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;

■ 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: 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 Feb. 10-May 1. 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.

Science program delves into force

Dynamic homeschool program STEAM ahead, session IV explores the uses of force and motion and begins February 11 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. Science curriculum is delivered to your homeschooler in a format designed for maximum engagement. Three classes per session, $149, for kindergarten through eighth grades. For more information, call 907-283-2000 or email

Connections Homeschool

Dates to remember:

Today — Connections science fair (last day to register)

Friday — High school eligibility due

Feb. 19 — ADF & G ice fishing field trip Sport Lake. Meet at boat ramp at Sports Lake at 10:00 a.m.

Feb. 24-28 — Science Fair Projects due to office, Projects displayed from Feb. 24-28 and prizes awarded on Feb. 28

Feb. 28 — Iditaread starts!

March 7 — High school eligibility due

March 10-14 — Spring Break. Homer and Seward offices closed. Soldotna open with no advisors available.

March 31 — Last day to turn in Connection orders; Last day to turn in Iditaread minutes

April — Enrollment for 2014/2015 begins this month.

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.

Attention 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. I would like to begin gathering a list of interested students, so if you’re interested please let me know at your earliest convenience. The date for the Talent Show:

April 29th, 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.

IDEA Homeschool

IDEA families in Seward, remember tomorrow is Presentation Night and Potluck at the Seward Community Library at 5:30 p.m. All students are welcome to present a selection of their choice in music, art, drama, academics or physical fitness. Parents please bring a dish to share.

Wednesday, join IDEA students and parents from all over the Kenai Peninsula at the Seward Sea Life Center for a day exploring the marine animals and environments of our great state. Activities will include touch tanks and interactive exhibits for all ages. The day begins at 10am and will conclude at 5pm. Families are welcome to arrive and leave at their convenience. Parents bring a valid Alaskan Driver’s License to receive admission.

Friday, the IDEA Spelling Bee will be held at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road beginning at 1pm. All students in grades 3 through 8 are invited to attend. The practice list may be obtained from the Scripps National Spelling Bee website:

Start planning now to attend Safari Day on February 11 at Kalifornsky Christian Center. This afternoon event is open to all families but designed for children in grades K-6. Students and parents will learn about African geography, animals, art and games. Sign up for this fun learning event by accessing the form in your email or call 260-7555.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Monday, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. — APC meeting in the library. There will be discussion on the class configurations for next school year.

Wednesday — Cooking Club and Backcountry Snow Club are meeting from 3:45-4:45. School Tours from 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. If you know of a family that is interested in attending Kaleidoscope next year, please share this with them. Conferences this evening.

Thursday — Parent Teacher Conferences; no school for students.

Friday — Parent Teacher Conferences; no school for students.

PTA is in need of gently used books for Bingo for Books Night (February 13). If you would like to donate books, please drop them off at the library.

PTA will be having a raffle for beautiful baskets of gifts on February 13 during Bingo for Books. Proceeds will support Kaleidoscope’s 10th anniversary celebration; including the wonderful tie dye t-shirts we all received in the Fall. Each classroom has a theme for their basket and families are asked to donate items that fit their theme; donations are needed by February 3. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 for a chance to win the basket of your choice. Thank you for your support!


■ Re-enrollment forms were mailed January 14. 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 he/she is moving on to 7th grade, please return the form with the back side filled out so the office knows where to forward his/her records.

■ Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science is requesting proposals from artists interested in creating art to be located in front of the school. The deadline for proposals is February 3. For more information, go to or email

■ The LifeSkill we are focusing on this week is Pride: Satisfaction from doing one’s personal best.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Thursday and Friday are Parent Teacher Conferences; no school for students.

Mr. Daniels’ science classes are designing and building roller coasters! They are studying energy (potential and kinetic) as well as the scientific method to answer questions. Students have been conducting experiments to kick off the energy unit and will work with science concepts under the topic of energy for the next 6 weeks.

Kenai Central High

Parents please make time to stop by KCHS Thursday to discuss your child’s grades with their teacher during the Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. As a reminder, Friday is an In-service day; there are no parent-teacher conferences that day.

Congratulations to Cody Conaway, Tori Askin, and Ariana Gabriel for being selected to perform in the South Florida Honors Band Festival at the University of Miami on January 31 and Feb. 1.

Congratulations to these students who have been selected to perform with the 2014 KPBSD Honor’s Band: Tori Askin, Alex Bergholtz, Moriah Bisset, Logan Boyle, Savannah Boze, Brett Brown, Tyler Brown, Bethany Coghill, Cody Conaway, Max Cox, Olen Danielson, Jonathan Delgado, Jacob Dye, Meagan Easley, Whitney Esteban, Ian Ferguson, Ariana Gabriel, Joey Gabriel, Brad Hamilton, Eric Kempf, Patrick Michels, Jazshe Nushart, Kirsten Nyquist, Melanie Rafferty, Mikalea Salzetti, Makai-Lynn Smith, and Ashley Thornton.

Kenai Middle

There will be no school this Thursday or Friday due to Parent/Teacher conferences. Our open conferences are held on Thursday from noon-4 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. Scheduled conferences will be held on Friday.

There will be a volleyball game tomorrow at KMS vs SMS Maroon starting at 3 p.m. and a game on Wednesday in Seward at 3 p.m.

Congratulations to our Character Counts winners last week: Zac Tuttle and Hunter Beck. Keep up the great work!

Our annual spelling bee was held last week. Everyone did a very good job and our school winner was Lisa Krol. Congratulations!

Mountain View Elementary

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

The Library will be holding a book fair February 3 – February 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.

Nikiski Middle-High

Monday — B Team Middle School Volleyball vs. Nikolaevsk at Nikiski, 4:30 p.m.; Boys JV Basketball at Skyview vs. Kenai

Wednesday — C Team Basketball at SoHi. Girls at 3:00 p.m. Boys at 4:15 p.m.

Thursday — No school for students. Parent Teacher Conferences: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; noon – 4:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Counseling Department will be hosting a FAFSA completion event in the library during this evening session of conferences. Parents and their students can bring in their tax information and get help filling out their FAFSA.

Friday — No school for students/teacher inservice. Varsity Girls Basketball vs. King Cove – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday — High School Cross Country Skiing at Skyview Invite

Nikiski North Star

NNS had a very special visitor last week. Senator Lisa Murkowski stopped by our school to read aloud to the first graders and presented them with the book, ‘Kumak’s House’. At this time she recognized first grader Thayne Quiner for his artwork that won first place in the National PTA Reflections visual arts contest. Thayne’s art piece is now on its way to Washington D.C. to hang in the Capitol. Sen. Murkowski visited with the third, fourth, and fifth grade students in the library and had a question and answer time. They discussed how she helps our State and how to make our community a better place. Before she departed, she presented NNS with the book, ‘Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights’ and a gift of a United States flag that has flown over the Capitol.

Today is the beginning of our Scholastic Book Fair. The fair will be open in the mornings on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It will be open on Thursday and Friday during parent/teacher conferences. It is an excellent way to celebrate our Love of Reading month which begins today. If you have any questions, please call the library at 776-2630.

There is no school on Thursday and Friday because of parent/teacher conferences.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt PTA is hosting their second annual “Winter Carnival” from noon to 4 p.m. 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.

Yearbooks are on sale, please pre-order your year book before March 31. Cost to purchase a yearbook is $15.00. A limited number of yearbooks will be ordered. Order forms have been sent home with students.

Thursday and Friday are Parent Teacher Conferences; no school for students.

River City Academy

Students had a smooth transition returning to their regular class schedule last week. Students are responsible for sending their standards from Interims to the appropriate teacher. Students can be demonstrating hits on standards in all three non-core Content areas - Personal and Community, Technology and Careers. Students should be demonstrating multiple hits from all Interim classes.

Student led conferences will be Thursday and Friday. Open conferences will be Thursday 3:30-5:30 for students on the approved open conference list.

For three days this week and two days next week, we have five upperclassmen participating in job shadows at Central Peninsula Hospital in a variety of positions. This is a great opportunity for them to check out some fields that might interest them in their future.

Interested in attending a school that’s as unique as you are? RCA is now taking registrations for next year’s 7-12 graders. Please visit the school’s web site on the district web page for an application. New student information night will be held in early March. Guaranteed registrations for next year are due by March 21.

Skyview High

The Skyview music department had four students participate in the UAA Winter Music Festival on January 18-19. Shannon Bradford, Taylor Johnson, and Austin Laber performed with the festival band and Mykaela Rybak sang with the choir. The students spent Saturday rehearsing, attended master classes on Sunday, and performed in the final concert Sunday afternoon.

The girls basketball team won the Nikolaevsk Warrior Rumble Tournament. The team finished the tournament with a 2-1 record, and won based allowing the least points with 75, followed by Nikolaevsk with 77. The girls defeated Nikolaevsk, lost to Nenana and beat Birchwood Christian.

Thursday — No school; Parent Teacher Conferences noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. (Thursday only).

Friday — No school, teacher inservice.

On February 11 from 6-8 p.m. we will be holding a College Goal Alaska© event, which is geared toward helping students and parents complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We will be set up in the library and have FAFSA experts available to help. To complete the FAFSA, you will need your latest tax information. The FAFSA lets students know if they qualify for grants, scholarships, or low-cost loans with flexible repayment options. Plus, the FAFSA is the application for the Alaska Performance Scholarship and Alaska Education Grants. You can begin filling out the FAFSA by going to and selecting the 2014-2015 FAFSA application. In addition to any aid a student might qualify for by filing the FAFSA, all attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a $700 scholarship. For more information about this event, please contact Emily Cotton at 907-260-2397 or by email at You can also visit for other College Goal Alaska events near you.

Central Peninsula Hospital in collaboration with KPBSD will be hosting a Career Fair on February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Juniors and Sophomores will have the opportunity to visit hospital professionals and find out about exciting careers in various pathways within a hospital setting. Everything from radiology to culinary arts and all the traditional medical professions will be presented. Students will be able to explore the opportunities for one of the fastest growing economic sectors in Alaska. To apply, turn in a completed application to Wes Andrews or Emily Cotton. We are only permitted to take 15 students from Skyview so make sure your application is neat and complete.

Soldotna Elementary

Your child has the power to make a positive impact on the lives of blood cancer patients. Soldotna Elementary is joining others across Washington and Alaska in a program that will be instrumental in raising funds for lifesaving cancer research. This program is called The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients. During this 3-week program, February 3 to February 21, students may collect spare change to support this mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for these patients and their families. Each child will receive a small box for collecting change. Thank you and your child in advance for helping patients with these diseases to live longer, better lives. Note: You may make a personal donation online at or you may donate by check made payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For further information, please call 1-206-957-4575 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Mrs. Straw’s third graders enjoyed visits last week from 2 community professionals. Dale Lawyer and his best buddy, Ares, who is a search and rescue dog, spoke to the students about outdoor survival and safety. Next, Mr. Bruce Linton, who is an Iditarod musher, came to speak with the class about the joys and hazards of running the Iditarod. Mr. Linton is an athlete with type 1 diabetes, and he also discussed the importance of perseverance.

Mrs. Sharlene Cline is our artist-in-residence this week. She is teaching each class the art of Chinese brush painting, or Sumi-e. This paintings were completed with black ink on white paper. The children inked their paint brushes, scraped and rotated them to remove excess ink. The students were shown a technique for painting bamboo and leaves. They learned that the Chinese language is printed from top to bottom so each child printed his/her name with narrow strokes on the right of their painting, from top to bottom. The kids learned about Chinese culture and language. Students from 2nd through 6th grades will also be carving erasers to use as stamps in their paintings.

Now, drum roll, please … The names of those students earning the most Reading Counts points in their classrooms are: Andrew Stoner, Rylee Erickson, Carter Cannava, Briley Morton, Rhys Cannava, Nate Downs, Marc Billings, and Shane Ray Schneider.

No school for students on Thursday, February 6th, or Friday February 7th as Parent/Teacher conferences will be held these days.

Congratulations to Carter Cannava for winning last week’s box top drawing! We have a new competition going on! Save those Box Tops and turn them in to your teacher. One class with the most box tops from the primary end and one class with the most box tops from the intermediate end will each earn a PARTY! This contest will run from February 1st through February 28th. The weekly box top drawing will resume March 1st. Good luck, and send in those box tops!

Children’s clothing exchange: Thursday and Friday (during Parent/Teacher conferences). Bring in those gently used and clean clothes your kids have outgrown and exchange them for clothes your kids can wear. It’s simple and it’s free! Remember to bring your own shopping bag.

The KPBSD is holding a public budget meeting on February 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Soldotna High School library. Everyone interested is encouraged to attend. For further information, please call Lassie Nelson at 714-8838.

Early Release Day: February 26 (Wednesday). Students will be dismissed at 1:55 and bus schedules will be adjusted by 90 minutes. There will be no afternoon class for Mrs. Cannava’s preschoolers.

PTA will be meeting on February 17, in the library at 3:45 p.m. Please join us. Child care is provided.

Pre-K program applications are now available. Please stop by the office to pick one up if you’re interested. To be eligible for this class, children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2014. Please contact Mrs. Katrina Cannava at 260-5142 or for further information.

Soldotna High

On February 13 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. we will be holding a College Goal Alaska event, which is geared toward helping students and parents complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We will be set up in the SoHi library and have FAFSA experts available to help. To complete the FAFSA, you will need your latest tax information.

The FAFSA lets students know if they qualify for grants, scholarships, or low-cost loans with flexible repayment options. Plus, the FAFSA is the application for the Alaska Performance Scholarship and Alaska Education Grants. You can begin filling out the FAFSA by going to and selecting the 2014-2015 FAFSA application. In addition to any aid a student might qualify for by filing the FAFSA, all attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a $700 scholarship.

For more information about this event, please contact Emily Cotton at 907-260-7083 or by email at You can also visit for other College Goal Alaska events near you.

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.

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.

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

SMS Fort Nightly is Wednesday after school, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Parent volunteers needed! Please contact the front office at 260-2500 if you can help.

Parent teacher conferences are Thursday and Friday, with scheduled appointments. Please contact the counseling department if you need to change your conference time. No school for students.

Attention students and parents: nominate your favorite teacher! Nominations are now being accepted for the statewide BP Teachers of Excellence program. Visit by February 14 to submit your choice.

Competitive Volleyball games begin this week!

Tuesday – Kenai vs. Soldotna Maroon at Kenai, 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday – Soldotna White vs. Seward at Soldotna, 3:00 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

The school Spelling Bee for grades 3 – 6 will be conducted at 1 p.m. in the library on Wednesday. Parents are invited to attend. The winner of the school bee will travel to Anchorage for the State Spelling Bee on February 28.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be conducted all day Thursday and until noon on Friday. Parents may sign up for a conference on the rosters posted in the school hallway.

Students in Kindergarten are studying the continent of China this month. They are practicing calligraphy and will celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Dragon Parade. Students in 1st – 3rd grade are studying characteristics of mammals.

Mrs. Hurst’s 1st -3rd grade class will host the all-school celebration assembly at 9 a.m. on February 14. Parents are welcome.

All upper elementary grades continue to complete community service work this quarter. The fourth grade joins residents at the Senior Center for lunch twice a week. Fifth grade students work at the Food Bank twice a week and sixth grade students join residents at Riverside Assisted Living for lunch twice a week.

The all-school Ice-fishing Derby will continue through February 28.

Tustumena Elementary

Thursday-Friday — Parent Teacher Conferences, no school for students

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

February 10 — District Battle of Books, Grade 3 & 4

February 11 — District Battle of Books Grades 5 & 6

February 18 — PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

February 21 — School Forensics

February 24 — Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.

February 26 — Early Release, 2:10 p.m.

February 27 — Title I Meeting, 3:45-5 p.m.; Last day of X-Country Skiing

Wings Christian Academy

Office of the Week- LLC: Valerie Cazares; UUL: Chase Miller.

Honor Roll trip was a success, students enjoyed making the figurine “Nemo” at Cabin Fever Creations.

To be announced when weather is conducive for a “all school sledding day” at Solid Rock Bible Camp.

Upcoming events are Spelling Bee and Chess Tournament.


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