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Posted: Monday, April 11, 2011

Cook Inlet Academy

Today through Friday is the school-wide SAT Testing.

There is a graduation planning meeting today at 6 p.m. for seniors and their parents. Mr. Leiter will be meeting with you to plan your special graduation ceremony.

April 14 is the High School Basketball Awards Banquet at 6 p.m.

April 22 is Good Friday and school will be closed.

Secondary class scheduling for 2011-2012 starts on April 18. If you have a student who will be in 9-12 grade next year, please call the office now to set up an appointment with Mr. Leiter to schedule classes for next year.

We will be holding kindergarten and preschool visitations on April 29 from 10 -- 11 a.m. If you have a child entering these grades next year please plan to join them in their classroom for this special hour. You can meet the teacher and get an idea of what to expect next year. Please let us know if your child will be participating so the teachers can be prepared.

2011-2012 Re-enrollment: If you already re-enrolled on Sycamore, please take a moment to do it again. We are going to utilize the re-enrollment option on Sycamore this year. If you are planning to re-enroll your child, please log onto Sycamore, click on "My School" in the left hand column, then on "My re-enrollment." For current families, if you pay your 2011-2012 matriculation for all your children by May 26, you can save $25 per family.

Root beer floats are on sale every Tuesday at lunch time for $2.

Hardcover Yearbooks are on sale for $40. Place your order by stopping at the office, filling out an order form, and paying your $40 either with cash or a check made out to CIA today.

Kenai Middle School

Kenai Middle School orientation and activity night for parents of incoming 6th, 7th, 8th graders will be Friday, April 15, 5:30 -- 8 p.m. Free barbecue 5:30 -- 6 p.m., student activities 6 -- 8 p.m. Call the school for more information, 283-4896.

Congratulations to the KMS students who competed in the Middle School Math Meet in Homer on Friday. We had more students than any other school, and they all did a great job. Five students walked away with ribbons: Logan Everitt - 4th place team; Marley Smith and Connor Jones - 3rd place team; Isaac Lewis - 1st place team; and Dezmond Ticknor placed in the top 12 and won 2nd place in the one-on-one competition. Way to go!

Start collecting those aluminum cans! We are looking for 10 pounds of crushed aluminum cans in order to sign up for mini-courses first. 10 pounds is approximately one large trash bag full of crushed cans. Can turn-in-days are April 19 and 20. Please do not bring your cans in early. There is no room to store them!

Congratulations to Alexis Baker, Abby Short and Cassie Holmes for taking 1st place and being the National Champions of the 2011 River City Cheer competition held last week in Honolulu, Hawaii. Great job!

Congratulations to our students of the month for March! 6th - Baylee Roberts, Stefani Schindler; 7th - Coral Holmes, Zach Kozikowski; 8th - Celestina Castro, Megan Kissee, and Gunner Smith; Exploratories - Colton Sterling, Logan Everitt, Daylynn Faucheux, Nathaniel Saavedra, Isabella Zulkancyz, and Tori Askin. These students will receive pizza for lunch on Friday!

Other dates to remember:

Apr 11 -- 6th Orientation, Mt. View, 9 -- 11 a.m.

Apr 12 -- 6th Orientation, Mt. View, 9 -- 11 a.m.; 8th Science SBA's

Apr 13 -- 6th Orientation, Mt. View, 9 -- 11 a.m.; Volunteer Luncheon, 12:30 -- 1:30 P.M., in the library.

Apr 14 -- 6th & 7th Orientation, 12:50 -- 2:15 p.m. (K-Beach, Kaleidoscope, Soldotna Montessori); Track at KMS, 3 p.m.

Apr 19 -- Freshman Night, 6 p.m., KCHS Little Theater.

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Lyrad Larson, Camden Langley, Tekaiya Rich, Jenna Sreiff, Bethany Morris, Sierra Purugganan, Nathan Myers, Alana Munson, Daniel Antebi, Makayla Walters, Devan Moore, Anderson Kempf, Andrea Beile, Jessy Wynn and Trystin Clucas.

The 5th grade students will be visiting Kenai Middle School this week. Miss Dikes will visit on Monday, Mrs. Johnson on Tuesday, and Mrs. Christensen on Wednesday.

Hats off to our volunteers here at Mountain View! Our Volunteer luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 14, 11:15 a.m. -- 1:15 p.m., in the library.

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

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

The Site Council will be meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 7:45 a.m., in the Mountain View Library. We will be discussing the School Improvement Plan and the evidence of impact on student learning and reviewing the KPBSD handbook.

Mt View Elementary Title I students and parents are invited to "Muffins for Moms and Doughnuts for Dads." This activity was so popular last month that we have decided to offer it again. Come read with your child and enjoy donuts and muffins in the Mt. View library on Thursday, April 14, from 3:30 -- 4:10 p.m. or Friday, April 15, from 7:45 -- 8:30 a.m. Books will be available, or you can bring some of your favorites stories to read to your child. If you have any questions, please call Kristin or Jeremy at 283-8646.

Nikiski High School

Kayleen Hansen and Caitlin Reed were among many young women that competed in the Distinguished Young Women's competition, formerly America's Junior Miss, March 22 -- 26 in Ketchikan. Caitlin was 1st Runner Up and earned a $1,500 scholarship. Caitlin and Kayleen both tied in the essay contest, each receiving $500. These two students had a fantastic experience. Kayleen says she would encourage every young girl to seek out this program and participate; it was a very worthwhile experience.

This competition is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Distinguished Young Women programs develop interview skills, self-confidence, and other life skills that lead to future success.

Eli Ward has been selected as the Nikiski High School Masonic Outstanding Student. This award is based on academic achievement and community service. This year's program will be held on Tuesday, April 29, at Kenai Central High School in the Big Theater, starting at 6:30 p.m. Each student will receive a Certificate of Achievement, along with a $50 Savings Bond. The student will also receive their own engraved name plate as well as their personal take home award plaque of achievement. Congratulations Eli!

Nikiski Middle High School had another exciting and successful "Battle of The Books" season this year. The kids spent many hours reading thousands of pages in the required books to prepare for the KPBSD competition. Their hard work paid off with a third place finish for the middle school team and a second place finish for the high school team. Middle school team: Margy Cox, Autumn Walters and Jayton Rizzo. High school team: Nikki Monroe, Lauren Countryman and Conner Christoffersen

April 12 (Tuesday): Site Council, 4 p.m. 6th Grade transition meeting, 6 p.m.

April 13 (Wednesday): Staff Meeting, 7:15 a.m. Asst. principal interviews, Times TBA.

April 14 (Thursday): Middle School track at KMS. PTSA meeting, 5 p.m.

April 15 (Friday): academic eligibility check.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

Congratulations to the March Character Counts! Students of the Month: America Jeffreys, Brystal Martin, Dylan O'Brien, Gabriel Smith, Hamilton Cox, Liam Quiner, Logan Sherk, Magdalena Strauss, Makayla Hansen, Marion Sickel, Matthew Weathers, Nick Gross, Nikole Emerson, Siobhan Dempsey, Treasa Cooper, Marcus Dunham, Sierra Chapman, Sam Yerkes, Mia Velie and Delaina Mullins.

Tuesday, April 12, will be the Science SBA test for 4th grade only. Please make sure your fourth grader has a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast.

The next 6th grade transition meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. at Nikiski High School. We encourage parents and students of next year's 6th grade class to join us for that meeting. Parents and students will have the opportunity to tour the new 6th grade classrooms.

Redoubt Elementary School

Fun Fest is Friday, April 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students participating must return permission slips and $4 by noon on Friday. Students are picked up at their classrooms at the end of Fun Fest.

Wacky intramural games begin this week. The game schedule is in last Friday's newsletter.

PTA meets tomorrow at 5 p.m. Site Council meets Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.

Friday, April 22, is a vacation day. There will be no school for students or staff.

The school library is hosting a buy one, get one free book fair April 25 -- 29.

Current students must return pre-registration forms in order to be registered for next school year. Blank forms are available at the school office.

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

Redoubt's Masonic student nominees were Brenna Belluomini, Tehya Nichols, Hannah Selden, Jenna Helminski,

Chloe Kincaid, Natalia Eskelin, Kianna Steadman, Brian Dusek, Kinley Glaves, Madi Whittenberg, Jackson Blackwell,

Robin Johnson, Jayce Kemp, Lissa Bower, Molly Erickson, Alexis Osborn, Ava Gabler, Lexee Bush and Tannan Holland.

Kianna Steadman was chosen as Redoubt's Masonic Student of the Year and will represent Redoubt at the awards banquet.

The school thanks the St. Vincent DePaul Society for its generous donation of break-up boots. The boots are greatly

appreciated and will be well-used by students.

Skyview High School

Freshmen will take the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE) science test Tuesday.

April Rotary Students of the Month will be treated to a pizza lunch Wednesday, provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club. Congratulations to: Jon Alexander, Jaxon Hill, Isabella Jukic, Lacey Miles, Victoria Oberts, Bri Pearson, Maddy Ransom, Sidney Roumagoux, Ariel Self, Bud Sparks and Nick Symonds.

Senior parents will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. 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 Thursday 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 http://www.edline.net/pages/Skyview_High for news, scholarship information, and sports information.

Soldotna High School

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

The junior class is asking for help with the "After Prom Party." This year's party will be held at the Soldotna Elks Lodge from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. This is a great opportunity and safe place for students to come and have a lot of fun. There will be door prizes, food, music and lots of different games, such as Minute to Win It, Money Dart Board, and several other contests. To make this party a success, volunteers are needed to help set-up, assist with games and provide food. For those that do not have the opportunity to volunteer, monetary donations would be much appreciated to help with the costs. Please make checks payable to SOHI and reference After Prom Party. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please contact: Kristy Gagnon @ kristygagnon@hotmail.com, Tricia Hegge @ hegge@gci.net, Lauri Lingafelt at Lauri@borough.kenai.ak.us, Angie Beeson angbeeson@hotmail.com, Marti Shirley @ mshirley@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or Randi Sass @ pssalaska@yahoo.com.

Rotary Students of the month for April are: Serena Prior/Commercial Communications, Joe Works/Work Release, Noah Fowler/Physical Education, Naomi Weston/Language Arts, Colton Young/Biology, Mercedes Norris/World History, Kade Foust/Strength Training, Meranda Merkes/Chemestry, Lacey Moore/ Language Arts, Emily Axtell/Desktop Publishing, Callie Kant/Child Development.

Testing makeups are this week. Please contact Margaret Griffin for more information.

Homegoing is next week. Spirit Days are: Monday April 18, college shirt; Tuesday April 19, Alaskan Day; Wednesday April 20, Urkel day; Thursday April 21, SoHi Spirit Day. There will be class competitions during break. Will seniors pull off the win?

Sports information can be found at www.highschoolsports.net.

Soldotna Middle School

Tuesday -- 8th grade SBA science testing. All 8th graders to test.

Thursday -- Track meet, Kenai Invite, 3 p.m. at KCHS. -- Note date change.

Monday, April 18 -- SMS Site Council meeting in library, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 21 -- Track meet, Soldotna Middle School Invite, 3 p.m. at SMS.

Friday, April 22 -- School holiday. No school for students and staff.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

All students may participate in our Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution program. Upper elementary students are planning skits to share with all classrooms. The skits focus on friendship skills and problem solving. The upper elementary Peer Mediators have re-named the programs Peace Makers and Friend Menders.

Primary students are beginning a unit on citizenship and the environment. This will include learning about scientific classification, the diversity of life, and characteristics of different life forms.

All 6th graders will participate in a two week swimming unit at Soldotna High School from April 11 - 21. Students will leave the school at 1:15 p.m. and return by 3:30 p.m. Parents interested in chaperoning may contact the school office.

Sixth graders will be participating in "Middle School Boot Camp" in mid-April. During Boot Camp students will receive locks and be assigned to lockers, will move between classes according to a modified middle school schedule and learn about many aspects of middle school by experiencing them in this simulated setting.

Sterling Elementary School

Attend a kindergarten and pre-school fair at Sterling Elementary School Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. -- noon. Youngsters 2-6 years old and their families are invited for a morning of information, excitement, and fun. Parents can registger children for Head Start pre-school or kindergarten. Be sure to bring the child's shot records and birth certificate. For more information contact Tyna Ledda, AmeriCorps VISTA Member, 262-4944 or email: vep.ledda@gmail.com.

Tustumena Elementary School

We want to thank the dePaul Society of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for their donation of winter boots for our students. This is always a big need at our school and another good example of the supportive community we are fortunate to live in.

We will be holding a pre-school visitation on 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 the parents have explained to them 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 coming up 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. 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. Remember that vaccinations and birth certificates are an important part of registration.

* April 14 -- Volunteer Appreciation, 3:50 p.m.

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

* April 20 -- SMS Counselors visit 6th grade.

* April 22 -- No school, vacation day.



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