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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2001

School board candidates to speak

Tuesday voters will decide who will occupy three seats on the seven-member Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. Six challengers and three incumbents are vying for the seats.

In addition to coverage last Friday and this Thursday in the Peninsula Clarion, voters will have three more opportunities to evaluate the candidates at public forums.

The candidates will speak at noon today at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. The luncheon is open to the public.

The candidates will speak Thursday morning at 9 on KSRM's radio talk show, "Sound Off."

Thursday evening at 7:30, the candidates will be at the Cooper Landing Community Center.

Kenai schools plan benefit

Kenai area schools are putting on a community spaghetti feed Saturday to raise money for disaster relief for New York City and Washington, D.C.

Food will be available from noon to 6 p.m. at the Kenai Central High School cafeteria. At 5 p.m. a color guard will conduct a ceremony.

Cost for the meal will be $5 per person or $20 per family. Additional donations are welcome.

This event is sponsored by Sears Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Kenai Middle and Kenai Central High schools.

Walk to School Day comes to Soldotna

Walk to School Day -- USA is Tuesday. The Soldotna Police Department, the PTA and elementary schools in downtown Soldotna are working together to celebrate the occasion.

Last year, families, educators and communities in 47 states and about 2 million people worldwide took part in the first International Walk to School Day, according to the sponsoring organization, the Partnership for a Walkable America.

Walking to school promotes healthy exercise, child safety training, traffic reduction and community togetherness, it said.

Two Soldotna elementary schools are participating this year. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

Community members, parents and students should meet at the Catholic church on Redoubt Avenue at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday to walk to Redoubt Elementary School together.

To walk to Soldotna Elementary School, meet at 8:15 a.m. at Sweeney's.

More information about the program is available online at www.iwalktoschool.org.

Students to take exit exam again

The next round of testing for the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will begin Tuesday and run for three days. The tests, mandated by state law, cover three areas: reading, writing and mathematics.

Juniors and seniors who have not already passed all three sections will be required to take the tests in the areas they still need.

Schools remind families that students should get plenty of sleep and eat a hearty breakfast before sitting down to take the tests.

The tests are part of the state's Quality Schools Initiative, a program to raise academic performance through setting clear standards and requiring accountability from students and schools.

The pressure on seniors and juniors is less than it was, because the Legislature voted this spring to postpone requiring the tests for graduation for two more years. That means this fall's sophomores are the first who must pass to earn diplomas. They will take the tests for the first time in the spring.

This will be the fourth time the controversial tests have been administered.

School board to meet in Seward

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will be in Seward at the high school. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district's Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Students face college testing

High school seniors and juniors with their sights set on college need to plan ahead to take college board tests many admissions programs recommend.

The College Board, a national association that produces tests for evaluating college-bound students, has announced its schedule for the 2001-02 tests.

The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), a practice for the other tests and the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship program, will be Oct. 16. It is only given once a year. The registration deadline is Oct. 12, and the fee is $10.

The Scholastic Aptitude Tests, better known as the SATs, will be offered multiple times, with central peninsula students generally registering by mail and testing at Kenai Peninsula College. The deadline for the next test is Friday.

Test dates for the basic SAT will be Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 26, March 16 and June 1. Other dates apply for the SAT II, Advanced Placement exams.

Dates for the ACT assessment tests will be Oct. 27, Dec. 8, Feb. 10 and April 6. The late registration deadline for the next ACT test is Oct. 5.

Registration deadlines are about five or six weeks before each test.

The College Board and ACT sell a variety of products to assist students in choosing colleges, finding financial aid and succeeding at the tests.

For more information, talk to your high school guidance counselor or check out the organizations' Web sites at www.collegeboard.org and www.act.org.



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