Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 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

* March 3 Homer High School;

* April 14;

* 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.

Scholarships offered

The following groups and organizations are offering scholarship opportunities:

* Homer Electric Association Graduating seniors and adults interested in continuing their education may apply for a $2,000 HEA scholarship. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. HEA members and legal dependants are eligible. Applications are available at HEA offices, peninsula schools and colleges and on the HEA Web site at Scholarships will be awarded at the HEA annual meeting May 1 at Soldotna High School.

Scholarships also are available for the youth rally in Idaho. High school sophomores and juniors are eligible for an all-expense paid week in Caldwell, Idaho, to learn about leadership skills and cooperatives and to participate in team building exercises. The deadline to enter is April 1. For more information, call 283-5831 in Kenai or (907) 235-8551 in Homer.

* VFW American flag poetry program for students in grades one through eight. The deadline is Monday. The American Flag Poetry program began in 1968 by the Alaska Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and is sponsored locally each year by the Ladies Auxiliary to Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna.

Poems must be an original creation about the American flag composed solely by the student with no corrections in spelling or punctuation marks, and in the student's own handwriting. Typewritten poems will be accepted only from handicapped, blind, etc., children. The student's name, address, school, grade and teacher's name must be on the back or the poem will be disqualified.

Students compete for monetary awards on the local level with the first-place winner from each group advancing to the state level where they are eligible for an additional monetary award.

Information about the program has been distributed to each elementary and junior high school in the area. Entries from home-schooled students may be submitted directly to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046, 134 N. Birch St., Soldotna, AK 99669. For more information, call 262-1262.

* KBEA Deadline is March 31. The Kenai Borough Employees Association is offering three $500 scholarships to all 2008 graduates from the Kenai Peninsula Borough schools including public, private and home-school students. Applications are available from any high school counselors office, at the information desk at the Borough Building in Soldotna or at Applications may be mailed or dropped off at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 144 N. Binkley St., Soldotna, AK 99669.

* Labor Council The deadline is April 1. The Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council is offering four $500 scholarships to 2008 peninsula high school graduates from union families. The school also must be accredited. Applications should be sent to the Labor Council, P.O. Box 1162, Kenai, AK 99611. Information is available at area high schools or by calling Joan Schrader at 283-4359 or Patty Collier at 776-5233 after 5 p.m.

Aurora Borealis Charter

School Spirit days will be Monday Strange Hair; March 4 Hat Day; March 5 Tie Day; and March 6 Sports Day.

The end of the third quarter is March 7.

Students should be reading AR books.

High school intent forms should be turned in by Friday.

Applications for the 2008-09 enrollment lottery (including those for sibling who have not previously gone through the lottery) are due in the school office by 3 p.m. March 7. For more information, call 283-0292.

Connections home-school

Analytical Writing Assessments for grades five, seven and nine will take place from 1:15 to 4 p.m. Monday through March 6 at the Soldotna computer lab and in the Kenai office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through March 5. Students will need three 45-minute sessions. Call the Soldotna office at 714-8880 or the Kenai office at 714-8915 to schedule sessions.

The program will host an ice skating and bingo activity for children and a writing workshop for parents from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Soldotna Sports Center. There is a fee for skating and skate rental. Pizza and soda will be provided. All home-school families are invited. For more information, e-mail or call 714-8880.

March Scholastic Book Clubs are available online until March 14. The are new clubs unavailable online are in the offices to be picked up. Contact your advisers for more information.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are: Paula McGlasson, Makensi Davis, Emma Lyons, Kearstin Yarnes and Chance Reynolds.

Connor Leaf and Adam Uchtman had first-place finishes in the ACSI spelling bee. Emma Lyons took second place for her grade.

Dates to remember:

* Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. varsity girls basketball and 7:30 p.m. varsity boys basketball; and

* Saturday 1 p.m. varsity boys basketball.

Mrs. Beeson has decided to retire.

The school' s Web site is available at

Grace Lutheran

Re-enrollment for students attending the school will be held today, Wednesday and Thursday. For more information or to schedule at meeting time, call 283-9551.

Box Tops for Education are being accepted through Wednesday. They will be sent in for the spring accounting period.

Open house for preschool through eighth grade will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. March 9 at the school. It is open to the public. Students will be accepted for next year on a first come first served basis.

Kindergarten visitation will be held at the same time. Families will visit classrooms, check out the curriculum and set up a screening date if their child is planning to attend kindergarten next year.

There are openings for afternoon preschool for any child who is 3 years old and potty trained. For more information, call at 283-9551.

For the Friends of Grace Lutheran School meeting students will be part of a living museum. Children will assume the role of a historical figure, in costume and share the person with the museum audience.

Families are reminded to continue saving aluminum cans for the Great Aluminum Can Round-up.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe dancers will perform at an assembly at 9:20 a.m. today.

On Monday students will take buses to Soldotna High School for the Alaska Junior Theater production of the Jabali Acrobats.

Fun Fest will be held March 6. More information and permission slips will be sent home.

The APC will meet at 6 p.m. March 10. Families will receive a ballot in the mail for APC elections and are reminded to use the return envelopes provided to mail the vote to the accounting firm handling the election. The envelope must be postmarked by March 7.

Families interested in enrolling a new student for the fall, or if a current student has a sibling who would like to be enrolled an application must be filled out by March 7. The lottery will be held at 4:15 p.m. March 27.

A school tour will be held at 10:45 a.m. Friday.

The PTA has changed its meeting dates to the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 25.

Kenai Central High

Job Shadow Day for juniors is Wednesday. The kids will begin their day at school and then meet in the cafeteria. For more information, call Alan Fields at 283-7524.

An all-school assembly will be held in the morning of March 4. President Hamilton from University of Alaska Anchorage will speak to students.

The end of the third quarter is March 6. Parents are asked to keep checking edline and to motivate their students to get make-up work done before it is too late.

Kenai Middle

Third quarter ends March 7; there is no school. Report cards will be mailed out the following week. Families who do not receive a report card in the mail are asked to call the office at 283-4896 to update their mailing address.

Sixth-grade basketball and volleyball start March 3. Students need to have their paperwork filled out and turned in to the office.

Character Counts winners are Sarah Rawson and Wyatt Fitt.

Dates to remember:

* Saturday cross country skiing boroughs at noon;

* March 4 Student of the Month luncheon;

* March 6 band concert at Kenai Central High School at 7 p.m.;

* March 7 end of third quarter, no school;

* March 10 through 14 book fair, buy one get one free;

* March 17 through 21 spring break, no school; and

* March 31 track begins.

Kenaitze Head Start

The children have been working on the letters L, U, and V.

Miss Maggie has been sharing her knowledge of the Dena'ina culture. She also has shown the children which animal's fur turns white when it snows. Children are learning to count in Dena'ina.

Head Start will hold a beading class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Family House.

Dr. Suess stories will be told at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Mountain View Elementary

Love of Reading Month activities continue with Spirit Week through Friday. Tuesday is Character Day; Wednesday is Wacky Hair Day; Thursday is Picture Day; and Friday is Comfy Read In Day.

Lifetouch will take spring pictures Thursday. Picture packages will be sent home for parents to review before purchasing.

Character Counts winners are Kayla Heinrich, Kyle Hunter, Antonio Sanchez, Sarah Every, JessiAnna McDonald, Rebecca Blum, Hunter Black, Brandon Marcano, Devon Armstrong, Delbrian Parfitt, Andrew Wilson and Jordan Erdman.

Students are learning what it means to be a good citizen at home, in school and in the community.

There will no school March 7, it is an in-service day for teachers.

Nikiski Middle-High

The Golden Apple Award was given to David Means. He was chosen for being outgoing, friendly, helpful, a great listener to students and staff and for taking interest in his students and others at the school. He has worked at the school for three years as a special education aide and job coach.

Hunter Gallien was named the January Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month. Hunter is a senior with a 3.5 grade point average and is an honor roll student. His extracurricular activities include varsity football and varsity track. He served as captain of the football team his junior and senior years and was selected to the all-conference team on offense for two years and defense this year. He also volunteers at the elementary school and church youth group doing community service projects. Hunter plans to continue his education to become a firefighter/paramedic.

Amber Ewing was named the February Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month. She is a senior with a 3.1 grade point average and has been on the honor roll twice. She is involved in the dance troupe and was a performer in the 2006-07 production. She was named the most improved dancer her first year and earned the MVP award during her senior year. Her community service involves putting on fundraisers for the dance troupe. She works at an orthodontist's office and wants to continue her education and training to become a dental assistant/hygienist.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Mrs. Matson's fifth-graders will bake rolls this week for a fundraiser for their spring field trip. Rolls cost $2 each. Order forms are available in the office or from Mrs. Matson's students. The Matson Bakery will be open today through Thursday. For more information, call the school at 776-5575.

Spring pictures will be taken Wednesday in the library.

The PTA is sponsoring a Family Night from 6 to 8 Thursday in the gym. There will be door prizes, a fun jump, art activities and bingo for books.

Redoubt Elementary

The site council is soliciting input regarding parking lot issues. Parents with ideas and concerns may attend its meeting at 3:45 p.m. March 12 in the staff lounge. Parents unable to attend may share their ideas and concerns by calling Mr. Pothast at 260-4300 or sending a letter to the office.

Love of Reading Month continues. The school will host a schoolwide reading challenge and evening activities for families.

Kylee Wolfe won the puzzle contest and Katrina Bearup won the coloring contest in the library.

Tonight is open gym and board game night from 6:30 to 8. Refreshments will be served. Students and their families are invited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The breakfast program needs volunteers for Wednesday mornings from 8:20 to 9. Volunteers are asked to call Marge at 262-9586.

Ms. Biggs is seeking help with costumes and sets for the spring musical "Folk Tales Around the World." Performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at Soldotna High School. It is open to the public. For more information, call 260-4337 or e-mail

The school is registered in the The Great Aluminum Can Roundup and will receive credit for aluminum cans brought to the Central Peninsula Landfill between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 22.

Fall kindergarten registration will be held April 2 through 4. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. A birth certificate and immunization record should be brought to registration. For more information, call 260-4300.

The PTA collects Big G Box Tops as a fundraiser for the school. Students should put their name on the back of box tops they bring to school to be entered in a weekly prize drawing. The collection container is in front of the school office.

The school is accepting area requests for the 2008-09 school year through April 4. Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 260-4300.

Soldotna Elementary

The school will remember Dr. Seuss' birthday with a celebration from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Games, art activities and crafts with a Seuss theme will be available to students. Children accompanied by a parent may participate in the event.

The site based council will meet at 4 p.m. March 4 in the conference room.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. March 6 in the library. Childcare is available for the PTA meeting.

Parents who have not yet done so are asked to turn in their preregistration forms for the 2008-09 school year to the office.

Soldotna High

The following students have been named to the staff of the yearbook: editors, Molly Byrne, Mariah Henson; photo editor, Holly Jenkins; business manager, Blaine Carver; sports editor, Tanner Minogue; student life editor, Courtney Roten; and senior ad manager, Dustyn Fergus. A limited number of yearbooks are available for $60.

The deadline for advanced placement exam deposits is 12:30 p.m. March 11.

In competition at the Boys and Girls Varsity High School Shootout Bowling Tournament, Jonathon Knight bowled three games for a total of 427 points and 40th place, winning eighth place for the boys team; Tasha Waterbury bowled three games for a total of 534 points, earning fifth place; Shaylynda Daigle bowled three games for a total of 383 points and 24th place; Shaylynda and Tasha placed first in the team results.

On March 4 University of Alaska Anchorage President Mark Hamilton will speak with sophomores, juniors and seniors about college opportunities in Alaska.

Eighth-grade parents night will be held at 6 p.m. March 10 in the library.

Soldotna Middle

Sam Janorschke is the Chamber Student of the Month.

The student council will sponsor Spirit Week. Each day will be a specific dress-up day. Students are reminded that school rules apply in regard to dress code and will be enforced. Flip flops or slippers are allowed if students arrive in shoes and change them after they get to school. Today is Crazy Hair Day; Wednesday will be Slipper Day; Thursday will be Hawaiian Day; and Friday will be Backwards Day.

Dates to remember:

* Today silver volleyball vs. Nikiski at 3 p.m.;

* Thursday first round of borough volleyball tournament;

* Saturday finals of borough volleyball tournament at 10 a.m.; and

* March 4 PTSA meeting at 3 p.m. in the library.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The kindergarten through second grade Battle of the Books participants meet weekly. Team members include Drake Thomas, Caroline Cho, Cody Quelland, Gavin Goggia, Tyler Carter, Sativa Kidd, Alex Montague, Trenton Steadman, Jeffrey Beaudoin, Levi Benner, Kortney Birch, Samantha Denbrock, Tomas Levy-Canedo, Sierra Longfellow, Natalia O'Toole, Adara Warren, Josep Pons-Vives, Isabelle Thorpe, Alex Johnson, Keith Rice, Maeve Celentano and Reid Casey. Kristin Mitchell is the coach.

Families are requested to complete the parent survey that was handed out at parent conferences.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser to help fund the Model U.N. team's trip to New York will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Live music and an auction will be featured. It is open to the public.

An orientation will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school at 162 E. Park Ave. in Soldotna.

The school concert will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the gym.

The school lottery is open through March 7.

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

Tustumena Elementary

The annual talent show will be held Friday afternoon in the gym. Music instructor Mr. Audette has organized the event that features performers from all grade levels. Parents are invited to attend.

Title I families are reminded that Mrs. Young has scheduled a muffins-in-the-morning event at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Title I classroom. Parents will have the opportunity to explore a variety of instructional software programs that their child is working in during the second semester.

There will be no school March 7. It is an in-service day for teachers.

Wings Christian Academy

Melissa Newton won Cleanest Desk of the Week.

Brandon Saunders won the most interesting fact contest.

The following students achieved honor roll status for the second quarter: Josiah Fischer, Matthew Grant, Kasey McGee, Chase Miller, Kyla Moore, Alexander Pettey, Naomi Pettey, Jesse Puletau, Megan Ruffridge, Brandon Saunders, Jessica Saunders and Alisha Thompson.

Jesse Puletau completed his speech on Davy Crocket for A privilege status.

The schools section prints Tuesdays in the Clarion. For more information, call 335-1241.

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