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Posted: Monday, September 20, 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 http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/school_board.aspx?id=13414. 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 stachick@kpbsd.k12.ak.us no later than three business days before the meeting date.

* 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).

Semifinalists named in 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program

Last week the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program were announced by officials of National Merit

Scholarship Corporation. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring. Locally Ari D. Bennett of Nikiski High and Angela R. Ramponi of Solodotna High were selected.

American Essay Contest open

High school students and their teachers are invited to compete for nearly $115,000 in prize money by participating in the Bill of Rights Institute's fifth annual Being an American Essay Contest. Top prize winners and their teachers will also receive all-expenses paid trips to the nation's capital.

The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the Washington, D.C. area devoted to educating children about the Constitution and Founding principles. The sponsors include the History Channel and the Stuart Family Foundation.

Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on American citizenship by answering the following question: "What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American?"

The top three student winners and their teachers from each of the nine geographical regions will be announced at a special Washington, D.C. Awards Gala in the spring of 2011, where they will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000 (First Place), $1,000 (Second Place), and $500 (Third Place). The winning students will also explore the nation's capital, meet contemporary American heroes and national leaders, and visit national landmarks.

Additionally, the contest will award 126 honorable mention prizes of $100 to seven students and their teachers from each region.

Deadline for essay submissions is Dec. 1. All essays must be submitted by a high school teacher. Web site and contest guidelines can be found at www.BeingAnAmerican.org.

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, www.scholastic.com/kidspress 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 begin Oct. 18 and will end on Dec. 14th in mid October. Class days will be Monday and Tuesdays from 2:45-5:45 and Saturdays from 9-2. 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. 26 and will end on March. 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. n Soldotna High School will be offering a welding academy. This academy started Sept. 15 but it is not too late to sign up. The academy will end on October 13. Class days are Monday thru Friday from 2:30-5. 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 dpearson@kpbsd.org

Connections Homeschool Program

Connections has open enrollment for all students at this time. All students not enrolled in public school are encouraged to contact the Connections office at 714-8880 to learn about all of the educational benefits that Connections can provide for children.

The PSAT will be given on Oct, 13 at 7:45 a.m. to all 10th- and 11th-graders. Register at the KCHS main office by Thursday. The cost is $15, payable at registration. Test will be held at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. Items to bring are calculator, photo ID, school code (020-360). Call advisor with any questions.

KPC's twenty-first annual Career Day will be Nov. 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for all sophomores, juniors and seniors. Contact Wendi Dutcher with any questions.

High School Qualifying 11th- and 12th-grade students who need to retake the HSGQE will be taking the test October 5, 6 and 7. Testing will be in the Conference Room at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Students should arrive by 8:45 am. Testing will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

Connections will be participating in a local spelling bee in January and the State Spelling Bee in March. For those students grades 3-8 who are interested, contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or at eyoter@kbpsd.k12.ak.us to receive the word study lists.

Cook Inlet Academy

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 www.cookinletacademy.net 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 kennyleaf@hotmail.com

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

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.

KMS will be ordering shirts and sweatshirts. T-shirts are $15, crewneck sweatshirts are $20 and hooded sweatshirts are $25. If you are interested in ordering, pick up an order form at the office. Orders and money are due by Sept. 30.

Parents if you haven't activated you parental edline code to keep up with your child's grades and attendance please call the office at 283-1700.

Dates:

* Today: Magazine Drive Begins;

* Sept. 27: Soccer - 1st Round Boroughs;

* Sept. 28: Spin the Money Wheel for Magazine Drive;

* Oct. 2: XC Running Boroughs at Seward, Soccer Boroughs at KMS;

* Oct. 5: B-Ball Intramurals begin;

* Oct. 7: Choir Concert;

* Oct. 15:In service - No School;

* Oct. 28: Parent teacher conferences;

* Oct. 29: Parent teacher conferences.

Mountain View Elementary

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

The Title I family night is on Oct. 1 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The theme for this fun night will be 'The Monster Factory' and you are invited to wear your favorite monster gear. There will be family time with stories, crafts and a surprise or two. For more information 776-2600.

Redoubt Elementary

School doors will remain locked each morning until 8:15. Keeping all students safe and accounted for is one of our main priorities and responsibilities of the school. A time that is very difficult for us to fulfill that duty is in the mornings before school starts. Because of that, we are requesting your help and asking that you not drop your student off at school before 8:15 a.m, nor allow your student to walk or arrive at school prior to 8:15 a.m.

Congratulations, Marlene Lewis is Redoubt's site council representative this school year.

Talk Like a Pirate Day is today. Students and staff are invited to dress like a pirate. This week we will learn about pirates and read pirate books in the library.

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna PTA has begun activities for students and parents after their first meeting last Thursday. They are collecting gently used coats until Oct. 18. During Parent/Teacher conferences, coats will be available to families and students.

A Book Bingo will be held on Thursday in the school library. Notes were sent home to sign up for pizza and ice cream by today so that pizza and ice cream could be pre ordered. Pizza and goodies will start at 5:30 and book bingo will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.

Parents are reminded that the car lane next to the school is for picking up children and cars cannot be parked without a driver in that lane.

Soldotna High

The National Honors Society will have a blood drive on Sept. 28.

Parent meetings are: Junior Class Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. in the staff lounge and Senior Class on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. in the staff lounge.

State testing make up dates are Oct. 5 through 7.

Congratulations to the 2010-11 yearbook editors: Trent Meyer, editor; Carly Lund, deadline editor; Tatyana Stott, photo editor; Olivia Bowen, senior editor; Dawson Pearson and Kaili Sholin, sports editors; Devin Hutchings, junior editor; Cole Aaronson, sophomore editor; Jeremy Marciniak, art editor.

The SoHi Arts and Crafts Fair is Nov. 13 and 14 from 10 to 4. For more information call 260-7570, 262-2892 or email annetteweigle@yahoo.com or hockeytunz@yahoo.com .

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 www.highschoolsports.net .

Soldotna Middle

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

Tuesday: White Boys and Girls Soccer v.s. KMS at SMS, 3 p.m. - girls first, and "B" team game also at 3 p.m.

Thursday: Boys and Girls Maroon v.s. White at SMS, 3 p.m. - boys first;

Friday: Boys and girls Soccer, White v.s. Homer at SMS, 3 p.m.

Battle of the Books will have their first meeting on Sept. 27 during lunch. If you are interested bring your lunch to the library. In the meantime, pick up a book list and check out a book. See Ms. Laber in the library if you have any questions.

Sept. 28: Rirst round borough soccer, games to be announced.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Our annual celebration of the International Day of Peace will take place during an assembly on Tuesday at 2:45 in the gym. International World Peace Day was established by the UN in 1982. Several of our primary students will be hosting the event. Families are welcome to attend.

TB tests are required for kindergarten parents who do not have older siblings in our school. Appointments may be scheduled directly with the school nurse on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. Tests will not be scheduled for Thursday.

SMCS is still collecting "very gently used" books to send to the Kibera slum and a nearby orphanage in Kenya, Africa. The orphanage is home to 120 young children and currently owns only one book. We will send all collected books to Africa in early October. The books will be delivered in person by friends of SMCS. If you would like to participate in this book drive please send your books to school with your child no later than Sept. 30.

If you are interested in being the head coach or an assistant coach for our upper elementary Lego League Robotics Club this year please contact the school office. The head coach will receive a stipend for this service. Robotics club meets after school weekly or on Saturdays until December and attends competition in Anchorage in January.

Tustumena Elementary

Wanted: Volunteers are needed to help in the school library. The jobs are simple and can take as little time, or as much time as you want to spend. Training and instruction are provided. All volunteers are very appreciated. Contact Miss Thompson in the library.

Our Tustumena Future Problem Solving team, Rachael Todd, Lindsey Wong, Sage Hill and Kelsielyn Overway, 6th-graders from last year, competed in their first Future Problem Solving International competition this past summer. To attend they first had to qualify for the State Bowl. The qualifying problem came with the topic of "Food distribution". The team placed #1 and earned an invitation to the State Bowl held in Soldotna on April 19 and 20. It is very unusual for a 1st year team to go to the State Bowl let alone come in first, but win they did. That win earned them an invitation to the Future Problem Solving International Conference held in La Cross Wisconsin, at the University of Wisconsin in June. The International Conference topic was "Green Living". The team studied and took field trips to learn everything they could about how and why to live in an environmentally healthy way. They also did an amazing job of fundraising, and are grateful for the many donations received. They stayed in a dorm on campus and competed against teams from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and most of the states in the Lower 48. Out of 84 teams, our Tustumena team came in 12th place.

Dates:

* Tuesday: PTO General meeting, 4 p.m.;

* Sept. 27: Site Council meeting 4 p.m.;

* Oct. 15: In-service Day -- no school;

* Oct. 28: Parent teacher conferences;

* Oct. 29: Parent teacher conferences.



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