Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2007

School board meetings slated

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

* 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; and

* June 2.

KPBSD seeks volunteers

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking volunteers to serve the following committees:

* The budget committee will meet Oct. 5 and 8. This committee will review the district's budget parameters to provide suggestions for consideration in developing the FY09 budget to be submitted to the Board of Education.

* The health curriculum will meet Oct. 2 and 18. This committee will review the current curriculum and make necessary changes based on Alaska state standards and national recommendations in the area of health education.

* The science curriculum will meet Oct. 16. This committee will review the current curriculum and make necessary changes based on Alaska State standards, current data, and research in the field of science.

* Federal programs advisory committee. This committee reviews district data and makes recommendations for districtwide activities in keeping with the state and federal regulations for grant programs. Three meetings are held each year. Attendance at meetings is required. An application for this committee can be found at

The deadline to express interest in a committee is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28. For more information, visit or call the district office at 714-8888.

Connections home-school program

The program is accepting students. For more information, call 714-8880.

DIBELS/CBM assessments for grades kindergarten through three will be held through Friday.

School pictures will be taken Oct. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Magic Moments studio in Soldotna.

High School Graduation Qualifying Exam retakes for grades 11 and 12 will be held at 7:45 a.m. Oct. 2 through 4 at Kenai Central High School in the Green Room. Call the office 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. Deadline to register is Oct. 3. For more information, call 714-8880.

A fundraising parent meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Soldotna computer lab office.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Volunteer training will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for those wishing to volunteer in the school or on field trips. A video will be available soon for those who are unable to attend.

School pictures will be taken Friday. Sibling pictures will be taken from noon to 1 p.m.

The PTA will sponsor a holiday fundraiser. All orders are due back Sept. 28.

Parents interested in being on the library book committee are asked to e-mail at Susan at The committee will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 2.

The school Web site is

Kalifornsky Beach

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

The Veterans' 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 at 260-1309.

Kenai Central High

Students who need to have a school picture taken may do so at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Green Room. Students need to have a 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.

Friday is grade check.

Activity cards are on sale for $20. Admission to athletic events (excluding region or state tournaments) at KCHS, Skyview, Soldotna, Seward, Homer and Nikiski high schools are free with the card. Cards are available to purchase from Mrs. Gabriel in the office.

The fall activities of football, volleyball, cross country and swimming are in full swing. The following Web link will allow users to access the schedules for all activities at the school<c=1&otc=1&ptc=1&school=AK9961118023

Dates to remember:

* Friday volleyball vs Wasilla at 3, 4 and 5:30 p.m.; and

* Saturday varsity football vs East at 2 p.m. junior varsity football at Homer at noon, cross-country running regions at Colony; vollyball vs Grace at 9, 10 and 11:30 a.m.; and swimming at Kenai.

Kenai Middle

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

The Character Counts winners from last week are Kirsten Duran and Victoria Silk.

The school is collecting General Mills box tops. Students are asked to bring tops to the office with their name on the back and have a chance at winning a soda.

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

Dates to remember:

* Thursday Soccer at 3 p.m.;

* Friday Cross country running at 3 p.m.;

* Monday Magazine drive begins; and

* Sept 25 Soccer first round boroughs.

Mountain View

Volunteer orientation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today and 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Families wishing to volunteer at the school must attend one of the meetings.

There will be a PTA meeting to elect new officers at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in room five.

Nikiski Middle-High

Breakfast is available for students at 7:15 a.m. daily. Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program also qualify for free and reduced breakfasts. Breakfast price is $1.50, reduced price is 30 cents. For more information, call 776-3456.

Dates to remember:

* Friday volleyball vs ACS; and

* Saturday volleyball vs Skyview.

For a complete listing of events, visit

Nikiski North Star

A Title 1 parent meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in the library. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 8:45 a.m. Topics will be information on the school improvement plan and data, extended learning opportunities for students and discussion on ideas to use parent involvement funds. Child care will be provided. It is open to parents.

Ninilchik School

Tutoring will be offered after school. Elementary students are asked to go Mrs. Brady in room 106 Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. and middle and high school students are asked to go Mrs. Slemmons and Mrs. Bear in room 16 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

The high school cross country team has a meet in Homer vs. Su Valley on Saturday.

The back-to-school open house will be held at 6 p.m. today. Families are asked to bring cookies.

The QSP fundraiser kick off will be held Sept. 25.

Yearbooks are on sale for $40 from Mrs. Bear or a yearbook student. There are additional costs for personalization. Call 567-3711 or 567-7340 or e-mail

Penny Connealy is a new teacher at the school. She previously taught in Anaktuvuk Pass and Nanwalek. She moved to Ninilchik in 2005.

New teacher Heather Pancratz has lived in Alaska for seven years. She was formerly executive director of Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula.

Raven Correspondence

The program is enrolling students for the 2007- 08 school year. Its office is a 44109 Sterling Highway, Suite A, Soldotna. It's office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Online enrollment is available at

The Scholastic book fair is open to the public and runs through Friday. Parents and students are welcome to stop by, browse and purchase their selections.

For more information, call Kathy at 262 -2735 or e-mail her at

Redoubt Elementary

QSP fundraiser packets are due today.

The grace period for the school lunch program ends Wednesday. Parents are asked to call 260-4300 if they need to confirm their benefits are in place.

The site council ballots electing a parent representative are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday. Ballots were in last Friday's newsletter and are available at the school office.

School pictures are Thursday. Students wishing to buy photos should bring their money and order envelope on picture day.

Students and staff will be photographed for the school yearbook free of charge. Community photos may be taken from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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 community field trips.

The PTA met last week and officers will be: Monica Frost, president; Amy Larson, vice president; Angela Hinnegan, treasurer; and Michelle Blackwell, secretary. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Oct. 9.

Parents are reminded that students may not arrive at school prior to 8 a.m. and that students should know their after-school plans before they come to school each day.

Phone messages for students should be limited to emergencies and unavoidable changes in plans.

Soldotna Middle

The schools newsletter can be accessed at

Dates to remember:

* Today White soccer vs. Kenai at Kenai at 3 p.m.;

* Wednesday soccer pictures after school boys and girls; and

* Friday cross-country at Kenai at 3 p.m.

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

Title VII homework and tutoring program is held from 2:25 to 4 p.m. in the library. Students who are Alaska Native or American Indian are eligible.

For more information, call Ms. Truesdell.

Soldotna High

Seniors will have a class meeting in the library Wednesday with Mrs. Moore, senior counselor.

Parents of juniors will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in the staff workroom.

Parents of seniors will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the staff workroom.

Oct. 2 through 4, the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered for juniors and seniors needing to retake any portion of the test.

Seniors are reminded that yearbook photos are due to room 76 by Oct. 5.

On Oct. 17 the PSAT will be given at the school.

The library staff would like to welcome and thank the following volunteers: Carmen Stephl, Cindy Ingraham, Barbara Brown, Patty Eissler and Elizabeth Eskelin.

The following students have been selected as Rotary Students of the Month for September: Kaitlyn Barkman, Dillon Ball, Wes Mills, Justin Orth, Kelly Thomas, Sierra Ball, Colin Dudley and Erik Dolphin.

Soldotna Montessori

The Kenai Brown Bears hockey team members partnered with students for reading.

Last Friday, students, staff and volunteers participated in the school's annual fall park clean-up. The event kicked off with a picnic at Farnsworth. Afterward, groups went out to local Soldotna parks to clean up the litter. The litter was taken by a volunteer to the borough landfill. Students collected either per pound or flat pledges that will contribute to the field studies fund.

The event is a way for students to commit to community service projects. It also serves as one of the largest fund raisers for the field studies program.

On Friday, the school will recognize International Peace Day. It will give students a chance to reflect on impact peace can have.

The school has been celebrating Peace Day since 2002 and a family concert will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school. The evening will begin with students teaching their families to create pinwheels for peace in the classroom. It will conclude with a concert hosted by students and Mrs. Southwick.

Sterling Elementary

Today the PTA will meet in the library at 5 p.m. It is open to the public.

On Friday, school pictures will be taken. Preschool aged siblings may get their photos taken at 11:35 a.m.

Friday is the last day for the annual QSP fundraiser run by the PTA. Money from this magazine, gift and wrapping paper sale goes to fund projects throughout the school year.

The library is looking for volunteers. Parents interested in designing bulletin boards, helping with Battle of the Books, making bookmarks, repairing books or any of the other of the many things that need to be done in a library, should call Debbie at 262-4944.

Volunteers also are needed to help plan, set up for and run the Scholastic book fair in October.

Tustumena Elementary

The PTO will meet at 4 p.m. today in the multipurpose room. It is open to all families. PTO President, Sheila Garrant is seeking parent commitment to assist her in managing the support organization.

For more information, call 262-2133.

The site council will meet Monday. New parents members are Paul Kupferschmid and Mickey Sopkowiak. The council will review the school's improvement plan, as well as elect a president and secretary. Chris Miller will serve as the PTO's at-large member, a nonparent position mandated in council bylaws.

For more information and the meeting time, call Chris at 283-8170.

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