Around the District

Posted: Monday, February 21, 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).

Flag poetry, essay contest open for submissions

The Flag Poetry/Essay Contest is once again being sponsored locally by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 10046 in Soldotna. Students in grades 1-4 are asked to write a poem about the American flag; students in grades 5-8 are asked to write an essay about the flag. Information about this contest has been distributed to the grade and middle schools in the area. Teachers are encouraged to include this in their lesson plans; home schooled students are also eligible to participate.

Every submission must be the student's original composition, in their own handwriting with no corrections in spelling or punctuation. The student's name, address, school, grade and teacher's name must be on the back or the poem will be disqualified. All entries submitted become the property of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and will not be returned to the students.

Students in 6 different age groups compete for monetary awards on the local level with the 1st place winner from each group advancing to state level where they are eligible for an additional monetary award.

Deadline for submitting poems/essays is March 10. Entries from home-schooled students may be submitted directly to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046, 134 N. Birch St., Soldotna, AK 99669. Call the Flag Poetry Chairman at 262-4881 or the VFW Ladies Auxiliary President at 262-1352 if you have any questions about the program.

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

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. We will accept forms that are mailed in, dropped off, emailed, or faxed (must be signed). Deadline is March 15. Contact Mark Wackler at 714-8880 or email with questions.

Attention K-6 students! The Iditaread Challenge is here. Stop by the Connections office between now and Friday to get your sled ready to hit the trail and read your way to Nome! Contact Shelli Furlong or Lennie Yoter with any questions.

SBA and HSGQE assessments will be taking place on April 5, 6, and 7. If you have not already done so, please RSVP your advisor.

Cook Inlet Academy

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

There will be a Pies for Peru Auction on Sunday, Feb. 27. Keep an eye out for details.

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 sing 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

K-Beach will be presenting to the school board this evening at 7 p.m. in the Borough Assembly room of the borough building. Come join us for "Technology and Collaboration!"

Great job 3rd and 4th grade and 5th and 6th grade Battle of the Books teams! We are proud of you!

The days are getting longer and warmer but it's still cold in the morning. Please be sure your students come dressed for outside recess everyday.

Congratulations to Naomi Green, Judah Aley, Shanija Walters, Izabeau Pearston and Bechler Metcalf. These students were chosen as soloists for the upcoming musical "Freedom." Thank you to the 36 students who tried out. You all did a great job!

Kenai Central High School

This week is Homegoing Week at KCHS. The students have several activities and dress-up days plan for this week. There will be an assembly on Friday to recognize the student athletes on the Kenai Kardinal basketball team, and a dance later that night. Show your support Saturday as the Kardinals take on the Soldotna Stars-be sure and wear RED.

World History Classroom Without Walls will have three lessons next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rotary Club will be at KCHS all week to talk to the senior class about ethics in the workplace. The senior class is fortunate to have community leaders take time out of their busy schedule to visit with the students about how to effectively work in the workplace.

This Week's Events:

Monday -- Classroom Without Walls.

Tuesday -- Classroom Without Walls; Basketball vs. Skyview, 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday -- Classroom Without Walls.

Thursday-Saturday -- Cross-country Skiing State Race at Fairbanks.

Friday -- Homegoing Dance, 8 -- 11p.m.

Saturday -- Basketball vs. SoHi.

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations to the following 7th/8th Grade KMS Team for placing fifth in the Borough Battle of the Books competition: Desmond Ticknor, Marley Smith, Jacob Dye, Brooke West, Isabelle Luze and Anika Oren. They had a great time and battled hard! Thank you also to Coaches Karla Barkman and Jill Evans for helping them with all their hard work.

The 8th grade students will be attending an ice fishing trip Feb. 23. Please make sure your student has a permission slip filled out and the $10 fee paid. If you have any questions please call the office at 283-1700.

Congratulations to all skiers who competed in the Homer Invitational on Friday. Top ten finishers for KMS include: 8th grade boys -- Travis Cooper, 2nd place, Jordan Theisen, 4th place; Marley Smith, 9th place. 8th grade girls -- Kirsten Nyquist, 3rd place; Alex Bergholtz, 5th place; Lilly Kincheloe, 7th place. 7th grade boys -- Ean Atchley, 3rd place. 7th grade girls -- Mikaela Salzetti, 2nd place.

Dates to remember:

Feb. 23 -- 8th Grade Ice Fishing Trip.

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 Malerie Nunn, Kage Adkins, Eli McCubbins, Blake Klinkner, Cullen Engebretson, Bryce Braun, Gracie Lutz, Brendon Little, Abby McGrane, Amanda Parazoo, Kaden McKibben, Raymond Walters and Madison Fischer.

This week is "Love of Reading" week at Mountain View Elementary. We will have community members as guest readers on Friday.

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

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

Mountain View is participating in the Safeway "10% 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 High School

This past week was middle school spirit week at the middle school and we would like to congratulate the students on making it such a huge success. Most students participated in the dress up days (Pajama, Crazy hair, Crazy hat and School Spirit Day). We would like to thank Mr. Bjorkman and the student council for making this event such a success.

Parents of 9-12th graders please make sure you sign and return the Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey for your student so that your student can be a part of this important survey. Incentives for getting the consent forms in to guidance are being included in a drawing for an iPod touch and iTunes cards. Survey will be administered on March 10.

This year's 3A Region III basketball tournament will be hosted at Nikiski High School on Thursday, March 3, starting at noon; Friday, March 4, atarting at 3 p.m.; and Saturday, March 5, starting at 10 a.m. Teams representing Cordova, Grace Christian, Anchorage Christian School, Seward and Nikiski will all be battling for spots to attend the state tournament in Anchorage during Spring vacation. Come cheer on your hometown Bulldogs.

Tuesday, Feb 22: Middle School Volleyball vs. SMS at 3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 24: First Round of Middle School Volleyball Borough Tournament (Sties to be determined); and Home Basketball vs. Seward High School, 2:30 -- 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25: Home Basketball vs. Cordova, 3 -- 9 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

The students are still enjoying "Love of Reading Month" with many ongoing activities. Besides our "One School, One Book" activity, we are participating in D.E.A.R. every Monday morning during the month of February. This stands for "Drop Everything And Read," and the students read their books for 15 minutes.

On Friday, Feb. 25, we will celebrate with a family movie night at 7 p.m. in the gym. The special feature will be "The Trumpet of the Swan." Mrs. Heath's class and Mrs. Devolld's class will be selling baked goods to help out with spring field trips.

For more information on these events, please call the school at 776-2600.

Mrs. Matson's 5th grade class will be baking and selling their famous cinnamon rolls March 2 -- 4. Please call the school or see one of her students to place your order.

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 3 winners were Wyatt Denna and Regan Evans. Chapter 4 winners were Kierra Burrows and Kali Massey. Chapter 5 winners were Madison Elder and Casey Earll. Congratulations.

Grand Finale -- Family movie night will be Thursday, Feb. 24, from 6:30 -- 8 p.m., in the Redoubt Elementary Gym. Feature presentation will be "The Mouse and the Motorcycle."

We would like to recognize Redoubts's Battle of the Books teams. Redoubt's 3rd/4th Grade Team -- Brooke Belluomini, Cameron Blackwell, Galen Brantley and Lindsay Ward. Redoubt's 5th/6th Grade Team -- Jackson Blackwell, Brian Dusek, Tannan Holland and Chloe Kincaid. Congratulations on a job well done.

Last weeks Big G Box Top winner was Braxton Urban.

Redoubt's 4th, 5th and 6th graders will be competing in our school wide Forensics Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Skyview High School

February Rotary Students of the Month are Joey Bishop, Joe Briggs, Jacob Brown, Clancy Dansk, Dallas Derflinger, Sierra Jackson, Angel Jones, Jacob Malone, Audrey Pearson, Trevor Steger, Dylan Webb and Jesse Yancy.

Incoming 2011-2012 freshmen and their parents are invited to 8th Grade Parent/Student Night on March 1 at 6 p.m,, beginning in the library. Activities will include tours of the school, academic department demonstrations, sign-ups for sports and other co-curricular activities, entertainment provided by drama, dance, and fencing, and refreshments and prizes. We look forward to seeing everyone.

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

Soldotna Elementary School

The Soldotna PTA is sponsoring a Book Bingo night for families on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 pm.. Parents have already ordered pizzas for dinner and Book Bingo will begin at 6 p.m. Families are requested to bring one book or more to exchange at Book Bingo and all students must be accompanied by an adult.

Congratulations to Honor Buck winner PJ Grimard and Fun Buck winners Dan McRorie, Krystin Yeager, Gavin Noblin, Brayden Fain, Rowan Vasquez, Serenity DeMello and Brooke Tapia. These students were chosen as representatives of all students showing caring and doing "extra."

A PTA ice cream sale will be held on Friday, Feb. 25, at Soldotna Elementary. Fruit pops and other ice cream novelties will be on sale for $.50 -- $1.

Soldotna High School

Winterfest spirit week is this week. 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.

Flashback Dance on Feb. 25, 7:30 -- 10:30 pm.. Today's hits with a few "blast from the past" songs will be included. Students, casual dress, come as you are!

Registration activities for the 2011-12 school year will 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.

Congrats to the Foods and Nutrition class 2nd hour for winning the class permission slip competition.

ThinkFast sessions will take place Feb. 28th 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.

Congratulations to February Rotary Students of the Month: Skyler Anderson, Geology/Physical Science; Dylan Briggs, Language Arts; Ava Buffington, Art; Madeline Fox, Geology; Dillan Hawkins, Health; Chet Henson, Culinary Arts; Asa Johnson, World History; Dylan Kirsch, Physical Science; Delaney Love, Language Arts; Jesseline Meek, U.S. History; Kaycee Munn, Advanced Algebra; Dustin Poole, Strength Training.

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle School

Attention all 8th grade parents and students! Parents and students are invited to Parent Night at Soldotna High School and Skyview High School on Tuesday, March 1, at 6 p.m. Call Soldotna Middle School office at 260-2500 if you need to update a student's physical address to accurately place your student in the correct high school. 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.

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books Team: Ali Dusek, Ila Cobb, Josie Harpole and Coach Bonnie Laber. They took 2nd in the District Battle of the Books. This is the first time we have had a team go into 10 tie breaker questions! It was an awesome experience and the team should be very proud of themselves!

Congratulations to Claire McElroy, 7th Grade Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for February! She will be recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 22 during the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.

The next Fortnightly will be on Friday, March 4, from 6 -- 8 p.m. Parent volunteers are needed. Please contact the office at 260-2500 if you can help!

SMS Sport Events:

Volleyball -- Tuesday, Nikiski vs. Soldotna (Maroon) at Nikiski, 3 p.m.; Thursday, First round of borough tournament, (TBA); Saturday, Finals of borough tournament at Kenai, 10 a.m.

Nordic Skiing -- Friday, Kenai Invitational at Kenai, 3 p.m.; Saturday, Borough tournament at Homer, (TBA).

Tustumena Elementary School

The staff of our school wants to send a big thank you to our PTO, who provided lunch for all of us during Parent/Teacher conferences. Not only was the food wonderful but we appreciate the recognition it sends to all of us.

Our box top challenge is going very well. This week's winner was Mrs. Hopkins' 1st grade qith 1,380 box tops. It will be interesting to see how the other classes compete for the next two weeks of challenges. It's great fun and helps raise funds for PTO that supports so many of our programs.

Our school carnival is coming on Feb. 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. On the night of the carnival we will have Split the Pot. The drawing will be at the end of the carnival and you do need to be present to win. We will also have a Chinese Auction. We hope that families will take the time to come together and enjoy this event.

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

March 11 -- End of 3rd quarter. No school for students. In-service day.

March 14--18 -- Spring Break. No school.

March 22 -- PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

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

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