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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 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 www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/school_board.aspx?id.

* Monday;

* Nov. 5;

* Dec. 3;

* Jan. 14;

* Feb. 4;

* Feb. 18;

* March 3 Homer High School;

* April 7;

* May 5 Seward High School;

* June 2; and

* June 3 Board planning session.

Connections home-school program

The program is enrolling students. It provides curriculum, educational materials, certified teacher assistance, music, art and physical education activity support. For more information, call 714-8880.

The school will host the Solid Rock Bible Camp hay tunnel in Soldotna from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18 The cost is $5 per person going in the tunnel. Bonfire and hot drinks will be provided. Call a 714-8880 to sign up.

Scholastic book club flyers for October are in. October orders are due Monday.

A book fair will be scheduled soon.

Grace Lutheran School

Pictures will be taken Monday for preschoolers and kindergarten through eighth-grade at 9 am. Sibling pictures and the Tuesday,/Thursday preschool students and group pictures will be taken first. Retakes will be taken Oct. 31.

A meeting for kindergarten through eighth-grade parents will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the school. Child care will be provided.

A harvest festival featuring carnival games, a costume parade, a soup cook off and cheesecake competition will be held Oct. 26 at the school from 6 to 8 p.m. Families are asked to donate a bag of candy for prizes. It is open to the public.

The school is participating in the box tops for education program and the Campbell's Soup program. Parents may participate by bringing in required proofs of purchase.

The school is accepting students. For more information about preschool through eighth grade call Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551 or visit www.gracelutherankenai.com.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The PTA's building a better library campaign to raise funds to add books has begun. Informational fliers went home in last week's Friday folders, and additional copies are available at the front desk. Anyone wishing to contribute can make checks payable to KSAS PTA.

Picture retakes will be taken Friday. Previous picture packets must be brought in on retake day. Payment should be sent for new packets for each individual student, not combined for siblings. Checks should be made out to Magic Moments and cash change is not available at the school.

The school's Web site is www.edline.net/pages/Kaleidoscope. Calendars, field trip information, homework assignments, print PTA flyers and more is available. For an activation code to login, call Linda at 283-0804.

The school would like to thank the parents who donated clothing to the nurse's office. She still needs clothing for boys in kindergarten and first grade.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The PTA congratulates the winners of the school shirt design contest, Serena Prior and Madison Woodland.

The school is seeking volunteers to with the fall carnival. Those interested may call Amber Lapp at 260-3377 for information.

Volunteers are needed for the Scholastic book fair Oct. 22 through 26. Volunteers may sign up for times at school.

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.

Dates to remember:

* Today The PTA will meet at 2:45 p.m. in the library. Free baby-sitting is provided;

* Wednesday Cyndi Aillaud, author of "Recess at 20 Below" will be the guest at an all-school assembly at 1:30 p.m.;

* Friday fundraiser packets and orders are due to Amber Lapp, parent-teacher conference time forms are due, SIGS movie in the gym, "Jungle Book" for first- through third-graders and "Surf's Up" for fourth- through sixth-graders;

* Oct. 19 no school;

* Oct. 26 Carnival set-up; and

* Oct. 27 fall carnival in the gym.

Kenai Central

Today is the final day of the borough honor choir. The event will end with a performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

A group of students will travel to Anchorage for the state leadership conference Thursday. The students will attend leadership workshops Thursday through Saturday.

The first day of hockey practice is Monday. Players must have a current physical and all of their paperwork in to coach Kiel before they can practice. For more information, call coach Kiel at 283-2120.

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. Mrs. Gabriel in the office has them for purchase.

Dates to remember:

* Friday C, junior varsity and varsity volleyball at Palmer at 4, 5 and 6:30 p.m. and swimming at Palmer; and

* Saturday Swimming at Palmer, C, junior varsity and varsity volleyball at Colony at 8, 9, 10:30 a.m., state championship football game in Anchorage and wrestling at Homer at 10 a.m.

Kenai Middle

The Character Counts winners are Michael Hansen and Matt Souders.

The school collects General Mills box tops as a fundraiser. Families are asked to bring them to the office with their students name on the back for a chance at winning a soda.

September Students of the Month are Caitlin Steinbeck, C.J. Snyder, Tyla Young, Alex Agosti, Joy Wannamaker, Tyler Tankersly, Rebecca Andrew, Carolyn Kiefer and Katie Evans.

There will be a dance from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the school for seventh- and eighth-graders. Parents are reminded to make sure their student has a ride afterward.

The school has scheduled a Hay Maze at the Solid Rock Camp on Oct. 24. Permission slips are available at the office.

The school's book fair will be held from Oct. 22 thorugh 26 in the library.

Dates to remember:

* Saturday Mind-A-Mazes at Soldotna Middle School;

* Monday choir concert at Kenai Central High School at 7 p.m.;

* Oct. 16 Principal's Day;

* Oct, 18 the site council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the library; and

* Oct. 19 in-service and end of quarter.

Kenaitze Head Start

Students are learning about preparing for winter. The tradition of the month is family and home. "Ditchik," or orange, is the color of the month, and the number is "nutiha" or two. October is Fire Prevention Month, and along with learning about fire safety, children will practice stop, drop and roll.

The after-school program offers help with homework, stories and activities that promote learning about their culture and play. For more information, call Charmaine Lundy at 283-0707.

Mountain View Elementary

The PTA is participating in the Innisbrook Fall Fundraiser. Catalogs and order forms were sent home Friday and are due back by Oct. 16.

Picture retakes are Wednesday. Students having their picture retaken need to return their original packet. Siblings are welcome to have their picture taken. Call 283-6148 for the schedule.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Oct. 25 and 26. Parents are asked to return preconference forms by Wednesday to indicate the preferred conference day and time.

The school is participating in the e-scrip program through Safeway. Parents are asked to bring their Safeway receipts and/or Safeway club card number to the office by Friday to donate 10 percent of eligible purchases to the school.

There will be no school Oct. 19 due to teacher in-service.

Parents are asked to check the lost and found inside the front door for any missing items.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a joint site council meeting at Nikiski High School at 4 p.m. today.

The school would like to thank everyone who helped with the Build It Festival on Friday night.

Picture retakes will be Oct. 17.

September Character Counts winners are Emilee Braun, Kallie McCaughey, Aura Petrick, Justin Simons, Jace Kornstad, Benjamin Easley, Gabriel Smith, Sarah Nash, Brianna Vollertson, Dalton Mullins, Delaina Mullins, Paytience Burnett, Autumn Walters, Hannalyn Ohlsen, Kiana Edgmon, Hannah Halliday and Hannah Titus.

Nikiski Middle-High

Dates to remember:

* Thursday The PTSA will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the library;

* Friday volleyball vs. Seward junior varsity at 4 p.m. and varsity at 5:30 p.m.;

* Monday ice hockey begins;

* Oct. 16 volleyball vs. SoHi junior varsity at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6:30 p.m.;

* Oct. 19 no school for students; and

* Oct. 25 Parent-teacher conferences from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

The school would like to congratulate Justin Smith for being named the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for September.

Principal John O'Brien said, "Justin Smith has been active in many capacities at Nikiski High School and continues to be a prime example of our talented and dedicated students. Justin has been a member of the Nikiski drama debate forensics program for four years, medaling in two events at state last year. A fine comedic and dramatic actor." Justin has lent his talents to several plays at the Triumvirate Theatre, including "Dandelion Wine, What's in Worth to Ya?" and the smash hit, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged."

He has shared his time and talent with his community as a member of the Drop of a Hat Players, which raises money for families in tragic situations such as a seriously ill child.

"A 4.0 student, Justin is president of the National Honor Society, and has held various student council offices throughout his career. Justin will star in this year's Nikiski musical, "The Last Vanishing Act," coming up in December." He has his eye on a career in film and is considering Montana State University in Bozeman. Justin has a fine sense of humor, is honest, creative and dedicated to his own learning. He will succeed in whatever he chooses to pursue."

Ninilchik School

The school's QSP fundraiser has begun. See any student to order.

The junior class is raising money for the prom. Fundraising is available at www.currentfun.com. Select Ninilchik Junior Class as the organization.

The yearbook class is doing an AVON fundraiser to raise money for yearbook cost. Contact Tammy Bear or a yearbook student at 567-3711, 567-7340 her at e-mail her at tbear@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or see her in the tech room. Yearbooks are on sale for $40, with additional cost for personalization.

Close-Up students are raising money to go to Washington D.C. Call Heather Pancratz for more information at 567-3712.

The after-school tutoring schedule is as follows elementary students from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in room 106, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and middle and high school students from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the library Monday through Thursday. Call Project Grad coach Betsy Vanek at 567-3714 for more information.

On Wednesday Project Grad Family Night will be held from 6 to 7 in the Project Grad room. There will be hands-on math and reading activities for all grades and refreshments and door prizes.

Dates to remember:

* Friday and Saturday CIA volleyball tourney and pizza for $15 each, call 398-9095;

* Oct. 16 volleyball vs. Homer varsity at 5 p.m. in Homer; and

* Oct. 18 end of first quarter.

Redoubt Elementary

Picture retakes will be at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. Students who would like to have their photos retaken should bring their picture package to school. Students who missed picture day Sept. 20 should plan to have their photo taken for the yearbook (free of charge). Order forms are available at the school office for those who wish to order photos on retake day.

The school is recognizing bus drivers with a Bus Driver Appreciation Day today. Students are asked to let their bus drivers know how much they appreciate the job they do.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. today.

The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

There will be a Fun Fest for students Oct. 18. Information will be sent home soon.

First quarter ends Oct. 19, an in-service day for teachers. There will be no school for students. Parent conferences will be Oct. 25 and 26. Parents are asked to return conference scheduling form to school as soon as possible. There will be no school for students on conference days.

The fall book fair will be held the week of Oct. 22.

Parents are reminded that students should come to school dressed for the weather. Students should bring a jacket to school.

The school appreciates the student, parent and community support of its QSP fundraiser. Sales totaled $25,432. The top selling class was Mrs. Schmelzenbach's fifth-grade. Individual top sellers were: first place, Jacob Jackson; second place, Ali Dusek; and third place, Alexandra Guthrie. The top selling class in each grade level will participate in turtle races.

The schools report card to the public is available on Edline, at the school office and is posted in the school foyer. The report also may be accessed at http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=46

Soldotna Elementary

The school would like to congratulate Nick Daigle for selling more than $600 worth of items in the school fundraiser. For his efforts, he won a mountain bike. Monies from the fundraiser will be used to purchase equipment for phase two of the intermediate playground.

September Students of Excellence were honored last Friday. To be chosen, students had to have excellent attendance, excellent behavior and excellent grades.

Principal Carolyn Cannava, said, "Soldotna Elementary is proud of these students and their accomplishments."

Soldotna High

Honor choir concludes its two-day clinic tonight at Kenai Central High School.

The site council meets tonight at 5 in the staff workroom.

The PTSA meets Thursday at 5:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

On Wednesday picture retakes will be held from 7:50 to 10 a.m.

The music department will host its fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday featuring music from the film "King Kong."

Yearbooks can be ordered online for $55 until Nov. 21. After this date, prices will go up. See www.shop.jostens.com or SoHi Edline page for a direct link. Senior color ad space is available one-quarter page $125, one-half page $200, full-page color $300. Space is limited. Ads are due Oct. 31.

The senior class will host a Halloween dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18. The following day will be an in-service day for teachers.

Five graduates from the class of 2007 have earned the designation of being named AP Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams. Uriah Baalke and Patrick Moore qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by completing four or more AP exams with grades of 3.25 or higher. Uriah is the son of John and Janelle Baalke, and Patrick is the son of Robert and Sara Moore. In addition, three students earned AP Scholar designation by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of 3 or higher: Brent Mello, son of Gordon and Debbie Griffin; Joseph Mohorcich, son of John and Laura Mohorcich; and Lauren Senette, daughter of Brent and Lynn Senette. Taryn Bossert, a senior at Soldotna High School, was named a commended student in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation will be presented to her. Taryn is the daughter of Cheryl Bossert and Tony Fabiano of Soldotna.

Soldotna Middle

The school's newsletter is available at www.edline.net/pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter. The school is seeking volunteers. See edline for updates on upcoming events to help with.

Monday and today tuberculosis skin tests were given to seventh-graders and new to the district students. They will be checked Wednesday through Friday. If your student will be absent for any reason during those days, call the nurse at 262-4344.

Dates to remember:

* Monday the site based council will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the library;

* Oct. 16 Band and choir concert at 7 p.m. in the big gym with the PTSA bake sale to follow;

* Oct. 18 end of first quarter;

* Oct. 19 no school. In-service; and

* Oct. 25 Parent-teacher conferences in the gym from noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m.

The school's new math textbooks are available online. The Web site is www.classzone.com. Edline contains further instructions for using the site.

The schools September Student of the Month and Students of Character were printed in the Soldotna Community Neighbors column Monday.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The school will be sending upper elementary students to the Montessori Model United Nations in New York City. Students will begin working on the project this fall. Students will be selected to participate in the trip based on specific criteria for oral and written presentations. The selected students will attend the Model UN with their teachers and chaperones in mid-April.

Funds for the trip will come from fundraising and donations. School funds may not be used for field study experiences. The first fundraiser will be a gourmet appetizer, dessert buffet and auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Tickets are $20 per person. The event will feature a gourmet buffet, a no-host bar, a silent auction, a call-out auction, a balloon-pop and a split-the-pot. Tickets may be purchased from intermediate students or the office.

Skyview High

The Student of the Month luncheon will be held Thursday.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks representative will be available to speak with seniors at 8:50 a.m. Thursday in the library. Students must have permission from their second hour teacher and sign up in Mrs. Madden's office to attend.

The football banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday volleyball C, junior varsity and varsity teams will play in Wasilla.

On Saturday swimming and diving will take place at Palmer, volleyball at Grace Christian and wrestling at the Homer Takedown.

The PSAT test will be administered Oct. 17 in the library. A nonrefundable fee of $13 must be paid to Mrs. Hanson by the end of lunch Oct. 16.

September Students of the Month: aide, Kaleene Tressler; business technology, Michael Russell; fine arts, Michael Hicks; foods, Maladee Stephenson; health, Annita Braun; language arts, Jacob LaPlante and Christopher Fabunan; math, Xavier Allmon and Skyler Anderson; performing arts, Melissa Massey; physical education, Trent Buning and Joanna Graves; science, Nichole Woodward and Alexander Janorschke; social studies, Jessica Thomas and Bailey Walgenbach; vocational education, Ashley Sarver; work co-op experience, Briar Fidler; world language, Nanette Daigle; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Tasha Brown; Soldotna Rotary Club, Jacob Fowler; teacher of the month, Maria Calvert (Credit Recovery); and staff person of the month, David Blackley.

Sterling Elementary

Title 1 will host an open house Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Title I room. The same information will be presented at both times so families may attend one that best fits their schedule. The event is open to Title I families and parents interested in picking up ideas for helping your child become a better reader. Baby-sitting will be provided in the gym.

Picture retake day is Friday. If your child was not at school when pictures were taken, they may have their photo taken that day. Photo packages must be prepaid. If students had their pictures taken and parents would like to have them redone, send the old packet of photos back to school.

Tustumena Elementary

Parents were provided notice of the school's first quarter rewards activity for children who have met the behavioral criteria. This month students will travel to Soldotna to roller skate. Written parent permission and a fee of $5 per child should be given to the child's teacher prior to the class' day of departure.

Parent conference appointment forms were sent home with students last week. Parents are encouraged to call the school if they have yet to see them. Parents are asked to contact their child's teacher should they be unable to attend at the appointed time.

Wings Christian Academy

On Friday the volleyball team will have a home game against World Harvest.

Students are asked to bring a jacket, a hat and gloves to school.

To have all-school events published in Schools, send a 350-word description to schools@peninsulaclarion.com. The deadline for submission is noon Friday for publication in the following Tuesday's paper. For information, call 335-1241.



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