Around the District

Posted: Monday, March 22, 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.

* 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.

This academy 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 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 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.

Cook Inlet Academy

Student's of the week are Larry Cutsforth, Leah Dillingham, Maylisa Hodges, Alana Houser, Sonya Houser, Gerhard Jakits, Emily Kitchens, Connor Leaf, Austin Osborn, Tatum Rozak, Kristofor St. Luise and Riley Smithwick

Third Quarter Honor Roll Students are Dartanian Aldridge, Sadie Arneson, Lauren Bauder, Megan Bauder, Kiana Beddow, Jacob Boudreaux, Kelsey Brush, Darlene Bunts, Braden Chumley, Elizabeth Dailey, Cara Davidson, Cole Davidson, Kati Dutcher, Cole Gross, Scott Habermann, Ashleigh Hammond, Tim Hills, Josh Holly, Bryce Horton, Mike Horton, Kirk Kibling, Mallory Kitchens, Kelsie Leaf, Caleb Lyons, Erica McGahan, Tiana McGahan, Austin McKee, Jessie McNutt, Michael Marks, Sam Morning, Chloe Nelson, Keefe O'Dell, Reece O'Dell, Madison Orth, Meghan Powers, David Reischach, Blake Riley, Kelsey Tachick, Hae In Sim, Tiffany Smith, Amie Smithwick, Riley Smithwick, Riley Solie, Tyler Solie, Ben Standerfer, Zac Taplin, Ariana Tieaskie, Angie Uchtman and Chemaine Yarnes,

The Annual Spring Carnival is on April 9 at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. If you're interested in volunteering your time or for more information, contact Kerri Nelson.

Raffle tickets are now on sale for the Spring Carnival.

Standardized testing will be held March 29 - April 1 for all students.

There will be an Open House for the preschool, kindergarten and junior high classrooms on March 30 from 4-6 p.m. This is a great event for families interested in finding out what Cook Inlet has to offer your child and family.

Yearbooks can be purchased for $40 through the office.

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

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

After school activities continue with Recycled Crafts Club for 2nd-graders (3:45-4:45), gym activities and Photo Club (3:50-4:50) on Monday. Yoga is Thursday (3:50-4:50).

Ballots for the vacant parent seat on the APC were mailed home and are due to Mikunda Cottrell by March 29. Election results will be available on March 31.

Storyteller Brett Dillingham will be visiting the school this week and there will be student performances on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

D.A.R.E. graduation is scheduled for March 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Kenai Central

Career and Technical Student Organizations winners were -- 2010 District Conference Culinary Arts: Jenna Mahoney, Homer, Rose Bellamy, Homer, Taylor Mattson, KCHS--first, second and third place respectfully; Construction: Neil Richardson, Homer, Michael Morris, Skyview, Terrance Hinz, Skyview--first, second and third place respectfully.; Welding: Brandon Radke, Homer, Mike Eyre, Skyview, Ryan McMaster, Skyview --first, second and third place respectfully; Keyboarding: Eileen Takak, Homer, Savannah Schoessler, SoHi -- first, and second place respectfully; Business Math: Will McDermid, SoHi, David Swedberg, SoHi--first, second place respectfully; Design/Make/Sell: Lindsey Seneff, Homer, Dallin Carlson, SoHi--first, second place respectfully; Extemporaneous Speech, Paul Adams, Skyview, Dallin Carlson, SoHi, Brady Perkins, KCHS --first, second and third place respectfully; Floriculture, Jasmine Klander, KCHS, Diane Frank, Dallin Carlson, SoHi, first, second and third place respectfully; Skid-Steer: Levi Lacey, KCHS, Neil Richardson, Homer, Jeramiah Berzanske, Skyview--first, second and third place respectfully; Fork Lift: Dax Thompson, KCHS, Terrance Hinz, Skyview, Auston Brown, Homer--first, second and third place respectfully; Excavator: Sienna Rucker, Homer, DJ Marsengill, Homer, Mack Wood, Homer--first, second and third place respectfully; Drafting: Will McDermid, SoHi Jacob Iverson, KCHS, Joe Garber, KCHS --first, second and third place respectfully; Job Interview: Tim Saner, KCHS, Will McDermid, SoHi, Savannah Schoessler, SoHi--first, second and third place respectfully; Most Employable School: Skills, Work Attitudes, Work Values: 1st Place Homer High School.

Seniors: Jostens will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday at lunch to pass out caps and gowns. If you have not ordered a cap and gown yet, you will need to meet with Ms. Jackson during this time to place your order.

This year's Academic Banquet is Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The Culinary Art II students will be preparing a delicious meal for the Student of the Month Lunch ON Thursday. This lunch is to honor the following students and staff.

February 2010 Student of the Month: Rotary - Michael Slone, Chamber - Levi Lacey, Elks - Cassie Shire, Kard of the Deck - Michelle Klaben, staffer of the month - Scott Peek, chemistry - Adam Agosti, study skills - Deanna Harsha, U.S. government - Billy Keifer, LA 9 - Joe Bressler, drafting - Julie Rang, LA 12 - Lierin Flanagan, strength training - Todd Kruger, biology - Miranda Udelhoven. Performing arts: music: choir - Brady Perkins, French 2 - Melanie Wortham, algebra - Kierra Isham, art - Blair Borkowski, algebra - Matt Ellis, LA 10 - Jackson Williams, band - Rebecca Andrew and world history - Stormi Backus.

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.

In wrestling action 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.

Mountain View Elementary

The school Forensics winners were Mikayla Turner-Walker - Humorous Poetry; Eli Heinrich - Humorous Prose; Tekaiya Rich - Interpretive Reading; Rachel Davidson - Storytelling; Gabby Collier, Blossom McGahan, & Kelcei Zoda - Prose - multiple; Melanie Rafferty & Baylee Roberts - Poetry - multiple; Shawn Isam, Timothy Ticknor, Jaydn Johnson, Brody Storms, and Cory Carlisle- Storytelling. These students were invited to participate in the District Forensics Meet on March 6.

Nikiski Middle-High

Special Joint Site Council meeting to act on the recommendation of the 6th Grade Conversation Committee at 4 p.m. at the Nikiski North Star Library. If the Joint Site Council accepts the recommendation the issue will be acted on by the school board on April 5 at 7 p.m.

The following students who were named Students of the Month for February: High School: Haley Alexander - personal finance, Caleb Alkire - art, Lacy Elsey - physical science, Kaden Spurgeon - biology, Haley Tumsuden - pre-calculus, Amy Wicker - alternative ed, Dyann Wik - language arts. Junior High: Sara Bascara - math fundamentals, Seth Carstens - U.S. history, Seth Carstens - language arts, Tarik Dukowitz - RAP, Meagan Easley - music, Hannah Halliday - science, Dakota Neely - P.E., Katelyn Sexton - math.

Soldotna Elementary

Each year, the Masons ask school staffs to honor a student who has exhibited outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, caring, academic achievement and activity participation. The following sixth-grade students were nominated: Maija Anderson, Tyler Covey, Austin Crowder, Caitlin Gibbons, Taylor Gilmore, Jessica Hanna, Olivia Hutchings, Julia Jones, Taylor Jones, Elizabeth Keyes, Hanna Mahaffey, Corean Meyer, Kyra Price, Dylan Simons and Briar Waldrip. The finalists were Tyler Covey, Austin Crowder, Caitlin Gibbons, Taylor Gilmore, Elizabeth Keyes and Dylan Simons. First runner up was Caitlin Gibbons and the 2010 Soldotna Elementary Outstanding student is Taylor Gilmore.

Congratulations to Soldotna Elementary students who placed in the Borough Forensics meet held recently. Kyler Medley-Wallis, Michayl Wilshusen and Quintin Kimball placed 3rd in the fourth-grade multiple interpretive reading; Corey Angeles-Hanson and Brendan Hanson. 1ste in third-grade interpretive reading; JJ Deese, Drew Gibbs and Dylan Simons, 2nd in sixth-grade multiple interpretive reading; Kyra Price and Taylor Gilmore, 1st in sixth-grade multiple poetry; Clayton Brown and Reece Hansen, 3rd in fifth-grade multiple prose; Ryker King, 4th in fourth-grade non humorous poetry.

Soldotna Middle

Today: Beginning of 4th quarter, track starts

April 1: 8th-grade science SBA test

April 6 - 8: all students all day SBA testing

April 19-22: SMS Counselor and Administrator to elementary schools to visit 6th-graders.

April 19: Sterling Elementary, 9 a.m.; Soldotna Elementary, 1 p.m.

April 20: Kalifonsky Beach Elementary, 9 a.m.; Redoubt Elementary, 1 p.m.

April 21: Tustumena Elementary, 9 a.m.; Soldotna Montessori, 1 p.m.

April 23: 6th graders visit SMS from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

April 27: 6th-grade Parent Night at SMS, 6:30 p.m.

Sterling Elementary

The Sterling Elementary Forensics Competition was held on Feb. 24. Here are the results listed in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place order: 4th grade, humorous poetry singles - Kami Martin, Jode Sparks, (tie) Brade Martin and Hunter Thompson; non-humorous poetry singles - Ethan Bott, Tony Little and John Holland; interpretive reading singles - Sarah McConnell, Aisha VanDyke and Josh Shuler. Fifth grade winners: humorous poetry - David Prather, Alisha McLelland and Jenni Morris; non-humorous poetry - Riley Jackson, Jayvan Blackwell and Emma Rue; storytelling - Cody Yancey and Ammon Padilla; interpretive reading singles - Timmber Frank, Summer Trefon and Kindra Hostman; interpretive reading multiples - Tyler Larrow, Ryan Boyer and Shane Larrow, Sara Filiatraut and Kayla Hemphill. Sixth grade winners: interpretive reading singles Kenny Griffin, (tie) Shannon Bradford and Rachel Thomas, and McKenzie Earll (3rd); non-humorous poetry - Megan Ussing, Dakota Edin and Ryan Scroggins; storytelling - Hannah Katzenberger; humorous poetry - Brady Lindley and Rachel Shassetz; humorous prose - Skyler Diehl; prose multiples - Arianna Hiler, Brianna Sipes, Chantel Warfield and Leann Meier; poetry multiples - Sheldon Nelson, Bryce Martin and Wesley Jackson, Terence Slats and Austin Hvamstad.

The Borough Forensics Competition was held March 6 and results for Sterling Elementary students are: Kami Martin, 1st in 4th-grade humorous poetry; David Prather, 4th in 5th-grade humorous poetry; Sarah McConnell, 2nd place in 4th-grade interpretive reading; and Arianna Hiler, Brianna Sipes, Chantel Warfield and Leann Meier, 3rd place in 6th-grade prose multiples.

Mrs. Smith's 3/4th-grade Battle of the Books Team took 1st place in the state competition held Feb 18. Congratulations to Sarah McConnell, Joshua Shuler, Jode Sparks and Ethan Bott.

Mr. D of the Kodiak Island Drummers will be visiting our school today - Friday to teach the students about drumming. A Falcon Family Potluck with drumming performances by staff and students will be held on Friday at 5:30-7:30 in the Sterling Elementary Gym.

Redoubt Elementary

Forensics winners, listed in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place order: 4th Grade Humorous poetry - Trayton Bird, Andrea Rodriguez, Grace Graham; Non-humorous poetry - Kellie Arthur, Shaylynn Zener, Chloe Newby; 5th Grade Humorous poetry - Luke Conver, Drewe Zeek, Kinley Glaves and Alexis Osborn (tied); Non-humorous poetry - Natalia Eskelin, Jenna Helminski, Jazi Larrow; Humorous prose - Madison McMahill, Karissa Kaluza; Non-humorous prose - Will Rogers, Brian Dusek, Kianna Steadman; Interpretive reading, single - Caleb Suominen, Jayce Kemp, Alyssa Baldwin; Interpretive reading, multiple - Jazi Larrow, Brenden Reese, Paul Wilcox, and Dylan Morse; Karissa Kaluza and Madison McMahill; Luke Conver and Hunter Emery; Storytelling, single - Alex Goodermote 6th Grade Humorous poetry - Tessa Gottlob, Michael Lewis, Kayla Haeg; Non-humorous poetry - Shayla Hardcastle, Jasmine Thomson, Daniel Carrasco; Humorous prose - Emily Boone, Desiree Barbaza, Charis Ivanoff; Non-humorous prose - Michael Tilly, Shaylynn Gough, Jake Conver; Interpretive reading - James Elsey, Isabella Henry, Zane Bush and Lexi Brenton (tied); Interpretive reading, multiple - Kaytlynn Malone, Abby Anderson and Tessa Gottlob; Jake Conver and Michael Tilly; Lexi Brenton, Reagan Schoessler, Olivia Conradi and Alyssa Wolfe; Storytelling - Gracie Larson, Macylea Elsey.

PTA meets tomorrow at 3:45 PM in the staff lounge.

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

Registration for children beginning kindergarten this fall will be March 29 - April 2 from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 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.

Pre-registration forms for the 2010 - 2011 school year will be sent home with current students the week of March 29. Parents are asked to update student demographic (telephone, address, etc.) information and return forms to teachers. All students must return a form in order to be registered for next school year.

Haley Falgout won the Big G Box Tops drawing.

4th - 6th graders will present their spring musical, Egyptian Treasures, on 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.

Isaac Hudlow, Macey Dreyer, Katelynn Gochenour, and Ian Reger won soccer balls and basketballs in the lunch room give away on March 5.

The following Redoubt students placed in the Borough forensics meet on March 6, winners listed in order of placement 1st, 2nd and 3rd unless otherwise noted: non-humorous poetry - Kellie Arthur, Natalia Eskelin and Shayla Hardcastle; interpretive reading - James Elsey and Caleb Suominen (also 1st); story telling - Gracie Larson and Alex Goodermote; non-humorous prose - Will Rogers; humorous prose - Emily Boone (2nd place) and Madison McMahill (also 2nd); humorous poetry - Tessa Gottlob (3rd place), Luke Conver (also 3rd) and Trayton Bird (4th place); interpretive reading multiples - Jazi Larrow, Brenden Reese, Paul Wilcox and Dylan Morse (5th place).

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Twenty-four upper elementary students departed for New York on Feb. 24, with six teachers and chaperones and parents. They will participate in the Model United Nations experience in the actual UN building in New York City. Our students will represent the UN member nations of South Korea, Turkey and Mexico. The students will write, present and debate issues representing their nation. By assuming the role of delegates from their selected countries our students have developed an understanding of the differing needs of people around the world.

Wings Christian Academy

Friday was the 10th annual Junk Yard Wars at Wings Christian Academy. Wings' high school students were given two hours to build a project from a provided "junk yard."

The office of the week in the Upper Learning Center is Hollie Noel. The office of the week in the Lower Learning Center is Andrew Grant. Parent teacher conferences will be held today through Wednesday.

Upcoming events:

April 5: NO SCHOOL

April 12-15: Stanford Testing Week

April 23: Dinner and Pie Auction

April 30: Third Quarter Honor Roll Trip

Continue to save BoxTops, Campbel's Labels, and aluminum cans.

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