Around the District

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009

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 13;

* May 4 at Seward High School;

* June 1; and

* June 2 (board planning meeting).

School closures planned

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed on the following dates:

* April 10 -- vacation day; and

* May 20 -- last day of school.

District volcano policy

The District has an Emergency Action Plan that covers volcanic activity and earthquakes and will work with the borough's Office of Emergency Management to respond to any incident. The timing and severity of such incidents will determine the response or responses to be taken.

* Eruption outside of the school day: A volcanic eruption outside of the normal school day could result in the cancellation of school across the entire district, or possibly in only some communities. The severity of eruption, wind speed and wind direction will be the primary factors in determining if cancellations occur.

* Eruption during the school day: If a volcanic eruption occurs while students are at school, the district's primary contingency plan will be to institute an early release and transport students home as soon as possible after the event. First Student has placed their drivers on alert and believes they will be ready to transport within one half hour of the event. With normal route times, all students would be delivered within two hours of route commencement. Severe winds could alter this plan.

Parents should monitor the district Web site and listen to the local radio stations for updates if an event occurs.

Information relevant to volcanic activity and preventive actions can be found on the Web sites listed below:

* KPB Office of Emergency Management volcano status report:; and

* KPB Office of Emergency Management informational brochures:

Local scholarships offered

The following scholarships are available to area students:

* The Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council will offer four $500 scholarships to Kenai Peninsula high school graduates from union families. To be eligible, applicants must have significant improvement in grades, graduate in the 2008-09 school year and attend an accredited school. Applications must be postmarked no later than Wednesday to be considered. Mail applications to Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council, P.O. Box 1162, Kenai, AK 99611.

* Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International is accepting applications for one $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year for four years) to a graduating senior from any high school with in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The essay topic is "The Role of SCI or other Pro-hunting Organizations in Propagating Wildlife." Applications are available at The deadline is Wednesday.

* Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Delta Waterfowl will offer three $500 scholarships to three graduating seniors of the Class of 2009. 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 this 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. The deadline is April 15. A copy of the application and other requirements can be downloaded from the scholarship section of the Web site or be obtained from a school's guidance counselor.

* Three $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from the Class of 2009. Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA and plan to attend a community college, university or vocational school in Alaska.

Each applicant must complete and submit a one-page essay on the topic, "Why is it necessary to maintain waterfowl habitat in Alaska and why this is important to you." The deadline to apply is April 15.

The awards will be based primarily on the essay. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

A copy of the application and list of other requirements can be obtained from your school guidance counselors or be downloaded from the scholarship section of

* The CPGH Auxiliary is offering two scholarships for graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing post-secondary education in a medical career field. The application deadline is April 17.

Applications my be obtained at the Central Peninsula Hospital information desk or in the gift shop. For more information, call Marge Arnold at 260-1624 or Elizabeth Wilson at 714-4543.

* The Kenai Peninsula Art Guild is offering visual arts scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are pursuing visual arts studies. Applications are available at the guild at 816 Cook St., Kenai, AK 99611 or e-mail A 200- to 300-word summary of the applicant's reasons for pursuing a career in the arts and what their goals are must be included. The deadline for submissions is May 30.

Construction academy ongoing

The third session of the Kenai Peninsula After School Construction Academy has begun. Each academy is two or three days a week after school and occasional Saturdays. Each session totals 45 hours. Complete two academies and receive a half practical art credit.

For more information, or to register, call Leanne Abendroth at 283-2145 or e-mail her

Locations are: Homer High School for construction and framing; Kenai Central High School for construction and framing; Nikiski Middle-High School for construction and electrical wiring; Nikolaesvk for construction and basic framing; Seward High School for carpentry and basic framing; Skyview High School for electrical wiring (begins Tuesday); Susan B. English, Tri-Village Academy Seldovia, Nanwalek, Port Graham for welding, drafting and blueprint reading and carpentry, wiring, culinary and Native culture April 21

School Web sites available

Web sites for public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are available at Click on the schools tab, then choose the school.

Elementary Forensics results announced

Humorous Poetry -- Fourth grade -- Braden Ellis, Nikiski North Star, 60; Lia Kim, Seward, 58; Daisy Nelson, Aurora Borealis, 57; Jazilyn Larrow, Redoubt, 56; Damnyan Letter, Moose Pass, 51; and Avery Hieber, K-Beach, 50; fifth grade -- Lilly Denison, Nikiski North Star, 59; Dennis Anderson, Aurora Borealis, 58; August Kilcher, McNeil Canyon, 58; Ashley Segura, K-Beach, 54; Kayla Haeg, Redoubt, 54; David Burrow, Tustumena, 54; Kim Thurmond, Mountain View, 48; and Abbie Turner, Cook Inlet Academy 0; and sixth grade -- Nick Truesdell, Redoubt, 60; Griffin Plush, Seward, 53; Jonah Theisen, K-Beach, 51.

Humorous Prose: Fourth grade -- Jackson Meyer and Aurora Borealis, 58; fifth grade -- Lauren O'Brien, Nikiski North Star, 58; Paxson Berry, Moose Pass, 55; and Michael Lewis, Redoubt, 53; and sixth grade -- Brenner Musgrave, K-Beach, 57; Johnny Hamilton, Fireweed Academy, 54; Clare Kincaid, Redoubt, 54; and Jenna Hansen, Nikiski North Star, 53.

Interpretive Reading: Fourth grade -- Barae Hirsch, Fireweed Academy, 54; fifth grade -- John VinZant, Tustumena, 47; JJ Deese, Soldotna, 34; Zac Marwedel, McNeil Canyon, 33; Isabella Henry, Redoubt, 0; Kayli Kitchens, Soldotna Montessori, 0; and sixth grade -- Kiana Edgmon, Nikiski North Star, 59; Hunter Doan, Seward, 54; Brent Nichols, Redoubt, 52; and Micah Sterling, Sterling, 43.

Multiple: Interpretive reading/Reader's Theater: Fourth grade -- Avery Kornstad, Anna Young, Maranda Thompson and Lochlan Quiner of Nikiski North Star, 61, and Joanna Allen, Erin Farrell, Maya Jones and Stefani Schindler of McNeil Canyon, 59; fifth grade -- Brady Swanson, Raymon Gray and Luke Johnson of Aurora Borealis, 72; Abby Carter, Halen Wells, SuHana Firman and Willow Napolitano of Soldotna Montessori, 65; Aurora Waclawski and Aziza Shemet Pitcher of McNeil Canyonl, 54; Louise Tymrak and Jessica Boumann of Fireweed Academy, 0; and Anne Baldwin, Kelsey Leite and Carola Chavez of Tustumena, 0; and sixth grade -- Erin O'Brien, Katy Tumsuden and Jade Elsey of Nikiski North Star, 71; Alicia Hobart, Katelynn Earll, Alexis Smith and Isis Holcombe of Redoubt, 65; Madison Orth and Ashleigh Hammond of Cook Inlet Academy, 63; Ryan Winter and Ashton Mahan of Sterling, 62; Megan English and Shannon Bradford of Soldotna Montessori, 62; Demetria Marwedel, Sunny Puterbaugh, Axel Gillam and Beverly Schindler of McNeil Canyon, 58; Jeremiah Hudson and Crystal Signorino-Walsh of Tustumena, 54; and Richard Han, Clark Olsen, John Enger, Nathanial Saavedra and Lucas Johnson of Kenai Middle School, 45.

Multiple - Poetry - Fourth grade -- Evelyn Burnett and Savannah Clark of Aurora Borealis, 62; fifth grade -- Savannah Kreider and Tacy Caldwell of K-Beach, 69; Aubrey Coreson and Haley Wik of Nikiski North Star, 68; Ayla Bunch and Kelsy Overway of Tustumena, 68; Taz Shumaker and Emily Crain of Moose Pass, 59; Tori Ellison, Shy Ann Walter and Annz Zaukar of Chapman School, 43; and sixth grade -- Taylor Webre, Teresa Bitterich and Jacob Olson of Nikiski North Star, 68; Kirsten Nyquist and Alex Berkholts of Kenai Middle, 65; Hannah Norris and Laura Kromrey of Moose Pass, 57; LaCoda Walker, Stephanie Hampton and Kasey Campbell of Chapman School, 0.

Multiple Prose - fifth grade -- Toma Johnson, Sierra Thomas, Myia Wright and Lindsey Wong of Tustumena, 71; Marley McGuire and Zane Wilkinson of McNeil Canyon, 66; Kit Lucas, Taylor Krueger and Josh Darrow of Aurora Borealis, 61; Kendra K and Rachel Mathews of K-Beach, 0; and sixth grade -- Kami Cain and Zoe Chadwick of Aurora Borealis, 75; Lana Chesley and Elizabeth Davis of Tustumena, 59; Aurora Derflinger and Courtney Barker of Sterling, 52.

Non-Humorous Poetry - Fourth grade -- Jenna Helminski, Redoubt, 51; Natalea Chavez, Tustumena, 33; fifth grade -- Hale Wilkinson, McNeil Canyon, 54; Desiree Barbaza, Redoubt, 52; Rachael Todd, Tustumena, 44; Morgan Patterson, Mountain View, 41; Connor Leaf, Cook Inlet Academy, 41; and sixth grade -- Jonathan Bruxvoort, Aurora Borealis, 56; Tyler Lewis, Redoubt, 53; Taryn McCubbins, Soldotna Montessori, 53; Jordan Theisen, K-Beach, 48; Emily Brockman, Seward, 48; Irene Pellegrini, McNeil Canyon, 41; Hannah Soplanda, Fireweed Academy, 37.

Non-Humorous Prose - fifth grade -- Gracie Larson, Redoubt, 46; and sixth grade -- Marley Smith, Kenai Middle, 53; Jessica Coke, Fireweed Academy, 52; Charalambos Asimakopoulos, Soldotna Montessori, 41; Bradyn Holly, Redoubt, 39.

Storytelling - Fourth grade -- Judah Aley, K-Beach, 60; Daniel Sparks, Seward, 43; fifth grade -- Hannah Katzenburger, Sterling, 52; Macylea Elsey, Redoubt, 52; Delaney Crosby-Schneider, K-Beach, 42; and sixth grade -- Jonas Noomah, McNeil Canyon, 56; Allie Ostrander, Aurora Borealis, 50; Dustin Buerkel, Sterling, 44; Emily DiPaolo, Soldotna Montessori, 42; Rachel Henry, Redoubt, 0; Michael Marks, Cook Inlet Academy, 0.

Cook Inlet Academy

Third quarter honor roll is as follows: Highest honors -- Julie Litchfield 4.0, Caleb Lyons 3.9, Erica McGahan 4.04, Kelsey Tachick 4.03, Keefe O'Dell 4.0, Kati Dutcher 4.05, Kelsie Leaf 3.96, Angie Uchtman 3.96, Chemaine Yarnes 3.95, Lauren Bauder 4.0, Kelsey Brush 4.0, Michael Horton 4.10, Sadie Arneson 4.0, Amie Smithwick 4.0, Lars Arneson 4.0, Derrick Bunts 4.0, Scott Litchfield 4.0, Aaron Rowley 3.85 and Nick Smith 4.0; High honors -- Elizabeth Turner 3.76, Elizabeth Dailey 3.60, Scott Habermann 3.72, Kirk Kibling 3.67, Archer Gillis 3.67, Kiana Beddow 3.62 and Alyssa Rosin 3.71; and honors -- Sky Schlung 3.5, Megan Bauder 3.43, Darlene Bunts 3.0, Cara Davidson 3.0, Molly Fenton 3.33, Ellie Nelson 3.10, Jacob Boudreaux 3.57, Riley King 3.0, Chloe Nelson 3.47, David Reischach 3.19, Kali Chilson 3.33, Cole Davidson 3.14, Chantilly Hileman 3.14, Tiana McGahan 3.43, Cody Munn 3.20, Tiffany Smith 3.50, Kaitlyn Dederick 3.17, Phillip Gillis 3.24, Josh Holly 3.46, Haley Michel 3.18, Alexia Noel 3.28, Stefan Reischach 3.12, Eric Bell 3.43, Ryan Doyle 3.10, Chelsea Magee 3.33 and Shane Moffis 3.0.

Students of the Week are Autum Chumley, Nate St. Luise and Abby Hill.

The last Parent Night is today.

The band concert will be held Tuesday at the school.

Wednesday's Chapel service will feature Mike Lyons with music.

Testing will be held April 6, 7, 8. Parents are asked to have students well rested and on time.

There will be no school April 10.

Open House for preschool and kindergarten will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 18. Teacher visits and classroom tours will be available for parents with young children.

Soup Label collection box and Used Inkjet Cartridge recycle box are both in the lobby, near the salmon tank.

Spring Carnival will be held in April. Raffle tickets cost $10. Prizes each carry at least a $300 value. The proceeds will benefit the electives program, mats for the gym and soccer field sprinklers. The carnival organizer is Mrs. Nelson.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Science tests will be given to fourth-graders Thursday.

April 7 through 9 SBA testing will held for third- through sixth-graders. The school reminds parents that the testing is important and to plan on having your student attend and prepared. Snacks will be provided.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Kindergarten visitation is Friday. Call the office to schedule a time.

Box Tops for Education are being collected by the second grade.Drop them off in the office or give toMrs. Peterson.

Kenai Central High

The drama club will perform its spring play "The Curious Savage" on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission for is $5 at the door. The play is directed by Cheri Johnson and the cast includes Alex Kiel, Catherine Hosington, Michael Slone, Norrick McGee, Garrett Eady, Maya Johnson, Jen Kohler, Dylan Lawrence, Jesse Pedginski, Ella Stephens, Lynn Ziehmer, and Jacob Nabholz.

The school will be on an activity schedule Tuesday for President Hamilton from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He will speak to the student body in the auditorium at 1:40 p.m.

Tuesday is the end of season basketball banquet at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. See coach Beeson or Rustad for what to bring or call 283-2163.

Tenth-graders will take the SBA science test Thursday. For more information, call one of the school counselors at 283-7524.

Next week is the beginning of the SBA testing for all freshmen and the high school qualifying exam for sophomores and any juniors and seniors who have not yet passed any parts of the test. Parents are asked to have their students at school for those days.

Kenai Middle School

Track starts this week. Forms are available at the office. For more information, call 283-4896.

The school will collect aluminum cans April 14 and 15 to help defer costs for mini-courses. If you have aluminum cans you would like to donate to let the office know and deliver them to the custodians office around the back of the school.

Dates to remember:

* Thursday -- SBA testing, science for eighth grade;

* April 7 -- SBA testing, reading;

* April 8 -- SBA testing, writing;

* April 9 -- SBA testing, math;

* April 15-- volunteer luncheon from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.;

* April 16 -- track at 3 p.m., after-school tutorial ends;

* April 21 -- mass choir;

* April 24 -- track at 3 p.m., mini-course sign-ups;

* April 28 -- band concert; and

* April 30 -- choir, pop concert.

Nikiski Middle-High

"The Golden Apple was passed to Dave Brown for the month of April. Mr. Brown spends the majority of his day co-teaching in the classrooms. Dave helps meet the students' needs and helps keep things in perspective. Dave is good at intervening and putting out 'small fires' that develop with these students from day to day. Structure and discipline are necessary for optimum learning and work Mr. Brown works well in these areas in the classrooms. He also helps staff keep a sense of humor. Dave has good rapport with these students and makes them feel welcome, which makes them more likely to succeed. Congratulations, Mr. Brown," said head secretary Margie Warner.

Dates to remember:

* April 4 - Prom "Beneath the Northern Lights"; and

* April 7, 8 and 9 - SBA and HSGQE testing.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Character Counts! Students of the Week are Alex Langseth and Hunter Holloway.

Sixth grade students nominated for the Masonic Award were Brittany Cramer, Kiana Edgmon, Laura Hufford, Brittany Romans, Rachel Thompson, Katy Tumsuden and Jacob Williams.

Hufford was selected to receive the Masonic Achievement Award as the NNS Outstanding Student for the 2008-09 school year. She is a student in Mrs. Matson's class and the daughter of Wally and Elizabeth Hufford. She was selected by the staff due to her academic excellence, strong character and community involvement. She has been involved in team projects including Battle of the Books, Future Problem Solving, Math Bowl, Mind-A-Mazes and Lego League. Outside school, she takes piano lessons, serves at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and is a certified Safe Sitter.

Over spring break, the data processing crew was in the school building setting up for a wireless system. This is the beginning of an new venture for the school and helping to complete the process of purchasing laptops for students. For more information, call 776-2600.

Redoubt Elementary

New student and kindergarten registration will be held April 6, 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Parents should bring immunization records and birth certificates to registration.

Family Game Night will be Thursday from 6 to 7:30. The school's students and families are invited to the free evening of open gym activities and board games. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

Parents wishing to provide input regarding their child's class placement for next school year may do so through April 27 by completing the form available on Edline and at the school office.

Fourth grade classes are selling See's candy to raise money for their Kenai Fjords field trip. Easter candy is being sold in the school lobby from 3 to 3:30 p.m. daily. Other See's candy may be ordered from any fourth-grader and will arrive around April 22.

The lost and found will be emptied Friday.

DVDs of the spring program, "North to the Past," are available for $10 by calling Doug Gordon at 262-7051 or e-mailing

The state has changed immunization guidelines for kindergartners through sixth grade for the 2009-10 school year to require the Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine. Nurse Donna may be contacted at 260-4306 for more information.

Last week's Big G Box Tops winners were Cameron Hemphill and Galen Brantley.

April 25 is the last day to donate cans to the Great Aluminum Can Roundup.

Skyview High

Parents of current and potential football players will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

SBA science testing for sophomores will be held Thursday during periods one and two.

The basketball awards banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the commons.

Soldotna High

The drama department will present the comedy "The Panic Broadcast of 1938" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door. The performance last approximately one hour.

On Thursday morning sophomores will take the science SBA in the auditorium. Students will report directly to the auditorium where attendance will be taken.

April 7 through 9, freshmen, sophomores and students who need to retake parts of the high school graduation qualifying exam will test. It is essential that students who are required to take these tests are present and on time all three days.

Soldotna Middle School

SMS Masonic nominations were: Shelby Vitt, Katelin Christenson, Caelan Elsey, Claire Gabler, Jonas Perletti, Kaillee Skjold, Heidi Westerman, DJ Elmore, DillonTondre, Dillon Jensen, Olivia Tice, Sam Janorschke, Lacey Cashman, Trace Braxling, Denali Goodwill, Michael Keener, Alisso Musto, Holly Ramsell, Savannah Anchinges, Taylor Legg, Dallas Derflinger, Natalie Kress, and Travis Perkovich. The winner was Dillon Tondre.

Track and Field practice begins today.

On Thursday SBA science test for eighth-graders.

April 7 through 9 will be SBA testing for all students. Parents are reminded that the tests are important for placement in classes for next year at the school or in the high schools.

Tustumena Elementary

Dates to remember:

* Today -- site council at 4 p.m.;

* Tuesday -- at 11 a.m. Intermediate award ceremony;

* Thursday -- spring pictures;

* April 9 -- Masonic Award ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium Kenai Central High School;

* April 13-24 -- artist in residence;

* April 21 -- PTO meeting at 4 p.m.;

* April 22 -- Soldotna Middle School counselors visit sixth-graders;

* April 27-May 7 -- Kasilof Public Library Scholastic Book fair;

* April 24 -- sixth-graders visit SMS; and

* April 27 -- site council meeting at 4 p.m.

Wings Christian Academy

Matthew Grant won Office of the Week for the Upper Learning Center.

Kobe Miller won Office of the Week the Lower Learning Center.

Stanford testing will be this week.

On April 13 there will be no school in observance of Easter.

On April 17 students who achieved honor roll status will be invited to go to the mall for a field trip.

This is the last month for Bookit reading in the Lower Learning Center.

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