Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

School board meetings slated

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148 N. Binkly St. in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted).

For more information, call 714-8888, fax 262-964 or visit

* Oct. 1 Seward High School;

* Oct. 15;

* Nov. 5;

* Dec. 3;

* Jan. 14;

* Feb. 4;

* Feb. 18;

* March 3 Homer High School;

* April 7;

* May 5 Seward High School;

* June 2; and

* June 3 Board planning session.

Connections home-school

The school is holding open enrollment. Call 714-8880.

There will be a workshop, parent meeting and ice skating for the kids Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center from noon to 2 p.m. Adviser Michael Hanson will lead a language arts workshop. After the workshop, there will be a time for parents to get together.

Child care will be provided for small children that will not be skating. The meeting is open to everyone.

DIBELS/CBM assessments for grades kindergarten through third will be today through Sept. 21. Call for an appointment.

Scholastic Book orders are available online or in each office. They are due Saturday. Call Tanya at 714-8880 for more information.

WorldStrides Splash into Science trip to Florida will be held during spring break for grades seven through 12. There will be a 1.0 high school credit.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Tonight is Curriculum Night at 6:30. Parents may come and hear from thier child's teacher what will be taught throughout the school year.

The first volunteer training is Wednesday at 9:20 a.m. Training is required for anyone who would like to volunteer at the school and on field trips. It will be offered again Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Boy Scout Night is Thursday at 7.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 21. Picture packets will be sent home Friday.

The students will get a visit today from the Kenai River Brown Bear Hockey Team. Players will read to the students.

The breakfast program is in need of volunteers willing to help for an hour a week. Everything is provided. For more information, call Linda at 283-0804.

The PTA is beginning a fundraiser with Nicholson Productions. Packets will be sent home this week.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The PTA will meet at 2:4 p.m. today in the lounge. Free baby-sitting will be provided.

A school newspaper informational meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Mrs. Murphy's room. Fifth- and sixth-graders may attend.

Picture day is Friday.

First grade raffle tickets are due Sept. 19.

The RIGS assembly and first grade raffle drawing will be Sept. 21 at 8 a.m. in the gym.

The Veteran's Wall of Honor will be displayed at the school Oct. 29 through Nov. 9. School families may bring photos of their military veterans in military uniform (with a clear view of their face) to be displayed. Photos must include rank, name, branch of service, years of service and veteran's relationship to the student or staff.

For more information, call Steve Wright at 260-1309.

Kenai Central

This week is Homecoming Week: Today dress-up day is red, white and blue or patriotic day; Wednesday Harry Potter Day; Thursday is Snow Day; and Friday is red, white and black day. The school will have a pep assembly beginning at 1:40 p.m. and homecoming events will culminate with a dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The parade lineup is at 5:30 p.m. in front of KeyBank and the parade starts at 6 p.m. with the bonfire to follow. Parents or community members wanting to volunteer to help with homecoming, should call Jim Beeson at 283-7524.

School pictures were taken Aug. 30. If your student was absent, they need to have a picture taken on Picture Make up Day, Sept. 20 in the Green Room. Students need to have their photo taken for a school ID card and a yearbook picture. Picture packets are available in the office. Senior yearbook portraits are due to Mrs. Brighton by Oct. 1.

Open house is scheduled for Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Activity cards are on sale for $20. Admission to athletic events (excluding region or state tournaments) at KCHS, Skyview High, Soldotna High, Seward High, Homer High and Nikiski Middle- High schools is free with the card. See Mrs. Gabriel in the office to purchase one.

The fall activities of football, volleyball, cross country and swimming are in full swing. The following Web link will give families access the schedules for all activities at the school Listed below is a web link to access the schedules for all activities at KCHS.<c=1&otc=1&ptc=1&school=AK9961118023

Kenai Middle

T-shirts are available for $13, crewneck sweatshirts for $20 and hooded sweatshirts are $25. Order forms are at the office and due back Sept. 20.

The Character Counts winners are Garrett Dominick and Breonna Rude. They received a pizza for lunch.

The school is collecting General Mills box tops. Bring tops to the office with your name on the back for a chance at winning a soda.

Adult volunteers are needed to mentor students. Mentors are listeners, supporters, encouragers and friends. Mentors meet with up to three students for approximately 45 minutes, once per week, during school. Training is provided and occurs once a month. An organizational meeting will be scheduled later in September. Male and female mentors are needed. For more information, call Mark Manuel at 283-4896.

Dates to remember:

* Today Soccer at KMS at 3 p.m.;

* Friday cross country running at Homer at 3 p.m.;

* Saturday soccer at Seward at 11 a.m.; and

* Sept. 18 soccer at KMS at 3 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

The site council will meet today and Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the library.

School pictures will be taken Thursday.

Volunteer orientation is scheduled for Sept. 18 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Sept. 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. Orientation is required to volunteer. For more information, call Kimb Remsen at 283-6148.

Nikiski Middle-High School

The school would like to congratulate Lee Chadwick and Teresa Goff, members of the schools staff. Chadwick was the recipient of the Golden Apple award in August for his work with students during the summer school session. He is the computer and credit recoup instructor, as well as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs football team. She is the September recipient of the Golden Apple award. Goff is a longtime custodian and is instrumental in keeping the school looking great.

For a listing of events visit or check the schools edline calendar.

Ninilchik School

The junior class is doing an online fundraiser through that will continue all year to raise money for the prom. Once at the site go to "start shopping." Then go to cart checkout choose the state and the organization from the pulldown menus. Choose "Ninilchik High School Junior Class."

Dates to remember:

* Thursday through Saturday Volleyball Camp;

* Monday volleyball practice starts;

* Sept. 18 open house at 6 p.m. (bring cookies);

* Sept. 27 fifth and sixth grades field trip to Cooper Landing Hidden Creek Trail and Skilak Lake. They will study succession, habitat, mosaic fire and fire-fighting techniques.

Redoubt Elementary

Parentsa are reminded that students are to not arrive at school prior to 8 a.m. and should understand their after-school plans before they come to school. Phone messages for students should be limited to emergencies and unavoidable changes in plans.

The school's QSP fundraiser continues through Sept. 18. Students will sell wrapping paper, candy and gifts. This is the school's big fundraiser of the year.

Parents are encouraged to complete a school programs and school lunch application whether they qualify for lunch benefits or plan to use them. Completion of the form may help the school receive federal funding.

The PTA will meet today from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the library. It is open to all parents.

The site council will meet Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in the conference room. Meetings are open to the public. Parents interested in serving on the site council are asked to call the school office by Wednesday. Election will be by ballot Friday through Sept. 21. No experience is necessary to serve on the advisory committee and time commitment is generally one meeting per month.

Intramural soccer games began this week. Game schedules are in the Friday school newsletters.

Volunteers provide cold cereal and milk for students free of charge every school day morning from 8:25 to 8:45 a.m. Volunteers wishing to help may call Marj Wiley at 262-9586.

School spirit beads in school colors (red, blue and gold) are sold during lunch Fridays for $1 each. The sale is sponsored by Mrs. Springer-Hann's language experience class. Proceeds will be used for their community field trips.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 20.

Soldotna Elementary

To obtain playground equipment, the school will hold its annual fundraiser through Sept. 18. Magazines, wrapping paper and other gift items are available with proceeds going toward Phase II of the intermediate playground development.

Parents are asked to return completed free and reduced lunch forms. Completed forms help the qualify for Title 1 funds which are utilized for its literacy program.

The PTA met and scheduled the first Book Bingo night for Sept. 20; an ice cream and fruit bar sale is slated for Sept. 21; and its annual book fair will be held Oct. 22 through 26.

Soldotna High

The site council will meet tonight in the staff lunchroom at 5.

School pictures will be taken Wednesday.

The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the staff lunch room. Call the school for day.

Congratulations to homecoming royalty: Freshman prince and princess, Zach Aberkane and Tssa Tovoli; sophomore prince and princess, Blaine Carver and Stephanie Almaraz; junior prince and princess, Tanner Abendroth and Kimberly England; senior prince and princess, Shawn Hutto and Jessica Oglesbee; and homecoming king and queen, Alan Moiles and Lyla Marey.

Soldotna Middle

The schools newsletter is available at

Parents are reminded that when a student comes from another district school a new edline activation code will need to be set up. Letters have been sent out with the instructions for parents to help them activate edline.

The following school buses are at maximum capacity and no bus passes will be authorized for buses 22, 36, 38 and 40.

Dates to remember:

* Today Maroon boys and girls at Kenai at 3 p.m.;

* Thursday maroon boys and girls vs. Nikiski at SMS at 3 p.m.;

* Friday silver boys and girls vs. Homer at SMS at 3 p.m. and cross country running meet at Seward at 3 p.m.; and

* Monday Site base council meets in the library at 4:30 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Last Friday staff, students and families attended the schools annual family picnic. Picnic food, socializing and a little play were some of the activities.

On Friday the school will hold its fall city park cleanup. Students are collecting pledges for every pound they collect and deliver to the borough landfill. This year the school hopes to break last year's delivery of more than 1,400 pounds of litter. The annual event is one of school's biggest field study fundraisers and community service projects.

On Sept. 21, the school will recognize International Peace Day with a concert and activity at the school from 6 to 7 p.m.

Sterling Elementary

The PTA is running its annual schoolwide QSP fundraiser. This is may be an opportunity to purchase magazine subscriptions, gifts and gift-wrap from students. The fundraiser will run until the Sept. 21. The proceeds will support PTA programs throughout the school year.

The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Monday in the conference room. It is open to the public.

Volunteers are needed to help with the book fair slated for October. Volunteers interested in helping to plan, set up or run the book fair may call Debbie Clonan at 262-4944.

Tustumena Elementary

The school's PTO will sponsor a new event for its students and thier family members a 5-kilometer walk or run at 1 p.m. Sunday. The event will begin at the school. Those not yet registered may do so beginning at noon the day of the race. The cost for students is $5 each or older students and adults for $10 each. Race T-shirts cost $10. Registration forms will be available at the school Sunday.

Wings Christian Academy

Vicki Spicer will teach in the Upper Learning Center; Karen Waters for the Lower Learning Center; and Linda Ruffridge will teach kindergarten.

Michael Ruffridge continues on as principal.

Volleyball practices began Monday. Practice times are from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and from 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays.

To have all-school events published in Schools, send a 350-word description to deadline for submission is noon Friday for publication in the following Tuesday's paper. For information, call 335-1241.

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