Around the District

Posted: Monday, February 22, 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 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.

* March 1;

* April 5;

* May 3 (at Seward High School);

* June 7; and

* June 8 (board planning session.)

How to volunteer in district schools

At Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, we take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard students while they are in our care.

Unfortunately, in this day and age, not everyone's intentions are genuine, and the District cannot in good conscience overlook the possible threat to student safety that could be posed by people in the school building. Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete a form online and agree to a background check. The form should only take a few minutes to complete, and all information gathered will be kept confidential.

Volunteers are anyone who will be in the school on a regular basis. School visitors do not need to complete the form.

Visitors would be guest speakers, those attending a large group function or parents visiting just their own student, for instance to have lunch with them.

Information from the screening and background check is not released to the schools or school administrators.

Only a few members of the District's Human Resources department will have access to the information, and safeguards are in place to ensure its security.

The volunteer background check only looks for criminal history, not financial (credit rating), medical history, or civil matters.

The school's principal will be notified if there is a problem with a background check, but the specifics of an offense will not be released to the school.

To complete the screening process, visit our Employment Openings page.

When you reach the employment page, click on "Volunteer" category link, and choose one of the schools on the following page.

Click on the "Apply" button to start the volunteer application process.

KPBSD appreciates your assistance in helping us be better stewards of children. Please contact your school administrator if you have questions regarding this matter.

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 http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=14180

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 Develop.m.ent, and the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Develop.m.ent.

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 labendroth@kpbsd.k12.ak.us .

Scholarships offered

* Homer Electric scholarships are available for graduating seniors from each of HEA's three districts and adults, throughout the service territory, wishing to continue their education. The deadline for submitting HEA scholarship applications is 5 p.m. March 1.

All HEA members are eligible as well as their children and legal dependents. Applications are available at HEA offices, Kenai Peninsula schools and colleges, as well as on Homer Electric's Web site at

www.homerelectric.com. Scholarship recipients will be presented with their scholarship award at the HEA annual meeting May 5 at Kenai Central High School.

In addition, scholarships to the annual Youth Rally in Idaho are offered. High school sophomores and juniors are eligible for an expense-paid week in Caldwell, Idaho in July to enhance leadership skills, learn about cooperatives and participate in team-building exercises. Deadline for entries is April 2.

For more information, call 283-5831 in Kenai, 235-8551 in Homer, or toll-free at 800-478-8551 or visit www.homerelectric.com.

* The Kenai Borough Employees Association scholarship committee is accepting applications for three $500 scholarships. Scholarships are available to all 2010 graduates of the Kenai Peninsula Borough; public, private, and home-schooled. Applications and instructions are available at any KPBSD high school or online at www.borough.keni.ak.us. Deadline is March 31.

* 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 www.kenaisci.org or the KPBSD one-stop scholarship Web site. The deadline is April 1.

* Bishop's Attic established three scholarships in the amount of $ 1,500.00 each to be awarded to three seniors from the Kenai Peninsula Borough and graduating from any public or private secondary educational program. The applicants may select to pursue further education at an accredited college, trade school, apprenticeship or vocational-technical school with a course of study which leads to a degree or certificate.

The scholarship applications will be judged on criteria based on student's need, planned course of study, church involvement, school involvement, family involvement and community involvement.

Applications are available from the Counselors Offices at the High Schools, Alternative High Schools, the Connections Office or by contacting Joyce Fischer at 262-9269 Applications must be postmarked by April 15th or dropped off at the Bishop's Attic Thrift Store in Soldotna by the same date. The Bishop's Attic, a nonprofit thrift store located at 35326 Kenai Spur Hwy in Soldotna.

Connections home-school program

The school will host an activity and Iditarod Dog Sled Presentation by Iditarod Musher Bruce Linton on Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. Pizza and soda furnished by Connections. RSVP lee@kpbsd.k12.ak.us to advise how many will be attending.

Connections has a secure password protected forum http://connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/forum/. No spammers will be able to get in. All joiners go through an approval process. When joining please use a first and last name or you will not be approved. This is to prevent unwanted users from being inadvertently being approved.

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

For information and activities, visit http://connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/index.html

Cook Inlet Academy

Student's of the week are Larry Cutsforth, Caleigh Glassmaker, Seth Hodges, Eli Kitchens, Donella Parent, Jake Parent and Shelby Pollard.

Miss Becky's Preschoolers are graphing with M&M's, talking about restaurant etiquette and then taking a field trip to a restaurant to show off their skills.

If you need assistance in accessing Sycamore to view school information or to check on your child's progress, contact Jill Leiter in the office.

Yearbooks can be purchased through the office for $40.

The spring carnival will be held April 9 in the gymnasium. Call Kerri Nelson at 262-5101 if you're interested in volunteering or submitting donations for raffle.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The deadline for submittal of lottery applications is March 5 at 4 p.m. As a reminder, if you have a child that will have sibling preference next year, you need to complete the sibling lottery application by this deadline.

After school activities continue this week with Dino Club for 2nd grade, Gym Activities and Photo Club starting at 3:50 p.m. today. Yoga is Thursday at 3:50 p.m. Pick up time for these clubs is 4:50 p.m.

The last scheduled parent informational meeting for families new to KSAS is scheduled for today at 6:30 p.m. It is mandatory that new parents attend one of the meetings that were offered this spring.

School tours will be held every Wednesday in February from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Bingo for Books will be the Family Fun Night on Thursday from 6-7 p.m. The library is collecting donations of books (baby to adult) that are clean and in good condition for the event. The books can be dropped off at the library anytime.

APC nomination forms were sent home Feb. 19. If you are interested in the parent seat on the APC please complete the form and return it to KSAS by the March 3 deadline.

The PTA sponsored carnival was last Friday.

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.

Kenai Central High

This week is Homegoing Week. All week Mrs. Borland's Government class will host a Dodge Ball Tournament at lunch. This tournament is a fundraising event with proceeds helping support the relief effort in Haiti. There will be an assembly on Friday to recognize the student athletes on the basketball team.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Mass Band Concert will be held at 6 p.m. in the Renee' C Henderson Auditorium on Monday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students.

The Culinary Art II students will prepare a meal for the Student of the Month Lunch on Thursday. This lunch is to honor the following students and staff.

January 2010 Student of the Month: Rotary - Vanessa Dukowitz; Chamber - Hilary Domke; Elks - Billie Kieffer; Kard of the Deck - Shelby Toombs; Staffer of the Month- Jim Beeson; Physical Science - Dylan Wannamaker; Physical Education - Dalton Chappell; LA 10 - Jackie Dickawicz; Biology - Beatiz Martin; Study Skills - Stuart Martinez; Performing Arts: Music: Choir - Jenna Thomas; Advanced Algebra - Haley Coffman; AP U. S. History - Lincoln Wensley; Honors LA 9 - Joy Wannamaker; Metals 2 - Zeb Petterson; World Languages, Spanish - Shaina Aho; Foods - Donny Dormady; Geometry - Lee Kempf; LA 11 - Adriana Taylor; Geometry - Andrew Barcus.

Today- Mass Band Concert 6 p.m.

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

Friday- Basketball vs. Skyview 3, 4:30, 6:30 p.m.

Friday - Homegoing Dance 9-11.

Kenai Middle

The 8th grade class will be going on their annual ice fishing trip on Friday. If you would like to help out or volunteer let the school know and fill out the volunteer form online at: www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us . Click on the 'volunteer openings' tab and apply to Kenai Middle School. If you have any questions call the office at 283-1700.

The Kossack Korner is in need of large sweatshirts or hoodies for students. If you have any gently used hoodies or sweatshirts, please send them to the office.

Dates To Remember:

Today -- School Climate Surveys

Feb. 25 -- Volleyball 1st Round of Boroughs

Feb. 26 -- 8th Grade Ice Fishing Trip

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

March 5 -- CLUBS!

March 9 -- Choir Concert at KCHS 7 p.m.

March 12 -- Inservice - No School; End of 3rd Quarter

March 15-19 -- Spring Break - No School

March 29 -- Track Begins.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners are Aitana Gluth, Dylan Duniphin, Jaryn Zoda, Lily Coon, Reece Wick, Alexia Paneak, Alex Bradford, Nereid Phillips, Ashley Pope, Kaden McKibben, Caitlyn Tri, Jian Hayes, Lindsey Weber, Ryan Johnson and Sebastian Barnett.

Site Council will meet on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. in the library.

Forensics will be held after school on Mondays and Thursdays for 3rd through 5th grade students starting today and ending March 4. Students will need to have a signed permission slip and will need to be picked up at 4:30 p.m.

The students will participate in a read-in today from 2:40 - 3:10 p.m.

Wednesday is "Read a Shirt" Day. Students may wear their favorite T-shirt to school. Make sure slogans are appropriate.

To celebrate "Love of Reading" month we are inviting members of the community to come and read to classrooms on Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. If you are interested in reading your favorite story to students call the office at 283-8600 for more information.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The fourth and fifth graders will perform a Beatles Tribute Concert on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Nikiski High School auditorium. Students in Mrs. Zimmerman, Mrs. Matson, Mr. Floyd and Mr. Boyle's classes will be singing and dancing to some of your favorite tunes. The students will travel to the high school for rehearsal on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24th. The band accompanying the singers is local talent, The Rizzo Family Band.

The school is participating in the "One School, One Book" program by reading the book, "Indian in the Cupboard". On Friday we will have a family movie night in which we will view the movie, "Indian in the Cupboard". This event will begin in the gym at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

The "6th Grade Conversation Committee" met again Feb. 16 and has made much progress. A final meeting will be held on March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Nikiski Middle/High Library. At this meeting the committee will be making a decision and send on a recommendation to the Joint Site Council of Nikiski North Star and Nikiski Middle-High School. The Site Councils will then act on this recommendation at a special Joint Site Council Meeting, shortly afterward and then forward a recommendation on to the school board for their approval. If a decision is made to move 6th graders up to the Middle School, it will take effect for the 2011-2012 school year. A new "6th Grade Transition Committee" would then be formed and take the 2010-2011 school year to plan and prepare for moving 6th graders up the following year.

The public is invited to attend site council meetings and the final "6th Grade Conversation" Committee meeting:

NNS Site Council Monday March 8 at 4 p.m. in the NNS Library;

Nikiski Middle-High Site Council March 9 at 4 p.m. in the Nikiski Middle-High Library; and

Final "6th Grade Conversation" committee meeting March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Nikiski Middle-High Library.

Nikiski Middle-High

The "6th Grade Conversation Committee" met again Feb. 16 and has made much progress. A final meeting will be held on March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Nikiski Middle/High Library. At this meeting the committee will be making a decision and send on a recommendation to the Joint Site Council of Nikiski North Star and Nikiski Middle-High School. The Site Councils will then act on this recommendation at a special Joint Site Council Meeting, shortly afterward and then forward a recommendation on to the school board for their approval. If a decision is made to move 6th graders up to the Middle School, it will take effect for the 2011-2012 school year. A new "6th Grade Transition Committee" would then be formed and take the 2010-2011 school year to plan and prepare for moving 6th graders up the following year.

The public is invited to attend site council meetings and the final "6th Grade Conversation" Committee meeting:

NNS Site Council Monday March 8 at 4 p.m. in the NNS Library;

Nikiski Middle-High Site Council March 9 at 4 p.m. in the Nikiski Middle-High Library; and

Final "6th Grade Conversation" committee meeting March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Nikiski Middle-High Library.

Students of the Month for January are:

High School: Maggie Braun, Art; Grant Clark, Computer Applications; Alicia Conti, Personal Finance; Mandee Jackson, Physics; Gretchen Larson, Pre-Algebra; Makenzie Moore, Spanish I; Jewel Meader, Language Arts; Natasha Nix, Music; Ty Shoemaker, Algebra; Jordan Taylor, Language Arts 10; Jordan Taylor, Life Science; Mason Toloff, Custodial Aide; Jacob Tuttle, Alternative School; Eli Ward, Pre-Calculus; Nelson Williams, Power Mechanics.

Junior High: Cory Carr, US History; Taylor Peterkin, Literacy; Andrew Sickel, Physical Education; Jared Wallis, Science

Saturday -- 11 a.m. - Middle School Cross-Country Skiing Boroughs at Nikiski.

Redoubt Elementary

Students collected donations, had a bake sale, and sold Valentine's Day candy-grams and raised over $1,071 to give to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief.

February is love of reading month. Students are encouraged to participate in the library's Go for the Gold reading challenge. Many gold medals have been earned by students for their classes. The challenge ends Friday.

Last week's Big G Box Tops drawing winner was Quinten Cox.

Parents are asked to contact Nurse Donna at 260-4306 if they are interested in a second H1N1 flu clinic at the school. In order to be effective, two doses of H1N1 flu vaccine are required for children 9 years old and younger.

Redoubt's 4th - 6th graders will present their spring musical, Egyptian Treasures, on Tuesday, March 30, at the Soldotna High School auditorium. Egyptian costumes and extra pieces of fabric are needed to make Egyptian costumes. Those who can help are asked to contact Ms. Biggs at 260-4337.

Skyview High

Students of the Month of January are: Blanca Rincon - aide; Kayla Scroggins - business education; Andrew Gast - fine arts; Ivy O'Guinn and Kelsea Fowler - language arts; Amber Eberline and Eldon Brown - math; Dan Rozak and Leif Danielson - performing arts; Francisco Brown-Navarro and Jade Larsen - physical education; Catherine Wolk and Samantha Mason - science; Michael Eyre, Carol Umstead, and Leif Thul - social studies; Jasen Suonvieri - vocational technology; Sadie Heaton - work co-op; Robert Sparks - world languages; Jessica Stewart - Soldotna Chamber; Randy Neill -principal; and Teresa Dalebout - support staff person. They were honored last Thursday at a luncheon prepared and hosted by the Skyview National Honor Society.

JV basketball teams will host Cook Inlet Academy today at 3 and 4:30 p.m.

Site council will meet today at 4:30 p.m.

KPBSD Superintendent Steve Atwater, SoHi principal Todd Syverson, and Skyview principal Randy Neill will be hosting a Soldotna area schools community meeting Wednesday at 5 pm at the Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna. A general overview will be given in regard to sharing programs and staff between the two high schools. Students, parents, and community members will have an opportunity to ask questions about the process and timeline. The focus will be on how to best meet the needs of the students within the Greater Soldotna area and also how to improve the overall educational opportunities for all of the students.

JV and varsity girls' basketball teams will host Kodiak Thursday at 4:30 and 6 p.m.

For updates on news and sports information go to https://www.edline.net/pages/Skyview_High or www.highschoolsports.net .

Soldotna High

National Honor Society Students of the Month were January: Bristol Walton - Biology; Alisah Kress - Advanced Algebra; Josiah Covey - Advanced Algebra; Katrina Truesdell - AP U.S. History; Katie Jones - Choir; Trevor Earll - Metals; Linnea Powers - College Prep Writing. February: Heidi Westerman- Biology; Vicky Tachick - Algebra A; Aleigha Davidson - Algebra A; Quinn Sawyer - Government; Vicky Tachick - Video Communication; Leah Garske - LA 11; Tyler Brown- LA 11.

Dr. Atwater, Mr. Neill and Mr. Syverson will host a Soldotna area schools community meeting Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna. A general overview will be given in regards to sharing programs and staff. Students, parents and community will have an opportunity to ask questions about the process and timelines. The focus will be on how to best meet the needs of our students within the Greater Soldotna area and also how to improve our overall educational opportunities for all of our students.

Registration/scheduling for the 2010-2011 school year is in progress. Mrs. Moore and Ms. Smola met with 9th-11th grade students during the week of February 15. Registration forms are due back into the Counseling Office by Feb. 26.

Owen Phillips artwork was the winning entry for the yearbook title page. He will receive a free yearbook. Numerous entries were submitted and some may be used elsewhere in the book.

The Kenai Peninsula School District competition was last Thursday for Skills USA.

Skills USA members are collecting cell phones for needy individuals. Dallin Carlson, Will McDermid, Savanna Schoessler, and Rachael Wyatt are state officers and and have more info. If you have donations you can also contact Bill Carlson at bcarlson@kpbsd.k12.ak.us .

Will L. McDermid was selected this September, 2009 as one of 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist nationwide. It has been confirmation that Will has been selected as a Finalists in the 2010 Competition for a National Merit Scholarship.

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. Items can be dropped off to the main office or Room 9.

Soldotna Middle

Congratulations to Eli Graham, Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for February.

The last day to pre-order your full color yearbook is Friday.

Tuesday - Volleyball Nikiski vs Maroon at SMS, 3 p.m.

March 2 - Skyview and SoHi representatives will visit with 8th graders during 8th hour; SoHi 8th Grade parent Night.

March 5 - SOM/COM Bingo 8th period; Fortnightly - 6 - 8 p.m., parent chaperones needed.

March 11 Assembly Schedule - band, choir, and winter sports and Band and Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The intermediate spelling bee first place winner was Gabby Triana, fifth-grader in Mr. Faris' room. Second place went to Drake Thomas in Mrs. Carter's room and third place went to SuHana Firman in Mr. DeVolld's room. Twenty-two students participated. The first five winners will be in New York City for United Nations, during the state spelling bee. Our fifth runner-up, fourth grader Gavin Goggia from Mrs. Carter's room, will represent the school at the statewide Spelling Bee in Anchorage on Friday.

Twenty four upper elementary students and their chaperones will depart for New York City next Wednesday evening to attend a Model United Nations Conference. This is the only Model United Nations Program that is held in the United Nations Building. Students will spend a week in New York at the conference.

The enrollment lottery for new students will close at 3 p.m. March 5. We will have an orientation meeting Wednesday from 5:30 - 6 p.m. for parents who are interested in enrolling their child next year. Students who are currently enrolled at SMCS are automatically re-enrolled.

We have upper elementary students who are interested in forming an after school club to work on simple mechanics. If you are interested and would like to propose an idea for next fall contact the office. The Mechanics Club could meet for 6 weeks, a semester or for the whole year.

Students are preparing for their musical program March 30. Parents and volunteers are still needed to help with props and staging.

Sixth grade swimming activities/lessons at Soldotna High School will be held March 22- April 2. Parent drivers to transport students to and from the school and chaperone in the afternoons are needed

Sterling Elementary

The fifth and sixth grade Battle of the Books team took fourth place and the third and fourth grade Battle of the Books team took first place for the borough.

The Great Aluminum Can Round Up is approaching, so start collecting cans and help the school win top prize. Collected cans can be dropped off in the side parking lot of the school near the red box.

The school is hosting a parent information meeting regarding the Standards Based Assessment that students in grades three through ten take every spring. The meeting is from 4- 5 p.m. in the library Tuesday and parents of third-graders are encouraged to attend since their children will take the test for the first time in April. Baby-sitting will be available.

Tustumena Elementary

Pre-registration for Kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year is on-going, sign up as soon as possible to help us get ready for next school year. Bring immunization records and birth certificate.

Today -- Site council meeting at 4 p.m.;

Wednesday -- Forensics for fourth, fifth and sixth grade at 1:45 p.m.

March 8 -- Spring concert at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.

March 12 -- End of third quarter, no school, in-service day.

March 15-19 -- spring break.

March 22 -- site council at 4 p.m.

March 23 -- PTO meeting at 4 p.m.



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