Around the District

Posted: Monday, May 09, 2011

Connections Homeschool Program

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

Graduation will be held Wednesday, May 25, 4 p.m., at Sohi Auditorium.

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.

Cook Inlet Academy

Tuesday at 6 p.m. is the High School Awards night. This is to honor CIA's 2011 Academic Achievers.

Friday is the Hershey Track and Field.

There is no Sequel May 17 and 20.

May 18-20 for 5-6th Graders is the Swanson River Canoe Trip.

May 22 at 3 p.m. is Graduation Ceremonies.

May 24 is an In Service Day.

May 25 is the 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.

K-Beach Elementary School

K-Beach has the world's best PTA and parents! Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week they provided:

Monday -- Sandwich and salad lunch plus 10-minute chair massages.

Tuesday -- Appetizers and staff car washes.

Wednesday -- Bean freezes and muffins.

Thursday -- Taco Day.

Friday -- Crockpot Day.

Mr. Daniels class is telling the tooth about dental health this week. We have participated in activities related to Dental Health and Awareness. Did you know that there are three layers to our teeth and if you knock a tooth out, you can rush to the dentist within half an hour and get it put in? Some human teeth have been donated to the class to witness the effects of soda on real teeth. OUCH!

Our annual RIGS assembly is on Monday, May 16 at 1:15 p.m.

We will have a school-wide picnic again this year on the last day of school, May 24. The PTA will provide lunch for all students on that day!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

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

The APC will meet on Monday, May 9, 4 p.m.

A band concert is scheduled for May 9 at 6 p.m. Please join us! This will be followed up with a band assembly at the school on May 10 at 9:15 a.m.

Field days will be held on May 12 for grades K-2 and May 13 for grades 3-6. Volunteers are needed to help out so if you have time contact your child's teacher. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated!

The May newsletter that was sent home had an incorrect day for the May Family Fun Night (end of the school year BBQ). It will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 6 -- 7 p.m. The PTA will provide hot dogs and are asking that families with the last name beginning in A-L bring a side dish and M-Z bring a dessert. Families who will be new to Kaleidoscope are also invited; this will be a great opportunity to meet other families and staff members.

The annual bike rodeo will be held May 18 -- 19 for 1st through 6th grades. Bike safety will be taught in the classrooms on May 18 and the next day students are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets for the outdoor activities which will include bike inspections and registration. If your child does not have a helmet there will be some available for purchase on May 19. The cost is $5 and must be given to his/her teacher before May 19. The Kenai Moose Lodge will provide a hot dog lunch for all grades that afternoon -- hot lunch will not be available that day.

Parents who are new to Kaleidoscope are required to attend one informational meeting. There are two meetings scheduled -- Thursday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. Attendance is mandatory if you haven't attended one previously. Feel free to contact the school for more information.

As a reminder -- if you want to volunteer for any of the upcoming field trips you must have completed the criminal background check and the online training for Kaleidoscope School. The background check is done through the District's website at -- click on the employment tab, click on the Volunteer tab (center of page) 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.

Kenai Central High School

KCHS Choir's 40th Annual Pop's Concert is this Tuesday at 6 p.m. Plan on attending and enjoy KCHS Choir students at their best -- singing their favorite popular songs with a live back-up band. This year's band will feature Bob Mabrey, Bill Mabrey, Matt Mabrey, Alvin Diaz and Rene Henderson.

KCHS Concert Band, KCHS Jazz Band, State Ensembles, and POPS Band is having its Spring Pops Concert this Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. If you have any questions about the concert you can contact Debbie Sounart at 283-2124.

Wednesday we will be on an activity schedule with an assembly at the end of the day. The assembly will be to honor our academic clubs -- drama, NHS Society, Battle-of-the-Books, and Future-Problem-Solvers-of-America, soccer, baseball, softball, and track athletes will be recognized, as well.

Home Activities for the Week:

Thursday, May 15

-- April Student of the Month Luncheon

-- Boys/Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Ketchican 4/6 p.m.

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 Friday, May 20, at 8 a.m. in the gym. Mini courses will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 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.

We would like to thank all the parents for providing lunch for the staff at KMS last week. We thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time and effort in making us feel appreciated!

Dates to remember:

May 13 -- Club Schedule -- Mini Course Meetings

May 17 -- Camp -- 6th grade

May 18 -- Camp -- 6th grade; student checkout

May 19 -- Camp -- 6th grade; student checkout

May 20 -- Farewell barbecue/awards assembly

Nikiski High School

Upcoming events:

May 10 -- Soccer vs Skyview, 4 & 6 p.m.

May 13 -- Hershey Track, 11 a.m.; Middle School Dance

May 16 -- Band and Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

May 17 -- Senior Awards Night, 7 p.m.

May 18 -- Nikiski Mini Relay for Life, 2:30-8 p.m.

Nikiski Middle/High School "Students of the Month" for April: Partick Sterling, Study Skills; Brittany Perry, Science; Rikki Sickel, Pre-Algebra; Heidi Kaser, Study Skills; Travis Hamilton, Art; Aedreena Nicks, Art; Shaylee Rizzo, Band; Laura Hufford, Choir; Hannah Halliday, Musical Theater; Haley Conti, Life Science; Gretchen Larson, Study Skills; Nichelle Bliss, Alt Ed; Jasmine Monroe, MS Explorations; Josh Brown, Biology I; Mira Solmonson, Course 3 Mathematics; Katrina Panzel, Weightlifting; Skylair Childress, Math; Sanger Zach, Physical Science; Colleen Dempsey, Language Arts 10; Keturah Costello, Language Arts 9; Brittany Perry, MS Journalism; Daniel Ribbens, Community Service; Jared Parnell, Fun Math; Christian Wall, Fun Math; Colton Anderson, Math Analysis; Joshua Croze, World History; Jade Elsey, US History.

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Carli Beach, Jorgi Phillips, Alex Olsen, Talia Tepp, Amara Lewis, Mycah Pavloff, Jessica Huynh, Cadence Fabiano, Naomi Ellis, Elsie Fleming, Malcolm Fadden, Rowyn Clucas, Victoria Deguzman, Shelby Easling and Ian Wardas.

The Site Council will be meeting on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:45 a.m., in the library.

Kindergarten Field Day is Tuesday, May 10.

First Grade Field Day is Wednesday, May 11.

Second Grade Field Day is Thursday, May 12.

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

The last day to borrow lunch money will be Monday, May 16. If your child owes the office lunch money please try to pay as soon as possible.

Third Grade Field Day is Tuesday, May 17.

Fourth Grade Field Day is Wednesday, May 18.

Fifth Grade Field Day is Thursday, May 19.

Friday, May 20 is Hat Day.

The annual bike rodeo for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade is scheduled for Friday, May 20. If you are able to help please call 283-8600.

We will be having an all school picnic on the last day of school, May 24, ponsored by the Moose Lodge and the Mountain View PTA.

Redoubt Elementary School

Volunteers are 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.

Extra yearbooks were ordered. Students can still reserve a copy for $15 while they last.

All library books must be returned before students leave for the summer. Students are required to pay for lost books. If the book is later found and returned to the library in good condition, the student will receive a refund. Students should see Mrs. Hale or Mrs. Baldwin regarding lost books.

PTA meets Tuesday, May 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Site Council meets Wednesday, May 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Wednesday, May 11, is School Nurse Appreciation Day. Please help us thank Nurse Donna for all that she does.

Friday, May 13, is Mr. Pothast Appreciation Day. Please help us thank Mr. Pothast for all that he does to make Redoubt a great school.

The lost and found will be emptied on the last day of school. All remaining items will be donated to local charities.

Redoubt's PTA recognized all staff last week during staff appreciation week with a Mexican lunch and many other kudos. The staff greatly appreciates the tremendous support it receives from PTA.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

Congratulations to the April Character Counts! Students of the Month: Anthony Ehlers, Ashlee Tiner, Ashlynn Herrington, Brooke Able, Cailbe Payne, Caitlin Petersen, Darcy Limric, Devin Martin, Emilio Viele, Ethan Hack, Kallie McCaughey, Mariah Samson, Mary Valentine, Nolan Boehme, Seyara Showalter, Shylea Freeman, Tika Zimmerman, Verity Feltman and Warren Gage. These students will be having lunch with Principal Callahan at noon today in the library.

Friday, May 13, is Hershey Track and Field Day at Nikiski Middle High School. The events begin at 9 a.m. If your child is participating, please make sure they are dressed for the weather and have good healthy snacks. For more information, please call the school at 776-2600.

Parent Input forms for next year are due by 4 p.m., Friday, May 13. Please let us know if your child will not be in our school next year by calling the school office.

River City Academy

Thank you to all our parents and students who showed their appreciation for our fabulous staff last week. The cake, ice cream, flowers, cards and coffee were all greatly appreciated. Watching our students organize and carry out the day was the icing on the cake!

Are you interested in learning more about River City Academy and our performance-based program? Please attend our Open House this Thursday, May 12. Our students will be presenting the basics of our system and answering your questions. The Open House starts at 6 p.m. in the RCA main office, and everyone is welcome. We are currently enrolling middle and high school students for the 2011-12 school year. For more information, please visit our website by choosing River City Academy from the schools section of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District site ( or call 714-8945.

Soldotna High School

Yearbooks can be ordered in room 76 for $60 until Thursday, May 5. After this date, the price will be $65 at the sales table on distribution day Thursday, May 12 in the commons.

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.

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.

AP tests this week: Monday AP Bio and Tuesday AP Government.

Senior final exams will be Tuesday May 17, classes 1 and 2; Wednesday May 18, classes 3 and 4; and Thursday May 19, classes 5 and 6. Graduation is on May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Sportscenter.

Student Council elections will be on Wednesday, May 18.

Due to maintenance the pool will be closed the week of May 16 -- May 20. Normal hours and lap swim will resume on May 23. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle School

Congratulations to Mr. John Harro who was recently awarded the BP Teacher of Excellence award. Mr. Harro has taught numerous technology based courses over the years at Soldotna Middle. He is continuously challenging his students with his high expectations and rigorous curriculum. Mr. Harro's commitment to our students does not end in the classroom. He can be found building rapport with students in one of the many co-curricular activities that he coaches. Thanks again to Mr. Harro for his commitment to Soldotna Middle School. No one is more deserving of the BP Teacher of Excellence Award than he. The BP Teachers of Excellence Awards Presentation is Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors Center.

Congratulation to the Students of the Month for April!

Language Arts- Shawn Reynolds, Myia Wright, Courtney Barker, Katelyn Earll; Physical Education- Machaela Sauve, Jacob Gough, Hylan Larson, Antonio Maheras, Luis Rodriguez; Math- Claire McElroy, Zane Bush, Mason Prior, Jesse Meier, Trevor Walden, Levi Michael, Jacob Conver, Max Miller, Gage Norman; Math Course 3- Marlaina Hagen, Kelsie Overway, Anna Sayman, Josephine Harpole; Algebra- Haley Mller, Kyle North, Kylie Dimick, Tyler Fenton; Study Skills- Cameron Bever, Peyton Thomas, Latha So; Reading- James Elsey; Student Aide- Rachel Henry, Miranda Wolfe; Spanish I- Dylan Kuntz, Jordan Martin, Tyler Fenton, Shayley Anderson; Spanish II- Aurora Derflinger, Logan Parks, Heather Schaefer, Mykala Steadman, Dillon Kimple; Science- Antonio Maharas, Kyle North, Taylor Wilson, Brenner Musgrave, Ila Cobb, Justin Dahlgren, Tanner Best, Haley Miller, Michael Lewis, Jacob Conver, Caitlan Gibbons; Digital Story- Brennan Mitzel, Bryce Wiley; Business/Info Systems- Sabrina Hames, Rachel Mathews, Reagan Schoessler, Eric Gomez; Yearbook- Brenner Musgrave, Tyler Fenton; Digital Photography I- Kenneth Griffin, Bryce Wiley; Digital Photography II- Bernice Hughes, Colton Yancey; Homeroom- Jana Doss, Brent Christenson, Justin Dahlgren, Haley Miller, Taryn McCubbins; Leadership- Michael Lewis, Maija Albertson, Maraya Whitaker, Anna Wroble, Sarah Wynkoop, John VinZant, Trevor Walden, Lindsey Wong, Shannon Bradford, Alyssa Wolfe, Kayla Haeg, Sage Hill; Career Paths- Megan English, Kyle North, Alex Weeks, Benjamin Barton, Ian Beaudoin, Kaitlynn Boyer, Charalambos Asimakopoulos, Zoe Zorn, Brenner Musgrave, Kylie Dimick, Tyann Reed, Tanner Best, Lily Luke, Heather Schaefer, Dakota Conner; Band- Isabella Henry, Claire Kincaid; Choir- Hannah Katzenberger, Parker Bates.

Events this week:

Thursday -- Last Band and Choir concert of the year, SMS, 7 p.m.

Friday -- Assembly for presentation of Student Awards and Yearbook distribution, SMS Big Gym, 1:30 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Students in grades 4 - 6 are embarking on overnight field trips this month to the University of Alaska Field Station at Kasitsna Bay. The trips will culminate a unit of study of marine biology with a special focus on marine invertebrates.

Students in grades 1 - 3 will be joining the Salmon Celebration next week at Johnson Lake.

Kindergartners will begin a study of the continent of Australia. Families with Australian artifacts or information are invited to share with the class.

All students participated in a 2-hour community clean up drive. They picked up 982 pounds of litter that was delivered by parents to the landfill.

Yearbook orders are due on Friday, May 6. This will be the last opportunity to order a yearbook.

Tustumena Elementary School

With May there is the return of wearing summer clothing. While we do allow this starting in May I encourage families to be aware of the changing weather conditions and make sure your child will be prepared to be outside for recess or should an emergency occur. We ask that students not wear "flip-flops" as they can become a hazard on our playground.

You will want to be sure to mark your calendars for our final awards assembly which will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 16. We will have several academic awards and Mr. Chase will present his Physical Education awards, too.

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. It also allows us to make sure we have current information for your family. 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 16 -- Award's Ceremony, 2 p.m.

May 17, 18, 19 -- Lynx Track to Nikiski Pool.

May 17 -- PTO meeting, 4 p.m.

May 24 -- Last day of school.

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