Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 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.

District advisory meeting slated

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold a Federal Programs Advisory Committee meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. April 17 at the Borough Building assembly chambers in Soldotna. It is open to the public. For more information or to register, call Rochelle Hanson at 714-8892.

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:

* Homer Electric Association The deadline is today. 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 participate in team building exercises. For more information, call 283-5831 in Kenai or (907) 235-8551 in Homer.

* Kenai Chamber of Commerce The deadline is Monday. The chamber is offering two $1,000 scholarships to Kenai Central High School students. Students must apply by completing a KCHS local scholarship application provided by the high school; and two $500 scholarships to Kenai Alternative High School students. Students must apply through Principal Bob Ermold.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Dates to remember:

* Today through Thursday Alaska Standards Based Assessments in reading, writing and math;

* April 7 for all eighth-graders attending KCHS in the fall, freshman meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the little theatre;

* April 8 Alaska Standards Based Assessment in science for eighth-graders only;

* April 22 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Middle School Mass Choir at KCHS. Grades six through eight will participate; and

* April 24 spring concert at KCHS, with all grades performing.

On testing days, students should arrive at school on time, well-rested and well-nourished.

Connections home-school program

Standard Based Assessments and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams will be held today (reading), Wednesday (writing) and Thursday (math). Testing for grades three through eight will be held at 8:45 a.m. at Soldotna Sports Center. Testing for grades nine and 10 and retests for grades 11 and 12 will be held at 8:45 a.m. at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Science testing for grades four, eight and 10 will be held at 8:45 a.m. April 8 at the sports center. Students are required to be at these state-mandated exams.

Take a reading road trip! Connections will host a Scholastic Book Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 through 11 at the Connections office in Soldotna.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are Maureena Plate, Andrew Barlow, Alexis Stephens, Hanna Udelhoven, Madilyn Barkman, Cody Moore, Liam Selden, Ryder Giesler, Kjersti Hill, Chloe Belelr and Owen Winfrey.

Upcoming events:

* Need a throwing coach for track;

* Class scheduling for next year will begin today;

* Volunteers needed for the carnival April 15;

* Parent-teacher night April 10; and

* Standardized testing will begin Monday.

Grace Lutheran School

Kenny Werth is the winner of the school geography bee. He will be traveling to the state geography bee in Anchorage on Friday.

Congratulations to all the students that participated in the Living Museum on March 24. They all did well presenting information about their historical figure.

There will be no school April 10 and 11. School will be dismissed at noon April 16, and there will be no school April 17 and 18. The teachers of Grace will be attending conferences in Anchorage and Seattle on those days. Morning and afternoon preschool will be in session April 16 and the morning of April 17.

Preschool (a.m. and p.m.) and kindergarten through eighth-grade registration for the 2008-09 school year is being accepted. Call the school at 283-9551 for more information.

Students are still being accepting for this school year's afternoon preschool. Any child 3 years old and potty trained is eligible to attend. For more information, call Melanie at 283-9551.

Continue saving your aluminum cans for the Great Aluminum Can Round-Up. Your cans must be at the school by April 25.


The enrollment lottery for the 2008-09 school year was held last week. All applicants will receive a postcard this week stating their status. If your child is offered a position, reply as soon as possible as to whether you choose to accept or decline the position.

The Spring Fling Extravaganza is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be a gym full of vendors to help you get a head start for Mother's Day. This is a Kaleidoscope PTA fundraiser.

If you have not ordered your child's spring pictures, you may still turn in the order form by Thursday without a late fee.

Jump Rope for Heart packets are due Friday.

Upcoming dates are: APC meeting at 4 p.m. April 14; vacation day: no school April 18; Family Fun Night at 6 p.m. April 24; PTA meeting at 6 p.m. April 28; and the Spring Art and Music Show with first- through fifth-graders at 6:30 p.m. April 29 at KCHS.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Kindergarten visitation will be held in two sessions: from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. and from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. April 17. Parents are required to schedule a time to attend. Students must be age 5 before Aug. 31 in order to register for kindergarten. To schedule your time, call the school office.

Standard Based Assessment testing will be held today through Thursday and April 8 for grades three through six.

The free spring musical, "Willy Wonka Jr.," will be at 7 p.m. April 10 at Soldotna High School Auditorium. Mr. Houglum and the fourth-through-sixth-graders have been rehearsing since January.

The school will give a presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board at 7 p.m. April 14. It is open to the public.

Kenai Central High

Today is the first day of state-mandated testing. Freshmen will take the Standard Based Assessment and sophomores and any juniors or seniors who have not passed all parts will take the High School Qualifying Exam. Students will be tested on reading today, writing Wednesday and math Thursday. Students not testing will not be required to be at school until 12:28 p.m. The school will be on a different schedule for test days with only two classes taught each day. Periods one and two will be held after lunch today. Periods three and four will be held after lunch Wednesday, and periods five and six will be held after lunch Thursday. For more, call Jon Lillevik at 283-2110.

Opening night for the school play "Spoon River Anthology" will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. The play is based on the free-verse poetry of Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950). Admission is $5 and the play is recommended for middle school and older children. For more information, call Cheri Johnson at 283-2157.

Freshman night for parents and incoming freshman will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the little theatre.

The National Honor Society will hold its annual induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. April 8 in the auditorium. The following students have been selected for induction Jenna Frederic, Kirsten Lawrence, Anastasia Massera, Vanessa Dukowitz, Dominick Eubank, Molly Graves, Mariah Huhndorf, Samantha Hull, Randale Jackson, Maya Johnson, Jasmine Klauder, Levi Lacey, Deandra Latz, Keeven Macik, Lee-Ann Magiera, Taylor Matson, Timothy Saner, Jenna Thomas and Dylan Wannamaker. National Honor Society members are chosen for and expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community.

Students of the Month are: Rotary, Quinn Stoops; chamber, Megan Gabriel; Elks, Cadence Turkington; geometry, Kendra Ashwell; chemistry, RJ Munn; LA 10 Honors, Keeven Macik; study skills, Justin Wiggins; LA 12, Ashley Loveland; calculus, Travis Wingster; Spanish 2, Garrett Eady; study skills, Marylou McComsey; Alaska studies, Lara Olsen; performing arts/music/choir, Randy Jackson; biology, James Watkins; art and photography, Trent Semmens; and career and technology, Robert Aikins.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners this week were Reena Funkhouser, Taylor Conaway, Jeremy Souders, Bailey Burke, Kainoa Kaona, Raven Patrick, Karlie Diehl, Jaycee Herrmann, Tekaiya Rich, Brianna Bushnell, Dillon Wardlow, Madeline George, Hailey Helms, Preston Williams, Daniel Knight, Leah Nacca, Grey Wilson and Cody Whiteley.

Kindergarten parent orientation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 15 in the school library. Parents of children entering kindergarten in the fall are urged to come and meet our teachers and hear about a typical kindergarten day.

Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students will participate in SBA testing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is important that students be well-rested and eat a healthy breakfast each day. Attendance for all three days and being on time for school is critical.

Trash Can Ball for third, fourth and fifth grade will be held after school on Mondays and Thursdays for the month of April starting Monday. Students should have a signed permission slip and must be picked up at 4:15 p.m. each day.

Fifth-grade students will visit Kenai Middle School from 12:25 to 2:20 p.m. April 10. Busing will be provided.

Nikiski Middle-High

The 1,000 Pound Club inductees are Logan Denison, JD Hall, Ancel Ware and Paul Delago. The 1,000 Pound Club was designed to motivate and encourage students to get involved with weight training and a more active lifestyle. Students combine their total weight lifted in the bench, squat and cleans. They divide that total number of pounds by their body weight. When a student has a 5.00 or over, they make the thousand pound club and receive a T-shirt. There are lots of students close to becoming members, but these four have reached the goal. Many school weight-lifting records have been broken this year and others are close to be broken. Maybe a few more will fall by the end of the year seven weeks and counting.

This is testing week for grades seven through 10: Standard Based Assessments and High School Qualifying Exams will take place Tuesday through Thursday. It is important your student be on time every day during testing week. We will provide breakfast prior to testing. The juniors and seniors schedule is:

* Tuesday morning: no classes; afternoon: periods one and two;

* Wednesday morning: no classes; afternoon: periods three and four; and

* Thursday morning: no classes; afternoon: periods six and seven.

Juniors and seniors not taking the qualifying exam do not need to be at school until 12:25 for afternoon classes. April 8 is the Standard Based Assessment science test for eighth- and 10th-graders.

April 17 there is no school.

Nikiski North Star

This week is Standard Based Assessment Testapalooza Week. There has been lots of planning and preparation to make sure our students are prepared. This morning we will begin with an assembly in the gym for all third- through sixth-graders. The PTA is hosting a pool party from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Nikiski pool. There will be pizza at 9 that night. Good luck to the students and let's celebrate all the hard work the kids have put into these tests.

We are pleased to announce our Artist in Schools is Colette Krogol. She will be working with students in grades prekindergarten through fourth from Monday through April 25. Ms. Krogol is from New York and a dancer who specializes in music and motion. Artists in Schools is a program of the Alaska State Council on the Arts that receives support from the state Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency and the Rasmuson Foundation.

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

Congratulations to our forensics participants in the district competition. Grade four: third place humorous poetry singles, Alison Litke; first place prose multiples, Margy and Evie Cox; and first place poetry multiples, Cheyenne Larson and Lauren O'Brien. Grade five: first place interpretive reading singles, Kiana Edgmon; first place interpretive reading multiples, Jade Elsey and Rachel Thompson; first place poetry multiples, Holly Lewis and Erin O'Brien; and second place storytelling, Sherrie Murray. Grade six: first place interpretive reading multiples readers theatre, Alyssa Darch, Rebecca Krogseng and Summer Handley.

Ninilchik School

April 18 is a district vacation day no school for teachers or students.

Upcoming scholarship due dates are as follows:

* Soldotna Rotary Club scholarship is due Friday.

* Homer Emblem scholarship deadline is April 11.

* Homer Elks scholarship deadline is April 15.

* Peninsula Oilers Baseball scholarship is due April 18.

* Beta Sigma Phi scholarship is due April 19.

The school would like to congratulate the Lady Wolverines and coaches Leman and Johnson on their outstanding basketball season, their district championship and their performance at the 2A State Tournament, where they took second place.

Redoubt Elementary

Standard Based Assessment testing for grades three through six is today through Thursday. In order to do their best work, students are urged get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and arrive at school on time. All students will be testing from 9 to 11:40 a.m. each day. Students who do not finish in the morning will continue after lunch. Students should not leave school early on test days unless absolutely necessary.

Kindergarten and new student registration is Wednesday through Friday. Kindergartners must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. A birth certificate for kindergartners and an immunization record for all students should be brought to registration. For more information, parents may call the school at 260-4300.

Redoubt is accepting out-of-area requests for next school year through Friday. Forms are available at the school office or on Edline.

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna Elementary students are completing state testing this week and parents are reminded to check that students get a nutritious breakfast, are well-rested and get an extra bit of encouragement during this week. Testing starts at 8:50 a.m., so all students need to be on time to do their best.

Soldotna PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m Thursday in the library. There is child care, and all parents and teachers are urged to become part of PTA activities.

Site Council has been canceled this month due to state testing.

Soldotna High

Standard Based Assessment and High School Graduation Qualifying Exam testing begins today and continues through Thursday. On April 8, all sophomores will be required to take the SBA science test.

On April 9, students and staff will take part in an intruder drill. The drill will be a joint effort between SoHi and emergency services. Police and emergency vehicles will be present for this exercise.

Congratulations to the following SoHi Caring for the Kenai winners: Mackenzie Senn, Disaster Preparation; Matthew Fellman, Human Waste; Jessica Duke, Caring for the Kenai Clown. Mackenzie also won semi-finalist awards from Kenai Peninsula College and the Kenai River Sportfishing Association. Matthew also won semi-finalist awards from the Alaska USA Credit Union and the Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

Making It Count, a college search and information program, will be presented to juniors and seniors April 11 in the auditorium. The presentations are designed to help students prepare for future success. Sample topics include college searches and selection, career paths, time management and strategies for success. Seniors will meet during the first hour, juniors during the second hour.

Promenade and prom will be April 12. Promenade begins at 8 p.m. Admission to the promenade is $3.

Soldotna Middle

Track started Monday. Practice will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Be sure your ride home picks you up no later than 4:15.

Spring picture packet orders must be returned to the office today.

The Standards Based Assessment tests will be held today, Wednesday and Thursday for all students. Eighth-graders will take the science test April 8. It is necessary that every student be at school on time each of these days. Parents, try to get them a good night's sleep every night and leave enough time for them in the morning to eat a nutritious breakfast. If you anticipate missing school one of these days, let the office know right away.

There will be a PTA meeting at 3 p.m. today in the library.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Districtwide testing for third through sixth grade will be held today through Thursday.

Teacher requests are due Friday.

The fifth- and sixth-grade band concert will be held at 6 p.m. April 10.

There will be an all-school activity from 1:45 to 3 p.m. April 10. Each classroom will feature a different activity. Volunteers are needed. Parents are asked to call their child's classroom teacher to volunteer.

Enrollment lottery results are available and posted on the bulletin board outside the office. Interested families may call the office at 260-9221.

Sterling Elementary

The PTA will meet at 4 p.m. today in the library.

Every year the school is honored to select the Masonic Student of the Year. All sixth-graders are eligible and selection is based on academics, citizenship and being a well-rounded student overall. This year's nominees were Shelby Fletcher, Kendra Currier, Sara Daigle, Kaitlyn Sipes, Sophia Stigall, Iisha Oftedal, Andrew Turner and Ryan Toney. The winner of this year's Masonic Student of the Year award is Shelby Fletcher. Congratulations to all these outstanding students.

This year Sterling was honored to host the borough forensics competition. The following Sterling students placed high in this competition: In grade-four humorous poetry, Rachel Shassetz was fifth; in grade-six humorous poetry, Ryan Toney was sixth; in grade-six humorous prose, Iisha Oftedal was first; in grade-five multiple poetry, Shayne Hensley and Tyler Varner were second; in grade-five multiple prose, Ciarra Mahan and Allison Ralston were first; in grade-four storytelling, Macylea Elsey was third; and in grade-five storytelling, Dustin Buerkel was second. Congratulations to all the children who participated.

Tustumena Elementary

A committee of staff members has selected the finalists for this year's sixth-grade student who will receive the annual Masonic Award. The school's finalists (Rachel Blossom, Cody Burow, Abby Cook, Demery Garrant, Austin Kruse, Daniel McElroy, Shaelyn VanMeter and Makayla Wong) are an outstanding group of students who made the final selection quite challenging for the selection committee. The school would like to congratulate each of these individuals and recognize each for their outstanding talents. The Tustumena Masonic Award winner this year is Makayla Wong. She will receive the award April 16 at Kenai Central High School.

The Kasilof Public Library's annual book fair is scheduled for the week of April 21. The fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The library is located in the school. Families wishing more information or interested in assisting with the setup April 17 may call Katja Wolfe at 262-7058.

Wings Christian Academy

Kasey McGee won for the office of the week contest, and Jared Wood won for the most interesting fact contest.

April 14 through 18 will be Stanford testing. That weekend will be the Ladies Retreat, open to all young girls attending the school, as well as ladies of the church.

Students are reminded to keep up the good work on their ISC projects, which will be showcased at the dinner auction event April 25.

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