Around the District

Posted: Monday, January 11, 2010

School board to meet

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

For more information, call 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 Sally Tachick at 907-714-8836, or e-mail no later than three business days before the meeting date.

* Today;

* Feb. 1;

* Feb. 15;

* March 1;

* April 5;

* May 3 (at Seward High School);

* June 7; and

* June 8 (board planning session.)

How to volunteer in district schools

At Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, we take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard students while they are in our care. Unfortunately, in this day and age, not everyone's intentions are genuine, and the District cannot in good conscience overlook the possible threat to student safety that could be posed by people in the school building. Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete a form online and agree to a background check. The form should only take a few minutes to complete, and all information gathered will be kept confidential.

Volunteers are anyone who will be in the school on a regular basis. School visitors do not need to complete the form.

Visitors would be guest speakers, those attending a large group function or parents visiting just their own student, for instance to have lunch with them.

Information from the screening and background check is not released to the schools or school administrators.

Only a few members of the District's Human Resources department will have access to the information, and safeguards are in place to ensure its security.

The volunteer background check only looks for criminal history, not financial (credit rating), medical history, or civil matters.

The school's principal will be notified if there is a problem with a background check, but the specifics of an offense will not be released to the school.

To complete the screening process, visit our Employment Openings page.

When you reach the employment page, click on "Volunteer" category link, and choose one of the schools on the following page.

Click on the "Apply" button to start the volunteer application process.

KPBSD appreciates your assistance in helping us be better stewards of children. Please contact your school administrator if you have questions regarding this matter.

District pandemic preparedness statement

The risk of serious illness appears to be greatest for infants and young children, pregnant women, young adults through age 24, and persons with underlying health problems. If you or your child have or develop symptoms of influenza, please notify your health care provider.

For important information from the CDC, State of Alaska and KPBSD, we strongly encourage you to visit our Pandemic Preparedness page at

Workforce opportunities offered

The skills learned at Workforce Development Center benefit students for part time jobs, long term careers, or simple hobbies. Classes are offered in building trades, welding fabrication& power mechanics. Online classes are offered in employability skills and drafting.

After School Construction Academies, funded by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development are on going throughout the school year and at no cost to the student. The Youth First Grant makes it possible to offer medical academies throughout the year as well. If a student successfully completes an academy they will also receive a half practical arts credit.

Transportation is provided to students from all schools for all of these programs. For more information, call welding fabrication, Steve Schoessler at 283-2140 or e-mail him at; building trades, Mike Boyle at 283-2144 or e-mail him at; or power mechanics, Peter Brazil at 283-2109 or e-mail him at

For more information on the WDC, call Leanne Abendroth at 283-2145 or e-mail her at .

Connections home-school program

AIMS/CBM testing for grades kindergarten through third grade will be held Jan. 19-29.

AWA testing will be Tuesday through Jan. 22 for grades five, seven and nine.

Both levels of testing will be conducted at the Soldotna office. Call to schedule an appointment.

A spelling bee will be held Jan. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. for grades three through eight at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna. RSVP Lennie Yoter: or call the Soldotna office by Tuesday. Following the bee, all are invited to stay and watch "Akeelah and the Bee," rated PG.

Any middle or high school students who need to set up second semester classes, are asked to contact your adviser.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Report cards will be sent home with students today.

The APC will meet Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The PTA will meet Jan. 18 at 4 p.m.

Family Fun night is scheduled for Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.

Re-enrollment forms for the 2010-11 school year will be mailed home. It is important that you return your form by the February deadline.

A reminder to make sure your child(ren) comes to school with the appropriate outdoor clothing for recess. District policy is there will be outdoor recess each day unless the temperature is minus 10 degrees or colder.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The Tustumena 200 Poster Contest entries are due Friday. Students must bring their entries to the office by that day. The school has won first, second, and third place for the past two years.

Bus Evacuation Drills will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Busses may be running a few minutes late that day.

Remember that students go outside every day unless it is colder than -10 (with the wind chill) or too wet. Students need to have outdoor gear every day. This includes coat, snowpants, boots, hat and gloves.

Kenai Middle

Starting Friday for five Fridays during last period, students will attend their selected club. Students will not be missing out on regular core or exploratory classes because each class period has been shortened five minutes to allow for a 40 minute club period. This is an opportunity for staff members to get to know different students in the building, while sharing some of their special talents. Parents may visit a class or spend some time observing a club activity.

The school is in need of quality used X-country skis. If you would like to donate to our after school program we can write you a donation receipt. Call 283-1700 for more information.

Dates to remember:

* Thursday -- Jabila'ina Dance (During all lunches);

* Friday -- clubs, wrestling at KMS at 3 p.m. and skiing at KMS at 2:30 p.m.;

* Jan. 22 -- clubs, Dena'ina language club from 1:47 to 2:27 p.m.;

* Jan. 23 -- wrestling at SMS at 9 a.m.;

* Jan. 28 -- talent show at 7 p.m. at KCHS;

* Jan. 29 -- clubs, Dena'ina Language Club from 1:47 to 2:27 p.m. and skiing at Homer at 2:30 p.m.; and

* Jan. 30 -- wrestling at Nikiski at 9 a.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners for Dec. 17 were Dacoda Hanks, Makayla Clauson, Zaharah Wilshusen, Morgan Shulmire, Katie Wilkerson, Mekhai Rich, Payton Boze, Travis McKinley, Adara Hollon, Mindy McLaughlin, Ryan Campos and Shawn Michlitsch.

The Dec. 18 in-service was very successful as teachers presented Smart Goal instructional strategies supporting school development plan in the curricular areas of mathematics and reading.

Family Game Night will be held Friday from 5 to 6:30. Students are invited to bring their favorite board game to share with other families. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Snacks will be provided.

The PTA will meet today at 6 p.m. in the library.

The site council will be meet Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. in the library.

The Title 1 Preschool will start Jan. 25. Parents of eligible students will be contacted by the preschool teacher, Shawna Vlasak, with more information.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a joint site council meeting Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the school library.

There will be a bus evacuation drill at 3:20 p.m. Thursday.

Elks Hoop Shoot winners are Jace Kornstad, Emma Wik, Luke Trammell, Avery Kornstad, Logan Griffel and Candance Britton.

Character Counts students of the month for December were Alison Litke, Braeden Porter, Cailin Yeager, Drew Handley, Ethan Hack, Gavin Wallis, Hallie Tauriainen, Hannah Young, Ian Davis, Jewelia Alex-Velie, Kallie McCaughey, Katherine Darch, Madison Rickert, Margy Cox, Molly Cason, Olivia Easley, Shylea Freeman, Delaina Mullins and Christina Johnstone.

Redoubt Elementary

Fun Fest will be Friday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Students attending must return their permission slip by noon that day. Parents should pick up students at their classrooms at the end of Fun Fest.

The PTA meets Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge. Parents are encouraged to attend. Complimentary childcare will be provided.

The January site council meeting will be held at the Skyview High School library Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. followed by the district budget meeting at 5:30 p.m. Site Council meetings are open to the public. Parents and other community members are encouraged to attend the budget meeting and provide input.

Parent conferences will be Feb. 4 and 5. Teachers will send home conference scheduling information next week.

District art specialist, Debbie Harris, will teach art to students beginning Jan. 25.

Students go outdoors every day unless the weather is particularly inclement or the temperature falls below minus 10 degrees (with wind chill). The school has resources available to assist parents who need help acquiring warm winter outerwear for their children. Parents may contact nurse Donna for more information.

Skyview High

The junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will host Kenai Central on Tuesday, with games beginning at 3 p.m.

Boys' basketball will host Kodiak on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. and on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The blood drive continues until Saturday at the Soldotna Blood Bank. This is a school vs. school competition, with the high school with the most points will get a trophy and be treated to a banquet. Parents, relatives, community members, and students may sign up to donate blood on behalf of Skyview during these dates. Students must turn in a signed parent consent form. Appointments are required. Call the school at 260-2300 to sign up for an appointment.

The Winter Ball dance, "Winter Wonderland," will be held Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. in the commons. The cost is $10 and dress is semi-formal.

For updates on news and sports information go to or .

Soldotna Elementary

Taylor Gilman who was the top speller in the school spelling bee held Dec. 16. Taylor will represent the school at the Alaska State Spelling Bee in Anchorage in March. Jacob Bralley who was the alternate winner and classroom winners were Jacob Bralley, Clayton Brown, Taylor Gilmore, Jessica Hanna, Zach Johnson, Kyler Medley-Wallace, Emily Pieh and Paige Reger.

Mr. Dahl's sixth grade and Mrs. Straw's third grade won the "Build a Meal Contest" which helped prepare holiday food baskets for 21 families from the school community. Both classes won a party with their efforts which was sponsored by the PTA.

Soldotna Middle

Volleyball, wrestling, and cross country skiing seasons are in full swing. Be sure your ride is at the school to pick you up at 4 p.m.

Dates to remember:

* Friday -- wrestling at SMS at 3 p.m.;

* Jan. 18 - Site council will meet at Skyview at 4:30 p.m. and then attend the KPBSD budget hearing at Skyview at 5:30.;

* Jan. 21 - spelling bee - morning assembly schedule; and

* Jan. 23 - rubber chicken wrestling tourney at 9 a.m.

Soldotna High

Six career and technology education students will receive "tech prep" college credit and high school credit for desktop publishing. "Tech Prep" at UAA is a sequenced program of study that links certain educational institutions with UAA. It is designed to help students gain academic knowledge and technical skills without duplication or gaps as they further their studies. Students are able to earn college credit by completing approved coursework at the partner institution.

There will be a jazz band concert Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.

The freshman class will sponsor a Sadie Hawkins dance Jan. 29. If you are interested in chaperoning, contact Meggean at .

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Two teams of third- through sixth-graders will represent the school at the first Lego League Robotics Competition in Anchorage on Saturday.

Fifth-graders are kicking off a 10 week DARE course. The program gives kids the life skills they need to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs, and violence. Students participate in DARE sessions with Officer Urban of the Soldotna Police Department.

Upper elementary students are preparing to participate in a "Comet Mission" at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. Research and experiments are being conducted to prepare them for their mission Jan. 22.

Kindergartners "flew" to China. The onboard experience in the classroom was a success and kicked off their study of the continent of China. Continent studies include map work, cultural and social studies and will include many guests, activities and Chinese artifacts.

Third-graders will be introduced to their new Dell laptops this week and next beginning with lessons on the use and care of them.

Sterling Elementary

As part of the school's emphasis on positive behavior intervention and support, students participated in a whole-school bus expectations lesson Jan. 7. After a skit in the gym, students practiced demonstrating the school expectations of being safe, responsible, and respectful on the bus. Parents are asked to help their children practice safety at the bus stop by waiting in a safe location and carrying flash lights or wearing reflective gear so all drivers can better see the children in the dark.

Teachers will send home report cards with students for the second quarter Jan. 14. Parents who don't find their child's report card in their Thursday folder should call the classroom teacher to request another copy.

The school's AmeriCorps Member would like to remind adult community members that the school is open for adults to play basketball or do hall walking on Thursday nights from 5:30 until 8 p.m.

Tustumena Elementary

Chris Granger is the new preschool teacher. She will contact parents and plan the program. The school anticipates being in operation with students by about the third week of this month. Applications are available at the school.

If you have a child who turned 4 prior to Sept. 1 or know of a child please stop in and pick up an application. The school is capping the program at 12 students. If it has more than 12 applications it will prioritize based on Title I program needs. It is important that all parts of the application are filled out.

Report cards will be sent home today.

The spelling bee will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday through Friday will be Lynx Track Activity to ice skating.

The PTO will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 21.

The site council will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 25.

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