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Posted: Monday, May 10, 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.

* June 7; and

* June 8 (board planning session.)

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 Thursday, Friday and Saturday 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 begin May 25 and will end on June 11. 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 .

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are Christin Baker, Elizabeth Dailey, Kati Dutcher, Scott Habermann, Seth Hodges, Alana Houser, Caleb Lyons , Eli Kitchens, Amy Maurer, Madison Orth, Jena Poppin, Hae In Sim, Johnny Smithwick, Riley Smithwick, Kris St. Luise, Ashtyn Symington, Kelsey Tachick, Angie Utchman and Chemaine Yarnes.

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

High School Spring retreat will be Monday and Tuesday, camping on Porcupine Island on Kenai Lake.

High School Academic Awards Night will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at College Heights Baptist Church. New National Honor Society members will be inducted, along with other Academic Awards, including Senior Scholarships.

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.

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.

May 5 was the last day to purchase lunch this year. Please take a moment to check your lunch account on Sycamore and take care of any balances before the end of the school year. Cook Inlet is looking for a mobile lunch cart to purchase for our lunch program. Please contact the office if you have any leads.


Computers are ready now for those enrolling or reenrolling for next school year. Please return/swap out computers by the end of May.

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

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 inadvertently being approved.

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

Connections graduation will be held May 24 at 2 p.m. at Soldotna High School auditorium.

Second Semester grades reports are due May 21.

For information and activities, please visit the website at

Grace Lutheran

May 21 is the last day of school. A picnic lunch for all K-8 students, preschoolers, and parents will be served at noon followed by the annual parent/student softball game.

Eighth grade and four year old preschool graduation will be held May 23 at 7 p.m. Featured speakers will be Pastor Schmidt, Mr. Holper, and the eighth-grade graduates. The K-8 Children's Choir will also be participating.

The musical "Joseph - from the Pit to the Palace" will be presented by the K-8th graders on May 17, at 7 p.m. at the school. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The Kindergarten and preschool classes will be hosting a Mother's Day Tea at noon on May 10. A light lunch will be served and entertainment will be provided.

Those interested in checking out Grace Lutheran for the 2010-2011 school year are encouraged to call the school at 283-9551 soon to set up an appointment.

Please bring all Boxtops for Education and Campbell's proofs of purchase to the school before May 21. Please continue to save aluminum cans for next year's contest.

K-Beach Elementary

The PTA and the students enjoyed Teacher Appreciation Week last week because it gave us a chance to spoil our hard-working teachers a little bit with special lunches and more.

Today: Site Council at 2:45 in Mrs. Linton's office.

Tuesday: 6th-grade Continuation beginning at 6 in the gym.

Fruiday: RIGS (Reading is Great in Summer) Kick off Assembly at 1:45 in the gym.

May 18, 19 and 20 are Field Days. Mrs. Bagley is still in need of volunteers. If you are able to help, please call her at 260-1330.

May 20 is Spirit Day - Hat Day. Wear your favorite hat to school!

May 21 the PTA will provide a hot dog BBQ lunch for students. Students will not need to bring a lunch that day.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Today is the 5th-grade play / concert beginning at 7 p.m. It will be repeated at 9:30 Tuesday for the students in an assembly.

Field days are as follows: Tuesday for K-2, Wednesday for 3-6. Please see Mrs. Calvert if you would like to volunteer to help. The next APC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The 5th- and 6th-grade spring band concert is Thursday at 6 p.m. The concert will be repeated at 9:15 on Friday for the students in an assembly.

Science Camp is Friday for all grades. If you would like to help, please let the office know or see Mrs. Knudsen or Mrs. Cowgill.

The bike rodeo is scheduled for May 18th (classroom) and May 19th (outdoors). Bike helmets will be available for purchase for $5; money for the helmets must be to your child's teacher by May 18. A barbecue lunch will be provided on the May 19. The Moose Lodge will provide hotdogs and buns and will cook them on site; our own PTA will provide the rest of the meal. Please note - hot lunch will not be served on May 19.

May 20 is our last Family Fun Night which will consist of the annual end of year barbecue; this is open to everyone including those families who will be new to KSAS. The PTA asks that families with last names A - N bring a side dish and those O - Z bring a dessert. The barbecue is from 6 to 7.

May 21 (the last day of school) is Beach Day for all students - hot lunch will not be served that day so students must bring a sack lunch.

End of the Year Reminders:

Please make sure the PTA is repaid for borrowed lunches. This is done at the office. Assure books are returned to the library. Unexcused absence notices were sent home; you have until May 19th to excuse these absences. Teacher request forms are available and are due back by May 21. Yearbooks will be handed out the week of May 17; you can prepay now if you like, the cost is $15.

Kenai Central High

The choir and band will be performing their final concerts of the year. The Choir Pops Concert is on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Band Concert is on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The end of the year awards banquet is on Thursday at 6:30.

The Student of the Month Lunch is Thursday.

April 2010 Student of the Month: Rotary - Samantha Hull; Chamber - Jasmine Klauder; Elks - Alex Shire; Kard of the Deck- AJ Ewing; Super Staffer-Cheri Johnson; Performing Arts Music Choir - Jesse Pedginski; Chemistry - Ben Gilman; Study Skills - Jimmy Starkloff; Honors American Literature - Annalise Theisen; LA 12 - Molly Copple; Anatomy - Olivia Fair; French 1 - Sierra Glonek; Algebra - Brad Smithwick; Advanced Art - Krystina Luzzo; Algebra A - Jade Collins; U.S. History - Alisha Peterson; World History - Rilee Devito.

Attention all golf fans: 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 May 19 at KCHS at 12. If you are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket and helping support the Kardinal soccer program, please contact Coach Dave Landry at 283-2600.

Kenai Middle

Students signed up for mini-courses. 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, please call the office at 283-1700.

Monday -- Teachers Appreciation Day - Parents providing lunch.

Forms to run for freshman class office are at the office. Please pick up a packet and have it filled out and submitted by Wednesday.

Wednesday, 13, 14 -- 6th-Grade Camp.

May 18 -- Farewell, 8 a.m.

May 19, 20 -- MiniCourses.

May 21 -- BBQ, Awards Assembly.

Registration for next year will be August 11 from 12 - 6 p.m. If you'd like to register your child please stop by the office and pick up paper work so we can schedule your child for fall courses.

Mountain View Elementary

Third-Grade Field Day - Tuesday.

Fourth-Grade Field Day - Wednesday.

Fifth-Grade Field Day - Thursday.

The Bike Rodeo for 1-3 grade will be on Friday. We are in need of parent volunteers to help with the different activities. If you would like to help please call the office at 283-8600.

Character Counts winners last week were Hannah Jones, Kasey Kaiser, Taylor Pierce, Brianne Moore, Alex Martin, Justin Gilbert, Raelynn Passe, Hunter Fraley, Chelsea Plagge, Devon Armstrong, Joseph Gottschalk, Tyler Schneider, Jade Cissell, Sophie Crawford, Joseph Lupsin, Makayla Murdaugh, Camden Ogilvie and Steven Aguerre.

Friday is "Crazy Sock Day".

The PTA 5K Walk/Run-a-thon will be on Saturday, starting at Mountain View with registration at 10 a.m. The fee is $10 for a child, or $20 for a family. Students may obtain sponsors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call the office at 283-8600 for more information.

The last day to borrow lunch money is Wednesday. If your child owes lunch money please try to pay back as soon as possible.

Student Placement forms are now available at the office. These requests are due by 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

Please check the lost and found before school lets out for the summer. All leftover items will be donated to charity.

The last day of school is May 21. We will be having an all school picnic sponsored by The Moose Lodge and the PTA.

Nikiski Middle-High

April 2010 Students of the Month.

High School: Megan Couch, Study Skills, Ernst; Heather Hoke, English, Rizzo; Jesse Ross, Geometry, BThompson; Jessica Ross, Language Arts, Niemczyk; Brittany Sexton, Geometry, Ralston; Cydney Spurgen, Biology, Morin.

Junior High: Trevor Baxter, RAP, NAnders; Trisha Danielson, Study Skills, Moseley; Alyssa Darch, U.S. History, Bjorkman; Summer Handley, Language Arts, Sobey; Dylan Jackson, Science, Hooper; Heidi Kaser, Mathematics, BBrown; Brandon Ryckman, Physical Education, AAnders; Mira Solmonson, Music, McKay.

Tuesday - PTSA meeting 2:45 School Library. Awards Night 7 p.m. auditorium.

May 17 - Graduation 7 p.m. school gym.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a site council meeting today at 4 p.m.

This Thursday is the Hershey Track and Field day at Nikiski High School. This will begin at 9 a.m. If your child is participating, please make sure that they come prepared with a sack lunch, plenty to drink, warm clothes, and appropriate footwear. For more information please call Tammy at 776-8800.

We will have yearbook signing on Thursday at 3 p.m. in the gym.

Parent input forms are due in the office by Friday.

Congratulations to the Character Counts! Students of the Month for April: Abi Tuttle, Alex Langseth, Alina Patterson, Allison Centeno, Audrey Johnson, Cecily Quiner, Jace Kornstad, Evie Cox, Jeanelee Stock, Jessica Perry, Jonathan Brandow, Logan Sherk, Nikole Emerson, Ramie Robbins, Renee Hoke, Simon Grenier, Emily Parnell and Emily Hensley.

Redoubt Elementary

School Nurse Day is on Wednesday.

Big G Box Tops drawing winners are Bradley Hunt and Aleena Zener.

Full color 2010 yearbooks may be purchased at the office for $15.

Applications for the Boys and Girls Club 2010 Summer Program are being accepted. Soldotna Clubhouse Director, Kim Lee, may be contacted at 398-9669 for more information. The Boys and Girls Club will be closed from May 17 through May 31.

PTA meets tomorrow at 3:45 P.M. in the staff lounge.

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.

A 5th- and 6th-grade band concert will be held in the gym today, from 6 - 7 p.m.

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

Skyview High

Site Council meets today at 4:30 p.m.

The music department will present its spring concert tonight at 7 p.m. in the commons.

Soccer teams will host Nikiski Tuesday at 4 and 6 p.m.

Academic and Senior Awards Night will be Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. in the commons.

Eighth-graders planning to attend Skyview next year will visit the school on Wednesday morning. Students from Soldotna Middle School will be bused to Skyview. Other eighth-graders in the area who plan to attend Skyview are also invited to come. For more information call the school at 260-2300.

Varsity soccer teams will host Ketchikan on Wednesday at 4 and 6 p.m.

Yearbooks will be distributed during Clubs on Thursday. Students wishing to purchase a yearbook, but have not yet done so, need to check with Mr. Jones for availability.

Softball will host SoHi on Thursday at 5 p.m. and Kodiak for a doubleheader on Friday, both at the Soldotna Little League fields.

Graduation will take place May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

For updates on news and sports information go or .

May Rotary Students of the Month are: Chelsey Ahlers, Nina Buhlmann, Emily Culhane,

Marlee Cunningham, Brandon Jones, Jaci Lamborn, Ivy O'Guinn, Cassandra McKenzie, Casee Penrod, Caroline Walker, Alicia West, and Catherine Wolk. They will be recognized at a pizza lunch Wednesday, provided by the Soldotna Rotary Club.

For updates on news and sports information go or

Soldotna High

There is a choir concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

8th grade visitation day is on Wednesday from 7:50-10 a.m.

Senior final exams are scheduled Wednesday - Friday.

There is a PTSA meeting on Thursday at 5:30 in the staff lounge.

Graduation setup is May 17 from 9 a.m.-noon. All Seniors, please report to the Sports Center. Final checkout will be 1-2:25 p.m.

Graduation will be on May 18 at 7 p.m. Magic Moments will offer the opportunity for graduates and families of graduates to have pictures taken before the graduation ceremony begins. Magic Moments will be set up at the Sports Center beginning at 5 p.m. A flyer will be provided with pricing information and payment is expected at the time the pictures are taken.

The school's Child Development Course will be having a free day care. Children must be potty trained and age 2-5. Child Development students will plan activities, snacks and mentor children. The day care will run Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:15-2:15. Parents must pre-enroll their children. There will be a maximum of 20 children. Pick up an enrollment form from the office.

Sports information can be found at

Congratulations to Shanna Powell and Blaine Carver for being named the 2009-10 Female and Male Athletes of the Year.

Congratulations to Jasmine Woodland for winning the bronze medal for sculpture in the ASAA State Art Show. She created a large 3 piece mosaic mural, which is on display at the Homer Council on the Arts Building in Homer for the rest of the month and May. Also, please congratulate Zachary Jackson for winning 4th-place in the ASAA State Poster Contest. His design promoted school activities. Both SoHi students competed against other high school students from all over the state.

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle

Any medications that have been left with the nurse for this school year need to be picked up by Friday or they will be destroyed.

Students should return all library books, make sure they have the classroom textbooks they were given and have them ready to return and make sure all school fees are paid so that they can completely check out for this school year. It also helps ease the August registration process when they come in August 12 and 13.

Wednesday, 8th graders will visit Skyview or SoHi first thing in the morning.

Thursday, assembly schedule - recognition of track, band and choir.

Thursday, last Band and Choir Concert - 7 p.m.

May 20, 8th grade Celebration of Academic Achievement - 8 am, reception and talent show to follow.

May 21, last student day - carnival, barbeque, and field day.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

On May 20 there will be a Kindergarten Graduation at 1:45 in the library, a Year End Assembly (student slide show) and Volunteer Appreciation at 2:45 in gym.

Lottery results for incoming students have been posted at the school, if you cannot make it in to check please call the main office.

Students in second- and third-grade will participate in an overnight field trip to the Seward Sea Life Center culminating their study of marine biology. Students in grades 4 through 6 will be embarking on their annual three-day field study at Kasitsna Bay, wrapping up their study of inter-tidal zones and marine biology.

Our outstanding yearbook committee and Magic Moments have joined forces to create the biggest yearbook we have ever produced. Don't miss out, get your order in to Mrs. Dehlbom today.

May 21 is the Last Day of School. There will be a sixth-grade graduation assembly 9:30 in gym. There will also be an all - school picnic at the newly remodeled Soldotna Creek Park, time will be announced. Sign-up sheets in school hallway for food, volunteers to barbeque the food, and volunteers to help set up the food on the tables for the picnic.

Academic Policy Committee elections will be held at school. The ballot box will be open until the end of school today. Three parent positions on the APC will be filled in this election.

Tustumena Elementary

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

May 21 -- Last Day of School for Students.

Wings Christian Academy

Thursday is Final Day for tests.

Friday is field day and graduation. Graduation and Awards Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Parents please remember to bring the food item your student was assigned.

Students should bring a large sack to put their belongings in; desks and lockers need to be cleaned out.

Summer School for students needing to complete work will be held on the following dates: June 7 - 10, June 21 - 24, July 12 - 15.

School will resume August 16.

The office of the week in the Upper Learning Center is Kelsey Jose.

The office of the week in the Lower Learning Center is Joanna Grant.

Remember to help support Enrique and Margot: only two dollars each month.

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

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