Around the District

Posted: Monday, May 02, 2011

Cook Inlet Academy

May 10 -- High School Awards night, 6:30 p.m.

May 13 -- Hershey Track and Field.

There is no Sequel May 17 and 20.

May 18-20 -- Swanson River Canoe Trip for 5-6th graders.

May 22 -- Graduation Ceremonies, 3 p.m.

May 24 -- In Service Day.

May 25 -- Last Day of School and Awards Chapel.

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.

DIBELS testing is currently being conducted for kindergarteners this week, morning appointments only. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.

Don't forget to bring in those used ink cartridges to be recycled. Any questions, contact Shelli Furlong.

Second semester grade reports are due Tuesday, May 24.

K-Beach Elementary

Congratulations to our Science Fair winners! Grand prize winners are: Zach Stockton, Sarah Baktuit, Levi Wahl, Tony Long, Tre Rybak, Alexis Terra and Thera Mullet. Runner's up are: Athalia Quiner, Ben Wilson, Aliann Schmidt, Laura Green, Ella Stenga, John Turner, Nathaniel Patat, Delaney Johnson, Tigger Piersee, Annie Quinn, Mackenzie Lindeman and Gavin Mikesell. Grand prize winners each received gift certificate to the Kenai Challenger Center's gift store. Runner's up each received a gift certificate to the Book Fair.

Parent Input Forms were sent home last Friday. They are due to the office no later that 3:30 p.m. on May 16. The form is also available on Edline.

Clean Up Day has been rescheduled for Friday, May 6, instead of Saturday, April 30.

This year's Masonic Award nominees are: Judah Aley (winner), Michael Meyers, Kelli Kay, Izabeau Stalkfleet-Pearston, Brandon McCormick, Alexis Terra, Sophie Sorensen, Savanna Ratky, Andrew Agosti, Avery Hieber, Mackenzie Lindeman, Sienna Escott and Thera Mullet.

Upcoming events to plan for: RIGS assembly on May 16 at 1:15 p.m. 6th grade Continuation on May 18.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The D.A.R.E. Program will visit Kaleidoscope May 2-6.

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. Students new to KPBSD need to bring their birth certificate and shot record with them.

Storyteller Brett Dillingham will visit Kaleidoscope the week of May 9.

Congratulations to several of our students who participated in the Alaska Future Problem Solving Junior Presentation Competition! First place winners were Madison Willets, Caleigh Jensen, Kara Law, Mikaela Pitsch and Alternate Brittany Gilman. Second place winners were Haley Miller, Aiden Lewis, Cassi Holmes Taylor Shelden and Alternate Patrick Michels. Way to go Teams! The first place winners were invited to compete in the International Competition in Lacrosse, Wisc., in June. There will be a major fundraising effort to send these students to Wisconsin!

Kenai Middle School

As this year draws to a close we are planning our annual mini-course program and award day activities. Our annual 8th grade farewell will be held May 20, 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. If you have questions about the end of year activities or you would like to chaperone a field trip/mini-course please call the office at 283-1700. Students need to pay all of their fees prior to mini-courses.

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. We will send out more information on the expectations, supply lists, and all other information in the next few weeks.

May 2 -- Mass Band at KCHS.

May 5 -- Choir Concert, KCHS, 7 p.m.

May 6 & 7 -- Track Boroughs.

May 13 -- CLUB SCHEDULE -- Mini Course Meetings.

May 18 & 19 -- Student Checkout.

Kenai Central High School

Reminder: This is the week those students who are in advanced placement class will be taking their AP exams. The tests will start at 8 a.m. and end at noon.

Local Veterans of Foreign Wars will be visiting History classes on May 3. Veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq share their experiences with sophomore and junior students. The men have given many sacrifices to our great country, and the students are very excited to take things they've learned from their classroom and to hear about real stories and experiences. The KCHS Culinary Arts class will be providing a delicious luncheon for the Veterans. We thank them in advance for the service and dedication to students here at KCHS.

The Culinary Art II students will be preparing a delicious meal for the Student of the Month Lunch Thursday, May 12. This lunch is to honor the following students and staff.

Congratulations to April's Student of the Month.

April 2011 Student of the Month -- Rotary, Ella Stephens; Chamber, Sarah Bressler; Elks, Courtney Parker; Physical Training, Matt Sauders; Chemistry, Makenzie Magiera; Study Skills/Earth Science/LA 10, Katherine (KC) Rupe; LA 9, Austin Middick; Biology, Courtney Stroh; Performing Arts/Music/Choir, Chelsea Hart; A.P. US History. Evan Atchley; Art, Carissa Bible; Personal Finance, Neil Marion; Career and Technology, Welding Fabrication, Forrest Vest; LA 10, Octavio De La Torre; Algebra, Katy Knackstedt; Department of World Languages, Spanish 2, Matthew Morse; Band, Andrew Barcus; Spanish 1, Emely Robinson; Study Skills, Tearsa Segura.

This Week's Events:

* Tuesday: Softball vs. Skyview at 5:30 p.m.

* Wednesday: Baseball vs. Homer 5:30 p.m.

* Friday: Soccer vs. Wasilla 4 and 6 p.m.; Softball vs. Skyview at 5 p.m.

* Saturday: Baseball vs. Palmer at noon and 3 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners last week were Alida Stiers, Brandon Marcano, Alex Olson, Jacob Grant, Ian Wardas, Charnchon Nammoon, Hunter Fraley, Gage Charlesworth, Gage Hancock, Jerrik Carlstrom, Lilyanna Himelrick, Jade Cissell, Taylor Beile, Rain Wong, Kaitlyn Herrmann and Xavier Zendejas. Congratulations to Tekaiya Rich for receiving the "Masonic Student of the Year" award for Mountain View.

The PTA will be meeting on Monday, May 2, at 4 p.m. in the library to elect new officers for next year.

Registration is now open for the Title 1 Preschool for the 2011-2012 school year. To be eligible students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2011. Preschool screening will take place on Tuesday, May 3. Please call 283-8600 for more information.

May 3 -- "National Teacher Day."

May 10 -- Site council meeting at 7:45 a.m. in the library.

May 10 -- Kindergarten field day.

May 11 -- First grade field day.

May 12 -- second grade field day.

The Kindergarten concert will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 2 p.m. in the gym.

Nikiski Middle/Senior High School

May 2 -- 6th Grade Step Up day (morning-Lunch) and Parent Step up at 6 p.m.

May 3 -- 7th Grade Step Up Day (morning-lunch) and Parent Step up at 6 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at NNS!

Today is 5th grade step-up. The 5th graders will go over to their new school from 9:30 -- 10:50 a.m. for a tour, meet their teachers and be able to ask questions and get much needed information about next year. At 6 p.m. parents are invited to NMHS for an informational meeting, meet the teachers and tour the classrooms. If you have any questions, please call 776-9400.

Tuesday, May 3, is 6th grade step-up at NMHS from 10 -- 11:25 a.m. The students will tour the school and meet the teachers. Parents are welcome to attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. at the school. For more information, please call 776-9400.

Pre-Kindergarten screening will be on Friday, May 6, at North Peninsula Recreation Center. You must have an appointment, so please call 776-2600 to schedule a time.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt's spring musical, "Safari Animals," is Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m., in the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Volunteers are needed to help with costumes and decorations/props. Please contact Ms. Biggs at 260-4337 or if you can help.

Volunteers are also needed to help with field day on Monday, May 23, and the school picnic on Tuesday, May 24. Please call the school office at 260-4300 if you can help with either of these fun, end of year activities.

Skyview High School

Eighth graders planning to attend Skyview next year will be visiting the school Tuesday morning. If your student has not selected classes for next year, please call the school at 260-2300 for more information.

Soccer hosts Homer Tuesday at 4 and 6 p.m., Palmer Friday at 4 and 6 p.m., and Colony Saturday at 10 a.m. and noon.

Softball hosts Kodiak Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. at the Soldotna Little League fields.

Eleven Skyview students participated in the band and choir solo and ensemble event recently held at Kenai Central. Seven of those students were selected to participate in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival being held Thursday through Saturday in Anchorage. Congratulations to Nicole Reid, flute; Sam Werthmuller, cornet; Olen Danielson, trombone; Shay Kurz, soprano; Bryan Teed, bass; Joey Bishop, bass; and Leif Danielson, bass.

Mark your calendars for these important upcoming events:

May 16 -- Spring Music Concert, 7 p.m. in the commons.

May 17 -- Academic and Senior Awards Night, 7 p.m. in the commons.

May 23 -- Graduation, 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

May 24 -- Last day of school for students.

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Soldotna Elementary School

Congratulations to those students who accrued the most Reading Counts points for the last week: Ryder Giesler in Mrs. Baktuit's class; Gwen Bearup, Ms. Buben's class; Ryann Cannava, Mrs. Straw's class; Blaze Gardiner, Ms. Courtright's class; Caley Presley, Mrs. Pettijohn's class; Garret Moore, Ms. Bobek's class and Isaac Larson, Mr. Dahl's class. The contest will end on May 2 when grand prize winners will be selected to travel on a fire truck to City Hall, meet the mayor and have lunch in the library.

The Soldotna Elementary Site Based Council will meet on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the conference room and PTA will meet on Thursday, May 4, at 3:45 p.m. in the library. There will be child care for the PTA meeting and all are welcome to attend.

Alaska State Troopers Sims and Jaime and canine Trooper Chevron visited Mrs. Straw's third grade last week to demonstrate Chevron's amazing skills as a working dog and to describe careers in law enforcement.

The third/fourth grade class enjoyed a full day of the arts April 27. They joined in the fun presented by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra's "It Don't Mean A Thing" exploring jazz and its influence on classical music. Then they walked to the Anchorage Museum and worked with clay, chalks and charcoals to create cave art. The day ended touring the premium exhibit from The Field Museum in Chicago, Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age.

Soldotna Middle School

May 2 -- Middle School Mass Band at KCHS.

May 3 -- 8th graders to visit SoHi and Skyview.

May 6 -- SOM/COM Bingo. Last SMS Fortnightly, 6 -- 8 p.m. Parent chaperones needed. Please call the school at 260-2500 if you are able to help.

May 6 and 7 -- Borough Track Meet at Nikiski Jr./Sr. High School.

May 12 -- Last band and choir concert of the year, Soldotna Middle School, 7 p.m.

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the following photography students for placing in the 22nd Annual Student Art Show. Hailey Oglesbee - 1st place - Open category, Ashlea Ansel - 2nd place -Open, 1st place - Functional Ceramics, Heidi Westerman - 2nd place - Black & White Drawing, Jordan Connor - Honorable Mention - Black & White Drawing, Leah Garske - 3rd place - Functional Ceramics, Juliet Bramante - 1st place - Digital Photo, Kagan Smith - 2nd place - Digital Photo, Levi Barsis - 3rd place - Digital Photo, Valeria Morten - Honorable Mention - Watercolor Painting, and Kara Kauffman - 3rd place - Painting.

Yearbooks can be ordered for $60 in room 76 through Thursday, May 5. After this date, the books will be $65 at the sales table on distribution day.

Water Safety Instructor Course - SoHi Pool, May 7, 8, 14 and 15. Cost is $175, you must be 16 to take the class. Call Melissa at 262-7419 for more information. Due to maintenance the pool will be closed the week of May 16 -- 20. Normal hours and lap swim will resume on May 23. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Looking for new members for Battle of the Books! If you like to read, please come find out what we are all about! Tuesday, May 6, during lunch at 12:15 p.m. in the library. Any questions see Mrs. Hibpshman in the library.

The Soldotna High School Child Development course is looking for children ages 2-5 for their 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 or 260-7038 to enroll.

Teacher and Principal appreciation day will be celebrated on May 3.

AP testing will be Calculus May 4, Lit May 5, History May 6, Biology May 9, and Government May 10.

Tustumena Elementary

Our Future Problem Solving team of Timothy Blakely, Selby Hill, Delaney Risley, and Chance Turvin competed in the state competition this week. They took 3rd place in the academic portion of the Junior Division. We are proud of their accomplishment.

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Kasilof Public Library May 2 -- 6 at 9:30 a.m. -- noon, and 2 -- 6:30 p.m.

Kindergarten visitation is coming up on 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 an important part of registration.

Our PTO is a vital part of our school. Each year we hold elections for officers that guide the organization throughout the year. If you would be interested in serving with the PTO please contact PTO President Corrine Johnston to have your name placed on the ballot.

We recently sent home printouts of student enrollment information for your review. It is important that these be returned as a registration confirmation for next year. If you haven't already done so please return these quickly. If you did not receive yours please call the office and we will gladly print a new one.

May 3 -- Salmon Celebration.

May 5 -- Pre-Registered 2011-2012 Kindergarten students visit.

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