Around the District

Posted: Monday, October 11, 2010

School closures

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed the following dates:

* Friday -- Inservice day and end of quarter;

* Nov. 25,26 -- Thanksgiving holiday;

* Dec. 17 -- Inservice day and end of quarter; and

* Dec. 20-Dec. 31 -- Winter break.

First Peninsula College Fair

All students and parents are invited to the first Peninsula College Fair.

Representatives from over 40 colleges will be available to supply information and answer questions at the Kenai Central High auditorium commons on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


The GED test will be changing in the future and those who have not completed testing will lose their previous test scores. To get started or complete a GED call the KPC Kenai River Campus at 262-0327.

Patriot's Pen

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post #10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary announces the local sponsorship of the national Patriot's Pen Essay competition. Students in grades 6-8 including home schooled students have the opportunity to compete in the VFW's annual essay competition to earn monetary awards, U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2011.

Students begin by writing and submitting an original 300-400 word typewritten essay on a patriotic theme which this year is: "Does Patriotism Still Matter?"

At the local level the winners will receive $500 and $250 for 1st and 2nd place, respectively. The first place winner's essay will advance to state level competition and be eligible for U.S. Savings Bonds of $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place. The first place state winner's entry will be forwarded to national competition for the chance to compete for the grand prize of a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond plus an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for herself/himself and a parent or guardian. The top 46 state winners all receive at least a $1000 savings bond.

Information about the scholarship program has been distributed to all local schools. For entry forms and more information contact a school counselor, call the VFW Patriot's Pen Chairman, Paul Stevenson at 260-6177 or the Ladies Auxiliary Chair, Rachel Jurco at 262-1352. Also, visit the VFW website at to find information about all the scholarship programs and entry forms. All entries must be submitted directly to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post #10046 located at 134 N. Birch Street, Soldotna no later than Nov. 1.

HEA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Student Contest

Students invited to enter the Homer Electric Association Energy Efficiency and Conservation Student Contest held in conjunction with HEA's 2010 Annual Energy and Conservation Fairs in November.

The Fairs will be held on Nov. 6 at the Challenger Center in Kenai and Nov. 13 at the West Homer Elementary School in Homer.

Two separate contests will be held, one for the South Service Area -- Ninilchik and south to Kachemak Bay -- and one for the North Service Area north of Ninilchik.

All participants will receive recognition for their submissions and winners will be honored at a special awards ceremony held during the HEA Energy and Conservation Fairs. Prizes will include $25 savings bonds and gift certificates to various area businesses.

The contest categories are as follows:

Grade 3 - Energy Poem: Write a free verse poem with repeated sentence beginnings about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. For example: If I were to reduce., If I were to reuse, If I were to recycle Or you can choose your own sentence beginnings. The poem should be at least 10 lines long.

Grades 4,5,6 - Newspaper Article: Write a newspaper article about energy efficiency at home. Interview parents, siblings and family members about how they consume energy and what they can do to be more efficient. Don't forget to investigate energy consumption in different rooms including the kitchen, bedroom, living room, basement and attic. Or conduct an energy audit of a school and write a report about the school's energy consumption, current energy efficiency and renewable energy plans, or recommendations for the school. Include charts, graphs and a detailed description of findings.

Grades 7,8 - TV Commercial (Video or Story Board)Lights, camera, action. Make a television commercial about how HEA Service Area residents can be more energy efficient. Those without access to video production technologies can draw and explain a commercial through a story board. All entries must include a detailed script of one to two pages in length.

Entries and registration form should be postmarked no later than Oct. 18.

For more information contact Tanya Lautaret 283-2305 or visit .

Connections Home School 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 Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. to all 10th- and 11th-graders who have registered to take it. 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.

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.

Connections is organizing a program field trip to Washington D,C. 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 Friday.

Cook Inlet Academy

Tuesday is Party Club from 3-4 p.m. at CIA for all preschoolers - 4th-grade.

There will be PSAT testing for high school students on Wednesday. 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.

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

Jr. High Basketball started Oct. 4. Make sure to check out the game schedule at .

Every Tuesday, the Jr. High basketball teams will be selling root beer floats to raise money for their teams.

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.

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.

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

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.

The PSAT will be on Wednesday 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 Friday;

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 Thursday 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

K-Beach students will finish up the student reward field trips to River City Cheer this week. Each class goes for one hour of exercise, activities and fun. This is sponsored by the PTA.

Site Council meets today at 3 in Mrs. Linton's office.

The Carnival Committee meets today at 10. The Carnival will be on Oct. 29 and we need lots of volunteers. Please join us for the meeting.

The Circus Show last Thursday was fun and informative. Most of the classes joined in for a brief performance.

The PTA meets on Tuesday at 2:45.

Mr. Daniels' class is learning about Wetlands by investigating what lives in a wetland. They collected wetland bugs and have been examining them under microscopes. It's opened up a new world of understanding about common everyday insects and their adaptations for survival.

The Book Fair is coming at the end of the month. The school needs volunteers to set up, take down and to work during the fair itself. Contact the PTA to help.

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 for permission slips. There will be a $15 fee.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Artist Shala Dobson will be at the school all week and will work with staff on professional development and curriculum development.

The APC will meet on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

There is a band concert on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.

The final Writer's Workshop session is Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. - 4:45. The Author's Tea will follow.

Picture Retakes are scheduled for Thursday. Siblings are from 11:30-12.

Family Fun Night is scheduled for Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come learn how to use a GPS as we walk the nature trail.

There will be a book fair the week of Oct. 25 during Parent/Teacher Conferences.

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.

Basketball intramurals for 7th- and 8th-grade started last week. To participate please fill out the activity forms at the office.

The following students were being nominated Students of the Month for September: Joslynn Chipman, Jonathan Delgado, Josiah White; Moriah Bisset, Keenan Orth; Brian Wallace, Heidi Perkins; Henry Guillemente, Marley Smith and Hannah Barcus.

2010 KMS Mind-A-Mazes Winners, Oct. 1: Long-term problem: 3rd place (110 points) -- Andrew Blom, Marcos Calix and Michael Tilly; 2nd place (150 points) -- Colton Sterling, Jace Baker and Rylee McAtee; and 1st place (160 points) -- Connor Jensen, Roger Monique and Dezmond Ticknor.

Spontaneous problem: 3rd place (46.2 points) -- Emily Koziczkowski, Jessica Segura, Holly Spurgeon and Savannah Roberts; 2nd place (105.6 points) -- Andrew Blom, Marcos Calix and Michael Tilly; and 1st place (112.2 points) -- Max Dye, Mason Cannon, Josiah White and Andrew Herra.

Overall: 3rd place (174 points) -- Connor Jensen, Roger Monique and Dezmond Ticknor; 2nd place (187 points) -- Max Dye, Mason Cannon, Josiah White and Andrew; and 1st place (215 points) -- Andrew Blom, Marcos Calix and Michael Tilly.


* Today: Picture Retakes, 8 a.m.;

* Oct. 25: Red Ribbon - Line Up To Sign Up, wear red; Book Fair;

* Oct. 26: Red Ribbon - Camouflage Day; Assembly; Book Fair;

* Oct. 27: Red Ribbon - Beach Day; Book Fair;

* Oct. 28, 29: Parent teacher conferences;

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners last week were Rylie Sparks, Brooklynn Reed, Serena Evans, Kaleb Easling, Brienne Moore, Demion Calderon, Ocean Matley, Nicholas Gage, Alyson Driskell, Dustin Pelekai, David Parazoo and Tekaiya Rich.

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

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

Parents are invited to come hear about the School Improvement Plan during the staff inservice from 8:30 - 9 a.m. in the library.

Picture Day is Oct. 20.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Oct. 28 and 29. There will be no school for students.

The Jump Rope Club for first- through fifth-grade students will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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.

Nikiski Middle-High

Today 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.

Tuesday: Site Based Council meeting at 4 in the library; 6th-grade Transition Committee meeting at 6 in the library; and

Thursday: 5:30 p.m. Wrestling Duals including the following teams: Barrow, Unalaska, Kodiak, Bethel, Dillingham, and Nikiski -- match ups to be determined.

Peninsula Dual Wrestling News: The 2010 edition of the Peninsula Duals will take place on Friday and Saturday with match-up duals at 2:30 on Friday and a dual tournament to follow at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

The following students have been named Students of the Month for September.

High School: Hannah Halliday, Spanish 1; Bailey Buchholz, Geometry; Dominic Ronellenfitch, Pre-Algebra; Mason Toloff, Alternative Program; Ruscia Colton, Art; River Parrish, Physical Science; Katie O'Brien, Biology; Obadiah Moore, Personal Finance; Russell Akers, Algebra; Travis Hamilton, Study Skills; and LJ Covey, AP English.

Middle School: Shena Shuravloff, RAP; Heidi Kaiser, Math; Heidi Kaiser, Language Arts; Marguerite Cox, Science; Tiffany Lopez, Language Arts; Marilynn Davis, Art; Terry Reid, Physical Education; Dylan Sullens, Study Skills; Corin Cooper, Math; Mikaila Colton, Choir; Rachel Thompson, Band; Jacob Williams, U.S. History; Javon Pamplin, Computer Applications; and Laura Hufford, Computer.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Character Counts Students of the Month for September: Avery Kornstad, Kelsey Clark, Hope Broussard, Dianne Nasibog, Zachary Tuttle, Hallie Tauriainen, Lilly Anderson, Olivia Easley, Irisa Pitt, William Sickel, Lorenzo Elliott, Donovan Smith, Zoey Ellis, Jackson Fisher, Samuel Smith, Rylee Ellis, Bailey Limric, Ayla Pitt, Jakobee Anderson and Reese Thompson.

There will be a 6th-grade transition meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Nikiski Middle-High School. For more information call 776-9400.

Wednesday is picture retake day.

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.

Redoubt Elementary

Parent conferences are Oct. 28 and 29. There will be no school for students. Parents please return conference forms to your child's teacher.

Redoubt Fun Fest will be held Thursday, 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 PTA will meet Tuesday 5 p.m. Child Care provided.

Redoubt Site Council will meet Wednesday 3:45 p.m.

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.

Kiara Forkner and Thomas Hudson were the Box Top Winners last week.

School picture retakes are Oct. 22. Students that missed having their picture taken on picture day should plan to have their picture taken at retakes. All students will be photographed whether purchasing photos or not.

Signups for trash ball will be Monday and Tuesday. See Mr. Withrow to signup.

Edline is a resource for parents. Access school information and news, as well as information specific to a student by visiting . Call the school office for help signing on.

Central Emergency Services will be presenting a Fire Safety Puppet Show on Oct. 27. Grades K-3 -- 9:30 a.m. in the gym. Grades 4-6 will be in the afternoon in classrooms.

Skyview High

Site Council will meet today at 4:30 p.m.

The fall band and choir concert will be tonight at 7 p.m. in the commons.

The PSAT will be administered in the library on Wednesday from 7:50 a.m. till noon.

Volleyball hosts Kenai Central on Thursday at 3:30, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

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. New this year, is an option for parents of seniors to purchase and construct a senior ad online at Parents of seniors wishing to purchase ad space for their child can create their layout at . For more information call Ms. Bartman at 260-7000

PSAT testing is Wednesday.

Breakfast is now served each morning from 7:15 - 7:45 a.m. Cereal, milk, juice and a granola bar will be available for $1.75.

Formal senior portraits for yearbook are due Tuesday to Mrs. Bartman.

Senior sweatshirts are $25 and available at the office.

The fall music concert is Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Red Ribbon Day will be celebrated on Oct. 22. .

Parent/Teacher conferences will be on Oct. 28 from 12-3 and 4-7 p.m.

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

Soldotna Middle

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

Thursday: 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;

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

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Kindergartners are enjoying their fall study of leaves and the structure of leaves. Students will begin classifying leaves and using leaves for art projects.

Students in primary grades are expanding their vocabularies to include the term stellar nucleosynthesis - the creation of stars. This study includes learning about the life cycles of stars and the physical properties of the universe. During this study students also learn about the elements, how different elements are grouped together according to their properties and examples of common elements in the everyday environment.

Beginning in October upper elementary classes will be traveling to Soldotna Creek once a month to monitor its health. Students will check for turbidity, dissolved oxygen, collect, sort and count insect samples, read temperatures and observe the environment during seasonal changes that occur in the study area.

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.

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.


* Wednesday: Picture retakes;

* Friday: 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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