Around the District

Posted: Monday, November 02, 2009

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;

* Dec. 7;

* Jan. 11;

* Feb. 1;

* Feb. 15;

* March 1;

* April 5;

* May 3 (at Seward High School);

* June 7; and

* June 8 (board planning session.)

School closure dates slated

Public Schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed on the following dates in 2009:

* Nov. 26 and 27 -- Thanksgiving; and

* Dec. 20 through Jan. 3 -- Christmas break.

How to volunteer in district schools

Editor's note: This information was taken from the school district's Web site at

At Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, we take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard students while they are in our care. Unfortunately, in this day and age, not everyone's intentions are genuine, and the District cannot in good conscience overlook the possible threat to student safety that could be posed by people in the school building. Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete a form online and agree to a background check. The form should only take a few minutes to complete, and all information gathered will be kept confidential.

Volunteers are anyone who will be in the school on a regular basis. School visitors do not need to complete the form.

Visitors would be guest speakers, those attending a large group function or parents visiting just their own student, for instance to have lunch with them.

Information from the screening and background check is not released to the schools or school administrators.

Only a few members of the District's Human Resources department will have access to the information, and safeguards are in place to ensure its security.

The volunteer background check only looks for criminal history, not financial (credit rating), medical history, or civil matters.

The school's principal will be notified if there is a problem with a background check, but the specifics of an offense will not be released to the school.

To complete the screening process, visit our Employment Openings page.

When you reach the employment page, click on "Volunteer" category link, and choose one of the schools on the following page.

Click on the "Apply" button to start the volunteer application process.

KPBSD appreciates your assistance in helping us be better stewards of children. Please contact your school administrator if you have questions regarding this matter.

Child Check Screening at Cooper Landing

The KPBSD Child Find Program and Early Intervention will offer free developmental, vision and hearing screenings for children newborn through 5 years of age (not yet in kindergarten).

The screening will be held at the Cooper Landing School on Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointments needed. Call Robin Evans at 714-8930 or e-mail .

Scholarships offered

The Elks National Foundation in conjunction with the Alaska State Elks Association and local Elks Lodges are offering the Most Valuable Student scholarship for high school seniors. Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors through a local, state and national competition. The MVS scholarship is awarded based on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Copies of the application are available at local lodges or at

Scholarship applications must be submitted to the student's local lodge by today. For more information, call Mary Macrander at 283-7776 or e-mail

Connections home-school program

A program designed to help students who have dropped out of high school earn their diploma is available. For more information visit or call 714-8880.

Hay Maze fun at Solid Rock Bible Camp will be held Tuesday. There will be two different group times: noon-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. RSVP Shelli Furlong at 714-8880 or in order to attend.

There will be a Financial Aid Night offered Wednesday 6 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. Topics include: funding postsecondary education goals; timelines for high school juniors and seniors; overview of Federal and State financial aid programs; and how credit scores can change people's lives. For more information, contact Wendi or Natalie.

It's Battle of the Books time again! There will be a meeting for interested student participants K-8 and parent volunteer/coaches at the Soldotna Office from 3-4:00 on Thursday. For more information call Lennie or go to the official book list at .

Safety Day for students grades K-2 at Donald Gilman River Center, 514 Funny River Road on Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 pm. Topics include cold weather safety, frost bite prevention, using senses to stay safe, how and when to call 911 and a special booster seat education for parents. Space is limited to first 50 students. RSVP or call 714-8880 to ensure enough materials are available.

Career Day Friday, November 13th from 9:00 to 11:40 a.m. All home school students grades 9-12 are invited. Feel free to pick up a packet for more information at the office or contact your advisor.

School picture retakes will be Nov. 16 at the Borough Building in the downstairs Assembly Chamber from 1-3 p.m. Envelopes are available at the Soldotna office.

Scholastic book orders are available in the Soldotna office. There will also be a Scholastic on-site book fair Dec. 7-11 at the Soldotna Office.

A recycling program is available for used printer cartridges. Bring these to the Soldotna Office.

For information and activities, visit

Grace Lutheran School

Picture retakes will be Thursday beginning with the preschool classes at 9 a.m.

November "Book-it" reading goals were handed out today. Pizza certificates were awarded to those who successfully completed their October goals.

Make-up First Quarter parent-teacher conferences are being held today and Tuesday after school.

The school is saving aluminum cans, Boxtops for Education, and Campbell's Proofs of Purchase. They may be turned into the office or your child's classroom teacher. For more information, call Mr. Ryan Holper at 283-9551.

Those interested in enrolling their child in either the three-or- four year old preschool program may call Joanne Love at 283-9551.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Storyteller Brett Dillingham will perform for students at 9:30 today. Parents are invited to join us in the gym for this assembly. Mr. Dillingham will be here all week training students and staff in the art of storytelling.

The APC will meet Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The school is gearing up for its annual Christmas Drive. A letter will be sent out this week providing more information along with the necessary forms. If your family needs help this Christmas with gifts and/or food, complete and return the form to the school by Nov. 25. Additionally, if you would like to sponsor a family or make a donation, call the office staff for more information and/or forms.

Fire prevention week is scheduled Nov. 9-13.

The school will train for a lockdown to make students and staff comfortable in a lockdown situation. A drill will be held Nov. 10.

Holiday programs and concerts are on our calendar already so check the Edline page to keep your calendar up to date.

Are you getting the e-mails from the office with these activity reminders? If not, check with Miss Linda or Miss Barb to add your e-mail address to our list.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The weather is getting colder. Please remember to send your students to school dressed for outside recess. We go outside until it is -10 degrees so students need coat, hat, gloves, and boots every day.

The Veteran's "Wall of Honor" is on display through Veteran's Day on Nov. 11. Send in pictures of the veterans in your family. Your photo should include a brief description of the person and when they served. Put your name on the back of your pictures and we will return them to you. Our Veteran's Day assembly will be Friday at 8 a.m.

Donations for the silent auction that is coming up Nov. 13 are needed. If you have items you would like to donate, call the office. If you would like to volunteer call Melissa Linton.

Kenai Middle

The school is looking for adult volunteers to mentor middle school students. Mentors meet with students one hour per week during the school day and attend training once a month, usually in the evening. Mentors are listeners, encouragers, role models and promoters of student aspirations and accomplishments. Call Mark G. Manuel, 283-1726 for more information.

The school will send out a November newsletter. Enclosed will be information about the Christmas drive.

The school is now offering breakfast for $1.75. If your child is on free or reduced lunch, breakfast will be free. School Breakfast time is scheduled from 7:20 to 7:45 a.m.

If you are in need of assistance this Thanksgiving, call Mrs. Howard for food baskets. Her phone number is 283-1723.

Dates to remember:

* Friday -- Basketball at Homer 3 p.m. and Lock-In from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.;

* Nov. 10 -- Basketball at KMS 3 p.m.;

* Nov. 13 -- celebration;

* Nov. 17 -- basketball at SMS at 3 p.m.;

* Nov. 23 -- basketball at Nikiski at 3 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners were Mystery Garner, Briana Eide, Aria Fabiano, Cameron Prior, Arieona Woodard, Tylor Baldwin, Jacob Keels, Adorah Cummins, Skyler Williamson, Tristen Miller, Brody Storms and Savannah Boze.

Picture Retakes are scheduled for Wednesday.

The site council will meet in the library at 7:45 a.m. Thursday. The agenda includes organizing academic activities using Langford Quality Tools.

The annual carnival will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. and is open to the public. All funds earned will go towards student field trips. There will lots of food, games and prizes. Tickets are .25 each and most games cost two-four 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.

On Nov. 11 students will assemble to enjoy a musical presentation by Lauren Pelon.

Nikiski North Star

There will be a PTA meeting Thursday at 3:45 p.m. Call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

Parents and community members are invited to attend the Nikiski Site Council meeting Nov. 12 at Nikiski Middle/High School at 7 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide input into the possibility of moving the NNS sixth-graders to Nikiski Middle School to provide a different approach to middle level (6th - 8th) education.

Nikiski Middle-High

There has been some discussion about moving 6th grade students from NNS up to Nikiski Middle School, making three different educational steps for our Nikiski children: preK - 5th, 6th - 8th, and 9th - 12th. The goal of this move would be to strengthen instructional programs and electives to better meet the needs of our adolescent students. We are simply in the "question/informational" stage at this time so we invite parents to attend the Joint Site Council Meeting being held in the Nikiski Middle/Sr High School library on Thursday, Nov 12 at 7 p.m. We will be providing information with hopes of forming a committee to look at this potential change.

Volley ball tourney will be held Friday and Saturday at the school. Friday 4 p.m. game 1 -- (#3 seed vs. #6 seed); and 6 p.m. game 2 -- (#4 seed vs. # 5 seed); and Saturday 10 a.m. game 3, noon game 4, 2:30 p.m. game 5 -- (3rd & 4th place), and 4:30 p.m. game 6 -- (Championship Match.)

Redoubt Elementary

The school's holiday food drive and fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank runs through Nov. 20. Students, parents, and community members can help build a turkey farm in the foyer by "purchasing" a turkey for $10, a pumpkin for $5, or an apple for $2. Non-perishable food items may be brought to school any time between through Nov. 20. Mr. Pothast will dress and gobble like a turkey if the school reaches its goal of $500 and 500 lbs. of food; 100% of food and money collected will be given to the local food bank.

A.B.A.T.E. is donating 16 Thanksgiving dinners to the food bank for the school's families. Families who need help should contact the food bank.

Students and staff have proclaimed Wednesday as Redoubt Custodians Day.

School pictures should arrive the week of Nov. 9. Retakes are Nov. 13. Parents with preschoolers should arrive at 9 a.m. Order forms will be available that day.

Big G Box Tops drawing winner was Mykenna Foster.

Skyview High

Nordic ski practice begins today. Students are reminded that they need proof of a current physical and have all paperwork completed and turned in before they can practice.

Financial Aid Night for seniors and their parents will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. Come get your questions answered regarding senior timelines, financing postsecondary education, and learn lots of other helpful information.

Kenai Peninsula College is sponsoring a Career Day for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors Nov. 13. Students will attend four 30-minute sessions on the careers of their choice. Choices for sessions are due to Mrs. Dunn by Nov. 9 and parent permission slips are due by Nov. 11. No students may drive. All students must ride the bus.

Soldotna High

The following students were elected as board positions to the 2009-10 student council:

Freshmen -- President: Madeline Wilcox; VP: Deavina Schultz; Secretary: Sarah Mokracek; and Treasurer: Kaydi Marchesano.

Sophomores -- President: Courtney Lewis; VP: Sydney Goggia; Secretary: Savannah Smith; and Treasurer: Quiana McElroy.

Junior -- President: Mackenzie Senn; VP: Dallin Carlson; Secretary: Inti Haribson and Treasurer: Angela Ramponi.

Senior-- President: Tanner Link; VP: Will McDermid; Secretary: Alek Romatz; and Treasurer: Jessiah Steffy.

Student Body -- President: Dillon Ball; VP: Delana Duncan; Secretary: Cassie Sheridan; and Treasurer: Josh Rutten

Activities Chairs -- Keegan Eshleman and Cody Carroll.

Advisory classes are having Can Wars until Nov. 16. Students are asked to bring in non-perishable food items. The class with the most will receive a pizza party. Items will go to SoHi families in need and the food bank.

Yearbooks may be ordered online at for $55.

The library is updating its media resources. If anyone has high school appropriate movies and/or programs that they would like to donate the school would be happy to have them.

The third annual, community Financial Aid Night, called "Mission Possible," will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. Topics will include: 1) applying for financial aid and filling out the FAFSA forms, 2) grants, loans, and scholarship opportunities, including ROTC scholarships, 3) the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program, and 4) timelines for juniors and seniors. Carrie Burford, Financial Aid Director from Kenai Peninsula College, and your local high school counselors will be the guest speakers. Refreshments will be furnished by local vendors.

The craft fair will be held Nov. 14 and 15.

Sports information can be found at .

Soldotna Middle

Monday will be the first day of competition basketball practice. The girls will have early practice that week.

Basketball games will be on Thursday, Nikiski will play white at SMS at 3 p.m.

Yearbooks are now on sale for $30. They can be purchased on SMS Edline with a charge card or purchased at the office by cash or check. If paid for by Christmas, a free DVD of extra pictures and videos of the school year will be included.

Tustumena Elementary

Pumpkin carving contest winners are primary grades -- first place, Isaac Davis, second place, Booker/Cloe Milbauer, and third place, Seraiah Dorman; Intermediate grades -- first place, Marshal Cameron, second place Cory Hinz and third place, Selena Stem.

The PTO will meet Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.

The site council will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 23.

Wings Christian Academy

Book-it reading goals for October are due. Students should start reading for their November reading goals.

The office of the week in the Upper Learning Center is Alex Pettey.

The office of the week in the Lower Learning Center is Chase Miller.

Dates to remember:

* Wednesday -- Christmas program practice 3-4 p.m.;

* Friday -- home volleyball Game at 1 p.m.;

* Nov. 11 -- no school in observation of Veteran's Day;

* Nov. 13 -- calendar fundraiser money is due and away volleyball game;

* Nov. 20 -- away volleyball game;

* Dec. 10 -- Christmas program at 7 p.m.;

* Dec. 14 -- Merit store.

Keep saving aluminum cans, Box Tops and Campbell's Labels.

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