Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 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

* April 14;

* May 5 Seward High School.

Spring break next week

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Monday through March 21 for spring break. Classes will resume at normal times March 24.

Private school students should check with their schools about holiday closures.

School section takes a break

The School section will not print March 18 due to spring break. It will resume March 25. For more information, call 335-1241.

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:

* SCI The deadline is Monday. 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 high school within the Kenai Peninsula Borough. To be eligible, students must be accepted into an education program, wildlife management or research curriculum in a related field at an accredited college or university and enroll for a minimum of 12 semester hours or full-time equivalent.

A trade school or vocational program in a related discipline will be considered and future teachers are eligible. For more information or an application, call school counselors or Billie Hardy at 262-9881. The essay topic will be "The Effects of Ballot Box Initiatives on Wildlife Management."

* Kenai River Sport Fishing Association The deadline is March 15. KRSA will award up to seven tuition scholarships annually to outstanding students who demonstrate a financial need and follow the scholarship guidelines. Eligible students must be working toward a biology, natural sciences, environmental engineering, environmental science, fisheries or marine science degree. Applications and guidelines are available at

* Alaska Professional Communicators The deadline is March 21. The Alaska Professional Communicators are offering two $1,000 scholarships to Alaska residents who are college or university students planning a career in a communications field. Candidates are selected on the basis of promise in their chosen field, need for the scholarship, and scholastic achievement, in that order. Applications and guidelines are available at

* KBEA The 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.

* Homer Electric Association The deadline is April 1. Scholarships 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. For more information, call 283-5831 in Kenai or (907) 235-8551 in Homer.

* Credit Union 1 The deadline is April 1. The student or parent must be a member of Credit Union 1 for at least one year or more as of April 1. There are three categories applicants can be considered for: Individuals or students continuing their education at an accredited college or vocational school; senior high students applying for admission to accredited college or vocational school; junior high and high school students through 11th grade applying for Johns Hopkins CTY Program. Application and guidelines are available at

* The Peninsula Oilers The deadline is April 18. The organization is offering four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors, one each from Soldotna, Kenai Central, Nikiski and Skyview high schools. Applications are available at or by contacting high school counseling offices.

* City of Soldotna The deadline is April 25. Two vocational scholarships of $2,000 each; $1,000 for the first year of the vocational program and $1,000 for the second year; one vocational scholarship $1,500 for a one year program; one academic scholarship $2,000; $1,000 for the first year and $1,000 for the second year.

* 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.

* The Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Health Care Scholarship The deadline is April 15. The scholarship was established to offer financial aid to selected high school seniors pursuing post secondary education in a medical career field. High School seniors with minimum of 2.5 grade point average, that can demonstrate financial need and is a resident of the CPH service area are eligible. Interested students are asked to call their school guidance counselor or Elizabeth Wilson at 714-4543 for an application.

Aurora Borealis Charter

The APC will meet at 6 p.m. today in Mrs. Hagen's room.

At the forensics assembly, the following students presented selections:

* Second-graders Brayden Goodman, "My Teacher Sees Right Through Me"; Denali Lockwood and Melia Harding, "Meatloaf"; Tehya Naylor, "The Rose Family"; Roman Lott, "I am Running in a Circle"; Kendra Denny and Hannah Wells, "Captain Hook"; Gabriel Coon, "Stars"; Elijah Stafford, " The Loser"; Joel Brower, "Birthday Wish"; and Mikala Swedberg, "My Dog Does My Homework."

* Third-graders Daisy Nelson, "Samantha Cinderella Scott"; Becki Power, "F's are Fabulous"; Josh Jackman, "The Generals"; David Barlow and Jrew Daniels, "The Crocodile's Tooth Ache"; Baxter Cox and Cody Arbelovsky, "True Story"; and Kalvin Daniels and Eric Kempf, "Now Pluto's Not a Planet Anymore."

* Fourth-graders Raymon Machen, "Hungry Mungry"; Drew Kant, "I Know an Old Lady"; Dennis Anderson, "Five Toes"; and Taylor Krueger and Haley Harden, "If You Give a Moose a Muffin."

* Fifth-graders Alyeska Krull, "A Remarkable Adventure"; Aaron O'Brien, "Fanny Stream"; Jonathan Bruxvoort, "The Destruction of Sennacherib"; Allie Ostrander, "Hooway for Woodney Wat"; and Zoe Chadwick, "The BFG."

* Sixth-graders Jessica Paxton, Shaylie Kooly and Kara Kauffman, "Peeping Beauty"; and Jordan Jackman and Elan Krull, "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better."

* Junior high Colton Anderson, "Challenger Disaster"; Mackenzie Moore, "Blood, Sweat, and Tears"; and Ashley Epperheimer, "After Being Convicted of Voting."

Connections home-school program

March Scholastic Book Clubs are available online through Friday. There are new clubs not available online but are in the offices to be picked up.

One of the program's parents has arranged a free tour of the Soldotna Water Treatment Plant at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Families interested in attending the field trip should call the office at 714-8880. For more information and to sign up e-mail

Standard Based Assessments and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams will be held April 1 through 3 at the Soldotna Sports Center at 8:45 a.m. for grades three through 10 and retests for grades 11 and 12. The science testing for grades four, eight and 10 will be held at 8:45 a.m. April 8 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Students are required to be at these state mandated exams.

Practice tests are available in the Connections office.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The fifth-grade DARE graduation will be held at 6:30 p.m. today.

Beginning March 24 students will no longer be able to borrow money for hot lunch. They will be allowed to borrow .65 cents for a sack lunch. Money will need to be repaid to the PTA through the school office. Parents may place money on their child's lunch account and write a check to Student Nutrition Services.

The PTA will meet at 6 p.m. March 25. PTA meetings have been changed to the fourth Tuesday of the month.

The enrollment lottery will be held March 27 at 4:15 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend. Applicants will receive a postcard in the mail within one week following the lottery to inform them of the lottery results.

Kenai Central High

The district solo and ensembles will be held at 6 p.m. today in the auditorium.

On Wednesday and Thursday juniors will take the Work Keys Assessment during language arts classes.

Thursday is the Student of the Month luncheon for February. The luncheon begins at 11:53 a.m. in the library. Visitors are asked to check in at the office before proceeding to the library.

There will be a talent show at 7 p.m. Friday in the auditorium. This event is being put on by some of the seniors for their senior civics project.

Kenai Middle

Report cards will be mailed out this week. Families who do not receive a report card in the mail are asked to call the office at 283-4896 to update your mailing address.

A volunteer luncheon will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. April 16. Parents may attend the event. There will be entertainment, door prizes and a lunch provided by the staff. An RSVP is required. For more information, call Carole or Cindy at 283-4896.

Character Counts winners are: Preston Busby and Addison Cheek. They received a pizza for lunch.

Dates to remember:

* Today through Friday book fair; and

* March 31 track begins.

Kenaitze Head Start

Yagheli Du? (How are you?), is one of the Dena'ina phrases the students will learn this month.

The March theme is "Living Skills."

The value for the month is personal responsibility.

The children will learn about ltaqil'I the number eight.

The letters of the month are C, F and I.

The color is yellow and the shape of the month is diamond.

The Teddy Bear Tea Party will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Family House. Music, bear stories, snacks and tea are planned. Parents are welcome to attend.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners are: James Marquis, Kayla Norbeck, Mickinzie Ticknor, Egan Challans, Cherelle Miller, Jonas Beach, Julianne Wilson, Savannah Boze, Kelsey Wik, Marissa Goode, Dakota Sorrels and Tim Douglas.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a site council meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Nikiski Middle-High

Seventh-grader Lincoln Johnson will represent the school at the Alaska Geography Bee competition in Anchorage on April 4. Lincoln won the schoolwide competition, then successfully completed a geography test qualifying him for the competition.

Dates to remember:

* Today the site council will meet at 4 p.m. in the library;

* Thursday the PTSA will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the library; and

* March 31 after-grad parent planning meeting will be held at 7 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary

Students in grades one through three present their free spring musical "Folk Tales Around the World" at 6:30 p.m. today at Soldotna High School. It is open to the public.

The site council is soliciting parent input regarding parking lot issues. Parents with ideas and concerns may attend the site council meeting at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday 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 school office.

The school is accepting out of area requests for next year on a first-come, first-served basis through April 4. Preference will be given to families who have a child attending the school. Request forms are available at the school office or by calling the school at 260-4300.

Kindergarten and new student registration will be held April 2 through 4. This registration is for children who will be new to the school in the fall. Kindergartners must be age 5 by Sept. 1. A birth certificate for kindergartners and an immunization record for students should be brought to registration. Parents may call the school at 260-4300 for more information.

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 and April 26.

Soldotna High

The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the staff workroom.

Yearbooks are available. The price per yearbook is $60.

Rotary Students of the Month are: Josh Mokracek, Courtney Roten, Dylon Story, Ty Christian, Brandon Johnson, Brittnie Thayer, Jacob Pokryfki, Tyler Brown, Tanner Waterbury, Mathew Bilby, Joseph Gibbons and Carol Kahoun. They will be recognized today with a luncheon in the commons.

The drama department will present the play "Les Miserables" at 7 p.m. March 27 through 29.

Plans are underway to have the student body take part in a schoolwide intruder drill in early April.

April 1 through 3 the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam and SBAs will be given to freshmen and sophomores. It is important that students taking these federal and state mandated exams attend school those days. Parents are encouraged to schedule appointments and vacation days so as not to conflict with the test schedule.

Soldotna Middle

Dates to remember:

* Today eighth grade parent night from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Skyview;

* Wednesday spring pictures; and

* March 31 track begins.

February Students of the Month are: language arts Shane Larson, Lauren Steffy and Shelby Rogde; physical education Noah Fowler, Holly Eyre, Chrissy Smith, Clayton Atterberry, Daniel Lewis, Heath Healy, Bud Sparks, Cierra Vandehey and Caroline Walker; band Joseph Rife and Dallas Derflinger; choir Catherine House; math Cierea Giles, Deann Knight, Ashley Eby, Shelby Vitt, Shane Fortune, Carolyn Sisson, Brian Clancy, Heidi Westerman, Breann Huff, Trace Braxling and Alicia Hamilton; algebra Bree Mucha and Holly Eyre; science Ibby Hawkins, D.J. Diaz, Madeline Ransom, Bud Sparks, Taylor Vonheeder, Shelbylynn Rogde, Brittney Sears, Carolyn Sisson, Marshall Thompson, Alena Wiljanen-Newgren, Cierra Vandehey, Laura Koski and Dan Lewis; social studies Brianne Husband, Lacey Moore, Michael Keener, Brendan Baalke, Jack Navarro, Jelly Nolden and Kade Cooper; reading Liz Mullins and Adam McMillan; teacher aide Michael Erickson, Kailey Schrader and Savannah Smith; leadership Montana White, Vicky Tachick, Molly Steffy, Skyler May and Marcus Cisneros; electricity Kyle Stropes; art intro Chad Simons; homeroom Whitney Burcham, Melissa Trotter, Sierra Estes, Jang Kim, Sidney Roumagoux, Chad Simons, Heidi Westerman, Trevor Earll and Shannon Wyatt; ceramics Shannon Wyatt; graphic design Catherine Marckesano and Kyle Stropes; 2D design Alexandria Kirsch; sculpture Karina Hauck; shop one Katelin Christenson; shop two Katherine Clonan and Brianne Pearson; sewing and textiles Michael Reese, Britny Norris, Shay Dilley and Torrey Johnson; digital photography Carolyn Sisson; foods and nutrition Marlee Cunningham, Archie Minkler, Jay Phipps, Maddy Ransom and Shay Poole; career paths Sarah Anderson and Chris Saari; study skills Katherine Flanders, Noah Pinske, Ashley McCamon and Heath Healy; explorations Preston Penrod and Devin Miller; business and information systems Kiara Hauck, Mickey Nelson, Ashley Pharris and Ramon Corona; digital storytelling Olivia Tice, Alissa Musto, Tennesee Walker and Austen Armstrong-Winkler; and yearbook Ashley Huff and Paris Silba.

February students of character

Cole Aaronson, Connor Aaronson, Terence Albertson, Gaeden Ames, Rachel Amos, Savannah Anchinges, Coty Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Austen Armstrong-Winkler, Collin Attleson, Brendan Baalke, Elizabeth Baker, Allison Barrett, Braeden Bates, Alyse Beal, Robert Bearheart, Brittney Beckel, Rachel Beckmann, Chelsea Belden, Daniel Benson, Christine Blackburn-Long, Tasha Booker, Matt Boulette, Robert Bowman, Trace Braxling, Joel Brence, Swan Brooner, John Brown, William Buerkel, Ava Buffington, Whitney Burcham, Nathan Byerly, Josh Carbuccia, Cory Carver, Lacey Cashman, Tanisha Chavez, Jayme Christian, Braden Chumley, Marcus Cisneros, Brian Clancy, Deanne Clark, Katie Clonan, Camy Cockroft, D. J. Collier, Jordan Conner, Kade Cooper, Ramon Corona, Nick Coulman, Austin Cunningham, Marlee Cunningham, Jake Daniel, Mitchel Daugherty, Aleigha Davidson, Kayla Davis, Dallas Derflinger, Cerial Dile, Shay Dilley, Tyler Dobson, Eli Drake, Jared Duncan, Olivia Duran, Jacob Eckerman, Sierra Estes, Holly Eyre, Olivia Fair, Allison Farrington, Taylor Forbes, Shawn Fortune, Noah Fowler, Olivia France, Claire Gabler, Mason Galbraith, Sydney Goggia, Denali Goodwill, Jonathan Granger, Trevor Hallstead, Alicia Hamilton, Natawni Hammack, Mckenzie Hanson, June Harichantanawong, Jeramy Hatten, Sherika Hatten, Elizabeth Hawkins, Alexander Henry, Alexandria Hensley, Leila Hobbs, K. C. Hordeman, Ashley Huff, Aaron Jackson, Sam Janorschke, Kahleb Johnson, David Jones, Katelyn Jordan, Katie Joule, Michael Keener, Jang Kim, Jacob Kirk, Deserae Kirsch, Deann Knight, Wendell Larson, Shara Leaders, Jackie Leavitt, Kyler Ledet, Courtney Lewis, Jared Lingafelt, Brandon Logan, Justin Mackey (Covey), Marissa Mahan, Stefany Malatesta, Samantha Mason, Skyler May, Colt McDonald, Quiana McElroy, Jonathan Meade, Maranda Merkes, Lacey Miles, Devin Miller, Zane Miller, Kris Morse, Bree Mucha, Elisabeth Mullins, Kristen Nagle, Jordann Nelson, Mickey Nelson, Angelica Nolden, Brianna Norris, Britny Norris, Maria O'Toole, Brianne Pearson, Ashley Pharris, Anders Pokryfki, Dusty Poole, Michael Powell, Lauretta Price, Rose Price, Jason Ramirez, Holly Ramsell, Madeline Ransom, Shelby Rogde, Emily Rogers, Peter Rogers, Gunnar Romatz, Matthew Ross, Taylor Ross, Seth Sanders, Jayson Schmelzenbach, Elilzabeth Schoessler, Kailey Schrader, Hailey Scott, Janice Scritchfield, Tearsa Segura, Maryah Showalter, Carolyn Sisson, Melanie Smith, Savannah Smith, Alexis Sorrels, Chris Spicer, Lauren Steffy, Molly Steffy, Troy Streiff, Jason Suonvieri, Vicky Tachick, Blake Thibodeaux, Nicole Thomas, Derek Thomson, Olivia Tice, Dillon Tondre, Sydney Tonione, Jamie Topp, Jared Tovoli, Nicolina Tromblee, Michael Tucker, Mariah Ulen, Kelsey Vanantwerp, Montana White, Cody Williams, Chelsea Winter, Catherine Wolk, Chris Works, John Wynkoop and Nick Yannikos.

Skyview High

The school will hold its annual parent night from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Parents and students are invited to meet the staff and check out the school's programs.

Registration packets are due back to the Soldotna Middle School counselor by Friday.

Tustumena Elementary

The school's annual sixth-grade student vs. faculty basketball game will be held at 2 p.m. Friday. The theme for the faculty uniforms is St. Patrick's Day. Parents are welcome to attend.

Spring picture day is March 25. Parents may opt to have another individual picture taken, although the main reason for this happening is to take a class picture for the Memory Book. Prices for the various packages have been sent home with students last week. Families wishing to have pictures taken of pre-school age children will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Wings Christian Academy

Chadley Harley won for the Cleanest Desk of the Week award.

Jesse Puletau won the Most Interesting Fact contest.

There will be no school Monday, due to teacher in-service.

On March 21 the school will hold its annual Junk Yard Wars. In this activity the students will be assigned a project to be made of garbage collected by the church and school under a strict time limit.

Parent-teacher conferences have been postponed to the first week of April.

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