Around the District

Posted: Monday, February 28, 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

* March 7;

* April 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.

KBEA scholarships available

The Kenai Borough Employees Association scholarship committee is accepting applications for four scholarships of $500 each. All 2011 Kenai Peninsula Borough graduates of public schools, private schools or home-school programs are eligible.

Applications are available from high school counselors' offices or on the borough's website, Applications must be delivered or postmarked by March 31. They may be dropped off at or mailed to the Kenai Peninsula Borough, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 144 North Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Connections Home-school Program

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

Cook Inlet Academy

March 4 is the 5th and 6th grade Alyeska trip. Look for details to come home with your child.

March 4 is the end of 3rd quarter.

March 14 -- 18 is spring break and school will be closed.

March 28 is parent night at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

April 2 is the Spring Band Concert at 3 p.m.

April 8 is the Spring Carnival.

April 11 -- 15 is the school wide SAT testing.

April 22 is Good Friday and school will be closed.

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

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.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The Kaleidoscope staff appreciates the many parents who volunteer in our school and those that work with the PTA. Staff Appreciation Week was phenomenal and we thank you all for your time, your thoughtfulness, your creativeness, and the overall spoiling of the staff.

The final week for accepting applications for the March 31 lottery is upon us. Applications are accepted through March 4. If you have a child who is eligible for sibling preference, you must meet the March 4 deadline with a new sibling lottery application.

The APC will meet on Wednesday, March 2 at 4 p.m.

Our after school activities will meet for the final time this session on Thursday; times are 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. and, as always, we appreciate your promptness in picking up your child.

Following are other March activities:

March 7 -- End of the Unit celebrations including the Lunar Caf, 3rd and 4th grade plays, and the Starlab from the Challenger Learning Center. This includes evening activities so watch for information to come home.

March 9 -- Spring pictures.

March 10 -- Family Fun Night, featuring Bingo For Books -- gently used books, baby to adult, for the Bingo For Books are still be accepted; these can be dropped off in the library.

March 11 -- End of quarter -- Inservice -- agenda will be provided next week. There will be no school this day.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School

Congratulations to our Forensics winners.

4th grade: Humorous Poetry -- Sarah Hollers; Non-Humorous Poetry -- Brittani Blossom; Humorous Prose -- Sierra Longfellow;

5th Grade: Humorous Poetry -- Koby Vinson; Non-Humorous Poetry -- Kaley Hunter; Non-Humorous Prose -- Melia Miller; Humorous Prose -- Anna Aley; Interpretive Reading -- Katie Richmond, Nathaniel Patat, Kiernan Escott, Madison Gallagher, Delaney Johnson; Story Telling -- Olivia Botirius;

6th grade: Humorous Poetry -- Avery Hieber; Non-Humorous Prose -- Ronnie Meehan; Non-Humorous Poetry -- MacKenzie Lindeman; Humorous Prose -- Judah Aley; Interpretive Reading -- Chelsey Hernandez and Izabeau Stalkfleet; Poetry-Multiple -- Shanija Walter and Brittany Junkert; Prose Multiple -- Sophie Sorenson, Alexis Terra and Tori Hensley.

Mrs. Murphy's class held their annual Superbowl Readathon. The team with the highest amount of reading minutes at home consisted of Andrew Agosti, Sienna Escott and Mariah Kjostad. Other MVPs from each team were: Mackenzie Lindeman, Thera Mullet and Gavin Mikesell. Mariah Kjostad was the overall "Reader of the Month." Congratulations to all of you who participated!

The K-Beach intermediate grades spring music program will be presented on Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. All 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will perform a patriotic tribute to America in our performance of "Freedom." The VFW will present the "Colors" at the beginning of the program.

March 2 -- Skyview drama presentation in the gym; DARE will be in the Library, 1 -- 2 p.m.

March 3 and 4, 7 and 8 -- Intermediate Caribou Celebration; Tie-dye T-shirts.

Kenai Central High School

On Tuesday the junior class will be going to work. While they may not literally be going to work, March 1 is Kenai Central High School's annual Job Shadow Day. Job Shadow Day was created by Susan Nabholz and the Kenai Chamber to provide students with the opportunity to learn firsthand about a career that interest the student. Tuesday is the culminating day to a busy unit that has prepared students for the world of work. The junior class will have the opportunity to shadow a person for a day who works in a field that the student is interested in pursuing. Students participating in Job Shadow will meet in the cafeteria at the beginning of school March 1. There they will be introduced to the person they will be shadowing for the day.

The Rotary Club will be taking time out of their busy schedules to talk to the senior class about Ethics in the Workplace. The seniors are extremely fortunate to have a community that values their education and that is willing to talk to them about skills and decision making that will prepare the seniors to become future leaders in the community.

Parents, the end of the quarter is rapidly approaching -- March 11. Make sure that your child is keeping up with their grades.

Weekly events:

Thursday -- Saturday: Region Basketball at Homer.

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations to all our skiers who participated in the KMS Invitational Friday. Top 10 finishers from KMS include:

7th grade boys: Isaac Lewis, 6th; Ean Atchley, 7th; Marshall Vest, 10th. 7th grade girls: Mikaela Salzetti, 2nd. 8th grade boys: Travis Cooper, 1st; Jordan Theisen, 3rd; Marley Smith, 4th. 8th grade girls: Alex Bergholtz, 2nd; Lilly Kincheloe, 4th; Kirsten Nyquist, 5th; Bev Schindler 6th.

Congratulations to all the wrestlers who completed a great season. The team took third at the borough tourney. Individual results were as follows:

1st place: Jace Baker, at 190 pound; Ellery Steffensen, at 138 pounds; 2nd place: Corbin Streiff, at 132 pounds; Zach Koziczkowski, at 167 pounds; 3rd place: Chris Hamilton, at 95 pounds; Abe Bartlett, at 190-plus pounds; 4th place: Andrew Welborn, at 110 pounds; Kyle Hunter, at 155 pounds; Trey Feagin at 167 pounds.

Just a reminder to our parents that Spring Break will be March 14-18. If your student is leaving around those dates, please let the office know. The phone number is 283-1700.

Dates to remember:

March 1 -- Band Recital, KMS Library 6 -- 9 p.m.

March 4 -- CLUB SCHEDULE (Last Club Day)

March 8 -- Choir Concert.

March 11 -- Inservice Day -- EOQ.

March 14-18 -- Spring Break!

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Dakota Richie, Gwendylan Case, Josie Passe, Justin Gilbert, Cesar Lopez, Kylie-Anne Raye, Dulce Santana, Jordan Tackett, Katie Wilkerson, McKenna Dodd, Jermy McGlasson, Zena Esmailka, Seth Kruse and Jonas Beach.

There will be a Title 1 parent activity on Friday, March 4, from 7:45 -- 8:30 a.m. Parents of Title 1 students are encouraged to come read with their child and enjoy muffins, donuts and coffee.

The 3rd and 4th grade music concert will be on Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. in the KCHS auditorium. Mrs. Kantrud's 2/3 class will also be participating in this concert. Students should be at the high school at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 11, is an inservice day. There will be no school for students.

Spring break is the week of March 14 -- 18.

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 Middle/Senior High School

This year's 3A Region III basketball tournament will be hosted at Nikiski High School on Thursday, March 3 (noon start), March 4 (3 p.m. start), and March 5 (10 a.m. start). Teams representing Cordova, Grace Christian, Anchorage Christian School (ACS), 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.

A five-team, modified double-elimination bracket will be used for the conference tournament. The game schedule will be published in Tuesday's Clarion sports section.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

Mrs. Trammell's Kindergarten class entered a Scholastic Book Club contest and they were one of two classrooms chosen from Alaska to win 200 books! One hundred books went to their classroom and they donated the other hundred books to the Nikiski Community Library. Way to go Kinders!

This week Mrs. Matson's class will be baking and selling their famous cinnamon rolls. The bake sale will run from Wednesday, March 2 through Friday, March 4. If you would like to purchase some rolls, please fill out an order form in the front office or call the school at 776-2600 for more information. The students will be learning about nutrition, using fractions and the world of employment. Funds raised from the sale of these rolls will help with field trips, purchasing science supplies and technology.

Congratulations to the following third grade students who participated in the NNS Forensics competition held on Thursday, Feb. 17: America Jeffreys, Angela Druesdow, Emily Hightower, Emily Dunham, Alexia Paneak, Cecily Quiner, Haedyn Block, Olivia Smith, Matthew Weathers, Aura Petrick, Tika Zimmerman, Ethan Hack and Reese Thompson. Third graders do not advance to the district competition. The following students are headed to the district competition at Sterling Elementary: 4th graders -- Jayhlen Uhls, Interpretive Reading; Sara Moore and Angela Nunley, Reader's Theater. 5th graders -- Sarah Nash, Humorous Poetry; Donovan Smith. Interpretive Reading; Kimberly Schilling, Hallie Tauriainen and Emilee Tiner, Reader's Theater. 6th graders -- Avery Kornstad, Humorous Prose; Braden Ellis, Storytelling; and Chase Gillies, Brianna Vollersten, Ayla Pitt, Larry Degner, Paige Brame, Skylynne McCaughey and Grace Alvey, Reader's Theater.

Redoubt Elementary School

Congratulations to school forensics winners.

4th Grade: Humorous poetry single -- Reva Lovett, Mykenna Foster,Jayden Kemp; Non-humorous poetry single -- Braxton Urban, Scout Paret, Navy Poage: Humorous prose single -- Derek Lewis, Jarred Farabee; Non-Humorous prose single -- Marlayna Saavedra, Wyatt Denna, Morgan Nelson.

5th Grade: Humorous poetry single -- Annie Poland, Shaylynn Zener, Katrina Bearup; Non-humorous poetry single -- Grace Graham, Tavia Wilson, Savannah Wolfe; Humorous prose single -- Kellie Arthur; Non-humorous prose single -- John Mark Pothast,Nick Edwards (tied) Teya Durham; Interpretive reading, single -- Maguire Merriman; Storytelling, single -- Chloe Newby.

6th Grade: Humorous poetry single -- Alexis Osborn, Kinley Glaves (tied), Jenna Helminski and Ricky Fiebelkorn (tied);

Non-humorous poetry singles -- Molly Erickson, Natalia Chavez, Drewe Zeek; Humorous prose single -- Kianna Steadman, Keira Burrows, Ryan Moeglein; Non-humorous prose single -- Jace Urban, Tehya Nichols, Andrea Best; Interpretive reading single -- Caleb Suominen, Natalia Eskelin, Chloe Kincaid; Storytelling single -- Brian Dusek, Brenna Belluomini, Wayde Savolt;

Prose multiple -- Jackson Blackwell, Brian Dusek, Tannan Holland; Interpretive reading, readers theater multiple -- Alexzya Bahr, Jayce Kemp; Lissa Bower, Drewe Zeek, Keira Burrow, Lucy Hugarte.

Thank you Mrs. Walter, Mrs. Hale, community volunteers and the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students that participated in this year's forensics. You were awesome.

Family Movie Night, Thursday, Feb. 24. 6:30 -- 8 p.m. Redoubt Elementary Gym, featuring, "The Mouse and the Motorcycle." Bring your lawn chairs and pillows. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Skyview High School

Softball begins today and soccer and track/field begin next Monday, March 7. Participants must show proof of a current physical and have all paperwork completed and turned in before they can try out or practice.

The end-of-season ski banquet will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the library.

There will be a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. for all girls interested in playing softball this spring.

Incoming 2011-2012 freshmen and their parents are invited to 8th Grade Parent/Student Night Tuesday 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.

Band and choir students will present their "Music in Our Schools" concert March 7 at 7 p.m. in the commons.

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

Soldotna High School

Sohi Skills USA did very well at the District CTSO Conference. The following members placed in the top 3 in their contests: Vicky Tachick, 2nd Culinary Arts; David Swedberg was totally awesome and got 1st place in all four of his events -- Technical Math, Skid-steer, Trailer backup, and Drafting; Dallin Carlson, 3rd in Design Make and Sell and 2nd in Extemporaneous Speech; Johnathon Kreider, 3rd in Prepared Speech; and Rachel Wyatt, 3rd in Extemporaneous Speech and 2nd in Job Interview.

ThinkFast sessions will take place on today 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.

Parents/students are invited to Parent Night at Soldotna High School on Tuesday 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.

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KPBSD will be administering the Youth Risk Behavior Survey during the second period on Tuesday, 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.

Soldotna Student Council is collecting gently used dresses, shoes, and accessories for Cinderella's Closet 2011. This is a program for all local high school girls to receive a free prom dress. Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. -- 3 p.m. to the main office of Soldotna High School.

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle School

Reminder to 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.

March Events:

Thursday -- Band and Choir Concert 7 p.m.

Friday -- Fortnightly, 6 -- 8 p.m. Parent volunteers needed. Please contact the office at 260-2500 if you can help.

Thursday, March 10 -- Student of Month/Student of Character Bingo.

Friday, March 11 -- No school.

Monday -- Friday, March 14 -- 18 -- Spring break. No school.

Monday, March 28 -- Track and Field begins.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Kindergartners are concluding a study of Europe. Parents with interesting items from Europe are invited to share with the class.

First and third graders are continuing to participate in weekly hip-hop dance lessons in preparation for their performance March 7. Students will also perform reader's theater skits March 7.

Second and third graders in Mrs. Holt's room will study outdoor winter safety and local history with a visit to Andrew Berg's cabin on March 7.

Upper elementary students are studying electricity and magnetism. Students are preparing experiments and research that illustrates the science behind each experiment.

Upper elementary students are preparing for next year's trip to New York City and their participation in the Model United Nations Program there. Preparation includes beginning a unit on persuasive writing. Students will be selected to participate in the program based, in part, on their ability to present persuasive arguments on both sides of specific topics.

Tustumena Elementary School

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books teams that competed at the district competition last week. Our 3rd-4th grade team was Holly Todd, Brighton Turvin, Amanda Wylie, Caius Hagelund and Jemma Lane. Our 5th - 6th grade team was Afton Carlson, Renee Hinz, Savannah McDonald, Brianna Peters and Alek Hansen.

On Wednesday we had our Forensics competition for 4th-6th grades. Students prepared a piece to perform in front of classes in 3rd-6th grade and a panel of three judges.

4th Grade

Singles -- Non Humorous: 1st place, Holly Todd; Singles -- Humorous Poetry: *1st place, Mika Wong; 2nd Place, Reyna Tubbs; 3rd place, Kristina Sopkowiak; Multiples -- Humerous Prose: *1st Place, Courtney Johnston, Katlian Nelson; Multiples -- Interpretive Reading: *1st place, India Bates, Cora Carter; 2nd place, Emily Ehret, Ryann Yager.

5th Grade

Multiplies -- Humorous Poetry: 1st place, Logan Schrader, Justice Hinz; 2nd place, Juston Beyer, Chance Turvin, Alek Hansen; Multiples -- Interpretive Reading: *1st place, Selby Hill, Delaney Risley; *1st place, Timmy Blakely, Sam McElroy, Cory Hinz; 2nd place, Erin Dobbs, Denali Wurst; 3rd place, Fiona Boze, Brianna Peters.

6th Grade

Singles -- Interpretive Reading: *1st place, Afton Carlson; *2nd place, Bryanna Beyers; Multiples -- Interpretive Reading: 1st place, Renee Hinz, Abby Kruse.

* Denotes those who will represent Tustumena at the Borough Forensic Competition March 5.

Summer school is coming and it promises to be a great experience. Each of the four weeks will have a theme and we will build our learning around those. If you received a letter inviting your child, please sign and return it as soon as possible to help us with planning for this important program. If you have any questions please call Mrs. Sinnott at the school.

Our intramural ski season is in full swing here at Tustumena Elementary. Right now we have 45 students on the roster and anywhere from 35 to 40 some skiers taking part each Tuesday and Thursday.

Mr. Michael is maintaining an approximate 2-kilometer trail that connects the soccer field with a "Woodland Loop" and then back into the playground and sledding hill area. We will attach a trail map to the baseball backstop so community members can see the direction and layout of our trail. We strongly encourage local skiers to come and use the trails at Tustumena. In addition, we would like local snow machine traffic to respect the trails by not riding on them during our ski season.

Tustumena Elementary Title 1 families are invited to come celebrate Dr. Suess' birthday on Wednesday, March 2 from 4 -- 5:30 p.m. in room 102. Please join us for a short Title 1 meeting and then participate in the fun activities. Cake and ice cream refreshments will be provided. Parents are encouraged to come and share ideas for increasing the effectiveness of the Title 1 program. Students must be accompanied by an adult to attend. Please call Joellen Fowler at 260-1365 with any questions.

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

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

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