Around the District

Posted: Monday, February 01, 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.

* Today;

* Feb. 15;

* March 1;

* April 5;

* May 3 (at Seward High School);

* June 7; and

* June 8 (board planning session.)

District pandemic preparedness statement

The risk of serious illness appears to be greatest for infants and young children, pregnant women, young adults through age 24, and persons with underlying health problems. If you or your child have or develop symptoms of influenza, please notify your health care provider.

For important information from the CDC, State of Alaska and KPBSD, we strongly encourage you to visit our Pandemic Preparedness page at

Workforce opportunities available

High school students can enroll in any of the after school classes offered at local high schools. All classes are free to the student and transportation may be provided if needed. When a student successfully completes the course they will receive practical art credit. Each academy is six to eight weeks long and two to three days a week or totaling 60 hours. Construction academies teach students entry level skills in welding, carpentry, electrical and drafting/blueprint reading. These academies are possible thanks to funding from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development.

An Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) class will start on February 8th. Passing the ETT final exam is required to receive certification.

Also being offered is Introduction To Criminal Justice Career Pathways. Students will explore different career choices in law enforcement. The Youth First and Carl Perkins grant makes these classes possible. For schedules and information on any of these classes or to sign up contact Leanne Abendroth at 283-2145 or e-mail her at .

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 Feb. 12. 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 Feb. 12. For more information and to obtain an application, call your school counselor or call at 262-9220.

* Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Chapter Safari Club International is accepting applications for a $4,000 ($1,000 per year for four years) to a graduating senior from any accredited high school with in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The essay topic is "Should shooting sports be allowed in schools?" Submissions must defend their position. Applications are available at or the KPBSD one-stop scholarship Web site. The deadline is April 1.

Connections home-school program

Terra Nova Testing will be Tuesday through Thursday for grades five and seven. Contact local office with any questions.

Advisers will not be available Feb. 11 due to in-service meetings.

Seniors are asked to stop by the office for a graduation packet.

Grace Lutheran

Grades four through eight participated in the school geography bee. Jason Spry was declared the winner and NaTasha Spry was first runner-up. The winner will submit his written test score and if he is one of the 100 top scorers he will take part in the state bee April 9 in Anchorage.

January Book-it reading calendars are due Tuesday. The students who have successfully reached the reading goal for January will receive a certificate entitling them to a free Pizza Hut personal pan pizza. February goals will also be handed out Tuesday.

The kindergarten and first through third grade students will celebrate the 100th day of school Wednesday. Parents are reminded that kindergartners should bring a collection of 100 items to share with the class that day. First-, second-, and third-graders are encouraged to wear the 100s day T-shirt they created.

For more information, call Ryan Holper at 283-9551.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Re-enrollment forms for the 2010-11 school year were mailed home two weeks ago. It is important that you return the form by the deadline of Feb. 12 by 4 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 p.m. deadline.

School tours for new families are held Wednesdays in February at 9:30. New parent informational meetings will be Feb. 16 at 4 and Feb. 20 at 1 p.m., and Feb. 22 at 6:30. It is mandatory to attend one meeting if you will be new in the fall.

After-school activities will begin today and will be held once per week. This includes gym activities, photo and yoga clubs. Students have signed up and the response was tremendous and we're happy to announce that all students who signed up will participate in their first choice activity. Indemnification forms have been sent home; please complete and return the form as soon as possible. A schedule is on the back of the indemnification form.

Visit Book Fair Feb. 2 through 5.

Battle of the Books for fifth and sixth grades will take place Tuesday and for third and fourth grades Wednesday.

Helpers are needed for the PTA winter carnival which is scheduled for Feb. 19 - if you're interested contact our PTA at

Yearbook orders are being taken and the cost is $15. 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 Elementary

Jessica Ramirez and Jennaka Papp are the second and third place winners of the Tustumena 200 poster contest. Adrian Johnson's poster was framed as an award for Jeff King, the Tustumena 200 winner.

Tie Dye Week will begin today.

The rehearsal schedule for "High School Musical" is posted on Edline. Contact Mr. Houglum if you would like to help.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. Check with your child's teacher for your appointment time.

Kenai Central High

Wednesday college representatives and financial advisors will meet with the juniors and seniors in the auditorium to discuss, inform, and advise students on how to plan for life after high school. Later that afternoon, President Hamilton from the University of Alaska Anchorage will address the student body on the importance of postsecondary education.

Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday -- Hockey Boosters 6, Assembly, Hockey and Skiing.

Wednesday -- Making it Count in Auditorium, Juniors 1st period, Seniors 2nd period and Assembly-UAA President.

Thursday -- C/JV BB vs. Diamond 5, 6:30, Parent-teacher conferences 12-3 and 5-8 and Hockey Regions @ KCHS.

Friday -- Teacher Inservice, Hockey Regions @ KCHS, Boy's Basketball vs. South 3, 4:30, 6 and Eligibility Check.

Saturday -- Hockey Regions @ KCHS and Boy's BB vs. Diamond 12, 1:30, 3 p.m.

Kenai Middle

The school is in need of good quality used cross-country Skis. To donate drop them off at the school.

Parent - teacher conferences are Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. No school Friday.

Geography Bee: first place winner is Ian Ashley; second place - Ali Jones; and third Place - Ashley Thornton.

The students at raised $207 at their Activity Night and dance to help the people of Haiti.

Friday -- XC Skiing at Skyview 3 p.m.

Saturday -- Volleyball at Nikiski 10 a.m.; Wrestling at Seward 10 a.m

Feb. 13 -- XC Skiing at Seward 12 p.m.

Feb. 16 -- Volleyball at KMS 3 p.m.

Feb. 18 -- Volleyball at KMS 3 p.m.

Feb. 19 -- Volleyball at Seward 3 p.m.

Feb. 20 -- Borough Wrestling Tournament at Nikiski 9 a.m.

Feb. 25 -- Volleyball 1st Round of Boroughs

Feb. 27 -- Volleyball Boroughs at Homer 10 a.m; XC Skiing.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners: Jordan Henley, Brandie Schwenk, Piper Rucker, Sierra Purugganan, Shakobi Vandenberg, Nathan Wynn, Francesca Bolton, Taylor Beile, Luke Sarks, Emily Coval, Jonathan Delgado and Melanie Lee.

District Battle of the Books competition will take place Tuesday for fifth grade and Wednesday for third and fourth grade.

No School Thursday and Friday for parent-teacher conferences.

The book fair will be open in the library today through Wednesday and Feb. 8 during school hours and during parent-teacher conferences. To volunteer to help with the book fair call the office at 283-8600.

Volleyball Club open to fifth grade students will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through February. Students will need to have a signed permission slip and will need to be picked up at 4:15 p.m.

The PTA will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in the library.

The fifth grade band concert is scheduled for Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. in the gym.

Forensics will be held after school Mondays and Thursdays for third through fifth grade students through March 4. Students will need to have a signed permission slip and will need to be picked up at 4:30 p.m.

Artist in Residence, Joy Falls, will visit Feb. 8 through 26. Falls will work with students on a large scale clay mural highlighting the wildlife of the Kenai Peninsula.

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 6th 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:

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

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

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m., noon to 4 p.m., and 5 to 8 p.m. We encourage you to attend conferences with your child. No appointments are necessary.

The Book Fair will be running today through Feb. 12. The fair will be open before school, during lunch, and after school until 2:45. It will be open on Thursday during parent-teacher conferences.

A meeting for planning after-grad activities for senior parents will be held in the library at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Today -- 4:30 p.m. C Team Girls Basketball vs. CIA, 6 p.m. C Team Boys Basketball vs. CIA

Tuesday --3 p.m. C Team Girls Basketball vs. Seward, 4:30 PM C Team Boys Basketball vs. Seward

Thursday - NO SCHOOL. Parent Teacher conferences from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., noon to 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Book Fair open during conference times.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Spelling bee class winners who participated are Jeanelee Stock, Hunter Holloway, Wyatt Edelen, Brendan Harris, Kyle Rosado, Bryan Sledge, Lochlan Quiner, Donovan Smith, Verity Feltman, Hannah Young, Emma Wik, and Jacob Smith. 5th place - Zack Tuttle, 4th - Melanie Sexton, 3rd place - Emily Hensley, 2nd place - Javon Pamplin (school runner up) and 1st place to 3rd grader Malcolm Yerkes. Malcolm will represent NNS at this year;s state spelling bee.

The Scholastic book fair it will run all this week and be open during parent/teacher conferences. This is a buy one get one free book fair. For more information, call the library at 776-2630.

The school will be reading the book, "Indian in the Cupboard" as part of the One School, One Book Program during February, Love of Reading Month. This program is designed to create a shared reading experience within a single elementary school community. A chapter book is chosen, every family in the elementary school receives a copy, and every family reads that book at home over the course of a month. Activities at school coordinate, promote, and enrich the shared reading experience. The primary purpose of this program is to encourage reading together at home.

Redoubt Elementary

Bingo for Books is Tuesday from 6:30 - 8 p.m. students and their families are invited to attend this free evening of family fun. Refreshments will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Parent conferences are Thursday and Friday. There will be no school for students. Parents who do not have a conference scheduled are asked to contact their child's teacher as soon as possible.

Fifth grade classes are coordinating a school fundraiser for Haiti. A map and full information will be posted in the school hallway in time for conferences. In addition, fifth grade classes will host a bake sale during conferences. Donations in any amount will be appreciated. Money collected will be given to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief.

To kick off Love of Reading Month activities, classrooms are decorating their doors to represent a favorite book. Parents are invited to view the doors during conferences.

Students are encouraged to participate in the library's Go for the Gold reading challenge. Students will earn gold medals for their class by reading a specified amount of time or number of books, determined by their grade level. The challenge beings February 1 and ends February 26. There will be prizes awarded and lots of reading in celebration of Love of Reading month.

Spelling bee champion is Jacob Winch. Zane Bush and Teya Durham tied for second place. Other contestants were Kaitlyn Atterberry, Brenna Belluomini, Trayton Bird, Jackson Blackwell, Jon Boone, Olivia Conradi, Matthew Daugherty, Carter Davis, Taylor Earll, Nick Edwards, Elijah Elsey, Jimmy Fiebelkorn, Jay Frost, Kinley Glaves, Kayla Haeg, Karissa Kaluza, Capri Jones, Jayce Kemp, Dylan Kuntz, Myra Love, Jake Marcuson, Jeffery Moore, Tehya Nichols, John-Mark Pothast, Shayley Powell, Juanita Rincon, Reagan Schoessler, Hannah Selden, Kianna Steadman, Jace Urban, Savannah Wolfe, and Mikhail Wright.

Intramural basketball games begin this week.

Last week's Big G Box Tops drawing winner was Jaymie Moore.

Skyview High

The school will host a community open house to raise funds for the Haiti relief efforts from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the school. Dancing, music, silent auction and games are some of the planned activities. A 'dive in" showing of the movie "Finding Nemo" also is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will be able to swim while watching the movie. Limited space is available and is on first-come first-served basis.

Suggested donations are $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 5-15 years old and children ages 4 years old and younger are admitted in for free. Money will go to the Haiti relief efforts through the American Red Cross. Call 260-2300, for more information.

University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will visit the school Tuesday to talk to students during a morning assembly about the importance of education and postsecondary education.

The junior varsity girls' basketball team will host Port Lions Thursday at 3 p.m.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m.

For updates on news and sports information visit or .

Soldotna High

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.

"Making It Count" presentations for juniors and seniors will be held Tuesday 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 first hour and seniors, 'Making College and Career Count' during second hour. Parents are welcome to attend. For more information, contact your student's counselor.

The "Beat Cancer with Mrs. Tapia" spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the school. The cost is $8 per adult and $5 for children ages 5 years old and under.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a Smartboard training for parents in room 18 from 1 to 1:20 p.m. and 5 to 5:20 p.m.

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

Soldotna Middle

Spelling bee winner is Bryan Dombovy, runner up, Taryn McCubbins. The guest reader was Dr. Atwater, KPBSD Superintendent. The winning word was cajolery. The other contestants were James Lee, Emma Landeis, Allison Ralston, Ciarra Mahan, Joanne Glaves, Parker Bates, Zach Haselow, Elijah Frederickson, Serena Prior, Kaitlyn Thompson, Charles Hansen, Keely Abendroth, Timber Haselow and Ben Mattox.

Thursday, Parent-teacher conferences from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. No school.

Friday, Teacher in-service, No School.

Feb. 9-11, Terra Nova Tests for seventh-graders. Parents, 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 a full color yearbook is Feb. 26. Order forms are available in the office and on edline. Yearbooks must be pre-ordered.

Sterling Elementary

The school's Healthy Alliance, along with the PTA and IGA Country Foods in Kenai provided fruit/vegetable Friday. The students tried broccoli and carrots. In the past, they have been able to sample grapes, bananas, oranges and even blood oranges. The goal of the alliance is to promote healthier eating and to give the students an opportunity to try healthy foods they might not have tried before.

Parent-teacher conferences are during the evening Wednesday and all day Thursday. Families who do not know their conference time or who need to change it should call Mrs. Mahan in the office as soon as possible.

Teachers will participate in an in-service Friday regarding Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and the children will have the opportunity to vote on what the next school-wide community celebration of positive behavior will be.

The grade four through six forensics tournament will be held Feb. 24 at 9:30 a.m. Judges and timers are needed. To volunteer call Mrs. Boehmler at 262-4944. Judges and timers will be needed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Students who place in their category and earn a high enough score will represent the school at the borough forensics tournament in March.

Tustumena Elementary

Thursday and Friday -- parent-teacher conferences

Love of Reading week events will be

Feb. 8 -- Make Valentines or bookmarks for buddy reading Feb. 11 and teachers make arrangements to read with another class.

Feb. 9 -- Readable Hat and/or T-shirt Day - May wear an appropriate readable hat and/or T-shirt.

Feb. 10 -- "Pajama or Sweats Day" and read-in : Wear pajamas to school and get comfy to read. Teacher determines time and length for read-in. Students may bring a blanket, pillow or stuffed animal and popcorn and book movie or Reading Rainbow

Feb. 11 -- Buddy reading/bookmark exchange: Classes read together and exchange bookmarks.

Feb. 12 -- Class Valentine parties: Reading Rainbows will be available for check-out throughout the week.

Feb. 16 -- PTO meeting at 4 p.m.

Feb. 19 -- winter carnival.

Feb. 22 -- site council meeting at 4 p.m.

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