Around the District

Posted: Monday, February 14, 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 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 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

The 1st Annual "Connections Home School's Got Talent Show" will be held April 19 at 5:30 p.m., with rehearsal on April 18 around 4:30 -- 5:30 p.m. Acts of all types will be permitted, however, since this is a family show, all talent show material must be appropriate for all ages -- any questionable content will not be allowed. For anyone interested in participating in this event, please fill out the entry form, available at the Soldotna office. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill out the form completely. We will accept forms that are mailed in, dropped off, emailed, or faxed (must be signed). Deadline for entry forms is March 15. Contact Mark Wackler at 714-8880 or email with questions.

Workkeys testing will be administered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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.

There will be a "Safety" Parenting Workshop/Activity on Friday, Feb. 18 at College Heights Baptist Church on K-Beach Road from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Cook Inlet Academy

There will be a band concert and a Pies for Peru Auction, both on Feb. 27. Stay tuned for details on both soon.

Root beer floats are on sale every Tuesday at lunch time for $2.

For a schedule of home basketball and volleyball games, go to and click on "click here for gym calendar and sports schedule." Bring the family and cheer on our Eagles!

Spring Carnival! Mrs. Nelson could use some help preparing for the annual CIA Carnival. If you would like to sign up, go to If you need additional information, please contact Mrs. Nelson.

Hardcover yearbooks are on sale for $40. Place your order by stopping at the office, filling out an order form and paying your $40 either with cash or a check made out to CIA today.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School

Spirit Week begins today, Feb. 14: Monday, Red, pink, purple and white day; Tuesday, Pajama Day; Wednesday, Crazy Hair day; Thursday, Mix-n-match day; Friday, Hat day.

Forensics is a public speaking competition. Our school competition will be on Friday, Feb. 18, for grades 4,5 6 in Mrs. Klaben's room. Winners will compete in the district completion on March 5.

Former K-Beach student Michelle Klaben worked with our expert polka dancers, Mrs. Romatz and Mrs. Ferguson, to hold our polka night fundraiser. It was a great time and the money raised will go towards technology.

Sarah Bressler and our student council collaborated on our food drive. We collected so many donations that the Food Bank had to come pick up four times. We will post the total as soon as we get the final count. Our parents and families that helped make this drive a terrific success!

Mrs. Renkin's and Mr. Vedders' classes went ice fishing as part of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game salmon in the classroom program. Biologist Jenny was awesome because she drilled the holes and provided the gear. The Miller family of Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware provided all of the bait. We really appreciated that! A great time was had by everyone!

This week in Mr. Daniels' class we are learning about food. Thankfully, we all love food, so our study of this topic is quite fun. We are learning that not all food is healthy and what a balanced diet means. Additionally, students are learning about the balance between exercise and eating. Hopefully students will now be equipped to make good healthy eating choices that will positively influence their health continually throughout life. The best part about the whole thing is that we learned the right pizza can be healthy and we don't always have to sacrifice the good tasting food for health. The two factors of health and taste are not always mutually exclusive! Overall we are learning that life is fun, and making good choices makes life even more fun.

K-Beach staff and students will be presenting to the school board on Mon. Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. The presentation will show how we use technology to collaborate in our school. Please come and join us!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

PTA will meet Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. You are invited and encouraged to come!

Applications for the March 31 lottery are accepted through March 4. If you have a child wno is eligible for sibling preference, you must meet the March 4 deadline with a new sibling lottery application.

Parent Informational meetings will be held for those who are new to Kaleidoscope or are interested in enrollment. The dates are 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 are held every Wednesday in February at 10:30 a.m.

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.

We continue to accept gently used books, baby to adult, for the Bingo For Books event scheduled for Family Fun Night in March. These can be dropped off in the Library.

There are a couple walking field trips this week and 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.

Artist Shala Dobson will be visiting our school this week and will work with students on various projects.

Kenai Central High School

Parents: Tuesday, Feb. 15, students will be pre-registering for next year's classes during advisory. Students should be bringing home a course list of next year's classes. Please help assist your child in filling out their schedule to make sure that they are challenging themselves academically. The forms are due back to the student's advisory teacher signed on Feb. 22.

Attention all AP students: If you are planning on taking an AP exam in May, you need to sign-up and pay your fee by Feb. 23. If you have any questions regarding test dates and fees, please see the counselors.

The Culinary Arts class recently helped catered the Career and Technical Advisory Committee's meeting. The students made four apple pies and two different types of salads. Students in the Culinary Arts class include Blair Borkowski, Don Chenault, Breanna McCarter, Morgan Cunningham, Alisha Peterson, Aaron Hawbold, Morgan Tucker, Kendall Soares, Amy Maurer, Shelby Toombs, Natalie Kurzendoerfer, Raquel Young, Rikki Riley, Sammantha Kelley, Stevie Dunlap, Kaylee Price, Missy Zuke and Netta Watson. On Thursday the Culinary Arts class will be making a meal to recognize January's Student-of-the-Month.

Congratulations to the following students selected as January's Student-of-the-Month: Hannah Coffman, Physical Science; Kyle Rogers, Alaska Studies; Joy Wannamaker, Anatomy; Blair Borkowski, Piano; Krystal Duran, Algebra II; Abbi Wonser, French 1; Arianna Gabriel, Life Activities; Shelby Weber, LA 9; Raquel Reynolds, Geometry; Jacob Bowman, LA 9; Tristin Martinez, Health; Riley Wik, Foods 2; Lindsey Pabst, World History; Andrew Goff, Study Skills; Lincoln Wensley, Rotary; Hannah Coffman, Chamber; Natalie Kurzendoerfer, Elks; Adam Agosti, Kard of the Deck; Patti Lawyer, Super Staffer.

This week's events: Tuesday, Girl's JV BB vs. Port Lions, 3 p.m.; Thursday, SOM Lunch; Friday, Regions XCC Skiing at Tsalteshi Trails; Basketball vs. East 6 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Regions XCC Skiing at Tsalteshi Trails; Basketball vs. Kodiak 3 and 4:30 p.m.

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations to the wrestlers on their 2nd place finish at the Nikiski Invitation on last Saturday. It was a great team effort. Wrestlers placing in the top 4 were: Chris Hamilton, 1st at 95 lbs; Ellery Steffensen, 1st place at 138 lbs; Corbin Streiff, 2nd at 132 lbs; Dylan Carter, 2nd at lbs; Jace Baker, 2nd at 190 lbs. Placing 3rd were: Kyle Hunter at 155 lbs and Zach Koziczkowski at 167 lbs. Placing 4th were: Shayna Mckinley at 100 lbs and Andrew Welborn at 105 lbs.

Congratulations to our students of the month for the month of January: Emily Koziczkowski, Mikaela Salzetti, David Beck, Dawson Miller, Logan Smagge, Jonah Theisen, Alex Bergholtz, Megan Kissee, Celestina Castro, Jamie Bagley, Daylynn Faucheux, Amanda Fischer, Tim Ticknor and Nathaniel Saavedra. These students will receive pizza for lunch today!

Leadership will be selling carnations for $1.50 and Valentine Lollipops for 75 cents during lunch Feb. 1 -- 11. The flowers and lollipops will be delivered during advisory and reading classes on Valentine's Day.

Dates To Remember:

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

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

Feb. 18 -- Volleyball at KMS, 3 p.m.; CLUBS SSCHEDULE; 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 Natalie Schneider, Erin Blum, Layne Todd, Allison Wolfe, Renee Strouf, Jaiden Streiff, Keegen Gardner, Tylor Baldwin, Kevin Carlisle, Ty Saltzgiver, Alysa Scott and Isaiah Trevino.

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

Student Council has chosen to celebrate "Patriotic Day" on Monday, Feb. 21. Students are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue in honor of President's Day.

Feb. 21 -- 25 is "Love of Reading" week. We will have community members as guest readers on Friday.

The D.A.R.E. graduation for 5th grade is Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in the gym.

The in-school Forensics competition takes place Wednesday, Feb. 23. Those 4th and 5th grade students sno 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.

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/Senior High School

Congratulations to our Middle School Spelling Bee Champion, Jeanelee Stock. Jeanelee will represent our school at the state spelling bee.

Mr. William Thompson has recently been awarded the golden apple award for teaching and student advocacy at Nikiski Middle High School. Bill's calming and steady presence, willingness to mentor beginning teachers and coaches, and commitment to our students was recognized.

The 6th grade transition committee met recently and is making steady progress on the details of next years move. For more info visit Nikiski Middle High Schools edline page or Nikiski North Stars edline page.

Upcoming Dates: Feb. 17 -- MS volleyball vs. Kenai, 3 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Congratulations to the January Character Counts! Students of the Month: Camry Ellis, Celina Martinez, Chasidee Daniels, Christopher Arnett, Cooper Stock, Danielle Elsey, Dustin Mullins, Dwyght Mullins, Emily Hightower, Emily Hufford, Grace Alvey, Jaiden Burdick, Jamerson Carter, Jamie Yerkes, Koleman McCaughey, Lillie-Ann Bowen, Malcolm Yerkes, Patrick Henry, Rylee Howell and Triztin Henry.

The school Forensics Meet will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. in the library.

The Yankee Candle fundraiser is still in progress until Feb. 28. Please order from students in Mrs. Barnes, Durrant or Zimmerman's classes. The funds raised will help with planned field trips in the spring.

Love of Reading Month is in full swing. We have many ongoing events involved with reading at school and at home. Our biggest event is the "One School, One Book" nightly reading with families. Our chosen book this year is "The Trumpet of the Swan," by E. B. White. Each child has received a copy of the book to share with their family.

Redoubt Elementary School

February is Love of Reading month. Redoubt families are reading "The Mouse and the Motorcycle," by Beverly Cleary as part of the school's One School, One Book program. Students may participate in a daily prize drawing by answering trivia questions. Chapter I winners were Adam Osborn and Haley Buckbee.

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

The JV and varsity basketball teams will host Homer Tuesday at 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m.

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

January Rotary Students of the Month are Savannah Anchinges, Walter Baxter, Trace Braxling, Tay Harling, JoeBen Hawkins, Catherine House, Sam Janorschke, Thomas Johnson, Shay Kurz, Megan Parham, Justin Pena and Catherine Wolk.

On Thursday students competing in the district Career and Students Technical Organization (CTSO) conference will participate in workshops and competitions at both Skyview High School and Soldotna High School.

Thursday is a Super Activity Day and involves some schedule changes. The extended activity period will count as 4th and 7th periods. See Edline for the full schedule.

The JV and varsity basketball teams will host Colony on Friday at 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m., and Palmer Saturday at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 2:30 p.m.

Go to for news, scholarship information and other events and to for updates on sports.

Soldotna Elementary School

Pre-registration forms were sent home. Please review the information closely, make changes as needed, sign and return the form to school by Friday, March 4. This information is needed to plan classroom assignments for next year.

The class Box Top contest has ended and Mrs. Straw's third grade was the winner of the intermediate grades, collecting 1,225 box tops. Mrs. Evenson's kindergarten class collected the most box tops of the primary grades and brought in 596. The total for the school was 4, 5861 box tops collected.

This Friday, seven SoHi students from the basketball teams will be helping at Soldotna Elementary School. Once a month this year, representative students from Soldotna High School have been giving back to their community by volunteering one morning at Sol El.

Congratulations to this week's Fun Buck winners: Angel Mathes, Heath Hart, Kalani Antonio, Nathan Haga, Rebecca Clifton, Levi Hart and Brooke Tapia; and the Honor Buck winner, Brock Poe.

Thank you to all parents who have been following directions at car dismissal to keep adults and children safe.

Soldotna High School

Registration activities for the 2011-12 school year begin in mid-February. Current students in grades 9-11 will be bringing home registration forms for parental signatures. Incoming freshmen will receive their registration forms during counselor visits to Soldotna Middle School on March 1.

Parents/students are invited to Parent Night at Soldotna High School on March 1 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Incoming freshmen who wish to change their school-of-choice will need to obtain Out-Of-Area forms from Soldotna Middle School and obtain required signatures as soon as possible.

Order your yearbook now for $60. Personalization and icons will only be available through, Thursday, Feb. 17. Final quantities need to be submitted to the publisher.

Please do not move the "no parking" signs. The snow is impeding the parking, but those signs are there for safety reasons. If you park or move the signs you will be ticketed. The buses are having safety issues with people parking and not leaving room to drive. Thanks for your cooperation.

KPBSD will be administering the Youth Risk Behavior Survey during the second period on March 8 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 today to students in period 2 classes. They will be due on Feb. 18. 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 (teachers with only one student/aide may want to have that student join a class for this effort).

Grand Prize: Every student who turns in a permission slip (regardless of whether or not their parents say YES or NO) will be entered in a drawing for an iTouch.

The end of the year Hockey Banquet will be Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Commons.

Soldotna High School will host 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.

Sport information can be found at

Soldotna Middle School

Tuesday -- Volleyball -- Soldotna (Maroon) vs. Kenai at Soldotna, 3 p.m.; Volleyball -- Soldotna (White) vs. Nikiski at Soldotna, 5 p.m.

Thursday -- Volleyball -- Soldotna (Maroon) vs. Soldotna (White) at Soldotna, 3 p.m.

Friday -- Nordic Skiing -- Kenai Invitational, 3 p.m.

Saturday -- Volleyball -- Soldotna (White) vs. Homer at Homer, 10 a.m.; Wrestling -- Borough Tournament at Seward, 10 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 21 -- SMS Site Council Meeting in Library, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 22 -- Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month Lunch; 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

Primary-grade students are participating in a Hip Hop Dance unit with Jess Soyangco, dance instructor. The students will perform for families at the conclusion of the unit.

Primary students are also studying the different systems of the body. Next week they will dissect fish to explore and compare digestive systems.

The final school spelling bee for upper elementary students will take place in the library Thursday, Feb. 17, at 12:30 p.m. Parent are welcome.

Students in all grades are gearing up for next week's district Battle of the Books. Students have been preparing for the Battle by reading and discussing each of this year's titles.

Susan Larned continues to present Montessori Math for Parents. The next session will take place in the library on Monday, March 7, from 9 -- 10 a.m.

Tustumena Elementary School

This week is "Love of Reading" week, and there are lots of activities. Monday is Valentine's Day and classes will be celebrating. Tuesday is readable shirt or hat day. Students may wear a hat or shirt with an appropriate message on it. Wednesday 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.

Our school carnival is Feb. 25, 5:30 -- 8:30 p.m. The PTO still needs 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.

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

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

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