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Posted: Monday, March 07, 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

* 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.

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.

* Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International is accepting applications for a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year for four years) to a graduating senior from any accredited high school within the Kenai Peninsula Borough. This year's essay topic is: How would I promote hunting within my peer group? Why is it important?

Applications are available at or on the school district one-stop scholarship website. Deadline to apply is April 1.

Connections Homeschool 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.

The 1st Annual "Connections Home School's Got Talent Show" will be held April 19 at 5:30 p.m., and rehearsal will be April 18 around 4:30 -- 5:30 p.m. Acts of all types will be permitted, however, since this is a family show, all talent show material must be appropriate for all ages -- any questionable content will not be allowed. For anyone interested in participating in this event, please fill out the entry form, available at the Soldotna office. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill out the form completely. We will accept forms that are mailed in, dropped off, emailed, or faxed (must be signed). Deadline for entry forms is March 15. If you have any questions please contact Mark Wackler at 714-8880 or email

Connections will be offering an overnight field trip to Kasitsna Bay on April 19 -- 20 for middle school and high school students. This trip will focus on science of the intertidal zone and the science professions. Students will participate in field experience on the Jakalof and Kasitsna beaches and lab work in the University of Alaska Kasitsna Bay lab. If interested, please contact the office as soon as possible.

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

Cook Inlet Academy

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. There will be a sign up sheet for students/parents to help sell raffle tickets at Safeway in Soldotna and Kenai March 11-13. Thank you to all who are willing to give up a couple hours of their time to help make this raffle a success.

Deserts Fundraiser. CIA is sponsoring a delicious desserts Fundraiser for members of the junior and senior classes to go on a special student conference trip at the end of the school year. To order or get more information, you can talk to: Kelsie Leaf, Chemaine Yarnes, Chloe Nelson, Kati Dutcher, Jacob Boudreaux, David Reischach, Riley King or Elizabeth Dailey.

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 End of the Unit celebration is scheduled for Monday, March 7. The Challenger Learning Center will be here with the Star Lab during the day for each class to visit. The Star Lab will be open for families in the evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The 3rd and 4th grade classes will have plays starting at 6 p.m. in the gym. Parents will be able to see their child's Powerpoint of their project as well as their exploration vehicles. The 5th and 6th grade classes will open their Lunar Caf in the afternoon in the library. Their moon journals and artwork will be displayed. The PTA will provide snacks.

Spring pictures will be taken on March 9 starting at 9:15 a.m. Sibling photos will be taken from noon to 1 p.m. Sorry, there will be no family portraits this spring. You can place your order online before picture day if you wish at -- the picture day ID is AK310536Y0. At this website you can also choose a look for each package and write it on the order form. All picture orders are prepaid.

March 11 marks the end of the quarter and there will be no school. The staff in-service agenda includes discussion on how Discovery Education, Photostory and Smart Board can be best utilized in the classroom.

Note date change -- The Family Fun Night featuring Bingo for Books date has been changed from March 10 to March 24. Gently used books are still being accepted; these can be dropped off in the library.

The lottery application period of enrollment applications for the 2011-2012 school year has been closed. This includes sibling applications. The lottery is scheduled March 31 at 4 p.m. in the library. Parents are welcome to attend. Results will be available one week following the lottery.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

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.

"What Freedom Means To Me" writing contest winners: 1st place -- Sophia Sorensen, 2nd place -- Melia Miller, 3rd place -- Madison Goforth, 4th place -- Athalia Quiner. Writing contest winners will read their works at the "Freedom" program. "Freedom" program cover design winners: Sarah Baktuit and Torri Hensley. "Freedom" poster design winners: Katelynn Kimes, Zoey Hart, Levi Wahl, Alexis Terra.

This week in Mr. Daniels' class, students are gathering information about Mars. After students learn as much about the red planet as they can, we will be designing and creating colonies that could potentially function on Mars. Along with this study, students are learning about the laws of space and the aspects of the different planets in our solar system. We are very excited to read about the recent discoveries scientists have made with the Kepler telescope. We are even more excited to watch students create a colony that could potentially survive on Mars. Our students are growing up in a time where new planets are being discovered every year that could potentially have liquid water. The time could come when Mr. Daniels' students actually help humankind create the first self sustaining colony on another planet. So, regardless of what the naysayers proclaim, school is fun!

Thursday, March 10, is "Love of Reading" day at K-Beach. Many community members will be here to read to our students!

Second-graders from Mrs. McCown and Mrs. McCoy's classrooms as well as Mrs. Bates' third graders will be reading their way to Nome for the next four weeks in the "Iditaread." Participants have already started logging the pages that they read at home as well as at school. Along their way there will be mandatory stops where students may collect prizes such as "doggie treats," bookmarks and pencils. All students who read their way to Nome will celebrate their hard work by participating in a "We read our way to Nome party."

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations to the following students for being selected student of the month for February: Blossom McGahan; Lindsey Wallace; Amber Hamar; Tiffany Long; Makenzie Evenson; Andi Reilly; Travis Cooper; Lilly Kincheloe-Sievers; Christopher Campos; Christa McGahan; Ryan Glenzel; and Kirsten Nyquist. These students were treated to pizza for lunch last week. Again, congratulations to all our students and keep up the great work!

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.

Our annual volunteer luncheon will be April 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. We would love to have our KMS parents attend this special event. There will be entertainment, door prizes, and a wonderful lunch provided by our staff. The KMS staff welcomes this opportunity to show our appreciation to all of the special people who helped in so many ways during the year. Please plan to attend! RSVP Carole or Cindy at 283-1700.

Dates to remember:

March 8 -- Choir Concert.

March 11 -- In-service -- EOQ.

March 14--18 -- SPRING BREAK!

March 24 -- Spring pictures, 8 a.m.

March 28 -- Track begins (7th and 8th).

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Jaycie Castillo, Kaden Quimby, Alice Turner-Walker, Nala Johnson, Aiden Arness, Sophie Crawford, Roman Custodio, Hadleigh Budak, Willow Patrick, Gwendylan Case, Kaitlyn Walsh, Kasey Kaiser and Emma Lawson.

The following students have advanced to the District Forensics Competition: Eli Heinrich in the category of Humorous Prose; Randee Johnson in the category of Interpretive Reading; and Rachel Davidson in the category of Storytelling.

The 3rd and 4th grade music concert will be on Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at KCHS. 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 in-service day. There will be no school for students.

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

Friday, March 25, is "Twin Day."

Spring pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 30. Every student will be photographed and photos will be sent home at a later date. If you choose not to purchase the photos you may return them to school.

Mountain View is participating in the Safeway "10% Back to Schools" program. Please turn in your Safeway receipts dated Jan. 29 -- Feb. 28 to the office. Proceeds from this promotion will go toward student activities.

School counselor Lisa Schmitter is presenting a seven-week workshop for parents titled, "Raising a Thinking Child." Meetings will be on Tuesdays from 2 -- 3:30 p.m,, March 22 to May 2, in the Mountain View library. Space is limited. Call 283-8600 to register.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a 4th and 5th grade musical concert on Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. The 4th and 5th graders from Floyd, Matson, Boyle and Johnson's class will perform about this country's Gold Rush, entitled: "Gold Dust or Bust." The concert will be held at the Nikiski High School Auditorium. The students are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m.

Spring pictures will be taken on Thursday, March 10 in the NNS library. Sibling pictures will be taken at 3:30 p.m. Call the school at 776-2600 if you need more information.

Mrs. Heath's class is raffling off the "Animals of the Kenai Peninsula" quilt they made. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Money raised will go towards Spring field trips.

There will be no school March 11 because of an in-service day for staff. Spring break runs from March 14 -- 18. School will begin again on Monday, March 21.

Congratulations to the Character Counts! Students of the Month for February: Tirzah Young, Halie Oskolkoff, Jakob Brown, Braylee Smith, Gavin Wallis, Dezzeray Mistecka, Trista Apted, Brenden Boehme, McKenna Leighton, Gavin White, Rylee Jackson, Liam O'Brien, Holley Benner, Trevor Mysing, David Hadella, Charlie Chamberlain, Skyler Smith, Cecily Quiner, Liberty Scott and Jacolynn Hightower.

Redoubt Elementary School

PTA meets Tuesday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the staff lounge. Site Council meets Wednesday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Family Reading Night is Tuesday, March 8, from 5:30 -- 7 p.m. in the Redoubt gym. All Redoubt students and their families are invited to attend this free evening of reading activities. Families may order pizza at a special price if they wish. Mr. Hostetter or Mrs. Erwin can provide additional information. All students attending must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, March 11, is the end of third quarter and a teacher in-service day. There will be no school for students.

Spring break is Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18. School resumes on Monday, March 21.

New student registration for pre-kindergartners, kindergartners and other students who will be new to Redoubt this fall

will be Monday -- Wednesday, April 4 -- 6, from 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m. Parents of kindergartners will need to bring an immunization record and birth certificate.

Approximately 200 people attended Redoubt's family movie night showing of "The Mouse and the Motorcycle," which was the grand finale of Redoubt's One School, One Book program. Trivia drawing winners for chapters 9 -- 13 were Kody Archer, Ricky Fiebelkorn, Owen Plumridge, Savannah Wolfe, Reva Lovett, Venice Norris, Taegan Hansen, Marlayna Saavedra, Regan Evans and Savanah Hutchens.

Redoubt's celebration of February Love of Reading Month ended with a school-wide celebration of Dr. Seuss's

birthday on March 2, which included guest readers.

Skyview High School

Soccer and track/field begin today. Participants must show proof of a current physical and have all paperwork completed and turned in before they can try out or practice.

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

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey will be administered Tuesday to all students whose parent permission slips indicate they can take the survey. All students must return a signed parent permission slip, either indicating permission or non-permission.

Site Council meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

March Rotary Students of the Month will be treated to a pizza lunch on Wednesday, provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club. They are: Tiffany Allen, Shane Blumentritt, Matthew Bullerdick, Haley Cunningham, Maryflo Horan, Derrick Linthicum, Amanda McDowell, Casey Neill, Merissa Osmar, Anthony Preston-Slater, Alicia West and Chelsea Winter.

The track and field team is sponsoring a "Spring Fling" dance Thursday from 7:30 -- 10:30 p.m. Dress is casual and the cost is $7 per person.

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

Soldotna Elementary School

An exciting day of reading occurred last week at Soldotna Elementary School with the celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2. The whole school participated in a read-in, with guest readers from the community reading to classes. CES Chief Chris Mokracek, CES Captain Jack Anderson, CES Assistant Fire Marshall Brad Nelson, Samaritan Air's Mary Jane Mills, Kenai Borough's Mayor Carey, Soldotna Librarian Terri Burdick, SMS new Principal Sarg Truesdell, Cake Lady Karen Otter, SoEL Principal Carolyn Cannava, Superintendent Steve Atwater and KDLL Reporter Ben Stanton all read to classes at the school.

After the regular school day, the gym featured Suess-related activities for students and a birthday cake for all celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. Each student also got to choose a new book for their own purchased through grant funds and the PTA.

Soldotna High School

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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.

The senior class is collecting baby pictures for each of the seniors for the graduation video. Pictures may be any size and should be turned into either Brittany Rodgers or Mrs. Syverson. All pictures will be returned. They also need pictures and video clips from the different activities throughout the year.

Students needing transcripts sent to colleges need to fill out a transcript request form, available on Edline/Counselor's Corner or in the counseling office. Bring completed transcript request form with an addressed (college/university address) and stamped envelope to Mrs. Treider, counseling secretary. Students need to allow 5-7 business days for transcripts to go out.

Scholarship applications are arriving daily. Students should be checking out the Scholarship drawer in the counseling office and the One Stop Student Portal on Edline/Counselor's Corner. Students must apply individually to these scholarships.

Baseball open gyms for throwing are every Sunday at 6 p.m. Contact Coach Roger Phillips at 953-4663 with questions.

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 from 8 a.m. -- 3 p.m. at the main office.

The Senior class and their parents will sponsor a spring dance March 25. Please contact Lana at if you can help. All money raised will go to the after-graduation party.

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle School

Soldotna Middle School will be hosting interviews for a new Assistant Principal on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The interview process will be from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm in the Soldotna Middle School library. We encourage parents, students and community members to attend and provide feedback. Please contact the office at 260-2500 with any questions. We hope to see you on the 10th!

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for January/February!

Language Arts -- Maija Albertson, Justice Miller, Terry Kuo; Physical Education -- Bernice Hughes, Alex Weeks, Dylan Kuntz, Megan Silta, Kenneth Flanders, Mara Browning, Jacob Caligan; Cross-country skiing -- Griffin Casey, Angelica Elliott; Math -- Tylor Dolan, Leann Meier, Jennaka Papp, Kayla Bauter, Rebekah Keener, Ashley Burcham, Levi Michael, Anna Marie Sayman, Josephine Harpole; Math Course 3 -- Sierra Thomas, Terry Kuo, Ryan Kimball, Tyann Reed; Algebra -- Alex Weeks, Stephen Endsley, James Honer, Bailey Rosin; Science -- Charles Hansen, Kyla Wood, Kaitlynn Boyer, Aurora Derflinger, Robert Kirsch, Kyndra Quiner, Matthew Winegarden, Bailey Deutsch; Study skills -- Gerardo Delgado, Ann Baldwin, Troy Alexie, Brady Lindley, Kylee Pollard, Hannah Alexie, Lukas Patten, Cody O'Neil, Destiny Tipler; Spanish II -- Heather Schaefer, Mykala Steadman; Spanish I -- Adrian Gomez-Dickson, Brett Smith, Harley Hill, Sierra Thomas, Anna Wrobel, Megan Silta, Jeffery Moore; Computer Explorations/Technology -- Morgan Musgrove, Kassidy Day; Business and Information Systems -- Myia Wright, Sarah Wynkoop, Haley Trefon, Tylor Dolan; Yearbook -- Heather Tolliver, Sadie Fox; Digital Photography I -- Joel Williams, Craig Lott; Digital Photography II -- Ryan Reid, Michael Bates; American History -- Alexander Gottlob, Anna Marie Sayman; World Geography -- Kayla Haeg, Jessica Ramirez, Lindsey Wong, Hannah Pothast, Kayli Kitchens, Rachel Thomas, Gracelyn Larson, Lavender Burns, Alyssa Wolfe, Rebekah Keener, Sheldon Nelson, Elizabeth Cho, Brianna Shackleton, Makenna Rosin, Connor Larson, Halen Wells, Jordan Martin, Emily Boone, Kyle Hastings, Haley Trefon, Maraya Whitaker; Leadership -- Joshua Cochran, Taylor Fields-Jones, Rebekah Keener, Sabrina Kula, Cody O'Neal, Rachel Thomas, Lavender Burns, Daniel Carrasco, Jacob Conver, Alexandra Kaminski, Savannah Kreider; Career -- Mallory Musgrove, Isis Holcombe, Taylor Thibodeaux, Austin Hatten, Austin Dobbs, Angelica Elliott, David Rue, Bailey Rosin, Dustin Buerkel, Matthew Lay, Brittney Mills, Haley Miller; Band -- Rebekah Keener, Justin Dahlgren; Choir -- Machaela Sauve, Hatcher Fortman; Reading -- Tyler Frates, Chloe Haas, Jolene Hime, Katelyn McComb, Troy Alexie.

March Events at SMS:

Thursday -- Student of Month/Student of Character Bingo.

Friday -- No school for students.

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

Monday, March 28 -- Track and Field begins.

Tuesday, March 29 -- Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month Lunch.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Kindergartners will begin a study of space and our solar system beginning with a imaginary trip on the space shuttle to the space station. Kindergartners were also introduced to the school Peace Makers program. The Peace Makers program is a conflict resolution program that is being implemented in the school. 4th, 5th and 6th grade students have been trained to help resolve conflicts that may come up between students while they are at school.

Students in grades one through three will be presenting "Bodies in Motion," a dance and reader's theater performance. The performance will take place on Monday, March 7, at 6 p.m.

Upper elementary Spelling Bee winners are: third place, Sara Faris; second place, Gabby Triana; first place, Mara Brown. Mara will attend the State Spelling Bee in Anchorage next week.

Sterling Elementary School

The school is hosting a Luau Carnival on Thursday, March 10, from 5 -- 8 p.m. Food will be available for purchase, and there will be games, door prizes, and amazing silent auction items. This is a fundraiser for PTA, which supports important school programs such as the Artist in Residence, the Annual Art Show, and Reading is FUNdamental.

During spring break, the Sterling BIRCH AmeriCorps Member will host the following activities at the school for children and their parents to participate in together. Open gym will be on Monday from 1 -- 3 p.m. for jump roping, playing basketball or working on soccer skills. Open library time will be on Wednesday from 1 -- 3p.m. for reading and playing board games. The Shamrock Archery Competition will be on Thursday from 10 -- 11 a.m. This event is open to fourth through sixth graders only. Skiing, snowshoeing and sledding will happen on Friday from 1 -- 3 p.m. Parents are required to attend and stay with their children during all AmeriCorps sponsored spring break activities.

Mr. D. of the Kodiak Island Drummers will be visiting the school April 10 -- 21. School families interested in hosting Mr. D. and his guest drummers for dinner should contact the office to be placed on the schedule.

Tustumena Elementary School

This week's winner of our box top challenge is Mr. Michael's 4th grade class with 820 box tops. Thank you to all of our families for supporting this program. It has raised significant funds to help PTO support so many of our programs. Next month we will be competing to get as many people registered with eScrip to support our school, so dig out your Safeway cards and get ready.

With Spring vacation coming up shortly I want to remind parents that students do not have school on Friday March 11. This is an in-service day for staff.

It may seem odd to be talking about our Kindergarten visitation which is coming up on May 5 from 1:30 -- 3 p.m., but in order to attend, the students must be registered. If you know of an incoming kindergarten student who has not yet registered please encourage them to do so in order to be eligible to attend the orientation.

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.

Tustumena Cross Country Ski Trails

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 -- 40 some skiers taking part each Tuesday and Thursday.

Mr. Michael is maintaining an approximately 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 who would like to ski on a "groomed surface" to come and use the trails at Tustumena. We also would like local snow machine traffic to respect the trails by not riding on them during our ski season.

Kasilof Public Library new hours: Monday -- Friday, 2 -- 6:30 p.m.

March 8: Award's Assembly Grades 3-6.

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

March 14--18: Spring break; No school.

March 22: PTO meeting, 4 p.m.

March 28: Report cards sent home.

March 29: Site Council, 4 p.m.

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