Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, April 26, 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.

* May 3 (at Seward High School);

* June 7; and

* June 8 (board planning session.)

Task force members needed

The KPBSD Board of Education voted to create a task force during its last monthly board meeting. The task force is charged with the responsibility to examine the possible use of random drug testing for those students who participate in co-curricular activities. The task force will include four members of the public. Interested candidates must submit a maximum 50-word letter of intention that describes why they would like to be a member of the task force. Submissions must be made no later than 5 p.m. on April 26. Submissions can be made by mail, e-mail, fax or in person: to Kelly Reisig, District Communications, KPBSD District Office, 148 N. Binkley, Soldotna, AK 99669;; or fax 262-9645.

For more information call 714-8888.

PRS and TRS info meeting planned

Members of the Public Employees Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System are invited to attend a Benefits Fair hosted by the Division of Retirement and Benefits in Soldotna. Featured speakers will discuss the retirement plans, retiree health benefits, social security benefits, investment strategies and more. The fair will be held May 13, 14 and 15 at the Kenai Peninsula College campus. A schedule of events can be found on the Division's website at or by contacting Judy Hall at 465-4470 or

How to volunteer in district schools

At Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, we take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard students while they are in our care.

Unfortunately, in this day and age, not everyone's intentions are genuine, and the District cannot in good conscience overlook the possible threat to student safety that could be posed by people in the school building. Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete a form online and agree to a background check. The form should only take a few minutes to complete, and all information gathered will be kept confidential.

Volunteers are anyone who will be in the school on a regular basis. School visitors do not need to complete the form.

Visitors would be guest speakers, those attending a large group function or parents visiting just their own student, for instance to have lunch with them.

Information from the screening and background check is not released to the schools or school administrators.

Only a few members of the District's Human Resources department will have access to the information, and safeguards are in place to ensure its security.

The volunteer background check only looks for criminal history, not financial (credit rating), medical history, or civil matters.

The school's principal will be notified if there is a problem with a background check, but the specifics of an offense will not be released to the school.

To complete the screening process, visit our Employment Openings page.

When you reach the employment page, click on "Volunteer" category link, and choose one of the schools on the following page.

Click on the "Apply" button to start the volunteer application process.

KPBSD appreciates your assistance in helping us be better stewards of children. Please contact your school administrator if you have questions regarding this matter.

Workforce Summer Construction Academy

This construction academy is for all area high school students. The academy will start on May 25th and will end on June 11th. This is a 3 week academy with the first week running Tuesday thru Friday, the second week will be Tuesday thru Saturday and the third week will be Monday thru Friday. The hours will be 8:00am - 4:30pm. The academy will be held 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 the Kenai Ice Rink, a storage shed at the Kenai Senior Center, the forestry building at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds and the ski shack at Kenai Central High School.

This year the students will begin to build a portable classroom. The structure will be 24' by 40'. It will be built in two 12' by 40' sections. Not only will the portable classroom be used for learning basic construction skills, floor layouts, basic framing, and proper measuring, it will be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Borough for use in the school district.

The skills learned during this academy will help participants secure jobs in entry level construction careers. A 10 hour online OSHA course may be offered.

If a student successfully completes the summer program they are eligible to receive a half practical art credit.

This academy is possible thanks to funding from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development & the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development.

For more information or to sign up contact Debbie Pearson @ 283-2145 or email her at .

Scholarships offered

* PEO, Chapter M, will provide its annual women's scholarship this spring. Any woman having successfully completed two semesters of college and who is enrolled or planning to enroll at Kenai Peninsula College for the 2010-2011 school year is eligible to apply. The amount of the scholarship is $1500, paid at $750 per semester. Applications are now available in the Financial Aid Office at Kenai Peninsula College and must be returned by May 10. Selection will be made by June 1. For more information, call 335-5849.

Connections home-school

Connections is enrolling for the 2010/11 school year! Call the office at 714-8880 to make an appointment.

Deadline for submitting reimbursements is Friday, April 30th. Please note that we are not able to make any exceptions to this date.

Connections now 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.

Graduation is quickly approaching. Seniors wishing to participated in graduation must hand in senior survey and slideshow pictures. Contact your advisor if you have any questions. For information and activities visit

Cook Inlet Academy

Student's of the week are Ben Grossl, Andrew Hammond and Caleb Pollard.

Cook Inlet Academy is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 school year. Please call the office at 262-5101 for more information.

Elementary Spring Concert will be held on May 3 at 6:30 pm. Please save the date with more details to come.

High School Spring retreat will be May 10-11, camping on Porcupine Island on Kenai Lake.

High School Academic Awards Night will be held on May 13th at 7 pm, College Heights Baptist Church. New National Honor Society members will be inducted, along with other Academic Awards, including Senior Scholorships.

Cook Inlet Academy teachers offer a variety of summer school opportunities. Please call the office for more information, or stop in to pick up a flyer.

April 23 was the last day to purchase hot lunch this year. Please take a moment to check your lunch account on Sycamore and take care of any balances by the end of April. Cook Inlet is looking for a mobile lunch cart to purchase for our lunch program. Please contact the office if you have any leads.

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.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Tuesday - Parent Night at Soldotna Middle School begins at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

April 28 Mrs. Linton is coming back to work.

April 30 is our Jump Rope for Heart and Volunteer Recognition Assembly at 8:00 a.m. This will be followed by our Volunteer Recognition Tea in the staff lounge. All parent volunteers are invited to our assembly and tea.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Our Volunteer Appreciation tea is scheduled for April 28th from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Child care will be provided. All of our volunteers are invited!

New student registration will begin May 3 and will go through May 7th - from 8:15 to 4:15.

Parents who are new to Kaleidoscope and have not participated in our mandatory informational meeting will have two more opportunities - the first is scheduled for May 3 at 5:00 p.m. and the final on May 5 at 6:30 p.m.

May 4 is our 6th grade band concert and their play beginning at 7 p.m. There will also be a celebration of these students who are moving on to middle school.

Kenai Central

The school drama production by Luigi Jannuzzi, directed by Cheri Johnson will be held Friday and Saturday - 7 p.m. and May 2 - 3 p.m. in the Rene C. Henderson Auditorium The price of admission is $5 at the door. The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art has come to life. Seven vignettes and six monologues featuring 50+ works of art - everything from Egyptian mummies and Impressionist paintings to escaped masterpieces, artwork-invading visitors, and relationship-challenged museum employees.

Fifteen district students will be building computers this weekend and next using components and instructors paid for by the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. Students in 9th and 10th grade are targeted and given the completed computer to use throughout high school. If the student completes three courses: trigonometry, chemistry, and physics before graduation, they are allowed to keep the computer forever. Students in the program also have the opportunity to attend summer programs at UAA after their junior and senior years to enhance skills and encourage them to pursue degrees in engineering, health care, or biological sciences. We are very thankful that students from our area are being given this awesome opportunity to become involved with ANSEP.

The Kenai Boy's Soccer team is selling raffle tickets for a season pass to the Kenai Golf Course. Tickets are $10. The drawing will be held on Monday, May 19 at KCHS at 12:00. If you are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket and helping support the Kardinal soccer program, please contact Coach Dave Landry at 283-2600.

This Week's Events

Wednesday: Softball vs. Homer at 3 and 5 p.m.

Soccer vs. Skyview at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Kenai Middle

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, 283-1700.

Students signed up for mini-courses last week. All classroom fees need to be paid, library books turned in, and uniforms returned to coaches before your child can go on their mini-course. If your child has an outstanding item in one of these areas have them look at the list posted in the commons. If you have any questions, call the office at 283-1700.


-April 27 -- Band Concert @ KCHS, 7:00 pm

-April 30 -- Dance - 6th, 7th & 8th

-May 1 -- Track @ Nikiski, 10:00

-May 4 -- Mass Band @ SOHI

-May 6 -- Choir Concert @ KCHS, 7:00 p.m.

-May 7 -- Track Boroughs @ Nikiski

-May 8 -- Track Boroughs @ Nikiski

-May 10 -- Teachers Appreciation Day - Parents Providing Lunch

-May 12, 13, 14 -- 6th Grade Camp

-May 18 -- Farewell, 8:00 a.m.

-May 19, 20 -- MiniCourses

-May 21 -- BBQ, Awards Assembly

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners last week were Elora Jennings, Gavin Dirks, Brayden Demello, Lyrad Larson, Kaitlyn Walsh, Aaron Fleming, Camden Langley, Logan Dosko, Samantha Berglund, Livai Castrellon, Breanna Ashley, Dakota Burgess-Black, Jaydn Johnson, Keawe Spotted-Eagle Wong, Josiah White and Savahana Roberts.

The Spring concert for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade will be April 29 at 6 p.m. in the gym.

The 5th grade band concert will be May 6 at 6 p.m. in the Mountain View gym.

The annual carnival will be May 7 from 5 - 8 PM and is open to the public. All funds earned will go towards student field trips. There will be lots of food, games & prizes. Tickets are .25 each and most games cost 2-4 tickets to play. Parents are asked to sign up to help run a booth or to donate a cake or cookies for the cake walk and/or a prize for the prize walk. Please call the office at 283-8600 for more information.

Kindergarten Field Day - May 4

First Grade Field Day - May 5

Second Grade Field Day - May 3

Third Grade Field Day - May 11

Fourth Grade Field Day - May 12

Fifth Grade Field Day - May 13

Nikiski North Star Elementary

You will have two opportunities to attend an informational meeting on the 2010-11 Title 1 PreKindergarten program. The first meeting will be held on Thursday April 29th at 7:00 pm and the second meeting will be held on Friday April 30th at 9:45 am. Both meetings will be held in the NNS library. If your child will be four years old by September 1, 2010 come to find out if they might qualify for our PreK program. Also, don't forget to bring their birth certificate and immunization records. For more information please call the school at 776-2600.

Nikiski Middle-High

6th Grade Transition Committee --At the April 5th School Board meeting the decision to move 6th Graders up to Nikiski Middle School for the 2011-12 school year was approved. After several months of meeting with parents and the community on this topic we have moved from the decision making phase to the planning stage. Next year we will form a "6th Grade Transition Committee" to plan the details and implementation of the upcoming move. We are looking for parents, community members, staff, and students to serve on this committee, which will serve as the planning group for this important change to our school and Nikiski North Star. If you are interested in serving please call Mr. O'Brien at 776-9400.

7th Graders Transition Events -- It is that time of year again when the 6th Graders at Nikiski North Star are in the process of transitioning to becoming middle school students. We have the following transition activities planned for your student. On April 26th in the morning, Mr. Carstens (Assistant Principal) and Mr. Wiebel (Guidance) will be visiting the 6th graders to talk about their elective classes, schedule, and school activities for the middle school. On May 3rd 6th Graders will be "Stepping Up" to the middle school for a couple of hours to meet their teachers, get an official tour of the building, and join our 7th and 8th grade for lunch. That same evening at 7:00PM will be our informational Parent Step Up Night in the Library. Our last transition activity is our traditional Ice Cream Social with the incoming 7th Graders the day before school (August 24th at 1:00PM). At the ice cream social students will receive their locker assignments, with combinations, and get their schedule.

April 26: Mr. Carstens and Mr. Wiebel visit with 6th Graders at Nikiski North Star to talk about electives, activities, and next year and Senior Parent Meeting for After-Grad party in the library. 5:00 PM;

April 29: Boys/Girls Soccer vs. Palmer 4:00PM & 6:00PM;

April 30th: School Musical "Guys & Dolls" 7:00PM (Auditorium); and

May 1st: School Musical "Guys & Dolls" 7:00PM (Auditorium)

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt will celebrate Principal's Day on Friday, April 30. Students and parents are invited to help show Mr. Pothast how much he is appreciated.

A preschool program will be offered next school year. Applications are available at the school office. Completed applications are due by May 7. Enrollment is limited and will be based on student need and family income.

Kaitlyn Massey was last week's Big G Box Tops drawing winner.

Full color 2010 yearbooks may be purchased at the office for $15. Yearbooks will arrive in May.

The Boys & Girls Club 2010 Summer Program will be held at Redoubt Elementary during June and July. Registrations from the general public will be accepted beginning today.

The lost and found will be emptied April 30.

Classes are collecting donations to purchase supplies for the animal shelter through April 28. Donations in any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Kindergarten visitation is today from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. The visitation is for children beginning kindergarten this fall. Children will visit kindergarten classrooms while parents attend a get acquainted meeting. Current kindergartners will start school late today.

Redoubt PTA is accepting nominations for officers for the 2010-2011 school year. Those interested in running for office or nominating someone should contact Barb Belluomini at 262-4014 as soon as possible.

Family Math and Science Night is Thursday, May 6, from 6 - 7:30 PM in the gym.

See's Candy orders have arrived and have been delivered by students. Anyone who has not received their order should contact Mrs. Withrow at 260-4300. Community support of this fundraiser is greatly appreciated. Proceeds will be used for the 4th grade Kenai Fjords field trip.

Volunteers are needed to help with field day on Thursday, May 20, and with the school picnic. On May 21. Volunteers are asked to contact the school office at 260-4300.

Soldotna Middle

Tuesday, 6th grade parent night at SMS - 6:30 pm in the gym;

Friday, last SOM/COM bingo, 8th period;

Monday, May 3 - last Site Council Meeting, 4:30 pm, Library; and Tuesday, May 4 - Middle School Mass Band at SoHi

Soldotna Elementary

Title 1 Reading Night is scheduled for Thursday at 3:25. Children accompanied by parents will enjoy water themed reading activities and learn about the Soldotna Library Summer reading Program.

Grades 1, 2 and 3 are preparing the musical; "Nuts" for presentation on May 6 at 6 p.m.

Volunteers are invited to the Volunteer Appreciation luncheon on Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the school library. Staff members will provide luncheon creations to help thank volunteers.

Yearbooks can be ordered from the office. The cost is $15.

Soldotna High

Soldotna High School's National Honor Society Students of the Month for March/April are: Hanah Cristiano - Marine Biology; Linnea Powers - Marine Biology; Gunner Romatz - Marine Biology; Katrina Truesdell - Math Analysis; Hannah Morgan - Math Analysis; Swan Brooner - World History; Elizabeth McDermid - World History; Ben Ransom - Physical Training; Timaney Anderson - Foods; Shelby Anglebrandt - Interior Design; Angela Ramponi - L. Arts 11 Honors; Delissa Syverson - Chemistry; Madelyn Tice - Chemistry; Alex Kauffman - AP Calculus ; Cassie Sheridan - AP Government; Emily Gomulak - Russian I; Luke Rohl - Russian I; Josiah Covey - Advanced Computer; Antonia Talmadge - LA 10. They will be honored at a pizza luncheon in the SoHi commons on Thursday, April 22nd at noon.

SOHI "Caring for Kenai" finalist are: Kenny Werth, Jay Ulen, Luke Michael.

If students would like to register to vote, please come to the Counseling Office to pick up the form. Students that are 18 years of age or are within 90 days of their 18th birthday may register to vote in the State of Alaska. To be eligible to vote you must be registered at least 30 days prior to an election. Mailing envelopes are included so why wait, The Soldotna High School Child Development Course will be having a free daycare. Children must be potty trained and age 2-5. Child Development students will plan activities, snacks, and mentor children. The daycare will run May 5-7, from 12:15-2:15. Parents must pre-enroll their children. There will be a maximum of 20 children. Enrollment forms are in the office.

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered in room 76. $60. Limited quantity available.

There is a band concert at 7 PM on Thursday.

Sports information can be found at

Skyview School

A representative from Oregon State University will be available to speak with students during lunch today.

Soccer teams will host Seward Saturday at 10 am and 12 pm, field conditions permitting.

Students taking the AP English test must pay the fee balance of $73 to Mrs. Hanson prior to the test date of Thursday, May 6.

Academic and Senior Awards Night will be May 11 from 7-8 p.m. in the commons. Seniors wishing to be included in the awards night presentations must submit scholarship information to Mrs. Madden by May 7.

The Student Council officers for the 2010-2011 school year are: Student body president - Elisha Hollers; senior class: president - Carol Clonan, vice president - Annita Braun, secretary - Rebecca Egan, and activity chair - Alicia West; junior class: president - Joel Antunez-Catalan, vice president - Bri Pearson, secretary - Katie Clonan, and activity chairs - Stefany Malatesta and Brooke Hughes; and sophomore class: president - Dallas Derflinger, vice president - Katherine Wolk, secretary - Savannah Anchinges, and activities chair - Kyle Stropes. Freshman class officers will be voted on next fall.

For updates on news and sports information go or .

Tustumena Elementary

Pre-Registration for Kindergarten and Preschool 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.

April 26 -- Site Council, 4 p.m. Kasilof Public Library Book Fair 4/26 - 5/7;

April 27th -- 6th Grade Parent Night and SMS, 6:30.

Title 1 Families are invited to a Title 1 meeting & Game Night on Thursday, April 29th from 4:00 - 5:30 in room 102. Please join us for a short Title 1 meeting to discuss the goals of the program for the coming year and then play the provided educational games together with other families. Snacks and door prizes will be provided. Students must be accompanied by an adult to attend. Call JoEllen Fowler at 260-1365 with any questions;

April 30 -- Talent Show;

May 6 -- Kindergarten visitation is coming up on May 6th from 1:30 - 3:00. 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 please stop by and pick one up. A reminder that vaccinations and birth certificates are an important part of registration.;

May 14, 18, 19 -- Lynx Track to Nikiski Pool;

May 18 -- PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.;

May 21 -- Last day of school for students

Wings Christian Academy

May 6, fundraising diner auction and recital. Auction begins at 8:30 p.m.. If you have questions about the auction or you would like to donate items for auction, contact Pam MacLellan on her home phone at 260-5657 or on her cell 252-7008.

May 7th- Bike-A-Thon, Bike-A-Thon money and sponsor sheet(s) must be turned in by May 6. Helmets are required.

The office of the week in the Upper Learning Center is Tyler Ophus.

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

Wings is collecting aluminum cans, Box Tops, and Campbell labels.

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