Around the District

Posted: Monday, April 13, 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

* Today;

* May 4 at Seward High School;

* June 1; and

* June 2 (board planning meeting).

Last day of school looms

The last day of public school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be May 20.

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:

Construction academy offered

KPBSD Construction Academy Summer Program

Sign ups have begun for the summer construction program to be held at the Workforce Development Center.

The class will start May 27 and be in session for two weeks.

Instructors will be teaching students carpentry/basic framing and welding skills. An online OSHA certification course will be offered

If you successfully complete the course you'll receive a half practical art credit.

For more information or to sign up contact Leanne Abendroth at 283-2145 or email her at

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.

Connections home-school program

There will be a Scholastic Book Fair at the Soldotna office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday.

The deadline for reimbursements is April 30. Exceptions to this date will not be made.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Tatum Rozak, Ray Chumley and Megan Fenton.

Math Olympic winners are third-grader Sonja Houser, first place; fourth-grader Emma Lyons, third place and sixth-grader Hunter Phillips, fourth place.

The carnival needs volunteers to serve pizza, to face paint and do crazy hair and someone to man the fish pond. There is a sign up sheet at the office.

Summer tutoring schedule is first through seventh grade -- phonics, reading, grammar, writing, math, critical thinking; and eighth - tenth: reading, writing, grammar, critical thinking. sessions are two hours, one or two times a week (depending upon the need) from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. To set up a schedule contact Mrs. 0'Dell.

The "Stand Up Productions" Drama class will perform Friday and Saturday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church. The show/dessert will begin at 7 p.m. nightly.

There is no charge for the event but donations will be accepted.

The annual preschool/kindergarten visitation/open house will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Call the office and get on the list.

On April 21 the Child Evangelism Fellowship meets from 3 to 4 p.m.

The School Board will meet April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Items to go on agenda should be presented to the Mr. Cialek a week ahead.

The athletic committee meets 6:30 p.m. April 28.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Lottery result letters were mailed out. Families that were offered a position, are asked to call the school as soon as possible to accept or decline.

The APC will hold a work session at 4 p.m. today.

The monthly APC meeting will be at 6 p.m. today.

A volunteer appreciation tea will be held Wednesday after school. More information will be sent home.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Zoe Zorn is the schools Masonic Student of the Year.

Grades three through six SBA make up testing days are today through Wednesday.

Today at 2:45 p.m. the site council will meet in Mrs. Linton's office.

On Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. in the lounge the PTA will hold a general membership meeting and elections.

April 20 through 24 there will be a two-for-one book fair sale.

On April 21 the SMS counselors will visit sixth grade students.

On April 24 the sixth graders will visit SMS for visitation.

On April 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Bingo for Books Family Fun Night will take place at the school. Families are asked to bring gently used books for prizes.

Kenai Central High

The spring academic banquet will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call Alan Fields at 283-7524.

An after prom meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the faculty lounge Tuesday for parents wishing to help out with the after prom activities Saturday.

The March Student of the Month luncheon will be Thursday at 11:53 a.m. in the library. Visitors are asked to check in at the office before proceeding down to the library.

Friday is the first grade check for the fourth quarter. Students need to make sure and check with their teachers, and parents keep checking edline.

Friday is also the due date for petitions for students wishing to run for an executive board position for next year. The petitions need to be turned into Mr. Beeson by the end of school on Friday.

The Caring for the Kenai contest will take place Friday in the Little Theatre. Activities are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Prom activities are Saturday with promenade beginning at 8 p.m. in the auditorium and the dance to follow from 9 p.m. to midnight. After the dance, there will be after prom activities at the bowling alley and the Kenai Rec Center.

Also on Saturday, the boys and girls soccer teams will host Houston at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Freshman parent night will be at 6:30 p.m. April 20 in the Little Theatre. The evening is for any eighth grade students and their parents that might attend KCHS next year.

Kenai Middle School

The school will collect aluminum cans Tuesday and Wednesday 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:

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

* Thursday -- 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;

* April 30 -- choir, pop concert;

* May 5 -- teacher appreciation luncheon;

* May 6 -- sixth grade camp;

* May 7 -- sixth grade camp and Choir Concert at KCHS at 7 p.m.;

* May 11 -- Mini-Course Meeting - Club Schedule;

* May 15 -- Farewell Ceremony at 8 a.m.;

* May 15 -- Student Checkout;

* May 18 -- Mini-Courses;

* May 19 -- Mini-Courses; and

* May 20 -- Awards Assembly, BBQ, Last Day of School.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners last week were Skyler Williamson, Danny Caballero, Mindy McLaughlin, Tyler Sargent, Cory Lupsin, Brendon Gibson, Austin Frank-Hutchings, Hunter Fitt, Luke Sarks, Cassidy Hayes, Tristan Landry, Gage Hodson, Nadia Walluk, Jessica Trent and Christa McGahan.

Kindergarten parent orientation will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the library. The meeting is for parents of children entering kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year.

The spring concert for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students will be April 23 at 6 p.m. at the school.

April 24 is Sports Day. Students may wear their favorite sports clothing/uniform to school.

Interviews for the assistant principal position at the school will be held April 27 at 2 p.m. at the school district office at 148 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna. Parents are welcome to attend and give their input.

Nikiski Middle-High

* Tuesday -- healthy schools meeting at 3 p.m. in the library, site council at 4 p.m. in the library and PTSA meeting at 5 p.m. in the library;

* April 20 -- sixth grade step up day from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and sixth grade parent step up night at 7 p.m.; and

* April 23 through 25 -- "Bye Bye Birdie" school musical at 7 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Character Counts Students of the week are Noah Leach, Matthew Luke and Avery Kornstad.

There will be a site council meeting at 3:45 p.m. today in the staff lounge.

An Author's Night will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gym.

Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration and orientation will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. Children who will be 4 years old (pre-k) or 5 years old (kinders) by Sept. 1, may attend. Birth certificate and immunization records are required. Call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

Redoubt Elementary

Kindergarten visitation for the 2009-2010 will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Friday.

Current kindergartners will start school late that day at 10:45 a.m.

Current students are asked to return a preregistration form in order to be registered for next school year. Addresses, telephone numbers, and emergency contact information should also be updated.

Duplicate forms are available at the school office.

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 on Edline and at the school office.

Proceeds from the fourth grade See's candy fundraiser will support its Kenai Fjords field trip. Orders will arrive the week of April 20.

Justin Dahlgren was selected as the school's Masonic Student of the Year. Other sixth-graders nominated were Kylie Dimick, Ali Dusek, Claire Kincaid, Brent Nichols, Mykala Steadman, Emily Glaves, Bradyn Holly, Logan Parks and Elijah Frederickson.

Fun Fest will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. Permission slips must be returned by noon Friday in order for students to stay. Parents should pick students up at their classrooms at 5:30.

Cookies are needed for the cookie walk. Parents who would like to donate may drop cookies off at the school office.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the staff lounge. Childcare will be provided.

The site council meets at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the staff lounge. Meetings are open to the public.

Big G Box Tops winners were Parker Kincaid and Thomas Brown.

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

Ridgeway Montessori Preschool

The school will hold an open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. The topic will be the summer program and the continent of Europe. For more information, call 262-2699.

Skyview High

Senior parents will hold an after-graduation party planning meeting at 7 p.m.

April Rotary Students of the Month are: Ben Baldwin, Jesse Book, Tyler Glidewell, Ryan Helminski, Michelle Hernandez, Aundrea Moulton, Megan Neill, Ashley Sarver, Daemin Shinew, Alec Sweetland, Courtney Tyler and Bryson Winslow. On Wednesday they will be treated to a pizza lunch provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club.

The football players are available to help with spring projects. Each team of workers will be adult supervised to ensure a job well done. Proceeds generated will help cover the 2009/2010 football expenses. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call Skyview High School at 260-2300, Wade Marcuson at 260-2354, 398-3109 or 260-3109 or e-mail

The football team invites incoming freshmen and current players to a pot luck family barbecue at 6 p.m. Thursday at the school. Spirit wear for 2009/2010 will be available for purchase. For more information, call Krissy Mahan at 262-1551 or 252-6830.

Soldotna High

Prom tickets are on sale during break and lunch for $25 each. The Prom will be Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. The theme is "Egyptian Nights." Promenade begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Children under twelve are not required to pay. The "Sneak A Peek" begins at 7 p.m. for those wishing to view the decorations. The price is $5 each, which includes promenade.

The following students have been named as Rotary students of the month: Adam Zufelt, Tom Werth, Megan Williams and Tanner Burcham, Stephanie Shirk, Justice Elson, Beth Phillips, Nick Tesch, Emily Gomulak, Mariah Henson, Tate Syverson, Jerrett Hammerle, Cassie Kendall, Shana Powell and Alex Jicha.

A limited number of yearbooks are still available. The price is $62. Yearbooks may be ordered in room 76.

Site Council meets Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The PTSA meets Thursday at 5:30.

Parents of Seniors will meet April 23 at 6:30 p.m. and May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

SoHi celebrates springs homegoing week April 20-24.

The Northewest Association of Accredited Schools visitation team will visit SoHi on April 22 to complete the accreditation process.

Soldotna Middle School

Dates to remember:

* Friday -- last Fortnightly from 6 to 8 p.m.;

* April 20 -- last site council meeting at 4:30 p.m.; and Mrs. Litzenberger, seventh-grade counselor and Mrs. Moock, principal, will visit sixth-grade students at Sterling Elementary at 9 a.m. and Soldotna Elementary and Soldotna Montessori at 1 p.m.;

* April 21 -- Middle School Mass Choir at SoHi and sixth grade visitations continue at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary at 9 a.m. sixth grade visitations continue at Redoubt Elementary at 1 p.m.

* April 22 -- sixth grade visitations continue at Tustumena Elementary at 9 a.m.

* April 24 -- all elementary schools will visit SMS from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; and

* April 28 -- Soldotna Middle School Parent Night for incoming seventh-grade students will be at 6:30 p.m. in the SMS gym.

Third quarter honor roll:

7th Grade 4.0 Students: Keely Abendroth, Addyson Beller, Kelci Benson, Rachel Blossom, Juliet Bramante, Matthew Bullerdick, Anton Eriksson, Genevieve Gallagher, Maxwell Hegge, Kiana Hendricks, Brittany Hollers, Jory Hubbard, Morgan Krohn, Delaney Love, Malyq McElroy, Serena Prior, Samantha Reynolds, Kiowa Richardson, Shaelyln Vanmeter, Dylan Webb, Makayla Wong, Jacob Worsfold, and Colton Young.

7th Grade 3.5-3.9 Students: Wyatt Bartlett, Dakota Bittick, Shane Blumentritt, Jaide Briggs, Jeremy Bunch, Maxwell Conradi, Abby Cook, Kendra Currier, Shannon Evans, Eden Flake, Megan Fowler, Alissa Garcia, Kaitlyn Groleske, Jordan Halterman (Fletcher), Greyson Hansen, Xochiyollotl Harbison, Chase Hines, Jakob Kooly, Austin Kruse, Cheyanne Laber, Ashley Landess, Serena Lee, Daniel McElroy, Khelbie Miller, Terrence North, Alexandra Overway, Demetri Pardue, Leah Reed, Madison Roberts, Angela Sabala, Brendan Scott, Emma Selden, Molly Silta, Kaitlyn Sipes, Dylan Smith, Kaitlyn Thompson, Mary Valenzuela, Mindi West, Cortney Weston, Jordan White, Kylee Wolfe, Tyla Young and Lily Zufelt.

7th Grade 3.0-3.49 Students: Luke Ackerman, Shaylee Brenton, River Calloway, Delora Chesley, Christopher Cook, Samuel Deatherage, Tristan Deitrick, Colton Diehl, Sabrina Gibbs, Samantha Hall, Shelby Halterman (Fletcher), Nicole Heitzman, Amanda Hudson, Dustin Hunter, Kylie Kaluza, Katelynn Kerkvliet, Shaylie Kooly, Jedidiah Kowchee, Breanna Lahndt, Kevin Lang, Elizabeth Lowe, Kierstyn Mathews, Tyler Morgan, Megan Morse, Casey Neill, Victoria Oberts, Destiny Price, Laura Ritter, Daniel Rosin, Mykaela Rybak, Brandon Ryckman, Catherine Schoessler, Trevor Shirnberg, Tori Sipes, Andrew Smith, Charles Tuck, Andrew Turner, Cody Warren, Shyanne Waters, Nickolas Wrobel, and Sydney Zoubek.

8th Grade 4.0 Students: Savannnah Anchinges, Trace Braxling, John Brown, Lacey Cashman, Katelin Christenson, Jayme Christian, Kade Cooper, David Elmore, Claire Gabler, Jonathan Granger, Hunter Hamrick, Samuel Janorschke, Dillon Jensen, Jang Kim, Johnathon Kreider, Natalie Kress, Shara Leaders, Taylor Legg, Kaycee Munn, Travis Perkovich, Holly Ramsell, Joseph Rife, Kaillee Skjold, Kyle Stropes, Olivia Tice, Heidi Westerman, and Alena Wiljanen-Newgren.

8th Grade 3.5-3.9 Students: Robert Bearheart, Ava Buffington, Cory Carver, Jacob Cherry, Braden Chumley, Mitchel Daugherty, Dallas Derflinger, Trevor Earll, Ashley Eby, Caelan Elsey, Sierra Estes, Kelty Fair, Taylor Forbes, Noah Fowler, Mason Galbraith, Denali Goodwill, Alea Hanley, Elizabeth Hawkins, Catherine House, Jessica Jackson, Victoria Jackson, Michael Keener, Hunter Koch, Morgan Lancaster, Daniel Lewis, Samantha Mason, Kiara Miller, Shayne Miller, Jack Navarro, Angelica Nolden, Preston Penrod, Jonas Perletti, Shelbylyn Rogde, Emily Schneider, Matti Silta, Kaitlin Sperber, Vicky Tachick, Dillon Tondre, Jamie Topp, Jay Ulen, Shelby Vitt, Madeleine Wilcox, and Catherine Wolk.

8th Grade 3.0-3.49 Students: Cole Aaronson, Terence Albertson, Gaeden Ames, Rachel Amos, Coty Anderson, Elizabeth Baker, Allison Barrett, DJ Buck Collier, Marlee Cunningham, Mike Daniels, Cerialyndria Dile, Elissia Dobbs, Keilani Geronimo, Makinna Halverson, Breeanna Harrison, Asa Johnson, Ginger Johnson, Taylor Kishbaugh, Laura Koski, Cheyenne Maal, Skyler May, Hydn McDermott-Johnston, Cassandra Mckenzie, Mason Merriman, Benjamin Miller, Archie Minkler, Sarah Mokracek, Kayla Musgrove, Alissa Musto, Britny Norris, Dalton Pearson, Anders Pokryfki, Sidney Roumagoux, Jayson Schmelzenbach, Kayla Scroggins, Nicole Thomas, Jared Tovoli, Tennessee Walker, Destiny Watkins, and Joelle Wearly.

Sterling Elementary

Raffle tickets went on sale April 1 for the many pieces of art donated for the fundraiser for Mr. Shapley's family. The pieces being raffled can be seen on display at the school through April 22. Raffle tickets will be available the night of the art show, or can be purchased in advance by calling 262-4944. The art show will occur April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the raffle drawings beginning at 7 p.m.

District Art Specialist Debbie Harris, will be at the school today, Tuesday and Wednesday. After school Tuesday, Harris will facilitate the schoolwide arts integration planning meeting for 2009-10. Parents are welcome to attend.

Student Council and the PTA will co-host a K-6 Falcon Fun Night on Friday from 3:35 to 5 p.m. at the school. The cost is $2 per child, and money and permission slips must be turned in before a child will be allowed to stay after school that day.

The Sterling RAVEN AmeriCorps Member, Charlee Powell, has scheduled a free beginning gardening class for adults. Clayton and Juanita Hillhouse of Hillhouse Gardens will be at the school Saturday at 1 to help adults learn how to start and maintain a garden.

Tustumena Elementary

Dates to remember:

* Today through April 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;

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

* April 28 -- The Soldotna Middle School parent night for incoming seventh grade students will be April 28 at 6:30 in the SMS gym;

* May 1 --2009-10 Preregistered kindergartners visit;

* May 6 -- Volunteer Appreciation;

* May 7 -- Spring Concert, 6:30; and

* May 12, 13, or 15 -- Lynx Track Activity to Nikiski Pool.

Wings Christian Academy

Today there will be no school in observance of Easter.

Melissa Newton won the cleanest office of the week for the Upper Learning Center and Andrew Grant won for the Lower Learning Center.

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

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