Around the District

Posted: Monday, March 01, 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 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.

* Today;

* 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

Workforce Summer Construction Academy

This construction academy is for all area high school students. The academy will run Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. beginning May 25 and will end on June 10th at the Workforce Development Center on Lawton Drive behind Kenai Central High School. This academy is free to all students and transportation may be provided if needed.

It will be project based. Some projects from the past years are: The girls locker room at Kenai Ice Rink, a storage shed at Kenai Senior Center, the forestry building at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds and the ski shack at Kenai Central High School.

In this class students will learn basic construction skills, floor layouts, and proper measurements and construction. A 10 hour online OSHA course may be offered. If a student successfully completes the 60 hour summer program they are eligible to receive a practical art credit. The skills learned will help participants secure jobs in entry level construction careers.

This academy is possible thanks to funding from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economics Development.

For more information or to sign up contact Debbie Pearson @ 283-2145 or email her at .

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. today.

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 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

* 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 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 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 15 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.

* The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Delta Waterfowl is offering three (3) $500 scholarships to three graduating seniors of the Class of 2010. Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA and plan to attend a community college, university, or vocational school in the State of Alaska. Each applicant must complete a one-page essay on the topic "Why Is It Necessary To Maintain Waterfowl Habitat In Alaska and Why Doing so is Important to You" and submit it along with the application. The awards will be based primarily on the essay. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 31. A copy of the Application and requirements can be downloaded from the scholarship section of the Web site.

Connections home-school program

Connections has a secure password protected 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.

Third Quarter reviews are going on now. Contact advisor if this has not already been done.

Students in grades 3-10, call advisor to RSVP for SBA testing in April.

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

For information and activities, visit

Cook Inlet Academy

Student's of the week are Christin Baker, Elizabeth Dailey, Kati Dutcher, Scott Habermann, Sonya Houser, Abigael Jakits, Marianna Jakits, Tyler Kincaid, Jiabao Leaf, Erica McGahan, Riley McKee, Ben Pollard, Johnny Smithwick, Kelsey Tachick

Mrs. Lyon's kindergarten class has been studying President Washington and President Lincoln, and are learning to recognize some government buildings. The students are also working with the first grade class on an insect unit.

Kindergarten and first grade will be taking swim lessons at Skyview High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next four weeks.

Track and field for high school students starts March 8, as well as an optional preseason for 7th and 8th graders. The official start for 7th and 8th graders is March 22. There will be a meeting for interested students and their parents March 11, 7 p.m.

There will be an All-School Band Concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Standardized testing will be held March 29 - April 1. Parents make sure your student's are present during this important week.

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

Yearbooks can still be purchased through the office for $40.

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.

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

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 by Wednesday.

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.

Class plays are scheduled for Thursday, Mr. Knudson at 11:00\ a.m.; Mrs. Stroh's class at 1:45 p.m. and Mrs. Hurst at 2:45 p.m.

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

The school-wide photo will be taken on Tuesday.

Spring pictures are scheduled for March 9 starting at 9:15 a.m. Sibling photos will be taken from noon to 1 p.m. Order forms have been sent home and are also available in the office.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Battle of the Book's 5-6th grade team took 1st for the district. They went on to compete at the state level and placed 9th out of 44 school districts. The team was made up of Lavender Burns, Mariah Kjostad, Dalton Staller, Jessica Segura, and Andrew Agosti, coached by Suzanne Klaben.

Forensics Competition (dramatic readings, skits, poems) was held. The following students had marks high enough to qualify for the Borough Competition -- 6th grade Multiples: KeyShawn McEnerney and Christopher Hamilton. 6th grade Singles: Lavender Burns, Darrien Saltenberger; 5th grade multiples: MacKenzie Lindeman and Sophia Sorenson. 5th Grade singles : Ronnie Meehan, Kayle Cole, Judah Aley; and 4th grade Multiples: Cally Christianson, Dareena Doyle and Ella Stenga 4th Grade singles: Ben Wilson, Garrett Moore, Ryder Pietro, and Anna Aley.

Kenai Central High

On Wednesday 120 juniors will be heading to work for Kenai Central High School's annual Job Shadow Day. The Job Shadow Unit was designed by the Language Arts Department and the Kenai Chamber to provide students with the opportunity to learn firsthand about a career that they find interesting. Students participating in Job Shadow will meet in the cafeteria at the beginning of school March 3. There they will be introduced to the person they will be shadowing for the day.

Parents the end of the quarter is rapidly approaching-March 12- make sure that your child is keeping up with their grades.

Weekly events:

Thursday - Friday: Region Basketball at Skyview

Kenai Middle

Kenai Middle School Forensics 2010 Competition winner announced: Humorous Poetry (single)- Hannah Udelhoven; Non-Humorous Poetry (single) - Mikaela Salzetti; Prose (multiple) - 2nd Place: David Beck and Paul Deda, 1st Place: Joseph Coval & Conner Johnson; Poetry (multiple) - 2nd Place: Caleb Rohn & Jehiah Wilshusen, 1st Place: Conner Johns, LeAnna Hobby, Anna Wrobel and Quaella Middaugh; Interpretive Reading (single): Brodi Perkins; Interpretive Reading (Readers Theater, Multiple): 2nd Place: Kanzetta Johnson, Athena Robinson, Jessie McNamara and Conner Jones, 1st Place: Gavin Bennett, Cole Crandall, Zybrelle Gage and Annika Oren

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.

In wrestling action last Saturday the Kossacks won the Borough Tournament. The team set a new school record taking home 1st place honors in 7 weight classes. They also took 2 seconds, 2 thirds, and 2 fourths. Here are the results from the tournament: 4th Place: Shayna McKinley at 95lbs, Bill Ashwell at 132lbs; 3rd Place: Devin Jas at 80 lbs, Austin Goffena at 125 lbs; 2nd Place: Matt Goffena at 110 lbs, Jake Kirsch at 155 lbs; 1st Place: Ellery Steffensen at 115 lbs, Tyler Yamada at 138 lbs, Jarred Herrman at 145 lbs, Tyler Frates at 155 lbs, Levi Hansen at 167 lbs, Tyler Brown at 190 lbs, Chris McKinstry at 190 plus lbs.

Dates To Remember:

Friday -- 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 last week were Audrey Chandler, Elora Jennings, Fiona Becker, Erika Gjovig, Courtney Ellis, Serenity Demello, Nicole Hewitt, Sabrina McConnell, Jacob Grant, Unique Wood, Ashlynn Tucker, Ty Saltzgiver, Brendon Gibson, Stephanie Ellis, Kristen Carter, Savahana Roberts, and Nicky Beeson.

Brianna Bushnell won 1st place in the Kenai Elks 2009-2010 Americanism Essay Contest with the theme "The American Dream: What Is It?".

DARE Graduation for 5th grade students will be March 9 at 6 p.m. in the library.

Student Council has chosen March 11 for "Hat Day". Students may wear their favorite hat to school that day.

March 12 is an Inservice Day. There will be no school for students.

Spring Break is the week of March 15 - March 19.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday at 3:45 pm in the library.

Art Specialist Debbie Harris will be in our school through Friday.

Students advancing to the District Forensics meet on March 6th are: 4th grade: 1st place storytelling: Sarah Nash; 1st place reader's theater: Skylar Freeman, Kimberly Schilling, Hallie Tauriainen, and Emma Carr; 5th grade: 1st place non-humorous poetry: Kathryn Darch, 1st place humorous poetry: Braden Ellis, 1st place multiple poetry: Maranda Thompson and Skylynne McCaughey, 1st place multiple prose: Alex Marshall and Brady Hammond, 1st place reader's theater: Molly Tumsuden and Emily Hensley; and 6th grade: 1st place humorous poetry: Jeanelee Stock, 1st place humorous prose: Lauren O'Brien.

Third graders who participated in their classroom forensics and won in their division are first place winners are: Sabrena Christofferssen, Gabriel Smith, Malcolm Yerkes, Jacob Anderson, Jayle Uhls, Kelsey Clark, Trinity Biamonte, Mary Valentine, Ian Davis, Jacob Smith, and Shane Weathers.

The "6th Grade Conversation Committee" final meeting will be held 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.

Mrs. Matson's class will bake and sell cinnamon rolls this week. The sale will begin on Wednesday and run through Friday. Contact any student in her class for details and get your pre-orders reserved. Please call the school at 776-2600 for more information. All proceeds will go towards annual field trip expenses.

Nikiski Middle-High

The "6th Grade Conversation Committee" 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.

Redoubt Elementary

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.

Love of Reading month ends with the celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday Tuesday. There will be special guest readers and other reading activities.

Full color 2010 yearbooks are on sale for $15. Checks should be made payable to Redoubt Elementary. Yearbooks will be delivered in May.

Last week's Big G Box Tops drawing winner was JD Bragg.

Lunch Room Give Away Day is Friday, March 5. All students purchasing a meal that day will be entered in a prize drawing to win one of 4 soccer balls or basketballs.

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

Registration for children beginning kindergarten this fall will be March 29 - April 2 from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2010. A birth certificate and immunization record are required. All other students who will be new to Redoubt this fall are also encouraged to register that week.

Skyview High

Twelve vocational education students competed in the recent SkillsUSA competition; Paul Adams - first place, speech; Terrence Hinz - second place, forklift operating and third place, construction; Jeremiah Berzanske - third place, operating a skid-steer; Mike Eyre - second place, welding: Ryan McMaster - third place, welding; and Mike Morris - second place, construction.

Softball practice begins today. Participants need to show proof of a current physical and have all paperwork completed and turned in before they can practice or try out.

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

8th grade parent and student open house takes place Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The school will host the Region 3 4A basketball tournament Thursday through Saturday. Brackets will be available at .

Soccer and track and field practices begin March 8. Participants need to show proof of a current physical and have all paperwork completed and turned in before they can practice or try out.

Students planning to take the AP Literature test May 6 need to pay a $13 non-refundable fee to Mrs. Hanson by March 10. The $73 balance must be paid to Mrs. Hanson prior to the May 6 test date.

For updates on news and sports information go to or .

Soldotna High

All 8th grade students and their parents are invited to join Soldotna High School students and staff to see the activities and programs the school has to offer. There will be prizes, tours, and other activities on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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. All items are due by Friday.

Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors: An AFS (Foreign Exchange program) representative will be at the school during fourth hour today to meet with students interested in being a foreign exchange student in another country or being a host family for someone coming to the United States.

Soldotna Middle

Penny Wars will be held through Friday- Officer Urban is planning to have his head shaved as part of the Kenai Peninsula "Shaving the Way to Conquer Cancer" Campaign. He would like to see if his schools can raise enough money make him the top participant. Mr. Jeff Moore's homeroom is sponsoring a penny war between the 7th and 8th grade to help reach this goal. Here's how it works: For every penny in one of the grade's bottle, you get one point. For every silver coin in the grade's bottle, one point will be deducted for each cent of value. Nickels are worth minus five and dimes are worth minus ten. A one dollar bill is worth minus 100. Students add points to their own bottle by putting in pennies and can sabotage the other grade's bottle by dropping in silver coins or bills. One $5 bill cancels 500 pennies. The winning class will receive a fantastic prize at the end of the competition.

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

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

Tuesday, March 9 - assembly schedule - band, choir, and winter sports and Band and Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The enrollment lottery for new students will close at 3 p.m. Friday. 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.

During the week of March 1- 5 the intermediate students will be participating in in-school camps. There will be a drama camp, science camp and an art camp.

The new dismissal time of 3:40 has dramatically eased the after-school congestion in our parking lot. We do still ask that you remember not to pull up to the curb before 3:40. If you arrive early pull into a parking spot in the main lot and rejoin the line at 3:40.

Sterling Elementary

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.

Tebughna School News

Today there will be a meeting for the Winter Science Camp at 5:30 p.m. Following the meeting there is a family night from 6-8 in the multi-purpose room. Students will be sharing their Science Fair projects. The community has an opportunity to help choose the best projects and determine which students will get to go to Anchorage to participate in the Alaska Science and Engineering Fair on March 27.

Winter Science Camp will be held March 2-3. If you would like more information or want to help out, call the school at 583-2291.

On Feb. 3, Miss Christy's K-2 celebrated becoming 100 days smarter during the 100th day of school festivities. Joined by their middle school buddies and family partnerships, the students had a fun day experiencing "100" through many activities like 100 second dancing, 100 fruit loop necklaces, 100 heart candy count and graph, and 100th day literature share, just to name a few.

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.

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.

Wings Christian Academy

Spring break is March 8-16.

The Office of the week in the Upper Learning Center is Jessica Saunders.

The Office of the week in the Lower Learning Center is Kobe Miller.

Wings is still collecting Box Tops, Campbell's labels, and aluminum cans.

Students attending the International Student Convention in May are also selling Discount cards for $10.

See a Wings student to purchase one.

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