Around the District

Posted: Monday, January 25, 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.

* 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.

Scholarships offered

* 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 12, 2010. For more information and to obtain an application, contact your school counselor or call the VFW Auxiliary Program Chair at 262-9220.

* The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 in Soldotna is offering the Vickie Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship. Recipient must be an Alaskan high school graduating senior or an Alaskan enrolled in a home-study 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 12, 2010. For more information and to obtain an application, call your school counselor or call at 262-9220.

Connections home-school program

Senior meeting will be held at the Kenai River Center at 2pm on January 28th. Student and/or parent(s) should attend. If neither is able to make it, please contact advisor.

AIMS/CBM Testing for grades K - 3 will continue through Friday. Testing will be conducted at the Soldotna Office. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Terra Nova Testing will be February 2nd - 4th for grades 5 & 7. Letter will be mailed this week with further information. Contact local office with any questions.

Grace Lutheran

The quarterly FrOGS (Friends of Grace Lutheran School) meeting is tonight beginning with a potluck at 6pm. Each family is reminded to bring a dish to pass plus either a salad or dessert. Entertainment includes songs by the preschoolers and kindergarteners, the mini musical "Peter Rabbit" performed by grades 1-3, and the fourth-eighth graders rendition of "The Orchestra Song". All students are expected to participate. Please continue to save aluminum cans, Boxtops for Education, and Campbell's proofs of purchase.

For more information about either the three or four-year-old preschool program, contact Joanne Love at 283-9551. Contact Ryan Holper at 283-9551 if you are interested in obtaining information about Kindergarten or grades 1-8.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Re-enrollment forms for the 2010-2011 school year have been mailed home. It is extremely important that you return the form by the deadline of February 12, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.; this will ensure your child(ren's) spot for next year. If you have a child that will have sibling preference next year, you need to complete the sibling lottery application by the March 5, 4:00 p.m. deadline, not March 12 as previously reported.

Artist Shala Dobson will be at Kaleidoscope through January 29; she will be doing various art classes for both staff and students.

There is an ice fishing field trip scheduled for January 28 for kinders, 3rd and 4th graders. Please make sure the permission slips are turned in and that your child is dressed appropriately.

Battle of the Books for 5th and 6th grades will take place on February 2nd and for 3rd and 4th grades on February 3rd.

The PTA Winter Carnival is scheduled for February 19th - helpers are needed and if you're interested contact our PTA at

Yearbook orders are being taken at this time along with purchasing lovelines. The PTA is looking for photos and if you have any you'd like to share put them on a CD and drop it off at the office.

Kalifornsky Beach

Students will tie-dye T-Shirts on Feb. 1, 2, and 3. This is sponsored by the PTA. Students should bring a large ziplock bag and either a white shirt or a white pillowcase to school before today.

The cast of "High School Musical" has been set and rehearsals are taking place every day after school. The performance will on March 9, at the SoHi auditorium.

Mrs. Klaben's 4th & 5th graders, Mr. Daniels & Mrs. Worsfold's 4th graders spent one complete day rotating through SCIENCE stations learning about MAMMALS. (1) Kenai National Wildlife Refuge staff worked with skull, fur & track identification;(2) teachers supported students through the use of wireless laptops to research facts & create TECHNO/graphic art pictures on; and (3)parent volunteer extraordinaire Molly Aley directed songs/skits about various mammals. A super learning packed day, and a whole lot of fun, too!

3rd & 4th Grade battle of the Books participants celebrated their season with a pizza party. The final 5 students who will represent the school in upcoming district battles are: Anna Aley, Dareena Doyle, Melia Miller, and alternates Aliann & Danica Schmidt. Mrs. Worsfold wishes to congratulate ALL (25) students who read and participated this year!

Spelling Bee winner is Ronnie Meehan. Meehan will represent K-the school at the state bee in Anchorage. Joel Stockton was the first runner-up.

Kenai Central High

Kenai Kardinal flags are available for $100 and Kenai athletic apparel available at all home sporting events.

December 2009 Student of the Month: Rotary - Deandra Latz, Chamber - Randy Jackson, Elks - Molly Copple, Kard of the Deck- Molly Graves, Staffer of the Month-Sandra Lewis, Performing Arts, Choir - Chelsea Hart, Earth Science - Patsy Anderson, Study Skills - Julie Dickawicz, Honors American Literature - James Watkins, LA 9 - Cassie Ross, LA 12 - Shawnee Hunter, Strength Training - Casey Crowder, Anatomy - Mayvadee Apirugnunchai, French 2 - Haylee Hunter Personal Finance - Josh Allen; Art - Amber Bundy Algebra A - Hannah Davis; World History - Ella Stephens; Band - Jen Kohler; World History - Kyle Dougherty

Thursday- Student of the Month Lunch, Battle of the Books

Friday- Basketball vs.ACS 3:00 and 4:30, 6:00, and 7:30

Saturday- Basketball vs. SoHi 10:00, 11:30 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30.

Honor roll:

9th Grade 4.0 -- Andrew Barcus, Jenna Calhoun, Freya Chay, Addison Cheek, Austin Daly, Rebecca Elliott, Taylor Evans, Jacob Gilman, Krystal Hamman, Diana Hunter, Lee Kempf Makenzi Magiera, Joshua McKee, Collin Morse, Matthew Morse, Sarah Rawson, Daniel Schaeffer, Robert Spalding, Sasha Thompson, Brandi Wagoner, Joy Wannamaker, Madison; Westover.

10th Grade 4.0 -- Evan Atchley, Stormi Backus, Bradley Bible, Amberlyn Bundy, Haley Coffman, Rylee Devito, Olivia Fair, Evening Ferguson, Christianna Garcia, Mikayla Henry Anton Krull, Andrew Mole, Taylor Ostrander, Olivia Pfeifer, Bo Reilly, Keegan Remsen, Virginia Richards, Joseph Sandahl, Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, Travis Semmens, Alexander Springer, Morgan Wensley.

11th Grade 4.0 -- Mayvadee Apirugnunchai, Shaynee Devito, Esther Hamilton, Michelle Klaben, Julie Rang, Kai Risung, James Watkins.

12th Grade 4.0 -- Sinead Baker, Alexi Beeson, Mollie Cox, Hilary Domke, Molly Graves, Christa Huf, Mariah Huhndorf, Randale Jackson, Maya Johnson, Jasmine Klauder, Levi Lacey, Deandra Latz, Lee-Ann Magiera, Taylor Matson, Jesse Pedginski, Braden Perkins, Danielle Rehm, Timothy Saner, Cassandra Shire.

9th Grade 3.6-3.99 -- Alexander Agosti, Misty Bondy, Brittney Boyes, Joseph Bressler, Tierra Cloud, Hannah Davis, Krystal Duran, Jessica Howard, Kaitlyn Louthanm, Lindsey Pabst, Duane Reitter, Josette Renken, Ericka Reynolds, Hector Rivera, Cassie Ross, Leah Sandahl, Chelsea Springer, Miranda Udelhoven.

10th Grade 3.6-3.99 -- Vanessa Anderson, Bailey Beeson, Gwendolyn Bundy, Jessica Calvin, Tyler Cooper, David Dormady, Russell Dukowitz, Alan Hull, Austin Hunter, Haylee Hunter, Kierra Isham, Carolyn Kiefer, Briana King, Alicia O'Brien, Lauren Schams, John Subera, Kelsey Anne Williams.

11th Grade 3.6-3.99 -- Shaina Aho, Kendra Ashwell, Sarah Bressler, Benjamin Gilman, Timothy Iverson, Natalie Kurzendoerfer, Samantha Little, Beatriz Martin, Sierra Millington, Duane Shaffer, William Spalding, Ella Stephens, Annalise Theisen, Lincoln Wensley.

12th Grade 3.6-3.99 -- Justin Calhoun, Molly Copple, Lierin Flanagan, Sara Hanson, Shawnee Hunter, William Kiefer, Jennifer Kohler, Kailey Mucha Matthew Nath, Paige Sanders, Michael Slone, Logan Sutton, Jenna Thomas.

9th Grade 3.0-3.5 -- Matthew Aho, Katarina Anderson, Patsy Anderson, Rebecca Andrew, Ethan Blough, Delainey Bowman, Forrest Carlson, Donald Chenault, Tyler Chenault, Chelsea Chess, Hannah Clark, Lariisa Conaway, Madison Cunningham, Nicolette Devore, Jena Dull, Shawn Fortune, Sierra Glonek, Elizabeth Hawkins, Fletcher Iverson, Gretta Kennedy, Kalie Kirsch, Sage Klauder, Chelsy Loveland, Byron Mandregan, Seth Mathis, Byron Mauck, Benjamin Mills, Mason Mount, Carly Norvelle, Katherine O'Reilly, Ethan Oliver, Natalya Oskolkoff, Ashley Perry, Rose Price, Cody Probert, Thaddaeus Rodriguez, Gloria Romain, Molly Rowley, Katherine Rupe, Mariah Saari, Trenton Saner, Darian Schaffner, Sierra Scott, Shilo Stewart, Jessica Swofford, Emily Thomas, John Paul Turinsky,Abbi Wonser.

10th Grade 3.0 - 3.5 -- William Brighton, Devon Carter, Cathryn Cox, Kyle Dougherty, Sarah Evenson, Jessie Garrett, Jordan Gruber, Kaleigh Hansen, Colton Hayes, Trevor Howard, Edmar Ismael, Aspen Love, Aladdin Mauck, George Navarre, Peter Rogers, Liberty Rohn, Kenley Scarlett, Carey Updike, Jordanne Wilson, Mikaila Wolf, Melanie Wortham.

11th Grade 3.0 - 3.5 -- Adam Agosti, Levi Brence, Cole Chase-Cochrane, Hannah Coffman, Isaac Cryer, Morgan Cunningham, Brittany Cupp, Jared Frates, Victoria Hauck, Cassandra Hollingsworth, Catherine Johnson, Kelsi Kiel, Carolyn Knackstedt, Jennifer Lackey, Tanner Landry, Brett Meyer, Mary Pat Mills, Cecelia Missik, Zachary Moore, Aundrea Moulton, Molly Nyland-Kimbrell, Avery Palchikoff, Courtney Parker, Alisha Peterson, Marina Rosenbaum, Adriana Taylor, Ian West, Chloe Wonser, Richard Ziehmer.

12th Grade 3.0 - 3.5 -- Joshua Allen, Averee Amend, Thomas Briggs, Kimberly Cabot, Donald Dormady, Vanessa Dukowitz, Garrett Eady, Audrey Forrest, Shelby Gray, Sarah Hamilton, Samantha Hull, Dary Langfitt, Britney Loveland, Bryson Lowe, Keeven Macik, Vincent Madrid, Matthew Mole, Jeffrey Narlock, Anders Nyquist, Alysha Shaginoff, Daxter Thompson.

Kenai Middle

Every year at this time, I do an adolescent class with the 6th grade students through their physical education classes. Boys and girls are separately shown the movie "Who Am I Now?" which discusses body changes during puberty. Nurse Pam Howard follows up with a discussion on hygiene. We don't go into sexuality, but encourage parents to do so at this time with their child. Also there will be a unit for the 7th grade students on P.S.I. integrated with the science class. Some of the discussions will require students to be separated by groups of boys and girls. If you have any questions, please call Pam Howard at KMS (283-4896).

We are still in need of good quality used Cross Country Skis. If you have some that you would like to donate please drop them off at Kenai Middle School. Thanks for your support!

Parent - teacher conferences are on Thursday, February 4th from 12-4pm and 5-8pm. Friday is an in-service day for our staff therefore they won't be any school or conferences on that day.

Jan. 28-Talent Show, 7:00 p.m. / KCHS

Jan. 29-CLUBS!; Dena'ina Language Club, 1:47-2:27; Skiing @ Homer, 2:30

Jan. 30-Wrestling @ Nikiski, 9:00

Feb. 4-Conferences 12-4 and 5-8

Feb. 5-XC Skiing @ Skyview 3pm

Feb. 6-Volleyball @ Nikiski 10am; Wrestling @ Seward 10am

Feb. 13-XC Skiing @ Seward 12pm

Feb. 16-Volleyball @ KMS 3pm

Feb. 18-Volleyball @ KMS 3pm

Feb. 19-Volleyball @ Seward 3pm

Feb. 20-Borough Wrestling Tournament @ Nikiski 9am

Feb. 25-Volleyball 1st Round of Boroughs

Feb. 27-Volleyball Boroughs @ Homer 10am; XC Skiing @ Nikiski

Kenai Peninsula College

Fall Dean's List

Ha Nee Back, Mike Bugni, Brandon Church, Ingrid Elvira, Lindsey Hovden, Alfred Kangogo, Ruth Keino, Zackary Lahti Maley, Marko Lemtukei, Maria Malavansky, Robert McKinley, Robert Reed II, Sharae Reese, Chelsea Richardson, Jared Tuton, Brett Weimer, Benjamin Bowden, Dana Collins, Savanna Brady, Hannah Andrews, Melody Cardwell, Bridgette Colton, Larry Hull, Katrina Kearney, Deonisy Konev, Erin Kuklis, Esther Lowe, Trevor Mumma, Kelci Patton, Jana Porter, Elikonida Reutov, Kirk Elmore, Stephani Davey, Damon Haynes, Kiersten Champion, Greta Danielson, Kathryn Epperheimer, Louis Forstner, Thomas Garber, Derrek Harris, Hannah Heath, David Hendrickson, Rodney Hobby, Rachel Kastner, Jeramiah Klein, Lonnie Stanford, Shauna Thornton, Sarah Walton, Joshua Werba, Travis Werba, Travis Wingster, Jennifer Tefft, Shekinah Edmunds, Anthony Handley, Shawna Sanders, Triva Evans, Julie Donn, Christopher Rathbun, Jonathon Collins, Melissa Carroll, Sally Cassan-Archuleta, Todd Closson, Leedavid Conver, Katie Cowgill, Aaron Gordon, Caleb Gordon, Rachel Griffin, Evan Hatfield, Jonathon Mann, Patrick Mims, Miquelle Moreno, Natalie Parazoo, Kadie Perletti, Karina Raemaker, Timothy Raemaker, Elizabeth Reiter, Leslie Ross, Iris Shangin, Brian Waara, Amy White, Caroline Wright, Krissel May Calibo, Kimberly Cude, Lisa Franzmann, Krystin Habighorst, Jordan Ikerd, David Marshall, Justin Oleson, Joshua Brunnhoelzl,David Coon, Samantha Mason, Victoria Peterson, Amber Truitt, Karen Wichert, Alana Wright.

Chancellor's List

Dana Vergoossen, Christopher Baker, Michael Blahut, Joireen Cohen, Jeff Ennenga, Nathan Lane, Trevor Pollman, Kimberley Strong, David Sullivan, Benjamin Sweeney, Jodie Williams, Amy Alford, Jessica Davis, Matthew Garvey, Torrina Logan, Mary Alice Sargeant-Smith, Grant Blossom, Cristine Conner, Curtis Conner, Lana Perry, Matthew Apted, Christopher Beale, Christopher Bender, Devin Boyle, Janine Carlough, Paul Deda, Randall Dowd, Copper Fuller, Douglas Hallmark, Angela Hill, Richard Hubby, Heather Johnson, Chelsea Kaas,Rachel Lowe, Callie Martin, Morgan Mena, Katarzyna Pacyna, Marilyn Pamplin, Ryan Saltzgiver, Michael Trepanier, Hugh Winston, Justin Klawitter, Raisa Yakunin, Misty Knox, George Kulhanek, Alicia Moyer, Calee Robison, Joy Smith, Taewhan Kim, Julia Baker, Linda Berryman, Bradley Blossom, Benjamin Booker, Gabriel Cazares, Jessica Chatman, Aaron Dolifka, Halley Gillis, Kadie Hansen, Jeremy Hunter, Ruth Johnson, Joshua McQueen, Debra Miller, James Pazar, Jacob Pokryfki, Christopher Russell, Eugene Sarren, Eric Simpson, Remy Spring, Michael Barker, Kelli Cassidy, Cassandra Kendall, Lawrie Murray, Chrystal Almandinger.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners last week were Drake Torgeson, Allison Wolfe, Kevin Huynh, Nicholas Wehrstein, Alida Stiers, Sharryn Peterson, Jermy McGlasson, Nicole Castel, Shelby Baylie, Makayla Walters, Jessianna McDonald and Jaycob Goff.

Student Council has designated Friday, January 29 as "Pajama Day". Students may wear their pajamas to school but will need to bring winter gear to go outside for recess.

Site Council will meet at 7:45 AM on Tuesday in the Mountain View Library. The Book Fair will be open during Parent-Teacher conferences. If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair please call the office at 283-8600.

Volleyball Club open to 5th grade students will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays for the month of February. Students will need to have a signed permission slip and will need to be picked up at 4:15 PM.

February 4 & 5 Parent-Teacher Conferences.

The 5th grade Band Concert is scheduled for Feb. 9 at 6 PM in the gym.

Forensics will be held after school on Mondays and Thursdays for 3rd through 5th grade students starting today and ending March 4. Students will need to have a signed permission slip and will need to be picked up at 4:30 PM.

We will have an Artist in Residence, Joy Falls from Feb. 8 through Feb. 26. Mrs. Falls will be working with all students on a large scale clay mural highlighting the wildlife of the Kenai Peninsula.

The school has three after school Math Clubs meeting three days per week integrating Orchard Math Technology. For more information, call Mary Fischer, Laurie Moon or Dave Daniel at 283-8600.

Nicky Beeson was a winner in the Elks Hoop Shoot contest and is eligible to compete in the state shoot-off.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

School geobee classroom representatives included Haley Wik, Brady Hammond, Savannah Rizzo, Michael Odis, Treasa Cooper, Logan Sherk, and Taylor Burnett. Here are the top 3 finishers: 3rd place - Brenden Harris, 2nd place - Sam Tauriainen, and 1st place - Ross Halliday. Ross will take a qualifying test and hopefully represent NNS at the state geography bee in April.

The Scholastic Book Fair will begin on Thursday January 28th and run through February 5th. This will be a buy one book, get one book free book fair. Flyers will be sent home with the children. The fair will be open during parent/teacher conferences Feb. 4 and 5.

There will be a meeting to discuss the 6th grade moving over to the middle school on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. This will be held at the Nikiski Middle High School library and is open to the public. A committee is in the process of being formed to look into the proposal of moving the 6th graders up from the Nikiski North Star campus to the middle school campus for the 2011-2012 school year. For more information, call the school at 776-2600.

Nikiski Middle-High

Editor's note: This was submitted by John O'Brien, principal, of Nikiski Middle-High School.

As many of you may already be aware, we have begun a community conversation about the possibility of moving six-graders from the Nikiski North Star Building to our campus and making them a part of the Middle School. No decisions have been made at this point and if we were to move forward, a move would likely not occur until the 2011-2012 school year.

To date we have had two meetings on the subject, our October Joint Site Council Meeting with Nikiski North Star and a community meeting earlier in November. At the November meeting we outlined for the parents and community members in attendance why we were proposing to move the 6th graders up to the middle school and as a group identified what the potential issues, concerns, and benefits would be. At our respective December Site Council meetings, we will form a formal committee which will be tasked with finding solutions to the potential issues and making a recommendation to the Site Councils. All meeting dates will be well publicized, public, and open for anyone interested in attending. A final decision will be made in March.

If we do decide to move forward we will use next school year to plan and begin the formal transition of 6th graders to the middle school for the 2011-2012 school year.

Committee Meeting Dates/Times:

Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the library;

Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the library; and

March 9 at 7 p.m. in the library.

December Students of the Month: High School: Colton Anderson, Language Arts; Riley Claridge, Film as Literature; Jepson Dixon, Study Skills; Alina Eldredge, Pre-Calculus; Ashley Epperheimer, Biology; Kristina Handley, Personal Finance; Kassi Johnson, Physics; Stefan Krogseng, Music; ,Sayyid Parrish, Art; Junior High: Lily Arnett, Mathematics; Paytience Burnett, Language Arts; Trisha Danielson, Study Skills; Dakota Neely, Physical Education.

Today -Girls Varsity BB vs. Ninilchik-5 p.m.; Boys Varsity BB vs Ninilchik- 6:30

Saturday- MS Wrestling-9:30

Parent-teacher Conferences, Feb. 4, 8 am to 11 am and from noon to 4pm, 5pm to 8pm.

4.0 Honor Roll

Seventh-grade: Ben Carstens, Marilynn Davis, Kiana Edgmon, Jade Elsey, Laura Huffford-Fu, Brady Malston, Christian Riddall, Rachel Thompson; Eighth-grade: Seth Carstens, Keturah Costello, Hannah Halliday, Hanah Tauriainen, Jared Wallis.

Ninth-graders: Caleb Alkire, Lacy Elsey, Ashley Epperheimer, Annaleah Ernst, Lincoln Johnson, Makenzie Moore, Shaylee Rizzo, Brittany Sexton, Trey Zimmerman.

Tenth-graders: Colton Anderson.

Eleventh-graders: Ari Bennett, Mandee Jackson, Kathryn Love, Angie Parrish, Sebastian Strickland, Haley Tumsuden, Eli Ward.

Twelfth-graders: Bradi Anderson, Margaret Braun, Megan Hansen, Jordan Harrison, Kassandra Johnson, Miranda Rizzo.

3.5 Honor Roll- Seventh-graders: Teresa Bitterich, Brittney Cramer, Meagan Easley, Tylor Handley, Dylan Jackson, Spencer Marsh, Erin O'Brien, William Olsen, Katelyn Sexton, Dylan Sledge, Mira Solmonson, Katelyn Tumsuden.

Eighth-graders: Abbie Cason, Alyssa Darch, Michelle Fandel, Garrett Feller, Kathryn Gross.

Ninth-graders: Emily Berry, Joshua Brown, Cole Covey, Joshua Croze, Dylan Griffith, Taylor Holloway, Orren Hyatt, Katherine O'Brien, Daniel Ribbens, Rebecca Wheeler.

Tenth-graders: Minna Bogard, Melinda Hampton, Sallee McClure, Cydney Spurgeon, Kaden Spurgeon, Jordan Wik.

Eleventh-graders: Jasper Covey, Caitlin Green, Kayleen Hansen, Tyler Peek, Jacqueline Pepper, Caitlin Reid, Aubrey Rizzo, Sawyer Skiba, Jayden Tumbaga.

Twelfth-graders: Hillary Bogard, Rose Hardesty, Madeline Knoll, Barbara Rorrison, Dylan Seater, Dillon Smith, Calvin Williams

3.0 Honor Roll- Seventh-graders: Greg Brown, Paytience Burnett, Morgan Carmody, Kyle Cooper, Augustus Gaetke, Max Handley, Jenna Hansen, Heidi Kaser, Tiffany Lopez, Jacob Parrish, Ricky Smith, Jacob Williams.

Eighth-graders: Shawn Burdick, Cory Carr, Acacia Fisher, Savannah Freeman, James Hadella, Summer Handley, Matthew Knight, Rebekah Krogseng, Dominic Ronellenfitch, Kerry Ross, Michael Stangel, Richard Vollertsen.

Ninth-graders: Deven Berry, William Britton, Haley Conti, Sarah Hall, Russell Harrison, Stephen Hartley, Tessa Lewis, Steven Lohry, Ashley Monroe, Leif Olson, Emily Panzer, Trevor Ray, Jonah Rosado, Oleg Samarin, Morgan Sauve, Ty Shoemaker, Patrick Sterling, Mahlon Troyer, Sioenna Wallis, Jamie Ward, Ethan West.

Tenth-graders: Riley Claridge, Savannah Griffel, Dylan Holloway, Dyann Leuret-Wik, Kinsey Martin, Dylan Nickel, Brittany Scott, Doogun Seater, Jordan Taylor.

Eleventh-graders: Haley Alexander, Hali Borchgrevink, Grant Clark, Alicia Conti, Kristina Handley, Kovy Harbick, Stefan Krogseng, Jacob Pass, Britany Tuttle, Tanner Thompson.

Twelfth-graders: Alina Eldredge, Shelina Goff, Matthew Parker, Ethan Van Loan, Christopher Ward, Brando Wik, Nelson Williams, Chenae Wright.

Redoubt Elementary

Parent conferences are Feb. 4 and 5. Teachers are in the process of scheduling conferences. Parents are asked to confirm their conference dates and times with teachers as soon as possible.

District art specialist, Debbie Harris, will be teaching art to Redoubt students for the next two weeks.

Last week's Big G Box Tops drawing winner was Shyann Jones.

The school spelling bee is Wednesday in the gym at 1:00. Parents are welcome to attend.

Battle of the Books teams are preparing to compete in the District battles next Tuesday and Wednesday. Redoubt's 3rd/4th grade team members are Nick Edwards, Jay Frost, and John-Mark Pothast; 5th/6th grade team members are Jackson Blackwell, Brian Dusek, Katelynn Gochenour, and Chloe Kincaid.

Geography Bee contestants were Katrina Bearup, Michael Crowder, Brian Dusek, Ava Gabler, Shayla Hardcastle, Isabella Henry, Tannan Holland, Myra Love, Jeffery Moore and

Taha Trigg (absent). Brian Dusek is the school geography bee champion and will take the state qualifying exam. Ava Gabler placed 2nd in the bee.

The school thanks the City of Soldotna for its new flashing crosswalk in front of the school. Students walking home will now exit through the front doors at the 3:18 bell and cross the parking lot and street at the new crosswalk. Students riding the bus and being picked up by parents will remain in their classrooms and will be dismissed after walkers are safely across the street. The school greatly appreciates parent support and patience as we implement this new end of day procedure for the safety of our students.

Parents are reminded to check students in and out at the office during the school day. Teachers cannot release students at their classrooms. All adults entering the building during the school day must check in at the office.

Skyview High

Honor roll second quarter:

4.021 - 4.00 GPA: Grade 9 Savannah Anchinges, Trace Braxling, Dallas Derflinger, Kelty Fair, Samuel Janorschke, Preston Penrod, Kyle Stropes; Grade 10 Katherine Clonan, Megan Neill, Madeline Ransom, Robert Sparks; Grade 11 Carol Clonan, Amber Eberline, Megan Janorschke, Tamlyn Silva, Alicia West; and Grade 12 Sarah Barsis, Emily Culhane, Michael Eyre, Manuel Heller, Chad Oakes, Jess Russell, Jessica Stewart, Michael Thomas, Margaret Waggoner.

3.99 - 3.50 GPA -- Grade 9 Kade Cooper, Marlee Cunningham, Elissia Dobbs, Makinna Halverson, Shelbe Holben, Jade Larsen, Kiara Miller, Holly Ramsell, Cathering Wolk, Kyle Zimmerman; Grade 10 Richard Arnold, Joseph Bishop, Gabrielle Bragg, William Buerkel, Dakota Cruze, Holly Eyre, Mary Hauptman, Joseph Hawkins, Ashley Huff, Brook Hughes, David Lusardi, Marissa Mahan, Stephanie Malatesta, Tyler Moody, Cassidy Rosas, Elizabeth Schoessler, Sydney Tonione, Chelsea Winter; Grade 11 Annita Braun, Matthew Deatherage, Vlad Ferderer, Christopher Hallford, Jaxon Hill, Elisha Hollers, John Kenyon, Shay Kurz, Caitlyn Marang, Wesley Matthews, James Nichols, Noah Perry, Daniel Rozak, Keith Straume; Grade 12 Eldon Brown, Ryan Burow, Paris Cooper, Mary Doremire, Kelsea Fowler, Terrance Hinz, Brandon Jones, Jessica Jones, Cody Krause, Jaci Lamborn, Serena Marquis, Rita McMillan, Tyler Nichols, Ivy O'Guinn, Casee Penrod, Leif Thul, Arial Vail, Brendan Webb, Bryce Wilson, Alec Woodvine.

3.49 - 3.00 GPA -- Grade 9 Daniel Baldwin, Robert Bearheart, Francisco Brown-Navarro, DJ Collier, Tay Harling, Rae Jackson, Garren Lucas, Cassandra McKenzie, Maria O'Toole, Merissa Osmar, Sidney Roumagoux, Tennessee Walker; Grade 10 Levi Barsis, Calvin Baxter, Chelsea Belden, Daniel Diaz, Olivia Duran, Bradley Guth, McKenzie Hanson, Sierra Jackson, Jordan Jones, Colt McDonald, Kristen Nagle, Justin Pena, Jason Ramirez, Karlie Self, Auston Tennis, Matthew Weber, William White, Cody Williams; Grade 11 Paul Adams, Shelby Haynes, Brayden Holt, Brittany Mercier, Gabrielle Peterson, Deandra Segovia, Ariel Self, Sara Williams; Grade 12 Nina Buhlmann, Wayne Epperson, Julie Garrett, Jon Jackinsky, Shavonya Larrow, David Laurie, Jennifer Luckett, Stryker McLane, Ryan Mcmaster, Kathrine Quelland, Blanca Rincon, Galen Roesing, Andrew Shassetz, Michael Shearer, Lora Watson, Kayla West.

January Rotary Students of the Month are Miranda Donham, Kelty Fair, McKenzie Hanson, Jaxon Hill, Brayden Holt, Hunter Jackinsky, Cody Krause, David Lusardi, Allyssa Mattox, Kyle Shedd, Tristan Thompson and Cody Williams. They were treated to a pizza lunch last week provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club.

The junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will host Wasilla on Friday, beginning at 3 pm.

On Saturday the boys "C" team, girls junior varsity, boys junior varsity, and girls varsity basketball teams will host Anchorage Christian, beginning at 1 pm.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Thursday, February 4 from 12-3 and 4-7 pm.

For updates on news and sports information go to or .

Soldotna High

The Freshmen class will be sponsoring a Sadie Hawkins dance on Friday. If you are interested in chaperoning, please contact Meggean at

Student Council is collecting gently used dresses, shoes, and accessories for Cinderella's Closet 2010. This program will donate items for prom to local ladies in need.

Battle of the books is gearing up for the High School competition on January 28th. Good Luck to our Battle of the Books team: Amandra Cobb, Ryan Dahlgren, Josephine Daniels, and Brittany Weston.

Soldotna High School is pleased to offer "Making It Count" presentations to juniors and seniors on Tuesday, February 2, in the auditorium. These free, in-school presentation programs are designed to meet students at important crossroads in their lives. Juniors will attend 'Making Your College Search Count' during 1st hour and seniors, 'Making College and Career Count' during 2nd hour. Parents are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact your student's counselor.

Please plan on joining us from 5 pm to 8:00 pm on February 4 for a "Beat Cancer with Mrs. Tapia" Spaghetti Feed benefit dinner. The cost is $7 per adult and $5 for children 5 and under.

Parent Teacher Conferences are February 4 from 12-3 PM and 4-8 PM. There will be a special Smartboard training for parents in Room 18 from: 1:00 pm to 1:20 pm and 5:00 pm to 5:20 pm.

Want to come to parent/teacher conferences but can't leave your younger children at home? Bring them to the Soldotna High School library so they can participate in fun, hands-on activities while you attend conferences. Ms. Wear and NHS students will offer reading aloud, games, writing/drawing, puzzles, and more. Ages 4 and up welcome.

Soldotna High School National Honor Society Students of the month.

November : Phoebe Napolitano, Anatomy; Melanie Smith, Anatomy; Katelin Christenson, Algebra; Kaitlin Sperber, Algebra; Jordan Connor , Art; Dillon Tondre, Consumer Science; Owen Phillips, Honors LAPeter Raley, LA.

December: Heidi Westerman, Geometry; Angela Ramponi, AP Chemistry; Travis Perkovich , Geometry; David Swedberg , Geometry; Kasey Munn, Geometry; Jennifer Austin, AK Studies ; Josiah Martin, PE; Jasmine Woodland, Desktop Publishing/Yearbook; Mike Daniels, LA

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Soldotna Middle

SMS is sponsoring a fund raiser to help support rescue and recovery efforts in Haiti. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. During lunch, students and staff can purchase one loop of a paper chain that we will build and display in the halls. These chain links will be 25 cents each.

Wednesday, last day of Intramural Volleyball

Friday, SOM/COM Bingo, 8th period

Friday, Fortnightly 6 - 8 pm -chaperones are needed - please let the office know if your parents can help out.

February 4th, Parent /Teacher Conferences from noon - 4 and 5 - 7.

February 9, 10, & 11, Terra Nova Tests for all 7th graders. Parents, please check your calendar for appointments, etc. so that these do not take your student away from school on these very important testing days.

The last day to order your full color yearbook is Friday, February 26th. Order forms are available in the office and on edline. Yearbooks must be pre-ordered. We do not order extras, so don't wait on this offer.

Soldotna Elementary

Grades 4,5 and 6 competed in the school geography bee on January 13. Congratulations to Gabe Swyers for winning and Preston Weeks for becoming first runner up. Classroom competitions were held and these winners were Sierra VanHatten, Gabe Swyers, Isaac Larson, Preston Weeks, Taylor Gilmore and Austin Crowder. School winners will now take a written test and the one hundred top scorers will take part in the state Geography Bee on April 9.

An ice cream sale is planned for Friday, January 29 at 2 p.m. PTA is sponsoring the sale to raise money for another Smart Board for Soldotna Elementary School.

Thank you to all parents and guardians who pick up Soldotna Elementary students for being on time for dismissal and for not parking in the pick up lane. Our 3:25 dismissal is less congested now that Montessori is dismissing at 3:40 and it is safer for students.

Tebughna School

Student council is running a student store with snacks and drinks. It will be opened after tutoring on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are also doing pizza sales every other Tuesday. The first one was on Jan. 12.

On Jan. 13th there was a family night with story telling and snow shelter construction using rice crispie treats. Brandy Standifer and Al Goozmer shared their story telling talents.

Tustumena Elementary

Spelling Bee Results: classroom finalists -- Toma Johnson, Savannah McDonald, Cory Hinz, Sage Hill, Timmy Blakely, Isaiah Williams, Nathaniel Yannikos, Morgan Stoddard, Afton Carlson, Fiona Boze, Jennifer Luzzo, and Austin Schrader. Sage Hill was the winner, Cory Hinz took second place, and Austin Schrader took third place.

Basketball Hoop Shoot Results: Lindsey Wong placed 1st in the 12-13 year old group and Jeremy Kupferschmid who placed 3rd in the 8-9 year old group.

Today --Site Council Meeting, 4pm

Jan. 25-29 -- Pre-Registration for Kindergarten for the 2010-11 School Year. Please bring immunization records and birth certificate. 9:30-11:30 / 1-3.

Feb. 4 & 5 -- Parent-teacher conferences.

Feb. 16-- PTO Meeting, 4 pm.

Feb. 19 -- Winter Carnival.

Feb. 22 -- Site Council Meeting, 4 pm.

The following is a list of classes with the Soldotna Community Schools. Classes run from Monday through Saturday. For more information, call Carmen Triana at 262-3151, Ext. 24.

* Artisan bread 101 -- Tasting and discussion come learn artisan bread making for busy people. We will discuss how to incorporate healthy whole grains without spending hours in the kitchen. Participants will sample sour dough, refrigerated dough, and basic whole wheat bread. Tuesday/1 Night/ 6-8 p.m./Teens and Adults / 4 min. and 8 max/ Reel Caf, corner of Sterling Highway and Funny River Road/ $25 (or both classes for $40)

* Artisan bread 102 -- Baking and taking. Come ready to make and take your own creations. Participate in making basic whole wheat bread from start to finish. Participants will also receive instruction in making sour dough starter and refrigerated dough for your own home baking. Free milling of 5 pounds of grain or beans flours per class participant. (Make sure grains and beans are rock free.) Saturday/ 1 Day / 10 a.m.-2 p.m./ Teens and Adults / 4 Min 8 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Home Ec Room / $25 (or both classes for $40)

* Fur skinsewing -- Loraine Larsen, Skinsewer. Will demonstrate hide stretching and teach all the skinsewing techniques and secrets for making trapper and trooper-style fur hats; women's dress band hats; sheepskin slippers with beaver cuffs; baby booties and baby hats; children's beaver mittens and sheepskin trapper-style hats; earmuffs; fur mittens. Supplies for small ornament projects provided. All materials available for sale at class for large projects. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning January 26, February 23 (No class on Thursday, February 4) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. / 8 Nights / Teens and Adults / 5 Min and 15 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Art Room / $45.

* Honeybees and beekeeping -- Rosy Thompson. Using the book and video series, "Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary," this class will explore how to keep bees and produce your own honey (Alaska's real "liquid gold"), and pollinate your garden for business or hobby. You will learn how to build and maintain an apiary and have the opportunity to order bees. Handouts and tips on keeping bees in Alaska will be included. Support for beginning beekeepers will be available throughout the season. Tuesdays, Beginning January 26, Ending February 9 / 3 Nights / 6:30-8:30 p.m. / All ages / Soldotna Middle School, Classroom / $15

* Yoga/Pilates --Martina Cartwright and Amy Tovoli, Fitness Instructors. Get ahead of those winter blues and twist them off. This mat Pilates class will combine the core strengthening moves of Pilates and the discipline and postures of yoga. Use breathing techniques, movement strategies and mental focus to strengthen core muscles, improve balance, flexibility, and overall health. This is a great class for all levels of fitness, as well as all shapes, sizes and ages. Bring water, comfortable clothing, a towel and a yoga mat. Wednesdays, ending Feb. 17 / 4 Nights / 6-7 p.m./ Teens and Adults / Soldotna Middle School, Multi Purpose Room / $10/class or $30 for all 4 weeks.

* Touch Rugby -- Rugby is a game loved around the world and is one of the fasted growing team sports in North America. Touch Rugby is a fun, safe way to learn the basics of this energetic and fast paced game. Rugby in Alaska is growing in popularity and the opportunity to start a rugby program on the Kenai Peninsula is here. This class will focus on learning the rules of rugby as well as the general skills needed to play. There is a place on the rugby pitch for people of any fitness level! Whether you are just looking for a fun way to get in shape or you are an old rugger looking to relive your glory days, Touch Rugby is right for you! Session 1: Wednesdays, ending Feb. 17 / 4 Nights / 7-9 p.m. / Men and Women (age 14 and up) / Soldotna Middle School, Gym / $15.

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