Center (located behind KCHS) there will be a welding academy with Mr. Widaman. This academy runs February 10th-May 1st. Class days will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:30.

Skyview High School will have a construction academy starting January 7th-March 6th. Class days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. Students will be building a gazebo.

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 Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development and the Alaska Youth First Program.

Connections Home-school

Dates To Remember:

Thursday — Aims Web Assessment K-6th Grade at 9:00-11:30 and 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Friday — Aims Web Assessment K-6th Grade at 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (excluding 12:00-1:00)

Jan. 22 — Connections Spelling Bee at Borough Assembly room, 1:00 p.m.

Jan. 23 — Aims Web Assessment K-6th Grade at 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Jan. 24 — Aims Web Assessment K-6th Grade at 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Feb. 19 — Fish and Game Ice Fishing Field Trip Sport Lake. Meet at boat ramp at Sports Lake at 10:00 a.m.

Aims Assessment K-6th Grade: Soldotna Connections is now scheduling the Winter/January AIMS Web Assessments (Literacy & Math) for grades Kindergarten – 6th. The dates and times listed above are available at the Soldotna Connections Office. Please call our office at 714-8880 and schedule a time for your K-6 student to meet with their advisor; this assessment and conversation will take about 25 minutes.

Fish and Game Ice Fishing Field Trip Sport Lake: Join Alaska Fish and Game and your Connections advisors for an hour of ice fishing on Feb. 19 at Sport Lake. We will meet at the boat ramp on Sport Lake at 10 a.m. Sport Lake is located one mile outside of Soldotna off the Kenai Spur Highway. Fish and Game will have the fishing rods and Connections will have the bait. All you need is warm clothes and a fishing license for anglers 16 and older. All are welcome but we do request that you RSVP with Reubin Payne at the Connections office, or 714-8880.

Connections Spelling Bee News: The Connections Spelling Bee is coming up. The date and location have had to be changed. We will now meet on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the Borough Assembly room in the Borough Building on Binkley in Soldotna. Please contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or if you have questions.

IDEA Home-school

IDEA students join in the fun of the IDEA Team Olympics. Bring in your 2nd quarter samples and progress report to earn a Gold Medal in learning. Place your best sample on the podium wall and earn a prize.

Students participating in Battle of the Books plan to come to the office for the school battles. Each grade level battle is scheduled for a separate day during the week of January 21st through the 24th. Parents and friends are welcome to attend the book “battles” and all participating students will receive certificates.

Families plan now for a great afternoon of snow tubing at Solid Rock Camp on January 28th. Each participating person will need to pay $5.00 for tubing at the IDEA office before January 28th. Hot chocolate will be provided.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Monday — Auditions for the KMS sponsored Talent Show are after school for 3-6 graders. Students can sign up in the office if they are interested.

Wednesday — Cooking Club and Backcountry Snow Club are meeting from 3:45-4:45 for those who have turned in their permission slip forms. Thank you for picking your child up on time.

Thursday — Tap Dance Club is meeting from 3:45-4:45 for those who have turned in their permission slip forms.

Auditions for the KMS sponsored Talent Show are after school for 3-6 graders. Students can sign up in the office if they are interested.

Friday — Report cards will be sent home with students.

Reminders: Look for re-enrollment forms in the mail by the end of the week. They are due back to the school by February 14 in order to reserve your child’s position in Kaleidoscope. If your child is not returning to Kaleidoscope, even if it’s because they are moving on to 7th grade, please return the form with the backside filled out so the office knows where to forward their records.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science is requesting proposals from artists interested in creating art to be located in front of the school. For more information, go to or email

The LifeSkill we are focusing on this week is Organization: To plan, arrange, and implement in an orderly way; to keep things orderly and ready to use.

Winter has arrived! It’s very important to make sure that your child comes to school with full winter gear each day. District policy is to send the children outside for recess as long as the wind chill is not below minus-10 degrees.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Report Cards are being sent home today.

January 20 – No School

January 22 – Early Release Day, school lets out at 12:55 p.m.

Kenai Central High

School is back in full swing, and we trust that everyone had a great winter break. Be sure and start this semester out on the right foot. The study hall is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30-3:30. This is a great place to study and receive extra help with your homework. If you would like more information regarding the afterschool study hall, please contact Mrs. Bisset.

Attention Junior Parents: The Junior Class Officers will be hosting the first after-prom meeting Wednesday at 6:30 in the Little Theater. The After-prom activities are well attended by our students and is an excellent venue that provides a positive, safe night for the teens that attend. Please make room on your calendars to help plan, organize, and run this event.

Mountain View Elementary

Friday is “Pajama Day.”

Jan. 20 is a Vacation Day, no school for students.

Jan. 22 is a “Minimum Day.” Students will be dismissed at 1:50 p.m.

Nikiski Middle-High

Monday, 6:30 p.m. — Graduation/After Grad Party Planning meeting in the library

Tuesda, 4:00 p.m. — Site Council Meeting in the library; C Team Basketball at Nikiski vs. Kenai (C Team Girls, 3:00 p.m.; C Team Boys, 4:30 p.m.)

Thursday-Saturday — Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament (Thursday, 5:45 p.m., Nikiski Girls vs. Dillingham; 7:15 p.m., Nikiski Boys vs. Dillingham)

Friday— 5:45 p.m., Nikiski Girls vs. Homer; 7:15 p.m., Nikiski Boys vs. Dillingham

Saturday — 3:00 p.m., Nikiski Girls vs. Houston; 4:30 p.m. Nikiski Boys vs. Houston

Friday-Saturday — High School XC Skiing at Kenai Klassic – TBA

Friday — Middle School Wrestling at Kenai Invite, 3:00 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a site council meeting today at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Please remember to send your child to school each day with their snow gear. This includes snow pants/suit, boots, gloves/mittens, coat and a warm hat. We are starting to sled at recess and your child will need full gear in order to sled on the hill.

The Geography Bee will be held in the school library on Thursday.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt PTA is hosting their second annual “Winter Carnival.” Mark your calendar for Feb. 15. Come join us for an afternoon of fun. There will be door prizes, raffles, games, and a silent auction. Don’t miss the opportunity to dunk Mr. Pothast in the dunk tank. If you would like to volunteer to help at the carnival please call the school office. Maybe you own a business and wish to make a donation of goods or services for the auction, if so, please contact the school office.

The winner of the Redoubt school T-Shirt logo design contest was Marlie Roetman. There were 37 awesome T-Shirt Logo entries; it was not an easy task to choose just one logo. Thank you to everyone who participated in the logo contest.

Box Top Winners last week – Emma Davidson, Anna Mae Gilliam and Jacob Walden. Keep turning in those Box Tops for education.

January 14 — PTA Meeting 3:45 staff lounge – child care provided

January 15 — Site Council Meeting 3:45 staff lounge

January 20 — Vacation day - no school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 22 — Early Release Day for Students – 1:45

January 24 — Fun Fest, 3:30-5:00 p.m., all students attending must turn in a permission slip by noon Fun Fest day. The cost is $4 per student; this fee will cover all activities. Snacks are available to purchase. Permission slips will be sent home with all students.

February 6-7 — Parent Teacher Conferences, no school for students

February 15 — Winter Carnival noon-4 p.m.

February 25 — Winter Musical 6:30-7:30pm at Soldotna High School

The boys basketball team finished 2nd at the Petersburg Basketball tournament.

The girls basketball team finished 2 and 0 at a recent trip to California.

Winter Ball — The “Arctic Dream” semi-formal dance is Saturday at 7:30, cost is $12.00. Hosted by Skyview National Honor Society. Photos will be available starting at a reasonable charge of $10.00 for a basic package. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The dance is open to Skyview and Soldotna High School students and this should be a great dance for all to enjoy. Tickets will be on sale at lunch as well as at the door.

This year’s Mass Dance concert will be Friday and Saturday nights, April 4-5 at the KCHS auditorium. Local and school dance troupes will be bringing their best material, costumes and music. Skyview dancers — or those interested in being part of this final troupe — should check the after-school rehearsal schedules posted by Mrs. Zopf’ler’s room or around the school.

Soldotna Elementary

Last week, we started our Reading Counts Contest at SOEL. All classes 2nd through 6th are participating. The students read books, take quizzes, earn points, receive prizes, and someone from each class will win a grand prize at the end of the contest in May. More information to follow on this exciting annual venture.

Here are some important dates to remember:

Today, please join us at the PTA meeting at the library at 3:45. Childcare is provided, and all are always welcome.

The Band/Choir Concert is Thursday, 6:00 p.m., in the gym. Come and listen to what the students have been working on the first semester.

January 20 — There is NO SCHOOL for students or staff on this Monday. Enjoy!

January 22 — This Wednesday is an early release day for students. They will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m. Bus schedules will be adjusted by 90 minutes. There will be no afternoon class for Mrs. Cannava’s preschoolers.

January 23 — Family Math Night, Thursday, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. More information to follow regarding Math Night.

January 31 — Ice Cream-Snack sale on Friday, at 2:00 p.m. plus it’s Sports Day. Wear your favorite team jersey!

Feb. 6-7 — Thursday and Friday will be parent/teacher conferences.

Soldotna Elementary was able to provide Christmas surprises for some families from the school community. Special thanks to Christmas elf, Nurse Tammy, and the Soldotna EL PTA for spearheading the Christmas project. We thank all our contributors for their generous donations which helped bring Christmas to many. Our wonderful PTA sponsored a food drive before Christmas for our Christmas Kindness Program. Due to overwhelming participation by all classrooms, it was a huge success! Thank you everyone!

Congratulations to Willow Duffy and Lance Billings for being the Box Top winners in December. Keep those box tops coming, kids! Thank you for remembering to save those little coupons for your school!

Though we are having a bout of warmer weather, please remember to check those children before they go out the door to school to make sure they are wearing their winter gear. Boots, snow pants, gloves, and jackets are critical even on these warmer days to protect them from the standing water as well as the temperatures. Then, as the cold swings back in, and it will, they need their hats!

Soldotna High

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA) became available on January 1. Completing and submitting a FAFSA is the single most important thing you can do to help finance your post-secondary education. Get your application started today by going to Come see your College and Career Guide if you have any questions.

ROBOTICS CLUB: Thank you to everyone for supporting the robotics club. Our students performed great at our Bartlett High Qualifier in December. The FrostBots qualified for the state tournament in Fairbanks in March. They are actively seeking sponsors and fundraisers. Our next Lego Adventures & Robotics kids camps will be on Saturday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at SoHi in Rm 76. The registration is $35. Registration can be paid for at either Skyview High School or Soldotna High School. Please email Mrs. McGlothen ( for more information.

YEARBOOK: Students have completed with their first and second spreads. That puts us at about 1/2 of the way finished. With winter sports in full swing of 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. I 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.’ I would also like some crowd shots as it shows our community support for the athletics programs.

I have created 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 ∏ page or full page advertisement. If you would like to donate a yearbook to a senior please email me and I will help make that happen. Yearbooks this year are $57 and come with free personalization if pre-ordered before February 2nd. Yearbook staff are required to sell 5 yearbooks and 2 advertisements, if you would like to support their efforts please email me with the student’s name and your purchase confirmation number so that I can credit the student in the grade book.

We have a few spots open for senior and business ads. If you are interested in supporting the yearbook and sending a shout out to a senior, please email me for more information.

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.

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.

Pool Schedule:

Morning lap swim 6-8 Monday – Friday

Evening lap swim 6-7 Mon, Wed, Fri

Evening Open swim 7-8:45 Mon and Wed

Sports Calendar —

SoHi will be locking the Parking lot entrance Door during the following hours: 7:50 a.m. to noon and 12:35 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Also note that during school hours the only open door will be the Front Entrance Commons/Flag Pole doors. The above is to improve our overall school security.

There are two ways to order a transcript. Each way serves a different purpose. If you need a transcript sent to a college or NCAA or a similar agency, then you will need to log on to: to order transcripts to be sent. The request is then forwarded to SoHi. All transcripts that are headed for NCAA, colleges, etc. have to be processed this way.

A final transcript is one that shows your second semester grades. If you order your transcript when we are in second semester, you will need to make sure you choose “next grading period” when you go on to Parchment. That way your transcript request will wait until the grades are in at the end of the year before it is sent.

Soldotna Middle

Wrestling, Nordic Skiing and Intramural Volleyball are under way!

Wresting – First scheduled meet is Friday at Kenai, 3:00 p.m.

Nordic Skiing – First scheduled meet is January 24 at Kenai – 3:00 p.m.

Intramural Volleyball – Ends January 28. Competitive Volleyball begins January 29.

Complete sports schedules can be found online by visiting the Soldotna Middle School KPBSD Web Homepage at > Spartan Sports > Sports Schedule> Soldotna Middle School Sports Schedule 2013-2014.

SMS events:

Today – Site Council Meeting, Library – 3:45 p.m.

Today to January 30 – Ed Performance Testing for all 7th Grade Students

January 20 – No School for students and staff

Haley Buckbee was chosen as the December 7th Grade Chamber Student of the Month. She will be honored at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on January 28. Congratulations Haley!

Spartan Student Council activities in December were a huge success! The SMS Food Drive to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank totaled 871 items weighing in at 934 pounds. The Bake Sale to benefit the Soldotna Animal Shelter earned $262.00 to purchase pet toys and other supplies. A BIG thank you to all the parents, students, and staff who contributed to these fundraisers!

Soldotna Middle School Perfect Attendance 2nd Quarter:

Anna Aley, Hali Anderson Currier, Kellie Arthur, Kenneth Asbell, Garryn Baker, Sarah Baktuit, Derrick Bever, Kortney Birch, Trayton Bird, Brittani Blossom, Thomas Brown, Gage Burns Hankins, Garrett Cadwalader, Skyler Checketts, Caroline Cho, Charis Curry, Rachel Davidson, Wyatt Denna, Amanda Eby, Kiernan Escott, Megan Eskue, Titan Farrell, Colin Fleming, Korie Gilmore, Cassie Haeg, Alice Han, Dalton Hatten, Ashlee Heiman, Kealey Hendricks, Joseph Hensley, Selby Hill, John Holland, Kennedy Holland, Tristan Jenkins, Courtney Johnston, Angel Joseph, Curtis Kanakis, Jayden Kemp, Katelynn Kimes, Madeline Kindred, Anthony Kitson, Derek Lewis, Anthony Long, Reva Lovett, Jake Marcuson, Kamala Martin, Tyler McDonald, Mathphia McEntire, Amanda McGlothen, Joseph McLeod, Richard Metcalf, Calvin Mitzel, Daniel Mitzel, Emily Noblin, Natalia O’Toole, Brianna Peters, Joseph Pons Vives, Carson Ratky, Austin Reeves, Paige Reger, Arin Reger, Michael Reutov, Andrea Rodriguez, Tre Rybak, Logan Schrader, William Seldon, Eli Sheridan, Luke Trammell, Taha Trigg, Haiden Tryon, Alexander Van De Grift, Benjamin Van Hoose, Sean Verg In, Gabriel Wackler Murdock, Levi Wahl, Thomas Wells, Hailey Wilkinson, Kindle Williams, Melinda Williams, Benjamin Wilson, Andrew Winslow, Denali Wurst, Colleen Yeskie

Soldotna Middle School Perfect Attendance 1st Semester:

Garryn Baker, Derrick Bever, Kortney Birch, Brittani Blossom, Gage Burns Hankins, Garrett Cadwalader, Skyler Checketts, Caroline Cho, Charis Curry, Wyatt Denna, Megan Eskue, Titan Farrell, Colin Fleming, Alice Han, Kealey Hendricks, John Holland, Kennedy Holland, Curtis Kanakis, Jayden Kemp, Anthony Long, Calvin Mitzel, Daniel Mitzel, Austin Reeves, Arin Reger, Michael Reutov, Andrea Rodriguez, Tre Rybak, Haiden Tryon, Gabriel Wackler Murdock, Thomas Wells, Andrew Winslow, Hailey Wilkinson, Kindle Williams, Denali Wurst

Citizens of the Second Quarter — Sharon Childsdress White, Calvin Mitzel, Anthony Carrasco, Daniel Grubb, Derek Lewis, Austin Reeves, Dalton McWhorter

Soldotna Montessori Charte

Spelling Bee practice begins this week. The Spelling Bee is a national competition that starts at the local school level. Students must have permission to be in our final school Spelling Bee. All 3rd – 6th grade students may choose to participate in the Spelling Bee. Our local school Spelling Bee will take place on February 5 in the library at 1:00 p.m.

The combined Soldotna Elementary and Soldotna Montessori Winter Band and Choir Concert will take place in the gym at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Our Ice Fishing Derby will continue through February 28. We have extra yarn “rulers” for the ice fishing Derby available anytime.

Each month one of our classrooms is responsible for hosting an assembly for our students on the first Friday of the month. Families are welcome to attend. Mr. DeVolld’s class will host the January assembly. Mrs. Hurst’s class will host the February assembly.

Tustumena Elementary

Tuesday-Thursday — Lynx Track Activity to Soldotna Sports Center (Ice Skating)

Thursday — Awards Assembly, 2 p.m.

January 20 — Vacation Day, no school

January 21 — PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

January 22 — Early Release, 2:10 p.m.

January 27 — Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.

The Study

The Study is excited to announce an all day Academic Kinder Prep in 2014. Sign up now to reserve your spot, space is limited to ten students. If there is enough interest, The Study will offer a 3 year old course as well.

Coming up at The Study:

Private Pilot Ground School: January 23rd-February 27th

Alaska Studies for Credit: January 27th-March 6th

SAT Prep: January 14th-January 23rd

The Study offers private tutoring for all subjects and all ages as well as voice, piano and guitar and is fully accredited by AdvancEd. Call 907-262-6227 for more information.

Wings Christian Academy

Office of the Week-LLC: Valerie Cazares

Second Semester Awards — Perfect Attendance: Madison Berga, Sara Brubaker, Jayla Conner, Samuel Kuehn, Tyler Ophus, Salena Pena, and Charisma Watkins. Honor Roll: A Honor Roll: Ethan Berga, Madison Berga, JD Brad, Valerie Cazares, Wade James, Samuel Kuehn, Zane James, Chase Miller, Kobe Miller, Sunny Miller and Charisma Watkins. B Honor Roll: Sara Brubaker, Levi McComsey, and Tyler Opus.

Upcoming Honor Roll trip: Friday, Snow Sledding at Solid Rock Bible Camp.