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Posted: Monday, April 04, 2011

Connections Homeschool program

Standard Based Assessments and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 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.

Reminder, 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 held April 19 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For anyone interested in participating in this event, please 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. Any questions, contact Shelli Furlong.

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

K-Beach Elementary School

Kindergarten Visitation is coming up on April 15. Please call the office to sign up for a time.

Grades 3-6 will be testing this week Tuesday -- Thursday. Please be sure your students eat breakfast and come to school on time and well rested each day.

Gavin Mikesell, K-Beach 6th grader, recently won 2nd place at the lodge level of the Elks 2010-11 "Why I am Proud to be an American" essay contest. His essay has been forwarded to the Alaska State Elks Association level for further judgment. Congratulations, Gavin!

Madison Gallagher won First Place in the Clarion Literacy Contest -- "Our Community." Congratulations Madison!

Please continue to collect box tops for K-Beach. Our last collection earned us over $500 for technology.

Love of Reading day was a great success. Our students enjoyed being read to by Mayor Carey, Donna Peterson, Matt Wilson, Coach Gensel, Sammie Crawford, Sylvia Reynolds, Gene Fowler, Steve Wright, Al Burns, Dan and Emily the Streamkeepers and Doris Cannon.

Mr. Daniels' class recently built model colonies that are designed to survive on Mars. Students took part in several lessons on the Red Planet, and applied their new knowledge in a Mars Colony construction project. They are on display in the school library until this Friday.

Our BOGO Book Fair is coming the week of April 18.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The lottery was held March 31. Those students who will be offered enrollment will receive a phone call. Those students placed on a waiting list will be notified via mail of where they are placed.

SBA testing for 3rd through 6th graders is scheduled for April 5, 6 and 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!

The PTA sponsored After-Testing Fun Night for grades 3 through 6 will be April 15, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. A flyer was sent home with a student indemnification form that is due back April 11. A sign-up sheet was included if parents would like to either chaperone, supervise an activity or if you have an activity idea you would like to share. As this is a fund raiser for a very worthy cause, a requested donation of $25 per student is suggestion but any donation is appreciated. Even if no donation can be made, no student will be turned away as long as their indemnification form is on file.

As a reminder, if you want to volunteer for any of the upcoming field trips you must have completed the criminal background check and the online training for Kaleidoscope School. The background check is done through the District's website at -- click on the employment tab, click on the Volunteer tab (center of page) scroll to Kaleidoscope School, and follow the instructions from there. The volunteer training is found on the Kaleidoscope home page. Feel free to contact the office if you have any questions. These two items must be complete 48 hours prior to a field trip.

Kenai Central High School

All freshmen and sophomores will be taking the State Standards Based Assessment test and/or the High School Qualifying Exam on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 5-7. The school will be on a special test schedule for those three days. It is important that students testing get a good night sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before they take the state test. Juniors and seniors should not arrive at school before 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 5 -- Reading Test 7:45 a.m.

Advisory 11:02 -- 11:53 a.m.

Lunch 11:53 a.m. -- 12:28 p.m.

1st hour -- 12:28 -- 1:19 p.m.

2nd hour -- 1:24 -- 2:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6 -- Writing Test 7:45 a.m.

Advisory 11:02 -- 11:53 a.m.

Lunch 11:53 a.m. -- 12:28 p.m.

3rd hour -- 12:28 -- 1:19 p.m.

4th hour -- 1:24 -- 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 7 -- Math Test 7:45 a.m.

Advisory 11:02 -- 11:53 a.m.

Lunch 11:53 a.m. -- 12:28 p.m.

5th hour -- 12:28 -- 1:19 p.m.

6th hour -- 1:24 -- 2:15 p.m.

Friday -- Thursday, April 8-14 -- make ups for SBA in counseling area.

Tuesday, April 12 -- all sophomores in auditorium for science test'

Remember: Electronic devices of any type in the testing center are not allowed (e.g., personal digital assistant (PDA), cell phone, wristwatch with electronic display, calculator that is not a documented accommodation, MP3 player, iPod). Keep them in your locker during testing time.

All senior parents interested in helping plan after-grad there will be a meeting on Tuesday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the faculty lounge.

"All the King's Women," by Luigi Jannuzzi, directed by Cheri Johnson. The story of Elvis Presley, from his 11th birthday in 1946 to 2011 in the Graceland mansion gift shop, told through three monologues, four one-act vignettes, five newscasts, a slideshow and music. Presented by the KCHS Drama Club, Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. Admission $5. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Kenai Middle School

Mountain View 5th grade students will be visiting KMS on April 11 -- 13. Other 6th thru 8th grade students from district feeder schools will be visiting KMS in the afternoon on Thursday, April 14, for orientation activities. On Friday, April 15, from 5:30 -- 8 p.m., we will host an activity/orientation evening for all new students and parents. The evening will begin with a barbecue for parents and students; activities night for students will follow while parents visit classrooms and attend orientation sessions in the library. A detailed agenda for this evening will be posted on our web and in our local newspaper.

On April 5 -- 7, all 7th -- 8th grade students will be participating in the state-wide standard based assessment exam. The staff will be reviewing test taking skills and strategies enabling your child to do his/her very best. As a parent or guardian, you can play an important role in the testing process by encouraging your child to do his or her best. Here are some suggestions for things you can do at home: Make sure that your child gets enough rest the night before the test; Make sure your child eats breakfast before the test; Make sure your child has enough time in the morning to get ready for school without having to rush; Explain to your child the importance of trying his or her best on the test; Let your child know that he or she will have your support regardless of how well he or she does on the test.

Track season has started. If you would like your child to participate please fill out the forms located at the office. There is a $60 fee.

Other dates to remember:

* April 13 -- Volunteer luncheon, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the library.

* April 14 -- Track @ KMS, 3 p.m.; 7th grade orientation.

* April 15 -- Celebration; Open House, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Miah Mead, Vanessa Nyholm, Jenessa Marsden Dundas, Dakota Richie, Ryan Boxler, Blake Lackey, Breanna Pirak, Emma Weeks, Ethan Gerow, Maxim Custodio, Hanna Segura, Chelsea Plagge, Meghan Davis and Trayce Lyon.

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. Thank you for your support!

The 5th grade music concert is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. in the gym.

Friday, April 22, is a vacation day. No school for students.

Nikiski Middle/High School

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

April 9 -- Promenade, 5:30 p.m. in the NHS auditorium. Prom -- 8 to midnight at the Kenai Challenger Center. Tickets are on sale now at the school office -- $25 per person, $45 couple.

April 12 -- Site Council Meeting in the library, 4 p.m. 6th grade Transition Meeting in the library, 6 p.m.

Congratulations to the following students selected for February Student of the Month: Heather Kaser, Alt Ed; Jasmine Monroe, Explorations; Seth Carstens, Biology I; Jared Parnell, Study Skills; Kelsey Williams, U.S. History; Ruscia-Lea Colton, Geometry; Emily Cooper, Language Arts 9; Lacy Elsey, Language Arts 10; Luke Johnson MS Journalism; Hannah Love, Science; Devin Peterson, RAP; Tanar Jackson, Physical Science; Lily Arnett, Choir; Mira Solmonson, Musical Theater; Evangeline Cox, PE; Shena Shuravloff. Fundamental Math.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

Recently NNS students participated in the PTA's Reflections Program for the arts with its six catagories: photography, visual arts, musical composition, literature, dance chorography and film production. Students have the opportunity to reach for the stars and let their artistic talents sore. Congratulations to the local and region finalists: Aubree Day, photography and literature; Cicily Quiner, photography and visual arts; Trinity Biamonte, literature; Tayalur Moore, visual arts and literature; and Jeanelee Stock, visual arts. Congratulations to the following students for being local, region and state finalists: Aubree Day, photography; Cicily Quiner, photography; and Tayalur Moore, literature.

This week SBA testing will take place for our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The reading test will be on Tuesday, writing on Wednesday and math on Thursday. Please make sure your child is well prepared for the testing with a good nights rest and a healthy breakfast. Please call the school at 776-2600 if you need 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.

Students in grades 3 -- 6 will be taking SBA tests on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students should eat a healthy breakfast and arrive at school well-rested and on time in order to do their best work.

Students may reserve a yearbook for $15. Yearbooks will arrive in May. Checks should be made payable to the school.

The lost and found will be emptied on Friday, April 8. Students are urged to claim items that belong to them. Items remaining will be donated to local charities.

Correction: The next Funfest is Friday, April 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. It was erroneously listed as April 8 in last week's news.

Wacky intramural games begin next week.

PTA meets Tuesday, April 12, at 5 p.m. Site Council meets Wednesday, April 13, at 3:45 p.m.

Friday, April 22, is a vacation day.

River City Academy

River City Academy is currently accepting applications for the upcoming school year. RCA serves students in grades 7 -- 12 and provides a performance based curriculum, which allows students to work at their ability level in a classroom setting. We will also be hosting two upcoming Informational Nights on April 19 and May 12 at 6 p.m. Interested parents, students and community members are encouraged to attend and learn more about our school's unique program directly from our students and staff. For more information please link to RCA's website from or call 714-8945.

Current RCA students are also reminded that this week will be the Spring State-Mandated Testing. Please remember to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy breakfast and be ready shine!

Seward Middle School

Athletes in 8th grade can sign up for $5 physicals for a limited time. Physicals are mandatory for high school students participating in sports and are good for one year. There are two ways to sign up: Get the form from the high school office or from Mrs. Beck in the middle school. Physicals will be performed Wednesday, April 13 at Providence Seward Medical Center from 3:15 to about 5:30 p.m. For more information call the high school at 224-3351.

National Money Smart Week is April 2-9. The Seward Community Library Association is sponsoring a free seminar on "How to Raise a Money-Smart Child," April 7, at noon and at 5:30 p.m., at the Seward Community Library Basement. Teach your child or grandchild about financial goal setting, self-discipline and the basics of making wise money choices.

Skyview High School

Students will be testing on Tuesday (reading), Wednesday (writing), and Thursday (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. Regular classes will be held in the afternoons: 1 and 2 on Tuesday, 3 and 4 on Wednesday, and 5 and 6 on Thursday. All students are expected to attend as usual.

Senior parents will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the commons to continue planning the after-graduation party. All senior parents are encouraged to attend to see where they can help.

The annual Talent Show will take place April 14 at 6 p.m. in the commons. Admission is only $3 and the show will feature visual arts pieces and performing arts groups. The public is invited.

Go to for news, scholarship information and sports information.

Soldotna Elementary School

State testing is this week. Please help your student do his/her best by ensuring a nutritious breakfast and adequate night's sleep this week. Extra hugs, a positive start to the day and on time arrival at school are also vital to each test taker!

Soldotna Elementary welcomes Title 1 prekindergarten and new kindergarten registration on April 11, 12 and 13. Pre K students need to be 4 by Sept. 1 and kindergartners need to be 5. Please bring birth certificates and up to date immunization records to registration.

Congratulations to Reading Counts high point students for last week: Levi Hart, Damien Redder, Josh Pieh, Joey Cox, Brooke Tapia, Emily Noblin and Gracie Carroll.

Site Council meets tonight at 4 p.m. PTA meets at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday in the library. All are welcome to attend!

All students from Soldotna Elementary who participated in the KPBSD Forensics Meet placed in their category. Gracie Carroll won first place in interpretive reading; Cory Angeles-Hanson and Brendon Hanson won second place in multiple interpretive reading; Myah Smith and Alyssa Trent, poetry, multiple; Brandon Crowder, Kyler Medley Wallis, Michayl Wilshusen and Kevin Tautfest, second place, multiple interpretive reading; Ashlyn Branning, Emily Pieh and Brooke Tapia, second place, multiple prose.

Soldotna Elementary's Masonic Student of the year is Preston Weeks. Finalists included Gracie Carroll and Jacob Creglow and runner ups were Rylee Downs and Reece Hansen. Congratulations to all nominees: Austin Asp, Clayton Brown, Gracie Carroll, Jacob Creglow, Rylee Downs, Reece Hansen, Corey Hanson, Brendan Hanson, Isaac Larson, Ember Lohrke, Donivan Medcoff, Cassidy Miller, Christian Mullen, Tasha Ozhuwan,Kim Stogner,Preston Weeks and Amber Weston.

Soldotna High School

State testing is this week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We will be on an adjusted schedule.

Congratulations to the following Skills USA State of Alaska Winners: Autumn Ball, 2nd in Job Interview and 2nd in Preschool Teaching Assistant; Dallin Carlson, 1st in Job Skills Demonstration (Open) and 2nd in Food and Beverage Service; David Swedberg, 2nd in Technical Drafting, on 1st place Quiz Bowl Team and 1st in Technical Math; Johnathon Kreider, On 1st place Quiz Bowl Team and new State Officer as Secretary; Katelin Christenson, 1st place Quiz Bowl Team and new State Officer as Reporter; Coty Earll, 1st place Quiz Bowl Team; Jazmin Hetherton, 3rd in Food and Beverage Service; and Katelin Christenson, 1st in Food and Beverage Service.

On March 25, sophomore Denali Goodwill from Mr.Weissenberg's Russian II class traveled to Anchorage to participate in the annual all-state ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian) Olympiada of Spoken Russian. The ACTR Olympiada gave Denali an opportunity to gain confidence in her ability to speak Russian, demonstrate some familiarity with Russian culture and geography, acquire a sense of achievement, be recognized for her efforts to master a very challenging 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 participants competed in three areas: Oral Speech, Recitation of a Poem, and Russian Studies. Not only did Denali win a gold medal but she also outscored all other participants at the Russian II level.

A big "spasibo" (Russian for "thank you") goes out to Victoria Trujillo, Svetlana Johnson and Natasha Weissenberg. These community volunteers put in countless hours throughout the school year tutoring Denali.

Prom is April 16. Tickets will be for sale beginning Friday, April 1. Tickets are $25 each and include information about prom pictures, the after prom party, a prom mug and keychain. Also, the first 35 tickets sold will include a special free gift! Buy your tickets at the office, from Ms. Marquardt.

The AVTEC and KPC scholarships available to all seniors. The deadline for applications in is April 7. Forms and Information can be found at

Peninsula Hoop Fest 2011 is Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. at SMS. Teams must register by April 7 at 5 p.m. Divisions: Adult $75/team, high school $60/team, middle school $45/team. Register online @ Co-Ed teams welcome. Tournament Marshall is Roger Phillips, 953-4663.

Cinderella's Closet will be open April 5 and 7, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 9 at Soldotna High School. All area high school girls are invited to come pick out a free prom dress, shoes and accessories.

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle School

Congratulations to the students of the month for March: Language Arts, Shaylynn Gough, Emily Beaudin; Physical Education, Alexander Gottlob, Charalambos Asimakopoulus, Matt Trammel, Hunter Phillips, Bryce Martin, Jennilee Beilen, Macylea Elsey; Math, Max Miller, Kelsey Jackson, Tyler Covey, Jayden Zimmer, Jared Chavez, Stephanie Dolan, Jennilee Beilen, Kaytlynn Malone; Math Course 3, Lindsey Wong, Alexis Smith, Hatcher Fortman, Kenneth Griffin, Brooklynn Kean, Rachel Henry; Algebra, Kyla Wood, Nicholas Truesdell, Justin Dahlgren, Brennan Mitzel; Science, Emily Beaudin, Katelyn Earll, Shawna Kowchee, Matthew Trammel, Haley Vroman, Jared Briggs, Hayley Ramsell; Study Skills, Jesse Scott, Sarah Wynkoop, Jared Chavez, Matthew Hardcastle-Ussery, Mallory Musgrove; Reading, Gage Norman, Isaiah Williams, Chloe Haas; Spanish II, Logan Parks, Eli Graham; Spanish I, Courtney Vinzant, Keylee Nelson; Business and Info Systems, Cody Marlowe, Sarah Raya, Kristina Martin, Latha So Vornaglaidha; Yearbook, Brent Christenson, Taylor Johnson; Digital Photo I, Emily Beaudin, Charis Ivanoff; Digital Photo 2, Anthony Hall, Brielle Saul; Digital Story 1, Jason DeMello, Michael Crowder; Student Aide, Dakota Conner; Homeroom, Zoe Blevins; Art Intro, Nathaniel Yannikos; Graphic Design, Justice Klayton; Ceramics II, Brennan Mitzel; Sculpture, Zoe Zorn; Band, Alex Weeks, Tessa Gottlob; Choir, Rachel Thomas, Charles Gibbons; Life Skills, Violet Murphy.

SMS Events.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday -- 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. Thank you!

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Twenty four upper elementary students have been selected to attend the Montessori Model United Nations Conference in New York City. Students will begin now in preparation for their trip in Spring of 2012. Students selected are Austen Ericksson, Cy Updike, Jessy Jeffries, Natalia O'Toole, Kortney Birch, Bradley Kishbaugh, Hunter Woodward, Alex Johnson, Hannah Wells, Hali Andersen-Currier, Renae Sarnowski, Cody Quelland, Tommy Wells, Julia Kingsley, Taylor Speakman, Amanda Eby, Jaela Hubbard, Caroline Cho, Hannah Noyes, Jeffrey Beaudoin, Gavin Goggia, Abby DiPaolo, Brennan Werner and Samantha Denbrock. The first UN parent meeting will be held at school on May 16.

Upper elementary students are beginning the study of marine and coastal habitat. All classes will be traveling to Kasitsna Bay to study this habitat in depth during a three day field experience.

Kindergarteners are concluding a study of the continents by studying Africa. Primary students are beginning a study of the environment which will culminate in an Earth Day celebration and spring music program this May.

Tustumena Elementary School

We have reconsidered our Running Club for this year. Although we were excited to get this new program started it is obvious that we would have a very limited time to do this activity outdoors. We do intend to begin this program next fall so watch the newsletter for registration information.

We have just received notice that our Future Problem Solving Team has made it to the State competition in April. Our team this year is Timmy Blakely, Selby Hill, Delaney Risley and Chance Turvin. Their competition topic will be on water quality.

We will be holding a pre-school visitation April 26 from 11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. This will be a chance for parents and students to see the classroom and do a project with Mrs. Granger while I meet with parents to explain the program and the selection process for next year. Parents need to have completed an application prior to coming to the visitation. We will only be able to accept 10 students into the program for next year so please be sure to get your application in now and let others know who may not be connected with our school yet.

Kindergarten visitation is May 5, 1:30 -- 3 p.m. Parents are invited to bring their entering kindergarten students to spend a portion of the afternoon in the classroom. They will have a chance to work with the current kindergarten class on an activity. In order to participate in the visitation parents must have completed the registration process. If you need a packet please stop by and pick one up. A reminder that vaccinations and birth certificates are an important part of registration.

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

April 8 -- Spring pictures.

April 19 -- PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

April 20 -- SMS Counselors visit 6th grade.

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