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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 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;

* 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.

KPBSD online budget survey offered

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is requesting citizen participation in a budget survey on the district Web site at, Look under community interest and FY09 Budget Survey.

The survey will remain in effect until Dec. 12, and only one response per computer will be accepted. Everyone is asked to present their ideas concerning improving education of students on the peninsula. For more information, call Lassie Nelson at 714-8838.

School district committee members needed

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is soliciting members of the community interested in participating in the review of board bylaws and protocols. Specifically, three temporary subcommittees (conduct and ethics, structure, and accountability) have been formed to look at how the board of education conducts its business.

The meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. each evening prior to regular school board meetings, beginning Jan. 14 and are expected to be completed by the spring. For more information, call Sally Tachick at 714-8836.

The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Submit the following information via e-mail to, via phone, or in person at the school district office: name, contact information (including e-mail address, phone number and mailing address), reason for wishing to participate and subcommittee interest.

Christmas holiday closures

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 4 for the Christmas holiday. School will resume Jan. 7 at the regular time. Families with students in private schools will need to verify closure dates by calling your child's school.

School Web pages available

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools information is available online through the district's Web site at Find your school and click on the name to be linked to its site.

Up-to-date information, sports schedules, grade and contact information are listed.

Aurora Borealis Charter

The Polar Bears junior high boys and girls basketball season culminated with the small schools borough tournament Nov. 16 and 17 at Cook Inlet Academy. Both teams placed third out of six teams. The boys were coached by Scott Anderson, the girls by Bill Severson and Lee Moore.

The winter music program will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Soldotna High School.

Connections home-school program

Students who had retake photos are asked to call the office to see if their pictures have arrived.

Students are fundraising for an environmental life science class and field trip. Call the office at 714-8880 to make a donation or for more information on the project.

December Scholastic Book Club orders are due Dec. 5. To order online, call the office for login and password at 714-8880, or drop by the offices with the order and payment.

Cook Inlet Academy

Basketball practice has begun for boys and girls teams.

The lost and found is being organized and kept in the attic. Families searching for lost items must ask the office for the key.

E-Script and empty ink cartridge fundraisers continue. Details are available online or in the office.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Families wishing to help with the Christmas drive are asked to call the office. The fourth-and fifth-graders are beginning at A food drive.

The APC will meet at 4 p.m. Monday. This was changed from Dec. 10. An agenda will be sent home later.

The winter concert that is held Dec. 11 at Kenai Central High School.

Student artwork is on display at the Kenai City Hall.

The nurse's office is in need of girls pants sizes four through six.

Kenai Central High

Boys and girls basketball started Monday. Athletes interested in playing need to have a current physical and their paperwork turned in before they will be allowed to practice. The boys practice from 3 to 5 p.m. and the girls from 5 to 7 p.m. today after school. For more information, call Tim Delaney at 283-2104.

The choir concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. For more information, call Renee Henderson at 283-2125.

Dates to remember:

* Today junior varsity hockey vs Homer at 3:30 p.m. at the Kenai Rink;

* Friday Luke Spruill Duals wrestling meet at Kenai at 5 p.m.; and

* Saturday Luke Spruill Duals wrestling meet at Kenai.

Kenai Middle

Yearbooks are on sale for $3. Yearbook orders are available online by linking to the school's Edline Web site.

The annual Christmas drive has begun. To donate to the Christmas drive visit A letter with the mailing address is posted along with an application to receive a Christmas basket. For more information, call 283-4896.

Dates to remember:

* Today basketball A and B at KMS at 3 p.m.;

* Saturday basketball A and B at KMS at 11 a.m.;

* Dec. 4 first round of borough basketball;

* Dec. 8 borough basketball at KMS at 9 a.m.;

* Dec. 9 band concert at KCHS 3 p.m.;

* Dec. 13 choir concert at KCHS at 7 p.m.;

Mountain View Elementary

The PTA is offering family portraits through Lifetouch from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, call Alice at 283-3443.

Christmas drive forms were sent home with students last Friday. Families in need of assistance for the holidays must be turned in by Dec. 5. For more information or to sponsor a child or a family, call 283-6148.

The Young Shoppers Club will be open Monday through Dec. 7 Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, to assist students with shopping and for clean-up.

The holiday concert for first- through third-graders will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Nikiski Middle-High

The drama department, under the direction of Joe Rizzo, will put on the production "The Last Vanishing Act" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 7 and 8 in the auditorium. The period production about a 1920s magician fighting the tide of change as movies replace live acts and Vaudeville. "The Last Vanishing Act" features magic tricks including levitation. The production, written by Rizzo, is a musical in two acts, with eight original songs by Bob Miles and Chandler Warner, choreography by Chris Morin and set design by Phil Morin. Running time is one hour, 20 minutes, not including a 15-minute intermission.

Tickets will be available at the door for $10 a person. For more information, call the school at 776-3456, or e-mail Rizzo at

The cast includes Justin Smith, Daniel Ribbons, Sawyer Skiba and Annaleah Ernst.

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 middle school basketball team will play Chapman School at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday through Saturday the school will host a volleyball conference tournament. There will a dance on the last day of the tournament from 8 to midnight. Junior high students must be picked up by parents by 11 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary

Parents are asked to complete a student programs and free and reduced lunch program application by Thursday. The school will receive federal funds based on its number of participants. Applications may be submitted at any time, but only applications received by the deadline will impact the funding count.

Visiting artist Shala Dobson will host a community open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the school. Visitors can meet the artist and view student art work. It is open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

QSP orders have arrived. Students are reminded to deliver orders as soon as possible.

The PTA needs volunteers for the Elf Shelf holiday store Dec. 4 through 6. Volunteers are asked to contact Patti at 262-0436.

Students are reminded there is no charging of lunches. Lunch money should be sent to the office in the morning, but brought through the lunch line. The fall musical "It's Saturday," was presented Nov. 8. The web cast of the production is available at mms://

The PTA is accepting monetary donations for its Holiday Kindness program. Call the school for more information. Families who need help are asked to submit a form or letter to Mr. Pothast by Monday.

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. Serena Larrow won the weekly drawing last week.

Skyview High

Senior parents and community members interested in planning graduation and after-graduation celebrations will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the school's commons. The purpose of the meeting will be to brainstorm ideas for the events and organize committees. For more information, call Matt Fischer at 260-2300 or e-mail him at

Basketball began Monday. Students must have a current physical and paperwork completed prior to the first day of practice. The girls head coach will be Ronnie Kier Junior and the boys head coach will be "Red" Goodwin.

Dates to remember:

* Saturday The semi-formal winter ball will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. at the school. Admission price is $10 per person. Royalty will be crowned. Pictured ID is required to get in and SAT testing at Kenai Peninsula College for those who registered by Oct. 30;

* Dec. 8 ACT testing at Kenai Peninsula College for those who registered by Nov. 2;

* Dec. 11 band and choir winter concert at 7 p.m.;

* Dec. 19 and 20 final exams for first semester;

* Dec. 21 end of first semester and Minimum Day for students with dismissal at 1:30 p.m.;

* Jan. 7 second semester begins; and

* Jan. 21 teacher in-service day. No school for students.

Soldotna ElementaryAn ice cream snack sale sponsored by the PTA will be held at 2 p.m. Friday. Students may purchase fruit ices and ice cream. Proceeds sponsor PTA programs.

After school gymnastics ended with a gymnastics programs featuring individual routines presented by gymnasts. Student gymnasts were Jacob Ansel, Jaide Briggs, Jared Chavez, Austen Clay, Haley Cunningham, Jason deMello, Georgie Forrest, Hunter Goff, Nicole Heitzman, Bailey Holt, Makenzy Mitchell, Moira Pyhala, Brandon Rice, Raphael Ross, Xylonah Stott, Tucker Thibadeaux and Tristan Wright. CDs of the performance are available for $5.

The deadline for the Christmas kindness assistance is Dec. 7. For more information, call Tammy at 262-5105. Donations are welcome.

The winter band concert will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in the gym. It is open to the public. A Christmas music program featuring grades four through six will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 13.

Soldotna High

Science teacher Bruce Rife has been selected to participate in the Toyota International Teacher Program in Costa Rica in February. Three hundred applications were submitted for only 36 positions.

The National Honor Society will host a blood drive challenge from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5. It is open to the public. Appointments may be scheduled by leaving a message for Jordan Love at 260-7000.

The drama department under the direction of Mike Druce will put on a production of the horror thriller "Frankenstein 1930" at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday The play, written by Fred Carmichael, is an adaptation on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, it owes more to the 1931 film starring Boris Karloff.

This version amplifies the film's suspenseful horror and adds greater depth of character and motivation as well as a new and different love story. Tickets are $5 per person and will be available at the door. For more information, call 262-7411.

The cast includes Sierra Ball, Chris Closson, Delana Duncan, Keegan Eschelman, Josh Mokracek, Amanda Norris, Jessica Oglesbee, Michael Pugh, Alek Romatz, Baylee Sather, Cati Smith, Jessiah Steffy and Nick Tesch.

Soldotna Middle

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

The seventh- and eighth-grade student council members and the homerooms are sponsoring food baskets for families for the holidays.

Dates to remember:

* Thursday boys and girls maroon basketball vs. Nikiski at SMS at 3 p.m.;

* Friday boys and girls silver basketball vs. Homer at SMS at 3 p.m.;

* Monday site council meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the library;

* Dec. 14 Fort Nightly from 6 to 8 p.m.;

* Dec. 15 Elk Hoop's Shoot at 9:30 a.m.; and

* Dec. 18 Concert band, Symphonic band and mixed choir will perform at 7 p.m. big gym. The PTSA will have a bake sale after.

Sterling Elementary

The Skyview High School drama class will visit the school Dec. 5. Kindergarten through grade three will see a performance from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. and grades four through six from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. will attend. Titles to be performed include: "My Tooth Is Loose," "Something Special," "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," "Watch Out for Big Brother!" "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," Seuss's "Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose" and "Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?"

The PTA will host a craft show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

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