Around the District

Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011

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

* Feb 7;

* Feb 21;

* Mar 7;

* Apr 4;

* May 2 (at Seward High School);

* June 6;

* June 7 -- (Board planning session).

Connections Homeschool Program

First semester grade reports were due Friday, Dec. 17th, 2010. Please make sure these reports are turned in ASAP to the advisors if not already done so.

There will be an activity day on Friday from 1 -- 3 p.m. at the College Heights Baptist Church on K-Beach Road. There will be a parent workshop and various activities happening. Come out and join the fun!

Connections Homeschool will be participating in a local Spelling Bee on Jan. 27 and the State Spelling Bee in March. For those students grades 3-8 who are interested, contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or at to receive the word study lists.

There will be an Intro to Criminal Justice, Personal Care Assistant, and Medical Terminology Class offered to juniors and seniors beginning in January. Classes will be held at KCHS (dates and times TBA). Please contact your advisor if you would like to attend.

CBM/DIBELS Testing will be conducted Jan. 18 -- 20 and 24 -- 26. Times will vary. Please call to schedule your half hour appointment.

Cook Inlet Academy

Second Quarter Honor Roll Students:

3.80 and higher GPA students are Kendra Brush, Ciara Gale, Conner Leaf, Austin McKee, Reece O'Dell, Madison Orth, Riley Smithwick, Ben Standerfer, Seth Davey, Caleb Lyons, Erica McGahan, Kelsey Tachick, Adam Uchtman, Megan Bauder, Cara Davidson, Scott Habermann, Koebryn Mlynarik, Keefe O'Dell, Heather Davey, Kati Dutcher, Kelsie Leaf, Angie Uchtman, Lauren Bauder, Kelsey Brush, Michael Horton, Haein Sim.

3.5 -- 3.79 GPA students are Victoria Cizek, Richele McGahan, Blake Riley, Darlene Bunts, Elizabeth Dailey, Chemaine Yarnes, Cole Davidson, Matt Moffis, Tiffany Smith.

3.0 -- 3.49 GPA students are Adrianna Jaggars, Caleb Pollard, Caleb Coombes, Tim Hills, Meghan Powers, Riley Solie, Zac Taplin, Braden Chumley, Bryce Horton, Ariana Tieaskie, Chloe Nelson, David Reischach, Kiana Beddow, Kali Chilson, Tiana McGahan, Jessie McNutt, Jena Poppin, Tyler Solie.

CIA would like to extend a warm welcome the following new students to join our school: Landen Cialek, Rebekah Dillingham, Alee Freeman, Karsten Isham, Adrianna Jaggars, Jakob Kvasnikoff, Jordan Kvasnikoff,

All unpaid Jog-a-Thon, Bike-a-Thon, Work-a-Thon activity fees are due. Please visit the office to take care of any unpaid balances.

Get to know your new Student Council: President of the Student Body, Kelsie Leaf, Vice President of the Student Body, Kati Dutcher. Other Council Members: Cara Davidson, Tim Hills, Scott Habermann, Megan Bauder. Congratulations! And we look forward to you leading our Student Body.

There will be no Sequel on Jan. 14.

There will be a Parent Meeting in the gymnasium at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 31.

Root Beer Float Tuesdays are back! High school basketball players will be selling root beer floats at lunchtime for $2.

Yearbooks for Sale! Order by stopping at the office, filling out an order form, and paying your $40 either with cash or a check made out to CIA today.

There is open gym for all high school students every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Kaleidoscope School Of Arts and Science

Writing Workshop Wednesdays with Dr. Mary continues this week. The session is from 3:45 -- 4:45 p.m.

Family Fun Night is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity for families to get together for fun activities and fellowship.

The second session for all After School Activities will begin on Jan. 20. These sessions go from 3:45 to 4:50 p.m. Again, your promptness in picking up your child is greatly appreciated. Activities include Dance, Forensics, Arts and Crafts, Gym and Yoga.

Our 5th and 6th grade classes have walking field trips this week. We encourage our students to come prepared for outside weather conditions; this will include recesses as well.

Terra Nova testing for the 5th graders begin Jan. 31 and end Feb. 7. Please make sure you have these days marked on your calendar. Attendance is extremely important during these days.

Watch for information on parent/teacher conferences to be sure and confirm your appointment with your child's teacher. Conferences are Feb. 3 and 4.

K-Beach Elementary School

K-Beach Elementary Food Drive Jan. 24 through Feb. 9! The Student Council is organizing a canned food drive. Please bring in your donations during the drive dates.

Thermal and small tote technology fundraiser! The last day to order was Jan. 13. The bags will be distributed as soon as they come in. Thank you to everyone that helped support our technology program!

Parents please remember that school starts at 7:55 a.m. Students arriving after that are marked tardy. Please help your students be on time for school!

Kenai Central High School

KCHS is continuing the after school study hall. Students will be able to use the study hall from 2:30 -- 3:30 p.m., Monday -- Thursday. This will be a time for students to work on homework and projects or make up work from absences. The NHS will also have tutors available for students who need help in a class. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact Greta Cox in the counseling office.

The Culinary Art II students will be preparing a delicious meal for the Student of the Month Lunch Thursday, Jan. 20. This lunch is to honor the following students and staff.

December 2010 Student of the Month: Rotary -- Esther Hamilton; Chamber -- Ben Gilman; Elks -- Annalise Theisen; Kard of the Deck -- Lariisa Conway; Super Staffer -- Laura Sievert; Physical Training -- Brett Meyer; Physics -- Brittany Cupp; Biology -- Breonna Rude; LA 10 -- Danielle Lawson; LA 9 -- Kendra Cissell; Earth Science -- Luke Short; Performing Arts/Music/Choir -- Faren Calix; AP U.S. History -- Olivia Fair; Art -- Makayla Chivers; Algebra B -- Grayden Mendenhall; Welding/Metals -- Michael Rupe; LA 10 -- Marcus Thornburgh; Algebra -- Devon Carter; Department of World Languages/Spanish 2 -- Austin Daly; Band -- Cecelia Missik; Geometry -- Bradley Hamilton.

This Week's Events:

Monday, Jan. 17 -- C-Team Basketball vs. Sohi at the Kenai Rec. Center 3 and 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 18 -- Hockey Boosters 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 20 -- Hockey vs. Palmer 3 and 5:45 p.m.; C-Team basketball at the Kenai Rec. vs. Skyview 3 and 4:30 p.m.; SOM Lunch

Friday, Jan. 21 -- Hockey vs. Wasilla 3 and 5:30 p.m.; C/JV/V Girls Basketball vs. Diamond at KMS 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.; Cross-country skiing at the Kenai Golf Course

Saturday, Jan. 22 -- Hockey vs. Colony 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Cross-country skiing at the Kenai Golf Course.

Kenai Middle School

Report cards were mailed out last week. If you do not receive your student's report card please call the office at 283-1700 to confirm your mailing address.

The dates for spring break this year are March 14 -- 18. If you anticipate your child being gone for several school days around spring break please call the office at 283-1700 to excuse them.

Congratulations to the following students in the Geography Bee competition last week: 3rd place is Kyle Hunter; 2nd place is Dakota Wilkerson; and 1st place is Ross White. Ross will participate in the state wide competition in the spring and we wish him the best of luck!

-Jan. 19 -- Spelling Bee, 3rd hour -- Library.

-Jan. 20 -- Site Council, 5 p.m.

-Jan. 21 -- Skiing at Skyview, 3 p.m.; Clubs schedule.

-Jan. 22 -- Wrestling at SMS, 9 a.m.

-Jan. 27 -- Talent Show at KCHS, 7 p.m.

-Jan. 28 -- Clubs schedule.

-Jan. 29 -- Wrestling at Nikiski, 10 a.m.; Skiing at Seward, TBA

-Jan. 31 -- Terra Nova Testing -- 7th.

-Feb. 1 -- Terra Nova Testing -- 7th; Volleyball competitive play begins.

-Feb. 2 -- Terra Nova Testing -- 7th; NAEP testing -- 8th.

-Feb. 3 -- conferences.

-Feb. 4 -- inservice.

Nikiski Middle/Senior High School

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected by their teachers as Student of the Month for November/December:

Middle School: Amber Bayes -- Alt. Ed.; Cheyenna Carr -- Study Skills; Lilly Denison -- Science; Laural Dunham -- World History; Michael Hill -- Study Skills; Bryce Leighton -- Journalism; Amanda Moore -- Math Fundamentals; Christian Riddall -- Explorations; Melissa Roza -- Math; Autumn Walters -- Language Arts; High School: Alyssa Darch -- Language Arts 9; Alyssa Darch -- Biology I; Paris Davis -- Language Arts 10; Conor Dempsey -- AP English; Koey Dixon -- Intro to Art; Savannah Freeman -- Physical Science; Lincoln Johnson -- Math Analysis; Jessica Ross -- Alt. Ed.; Oleg Samarin -- World History.

Tuesday, Jan. 18 -- C Team Basketball at Nikiski vs. Seward. Girls at 2::45 p.m., Boys at 4:15 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Jacob Bayhi, Sara Gottschalk, Daemon Duniphin, James Sparks, Jamin White, Khloe Anderson, Dylan Richie, Pierce Peterson, Cheylee Purugganan, Tucker Budak, Jian Hayes and Luke Sarks.

Title I meetings are scheduled for Jan. 20 at 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to discuss the changes being made to Title I for the next school year. Title 1 Parents are encouraged to attend. Call Kristin Morrow or Jeremy McKibben for further details at 283-8600.

Forensics Club for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 -- 5 p.m. until March 3. Students need to have a signed permission slip and will need to be picked up promptly at 5 p.m. Forensics is an opportunity for students to participate in public speaking, expression of opinions, develop organizational strategies and to be able to solve problems requiring descriptive language. Students learn how to write and perform speeches. Students may choose from the following categories and select material for their performance. For more information call Brittney Johnson or Sarah Kantrud at 283-8600.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3 and 4. There will be no school for students.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

The folowing students placed in the P.T.A. Reflections program and their work will be going on to regions reflections later this week: Tayalur Moore, Cecily Quiner, Tika Zimmerman, Trinity Biamonte and Aubree Day.

Redoubt Elementary School

Redoubt's Title I Parent Meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 18, the library. The meeting time has been changed to 3 p.m.

Redoubt's 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will present their winter musical, "We Haz Jazz," on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Soldotna High School auditorium. Students participating need to be at the auditorium by 6:10 p.m. that evening. Volunteers are needed to decorate the stage on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 4 -- 6 p.m.

Students are reminded that they must bring a lunch from home or have lunch money every day. Students may not charge school lunch or breakfast. School lunch costs $2.75 and breakfast costs $1.75. Families who complete a school meals program application may qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applications are accepted throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to complete an application if their financial circumstances change.

Redoubt's National Geographic Geography Bee took place last Wednesday. Finalists competing were Trayton Bird, Jackson Blackwell, Lexee Bush, Brian Dusek, Derek Evans, Lacie Garrett, Tannan Holland, Marissa Jackson, Jayce Kemp, Kyle Marcuson, and Tehya Nichols. Brian Dusek won the bee. Tehya Nichols was runner-up.

Redoubt will begin its One School, One Book program in February. The program is designed to create a shared reading experience within an elementary school community. A single chapter book will be chosen and every school family will receive a copy to read together at home. Activities at school will coordinate, promote and enrich the shared reading experience. Complete information and books will be sent home in February.

Last week's Big G Box Tops drawing winner was Chaz Bird.

Parent conferences are Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3 -- 4. There will be no school for students. Conference scheduling forms will be sent home soon. Parents are asked to confirm conference times as soon as possible.

Soldotna Elementary School

After 35 years in education on the Kenai, Principal Carolyn Cannava will be retiring in June. There will be an important meeting in the Soldotna Elementary School library at 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 with Superintendent Steve Atwater to review the hiring process and distribute input forms that help with the recruiting/selection process for a new principal.

On Jan. 21, Title 1 will hold an important meeting for Title 1 parents, 5:30 -- 7 p.m. Following that meeting will be a PTA "Rain Forrest" Family Fun Night featuring a movie on rain forests, crafts and games. Parents are invited to bring a picnic, taste tropical foods and make exciting craft items. Parents must accompany children and there will be a charge of $5.

The Honor Buck winner for this week was Brody Reger and Fun Buck winners included Kyren Thibodeaux, Jillian Gagnon, Carter Cannava, Ashlee Anderson, Rachel Koen, Rocky Sherbahn and Brody Reger.

Soldotna High School

Parent/Teacher conferences are Thursday, Feb. 3, from noon -- 3 p.m. and 4 -- 7 p.m.

Soldotna Student Council is collecting gently used dresses, shoes and accessories for Cinderella's Closet 2011. This is a program for all local high school ladies to receive a free prom dress. Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. -- 3 p.m. to the main office of Soldotna High School.

Rotary Student of the Month luncheon is Tuesday. Students for January include:

Ashley Cardenas, Culinary Arts; Mike Daniels, Drafting; Zach Hale, Geology; Gavin Larson, P.E.; Nicole Heitzman, Health; Shara Leaders, Computer Apps; Greyson Hanson, Biology; Calen Elsey, Chemestry; David Swanson, Language Arts; Tess'a Tavolli, Social Studies; Jacob Cherry, World History; Natalie Kress, Geometry; Swan Brooner, Language Arts.

Soldotna Middle School

Congratulations to school Spelling Bee finalist, Zane Bush and runner-up, Logan Parks. The Alaska State Spelling Bee will be held at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on March 3, 2011, at 9 a.m. Great job to all the Team Spartan student participants!

January events:

Monday -- SMS Site Council 4 p.m. in the library. Please note time change. Supt. Steve Atwater will be here to discuss principal selection criteria and the selection process. The public is encouraged to attend.

Friday -- Cross-country skiing -- Soldotna Invite at Tsalteshi Trails -- 3 p.m.

Saturday -- Wrestling -- Soldotna Middle School Rubber Chicken Tourney -- 9 a.m. at SMS.

Tuesday, Jan. 25 -- Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month lunch.

Friday, Jan. 28 -- Fortnightly 6 -- 8 p.m. Parent volunteers needed. Please call 260-2500 if you can attend.

Saturday, Jan. 29 -- Wrestling -- Nikiski Invite, 10 a.m. at Nikiski Jr/Sr High School.

Saturday, Jan. 29 -- Cross-country skiing -- Seward Invitational -- time TBA.

Sterling Elementary School

Sterling Elementary School's Title I Program will host a Family Night on Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for Title I students and their families. Title I students will perform a play titled "Good News Bad News: Sometimes in Alaska it is Hard to Tell." The play will be followed by a pot luck dessert and book exchange. More information is available by calling Mrs. Vroman at 262-4944.

The Sterling Leadership Council is sponsoring a Spirit Day on Jan. 21. The theme is 70's day, and students and staff are invited to wear clothing representative of the 1970's. The Leadership Council is comprised of sixth grade students who volunteer to receive training in leadership and then lead and participate in a variety of school activities that promote positive behavior and school spirit.

The next Great Aluminum Can Round Up collection day is Jan. 22. Aluminum cans can be turned into cash for the school if they are dropped off at Sterling Elementary for recycling before Jan. 22.

Mrs. Drury's and Mrs. Smith's second and third grade classes offer popcorn for sale every Friday afternoon for 50 cents per bag. Money must be turned in with the morning lunch count, and popcorn is delivered to classes at the end of the day for students to take home.

Report cards were sent home for all students on Jan. 13. Please contact the classroom teacher if an additional copy is needed.

Tustumena Elementary School

10% Goes Back to Schools is Back! Mark your January shopping calendar. Shop at Safeway/Carrs and purchase items marked with the yellow school bus tag between Jan. 2 -- 25. Collect your receipts with the redemption code then return the receipts to school by Feb. 26 or enter the redemption codes online yourself to claim the 10-percent contribution to our school.

The PTO is still seeking donations for the carnival auction in February. If you work for a business that might be willing to donate for the auction please request the donation or have them contact the school for more information.

If you're marking your calendar, the carnival will be on Friday, Feb. 25.

Other dates:

Jan. 17-28: Artist in Residence.

Jan. 18: PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

Jan. 24: Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m.

Jan. 24-28: Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2011-12 school year is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and 1 to 2:30 p.m. daily during this week. Please bring immunization records and birth certificate. Child must be 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2011.

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