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Posted: Monday, February 07, 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 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 stachick@kpbsd.k12.ak.us 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. 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 Wednesday and Thursday. 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.

Cook Inlet Academy

Feb. 11 is a teacher in-service day and there will be no school.

There will be a band concert on Feb. 27. Stay tuned for additional details.

Spring Carnival! Mrs. Nelson could use some help preparing for the annual CIA Carnival. If you would like to sign 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.

nPainting in the office.

K-Beach Elementary School

The Site Council will meet today, Monday, at 2:45 p.m., in Mrs. Linton's office.

The Canned Food Drive ends Wednesday, Feb. 9. This is extended from last Friday. Please continue to bring in your donations through Wednesday.

Terra Nova testing continues this week. Tuesday is the last day for regular testing. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be make up testing days.

Mr. Daniels' class studied the digestive system and how it relates to wellness. We discussed important nutrients for the body, the parts of the digestive system, and we created a healthy lunch plan. We would like to thank Mrs. Daniels for her presentation on portion size vs. serving size.

"Freedom" rehearsal schedule: Monday, Feb. 7: Group One -- 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 8: Group Two -- 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 9: Group Three -- 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Spirit week will be Feb. 14 -- 18. Watch for more information to come!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The final day of Terra Nova testing for our 5th graders is Feb. 7. Attendance is very important.

Important Reminder -- Re-enrollment letters were mailed home last month 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 4th deadline with a new sibling 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 to 4:45 p.m. and, as always, we appreciate your promptness in picking up your child.

Parent Informational meetings will be held this month 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.

The APC meets Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.

Battle of the Books for grades 3 and 4 is Feb. 10 and grades 5 and 6 is Feb. 11.

The annual School Carnival is Feb. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. This event, sponsored by the PTA, is always filled with many games, prizes, food and certainly FUN!

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; these can be dropped off in the Library.

With the unpredictable winter weather we want to remind students to come to school prepared with appropriate winter clothing, boots, gloves, hats and warm coats. There are a couple of walking field trips in February so warm clothing is important.

Kenai Central High School

The annual borough high school mass choir festival will be hosted at Kenai Central Auditorium on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7 -- 8. 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, Minn. Each of the choirs will also have a 30-min. 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. Admission is $5 -- adults, $2 -- students and senior citizens.

The recycling club has reusable cloth grocery bags for sale. The bags are red and have the Tuffy Kardinal printed on them. The bags are $3. Contact Mrs. Lewis to purchase. Please support the KCHS recycling club as well as help keep plastic grocery bags out of our landfills.

Saturday the Kenai Kardinals basketball team will be hosting the Wasilla Warriors. Games start at 9 a.m. Please support our athletes and come dressed in red and white.

The KCHS Battle of the Books team will participate in the district high school competition on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Team members include Kendra Ashwell, Liberty Rohn and Joy Wannamaker. The team has been hard at work for months reading and holding practice sessions to prepare.

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations to our wrestlers. They took 2nd as a team in the Soldotna Invitational on Saturday.

Wrestlers who placed in the top three were: 1st place at 95 pounds, Chris Hamilton; at 132, Corbin Streiff; and at 145, Ellery Steffensen. 2nd place at 110 pounds, Andrew Welborn; at 155, Dylan Carter; at 167, Jayce Baker; and at 190 plus, Abe Bartlett. 3rd place at 105 pounds, Nate Saavedra; at 155 Kyle Hunter; and at 190 Zach Koziczkowski.

Congratulations to our cross-country skiers who competed in Friday's meet. All of our skiers finished the race. Top finishers from Kenai Middle include: 7th grade boys -- Isaac Lewis, 5th place and Ean Atchley, 3rd place; 8th grade boys -- Marley Smith, 4th place; Jordan Theisen, 3rd place and Travis Cooper, 1st place; 7th grade girls -- Mikaela Salzetti, 5th place; 8th grade girls -- Lilly Kincheloe, 8th place; Alex Bergholtz, 4th place and Kirsten Nyquist, 3rd place.

wE will have an activity night and dance on Feb. 11 from 6 -- 8 P.M. If you'd like to volunteer please call the office at 283-1700.

Here are the finalists from the Kenai Middle School Talent Show held last week: 3rd Place: Andi Reilly; 2nd Place: Nathan Saavedra; and in 1st Place Kyla Whannel. Congratulations to all the students that participated in the talent show!

Dates to remember:

Feb. 8 -- Volleyball at KMS, 3 p.m.

Feb. 11 -- Skiing at Homer, 3 p.m.; Clubs; Activity Night 6 -- 8 p.m.

Feb. 12 -- Wrestling at Homer, 10 a.m.

Feb. 15 -- Volleyball at SMS, 3 p.m.; CLUBS SCHEDULE

Feb. 17 -- Volleyball at Nikiski, 3 p.m.

Feb. 18 -- Volleyball at KMS, 3 p.m.; CLUBS SCHEDULE; Skiing at KMS, 3 p.m.

Feb. 19 -- Wrestling Boroughs at Seward.

Feb. 24 -- Volleyball -- First Round Boroughs.

Feb. 26 -- Volleyball Boroughs at KMS; Skiing Boroughs at Homer.

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Genesis Trevino, Nicole Toepel, Makayla Clauson, Jonathan Freeman, Grace Merritt, Brandi Powell, Sharryn Peterson, Brianna Weimer, Joey Long, Emilie Hopkinson, Matt McEntire, Jessica Trent and Corey Lupsin.

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.

Interviews for the Mountain View principal will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Mountain View Library. Public input is appreciated.

Due to the principal interviews, the Site Council meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 10, 7:45 a.m., in the Mountain View Library.

The Battle of the Books competition will take place on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 10 -- 11. Good luck to the 3rd and 4th grade team -- Amanda Parazoo, Kai McKibben, Kiernan Lambert and Kameron Maxie; and to the 5th grade team -- Madison Fischer, Makayla Turner-Walker and Tekaiya Rich.

The in-school forensics competition will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Those 4th and 5th grade students wno are chosen to move on will compete in the district forensics competition on Saturday, March 5.

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.

We will have a Teddy Bear Parade on Monday, Feb. 14, at 2:30 p.m. for Kindergarten -- 2nd grade.

Mountain View is participating in the Safeway "10-percent Back to Schools" program. Please turn in your Safeway receipts dated Jan. 29 through Feb. 28 to the office. Proceeds from this promotion will go toward student activities.

Nikiski Middle-High School

Luke Johnson, Michael Davis, Cody Evans, Liam Niland, Paris Davis, Oleg Samarin, Emily Berry, Mikala Larson, Kevin Kluge, Morgan Farmer, Katelyn Sexton, Arianne Parrish, Rhiannon Kivisto, Brittany Sexton, Savannah Freeman, Jenna Hansen, Michelle Fandel, Obadiah Moore, Richard Smith, Lacy Elsey and Samuel Tauriainen have been selected as Students of the Month for January! Congratulations!

Feb. 7 -- Joint Site Council Meeting at NNS 4 p.m.

Feb. 8 -- 6th Grade Transition Team Meeting Site Council.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

Congratulations to the Nikiski North Star school spelling bee champion for this year: 5th grader, Hallie Tauriainen.

Hallie will get to represent NNS at the state spelling bee in Anchorage in early March! 2nd place -- Aaron McCollum, 3rd place -- Bryan Sledge and 4th place -- Zack Tuttle. Also, congratulations to all the other classroom spelling bee representatives who made it to the school spelling bee: Lochlan Quiner, Kyle Rosada, Brendan Harris, Dalton Mullins, Angela Nunley, Jamie Yerkes, Garrett Ellis, Jaylen Uhls, Trinity Biamonte, Hannah Young, Sabena Christoffersen, William Manell, Ayla Farris, Kayle Johnson, Michael Eiter, and Michael Mysing.

There will be a Yankee Candle fundraiser on going from Feb. 4 -- 28. Mrs. Barnes, Durrant, and Zimmerman classes are having this sale to help pay for spring field trips. Please call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

Today we will kick off "Love of Reading Month" with an assembly at 2:30 p.m. in the gym. We are beginning our "One Book, One School" activity once again. This year we have chosen to read "The Trumpet of the Swan," by E.B. White. We hope that families will read the assigned chapter at home every night and discuss what happened in the chapter. The following day there will be trivia questions for both students and parents along with prizes! This is a great activity for families to enjoy at home.

Today at 4 p.m. there will be a joint site council meeting between NNS and Nikiski Middle/High School at the elementary school library.

Tuesday, Feb. 8th at 6 p.m. there will be a 6th Grade Transition meeting at Nikiski High School in the library. Please call 776-9400 for more information.

There will be a PTA meeting at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, in the NNS library.

Redoubt Elementary School

February is Love of Reading month. Redoubt will begin its One School, One Book program today with an all-school assembly at 2:30 p.m. All Redoubt families will receive a copy of the chapter book "The Mouse and the Motorcycle," by Beverly Cleary, to read together at home. Activities at school, including trivia questions and prizes, will coordinate, promote and enrich this shared reading experience.

Vehicles may not be left unattended in the parent pick-up line. Parents are asked to park in the parking lot if they need to leave their vehicle.

DVDs of the winter musical, "We Haz Jazz," are available for $10 by contacting Doug Gordon at Soldotna High School at 260-7000, or Sue Biggs at 260-4337. Order forms are also available at the Redoubt office.

Skyview High School

Choir students will be at Kenai Central for Mass Choir today and Tuesday, with a concert tomorrow night at 6 p.m. Admission to the concert is $5 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens.

C team basketball hosts Seward today and Kenai Central Wednesday, at 3 and 4:30 p.m. both days. Skyview will host the borough ski meet Friday and Saturday.

Senior Send-Off ads for this year's yearbook are due to Mr. Jones by Feb. 15.

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.

Soldotna Elementary School

Reading Counts at Soldotna Elementary School! All students in grades 2-6 at Soldotna Elementary are invited to take part in our Reading Counts contest. Library books are allotted points by Scholastic Books according to their level. Students read books, get points and must pass a comprehension quiz related to their book. They then enter their names for a special drawing in May of a ride on a fire truck to Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche 's office to get their reading certificate and then back to Soldotna Elementary for a special lunch in the library served by the principal. There will be a drawing in each classroom for a winner and special prizes will also be awarded for specific weekly reading. Please encourage your student to read, read, read!

Honor Buck winner for this last week was Eli Johnson and Fun Buck winners included: Kian Lathrop, Tytis Ruff, Cole Hawkins, Wyatt Pattison, Sam Skolnick, Christian Jaime, Brooke Tapia, Zaida Pattison. All of these students performed special deeds of kindness and caring at Soldotna El. and received a new book or T-shirt for their efforts.

Coming events include PTA Book Bingo on Thursday, Feb. 24 and Pajama Day on Friday, Feb. 25.

Soldotna High School

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.

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. There is an admission of $5. for adults and $3. for students and seniors.

The school district will be administering the Youth Risk Behavior Survey during the second period on March 8, 2011, to all students in grades 9-12. Only students with written parental permission forms are allowed to take the survey, however to ensure success, all parent permission forms must be returned whether they give permission or deny permission to participate in the survey. Permission slips will be distributed Feb 14 to students in period 2 classes. They will be due on Feb. 18, and the survey will be March 8. An alternate location will be provided for students who are not taking the survey.

Prizes: The first two classes to reach 100-percent permission slips returned will receive $5 gifts cards to Blockbuster for all students in the class. Grand Prize: Every student wno turns in a permission slip (regardless of whether or not their parents say YES or NO) will be entered in a drawing for an i-Touch.

The end of the year Hockey Banquet will be on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 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.

Battle of the Books is Feb. 9.

Winterfest spirit week is the week of Feb. 21. Dress up days are: Formal Tuesday, Tie Dye/Neon Wednesday, PJ Thursday and SoHi Spirit on Friday. There will be a pep assembly in the gym on Friday to honor winter activities and sports.

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. Casual dress, come as you are!

Parent night for incoming 9th grade students will be on March 1 at 6 p.m.

Sport information can be found at www.highschoolsports.net

Soldotna Middle School

Congratulations to SMS Battle of the Books team -- Ila Cobb, Ali Dusek and Josie Harpole! The competition will be held on Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. in the Soldotna Middle School Library. Good Luck!

February Sports Schedule:

Tuesday -- Volleyball -- Kenai vs. Soldotna (White) at Kenai, 3 p.m.

Friday -- 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 -- 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).

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Students in kindergarten are learning about the continent of Asia. They will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a dragon parade through the school.

Students in 1st -- 3rd grades are continuing a study of human anatomy and physiology. Primary classrooms will combine this information with a field trip that will also include ice skating, ice fishing and winter safety.

Upper elementary students are finalizing brochures about local flora, fauna and habitat. Student brochures will include photos taken on recent field trips to the Kenai Refuge.

Students in Mr. DeVolld's visit Soldotna Creek to monitor the health of the creek and the critical habitat area near the creek.

Sterling Elementary School

Ari Hiler, Braeden Tennis, Ethan Bott, Jode Sparks, Kendra Stevenson, Kennedy Holland, Koryna Tollison, Logan Lundell, Trapper Thompson, Trevor Robinson and Wesley Jackson represented their classrooms in the school spelling bee that was held on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Congratulations to Jode Sparks, who will represent Sterling Elementary at the State Spelling Bee held in Anchorage, and to Ari Hiler and Ethan Bott, who were the runners-up in the school bee.

Terra Nova testing for 5th graders will be held on Feb. 8 -- 9. Families are asked to help students do their best by coming to school well rested and ready for testing.

Friday, Feb. 11, is NFL day. Students are invited to wear their favorite team colors, jerseys or uniforms to school on Friday. Families and students must remember that all school dress code rules apply.

Good luck to the 3rd and 4th grade Battle of the Books team that will represent the school in the borough competition on Thursday, Feb. 10; and the 5th and 6th grade Battle of the Books team that will represent the school in the borough competition on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Donations are being sought for silent auction items for the PTA Spring Carnival, Feb. 18, 5 -- 8 p.m. New items for the auction can be dropped off at the school office between 8:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. During the next few weeks, teachers will be calling families or sending home requests for volunteers to help run a classroom-led carnival game and seeking donations for the classroom auction baskets that will be part of the PTA fundraiser at the carnival.

Tustumena Elementary School

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.

Feb. 15 -- PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

Feb. 28 -- Site Council, 4 p.m.



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