Around the District

Posted: Monday, November 22, 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.

* 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).

School closures

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed the following dates:

* Nov. 25,26 -- Thanksgiving holiday;

* Dec. 17 -- Inservice day and end of quarter; and

* Dec. 20-Dec. 31 -- Winter break.

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 offers after-school training

The Workforce Development Center is offering free after school academies. High school students may attend any of the academies at any of the schools.

* Academies at Skyview High School:

It's not too late to sign up for the construction academy that is taking place now. Students are constructing a classroom portable with Mr. Gordon. Class days are Tues. and Thurs. from 3-5 p.m. This class runs thru March 3. If a student needs the practical art credit they will also have to do the 10 hour online OSHA safety course to meet the 60 hour academy criteria as this class began Oct. 26.

A PCA 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. There is a mandatory meeting in the nursing lab at 3:30 p.m. on Wed. Jan. 5. During this meeting, class times will be set depending on student and instructor's schedule.

A construction academy will begin Jan. 4th and run thru Mar. 10th. This class will be on Mon. and Wed. from 3-6pm. Students will be constructing a gazebo. Students will learn basic construction skills.

* Academies at Soldotna High School:

A Medical Terminology for Health Professions will begin on Jan.11 and run thru May 5. Class days will be Tues. and Thurs. from 3:30-5:00 p.m. 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.

A ETT class will be starting Jan. 5 and run thru Feb. 26. Class days are Mon. and Wed. from 5-8 p.m. and an occasional Sat. from 9-4:30. This class 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.

* Academies at Kenai High School:

A welding academy starting in Jan. dates and times TBA. Students will learn the basics of welding: oxy-acetylene cutting, torch safety & set up, cutting torch (free hand), interpret welding symbols and much more.

A Intro to Criminal Justice starting in Jan. dates and times TBA. Students will learn all of the different careers in the criminal justice pathways: Probation Officer, Parole Officer, Police Officer, Dispatcher, Criminal Justice Technician and more.

If a student successfully completes any of the 60-hour academies they are eligible to receive a half practical art credit.

Transportation may be provided if needed.

To sign up contact your counselor or call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or email her at These academies are possible thanks to funding from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development and the Alaska Youth First Program.

Connections Home-school

Battle of the Books, grades K-2, will begin meeting Thursdays, starting December 2nd from 2:00-3:00 with Shelli Furlong.

Scholastic Book Fair will be held December 6-10. Stop by the Soldotna Office to check for those last minute Christmas gift ideas!

Connections will be having a Science Fair in January. Registration forms need to be turned in by December 10th. Projects will be displayed January 10 - 21, 2011, judging will take place on January 13th with awards being given on the following day. For questions or more information, please call Mark Wackler 714-8880.

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 1st, 2011. Winners will compete at regional, states and nationals competitions and could represent your 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.

Connections Homeschool 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 DC. 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

Kaleidoscope School of Art and Science

After School Activities are happening now. They are every Thursday from 3:45 to 4:50. We appreciate your promptness in picking up your child If your child did not get the chance to participate in any of the clubs this time remember that other activities will be offered after the first of the year.

Please make sure to remind your students that it is indeed winter, so appropriate winter clothing is necessary.

The students are allowed to bring in sleds when there is enough snow for the hill to be open. Sleds must be roll up sleds, saucers or soft one person sleds. Roll up sleds are the only sleds allowed to be taken on the bus.

Don't forget to check the District's website as well as the radio stations for any school closures due to weather.

There will be a PTA meeting November 23rd, at 4pm in the library. This is a great way to get involved in the school.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember that there is no school Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th.

Young Shoppers club will be December 7-10th. Watch your Friday folder for more information on this event.

Mark your calendars for the annual Kaleidoscope Holiday Concert that will be held on December 7th at 7pm at the Kenai Central High School.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Main cast rehearsal for "Christmas at the O.K. Corral" will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:15.

Nov. 24 is the day for our Pampered Chef fundraiser roll out. If you are interested in purchasing Pampered Chef items, please contact the school.

This week the students in Mr. Daniels' class are working to become better readers, actors, and actresses; they are doing Reader's Theater! The students are actively practicing their specific roles in the hall, so they can keep their individual dramatic plays a secret from the rest of the class until their performances on Friday. This activity is also being extended into social and emotional learning. This includes student volunteers acting out a potential conflict or negative behavior while the rest of the class works to solve the situations. The life skills learned from this dramatic play will surely be invaluable.

Wrestling has started at K-Beach Elementary! We have 20 great wrestlers this year and Mr. Daniels and Mr. Aley are the coaches. Wrestlers will learn drills, technique, and live wrestling drills. At the end of the season, wrestlers will compete in an in-house dual meet to demonstrate what they have learned. Go, K-Beach, Go!

Our new t-shirts and sweatshirts are in and they are awesome! The PTA has some extras to sell if you missed the ordering deadline.

We still have a few meals to give to our families in need. If your family needs help with your Thanksgiving meal, please call Mrs. Tressler in the office.

Kenai Central High School

All students are interested in playing baseball this spring should attend an information meeting in the Little Theater at 7 p.m. Please make every effort to attend if you are planning on playing.

Hoop fans, basketball tryouts are Nov. 29. You must have a current physical if you plan to participate.

Congratulations to Kyle Rogers who was selected to the Alaska All-Star Football Team. Kyle is the only representative from the small school division to play against Washington's All Star Team in December.

Congratulations to the following students for being selected to perform at All-State Music and Choir: Katarina Anderson -- S1; Andrew Barcus -- trumpet; Lucas Bruxvoort -- B1; Daniel Carlson -- ALT.--T2; Cole Chase-Cochrane -- B2; Freya Chay -- S2; Hannah Coffman -- A1; Tyler Cooper -- B1; Shaynee DeVito -- french horn; Kyle Dougherty -- B2; Makayla George -- S2; Bradley Hamilton -- clarinet; Esther Hamilton -- S1; Chelsea Hart -- baritone; Ali Jones -- S1; Josie Jones -- S2; Michelle Klaben -- contra clarinet; Natalie Kurzendoerfer -- A1; Breanna McCarter -- A2; George Navarre -- T2; Noelle Schmitter-Schrier - S1; and Brenton Wooley -- alto saxophone.

Volleyball season has come to a close. The award winners for this year: Varsity awards -- MVP -- Allie McGahan; Allie McGahan was also on the All-Region 2nd Team; Most improved -- Alisha Peterson; Most Inspirational -- Shaina Aho; Coaches Award -- Shelby Toombs. JV -- Most improved -- Heidi Herrmann; Most Inspirational -- Briana King; Coaches Award -- Caitlin Wooley. C-Team -- Most improved -- Justice English; Most Inspirational -- Raquelle Reynolds; Coaches Award -- Jordan Jackman.

As Thanksgiving draws close, Kenai Central High School would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their support. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Kenai Middle

We are in need of hats and gloves for our Kossack Korner. If you would like to donate any gently used clothing items please let us know at the office, 283-1700. Thank you for your help!

The annual Christmas Drive will start the beginning of November. Forms to participate with the Christmas Drive will be mailed out in our November newsletter. If you didn't receive a newsletter last month please call the school to check your mailing address.

The 6th grade class is having a Pampered Chef fund raiser to help students with the cost of camp. It will begin on November 22 and go through December 1. The items will be here in time for Christmas. If you have any questions please call KMS at 283-1700 and ask for Ms. Steward.

If your family is in need of help this Thanksgiving Mrs. Howards has dinner vouchers available. Please call her office at 283-1723 for more information.

Upcoming events

Nov. 22 -- Basketball at KMS

Dec. 4 -- Basketball at Seward 10am

Dec. 7 -- 1st Round of Basketball Boroughs

Dec. 9 -- Choir Concert at KCHS 7pm

Dec. 11 -- Basketball Boroughs at Homer 10am

Dec.12 -- Band Concert at KCHS 3pm

Dec. 17 -- End Of Semester - Inservice, No School

Nikiski Middle-High

The Golden Apple was awarded to Amanda Adair in the special services department for her exemplary work with our students with disabilities. Congratulations Mandy!

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners last week were Mycah Pavloff, Alston Thomas, Michael Turner, Lizzie Grzybowski, Maryrose Macabuag, Braxton Fischer, Dakota Cissell, Brandon Clore, Brendon Little, Tyler Schneider, Ashleigh Lutz and Matt McEntire.

The Site Council and School Improvement Committee will meet on Thursday, December 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Our school participates in the Accelerated Reader reading program. A 70 percent on a book test will earn you a heart to add to our wall. At the end of the school year, all of the hearts will be collected, put in a K-1, 2-3, 4-6 grade level box. One heart will be pulled out from each box and the winner will receive a bicycle! The NNS classroom with the most overall points, will get a set of books for their teacher and each student will get a book of their choice from Scholastic. Every student with a point earned will receive a reading bead at the end of every quarter. You will receive your reading dog tag after five points.

Every child needs a warm coat, a warm hat and gloves. Now with the snow on the ground, they need boots and snowpants. Please help your child be responsible and come to school with their warm gear.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt families who need help this Thanksgiving should contact the Peninsula Food Bank as soon as possible. Redoubt Elementary School Holiday Food Drive and Fundraiser for the Peninsula Food Bank ended November 19th. Thanks to everyone who helped make Redoubt's food drive a huge success this year.

A.B.A.T.E. (Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education) is generously donating 16 Thanksgiving dinner gift certificates to the Peninsula Food Bank on behalf of our school.

Please let us know if your family needs help this holiday season. Check this week's newsletter and Edline for more details and instructions to apply. All names of families are kept confidential. Please apply as soon as possible and no later than December 3rd.

Congratulations to our Box Top winner this week Whitney Benson.

The Elf Shelf Holiday Store is coming December 7-9 PTA sponsors this annual gift shopping opportunity for students. Complete information will be sent home with students.

There will be no PTA meeting or Site Council meeting in December.

Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, January 11, 3:45 p.m. staff lounge.

Child care is provided.

Site Council meeting Wednesday, January 12, 3:45 p.m. staff lounge.

Skyview High

Wrestling hosts Kenai Central and Seward at a tri-meet Tuesday at 4:00, 5:30 and 7:00 pm.

Basketball begins November 29. Participants must show proof of a current physical and have all paperwork signed and turned in before they can try out or practice.

Final exams for periods 1, 3, and 5 will take place on December 15. Exams for periods 2, 4, and 6 will take place on December 16.

Go to for news, scholarship information and other events and to for updates on sports.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to this year's Soldotna Elementary Hoop Shoot winners: Gregory VanVelzor and Autumn Carlson (8-9 year olds), Brandon Crowder and Emily Pieh (10-11 year olds), and Reece Hanson (12-13 year olds). The next competition will be held at Soldotna Middle School on Saturday, December 4.

Ashlee Anderson, Destin Carlyle, Amber Matthews, Monique Spears, Sally Hoagland and Hunter Crosby were Fun Buck winners last week and Taylor Morse was the Box Top winner. This week, JoJean Thorton, Dan McRorie, Warren Cooper, Lydia Jenkins, Levi Hart, Vydell Baker, Gage DeWitt and Ricci Sackett were the winners and Edward Goans was the box top winner.

Please check this week's school newspaper for news about Christmas Kindness. Families in need can sign up for help for the holidays while donations to support this program will be welcomed. Call Nurse Tammy Dudley if you have questions. PTA members work together with Nurse Tammy to co ordinate and sponsor this yearly event. The deadline to apply for Christmas Kindness assistance is December 9 with no exceptions.

Soldotna High

The SoHi Drama Department presents the play "Phantom Of The Opera" on December 2, 3, and 4 at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the box office each night of the performance.

The Art, Photo and Ceramics classes will be having an end of the semester art show on Dec. 15th and 16th from 8:30am to 2:15pm in the art room. Please come enjoy the students' best projects of the fall semester! Refreshments will be served.

The Soldotna High School Child Development course is looking for children ages 2-5 for their free daycare. The dates are Thursday Dec. 9 and Friday Dec. 10 from 12:15-2:15. Snacks, games, and activities will be included. Children must be potty trained. Please contact Meggean Bos at to enroll.

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle School

Wednesday: Turkey Trot assembly

Tuesday, Nov. 30: Maroon Boys and Girls Basketball vs Nikiski at SMS - 3 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 7: Band and Choir Christmas Concert, 7:00 p.m. Community Sing-A-Long and then a Bake Sale to follow at the end of the concert.

October Students Of The Month

Language Arts- Lindsey Wong, Brennan Mitzel, Sloan Stenga, Destiny Tipler; PE- Dustin Buerkel, Emily DiPaulo, Elizabeth Cho, Kayli Kitchens, Nathaniel Yannikos; Bailey Blumentritt; Danielle McCormick, Hannah Pothast, Kayla Bauter; Band - Alexander Gottlob, Megan English; Choir -Halen Wells, Sarah Kingsley; Math - Maraya Whitaker, Tessa Gottlob, Madison Nelson, Abigail Anderson, Malena MacMaster, Calvin Hills, Jeremiah Hudson, Lavender Burns; Math - Anna Marie Sayman, Halen Wells; Algebra - Taryan McCubbins, Claire Kincaid, Brent Nichols; Science - Haley Miller, Brenner Musgrave, Anna Marie Sayman, Eli Graham, James Honer , Savannah Kreider, Jacob Conver Logan Parks; Study Skills - Zane Bus, Steven Carter, Nathaniel Blevins, Sarah Gibbons, Jolene Hime, Mallory Musgrove, Matthew Hardcastle-Ussery; Reading - Austin Painter, Jolene Hime; Spanish - Jessica Ramirez, Shayla Hardcastle, Tyler Hill, Hallie Landess, Olivia Conradi, Malena MacMaster; Computer Explorations/Technology - Business and Info. Systems - Jaden Reid, Haylee Vroman, Sarah Kingsley, Michael Lewis; Yearbook - Logan Parks, Bradyn Holly; Robotics - Taylor Gilmore, John Vinzant; Digital Photography 1 - Nathan Spence, Holly Geib; Digital Photo 2 - Heather Tolliver, Allyson Beile; Homeroom - Serena Weston, Angelina Mendez; Art Intro - Kaytlynn Malone, Dalton Best, Jordan Martin, Savannah Kreider, Jessica Ramirez; Ceramics - Keylee Nelson; Sculpture -Shira Waldrip; 2D Art 1 - Mathew Davis; Life Skills- Emma Coup; and Drumline - Haley Miller.

October Students Of Character

Kyle Aber, Angel Agloinga, Maija Albertson, Troy Alexie, Hailey Ames, Ann Baldwin, Courtney Barker, Michael Bates, Emily Beaudin, Josef Becher, Allyson Beilen, Preston Bicknell, Nathaniel Blevins, Zoe Blevins, Kaitlynn Boyer, Mara Browning, Dustin Buerkel, Lavender Burns, Elizabeth Cho, Ila Cobb, Anna Coup, Michael Crowder, Jason Demello, Aurora Derflinger, Tylor Dolan, Duncan Donham, Jana Doss, Ali Dusek, McKenzie Earll, Cheyanne England, Megan English, Hatcher Fortman, Sadie Fox, Eric Gomez-Catalan, Jacob Gough, Shaylynn Gough, Zachary Hallford, Josephine Harpole, Kyle Hastings, Cory Heitzman, Logan Hemphill, Shayne Hensley, Tyler Hill, Taylor Johnson, Alexandra Kaminski, Hannah Katzenberger, Rebekah Keener, Sarah Kingsley, Savannah Kreider, Kasey Lingle, Malena MacMaster, Harly Maddux, Hanna Mahaffey, Tralessa Mahan, Antonio Maheras, Cody Marlowe, Hannah Mayo, Danielle McCormick, Taryn McCubbins, Claire McElroy, Jesse Meier, Leann Meier, Max Miller, Mallory Musgrove, Madison Nelson, Chase Poole, Hannah Pothast, Moira Pyhala, Jessica Ramirez, Tyann Reed, Shawn Reynolds, Sierra Reynolds, Sophia Rossini, Megan Silta, Mykala Steadman, Andreanne Stogner, Andrew Sweigart, Rachel Thomas, Sierra Thomas, Heather Tolliver, Meghan Ussing, John Vinzant, Serena Weston, Isaiah Williams, Taylor Wilson, Jacob Winch, Tyler Witcher, Kyla Wood, Mikhail Wright, Sarah Wynkoop, Coltin Yancey, and Nathaniel Yannikos.

Tustumena Elementary

The Usborne Book Fair has been rescheduled for the week of November 29 to December 3.

November 29 -- Site Council Meeting, 4pm

December 3 -- Cash Raffle Drawing

December 8 -- Winter Concert

December 17-- No School, In-service Day, End of Quarter

December 17-January 2 -- Winter Break

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