Public comment sought on teachers' contract talks
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Building in Soldotna.
People are invited to provide input during the public comment period on the upcoming contract talks between the district and the employee unions representing teachers and support staff.
All school board meetings are open to the public. Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district's Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.
Quarter ends Friday
The second quarter, and the first semester, of the academic year ends Friday at Cook Inlet Academy and Kenai Peninsula public schools.
Remember that students need to turn in all class work and return library and other materials. Check with individual schools for details on how to get report cards.
The second semester and third quarter begin Monday.
SoHi senior wins Horatio Alger award
Sarah Todd of Soldotna High School was named a Horatio Alger National Scholar and will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.
The Horatio Alger Association is one of the largest, privately funded scholarship programs in the nation. It gives 107 students $10,000 scholarships each year. These high school seniors are selected from more than 50,000 applicants nationwide.
Todd is visually impaired, having been born with cataracts and undergoing five eye surgeries so far to improve her vision. She described her current vision as 2080-2100, as opposed to the ideal 20-20. For some reading materials, she has to wear both contact lenses and glasses; some print she needs enlarged, she said.
Todd plans to attend either the University of Idaho or San Diego State University to major in psychology and minor in music composition.
"The $10,000 through the year will really help," she said.
Todd is the daughter of Lee and Nancy Todd.
The Horatio Alger program is the only national scholarship program assisting young people on the basis of financial need and a proven ability to overcome adversity through hard work, perseverance and integrity. Scholarships are given out on basis of the recipients' striving for excellence in academics, community service, co-curricular activities and giving back to society. The association members are distinguished Americans who have overcome obstacles and triumphed over adversity and achieved the American Dream. For more information, visit www.horatioalger.com.
Grant helps vets interested in teaching
The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development soon will open an office to help former members of the military become classroom teachers, principals and other school administrators.
The U.S. Department of Education approved a grant to give the state $200,000 for each of the next five years to establish a Troops To Teachers state office in Alaska. This is part of a national effort to help relieve the national teacher shortage by assisting retirement-eligible military personnel who wish to become educators.
The Alaska office most likely will be at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. It will recruit and counsel National Guard and other military personnel about teacher preparation and certification routes to Alaska's public classrooms. The hiring process and readying the office could take several months.
For more information about the national program, visit www.jobs2teach.doded.mil or call P.J. Ford Slack at 465-8689.
Mountain View announces Students of the Month
Mountain View Elementary School has announced its Students of the Month for December:
Third grade: Sean McBride, Jacob Iverson, Tyler Cannon, Zarah Dolosa and Natalie Kurzendoerfer;
Fourth grade: Truckee LeMay, Christopher Liddelow, Molly Graves, Kasey McGee and Eleanor Baker;
Fifth grade: Alex Sonnichsen, Ashlyn Curry, Cora Chidester, Brian Denesen and Travis Smith; and
Band students: Krimsen Kent and Madison Cheeseman.
Ninilchik announces Students of the Month
Ninilchik School has announced its Citizens and Students of the Month for December.
Congratulations to Citizens of the Month: Jessica Rogers, kindergarten; Jack Wheeler, first grade; Justin Klapak and Kaylin Quance, second grade; Cayla Rogers and Michael Pinnow, third grade; Dylan Trobaugh, fourth grade; David Osmar, fifth grade; Austin Vanderford, sixth grade; Greg Bosick, seventh grade; Nicole Osmar, eighth grade; Josh Klapak, freshman; Mala Presley, sophomore; Levi Russell and Maria Johnson, juniors; and Travis Winter, senior.
Congratulations to the Students of the Month: Brendan Cuffe and Katie Rae, eighth-grade social studies; John Matson, government; Victoria Florey, U.S. history; Randi Hall, world history; Jason Schollenberg and Melissa Deiman, strength training; Krista Leman, seventh-grade math; Ashley Randall, ninth-grade English; Noah McWilliams, seventh-grade English; Martha Roderick, art; Hannah George, music; Brianna Leman, photography; Jennifer Bartolowits and Alicia Self, eighth-grade English; Janine Hostetter and A.J. Berger, sophomore English; Azael Loredo, yearbook; Victoria Florey, junior English; and Travis Winter, senior English.
After the Bell Program
Soldotna After the Bell started the New Year with a three-day, "We the People" program during the winter break. Students from 6 to 12 years old gathered at Soldotna Middle School Jan. 2 and 3 to take part in a hands-on, interactive, fun program focusing on establishing states and their governments.
Students formed three different states and developed mottoes, songs, flags and some basic laws for each one. They also ran campaigns for state representatives and the nation's president, lobbied for individual state causes and held elections.
The second day, kids learned about natural disaster preparedness. Students made personal first-aid kits and state kits, devising state plans for disasters. During their lunch, they experienced the result of a mock earthquake. Representatives, the president and each state's population spent the afternoon convening, devising aid and putting relief plans into action. The afternoon ended with the rebuilding of the states and games in the gym. A roving television reporter for "KATB" covered the disaster on air via videotape. The press covered the states and capitol gathering news for the newspapers.
Inauguration Day was celebrated with pizza, a huge chocolate-strawberry, "We the People" cake and snow tubing at Solid Rock Bible Camp.
After the Bell extends its thanks to the American Red Cross office for donating coloring books and to the Kenai Peninsula Borough for brochures.
The After the Bell staff already is planning the spring break activities. They promise to be exciting, intriguing and fun-filled. Look for upcoming information on the next innovative program for the week of March 18. For more information, call Jeanne Waldren at 398-3083 or 260-7085.
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