Around the District

Early release planned this month


There will be an early release for all schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Sept. 18.

Screening necessary to volunteer

In order to ensure that all students will be as safe as possible, KPBSD requires volunteers to be screened each year. Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete an online form and agree to a background check even if you volunteered last year. All information will be kept confidential. If interested, please visit and follow the links to the appropriate school.

School board to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148N. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted).

For more information, call 907-714-8888 or visit The agenda and packet items are posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the date of the Board Meeting.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to participate at School Board meetings should contact Debbie Tressler at 907-714-8836 or email no later than three business days before the meeting date.

■ Today at Homer High School

■ October 14, 2013

■ November 4, 2013

■ 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)

Voice of Democracy scholarships offered

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 and the Ladies of the Auxiliary is sponsoring Voices of Democracy program. The VOD is a national scholarship program that started in 1947 for students in grades nine through 12, including home schooled students. The program offers students a chance to win money for college by expressing their own original thoughts on this year’s topic ‘Why I’m Optimistic about our Nations future.’ To enter, students must write and then record a three to five minute original essay on cd or cassette tape. There should be no background music on the tape — clear enunciation of words is crucial. On the local level, students will be eligible to receive monetary awards of $1,000 or $500 for first and second place. The first place winner’s entry will then be submitted for state judging where he/she will be eligible to win an additional $1,000, $500 or $400 for first, second and third place respectively. The first place state winner will also receive a five-day all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2014 and compete with winners from each of the other states for a grand prize of a $30,000 scholarship. All participants at national level will receive an award of not less than $1,000.

For an official entry form and more information, check the VFW website at, contact a school counselor, or call Herb Stettler at 907-398-1367 or Rachel Jurco at 907-262-1352. Entries must be submitted to the VFW Post 10046 at 134 N. Birch St., Soldotna Alaska 99669 no later than Nov. 1.

Patriot's Pen Essay competition on tap

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 and its Ladies Auxillary is sponsoring the national Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition. Students in grades sixth through eighth, including home schooled students, have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition to earn monetary awards and a trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2014.

Students should write and submit an original 300 to 400 word essay on the patriotic theme ‘What Patriotism Means to Me.’ At the local level winners will receive $500 for first place and $250 for second place. The first place winner’s entry will be forwarded to national competition, the chance to compete for the grand prize of $5,000 plus an all expenses paid trip Washington, D.C. for hersel/himself and a parent or guardian.

Information about the scholarship program has been distributed to all local schools. For an official entry form, visit the VFW website at For more information, contact a school counselor or call VFW Patriot’s Pen Chairman, Herb Settler at 907-394-367 or the Ladies Auxillry Chair, Rachel Jurco at 907-262-1352. All entries must be submitted directly to the post at 134 N. Birch Street, Soldotna, Alaska 99669 no later than Nov. 1

Free training for high school students

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Career and Tech Department is offering free after school academies to train students in the Welding, Construction and the 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 the academies. A student who successfully completes the 60 hour academy will receive a practical art credit. Transportation ay be provided if needed.

A welding academy will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Oct. 14 through Dec. 19 at the Workforce Development Center behind Kenai Central High School. To sign up, call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or see a high school counselor.

Study abroad with AFS

The Kenai-Soldotna Chapter of Alaska Field Service will offer scholarships to students interested in studying abroad in 2014-2015. The scholarships will be based on merit and need for students attending public high schools on the Central Peninsula. To learn more about AFS, go to or call Mitch at 907-252-5350 or Laura at 907-283-0778.

Connections Homeschool Program

Connections will be hosting an open house at 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday (Sept 12) at the Soldotna Connections office with ice cream bars and an inflatable jumping house from Jumping Junction. The goal of the event is for students to meet other home school students and parents to network with other home school families, as well as visit with staff.

Families may now request Apple Ipads for students from the allotments. Those who are interested in using an iPad as an educational tool should see their advisor.

Connections reminds parents and students to check with advisors to make sure ILP’s are complete.

Connections Homeschool Program held a Connections Tutor/Instructor Fair at the Soldotna Sports Center Connections. For those interested on information about tutors, visit <

The Central Emergency Services Fire Buster Pupets will perform a home school and preschool fire prevention puppet show Oct. 8, 9 and 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. Fire education packets will be distributed to each child in attendance. To RSVP, contact Wes Perkins at or call Perkins at 907-262-4792. Following the puppet show, the Soldotna Sports Center will offer open public skating.

For those interested in enrolling in Connections, call 907-714-8880.

Dates to remember:

■ Oct. 3­ — School pictures 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly room.

■ Nov. 7 — School picture retakes 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly room.


A new parent informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. today in the library. The meeting is for all parents new to Kaleidoscope that have not yet attended a meeting.

Beginning band started today from 7:45 ti 8:25 a.m. The schedule for this week is as follows:

Mondays - percussions only.

Tuesday - Flutes only

Wednesday - Clarinets only

Thursday - Saxophones only

Friday Trumpets and Trombones only

Study trips are already being scheduled for most classes. Parents who would like to chaperone one or volunteer in the school must be an approved volunteer.

Students arriving to school after 9:10 a.m., or before 3:40 p.m. need to be signed in or out at the office. If parents need to change children’s plan after school should call 907-283-0804 by 2:30 p.m.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s class is digging deep. The class is learning about how to plan an investigation by planting and growing grass and corn. Students will pratice using science process skills, science tools and learn about the scientific method.

There will be a Summer Reading Assembly at 8 a.m. on Sept. 13 to celebrate all students who have turned in their RIGS recording sheets. The school extends a thanks to all parents who are getting kids to school on time and ready to learn. It makes a huge difference in their learning.

Kenai Central High

It is Homecoming week at Kenai Central High. This year’s theme is ‘An Adventure is out there.” Students are dressing up and participating in the various activities around the school.

Lunchtime activities take place every day during lunch. Each class will be busy with float decorations and looking forward to the parade on Thursday. Homecoming royality will be announced at the pep assembly on Thursday. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Thursday and ends at 6:30 p.m. in the high school front parking lot. Immediatly following the parade will be the powder puff football game, bonfire with fun contests, an awesome drum line, food and a bon fire. All KCHS alumni out there, grab those letterman jackets and come out to cheer on the KCHS football team as they battle the Houston Hawks. JV will pay at 3 p.m. and Varsity plays at 5:30 p.m. During the game, the James Martin Memorial Scholarship Barbeque will be held. Dinners will be $5 and all proceeds will go the the scholarship program that helps to support Kenai students.

Homecoming festivities end with the dance held at 8 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium commons at the high school. Tickets will be on sale during the week or at the door, although the price of tickets increase throughout the week, so buy them early.

Kenai Middle School

Over the summer the schools Future Problem Solvers traveled to Indiana University where they participated in the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference and Competition. In the Action Plan Presentation category, they had to define a problem they were solving, describe the solution, and show how the solution would work in a presentation/skit. The KMS team earned fourth place out of 58 teams, representing 13 countries. The team was the only one from Alaska to bring home a trophy this year.

Last Friday KMS honored Seth Kruse and William Wasson as the first Character Counts recipients. Congratulations.

The Annual Open House and Barbecue will be held from 5:30 to 7:40 p.m. Sept. 5. All parents are guardians are welcome. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

School pictures will be held Sept. 11, beginning at 8 a.m.

Nikiski Middle/High

Today - C team Football at Skyview at 4 p.m.

Thursday - JV Football vs Skyview at 4 p.m.

Friday - Cross Country running at Seward

Friday - Volleyball at Grace Christan School - C Team 3 p.m., JV 4 p.m.

Saturday - Volleyball at Anchorage Christian School - C Team at noon, JV at 1 p.m.

Saturday - Middle School Scooer at Soldotna Middle School at 10 a.m.


Nikiski North Star Elementary

The annual Innisbrook fund raiser will begin Sept. 10. There will be a fund raiser kickoff assembly in the gym at 2:45 p.m. for primary students and 3 p.m. for intermediate grades. This is the only school wide fundraiser of the year. The catalog sales will run through Sept. 26. For more information, call the office at 907-776-2600.

There will be a site council meeting on Sept. 11 at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge. The site council meets to obtain parent and community input into school and school district decisions regarding NNS. Topics of discussion will include school academic data, new goals for the year and the new parking lot. The meeting is open to the public. The 2013 - 2014 site council representatives are Travis Moore, Amy Stock and Sheri Yeager.

There will be a bus evacuation drill at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 12.

The school is in need of help from parents with school departure. Parents are asked to make end of the day arrangements with students before they come to school. Assure that students fully understand where they are suppose to go and exactly how they will get there. The more consistent the information, the less stress on the child. Teachers should have the information as well, particularly if they are in grades PreK to third-grade. Parents are asked to send a note to teachers if arrangements change, especially for younger students. If the school does not receive a note from a parent, or a phone call by 3 p.m., students are required to go home their usual way. Make sure and pick students up on time. Also, students are not allowed to use the school phone to make social arrangements. Also, limit phone messages for students to true emergencies and unavoidable changes in plans.

Redoubt Elementary

A Parent Teacher Association meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the staff lounge. Soldotna Middle School principal Truesdell will be at the meeting to address questions regarding reconfiguration of the Soldotna Area Schools. Meeting are open to all Redoubt parents.

Early realse will be at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 18.

Site Council meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the staff lounge.

The first Parent Teacher Association meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 in the staff lounge. Mr. Truesdell, principal, will be at the meeting to address any questions regarding the reconfiguration of the Soldotna Area Schools. PTA meetings are open to all Redoubt students.

The school fundraiser, Great American Opportunities, is almost finished. All money and orders are due by Wednesday.

School pictures will be held Sept. 25. Sibling pictures will be held 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Retakes will be held Oct. 21. Forms will be sent home with students prior to the event.

A fun fest event will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 17. Additional information will be sent home with students prior to the event.

Skyview High

Twenty freshmen particiated in a free float trip on Aug. 12. They floated eight miles of the Keai River to Cooper Landing. This is the third time Skyview has offered this opportunity to incoming freshmen class.

Soldotna Elementary School

The school’s Innisbrook fundraiser packets will be sent home Sept. 3. Money packets are due back to the school on Sept. 17. With fund raised, the school is hoping to provide new technology for the school. All orders will entered online.

Soldotna Middle School

Picture Day is Thursday. Picture packets were sent home with students on Set. 6. Picture packets need to be complete with exact cash or check enclosed and given to the photographer on picture day.

Thursday is also a nurse growth screening with height and weight measurements assessed for seventh and eighth-grade students. Parents who do not want students measured should call nurse Carmen at 907-260-2500.

First Site Council Meeting will be held at 3:40 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Soldotna Middle School library.

Attention parents. For those who have activated their students Power School account should contact the school at 907-260-2500 to request the information needed to view students grades, attendance and fees, It is also a way to monitor their progress throughout the school year.

Fall Sports - Cross Country Running and Soccer are underway! Event Schedule for this week:

Tuesday - Kenai vs Soldotna Maroon Soccer at Kenai 3 p.m.

Thursday - Kenai vs Soldotna White Soccer at Soldotna 3 p.m.

Friday - Soldotna Maroon Soccer vs Homer at Soldotna 3 p.m.

Friday - Cross Country Running Seward Invitational 3 p.m.

For a complete sports schedule, please visit the Soldotna Middle School Webblog @

Tustumena Elementary

■ Sept. 14 is the annual 5K Fun Run. Registration will be at 10:30 a.m., the race will begin at 11:30 a.m.

■ Sept. 17 there will be a Parent Teacher Organization meeting at 4 p.m.

■ Sept. 30 the will be a site council meeting at 4 p.m.

■ Oct. 3 will be picture day.