Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2008

School board meetings slated

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

* Feb. 4;

* Feb. 18;

* March 3 Homer High School;

* April 7;

* May 5 Seward High School.

School Web pages available

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools information is available through the district's Web site at

Find your school and click on the name to be linked to its site.

Up-to-date information, sports schedules, grade and contact information are listed.

No school Monday

There will be no school for public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough District.

It is an in-service day for teachers.

Aurora Borealis Charter

The top 10 prize winners of the December box tops collection competition were kindergartner Kaitlyn Johnson, first place with 54 coupons; first-grader Vitalia Strait, second place with 46 coupons; first-grader Bethany Carstens, third place with 45 coupons; followed by Eric Kempf, Haley Harden, Hannah Delker, Andrew Carver, Cole Nelson, Damaris Severson and Erika Kauffman.

Consolation prizes also will be awarded to Adam Trujillo, Braydon Goodman, Heidi Watkins, Sydney Clark, Todd Hill, Lizzie McDermid, Melia Harding, Victoria Cannady, Mikala Swedberg, Aaron Swedberg, Dominik Efta, and the entire eighth grade class (who collected 101 anonymous coupons). Students are asked to continue to collect box tops.

Junior high students are able to participate in the cross-country ski program. Call the school for more information.

Connections home-school program

Dibels and CBM testing for grades kindergarten through grade three will be held Jan. 22 through Feb. 1. Call the office to set up an appointment.

January Scholastic book orders are due Monday. Call Tanya 714-8880 for more information.

News, information, forms and activities are available on the school's Web site.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Levi Ables, Owen Winfrey, Joseph Tovar, Paul Kopp, Ashley Stephens, Megan Fenton, Kendall Taplin, Andrew Barlow, Corbin Streiff, Kristen May, Lexie Lee, Dalton Johnson, Scott Litchfield, Scott Haberman, Owen Phillips, Cole Davidson and Sadie Arneson.

On Thursday the junior varsity boys basketball team will play at 11 a.m.

Grace Lutheran

The spelling bee will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Students in grades three through eight will participate. The word lists are available only online at Parents are welcome to attend.

Report cards will be handed out Wednesday. Parents are asked to sign the envelope that it will come in and send it back to school.

Preschool openings are available for youth ages 3 to 5. For more information, call 283-9551 or visit

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The PTA will host a Family Fun Night from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24. There will be family science activities. Information will be sent home with details the week of the activity.

The parent reflection meeting has been rescheduled. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28. The meeting is designed to answer questions and to gather parent input about the school.

Spring pictures will be taken Feb. 21. Family pictures are available that evening, as well as family fun bingo. Details will be sent home closer to the event.

On Jan. 21 the staff will have a training session with Shala Dobson in the visual arts.

Kenai Central High

The boys and girls varsity basketball teams leave Wednesday for a trip to Nome. They will return Sunday.

On Sunday the hockey booster club will hold its steak dinner fundraiser from 3 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call coach Kiel at 283-2120.

On Jan. 22 there is a public budget forum at 7 p.m. in the library. For more information, call Alan Fields at 283-2105.

Date to remember:

* Tuesday boys C team basketball vs CIA at 5 p.m.

Kenai Middle

Report cards were sent out last week. If your child did not receive a report card in the mail, call 283-4896 to update your address.

Yearbooks are on sale for $30. They are available online at the school's Web page.

Club activities will begin Friday. All club fees need to be paid on this day. Students who have not signed up for a club or cannot pay at this time are asked to contact the office.

The following students were selected as Character Counts winners, Jaymz Farnam and Breonna Rude. They received a pizza for lunch.

Dates to remember:

* Thursday the site council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the library;

* Friday wrestling at 3 p.m.;

* Jan. 25 cross country skiing at 2:30 p.m.;

* Jan. 31 wrestling at 3 p.m.;

* Feb. 7 and 8 conferences;

* Feb. 19 volleyball at 3 p.m.;

* Feb. 21 volleyball at 3 p.m.; and

* Feb. 26 spring pictures at 8 a.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners Friday were Gary Dent, Ocean Matley, Jacob Keels, Noah Brooks, Jaden Kissee, Isaiah Trevino, Korrie Diehl, Ryan Huerta, Karyn Grimsley, Ashlee Ruhl, Logan Smagge and Taylor Burke. This week students will focus on the pillar of caring. Students are encouraged to be compassionate, empathetic, kind and considerate in their daily lives.

Snowball the Peninsula Winter Games mascot visited Monday.

On Jan. 21 teachers will work on SMART goal development to address the academic needs of students. SMART (Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results Oriented, and Time Bound) goals have been designed and aligned with the school development plan in addition to state standards for academic achievement.

Nikiski Middle-High

Tasha Thompson was named as a Wendy's High School Heisman award winner in recognition of her outstanding scholarship, athleticism, and citizenship. Thompson is one of 12 students statewide to be named.

Dates to remember:

* Thursday C team girls basketball vs. Kenai Central at 4:30 p.m. and C team boys basketball vs. Kenai Central at 6 p.m.;

* Friday Boys and Girls basketball vs. Su Valley from 3 to 9 p.m. and varsity hockey vs. Tri Valley at 7 p.m.; and

* Saturday varsity hockey vs. Tri Valley at 10 a.m. and basketball vs. ACS from noon to 6 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary

The following students placed in the school spelling bee: Justin Dahlgren, first place; and Shannon Evans, runner up. Other participants are Zane Bush, Dylan Kuntz, Grant Lockwood, Reagon Paul, Jimmy Honer, Erik Korzon, Zach Haselow, Sierra Baldwin, Dillan Hawkins, Dawnrae Wysong, Brendan Scott, Byran Dombovy, Kylee Wolfe, Mikhail Wright, Adrian Dickson, Calvin Hills, Michael Lewis, Jeffery Moore, Brianna Shackleton, Brent Nichols, Camryn Boulette, Ryan Day, Kylie Kaluza, Malyq Mcelroy, Alyx Malbrough, Charles Hansen, Alexandra Guthrie and Troy Stroer.

Borough Elks Hoop Shoot winners are Kylie Kaluza and Kyle Marcuson. They placed first in their age groups.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the staff lounge. Childcare will be provided.

The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the staff lounge.

The geography bee will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the gym. Family and friends may watch.

A Fun Fest will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. The cost is $4. Snacks will be available at extra cost.

Soldotna High

The jazz band will present its annual dessert concert tonight and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The following students were named as January Rotary Students of the Month, Emily Rich, Logan Hutchings, Lisa Evans, Grant Blossom, Elizabeth Phillips, Kristina Barker and Nathan Peterson.

Yearbooks may ordered online or in room 76 until Jan. 24. Personalized yearbooks may be ordered through Friday.

Scholarship opportunities are available. A complete listing is available in the counseling office. Students are encouraged to see what is available, as some scholarships have few or no applicants. Many scholarships are available for students even if they do not have a perfect grade point average.

Soldotna Middle

Today the school spelling bee will be held during morning assembly.

Volleyball intramurals continue through Feb. 1.

The site based council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the library.

Terra Nova Tests for seventh-graders will be given early in February. Exact dates will be available soon. Parents are asked to try to adjust schedules/vacations to accommodate those days for your student to be in attendance.

SBA tests for all students will be held April 1 through 3 and April 8 for eighth-graders to take the science portion.

Parents are asked to try to adjust schedules/vacations to accommodate testing days for your student to be in attendance.

Soldotna Elementary

Bryce Wiley and Nick Daigle finished third in the district hoop shoot in their divisions. Hanna Mahaffey placed first. Hannah will find out this month if she advances to the next level of competition in Portland, Ore.

Gracie Carroll was one of 12 winners of the state safety poster contest. Her drawing will be in next year's calendar for the month of December.

Roan O'Neill was the winner of the name and design The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska's gift shop contest. Along with the honor of having his design and name (Galactic Gift Shop) become the look of the new shop, his class wins a field trip to the center.

The site council will meet today in the conference room. Call the school for meeting time.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Report cards will be sent home in the Thursday folders.

Parent conferences will take place Feb. 7 and 8. Parents with concerns about their child's report card are asked to contact their child's teacher directly.

An all-school evening music program will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the gym.

Sterling Elementary

The school and Sterling Head Start have been selected to host a BIRCH AmeriCorps member. Amy McClelland has been hired for the position. McClelland will focus on supporting and improving the health and wellness of residents.

Parent-teacher conference scheduling forms should be sent home with students. Parents are asked to indicate their time preference and return it to the office as soon as possible.

Tustumena Elementary

The geography bee was held last week. Mrs. Knobf coordinated it. Students were selected from each classroom in grades four through six. Cody Burrow placed first; Lars Russell placed second; and tied for third place were Myia Wright and Madison Day. Also participating were Ayla Bunch, Dylan Webb, Tralessa Mahan, Amanda Hudson and Breanna Lahndt.

The second quarter Lynx Tracks activity is ice skating at the Soldotna Sports Center. Students in good standing may attend with written parent permission and a fee of $3 per student. Parents are asked to contact a teacher should they have questions regarding attending as chaperones.

Ms. Thompson is seeking adult volunteer assistance in the library. Parents able to offer some assistance for as little as an hour per week would be helpful. Work would consist of placing books on shelves, and/or repairing damaged books. Call Ms. Thompson at the school to volunteer.

Wings Christian Academy

Matanya Bush won Cleanest Desk of the Week.

Kasey McGee won The Most Interesting Fact contest.

On Friday those who achieved honor roll status for the first quarter will go to Byron and Char Moore's house for a Snow Day consisting of sledding, snowmachining and possibly a bonfire.

The following students made the A honor roll Josiah Fischer, Chase Miller, Kyla Moore, Alexander Pettey, Naomi Pettey, Jesse Puletau, Megan Ruffridge, Brandon Saunders and Alisha Thompson.

Matthew Grant, Kasey McGee and Jessica Saunders made the B honor roll.

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