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Posted: Monday, April 05, 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.

* Today

* 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

* 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.

Connections Home-school program

Standard Based Assessments and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams will be held on Tuesday through Thursday. Students need to arrive at their testing center by 8:45, testing will start at 9 a.m. Students in grades 3-10 are required to be at these state mandated exams. Letters have been sent home with dates, times and location information. Practice tests are available in the Connections office. Call advisor with any questions.

Reminders - 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 Friday 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.

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.

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.

The Annual Spring Carnival is on Friday at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. Mrs. Nelson is seeking a variety of 2 liter soda bottles and shoe boxes for the carnival. There is also a sign up sheet in the hallway to help with carnival activities.

Raffle tickets are now on sale and being sold throughout the community. Don't miss out on some great donated prizes.

There is a Parent Night today at 6:30 p.m..

Mrs. Bird's 2nd-grade class will be hosting a Living Museum in her classroom on Thursday. Come by and check out some of the famous people who helped shape our history.

STUCO Quesadilla lunch will be on Thursday.

High school students will be going on their Mexico Mission Trip April 11-20. Fifth and sixth-graders will be going on the Washington D.C. trip April 18-24.

April 30 is the last day to purchase hot lunch this year.

Elementary Spring Concert will be held on May 3. Save the date with more details to come.

The Leiter's are offering a Cold Water and Land Safety Class this summer for all students in the community grades 9-12. This class is almost 100% hands-on and offers real life adventures in our great outdoors. Go to for more information or contact Jill in the office.

Steve Peterson is offering an Alaskan Craft workshop this summer. For additional information he can be reached at 260-3742 or at

Don't miss out on important school and classroom information between now and the end of the school year. If you need assistance in accessing Sycamore, contact Jill Leiter in the office.


School of Arts and Science

The Thursday yoga club has been cancelled due to testing. The final yoga class is April 22.

SBA testing for grades 3-6 is Tuesday through Thursday. It is very important that your child is in school these days and is not tardy. We would appreciate donations of healthy snacks. Items can be dropped off in the office.

The enrollment lottery was held last week and the result letters will be mailed to each child this week.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

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.

Tuesday- 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.

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.

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.

The KMS Home Economics class is looking for gently used items. Here is a list of things we could use for our class: kitchen utensils, hand mixers, thread, bowls, and any items in good shape for cooking or sewing. Please call KMS at 283-1700 if you have any questions.

Tuesday -- SBA Testing.

Wednesday -- SBA Testing.

Thursday -- SBA Testing.

Friday -- 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

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

Character Counts winnerslast week were Isaiah Munk, Hannah Ellis, Audrey Chandler, Aitana Gluth, Drake Torgeson, Chance Turinsky, Kordell Flecha, Justin Carter, Mick Dambacher, Austin Hobaugh, Tailyn Gallant, Kiley Duvall, Raymond Walters, Linnea Renken, Shay Stiers, Shyanne Cook, Holly Spurgeon and Christyana Botelho.

SBA Testing will take place on Tuesday through Thursday this week for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Students need to be to school on time and should be well rested and have a healthy breakfast.

Spring pictures will be taken on Friday. 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.

A Title I Informational meeting for Title I families will be held on April 12 from 6 - 7 p.m.. Parents and students may participate in Bingo for Books and enjoy root beer floats.

The PTA will be meeting at 3:45 p.m. on April 13 in the library.

A Preschool Parent Informational Meeting will be at 5 p.m. on April 13 in the library.

Kindergarten parent orientation will be at 6 p.m. on April 13 in the library. Parents of Kindergarten students starting in the Fall should attend this meeting to meet the teachers and to hear about a typical day in the life of a Kindergarten student. Parents may also sign-up their child for Kindergarten Visitation. Registration forms will be available for those wishing to enroll their child now.

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 today at 7 p.m.

Tuesday - Thursday: 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

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.

This week students in 3rd-6th grade will be participating in the SBA's. Tuesday will be the reading, Wednesday is the writing test and Thursday will be the math test. It is very important that students come to school well rested and with a good breakfast every morning. It is critical that students are at school on time. If a child comes in past 9:30 am, they will not be able to participate in the assessment that day and will need to make the test up the following week. In celebration for a successful week of testing, we will be having an SBA pool party for grades 3-6 at the Nikiski Pool on Friday from 8-10 p.m.. Please call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

There will be a site council meeting on April 12th at 4 p.m. in the lounge.

Congratulations to the Character Counts Students of the Month for March: Lauren O'Brien, Kiarra Goldner, Isabella Smith, Danielle Elsey, John Akers, Brittany Perry, Larry Degner, Alexia Paneak, Trey Sanguinetti, David Kovelda, Joey Yourkoski, Tirzah Young, Lilly Anderson, Serenity Freeman, Cooper Stock, Andon Hanke, Zack Tuttle, McKenna Leighton and Angela Nunley.

NNS students represented our school very well at the district forensics meet at Sterling Elementary last month.

Grade 4. Storytelling: Sarah Nash, 3rd. Readers Theatre: Skylar Freeman, Emma Carr, Kimberly Schilling and Hallie Tauriainen, 2nd.

Grade 5. Readers Theatre; Emily Hensley and Molly Tumsuden, 3rd. Humorous Poetry: Braden Ellis, 2nd. Multiple Poetry: Maranda Thompson and Skylynne McCaughey, 2nd. Non-humorous Poetry: Kathryn Darch, 1st. Multiple Prose: Brady Hammond and Alex Marshall, 1st place.

Grade 6. Humorous Poetry: Jeanelee Stock 1st. Homorous Prose: Lauren O'Brien, 1st.

Redoubt Elementary

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.

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

Pre-registration forms for the 2010 - 2011 school year for current students were sent home last week. 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 next school year.

Redoubt will offer a preschool program next school year. Applications will be available beginning April 16. Completed applications will be due May 7. Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, and live in Redoubt's attendance area. Admission to the preschool program will be based on family income and student need. Complete information will be available April 16.

Redoubt fourth-graders are selling Sees candy this week to raise money for their Kenai Fjords field trip. Candy may be ordered through 4th grade students or by contacting Mrs. Withrow at Candy orders will arrive the week of April 19.

Cody Archer won the Big G Box Tops drawing.

This week is Bus Driver Appreciation Week.

Fun Fest is April 16, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Permission slips will be sent home soon.

Skyview High

Tonight's cheerleading banquet will begin in the library at 6:30 pm.

The basketball banquet will take place Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the commons. Senior players need to bring a pan of lasagna, juniors and freshmen a container of soup, stew or chowder and sophomores a salad. All need to bring serving utensils for their dish. The Booster Club will provide dessert, bread, beverages, bread bowls and paper products. There will be a boys' underclassmen parent meeting immediately following the banquet.

Standards Based Assessments and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams will be given to students Tuesday through Thursday mornings this week. All freshmen and sophomores will be testing, as well as juniors and seniors who have not passed one or more of the HSGQE tests. All students are expected to be at school after lunch each day to attend regular classes. Periods 1 and 2 will be Tuesday, periods 3 and 4 on Wednesday, and periods 5 and 6 on Thursday. Specific details are available on our Edline homepage.

KPC representatives will be giving the Accuplacer test at Skyview on Thursday morning. Interested juniors and seniors who have already passed their HSGQE tests may contact Ms. Griffin to sign up. Cost is $15 and may be paid that morning.

Leona from Jostens will hand out graduation orders during lunch on Friday. Seniors still owing a balance must pay before they can receive their items.

For updates on news and sports information go or

Soldotna High

State testing will occur Tuesday through Thursday. Please plan appointments and vacations around these dates.

Will McDermid was recently selected as SoHi's Masonic Outstanding Student of the Year. Candidates for the 2010 award were: Blaine Carver, Jenna Jensen, Alex Kauffman, Will McDermid, Sarah Rife, Emily Rohloff, Hannah Romberg, Ryan Sanders, Quinn Sawyer, Emily Smola, Nick Tesch and Jasmine Woodland. Criteria included: 1) top 10% percent of the graduating class; 2) pursued a rigorous curriculum including two Advanced Placement classes and two additional advanced classes; and 3) full-time SoHi student. Candidates were also considered based upon their qualities of scholarship, leadership, citizenship and character. Will is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill McDermid of Soldotna.

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 April 8. It is located in room 9.

Are you interested in seeing the prom decorations before the big dance? Would you like priority seating for promenade to make sure you get the "good" seat you want? The After Prom Committee is sponsoring "Seak a Peek" for this year's promenade. Tickets may be purchased for $5 a person starting today. This will get you a tour of the prom decorations and early seating in the auditorium before the doors are opened to the general public. To take advantage of this you must arrive between 7:10 and 7:25 that evening. Doors to the general public will open at 7:35 and we cannot guarantee your seating after that. General admission to the promenade is a suggested donation of $2 per person. Please note: There are only 225 tickets available for the Sneak a Peek. Tickets may be purchased at the front office.

Prom tickets will go on sale today with prom scheduled for April 17 at 8 p.m.. The cost is $25 per ticket and they may be purchased during lunch until April 16. Prom favors are available only for the first 210 tickets sold. Parents may also purchase tickets from the front office during the regular school day. Tickets will not be sold at the dance.

Huge discounts on SoHi clothing and accessories. Come to the office to check out the great deals on marked down items.

SkillsUSA State Officers Dallin Carlson, Rachel Dwyer-Wyatt, Savanna Schoessler and Will McDermid helped put on a great CTSO Conference in Anchorage on March 24 through 26. Congratulations to the following SkillsUSA members for a job well done: Mr. Bill Carlson, Outstanding Parent; Will McDermid, Outstanding Student, quiz bowl 1st place team, 2nd in Technical Drafting, 1st in Technical Math; Rachel Dwyer-Wyatt, 1st Extemporaneous Speaking, 3rd Culinary Arts and next year is the State Secretary; Dallin Carlson, 3rd Job Skill Demonstration and quiz bowl 1st place team; David Swedberg, quiz bowl 1st place team and 1st in 1st-year Technical Drafting; Ryan Dahlgren, quiz bowl 1st place team; Devin Kincaid, 2nd Food and Beverage Service; Savanna Schoessler, 1st Preschool Teaching Assistant and quiz bowl 3rd place team; Autumn Ball, quiz bowl 3rd place team and next year is the State Historian; and Johnathon Kreider, next year is the State Parliamentarian.

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

State testing will occur Tuesday - Thursday. Please plan appointments and vacations around these dates.

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

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

Sports Information can be found at

Soldotna Elementary

The school invites all parents with 2010 kindergartners to register at the school today through Wednesday 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 today through Wednesday 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

Tuesday - Thursday: All students all day SBA testing.

No after school tutoring today through Driday due to SBA Testing. Please arrange appointments to enable your student to be here on time, well rested and having eaten breakfast.

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.

The March SMS Chamber of Commerce Student is Walter Baxter. Congratulations to a great student.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

The yearbook committee is looking for volunteers. If you'd like to help make a page in this year's book contact Sheila Best at, or call 260-6999. We are also in need of photos from school life. If you have several photos, please label the activity or teacher, make a disc and send in to school for the yearbook.

The sixth-graders are currently completing a 2-week series of swimming lessons at Soldotna High School.

Lottery results for incoming students have been posted at the school, if you cannot make it in to check please call the main office.

On Tuesday-Thursday third - gixth-graders will take the SBA test. It is critical that all students be on time and be present during these testing dates. Please remember that your student needs to get a good night's sleep and a good breakfast and please do not schedule doctor appointments during testing dates.

Tustumena Elementary

The 6th-grade class held a science fair. It was a judged fair and the winners were: 1st place, Lindsey Wong with "Veggie Power"; 2nd place, Ashton

Ducker with "Solar Energy"; 3rd place, Myia Wright with "Absorbent Materials for Oil Cleanup"; and 4th place,

Andrew Sweigart with "Viscosity". The student choice award went to Claire McElroy with "Crystal Radio".

Pre-Registration for kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year is on-going, please sign up as soon as possible to help us get ready for next school year. Please bring immunization records and birth certificate from 9:30-11:30 and 1-3.

Kindergarten visitation is coming up on May 6th from 1:30-3. 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 and see their classroom for next year. In order to participate in the visitation parents must have completed the registration process. If you need a packet stop by and pick one up. A reminder that vaccinations and birth certificates are an important part of registration.

We will also be holding a pre-school visitation on April 23 from 10 - 11:30. This will be a chance for parents and students to see the classroom and do a project with some of this year's pre-school students 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.

On Tuesday through Thursday we will have grades 3-6 taking the Reading, Writing and Math Standards Based Assessments. It is important that students be prepared each day for these assessments by getting a good night's sleep, breakfast and be at school on time. We work hard to provide the best environment possible during this time and it all begins at home each day. We appreciate your help.

Friday: Spring pictures.

April 20: PTO Meeting 4 p.m.

April 21: SMS counselor's visit 6th-grade.

April 23: 6th-grade visits SMS.

April 26: Site council 4 p.m.

April 27: 6th-grade parent night at SMS, 6:30.

April 30: Talent show.

Tebughna School

Friday: SBA testing and a Literacy Lock-In.

Wings Christian Academy

Upcoming events:

Today: No school.

April 12-15: Stanford Testing Week.

April 23: Dinner and Pie Auction; Spelling Bee in Eagle River; and 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Trip.

April 23rd - May 6th- Fundraising Dinner/Auction and Spring Recital.

April 30: Third quarter honor roll trip.

May 6: Spring Recital.

May 7: Bike-A-Thon.

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.

The office of the week in the Upper Learning Center is Alex Petty.

The office of the week in the Lower Learning Center is Sunny Miller.

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