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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2004

Schools offer open houses, registration events

Students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District resume classes Aug. 24. Several area schools will host registration days, open houses and other pre-school year events in the days before school starts.

Applications are being taken for first- and second-grade students to be placed on the wait list for the 2004-05 school year at the new Kaleidoscope School of the Arts and Sciences, a charter school at Sears Elementary School in Kenai. Registration forms are available at Sears and must be hand-delivered by 3 p.m. Friday. Class lists will be posted on the school's front door at 4 p.m. Thursday. There also will be a parent-staff barbecue on the playground from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and a "meet the teacher" event from 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 23.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School will host a PTA-sponsored open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 for parents and students to get acquainted with teachers and the school. The new school year will begin Aug. 24 with an all-school "Olympic March" at 8 a.m.

Seventh-graders entering Nikiski Middle-Senior High School this fall may stop by the school Aug. 23 to pick up locker combinations.

Redoubt Elementary School will host an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 23, when parents and students can meet teachers, visit classrooms, pick up supply lists and bus schedules and get ready for the first day of school, which is Aug. 24 for students in grades one through six and Aug. 30 for kindergartners.

Sterling Head Start is accepting applications for the 2004-05 school year. The preschool program offers a morning class from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and an afternoon class from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Both classes run Tuesday through Friday and are open to children who are ages 3 through 5 by Sept. 1. There is no cost for the program. For more information, call 260-7446.

Parents are reminded that the state's school eligibility age has changed: Children must turn 5 by Sept. 1 to enroll in a public kindergarten, and all students who turn 6 by Sept. 1 must be enrolled in first-grade. To enroll in public school, students must register with a birth certificate and proper immunizations. The Kenai Public Health Clinic will offer immunization clinics from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. today and Wednesday; from 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 23; from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 24; and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. The clinic also will offer immunizations at the Soldotna Elks Lodge from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 26.

Host families needed

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's CASTLE Home Program is looking for families in the Soldotna and Ninilchik school areas to provide homes for 11th-grade students from Port Graham for the 2004-05 school year. The district reimburses host families through stipends provided by the state of Alaska. For more information, call KPBSD's CASTLE Home Program at 262-9805, ext. 249, or e-mail castlehome@

Aviation scholarships available

The Alaska Airmen's Association Inc. recently created three annual individual $2,500 scholarships to promote professional development and aviation careers. The application deadline is Sept. 30. Scholarships will be awarded later in the fall.

The John P. Culhane Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a career in professional piloting. The funds may be used to obtain a private pilot certificate or any advanced ratings needed as the student works to obtain his or her commercial pilot rating or ATP.

The F. Atlee Dodge Maintenance Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a career as an aircraft maintenance technician, including those currently enrolled in an accredited airframe and power plant (A&P) program at an approved FAR Part 147 school. For more than 60 years, Dodge has contributed engineering, design, fabrication and certification of aircraft parts to accommodate Alaska's unique flying conditions.

The Bob Reeve Professional Aviation Management Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant to pursue his or her educational goal of a career in aviation management. It also can be applied to aviation operations, safety, education, training, scheduling, dispatching and law. Reeve Aleutian Airways served Alaska for nearly 70 years.

All awards will be made to U.S. citizens without regard to sex, race, religion or national origin. The Alaska Airmen will annually award students who are officially enrolled at an accredited university or aviation institution. For more information or an application, visit or call (907) 245-1251.

The Community page appears each Monday in the Peninsula Clarion. Submissions may be faxed to 283-3299; e-mailed to, sent to P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611 or delivered to 150 Trading Bay Road.

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