Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008

School board meetings slated

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

* Monday;

* March 3 Homer High School;

* April 7;

* May 5 Seward High School.

School Web pages available

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools information is available through the district's Web site at

Find your school and click on the name to be linked to its site. Up-to-date information, sports schedules, grade and contact information are listed.

Aurora Borealis Charter

The Math-a-thon fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is completed. Students raised nearly $3,000.On Saturday Colton Anderson, Freya Chay, Haley Coffman, Anton Krull, Lizzie McDermid, Taylor Ostrander and Travis Semmens participated in the Math Counts competition in Anchorage.

The Clothes Closet is open Mondays after school. The clothes are free. Applications for the 2008-'09 enrollment lottery are due in the school office by 3 p.m. March 7. For more information, call 283-0292.

Connections home-school program

Scholastic book orders for February are due Friday.

The program will host tubing from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at Solid Rock Bible Camp. Home-school families are invited. The fee is $5 per person. Hot chocolate and snacks will be provided. Call 714-8880 to sign up.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are Jaiden Streiff, Shandra Cutsforth, Johnny Peterson, Sonya Houser, Michael Tovar, Matthew Daugherty, Elias McConnell, Cole Davidson, Scott Litchfield, Keefe O'Dell

Dates to remember:

* Thursday 3:15 p.m. spring carnival planning meeting;

* Friday 5 p.m. junior varsity boys basketball vs. Homer; and

* Monday 5:15 p.m. girls vs basketball vs Seward.

The school's Web site is available at

Grace Lutheran School

Kenny Werth placed first in the school spelling bee and Jessica Roper placed second. Kenny Werth won the geography bee and Joey Bishop placed second.

Valentine's parties will be held Thursday. Cards will be exchanged and refreshments served.

The school has begun a hot lunch program.

Re-enrollment will be held Feb. 26 through 28 at the school.

An open house will be held from noon to 5 p.m. March 9. Teachers will be here to answer questions and give school tours.

Enrollment for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 for the 2008-'09 school year has begun. For more information, call Melanie at 283-9551.

The school's Web site is available at

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team placed second in the district competition. Team members are Tannan Holland, Caleigh Jensen, Aidan Lewis and Isaac Lewis.

A new parent information meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. today. Other information meetings will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 and at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. School tours will be held at 10:45 a.m. Friday, 22 and 29.

Enrollment applications are due by March 7 to be included in the school lottery.

Re-enrollment forms for current students are due Friday. In order to remain enrolled in the school the form must be received by the deadline.

Sibling applications must be received in the office by March 7.

The "Alice in Wonderland" performance will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Spring pictures will be taken Feb. 21. Siblings may come from noon to 1 p.m. or during the family portrait session from 4 to 7 p.m. No money is to be sent at this time. Proofs will be sent home in three-weeks and families may order a package at that time.

Bingo for Books will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 21. Donations of books that are in good condition are sought.

Kenai Central High

The site council will meet tonight in the faculty lounge at the high school. For more information meeting time or would like to see something on the agenda, call Jim Beeson at 283-2163.

Wednesday is the January Student of the Month luncheon at 11:53 a.m. in the library. Visitors are asked to check in at the office before proceeding to the library.

National Honor Society will meet at noon Thursday in the little theatre.

Next week is Homegoing Week. The school will be have dress up days for each day of the week and the activities will culminate with an assembly and dance.

January Students of the Month are: Rotary - Ashley Bews; Chamber Ian Uponen; Elks Amanda Ellis; super staffer Joe Trujillo; Kard of the Deck Sheena Anderson; performing arts/music/choir Maya Chay; geometry Tim Iverson; physics and teacher aide Hailey Stricken; language arts/ nine Virginia Newton-Conley; world history Jennifer Kohler; study skills Faith McKinnon; geometry Tyler Spalding; language arts 12 college prep Maggie Cox; algebra II Mariah Fruichantie ;advanced Spanish Ben Matson; study skills Tyler Lindsey; U.S. history Sharlena Fox; anatomy Christina Grimsley; photography Justin Wisnewski; and career and tech Adam Agosti.

Dates to remember:

* Thursday girls junior varsity and varsity basketball vs Homer at 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Kenaitze Head Start

February is health and nutrition month. The children will study about taking care of self. The shape of the month is a heart. Children will learn the letters, L, U and V and the number seven.

On Wednesday, Ms. Mary, a letter carrier will visit and deliver valentines. On Thursday classes will celebrate with parties and students may wear pajamas to school.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners Catalina Bravo-Moe, Liam Miller, Tommy Rhodes, Aidan Barry, Breanna Pirak, Jadon Gallaway, Brody Storms, Kara Law, Phillip Kitchen, Quincy Fuller, BeckyJo Dragseth and Cameron Smith.

February is "Love of Reading Month." A book swap will be held Feb. 27 and community guest readers will be at the school Feb. 22. The week of Feb. 25 will be Reading Spirit Week with Read a Shirt Day, Character Day and Comfy Read-in Day.

Forensic practices will be held from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays thorough Feb. 20. Forensics is an opportunity for students to participate in public speaking, expression of opinions, develop organizational strategies and to be able to solve problems requiring descriptive language.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Travis Moore facilitated the Scholastic book fair last week.

The school will celebrate Love of Reading Month with D.E.A.R. "Drop Everything and Read." The school will read every morning for 15-minutes.

January Character Counts Students of the Month are: Emma Carr, Rachel Thompson, Corin Cooper, Libby Scott, Ian Davis, Justin Burdick, Tiffany Lopez, Savannah Bos, Dannielle Langseth, Hannah Tauriainen, Savannah Bilyeu, Zachary Burnett, Skylynne McCaughey, Tyle Owens, Steven Robbins, Braden Ellis, Donovan Smith, Kiley Abbott and Rachael Hoke.

The third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team placed first in the district championship . Team members are Autumn Walters, Margie Cox, Andrew Pennison, Evie Cox and Brendan Harris. They will go to the state meet Feb. 21.

The fifth- and sixth-grade team placed second. The team members are Hannah Tauriainen, Hannah Halliday, Laura Hufford and Dylan Sledge. Ms. Cox, Ms. Shields and Mrs. Halliday coached.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday Feb. 14 in the library.

Redoubt Elementary

February is Love of Reading Month. The school will have a schoolwide reading challenge for staff and students and evening activities for families.

Family Math and Science Night will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. Families may preorder pizza to eat prior to the event. Order forms will be sent home. Pizza will be delivered at 6 p.m. A take home reading program, one minute reader, will be presented in the gym at 6 p.m. Students attending evening activities must be accompanied by an adult.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. today in the staff lounge. Childcare will be provided.

The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the staff lounge.

The school breakfast program needs volunteers from 8:20 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays. Volunteers are asked to call Marge at 262-9586.

Big G box tops drawing winners are Trinity Walker, Maguire Merriman and Tehya Nichols.

The school is registered in the Great Aluminum Can Roundup. The school may receive credit for aluminum cans brought to the Central Peninsula Landfill from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Students participating in intramurals are working on spirit posters for Trash Ball.

Soldotna Elementary

The annual kindergarten Valentine's Day music program will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the music room. The concert will feature music from students in Ms. Evenson's and Mrs. Vasile's classes have learned.

The school would like to thank those attended the recent school board meeting to honor Title 1 educator Katrina Cannava and custodian Mercedes Gibbs who received awards for their dedication and efforts to the school.

Amber Nicholson was chosen as the Honor Buck winner last week for being kind.

Soldotna High

Cora Chidester, Amandra Cobb, Beth Phillips and Ryan Dahlgren are the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Battle of the Books champions. They will compete for the state title Monday.

A Valentine flashback dance will be held from 7:45 to 10:45 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5. Dress is casual, but students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite 1950s to '80s outfits.

Rotary Students of the Month are Katherine Wehrli, Mariah Henson, Molly Bryne, Cody Carroll, Jonathan Jester, Ashlea Ansel, Gabe Murray, Amanda Smith,Tabetha Aldridge, Kaitlyn Young and Jeff Mullen.

Soldotna Middle

Seventh-grade counselor Mrs. Litzenberger will meet with seventh grade students as part of the individual learning plan the school is piloting for students. Meetings should take about 10-minutes per student and help prepare them for next year.

Dates to remember

* Today Maroon Volleyball game vs Kenai at 3 p.m.; and

* Friday Volleyball game vs Seward at 3 p.m. and Maroon Volleyball vs Homer at 4:30 p.m.

Terra Nova Tests for seventh-graders will be given Tuesday through Thursday.

The seventh grade homeroom teachers will talk with students about where they will take the Terra Nova tests next week. The lists also will be posted in the commons.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Battle of the Books participants were third- and fourth-graders Elizabeth Cho, Mara Brown, Travis Troxell, Sara Faris, Logan

Schoessler, SuHana Firman, Kaelyn Birch, Alec Canedo and Drake Thomas.

Fifth- and sixth-grade members were Catherine Schoessler, Willa Forrest, Claire Kudyba and Hannah Torreano.

The kindergarten students opened the school board meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem Feb. 4.

Students continue their research and preparation for their role at the Montessori Model United Nations Assembly in New York in April. Students will represent Pakistan, Slovakia and the United States. More information will be available at the Wednesday presentation to the Soldotna City Council, and at the spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5:50 to 8 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The all-school concert will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the gym.

The school lottery is open until March 7.

Families may apply in person at the school office or call 260-9221 for information.

The orientation for families new the school will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at school.

Sterling Elementary

The schoolwide Forensics meet will be held Feb. 22. Volunteer judges and other helpers are needed.

Volunteers for the Borough forensics meet that will be held in Sterling in March also are needed.

For more information, call the office at 262-4944

Wings Christian Academy

Brandon Saunders won Cleanest Office of the Week.

Jared Wood won the Most Interesting Fact .

There will be no school Monday in honor of Presidents' Day.

Last week the school held a spell off to determine who'd earned the right to attend this year's spelling bee. These students included Scott Harley, Victoria Grant, Chase Miller, Abby Harley, Jesse Puletau, Kyla Moore, Melissa Newton, Kasey McGee Brandon Saunders and Megan Ruffridge. On Feb. 29 these students will attend the spelling bee at World Harvest in Anchorage.

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