Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

School board meeting 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

* Dec. 3.

Thanksgiving holiday

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Most private schools also will be closed. To verify closure dates, call your child's school.

Aurora Borealis Charter School

First quarter Students In Good Standing went through the hay tunnel at Solid Rock Bible Camp.

The following students received a caramel nut apple for the box tops drawing: Nya (kindergarten); Andrew and Adam (first grade); Eric and Jonathan (third grade); Lindsay, Kami, and Sydney (fifth grade) and Lizzie (eighth grade).

Junior high students wrote "Why I Am an American Patriot" essays for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen contest. School finalists were submitted to the local VFW.

Junior high basketball home games will be today at 3 p.m. vs Ninilchik.

Connections Home-school program

The spelling bee will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the assembly chambers of the borough building in Soldotna. Study booklets are available only online and may be accessed for free at

The program will host the movie "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" rated G at noon Monday at the Kambe Theater in Kenai. Ticket prices are $5.25 per ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Soldotna or Kenai offices. Call Gabe or Doug at 714-8880. The theater doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for concession sales.

Scholastic Book orders are due Nov. 15. Holiday catalogs are available online. Call the office for login and password.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students Of The Week are Arielle Hamar, Karmen Farrell, Alana Houser and Levi Ables the "never give up" group; Joseph Tovar helpfulness; Abigail Hill super star student; Isaac Estez amazing listening; Kendra Brush great helper and hard worker; Charley Michel and Heidi Hillyer always doing "stuff" to make the school a better place; Robbie Smithwick a servant's heart with his guitar and voice; Katie Dutcher pedological pedagogue; and Keefe O'Dell equinox "eggs"perimentation.

Kindergarten through sixth-graders may earn a free Pizza Hut personal pan pizza each month by reading for its BookIt program.

The school's calendar is available online at

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The Christmas drive is beginning and letters were sent home last week. Families who need assistance are asked fill out and return the form by Nov. 21. Community members who would like to help another family are asked to fill out a form and return it to the office. Donors will be contacted with specific information regarding the donation and sponsorship.

The PTA will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 4.

The APC will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

The winter concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Volunteers are needed to help with scenery and costumes. Call the office or Mrs. Larson to volunteer.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. Laber is seeking volunteers to help in the library Mondays and Fridays. For more information, call her at 262-1463.

The school newspaper is seeking Christmas or holiday themed submissions. Submissions are due to Mrs. Bullerdick by Dec. 1. For more information, call 262-1463 and leave a message for her.

Dates to remember:

* Today the PTA will meet at 2:45 p.m. in the library. Free baby-sitting is provided;

* Nov. 30 spelling bee for grades three through six; and

* Dec. 6 Christmas play.

Kenai Central High

The site council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the faculty lounge. For more information or to see an item on the agenda, call Alan Fields at 283-2105.

Wednesday is the student of the month luncheon for the month of October in the library at 11:53 a.m. Visitors need to check in at the office first.

The Community Action Coalition survey will be given to 10th and 12th grade students (who have signed a permission slip) during second period Wednesday.

Kenai Middle

The Character Counts winners are Makayla George and Dakota McAdoo. They received a pizza for lunch.

Report cards were given out at conferences. Parents who have not received one are asked to call the office at 283-4896.

Yearbooks are on sale for $30. You can purchase a yearbook online by going to the school's link on Edline.

Kenaitze Head Start

Students have been learning about families and traditions. They are learning the words unkda (mother), tukda (father), chuda (grandmother) and chada (grandfather). Students also have learned a weather song in the Dena'ina language.

The school is collecting recipes from students and parents. In order to receive a copy of the cookbook parents must contribute a recipe.

Family Literacy Night will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Stories about Thanksgiving will be read.

Mountain View

On Monday the staff and students had a performance by Maria Allison on piano and Erin Southwick on the flute, recorder and pennywhistle.

On Friday the staff and students were given a presentation on anti-bullying by author Rob Holladay.

Nikiski North Star

The school had an anti-bullying assembly last Thursday with Rob Holladay.

The Safety Seal will visit the school Nov. 20.

Parents are reminded to send snow gear with their child for recess time. Proper gear includes: winter coat or jacket, snowpants, boots, hat, gloves or mittens.

Parents also are reminded to check the lost and found for missing items.

Ninilchik School

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

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 held after school until 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 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.

Brain Busters a movement based activity in which students learn state capitals, math facts, names of presidents to name a few will be held after school until 4:30 p.m. Fridays.

Parents are reminded to pay their students $25 art fee.

Today the volleyball teams will face off against Nikolaevsk at 4 p.m.

On Wednesday the middle school boys basketball team will play against Nikolaevsk at 4 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary

School families who need help this holiday season are asked to call the school office at 260-4300 as soon as possible. The school is offering assistance to families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The school anticipates providing Thanksgiving food boxes for approximately 20 families. Parent, student and staff help is needed to assure families have a happy Thanksgiving. Parents and staff can "buy" a paper turkey for the poster in the entry way for $10 and decorate the turkey however they wish, including putting a photo head of their child, friend, etc. on the turkey. Money and food collected will be used for holiday food and gifts for school families. Students may participate by bringing non-perishable food items or putting their money in the collection jar in front of the office. Some classrooms will work on collecting items for a Thanksgiving food box as a class project.

The PTA is seeking monetary donations for its Holiday Kindness program to help provide a Christmas holiday for school families. Call school office for more information.

Wacky intramural games begin this week. There will be eight different activities.

The PTA is sponsoring a Big G box tops classroom contest through Jan. 10. The classroom collecting the most box tops during that time will win a prize. Students also may enter a box top in the weekly drawing each week by putting a box top with their name on it in the collection box in front of the office.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. today. Childcare will be available. The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room.

Skyview High

Prevention Needs Assessment survey for 10th and 12th graders who turned in parent permission slips to complete the survey will be held during second period Wednesday in the commons Students are reminded that the canned food drive continues.

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

The school is participating in the eScrip fundraiser. Safeway is the local merchant. Families interested in participating will need to do the following: Log on to and go to "sign up"; designate Skyview High School to receive contributions. The school's group ID number is 6630561; and register the Safeway club card and /or debit, ATM and credit cards (If you do not know your Safeway card number, call toll free, (877) 723-3929). A percentage of purchase costs will be automatically contributed to Skyview by the merchant. Families will not lose Alaska Air miles or Safeway discounts.

Honor roll announced 4.02 to 4.00 ninth grade Paul Adams, Joy Bartlett, Annita Braun. Carol Clonan, Vlad Ferderer, Megan Janorschke, Shay Kurz, Alea Perkovich, Noah Perry and James Tonione; 10th grade Paris Cooper, Wayne Epperson, Casee Penrod and Jessica Stewart; 11th grade Zachary Hibberd, Marquee Lucas and Theresa Ramponi; and 12th grade Melissa Blake, Tasha Brown, Jacob Fowler, Joanna Graves, Natalia Hernandez, Alexander Janorschke, Brooke Jasky-Zuber, Amanda Millay, Mallory Millay, Timo Philipkowski, Jessica Pugh, Melissa Rawson, Jessica Thomas, Kaleene Tressler, Jacob Walgenbach and Remington West.

3.99 to 3.50 ninth grade Claire-Elise Baalke, Matthew Deatherage, Kory Dubendorf, Christopher Hallford, Jaxon Hill, Elisha Hollers, Wesley Matthews, Sasha Nery, Michelle Papp, Breanna Penning, Gabrielle Peterson, Nicole Reid, Daniel Rozak, Cori Shull, Tamlyn Silva and Alicia West; 10th grade Xavier Allmon, Eldon Brown, Ryan Burow, Emily Culhane, Julie Garrett, Brandon Jones, Skyler Laber, Jaci Lamborn, Joseph Malatesta, Serena Marquis, Ryan McMasters, Sara McMasters, Ivy O'Guinn, Chad Oakes, Jess Russell, Ariel Vail and Brittany Weston; 11th grade Madison Abbott, Benjamin Baldwin, John Cook, Tera Cunningham, Jenna Grant, Ashley Halverson, Kadie Hansen, Hannah Joy, Bradley Lapp, Zackary Leslie, Melissa Massey, Cristy Matthews, Elaina Mercier, Michael Moerlein, Christopher Nichol, Gregory Parker, Kadie Perletti, Rebecca Perry, Michael Russell, Elan Segovia, Sophia Taeschner, Michael Thornton, Bailey Walgenbach and Jared Williams; and 12th grade Cristal Barton, Scott Begins, Edward Buffington, Kyle Cassidy, Thomas Coreson, Kari Daly, David Doremire, Briar Fidler, Anndrea Frank, Aaron Glaves, Anthony Guth, Tanya Guy, Tommy Honer, Ane Johansen, Jacob Lester, Laura McKenna, Bethany McMilin, Kilian Meinung, Zuzana Mikurchikova, Thomas Osterman, Denali Pearson, Patrick Sheridan, Richard Shirnberg, Lindy Tikka, Catherine Umstead and Benjamin Woodland.

3.49 to 3.0 ninth grade Jacob Brown, Faith Croasdell, Phellisha Dobson, Courtny Hodsdon, Brittany Mercier, James Nichols, Megan Parham, Deandra Segovia, Ariel Self, Keith Straume, Kaitlin Stropes, Kali Topp and Justin Wiggins; 10th grade Sarah Barsis, Tauna Berestoff, Tiffany Case, Michael Eyre, Kasselina Ferganchick, Jon Jackinsky, Jessica Jones, Soundra Jones, Cody Krause, David Laurie, Justin Marsh, Michael Morris, Tyler Nichols, Kathrine Quelland, Rebekah Stigall, William Thomas, Carol Umstead, Margaret Waggoner, Lora Watson, Kayla West, Sarah Williams, Bryce Wilson and Alec Woodvine; 11th grade Evan Arnold, Caitlin, Baalke, Elizabeth Bacon, Danielle Barve, Jessie Bilderback, Megan Cox, Kayln Croom, Elijah Deatherage, Devon Drake, Trevor Evanoff, London Gabaldon, Ryan Helminski, Ina Lewis, Antonya Loomis, Kenneth Mahan, Brittany Meyer, Leslie Meyer, Colin Murray, Mariah Olsen, Jared Penning, Joseph Ramirez, Ashley Sarver, Elaine Shelton, Clarissa Turvin, Courtney Tyler, Hannah West and Samantha Wilusz; and 12th grade Leilani Austin, Joseph Browning, Keith Clancy, Conrad Cobb, Anthony Cole, Joshua Fine, Desiree Geffe, Breanna Giles, Jessica Hatten, Kelli Johnson, Brady Jones, Luke Lusardi, Nathaniel McClure, Candace Penrod, Maria Perzechino, Mercedies Piersee, Miranda Pollard, Stephanie Post, Megan Revis, Garret Williams.

Soldotna High

This week student government is sponsoring a canned food drive. Canned goods should be taken to advisory classes.

Today is Mix It Up Day. Students are encouraged to sit somewhere new at lunch and to meet someone new.

The following students were nominated by their teachers as Rotary Students of the Month and will be honored today with a pizza luncheon by the Soldotna Rotary Club: Lyla Marey, Aureliano D'Amici, Dallin Carlson, Colten Jensen, Taelor Brandon, Robin Davis, Mark West, Forrest Eissler, Jenna Jensen, Nathan Strieby, Tatyana Stott and Intimayo Harbison.

The following students were selected as all-state band, choir or orchestra participants and will take part in the all-state music program this weekend in Anchorage: Band Jessica Oglesbee, Sarah Tressler, Rosemary Houghlum, Ben Kincaid, Emily Smola, Hannah Romberg, Janine Ray and Sarah Rife (alternates); choir Kelsey Higginson, Lisa Evans, Shelby Smith, Katie Jones, Jess Carlson, Johnny Rysdyk and Dallin Carlson (alternates); and orchestra Eddie Lee. The music program is under the direction of Vernel Schneider.

The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the staff workroom.

A mini training for parents on how to help students at home with homework will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library.

There will be a one page hand out for parents to use at home. Families also may utilize the school A-Team after-school program from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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.

Yearbooks are available to order for $25 through Dec. 21 at the office. They will be $30 after that.

SMS Students of Character Cole Aaronson, Connor Aaronson, Catherine Afonin, Chelsey Ahlers, Kendra Ahlers, Terence Albertson, Gaeden Ames, Savannah Anchinges, Coty Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Austen Armstrong-Winkler, Thomas Azzara, Alycia Backstrom, Krystal Baer, Liz Baker, Braedan Bates, Calvin Baxter, Alyse Beal, Robert Bearheart, Daniel Benson, Blair Blades, Jessie Book, Garrett Bosick, Matt Boulette, Trace Braxling, Joel Brence, Alex Brown, John Brown, Ava Buffington, Whitney Burcham, Luke Burow, Nathan Byerly, Kyle Cansino, Christian Carrico, Cory Carver, Lacey Cashman, Desirae Challans, Timothy Checketts, Jayme Christian, Tyler Christler, Braden Chumley, Katy Clonan, Gabe Connor, Jay Cook, Kade Cooper, Nick Coulman, Andrew Coulter, Hannah Cristiano, Austin Cunningham, Marlee Cunningham, Mitchel Daugherty, Dallas Derflinger, Daniel Diaz, Shay Dilley, Elissia Dobbs, Keegan Dotomain, Jacob Douthit, Derian Dreyer, Jared Duncan, Ashley Eby, Kristina England, Michael Erickson, Holly Eyre, Kelty Fair, Allison Farrington, Taylor Forbes, Tanner Fowler, Madeline Fox, Claire Gabler, Mason Galbraith, Ryder Galic, Cierea Giles, Sydney Goggia, Drew Golden, Denali Goodwill, Jonathan Granger, Corrie Hagedorn, Bryan Hahn, Zach Hale, Trevor Hallstead, Alicia Hamilton, Natawni Hammack, Alea Hanley, Kayla Hanson, McKenzie Hanson, Amanda Harrison, Amber Haselow, Jerramy Hatten, Kiara Hauck, Mary Hauptman, Elizabeth Hawkins, Joe Ben Hawkins, Heath Healy, Carly Hedlund, Dillon Henrie, Alex Henry, Michelle Hernandez, Catherine Herr, Jazmin Hetherton, Riley Hinz, Cody Howell, Breann Huff, Brianne Husband (Smith), Jessica Jackson, Rae Jackson, Sam Janorschke, Alex Jicha, Asa Johnson, David Jones, Katie Jordan, Kyle Kanarowski, Michael Keener Taylor Kishbaugh, Deann Knight, Hunter Koch, Johnathon Kreider, Carol Larrow, Jade Larsen, Wendell Larsen, Shara Leaders, Kyler Ledet, James Littell, Brittany Lloyd, Marissa Mahan, Stefany Malatesta, Tyler Marcuson, Patrick Maroney, Dylan Martin, Emily Mattfield, Hydn McDermott, Amanda McDowell, Cassie Mckenzie, Naomi McMullen, Jon Meade, Maranda Merkes, Lacey Miles, Devin Miller, Zane Miller, Sarah Mokracek, Tyler Moody, Kris Morse, Elisabeth Mullins, Austin Murray, Kayla Musgrove, Kristen Nagle, Phoebe Napolitano, Jordann Nelson, Angelica Nolden, Britny Norris, Kayla Overpeck, Elias Patten, Brianne Pearson, Dalton Pearson, Nathan Penrod, Preston Penrod, Travis Perkovich, Jonas Perletti, Ashley Pharris, Jason Phipps, Ander Pokryfki, Shay Poole, Patrick Powell, Dakota Prather, Rose Price, Jason Ramirez, Madeline Ransom, Steven Renfrow, Marcus Roberts, Shelbylyn Rogde, Emily Rogers, Jamar Rogers, Peter Rogers, Jordan Sass, Jayson Schmelzenbach, Emily Schneider, Kayla Scroggins, Brittney Sears, Karlie Self, Kyle Shassetz, Logan Showalter, Maryah Showalter, Angela Sibayan, Matti Silta, Chad Simons, Carolyn Sisson, Savannah Smith, Alexis Sorrels, Troy Streiff, Kyle Stropes, Vicky Tachick, Nicole Thomas, Riley Thompson, Marcus Thornburgh, Olivia Tice, Dillon Tondre Sydney Tonione, Jamie Topp, Jared Tovoli, Michael Tucker, Mysteri Turnbull-House, Jesse Udelhoven, Kelsey Vanantwerp, Cierra Vandehey, Matt Weber, Bryce Wehrli, Catherine West, Heidi Westerman, Britanie Whipple (Woodgeard), Ingrid Whitaker, Montana White, Madeline Wilcox, Kalub Winslow, Chelsea Winter, Bryan Wise, Catherine Wolk, Chris Works, Taylor Wright, Shannon Wyatt, and James Wysong.

Sterling Elementary

Today the students in kindergarten and any students new to the district will be given a TB test. For more information, call the nurse's office.

On Friday students will participate in fire prevention activities. Central Emergency Services will have an informative assembly for grades four through six. They also will do a puppet show teaching fire safety to the grades kindergarten through three.

Title 1 will host a family bookmaking activity from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday in the library. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call Miss Lazare.

Tustumena Elementary

The School will conduct a canned food drive for The Salvation Army through Dec. 7. Families may donate food items with an extensive shelf life regardless of its type of container.

The school's cash raffle will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets are available at the school. Tickets may be purchased for $20 each, with the grand prize winner receiving $2,500.

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