Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 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

* Monday;

* 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.

Screening offered for infants, preschoolers

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 Saturday 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.

Drama, debate, forensics results announced

On Oct. 15, Homer High School hosted a drama, debate and forensics tournament. Almost 50 students from Kenai Peninsula schools competed in various acting, public speaking and debate events.

The results are as follows: Lincoln-Douglas debate first place, Marc Oliver of Homer, and second place, Cameron Rose of Skyview; public forum debate first place, Joanna Coke and Bailey Richards of Homer, second place, Patrick Schneider and Lloyd Hamilton of Homer, and third place tie, Kelsey Waldorf and Miles Wiebe of Homer and Carol Clonan and Annita Braun of Skyview; policy debate first place, Leora Olsen and Tristin Rutherford of Nikiski, second place, Ben Woodland and Hannah West of Skyview, and third place, Tasha Brown and Chris Nichol of Skyview; expository speaking first place, Leora Olsen of Nikiski, and second place, Alina Eldredge of Nikiski; extemporaneous commentary first place, Clancy Skipwith of Skyview, second place, Chris Nichol of Skyview, and third place Bethany McMilin of Skyview; foreign extemporaneous speaking first place, Dillon Smith of Nikiski; domestic extemporaneous speaking first place, Patrick Schneider of Homer; dramatic interpretation, first place, Tristin Rutherford of Nikiski, second place, Kelsey Waldorf of Homer, and third place, Rachel Tyson of Nikiski; humorous interpretation three-way tie for first place, Justin Smith and Andy Gunter of Nikiski and Jordyn Mayforth of Homer, second place, Tyler Bethune of Nikiski, and third place, Bethany McMilin of Skyview; duo interpretation first place, Justin Smith and Tyler Bethune of Nikiski, and second place, Kayleen Hansen and Caitlin Reid of Ni-kiski; solo acting first place, Erin Edgmon of Nikiski, and second place, Alina Eldredge of Nikiski; duet acting first place, Stephanie Post and Morgan Post of Skyview, second place, Cheyenne White and Angela Anderson of Nikiski, and third place, Kaleene Tressler and Jessica Thomas of Skyview; reader's theater first place, Justin Smith, Tyler Bethune and Rachel Tyson of Nikiski, and second place, Patrick Schneider, Marc Oliver, Jordyn Mayforth, Joanna Coke and Elyse Carter of Homer; and pantomime first place, Alina Eldredge and Caitlin Reid of Nikiski, second place, Bailey Richards and Joanna Coke of Homer, and third place, Kayleen Hansen, Cheyenne White and Angela Anderson of Nikiski.

Connections home-school program

The program is sponsoring a pumpkin coloring contest. There will be three different elementary categories for judging. Coloring pages are available at the office. The deadline to enter is today. The staff will judge entries and winners will be notified Wednesday. A Halloween fun packet with word searches, mazes, dot-to-dots and coloring pages also is available.

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

Check the programs Web site for up-to-date news, information, forms and activities at

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are J.D. Schmelzenbach and Jesse Turner, being a great friend; Robert Walsh, effort in writing; Trinity Palm, getting work done; Mikala Mudrick, being a new big sister; Hallie Symington and Ashtyn Symington, becoming a big sister; Richele McGahn, outstanding worker; Dani Rehm, all-state achievement on alto sax; Hilary Domke, all-state achievement on percussion; Sadie Arneson, all-state achievement in vocal; and Kelsey White, Robert Dederick, Kyle Kjeldson and Cole Chase all-state achievement in choir.

Dates to remember:

* Today girls junior high basketball vs Aurora Borealis Charter School at 3 p.m. and boys junior high basketball vs ABCS at 4:20 p.m.;

* Wednesday picture retakes;

* Thursday volleyball vs Nikolaevsk at 5 p.m.; and

* Friday girls junior high basketball vs Nikolaevsk at 3:30 p.m.

A volunteer morning hall monitor is needed to supervise children who arrive from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Call the office for more information or to volunteer.

The empty ink cartridge fundraiser continues. Empties may be brought to the school.

For and updated calendar visit

Grace Lutheran School

Picture retakes have been rescheduled for late November.

Basketball practice for children in grades fourth through eighth is held from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The team has a game at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Cook Inlet Academy.

A FRoGS meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday. 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

Fun Fest will be held from after school until 5 p.m. today. Permission slips are required and the cost is $3 per student. Families may send extra money with students for snacks. For more information or to volunteer, call Linda at 283-0804.

There will be a short assembly at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday for the students to sing together.

A costume parade will be held at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. It is open to the public.

The PTA holiday extravaganza will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Vendors will be available to help with shopping.

A performing arts assembly will be held at 9:20 a.m. Monday. It will feature Maria Allison on piano and Erin Southwick on the flute, recorder and pennywhistle.

The PTA will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 6.

The APC will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 12.

The first PTA Family Fun Night will be Nov. 9. The Native Youth Dancers will perform and offer stations for everyone to participate.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The Veterans' Wall of Honor will be displayed at the school 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.

Kenai Central High

The end of the season banquet for football will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the cafeteria. For more information, call coach Beeson at 283-2163.

National Honor Society will meet Thursday at lunch in Mrs. Herring's room.

The academic banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria.

Dates to remember:

* Friday junior varsity hockey vs Soldotna at 3:30 p.m.

Kenai Middle

The Character Counts winners are Charlie McGahan and Tristan Martinez.

General Mills box tops are being collected as a fundraiser for the school. Parents may take them to the school's office with their students name on the back for a chance at winning a soda.

The school's annual celebration activity will be held from 12:50 to 2:27 p.m. Nov. 9. The carnival is for students who received passing grades for the first quarter. To help with the celebration, call the office at 283-4896.

The school would like to thank those who attended the parent-teacher conferences. Report cards were given out at conferences. Families who could not attend will have them mailed to them. Call the office for more information.

Dates to remember:

* Nov. 6 basketball A team at KMS at 3 p.m.;

* Nov. 19 basketball B team at KMS vs ABC; and

* Nov. 22 and 23 Thanksgiving holiday.

Mountain View Elementary

Kindergarten through second-graders will have a costume parade at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Students may bring their costume to school and change before the start of the parade. Third- through fifth-graders will have "Wacky Day."

The fall fun festival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The school is looking for volunteers to run game booths and donations of cakes or cookies for the cake walk. For more information or to volunteer call the office at 283-6148.

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

Students need to bring proper winter clothing and be prepared to go outside for recess every day unless it is colder than 10 below zero.

Nikiski Middle-High School

The school would like to thank those who attended the recent parent-teacher conferences. Assistant Principal Dan Carstens said the school had a great showing and many parents filled out surveys concerning the school. Parents who would like to fill out the survey are asked to contact the school. Parents unable to attend conferences will receive their child's report card in the mail.

The hockey team will play its first game at 7 p.m. Friday against Kenny Lake at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The school would like to thank those who attended parent-teacher conferences, the book fair, the annual fall carnival and Travis Moore for coordinating the book fair and volunteering his time to run it.

The PTA will meet 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the library.

The school is collecting General Mills box tops and Campbell's Soup labels. Parents may send them in with their child or drop them by the office.

Ninilchik School

The band will host a holiday bazaar and rummage sale at the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Vendors may rent tables for $20 each or two for $30. For more information, call Lisa Nissley at 567-3301.

The Scholastic book fair continues from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday in the library. Call Marni Boone at 567-3709.

The junior class is raising money for the prom. To help visit fundraiser. Select Ninilchik junior class as the 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.

The junior high basketball players are seeking volunteers. Call Dan Leman at 567-3361 or the school at 567-3301.

Redoubt Elementary

The schoolwide Halloween parade will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 have begun. Sign-ups will take place during gym classes. There will be eight different activities. Game schedules will be in the school newsletter.

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 Thursday 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 through Nov. 30. In addition, monetary donations are needed to help provide holidays for school families. For more information, call the school.

The PTA will sponsor a Big G box tops classroom contest Nov. 10 through Jan. 10. The classroom collecting the most box tops during that time will win a prize.

Skyview High

Nordic skiing began Monday. Contact Mr. Peterson for more information.

Yearbook orders are due to Mr. Jones. The cost is $60. After Dec. 1 the price will be $62. Forms are available from Mr. Jones.

Twelve students competed last weekend in the 13-team Drama, Debate and Forensics tournament at South High School in Anchorage. Finishing second in solo acting finals was Catherine Umstead. In a 27-person field for extemporaneous commentary Chris Nichol finished fourth and Clancy Skipwith finished sixth. In policy debate the teams of Hannah West and Ben Woodland and Jerrod Wiliams and Bethany McMilin each tied for fourth place by making it to the quarter finals.

An AFS exchange student representative will be available to speak with students Wednesday during club time 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.

Congratulations to Joe Rife for being chosen as the October Chamber Student of the Month.

The girls basketball practice will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and the boys practice from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The boys teams have study hall from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

On Wednesday entries for the "Terror on the Tundra" writing contest are due in the library. There will be prizes for the best poem or short story.

Boys and girls basketball games will be as follows: boys and girls silver vs Nikiski at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at SMS and boys and girls maroon vs Seward at 3 p.m. Friday at SMS.

The PTSA will meet at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 in the library.

Tustumena Elementary

PTO officers are Tosha Checketts, vice president; Kari Cook, treasurer; Sheila Garrant, president; and Gail Knobf, secretary. The board of directors will consist of a parent representative from each classroom. The school thanks those parents who have consented to offering their assistance to the PTO.

Pictures packets should be coming home with students within the next two weeks.

The PTO will sponsor a pumpkin decorating contest Wednesday. There will be two divisions for entry. One division for children in grades kindergarten through third grade and another for students in grades four through six. There will be prizes awarded to the top three places in each of the two divisions.

Wings Christian Academy

Josiah Fischer won the Cleanest Desk of the Week.

Andrew Grant won the Cleanest Desk Award in Mrs. Ruffridge's class.

Parents who do not have an appointment time for their students conference are asked to call 283-9361.

The school's Christmas program will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the auditorium.

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