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 http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/school_board.aspx?id=13414. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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.
First semester grade reports were due Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. Please make sure these reports are turned in ASAP to the advisors if not already done so.
Terra Nova testing will be administered to 5th and 7th grade students on Feb. 9 and 10. Letters have been sent home. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.
Workkeys testing will be administered on Feb. 15, 16 and 17 for 11th grade students (as well as for any seniors who wish to take the test). Contact your advisor to schedule which day you would like to take the test or if you have any questions.
Spanish Club will be meeting in the conference room at Connections on Thursday at 3 p.m. Bring a friend and as always there will be yummy food!
There is a Parent Meeting in the gymnasium tonight at 6:30 p;.m. in the gymnasium. Join us for a demonstration of our new Archery Program, new Cup Stacking Program and important school information.
There will be no school on Feb. 3 -- 4 for 7-12 grade students for parent/teacher conferences.
There will be no school on Feb. 4 for elementary children, as conferences will run the evening of Feb. 3 and the morning of Feb. 4 for elementary.
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 email@example.com 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 www.mysignup.com/ciacarnival. If you need additional information, please contact Mrs. Nelson.
Mr. Shields has asked for volunteers three days a week if possible, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, to help with PE the last hour of school, 2 -- 3 p.m. Please see Mr. Shields if you can volunteer.
Please take note of our new guidance counseling bulletin board in the front entryway. There may be some items of interest you would like to take advantage of.
Volunteer Area: We know everyone is very busy, but if you have a little time to help us out with some things at the school, we would appreciate your help immensely! The following items are in need of some attention:
* We need someone to head up our Banner Ad program as the Brushes, who organized and got this program "up and running," are stepping away from this responsibility. If you are interested, or would just like to find out more about what this entails, please call the office and talk to Jill.
* General "sprucing up" of the school.
* Painting in the office.
The K-Beach Canned Food Drive continues until Feb. 4. Please bring in your donations as soon as possible.
Mr. Daniels and Mr. Joe's class just completed a Rock Cycle project. Students worked through activities designed to teach them about the rock cycle and how it affects our lives. We used a homemade stream table to demonstrate how a stream is formed over hundreds of years. To demonstrate their knowledge, students worked in teams to create watershed models demonstrating the affects of water on erosion, human impact on watersheds, and ways for people use the watershed. Students also learned how a watershed breaks down rocks to become part of the rock cycle.
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.
Parents -- when your student is riding a different bus or getting off at a different stop, please send a note to the office so we can give your students a bus pass. We must know which bus and which stop you would like for your student. If your child is getting off the bus with another student, we still will need the name of the stop. (Example: Please allow Jane to ride bus 25 today to Woods with Sarah M.) If you have any questions, please call the office.
Important reminder -- Re-enrollment letters were mailed home and 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.
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.
Conferences are Feb. 2, in the evening; and Feb, 3 and 4. There will be no school for students on those days.
Our Book Fair will be held the week of conferences. Tuesday, before and after school; Wednesday, 3:30 -- 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. -- noon.
Terra Nova testing for the 5th graders will begin on Jan. 31 and will 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.
Bingo For Books -- this very fun event will take place during Family Fun Night in March. Gently used books, baby to adult, are graciously accepted. Donations =can be dropped off in the Library.
Juniors: The after-prom committee is meeting in the Little Theater on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to plan after-prom activities. This is a great event that gives our students positives activities to participate in after prom. Parents please join to make this night memorable.
All girls interested in playing softball: there will be an informational meeting in the cafeteria on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Parents please make time to stop by KCHS Thursday to discuss your child's grades with their teacher during the Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday from noon --3 p.m. and 5 -- 8 p.m. As a reminder, Friday is an in-service day.
World History Classroom Without Walls will have three lessons next week.
On Monday, Jan. 31, Introduction to "The Age of Exploration" Mr. Zorbas Kenai Central High School. Tuesday, Feb, 1 "The Real Vitas Bering." Mr. Weissenberg Soldotna High School Wednesday Collaboration workday for all students working on inter school group current issues project.
The annual borough high school mass choir festival will be hosted at Kenai Central Auditorium on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7 -- 8, 2011. All choral students from the KPBSD high schools will be at KCHS for all-day rehearsals both days, the students will work under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aspaas from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Each of the choirs will also have a 30-minute individual session with Dr. Aspaas, which is one of true "treats" of the festival
On Tuesday evening, Feb. 8, the concert will begin at 6 p.m. with Homer, KCHS, Nikiski, Ninilchik, Seward, Skyview, Soldotna choirs each performing individually followed by the mass choir singing their six selections with Dr. Aspaas.
This festival is always a wonderful two-day learning experience for the students and teachers. And the results are always a treat. Admission is $5 -- adults; $2 -- students and senior citizens.
Tuesday, Feb. 1 -- Hockey Boosters, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 2 -- Assembly; Hockey; Skiing; Classroom without Walls; Girls Basketball leaves for the valley. Boys basketball leaves for Barrow.
Thursday, Feb. 3 -- ParentTeacher conference noon --3 p.m., and 5 --8 p.m.; Hockey leaves for regions.
Friday, Feb. 4 -- Teacher in-service.
Saturday, Feb. 5 -- Workforce Day.
Character Counts winners last week were Adam Anglebrandt, Alston Thomas, Gavin Dirks, Deserae Hite, Isaiah Blavatsky, Tuf Boze, Kiernan Lambert, Jeffrey Easling, Demetrious Hawkins, Ashley Pope, Chanoah Batson and Hunter Fitt.
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3 -- 4. There will be no school for students.
Mountain View has been selected to present to the KPBSD school board on Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the borough building in Soldotna. Mr. Daniel's class will perform a musical selection directed by Mr. McFarland. Michelle Thomason, our new teacher mentor, will also be presenting.
Site Council will meet at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Mountain View Library.
The Library will be holding a book fair the week of Feb. 14 -- 18. If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair please call the office at 283-8600.
Monday, Jan. 31 -- Girls C Team BB vs. SoHi-4:30 p.m., Boys C Team BB vs. SoHi-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 1 -- BB vs. Skyview; 3 p.m., Girls JV; 4:30 p.m., Boys JV; 6 p.m., Girls V; 7:30 Boys V
Thursday, Feb. 3 -- No school. Parent/Teacher conferences: 8 -- 11 a.m.; noon -- 4 p.m.; 5 -- 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 4 -- No school. BB vs. Grace Christian: 3 p.m., Girls JV; 4:30 p.m., Boys JV; 6 p.m., Girls V; 7:30 p.m., Boys V
Saturday, Feb. 5 -- 10 a.m. Island Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Prizes, such as an electric ice auger, ice tents and other ice fishing gear to be awarded in adult and children's divisions.
Today is the beginning of our Scholastic Book Fair. This book fair is a buy one -- get one free sale. The fair will be open during the school days and also during parent/teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday. Please call the school library at 776-2630 for more information.
There will not be school on Thursday and Friday due to parent/teacher conferences. Please check with your child's teacher if you have not received a conference time for your child. Also, please check the lost and found items on the table in the hallway. Items not claimed by Friday afternoon will be donated to charity.
We will celebrate "Love of Reading Month" during February. The school will participate in the One School, One Book program. The book that has been chosen for our school is "The Trumpet and the Swan," by E. B. White. Each child will receive a copy of the book. This is an opportunity for you to read the book with your child for a family activity. For more information please call the school at 776-2600.
Kinley Glaves and Elijah Elsey tied as Redoubt's spelling bee champions. A tie-breaker was held and Kinley Glaves will represent Redoubt at the Anchorage bee. Other participants in the school bee on Wednesday, Jan. 26 were Ricky Fiebelkorn, Jackson Blackwell, Jayce Kemp, Kianna Steadman, Madison McMahill, Will Rogers, Ophelia Olson, Aaron Malone, Andrea Best, Marissa Jackson, Brenna Belluomini, Lexee Bush, Joe Childers, Jon Boone, Teya Durham, Lacie Garrett, Andrea Rodriguez, David Victoroff, Liam Selden, Nick Edwards, Jay Frost, Derek Evans, Ian Reger, Thomas Brown, Rylan Burrows, Victoria Denison, Kalob England, Joey Fiebelkorn, Porter Evans, Gabe Guthrie, Jacob Jackson, Derek Lewis and Marlayna Saavedra.
Parent conferences are Thursday and Friday. There will be no school for students. Parents who need to schedule a conference are asked to contact their child's teacher.
The lost and found will be emptied on Friday. Students are encouraged to claim any items that belong to them. All remaining items will be given to local charities.
February is Love of Reading month.
Redoubt will begin its One School, One Book program in February. 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.
Bingo for Books is Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the gym. All Redoubt students and their families are invited to attend this fun, free family activity. All children attending must be accompanied by an adult.
Big G Box Tops drawing winners were Zander Emery and Kianna Holland.
Students and Staff of the Month for 2nd quarter are: Aide -- Megan Janorschke and Nick Symonds; Business Technology -- Ashley Whiteshield; Fine Arts -- Chelsea Ahlers and Isabella Jukic; Health -- Emma Everett; Language Arts -- Katie Clonan, Madison Day and Shelby Haynes; Math -- Tiffany Allen and Sam Janorschke; Performing Arts -- Charles Tuck and Tamlyn Silva; Physical Education -- Thiat "T" Bak and Jeff Knott; Science -- Olivia Duran, Marlee Cunningham and Jeremy Hinz; Social Studies -- Howard Batt, Carol Clonan, Megan Neill and Bud Sparks; Vocational Education -- Wesley Matthews; World Languages -- Holly Eyre and Samantha Mason; Work Co-op -- Annita Braun; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce -- Megan Janorschke, Noah Perry and Elisha Hollers; Teachers -- Linda Raemaeker and Terri Zopf-Schoessler; and Staff -- Rachel Hanson, bookkeeper, and Carol Kier, head secretary.
Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday from noon -- 3 p.m., and 4 -- 7 p.m. in the commons. Friday is a teacher in-service day. There will be no school for students on either of these days.
Go to http://www.edline.net/pages/Skyview_High for news, scholarship information and other events and to www.highschoolsports.net for updates on sports.
A celebration of Rain Forests, sponsored by the PTA, took place after school at Soldotna Elementary School. Students and parents were able to use a Smart Board and watch a Discovery presentation on amazing rain forests. Accompanying activities included creating colorful butterflies, tasting rain forest delicacies, making tropical flowers from recycled water bottles and creating a rain forest mural that is now displayed in the foyer.
Terra Nova testing for 5th graders is taking place this week. Fifth grade parents are reminded to especially encourage their students and provide a good night's sleep and healthy breakfast.
Thanks to all parents who are careful and following directions during dismissal in the parking lot to maintain student safety.
Battle of the Books will take place on Feb 9.
The Junior class will be selling Candy Grams all week during break and lunch. These will be delivered to students on Valentines Day.
Soldotna High School will be hosting the Career and Student Technical Organization conference on Feb. 17. CTSO students will be competing from around the peninsula on a variety of career skills.
The end of the year Hockey Banquet will be on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Commons.
The Calendar Committee has discussed the 2012-13 and 2013-14 calendars and wants to get input from students, parents and staff prior to giving a recommendation to the Board of Education. There is now a survey on the home page of the web under Community Interest.
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. Should you have any questions or logistics to address please contact; Marcia Howell, Alaska Injury Prevention Center's Executive Director; at 929-3939 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Marin Darr, TjohnE Productions, 1-616-915-3452.
Tuesday, Feb. 8 -- Kenai Central hosts the 2011 KPBSD HS Mass Choir Festival under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aspaas from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. Concert begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.
Baseball open gyms for throwing are every Sunday at 6 p.m. Contact Coach Roger Phillips at 953-4663 with any questions.
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 and stamped envelope to Mrs. Treider, 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.
Yearbooks can be ordered online at www.ybpay.com or in room 76 for $60.
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.
There will be a Flashback Dance on Feb. 25 from 7:30 -- 10:30 p.m. Today's hits with a few "blast from the past" songs will be included. Students, casual dress, come as you are!
Sport information can be found at www.highschoolsports.net
Congratulations to the students of the month for December!
Language Arts -- Shaylynn Norris, Rachel Shassetz, Shannon Bradford, Zoe Zorn; PE -- Dylan Ackerman, Alexandra Ashe, Rachel Thomas; Math -- Elizabeth Cho, Rachel Henry, Olivia Farrell, Brittney Mills, Sage Hill, Chloe Haas, Jesse Meier, Tessa Gottlobb, Madison Nelson, Amber McDonald, James Elsey, Kelsey Jackson; Algebra -- Tyler Fenton, Austin Laber; Science -- Halen Wells, Meghan Ussing, Zoe Zorn, Phillip Kitchen, Zachari Haselow, Austin Laber, Mykala Steadman, Zachary Hallford, Austin Hatten; Study Skills -- Trevor Speakman, Lukas Patten; Basic Skills -- Keegan Dubendorf, Amber Nicholson; Reading -- Amy Bunch, Chloe Haas; Spanish -- Shaylynn Norris, Claire McElroy; Computer Explorations/Technology -- Devon Brooner, Jonathan Jessup; Business and Information Systems -- Halen Wells, John VinZant, Zachary Garriott, Tyler Witcher; Yearbook -- Sloan Stenga, Andrew Sweigart; Digital Photography 1 -- Courtney Barker, Mathew Davis; Digital Photography 2 -- Nathan Spence, Michaela Sauve; Shop -- Montana Landess; Homeroom -- Levi Michael, Hannah Pothast, Hannah Katzenberger, Justin Dahlgren, Dylan Schultz, Haley Miller, Taryn McCubbins, Justice Miller, Allyson Beilen, Coltin Yancey, Audrey Helgevold; World History -- Kayli Kitchens, Alyssa Wolfe, Race Rusk, Mason Prior; Leadership -- Hannah Katzenberger, Amber McDonald, Nicholas Griglione, Shaylynn Norris, John Gibbs, Kenneth Griffin, Elizabeth Cho, Caitlan Gibbons, Sloan Stenga, Harley Beal, Robert Urenda; Career -- Brent Christenson, Charles Gibbons, Eli Graham, Madison Nelson, Emmalee Johnson, Austin Craig, Machaela Sauve, Skylar Shaw, Zachary Hallford, Kendra Bass, Caitlin Gamble, Elijah Daman, Jeremiah Hudson; Drumline -- Anna Sayman; Band -- Ali Dusek, Shayne Hensley; Choir -- Serene Hobbs, Kayli Kitchens; Student Aide -- Zachary Hallford.
February Sms Events:
Tuesday -- 8th grade NAEP test.
Wednesday -- Student of Month / Student of Character Bingo
Thursday -- Parent Teacher conferences: noon -- 4 p.m., and 5 -- 7 p.m. No school for students.
Friday -- No school for students. Teacher in-service.
Saturday -- Volleyball -- Soldotna (Maroon) vs. Seward at Soldotna, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 8 -- Volleyball -- Kenai vs. Soldotna (White) at Kenai, 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 11 -- Volleyball -- Homer vs Soldotna (Maroon) at Soldotna, 3 p.m.; Volleyball -- Seward vs. Soldotna (White) at Seward, 3 p.m.; Nordic skiing -- Homer Invitational, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12 -- Wrestling -- Homer Invitational, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 15 -- Volleyball -- Soldotna (Maroon) vs. Kenai at Soldotna, 3 p.m.; Volleyball -- Soldotna (White) vs. Nikiski at Soldotna, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17 -- Volleyball -- Soldotna (Maroon) vs. Soldotna (White) at Soldotna, 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 18 -- Nordic Skiing -- Kenai Invitational, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19 -- Volleyball -- Soldotna (White) vs. Homer at Homer, 10 a.m.; Wrestling -- Borough Tournament at Seward, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 22 -- Volleyball -- Nikiski vs. Soldotna (Maroon) at Nikiski, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24 -- Volleyball -- First round of Borough Tournament (TBA).
Saturday, Feb. 26 -- Volleyball -- Finals of Borough Tournament at Kenai, 10 a.m.; Nordic skiing -- Borough Tournament at Homer (TBA).
Congratulations to Gabriel Aburto, Gracie Bass, Jacob McConnell and Kennedy Holland, who will represent Sterling Elementary as the 3rd/4th grade Battle of the Books team in the borough competition on Feb. 10.
Students in 4th through 6th grade will participate in classroom spelling bees this week. On Feb. 2nd at 9:30, the top two spellers from each class will compete in the school spelling bee. The winner of the school spelling bee will have the opportunity to represent Sterling Elementary School in the state spelling bee.
Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 4 -- 7 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 3, from 8:20 a.m. -- 4:45 p.m. Anyone who doesn't know when their conference is, or who needs to reschedule it should contact Mrs. Mahan at 262-4944. Some teachers conduct student-led conferences, so parents are encouraged to review classroom newsletters to find out if it is required that their child attend the conference with them.
There is no school on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3 -- 4.
We have had a great visit with stained glass artist Jim Kaiser the past two weeks. Your children should be bringing home their art works today. We thank him for his hard work with all of our students and staff. He also created a Lynx window during his residency. Once we have it framed it will be on display in the entry.
Please be sure to look ahead on your calendar and mark Feb. 3 -- 4 for Parent/Teacher conferences. You should have received notices with your time(s). We hope that all parents take the opportunity to visit with your child's teacher, as communication is a key to help us all work toward student success.
This week's kindergarten pre-registration did have a few families come in to begin the process. If you know of anyone who will likely have a student entering next year it would be very helpful if they would stop in and enroll. This will help us in planning our staffing for next year.
The week of Feb. 14--18 will be our "Love of Reading" week. There will be many activities during that week. Monday is Valentine's Day and classes will be celebrating. Tuesday, Feb. 15, is readable shirt or hat day. Students may wear a hat or shirt with an appropriate message on it. Wednesday, Feb. 16, is our read-in day. Students may wear their sweats or appropriate pajamas for our read-in. On Thursday we will have buddy reading between classes and on Friday we will have class videos, based on a book, with popcorn. It should be a fun celebration of reading.
Our school carnival is coming on Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The PTO is still in need of donations for the auction that will occur during the carnival. Room parents will be calling to find helpers for the carnival but if you would like to volunteer please call PTO President Corrine Johnston at 262-5257. The new prize system that allows you to collect stamps and trade them in for prizes during the night was very successful and will be used again this year. We'll also have a Chinese auction for the adults to participate in along with split the pot. Auction items are being displayed in the trophy case at school so stop by and see what's available. Auction tickets will be available for sale soon. We hope that families will take the time to come together and enjoy this event.
Another fun family event is the 6th grade "Tasty Tustumena" on Friday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. This spaghetti feed is only $5 per person and will be served by the students in the class. There will also be silent and cry-out auctions with items the students have acquired by trading up. Funds raised will be used for the class trip across the bay this Spring.
Overdue notices will be going home at conferences next week. If there is a whole class that has all of their library overdues taken care of (books turned in and/or fines paid) Miss Thompson will give that class a choice of prizes. Please find those books and turn them in!
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