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Posted: Monday, October 04, 2010

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.

School pictures today for all Connections students, siblings and parents. Borough Assembly Chambers, located on the lower level of the Borough Building on Binkley St. from 4 to 6. Retakes will be held Nov. 15 from 1 to 4.

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 Exam retakes for 11th- and 12th-grade will be taking the test Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please contact advisor for location and time.

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 to receive the word study lists.

First Battle of the Books meeting for grades 3-8 will be held Thursday from 1:15 - 2:15 at the Soldotna Connections office. For those interested please contact Lennie Yoter.

Connections is organizing a program field trip to Washington DC. For those interested in obtaining more information about the Close Up Program offered for grades 7-12, contact Riley Justis at 714-8880 or visit their website at .

Scholastic book order forms are here. Ordering deadline is Oct. 15.

Cook Inlet Academy

School pictures will be held on Wednesday 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.

Oct. 22 is the end of first quarter and the school will be closed.

Oct. 24-25 will be the UAA College Fair at the Denaina Convention Center in Anchorage.

The First Kenai Peninsula College Fair will be held at Kenai Central High School from 10-1. A CIA staff member will be at the Fair to excuse Juniors and Seniors if they are in attendance.

Oct. 28-29 are Parent Teacher Conferences. There will be no school on Oct. 29.

Nov. 12 is the Fall Banquet, stay tuned for details.

Office Hours for the school year will be 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Those needing to meet outside of these hours should contact the office.

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. The 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 lunch accounts through Sycamore.

Student Council has water for sale in the office for $1 per bottle.

CIA is looking for scorekeepers and clock runners for the 2010-2011 volleyball and basketball seasons. Contact Rhonda Orth at if interested.

Parents of Seniors, the school is offering Student Recognition Ads in this years' yearbook as a chance to congratulate students for their hard work throughout the school year. Contact the office or Yearbook Staff to place ads.

The school is 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.

I.D.E.A. Home School Program

Enroll for the 2010-2011 school year online at or at the IDEA office in the Red Dimond Center.

IDEA will have Orientations and Trainings today at the IDEA Office. All new families who have not already attended should attend the New Family Orientation. Anyone new or anyone needing a refresher on FAST should attent the FAST trainings. The High School Orientations are for the veteran homeschooler with their first high schooler as well as new to IDEA families with high school students. New Familly Orientations, 9 a.m. -10 a.m.; FAST Trainings, 11:30-12:30; and High School Orientations, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The PSAT will be on Oct. 13 at the Aspen Hotel. Check-in time is 8:30 and starting is at 9 a.m. The PSAT is for 10th and 11th graders who have registered at the IDEA office. Family Hay Tunnel and Carriage ride event will be Friday from 2-4 at Solid Rock Bible Camp. Sign up for this family fun time at the IDEA office.

Scholastic Book Fair will be Oct. 25-28 (9-4) each day at the IDEA office.

Terrific Tuesday Activities:

Book Club participants are reminded to read their first book selections over the next month. Advanced Reader - The Golden Goblet and Easy Reader Mr. Poppers Penguins. A book discussion will be held at the end of the month;

Lego Robotics members are asked to meet each Tuesday at 10 a.m. instead of 10:30 for extra time to cover all the robotics material;

Future Problem Solvers are researching Healthy Living with their first practice problem due on Oct, 15;

Science Club Students need to complete their weather instrument and will be demonstrating them;

Other Terrific Tuesday Clubs include Math Club and Ancient Civilizations.

Students interested in the Battle of the Books can get information on the IDEA website. The books are available for check-out at the IDEA library.

First Graduation Planning Meeting is Oct. 14 9:30-10:30 at the IDEA office.

Juneau Close-Up 2011 applications are due Tuesday. Washington D.C. Close-Up is Mar. 24 - April 3. Details are on the IDEA website.

For information: Phone 260-7555 or .

K-Beach Elementary

Mrs. Bagley has a group of 5th- and 6th-grade boys and girls working on building soccer skills, team work and having a lot of fun. Next intramural - 5th- and 6th-grade boys and girls basketball starting Oct. 18 through Nov. 11. Watch permission slips. There will be a $15 fee.

The new Student Council is: President - Alexis Terra; Vice-president - Jenna Hansen; Secretary - Anna Aley.

Classroom representatives are:

1st: Carson Koppes, Brock Wilson and Isaac Pontius;

2nd: Emma Steffy, Emma Mullet and Derek Hamlow;

3rd: David Aley, Ryan Hill and Ryan Hill;

4th: Danica Schmidt and Nicole Kreider;

4th/5th: Brittani Blossom;

5th: Madison Goforth and Brenner Furlong;

5th/6th: Judah Aley;

6th: Sophia Sorensen and Andrew Agosti.

K-Beach Queen of Summer Reading for 2010 is Athalia Quiner. She read a total of 7,244 minutes. 151 readers turned in their Reading is Great in Summer sheets. They each earned a book mark, two books and a t-shirt.

First-grade raffle winners are Justin Richmond, $200 at Sweeney's; Joe Mizera, $100 at Twin Cities Vet Clinic; and Trevor Job, $50 at the Duck Inn and Orca movie tickets. Funds will be used for class projects and activities.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Fall is definitely here and unfortunately the temperatures are dropping - we encourage our students to come to school prepared with warmer clothing for outdoor recess and field trips.

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.

Oct. 15 will mark the end of the quarter and is also an in-service day. There will be no school that day.

The Writer's Workshop is underway and these sessions are held each Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. Students participating in this workshop can be picked up at 4:45.

Kenai Central High

Attention all wrestlers: Wrestling practice starts today. The season is short and intense, join today.

Kenai Middle

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.


* Tuesday: B-Ball Intramurals begin;

* Thursday: Choir Concert;

* Oct. 15:In service - No School;

* Oct. 28: Parent teacher conferences;

* Oct. 29: Parent teacher conferences.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners on Sept. 10 were: Quintin Johnson, Izaiah Templeton, Bo Gage, Dylan Duniphin, Brock Miller, Kristi Anderson, Lance Kramer, Jeffrey Patterson, Raven Patrick, Jacob Keels, Shelby Baylie and Nadia Walluk.

Character Counts winners on Sept. 17 were: Wade Williams, Jayden Garner, Timothy Hatfield, Zoe Mason, Paula McGlasson, Courtney Ellis, Emily Wait, Therin Shulmire, Ethan Schneider, Cydnee Sledge, Rachel Davidson, Caitlyn Tri, Zena Esmailka and Matt McEntire.

Character Counts winners on Sept. 24 were: Mavrick Gabriel, Kevin Chaffee, Branden Olson, Krislynn Isam, Maverick McFarland, Lily Coon, Priscilla Phillips, Megan Clore, Rachael Hansen, Claudia Calderon, Matt McEntire and Eli Heinrich.

All Innisbrook Fundraiser orders need to be turned in to the office by Wednesday. Call the office at 283-8600 if you have any questions.

This is the last week for Archery Club with Mrs. Christensen. The students have learned proper form, range safety and aim. They have been able to practice these through a variety of games.

The Jump Rope Club for first- through fifth-grade students will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday. Space is limited to the first 20 students to return a signed permission slip. Students will need to be picked up at 4:45.

The after school Math Club meets on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

The Site Council will be meeting on Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library.

Please return your conference slips by Oct. 14 to indicate your preference for a parent/teacher conference time.

Oct. 15 is an inservice day for teachers and staff. There is no school for students.

Picture Day is Oct. 20.

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

Nikiski Middle-High

The Nikiski High School National Honor Society has recently added members to its ranks. The following students were selected to become members after making it through a rigorous nomination, application and interview process: Tyler Peek, Caitlin Reid, Aubrey Rizzo, Sebastian Strickland, Jayden Tumbaga, Colton Anderson, Kaden Spurgeon, Ashley Epperheimer, Annaleah Ernst, Lincoln Johnson and Brittany Sexton.

On Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. the school will honor students who have demonstrated academic excellence by holding the annual Academic Lettering Banquet followed directly by the National Honor Society Induction ceremony at 7 p.m.

PE teacher and Athletic Director, Adam Anders; PE Teacher and Head Football coach, Ted Riddall; and Head Secretary, Margie Warner, are the school Golden Apple Recipients for August, September, and October.

The school is in partnership with the Nikiski Boys and Girls Club to provide quality after school academic support and enrichment activities for students in grades 7-12. The Boys and Girls Club recently was awarded a grant to expand the program up to the middle-high school. A late bus takes participants home at 4:45 p.m. Parents wishing to have their students involved should call the school at 776-9400.


Today: Middle School Intramural Basketball begins; after school tutoring and enrichment activities with Boys and Girls Club until 4:45 p.m.;

Tuesday: HSGQE Retakes for juniors and seniors who still need to pass the Reading section, 8 a.m.; after school tutoring and enrichment activities with Boys and Girls Club until 4:45 p.m.;

Wednesday: HSGQE Retakes for juniors and seniors who still need to pass the Writing section, 8 a.m.; after school tutoring and enrichment activities with Boys and Girls Club until 4:45 p.m.;

Thursday: HSGQE Retakes for juniors and seniors who still need to pass the Math section, 8 a.m.; after school tutoring and enrichment activities with Boys and Girls Club until 4:45 p.m.;

Oct. 11: Academic Lettering Banquet at 6 p.m. in the Commons; NHS Induction Ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The PTA will be putting together the annual fall carnival on Oct. 30 from 2 to 5. They are in the process of organizing and asking for volunteers to sign up to help in all areas to make this another successful fundraiser for the school. Interested volunteers should contact Samantha Moore at 398-9513.

The school fundraiser will end Thursday. Items include gift wrap, candles and numerous gift items. Proceeds go to field trips and Character Counts. Please contact any child or the office to make your purchase and help us meet the fundraising goal.

Please remember that it is getting colder outside and the children need to come to school with warm gear for outdoor recess.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt Elementary School T-shirts are now on sale, stop in the school office for more information.

Hunter Secor he was the Box Top Winner last week.

Walk Your Child to School Day is Wednesday, at 8 a.m. Redoubt parents, students and staff are invited to join in the walk. The walk will start at the Catholic Church on Redoubt Ave. and end up at Redoubt Elementary. Participants will enjoy a snack when they get to the school. All students must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

Redoubt Fun Fest will be held Oct. 14, from 3:30 -- 5:30 p.m. for 1st- 6th-grade. Admission is $4 per student. This covers all activities. Extra money is needed for snacks. Permission slips are due by noon on Thursday. Pick up students at their classrooms at the end of Fun Fest.

Redoubt's annual Home and Gift Collection Fundraiser began last week. Packets were sent home with students. The school will be selling Innis Brook products. Proceeds will be used to support important goals and programs that benefit our students. For more information, call Mrs. Hale at 260-4341. Redoubt's 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will compete in Redoubt's first Annual Alaska Bee on Oct. 18, starting at 9:30 a.m. in the school gym.

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.

Skyview High

School picture retake day will be today.

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna PTA is collecting gently used coats until Oct. 18. During Parent/Teacher conferences, coats will be available to families and students.

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 2010-11 yearbook can be ordered online at or in room 76 for $55, checks made out to SoHi. Personalization is also available. Parents of seniors wishing to purchase ad space for their child can create their layout at

Formal senior portraits for yearbook are due Oct. 12 in room 76.

Make up testing will be Tuesday-Thursday this week. Juniors will also be completing the Workkeys assessment.

Parent meetings are: Junior Class -- Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the staff lounge; and Senior Class -- Thursday at 6 p.m. in the staff lounge.

The prom committee will meet every Thursday during lunch in Mrs. Cox room

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 or .

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

Tuberculin Skin Tests will be done this week. All 7th graders will be tested.

Today: Basketball intramurals start. Girls practice first this week, 2:30 - 4 p.m; boys, 4 - 5:30. Girls need to arrange transportation home by 4:15. Mandatory study hall for all late practice players. Study hall in the library from 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. each day when the player has late practice. Boys will have early practice the week of October 11, girls will be the late time slot;

Tuesday: Picture retakes;

Friday: SOM/COM Bingo, 8th period;

Oct. 12: Assembly Schedule, recognition of soccer and cross country running teams, band and choir performances; Band and Choir Concert, 7 p.m.;

Oct. 14: Last day of the first quarter; Fortnightly Celebration, 3 - 5 p.m.; Volunteers needed from 2:45-5 p.m., call the office if available;

Oct. 15: No school for students. Teacher In-Service and work day.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Students in grades 4 through 6 will spend the next two weeks finalizing their unit study on the Kenai River Watershed. Information gained on field trips to Swanson River and the Kenai River will combined with classroom studies. Students in primary grades are completing an interdisciplinary unit on insects. A variety of insect life cycles are being studied and observed.

SMCS will continue to collect gently used books to send to the Kibera Slum in Kenya, Africa.

The Academic Policy Committee will meet on todaty at 5:30 p.m. at the school.

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

Cash Raffle ticket sales start in October for a chance to win $2,500. Tickets are $20.

The 4th annual Tustumena 5K Fun Run was a great success. Almost 60 participants with many of those being families from our school took part. There were 13 students who participated. Those are: Girls 9 and under: 1st -- Grace McElroy, 2nd -- Madilyn Barkman, 3rd -- Jaden Hopper and 4th -- Kaidence Shaeffer. Boys 9 and under: 1st -- Skyler Checketts, 2nd -- Isaac Davis and 3rd -- Robert Roush. Girls 10-14: 1st -- Afton Carlson. Boys 10-14: 1st -- Sam McElroy, 2nd -- Eli Sheridan, 3rd -- Andy West, 4th -- Timothy Blakely and 5th -- Daniel Davis.

Calling all grandparents. Tustumena Elementary is looking for individuals to be involved. the school is looking for additional volunteers who could help work in the classrooms with projects, small groups of kids or even just reading with individuals. While some classes have a great number of volunteers others aren't as fortunate. Call Mr. VanDerWege at the school, 260-1345.


* Oct. 13: Picture retakes;

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

* Oct. 19: PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.; Lynx Track grades 2-6 hay tunnel;

* Oct. 20: Lynx Track grades 2-6 hay tunnel;

* Oct. 25: Site Council, 4 p.m.

* Oct. 28: Parent teacher conferences;

* Oct. 29: Parent teacher conferences.

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