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Posted: Monday, January 24, 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).

Scholarship available

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 in Soldotna is once again offering the Vickie Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship. Recipient must be an Alaskan high school graduating senior or an Alaskan enrolled in a homestudy program, with a desire to further his/her education. Citizenship, leadership and financial need shall be considered. Monetary awards will be given to local winners and a chance to compete for the $1000 scholarship awarded to the statewide winner. Applications must be sent or delivered to the VFW Post, 134 N. Birch St. in Soldotna no later than February 15, 2011. For more information and to obtain an application, contact your school counselor or call the VFW Auxiliary Program Chair at 262-9220.

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.

Connections will host a 2011 Senior meeting tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Kenai River Center, across Funny River Road from the Soldotna Airport. Some of the topics to be discussed will be current credit checks, confirming that 2nd semester schedules are appropriate, graduation ceremony and ordering of caps, gowns and diplomas. This meeting will be important for seniors in the program whether they plan to walk at graduation or not. Please call our office at 714-8880 with any questions or for directions.

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 Monday through Wednesday. Times will vary. Please call to schedule your half hour appointment.

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to the following high school students who are the recipients of the Eagle Award this quarter: Lauren Bauder, Megan Bauder, Jacob Boudreaux, Kelsey Brush, Darlene Bunts, Elizabeth Dailey, Heather Davey, Kati Dutcher, Kelsie Leaf, Keefe O'Dell, Kelsey Tachick, Angie Uchtman.

Parents of 7-12 graders, you should have received an email from Jill asking you to contact her to schedule your Student-led Parent Teacher Conference for either Feb. 3 or 4. Appointments are on a first call, first serve basis. Please call Jill at 262-5101 or email her at to schedule your conference.

SPRING CARNIVAL!! Mrs. Nelson could use some help preparing for the annual CIA Carnival. If you would like to sing up, go to If you need additional information, please contact Mrs. Nelson.

Home basketball games. One of the most fun things to do as a family at CIA during the long winter months is to come and cheer our Eagles on at home basketball games! To find the schedule, go to, then click on the red link in the middle of the page on the right hand side entitled: "click here for gym schedule and sports calendar." This will take you to a site where you can find out what games are happening at CIA and when.

There will be a Parent Meeting in the gymnasium Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a demonstration of our new Archery Program and new Cup Stacking Program.

Jan. 22 is the last Varsity home game of the year, so we will have "Senior night" to honor our Senior players.

There will be a CIA Board Meeting on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Mrs. Rowley for any questions or additional information.

I.D.E.A. Homeschool Program

District Battle of the Books will be Jan. 24 -- 27 at the IDEA Office.

Terrific Tuesday activities continue at Peninsula Grace Church on K-Beach Road: Future Problem Solvers meets each Tuesday, Math is Fun Club meets every other Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a math workshop for parents. Learn to teach the Alaska Math Standards effectively with hands-on activities.

District Spellling Bee for grades 3-8 will be held on Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the IDEA office.

Juneau Close-Up will be the week of Feb. 7. Students will be going to Juneau for a week of learning about state government.

State Robotics completion was Jan. 15 in Anchorage. Congratulations to both IDEA teams who competed. Enigma gave a creative presentation on spinal cord repair. The first year team, the Nighttime Ninjas, gave a great presentation on hair replacement and won 3rd place in the over-all competition.

For Information on the IDEA Homeschool Program call 260-7555 or go to our website at

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School

Choreography tryouts for the spring musical "Freedom" are Monday from 2:30 -- 3:30 p.m. This is for all students in grades 4-6.

The Student Council Canned Food Drive begins today! Please bring in your donations!

Mr. Vedders' class is reading "Pippi Longstocking," by Swedish-0born author and screenwriter Astrid Lindgren. Recently the class had an interactive Skype videoconference with Ann Christine Haag, a friend of Mr. Vedders in Jnkping, Sweden. Jnkping is about 80 km from where Astrid grew up in Ns grd. Mrs. Haag read part of "Pippi Lngstrump" (the Swedish title) to the children in the native tongue of the author, Swedish. All enjoyed the live videoconference!

The community is invited to join us for a fun filled night of music and dancing to a live Polka Band. Polka dance instruction will be provided! All proceeds go to the K-Beach Elem. Technology Program. Please wear none marking shoes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Come join us in the K-Beach Elementary Gym on Friday, Feb. 4 from 6 -- 8:30 p.m. $3 per person or $5 per couple.

Kaleidoscope School Of Arts and Science

Re-enrollment letters were mailed home last week. They must be returned by Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. to ensure your child's continued enrollment in Kaleidoscope next year.

Applications for the March 31 lottery are accepted through March 4. If you have a child that is eligible for sibling preference, you must meet the March 4 deadline with a new lottery application.

PTA will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. A lot of volunteer help is needed for the Feb. 11 school carnival, so please let PTA know if you will be able to work a shift that afternoon or evening. You can email PTA at

Our Kindergarten Winter Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Our after school activities will continue this week, starting with Writer's Workshop on Wednesday with Dr. Mary. Thursday will include the various clubs; yoga, gym, forensics, arts and crafts and dance. Times are 3:45 -- 4:45 p.m., and as always we appreciate your promptness in picking up your child.

Watch for information on parent/teacher conferences to be sure and confirm your appointment with your child's teacher. Conferences are Feb. 2, in the evening; and Feb. 3 and 4. Our Book Fair will also be held the week of conferences (Tuesday through Friday). Times will be posted soon.

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 very important during these days.

Parent informational meetings will be held in February for those who are new to Kaleidoscope or are interested in enrollment. The dates are Feb. 7 at 4 p.m.; Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. If your child becomes enrolled in Kaleidoscope these meetings will be mandatory. School tours will be held every Wednesday in February at 10:30 a.m.

Kenai Central High School

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Honor Band members will be playing together in Homer this week. Congratulations to Shilo Stewart, Cece Missik, Mikaila Wolf (flutes), Courtney Stroh (oboe), Michelle Klaben, Bradley Hamilton, Olivia Fair, Tyler Brown (clarinet), Ari Gabriel, Kaitlyn Louthan, Brenton Wooley (saxophone), Andrew Barcus, Russell Dukowitz, Bill Ashwell, Cody Conaway (trumpet), Shaynee DeVito, Jeffrey McNutt (French horn), Isaac Cryer, Ian Ferguson (trombone), Chelsea Hart, Rebecca Andrew (baritone), Josette Renken, Abbi Wonser and Miles Jones (percussion) for being selected to this years' honor band.

Attention all choir students: Fruit should be here Thursday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. Students need to pick up their fruit and deliver or call and meet the buyers here at KCHS on Thursday, Jan. 27, or Monday, Jan. 31. A friendly reminder: student second semester choir fee of $25 is due Feb. 1.

This week's events:

Monday, Jan. 24: Classroom without Walls.

Tuesday, Jan. 25: Hockey Boosters, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 26: Classroom without Walls. Basketball vs. Homer 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30 p.m. at KMS.

Thursday, Jan. 27: Hockey vs. Homer 5:30 p.m.; Varsity Basketball vs. Seward 6 and 7:30 p.m. at KMS.

Friday, Jan. 28: Hockey vs. Sohi 3 and 7 p.m.

Kenai Middle School

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.

The spelling bee was held last week. Congratulations to Cole McCubbins for being this year's spelling bee winner!

The annual KMS Talent show is this week at the KCHS auditorium. The show starts at 7 p.m. and you can purchase tickets at Kenai Middle School. Please call our office for more information at 283-1700.


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


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

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

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Ben Crawford, Vince Reppert, Samiel Wilson, Hannah Ellis, Michael Dwight, Molly Cook, Cainin Beach, Gary Dent, Jason Trent, Nereid Phillips, Shaun Tyson, Carlos Daniel Caballero and Caitlyn Tri.

Nikiski Middle-High School

Congratulations to Mr. Jesse Bjorkman who was chosen as this month's recipient of the Golden Apple Award. As a teacher, coach and middle school leader he is a perfect choice for this award. In class, Mr. Bjorkman strives to teach to the learning styles of all the students, he is organized, creative, knowledgeable and fair. He holds students to a high expectation in and out of the classroom.

His involvement in extra curricular activities makes him one of the "fun" teachers. Mr. Bjorkman is the chair of the MS student council and supports "hands on" the ideas of the students involved in the council. When he chaperones a dance, he is chaperoning but at the same time having fun with the students. Mr. Bjorkman supports the football, track and wrestling teams as a coach and mentor to the high school students. Anything that he asks of them, you can bet Mr. Bjorkman is there along side of them, leading as an example.

In a very short time Jesse has become a favorite to many of the Nikiski students.


Tuesday, Jan. 25 -- Honors Band Festival in Homer.

Thursday, Jan. 27 -- Varsity basketball make-up games from a power outage earlier this season. Girls at 5 p.m. Boys at 6:30 p.m. Free Admission.

Saturday, Jan. 29 -- Nikiski Middle School Wrestling Invitational Meet, 10 a.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

Congratulations to the December Character Counts! Students of the Month: Clayton Larson, Clinton Strauss, Hana Tibbetts, Hannah Young, Melissa Anderson, Jaycee Graham, Jordyn Stock, Laken Graham, McKinsey Pitt, Michael Weathers, Serenity Freeman, TJ Anderson, Truit McCaughey, Melanie Sexton, Kimberly Schilling, Jimmy Mollet, Emilee Braun, Caleb Griffith, Brianna Vollertsen and Emily Dunham.

NNS was well represented at the Regional Elks Hoop Shoot competition held in December at the Kenai Recreation Center. The following students placed in their age group: Michael Eiter, 2nd place boys 8-9 years old; Sara Moore, 2nd place girls 8-9 years old; Jace Kornstad, 1st place boys 10-11 years old; Rylee Jackson, 3rd place girls 10-11 years old; Warren Gage, 2nd place boys 12-13 years old; and Avery Kornstad, 2nd place girls 12-13 years old.

The Spelling Bee will take place today for 3rd -- 6th grades.

Friday, Jan. 28 will be the Title I and Pre-K Family Night in the gym. This event will be held from 6 -- 7:30 p.m. Please call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

Redoubt Elementary School

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

Bingo for Books is Tuesday, Feb. 1. Book donations are needed and may be dropped off at the school office. Support of this popular family activity is greatly appreciated.

Love of Reading month begins Feb. 1 and continues through Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2.

In support of Love of Reading month, 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. Other fun events and activities are also planned. Complete information will be in upcoming school newsletters.

Last week's Big G Box Tops drawing winner was Zander Emery.

The lost and found will be emptied on Friday, Feb. 4. Parents and students are urged to claim any items that belong to them. All remaining items will be donated to local charities.

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 who qualify are encouraged to complete an application.

Skyview High School

Band students will be attending Honor Band at Homer High School today and Tuesday, with a concert Tuesday night.

There will be a football parent meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Thursday is a Super Activity Day and involves some schedule changes. The extended activity period will count as 2nd and 7th periods. See Edline for the full schedule.

The Peninsula JV basketball tournament games will take place at Skyview Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. Friday's games will be at SoHi and Kenai Central will host Saturday's games.

Soldotna High School

The senior class is collecting baby pictures for each of the seniors for the graduation video. Pictures may be any size and should be turned into either Brittany Rodgers or Mrs. Syverson. All pictures will be returned. They also need pictures and video clips from the different activities throughout the year.

Students needing transcripts sent to colleges need to fill out a transcript request form, available on Edline/Counselor's Corner or in the Counseling office. Bring completed transcript request form with an addressed (college/university address) and stamped envelope to Mrs. Treider, the Counseling secretary. Students need to allow 5-7 business days for transcripts to go out.

Scholarship applications are arriving daily. Students should be checking out the scholarship drawer in the Counseling office and the One Stop Student Portal on Edline/Counselor's Corner. Students must apply individually to these scholarships.

Scholarship folders (5 copies) are due to the Counseling office on Feb. 1. These folders will be used for various local scholarships. Businesses/agencies often request the Counseling office directly for a copy of these folders for students who meet the business/agency requirements for a particular scholarship.

Yearbooks can be ordered online at or in room 76 for $60.

ThinkFast sessions will take place on Feb. 28 at SoHi from 1:35-2:25 p.m. This is a presentation prepared with content addressing safe driving and substance abuse prevention, intertwined with contemporary music videos and fun facts.

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.

There will be a baseball player/parent meeting Monday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. in the SoHi Library. Open gym for throwing will be on Sundays at 6 p.m. for all interested baseball players. Contact Coach Roger Phillips at 953-4663 with any questions.

Soldotna Middle School

Tuesday -- Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month lunch. Congratulations to 7th grader Kelsie Overway and 8th grader Brenner Musgrave!

Wednesday -- Last day of volleyball intramurals.

Friday -- FORTNIGHTLY 6 -- 8 p.m. Parent volunteers needed. Please contact the office at 260-2500 if you can help.

Saturday, Jan. 29 -- Wrestling -- Nikiski Invite, 10 a.m. at Nikiski Jr/Sr High School; cross-country skiing, Seward Invitational, time TBA.

Sterling Elementary School

Last Friday the staff and students at Sterling Elementary celebrated how safe, responsible and respectful everyone has been by hosting a Falcon Fun Hour. All students were able to participate in fun activities during the last hour of the school day thanks to the support of the staff and many volunteers. The school is focusing on kindness during the month of January by inviting children and adults to notice acts of kindness, record them on a paper heart, and hang them on the tree in the lobby. A different heart is read aloud each morning during announcements to help celebrate the ways people are kind to one another.

Adult Basketball sponsored by AmeriCorps continues on Monday evenings from 5:30 -- 7:30 p.m. All participants must be 16 years or older. Please contact AmeriCorps Member Charlee Powell at 262-4944, ext. 4226, for more information about this activity.

There will be a PTA Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. in the library. Plans for the Feb. 18 Carnival will be discussed. Babysitting and snacks will be provided.

This week's Thursday Folders contain confirmation slips for parent/teacher conference times. Families who need to change their conference time should contact the office.

Friday, Jan. 28 is Hat Day. Students are invited to wear a hat to school. Hats must be appropriate for school they may not have inappropriate sayings or pictures.

Sterling Elementary would like to congratulate Jode Sparks, Joshua Shuler, Sarah McConnell and Ethan Bott, who will represent Sterling Elementary on this year's 5th/6th Grade Battle of the Books Team. These students will compete in the District Battle of the Books competition on Feb. 11.

Tustumena Elementary School

We had a great Geography Bee Monday. Our top 10 competitors who made it to the final bee were: Renee Hinz, Justin Lavender, Afton Carlson, Eli Durnan, Chance Turvin, Cory Hinz, Erin Dobbs, Courtney Johnston, Abby Kruse and Jemma Lane. Our third place winners were Eli and Chance, second place was Abby and first place was Afton, who will need to take an exam to qualify to represent us at state. Great job to all of our geographers.

Next week starts our Artist in Residence program. We are so excited to have artist Jim Kaiser who will be doing stained glass with our students. The first week he will be working with students in Mrs. Young's, Mrs. Blossom's, Mrs. Hopkins', Mr. Michael's, and Mrs. Knobf's classes. He will work with the other classes the second week. There will also be a community workshop after school Thursday Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. Space is limited, so you do need to stop in at the office and sign up. Mr. Kaiser is also open to invitations for dinner or activities especially next weekend. If you would like to invite him please contact Mr. VanDerWege at the school.

Our X-country skiing is about to begin. If snow conditions allow we are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 25. This is for students in grades 4-6, but younger students may participate if a parent also attends. We ski each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:50 -- 5 p.m. There is a $5 fee that we use to help keep our equipment up. Students are welcome to bring their own skis or we do have most sizes available to loan.

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.

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 -- 11:30 a.m., and 1 -- 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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