Around the District

Posted: Monday, October 18, 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 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 no later than three business days before the meeting date.

* Today;

* 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).

District announces National Merit Semi-Finalists

Three KPBSD students were recently announced as Semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Nationwide, 16,000 students receive this distinction. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring. About 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Exam (PSAT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The KPBSD National Merit Semi-Finalists include: Alder Fletcher, Senior at Homer High School and son of Barrett and Tamara Fletcher; Ari Bennett, Senior at Nikiski High School and daughter of Thomas and Robin Bennett; and Angela Ramponi, Senior at Soldotna High and daughter of Robert and Jill Ramponi.

--Submitted by KPBSD.

Ten KPBSD students earn 2010 AP Scholar Awards

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

* Two students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams: William McDermid, Soldotna High and son of Elizabeth and William McDermid; and Jason Baird, Homer High and son of Steve and Marie Baird.

* Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams: Alexander Kauffman, Soldotna High and son of Lois and James Kauffman Mark; Walsworth, Homer High and son of Charles and Naomi Walsworth; and Tyler Wentz, son of P. Scott and Laureen Wentz.

* Five students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher: Jenna Jensen, Soldotna High and daughter of Karen and Randal Jensen; Angela Ramponi, Soldotna High and daughter of Jill and Robert Ramponi; Jasmine Woodland, Soldotna High and daughter of Darlene Fisher and Forrest Woodland; Benjamin Blue, Homer High and son of Jim and Kellie Blue; and Corinne Ogle, Homer High and daughter of John and Denise Ogle.

--Submitted by KPBSD.

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 today.

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

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

Workforce Development Center

The Workforce Development Center will be offering five different after school academies for local high school students.

* Kenai High School-WDC will be offering a construction academy that will begin today and will end on Dec. 14th. Class days will be Monday and Tuesdays from 2:45-5:45 and Saturdays from 9-2. Students will be working on completing the classroom portable that students had started during the 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 began Oct. 11 and end 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 for review and the final exam. Those who pass the exam will receive a certification and an ETT patch.

* Skyview High School will be offering a construction academy starting Oct. 26 and will end on March 3. Class days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

* Skyview High School will be offering a PCA class in January. Dates and times TBA. This class is available for juniors and seniors only and will teach students how to physically care for people of all ages in a multitude of different situations. Once students complete this class they will get a certificate from the state. Textbooks will be provided, however they are available to purchase for $35 if a student chooses to keep their book.

* Soldotna High School will be offering a Medical Terminology for Health Professions course in January. Dates and times are TBA. This class is available for juniors and seniors who must have had or are in anatomy with a grade B or better. This class will teach students the medical language. Students will earn high school and college credit for this class.

If a student successfully completes any of the 60-hour academies 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. All of the academies are free to all students. To sign up contact your counselor or call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or email her at .

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.

Hay Maze fun at Solid Rock Bible Camp on Oct. 26 from 1 to 4. RSVP Shelli Furlong at 714-8880 or .

For those interested in learning more about the Headsprout Reading Program, a webinar will be offered on Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. To join the webinar go to . This program is offered to students K-2.

Connections has scheduled a Parent Networking and Training Workshop for Friday at the College Heights Baptist Church on K-Beach Rd. If planing to attend the Friday workshop please RSVP to

Connections will be hosting a program Hoop Shoots basketball free-throw competition. Participants must be enrolled full time in the Connections program and be between the ages of 7 and 13 on or before April 1. Winners will compete at regional, states and nationals competitions and could represent state at the national competition held in the Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Mass. Contact Riley or Reubin at the Soldotna Connections office for more information.

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.

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 www.closeup.orgScholastic book order forms are here. Ordering deadline is Friday.

School picture Retakes will be held Nov. 15 from 1 to 4.

Cook Inlet Academy

Friday 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. Conferences will be held in the evening on Thursday and in the morning on Friday. There will be no school on Oct. 29.

Nov. 12 is the Fall Banquet. To help with decorating or bringing items listed in the weekly update, contact Janet Poppin at 260-6673.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Basketball begins today. Coach Smith will take the first 25 5th- and 6th-grade boys and girls that turn in their permission slip and $15 fee. Practice is Mon. - Thurs. from 2:30 - 4. Players need shoes, comfortable clothes and a water bottle. Rides must be at the school by 4 p.m.

The 5th- and 6th-grade students will participate in the CES' "Firewise" program Wednesday at 1.

K-Beach 3rd-graders are going to the Egg-Take in Seward, where they'll learn about the salmon life-cycle. They'll also receive the salmon eggs which will be incubated in a tank in their classroom. To top off the visit to Seward, they'll take a tour of the Alaska SeaLife Center. A grant from Chevron is covering the cost of bus transportation for field trips this year.

Mr. Daniels' class examined wetland bugs under a digital projector microscope last week. They also looked at live plant cells moving under the microscope and were able to see moving chloroplasts in each cell.

The Halloween Carnival is coming up on Oct. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. If anyone is interested in running a booth for a child's class let the teacher know. Also, the PTA needs more volunteers for set up and take down times. Magic Moments Photography will be taking pictures at the carnival of kids in costume. The photos and the carnival are open to the public.

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.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The Mariachi Ducks placed 1st at the district level in the Mind-A-Mazes competition. This team scored 350 points out of 350 points. Members of the team are Keira Stroh, Lisa Krol, Rylie Fields and Brenna Eubanks.

There will be an end-of-unit celebration for 1st- and 2nd-grades on Monday; this will include a play in the library for each class and project viewing in the individual classrooms. The schedule is Mrs. Shelden's class at 6 p.m.; Mrs. Fields at 6:30 p.m. and Mrs. Lafferty at 7 p.m.

Family Fun Night is scheduled for Thursday 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.

The annual costume parade is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 27.

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

Please phone the school by 2:30 if calling with after school plans for a child. All messages are delivered to the classrooms at 3:20 and these late calls miss being included, causing classroom interruptions.

Kenai Central High

Hockey players, dust off the pads and sharpen those skates. Hockey practice begins today. Players are to have their physical on file with the school.

Seniors will have a class meeting Tuesday during advisory to review graduation requirements and order announcements, cap and gowns and class rings.

On Wednesday, juniors will be in the auditorium taking the work keys test.

The Kardinal Band will be having its annual fall concert on Thursday at 7 in the Renee' C Henderson Auditorium. Plan on attending.

Attention seniors: Senior portraits and baby pictures for the yearbook need to be in by Thursday. Senior parents: Ads are being sold for the yearbook. Find those special pictures to create an exciting collage for a memory page. Contact Mrs. Brighton at the high school for more information.

Start rummaging through the closets and the garage now. The annual Sports Swap sponsored by the KCHS Cross-Country Ski Booster Club is Saturday from 10 - 2, in the KCHS cafeteria, with item check-in on Friday, 4-7:30, and Saturday from 9-10 a.m. They take sports equipment of all sizes, shapes and sorts.

Weekly sporting events:

* Tuesday: Wrestling vs. Nikiski.

Kenai Middle

Report cards will be available at conferences along with edline activation codes. Conferences will be held Thursday from noon until 4 p.m. The staff will break for dinner then resume conferences from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday morning the conference schedule is from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the conference schedule please call the office at 283-1700.

KMS will be sponsoring a Fall Book Fair Oct. 25-29. This event also serves as a fund raiser for the library. All money earned is used to purchase resources for the KMS Library. This year KMS will also be participating in Scholastic's "One for Books" program. The school will be collecting change, dollars too, during the Book Fair. All money collected in this donation will be used to purchase books for KMS's Christmas Families. Scholastic will also donate a book for each dollar collected to one of the three children's charities they support. If interested in volunteering during the Book Fair, email Mrs. Barkman at

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.


* Wednesday: Band Concert at 7 p.m. at KCHS;

* Thursday: Site Council at 5 p.m. in the KMS library;

* Friday: Activity Night and Dance, 6-8;

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

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

* Oct. 27: Red Ribbon - Beach Day; Book Fair; Hay Maze 3-5;

* Oct. 28: Parent Teacher Conferences, 12-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.; Book Fair

* Oct. 29: Parent teacher conferences; 7:30-10 a.m.; Book Fair;

* Nov. 5: BBall at KMS; Celebration;

* Nov. 16: BBall at KMS; and

* Nov 22: BBall at KMS.

Mountain View Elementary

Title I students and families are invited to "The Monster Factory" on Thursday from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Wear a favorite "monster gear" and come to enjoy stories and crafts.

Character Counts winners last week were: Sierra Moffis, Ella Yragui, Lauryn Avery, Savanna Segura, Cameron Plagge, Delaney Storms, Logan Dosko, Halley McCarthy, Jared Anderson, Valerie Powell, Zena Esmailka and Shay Stiers.

This is Fire Safety Week at Mountain View. Classrooms will be visited by Kenai Firefighter Tommy Carver. Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students will get an opportunity to go through the Fire Safety House.

Picture Day is Wednesday.

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

The annual Mountain View Carnival will be on Nov. 5 from 5 - 8 p.m. and is open to the public. All funds earned will go toward student field trips. There will lots of food, games and prizes. Tickets are .25 each, and most games cost 2-4 tickets to play. Parents are asked to sign up to help run a booth or to donate a cake or cookies for the cake walk and/or a prize for the prize walk.

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

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.

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

Thursday, PTSA Meeting in the Library at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Volleyball vs. Homer JV at 11:30 and Varsity at 1 p.m.

The following Students Received Academic Letters last Monday at the Nikiski High School Academic Lettering Banquet. Students receive a letter if they have attained a 3.5 grade point average or higher for the two previous semesters: Caleb Alkire, Colton Anderson, Emily Berry, Cydney Spurgeon, Joshua Brown, Kaden Spurgeon, Haley Conti, Ari Bennett, Joshua Croze, Kayleen Hansen, Colleen Dempsey, Angie Parrish, Lacey Elsey, Tyler Peek, Ashley Epperheimer, Mandee Jackson, Annaleah Ernst, Kathryn Love, Taylor Holloway, Makenzie Moore, Lincoln Johnson, Caitlin Reid, Dedra Ming, Aubrey Rizzo, Katherine O'Brien, Sawyer Skiba, Daniel Ribbens, Sebastian Strickland, Shaylee Rizzo, Jayden Tumbaga, Brittany Sexton, Haley Tumsuden, Rebecca Wheeler, Eli Ward, Trey Zimmerman and Jasper Covey.

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

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Students who participated in and represented NNS at the district 'Mind A-Mazes' competition: Jacob Anderson, Garrett Ellis, Ian Davis, Eric Green, Logan Sherk, Alex Langseth, Chase Gillies, Zack Tuttle, Sarah Nash, Hallie Tauriainen, Tresa Cooper, Jamie Yerkes, Melanie Sexton, Ashlynn Herrington, Thomas Halliday, Thayne Schweitzer, Patrick Perry, Braden Ellis, Lochlan Quiner, Abby Tuttle, Sky McCaughey and Andrew Pennison. Out of over 30 junior teams participating from around the Peninsula, the 6th-grade "Rolling Stones" team of Lochlan Quiner, Abby Tuttle, Braden Ellis, Sky McCaughey and Andrew Pennison were recognized with two awards: 3rd place overall and 1st place in the Spontaneous Problem Challenge.

NNS will be having a Scholastic book fair beginning on Oct. 25 in the library. The fair will be open during the school day, parent-teacher conferences and the fall carnival. For more information call the school at 776-2600.

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.

Girl Scouts has started and they meet the first and third Tuesday of every month. For more information call 262-7616.

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

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's 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will compete in Redoubt's first Annual Alaska Bee today, starting at 9:30 a.m. in the school gym.

School picture retakes are Friday. 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.

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 at 9:30 a.m. in the gym. Grades 4-6 will be in the afternoon in classrooms.

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

Redoubt's annual Home and Gift Collection Fundraiser is ongoing. 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.

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

The first quarter Student of the Month luncheon will be held Thursday at noon in the library. The following students and will be honored: Language Arts -- Madeline Ransom, Samantha Reynolds, James Tonione and Sean Beck; Social Studies -- Nicolas Madrid, Catherine Wolk, Audrey Pearson and Liz Schoessler; Math -- Annie He and Mine Sirijaratwong; Science -- Ashley Huff, Kyle Stropes and Sydney Zoubek; Physical Education -- Brandon Hefel and Haley Cunningham; Performing Arts -- Richard Arnold; Fine Arts -- Amanda Hudson; World Languages -- Samuel Werthmuller and Dallas Derflinger; Business -- Taylor Kishbaugh; Vocational Technology -- Robert Bearheart and Patrick Powell; Aide -- Johnnalyn Bishop and Noah Perry; and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce -- Carol Clonan.

Thursday is a Super Activity Day and involves some schedule changes. The extended activity period will count as 5th and 7th periods and 4th period will meet right after lunch.

The following students have been selected to participate in Borough Honor Choir: Rachel Beckmann, Shay Kurz and Sydney Tonione - Soprano 2; Tamlyn Silva and Abby Cook - Alto 1; Napatsorn (Mine) Sirijaratwong - Alto 2; Ben Mattox - Tenor 2; Leif Danielson - Bass 1; and Joey Bishop and Bryan Teed - Bass 2. Honor Choir will take place at Soldotna High School on Oct. 25 and 26, with a concert at 6 p.m. on the Oct. 26.

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

Soldotna Elementary

Central Emergency Services presented their fire safety puppet show to primary students at Soldotna Elementary last week and discussed fire safety with intermediate students. The interactive visit of these life size puppets reinforced October as Fire Safety Month.

Tonight, Title I will sponsor a Family Reading Bingo Night from 3:45-5 in the library. This is an opportunity for parents to learn various reading activities to do at home with children. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

SoEl is participating in the Great Aluminum Can Round Up. Please crush your cans and drop them off at the school this week. A volunteer will deliver them to the landfill. Last year, SoEl earned a total of $183.66.

Mark calendars for Oct. 25 - Oct. 29. The PTA will hold their annual Scholastic Book Fair during Parent Teacher Conferences. Parents will be able to purchase a wide variety of books for all their children at reasonable prices.

School picture retakes will be Oct. 19.

Fun Buck winners Raeana Bowman, Aryanna Schneider, Abby Rodgers, Wyatt Stout, Marc Billings and Katie Creglow, went above and beyond to be good citizens this week. Each student was able to select a book from the principal's special book shelf for their very own. Emily Barto was also honored for her commitment to kindness and caring

Soldotna PTA is collecting gently used coats until today. 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

Red Ribbon Day will be celebrated on Friday. . Students are asked to wear red to school. The school will take a stand against drugs and alcohol by signing a banner.

The prom committee will meet at lunch on Thursday in Mrs. Cox's room.

National Honor Society is having Coin Wars to raise money for breast cancer. Pink day is Friday.

The school will be hosting Mass Choir starting Oct. 25.

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

Cody Carroll has returned home from the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security: Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense. He learned about challenges and opportunities that comprise a career in the national security communities. Cody is the son of Dan and Debbie Carroll.

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

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.

Senior sweatshirts are $25 and available at the office.

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

Pre-order a yearbook now before Nov. 1. The cost is $32 for a full color yearbook. Order now to receive an end of the year DVD that has all of the videos that the yearbook class has created during the whole year. Order online too at Look for the "Order Your Yearbook" link.

Monday: First day 2nd-quarter;

Oct. 26: Last day B-Ball Intramurals;

Oct. 28: No school; Parent/Teacher Conferences noon-4 and 5 - 7; No basketball practice; SMS Book Fair during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Visit the library or to shop. Shopping will fundraise for the school; and

Oct. 29: No school; Teacher In-Service; no basketball practice.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

All grades are gearing up for this year's Battle of the Books. Students may check copies of the books out in the office. Students will compete with other district students in a district battle this February.

Students in grades 1 - 6 are also gearing up for the State Spelling Bee. The school is looking for a parent interested in coaching students for one hour per week during the lunch hour. Interested parents should contact the school office.

School picture retakes are Tuesday. Students who missed Picture Day will have their school picture taken. Students who wish to retake their photo must return their original packet in order to have their picture retaken.

If interested in being the head coach or an assistant coach for the school's upper elementary Lego League Robotics Club this year 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.

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.


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

* Wednesday: 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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