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:

■ February 3;

■ March 3;

■ April 14;

■ May 5 (at Seward High School);

■ June 2;

■ June 3 (Board Planning Session).

No school today

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools are closed today in observance of Alaska Civil Rights Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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 Welding.

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.

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.

There will be a summer construction academy at the Workforce Development Center. Students will be constructing a green house. Class days will be May 28-30 and June 2-6. Class times TBA.

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.


Dates To Remember:

Jan. 21-24, Jan. 27-31: Aims Web Assessment for Homer Students: K-3rd Grade please call for appointment 226-1880

Jan. 21-24, Jan. 27-31: Aims Web Assessment for Seward Students: K-6th Grade please call for appointment 224-4803

Jan. 23, Jan. 31: Aims Web Assessment for Central Peninsula Students: K-6th Grade please call for appointment 714-8880

Wednesday: Connections Spelling Bee at Borough Assembly room, 1:00 p.m.

Feb. 3: Connections Science Fair (last day to register)

Feb. 7: High School Eligibility Due

Connections is now scheduling the Winter/January AIMS Web Assessments (Literacy & Math). The Homer office will assess Kindergarten to 3rd grade, Soldotna and Seward offices will assess Kindergarten to 6th grade. The dates are listed above. Please call the Connections Offices (Soldotna: 714-8880, Seward: 224-9080 and Homer: 226-1880) to schedule a time for your student to meet with their advisor; this assessment and conversation will take approximately 25 minutes.

The Connections Spelling Bee is coming up. The date and location have changed. We will now meet on Wednesday 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.

The Connections Science Fair is open to all Connections Students. Please check with an advisor for rules/guidelines before planning or executing your science fair project. The science fair is not a contest, and all participants will receive a prize for their efforts. If you have any questions please contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna office (

Join Alaska Fish and Game and your Connections advisors for an hour of ice fishing on February 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. ADF&G 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 ( 714-8880. Thank you for participating in this event.

Attentions all readers: the 2014 Iditaread is just around

the corner and it’s time again for Connections Homeschool’s Iditaread Challenge to all K-6th grade students! Connections Homeschool’s Iditaread Challenge will begin February 28. Stop by your local Connections Office between now and then for more information and to get your sled ready to hit the trail! The challenge will run through March 31.

It’s time to start thinking about our annual Talent Show again! This has been such an awesome event for the last few years, and has become something our program looks forward to year after year. The show will be held on an evening in mid/late April and contains acts of all sorts including singing, dancing, instrumental, and much more! Any and all Connections students are welcome to participate, including all ages and ability levels. If you’re interested please let Connections know at your earliest convenience. The date for the Talent Show: April 29, show starts at 5:30pm at the SoHi Auditorium. If you are interested or have any questions please email Mark Wackler at or call 714-8880.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Wednesday — Early dismissal day; students will be dismissed from school at 2:10 p.m. Buses will drop students off 90 minutes earlier than normal. No clubs today due to early dismissal.

Thursday — Tap Dance Club is meeting from 3:45-4:45.

Friday — 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, “We’re having a ball,” in the KSAS Gym at 2:30. Come help us celebrate a great 10 years with singing, cake, and remarks regarding past, present and future.

■ Re-enrollment forms were mailed last 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 back side filled out so the office knows where to forward their records.

■ Conferences are February 5-7. Be sure to sign up with your child’s teacher.

■ 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 Patience: to wait calmly for someone or something.

■ 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

Wednesday – Early Release Day – School lets out at 12:55

Mr. Daniels’ Class is energized to start their next unit of study about ENERGY! They will participate in many hands on activities geared to help them understand energy concepts. Everything from batteries to Slinkys, waves in water to crashing cars, it’s all related to energy.

The students have also reached a reading goal and have earned an ice skating field trip, woo hoo! Last Friday they attended a performance by the Philadelphia Brass Quintet, a well- known brass ensemble. The kids did really well and they enjoyed the performance.

Kenai Central High

Wednesday is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 12:45 so that teachers can collaborate together to increase student achievement.

Home Events at KCHS

Tuesday — Basketball vs. SoHi at 6:00 & 7:30

Wednesday — JV Hockey at 3:00

Thursday — JV Hockey at 3:00

Friday — Girls Basketball at 6:00 & JV Hockey at 3:00

Saturday — Girls Basketball at 3:00

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to our 2nd quarter honor roll students:

8th Grade: 4.0 – Ithaca Bergholz, Olivia Botirius, Hailey Demello, Dareena Doyle, Breanna Eubank, Rylie Fields, Madison Fischer, Madison Gallagher, Brittany Gilman, Braydon Goodman, Devynn Heath, Leah Johnson, Maria Maes, Jakeb O’Brien, Alisa Posey-Schave, Mayzie Potton, Keira Stroh, Raleigh Van Natta; 3.5 – Luke Beiser, Riana Boonstra, Emma Carr, Olivia Daniels, Karl Danielson, Byron Dunham, Samantha Dutcher, Phoebe Ferguson, Megan Hamilton, Jian Hayes, Ashleigh Herr, Lisa Krol, Seth Kruse, Denali Lockwood, Brandon Marcano, Alex Olson, Danielle Peterson, Nicole Prior, Kevin Ramos, Tekaiya Rich, Annebelle Schneiders, Shay Stiers, Caleb Streiff, Zack Tuttle; 3.0 – Shyanne Cook, Hunter Fitt, Michael Gelosa, Stefan Gelosa, Jenna Hansen, Melia Hardin, Austin Jackson, Randee Johnson, Savannah Jones, Jarin Miller, Willow Morrow, Jasmine Robledo, Braden Stigall, Isaiah Trevino, Nadia Walluk.

7th Grade: 4.0 – Alden Bookey, Rylee Brewington, Brittany Burcham, Jaycie Calvert, Paulyne Catacutan, Connor Felchle, Sarah Foutty, Maddison, Galloway, Faith Ivy, Kyaran Matturro, Kaden McKibben, Travis McKinley, William Morrow, Carolyn Morton, Molly Nusbaum, Emily Olson, Raven Patrick, Damien Redder, Maria Salzetti, Brooke Satathite; 3.5 – Sharmaine Aguilar, Jacob Anderson, Shanna Anderson, Breanna Ashley, Savaya Bieber, Olivia Brewer, Derek Brown, Nathaniel Cumberland, Kiera Duby, Jude Gabriel, Ashley Hamilton, Hunter Hanson, Sarah Hollers, Melissa Holmes, Jessy Jeffries, Kylie Jones, Sam Kaaihue, Jayce Lakshas, Sierra Longfellow, Kameron Maxie, Jacob Nabholz, Delbrian Parfitt, Courtney Plumridge, Yareth Santana, Ashlyn Tucker; 3.0 –Caitlyn Burdick, Bailey Burke, Livai Castrellon, Alyxandrhea Cook, Maxim Custodio, Alexis Erlich, Abigail Erwin, Devin Every, Hailey Every, Collins Flemming, Troy Gilbert, Jacob Grant, Jacob Howard, Gabriella Hunt, Kainoa Kaona, Clayton Koroll, Kodie Lingenfelter, Hannah Olson, Navy Poage, Cheylee Purugganan, Linnea Renken, Keith Rice, Treava Schmitter-Schrier, Alex Stockton, Piper Suscha, Mickinzie Ticknor.

6th Grade: 4.0 – Justin Anderson, Hunter Beck, Emily Dunham, Rebecca Kaminski, Kai McKibben, Wyatt Medcoff, Chelsea Plagge, Mekhai Rich; 3.5 – Stevie Berninger, Candice Bowers, Gary Dent, Logan Dosko, Joshua Foster, Kailey Hamilton, Elizabeth Hanson, Chase Keating, Morgan Mallory, James Marquis, Ashlynn Mathieson, Brock Miller, Brooke Nash, Alexandrea Nave, Tyler Neill, Braedon Pitsch, Kassandra Renfrow, Creed Sandahl, Abigail Schneiders, Autianna Spann, Alida Stiers, Evan Stockton, Cheyanne Zimin; 3.0 – Trevor Bagley, Veronika Budyanu, Megan Clore, Keegan Gardner, Kayle Johnson, Zion McEnerney, Serena Moore, Meghan Roney, Seth Segura, Nathaniel Stigall, Leland TouchstoneTravis Verkuilen, Rattanaporn Wangnoi, Chena Ward, Jordyn Whannell, Andrew Wilson

Remember that Wednesday is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:57 p.m.

There will be a XC Ski meet here at KMS this Friday at 3:00 p.m. The wrestling meet will be held at Nikiski on Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Wednesday is a “Minimum Day.” Students will be dismissed at 1:55 PM.

Congratulations to our Soaring Eagles for the month of December. They are Matthew Arousa, Tamia Barnes, Tania Cazares, Evelyn Cooper, Alisabeth Dilucchio, Erin Einerson, Joey Freeman, Jylann Green, Taylor Guilliam, Patrick Kramer, Ryley McCormick, Ellsi Miller, Hadessah Parkki, Sarah Rezin, Ndea Rollins, Natalie Schneider, Vince Shangin, Kayani Whicker, & Taralynn Williams-Vasilie.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 6 and 7. There will be no school for students.

The Library will be holding a book fair Feb. 3 – Feb. 7 during school hours and parent-teacher conferences. If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair please call the office at 283-8600.

The student council and the Mountain View PTA are collecting box tops for the “Box Tops for Education” project. Please turn your pink box tops from participating products in to the office. It was decided by the student council that the funds collected would be split equally among P.E., Music, and Library.

Nikiski Middle-High

Monday — Boys JV Basketball vs. George Morgan at Nikiski, 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday — JV Basketball at Nikolaevsk. JV Girls at 3:00 p.m., JV Boys at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday — Early Release Day for students. School will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m. Buses will run 90 minutes early to accommodate the early release.

Thursday-Saturday — Varsity Basketball at Cordova Tip Off Tournament

Friday — Middle School Cross Country Skiing at Kenai Middle School, 3:00 p.m.

Saturday — Middle School Wrestling vs. Kenai Middle School at Nikiski Invite, 10:00 a.m.

Cooking Club! All high school students with an interest in cooking are invited to a meeting on Tuesday at lunch. For more information please contact Marilee in the kitchen.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Wednesday is an early release day for the district. NNS will dismiss at 2:00 p.m.

The NNS school spelling bee will be held on January 31 in the library.

The winners of the NNS Elks Hoop Shoot are: Boys 8 -9 years old – Carter Tennison, 1st place, Girls 8 -9 years old – Jaycee Tauriainen, 1st place, Boys 10 -11 years old – Koleman McCaughey, 1st place and Girls 10 -11 years old – Aspen Hooper, 1st place. These students competed in mid-December at the Kenai Recreation Center in the Regional Elks Hoop Shoot. Congratulations to all participants!

NNS is in its 2nd year of implementing the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program for our students. The behavior guidelines behind this are: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Caring. Using these guidelines and language at home as you encounter behavior situations with your child would provide even more follow through from school to home. If you have any questions about PBIS, please feel free to call the school office at 776-2600. Thank you for your help and cooperation.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt PTA is hosting their second annual “Winter Carnival” February 15. Don’t miss out on the silent auction; dunk tank, games, food, door prizes and raffles. Raffle items include a 32GB iPad Air (value $600.00), wagon filled with camping supplies, and a student Grand Gift basket. iPad 32GB tickets are available to purchase at the school office now or can be purchased the day of the carnival. Tickets for the iPad are $10.00 each. Only 150 tickets will be sold. You can purchase your tickets at the school office.

Volunteers are needed to help with our Winter Carnival. If you would like to help, or if you own a business and would like to donate goods or services, please contact the school office.

Box Top Winners last week – Hayden Eck, Triston Dubbs and Allehya Roberts

Wednesday — Early Release Day for Students, 1:45

Friday — Fun Fest 3:30-5:00; all students attending must turn in a permission slip by noon Fun Fest day. The cost is $4.00 per student; this fee will cover all activities. Snacks are available to purchase. Permission slips will be sent home with all students.

February 6 and 7 – Parent Teacher Conferences; no school for students

River City Academy

Interims have been going well. The students are enjoying stepping out of their normal class schedule and participating in some new and fun activities. The skiers have taken advantage of the recent snowy weather and gotten in some good ski runs. The less experienced students usually stick closer to the school, skiing Moose or Eagle Perch. Those more advanced have skied Wolf and it’s many options and some even tackle the challenging Bear trail. Soccer is also going well, the students are getting in some good exercise and having fun expending energy in the gym.

Cooking Around the World has completed it’s second week. Students first learned the importance of a clean kitchen, keeping surfaces sanitary and how to avoid cross contamination. They first learned how to make a simple biscuit recipe from scratch. Then followed up with interesting and fun recipes including humus, delicious marinades, pita bread, gyros, tzatziki sauce, lavash, kebabs, saffron rice and homemade salsa and guacamole to go with enchiladas and taco salad with homemade tortillas. This week we will focus on Italian recipes, yum!

Wednesday is an early release day. School will be dismissed 90 minutes early.

No school February 6th and 7th for parent/teacher conferences.

First Aid training is coming up for our upper high school students on February 20th. More information to follow as it becomes available.

Skyview High

Skyview girls basketball defeated Cordova 38-16. Skyview was led by Sam Reynolds (12 points and 10 rebounds) and Hayley Ramsell (7 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 steals). Moira Pyhala also scored her first varsity points.

The boys lost to Cordova 45-29. Jacob Carlson led the team with 11 points.

Skyview girls basketball defeated Houston 40-29. Sam Reynolds led Skyview with 18 points and 6 steals. Also, Meghan Powers tied the Skyview single game record of 8 assists. Skyview is now 5-0 (3-0 in conference) for the season.

The boys team beat Houston in a close game – 49-48. Micah Hilbish scored 16 points followed by Jacob Carlson with 14. Chad Harley put the team ahead with 56 seconds left. Great defense maintained the 1 point lead through the final buzzer.

Wednesday — Early Release Day

Thursday — Superactivity day ( No 4th hour)

Ice skating during super activity. Each student will need to pay $5 to Mrs. Hanson and turn in permission form by Wednesday. They also need to bring or wear a winter jacket and wear socks. They may bring their own skates. Permission forms will be on the door of the library and the door of B206.

Soldotna Elementary

More information was promised on our Reading Counts Contest, so here it is: Students are reading books in their personal lexile range and taking comprehension quizzes for points. When the student reaches his personal goal, he receives an entry blank from his teacher. That slip goes into an entry box for a later drawing. The names of the students who earn the most points in their classroom throughout the week will be announced the following Monday morning, and their names will be listed here as well. Prizes are awarded occasionally to individual winners in the classrooms. The contest ends on May 9th, and the following Monday, one Grand Prize winner will be drawn for each classroom (grades 2-6). We are finalizing arrangements for the grand prize winners, but we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

Congratulations to the first week’s classroom winners: Andrew Stoner, Willow Duffy, Carter Cannava, Trent Boots, Jaydin Mead, Josh Pieh, Ryann Cannava, and Colton Sorhus. Great job!

Family Math Night is Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A site council meeting will be here on February 4th, at 3:45 p.m. All are welcome to join.

Another early release day is this Wednesday. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m. The bus schedules will be adjusted by 90 minutes. There will be no afternoon class for Mrs. Cannava’s preschoolers.

No School for students on February 6th and February 7th due to Parent/Teacher conferences.

Mrs. Buben’s 3rd and 4th grade students are going on a snowshoeing fitness walk at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on February 4th. The walk should take approximately 2 hours. We’re hoping for perfect weather.

Mrs. Straw’s 3rd graders will enjoy a visit from Mr. Dale Lawyer and his search and rescue dog, Ares, on Tuesday. The program takes about an hour and a half, and the kids are sure to enjoy that presentation.

Intramural basketball began last week. The players meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 until 5:00 p.m.

Congratulations to Luc Beauparlant who was the winner of last week’s box top drawing.

Please be sure all your student’s contact information is current at our office. To update that information, please call 260-5100. Emergencies do happen, and it is important that we have current information to be able to reach parents as quickly as possible. Thank you so much for your diligence in this matter. If you know a broadcast message had been sent, but you did not receive it, please let the office know as soon as possible.

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.

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 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

Congratulations to 7th grade student Laurel Glaves winner of the Soldotna Middle School 2013-2014 Geography Bee! State level competition will be April 4.

Events this week:

Wednesday – Early release for students. Students at Soldotna Middle School will end the school day at 12:45 p.m. Bus schedules will be adjusted to accommodate this time change. For complete details regarding this schedule change, please visit the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Website at

Friday – Nordic Skiing – Kenai Invitational at Kenai – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday – Wrestling – Nikiski Invitational at Nikiski – 10:00 a.m.

2013-2014 Yearbooks are available for purchase! Price is $35. Order forms are available at the Front Office or online at

2014 BP Teacher of Excellence – Nominate Your Favorite Teacher! Deadline is February 14. Please visit for information on how you can recognize an outstanding teacher in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District!

Tustumena Elementary

Tuesday — PTO Meeting, 4 pm; X-Country Skiing begins Tuesdays and Thursdays until February 27.

Wednesday — Early Release, 2:10 p.m.

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

January 27-31 — PreRegistration for Kindergarten for 2014-2015 school year. Child must be 5 by September 1, 2014. Please bring immunization record and birth certificate.

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

February 7 — Mighty Meatballs Dinner (6th grade fundraiser), $5/person, 5:30-7 p.m.

February 10 — District Battle of Books Grade 3 and 4

February 11 — District Battle of Books Grades 5 and 6

Wings Christian Academy

Office of the Week- LLC: Levi McComsey; UUL: Victoria Grant

Second Semester Awards:

Student of the Month: November: Zane Wade; December: Kobe Miller

Perfect Pace Award: Sunny Miller and Madison Berga

Upcoming Honor Roll trip: To be announced: canceled due to rain. Snow Sledding at Solid Rock Bible Camp.