Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 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

* 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.

Infants and preschoolers screening offered

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Child Find Program and Frontier Community Services Early Intervention will hold free screenings for children ages newborn through 5 Nov. 3 at Frontier Community Services, 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 16.

Screenings include early development, motor skills, speech, early learning concepts, vision and hearing. Children will be seen by appointment only. To make an appointment, call Renie at 714-6647.

College financial aid workshop set

A college financial aid workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The event is sponsored by counselors and staff from area high schools, Kenai Peninsula College and the Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education.

The featured speaker will be Mary Ellen Havens from the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education.

The topics will be free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, academic competitive grants and smart grants, the Alaska Advantage Program, Alaska supplemental loans and other grants and scholarship programs. Tips will be given that focus on planning and time lines.

For more information, call 262-0332.

Title VII meeting set

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Federal Programs Department has scheduled a Title VII, Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee meeting from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Borough Building, Assembly Chambers in Soldotna.

The agenda will include a program report and district data. Parents and other interested persons are invited to attend. If you are planning to attend, call Rochelle Hanson at 714-8892, ext. 8866

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.

Picture retakes will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at Magic Moments Studio in Soldotna.

The Scholastic book fair continues until 4 p.m. today at the Soldotna office.

The program is sponsoring a pumpkin coloring contest. Coloring pages are available at the office. Three different elementary categories will be available for judging. Deadline to enter is Oct. 30. The staff will judge entries and winners will be notified Oct. 31.

A Halloween fun packet with word searches, mazes, dot-to-dots and coloring pages also is available.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are Alana Houser, a great helper; Arielle Hamar, a team worker; Nate St. Luise, excellence in Bible memorization; Madilyn Barkman, always doing her best; Liam Selden, thoughtfulness to classmates; Kateland Farrell, good work; Elias McConnell, outstanding; Kaitlytn Dederick, singing out in choir; Madison McConnell, caring for others in choir; Tyler Solie and Jeff Pindras, pursuing music literacy; Julie Rang, attention to detail in graphing systems of inequalities.

Dates to remember:

* Today school board meeting at 6:30 p.m.;

* Wednesday home volleyball game at 2 p.m.;

* Thursday girls junior high basketball at Ninilchik High School at 4 p.m.; parent-teacher conferences (schedule posted on-line);

* Friday parent-teacher conferences (schedule posted on-line), no school, junior high harvest festival and wrestling at ACS Invitational;

* Saturday wrestling at ACS Invitational; and

* Monday girls junior high basketball at Chapman School at 4 p.m.

Volunteer morning hall monitor is needed to supervise children who arrive from 7:30 to 8 a.m. while staff is in devotions. Call the office to volunteer.

Parents are reminded that school dismisses at 2:45 p.m. for elementary and 2:55 p.m. for secondary. Children are to be promptly picked up as teachers have work to do after school and cannot be responsible for them.

Scholarship applications for seniors available in the office. Updates may be found on the school Web site.

Empty ink cartridge fundraiser continues. Empty cartridges may be dropped off at the school.

Grace Lutheran School

Parent-teacher conferences will be Wednesday and Thursday after school.

School will be in session Thursday and Friday.

The school will hold a community harvest festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the school. Carnival games, costume parade, soup cook off and cheesecake competition are planned. Families are asked to donate a bag of candy for prizes.

Picture retakes will be held Oct. 31.

Basketball practice for children in grades four through eight is held from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

A FRoGS meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 5. Students will perform. Parents are asked to bring a main dish and a salad or dessert to share.

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

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The book fair continues through Friday. Volunteers are needed for Thursday and Friday afternoons. Call the office to volunteer.

The PTA's building a better library fundraising continues through Oct. 26. Donation forms are available on Edline or at the front counter.

Fun Fest will be held after school until 5 p.m. Oct. 30. Permission slips are required. Information will be sent home in Friday folders and on Edline.

There will be a costume parade at 2:45 p.m. Oct. 31.

The PTA sponsored holiday extravaganza will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

The school would like to thank kindergarten TB testing volunteers Angela Peterkin, Renee Worden, Terrah Amend and Leslie Cooper.

Visit the school Web site at to stay up to date on activities, events, assignments and attendance. For an edline activation code, call the office at 283-0804.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. Laber is seeking parent volunteers in the library Mondays and Fridays to shelve books. To volunteer, call Mrs. Laber at the school.

The Veterans' Wall of Honor will be displayed at the school Monday 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 through Friday Scholastic book fair.

* Thursday and Friday parent-teacher conferences. No school;

* Friday carnival set-up and book fair tear down begin at 3 p.m.; and

* Saturday Halloween carnival from 1 to 4 p.m.

Kenai Central High

The band will hold its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. today in the auditorium. For more information, call Debbie Sounart at 283-2124.

On Wednesday students will be on an afternoon assembly schedule to honor the volleyball and swim teams. The assembly will begin at 1:40 p.m. in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend but must check in at the office before heading to the gym.

There is no school for students Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday is parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Friday is an in-service day for teachers.

On Friday and Saturday the cross country ski team will hold its annual ski swap. Someone will be in the cafeteria Friday after school to check things in, and the swap will begin Saturday morning.

Cross country ski practice begins Monday. Athletes must have a current physical and their paperwork turned into Mr. Delaney before they can practice.

Dates to remember:

* Friday wrestling at Palmer, swimming regions at Soldotna and C, junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams vs Skyview at 3, 4 and 5:30 p.m.; and

* Saturday wrestling at Palmer, swimming regions at Soldotna and C, junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams vs Soldotna at 3,4 and 5:30 p.m.

Kenai Middle

On Wednesday there will be a Hay Maze at Solid Rock Camp. Permission slips are available at the office.

The book fair continues in the library.

Conferences will be held from noon to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. For more information or concerns, call the office at 283-4896.

Dates to remember:

* Today Drumline at Kenai Central High School at 7 p.m.;

* Monday basketball, competitive play begins;

* Nov. 2 basketball at Homer at 3:30 p.m.

* Nov. 6 basketball at KMS at 3 p.m. and Student of the Month luncheon; and

* Nov 8 basketball at Nikiski at 3 p.m.

Kenaitze Indian Tribe Head Start

On Wednesday the fire safety puppets will perform.

The staff will host a pancake breakfast for alumni, students and families from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday.

On Thursday evening from 7 to 7:30 the center will host a family literacy event called, "Bats, Bats and More Bats." Stories, activities and gifts for readers are planned. Children are welcome at the Family House from noon to 4 p.m. Friday for hands-on science.

Thursday and Friday are regular school days for Head Start and preschool children.

Parents are reminded that the winter gear policy is in effect. Child are required to have a coat, snowpants, gloves, boots and hat. Items may be place in the student's backpack until needed. Families who need help in obtaining items should call their family partner or classroom teacher.

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to the school's Mind-A-Mazes team, John Engen, Tori Askin, Ryan Glenzel and Hunter Bivins. The team placed third in the districtwide competition. The team was coached by Quest teacher Mitchell Pioch with assistance from Marty Askin.

The site council will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 in the library.

The fall fun festival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2. Volunteers are needed to run game booths. Donations of cakes or cookies for the cake walk and prizes for bingo also are being sought. For more infomraiton or to volunteer, call 283-6148.

On Oct. 31 kindergarten through second-graders will have a costume parade at 2:30 p.m. Students may bring their costume to school and change before the start of the parade. The Third through Fifth grade students will have "Wacky Day."

Ninilchik School

The band is hosting a holiday bazaar and rummage sale at the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Vendors may rent tables for $20 each or two for $30. Call Lisa Nissley at 567-3301 for more information.

The Scholastic book fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thorough Nov. 2 in the school library daily. Call Marni Boone at 567-3709 for more information.

The junior class is raising money for the prom. To help visit fundraiser. Select Ninilchik junior class as your organization and then shop.

The yearbook class is doing an Avon fundraiser to raise money for yearbook cost. Contact Tammy Bear or a yearbook student. Yearbooks are on sale for $40 with additional cost for personalization. For more information, call 567-3711, 567-7340 or e-mail

Close-Up students are raising money to go to Washington D.C.

For more information, call Mrs. Pancratz at 567-3301.

After school tutoring for grades five and up will be after school at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the library. Parents are reminded to pick up their students on time. The elementary homework club will be after school same days and time as upper level. There also is a Read and Respond Club for grades one through six from 8:20 to 8:40 a.m. Monday through Friday in the library. Call Project Grad coach Betsy Vanek for more information at 567-3714.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday and Friday. There will be a Halloween dance Wednesday.

Nikiski Middle-High

Nan Weaver is the recipient of the school's Golden Apple Award. Weaver is a longtime custodian.

"She always goes above and beyond the call of duty and Mrs. Weaver is always willing to lend a helping hand. No matter how busy she is, when a teacher needs something done she gets it done for them. She is a great person is well deserving of this award for her dedication to our school and her job," said Margie Warner.

The PTSA uses the Escrip program fundraiser using Safeway Club Card numbers. Visit and sign up, turn Safeway card number along with your name and address to the front office or e-mail the information to Karla Smith at The school will have a drawing of two $25 Safeway gift cards for those who sign up during October. The PTSA will have a sign up table during parent/teacher conferences Thursday.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

There will be no school Thursday and Friday.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The school would like to congratulate students who participated in the Mind A-Mazes challenge and district tournament at Soldotna Middle School on Oct. 13: Sam Tauriainen, Ross Halliday, Hannah Ohlsen, Marilyn Davis, Laura Hufford, Dylan Jackson, Jade Elsey, Hannah Halliday, Hannah Tauriainen, Kathryn Gross, Emily Cooper, Kiana Edgmon, Tylor Handley, Brady Malston and Riley O'Reagan.

The sixth-grade "Dark Stars" team of Jared Wallis, Levi Hansen, Patrick King and Michael Stangel received the Judges Choice Award. The award goes to a team that showed exceptional creativity and innovative thinking in the design and creation of their team device.

The Scholastic book fair began Monday and will be open during school hours, parent-teacher conferences and the school carnival.

On Saturday the annual carnival will be held. Students are selling raffle tickets, and anyone wishing to purchase tickets or volunteer at the carnival may call the school at 776-5575.

Raven Correspondence

The school is accepting students for the 2007-08 school year. Call 262-2735 or go online to enroll at

Pictures will be taken Nov. 7. Call Kathy at the Soldotna office to make an appointment. Pictures include family, senior, student and Christmas pictures/cards. The public and other home-schoolers are welcome to participate. Call 262-2735 to make an appointment.

Redoubt Elementary

Parent conferences are Thursday and Friday. Parents who have not returned a conference form are asked to contact the school office. There will be no school for students on conference days. The book fair will be open in the library both days.

A free Halloween Family Reading Night for students and their families will be held tonight at 6:30. Guest readers and refreshments are planned. Students may wear a Halloween costume. The book fair will be open for shopping. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The schoolwide Halloween parade will be held at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in the gym. Costumes must be appropriate for school and may not include blood, gore or weapons of any kind. Students should direct costume appropriateness questions to their teacher or Mr. Pothast. Students should not wear their costumes to school unless specifically told to do so by their teacher, but may bring their costumes with them. They will be given an opportunity to change into them prior to the parade.

Wacky co-ed intramurals will begin Monday. Sign-ups will take place during gym classes. There will be eight different activities.

Ms. Biggs is looking for cartoon costumes and football jerseys to borrow for the fourth- through sixth-grade musical "It's Saturday" to be performed at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Soldotna High School. Ms. Biggs may be contacted at 260-4337.

The school's holiday kindness program begins Nov. 1 with a canned food drive for the school's families and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Nonperishable food items may be brought to the school. In addition, monetary donations are needed to help provide holidays for school families. The school helped a total of 51 children last year. For more information, call the school.

Skyview High

Yearbook orders are due to Mr. Jones. Prices go up Nov. 1. Forms are available from Mr. Jones.

Today the site council will meet at 6 p.m. and the junior varsity and varsity wrestling teams vs Soldotna High School at 4 and 6 p.m.

On Wednesday a Montana State University representative will be available to speak with seniors at 12:45 p.m. in the library. Students must have permission from their fifth-hour teacher and sign up in Mrs. Madden's office to attend.

There will be a Halloween dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $7 per person.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. There will be no school for students.

Friday will be a teacher in-service. There will be no school for students.

On Monday Nordic skiing begins.

Soldotna High

Parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the commons and gym.

The National Honor Society will induct new members into the organization at 7 p.m. Monday in the library.

Soldotna Middle

The school's newsletter is available online at

The school is seeking parent volunteers. See edline for updates on upcoming events to help with.

The library is sponsoring a writing conteast. There will be prizes for the best poem or short story that follows the theme "Terror on the Tundra." Entries must be submitted by Oct. 31.

The school would like to thank Jeff Moore for the choir and band concert. Approximately 151 students performed last Tuesday.

This is Red Ribbon Week. To show support for this year's slogan "Team Up Against Tobacco" on Wednesday students will be asked to wear their favorite team jersey to school.

Officer Garcia is sponsoring a poster contest with the theme of Red Ribbon week. The posters will be judged Wednesday by Mayor Carey. Prizes will be awarded by Officer Garcia on Monday.

Dates to remember:

* Wednesday Fortnightly from 3 to 5 p.m.;

* Ongoing PTSA and library book fair will run through Parent-teacher conferences Thursday;

* Thursday parent-teacher conferences from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. and there will be no school for students; and

* Friday no school, teacher in-service.

Sterling Elementary

The school will be host NASA Night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today. The PTA will have a pizza and salad dinner beginning at 5:30. Each classroom will share a display or activity showing their recent science work. There will be an assembly, science activities and building challenge.

The library will host a book fair during conferences Wednesday and Thursday.

The PTA is looking for donations of candy and people willing to host a car for the annual Trunk-or-Treat. To volunteer, call Krissy Mahan at 262-4944.

Tustumena Elementary

The school's annual book fair will be held during school hours this week. Library aide Rosy Thompson is seeking parent volunteers to manage the fair during the afternoon hours. Parents are invited to stop in before or after their teacher conference on Thursday or Friday.

The site council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the multipurpose room. The council will view a brief presentation by Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Dr. Donna Peterson. Peterson is seeking public input into how schools should look in 2012. It is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The school would like to thank Jim Russell for organizing the annual Trunk-or-Treat. The event provides families a nearby and safe location to engage children in Halloween activities. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Wings Christian Academy

Jessica Saunders won the Cleanest Desk of the Week competition.

On Thursday the volleyball team will play a game against the WHCS gold team at 1:30 p.m.

On Friday the school will participate in a fall harvest festival in the gym.

Jackets are required for students to be allowed to go outside.

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