Around the District

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011

Connections Homeschool program

Connections will be hosting a series of SBA/HSGQE preparation online webinars this week to discuss the testing process and review each level's practice assessments. The series will begin on Tuesday and run through Thursday with two convenient meeting times each day. Please call or email your advisor to find out more information and the webinar schedules for your student's grade level.

Standard Based Assessments and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams will be held on April 5, 6 and 7. Science testing for grades 4, 8 and 10 will be held on Tuesday, April 12. Students in grades 3-10 are required to be at these state-mandated exams. Practice tests are available in the Connections office.

Reminders -- Deadline for placing orders with Connections is March 31, 2010. This includes opening new Vendor Direct Payments for materials and services. Deadline for submitting reimbursements is April 29. Please note that we are not able to make any exceptions to this date.

Spring Book Fair will be held April 11-15.

The 1st Annual "Connections Home School's Got Talent Show" will be April 19, 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Anyone interested in participating in this event 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.

Don't forget to bring in those used ink cartridges to be recycled. Contact Shelli Furlong with questions.

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

Cook Inlet Academy

There is a parent meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

April 8 is the Spring Carnival. There will be NO Sequel on April 8.

April 10 is the Spring band concert.

April 11-15 is the school wide SAT Testing, please plan accordingly as all student's are expected to participated.

April 22 is Good Friday and school will be closed.

May 1 is the Elementary Spring Music Program.

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

Spring Carnival! Mrs. Nelson and committee are still in need of any volunteers willing to donate any time towards the CIA Carnival. If you would like to sing up, to help sell raffle tickets at the Soldotna or Kenai Safeway, please go to: www.mysignup/ciacarnival2 (Soldotna Safeway) or www.mysignup/ciacarnival3 (Kenai Safeway). If you need additional information, please contact Mrs. Nelson. Thank you to all who are willing to give up a couple hours of their time to help make this fundraiser a success.

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.

K-Beach Elementary School

Kindergarten visitation and pre-registration will be held April 15. If you would like to bring your student, please call the office to schedule a time. All incoming kindergarteners must be 5 years old before Sept. 1 in order to enroll for the fall.

Testing is coming up on April 5-7 for grades 3-6. We will hold our "Testing Pep Assembly" this Friday, 2 p.m., in the gym.

Mr. Daniels' class hosted a glider launch extravaganza in the gym at K-beach Elementary. Students learned about the principles of flight, listened to a pilot describe how airplanes fly, designed a paper glider and built an at-home glider for the glider launch competition in the gym. The challenge was to build a glider that would glide the farthest, straightest and glide closest to a predicted distance. Thanks to the parents who attended and helped with the projects. We had lots of fun learning about aerodynamics and flight.

Report cards will be coming home today. Please check your child's backpack!

BOGO book fair is coming up in April. Watch for more information!

Kaleidoscope School Of Arts and Science

The enrollment lottery is scheduled March 31, 4 p.m. in the library. Parents are welcome to attend; if you are unable to attend results will be available the following week.

The APC will meet on Friday, April 1, at 4 p.m.

SBA testing is for all 3rd through 6th graders is scheduled for April 5 -- 7. It is important that your child is not absent or tardy on those days. Children who are well rested and have eaten a good breakfast will be better prepared!

Other April events:

April 12 -- 4th Grade SBA Science Testing.

April 13 -- KMS Orientation for students transferring to KMS.

April 15 -- After-Testing Party, 5:30 -- 10:30 p.m.

April 21 -- Volunteer Appreciation, 4 p.m.

April 25 -- Week long D.A.R.E. visits to KSAS.

Kenai Central High School

KCHS is continuing the after school study hall. Students will be able to utilize the study hall from 2:30 -- 3:30 p.m,, Monday -- Thursday. This will be a time for students to work on homework and projects or make up work from absences. The NHS will also have tutors available for students who need help in a class. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact Greta Cox in the counseling office.

The Kenai Peninsula School District in collaboration with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and the City of Soldotna are hosting an Alaska Construction Career Day, April 27 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Students will learn about opportunities in Alaska's construction industry and apprenticeship programs. Students will have a chance to experience hands on activities in carpentry, welding, heavy equipment operation and more. Industry and business representatives from some of the largest companies in the state will be present. Students are encouraged to sign up with their school counselors as soon as possible and find out about an exciting career in Alaska's construction industry.

Mountain View Elementary School

Interviews for the Assistant Principal will take place on Monday, March 28, at 4 p.m. in the Mountain View Library. Public input is appreciated. If you have any questions, please call 283-8600.

Character Counts winners for the week of March 7 were Elsie Fleming, Miah Mead, LaDierra Olson, Dominic Alexan, Ashlynn Mathieson, Anderson Kempf, Jade Cissell, Ryker Wolfe, Kristen Carter, Alex Olson, Brandon Marcano, Jenessa Marsden-Dundas, Troy Gilbert and Jacob Grant.

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.

Family Math Night is scheduled for Thursday, March 31 from 5 -- 6:30 p.m. at Mountain View. Explore the wonders of math with your children! Let them show you what they are learning! A variety of activities and math centers will be hosted by teachers offering different math games. Special math activities and ideas that can be used at home will be available, too! Come to an evening of family fun and learn through our parent/school partnership! If you would like to order pizza and have dinner with your family before starting math activities please fill out an order form and return to school with payment by Tuesday, March 29.

SBA Testing will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (April 5, 6 and 7) for 3rd -- 5th grade students. This assessment measures your student's proficiency in reading, writing, math, and science. Here are a few ways you can support these efforts at home: Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep. Eat a good breakfast. Be on time to school. Testing will begin at 9:15 a.m. We will have an alternate plan for those students arriving late. These tests are not timed. Students will have as much time as they need to complete the test each day.

Nikiski Middle-High School

March 29 -- Middle School track begins.

March 30 -- Principal Selection Site Council meeting in the library, 6 p.m.

April 5-7 -- SBA testing. Make sure your students are well rested and present for SBA testing. Breakfast will be provided for the students to help ensure a smooth testing week.

April 9 -- Prom. Tickets are on sale now at the office; $25 per person, $45 couple.

From Mr. O'Brien to the Nikiski Community,

I announced yesterday to the staff that after six years as Principal of this great school that I will be moving on to a position at District Office in Soldotna as director of Secondary Education. This is a bitter sweet announcement for me to make. These past six years have been among some of the most rewarding of my educational career. I will truly miss the daily contact with our great students, supportive parents, and outstanding staff. Thank you for making these past six years such a positive experience for me, my family, and the school community. I will still be a part of this great school since we will still be living in Nikiski and all three of my daughters will continue to attend school here.

If you would like input into who the next Principal of Nikiski Middle-High School will be, please mark your calendars for Tuesday March 29, 6 p.m., library. A Special Site Council Meeting has been scheduled by Site Council President Mike Peek and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steve Atwater. At this meeting Dr. Atwater will be soliciting input from the community on what characteristics the next Principal of Nikiski Middle-High should possess.

It is very important that if you want a say in who the next Principal is that you attend this meeting. Please feel free to call the schools with any questions you may have regarding the process for selecting our next Principal.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

Mrs. Heath's 1st/2nd grade 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.

An "Evening of the Arts" concert will be held Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m., at the Nikiski North Star gym. The evening will feature students from Hooper/Settlemyer, Kiernan, T. Zinck and B. Zinck's class performing "Disney Spectacular" music. Students are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. Also, performing are the band students from NNS fifth and sixth grade band. Guest community musicians who will perform include The Couzins, Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets and Hobo Jim!

World Math Day was held recently and NNS had 156 students participate. Sixteen students reached the Platinum Level by playing at least 60 games and four students played 100 games or more. Mrs. Matson's class had the most class points with a total of 17,239. Top students competitors were: Jacob Anderson, Luke Trammell, Alex Langseth, Rylee Jackson, Tirzah Young, Melanie Sexton, Zack Tuttle, Garrett Ellis, Verity Feltman, Skylar Freeman, Delaney Mullins and the student with the highest overall points is Braden Ellis.

There will be an end of the 3rd quarter assembly on Monday, March 28. The primary assembly will begin at 2:15 p.m., and the intermediate at 2:45 p.m.. Certificates will be presented for perfect attendance, Character Counts! and Accelerated Reader. Call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

Redoubt Elementary School

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.

The school thanks the Soldotna Lions for their generous gift to Redoubt 3rd graders. Each 3rd grader received a personal copy of A Student Dictionary and Ggazetteer.

Redoubt students participated in the Borough Forensics Meet on Saturday, March 5. Molly Erickson, Nick Edwards and Derek Lewis placed first. Marlayna Saavedra, Brian Dusek, Caleb Suominen and Alexis Osborn placed second. Grace Graham, Jace Urban and Kellie Arthur placed third.

Third grade classes presented their zoo to parents and other classes last week. Each student gathered facts and created a model of their chosen animal to share.

Sixth grade classes presented their Alaska Museum last week.

Skyview High School

Basketball award night will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in the library. All players are asked to bring a dessert.

Thursday is a Super Activity Day and involves some schedule changes. The extended activity period will count as 6th and 7th periods. See Edline for the full schedule.

Students and Staff of the Month for third quarter will be recognized Thursday at a luncheon hosted by the Skyview National Honor Society. The honorees are: business education, Savannah Anchinges; child development, Tori Sipes; fine arts, Kendra Ahlers and Mykaela Rybak; health, Sean Sandberg; language arts, Gabby Bragg and DeAndra Segovia; math, Henny Adolf and Archie Minkler; performing arts, Joey Bishop and Olen Danielson; physical education, Tristen Eastham and Merissa Osmar; social studies, Paul Adams and Hunter Kline; vocational technology, D. J. Collier; work co-op, Sierra Jackson; world languages, Angel Jones; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Tamlyn Silva (January), Annita Braun (February), Alicia West (March), and Jaxon Hill (April); teachers, Byron Weeks and Cary Calvert; and staff, Vicki Madden, counseling assistant/registrar, and Betty Miller, nurse.

The cheer banquet will be Thursday at 6 p.m. in the library.

Students will be testing on April 5 (reading), 6 (writing), and 7 (math). All freshmen and sophomores will be testing, as well as any junior or senior who has not passed one or more of the High School Graduation Qualifying Exams. Classes will be held in the afternoons and all students are expected to attend them as usual.

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Soldotna High School

Cinderella's Closet will be open on March 29 and 31, and April 5 and 7, from 2:30 -- 3:30 p.m. in Room 9. All area high school girls are invited to come pick out a free prom dress, shoes and accessories. We are still taking donations to the main office.

Spirit Days will be March 31, 60s day; and April 1, Tie Dye Day. Music will be played during lunch in the commons.

The Drama Department will present the play "We Were Stardust" at 7 p.m. on March 31 and April 1-2. Admission is $5. The play, set in the late 1960s, tells the story of a group of college students and the challenges they faced during those often turbulent times.

Statewide testing for all 9th and 10th grade students will be April 5 -- 7. The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered to all 10th grade students and the Standards Based Assessment will be administered to all 9th grade students. Those 11th and 12th grade students still needing to pass one or more sections will be testing as needed. Please make sure your student is rested and present for testing. For more information, call 260-7000.

Congratulations to Brianna VinZant who won first place in Future Problem Solving and has been invited to attend the international competition in Wisconsin in June.

Soldotna High School's National Honor Society Students of the Month for January/ February are: Emma Selden, biology; David Swedberg, adv. algebra; Phoebe Napolitano, AP US history; Megan Gordon, choir; Connor Aaronson, drama; Tate Syverson, metals; Mikayla Wong, biology; Hannah Campos, algebra A; Kade Foust, strength training; Valeria Morten, digital photo; Josh Turner, LA 11; Swan Brooner, LA 11; Matthew Peterson, LA 12; Robbie Smithwick, government. They were honored at a pizza luncheon in the SoHi commons on Wednesday March 2.

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.

March Rotary students of the month: Jordan Bulin, tutoring; Kendra Currier; commercial communications; Michael Erickson, culinary arts; Leah Garske, ceramics; Daniel McElroy; biology; Ellanora Nelson; world history; Peter Raley, chemistry; Marcus Roberts, language arts 11; Kaitlin Sperber, geometry; Josh Turner, weight training; Cortney Weston, desktop publishing/yearbook; Chris Works, US history.

Soldotna Middle School

The Soldotna Middle School Masonic Outstanding Student Award Winner for the 2010/2011 School Year is Megan English. The Kenai Masonic Lodge #11 will present a Certificate of Achievement, a $50 savings bond and an engraved name plate to her at a ceremony on April 29 at Kenai Central High School. This award recognizes a honor roll student who volunteers for school and community projects, participates in extra-curricular activities, and demonstrates leadership and citizenship through honesty and integrity. Eighteen Soldotna Middle School students were considered for this award. Congratulations to Megan English and to all the 8th grade nominees: Ali Dusek, Mykala Steadman, Eli Graham, Logan Parks, Parker Bates, Justin Dahlgren, Alex Weeks, Courtney Barker, Charles Gibbons, Alexander Gottlob, Emmalee Johnson, Claire Kincaid, Haley Miller, Taryn McCubbins, Bailey Rosin, Aurora Derflinger and Brenner Musgrave.

Upcoming events:

Monday, March 28 -- Track and Field begins, 2:30 - 4 p.m.

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

Friday, April 1 -- Rescheduled Fortnightly, 6 -- 8 p.m. Parent chaperones are needed. Please call the school at 260-2500 if you are able to help!

Tuesday through Thursday, April 5-7 -- Important! All students must be in school for SBA testing. If you anticipate missing school any of these days please call the school at 260-2500 to discuss testing options.

Sterling Elementary School

The staff is proud to announce that David Prather has been selected as Sterling's 2011 Masonic Outstanding Student. Sixth grade students are nominated and voted on by the staff for this special award. This year's nominees included: Ryan Boyer, Ari Hiler, Shane Larrow, Tyler Larrow, Sawyer Mahan, Jenni Morris, David Prather, Brianna Sipes and Chantel Warfield. As a Sterling Elementary student since kindergarten, the staff believes David has consistently exemplified what it means to be a safe, respectful and responsible Falcon. David is well known for his kindness towards others and his willingness to welcome and mentor new students in his role as a member of the school's Leadership Council. David will be recognized with other Masonic Outstanding Students from around the District in a special ceremony on April 29, 2011.

Sterling Elementary School's PTA will meet March 29, 4-5 p.m. Snacks and babysitting will be provided. Agenda items will include providing healthy snacks to students taking the SBA tests, finalizing the details of Mr. D.'s Artist in Residence Visit, and planning for Teacher Appreciation Week activities.

Sterling Elementary will offer spring pictures on March 31 beginning at 9 a.m. All students will be photographed and proof packets will be sent home around the end of April. If families wish to purchase pictures from the proof package, payment should be returned in the envelope provided. If pictures are not purchased, all proof photos should be returned to the school office. Siblings, preschoolers and other children in the community are invited to come in at 11:30 a.m. to be photographed.

Tustumena Elementary School

Congratulations to Morgan Stoddard, recipient of the Masonic Outstanding student award. He was chosen from a group of outstanding nominees that included Bryanna Beyer, Afton Carlson, Daniel Davis, Renee Hinz, Abby Kruse, Riley Kruse and Andy West.

As the ski season winds down, if you are aware of anyone who needs to dispose of outgrown equipment please have them contact the school. We are always looking for good skis, boots and poles to support our program. A big thank you to Mr. Michael and the many parent volunteers for heading this up.

Our new Running Club will begin on March 29. They meet from 3:45 -- 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Be looking for the registration forms. Students must be signed up in order to participate.

District Forensics met and we were well represented and the following students placed in their division: Mika Wong, 5th place in Humorous Poetry; Selby Hill and Delaney Risley, 2nd place Multiple Person Interpretative Reading; Courtney Johnston and Katlian Nelson, 2nd place Multiple Person Prose; and Bryanna Beyer, 4th place Non-Humorous Prose.

Today is the end of the 3rd quarter. Report cards will be sent home today. In with the report cards will be registration forms for next year. Please take a moment to look through and update the information, sign and return, even if there is no information that needs updating.

Our Kindergarten visitation is coming up May 5, 1:30 -- 3 p.m. In order to attend, the students must be registered.

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

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