Around the District

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011

Cook Inlet Academy

Thursday is the High School Basketball awards banquet at 6 p.m.

April 22 -- Good Friday; school will be closed.

April 26 -- 5-6th graders will be attending the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert.

April 29 -- 10-11 a.m. will be Pre-School and K1 visitations. 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.

Congratulations to students who placed in the ACSI Math Olympics Competition in Anchorage. Kendra Brush 4th Place, Madison Orth 4th Place and Sonya Houser 5th Place.

Secondary class scheduling for 2011-2011 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.

2011-2012 re-enrollment: 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. Keep in mind that your child will not be officially put on the list for a class until you come by the office and pay matriculation for next year ($275, K1-12th grade and $210 for preschool). Tuition will not increase for the 2011-2012 school year.

Connections Homeschool program

Connections is now enrolling for the 2010/11 school year! Call the office at 714-8880 to make an appointment. Reminder -- Deadline for submitting reimbursements is April 29. Please note that we are not able to make any exceptions to this date.

The 1st Annual "Connections Home School's Got Talent Show" will be held tomorrow at Soldotna High School auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Don't forget to bring in those used ink cartridges to be recycled!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Meet the New Principal! A special Family Fun Night is scheduled for Monday, April 18, 6 p.m. Please join us as we welcome Mrs. Robin Dahlman to Alaska and most especially to Kaleidoscope!

We have so many wonderful volunteers who do so much for our school and to show our gratitude a Volunteer Appreciation Tea is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, at 3:45 p.m. Childcare will be provided. Please join us for this special time!

The PTA sponsored After-Testing Fun Night for grades 3-6 is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. A new flyer was sent home with a student indemnification form that is due back Monday, April 18. If you're interested in helping or have activity ideas to share don't hesitate to contact a PTA member. This is a fund raiser for a very worthy cause and a requested donation of $25 per student is suggested 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.

No school Friday, April 22. This is a district-wide vacation day.

New student registration will be held the week of May 2 for those students offered enrollment to Kaleidoscope. Kindergarten classroom visitations will also be held that week; if your child was offered a kindergarten spot and you haven't scheduled a visit please do so as soon as possible. As a reminder, if you want to volunteer for any of the upcoming field trips you must have completed the background check and the online training for Kaleidoscope School. The background check is done through the District's website at Click on the Volunteer tab, click on Volunteer Openings tab, 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.

April 25-29 -- D.A.R.E. visits Kaleidoscope.

April 26 -- PTA meeting at 4 p.m.

April 29 -- Spring Kindergarten Concert at 2 p.m.

May 2-6 -- New student registration and Kinder Visitations.

K-Beach Elementary

Congratulations to Judah Aley! She is this year's Masonic Student of the Year.

BOGO Book Fair starts today!

The PTA meets today at 2:45 p.m.

SMS counselors will visit K-Beach 6th grades on Tuesday.

Congratulations to our "Testapaloosa" drawing winners! Tuesday: $5 McDonalds certificates to Alyssa Wilkenson, Kyla Smith, Annie Quinn, Tony Long. Grand Prize: IPOD Nano and $15 iTunes card to Aramis Buerge. Wednesday: $5 Fred Meyer certificates to Danielle Kjostad, Rayce Lee, Tony Long, and Geraldine Shank. Grand prize: Digital camera and memory card -- Garreth Peterson. Thursday: $5 Walmart certificates to Makala Whittom, Aliann Schmidt, Ethan Tanape, Mackenzie Lindman. Grand prize: Personal DVD player to Tucker Charlesworth. 6th grader Brandon McCormick won 1st Place at the Lodge Level of the Elks 2010-11 "Why I am Proud to be an American" essay contest. His essay has been sent on to the Alaska State Elks Association level for further evaluation. Congratulations, Brandon!

Bingo for Books is this Thursday. Pizza will be available for purchase.

The Science Fair is Wednesday, April 20, in the gym. 4th - 6th grade student's projects will be judged in the morning. Classes will be viewing in the afternoon. Awards and public viewing will be from 5 -- 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Daniels class is glad to be finished with our SBA assessments.

Thanks to Mrs. Franke for the RCC donation! We really had fun. The class is studying simple machines and the evolution of tools used by civilizations over time. We will end our study with a "take apart day," a day where we get to take apart broken compound machines to find simple machines inside!

The Student Council is kicking off a "Pennies for Japan" campaign to raise funds for Japan's earthquake and tsunami survivors. Donations will be sent to the Red Cross. A large thermometer will be displayed in the school's lobby to monitor our goal of raising $500. Donations may be made directly in the school office or to classroom teachers.

Kenai Central High School

The Kenai Peninsula School District in collaboration with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and the City of Soldotna are hosting an Alaska Construction Career Day, April 27, at the Soldotna Sports Center. Students will learn about opportunities in Alaska's construction industry and apprenticeship programs and have a chance to experience hands on activities in carpentry, welding, heavy equipment operation and more. Industry and business representatives from some of the largest companies in the state will be present. Students are encouraged to sign up with their school counselors and find out about an exciting career in Alaska's construction industry. For more information please call 283-2141.

All 8th grade students who are interested in attending Kenai Central High School next year are invited to Freshmen Night at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Little Theater. This is an excellent opportunity for incoming freshmen to learn about the activities and courses offered at KCHS.

Kenai Middle School

Sixth grade is going to camp May 17 -- 19. If you are interested in joining us on this incredible adventure, please contact your student's teacher. The cost of this trip is $95. With the fundraising efforts this past year, we earned $45 for each student, lowering the cost to $50. An installment of $25 must be received by April 15, with the final payment due April 29. We will send out more information on the expectations, supply lists, and all other information in the next few weeks.

As this year draws to a close we are planning our annual mini-course program and award day activities. Our annual eighth grade farewell will be held Friday, May 20, at 8 a.m. in the gym. Mini courses will be held on Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24. The school-wide barbecue and awards assembly will be held on Friday, May 20.

It's time for our annual aluminum can drive! Students who bring in 5 pounds of crushed aluminum cans on April 19 or 20 get to choose their end-of-the-year mini-course activities first. Please have your student bring in their bags of cans to the back of the school and drop them off at the loading dock with their name on the bags. If you don't have a student at KMS, and would like to donate cans, we would appreciate all donations! Thanks again!

Apr 19 -- Aluminum Can Turn In Day; Freshman Night, 6 p.m., KCHS Little Theater.

Apr 20 -- Aluminum Can Turn In Day.

Apr 21 -- Track at SMS, 3 p.m.; Site Council, 5 p.m.

Apr 22 -- Vacation day.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners last week were Elisabeth Hayes, Kal McFarland, Kenneth Coghill, Kenadie Diehl, Savannah Gjovig, Tanner Brooks, Christian Kinzel, Corey Smithwick, Jaycee Herrmann, Troy Gilbert, Ashlynn Mathieson, Jordan Smith, Darcy Blume, Joseph Lupsin, Landen Dewitt, Alexis Andrade, Bailey Burke, Brooke Nash, & Kaitlyn Walsh. Site Council will be meeting at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19 in the Library. The 5th grade music concert is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 6 p.m,., in the gym. Friday, April 22 is a vacation day -- there will be no school for students. The Kindergarten Parent Orientation meeting and early registration will be on Tuesday, April 26, 6 -- 7 p.m., in the Library. If you have a child entering Kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year you'll want to come to this meeting! Come meet the Kindergarten teachers and hear about a typical Kindergarten day! If you have any questions, please call 283-8600. Friday, April 29 is Sports Day.

Nikiski Middle/High School

Congratulations to the Student of the Month recipients for March: Andrew Sickel-Physical Science; Brady Malston-MS Language Arts; Haley Wik-MS Journalism; Gretchen Larsen-Language Arts 10; Garrett Feller-Language Arts 9; Shaylee Rizzo-Biology; AJ Hoke-PE; Jacob Williams-MS Explorations; Orrey Hyatt-Biology; Haley Baxter-Alternative Education; Ruben Supeda-Study Skills; Onis Kivi-Fundamental Language Arts; Melissa Roza-Intermediate Art; Chad Hampton-Advanced Art; Chris Carr-Science; Margie Cox-Math; Katie O'Brien-Geometry; Evie Cox-US History. A Student of the Month Breakfast will be held in their honor to celebrate this achievement Wednesday, April 20, at 7:20 a.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

NNS will be hosting a parent workshop tonight, April 18, from 6:30 -- 8 p.m. Please join us for short presentations on internet safety, online learning sites for kids and easy ways to turn regular household activities into fun reading, math, and science for kids. Childcare and snacks will be provided. Please call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

There will be a volunteer appreciation tea on Wednesday, April 20, at 3:45 p.m. in the library. We would like to say thank you to all of our volunteers and give us a chance to tell you how much we appreciate you! Please RSVP by calling the school.

NNS will have the Title I Pre-Kindergarten round-up on Wednesday, April 20, from 6:30 -- 7:30 p.m. If your child will be four years old by Sept. 1, 2011, come along to find out about our Pre-Kindergarten program. Also, don't forget to bring your child's birth certificate and immunization records. If you have any questions, please call 776-2600.

School will be closed on Friday, April 22, because of a vacation day for students and staff.

Redoubt Elementary

Kindergarten visitation for children beginning kindergarten this fall is today from 9:15 -- 10:15 a.m. Current kindergartners will start school late today only at 11 a.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.

Redoubt's Volunteer Appreciation Week is 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 spring musical is May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium.

Skyview High School

Congratulations to Nurse Betty Miller, the new Alaska State School Nurse of the Year!

Thursday is a Super Activity Day and involves some schedule changes. The extended activity period will count as 1st and 7th periods. See Edline for the full schedule.

Track and field will host the Skyview Invitational Track & Field Meet Friday and Saturday.

Students wishing to attend the Alaska Construction Career Day on April 27 at the Soldotna Sports Center need to turn in their parent permission slips to reserve their spot before the bus fills up. The counselors, Mr. Andrews and Ms. Fourtner, will chaperone students as they explore heavy equipment demonstrations, interactive exhibits, trade industry displays, and hands-on activities.

Prom tickets are on sale at the office during lunch. Prom will be from 8 -- 11 p.m. on April 30. The cost is $35 per person. Promenade will begin at 7 p.m. in the gym. Admission for the audience is $2.

Go to for news, scholarship information and sports information.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Kindergartners are completing a study of the continent of South America. Next week kindergartners will be exploring South American art and tasting some foods unique to South America. Parents with artifacts or recipes are invited to share with the class.

Upper elementary students are preparing for their three day coastal studies trip to Kasitsna Bay. Students will become experts on many marine invertebrates prior to the trip. Parent meetings will be held for each classroom. Contact your child's teacher for meeting times and dates.

On April 28 all students will participate in a City Park clean up. Last year students collected 1,400 pounds of trash and litter and delivered it to the local landfill. This year upper elementary students will also clean up the picnic areas around Johnson Lake.

Soldotna Middle School

Monday -- SMS Site Council Meeting in library, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday -- Track Meet, Soldotna Middle School Invite, 3 p.m. at SMS.

Friday -- School holiday. No school for students and staff.

April 26 -- Middle School Mass Choir at Homer. 6th Grade Parent Orientation Night, 6:30 p.m., at Soldotna Middle Gym.

April 29 -- Nikiski Invite Track Meet, 3 p.m., at Nikiski Jr/Sr High. Masonic Student of the Year Awards, 6:30 p.m., at Kenai Central High School.

Soldotna Elementary School

Congratulations to all D.A.R.E. graduates from Soldotna Elementary and thanks to Officer Derek Urban for his work with them. Garret Moore was recognized for his outstanding D.A.R.E. essay, and Ashlyn Branning for her dedication to D.A.R.E. Graduates included: Garryn Baker, Riley Bates, Ashlyn Branning, Brandon Crowder, Gage DeWitt, Oliver Doucet, Seth Gardiner, Korie Gilmore, Gage Hankins, Haley Hardin, Cameron Harris, Kealy Hendricks, Quintin Kimball, Javan King, Ryker King, Trysten Medcoff, Kyler Medley-Wallis, Garret Moore, John Nicholson, Emily Noblin, Emily Pieh, Caley Presley, Ricci Sackett, Shannon Spence, Brooke Tapia, Kevin Tautfest, Sierra VanHatten, Fara Waldrip, Michayl Wilshusen and Billy Yoder.

Thanks to our Conflict Managers who are helping to facilitate problem solving among students. Amber Weston, Kealey Hendricks, Clayton Brown, Brendan Hanson, Brandon Crowder and Reece Hansen encourage students to solve concerns peacefully and mediate solutions.

The Grade 1,2, and 3 music program, "I Love This Place," will be held Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the school gym. Everyone is invited.

Soldotna Elementary Volunteers are invited to the annual Volunteer Luncheon April 29 from 11 a.m. -- 1 p.m. in the school library.

The following students received the most Reading Counts points in their classes last week: Tyson Caligan, Micheal Gagnon, Kathryn Creglow, Megan Eskue, Caley Presley and Gracie Carroll. Congratulations to everyone and keep reading!

Zack Rodman was the Box Top winner last week and Ashlee Anderson was the Honor Buck winner. Brady Baker, Jordan Yoder, Eddie Goans, Taylor King, Logan Lathrop, Pat Bearup, Rowan Vasquez, Christian Jaime and Ricci Sackett all won a book for their efforts to go above and beyond at Soldotna Elementary.

Soldotna High School

Homegoing is this 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?

The Soldotna High School Child Development course is looking for children ages 2-5 to attend free daycare. The dates are Thursday, May 12, and Friday, May 13, from 12:15 -- 2:15 p.m. Snacks, games and activities will be included. Children must be potty trained. Please contact Meggean Bos at to enroll.

Yearbooks can be ordered for $60 in room 76. Only a limited amount of extra books have been ordered. Distribution will be in mid-May.

Mayor Peter Micciche is collecting information to determine what teen center services would be supported in Soldotna. He and city council Member Hartman have put together a survey which is available at the front office or available online at Surveys will also be available at City Hall.

ALL AP students who will be testing in May: Report to Room 24 on Monday, April 25, immediately after 2nd hour for your mandatory Pre-Administration session. See Ms. Griffin with any questions you may have.

Kenai Peninsula Builders Association: three $1,000 scholarships. Deadline is May 1. You can apply by clicking on the scholarships on the district website, found on the "Career and Tech" page listed below:

Sports information can be found at

Tustumena Elementary School

This year our 6th grade class competed in the Kid Wind competition. This event is hosted by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Four groups in Mrs. Werner's class competed by creating a propeller system that attached to a generator. Teams had to experiment with different blade material, designs and had to choose the best angle to set the blades on their turbines. They were then tested in a wind tunnel to see which generated the most electricity. One team from the class placed 1st in the state in the Middle School division. The "Wind Masters" were the team of Brice Peters, Austin Schrader and Ceyeler Thomas. Their successful use of a gear system is what set them apart from the others. Congratulations to this team for their amazing accomplishment!

We had our spring pictures taken today. We will be using these in our annual memory book. We are beginning the ordering of these books and a form is included with today's newsletter. The only way to assure that your child is able to get a memory book is by ordering now. There may be a few extras but when we have them they sell out quickly. The deadline for orders is April 29.

We will be recognizing Tustumena volunteers on Thursday, April 14, with an appreciation celebration. Volunteers, please mark your calendar and plan on attending at 3:50 p.m. in the multi-purpose room so that we may have the opportunity to say thank you.

Congratulations to Mrs. Hopkins' 1st grade class the winners of our eScrip challenge. All of the cards we register through this program will help to raise funds for our school. If you didn't get a chance to register it isn't too late.

We will be holding a pre-school visitation on April 26 from 11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. for parents and students to see the classroom and do a project with Mrs. Granger while parents are given an explanation of 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.

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 necessary.

-- April 19, PTA meeting, 4 p.m.

-- April 20, SMS counselors visit 6th grade.

-- April 22, No school, vacation day.

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