Around the District

Posted: Monday, March 29, 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.)

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.

Connections Home-school program

Standard Based Assessments and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams will be held on April 6, 7 and 8. Science testing for grades 4, 8 and 10 will be held on Friday, April 1. Students in grades 3-10 are required to be at these state mandated exams. Call advisor to RSVP for SBA testing in April. Letters have been sent home with dates, times and location information. Practice tests are available in the Connections office.

Reminders - Deadline for placing orders is March 31. This includes opening new Vendor Direct Payments for materials and services. Deadline for submitting reimbursements is April 30. Note that we are not able to make any exceptions to these dates.

Scholastic ordering is available. Spring Book Fair will be held April 12-16.

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.

Don't forget to bring in those used ink cartridges to be recycled. Any questions, contact Shelli Furlong.

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

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

For information and activities, please visit the website at

Cook Inlet Academy

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.

Student's of the week are Levi Ables, Keegan DeLon, Danielle Hills, Emma Lyons, Alex Nisler, Timmy Smithwick, Jeffrey Solie, Kailyn Tachick.

There will be no school on Friday April 2 for Good Friday.

Mr. Shield's class has been learning about our Federal Government and National Mall in Washington D.C. in preparation for their trip on April 18.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

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

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

"Science Rules" the 5th/6th-grade Science Fair was held on Friday. Students put the scientific method into play by carrying out their own experiment of choice and then creating a display board to share their findings. Students were judged/interviewed by a pair of volunteer judges.

Thursday, science SBA testing for 4th grade. Please be sure your student arrives on time and well fed.

Friday, Bus evacuation drills at 2:25. Busses will leave a few minutes late that day.

Mr. Houglum is planning a cast pizza party for the main cast of "High School Musical, Jr.". If you are a main cast member and wish to join in, bring your $3 to the office as soon as possible.

April 6- PTA Meeting 8:15 a.m. teachers lounge, Election meeting for those who want to serve on the PTA board next year.

Kenai Central

KCHS is continuing the after school study hall. Students will be able to utilize the study hall from 2:30 - 3:30, 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 Band will be having its Solo Ensemble Band Concert on Tuesday from 5-8:30.

Testing begins this week for students in the 10th grade. Sophomores will take the science section.

Kenai Middle

The sixth grade's fourth quarter civics project is to raise money for the Central Asia Institute to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The project is to collect pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters until May 7th. The CAI Foundation has assured us that "all contributions are restricted, meaning none of the contributions are used for administration or fundraising. The Pennies for Peace fund is used to buy school supplies, pay teacher salaries and help build new schools," said Laura Anderson, CAI public relations manager. If you have any questions, please call KMS at 283-1700. Thank you for your help.

Student of the month for February: Ean Atchley; Sarah Every; Alex Bergholtz, Lilly Kincheloe, Sierra Hall, Arianna Gabriel, Emily Evans, Mariah Schloeman and Anessia Hubler. These students were treated to pizza for lunch last week.

The annual volunteer luncheon will be April 14 from 12:30 to 1:30. We would love to have KMS parents attend this event. There will be entertainment, door prizes and a lunch provided by our staff. RSVP Carole or Cindy at 283-4896.

Thurday -- Science SBA.

April 6 -- SBA Testing.

April 7 -- SBA Testing.

April 8 -- SBA Testing.

April 9 -- Celebration.

April 13 -- Aluminum Can Collection.

April 14 -- Aluminum Can Collection; Volunteer Luncheon, 12:30-1:30; Freshman Orientation, KCHS - 6:30 p.m.

April 15 -- Track Invitational at KMS, 3.

April 16 -- club schedule - Mini Course sign-ups.

April 19 -- 6th-grade volleyball begins.

April 22 -- Mass Choir Concert at Homer.

April 23 -- Track Invitation at SMS, 3.

April 27 -- Band Concert at KCHS, 7 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners for the week ending March 11 were Dylan Duniphin, Zachary Kitchen, Lauryn Avery, Jacob Wisnewski, Elsie Fleming, Jeffrey Easling, Dominick Scott, Bailey Burke, Isaac McGrane, Troy Gilbert, Allison Towell, Lindsey Wallace, Brandon Marcano, Brianna Bushnell and Kelcei Zoda.

Fourth-grade students will be taking the SBA science test on Thursday.

Site Council will be meeting at 7:45 a.m. on April 6 in the Mountain View Library.

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.

Monday: Middle school boys and girls track begins.

Thursday: 8th- and 10th-graders take the science SBA's in the morning. Breakfast provided at 7:15 and testing will start at 7:45.

April 6, 7 and 8: SBA/HSGQE testing 7th- through 10th-grade in the morning. Breakfast provided at 7:15, morning activities, and testing starts at 8:30.

Classes will resume after testing with the following schedule: High School - 11:55-2:15, lunch: 11:55- 2:25; 4/6 - Period 2 and 3; 4/7 - Period 4 and 5; and 4/8 - Period 6 and 7.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

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

Kindergarten registration and orientation will be held on April 14 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. If your child will be five years-old by Sept. 1 bring them along to have some fun while you enroll them at Nikiski North Star. Please don't forget to bring the following: Immunization records, birth certificate and any legal custody papers. For more information or questions please call the school at 776-2600.

Redoubt Elementary

Fourth-graders are selling Sees Candy this week to raise money for their Kenai Fjords field trip. A variety of Easter candy is available on a first come, first serve basis. Additional candy may be ordered and will arrive mid-April. Candy will be sold in the school entryway each day after school this week. Those wishing to order candy may also contact Mrs. Withrow at

Kindergarten and new student registration begins today through Friday from 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.. Children beginning kindergarten must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. A birth certificate and immunization record are required.

Pre-registration forms for the 2010- 011 school-year for current students will be sent home on Friday. Parents are asked to update student demographic (telephone, address, etc.) information and return forms to teachers. All current students must return a form in order to be registered for the next school year.

Parents wishing to provide input regarding their child's class placement for next school year may complete the form available at the school office and on Edline. Forms are due by April 16.

Dylan Dahlgren won the Big G Box Tops drawing.

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

Skyview High

Rotary Students of the Month of March are Calvin Baxter, Dezerae Castens, Kara Colton, Dallas Derflinger, Keana Gauss, Makinna Halverson, Brianne Husband, Shavonya Larrow, Jennifer Luckett, Camila O'Toole and Blanca Rincon. They were treated to a pizza lunch provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club.

All sophomores will take the Standards Based Assessment science test on Thursday in the library.

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Soldotna High

On March 19, ten students from Mr. Weissenberg's Russian I and Russian II classes: Dillon Ball, Tyler Powell, Luke Rohl, Emily Gomulak, Denali Goodwill,Beth Phillips, Nick Tesch, Matthew Peterson, Briana and Cody Carrol traveled to Anchorage to participate in the annual ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian) Olympiada of Spoken Russian. The ACTR Olympiada gave SoHi students the opportunity to gain confidence in their ability to speak Russian, demonstrate some familiarity with Russian culture and geography, acquire a sense of achievement, be recognized for their efforts to master a language and interact with students of Russian from other Alaska schools such as West High (Anchorage), Chugiak High School, Wasilla High School, Unalaska, Colony (Palmer), Gruening (Eagle River) and other schools. The students competed in three areas: Oral Speech, Recitation of a Poem and Russian Studies. Russian I gold medal recipients were Luke Rohl and Emily Gomulak. Silver medal went to Denali Goodwill. Dillon Ball and Tyler Powell won bronze medals. Russian II silver medal recipients were Briana Vinzant, Matthew Peterson, and Nick Tesch. Bronze medal went to Beth Phillips.

Want a free prom dress? Cinderella's Closet is open to all area high school ladies. The closet will be open from 2:30-4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and April 8. It is located in room 9.

Order your yearbook now. A limited supply of extra books were ordered. $60 in room 76.

State testing will occur April 6, 7 and 8. Please plan appointments and vacations around these dates.

Seniors need to bring their senior slide show pictures to Mrs. Gardner in the office.

March Rotary Students of the Month are: Michaela ShirnBerg/PE, Christopher Clements/World History, Jordan Conner/ Physical Science, Jessie Duke/Ceramics, Jenna French/Child Development, Brandon Johnson/Strength Training, Alex Kaufman/Library, Missy Mallett/Culinary Arts, Jeffri Mullen/Woods, Michael Orth/Foods, Patrick Powell/Metals, Lauretta Price/World History, Ben Ransom/Interior Design, Joseph Rife/Biology, Kati Sperber/Health, David Swedberg/Drafting, Elaine Villa/Physical Science, Taylor VonHeeder/Counseling, Catherine West/World History, Megan Williams/Aide, Molly Fenton/ Advanced Computers

The National Servsafe exam will be given on April 15. The cost is $38. Registration deadline is April 7. Contact Meggean at

Sports Information can be found at

Soldotna Elementary

The school invites all parents with 2010 kindergartners to register at the school on April 5, 6 or 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the front office. Kindergartners must be five by Sept. 1 and will need to bring a birth certificate and immunization records to complete registration. Registered kindergartners are invited to a kindergarten roundup visit on April 9 from 2-3 in the kindergarten.

The school is planning two sessions of a Title 1 Preschool and registration for that program will also take place on April 5, 6 or 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students who are four by Sept. 1. Parents will also need to submit birth certificates and immunization records for preschool. Since the program is funded by Title 1, the school district has established an eligibility procedure to meet Title 1 guidelines. Prekindergartners will be ranked by need and parents notified of admittance by Aug. 6.

Soldotna Middle

Today: Beginning of 4th quarter, track starts.

Thursday: 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.

Congratulations to Makayla Wong, SMS Masonic Student of the year, and all of the nominees listed below: Abby Cook, Jake Worsfold, Emily Axtell, Molly Silta, Grey Hansen, Kiana Hendricks, Trevor Shirnberg, Alley Overway, Lily Zufelt, Julie Litchfield, Mary Valenzuela, Dakota Bittick, Brittany Hollers, Austin Kruse, Serena Lee, Samantha Reynolds, Shaelyn Vanmeter, Jordan White, Colton Diehl, Kaitlyn Sipes, Tyla Young, Amanda Hudson, Morgan Krohn, Walter Baxter, Malyq McElroy, Kelci Benson, Juliet Bramante, Addy Beller, Sabrina Gibbs, Terrence North, Mindi West, Keely Abendroth, Dylan Webb and Mary Flo Horan.

Language Arts- Hannah Alexie, Kendra Bass, Cortney Weston, Jordan White, Kassidy Day, Heather Tolliver, Westen Price, Wade Vonheeder, Georgia Forrest; PE- Ali Dusek, Bradyn Holly, Emily Glaves, Troy Alexie, Sam Deatherage, Jory Hubbard; Band- Makayla Wong, Alexander Gottlob; Choir- Tim Price, Haley Miller; Math- Annie Worsfold, Alex Gottlob, Leah Reed, Haley Miller, Sadie Fox, Zach Carver, Emma Selden, Thomas Johnson, Angie Sabala, Jeneen Leopold, Jenny McAfee; Algebra- Dylan Webb, Mary Valenzuela, Dakota Bittick; Science- Walter Baxter, Dylan Ackerman, Sadie Fox, Alex Gottlob, Alicia Hobart, Kyle North, Victoria Thompson, Herbie Batt, Hylan Larson, Sabrina Garman; Study Skills- Rachel Henry, MaryFlo Horan, Megan Morse, Tommy Johnson; Social Studies- Annie Worsfold; Reading- Kierra Reese, Tommy Johnson, Violet Batt, Zoe Wooldridge; Spanish- Bailey Rosin, Lana Chesley, Kaitlyn Sipes; Spanish II- Kiana Hendricks, Greyson Hansen; Sewing- Tristan Zeek; Digital Storytelling - Ryan Day; Computer Explorations- Bryan Dombovy, MaryFlo Horan; Business and Info- Jason Demello, Sadie Fox, Zach Hart, Serena Lee, Tucker Thibodeaux, Joel Williams, Matthew Winegarden; Cross Country Skiing- Sadie Fox; and Aide- Rachel Blossom.

SMS February/March Students of Character: Dylan Ackerman, Troy Alexie, Michael Anahonak, Alexandra Ashe, Charalambos Asimakopoulos, Sierra Baldwin, Wyatt Bartlett, Benjamin Barton, Herbert Bass, Emily Beaudin, Allyson Beilen, Kelci Benson, Dakota Bittick, Robert Blackburn-Long, Shane Blumentritt, Kaitlynn Boyer, Jaide Briggs, Devon Brooner, Haley Bunch, Jeremy Bunch, Ryan Burcham, Savannah Cartwright, Zachary Carver, Jared Chavez, Kyle Chidester, Brent Christenson, Ila Cobb, Raymond Cole, Dakota Conner, Christopher Cook, Peyton Corbett, Maurie Cresap, Haley Cunningham, Justin Dahlgren, Elijah Daman, Kassidy Day, Samuel Deatherage, Tylor Dolan, Duncan Donham, Ali Dusek, Tristen Eastham, Drasanna Edelman, Shannon Evans, Hatcher Fortman, Brooks Furlong, Emily Glaves, Hannah Glaves, Joanne Glaves, Alexander Gottlob, Eli Graham, Charles Hansen, Adam Hanson, Josephine Harpole, Austin Hatten, Chelsey Hemphill, Katelyn Hemphill, Logan Hemphill, Shayne Hensley, Tyler Hill, Chase Hines, Chelsea Hinz, Isis Holcombe, Brittany Hollers, Jory Hubbard, Amanda Hudson, Jeremiah Hudson, Andrew Jackson, Kelsey Jackson, Jonathan Jessup, Charlie Kennedy, Katelynn Kerkvliet, Erik Korzon, Jedidiah Kowchee, Shawna Kowchee, Austin Laber, Montana Landess, Hylan Larson, James Lee, Jeneen Leopold, Tyler Lewis, Julie Litchfield, Craig Lott, Blake Maier, Cody Miller, Justice Miller, Brenner Musgrave, Keylee Nelson, Madison Nelson, Richard Nelson, Brent Nichols, Amber Nicholson, Adam O'Guinn, Alexandra Overway, Logan Parks, Noah Price, Timothy Price, Hayley Ramsell, Tyann Reed, Steve Reynolds, Naomi Rogers, Mykaela Rybak, Angela Sabala, Dylan Schultz, Emma Selden, Sylar Shaw, Nadia Showalter, Alexis Smith, Taylor Thibodeaux, Ryan Toney, Jamie Topp, Shaelyn Vanmeter, Morgan Webb, Cortney Weston, Taylor Wilson, Matthew Winegarden, Makayla Wong, Dawnrae Wysong, Coltin Yancey, Tyla Young, Tristan Zeek and Zoe Zorn.

Tebughna School News

On March 15 there was an assembly to honor Tebughna students for various reasons. The following students received awards: Donnie Standifer for success in academic growth; Kalub Constantine for his leadership and NYO success; Jovena Salas for trust and being a good role model; Dominique Standifer for her improvements in reading; Dominic Moon, Raquell Salas and Serenity Standifer for excellence in their science fair projects; Rolly Standifer and Randall Jones for their excellence in reading.

Chanel Standifer for her excellent attendance.

On Tuesday, there will be an assembly to recognize our NYO athletes (complete with demonstrations). Parents and community members are invited to attend. That evening there will be a family night with a guest presenter, Bridget Smith. Bridget will lead an interactive program on ways to help all youth succeed and Chrystal Moon will present on the mural project and future plans.

April 9: SBA testing and a Literacy Lock-In.

Wings Christian Academy

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.

May 6: Fundraising Dinner/Auction and Spring Recital.

May 7: Bike-A-Thon.

The office of the week in the Upper Learning Center is Mathew Grant. The office of the week in the Lower Learning Center is Josiah Fisher.

Student representatives should begin studying their spelling lists for the upcoming BEMA Spelling Bee to be held in Eagle River.

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

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