Around the District

Posted: Monday, September 13, 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.

* Today -- (at Homer High School);

* Oct. 18;

* Nov. 1;

* Dec. 6;

* Jan 10;

* Feb 7;

* Feb 21;

* Mar 7;

* Apr 4;

* May 2 -- (at Seward High School;

* June 6;

* June 7 -- (Board planning session).

Kid reporters wanted

The Scholastic Kids Press Corps, a hardworking team of over 50 kid reporters from around the country, has covered everything from the 2008 election season to the 2010 Olympics - and now they're looking for new recruits. There might be some pint-size Pulitzer candidates in Alaska waiting to be discovered,

Scholastic Kid Reporters deliver news for kids, by kids. They report on current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sports events from their hometowns and on the national stage. Most recently, the Scholastic Kids Press Corps produced an in-depth special report on the Gulf recovery efforts - they reported from the front-lines on how the Gulf wetlands have been affected, the tar balls that are dotting the beaches, the experts who are helping affected wildlife, as well as interviews with kids who are making a difference in their own communities.

Applicants must be 10-14 years-old. Those applying will be asked to submit a typed article about what makes their community special, as well as a short essay and story ideas - and from there, the SKPC editors will carefully select the 2010-2011 Kids Press Corps. Kids should visit the Scholastic Kids Press Corps site, to apply.

Workforce Development Center

The Workforce Development Center will be offering four different after school academies for local high school students starting this next month.

Kenai High School-WDC will be offering a construction academy that will start in mid October (dates and times TBA). The students will be working on completing the classroom portable that students had started during our summer construction academy. Students will learn basic construction skills, framing and proper measuring. The skills learned during this academy will help participants secure jobs in entry level construction careers.

Kenai High School-WDC is also offering an ETT academy that will begin Oct. 11 and run thru Nov. 12. Class days vary and will run 2-3 days per week from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. This course will cover all areas required to receive certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. The last week of class will be review and the final exam. If you pass the exam you'll receive your certification and an ETT patch.

Skyview High School will be offering a construction academy starting Oct. 25. Students will begin constructing a classroom portable. Students will learn basic construction skills, framing and proper measuring. The skills learned during this academy will help participants secure jobs in entry level construction careers.

Soldotna High School will be offering a welding academy. Students will be welding/constructing the frame for a classroom portable. Students will learn the basics of welding: oxy-acetylene cutting, torch safety & set up, cutting torch (free hand), interpret welding symbols and much more.

If a student successfully completes any of the 60 hour academies above they are eligible to receive a half practical art credit. A 10 hour online OSHA course may be offered.

Transportation may be provided if needed.

To sign up contact your counselor or call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or email

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.

Cook Inlet Academy

Work-a-Thon will be held on Wednesday. Your kids should now be working on gathering their sponsors. If you are willing to be a driver/chaperone, please call Lauren Bauder at 262-5706.

There will be no school on Thursday and Friday. These are in service days where the teachers and staff will be attending the annual ACSI Teacher's Convention in Anchorage.

Sept. 27 is the 2nd parent night meeting. Time for this meeting will be posted soon.

School pictures will be held on Oct. 6 and forms will be sent home with student prior to this date.

There will be PSAT Testing for high school students on Oct. 13. The fee is $13 and you can sign up your student at the front office.

Office Hours for the school year will be 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you need to meet outside of these hours, please contact the office so they can accommodate your schedule.

Open gym for all high school students will be on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The lunch cart program is now in operation Monday through Friday, excluding Tuesdays. CIA will have its long standing tradition of ordering pizza from Pizza Boys on Tuesdays. Our High School Student Council will also be offering hot lunch at least one day per month. Make sure to check out the menu and to verify funds on your lunch account through Sycamore.

Jr. High Soccer has begun. Visit to view the game schedule. Cook Inlet's first elementary soccer team will swing into action this season. For more information contact Coach Leaf at 398-1008 or email

We are seeking a coach for a small group of students to participate in cross country skiing or wrestling. Please call or visit the office for more information.

Through Sycamore you can access your family account and be informed on important school information. If you need assistance accessing Sycamore, contact Jill Leiter in the office at 262-5101.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Family Fun Night / Ice Cream Social on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is sponsored by the PTA.

Please phone the school by 2:30 if you are calling with after school plans for your child. All messages are delivered to the classrooms at 3:20 and these late calls miss being included, causing classroom interruptions.

Kenai Middle

Mrs. Howard, the school nurse, will be doing the 7th-grade and new to district student health screening this month. The screening includes measuring height and weight, a hearing and vision check, and a T.B. test. The enrollment forms included in registration paperwork gave KMS permission for the T.B. testing and health screening. If you would like to help, or if you have concerns/questions please call the office at 283-1700 and follow the directions below.

Last June a number of KPBSD school counselors met to work on lessons and presentations that will be key elements in implementing KPBSD's Personal Education Plan (PEP) for students in grades 7-12. PEP seeks to give direction and guidance to each student's educational and career choices. First quarter, separate from the PEP activities, I am visiting 7th and 8th grade advisories for some lessons on time management and stress management. I am encouraging students, in consultation with their parents, to plan out their time each week to include time for recreation, homework, family activities, chores, etc. I am also talking to them about "to do" lists and efficient use of study time. Lastly, we deal with procrastination and motivation. In other presentations I am talking about the effects of stress on the body, recognizing our stressors, and stress-relieving ideas. Please call or visit if you have questions. Mark G. Manuel, KMS school counselor, 283-1726.

* Monday, Hat Day;

* Tuesday, Neon Day;

* Wednesday, Crazy Hair Day;

* Thursday, Celebrity Day;

* Friday, SC Running at KMS, 3; Soccer at KMS, 3:30, School Colors.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners last week were Chloe Isam, Donovan Miles, Derrick Henry, Kallie Mears, Madeline Edelen, Haven Walluk, Makayla Savage, Nathan Wynn, Matthew Demello, Unique Milan, Tyler Sargent and Jim Segura.

The Open House/Ice Cream Social will be Tuesday from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. We are asking each family, if possible, to donate a topping for ice cream sundaes. Kindergarten - 2nd grade students are asked to bring one of the following: Sprinkles, crushed cookies, maraschino cherries, mini M & M's, chocolate chips, gummy bears, etc. Third - 5th grade students are asked to bring one of the following: chocolate syrup, caramel topping, strawberries, whip cream, etc. If you are able to help scoop ice cream please call the office at 283-8600 to sign up.

The PTA is currently seeking Board Members for the school year. If you are interested please call the office for more information.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Congratulations to the winners of the Nikiski North Star Elementary Cosmic Summer Book Challenge. All students who participated were challenged to read at least 1200 minutes. Primary winners are: 1st place - Brenden Boehme and 2nd place - Carlee Rizzo. Intermediate winners tied for 1st place are Lochlan Quiner and Bryan Sledge. There were 45 students who participated in the book challenge and will be honored with an ice cream celebration, t-shirt and other prizes.

Today at 3:45 p.m. there will be a site council meeting in the lounge. Please call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

On Tuesday there will be a 6th grade transition meeting at Nikiski Middle High School at 6 p.m. Please call John O'Brien at 776-9400 for more information about this important meeting.

Redoubt Elementary

Intramural games will start the week of September 13th.

School Pictures will be Friday, retakes are on Oct. 22, complete information will be sent home prior to picture day.

Students are looking for used band instruments. We need flutes, clarinets, trumpets, saxophones. If you have one you would like to sell or give to the school, please let Ms. Biggs know at 260-4337 or

Redoubt PTA will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. Child Care provided.

Redoubt Site Council will meet Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.

Redoubt has adopted the ALERTNOW Notification Service, which will allow us to provide important information about school events or emergencies to parents via telephone or email message. Please let us know if your contact information changes. Parents also have the option of receiving information via text messages. If you would like register to receive ALERTNOW text messages, go to: select Redoubt Elementary and enter PIN no. 464300. Please note: If your cell phone carrier is not listed in the drop-down list, select any carrier; this will not interfere with you receiving ALERTNOW text messages.

Soldotna High

Homecoming is this week. SoHi Student Council will be sponsoring a bonfire at the Sportscenter on Friday from 8-10 p.m. They will also have a special halftime show on Saturday at the football game. The Homecoming dance will be Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. in the Commons.

Congratulations to the new SoHi Tech Team - Cole Aaronson, Josiah Covey, Molly Fenton, Jonathan Granger, Michael Hill, Shara Leaders, Zach Michl, Kaiti Sperber and Madeleine Wilcox. These students were selected because of their advanced computer skills and their ability to use Smartboards in the classroom. They will receive additional training on the use of Smartboards and are available to help students and staff use more technology in the classroom. For more info contact Ms. Bartman in room 76.

After School Library program (tutoring, study time, etc.) will run on the following days:

* Mondays, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.;

* Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.;

* Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.;

* Thursday, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Seniors, stop into the counseling office for available scholarships. Now is the time to apply.

Activity cards are available for students to pick up in the main office.

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle

Sept. 20: Site Council in the library, 4:30 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Upper elementary classrooms have been preparing for their overnight "Leave No Trace" experience. Leave No Trace is an international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impact on the environment when spending time in nature.

Primary classrooms are preparing for field trips to the Kenai Wildlife Center where they will get hands-on experience and information about local wildlife habitats.

SMCS is seeking a head coach for the after-school robotics program. Students meet once a week until December to construct and program Lego Robots. Contact the school for further information.

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